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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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    George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    George Costanza Jason Alexander

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    Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Cosmo Kramer Michael Richards

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    Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Elaine Benes Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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    Jerry Stiller

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    Jerry Seinfeld

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    Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Newman Wayne Knight

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    David Puddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    David Puddy Patrick Warburton

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    Jacopo Peterman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Jacopo Peterman John O'Hurley

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    Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Jackie Chiles Phil Morris

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    The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    The Soup Nazi

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    George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    George Steinbrenner Larry David

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    Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Estelle Costanza Estelle Harris

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    Uncle Leo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Uncle Leo Len Lesser

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    Art Vandelay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

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    Morty Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Morty Seinfeld Barney Martin

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    Bookman the Library Cop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Bookman the Library Cop Philip Baker Hall

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    Babu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Babu Brian George

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    Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Mr. Kruger Daniel von Bargen

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    Mickey Abbott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    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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    Tim Whatley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Tim Whatley Bryan Cranston

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    Sue Ellen Mischke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong

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    Susan Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Susan Ross Heidi Swedberg

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    Izzy Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

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    Mr. Lippman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Mr. Lippman

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    The Bubble Boy

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    Jack Klompus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Jack Klompus Sandy Baron

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    Dolores (Mulva) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

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    Sid Fields is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Sid Fields Bill Erwin

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    Sidra Holland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Sidra Holland Teri Hatcher

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    Poppie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Poppie Reni Santoni

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    Bob Sacamano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Bob Sacamano

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    Aaron, the Close-talker Judge Reinhold

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    Daniel von Bargen

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    The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    The Wiz Toby Huss

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    The Maestro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    The Maestro Mark Metcalf

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    Tony, the Insane Mechanic Brad Garrett

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    Alton Benes, Elaine's Father Lawrence Tierney

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    Melanie Smith

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    Mohel Charles Levin

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    Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

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    Dr. Reston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Dr. Reston

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    Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

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    Tom Wright

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    Frances Bay

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