Who’s the Most Overrated Person in History? People Shared Their Thoughts.

We hear a lot about the UNDERRATED people in history, but today we’re gonna take a different approach.

We’re gonna hear about the historical figures that people think really weren’t all that great.

Who do you think is the most overrated person in history?

Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.

1. Amateur hour.

“Jack the Ripper.

He only has 5 confirmed k**ls.

Amateur Hour.”

2. A hot take.

“Archduke Ferdinand is best remembered for his a**assination, which “caused” WWI.

The reality of the situation is that WWI would have happened whether he was involved or not.

Austria was just looking for an excuse to attack Serbia.”

3. A minor cog.

“Guy Fawkes didn’t orchestrate everything. He was just a minor cog in a conspiracy that he didn’t even know that much about.

He was tasked with a simple objective that he failed. Then, he snitched on every co-conspirator he knew about.

He had one job, and he managed to mess up three.”

4. Just a boy.

“King Tut. He didn’t really do much, he was just a boy who unfortunately d**d young. We just happened to find his tomb and that made him famous.

The tomb itself, while amazing and much to learn from, is a result of his culture and the line he happened to be born into, not really anything HE chose to do.”

5. Overrated!

“Nostradamus apparently predicted the future, but he “recorded” his findings in poems that could be interpreted to match any event.”

6. The King.

“King Arthur.

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”

7. Too much credit.

“Paul Revere.

He was much less important in the Revolutionary war than most people think, there are more obscure patriots form his time that did more for America then him, over all one of those people who isn’t bad but gets way to much credit.”

8. The hype.

“For what it’s worth I think Christopher Columbus gets my vote for overrated…

Kids think he’s some explorer genius who was the only one that thought the world was round…. When in actuality it was widely accepted the Earth was round and he used the wrong estimate and should have d**d before reaching the Indies.

But he lucked out there was a continent (which he wasn’t aware of) right where he’d normally have begun running out of supplies and starved.

Fortunately in the last couples decades his hype has been d**ng down.”

9. Body count.

“Ed Gein!

Known as the “most notorious” serial k**ler when he only k**led two people!

He was just a gross grave robber, really.”

10. Gimme a break.

“That bloke who “invented” the wheel.

I mean, there are lots of round things around, dude just took a stone and made it rounder and suddenly everyone was like “oooo look how intelligent he is” forever.”

11. Mr. Lennon.

“John Lennon.

He poke about peace and love then went home and beat his wife.

Sure he made some catchy tunes but he was just an a**hole.”

12. Gandhi.


He didn’t really win India freedom – WW 2 did.

His support of the Khilafat movement gave a big boost to Muslim separatism in India

His agreement to partition resulted in 1 million d**ths

His idea of “self sufficient villages” resulted in India continuing to remain poor and backward and failing to industrialise.

His promotion of Nehru over far more competent leaders in the Congress.”

13. Charlie.

“Charles Manson.

First of all, he wasn’t some criminal serial k**ler mastermind. He was a slighted drug addicted hippie with a God complex. He may have had followers and instructed them to k**l, but it wasn’t part of some grand design.

To the uninitiated, Manson didn’t actually k**l anyone himself. Since I learned that, it kind of shatters the “serial k**ler boogyman” image he has. Tex Watson was his lieutenant who was in-person in charge of the Tate and LaBianca m**ders.

The Manson family didn’t have the highest k**ls of any serial k**ler, nor were they as v**lent as other m**derers like Dahmer, Norris and Bittaker, or Albert Fish. While the Mansons did get notoriety from k**ling actress Sharon Tate, she wasn’t even the real target.

Charlie had been to 10050 Cielo Drive before to pitch a record deal that failed. Since then, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate had bought the house. So it was effectively random. The others k**led by the Mansons, the LaBiancas, were middle age supermarket owners. Not exactly the kind of people in prime fighting shape.

And yet Manson gets all the credit.”

Who do you think is the most overrated person in history?

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