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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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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)
Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of ...more
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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As ...more
3
Osama bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 54 (1957-2011)
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the militant organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States. He was a Saudi ...more
4
Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)
Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of ...more
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added age 48
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Abu Du'a, alternatively called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi and known to his supporters as Amir al-Mu'minin or Caliph Ibrahim, is the leader of the Islamic ...more
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Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)
Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, ...more
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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)
Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which ...more
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Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)
Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He was notorious for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers ...more
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Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 73 (1896-1969)
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer was a German human biologist and eugenicist concerned primarily with "racial hygiene" and twin research. He was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm ...more
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Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 59
Charles Edmund Cullen is a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history and is suspected to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. He confessed to ...more
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Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jasdfuhdsuahuas added Dec. at 66 (1870-1936)
Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish was an American. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man. He boasted that ...more
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Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 54 (1870-1924)
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic ...more
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Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
abbybb added Dec. at 63 (1895-1958)
Major General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was the first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. He is best known for his involvement in the Lindbergh kidnapping case. He was the father of ...more
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H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 35 (1861-1896)
Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago at the time of the 1893 ...more
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Kermit Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 78
Kermit Barron Gosnell is a former American physician who was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures. Gosnell ran the Women's Medical ...more
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Elizabeth Báthory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 54 (1560-1614)
Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary known for being a serial killer. She has been labelled by ...more
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Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 67 (1892-1959)
Surgeon General Shirō Ishii was a Japanese army medical officer, microbiologist and the director of Unit 731, a biological warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army involved in forced and ...more
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Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 92
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and ...more
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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
RodneyBlair added Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)
John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was ...more
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Talaat Pasha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
owenmcfetridge added Dec. at 47 (1874-1921)
Mehmed Talaat Pasha, commonly known as Talaat Pasha, was one of the triumvirate known as the Three Pashas that de facto ruled the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. His career in Ottoman ...more
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Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
bbnetley added age 71
Jon Graham Burge is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in ...more
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Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011. By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for ...more
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Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 95
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime ...more
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Richard Kuklinski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tobias.broks added Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)
Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski was an American contract killer who was convicted for five murders. Kuklinski was given the nickname "Iceman" for his method of ...more
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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
age 66
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and ...more