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'Orange is the New Black' cast: The best and worst characters on the Netflix show

One of the great pleasures of watching a show like "Orange is the New Black" is, of course, the number of interesting characters. When an ensemble cast is good, the show is most likely great, or at least never boring.

'OITNB' is a great show.

Each and every character has been crafted into a unique individual, with both flaws and redeeming qualities (and some with none). But of course, some are better than others, and some are just awful.

We're calling this list definitive, but we expect others to disagree. Please tell us where you think we messed up.

Season 4 is available now on Netflix.

From worst to best, here is the definitive ranking of 'OITNB' characters:

Piper Chapman

Yes, she's the main character but she's also
Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden

Yes, she's the main character but she's also self-involved and very annoying. Piper, please get over yourself.

Vee

Pretty much the worst person ever. Mean, violent,
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Pretty much the worst person ever. Mean, violent, conniving, but somehow, Piper is worse.

Alex Vause

Also extremely annoying. Alex, why can't you stop
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Also extremely annoying. Alex, why can't you stop feeling so bad for yourself?

Aleida Diaz (Daya's mom)

When your mom tries to give your baby
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When your mom tries to give your baby away for money, that's not cool.

Stella Carlin

Stella messed with everyone in her short stint
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Stella messed with everyone in her short stint at Litchfield. Literally no one liked her. (Except for Piper at the beginning, so...)

Lorna Morello

Lorna's got some issues. Remember what she did
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Lorna's got some issues. Remember what she did to her ex? If you don't know, watch the show. There is something sweet about her, but she's also very needy and whiny.

Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren

Lots of people like Crazy Eyes. She offers
Photo Credit: Netflix/ JoJo Whilden

Lots of people like Crazy Eyes. She offers some comedic relief, but we wish her mental illness would be addressed in a more serious way.

Daya

Poor Daya. She's just a softy looking for
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Poor Daya. She's just a softy looking for love.

Flaca

Flaca's got attitude and dishes it out (she
Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden

Flaca's got attitude and dishes it out (she works in the kitchen). She is smart and has a past as an emo/goth who wore black lipstick and listened to Depeche Mode and The Smiths.

Norma

Norma is one of the most complex characters.
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Norma is one of the most complex characters. She doesn't speak but becomes a religious symbol for some at Litchfield, after dropping the Santeria she practices with Mendoza. Props to Norma for striking out on her own.

Poussey

Poussey is intelligent and kind. She works at
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Poussey is intelligent and kind. She works at the library and loves it. And she's the only member of the ancillary Vee crew who rejects her. Go Poussey.

Nicky Nichols

Nicky is brass, loud and confident. Her rebellious
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Nicky is brass, loud and confident. Her rebellious rich girl past makes her a sympathetic character, and so does her heroin addiction.

Big Boo

Boo is awesome because she's proud of who
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Boo is awesome because she's proud of who she is. "I refuse to be invisible," she said in her capsule episode.

Sophia Burset

Sophia just wants everyone to look their best
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Sophia just wants everyone to look their best and try their hardest. She wants that for herself too, and there is likely no "OITNB" viewer who isn't rooting for her.

Soso

Soso is pretty annoying and ridiculous, what with
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Soso is pretty annoying and ridiculous, what with the hippie/jam band/civil disobedience past, but she's also a delicate flower and she sang the Lisa Loeb song "Stay" during the prison blackout as if her life depended on it.

Black Cindy

Black Cindy is the kind of person who
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Black Cindy is the kind of person who lightens up situations. And who can forget when she converted to Judaism because she wanted the Kosher meals? Hilarious.

Gloria Mendoza

Mendoza doesn't put up with any crap. She
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Mendoza doesn't put up with any crap. She is a little like a mother hen, protecting the other Latina women in the kitchen. The relationship between Mendoza and Red, both leaders of their respective prison packs, is especially interesting.

Red

Though it fluctuates, as power tends to, Red
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Though it fluctuates, as power tends to, Red is generally the alpha dog of the prisoners - sometimes, of the prison, as she works Healy, the inmate counselor with a Russian mail-order bride. Red, thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit, even has tentacles extending beyond Litchfield's walls to the outside world. Only when Nicky gets sent to maximum security do we see Red break down.

Pennsatucky

Pennsatucky changes a lot over the course of
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Pennsatucky changes a lot over the course of three seasons. At times the funniest character on the show and other times the saddest, the former junkie is deeply flawed and likable. Her recent, unlikely friendship with Big Boo has us excited for season four.

Taystee

Taystee is the best character on
Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden

Taystee is the best character on "Orange is the New Black." She's sensitive, she looks for the best in people and she's very funny. She is kind to Suzanne (Crazy Eyes) and is the only person who can calm her down when she gets upset and she doesn't react with violence or aggression when her friend Poussey kisses her. In a heartbreaking response to life on the outside, after being released she violates her probation to get back into prison. She is a complicated, intelligent person and we love her.

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