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9. Michonne (Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead)
Armed with her signature katana, Michonne slices through the undead with vengeful resolve as she helps her ragtag group of survivors fight to stay alive. "By definition, an action star kicks ass almost effortlessly and is a master strategist — the kind of person you'd want by your side in the zombie apocalypse," says executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. "Having produced a number of films with strong female leads, I can say Danai portrays her with a perfect balance of strength and grace."