Villains The All-Time Worst People in History  

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List Rules 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. In short, these are some of the most evil people in history.

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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90,706 57,405
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 75 (1878-1953) 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 ...more

2
92,207 56,725
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 56 (1889-1945) 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 ...more

3
68,662 39,488
Osama bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 54 (1957-2011) 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 ...more

4
52,744 31,585
Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 73 (1925-1998) 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 ...more

5
8,126 2,934
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added age 47 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 ...more

6
42,493 28,246
Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 78 (1925-2003) 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, ...more

7
45,981 28,432
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 83 (1893-1976) 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 ...more

8
3,409 1,497
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 73 (1896-1969) Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer was a German human biologist and eugenicist concerned primarily with "racial hygiene" and twin research. He was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm ...more

9
3,239 1,186
Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jasdfuhdsuahuas added Died at 66 (1870-1936) Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man. A ...more

10
20,934 13,184
Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 68 (1911-1979) 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 ...more

11
2,438 1,139
Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 58 Charles Edmund Cullen is a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history and is suspected to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. He confessed to ...more

12
4,045 3,207
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
abbybb added Died at 63 (1895-1958) Major General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was the first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. He is best known for his involvement in the Lindbergh kidnapping case. He was the father of ...more

13
15,952 13,692
Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 54 (1870-1924) 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 ...more

14
3,321 806
Kermit Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 77 Kermit Barron Gosnell is a former American physician who was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures. Gosnell ran the Women's Medical ...more

15
3,480 3,942
J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
RodneyBlair added Died at 77 (1895-1972) 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 ...more

16
7,489 3,255
H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Died at 35 (1861-1896) 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 ...more

17
2,371 1,389
Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
bbnetley added age 70 Jon Graham Burge is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in ...more

18
3,168 673
Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 67 (1892-1959) 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 ...more

19
2,554 1,238
Richard Kuklinski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tobias.broks added Died at 71 (1935-2006) Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski was an American contract killer who was convicted for five murders. Kuklinski was given the nickname "Iceman" for his method of ...more

20
6,461 3,662
Elizabeth Báthory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 54 (1560-1614) Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary known for being a serial killer. She has been labelled by ...more

21
11,588 9,553
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 91 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 ...more

22
43,538 27,209
Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 70 (1941-2011) 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 ...more

23
4,250 2,063
Talaat Pasha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
owenmcfetridge added Died at 47 (1874-1921) 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 ...more

24
15,446 9,755
Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 94 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 ...more

25
4,581 3,862
Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 65 Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and ...more

26
10,249 7,393
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 70 Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was First Lady of ...more

27
2,468 1,553
Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tjackson15 added Died at 72 (1865-1937) Madison Grant was an American lawyer known primarily for his work as a eugenicist and conservationist. As a eugenicist, Grant was responsible for one of the most famous works of scientific ...more

28
31,538 21,215
Heinrich Himmler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 45 (1900-1945) 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 ...more

29
2,242 738
Otto von Bolschwing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Died at 73 (1909-1982) Otto Albrecht Alfred von Bolschwing was a German SS-Hauptsturmführer in the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst, the SS intelligence agency. After World War II von Bolschwing became a spy and worked for ...more

30
3,610 1,169
Felix Dzerzhinsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Died at 49 (1877-1926) Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, nicknamed Iron Felix, was a Soviet statesman and a prominent member of Polish and Russian revolutionary movements. His party pseudonyms were Yatsek, Yakub, ...more

31
1,969 488
Tscherim Soobzokov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Died at 61 (1924-1985) Tsherim Soobzokov was a Circassian man accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the invasion of the USSR and serving as a Waffen-SS officer. {An SS record of March 13, 1945 lists him as a ...more

32
1,357 471
Donald Ewen Cameron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 66 (1901-1967) Donald Ewen Cameron — known as D. Ewen Cameron or Ewen Cameron — was a Scottish-born psychiatrist who served as President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, American and World Psychiatric ...more

33
2,519 399
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 54 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 ...more

34
4,178 2,663
Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Died at 61 (1879-1940) 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 ...more

35
4,151 2,522
Lazar Kaganovich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Died at 98 (1893-1991) 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 ...more

36
4,249 3,803
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 65 (1818-1883) 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 ...more

37
2,599 346
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added Died at 40 (1966-2006) 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 ...more

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2,834 1,460
Bashar al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
ahmedmansoormy added age 52 Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the President of Syria, commander-in-chief of Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Ba'ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party's branch in Syria. He ...more

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30,885 22,598
Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 69 (1937-2006) 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 ...more

40
1,685 359
Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Aleksandras Lileikis

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1,199 394
J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
wes99 added Died at 70 (1813-1883) J. Marion Sims, born James Marion Sims was a physician and a pioneer in the field of surgery, considered by some as the father of modern gynecology. His most significant work was to develop a ...more

42
4,732 3,155
Lavrentiy Beriya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 54 (1899-1953) 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 ...more

43
2,215 464
Mary Ann Cotton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Died at 41 (1832-1873) Mary Ann Cotton was an English woman convicted of murdering her children. She was believed to have murdered up to 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning.

44
2,067 381
Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Died at 71 (1730-1801) Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was a Russian sadist, murderer and noble from Moscow who became notorious for torturing and killing over 100 of her serfs, mostly women and girls. Darya Nikolayevna ...more

45
2,350 473
Jane Toppan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Died at 81 (1857-1938) Jane Toppan, born Honora Kelley, was an American serial killer. She confessed to 31 murders in 1901. She is quoted as saying that her ambition was "to have killed more people — helpless ...more

46
1,814 421
Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
emm4 added Died at 92 (1889-1981)

 

Major General Frederick Henry Osborn was an American philanthropist, military leader, and eugenicist. He was a founder of several organizations and played a central part in reorienting eugenics ...more

47
2,980 1,640
Margaret Sanger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
yourmomchoselife added Died at 87 (1879-1966) Margaret Higgins Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, ...more

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2,179 447
Mary Harriman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
klim added

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1,385 280
Miyuki Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Miyuki Ishikawa was a Japanese midwife and serial killer who is believed to have murdered many infants with the aid of several accomplices throughout the 1940s. It is estimated that her victims ...more

50
23,632 16,957
Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Died at 62 (1883-1945) 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 ...more