"Lucifer Morningstar speaks for himself."The only spin-off from The Sandman to not only manage long-term success but also become a critically acclaimed comic in its own right, Lucifer followed the life and times of the eponymous fallen angel after he gave up being the Lord of Hell to run a piano bar in Los Angeles. After accepting a commission from God to deal with something that threatens humanity, he finds himself the owner of his very own universe. There follows an epic adventure in which Lucifer fights to escape the control of his father, God, while dozens of other parties unveil their own macabre plans...Lucifer himself is an arrogant sociopath with a dry wit, who - with a very few exceptions - cares only for himself and his mission and will kill or severely inconvenience anyone who is stupid enough to get in his way. Despite popular conceptions of the devil, or perhaps playing them quite straight, he is a handsome, suave man who makes a point of never lying (not that it means much) and always pays back what he owes. He has never tempted anyone into committing sins and indeed seems to find it slightly depressing when they live down to his expectations.Along the way the comic picks up a recurring cast of about 12 other characters, including Jill Presto, a stage magician who makes a dangerous pact; Gaudium, a cigar-chomping former cherub; Elaine Belloc, an English schoolgirl with unusual powers, and Christopher Rudd, a damned soul who becomes the plaything of a cruel demoness.Lucifer first appeared in The Sandman #4 (April, 1989). He appeared in several storylines of that title. Also receiving guest appearances in The Books of Magic, and titles featuring The Spectre, and Etrigan. He received his own mini-series The Sandman Presents: Lucifer (March-May, 1999) and then graduated to an ongoing series, which lasted for 75 issues (June, 2000-August, 2006).
This comicbook provides examples of:
Abhorrent Admirer: Scoria to Mazikeen, and Spera to just about anything vaguely male. Also, Jill's stalker.
Abomination Accusation Attack: In the first issue, a young woman gets angry with the protagonist when he doesn't stop her from touching some wet paint, explaining only afterwards that it's actually blood. In retaliation, she threatens to call the cops and claim that he's a pedophile who has kidnapped her.
Always Chaotic Evil: Quite a few characters, notably Fenris and his Trickster companions Abonsam and Bet Jogie, are cruel, destructive and dishonest simply because it's what they are. Who expects embodiments of cruelty, destruction and dishonesty to be otherwise?
Ambiguous Gender: Innocence (the Child) of the Basanos, and its dragon Death of the Basanos, are explicitly referred to in the text as female and male, respectively. The Basanos as a whole however are referred to with male descriptors, such as brother or father.
Ambiguously Brown: "The woman and the man," the first two lifeforms Lucifer creates in his universe. Justified in that they're only loosely "human" and are not meant to correspond to any Earthly race or nationality.
The Atoner: Rudd's character arc has him starting out as this, and then going very strange places. Meleos gets this one twice over, the second time to make up for how he resolved the first. And then there's Karl.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: All of the angels. They seem to also have a variable nudity taboo, not that it really matters anyway, since they're all (in effect) wearing flesh-colored superhero leotards. The implied reason for their lack of genitalia is the fact that, per the archangel Gabriel, the Angelic Host does not create, which presumably includes procreation. Half-angel Cal is also mentioned as being without genitalia. This prompts the question of why the angel Perdissa has breasts.
Perdissa has breasts, but like her male fellows she has no nipples. Angel anatomy is essentially decorative.
In the finale, Spera asks Mazikeen how Maz had sex with Lucifer despite his lack of genitals. Mazikeen leans in and whispers the answer. Spera is shocked speechless.
Lilith also managed to have sex with Ibriel and Sandalphon (and to conceive, because God made her supernaturally fertile)
Big Screwed-Up Family: The Lilim. More metaphorically, the angels, fallen and otherwise. Also a number of smaller Dysfunctional Family units, human and otherwise. In fact, not very many happy, functional ones.
Bi the Way: Mazikeen and Beatrice. Also Lys: "A man, I think. I'm still in the mood for a man."
Bittersweet EndingEveryone pretty much gets a happy ending, except Lucifer, who can never have the one thing he truly wants so he disappears into oblivion. Whether he just separates himself from everything or destroyed himself is up to the reader. Elaine Belloc doesn't end any happier, she has to cut ties with everyone including her best friend and fellow goddess, and give everyone something they might want but not necessarily what they do want, giving the entire cast a Bittersweet Ending.
Brick Joke: During The Morningstar Option, Lucifer pays Pharamond 240 copper aes in a bag and offers to let him count them to ensure that the devil isn't lying to him. Pharamond declines, stating he trusts Lucifer. Later, during The House Of Windowless Rooms, Pt. 1, Pharamond and John Constantine are talking in Lucifer's bar and as Pharamond leaves, Constantine advises him;
Calling the Old Man Out: Lucifer (and eventually also Michael) to Yahveh is a main theme. There's a lot of it around generally though: Jill and Mazikeen and Briadach to their mothers, Elaine to her adoptive parents, the Basanos to Meleos, Jayesh to his shopkeeper dad... Gathering enough willpower and personal experience to acknowledge the flaws in one's parents/progenitors is a very prominent theme in the series.
Interestingly, Yahweh seems to be actively trying to get this reaction out of His sons.
Came Back Wrong: In his first appearance, Tsukiyomi is a polite, romantic poet and Extreme Doormat who delights in showing Lucifer the wonders of his mother's palace. After his death and reappearance in the Mansions of the Silence, he takes the form of a spindly spider-thing with a markedly different demeanour.
Chekhov's Gunman: The Jin en Mok demon Saul runs into another of his kind and demands to know whether it's Berim, or Cestis (it's Cestis). They then try to end the world, but fail. Berim shows up much later, along with a better world-ending plan.
Chivalrous Pervert: Bergelmir. And arguably Coyote. Apparently Jill brings this out in people.
Combat Tentacles: Susano-ono-mikoto deploys these against the Lilim as one of his greater attacks.
Deadpan Snarker: Lucifer, Gaudium and Spera. Occasionally, though, even Elaine, Mazikeen, Remiel and Amenadiel get in on the act.
Debt Detester: Lucifer, to no-one's surprise, despises the idea of being dependent on anybody and makes a point of honour to pay everything back. The ending implies he resents God for having created him in the first place, since it means he's dependent on someone else for existing.
Deity of Human Origin: Mona Doyle eventually becomes a Goddess. So does Elaine Belloc, but Elaine was never really human.
Destructive Romance: Lady Lys' spirit gets permanently broken by her mortal lover Cristopher Rudd. And you thought a romance between a demon and a human would be bad for the human?
Saul of the Jin en Mok was distracted by a janitor in a diner and lost his train of thought. So he gave the kid a hypnotic coin that causes the possessor to stare at it a little more each day causing them increasing levels of pleasure and pain until eventually they wither and die. Because that's just the kind of guy he is.
Lucifer himself is prone to these if someone crosses him. He destroys the life work of the angel Melos, thousands of years of effort, for disobeying him.
Distracted from Death: A sideplot in the third volume has an example. A pair of human friends (later lovers) run away from home and sneak into Lucifer's home in Los Angeles. Because it's not a natural place, they wind up wandering it for days without food or water. At one point, the guy wakes up and, without realizing that the girl is dead, tells her to rest while he searches for help.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: Lucifer is one of the most powerful beings in existence, probably exceeded only by God and rivaled only by Michael, but he's usually operating under some limitation that prevents him from simply destroying whatever's in his way.
Earth Is Young: The first albums manage to avert this trope, in spite of being based creationism. And also in spite of the Lucifer comic being a spin-off from Sandman. This version of the setting make it unambiguous that biblical events took place billions of years ago. Later albums kinda throw the concept of linear/objective time out of the window, returning us to the postmodernism of Sandman.
Eldritch Abomination: The Jin en Mok and the Silk Man. Okay, you watch them eat if you don't believe me.
The angels, demons and Yahweh himself seem more like this than their usual portrayals. They're just prettier.
More than they can't touch or make them interact with superheroes to cheapen them. Lucifer has had a few cameos.
Exposition of Immortality: Given the characters are variously gods, goddesses, angels, demons and other time sinks, this tends to happen fairly regularly. Lucifer goes down back to Hell during the The Morningstar Option and has an expositionary, though one-sided, chat with Duma about the times before the creation of man; Meleos remembers creating the Basanos and Lucifer coming to pose for the Lightbringer card and Sandalphon reminisces about the War In Heaven and how he came to collect the Archangel Michael.
Expository Hairstyle Change: Lucifer's hair changes from blonde to red as his character darkens. Although that might be a result of messed-up colouring and many different artists in the comics, seeing as his hair has run the gamut from white-blonde to straw-blonde to strawberry-red to true red to to orange to reddish-black. The hair curls that resemble horns don't remain consistent throughout the comic's run, either.
The change seems to be actual and physical, since after he gets his wings back from Izanami his hair goes strawberry-blond when he manifests them, but he goes back to the bleach-blond-with-dark-eyebrows look once he hides them again.
Fan Service Pack: Elaine, after becoming a god in Lucifer's realm (and maybe "growing up" in centuries as a spirit), and Mazikeen after the other half of her face is restored. And Izanami, in her later appearance.
Genius Bruiser: Just because Lucifer is primarily a Magnificent Bastard, doesn't mean he can't hold his own. In fact, his method of bruising involves using the same power that ignited all the stars in the universe.
God Is Flawed: In this setting, all creators are very flawed. Lucifer himself neglects to construct a proper afterlife, Elaine tries and fails to keep her humans from killing each other in her name, and let's not even get started on Yahweh himself.
Heteronormative Crusader: One side character starts out as a Armored Closet Gay Neo-Nazi who beat an Indian man almost to death for flirting with him. The man gets disabled for life, but they end up as lovers anyway - once the first guy realized that Those Wacky Nazis wasn't such a good crowd to hang out with after all.
Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Lucifer, for all intents and purposes, his powers and abilities are beyond Super Power Lottery, but the series is not mainly about physical combat and certainly that's not Lucifer's preferred way to get what he wants. Also, it is made clear that in certain realms Lucifer has to abide to their law; so you won't get to see Lucifer going Darkseid and annihilating other Physical Gods with his might.
Light Is Not Good: Beside his appearance, Lucifer also likes fire as a weapon, and literally, his name means "light wielder". His purpose was, originally, to kindle the stars at creation's beginning.
Like a Badass out of Hell: Christopher Rudd ascends from being one of the damned to a member of hell's nobility, then a mystic sage preaching salvation in hell itself, to finally leading an army of the damned against Heaven.
Mêlée à Trois: Between factions led by Lucifer, Lilith and Rudd, in Morningstar.
Misaimed Fandom: In-universe example with Elaine's early attitude to Lucifer, according to her jealous fathers Michael and David.
Mr. Seahorse: The archangel Michael is used as the (giant-sized) incubator for the "army of archangels" in the second book. It doesn't work out according to plan, however - it's stated that all the children born were mentally and/or physically impaired, and only Elaine Belloc was a successful attempt.
Musubi of the Shiko-Me from The House of Windowless Rooms also qualifies.
My Rule Fu Is Stronger than Yours: Lucifer constantly contends with gods, demons, and angels of incredible power, and is frequently at an apparent disadvantage when doing so. But all of them (except God) have to operate within certain rules, and Lucifer always knows how to turn those rules to his advantage.
Perpetual Frowner: In contrast to his earlier appearance in The Sandman, Lucifer never smiles or laughs. In fact, one could go so far as to say he only expresses two emotions: perpetual annoyance and brief flashes of pure rage.
Psychopomp: Lucifer, self-announced as one during The House of Windowless Rooms arc.
Rage Against the Heavens: The title character's major motivation: to achieve something outside his Father's Divine Plan.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Poor Uriel. He's just trying to hold the Host together while Lucifer, Michael and Yahweh play out their grand drama. It's after he dies that they really start to fall apart. Notable for being polite to Mazikeen (a demon, remember) when she offers aid.
Retcon: Lucifer states in The Sandman that he lost none of his powers when he abdicated his leadership of Hell. In his own series, though, recovering his wings (and his full power) becomes an important plot point.
Satan: Subverts almost every traditional 'devil' concept.
Screw Destiny: Lucifer tries to one-up Destiny of the Endless, first by trying to bet he'll be able to do something Destiny cannot predict (which Destiny doesn't rise to), and then by ripping pages from Destiny's book and burning them, claiming Destiny is now as much in the dark as he. Except the ashes turn out to tell him exactly what will happen, allowing Destiny to bend his own rules never to read aloud from his bookand show Lucifer there's nothing he doesn't foresee. Judging by his words, Lucifer is forced to concede.
Self-Serving Memory: In the final issue Lucifer has a flashback to his discussion with Morpheus back in The Sandman. While in the original storyline Lucifer is presented as extremely emotive and passionate, laughing and expressing visible anger at the folly of mortals, in the flashback he seems just as stoic as he has been for the rest of the comic. Whether it is this, a retcon or due to an alternate continuity is anyone's guess.
Shout-Out: John Constantine is amongst the gathered parties come to the Lux to discuss the portal created by Lucifer. Gains extra points since Constantine was one of the DC Verse characters used in the early issues of The Sandman to connect it to DC's wider world and Mike Carey wrote a lot of Hellblazer.
Sibling Rivalry: The Lilim, and also Lucifer/Michael (though seeing the designated two most powerful creatures in being squabble like kids has a certain charm) and the host in general. Also, for comic relief version, Gaudium, Spera and Lumen.
Sunnydale Syndrome: Played with and semi-subverted in terms of how far the more incidental humans (etc.) around the main cast seem to have any idea what's going on. After a while they just seem to sort of roll with it.
Super Power Lottery: To spare some space, just take the popular belief of God, and make it a bit less powerful, and in a fairly literal sense you have both Lucifer and Michael; however, given the series is not about Physical Gods going at each other throats Superman vs. Darkseid style, the reader rarely sees more than Lucifer boasting, exercising his infinite will and a certain degree of omnipotence and omniscience during the series' run. There are some glimpses of Lucifer's might; they're memorable. However, he prefers to rely on careful preparation and manipulation, not least because obliterating foes with infinitely-kindled primordial fire lacks a certain style.
Mind you, that "certain degree" of omniscience and omnipotence includes creating a new multiverse.
Also, he breaks an afterlife just by visiting it.
God's role in the story is defined by the fact that he is totally unassailable physically, instantly knows everything that's going on, and is several leagues above even Lucifer in raw intelligence.
Tempting Fate: Quite a few characters, including the title character, get into this occasionally.
To Hell and Back: Though, being the former Lord of Hell, this isn't anything unusual for Lucifer.
Totally Eighteen: Passionately averted with the female protagonist Elaine. At the beginning of the story she is twelve years old, and as she grow up her age is never mentioned again. She gradually and seamlessly transitions from childhood to becoming a Time Abyss.
The Unintelligible: Mazikeen. She got better when Jill healed her and forced symmetry on Mazikeen's original partially-skinless face, but she is not happy about it by any means.
The Unreveal: In "Eve", Spera asks Mazikeen how she and Lucifer had sex, given his Barbie Doll Anatomy. Mazikeen whispers in her ear, and Spera looks shocked, in a good way. That's it.
Unwitting Pawn: Poor Charlie, Erishad, Jill, and poor Mr. Easterman. Arguably repeatedly, too. Elaine and Michael may also count. And Lucifer himself, relative to God - though anyone would be relative to God. As the Almighty Himself points out, everything Lucifer knows he learned from his Father.
The Vamp: Lady Lys initially; Bet Jogie, who has the description "The woman who is both beautiful and terrible." In fact, she personifies the concept.
Villainous Breakdown: Quite a few, including one from Remiel that reminds you he's actually quite powerful, emotionally unbalanced Scrappy that he is.
Windmill Crusader: We have the political faction "Efferul for Lucifer" that fights on the Morningstar's behalf. He is not amused, as their agenda is based on a very misguided vision of what he wants and needs.
Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": In Mansions of the Silence, Lucifer annihilates billions of souls as a side effect of saving the life of one single person. (That one person was someone he owed a favor, his billions of victims were not.) Of all the people who witness this tragedy, only Bergelmir says anything about this action being immoral, and even he is quite polite about it. Even so, everyone else simply ignores him as they would a person who's being generally rude, impolite and socially inappropriate.
Elsewhere in the series it is mentioned that it's impossible to destroy a soul; one can only unravel it so that it will take a millennia to reform. Considering that the Mansions of the Silence are in some ways worse than Hell, Lucifer's actions don't come off quite as bad.
Also, who in their right mind would start lecturing at Lucifer, under the circumstances?
Year Inside, Hour Outside: Lucifer's universe runs much faster than God's, something that plays into the plot several times. The difference in the passage of time seems to change from story to story, however.