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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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17,487 2,356
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Peter Dinklage

2
14,117 3,670
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maisie Williams

3
13,680 3,299
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kit Harington

4
12,076 4,838
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Emilia Clarke

5
9,876 3,257
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sean Bean

6
8,968 3,631
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

7
8,916 3,052
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jerome Flynn

8
8,408 2,845
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
7,074 2,664
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Liam Cunningham

10
6,352 3,696
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Conleth Hill

11
5,864 3,302
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Iain Glen

12
6,913 3,830
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalie Dormer

13
6,016 3,883
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Richard Madden

14
4,431 2,259
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Tom Wlaschiha

15
7,585 2,042
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Natalie Zea

16
6,283 2,784
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristian Nairn

17
4,986 4,478
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Charles Dance

18
5,285 1,901
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Pedro Pascal

19
5,898 4,138
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sophie Turner

20
5,417 3,523
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jason Momoa

21
4,644 4,729
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lena Headey

22
3,061 1,041
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Gwendoline Christie

23
4,366 2,346
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Diana Rigg

24
4,844 4,540
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Aidan Gillen

25
4,198 1,319
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristofer Hivju

26
4,031 2,083
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Daniel Portman

27
3,522 950
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added

28
4,233 3,801
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Isaac Hempstead-Wright

29
3,463 2,557
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ian McElhinney

30
3,614 2,315
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Joe Dempsie

31
2,945 2,397
Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
James Cosmo

32
3,167 1,418
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Rose Leslie

33
3,432 1,546
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added

34
3,537 1,953
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jacob Anderson

35
2,807 1,213
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Peter Vaughan

36
3,371 3,241
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Michelle Fairley

37
3,051 2,528
Osha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalia Tena

38
3,636 1,751
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

39
2,399 1,035
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
DUDEEE added Dragons

40
2,329 1,343
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
3,028 1,613
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

42
2,442 3,460
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
ConnorJosephGriffin added Stephen Dillane

43
2,462 3,607
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Carice van Houten

44
2,306 3,028
Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mark Addy

45
2,391 1,668
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Joseph Mawle

46
2,236 2,568
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gemma Whelan

47
2,024 3,592
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Alfie Allen

48
1,816 2,084
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

49
1,781 1,868
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added

50
1,683 2,056
Mance Rayder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
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