Netflix 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 the series, 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

2
80 25
Galina
Galina "Red" Reznikov Kate Mulgrew

3
73 24
Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Danielle Brooks

4
81 32
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Poussey Washington Samira Wiley

5
59 19
Lorna Morello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Lorna Morello Yael Stone

6
71 28
Suzanne

7
61 24
Gloria Mendoza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Gloria Mendoza Selenis Leyva

8
61 29
Alex Vause is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Laura Prepon

9
49 23
Rosa
Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros Barbara Rosenblat

10
51 25
Sophia Burset is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Sophia Burset Laverne Cox

11
49 26
Carrie
Carrie "Big Boo" Black Lea DeLaria

12
43 28
Marisol
Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales Jackie Cruz

13
42 29
Joe Caputo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Nick Sandow

14
41 29
Cindy
Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes Adrienne C. Moore

15
42 31
Frieda Berlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Frieda Berlin Dale Soules

16
40 30
Joel Luschek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Joel Luschek Matt Peters

17
42 34
Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked

18
39 32
Blanca Flores is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Blanca Flores Laura Gómez

19
39 37
Dayanara
Dayanara "Daya" Diaz Dascha Polanco

20
35 34
Maria Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Maria Ruiz Jessica Pimentel

21
34 36
Aleida Diaz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Aleida Diaz Elizabeth Rodriguez

22
29 37
Miss Claudette Pelage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Miss Claudette Pelage Michelle Hurst

23
39 52
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Taylor Schilling

24
19 26
Lolly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Lolly

25
22 35
Sister Jane Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked
Sister Jane Ingalls