List of major, recurring and minor characters from ''{{Seinfeld}}''.

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!!'''Jerry Seinfeld (JerrySeinfeld)'''

->'''Elaine:''' ''"Everything always has to be so jokey with you."''
->'''Jerry:''' ''"I'm a comedian..."''
* AntiHero: [[NominalHero Type V]] Why does he fight the antagonist(s)? Because he's either [[ItAmusedMe bored]], [[PrinciplesZealot obsessed]] or just [[{{Manchild}} picky]].
* AsHimself
* AuthorAvatar
* BerserkButton: He finds it very emasculating whenever someone he's hanging out with gets asked out on a date right in front of him.
-->'''Jerry:''' How do you know we're not together?!
* BornLucky: Jerry was at his funniest when everything goes right for him, which is often. Much of an episode is dedicated to reiterating the fact that everything consistently turns out all right for him, and nobody else. [[spoiler:And then he gets thrown into prison with the gang for a year]]. But before then, he's pretty darn lucky.
-->'''Elaine:''' ''(exasperated)'' You know, one of these days, something terrible is going to happen to you! IT ''HAS'' TO!
-->'''Jerry:''' ''(nonchalant)'' No, I'll be just fine.
* TheCasanova: Had relationships with around 75 women over the course of the series.
* CatchPhrase: "That's a shame."
** "Hello... ''Newman''."
** "I don't want to be an ''X''!"
* ControlFreak
* DeadpanSnarker: Jerry is made of snark. It's his defining quality for example, when he and Kramer started taking on each other's personalities due to an apartment switch, Kramer's non-existent snark level immediately shot UpToEleven.
* EasilyForgiven
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic
* InformedJudaism
* ItsAllAboutMe
* ItAmusedMe: As far as Jerry is concerned, his friends exist to provide him with enjoyment at their misery.
-->'''George:''' What gives you pleasure?
-->'''Jerry:''' Listening to you. I listen to [[{{Wangst}} this]] for fifteen minutes and I'm on top of the world. Your misery is my pleasure.
* {{Jerkass}}
* JewsLoveToArgue
* LackOfEmpathy: And unlike George and Elaine, who if pressed will at least acknowledge that they are horrible people, Jerry seems to ''relish'' it.
* {{Manchild}}
* ManipulativeBastard: The real life Jerry has stated that if the character Jerry sees his friends about to do something that will backfire, he will often push them towards doing it in order to watch the results [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: The other main characters do this as well, but Jerry takes the cake for breaking up with a girl for ''having no flaws'', which he considered a flaw.
* MistakenForGay: With George in "The Outing". In the same episode, he mentions that a lot of people think he's gay because he's thin, single, and neat.
** He is offended at ''not'' being Mistaken for Gay when a gay man he is talking to suddenly gets approached and asked out on a date by another man, which presses his BerserkButton (see above).
* NeatFreak: Taken to [[TerrifiedOfGerms near-pathological levels]] when he accidentally knocks his girlfriend's toothbrush into the toilet and she uses it before he gets a chance to tell her. After sanitizing her mouth using every product on the store shelf and even making her rinse with ''bleach'', he still can't bring himself to kiss her. When the girl finds out what happened, she gets revenge by putting something of his in the toilet and not telling him what it was. He goes absolutely ''insane'' trying to figure it out. Eventually she tells him that it was the [[spoiler:toilet brush]], which makes him very relieved... [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven because it's something that he can replace easily]]]].
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: While the character Creator/JerrySeinfeld is rarely what you'd call ''nice'', in interviews, at least, the real Creator/JerrySeinfeld comes off as quite a bit more acidic than his aloof TV persona.
* NiceJewishBoy: Subverted. Jerry's mother can't be persuaded that her son isn't a nice Jewish boy, although he very obviously is not.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: He tries to help Babu save his restaurant and avoid getting deported. Both fail due to outside circumstances and Babu later testifies against him, sealing his fate at the trial. They were probably the only genuinely good and unselfish things Jerry ever tried to do.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Outside of the openings, he's 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. Despite this he's very successful at it, makes the most money of the group, and regularly appears on shows like Leno and Letterman.
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time.
* 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]].
* ReallyGetsAround: All of the main characters do to a certain extent, but he had more girlfriends than any of them.
* SexGod: Apparently.
** Except with Elaine, who was never able to have an orgasm with him.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Seems to have this as a superpower, causing Kramer to call him "Even Steven". Everything tends to even out for him and leave him no better or worse than when he started. To test this, Elaine takes 20 bucks from him and tosses it out the window, and sure enough when Jerry puts on his jacket to leave he puts his hand in the pocket and finds 20 bucks. This also explains how he's dated so many women. Whenever he has a break-up he'll always find a new woman very soon.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Jerry is a selfish jerk, who is amused by the misery of his friends.

!!'''George Costanza (Creator/JasonAlexander)'''

-> ''"For I am Costanza, Lord of the Idiots."''
* AmbiguouslyJewish: On the one hand, he has an Italian last name and his father is allegedly a member of the Knights of Columbus. On the other hand, his mother fits the JewishMother stereotype, he's played by a Jewish actor and he is the avatar of co-creator Larry David, who is also Jewish.
* AndStarring: "And Creator/JasonAlexander as George".
* AntiHero: Type V
* AuthorAvatar: Basically a more evil version of co-creator Larry David.
* BlindWithoutEm
* BreakoutCharacter
* BrilliantButLazy: George comes up with surprisingly brilliant schemes, but for the purposes of completely pointless things. One can only wonder how successful he'd be if he put the effort into work that he puts into avoiding work.
** In "The Abstinence", it's shown that if he stops obsessing about sex and uses his brain for other things, he becomes a genius (although that episode shows that this applies to [[AllMenArePerverts all men]], not just George).
** Referenced in one of the few pieces of Jerry's standup that had to do with the plot: "I've got a friend on welfare right now, and if they had any idea of the time and effort that he has put into keeping this thing going, I'm sure they'd give him a raise. He's down at the office every day, making all kinds of excuses. He's doing an incredible job not working."
* ButtMonkey: Nothing goes right for him. Ever.
* CatchPhrase: "George is getting upset!" is a minor one.
* TheChewToy
* ConsummateLiar
* DeadpanSnarker
* DirtyCoward: Is willing to shove old ladies and children to the floor in order to get away from a fire.
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: Once faked a disability in order to get a number of perks at his job. This went as far as [[ExaggeratedTrope having a secretary carry him to his office]]. While he genuinelly ''was'' injuried at the time he was hired, he continued fake limping after his injury healed.
* {{Dismotivation}}
* TheDitz: Self-proclaimed 'Lord of the Idiots'. He's really not exaggerating. In general, it seems to be more an issue of really bad decision making, and not a question of intelligence. When he wants to be, [[BrilliantButLazy he's brilliant.]]
* EvilIsPetty
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic (exhibiting most of the negative traits and just about none of the positive ones)
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: The other three seem to only keep him around so their own lives look better by comparison (and in Jerry's case because his misery brings them amusement).
-->'''George:''' She's the loser of the group. Every group has someone that they all make fun of... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Like us with Elaine.]]
* GoToAlias: Art Vandelay
* GroinAttack: He never carries a pen because he's afraid of it accidentally puncturing his scrotum.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood
** FreudianExcuse: It's implied that his childhood is what caused his very warped view on the world and humanity. In his eyes, everyone else is a selfish jerk, so to get ahead, he needs to be the biggest and most selfish jerk of them all.
* HollywoodDateless: Is bald, overweight, often unemployed, and his personality flaws are too long to list. The show draws heavy attention to what a loser he is, yet he had sex with 43 (very attractive) women over the course of the show.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Upon hearing about [[spoiler:Susan's death]], his reaction is to get a cup of coffee with his friends.
* {{Jerkass}}
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Best seen when he gets Susan [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]] and shows no [[LackOfEmpathy remorse]].
* KavorkaMan: Kramer is the Trope Namer, but it applies to him too. He has dated many attractive women during the series, despite being a short, stocky bald man with virtually no positive qualities.
* LackOfEmpathy
* TheLancer: To Jerry.
* LargeHam
* LaserGuidedKarma: After indirectly killing Susan and acting elated after her death, he is put on the board for the Susan Ross Foundation, taking away much of his free time and leaving him with the constant reminder of how wealthy he would have been had she not died. [[{{Troll}} This may have even been the entire point of the Foundation]], since Susan's parents never liked George very much, and also suspected (along with everyone else on the board) that he murdered Susan deliberately.
** After faking involuntary muscle spasms in his arm in front of Lloyd Braun, Lloyd gets him a doctor's appointment, which George has to go to in order to keep up the act. The doctor examines George, deduces that he's faking, and angrily tells him to get out. As George leaves, he bangs his arm, which causes him to have real spasms exactly like he was faking before.
* LazyBum
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Creator/JasonAlexander is, by all accounts, the exact opposite of George in real life. As an amusing demonstration of this, during the show's early days Alexander often complained to Larry David and the other writers that the character and his associated plots were too unrealistic because [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil he couldn't fathom how a real person could behave like that]], at which point David told him those stories were based on events from his own life.
* MistakenForGay: With Jerry in "The Outing".
* PetTheDog: His genuine guilt over and desire to help a busboy that he accidentally got fired. It's one of the only times in the series where he shows any sign of empathy.
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Wear Velvet]]: Or at least they would, if it was socially acceptable. He finally manages to live out his fantasy of dressing in all velvet when dating a girl who doesn't care about physical appearance. Unfortunately for him, he gets {{Squick}}ed when she starts to suck on a peach pit from a peach he ate, and breaks up with her.
* {{Schemer}}
* TheScrooge: Even when he is making money, he's still incredibly tightfisted. This has included searching for money under vending machines and even taking tips back from waiters.
* TheSlacker
* SmallNameBigEgo: Early in season 4 when they agree to write the pilot for NBC and he thinks he's not getting enough money. Specifically, he seems to think he deserves as much money as Ted Danson.
* TheSociopath
* SuddenlyShouting: "George is getting upset!"
* ThisLoserIsYou (Until he starts doing [[TitleDrop the Opposite]]).
* ThrowTheDogABone: Sure he probably deserves the bad things that happen to him more than the other three but that said, he does get a pretty big win in the last episode of season 5 when doing everything the opposite of what his instinct tells him gets him a new high profile job (with the New York Yankees!), a beautiful girlfriend and finally gets to move back out of his parents house. Pretty much the only episode to have a happy ending for George.
** Except for the episode in which he gives a stock tip to Jerry that finally pays off after Jerry dumps it. However that could be accounted for by EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chocolate syrup, specifically Bosco, as Kramer deduces.
* TheUnfavorite: Somehow manages to be this despite being ''an only child''. His parents (or at least his mother) clearly favour Lloyd Braun over him.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Easily the worst of the four main characters, he's selfish, insensitive, untrustworthy, abrasive, cowardly, dishonest, annoying, cheap, lazy and stupid. And is a borderline [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and a VillainProtagonist.
* [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey You Have Boobs, I Must Obey!]]: "Every woman on the face of the Earth has complete control over my life... and yet, I want them all. Is that irony?"

!!'''Elaine Benes ([[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]])'''

-> ''"I can't spend the rest of my life coming into this stinking apartment every ten minutes to pore over the excruciating minutia of every single daily event."''

* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: 'I've always loved you...nited airlines.'
* BrainyBrunette
* BreakTheHaughty: Often happens to her.
* BrutalHonesty
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Two different jobs despite her pettiness and insanity and held them for years. Pendant Publishing was the publishing company she worked at in the early years, under Mr. Lippman. J. Peterman was when she wrote for the Peterman Catalogue. In both it's suggested she's pretty good at her job.
* ButtMonkey
* CatchPhrase: "Get OUT!"
* TheChick
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Not as much as Kramer but she has had a number of these moments as well.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DrivesLikeCrazy
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric
* GiftedlyBad: With her dancing skills, which George likens to "a full-body dry heave set to music."
* HairTriggerTemper
* IronicFear: Loves animals, but Elaine is usually seen either giving them harm or running from them.
* ItsAllAboutMe
* {{Jerkass}}
* TheLadette: Larry David and Creator/JerrySeinfeld told the writers to write her as if she were a guy.
* LargeHam
* NakedFreakOut: After Kramer sees her (off-camera) in "The Truth."
* OneOfTheBoys: Possibly TropeCodifier as it was groundbreaking at the time. In one episode she realizes she has no female friends, to which Kramer replies "Of course you don't. You're a man's woman. You hate other women, and they hate you."
* PointyHairedBoss: Whenever she is given even a hint of authority she becomes insufferable.
* PaperTiger: Elaine can be very mean, tough, and enjoys seeing people run for their lives. However, when push comes to shove, Elaine is very cowardly and loses her edge.
* {{Schemer}}
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* TearsOfFear: When Elaine thinks she is about to die in the finale episode.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* WomenAreWiser: Elaine likes to think she's this. In reality, she's just as much of a petty, vindictive schemer as the others.

!!'''Cosmo Kramer (Creator/MichaelRichards)'''

->'''Jerry:''' ''"You sure have a lot of friends; how come I never meet any of these people?"''
->'''Kramer:''' ''"They wonder why they never meet you."''

* AntiHero: Type II
* BigEater: Usually of Jerry's food, since he's apparently too lazy (or unemployed) to shop for himself.
* BreakoutCharacter
* BrilliantButLazy
* BrutalHonesty: Very often. Particulary with George's large-nosed girlfriend
* BunglingInventor: Every once in a while he comes up with an invention which he plans to use to start up his company "Kramerica Industries", but they never turn out so well.
** He had the idea for a pizza place where you make your own pizza, which he almost got off the ground with help from Poppy, but the two got into an argument about pizza toppings [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything reminiscent of a pro-life vs. pro-choice argument]] and abandoned the whole thing.
** In one episode he suggests a restaurant that just serves variations of Peanut Butter and X sandwiches called "PB@J's". A few years later such a restaurant opened in California.
** In another episode he and Frank come up with an idea for a male-brassiere that could stand to make them millions and has a bra company very eager to buy the concept off them, but it falls through simply because the pair can't agree on what to call it.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: When he applies himself to something, he usually does very well.
* TheCasanova: Claims to be this several times but Kramer had the fewest onscreen girlfriends of all the main characters, likely simply for the reason that his personal life gets explored the least on the show. This is made up for the fact that he tends to get much better (and harder to get) girlfriends than Jerry and George. Hell, the man got ''Creator/UmaThurman's'' and ''Creator/{{Elle MacPherson}}'s'' phone numbers, just like that. After all, "he's [[KavorkaMan Kramer]]".
* CatchPhrase: "Giddyup!"
* CharacterTic: He twitches and spasms so often it could be considered exercise.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* ConspiracyTheorist: Has espoused a variety of crazy ideas, such as that the government is secretly experimenting on [[PigMan pig men]] and are [[WithholdingTheCure withholding a cure for cancer]]. On occasion, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight he turns out to be right.]]
* DropInCharacter
* DynamicEntry: One of his trademarks.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Is depicted as a shut-in named "Kessler" who hasn't left the apartment building in years and owns a dog in the pilot.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Cosmo, though he eventually embraces it.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Try no-hour work week.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine
* FriendsRentControl: Out of the show's nine year run, Kramer has held a legitimate job for all of four episodes. In one case, ''he wasn't even an employee of the company he was working at.''
** This is lampshaded by George when Kramer goes to a baseball fantasy camp.
---> "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!"
* TheGamblingAddict
* TheGhost: None of his oft-mentioned friends (Bob Sacamano, Jay Remenschneider and Lomez) have appeared on screen.
** {{Justified}} by Jerry himself in ''Entertainment Weekly'''s "Special ''Seinfeld'' Issue," May 4, 1998, covering the entire run leading up to the finale. In the "Introduces" section of the review of "The Pony Remark," Jerry said that cousin Jeffrey and Bob Sakamono were never seen because "they became too large in our imagination for anyone to fill those shoes."
** Lampshaded in one episode, where Jerry wonders to Kramer why he's never met any of these friends of his. Kramer responds that they're all wondering why they've never met ''him''.
* GoToAlias: H.E. Pennypacker, as well as the last name "van Nostrand". Over the course of the show he's been Doctor, Martin, and Professor Peter van Nostrand.
* {{Hipster}}: According to Elaine.
* HonorBeforeReason: In fact, of the main characters, he's the only one with any genuine moral code.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: He's 6"4" so most of his relationships fall into this.
* IdiotHoudini: Much to his friends' chagrin, as they all avert this trope.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The only one to ever show genuine kindness or depth.
* JewishMother: 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!"
* KavorkaMan: The {{Trope Namer|S}}
* KindheartedSimpleton: The ''only'' person who cares about his fellow human beings in the ''franchise''... and is portayed as an idiot by Creator/LarryDavid because of it.
* TheKlutz
* LargeHam: Easily outstrips any other Large Ham on the show.
* LastNameBasis: Even after his name is discovered.
* LoonyFan: Is nicer to celebrities than he is to his own friends. His slavish devotion to Bette [=Midler=] in "The Understudy" stands out particularly.
* {{Manchild}}
* MessyHair
* MoralityPet: A minor one for Jerry, as he lets him use his home and fridge without expecting anything in return.
* NiceGuy: Compared to the other guys? Hell yes.
* NoNameGiven: Until TheReveal that his first name is Cosmo.
* SarcasmBlind
* ShowStopper
* TheSlacker: Look at his entry under 'Friends Rent Control' and you'll see how this trope could be renamed ''The Kramer''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: As "The Real J. Peterman".
* TeamDad: He's often quick to lecture his friends on their actions even if he is no better.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only member of the group with a conscience.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: But still the best human being out of the four.
* WackyGuy
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Kramer has stated and been told numerous times that he has no job, but he frequently appears in episodes having purchased some bizarre, completely random, and ''expensive'' objects, objects like a professional-grade deli meat slicer ("The Slicer"), boxes and boxes of Cuban cigars ("The Bubble Boy", plus various other episodes), a high-end blazer, golf clubs, and a leather suitcase.
-->'''Kramer:''' Are you sure you don't have a fax machine? Because there's a lot of stuff in my apartment I've never seen before.
-->'''Elaine:''' Then maybe you have a fax machine.
-->'''Kramer:''' ''(beat)'' You just blew my mind.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
* YouJustHadToSayIt: "You're as beautiful as any of them... you just need a nose job!" "And you... look just like Jerry." and "Why don't you just give up... Well that's what JERRY says!"
* ZanyScheme: Usually masterminded by him, with Newman's help.

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[[folder: Recurring Characters]]

!!'''Newman (Creator/WayneKnight)'''

->"Hello ''Newman''"
-->-- '''Multiple Characters'''

* AffablyEvil: When he's not antagonistic, he seems to get along fairly well with the cast.
* BadassBoast: "When you control the mail, you control -- ''information!''"
* CatchPhrase: Hellooooo... Jerry.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CreatorCameo: In his first appearance.
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[DoesNotLikeSpam Does Not Like Broccoli]]: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91au6Y5q8j0 "VILE WEED!"]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Spends the duration of introductory episode as an offscreen character threatening to jump off the roof of the apartment building.
* EvilLaugh
* FatBastard
* FatBestFriend: To Kramer.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's occasionally AffablyEvil, but mostly fall into this.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Kramer seems to be the only one who can stand him.
* KavorkaMan: Certainly not to the extent of Kramer or George, but he does have a couple of nice-looking dates and girlfriends during the series.
* LargeHam
* PhraseCatcher:
** "Hello... Newman."
** "Newman!"
* PsychoForHire: He is a mailman. He claims the reason they sometimes go crazy is because "the mail never stops".
* PsychoSidekick: To Kramer.
* TheRival: To Jerry.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Jerry.
* SmugSnake: Would really like to be a MagnificentBastard, but Newman is just as pathetic as the rest of the cast.
* VillainsOutShopping

!!'''Frank Costanza (Creator/JerryStiller)'''

* AbusiveParents: Even for a sitcom, Frank is still kind of an asshole.
* AmbiguouslyJewish : He seems like it but isn't. He's a Italian Catholic, and one episode established him as being a big deal in his chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization. Larry David has stated George is half-Jewish on his mother's side.
* {{Angrish}}: Creator/JasonAlexander has stated this is because Jerry Stiller often had trouble remembering his lines, and the gibberish he spouted was funnier.
-->'''Frank:''' ''(shouting)'' You couldn't smooth a silk sheet if you had a hot date with a babe.... ''(Trails off mid-sentence, soon speaking again in a calmer voice)'' I lost my train of thought.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* EvilIsPetty: It's very easy to see where George gets it.
* EvilPatriarch
* FreudianExcuse: Provides many for George: eyeglasses, Festivus, etc.
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam
* NoIndoorVoice

!!'''Estelle Costanza (Creator/EstelleHarris)'''

* AmbiguouslyJewish
* JewishMother: Her ethnicity is not revealed in the show, but she's portrayed by a Jewish actress and acts like a stereotypical Jewish mother.
-->'''Creator/JasonAlexander:''' There's no way she can be anything ''but'' Jewish.
** One of the strongest pieces of evidence is that she refuses to ride in a Mercedes. If she is Jewish, it's highly likely that she had family affected by the Holocaust, and that's why she hates German cars.
* NoAccountingForTaste: She and Frank can't seem to speak to one another without shouting.

!!'''Susan Ross''' (Heidi Swedberg)

* BiTheWay: Briefly becomes a lesbian, but it "didn't take". It's implied that dating George is what drove her to lesbianism, since she hooks up with the woman George dated after her.
* ButtMonkey: Big time, easily the biggest one on the show. Susan goes from being a respected NBC executive to getting vomited on, having her father's cabin burn down, finding out her father was gay, losing her job at NBC, and later getting killed by poisonous envelopes.
* CharacterDeath: Via the toxic glue found in extremely cheap wedding invitations. She and George were expecting about 200 people.
* ControlFreak: Constantly, George is such a doormat when it comes to her.
* DarkComedy: [[spoiler: Her death and the gang's reaction to it are the best examples of this in the entire series.]]

!!'''Crazy Joe Davola (Creator/PeterCrombie)'''

* AxCrazy: Hence why he's called '''Crazy''' Joe Davola.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He soundly kicks the asses of several thugs who try to mug him.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* KarmaHoudini: He is implied to have been arrested offscreen for attacking Jerry but we never see it.
* MonsterClown: Dresses up as one in 'The Opera'
* MuggingTheMonster: Never mess with a clown.
* NeverMyFault: Blames Jerry for all his problems and not the fact that he is batshit insane.
* TheSociopath
* StalkerWithACrush: To Elaine, complete with StalkerShrine.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out his eventual fate after trying to stab Jerry in 'The Pilot'. He was most likely arrested.

!!'''J. Peterman ([[Creator/JohnOHurley John O'Hurley]])'''

* {{Badass}}: It's debatable how many of his stories are true, but damn.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: His biography, the majority of his stories being bought from Kramer.
* BenevolentBoss
* BunnyEarsLawyer: However crazy he may be, he's pretty damn good at what he does.
* TheCastShowOff: Unlike Elaine, he's an excellent dancer.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* GentlemanAdventurer: Presents himself as one, though it's unclear how many of his stories are true and how much are just his insanity talking (and since he revealed he was addicted to opium, so some may even be drug-fueled hallucinations).
* IdiotHoudini
* IncompetenceInc: The Peterman Catalogue.
* LargeHam
* MilesGloriosus
* NiceGuy: Not only very tolerant of Elaine's insanity but initially met her after he saw her crying on the street.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He's a thinly (read: not remotely) disguised parody of John Peterman, the owner of the ''real'' J. Peterman Company. The real Peterman lost his company to a buyout in 1999, but with financial help from actor John O'Hurley he was able to buy it back.
* PointyHairedBoss

!!'''George Steinbrenner (Creator/LarryDavid (voice), Creator/LeeBear)'''

* BadBoss: Although he seems to have a bit of a soft spot for George. Maybe it's the shared first name.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CreatorCameo: Voiced by co-creator Creator/LarryDavid.
* ForTheEvulz: Threatening to move the team to New Jersey, just to upset people.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen
* IdiotHoudini
* IncompetenceInc: The New York Yankees.
* MotorMouth: Hoo boy.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Barely. George Steinbrenner was a real person. For the record, he was a bit put-off when he heard the show was doing it, but quickly became okay with it (enough to actually cameo in an episode as himself).
* PointyHairedBoss

!!'''David Puddy (Creator/PatrickWarburton)'''

* CatchPhrase: "That's right."
* TheDitz
* FurAndLoathing: Elaine hates his "man-fur" coat in "The Reverse Peephole," calling him [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes "Dr. Zaius"]]. Notice this isn't because fur is morally wrong, just that he looks terrible in it.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Not married to Elaine, but her steadiest boyfriend, despite neither being very fond of the other.
* OnAgainOffAgainBoyfriend: Whether or not Elaine was dating Puddy or not would depend entirely on what works for the episode. Their unstable relationship was lampshaded often.
* OneHeadTaller
* TheStoic: Naturally, played pretty heavily for laughs.
-->'''Elaine:''' ''(Being sent to prison for a year)'' Puddy.... Don't wait for me.
-->'''Puddy:''' ''(Shrugs)'' Okay.

!!'''Jackie Chiles (Creator/PhilMorris)'''

* BunnyEarsLawyer
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The last word of most of his sentences is often repeated, restated, reiterated.
* FrivolousLawsuit: Aids Kramer in a number of these, in particular he was very, very eager to "get a piece" of the tobacco industry. These lawsuits always wind up humiliating him due to Kramer's stupidity.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: An obvious parody of Johnnie Cochran. For the record, Cochran liked the performance quite a bit until Morris was preparing to do commercials as the character, at which point he asked him to stop.
* TokenMinority: Only major black recurring character on the show.


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!!'''"The Soup Nazi"''' [[spoiler: Real name: Yev Kassem]]

* AppropriatedAppellation: Because of his SuperOCD.
* CatchPhrase: [[MemeticMutation "NO SOUP FOR YOU!"]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Though Kramer claims otherwise.
* DisproportionateRetribution: If you screw up the [[SuperOCD ordering procedure]], to quote Jerry, "He yells at you, and you don't get your soup." When Elaine is banned for a year for ''doing an impersonation of Creator/AlPacino''. Al Yagenah (who served as the inspiration for the Soup Nazi), explained that the reason he has this rule is his soup stand was located in a cold part of town, where patrons had to stand outside before they could enter and order. Customers messing up their order, or requesting a change held up the line.
* IronicEcho: Has his own "No soup for you!" line thrown back at him by [[spoiler: Elaine]].
%%* LargeHam
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Kramer mocks everyone else for referring to him "so callously" as 'Soup Nazi', but offers no alternative appellation.
-->'''Jackie Chiles:''' Soup Nazi? You people have a pet name for everything.

!!'''Alton Benes (Creator/LawrenceTierney)'''

* TheComicallySerious:
--> '''Alton''': We had a funny guy with us in Korea. A tail gunner. They blew his brains all over the pacific. There's nothing funny about that.
* TheDreaded: Both Jerry and George are flat out terrified of him.
--> '''George''': We can't possibly have dinner with him alone!
--> '''Jerry''':How are we going to get out of this?
--> '''George''': We say we're frightened and have to go home!
* GutturalGrowler: He has a ''very'' raspy voice.


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