My list would be
- Jan Huss, reformer who defied Pope and Emperor and died on stake in 1415 as he spoke against abuses of the medieval society.
- Maria Antoinette. Yes, it will be strange for many of you, but I admire her. She was unfortunate victim of the French politics. She could leave France to save her neck, but she stood by her husband until his death. She lost everything and everyone who she cared about, but unbroken and defiant dies under the blade without compromising her position. She was extremely dedicated mother and loved her children dearly.
- Woodrow Wilson, he was idealist, but he put foundation toward international cooperation and understanding. Much of his visions were not fulfilled.
- Emperor Diocletian who wanted to preserve Roman Empire and was the only emperor who resigned and lived in retirement. He choose life of solitude in Salone over greed, power, and wealth of Rome and with it entire Roman Empire. Very a few in the position knows when to step down unlike him.
- Emperor Julian Apostate. Last non-Christian emperor, great supporter of Jews and propagator of religious tolerance of the Antiquity. Within twenty years after his death, Roman empire suffered large defeat in 378, pagans were purged from army, and pagan educations was outlawed.
- Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík, assassin of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, the mastermind of Holocaust. In the peak of the German war machine, deep within occupied territory, they carried one of the boldest resistance attack of WWII.
- Gorbachev. It was extremely brave to disintegrate extremely brutal communist system and lets millions of people to be free.