5: You (2006) - In 2006, you were Time's Person of the Year. Where do you keep your plaque? What a damn cop-out. A flimsy mirror graced the cover, and "you" were chosen because of your presence on the interwebs. Despite what you may think, however, you were a terrible choice for Person of the Year. There were lots of better choices in 2006, including Stephen Colbert.
4: The Endangered Earth (1988) - Seriously? Shut up, Time; shut up.
3: Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) - And now, a list of bad guys for your reading displeasure. Khomeini was behind the Iran Hostage Crisis, a kidnapping of 52 American Embassy staff who were held as hostages until 1981. This had already started when he was chosen to grace the Time cover as Person of the Year. He also called for Islamic revolutions, striving to create a worldwide Islamic state. A decade later he issued a fatwa on Salman Rushdie for writing a book about a theologically embarrassing part of the Koran. What a dick.
2: Adolf Hitler (1938) - So I went back and read the article, because I couldn't believe that Hitler was chosen (even though it was just before he started WWII). This makes my list because even though Hitler was newsworthy and met Time's criteria, the article was critical of Hitler, but not critical enough. If Time picks a newsworthy bad guy, they need to make it clear he's a bad guy. This presented Hitler as "the world's No. 1 International Revolutionist" which, in context, was lauding the change he brought while criticizing his rants against Communism and "international Jewry." It also consistently refers to him by his title, the honorific Fuhrer Hitler. It states, "His was no ordinary dictatorship, but rather one of great energy and magnificent planning." Yikes. But I can't put this as #1. He is the worst person on this list, but when he was chosen, he hadn't yet revealed the level of his insanity. Plus, I am certainly biased by a lifetime of belief that Hitler was the worst person ever to live (as I've come to acknowledge over the years that it is a debatable point, sadly).
1: Joseph Stalin (1939, 1942) - Stalin was responsible for the death of millions of people. Millions. And it was all before Time made him Person of the Year. It isn't as though nothing else was going on in 1942 that Time couldn't have found someone more worthy, and perhaps less evil. Oh yeah, this guy got it twice--fucking twice.
So Time's claim that bad guys get the