Wayne and Garth became so popular that they starred in not one, but TWO hit movies. So they also deserve the credit (or blame) for every SNL movie that followed. Maybe they feel bad about that...and maybe monkeys will fly out of Wayne's butt.
It Chris Farley's first appearance of Matt Foley, David Spade and Christina Applegate had to cover their faces so people couldn't seem them laughing. The audience noticed anyway, but after seeing Chris Farley's performance, it was totally understandable.
Should "Chris Farley" really be thought of a character? After all, he shares his name with the actor who plays him. But we're going to count it anyway, because we simply can't exclude anyone who asked Paul McCartney, "You remember when you were with the Beatles?"
In the '90s, Mike Myers was basically a character machine. He could even take a bizarre German talk show host like Dieter and somehow make him extremely popular. Myers had wanted to make "Sprockets" movie, but wasn't satisfied with his own script, so it never happened.
"The Continental" is 7-10 minutes of Christopher Walken talking directly to the camera, using an unidentifiable accent, and offering his guest some "fine cham-pan-ya." In other words, each sketch is perfect.
"Coffee Talk" was originally hosted by another Mike Myers character named Paul Baldwin. But then Myers decided he'd rather do an impression of his mother-in-law, and a classic character was born. No word on if Paul Baldwin every recovered from having shpilkis in his genechtagazoink.
Following in the footsteps of Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer and Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn's Sweeney Sisters were the Culps, middle school music teachers played by Will Ferrell and Ana Gastayer. Probably due to the music in the sketches, full sketches of the Culps are difficult to find on line. But you can watch a little clip here.
Some characters don't need an actual name. For instance, there was Adam Sandler's Opera Man or Rob Schneider's Orgasm Guy. But they perhaps owe that simplicity to Dana Carvey's character who starts his commentary by saying, "I'm old and I'm not happy!"
Chuck Norris Facts and Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man In The World all owe a debt to The Bill Brasky Guys. When you've got Will Ferrell and various other cast members and hosts getting drunk and shouting things like, "Every morning I crap the bed ," what more do you need?
Playing off the sometimes odd relationship between Batman and Robin, things were taken further in the adventures of superheroes Ace and Gary. Instead of being voiced by SNL cast members, the voices were provided by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell.