Top 10 World's most brutal rulers who reduced the population by their genocide

Top 10 World's most brutal rulers who reduced the population by their genocide

Updated on August 05, 2022 18:28 PM by Ella Bina

History is filled with invasion and bloodshed to expand their ruling empire so that all rulers once dreamt of ruling the entire world as they are none other than power-hungry rulers. And throughout history, we witnessed several brutal rulers who came of all ages and all times. This ruthlessness surpassed all other rulers who lived in their time down the human history.

As per the maxim, One man's hero is another man's tyrant; These rulers went to an extent to do any inhumane activities, which caused widespread fear in the entire human civilization. Civilization and some even eradicated the entire population from the world.

Let's deep dive and get to know the top 10 brutal rulers of all time who went on to reduce the population for thirst for money, power, and position for whom killing was like a sporting event.

Adolf Hitler

The number one spot goes to Adolf Hitler, who is regarded as the most brutal dictator in the entire story. 

 Adolf Hitler called the name Der Führer was born on April 20, 1889, in Austria. Adolf Hitler was born as an illegitimate child to his father Alois and later established his family claim using the surname Hitler.

Adolf Hitler dreamed of becoming an artist and twice failed to secure entry into the entry toy of Fine Arts. Then in 1913, he moved to Munich to join the army but was called unfit because of his physique. As World War I broke out, he was permitted to join the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment. After some training, he was deployed in October 1914 to Belgium. He was wounded in October 1916 and was gassed two years later near Ypres. 

After being discharged, he started his political career in Munich and joined the small German Workers' Party in Munich. After joining the party, he left the army and renamed the National-sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (Nazi).

Later he rose to power as a chancellor of Germany and leader of the Nazi party. He started to believe that the rival Weltanschauung, Marxism, and even beyond that, he always believed that the greatest enemies were Jew. As a result, he started to eradicate all the Jews. He began World War II by invading Poland. He is the great mastermind behind the brutal holocaust that led to the Genocide of more than 6 million Jews, and he went on to commit suicide in 1945.

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Genghis Khan

Second place goes to Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol empire.

Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol empire, who united all the nomadic tribes and proclaimed himself to be the only ruler of the Mongols. He is considered the 13th-century warrior in central Asia who ruled the Mongol Empire, one of the largest empires in history. 

He grew up as a poor, illiterate boy known as Temujin. Being dissatisfied with poverty, he strived so hard to be recognized as the leader of the united Mongols, who then started to conquer all land in all directions.

Genghis Khan invaded the Khwarezmid empire, leaving millions of people dead and the empire destroyed. He again waged war against Tanguts as they refused to send their troop during the war with the Khwarezmid empire. As a punishment, he slaughtered all the royal family members. He is called a brutal ruler as; during his regime, he would have at least killed 40 million people that reduced the populwhichn by 11%.

After he died, the empire controlled the territory in China and central Asia and later ventured towards the west, which is modern-day Ukraine. His successors controlled the Middle East, South, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin killed millions of his country's people.

Joseph Stalincountry'srn on December 18, 1879, in Gori, Georgia, in the Russian empire. His mother wanted him to be a priest but went, atheist. He was first named Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili.

After Lenin died in 1924, Stalin promoted himself as the legal, political heir. He developed his nationalistic brand of Marxism and concentrated on strengthening the Soviet Union. And in the late 1920s, he becomes dictator of the Soviet Union.

He is the main reason for industrialization in the Soviet Union; if he fails to modernize, the present Communism will fail, and the country will be destroyed by its capitalist neighbors. As a result, he increased the production of coal, oil, and steel and enforced ruthless targets that workers found impossible to fulfill. Those who failed to come up with the target were brutally tortured and executed, resulting in millions of deaths.

In 1953 he died of a stroke, and the entire Soviet Union rejoiced at his death.

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Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun was the greatest barbarian ruler in histwas ory.

 Attila, the Hun, went on to become the leader of the ancient nomadic people called the Huns and became the ruler of the Hunnic Empire.  

The early Germanic people Visigoth waged war against the Romans and saw victory over the Romans in the Battle of Adrianople in 378 CE. The Roman military did not recover from it fully. The victory made Attila join with the Visigothand broke treaties with the Romans, which led to the destruction of Roman cities. 

Attila has considered a brilliant horseman and military leader whose commanding presence held the empire together through individual personality. He built the huge empire not only made the Huns the most effective brutal fighting force of the time, but he also built a huge empire in less than ten years, and his empire stretched from central Asia across to today's France and south through the Danube Valley.

Eventually, he died in 453 CE; his sons tried to hold his empire together but failed, breaking apart by 469 CE. During his time, he started bloodshed battles like invading Gaul and mass killing the entire village.

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Vlad III

Dracula got inspired by Vlad’s nature.

Vlad also known as Vlad Dubya was called a brutal, sadistic leader famous for torturing his foes who is responsible for the deaths of more than 80,000 people in his life whom he killed just by impalement. 

His nature inspired the character Dracula. During his period, he committed innumerable atrocities against his enemies, earning him the name Vlad the Impaler. He exposed this type of torture on foreign and his own empire enemies alike. After he had retreated from a battle in 1462, he left that field filled with thousands of impaled victims who pursued the Ottoman forces, which has been said to decreased the population by 20%. That year, he escapeddecreasedtting caught by Ottoman, intercepted by Hungarian forces, and imprisoned. Vlad III regained his seat in 1476 but was killed in battle the same year.


“Ivan the Terrible” tortured all those who opposed him.

Ivan terrible e, by the name of Ivan Vasilyevich, also called Ivan IV born on August 25, 1530, in Kolomenskoye near Moscow. His reign witnessed the finishing of the construction of a centrally administered Russian state and the making of the new empire that included non-Slav states. 

In the years 1538–1547, there were several murderous strifes among the clans of the warrior caste commonly termed "boyars" Their continual struggles for the reins of government to the detriment of the realm made a profound impression on Ivan. They imbued him with a lifelong dislike of the boyars.

To torture anyone who betrayed him, he commissioned the Oprichniki, who were given full freedom to brutally torture and executed anyone who went against Ivan. The tortures included impalement, boiling them alive, tearing the limbs, and being roasted on the fire. He even put his people in agonizing torture on whoever uttered a word against him and hence got the name "Ivan the Terrible."

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Leopold II

Leopold II, The ruthless ruler of all time.

Leopold II, born on April 9, 1835, in Brussels, Belgium, was the second King of the Belgians who got the name a self-made autocratic ruler of the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1 of 908. He established the country Belgium as a colonial power in Africa; he is best known for the widespread atrocities carried out under his rule, resulting in as many as 10 million people dying in the Congo Free State. It was the world's only private colony, and Leopold referred to himself as its "proprietor."

By the early 1890s, a worldwide rubber boom evolved after the bicycle's invention and slowly led to the invention of the automobile and then other things. For this, he forced workers to extract rubber based on quota. He could torture, murder, and the amputation of the hands of men, women, and children when the quota of rubber was not met as he operated a system of forced labor. 

Thousands of Congolese fled their villages to avoid being impressed as forced laborers were shot dead by his soldiers. This cruel practice led to 1 to 15 million brutal death of Congolese people, and Leopold II died on December 17, 1909.

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Maximilien Robespierre

The lawyer killed thousands of enemies by executing them by guillotine.

Maximilien Robespierre whose full name Maximilien-François-Marie-Isidore de Robespierre born on May 6, 1758 in France.As a lawyer, he represented the poor people; he had threatened the upper classes by his protests in his "Mémoire pour le Sieur Dupond" against royal absolutism and arbitrary justice. June 1790, he was elected as the secretary of the National Assembly. In April of the same year, he took over the Jacobins as nothing but a club that promoted the ideas of the French Revolution. Later he was appointed as a judge of the Versailles tribunal.

Being a leading member of the committee of public safety from 1973, he encouraged executing more than 17,000 enemies by guillotine. He had the same fate just like his enemies, as he and his followers died execution by guillotine.

Talaat Pasha

The mastermind behind the Armenian Genocide.

The Turkish Ottoman politician Talaat Pasha was the reason behind the Armenian Genocide, as in 1915, he ordered the eviction of Armenians carries his signature. He was just beyond cruel to the Armenians that he went to execute the young orphans.

Armenians had always been thought of as loyal millet, but after 1878, they became a part of certain foreign powers with that they could intervene in the Ottoman regime and internal policy; as a result, the Ottoman reign saw them as a threat and started to execute them.

Later he was given a criminal sentence as he was regarded as a war criminal and death sentence. However, he was assassinated by an Armenian Soghomon Tehlirian in 1912 for the sake of revenge.


Nero the insane ruler

Nero, also called Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus, original name Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus was born on December 15, 37 CE, in Antium Latium.

He became infamous for his debaucheries and extravagant December doubtful evidence, for his burning of Rome and persecutions of Christians. He is the most of the most infamous rulers of Rome who ascended to thrown when he was just 16 and died at 30. He was the living witness to the Great Fire of Rome and Boudica's rebellion in Britain.

He even went on to torture his own near and dear ones that also including his two wives, as he had a sick mindset, and at the age of 30, he committed suicide.


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