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

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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

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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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