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Robert Baratheon
A crucial part of Season 1, along with the entire realm’s recent backstory, King Robert is the reason Ned Stark and most of his family moved to King’s Landing. As an old friend of Ned’s who led a rebellion to overthrow Mad King Aerys (or, you know, unleash some rage over Prince Rhaegar making off with the woman he loved, Lyanna), Robert became ruler of Westeros in the aftermath of war, quickly proving to be lazy and uninterested in leadership. Fatally wounded by “accident,” Robert and his illegitimate heirs were the cause of all this Game of Throne’ing.

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DESCRIPTION : The night is dark and full of terrors, and so is the prospect of narrowing down the Top 100 characters on Game of Thrones. Few TV series in the past decade have had quite the cultural impact as HBO’s hit fantasy drama, and few characters have become as entrenched in pop culture as the Starks, the Lannisters and, of course, Daenerys Targaryen. But which GoT characters will endure the test of time as the greatest the TV show has to offer? We gathered together IGN’s Small Council to determine which of the series’ vast array of characters will make the Top 100. Who will win this Iron Throne? Continue reading to find out. The criteria we examined: The character's active participation in the story, and influence on the narrative and significance in the show. How great or memorable a character is as a combination of strong writing, a standout performance and impact on the legacy of Game of Thrones. For the purposes of this ranking: Characters were judged on their merit only from their roles in the TV show, not George R.R. Martin’s novels. Animals -- cute cats, dragons, direwolves or otherwise -- were not included in this list. Sorry, Ser Pounce fans.