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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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307 226
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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350 176
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

4
368 129
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

5
357 197
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

6
349 204
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

7
240 140
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

8
256 167
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

9
154 45
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

10
168 176
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

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182 161
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

12
125 151
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

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147 128
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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162 128
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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159 115
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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158 98
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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114 130
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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101 96
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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92 130
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

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134 135
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Silvio Dante The Sopranos

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125 101
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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89 43
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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88 59
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

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118 112
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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108 103
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

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101 118
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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43 9
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones

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107 86
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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107 126
Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Sookie Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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104 108
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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96 120
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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42 13
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

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90 102
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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86 99
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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35 11
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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61 108
Ruth Fisher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ruth Fisher Six Feet Under

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59 90
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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0 2
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

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51 41
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

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106 131
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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78 109
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bill Compton True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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44 53
Kenny Powers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Kenny Powers Eastbound & Down

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27 15
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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79 81
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

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24 10
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 45 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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25 14
Samwell Tarly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones

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23 14
Lord Varys is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Lord Varys Game of Thrones

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18 8
Ryan O'Reily is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Ryan O'Reily Oz

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22 12
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

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16 8
Augustus Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Augustus Hill Oz