The Most Cruel Rulers In History

From tyrannical kings to high-handed dictators, history has witnessed several cruel rulers. While many rulers exhibited cruelty in order to achieve certain goals, some exercised cruelty just to show off their power over others. Some of these rulers were downright brutal, so much so that their actions were stranger than fiction! Take a look at the list below to see for yourself.

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Also Known As: Vlad III, Vlad Dracula
Birthday: 1431
Born In: Sighişoara
Died On: January 1477

After Vlad the Impaler's death, many books describing his cruel acts became bestsellers in the German-speaking territories. It is said that he strengthened the central government with the aid of brutal punishments. His reputation for cruelty inspired the name of the popular character 'Count Dracula' as he was also known as Vlad Dracula.


2. Talaat Pasha

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Also Known As: Talat Paşa, Mehmed Talaat
Birthday: 01 September 1874
Born In: Kardzali, Bulgaria
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died On: 15 March 1921
Century: 19th Century, 20th Century

Talaat Pasha ordered the arrest and deportation of Armenian intellectuals who were eventually murdered. These events initiated the Armenian Genocide and Pasha was widely regarded as the main perpetrator of the genocide. He is held responsible for the death of almost 1,800,000 Armenians.


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Also Known As: Léopold II of Belgium, Léopold-Louis-Philippe-Marie-Victor, Leopold Lodewijk Filips Maria Victor
Birthday: 09 April 1835
Born In: Brussels, Belgium
Sun Sign: Aries
Died On: 17 December 1909
Century: 19th Century

Leopold II's administration was characterized by atrocities, such as torture and murder. Millions of the Congolese people died under his rule. After a hike in the price of natural rubber, he forced people to harvest and process rubber. The hands of men, children, and women were cut off when they failed to produce the amount of rubber desired.


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Also Known As: Shihuangdi
Birthday: 259
Born In: Handan
Died On: 210
Century: 19th Century

Whenever Qin Shi Huang captured people from other countries, he castrated them and made them his slaves. He also killed several scholars who disagreed with his ideas and ordered the burning of many important books.


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Also Known As: Maximilien Robespierre,Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Birthday: 06 May 1758
Born In: Arras, France
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 28 July 1794
Century: 18th Century

A period of the French Revolution, when Maximilien Robespierre was an important member of the 'Committee of Public Safety,' was called the 'Reign of Terror.' During this period, numerous public executions and a series of massacres took place.