Internet heroes come in many forms. Some are celebrities that millions love to watch online, while others are viral internet sensations because of a heroic act that was caught on camera. Either way, millions of people adored them and their contributions to the internet…until, of course, things turned sour, reminding us that sometimes heroes fall. Too often fame has a way of corrupting an individual or bringing about attention that the hero doesn’t want. They fall by the hands of a villain or become the villain themselves. And, you might be surprised how many internet heroes have succumbed to tragedy or the dark side. Ready to find out who they are? Here are 25 Fallen Internet Heroes.
With more than 2 million YouTube subscribers, Sam Pepper made a name for himself with prank videos. But things went south for Pepper when several women came forward claiming sexual harassment. To top it off, he also posted a fake video of a kidnap and murder. His channel no longer has content.
Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker
Becoming an instant internet celebrity when he was taped using a hatchet to stop an attack on a California woman, Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker went back on his merry way hitchhiking. He made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and made an instant fan base, but his heroic deeds were quickly dashed when it was revealed he beat his lawyer to death at his home. He was later rushed to the hospital for an attempted suicide.
Jason Russell was thrust into fame after promoting his wildly shared documentary “Kony 2012,” which put a spotlight on brutal warlord Joseph Kony. The documentary earned over 100 million views, making Russell an instant internet hero. Things took a turn for the worse, not to mention the bizarre, when Russell was arrested for behaving erratically, completely naked, on a street corner. He claimed the meltdown was due to extreme exhaustion and dehydration rather than drugs. Doctors claimed he suffered a psychotic break. The fallout came, nevertheless.
Charles Green, also known as Angry Grandpa on YouTube, became a huge celebrity, garnering 3 million plus subscribers and almost a billion overall views. Sadly, it was announced in late 2017 that he died at the age of 67. He passed away due to end-stage cirrhosis of the liver.
Batman Bin Suparman
In 2010, when a Singapore ID with the name “Batman Bin Suparman” hit the internet, it quickly spread like wildfire, making him an instant hero. The name roughly translates as “Batman, Son of Superman.” However, three years later and it was discovered Batman Bin Superman was arrested for stealing $400 worth of merchandise and $680 from his brother.