Entertainment 'Orange is the New Black' cast: The best and worst characters on the Netflix show By Georgia Kral June 17, 2016 8:18 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / Jessica Miglio Pretty much the worst person ever. Mean, violent, conniving, but somehow, Piper is worse. Alex Vause Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden Also extremely annoying. Alex, why can't you stop feeling so bad for yourself? Aleida Diaz (Daya's mom) Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden When your mom tries to give your baby away for money, that's not cool. Stella Carlin Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden Stella messed with everyone in her short stint at Litchfield. Literally no one liked her. (Except for Piper at the beginning, so...) Lorna Morello Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden Poor Daya. She's just a softy looking for love. Flaca 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / Jessica Miglio 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden Nicky is brass, loud and confident. Her rebellious rich girl past makes her a sympathetic character, and so does her heroin addiction. Big Boo Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden Boo is awesome because she's proud of who she is. "I refuse to be invisible," she said in her capsule episode. Sophia Burset Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / Cara Howe 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 Photo Credit: Netflix / JoJo Whilden 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 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. By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.