a who’s who of the internet’s biggest trolls

the art of getting a reaction

Illustrations by Kelly Shami

A Psychology Today article published last year said that Internet trolls "are narcissists, psychopaths, and sadists." We'd like to think that isn't true about everyone on this list (love you, Patton Oswalt!), but one thing is for sure: These seven digital provocateurs have mastered the art of getting a reaction online, for better or worse.

Illustration by Kelly ShamiDavid Thorne
David Thorne was behind on a utility payment. In fact, a 2008 pro forma email from a Jane Gilles listed Thorne as overdue by $233.95. Thorne’s solution? He responded with this drawing of a seven-legged spider, which he valued at exactly $233.95. He signed off, “Trust that this settles the matter. Regards, David.” It didn’t, but we were treated to a perfect troll.