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8. Cameron ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")
Special abilities: Strong and devoted. No, really. WAY strong. And WAY devoted.
Why we love them: Played by Summer Glau, Cameron was the character who got to utter the immortal "Come with me if you want to live" catchphrase at the start of the pilot, immediately cementing a place in the hearts of the franchise's fans. Thanks to Glau's ace minimalistic comic timing and her dance-honed physicality, Glau wasn't like any of the cyborgs who appeared in the "Terminator" films. She was funny and graceful and sexy and vicious, either in protecting John Connor or, when she got glitchy, working against him. There's an inspiration that Glau seems to provide for sci-fi auteurs and it helped make Cameron into one of the best elements of this short-lived, underrated series.
- Daniel Fienberg