Sometimes it’s hard to remember that perpetually preggo/low-key mom Jennifer Garner first won our hearts as the hyper-alert, latex-clad CIA operative and SD-6 double agent on Alias. Sure, in later seasons the plotlines were harder to follow than one of the show's fabled Rambaldi codes, but audiences rooted for Round Kick Queen Sydney Bristow no matter what risqué disguise or mission she was assigned. It was almost enough to forgive Elektra — almost.
Secret weapons: Wigs, foreign languages, martial arts, whatever gadget Marshall invented that week
If we had our way, we'd start every morning with The Help’s maid-turned-accidental-civil-rights-activist telling us, "You is kind, you is smart, you is important." Thanks to the courage from god — and the increasingly dastardly deeds of the horrible Miss Hilly Holbrook — this Mississippi lady had the courage to expose racism, mobilize her community, and finally set out to start a new life.
Secret weapons: Steel trap memory, prayer, her BFF Minny