8 Of The Most Satisfying Revenge Stories Of All Time.

Everyone has a moment in their life that they look back on and wish they could set it right. Of course it's not good to hold a grudge, but that doesn't mean we can't take pleasure in seeing someone get exactly what they deserve.

Here are eight extremely satisfying tales of revenge.

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1/8. JK Rowling`s Harry Potter Revenge on Stephen Fry.

Just after the first Harry Potter book had been released, he was offered the role of narrating it for audiobooks. He hadnt read it, and was simply told it was a childrens book, so figured it would be an easy afternoon's work. When he met JK Rowling, she mentioned that she was writing a sequel. Stephen replied very condescendingly good for you.

A few years down the line, the books are selling well, and he is doing the recording for the Prisoner of Azkaban, when he runs into the phrase Harry pocketed it. Stephen could not say this line. It always came out as Harry pocketeded it, unless he said it ridiculously slowly. They tried time and time again to get it right, but to no avail. Eventually, he called up JK and asked if he could say Harry put it in his pocket instead. She thought for a moment then said no, and hung up.

The phrase Harry pocketed it appeared in the next four books.

That's how it's done..

Vivek Marakana

2/8. Dave Carroll against the United Airlines:

When a $3,500 Taylor guitar owned by David Carroll of Canadian folk-pop group Sons of Maxwell had been broken due to mishandling by the United Airlines crew there began a fight for reimbursement.

After months of following up with customer when United rejected Carrolls claim he exacted revenge by recording a series of songs called the United Breaks Guitars trilogy. It received millions of hit on Youtube resulting in Uniteds stock drop in value by $180 million.

Manni Kumar

3/8. This is an a revenge story that took almost 100 years in the making...


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As you are aware, in the late 1800's and early 1900's, the industrial revolution had transformed Britain and most of the European countries. India, under the occupation of Britain, was completely bypassed by the industrial revolution.

During the 1880's, Jamshetji Tata visited Manchester and was highly impressed by the industrial progress of Britain. He wanted to replicate the same in India and he decided to construct a steel plant in India (Jamshedpur) that would manufacture world-class steel.


On hearing the news that an Indian was to develop a steel plant in India, Sir Frederick Upcott (the then chief commissioner of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway) commented - ""Do you mean to say that Tatas propose to make steel rails to British specifications? Why, I will undertake to eat every pound of steel rail they succeed in making."

Tata Steel started manufacturing in 1912 after overcoming thousands of bureaucratic and financial obstacles. Although Jamshetji died in 1904, his son Dorab continued to persevere.

In the next decade, for the 1st World War, the Tatas supplied close to 1500 miles of steel rails to the British for rail construction in Mesopotamia.

In 2008, Tata Steel acquired Corus (UK) and became one of the top global producers of steel (23M tonnes of capacity). It was after this acquisition that someone said - "If Mr. Upcott were alive today, we are confident that he might have faced some indigestion problems".

Ameya Kamat

4/8. The 1989 F1 season was one of the rockiest season in F1 history. The battle for drivers championship reached its peak at the penultimate race of the season with the two McLaren teammates Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna going head to head in an absolutely ruthless manner.

Prost had said before the race that in the past, he had left the door open if Senna challenged so as not to take both team cars out, but he would not be leaving the door open on this day. Prost was leading the championship by just 16 points. For Prost, winning the race was necessary to ensure that the title was his going into the last race. For Senna, the win was necessary to ensure that the battle went on to the last race. On lap 46, Senna and Prost were battling for the first place and going into the last corner, both collided with each other as neither were ready to back down.

Coming to a halt, Prost unbuckled his belts and left his car (thinking this race was over and the World Championship finally settled in his favour) while Senna gestured to the marshals to push his car down the escape road...


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As the McLaren was pushed forward, Senna used the forward motion to restart his engine, and after it fired he immediately accelerated down the escape road, weaving between the temporary chicane bollards arranged in the roadway. While Prost slowly wandered back to the nearby pit lane, Senna had to complete almost an entire lap of the circuit before pitting for a repair and drove like a man possessed to win the race. Prost who saw what was happening immediately went to the FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre to complain.

Balestre, a fellow Frenchman ruled in the favour of Prost citing a racing rule for missing the chicane and had Senna disqualified. An appeal that followed saw Senna being handed a US$100,000 fine and suspension for six-months.

Senna was hurt deeply and even contemplated quitting Formula 1. However, on the advice of friend and F1 doctor Sid Watkins, he decided against quitting.

Act II

Year - 1990

Scene - Raceday, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka Circuit

The 1990 season had just been as rocky as the previous one with Senna and Prost going head to head for the championship. This time, Senna was leading the championship by 9 points and only needed a DNF from Prost to ensure that the title was his.

Before the race, Balestre had, on alleged lobbying from Prost, shifted the pole position to the dirtier side of the track and had warned that crossing the yellow line of the pit exit on the right to better position oneself at the first corner would not be considered appropriate, further infuriating Senna.

Senna had vowed that if Prost (starting second) got the advantage into the first corner, he would attempt to take the lead into the first corner, regardless of the consequences. Prost did take the advantage of being on the cleaner side of the track and tried to overtake Senna as they approached the corner.

Sure enough, Senna true to his words, didn't prevent the collision and took Prost and himself out of the race. This made him the 1990 F1 World Drivers Champion. This time even Prost's political connections couldn't do anything as the onus of preventing the crash was solely on Prost.

Revenge, the dish best served cold; same place, same manner, one year later.

Kedar Padalkar

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5/8. Genghis Khan had just conquered two-thirds of China. Starting of his successful Mongol Empire and reached the borders of the Middle East, a medieval hotspot of trading. He wanted to establish a trading relations with the Khwarezmian Empire.

The opportunity arrived when one of the contingent of Mongols crossed the borders and successfully captured an escaped enemy general from an earlier battle. Following this, Genghis Khan made contact with the Shah Mohammed II. The Shah, who heard exaggerated stories of the Mongol army, shot down the overture from Genghis Khan as he feared it was a ploy to invade his empire.

Nonetheless, as a diplomatic act Genghis Khan sent a caravan consisting of 450 men as emissaries to the Khwarezmian Empire with rich gifts, including a huge gift basket of fruits. However, the Khwarezmids did not take kindly to these "people in felt tents," and the Governor Inalchuq of Otrar seized the whole caravan and killed off all the emissaries except for one Mongol merchant.


Genghis Khan assumed the Khwarezmids didn't realize who he was so he decided to give the Khwarezmian empire another chance as an act of diplomacy.

He sent another delegation of three men to the Shah Ala ad-Din Muhammad II, instead of the governor. The Shah had all the diplomats executed.

The Payback:

When he learned of the failure of his second attempt at making trade relations happen, Genghis Khan went into the mountains to compose himself. After ruminating on this development for a few days he returned and prepared his army to give the Shah and his empire a pounding that would remain the most brutal and bloodiest until World War 2.

To avenge his lost messengers, Genghis deployed three of his "four dogs" of war, which included Subutai, who is better known as the greatest general in Mongol History.

His army laid siege to Inalchuq's citadel at and Otrar for six months with newly-acquired Chinese technologies. After capturing the city, Genghis finally obtained his revenge against Inalchuq supposedly by pouring molten silver into Inalchuq's eyes and mouth, painfully killing him.

Vincen Mathai

6/8. From his Wikipedia: "Udham Singh (26 December 1899 31 July 1940) was an Indian revolutionary best known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer on 13 March 1940 in what has been described as an avenging of the Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre."


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"On 10 April 1919, a number of local leaders allied to the Indian National Congress were arrested under the Rowlatt Act. Protesters against the arrests were fired on by British troops, precipitating a riot during which British banks were burned and four Europeans were killed. On 13 April, over twenty thousand unarmed protesters were assembled in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar. Singh and his friends from the orphanage were serving water to the crowd.

Troops were dispatched to restore order after the riots, under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer. Dyer ordered his troops to fire without warning on the assembled crowd in Jallianwala Bagh. Since the only exit was barred by soldiers, people tried to escape by climbing the park walls or jumping into a well for protection. An estimated 379 people were killed and over 1,200 were wounded although unofficial number run into thousands.

Singh was deeply affected by the event. The governor of Punjab, Michael O'Dwyer, had supported the massacre, and Singh held him responsible.

Udham Singh then learned English, cut his hair, traveled to UK (waited for 6 years for an opportunity to come by) and finally shot Michael O'Dwyer at Caxton Hall, London with a revolver which he had hid in a book. It took Udham Singh 21 years to get his revenge for Jallianwala Bagh."

"Following the incident, Udham Singh did not try to flee and surrendered to the police.

On being asked for motivation for crime he said :

"I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to wreak vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What a greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland?"

Singh was convicted and sentenced to death. On 31 July 1940, Singh was hanged at Pentonville Prison and buried within the prison grounds.

Ajit Singh

7/8. This is the story of how JD WETHERSPOON - The biggest chain of pubs in England, got its name. This chain has over a thousand outlets all over England, and had revenues of over fourteen hundred million pounds last year. (They also operate the Lloyd's number one brand, and own a few hotels)


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Now, this business giant is not named after the owner, his name is Tim Martin. He named the company after his high school teacher - JD Wetherspoon.

He did this because his teacher had once humiliated him in front of his classmates, and had told his parents that Tim would never amount to anything.

Now, Tim knew that if he put his own name on his pubs, his teacher would never notice. After all, 'Martin' could be anyone.

But no one can resist looking at their own name.

So he named the pubs 'JD Wetherspoon'

And now every time his teacher passes his own name, he knows that it was put there by a boy he'd said would never amount to anything.

Kanishk Patel


8/8. I'd like to introduce you to a guy named Almon Brown Strowger. He invented the Strowger switch.

As an undertaker, he became somewhat paranoid with the introduction of the new technology of the telephone. He believed that the local telephone exchange operators, when being asked for an undertaker in town to perform a burial, were avoiding him and sending the business to his competitor. So, not only did he get mad, but he got even (big time). He automated the telephone exchanges, not only allowing potential customers to contact him directly, but ELIMINATING the jobs of the operators who were sending business to his competitor!

David Ecale


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"It wasn't me!"

There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.

Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked:

Redditors who were once considered suspect of a crime they did not commit, what's it like being held under suspicion and how did it affect your life?

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