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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
17,454 2,352
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Peter Dinklage

2
14,083 3,663
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Maisie Williams

3
13,651 3,295
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kit Harington

4
12,053 4,827
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Emilia Clarke

5
9,851 3,252
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sean Bean

6
8,946 3,623
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

7
8,893 3,048
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jerome Flynn

8
8,386 2,837
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters

9
7,051 2,662
Davos Seaworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Liam Cunningham

10
6,334 3,684
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Conleth Hill

11
5,846 3,296
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Iain Glen

12
6,898 3,821
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalie Dormer

13
5,998 3,877
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Richard Madden

14
4,416 2,250
Jaqen H'ghar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnisAchour added Tom Wlaschiha

15
7,563 2,039
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Natalie Zea

16
6,267 2,778
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristian Nairn

17
4,974 4,467
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Charles Dance

18
5,267 1,895
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
carlsennan added Pedro Pascal

19
5,882 4,128
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Sophie Turner

20
5,400 3,517
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jason Momoa

21
4,634 4,717
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Lena Headey

22
3,045 1,036
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kim Mecham added Gwendoline Christie

23
4,346 2,343
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Diana Rigg

24
4,835 4,530
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Aidan Gillen

25
4,181 1,317
Tormund Giantsbane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Kristofer Hivju

26
4,015 2,082
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Daniel Portman

27
3,510 945
Lyanna Mormont is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Boomer Aang added

28
4,223 3,796
Bran Stark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Isaac Hempstead-Wright

29
3,455 2,551
Barristan Selmy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Ian McElhinney

30
3,603 2,311
Gendry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Joe Dempsie

31
2,935 2,394
Jeor Mormont is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
James Cosmo

32
3,157 1,414
Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Rose Leslie

33
3,420 1,541
Missandei is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
penguinmayne added

34
3,527 1,948
Grey Worm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Jacob Anderson

35
2,800 1,207
Maester Aemon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
gilgethan added Peter Vaughan

36
3,361 3,238
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Michelle Fairley

37
3,044 2,523
Osha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Natalia Tena

38
3,625 1,749
Nymeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
AnthonyFarshaw added Nymeria

39
2,390 1,029
Dragons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
DUDEEE added Dragons

40
2,321 1,339
Shireen Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
sonof100maniacs added Shireen Baratheon Kerry Ingram

41
3,021 1,609
Drogon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added Drogon

42
2,437 3,452
Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
ConnorJosephGriffin added Stephen Dillane

43
2,454 3,601
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Carice van Houten

44
2,301 3,020
Robert Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Mark Addy

45
2,383 1,665
Benjen Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Joseph Mawle

46
2,229 2,563
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Gemma Whelan

47
2,021 3,584
Theon Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Alfie Allen

48
1,811 2,078
Brynden Tully "Blackfish&... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Brynden Tully "Blackfish"

49
1,777 1,860
Gilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
Cerberus added

50
1,675 2,053
Mance Rayder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Characters
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