Police Chief Marge Gunderson, "Fargo"
What we want to know: One of the great, underestimated heroes of the cinema. Written off as a hick, or a woman in a man’s profession, she sees a crime scene and knows precisely what went down. How did she learn those mad skills and why’d such a sweet gal ever opt for a life of crime fighting?
Suggested casting: Frances McDormand is a must. Could anyone else ever match her savvy mix of naïve goodness and shrewd detective work?