40 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Characters of All Time

Legends, obscurities, opera men: a look back at the funniest concoctions to grace Studio 8H

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7. Dieter
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7. Dieter

Another brilliant Mike Myers creation: the black-clad German host of Sprockets, inviting his guests to touch his monkey as he raves about Berlin art-scene highlights like "Scabs on Canvas" and the Wall of Unhappiness. ("That poem pulls down my pants and taunts me.") Like everything else Myers did on SNL, Dieter has been imitated to death, but the original can't be topped — his impact, as Dieter would say, was like a cultural Chernobyl.

Best line: "Your presence intimidates me to the point of humiliation. Would you care to strike me?"

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