Top Ten Most Brutal Empires In History

The worlds most brutal and violent empires in history.

The Top Ten

1 Mongol Empire Mongol Empire

Yea, the British Empire had some very rough spells, but the Mongol Empire, in it's 160 or so years, killed AT LEAST 30,000,000 people, with some accounts of up to 70,000,000 people throughout their conquests. - Miniman1676

Mongols were messed up. There was a point where they made streams go black because of all the books they dumped in the water as the ink polluted everything. Many died. Countries such as the Arab lands and China were major victims.

They conquered China brutally and set up an ultra-totalitarian government. There is even a social class system which allows Mongols to get away with killing Han Chinese. Worst empire of all time -100/10 - MChkflaguard_Yt

I love the Mongols. Long live the Mongol Empire!

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2 British Empire British Empire

One of the worst be far, systematic destruction of the indian textile industry, cause great Bengal famine in India, drained India of her resources and essentially caused many of the problems the country faces today. While I don't hold the British people today, accountable, the queen has not even bothered to issue a formal apology. Let's not forget they essentially enslaved Ireland, forced opium into chine, and stole their jade and silk. Hail Britannia indeed

This is absolute garbage. The French, Belgians, Spanish and Portuguese were all far worse than the British. The Brits were not saints by any means and many less than savory things happened (more than I've got time to list here) but generally their Empire was far more neutral than others. Railways, roads, hospitals, education, religion etc etc. were all taken around the world. That is why their legal system forms the basis for much of the world, their tongue is the most influential and western culture with all its freedoms predominates.

"Us Brits ruled."
Yes. And really proud of what your "rulers" did to India and China? How about the crown-sanctioned shanghaiing of "impressed" seamen; or the atrocities committed against the American colonies before the "peasants" kicked your uppity butts back to your dreary little island--twice?

Britain == Ted Bundy/Jimmy Savile/Jeffrey Dahmer amongst nations. Britain == Genocidal mass-murderer of countless (hundreds of) millions across the world, from neighbouring Ireland (tens of millions right from the days of Oliver Cromwell to the plantations to the Great Irish Famine to the Black and Tans to Bloody Sunday), Indians (hundreds of thousands possibly millions murdered after 1857, tens of millions starved to death in famines 'because it's their fault they breed like rabbits', Jallianwala Bagh and Quissa Khwani Bazaar massacres), native Americans, indigenous Australians, Malays, Iraqis, Kenyans etc etc.

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3 Japanese Empire

Very evil deserves its place

Deserves its place, absolute nightmare

Too much massacres. The Nanjing massacre is nightmareish. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Japanese Empire sucks. They massacred many civilians and soldiers - Johnawesome

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4 Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire

Also, read about how they did the North African slave trade for over 1,000 years. It was the most brutal slavery ever. Read what they did to the male slaves, too.

I am half Turkish, so with a little bias, but not too much cause I recognize the Armenian and Greek genocide (I am also Greek), I think the Belgian empire, nazis and ussr if that counts, are worse, but boy were the Turks evil

Whats wrong with you people spanish portuguese and the brits were worse than this

These guys ruined north Africa and middle east forever. And major damage to Balkan region. And do not forget the armenian genocide!

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5 Nazi Germany

The fact that this is not number one boggles my mind. The Nazis caused the bloodiest war in all of human history and wreaked unprecedented destruction across Europe, bringing more deaths to Europe than any other empire in history. They killed millions of their own citizens, and foreign ones, deliberately, in what is perhaps the worst genocide that has ever occurred. However, what they actually managed to accomplish pales in comparison to what they planned. Hitler's intention was to wipe every last Slav off the face of the Earth, he hated them as much as he hated Jews. He would have literally eradicated the entire population of the Soviet Union and the other Slavic countries, approaching TWO HUNDRED MILLION people, in order to forge his racially pure German empire. This is not even mentioning the other races that would also have been victim to his conquests, such as the Africans. I doubt anything even close to this has even been considered throughout history: the Mongols, the colonial ...more

Should be at number 1 for this because of how bad they were during world war I and world war II. Think about what the NAZI'S did to more than a million people from countries in Europe. By far responsible for over powering for what they believed in which was going out and ruling the world by doing in mass killings. Such a sad time. The Nazi's also responsible for the mass kill of the Jews. Blows my mind that Nazi Germany is not at number 1 when they should be. The Nazi's did the worst thing by far that no other empire could imagine or not even think to do and yet continued to follow through in HITLER'S ORDERS!

#1 Worst as they forced mass genocide unlike the brits who at least built infrastructure modern development and in most places freedom and peace, this of course does not mean they were perfect but they created some of the richest and most free countries like the USA and Australia, if you live freely it is probably because of the British empire

If Hitler was still alive, I'd probably get sent to concentration camp too as an Asian.
Screw you Hitler! So glad you died centuries ago! - MChkflaguard_Yt

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6 Assyrian Empire

They would be the ancient nazis combined with isis. They share similar thinking to that of the nazis controll,superiority and propaganda. But of course when comes down to the most evil one its definitely Nazis since they killed 6 million innocent jews without a reason but just dumbness plus the assyrian empire was also an good empire since they had schools, literature,eduaction,good agriculture,rich cities, good army system and democratic laws(but not the modern law) It was okay being a gay man in ancient assyria but not an lesbian since gender roles was a huge thing in Assyria since women were treated differnetly than males. Altough its absurd to say that the ancient assyrian empire was similar to isis or isil their warfare and torture would be similar to them in modern times.

7 Belgian Empire

The Belgian Congo was called "the heart of darkness" for very good reasons. They were far more cruel and brutal than all the other European Empires combined.

If anyone thinks the British, French, Spanish empires were brutal, then they need to read up about the Belgian Congo. That is horrendous to read about.

Really nasty, the worst of all the recent Empires.


8 Timurid Empire

The timurid empire was one of the most brutal empires in history. Located in western asia, spanning from modern day Iraq to the west to Afghanistan to the east, the timurids were increadibly cruel to their people, some even say Amir Timur, the founder of the empire was comparable to the Mongols.

9 Soviet Empire

Well seeing as Stalin alone killed around 60 million people in a couple of decades it hard to argue. Oh and they killed the Jews too.

That's almost half of the entire population! How would they have survived that then? Where's your logic? - DieGedankenSindFrei

If other empires killed other nations, then this empire killed its people!

The Soviet Union makes Nazi Germany look like France.

The Holomador killed 6 Million Ukrainians in a man made famine. Removed Ukrainian culture from Kuban, and caused the Donbass War we have today. This would show a long line of Russification where Stalin would deport many of an ethnicity to Siberia and replace them with Russians so as to keep Rebellion from happen. Today, 25 percent of Khazakstan and Estonia and 17 percent of Ukraine is Russian

10 Russian Empire Russian Empire

The Contenders

11 Spanish Empire Spanish Empire

They liberated the oppressed by killing their oppressors. That is why nearby neighbors of the Aztecs offered to become their allies as soon as they had found out about their plan. They were tired of being bullied for centuries. They also ended human sacrifices in the Americas. Before them the Aztecs would sacrifice anyone. Men, woman and children. Especially their captured prisoners of war. After all of this they married the locals and created an empire that lasted for nearly 300 years, and at one point, being the biggest and most powerful empire at the time.

The Spanish Empire lead to the death of almost every Native American tribe in South/Central America.

The Spanish slaughtered over 15 million Aztec people. The Aztecs were not evil at all. Human sacrifices happened very rarely. We kill prisoners of war too, but we just don't offer the hearts to the sun god. All of those "evil" things that the Aztecs did were just propaganda created by the Spaniards to make people like you think that the Aztecs were evil.


12 Aztec Empire

I thought of this too - FerrariDude64

13 French Empire French Empire

The French Empire over history wasn't so bad, but the crimes they commited during Algeria's struggle for independence are astonishing. They would open fire on PEACEFUL protestors, and were often too controlling.

14 Roman Empire Roman Empire

Second I thought of along with Greece and British empire - FerrariDude64

The first I thought of. - icthruu

They deserve it here

15 Portuguese Empire Portuguese Empire

In the 1970s, the Portuguese were losing their Empire, so they decided that the best way to keep it was to commit genocide throughout Africa. And all to own a fraction of a pebble.

They turn the angola people into slaves

This is Portugal now

Brutal people

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16 Dutch Empire Dutch Empire

Robbing Surinams natural sources
Police actions in Indonesia

17 Abbasid Caliphate Abbasid Caliphate
18 German Empire German Empire

It's the Nazis

#16 really

19 Bulgarian Empire

This empire isn't at all evil! Why is it even on the list!

20 Persian Empire

Best Empire

21 ISIS (Caliphate)

He is praticate terrorism

22 Babylonian Empire
23 Mughal Empire Mughal Empire
24 Libyan Empire
25 Imperial Japan
26 The People's Republic of China

Not an empire - MChkflaguard_Yt

27 Swedish Empire
28 Ukrainian Empire

The kiled 6 billion people in the year 2030 they slaughter millions of italians

29 Qing Empire

Thanks to this BS we have messed up politics today. - MChkflaguard_Yt

30 Ancient Egyptian Empire
31 Italian Empire

Italy's colonial rule in Libya was a brutal one. Even when the war for Libya was going on the italians already commited crimes by creating the so called Tripoli massacre, 10 thousand turkish and arab tropps were put in concentration camps, there all turkish tropps were executed.
During ww1 libyan tribes men rose up against their colonial rulers, the italian didn't fully engage this until Mussolini came into power and 'pacificated' the region by bombing villages, men, women and children were executed daily and put in concentration camps. It was estimated that half of Libya's population got killed or 'relocated' during that period.
During the second Italo-Abyssinian war, due to international pressure Mussolini authorised chemical weapons, 1/4 of Ethiopia's population would die during that war.
During WW2 Italy commited autrocities in the balkans like the Domenikon massace in Greece. The italians used a very brutal tactics to quel rebellions in Yugoslavia, such as for every ...more

32 Greek Empire

There never was a Greek empire. It was the Macedonian empire. - SigmaV84

Best empire! just kidding! they were amongst the most barbaric people of antiquity, who disguised themselfs as philosophers and freedom fighting people, which couldn't be farther from the truth! their philosophy for example named woman to be corpses which emprisoned the human soul! if that is the kind of philosophy that the west wants to see as their cultural heritage, I will be out! and th PERSIAN eir vision of freedom contained to be able to enslave which ever people they wanted without having greater forces like the persians who in fact forbid slavery throughout their empires history, to take away the hellenistic will to be immoral people! It's so absurd how they used to call the persians barbarians haha THE PERSIANS freed the Jews from babylon and helped them rebuild their temple! And the first charter of human rights was created by the persians too! what did the hypocritic greeks do? giving them credit for having "saved" western culture and values is straight up wrong and ...more

33 Serbian Empire

Those slavs killed thousands of innocent people, Bosnian, Albanians, Croats, and more. Not to mention they almost committed a genocide against Albanians if it weren't for the turks and uprisings.

34 Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is one of the most evil empires that has ever existed, and I am surprised that it is not on this list. They started the bloodiest single conflict that the world had ever seen up to that point, matched only in history by the Second World War. They slaughtered civilians and destroyed farmland, causing mass starvation. They were also racist and genocidal, and saw Manchus and other religions that didn't adhere to their narcissistic cult as demons that had to be eradicated, leading them to destroy temples and libraries and to ruthlessly massacre Manchus, often burning women and children alive. Had they won their war against the Qing, they would have likely been even more ruthless than the Qing themselves, and committed genocides against the Manchus on Nazi-level scales. They were essentially a military dictatorship, and ruled over their subjects with an iron fist, and created policies like segregation of the sexes to the point where married couples were ...more

35 Norway Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.
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