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The Best Seinfeld Characters 

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List Rules 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
Jason Alexander
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Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Michael Richards
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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Stiller
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Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Wayne Knight
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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Seinfeld
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David Puddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Patrick Warburton
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Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Phil Morris
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Jacopo Peterman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
John O'Hurley
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Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Estelle Harris
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Uncle Leo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Len Lesser
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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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The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
gamedemon24 added The Soup Nazi
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Morty Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Barney Martin
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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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Art Vandelay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Art Vandelay Jason Alexander
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Kenny Bania is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Steve Hytner
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Tim Whatley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Bryan Cranston
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Babu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Babu Brian George
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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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Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Daniel von Bargen
Daniel von Bargen
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Justin Pitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
DaveReinhart added
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Helen Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Liz Sheridan
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Izzy Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Desertrat89 added Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges
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Sue Ellen Mischke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong