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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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1
16,945 2,266
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Peter Dinklage

2
13,233 3,163
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kit Harington

3
13,634 3,531
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maisie Williams

4
11,728 4,641
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Emilia Clarke

5
9,560 3,118
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sean Bean

6
8,644 3,503
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

7
8,615 2,946
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jerome Flynn

8
8,086 2,766
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
6,833 2,563
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Liam Cunningham

10
6,151 3,547
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Conleth Hill

11
6,705 3,680
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalie Dormer

12
5,640 3,187
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Iain Glen

13
5,799 3,773
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Richard Madden

14
4,240 2,150
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Tom Wlaschiha

15
7,323 1,972
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Natalie Zea

16
6,057 2,707
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristian Nairn

17
4,817 4,332
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Charles Dance

18
5,705 3,979
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sophie Turner

19
5,081 1,825
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Pedro Pascal

20
5,220 3,418
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jason Momoa

21
4,442 4,579
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lena Headey

22
2,854 962
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Gwendoline Christie

23
4,142 2,273
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Diana Rigg

24
4,712 4,397
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Aidan Gillen

25
3,984 1,281
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristofer Hivju

26
3,361 883
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added

27
3,894 2,016
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Daniel Portman

28
4,116 3,704
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Isaac Hempstead-Wright

29
3,373 2,489
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ian McElhinney

30
3,499 2,267
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Joe Dempsie

31
2,869 2,333
Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
James Cosmo

32
3,289 1,485
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added

33
2,998 1,364
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Rose Leslie

34
3,414 1,894
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jacob Anderson

35
3,282 3,139
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Michelle Fairley

36
2,697 1,157
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Peter Vaughan

37
2,978 2,466
Osha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalia Tena

38
3,536 1,706
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

39
2,281 989
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
DUDEEE added Dragons

40
2,246 1,290
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
2,932 1,576
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

42
2,397 3,507
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Carice van Houten

43
2,374 3,358
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
ConnorJosephGriffin added Stephen Dillane

44
2,251 2,931
Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mark Addy

45
2,303 1,631
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Joseph Mawle

46
2,172 2,505
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gemma Whelan

47
1,953 3,500
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Alfie Allen

48
1,765 2,029
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

49
1,724 1,798
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added

50
1,512 1,331
Maester Luwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Maester Luwin