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26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short  

Katia Kleyman
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While they may tower over peoples' daily lives, many world leaders actually come up a bit short when it comes to height. In fact, throughout history many powerful leaders fell on the punier side, some not even making it to five feet! These super short historical figures still made a big impact on the world, and not always in a good way. One of the shortest leaders on this list was responsible for the death of about 20 million people. Do you think it’s because he had a Napoleon complex? Fun fact: Napoleon Bonaparte is actually tied for the tallest of these short world leaders.

Some psychologists claim that short people in positions of power tend to perceive themselves as being taller. A lot of these short leaders also employ tricks to make themselves seem taller to the public, like manipulating camera angles and wearing platform shoes. You’ll be really surprised at how short some of these leaders are (or were), because you probably expected them to be giants with all that power in their hands.

Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Jacques-Louis David [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons

The very man the Napoleon complex was named after, but he's on the taller side of this list. History pegs him at 5’2’’, but the French inch during Napoleon’s time was supposedly longer than our current conception of the inch. You can watch a video explaining it here.

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European affairs for nearly two decades while leading France against a series of coalitions. ...more on Wikipedia

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Common Good/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often,” … and to be short is to not grow.  

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. ...more on Wikipedia

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Yasuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Chris Greenburg [Public Domain]/Wikimedia Commons

Though shorter than Bush, Fukuda recognizes who's the bigger man in this photo.

Yasuo Fukuda was the 91st Prime Minister of Japan, serving from 2007 to 2008. He was previously the longest-serving Chief Cabinet Secretary in Japanese history, serving for three and a half years under Prime Ministers Yoshirō Mori and Junichiro Koizumi. Following the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Fukuda was elected as President of the Liberal Democratic Party and became Prime Minister in September 2007. Fukuda was the first son of a former Japanese Prime Minister to also take up the post. On September 1, 2008, Fukuda announced his resignation, triggering another LDP leadership election. Although Japan hosted the G8 summit meeting without mishap during Fukuda's time in office, he ...more on Wikipedia

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Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
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More like Benito Musso-weeny.

Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. Known as Il Duce, Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. In 1912 Mussolini was the leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party. ...more on Wikipedia

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