Ranking the 15 Most Iconic ‘Saturday Night Live’ Characters

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Over the past 40 years, Saturday Night Live has introduced some of the most memorable and hilarious characters to ever grace a television set, some of which VH1 Classic will begin revisiting today with its “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon.” From Chris Kattan’s Mango to Kenan Thompson’s DeAndre “What’s Up With That?” Cole, simply narrowing down a list of favorites is not an easy task.

However, there are some characters who are so unforgettable that anyone who hears their name will immediately reminisce on their favorite sketch. Out of all of the sketch show’s major players, these are the 15 most iconic Saturday Night Live characters. Get ready for a crazy nostalgia trip.

Don’t agree with our ranking? Play our #SNLClassic Best Character Ever Tournament now and determine who should take the top spot.

Speaking of iconic, watch SNL’s youngest host ever, Drew Barrymore, return to the stage decades later with musical guest Lily Allen:

Tara Aquino is an entertainment writer based out of L.A. She likes people, places, and things.