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List of major, recurring and minor characters from [[Seinfeld]].
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List of major, recurring and minor characters from ''[[Seinfeld]]''.
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== The Group ==
   
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=== In General ===
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* [[The Friends Who Never Hang]]: One of them is usually absent from an episode's main plot.
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* [[Nice, Mean and In-Between]]: Kramer is Nice, George is Mean, and Jerry is In-Between.
== The Group ==
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* [[Static Character]]: Not one of them changes in the slightest over all nine seasons. They start out as [[Jerkass]]es and they end as [[Jerkass]]es.
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* [[Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist]]: Each and every one of them.
   
 
=== Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) ===
 
=== Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) ===
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* [[Always Second Best]]: He may be [[Born Lucky]] but he'll never quite match up to Newman or Tim Whatley.
 
* [[Actually Pretty Funny]]: Though the group can often times be annoyed by him, they have to admit he's pretty funny.
 
* [[Actually Pretty Funny]]: Though the group can often times be annoyed by him, they have to admit he's pretty funny.
 
* [[As Himself]]
 
* [[As Himself]]
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** Along with Elaine, he's visibly against parking in ''The Handicap Spot'' and is later shocked that George and Kramer bought a used wheelchair.
 
** Along with Elaine, he's visibly against parking in ''The Handicap Spot'' and is later shocked that George and Kramer bought a used wheelchair.
 
** In ''The Junior Mint'', he's horrified that the junior mint was left in Roy.
 
** In ''The Junior Mint'', he's horrified that the junior mint was left in Roy.
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* [[Evil Is Petty]]: Downplay evil but play up petty.
 
* [[Informed Judaism]]
 
* [[Informed Judaism]]
 
* [[Jews Love to Argue]]
 
* [[Jews Love to Argue]]
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* [[Lack of Empathy]]: The other three can be shamed into acknowledging that they're bad people. Jerry revels in it.
 
* [[Manipulative Bastard]]: Per [[Word of God]], he encourages his friends' [[Zany Scheme]]s so he can either [[It Amused Me|get a laugh]] or have some new material for his next show.
 
* [[Manipulative Bastard]]: Per [[Word of God]], he encourages his friends' [[Zany Scheme]]s so he can either [[It Amused Me|get a laugh]] or have some new material for his next show.
 
* [[Minor Flaw, Major Breakup]]: A [[Running Gag]] with him is finding some minor flaw with his [[Girl of the Week]] that causes him to break up with her, including one woman whose flaw was being ''simply too perfect''.
 
* [[Minor Flaw, Major Breakup]]: A [[Running Gag]] with him is finding some minor flaw with his [[Girl of the Week]] that causes him to break up with her, including one woman whose flaw was being ''simply too perfect''.
 
* [[Mistaken for Gay]]: With George in ''The Outing''. [[Not That There's Anything Wrong with That]].
 
* [[Mistaken for Gay]]: With George in ''The Outing''. [[Not That There's Anything Wrong with That]].
 
* [[Mistaken for Racist]]: By Winona in ''The Cigar Store Indian''.
 
* [[Mistaken for Racist]]: By Winona in ''The Cigar Store Indian''.
* [[Neat Freak]]: Taken to [[Terrified of Germs|near-pathological levels]] when his girlfriend put something of his in the toilet and wouldn't tell him what it was. {{spoiler|It was the toilet brush.}}
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* [[Neat Freak]]: Taken to [[Terrified of Germs|near-pathological levels]] in ''The Pothole'' when his girlfriend put something of his in the toilet and wouldn't tell him what it was. {{spoiler|It was the toilet brush.}}
 
* [[No Good Deed Goes Unpunished]]: Helping Babu was perhaps the one genuinely selfless thing he ever did. It backfires due to outside circumstances and a spiteful Babu later testifies against Jerry at the trial, sealing his fate.
 
* [[No Good Deed Goes Unpunished]]: Helping Babu was perhaps the one genuinely selfless thing he ever did. It backfires due to outside circumstances and a spiteful Babu later testifies against Jerry at the trial, sealing his fate.
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** There's also when he bought his father a new car.
 
* [[One-Hour Work Week]]: Rarely seen performing standup (which is supposed to be his livelihood) and even more rarely seen writing new material, something which is often lampshaded by other characters.
 
* [[One-Hour Work Week]]: Rarely seen performing standup (which is supposed to be his livelihood) and even more rarely seen writing new material, something which is often lampshaded by other characters.
 
* [[One of the Kids]]
 
* [[One of the Kids]]
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* [[Pet the Dog]]: Every now and then he displays a decent amount of kindness.
 
* [[Pet the Dog]]: Every now and then he displays a decent amount of kindness.
 
* [[Really Gets Around]]: All of the main characters do to a certain extent, but he had more girlfriends than any of them.
 
* [[Really Gets Around]]: All of the main characters do to a certain extent, but he had more girlfriends than any of them.
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* [[Unknown Rival]]: Kenny seems blissfully unaware of how much Jerry hates him.
 
* [[Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist]]: Though he sometimes overlaps with [[The Everyman]].
 
* [[Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist]]: Though he sometimes overlaps with [[The Everyman]].
 
* [[Wants a Prize For Basic Decency]]: Frequently has [[Inner Monologue]]s where he praises himself for being such a good person.
 
* [[Wants a Prize For Basic Decency]]: Frequently has [[Inner Monologue]]s where he praises himself for being such a good person.
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* [[Disability as an Excuse For Jerkassery]]: Once faked a disability in order to get a number of perks at his job. This went as far as [[Exaggerated Trope|having a secretary carry him to his office.]]
 
* [[Disability as an Excuse For Jerkassery]]: Once faked a disability in order to get a number of perks at his job. This went as far as [[Exaggerated Trope|having a secretary carry him to his office.]]
 
* [[Dismotivation]]
 
* [[Dismotivation]]
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* [[The Ditz]]: "For I am Costanza. Lord of the Idiots."
 
* [[Even Evil Has Standards]]: Even George was appalled that a junior mint was left in Roy.
 
* [[Even Evil Has Standards]]: Even George was appalled that a junior mint was left in Roy.
 
* [[Evil Is Petty]]: Evil may be stretching it, but he is easily the pettiest of the friends, often dissecting mundane situations and concocting schemes for completely imagined slights.
 
* [[Evil Is Petty]]: Evil may be stretching it, but he is easily the pettiest of the friends, often dissecting mundane situations and concocting schemes for completely imagined slights.
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* [[Fat Best Friend]]: To Jerry.
 
* [[Freudian Excuse]]: His [[Hilariously Abusive Childhood]].
 
* [[Freudian Excuse]]: His [[Hilariously Abusive Childhood]].
 
* [[The Friend Nobody Likes]]: Though if you ask him, Elaine is this.
 
* [[The Friend Nobody Likes]]: Though if you ask him, Elaine is this.
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** Why couldn't Lola wheel herself up the road in ''The Handicap Spot''? It wasn't that steep an incline.
 
** Why couldn't Lola wheel herself up the road in ''The Handicap Spot''? It wasn't that steep an incline.
 
** While it was mainly to emphasize his cheapness, what is the point in buying an expensive wedding invitation? People are only going to look at it for two seconds or so and either throw it out or mail it back.
 
** While it was mainly to emphasize his cheapness, what is the point in buying an expensive wedding invitation? People are only going to look at it for two seconds or so and either throw it out or mail it back.
* [[Kavorka Man]]: Not to Kramer's extent but he dates a fair amount of women (and was even engaged) despite being a short, stocky, and overall not very attractive man.
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* [[Kavorka Man]]: Not to Kramer's extent but he dates a fair amount of women (and was even engaged) despite being a short, stocky, and overall not very attractive man. Even Marisa Tomei was into him.
 
* [[Kick the Dog]]: His reaction to {{spoiler|Susan's death}}.
 
* [[Kick the Dog]]: His reaction to {{spoiler|Susan's death}}.
 
* [[Lack of Empathy]]: Never once displays any empathy.
 
* [[Lack of Empathy]]: Never once displays any empathy.
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* [[Dynamic Entry]]: One of his trademarks.
 
* [[Dynamic Entry]]: One of his trademarks.
 
* [[Early Installment Weirdness]]: Is depicted as a shut-in named "Kessler" who hasn't left the apartment building in years in the pilot.
 
* [[Early Installment Weirdness]]: Is depicted as a shut-in named "Kessler" who hasn't left the apartment building in years in the pilot.
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* [[Everyone Has Standards]]: He befriends some really questionable sorts but not even he could look past Crazy Joe Davola.
 
* [[Embarrassing First Name]]: Cosmo, though he eventually embraces it.
 
* [[Embarrassing First Name]]: Cosmo, though he eventually embraces it.
 
* [[Friends Rent Control]]: Good grief, yes. He's probably a better example than the Trope Namer. Out of the show's nine year run, Kramer has held a legitimate job for all of four episodes. And in one case, ''he wasn't even an employee of the company he was working at.''
 
* [[Friends Rent Control]]: Good grief, yes. He's probably a better example than the Trope Namer. Out of the show's nine year run, Kramer has held a legitimate job for all of four episodes. And in one case, ''he wasn't even an employee of the company he was working at.''
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* [[Jewish Mother]]: Briefly takes on the characteristics of one while trying to cook a lot of Jewish food for Jewish Singles Night.
 
* [[Jewish Mother]]: Briefly takes on the characteristics of one while trying to cook a lot of Jewish food for Jewish Singles Night.
 
{{quote| '''Kramer:''' (to Jerry) "Eat! Eat! You're nothing but skin and bones!"}}
 
{{quote| '''Kramer:''' (to Jerry) "Eat! Eat! You're nothing but skin and bones!"}}
* [[Kavorka Man]]: The [[Trope Namer]]. Kavorka roughly translates to "the lure of the animal" in Latvian. He's seduced Uma Thurman, a nun, and a lesbian!
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* [[Kavorka Man]]: The [[Trope Namers|Trope Namer]]. Kavorka roughly translates to "the lure of the animal" in Latvian. He's seduced Uma Thurman, a nun, and a lesbian!
 
* [[The Klutz]]
 
* [[The Klutz]]
 
* [[Large Ham]]: Easily outstrips any other Large Ham on the show.
 
* [[Large Ham]]: Easily outstrips any other Large Ham on the show.
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* [[Mistaken for Junkie]]: J. Peterman throws him out of Elaine's office after he thinks Kramer has come seeking drugs from her.
 
* [[Mistaken for Junkie]]: J. Peterman throws him out of Elaine's office after he thinks Kramer has come seeking drugs from her.
 
* [[No Name Given]]: Until [[The Reveal]] that his first name is {{spoiler|Cosmo}}.
 
* [[No Name Given]]: Until [[The Reveal]] that his first name is {{spoiler|Cosmo}}.
* [[One of the Kids]]
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* [[One of the Kids]]: So much so that he's in a children's karate class.
* [[One-Hour Work Week]]: Try no-hour work week.
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* [[One-Hour Work Week]]: Try no-hour work week. Season 9 eventually revealed that he's employed at a bagel bakery but has been on strike for the better part of a decade.
 
* [[The Slacker]]: Is he ever. This trope could be renamed ''The Kramer''.
 
* [[The Slacker]]: Is he ever. This trope could be renamed ''The Kramer''.
 
* [[Small Name, Big Ego]]: As 'The Real J. Peterman.'
 
* [[Small Name, Big Ego]]: As 'The Real J. Peterman.'
 
* [[Team Dad]]: He's often quick to lecture his friends on their actions even if he is no better.
 
* [[Team Dad]]: He's often quick to lecture his friends on their actions even if he is no better.
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* [[The Thing That Would Not Leave]]
 
* [[Token Good Teammate]]: Pretty much the only member of the group with a conscience.
 
* [[Token Good Teammate]]: Pretty much the only member of the group with a conscience.
 
* [[Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist]]: But still the best human being out of the four.
 
* [[Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist]]: But still the best human being out of the four.
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* [[Driven to Suicide]]: Spends the duration of introductory episode as an offscreen character threatening to jump off the roof of the apartment building.
 
* [[Driven to Suicide]]: Spends the duration of introductory episode as an offscreen character threatening to jump off the roof of the apartment building.
 
* [[Early Installment Weirdness]]: ''The Revenge''. Even discounting the whole bungled suicide, Jerry seems to have no issue with him.
 
* [[Early Installment Weirdness]]: ''The Revenge''. Even discounting the whole bungled suicide, Jerry seems to have no issue with him.
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* [[Even Evil Has Standards]]: As sadistic as he is, he tries to protect Kramer from the full wrath of the US Postal Service.
 
* [[Fat Bastard]]
 
* [[Fat Bastard]]
 
* [[Fat Best Friend]]: To Kramer.
 
* [[Fat Best Friend]]: To Kramer.
 
* [[The Friend Nobody Likes]]: Kramer seems to be the only one who can stand him.
 
* [[The Friend Nobody Likes]]: Kramer seems to be the only one who can stand him.
 
* [[Large Ham]]: Best seen in ''The Package''.
 
* [[Large Ham]]: Best seen in ''The Package''.
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* [[One-Hour Work Week]]: Rarely ever seen working. Supposedly a [[Take That]] directed at the post office.
 
* [[Only One Name]]: Only ever referred to as "Newman." Several hints point to it being his last name but it's never confirmed.
 
* [[Only One Name]]: Only ever referred to as "Newman." Several hints point to it being his last name but it's never confirmed.
 
* [[The Other Darrin]]: Was an offscreen character voiced by Larry David in his first appearance but Larry David had Knight record the lines for the syndication version so as to keep continuity intact.
 
* [[The Other Darrin]]: Was an offscreen character voiced by Larry David in his first appearance but Larry David had Knight record the lines for the syndication version so as to keep continuity intact.
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=== J. Peterman (John O'Hurley) ===
 
=== J. Peterman (John O'Hurley) ===
 
* [[Bad Boss]]: Frequently fires Elaine for ridiculous reasons but he's [[Innocently Insensitive]] and doesn't see why that would be wrong. Weirdly enough, the one time she ''should'' have been fired, he waved the whole thing off and decided her upcoming indigestion would be punishment enough.
 
* [[Bad Boss]]: Frequently fires Elaine for ridiculous reasons but he's [[Innocently Insensitive]] and doesn't see why that would be wrong. Weirdly enough, the one time she ''should'' have been fired, he waved the whole thing off and decided her upcoming indigestion would be punishment enough.
* [[Badass]]: it's debatable how many of his stories are true, but damn.
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* [[Badass]]: It's debatable how many of his stories are true, but damn.
 
* [[Based on a Great Big Lie]]: His biography, the majority of his stories being bought from Kramer.
 
* [[Based on a Great Big Lie]]: His biography, the majority of his stories being bought from Kramer.
 
* [[Cloudcuckoolander]]
 
* [[Cloudcuckoolander]]
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* [[Gentleman Adventurer]]: Gives off this vibe, but it's not clear if he actually was one or he's just insane.
 
* [[Gentleman Adventurer]]: Gives off this vibe, but it's not clear if he actually was one or he's just insane.
 
* [[Large Ham]]
 
* [[Large Ham]]
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* [[Last-Name Basis]]: Usually only called "Mr. Peterman." His first named, Jacobo, is first uttered when he meets his dying mother.
 
* [[Miles Gloriosus]]
 
* [[Miles Gloriosus]]
* [[Nice Guy]]: In all seriousness, he's probably the nicest guy in the series.
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* [[Nice Guy]]: In all seriousness, he's probably the nicest guy in the series. When he first met Elaine, she was crying on the street in the rain and he took it upon himself to help her out.
 
* [[No Celebrities Were Harmed]]: He's a parody of John Peterman, the actual owner of of the J. Peterman Company. When the real Peterman lost his company to a buyout in 1999, John O'Hurley helped him buy it back.
 
* [[No Celebrities Were Harmed]]: He's a parody of John Peterman, the actual owner of of the J. Peterman Company. When the real Peterman lost his company to a buyout in 1999, John O'Hurley helped him buy it back.
 
* [[Parental Substitute]]: Seems to view himself as one to Elaine.
 
* [[Parental Substitute]]: Seems to view himself as one to Elaine.

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List of major, recurring and minor characters from Seinfeld.

The Group

In General

Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld)

George Costanza (Jason Alexander)

Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards)

  "Why does Kramer need to go to a fantasy camp? His whole life is a fantasy camp. People should plunk down $2000 to live like him for a week. Do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbours, and have sex without dating. Now that's a fantasy camp!"

  • The Ghost: None of his oft-mentioned friends (Bob Sacamano, Jay Remenschneider and Lomez) have appeared on screen.
  • Go to Alias: H.E. Pennypacker and Dr. Van Nostrand.
  • Hipster: According to Elaine.
  • Idiot Houdini: Much to his friends' chagrin, as they all avert this trope.
  • Jewish Mother: Briefly takes on the characteristics of one while trying to cook a lot of Jewish food for Jewish Singles Night.

  Kramer: (to Jerry) "Eat! Eat! You're nothing but skin and bones!"

  • Kavorka Man: The Trope Namer. Kavorka roughly translates to "the lure of the animal" in Latvian. He's seduced Uma Thurman, a nun, and a lesbian!
  • The Klutz
  • Large Ham: Easily outstrips any other Large Ham on the show.
  • Last-Name Basis: Even after his name is discovered.
  • Loony Fan: Is nicer to celebrities than he is to his own friends. His slavish devotion to Bette Middler in "The Understudy" stands out particularly.
  • Messy Hair
  • Mistaken for Junkie: J. Peterman throws him out of Elaine's office after he thinks Kramer has come seeking drugs from her.
  • No Name Given: Until The Reveal that his first name is Cosmo.
  • One of the Kids: So much so that he's in a children's karate class.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Try no-hour work week. Season 9 eventually revealed that he's employed at a bagel bakery but has been on strike for the better part of a decade.
  • The Slacker: Is he ever. This trope could be renamed The Kramer.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: As 'The Real J. Peterman.'
  • Team Dad: He's often quick to lecture his friends on their actions even if he is no better.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave
  • Token Good Teammate: Pretty much the only member of the group with a conscience.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: But still the best human being out of the four.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Frequently.
    • Averted in The Junior Mint. His junior mint ends up saving Roy's life.
    • Advising George to park in the handicapped spot in The Handicap Spot.
    • Getting water in his ear in The Finale is the catalyst that lands everyone in jail.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?
  • Write Who You Know: Based off of Larry David's real-life neighbor Kenny Kramer who quickly took advantage of the popularity of Seinfeld's Kramer by creating a "Kramer Reality Bus Tour" which was in turn parodied on the show.
  • Zany Scheme: Usually masterminded by him, with Newman's help.

Recurring Characters

Newman (Wayne Knight)

Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller)

Estelle Costanza (Estelle Harris)

Susan Ross (Heidi Swedberg)

  • Bi the Way
  • Butt Monkey: She started out as a nice NBC executive. Then she was vomited on by Kramer, Kramer burned her family's cabin down which led to the discovery of her father being gay, then George got her fired from NBC, before she dies licking poisonous envelopes.
  • Dark Comedy: Her death and the gang's reaction to it are the best examples of this in the entire series.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: The gang go out to get coffees right after she's pronounced dead.
  • Hypocrite: A bisexual woman who didn't want a female usher.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: About not wanting Kramer to be an usher. Sure it's a bit rude but consider the crap she's gone through because of Kramer.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Though with the implications in Season 7 that she's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, it could be what he didn't see in her.

Crazy Joe Davola (Peter Crombie)

J. Peterman (John O'Hurley)

  • Bad Boss: Frequently fires Elaine for ridiculous reasons but he's Innocently Insensitive and doesn't see why that would be wrong. Weirdly enough, the one time she should have been fired, he waved the whole thing off and decided her upcoming indigestion would be punishment enough.
  • Badass: It's debatable how many of his stories are true, but damn.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: His biography, the majority of his stories being bought from Kramer.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Everyone Has Standards: Was disgusted to learn of the events of The Contest.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Gives off this vibe, but it's not clear if he actually was one or he's just insane.
  • Large Ham
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually only called "Mr. Peterman." His first named, Jacobo, is first uttered when he meets his dying mother.
  • Miles Gloriosus
  • Nice Guy: In all seriousness, he's probably the nicest guy in the series. When he first met Elaine, she was crying on the street in the rain and he took it upon himself to help her out.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a parody of John Peterman, the actual owner of of the J. Peterman Company. When the real Peterman lost his company to a buyout in 1999, John O'Hurley helped him buy it back.
  • Parental Substitute: Seems to view himself as one to Elaine.
  • Put on a Bus: Goes to Burma in the Season 8 opener, declaring he can't run the company anymore but is back by The Chicken Roaster.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Implied to be one on account of his opium addiction.

George Steinbrenner (Larry David (voice), Lee Bear)

David Puddy (Patrick Warburton)

Minor Characters

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