The Tech Industry's 10 Most Annoying Fictional Characters

In this slideshow, we'll examine the very worst fictional characters that marketing departments have unleashed on the general public over the years, ranging from smarmy wireless salesmen to dotcom-promoting sock puppets to annoying graphics of paperclips that SIMPLY REFUSE TO GO AWAY not matter what you do.

The "Can You Hear Me Now?" Verizon Guy: In an attempt to demonstrate just how powerful its wireless network is, Verizon has sent a geeky technician out to various boondocks and cow towns to ask fellow technicians back at corporate HQ if they can hear him when he talks. Mercifully, Verizon has decided in more recent ads to have the "Can You Hear Me Now?" Guy remain completely silent, and they are now paying him a hefty salary to merely smirk and raise his eyebrows sarcastically. The most interesting thing about the "Can You Hear Me Now?" Guy is that he constantly has a group of hundreds of Verizon technicians following him wherever he goes to help ensure call quality. If the Manson family had spent their time building cellular networks instead of being evil, they might have looked something like this.

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