Lord of the Idiots

The self-proclaimed sobriquet of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) on the situation comedy SEINFELD/NBC/1990-1998.


On episode #10 “The Apartment” (4/4/91) George proudly proclaimed. “…For I am George Costanza, Lord of the Idiots.” George also said of himself, “I’m disturbed. I’m depressed. I’m inadequate…I’ve got it all!”

George Costanza is a chubby, bald, perpetual loser who lives his parents. His friends are Jerry Seinfeld, a comedian whom George has known since high school; Elaine “The Nip” Benes, Jerry former girlfriend; and Cosmo Kramer, a weird guy who lives across the hall from Jerry’s apartment.

As a teenager, George was tormented by his gym teacher, Mr. Heyman, who intentionally mispronounced George’s last name of Costanza as “Can’t Stand Ya.”

George is always looking for the easy way out in life. Irresponsible by nature, his personality traits include: lying, laziness, low self-esteem, sudden fits of anger, hypochondria, cheapness, selfishness, and posing as other people to get ahead in the world, like time he pretended to an architect named Art Vandelay.

On occasion, George’s friend Jerry Seinfeld calls George ‘Biff,’ a reference to the character Biff Loman “The biggest loser in the history of American Literature” in Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman (1949).




Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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