You can't be serious when you say that There Will Be Blood generally sucks. I think that Bill the Butcher in Gangs was a more charasmatic character, but Daniel Plainview was a more interesting one for me.
I think what i really enjoy about this character is the way he totally exploits everything that he touches or comes into contact with. I love the way at first we are to believe this man is a hard working family man and then at the end of the film becomes bitter and twisted and all alone.
I once read a quote about Heath's joker being described as the shark from 'Jaws', not giving a damn about consequences etc, this for me can be said for Daniel Plainview in some respects. But whatever i think about his character i think the majority of people on this blog will agree that There Will Be Blood doesn't suck.