The world has seen countless evil people; many of them are known to us, and some of them are not. To punish such people, we had rules and regulations, but what would you do when your leader or ruler was ruthless and cruel?
Top 15 Cruel Rulers The World Has Ever Seen
1. Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan ruled over Mongolia from 1206-1227. In his regime, he conquered a larger part of Asia and countless people. Historians estimated that in his tenure as emperor, he killed a total number of around 20-60 million people with the help of his army.
Timur was the cruelest ruler of the fourteenth century. He invaded western and central Asia. It was estimated by historians that he killed somewhere between 1 million to 17 million people during his campaigns.
3. Vlad The Impaler (Vlad Dracula)
Vlad ruled over Wallachia three times between 1448-1462. He was so cruel and sadistic in nature that he made mothers eat their roasted children; he also made husbands eat their wife’s breasts. He killed around twenty percent of the total population for his love of impaled heads.
4. Mary Tudor
We all are familiar with the name Bloody Mary, but few of us know that Mary Tudor was the actual “Bloody Mary.” She was the queen of England for the short term of five years (1553-1558) only, but during her tenure, she killed so many people by brutally burning them alive.
5. Ivan IV “The Terrible”
Ivan was mentally ill but the intelligent emperor of Russia. Ivan trusted no one, and because of trust issues, he killed his own son and friends. He was literally the sadistic ruler; he really liked beheading, blinding, and burning people.
6. Maximilien Robespierre
With the motto of “killing is better than forgiving,” Maximilien killed as many as forty thousand innocent people in less than ten months. He was known for the French Revolution and his obsession with beheading people.
7. King Leopold (The Second)
For the greed to gain power and more money, Leopold, the second of Belgium, terrorized the people. He was responsible for killing over 10 million Congolese and also for the death of over fifty thousand people who died of starvation and disease during his regime.
8. Ismail Enver Pasha
Pasha was the leader of the Ottoman Empire during the Balkans and the First World War. Although very few people know about his cruelty worldwide. He was solely responsible for the Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian genocide, which killed approximately 2.4 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Greek people combined.
9. Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin
Stalin was once the most powerful person on earth. He was the dictator of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1953. During his tenure, more than twenty million people were killed. After all the allegations and criticisms about terrorizing, torching, and killing people, Stalin was nominated in 1945 and 1948 for the Nobel Peace Prize.
10. Adolf Hitler
Hitler was probably the most creative, intelligent, decorative, and the most brutal leader of all time. He led the Nazi Party and was Germany’s chancellor from 1933 to 1945. He was responsible for the killing of over 50 million people (mostly Jews) through the Second World War, concentration camps, and the Holocaust. He almost vanished the Jewish race from the world. In the end, he committed suicide on 30th April 1945.
11. Mao Zedong
In his dictatorship (From 1943 to 1976), Mao Zedong was considered the father of modern China, he was also credited with making China a World Power, but he’s the one who was responsible for the killing of approximately 40-70 Million people through concentration camps, executions, starvation, and forced labor.
12. Pol Pot
This Cambodian Revolutionary leader served his country as Prime Minister, for a short term of three years, i.e., from 1976 to 1979. Throughout his tenure, he was responsible for ordering mass genocide in Cambodia and killing over two million people.
13. Idi Amin Dada
Self-acclaimed Army Chief cum President of Uganda, Idi Amin, called himself a cannibal and was also pronounced the “Butcher of Uganda.” He was a sadistic ruler and liked to kill and torcher people. During his tenure (1971-1979), he killed almost half a million people.
14. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei
This stubborn, religious leader was the main body behind the Iranian Revolution. It was his stubborn character that led to the killing of more than two million people in the war with Iraq. He also executed the person pointing against his policies and religion.
15. Kim Family
For the last 70 years, North Korea has been under the dictatorship of the Kim Family. First Kim II Sung (1948-1994), then his son Kim Jong-il (1994-2011), and now current dictator Kim Jong-un (since 2011). During this three-generation dictatorship, North Korea has seen millions of deaths due to the Korean War, forced labor, execution, famine, barbaric torture, and starvation. Unlike the other people on the list, their dictatorship still continues.
These are the top 15 evil rulers out of a long list. Once, they were the voice of the people, but their greed for more power, more money, revenge, and superiority made them evil and cruel.