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

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2,499 818
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Church Lady Dana Carvey

3
2,128 775
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Wayne Campbell Mike Myers

4
2,111 767
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,489 553
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
1,931 633
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Jake Blues John Belushi

7
1,987 773
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

8
2,874 1,069
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

9
1,768 653
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

10
2,273 845
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Sarah Palin Tina Fey

11
1,583 639
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
1,390 511
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

13
1,647 552
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

14
1,667 487
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

15
1,575 552
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

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1,571 647
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

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1,404 353
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

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1,499 744
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

19
1,027 290
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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1,239 613
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

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1,253 747
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

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1,348 664
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

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1,100 486
The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin - Pete Schweddy's Balls

24
1,113 540
Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gumby Eddie Murphy

25
1,334 666
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Samurai Futaba John Belushi

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1,000 545
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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1,376 752
Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mary Katherine Gallagher Molly Shannon

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946 739
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Ed Grimley Martin Short

29
974 810
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dieter Mike Myer

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1,127 604
Father Guido Sarducci is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Father Guido Sarducci Don Novello

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1,102 550
The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan - Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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1,051 664
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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933 491
Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake - "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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994 491
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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722 340
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

36
945 457
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Baba Wawa Gilda Rander

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890 592
The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Ladies Man Tim Meadows - Tim Meadows

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832 700
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Opera Man Adam Sandler

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961 873
Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Pat Julia Sweeney

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968 637
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

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603 369
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Land Shark Chevy Chase

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715 609
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

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760 358
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Linda Richman Mike Myers

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846 383
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mavsc79 added James Brown Eddie Murphy - Eddie Murphey

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674 485
Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

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637 391
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

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686 600
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added MacGruber Will Forte

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697 638
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

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728 448
Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Bob Swerski George Wendt - Da Bearsss!

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672 504
The Target Lady is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Target Lady Kristen Wiig - Kristen Wiig