The world has seen many selfless and devoted leaders who drew the human race’s destiny with their unmatched efforts and intellect. That’s why we wrote up this list of the five most tyrannical leaders of all time. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that without the help and directions of these leaders, we could never attain the level of maturity in the worldly and spiritual domains that we possess today.
Five most tyrannical leaders of all time
It is a fact that good and bad go side by side. When there is a virtue, there is evil as well, and it is not something to blame to the modern age as it’s been around for ages- probably the start of the human race.
That’s why, on one side, we count the great leaders of the past, and on the other hand, there are the architects who pushed the world into wars, riots, massacres, and starvations to quench their thirst for power. There is a never-ending list of such rascals, which is absolutely impossible to cover. However, to give you a glimpse of it, we have covered five of them.
Attila the Hun
Attila the Hun, aka “scourge of God,” was an uneducated barbarian born in the fifth century. Following his uncles’ death, Attila and his brother Bleda took control of the Hunnic Empire and signed a peace truce with the Eastern Roman Empire.
A few years later, Attila led a series of vigorous attacks on the Romans by breaching the peace agreement and demanded gold and gems to stop the fight. The lust for power blinded him so much that he killed his brother Bleda to rule the Empire alone.
During his callous rule extending from 434 to 453AD, Attila used to say, “There, where I have passed, the grass will never grow again,”
Attila died of severe nose bleeding in 453AD when he was celebrating his second marriage feast. Nobody knows about his burial site as his servants were killed after his death.
Queen Mary I
Queen Mary, aka “Bloody Mary,” was the only child of King Henry VII. She was a bloodthirsty religious fanatic who ruled England from 1553 to 1558 as a first queen ruler.
Mary marked her five-year infamous rule with tyranny and viciousness. During her reign, she ordered to burn hundreds of protestant heretics alive at stake and thrown their ashes in the river.
She is depicted as a zombie and villain in most portraits and advertisements. Mary died in 1558 at the age of 42 because of the influenza epidemic and ovarian cancer.
Joseph Stalin, a ruthless dictator who ruled the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1953. During his reign, Stalin forced rapid “collectivization” in the Soviet Union and converted the individual peasant households into state-run collective farms.
He imprisoned and killed millions of independence-minded Ukrainians, who refused to give their livelihoods. He punished them by inflicting severe human-made starvation, which wiped out 13% of the Ukraine population.
Adolf Hitler, a violent racial nationalist and leader of the Nazi party, became German chancellor in 1933 who ruled until his death in April 1945. He stained his hands with the blood of millions of people in the Holocaust and World War II.
Hitler devised a strategy to create his’ master race’ by wiping out his political foes, Jews, gypsies, Slavs, and gays. He followed the path that led to destruction. Under his dreadful rule, Nazis killed almost 11 million people to fulfill Hitler’s plan.
Idi Amin, also known as “Butcher of Uganda,” was a military leader who announced himself as President after overthrowing Uganda’s elected government. He ruled from 1971-1979 and drove Uganda into a dire economic disaster.
During his eight-year reign of terror, Uganda has seen a ruthless massacre of almost 300,0000 civilians, including farmers, clerks, and students.
His rule created unrest in Uganda until Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere invaded Uganda by expelling Amin in 1979. As the situation became uncontrollable, Amin went into exile in Libya, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, where he died on 16 August 2003.
Five more Infamous Leaders
Qin Shi Huang
Qin Shi Huangdi ruled as the first emperor of China from 247-210 B. C. During his rule, he forcibly took control of adjacent states to expand his dynasty and enslaved the people.
Qin’s rule is marked as one of the most authoritarian regimes, carrying out the massacre of scholars who disagreed with his ideas. Apart from ruthless killing, he buried almost four hundred and sixty Confucian scholars alive and burnt their books.
Shi’s cruelty did not end there, and he castrated the people of captured states to distinguish them from his people.
Genghis Khan was a Mongol leader who rose from a humble beginning and established the largest empire. After uniting the Mongolian tribes, Khan expanded his empire by conquering central Asia and China.
He was characterized as one of the most brutal and scornful leaders for his murderous exploits. During his rule, he asked his enemies to surrender and killed the families of those who denied accepting his dominion.
He killed the Khwarezmian Empire’s aristocrats by pouring molten silver in their eyes and ears and wiped out the entire civilian population.
Tomas de Torquemada
During the Spanish Inquisition, an organization within the Roman Catholic Church was established to punish Jews and Muslims. To expel them out of Spain, the pope appointed inquisitors, and Torquemada were given Grand Inquisitor’s charge.
During his time as a grand inquisitor between 1483-1498, he formulated tribunals in all cities to permit torture against the Muslims and Jews. Tomas also persuaded King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to exile the Jews and viciously burnt almost 2000 citizens dubbing them heretics.
Pol Pot was the chief of the Cambodian revolutionary group who planed the Cambodian genocide. He is cast as a demon in Cambodian mythology as he tried to annihilate the Cambodian civilization to set up a new regime.
During his reign as a Prime minister from 1976-1979, it was always “Pol Pot killed my husband,” or “Pol Pot destroyed the temple.” His policies killed almost 2 million people, wiping out 25% of his own population. His atrocity was not satisfied just by killing innocent people as he ordered babies to be torn limb by limb.
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible was the first Russian Tsar, whose tyrant rule pushed Russia to collapse. As a kid, he relished throwing animals from high buildings, and as a monarch, he savored impaling, burning, beheading, and blinding people.
During his horrendous tenure extending from 1530 to 1584, he ordered the mass slaughter of more than 60,000 people. Blinded with rage and brutality, Ivan did not spare his family. He killed his son and beat his son’s pregnant wife in1581, and she miscarried.