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The All-Time Worst People in History

Updated September 18, 2020 2.5m votes 354.2k voters 4.7m views1.2k items

List RulesHorrible, 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, infamous historical figures, and bad people 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, and brainwashed people who trusted them. 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 most terrible people, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Which names do you expect to see related to the top 10 most hated people or even the meanest person in the world?

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    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

    Dec. at 40 (1966-2006)
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: أبو مصعب الزرقاوي‎, ’Abū Muṣ‘ab az-Zarqāwī, Abu Musab from...  more
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    Gertrude Baniszewski

    Dec. at 61 (1929-1990)
    The murder of Sylvia Likens was a child murder which occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in...  more

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    Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as BTK or the BTK...  more

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    Shirō Ishii

    Dec. at 67 (1892-1959)
    Surgeon General Shirō Ishii (石井 四郎, Ishii Shirō, [iɕiː ɕiɾoː]; June 25, 1892 – October 9,...  more
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    Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri (Arabic: أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري‎ ʾAyman Muḥammad Rabīʿ...  more
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    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (sometimes also spelled Khalid Shaikh Mohammed; among at least fifty...  more
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    Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer generally believed to have been active in...  more

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    Abubakar Shekau, also known by the alias Darul Akeem wa Zamunda Tawheed, or Darul Tawheed, is...  more
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    Delfina and María de Jesús González (known as Las Poquianchis) were two sisters from the...  more
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    Zodiac Killer is the pseudonym of an unidentified serial killer who operated in Northern...  more

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    Miyuki Ishikawa (石川 ミユキ, Ishikawa Miyuki, born 1897, date of death unknown) was a Japanese...  more

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    Sani Abacha

    Dec. at 55 (1943-1998)
    Sani Abacha (pronunciation ; 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian Army officer and...  more
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    Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith (born September 26, 1971) is an American convict who was sentenced...  more
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    Ed Gein

    Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)
    Edward Theodore Gein (; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), also known as the Butcher of...  more

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    Delphine LaLaurie

    Dec. at 67 (1775-1842)
    Marie Delphine Macarty or MacCarthy (March 19, 1787 – December 7, 1849), more commonly known...  more

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    Joel David Rifkin (born January 20, 1959) is an American serial killer. In 1994, he was...  more

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    Jane Toppan

    Dec. at 81 (1857-1938)
    Jane Toppan (August 17, 1854 – October 29, 1938), born Honora Kelley, was an American serial...  more

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    Shamil Basayev

    Dec. at 41 (1965-2006)
    Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (Chechen: Шамиль Басаев, Russian: Шамиль Салманович Басаев; 14...  more
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    Mary Ann Cotton

    Dec. at 41 (1832-1873)
    Mary Ann Cotton (née Robson; 31 October 1832 – 24 March 1873) was an English serial killer,...  more

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    Matvei Berman

    Dec. at 41 (1898-1939)
    Matvei Davidovich Berman (Russian: Матвей Давыдович Берман; April 10, 1898 – March 7, 1939)...  more
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    Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova

    Dec. at 71 (1730-1801)
    Not to be confused with Darya Petrovna Saltykova. Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova (Russian: Да́рья...  more
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    Abdulrahman Mustafa al-Qaduli (1957/1959 – 25 March 2016), better known by his noms de...  more
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    Uday Hussein

    Dec. at 39 (1964-2003)
    Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti (Arabic: عُدي صدّام حُسين‎) (18 June 1964 – 22 July 2003) was...  more

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