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The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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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 "Game of Thrones" universe.

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List Criteria: Characters who have appeared on the HBO TV series "Game of Thrones," not simply the Martin novels.

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    Tyrion Lannister

    Peter Dinklage More
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    Arya Stark

    Maisie Williams More
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    Daenerys Targaryen

    Emilia Clarke More
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    Sean Bean More
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    Kit Harington More
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    Jerome Flynn More
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    Jamie Lannister

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau More
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    Jaqen H'ghar

    Tom Wlaschiha More
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    Robb Stark

    Richard Madden More
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    Sandor Clegane

    Rory McCann More
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    Brienne of Tarth

    Gwendoline Christie More
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    Tywin Lannister

    Charles Dance More
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    Jorah Mormont

    Iain Glen More
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    Margaery Tyrell

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    Davos Seaworth

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    Lord Varys

    Conleth Hill More
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    Bran Stark

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    Samwell Tarly

    John Bradley-West More
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    Cersei Baratheon

    Lena Headey More
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    Ghost

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    Petyr Baelish

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    Osha

    Natalia Tena More
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    Sansa Stark

    Sophie Turner More
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    Jeor Mormont

    James Cosmo More
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    Hodor

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    Catelyn Stark

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    Gendry Waters

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    Barristan Selmy

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    Shae

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    Nymeria

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    Melisandre

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    Stannis Baratheon

    Stephen Dillane More
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    Podrick Payne

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    Shaggydog

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    Asha Greyjoy

    Gemma Whelan More
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    Renly Baratheon

    Gethin Anthony More
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    Olenna Redwyne

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    Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

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    Grey Worm

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    Talisa Stark

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    Joffrey Baratheon

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    Beric Dondarrion

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    Ros

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    Loras Tyrell

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    Jojen Reed

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    Theon Greyjoy

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    Gwendoline Christie More
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    Drogon

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