The Dark Knight Rises With Our Top 50 Movie Characters Of 2012

Robert Pattinson, Channing Tatum also rank on MTV News' list of the best film characters of the year.

Superheroes and super-spies are ranking high on the MTV Movies team’s countdown of the Top 50 Movie Characters of 2012, but they’re not the only ones dominating today’s chart. There’s some love for “Twilight” fans today, too, as well as a tribute to the world’s greatest scientist (for one drug-fueled afternoon, at least) and many more.

Read on to find out which characters landed on spots 20 through 11, and check back tomorrow for the top ten reveal!

20. Eric Packer (“Cosmopolis”)
Gone are the days of Edward Cullen, the pale-skinned vamp at the heart of the “Twilight” series. It’s a new day for Robert Pattinson, who is taking his acting career more seriously with every passing role. Case in point: “Cosmopolis,” the David Cronenberg mind-trip that turns the normally affable Pattinson into a deeply unlikable numbers guy in the thick of an existential crisis. His Eric Packer was more alien than man, virtually emotionless, and thoroughly reckless with a firearm. The gulf between Packer and Cullen is as noticeable as Eric’s asymmetrical prostate, and we salute the actor for going so boldly into strange new territory. Here’s hoping for more. — Josh Wigler

19. James Bond (“Skyfall”)
How does a 50-year-old character end up in the top 20 of the year? By reminding us exactly why he’s still around. Faced with a villain unlike any other before, “Skyfall” took Daniel Craig’s revisionist 007 back to his roots and gave Bond a better 50th anniversary celebration than we ever could have hoped for. The words “James Bond will return” have never been met with such enthusiasm. — Kevin P. Sullivan

18. Maya (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Sorry, Bond, but there’s no beating the real deal. The centerpiece of an exhaustive journalistic effort by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, Maya, after ten years of searching, was the “motherf—er” that found Osama bin Laden. Based on a real-life CIA analyst and played by the incomparable Jessica Chastain, the borderline obsessive agent believed in her gut and brought the “world’s greatest manhunt” to an end, all the while representing so much of what this country has become in the last ten years. — Kevin P. Sullivan

17. Gwen Stacy (“The Amazing Spider-Man”)
We’re not exactly sure how the casting call for Spidey’s love-interest Gwen Stacey read, but we’re pretty sure it went something like this: “THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND!”Not only was Emma Stone drop dead gorgeous in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” she was also the ultimate ride or die chick helping Peter Parker save NYC from the Lizard by cooking up an antidote at the Oscorp lab. Stone was so stunning that Andrew Garfield took their on-screen romance to the next level, as the two started dating in real life. Let’s face it; she is way too much woman for Tobey Maguire anyway. — Rob Markman

16. Batman (“The Dark Knight Rises”)
After George Clooney killed the Bat with his horrid 1997 cinematic rendition of the Caped Crusader, we thought we’d never see the World’s Greatest Detective on the big screen again. Well, credit Christian Bale with rekindling our love affair with Gotham City’s Dark Knight. This year Bale saved his best for last in the trilogy closing “Dark Knight Rises” adding complex layers to both Bruce Wayne and Batman as he mends a broken back, escapes a deep and dark prison and wrestles Gotham back from Bane’s terrorist reign. Now only if he could rid the world of Clooney and his nipple-laced Bat get-up… — Rob Markman

15. Jenko (“21 Jump Street”)
Every jock, prom king, and high school hero eventually grows up. Very few of them get a second chance at high school as an undercover cop — who is supposedly a science nerd. Channing Tatum plays the good looking, muscular guy who just can’t fit in with the cool kids. Because of this, anybody who attended real high school can sit back and enjoy as the prototypical quarterback has a tough time fitting in. His interactions with Jonah Hill’s Schmidt are downright hysterical, as is the presence of a fully grown man-child in a high school classroom. Simply put, Tatum plays the part of a strung out, “tripping balls” teenager about as well as anybody in the business. — Brendan Dempsey

14. Fat Amy (“Pitch Perfect”)
Mermaid dancer. Horizontal runner. Bikini car-washer. “Pitch Perfect”‘s Fat Amy is, if nothing else, a woman with a very particular set of skills … As is Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who portrays the brash Barton Bella, stealing nearly every scene with wry wit and plenty of comedic calisthenics. Yep, this pitch-slapper is pure aca-awesome. — Amy Wilkinson

13. Aro (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″)
It was the giggle heard ’round the fandom — an emission so deranged yet gleeful that it stopped us dead in our tracks. Millennia-old Volturi vamp Aro isn’t accustomed to seeing new things, hence his unbridled excitement over Bella and Edward’s half-human, half-vampire spawn Renesmee. That moment alone could have secured Aro’s inclusion on this list, but actor Michael Sheen isn’t one to rest on his laurels, delivering an increasingly unhinged take on the baddie bloodsucker since his introduction in “New Moon.” Any way we could get an Aro spin-off, Stephenie? — Amy Wilkinson

12. Raoul Silva (“Skyfall”)
We already knew from “No Country for Old Men” that Javier Bardem can do Creepy Villain. But as Raoul Silva in “Skyfall,” Bardem is so dementedly, deliciously creepy that he elevates the 23rd Bond flick into one of the best films of 2012 (and arguably one of the best Bond movies ever). Brilliant, twisted, and terrifyingly vengeful, Silva is the baddie that every Bond deserves. Bardem has already gotten award recognition for playing Silva; his touchy-feely tête-à-tête with Daniel Craig should earn him an Oscar nom. — Tami Katzoff

11. David-8 (“Prometheus”)
“What can you do, David?” “I can do anything that could be possibly asked of me.” Michael Fassbender was already on a hot streak when he introduced us to his most fascinating creation yet. The well-mannered performance brought life to an artificial life form and became the one widely agreed upon element of a highly divisive film. From quoting “Lawrence of Arabia” to boasting a killer hook shot, David proved to us that big things do indeed have small beginnings. — Kevin P. Sullivan

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