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The Best Seinfeld Characters

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 Steinbrenner Larry David

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    Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

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    Bookman the Library Cop Philip Baker Hall

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    Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong

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    Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

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    The Bubble Boy

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    The Maestro Mark Metcalf

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    Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

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    Poppie Reni Santoni

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    Aaron, the Close-talker Judge Reinhold

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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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    Mr. Morgan Tom Wright

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    Mrs. Choate Frances Bay

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    Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

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    Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

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    Marlene Tracy Kolis

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