25 Greatest Warriors in the History

There have been many great individuals in various fields of human endeavor throughout history from science to the arts, philosophy to politics, business to technology, but none of these greats has spilled more blood than the greatest warriors in history.

Alaric King of the Visigoths

Alaric I, was the first king of the Visigoths from 395–410, son of chieftain Rothestes. He is best known for his sack of Rome in 410, which marked a decisive event in the decline of the Western Roman Empire. Alaric began his career under the Gothic soldier Gainas and later joined the Roman army. 

Count Roland Military officer

Count Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. The historical Roland was military governor of the Breton March, responsible for defending Francia's frontier against the Bretons. His only historical attestation is in Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni, which notes he was part of the Frankish rearguard killed by rebellious Basques in Iberia at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.

Horatius Cocles

HORATIUS COCLES, a legendary hero of ancient Rome. With two companions he defended the Sublician bridge against Lars Porsena and the whole army of the Etruscans, while the Romans cut down the bridge behind. 

Horatius lost his eye in a battle thanks to an arrow that he removed (with his eye still on it) and continued fighting like a beast, hence the name “Cocles,” which means “one-eyed.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine

Prince Rupert of the Rhine was a noted German soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor, and amateur artist during the 17th century

Vercingetorix the King of the Arverni

Vercingetorix was a king and chieftain of the Arverni tribe; he united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. Vercingetorix was the son of Celtillus the Avernian, leader of the Gallic tribes.

He battled valiantly and ferociously to keep the Roman army from overrunning Gaul, as France was then called. His troops were eventually defeated at Alesia, and Vercingetorix was forced to surrender after battling the powerful Roman army with all he had.

William Wallace

Wallace is considered one of the most significant Scottish national heroes for fighting to his death to free Scotland from English rule.

Basil II (The Bulgar-Slayer)

Basil II, who extended imperial rule in the Balkans (notably Bulgaria), Mesopotamia, Georgia, and Armenia and increased his domestic authority by attacking the powerful landed interests of the military aristocracy and of the church.

Attila the King of the Huns

He was one of the greatest of the barbarian rulers who assailed the Roman Empire, invading the southern Balkan provinces and Greece and then Gaul and Italy.

Yue Fei the Generals

Yue Fei is one of China's most celebrated generals. Born at the end of the Northern Song Dynasty, Yue Fei(1103–1142 C.E.) was known not only for his military successes but also for his high ethical standards.

Eric Bloodaxe

Eric Bloodaxe is probably one of the best-known names in Viking history, at least in the British Isles. 

Erik Bloodaxe was a Norwegian prince and the last independent king of York. He became king of the Northumbrians twice, in 947 and 952. 

Arminius the Military Commander

Arminius was a German chief during the early part of the first century CE and is remembered for being a brutal warrior and a certified badass who gave the Romans the beating of their lives at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, where he literally destroyed three Roman legions and their auxiliaries.

Miltiades, Athenian General

Miltiades was the Athenian general who defeated the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.

The sacrifice of King Leonidas and the three hundred brave Spartans wouldn’t mean much if it wasn’t for Miltiades. The brilliant Athenian military strategist and statesman led the Athenians.

Vlad the Impaler

Vlad III Dracula, known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula, was Voivode of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death. He is often considered one of the most important rulers Wallachia had and a national hero of Romania.

Sun Tzu the General

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher, who is believed to have written the famous ancient Chinese book on military strategy, “The Art of War”. Through his legends and the influential “The Art of War”, Sun Tzu had a significant impact on Chinese and Asian history and culture.

Scipio Africanus the General

Scipio Africanus was talented and successful Roman commanders in history and the one who defeated Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in the Second Punic War. 

Spartacus the Gladiator

Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who, along with the Gauls Crixus, Gannicus, Castus, and Oenomaus, was one of the escaped slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.

Xiahou Dun the Military officer

Xiahou Dun, courtesy name Yuanrang, was a military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. He served for a few months under Cao Cao's successor, Cao Pi, before his death.

Xiahou Dun offered his services as military general to warlord Cao Cao in the late Eastern Han dynasty and became a legend when during a battle he was hit by a stray arrow and lost his left eye.

Hannibal Barca the General

Hannibal was one of the greatest generals and military leaders of the ancient world and a brilliant strategist, who developed tactics of outflanking and surrounding the enemy with the combined forces of infantry and cavalry. His wars with the Roman Empire were some of the most epics of all antiquity.

Pyrrhus of Epirus the General

Pyrrhus of Epirus was king of the Greek Molossians and the one who gave the Romans hell. He was the first and only threat to Rome during its prime at the beginning of the empire. Actually, he was the only man who kept beating the Roman legions.

Richard the Lionheart the King

Richard was king of England, later known as the “Lionheart,” and famous for his exploits in the Third Crusade, although during his ten-year reign he spent only six months in England.

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi was a skillful Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer, and rōnin. (a samurai without a lord or master). He became a legend mainly because of his remarkable swordsmanship in numerous duels from the age of thirteen.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, was a most famous and successful Roman dictator, politician, military general, and historian who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Leonidas of Sparta

Leonidas was one of the two kings of Sparta during the Greco-Persian wars and the leader of one of the most ferocious military units in history: the three hundred Spartan hoplites.

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.

Alexander the Great the King

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.

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