The Best Seinfeld Characters TV Characters

The Best Seinfeld Characters

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List Criteria: Characters who appeared at least once on the sitcom "Seinfeld."

List of the best characters from TV's "Seinfeld" sitcom. Seinfeld's core cast of characters - comedian Jerry Seinfeld, his childhood friend George Costanza, his ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes and neighbor Cosmo Kramer - have become cultural icons, and propelled each of the actors - Seinfeld (as himself), Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, respectively - to superstardom.

But show creators Seinfeld and Larry David, and their skilled team of writers, managed to create dozens of memorable characters to populate the show's fictional New York. Many were said to be based on real people Seinfeld and David knew from the city (including a strange neighbor who inspired the Kramer character, as well as episode in which Kramer hosts a "reality tour.")

A few of these characters - including fashion magnate J. Peterman and lawyer Jackie Chiles - even were considered for spin-offs towards the end of the show's run. This list counts down the very best and most hilarious Seinfeld characters, who fans enjoy seeing the most when they pop up on the show.

Who are the best Seinfeld characters? They're all pretty hilarious in their own right, whether intended or not. They're all pretty memorable, but there can only be one character that's the best.

Check out more lists like the collection of most amusing Seinfeldisms, the complete cast list, or the top Elaine moments in the series.


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    Jason Alexander

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    Michael Richards

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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    Jerry Stiller

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    Jerry Seinfeld

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    Wayne Knight

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    Patrick Warburton

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    John O'Hurley

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    Phil Morris

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    The Soup Nazi

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    George Steinbrenner Larry David

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    Estelle Costanza Estelle Harris

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    Len Lesser

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    Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

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    Barney Martin

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    Bookman the Library Cop Philip Baker Hall

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    Babu Brian George

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    Mr. Kruger Daniel von Bargen

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    Mickey Abbott Danny Woodburn

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    Steve Hytner

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    Liz Sheridan

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    Peter Crombie

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    Bryan Cranston

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    Heidi Swedberg

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    Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong

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    Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

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    Mr. Lippman

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    Jack Klompus Sandy Baron

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    The Bubble Boy

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    Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

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    Sid Fields Bill Erwin

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    Poppie Reni Santoni

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    Sidra Holland Teri Hatcher

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    Bob Sacamano

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    Aaron, the Close-talker Judge Reinhold

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    Tony, the Insane Mechanic Brad Garrett

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    Daniel von Bargen

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    The Maestro Mark Metcalf

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    The Wiz Toby Huss

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    Melanie Smith

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    Alton Benes, Elaine's Father Lawrence Tierney

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    Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

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    Mohel Charles Levin

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    Dr. Reston

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    Tom Wright

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    Ruth Cohen

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    Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

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    Frances Bay

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