The Most Low-Key Sociopathic Things George Costanza Did On 'Seinfeld'

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Vote up the reprehensible things George Costanza did a bit too casually on 'Seinfeld.'

After the countless warm and fuzzy, family-friendly sitcoms of the 1980s, Seinfeld shook up television conventions in a major way. While they were making the show, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David set a now-famous rule for the show’s writers room: “no hugging, no learning.” 

The characters on Seinfeld were not going to learn important lessons about love and friendship. There would be no sentimental moments or personal growth and evolution. There certainly was no painstaking concern over making sure the characters seemed likeable to the audience.

It was George Costanza, played indelibly by Jason Alexander, who most embodied this motto. The character may have been loosely based on Larry David, but even Larry’s character on Curb Your Enthusiasm wouldn’t have attempted some of the things George tried to get away with. What makes the character especially interesting is that for someone so neurotic, emotionally volatile, and frequently unemployed, he often displays remarkable overconfidence. The audacity of his schemes make George somehow worth rooting for - even if it’s just to enjoy what a mess he’s made.

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  • 1
    162 VOTES

    Had No Reaction, Nor Guilt, About His Fiancée's Passing, Which He Caused

    Let’s just say that it’s a terrible idea to get engaged to George for all of the reasons. In the much-talked-about Season 7 finale, Susan finds out the hard way. As they pick out wedding invitations, George of course picks the least expensive option possible, despite warnings that the glue isn’t very adhesive. 

    Susan spends the day licking envelopes and gets progressively sicker until she collapses. In perhaps his most sociopathic moment in the series, George, after being told by the doctor that Susan has perished, shows no emotion, responding simply, “Huh.”

    162 votes
  • 2
    138 VOTES

    Pretended To Be Disabled To Get His Own Personal Bathroom

    In the premiere episode of the final season, George is using a cane while recovering from a fall down the stairs during the final episode of Season 8, "The Summer of George." He’s also on the hunt for a new job and, in true Costanza fashion, happily uses the assumption that he is disabled to land a gig.

    A playground equipment company completely falls for it and even offers him his own private handicap bathroom. But, of course, George can never keep his lies believable for long, and a confrontation with seniors and motorized carts leads to George running away... right into his new boss.

    138 votes
  • 3
    124 VOTES

    Parked In A Handicap Spot, Which Caused A Woman To Get Injured In A Wheelchair Mishap

    When George, Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer decide to buy a big-screen TV as an engagement gift for their friends, they head to the mall to pick it up. But just when you think George is being a good friend and thoughtful human being, he parks in the handicap spot.

    This prevents a woman in a wheelchair from parking there, and because she must park far away, the battery in her chair runs out, sending her falling down a ramp and out of her chair.

    124 votes
  • 4
    136 VOTES

    Created A Fake Charity To Avoid Buying Anyone A Christmas Present

    It should come as no surprise that George doesn’t like being expected to buy anyone a holiday gift. But only he would also be angered when he does not receive a holiday gift because a charitable donation has been made in his name instead.

    When he remembers that his father once made up a holiday called Festivus, George makes up a charity he calls "The Human Fund" and, as his gift to his coworkers, proudly announces he’s made donations in all of their names. When his boss finds out the charity doesn’t exist, George compounds the lie by saying he didn’t want to be persecuted for celebrating Festivus.

    136 votes
  • 5
    105 VOTES

    Slipped A Mickey Into His Boss's Drink At A Company Party

    George’s short temper often leads him to some of his most self-destructive behavior. In Season 2, George quits his job in a fit of pique after being banned from using the executive toilet.

    In one of his classic moves, he first tries to return to work the next day and pretend it never happened. But after his boss fires and insults him, George hatches a plan to slip a Mickey into the boss’s drink at an office party. His boss ends up falling for Elaine and offering George his job back, but still insults him. So George encourages his boss to ingest the spiked drink anyway.

    105 votes
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    100 VOTES

    Pretended To Be Attracted To A Woman So He Could Keep Collecting Unemployment - Then Took Her To McDonald’s On A First Date

    A desperate George is always an extra dangerous George. In Season 3’s "The Boyfriend," George is unemployed and has made up job prospects to keep his unemployment benefits. Once the plan has been foiled, George pretends to be attracted to the daughter of the woman who works at the unemployment office.

    True to form, he ropes in this innocent bystander and takes her on several terrible dates... including one glamorous meal at McDonald’s. Luckily, she soon sees right through him and breaks up with him. But, of course, George isn’t worried about hurting her feelings; he just wants her not to tell her mother so he can keep his benefits.

    100 votes