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The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows 

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Updated February 15, 2020 24.3k votes 2.1k voters 31.7k views 142 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. With every new show HBO releases come great new characters, like Fezco and Rue from Euphoria or the Roy family in Succession.

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

Actor: James Gandolfini

Occupation: Boss

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Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

Actor: Michael K. Williams

Occupation: Illegal drug dealer

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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Detective

Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Occupation: Detective

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

Actor: Idris Elba

Occupation: Drug Delaer

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Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Deadwood

Actor: Ian McShane

Occupation: Bar owner

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Actor: Larry David

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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Paulie Gualtieri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

Actor: Tony Sirico

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

Actor: Jerome Flynn

Occupation: Mercenary

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Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

Actor: Dominic West

Occupation: Police detective

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Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Entourage

Actor: Jeremy Piven

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Christopher Moltisanti ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Eastbound & Down

Actor: Danny McBride

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Detective Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Detective Marty Hart True Detective

Actor: Woody Harrelson

Occupation: Detective

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Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
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Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

Actor: Steve Buscemi

Occupation: Gangster