13 Breakout Characters: Who Smashed Through the Small Screen?

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The 2013-2014 television season is officially behind us.

Having already reviewed theĀ best and worst of recent finales, it's now time to take a longer, more in-depth at the past few months of small screen action, specifically a handful of characters who captured our attention in unexpected ways.

The following men and women broke out in a big way this year, whether they were new to a series or simply given new material with which to shine.

Who exploded off the screen this season?

A vampire, a king, a clone, a superhero, a cop, a father and many more.

Did your favorite character break on through? Who did we miss? Who would you not have included as a surprise standout? Flip through the photos and sound off now.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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