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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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671 199
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

2
442 284
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

3
487 236
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

4
479 241
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

5
361 198
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

6
445 259
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

7
438 175
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Detective

8
334 184
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

9
194 189
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

10
239 82
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

11
209 160
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

12
216 210
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

13
249 206
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

14
211 157
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Deadwood

15
179 161
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Curb Your Enthusiasm

16
215 143
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

17
142 117
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

18
180 162
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

19
118 156
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Six Feet Under

20
48 22
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

21
189 120
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

22
175 134
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Entourage

23
98 29
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

24
163 134
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

25
100 34
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

26
134 67
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

27
128 87
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

28
88 27
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

29
125 141
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Six Feet Under

30
129 145
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

31
139 159
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

32
129 127
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

33
126 125
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Deadwood

34
134 104
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

35
118 120
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

36
78 26
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

37
81 126
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Six Feet Under

38
79 35
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

39
83 70
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Eastbound & Down

40
108 119
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

41
77 113
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silicon Valley

42
56 34
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

43
100 134
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

44
72 60
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Band of Brothers

45
109 99
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

46
93 81
Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sex and the City

47
133 162
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

48
40 24
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Oz

49
47 30
Jason Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

50
47 33
Podrick Payne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones