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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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299 223
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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401 127
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

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343 171
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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351 195
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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348 200
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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237 136
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

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249 164
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

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152 42
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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180 158
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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164 172
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

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143 124
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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122 148
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

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148 134
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri The Sopranos

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157 125
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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154 112
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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156 95
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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113 127
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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92 126
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

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134 131
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

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100 94
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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125 98
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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88 41
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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87 57
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

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108 100
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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118 109
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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41 7
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

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101 115
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
David Fisher Six Feet Under

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107 83
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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104 105
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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105 124
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sookie Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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95 118
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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39 11
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

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89 99
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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86 96
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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59 87
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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31 8
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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59 105
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ruth Fisher Six Feet Under

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49 39
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

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106 128
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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27 13
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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77 107
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bill Compton True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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43 50
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Kenny Powers Eastbound & Down

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78 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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23 11
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Lord Varys Game of Thrones

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16 5
Augustus Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Augustus Hill Oz

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17 6
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Ryan O'Reily Oz

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20 10
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Podrick Payne Game of Thrones

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21 10
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Eric Northman True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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22 13
Samwell Tarly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones