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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 Morgenstern probably isn't literally a demon, but he's definitely The Corrupter and makes some devilish deals.
  • 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.
    • Lucifer is compelled by esoteric laws to pick such a blatant name as part of "playing fair".
    • 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.
    • Lucifer calls himself Mr. Morningstar, which is not an uncommon surname for the setting.
    • Most people do not have meaningful names, so Alice doesn't notice.
  • Inverted:
    • Professor Joshua Christian calls Senator Morningstar out and reveals that he's Jesus in disguise.
    • God Was My Copilot... and dropped hints that he was God.
  • 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:
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: 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.
    • Lucifer picks a non-incriminating alias.
  • 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.
  • Played For Laughs: Demons have a betting pool on how little they can modify their names before they can get caught; Samael masquerades as Samuel, Vine pretends to be a woman named Ivy, and Amy just pronounces their name differently.

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