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Internet heroes are those people who inspire the masses, who use the Internet to do amazing or enlightening things and who most perfectly exemplify the virtues around which online citizens from around the world have been rallying for years. (These virtues include transparency and honesty, a lighthearted sense of humor about even controversial or disagreeable subjects and, above all, a commitment to the freedom of expression online.) Though some of the people on this list were celebrities and public figures before 2012, all of them have done something this year that stands out, that made millions of people around the world take notice and cheer them on from blogs, social media networks, message boards, forums and comment sections everywhere.

Many of the individuals on the list come from the world of video games, particularly indie game development. These include "Notch," the infamous creator of underground game sensation "Minecraft," and Tim Schafer, whose Kickstarter campaign for the Double Fine Adventure game raised over $3.3 million. Speaking of online fundraising, that was also the claim to fame of bus monitor Karen Klein, for whom the Internet raised hundreds of thousands of dollars after a video went viral showing her being bullied by middle school students. Comedian Louis CK also made waves in 2012 for selling his comedy special, "Live at the Beacon Theater," exclusively through his website for $5, and then putting tickets to his latest tour on the Web as well.

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Bill Murray age 66

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Louis C.K. age 49

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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Nick Offerman age 46

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Matthew Inman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Ron Perlman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Ron Perlman age 67

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Ron Paul age 81

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Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Joe Rogan age 49

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Dolan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Dolan Gooby pls.

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Overly Attached Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Overly Attached Girlfriend

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Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

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Reddit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Reddit

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Gabe Newell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Gabe Newell age 54

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Notch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Tim Schafer age 49

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Karen Klein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Rob Delaney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Rob Delaney age 40

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Omgpop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Omgpop

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Jeremiah McDonald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Jeremiah McDonald

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Walter Burien is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
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Caine Monroy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Caine Monroy

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Stalker Sarah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Stalker Sarah

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Jason Russell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Jason Russell