Game of Thrones: Top 5 Sexiest Women

By Charlie Harwood on May 10, 2012 to Game of Thrones

If you’re anything like me, you’re becoming rather obsessed with Game of Thrones right about now. The second season is in its final half and the suspense is building quickly. Honestly, I can’t get enough of this show and all of the incredible characters in it, especially the females. A Game of Thrones’ unique portrayal of women leaves no means of feminine power unexplored. There are mothers, like Catelyn Stark and Cersei Lannister, driven by their fierce love for their children; as well as a numerous female warriors, princesses, and those who merely use their bodies’ to gain an upperhand. Additionally, there are also exotic, magical women, such Daenerys Targaryen, who hatched three petrified dragon eggs by walking into a burning funeral pyre; and Melisandre, the red women who brings a fiery, new form of sorcery to Westeros. The women in Game of Thrones don’t always gain the most footing while playing the game; in fact, they’re often beaten down just as brutally and just as quickly as their male counterparts. To their credit, they sure know how to put up a tough fight, and week after week, the women of Westeros prove they are some of the sexiest girls around.

Using the format from Brandi’s excellent post on True Blood’s Hottest Guys and Gals , I put together my own list of the Top 5 sexiest women in Game of Thrones. Here they are, starting with # 1.


Daenerys-Targaryen1. Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi and Mother of Dragons

Played by the beautiful and immensely talented actress Emilia Clarke, Daenerys is one of the strongest and most resilient female characters in Game of Thrones. With her Targaryen-silver hair, along with her extremely sexy Dothraki rags and Qartheen clothing, Dany has captured the audiences imagination by portraying the once young, abused girl who has now grown up to be the strong, powerful Khaleesi and Mother of Dragons. Her mother-like qualities, along with her fierce and fiery Targaryen temper, are a perfecly sexy combination. Daenerys is a naturally kind, loving women, but she will take what is hers with fire and blood if she has to. You gotta love a woman who knows what she wants.

Physical Description

Daenerys is young and just coming into womanhood. She has a small stature and is very beautiful. She has fair skin and the signature Targaryen silver-blonde hair and purple eyes.

Sexy Qualities

– Leader of a khalasar

– Looks hot in dothraki rags

– Last known decendent of Targaryen bloodline

– Mother of dragons

Turnons – Fire, blood, bravery, loyalty, dragons

Turnoffs – Cruelty, physical abuse of women, usurpers, stealing dragons


Cersei-lannister-lena-headey2. Cersei, the Lioness of Lannister

Portrayed by Lena Headey, Cersei Lannister is the beautiful, complicated Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She has been essential to the twisted plot of Game of Thrones throughout the course of both seasons and has proven to be a cunning adversary for the men fighting over the Iron Throne. As Tywin Lannister’s first-born child and twin sister to the Kingslayer, Cersei was betrothed to Robert Baratheon after he rebelled against the “Mad” King Aerys and took the throne for himself. She currently holds the title of Queen Regent until her son Joffrey comes of age, while trying to tame and prepare the power-hungry young king for when it comes his time to rule. Cersei is often depicted in a negative light due to her willful and ambitious nature. She has a hard time dealing with the limitations placed on females in Westeros. Incredibly, she has carried out an incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jaime for years, giving birth to three illegitimate children. In order to keep this fact quiet, Cersei is extremely protective of her children and will kill any man who attempts to reveal her secret. These very events are what started the War of the Five Kings.

Physical Description

Cersei is beautiful, with classic Lannister looks. She is slender, has curly golden hair, bright green eyes, and fair skin.

Sexy Qualities

– Only daughter to the richest man in Westeros

– Slender figure

– Protective  mother

– Commands power through fear

Turnons – blonde hair, blue eyes, basically anyone with the last name Lannister

Turnoffs – drunken fat kings with beards

MargTyrell3. Margaery Tyrell, the Shrewd Seductress of Highgarden

Margaery Tyrell, portrayed by Natalie Dormer, is the only daughter to Lord of Highgarden, Mace Tyrell, and sister to Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers. A high-born lady, Margaery is a very intelligent, cunning, and shrewd young lady. She became the teenage wife of Renly Baratheon after he declared himself king, right up until Melisandre’s shadow baby came and gave him an early curtain call. While married to Margaery, Renly was having a very secret, and very gay, love affair with her brother Loras. Margaery didn’t seem to mind; however, and even offered to play the role of her brother in order to please her sexually confused king. I guess she aims to please her king in any way.

Physical Description

Margaery is very beautiful, with softly curling brown hair, brown eyes and a slender yet shapely figure.

Sexy Qualities

– Aims to please

– High-born

– Beautiful Eyes

– Intelligent and cunning

Turnons – power, flowers, knights, witty banter

Turnoffs – cruelty, weakness

4. Melisandre, the Red Priestess

MelisandreCarice Van Houten is the red-headed temptress known as Melisandre. The Red Woman has played a pivotal role this season with her fiery red hair, red robes, and mysterious nature adding to the allure of this exotic character. Melisandre claims to be a priestess from an eastern religion that worships a god called R’hllor the Lord of Light. She closely advises Stannis Baratheon, one of the many people fighting for the Iron Throne, on how to be victorious in the War of the Five Kings. She is convinced that Stannis is the the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, a mythical hero who wields a fiery sword and has been prophesied to defeat the divine nemisis of R’hllor, called The Great Other. Melisandre employs the use of a certain type of black magic, sex rituals, and is fond of saying “the night is dark and full of terrors” right before giving birth to shadow demons.

Physical Description

Melisandre is beautiful, with long red hair the color of burnished copper. Her body is slender and she is taller than most knights. She has full breasts, a narrow waist, and a heart-shaped face. Her voice has an exotic accent and she wears red clothing or crimson robes, as is the custom of her religion. She always wears a red jewel necklace that fits snuggly around her neck.

Sexy Qualities

– Red-head

– Uses magic

– Exotic beauty

– Gives birth to shadow assassins

Turnons – fire, light, the Red God, prophecies

Turnoffs – darkness

Ygritte, Kissed by Fire

Played by actress Rose Leslie, Ygritte is a wildling woman and scout for Mance Rayder’s army. Jon Snow encounters her, and is asked to execute her, during his trecherous hike across the lands north of The Wall. He is unable to carry out the sentence, however, and succumbs to Ygritte’s seductive qualities. Ygritte is best described as being a strong-willed woman and extremely witty. Her red hair, referred to as being “kissed by fire” among wildlings, is considered lucky, very rare, and can act as an alluring quality and male aphrodisiac. Ygritte is the ultimate survivor and immensely skilled in battle.

Physical Description

Ygritte is around ninteen and described as short for her age. She’s skinny, but also muscular. Her face is round, she has small hands, and her teeth are white, but crooked. Ygritte’s most distinctive feature is her fiery red hair.

Sexy Qualities

– Kissed by Fire

– Proficient in combat

– Fierce

– Tells Jon Snow he knows nothing

Turnons – likes it rough, bravery, freedom, snow (nice pun, huh?)

Turnoffs – southerners, cowardice, knowing nothing

Other Notable Sexy Women: Doreah, Yara Greyjoy, Talisa Maegyr, Shae.

What do you think Thrones fans? Vote in the poll and let us know who you think the sexiest woman in GoT is! Also, check out Eleanora’s article on the sexiest men of Westeros.

Note: Just for the sake of argument, the younger characters (Sansa, Arya, Myrcella, etc.) will probably make the list eventually. But given that they aren’t of age yet, adding them is just wrong on so many levels.

Who is the hottest woman in Game of Thrones?

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    Myranda (Ramsay Bolton’s lover) isn’t even listed.
    She has the hotest body ever(s05e05 naked with Ramsey)

  • The_MightyDee

    The things i would do to Cercei. Jeffrey’s mom

  • Anonymous

    Seriously? You’re just gonna say that with no spoiler warning in a comment section? Incredibly inconsiderate much?

  • arman23

    I love Daenerys so much, such a strong female character, despite her
    stupidity in book five, that just makes her a well rounded character. Because
    even the best of people make huge mistakes.

  • Alison Mendoza

    Talisa Stark is clearly the most attractive. Daenerys Targaryen is a close second.

    • romahnae

      even though this is 2 years ago, lol.. talisa was my #1 until season 5. nymeria sand is a beauty. that scene where she was playing “burns” with her little sis in the jail cell really showed off more of her looks without all that dornish armor.

  • Trble25

    Margaery is by far the hottest women in game of thrones. No doubt about it period end of story.

  • Amélie

    Where’s Catelyn Stark ? Milf in the North, man!

    • romahnae

      lmaoo.. word.

  • Mark Charlton

    nathalie emmanuel. you people are mentally ill.

  • Truth Teller

    I Forgot – Cersei is not hot nor beautiful at all, her constantly crooked face is disturbing.

  • Truth Teller

    Dude, Rob Starks wife is the most beautiful creature around. Sansa is an ugly crybaby. 2nd most beautiful is Margaery.

  • SexyLesbian

    Brienne of Tarth! She’s so hot. I’d do her.

  • Wrong…Daenerys profile says she stole dragons? Nope they where a wedding gift from Drago…

    • I think what it means is that’s a personal turnoff for her. Also, the dragon eggs weren’t a gift from Drogo, they were from Illyrio.

  • Shae is a friggin porn star, she is the number one!

  • pisher

    If we’re talking about the characters, I’d call it a three-way tie between Dani, Ygritte, and Talisa. Melisandre is hot, but scary. Margaery is beautiful, but too much into herself–she’s always posing. Which is exactly what Dormer should be doing with the character–Margaery is apparently incapable of falling in love or even in lust with anyone–she just wants to be The Queen. But Dani’s going to be the Queen. Not a spoiler, just assuming. ;)

  • I think calling Ygritte ‘immensely skilled in battle’ is a bit ridiculous! She’s a tough survivor, sure, but she’s no Jamie Lannister…

    Anyway, nice list – team Cersai all the way!

  • Ygritte; hands down.

    Well, I’m off folks. Getting in my car and going to go roaming north of (Hadrian’s) Wall in hope


    sansa stark..

    • Aabron

      She’s 17 u pedo

      • Adrian

        Age of consent isn’t 18 everywhere…

        • matthew stanton

          But an understanding of having sex with a child being wrong is exhibited by mentally stable individuals. So, Adrian, you like kids?

          • Adrian

            She’s no child.. You don’t magically transform into a mature adult at 18. Last I checked the age of consent was 16 in the UK. Besides, I’m only a year older than her. I highly doubt that constitutes pedophilia.

      • kelly

        who gives a shit anyways, we’re just saying she’s hot, not like we wanna have sex with her geez

      • sansas drip tray

        bro, legal age is 16 in most places you american. bet you got a hard on for her anyway.

  • OMG this is brilliant, Charlie!! Dany’s big teeth have to knock her out of the #1 spot for me though! My vote goes to Cersei. And you’re so right for leaving out the under eighteens! (and Ros the terrible!) I so want to do this with the guys! Hehe ;)

  • Shahrukh

    She really looks very hot in Dothraki outfits

  • Jonathan

    Where is Robs nurs?

    and Cersei and the Dotrakiwhore arent sexier then Margeary

    • jeff

      Margeary is THE BEST, her real life photos kill everyone else’s on the show too

  • Cacovsky

    Why isn’t Ros in the first position?

    • I have to agree with you, why is it that every time I look at these polls I always find people voting for such regular looking girls we can see on the streets every day. I agree with Daenerys and Melisandre as a hot mature woman. But Esme Bianco “Ros” should be on this top 5 list as well. Oh and also Doreah

      • pisher

        I think Bianco does a great job with the role, but her character hasn’t been all that attractive since she left the North. Thing is, the role calls for her to basically be bored with sex–it’s just a job to her–and that’s not sexy. Her outfits aren’t terribly alluring, either.

        And regular looking girls we can see on the street rock hard, man. Take another look. ;)

  • Eleonora

    Charlie, bravo on an article well done! I like how you wrote down a description of each character – both in personality and in looks. My husband would totally agree with your #1 selection. I have always liked Natalie Dormer, from the first time I saw her in ‘Casanova’ and in ‘The Tudors.’ I think she is the best looking gal, but diversity is a beautiful thing!! :)

  • asdfg

    Doreah WINS…by far!!! sexyest accent, sexyesst look, sexyest scene/line in the whole serie (-“seen what?a pirate ship?”-….-“A DRAGON!!”- put her in the pool ASAP she deserves it =)!!!

    • Charlie

      May she burn in the Seven Hells for betraying Khalessi! ;) All kidding aside, Doreah is indeed a sexy character. She didn’t get a whole lot of screen time, so that’s prob why I left her off. I did include her on my list of notables though!

  • Charlie Harwood

    Thanks for voting everyone. Keep it up!! Looks like the list may need some re-ordering.

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