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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
George Costanza Jason Alexander

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2
855 148
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Cosmo Kramer Michael Richards

3
550 155
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Frank Costanza Jerry Stiller

4
536 172
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld

5
579 168
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Elaine Benes Julia Louis-Dreyfus

6
514 168
Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Newman Wayne Knight

7
396 178
David Puddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
David Puddy Patrick Warburton

8
344 124
Jacopo Peterman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jacopo Peterman John O'Hurley

9
349 171
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jackie Chiles Phil Morris

10
214 51
The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
gamedemon24 added The Soup Nazi

11
310 142
Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Estelle Costanza Estelle Harris

12
278 169
George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
George Steinbrenner Larry David

13
293 174
Uncle Leo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Uncle Leo Len Lesser

14
249 100
Art Vandelay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

15
201 156
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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226 161
Morty Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Morty Seinfeld Barney Martin

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177 161
Babu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Babu Brian George

18
170 192
Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mr. Kruger Daniel von Bargen

19
159 174
Kenny Bania is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Kenny Bania Steve Hytner

20
150 144
Mickey Abbott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mickey Abbott Danny Woodburn

21
144 161
Helen Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Helen Seinfeld Liz Sheridan

22
147 165
Tim Whatley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Tim Whatley Bryan Cranston

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129 123
Desertrat89 added "Crazy" Joe Davola Peter Crombie

24
142 161
Sue Ellen Mischke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong

25
141 172
Susan Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Susan Ross Heidi Swedberg

26
106 118
Izzy Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Desertrat89 added Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

27
54 42
Justin Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
DaveReinhart added Justin Pitt

28
36 38
The Bubble Boy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
KevinTroop added The Bubble Boy

29
110 163
Mr. Lippman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mr. Lippman

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110 151
Jack Klompus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jack Klompus Sandy Baron

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28 23
Sid Fields is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Sid Fields Bill Erwin

32
26 21
Dolores (Mulva) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

33
25 21
Sidra Holland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Sidra Holland Teri Hatcher

34
24 13
Aaron, the Close-talker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Aaron, the Close-talker Judge Reinhold

35
25 27
Poppie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Poppie Reni Santoni

36
20 21
Bob Sacamano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Bob Sacamano

37
52 82
Lloyd Braun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Lloyd Braun

38
16 12
Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mr. Kruger Daniel von Bargen

39
88 159
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
The Wiz Toby Huss

40
15 13
Tony, the Insane Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Tony, the Insane Mechanic Brad Garrett

41
104 191
The Maestro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
The Maestro Mark Metcalf

42
12 12
Alton Benes, Elaine's Father is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Alton Benes, Elaine's Father Lawrence Tierney

43
10 11
Russell Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

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7 9
Mrs. Choate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mrs. Choate Frances Bay

45
12 30
Dr. Reston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Dr. Reston

46
7 15
Mohel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mohel Charles Levin

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6 12
Gary Fogel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

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7 14
Rachel Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Rachel Goldstein Melanie Smith

49
4 9
Mr. Morgan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mr. Morgan Tom Wright

50
5 12
Marlene is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Marlene Tracy Kolis