Photo: via Reddit

Sitcoms The Best Seinfeld Characters  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
16.6k votes 1.9k voters 50.8k views

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.
list ordered by

1
1,079 179
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jason Alexander

2
1,017 172
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Michael Richards

3
633 211
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Seinfeld

4
628 193
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Stiller

5
694 204
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

6
595 195
Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Wayne Knight

7
455 203
David Puddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Patrick Warburton

8
391 149
Jacopo Peterman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
John O'Hurley

9
399 186
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Phil Morris

10
266 65
The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
gamedemon24 added The Soup Nazi

11
345 161
Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Estelle Harris

12
320 184
George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
George Steinbrenner Larry David

13
329 187
Uncle Leo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Len Lesser

14
280 113
Art Vandelay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

15
226 175
Bookman the Library Cop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Bookman the Library Cop Philip Baker Hall

16
253 174
Morty Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Barney Martin

17
202 174
Babu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Babu Brian George

18
186 212
Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Daniel von Bargen - Daniel von Bargen

19
177 188
Kenny Bania is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Steve Hytner

20
158 162
Mickey Abbott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mickey Abbott Danny Woodburn

21
157 178
Helen Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Liz Sheridan

22
170 175
Tim Whatley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Bryan Cranston

23
148 133
Desertrat89 added Peter Crombie

24
130 126
Izzy Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Desertrat89 added Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

25
159 188
Susan Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Heidi Swedberg