Best TV The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows  

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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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725 217
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

2
502 296
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

3
529 252
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

4
522 254
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

5
371 196
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

6
473 279
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

7
395 208
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

8
467 189
Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
True Detective

9
273 93
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

10
279 221
Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

11
218 203
Christopher Moltisanti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

12
231 171
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

13
231 220
Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Boardwalk Empire

14
130 32
Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

15
231 164
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Deadwood

16
195 173
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Curb Your Enthusiasm

17
129 38
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

18
237 154
Stringer Bell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Wire

19
72 33
Paulie "Walnuts" Gua... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

20
154 126
Vernon Schillinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

21
183 151
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

22
149 97
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

23
152 75
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Game of Thrones

24
193 174
Silvio Dante is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
The Sopranos

25
104 36
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones