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  • John N

    You have Stalin listed as killing only thousands???? Have you never heard of the Holodomor, which killed MILLIONS of Ukrainians? Stalin killed more people than Hitler.

    • Puffy1406

      I quote "Hitler started World War 2" that in itself killed way more then benito.

      • R Schloemer

        Ah, so those 60 million Russians killed by Stalin is more than the 50 million who died in total from WWII? And those are both greater than the 100 million Chinese that Mao killed with special emphasis on the "Cultural Revolution?" I like how Pol Pot, who wiped out something on the order of 2 out of 7 people in a country of 7 million people (5 million after he was done) isn't even on the list.

        Your list is crap. Just cope.

        • C. Wilsted

          yeah funny how Hitler is always credited as the evil of evil for killing 6 million eueopeans, but other ruthless dictatorships that killed tens of millions generally are not seen as quite as evil. Japans actions during WWII in China, the islands and Korea didnt even make this list. hmm.

          • InChina

            Who is and who knows Mao? Instead of some persons who were/are brainwashed or have lost their privilege, Most of Chinese people keep in mind that Mao is the greatest leader of the world. As to the number of victims in his years, the disaster resulted from not only his revolutionary romantism but also the blockade and hatred of the USA and its myrmidons.
            As a person, you have the right to discuss (and judge) anyone, but you shoud not abuse the right without the fully knowledge of the very history.

          • Henry Genkins

            You’re totally right.I was shocked that Hitler,who in fact killed mostly 17 million,most probably 13 million is seen as the greatest evil,while Stalin and Mao,who killed tens of millions are not seen that bad.Mao especially,who killed by far the most,is not seen nearly as bad,and in the vast majority of lists of top 10 evil humans,he is not even mentioned!!
            And to think,that of those 13-15 million people killed by Hitler,only 6 million of them are usually taken into consideration,and yet he STILL is considered the most evil man that ever lived.

        • Henry Genkins

          You’re so right.His list is the worst I’ve ever seen.Stalin did not kill thousands of people,he killed tens of millions.He is considered by some people even worse than Hitler,but still,both of them killed under 50 million people,Mao on the other hand killed much over 50 millions,some estimates indicating 70-80 million people!!On one ocassion he even said that if it’s necesary(in a nuclear war) he would let half of China population dye!!!! I really think he should be considered the worst.
          And yes,Pol Pot should have ben mentioned on the list.

  • John N

    By the way, despite my earlier correction, it's a great list! Very informative.

  • Spencer Phillips

    I am greatly offended at the errors in this list. First that you have Hitler placed at number 1 instead of Mao. Hitler is responsible for the deaths of around 12million. Joseph Stalin is responsible for at least 70million. He is responsible for a intentional famine in the Ukraine which in one winter killed 7 million. and Mao Tse-Tung is responsible for the deaths of 100 Million during just the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution

    • someone

      THAAAANK YOU!!!!

  • sammy

    um mao and stalin killed waaayy more people than hitler did, I mean if this in order and mao is only in seventh that's ridiculous

    • truth

      nahh . you are just ignorant ,read more books and you are not supposed to teach history

  • Although Spencer made a good point about the poor ordering in this otherwise interesting list, his statistics are inaccurate. (BTW – I am a professor of history).

    Current thought holds that Stalin killed between 30-40 million people during the course of his reign, and Mao in the neighborhood of 50-60 million.

    The 100 million figure is often a point of confusion, as The Black Book of Communism uses that figure for all communist leaders and governments, not individuals.

    It is no surprise that Hitler is placed at #1, because his efforts were aimed at liquidating an entire race of people (along with the Romani, alcoholics, homosexuals, the chronically unemployed, the mental and physically handicapped…). The current tally for deaths in the Holocaust are approximately 10 million: 6 million Jews, and 4 million "others". Thus Hitler's aims are often considered when placing him in the company of fellow mass murderers, because neither Stalin nor Mao had the desire to wipe out an entire race of people.

    • Spencer Phillips

      Well actually Stalin was about to start a pogrom that would have deported and exterminated the Jews in the USSR which would have been worse than the Holocaust, but he died before it could be carried out. Also I think its worse when u are Anti-Human as opposed to simply racist. Because then your targets for mass murder are unlimited as opposed to objectively limited.

    • InChina

      You could daw a conclusion based on some figures even that they are actually figured out or resulted from many other causes.

  • Bud

    I am glad that you included Vlad III the Impaler, although I am surprised that he was ranked # 2, when Stalin was credited with a higher genocide count. Hitler came very close. I am not nit picking. This is just a personal observation, I think that all these peoples were monsters! Anyway, I wonder if the only way to objectively determine who is the most evil ruler is by their body count they leave behind. It's a sad concept but an accurate approach to answer the question.

    • StefanTheGreat

      Vlad Tepes (in english the Impaler) was a monster for all the criminals, thefts, all those who wanted to conquer our country!

      For Romanian people he was a hero! Who was standing before the armies of turks defending the christianism and he's people is called a hero!

  • truth

    i dont believe in the Mao's part very much … he was a giant ruler but without fear and terror, and i dont think it's a problem that billions of chinese would care . the truth has been proved and this ruling policy worked … personally , the U.S is ruling the middle east with fear and terror ( Iraq and afganistan war )

    • so you think sacrificing in tens of millions is acceptable? when it comes to others yes but not when it comes to your own life… no one has to right to take anyone's life….

      • truth

        you obviously dont know chinese history very well , i think Mao's generally good ,there's a saying here that Mao is 70% honored while 30% in mistake, he was taken advantage of by the Gang of Four in last years of his life (when he was disconscious), all the chinese people are somehow victims (my older generation is no exception) but the cultural revolution is definitely not villanous ,we were always republic and even up to this moment , Mao is still admired as a legend in this nation's history

    • Spencer Phillips

      um … i hate to burst your bubble but there was massive amounts of terror under Mao's rule. it was communist. It can't exist without an atmosphere of an all pervasive and ineffable and debilitating terror

      • truth

        as i've said above, Mao was taken advantage of during cultural revolution , actually he was the one that wanted democracy in civil war , there're massive people living in this country, 100% democracy doesnt work all the time ,that was still not villanous my older generations were somehow victims though

    • daniel

      I am not sure how you can say that his policies have been proved to be effective. When he died, the land had undergone several bouts of sevear famine. There was little industrialzation, even though that was the focus of the governments economic policy. The entire population was in poverty and degridation. He was feared, but not respected by his neighbors. China was a totalitarian regime with very few freedoms, except for those granted to the members of the party. Overall, he was a great leader of the Military, but one of the poorest leaders of a large nation ever.

      Most of the economic development in China has come since they went from being a communist government to being a fascist one (Communism being a combination of socialism and totalitarianism while fascism is a combination of Capitalism and totalitarianism). If you have any doubts that China has left the Communist path take a look at the division of wealth in this classless society. Take a look at the roll of the independant labor union… No, China was an abject failure under Mao, and has only had some financial success since adopting fascism as a lead philosophy.

  • Meg

    What, no mention of the Kims? I'm a little dissapointed…

  • TBear

    What about Pol Pot, whose Khmer Rouge wiped out over 20% of Cambodia's population and essentially set the country's development back by over 10 years?

    • I'm surprised Pol Pot isn't included on this list. I also agree with others who commented about Hitler being too high on the list, especially when Stalin and Mao are also included. I would have placed him at #3 with Stalin at 2 and Mao at number one (but that's just me of course). Other than this, I really enjoyed the list.

      • Matt

        Wow, thanks for reminding me about that guy! I remembered his name but not what he did.

      • Henry Genkins

        What a coincidence,I would have placed them the same way.

  • Ben Dover

    Thank you TBear. That is exactly what I was thinking.

  • george

    Leopold's partner in crime was Henry Morton Stanley, not Henry Morgan Stanley

  • andrei

    Actually Vlad Tepes is not an evil ruler and shouldn't be on this list at all. In Romania he is regarded as one of our most successful medieval rulers. He kept the invading ottoman armies from overrunnig the country as well as the rest of Europe.

    His evil side is just a popculture joke made famous by Stoker's novel. Vlad's ties to all things demonic is just a figment of mr. Stoker's mind so that the story had some nice pseudo history to rely on.

    And btw the whole east-European vampire thing comes from a Hungarian dutchess who bathed in virgin blood to keep young.

    So next time before posting something on a site that many ppl see and enjoy please have the decency to actually research what ur putting up.

    • StefanTheGreat

      Bravo Andrei! Well said!

    • Neonazi

      The fact that Hitler was placed as number one is due the fact he was seen as the main evil of WW2.

      Even that position became fixed since he was a great scapegoat for allies. As stated before here, Mao and Stalin were responsible for more deaths than Hitler. Also, Hitler did not consider Jews nor other minorities as something to be eliminated at the beginning of his reign, they became a scapegoat for Germans for the situation of their country.

      And like the Andrei said, Vlad Tepes was not a evil ruler like he is portrayed in mainstream media. There's too much focus on his method of executing peoples: The impalement to see his true deeds.

      And no, there will not be american presidents here on the list, since they consider themselves righteous in their deeds on maintaining "world peace", even if they have to use nuclear devices on foreign grounds (Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

      Most of listing is due to the mainstream images given to each person, not as much of their true deeds. Don't believe all the information and propaganda you come across the internet or the news, afterall it's all manmade info, true or false. Guess who were men also? Yuh, that's right, the top 10 you read off here. 😀

      • common sense

        With all do respect whether you like or even respect america or her presidents current or past the fact that you would even suggest that an American President to be on this list is insane. Most might want bush on this list but millions of muslims or millions of afgans/ iraqis didn't die because of him or even because of the wars even if you don't agree with the wars or the reasons supposeably justifing them. Also Truman dropped the two bombs because it was demeaned the lesser of two evils & yes thousands even hundreds of thousands of people mostly civlians died or were maimed in them but most even in Japan admit it likely saved lives & ended the war faster then having waited & invading. The economic cost for both countries also was believed lessened by the dropping of the bombs because if for no other reasons then it ended the war faster for both but also from the fact that it likely saved lives & the US after wards helped compensate & rebuild the country whichis now one of the richest & most educated countries in the world. The US is far from perfect & has made more then our share of mistakes within our own country & regards to the world but then again so has every other country current or no longer & no world leader has been perfect either. No form of government is perfect or fair. Millions died in world war I & II on both sides & because of both sides its unfair to blame one or the other solely.

        • Josean

          Thats debatable, Japan’s military was crumbling the same with its economy, american carpet bombing campaigns with incendiary bombs caused almost the same damage and killed almost as many people add to that the fact that the russians also invaded, the bombs were dropped because they wanted to test their capabilities against a human population, thats the reason Hiroshima, Nagasaki and other cities were spared from the carpet bombings.

  • i am surprise that there is no picture of American president JORGE W BUSH in this list

    dear all do u forgot his countless killing thought. so kindly change the numbering and give Mr. bush The first Rank Plz

    • Matt

      If you're gonna say plz because its shorter then please, he should say no cause its shorter then yes.

    • Caitlin S

      The Iraq and Afghanistan wars might not be particularly well-run, and there is an unfortunate number of civilian deaths, but comparing thousands who have died in those wars in the hope of keeping millions safe on one side and improving the freedom of millions on the other to the millions upon millions killed by Stalin, Mao, and Hitler shows your complete ignorance. If anyone was to be added to the list, it ought to be Pol Pot, but you probably don't even know who he is.

      • common sense

        BTW I wikipedia the wars & just on estimated civilian deaths Vietnam cost the lives of about 4 million people in the 19 years while between the two Afganistan & Iraq wars have cost an estimated 1.5 million. And that's not just one side or the other & terrorists target civilians & hide among them so who's to really say. Point is JFK & LBJ still have more blood on their hands then even dufus bush or Chairman Oba Mao.

    • common sense

      Saying Bush should be on this list is like saying Chairman Oba Mao, Clinton, & the likes of JFK & LBJ should be too. I'd be suprised if the number of confirmed deaths in Afganistan & Iraq compared to those during the 15 years of the vietnam war that was started by JFK & continued by LBJ. I don't like Bush thought he made more then a few mistakes particularly regarding the wars but then again he didnt run the day to day operations like some leaders have in the past & even if he did war is unpredictable or never perfect just ask LBJ & JFK. Having said that though I do believe a country has a right to protect itself just like a community has a right to protect itself. I'm not going to get into supposeable reasons for the wars other then to say that if a murderer gangbanger terrorist drug dealer or rapist moved in down your street I down you would wait for the police let alone the suspected person to actually do something in your area. And I highly doubt you would be as hard on the police force or mayor for using the police to keep the bad guy in check. JFK & LBJ invaded Vietnam to stop communism that's it the whole & only reason for the war while there supposeably could be dozens of reason we invaded Iraq or Afganstan. North Vietnam didnt pose a threat to America or even the world but that didnt stop JFK or LBJ. Saddam prose a threat maybe not to the USA exactly but certainly to his neighbors & economically the world because like it or not the world runs on oil & as the 70s showed if that stops the world stops. Thanks Iran…. And besides Saddam killed & gas Iranians his own people & had 12 years of UN looking the other way after he attacked Kuwait & failed to do anything to him. Saddam was bad just like Hitler or Pol Pot or Stalin. Stop blaming other people mistakes are made life goes on war is never perfect. Its war.

  • abdul

    Bush,Cheney,Lindon Johnson,Kissinger, the Secretary of State who nuked Japan, twice,the many Bilderbergers,CFRs,Trilaterals,Club Of Romers,Clinton etc cannot be ignored.

  • bill

    Unfortunately, history is not mathematics. It's subject to bias and limited to perspective so the positions are arguable. The impact of Hitler's deeds only seems to be greatest because it is more recent, but at the same time its account has a higher chance of being more accurate. Having said that, his transparent hatred and intentions of the mass murders still places him near or at the top of the list. I think the intentions, the inhumanity, or the vileness of the ruler's actions should be taken more into consideration than the estimations of the number who have died or suffered from their regime. The ranking of some of the rulers are questionable due to differing perspectives. For example, the historical account of Attila as a ravaging barbarian is flawed, because it mostly comes from Western Europe and the Church's accounts which would have painted its feared enemy as the cruelest of the cruel. Other accounts write of him as a noble and merciful ruler. There's no telling who would have been right.

  • This is stupid

    This list is stupid and wrong. I don't know why the internet has a fascination with Hitler but Stalin was a thousand times worse. Anyone whose done more then two minutes of studying Wikipedia knows this.

    Most of the people on this list don't deserve to be on here (Being normal for the time) or deserve to be higher or lower. In fact, most of the people on here are only mentioned because they were in movies.

    The authour has obviously learned their history and knowledge from Hollywood.

    Where is Napolean? The man who turned a Democracy into an Empire, created one of the greatest military's of the time, was exiled and came back and was defeated in a battle that was unbelievable in scale and execution? His history is far more interesting and brutal then half the people on this list.

    And I actually agree with GWB being on here. This isn't Bush bashing. This is a guy who bungled handling the single greatest terrorist attack in American history and used it's tragedy in order to launch an invasion of an uninvolved country. 4000 young men and women have died for absolutely nothing, with more being permanently maimed and injured, in addition to the mental injuries. He constantly ranted about the evils of other countries and held expensive parties with equally diabolic men (Who ran business empires) while New Orleans sunk and the people sat on roof tops waiting for rescue. He supported the death penalty – coming from being governor of a state with the highest executions. His dad ran the country's secret service (CIA) and was leader before him. GWB single handedly destroyed the economy, made America the single most hated nation on Earth, got thousands of his country's young men and women killed.

    And got away with it clean. He served his two terms, was never impeached, and is now living comfortably. He doesn't deserve to be first, but he deserves to be high on here. There is no comparable first world leader of the time. The closest comparison could only be made with Putain, and that's terrible.

    And what about Emperor Hirohito? He was the driving force behind Imperial Japan. He knew about the atrocities his men were committing against civilians and prisoners of war. He knew about his men being slaughtered needlessly by overwhelming American firepower. He knew about his abandoned men, screaming his name and rotting on bypassed islands with no resources. The war in the Pacific was lost at Midway – and most Imperial officers knew this. The only reason it was perpetrated for that much longer was because of the 'sanctity' of the Empire and the Emperor. It was his own apathy that caused the United States to bomb Japan with the nukes. The Japanese knew they were finished by the time Okinawa was won but the Emperor was refusing to surrender. Several of his advisers tried to get him to surrender, but he made it clear that he would only consider it if the Americans invaded. If they had, thousands of Japanese and hundreds of Americans would have died, not the million casualty fairy tale that some American commanders were predicting, but it would have been a brutal one month campaign.

    And what happened to him? He got to live out the rest of his days in luxury – even denying decisive defeat because the Americans used a super weapon and did not take them out like true Samurai. He never had to take responsibility for the war crimes or for his own mens deaths.

    Those three were much more villanous, with a books worth of atrocity and ineptitude and history behind them. Instead we get some Hollywood stories and a lot of generalized facts.

    Authour has failed big time.

  • This is stupid

    I understand that this list is supposed to be about villianious behaviour, not the most barbaric leaders, but unfortunate it seems the authour forgot that.

    I do not know why the internet has a massive fascination with Hitler; his acts of villianee have been grossly blown out of proportion. Yes, he was the driving force behind the Holocaust, yes he essentially started World War 2, though if not for his loyal alliance with the MUCH WORSE Japanese, this would not have probably effected America – he went to war with America because of Japan’s pre-emptive strike on Pearl Harbour.

    That aside here’s some crib notes;

    10) He was normal for the time. And he’s only more infamous then the half dozen warlords stomping around the region at the time because he destroyed the ‘civilized’ Romans. Rome was a barbaric nation that set the world back 1500 years in science and technology and ensured that the ignorance of relgions, a concept that would have died out naturally in the next four hundred years if Rome hadn’t adopted Christianity and transmuted it to the lords and barons emerging from the empire’s ashes.

    9) Again, normal for the time.

    8) Mussolini was inept and almost cartoonish. His only achievements were to establish Facism in Italy and ally with Germany. Although he got many Italians killed, that hardly constitutes villainy, especially when measured up against some of the hard hitters on here. And it’s not like Italy suffered post war, compared to Germany and everything North and East of them.

    7) This guy should not be seventh. He should be first. He slaughtered thousands of his fellow country men. He established a personality cult that influenced and drove other guerilla movements in other countries. His inept ideas were the back bone of such things as the Great Leap Forward. His reign of terror ensured that events like Tienanmen would happen long after his death. He also tried on several occasions to coerce the two Cold War super powers into open warfare against each other. He sent his legions down against the United Nations in North Korea and almost had the whole peninsula enslaved in inept Communist rule; South Korea could be vastly different today. AND as a kicker, he helped the North Vietnamese successfully defeat the South and Americans, then turned on them not four years later. If they hadn’t interfered and funded the people they would later be killing, South Vietnam might be a progressive place much like South Korea. But nope, number 7 Mao didn’t do enough to be higher then Idi ‘only famous cause I’m in a movie’ Amin.

    6) Why is he here? He was villainous but he was normal of Africa for the time. Does the authour know who Theoneste Bagosora is? Obviously not, by this poor list. He is one of the chief engineers of the Rwandan civil war and genocide. He was extremely disturbed, did not want the Arusha (Peace) accords to go through, and went back to Africa to await the apocalypse. He had his followers attack civilians and peacekeepers all while the walls were falling down. He is a much more villainous leader, and he is a part of our generation. But since the authour obviously only gets their inspiration from Hollywood and other top ten lists, they wouldn’t know this.

    5) Leopold? Oh jeez. Gotta have the white, monarch/capitalist who ‘exploits’ (forced development is a word that doesn’t often grace lists like these) a continent that was still living in the stone age. Yep, he’s evil ahead of Mao and comparable to Hitler. In fact, its because of him that the Congo STILL isn’t a nice place to live. Yep. There are absolutely no internal ethnic tendencies and a complete lack of interest in development by the indigenous population that is really the reason why Africa is the worlds punchline. It’s the fault of rich, white people.

    4) Yes, Stalin. One of the worst (Modern men). Yet he’s only 4, and the facts about him are grossly played down. Stalin was WORSE then Hitler. Go search Holodomor. The Ukrainians suffered more IN PEACETIME ALONE then the entire Jewish, Gypsy and Mentally challenged demographic that was made up the Holocaust. But that’s okay, because World War 2 happened and eventually the Ukrainians were freed and allowed to live securely in their own land! Oh wait, that’s right, Stalin continued to persecute them and the Soviet Union ruled them until 1990. By that time the Holocaust inspired Israel had already slaughtered the British (See the Haganah for more villainy the internet doesn’t seem to care about) and committed the same crimes against the Palestinians that the Nazi party had perpetrated against them. Yet we absolutely worship the Holocaust and consider it the single greatest crime in history. Stalin committed a half dozen of these from the late 1910’s to his peaceful death in bed in the early 1950’s. If the world would have been obliterated in a Nuclear War it would have been because of this man. He manipulated every ally he had in WW2; he fought for the Nazi’s until they pre-empted him. Then he refused to help the USA with their war against Russian until the last few weeks when he gobbled up Manchuria.
    Stalin only fought the German’s, never offering supplies or men other theaters outside of Russia. He had parties and fancy suppers while his men died by the tens of thousands and his people starved. He constantly gutted his military of competent leaders, ensuring that Russian military tactics would be wasteful, human wave affairs. People who fell out of favour with him were obliterated – they even went so far as to doctor them out of old photos.

    • asddsa

      When you mentioned Africa, a whole continent with such incompetent garbage such as "still living in the stone age", you lost any credibility. Moron.

    • Joe Blabbah

      This is a good argument.

  • Those guys have no regards on human life. Good thing that they are all dead.

    • By far the best comment here.They were all evil and none of them should be treated less evil than the others.They aren't that different after all.

  • truth

    Look at yourself, all the brainwashed americans, highly doubt the american historical education lol

    • common sense

      Another for the padded room got away. I see.

  • Sam

    After spending quite some time in China i noticed how much Mao is appreciated in China he hangs from car mirrors and despite his killings, the cultural revolution has pushed China to the forefront of the modern world.
    Your list sucks man

  • Joe Blabbah

    10. Attila the Hun was not an awful leader, he just was the main instrument in defeating the Romans.

    9. Ivan the Terrible is actually not a villainous ruler, he was just mentally unstable. His name is a mistranslation and should be Ivan the Awe-inspiring or sumptin’ like that. He tried to reform Russia, from being a backwards nation to a modern (at the time 1500s) nation. He did kill his son in a fit of rage, and probably gets mad whenever he loses at chess and near the end of his reign the country was falling into what would become the Time of Troubles. He is still, not bad enough to be on this list.

    Leaders such as Pol Pot deserve to be on this list. If we are using the strict ruler as a background for the Worst rulers, then great military rulers like Shaka would end up on this list. Shaka was strict, but he wasn’t villainous.

    Stalin is a worse leader than Hitler, because Hitler was a villain, but nonetheless knew how to lead a country. Stalin just kills everyone who he THINKS is against him.

    But I still appreciate the time you took to make this list, and it must be difficult to appease everyone. I agree with a previous comment, good thing all these guys are dead.

    • Serhi

      Ivan the Terrible was the devil incarnate, he arranged for the genocide of entire peoples: the Kazan Tatars, the inhabitants of Novgorod, he spared neither women nor the elderly or children

      “Ivan’s army had rounded up and detained the leading merchants, traders and officials along with their families. They were tortured for information regarding the supposed defection and liaison with the Polish king. The judges employed exceedingly cruel tortures to facilitate their inquiries, including but not limited to burning with a “clever fire-making device” called a grill by the chronicler, roasting over fires, or being strung up by one’s hands and having one’s eyebrows singed off. An equally brutal punishment also awaited many upper and upper-middle-class families, including (but not limited to) those implicated or questioned.
      Women and children of all ages were bound and thrown from a high bank into the Volkhov river where they were trapped under the ice. Soldiers patrolled the water in boats, armed with boat hooks, spears, lances and axes, pushing down anyone who managed to surface alive. Those condemned by the court, after enduring questions under torture, were often tied to sleds and dragged through town until they too were forced off the bridge into the river.
      The “Novgorod Chronicle’’ has been able to identify many of the people summoned to the courts for examination. They included boyars from the Archbishop’s court (and many serving-men), lesser boyars, merchants, and traders. The court condemned approximately 200 gentry, more than 100 servants, 45 secretaries and chancery people, and a proportionate number of families, to die during their occupation of the city.
      In addition to the tortures visited on the upper and middle classes, the peasants and paupers were also treated with disregard and disdain, albeit of a broader nature. The oprichniki centered its attack on the townspeople around two main objectives: to increase the royal treasury, and to terrorize the lower classes into submission. Ivan’s fear of conspiracies and revolution in any combination, led him to try to quell disaffection and discourage revolutionary tendencies, generally though the manipulation of fear and violence.
      Near the end of the greater part of the Gorodische trials, Ivan ordered an attack on the trade streets of Novgorod, hoping to cripple the middle-class merchants (generally considered to be the seat of discontented revolutionary ideas) in order to suppress popular insurrection and guarantee dependency and submission. The oprichniki were to seize all profitable goods and destroy shops and storehouses, then move into the suburbs, where their instructions were to loot and destroy homes and kill all inhabitants who resisted (and, periodically, even those who complied), regardless of age or sex. Cold, hunger, and disease also killed the hundreds of families that were evicted and exiled from the city and surrounding villages.
      The famines that had plagued the area for the previous years (exacerbated by the oprichniki’s razing of the farm land on their trek to Novgorod) had drawn many of the poor from the surrounding land into the city for shelter. With little regard for the lives at stake, the Tsar ordered the collected paupers and beggars expelled from the city in the middle of winter, abandoning them to die of exposure or starvation.”

  • maple

    though i agree with most of these comments and you list is not the best
    i can see that you worked on this list
    and good for you for bringing the Mad Queen of Madagascar to light
    i did not know who she was before now

  • hakeem

    glad to see these monsters didn’t die least some of them. Sure thay are all having a party together in hell.

    surprised to see a woman (queen of madgascar) so cruel. I thought only men had the balls to be cruel.

  • marshallrmb

    About Hitler…”His need for the expansionism of Germany drove him to attack or bully Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium and eventually his ally, Russia”….so relevant today but only economically

  • You could have also added:
    Pol Pot

    And I’m sure there were plenty more cruel leaders throughout history.

  • PartOfHistory

    Vlad The Impailer’s body was never found because he was executed and his head was taken to the Ottoman king as a proof of his execution. Also, when Ottoman victory became inevitable, Vlad wrote letters to the Ottoman king, telling him that he could help the kind conquer his own country since he knows it very well, hoping to escape from capture and execution. These letters and their replies are in archive in both Ottoman archives in Turkey and Romanian archives. However, Romanian’s don’t like talking about this very much and even deny it. Some reasources say that Romanians went as far as burning and destroying their copies of the letters and agreements to avoid embarrassment.


    In MY opinion, this list shouldnt be numbered at all. Honestly, they’re all evil for different reasons. Except Vlad. He was cruel but he istableshed and protected Romania for I’m not sure how long but he most definetly shouldn’t be placed with Hitler.

    EITHER WAY. Let’s forget about rankings and numbers and just agree that they all were evil in their own ways. They all were hated and they ALL are DEAD. Whatever they did, It’s over and we shouldn’t be arguing this much about it. No disprespect to the victims intended, but we can’t change what happened.

    And we’re doing the same thing they did, just on a lesser scale. Reading this you should consider that we need to respect eachother and stop all this useless pointless fighting. It’s not going to change anything and honestly, I think that Stalin is the worst. He starved and tortured my relatives and forced them into cannibalism to survive.
    But that’s just my opinion.
    We all have one and it’s stupid to get this worked up over it.

  • me

    they were’nt all bad

  • You spelled ‘Villainous’ wrong. Just letting you know.

  • Jose Hernandez

    This would have been more helpful had you put it in the order of how many people they killed. Then you left some people like Pol Pot and Kin Jong Il. But you put some who aren’t rather famous so I give you credit.

  • phillly

    I think Stalin is worse than Hitler. In the Great Pruge, between 13 million died while only (only used relative) only 11 million people died. Stalin also had many other things in ehic ended in deaths

  • Opinions

    Could everyone that’s complaining shut up, you guys are all complaining that what has been said doesn’t fit “YOUR” views, those can be totally different to the views of the person who wrote this. They wrote it on their views as well, even if you have the facts, you still need a way to organise it. They chose their way to organise it which again could be totally different to your views.

  • Serhi

    Why is there ?ttila in this list? I do not think that he was more cruel, than Nero or Caligula. And to compare cruelty in different times really correctly? That cruelly now, thousand years back it was in order of things.

  • Lawski

    The US have been making war under false pretenses for over 50 years.
    Depleted uranium, Napalm, Gas, Atomic bombs, Drones.. The US killed more civilians than any past dictators.

    Iraq may be the best example of the US crimes. Any of you nuts realize that Iraq is DESTROYED ? In Iraq MILLIONS of civilians died because of your war, teenagers are rapted in daylight for organ trafficking, iraqis average lifespan felt by 20 years and in some regions the soil is contaminated for billion of years by Uranium.

    Oh right the US are the good guys. So says the medias owned BY THEM.. Idiot.
    The US is the most evil empire on earth.