Top 10 brutal dictators of the world from the pages of history

Top 10 brutal dictators of the world from the pages of history

The concept of dictatorship is flowing in the world with the past ancient years. The force and systematic persecution of political opponents to stay in power stats from the Roman civilization. These brutal dictators had become the worst nightmare at that time for the people.

They treated people so badly and bring terror in the mind of the people of their own country. It has also been believed that most of the people lost their lives with their brutal behavior rather than other natural calamities. But thank god, their brutal powers do not remain for so long.

These brutal dictators in modern history live with inhuman practices. Few of them died with immortal deaths while the others ripped with old age. In this article, we are going to discuss the ten brutal dictators of the ancient civilization that ruled the world with their notorious behavior.

List of 10 brutal dictators of history

1. Adolf Hitler

Born in 1889, Adolf Hitler was one of the famous dictators known in history. This most intelligent and brutal dictator was largely responsible for holocaust as well as the Second World War. He was known to be the chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, who treated people with its notorious behavior.

Over 50 million people were found dead due to his unbearable actions. According to him, Jews were the root cause of all problems and decided to eliminate all of them. But on 30th April 1945, he committed suicide to avoid being captured by the Soviet Red Army in Berlin.

2. Joseph Stalin

One of the famous dictators of the Soviet Union was Joseph Stalin, who ruled the union from 1922 to 1953 till his death. He was known to be a robber as well as an assassin and almost 30 years, and he ruled the union with his terror and violence.

His decisions killed millions of people, and over 1.5 million German women get raped in his ruling era. Even the families, who were fond of him, were killed by him. He did not forgive his enemies and easily killed 20 million people with his brutal behavior.

He once said that one death is a tragedy, while millions of death become statistics. Ironically, he was praised with a Nobel price in 1945 and 1948. At last, he found death in 1953 in the penalty labor camps, which were known as gulags.

3. Vlad the Impaler

The other name for this brutal dictator was Vlad Dracula, due to his sadistic personality. He had done very cruel acts while he was in power. This brutal dictator killed the people of Wallachia as he was raised as a prince three times between 1448 to 1462. After killing 20% of his population, he was found dead in 1476. He roasted the children, women, and older people the most when he was in power.

4. Pol Pot

Another famous brutal dictator and the leader of the Cambodian revolutionary group was Pol Pot. He wanted to destroy Cambodian civilization and wanted to start a new regime in his ruling age. He was responsible for the severest genocides in the period of history.

Around 2 million people were died due to starvation, imprisonment, murder, and forced labor. He was so disgusting that he ordered the mass genocide in his own country. After killing 25% of his population, he died in natural causes—one of his interests based on keeping the skull of dead people and torn babies limb by limb.

5. Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich was the head of SS and brain that answer the final question of Jewish. He was responsible for the killing of 6 million Jews, and over 5 lacks Russians and many Nazis groups.

These were some people who thought that it is not worth living under the power of Heinrich Himmler. He also kept the furniture that was made from the bones of dead Jewish victims. At last, this brutal dictator committed suicide.

6. Idi Amin

He was the third president of Uganda and was responsible for the death of 25 lakhs citizens of his ruling country. He had done extra-judicial executions, corruption as well as tortured his citizens.

He was in power from 1972 to 1979, and his death in 2003 happened because he was attacked due to the defeat of Tanzania. He also went into a coma due to his kidney failure and died in August. He was one of the most brutal dictators in history.

7. Augusto Pinochet

Augusto was the military dictator who starts ruling Chile in 1973 and bothered his country citizens over 20 years. He brutally suppressed his opponents, and more than 1 million people got arrested during the first three years of his ruling power.

In 1990, he stepped down as a president of Chile while the people did not give him votes to discontinue his presidency. He was also trialed for violations of human rights in the early 2000s. But this was not possible as the court declared that he was not mentally fit for going to jail.

8. Francisco Franco

He was considered to be the Spanish dictator who ruled Spain in 1939 when he was declared as a winner of the Spanish civil war. Dissidents who were marked by his severe repression were either sent to camps or sentenced to prison for forced laboring or executed. His regime became more liberal in the 1960s and 70s, but soon after his death, Spain becomes a democratic country.

9. Saddam Hussein

This Iraqi dictator came into power in 1979 and was responsible for the death of around 1 million citizens due to his brutal behavior. Soon after the coalition of the US and the UK in 2003, Hussein was ousted. The deaths that occur due to his dictatorship in 1980 was resolved when he found guilty in 2006. After that, he was hung till death in December 2006.

10. Charles Taylor

He was known to be the former president of Liberia, who was elected in 1997. He was responsible for the violations of Human rights, war crimes as well as various wars against humanity. He is currently being trailed due to his involvement in the Sierra Leone civil war that lasts between 1999 to 2003.


In this article, we have discussed the top brutal dictators of history. These notorious leaders have topped this list of dictators. These dictators not only tortured their citizens but also being responsible for the death of millions of people. After their deaths, their ruling countries became democratic. We hope you find this information useful.

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