Scary people in history

Hi! I need a list of the most scary people in history. Maybe four or five? It's for a novel that i'm writing. Any time or place is fine, as are widely known people. I have a few in mind but i want to see who is suggested before i post them. Thanks!


Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
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Vlad the impaler
Jack the Ripper
Joseph Mengele
Ivan the Terrible
Joseph Stalin
Jan 2010
Southern Tier, NY
Countess Elizabeth Báthory: Every time I read an article on her or watch a documentary I get really apprehensive. She was just...there are no words coming to me at the moment.


Forum Staff
Mar 2008
On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
Vlad the Bureaucrat
Jack the Bureaucrat
Ivan the Bureaucrat

and dang it! all the rest of them.


Forum Staff
Oct 2009
Uday Hussein
Lavrentiy Beria
Rasputin and Timur are good answers! I don't suppose I have much to add to this discussion, I would say the above in addition to Hitler and Vlad.

But I'll add a few...of all the Roman emperors, I would say Caligula was the scariest, closely followed by Domitian and Caracalla.

Actually, Elagabalus was very scary, but for different reasons...:rolleyes:

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