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Power Ranking The Most Attractive Characters From 'Game Of Thrones'

By Cindy Davis & TK | Seriously Random Lists | May 27, 2014 | Comments ()


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We certainly enjoy our conversations about Game Of Thrones, and discourse on HBO's most excellent show gets quite spirited around these parts. But let's take a break from all our earnest, sincere, and socially relevant conversation and talk about something really important: Who's the most attractive character in this world?

Note, we're talking specifically about characters, which means that no matter how much TK loves to see Gwendoline Christie smiling gloriously in those short dresses, he's going to have to judge her as Brienne, layered in dirt and garbed in armor, and Cindy will have to judge Iwan Rowan as the dick-cutting, woman-hunting Ramsay Snow.

Let's do it.

The Women:

7. Sansa Stark

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I was hesitant to use Sansa at all because she's so young (which admittedly is part of why she ranks so low - she just turned 18 this past year), but there's no question that she's a young woman of uncommon beauty. Sadly, Sansa's often reduced to crying, whining, being scared, or crying more, but there's a hidden strength in there that makes its way to the surface at times.

6. Talisa Stark

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Look! A brunette! For some reason, among the regulars they seem a rare breed. Talisa Maegyr/Stark wasn't the most well-developed character, but she did have some solid moments, and she served as a strong compliment to Robb Stark, eventually gaining the respect of his mother -- no small task for those who know Catelyn Stark.

5. Cersei Baratheon/Lannister

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Here's where things get interesting. Beyond the obvious physical attractiveness, Cersei has a lot going for her -- she's strong, bold, intelligent, clever, regal and unyielding in her loyalty to (most of) her family. Sure, there's a catch -- she's also a twisted, cruel, bitter woman with a penchant for incest. But she's also one of the show's most complex characters, making her scary, but also often utterly fascinating.

4. Margaery Tyrell

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There's a strange, ethereal beauty to Margaery Tyrell, and she uses it to her advantage. Because like so many other people in Westoros, she's hungry -- for power, for station, for the crown. And she uses that beauty, and a slick ability to appear timid and vulnerable and sweet, to her advantage. She is genuinely charming, to be sure, but beneath that rosy charm is a sting that is likely quite unexpected.

3. Daenerys Targaryen

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Dany has grown more and more attractive with each passing season, in part due to a natural maturation that built upon her natural loveliness, but more so to a sense of growing, well, queenliness. As she grows into her role as queen and savior and mother of dragons, as she grows more confident and powerful and self-aware, it makes her whole person more riveting to watch.

2. Ygritte

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I love Ygritte. She's smart and brash and independent, embodying everything that makes the Wildlings -- or the Free Folk, if you will -- so interesting. An explosion of red hair certainly adds to the package, and all I can say is if you don't see what makes her so lovely, well, you know nothing, dear reader.

1. Missandei

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Yes, I know, not the conventional choice, particularly for a supporting character. I can't help it. I am consistently hypnotized by Missandei's beauty, and it's not just because of her revealing outfits from Season Three. She is the voice of the mother of dragons, and she's also whip-smart, a trusted and unquestionably loyal adviser and friend. She's got a near-flawless beauty to her, but there's a surprising strength in there too. Missandei also has a gift for sly, subtle facial expressions, and she gives wicked side-eye, too:

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The Men:


7. Bronn

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To some he may be a mere sellsword, but Bronn is a handsome man of intelligence, wit and humor who rose from nothing; he's developed his own sensible moral code. While in Tyrion's service, Bronn is as good an advisor and loyal as a man can be expected to be; he saved Tyrion's life once (and the Hound's). Now, the Mountain is almost certain death -- even Tyrion can't argue the pragmatic odds or reasons. Bronn is smart enough to chose the battles he can win, and to marry the woman who'll give him a future title.

6. Drogo

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Despite the uncivilized Dothraki customs , Khal Drogo was a caring, protective husband (before you scream about his wedding night, let's remember the normalcy of that behaviour, taken in context). The fierce warrior may have learned as much from Daenerys as she from him, and his love and loyalty for her is as appealing as his beautiful physique and the long braid he earned through battle.


5. Tyrion Lannister

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"That's not a monster, that's just a baby." Tyrion has been fighting to be seen as a person his whole life, and in his struggle, become the most humane, funny, and arguably clever Lannister. He's by far the courageous brother, unafraid to stand up against his truly monstrous nephew and sister. Even during his darkest hours at battle, or holed up in a cell for a crime he didn't commit, Tyrion's courage and humor stand fast. But it is his treatment of and caring for both Sansa and Shae that demonstrate this lion's gentle strength and true spirit, a man who deserves a real champion.


4. Jon Snow

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Jon's story may not be the pulse-racing tale we can't wait to see play out, but Eddard's bastard son does bear some noble fatherly resemblance. True to his family and a caring half-brother, Jon lets his sense of honor drive him. Although he couldn't help his feelings for Yigritte, Snow regained his bearings and stands strong by his other family -- the men of the Night's Watch. He's not entirely my type, but he's got a real pretty mouth, ain't he?


3. Eddard Stark

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Perhaps the most honorable and truly family-oriented man, Eddard (Ned) Stark's greatest failings were also his best character traits. His solid moral foundation and loyalty carried him; it drove Ned to do what he believed was right, even when it pained him. Unlike most Westerosi leaders, Stark wasn't driven by ego or aspiration. His command, love of family, and his quiet strength have kept the Lord of Winterfell in our hearts long after those startled birds flew.


2. Jorah Mormont

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Whether he learned a little something from Daenerys Stormborn, or perhaps as self-imposed penance, former slaver and spy Jorah Mormont now wears his coat of honor well. Though his feelings toward Dany go beyond loyalty, after protecting her unborn dragons, Jorah turns away from treachery, saves Dany's life, and swears her his loyalty...but he's not afraid to tell her what he really thinks. His bravery, fighting skills and oh, that heart...if only Daenerys would realize what she's missing.


1. Oberyn Martell

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Come on now, you had no doubt who number one would be, did you? Oberyn Martell -- a man for all reasons -- lover to all, and enemy only to those who deserve him. Gather all the best qualities of 1 through 6 and roll them up into one gloriously hot, deliciously accented, well-spoken, funny, witty, brilliantly-eyebrowed (seriously, is there a better waggler in town?), curious world-traveler, and renowned sword-fighter whose alias is The Red Viper, and you still haven't captured the Prince of Dorne's essence. Speaking of Prince, the only thing we haven't seen Oberyn Martell do is sing Kiss, yet I've no doubt he'd be right there with The Purple One.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Tommy Hass

    "I was hesitant to use Sansa at all because she's so young (which admittedly is part of why she ranks so low - she just turned 18 this past year"

    So lemme get this straight: she is at an age where she could literally star in a Facial Abuse porn film and an age that is almost universally considered to be the peak of female nubility (late teens to mid twenties), but what should be a plus is the "reason why she ranks so low".

    Somehow, I don't think you got laid a lot in college.

    (also, number one being a mystery meat girl. YAY for diversiteeee!!)

  • Stephanie C. Bois

    Khal Drogo mmmmm *drools*

  • Debra Kessing

    show characters make this a more difficult choice, half of the people I thought YUCK about in the books are quite the opposite on the show.
    My males (I wish) Bronn, Sir Jorah, Jon, Tyrion, Davos, Jaqin, Drogo and NED <3
    Women - Ygritte, Osha, Dany, Missandei, Talisa, Roz

  • Maddy

    The books are so funny to me because GRRM clearly vacillates between people being hideously ugly or breathtakingly beautiful. But in general there is a lot of adaptational attractiveness going on on this show (which I don't mind - I'm shallow and would rather look at pretty people except when they're supposed to be evil and then I feel confused)

  • I was saddened to notice there is a serious lack of Hodor love. So I withdraw my Lannister twins votes and give 'em all to HODOR. Strong, sexy 'n sweet; only those who truly know and love him can distinguish the subtleties in his Hodorisms. Plus, I've seen all the goods and Izzy approves.

  • Scorptilicus

    Reading through the comments, the fact that Jaime, Loras, Grey Worm, Davos, Jaqen, Robb, and heck, I'll throw in Xaro Xhoan Daxos, don't make the list is a testament to the show's attractive men quotient. Makes the lack of nude equality even more tragic for our lovers of the beef cake.

  • Strand

    Pretty sure you meant to say Jon got a real purrty mouth on him.

    I have a weird love of Roose Bolton in the show. I loathed the book character and cried foul when they took out the leechings but I loved the little things like making him a teetotaller, or the understated smug.

    "I'd have hoped you'd have learnt the lesson from overplaying your... position." Oof, where's the burn heal.

  • Maddy

    I'm into Roose too. I'm not ashamed to admit it!

  • Aaron Schulz

    Man i was ready to rearrange that list of ladies, then i realized i really cant, so i guess ill just have to say Missandei is another one of those people thats so damn hot i dont even know what to do about it.

  • Zeus McGuinnes

    No Melisandre? She's a babe, she's a robo-babe. If she were a president she'ld be Baberaham Lincoln.

  • Guest

    1. Missandei

    THIS IS AGREEABLE AND ACCCEPTABLE.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Also no Davos?

    http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/64...

    *Not just because he reminds me of Nick Offerman.

  • Kala

    GOOD GOD.

  • TK

    Whoa.

  • Lord Inferno

    Yes... yes I would... like a bacon sandwich.

  • BlackRabbit

    And no Tywin Lannister or Theon Greyjoy? If Joffrey wasn't so horrible I bet he'd be on this list. And on a totally unrelated topic, since they're always bringing in awesome British actors, where the hell is Derek Jacobi?

  • Maddy

    I think Alfie Allen does a great job but ... no I'm perfectly happy with the absence of Theon Greyjoy.

  • E-Money

    Grey Worm, ya'll. Grey Worm. This one would find alternative ways to satisfy Grey Worm. Also Jaqen. Jaqen forever and always.

  • Maddy

    Grey Worm forever! I totally agree

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    Errrm, am I the only one here with a slight Littlefinger problem? I know we are basing this list entirely on looks, and maybe that's not exactly what it is about him, but...

    If I'm the only one, let us never speak of this again.

  • Kala

    Littlefinger is a revolting character and with the exception of The Mountain, is the least likely to possess any redemptive characteristics whatsoever.

    Aside from that, for me at least, Petyr Baelish is the hottest man in Westeros. Seriously. Now that I think about it, I really need to find more Aiden Gillen performances so I can work out these conflicted sexy-times/hatred that I feel whenever Baelish turns up on screen.

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    Exactly!! Thank you - so conflicted, but damn. Actually, though, I have been a fan of Aiden Gillen for years and that may be why I get inappropriate feels for him on this show. He was crazy mad sexy on the UK original Queer As Folk, and though I have yet to watch it (I know, I need to) people say he was great on The Wire. I know someone in Ireland who has friends who've worked with him, they say he's a great guy and wonderful to work with on set. Mmmmmmmm.

  • Maddy

    I can't be dealing with Littlefinger but Aiden Gillen has a certain appeal I can kind of see. Personally not my thing.

  • competitivenonfiction

    There is a chance you're alone in that one...

  • Maddy

    I'm just going to leave this here

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    I can't see it! What are you leaving? Is it bad or good?

  • Maddy

    There was supposed to be a picture of Aidan Gillen with a cat but it won't work because I'm a fail at technology

  • Excuse me. There is a severe lack of TYWIN LANNISTER and ROOSE BOLTON in this list.

  • Valhallaback Girl

    WON'T ANYONE THINK OF ROS?!?!?

  • BlackRabbit

    I do. Frequently.

  • Bryan

    Trust me, I think of her quite often. The exact details of how I'm thinking of her... I'm better off not saying.

  • Maddy

    Are we pretending she was ever an actual character and not a plot/ sexposition device?

  • Valhallaback Girl

    ROS was one of the strongest female characters there for a bit and her death pushed me way over the edge because I had such high hopes. Sure she was a pro, but I'll be damned if she didn't own the hell out of that shit

  • Maddy

    I think the actress did a great job with what she had but the way the writers killed her off to show how evil Littlefinger and Joffrey are (because apparently we couldn't have figured that out yet) was pretty telling to me. That was BS. And I was starting to come around to her in season 3!

  • Lord Inferno

    *staring*

    ... sorry, what were we talking about?

  • Guest

    A 1000 TIMES THIS! I couldn't believe she wasn't listed and took so long to find in the comments.

  • Lord Inferno

    HOLY CRAP! How did I forget about her?! God I love the amount of ginge in this show.

  • = INCOMING COMMUNIQUE FROM THE HIGH GINGER COUNCIL =

    Your failure to include Ros in your list of worshipful gingers has resulted in your temporary disbarment from the council. Any future oversights will force us to make your disbarment permanent.

    = YOU ARE SO NOTIFIED =

  • Lord Inferno

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    for the women, i would personally switch Missandei and Ygritte (Ygritte is far and away the clear #1), and have Ellaria Sand slowly waiting to steal the #2 or #1 one spot via assassination once they (and depending on how they) develop her character more in the series (non-book reader, but i hear GREAT things)

    for the men, really i'd have just listed 7 photo collages of Oberyn Martell and left it at that, but if we HAVE to have a list, Jamie Lannister easily knocks Jon Snow off the list and takes his place. the rest are fine where they are.

  • Bryan

    See, this is why short lists are bad. Did you just say "Well, we got Drogo so that'll cover all the Dothraki"? Because I found both Irri and Rakharo to be incredibly good-looking. And no love for Ros? She's practically a goddess.
    And what about Gendry? I had problems buying Mark Addy as Robert because he, unlike Robert, always looked like a schlub. But when I saw Gendry I thought "Well, if Robert used to look like THAT now I understand the appeal..."

  • Maddy

    I miss Irri and Rakharo. I still don't understand why they decided to kill off all her Dothraki.

  • Bryan

    Oh lord, I was totally shipping Irri/Rakharo (well, when I wasn't shipping Irri/myself). I was not a happy camper when Rakharo died and Irri started bawling.

  • Maddy

    THAT WAS NOT OK. And it makes me worried for Grey Worm and Missandei. DON'T DO THIS TO ME SHOW

  • Bryan

    FINALLY some more Grey Worm love. I was watching with a friend of mine (a straight female) and she was insistent that Grey Worm wasn't good looking. I was arguing with her about it for so long I almost started questioning my sexuality.

  • Kala

    I try to leave these things up to personal taste, but your female friend is straight up bonkers. Grey Worm is an incredibly good looking man.

  • Maddy

    Well as a straight female - let me assure you that you are completely correct and your friend is wrong. I would cuddle with Grey Worm any day (or whatever he wanted to do)

  • Sirilicious

    Awesome. The above blurbs read as dog show reviews or wine tasting snobbery.

  • bdog

    What no Podrick?

  • Jenn Hamm

    Yes!!!

  • asherlev1

    I'm making my own list, just off the top of my head, which is in no way supposed to be rational or unbiased. I was also putting little explanations in, but then I took them out. It's just better this way.

    1) Margaery Tyrell
    2) Brienne of Tarth
    3) Catelyn Stark
    4) Melisandre
    5) Missandei

    1) Oberyn Martell
    2) Jaime Lannister
    3) Hizdahr Zo Loraq
    4) Gendry
    5) Loras Tyrell

  • Maddy

    Hizdahr! Dany is surrounded by so many good looking dudes. And hurray for some Catelyn appreciation.

  • Pippa_Laughingstock

    I am so pleased that Missandei tops your list, I feel the same. Also happy to see Lord Sexyvoice Friendszone so high up.

  • kimberlyel

    Replace Cersei with Melisandre and this list would be perfect. Cersei looks too haggard.

  • Bryan

    I wouldn't say "haggard" as when she genuinely smiles she's quite pretty. It's that bitchy sneer she's always sporting. Not everyone can make an arrogant scowl look attractive.

  • TK

    I'm not gonna lie, I've watched that Oberyn Martell prison speech probably fifteen times since it aired. Good lord, I can't get enough of it.

  • Maddy

    It gives me chills. From both of them. Still pissed they changed Oberyn's mother to his father but I am never not going to nitpick things.

  • John W

    For me it's the scene at the inn with the Hound and Arya.

    I want to see a mashup of the Hound and Ron Swanson:

    "I afraid what you may have heard was bring me some chickens. What I actually said was bring me all the f*cking chickens."

  • Kala

    That gave me a great big hearty laugh. Thank you, sir.

  • Tanuccio

    Sorry, but no,Emilia Clarke shouldn't even be on this list, where is Ros? Melissandre?and FOR GOD'S SAKE ROSLYN FREY??? all of them miles ahead in the hotness department #truth

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    Jorah is too, high on that list! I know..I know...it's very unpopular opinion 'round these parts, and Jezzer will certainly take me to task for my 'horrible' taste in men. BUT I CAN'T HELP IT. The wounded puppy thing makes my lady parts BORED.

  • Lord Inferno

    I'm not waiting for Jezzer.

    You have horrible taste in men.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    I do. It explains so very much!
    Is it redeeming at all to say that I love Dick Casablancas from Veronica Mars?? Or...Dean from Supernatural? And of course the obligatory Sherlock - I can't get enough of Mr. Cumberbatch.

  • Nicole Childress

    I'm pretty sure Bronn needs to be higher up on the list.

  • Buck off

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Not if you remember this.

  • Kala

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  • Buck off

    Or sing cheesy songs on TOTP when you're hoping for some more Britpop.

    They made a fortune from that, though. Fair play to them.

  • Nicole Childress

    Oh no. He can sing. The horror.

  • I know he's probably a total dirtbag, but did we see the same ass last episode? I think Daario 2.0 deserves an honorable mention for sure.

  • Maddy

    I know Viserys was horrible ... but Harry Lloyd's glorious cheekbones should be acknowledged.

  • Buck off

    His cheekbones were also glorious in Doctor Who as part if 'The Family'.

  • AllieBoBallie

    It's the Night's Watch, not the Knight's Watch.

  • Fixed!

  • Bert_McGurt

    Exactly. The Knight's Watch is Jorah's timepiece.

  • Buck off

    Or should have been a Monty Python sketch in a just, fair world.

  • I believe you're referring to Ser Friendzone... the Knight's Watch whilst Daario v 2.0 does the walk of shame.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Still my favourite character nickname.

  • AllieBoBallie

    Precisely. Alternatively, the Knight's Watch could be happy voyeurs in King's Landing instead of sad, angry men wandering through the cold dressed like many young Reginald Kenneth Dwights.

  • fleurdcerise

    Oh, those tight shots of Peter Dinklage's super expressive, handsome face! I live for them.

  • AllieBoBallie

    Is it just me, or do Pedro Pascal and Liam Neeson have very, very similar profiles?

  • Kala

    Not just you. Pascal looks like Neeson's Latin American cousin.

  • Bert_McGurt

    That reminds me of my (unfounded) convictions about the familial ties of Mark Ruffalo and Chris Messina.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    When I saw that gif of Oberyn saying "I will be your champion." I instantly imagined a fan vid tribute to Oberyn with Enrique Iglesias's "Hero" playing over it.

  • Where are the people writing Oberyn sexytimes fan-fiction? I mean I would never read such dreck, I ask only out of academic curiosity. Obviously.

  • Emily Smith

    I did your research for you. It was time well spent.

  • Jen Papin

    The women on this show are exceptionally gorgeous..but, Oh, Oberyn. Shower nozzle masturbation material forever...

  • Maddy

    Am I the only one who thinks Stannis has a certain attractiveness? I mean his personality needs work but he's a good looking dude

  • I can't get past the "I've eaten nothing but grapefruit and grass-clippings for 8 years" dourness of his personality.

  • Kala

    Nope. Stannis is very stately, rather handsome man.

  • Maddy

    I know Ramsay's awful but ... Iwan Rheon shirtless was a good choice in an otherwise terrible scene

  • *Iwan Rheon

    If we're talking purely physical attractiveness, Melisandre and Jorah are my tops.

  • This really confused my feelings regarding Ramsay. Because originally I just read him as this hideous, ugly mf-er (well, we don't know he didn't) and hated him. And then I saw Iwan Rheon, and things got complicated.

  • Me too! Especially coming from "Misfits" where I loved him as Simon.

  • Maddy

    SAVE ME BARRY

  • Maddy

    They try and hide Gwendoline Christie's gorgeousness as Brienne but ... those blue eyes.

  • The Lannister twins for the win!

  • cheesy

    No Jaime? Is he still not forgiven? Let's pretend he's book Jaime, if so. I gotta say, I think Robb was definitely the hottest male Stark, by a huge margin.

    Agree with all the ladies though.

  • Absolutely. We forgive Cersei for being a child-killing incestuous meanie and Jaime has far more redeeming characteristics and dear God Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one fine-looking man. Damn.

    *Please don't bring up "that scene" because both that and my high-school perm are things I refuse to admit ever actually happened.

  • Maddy

    Trust me as someone who spends way too much time on the internet. People generally don't forgive Cersei anything and will forgive Jaime plenty of things (and I say this as a Jaime fangirl who also wants to forget that scene ever happened)

  • F'mal DeHyde

    He's the best looking out of EVERYONE. I love Sean Bean but come on, the character's nobility doesn't win out over the pure physical perfection that is Jaime.

  • Maddy

    I preferred him when he had long hair and was being dragged through the mud and Brienne was making fun of him.

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