10 Real Life Historical Figures With The Highest Kill Counts

These ruthless dictators capture the most morbid part of the human imagination.

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Throughout history, there have been a number of men and women who have obtained absolute power over a significant portion of the population. In some cases, these individuals have used their authority to make the world (or at least the region they rule) a better place.

However, all too often, we have seen world leaders prescribe horrific acts of murder and, in some cases, even genocide, once they come into power. For a variety of reasons, these types of ruthless dictators seem to capture the most morbid part of the human imagination. After all, it's hard for most of us to even fathom the thought of being responsible for the death of millions.

Nearly all of the leaders we are about to see are associated with the demise of at least a million people. The exact number of deaths associated with these characters is debatable, as is often the case with murder on this scale.

That being said, everyone can agree that the ten merciless rulers we're about to look at all amassed kill counts that can only be described as horrifying.


From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.