We are going to have a moment of major literary nerdiness. Are you ready?
Hands down, the best literary protagonist may be referenced in the Bible, but nothing can beat the characterization he receives from one of my favorite authors of all time - John Milton. I'm referring to the charismatic, scheming, manipulative Satan.
Satan's abilities were full developed, brought to beautiful epic light in spite of his existence in darkness.
Yes, I have a crush on John Milton. Lots of people (myself included) have Hollywood boyfriends (Jason Statham) - I also have a literary boyfriend. Don't you?
And being the big bad baddy that he is, he doesn't go after God; he goes after his kids.
All of them.
He tempts Adam and Eve and rejoices in their fall.
And their children's fall. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
I don't really think you can get much more sinister than that.
Images are all by Gustave Dore, who I think did a great service to Satan by giving him the biggest, baddest wings EVER.