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Rank these dictators according to their looks.

1 = best looking, 6 = worst looks

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2.05Joseph Stalin image
2.30Saddam Hussein image
3.20Mao Zedong image
3.90Hitler image
4.20Fidel Castro image
5.05Kim Jong-il image


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CarlHalling
posted 23-Dec-2011 8:30am  
All were pretty good-looking in their youth, with Saddam coming top in my view, followed by Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro and Kim Jong-il.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 23-Dec-2011 10:58am  
Wow, young Stalin was hot! (Stalin, Saddam, Mao, Castro, Hitler, Kim.)
Kristal_Rose
posted 23-Dec-2011 10:59am  
Hitler
Stalin
Hussein
Fidel
Mao
Kim Jong-il - At his most handsome, he still looks certain to be a dictator. Also it looks like someone pasted a tiny face onto a bigger head.

Hmm, they almost all have this blank staring into the horizon look, rather revealing that they have a distant vision and won't let anything in front of them concern them or get in their way.

Hitler shows some hurt aggressive fear, but he will show them all dying in painful dignity, and taking everyone with him.
Mao has the 'Pathetic ants, I must insist you commit hari-kari if you don't march in straight lines' look.
Stalin appears to be taking orders from a ghost, with a mission to resurrect the dead.
Castro looks like you could enjoy a beer with him while stacking bodies in the basement.
Jong-il looks like an alien robot who could look at genocide in the same light as clock gears or accounting.
Hussein looks ready to go dancing or duck hunting, and won't give a moment's thought to executing anyone who questions this.

I cracked up just reading the title of this survey.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier This user is on the site NOW (53 seconds ago)
posted 23-Dec-2011 11:07am  
The only one of these that I would say was classically handsome at an age when they were actually a dictator was Saddam, but that may just be because he's the only one I've seen video of where he's having normal animated conversation. The others, I've only seen in photos, or - in the case of Hitler - in full on Fuhrer mode.

Saddam
Stalin (but I think that's just a lucky photo - look at him in middle age: not so good!)
Mao
Hitler
Castro
Kim Jong-Il
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Dec-2011 12:36pm  
I tried to find the best looking pictures for each of them and generally that was younger images. I was surprised by what I found.

Damn, I meant to include Gaddafi as well. He looked pretty good when he was younger.

image

...not bad!

Most of these dictators did not look so great by the end (Gaddafi especially so) and I think it's hard to understand them well in retrospect. But, I think most were charismatic and good looking when they were young.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to bill) posted 23-Dec-2011 12:51pm  
Quite cheerful looking. I'm not sure of his ethical record, but that photo looks innocent enough. By the time of his wikipedia photo though, he looks both like a lion, and someone who spent their life living with a bunch of hostile lions in the front yard, and is really getting sick and tired of it.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 23-Dec-2011 1:01pm  
I think you are being too kind.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to bill) posted 23-Dec-2011 1:16pm  
As I said, I really don't know this guy's history well. I'm just describing how the photos appear.
Zang
posted 23-Dec-2011 1:46pm  
What a very interesting exercise!

I picked:

Stalin
Mao
Kim
Hitler
Hussein
Castro

I think my choices were based a lot on the skill of the photographer and the subject's flair for personal style.
Liss
posted 24-Dec-2011 7:42am  
Stalin, Hussein, Castro, Hitler, Mao, Jong-il.
Iseult
posted 24-Dec-2011 11:17am  
1 - Stalin (he looks really hot in that picture)
2 - Hitler (other than the mustache)
3 - Hussein (I think I prefer his looks when he got older)
4 - Castro
5 - Mao
6 - Kim Jong-Il
Iseult
(reply to bill) posted 24-Dec-2011 11:19am  
You should've!

Gadaffi's always been really good looking, in my opinion, even when he got old.
Iseult
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 24-Dec-2011 11:21am  
I think he's of Barber origins.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
(reply to Iseult) posted 24-Dec-2011 11:26am  
image

really?
Iseult
(reply to bill) posted 24-Dec-2011 2:22pm  
Bad picture but very manly jawline
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 24-Dec-2011 9:05pm  
interesting survey and hard to pick in some ways because i know what they look like older...... saddam was a handsome younger man(what happened?) and it is hard not to let your feelings about them come into it.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to Iseult) posted 24-Dec-2011 10:46pm  
Berber? Yeah, looks so. Ethiopion, Morrocan, etc., perhaps even with connections reaching into Persia, from the Mazdeans to the . I never gave a thought to that consolidadted racial strain till now, so thanks for letting me see it.
Icarus
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 20-Jan-2012 1:56pm  
> Hitler
> Stalin
> Hussein
> Fidel
> Mao
> Kim Jong-il - At his most handsome, he still looks certain to be a
> dictator. Also it looks like someone pasted a tiny face onto a bigger
> head.
>
> Hmm, they almost all have this blank staring into the horizon look,
> rather revealing that they have a distant vision and won't let anything
> in front of them concern them or get in their way.
>
> Hitler shows some hurt aggressive fear, but he will show them all
> dying in painful dignity, and taking everyone with him.
> Mao has the 'Pathetic ants, I must insist you commit hari-kari if
> you don't march in straight lines' look.
> Stalin appears to be taking orders from a ghost, with a mission to
> resurrect the dead.
> Castro looks like you could enjoy a beer with him while stacking bodies
> in the basement.
> Jong-il looks like an alien robot who could look at genocide in the
> same light as clock gears or accounting.
> Hussein looks ready to go dancing or duck hunting, and won't give
> a moment's thought to executing anyone who questions this.
>
> I cracked up just reading the title of this survey.


laughing out loud
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 26-Feb-2012 11:50am  
I have read that Stalin wasn't actually that pretty. The picture is deceptive.

I went with:
1. Hussein
2. Zedong
3. Stalin
4. Castro
5. Hitler
6. Jong-il

bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 4-Apr-2012 9:39am  
that is a good point... the Stalin picture looks like it was doctored (it's too smooth-looking)
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