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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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92,492 58,599
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
95,564 57,089
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
70,139 40,038
Osama bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
54,046 31,846
Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
8,738 3,188
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
43,225 28,415
Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
46,917 28,587
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
3,834 1,672
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
21,920 13,279
Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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

10
3,747 1,371
Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jasdfuhdsuahuas added Dec. 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

11
2,764 1,301
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
4,305 3,492
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
abbybb added Dec. 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
16,428 13,913
Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
3,633 926
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
7,942 3,342
H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. 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

16
3,705 4,390
J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
RodneyBlair added Dec. 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

17
3,496 740
Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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

18
2,522 1,506
Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
6,734 3,769
Elizabeth Báthory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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

20
12,042 9,739
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
2,712 1,355
Richard Kuklinski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tobias.broks added Dec. 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

22
44,191 27,285
Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
4,379 2,149
Talaat Pasha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
owenmcfetridge added Dec. 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
15,712 9,820
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
4,978 4,241
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
11,282 8,191
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
2,590 1,656
Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tjackson15 added Dec. 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
32,114 21,264
Heinrich Himmler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
2,452 798
Otto von Bolschwing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Dec. 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
2,760 437
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
3,724 1,239
Felix Dzerzhinsky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Dec. 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

32
1,479 525
Donald Ewen Cameron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
2,099 536
Tscherim Soobzokov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Dec. 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

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4,346 2,790
Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. 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
4,241 2,581
Lazar Kaganovich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. 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
2,772 376
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added Dec. 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

37
4,539 4,067
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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

38
3,062 1,540
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

39
31,387 22,690
Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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
4,815 3,218
Lavrentiy Beriya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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

41
1,914 596
Ilse Koch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Peter Wilson added Dec. at 61 (1906-1967) Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald and Majdanek. She was one of the first prominent Nazis to be tried by the U.S. military. After the ...more

42
1,751 403
Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Aleksandras Lileikis

43
2,350 503
Mary Ann Cotton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. 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
23,970 17,009
Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. 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

45
1,253 451
J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
wes99 added Dec. 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

46
1,683 481
Rudolf Höss is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added Dec. at 47 (1900-1947) Obersturmbannführer Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss was a Nazi lieutenant colonel in the Schutzstaffel and the longest serving commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II. ...more

47
2,432 498
Jane Toppan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. 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

48
1,459 301
Miyuki Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
2,156 409
Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. 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

50
1,884 454
Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
emm4 added Dec. 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