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List of famous rebels, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top rebels in the world? This includes the most prominent rebels, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable rebels is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic rebels were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned rebels.

List is made up of people like Carlos Pizarro Leongómez and Yasser Arafat.

From reputable, prominent, and well known rebels to the lesser known rebels of today, these are some of the best professionals in the rebel field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous rebels ever?" and "What are the names of famous rebels?" then you're in the right place. 

Kim Il-sung is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Kim Il-sung Kim Il-sung was the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the ...more

Yasser Arafat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Yasser Arafat 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

Yitzhak Shamir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Yitzhak Shamir Yitzhak Shamir (help·info) (Hebrew: יצחק שמיר‎, born Icchak Jaziernicki; 15 October 1915 - 30 June 2012) was a former Israeli politician, the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, in 1983–84 ...more

Carlos Pizarro Leongómez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Carlos Pizarro Leongómez Carlos Pizarro Leongómez was the fourth commander of the Colombian guerrilla group 19th of April Movement. Pizarro later ran for president of Colombia after the demobilization of M-19 ...more

Laurent-Désiré Kabila is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Laurent-Désiré Kabila Laurent-Désiré Kabila, or simply Laurent Kabila, was President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from May 17, 1997, when he overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, until his ...more

Jonas Savimbi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Jonas Savimbi Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against ...more

Aung San is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Aung San Bogyoke Aung San; 13 February 1915 – 19 July 1947 was a Burmese revolutionary, nationalist, founder of the modern Burmese army, and considered to be the Father of modern-day Burma. He was the ...more

Stenka Razin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Stenka Razin Stepan Timofeyevich Razin, a Cossack leader, headed a major uprising against the nobility and tsarist bureaucracy in southern Russia.

Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson was a Swedish rebel leader and later statesman. He was the leader of the Engelbrekt rebellion in 1434 against Eric of Pomerania, king of the Kalmar Union.

John Garang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Rebels
John Garang John Garang de Mabior was a Sudanese politician and leader. From 1983 to 2005, he led the Sudan People's Liberation Army during the Second Sudanese Civil War, and following a peace agreement he ...more

Paul Kagame is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Paul Kagame Paul Kagame is the sixth and current President of Rwanda having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. Kagame previously commanded the rebel force that ended the ...more

Emilio Aguinaldo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Emilio Aguinaldo Emilio Famy Aguinaldo QSC PLH is officially recognized as the First President of the Philippines and led Philippine forces first against Spain in the latter part of the Philippine Revolution, ...more

Qiu Jin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Qiu Jin Qiu Jin, courtesy names Xuanqing and Jingxiong, sobriquet Jianhu Nüxia, was a Chinese revolutionary, feminist and writer. She was executed after a failed uprising against the Qing Dynasty. ...more

Nils Dacke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Nils Dacke Nils Dacke was a Swedish yeoman who was the leader of a mid 16th-century peasant revolt in Småland, southern Sweden, called the Dacke War, fought against the Swedish king Gustav I Vasa. It ...more

Alyona is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Alyona Alyona was an Erzyan female ataman during the Peasants' Revolt in Russia under the leadership of Stepan Razin. A peasant by birth from the Vyezdnaya sloboda of Arzamas, she was an elderly nun ...more

Menachem Begin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Menachem Begin Menachem Begin was an Israeli politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before the creation of the state of Israel, he was the leader of the Zionist ...more

General Butt Naked is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Rebels
General Butt Naked Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known by his nom de guerre General Butt Naked, is a former commander of forces under the wider control of Liberian warlord Roosevelt Johnson. During the First ...more

Alberto Joaquim Vinama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Alberto Joaquim Vinama Brigadier Alberto Joaquim Vinama, also known as Chendovava, served as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola, the armed wing of UNITA, from January 1985 until his ...more

Wijerd Jelckama is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Wijerd Jelckama Wijerd Jelckama was a Frisian military commander, warlord and member of the Arumer Zwarte Hoop. He was the lieutenant of Pier Gerlofs Donia and fought along his side against the Saxon and ...more

Moses Ali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Moses Ali General Moses Ali is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and former military officer. He is the current Third Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business. He was appointed to that ...more

Yoweri Museveni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Yoweri Museveni Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote. ...more

Joshua Nkomo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Joshua Nkomo Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo was the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People's Union and a member of the Ndebele tribe. He was a trades-union leader, who became president of the ...more

Jorge Sangumba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Jorge Sangumba Jorge Ornelas Isaac Sangumba served as the Foreign Minister of UNITA during the Angolan War of Independence. Sangumba studied in the United States before joining the National Union of Angolan ...more

Wilson dos Santos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Wilson dos Santos Fernando Wilson dos Santos served as the representative of UNITA, a rebel group in Angola, to Portugal. His brother-in-law, Tito Chingunji, served as Foreign Secretary of UNITA, the principal ...more

Demosthenes Amos Chilingutila is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Demosthenes Amos Chilingutila Brigadier Demosthenes Amos Chilingutila served as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola, the armed wing of UNITA, from 1979 to January 1985 and again after October ...more

A. M. Azahari is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Rebels
A. M. Azahari Sheikh Azahari bin Sheikh Mahmud, better known as A.M. Azahari, was a Brunei politician turned rebel. Born of mixed Arab-Malay heritage in Labuan, he was educated in Java and later fought ...more

Nikos Sampson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Nikos Sampson Nikos Sampson was the de facto president of Cyprus who succeeded Archbishop Makarios, after a coup d'état, as President of Cyprus, in 1974. Sampson was a journalist and a member of EOKA, ...more

Yusuf Lule is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Yusuf Lule Yusuf Kironde Lule was provisional president of Uganda between 13 April and 20 June 1979. His name is sometimes spelled Yusufu.

William the Silent is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Rebels
William the Silent William I, Prince of Orange, also widely known as William the Silent or William the Taciturn, or more commonly known as William of Orange, was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the ...more

Laurent Nkunda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Laurent Nkunda Laurent Nkunda is a former General in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is the former warlord operating in the province of Nord-Kivu, sympathetic to Congolese Tutsis and ...more

Su Manshu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Su Manshu Su Manshu was a Chinese writer, poet, painter, revolutionist, and a translator. He was born as Xuanying in 1884 in Yokohama, Japan. He later adopted Su Manshu as a Buddhist name. His father was ...more

Erik Johansson Vasa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Erik Johansson Vasa Erik Johansson Vasa was the Lord of Rydboholm Castle in the Roslagen. He was born around the year 1470 to Johan Kristiernsson Vasa and Birgitta Gustafsdotter Sture in a village named Örby ...more

Yemelyan Pugachev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Yemelyan Pugachev Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev was a pretender to the Russian throne who led a great Cossack insurrection during the reign of Catherine II. Alexander Pushkin wrote a notable history of the ...more

Ōe Taku is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Ōe Taku Ōe Taku was a samurai, bureaucrat, politician, entrepreneur and social activist in the late Meiji and Taishō period Empire of Japan. He is noted as one of the more progressive figures of the ...more

Michael O'Hanrahan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Michael O'Hanrahan Michael O'Hanrahan was an Irish rebel who was executed for his active role in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Augustin Diamacoune Senghor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Augustin Diamacoune Senghor Father Augustin Diamacoune Senghor. Father Senghor was a charismatic Roman Catholic priest and a leading figure in the Casamance independence movement from Senegal. He served as director of the ...more

Maria Nikiforova is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Maria Nikiforova Maria Grigor'evna Nikiforova, was an anarchist partisan leader. A self-described terrorist from the age of 16, she was known widely by her nickname, Marusya. Through her exploits she became a ...more

Prince Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Prince Johnson Prince Yormi Johnson appeared in the The Redemption of General Butt Naked documentary film.

Fred Rwigyema is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Fred Rwigyema Fred Gisa Rwigyema was a founding member of and leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a political and military force formed by Rwandan Tutsi exiles descendants of those forced to leave the ...more

Ani Pachen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Ani Pachen Ani Pachen was a Tibetan Buddhist nun who led her clan in armed rebellion against China.

Guy Philippe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Guy Philippe Guy Philippe is a Haitian politician. When Jean-Claude Duvalier was toppled in 1986, he was 17 years old, which makes claims that he was an alleged former Tonton Macoute leader preposterous. He ...more

Pierre Nkurunziza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Pierre Nkurunziza Pierre Nkurunziza is a Burundian politician who has been President of Burundi since 2005. He was the Chairman of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of ...more

Paulo Muwanga is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Paulo Muwanga Paulo Muwanga was the chairman of the governing Military Commission, and the de facto President of Uganda for a few days in May 1980 until the establishment of the Presidential Commission of ...more

Saigō Takamori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Saigō Takamori Saigō Takamori was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, living during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era. He has been dubbed the last true samurai. He was born Saigō ...more

Mohamed Abdelaziz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Mohamed Abdelaziz Mohamed Abdelaziz is the 3rd and current Secretary General of the Polisario Front and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic since 1976. He speaks Arabic and French.

Guillaume Soro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Guillaume Soro Guillaume Kigbafori Soro is an Ivorian politician who was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from April 2007 to March 2012. Prior to his service as Prime Minister, Soro led the Patriotic ...more

Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan was the secretary general of the Karen National Union, which is the largest insurgent group in Burma.

Rappani Khalilov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Rappani Khalilov Rappani Khalilov, also known as Rabbani, was the militant leader of the Shariat Jamaat of the Caucasian Front during the Second Chechen War, in the volatile southern Russian republic of ...more

Alice Auma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Alice Auma Alice Auma was an Acholi spirit-medium who, as the head of the Holy Spirit Movement, led a millennial rebellion against the Ugandan government forces of President Yoweri Museveni from August ...more

Chiba Takusaburō is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Rebels
Chiba Takusaburō Chiba Takusaburō —also known as Chiba Takuron—lived as an obscure liberal political activist and schoolteacher in the late Tokugawa, early Meiji period. In his younger years, Takusaburō studied ...more