The Most Famous Communist: A Ranking of Prominent Figures

Choose the Communist you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 13:11
Welcome to StrawPoll's ultimate ranking of history's most famous Communists! From revolutionaries to philosophers and world leaders, our extensive list features the most influential and impactful figures who have shaped the ideology of Communism across the globe. Whether you're a history buff, political enthusiast, or simply curious about the icons of this movement, we invite you to dive in and cast your vote for your favorite or even suggest a missing option. Together, let's discover who truly stands out as the most renowned Communist in history. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to participate in this riveting debate and join the conversation!

Who Is the Most Famous Communist? (September 2023)

  1. 1
    Karl Marx
    John Jabez Edwin Mayal · Public domain
    Karl Marx - considered the father of communism, he developed the political and economic theory of Marxism.
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  2. 2
    Vladimir Lenin
    Wilhelm Plier · Public domain
    Vladimir Lenin is led the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917 and became the first leader of the Soviet Union.
    Vladimir Lenin in other rankings
  3. 3
    Mao Zedong - led the Chinese Communist Party to victory in the Chinese Civil War and became the founding father of the People's Republic of China.
    Mao Zedong in other rankings
  4. 4
    Joseph Stalin - led the Soviet Union during World War II and implemented policies that resulted in the deaths of millions of people.
    Joseph Stalin in other rankings
  5. 5
    Fidel Castro is led the Cuban Revolution and established a socialist state in Cuba.
    Fidel Castro in other rankings
  6. 6
    Che Guevara
    Alberto Korda · Public domain

    Che Guevara

    Alberto Korda
    Che Guevara is a key figure in the Cuban Revolution and a Marxist revolutionary who fought in several countries in Latin America.
    The 'Che Guevara' poster is an iconic image featuring the face of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. It has become a powerful symbol of rebellion, revolution, and counterculture worldwide.
    • Year: 1960s
    • Style: Black and white portrait
    • Size: Various sizes available
    • Medium: Photograph
    • Subject: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
    Che Guevara in other rankings
  7. 7
    Ho Chi Minh - led the Vietnamese Communist Party in its fight against French and American imperialism and became the first president of North Vietnam.
    Ho Chi Minh in other rankings
  8. 8
    Leon Trotsky
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Leon Trotsky is a Marxist revolutionary and a key figure in the Russian Revolution, he was exiled by Stalin and assassinated in Mexico.
  9. 9
    Kim Il-sung
    Jesse Charlie · CC0
    Kim Il-sung is founded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and established a cult of personality around himself.
    Kim Il-sung in other rankings
  10. 10
    Enver Hoxha is led the People's Republic of Albania and implemented a policy of isolationism and extreme Stalinism.
    Enver Hoxha in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous Communist

  1. Historical impact
    This takes into account the role the person played in the history of communism and the impact their actions and ideas had on the development of the ideology.
  2. Popularity
    This considers the degree of public popularity and acceptance of the person and their ideas among communists and the wider public.
  3. Intellectual contributions
    This refers to the person's original contributions to communist theory and philosophy.
  4. Leadership skills
    This takes into account the person's ability to lead and inspire others toward communist goals.
  5. International influence
    This considers the degree of influence the person had on communism and communist movements outside of their home country.
  6. Personal sacrifice
    This takes into account the personal sacrifices the person made in their pursuit of communist ideals, such as imprisonment or exile.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Communist. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite Communist is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Communist once every 24 hours. The rank of each Communist is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous communist

Communism, a political ideology that advocates for the collective ownership of property and the means of production, has a long and complex history. It has been championed by a number of famous figures over the years, from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin. But when it comes to the most famous Communist of all time, there are a few names that stand out. Some might argue that it's Fidel Castro, who led the Cuban Revolution and established a Communist government in Cuba in the 1950s. Others might point to Che Guevara, the Argentine revolutionary who fought alongside Castro and became an icon of Communist rebellion around the world. Still others might look to figures like Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator who oversaw the brutal purges of the 1930s, or Mao Zedong, the founder of Communist China and the architect of the controversial Cultural Revolution. Regardless of who you believe is the most famous Communist, it's clear that Communism remains a powerful force in the world today, inspiring both admiration and scrutiny from supporters and critics alike. At StrawPoll, we believe in giving people the opportunity to express their opinions on important topics like this one, and we're proud to host thousands of polls and rankings that help people do just that.