The Most Evil Characters From HBO's "Game Of Thrones" Universe, Ranked

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With House of the Dragon, the bloody and scandalous power struggle of the fantasy world of Westeros has returned to critical and fan acclaim, reigniting many people's fervent passion for HBO's Game of Thrones universe.


Yet besides the political intrigue, the swordfights, and the compelling twists and turns, it has been fantastic to see House of the Dragon maneuver through laying the groundwork for villainous characters without explicitly embracing the label. With this in mind, this writer has gone ahead and ranked the most prominent villains of HBO's Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon to find out just who may be the most despicable character throughout George R.R. Martin's televised epic.

32.Jamie Lannister

A stoic man in ornate armor stands near several soldiers on a foggy day.

31.Alicent Hightower

A young woman wearing a fancy green dress looks concerned near a well-crafted royal chair.

30.Mance Rayder

A man wearing a coat assembled from fur pelts observes a situation in a frozen tundra.

29.Maester Pycelle

An old, bearded man in long robes sits at a table near some scrolls.

28.Aemond Targaryen

A young, slender blonde man with an eyepatch and leathers raises a toast at a dinner table.


A woman in a red dress and cloak rides her horse alongside a man in all-black leathers and a cape.

26.Otto Hightower

A bearded man in sleek clothing grins deceptively by candlelight

25.The High Sparrow

An older man in dirty clothes scowls while standing near some stone steps.

24.Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish

A middle-aged man stands pensively in a tight-fitting black overshirt.

23.Pyatt Pree & Xaro Xhoan Daxos

A stout and skinny man in unique clothes stand menacingly in a dimly-lit chamber

22.Daemon Targaryen

A blonde man stares disapprovingly in a great hall while placing his hands above his sword.

21.Tywin Lannister

A man with a red cape and armor rides in on a white horse.


A skinny older man in black robes walks outside the gates of a castle.


A bearded man in a fur coat stares intensely in torchlight

18.Larys Strong

Actor Matthew Needham poses at the premiere of "House of the Dragon"

17.Alliser Thorne

A haggard man in a feathery black coat stares at a fight as part of the Night's Watch

16.The Crabfeeder

A masked and sunburnt man stares at a sunrise on the beach

15.Daenerys Targaryen

A young woman with platinum blonde hair sits on a rocky throne

14.Roose Bolton

An older man in a fur cloak stands next to his son and daughter-in-law in a medieval village

13.Viserys Targaryen

A platinum blonde haired young man stares intently within a desert landscape

12.The Waif

Actor Faye Marsay at the 2016 Season Premiere for "Game of Thrones"

11.Karl Tanner

A skinny man in black leathers stares with rage while unsheathing his sword

10.Euron Greyjoy

A bearded man in a dimly lit room makes a deceptive plea

9.Janos Slynt


From the heartless henchman of Joffrey Baratheon to the cowardly henchman of Alliser Thorne, Janos Slynt murders an infant in front of her mother (in one of the series' most upsetting sequences), hides during the Battle for the Wall and wilfully participates in the killing of Jon Snow, all of which makes him one of the most hateable bad guys in Game of Thrones.

8.Meryn Trant

A bearded henchman in armor stares aggressively in a stone village

7.Walder Frey


David Bradley has made a quite a career out of playing characters that you love to hate, but few earn the moniker more than Walder Frey, a character responsible for one of the most jaw-dropping episodes of television history. From his general terrible treatment of others to his pride in his substantial role in The Red Wedding, Walder Frey's eventual demise at the hands of Arya Stark remains one of the most satisfying moments in Game of Thrones.

6.Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson arrives on the red carpet at the Season 8 premiere of 'Game of Thrones' at Radio City Music Hall



A crude and stomach-churning character whose existence alone was going to send him to the top of this list, Craster's incestuous ways and manner of disposing of unwanted infants make him not only an awful Game of Thrones villain but one of the most reprehensible characters in television, period.

4.The Night King

The demonic Night King smiles as he emerges from the flames during the Battle of Winterfell

3.Cersei Lannister

A blonde haired woman sits atop the Iron Throne next to her brother

2.Joffrey Baratheon

A petulant child king sits in anger on the Iron Throne

1.Ramsay Bolton

A young man forces an uncomfortable teenage prisoner to run across a battlefield