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* HollywoodAtheist: Daniel is not at all religious and shows nothing but scorn towards Eli and his church. [[spoiler: Right before he humiliates and kills Eli in the film's climax, Daniel forces Eli to denounce God as a superstition.]]

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* LonelyAtTheTop: During the final chapters of the film, Daniel, having amassed a massive fortune through his oil business, lives in a stately mansion with only an elderly servant to meet his needs. Though he has achieved his goal of shutting out the world, it's clear that's he still not happy. [[spoiler: Once he cuts H.W. out of his life, there is no one left in the world that he cares about. He's entirely alone and still miserable.]]


--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! I AM THE THIIIRD REVELATION! ''I-III AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"

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--> "Did -->"Did you think that your song ''song'' and dance ''dance'' and superstition ''superstition'' would help you, Eli!? I ''I'' am the third revelation. revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen. chosen! Because I am smarter ''smarter'' than you! I'm older! ''older''! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling snivelling boy! I ''I'' AM THE THIIIRD ''THIIIRD'' REVELATION! ''I-III AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told TOLD you I would eat you! I told TOLD you I would eat you up!"EAT YOU ''UP!''"


--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! I AM THE THIIIRD REVELATION! ''IIII AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"

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--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! I AM THE THIIIRD REVELATION! ''IIII ''I-III AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"

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* SadistShow: All characters were mean towards each other.

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* TheHero: The true protagonist is H.W. Plainview.

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** H.W. is Jesus Christ

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* TheAntichrist: Eli is considered a false prophet.

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* DevilInDisguise: Eli is the devil disguise as an angel.

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* {{Expy}}:
** Daniel is Michael because [[spoiler:he killed a false priest disguise as a messenger to God]].
** Eli is the Antichrist due to the tactics of abuse during baptism and cruelty to Daniel.


* NoOSHACompliance: A lot of people get maimed or killed because safety procedures are either ignored, done haphazardly, or not even thought about at all.

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* NoOSHACompliance: Justified by the era. There were few, if any, industrial safety regulations or even standard procedures around the turn of the 20th century. A lot of people get maimed or killed because safety procedures are either ignored, done haphazardly, or not even thought about at all.by preventable accidents.


* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Those areas have been drilled."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: The ending scene contains one. [[spoiler:Daniel tells Eli "Those areas have been drilled."]]" In short, he made a fool of Eli and left him with nothing. Shortly after, Daniel kills Eli with a bowling pin, so he just did it to get in one more dig at Eli [[ItAmusedMe for his own personal amusement]].]]


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Daniel seems to care about his adpotive son, but the terrible manner they part ways in 1927 makes it a subversion.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Daniel seems to care about his adpotive adoptive son, but the terrible manner they part ways in 1927 makes it a subversion.



* {{Greed}}: Daniel's defining trait.

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* {{Greed}}: Daniel's defining trait. He will stop at absolutely nothing if it means getting more oil and more money.



* KarmaHoudini: Paul sells out his own family's fortunes for $500, skips town and is never seen again.

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* KarmaHoudini: Paul sells out his own family's fortunes for $500, skips town town, and is never seen again.


* SelfMadeMan: Daniel is a miner who almost literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps in the beginning after he falls into a pit hole and breaks his leg. He escapes death and becomes a succesful entrepeneur.

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* SelfMadeMan: Daniel is a miner who almost literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps in the beginning after he falls into a pit hole and breaks his leg. He escapes death and becomes a succesful entrepeneur.entrepreneur.

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