• Entertainment

The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked

Of all the locked-up ladies and various prison staff, who's your favorite character on Orange Is the New Black? Since the hit crime series graced TV screens and monitors in 2013, the show has seen a host of characters come and go. Complete with fight scenes, inner-cell romances, and a great deal of drama, Orange Is the New Black certainly isn't for the lighthearted. Regardless, whether you're into the more well-mannered characters or those who are constantly instigating fights, everyone has their favorite type of role on the show. The bigger question here, however, is who are the best characters on Orange Is the New Black?

From the main roles of the top Netflix drama like Piper Chapman, Sam Healy, and Red to the regulars that keep things interesting, such as Larry Bloom, Crazy Eyes, and Nicky, OITNB features a long list of captivating characters. If you're a fan of the constant drama on the show and who causes it, chances are you're a fan of characters like the aforementioned Crazy Eyes, along with boss-lady Gloria Mendoza or Big Boo. Then you have the interesting characters who bring a little comic relief to each season, including Pennsatucky and the loopy Lorna Morello. In short, there's a lot to consider in determining the best Orange Is the New Black characters. 

Check out the complete list of all the Orange Is the New Black characters below and vote up the ones you think bring the most to show—or simply those you like the most. Of course, you can vote others down accordingly. If you're still new to the series or it's been a while since you've tuned in, you'll find the names of the actors and actresses below to give you some help and jog your memory.

Photo:
  • 1
    1,503
    245

    Nicky Nichols

    Natasha Lyonne
  • 2
    1,367
    257

    Poussey Washington

    Samira Wiley
  • 1,193
    226
  • 4
    1,278
    247

    Galina "Red" Reznikov

    Kate Mulgrew
  • 5
    1,018
    242

    Gloria Mendoza

    Selenis Leyva
  • 6
    972
    317

    Sophia Burset

    Laverne Cox
  • 7
    873
    292

    Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros

    Barbara Rosenblat
  • 1,120
    403
    Laura Prepon
  • 9
    763
    287

    Blanca Flores

    Laura Gómez
  • 10
    754
    320

    Frieda Berlin

    Dale Soules
  • 11
    685
    293

    Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales

    Jackie Cruz
  • 764
    333
    Nick Sandow
  • 14
    784
    344

    Carrie "Big Boo" Black

    Lea DeLaria
  • 15
    761
    338

    Lorna Morello

    Yael Stone
  • 16
    779
    362

    Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett

    Taryn Manning
  • 17
    598
    323

    Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes

    Adrienne C. Moore
  • 18
    565
    309

    Sister Jane Ingalls

  • 19
    622
    356

    Maria Ruiz

    Jessica Pimentel
  • 20
    663
    406

    Joel Luschek

    Matt Peters
  • 21
    613
    374

    Aleida Diaz

    Elizabeth Rodriguez
  • 22
    488
    298

    Miss Claudette Pelage

    Michelle Hurst
  • 23
    380
    263

    Lolly

  • 24
    781
    580

    Piper Chapman

    Taylor Schilling
  • 25
    364
    336

    Erica "Yoga" Jones