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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.
      • Conversely, in order to end up in Hell and be trapped there one must experience guilt that they are unable to let go. Children do not understand guilt until they are teenagers (who Lucifer does understand and can interact with, as seen with the trouble youth group). Thus Lucifer is awkward around children because he has never interacted with them; they never ended up in Hell so the first child he has dealt with on a regular basis is Trixie.
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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.
    • Having gone to hell for what amounted to decades likely had more to do with his change than anything else.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Lucifer's appearance in Crisis on Infinite Earths retroactively explains his lack of concern with the consequences for the universe if his mother and father got into conflict in Season 2. He already lived through the destruction of the entire multiverse, so there's not much his parents could do that could be nearly as destructive as that.
  • Uriel’s plan seems confusing at first; how could a single note played in an abandoned church lead to Chloe’s death? At best, a bystander would hear the noise and that would lead to her death. Then it hits you: it would be Lucifer’s fault. All Uriel needed to do was convince Lucifer that Chloe was in danger. Lucifer would immediately try and protect her, and in doing so he would set up a series of events that would lead to her death.
  • Though Jimmy Barnes shooting Lucifer four times in Chloe's presence can be chalked up to Early Installment Weirdness, it's revealed in Season 5 that Luci simply chooses to be vulnerable to her. When Chloe shoots him in Manly Whatnots and he bleeds, he'd already let down his guard right there, and has been doing it ever since.
  • Eve is tiny next to the rest of the cast, to the point even the shorter women like Chloe and Maze still have noticeable height on her, if not for her giant heels. While this is just the result of casting a 5'3 actress, it makes some strange sense since she lived and died during the dawn of time, long before the advent of modern medicine and the improved quality of life over the ages. It's regularly noted that people in history were much shorter on average than the people of today, so Eve's tiny height is probably relatively normal next to others from this time.
    • This does somewhat then get contradicted by her son, Cain, who is a giant next to a lot of others (he's a full foot taller than her), but he's also been Cursed With Awesome with a super-healing factor that allows him to regenerate from even a single cell, and per his own admission he's literally dived into lava in the past (it was a "rough six months", apparently). He very likely was a similar height to his mother, but after one of his many death attempts left him barely a cell, he regenerated, but with massively improved health and fitness, likely resulting in him growing much larger. It would have also helped with the idea he was meant to be easily identified so that all peoples could shun him, as was the point of his punishment, since while he could cover up his mark, it's harder to hide the fact he's 6'3 while hanging around folk who are topping at 5'5.
  • Lucifer speaks with a strong British accent, likely thanks to the Evil Brit trope, but despite this he's actually shown to be a heroic protagonist. Meanwhile, his twin brother Michael speaks with an American accent, but despite how that's usually played he's very much the badguy between him and Lucifer. In a way, this makes strange sense with the Perspective Flip nature of the show; Lucifer is seen as the embodiment of evil in real life and in the show, despite being a good guy, while the Archangel Michael is seen as God's greatest champion, despite being a huge dick, due to Hero with Bad Publicity and Villain with Good Publicity being in-play. Michael is also a Manipulative Bastard who's entirely behind Lucifer's fall from grace. In a Doylist perspective, their accents reflect the way the show flips the narrative conventions by having a good Brit and an evil American, but in a Watson perspective, it's even entirely possible that the Evil Brit trope is entirely because of Michael actively trying to demonise every aspect of his brother, even the way he talks.
    • Also, adding to this, Michael is depicted as far more the Satanic Archetype than Lucifer himself...but this makes sense since again, he's tried to demonise and ruin his brother's reputation, and is very good at impersonating his mannerisms (if not his character). It's very easy to assume that a lot of what's blamed on Lucifer, corrupting humanity and the like, is all Michael's doing, but he did it while pretending to be Lucifer, so history has blamed it on Lucifer.
  • Amenadiel's struggles with regaining his wings back make complete sense when one remembers what caused him to fall in the first place: his dismissal of humanity. In Season 1 he cares little about humans and focuses only on Lucifer going back to Hell and his actions cause harm to come to others. In Seasons 2 and 3 he focuses on trying to assist other Celestials (Mum, Lucifer). It is only when he becomes friends with Linda and Dan that he begins to grow. Finally, when he comforts Charlotte, a human who was destined for Hell, and desires to help her does he regain his wings so he might fly her to Heaven.
  • Season 3 Episode 7 "Off the Record" is a bit atypical compared to the other episodes to this point, but it actually still fits. In his role of the ruler of Hell, Lucifer oversaw people who tormented themselves with their guilt. While Reese was certainly responsible for his own actions, Lucifer was an actual catalyst in the spiral rather than just a warden after the fact. At the same time, the viewer learns what is was like to be in Lucifer's shoes when he was the ruler of Hell by watching a human eternally torment themselves. Lucifer being the subject of Reese's downfall (Not so much his ex-wife Linda Martin as Linda's love was the goal, but not the cause itself) kept him front and center and showed the viewers what his job would be like.
    • It shows another side to Lucifer that could only be shown "off the record"—the unbiased perspectives of several people from his police co-workers to Linda to Chloe.
  • Azrael's adorkable nature can be seen as weird, especially when the common depiction of Death in Western culture is a scary hooded figure with a scythe. However, she's the Angel of Death, whose job is to guide the dead to Hell or Heaven, and she wasn't going to be able to complete her job if the dead souls are scared shitless of her. You can really see why God choose her as the Angel of Death.

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.
  • Cain's comments that he would go to Heaven despite all his crimes because he doesn't feel guilty about any of the things he's done imply that even a truly horrible person could theoretically get into Heaven as long as they don't feel guilt about it... which is the exact kind of person you wouldn't want in a paradise for good people. The implications of this are quickly downplayed in Season 4 with Father Kinley, whom Eve is certain will go to Hell despite the fact that he appears to fully believe everything he's done is for the best. Nonetheless it's still a little chilling to consider that not everyone in Heaven is there because they were a genuinely good person. Conversely, if your own regrets trap you in Hell, it's entirely possible not everyone in Hell deserves to be there.
    • Keep in mind that Cain's says this but Lucifer makes it clear that this isn't the case for him after killing Charlotte which Cain genuinely regrets. Guilt and regrets is the type of thing a person can be in complete denial of so even psychopaths who have no sense of right and wrong are still capable of it even if it's buried deep.
  • 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.
    • In relation to the above, Michael tells Lucifer that he was the one who planted the idea of rebellion in Lucifer's head, and implies that the fall of humanity was ultimate his own fault. Since Michael acts more like the Satanic Archetype than Lucifer, it's possible that Michael found out he was meant to rule Hell and manipulated his brother so he could do it instead.
    • If the show decides to go the comic route this becomes less of Fridge Horror. In the comics God sent Lucifer to hell not as a punishment but as a way to grant his son is own greatest desire: a kingdom to rule, as far away from God and his interference as possible.

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