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Who were your heroes or villains of the last year, and why? Who inspired you? Who had you kicking the cat across the room? They don't have to be well known, you might even want to laud the achievements of your binman. (Note that "Nick Clegg nuff said" answers puts you straight onto our naughty list)

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Steve Jobs for making Apple fan bois 'n grrls cry by doing something momentous for the entire world.
R.I.P. Steve.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 23:12, 2 replies)
Either Category
Amorous Badger
For again missing the point completely by only posting (sometimes) witty criticisms & comebacks whilst almost never actually telling a story.
For not being as snide, nasty and petty as Shambles and for even (very occasionally) being a little bit funny.
Finally for being my research bitch cause I'm too fucken lazy to go looking for links myself.
Cheers AB, this 1's fer you!
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 22:27, 3 replies)
Villains: Anyone who thinks setting up a camp somewhere is going to solve anything.

I drunkenly started talking to the Nottingham bunch recently with a friend, mentioned I was a journo and was invited inside after our arguments died down.
Only 1% of the so-called 99% actually believed they were fighting for something. The rest were the homeless of the city who are just enjoying a moderately safe place to camp and get pissed.
Very naive bunch of people.
All use the same alleyway in the city centre as a toilet which to me is disgusting and a massive health risk.
Massive hypocrites.

Sure I'll get quite a bit of hate from writing this, but these are my views. I didn't like them in the first place, now I've actually talked to them I dislike them even more.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 21:39, 11 replies)
Hero of the year: Mohamed Bouazizi

The man who set fire to himself, and in so doing started the Arab Spring. That is true self-sacrifice, and although of course not the only factor behind the various uprisings, I think he deserves to be remembered as the man who acted as the catalyst.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 21:34, 11 replies)
Oh yes he is
Hero: Aladdin
Villain: Behind him
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 20:56, 1 reply)
heros: my mate bez
for talking me into finally doing a degree and properly learning how to draw and my GF for not killing me when i told her i was thinking about it but instead actually supported me.

villains: age, illness and death. those three have pissed me right off this year.

final hero to end on a positive note: Stephen Palmer of Student Finances who just sorted stuff out before i finally went on a killing spree. If you are out there i owe you beers you wonderful mystery! :D
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 20:38, Reply)
Hero - Jimmy Saville
He finally did my "fix it" request.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 20:36, 1 reply)
That fucking Nyan Cat.
If I had to explain this OOOOH I'M SO RANDOM LOLOLOLOL KAWAII DESU NE mindset adopted by twunts everywhere to somebody, I'd link them to that video.

Oh, and heroes? SEAL team 6.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 20:18, 2 replies)
I'd like to nominate as hero all the brave people struggling for freedom in Tulisa.

(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 19:58, 2 replies)
That Tunisian guy
He really did shake the pillars of heaven
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 19:47, Reply)
Keeping it easy.
Hero- Legless; for uniting the populations of Off Topic, /talk and qotw.

Villian- Monty Boyce.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 19:36, Reply)
The Murdochs, the damned lot of them.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 19:05, Reply)
This is an easy one
Villains: All the SOPA Suporters. Especially GoDaddy.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 18:31, Reply)
ho hum
Heroes - all the people who died fighting against gadaffi.. Good effort lads.
Villains- bloody looter scrotes- yeah you know who you are.. Hope you get cunted in the fuck.
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(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 18:25, 1 reply)
Non-funny reply.
My wife.

About three years ago I met her as I was in the throes of ending a relationship that had gone very badly. At the time I was also working in a job that I did not like at all, one which bored me to tears and had no good points to it other than a paycheck.

Over the next six months we got to know each other quite well and fell into a good and supportive relationship. During that time I was laid off from the job I hated and went on unemployment benefits- enough to make ends meet, barely. And during that time she finalized her own divorce. It was a wildly tumultuous time for both of us, frankly.

After knowing her for a year we decided to set a date.

Consider what she was signing up for. I had had a rather lousy track record for romance, to put it mildly. I was now without a job, I had three kids in their mid to late teens, I had a house to pay for as well as hers... I was less than an ideal catch. The prospects for me picking up another job as an engineer were slim to none in the area I live in. Add to this that I was really starting to have a problem with serious depression, and it's a miracle that she didn't run screaming from me.

And yet we did indeed marry. Her house is now rented out, I now have only one kid living with me (and he's 20, so he's really not a kid anymore), and while I still don't have a true job, I pick up odds and ends of work through friends. She is happy to have my schedule free so I can accompany her on her work travels and be her assistant, and actually would prefer that I not get another full-time job. She has been infinitely supportive of me, and now that I have health insurance I have been to the doctors for my various medical issues.

Had it not been for her I would have been in an extremely ugly situation by now, and quite literally might not be alive.

Yes, I know this is a humor site and all, and that this is not a funny story- but I do feel that it's one that I should share. She truly has been a heroine for me.

*sits back and waits for the snarky commentary to begin*
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 17:34, 16 replies)
Villain of 2011 - George Lucas
Because 12 years on it still hurts
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 17:13, 5 replies)
Without being too "Daily Mail"
I would say hero of the year (excluding all the people we don't know of who work tirelessly looking after others, in any capacity) would be the "Big Man" who kicked that scrote off the train in Scotland. Simply because places like trains, buses, cinemas, concerts etc are all too often full of wankers who don't know the basic concepts of correct social behaviour, which is designed (in most part) to encourage understanding and consideration for others. If we all grew a pair there would be no more chavs playing shitty music out of their phones for us all to hear, wankers talking during concerts or films, etc etc.

Villains: All the apologists for the unrest going on in Syria at the moment; the President and politicians who dismiss the talk of 5,000 civilian casualties as somehow acceptable. Ordering your troops to fire on or torture your citizens - I hope they get theirs, and then some, in 2012.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:59, 13 replies)
Villain: Last year's hero Julian Assange
For being a two-faced cunt when it came to his own memoirs. After accepting what is rumoured to be a seven-figure advance (in US$), and spending 50 hours with a ghost writer, he declared that, "all memoir is prostitution".

According to the Independent newspaper, quoted on Wired "Assange felt the book was too heavy on personal details and too light on manifesto."

Exactly which bit did he think the publishers were paying him for?

Strangely, however, despite wanting to end his contract with publishers Canongate, Assange was unable to repay his advance. Rumour has it that he's put the money in escrow to pay for his defence against the sex-crimes he's accused of.

And if he's found guilty of those crimes, he's an even bigger cunt.

And his organisation is a bunch of ass-hats for not properly securing the database of diplomatic cables it kept, allowing anyone with the right (publicly-known) password access to the unredacted documents, which include the names of known or suspected agents. I'm all for openness, but that's a bit much.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:59, 6 replies)
It took me the best part of 20 years to find a doctor who actually listened, didn't spout bullshit or palm me off with pills and let the consultation take as long as was needed. She was brilliant.
Then she fucking retired.
I'm not going to call her names 'cos she was too nice, but she's definitely my villain of the year.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:49, Reply)
Whoever thought this was a good idea

(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:48, Reply)
obviously villains
rebecca black for ruining fridays.

edit: oh and all estate agents.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:47, 2 replies)
Villains of the year
These bastards.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:21, 2 replies)
Northampton Supergran
She's 2011's post menopausal Hero to the 2010 Villain, Cat in a Bin Lady.

I reckon they should fight it out. For real. In a pool of jelly*.

*And icecream with some nice cakes they prepared earlier.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:14, 1 reply)
Me! again for my crimes against spelling cuntuation and general misusage of the english language

(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:06, Reply)
Me! i am ahero for carrying on in the face of mounting critiscism of my spelling

(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 16:05, 3 replies)
Hero has to be Kim Jong-il
For inspiring so many so many award winning piety performances.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 15:49, Reply)
Hero has to be Colonel Ghadaffi
For the best performance in the 'Death of a dictator' category for 2011.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 15:43, 6 replies)
Villains - The London rioters.
Who exposed a complete lack of ambition in the younger generation.

Stealing a bag of rice and having your picture taken with it?! FFS.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 15:20, 16 replies)
Cos for.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2011, 15:07, 2 replies)

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