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  • Lucifer and children
    • Lucifer doesn't like kids because they don't have forbidden desires or anything juicy he can exploit.
    • Alternatively, children are selfish and greedy, but they don't have enough awareness of what they're doing to commit evil actions.
    • As Lucifer has no ability to reproduce, he has no protective instincts towards children.
    • Consider that Lucifer's experience on earth is very recent. Most children he has encountered were the ones sent to hell. Now an adult ending up in hell may still have some redeeming qualities, but for a child to end up in hell, they must have been truly terrible.
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  • A metatextual one. TV!Lucifer, ironically, is more free of God's plan for him than the one in the Mike Carey universe because he simply chooses to stop caring about what the Creator thinks. Ironically, this makes him more human and possessed of free will as we see in the second episode.
  • Lucifer's Noble Demon status in the show seems surprising until you realize he works for God in this universe as part of his sentence: to serve as Hell's torturer. This Lucifer has always had a sense of personal outrage regarding human sins.
    • Rather debatable. The issue with TV Lucifer is that he believes he can choose to ignore God's will... but is then forced to question whether doing so is God's will and part of some larger plan to bring him to heel. Every action he takes, whether he believes it's rebellion or not, he has to wonder if his father engineered it somehow. While a normal human might be uncertain of whether they're following God's plan, Lucifer's uncertainty is on a whole different level, because besides not knowing if he's dancing to God's tune, he absolutely knows God is real and what sort of methods He uses to manipulate people and events.
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  • Lucifer is so used to being in control that the idea of not knowing what's going to happen and having events taken away from him is scary... and exciting. Which, ironically enough, was God's motive for abandoning the comic's universe.
  • Lucifer is a classic Jerkass Woobie with No Social Skills. Why? Because he has never learned how to relate to people in any other way. He's a git and he loves every moment of it, but a lot of that gittishness, snark, and attitude are covering up some serious pain (which he somewhat acknowledges via getting therapy). Witness his reaction in the fourth episode when Chloe, horrified at the scars where his wings were cut out, instinctively tries to touch them and he instantly stops her. The episode itself is a subtle deconstruction of Lucifer's character and that sort of character in general. It shows a) how weird, creepy and annoying his antics are if you're immune to his charms and b) how very bad at relating to people he actually is. He usually coasts by on his charm and the cocky illusion of self-confidence in the knowledge that he can always get what he wants and talk his way into or out of any situation given to him. The thing is Lucifer, as with any character like that, has never bothered learning how to relate to people. As the previous episode noted, he has always been in control of himself, everything and everyone around him. The ex-ruler of Hell never had to treat other people as equals. But with Chloe, who is immune to his powers, he is completely at sea: he tries all of these gestures that he would and does get away with if/when his powers worked because all of these things have worked for him for millennia beyond count. But Chloe just rolls her eyes, reminds him that it's a professional relationship and tells him to go screw himself before showing him real, human sympathy at his genuine vulnerabilities. As a result, he has no idea on how to deal with this. For instance, he first tries to persuade Chloe into bed by outright asking her (as this is pretty much what has always worked). When that doesn't work, he later strips down and remarks to her that turnabout is fair play in a warped attempt to balance the scales from his walking in on her earlier. But as soon as she gets up close to him in an entirely non-sexual way, touching on (literally and figuratively) something obviously painful to him, he immediately freaks out, backs off and gets dressed.
    • He’s also been completely alone for the most part, accompanied only by demons and the damned, both of whom literally exist to emphasize the worst aspects of ourselves. After so many millennia of that, it’s no surprise his focus has turned entirely inward, stewing in his resentment and self-loathing. Frankly, it’s amazing he had the self-awareness to go to therapy in the first place.
  • Chloe's "Arbitrary Skepticism":
    • This label is attached to Chloe all the time, but there is an instance that is often forgotten that explains a lot of her behavior that people have a tendency to overlook. In "Manly Whatnots" Chloe shoots Lucifer, because after four episodes of his explanations, well, might as well test it. Which again - logical. Fantastical story, agreed upon proof between both parties, test failed. So hard. That's not the important part of this fridge brilliance, though. The fridge brilliance part is the whole situation from Detective Chloe Decker's point of view. Despite what we see on television, most cops never have to fire their weapon, Chloe's a cop, who has been trained to handle her damn weapon because it can kill people. While Lucifer is a great asset in the field, Chloe shot an unarmed man, during a hostage situation with no back up, because he goaded her into it and when I say goaded, yes, the shouting but all of the things he's told her about being the Devil, immortal, powerful, yadda yadda yadda (This even comes back later in the finale, Chloe knows exactly what Lucifer was trying to do when he was taunting a full range of full armed cops, and she still couldn't stop it). That is not the point that matters. A police officer discharged her weapon at an innocent (but aggravating) citizen who is at worst, an emotionally disturbed person and at best, (at that point) a confidential informant/consultant. It's mostly Played for Laughs, but it was a serious break in her personal ethics and everything she was trained to do. So is it that Chloe is really ignoring what she sees that doesn't fit with what we think of as the natural world? Highly unlikely. But is she going to let herself walk down that road that led her to shoot someone in cold blood? Uh, no. So is Lucifer the Devil, (whether it's true or not) right now, for Chloe maybe he just can't be. Even if she hasn't accepted the supernatural yet, you have to give her a lot more credit than most because at some point in time she gave his explanation a fair test and it failed and yet, she still has faith in him. She knows something isn't right, but his one explanation that she got failed miserably. Lucifer told her the truth, she shot him, for Chloe, it can't be the truth. It's actually a pretty nice workaround for the "arbitrary" issue if you don't forget it happened.
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    • Even more Fridge Brilliance with season 2 Chloe - after being handed proof of the divine in Lucifer's blood and the fact that Lucifer is actually the Devil and a completely mundane explanation of how everything could have happened from Amenadiel, Chloe NoSells both the blood and Amenadiel's explanation and takes a third option, by stating that she doesn't believe he is the Devil but she doesn't think he is crazy, either. He makes her better detective and he's got her back and that's enough for her. The irony is, Chloe is actually spot on with both assessments. While Lucifer is supernatural in nature and yes, the actual Devil, he is not the Satan that is perpetrated in our world - he isn't the ultimate embodiment of evil, endlessly tempting all of humanity to do wrong or seeking the fall of mankind. But since he is what all those myths are based on, he's not actually crazy, either. The supernatural exists, there are angels and demons and a lot more in the world that Chloe knows or understands. But it still doesn't matter because he's her partner. Ironically, Chloe has it exactly right, even though she hasn't accepted (or denied) the supernatural yet.
  • Lucifer and victims:
    • Something that has been known to bother Chloe is that when Lucifer is working a crime (not actually connected to either of them), he almost always forgets the victim other than in the sense of motive. There is almost always a contradiction between Chloe's "We are trying to find justice for this person." vs. Lucifer's "No, we are trying to punish the person who did the bad thing." But here's the Fridge Brilliance of that, which is briefly touched on by Amanadiel and Lucifer busting into a funeral in the finale ("Lovely service, not actually for the dead guy, kthanx, we have shit to do.") Unlike human beings/whatever is up with Chloe, they know the person still exists. They might not be on Earth but they are fully aware that person is in heaven or hell. They know. Now most religious people believe but the definition of faith is evidence of things unseen as in "You are not going to ever know the truth until you get there," but knowing is completely different. For us, dead people are gone. For Lucifer, it's more like they've moved to a different state or a different country and he just doesn't see them anymore. Hence, reverence for the dead is ridiculous in his head because they aren't actually dead.
    • Delilah is an obvious subversion of this for Lucifer, but it's for a very particular reason - he knew she was going to attempt to change her life for the better and she didn't have the opportunity to do so. Almost two thirds to three quarters of the people Lucifer surrounds himself with don't even try, so to see someone about to and then immediately get their chance taken away by a mouth-breather pissed him the hell off.
      • Him being so focused on her and so pissed off is also likely due to the fact that he highly suspects, if not knows, that Delilah went to Hell. She died while still plagued with doubts and wondering if she was strong enough to stop ruining her own life, and since Hell in this setting is self-imposed rather than a result of particular sins, the likelihood of her being damned is high. Lucifer's ticked because if she'd had time to sort out her life and be happy and content, she would have had a better chance of avoiding Hell.
    • This has even more weight when Uriel details his plan to kill Lucifer's Mother with Azrael's Blade which eventually leads to Lucifer killing Uriel with said blade. Azrael's Blade doesn't just kill, but condemns a soul to non-existence... No Heaven and no Hell. Lucifer ends up traumatized because, for the first time, he actually killed someone.
  • It's known that Malcolm is completely insane. He acts strange, he jitters, he's an obviously Dirty Cop. But he seems to have friends in all the right places, in spite of having no charm whatsoever. How could this happen? He has brain damage. Who knows how long he was dead before he got put onto life support? It would have taken at least several minutes if ambulances are nearby for him to be put on support. And it only takes 2 minutes for lack of oxygen to begin to damage organs. Also, his wife insists on how much he's changed, and is apparently suffering for it. People close to brain damage victims sometimes notice extreme changes in personality, depending on the parts damaged.
  • Linda decides to stop sleeping with Lucifer immediately after listening to him describe his relationship with Chloe. It's right at the moment that she realizes that he's in love with Chloe but doesn't realize it himself.
  • In Episode 2-8 "Trip to Stabby Town", Dan gets his hands on Azrael's knife, which causes mortals to go on murderous rampages at the slightest provocation. When Dan confronts Lucifer, he starts blaming Lucifer for ruining his marriage, his job, ...and stealing his snacks. Lucifer admitting to stealing his snacks is actually what pushes Dan close to the edge, going so far as to put the knife to Lucifer's throat. In addition to being a moment of funny, you realize that Dan is fixating on his pudding cups because that's the only thing he can really blame Lucifer for. As he later admits, he and Chloe were separated before Lucifer showed up, and his career was already in jeopardy because of the Palmetto case. Maybe why he was able to resist the blade was because stealing his pudding just wasn't enough of a provocation.
  • Related to a few things above, Trixie takes an immediate shine to Lucifer, and she isn't bothered by Maze's true face. We've never seen it tested, but Trixie may carry the same ability as her mother. It may even be intended since we find out Chloe was only conceived because God sent Amenadiel to bless Chloe's mom to create a literal miracle baby. Sometimes, the thing that can redeem someone the most is the unconditional love of a child.
  • Some people are confused about Amenadiel's determination not to let humans discover the existence of the Divine in season two (trying to sell a mundane explanation to Chloe, angry at Lucifer for telling Linda), while he seemed perfectly OK with people finding out in season one (Malcolm, the men at the auction). But it makes sense when you realize one thing: whenever Amenadiel revealed himself as an Angel (or tried to), it was always with the intention of scaring humans. He was trying to scare the men at the auction into giving Lucifer's wings back. He was scaring Malcolm to convince him to kill Lucifer. As for the men he and Lucifer were fighting in the finale... well, they were fighting them. No point in hiding the fact that they're bullet-proof, yet another way of scaring people. Maybe it's because he knows no one will take terrified people seriously. In this regard, he and Lucifer are alike- both are OK with revealing their true selves with the intention of scaring someone (except when Lucifer revealed himself to Linda, and tried to reveal himself to Chloe).
  • Some have wondered why Amenadiel has his wings taken from him when Lucifer, who did far worse than he did, was allowed to keep his in pristine condition. Quintessential Deckerstar reveals the reason - God didn't take them away, Amenadiel thought that he was not worthy of them given his actions and disgrace of being the favorite son. This also explains how he was able to slow time enough for Maze to save Linda in the season 2 finale. It wasn't until "Quintessential Deckerstar" that he finally proved to himself he was worthy again and regained his wings.
  • The twist that Pierce is Cain makes several earlier events in season 3 make sense:
  • The revelation that Hell is self-inflicted and fueled by the guilt of the damned casts a new light on Lucifer's habit of being The Corrupter. He's always encouraging people to be more shameless and true to their inner desires - which in this setting makes them less likely to go to Hell when they die, since if you die without regrets Hell has no hold on you. In his own way, the Devil is trying to save people's souls.
  • The final episode of each season involve something that foreshadows the Big Bads of the next season. Season 1 has a mother (Chloe) doing all she can to reunite with her child (Trixie) even if it means doing something horrid (giving Malcolm money she stole from the precinct); Season 2 is about a mother (Goddess) trying to reunite with her children (the angels) even if it means doing something horrid (storm the gates of Heaven). Season 2's finale deals with siblings whose actions cause the death of said sibling; Season 3 deals with Cain and Abel
  • Why did Chloe fall in love with Pierce so fast (during the course of a handful of episodes) when she had previously expressed no romantic interest in him? Because he saved her life. The viewers may know that it was all part of Pierce's plan to die, but as far as Chloe knows he took a shotgun blast to the abdomen in order to protect her. It doesn't hurt that Pierce, who has been around since the Bronze Age, knows exactly what to say to convince her that he's truly interested in her.
    • It's also strongly implied that Chloe didn't actually love Pierce at all and was only forcing herself to date him/fall for him in an attempt to move on from Lucifer. Notice that every time she accepts Pierce's advances it's after Lucifer has rejected her in some way, the biggest example being when she accepts Pierce's marriage proposal; it's after Lucifer messes up in trying to stick it to Pierce instead of telling her how he really feels. But as soon as Charlotte/the bus driver put doubts in her head, Chloe soon realizes that forcing herself into another relationship she's not really that invested in will never work, and will only end badly, so she ends things with Pierce. This entire season, Chloe has been subtly dealing with her feelings for Lucifer after getting her heart broken in the previous season.
  • Lucifer's eye makeup clearly serves his vanity, but it's also extremely pragmatic as a character note - it draws the viewer's gaze straight to his eyes, which is exactly where it's desired.
  • In a bit of Fridge Humor, Linda knows Lucifer in a Biblical sense, both literally and as an innuendo.
  • Chloe takes the discovery of Lucifer's true nature a lot worse than Linda - the latter just suffered a few episodes of Heroic BSoD, while Chloe freaks out, leaves the country, and at least seriously considers the possibility that Lucifer needs to be sent back to Hell. Linda is a psychiatrist. Her job is to deal with troubled, often not very nice people on their own terms and try to help them gradually become better. Chloe is a cop. Her job is to make sure people who break the rules get their lawful punishment, and never mind their excuses.
  • Dan didn't just gaslight Chloe to protect her from Malcolm, but from other Dirty Cops who might put a bullet in her for being a snitch.
  • In "Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire", Maze tells the Goddess that "loving mothers don't abandon their sons". It makes it more personal when it's revealed in Season 4 that Maze herself has an abusive mother.

Fridge Horror

  • In episode 5, Lucifer dips his finger into a puddle of blood, tastes it, and is able to tell that it is not human blood, but rather animal blood.
  • Time passes more slowly in Hell. Malcolm was dead for thirty seconds, but he said it felt like thirty years. In "A Good Day to Die", Lucifer went down to Hell in order to get the antidote formula from the Professor, which only took a few minutes. But then he was lured into a door and got trapped. He was dead for longer than sixty seconds, which makes you wonder just how long it was for him down there, trapped in his own personal Hell, killing Uriel over and over again...
    • Charlotte was there for months (earth time. Who knows how long it was for her.) No wonder she's absolutely terrified at the thought of going back. Considering how crazy Malcolm was, it's a miracle that Charlotte is still relatively sane.
  • According to the reasoning in this show, Hell is full of guilt-ridden souls. Which means Heaven is full of Psycho/Sociopaths who feel no empathy, guilt or sympathy. Since they feel no true guilt, they don't get sent to Hell. In fact, this means Hell is probably mostly full of the "good people" one would like in real life - people who feel guilty about not being able to do "enough" or "more" for people even if they're great people already.
    • YMMV. It depends how literally that's intended when said in both the comics and show. It's rare for people completely without any moral or social conscience. Furthermore, nothing suggests the regret has to be particularly meaningful or morally sound. Malcolm, after all, was an utterly corrupt man who still managed to be made to suffer. His punishments were just centered around selfish losses (starvation, loneliness, etc). Lucifer is discussing punishment when he states that, not judgement, and the most effective types are repeatedly suggested in the show to be self-inflicted. If anything, the series seems to suggest the cost of free will is the determination of our own fates, whether human or celestial. Though above all, God still holds the power of determining where a soul goes when they die. Escaping Hell, after all, does not mean entrance to the Silver City.
  • In "Once Upon a Time," God reveals that His intervention beyond the miracle birth would have ultimately been unnecessary for Lucifer and Chloe to find one another and connect. It's implied He chose the show's canon timeline because He felt it was best for Lucifer and those involved with him. The Fridge Horror comes with the chilling realization that ultimately God chose a reality where Chloe's father died because the consequences play out better for everybody else. John Decker was essentially sacrificed for the greater good.
  • Season 4 reveals only an angel or other celestial being can hold the infernal throne. While this makes sense on a pragmatic level given how demons behave, it begs the question of why exactly Hell is designed that way if Lucifer's presence there is considered a punishment. Just who was meant to rule Hell if Lucifer hadn't rebelled?
    • Depending on how you interpret certain statements, Lucifer was always meant to rule Hell and he rebelled because he didn't want the job.

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