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Amnesty International, whose clever ideas we’ve already posted on this site before (dozen of times), released another brave campaign under the title: “See no Evil”. Billboards they printed, show afterimage optical illusions. When you first look at the seemingly unrelated black shape, you probably won’t recognize anything interesting. But if you know how afterimages work, then you’ll immediately see some of the worlds most notorious villains. Concentrate at the red cross at the center of each image, and after a minute, move your eyes and look at some white surface (wall, paper, ceiling… ). After few seconds you’ll be able to see negative of the black shape, which will form face of the very familiar “celebrity”. There are 5 different posters inside this article, can you recognize all the villains they picture? This campaign greatly reminds me of Veja Magazine’s promotional posters (part I, part II, part III).





  • blob

    first! saw the image but did’nt regognise any villans

  • blob

    I did not regonise anyone, but i saw the images. Who are they?

  • Jair

    I think the first one is Bush
    the others i can see but i dont know them.

  • Sergio Filho – BRAZIL!

    First Comment again Baby!!!

    I saw Osama Bin in the second picture.

    Bush should to be there too.

    Crazy man..

  • Dev

    i can see some people, but im not sure who they are…

  • Anonymous

    First is Bush (Not a villian and that is insulting that he is up here) Second is Teh president of Iran, Third is The Leader of N. Korea, Fourth is the president of Russia and the last one I am not sure

  • Anonymous

    I think the last one is Hugo Chavez. I too am offended to see Bush lumped in with these people.

  • ErLoco

    The last one is not Chavez, i am from Venezuela, and i know that.

  • Anonymous

    Offended?!?!?!?!?! he’s the worst of them all!!

  • Anonymous

    Offended?!?!?!?! Hes the worst of them all!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am an American, and am NOT offended to see Bush up there. I beleive he is unfit to be President of this country, and am personally counting the days until he is out of office.

  • Schenck

    Bush, Akmadinijad (spelling?), Kim Jong Il (spelling?), Putin, and I don’t know the last one… although it could be Chavez… I feel like he’s the real odd one out. Not that he does no wrong, he just doesn’t fit with the others.

  • Becki

    Erm….the word villians conjours up names like Hitler, Stalin etc….and although the illusions themselves are very clever it’s slightly disconcerting to find that Amnesty International consider Bush a priority ……

  • Anonymous

    I am not. I think he is a villian because he’s killing innocent people in Iraq.

  • Martyn P

    Am I the only one who sees Rolf Harris in the last one?

  • Anonymous

    i totally agree that Bush deserves to be in this group!

  • AsifMehrban

    Ugh,these freak me out i saw all the people but hadnt recognized any of them

  • Anonymous

    I actually think the 2nd one is chuck norris for some reason, its weird but swear it looks exactly like him

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ #6

    BUSH IS THE BIGGEST VILLIAN OF THEM ALL.

  • Maria

    Calling our president a villain is highly unpatriotic. No matter how much you despise his political or social views, to dishonor him to such an extreme is appalling and should be so to all Americans. If you want to live here, at least have some respect for the president.

  • Anonymous

    You all are right. Bush shouldn’t be there. He isn’t as smart as any of the other evil dictators. It’s an insult to them.

  • Anonymous

    The last one is actually, Myanmar’s junta leader Than Shwe and the rest of them, i think are the same as what the blogger number 6 said.

  • Anonymous

    Bush=evil, indeed.

  • Anonymous

    haha you stupid Americans!!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is correct, however, I wouldn’t be so insulted that Bush is on there; frankly, I think he deserves to be right there at the TOP of the list!

  • Skooper

    I dont understand how this is an illusion isnt this just faces?

  • Anonymous

    cool illusions, but i must say that i have to agree with those who dont like seeing bush there.

    many may not like him, but he is our president and certainly does not belong in this group.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’ve enjoyed coming here the past year or so every day, but I’m pretty sure I’m done if you’re going to promote such a backwards @ss organization as amnesty international. They claim to be for “human rights”. They are basically like the peta for humans. Their intentions are good, but their ideas are way too idealistic and over the top. Once you realize how insane/imbalanced they are it makes you want to go the opposite direction of whatever they are promoting. Too bad I’ll have to find another illusions site now.

  • BraDRoBBo

    Meh, these are okay but not too good but i guess as they’re billboards it makes them, actually, better but… okay

    Just invert the colours of the images in paint to see them. :)

    And howcome you are offended, that they are all placed within a group called “World Leaders” ? 0_o… You’re making the wrong connection between them :P

  • Anonymous

    The first one is Bush and that is BS. Screw you.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah Bush isnt evil – just really really stoopid.

  • Anonymous

    pssh i recognized them all! I did do the first one though, bush. But the others I could tell just by looking at them.

    nice though. =)

  • Anonymous

    I recognized everyone of them…

    and i think bush is an asshole

  • Anonymous

    I just find it amusing that of course it’s the Bush supporters that take it upon themselves to be offended by a picture by Amnesty International. Who gets offended by a charity?

  • Anonymous

    Offended to see Bush lumped in with these people? Do you read the paper, watch the news? Why do you think the WORLD (cuz it isn’t just U.S. anymore) is in the state it’s in? I’m glad to Bush as #1. Amnesty International, you’ve done well.

  • Artur

    i like it, but these guys aren’t necessarily evil… maybe kim-jong il and ahmadinejad, but how is putin evil?

  • Anonymous

    Hey, it’s amnesty international. Their hatred of Bush is not surprising.

  • Pete

    offended to see Bush in there? oh ok let’s jsut put the whole of his backroom bored made up of daddies friends on there…. He is the face that we all get to see dealing out the misgivings of US of A. and if you truly believe that he is not a villain, you are a brainwashed chump.

  • Anonymous

    Is the first one Bush? That’s what I thought too but I had to look it over a second time. I too am offended/ashamed that he is posted next to these men.

  • Perceptionist

    YAY! THIS IS NOT THE FIRST COMMENT!

    I see dead people.

    Obviously photoshopped …

    :)

  • Rwr

    Bush is being tried for murder in Delaware as soon as his presidency is over- I kid you not. And quite frankly he deserves to rot in cell.

  • Strawberry

    I want to look back at thesed in ten years with a historical perspective. Then we’ll know who really is evil and who was just wierd.

  • orangemaze

    I am very happy to see the most evil president the USA has ever had in this group.

    He has destroyed our countries reputation around the world, he has destroyed our constitution. If the rest of the world had any guts, he would be brought up on charges of crimes against humanity at the Hague.

  • Anonymous

    1. Bush (not offended) 2. Akhmadenajhad (not sure of spelling) 3. Kim Jong Ill? 4. Putin 5. Chavez?

  • Anonymous

    Bush definately deserves to be up there.

  • ME!

    Okay. A few things to say.

    You are right. Bush does not deserve to be here. He deserves to be in hell.

    And, to all of you that have Macs, here is a way to cheat: press control, option, command, and then after that, 8. Same thing to get it back.

  • Zev

    If you’re using a Mac, you can use a simple keyboard shortcut to see after-image illusions. Just press Command-Option-8 to invert the colors on the screen. Press the same combination to set the colors back to normal.

  • Anonymous

    Offended to see Bush up there?
    He’s the biggest villain of them all.
    Come on folks, open your eyes.

  • Anonymous

    bush’s some kinda villain too

  • Anonymous

    The last one is actually Myanmar’s junta leader Than Shwe. I think the rest of them are the same as the ones mentioned by the anonymous blogger # 6

  • Donna

    Ok, I think I’ve got them. I’m not positive about the first one, but here goes….

    1. Richard Nixon
    2. Ahmadinejad
    3. Kim Jong Il
    4. Vladimir Putin
    5. Hu Jintao

  • Teemu

    Oddly enough, I saw Michael Jackson in the third picture..

    Nice one though.

  • Anonymous

    Have you people, saying that Bush shouldnt be up there, been living under a rock?

  • Anonymous

    Have no Problem with Bush there. What about Guantanamo and human rights? What about invading privacy in the name of “homeland security”? What about not teaching birth control in schools and high rate of teenage pregnancies.
    Bush the person may not be evil, but his politics are.

  • Anonymous

    I tend to agree, Bush isn’t evil. Stupid? Yes. Incompetent? Of course. An utter waste of DNA? Without a doubt.

    But not evil. Evil requires too much thought.

    Don’t worry America, Obama will save you. :)

  • Anonymous

    What’s the issue with Bush being there?

  • Anonymous

    bush is the worst!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the last one Donald Rumsfeld?

  • Anonymous

    First, the biggest evil in the whole world, G.W. Bush
    #2, M. Ahmadineyad, president of Iran (a good guy too)
    #3, Kim Jong Il, president of North Korea, a democratic boy
    #4, Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, a pacific kid
    #5, Hu Jintao, president of China, a great defender of human rights

    Bush not only deserves to be there, he owns the first place…

  • Anonymous

    Is it possible that you americans are the only people who don’t see the threat that USA’s foreign politics represents for the rest of the world???
    USA is the biggest “war creator”. ¿Wtf are you doing in Irak? ¿In Afganistan? ¿In Grenada? ¿In Vietnam? ¿In Korea? don’t know, but these countries did not represent a threat for you ’til your army attacked ‘em…

    Excuses for the political expression, but the illusion and the other comments made me did it

  • Anonymous

    I fail to see why anyone’s offended by Bush’s presence on this campain. His administration has eroded civil liberties, seen people interred illegally in offshore prisons, endorsed and sponsored the practice of renditioning, and declared war on countries under false pretences.

    Villain? Yes. But if you’re truly offended, visit Amnesty International’s website to find out why you shouldn’t be.

  • Anonymous

    1 = George Walker Bush
    2 = Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    3 = Kim Jong-il
    4 = Vladimir Putin?
    5 = Colonel Sanders? Haha.

  • Reflektor

    I’d be offended NOT to see Bush there.

  • Fah Cue

    last one’s David Suzuki. :P Anyways, why teh hell are you offended? Bush started this whole world war 3 thing and the others are just scape-goats for bush so he can feel like a big man for blowing up foreign countries.

  • Rawan

    lol thats funny:D
    and u can copy and paste the pic on paint then just invert colors that’s way easier than staring at them

  • Anonymous

    OK you guys are not getting the whole ‘after image’ thing. It’s not about the image you see immediately but the image that is hidden within it. If you look closely at the image and focus on the red cross in the middle for a minute, then look away at a poorly lit area and blink rapidly you will see.

    Just so you know, in my opinion to call Bush evil is a little strong. To call him an incompitent, led by a cabinet that has a very different moral standard to my own, is fair. Guantanamo Bay is a monstrosity and must be stopped. All I can say is, NOT IN MY NAME.

  • Anonymous

    So having Bush is insulting but “the president of Russia”, whose name is by the way Putin, is fine? Because of course everyone else is evil except of course the president of the USA who is always obivously right and there is no chance at all that he could be a prick. Nixon was a cool one too, wasn’t he? Pathetic.

  • Carl

    :Lol: at all the people who find the inclusion of Bush insulting.
    I would say that the inclusion of Hugo Chavez should be considered far more insulting.

  • Anonymous

    Go check out the Oscar-winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side” and tell me you still think Bush shouldn’t be up there. His administration basically changed the definition of torture so that they could torture detainees who never stood trial at Guantanamo and Abu Grhaib. At least 37 people have died there due to mistreatment (that we know of).

  • steve

    Why are you people so offended by Bush being there? He has performed criminalistic acts onto the American people and other people around the world. Look up some info about him and educate yourself instead of just believing what just he and the government says.

    Get information from unbiases sources on the internet and other places and inform yourself of the truth. He is just as much of a criminal as most of the other people in these illusions.
    http://www.zeitgeist.com

    By the way, great illusions….

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree, this is no place to make a political statement, you could have simply said something like, ‘see if you recognize these famous faces’

    however I will admit it was a cool illusion

  • Anonymous

    Bush is in exactly the right place, top of the list of villains…

  • Philip

    i hate to see these people lumped in with bush

  • Anonymous

    The LAST one is MR Meogy

    I like how the original design of this was jesus. now villians
    haha

    BUSH

    FUCK BUSH,

    both of em

  • Anonymous

    The people who have made these images are Amnesty International and by Bush invading Iraq makes him evil.

    I thought the 1st person was Lincoln at first, lol

  • Anonymous

    As much as I don’t agree with George W. I too agree that he shouldn’t be lumped in with the rest of these A-Holes

  • Chris

    If you have a mac and want to see them easily then just hit Ctrl+Alt+Cmd+8. On a PC just copy them in to paint and hit Ctrl+I.

  • Ririn

    um….how is bush not a villian? Are you saying he’s a hero?

    Btw, great illusions! Love this site!

  • Anonymous

    For you people that are offended that Bush might be there, just think that Russians could be offended that you are mentioning that Poutine is up there. Look at who is currently involved in the most wars and who has been seen mistreating their prisoners. Amnesty international , if i’m not mistaken is to protect the rights of anyone, even the ones the US see as enemies , when in fact they are not. FYI the guy in the picture that might look like Bush seems to have a beard or a gothi of some sort so stop being so proud of the “worst” american president in history …btw it’s americans that are saying that he’s the worst.

  • Anonymous

    these are amazing!

    i’m so glad to see george w bush in here as well.

    i’m glad amnesty international can recognise GWB as a man whose leadership has lead to the countless death of thousands and who supports torture of people who haven’t yet stood fair trial and who, as governor of texas, agreed to the execution of more indivuduals than any other US leader.

    thank you for posting this.

  • Anonymous

    i am so confused! i dont see anything other than guys… where does the “see no evil?” come into play??

  • Anonymous

    Offended??? Bush is Satan!!!

  • Anonymous

    I recognised bush and Kim Jong il
    or su not sure who it is lol

    Tbh i think its pretty just that bush is up there!

    Who was it who went to war on faulse accusations?

  • tubes

    Sorry if you were offended by Bush being a villain but he is absolutely a villain. I think it was great that he is also at the top of the list. To bad they didn't put Cheney with him. If you don't see it, you have been blinded by 8 years of misinformation & lies. He has lied (and badly) about everything he has & is currently doing. His solution to bringing peace is by bombing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians to catch a few. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!! Please go back to your hole & rot forever because of people like you we are in the situation we are in now. I hope one day the world will look at Americans as they once did with honor but the direction he & his administration has put us in there will probably not be an America left, Thanks Bush & Company!!!

  • Anonymous

    Amnesty international uses the URL adress http://www.amnestyinternational.ORG. I don’t know where this is coming from, but it’s not from them… Watch your sources!

  • Anonymous

    The first one looks nothing like Bush.

    I’m pretty sure the last one is Hu Jintao the President of the People’s Republic of China.

  • Charlie

    The last image is the president of China, Hu Jintao.

    I’m positive it’s him.

  • Brian

    I guess I’ll be the 1st to say this I am THRILLED to see Bush lumped in here. To say someone who turned this country in to a major tail spin into the toilet cant be called anything but evil.

  • Anonymous

    2nd to last is hitler

  • Anonymous

    I am not at all offended that Bush is on this list–torture and condoning torture qualifies as villainous behaviour in my book.

  • Anonymous

    Of course Bush should be up there, he’s probably the worst one. A man who went to war just for oil and to settle a family feud. He’s a war mongering idiot.

  • Anonymous

    cant you really not recognize any of them??

    the first one i think is huge chaves from venezuela . i dont know why he is vilain.

    the second is the iranian president.. with a veeery difficult name. ahmadinejad i think.

    the two asiatic lookin ppl i dont know. the second last is putin from russia

    and i dont see bush though i should and i hoped some ngo’s would say the truth from time to time

  • Anonymous

    It’s not so much Bush but how much Bush looks like Ted Bundy.

  • lorenzinotk

    the last is the chinese president…i think

  • Anonymous

    I think it quite appropriate that bush is in here (if it is indeed he). He has created the illusion that he knows what he’s doing and is liked by america. The rest of the world see him for what he is, a chimp with the gaul to try and push other countries around. Now there’s an illusion worthy of david copperfield

  • Anonymous

    last one could be mao

  • Phee

    i think this inspired. all of them.

  • Rebecca

    Bush is to stupid to be classed as a villian.

    He is however far from a good man. Too bad the rest of you ‘offended’ Americans can’t see it.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone offended to see Bush lumped in with these people is clearly unaware of what Amnesty International does, and how human rights under Bush’s administration have been so thoroughly trounced. Instead of getting offended, get educated. Go to http://www.amnesty.org and read what they have got to say and then decide if you are offended.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I find weird about this whole thing is that Amnesty International’s website is not http://www.amnesty.com so why would they put that on their adds.

  • Anonymous

    AHHHH!
    Second image is like see myself on a mirror!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s odd that you consider it unfair that Bush is included in this list. Yet, I’m guessing you are perfectly okay with the other 4 people being included. While I don’t necessarily think Bush is a “villain,” I’m sure there are plenty of people who think that the other people should not be included in the list. There are people all over the world who HATE George Bush, and as this is an International campaign, it is only fair that he be included as well.

    • merul

      the last one looks like Colonel Saunders

  • Anonymous

    ‘These people’? Why SHOULDN’T Bush be lumped in with ‘these people’? Bush himself is not exactly a saint…what has/hasn’t he done to make him any better than the rest?Theyre all similarly struggling to run their country….

  • Anonymous

    haha…for once the person who said ‘first’ IS first =D
    interesting after images…

  • Anonymous

    i thought the first one was JFK.

  • Emma

    I think you guys are missing the point… the reason Bush is lumped in with these people isn’t just because he’s become an international symbol of American arrogance due to his decisions in the Middle East. I think the “See No Evil” phrase invites you to see *beyond* what these people represent and how they are perceived by the media and by you and your neighbors. Think about the causes and the complex machinery behind the symbolic figurehead. Calling someone “evil” is an oversimplification — we should all be thinking more critically.

  • Perceptionist

    The last one is obviously Colonel Sanders, he who hath unleashed evil, evil fried chicken upon the world.

    *burp*

  • Daniela

    Wow! i can’t believe that some of you guys think the last one is Chavez. I’m not Venezuelan and know that is not Hugo Chavez.That guy on the picture is obviously Asian. duh!

  • Anonymous

    i thnik the fist one is bush and the second one chuck noriis

  • Anonymous

    the last one looks like Mao je Tung (Chinese leader during WW2), but I’m not sure he’s a villain

    • mikee

      Mao and his acolytes killed multiple tens of millions of his own countrymen in his communist revolution and subsequent attempts to wipe out opposition and reform China into a communist utopia.

  • Anonymous

    From top to bottom…
    Geogre W Bush
    Osama Bin Laden
    and I don’t see the evil of…
    Vladimal Putin (anti-russian?)
    And Hu Jintao (probably by anti-communist practioners and sinophobic people…)

  • Anonymous

    1.Bush?Not so Evil
    2.Osama bin Laden?Evil
    3.Kim Sung ill!Not that evil but more evil than Bush
    4.Putin?I don’t see evil in his eyes…
    5.Hu jintao?Evil? Just because his communist doesn’t make him evil!

  • Anonymous

    I thought the third one looked like Robert Mugabe and is the last one Chairman Mao?

  • Sarah

    Is the first one George W. Bush? I don’t mean to be mean or anything, but he is slightly evil, but not in a T.V show villan way. Just an annoying neighbor way. :)

  • Anonymous

    your all fighting for nothing its not Bush in the first one ITS NIXON
    Richard Nixon
    Osama is not the second but the rest are all right

    • Dew Silverdrop

      oh nixon?!?!? me happy now… ;)

  • Anonymous

    the second one is osama just without the beard

  • Schenck

    Once again, the second one is Ahmajinedad, the President of Iran. The first one is definitely Bush. Still not sure on the last one… definitely looks Asian though…

  • Anonymous

    This is dumb can they just tell us who they r without them telling us i mite think the 2nd last one is the dalai lama which i almost did but then i thought of putin

  • Anonymous

    1/ W
    2/ B Laden
    3/ ? Asian
    4/ Poutine
    5/ ? Asian

  • cristobal

    if you want to know who they are and if you have a mac, then just press ctrl alt command 8 at the same time and the colors will be negative

  • Anonymous

    They should have Obama in here too….

  • Anonymous

    1 – George Walker Bush
    2 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    3 – Kim Jong-II
    4 – Valadimir Putin
    5 – Hu Jintao

  • Bex

    Dude, Anonymous has some issues to work out. Think the Col. Sanders comment was hilarious! …as well as Chuck Norris. Clever. :)

  • FrankleeMiDeer

    The Birthers and “Obama is Evil” crowd don’t seem to realize that life is an intelligence test. A test that they FAILED miserably. Ask them about the newspaper birth announcement; you’ll just get hemming, hawing and “yes, but.”

    LOSERS. Stupid ones at that. The typical response to a post like this? “I know you are, but what am I?!”

    The future of the Republican party is a bunch of dufuses that believe in bigfoot and Rush Limbaugh. Hey! Maybe Rush IS bigfoot!

    • Dew Silverdrop

      liar!!

  • :)

    2nd last must be Adolf Hitler.

  • I Am Someone

    I was like WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? when I looked at the first. I stared for 30 secs to save a bit of time so the image came for about 3 secs. I doubted what i saw was true, What i think i saw was Elvis O_o

    Nobody considers him a villian…. MJ was like Elvis…

  • anonymous

    The second one is Ahmadinnejad.

  • anonymous

    who’s the second one, chuck norris?

  • Aimee

    i thought the top one was elvis! :L

  • Aimee

    I thought that the first one was Elvis :) but he wasn’t evil so I read the comments to see who the person was :D

  • Aimee

    That’s wierd cuz the other Aimee also thought that he was Elvis.

  • :\

    The last one is: Li Pang Fei the commie bastard that ordered the Tianamin Massacre in China

  • i know

    1. Richard Nixon
    2. Abe Lincoln
    3. Kim Jong Il
    4. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    5. Morgan freeman or Colonel Sanders

    No villans here.

  • Anonymous

    i love how most of you (at least the comments i see) are defending obama and saying bush really is a villain. :) even though i see nixon in the first one, those comments just made me smile :) i agree with sarah tho: bush isnt really like a tv villain or anything, just the annoying neighbor kind. :)

  • Illumina

    the last one looks more of the young Andal Ampatuan of the Maguindanao massacre.

  • dur

    uh guys copy+paste into paint -> ctrl+i
    1st not sure maybe nixon
    2nd ahmadinejad
    3rd kim jong-il
    4th putin
    5th hu jintao

  • anon

    am i the only one who can see the pictures without doing anything..?

  • someone

    who cares if you can see the afterimages when they’re plain as day in yellow?

  • Anon

    This is dumb as hell

  • midurs

    they were the best illusion ive ever saw

  • Natasha

    its not dumb!
    if you look at the red thing in any photo for 30 seconds then look at blank wall,it will be a pic of the person!

  • mrscorcher1

    being a 13 year old I can honestly say that i don’t know who half of these people are
    can someone explain them to me?

  • callum

    1. G.W.Bush no reason though
    2. Saddam Husein!
    3. Kim Jong Il
    4. Vladimir Putin
    5. Colonel Sanders?

  • Dew Silverdrop

    bush should not be on there… he was the best thing this contery had.. at least he didn’t make a mess like obama is doing! i may be 12 but i still know right and wrong!

    • Dew Silverdrop

      spell check: country

  • Kate

    Honestly, I got lazy and just turned my phone camera onto negative.

  • anonymous

    I DONT WANT TO SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT BUTTTT……who are they in order

  • Anonymous

    If you have a mac, you can turn on the command where the screen colors invert.

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