10 Most VICIOUS Female Rulers in History!


– You know, in grade school I had this vicious old woman
teacher named Ms. McClellan, and she’d be like, “Did you finish your homework?” And if there was a number 11
on this list, she’d be it. Generally when we think of the most vicious rulers in history, we think of names like Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, or Vlad the Impaler. However, although those
men were brutal rulers, it might surprise you that
some of the most ruthless and fearworthy rulers
were actually female. Here are the 10 most vicious
female rulers in history. Number 10 is Empress
Julia Agrippina of Rome. Julia Agrippina, the Empress of Poison, was the sister of Emperor Caligula and mother of Emperor Nero. She outmaneuvered all
of the men in her life, beginning with her second
husband whom she poisoned, so that she could marry her
uncle, Emperor Claudius, poisoning countless other women
competing for his attention. But before poisoning Claudius, Agrippina convinced her pushover uncle, as well as her husband, to adopt her son Nero
from her first marriage and name him his successor. Nero took the throne as a teenager, but Agrippina ruled on his behalf, intervening in his salacious affairs, which led Nero to banish her. And after many failed
attempts on her life, including a boat designed to sink, he finally executed his
mommy dearest in 59 AD. Ha okay, let’s just back
that up for a second. Did she really have to marry her uncle? I mean okay, this is kind of gross. Let’s go onto number nine. Number nine is Queen Zenobia,
the Warrior Queen of Palmyra. Septimia Zenobia challenged
the Roman Empire’s global rule by personally leading
her army into battle. In 258 AD, she became second wife to King Septimius of Palmyra, but he was assassinated
along with his first wife, leaving her young son heir to the throne. She was his regent, but really just ruled
herself as the Warrior Queen, sacking Egypt in 270, claiming Alexandria was her ancestral city and Cleopatra her distant ancestor. Zenobia went on to conquer what is modern-day Syria,
Lebanon, and Palestine, dominating Asia Minor’s trade that created bread shortages in Rome, and even printed coins with her likeness. Rome’s leader Aurelius destroyed
Zenobia’s army at Antioch and later paraded her
around Rome as his prisoner, before she later committed
suicide in 274 AD. Dang, that’s quite the reign, and you gotta be especially confident to print your face on coins. That’s just some badassery. Number eight is Empress
Wu Zetian of China. Imperial China had only one female ruler in the 4,000 years before Chairman Mao
and his little red book wiped it out with the Cultural Revolution. Wu Zetian’s rise is
all the more impressive because she was the daughter
of a low-ranking general, who began as a consort. She was Machiavellian in her rise through the Tang Dynasty court, and is said to have killed her sister, older brothers, her ineffectual
lover Emperor Gaozong, and even her infant daughter
on her way to the throne. Wu also banished and executed anyone who threatened her rule, including her children and grandchildren, the irony being the
consort of her exiled son convinced him to depose
his mother at 80 years old and become emperor. Here’s a safe little check to
see if you’re power-hungry. If you feel the need to off your kids, you might be a little out
of control with the power. Number seven is Queen Tamar of Georgia. Queen Tamar of Georgia is sainted in the
Georgian Orthodox Church, appears on the Georgian 50 lira note, and helped create Georgia’s golden age. But she did some rather
unsaintly things along the way. She was the apple of her
father’s eye, King George III, who she co-ruled with
until his death in 1184 AD. She ascended to the throne after ruthlessly vanquishing the noblemen who dared to question
the rule of a female. Tamar later murdered all clergymen in the Georgian Orthodox Church hierarchy who questioned her rule, and replaced them with lawyer sycophants. Later she married Russian Prince Yuri, who was an excellent military commander, who helped expand the Georgian territory. But he was too much of a ladies man, so the pious queen banished him and later married the
Honorable David Solsan, Prince of Ilan. I know that all sounds
like a crazy love puzzle, but all you really need to know
is she was tired of her man. ♪ And she don’t want no scrubs ♪ So she moved on. Number six is Queen Isabella I of Spain. Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition, except for Queen Isabella I of Castile, the wicked queen of Spain who started the campaign
to purify her country. Isabella is also known for financing Christopher
Columbus’s famed voyage of 1492, but is best known for
her famous mean streak, beginning with her four-year
war of Castilian succession against her niece Joanna. Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand expanded the monarchy’s power by purging the noble’s influence and reinstalling Catholicism as the supreme religion of Spain. Pope Alexander VI declared
them the Catholic monarchs, in part because of the Spanish Inquisition that oppressed the Jewish
and Muslim minorities that were murdered or banished
if they did not convert. Number five is Queen Mary I of England. Mary was the daughter of the
infamous King Henry VIII, who sent her away at the
age of nine to Wales, where she suffered bad
health, failed courtships, and daddy issues while
her brother Edward VI became king at only nine. Mary took the throne after the boy king Edward died at only 15, and embarked on a cruel campaign to reverse her father’s
Protestant reforms. A devout Roman Catholic, Mary had 300 Protestants
burned at the stake and another 800 exiled while she attempted to return England to a Catholic majority. But history has a way
of carrying out karma, because despite marrying
Prince Philip of Spain Mary was unable to produce an heir and died of ovarian carcinoma
at only 42 years old. Okay, that is truly savage. Your 15-year-old brother
dies and all you can say is, “Oh yeah, that’s terrible. “So is this where I sit for the crown? “Okay, that’s great.” Number four is Countess
Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary. The 16th century Hungarian
countess Elizabeth Bathory may have been a vampire because she was born
in Transylvania in 1560 and consumed the blood and flesh of at least one of her victims. “You know what? “You kind of ticked me off. “I’m just gonna have a
little nibble of you.” The countess was untouchable
for most of her life because she was from
a distinguished family and married the local ruler Count Nadasdy, who built her a torture chamber
to use on peasant girls. But her bloodlust evolved beyond torture to killing some 650 young females, whose blood she drained and bathed in, believing that she could
maintain her own youth by consuming theirs. But justice did not catch
up to Bathory until 1610, when she started kidnapping, torturing, and killing the daughters of noblemen. It was that that led to her prosecution and eventual imprisonment in a castle, where she was found
dead in August of 1614. Oh, so nobody cared that she bathed in the
blood of her victims and drank it as well. I’m sure that wasn’t
a warning sign at all, nor was her only going out at night and sleeping upside down from the roof. Yeah, it’s all good. Number three is Queen Ranavalona I, the Mad Monarch of Madagascar. Queen Ranavalona, the Mad
Monarch of Madagascar, decimated the population that she ruled from five million to 2.5 million by the end of her 33-year rule. When the king died in 1828, Ranavalona named herself queen, claiming the gods intended her to rule, and proceeded to murder her rivals. Yeah, but that wasn’t all. She also sold her subjects into slavery, beheaded French and British missionaries, and boiled Madagascan Christians alive. Well, at least she didn’t eat them like the previous one, so you know, that’s a step up. Number two is Queen Rani
Lakshmi Bai of India. Queen Rani Lakshmi Bai
enjoys mythic status for leading the 1857
Great Indian Rebellion against Imperial British rule. She grew up mastering martial arts before finally being married off young to a man who died just
a year-and-a-half later. The 26-year-old refused
to abdicate her throne to the East India Company
that controlled India and launched a rebellion. According to historians, she charged onto the battlefield
with reins in her teeth and two swords in her hands, and laid siege to the fort where they slaughtered every
British man, woman, and child. Sir Hugh Rose, commander
of the British Army, used artillery to thwart the rebellion, but remained in awe of her, calling her the Indian Joan of Arc. See, kids? Never give up on what you believe, unless that involves slaughtering people, in which case you should just… You should just give up. And number one is Jiang
Qing, the Madam of China. Jiang Qing was not royalty, but became Chairman Mao
Zedong’s fourth wife in 1938, and was one of the architects and executioners of the
Cultural Revolution. Prior to marrying Mao, she was an actress with
many failed marriages, and later purged all embarrassing
information about herself to maintain her power. Jiang Qing was a member
of the Gang of Four at the top of the
Communist Party food chain, and oversaw the destruction
of ancient Chinese culture, literature, art, and architecture. She referred to herself as Mao’s dog and would bite whomever he commanded, which included a large portion
of the Chinese population. Oh okay, she thought
she was a little doggy. (barking) That’s mental illness. Their rule led to the
return of agrarian roots, which led to famine and the deaths of as many as 500,000
people from 1966 to 1969. So yeah, like I said, vicious. So those were the 10 most
vicious female rulers in history. And if you enjoyed this, remember to give it a big thumb’s up. And also, be sure to
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  • Most viceous female ruler: my mother

  • Hello sir ..I love your videos …I just have one request…can u make a video on Succubus…please sir

  • Chairman Mayo? Mao roughly rhymes with ow.

  • May-o?

  • Please watch the Hindi movie "Maanikarnika" .

  • I would have enjoyed it more if you could have pronounced chairman Mao's name correctly. It's like OUCH minus the ch. Owwwwww chairman mowwww not MAYO

  • My most evil ruler is my aunt grandmother and mother

  • Those were some Krazy bitches

  • History is written by the victors and Empress Wu was great for the people of China. There’s a very good chance that all of the stories of her murdering her kids are fiction that were made up by her enemies and those that came after her. There’s all of one thing left standing of hers.

    On to Bathory, I really wish people would stop spreading this one around so much without more facts. While yes, she wasn’t a saint, she didn’t bathe in the blood of her victims. She also, more than likely, didn’t kill nearly as many people as the nobility of Hungary at the time wanted people to believe. Beating servants wasn’t exactly against the rules and sometimes they died. Some people think the tools she was using when she was “caught” were actually used to heal wounds but no one wanted to listen.
    The important part in her case though is that the crown owed her a lot of money and her successor was too young to work that out himself. Imprisoning her gave leverage that the king needed. It’s way more likely that she didn’t kill hundreds of women and that it was used as a plot against.

  • Guys I think the name of this video is misleading you, he obviously has respect for the women on this list he never said they were particularly bad rulers. Some of them were cruel, some of them were badass. Please be respectful unless he is actually being a jerk.

  • And of course the first video that Matt makes that shows that women aren’t/weren’t as peaceful, kind, and non violent as feminists would like people to believe; he gets a lot of triggered people commenting on his supposed “mistakes.”

  • Chairman mayo and his consort lady mustard

  • would have been better if the host did not try to be funny because he is not

  • Though some of them might have been vicious,You should not be calling most of these women,who had the courage to disobey societal norms,and be some of the bravest and most rulers of history

  • Hey come man rani laxmi bhai or jansi rani is our pride …. hes is role model for all Indians how to fight against odd…..

  • No proof Bathory bathed in blood….never heard that she drank blood. She was normally considered the Blood Countess for her high body count.

  • Matthew Santoro, you are a dumbass. How come you call Queen Lakshmi Bai a vicious woman? She fought more bravely than many men against British Raj to liberate India from the bondage of East India Company. She should be called Valorous. She was the second queen in indian history to fight against the British aggression. Update your information. As you said that she killed women and children, that is entirely fabricated by the British historians and chroniclers. She didn't kill children and women. Don't spread lies like the British did.

  • What about Ching Shih, 1775–1844), the Chinese pirate leader who terrorized the China Seas during the Jiaqing Emperor period of the Qing dynasty in the early 19th-century. Now, she was Really vicious, merciless and uncompromising!

  • Who else laughed soooooo friggan hard when he said "Count me daddy" 😂😂😂

  • Bloody Mary!

  • All I’m saying is Mary 1 had 300 kills but her father had 18,000 so….

  • Rani Laxmi Bai never killed any women or children she is seen as a role model of women empowerment and she was not vicious or cruel, she was only protecting her kingdom from British rule. Check your facts man.

  • I honestly feel so motivated by these women

  • I absolutely love your commentary! This was a very interesting video, I never knew about any of these female rulers

  • The way he says their names makes me cringe. It just sounds like he’s saying them wrong on purpose.

  • Fear us Woman

  • This was pretty neat. Learned a few new things and was totally entertained doing it lol. Good stuff.

  • Ive can believe it . Wimen been the vicias killers. I know them as poisonas snakes.

  • Buddy calm down

  • You are a funny guy. I love listening to you. What a great personality you have. Funny Funny Man. 🤣😃😊😁

  • Wu Zeitan did what she had to do

  • "Thats just some badassery"

  • Too much hand and head movement makes me so dizzy and pls stop widening ur eyes so much🙄
    Just tell the story like a normal person ur movements r really so exagerrated

  • umu

  • Rani Lakshmi Bai was a freedom fighter who fought for the freedom of India against the Britishers.. she wasnt a vicious queen.. the Britishers wouldn't give her her rights and that's the reason the rebelled.. nothing wrong.. plus she is the epitome and pride of india for her exemplary courage and skills. She carried her 6 month old child on her back in the battlefield just for the freedom of India…so please dont misguide people

  • There was a Somali queen called arawelo and I think she is pretty cruel

  • Dudes soooo GAY!!

  • You should offset all of this macabre information with a story that is lighthearted. Too much gloom and doom MUST be offset with an occasional laugh. Wouldn't you agree?

  • strangely the husbands die right after being married….

  • On the Mary one they called her bloody Mary because she killed so many people and wasn't she a Roman Catholic

  • wow, i’ve never heard pronunciations of names quite like that! Mayo? for Mao ( sounds like NOW). And if proving a point of Mary I of England, why not mention she raised an army to fight for her legitimacy to rule and moved against her cousin, Lady Jane Grey, whom her brother named ashis successor? She had Jane Grey,16, executed.

  • tamars husband yuri was alcoholic

  • 11.) Hillary Clinton

  • Correct me if I m wrong but I think Queen Mary was later nicknamed "Bloody Mary" for her bloody rule and that's where the monstrous "Bloody Mary" originated.
    Also, Bathory rarely bathed in a bathtub with the girls' blood. She liked to hang them from the ceiling and slit them in various places so the blood would drip on her body while she passed below them. Someone invented showeeeeriiiing lmao. And I think they didn't just leave her to die inside the castle. They built her in a wall of the castle.
    Or at least that's what my years in metal have taught me :'D

  • Because clearly women had to put their foot down harder than men to get the same respect

  • love your videos – and you're insanely handsome!

  • ….as someone who someone who speaks Chinese…..ok, it shouldn't bother me as it does. Mao is pronouced M-ou, like M+ the first part of ouch. M-ou, it almost sounded like you were starting to say Moana….Mao never had a bit muscly dude sing to him about thanking people to my knowledge. I have no love for the lunatic (he murdered his son 'cause he like his girlfriend), but that pronunciation was so bad I had to say something.

  • queen olga of Kiev deserves #1 here and she's not even on the list!

  • You forgot the most powerful of all.
    our mothers

  • You not gonna tell me that Rani riding a horse, reigns in teeth, swords in both hands, riding into battle, is NOT a badass image

  • Why is no one talking about the super high visual quality of this video. I can see everything really clean. I guess i am just use to 360p.

  • The Queen Mary I story is not true at all.

  • THIS IS HARD CORE "RED PILL"!!! 🙂

  • You really had to do the "nobody expected"-joke?😂

  • Number 7, i see no issue with the things she did.

  • Please remove the mention of RANI LAKSHMI BHAI . Please check ur facts,its insults Indian history. She was a female ruler who was brave enough to fight against invaders aka Britain people

  • I like how men look back at history and fear strong women, a lot of the ethnic women in this list were just fighting against colonialism 🙄

  • Come to India once. U will never return in one piece

  • Your voice and body language is SO ANNOYING. I couldn't imagine a child absorbing anything you were trying to teach them. You come off as frightening to me. I LOVE history, but I can only guess that the little ones you're trying to educate will try and find another way to learn

  • I live in georgia

  • Ms mcclellen joins the comments

  • Is it just me I can not stand his voice and face

  • some monstrous women…

  • Potang ina nyo im from philippines 🇵🇭 and everything on this video is just a nonsense you know? You all guys are crazy you dont stop fighting about the issue why dont you just look at your selves? Are you guys are perfect? Why dont you loom at your selves before judging other oh such stupids

  • Ur hilarious

  • what about Cleopatra?

  • "Thy have no fury, like a woman scorn."

  • Dude are you f*cking illiterate? How do you you not know how to pronounce easy word like "Mao" and "agrarian"?

  • "If you feel the need to off your kids, you might be a bit out of control with the power."
    Chronos in a nutshell.

  • Da Ji?

  • 3:10 "ma o"

  • I wasn't a fan of how he talked in the beginning and then it grew on me. Now I enjoy it. ugh I'm fickle. Thanks for the entertaining video!

  • Just watched this video and it seems there's alot of hurt feelings lol. Its YouTube, and on the internet, you should already know there will be some false information…just sayin

  • And what about the one that colonized half of the world enslaved people?? Does that ring a bell ?

  • Incestuous marriages were/are normal among royal/political families. Especially, in European history and Egyptian history after the Arabic takeover. They wanted to keep the money and power in the family, even if it did come with crazy genetic side effects. They didn't know about genetics the same way we do today. So, if there kid came out messed up, they just blamed it on being punished by the gods for something. Or blamed it on some other superstitious mumbo jumbo. That's why so many of them were psychos, incest and lead consumption.

  • This guy made me not want to watch. 😒

  • Yah a girl from hungary

  • What about olga of kiev?? she was a baddddd bitch

  • Cool video & thx for the add'l knowledge but the split screen with the VERY animated content creator, his facial expressions & voice with the comics themed backdrop is QUITE distracting. Again, 👍🏽 on the content of the vid but maybe just focus on historically related images next time. Thx‼️

  • arrrr why do you yanks have to speak like we all have a see and hearing dissabilities

  • These the real bad bitches

  • When I hear most vicious women I think my grandma.

  • FYI. Nero also persecuted many Christian's. That family was all kinds of messed up

  • great video. Question…. are you related to the vape guy?

  • This clown doesn't even know how to pronounce map. It sure isn't mayo.

  • Why does the narrator sound so hysterical or hyper??? He needs to calm down.

  • This just goes further to prove my point that all women are just as evil as men.
    Even today i can see many devious and cruel women in this world.

  • "May-oh"…it's Pronounced as sounding more like "Mow"

  • OMG TOP 4 sound extremely vicious… hahahahha I had to go back and watch number 7 again, because when you moved to 6 I thought to myself "She didn't do anything vicious…" teehee, she just eliminated her detractors 😏 😂😂😂😂😂

  • NB: It probably might be of interest to note that pope Alexandef IV, who as menttioned here approved the Spanish Inquisition, was, befofe his ascent to the Papal throne, a Spaniard named Rodrigo Borgia.

  • Queen Tamar wasn't cruel. You forgot to mention that she abolished the death penalty and any other form of torture in the 12th century. She was called "King Tamar" because the people respected her so much and she was known to be a good leader. But why talk about her important humanitarian achievements when you can just talk about her love life, right? If she was a man no one would've ever considered her as cruel, everyone would've admired her for being so progressive. Check ur facts next time please.

  • He depicted Rani Lakshmi bai as vicious women…she is literally regarded as hero as she fought against doctrine of lapse which British people had put out to conquer their territory. It must be understood that at that time British invaded India and they killed and tortured so many people..it is not bad to protect your land when someone invade and rule upon it when they are not entitled to it. She did to protect her people and her land when no men Indian rulers came up hence she shouldn’t be regarded vicious

  • MAn If I HAd a WIfe She'd done killed me. Hench Probablly y im still around. yeah if ima get a girlfriend it'd be the badest girl in the empire. And she know it.

  • Mistnoexist waz HerE

  • Who want to play Techtoncs Knights and run up some catlpults seighes

  • I was the blood countess in one of past lives.

  • You are cool

  • Yay Feminism…?

  • Oh yesss elizabeth bathory

  • Maybe its just me, but his stupid lil comments kinda ruin the otherwise well made and interesting video. He just isnt funny and he comes off looking like he is tryin to hard…

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