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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
+ - 10,442 2,479
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Arya Stark Maisie Williams

4
+ - 8,995 3,371
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

5
+ - 7,176 2,282
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Eddard Stark Sean Bean

6
+ - 6,370 2,210
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bronn Jerome Flynn

7
+ - 6,196 2,741
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

8
+ - 5,677 2,176
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
+ - 4,944 1,991
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham

10
+ - 4,801 2,664
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lord Varys Conleth Hill

11
+ - 5,223 2,698
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

12
+ - 4,105 2,450
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

13
+ - 4,406 2,844
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robb Stark Richard Madden

14
+ - 5,569 1,465
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ghost Natalie Zea

15
+ - 4,551 2,141
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
+ - 4,039 2,559
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

18
+ - 4,310 2,929
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

19
+ - 3,776 3,308
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

20
+ - 2,732 940
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Oberyn Martell Pedro Pascal

21
+ - 3,128 3,466
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cersei Baratheon Lena Headey

22
+ - 3,326 2,812
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead-Wright

23
+ - 2,575 1,097
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaqen H'ghar Tom Wlaschiha

24
+ - 2,072 456
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lyanna Mormont

25
+ - 2,593 1,888
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

26
+ - 2,651 1,943
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Barristan Selmy Ian McElhinney

27
+ - 2,378 1,025
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju

28
+ - 2,781 1,664
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
+ - 2,573 1,856
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gendry Waters Joe Dempsie

32
+ - 2,262 1,055
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Missandei

33
+ - 1,961 862
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ygritte Rose Leslie

34
+ - 2,515 2,474
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

35
+ - 2,513 1,495
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

36
+ - 1,821 855
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maester Aemon Peter Vaughan

37
+ - 2,337 2,005
Osha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Osha Natalia Tena

38
+ - 2,751 1,373
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nymeria

39
+ - 1,416 650
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Dragons

40
+ - 1,521 924
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
+ - 2,120 1,283
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Drogon

42
+ - 1,903 2,726
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Melisandre Carice van Houten

43
+ - 1,912 2,597
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane

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+ - 1,772 2,263
Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robert Baratheon Mark Addy

45
+ - 1,629 1,268
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Benjen Stark Joseph Mawle

46
+ - 1,594 2,038
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

47
+ - 1,345 1,528
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

48
+ - 1,407 2,767
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen

49
+ - 1,189 1,324
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

50
+ - 1,181 1,562
Mance Rayder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mance Rayder CiarĂ¡n Hinds