20 Best TV Characters of 2016

From bat-wielding bad guys to hipster-stoner sidekicks, these were the small-screen heroes and villains that made our year

Richard Roper, 'The Night Manager'
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Richard Roper, 'The Night Manager'

Hugh Laurie is best known for his role as a cantankerous medical genius on House, but that show's good doctor never crossed the line between colorful misanthropy and plain-old evil. As Richard Roper, a rapacious, murdering arms dealer of this standout John le Carré adaptation, Laurie relished the opportunity to sink his teeth into a true monster; he's the type of guy who opens up a refugee camp as a cover for a bomb-peddling business that will undoubtedly produce more refugees. And he does it sleeping perfectly well at night, next to the beautiful woman he's terrorized into staying by his side. The show starts off by gingerly suggesting that men like him rule the world in the shadows. By the end, it all but confirms the notion. ST

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