2. Ai Weiwei is a champion of the people

Despite Ai Weiwei's 81-day detainment and subsequent house arrest in Beijing, he continues to support other oppressed voices, including free speech advocate Ran Yunfei, activist Wang Lihong, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Through it all, he is still a hooligan at heart. Upon joining Google+ in July 2011, he identified himself as a "suspected pornography enthusiast and tax evader." Says Ai, "Humor is important. It helps you deal with immense pressure and uncertainty. It brings you back to the ordinary."