Famous Dictators Quiz #1

We give you the dictator. You give us the country they ruled.
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Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: August 30, 2018
First submittedAugust 19, 2010
Times taken129,775
Average score63.6%
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Dictator
Country
Adolf Hitler
Germany
Benito Mussolini
Italy
Mao Zedong
China
Josip Broz Tito
Yugoslavia
François "Papa Doc" Duvalier
Haiti
Fidel Castro
Cuba
Augusto Pinochet
Chile
Saddam Hussein
Iraq
Kim Jong-il
North Korea
Francisco Franco
Spain
Napoleon Bonaparte
France
Dictator
Country
Nicolae Ceausescu
Romania
Mobutu Sese Seko
Zaire
Idi Amin
Uganda
Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe
Muammar al-Gaddafi
Libya
Manuel Noriega
Panama
Ferdinand Marcos
Philippines
Rafael Trujillo
Dominican Republic
Sulla
Rome
Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet Union
Hosni Mubarak
Egypt
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Level 83
Oct 23, 2013
Missed 4 but got Zaire... some easy ones some a bit obscure
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Level 75
Oct 23, 2013
I guess it depends on your age. Aside from the obvious Hitler, Napoleon and Mussolini, I can remember all of these being in power except for Sulla (obviously). I also couldn't place Trujillo for the life of me, though I knew his name. The rest were easy only because the news was full of them in their heydays.
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Level 29
Oct 23, 2013
I only knew Trujillo because I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Some of them I just guessed but I missed quite a few D:
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Level 83
Feb 15, 2016
Got them all this time. But had to guess Hispanic countries for Trujillo. Yay learning.
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Level 33
Jun 24, 2021
I got them all first try with a minute remaining.
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Level 86
Oct 23, 2013
It would be a good quiz to see the "retirement" plan for each of these dictators. How many besides Sulla stepped away from power voluntarily and how many were carried out feet first?
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Level 58
Dec 22, 2013
Only Castro stepped down voluntarily (to be succeeded by his own brother), Mugabe is still power. Mao, Tito, Duvalier, Kim, Franco and Brezhnev all governed until they died of more or less natural causes. The rest (except Sulla) were all either kicked out or assassinated.
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2018
not mugabe anymore now
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Level 71
Apr 16, 2020
Pinochet was actually the only one who called for elections and gave the power in a peaceful way. Castro instead died like a simple banana-country dictator
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Level 56
Jun 24, 2021
Francisco Franco set up plans before his death to have power restored to the monarchy. Juan Carlos I became king of Spain after the death of Franco.
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Level 73
Dec 13, 2013
Okay. So how random is Sulla. There isn't a person on the list, except for Napoleon, who is pre-20th century. Then all of a sudden Sulla, a guy who was born before Christ.
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Level 63
Jan 14, 2014
Threw me for a loop too. I stared at it for like a minute.
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2016
Agreed!
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Level 42
Mar 25, 2015
But to be fair, Sulla is probably the only one one the list whose official job description actually was "dictator" (:
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Level 48
Jun 24, 2020
Yeah, but he was the first and the real "dictator".
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Level 62
Jun 24, 2021
Sulla was a dictator, so it's fair to include him in the quiz. What struck me is that he is the only one who appears without given name and THAT makes him look a bit out of line. For future reference: Lucius Cornelius Sulla.
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Level 65
Mar 5, 2014
what about Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin?
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Level 21
Mar 10, 2014
The quiz doesn't claim to have all the dictators, just a selection. Besides, seeing as it already contains Brezhnev it would be silly to also include Stalin and Lenin as they were from the same regime in the same country, just at different times
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2016
Brezhnev a dictator? Um, no. Stalin far more accurately fits that term.
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Level 61
Aug 18, 2020
Brezhnev was also a dictator, although Stalin was worse.
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Level 38
Jul 1, 2021
I would also have expected Stalin, more than any other Russian, compared to him all others were harmless and Brezhnev was definitely not one of the worst.
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Level 71
May 12, 2019
Pol Pot definitely fits the bill; I would also proffer Bashar al-Assad.
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Level 19
Jul 24, 2020
This is a quiz about dictators, not saviors of the Middle East
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Level 63
Jun 24, 2021
Last time I checked Assad was elected by the people of Syria. Not much of a dictator to me. Or is Biden also a dictator?
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Level 70
Jun 24, 2021
Wikipedia: "In the uncontested and non-democratic 2000 and 2007 elections, he [Assad] received 97.29% and 97.6% support, respectively."

That, plus the fact that he was basically hand-picked as his father's successor, certainly sounds like a dictator to me.

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Level 33
Jun 24, 2021
I agree. He basically took over. Also, I replying to someone on the same day and year.
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Level 25
Apr 28, 2014
I don't think Hosni Mubarak. He stepped down immediately after people started to get hurt. Although I admit I'm not a Mubarak expert.
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Level 43
Mar 15, 2020
No, he was still considered a dictator due to his regime. He had the police force oppressing the common people; fear was prominent.
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Level 66
May 2, 2014
Sacrebleu! You put Napoleon on zis list, zis is an outrage, Monsieur!

Sulla and Napoleon are indeed dictators but more in the old Roman way: all powers to one person so he can end the internal troubles of a country. No genocide, no mass-killing of own citizens, or at least not more than any French king at least...

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Level 56
Jan 14, 2015
Alongside several other people, this comment defends someone from the calumny of being a dictator, associated with repression, imprisnoment without trial, murder and genocide. Yet the quiz doesn't do anything of the sort. It doesn't say "these people were evil monsters" it simply describes them as dictators, which they all were, and asks you to name the country they ruled, which they all did. Lucassar actually says "Yes, he was a dictator, but of the good sort". Nobody said any different. The quiz isn't making any judgements, it's all in the eye of the beholder.
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Level 68
Sep 19, 2019
There are evil dictators and sometimes there are benevolent ones, they're still dictators.
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Level 70
Jun 24, 2021
Napoleon is far from the worst on here, but he's more flawed than a lot of people think. His government reinstated slavery and led a pretty brutal response to the Haitian Revolution that involved massacres and (I believe?) the first use of poisonous gas in conflict. Also, while he didn't mass kill civilians on purpose, his wars did probably kill several million people, including Frenchmen and civilians, and really didn't serve any purpose other than to make him more powerful.

At the same time, I'll acknowledge that he made many positive reforms, such as Napoleonic Code, and that he did bring stability to France for a while. I'd still call him an "enlightened despot," but even if he was a good ruler I don't think that made him a good person.

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Level 8
Jun 1, 2014
actually adolf hitler is from austria not germany. he led nazi germany but wasnt german. please fix! its false info!
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Level 65
Feb 15, 2016
Dictator of Germany, not necessarily born in Germany.
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Level 58
Mar 22, 2017
The quiz asks for the country that the individual ruled - their nationality is not relevant in this quiz.
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Level 66
Sep 17, 2018
When Hitler was born Germany has only been around for about 20 years. Just because Austria didn't happen to be one of the countries that unified into Germany right at the beginning, that doesn't mean Hitler wasn't German. Nationality is not something that is fixed, and when Germany annexed Austria Hitler was also leader of Austria. "Germany" and "Austria" we're not at that time fixed concepts like "the USA" or "Canada" are today. But anyway the quiz does ask for the country they ruled, not their nationality, and Hitler ruled Germany.
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Level 8
Jun 1, 2014
oh wait never mind didnt see the top bit
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Level 81
Jun 14, 2014
Shouldn't Scotland work for Idi Amin?
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Level 38
Sep 29, 2015
The last King, didn't James McAvoy succeed him :)
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Level 35
Jul 1, 2018
You just made my day, bro :)
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Level 56
Jan 14, 2015
I thought putting Sulla was really cool. His title was officially Dictator (said in a Latin accent, of course). It would also have been appropriate to put Julius Caesar, whom everybody thinks was the first Roman Emperor, which he wasn't.
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Level 63
Feb 24, 2015
Seko, Trujillo and Sulla got me.
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Level 74
Jun 2, 2018
I got Mobuto quickly. But I had the advantage of visiting Zaire whilst he was dictator there. The extent of his evil grip on power amazed me.
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Level 39
Jul 19, 2015
Where's Porfirio Diaz or Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna? We Mexicans have our not-so-bright history as well.
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Level 57
Jul 30, 2015
I have a problem referring to the USSR leaders (except Stalin) as dictators as they had to answer to the central committee and dictators answer to no one.
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2015
I sort of agree, in that if the question said Stalin, nobody would complain about calling him a dictator.
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Level 59
Dec 16, 2015
Yes, surely Stalin is a far better example of a Soviet dictator.
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Level 48
Feb 15, 2016
Dictatorship of the proletariat
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Level 70
Oct 9, 2019
@TangoMike DotP is a term used by communists to describe a society controlled by the working class rather than the rich, not literally a dictatorship.
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Level 57
Feb 15, 2016
A couple more you could add on would be Chiang Kai-Shek of Taiwan/China (ROC) and maybe General Ne Win of Myanmar (Burma).

Great quiz though!

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Level 35
Feb 15, 2016
you missed Porfirio Díaz in México
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Level 58
Sep 27, 2021
True, that's the only dictator missing from this quiz.
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Level 30
Feb 16, 2016
I got Sulla the first... Enjoy your life.
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Level 63
Sep 6, 2016
Why not include Sulla's full name, since he had one...Lucius Cornelius Sulla [add a Felix at the end if you're feeling fancy]
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Level 37
Aug 30, 2018
To CardinalSin: In answer to your question,"what right does Elizabeth have to be queen?" - A birth right.
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Level 28
Nov 6, 2018
Got all with only 30s left good quiz. I knew sulla from latin class
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Level 42
Dec 2, 2018
How was Stalin not in there?
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Level 70
Oct 9, 2019
brezhnev is more well known in the region
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Level 61
Aug 19, 2020
In what region?
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Level 58
Sep 27, 2021
There is no region where Brezhnev is more well known than Stalin.
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Level 59
Dec 14, 2018
Please accept PRK
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Level 58
Feb 3, 2019
Is 50% good for a 12 y/o
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2019
Nope! I'm afraid it's the short bus for you
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Level 47
Apr 20, 2019
That's pretty bad not gonna lie.
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Level 83
May 12, 2019
For a 12 year old? I'd say it's pretty good actually.
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Level 67
Jun 27, 2019
The average score is 14 so yes, I would say that is good for a 12 yo. Definitely not bad. Most of the people on this site are older than that, and could have heard of several from the news. Only some are covered in history classes.

So anyone saying getting 11 is bad for a 12 yo, has got some issues. (inferiority or superiority.. always hard to tell..)

even it it was bad, no need to rub it in someone's face.

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Level 58
Sep 27, 2021
They don't think it's bad, they're just making fun of the obnoxious behaviour.
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Level 68
Sep 19, 2019
I doubt I would have done that well on a similar quiz when I was 12. Mubarak and Gaddafi would have still been in power but I doubt I could have named them.
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Level 29
Jul 30, 2019
I would suggest adding DRC or congo to zaire, because for many other quizzes the modern name is accepted, so it's better to be consistent.
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2019
Nice idea! Would suggest mentioning in the caveats that some of the countries no longer exist
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Level 43
Sep 19, 2019
Suprised by a lot of these being guessed more than Mugabe.

Also is there any reason why Stalin was omitted from this quiz?

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Level 59
Feb 29, 2020
He's in the next one
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Level 26
Sep 27, 2019
Wait...Brezhnev?
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Level 70
Oct 9, 2019
some of these aren't dictators by definition, just authoritarian leaders.
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Level 61
Aug 19, 2020
In modern English, "dictator" pretty much is a synonym of "authoritarian leader".
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Level 59
Feb 29, 2020
Ohhh right Zaire was where that Muhammad Ali fight was
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Level 59
Feb 29, 2020
Now DR Congo ofc
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Level 67
Apr 16, 2020
Since when is Rome a country? The answer to Sulla should be Italy.
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Level 76
Apr 23, 2020
Since when is Italy a country? 'Rome' or 'Roman Empire' are the most appropriate answers for Sulla.
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Level 74
Jul 2, 2020
Italian unification also known as the Risorgimento - 17 March 1861.

Rome was a country, arguably.

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Level 76
Oct 10, 2020
EcceHomo, you answered my rhetorical question.
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2022
Sorry Albert, my bad.
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Level 61
Aug 19, 2020
Italy didn't exist as a country at the time. Sulla was the dictator of Rome. The quiz is correct.
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Level 75
Jun 24, 2021
Arguably, Rome has been a country longer than Italy has. You had the Roman Kingdom (752-509 BC), Roman Republic (509-27 BC), Roman Empire (27 BC - 285 AD), Western Roman Empire (285-476), and the Papal States (754-1870). The Kingdom of Italy incorporated Rome in 1871 and in 1946 became the Italian Republic. Rome was a country for either 2,344 years or 1,228 years if you don't want to count the Papal States as Rome. Italy has been a country for 160 years.
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Level 44
Apr 27, 2020
Surprised so few got Trujillo, el jefe
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Level 36
Jun 10, 2020
How about adding Mohammed Farrah Aidid? He was a famous Somalian dictator and plunged the country into poverty and despair.
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Level 8
Jul 28, 2020
Why ZSRR is not accepted?
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Level 49
Nov 2, 2020
1. Soviet Union - Russia

2. Yugoslavia - Serbia

3. Zaire - DRC

4. Rome - Italy

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Level 58
Sep 27, 2021
No.
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Level 46
Nov 20, 2020
What about Stalin?
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Level 60
Dec 12, 2020
You may want to give your definition of a dictator, you clearly mix many different ages and it is historically wrong to put aside Hitler or Mussolini with older leaders like Napoleon or Sulla or with more recent ones like Saddam Hussein.

This list does not make any sense, if you just take the fact that power was in the hands of a unique person you could put in there any king in history like Henry VIII or king Richard and I'm quite sure you wouldn't describe them as dictators though.

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Level 69
Jun 24, 2021
Why would the quiz need to define "dictator"? It's a common word. I teach political studies, though, so I'll go over what I know. Dictatorships are typically ruled by a single authoritarian leader, but in some cases they can be oligarchical. Most dictatorships today control the political process and media to the point that there is no challenge to their power. Dictators today also often have a cult of personality. The term dictator has historically been used simply to mean a single person who has achieved power in non-democratic or monarchical ways (i.e., no vote and no longstanding tradition to explain their power). There can be bad dictators, despots, and good leaders, commonly called benevolent dictators. Lee Kuan Yew is probably the best example of a benevolent dictator. Also, keep in mind that there are different forms of dictatorship. Totalitarianism is an extreme type of dictatorship that more or less tries to control the lives and beliefs of its citizens.
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Level 60
Sep 28, 2021
I think the quiz should define what is a dictator because it gives a list of people who are not commonly called dictators.

For instance, were Queen Victoria or Louis XVI dictators ? It quite matches your definition and thus could be put in this quiz but I'm not sure everybody would call them that way.

Moreover, you're giving a definition of a dictator "today", pointing out that mixing areas by using a single term for all these people is a nonsense.

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Level 54
Dec 21, 2020
Wheres Hirohito?
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Level 54
Jun 24, 2021
He was an emperor/king. There where a lot of kings and queens with absolute power over their country in history, french, british/english, dutch, swedish, spanish, chinese, russian, persian, egyptian, babylonian,... the list is endless.

A lot of them lead their countries into wars which brought destruction and despair over their citizen.

Would you describe all of them as dictators?

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Level 63
Jun 24, 2021
Then what is Napoleon doing on this list?
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Level 69
Jun 24, 2021
Napoleon did not succeed the throne because of longstanding tradition, and is therefore not a monarch. He took power by force in a coup d'etat, which is probably one of the most dictatorial ways to come to rule a country.
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Level 18
Apr 17, 2021
Why Brezhnev but not Stalin?
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Level 75
Jun 24, 2021
Brezhnev is more fun to spell? Stalin appears in a lot of quizzes already so Quizmaster decided to spread the love around a little?
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Level 59
Jun 13, 2021
Got Trujillo
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Level 64
Jun 24, 2021
By next year you'll be able to add Boris Johnson.
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Level 63
Jun 24, 2021
In that case Merkel would also be a fine addition.
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Level 69
Jun 24, 2021
Merkel is stepping down before next year.
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Level 67
Jun 24, 2021
or sleepy joe
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Level 36
Jun 24, 2021
i didnt get ,romania, uganda or libya. but apparently i missed the memo
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Level 73
Jun 26, 2021
So I made a tongue in cheek comment in reply to someone comparing one dictator favorably to another, get insulted by someone else in response, then reply to this comment without insulting even if with harsh words, and our comments get deleted. Except the original comment I replied to. Well done. I guess it's ok to defend fascists here, but not to call out the people who do it.
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Level 34
Sep 17, 2021
Where's Enver Hoxha bruh
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Level 32
Jan 18, 2022
Completely failed the right side
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Level 57
Feb 17, 2022
It really should be "Infamous Dictators quiz".
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Level 40
Jun 19, 2022
Tito was not a dictator, he was a president for life. In Socialist Yugoslavia the people ruled, so it doesn't even make sense that he is a dictator. Please fix this attrocity that is written in here to tie Tito, the man who saved his people and singlehandedly liberated and made one of the most powerful nations of the 20th century, together with monsters like Hitler or Mussolini.