It's been a real year of winners, from Olympians and Paralympians to a certain South Korean dance move.
But hiding behind the glowing glory of the UK's 2012 triumph, are those whose year didn't go quite the way they planned, from those who deserve derision, like an MP in the jungle, to those who deserve sympathy, like the campaigning women of the church of England.
Here, The Huffington Post UK picks just a small sample of those who will toasting their success on New Years' Eve, and those who will be thinking 2013 can't come quickly enough.
Who have we missed? Let us know your thoughts.