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The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

Updated August 24, 2020 139.6k votes 11.7k voters 401.7k views123 items

List RulesVote up the funniest characters and interpretations of real people in the entire history of SNL..

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. Can't forget about Mike Myers, too! 

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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  • 1
    2,276
    663

    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell
  • 2
    2,857
    893

    Matt Foley

    Chris Farley
  • 3
    2,582
    817

    The Church Lady

    Dana Carvey
  • 4
    1,526
    475

    Mr. Robinson

    Eddie Murphy
  • 5
    1,620
    409

    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley
  • 6
    1,779
    510

    Roseanne Rosannadana

    Gilda Radner
  • 7
    1,635
    595

    Garth Algar

    Dana Carvey
  • 8
    2,095
    790

    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy
  • 9
    677
    183

    Hans und Franz

    Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon
     
  • 10
    2,937
    1,155

    Stefon

    Bill Hader
  • 11
    695
    190

    Sean Connery

    Darrell Hammond
  • 12
    2,123
    801

    Wayne Campbell

    Mike Myers
  • 13
    2,179
    855

    Sarah Palin

    Tina Fey
  • 14
    1,822
    683

    Jake Blues

    John Belushi
  • 15
    1,090
    410

    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald
  • 16
    1,673
    646

    Elwood Blues

    Dan Aykroyd
  • 17
    1,550
    602

    The Festrunk Brothers

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd
  • 18
    1,413
    589

    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell
  • 19
    1,912
    833

    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

    Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri
  • 20
    1,251
    563

    George Bush

    Dana Carvey
  • 21
    1,410
    577

    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken
  • 22
    617
    151

    Two Wild and Crazy Guys

  • 23
    1,115
    510

    Gumby

    Eddie Murphy
  • 24
    792
    267

    Chee-buger Chee-buger

    John Belushi and Bill Murray
  • 25
    1,458
    669

    Mr. Bill

    Walter Williams