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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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923 155
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Cosmo Kramer Michael Richards

3
576 169
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Frank Costanza Jerry Stiller

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574 183
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld

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625 177
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Elaine Benes Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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547 177
Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Newman Wayne Knight

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416 185
David Puddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
David Puddy Patrick Warburton

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361 132
Jacopo Peterman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jacopo Peterman John O'Hurley

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370 174
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jackie Chiles Phil Morris

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233 56
The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
gamedemon24 added The Soup Nazi

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321 150
Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Estelle Costanza Estelle Harris

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294 174
George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
George Steinbrenner Larry David

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305 180
Uncle Leo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Uncle Leo Len Lesser

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264 103
Art Vandelay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

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211 166
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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237 164
Morty Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Morty Seinfeld Barney Martin

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179 202
Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mr. Kruger Daniel von Bargen - Daniel von Bargen

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186 167
Babu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Babu Brian George

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165 180
Kenny Bania is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Kenny Bania Steve Hytner

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152 152
Mickey Abbott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mickey Abbott Danny Woodburn

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148 167
Helen Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Helen Seinfeld Liz Sheridan

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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155 169
Tim Whatley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Tim Whatley Bryan Cranston

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136 127
Desertrat89 added "Crazy" Joe Davola Peter Crombie

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149 176
Susan Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Susan Ross Heidi Swedberg

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117 121
Izzy Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Desertrat89 added Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

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147 165
Sue Ellen Mischke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong

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58 45
Justin Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
DaveReinhart added Justin Pitt

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114 167
Mr. Lippman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mr. Lippman

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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37 44
The Bubble Boy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
KevinTroop added The Bubble Boy

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114 156
Jack Klompus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jack Klompus Sandy Baron

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35 30
Sid Fields is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Sid Fields Bill Erwin

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29 24
Dolores (Mulva) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

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27 23
Bob Sacamano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Bob Sacamano

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24 17
Aaron, the Close-talker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Aaron, the Close-talker Judge Reinhold

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59 85
Lloyd Braun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Lloyd Braun

The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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28 32
Poppie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Poppie Reni Santoni

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3 2
Sidra Holland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Sidra Holland Teri Hatcher

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91 163
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
The Wiz Toby Huss

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16 17
Tony, the Insane Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Tony, the Insane Mechanic Brad Garrett

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109 197
The Maestro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
The Maestro Mark Metcalf

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15 15
Alton Benes, Elaine's Father is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Alton Benes, Elaine's Father Lawrence Tierney

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11 14
Russell Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

Which Stranger Things Character Are You According To Your Zodiac?

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8 11
Mr. Morgan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mr. Morgan Tom Wright

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11 19
Mohel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mohel Charles Levin

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9 15
Gary Fogel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

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9 16
Rachel Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Rachel Goldstein Melanie Smith

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8 12
Mrs. Choate is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mrs. Choate Frances Bay

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12 34
Dr. Reston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Dr. Reston

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4 15
Ruthie Cohen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Ruthie Cohen Ruth Cohen

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15 32
Bubble Boy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
ddm8808 added Bubble Boy