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The All-Time Worst People in History

Updated September 18, 2020 2.4m votes 354.4k 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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    Felix Dzerzhinsky

    Dec. at 49 (1877-1926)

    BirthplaceValozhyn Raion

    GenderMale

    Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky (Polish: Feliks Dzierżyński [ˈfɛliɡz dʑɛrˈʐɨj̃skʲi]; Russian: Фе́ликс Эдму́ндович Дзержи́нский; 11 September [O.S. 30 August] 1877 – 20 July 1926), nicknamed "Iron...  more
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    Gilles de Rais

    Dec. at 36 (1404-1440)

    BirthplaceChamptocé-sur-Loire, France

    GenderMale

    Gilles de Rais (c. September 1405 – 26 October 1440), Baron de Rais (French: [də ʁɛ]), was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of...  more

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    BirthplaceTanta, Egypt

    GenderMale

    Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour (Arabic: رمضان عبدالرحيم منصور‎; c. 1980 – 2010), also known as "al-Tourbini" (التوربيني‎), was an Egyptian street gang leader and serial killer who raped and murdered at...  more
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    James Earl Ray

    Dec. at 70 (1928-1998)

    BirthplaceAlton, Illinois

    GenderMale

    James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American fugitive and felon convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. Ray was convicted on his 41st birthday...  more

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    John Wayne Gacy

    Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer who raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois (a...  more

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    H. H. Holmes

    Dec. at 35 (1861-1896)

    BirthplaceGilmanton, New Hampshire, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861 – May 7, 1896), better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, or more commonly, as H. H. Holmes, was an American serial killer. While he confessed to 27 murders, only...  more

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    Rudolf Höss

    Dec. at 47 (1900-1947)

    BirthplaceBaden-Baden, Germany

    GenderMale

    Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss (also Höß, Hoeß or Hoess; 25 November 1901 – 16 April 1947) was a German SS functionary during the Nazi era who was later judged to be a war criminal. He was the...  more
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    BirthplaceRuanda-Urundi

    GenderMale

    Colonel Théoneste Bagosora (born 16 August 1941) is a former Rwandan military officer. He is chiefly known for his key role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, for which he has been sentenced to life...  more
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    Muhammad bin Tughluq

    Dec. at 51 (1300-1351)

    GenderMale

    Muhammad bin Tughluq (also Prince Fakhr Malik, Jauna Khan, Ulugh Khan; died 20 March 1351) was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He was the eldest son of Ghiyas -ud -Din -Tughlaq, the...  more
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    BirthplaceBrazil

    GenderMale

    Pedro Rodrigues Filho (born July 17, 1954 in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Minas Gerais), also known as Pedrinho Matador (Killer Petey), is a Brazilian serial killer who pursued and killed other criminals....  more

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    Sue Berelowitz

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    BirthplaceBožanovići

    GenderMale

    Ratko Mladić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtko mlǎːdit͡ɕ]; born 12 March 1942) is a Bosnian Serb convicted war criminal and former military commander who led the Army of Republika...  more
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    Genrikh Yagoda

    Dec. at 47 (1891-1938)

    BirthplaceRybinsk, Russia

    GenderMale

    Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda (Russian: Ге́нрих Григо́рьевич Яго́да, 7 November 1891 – 15 March 1938), born Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda was a secret police official who served as director of the NKVD,...  more
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    Abu Anas al-Shami

    Dec. at 35 (1969-2004)

    GenderMale

    Omar Yusef Juma'a (Arabic: عمر يوسف جمعة‎), known as Abu Anas al-Shami (Arabic: أبو أنس الشامي‎), was a senior leader in the Jama'at al-Tawhid wal Jihad militant group during the Iraq War....  more
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    Josef Mengele

    Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)

    BirthplaceGünzburg, Germany

    GenderMale

    Josef Mengele ([ˈjoːzɛf ˈmɛŋələ] (listen); 16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979), also known as the Angel of Death (German: Todesengel) and the White Angel (German: der Weisse Engel or Weißer Engel), was...  more

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    Mahmud of Ghazni

    Dec. at 59 (971-1030)

    BirthplaceGhazni, Afghanistan

    GenderMale

    Mahmud of Ghazni (Persian: محمود غزنوی‎; 2 November 971 – 30 April 1030) was the first independent ruler of the Ghaznavid dynasty, ruling from 998 to 1030. At the time of his death, his kingdom had...  more
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    BirthplaceBarnstaple, United Kingdom

    GenderFemale

    Rosemary Pauline "Rose" West (née Letts; born 29 November 1953) is a British serial killer, now an inmate at HM Prison New Hall, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, after being convicted in...  more

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    Nikolai Yezhov

    Dec. at 45 (1895-1940)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    GenderMale

    Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov (Russian: Никола́й Ива́нович Ежо́в, tr. IPA, IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈɫaj jɪˈʐof]; May 1, 1895 – February 4, 1940) was a Soviet secret police official under Joseph Stalin who was head of...  more
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    Jeanne Weber

    Dec. at 44 (1874-1918)

    BirthplaceFrance

    GenderFemale

    Jeanne Weber (7 October 1874 – 5 July 1918) was a French serial killer. She strangled at least 10 children, including her own. She was both convicted of murder and declared insane in 1908; she hanged...  more
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    BirthplaceDakahlia Governorate, Egypt

    GenderMale

    Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (Arabic: عمر عبد الرحمن‎, Umar 'Abdu r-Raḥman; 3 May 1938 – 18 February 2017), commonly known in the United States as "The Blind Sheikh", was a blind Egyptian Muslim leader...  more
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    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    GenderMale

    Bashar Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎ Baššār Ḥāfiẓ al-ʾAsad, Levantine pronunciation: [baʃˈʃaːr ˈħaːfezˤ elˈʔasad]; English pronunciation ; born 11 September 1965) is a Syrian politician...  more

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    Olga Hepnarová

    Dec. at 24 (1951-1975)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    GenderFemale

    Olga Hepnarová (30 June 1951 – 12 March 1975) was a Czechoslovak mass murderer, who on 10 July 1973, killed eight people with a truck in Prague. Hepnarová was convicted and sentenced to death, and...  more
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    Ghiyas ud din Balban

    Dec. at 87 (1200-1287)

    BirthplaceTurkestan

    GenderMale

    Ghiyas ud din Balban (reigned: 1266–1287) (Urdu: غیاث الدین بلبن‎); (Hindi: ग़ियास उद-दीन बलबन Ghiyās ud-Dīn Balban) was the ninth sultan of the Mamluk dynasty of Delhi. Ghiyas ud Din was the wazir...  more
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    Klaus Barbie

    Dec. at 78 (1913-1991)

    BirthplaceBonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    GenderMale

    Nikolaus "Klaus" Barbie (25 October 1913 – 25 September 1991) was an SS and Gestapo functionary during the Nazi era. He was known as the "Butcher of Lyon" for having personally tortured French...  more

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