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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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321 238
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

3
370 183
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

4
383 137
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

5
374 200
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

6
361 212
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

7
253 146
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

8
274 172
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

9
162 53
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

10
130 157
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

11
191 167
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

12
156 134
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

13
173 185
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

14
172 134
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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168 120
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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164 101
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

17
122 138
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

18
96 135
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

19
107 100
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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138 140
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

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131 105
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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93 62
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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52 11
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

24
93 47
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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125 115
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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106 124
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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52 14
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

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113 130
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

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111 109
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

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100 125
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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108 112
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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110 91
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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96 106
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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44 14
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

35
65 113
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ruth Fisher Six Feet Under

36
90 104
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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5 6
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

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62 96
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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36 13
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

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53 55
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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55 46
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

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83 113
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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112 137
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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33 18
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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83 85
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

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27 16
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Podrick Payne Game of Thrones

47
22 12
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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28 20
Samwell Tarly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones

49
26 19
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Lord Varys Game of Thrones

50
25 15
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