For each main character (Kramer, Elaine, Jerry and George) we developed a region (so to speak) that included four recurring characters that are the most relevant to each of them. Seeding was determined by the number of episodes the character appeared in; the higher the seed having the bigger number of appearances.
Here is our updated bracket:
Who Wins: (1) Newman
Quality Quote: “Because the mail never stops. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. There's never a letup, It's relentless. Every day it piles up more and more, but the more you get out, the more it keeps coming. And then the bar code reader breaks. And then it's Publisher's Clearinghouse day.”
Great Episode: The Ticket
Why He Wins: As a friend to Kramer, a calzone freelancer to George, a dog-napper to Elaine and an arch nemesis to Jerry, Newman has a place in all of the characters’ hearts, while Crazy Joe Davola frightened them all (It was closer than one would think).
(2) Mickey vs. (3) Jackie Chiles
Who Wins: (3) Jackie Chiles
Quality Quote: “So we got an attractive woman, wearing a bra, no top, walkin’ around in broad daylight. She’s flouting society’s conventions! That's totally inappropriate. It's lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!”
Great Episode: The Abstinence
Why He Wins: The fast-talking lawyer is a perfect impersonation of the infamous Johnnie Cochran, making him one of the funniest pop culture references in the series.
Who Wins: (1) J. Peterman
Quality Quote: “That’s right. White Lotus. Yam-yam. Shanghai Sally.”
Great Episode: The Secret Code
Why He Wins: The eccentric world-traveler and clothing connoisseur hired Elaine to work for his catalog sales company after meeting her on the street. His bizarre journeys are described to anybody who will listen, including George in “The Secret Code” and believe us, they are a treat to listen to.
(2) David Puddy vs. (3) Mr. Pitt
Who Wins: (2) David Puddy
Quality Quote: “Feels like an Arby’s night.”
Great Episode: The Burning
Why He Wins: Puddy is one of the easier characters to quote, mostly because of how he delivers it. From high-fives to face/chest painting, David Puddy beats out Mr. Pitt, albeit in a close battle, because he relates to modern bro personalities.
Who Wins: (4) Uncle Leo
Quality Quote: “Jerry…HELLO.”
Great Episode: The Pledge Drive
Why He Wins: Uncle Leo’s catchphrase is one of the best. You should always say “HELLO!”
(2) Kenny Bania vs. (3) Babu Bhatt
Who Wins: (2) Kenny Bania
Quality Quote: “It’s the best, Jerry! The best!”
Great Episode: The Soup Nazi
Why He Wins: Bania rides Jerry’s coattails while Babu gets deported from America back to his native Pakistan. Babu never stood a chance.
Who Wins: (4) George Steinbrenner
Quality Quote: “So…it’s just empty calories and male curiosity, eh, Georgie?”
Great Episode: The Calzone
Why He Wins: The late multi-billionaire owner of the Yankees hired George based on the fact that George did the opposite of his instinct and told the truth. Plus Susan wasn’t a funny character in the show. Funny things happened to her but that is all.
(2) Frank Costanza vs. (3) Estelle Costanza
Who Wins: (2) Frank Costanza
Quality Quote: “This is Frank Costanza. You think you can keep us out of Florida? We're moving in lock, stock and barrel. We're gonna be in the pool. We're gonna be in the clubhouse. We're gonna be all over that shuffleboard court. And I dare you to keep me out!”
Great Episode: The Serenity Now
Why He Wins: Although both of the elder Costanzas yell at a considerable amount and volume, Frank’s delivery is unmatched in the realm of sitcom parents.