Seinfeld Characters

Seinfeld Characters

Many Seinfeld episodes are based on the writers’ real-life experiences, with the experiences re-interpreted for the characters’ storyline. So, Seinfeld characters are carefully chosen for this purpose.

Seinfeld Main Characters:

Jerry Seinfeld (Jerome Allen Seinfeld)

Seinfeld Characters: Jerry Seinfeld (Jerome Allen Seinfeld)Jerry is a “minor celeb” stand-up comedian who is often depicted as “the voice of reason” amidst the general insanity generated by the people in his world.
The in-show character is a slight germaphobe and neat freak, as well as an avid Superman, New York Mets and breakfast cereal fan. Jerry’s apartment is the center of a world visited by his eccentric friends and a focus of the show. Plot lines often involve Jerry’s social interactions and romantic relationships. He typically finds minor, pedantic reasons to break up with women, including a habit of eating peas one at a time, oversized “man hands” and an irritating laugh. Other plot lines involve his longtime enemy Newman and his overbearing relatives, whom he meets periodically.


Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Seinfeld Characters: Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)Elaine is Jerry’s ex-girlfriend and later friend. She is attractive and assertive, while also being playful, selfish and occasionally self-righteous. She sometimes has a tendency to be too honest with people (usually by losing her temper), which often gets her into trouble. She usually gets caught up in her boyfriends’ quirks, eccentric employers’ unusual behaviors and idiosyncrasies, and the maladjustment of total strangers. She tends to make poor choices in men she chooses to date and is often overly reactionary. First she works at Pendant Publishing with Mr. Lippman, is later hired as a personal assistant for Mr. Pitt, and later works for the J. Peterman catalogue as a glorified assistant. One of Elaine’s trademark moves is her forceful shove while exclaiming “Get Out!” when she receives good, objectionable or surprising news. Another is her memorable “Little Kicks” dance move, which is described as a full body heave accompanied by a double-fisted “thumbs-up” and “little kicks.” She hates The English Patient, which is met with significant social disapproval. Elaine is popularly described as an amalgamation of David’s and Seinfeld’s girlfriends during their early days in New York as struggling comedians.


George Costanza (Jason Alexander)

Seinfeld Characters: George Costanza (Jason Alexander)George is Jerry’s best friend, and has been since high school. He is miserly, dishonest, petty and envious of others’ achievements.[12] He is depicted as a loser who is perpetually insecure about his capabilities. He complains and lies easily about his profession, relationships and almost everything else, which usually creates trouble for him later. He often uses the alias Art Vandelay when lying or concocting a cover story. Despite these shortcomings, George has a sense of loyalty to his friends and success in dating women and eventually secures a successful career as Assistant to the Traveling Secretary for the New York Yankees. During the run of the show, George and Jerry work with NBC to produce a pilot episode of a TV show called Jerry. During this time, he meets Susan Ross, who works for NBC. George has an on-and-off relationship with her, eventually getting engaged, until she dies at the end of season seven.


Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards)

Seinfeld Characters: Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards)Kramer is Jerry’s “wacky neighbor.” His trademarks include his humorous upright pompadour hairstyle, vintage clothes, and energetic sliding bursts through Jerry’s apartment door. Kramer was heavily based on a neighbor of David’s during his amateur comedic years in Manhattan. At times, he appears naïve, dense, and infantile, and at other times, insightful, experienced, and inexplicably influential; similarly, he is exaggeratedly successful, socially, with his charm and easygoing manner. This is seen in his infallible success with women and employers. He has been described as a “hipster doofus.” Although he never holds a steady job, he is rarely short of money and often invents wacky schemes that often work at first then eventually fail. Among these are coffee table books about coffee tables (for which he appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee) and a bra for men called the Bro, also known as the Manssiere, with Frank Costanza. Kramer is longtime friends with Newman, and they work well together despite their differences.

This completes the list of the main Seinfeld characters, but the entire Seinfeld characters list is far from closing. So lets get started with the minor Seinfeld characters.

Minor Seinfeld Characters:

Newman

Seinfeld Characters: NewmanNewman is one of my favorite characters. He is s a recurring character and occasional antagonist on the Seinfeld show. Newman is an employee of the United States Postal Service, which is portrayed in the series as a powerful and nefarious, yet bureaucratic and inept organization. His main role isas a villain/enemy to Jerry and a collaborator in Kramer’s elaborate and bizarre schemes. Often described as Jerry’s “sworn enemy” (“The Andrea Doria”), Newman is cunning and often schemes against Jerry. He speaks often in a humorously sinister tone (mainly to Jerry). Jerry refers to Newman as “pure evil” on more than one occasion. The two generally greet each other this way, Jerry in a distrustful, baleful voice, Newman in a falsely jovial one:
Jerry: “Hello, Newman.”
Newman: “Hello, Jerry.”
He is a good friend of Kramer and an associate in many of his schemes, and likes Drake’s Coffee Cake and Chunky Candy Bars, and has a strong distaste for broccoli, which he considers to be a “vile weed”. A trademark of the show is that Jerry greets him with a contemptuous disdainful “Hello… Newman” each time they meet. In The Raincoats, Helen Seinfeld automatically addresses Newman with the same tone. In “The Revenge”, only Newman’s voice is heard, which was originally voiced by Larry David and rerecorded for syndication.

Morty Seinfeld

Jerry’s father. He has strong, if sometimes outdated convictions about business and the way of the world. Fittingly, he spent some time as a politician in his Florida retirement community. During his working years, he sold raincoats with Harry Fleming and was the inventor of the “belt-less trench-coat”. He hates velcro because of “that tearing sound”. He occasionally plays into the Jewish stereotype of being extremely mindful of money, once calculating the interest and lost value of $50 that was owed several decades ago. However, he engages in frequent disputes with Jerry over money, refusing to let his son pay for anything in his presence, particularly restaurant checks.

Helen Seinfeld

Jerry’s mother. Often needed to provide reason to Jerry’s and Morty’s eccentric lifestyle, though overprotective of Jerry and often refuses point-blank to do anything that would place him at inconvenience. She is the only secondary character to appear in all nine seasons.

Uncle Leo

Jerry’s uncle. Brother of Helen Seinfeld. A bit of an old coot. Has a son, Jeffrey, who works in the NYC Parks Department, whom he mentions at every opportunity. Is very keen on Jerry stopping to say “hello”. Often when something doesn’t go the way he wants it to, he attributes it to anti-Semitism. He was once convicted of a “crime of passion”.

Morty Seinfeld

Jerry’s father. He has strong, if sometimes outdated convictions about business and the way of the world. Fittingly, he spent some time as a politician in his Florida retirement community. During his working years, he sold raincoats with Harry Fleming and was the inventor of the “belt-less trench-coat”. He hates velcro because of “that tearing sound”. He occasionally plays into the Jewish stereotype of being extremely mindful of money, once calculating the interest and lost value of $50 that was owed several decades ago. However, he engages in frequent disputes with Jerry over money, refusing to let his son pay for anything in his presence, particularly restaurant checks.

Frank Costanza

George’s Italian Catholic father. Utterly deranged and very quick to anger. Former cook in the Army and detests removing his shoes in other people’s homes. Because of his work as a travelling businessman, he speaks Korean. He invents the holiday Festivus, as a reaction to cultural commercialism of Christmas, and of which George has few fond memories. He has a phobia of spending silver dollars and suffers strongly from musophobia; however, he has a genuine compassion for squirrels. He wears his sneakers in the swimming pool. His lawyer wears a cape.

Estelle Costanza

George’s highly obnoxious and melodramatic Jewish mother. She constantly squabbles with Frank and George about their actions, but is the closest thing to reason in the Costanza household. Enjoys playing Mahjong. George claims she has never laughed, ever.

Susan Ross

George’s on-off girlfriend and later fiancée, and the daughter of wealthy parents. She was bisexual (“… that I like women”), partnered with a woman named Mona, and worked for NBC before getting fired, the latter apparently a result of her relationship with George. Died from licking cheap, toxic wedding invitation envelopes George bought during their engagement. George initially shows little remorse at her demise despite her devotion to him, which backfires when he is tied to a charity foundation dedicated to her and realizes had they been married, he would have inherited her considerable wealth and possessed vast amounts of money.

Jacopo “J” Peterman

Elaine’s boss and the founder of The J. Peterman Company. Eccentric adventurer and world-traveler. Once fired Elaine on suspicion of opium addiction after she failed a drug test because of a poppy seed muffin and again for her dislike for the film The English Patient. According to O’Hurley, Peterman’s distinctive manner of speaking is inspired by “’40s radio drama, combined with a bit of a bad Charles Kuralt.”

George Steinbrenner

George’s boss. Depicted as a rambling, unpredictable and hard-nosed owner of the New York Yankees whose face is never seen.

Matt Wilhelm

George’s supervisor at the New York Yankees. Briefly abducted by a carpet-cleaning cult (by the name of S-men), Wilhelm later leaves the Yankees to become head scout for the New York Mets. He appears to suffer from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

David Puddy

Elaine’s on-again-off-again boyfriend. Unflappable and calm, yet can be a surprisingly passionate individual at times (usually as a result of something Elaine has said). There is little ambiguity as to his status as an airhead and likes to stare into space. Used to be an auto mechanic (considered by Jerry as the only honest mechanic in New York), but later became a car salesman. Dislikes the term “grease monkey”. A recovering mysophobe, born again Christian, and a face painting New Jersey Devils fan. Loves Arby’s. Known for frequently initiating “high-fives” and his trademark line, delivered in monotone, “Yeah, that’s right.”

Mr. Lippman

Elaine’s boss at Pendant Publishing and a temporary boss of George in “The Red Dot”. Later, he opens a bakery named “Top of the muffin to you!” that sells only the tops of muffins, stealing the idea from Elaine. Enjoys cigars and botches a big merger with the Japanese due to a nasty cold and no handkerchief to sneeze into. He declines to shake hands with the Japanese representative because of this and ruins the merger.

Justin Pitt

Elaine’s second boss. Extremely wealthy business owner. He is a very picky individual and nearly impossible to please. Eats his Snickers bars with a knife and fork and prefers to wear white knee socks. Fired Elaine after he became convinced she had tried to murder him using a deadly drug interaction, using Jerry as accomplice.

Mickey Abbott

A quick-tempered little person actor. Typically appears with his friend Kramer. Becomes violent if referred to as a “midget”. Often appears in roles as children or elves (with Kramer at a department store). In The Race, it is revealed that he has two college-age children, and in “The Yada Yada” that he has been married three times.

Russell Dalrymple

The president of NBC who works with Jerry and George on a television pilot. Had teenage daughter played by Denise Richards, who was ogled by George and Jerry. He becomes obsessed with Elaine and quits NBC to join Greenpeace in order to impress her. He falls off a small dinghy while chasing a whaling ship. His crewmates (one of whom was played by Larry David) cannot find him in the dark waters and he subsequently perishes at sea where one of the crewmates promises to contact Elaine of his actions.

Kenny Bania

Stand-up comedian considered a ‘hack’ by Jerry and other comedians. Jerry especially dislikes him because he uses Jerry’s act to warm up his audience. Ovaltine is a main topic of his acts (Jerry: “He thinks anything that dissolves in milk is funny”). He has curious views on food, and is obsessed with eating dinner at Mendy’s Restaurant.

Crazy Joe Davola

Writer for NBC who suffers from mental problems. Attacked Kramer, blames Jerry for misfortunes, dated and stalked Elaine Benes going as far as taking photographs of her around town and even in her apartment with a telescopic lens. Depressed that Elaine rejected him, he dressed up like the clown from the opera Pagliacci and beats up several street toughs who antagonize him. Likes to leave his door open to “encourage intruders”.

Dugan

Co-worker of Elaine at J. Peterman. Thinks that no one should make fun of pigs.

Jackie Chiles

Kramer’s eccentric but highly efficient lawyer. Although very successful, he has had bad luck when representing Kramer. Favorite sayings are “Outrageous! Egregious! Preposterous!” Parody of Johnnie Cochran. After the group is convicted in the finale, Jackie confirms that Sidra, Jerry’s ex-girlfriend, has physical features that are not only real, but also “spectacular”.

Larry

The sour manager and/or owner of Monk’s Cafe, often antagonized by the foursome’s antics. Occasionally brandishes a gold earring.

Jack Klompus

Short tempered resident of Phase Two of the Pines of Mar Gables who seems to consistently have a grudge against Morty Seinfeld. Has a cool astronaut pen that he gives to Jerry out of duress. Gets a “sweetheart deal” from Jerry for Morty’s Cadillac, then subsequently drives it into a swamp. He also made false allegations of Morty stealing from the treasury and convinced the residents of the complex it was true, which led to Morty’s impeachment as the president of the condo association.

Ruthie Cohen

A cashier at Monk’s Café whom George once accused of stealing $10 of his money. He claimed to have given her a $20 bill, but she only provided change for a $10 bill. She can be seen in the background as the cashier at Monk’s in almost every episode that features the interior of the cafe as a setting.

This completes my list of Seinfeld characters. If you feel like the list is incomplete, that I have missed any worth mentioning Seinfeld characters, you can let a comment and I’ll update the list as soon as possible.

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