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

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Negan, 'The Walking Dead'
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Negan, 'The Walking Dead'

Yes, there are moments when Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal of The Walking Dead's alpha a-hole villain threatens to tip into pure mustache-twirling camp; you could almost see chunks of chewed scenery the size of Lucille stuck in the actor's teeth. But AMC's megahit show has been in need of a proper over-the-top nemesis ever since the Governor shuffled off this mortal coil, and the bat-wielding, swagger-strutting Negan more than fits the bill. The Watchmen star clearly seems to be having fun playing the character's banter-heavy, bad-ass side to the hilt, but make no mistake: As the Season Seven opener's double execution proved, this guy plays for keeps. And if the series sticks to comics' arc of the leather-jacketed bad guy, then we've barely even scratched this divisive character's surface. Batter up. DF

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