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Top 10 Rebels Throughout History

Igor Itkin . . . Comments

History is littered with rebels, and because there are so many examples, I’ve specifically chosen rebels with a low social standing. People with low social origins have more reason to become rebels than members of the upper class, but the rebels that originate from the upper class have a better chance at becoming leaders. That’s why certain famous people are missing from this list, including William I, Prince of Orange, Simon Bolivar, Rani Lakshmibai or José Gabriel Condorcanqui. Besides the issue of social standing, I have also chosen to focus on rebels with a military background. That’s why there are no political leaders from the French or Russian Revolutions on this list.


Guillaume Cale
C. 1320 – 1358

Jacquerie Beheading

Guillaume Cale was most likely a peasant from Mello, a town north of Paris. Rebellion began in the spring of 1358, when an army of approximately 5,000 men took control in the region of Beauvais, and killed hundreds of nobles. The army, under Cale’s command, having taken over much of the region, stayed on the hills near Mello and awaited the arrival of the king’s army, led by Charles II, King of Navarre. On June 10, 1358, promising safe passage, Charles of Navarre offered Cale a chance to discuss treaty terms in his camp, an opportunity Cale accepted. He left his lines, having prepared an efficient defense and entered the noble forces, from which he never emerged. Cale was dragged in irons to Clermont where, following brutal torture, he was beheaded in the town square, along with the remnants of his army. (Some accounts offer that he was tortured to death by being crowned with a red-hot crown.)


Walter (Wat) Tyler
1341 – 1381


Wat Tyler may have been a tiler from Kent or Essex County. The reason for rebellion, at the time, was the attempt to enforce the poll tax. King Richard II was only 14 years old at the time. The first protest happened on May 30, 1351, and in June of 1351, the rebel army, under the leadership of Wat Tyler, marched to London. On June 14, 1381, during a delegation negotiated with King Richard II, the rebels stormed the tower and killed there, among others, the Lord Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon of Sudbury, and Lord Treasurer Robert de Hales. On June 15, 1381, before the next round of negotiations began, Wat Tyler was killed by the Lord Major of London, William Walworth. King Richard II promised to meet the rebels’ demands, but broke his word. His only concession was that the term “poll tax” was no longer used.


Jakob Rohrbach
C. 1490 – 1525


Jakob Rohrbach was a war leader for the peasant population. He was born in the village of Bockingen, near Heilbronn in Germany. He was a serf under the rule of feudalism, but he achieved respect and prosperity, despite the fact that he was constantly in conflict with his lord. When the 1525 Peasants’ War broke out, he became a commander of one of the detachments. At its largest, his detachment included over 8000 men. He was captured during the battle and burned alive. Unfortunately, little information about him exists in English.


Yemelyan Pugachev
1742 – 1775


Yemelyan Pugachev was a Cossack from the Don River; he was also from the same village as Stepan Razin (below). At 20 years of age, he left his home and went to the Ural River. Rebellion began in 1773, when Pugachev claimed to be Peter III, the murdered husband of Catherine II. The rebellion covered an area as big as France. At its largest, the rebel army was about 100,000 men. Pugachev was captured by his own Cossacks, transported to Moscow in a metal cage and publicly executed. In the affected areas, the rebels were executed until only about a third of the population remained.


Stepan Razin
1630 – 1671


Stepan Razin was a Cossack leader who led a major uprising against the nobility and Tsar’s bureaucracy in South Russia. Cossacks were landowners bound to the military, who were often in opposition to central state power. In 1670, Razin, while ostensibly on his way to report himself at the Cossack headquarters on the Don, openly rebelled against the government, captured Cherkassk, and Tsaritsyn. After capturing Tsaritsyn, Razin sailed up the Volga with his army of almost 7000 men. The men traveled toward Cherny Yar, a government stronghold between Tsaritsyn and Astrakhan. Razin and his men swiftly took Cherny Yar when the Cherny Yar streltsy rose up against their officers and joined the Cossack cause in June 1670. After massacring all who opposed him (including two Princes Prozorovsky) and giving the rich bazaars of the city over to pillage, he converted Astrakhan into a Cossack republic. In 1671, he and his brother Frol Razin were captured at Kaganlyk, his last fortress, and carried to Moscow, where, after tortures, Stepan was quartered alive in the Red Square at the Lobnoye Mesto.


Giuseppe Garibaldi
1807 – 1882


Giuseppe Garibaldi was born to a merchant family, and initially became a ship’s captain. In 1834, he participated in a failed insurrection inspired by Giuseppe Mazzini, and went into exile in South America. He participated in some rebel actions in Brasilia before becoming the commander of the Uruguayan fleet in an action against the former president of Uruguay. In 1848, he participated in military action during a revolution in Italy and, with a detachment of men, defended Rome against French troops. After the revolution was put down in 1850, he went to the U.S.A. and then to other countries in America and the Pacific. When his brother died, in 1859, he returned to Italy. On the eleventh of May, 1860, he and 1000 volunteers landed in Sicily. After some fighting, they conquered the isle with the help of the British Navy. In continental Italy his army grew to 25,000 men. He was captured in battle, imprisoned and later released. He participated in some further military campaigns, was elected to parliament, advocated the emancipation of women, and died as a very respectable man.

Interesting fact: In 1861, Garibaldi offered his services to President Lincoln during the American Civil War, with the condition that a declaration of abolition of slavery be made, but Lincoln refused.


Pancho Villa
1878 – 1923

Pancho Villa

Doroteo Arango, later known as Pancho Villa, was born as the oldest son in a poor peasant family. When he was 16, he shot Lopez Negre, one of the owners or administrators of the hacienda, because Lopez tried to rape Doroteo’s sister. Doroteo fled and became a part of a group of bandits. As the Mexican revolution began in 1910, he commanded a large cavalry. He cooperated with General Huerta but soon got into a conflict with him. He was sentenced to execution, but President Madero changed his sentence to imprisonment, from which Villa later escaped. After Huerta was defeated, Doroteo became governor of one of the Mexican states. Later he got into a conflict with the U.S. and attacked some areas in New Mexico and Texas. He was assassinated while visiting a bank in the town of Parral to get gold to pay his staff. It has never been completely proven who was responsible for the assassination.


Zhu Yuanzhang
1328 –1398


Probably the most successful rebel in this list was a Chinese soldier; Zhu Yuanzhang was born in a poor village as the oldest of seven children. His family died in a flood when he was 16. For some time he lived as a wandering beggar and personally experienced the hardships many commoners lived through. Between 20 and 24 he lived in a monastery, where he learned to read and write. The monastery was destroyed in 1352, when local troops rebelled against the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. He joined the rebel troops and, by 1357, the army, which was by then under his command, conquered Nanjing, the capital. He became the emperor under the name Hongwu (though he was better known under his temple name, Taizu). He established the Ming Dynasty, which is considered to be one of the pinnacles of Chinese culture.


William Wallace
1273 – 1305


William Wallace was of minor noble heritage. He found himself in conflict with the English because of personal reasons, but instead of becoming an outlaw, he became a rebel. Wallace’s position was not in accordance with Scottish high noblesse, which recognized Edward I, King of England, as an arbiter in a succession dispute.
Wallace personally killed William de Heselrig, the sheriff of Lanark, and open rebellion began in 1297. Troops under Wallace’s command won two large battles, even while outnumbered. He was captured through betrayal, transported to London and executed by being hung, drawn and quartered.


C. 109 BC – 71 BC.


Spartacus (c. 109 BC – 71 BC) was the most notable leader of the slaves in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the war, and surviving historical accounts are sometimes contradictory and may not always be reliable. Spartacus was trained at the gladiatorial school (ludus) near Capua, belonging to Lentulus Batiatus. In 73 BC, Spartacus was among a group of gladiators plotting an escape. The plot was betrayed, but about 70 men seized kitchen implements, fought their way free from the school, and seized several wagons of gladiatorial weapons and armor. The escaped slaves defeated a small force sent after them, plundered the region surrounding Capua, recruited many other slaves into their ranks, and eventually retired to a more defensible position on Mount Vesuvius. Once free, the escaped gladiators chose Spartacus and two Gaul slaves — Crixus and Oenomaus — as their leaders. The group went on to fight many successful expeditions. After two years of fighting in the Third Servile War, Spartacus turned his forces around and brought his entire strength to bear on the legions in a last stand, in which the slaves were routed completely, with the vast majority of them being killed on the battlefield. The eventual fate of Spartacus himself is unknown, as his body was never found, but he is accounted by historians to have perished in battle along with his men.


George Washington
1732 – 1799

Gw1782Washington was born in a middle-class family of slave-owning tobacco farmers. When he was 21, he became a district adjutant with the rank of major in the Virginia militia. During his first military experience, he got into conflict with French colonial troops. He was a delegate of the Continental Congress, and in 1775 was appointed major general and commander in chief of the Continental Army. He had no serious competition. The rest is history.

  • Gertrude

    I like spartacus at #1

    • So do i, googled him, that famous sculpture of him is very disappointing, or maybe its the artist’s fault. Jealous sculptors will always make your man stuff look smaller

      • robert

        in renaissance times and ancient Greece a large penis was actually considered grotesque or comical.

        • I Never knew that, thanks :)

        • Conor

          But Spartacus lived in ancient, not ancient Greece, and in ancient Rome large penises were considered a sign of virility, much as it is today.

      • circlefan

        these sculptures are supposed to be viewed from below. the upper body is built to be slightly larger so when you look at it, the proportion would be just right…

        • makes sense, never thought of it that way . . . kinda odd come to think of it

    • Tjs

      You left out Jesus..!!!!!

  • Todesbringer

    What about Geronimo? or maybe the whole Confederate army/state? They were rebels, right?

  • Seymour Butts

    I feel like it would be quite easy to make a list similar to this just from the Enlightenment. Still, good job. It looks like a good read.

    • Seymour Butts

      I feel like an idiot now. I usually read the introduction first, but now I see why you didn’t include anyone from the Enlightenment.

  • chrom3d

    ROBIN HOOD!!!!

    • But remember in a previous list it talked about how Robin Hood was probably just a theif as there are historical accounts of him stealing but no GIVING to the poor. Maybe there should be a list about criminals(prefrebly written by JFrater or Flamehorse).

      • HJRO

        That and Robin Hood was a fictional character of folklore.

  • Cool list. I hadn’t heard of most of these. Being crowned with a red-hot crown as torture is awesome. People use to take pride in their torturing; these days we just lay someone down nice and comfortable and splash some water on them. I call for a return to form of uncomfortably metaphorical tortures.

    • What you find awesome really scares me

      • Jfrater

        Haha perfect reply to a perfect comment

        • bigski

          whatever happened to boiling in oil…….gee those were the good ole days !

          • ringtailroxy

            or to be roasted to death in a bronze bull…while your cries of anguish make a sound like a bellowing calf… talk about making death not only extreme torture, but entertaining for the dinner guests!

          • Canuovea

            Now, the Romans, those were the guys who knew how to torture! And I don’t just mean crucifixion (which really was terrible). I think it may have been Caligula or Nero or some other crazy, but they had people hung upside down (so blood ran to their heads and they wouldn’t pass out from the pain) and then cut them open from the groin area up. I can’t quite remember if the cut actually went all the way to the anus on the other side or if it stopped before the head.

            I’m pretty glad we stopped that kind of stuff. I may joke about it but I wouldn’t really wish that on my worst enemy.

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  • Thanks,this list is quite original, I have not heard of most of these rebels.

    If this was a movie list i reckon William Wallace a.k.a. Braveheart should be near the top.

  • odin

    Salvatore Guiliano from sicily should have been there too

    • I haven’t heard of Guiliano before so i looked him up. Interesting and he is quite good looking. :)

  • Malcom

    Nathan Bedford Forrest

    • Woyzeck


  • Bill

    Robert E. Lee

  • Shirokuma

    A quite diverse list, thank you :)

  • Bert vanAalsburg

    I’m disappointed that the list neglected so many Americans rebels, and I’m not refering to our revolutionary heroes. I’m referring to rebels such as the slave Nate Turner, American natives Geronimo and Chief Pontiac. Or any of the other rebels known to the world; Che Guevara, Shaka Zulu, Gandhi. With only one Asian in your list it’s apparent that the history you chose from is a Eurocentric history instead of a world history.

    • I’m kinda stuck between figuring out the difference between a revolutionary, a brutally awesome leader and a freedom fighter, and if they where rebels. Somehow i think they where seen as more than just rebels and that is why they are not on the list

      • same , i assume there is a small difference but i dont know what it is .

    • Julius

      Shaka Zulu wasn’t a rebel. Also, if you read the introduction, the author wanted to focus on rebels from a low social standing and a military background. Gandhi had neither.

    • Ffiffisop

      Well, to be fair, it makes a change from the often American centric nature of these lists.

    • Charles

      Dude, you don’t get irony, do you?

    • tdp

      Che Guevara was a thug and there was nothing honorable about what he did.

      “The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities and booze, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”- Che Guevara (not out of context)

      • badjokebob

        I sincerely applaud the che bashing. That low life gets way too much respect.

    • Canuovea

      You also have to wonder what makes a “rebel”, after all, Geronimo was the leader of his own nation. So was that more of a legitimate war than a rebellion?

  • druglord

    Bhagat singh

    • could mention Mangal Pandey but he was more a freedom fighter than a rebel

      • jbjr

        How abt the guy your pic, monstette! Lol

  • Matija

    I am surprised that this list doesn’t contain a single rebel from Balkans, which is famous for their rebel history. Greek revolution and Serbian uprisings were both massive and bloody battles for freedom, and they(Their leaders) do deserve to be included on the list.

  • Will Trame

    Good list, definitely informative. The only ones I were aware of were Braveheart, Pancho Villa, Garabaldi, Spartacus and Washington. I’d like to see a list of modern day rebels, regardless of their backgrounds.

    • Woyzeck

      You liked seeing Braveheart on this list? Well that’s good, but I would have also liked to see other historical rebels such as the Patriot and Born on the Fourth of July. Born on the Fourth of July was a real rebel. What about Rebel Without a Cause? He was a rebel. And although he was the king, the King’s Speech was a bit of a rebel too.

      • Will Trame

        I agree with you there about Ron Kovic (Born On The Fourth Of July). James Dean qualifies as one as well, but his character in that movie was fictional. I’ve noted a number of fictional rebels in the comments. But, hey, there’s enough fodder here for a sequel to this list.

        • bigski

          i think woyzeck was being sarcastic there will t…..

          • Will Trame

            I got that feeling too but he made a point with Kovic.

  • Someone

    Any women rebels?

    • Woyzeck

      No, never.

      • lol

      • badjokebob

        Boudica was a female Celtic rebel in Roman Britain.

        • Jesus

          Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez was a female rebel during Mexicos independence ( at the beginning of it) She went to jail and never said a thing about anyone who wanted freedom like her) She died in jail!

  • Armadillotron

    Am I the only person who thinks we need a New Wat Tyler? And Simon of Sudbury, who`s head was chopped off by Wat Tyler, it`s been KEPT. Disgusting is an understatement.

    • Dayane

      The 60d was on my list last year. My hubby gave me $500 toward it on Christmas, and then I had to earn the rest doing photo sohots and selling my Rebel. Just an FYI, camera prices go down around Feb./Mar. when the new models are coming out, so I didn’t get my last year’s Christmas present until Mar. But it was sooo worth the wait. I LOVE my 60d! :)

  • botul

    I would say :
    01 – Nestor Makhno (1888 – 1934), an Ukrainian anarcho-communist guerrilla leader who led an independent anarchist army in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War.
    02 – Ali ibn Muhammad, a Persian who led an army of black slaves near Basra (Iraq) during the ninth century.
    03 – José Gabriel Túpac Amaru II, leader of an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish in Peru.
    04 – Thomas Münzer, an early Reformation-era German theologian, who became a rebel leader during the Peasants’ War.
    05 – Aleksandr Stepanovich Antonov, leader of a large and well-organized peasant revolt against the soviet rule in the Tambov province of Central Russia.
    06 – Hong Xiuquanled led the Taiping Rebellion (1850 – 1864) against the Qing Dynasty, establishing the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom over southern China.
    07 – Georges Guingouin, a French Communist Party militant who played a leading role in the French resistance as head of the Maquis du Limousin
    08 – Jan Žižka z Trocnova : Czech general and Hussite leader. he has defeated several anti-hussite crusades sent by the Pope and the Emperor.
    09 – Abd El Kader was an Algerian political and military leader who led a struggle against the French invasion in the mid-nineteenth century.
    10 – Ned Ludd, mythical figure often cited as the inspiration for the Luddite movement of early 19th century England.

    • i would really like to see Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri in this list. he is a considered a great man in Syria ( he is also an ancestor of mine ). thanx for the mention Botul :)

      • bigski

        every one of these are uninteresting……

    • jroache

      Please read the introduction to the list, your entries were either not of low social origins or have no military training. Even number 03 is mentioned in the intro.

      To Jfrater, please devise a system were people can not comment unless they read the whole article(when you have done that you can deal with the world hunger and peace stuff too)

      Great list Igor, well done.

    • Nameegolos

      You can, perhaps the folks you mentioned will make the list, “Lesser Top 10 Rebels You Never Heard of and Had Less Bearing on History”.

      • Bob

        I thought the list was pretty good. Many of entries on the original list maybe famous but they didn’t really accomplish much in the end or even influence future events.

  • -Le Crae, lyrics from “Rebel”

    JESUS was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw, sanctified
    troublemaker but He never sinned and He lived His life by a different set of Rules/ the culture ain’t approve/so you know they had to bruise Him/ that’s the way they do/ man, they swear they so gangsta/ everyone the same/ everybody do the same stuff/ tattoos, pierces, smokin’ up and drinking/ money and sex plus them extravagant weekends/ man if that’s the high life/ I’ll puff puff pass that/ you leave evaporated like missing a gas cap/ I guess I’m passed that/ I’m in rebellion/ rather have a dollar in my pocket than a mill-ion/ scared to worship money, my wants over Elyon/ I’ll remain a rebel while the rest of them just carry on/this is what I live for/ this the hill I’m buried on/ if Jesus is the truth/ that means one of us is VERY wrong/ think about it

    (I know in our day, ‘rebel’ means ‘sinner’.
    But everyone is sinning, so it’s no longer rebellious to sin!
    Jesus was a rebel who was counter-cultural.)

    • Diablo

      Yeah…well Muhammad was a better rebel. He conquered cities and countries after he took over Mecca and Medina…and he flew a magical flying donkey at one point.

      Methinks you are worshiping the lamer faith base system.

    • Woyzeck

      Jesus was the exact opposite of a rebel. He came to Earth to do the bidding of the greatest power in the niverse. The dude was Darth Vader.

  • Jacob Rohrbach

    I did not expect a name similar to mine to be on here….

  • Xcal

    Cool list, Zhu Yuanzhang sounds like a chap I want to know more about.

    • Canuovea

      He was a pretty awesome fellow. Rags to riches story entirely!

  • Sid


  • qarstala

    Guy Fawkes?

    • Armadillotron

      Guy Fawkes was the first terrorist, not a rebel. He went abroad to learn his trade then he came back and he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. If that`s not terrorism, then I don`t know what is. I wouldn`t mind if he was around today though, what with the lowlifes we have today.

      • SailorBill

        One mans terrorist is another mans rebel.

      • abielectric

        Yeah they’re practically the same thing. It’s all about the perspective you have about their cause.

        • Canuovea


    • sqorpo

      Guy Fawkes is who I was expecting to see here.. Disappointed he was omitted without even an honorable mention. I think William Wallace and George Washington could have been left off due to the criteria set by the list writer.

  • stopper333

    As a mexican i was quite pleased to see pancho villa up there haha

    • badjokebob

      I wonder at your choice of not capitalizing your nationality or the name of the man you are pleased to see in the list. You did find the shift key when you started the sentence.

  • oouchan

    Wow! I really liked the entries for this list. I especially liked the fact that Spartacus was number one.

    Great list.

  • Johnny_Chimpo

    This list is too European.

    • Abbie

      At least it’s numerous countries instead of just one.

      • Canuovea

        The author probably knows more Europeans than other nations. In all honesty I thought the list was refreshing.

        Still, more could be added in a second part.

        Coxinga and Hong Xuiquan come to mind.

  • Lifeschool

    Really good list, and some great mentions in the comments, VaV: Guy Fawkes

    How about: Cromwell, Joan of Arc, Rasputin

    The picture for #4 reminded me of (don quixote and) sancho panza :)

    Glad to see Spartacus at no.1

    • Lifeschool

      Also re: #4: Surely having a ton of bullest hanging around your neck is a bit on the dangerous side. If a granade or mortar should explode nearby, all those bullets will go off like a firecracker, leaving nothing but a sea of holes. :D

  • good list what about gg alin ?

    • Lifeschool

      Sorry, I thought you said George Carlin

    • qarstala

      GG Allin wasn’t at all a rebel. He was a fail punk rocker that used shock value to gain his audience. Does anyone even mention him nowadays? No, because he was an insignificant musician (who did really suck at his job.

      • Will Trame

        Actually, a good number of rock musicians can be considered rebels as the whole rock genre has been labeled the music of youthful rebellion. But you’re right about GG Allin. He was a talentless sicko whose claim to fame (or infamy) was sheer and hideous shock value.

  • GeauxFallon

    Civil War rebellions would make for an interesting list.

  • Omar Mukhtar.. please google him and see if he fits in your list. he was and still is a great inspiration for many. (for reference please check Lion of the Desert (1981), starring Anthony Quinn)

    and how about Che Guevara? he wasn’t that poor but he also wasn’t from a noble or very reach family as far as i know.

    thanx for reading my comment :)

  • kame

    Well rebellion is of two types. One when it is conducted to overthrow a oppressive government or an idea and the second is to go against a norm in the society. What all the Prophets preached throughout their life time was mostly against the norms of those socities. Hence they might be the biggest of rebels… And thank God they were rebels otherwise I certainly wouldnt have been what i am today. Go rebels. another notable mention is Mustafa kamal, the general who became the leader of rebels and fought for the freedom of Turks against the Allies and the Otoman government ..

  • Murillo Viestel

    ”He participated in some rebel actions in Brasilia ”
    Actually, Garilbadi was fighting in Rio Grande do Sul, with Bento Gonçalves, against the Empire. This is called ” Guerra dos Farrapos”.

    • Tânia B.

      Brasilia didn’t even existed until 1960.

  • Dani
  • Alex

    No Goce Delcev?

  • abcba123

    Michael Collins

  • TheSwamper

    Good list, but a few curious omissions would include Lando and the rest of the “rebel scum”, as well as Mal from Firefly. These were popular shows! Not sure how the OP missed them ;)

  • SailorBill

    Notable omissions from the Irish contingent:

    – Robert Emmet
    – Michael Collins
    – Patrick Pearse
    – James Connolly

    • Abbie

      Yeah when I saw this list the first person that popped into my head was Robert Emmet and the Irish rebels.

  • No Guy Fawkes?


  • Tracypants

    Umm…. hello? Han Solo? Best rebel ever!

    Yes, I’m joking, but you have to admit, it would’ve been great to see him on here. Great list, quite a few I’d never heard of. Makes me feel like i need to go shake things up a bit, know what I mean?

  • deeeziner

    No James Dean? Oh yeah…he had no cause.

  • Cool guy

    One of the most boring and unoriginal lists ever. I’m really disappointed by how listverse has transformed from a very entertaining and fun to read site to a stupid site which posts just piles of bullshit to keep up to it’s a-list-a-day policy. I miss the old lists :(

  • weegmc

    America is filled with rebels but the list is good. I like the premise of non-Nobility/humble beginnings. I’d have include Michael Collins, who had the distinction of leading a successful rebellion only to be killed by rebels who disagreed with the terms of his victory.

  • Broi

    No Michael Collins? :/

    • Armadillotron

      Michael Collins is the founder of a terrorist organisation, not rebels. It really pisses me off when people say the IRA are “freedom fighters,” Rebels,” or whatever. What-was Osama Bin Laden a rebel, when he was fighting the Soviets?

  • Yawn

    Didn’t read this…

  • Bill

    Very interesting list.

    Interesting note: Sparticus and his army had at one point fought its way north to the point where it could have left what is now Italy. His men wanted to continue to fight Romans, however, and Pompey eventually cornered the slave army.

    Washington was clearly upperclass, his family was one of the wealthiest in Virginia and in fact a distant cousin of the King Goerge III, and did have competion for commander and chief of the continental army.

  • Maggot

    Hot tramp, I love you so!

  • Evan

    What about Michael Collins? Freed Ireland?

  • giuls

    Garibaldi was called the “hero of the two wolds” for his efforts in Europe and America and there’s a statue of him in Washington Square Park, NYC. A thing that surprised me a lot first time I visited the city.

  • Owen

    The Seminole Indians ( native to Florida) were the only native Americans not to give in/be conquered by the U.S. … Would they classify as rebels?

  • King_o3o

    i’ve been reading lists in here for abou two years 0-0

  • paula

    what i learned about rebels today;the vast majority only succeed at being killed in a number of gruesome ways. note to self, being a rebel is a bad career choice!haha

  • Carra23

    Peter Lalor

  • where’s charlie sheen???

    • Armandho

      each photo captures a tueaby, a life affirming truth in that such an image exists but is barely appreciated. talent, an eye for life (not simply tueaby)

  • William Green

    Aye, Todesbringer is right. How did Geronimo not make the list?

  • Oh darn. I was really hoping to see my name on here.

  • Maximuz04

    #4 is ridiculous. Pancho Villa was also known to not have much of a cause and essentially sold out as soon as he was paid off. Zapata would have fit this better. A good book about this is “The Mexican Revolution, fact and myth”.

  • Canuovea

    Excellent stuff. I like the list.

    But like most lists, there are enough examples for a second one.

    The Gracchi (can never spell their names properly) in Rome (just prior to Ceasar)
    Cataline (I think that is right, similar to the Gracchi)

    Those two may not quite qualify as rebels though, but they went against the establishment and paid the price.

    Also, Hong Xiuquan, who was the leader of the Taiping rebellion in China that lasted about twelve years, ending in 1864, and almost brought the Qing dynasty to it’s knees. Hong was a failed candidate in the examination system who got disgruntled with the system and got up in arms (not exactly a member of the upper class). The most interesting thing is that he thought he was, or claimed to be, Jesus’ younger brother sent to purge the world of evil and demons (the Manchu Qing dynasty). For someone trying to usher in the “Kingdom of Heavenly Peace” (Taiping) he sure got a lot of people killed. The Taiping Rebellion cost more lives than any other military conflict up to that point, including the American Civil War, and would only be surpassed by WW1 and WW2.

  • sad panda

    no guy fawkes?
    i am disappointed.

  • Shasha

    George Washington i dont belive this list

  • hamilcar

    Not to mention Ahmad Shah Massoud and his long struggle against the powerfull soviet army. The Russians tried to take control of the Pansheer Valley and the guy drove them back seven times.

  • Woodside9

    You forgot Michael Collins….Irish patriot. For shame

  • rickp

    how about Mao??? He was a peasant farmer’s son.

  • Jason M

    enough with the Fox News Che bashing:
    During his impassioned address, he criticized the United Nations inability to confront the “brutal policy of apartheid” in South Africa, proclaiming “can the United Nations do nothing to stop this?”[140] Guevara then denounced the United States policy towards their black population, stating:

    “Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men—how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom?

  • Jason M


    Simon Bilivar?


    arrrr, where be the pirates? Captain Morgan?

  • Jason M

    Some Canadian content:
    Louis Riel, led the Metis rebellion in Manitoba, fought the law, was elected to parliament but didn’t go and was executed for high treason…a true rebel


    What about Micheal Collins, the leader of the (original(good)) IRA who organized and lead the Irish war of independence in the late teens and early 20’s??? Without him there would be no Republic Of Ireland!!

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    2 words:


  • Casual Observer

    Garibaldi is my favorite, he’s such a badass! You forgot Jesus!

  • SOL

    Where the F is Che Guevara?

  • carlos

    Too much American rebels here. In Spain not only happened an internationally famous Civil War 1936-39, but in XVI century, popular noblesse from Castilla, mainland and heart of Spain, defied the power of emperor Carlos I of Spain, of German origin and his purpose to create an European Empire empowering local richness of Spain with heavy taxes for international wars. So, the “Comuneros”, Juan Padilla, Juan Bravo and Francisco Maldonado raised in arms against the emperor engaging in tremendous battles between 1520-22 in central Spain. Finally they were defeated by the imperial army and executed in Villalar de los Comuneros. Today, these three noblemen have there a sober monument.

    • Drac

      Another Top Ten Rebels Throughout History. You should write it. You don’t mind, do you, Igor?

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  • Taylor

    Couldn’t find a single woman, huh?

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  • rob

    robert e lee….

  • J.R

    I need the ones of today’s society D:

  • will man

    Nestor Makhno would be good addition to this list, since he was a peasant whose not well known for the success he had.

  • Lincolnwasadouchebag

    No Thomas Jefferson?; Robert E. Lee? Jefferson Davis? Stonewall Jackson?Luke Skywalker? This list seriously blows.

  • No mention of Che!?

  • Ankonito

    what about Shimon Bar Kochba and the Jewish Zealots? they almost crushed the Romans

  • Spartacus

    lol Historians only have theories on what happened to spartacus, Well im alive bitches! i snuck out, found the holy grail, became even more awesome by slaying Angelina Jolie, defeated Space aliens and am now sitting in Atlantis with mermaid bitches sipping on jin and juice

  • Raki..

    Who the hell are you to decide this list ?? Not promising….