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Saturday Night Live, being a long running sketch show, has Loads and Loads of Characters, with Loads and Loads of Catch Phrases.

List arranged by season of first appearance of the character.

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     Seasons 1- 5 

Irwin Mainway
Played by Dan Aykroyd

A ruthless profiteer who makes dangerous children's toys. Often appears on the show Consumer Probe.

  • Cool Shades: Irwin always wears sunglasses.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Makes dangerous children's toys such as Bag o' Glass, Johnny Switchblade: Adventure Punk, and Chainsaw Teddy, apparently legally.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Irwin's justifications for making dangerous toys are pretty insane.
    Irwin Mainway: Look, you know, a kid, the average kid, he picks up, you know, broken glass anywhere: the beach, the street, garbage cans, parking lots, all over the place in the big city. We're just packaging what the kids want.
  • Smug Snake

Samurai Futaba
Played by John Belushi

A samurai warrior working in modern New York.

Emily Litella
Played by Gilda Radner

An old lady with hearing problems who appears on Weekend Update to complain about editorials.

  • Catchphrase: "Never mind."
  • Completely Off-Topic Report: Due to misunderstandings brought about by her hearing problems, her comments are always on the wrong topic.
  • Mondegreen: Due to her deafness, she misinterprets things and ends up talking about such topics as presidential erections, sax and violins on television, endangered feces, and the deaf penalty.

Roseanne Roseannadanna
Played by Gilda Radner

A frequent commentator on Weekend Update.

  • Catchphrase:
    • "Well, it just goes to show you, it's always something."
    • "I thought I was gonna die!"
    • "It may surprise you that I, Roseanne Roseannadanna..."
  • "Shaggy Frog" Story: Her editorials end up as stories about celebrities doing gross things.

The Coneheads

Aliens from the planet Remulac on an undercover mission to Earth, who have to pose as humans.


     Seasons 6- 10 

The Whiners
Played by Joe Piscopo (Doug Whiner) and Robin Duke (Wendy Whiner)

A couple with nasally whiny voices who complain about everything, and claim to have diverticulitis.

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: One sketch has the Whiners in attendance at Saturday Night Live.
  • Hypochondria: The Whiners refuse to eat anything other than macaroni and cheese because they think anything else will exacerbate their diverticulitis.
  • Manchild: Both Whiners are annoyingly childish in their complaining. Unlike many man-children, the Whiners have no childlike redeeming values. Wendy Whiner is a rare female example.
  • Meaningful Name: They pretty much are what they are called.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The Whiners often push people around them to this.

     Seasons 10- 15 

Harvey Firestein
Played by Jon Lovitz

The gay host of the talk show Plug Away, where celebrities come to plug their movies and/or products, only to be subjected to Harvey's insecurities about his looks. Based on the real-life actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein

  • Catchphrase: "I just want to be loved, is that so wrooong?"
  • I Am Not Pretty: Harvey is always asking his guests if they find him attractive, even the straight men.
  • Gayngst: Harvey gets his feelings hurt whenever his guests are weirded out by questions whether they find him attractive (but it doesn't stop him from asking every time).
  • Hypocrite: When Kathleen Turner visits his show, she turns the tables and asks him if he finds her attractive (despite him being gay), and he gets just as weirded out by it as his guests get when he does it to them.

Church Lady
Played by Dana Carvey

Church Lady is the host of Church Chat, a talk show where she riffs on various visiting celebrities and public figures for their sinful lifestyles.

  • Catchphrase:
    • "Well, isn't that special."
    • "Could it be... SATAN?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Church Lady takes sarcasm Up to Eleven.
  • Holier Than Thou: Church Lady's raison d'etre.
  • Hypocrite: Church Lady sometimes riffs evangelical public figures (such as Ted Cruz and Jim Bakker) for claiming to be more holy than everyone else, meanwhile it's pretty much her whole schtick. Though, granted, it may be less their attitude and more that she just doesn't believe they are actually all that holy to begin with.
  • Snark Knight: Despite being a parody of humourless Moral Guardians, Church Lady is an absolute smart-ass.
  • Strawman Has a Point: She makes a number of quite intelligent and insightful comments about her guests (or at least, the parodies she interviews), correctly pointing out their shallowness, selfishness or stupidity.

Hans and Franz
Played by Dana Carvey (Hans) and Kevin Nealon (Franz)

Two Austrian bodybuilders, hosts of Pumping Up with Hans and Franz

  • The Ahnold: One of the earliest examples. When Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted, he played himself paying his "cousins" a visit. Schwarzenegger himself would later use parts of their act while campaigning for governor of California.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I am Hans." "Und I am Franz." "And we're here to pump [clap] you up!"
    • "Girly mann."
  • Fake Muscles: Part of their costume, though not In-Universe.

Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar
Played by Mike Myers (Wayne) and Dana Carvey (Garth)

The hosts of Wayne's World, a community access cable show in Aurora Illinois.

  • Catchphrase: Catch phrases are a big part of Wayne's act, even by Saturday Night Live standards. (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey lampshaded this on SNL's 40th anviversary; they rated catch phrases as the 5th best thing about Saturday Night Live, then proceded to rattle off about a dozen of them.) Some famous ones:
    • "Party on, Wayne!" "Party on, Garth!"
    • "Excellent!"
    • "Shyeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt."
    • "No Way!" "Way!"
    • "Shwing!"
    • "I think I'm gonna hurl!"
  • Hidden Depths: Wayne's World's typically discusses pop culture, especially heavy metal, but the show often delves into sophisticated issues, such as when he had a discussion with Aerosmith over the fall of communism.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Wayne and Garth occassionally drop in some big words.
  • Sidekick: Garth
  • Top Ten List: Wayne and Garth often make top ten lists for Wayne's World.

Stuart Rankin
Played by Mike Myers

Owner of the shop All Things Scottish.

  • Berserk Button: Just about anything that isn't Scottish will set Stuart off, but his biggest button is when people confuse Scotland and Ireland.
  • Catchphrase: "If it's not Scottish, it's crap!"
  • Crazy-Prepared: A running gag is that All Things Scottish has even the most obscure Scottish items in stock.
  • Man in a Kilt: Stuart wears a kilt.
  • Thrifty Scot: On one occasion, Stuart told a customer his cash register didn't work and that he'd give him his change later.

A Grumpy Old Man
Played by Dana Carvey

A Grumpy Old Man appears on weekend update to sneer at all the luxuries modern people have.

Toonces the Driving Cat

The cat who can drive a car (just not very well). He drives around, all over the town.

Massive Headwound Harry
Played by Dana Carvey

The Continental

A creepy guy who steals women's mail to lure them to his apartment so that he can seduce them, only to fail miserably.

  • Casanova Wannabe: He uses tricks like stealing mail to lure women to his apartment, but makes an incompetent buffoon of himself.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: The Continental believes this, hence why he loves nothing more than fine sham-pan-ya.
  • Food Slap: The women he's seducing tend to throw champagne in his face (often repeatedly).
  • Dirty Old Man: He lures younger women to his apartment to try to seduce them, hilariously incompetently.
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • In one sketch, the Continental has a telescope aimed at his victim's window.
    • In another, he's rigged a bathroom mirror so he can watch his guest use the toilet.
    • And in another, he's got a mirror on the floor so he can get a Panty Shot.
  • Pov Cam: The Continental is shot from the point of view of his intended victim.

Played by Mike Myers

Host of the German talk show Sprockets.

  • Catchphrase:
    • "Would you like to touch my monkey?"
    • "I am happy as a little girl."
    • "Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance." (end of each sketch)
  • Funny Foreigner
  • German Humor: Dieter parodies stereotypical German humor.

     Seasons 16- 20 

Played by Julia Sweeney

A person of Ambiguous Gender in various situations.

Linda Richman
Played by Mike Myers

Host of a local New York call-in talk show Coffee Talk.

  • 555: The call-in number for Coffee Talk is 555-4444.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'm getting verklempt!"
    • "Talk amongst yourselves." (while verklempt)
    • "Like buttah."
  • Jewish Complaining: Pretty much the whole point of Coffee Talk.
  • Write Who You Know: Linda Richman is based on Mike Myers's mother-in-law, Linda Richman, and Linda Richman the character is apparently toned-down from the real-life Linda Richman.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Besides verklempt (a real Yiddish word) Linda brings in a variety of words on the spectrum from actual Yiddish to Yinglish, some the words almost sounding like Buffy Speak.
    Linda: He developed schpilkis in his gonnechtagazoink.

Ed Glosser, Trivial Psychic

During a brief power outage, Ed Glosser's tanning booth experiences a slight malfunction. Forfeiting a darker base, he instead gains the mildly impressive ability to foretell insignificant events of the immediate future.

  • Brain Freeze: Ed Glosser prophesies ice cream headache on someone.
  • Comical Overreacting: Ed Glosser takes his prophecies very seriously even though they are trivial.
  • Mundane Utility: The sketch parodies this trope. Also lampshaded when Phil Hartman mockingly prophesies that Ed Glosser will complete the stack of papers on his desk by 5 o'clock.

Bill Swerski's Superfans
Played by Joe Montegna (Bill Swerski), George Wendt (Bob Swerski), Mike Myers / John Goodman (Pat Arnold), Robert Smigel (Carl Wolloski), and Chris Farley (Todd O'Connor).

A panel of Chicago sports fans with a radio show that airs from Ditka's Bar before every Chicago Bears football game.

  • Big Eater: All the Superfans eat piles of unhealthy Eastern European food, leading to their frequent heart-attacks.
  • Catchphrase: "Daaa Bearssss!" (as well as variations like "Daaa Bullssss!")
  • Crossover: In one sketch, it's revealed that Todd O'Connor's cousin is none other than Irwin Mainway, who attempts to peddle shoddy Bulls merchandise on the show.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While the fans' predictions are always ridiculously impractical, Bob did once chastise Todd for predicting that Michael Jordan would score just under 200 points against the Pistons as 100 points was (and as of 2019 still is) the single game record.
  • Hero Worship: The Superfans worship Mike Ditka, the head coach of the Bears at the time. They all dress like him, sport the same kind of moustache, and wear the same kind of sunglasses as Ditka does.
  • I Reject Your Reality: The fans' faith in the Bears more often than not crossed the line from optimistic to delusional:
    Bob: So far, The Bears are four and eight. And although they are technically mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, do not count them out.
  • Miles Gloriosus by Proxy: The Superfans respect no practical limits in their prognostications about the Bears and other Chicago sports teams. They shamelessly predict the Bears and Bulls to win by ridiculous margins, even with ridiculous handicaps like the Bears all being 14 inches talls (but with full-size Ditka). They even precicted that Ditka could defeat the Giants team all by himself.
  • Put on a Bus: The sketch was first used during the episode where Joe Montegna hosted with him portraying Bill Swerksi. When it became a recurring bit, they couldn't have Montegna appear so they replaced Bill with his brother Bob (with the repeated explanation that Bill was hospitalized after a heart-attack). Bill would eventually return in the sketch that aired after Ditka was fired by the Bears as well as several cameos made by the characters in commercials and other promotional events.

Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer
Played by Phil Hartman

He used to be a caveman, but now he's a lawyer.

  • Catchphrase: "I'm just a caveman. Your world frightens and confuses me."
  • Chewbacca Defense: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer uses his caveman roots to convince jurors that he is more primitive and in-tune with nature and therefore his words are more truthful.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer invokes this trope on himself (falsely) to gain the trust of jurors.
  • Only One Name: "It's just Keyrock, your honor," after the judge called him Mr. Keyrock.
  • Smug Smiler: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer flashes an evil grin at the camera every time he wins a case.

Matt Foley
Played by Chris Farley

An incompetent motivational speaker.

  • Catchphrase:
    • "My name is Matt Foley. I'm 35 years old, I'm thrice divorced, and I live in a van down by the river!
    • "Well, whoop-dee-freakin'-doo!/lah-dee-freakin'-dah!"
  • Corpsing: Not from Farley himself, but his co-stars would often be in stitches whenever he was in character. On the first Matt Foley sketch, David Spade spent most of the time with his hand over his mouth.
  • The Klutz: Each sketch ends with him breaking furniture by jumping on it. The first time was accidental, but it got such a big reaction that it became part of the character.
  • Lives in a Van... down by the river!
  • Scare 'em Straight: His main motivational tactic is to show people that if they don't change they could become a big loser like him.

     Seasons 21- 25 

Mary Katherine Gallagher
Played by Molly Shannon

An awkward Catholic schoolgirl who thinks of herself as a talented performer and tries to get into her school's productions.

  • Attention Whore: Mary Katherine tries to insert herself into every production in the school's drama club, and other kinds of clubs and activities.
  • Catchphrase: "Superstar!", complete with Victory Pose.
  • Panty Shot: All the time. You see a lot of these during her physical performances. Mary Katherine has no self-consciousness about it.
  • Slapstick: A lot of humor comes from her going all out and tripping and crashing into things.
  • Victory Pose: She does one end of every sketch.

Lucien Callow and Fagan
Played by Mark McKinney (Lucien Callow) and David Koechner (Fagan)

Two foppish guys who dress like they are from the 1700s and are obsessively big fans of the celebrities on SNL.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: They speak in a fake old-sounding English accents.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: "Awesome" may be a stretch but they are wearing examples of clothes from Restoration England.
  • Insult Backfire: Any criticism directed aginst Lucien and Fagan is generally met with eager agreement by those two, who thank the critic for their honesty.
  • Loony Fans: They have formed quite obsessive fanhoods over various SNL cast members, especially Norm Macdonald, who they mail cakes and sweaters to.
  • Squee!: The duo make a weird noise and kind of a bow whenever they are talking to one of their targets.

Margaret Jo McCullen and Terry Rialto
Played by Ana Gasteyer (Margaret Jo) and Molly Shannon (Terry)

The demure hosts of the NPR program The Delicious Dish.

  • Catchphrase: "Good Times."
  • Double Entendre: They're prone to unwittingly utter double entendres, not getting the taboo meaning.
  • Mushroom Samba: Margaret Jo and Terry trip out when they accidentally ate some portabella mushrooms.
  • Naïve Everygirl: The The Delicious Dish hosts are adult versions of this: just plugging along in life in their demure way, not understanding the odd things happening around them.
  • Speak in Unison: Margaret Jo and Terry always announce the name of their show, The Delicious Dish, and the week's topic, in unison.

Played by Chris Kattan

An effeminate nightclub dancer who inspires hopeless infatuation in people.

  • Camp Straight: Mango is as camp as it gets but is not gay.
  • Dude Magnet: Men are enthralled by him.
  • Leit Motif: the deserts miss the rain...
  • Only Has Same-Sex Admirers: Women are not enthralled by him, except for his wife, his ex-girlfriend, and Creator/EllenDeGeneres.
    • Which makes perfect sense. If he's so sexy he can turn straight men gay, then of course, he could turn a lesbian straight.
  • The Tease: In spite of the fact that Mango doesn't really want all the attention, he can't help teasing people.

Brian Fellow
Played by Tracy Morgan

The host of Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, a talk show for people who care for animals.

  • Catchphrase: "That's crazy!" and "I'm Brian Fellow!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He frequently asks ridiculous questions about the animals his guests bring, then has an Imagine Spot about the sketch's first animal.
  • The Ditz: The Safari Planet announcer admits that Brian Fellow only has "a sixth-grade education", which shows.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The Safari Planet theme song declares that Brian Fellow loves animals, and they love him back, making them "inter-species friends".
  • Mr. Imagination: He tends to zone out of some of his guests' speeches by fantasizing about the animals previous guests brought.

Nick Burns
Played by Jimmy Fallon

Your company's computer guy. He'll fix your computer, then he's gonna make fun of you.

The Ambiguously Gay Duo

Ace and Gary, superheroes from a TV Funhouse segment that are extremely close in an ambiguous way.

Bruce Dickinson

He puts his pants on just like the rest of us, one leg at a time. Except, once his pants are on, he makes gold records.

Gene Frenkel
Played by Will Ferrell

A fictional member of the real band Blue Öyster Cult, who plays the cowbell.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Gene wears a shirt way too small which rides up and bares his midriff.
  • Happy Dance: Gene gets very animated when Bruce Dickinson asks him to explore the space.
  • Sore Loser: Takes it very hard when the rest of the band wants him to ease up on the cowbell, and eventually he gets into a minor altercation with Eric Bloom.

The Spartan Cheerleaders (Craig and Arianna)
Played by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri

Two overly enthusiastic but unofficial cheerleaders at East Lake High School, who cheer on events they were not invited to.

  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Even the chess team thinks they're lame.
  • Genius Ditz: They really are good cheerleaders, even coming up with their own cheers, but they're just so peppy that no one can stand them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They're best friends, but encourage each other's crushes.
  • Keet: To a ridiculously hyper degree.

Bill Brasky and Bill Brasky's Buddies

Three to four extremely drunk businessmen who like to trade stories about their larger-than-life friend Bill Brasky.

  • The Alcoholic: The friends always have large glasses of scotch with them.
  • Biggus Dickus: If the stories about Bill using a rattlesnake for a condom and his foreskin being used as a tarp for Yankee Stadium are true.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "Bill Brasky is a son of a bitch."
    • "To Bill Brasky!"
  • Refuge in Audacity: Brasky's entire life.
  • Tall Tale: Stories about Brasky are impossible, but they're apparently all true.

     Seasons 26- 30 

Debbie Downer
Played by Rachel Dratch

William Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzwilliam
Played by Jimmy Fallon (Patrick Fitzwillam) and Seth Meyers (William Fitzpatrick)

Hosts of the Irish morning talk show set in a pub, Top O' the Mornin.

  • Catchphrase: "Save it!" (referring to the obvious joke about their names)
  • Fighting Irish: They can have bouts of sudden violence, such as when Patrick Fitzwilliam socked William Fitzpatrick in the eye once for no reason, but more often it's aimed at the wall.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's more like hair-trigger any emotion. It's not just hair-trigger anger which will cause them to Punch a Wall, but also hair-trigger sadness that make them try not to cry.
  • Punch a Wall: Every episode something will set them off and they will punch a wall. In fact they refer to the wall as their punching wall.
  • Sentimental Drunk: Something will mentions something very mildly sad, and the pair will start Trying Not to Cry.
  • Trying Not to Cry: At least once every sketch. Usually multiple times.


     Seasons 30- 35 

Nuni and Nuni Schoener
Played by Fred Armisen (Nuni "Dadu" Schoener) and Maya Rudolph (Nuni "Motha" Schoener)

An eccentric couple of vaguely European art dealers, who manage to blissfully confound everyone who visits their uniquely-furnished apartment.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Their daughter, Nuni (played by Natalie Portman), refers to them as her "motha" and "dadu". On this page, entries referring to only one Schoener also do so, for clarity's sake.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Some of the treats that the Schoeners' manservant, Tato (Chris Parnell), serve them and their guest include rice paste, meat capsules, and melted beat-and-caper ice cream.
  • Color Motif: "Dadu" always wears purple suits.
  • Cool Chair: Their "sitting room" always has some rare chairs, though Nuni and Nuni usually find them more comfortable than their guests do. The sketch pictured takes this literally, as "Motha" sits in an armchair made out of ice.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: "Motha"'s dresses each look sewn together from two different dresses.
  • First-Name Basis: Nuni and Nuni prefer their visitors to call them by their first names, despite all the confusion that "Mr. and Mrs. Schoener" would save.
  • Funny Foreigner: The Schoeners tend to mispronounce some words, including the name of their female visitor (often played by Rachel Dratch).
  • Happily Married: Nuni and Nuni always seem to get along rather well.
  • Planet of Steves: Nuni, Nuni, and their children, Nuni (Will Ferrell) and Nuni (Natalie Portman), all seem to have the same name, though apparently with subtle differences in pronunciation.note 
  • Who's on First?: Confusion naturally ensues if the visitor accidentally uses the wrong pronunciation for the wrong Nuni.

Played by Will Forte

Making life-saving inventions out of household materials; getting in and out of ultra sticky situations; the guy's a friggin genius.

Eventually got his own movie.

  • Comical Overreacting: Macgruber often overreacts to innocuous things other people do, like handing him an object. The innocuous thing is often something Macgruber had just asked them to do.
  • Drama Queen: Macgruber takes just about everything, good or bad, as a personal attack.
  • Explosive Stupidity: Every time. Played for Laughs.
  • Informed Ability: We're told that he is great at getting out of sticky situations, but we never actually see it....
  • Jerkass: He's racist, homophobic, stupid, incredibly arrogant, and in one sketch goes broke due to playing the stock market and turns to theft and drugs, even stealing from his own friends to get by. Its a wonder anybody wants to work with him.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Macgruber at first seems like a straight parody of 80's hero MacGyver, but a later sketch pairs them together and MacGyver reveals that he is his father.
  • Product Placement: During one episode, Macgruber was sponsored by Pepsi, and, being Macgruber, he went all-in on the sponsorship, changing his name to Pepsuber and eventually not saying any words other than Pepsi (or Diet Pep—).
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: Whenever there's a black, gay, Muslim, etc., person around, you can expect this.
  • Time Bomb: A common sticky situation Macgruber finds himself in.

Angie Tempura

Blogger of the notoriously snarkly website, who visited Weekend Update a few times.

  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: In spite of Seth Meyers calling her website "notoriously snarky", most of Angie's insults are juvenile and silly.
  • Book Dumb: Angie doesn't know the current president or where North America is, but is up on all the Hollywood gossip.
  • Catchphrase: "Biiiitch Pleeeeze"
  • Ill Girl: She's always congested.

Played by Bill Hader

A critic who makes regular reviews of New York's hottest new clubs on Weekend Update.

Vinny Vedecci
Played by Bill Hader

Host of the Italian talk show La Rivista Della Televisione, whose inept producers keep booking guests unable to speak Italian.

Played by Kristen Wiig

A meek yet boastful woman who tries to become the life of every social gathering.

Anthony Crispino
Played by Bobby Moynihan

Weekend Update's second-hand news correspondent, who relates all the news he heard second-hand from his contacts.

  • Catchphrase: "You hear about this thing now?" in a squeaky falsetto.
  • Character Tic: Crispino frequently looks over his shoulder.
  • '80s Hair: He wears a mullet.
  • Mondegreen: The second-hand news Anthony Crispino relates is always amusingly different from the actual news, by someone (Crispino or his second-hand sources) mishearing the original story.
  • Porn Stache: He sports a good one.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Crispino can get into a pretty high register when the Weekend Update anchor second-guesses his second-hand news. One time he self-parodied this by singing like one of The Chipmunks.

     Seasons 36- 40 

The Californians
Main characters played by Fred Armisen (Stuart), Bill Heder (Devin), Kristin Wiig (Karina), Keenan Thompson (Trey), and Vanessa Bayer (Rosa).

A soap opera based in California, in the hills south of Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles to be specific.note 

  • Catchphrase: Stuart: "Devin? What are you doing here?"
  • First Law of Resurrection: Karina was said to have died in a car accident, but appeared in a later sketch to say she wasn't dead. Happened to several one-off characters as well. (This is a soap opera, after all.)
  • Reaction Shot: After a major revelation, they show a sequence of reaction close-ups of every character on stage.
  • Shown Their Work: The directions the characters give are all realistic.
  • Surfer Dude: Trey, the character played by Keenan Thompson who always shows up in the third segment.
  • Truth in Television: Though the sketches exaggerate it, telling people how you got somewhere is something people who live in Los Angeles do a lot. Especially if you managed to avoid traffic.
  • Valley Girl:
    • Most of the characters, especially Karina. (Although the exaggerated accent they use is more like a Malibu surfer accent than a Valley accent.)
    • Averted when Rosa's long lost son, played by Pete Davidson, shows up and wonders what accent everyone is speaking.

Drunk Uncle
Played by Bobby Moynihan

A commentator who appears on Weekend Update completely sloshed, like some uncles you've probably had.

  • The Alcoholic
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Drunk Uncle makes raspberry noises when talking about kids today.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Drunk Uncle starts crying at some point during every appearance, then launches into a rant about how he didn't accomplish much in life.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Happened when Colin Jost asked him about Hillary Clinton.
  • Malaproper: Drunk Uncle mixes up all the current popular jargon that kids today use.
    "Can I light an e-cig with my bitcoins, please?"
    "Excuse me, is this pommegranite juice gender-fluid?"
  • Russian Roulette: On Bobby Moynihan's last show, Drunk Uncle asked Colin Jost to do one shot with him, then pulled out a revolver with five bullets and one empty chamber.
  • When I Was Your Age...: Drunk Uncle rants about kids today.

The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party
Played by Cecily Strong

A regular Weekend Update guest who shares her unique opinions about current world issues.

Ex-Porn Stars
Played by Vanessa Bayer (Brecky) and Cecily Strong (the other one)

Two ex-porn-stars who make advertisements for expensive products hoping they'll get free stuff.

  • Extreme Omnisexual: The two have had sex with gerbils, seals, corpses, ....
  • I Love the Dead: Brecky tried to have sex with a quiet guy who turned out to be a corpse.
  • Malaproper: Innocent words and phrases often come out sounding very dirty.
  • Really Gets Around: Even for ex-porn-stars, they have had a lot of sex all over the place.
  • Strictly Formula: All of their ads follow a rigid structure.

Sheila Sauvage
Played by Kate McKinnon

If you're ever at a singles' bar at the point of Last Call, you may encounter Sheila Sauvage... and you might not regret it. Yet.

  • Anything That Moves: She puts the moves on whoever's the last guy at the bar at closing time. Cemented in season 43 when she does it to a Butch Lesbian (Special Guest Amy Schumer).
  • Beauty Inversion: Kate McKinnon is beautiful. Sheila Sauvage is... not.
  • Brain Bleach: Pity the bartender of the singles' bar at closing time.
  • Fan Disservice: A lot of people would pay good money to see Kate Mckinnon making out with anyone. Don't worry, they'll regret it as much as you will.
  • Lady Drunk: By her very nature.
  • Noodle Implements: For some reason there'll be stuff like cling wrap and those dental things to hold your lips open close at hand.

Morgan and Keira
Played by Aidy Bryant (Morgan) and Cecily Strong (Kiera)

The hosts of Girlfriends Talk Show, a low-budget affair where all the guests are people from the girls' school or families, etc. Unlike most recurring duos from SNL, Morgan and Kiera are very different from each other, so we make separate lists of tropes for them.



  • Brainless Beauty
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Awesome!", regardless of (and sometimes in spite of) context.
    • "My boyfriend's crazy!", after a lengthy and rather disturbing tale about what her boyfriend did.

Olya Povlatsky
Played by Kate McKinnon

A regular guest commentator on Weekend Update, Olya hails from a remote and desolate village somewhere in Russia - and that's putting it nicely.

Played by Keenan Thompson

An upbeat commentator on Weekend Update who comes by to try to cheer the anchors up, but only ends up depressing them because of his awful life.

  • Catchphrase: "It's like they always say....", inevitably followed by something horrible.
  • Chew Toy: Willie's a magnet for bad things happening. Also, Willie's old dog Lucius (though Lucius had enough self-respect to attempt to escape sometimes).
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Willie occasionally tells stories of him trying to trick people into putting him down.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Back when he worked for old Jeff Dahmer; not the most glamourous job but at least he got a free home-cooked meal out of it.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Despite his awful life, Willie doesn't stop smiling.
  • The Pollyanna

Played by Nasim Pedrad

Ten-year old girl whose class is visited by a variety of adult speakers giving safety lessons.

  • Adults Are Useless: Shallon makes mincemeat of well-meaning adults trying to teach her class about safety.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: It's never quite clear if Shallon really is as clueless as she lets on or if she is fully aware of what she is doing and is simply trolling the speakers, though either way she certainly is responsible for leading the rest of the class on.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Shallon and her classmates always miss the point the adult is trying to say. In fact they usually get it completely reversed.
  • Disappeared Dad: Shallon claims she has never met her father. Doesn't stop her from rationalizing talking to strangers because they might be her dad's friends.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Shallon takes anything an adult says and twists it nearly to its opposite meaning, or to something completely unrelated. Her classmates also do that, to a lesser extent. For example, after being warned not to talk to strangers:
    Shallon: Okay, so then you go, "What's your name?" "I'm Shallon." "Where you from?" "I'm from Orange County." Everything checks out, then hop in that van and get that candy.

Miss Meadows
Played by Vanessa Bayer

A poetry specialist from the Newbery Writing Workshop who is a substitute teacher in inner city classrooms.

  • Character Tics: She makes a sound like a yipping sea lion whenever she gets excited (which is a lot).
  • Genki Girl: Is really enthusiastic about poetry.
  • Hippie Teacher: Long wavy hair, flower dress, turquoise necklace. Yep, she's a hippie.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: One sketch has Miley Cyrus making a pass at her, another sketch has Drake. They both get Miss Meadows worked up, for different reasons.
  • Token Adult: She tells her inner-city classes that she used to be just like them.

Jebediah Atkinson
Played by Taran Killam

Speech critic for the Patriot and Union who wrote a negative review of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, who vists Weekend Update to read his reviews. It turns out Jebediah has been a critic for quite a long time, but for some reason he dresses like it's the early 1800's.

Barbara DeDrew
Played by Kate McKinnon

Proprietor of the cat shelter Whiskers 'R We, who periodically puts out ads for cat adopt-a-thons.

  • Accidental Pervert: Barbara's girlfriends all grope her under the (extremely thin) guise of petting the cat she's holding. Barabara will inform them of the truth and add, "and I think you know that."
  • Author Appeal: That these skits enable noted cat-lover Kate McKinnon to hug and pet various adorable little cats in the process of doing her job is surely just a coincidence.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Barbara's girlfriends have all changed their names to have feline characteristics. Barbara herself is not as crazy.
    • Averted by Cat Muller (played by Charlize Theron) who admits she was just pretending to be interested in cats.
  • Girl of the Week: Barbara has a new girlfriend every sketch.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Barbara credits the cats she's selling with some of the worst human sentient behaviors, including megalomania and kidnapping, as well as some more mundane ones like co-dependency. The cats themselves, however, are perfectly normal cats.
  • Stalker with a Crush: While Barbara herself just wants to find homes for the rather eccentric and disturbed cats under her care, Barbara's girlfriends/co-workers all seem very fixated on her, to rather alarming and unhealthy degrees at times.

The one-dimensional female character of a male-driven comedy
Played by Cecily Strong

Colin Jost sometimes interviews her on Weekend Update.

  • Advertised Extra: In one sketch, she reveals that she has the least amount of lines in the comedy, despite her name appearing in the title: Bagging Heather.
  • Genre Savvy: She seems well-versed in the clichés of her genre.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: She outright admits that her beauty seems more noticeable without her glasses.
  • Grumpy Bear: She expresses no tolerance for the immature behavior she claims Jost and his friends exhibit.
  • Last-Name Basis: She calls Colin Jost by his last name.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She calls herself the embodiment of male fantasies of a girl who has masculine interests, but still looks hot. Pretty confusing, huh?
  • Only One Name: Her first name is given Heather. She probably doesn't even have a last name.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Sometimes she shows up just to enter a hasty hookup with Jost.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: She reveals that when the sequel to the comedy rolls around, it'll be like she never existed.
  • The Stoic: She can't show too much emotion in her face and voice, or else she'll lose her sex appeal, and just become a nag.

     Seasons 41- 44 

Ms. Rafferty
Played by Kate McKinnon

A woman from rural America (probably Appalachia based on the accents) who, along with other people from her town, has some unlikely experiences, and lives to share her very different experence from her townmates' with investigators. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Ms. Rafferty's experiences were a lot more unpleasant than those of her companions.

  • Alien Abduction: Her first sketch has her and her friends Sharon (Cecily Strong) and Todd (Ryan Gosling), recount to the CIA what happened after aliens abducted them. This happened to them again by the next time Gosling hosted SNL.
  • Back from the Dead: Her second sketch has her, Sharon, and an unnamed friend played by Brie Larson, describe to the American Medical Association when they took a glimpse of the afterlife, after a car crash, then had their souls returned to their mortal bodies.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Ms. Rafferty exclaims this whenever Sharon and their other friend describe a beautiful sight that they witnessed, but she missed.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ms. Rafferty always has a more miserable experience than Sharon and their other friend do.
  • The Chew Toy: While both her friends were lowered from the UFO gently with a tractor beam, she gets dumped by the roadside. At least it was over quickly.
  • Gag Boobs: Ms. Rafferty claims that her guides for all of these misadventures like to play with her boobs, and re-enacts this on an unwilling Sharon.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Whenever someone interviews the women and their friend, Sharon and the friend share their beautiful-sounding stories first, then Ms. Rafferty shares one that sounds less pleasant.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Ms. Rafferty's first line of her second appearance admits that her story is a "similar concept...different execution." (In context, she refers to when the Guardian Angels of her and her friends took their souls out of their seemingly-dying bodies.)
  • Santa Claus: Her friends got to visit Santa Claus, but Ms. Rafferty had to settle for the lesser-known Santa-Claus-wannabe Krinklemaus taking her on a trip to the stables.
  • Seen It All: Ms. Rafferty insists that each of her unpleasant misadventures doesn't actually represent the worst experience for her.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Ms. Rafferty always smokes cigarettes during her interviews.
  • Time Travel: While her friends got pulled through a time portal to a utopian future she went through the wrong side and wound up in the stone age.
  • Unfinished Business: Season 44. Mrs Rafferty and her two friends are visited by ghosts that need them to do something for them.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Ms. Rafferty has a tendency to lose her pants, then refer to her privates with an original term during the interview.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Both Ms. Rafferty and Sharon, enough that it affects an additional friend each time. Ms. Rafferty in particular takes it Up to Eleven - when they bring the Alien Abduction skit back in season 43, it's all but stated that the exact same aliens are at it.
    "I see those big fat gray aliens with the same stupid eyes, and I'm hit with the realization - it was my first second date since 2009!"

Played by Pete Davidson

A typical millenial college jock type, who's so mentally and emotionally detached that everyone around him seems to know more about what he's done than he himself.

  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Subverted - even with the psycho killer right in front of him, it's clear he has no idea which day.
  • Chick Magnet: From a housewife to a doctor to an Armored Closet Gay professor.
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the psycho killer sketch, the pizza he's eating is all over the floor before he's finished one slice.
  • The Pig Pen: In the psycho killer sketch, he's turned the living room into an unsafe dump in one night.
  • Really Gets Around: From an affair with a housewife he's been cleaning the pool for, to one of potentially dozens of college girls.
  • Something Completely Different: After sketches about affairs with people he shouldn't, season 44 has one about a psycho killer out to get him instead.
  • This Loser Is You: The general premise.

Krissy Knox
Played by Emma Stone

A pin-up model who appears on a poster in the room of a boy named Sean who struggles with schoolwork. She appears to him in his dreams (alongside the people from Sean's other posters) to help him with his schoolwork, sort of. Later her twin-sister Brandi Knox also appears.

  • Brainless Beauty: She is a beautiful woman who was voted into Maxim's Top 50 but she is often very idiotic.
  • Dumb Blonde: She's obviously not too bright.
  • Jabba Table Manners: We don't see it, but she talks a whole lot about sloppily eating nasty gross hot dogs.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Krissy is one of Maxim's Top 50 Girls from Rural Areas.
  • Simpleton Voice: She speaks with a high, nasally voice.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: One time Sean decided that Krissy was being too distracting, so he tore down her poster, only to reveal the poster of her twin sister Brandi Knox, also played by Emma Stone, who acts exactly the same as Krissy but is a redhead.
  • The Tease: She pretty much ignores the other posters who are trying to help Sean with his homework, and just tries to titillate him by being gross.

Guy who Just Bought a Boat
Played by Alex Moffat

A guy who just bought a boat, who appears on Week-Up to give dating advi.

David Pumpkins
Played by Tom Hanks

A made-up Halloween character in a pumpkin party suit, who's the main attraction in a "100 Floors of Frights" elevator ride.

David Pumpkins eventually got his own Halloween special.

  • Always Someone Better: Dave Chappelle apparently sees him as this, when admitting that a giant wig alone couldn't make one of his characters (Dante, a big-afroed employee of the diner Jheri's Place) "...the next David S. Pumpkins."
  • Animated Adaptation: The The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special.
  • Catchphrase: "Any questions?"
  • Deconstruction: David Pumpkins can be seen as a deconstruction of Halloween monsters, which are often more cliche than scary these days.
  • Faux Horrific: David Pumpkins says he's going to "scare the hell out of you", but all he does is confuse the people on the ride.
  • Jump Scare: He finally gets a scream out of the passengers when he appears behind them, inside the elevator, and startles them with his catchphrase.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial:
    David Pumpkins: What's my name?
    Skeletons: David S. Pumpkins!
    David Pumpkins: Any questions?
    Beck: Yes! Several!
    • However, co-creator Bobby Moynihan revealed in an interview that the S stands for Simon, "for no reason whatsoever."
  • Overused Running Gag: Discussed (more like Complained About) after David Pumpkins kept appearing in the "100 Floors of Frights" ride.
    Beck: "Why did you go all-in on David Pumpkins?"
    Elevator guy: "Look, it's 100 Floors of Frights, they're not all gonna be winners."
  • Those Two Guys: David Pumpkins' dancing skeleton sidekicks.

Angel: Every boxer's girlfriend from every movie about boxing ever
Played by Heidi Gardner

A woman who appears on weekend update to share opinions on the news, who has a lot of emotional baggage from her relationship with every movie boxer ever.

  • Captain Ersatz: of Marisa Tomei from The Wrestler (not exactly a boxing movie, but all the same tropes apply here).
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'm taking the kids to my sister's."
    • "I'm the fighter."
  • Determinator: She's the fighter.
  • Drama Queen: Every time she's asked about a news item it triggers an emotional tirade, no matter how positive or unrelated to boxing it is.
  • Hollywood New England: Season 44. A mention of "Donnie Wahlberg Drive" (he hails from Boston), "Gronk" (Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots), a Shout-Out to Cheers and Matt Damon playing the titular boxer cements her story as taking place in Boston.
  • Mama Bear: She will leave you and take the kids to her sister's if you continue on your destructive path. Even you, Apple.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Angel wonders when all the new progress is going to be enough, proudly whipping out her iPhone 4S.
  • Wet Blanket Wife: She wants him to give up boxing, and if he doesn't, well....
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Angel's makeup is smeared on the corners of her eyes from crying. (But only little, because she has to remain strong so she can take the kids to her sister's.)

Jules, who sees things a little differently
Played by Beck Bennet

A smug hipster who appears on Weekend Update to share opinions on the news.

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: To put it politely.
    Jules: Everyone on the red carpet is asking "who are you wearing?" I wanna ask "who are you being?" I wanna tell all the actresses "take your clothes off! I want to see who is underneath!"
    Colin: Yeah, you can't do that, that's really bad...
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: In February 2019 he rolls onto stage with a Chinese greeting. Chinese New Year was actually over for a week at the time.
  • Upper-Class Twit: His dad invented Oxycotin and sold guns to Al-Qaeda, so he doesn't have to "work", if that makes sense.
  • Vaudeville Hook: Notably the first guy Colin's been forced to push out of frame once he's done.

Carrie Krum

Played by Aidy Bryant

A seventh grade girl who's a self styled travel expert.

  • Adorkable: Her idea of "tourist attractions" would actually be considered quite mundane and meaningless by anyone who's lived there a while... or anyone else.
    "And Michael... Michael... her bra was on the couch!"
  • Call-Back: One time Carrie complains about suffering a massive back injury, which is actually the backstory of Aidy's other recurring character Melanie (except that Melanie later fell into a painkiller-induced coma and didn't awaken till she was over 20.).

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