Heroes and Villains 2008: Superheroes and Supervillains
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Heroes and Villains 2008: Superheroes and Supervillains

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On Christmas and Boxing Day, we picked the heroes and villains of 2008, and, in polls starting last week and ending yesterday, you chose the superheroes and supervillains from amongst them (and tossed in a few suggestions of your own). With a little less than a thousand votes cast in each category, there were more than a few surprises: a supervillain who, in a field of nineteen candidates, took nearly two-fifths of the votes; a tie between man and machine for superhero of the year; and a supervillain who was not among our original villains but who nearly cracked the top five nonetheless.
According to our wildly unscientific polling, here are the best of the best and the worst of the worst people, places, and things in Toronto in 2008, as chosen by you.



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Peter Victor

11.91%
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Bikes

11.91%
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Frank Gehry

10.39%
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The TTC

9%
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Free Stuff (And The People Who Provide It)

8.59%

Porter Airlines

7.2%

High Gas Prices

5.96%

Public Space Zealots

4.99%

Gary Rideout, Jr.

4.85%

Jack Layton

4.16%

Social Media

3.6%

Immigrants

3.19%

Stéphane Dion

2.49%

East Toronto Community Coalition

2.35%

Chris Bosh

2.35%

Roy Halladay

1.52%

Crystal Castles

1.25%

Stuck in the City

1.25%

Main Stage Theatre at the TCA

0.83%

Stephen Harper (Write-In)

0.69%

Lupe Dominquez

0.55%



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Stephen Harper

38.66%

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James “Dimitri the Lover” Sears

19.33%
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CUPE 3903 at York University

9.72%
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Crime Coverage

3%
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Media Cutbacks

2.76%

Igor Kenk (Write-In)

2.52%

Façadism

2.4%

Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

2.4%

The Coordinated Street Furniture Program

2.16%

Telecom Ads

2.16%

Taxis

2.04%

Headlines With the Word “Killing” in Them

2.04%

St. Paul’s Election Vandals

1.8%

Crystal Castles

1.68%

Always Question

1.2%

Monster Bins

1.08%

Richard Peddie

1.08

J.P. Ricciardi

.96%

The AGCO

.6%

Phil Pick

.6%

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