Sponsored
2.3k voters

The Greatest Characters on HBO Shows

Updated February 15, 2020 27.0k votes 2.3k voters 33.8k 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!

Photo:
...more
  • Tony Soprano1
    1,018
    421

    Tony Soprano

    The Sopranos

    ActorJames Gandolfini

    OccupationBoss

  • Omar Little2
    708
    307

    Omar Little

    The Wire

    ActorMichael K. Williams

    OccupationIllegal drug dealer

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

    More Omar Little 

    #23 of 24 The Most Shocking TV Deaths Of All Time#115 of 177 The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

  • Tyrion Lannister3
    1,115
    463

    Tyrion Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorPeter Dinklage

    More Tyrion Lannister 

    The 14 Funniest Tyrion Lannister GIFs#207 of 403 The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

  • Sandor Clegane4
    298
    115

    Sandor Clegane

    Game of Thrones

    ActorRory McCann

    More Sandor Clegane 

    The Best Sandor "The Hound" Clegane QuotesA Complete Timeline Of How The Hound Went From Bad Guy To Good Guy

  • Rust Cohle5
    633
    316

    Rust Cohle

    True Detective

    ActorMatthew McConaughey

    OccupationDetective

  • Arya Stark6
    813
    427

    Arya Stark

    Game of Thrones

    ActorMaisie Williams

    More Arya Stark 

    The Best Arya Stark QuotesThe Journey Of The Valyrian Steel Dagger That Ended The Long Night On 'Game Of Thrones'

  • Jon Snow7
    786
    449

    Jon Snow

    Game of Thrones

    ActorKit Harington

    More Jon Snow 

    The Best Jon Snow QuotesThis Fan Just Figured Out The REAL Meaning Behind "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • Stringer Bell8
    444
    241

    ActorIdris Elba

    OccupationDrug Delaer

  • Eddard Stark9
    408
    185

    Eddard Stark

    Game of Thrones

    ActorSean Bean

    More Eddard Stark 

    The Best Ned Stark QuotesEverything You Need To Know About Ned Stark's Past

  • Jamie Lannister10
    582
    327

    Jamie Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorNikolaj Coster-Waldau

    More Jamie Lannister 

    Why Jaime Lannister Might Be The Linchpin To Peace With The White WalkersA Complete Timeline Of Jaime Trying To Redeem Himself, Then Throwing It All Away

  • Ari Gold11
    386
    232

    Ari Gold

    Entourage

    ActorJeremy Piven

  • Larry David12
    370
    244

    Larry David

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    ActorLarry David

  • Bronn13
    250
    132

    Bronn

    Game of Thrones

    ActorJerome Flynn

    OccupationMercenary

  • Al Swearengen14
    417
    251

    ActorIan McShane

    OccupationBar owner

    More Al Swearengen 

    #945 of 1,287 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time#202 of 291 The Best TV Villains Of All Time

  • Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri15
    413
    227

    ActorTony Sirico

  • Cersei Lannister16
    471
    328

    Cersei Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorLena Headey

    More Cersei Lannister 

    Cersei Lannister’s Most Evil MomentsAll The Ways Cersei Lannister Could Die, And Who Would Do It

  • Daenerys Targaryen17
    697
    455

    Daenerys Targaryen

    Game of Thrones

    ActorEmilia Clarke

    More Daenerys Targaryen 

    Clues We Have That Dany Is Turning Into Her Father#20 of 228 The Greatest Female Characters in Literature, Ranked

  • Tywin Lannister18
    233
    138

    Tywin Lannister

    Game of Thrones

    ActorCharles Dance

  • Kenny Powers19
    181
    101

    Kenny Powers

    Eastbound & Down

    ActorDanny McBride

  • Brienne of Tarth20
    212
    103

    Brienne of Tarth

    Game of Thrones

    ActorGwendoline Christie

    More Brienne of Tarth 

    20 Best Brienne Memes From 'Game Of Thrones' FinaleThe Best Brienne of Tarth Quotes

  • Jimmy McNulty21
    366
    248

    ActorDominic West

    OccupationPolice detective

  • Christopher Moltisanti22
    361
    277

    ActorMichael Imperioli

    More Christopher Moltisanti 

    #20 of 67 The Greatest Mobsters & Gangster of Film and TV#2 of 34 The Best Characters on The Sopranos

  • Lord Varys23
    159
    86

    Lord Varys

    Game of Thrones

    ActorConleth Hill

    More Lord Varys 

    Varys Is Going To Betray Daenerys In Season 8, And We Can Prove It#6 of 51 Every "Game of Thrones" Character's Last Words

  • Eric Northman24
    160
    60

    Eric Northman

    True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

    ActorAlexander Skarsgård

    OccupationVampire Sheriff

    EpisodeEscape from Dragon House

    More Eric Northman 

    #29 of 68 The Best Fictional Characters You'd Leave Your Man For#22 of 102 The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History

  • Detective Marty Hart25
    293
    199

    Detective Marty Hart

    True Detective

    ActorWoody Harrelson

    OccupationDetective