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The All-Time Worst People in History

Updated September 18, 2020 2.5m votes 353.6k voters 4.6m 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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  • Bayezid I151
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    162

    Bayezid I

    Dec. at 43 (1360-1403)

    BirthplaceEdirne, Turkey

    Bayezid I (Ottoman Turkish: بايزيد اول‎; Turkish: I. Bayezid, Yıldırım Bayezid (nicknamed...  more
  • Luigi Lucheni152
    289
    59

    Luigi Lucheni

    Dec. at 37 (1873-1910)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Luigi Lucheni (1873–1910) was an Italian anarchist and the assassin of Empress Elisabeth of...  more
  • Radovan Karadžić153
    737
    216

    BirthplacePetnjica, Berane, Montenegro

    Radovan Karadžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Радован Караџић, pronounced [râdoʋaːn kâradʒitɕ]; born 19...  more
  • Ottis Toole154
    1,040
    330

    Ottis Toole

    Dec. at 49 (1947-1996)

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Ottis Elwood Toole (March 5, 1947 – September 15, 1996) was an American drifter and serial...  more

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  • W. Averell Harriman155
    577
    204

    W. Averell Harriman

    Dec. at 95 (1891-1986)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    William Averell Harriman (November 15, 1891 – July 26, 1986), better known as Averell...  more
  • Yassin Omar156
    570
    125

    BirthplaceSomalia

    Yasin Hassan Omar (sometimes spelt Yassin) (born 1 January 1983) was convicted for his role in...  more
  • Earle Nelson157
    684
    189

    Earle Nelson

    Dec. at 31 (1897-1928)

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Earle Leonard Nelson (né Ferral; May 12, 1897 – January 13, 1928), also known in the media as...  more

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  • Ignatius of Loyola158
    390
    93

    Ignatius of Loyola

    Dec. at 65 (1491-1556)

    BirthplaceAzpeitia, Spain

    Saint Ignatius of Loyola (Basque: Ignazio Loiolakoa; Spanish: Ignacio de Loyola; Latin:...  more
  • Catherine Birnie159
    547
    143
    Catherine Birnie is a serial killer....  more
  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev160
  • Heinrich Himmler161
    24,855
    12,886

    Heinrich Himmler

    Dec. at 45 (1900-1945)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Heinrich Luitpold Himmler (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈluːɪtˌpɔlt ˈhɪmlɐ] (listen); 7 October 1900 – 23...  more
  • Lee Harvey Oswald162
    2,633
    1,261

    Lee Harvey Oswald

    Dec. at 24 (1939-1963)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was an American Marxist and former...  more

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  • Ehud Olmert163
    660
    155

    BirthplaceBinyamina-Giv'at Ada, Israel

    Ehud Olmert (Hebrew: אֶהוּד אוֹלְמֶרְט, IPA: [eˈhud ˈolmeʁt] (listen); born 30 September 1945)...  more
  • Michel Friedman164
    869
    81

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Michel Friedman (German pronunciation: [miˈʃɛl ˈfʁiːtman]; born 25 February 1956 in Paris) is...  more
  • Edmund Kemper165
    761
    233

    BirthplaceBurbank, California

    Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948) is an American serial killer and necrophile...  more

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  • Joseph Stalin166
    74,750
    43,769

    Joseph Stalin

    Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)

    BirthplaceGori, Georgia

    Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December [O.S. 6] 1878...  more

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  • Pablo Escobar167
    3,766
    1,680

    Pablo Escobar

    Dec. at 44 (1949-1993)

    BirthplaceRionegro, Colombia

    Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (, Spanish: [ˈpaβlo eˈmiljo eskoˈβaɾ ɣaˈβiɾja]; 1 December 1949 –...  more

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  • Kim Jong-il168
    32,629
    16,522

    Kim Jong-il

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)

    BirthplaceVyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

    Kim Jong-il (officially transcribed Kim Jong Il; Korean: 김정일; Korean pronunciation:...  more

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  • Georges Clémenceau169
    326
    94

    Georges Clémenceau

    Dec. at 88 (1841-1929)

    BirthplaceVendée, France

    Georges Eugène Benjamin Clemenceau (, also US: , French: [ʒɔʁʒ bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃ klemɑ̃so]; 28...  more
  • Hernán Cortés170
    726
    233

    Hernán Cortés

    Dec. at 62 (1485-1547)

    BirthplaceMedellín, Spain, Spain

    Don Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca (; Spanish:...  more
  • Diego Laynez171
    306
    64

    Diego Laynez

    Dec. at 53 (1512-1565)

    BirthplaceAlmazán, Spain

    Several spellings of his names (James, Jacob; Laines, Laynez, Lainez) are in use and some of...  more
  • Mengistu Haile Mariam172

    BirthplaceEthiopia

    Mengistu Haile Mariam (Amharic: መንግስቱ ኃይለ ማርያም, pronounced [mənɡɨstu haɪlə marjam]; born 21...  more
  • Asma al-Assad173
    1,999
    1,073

    BirthplaceActon, London, London, United Kingdom

    Asma al-Assad (Arabic: أسماء الأسد‎, Levantine pronunciation: [asˈmaː elˈasad]; née Akhras,...  more
  • Nay Win174
    850
    137

    Nay Win

    Dec. at 91 (1911-2002)

    BirthplacePaungdale, Myanmar

    Ne Win (Burmese: နေဝင်း IPA: [nè wɪ́ɴ]; 10 July 1910, or 14 or 24 May 1911 – 5 December 2002)...  more
  • Yankel Yurovsky175
    546
    113

    Yankel Yurovsky

    Dec. at 60 (1878-1938)

    BirthplaceTomsk, Russia

    Led the Cheka command which murdered the Tsar family in 1918.
    Yakov Mikhailovich Yurovsky (Russian: Я́ков Миха́йлович Юро́вский; 19 June [O.S. 7 June] 1878...  more