25 Deadliest Dictators Throughout History

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Without checks and balances, laws, and proper institutions in place, tyrants and dictators can quickly consolidate power and cause a tremendous amount of suffering. Sadly, every once in a while, politicians and leaders decide to do things their own way (much to the dismay of the masses). From communist leaders to tribal despots, these cold-blooded dictators do not care for the value of life as much as they do achieving their selfish motives of domination, power, and immortality. These are 25 Deadliest Dictators Throughout History.

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Robert Mugabe

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President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is said to have risen to power via electoral deception and fearmongering. In one election where he did not receive any votes in a certain province, he orchestrated the killing of over 20,000 civilians by fabricating stories of rebellion and treason. During his time in office, over 3.1 million Zimbabweans lost their homes, jobs, and livelihood due to his “land reform program,” aka bulldozing any village that voices dissent.


Vlad III


This tyrant’s association with vampires and Dracula are well placed. Vlad III killed countless numbers of people and delighted in violence and the cruel treatment of prisoners and rebels. He enjoyed impaling his victims and supposedly even bathed in their blood.


Kim Jong-Il

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Kim Jong-Il had nearly a quarter million people arrested during his rule and is directly responsible for the starvation and deaths of million of North Koreans.


Idi Amin Dada

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Even though Idi Amin Dada ruled Uganda for only eight years from 1971 to 1979, he took full advantage of his time in command, putting his wrath on full display. Roughly half a million people lost their lives due to extrajudicial killings and genocide during this time.


Vladimir Lenin

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Probably no one in history has received more assassination attempts than Vladimir Lenin. Of course, given that he instituted the “Red Terror,” or the systematic elimination of millions of people including members of his own political party, this should come as no surprise.

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