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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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13,110 3,123
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jon Snow Kit Harington

3
13,511 3,492
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Arya Stark Maisie Williams

4
11,633 4,585
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke

5
9,472 3,085
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Eddard Stark Sean Bean

6
8,549 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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8,004 2,742
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

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6,762 2,536
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Davos Seaworth Liam Cunningham

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6,095 3,518
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lord Varys Conleth Hill

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6,646 3,644
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer

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5,590 3,150
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jorah Mormont Iain Glen

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5,753 3,735
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Robb Stark Richard Madden

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4,192 2,120
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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6,009 2,683
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Hodor Kristian Nairn

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4,777 4,295
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Tywin Lannister Charles Dance

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5,651 3,941
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

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5,028 1,796
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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5,188 3,379
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

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4,399 4,532
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cersei Baratheon Lena Headey

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2,802 939
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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4,670 4,366
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Petyr Baelish Aidan Gillen

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4,086 2,251
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Olenna Tyrell Diana Rigg

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3,926 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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4,089 3,674
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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3,320 866
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added Lyanna Mormont

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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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3,340 2,480
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Barristan Selmy Ian McElhinney

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3,461 2,253
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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3,254 1,465
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added Missandei

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3,263 3,113
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Catelyn Stark Michelle Fairley

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3,382 1,880
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Grey Worm Jacob Anderson

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2,963 1,342
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Ygritte Rose Leslie

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2,670 1,144
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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2,958 2,446
Osha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Osha Natalia Tena

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3,509 1,692
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

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2,255 973
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 1,564
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

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2,374 3,479
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 1,618
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 2,483
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 3,465
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 2,009
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 1,785
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Gilly

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1,489 1,319
Maester Luwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Maester Luwin