"A cult of personality is similar to hero worship, except it involves mass media propaganda."
Vladimir Lenin Soviet Union 1917-1924 Head of Bolshevik Revolution took power in 1917. Secured victory in the Russian civil war. Headed effort to transform the Russian economy to a socialist model. "Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik Liberal Democrat forever." "The goal of socialism is communism." "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."
Benito Mussolini Italy 1922–1943, and in part of the country 1943-1945 Prime Minister of Italy 1922-1943; head of the so-called Italian Social Republic until 1945. "He introduced strict censorship and altered the methods of election so that in 1925–1926 he was able to assume dictatorial powers and dissolve all other political parties"
Joseph Stalin Soviet Union 1924–1953 General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1922-1953; Premier of the Soviet Union 1941-1953. Never elected; cult of personality; militant atheist, heavily repressive; responsible for deaths of millions of Soviet citizens. "Death is the solution to all problems. No man men - no problem"
Adolf Hitler Nazi Germany 1933–1945 Chancellor of Germany 1933-1945; Führer (Leader) 1934-1945. The 1933 Enabling Act suspended most of the constitution and allowed Hitler to rule by decree. Heavily repressive; ordered imprisonment of millions of political opponents and members of ethnic minorities in concentration camps, where they were abused and killed.
Francisco Franco Spain 1936–1975 Prime Minister of Spain 1938-1975 and Head of State 1939 - 1975 (in the Nationalist Zone, both only to 1939). Purged opposition; often referred to as a dictator *
Fidel Castro 1926--2016 He became a symbol of RESISTANCE and an inspiration figure to fellow Cubans. A Guerrilla leader...A Dictator, and an unrepentant revolutionary. (theguardian.com)