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34 Characters We Loved In Film And TV In 2013

There were plenty of standout characters who elevated the movies and shows they were in this year. Here are our favorites, and the actors who portrayed them. In no particular order!

1. Alien (James Franco), Spring Breakers

2. Sarah, Beth, Cosima, Katja, Rachel, but mostly Helena and Alison (Tatiana Maslany), Orphan Black

The accents, the totally different ways of holding herself, the facial expressions: It's like someone challenged Maslany to an extreme acting competition. I loved every clone she played on BBC America's Orphan Black — and she frequently acted with herself, which is mind-blowing. But the needy, wild-eyed, Medusa-haired, feral Helena and the uptight, ballerina-postured, soccer mom Alison were both my personal favorites and complete opposites of each other. —Kate Aurthur

3. Malkina (Cameron Diaz), The Counselor

4. Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), Brooklyn Nine-Nine

5. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), The Good Wife

6. Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o), 12 Years a Slave

7. Ivy Weston (Julianne Nicholson), August: Osage County

8. Robin (Elisabeth Moss), Top of the Lake

9. Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), Afternoon Delight

10. Adam Sackler (Adam Driver), Girls

11. Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence), American Hustle

12. Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), Scandal

13. Jackie Fisher (Michaela Watkins), Trophy Wife

14. Segen (Daniella Kertesz), World War Z

15. Peter Pan (Robbie Kay), Once Upon a Time

16. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), Sleepy Hollow

17. Jonah Hill (Jonah Hill), This Is the End

18. Jessica Vanderhoff (Christine Woods), Hello Ladies

19. Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

20. Walder Frey (David Bradley), Game of Thrones

21. Jasmine Francis (Cate Blanchett), Blue Jasmine

22. Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis), The Originals

23. Ulysses (Jerry, Daryl & Tigger), Inside Llewyn Davis

24. Amantha Holden (Abigail Spencer), Rectify

25. Nicki Moore (Emma Watson), The Bling Ring

26. William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), Kill Your Darlings

27. Margaret Scully (Allison Janney), Masters of Sex

28. Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), Crystal Fairy

29. Shaw (Sarah Shahi), Person of Interest

30. Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), Enlightened

31. Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), Pain & Gain

32. Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl), Hannibal

33. Izzy (Ellen Page), The East

34. Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga), Bates Motel