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30-07-06, 19:09
Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling (July 18, 1887–October 24, 1945) was a Norwegian fascist politician and officer. He held the office of Minister President in occupied Norway from February 1942 to the end of World War II, while the elected social democratic cabinet of Johan Nygaardsvold was exiled in London. After the war he was tried for high treason and subsequently executed by firing squad. His name has become an eponym for traitor, especially a collaborationist in English dictionaries.


Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Petain- (24 April 1856 – 23 July 1951), generally known as Philippe Pétain or Marshal Pétain, was a French general, later Head of State of Vichy France, from 1940 to 1944. Due to his military leadership in World War I, he was viewed as a hero in France, but his actions during World War II resulted in him being convicted and sentenced to death for treason, which was commuted to life imprisonment by Charles de Gaulle. In modern France, he is generally considered a traitor, and pétainisme is a derogatory term for certain reactionary policies.In France, the word pétainisme suggests an authoritarian and reactionary ideology, driven by the nostalgia of a rural, agricultural, traditionalist, Catholic society.


Benedict Arnold (January 14, 1741 – June 14, 1801) was a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He is best known for plotting to surrender the American fort at West Point, New York, to the British during the American Revolution. Arnold had distinguished himself as a hero of the revolution early in the war through acts of cunning and bravery at Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. In 1780, he plotted a scheme which, if successful, would have given British forces control of the Hudson River valley and split the colonies in half. The plot was thwarted, but Arnold managed to flee to England, where he was rewarded with a commission as a Brigadier General in the British Army along with a reduced award of £6,000 sterling. In the United States, Arnold's name remains synonymous with treason. On the battlefield at Saratoga, a lone monument stands in memorial to this man, but there is no mention of his name on the engraving. The inscription reads: "In memory of the most brilliant soldier of the Continental army, who was desperately wounded on this spot, winning for his countrymen the decisive battle of the American Revolution, and for himself the rank of Major General." Another memorial to Arnold resides at the United States Military Academy. It bears only a rank, "major general," and a date, "born 1740." The name has been left out. That the plaque exists at all is tribute to the undeniable contribution he made to American independence, a contribution fatally tarnished by an infamous act of betrayal. "Benedict Arnold" became an American expression used to describe traitors and remains widely recognized as such even in 21st century America. From a British perspective, he is not considered a 'traitor', though according to many sources the British never fully trusted him


Mir Jafar Ali Khan (born 1691 – died February 5, 1765) was a monarchical ruler (Nawab) of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. He succeeded Siraj-Ud-Daulah. His rule is widely (though somewhat inaccurately) considered the start of British rule in India. On 1st May 1757, the British Calcutta Council made a secret treaty with Mir Jafar, promising to place him on the throne of Bengal. William Watts, the chief of the British factory at Cossimbazar conducted the conspiracy with remarkable diplomatic skill and secrecy. On 5 June 1757 he personally visited Mir Jafar and obtained his oath of allegiance. On the day of the Battle of Plassey, Siraj-Ud-Daulah faced off against the British, apparently with overwhelming force, but at the critical time Mir Jafar's men stood watching passively while the soldiers of Siraj-Ud-Daula were decimated by the smaller but much better armed British forces. After Siraj Ud Daulah’s defeat and subsequent execution, Mir Jafar achieved his long-pursued dream of gaining the throne, and was propped up by the British as puppet Nawab. Soon, however, he realised that British expectations were boundless and tried to wriggle outfrom under them; this time with the help of the Dutch. However, the British defeated the Dutch at Chinsurah and retaliated by forcing him to abdicate in favor of his son-in-law Mir Qasim. However, Mir Qasim proved to be both able and independent, willing to live with but not bow to the British. The Company soon went to war with him, and he was eventually overthrown. Mir Jafar managed to worm his way back to the good graces of the British; he was again appointed Nawab in 1763 and held the position until his death at 1765. History has not treated Mir Jafar kindly. Mir Jafar himself is generally regarded in the same manner as Vidkun Quisling in Norway, Benedict Arnoldin the United States, and Philippe Pétain in France. His memory is widely reviled by the people of Bengal; the word ‘mirjafar’ in Bengali and the phrase, simply, meer jafar in Urdu are now synonymous with traitor, used much as quisling is used in English. Many people feel that had he not betrayed Siraj-Ud-Daula in Battle of Plassey there may well have been no British Empire in South Asia.


Wang Jingwei (Traditional Chinese: 汪精衛; Simplified Chinese: 汪精卫; Hanyu Pinyin: Wāng Jīngwèi; Wade-Giles: Wang Ching-wei) (May 4, 1883 – November 10, 1944), was a Chinese politician. He was a member of the left wing of the Kuomintang and is most noted for breaking with Chiang Kai-shek and forming a Japanese supported collaborationist government in Nanjing. He has been deemed one of the most infamous "Traitors to the Han Chinese". Wang was buried in Nanjing near the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, in an elaborately constructed tomb. A few years later, with Japan defeated, the Kuomintang government under Chiang Kai-shek moved its capital back to Nanjing, and blew up Wang's tomb. Today the site is commemorated with a small pavilion. For his role in the Pacific War, Wang has been vilified by most post-World-War-II Chinese historians. However, some regard his collaboration with the Japanese as a good faith attempt to salvage China from Japanese hands.


Judas Iscariot - One of Jesus Christ's 12 apostles who betrayed him for 30pieces of Silver. Most modern Christians, whether laity, clergy, or theologians, still consider Judas a traitor. Indeed the term Judas has entered the language as a synonym for betrayer. However, some scholars have embraced the alternative notion that Judas was merely the negotiator in a prearranged prisoner exchange (following the money-changer riot in the Temple) that gave Jesus to the Roman authorities by mutual agreement, and that Judas' later portrayal as "traitor" was a historical distortion.

21-05-10, 22:37
Surely, Judas is the most historically famous traitor in the history of man, whether the story is true or not.

22-05-10, 08:22
None of the above.

Yasser Arafat.

He systematically and cynically betrayed the very people he was claiming to support by using them to promote his aims and worse yet deliberately inculcated a set of lies that have now become memes that will see pain and suffering throughout the world for generations to come.

Rastko Pocesta
08-03-11, 19:04
1. Quisling
2. Petain
3. Wang Jingwei
4. Mir Jafar
5. Benedict Arnold
6. Judas

1. Vidkun Quisling is among the worst traitors of all time he directly supported and helped invasion of his own country and his own people and was a miserable nazi puppet.
2. Petain is almost same as Quisling but because of what he did in WW1 I showed some mercy.
4. Benedict Arnold was one of the greatest contributors to the American revolution and Americans should be thankful to him for everything he did for them. One wrong analysis of the outcome cost him the historical legacy.
5. Since Jesus didn't even exist (most of serious historical analyses tell so) Judas didn't actually betray anyone. His very existence is questionable.

11-06-11, 20:26
I think that for Greeks it is Ephialtes who betrayed the Spartans in Thermopylae (ephialtes means nightmare in modern Greek).
But Judas is the most famous traitor for sure.

Anton, Bear's den
30-08-11, 17:29
Gorbachev definitely :laughing: