National Leaders Tree Illusion


I got this interesting spot the object illusion in my mailbox yesterday. It is spot the object illusion, like many others, but really good. Not only do you have to spot all the faces in this tree below, you also have to guess who they represent. Since the image is called “National Leaders Tree“, I believe the faces represent leaders of the big countries like America, Russia, England, Yugoslavia etc. I think that the image is somehow old, since the faces I see in the tree’s branches aren’t really familiar. Our older visitors will have more luck guessing those, and probably teach us. However, maybe I was wrong and I got completely wrong impression of the illusion below. Is that Queen of England or Margaret Thatcher, Churchill, Tito, Stalin, or have I gone bananas? How many faces can you spot?

  • art

    i found 10. it’s kinda like the baby tree illusion

  • Sarah

    i see 9..but I have no clue who the poeple are…(1st comment-woohoo!)

  • caroline

    Hey, I found 10, I am not “Old”, but some I could reconize.

  • Anonymous

    upper left…Mahatma Gandhi? Stalin below that? I see 8 faces, but don’t recognize many.

  • Anonymous

    Well Gandhi is definitely the one at the very top an the left!

  • Anonymous

    10 but only 3 i recognize

  • Chakolate

    Okay, I think the woman at bottom right is Golda Meir. At the top left is Gandhi. In the middle on the left might be Nehru. The bottom left might be Eisenhower, but if it is, it’s a bad one.

    In the middle of the right looks like Trotsky.

    The others look like Russian leaders to me, but I can never remember which is which.

    Those I can identify make me think this is from the Cold War, say late 50s or early 60s.

  • Anonymous

    10 by my count, and I only recognize Ghandi, Stalin, and that might possibly be Eisenhower down there. I’m young, though, so I’m probably wrong.

  • Anonymous

    i think thats ghandi all the way on top with glasses, but im not sure, cool illusion

  • Zack

    I see 10 too..Ghandi and Stalin are the only ones I can make out though…fun illusion, at first I though it was just the 2 faces at the bottom and wasn’t very impressed..

  • MatthewC

    Found 11… Liked it but the bottom could have been a little less obvious and the left face made more realistic… Or do you get floating branches where the artist lives?

    Thanks Vurdlak :P

  • Anonymous

    I see Mahathma Gandhi,Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, Subash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore and few other Indian leaders

  • Anonymous

    These are all leaders from India – Mahathma Gandhi, Nehru, Indira and Rajiv gandhi, Tagore, Subash Chandra Bose and couple of others who I do not remember the names.

  • azrdraco

    I can’t believe nobody got teddy roosevelt up at the very top!! the very top most branch curves to the left and that’s the back of his head. you can see his little glasses and everything. :)

  • Anonymous

    all of these faces are of indian political leaders… starting a the bottom left – Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi (not Golda Meir), CV Raman, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jawahar lal Nehru, SC Bose, Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Bhagat Singh and Tatia Tope.

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  • Anonymous

    What are you guys talking about???
    Those are the founding fathers of the USA, ya know washington, jefferson, adams, franklin, lincoln.

  • Nathan

    theres a woman it cant be the founding FATHERS!! i see 11

  • ….

    i actually saw 11….

  • Anonymous

    All I can find is 10. Where is the 11th?

  • Anonymous

    Ya its the founding fathers!!!
    The woman is Anne Frank (duh)
    Im sure it’s a tree of the founding fathers and no one can disagree!!!

  • Anonymous

    I found 10. But they look like male and female versions of the same person, with a variety of hats!

  • Anonymous

    I see 12

  • Anonymous

    Oh, my head! i can only see the two at the bottom, and the top is random lines! HELP!

  • Dejan

    I saw the bottom two right away, and then I openned it in full size and saw the other eight :)

  • Anonymous

    Bottom right definately Maggie Thatcher, bottom left looks like Neil Kinnock, I see 10.

  • Vivek Gupta

    Please… please… stop guessing…
    These are all Indian Leaders.
    Topmost on the tree is the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Just below him on the left is Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Facing Tilak is Rabindranath Tagore. Our first Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is just below Tilak, facing towards south-west. Just below Tagore is Subhash Chandra Bose, facing North west. Then there is Bhagat Singh facing just opposite to S.C.Bose, both of them are sharing backside of their head with each other in this pic. Our first President Rajendra Prasad is just below Nehru is facing him. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, our third President is facing Bhagat Singh. At the bottom of the picture, the face on the left of the trunk of the tree is of Rajiv Gandhi, our youngest Prime minister, and on the other side is Mrs. Indira Gandhi, our first lady Prime Minister.

  • Rob

    Azrdraco said:”I can’t believe nobody got teddy roosevelt up at the very top!! the very top most branch curves to the left and that’s the back of his head. you can see his little glasses and everything. :)”

    Nobody got Teddy Roosevelt because that’s Gandhi. Do you even know what Roosevelt looked like other that the glasses? Broad face, Squinty eyes, Bushy mustache, not at all like Gandhi.

  • chick

    I see 10, maybe an 11th but I don’t think so. Some faces look familiar but to be honest I really don’t care to know who any of them are!

  • Anonymous

    There are twelve

  • Anonymous

    I see 13
    Dont know who they are, sorry but 4 on the top, 5 in the middle, 4 on the bottom…if i could paste my circled image i would show you

  • Anonymous

    Which one is Mohinder Suresh?

  • Shauzia

    I see (heh-hem), Gandhi, Elizabeth, Diana, Stalin, and for some strage reason, I see Saddam Hussein on the upper left under gandhi. Does anyone else see that??

  • Anonymous

    i see 9 how many r there really..

  • Anonymous

    i see 11 easy puzzle

  • duh

    e-z how could u only c 8

  • Anonymous

    now THATS a familey tree

  • Maggie <3

    I see 10 o.o

  • i*is*awesome

    u guys its NATIONAL leaders. that means ALL AROUND THE WORLD.??? duh its not ALL indian leaders or ALL american leaders they’re from different parts of the world ~:!!

  • i*is*awesome

    i can only see 7!! WAHHHHHHHH!!!!! :'(

  • i*is*awesome

    wait no now i see 10… o^^o

  • Anonymous

    INTERNATIONAL means all around the world. NATIONAL means all around a country.

  • Anonymous

    They are all Indian leaders and there are eight.

  • Anonymous

    i saw 11… i crazy or is there a really smushed face up there too, and if so does that count?

  • Mango13

    Y’know folks, i think it’s meant to be more kinda representative. A matter of opinion. Some of them might be modelled on certain people, but they all have that generic touch which makes us able to make them into who we want them to be.

  • William

    i found 11 ha suckers

  • Anonymous

    I see 11 too…. not 10

  • Debolina Mukherjee

    Hey ,guys ,just chill. I am an Indian and all of them are Indian nationalist leaders . There are 10 of them. I am giving the more familiar names with the hope that you people would have heard of their names. They are

    Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru ,Netaji Subhash Chandra Basu, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Raja Rammohan Roy etc.

  • Anonymous

    i can see 10 but i can only name 4…gandhi, stalin, looks like nostradamus on the top right and thatcher at the bottom

  • Baba

    debolina mukherjee is right…All are indian leaders. The names are right too. The image was created by an Indian called Saurabh who is a simple illusion artist in India.

  • Anonymous

    I found 11 and the upper left is Gandhi

  • Anonymous

    It’s insane how this tree grew like that..even if it had just one face it would be astounding. But multiple ones..and they are all related in topic..christ almighty.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I somehow found 18!

    • Abob

      How, exactly, do u kno theres 18? There could only b 10, and u show no proof of there being a possibility of 18. Some proof would b nice.

  • Whatizname

    Lots of people say 10. Not fair! I found only 9!

  • Sarah

    I see 7! Where’s the other 3????

  • Anonymous

    there should be 13 of them.
    i found 11.
    anyone knows where we can find the answer?

  • Anonymous

    I see 16.

    I dont care who they are. They cannot be all East Indian because I can spot chinese, arabian, and caucasian faces. (#7 is caucasian, #14 is chinese, #9 is arabian)

    So stop saying they are all East Indian because is not true.

    here is the link with what I spotted out.

    NOTE: # 13, 14, 15, and 16 can only be seen if you zoom up the picture.
    # 15 shows a face upside down while #16 is a face that looks like a sun without its rays to me where the mouth is pointing towards top (north) and not down (south). I might be wrong about #16
    But 15 there are definitely all human faces and THEY ARE NOT INDIAN.

    • toliveisChrist

      That link doesn’t work…

  • Kashish

    i found 10 too…nice illusions

  • Anonymous

    found 11 ………………….coolies



  • Nicole

    10 and i don’t know who they are

  • cyanide_breathmint

    It’s almost too good, all I can see are the faces

  • runeman153

    talk about a “family” tree :)

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  • Dev

    these are all indian leaders,
    starting from the bottom u got Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nataji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi n so on.

  • Kate The Cat

    I see old people… Sorry, i just had to rip off “The Sixth Sense”. >:D

  • nine

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  • qwertyuiop

    i found 10 but i have no idea who they are

  • angin putih

    10 Only

  • Sadat

    this drawing by Shatyajit Roy. and it belongs to indian leaders…

  • Sane

    There are only ten. If you see more, then you’re delusional.

  • 11 indian leaders.

  • prem

    i too found 11 faces

  • Aurora

    There are only 1. I dont know how on earth people are seeing like 18, but there’s 10.

  • Mini

    I need the answers details as to play this as guess the personality

  • Nisheeth

    These are all Indian leaders. There is Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Mahatama Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru,Subhash Chandra Bose and so on

  • angelique

    I could only see 10.Wish I could draw like this.

  • The tree show the images of 10 Indian ‘National Leaders’
    From left to right and clockwise –
    1) Rajiv Gandhi (Prime Minister)
    2) Dr Rajendra Prasad (President)
    3) Jawaharlal Nehru [PM]
    4) Balgangadhar Tilak (Freedom Fighter)
    5) Mohandas Gandhi [Mahatma – Only real Gandhi]
    6) Gaffar Khan ‘Frontier Gandhi’ [FF from NWFP]
    7) Subhash Chandra Bose [FF]
    8) Bhagat Singh [FF]
    9) Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan [Prez]
    10) Indira Gandhi [PM]

  • i saw 7

  • toliveisChrist

    I saw 10…this is a cool illusion…I have no idea how you could make 18 faces out of that..haha

  • Henry Hill

    i found 342 faces

    • dominique

      i found 10 faces whoo not how many u said i have done this for 9 weeks and found only 10

  • Subin

    yup all indian…
    gandhi…jawaharlal nehru, tilak,…etc

  • pravinarvin

    I found 10!

    • Adelaide

      So did I, one person said they found 342 faces! I just find other little shapes!!

  • Deres lots of facs her but de onli thing in comon I n al is dat dey r old

  • Carlie

    i found 11

  • Ghe

    Normally 10-11… >13 ur brilliant…

    n i just found 11 :(

    but if zoom in,,, u can found another face,, but i doubt about that,,, coz seems like weird,,

    • irock

      Look sideways

  • pradeep

    i found only 10…

  • Beatrice

    I found Hitler O_o

  • nicool

    i found 12

  • Laura

    Its Louis Walsh on the bottom left!

  • victor

    11…only one i recognize is gandhi…

  • balu

    10 faces of great leaders



  • Just Saying

    There are only 10 faces in this.. even the original artist states that. Anyone saying they see more than 10 is lying. Or creating images in their own mind.. sort of how people see faces in speckled patterns on floors, or water stains on walls.. etc, that are not there.

    But, I find most people lie and say they see more than 10 because of that little meme going around listing intellect based on how many faces you see. 11 being on the higher end of smart and 12 + being genius, etc, etc.

    Smart people and geniuses feel no need to prove their intellect..

    • Ang

      Lmao! The artist has not givin an answer until tomorrow! Just bc u dont see more, everyone else is lying! U gotta look beyond the obvious! There way more than 10.

  • Joseph

    While the artist may have only intended for 10 faces seeing 11 doesn’t make you wrong or a liar. It’s no different than the person who looks at a cloud and sees a cloud for what it is compare to the person who sees the shape of an animal or entire scene for that matter. Without these unique people with different perceptions we would not have art. I can spot 10 just looking at the well defined images. I don’t believe the artist didn’t intentionally make an 11th because it stands out so distinctly on the left middle section of the tree. Do not focus on the face at the top or bottom of this section, but along the top imagine an old woman whose eye would be where the top mans mustache is and the nose is a bit pointy and a kind but wrinkly face.

    • gaurav

      dear all,
      its fine that u can find 100s and thousands of faces,

      but the question is how many national leaders u can find in the pics which is only ten.

  • Brandon

    wow, im obsessed with this. i circle about 10 a page in paint and number them cus there are hundreds , i am always finding more n more, been at it for 3 days and still going . what an illusion , they are al very obvious faces too if you have a good eye.

  • Brandon

    so where is the link where the artist says that , lol because it it quite friggin obvious that there are many many more.. guess some people just dont have eyes

  • Holly
  • This is a drawing from Harper’s Illustrated from the 1880s, and was supposed to represent British leaders from that time..

    The artist is unknown, and could not be asked who they represented.

  • Mike Miserocchi

    There is a LOT more going on here than just 12 faces. My count is waaaay higher. If you look at the actual bark of the tree, it is made up of some pretty ghoulish faces, gargoyles, goblins, all sorts if creepiness. As far as the date of picture 1880’s I find that hard to

    considering( there are faces of Roosevelt Truman Stalin, TheQueen

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