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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.

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  • 1
    1,494
    241

    Nicky Nichols

    Natasha Lyonne
  • 2
    1,358
    260

    Poussey Washington

    Samira Wiley
  • 3
    1,268
    248

    Galina "Red" Reznikov

    Kate Mulgrew
  • 4
    1,179
    229
  • 5
    1,005
    246

    Gloria Mendoza

    Selenis Leyva
  • 6
    962
    317

    Sophia Burset

    Laverne Cox
  • 7
    870
    294

    Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros

    Barbara Rosenblat
  • 8
    1,114
    404
    Laura Prepon
  • 9
    760
    290

    Blanca Flores

    Laura Gómez
  • 10
    747
    320

    Frieda Berlin

    Dale Soules
  • 11
    758
    331
    Nick Sandow
  • 12
  • 13
    681
    294

    Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales

    Jackie Cruz
  • 14
    760
    335

    Lorna Morello

    Yael Stone
  • 15
    776
    344

    Carrie "Big Boo" Black

    Lea DeLaria
  • 16
    771
    367

    Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett

    Taryn Manning
  • 17
    601
    322

    Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes

    Adrienne C. Moore
  • 18
    559
    308

    Sister Jane Ingalls

  • 19
    620
    355

    Maria Ruiz

    Jessica Pimentel
  • 20
    659
    405

    Joel Luschek

    Matt Peters
  • 21
    609
    372

    Aleida Diaz

    Elizabeth Rodriguez
  • 22
    488
    300

    Miss Claudette Pelage

    Michelle Hurst
  • 23
    780
    576

    Piper Chapman

    Taylor Schilling
  • 24
    378
    265

    Lolly

  • 25
    363
    336

    Erica "Yoga" Jones