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The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

Updated February 15, 2020 26.4k votes 2.4k voters 34.1k views131 items

List RulesCharacters 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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    Tony Soprano

    The Sopranos

    ActorJames Gandolfini

    OccupationBoss

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    Omar Little

    The Wire

    ActorMichael K. Williams

    OccupationIllegal drug dealer

    EpisodeThe Wire, The Pager, Know Your Place, Moral Midgetry, Slapstick

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    Tyrion Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorPeter Dinklage

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    Rust Cohle

    True Detective

    ActorMatthew McConaughey

    OccupationDetective

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    Sandor Clegane

    Game of Thrones

    ActorRory McCann

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    Arya Stark

    Game of Thrones

    ActorMaisie Williams

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    Jon Snow

    Game of Thrones

    ActorKit Harington

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    ActorIdris Elba

    OccupationDrug Delaer

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    ActorTony Sirico

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    Eddard Stark

    Game of Thrones

    ActorSean Bean

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    ActorIan McShane

    OccupationBar owner

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    Larry David

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    ActorLarry David

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    Jamie Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorNikolaj Coster-Waldau

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    Ari Gold

    Entourage

    ActorJeremy Piven

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    Cersei Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorLena Headey

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    Bronn

    Game of Thrones

    ActorJerome Flynn

    OccupationMercenary

  • Christopher Moltisanti17
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    ActorMichael Imperioli

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    Kenny Powers

    Eastbound & Down

    ActorDanny McBride

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    Daenerys Targaryen

    Game of Thrones

    ActorEmilia Clarke

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    ActorDominic West

    OccupationPolice detective

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    Tywin Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorCharles Dance

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    Brienne of Tarth

    Game of Thrones

    ActorGwendoline Christie

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    Maj. Richard D. Winters

    Band of Brothers

    ActorDamian Lewis

    EpisodeDay of Days, The Last Patrol, Carentan, Currahee, Points

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    Eric Northman

    True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

    ActorAlexander Skarsgård

    OccupationVampire Sheriff

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    Silvio Dante

    The Sopranos

    ActorSteven Van Zandt