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The All-Time Worst People in History

Updated September 18, 2020 2.3m votes 352.8k 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?

  • 1
    Shirō Ishii

    Shirō Ishii

    Dec. at 67 (1892-1959)

    BirthplaceShibayama, Japan

    Surgeon General Shirō Ishii (石井 四郎, Ishii Shirō, [iɕiː ɕiɾoː]; June 25, 1892 – October 9,... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Gertrude Baniszewski

    Gertrude Baniszewski

    Dec. at 61 (1929-1990)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    The murder of Sylvia Likens was a child murder which occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Dennis Rader - BTK

    BirthplacePittsburg, Kansas, United States of America

    Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as BTK or the BTK... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Sani Abacha

    Sani Abacha

    Dec. at 55 (1943-1998)

    BirthplaceKano, Nigeria

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  • 5
    Miyuki Ishikawa
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  • 6
    Zodiac Killer
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  • 7
    Abul Djabar
  • 8
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

    Dec. at 40 (1966-2006)

    BirthplaceZarqa, Jordan

    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: أبو مصعب الزرقاوي‎, ’Abū Muṣ‘ab az-Zarqāwī, Abu Musab from... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Jack the Ripper
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  • 10
    Jihadi John
  • 11
    Delfina and María de Jesús González
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  • 12
    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

    BirthplaceBalochistan, Pakistan, Pakistan

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  • 13
    Mary Ann Cotton

    Mary Ann Cotton

    Dec. at 41 (1832-1873)

    BirthplaceCounty Durham, United Kingdom

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  • 14
    Susan Smith


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  • 15
    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    BirthplaceMaadi, Egypt

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  • 16
    Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova

    Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova

    Dec. at 71 (1730-1801)

    BirthplaceRussian Empire

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  • 17
    Abubakar Shekau
    Abubakar Shekau, also known by the alias Darul Akeem wa Zamunda Tawheed, or Darul Tawheed, is... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jane Toppan

    Jane Toppan

    Dec. at 81 (1857-1938)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

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  • 19
    Ed Gein

    Ed Gein

    Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

    BirthplaceWisconsin, United States of America

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  • 20
    Delphine LaLaurie

    Delphine LaLaurie

    Dec. at 67 (1775-1842)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

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  • 21
    Joel Rifkin

    BirthplaceNew York

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  • 22
    Paul Kagame

    BirthplaceRuhango District, Rwanda

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  • 23
    Yang Xinhai

    Yang Xinhai

    Dec. at 36 (1968-2004)

    BirthplaceZhengyang County

    Yang Xinhai (Chinese: 杨新海; 29 July 1968 – 14 February 2004), also known as Yang Zhiya, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Pedro López

    BirthplaceSanta Isabel, Colombia

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  • 25
    Luis Garavito

    BirthplaceGénova, Colombia

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