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All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked

Updated January 3, 2020 1.6k votes 433 voters 24.2k views19 items

List RulesVote up the greatest of all of Adam Sandler's characters from his time on Saturday Night Live.

Comedy legend Adam Sandler began his career at Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a writer for one season, before being added as a featured player the next year. It took him a while to find his voice, but by the height of his SNL career he was creating some of the most hilarious and memorable characters to ever grace the stage at Studio 8H. That's not to say there weren't some clunkers - looking at you, "Sleepyhead" - but he certainly had a knack for creating dumb, simple characters that got laughs.

What would the history of SNL be without the likes of Opera Man, Canteen Boy, or The Gap Girls? Here are the all original Adam Sandler SNL characters that he brought to the show over his six-year tenure, ranked from best to worst.

  • 9. Fabio

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    Sandler played one of the overtly affectionate servers at an Italian restaurant, who kiss, grope, and even lick the faces of female patrons, then protest that it's just their passionate Italian culture when husbands and boyfriends complain.
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  • 10. Helios

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    The detail most viewers will remember about this sketch is the overt innuendo of Sandler's character Helios asking if Jason Alexander "likes his sauce."
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  • 11. Angelo

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    "Good Morning Brooklyn" is a fantastic sketch, with Sandler debuting his up-and-coming, loud-yet-apathetic Brooklynite actor Angelo. In one episode, Angelo "starred" in Sleepless In Seattle and couldn't be less interested in what the overall movie was about. The character also shows definite similarities to SNL cast member Pete Davidson, who debuted on the show in 2014.
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  • 12. Frank Dippy

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    Watching Sandler's simple, stuttering characters like Frank Dippy, it's easy to see what inspired him as he came up with movie characters like The Waterboy's Bobby Boucher.
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