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List Rules Characters from original HBO series. Fictional characters only.

HBO has put out some of the most innovative and character-rich original series ever. These here, well they're the best HBO Original Series characters ever. HBO shows are character-rich in the sense that HBO actually has the means to let their characters be interesting, and flawed, and heroic, and shameful, and deadly, and helpful because they are a paid super DELUXE channel service thing and they don't have to worry about advertisers. That's showbiz, folks!

Anyway, thankfully HBO is HBO. Without it we wouldn't have Tony Soprano, or Tyrion Lannister. We wouldn't have Stringer Bell. Stringer Bell, you guys! You think Stringer Bell could be Stringer Bell on ABC? Don't think so.

These are the greatest HBO characters of all time. Vote for your favorites and see if they can claim the top spot!
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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones

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Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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+ - 398 125
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

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+ - 334 166
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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+ - 343 194
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

6
+ - 342 197
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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+ - 230 134
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

8
+ - 241 164
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

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+ - 146 41
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 161 172
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

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+ - 174 158
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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+ - 120 147
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

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+ - 136 124
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri The Sopranos

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+ - 155 95
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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+ - 151 112
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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+ - 124 97
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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+ - 98 94
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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+ - 91 126
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

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+ - 85 57
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

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+ - 133 131
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

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+ - 116 109
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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+ - 104 100
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

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+ - 87 40
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 104 83
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

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Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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+ - 36 10
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bronn Game of Thrones

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+ - 100 115
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
David Fisher Six Feet Under

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+ - 83 96
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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+ - 103 124
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sookie Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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+ - 28 8
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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+ - 48 39
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

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+ - 83 99
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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+ - 59 87
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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+ - 59 105
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ruth Fisher Six Feet Under

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Augustus Hill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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+ - 25 12
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 75 107
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bill Compton True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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+ - 76 78
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

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+ - 41 50
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Kenny Powers Eastbound & Down

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+ - 21 11
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Lord Varys Game of Thrones

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+ - 21 11
Samwell Tarly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones

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+ - 16 6
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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+ - 19 9
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Podrick Payne Game of Thrones

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+ - 19 10
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eric Northman True Blood, A Drop of True Blood