When people are burning rubber on your picture with their cars in the streets of your former capital you know your time is up.
But where is the former strongman, the defiant Muammar Gaddafi who promised he would never let Tripoli fall?
Euronews asked around to see where some Libyans thought Gaddafi might be.
“I do not think he is in Sirte, because the road is very open and if he went there he would be in great danger. I think he went south,” said one young man.
“I think he is In Algeria , because people here are trying to find him everywhere. I think he is in an Algerian general’s house,” was another man’s view.
“He is in Tripoli. He is a coward who did not have the courage to come out and face the people. I’m sure he is hiding somewhere in Tripoli,” said a father driving his family around. His wife also had something to say: “He is like a rat hiding in a cellar!”
Our reporter Jamel Ezzidini found opinions a-plenty, and not a kind word to be said for the man who had once dominated these people’s lives:
“Gaddafi addressed the people at the beginning of the revolution, saying: ‘Who are you?’ Libyan people are answering today, ‘We’re the ones who will follow you everywhere you go, wherever you have disappeared, and we will continue to follow you until justice is done,’” he said.
Tripoli turns its back on Gaddafi