[[caption-width-right:350:[[LargeHam One of Al Pacino's more low-key performances]].]]
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->'''Kevin Lomax:''' What are you?\\
'''John [[LouisCypher Milton]]:''' Oh, [[IHaveManyNames I have so many names]]...

'''For the trope, [[DevilsAdvocate see here]].'''

''The Devil's Advocate'' is a 1997 {{Thriller}} / ReligiousHorror film starring Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/AlPacino and Creator/CharlizeTheron, and based on a novel by Andrew Neiderman.

It follows the career of a lawyer, Kevin Lomax, as he gets entangled with the demonic forces that are helping him on the road to success. He ultimately faces off against the origin of this positive influence and the horrors of his own origin.

Notable for Creator/AlPacino "'''''[[ChewingTheScenery CREATING AN ORGY INVOLVING ALL OF NEW YORK CITY!]]'''''" And that's an understatement.

!!Provides Examples Of:

* AdaptationNameChange: In the original novel, Kevin's last name was "Taylor".
* AllJustADream: In the final scene, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Kevin saw the entire events of the movie in the moment before his career-defining case concerning a child molester. [[OrWasItADream Once the case is over, however]], [[HereWeGoAgain the reporter he agrees to do an interview with is revealed to be Milton in a different disguise.]]]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: Kevin's ferocious commitment to winning his court cases results in him defending some rather unsavory characters, and costs him his marriage. He also reveals to Milton that he won all his Florida cases by secretly listening in on how the Jury was deliberating and making the proper adjustments.
* AmoralAttorney: Satan himself runs an entire corrupt legal office with global connections, composed of immoral humans and his own demons. [[VillainProtagonist An explicit example is the protagonist, Kevin Lomax]]: while he does retain some moral qualms against defending a child molester in the beginning of the movie, he more or less completely eschews them and becomes this trope.
* AngelicBeauty: The Devil briefly takes on his celestial form at the end after exploding into a fiery rage, essentially looking like [[spoiler:Keanu Reeves]] with angel wings.
* AntiAntiChrist: [[spoiler:Kevin]] is the AntiAntiChrist, while [[spoiler:his son with Christabella]] would actually be TheAntiChrist.
* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler: Milton is actually Kevin's father.]]
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The movie opens in Gainesville, Florida. Specifically, a small rural town that looks ''nothing'' like the actual, modern, skyscraper-encrusted college town that is the real Gainesville, Florida, but does look like a one-horse hick town in the middle of nowhere, which was probably the point. Apparently the producers wanted Kevin Lomax to be from a small rural town and picked Gainesville, Florida off of a map at random, not realizing that "small rural town" does ''not'' describe Gainesville, Florida, and hasn't for about a hundred years. The [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]]-era "courthouse" where the trial was taking place is actually in a one-stoplight town some 32 miles east of Gainesville, for example; the courthouses in Gainesville proper are all modern, multistory buildings.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Eddie Barzoon.]]
* BigNo: Possibly the Biggest No ''ever''. It takes several cuts, several ''breaths'', and causes the guy to ''burst into flames'' and then ''burn or desiccate anyone watching''. Of course, this had to be [[spoiler:Satan himself]].
* BishonenLine: At the climax, after erupting in a showy display of power and anger and briefly experiencing an ugly GlamourFailure, [[spoiler:Milton]] sprouts angelic wings and looks just like [[spoiler:Kevin]] but with long wing hair in his [[spoiler:true angelic form.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler:after the reporter turns into Milton]], he turns to the camera and says, [[spoiler:"Vanity, definitely my favorite sin."]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: Satan wants his half-human offspring to mate with each other, as this will create TheAntichrist and leave him with someone to manage his affairs on Earth.
* TheCameo: Sen. Alphonse D'Amato, Ambassador Charles Gagano, and Don King all appear as themselves, and seem to be on very good terms with John Milton. Makes you wonder if anyone told them what kind of movie they were in...If they were told, it's a rather extraordinary case of AdamWesting.
* ChekhovsGun: A literal example. Alex Cullen starts carrying a gun after receiving death threats, which Lomax takes from him as it looks like a tacit admission of guilt. It comes in handy in the climax.
* ChekhovsGunman: The reporter from the Florida courthouse, [[spoiler:who's another face of Satan and is able to manipulate Kevin twice. "Vanity, definitely my favorite sin."]]
* CoolOldGuy: John Milton. Sure he's The Devil and even without that, a perfect example of a corrupt Attorney. However, he's suave, persuasive, can speak any language to perfect accuracy and is very rewarding to those that actually impress him. Much of why Kevin manages to get in his good graces so fast, [[spoiler: aside from being his son of course;]] is because he worked for it.
* TheCorrupter: Of course, the Devil is the ultimate corrupter. Why he doesn't just force people to obey him? As the man himself says: "Free will. It's like butterfly wings: once touched, they never get off the ground. [[spoiler: No, I only set the stage. [[MoreThanMindControl You pull your own strings.]]"]]
* DeepSouth: The movie opens in Gainesville, Florida. Or rather, a small rural town that looks nothing like the real modern, skyscraper-encrusted, college-town Gainesville, Florida, but does look like a one-horse hick town in the middle of nowhere. Apparently the producers wanted a small rural hometown for Lomax and picked Gainesville off of a map at random, not realizing it hasn't been "small rural town" for about a hundred years.
* DivinelyAppearingDemons: Near the end, [[spoiler: the Devil is briefly seen as the Angel Lucifer.]]
* DramaticIrony: The film assumes the audience knows from the beginning that Milton is the Devil but still creates enough tension from Kevin not knowing.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Satan]], whose entire ''modus operandi'' is based on hatred, never considered that love would be important to [[spoiler:Kevin]], and that he'd remember [[spoiler:Mary Ann]] as his best friend rather than as just a sex object [[spoiler:and thus reject Christabella]]. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Although it could just be an act]] to make [[spoiler:Kevin]] feel like the hero, while remaining as morally weak as before...
* EvilOverlooker: An alternate theatrical poster shows the Devil looming over the protagonist and his wife.
* FanDisservice:
** Creator/CharlizeTheron's nude scene also reveals that she's covered in scratches because [[spoiler:the Devil spent the afternoon raping her]].
** In the scene in the changing room, [[spoiler: the Devil's girls]] strip down to their underwear while casually making Mary-Anne as uncomfortable as possible and...[[spoiler: AUGH! BAD FACE! BAD FACE!]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Milton, while being charming and polite, is also a sadist.
* FeedMe: Al Pacino's [[spoiler: climactic meltdown is magnificent]]. The part where he seamlessly starts singing "It Happened In Monterrey" ''[[VoiceChangeling in Sinatra's voice]]'' somehow ups both the {{Fanservice}} and {{Squick}} of the scene.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As Kevin and Milton walk through the streets of New York talking, a delivery man keeps pace behind them for several seconds carrying a box labeled "Halo Illumination."
* FurAndLoathing: Some ladies wear fur, but as they are part of the law firm (or married to those in it),[[spoiler: they are likely evil, or under the influence of evil.]]
* GlamourFailure: Probably. When Milton, in his rage, [[spoiler: lets out the shockwave that kills his daughter, for a brief moment he's seen through it as an ugly withered ghoul. His true appearence perhaps?]]
* GoOutWithASmile: Kevin grins big at Milton [[spoiler: just before putting the gun up to his head and pulling the trigger]].
--> '''Kevin''': [[MeaningfulEcho Free will, right]]?
* GodIsEvil: Claimed by [[spoiler:Milton]] in the climax.
-->"Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, his own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Ahaha. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off! He's a tight-ass! He's a ''sadist!'' He's an absentee landlord! Worship that? ''Never!''"
* GoodLawyersGoodClients:
** An integral part of [[LouCypher Milton's]] master plan: create the most skilled {{Amoral Attorney}}s imaginable, put them at the disposal of the most despicable people in the world, and have them use the loopholes in the law to protect the guilty until the world is filled with human monsters, making the world his and his alone.
---> '''Milton''': ''...Acquittal after acquittal after acquittal until the stench of it reaches so high and far into heaven, it '''chokes the whole fucking lot of them!'''''
** At the end of the film, after the ResetButton is pushed, Lomax takes the trope to heart and dismisses himself from the defense of a child molester, which essentially wrecks his career, since it's unethical and illegal for a defense lawyer to do this in the middle of a case without permission by the judge or their client (both of which emphatically do ''not'' give it).
* HalfHumanHybrids: Many of [[spoiler: Milton's lawyers]] (being his [[BastardBastard bastard children]] [[ReallyGetsAround by various women from around the world]]) are examples of this, and [[spoiler:Kevin]] himself learns that he is one, too.
* HeelRealization: Kevin has a small one when [[spoiler: the FBI agent investigating Milton tells him a child was found in the car of the molester he defended]].
* HereWeGoAgain: After the climax, when Lomax realizes that it was [[spoiler: AllJustADream]], he is approached by [[spoiler: Satan in different disguise, who again plays Lomax's vanity]], albeit in slightly different way, with predictable results.
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Kevin]] kills himself rather than [[spoiler:father]] TheAntichrist.
* HollywoodLaw:
** Kevin's courtroom antics wouldn't exactly pass the bar in reality. Some of it might be justified given the revelations at the end.
** In the initial case with the child molester he presents some surprise evidence. This should have been presented during the pretrial discovery and would have resulted in sanctions against the defense and possibly a mistrial.
** Kevin Lomax is established as a Super Lawyer because he's "never lost a case". We're told that in his early career he worked in the local district attorney's office and had a string of 64 straight convictions, and he "didn't plead out often". This would actually indicate that he's a terrible prosecutor. First, prosecutors get to choose their cases, so he could have a string of "sure thing" prosecutions. Second, prosecuting these cases to trial would clog up the court's docket when he should be making plea bargains with the defendants. Odds are, the bulk of his victories would have been mundane cases where the defendant was guilty as hell and took a deal. It's worth noting that some real-life prosecutors trump themselves up by this claim, which usually comes from dropping or taking pleas on any case with a chance of failure. In Milton's rage-against-God speech near the end he even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how impossible it is for a lawyer to have never lost a case and points out how supernatural influences were a factor.
** Kevin would not be disbarred for his actions at the end of the movie; in fact, he would be required to withdraw in that case as his client was using his services to further a criminal act.

* HollywoodVoodoo: Kevin's first case with Milton's firm involves defending a man who was caught slaughtering a goat in the practice of Santeria. The actual case (and Kevin's defense of religious freedom) are completely plausible and justified. [[spoiler: However, the client's use of a curse against the prosecutor and other hints at supernatural powers... stretches the imagination]].
* HumanoidAbomination: It's {{Satan}}, what did you expect? Given the extent of his powers in the film, [[spoiler: (not to mention the creepy, writhing statue in his penthouse), his depiction flirts with EldritchAbomination as well.]]
* IdenticalGrandfather: [[spoiler:The Devil]]'s true form as a [[spoiler:FallenAngel]] has the exact same face as his male offspring. Justified, since he is a [[spoiler:divine being]] and his son a [[spoiler:Nephilim.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Pretty much word for word. Though Milton plays with this a bit. No need for the fancy titles, he just wants Kevin to call him [[spoiler:"Dad."]]
* ImmuneToBullets: Kevin tries shooting Milton after the latter's PostRapeTaunt, but he just laughs it off. This causes Kevin to finally realize that Milton is not human at all.
* ImportantHaircut: Important, but not at all good. Mary Ann gets a haircut after prompting from Milton, and this just destabilizes her even more.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: After [[spoiler: Mary Ann kills herself]] and Kevin realises what he has to do, he heads for the final confrontation on foot, because Manhattan is suddenly and inexplicably uninhabited.
* IronicEcho: "Free will. Ain't it a bitch?" [[spoiler: Kevin turns it against Milton by killing himself, causing Milton to have a hissy fit to end all hissy fits. "Free will, huh?"]]
* IronicName: Christabella, aka "Christ the Beautiful", [[spoiler:is the Daughter of Satan]].
* JoggersFindDeath: When [[spoiler: Eddie Barzoon]] goes for a jog in the park, he doesn't come back alive.
* KeepItForeign: The Spanish-speaking gangbangers that Milton teases in the subway speak Portuguese in the Spanish dub.
* ALadyOnEachArm: Milton is introduced this way in one scene when he runs into Kevin in the lounge of their apartment building, with Christabella on one side and an Asian female lawyer who "flew in from Paris" on his other side.
* LargeHam: "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX7N58df0j0 GOD!! IS AN ABSENTEE LANDLORD!!]]''", accompanied by MilkingTheGiantCow ''twice''. Creator/AlPacino would only take the part if he got to do a ten minute rant in the film's climax. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy-yqNwTf7s Which ended up pushing TWENTY.]] Upon hearing that, the producers must have looked at each other, shrugged, and said; "Do whatever the hell you want, Al."
* LouisCypher: John Milton refers to the author of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the original SympathyForTheDevil poem.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Milton is Kevin's father]]
* MarriedToTheJob: Before he signs on with Milton, Kevin is heavily invested in his career and his wife is just as enthusiastic about it. Afterwards, well... not so much.
* MeaningfulName: John Milton refers to the author of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', the original SympathyForTheDevil poem.
* {{Nephilim}}: In the climax Milton not only reveals that he's actually the Devil, but that he's been traveling the Earth to impregnate human women against their will. [[spoiler:Kevin and Christabella are his half-human offspring.]]
* NobodyPoops: When it is revealed that Milton's home consists of a single room, which appears to be a rather large office, Kevin is surprised and wonders where Milton sleeps and where he has sex. Nobody in the scene ever brings up the question of where Milton relieves himself.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Craig T. Nelson's character is an obvious Expy of Creator/DonaldTrump, down to living in The Donald's ''personal apartment'' in Trump Tower. Much like in TheCameo above, it's unclear as to whether Trump was aware of what the film was actually about.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Reeves starts off his performance affecting a passable Southern accent, appropriate for Kevin Lomax's Florida background. It vanishes rather quickly.
* ObviousSecondChoice: Evidently the filmmakers wanted to end the film with "Sympathy For The Devil" By Music/TheRollingStones. It would seen they had to settle for less appropriate "Paint It Black." (your Mileage May Vary)
* OneWingedAngel:
** Almost literal, as [[spoiler:Milton]] transforms into a FallenAngel at the climax (albeit with [[spoiler:both wings]]).
** His minions, too, occasionally enjoy flashing fanged grins out of their otherwise perfectly human faces.)
* PostRapeTaunt: "Well, on a scale of 1 to 10 10 being the most depraved act of sexual theatre known to man, 1 being your average Friday night run-through at the [[spoiler:Lomaxes' household I'd say, not to be immodest, Mary Ann and I got it on at about... ''seven'']]."
* {{Pride}}: The theme of Pride/Vanity as an engine of destruction runs all through the plot of the film, namely because it makes you careless and imprudent or just drags you into the affairs that will surely and painfully bite you in the ass. Even [[{{Satan}} the father of the sin himself]] is not invulnerable to its pernicious influence. At one point, he describes it as his favorite sin and the most "natural" as it stems from a "love of self".
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler:Milton]]'s climactic rant, and by extension, his entire existence.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]]. After Kevin's wife Mary Ann [[spoiler:has been DrivenToSuicide]] and Milton offers Christabella as a replacement, she's adopted the same curly hairstyle as Mary Ann (whereas she had straight hair before this scene).
* TheReveal: A man from the Justice Department all but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSfSQdlicxE spoon-feeds]] it to Kevin that Milton is a ''world''-class scum enabler. He also reveals that Kevin's previous client [[spoiler:just killed a girl]]. Milton is then seen grinning up at the murals on a church ceiling ([[BreakingTheFourthWall or the camera]]) and dipping a finger into a fount of holy water, boiling it.
-->Milton-Chadwick-Waters is a little more than a law firm. But I assumed you knew that. Vagada Holdings? I'm sure you've heard of it. London, Kinshasa, Karachi: arms brokering, mostly. Munzer-Dietch, in Berlin, Djakarta: chemical weapons and toxic waste. Ivanco Limited, Moscow: money laundering for the eastern bloc. It goes on and on and on. Milton is into everything. Barzoon was coming in, Kevin. He was going to testify. [=DeSoto=] and Dibalista, Panama. That firm sets up bank accounts for judges in South America. Huge drug cases, murder, everything.\\
...I talked to some old friends in Florida this morning. The Gettys case? Eighth grade teacher? They found him yesterday! [[spoiler:He had the body of a 10-year-old girl in the trunk of his car!]]
** ...aaand then the guy [[spoiler:gets hit by a speeding car]].
* RockMeAsmodeus: Averted here, as ''this'' version of Satan prefers the show tunes of Music/FrankSinatra.
* SanitySlippage: Mary Ann starts out as much of a go-getter as her husband, but between being becalmed in their huge apartment, [[spoiler: the shallowness of the other wives, and the ''evil'' surrounding them, she unravels completely.]]
* SevenDeadlySins: The story focuses on Pride for the better part of the film (it is the devil's favorite sin), but the others are represented at various points throughout the film.
** Kevin lusts after Christabella.
** He also shows a bit of sloth in not actively doing what he knows is right during more than one case.
** Greed rears it's head in the riches that Kevin is granted... as long as he keeps bending the rules.
** It could be said that envy is part of the reason that Kevin goes along with everything. He wants what others have in the field of law. The fame, the riches, the everything. No matter how he has to get it.
** Lucifer tells him he could have stopped at any point and even gave him multiple options to stop, but Kevin didn't want to, showing his gluttony.
** Lucifer goes mega wrath after Kevin makes his choice. "Free will."
** As stated, pride is the whole point. It is the devil's favorite sin. Pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name?
* {{Sexposition}}: While Milton and Kevin have their final dialogue, [[spoiler:Christabella]] undresses herself [[spoiler:in order to seduce Kevin. Kevin refuses her.]] The dialogue continues, while she just keeps standing there completely nude, apparently to give the audience something to stare at while all this talking goes on.
* ShownTheirWork: When [[spoiler:Milton]] loses it after [[spoiler:Kevin kills himself]], rather than turn into a demon, he sprouts white wings. {{Satan}}, by most accounts of biblical lore, was a former angelic being prior to his banishment from {{Heaven}}.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Mary Ann]] does this to ''herself ''. That scene is probably more disturbing than all of the previous [[spoiler:face-morphing]] scenes ''combined''.
* SpoilerTitle: We keep spoiler-tagging that [[spoiler:John Milton is Satan]], but... c'mon.
* TheStoryThatNeverWas: [[spoiler:The movie ends with Kevin Lomax deciding to screw fate and killing himself to destroy the Devil's plans for world conquest. Then he suddenly finds himself back at the courthouse at the start of the movie before he made the decision that would lead to him meeting and ultimately working for the Devil. He chooses differently this time, thus undoing all the film's events, but it turns out that the Devil is still watching him...]]
* SuperBreedingProgram: [[spoiler:Satan's big plan is have Kevin conceive TheAntiChrist with Christabella - his half-sister.]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: Much of [[spoiler:Milton]]'s VillainousBreakdown is pretty much played for tragedy. The music alone sounds like something out of a tragic death scene.
* UngratefulBastard: Milton views [[spoiler:Kevin]] this way at the climax, when his plot is foiled by [[spoiler:Kevin shooting himself]]. ("HAVEN'T I GIVEN ENOUUUUUGH?!")
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:After Kevin kills himself, Milton]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGIaEP49wyc literally erupts (NSFW)]] into flames in anger.
* VillainousIncest: The film implies a sexual relationship between Satan and his female offspring. She certainly has no moral boundaries regarding offering herself to her own brother to create TheAntichrist, with the Devil being the one proposing the idea to his son. Then there's that scene where Kevin sees her and another woman making out in an elevator before going up to Milton's apartment for a presumed threesome.