Daniel Plainview is a plain-speaking oilman. He is not a bastard from a basket.
Daniel Plainview is American greed personified. Forget Dick Cheney, forgot Gordon Gekko. Daniel Plainview is greed, and anger, and oil.
Plainview murders a man in cold blood for pretending to be his brother, disowns his own child after he goes deaf, and brutally murders another man with a bowling pin. He does this all while delivering brilliant lines like: