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Dictators by Picture

Can you identify these people who have been frequently described as dictators?
Keep in mind, that in some countries, the family name comes first
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Last updated: December 1, 2019
First submittedAugust 24, 2018
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level 80
Dec 1, 2019
For some reason, "Winnie the Pooh" didn't work for that next-to-last one.
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level 76
Dec 1, 2019
The very last one looks exactly like some smarmy actor or character who was always smiling smugly. I cannot place him.
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level 81
Dec 2, 2019
I want to like this 1000x. :-)
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level 53
Feb 10, 2020
I came here to say the same thing!
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level 76
Dec 1, 2019
I absolutely did not recognize Franco without his giant making-up-for-something-small military hat. Makes home look like a giant (what he's trying to make up for) head.
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level ∞
Dec 1, 2019
I feel like any self-respecting dictator should have at least two of the following:
  • A mustache
  • A funny hat
  • Military decorations, the more the better
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level 70
Dec 1, 2019
I think Idi Amin took the crown for the last requirement. He was about 80% medal by the end of his rule.
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level 78
Dec 2, 2019
Bokassa I is my favorite.
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level 72
Dec 2, 2019
A special hand gesture?
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level 78
Dec 2, 2019
does a ludicrous comb-over and bone spurs count for the last two?
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level 63
Feb 9, 2020
I second kalbahamut's proposals
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level 56
Feb 10, 2020
Don't forget tiny hands
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level 78
Feb 19, 2020
and how much does a golden face make up for gold medals?
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level 83
Dec 1, 2019
Many of these gents truly thought they were ushering in a socialist paradise. Too bad for the world that history judges by results, not intentions.
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level 78
Dec 2, 2019
Not even one. Maybe Brezhnev but I don't think so.
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level 66
Dec 3, 2019
Incorrect. Mao absolutely thought he was, and then was corrupted by power. Same with maybe Mugabe, not sure though.
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level 77
Dec 2, 2019
Others (Pinochet, Suharto, Mobutu, Franco) were promising to rid their country of leftists and make it great again.
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level 66
Dec 3, 2019
Thank god for that. Imagine how they would have turned out if the leftists took charge. Spain had a good economy, look at them now.... Also, I'm pretty sure Mobuto was not anti-left but anti-anything-against-him. He chummed up with the CCP real fast when the West left him.
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level 75
Dec 3, 2019
Economy isn't everything, for starters.
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level 76
Dec 3, 2019
Spain was the back water of Europe by the 19th century. It wasn't until Franco died that the economy opened up and some progress was made. Franco led a stagnant economy one of the poorest in Europe even the communist east were better off. Mobutu took over a Congo that was started to assert itself and keep their mineral wealth -- the west was alarmed and supported Mobutu's takeover from Lumumba. Mobutu enriched himself and foreign corporations leaving the DRC as the mess it is today. Somehow I think the socialist Lumumba would've done a better job. Pinochet and Suharto should;ve been tried at the The Hague for crimes against humanity.,
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level ∞
Dec 4, 2019
There's a commonly held belief, in certain quarters, that Congo would have been a great country if only Lumumba had survived. I am extremely skeptical of this narrative. But we'll never know. Certainly Mobutu was bad, but things have also been bad in the 20 years since he has been gone.
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level 44
Feb 9, 2020
People like Kanzaz who support mass murderers because they murder people they don't like are really dangerous. Whatever your position the political spectrum, the most basic thing we have to agree on is that imprisoning and purging dissenters by the thousands is wrong, and that there is no end, economic or otherwise, that can justify that.
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level 44
Feb 9, 2020
For context, I live in a country where we had several of these bloodthirsty anti-leftist dictatorships, so I know what I'm saying when I say they were no better and there was no more freedom than under most communist regimes. It didn't help the economy one bit either, and they left us with a massive debt.
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level 63
Feb 9, 2020
Why associate socialism with those murderers?
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level 56
Feb 12, 2020
I don't know, why would Stalin be a murderer?
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level 57
Feb 10, 2020
Tito would have been the best of any of them, for sure.
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level 46
Dec 2, 2019
Why does Zedong not work for Mao?
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level 46
Dec 2, 2019
Mao is the family name.
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level 68
Dec 2, 2019
Missed, four. Ashamed at myself for not getting The last one on the second row. The second one on the third row, I have heard of but I don't think I have seen a picture of him before. Although, that hat does look familiar. The last one on that row, I have never seen a picture of him as anything other than an old man so that threw me. If I had 10 seconds more I would have been able to Google the spelling of the first one on the last row, or my brain could have thought of the answer a bit quicker. Good idea for a quiz though. There are plenty more dictators out there but I guess the problem is picking ones people will recognise.
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level 49
Feb 9, 2020
Great quiz, thx. You should accept spelling variations of names of Brezhnev and Assad.
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level 65
Feb 9, 2020
I think your last photo is incorrect. I believe it is a Mexican drug lord called Guzman or El Chapo.
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level 78
Feb 9, 2020
Did you even bother looking this up?
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level 51
Feb 9, 2020
Chaing Kai Shek was not a dictator
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level 53
Feb 9, 2020
yes he was
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level 56
Feb 10, 2020
The amount of time I try typing Gaddafi any time he shows up on a quiz before finally giving up and using Google to figure out how to spell his name
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level 56
Feb 10, 2020
Castro but not Batista? Hmmmm.
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level 47
Feb 11, 2020
Anyone else see a similarity between that photo of Mussolini and Taika Waititi? Jojo Rabbit follow up anyone?
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level 46
Feb 15, 2020
Why is Napoleon on the list? You're putting him on the same boat with Hitler, Stalin and all the other tyrants. Also, where's Idi Amin?