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The All-Time Worst People in History  

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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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Ramzi Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 151 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tatlamma63 added age 37
Ramzi Mohammed is a Somalian national convicted of involvement in the attempted London bombing of July 21st 2005. Ramzi is currently serving a minimum of 40 years for conspiracy to murder on the ...more
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Abu Anas al-Shami is listed (or ranked) 152 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Higuita added Dec. at 35 (1969-2004)
Abu Anas al-Shami was known as Omar Yusef Juma'a prior to joining Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Jama'at al-Tawhid wal Jihad group in Iraq. Abu Anas Al Shami was a Palestinian cleric, teacher, writer, ...more
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Ernst Rüdin is listed (or ranked) 153 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jret added Dec. at 78 (1874-1952)
Ernst Rüdin was a Swiss-born German psychiatrist, geneticist, eugenicist and Nazi. Rising to prominence under Emil Kraepelin and assuming his directorship at what is now called the Max ...more
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Naftaly Frenkel is listed (or ranked) 154 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
breicknr added Dec. at 77 (1883-1960)
Naftaly Aronovich Frenkel Russian: Нафталий Аронович Френкель; was a Jewish Russian businessman and member of the Soviet secret police. Frenkel is best known for his role in the organisation of ...more
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Omar Abdel-Rahman is listed (or ranked) 155 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
babs21 added age 80
Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, commonly known in the United States as "The Blind Sheikh", is a blind Egyptian Muslim leader who is currently serving a life sentence at the Butner Medical ...more
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Yakov Agranov is listed (or ranked) 156 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Dec. at 45 (1893-1938)
Yakov Saulovich Agranov was the first chief of Soviet Main Directorate of State Security and a deputy of NKVD chief Genrikh Yagoda. He is known as one of main organizers of Soviet political ...more
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Kamau Kambon is listed (or ranked) 157 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
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Leonarda Cianciulli is listed (or ranked) 158 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. at 76 (1894-1970)
Leonarda Cianciulli was an Italian serial killer. Better known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio", she murdered three women in Correggio between 1939 and 1940, and turned their bodies ...more
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Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 159 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
RodneyBlair added Dec. at 44 (1949-1993)
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a notorious and wealthy Colombian drug lord and an exclusive cocaine trafficker. In 1983, he had a short-lived career in Colombian politics. Known as "The ...more
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Mobutu Sese Seko is listed (or ranked) 160 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 67 (1930-1997)
Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga was the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997. Installed and supported in office primarily by Belgium and the United ...more
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Muhammad bin Qasim is listed (or ranked) 161 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
alinax4987 added Dec. at 20 (695-715)
‘Imād ad-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Qāsim ath-Thaqafī was an Umayyad general who conquered the Sindh and Multan regions along the Indus River for the Umayyad Caliphate. He was born and raised in the city ...more
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Nicolae Ceaușescu is listed (or ranked) 162 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
MangoStarkey added Dec. at 71 (1918-1989)
Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's second and last Communist leader. ...more
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Abu Omar al-Kurdi is listed (or ranked) 163 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Higuita added
Abu Omar al-Kurdi, real name Sami Muhammad Ali Said al-Jaaf, was a top bombmaker for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's organization in Iraq, Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. He was captured in January 2005. ...more
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Selim I is listed (or ranked) 164 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Moralia added Dec. at 55 (1465-1520)
Selim I, nicknamed Yavuz, was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1512 to 1520. His reign is notable for the enormous expansion of the Empire, particularly his conquest between 1516 and 1517 ...more
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Jon Venables is listed (or ranked) 165 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 36
Jon Venables was only ten years old when he and Robert Thompson abducted, tortured and murdered two-year old boy, James Patrick Bulger.
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Abu Omar al-Shishani is listed (or ranked) 166 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Higuita added
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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 167 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 29 (12-41)
Caligula was the popular nickname of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman emperor. Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. ...more
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Clarence Thomas is listed (or ranked) 168 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 70
Clarence Thomas is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Succeeding Thurgood Marshall, Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court. Thomas grew up in ...more
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Charles Taylor is listed (or ranked) 169 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 71
Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor is a Liberian former politician who was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003. Born in Arthington, ...more
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Fred West is listed (or ranked) 170 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 54 (1941-1995)
Frederick Walter Stephen "Fred" West was an English serial killer. Between 1967 and 1987, West – alone and later with his second wife, serial killer Rosemary West – tortured and raped ...more
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Joseph Kony is listed (or ranked) 171 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
NickyStretton added age 58
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla group which used to operate in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight against government suppression, the LRA allegedly ...more
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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 172 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 35 (1918-1953)
Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg were American citizens executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The ...more
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Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is listed (or ranked) 173 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 76
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is an Equatoguinean politician who has been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979. He ousted his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, in an August 1979 ...more
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Zbigniew Brzezinski is listed (or ranked) 174 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added age 90
Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as a counselor to Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966–1968 and held the position of United ...more
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Yasser Arafat is listed (or ranked) 175 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Nelly, JRK added Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)
Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa, popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar, was a Palestinian leader. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation ...more