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

3
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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Arya Stark Maisie Williams

4
+ - 8,909 3,336
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

5
+ - 7,115 2,248
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Eddard Stark Sean Bean

6
+ - 6,278 2,191
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bronn Jerome Flynn

7
+ - 6,135 2,703
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

8
+ - 5,597 2,159
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
+ - 4,868 1,973
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham

10
+ - 4,764 2,624
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lord Varys Conleth Hill

11
+ - 5,182 2,662
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

12
+ - 4,060 2,424
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

13
+ - 4,375 2,810
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robb Stark Richard Madden

14
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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ghost Natalie Zea

15
+ - 4,501 2,123
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Hodor Kristian Nairn

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

17
+ - 4,005 2,525
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

18
+ - 4,279 2,890
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

19
+ - 3,755 3,269
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

20
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Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Oberyn Martell Pedro Pascal

21
+ - 3,101 3,428
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cersei Baratheon Lena Headey

22
+ - 3,303 2,782
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead-Wright

23
+ - 2,538 1,074
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaqen H'ghar Tom Wlaschiha

24
+ - 2,015 443
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lyanna Mormont

25
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Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Barristan Selmy Ian McElhinney

26
+ - 2,539 1,877
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

27
+ - 2,317 1,020
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju

28
+ - 2,751 1,648
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Podrick Payne Daniel Portman

29
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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Breanne Gwendoline Christie

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

31
+ - 2,545 1,840
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gendry Waters Joe Dempsie

32
+ - 2,229 1,041
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Missandei

33
+ - 1,927 846
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ygritte Rose Leslie

34
+ - 2,498 2,452
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

35
+ - 2,489 1,482
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

36
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Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maester Aemon Peter Vaughan

37
+ - 2,320 1,988
Osha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Osha Natalia Tena

38
+ - 2,728 1,355
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nymeria

39
+ - 1,383 640
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Dragons

40
+ - 1,497 910
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
+ - 1,885 2,706
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Melisandre Carice van Houten

42
+ - 2,085 1,274
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Drogon

43
+ - 1,897 2,575
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane

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

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+ - 1,606 1,255
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Benjen Stark Joseph Mawle

46
+ - 1,576 2,022
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

47
+ - 1,330 1,509
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

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

49
+ - 1,170 1,309
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

50
+ - 1,160 1,552
Mance Rayder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mance Rayder CiarĂ¡n Hinds