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49. Catelyn Stark

It wasn't easy to determine some of these rankings, but when it comes to the terrible, terrible people on Game of Thrones, all you can do sometimes is your best. Here's our ranking of GoT characters based on evilness -- starting with the not-so-evil.

Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) promised the gods she'd love Jon Snow. She didn't. This may have cursed the whole darn family, and certainly caused undue drama among Jon Snow and his not-half-siblings, ultimately driving him to join the Night's Watch.

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48. Bran Stark

Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has gotten so uppity since learning to warg through time and space. From being an unnecessarily meanie to poor Meera to probably being the Night King, Bran has definitely dabbled in evil.

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47. Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane

Sure, he provides some much-needed comic relief in Westeros, but let us not forget Sandor (Rory McCann) did kill Arya's friend Mycha. This is how the Hound ended up on Arya's list in the first place.

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46. Varys

Remember when Varys (Conleth Hill) supported that plot to have Dany assassinated? We remember.

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45. Daenerys Targaryen

Consider this: Dany (Emilia Clarke) was prepared to send her dragons to burn King's Landing to ash before Tyrion talked her down. The Mad King is her father, so evil is in her DNA.

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44. Shae

We liked Shae (Sibel Kekilli) until the moment we found out she had been sneaking around Tyrion's back with stuffy old Tywin, of all people. 

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43. Ser Jorah Mormont

Jorah (Iain Glen) got his start as a spy for Varys and Robert Baratheon, sending them information on Dany's whereabouts. He bends the knee, so to speak, just in time to prevent her assassination.

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42. Jaqen H'ghar

Jaquen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) is an assumed identity of one of the Faceless Men. He trains Arya in the dark arts of the face-swapping, no-named ninjas. The Faceless person who wears H'ghar's face is cruel and unrelenting and tortures Arya for two seasons as she practices the ways of the many-faced god.

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41. Olly

Olly (Brenock O'Connor) lost his family to wildlings, but he lets the ensuing hatred fester into something so dark that he kills well-meaning mentor Jon Snow. 

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40. Lady Olenna Tyrell

Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) is an unscrupulous and unrepentant schemer, willing to marry off young Margaery to a monster if it means advancing the family. Olenna's also one of our favorite Thrones characters of all time. Her dying words revealed her wicked ways, "Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me."

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39. Lancel Lannister

Even after becoming hyper-religious, Lancel Lannister  (Eugene Simon) manages to be a self-righteous monster with loyalty to no one but himself. Lancel's confession to the High Sparrow about his affair with Cersei is what lands Cersei on her walk of "shame!" [rings bell!] 

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38. Arya Stark

Arya (Maisie Williams) has been through a lot, and her heart is in the right place, but she's also a cold-blooded little assassin who recites a hit list before bed every night.

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37. Orell the Warg

Orell (Mackenzie Crook) may not have buckets of blood on his hands, but his intentions are almost always terrible -- especially where Jon Snow is concerned. He knows all about survival, even if that means trying to kill Jon and Ygritte while scaling the Wall.

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36. Robin Arryn

Thanks to his weaning-averse mother Lysa, this young lord (Lino Facioli) is spoiled and maniacal. He sees executions as fun and sports a violent temper if something doesn't go his way. 

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35. Ser Ilyn Payne

He chopped off Ned Stark's head. He didn't need to, technically, but he did. He's on Arya's hit list, so we'll see how long he lasts in the show's final season.

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34. Grand Maester Pycelle

Pycelle (Julian Glover) professes virtue to everyone, only to act against his own words privately, from employing prostitutes to persuading the Mad King to allow tragedy to be invited to the capital. Pycelle is a hypocrite of the highest degree.

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33. Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) is a violent warlord who uses way too many livestock metaphors to describe other people. He takes a terrified teen bride into a highly transactional marriage. Dany later describes this as rape, despite having eventually caught Stockholm-syndrome feelings for Khal Meathead.

Also: Do you really need a wife to explain to you why mass rape is bad? Do better, man.

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32. Warlocks of Qarth

Their master plan: Kidnap Daenerys and her dragons and keep them prisoner forever. At first glance it might not sound terribly evil, but these guys are willing to keep a woman locked in a dungeon forever, just to amplify their own power.

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31. Ser Meryn Trant

It's a knight's sword duty to defend the weak and the innocent, but when Joffrey orders Ser Meryn (Ian Beattie) to beat Sansa but "leave her face," Trant does it without hesitation. 

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30. Mirri Maz Duur

You can almost forgive Mirri Maz Duur (Mia Soteriou) for using blood magic to kill Khal Drogo after she was kidnapped and raped by the Dothraki. But the woman takes things too far when she extends her wrath to Daenerys' unborn child. 

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29. Lysa Arryn

Lysa (Kate Dickie) poisons her own husband and tries to kill Sansa out of jealousy. It may be hard to blame her, though, given the manipulation he put her through.

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28. Selyse Baratheon

Selyse (Tara Fitzgerald) lets Stannis burn their only living child in a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. Overcome with guilt, she ultimately hangs herself in the woods, but not before letting Melisandre barbecue her daughter.

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27. The High Sparrow

The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) was famously evil to the most evil characters in the Seven Kingdoms. But any leader, religious or otherwise, who supports torture and public humiliation is at least a little bit evil himself.

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26. Ellaria Sand

Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) is the kind of character who would be terrifying in real life as well as in the context of the show. She's a little too fond of poison and famously uses it on Cersei and Jaime's love child, Myrcella Baratheon.

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25. The Waif

The Waif (Faye Marsay) loves inflicting pain, and even made a bargain with Jaqen H'ghar that she could kill Arya for failing to carry out the hits called in the name of the Many-Faced God.

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24. Craster

Craster (Robert Pugh) takes his daughters as wives, only to create more daughters to marry. What of his sons? Sacrificed to White Walkers, proving this man is one of the absolute worst of the Wildlings.

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23. Euron Greyjoy

Like many of the worst on Game of Thrones, Euron's (Pilou Asbæk) horrible acts come from a thirst for power. He murders his own brother for the Salt Throne and has Balon's children hunted down. He's a pirate to his core, but cold and calculating in every move he makes.

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22. Balon Greyjoy

A man obsessed with his own ambitions, he lets his son Theon be captured twice -- by the Starks and the Boltons -- and be mutilated by Ramsay rather than move his troops. Upon receiving Theon's severed penis, Balon writes him off as useless. 

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21. Locke

It should come as no surprise that a hunter in the employ of Roose Bolton is a bad guy. Locke chops off Jaime Lannister's hand, forces Brienne of Tarth to fight a bear for entertainment and loves torturing those who cross him.

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20. Kraznys mo Nakloz

Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand) may not be one of the show's most infamous villains, but this slave trader's penchant for torturing and killing -- including slicing off a man's nipple -- earns him a spot on our list.

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19. Styr

There are so many things you could say about Styr (Yuri Kolokolnikov) but chances are you won't come up with anything worse than the fact that he eats Olly's parents.

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18. Theon Greyjoy

Theon (Alfie Allen) has done some terrible things, including betraying the people who raised him. Only his motivation -- a sense of family loyalty -- and his torture at the hands of the Boltons keeps him from ranking higher on this list.

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17. Aerys 'The Mad King' Targaryen

"Mad King" Aerys Targaryen (David Rintoul) killed and tortured as he descended into insanity. That said, his failing mental state leaves questions about how much he knew right from wrong.

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16. Melisandre

Sorceress Melisandre (Carice van Houten) has no qualms about creating killer shadow demons and urging men to burn daughters at the stake. Then again, she resurrects Jon Snow, proving there's more to her than just evil.

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15. Myranda

Myranda (Charlotte Hope) can be as depraved as lover Ramsay Bolton. However, much of what she does -- including having a woman mauled to death by dogs -- is done out of a twisted loyalty, whether it's returned it or not.

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14. Stannis Baratheon

Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) is so obsessed with the crown that he burns his own daughter at the stake. However, his bad deeds clearly haunt him until the day he dies at the hands of Brienne of Tarth.

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13. Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish

Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) has done many terrible things, but none more heinous than betraying Ned Stark in a move that costs him his head. No, wait: Littlefinger also manipulates a woman into killing her husband -- and then kills her. 

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12. Jaime Lannister

He may not be as devious as sister Cersei, but Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is no treat; he tosses a child out of a tower just for knowing too much. At least he's seeking some kind of redemption in later seasons.

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11. Viserys Targaryen

Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) sells sister Daenerys to a warlord before threatening to cut an unborn child out of her stomach. He deserves the molten gold crown, even if he believes the throne of Westeros is rightfully his.

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10. Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane

"The Mountain" has raped, killed, burned his own brother's face and taken joy in being a warrior who obliterates opponents. He's not just evil. He's a nightmare.

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9. Ser Meryn Trant

A true villain, Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie) is one of Joffrey's Kingsguard. At the request of his king, Meryn beats Sansa Stark. He's also a pedophile and a killer.

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8. The Tickler

Torture specialist the Tickler (Anthony Morris) has this interrogation technique with a rat in a bucket that still makes us cringe more than six years later.

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7. Walder Frey

While being a lecherous old man with a bevy of very young wives is bad enough, Walder Frey (David Bradley) is also one of the key figures behind the Red Wedding, which decimates the Stark family.

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6. Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) is a vicious old man. He's had many of his own soldiers tortured and killed and ordered the deaths of Targaryens, all to keep his own family in power. 

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5. Roose Bolton

It should come as no surprise that the father of Ramsay Bolton is vile in his own right. Roose (Michael McElhatton) is part of the conspiracy to pull off the Red Wedding, stabbing King Robb Stark through the heart himself.

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4. Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has had many people killed -- including her own husband -- all to protect her family and her secret romance with brother Jaime. 

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3. The Night King

The Night King is a literal monster. The blue-skinned commander of the White Walkers kills en masse to turn corpses into his kind, even targeting babies.

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2. Joffrey Baratheon

Is there anything worse that someone who's apparently born bad? It's debatable, but child king Joffrey's (Jack Gleeson) sick choices in amusements are maybe the most disturbing. He delights in torturing and killing prostitutes and commands people fight to the death for his entertainment.

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1. Ramsay Bolton

Only Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) could make Joffrey look tame. Fans thought that his penchant for flaying prisoners and for cutting pieces off of Theon Greyjoy was as dark as he could get. Then Ramsay got his hands on Sansa Stark. In our humble opinion, it's Ramsay's sheer joy in the suffering of others, and his endless creativity in engineering that suffering, that makes him the most vile character in Game of Thrones.

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