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

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

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

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

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

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Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jamie Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sandor Clegane Rory McCann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hodor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Hodor Kristian Nairn

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

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

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

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cersei Baratheon Lena Headey

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

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Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaqen H'ghar Tom Wlaschiha

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Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lyanna Mormont

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

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Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Podrick Payne Daniel Portman

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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

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Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jeor Mormont James Cosmo

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Gendry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gendry Waters Joe Dempsie

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Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

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Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju

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Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Missandei

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Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maester Aemon Peter Vaughan

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Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ygritte Rose Leslie

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Osha is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Osha Natalia Tena

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Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

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Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nymeria

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Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

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Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Dragons

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Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane

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Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Melisandre Carice van Houten

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Drogon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Drogon

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Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robert Baratheon Mark Addy

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Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Benjen Stark Joseph Mawle

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Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

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Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

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Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen

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Maester Luwin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maester Luwin

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Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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