25 Of History’s Deadliest Warriors

Posted by on October 24, 2016

Since antiquity humankind has been obsessed with fighting. From the bloody dirt of the Coliseum to the sacrificial killing grounds of the Aztecs you would be hard pressed to find a culture, even in the present day, that doesn’t in some way express a fascination for warfare. Don’t lie to yourself, this list caught your eye didn’t it? It’s okay though, because right now we’re going to entertain the fantasy and introduce you to 25 of history’s deadliest warriors.



Meaning “swordsman” in Latin, most of these Roman warriors were seen as slaves and lived out their lives not only fighting each other but also wild animals and condemned criminals in huge arenas. Having sworn to live and die by the sword many times it was left up  to the crowds to decide the fate of a downed Gladiator. Few of these warriors survived more than 10 matches or lived passed the age of 30.




Known for their ferocity and bravery in battle Apache warriors were certainly a force to be reckoned with. By the time the Apache nation surrendered to the United States in 1886 there were only about 50 warriors left including their fearless leader, the now famous Geronimo. Come on, how many countries do you know of in history that waited to surrender until they barely had enough soldiers to play a game of football?



As you may have learned in our article on 25 Popular Myths Debunked, the idea of Vikings running around with horns on their helmets is little more than a fairy tale, as is the idea that they drank out of human skulls. Its worth noting that there is a reason for these misconceptions however. The Vikings were scary, especially to their European neighbors due to their aggression and unorthodox fighting style, notably the use of battle axes.


French Musketeer

Combining class with pure deadliness the musketeers were a group of elite bodyguards to the King of France. With the ability to both spear you at close range and snipe you from a distance they did their job and they did it well.




As Thucydides once reported, when a Spartan man went to war his wife would present him his shield and say, “With this or upon this.” Trained from the age of 7 boys were taken from their mothers and sent to military boot camps. Here they were introduced to enormous hardship including scarce food and clothing. This would often lead to them becoming prolific thieves. If they were caught, however, they were punished severely – not for stealing, but for being caught.