11. Michonne (Image Comics)
First Appearance: The Walking Dead #19 (2005)
Creators: Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
When Michonne was first introduced in The Walking Dead comic book series, the mere sight of a woman armed with a sword and leading two captive zombies grabbed everyone's attention. As the years have passed, she's established herself as the woman to watch in the series, truly one of the most complex and interesting characters its produced.
The highlight for Michonne’s character came during the arc with The Governor, where she's beaten, raped, tortured, and suffered the death of her lover, Tyreese. The experience only made her stronger, while also giving readers a look at what's behind her rugged façade.
Now if we could only get her TV incarnation to emote a little more.