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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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2,724 1,717
Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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12,162 8,797
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 71 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

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32,543 21,315
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

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2,633 847
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

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2,958 472
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

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1,608 573
Donald Ewen Cameron is listed (or ranked) 31 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

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2,230 571
Tscherim Soobzokov is listed (or ranked) 32 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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3,809 1,282
Felix Dzerzhinsky is listed (or ranked) 33 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

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4,519 2,882
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

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4,317 2,618
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

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3,248 1,593
Bashar al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
ahmedmansoormy added age 53 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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2,896 398
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is listed (or ranked) 37 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

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4,776 4,299
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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31,724 22,750
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

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2,054 625
Ilse Koch is listed (or ranked) 40 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

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4,884 3,257
Lavrentiy Beriya is listed (or ranked) 41 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

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2,455 525
Mary Ann Cotton is listed (or ranked) 42 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.

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1,820 433
Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Aleksandras Lileikis

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1,817 511
Rudolf Höss is listed (or ranked) 44 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

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24,232 17,054
Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 45 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

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1,525 318
Miyuki Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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1,309 479
J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 47 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

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2,503 521
Jane Toppan is listed (or ranked) 48 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

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1,976 475
Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 49 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

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2,228 431
Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova is listed (or ranked) 50 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