Saturday Night Live has produced its share of memorable characters over more than 40 years on television. And while there have been dozens of truly memorable characters, there have been some that have transcended the show and become true pop culture icons—branching out into their own movies and music albums, and appearing on lunch boxes and t-shirts. These are the truly iconic characters. The best of the best. The characters that have transformed SNL into a cultural touchstone over the years. The influential characters that everybody knows and loves, and that other comedians and comedy shows have tried to emulate. Here is a list of the 10 most influential SNL characters of all time.
You gotta hand it to Dan Aykroyd. The Canadian-born actor and comedian came up with some truly iconic and influential characters while part of the original SNL cast in the 1970s. And one of his most legendary creations was the Coneheads, which he brought to life with the help of fellow cast member Jane Curtain. Bizarre, outrageous and off the wall, the Coneheads were aliens from the planet Remulak who crash landed on earth and then settled into suburban life in the U.S.—trying their best to convince earthling neighbors that they are just like everyone else, and that their strangeness can be attributed to the fact that “We’re from France,” as they liked to tell everyone. Funny in the best sense, the Coneheads popularity has only grown in the years since they were a fixture on SNL. So much so, that the Coneheads starred in their own movie released in 1993.