Man of the Year: Donald Trump and other controversial TIME honourees

Trump, Putin, Stalin, Hitler - TIME is known for selecting polarising candidates for their Person of the Year.

Donald Trump has been named TIME Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2016 and it’s a selection that has been met with outrage.

The President-elect has been a controversial figure since throwing his hat in the race to win the White House and this is precisely why he’s been picked by the publication.

"This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer," TIME wrote in its announcement on Wednesday.

"For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump's victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class," it said. "...to his detractors, he inspires fear both for what he may do and what may be done in his name."

The cover features the future leader with a coverline that reads: 'President of the Divided States of America'.

TIME's choices for Person of the Year are often provocative.

According to TIME’s website Since the 20s editors have been “asked to choose the person or thing that had the greatest impact on the news, for good or ill — guidelines that leave them no choice but to select a newsworthy — not necessarily praiseworthy — cover subject.”

These are some who were named TIME's Person of the Year...

TIME named dictator of Nazi Germany, Adolph Hitler, Man of the Year in 1938.

TIME, which as a penchant for dictators, named Joseph Stalin Man of the Year in 1939 and 1942.

TIME named Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini Man of the Year in 1979.

TIME gave Russian President Vladimir Putin the honour in 2007.

TIME named American socialite Wallis Simpson Person of the Year (when the title was still officially called Man of the Year) in 1936.

TIME gave The Computer the honour in 1982.

TIME acknowledged The Endangered Earth in 1988, the year when the climate change debate was still budding.

TIME gave Bill Clinton the title in 1992 when he first won his presidency.

TIME named the collective YOU as Person of the Year in 2006, which was an honour for the millions who contributed to the internet’s content.

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