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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Tulip O'Hare, 'Preacher'
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Tulip O'Hare, 'Preacher'

Actor Ruth Negga is in the Academy Awards conversation this year thanks to her fine performance in the film Loving. But her best work on-screen in 2016 was arguably in AMC's latest comic book adaptation – a picaresque adult fantasy where she plays a gun-slinging mercenary with a heartbreaking past. In a show that features an intoxicated vampire, a telepathic minister and actual angels from heaven, it's not easy for a gal who's just good with a pistol to become the breakout character. But Tulip O'Hare's wild-child ways, steely resolve and deep feelings for her old preacher pal Jesse Custer always make her the most charismatic figure in any scene. NM

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