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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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304 225
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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349 175
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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367 128
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

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355 197
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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349 203
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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239 140
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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254 166
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 45
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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166 175
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

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181 161
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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145 127
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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123 150
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

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160 127
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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157 114
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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158 97
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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114 129
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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92 129
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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100 96
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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125 100
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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88 58
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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88 43
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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118 111
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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108 102
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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101 117
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
David Fisher Six Feet Under

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42 9
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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107 85
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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107 125
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sookie Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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104 107
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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96 119
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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41 13
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

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90 101
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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86 98
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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35 10
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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61 107
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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59 89
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

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50 41
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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106 130
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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78 108
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bill Compton True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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27 14
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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44 52
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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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 10
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 45 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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23 13
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Lord Varys Game of Thrones

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24 14
Samwell Tarly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones

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16 7
Augustus Hill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Augustus Hill Oz

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17 8
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Ryan O'Reily Oz

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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