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List of the best, most interesting characters from HBO's Game of Thrones series. Though the complicated study of power dynamics in the fantasy kingdom of Westeros may not have too many identifiable or even sympathetic lead characters, it has nonetheless produced a wide variety of compelling, entertaining and outsized personalities, from the brutal boy king Joffrey Baratheon to his diminutive but ingenious cousin Tyrion Lannister to their rivals, the Stark family of Winterfell and the "Mother of Dragons," Daenerys Targaryen. But which characters are the true fan favorites, providing the most memorable moments and unexpected plot twists?

HBO's Game of Thrones show is based on the Song of Ice and Fire cycle of novels by fantasy author George R. R. Martin. That series - like the TV version - takes place in a medieval fantasy world, on two continents known as Westeros and Essos. The first novel in the series, also called Game of Thrones, was published in August of 1996. This book introduced the basic narrative which would unfold over the course of the rest of the series, concerning which family would claim the Iron Throne of Westeros following the death of King Robert Baratheon. (Prior to Robert's rule, the Targaryen family had controlled the throne - and united the Kingdom of Westeros - for several generations.)

Martin has said that the series was partially based on the real "War of the Roses" that engulfed England in civil war in the 15th Century. Those conflicts concerned a rivalry between the houses of Lancaster and York, whose names clearly provided inspiration for the rival families of Lannister and Stark in the GoT universe.

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13,630 1,689
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tyrion Lannister Peter Dinklage

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2
10,895 2,649
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Arya Stark Maisie Williams

3
10,374 2,404
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jon Snow Kit Harington

4
9,381 3,572
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

5
7,507 2,418
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Eddard Stark Sean Bean

6
6,740 2,330
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bronn Jerome Flynn

7
6,561 2,853
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

8
6,069 2,261
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
5,279 2,086
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham

10
4,985 2,848
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lord Varys Conleth Hill

11
5,453 2,862
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

12
4,354 2,578
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

13
4,583 3,030
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robb Stark Richard Madden

14
5,848 1,554
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Ghost Natalie Zea

15
4,769 2,255
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Hodor Kristian Nairn

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16
3,910 3,472
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tywin Lannister Charles Dance

17
4,232 2,701
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

18
4,522 3,101
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

19
2,982 1,022
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Oberyn Martell Pedro Pascal

20
3,345 3,643
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cersei Baratheon Lena Headey

21
3,932 3,521
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

22
3,442 2,987
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead-Wright

23
2,758 1,201
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Jaqen H'ghar Tom Wlaschiha

24
2,346 519
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added Lyanna Mormont

25
1,544 649
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Breanne Gwendoline Christie

26
2,862 1,949
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

27
2,679 1,058
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju

28
2,757 2,061
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Barristan Selmy Ian McElhinney

29
2,937 1,732
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Podrick Payne Daniel Portman

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2,306 1,954
Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jeor Mormont James Cosmo

31
2,717 1,926
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gendry Waters Joe Dempsie

32
2,437 1,128
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added Missandei

33
2,127 944
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Ygritte Rose Leslie

34
2,658 1,573
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

35
2,617 2,587
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

36
1,956 909
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Maester Aemon Peter Vaughan

37
2,872 1,431
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

38
2,436 2,087
Osha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Osha Natalia Tena

39
1,562 697
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
DUDEEE added Dragons

40
1,638 983
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
2,252 1,333
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

42
1,992 2,832
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Melisandre Carice van Houten

43
1,976 2,724
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
ConnorJosephGriffin added Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane

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1,844 2,375
Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robert Baratheon Mark Addy

45
1,748 1,325
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Benjen Stark Joseph Mawle

46
1,696 2,105
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

47
1,413 1,611
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

48
1,482 2,888
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen

49
1,280 1,397
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Gilly

50
1,242 1,642
Mance Rayder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mance Rayder CiarĂ¡n Hinds