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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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    Mullah Mohammed Omar (Pashto: ملا محمد عمر‎, Mullā Muḥammad 'Umar; c. 1960 – 23 April 2013),...  more
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    Abu Khattab Al-kurdi

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    Pedro Alonso López (born 8 October 1948) is a Colombian serial killer, who was sentenced for...  more

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    Mu'awiyeh Ibn Abu Sufyan

    Dec. at 78 (602-680)
    Muawiyah I (Arabic: معاوية بن أبي سفيان‎, romanized: Muʿāwiya ibn Abī Sufyān; 602 – 26 April...  more
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    Mohamed Atta

    Dec. at 33 (1968-2001)
    Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta ( AT-ah; Arabic: محمد محمد الأمير عوض السيد عطا‎...  more
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    Yang Xinhai

    Dec. at 36 (1968-2004)
    Yang Xinhai (Chinese: 杨新海; 29 July 1968 – 14 February 2004), also known as Yang Zhiya, and...  more
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    Hamid Dawud Mohamed Khalil al-Zawi‎, (died 18 April 2010), known as Abu Hamza...  more
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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Abu Du'a, alternatively called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini...  more

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    Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez (; February 29, 1960 – June 7, 2013),...  more

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    Mikhail Sergeevich Kedrov

    Dec. at 63 (1878-1941)
    Cruel sadistic Cheka murderer.
    Kedrov (Russian: Кедров, from кедр meaning cedrus) is a Russian male surname, its feminine...  more
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    Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos (born January 25, 1957), also known as La Bestia ("The Beast")...  more

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    Paul Kagame (; born 23 October 1957) is a Rwandan politician and former military leader. He is...  more
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    Aleksandras Lileikis

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    Ahmed Djemal Pasha

    Dec. at 50 (1872-1922)
    This article is about the Turkish national leader. For Küçük Cemal Paşa, see Cemal...  more
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    Timothy McVeigh

    Dec. at 33 (1968-2001)
    Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was an American domestic terrorist who...  more

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    Gary Leon Ridgway (born February 18, 1949), also known as the Green River Killer, is an...  more

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    Kermit Barron Gosnell (born February 9, 1941) is an American physician and former abortion...  more
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    Eddie Leonski

    Dec. at 25 (1917-1942)
    Edward Joseph Leonski (December 12, 1917 – November 9, 1942) was an American soldier and...  more
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    Vera Renczi (dubbed the Black Widow or Chatelaine of Berkerekul), was a purported Romanian...  more

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    Frederick Osborn

    Dec. at 92 (1889-1981)

     

    Major General Frederick Henry Osborn (21 March 1889 – 5 January 1981) was an American...  more
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    Susan Atkins

    Dec. at 61 (1948-2009)
    Susan Denise Atkins (May 7, 1948 – September 24, 2009) was an American convicted mass murderer...  more
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    Yasuhiko Asaka

    Dec. at 94 (1887-1981)
    General Prince Yasuhiko Asaka (朝香宮鳩彦王, Asaka-no-miya Yasuhiko-ō, 20 October 1887 – 12 April...  more
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    Lavinia Fisher

    Dec. at 27 (1793-1820)
    Lavinia Fisher (1793 – February 18, 1820) is reported by some legends to have been the first...  more
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    Ilya Ehrenburg

    Dec. at 76 (1891-1967)
    Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg (Russian: Илья́ Григо́рьевич Эренбу́рг, pronounced [ɪˈlʲja...  more
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    Albert Fish

    Dec. at 66 (1870-1936)
    Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish (May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American serial killer,...  more

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