History Characters / Seinfeld

2nd May '16 3:20:22 PM AdamC
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* MostWritersAreWriters: Comedy writers, specifically. The fact that Jerry is writing a proposed pilot for television and needing to write comedy material comes up in the show quite often.


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* MostWritersAreWriters: Works for various publishing companies and while it's never anything major (her most literary job was product descriptions for the Peterman catalog) she's often implied to be a decent writer. She was even asked to ghost-write Mr. Peterman's highly-fictional autobiography.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: Started veering into this territory quite a bit in the later seasons, where she tried on a few occasions to rise above the childish pettiness and insanity of the rest of the group, only to find she's ultimately as damaged as the rest of them.


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* ThePeterPrinciple: Elaine is usually really good at her job when she's around the middle (see BunnyEarsLawyer), but give her a leading position in a company and she inevitably winds up making terrible decisions.
2nd May '16 3:06:48 PM AdamC
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* PetTheDog: Despite his many faults, he ''is'' very generous with his money and gives a lot of very nice gifts to his friends and family. Of course, ''Seinfeld'' being the kind of show it is, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished it usually ends up backfiring horribly on everybody]].

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Despite his many faults, he ''is'' very generous with his money and gives a lot of very nice gifts to his friends and family. Of course, ''Seinfeld'' being the kind of show it is, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished it usually ends up backfiring horribly on everybody]].everybody]].
** Jerry ''does'' in his own way care about his trio of friends. Episodes have made it clear that while he doesn't care if they ''suffer'', he doesn't like the idea of not being able to hang out with them anymore, and will take steps to make sure they're still connected.


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* ToxicFriendInfluence: Jerry ''is'' the toxic friend who tends to poison the people he hangs out with. When things are going swimmingly, Jerry will push the right buttons to make sure things go awry. WordOfGod says that Jerry intentionally encourages his friends' terrible ideas knowing they'll fail, purely so he can watch them crash and burn.
2nd May '16 2:58:29 PM AdamC
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* EvilIsPetty: Downplay the "evil" part and play the "petty" aspect as far as it can go. While usually not much more than a selfish, unfeeling jerk, Jerry shows his bad side entirely in little ways, like not helping Elaine carry heavy bags.
23rd Apr '16 5:36:23 PM DrOO7
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* BenevolentBoss: He's an ideal and friendly boss for Elaine.

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* BenevolentBoss: He's Subverted. While he ''seems'' an ideal and friendly boss for Elaine.Elaine, there are many moments where he actually treats her like crap--butting into her personal life, which he has no right to do, assigning menial tasks to her that aren't her responsibility--fixing his flat tire--firing her over pretty things such as her not liking ''Film/TheEnglishPatient'', etc. He doesn't seem outwardly malicious though, just genuinely oblivious to the impropriety of such things.
15th Apr '16 9:57:46 AM case
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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen

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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeenHeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Most scenes show him from behind.



-> ''You get me one coffee drinker on that jury, you're gonna walk outta there a rich man.''



-> '''Elaine:''' Come on, Sue Ellen. You don't wear a bra, you're tall.. we hate each other!

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-> '''Elaine:''' Come ''Come on, Sue Ellen. You don't wear a bra, you're tall.. we hate each other!other!''



* PassiveAggressiveCombat: With Elaine. Elaine buys her a bra as shoe often goes without, and the next time they meet Sue Ellen is wearing it as a top.

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* PassiveAggressiveCombat: With Elaine. Elaine buys her a bra as shoe she often goes without, and the next time they meet Sue Ellen is wearing it as a top.


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15th Apr '16 8:47:49 AM case
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--> JERRY: [[FanBoy She's your Lex Luthor!]]

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--> JERRY: '''Jerry:''' [[FanBoy She's your Lex Luthor!]]
15th Apr '16 8:38:09 AM case
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!!'''Sue Ellen Mischke'''
-> '''Elaine:''' Come on, Sue Ellen. You don't wear a bra, you're tall.. we hate each other!
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Jerry is much more sympathetic to her story after she approaches him wearing only a bra.
* MsFanservice: She intentionally invokes this by wearing a bra as a top.
* OldMoney: Heiress to the O'Henry candy bar fortune.
* PassiveAggressiveCombat: With Elaine. Elaine buys her a bra as shoe often goes without, and the next time they meet Sue Ellen is wearing it as a top.
* TheRival: To Elaine. Even compared to the ''Seinfeld'' rivalry standard, both are very petty with each other.
--> JERRY: [[FanBoy She's your Lex Luthor!]]
* SugaryMalice: She and Elaine act friendly towards each other. Elaine's internal monologue shows that she actually hates Sue Ellen. It's pretty clear Sue Ellen has a lot of contempt for Elaine too; for example, she asks Elaine if she's come to Sotheby's to catch a glimpse of high society and hopes Elaine can find something in her budget.
8th Apr '16 11:38:24 AM case
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* TheFool: The nicest, most oblivious, and luckiest of the four.
8th Apr '16 11:33:35 AM case
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: As if it wasn't obvious.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: As if it wasn't obvious. Summed up nicely when he stores some helium-filled balloons in Jerry's apartment after talking about his New Years 2000 plans.
--> '''Jerry:''' Those balloons aren't going to last until New Years!
--> '''Kramer:''' No, these are my everyday balloons.
15th Mar '16 8:27:17 AM case
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* CatchPhrase: "That's gold, Jerry! Gold!"

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\n* CatchPhrase: "That's gold, Jerry! Gold!"->'''Jerry:''' ''Have you seen his act? He's got a twelve-minute bit about Ovaltine.''



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He won't stop talking about how great the swordfish at Mendy's is.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He won't stop talking about how great the swordfish at Mendy's is.
is, though he has also said the pea soup and duck there is "the best."
* VerbalTic: He repeats things for emphasis. "That's gold, Jerry! Gold!" "The best, Jerry. The best!"
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