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The 10 Hottest Game Of Thrones Characters (And The One That No One Would Expect To Find In This List)

Yes, I know, most of the Game of Thrones characters are hot. But these are the 10 hottest – or, at least, for me. No, wait, there’s 11 of them.

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One of the best Khals (warlords) in the Dothraki history, Drogo (Jason Momoa) is the embodiment of Conan the Barbarian-meets-Shakespeare’s Romeo. The truth is as simple as this: Drogo is like your older brother; he probably granted you generously with some uppercuts when you were younger, but he was always there to stand up for you when you needed him and to be honest, everything you know about football or women, you probably owe to him. Drogo is the ultimate Game of Thrones male symbol: pumped up, but much better looking than Sylvester Stallone, fearless and tough but a softy when it comes to his girl, he minimises his verbal communication to the necessary (ok, to growl basically) and fights only for honour and glory. Drogo belongs to the pantheon of the archetypical male heroes; all it took was a sneaky, bitter woman to accomplish what dozens of his enemies hadn’t managed until then - lead him to his doom.

Suggestion: We should name a beer after him. Or something as manly as that.

Ned Stark

Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was the heart and soul of Game of Thrones. Look at it this way - ever since he was decapitated his whole family – no, make it the whole world - is falling apart, 21 whole episodes later! Ned was the kind of guy you definitely want to invite to your BBQ party; he knows how to keep kids entertained, but he can also control them, he has a sense of humour (well, barely, but still humour isn’t particularly a Westeros thing), he is loyal to his friends (some would say “stupidly” loyal, given his ending) and he knows how to party. Nevertheless, Ned is not just this boring family man that is only interested in diapers, football and monthly bills; Jon Snow is the fruit of his passion with some mystery woman, giving us a hint that Ned really knew how to party. His beheading was one of the most shocking moments in Game of Thrones. Rest in pieces, lad.

Suggestion: Learn from his leadership skills and his loyalty to family and friends. Just try not to take it as far as he did.

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Daenerys Targaryen

The title of the hottest female character in Game of Thrones is rightfully hers. Remember how she started off, as a pawn to her brother’s will, a kind of Game of Thrones Pamela Anderson. It only took her a few episodes to turn from wishy-washy Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) into the mighty Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, who leads the Dothraki to Westeros to claim what’s hers. Let’s face it, Khaleesi has evolved into the ‘whole enchilada’; she has the looks and the brains, she is stubborn but reasonable, she rules with an iron fist but at the same time she is compassionate and a true democrat. She’ll take what’s hers “with fire and blood” she states, and we believe her. In fact, deep inside, we want her to.

Suggestion: Turn on the air conditioner when she’s on, it’s certain that she will make you sweat.

Tyrion Lannister

If Darwin was alive today he would study Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) in order to take his theory of evolution to the next level; being a dwarf, in an era of robustness and cruelty and supposedly responsible for his mother’s death, Tyrion manages to thrive using only his shrewdness and ingenuity. He is the proof that adaptation is the key to survival and that the pen is mightier than the sword… or sort of, as he states “my brother has his sword, I have my mind”. Need more proof that this guy is one the greatest apocalypses in this series? He knows how to live his life (enjoying epicurean meals and the company of women), has the finest sense of humour (especially if you compare it to the ape humour the rest of the characters have. Not.), he’s fair and decisive and he’s the guy that has given Joffrey a few of the most celebrated slaps in the history of TV series (make it in the entire history of slapping).

Suggestion: Bent it like Tyrion.

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Joffrey Baratheon (Let’s Put an End to this Joke, it’s LANNISTER)

The guy (Jack Gleeson) could host his own show, titled “Everybody Hates Joffrey”; this sociopath, sadist, cuckoo’s nest-level psycho-brat is a combo of the Dumb and the Dumber, the Bad and the Ugly and Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington in Dynasty – which wouldn’t matter THAT much if he didn’t sit on the Iron Throne. The name Joffrey Baratheon should be added to Thesaurus as a synonym to “hateful”, since he is the champion of love-to-hate characters. Remember that blonde, spoilt classmate from primary school that used to brag about his family’s winter vacation to Gstaad or his dad’s Jag and then bully everyone else except from his best friends? Well, multiply that by 1,000 and you get Joffrey. He isn’t even ashamed to fight a younger girl (Arya)… or to lose or run crying to his pervert mom because someone gave him a boo-boo. He’s simply impossible to turn your back on or stop looking forward to the moment he gets what he deserves.

Suggestion: Take deep breaths and stop punching the cushion every time he opens his mouth to speak. Keep a small cooler close, just in case.

Arya Stark

At the age of twelve, Arya (Maisie Williams) has already witnessed her beloved father’s decapitation and the slaughter of her family members, has been kept hostage and escaped, has killed with her sword and has made the statement "anyone can be killed". Fearless, inventive and brilliant this little one is capable of turning the whole world upside without anyone ever knowing what hit them. Whether you like kids or not in your real life, it’s impossible not to like this one; for every parent out there, Arya is a proper role model for their kid. OK, apart from the fact that she carries a sword and knows how to use it. And that she actually has.

Suggestion: Learn from her ability to sneak under her enemies’ noses.

Jon Snow

Surrounded by megalomaniacs and traitors, the illegitimate son of Ned Stark is an oasis of idealism, bravery and kindness. A man of action rather than words, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) fights to make this world a better place, rather than to gain power or money. "I want to fight for the side that fights for the living", he says and – so far - his actions prove it. He’s so hot that even bumpkin Ygritte flirts with him in the most sophisticated ways. If what is said about karma is true, this guy’s karma should be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. All of us viewers are with you, Jon, even my grandma; her curse has fallen upon Ygritte after what she did to you.

Suggestion: Find a guy like Jon Snow in real life and marry him. If you’re a guy, find a woman like Jon Snow. And marry her.

Petyr Baelish

Enigmatic, manipulative and moving in the shadows, Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) is ostensibly a successful businessman and in reality a one man C.I.A.. His ‘hotness’ lies in two irresistible characteristics: Baelish knows the crooked business better than the back of his hand; in a parallel universe to ours, Lord Baelish understands the importance of diplomacy and lobbying, bases his moves on “tweets” and intelligence and lives by the rule that there are no rules in a game of thrones. His other major asset is that, although he is surrounded by hysterical, greedy people, he never loses his temper; instead he deals with every situation with composure. Oh, and he’s really charming. That’s three characteristics.

Suggestion: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, they say. If you have a Petyr Baelish in your environment keep him really close or, even better, glue yourself to him.

Jaime Lannister

OK, I’ll just say it: I like Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster – Waldau). Yes, he’s a really great looking guy, but that’s not it. You always feel that there’s something more to him; a well-hidden dimension to his personality. If you overcome the fact that he’s a pervert and “the Kingslayer” and also has no hesitation to kill in order to have his way… well, if you overlook all that you’ll see a clever man who at some point in his life got trapped between his backstabbing father and a mad king. Jaime has reached a new low during the series’ third season. But aren’t we supposed to support someone to get back on his feet, especially when we know he can turn everything upside down? That’s why, Jamie Lannister, you’re definitely hot, as far as I’m concerned.

Suggestion: Look what happened to Jaime… Watch where you put your hands. Believe me…

Jorah Mormont

An exile and an outcast, Jorah (Iain Glen) is a man to admire; wise and well-organised, he stands up for what he believes in and selflessly protects his queen in every step she takes. Jorah is like the PM’s personal advisor - sometimes he just knows more the PM himself. We have all figured it out by now that he is secretly in love with Khaleesi; though his love for her doesn’t cloud his judgement. We need more people like him in politics and in business.

Suggestion: Copy his organisational skills and his ability to keep calm and structured during a crisis.


Hodor (Kristian Nairn) is, by far, one of the most underestimated characters in Game of Thrones. The simple-minded, gold-hearted giant is Game of Thrones’ Forrest Gump; without him, little Bran’s story would have ended long ago. He’s so anti-TV material, as well; too tall, too fat, too silent. But let’s put this last one into a different perspective. No matter what someone says to him (which, by the way, he’s always able to understand) he has one answer: “Hodor”. So, actually, Hodor by definition has an answer for everything. And that’s hot too.

Suggestion: Be as selfless as he is and you’ll gain real friends. Be as active as him and you’ll have a body that everyone will envy. And try not to over-complicate matters, every now and then, just like him; when it feels right, just do it.

Jaime Lannister's image courtesy of SciFiNow. All images courtesy of HBO.