WHO IS HE?
Elijah Snow, 100+ year old super-powered mystery archaeologist and founder of Planetary, the group that collects and studies the secret history of the world.
WHERE IS HIS PROOF OF BASTARD?
The Planetary series.
COLD BASTARD LESSONS LEARNED?
Historical treasures that can change the world must be protected, even if I have to use them and the people who carry that secret history as weapons.
In all fairness, you could put just about any Warren Ellis written main protagonist into this role, but I chose Elijah because A) he's the one I'm most familiar with, and B) I get to make the "Cold Bastard" joke that much more of a groaner. I'm lazy sometimes.
Now, Elijah has a history of being manipulative and distant; keeping details of his plans to himself, not trusting his friends and the people he employs and supposedly cares about. He has secret meetings to figure out his true plans and how far he wants to go, but once that is settled, he goes straight for the jugular, and nothing is off limits. Whether its the sadistic torture of a helpless prisoner (no matter how much of a baby-killing monster said monster is known for being) or betraying a long standing friendship in order to gather the information he needs, to destroying some of the very precious artifacts of the secret histories that he is desperate to save from the rapacious greed of others. When he goes all out, his impact is global and it is devastating to everyone, including those near and (supposedly) dear to him.
NEXT UP: a twisted genius