We all love an underdog don't we? Someone who won't be bullied, who will stand up for themselves and their rights in the face of all powerful corporations and governments, they give us all hope that we little guys do have the power after all.

Often referred to as 'nail houses' or 'holdouts', cases such as these have become high profile media sensations, particularly in China where the brave homeowners receive widespread support against the perceived bullying of the powers that be. Anyone who has seen the movie 'Up,' or Australian classic 'The Castle' will identify with this!

Scroll down to see the astonishing examples below, and don't forget to vote for your favourite!

#1 Edith Macefield Refused To Sell Her Home Even After Being Offered More Than 1 Million Dollars For It. She Later Became The Inspiration For The Movie "Up"

Edith Macefield Refused To Sell Her Home Even After Being Offered More Than 1 Million Dollars For It. She Later Became The Inspiration For The Movie "Up"

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Adan Luna 1 year ago

I would have honestly taken the 1 million dollars.

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#2 Mary Cook Had Refused To Sell Her Narrow, Handsome Home While All The Neighboring Homes Were Demolished. Today The House Sits Tightly Squeezed Between Its Giant Neighbors, Looking Much Like An Illustration From A Children’s Story Book

Mary Cook Had Refused To Sell Her Narrow, Handsome Home While All The Neighboring Homes Were Demolished. Today The House Sits Tightly Squeezed Between Its Giant Neighbors, Looking Much Like An Illustration From A Children’s Story Book

wirednewyork.com Report

Jeremie Guerra 1 year ago

And the curve of the central building makes belive that he's compressed ^^

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#3 Vera Coking First Refused To Sell Her House To Bob Guccione, Who Wanted To Build His Casino Around It. Later She Refused To Sell To Donald Trump

Vera Coking First Refused To Sell Her House To Bob Guccione, Who Wanted To Build His Casino Around It. Later She Refused To Sell To Donald Trump

Library of Congress , Press of Atlantic City Report

earringnut 1 year ago

QUEEN!!

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#4 An Owner That Refused To Sell His House In Melbourne, Australia

An Owner That Refused To Sell His House In Melbourne, Australia

EddieAteDynamite Report

Aniket Trivedi 1 year ago

Its very saddening that a lot of beautiful neighborhoods are being distroyed to make enormous claustrophobic buildings.

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#5 One Resident Of A Toronto Duplex Refused To Sell, So They Cut It In Half

One Resident Of A Toronto Duplex Refused To Sell, So They Cut It In Half

The Huffington Post Report

Luke Wright 1 year ago

This is on St. Patrick Street in downtown Toronto. Its not "new" exactly, back in 1950 they split this house, the apartment complex now stands on what would have been the other half of the duplex.

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#6 This Slender Gothic-Inspired Townhouse, Flanked By Massive Prewar Apartment Buildings Up And Down The Block

This Slender Gothic-Inspired Townhouse, Flanked By Massive Prewar Apartment Buildings Up And Down The Block

Ephemeral New York Report

Shauday Smith 1 year ago

i think i'm in love. a lovely little slice.

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#7 China’s Government Paved A Highway Around These Stubborn Homeowners. The Residents Eventually Moved Out But The House Had Become A Symbol Of Resistance Against Developers

China’s Government Paved A Highway Around These Stubborn Homeowners. The Residents Eventually Moved Out But The House Had Become A Symbol Of Resistance Against Developers

news.nationalpost.com Report

Kara Witham 1 year ago

They must not have eminent domain laws there I take it.

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#8 Randal Acker Refused To Sell His Small Queen Anne Victorian Home In Downtown Portland, So They Built A Huge Portland State University Residence Hall Around It

Randal Acker Refused To Sell His Small Queen Anne Victorian Home In Downtown Portland, So They Built A Huge Portland State University Residence Hall Around It

ackerlaw.com , commons.wikimedia.org Report

Cheezees 1 year ago

I like how this one looks actually.

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#9 In Guangzhou, The Authorities Have Had To Build A Ring Road Around This Block Of Flats Because Three Families Would Not Budge

In Guangzhou, The Authorities Have Had To Build A Ring Road Around This Block Of Flats Because Three Families Would Not Budge

chinadaily Report

Lana Zhao 1 year ago

These are termed in China as "nail houses", as in stubbon nails. Quite often the people in nail houses are not compensated or undercompensated for the loss of their homes and have nowhere else to go. Be stubbon or lose house, so therefore lose job and starve on the streets.

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#10 The House Of Austin Spriggs, Washington D.c. The Owner Was Offered $3 Million, Said No, And Later Sold It For $4 Million

The House Of Austin Spriggs, Washington D.c. The Owner Was Offered $3 Million, Said No, And Later Sold It For $4 Million

thecityfix , zusin Report

Jeremie Guerra 1 year ago

4 million? The bread made here must be kind of expensive :)

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#11 Although His Is The Only Standing Building In What Used To Be An Old Neighborhood Of Roubaix, In Northern France, Salah Oudjani Refuses To Sell The Coffee House He Has Worked In For The Last 46 Years

Although His Is The Only Standing Building In What Used To Be An Old Neighborhood Of Roubaix, In Northern France, Salah Oudjani Refuses To Sell The Coffee House He Has Worked In For The Last 46 Years

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Judy Semmens 1 year ago

I think that picture is from 2011. It's still there but a road runs past and there's a sports complex opposite. I hope that brings Monsieur Oudjani plenty of trade! If you want to take a look on something like Google Maps, the address is 126 Rue de Tourcoing.

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#12 Now A Church, This Queen Anne House Prevented Yet Another Apartment Building From Being Constructed

Now A Church, This Queen Anne House Prevented Yet Another Apartment Building From Being Constructed

ephemeralnewyork Report

Nadine Ducca 1 year ago

What a beautiful house.

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#13 A Lone Resident Holds Out Against Luxury Villas In Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, In July 2013

A Lone Resident Holds Out Against Luxury Villas In Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, In July 2013

HAP / Quirky China News / REX Report

Sandra La Madeleine 1 year ago

I prefer this small house than those copy-paste things!!!

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#14 Developers Were Forced Into Building Around These Holdouts In Washington DC

Developers Were Forced Into Building Around These Holdouts In Washington DC

Forgotten New York Report

frank0ys 1 year ago

...Did they bought the air rights for this property?

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#15 Living Under A Bridge

Living Under A Bridge

Dom Dada Report

Mixedupste 1 year ago

At least it will stay dry

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#16 The Founders Of This Hotel Couldn't Buy These Houses Due To The High Asking Price. So The Hotel Was Built Around The Two Buildings Instead, And They Are Now Souvenir Shops

The Founders Of This Hotel Couldn't Buy These Houses Due To The High Asking Price. So The Hotel Was Built Around The Two Buildings Instead, And They Are Now Souvenir Shops

Roeland Koning Report

Jeremie Guerra 1 year ago

That's really nice :) where is it?

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#17 One Chinese Family Refused To Move Their Relatives Ancient Graves. The Small, Bizarre Column Stood 10 Meters Above The Foundation Floor For Months, Until They Finally Accepted Compensation

One Chinese Family Refused To Move Their Relatives Ancient Graves. The Small, Bizarre Column Stood 10 Meters Above The Foundation Floor For Months, Until They Finally Accepted Compensation

AFP Report

Emily Rose 1 year ago

sad that these new 'better' buildings are taking precedence over the ancient graves of our ancestors.

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#18 Farmers Live Stuck In Between Three Highways. Hundreds Of Households Were Relocated But The Government Wasn't Able To Reach A Consensus With This Family

Farmers Live Stuck In Between Three Highways. Hundreds Of Households Were Relocated But The Government Wasn't Able To Reach A Consensus With This Family

news.sina.com Report

Kara Witham 1 year ago

"Why did the chicken cross the road" jokes endless potential.

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#19 Mrs Wu Ping Was The Only Person From 241 Properties Who Refused To Leave. She Battled With Contractors And Bids For Almost 3 Years Before Caving In April Of 2007 For Quite A Pretty Penny

Mrs Wu Ping Was The Only Person From 241 Properties Who Refused To Leave. She Battled With Contractors And Bids For Almost 3 Years Before Caving In April Of 2007 For Quite A Pretty Penny

venture160 Report

Cassie 1 year ago

Did Mrs. Wu Ping repel down for her grocery shopping? 0.o

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#20 This Saloon Refused To Sell Their Property To An Apartment Company And Now The Apartment Has To Build Around Them

This Saloon Refused To Sell Their Property To An Apartment Company And Now The Apartment Has To Build Around Them

AllCarsEatGas Report

Melanie Ramos 1 year ago

No, they absolutely shouldn't sell! Especially with all those new potential customers moving in all around them!

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#21 This "Nail House" Is Blocking Traffic In Shanghai

This "Nail House" Is Blocking Traffic In Shanghai

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Laury M. 1 year ago

"Blocking traffic" sounds as if it actually just went and settled down in the middle of the road >.>

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#22 The Spiegelhalter Family Refused To Sell Their Shop To The Expanding Wickhams Department Store

The Spiegelhalter Family Refused To Sell Their Shop To The Expanding Wickhams Department Store

Reading Tom Report

Judy Semmens 1 year ago

That really messed up the Wickhams store design, didn't it!

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#23 The Entire Rockefeller Plaza Complex Was Moved, Due To These Two Buildings Whose Owners Refused To Sell

The Entire Rockefeller Plaza Complex Was Moved, Due To These Two Buildings Whose Owners Refused To Sell

ScoutingNY Report

Monika Rhodes 1 year ago

Good

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#24 The Tenant Of This Apartment Building In Kunming, China, Has To Cross A Moat After The Contractors Dug A Ditch To Force The Last Family Out.

The Tenant Of This Apartment Building In Kunming, China, Has To Cross A Moat After The Contractors Dug A Ditch To Force The Last Family Out.

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Cheezees 1 year ago

Those contractors were jerks!

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#25 A Nail House Sits In The Middle Of A Road Under Construction In Nanning, China, In April 2015. The Owner Of The House Didn’t Reach An Agreement With The Local Authority About Compensation For The Demolition

A Nail House Sits In The Middle Of A Road Under Construction In Nanning, China, In April 2015. The Owner Of The House Didn’t Reach An Agreement With The Local Authority About Compensation For The Demolition

China Stringer Network / Reuters Report

Sheila Weila 1 year ago

Why didn't they run a bridge over the house?

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#26 Residents Of The Guangfuli Area Of Shanghai Have Collectively Decided Not To Leave Their Homes, Creating An Entire "Nail Neighborhood." Tao Weiren Sits In Front Of His Two-Story House, Which Is Now Surrounded By High-End Condominium Buildings

Residents Of The Guangfuli Area Of Shanghai Have Collectively Decided Not To Leave Their Homes, Creating An Entire "Nail Neighborhood." Tao Weiren Sits In Front Of His Two-Story House, Which Is Now Surrounded By High-End Condominium Buildings

Aly Song / Reuters Report

Leslie Bliman-Kuretzky 1 year ago

Smart

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#27 Zheng Meiju Outside Her Nail House In Rui’an, Zhejiang Province, In July 2013. She Has Been Living In The Partially Demolished Home For Nearly A Year, Even Though The Water And Electricity Supply Were Cut

Zheng Meiju Outside Her Nail House In Rui’an, Zhejiang Province, In July 2013. She Has Been Living In The Partially Demolished Home For Nearly A Year, Even Though The Water And Electricity Supply Were Cut

China Stringer Network / Reuters Report

Kiahna 1 year ago

No water or electricity but she still stays? What a strong woman.

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#28 The Farm In The Middle Of Narita Airport. Farmers Are Refusing To Give Up Their Land In The Middle Of This Airport In Japan. The Runway Is Only Half Usable Because Of Their Refusal To Relocate. They Are Currently A Literal Stones Throw Away From The Flight Path And Must Be Living An Earth Shaking Experience.

The Farm In The Middle Of Narita Airport. Farmers Are Refusing To Give Up Their Land In The Middle Of This Airport In Japan. The Runway Is Only Half Usable Because Of Their Refusal To Relocate. They Are Currently A Literal Stones Throw Away From The Flight Path And Must Be Living An Earth Shaking Experience.

Google Maps Report

Leslie Bliman-Kuretzky 1 year ago

I wonder if they are Plane Spotters?

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#29 Hard-Line Developers In China Diverted A River To Encircle Householders Who Refused To Move From Their 900-Year-Old Village

Hard-Line Developers In China Diverted A River To Encircle Householders Who Refused To Move From Their 900-Year-Old Village

Imaginechina/ Rex Features Report

Cheezees 1 year ago

These developers are assholes!

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#30 The 'Million Dollar Corner' That Macy's Had To Build Around, And Then Hide Behind A Billboard

The 'Million Dollar Corner' That Macy's Had To Build Around, And Then Hide Behind A Billboard

wiki Report

DancingToMyself 1 year ago

"A Million Dollar Hotel", anyone? With Milla Jovovich, by Wim Wenders movie...

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#31 The Last House In This Area Stands In Front Of A Shopping Mall In Central China's Hunan Province

The Last House In This Area Stands In Front Of A Shopping Mall In Central China's Hunan Province

Stringer Shanghai / Reuters Report

Kiahna 1 year ago

Poor person. Half house half store. It's tiny...

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#32 The Last House Of An Old Neighborhood Stands Alone In A Future Shanghai World Expo 2010 Parking Lot, Under Nanpu Bridge On April 6, 2010, In Shanghai, China. The Holdout Owner Of The House Was Shi Yuji. The House Was Destroyed Days Later, And The Owner Moved Into A Workers' Dormitory

The Last House Of An Old Neighborhood Stands Alone In A Future Shanghai World Expo 2010 Parking Lot, Under Nanpu Bridge On April 6, 2010, In Shanghai, China. The Holdout Owner Of The House Was Shi Yuji. The House Was Destroyed Days Later, And The Owner Moved Into A Workers' Dormitory

Lucas Schifres / Getty Report

Olga Vol 1 year ago

sad :( he had a house and now doesn't even probably own that dormitory ...

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#33 This "Nail House" House Sits On A Mound Above Ground Level Because The Developer Dug Out The Land Around It

This "Nail House" House Sits On A Mound Above Ground Level Because The Developer Dug Out The Land Around It

China Stringer Network / Reuters Report

Corina Alvarez Loeblich 1 year ago

Illegal. Criminal. Horrible.

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#34 Nail Houses Whose Owners Refused To Relocate, At The Construction Field In Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Of China

Nail Houses Whose Owners Refused To Relocate, At The Construction Field In Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Of China

VCG Report

Margaret Harper 1 year ago

A lot of these cities look really grubby and dirty. Like nobody is trying to upkeep them.

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#35 A New Motorway In China Has Been Cut In Two After A Homeowner Refused To Sell Their House To Developers. The Homeowner Has Been Considering Whether To Move Or Not For Years Now

A New Motorway In China Has Been Cut In Two After A Homeowner Refused To Sell Their House To Developers. The Homeowner Has Been Considering Whether To Move Or Not For Years Now

CEN Report

Sheila Weila 1 year ago

Why do developers go ahead and build when they don't have all of the land yet. It is useless this way!

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