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The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012  

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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
age 68
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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
age 51
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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
age 48
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Matthew Inman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Matthew Inman
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Ron Perlman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
age 65
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Walter Burien is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Holliman added Walter Burien
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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
shannon.mccormacknpt added age 38
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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
RubenBRobles added age 83
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Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
DonnieHatfield added age 51
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Dolan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
sammy2fingers added
Gooby pls.
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Overly Attached Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Overly Attached Girlfriend
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Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
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Reddit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Reddit
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Gabe Newell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
age 56
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Notch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Notch
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Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
age 51
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Karen Klein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Karen Klein
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Rob Delaney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
age 38
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Omgpop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Omgpop
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Jeremiah McDonald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012
Jeremiah McDonald
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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