Top 10 Most Evil Leaders in History

I want the worst of the worst. Give me the most evil, heartless, and inhumane leaders in history.
The Top Ten
1 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician of Austrian descent who served as the leader of the Nazi Party since 1921, Chancellor of Germany since 1933, and Führer of Nazi Germany since 1934. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he reversed the Treaty of Versailles, initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was a central figure of the Holocaust... read more

In my time reading about history, I've come up with the term "superdictator". What this means is that the dictator in question did so many atrocities that they earn a title above dictator. Besides Stalin, Hitler perfectly fits this term. Not only was he responsible for the humiliation, and later slaughter of 11 million innocent lives, he also started a pointless conflict driven by his own anger. I'm glad Germany has made a clean slate ever since the Third Reich, because they deserve it after such a horrific leader.

I strongly agree with him the most evil person in the world. He started the Holocaust. He hated Jews, Gypsies, people with disabilities, homosexuality and many more. If I was in Germany at his time, I would be killed because I'm deaf. I'm absolutely disgusted by Hitler and his beliefs of "perfect Germans". He think that he can abuse his power. Over 6 millions of Jews were killed, thanks to Hitler.

2 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

This man is an absolute nightmare for killing 40 over millions of people. One may argue that Hitler literally wiped out the entire Jewish state but Stalin takes the cake for being one of the most brutal leaders to ever exist. His reign of terror doesn't only function on famine to make "USSR" great but also his paranoia and fear that people will murder him. Millions suffered under him. His inhumanity earns him a throne of skulls and an ocean filled with the blood of the innocent and even his own wife and son because he was unwilling to "negotiate with fascists."

Anyone who didn't agree with the communist ruling were sent to the Gulag or Tortured and executed. One survivor tells that a woman walked into a prison torture chamber and found her husband in a chair with his feet burned so the skin had been peeled off. Also his eyes had been gouged out and his lips had been cut off.
I do know that nazi scientists made experiments on twins in the concentration camps and tried to switch eye colour on prisoners.
After all I have read about world war 2 I have to say that Josef Stalin was the worst. Remember that he also did'nt like jews and sent them to the gulag. It didn't matter who you were if you didn't agree with the Soviet rule you would be tortured or killed. Stalin let the KGB kill people that he saw as a threat, because he wanted to rule Soviet.
When his wife died nobody could see any reaction from Stalin. He didn't cry, he didn't get angry. When his own son were captured by the germans he didn't even try to negotiate. He told the germans that he didn't negotiate with fascists.

3 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. His Marxist–Leninist theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known... read more

Historians argue on the number of deaths to attribute to Mao, but the number is most likely 70 million. Mao killed people just to solve China's problems. He did not talk bad about them or even care about them. On the other hand, Hitler was all about eliminating the less desirable people from his Germany. The world knew but did not really stop him. Mao just straight killed people through famine, labor, or execution. He was cunning. I wish more people would learn about him and see that he was just straight up evil.

Mao Zedong was never a good leader at all. After his cultural revolution and great leap forward, he has murdered over 60 million Chinese people. Yet China still sees this guy as their godly hero, and many portraits of him are displayed throughout the country. Mao killed people through famine, labor camps, torture, or maybe even executions. He was a cunning and ruthless leader, who still has his name honored through China.

4 Pol Pot Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea.

He takes my number #1 spot, simply due to the fact that NO one under his control was safe. The life expectancy at one point under his regime was only 18 years old. He ordered the slaughter of anyone who he saw as "intellectual"; people who wore glasses, artists, etc. He forced every citizen to wear black clothes, and you can imagine how he accomplished that. Not to mention how he oversaw the profoundly violent genocide of the Cham people of cambodia. He didn't kill as many people as Hitler or other evil leaders, but since he was in charge of far less people, he is proportionally FAR worse.

Believed in communism and turned Cambodia back 200 years with his stupid Khmer Rouge and maniacal ideas. He led a genocide that ended in the deaths of 2 million innocent people, and didn't face any real punishment for it. Anyone who didn't comply with his communist-related laws would be sent to labor camps where they work their asses off at least 10 hours a day. But if they commit "political" crimes, they would either be sent to death camps, executed, or tortured. He spreads lies and propaganda around his country, isolated his people from the outside world, ensures them that they are the only "real" country, and that if they dare leave Cambodia they would suffer a fate worse than death. If this guy isn't worse than Min Aung Hlaing then I don't know who is.

5 Osama bin Laden Osama Bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was a Saudi Arabian-born stateless terrorist. He was a founder of al-Qaeda, the organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets worldwide.

I wonder why this one is seventh. Surely his evilness level is equal to if not more than Hitler? And why is Obama 3rd? He might not be a good president, but he's definitely not as evil as Hitler or bin Laden who were responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people. A moron such as Laden should be in the top 3.

He started everything Americans, Middle Easterners and Europeans see today as terrorism, hate, and disaster. Without him, the likely hood a random girl in a Hijab is called a terrorist would be nearly incomprehensible. ISIS's creation wouldn't have come close to starting. Iconic parts of the U.S would still be here. And millions of People from around the globe would still be alive

He leaves a bad impression on what Muslims and other Middle-Eastern people are actually like.

6 Vlad the Impaler Vlad III (Known as "Vlad the Impaler" or "Vlad Dracula", born 1431) was a Romanian monarch. He was the ruler of Wallachia a total of three times before his death in 1476/7. He is most famous for his reputation as a dictator and his gruesome torture methods and executions, in which he has served as an inspiration for Count Dracula and, in turn, the vampire mythology.

This was not a terrible monster in the way most of these crazy, power hungry, people. This was a sad, sad man bent on revenge for his treatment after witnessing the atrocities of war and valorously saving his people from slaughter. Coming home crippled his battle torn mind. Think of this, we have solders today coming back from war scared for life without injury and we use weapons that either blow people up or tear through people from a distance. Now imagine having to go into battle with the weapons of that time and the damage that would cause after war with no morals. He also had as close to NO CRIME during his reign.

Hitler may have killed a lot of people but in terms of evil, vlad deserves number one. He would impale people by putting long wooden stakes up people's anus until the stake goes out of their mouths. Sometimes he'd impale them from the front or back. He chopped people's genitals off. He boiled infants and children and forced their parents to eat them. He drunk people's blood, he hammered two guys hat on each other's head where they could never take them off just because they didn't bow to him. He went in fields of rotten corpses and laughed and mocked them. It's probably true, Satan might not welcome this maniac to hell.

7 Hirohito Emperor Hirohito was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 25 December 1926, until his death on 7 January 1989. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Akihito. In Japan, he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name, Emperor Shōwa.

Just because this man was allies with Hitler doesn't mean he is the bad guy, his people were. hirohito did not support the whole Japanese supremacy, but couldn't do anything to stop it.

8 Kim Jong-il Kim Jong-il (born Yuri Irsenovich Kim; 16 February 1941 - 17 December 2011) was a North Korean politician who was the second supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea from 1994 to 2011. He led North Korea from the 1994 death of his father Kim Il-sung, the first Supreme Leader, until his own death in 2011, when he was succeeded by his son, Kim... read more

Way more evil than his son. He had hundreds of innocent people executed to set a warning for those who he feared might revolt against his Jucheist ideas. Not to mention, he ruined the economy and did nothing about the Korean famine.

At least his nephew executed him so now there is one stupid baby instead of two.

I am from South Korea and I hate him. I always wondered why he is even trying to fight with the whole world. He is an idiot enough to try to fight 1 on 1000000.

9 Muhammad Muhammad ibn Abdullah (570 AD - 632 AD) was an Arab religious, social, and political leader and the founder of the world religion of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was a prophet, divinely inspired to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. He is believed to be the Seal of the Prophets within Islam. Muhammad united Arabia into a single... read more

For a prophet giving the perfect word of God, he still had great faults: slavery, ethnic discrimination, age of consent, women's rights, and engaging in a war of conquest. All these things can be explained by the context of time and place, making him just an effective leader. However, he claimed to be the last prophet and did not live up to the perfect standard.

The creator of Islam, the most dangerous ideology ever, was a mass murderer, an assassin, a slaver, a sex slaver, a rapist and a pedophile, etc. The horrible Islamic law Sharia is so barbaric that orders cruel punishments for people who doesn't live their lives exactly as this man wanted them to live.

How many holocausts have been carried out in the name of Allah because of the prophet Muhammad? The victims, numberless and forgotten. It is a sin to speak against him, though we do not even know his face. Truly the most evil of all time.

10 Leopold II

Ignoring suffering for the or being willingly ignorant of things done in your name. its all the same in the end. Leopold is responsible for so much pain it places him in evil. If nothing ells Leopold made the idea of evil plundering imperialism a fact. Something that was best left a hyperbolic phrase.

Devastated the people of the Congo by enslaving and exploiting a free people. Easily as evil as Hitler and caused the death of millions. Cut off children's hands and tormented the women so that the men would work harder. King Leopold was brutal

This guy may have been even worse than Hitler. He killed unspeakable amounts of people.

The Contenders
11 Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and socialism—Saddam played a key role in... read more

Saddam may not have killed as many as Stalin or Hitler did, but when he kill people he asked his mercenaries in the most brutal ways, Burn, bury them alive, Acid pools, throw them off the third floor. Besides when you commit a "sin" against the great leader, not only that you will be executed by yourself but you father and uncles will suffer the same fate.

Actually, Saddam didn't have nukes. Read a newspaper, geez! While he didn't have WMD's, he did use gas attacks, under the guise of testing them, in an attempt to wipe out the Kurdish people who populate northern Iraq. He was a monster, and I'm glad he's dead.

He had chemical weapons

12 Ivan the Terrible Ivan IV Vasilyevich, commonly known as Ivan the Terrible or Ivan the Fearsome, was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547, then Tsar of All Rus' until his death in 1584. The last title was used by all his successors.

The worst leader of Russia. Unlike Stalin, Ivan actually killed people for no reason other than he was bored. As a child, he threw puppies off towers for fun. Now he is known as a terrible man, even by Russians. This just goes to show how sadistic this monster was.

He was terrible he beat his pregnant daughter in law causing a miscarriage when his son heard. of this he confronted him but ivan killed him. He also invaded the city called Novgorod and ordered 500 to 1000 people be tortured to death in front of him each day this included being skinned disembowled boiled fried and beaten to death. 60000 people were killed not to mention the thousands of people that were killed on other occasions. He forced hundreds of parents to watch their children be tortured and killed.

Ivan the Terrible. Ivan the Horrible. HIs nickname is absolutely correct.

Stranger: Hi, what's your name?
Ivan: *Pulls out sword.*
Stranger: Uh-oh.

I shouldn't need to tell you what happens next.

13 Kim Jong-un Kim Jong-un (born 8 January 1983) is a North Korean politician who has been Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) since 2012. He is a son of Kim Jong-il, who was North Korea's second supreme leader from 1994 to 2011, and Ko Yong-hui. He is a grandson of Kim Il-sung (who was the founder and first supreme leader of North Korea from its establishment... read more

Destroyed his own economy, spreads propaganda around his country like it's hot news, executes defectors and people who make the slightest mistakes, forced people to cry at his father's funeral, assassinated his older brother in fear that he would take the heir instead of him, forced people to believe that he is god and can control everything based on his moods, made a "pleasure squad" where he forced 2000 attractive women to have sex with him and his top officials, made his people believe that the US is the poorest country in the world, named his country the "hermit kingdom," and much more...

Evil. Small. Fat. Stupid. How can the USA start thousands of problems in the Middle East and NOT blow out his brains. I think he deserves it most he's like Adolf Hitler 2.0... Anyone agree? How can anybody think putting a crazy maniac teletubby in control of anything is a good idea? I don't get it, I'm going to put him in the drawer that I put Osama, Adolf and Justin Bieber in...

14 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870–21 January 1924), better known as Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration, Russia, and later the Soviet Union, became a one-party socialist state governed by the... read more

Some people seem to act like Lenin was just this chill dude and Stalin was a good man. Lenin was just as much as a s-o-a-b as Stalin. The Red Terror, repressing Uprisings over insane, authoritarian farming collectivization measures, the 1921 famine as a result of his mismanagement because he requisitioned grain and goods from peasants to support the Red Army and urban people and surpressing various other measures. Lenin was just almost as bad as Stalin, and shouldn't be overglorified for bringing down 1 tyrant. Tyranny with a red flag is still tyranny.

Lenin took the Marxist ideology and smashed it. Instead of a democracy like the russian people wanted, he took total control and killed anyone who opposed him. In 1918 he had at least 10,000 killed, a lot were innocent and he was more or less making a new Tsarist rule through this repression.
In his first two years he killed more people than Nicholas II in his entire reign and half of Alexander III's who repressed people.
He also used propaganda and tried to excuse the fact that he killed hundreds of thousands of people.

15 Attila the Hun Attila, frequently called Attila the Hun, was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in March 453.

Killed 10 million people

He eats people alive

16 Idi Amin Idi Amin Dada was a Ugandan politician and military officer. He was the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Amin was born either in Koboko or Kampala to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother. In 1946 he joined the King's African Rifles of the British Colonial Army.

This guy would chop up his enemies/people he'd punished, keep their remains in his fridge as trophies and laugh at them. If anything he should be up there next to Vlad the Impaler.

This man was truly Satanic. He even ate the meat of his victims. Can you just imagine the way those people were tormented by being treated as animals for food.

Executed people live and stored their bodies in fridges so he could laugh at them. Not to mention, he was also a cannibal, had no regards for the Ugandan people, and executed at least 500000 people during his brutal reign.

17 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

At least Stalin had the decency to not pretend to not rule with an iron fist, anybody who knows about how economics really work will tell you that he is the worst at actually leading this country, his only claim to fame is being president while Osama got killed, but let me ask you this, what would've happened to his chances of being reelected if we found out he let bin laden get away. At least Bush didn't blame Clinton for his failures, Obama can't even go one day without blaming his failures on everybody, and, as a typical democrat, he'll get away with it all and be called really great for screwing our country, economy, and freedoms.

I mean, I don't really like him but that doesn't mean that he was an evil leader. He was a very poor excuse for what American stands for; like hard work, living the American dream, being a patriot, etc. He shunned our military, opened our borders to illegal immigrants before helping his own citizens, made it "cool" to protest for things that weren't even issues (wage gap was a skewed statistic based on ALL incomes and women statistically stay home in larger numbers than men so OF COURSE it seemed we were paid less, but we aren't! ) and had the highest unemployment rate. I would never vote for him, for Killary, but I don't think he is inherently evil, just warped and a socialist.

18 Genghis Khan Genghis Khan c. 1162 – August 18 1227, born Temüjin, was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.

How is this absolute menace to society ranked less bad than Muhammad, who was literally just a controversial religious figure.

He slaughtered more people than hitler. When he was attacking the shaw tribe their was a moat around there castle his horses could not get around so he made a bridge of his drowned captives

He killed people using the lead sprinkler which involved pouring molten metal or silver in the victims eyes or ears.

19 Hideki Tojo Hideki Tōjō was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941, to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor, which initiated war between Japan and the United States, although planning for it had begun in April... read more

He is the real leader of Japan. All the blame is put on the emperor but it was really the prime minister who gave all the orders to the soldiers like in the war against China

Almost as brutal as the Nazis.

20 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J. Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, Donald Trump took charge of his family's real estate and construction firm, Elizabeth Trump... read more

This evil man has done everything in his power to take down almost everything the United States stands for, under our Constitution. He has encouraged racism and racist behavior, he looks upon immigrants as non people, poor people in his eyes are non people. He only cares about the rich and his rich friends. That isn't what the United States was founded on. He wants to dismantle Medicare, Social Security, Endangered Species Act, any and all protection of our environment, He sold nuclear arms to the Saudis..Saudis took down the Bldg. in NYC. Trump is a traitor.

Words cannot describe this self-promoting narcissist. He is a bully and misleads those who support him. He is close to creating a new civil war. He supposedly supports conservative Christian views yet he has broken just about every one of the 10 commandments. And worst yet, he has destroyed the United States' reputation as a world leader with all of our allies. History will not be kind to this monster.

21 Bashar al-Assad Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the current President of Syria, holding the office since 17 July 2000. He is also commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party's branch in Syria.
22 Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his... read more

Castro has to be one of the best liars in history, like Trump, but much more skilled at convincing others to ignore the evidence at hand. He killed some 18 percent of the population to take power (getting rid of another 4% in exiling them) and had any book that promoted freedom of thought burned. A true monster, based on his actions.

This guy enslaved Cubans, lied to America every way possible, and was not a good ally to Nikita Krushchev either. He managed to fail a lot of Krushchev's tasks, and the FBI tried to assassinate him over 600 times! You know Castro's a monster if his assassination attempts are over 100.

Same as many other latinamerican dictators but managed to stay in power by selling himself as a lefty leader for the poor. In reality under communist Cuba everybody became poor but he and his family

23 Dick Cheney Richard Bruce Cheney, generally known as Dick Cheney is an American politician and businessman who was the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, under President George W. Bush.

He pushed for war with his own agenda and let Bush take the heat for it. He manipulated Bush like a puppet, and made millions from selling arms to the US military.

Talk about conflict of interest he is and always will an enemy to the freedom of people every where, to include the constitution of the US. Manipulated Bush, and the Miltary Ind Complex to his own design.

Why would he be on the most evil leaders in history. Everybody who put Cheney on this list, grow up.

24 Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is the president of Russia, a position he has filled since 2012, and previously from 2000 until 2008. He was also the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012.

Putin worked as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant... read more

He orders the Russians to occupy countries (like Georgia) and threatens countries that Russia could conquer them in two days (I know he said this about Poland and Romania). Very terroristic state he rules.

Vladimir Putin is an empire-building narcissist that needs to be taken out. He is a shining example of why the world suffers. Condemn his war on Ukraine and the suffering he has caused.

Brutal dictator, pointlessly killing thousands of Ukrainian civilians in a war of vanity and choice.

25 Nero Nero was the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius and became Claudius' heir and successor. Like Claudius, Nero became emperor with the consent of the Praetorian Guard.

This guy was almost as bad as Caligula. He was ruthless and murderous. And you must be evil to kick your pregnant wife to death and try to kill your own mother. In fact, he was so evil that he crucified Christians and burned them alive. Now, that's just evil! He would not think twice about killing someone or beating them to a bloody pulp!

He killed innocent people! Mother flipper he was a no good, dirty bastard
That should have been burned at the stake, twice!

Why is he only #30? He's basically Hitler before the existence of the actual Hitler.

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