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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

2
407 265
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

3
445 217
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

4
437 230
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

5
422 164
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

6
336 189
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

7
416 245
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

8
308 171
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

9
176 175
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

10
209 71
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

11
194 150
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

12
208 200
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

13
230 190
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

14
194 151
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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206 134
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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160 150
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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133 111
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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114 148
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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169 152
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

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182 114
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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34 14
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

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152 122
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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156 125
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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84 24
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

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81 25
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

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117 58
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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113 79
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

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118 135
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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119 135
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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132 146
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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69 22
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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115 115
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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124 122
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

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120 121
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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127 101
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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78 121
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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63 23
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 37 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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63 28
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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101 114
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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74 64
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Kenny Powers Eastbound & Down

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72 107
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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95 125
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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66 55
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

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127 152
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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103 96
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

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86 77
Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Samantha Jones Sex and the City

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43 29
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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35 21
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Ryan O'Reily Oz

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56 114
Cheryl David is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cheryl David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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40 26
Jason Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Jason Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood