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The Most Evil Dictators That Existed

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List RulesNo fictional people, only dictators that existed in real life

This is a list of the most evil dictators that ever existed !! Feel free to add any, I might probably have forgotten a few. Give positive votes to the dictators you believe to be truly evil.
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    Sani Abacha

    Dec. at 55 (1943-1998)
    Sani Abacha (pronunciation ; 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian Army officer and...  more
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    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
    Baby Doc
    Jean-Claude Duvalier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃klod dyvalje]), nicknamed "Baby Doc" (Haitian...  more
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    Francisco Franco

    Dec. at 83 (1892-1975)
    Francisco Franco Bahamonde (; Spanish: [fɾanˈθisʲko ˈfɾaŋko]; 4 December 1892 – 20 November...  more
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    Augusto Pinochet

    Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)
    Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (UK: , US: , Spanish: [auˈɣusto pinoˈ(t)ʃe(t)]; 25 November...  more
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    Mátyás Rákosi

    Dec. at 79 (1892-1971)
    Mátyás Rákosi [ˈmaːcaːʃ ˈraːkoʃi] (9 March 1892 – 5 February 1971) was a Hungarian communist...  more
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    General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head...  more
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    Laurent-Désiré Kabila

    Dec. at 62 (1939-2001)
    Laurent-Désiré Kabila (French pronunciation: lo.ʁɑ̃ de.zi.ʁe ka.bi.la) (November 27, 1939 –...  more
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    Radovan Karadžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Радован Караџић, pronounced [râdoʋaːn kâradʒitɕ]; born 19...  more
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    Moammar al-Qhadafi

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    Deng Xiaoping

    Dec. at 93 (1904-1997)
    Deng Xiaoping (, also UK: ; courtesy name Xixian; 22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997) was a...  more
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    Jonas Savimbi

    Dec. at 68 (1934-2002)
    Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐs ˈsavĩbi]; 3 August 1934 – 22 February 2002) was an...  more
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    Jean-Bédel Bokassa

    Dec. at 75 (1921-1996)
    Jean-Bédel Bokassa ([ʒɑ̃ bedɛl bɔkasa]; 22 February 1921 – 3 November 1996), also known as...  more
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    Ferdinand Marcos

    Dec. at 72 (1917-1989)
    Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was a Filipino...  more
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    Mengistu Haile Mariam (Amharic: መንግስቱ ኃይለ ማርያም, pronounced [mənɡɨstu haɪlə marjam]; born 21...  more
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    Bashar Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎ Baššār Ḥāfiẓ al-ʾAsad, Levantine...  more
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    Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈnwel noˈɾjeɣa]; February 11, 1934 –...  more
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    Francisco Macías Nguema

    Dec. at 55 (1924-1979)
    Francisco Macías Nguema (born Mez-m Ngueme; Africanised to Masie Nguema Biyogo Ñegue Ndong; 1...  more
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    Hugo Chávez

    Dec. at 59 (1954-2013)
    Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (, Spanish pronunciation: [ˈuɣo rafaˈel ˈtʃaβes ˈfɾi.as] (listen); 28...  more
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    Muhammadu Buhari (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the ...  more
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    Ali Abdullah Saleh (Arabic: علي عبدالله صالح , ʿAlī ʿAbdullāh Ṣāliḥ; 21 March 1947 – 4...  more
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    Ho Chi Minh

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
    Hồ Chí Minh (; Vietnamese: [hò cǐ mīŋ̟] (listen), Saigon: [hò cǐ mɨ̄n] (listen); Chữ nôm: 胡志明;...  more
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    Rafael Trujillo

    Dec. at 70 (1891-1961)
    Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina ( troo-HEE-yoh, Spanish: [rafaˈel leˈoniðas tɾuˈxiʝo]; 24...  more
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    Chiang Kai-shek

    Dec. at 88 (1887-1975)
    Chiang Kai-shek (; 31 October 1887 – 5 April 1975), also known as Generalissimo Chiang or...  more
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    Leonid Brezhnev

    Dec. at 76 (1906-1982)
    Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (; Russian: Леонид Ильич Брежнев, IPA: [lʲɪɐˈnʲid ɪˈlʲjidʑ ˈbrʲeʐnʲɪf]...  more