These are some of the most influential, famous and historically important human beings of all time (who also happened to be huge, shameless perverts and/or deviants.) Sure they were all a little predatory, but we wouldn't be where we are without these forward-thinking men who, in modern day, would have red dot above their house in a government database.
Marquis De Sade
WHO WAS HE?
Marquis De Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary, and writer. He's most famous for bringing explicit material to people in a time where showing off your ankles was scandalous.
WHY IS HE FAMOUS?
Marquis de Sade became famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle (i.e., a person without moral restraint, free thinkers), but mostly for his suggestive novels. He also left the world with the practice of S&M. That's right, the man invented S&M. How? Well, first of all, it's NAMED after him.
The term, "sadism," is based on Marquis de SADe: the idea of developing pleasure as a result of inflicting pain. "Masochism" is first seen in some of De Sade's more Gothic-inclined sexual novels, where, for example, the female character is bound and tormented, but also fondled, and develops a kind of attraction to her tormentors.
SO WHY IS HE A PERVERT?
Sade's tales began with an affair with his wife's sister, imprisoning a so-called "lady of the night" for pleasure and abuse (she escaped from the second floor window and ran away ... possible idea for a Disney film? Title: "Rapunzel"...), and poisoning two manservants with the Spanish Fly aphrodisiac.
Being the good wife that she was, Sade's wife she then joined as his accomplice in hoarding pleasure concubines and staffed the castle with young "employees" of both genders for Sade's pleasure. That's how this guy rolled. and why he's at the top of this list. The guy didn't just have a dungeon for his dirty deeds, he had a freakin' CASTLE.
During his life, Sade was in prison or the insane asylum for 32 years, though, due to his prolific writing and sexual deviance. Napoleon Bonaparte (another pervert who used to write to his mistress long poetry about her pubic hair, no foolin') ordered the final arrest of Sade, but the libertine was able to score one more affair with a 13-year old for 4 four years before he passed on in 1814.
He laughs at Chris Hansen from his grave.Notably, he was in the insane asylum at the time, which would 100% make him win the "weirdest place you've made whoopie" game at your local baby shower. Sade's main goal in his writings was to create "the most impure tale that has ever been written since the world exists." Not bad for his time.