Top 10 Worst Dictators In History

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The Top Ten

1
Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh)
2500 unarmed protesters killed in 45 minutes last night may 5th 2013 3am
Building collapsed killed many people and she refused to take help from foreign countries.
Rejected Lied to CNN that she allowed their journalist to cover the building collapse story where as she didn't allow actually. Many civilian are being killed by her supporters and police under direct order to fire upon the unarmed protesters who did a rally to show their feelings and point the fault of the present government.
Holding the power like her father. Doing same as He did. Banned the basic rights of expressing opinions. Even when civil society's spokesman who ever he/she is (Scholar, National Prof, Writer of Constitution) speaks against her autocracy she names them as Mad! Only because of her now thousands of people are dying. She started the chaos by amending the constitution. She just wants to grab and hold the ruler-ship. Only because of her our economy is now destroying. She and her followers now holding every top positions illegally. She already recruited her party men everywhere in the governmental offices. Election Commissions, Police Department, Army everywhere. And now doing mass killing by them. Everyday innocents are dying.

Why you amended the fully ok constitution and now showing the constitution you edited and telling everyone that you are following constitution! What do you think we people are mad? We don't need a ferocious ruler like you nor dull brained Khalida Zia. What we need a leader that can lead our country like true leader.

Now the last sentence I want to say is,
"Go to Hell Democratic Dictator Hasina"
Sheikh Hasina is the worst prime minister in the History of Bangladesh. She is a Judicial Killer. She is using judicial system of Bangladesh to prevent th e raise of his opposition. Freedom of choice. Freedom of voice, Freedom of vote is plundered in his hand. No one is secured in country now.
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2Adolf Hitler (Germany)
Hitler was a terrible man, no doubt about it. He managed to even turn the most peaceful people in the world into radical haters, just through his speeches. He based all his Hatred on one group of more are less innocent people for no apparent reason. And he destroyed Germany's reputation for a very long time. 70 years later and most still view us as Nazi's all thanks to him. Without a doubt the worst dictator in History.
His idea to end the hatred of Jews was to kill them! THAT'S NOT GOOD!
He killed millions of innocent people just because he didn't like them as a race. Everything he did was based on race.
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3Joseph Stalin (USSR)
Lets see, he sacrificed 27 million of his people during world war 2, and 75 million people in total. Hitler only killed about 15 million people so whoever voted for Hitler doesn't know what they are talking about.
People will say that Hitler was most brutal because of the holocaust of Jews but anyone in the Soviet Union who showed devotion to any religion was brutally murdered and their families were often also additionally killed to show the seriousness of the regime
Joseph Stalin killed jews as well as Hitler.
Why is franco not on the list
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4Mao Zedong (China)
I'm a numbers guy. He killed more people than anyone else.
Mao Zedong has caused the most deaths of any dictator. If starving your country is good then Mao Zedong is the best leader there is.
I've heard up to 70 million deaths
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5Bashar al-Assad (Syria)
When I see photos of this man with his family and I read about his educational upbringing, I am astonished. How could a man with so much privilege and opportunity also have a reputation of being one of the world's worst dictators - in HISTORY! I mean think about it... When I look back on my life I want to be rememebered for the good I have done. For my ability to bring the human race together as one... Or at least try. Leaders such as Lincoln, Roosevelt, even Queen Elizabeth I. These are the types of leaders I look upon fondly. And though each are fallible, I also believe they worked with a good heart. Do I believe we should ever have war - no. To be that act is as uncivilized and animalistic as two Rams banging heads along a Rocky Mountain cliff. However, I find it down right insulting to "God" - or whatever higher power exsists, to think "He" would approve of anyone kiling what "He" has created. And I write this with a very agnostic viewpoint. But, if there is a creator (and I'm leaning towards something must be there) I am pretty certain these horrible acts of violence was not in his general plan. And if anything, the egotistical evil behaviors can't be easy for him to look at with a fond eye. I'm pretty sure Bashar (including his family, friends and peers has a lot of explaining to do when it comes his time. What he forgets is - all of the people he has killed are waiting for him on the other side.
A very cold-hearted tyrant who allowed his own country to plunge into civil war, creating a multifaceted struggle between a multitude of different groups. His regime has killed tens of thousands to retain power, and in the most brutal means possible. The paramilitary groups loyal to Assad - known as the Shabiha - have deliberately targeted children as young as 2 years old to terrorize anyone who dares oppose his rule.

It is true that al-Qaeda has hijacked a good chunk of the revolution. But in condemning the Jihadist atrocities, we cannot also lose sight of the Assad regime's depravity.
He is responsible for the death of 30,000+ syrians so far! His troops have committed slaughters, rapes, mass burials, and many other extremely foul actions, and not just settling for the already terrible Death!
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6Kim Jong ll (North Korea)
Kim Jong Il is by far worse than Hitler would ever be. At least Hitler and Stalin had the decency to fee very small portions of food to prisoners or execute prisoners by a quick shooting or gas chamber. Kim Jong Il basically starved his people and if they were too weak to work, he would either torture them by drowning, dissection and if lucky, shot or in a gas chamber. The concentration camps are very hidden and only FORMER guards can tell the tale. When you arrive at the camp, there are deformities, amputees, newborn babies injected with a liquid that causes major swelling, babies buried alive or faced down to suffocate. Also the already weak people were dissected alive in underground labs. These are by far the most inhumane and painful ways anybody can torture someone since medieval times, I believe. He also spent millions and millions of money that South Korea gave to him to help aide others, he basically spent it all on military. Over 20 million people were kill and died a slow painful death. Now his son is in power.
He kills people for almost every crime possible he has families put in labour camps for life and keep children their and has entyre families killed in gas chambers with sciencetists taken notes prime minster David Cameron and president Obama should send in the troops and assassinate him and his son next inline for leader
ACTUALLY HITLER WAS NOT THE WORST DICTATOR. THE WORST DICTATOR WAS KIM JONG II BECAUSE HE STARVED HIS PEOPLE WIT IS WORTH THAN DEATH! HE ALSO PIKED THE BODIES APART AND TORCHED THEM
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7Vlad III the Impaler (Wallachia)
Does anyone have any freaking clue what he did? He killed anyone who dare did anything to slightly offend him. He had two men's hats nailed into their head because they didn't take them off in his palace. He killed people in the most painful ways possible. Mostly by impaling a stake through the bottom of their bodies all the way to their mouths. Then, he would "decorate" with them by placing them around his house and the city to scare away enimies. At the beginning of his power, he placed a gold cup in the middle of his land. Until his death, nobody ever stole it because they were so afraid of him. It was terrible. Read more if you want, just google him. There's quite a few great articles.
He killed more people than Hitler, and more painfully too. He would boil children and make their parents eat them
What these people are saying about this guy scares the living hell out of me! Holy God! Impaling people up to their mouths?!
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8King Herod (Israel)
He is a killer. He killed all the baby boys that he could, just because he couldn't find 1 baby. He thought the baby was going to take his crown from him. That doesn't give him the right to kill.
He tried to kill Jesus. Enough said.
THE VICOUS INFANT KILLING BASTARD
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9Pol Pot (Cambodia)
Pol Pot, in my opinion, should be the top of the list. While Hitler and Stalin destroyed more lives, Pol Pot was just plain idiotic. At least Hitler and Stalin both contributed something important to their countries. Pol Pot, on the other hand, almost threw his own country, Cambodia, back to the stone ages.
He was a complete and utter bastard in my opinion, who killed people for the sake of bringing Cambodia back to the Stone Age, and who is currently awaiting trial!
It is too bad that I do not believe in Hell, as Pol Pot should absolutely be there for eternity. The American people still don't seem to realize the extent of the genocide this bastard committed against his own people, those of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma... Jane Fonda was an idiot; she should apologize to the people of southeast Asia, and particularly Vietnam.
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10Saddam Heusein (Iraq)
He exterminated his people, committed ethnic and sectarian genocide, he is first to use chemical WMD on his own Kurdish citizens, engaged his country in 3 destructive wars, invaded 2 neighboring countries and caused destruction of an entire country Kuwait, caused a n environmental disaster by actually drying up entire river tributaries, and caused his people to suffer from a long UN embargo that almost destroyed an entire generation of Iraqis
He was a man driven by his lust for war. Disregading the life of his people, Infact am sure he was willing to spare a million suel for a petty victory. I would know, am Iraqi
The Al-Anfal Campaign was a genocidal campaign against the Kurdish people (and many others) in Iraqi Kurdistan led by the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and headed by Ali Hassan al-Majid. The campaign takes its name from Surat al-Anfal in the Qur'an, which was used as a code name by the former Iraqi Ba'athist regime for a series of attacks against the peshmerga rebels and the mostly Kurdish civilian population of rural Northern Iraq, conducted between 1986 and 1989 culminating in 1988. This campaign also targeted Shabaks and Yazidis, Assyrians, Turkoman people and Mandeans and many villages belonging to these ethnic groups were also destroyed. Some reports cite Saddam Hussein's army as being responsible for 200,000 civilian deaths.

The Contenders

11Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt)
He made a military coup in egypt removing the rightfully elected dr. Mohamed morsi and took over his place and is killing his opponents from protestors and asks the people for permissions to do his massacres from killing innocent unarmed people and also the medioa supports him greatly so far he killed 300 people all from the dr morsi supporters and injured 10000 and still counting may allah be with us
He just killed 3000 peaceful protestors he is simply the worst and should be in the top of the list
He is the worst man ever to rule egypt
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12Idi Amin Dada (Uganda)
he was responsible for 300,000 murders!

Big shame for East Africa nations hope he was the first and last dictator of all times
The worst dictator the world has ever seen
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13Hosni Mubarak (Egypt)
Yes he was evil
He needed a V8 after his first year of presidency
He should be listed among top 10 Dictator

14Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
He s 90 years old and has killed so many people icluding 20000 ndebele peopl as well as the wife of leader of the opposition party. Not only is he cruel he ist a bright spark either having ruined the economy completly since he came into power (at one point there was a 250000000 zw dollar note probablythe equivalent of us5). Zimbabbwe currenlty has no currency and the life expectancy which ued to be 64 is now down to 37.
This man is so wrong.. He blames all that goes wrong in his country on the "west " and gay people.. He alls needs to do some economics because the things he is sayings he wants to do will worsen a common person's life.. SOMEONE PLEASE SAVE THIS COUNTRY!

15Kim Il-sung (North Korea)
Started the disaster that is North Korea. Now in it's third generation, only an internal coup, which is unlikely due to the terror and mistrust of those in key positions, or an external "takedown" will solve the problem. In my opinion, the civilized nations of the world owe it to the people of North Korea to remove the government and reunite it with the South, China's wishes be damned!
The father of Kim jong I'll let me tell you some he was worse than his son he started Korean that killed millions starved more people than Kim jong il blamed the suffering of his country on the USA he made it hell for his ownpeople
Everything bad about Kim Jong-il started from Kim ll-sung.
He created the labor camps, killing millions of people for hating on the workers party
He brainwashed the population
He is North Korea's God
He made North Korea crazy

16Caligula (Roman Empire)
He was a sick and cruel man because when he was a kid his whole family was killed by the empire of Rome ( his uncle) and then his uncle took him to an island where he had lost it. Then after his uncle got sick he asked the guard to let him kill the emperor and he said yes so Caligula choked him while during a conversation. Then he became emperor and everybody loved him so they gave him the whole world of Rome to rule as he wishes.
Where's Nero? He was worse than Caligula because he killed Peter and Paul. What a jerk.
Among dictators there are those who believe the end justify the means, others lack any justification other than self gratification, then there are those who are simply insane and act without rhyme or reason. Caligula was of the latter category and Rome suffered immensely for it.
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17Benito Mussolini (Italy)
Helped hitler tojo and killed a lot of us

18Muammar al-Gaddafi (Libya)
Gaddaffi has been dictator for 42 years and in those years he killed his own people who were protesting peacefully
Gaddafi... What can I say... His been on that chair for too long.. Its time for a change in Libya... For the sake of the people and the gentlemen himself...
As a Libyan, Gaddafi Make all his worries in life to destroy Libya, no one will be able to build what Gaddafi distroied, you will never be able to imagine how evil he was...
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19Yahya Khan (Pakistan)
He played a bloody role in the Bangladesh war, back then East Pakistan, in 1971. As Pakistani commander-in-chief, in March 1971 he gave the Pakistan army green light to rampage through East Pakistan with impunity just because the Bangladeshis wanted to be free from the rule of West Pakistan which badly neglected East Pakistan as was seen in the clumsy handling of the aftermath situation of notorious 1970 cyclone Bhola. Yahya Khan infamously said: "Kill three million of them [Bangladeshis], and the rest will eat out of our hands."

Anyway, 9 months and about a million deaths later, Bangladesh got its freedom anyway in December 1971.

The 1970s was really a extraordinarily brutal decade back then. Same decade, Pol Pot ravaged Cambodia, Pinochet had an iron fist on Chile, the Red Terror in Ethiopia began, ongoing Vietnam war, East Timor was invaded, the civil war in Lebanon had its first days in the 1970s and so on.
Sudden attack on 25th March 1971, 3 Millions kills excluding 0.2 Millions rape in just nine months.
Mastermind Behind operation searchlight. Killed 3 million Bangladeshi and raped unknown number of women. Created Razakar and aided Jamat e Islami which aid AL Qaeda and religious extremist all over the world

20Sheikh Mojibur Rahman (Bangladesh)
He was the greatest killer in Bangladesh after 1971(Freedom fight). He killed about 45000 people by his Protective Force. Then he established Absolutism.
Yes he was dictator
Totaly a culprit of nation, who was slave of other country.
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21Ante Pavelic (Croatia)
Before you post something like this you got to possess some elementary knowledge of History. First of all, going to every Wikipedia will show you that this guy killed 700.000 people only in one concentration camp - 'Jasenovac' according to official Yugoslav statistics after the war. Second, his murders were not turned against 'Bosnians'. There is no nation as Bosnians. Bosnia is the territory populated by Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims. Ante Pavelic was a Croat who recruited both Croats and Muslims to exterminate the Serbs. So had his country lasted more, he wouldn't have turned against the Turks as you suggested (or against Japanese and Mexican) but completely exterminated the Serbian population which was his constitutional goal. Lets not forget to say that with the help of the US modern Croatian country has managed to complete the process of ethnic cleansing of the Serbs that Pavelic successfully started. And third and the last, over 90% of his victims were the Serbs. His motto was that bullet is for human. Since he didn't consider the Serbs human, non of his concentration camps had used the firing squad or the gas chamber. All the victims, over one million people, were killed by the inquisition methods - sledge hammers, knives, burned alive or tortured in all possible ways from the Spanish Inquisition menu. Even Hitler tried to stop his appetite for mass genocide murders. The genocide was mostly organized and conveyed by the Catholic priests and Vatican.
He was definitely one of the worst dictators from Balkan region, along with Draža Mihajlović and Josip Broz Tito, but claims that he murdered over 700 000 people are blown over any reasonable proportions mainly by Serbs after the war. The fact that he is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths is enough but that he killed so many is simply a lie. Newest data, that is concluded from different sources and by leading world historians, says that during his regime in concentration camp Jasenovac there were somewhere around 83 000 people murdered, which is horrible enough. Interesting fact about it is that he didn't killed only Serbs but anybody who didn't agree with his regime, including Croats, gypsies, members of his regime also, Jews and so on. The number of 700 000 killed Serbs was made up and used by Serbian extremes later, during Serb aggression on Croatia and Bosnia, to validate their aggression and genocide that they purported in those countries.
The last post is the most accurate. Per capita Ante Pavelic and the Croatian Ustase Neo-Facists should be rated #1! Out of a population of 2 million they butchered and murdered 700,000-1 million mostly Serbians along with Jews and Gypsies. Almost half the Serbian population there! The population (men, women, children, elderly) was systematically massacred in the most brutal ways imaginable. Go to Croatia and mention Serbs and see the hate for yourself. Hell, just ask any Croat in the world and see their denial.
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22Begum Khaleda Zia (Bangladesh)
Killing innocent people for power is not a good sign of being a good leader she is just on a killing spree
Failed in 8th grade.
Hey lets go shave our eyebrows and bleach our skin to look like her
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23Omar Al-Bashir (Sudan)
2.5 million people dead. And counting.
Kill 2 million south Sudanese people and ravished Darfur.
This guy kills people for no reason and has guards that ravage communities to force kids to kill eachother. Plus, he has killed 10 million people.

24Genghis Khan (Mongolia)
Killed so many people he effected the carbon footprint of the planet. The Forests grew back.
I read he was responsible or the deaths of at least 50 million people, so about the same as hitler
Not a dictator in the proper sense of the word, but was responsible for the deaths of millions
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25Vladimir Lenin (USSR)
Despite not killing as many as Hitler or Stalin Vladimir Lenin was a manipulative psychopath who even hated his own followers, denouncing them as "useful idiots" who followed him because they wanted to be free of tsarist Russia. It is amazing this man still has so many followers today
Anyone who didn't vote him here must be a communist
Anyone who admires him has not studied history.

26Nero (Roman Empire)
He turned chritians into candles and decorated dinner parties with them.
Nero was an evil man he would throw Christians in arenas with lions just for entertainment
Terrible, killing Christians is inhumane ways.
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27Golda Meir (Israel)
caused an unnecessary war and many years of unstability in the middle east, not to mention she refused to accept Palestine as a nation.
Overall, her decions cost many lives on both sides of the Arab-Israeli war, infact, she started the Arab-Israeli war

28Thaksin Shinawatra (Thailand)
He is the cold-blooded killer who ordered killing of thousands of innocent peole without propper investigations and trials. He has been using his red-shirt army to countlessly carry out merciless violences to quell his opponents, being fully aware that such undertakings will cause injuries and deaths. Whenever he wants to maintain his political power, he can hurt and kill anybody even his RS followers. All of more than 200 MPs in his remotely-controlled party has no political ideas of their own whatsoever. They must wait for his oder to vote in whichever way he wants. It is right to say that those MPs do not have any vote at all, but Thaksin alone has more than 200 votes. This guy is used to amassing his wealth through corruption, with the use of his poitical dictatorship. So he is the worst dictator in Thailand's history and one of the worst dictators of the world. He certainly should make it to the top ten.
He make himself look like to be democrat but indeed, has hired red shirts doing mafia politics such as, threaten, harm, bomb, kill people who opposite. Greedy for power and money. Can do any evil to gain them. Can be called satan. Or any bad words you like.
He is the background of Peuthai Party and He can control everything in his sister government without any proof from Thai people.
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29Ivan IV (Russia)
His first act of power was to throw a rebellious nobleman to his hunting dogs. Things only became worse from that point.

Ivan the Terrible was known for, amongst other "accomplishments, " tortuously murdering the inhabitants of the city of Novgorod on the basis of a rumor that they were planning to defect to Sweden. Men, women, and children were impaled, hacked to death with axes or boiled alive in gigantic pots. He personally partook in brutal tortures of suspected enemies, and beat his own son to death in a fit of rage. Possibly one of the worst people who has ever lived. Brutal, sadistic, and cruel, he richly deserves the name Ivan the Terrible.
Even though he wasn't really a dictator. He was a monarch. None the less, he was as bad as Stalin.

Robobrain

He was better known as Ivan the Terrible. After the Kremlin was built, he executed its builders so they couldn't make anything more impressive. I don't know which this is more of: stupid, or sadistic.

30Mengistu Haile Mariam (Ethiopia)
He was the worst dictator in east Africa. He killed his own president, his name is Hail Silas and took over his place. People started to suffer in east Africa because of him
He is so cruel he killed millions of women and kids

31Pervaiz Musharaf (Pakistan)
A coward leader who did not fear of Allah but feared from Ameica and caused destruction to Afghanistan and Pakistan
He dragged Pakistan in war

32Napoleon (France)
Greatest emperors the world has ever seen, highly decorated personality, very great speaker

33Fransisco Franco (Spain)
You should correct the name: Francisco, not Fransisco. And it could be remarkable to point at the fact that he was one of the dictators who most seized the power: 40 years between 1936 and 1975. He represented the complete triumph of fascism, shamelessly welcomed by USA as a ally against the communism in Cold War era, and he destroyed forever the brilliant and liberal Spain that was abandoning its gloomy past. His awful and selfish inheritance, as the big defender of most reactionary layers of society, is present at today's Spain, with its corruption and poverty.
Totalitarian mass murderer and nitwit economist who overthrew a democratic government to install a catholic fundamentalst regime bent on historical revisionism.

34Emperor Hirohito (Japan)
Japanese Emperors, regarded as the sacred family by the foolish conservatives (so-called UYOKUs or NETOUYOs, also believing that the Japanese are the superior and Koreans are harmful and should be genocided, which is quite similar to the thoughts of Nazis when we put "Germans" and "Jews" instead of "the Japanese" and "Koreans." LDP is a conservative party and some say that Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister today, even belives somewhat similar thoughts), has done lots of terrible things in the 1500 year-ruling of Japan. Hirohito (or Showa Emperor) was certainly the worst murderer in the family, but remember. The Japanese Imperial family has repeated committing incest for centuries, killed thousands of Japanese in the civil war occurred in the 19th century.
And still the family was kept alive. This is because the Japanese put too much authority on this crazy family, and politicians (including those of GHQ) have took the advantage of this weird authority instead of executing them. I say the Japanese Imperials are even WORSE than Hitler, STALIN, or any other dictators in the world.
Imperial Japan under Hirohito killed more civilians in WII than Germany, Italy and Spain combined.
He didn't have Hitler's structured genocidal agenda, but he beats him by headcount.
Tojo Hideki and others were blame scapegoats for this man.

35Than Shwe (Myanmar)
He is in a long line of burmese greed. I know this personally because my family was affected by him and the other generals. The government raises money just so the generals can live large while their people starve and die. He commited genocide against the tribes as he wanted one race in Burma.
He started to gain the despotic political power since 1991. He commits many different typologies of crime.
He killed many people and monks

36Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines)
He declared Martial Law which caused the demise of the whole Philippines. The government was a puppet, so was the staff and officials. For a lot of years, many Filipinos died because of him, shooting those who oppose him in front of the crowd and international media.
Together with Juan Ponce Enrile they summarily executed Filipinos who oppose them in any way. Many have died because of his brutal regime of 20 years.
He kills all the people he didn't want to see anymore..
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37Gamal Abdel Nasser (Egypt)
One of the dictator of the world.

38Enver Hoxha (Albania)
Imprisoned thousands in forced labour camps and had them tortured and executed for crimes such as alleged treachery. He isolated his people from the world for almost fifty years.
He killed everyone who went to school with him, killed everyone who was caught practicing religion, and isolated Albania for like 46 years.
He builded more than 800.000 bunkers in case of foreign attack.

39Jean Bokassa (Central Africa)
CANABALIZED HIS ENEMIES! THOUGHT THEY WOULD INCREASE HIS POWER

40Yoweri Museveni (Uganda)
This guy is sick, he has a sick mind, he kills poor people by taking their money and has already eradicated all the days, and he allows joseph kony and his men to brainwash and destroy the country of Uganda

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Museveni is a master liar, manipulator, and mischievous. His regime cadres refer to those they murder as "biological substances".
Only his family tastes wine..
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41Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia)
He should definitely be in top 10 considering the crimes he ordered and were committed under his 30 year long regime. He is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands civilians after the end of second world war, he is also responsible of all the crimes that his secret police, called UDBA, perpetrated in the former country and abroad, killing everybody who was not agreeing with communist regime.
Some says life in Yugoslavia was good, but they don't tell for them who sufferd in prision like Goli otok and many camps for so called political correting peopels. Of course keeping fear in country secret intelligence - UDBA took care for that. Not mention of thousands killed or tortured peopels who were not agree with comunist system after WWII to end of 80'.

42Prince Abdullah (Saudi Arabia)
He is the king of Saudi Arabia
Even Saudi Arabia is a rich country most of Saudi people are poor, few are millionaires

43Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic)
Trujillo was the bloodiest dictator of the Americas, even worse than Fidel Castro, although for some reason unknown to me he gets overlooked. He renamed mountains for himself and killed 20-30K ethnic Haitians in the Parsley Massacre.

Much of his legacy remains in literature in works such as "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, " "The Feast of the Goat, " and "In the Time of the Butterflies. "
My uncle was friends with him, they met because he killed a women by accident and met him because he was sent to Rafeal Trujillo.
He killed over.50,000 people just because they were black Hatian people in one week time frame!

44Nicolae Ceaușescu (Romania)
Despite all the good things he did to make Romania unique in front of the world and improve relations with Werstern Europe, he's still responsible for the torturing of many people who opposed him, destroyed many villages and the respective way of life. And whats even worse is that he was completely oblivious to what the reign did wrong, all thanks to his wife Elena, who was an even bigger monster than him(and responsible for many opressions and torturing people from many social categories, propaganda and personality cult, those last 2 done along with her husband). Those two formed a double-headed tyranny. Plus they both got executed on Christmas which shocked the West.
Also he even tricked the world leaders into believing that Romania would make a better relation with the West rather than with URSS. In short he is a Machiavellic genius, strong and dignified but at the same time has a very strong lack of realism, living in a illusion, and later, paranoid. He even destroyed National Monuments and Buildings and Historical Churches for his plan of City Sistematization. And ffinally he is responsible for the death of over 20 million people at the revolution. His Biography is even more horrifyingly interesting, since as a kid he wanted to rule like this.

AnulDomnului

AnulDomnului, what are you talking about? Death of 20 million people? What? He was responsible for the death of many people, no doubt about it, but 20 million? The hole country of Romania bearly has all those people.

Right... That being said, I'm surprised that Ceaușescu is only ranked on 55, and that's thanks to my vote. I thought he was more infamous than that. Scumbag deserves to be higher on the list, at least top 25.
He might have done some good things for romania but he also led his population to misery

45Indira Gandhi (India)
She is a Dictator?

46Nicholas II (Russia)

47Chiang Kai-shek (China)
Though thought out to be a good guy he was almost the complete opposite. Even though he didn't kill 75 million he still deserves to be on this list. Since he was a Nationalist leader, Americans look at him as a good guy only because we were trying to stop communism. One reason was because this leader was a leading factor in the Korean War. But back to Chiang, when we sent him millions upon billions of dollars he first embezzled some for his own keep and gave the rest to him army (which might be one reason for retreating to Taiwan).
He is the same as Mao Zedong, he killed 30, 000 Taiwanese. Mao Zedong killed more just because China had more population.

48Hideki Tojo (Japan)
This man was the person who was the real dictator in Japan not Hirohito he was simply a puppet to Tojo he mass murdered almost as much people as Hitler did in even worse ways. He was hanged after the war and should've been in the top 15 on this list! He was completely evil

49Augusto Pinochet (Chile)
Some have called him the Butcher of Santiago. The 1973 coup and subsequent 17-year rule, which was actively supported by the USA under Richard Nixon and then later under Reagan, was one of the bloodiest ever. All in the name of "freedom" from communism, this was right-wing tyranny at its finest. Thousands died in the 17 years he ruthlessly held power. While the exact figures may never be known, there are people who still today have never known the fates fo some of their loved ones. Summary executions, mass murders at the National Stadium in Santiago, random shootings of those caught outdoors after curfew, the body count was high. Chile remains a deply divided antion almost 25 years after he left power. The wealthy few regard him as a hero, since he filled their already deep pockets at the expense of the many.

50Ismail Enver (Turkey)
One of the triumvirate of the Ottoman Empire who was responsible for the Armenian Genocide.

51Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia)
Says who? CNN and BBC? Hmm... Before you start talking nonsense about Chetnicks, go to George Freemen's book 'The Forgotten 500'. The book is about the greatest rescue operation behind the enemy lines in WWII and in the US history. Speaking of Nazis, the Chetnicks, these 'monsters', had saved 500 US pilots from the Nazis in the middle of the Occupied Serbia during the four years of war there risking and giving away their lives. However, I understand that what you are saying is the standard American thank you. I wonder why didn't you mention the US presidents during the Korean and Vietnam war who are responsible for death of millions? Just to mention that during the civil war in former Yugoslavia total death toll was around 150.000 people, soldiers and civilians. Oh, and did I say that Milosevic wasn't responsible for that war but the US, Germany and Great Britain by recognizing and justifying the terrorists and rebels against the constitutional government of the internationally recognized country of Yugoslavia and secession of its territories?
He was responsible for Balkan wars, first war in Slovenia which lasted 10 days, then war in Croatia that lasted from 1991 to 1995, and war and genocide in Bosnia that lasted from 1992 to 1995. Responsible for thousands of deaths all over ex Yugoslavia from 1990 - 1999. He started a war in Kosovo in 1999. Thousands of people killed, over two million displaced. His men, chetniks, did a terrible deeds that not even monsters did, not even Nazis. Bosnian and Croat people are sent in camps, torture and rape were nothing what they were capable of. Chetniks exist even now, they rule a big part of Serbia, and a whole entity of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many people are declared chetniks, even Republika Srpska's current president Milorad Dodik is chetnik. We can't allow that fascist movement to rule.
One of the worst mass murderers in modern history

52King Leopold II (Belgium)
Just because he wasn't killing people in his own country doesn't excuse his actions in his colonies. Unlike many on this list he was from a so called first world nation, but that didn't stop him from having the hands and feet of little children cut off to make their parent work harder in rubber plantations. Congo has never recovered from his actions.
Disgusting Human Being. I mean at least some of the people on this list had reasons, however ridiculous, for killing. Leopold did it at random, and for no reason whatsoever
You kidding me? He's responsible for millions of deaths...
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53Hussain Muhammad Ershad (Bangladesh)
He is one wrong haded person in the world!

54Mary I (England)

55Kim Jong-Un (North Korea)
Grand son of Kim il-sung and son of Kim Jong-il, he is the third generation Kim dynasty ruler of North Korea. He ordered execution of an officer thru mortar gun, ordered execution against people who owned DVDs from democratic South Korea, Christians etc.
Fool he is a fool
Kim Jong-un tried to nuke the United States and South Korea. Kim Jong-un is a Totalitirian dictator of all dictators.
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56Wilhelm II (German Empire)
Didn't know anything about warfare but still thought he was a military genius. He lead Germany to catastrophe. The end result: He had to go to exile, the monarchy in Germany became history.

57Francois Duvalier (Haiti)
Not only a vicious and brutal dictator but a 100% certified psychopath as even his own supporters in the military and government came to realise, however such was his cult of personality and his penchant for indiscriminate violence and murder he held on to power (supported no little by the USA for his laughable 'anti-communist' stance, he was anti humanity if anything).
Shameless and greedy in a poor country
The thing about the Duvalier dictatorship is that it lasted 30 long years.

58Ali Abdullah Saleh (Yemen)
Did govern only for his own purses. Under him, Yemen went from worst to absolutely worst in terms of economics, education, environment, politics, society.

59Porfirio Díaz (México)

Two face trader! Live free or die viva villa!

He was responsable for more than 50000 were killed when he was in the power.


60Thanom Kittikachorn (Thailand)
Seems to have a penchant for massacring ostensible communist students.

61Ruhollah Khomeini (Iran)
Not only a dictator, a CHARLATAN DICTATOR.
Worse people in the world,

62Isaias Afewerki (Eritrea)
Self elected provisional government of the state of Eritrea since 1991 runs the country without constitution, no freedom of press, no freedom of speech, and no freedom of religion. He executed dozones of journalists and higher rank government officials and imprisoned over hundreds of thousands of youth of the country.Isaias Afewerki is pretty well known as a late North Korean president, Kim Jong-il, of Africa.
He runs the country in the form of modern slavery where national service and military conscription is without the will of the citizens and for indefinite period of time.
The president is also very known for his arrogant and belligerent behavioral aspects.
He murdered his brothers and sister who were fighters for 30 years. The Eritrean opposition should get ride of him.

63Nebuchadnezzar II (Babylon)

64Ion Iliescu (Romania)
Almost as commie as Ceausescu
Nu a fost dictator. Termenul dictator nu defineste ce a fost iliescu.

65Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Thru him, Pakistan Islamized. He ordered execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

66King Mswati III (Swaziland)
He has deprived his country from a lot of opportunities that would have been enjoyed if the country was turned to a democracy-... Enjoys the countries returns and his worth with the royal family... Has failed to rescue the country when they were in undergoing recession yet he was rumoured to be worth millions of dollar... During the recession he took out his 12 wives for a shopping spree to Kuwait... Though he does not have any rumours linking him to any deaths of the country and they is consistent piece in the country all year round.

67Qin Shi Huangdi (China)
Absolutely ruthless. Killed lots of people in the state Zhao because he, and his mother, were almost killed by a zhao royal guard, when he was 3.

In his early he's pretty evil but dome good for the country, but he did it ruthlessly.

If he wasn't pretty pycho already, he decided in 218 he wanted to be immortal, so he took mercury pills so he got so insane that. 1 he decided just he died he had a really big tomb forced thoudands of people and push beyond possible. 2 did the same thing about the great wall.3 burned lots of books except for the wons he aproved off.

Banished his mother and his likely true father.
He is like a earlier version of Mao Ze Dong, he kills innocents lies a lot, and always starts minor conflicts
So crazy he drank mercury to make him live longer, only it killed him in his 30s!

68Maximilien Robespierre (France)
Robespierre invented terrorism. What a delightful gift to the world.

69Paul Kagame (Rwanda)

Killed more than 5000 in Byumba and Mutara, more than 10000 died in Nyacyonga in camps, killed more than 1000000 congolise and Hutu rwandans who were fleeing him and still killing and put every one who has a different opinion than him in jail.


70Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Maldives)
Acted as a God among the people of the Maldives with an iron fist until his defeat in 2008 presidential elections. However took over the country again by creating a coup d'etat with a puppet president. Forged the elections of 2013 by commanding the Supreme Court of the Maldives and has made his half brother come to power as president!
Maumoon was a ruthless, brutal dictator who crushed all opposition.
He is the most brutal horrible man he. Is from his works. Worsenedthe roads
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71Jerry Rawlings (Ghana)
BUTCHERED THREE INNOCENT JUDGES INCLUDING A PREGNANT WOMAN, KILLED THOSE WHO OPPOSED HIS REGIME, DETAIN OPPOSITION LEADERS, EXILED PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT KOWTOW HIS DICTATES, EXTERMINATED

72Erich Honecker (East Germany)
He intimidated the people in communist East Germany with help of the notorious "Stasi" (Staatsicherheit which translated means "state's security"). Ruling till 1989 who ruined the economy to almost third world status. Under his rule, environment was in abysmal state, manufacturing was in pre-WWII state and so on. When the reunification (Wiedervereinigung) came, even the West German experts on East Germany were stunned or rather shocked to see how outdated the manufacturing sector was. He ruined Eastern Germany. Even Deng Xiaoping would have criticized Honecker for his economic failures.

73Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire)
Very greedy. Learning about him for school homework seems very selfish and used money donated from Americas tax money to fund his many homes and chalets.
This sick, demented Frak was the most greedy dictator of his time. He lived in opulence while his people suffered. According to a Congolese anyone messing with his interest was a dead man.
How is Mobutu this low? He is one of the worst African dictators of all time, is responsible for countless deaths in his country, and completely crippled the DRC.

74Francisco Macias Nguema (Equatorial Guinea)
One third of his nation's population fled during his rule due to his sociopathic behavior. He is famous for killing his own National Bank manager and taking the country's entire treasury to his house. That's a bad guy.
Macias Nguema may not be as well-known as Adolf Hitler or Iosef Stalin but killing 1/3rd of your population, killed many intellectuals while Mary Hopkins' music was playing but at least didn't rule over Nigeria or Congo (Kinshasa) where he would have killed millions!

75Hu Jintao (China)

76António de Oliveira Salazar (Portugal)
He helped Hitler, mussolini, and Franco. He was leader 36 yeares in Portugal, and killed many people.

77Matthew Paul

78Islam Karimov (Uzbekistan)
That guy literally let some people boil!

79Sani Abacha (Nigeria)
Greedy bastard, he kept the income coming in to the country for himself, had any opposition killed. A potentially rich country remained poor while the dictator and his regime becomes rich.
He killed dozens of people unknown to d public d worse dictator from Africa

80Ali Khamenei (Iran)
Ok. So we got the ex-supreme leader of Iran, the current president (head of government) of Iran, but what about the current supreme leader of Iran. He is mad at current President Ahmadinejad just because they disagree on some stuff. I heard he is even trying to get him out of office.
What to say? Just observe his era!
Laugh out loud laugh out loud I'm laughing to death

81Yahya Jammeh (Gambia)
The worst dictator in African history, he kills his opponents and those he perceive to be his opponent. He is into drug dealing, money laundering, arms dealing and lots of secret assassins. The guy is simply a psychopath
You have said it all. Reign of terror were people live in total fear.
One day he'll be in Shackles to face Justice

82Traian Basescu (Romania)
He is not so bad, but he is bold, and I don't like that

83Raul Castro (Cuba)
He is a clown, a toy of his brther

84Juvenal Habyarimana (Rwanda)

85Saparmurat Niyazov (Turkmenistan)
The Turkmenbashi really was one of the worst kind. Turkmen politica was all centered around him, renamed months after his relatives, his "teachings" was regarded as kind of infallible, tortured his opponents in most terrible ways, really imposed one of the worst restrictions on freedom.

86Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (Tunisia)
Sheik Hasina government of Bangladesh.
Murder, plunder, neglect of the poorest sector of society...

87Sukarno (Indonesia)
Womanizer, economics amateur -> lead to Indonesia's economic misery during his tenure. On the other hand though, he was a good military man, a good orator.

88Hugo Chavez Frias

89Vladimir Putin (Russia)

90Qaboos bin Said al Said (Oman)
This guy saves all the money for himself while everyone in his country is poor
Best leader in the world he was developed his country & best place in the world is oman

91Elena Ceaușescu (Romania)

92Mehmed Talat (Ottoman Empire)

93Carol II (Romania)
This man never killed anyone but lead his nation into chaos and instability and gave up power just to do what ever he wanted but this ended up having the Nazis take over following his abdication.

94Ion Antonescu (Romania)
He is definitely one of the worst dictators ever and rivals other dictators in the top 10. He gained power from a military coup in 1940 but was very anti semitic in all aspects of his rule he killed about 200,000 jews plus around another 200,000 Gypsies along with Homo Sexuals and others. He is defiantly as bad as Tojo or Hitler.

95Deng Xiaoping (China)
He was responsible for the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 and the following mass executions.

96Iftekhar Tanim
Worst dictator of all time

97Jean-Claude Duvalier (Haiti)

98Desire Bouterse (Suriname)

99Wladyslaw Gomulka (Poland)
He was one of the people responsible for making Poland communist after WWII! He ruined Poland so much, people still think of us a poor farmers!

100Ahmed Djemal (Ottoman Empire)

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