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With this being a series with Loads and Loads of Characters, it is only logical that a large number of them enjoy particular adoration from the fandom.

  • Khal Drogo was part of the main ensemble cast in the first season — but only the first season, as he proved Too Cool to Live and only became a minor player in the overall storyline, unlike with Ned Stark. However, he's one of the most popular and beloved characters on the show for being a badass and for his Character Development, surpassing some more important characters such as the Greyjoys and Boltons in popularity, and is easily the second most popular player in Dany's early storyline only behind the Khaleesi herself (even though her other traveling companions get to stick around and play a bigger role in the storyline).
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  • Though a fairly minor character in the first season, Jory Cassel has a small, loving fanbase that remind everyone on Facebook his wonderful qualities by means of a meme called "Why We Love Jory Cassel".
  • Likewise the love for Septa Mordane seems to be growing as the years go by. The show gave her Adaptational Heroism from a Stern Nun to a Cool Old Lady who does her best to keep Sansa grounded in King's Landing (and doesn't bully Arya as she did in the book). She's also given a Dying Moment of Awesome (written by George RR Martin himself!) - where she bravely walks towards Lannister soldiers in the hopes of giving Sansa enough time to get to safety. Her actress Susan Brown got a big boost from being on the show, and even headlined a production of Angels in America a couple of years later on Broadway.
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  • While he vanished very early on, many people like Benjen Stark and there has been much speculation on what his ultimate fate was. Then Season 6 came along and it turns out Benjen has become a badass Human/Wight hybrid. People are quite happy to say the least.
  • Syrio Forel, the badass and Large Ham fencing master.
  • Hodor. Hodor? HODOR! His popularity raised even further after Season 6's episode "The Door", which gave us The Reveal of his backstory and his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Greatjon Umber. In the same scene where he starts off as a bit of a jerk ass, he instantly redeems himself when he takes Robb's act of mercy upon losing two of his fingers to Grey Wind and then jokes about it and laughs it off with all the Northmen.
    • His son, Smalljon Umber, inherited his father's popularity. Having his first scene be him walk up to Ramsay and call him and everyone with him a cunt, tell him to go fuck himself and refuse to swear loyalty, made him a pretty popular character, even if he did betray Rickon.
  • Jaqen H'ghar is popular for his mysterious, deadpan nature and awesome killing abilities.
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  • Bronn the blue-collar sellsword for the endless amounts of entertaining interactions between him and Tyrion and his Deadpan demeanor.
  • Sandor Clegane aka "the Hound," what with his terrific battle sequences, brooding, complex personality and brilliant Odd Couple arc with Arya; especially notable in relation to the books given how little screentime he comparatively has.
  • Barristan Selmy's got himself quite a loyal following as well considering his Memetic Badass and straight up badass traits. He even pulled off an amazing comeback scene in the Season 3 premiere when he saved Dany's life from a Manticore.
  • Yoren's got himself a small following as well. From looking out for Arya's safety following her father's execution and even having a Dying Moment of Awesome all to protect her and the kids he was bringing to the Night's Watch. He's also got a knife sharp enough to "shave a spider's arse".
  • Podrick Payne's dogged loyalty, Adorkable behavior, and his hilarious and unexpected sexual prowess (approaching Sex God status) make him one of the singularly likable characters in a cast full of shades of gray.
  • Lady Olenna Tyrell, a Cool Old Lady who got very popular, very quickly for being bitingly acerbic and frank and holding her own against many of the most powerful players in the game. Also, she kills Joffrey. That certainly didn't hurt. She also totally owns her own death scene, one-upping her killer with ease and going off with a blast.
  • Thoros of Myr is already being called the Game of Thrones version of Captain Jack Sparrow , what with his rather carefree cloud cuckoo lander attitude and outlandish approach to greeting Arya, Hot Pie, and Gendry. Also helps within a span of about five seconds he demonstrates what an amazing swordsman he is when he casts aside Arya's suspicions he's just a silly drunk and not good with a sword at all.
  • Margaery Tyrell's fanbase grew exponentially with each appearance of hers in Season 3. She tamed and manipulated Joffrey of all people, caused Cersei (the "Power IS Power" Queen) to start panicking, has inherited at least some of her grandma's wit and cunning, and despite her gender and age is one of the best players in the game of thrones. She is also one in-universe, having endeared herself to the smallfolk as well as much of the court (something a pure power player like Cersei deeply resents). It's also worth noting, that the expansion of her character is almost universally liked even among the book fans, good part of whom isn't usually fond of changes from the original.
  • Beric Dondarrion became this way before his re-appearance in Season 3 and then solidified his status as this simply because of his presence, his status as a leader amongst a group of people fighting not for any side of the war, but for the good of the small townspeople whom are suffering the worst out of anyone in the War of the Five Kings and in the name of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark who are both long dead, and his seriously threatening reputation as a man that cannot die and even The Mountain is desperate to find and be done with. Also, his duel with Sandor was among the best duels in the series thus far.
  • The Spice King of Qarth has been quite popular for casually wrecking the prideful Dany with calm logic and biting yet polite rhetoric when she felt entitled to his ships for conquering that far-away land that she hasn't seen in decades.
  • Edmure Tully has a growing fanbase for being a hilarious Upper-Class Twit who nonetheless does his king and nephew a solid to make up for mistakes that were entirely Robb's fault.
  • Brynden Tully, the Blackfish, just like with the books, is one of the most popular minor characters, for being both a Cool Old Guy and for being a skullcracking badass.
  • Yara Greyjoy, especially after her single show-stealing scene in Season 3.
  • Roose Bolton — despite personally killing Robb Stark at the Red Wedding and conspiring against the whole North — actually has a growing following if the comments on Youtube and various Game of Thrones forums are to be taken into account. One cannot help respecting the man for his subterfuge, style, and the fact that he's an outright troll.
  • Prince Oberyn Martell was already the biggest example in the books, and he follows suit here for being thoroughly unintimidated by the Lannisters and his unusual sexual proclivities.
    • Pedro Pascal's passion for the role and his charisma oozing on virtually every scene he's in has ended up with people admitting that his legendarily gruesome death was actually more of a punch in the TV series than in the books.
  • Oberyn Martell's paramour Ellaria Sand also won over fans as one of the show's prime examples of flawless casting in Indira Varma and her abundance of exotic fan service she brings. Sadly, this has evaporated in Season 5, thanks to her Adaptational Villainy, and especially following several specific Moral Event Horizon that are unique to the show. Now, she's demoted to The Scrappy.
  • Locke qualifies himself in Season 4 after managing to pull off several awesome feats in combat and stealth.
  • Daario Naharis, Daenaerys' sellsword-come-lieutenant/lover for much of the same reasons as Bronn, thanks to his blunt sarcasm, total badassery, and genuinely sweet relationship with Dany. This is especially notable since the book version of Daario is something of a scrappy, but show!Daario rises above that courtesy of Adaptational Heroism, Adaptational Badass, and Adaptational Attractiveness.
  • Salladhor Sann, the witty and amorous pirate, gets a number of witty lines whenever chatting with Davos. Most notable is his claim that he's going to fuck Cersei as part of his price for aiding Stannis, clarifying that "he's not going to rape her, he's going to fuck her," and claiming that he's very persuasive.
  • Stannis himself has a growing number of fans who absolutely adore him and consider him the person most fit to rule Westeros. Not only did he prove himself a grade-A badass during the Battle of Blackwater, but he was the only Great Lord to send aid to the Wall when it was being threatened by the Wildlings and the White Walkers. Feats like these have earned him the nickname "Stannis the Mannis" to many fans. It certainly helps that Stephen Dillane is considered one of the best actors in the show. A lot of people are quite upset by his Adaptational Villainy in the series. However, the touching scenes between him and his daughter are very well-liked in a series that has a lot of dysfunctional families. Although the final two episodes of Season 5 split his fanbase clean in half... However, a lot of people were angrier with the writers over this, considering that in the books Stannis looks set to defeat the Boltons and however events go down they will be very different in the show.
  • Like her father, Shireen has gained many fans despite appearing only in few scenes during Seasons 3 and 4, thanks to her being sweet and smart despite growing up with greyscale and in a rather dysfuctional family. She has gained more screentime during Season 5 and her interactions with her family and household have been appreciated by both critics and audience. When she was killed off in "The Dance of Dragons", fandom did not take it well.
  • Maester Aemon for being a Cool Old Guy, for the fact that his actor makes every one of his few scenes memorable and emotional. He's seen as a case of Small Role, Big Impact.
  • Wun Wun. His is part one of the coolest scenes of the series, and bring a Cool vs. Awesome moment when he, a giant, fight a zombie horde. It's not only glorious, but add his name, you get yourself a quite popular secondary character.
  • Karsi, the Wildling leader in "Hardhome" has become surprisingly popular. Of course, in typical Game of Thrones fashion, she gets killed by the end of the episode.
  • The Night's King, to the point of One-Scene Wonder. He simply raised his hands and resurrected all the dead Wildlings and Night Watch, all the while locking eyes with Jon, silently taunting him. And the fandom exploded with approval. Further approval for him increased many times after he kills Viserion with very little effort, and uses his reanimated corpse to destroy a chunk of the Wall and finally invade Westeros.
  • Doran Martell is praised by many as the one good thing to come out of Season 5's much-despised Dorne storyline, with several great lines and a subdued but quite effective performance from Alexander Siddig. Being a Reasonable Authority Figure who can be kind yet still rule effectively, in a world populated by good people who end up suffering or selfish bastards helps. This is doubly impressive as he's also a pretty severe Adaptational Wimp, with his role as The Chessmaster completely removed. Fans caused an uproar when he was killed off by former Ensemble Darkhorse now Scrappy Ellaria Sand in the Season 6 premiere and most of his vengeful and scheming qualities are given to her.
  • Hot Pie was already quite popular from the books, but he seems to have become even more popular, seeing as he's one of the few comic relief characters in the series. The scene where he bids farewell to Arya is quite touching. There was much rejoicing when he returned to make a quick cameo in Season 4 and then again in Season 7.
  • Septa Unella in Season 5, who imprisons Cersei in her cell due to her simply refusing to take any of Cersei's shit and for her later participation in Cersei's walk of shame. Some fans have even started shipping her with Hodor due to both of their tendencies for Pokémon Speak.
  • Karl Tanner, he is a drunken thug whose villainy is taken up to eleven but when it comes to it he did walk the walk by almost killing Jon Snow and kill Craster, who was referred as a tough old goat after knocking Jon Snow. His "fookin' legend" soliloquy didn't hurt, nor did Burn Gorman's portrayal.
  • Smalljon Umber, despite suffering a severe case of Adaptational Villainy, is adored for his single scene where most of his dialogue consists of calling Roose Bolton a cunt to RAMSAY'S FACE while implicitly mocking him for the obvious way Ramsay killed him and refusing to swear fealty to the Bolton's, only allowing an alliance if the Umbers can work on equal terms with them. And he does all this while smirking.
  • Lyanna Mormont, the Badass Adorable, ten-year old Lady of Bear Island, after she held her own against Jon, Sansa, and Davos in negotiating the Mormonts' participation in the quest to retake Winterfell. Viewers already anticipated her appearance after her sternly worded letter to Stannis Baratheon in Season 5.
    • Her popularity seems to have gone through the roof after she declares Jon to be the second King in the North.
    • She also won some major points when she rides with Jon to meet with Ramsay. Granted, she has no idea the kind of cruelty he's capable of and doesn't speak to him directly, but Ramsay doesn't look harmless by any standards. She's doubtlessly learned of his family's... habits, and she's still unflinching in the face of one of the most deranged characters in the series.
  • Her namesake Lyanna Stark only gets appearances via flashback but has received a lot of love for them as one shows her as a tomboy princess just like her niece Arya while the other confirms one of the most popular WMG's of the series regarding Jon Snow's parentage.
  • Euron Greyjoy, who proves in Season 7 — with roaring, laughing, psychotic aplomb — to be the absolute perfect combination of cunning, competent, and batshit flipping insane required for an iconic villain. When it comes to the audience, Joffrey Baratheon he is not. He also personally killed two of the much reviled Sand Snakes and captured the last one and their equally reviled mother for some karmic retribution. That certainly didn't hurt. His actor's charismatic performance has proven to be very entertaining. Unfortunately, reducing him to a walking plot device in Season 8 negated this.
  • Also from Season 7, that one Wight. You know, the one Sandor names Dumb Cunt. Yeah, the one who figured out the lake had refrozen and actually withstood getting his jaw taken off and his ribcage smashed in. Fans love this guy, and hope to god he survived Dany's dragon attack.
  • Drogon, the largest and most prominent of Daenerys' dragons. Many fans were eagerly awaiting destructive dragon action in the series, and he delivers by providing many awesome moments for both himself and Dany. His badass design and amazing CGI work also help. Even with the events of the Grand Finale taken into account (His burning of King's Landing even after the bells were rung.), him burning the Iron Throne, the one thing that is pretty much responsible for everything into molten slag instead of Jon when confronting him over assassinating Daenerys, was considered one of the most satisfying moments in the series. He is even considered a better character then the majority of the human cast due to his interactions with Daenerys.
  • Everyone loves Ghost, Jon Snow’s direwolf. His beautiful and unique design with white fur and red eyes and he himself is pretty badass considering he helped Jon during the Battle for the Wall and the Battle of Winterfell and he survived both of those. When he finally reappears in Season 8 after being gone for a long time, fans rejoiced.
  • "Aberdale Strongbeard", a recurring extra on the show played by tour guide Andrew McClay. This is in part thanks to McClay's massive enthusiasm for the show and role in the Last Watch documentary alongside the fact that if you take all his appearances as the same character, he has quite a journey; a Baratheon soldier who survived Stannis' defeat, joined Jon for the Battle of the Bastards and has loyally served the Starks since.
  • Robert Baratheon, while never disliked, wasn't especially popular in early seasons aside from a few "GODS I WAS STRONG THEN" memes. As of Season 7, when his predictions about a Targaryen invasion come true with stunning accuracy, his popularity as the all-knowing and wise "Bobby B", who allegedly would have handled the situation better, skyrocketed and every line of his is turned into an all-caps meme. On a similar, but much more subdued note, Joffrey, who was always a Hate Sink, has some people joke that he would have been a more solid opposition to the Faith Militant and had a point about Dany's dragons being a threat.

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