From Soup Nazis to Nuts: 100 Best 'Seinfeld' Characters

Close talkers, braless wonders, library cops and bad tennis pros: we rank the most memorable members of the 'Seinfeld' universe

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Frank Costanza
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7. Frank Costanza

Best-known episode: "The Strike"
George's highly combustible father. Co-creator of the mansiere (or "the Bro") and inventor of "the stop-short." Former army cook, fluent in Korean; once met the Rev. Sun Myung Moon ("a hell of a nice guy"). Next to Newman, Frank Costanza – first portrayed by John Randolph, but made famous by Jerry Stiller – is unquestionably the star of the Seinfeld supporting cast, so choosing his best episode is impossible. Instead, we'll go with one that best sums up everything we love about him: "The Strike," a Season Nine standout in which Frank rekindles Festivus, the anti-Christmas he created decades earlier after beating a man with his bare hands. Whether he's berating his son ("You don't need glasses! You're just weak!"), engaging in the airing of grievances  or challenging George to a wrestling match, this is Frank at his most unhinged and irrepressible…which is just the way we like him. JAMES MONTGOMERY

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