Playing With / Louis Cypher

Basic Trope: A character who is really a demon (usually one specific demon) in disguise uses an alias that is suspiciously demonic.
  • Straight: Senator Morningstar is really Lucifer in disguise.
  • Exaggerated: Senator Louis C. Ferr (who has horns, 5 wings, 4 heads and a body covered in eyes) is really Lucifer in disguise.
  • Downplayed: Senator Morningstar keeps up a very impressive facade of being an altruist and devoutly religious so people just dismiss the name as coincidence.
  • Justified:
    • The reason no one sees through such a painfully obvious name is because Senator Morningstar backs it up with a touch of Jedi Mind Trick. Alternately, it is some limitation on Lucifer's part that requires him to pick such a blatant name.
    • The devil is just being subtle and does not drop obvious hints to his true identity.
    • Lucifer is acting as God's equivalent of a prosecuting attorney, and one of the rules he must follow is to observe the one on trial but reveal himself to them in a subtle manner, which he is following exactly as he should.
    • The devil is deliberately using an obvious alias because he wants someone to figure who he is, and the alias is merely meant as a form of bait.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Senator Morningstar says stuff like "We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all" and burns Bibles. He isn't Lucifer... just a communist.
  • Double Subverted: Senator Morningstar is just a communist... but Congressman Zubb is the famed lord of the flies.
  • Parodied: As Exaggerated, but when this is pointed out, everyone either refuses to believe such a ridiculous accusation, or is shocked when they find out.
  • Zig Zagged: Senator Morningstar is just a normal corrupt senator— No, he actually is Lucifer after suffering Laser-Guided Amnesia— No, he isn't, he was just brainwashed in thinking he is— Actually he is, but allowed to be brainwashed so people would think he only believed he is Lucifer— And in the end it is revealed he really had amnesia, and believed himself to be Lucifer due to having powers, being actually Jesus - and is now having a severe Amnesiac Dissonance.
    • "Old" Nick de Ville dresses in red, has a goatee, disdains religion, and is obsessed with the number six — but he's just a communist. It's his rival Joshua Christian who's really Lucifer.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • We have fought everything else on the food chain of evil... one place left!
    • We need to make a plot twist of our Senator being Satan, but we can't make it come out of nowhere. Let's make his name sound demonic as Foreshadowing.
  • Lampshaded: Upon learning Senator Morningstar is Lucifer, the hero proclaims "I can't believe I fell for that!" noting "It's one of the oldest ones in the book."
  • Invoked: The communist party candidate Mr. Morningstar wants appeal to the satanist demographic, so he plays it up.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Reverend Lou Cypher is really a nice, religious guy and, knowing that he has an unfortunate name, is sure never to engage in Satanic activity to preserve his reputation.
  • Discussed: "I'm telling you, Senator Morningstar is evil! Look at his name! Why does no one believe me?"
  • Conversed: "Like in those movies where Lucifer disguises himself using the name Louis Cypher?"
  • Deconstructed: Character who learns Senator Morningstar is really Lucifer turns heavily religious (after all, he knows Lucifer is real, so logically...).
  • Reconstructed: Character who learns Lucifer is really Senator Morningstar becomes a specialist in politics to fight against him.

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