Game of Thrones: 10 Best Male Characters - Ranked
One of the most daunting tasks when entering HBO's Game of Thrones is trying to wrap your head around its massive ensemble cast of characters and their names. A number of them have certainly cemented themselves in pop culture history over the years (I mean, there are hundreds of kids named Khaleesi and Arya), most of them defining what it means to be morally ambiguous and gray.
With that in mind, I first want to make a disclaimer that I based these ten "best" characters on their overall character arc from the first season to the end, their development, how much you want to root for them (and in some cases, both of them hate and still root for) and finally, how iconic they've become since the show ended. I would also like to mention that I will be focusing on the main valuable male characters of Thrones and not A Song of Ice and Fire as a whole, so the cast of House of the Dragon will not be taken into account. (sorry!)
10) Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion Lannister, however, is definitely a necessary fixture on any list of the best Game of Thrones characters. Tywin Lannister's youngest son didn't have an easy time growing up. Blamed for the death of his beloved mother, who died giving birth to him, Tywin is said to have stopped laughing the moment Tyrion was born. As for her siblings, well, she had Cersei Lannister as an older sister, which I think speaks for itself. Still, with his quick wit, sarcasm and cleverness, Tyrion is probably one of the best and easiest characters to love on Thrones.
In the first few seasons, we see him visiting the Wall because of his lifelong dream of getting a chance to "pee at the ends of the earth", making a makeshift saddle to enable him to ride on horseback after Bran Stark's bad fall. One more time, and disturb Cersei's life (which is our lifelong dream). Her love for her brother Jaime, her time as Hand of the King, the one time she slapped the shit out of Joffrey (again, another dream she fulfilled for us), and her love of drinking and just knowing thing. I just loved this man.
9) Master Aemon Targaryen
The son of one king and the brother of another, we first meet Master Aemon as a soft-spoken old man in his twilight years, still serving the Night's Watch under Lord Commander Mormont. We don't know much about him other than that he was really around that long and the then Lord Commander respected him so much that he could only hope that Aemon would live another hundred years to guide them.
Later, he reveals his true identity to Jon Snow while testing his promise and commitment to the Watch. He tells Jon that, like him, he was placed in a position where his family was close to slaughter and ultimately annihilated, but his oath and his advanced age forced him to do nothing. Like Jon (though no one knew it at the time), he was a Targaryen—and there's something poignant about that even though he never got the chance to meet Daenerys, he met and mentored Jon. In the words of Samuel Turley, no man was wise, gentle, or kind.
8) Eddard Stark
He is a good and honorable man, and well suited to his role as Warden of the North. But as king of the Seven Kingdoms, Ned will find himself navigating unfamiliar waters. Ned has no head for politics, you might say. His honor made him too unyielding in his convictions and too rigid in his politics
Ned Stark was a man of integrity, a firm believer in justice and doing the right thing regardless of the personal consequences. He passed these qualities on to his children, and all but Robb survived the treachery, brutality, and brutality that Westeros threw at them.
7) Tywin Lannister
Some would argue against Tywin's inclusion on this list, given that he orchestrated the Red Wedding and was essentially one of the coldest characters on the show. And I agree with all of that but those are the same reasons why he did it here. Tywin Lannister defined what it was to be a badass motherfucker and the man we all loved to hate but secretly respected at the same time.
6) Oberyn Martell
It is physically impossible to dislike Oberyn Martell. Besides being played by Pedro Pascal in the show, he is also very funny and cunning in his own way. In fact, he once went to the Citadel to become a master but was bored despite having already forged six links of the chain, fought with a poisoned spear (I mean, who does? Oberyn Martell. That's who.), fought. Disputed land, and our bisexual king.
5) Jon Snow
He is one of the most popular characters in the series, and The New York Times cites him as one of the author's finest creations. Jon is a main character in the TV series, and his storyline in the season 5 finale generated a strong reaction among viewers.
He fights for what is right and understands the ways of the world. He possesses all the quintessential characteristics of the hero archetype. The hero is designed to be rooted for in any story. Jon Snow is especially loveable, he has a huge heart and he is a humble, honourable man.
4) Jaime Lannister
There's a lot to be said for Jaime Lannister and how fascinating his arc is—you go from literally hating him to wanting Bran to die by pushing him out that window to finally crying about how he died and wanting Bran instead. A proud and noble man of House Lannister and the Kingsguard, Jaime was the pride of his father, the love of his sister (ew), and the hero of his younger brother Tyrion, but was always seemingly at odds with himself, making him one of Thrones' most versatile characters. There was Jaime the Kingslayer, Jaime the Oathkeeper, Jaime the Oathbreaker and so on, until we met Jaime the Honorable.
3) Tormund Giantsbane
When you finish the entire game of thrones you come across hundreds of charecters with unique personality. Mostly everyone did something or the other that was regrettable.(Like Robb Stark beheading Rickard Karstark, Sansa doubting Arya, Jorah spying on Daenerys). Every personality has a weakness or a fragile moment. Then enters Tormund Giantsbane. Fearless warrior without a banner, No self-desires, No ego, No fear. He is the personification of absolute loyalty. He served Mance until Mance’s last breath. He believed in Mance. Same way he believed in Jon. It is obvious that his sense of humor and battle skills make him popular. But i want to point out those things that make Tormund Giantsbane special. He was a man of his words. He had many chances to betray Jon Snow. He proved that free folks are not against the Night Watch but only want to survive. I Believe he could have taken advantage at Hardhome if he truely bore revenge against the crows.
A large number of massacres can be carried out during the night watch. (Though it might lead to their destruction when the White Walkers arrive) He had no obligation to follow Jon Snow into the Battle of the Bastards. Zone had no army or command. Tormund could ignore Jon's request because his men were already safe. (Though Jon said the Boltons would come after them.) Ahh I almost forgot, he could have killed Jon before he even took him to the manse. Mance wouldn't give a flying fuck for a dead crow. (meaning before Corin killed Halfhand) He followed John across the wall to bring a walker alive. Then comes the long night. He stood and fought bravely to the end. Over time, he became the leader of the free-spirited. But this did not make him proud or arrogant. Let's come to the most important- the last scene of Game of Thrones.
2) Theon Greyjoy
Theon is so high on this list for two reasons: a) he has one of the show's most flawless arcs, and b) his only death coming out of season eight matched the entirety of his development. (Yes, that's a diss towards the end of Jaime and Dany.) We first meet Theon as a proud and slightly annoying Ward of the Starks who seems to only enjoy sleeping and annoying Jon. Later, in an attempt to gain the love of her estranged father, she betrays the Starks and tries to become a Greyjoy instead, only to fail and land her in Ramsay's clutches.
From there, we see Theon become Rick, the shell he once was, and lose himself. All of this changes when he crosses paths with Sansa (SOBS) who he saves and later, fights as reparation for his betrayal, and he ends up being a Stark.
Unlike almost all the powerful characters in Game of Thrones who were born into the aristocracy, Bronn is a rugged survivor from the hill country who gets his chance to make the most of life and admirably makes the most of it.
Bronn also knew so much about the common people that the rest of the elite didn't, which is why he made such a great knight. His agility with the sword made him invaluable in King's Landing, though he always fought for whoever paid the most coin, making him a less admirable figure.
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