Best Characters 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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3,156 927
Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chris Farley

2
2,750 912
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

3
2,328 865
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

4
2,314 865
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,721 615
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
2,082 729
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

7
3,219 1,181
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,494 933
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey

9
2,180 863
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
1,906 728
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

11
1,692 690
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
1,857 553
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

13
1,527 563
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

14
1,733 613
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

15
1,724 617
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
1,710 700
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
1,609 393
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
1,147 346
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

19
1,354 672
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,629 801
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams

21
1,542 727
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch

22
1,351 809
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

23
1,219 586
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
1,435 718
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

25
1,211 530
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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