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

3
13,519 3,496
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Arya Stark Maisie Williams

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11,641 4,589
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

5
9,476 3,090
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Eddard Stark Sean Bean

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8,557 3,477
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Bronn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bronn Jerome Flynn

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8,011 2,744
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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6,768 2,538
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham

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6,098 3,523
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lord Varys Conleth Hill

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6,654 3,647
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

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5,594 3,152
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

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5,756 3,739
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robb Stark Richard Madden

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4,195 2,122
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Jaqen H'ghar Tom Wlaschiha

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Ghost Natalie Zea

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6,012 2,687
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Hodor Kristian Nairn

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4,780 4,297
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tywin Lannister Charles Dance

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5,658 3,944
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

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5,029 1,800
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Oberyn Martell Pedro Pascal

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5,190 3,383
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

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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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2,804 943
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Breanne Gwendoline Christie

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

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3,931 1,271
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju

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4,090 3,677
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead-Wright

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Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Podrick Payne Daniel Portman

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Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added Lyanna Mormont

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Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Barristan Selmy Ian McElhinney

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Gendry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gendry Waters Joe Dempsie

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Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jeor Mormont James Cosmo

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3,255 1,469
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added Missandei

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3,263 3,117
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

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3,383 1,883
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

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2,964 1,345
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Ygritte Rose Leslie

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2,671 1,148
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Maester Aemon Peter Vaughan

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

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3,510 1,695
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

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2,256 975
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
DUDEEE added Dragons

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

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2,904 1,566
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

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2,375 3,483
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Melisandre Carice van Houten

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

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2,283 1,620
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Benjen Stark Joseph Mawle

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2,157 2,486
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

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1,938 3,469
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen

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1,753 2,011
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

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1,704 1,787
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Gilly

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Maester Luwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Maester Luwin