1. THAT TIME SHE SEDUCED AND DITCHED RYAN BOOTH
It's not simply that she met a hot guy on a plane and casually picked him up. No woman as unfeasibly gorgeous as Alex would have any trouble doing that. What we love is the fact that, after they did the deed, it was the bloke who was all lovestruck and "Can I have your number?", and it was Alex who was all "Nah" about it. Actually, her exact words were "You're not my type", to which he reasonably replied "Said to the man you just had sex with." Her response? "If you were, I wouldn't have. I would have gotten to know you first." Ouch.
2. THAT TIME SHE FOUGHT RYAN LIKE A BOSS
Another marvellous moment in the adorable love story that is Alex and Ryan? The moment they came to physical blows. In a good way. We're talking of the "Box", a specially crafted cell used in the Academy for trainees to practice close quarter combat. Alex and Ryan were paired up (obviously) and she got the trash-talking in immediately: "Ready to get your ass kicked by a girl?" Cue lots of very athletic kicking, hitting and contorting, and enough crackling sexual magnetism to momentarily bend space-time itself.
3. THAT TIME SHE WAS THE BEST SHOT IN CLASS
Being the teacher's pet isn't usually cool. But if you're in a class that's all about shooting a big gun at a target, then being the teacher's pet implies you're the best at shooting a big gun at a target, and that IS cool. After blasting away with the sort of deadly accuracy that would make any would-be terrorist re-consider their career options, Alex was immediately applauded by the instructor, who told the other trainees to follow her example. Yeah, like it's that easy to be that awesome.
4. THAT TIME SHE DEFIED THE US GOVERNMENT
Being framed for one of the worst terror attacks in US history, Alex would have been forgiven for just sighing, shrugging and resigning herself to life in a supermax prison. But no. She looked the whole of America right in the eye and announced her innocence, via the Internet. "They framed the brown girl," she said, damningly. "In this country, I'm an easy person to blame." More relevant words have never been spoken.
5. THAT TIME SHE ROBBED THE TECH GUY
Alex needed access to a telecom company's records. So what did she do? Seduce the company's chief technology officer and steal his ID card to access the files, because she's Alex Parrish and can use her charms better than anyone this side of James Bond. The poor shmuck didn't even know what was going on - she simply sat by him in a bar, waited for him to come onto her, and then told him he wasn't her type. That's right - she rejected him, crushed his ego, and only then did she kiss him... causing him to be so flabbergasted, he didn't notice her hand snaking around to make his ID disappear.
6. THAT TIME SHE KILLED THE RESIDENT PSYCHO
Alex isn't just good at shooting immobile targets on the firing range. She's also really good at shooting evil, murderous prats in the face. Case in point: Liam O'Connor, the FBI instructor who was revealed to have been the shadowy mastermind behind New York City bombing. A grade-A crazy maniac, Liam honestly believed he was doing all of this for the greater good of the FBI itself. After listening to him rant about his big evil plan, Alex was all "Uh huh, OK, right" and put him down with a perfectly aimed bullet, and the world was instantly a better place.
7. THAT TIME SHE FACED DOWN THE VICE PRESIDENT
There are two ways of dealing with bad guys. You can a) put them down like a mad dog (see above), or b) give them the kind of verbal dressing down that'll make their knees want to start knocking. Alex went for the latter approach when confronting US Vice President Claire Haas, probably because shooting Vice Presidents is frowned upon in polite society. Alex coolly and calmly told Haas that she knew ALL about her secretly working with Liam O'Connor. Which was awesome, but her parting words to the shocked VP were the clincher. "No matter where you are or what you do, all the souls of the lives that you cost will be watching you."