Napoleon? Short dude with a complex that they eventually named after him, tried to take over Europe, etc. Well, he wasnt actually short. Napoleon was 57?, which was normal for the average Frenchman in his time. His childhood was a pitiful onehis father died of stomach cancer and left his family penniless due to his gambling. He was often made fun of in school for his studiousness and thick Corsican accent, but nobody could have predicted Napoleons rise to power. Strangely enough, Napoleon suffered from hemorrhoids and its rumored that his pain and illness prevented him from winning the Battle of Waterloo.