8. David Puddy
Best-known episode: "The Dealership"
What does it say about Elaine that the closest she ever got to a soul mate was this face-painting, high-fiving New Jersey Devils fan and Arby's enthusiast? Dumb but sweet, Puddy was that rare benign presence on the show, counterbalancing Elaine's judgmental, petty edge with his Zen-doofus serenity. (Actually, he was a Christian, which kind of freaked her out.) The underlying joke of their on-again/off-again relationship: She was convinced she could do better, while all of us knew he was way too good for her. TIM GRIERSON