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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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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

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

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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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Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

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

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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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

The Best HBO Shows Since 2015

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Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

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Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

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Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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

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Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

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Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

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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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Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

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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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Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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124 138
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sookie Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ruth Fisher Six Feet Under

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Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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

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

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Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Kenny Powers Eastbound & Down

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Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

The Best HBO Series of the 1990s

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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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Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

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Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Ryan O'Reily Oz

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37 25
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Lord Varys Game of Thrones

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Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Samantha Jones Sex and the City

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37 27
Samwell Tarly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones

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Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Podrick Payne Game of Thrones