Which people or groups had a realistic chance of seizing power and committing great evils afterwards but failed to actually seize power?

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What percentage of the Spanish republicans were Communists, though?

What makes you say that?

Was he extremely brutal and violent towards the Mexican people?
Not sure of percentages but the communists had the will to seize power, they would use their allies then betray them once the fascists were defeated. Having Soviet aid would help as well.
Rasputin was power hungry, debouched, skilled at manipulation and crazy. It was an unlikely longshot but say the tsar was killed but his wife/son survived Rasputin could have manipulated their rule even greater than he did in real life. Possibly telling his puppet certain people/groups were plotting something and so on. As most people were disgusted by him there would be no end of enemies for him to target.
Pancho Villa indiscriminately killed men, women and children and was effectively a bandit. People like that won't be good rulers, their petty and cruel. Some Mexicans consider him a folk hero now, but he was just a murderous thug.
 
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Lord Edward Halifax, he probably would've pushed for peace with Nazi Germany after the fall of France.
Maybe Churchill in 1945 if he had won the election, granted he wouldn't commit any ''great evils'' but he was less than ideal given his ideas at the time.
Communists in Greece, Italy and Finland.
The Paris Commune.
Lavrentyi Beria after Stalin's death.
 

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Lord Edward Halifax, he probably would've pushed for peace with Nazi Germany after the fall of France.
Yeah.

Maybe Churchill in 1945 if he had won the election, granted he wouldn't commit any ''great evils'' but he was less than ideal given his ideas at the time.
Churchill's attitude towards colonialism, while becoming outdated by 1945, wasn't particularly radical by interwar standards--was it?

Communists in Greece, Italy and Finland.
Yep, very possible. Of course, they could have been relatively tame like the Yugoslav Communists, but I don't know if we can really know this for sure.

The Paris Commune.
Were they especially brutal?

Lavrentyi Beria after Stalin's death.
Possibly, though you could also see him become a Soviet Deng Xiaoping.