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They battled. They inspired. They just plain did good.
Here's a look back at the year's finest—the men, women and the Jack Russell terrier who rose to the occasion, no matter the occasion.
Whether they were super, magical or just plain human, we salute entertainment's Top 10 heroes of the year, all part of our Best of 2011 celebration.
GET THE LIST: Top 10 Heroes of 2011