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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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