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Most Influential Characters Final Rankings

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to our project profiling the Most Influential Characters from the history of A Song of Ice and Fire. Below is a summary of the results, in case you missed any of the profiles, or if you'd like to re-read them again. We also included a list of the characters who just missed being a part of the Top 20.

One qualification for making our Most Influential list was that the characters had to have died prior to the start of the books. Last year, we identified the Top 50 Characters from the books. And be sure to check back in with us in the coming weeks, as Tower of the Hand will also be counting down the most loathed characters. This should be a fun one.

The Top 20

  1. Aegon I Targaryen (Normalized Score: 1.000, Ballots: 88.0%, First: 50.9%)
  2. Rhaegar Targaryen (0.630, 76.0%, 12.6%)
  3. Aerys II Targaryen (0.455, 59.4%, 2.3%)
  4. Brandon the Builder (0.443, 52.0%, 6.9%)
  5. Lyanna Stark (0.371, 48.6%, 2.3%)
  6. Azor Ahai (0.343, 41.1%, 9.1%)
  7. Nymeria (0.336, 46.3%, 1.1%)
  8. Daemon Blackfyre (0.262, 40.6%, 0.6%)
  9. Bittersteel (Aegor Rivers) (0.240, 42.3%, 0.6%)
  10. Jon Arryn (0.236, 40.0%, 0.6%)
  11. Aegon IV Targaryen (0.236, 32.0%, 0.6%)
  12. Aegon V Targaryen (0.222, 32.6%, 0.6%)
  13. Duncan the Tall (0.217, 34.3%, 2.9%)
  14. Jaehaerys I Targaryen (0.209, 25.7%, 0.6%)
  15. Rhaenyra Targaryen (0.129, 22.3%, 0.0%)
  16. Visenya Targaryen (0.129, 18.9%, 0.0%)
  17. Alicent Hightower (0.103, 12.6%, 0.0%)
  18. Baelor the Blessed (0.081, 16.6%, 0.0%)
  19. Rhaenys Targaryen (0.076, 10.3%, 0.0%)
  20. Arthur Dayne (0.074, 13.7%, 0.6%)

Click any name above to read a profile of that character, written by a member of the Tower of the Hand community.

The Next 10

Here are other influential characters who just missed being a part of the Top 20.

  1. Rickard Stark (0.072, 12.6%, 0.6%)
  2. Criston Cole (0.071, 14.9%, 0.0%)
  3. Daeron II Targaryen (0.056, 10.3%, 0.0%)
  4. Orys Baratheon (0.055, 9.1%, 0.0%)
  5. Maegor I Targaryen (0.055, 8.6%, 0.0%)
  6. Alysanne Targaryen (0.052, 8.0%, 0.0%)
  7. Baelor Breakspear (0.051, 9.7%, 0.6%)
  8. Brandon Stark (0.050, 8.6%, 0.0%)
  9. Daemon Targaryen (0.045, 6.3%, 0.0%)
  10. Elia Martell (0.030, 6.3%, 0.0%)

Miscellaneous Data

105 different names appeared on at least one ballot:

175 Tower members submitted a ballot:


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