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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

2
417 270
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

3
454 223
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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449 231
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

5
346 191
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Omar Little The Wire

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425 246
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

7
426 166
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Rust Cohle True Detective

8
313 174
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

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180 179
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Christopher Moltisanti The Sopranos

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218 74
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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200 152
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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211 202
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire

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233 197
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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197 153
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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210 137
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Stringer Bell The Wire

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm

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136 112
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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

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40 15
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

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114 150
Nate Fisher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Nate Fisher Six Feet Under

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184 115
Marty Hart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Marty Hart True Detective

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160 128
Ari Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Ari Gold Entourage

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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

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154 126
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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87 27
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones

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122 60
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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115 82
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones

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136 149
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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119 137
David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
David Fisher Six Feet Under

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120 138
Carmela Soprano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Carmela Soprano The Sopranos

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75 23
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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126 123
James 'Jimmy' Darmody is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Boardwalk Empire

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115 116
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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121 122
Seth Bullock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Seth Bullock Deadwood

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129 102
Chalky White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Chalky White Boardwalk Empire

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78 123
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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68 24
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 37 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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68 29
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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103 115
Tobias Beecher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

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74 66
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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72 108
Erlich Bachman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Erlich Bachman Silicon Valley

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97 126
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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106 97
Bunk Moreland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Bunk Moreland The Wire

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67 56
Maj. Richard D. Winters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
clash1977 added Maj. Richard D. Winters Band of Brothers

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89 78
Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Samantha Jones Sex and the City

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128 153
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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45 29
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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37 21
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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43 26
Jason Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Jason Stackhouse True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

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56 114
Cheryl David is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Cheryl David Curb Your Enthusiasm