Cupid, cute baby in a diaper with a harmless bow and arrow that shoots people and makes them fall in love, or a schoolyard bully with a short man complex and mommy issues.
If you picked the second description, you’re right. Cupid was evil, vindictive, and vengeful. A little bit of taunting and teasing, and the perfect embodiment of amour would pull out his arrow and shoot you with a big dose of never-going-to-fall-in-love.
For instance, the myth of Apollo and Daphne.
Handsome, athletic, and proud Apollo fell in love with a beautiful Sea Nymph named Daphne. But Apollo was vain, and didn’t want to be outdone by the vertically challenged, so he teased Cupid about his lack of skill with a bow and arrow. Yea, Cupid didn’t take that well.
Cupid, being Cupid decided to show Apollo how perfect his aim actually was, and shot Apollo with an arrow of lust for Daphne, not so bad. But then he shot Daphne with an arrow of aversion for Apollo, causing her to run from him whenever he came near. Unable to handle Apollo’s inappropriate behavior, Daphne begged her father to help her. Her father’s answer? Turn her into a tree, a laurel tree to be exact.
Not exactly the way I would have handled the situation, but hey, parents were a little different back then.
Moral of the story, never pick on the short guy with good aim.