The All-Time Worst People in History

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List Criteria: Horrible, real (not fictional) people who have committed historical crimes. No celebrities (actors, TV personalities, musicians, athletes) or politicians you disagree with.

The absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Who are the worst people in history? This list includes mass-murdering dictators, psychopathic serial killers, sociopathic religious leaders, insane politicians, deceptive political commentators, and who make our eyes and ears bleed. Who are the worst people of all time? This human scum has incited genocide, executed ethnic cleansing, enslaved entire races of people, practiced cannibalism, orchestrated arbitrary homicide, brainwashed people who trusted them, yelled at film crew members, and been paid by TV studios to be awful.

Anyone can vote on this list of vile villains and evil lunatics, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the world's worst people ever. Call out history's biggest scumbags, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Because those who do not rank the worst people in history are doomed to repeat it. Or something like that.
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    Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Joseph Stalin Politician, Soldier Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution

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    Politician, Soldier, Writer Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As effective

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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Abu Du'a, alternatively called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi and known to his supporters as Amir al-Mu'minin or Caliph Ibrahim, is the leader of the Islamic State

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    Osama Bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Osama Bin Laden Businessperson, Engineer Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the militant organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other

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    Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Pol Pot Politician, Teacher Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of

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    Politician, Soldier Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, Amin

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    Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Mao Zedong Librarian, Politician Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he

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    Politician, Economist, Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from

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    Politician Mehmed Talaat Pasha, commonly known as Talaat Pasha, was one of the triumvirate known as the Three Pashas that de facto ruled the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. His career in Ottoman

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    Physician Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He was notorious for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and

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    Sociologist, Politician, Historian Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and its

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    Police officer, Writer John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was

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    Politician Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011. By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for the

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    Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Robert Mugabe Politician Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister,

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    Politician Dzerzhinsky was chief of the Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka, from 1917 - 1926, which was notorious for kidnapping, mass summary executions and cruel torture of dissidents. The Cheka practiced

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    Politician Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich was a Soviet politician and administrator and one of the main associates of Joseph Stalin. At his death in 1991, he was the last surviving Old Bolshevik, outlived by the

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    Statesman, Editor, Politician Leon Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the

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    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an Islamic terrorist held in U.S. military custody in Guantánamo Bay for acts of terrorism including the mass murder of civilians. He was identified as "the

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    Politician Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria was a Soviet politician, Marshal of the Soviet Union and state security administrator, chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus under Joseph Stalin during

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    Serial Killer

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    Heinrich Himmler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Heinrich Himmler Politician, Agronomist Heinrich Luitpold Himmler was Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel, a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party of Nazi Germany. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler later appointed him

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    Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Shirō Ishii Physician Surgeon General Shirō Ishii was a Japanese army medical officer, microbiologist and the director of Unit 731, a biological warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army involved in forced and frequently

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    Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Saddam Hussein Politician, Party leader, Writer Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath

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    Author Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; October 30, 1966 – June 7, 2006, born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh was a militant Islamist from Jordan who ran a paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan. He became known

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    Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Benito Mussolini Politician, Journalist, Writer Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. He ruled

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    Mullah Omar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Mullah Omar Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar out of the FBI most wanted list - now dead.

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    Judas Iscariot was, according to the New Testament, one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ, and son of Simon Iscariot. He is known for the kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the Sanhedrin for

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    Politician Ismail Enver Pasha, commonly known as Enver Pasha, was an Ottoman military officer and a leader of the 1908 Young Turk Revolution. He was the main leader of the Ottoman Empire in both Balkan Wars and

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    Vlad the Impaler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Vlad the Impaler Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, was a member of the House of Drăculești, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known, using his patronymic, as Drăculea or Dracula. He was posthumously dubbed Vlad the

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    Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Ted Bundy Criminal Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.

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    Charles Manson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Charles Manson Musician, Singer-songwriter, Criminal Charles Milles Manson is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in the California desert in the late 1960s. In 1971 he was found

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    Joseph Goebbels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Joseph Goebbels Politician, Screenwriter, Author Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devoted followers, he was known

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    Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Fidel Castro Politician, Lawyer Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban

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    Politician Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda, born Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda was a Soviet secret police official who served as director of the NKVD, the Soviet Union's security and intelligence agency, from 1934 to

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    Politician, Warlord In September 2004 Basayev claimed responsibility for the Beslan school siege in which over 350 people, most of them children, were killed and hundreds more injured.[53] The Russian government put up a

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    J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    J. Marion Sims Founded unethical experiments. American physician and a pioneer in the field of surgery, known as the "father of modern gynecology".[1] His most significant work was to develop a surgical

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    Ahmed Djemal Pasha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Ahmed Djemal Pasha

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    Marie Delphine Lalaurie, more commonly known as Madame LaLaurie, was a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer known for the torture and murder of slaves. Born in New Orleans, Lalaurie married

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    The Fuhrer of the North Caucasus, settled in Patterson, New Jersey by CIA.  Blown up by Jewish terror group, burried in Bergen County, NJ in 1985. Soobzokov served in the North Caucausus Region

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    Physician Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago at the time of the 1893

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    Ernst Rüdin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Ernst Rüdin Swiss-born German psychiatrist,geneticist, eugenicist and Nazi. Rising to prominence under Emil Kraepelin and assuming his directorship at what is now called the Max

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    Pedro Alonso López is a Colombian serial killer, accused of raping and killing more than 300 girls across his native country, then Peru and Ecuador, and possibly other countries. Aside from

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    Harry C. Sharp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Harry C. Sharp US Negative Eugenicists - crimes against humanity in Indiana and New Jersey.  hereditary view of mental "defectiveness" as an inheritable and hence controllable trait — that is, if

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    Peter Desilva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History


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    Yamīn-ud-Dawla Abul-Qāṣim Maḥmūd ibn Sebüktegīn, more commonly known as Mahmud of Ghazni, also known as Mahmūd-i Zābulī, was the most prominent ruler of the Ghaznavid Empire. He conquered the

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    Politician Kim Jong-un is the current ruler of North Korea. His regime is known for intentionally starving people for dissidence and for holding people in prison for crimes committed by their parents

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    Timur, historically known as Tamerlane, was a Turko-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid dynasty in Central Asia. Born into the Barlas confederation in Transoxiana during the 1320s or

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    One of the great mass murderers of the GULAG. He led that Soviet prison camp system from 1932 to 1937.

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    Politician Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha's regime is controversial: although it saw dramatic economic growth, it

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    Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta was an Egyptian hijacker and one of the ringleaders of the September 11 attacks who served as the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, crashing the

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