The world has seen a lot of cruel and worst rulers throughout the history who ruled the public with terror. Today we are going to discuss about the most heartless, evil and inhumane rulers in history. They are supposed to rule with unrelenting thirst and iron fist for recognition and power. For society, there were unfortunately lots of unruly people who deserve to be on this list. But we would talk about the worst of the worst.
Here are the top 10 most evil yet cruel rulers in history.
10. Attila the Hun
He was the leader of the Hunnic Empire from 434 to 453, stretched from Ural River to Rhine River as well as from Danube River to Baltic Sea. He was known to be one of the greatest villains in the history. In Western Europe, Attila is known to be the symbol of rapacity and cruelty. He crossed Danube two times and robbed the Balkans but couldn’t take Constantinople. He also tried to rule Roman Gaul by crossing Rhine in 451 and marched Orleans before getting defeated at Catalaunian Plains Battle. He invaded Italy who devastated Northern provinces but couldn’t take Rome. He returned to claim his wedding to honoria anew in 452, while ravaging and invading Italy on the way.
9. Idi Amin Dada
He is one of the most evil rulers in the world and was a President of Uganda and military dictator from 1971 to 1979. He joined the King’s African Rifles, the British colonial regiment, in 1946 and held Major General Rank in Ugandan Army to become the Commander before ruling the military coup in January 1971. Later on, he was the head of the state and promoted as Field Marshal. He was held responsible for political repression, human rights abuses, extra judicial killings, ethnic persecution, and expulsion of Indians. He killed around 80000 to 500000 people. He was supposed to hate Europeans.
8. Genghis Khan
He was the Great Khan and the founder of Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire after his demise in history. He united most of the nomadic tribes in Northeast Asia and came to power. He founded the Mongol Empire and called “Genghis Khan”. He started invading which results in defeat of most of Eurasia. He was the ruler and warrior from unclear beginnings and brought all the nomadic Mongolia tribes under his rule and his family in the disciplined state.
7. Pol Pot
He was the Khmer Rouge leader and the PM of Cambodia (1976-1979). He became the leader on April 17, 1975 in Cambodia. During his rule, his communist government caused mass evacuations, displaced or killed millions and left the individuals with starvation and disease. His government was responsible for killing around 1 million people in his rule from starvation, forced labor, torture, disease or execution.
6. Ivan IV in Russia
Also known as Ivan the Terrible, Ivan IV Vasilyevich or Ivan IV of Russia was the Grand Duke of Muscovy (1533-1547) and first ruler of Russia and he is the first to be the proclaimed tsar of Russia since 1547. The complex personality of Ivan is represented in historic sources. He was supposed to be devout and intelligent and prone to episodic outbreak of serious mental illness. He burnt thousands in frying pans and loved impaling them. His soldiers built walls around the city to keep the people from escaping. The troops gathered around 500 to 1000 people every day, tortured and killed in front of him and his son.
5. Vlad Tepes
Vlad Teps or the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad III was supposed to impale his evils and ruled Wallachia from 1456 to 1462 which was the period of Ottoman rule of the Balkins. He is well known as the legend for giving very inhumane punishments in his reign and he served the initial inspiration of the vampire. He was following several kinds of tortures like facial and rectal impalement and removing the guts. He was also known for eating and drinking among the dead bodies and tortured thousands. He pierced around 20000 men, children and women in the city. He tortured the individuals by boiling, skinning, blinding, decapitating, hanging, strangling, burning, hacking, roasting, nailing, stabbing and burying them alive. He also enjoyed cutting off limbs, noses, ears and even private parts.
4. Leopold II, Belgium.
He was the King of the Belgians and is remembered majorly for brutal exploitation and founding of the Congo Free State. He was the second son of Louise-Marie and Leopold I of Orleans and born in Brussels. On December 17, 1865, he succeeded the throne of his father and stayed as a king till the end. He formed a private project, Congo Free State to extract ivory and rubber in the Congo of Central Africa, which is based on forced labor. His rule caused the death of around 3 million people in Congo.
3. Adolf Eichmann
Otto Adolf Eichmann was born on 19th March, 1906 in a small industrial town, Solingen in Rhineland. He was a Nazi Lieutenant Colonel and among the leading Holocaust organizers. He was a German official who was hanged by Israel as he was supposed to be involved in extermination of Jews conducted by Nazis during Second World War. He was supposed to be killing over 5 million Jews.
2. Adolf Hitler
He was a German politician born in Austria and the leader of NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party). From 1933 to 1945, he was the chancellor of Germany as well as Nazi German dictator from 1934 to 1945. He played an important role in founding Nazism at the beginning of Second World War, as well as the Holocaust. He was responsible to destruction and killing over 10s of millions of innocent lives with his policies of racial subjugation and territorial conquest, along with genocide of over 6 million Jews. He committed suicide on April 30, 1945. He simultaneously bitten cyanide and shot himself. He was responsible for killing millions and he was the most evil ruler in Germany.
1. Joseph Stalin
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was born on December 18, 1878 and the leader of Soviet Union from 1920 till death on March 5, 1953. As General Secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party, he was the dictator. Among the revolutionaries of Bolshevik who led to the Russian Revolution in the year 1917, he exercised huge political power as compared to other figures. He ordered to either kill or to starve millions of peasants till death in the 1930s. He was responsible for killing over 20 million people of him over his period of 29 years while holding Soviet Union.