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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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15,510 1,988
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tyrion Lannister Peter Dinklage

2
11,973 2,820
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jon Snow Kit Harington

3
12,402 3,155
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Arya Stark Maisie Williams

4
10,648 4,213
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

5
8,639 2,812
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Eddard Stark Sean Bean

6
7,721 3,183
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

7
7,828 2,658
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bronn Jerome Flynn

8
7,235 2,526
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
6,173 2,346
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham

10
5,614 3,251
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lord Varys Conleth Hill

11
6,200 3,301
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

12
5,094 2,921
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

13
5,284 3,445
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robb Stark Richard Madden

14
3,819 1,822
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Jaqen H'ghar Tom Wlaschiha

Game of Thrones Drinking Game

15
6,710 1,780
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Ghost Natalie Zea

16
5,503 2,530
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Hodor Kristian Nairn

17
4,445 3,935
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tywin Lannister Charles Dance

18
5,193 3,616
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

19
4,540 1,631
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Oberyn Martell Pedro Pascal

20
4,816 3,114
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

21
3,967 4,170
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cersei Baratheon Lena Headey

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22
4,389 4,008
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

23
2,309 821
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Breanne Gwendoline Christie

24
3,610 2,101
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

25
3,437 1,179
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tormund Giantsbane Kristofer Hivju

26
3,815 3,396
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Bran Stark Isaac Hempstead-Wright

27
2,958 718
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added Lyanna Mormont

28
3,478 1,903
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Podrick Payne Daniel Portman

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3,097 2,322
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Barristan Selmy Ian McElhinney

30
3,166 2,129
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gendry Waters Joe Dempsie

31
2,629 2,175
Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jeor Mormont James Cosmo

32
2,928 1,332
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added Missandei

33
2,616 1,186
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Ygritte Rose Leslie

34
2,985 2,912
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

35
3,085 1,780
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

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2,380 1,055
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Maester Aemon Peter Vaughan

37
3,257 1,595
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

38
2,749 2,301
Osha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Osha Natalia Tena

39
1,968 878
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
DUDEEE added Dragons

40
1,994 1,166
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
2,232 3,210
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Melisandre Carice van Houten

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2,209 3,078
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
ConnorJosephGriffin added Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane

George R.R. Martin Quotes

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2,624 1,487
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

44
2,093 2,677
Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robert Baratheon Mark Addy

45
2,049 1,513
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Benjen Stark Joseph Mawle

46
1,962 2,340
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Asha Greyjoy Gemma Whelan

47
1,617 1,845
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

48
1,747 3,225
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Theon Greyjoy Alfie Allen

49
1,532 1,632
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Gilly

50
1,465 1,869
Mance Rayder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mance Rayder CiarĂ¡n Hinds