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The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked  

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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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Nicky Nichols is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Nicky Nichols Natasha Lyonne
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Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Danielle Brooks
3
Galina
Galina "Red" Reznikov Kate Mulgrew
4
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Poussey Washington Samira Wiley
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Suzanne
6
Gloria Mendoza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Gloria Mendoza Selenis Leyva
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Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
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Sophia Burset is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Sophia Burset Laverne Cox
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Alex Vause is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Laura Prepon
10
Lorna Morello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Lorna Morello Yael Stone
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Joe Caputo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Nick Sandow
12
Rosa
Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros Barbara Rosenblat
13
Blanca Flores is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Blanca Flores Laura Gómez
14
Frieda Berlin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Frieda Berlin Dale Soules
15
Cindy
Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes Adrienne C. Moore
16
Marisol
Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales Jackie Cruz
17
Carrie
Carrie "Big Boo" Black Lea DeLaria
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Miss Claudette Pelage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Miss Claudette Pelage Michelle Hurst
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Maria Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Maria Ruiz Jessica Pimentel
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Lolly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Lolly
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Aleida Diaz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Aleida Diaz Elizabeth Rodriguez
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Joel Luschek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Joel Luschek Matt Peters
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Sister Jane Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Sister Jane Ingalls
24
Erica
Erica "Yoga" Jones
25
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Piper Chapman Taylor Schilling