Sketch Comedy The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time  

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List Rules Characters that have appeared on SNL only.

The best Saturday Night Live characters of all time include classic, unforgettable characters brought to life by the best cast members on SNL. The list itself is impressive, filled with hilarious characters from the greatest SNL shows from the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. Whether it's men like Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, or female SNL characters like Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, the characters on this list represent the absolute greatest - those that made us laugh for days after the show aired. This is a vote ranked list, so be sure to cast your vote for your personal favorite SNL character ever (and vote down any characters you don't like). If you don't see your favorite popular SNL characters on the list, feel free to add them!

Saturday Night Live's original sketch comedy represents some of the funniest ever on television. Since the show first aired in 1975, so many talented comedians and actors have given their all to make sure everyone kept laughing. Whether it's the recurring characters from the early years like The Coneheads and The Blues Brothers, or more modern classics like Chris Kattan's Mango, Adam Sandler's Opera Man or, more recently, Bill Hader's Stefon, all are memorable and all are truly funny.

Who are the best characters on SNL? For more great SNL info, check out these lists of the best 'Saturday Night Live' original cast sketches, monologues, sketches from the 1980s and the 1990s. Ever wonder who the most frequent 'SNL' hosts are? There's a list for that, along with information about the youngest and oldest 'SNL' hosts ever - and 'SNL' hosts who were banned. Enjoy!
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3,199 944
Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chris Farley
2
2,793 925
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey
3
2,368 878
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers
4
2,344 882
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy
5
2,753 630
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Will Ferrell
6
2,115 746
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi
7
3,284 1,203
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader
8
2,528 949
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey
9
2,210 873
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri
10
1,934 735
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd
11
1,709 703
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell
12
1,891 564
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner
13
1,552 566
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy
14
1,757 616
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey
15
1,731 627
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tom Islava added Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken
16
1,731 703
The Festrunk Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd
17
1,640 398
Chippendale Auditions Dancers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley
18
1,165 353
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald
19
1,370 680
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey
20
1,652 807
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams
21
1,571 737
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch
22
1,373 818
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd
23
1,236 593
Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Eddie Murphy
24
1,447 729
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi
25
1,227 536
The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin
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