One of the most important aspects to recognize in Seinfeld is that none of the main characters are good people, as seen in some of their most iconic scenes. Viewers often root for their failure more than they root for their success because no good ever comes from their schemes. Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer rightfully end up in jail in the series finale, for standing idly by and making fun of the victim of a carjacking.
While Jerry and his friends could easily be considered villains, none of them, except possibly George, seems to understand just how horrible they really are. Those who cause problems aren’t always bad people, in reality, but they are antagonists for getting in the way of the main characters’ goals.
Uncle Leo does love his nephew, but whenever he pops up, he always seems to get Jerry in trouble. He’ll reveal information that Jerry is trying to keep secret and doesn’t understand the signals he sends him.
He also thinks that he can do whatever he wants because of his age, as seen when he starts stealing from a local bookstore. Jerry turns his uncle in when he can’t convince him to stop, but didn’t realize Leo would face such strict consequences. Jerry’s family makes him out to be the bad guy for stopping Leo’s crimes.
Although only in one episode, Meryl sticks out among Jerry’s girlfriends because she was played by Friend’s Courtney Cox. Jerry’s dry-cleaner gives him a discount to thank him for his help, but Meryl claims to be Jerry’s wife and asks for the discount, as well.
She begins to take advantage of the offer, and Jerry is forced to act as her husband, even when it starts becoming wildly inconvenient. It doesn’t take long for them to break up, but it’s not shocking, given that Jerry’s girlfriends rarely appear for more than one episode.
Viewers never see Mr. Steinbrenner’s face, but he’s still one of the most dynamic characters in the show. He’s known for talking too much and making odd requests, and he’s particularly fond of George, despite how bad of an employee he is.
He ends up trading George away to Tyler Chicken, a company which George becomes miserable at after lying to his co-workers. George didn’t have many accomplishments, but working for the Yankees was one of the few things he could brag about.
Frank isn’t the most loving father in the world, and he seems to care about very little other than himself. Even Estelle doesn’t receive much kindness from him, and they end up separating for a short period of time.
George and Frank are constantly at each other’s throats, and George even tried to trick his parents into moving away to get them out of his life. But Frank never stops coming around, and he continues to be a thorn in George’s side throughout the series.
Elaine and Puddy’s off-and-on relationship was a running joke in the show. Despite how much they hated each other, they’d always end up back together before fighting and calling things quits again.
Jerry was upset when his mechanic asked out Elaine, knowing that Elaine was his ex-girlfriend. Jerry and Elaine have some of the best scenes in the show, and Jerry’s reaction wasn’t exactly out of left-field. However, Jerry seemed more concerned that Puddy stole his signature sex move, and their fight leads to Puddy dumping him as a customer.
Unlike George’s father, there was no questioning whether Morty loved his son or not. He got on Jerry’s nerves plenty of times, but Jerry didn’t mind spending time with his parents on occasion. He even bought Morty the car of his dreams, even though it ended up creating drama.
But there’s a lot of tension in the Seinfelds’ neighborhood, and Morty uses Jerry to add fuel to the fire. He made a petty argument about an astronaut pen even worse for Jerry by refusing to be the bigger person. Morty always brags about his son’s career, which makes the residents dislike him, and drags Jerry into uncomfortable situations to boost his own ego.
Elaine was desperate to find a job after she became unemployed, so she agreed to work for Mr. Pitt as his assistant. He made her do ridiculous tasks, such as desalting his pretzel sticks and work for ridiculously long hours.
However, she eventually realizes that Mr. Pitt truly does care about her and he intends to put her in his will. Elaine has a short-lived appreciation for him until he falsely accuses her of plotting his murder. It’s disheartening that he so abruptly ended Elaine’s employment, despite her always going above and beyond for him.
Rachel lasted a bit longer on the show than Jerry’s other girlfriends, but she still only appeared in a handful of episodes. She’s not a very likable character, to begin with, and she gets even worse after she goes to The Hamptons with Jerry and his friends.
When Rachel accidentally walks in on a naked George, she immediately runs to George’s girlfriend and tells her what she saw, “shrinkage” and all. She breaks up with George, as a result, and Jerry didn’t seem to care when his own relationship ended.