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Sitcoms 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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1,035 169
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jason Alexander

2
977 166
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Michael Richards

3
665 193
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

4
608 202
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Seinfeld

5
603 186
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jerry Stiller

6
572 189
Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Wayne Knight

7
435 197
David Puddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Patrick Warburton

8
378 141
Jacopo Peterman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
John O'Hurley

9
388 179
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Phil Morris

10
252 62
The Soup Nazi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
gamedemon24 added The Soup Nazi

11
336 154
Estelle Costanza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Estelle Harris

12
311 177
George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
George Steinbrenner Larry David

13
319 182
Uncle Leo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Len Lesser

14
274 108
Art Vandelay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Art Vandelay Jason Alexander

15
218 172
Bookman the Library Cop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Bookman the Library Cop Philip Baker Hall

16
248 167
Morty Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Barney Martin

17
197 171
Babu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Babu Brian George

18
183 206
Mr. Kruger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Daniel von Bargen - Daniel von Bargen

19
174 184
Kenny Bania is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Steve Hytner

20
155 156
Mickey Abbott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mickey Abbott Danny Woodburn

21
153 173
Helen Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Liz Sheridan

22
143 129
Desertrat89 added Peter Crombie

23
160 173
Tim Whatley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Bryan Cranston

24
126 123
Izzy Mandelbaum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Desertrat89 added Izzy Mandelbaum Lloyd Bridges

25
157 182
Susan Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Heidi Swedberg

26
155 168
Sue Ellen Mischke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Sue Ellen Mischke Brenda Strong

27
63 48
Justin Pitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
DaveReinhart added

28
119 171
Mr. Lippman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Mr. Lippman

29
118 159
Jack Klompus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Jack Klompus Sandy Baron

30
40 47
The Bubble Boy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
KevinTroop added The Bubble Boy

31
40 31
Sid Fields is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Sid Fields Bill Erwin

32
34 27
Dolores (Mulva) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Dolores (Mulva) Susan Walters

33
35 25
Bob Sacamano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Bob Sacamano

34
28 20
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
62 90
Lloyd Braun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added

36
31 35
Poppie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
muzziac added Poppie Reni Santoni

37
7 5
Sidra Holland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Sidra Holland Teri Hatcher

38
93 168
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
The Wiz Toby Huss

39
116 201
The Maestro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
The Maestro Mark Metcalf

40
19 17
Alton Benes, Elaine's Father is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Alton Benes, Elaine's Father Lawrence Tierney

41
18 21
Tony, the Insane Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Tony, the Insane Mechanic Brad Garrett

42
13 16
Russell Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Russell Dalrymple Bob Balaban

43
11 13
Mrs. Choate is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Frances Bay

44
12 18
Rachel Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Melanie Smith

45
11 18
Gary Fogel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Gary Fogel Jon Lovitz

46
8 15
Mr. Morgan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Tom Wright

47
11 23
Mohel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Mohel Charles Levin

48
14 37
Dr. Reston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
Dr. Reston

49
18 36
Bubble Boy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
ddm8808 added Bubble Boy

50
5 18
Ruthie Cohen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Seinfeld Characters
slaft added Ruth Cohen