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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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17,867 2,410
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Peter Dinklage

2
14,433 3,757
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maisie Williams

3
13,989 3,386
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kit Harington

4
12,333 4,959
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Emilia Clarke

5
10,083 3,338
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sean Bean

6
9,196 3,699
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

7
9,131 3,114
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jerome Flynn

8
8,617 2,898
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
7,241 2,733
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Liam Cunningham

10
6,488 3,772
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Conleth Hill

11
5,985 3,384
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Iain Glen

12
7,065 3,902
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalie Dormer

13
6,148 3,954
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Richard Madden

14
7,775 2,083
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Natalie Zea

15
4,558 2,324
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Tom Wlaschiha

16
6,429 2,836
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristian Nairn

17
5,090 4,553
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Charles Dance

18
5,422 1,942
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Pedro Pascal

19
6,015 4,227
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sophie Turner

20
5,524 3,586
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jason Momoa

21
4,763 4,821
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lena Headey

22
3,193 1,076
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Gwendoline Christie

23
4,512 2,377
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Diana Rigg

24
4,341 1,340
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristofer Hivju

25
4,920 4,629
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Aidan Gillen