The Most Famous Mercenary: Ranking Notable Figures in the Field

Choose the mercenary you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 07:12
Dive into the thrilling world of mercenaries and cast your vote for the most famous guns-for-hire in history! With StrawPoll's gripping ranking of "Who is the most famous mercenary?", you can make your voice heard and join thousands of other users in deciding who deserves the top spot. From legendary figures like Bob Denard to infamous icons like Blackwater's Erik Prince, we've got the most notorious and skilled mercenaries lined up for you. So, gear up, immerse yourself in the fascinating realm of these covert operatives, and help us crown the ultimate champion of the mercenary world. Don't see your favorite on our list? No worries! Simply suggest a missing option and let the battle begin. The fate of these legendary warriors is in your hands – vote now!

Who Is the Most Famous Mercenary?

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    He is widely known as a Scottish warrior who fought for the independence of Scotland from England. Although not considered a mercenary in the traditional sense, he was a skilled fighter who led many battles against English forces.
    Sir William Wallace in other rankings
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    He is a former Navy SEAL and founder of the private military company Blackwater USA (now Academi). Blackwater gained notoriety for their involvement in the Iraq War and other conflicts in the Middle East.
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    He is a former British Army officer and founder of the private military company Executive Outcomes. Mann was also involved in a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004.
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    He is a former British Army officer who led mercenary forces in Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Hoare gained notoriety for leading a failed coup attempt in the Seychelles in 1981.
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    He is a French mercenary who led several coups and rebellions in Africa during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Denard was involved in the failed coup attempt in the Comoros in 1995.
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    Che Guevara
    Alberto Korda · Public domain

    Che Guevara

    Alberto Korda
    Although not traditionally considered a mercenary, Guevara fought in various conflicts throughout Latin America, including the Cuban Revolution. He also attempted to foment revolution in several other countries.
    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
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    He is an Irish mercenary who led forces in Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Hoare was involved in the failed coup attempt in the Seychelles in 1981.
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    He is a former US Marine who became a mercenary and fought in various conflicts throughout Africa during the 1990s. McPhee was involved in the failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004.
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    8
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    Jorge Rafael Videla
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Although not traditionally considered a mercenary, Videla was a former military officer who led the Argentine military junta from 1976 to 1981. During this time, he was involved in the "Dirty War" and other human rights abuses.
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    He was a former US Army Special Forces soldier who became a mercenary and fought in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Idema gained notoriety for his involvement in the detention and torture of prisoners in Afghanistan.

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

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

More information on most famous mercenary

Mercenaries have been a part of warfare for centuries, offering their services to the highest bidder. These hired soldiers have been used by various nations and organizations throughout history, with some individuals becoming famous for their skills and exploits on the battlefield. In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most famous mercenaries in history and try to determine who truly deserves the title of the most famous. From medieval knights to modern-day soldiers of fortune, the world of mercenaries is full of fascinating characters and stories.

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