TV Networks The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
14.8k votes 1.3k voters 25.6k views 113 items

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!
list ordered by

1
647 188
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

2
426 277
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

3
469 227
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

4
458 238
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

5
350 194
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

6
432 252
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

7
431 169
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Detective

8
323 178
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

9
183 185
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

10
224 78
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

11
203 155
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

12
213 205
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

13
241 202
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

14
202 154
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Deadwood

15
171 155
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Curb Your Enthusiasm

16
213 139
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

17
137 114
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

18
116 152
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Six Feet Under

19
174 158
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

20
187 115
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

21
41 18
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

22
168 130
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Entourage

23
156 128
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

24
88 27
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

25
90 31
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

26
125 63
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

27
122 137
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Six Feet Under

28
118 84
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

29
78 25
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

30
123 142
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

31
137 153
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

32
117 117
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

33
126 124
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

34
123 123
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Deadwood

35
74 24
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

36
129 103
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

37
80 123
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Six Feet Under

38
71 31
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

39
103 116
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

40
77 67
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Eastbound & Down

41
73 109
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silicon Valley

42
99 129
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

43
92 78
Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sex and the City

44
68 57
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Band of Brothers

45
106 98
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

46
48 30
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

47
129 156
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

48
37 22
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Oz

49
44 27
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
57 116
Cheryl David is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Curb Your Enthusiasm