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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    Jerry Stiller

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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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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    The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    The Soup Nazi

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    Phil Morris

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    Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Estelle Costanza Estelle Harris

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    George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    George Steinbrenner Larry David

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    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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    Bookman the Library Cop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Bookman the Library Cop Philip Baker Hall

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    Barney Martin

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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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    Steve Hytner

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    Mickey Abbott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Mickey Abbott Danny Woodburn

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    Liz Sheridan

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    Bryan Cranston

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    Peter Crombie

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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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    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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    The Bubble Boy

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    Mr. Lippman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters


    Mr. Lippman

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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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    Sid Fields is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Sid Fields Bill Erwin

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    Dolores (Mulva) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

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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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    Aaron, the Close-talker Judge Reinhold

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

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    Poppie Reni Santoni

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    Bob Sacamano is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    Bob Sacamano

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    The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    The Wiz Toby Huss

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    Tony, the Insane Mechanic Brad Garrett

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    Daniel von Bargen

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    The Maestro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters

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    The Maestro Mark Metcalf

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    Alton Benes, Elaine's Father Lawrence Tierney

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    Mohel Charles Levin

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    Melanie Smith

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    Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

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


    Dr. Reston

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    Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

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    Frances Bay

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    Ruth Cohen

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    Tom Wright

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