Die Urbain Diablo is a book series about Lucifer and his family. Damien, his son, thinks he's something special and provides some considerable opposition at first. Anyway, it turns out that Satan is Good and it is up to the characters, many of whom are grey in morality, to fight the truest evil of nature itself.
- 1) Die Urbain Diablo.
- 2) Book 2
- 3) Plain Spotting
- 4) Heavy Living
- 5) Plane Spotting
Tropes present in "Die Urbain Diablo"
- Aerith and Bob: Justified in that some characters such as Lucifer are years and years old whereas others such as Norman are barely children.
- Angels, Devils and Squid: God and Lucifer against nature.
- Antagonist Title: The book is named as such for Damon, to a lesser extent Damien, and Lucifer's extended family living in Earth society, although this is before he becomes a protagonistic character unto which the series becomes a secondary character titular one.
- Anyone Can Die: The only protagonistics who don't die are Norman and Harold. These guys are fighting in a war and each side has powerful skills to their merit.
- Cosmic Horror Story: The story is set up as a "Son-does-bad-things-for-his-dad-who-turns-out-to-be-satan-himself" premise but Lucifer is actually just as screwed as everyone else. It ends with the whole cast fighting nature themself.
- Downer Ending: Every book, with the exception of "Plane Spotting" and, to a certain extent, "Plain Spotting", ends with a main character dying cruelly.
- Grey and Grey Morality: Neither Lucifer nor God are particularly nice in their own ways but "evil" is a strong word for decadence.
- Note that Lucifer has to be forceful with some of his charge whereas God is able to smite those he feels are straying with clear conscience.
- Greying Morality: Specifically when Lucifer is introduced, we see that offspring can be greyer and whiter than their father.
- Morality Kitchen Sink:
- WhiteCream: The Sulphate Lot. They will go for turning people and knock outs instead of kills.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: Lucifer. He's had to do some pretty bad things to pretty disgusting people but he's really quite sweet about it.
- Grey: God, and The Army Of Satan. God will do things he needs to do in a pretty harsh way. The Army Of Satan exact Damien's ideals with emphasis on mitigation.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Damien. He's not averse to killing if he wants to but stops at harming peoples' integrity.
- Black: The evil forces in "Heavy Living". They torture Dom and Damon for no apparent reason and push them to their limit.
- Pitch Black ↔︎ Blue/Orange: Some of the natural forces. They don't care what happens to the cast and when they finally do they laugh and punch each character out like a lightbulb.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Several characters are not even biological organisms, instead being what are essentially prophecies, the natural world and quantum physics itself.
- Tone Shift: We initially have a rather reasonable, if not pragmatic, villain who only kills people because of doctrine, who is soon succeeded by some of the more unpleasant demons in hell not averse to a bit of forceful sex, who are themselves thrown into shadow by quite evil and repulsive beings who show pleasure in torture. In the end we're left with the worst things imaginable.
Book 1: Die Urbain Diablo
Written between Nov 2005 and ?? 2015. The 1st instalment, Dominic discovers a world only hinted at in his childhood. Soon he meets The Sulphate Clan and his world is fully tipped upside down.
- Downer Ending: The death of Henry Biggs by Damien.
- I Can't Do This by Myself: Damon flying into the sun. Dominic holds on to his back.
- Nightmare Fuel: Dom's operation which consists of installing a data port at the base of his skull whilst he's awake.
- Nightmare Sequence: Dom's Operation, Imbuing, Hanging, and final fight all go horribly wrong as dreams.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: What Dom thinks the Sulphate Clan are when they burst in on his operation. It becomes an even more misfitting group when Dom and Damon join.
- The Call Knows Where You School: The Army Of Satan turns up at Swath Kov during break time and whisk him away.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Inverted since this is Damien's attitude to Damon before and during the start of the book. Although he's a nice dad considering who he is, it's clear that Damon's being groomed and desensitised for his dad's position. Damon wants nothing to do with it.
Book 2: Book 2
Where the death of Damien is plotted and exacted.
- Darker and Edgier: Whereas in book one a main character only dies at the end of the book, in Book 2 they are killed throughout which ends with the two protagonists themselves dying.
- Downer Beginning: Gavin is shown to have died a short time before the book begins and we open on his funeral.
- The Hero Dies: Dominic and then Damon.
Book 3: Plain Spotting
Dominic and Damon escape Hell with the guidance of Lucifer.
- A Hell of a Time: Dom and Damon actually end up enjoying their time in Hell, working farms amongst other things.
- Pun-Based Title
- Rape as Drama: Dom and Damon get some unsolicited sex from some of the more reprehensible demons in the showers.
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: No one dies in this book and at the end Dominic and Damon actually return to Earth.
- Sacred Hospitality: Lucifer takes Dom and Damon's time in Hell very seriously.
- White and Grey Morality: This comes out in shades between Dom, Damon and Lucifer.
Book 4: Heavy Living
The Sulphate Gang, under the leadership of Norman, find The Six Spectres.
- Book-Ends: The book begins with Dominic and Damon being tortured and ends with the same thing.
- Downer Beginning: Dominic and Damon's torture.
- Enemy Mine: The remaining members of The Sulphate Clan team up with The Army Of Satan sans Damien.
- Friendly Enemy: The Sulphate Clan and members of The Army Of Satan have become this due to Damien not being present.
- The Hero Dies: Again. After prolonged torture Damon, and soon Dominic, go into meltdown and ascend into Heaven.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Well, what's left of it. Dominic, Damon and Norman team up with Yalda, Gilgol and No. 2 due to Henry, Chaz and Sulphate being elsewhere.
- You Wake Up in a Room: Dom and Damon are in a chamber and being tortured straight after their journey back from hell. Norman rescues them.
Book 5: Plane Spotting
Dominic finds out the truth behind the series' events and everyone fights for their existences.
- Climactic Battle Resurrection
- Despair Event Horizon: Every character has reached this by the end of the book.
- Happy Ending
- Rousing Speech: In the form of Dominic's Phrase Catch "I believe in you, my little sharer..." It allows him to finally beat nature.
- White and Grey vs. Black: Everyone (The Sulphate Clan, The Army Of Satan, The Legions of Hell led by Lucifer, The Lesions of Heaven led by God, The Six Specters, and a few Supporting Protagonistics included) versus nature.
- The War Has Just Begun: Dominic realises that all the battles up to this point have been at least avoidable but nature simply can't discriminate.