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Hollywood's Most Unforgettable Characters Of 2012

From Tom Cruise's rock god to Lady Mary and a Real Housewife under siege, these are the faces we don't want to ever go away.

Fat Amy: "Pitch Perfect"

Stacee Jaxx: "Rock of Ages"

Alexis Bellino: "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Silva: "Skyfall"

Gary: "Veep"

Abi-Maria Gomes: "Survivor"

Maya: "Zero Dark Thirty"

Sam Jones: "Ted"

Kate: "Ben and Kate"

Jiro: "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

Lydia Rodarte-Quayle: "Breaking Bad"

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This weirdo! Played by Laura Fraser, Lydia, the snaky, nervous, corporate lunatic, was a hilarious newcomer to the Breaking Bad meth operation. She asked for Stevia in a crappy, Southwestern diner. I demand a spin-off. —K.A.

Brian and Mike: "End of Watch"

Lisa: "Margaret"

Brenda: "The Closer"

Robert Quarles: "Justified"

Shae: "Game of Thrones"

Tiffany: "Silver Linings Playbook"

Lady Mary: "Downton Abbey"

Hushpuppy and Wink: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Alfred: "Dark Knight Rises"

Cast: "Clybourne Park"

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This is a play! One by Bruce Norris. Not typical of this list, I grant you. It's just that it is the best play I've seen in years; it won the Tony and, before that, a Pulitzer, so I'm not saying anything original. It takes place in two different time periods, 1959 and 2009, and all the lead actors — Christina Kirk, Jeremy Shamos, Frank Wood, Damon Gupton, Annie Parisse (Sarah Goldberg took over for her in this part), Crystal A. Dickinson, and Brendan Griffin — played two roles. They're all leads, really, and the Tony Awards had so much trouble figuring out how to reward their shared amazingness that the voters nominated only Shamos (who lost). My complimenting them as a collective here will surely make up for that slight, right? —K.A.

Jack Dahl: "Louie"

Violet: "Damsels in Distress"

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This Whit Stillman film was a love it/hate it proposition. I was in the former camp; I found it to be a delight. And while I've appreciated Greta Gerwig in movies like Greenberg, I hadn't wanted to stand up and cheer for her until I saw Damsels in Distress. As the leader of a throwback clique of young women, she perfectly embodied the deadpan wacko this role called for. I feel like she out–Chloë Sevigny'd Chloë Sevigny? Which might be the nicest thing I've ever written about anyone. —K.A.

Bruce Banner: "The Avengers"