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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
349 247
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

3
395 194
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

4
397 208
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

5
397 148
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

6
383 225
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

7
277 153
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

8
299 179
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

9
178 58
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

10
212 173
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

11
143 167
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

12
171 141
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

13
184 191
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

14
180 142
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

15
183 127
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

16
134 145
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

17
105 140
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

18
120 104
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

19
168 107
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

20
148 145
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

21
140 111
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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63 16
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

23
102 67
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

24
65 18
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

25
131 119
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

26
112 128
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
David Fisher Six Feet Under

27
101 52
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

28
119 135
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sookie Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

If You Like Nudity, These 17 HBO Shows Are For You

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108 131
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

30
115 115
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

31
111 116
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

32
102 110
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

33
116 97
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

34
72 116
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ruth Fisher Six Feet Under

35
14 12
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

32 Popular TV Characters Who Were Suddenly Written Off The Show (And Why)

36
54 18
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

37
96 109
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

38
67 100
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

39
44 17
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Eric Northman True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

40
45 22
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

41
59 61
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Kenny Powers Eastbound & Down

42
120 142
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

The Best HBO Series of the 1990s

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87 117
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

44
58 51
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

45
93 91
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

46
29 17
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

47
70 74
Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Samantha Jones Sex and the City

48
31 23
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Lord Varys Game of Thrones

49
30 22
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Podrick Payne Game of Thrones

50
32 25
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