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Dr. Linda: So you're the Devil?
Lucifer: Yes. Yes. Well, Satan, Beelzebub, Old Scratch. Actually, I like that one in particular. But, uh, those were the old me. These days, you just have plain old Lucifer.
Dr. Linda: And you've left Hell behind to take a vacation in Los Angeles?
Lucifer: Well, where else would I go?
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Lucifer is an Urban Fantasy crime procedural that debuted on Fox in 2016. It's based (however loosely) on the character Lucifer from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Mike Carey's Lucifer.

Lucifer Morningstar, the Dark Lord himself, has grown bored with dealing with sinners in Hell, so he decided to move to Hollywood and live it up as owner of the nightclub Lux; however, when a young singer he's trying to help gets murdered in a drive-by shooting, he decides to provide unsolicited help to LAPD Detective Chloe Decker in solving the case. Intrigued by how Chloe doesn't seem to have a dark side that he can exploit, he continues to pursue a career in amateur crime fighting both because he wants to figure Chloe out and because it amuses him.

The show stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer; Lauren German as Chloe Decker; Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen or "Maze," Lucifer's demonic assistant/bodyguard; Kevin Alejandro as Dan, Chloe's cop ex-husband; D. B. Woodside as Amenadiel, an angel charged with returning Lucifer to Hell; and Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, a therapist Lucifer decides to talk to/sleep with. Tricia Helfer joined the cast in the second season as Lucifer's Mother, the "Queen of Creation," using the body of Charlotte Richards, defense attorney, as did Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez, newly assigned Crime Scene Tech and resident religious person. Tom Welling joined the cast in season three as Lt. Marcus Pierce.

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The show was created by Tom Kapinos (creator of Californication) and the showrunner is Joe Henderson (White Collar and Almost Human) with Jerry Bruckheimer serving as an executive producer.

After three seasons, Fox declined to renew the series for another season. A campaign by the fans led to the show being picked up by Netflix for a fourth season, which was released on May 8, 2019.

There are unmarked spoilers ahead, especially regarding the revelation at the end of Season One that is treated as common knowledge by the characters later on. Be warned.


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  • Aborted Arc: God's insistence that Lucifer return to Hell and run it again because it's falling apart without him was a major part of Season 1, with Amenadiel and Uriel both acting towards that end in His name. In Seasons 2 and 3 it hasn't been brought up and there's no word from anyone on the current state of Hell nor what Heaven intends to do about it and Lucifer (though Amenadiel's insistence in the Pilot could have just been a lie in order to convince Lucifer to return to Hell on his own, as per Loophole Abuse so Amenadiel doesn't have to break the vow he made in the flashback episode). It comes back up in season 4 when the demons start to come to Earth to try and convince Lucifer to return. Specifics are not given; it's only stated that Hell has been "really bad" since Lucifer left.
  • Above the Influence: At the end of "Pops", Chloe shows up drunk at Lucifer's loft, distraught over her belief that Dan had dumped her, and throws herself at him. Lucifer, to his own surprise, refuses to take advantage. Although he's not above toying with her when she wakes up by letting her think they had sex.
  • Accent Interest: Lucifer's British accent raises a few eyebrows because a) he's living in LA, b) his brother has an American accent, and c) most people (including Lucifer himself) find it hot:
    [from "High School Poppycock"]: Well, I've had many accents over the years, but this one is clearly the best.
  • Actor Allusion: At the end of the first episode of season 2, Lucifer sings "All Along the Watchtower", and the song is immediately followed by the arrival of his mother, played by Tricia Helfer. The song also happens to be used as a recurring leitmotif and key plot element in Battlestar Galactica, for which Helfer is most well known.
  • Adaptation Distillation: In the show, Hell is of the ironic variety, as noted below. The source material shows this is more the purview of Izanami-no-mikoto's realm, specifically The House of Windowless Rooms where she and other members of the Japanese pantheon reside.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In his comic run, Lucifer has blond hair; in Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists, he's shown with a brunette pompadour in some frames. In the show, it is black. This gets lampshaded in episode 12, when he tries to convince a satanist that he's the real deal.
    Satanist: You're supposed to be blond.
    Lucifer: Yes, I get that a lot.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Lucifer, Amenadiel and Mazikeen all have drastically different personalities from their comic counterparts. See the character page for more details.
  • Adult Fear: In the first season finale, Malcolm kidnaps Trixie and threatens to kill her unless Chloe breaks into evidence to steal his cash for him.
    • In the fourth season finale Linda wakes up from a nap to find her newborn baby is missing. At first it looks like Amenadiel, the father, took him away but when he returns to house they realise a woman pretending to be the night nurse kidnapped him.
  • Air Quotes: In "Quid Pro Ho", Charlotte does this during the trial.
    Charlotte: But not until after she'd "found" her dad's killer dead?
    Lawyer: Objection!
    Charlotte: What's he objecting to? Air quotes?
  • Aliens Steal Cable: Or angels in this case. In season 4 Eve reveals that Heaven gets ESPN, Adam's discovery of which is among the reasons she eventually returned to Earth.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yes, the Judeo-Christian God really did have a wife in an early and polytheistic version of the religion. The goddess Asherah, transplanted from other Ancient Near East faiths, was apparently worshiped as the God's consort by some ancient Israelites, although the canonical text of the Bible (notably Deutoronomy 12) does not support her having this status.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Charlotte, to both Lucifer and Amenadiel.
  • Amicable Exes: Chloe and Dan are still friends after their divorce. If anything, they seem to be getting along better.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: In-universe between Amenadiel and Mazikeen. Amenadiel is an angel, Mazikeen is a demon (or half-demon, half-human should the comic be trusted) and things get steamy. It's later strongly implied that they've genuinely fallen in love with each other, something which confuses the both of them.
  • Angels in Overcoats: Amenadiel initially wore a long robe or overcoat, though, after his fall and his wings rotting off he started wearing a grey hoodie or biker's coat instead. While Lucifer, who cut his wings off when he moved to Earth, prefers a snazzy suit.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Played with and then reconstructed. Chloe refuses to believe that Lucifer is actually The Devil Incarnate, despite the fact that she's seen him shrug off bullets, disappear from one place and appear in another (though this was due to him utilizing Amenadiel's time-slowing ability rather than any power of his own), and convince nearly everyone he meets to give up their deepest desires/dark and naughty secrets. At first, it seems like Arbitrary Skepticism, but in episode four, after Lucifer explaining once again that he is the Devil and bullets are pretty much a bee sting to him, Chloe sees his real face in a reflection and starts to believe. So Lucifer goads her into shooting him which he shrugs off for about a second before actually being injured the first time in the series. It's actually Chloe that makes him mortal. Add that to the fact that she is immune to his abilities, lives in the City of Angels where everybody has a persona they are willing to play to make it ahead, and the fact that "The Devil Incarnate" is supposed to be the ultimate evil and not the punisher of evil, it's actually pretty reasonable that she doesn't believe his explanation of all of his "Lucifer-ness", because despite not being a great man, she knows he's not evil.
    • As of the season 2 premiere, zigzagged and discussed; in season one, Chloe never actually stated what she thought of Lucifer's Luciferness other than she didn't think he was the Devil. In the season two premiere, after she obtains a sample of his blood, Lucifer encourages her to test it and prove he is an angel and to prevent that, Amenadiel gives Chloe a perfectly logical cop-out explanation to everything that Lucifer does implying that he's not quite sane. Instead, she Takes a Third Option: having faith—-but not without doubt—in Lucifer, and states she doesn't believe his or Amenadiel's perfectly logical explanation, citing a joke from Annie Hall- "Doctor, my brother thinks he's a chicken!" Well, why don't you bring him in?" "I can't, I need the eggs." Chloe explains that she needs the eggs; she doesn't believe he's crazy and Lucifer makes her a better detective, and he has her back and that's all that really matters.
    • It's also heavily implied that she's leaning more towards Lucifer's explanation than Amenadiel's, because she says she's going to find out what Lucifer is (only resorting to who when Lucifer pushes her on it), and she pokes a billion holes in Amenadiel's explanation. Not to mention the thing that dissuades her from testing Lucifer's blood is a person of faith pointing out that proof of divinity kind of takes away the point of having faith. And the punchline of the joke is that while the man is saying his brother is crazy, the brother IS actually producing eggs. Which kind of makes him a chicken regardless of his sanity, and Chloe using that means she kind of does believe in Lucifer being more than what he seems or at the very least she believes in his results.
    • Likewise, Linda believes Lucifer's talk of devils and such is all metaphor for his feelings. In "Monster," Lucifer finally reveals his true demonic face to her and Linda is simply shocked silent and frozen to realize he truly is the Devil.
  • Archangel Michael: Makes an appearance in the form of his famous painting. In season 4 Linda suggests naming her and Amenadiel's child after him, but Amenadiel dismisses the suggestion right away.
  • Archangel Uriel: He is name dropped in "Favorite Son". Apparently he gives a welcome speech to new arrivals in Heaven, which Lucifer finds to be a fate worse than Hell.
    • He appears in Season 2 in order to force Lucifer to return their mother to Hell under threat against Chloe's life. He's revealed to be able to see the future to an extent, being able to anticipate all the potential outcomes of a sequence of events, and can manipulate them to bring about Disaster Dominoes. He's also a Knight Templar determined to kill their mother rather than let her worm her way back into Heaven, and ends up rendered Deader Than Dead by Lucifer to protect her.
    • Uriel did say he was taking their mother back to Hell, but Lucifer killed him only after Uriel revealed the part of his plan where he kills Chloe. This is a huge point throughout season 2 - that Lucifer killed his own brother to protect 'his' detective.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Lucifer and a priest have a disagreement regarding their faith in God.
      Priest: God has a plan.
      Lucifer: Oh, His plan for me was quite clear.
      Priest: How do you know His plan is finished?
    • Lucifer asks one to Malcolm in "St. Lucifer" after the former is staring down the barrel of the latter's gun.
      Lucifer: Okay, so you kill me. Then what? What's in it for you?
      Malcolm: I live out my life. I don't get sent back to hell.
      Lucifer: Ah, but you'll die eventually. All you mortals do. Then what? Amenadiel can't do anything about that.
      [ Malcolm is silent as the horror of this realization sets in]
    • In the second season premiere, after yet another self-serving blame-shifting monologue from Lucifer, Dr. Linda asks him point-blank if their sessions are really doing any good. The implication being that she might be ready to give up on him. This shocks Lucifer to the point that he later comes back and admits his own fault in the matter under discussion.
    • When confronted by Dan threatening him under the influence of Azrael's Blade, Lucifer asks him if he really thinks Lucifer is responsible for the breakup of his marriage to Chloe and his punishment for his bad actions as a cop.
    • In season 4, Lucifer asks Chloe point blank if she would ever be able to accept both sides of him, intentionally using his devil force while speaking to reinforce the reality of what he is. She can only bring herself to answer tearfully that she honestly doesn't know.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In "Et Tu, Doctor," Lucifer tries to talk a guy out of jumping off a building. Said guy mentions how the episode's murdered therapist helped him get over his divorce, his bankruptcy, and the death of his parrot.
    • In "Sin-Eater", Lucifer mentions that he reserves the worst punishments for pedophiles, Nazis and people who put their seats back on a plane.
    • In "Trip to Stabby Town", Dan under the influence of Azrael's blade blames Lucifer for ruining his marriage, his job and eating his pudding! Lucifer points out the first two are actually Dan's faults but confesses the latter.
    • In "Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith," Lucifer tells the doctor about Chloe's concern about Maze. Lucifer dismisses it, saying that he and Maze have been through "the plagues, the floods, the Dave Matthews band."
    • In "The Sin Bin," after Mazikeen unsuccessfully tortures the Sinnerman, Lucifer gives her a grilling replete with various suggestions for techniques she could try. She'd already done waterboarding twice, she felt offended when Lucifer suggested putting bamboo under the fingernails... but is quick to retort that Nickelback on repeat was the first thing she tried.
    • After revealing his true face to Linda, he offers conversation topics about his true nature:
    Lucifer: So, we can you know, talk about Caligula, Stalin, Trump. I mean, I know he's not dead, but he's definitely going.
  • Artifact of Doom: Any human who touches Azrael's Blade has the overwhelming urge to kill with it over even the most minor perceived slight. Lucifer's opinion of Dan goes up because he's able to show some resistance.
  • Artistic License – Religion:
    • Amenadiel claims that every culture throughout history has had a devil figure, and that figure has always been some flavor of the "fallen son" archetype. Neither is true; many cultures have no evil figures in their religion at all, and among those that do, not all of them have the evil entity as a "fallen son" of any sort. Of course, Amenadiel was trying to manipulate Linda and has shown no compunction against lying, so he could have just been editing the story to fit his narrative. Or he might simply be ignorant of human religion, considering his lack of experience interacting with them.
  • Asshole Victim: While many victims of the week have been decent people, many others turn out to be somewhat unpleasant at best and just plain horrible at worst. Special mention goes to the fitness guru from "Trip to Stabby Town", who ends up getting murdered by the woman he raped years before.
  • The Atoner:
    • A paparazzi in the second episode wanted to make up for going too far in his previous work and causing unintended harm to others (including Chloe). Unfortunately, his attempts to do so didn't work out like he hoped.
    • Lucifer keeps denying it, but it is clear he feels quite guilty when his actions lead to a woman's death. He tries to make up for it by catching her killer and is quite relieved to find out that his involvement did not cause her death after all.
    • After killing Uriel Lucifer feels true guilt for the first time in his existence, to a crippling degree. Enough so that he tries to get himself shot with Chloe present to be punished for it. When that doesn't work he tries to unburden himself to Linda, but she doesn't believe him until he shows her his true face, which doesn't go over well. So he spends the next episode feeling guilty for that and for the harm he causes generally. Enough so that he tries to emulate Dan to be more reliable.
  • Auto Erotica: Maze and Amenadiel have sex for the first time in the back of a car.
  • "Awkward Silence" Entrance: You can always tell when Amenadiel shows up unannounced because everything slows to a crawl as a side-effect of his powers. It annoys the Hell out of Lucifer.
  • Badass Preacher: Father Frank from "A Priest Walks into a Bar." While he doesn't exactly kick ass and chew bubble-gum, he is pretty cool for a preacher. He played piano for a moderately successful rock band, he smoked (chewing on unlit cigarettes out of habit) and punched a councelor for juveniles he suspected was not his doing his job right. He goes to a man named "Lucifer Morningstar" for help, he was unoffended by Lucifer's various means of pushing his buttons and was even able to lower a few of his barriers. This is most telling when it is revealed that he knew Lucifer really was the Devil all along.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Or at least Corrupt Cops do, anyway. This was Amenadiel's plan to get Lucifer back to Hell: a good old-fashioned anonymous murder.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Amenadiel implies that Lucifer's good deeds on Earth, in opposition of his destined role, are causing a disruption in the natural order of things.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Monster", Linda finally gets fed up with Lucifer's constant "metaphors" and "roleplay" and pretend games, and tells him he needs to come clean with who he is, who the real Lucifer is. So he shows her his real face. She takes it... reasonably well. In that she's rendered catatonic for a while, while others have gone completely insane by the same experience.
  • Beast and Beauty: Lucifer is the Beast and Chloe is the Beauty.
  • Being Good Sucks: Discussed between Dan and Charlotte in the episode The Sinnerman. Charlotte felt horrible for believing she fouled up an interview with a suspect only for Chloe to reveal the whole thing was a Batman Gambit because she didn't expect Charlotte to be able to stay on script. Dan comforts her by telling her how he screwed up several times but doesn't give up trying to be better.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
  • Berserk Button:
    • An ironic one for the man history styles as the Prince of Lies, he hates liars and cheats. Whether it's a fake fire-and-brimstone preacher looking to make a quick buck, or someone trying to cover up a crime by framing another person, Lucifer is only too happy to give the perpetrator a glimpse of Hell through his real face.
    • Also implying the that the Devil made you do something evil or that he is in anyway responsible for your sins. More often than not, he can tempt you and find out what your deepest desire is but he usually doesn't make you do anything and hates being cast as the source of all evil.
    • And for the love of his Father, don't threaten Chloe. Uriel got a Fate Worse than Death for trying, and just watch Lucifer's reaction when Charlotte flippantly reveals that she almost blew Chloe up.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The criminal who stole the container holding Lucifer's wings, upon being confronted by a pissed-off Lucifer, throws himself off a roof.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lucifer is a perfectly decent person, willing to help and be helped (unless it involves being talked back into Hell), and he's never without a witty rejoinder or an easy smile, but when he stops smiling, it really is in your best interest to listen to the man. If you don't listen to him about the evils of Disproportionate Retribution or hurting those you're close to, you have no one but yourself to blame when he drops his mask.
  • Bi the Way:
    • We see Lucifer getting up from a bed with both a man and woman in it. He mentions being on Grindr, and "Stewardess Interruptus" also reveals that he's had other male lovers.
      Lucifer: It's called a Devil's Threesome for a reason.
    • Maze casually mentions having been with both men and women.
    • But Not Too Bi: Despite both characters mentioning same-sex lovers or being seen briefly with them, both Maze and Lucifer only ever have actual love interests of the opposite sex.
      • Improved upon in the fourth season. Maze struggles with complex feelings for Linda and a desire for family, while developing a legitimate attraction to and connection with Eve. It's left ambiguous whether the latter will lead to anything later.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Maze and Amenadiel show up to save Linda in "The Good, the Bad and the Crispy". Bonus points for Amenadiel finally getting his time-slowing ability to work again.
  • Big Damn Kiss: At the end of "Stewardess Interruptus", Lucifer and Chloe finally kiss.
  • Big Red Devil: Downplayed. While Lucifer's true appearance is red, it's because of exposed musculature and as a result he resembles a skinned human with glowing red eyes. He also doesn't have horns, a tail, or cloven feet: Amenadiel made up Lucifer's association with goats to annoy him.
  • Big "WHY?!": Lucifer screams this at the Spider when he shoots Father Frank.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Played straight or maybe averted. Lucifer once remarks that there are few things bigger than him, and Linda, who's sleeping with him at the time, agrees on this point. Another time, he compares his prowess in bed to heroin but says that he's rather average in terms of equipment, though he doesn't define "average".note 
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending of "A Good Day to Die": Lucifer manages to save Chloe, and "Charlotte" finally seems to realize the damage her actions have caused. But Lucifer is tired of both his parents manipulating him so leaves LA, seemingly for good. When Chloe goes to see Lucifer, she finds his penthouse empty and his furniture covered in sheets.
    • Season four ends with Lucifer coming to terms with his self-hatred and taking responsibility for his actions, finally gaining a mature perspective on all that has happened with him. He learns to forgive himself and admits to Chloe the truth of his feelings and finds them reciprocated - but upon doing so is promptly forced to take his leave of Earth to reclaim the infernal throne, realizing that Hell's legions pose a threat to Earth and all he loves if left unsupervised.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!: Used with the director of the movie whose shot Lucifer walks into.
  • Body Horror:
    • Lucifer's true appearance makes him somewhat resemble a skinless human.
      • It gets worse in season 4 when we see what most of Lucifer's true form looks like, not only does he look skinless, but burned, and with clear chunks missing, like he has been slashed, probably injuries from his war with God.
    • Maze's true appearance has half of her face appearing to be horribly decayed.
    • In Season 2, Amenadiel realizes that he's become a Fallen Angel when he first loses his ability to slow time... and when his wings start to rot off his back.
  • Bond One-Liner: On finding a victim whose crotch was set on fire, Lucifer and Ella engage in a series of bad puns, to Chloe's annoyance.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • Lucifer and Chloe are trapped inside a burning building, and Chloe tells him that if he's got any tricks up his sleeve, now's the time. Instead of an awesome display of supernatural powers, we Gilligan Cut to Lucifer carrying Chloe out of the building with a fire blanket draped over her head.
      Chloe: You can put me down!
    • When Lucifer is being evicted from Lux, finds a moving crew in the process of packing up his piano and advances on them in fury.
      Lucifer: You have no idea who you're dealing with, do you? Well let me show you! [Gilligan Cut to the moving crew getting drunk and partying with the Lux girls]
  • Brandishment Bluff: Amenadiel resurrects Malcolm and tells him if he doesn't kill Lucifer, Amenadiel will throw Malcolm back into Hell—while if he does, Amenadiel will get Malcolm into Heaven. This is a bluff twice over; angels aren't allowed to kill mortals, and Amenadiel has no authority to get Malcolm into Heaven or even just out of Hell.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Lucifer does this with Chloe; believing that her feelings for him aren't real and that she's just a pawn in his Father's plans, he runs away without telling her and returns seemingly married to Candy, nipping any possibly relationship they could've had in the bud. He claims that he did this in order to give her back her free will (her right to choose), though Amenadiel suspects that he's using that as an excuse to cover up his own insecurities (his belief that no one could ever love the Devil).
  • Brawn Hilda: Lucifer comes very close to being throttled to death by one who turns out to be the Murderer of the Week. He's more embarrassed than anything else. "Don't...tell anyone...I died like this!"
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Lucifer and Chloe can fall into this sometimes. The best example is after Father Frank's death, when Chloe goes to Lucifer in order to cheer him up.
  • Buddy Cop Show: Lucifer isn't a cop, but pulled some strings to become a police consultant, and likes to joke about being Chloe's partner.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A pickup artist slept with so many women that he cannot remember one he slept with two years previously even after he is told where and how it happened. The really awkward thing about it is that he is now madly in love with the woman and has been dating her for four months. She is quite upset and tries to kill him.
    • In "The Weaponizer", when Lucifer remarks on the movie star's drug problem.
      Lucifer: Well, only if you consider ingesting millions of dollars of cocaine a problem. I call it a Tuesday...but apparently it's frowned upon.
    • In "Sympathy For The Goddess", Amenadiel tells Lucifer Maze is furious with him over their plan with Mom. Lucifer's response is none too worried.
      Lucifer: Is it Tuesday already? Anger is Maze's base state.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Dan (compared to Chloe). Then again, it doesn't help that he was doing it out of a corrupt motive.
  • Call-Back: The end of Boo Normal draws attentionto some throwaway dialogue between Lucifer and Uriel in Season 2 by revealing that Ella's "ghostly imaginary friend" is in fact the Angel of Death, Azrael; a figure the two of them said was female.
  • The Casanova: Lucifer. To the point where, as part of the investigation in "Stewardess Interruptus", Chloe and the LAPD end up filling the precinct with just two months' worth of his conquests.
    Chloe: Okay. A list of everyone you've slept with in the last eight weeks.
    Lucifer: Right, you'll need a much bigger notepad.
    ...
    Dan: Wow..! You slept with all of 'em?
    Lucifer: Yes. Bit of a dry spell, the last couple of months.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • Malcolm. We don't know exactly how he was before, so it might cross over with Informed Attribute, but he's been on a gluttonous rampage since he came back from Hell. And not just in the culinary sense. His wife says in episode 13, after mistaking Maze and Chloe for him and trying to shoot them with a shotgun, that he's been different since his "near death experience." We see boxes full of half-unpacked brand-new items strewn all over his house not two minutes before, and Maze says she's seen similar all-consuming behavior before.
    • Inverted in the case of Charlotte, who made a living keeping criminals out of jail but decided to change after experiencing hell.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Episode twenty-five of season three seems to have been rendered this by season four. It was a very odd episode in any event, with Chloe simply awkwardly avoiding Lucifer to avoid discussing the events of episode twenty-four; season four repeatedly says that she left for a month immediately after the events of 3:24, and Dan's open hatred towards Lucifer for most of season four makes it very unlikely that their teamup in 3:25 would have happened.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Lucifer is totally open about how he's the Devil on Earth and is rather annoyed people don't believe it, especially Chloe, who's been around him long enough to see some fairly strange things.
      Chloe: I'm going to figure out your secret.
      Lucifer: It's not a secret when I'm telling you the answer!
    • Mom's first impression of Candy is that she's a "sinister genius" who managed to completely snow her, before realizing that Lucifer marrying her might be a sign of how broken he is. Her first impression was the correct one. Candy is a very convincing actress/con-woman whom Lucifer used to play everybody.
  • Catch-Phrase: Lucifer has the show's only one, asking almost everyone he meets some variant of, "Tell me. What is it you truly desire?"
  • Caught in the Rain: Discussed. In episode 7, Chloe leaves the auction site irritated after Lucifer refuses to help her follow a lead in her investigation.
    Amenadiel: Are you sure you don't want to chase after her? Maybe I can ask Father for some rain and make it a moment."
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: In episode 4, Chloe steps out of the shower with her gun drawn because she heard an intruder, only to see Lucifer making breakfast. She's so surprised that she drops her towel. When she puts the towel back on, Dan and Trixie walk in, see the two of them and make assumptions.
    • A literal example in Season 4 when Chloe stops by Lucifer's place unannounced to ask him for help...right as he was shucking off his clothing to join his companion in the shower.
  • Caused the Big Bang: Lucifer claims that the "Big Bang" was his parents having sex. His mother seems to support that suggestion.
  • Central Theme: "What is it that you truly desire" and how far are you willing to go to get it?
    • Everyone has hidden desires. Sometimes it's something as mundane as a cheeseburger; other times, it drives people to commit even murder to get what they want.
    • Amenadiel's Season 1 arc revolves around him trying to get Lucifer to return to Hell whether he wants to or not and the increasingly underhanded means he resorts to in order to accomplish that goal. It ends with Amenadiel losing his wings and angelic powers.
    • After Lucifer realizes he's fallen in love with Chloe, he wants to be with her. However, he pushes her away because he believes that her feelings for him are the result of God's meddling in their lives and that he's unworthy of her love.
    • Lucifer and Amenadiel's mother wants to return to Heaven. In order to accomplish that goal, she manipulates everyone around her, including her sons.
  • Cessation of Existence: Any supernatural beings killed by the blade of Azrael, the Angel of Death, don't go to Heaven or Hell, but are simply wiped from existence. Uriel tries to use it to kill his and Lucifer's mother, only for Lucifer to turn on him instead. Demons, who don't have souls, also suffer this when they die from whatever cause.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Amenadiel's ability to slow time, which he uses to speak with Lucifer in public without being noticed. See Mundane Utility below.
    • The single feather Maze keeps that came from from Lucifer's wings returns in the Season One finale as Maze uses its divine powers to heal Amenadiel after he's mortally wounded with a demonic blade.
    • Amenadiel's pendant was on him since his first appearance. Trixie mentioned she liked it. But it finally got to use only in Season Two Finale.
  • Children Are Innocent: The very likely reason why Lucifer is such a Child Hater. His power to coax out someone's deepest (often scandalous) desires must be amazingly useless on anyone not old enough to have any impure thoughts.
  • City of Weirdos: Lucifer doesn't make any attempt at all to conceal his identity, powers or parentage. Everyone he meets ignores all this and puts it down to him being eccentric.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Amenadiel comes to believe that Lucifer's and his own transformations are coming from themselves and their own self-images rather than anything to do with their Father. He's right. Once he regains his sense of self-worth he recovers his angelic wings and powers. Lucifer comes to realize that his own state of angel or devilhood comes from how he's feeling about himself at the time.
  • Cliffhanger: The first season ends with Lucifer discovering that his mother has escaped from Hell.
    • The second season ends with Lucifer being knocked out by an unknown assailant, before waking up some time later in the middle of a desert... and his wings have grown back.
    • The third season ends with Chloe finally seeing Lucifer's devil face.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Future football star Ty's ex-girlfriend. She violated her restraining order by stalking him at his party. Lucifer implies wrongly that she might also be Yandere.
  • Color Blind Casting: A really minor case, but due to the recast of Dan's actor between episode 1 and 2, we now have the blue-eyed Chloe and the now-blue-eyed Dan with a brown-eyed daughter.
    • Taken from a genetics site: You need a working HERC2 and a working OCA2 to have brown eyes. Because the two genes depend on each other, it is possible for someone to actually be a carrier of a dominant trait like brown eyes. And if two blue eyed parents are carriers, then they can have a brown eyed child.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All of the angels that have appeared in the show have different-colored (and sometimes shaped) wings:
    • Lucifer's are, surprisingly, gleaming-white and pure. Of course, this explains why he chose to cut them off. In season 4 they become darker and more bat-like as he his morals decay and he descends into self-hatred.
    • Amenadiel's are metallic black and angular, indicating his unquestioning obedience to God. They become gray and softer near the end of season 3.
    • Uriel's are similar to Lucifer's but dirty-gray, indicating his calculating and unscrupulous nature.
    • Azrael's wings are black with hints of grey on them, as you would expect for the Angel of Death.
    • Remiel's have patterning similar to a bird of prey, such as a falcon. Fitting for a celestial huntress.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Linda tries to tell Lucifer that he needs to stop putting Chloe on a pedestal and he should treat her like a normal person instead. Lucifer concludes from this that his issues with Chloe will resolve themselves if he has sex with her.
    • Later in the same episode, Lucifer is trying to reconcile his issues with the list of attributes the chauvinist speaker is trying to sell and doesn't even think about selling out Chloe's status as a cop as he does so.
    • In Season 2, Linda has a similar conversation with Charlotte about telling Lucifer the truth about Chloe, with the same results: Charlotte completely misses what Linda was telling her and turns it into confirmation bias.
      Linda: (after Charlotte leaves) Well, now I see where he gets it from.
  • Corrupt Cop: Lucifer outright calls the LAPD a "corrupt little organization", though whether he's right remains to be seen. The first officer he's seen encountering in the show takes a bribe instead of issuing him a speeding ticket. And then there's the matter of Dan and Malcolm.
    • Marcus Pierce is not only revealed to be Cain, the world's first murderer, but also the Sinnerman, a big time crime boss. He's finally exposed (at least in terms of the latter identity) in the season 3 finale.
  • Cowboy Cop: While not one to break fingers, Chloe usually follows her gut and refuses to let something go unless she has all of the answers, and will even "look the other way" should Lucifer do something amoral in certain situations.
  • Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Linda tries to get Lucifer abandon his "metaphors" in the episode "Monster" and pleads for his full honesty. Seeing that simply explaining would not work, he decides to show her his true, demonic face. She doesn't take it well.
  • Crying After Sex: In episode 3 "The Would-Be Prince of Darkness", a man named Justin went around claiming to be Lucifer Morningstar to get free drinks and pick up chicks. He ends up making Lucifer look bad in the process, one particular grievance being that he ends sex quickly and cries afterwards.
  • Cry into Chest: After Lucifer and Chloe finally catch the man responsible for murdering Chloe's father sixteen years before, Chloe cries into her partner's chest. Lucifer is surprised at first before returning the hug.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Maze versus the gang in "Sweet Kicks". Basically Maze vs. anyone who isn't a celestial/immortal.
    • "Take Me Back To Hell" has some drug dealers try and take down Amenadiel and Lucifer. It isn't really a fight, since at this point they don't even try to hide the fact that they're bulletproof.
  • Cut Short: The third season finale ends with a huge cliffhanger to raise anticipation for the fourth season. Less than a week before it aired, word got out that the series had been cancelled. Fortunately, a Netflix pickup a month later uncancelled it for season 4.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Maze takes the spotlight in season 3 episode "Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith".
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Season 2 introduces Dr. Jacob Carlisle and his "designer poisons" - a sign that a victim has been poisoned is a nasty nosebleed (later followed by bleeding from the eyes). Chloe herself ends up being poisoned and suffering one of these as a result in the closing minutes of "Love Handles". This is especially serious, since Dr. Carlisle is the only person who knows how to make an antidote fast enough to save her life... and he's already dead.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Averted. Lucifer's remit is simply to punish those who sin. While he can cause people to draw out their innermost desire, he has no interest in making deals in exchange for people's souls. The most he can do is leverage his Hollywood connections if he feels someone deserves a shot at fame and fortune. If the people he helps get in trouble, it's entirely their own fault. However, if he does a favor for you, he expects you to return that favor sometime in the future.
    • Lucifer explains to Chloe that sometimes he gets something immediately but often he just holds it out for later as a "Devilish IOU" in case it's needed.
      Chloe: Who would take a deal like that?
      Lucifer: They all do.
    • Amenadiel has an angelic one of these with Malcolm, though it's more of a "do what I say or else" deal. The "or else" part is Amenadiel deciding whether or not to reverse his decision to bring Malcolm Back from the Dead, which would send Malcolm back down to Hell.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
    • Many people Lucifer compels into revealing their desire have this reaction.
    • In the pilot, actor Grey Cooer realizes that he confessed having an affair with Delilah in front of his wife.
    • In "Stewardess Interuptus", Dan says this after confessing to Lucifer that he still has feelings for Chloe.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Well, something of a toss-up between "yourself" and "someone else". When Linda loses her psychiatrist licence late in Season 2, Lucifer and Maze pay a visit to the official in charge to get him to drop the matter, but everything Lucifer submits on her behalf only ends up making things worse.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Uriel is able to invoke this, thanks to his ability to recognize patterns and essentially predict the future.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: Late in season 2, it is revealed that Azrael's blade is one piece of the Flaming Sword that God shattered into three pieces. The other two are the medallion of life and Amenadiel's pendant.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Lucifer is a big believer in karmic justice but he has firm standards on which punishment a particular crime deserves and gets quite upset when people go beyond what he considers to be reasonable. If you commit murder for petty and selfish reasons then Lucifer will gladly give you a Fate Worse than Death. However, if the transgressor merely slept with a woman and did not call her afterwards, then trying to kill the guy is going too far. Lucifer has no problem with giving the guy multiple nasty STDs but murdering the guy goes way beyond karmic justice.
    • On the other hand, when talking with Dr. Linda about what he plans to do when he finds the man impersonating him, he's very graphic about the pain he means to inflict. Linda says Lucifer might be some displacement for such a "minor inconvenience."
      Lucifer: I'll show you displacement when I displace his bollocks and stamp on them one at a time!!!
    • Any human wielding Azrael's Blade is compelled to kill for even the most minor of slights - someone ends up killed over a parking space, and Dan attempts to kill Lucifer for stealing his pudding. Subverted with the Blade's final wielder, however - she ends up killing the man who raped her years before.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Except for Chloe, women who make eye contact with Lucifer have a very difficult time keeping their composure.
  • Divine Date: In season 2, Lucifer and Chloe briefly hooked up before Lucifer discovered the events surrounding her conception and quickly broke things off with her. The pair are hinted to still love each other, though Chloe doesn't actually know she's in love with the Devil himself at least until the season 3 finale.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Amenadiel tries to convince Chloe that Lucifer can survive getting shot and yet be up and about a few days later with no injuries due to a Kevlar vest and blood packs. While she doesn't really believe Lucifer is really the Devil, she obviously doesn't buy Amenadiel's mundane explanation either.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The first time Maze gets to torture someone on earth she gets so excited about all the possibilities that she has sex with him instead while he is tied to a bed. This is played for laughs.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: Lucifer's mom casually mentions having sex with her vessel's clueless husband and it's played as a joke.
    • Lucifer has the power to bring out peoples "innermost desires", which includes making anyone who finds him remotely attractive be willing to have sex with him. While it's vague how much control he has over this, he is still fully aware of his effect on people and the persons ability to consent is extremely dubious, as the effects are uncomfortably similar to losing ones inhibitions due to drugs or alcohol.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Amendiel takes up excessive drinking in Season 2 after he falls from Heaven, and Lucifer tries to drink himself into a stupor after killing Uriel. Given that they're both divine beings with superior metabolisms to humans, they can't get drunk, but they certainly try.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Problem: Lucifer's mom got stabbed and is bleeding light strong enough to burn a human to a crisp instantly. Solution: Patch up the stab wound with duct tape.
  • Duet Bonding: In "A Priest Walks Into A Bar", Lucifer does everything he can to mock and question Father Frank's faith, moral fiber and motivations, but after Frank reveals he used to play for a rock band, the two end up doing an impressive piano duet. After Father Frank is killed, Lucifer is alone playing "Knocking On Heaven's Door" (which he had earlier derided Frank for playing) when Chloe turns up just to comfort him. Despite her minimal piano skills he coaxes her into joining him in a rendition of "Heart and Soul", with the two clearly enjoying the moment.
  • Dynamic Entry: When returning to the scene of Pierce's ambush for a final confrontation, Lucifer bursts in through a wall, smashing glass, masonry, and the Sinnerman's goons as he goes.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first episode, Lucifer implies that Hell has been inactive since he left when he berates Chloe for shooting at Delilah's murderer before he got the chance to punish him. This is not the case later in the season when Malcolm experiences Hell and in season 2 it's revealed that the damned are locked in cells where they relive their guiltiest moments in an infinite loop and those cells work just fine in Lucifer's absence. This could be explained away as Lucifer simply wanting to oversee the murderer's punishment himself, and being unable to if he's in Hell.
    • Lucifer's loss of demonic power around Chloe is played straight throughout the series except in the pilot when the Monster of the Week shoots Lucifer several times in her presence to no effect. However, it's suggested in season 3 by Cain that it's Chloe's feelings that make Lucifer vulnerable and not Chloe herself, which Cain tried to use to get rid of his mark. While it's revealed that Cain lost his mark due to remorse instead, the possibility of Chloe's feelings affecting Lucifer is still on the table and sounds pretty plausible.
    • Lucifer also scares a school bully in the pilot by switching his eyes from normal to red with horizontal pupils like a goat. Every time his eyes change in later episodes, his irises start glowing red and that's it.
    • There's a significant change of sets for the Precint between season 1 and 2.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Amenadiel suggests this once to Maze as a way for them to both get Lucifer to go back to Hell.
    • Amenadiel and Lucifer team up in "Wingman" in order to retrieve the latter's stolen wings.
    • They team up again in the season finale in order to stop Malcolm's killing spree and return him to Hell.
  • Epiphanic Prison: Hell appears to be this to some degree, mixed with "Groundhog Day" Loop. People relive their worst moments, repeating them over and over ad infinitum. According to Lucifer, they can leave any time they want to, but their guilt compels them to continue the loop forever.
    Lucifer: The door to Hell is a swinging one. Strange that no one ever seems to leave.
  • Erotic Dream: Chloe has one about Lucifer at the start of "Love Handles".
  • Establishing Character Moment: The pilot opens with Lucifer getting pulled over for speeding, shamelessly bribing a cop, and compelling him into admitting he enjoys abusing his power to drive fast even when there isn't an emergency.
  • Everyone Can See It: By Season 2, practically everyone can see that Lucifer has deep feelings for Chloe - except for Lucifer and Chloe themselves. By the end of "Homewrecker", Lucifer finally realizes that he's in love and freaks out.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Lucifer is quite disgusted by some of the evil things humans are capable of.
    • When Lucifer comes upon a charlatan doomsayer on the street, he puts the fear of God into him for being a fake by showing what the Devil really looks like.
      Lucifer: If there's one thing the Devil can't stand, it's a fake.
  • Evil Feels Good: It turns out that humans who manage to escape Hell return with their very damnation becoming a true curse that they actively embrace. See Came Back Wrong above.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Chloe and Lucifer's faces when they saw the news report about how Delilah's album sales have spiked in the wake of her death in the pilot episode.
  • Eyes Never Lie:
    • That Jimmy Barnes avoids Lucifer's gaze while being initially questioned about Delilah would suggest that this trope is in effect when the latter is trying to get inside someone's head. This is further reinforced by every other time he tries to get information from a person, i.e. the traffic cop, the unnamed bride, the big-shot actor, etc., he locks eyes with them, and they either hesitate for a second or drop into a monotone.
    • Confirmed in the second episode. Everyone who locks eyes with Lucifer after he says something to the effect of ''What do you want most in life?'' gives up their greatest desire, and the one person who doesn't averts his gaze.
  • Facial Horror: At the end of "Sympathy for the Goddess", Chet has his entire face burned to a smouldering crisp by the divine light within Charlotte's body.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Chloe is so pissed at Lucifer for blundering into a hostage situation that she fails to realize that the hostage taker she shot is not yet dead. This screw-up gets her shot.
  • Fascinated By Humanity: Lucifer outright states it.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Subverted. Since there's no one in Hell to punish sinners, very nearly everything is a fate worse than death.
      Lucifer: No no no, you just let him off too easy! He needs to suffer! He needs to FEEL THE PAIN, not escape it!
      Chloe: Don't worry. I'm sure where he's going, the pain's coming.
      Lucifer: No, actually, it's not, and you know why? Because I'm HERE!
    • From the look on Malcolm's face when Amenadiel threatens him with a quick return to Hell where he was found, it looks like Hell is still a far worse place to go when you die, even if Lucifer has abdicated the Brimstone Throne.
    • Judging by the cell of Dr. Carlisle and then Lucifer himself, hell's residents have to live through constant repetition of their guiltiest moment, be it saving your work or stabbing your brother. Even "Charlotte" gets sucked into the guilt.
  • Female Flatfoot and Snarky Guy: Or as Lucifer puts it, "Good Cop / Handsome Devil Cop".
  • Filler: Four standalone episodes were commissioned as an extension to Season 2 when Lucifer wasn't guaranteed to get a next season: "Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith", "City of Angels?", "Vegas with Some Radish", and "Off the Record". When Lucifer was renewed, these episodes were integrated into season 3.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: Lucifer squicks out Chloe by finger-tasting a pool of spilled blood, immediately identifying it as not human (turns out the victim's pet had been killed instead).
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Discussed in "Deceptive Little Parasite" when Lucifer tells Linda about his plan to cut the Gates of Heaven with the Flaming Sword.
    Linda: Do you mean actual gates? Like big and pearly? Are we talking clouds? Harps? Old dudes in white robes?
    Lucifer: And my dad is Morgan Freeman? Focus, Doctor!
  • Foreshadowing: In "Sweet Kicks", Chloe tells Lucifer about a cop named Malcolm Graham, who she suspected of being corrupt. He becomes a major player in the rest of Season One.
    • In "A Good Day to Die", Trixie meets Amenadiel for the first time and compliments the necklace he's always wearing. A few episodes later, his necklace is revealed to be the final piece of the Flaming Sword.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Despite her death kickstarting the show, poor Delilah never gets a single mention by Lucifer or her therapist Linda past the pilot barring the alternate universe episode "Once Upon a Time".
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In "The Monster", when Trixie asks Maze to put a costume, she just reveals her Nightmare Face.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Lucifer appears to be a handsome white male typically dressed in black suits, but when he's particularly pissed at someone, he reveals a scarier face, skinned with only muscle and some bone showing and burning eyes.
    • When Dr. Martin insists that he show his true form (up to this point she thought he was speaking metaphorically), he shows his true face and she goes into a catatonic state. (She eventually gets better, but believes him [and Maze] from then on.)
  • Fourth Date Marriage:
    • After leaving Los Angeles for 2 weeks in season 2, Lucifer comes back with his new wife. Although they are legally married, it turns out that she's actually a hired actress, and once she serves her purpose, the two divorce amicably.
    • Downplayed between Chloe and Marcus. While they have each other for months, they only get into a relationship for two episodes before Marcus proposes to her and she accepts without hesitation. Though it's deconstructed and then averted in the following episode: those against the relationship can't understand why Chloe said yes, and Chloe herself begins to wonder why after having doubts, and by the episode's end she breaks off the engagement. It's implied in the episodes following that Chloe never actually loved Pierce but was forcing herself to be with him in an attempt to get over her feelings for Lucifer, seeing Pierce as the safer option. It's also shown in the season's final episode just how dangerous this trope can be, when Chloe learns that Pierce is the Sinnerman.
      Chloe: I almost married him! I almost married him!
  • Frame-Up: Towards the end of the first season, Malcolm murders the street preacher and places the corpse by Lucifer's bar to make it look like Lucifer killed him. Prior to that, he'd also placed one of the preacher's cufflinks at the scene of a murder Malcolm committed to divert suspicion.
    • "My Little Monkey" reveals that the man convicted of murdering Chloe's father was entirely innocent, and was paid to make a false confession so his daughter would be well off. The real culprit turns out to be the prison warden.
    • Season 3 has plenty: "Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith" had Maze realize that her bounty was being framed for murder by the Lieutenant who sent her after him in the first place. Maze herself then gets framed for the death of one of her bounties by the mother of a previous bounty who died in prison, and she blamed Maze instead of accepting that her son deserved to be there. Then in the season's final arc, Maze and Pierce make a plan to kill Pierce when he gets rid of his mark and frame Lucifer in order to persuade him to return to Hell and take Maze with him. When Pierce falls in love with Chloe, he tries to call off the plan entirely, then changes it by insisting that they find someone else to kill. After Chloe breaks up with him, Pierce settles on Amenadiel with the reasoning that doing so will get his mark back, but Maze backs out and Pierce attempts to kill Amenadiel himself - only to accidentally shoot Charlotte, instead. In an effort to cover his tracks, he tries to pin the murder on one of the criminals Charlotte was prosecuting, but by that point Lucifer and Chloe had already figured out that Pierce was responsible.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that Lucifer's jerkass ways are a cover for his history of crippling, existential loneliness over the thousands of years of his existence, the scorn he receives from his angel kin, silence and abandonment from his omnipotent father and humanity's tendency to blame and demonize him for their own shortcomings.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Subverted with Chloe's house. It is way beyond the price range of a cop in LA but it actually belongs to her mother who lets her live there rent free. In season 2, Chloe has to find a new place to live and has trouble finding something similar that she can afford. Maze offers to become her and Trixie's roommate and split the rent.
  • From a Certain Point of View: During much of season 2, Chloe believes Charlotte Richards is one of Lucifer's many, many, many ex-flingsnote . Lucifer denies it but the detective doesn't believe him. She is in fact God's ex-Wife possessing Charlotte's body, and Lucifer's mother. She eventually just tells Chloe she is Lucifer's father's ex-wife, and Chloe assumes a stepmother relationship. When Chloe states this to Lucifer, and apologizing for her assumptions, he notes what she said isn't technically a lie.

    G-L 
  • Gangland Drive-By: Happens to a priest who was involved in a murder/drug case. The shooter missed him however as he was was only trying to scare him, being the true drug dealer and a former protege of the priest.
  • Genre Shift: The comic presents itself as an epic existential high-fantasy with gods and angels and the creation of multiple universes. The show however is a cop-drama with supernatural bells and whistles attached to it. Quite the shift.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Maze is seen leaning back against the bar with her eyes closed and ignoring Lucifer. Then, a man rises up from the bottom of the frame.
      Maze: Thanks, Patrick. You can go.
    • Lucifer asks Chloe if she ever took part in an "Eiffel Tower".
      Lucifer: It's when two chaps high-five at the top and then the young lady—
    • In "Pops", the Victim of the Week is described by every member of his staff as "like a father" to them, which causes Lucifer to drag his hands down his face in exasperation... with both middle fingers extended.
    • In "Et Tu, Doctor?" Lucifer decides that it's his (re)birthday after burning his wings. Chloe and Dan get Lucifer to do a shot of whiskey with a pickle juice chaser because it's a station birthday tradition. Lucifer downs the shot then starts looking around, trying to find Maze and declares that she needs to try it.
      Lucifer: She loves a salty aftertaste.
    • A few episodes later, in "A Priest Walks Into a Bar"
      Dr. Linda: Have you ever considered that all of this excessive partying may be your attempt to fill a void?
      Lucifer: Attempt? I filled five voids last night!
    • In "Weaponizer," as Lucifer attempts to persuade Chloe not to move in with Maze as she's unpacking in their new apartment:
      Chloe: Maze and I have become friends, sort of. And...I think it's going to be fine.
      Lucifer: Oh really? (He pulls a set of anal beads out of one of Maze's boxes)
      Chloe: [beat] With a short adjustment period.
    • This gem from "Trip to Stabby Town":
      Ella: Great ideas come in the shower.
      Lucifer: For me, it's usually women.
  • Going Commando: Implied in "Saint Lucifer" when Lucifer gives his shirt and trousers to a homeless man and ends up naked.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: This happens to anyone who sees Lucifer's real face, but special mention has to go to Jimmy Barnes in the pilot between the hostage situation and Chloe waking up in hospital. Apparently, it was bad enough that just the mention of Lucifer's name makes him go suicidal, screaming "HE'S THE DEVIL! HE'S THE DEVIL!" (which, of course, is completely true). Then again, Lucifer did subject him to some serious Mind Rape.
    Jimmy: Please, don't hurt me.
    Lucifer: (in full devil-face) Oh, Jimmy... you're gonna wish that's all I did to you.
  • Gonna Need More X: When Chloe asks for a list of Lucifer's last two months' of sexual conquests as part of an investigation.
    Lucifer: Right, you'll need a much bigger notepad. [Gilligan Cut to the police precinct, crammed to the rafters with Lucifer's exes]
  • Good Is Boring: Lucifer thinks this about Chloe's insistence on doing things by the book:
    Lucifer: Boring, boring, boring, boring.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Amenadiel is this to a T. He's committed to doing whatever it takes to make Lucifer return to Hell, whether that's giving Dr. Linda advice on how to get past his smarmy defense mechanisms, or giving clues on the whereabouts of certain angelic artifacts to thieves and businessmen, and maybe threatening dirty cops with one-way tickets back to Hell where he found them if they don't do what he wants.
  • The Grim Reaper: Azrael, the Angel of Death, shows up. She's...not very grim.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Linda and Amenadiel's son, Charlie. That being said, despite his human half he is still considered an angel. He can go to and from Heaven as he pleases (though someone has take him there first), and qualifies as a possible replacement for Lucifer as the ruler of Hell.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Eve and Maze have tied up and gagged a random guy in his office and then start making out with each other. When Lucifer and Chloe come in and free the guy, we get this gem:
    Man: Thank you! These two maniacs barged in here and tied me up!
    Lucifer: Yes, I can see you've had a most unpleasant time here.
    Man: Well...it wasn't all bad.
  • #HashtagForLaughs: When Amenadiel confronts Malcolm for not executing his orders, the latter answers that he knows that the angel has no actual means of pressure on him and ends up mockingly saying out-loud "#TeamLucifer", which is also the title of the episode.
  • Headbutt of Love: Lucifer and Chloe rest their foreheads together towards the end of "Love Handles" after the episode's incidents have (seemingly) wrapped up, and Lucifer realizes that their relationship is indeed real.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream:
    • A Clingy Jealous Girl is suspected of killing her ex-boyfriend's one-night stand, but surveillance footage shows that she actually spent all night at an all-night frozen yogurt shop, eating bucket after bucket of froyo and crying.
    • After exchanging their hardships, Lucifer and Candy eat ice-cream while wrapped in snuggies.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • A variation. After being shot by Malcolm and dying, and despite all his raging at being forced into a role he doesn't want, Lucifer tells "Dad" he'll do, go, and be whatever He wants if Chloe can be saved from Malcolm.
    • Another variant from the same episode, Dan confesses to his and Malcolm's crimes, ending his career and ruining his life, in order to exonerate Lucifer after Malcolm framed him.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The DVDs for the show feature gag reels as bonus content.
  • Hilarity Ensues: In one of the Season 3 bonus episodes, Chloe has to infiltrate a furry con as part of a murder investigation. Things do not go as planned. Aside from the inherent humor value of seeing Chloe wander around in a fursuit looking very uncomfortable, it's actually a pretty respectful and even-handed portrayal of furry cons and the subculture. With the exception of the woman who gets in a fistfight with Chloe because she thinks Chloe stole her OC, but the YouTube upload of that scene is littered with furries only half-jokingly admitting that it's completely accurate to actual drama within the community.

  • Hollywood Atheist:
    • Discussed, apparently un-ironically. When Chloe and Lucifer are talking religion, Chloe states that she is not a Christian but that she doesn't consider herself an atheist because she believes in right and wrong.
    • Carmen, the head of the black market auction ring specializing in religious artifacts, makes it clear that the only faith he has is in money. Seeing Lucifer's wings, however, rocks him to his core and makes him believe.
  • Hollywood Satanism: The focus of the episode "#TeamLucifer". Lucifer himself finds it a disgusting and insulting perversion of what he stands for. As mentioned below, however, they eventually turn out to be harmless.
  • Horrible Hollywood: It's set in Hollywood. Lucifer is a club owner, and Chloe is a homicide detective. It goes without saying that many of her cases are about show business abuse and corruption leading to murder.
  • Humanity Is Infectious:
    • Lucifer's more human, compassionate side starts to emerge the longer he spends helping Chloe solve murders, as well as the time he spends with her in general.
    • Mazikeen is also starting to develop more human feelings, prompted mainly by her friendship with Linda Martin, as well as Trixie and Chloe and even her relationship with Amenadiel. In fact, it's fair to say that her Character Development is proceeding faster than Lucifer's.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Most of the people encountered on this show are vain, selfish, lying assholes. Lucifer says that most of what is attributed to him is actually just because of this. People are killed for the love of money or status, or try to kill others in the name of Pride or Revenge. There are those who try to atone for earlier misdeeds or because they inadvertently caused undue suffering, but the majority of people seen here are only out for themselves.
    Lucifer: Why do they blame me for all their little failings? As if I spend my days sitting on their shoulder, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. "Oh, the Devil made me do it!" I have never made anyone do anything, ever.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Maze defends Chloe with this gem: "No one calls my skank a skank!"
  • I Am a Monster: Lucifer says this during a session with Linda Martin, dropping the name of the episode, because he feels guilt about having to kill his brother.
    • In season three, Lucifer realizes that his devil face wasn't a punishment from his Father but rather a way of punishing himself. After his failed rebellion he felt like a monster, so gave himself the face of one. He lost his devil face because he didn't feel like a monster anymore...but then the face makes a return after he kills Cain, hinting that he's gone back to believing himself to be a monster once again.
  • Idiot Ball: The butler in the pilot. What kind of employee stonewalls one minute and then changes his mind as soon as drugs are mentioned? It's a wonder his employer is still alive if that's all it takes to get in to 2Vile's home.
    • Lucifer wants Chloe and Pierce to break up, so tries telling her that Pierce is Cain from the Bible, but she doesn't believe him. It doesn't cross his mind for a moment that he can show her his wings and prove that the divine is real in order to protect her. But it's hinted a few episodes before that he's afraid that his celestial nature (specifically his wings) could end up hurting her in some way, so it's somewhat understandable.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Invoking this seems to be one of Lucifer and Maze's favorite activities. In episode 2x4, Chloe asks how Maze got into the police station:
    Maze:' Let's just say that Samantha at the front desk is no longer into men.
    • In Season 3, Maze goes undercover at a massage parlor to get info on one of her latest bounties from his girlfriend, a regular customer:
    Girlfriend: Are you supposed to be massaging my boobs?
    Maze: I can stop if you want me to.
    Girlfriend: I didn't say that.
    • Chloe uses a particularly butch policewoman to guard a prisoner in the hope she'll be impervious to Lucifer's charms. She's not.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: In "Homewrecker", Linda thinks this is the real reason Lucifer left Hell - and that he's found it with Chloe.
    Linda: I think you did come to Los Angeles looking for something. But I also think you've stopped...because maybe you've found it?
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Chloe is immune to Lucifer's abilities and charms, sexual or otherwise. Lucifer is fascinated by the implications, but Linda the therapist also notes that he's more than a little disturbed. Her immunity means that Lucifer has to rely on being himself to get her attention, which leads to a genuine friendship developing between them and Lucifer falling in love with her.
    • If Eve is to be believed, Adam preferred his first wife Lilith because of this reason.
  • Immortal Breaker: Stygian blades can harm demons and angels. Azrael's sword can also, theoretically, kill anything and cause Cessation of Existence for gods and angels.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Angels live forever and can't reproduce, at least not with humans. This is presumably the reason why Lucifer hasn't produced an army of devilspawn by now. Turns out fallen angels can, though, much to Amenadiel's shock.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: A suspect protests about being accused of two murders but Lucifer points out they only mention one murder and reveals that the other victim is missing. This causes the killer to find her to finish the job.
  • In Love with the Mark: Maze starts sleeping with Amenadiel to glean more information out of him and then kill him when he's outlived his usefulness. However, when she has the opportunity to do so, she finds she can't go through with it. In the Season One finale, she saves his life after Malcolm fatally injures him.
    • Pierce manipulates Chloe into a relationship with him in an attempt to make her fall in love with him so her feelings can remove his mark, and he can finally die. But then he falls in love with her, realizes that he can't break her heart like that, so breaks up with her. It's this selflessness that finally removes his curse.
  • In Name Only: The source material is about the Lightbringer on his personal quest for freedom from God, which takes him to different dimensions and universes and puts him in conflict with many other supernatural forces. The TV series is about Lucifer hanging around in L.A solving crimes. The only things retained from the comic are a few character names and the personal enmity between Lucifer and Amenadiel.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Lucifer sometimes jumps between bragging about himself to thinking that he's a monster who deserves to be punished.
  • Informed Flaw: Lucifer often refers to Dan as a douche ("Detective Douche, Saint Douche"), but from episode 2 onward, Dan seems more and more decent and supporting. Given that the divorce is not over yet, and that Chloe is basically the Black Sheep of the LAPD, which puts Dan between the hammer and the anvil, his moments of abrasiveness are understandable. Until Dan is revealed to be, you know, a Corrupt Cop. At least he appears conflicted about it, as opposed to Malcolm, who just oozes Evil Feels Good.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Dr. Jason Carlisle in "Love Handles", sick of getting flack for leaving a college student to die in a car accident decides to prove that he isn't a monster, just human...by forcing innocent people to make similar Sadistic Choices.
  • Insistent Terminology: Lucifer insists that his wife Candy isn't a stripper but an exotic dancer.
  • Insult to Rocks: In "A Good Day to Die", an dealer who's also an artist complains that people only buy his paintings as part of the deal and then they throw them like trash. Lucifer retorts that's an insult to trash.
  • Internal Reveal: After "Quid Pro Ho" revealed that God deliberately had Chloe put in Lucifer's path by having Amenadiel bless Chloe's parents to have a child, "Love Handles" has Maze learning of this fact, and Lucifer himself finds out in the episode's closing minutes.
    • In the season three finale, Chloe finally sees Lucifer's devil face and realizes that everything he told her was true.
  • Ironic Hell: From what little we see all of Hell is like this. Everyone who enters Hell is trapped by the own guilt and forced to relive their greatest shame forever, over and over and over. Lucifer suggests that a person who can forgive themselves might be set free.
  • It's All About Me: Granted, he is the lord of Hell so it's understandable Lucifer puts his own feelings and issues before anyone.
    Chloe: Only you could turn a tragic death into an excuse to talk about you.
    Lucifer: Well, who else would I talk about?
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: When Lucifer is being throttled to death by a Brawn Hilda wielding a fire poker, his (almost) Famous Last Words are "Don't... tell anyone... I died like this!" Afterwards Chloe makes it clear she's going to get payback for all the snarky comments Lucifer has been making about her.
    Lucifer: I'm never going to live this down, aren't I?
    Chloe: Not if I have anything to say about it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Chloe outraged at her mother, Penelope, wanting to take Trixie to an audition.
      Chloe: You can't just walk in here like...
      Penelope: Like I own the place? The place you live in, rent-free?
    • In season 3, it's revealed that Maze has been causing Lucifer's paranoia by making him think that he's involuntarily committing acts of heroism in his sleep due to his wings, in order to get him away from Chloe so Pierce can move in on her. She said it was easy because his narcissism and Daddy Issues dangerously and obsessively override everything else, including his feelings for Chloe. It's possible that this realization is what allows Lucifer to finally pull himself together, and by the end of the season he's realized that his Father isn't controlling anything and he's been responsible for his own actions the entire time.
  • Jesus Taboo: Despite dealing with religion and featuring angels and demons, the show has never mentionned the Christ, not even in the episode with a priest.
  • Joke and Receive: Chloe jokes about Lucifer having Daddy Issues. She's not wrong...
  • Just a Flesh Wound:
    • Averted when Chloe gets shot in the shoulder in the series premiere. It is implied that she would have died without Lucifer's intervention, she spends some time in the hospital and has to take medical leave from work. The bullet leaves a significant scar.
    • Subverted when Lucifer is shot in the leg. The wound bleeds and is painful but it is easily treated and later that day he is able to walk with just a small limp. However, the fact that he was actually wounded at all is an extremely big deal since Lucifer is supposed to be immune to human weapons, and was in the series premiere. Something is happening to him that he doesn't understand.
  • Karmic Death: Reese Getty hires a serial killer targeting "frauds" to kill Lucifer. Said serial killer poisons him after realizing that Lucifer isn't the fraud - he is. Doubly so in that Reese was Dead All Along, and the whole episode takes place in his cell in Hell, so he'll keep getting killed for eternity.
  • Kids Play Matchmaker: Lucifer attempts to get his parents back together in season two's "God Johnson". They even reference The Parent Trap.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Lucifer, who has charmed and slept with possibly thousands of women, realizes in season 2's "Homewrecker" that he's in love with Chloe.
    • Also, as explained just below, the chauvinist motivational speaker that Lucifer and Chloe are investigating has genuinely fallen in love with a girl...who he actually slept with years before and forgot about. She's not happy.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The chauvinist motivational speaker gets his at the end of the fourth episode. He'd fallen in love with the victim of the week, not remembering he'd slept with her as research for his book before he'd struck it big, and she meant to take revenge by faking her kidnapping to collect the ransom after stringing him along for four months.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Lucifer's Crime-Solving Devil song uses a bass version of the stand-out riff from Being Evil Has A Price; the show's theme song.
    • In The Angel Of San Bernadino, when a drug-wired Lucifer - after binge-watching Bones in an effort to stay awake - accompanies Chloe to confront a suspect, he starts rambling about how said suspect also killed the "intern from the hospital". Not only was the Bones episode he mentioned a real one, the suspect is played by Scott Rinker, the same actor who played the villain of the episode, who suddenly mentions that it wasn't an easy role.
  • Left the Background Music On (with added Diegetic Switch): In Deceptive Little Parasite, a scene transition is accompanied by a piece of rock music. The following scene has that same music playing very quietly in the background due to it playing on Mazikeen's MP3 player (the audio is bleeding from her earbuds). When Chloe then tries to unload her recent problems on Maze, she uses the distraction to slip the earbuds back in, hiding them under her hair. As the scene shifts viewpoints between them, the music cuts in and out, with the music drowning out Chloe's speech for Maze. Until Chloe catches on to what's happening and yanks the earbuds out.
    Chloe: Okay, I'm gonna adopt a dozen puppies and I'm gonna let 'em sleep in your bedroom.
    Mazikeen: [obliviously nods]
  • Lighter and Softer: Than the source material, which depicts Lucifer as an Anti-Heroic Sociopath who only does things that directly benefit himself, with all else being a secondary consideration. In this, he shows compassion, cares about a mortal woman enough to personally investigate her death and puts the fear of God in a girl who bullied his erstwhile police friend's daughter.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Chloe doesn't know who Lucifer really is, which has led to a lot of difficult situations where Chloe thinks less of him/thinks he's acting crazy when he's really just trying to help (most often her), situations which would be made a lot easier if she was in the know. She finally sees the truth in the season 3 finale.
    • This also counts with Ella, Dan, and possibly Trixie (the latter has seen Maze's real face, though she thought it was a Halloween costume).
  • Loophole Abuse: Hell was designed so only a celestial (usually an angel, though it's implied God or Goddess qualify as well) could rule it. One of the reasons why Lucifer remained King of Hell for so long is because none of the other angels were willing to take his place. So, when he tries to formally abdicate the throne, his former subjects decide to replace him with his nephew Charlie, a newborn half-angel who clearly can't make the choice for himself.

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  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Played straight. Chloe, Lucifer and Dan investigate the cases, interrogate the suspects and arrest the criminals. In season 2, Ella seems to be the only forensic scientist.
  • Mama Bear: When Malcolm kidnapped Trixie, she went against police protocol and removed his money from evidence in order to meet with him and exchange it for her daughter's life.
    Chloe: Trixie is all that matters.
    • Charlotte, of all people, gets a moment when she offers to go back down to Hell, the one place she's afraid of, in order to pull Lucifer out. She states that she's willing to "face a thousand Hells to save my son".
  • Man of Kryptonite: Chloe is this for Lucifer. Aside from being immune to his supernatural charm, every time he's genuinely injured, it's when she's nearby.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Chloe does it in the name of finding suspects that went to a certain party. A kidnapped girl pulled this on the Straw Misogynist who was legitimately in love with her.
    • Lucifer's mother pulls a lot of strings, and even tries to kill Chloe in the mistaken belief that this will induce Lucifer to come back to Heaven with her. Her vessel, Charlotte Richards, was no better before she was chosen for Body Surfing.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • A couple. Beatrice, Delilah.
    • Lucifer's club is named "Lux," Latin for "light."
  • Meganekko: Linda.
  • Metaphorically True: Pierce claims that the Sinnerman "killed his brother". Since Pierce is The Man Behind the Man for the Sinnerman (thus making him the real Sinnerman) and is confirmed by Lucifer to be the biblical Cain, then yes, the Sinnerman did kill his brother.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Played with; a Glamour Failure is often shown via a reflective surface, but doesn't happen every time there's a mirror.
  • Mistaken for Racist: In the pilot, Lucifer confronts Delilah's ex, a famous rap artist, who comments that his name would make a great rap-artist title. Lucifer voices his offense and has to clarify that he does not hate black people or music made by black people, he just hates rap music. Lucifer is not even sorry about this. He appears to go on the explanation to just piss off the ex, insinuating that while there are talented rap artists, 2Vile (or however it's supposed to be spelled) is not among them.
  • Modesty Towel: Chloe wears one in the cold open of episode four. She accidentally drops it in front of Lucifer when checking on a noise she heard. Hilarity Ensues when Dan and Trixie enter unexpectedly moments after she's covered up again.
  • Moment Killer: In "Pops" Lucifer is doing his usual seduction of a woman using a strawberry. After a sensual bite of the fruit, she utters, "Oh God!" Lucifer stops and has an angry face, asking why she had to say that before walking away.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Chloe for Lucifer. She literally brings out his humanity, and is able to talk him down from seriously hurting the criminals they catch.
    • Trixie is one for Maze.
  • Motive Decay: In-universe. Lucifer realizes that a Serial Killer started killing because he wanted to exact karmic justice on his victims but now he simply likes killing and punishing evildoers has become just an excuse. This leads Lucifer to realize that he liked his job as Lord of Hell not because he wanted to punish sinners but because he liked the power.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Lucifer himself. Shots of him shirtless and even trouserless abound.
    • Dan, Pierce, and even Amenadiel qualify. Dan even has shirtless scenes nearly as often as Lucifer.
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked in-universe when Lucifer sings along while strumming his own theme song on a bass guitar.
    Decker: That better not be Marla's bass.
    Lucifer: It's already been processed. And I've written you a song! Ready? [Lucifer strums the melody to the show's theme song] "Crime-solving devil! It maaakes sense! Don't overthink it!"
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • A criminal steals a shipping container that belongs to Lucifer and contains his wings. The criminal is freaked out when he sees what is inside and then he has to face a really pissed off Lucifer. After Lucifer shows him his true face, the criminal jumps off a building to his death rather than face him.
    • Dan constantly threatening Lucifer for putting Chloe in danger, unaware that he's actually threatening the Devil himself.
    • A would-be mugger aims a gun at Lucifer's mother, demanding "money or your life, bitch". She kills him with a single shove.
  • Mundane Utility: For a given level of "mundane". Early on, whenever Amenadiel arrives on Earth, he makes time slow down to a crawl so he can talk to Lucifer without being observed by humans. If Lucifer summons his brother, it is supposed to be for a matter of Celestial importance. Instead, the Lord of Hell specifically summons him to save a human from being shot and prove to Chloe that Lucifer is who he says he is. Amenadiel is furious that he was summoned for something so trivial.
  • Mundane Wish:
    • Lucifer does his "What do you most desire?" to a supermodel. The answer? A cheeseburger.
    • Lucifer insists that he grant Ella a favor in return for some off-the-books forensic work. So she whispers something in his ear that totally offends the Devil. She wants him to come to church with her.
    • Lucifer wants to start a riot in a mental hospital so he can escape. The inmates aren't interested in escaping or doing anything violent... but one woman wants to turn the lights on and off, and a man wants to steal underwear, so a whole ward full of inmates doing what they most desire at the same time causes the required chaos for his escape.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Maze's reflection shows half of her face horribly burned off, resembling her comic counterpart's original appearance.
    • In episode 6, Lucifer gives a frustrated speech about never having forced anyone into committing evil — it is almost word for word the same tirade that he made in The Sandman album Season of Mists.
    • In "Favorite Son", Lucifer mentions Silver City.
    • In "#TeamLucifer" a Satan worshipper remarks that he expected Lucifer to be blond, which he is in the comics.
      • In the same episode, one of the Satan worshipers' real name is Mike Carey, who was the writer of the original comic series.
    • In "The Good, the Bad, and the Crispy", Lucifer opens a tear to nothingness, where his mother can start over by creating another universe. Similar to a 2000 story where Lucifer decides to create his own universe in competition against God.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lucifer, after he is forced to killed Uriel.
    • And, at the end of Let Pinhead Sing, after his efforts at "driving her out of the spotlight" (in order to spare her from his father's wrath for his continued defiance) lead to Chloe going to an Axara live show with Pierce, Lucifer ends up in Linda's office, on the verge of tears.
    Lucifer: ...I think I've made a horrible mistake.
    • Played for Laughs in "Trip to Stabby Town" with Linda, when it hits her that she had sex with the Devil.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In "St. Lucifer", Lucifer decides to do a good deed and give his clothes to a homeless man... stripping completely nude, in the middle of a pawn shop, to do so. A strategically placed table with a joystick on top of it hides his groin.
    Chloe: ...aaand he's naked.
  • Neck Lift:
    • In "A Priest Walks Into a Bar", Lucifer gives one to Father Frank's killer.
    • In "A Good Day To Die", Lucifer gives one to Amenadiel because he's angry that he was involved in Chloe's conception.
  • No Social Skills:
    • Lucifer's an odd variant - he's great with most social situations, when he can turn on the charm (metaphorical and literal) and talk his way into or out of anything, but when he's faced with Chloe or her daughter (the former can No-Sell his charm, which fascinates and bemuses him, and the latter thinks he's the bee's knees even without it, something which completely baffles him), his attempts to be charming come off as they would to most if not for his gift - weird, annoying and creepy. He also has no issue with stripping completely nude in the middle of a pawn shop to give a homeless man his clothing.
    • While it doubled as an attempt to troll him, Maze stripping an unconscious Dan naked and placing him in Chloe's bed was an actual attempt to get them back together, and she's genuinely puzzled when it didn't work.
  • Noodle Implements: When interviewing a number of Lucifer's recent lovers, Chloe has to listen to them go into detail about their trysts, all of which involve unusual objects.
    Lover 1: He even did this thing with a pan flute and a butternut squash.
    Lucifer: I was improvising. I didn't have any zucchinis.
    Lover 2: He even did this thing with my Tibetan singing pot and artisanal honey.
    Lucifer: It's a game I play called "Do I make you horny, honey?"
    Lover 3: ...with some Vaseline and a car battery.
    Dan: What?!?!
    Lucifer: Oh, it's a move I call "Gentlemen, start your engines!" It's bloody brilliant!
  • Noodle Incident: Meeting over drinks, Amenadiel asks Maze if she's ever heard "the story of Lucifer and the goat" and then admits he started it. She actually laughs, saying Lucifer hates the story and couldn't figure out how it started and Amenadiel is happy to finally be able to tell someone about it.
  • Not Actually the Ultimate Question: Amenadiel has a habit of misconstruing simple questions, offering a lengthy and introspective analysis of his current state of being to the (now bewildered) person who just wanted to know something much more mundane (i.e. what would he like to drink).
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Chloe doesn't find Lucifer as charming as everyone else. It's implied that her ability to No-Sell his abilities is at least in part thanks to Amenadiel's blessing on her parents, who were having trouble getting pregnant at the time.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: A recurring theme in the show among its characters.
    • Mythologically, the Devil is supposed to be the embodiment and purveyor of all evil. Lucifer Morningstar, however, is actually just a scapegoat for humanity's own faults, as he is a misunderstood partier that indulges in earthly pleasures to curb his loneliness.
      Lucifer: All I ever wanted was to be my own man here. To be judged for my own doing. And for that? I've been shown how truly powerless I am. That even the people I trusted—the one person, you—could be used to hurt me.
    • Mazikeen is a demon that has spent a portion of her eternal life torturing humans in Hell, but she also loyal to Lucifer as his protector and former lover. She manages to befriend a young girl and even develops a relationship with Amenadiel.
    • Amenadiel directly antagonizes Lucifer with a personal vendetta against him under the guise of doing Heaven's work and blames him for his predicament but takes a Heel–Face Turn after developing a relationship with Maze, reconciling his own sense of self-entitlement and works with Lucifer to fix his mess.
    • Dan Espinoza is a Dirty Cop willing to shoot other Dirty Cops, take bribes and do anything to cover his ass, but ultimately confesses and turns himself in, doing the right thing.
    • Nick Hofmeister from "Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil" was a Paparazzi Dung-Beetle that invaded the privacy of those he photographed but gave up such behavior after he did this to Chloe at her father's funeral, even trying to make sure that Josh did not do the same. It didn't work, but it's the thought that counts.
    • Debra McCall from "The Would-Be Prince of Darkness" would come across as the kind of girl who would kill the girl sleeping with her estranged boyfriend though really she just went to drown her sorrows in ice cream for a good few hours when it happened.
    • As big of a scumbag as he is, Carver Cruz from "Manly Whatnots" legitimately loved Linda, willing to pay her ransom and comply with her "kidnapper's" demands.
    • Ex-con, Yellow Viper from "Sweet Kicks" went legit and decided to focus on teaching legal graffiti art in a class, simply being the fall guy over a girl's death.
    • While Diego Ramirez from "Sweet Kicks" went about his grief in the wrong way, he really was broken up about his cousin's death, reduced to a sobbing mess when confronted about it. His wife Dani understands too, being his accomplice.
    • Biker-bar owner Hank from "Favorite Son" would rather focus on his merchandising career than continue the traditional "biker lifestyle", saying that it's for his health.
    • Connor from "A Priest Walks Into a Bar" was being manipulated by his counselor into his illegal doings, something Frank was able to recognize.
    • The various Satanists in "#TeamLucifer" are framed by Malcolm for the ritualistic murders of their own members. In reality, the Satanists are quite harmless, either Hormone-Addled Teenagers rebelling against their parents or Goths finding community, the horrifying imagery they use purely for aesthetic purposes, averting the stereotype altogether.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Chloe asks if "Lucifer Morningstar" is a stage name, Lucifer responds that it's "God-given." This is normally a euphemism for one's birth name, but of course he is being perfectly literal.
  • Not So Different:
    • When Chloe tells Maze one reason she became a cop (besides being able to shoot people) is she doesn't like people getting away with their crimes. Maze realizes she has a similar mentality towards the damned she used to punish.
    • Later in Season 3, Amenadiel realizes that celestials and humans are not that different from each other. Both are flawed and struggle to grasp what God's true intentions are. Also, self-actualization affects both of them. Humans who believe they deserve punishment get sent to Hell. Angels who lose faith in themselves lose their wings.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Crossing over with Intergenerational Friendship. In spite of his dislike of children, Lucifer gradually warms up to Trixie (although he's still very uncomfortable around her). Trixie later makes friends with Maze after wandering into Lux.
    • Maze later attends a session with Linda in order to try and fit in with humans more, and ends up becoming good friends with her. This continues even after Linda finds out Maze is a demon.
  • Oh, Crap!: Chloe and Lucifer have this reaction when Chloe shoots Lucifer in the leg. Chloe is horrified that she just shot another person and Lucifer is freaked out because the bullet wound is actually bleeding and he is in pain.
    • Another moment of realization hits when Lucifer's mother attempts escape.
    Lucifer: Okay, then we'll just have to find her before that happens! I mean... how far can a celestial being trapped in a feeble human body for the first time get?
    Mazikeen: Well, let's see: she's stupid-hot, wearing my clothes and she's got a corporate credit card.
    Lucifer: ...bollocks.
  • Once per Episode: Lucifer compels a suspect into revealing their desire.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • At the end of "Take Me Back To Hell" Amenadiel realizes Lucifer is genuinely frightened about a being escaping Hell. In disbelief, he asks who escaped. Lucifer's answer: "Mum."
    • Any time Mazikeen, usually fierce and unflinching, starts to cry.
      • When Trixie shows delight at her demonic face in "Monster", she smiles tearfully, grateful.
      • When Linda fails to revive Lucifer in "A Good Day To Die", Mazikeen turns away, her expression crumpling.
      • Maze starts to cry in Linda's office while she and Lucifer are there together, as Linda furiously tells him what Maze has been feeling, and Lucifer tries to blow it off, only to look over and see her in tears.
      • In Season 4, she begins to fall in love with Eve, leading to her singing a very emotional public performance of "Wonderwall" to everyone's shock, particularly Lucifer's.
    • Pierce tearing up in the precinct while making an announcement is what clues Chloe in that he was the one who killed Charlotte, because he never gets emotional.
    • Upon hearing from Chloe how much time Lucifer has been spending with Eve, Ella realizes their relationship may be more serious than Chloe wants to admit.
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: At the end of "Sympathy for the Goddess", Amenadiel finds out in a book that the key to the Flaming Sword was given to God's favorite son. He immediately assumes it's Lucifer's ring. Then Amenadiel's pendant is drawn to the sword...
    Lucifer: Is that the key around your neck or are you just happy to see me?
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Amenadiel tries to scare Maze into complying with his demands, only to recoil in fear when Maze licks him flirtatiously.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Lucifer's mother is just as much The Hedonist as he is, which tends to squick Lucifer out. Amenadiel is equally squicked out when he witnesses their mother making out with Dan.
  • Pass the Popcorn: In "Love Handles", Chloe wakes up from an Erotic Dream to find Maze sitting at her bedside, eating popcorn and apparently enjoying the show.
  • Personality Powers: In addition to common powers like Super Strength and wings that let them fly between dimensions, each angel has a unique power that fits their personality. Linda at one point asks Amenadiel whether the powers are shaped by their personalities or the other way around, but he admits that even the angels themselves don't know.
    • Lucifer has the ability to draw out a person's innermost desires, befitting his nature as The Hedonist and The Corrupter.
    • Amenadiel has the ability to slow time to a crawl. He uses that to carry out his father's will without needing to actually interact with humans.
    • Uriel can spot patterns, letting him both predict the future and set Disaster Dominoes moving. From what we see of him, he seems to be the angelic version of a Nerd - unpopular, cerebral and prone to aspiring to Awesomeness by Analysis.
    • Azrael can choose to be invisible to all humans except the ones she wants to see her, fitting her personality of being awkward but affectionate - it means that she can interact with the people she choses to while still avoiding the world at large.
  • Police are Useless: Subverted in the pilot. Lucifer clearly does not think that the LAPD will properly investigate Delilah's murder so he decides to look into the matter himself. He is then pleasantly surprised when he sees that Detective Chloe Decker is actually investigating the case seriously. Her investigative methods are just as effective as Lucifer's and she does not have access to supernatural powers. She's also the first one to realize the motive behind Delilah's murder and who was responsible.
  • The Pornomancer: Lucifer, naturally. In "Stewardess Interruptus" they fill the entire police station with his lovers from just the past eight weeks.
    • Also deconstructed in that Lucifer is devastated to learn that none of the people he's had sex with cared about him beyond enjoying sex.
  • Possessing a Dead Body: It's possible for the denizens of Hell to escape by possessing the body of someone who recently died.
  • Power Nullifier: It turns out that this is why Lucifer's mental powers don't work on Chloe, and why he bled when she shot him - something about her suppresses his abilities.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: invoked
    • In My Little Monkey, as part of his emulating of Dan, Lucifer announces their arrival in one scene by coming up with two of these.
      Lucifer: [mouth-trumpet fanfare!] Never fear! Luci-Dan is here! Or is it Douchifer, actually? It's got more of a ring to it, hasn't it?
    • In season three Lucifer mentions his and Chloe's ship name "Deckerstar". In the same episode Ella later mentions "Pecker" as a ship name for Pierce and Chloe.
    • In "Orange Is the New Maze", Lucifer suggests "Ameninda" and "Lindadiel" for Amenadiel/Linda.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Linda.
  • Public Domain Artifact: It turns out that Azrael's blade is actually the flaming sword that guarded the way to Eden, which can cut through anything including the gates of Heaven. This is Mom's plan to regain the Silver City.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Lucifer, fittingly enough, does this at the end of "A Priest Walks Into A Bar", after Father Frank's death.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucifer is wild, carefree and endlessly snarky compared to Chloe's attempts at being professional.
  • Race Lift: In the comics Amenadiel is Caucasian in appearance, long silver-hair dripping off of his Neanderthalish face that only a mother could love. In the TV show, however, Amenadiel is played by an attractive black actor.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Lucifer is so used to being Immune to Bullets that he seems to forget that normal people are not. He blunders into the middle of a hostage situation and gets both the hostage taker and Chloe shot as a result.
    • Chloe is a living embodiment of this trope to Lucifer due to her immunity to his powers. He is used to the fact that reality generally does not apply to him and through Chloe he gets to experience bits of what life is for a regular human man. She rebuffs his sexual advances, refuses to tell him her secrets and generally treats him like she would any obnoxious creep. He's legitimately surprised when, after Chloe shoots him at his insistence (which she only does after she catches a glimpse of his real face in a reflective surface), he starts bleeding like a normal person.
    • Unsurprisingly, the new lieutenant is not fond of Dan, a self-confessed Dirty Cop who escaped punishment for his crimes because they were swept under the rug. But then it's revealed that Lt. Pierce is actually Cain from the Bible, and the Sinnerman as well...
    • In Season 2, Charlotte was pleased with herself for discovering that she could make her husband stop asking awkward questions by having sex with him. In Season 3, we learned that he ended up divorcing her, so clearly the trick wasn't working as well as she thought.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Delilah had a history of sleeping with sleazy and abusive men, and was known to cheat on her boyfriends. This leads to Lucifer and Chloe suspecting that she might have also slept with the drug dealer that killed her. As a result they initially explain away a vital piece of evidence that points to who ordered the murder.
    • During "Stewardess Interuptus" Lucifer needs to give Chloe a list of every person he has had a sexual encounter with in the past eight weeks. The total number of people clocks in at 92 sexual partners, male and female.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Lucifer's standard M.O. In season 3, in an attempt to recapture his old bad self to spite his father, Lucifer takes it upon himself to teach a bunch of kids at a drug rehab camp how to deal drugs.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Lucifer doesn't want to be in charge of the Underworld anymore, but Amenadiel insists that he go back and take care of things. Amenadiel implies that things have gone to hell since Lucifer decided to set up shop in LA.
  • Resurrective Immortality: This only seems to apply if Lucifer's caught off guard. If he isn't, he barely even notices bullets.
  • The Reveal: "Take Me Back to Hell", the Season One finale, ends with Lucifer discovering that his mother has escaped Hell.
    • Season Two's "Quid Pro Ho" reveals that Chloe was conceived when God sent Amenadiel to bless her parents 35 years ago, so they could have a child - which is why Chloe is able to make Lucifer mortal. It was the only time Amenadiel was asked to perform such a task.
    • In the last two episodes of season three it's revealed why Lucifer's wings came back and why he lost his devil face, and why Amenadiel lost his powers: it's their own actions and how they see themselves that determine their identities. Amenadiel felt guilty for his actions in season 1, so he unconsciously took away his wings and powers on his own because he didn't think he deserved to be an angel. Lucifer lost his devil face and gained his wings because he felt good about himself and didn't think he was a monster anymore. When he fell from Heaven, he gave himself the devil face because he felt like a monster, and his devil face returns after killing Cain probably because he thinks he's a monster again.
  • Running Gag:
    • Lucifer (white with a British accent) introducing Amenadiel (black with an American accent) as his brother, and mortals doing a double-take.
      Lucifer: I know, shocking, isn't it? He's much less handsome than I am.
    • Lucifer's constant disappointment at people's deepest desires. Every time he expects it to be something salacious but most of the time it is petty and irrelevant.
    • Linda trying to subtly guide a patient (usually Lucifer) towards an emotional breakthrough, only to have them have entirely the wrong epiphany - whereupon them trying to put it into practice becomes, in turn, a Running Gag for the rest of the episode.
    • People keep stealing Dan's pudding.
    • That poor Lee lad who keeps meeting Lucifer in season openings (except for season 1). He's not exactly poor anymore.

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  • Sadistic Choice: In "Love Handles", the killer of the week is subjecting people to these, forcing them to choose between destroying the source of their livelihood (an actor being told to damage his face, a surgeon being told to mangle her hand, etc) or letting an innocent person die from poisoning. He was a college professor who was vilified by the public for saving himself and his dissertation during a car accident, as opposed to the innocent victim who was in the car with him. He was trying to prove that any other person would make the same choice he did.
  • Satan is Good: Pretty much the entire point of the show. Sure, Lucifer may be amoral, as self-centered as a gyroscope, and constantly trying to get the female lead into bed with him (at least until he falls in love with her), but he's very dedicated to punishing wrongdoers and saving innocents (even when he doesn't believe he's doing it), and some wrongdoings disgust him deeply.
  • Secret Identity: Averted and mocked relentlessly. Lucifer makes no effort to hide who he is, practically telling everybody who he is to their face. The drama comes from those who try to rationalize and assume that he is either lying, delusional, or kidding. Especially Chloe. Played with a little in that while Lucifer doesn't hide who and what he is, neither does he go around proving it, as he easily could. He seems to implicitly agree with God's rule against proving the existence of the divine to mortals. Until Linda insists that he tell her the truth, which he does by showing her his true face.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A sports agent fears that his star client will leave him for another agent, so he engages in some very shady actions to prevent that, including killing a woman. The client was not planning on changing agents, but when he finds out what the agent did, he fires him on the spot.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: "A Good Day To Die" shows Hell's tortures to mostly be this, as sinners are tortured based on their biggest regrets. The killer from "Love Handles" is a reliving the experience of being ridiculed for not saving the car crash victim, played on an endless loop. Lucifer gets stuck stabbing Uriel again and again until his mother breaks him out.
    • A writer is stuck reliving a set period of time where he discovers Lucifer is sleeping with who he believes to be his wife, that Lucifer really is The Devil, and why his marriage failed, only for it all to be an Ignored Epiphany leading to his death, and he wakes up at the beginning to relive the whole thing again, having forgotten everything.
  • Serious Business: In Season 3, "Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards," pudding is given this treatment. A company's recipe is so closely guarded that they refuse to cough up security footage of a murder to avoid revealing the ingredients, they hire a private investigator to pursue Lucifer and Chloe to ensure no company secrets are exposed, and they and a rival company they're intending to merge with clam with laywers the instant they're approached for questioning. Gets a bit more justified when Ella realizes why they don't want the recipe getting exposed: two of the ingredients can potentially combine to create a deadly poison, which is what gives their pudding its "higher protein content" that they proudly advertize.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Lucifer's overweening pride is handsomely accentuated by this trope.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Ella joins Lucifer in Las Vegas, he's wowed when she comes down in a hot dress showing off leg.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Linda and Dan of all people have been encouraging Lucifer and Chloe.
    • Ella's on board too.
      Ella: Are you done having your whisper fight? Just make out already.
    • In season three, Ella jumps ship and starts shipping Chloe and Pierce together. Everyone is baffled, even Chloe herself (not understanding how Ella can see sexual tension and heat between the two of them). It's later revealed that a lot of this was because of Ella's hero-worship of Pierce and becoming attached to the idea of "beautiful Pecker babies". Once she realizes that Chloe never loved him and was never fully invested in the relationship, she apologizes and jumps back onto the Deckerstar ship. Dan, meanwhile, sticks firmly with Deckerstar throughout the season.
    • In season 4, Dan encourages Maze to confess her feelings to Eve.
  • Shipping Torpedo:
    • Dan sees Lucifer as a bad influence on Chloe (which is ironic, since he's firmly all for their relationship later on). Maze (initially) and Lucifer's mom see Chloe as a bad influence on Lucifer, and both considered murdering her but didn't go through it.
    • Lucifer disapproves of Maze and Amenadiel. Also, not only does he get mad when he learns that Dan slept with his mom, he also makes sure that they don't see each other again.
      Lucifer: The last thing I need is a step-Dan.
    • In season three, Lucifer disapproves of Chloe and Pierce together because of his feelings for Chloe. Amenadiel and Charlotte disapprove because they believe it's God's will for Lucifer and Chloe to be together (Charlotte is even the one who plants doubts in Chloe's mind and makes her reconsider her decision to marry Pierce). Dan disapproves because he just doesn't like Pierce.
    Dan: (about Pierce) Screw that guy.
  • Shooting Superman:
    • In the first season finale, mooks insist on emptying their guns into Lucifer and Amenadiel despite clearly seeing it does squat. One of them resorts to pistol-whipping Amenadiel from behind, and somehow manages to look surprised when it doesn't work.
      Lucifer: I should warn you - (gets shot, irritated sigh) - this is hardly a fair fight.
    • This gets Played Straight or Subverted depending on whether Chloe is around Lucifer or not. If she's near him, expect Lucifer to duck for cover and be mindful of his newfound mortality. If she isn't around, then Lucifer is free to go all-out and show the poor Mooks shooting him why it's a really bad idea to piss off the Devil.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Amenadiel's wings in the pilot episode were glossy black and angular, almost metallic, and the feathers had sharp edges. At the end of season three, his wings are noticeably more rounded, the feathers are soft and wide, and it's a much lighter shade of grey. It reflects how Amenadiel's time spent on Earth surrounded by people he's come to care for (Maze, Linda, Charlotte, even Dan) have softened him. He's no longer a radical, fanatically carrying out his father's wishes; he's become a much more accepting and moderate person.
  • Slashed Throat: How Dr. Carlisle takes his own life.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: A standard Monster of the Week criminal shown in Season 3's "City of Angels?". While committing an entirely unrelated crime, he tries to cover up his motive by mugging Amenadiel and stealing his necklace. This sparks a chain of events that leads to Lucifer bringing Maze to Earth, buying what will become Lux, and deciding to remain on Earth, forcing Amenadiel to let him by calling in a favor he owes Lucifer for his aid in retrieving the necklace. Their involvement also helps Chloe make detective (since Amenadiel reporting the mugging is what led her to an important clue). In other words, an unassuming accidental murderer ends up causing the events of the entire series.
  • Spit Take:
    • In a flashback, Candy does this after Lucifer proposes to her.
    • Linda does one when Amenadiel announces he has contracted chlamydia from a prostitute.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred:
    • After Amenadiel and Lucifer finally get back the latter's stolen wings, Lucifer realizes they have been holding him back, calling them "an easy way back into his old life", so he burns them. Amenadiel, outraged by such pointless destruction, immediately starts beating down on Lucifer. However, this is exactly what Lucifer wants (despite getting his face pounded into the sand):
      Lucifer: Yes! Hit me again! Release your anger! Become wrath! FALL LIKE I DID!
    • That last statement shocks Amenadiel to his very core, disturbed at how close he came to, yes, falling just like Lucifer.
  • Super Dickery: Episode 2 opens with Lucifer convincing a seemingly suicidal woman to jump. She's actully jumping into a swimming pool.
  • Surprise Car Crash: At the end of "Lady Parts", an SUV crashes into Detective Decker's Crown Victoria after she had ended a call regarding a move to a new apartment. The next episode reveals that Uriel set the crash in motion.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Characters regularly walks in and out of Lux even when it's supposed to be closed. Eventually lampshaded in season 4 when Lucifer exhasperately says he should put a lock on the elevator.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Subverted, as Lucifer isn't the antagonist in this case. Here, while he is literally the Devil, his fall is portrayed as tragic and cruel. This is especially telling in "A Priest Walks into a Bar" where he ends up befriending a priest, who was unbothered by the fact that he knew Lucifer really was the Devil, seeing him as lost just like any other man.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: Lucifer asks Chloe to take her shirt off because he wants to check to see if she has angel wings. It says a lot about how their relationship has progressed that Chloe complies with the bizarre request, despite Lucifer having made blatant sexual advances to her in the past.
  • Take That!:
    • Lucifer ranks various tyrants in Hell at the end of "Trip to Stabby Town"... and ends the list with Donald Trump.
    Lucifer: I mean, I know he's not dead, but he's definitely going.
    • In "Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith," Lucifer dismisses Chloe's concerns about Maze, saying that he and Maze have been through "the plagues, the floods, the Dave Matthews Band..."
    • When having the Sinnerman tortured, Lucifer suggests Maze (whom he notes is Hell's most brutal torturer) play Nickelback on repeat; she replies that's the first thing she tried.
    • Hell apparently plays some Justin Bieber, as well.
    Lucifer: Gosh, you should hear the screams.
    • When Lucifer is told he's in danger in the beginning of "Sympathy for the Goddess":
    Lucifer: Is it the Yakuza? Nephilim? One Million Moms?
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Lucifer and Richard Kester (played by Jim Rash)...except he's not particularly concerned if Richard (who he suspects of murder) jumps, just so long as he gets some insight into jealousy and relationships. On learning he's perfectly innocent, he makes no secret of how sad he finds the guy.
    Richard: Aren't you supposed to tell me that I have a lot to live for?
    Lucifer: Well, I wish I could, Ricky, but your life sounds incredibly bleak. Ironically, it seems, there's nowhere to go but up.
  • Taking You with Me: After getting shot, Jimmy Barnes tries to kill Chloe and Lucifer.
  • Technicolor Science: in "Vegas With Some Radish", Lucifer walks into a lab at the police station that has lots of beakers full of colourful liquids.
  • Therapy Backfire:
    • Most episodes involve one of Lucifer's sessions with Linda where she will try to lead him to a realization and he will then have an "insight" that runs in exactly the opposite direction, usually towards the most self-serving version possible.
    • In "Et Tu, Doctor?", Lucifer manages to get Linda involved in their most recent case in an effort to get Chloe past her ex. Unfortunately, all it does is show Linda that Lucifer is just jealous of the attention Chloe gives Dan.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Lucifer, the Dark Lord of the Underworld, realizes that he has issues and decides to seek therapy in exchange for having lots of sex with his therapist. Until she ultimately decides to keep their relationship strictly professional.
    Lucifer: Here's the deal: we can have as much naked cuddle time as you desire. But you're going to have to listen to me too. There's a few things I'd like to discuss with you. You know...just an existential dilemma or two. Deal?
    Linda: Yes!
    Lucifer: Lovely!
  • Time-Freeze Trolling Spree: In "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer", Amenadiel freezes time when they realize that the bank robber they interrogate isn't possessed by their mother. While they discuss the matter at hand, Lucifer messes with him, putting a tiara on his head, stealing his gun, stripping him down to his briefs and tying his shoes together before leaving. Also provides the page image.
  • Time Stands Still: Not quite, but whenever Amenadiel shows up, everything mortal slows down to a crawl, even bullets.
  • Title Drop: The show always sneaks the name of an episode into the dialogue of that episode. note 
  • A Threesome Is Hot: It's called the Devil's Threesome for a reason. Maze arranges a foursome at one point, but her boss has to rush off and suggests that she indulge herself instead.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In Candy Morningstar, Lucifer plays a basic rendition of the melody to the show's theme song ("Being Evil Has A Price" by Heavy Young Heathens) - or, at least, the short section that accompanies the title card after each episode's intro - on a suspect's bass guitar.
    Chloe: That better not be Marla's bass.
    Lucifer: Don't worry. It's already been processed. And... I've written you a song! Ready? [starts playing] Crime-solving devil! It makes sense! Don't overthink it!
  • The Scapegoat: Lucifer claims that most of what he's blamed for is actually misattributed to him and that a lot of humans really are just scum.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: In "Pops", Lucifer brings a suspect who's also a skilled chef to cook for the dinner with Chloe's family. Unfortunately, an argument causes everyone but Lucifer to leave without taking a single bite of the food.
  • To Hell with This Infernal Job: Lucifer simply decided he was sick of Hell and left to open a nightclub in L.A. However, his brother Amenadiel is determined to get him back at his post.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The upcoming episode previews naturally end up spoiling certain important plot points, such as Chloe's Deadly Nosebleed at the end of "Love Handles" being shown prominently in a preview a few weeks before the episode aired. Likewise Charlotte's days being numbered was spoiled by the preview for "Deceptive Little Parasite".
  • Twist Ending: The end of "Off The Record" proves to be one; the pullback shot reveals that Reese is actually in Hell, and that the events of the entire episode are his eternal torment that he's been reliving over and over and over again.
  • Unflinching Walk: Lucifer does one towards speeding cars.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Because Reese's story is a vignette playing out in Hell we don't know how much is real and how much is his own nightmare version of events. Considering that the interviews took place in season 1 but was shown occurring in the season 2 precinct (there was a change of location between seasons), there's some merit to this theory.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Not a sight, per se, but Lucifer Morningstar's name counts. Major characters tend to at least question the name, but minor characters often have no reaction whatsoever to Chloe addressing her companion as "Lucifer". But then, it is Hollywood, and when Chloe herself first heard his name, she assumed it was a stage name.
    • In "Sympathy for the Goddess", Lucifer and Maze end up fighting in broad daylight until they both bleed, yet no one in the background pay attention.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Chloe lampshades the fact that Lucifer likes to create chaos wherever he goes and as a result his favors tend to have unforeseen consequences. He once helped a street artist avoid criminal charges and jump-started the guy's career. Another man went to jail instead and this started a chain of events that caused the death of an innocent woman and more people are likely to die in a pointless gang war that is about to start in retaliation for her death. All of this could have been avoided if Lucifer was a bit more careful who he did favors for.
    • This is actually a plot device used in Season 4, where Lucifer is described as the source of tragedy and chaos just by existing on Earth.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Chloe for Lucifer. She has no idea he's the Devil at least until the season 3 finale. Dan and Ella count, too. Linda as well until Lucifer showed her his true face in "Monster".
    • Lucifer has actually made multiple attempts to prove to Chloe that he really isn't human. Early in the first season, he convinced Chloe to shoot him to demonstrate his invulnerability but it turned out being around Chloe makes him vulnerable. In the third season, he tried showing her his true face, but it turned out he lost his devil face when his wings grew back. Both times, it caught Lucifer (and the audience) completely by surprise.
  • Vanity License Plate: Naturally, Lucifer's license plate reads "FALL1N1"note .
  • Vehicular Kidnapping: One Body of the Week is dragged into a van by kidnappers before his death. This horrifies the kidnappers, who turn out to be paid pranksters who make a business out of staging abductions and didn't know that their client had died afterwards. Lucifer himself pays to be "kidnapped" in this way so he can talk to the employees.
  • Vigilante Man: Lucifer tends to take the law into his own hands whenever he feels like it, which puts him at odds (and eventual partnership) with Chloe.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Reese Getty in "Off The Record" is a reporter who at first suspects Lucifer is up to something shady in his downtime and wants to expose him in revenge for sleeping with his (separated) wife, Linda, and then when he accidentally sees Lucifer's true face he becomes obsessed with exposing him to the world, convinced that he's evil. His motivations and views are rather sympathetic, but he's an obnoxious and obsessive Jerkass who lies to and manipulates people to get dirt on Lucifer. It ultimately gets subverted, when he manipulates a serial killer targeting frauds to kill Lucifer instead, and the man ends up murdering an innocent bystander.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Lucifer and Chloe, with the former greatly enjoying pushing the latter's buttons and being fascinated by/respecting her for her ability to No-Sell his abilities.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • In the first episode, Lucifer interrupts a wedding to question the groom, a sleazy record producer, then turns to the smoking-hot supermodel bride:
    Ella: Come on, guys. Is it really so crazy? I mean, what if God was one of us?
    Chloe: Just a slob, like one of us.
    Ella: Exactly! Or just a...
    Chloe: Or just a stranger on a bus.
    Lucifer: My father would never use public transport. That song is completely unrealistic.
    Ella: What song?
  • Wedding Ring Defense: Turns out to be the case with Lucifer and Candy. They used the fake marriage in order to trick Charlotte into revealing her plan, but Lucifer possibly also used it to nip Chloe's romantic feelings for him in the bud.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The Sarcasm Mode version when Amenadiel finds that Chloe has a sample of Lucifer's blood. Lucifer argues that one human having proof of divinity doesn't mean much.
    Amenadiel: Sure, I mean, what could possibly go wrong if angel blood enters the police department's forensic database?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Lt. Monroe, Chloe and Dan's boss, only appears in season 1. After that she's never mentioned again (though since Pierce steps in as the new lieutenant in season 3, it's possible Monroe got her wish and was promoted to Chief of Police).
  • What You Are in the Dark: Lucifer can't actually force people to sin nor buy people's souls in exchange for favors (although he'll use his Hollywood connections if he likes you). However, he has the innate ability to draw out people's dark sides and get them to reveal their innermost desires. He's actually somewhat disappointed when people simply give in to their urges. Although he certainly has no objection to encouraging people to sin.
  • Wham Episode: "Monster" - Amenadiel turns his back on God, and Dr. Linda has seen Lucifer's true face.
    • "Homewrecker" - Lucifer finally realizes that he's in love with Chloe and freaks out over it, standing her up in the process. Lucifer's mother, also having realized her son's feelings for Chloe, decides to get rid of her once and for all - by having a bomb placed under her car.
    • "Quid Pro Ho" - The secret of why Chloe is special is finally revealed when Amenadiel meets her mother for the first time and suddenly realizes that she's the daughter of an infertile couple God had sent him to bless 35 years ago so they could have a child, the only time Amenadiel was ever asked to do that.
    • "The Good, the Bad and the Crispy" - Amenadiel gets his powers back just in time to save Linda's life, Mom is sent away into the void by Lucifer in order to create her own world, and Lucifer finally decides to tell Chloe the truth...before being knocked out and stranded in the middle of the desert, where he discovers that somehow, he has his wings back.
    • "A Devil of My Word" - Pierce is outed as the Sinnerman when Dan figures out that he killed Charlotte. Lucifer realizes that he lost his devil face and gained his wings not because of his Father, but because of how he saw himself; he felt good about himself and no longer felt like the devil. Maze and Linda reconcile their friendship after Maze's downward spiral. Pierce tries to kill Chloe and Lucifer, but Lucifer protects them with his wings and flies Chloe to safety, which gets her to confront the issue that Lucifer has been telling her the truth this whole time. Lucifer confronts Pierce and finally fulfills his promise to find a way to kill him by dealing him the killing blow. Then his devil face returns - in time for Chloe to arrive and see it.
    • "Who's Da New King of Hell" - The finale to Season 4 completely upends the show's primary dynamic when demons break free of Hell and mount a rebellion, forcing Lucifer to leave Earth and reclaim the infernal throne to contain them.
  • Wham Line: The first season closes on one, as Amenadiel realizes that Lucifer is scared at the prospect of having to track down and return someone who recently escaped from Hell:
    Amenadiel: Lucifer, who escaped?
    Lucifer: ...Mum.
    • "Quid Pro Ho" has this from Amenadiel, having realized just why Chloe is special.
    Amenadiel: Thirty-five years ago, Father, He asked me to come down here to bless a couple who was unable to have a child. He had never asked me to do anything of this sort, and He never did again. Today, I met the mother again. And I found out what the result of that miracle was. Or, rather, who.
    • "The Good, the Bad and the Crispy" - Lucifer makes a decision and calls Chloe to tell her:
    Lucifer: ... But I also wanted to say that I am done hiding. So, I'm coming over now...to tell you the truth about me.
    • In "The Sin Bin'', Lucifer stabs Pierce in the chest...and Pierce sits up from it.
    Lucifer: I wonder why I didn't figure it out sooner. The world's first murderer. Marked by God and doomed to walk the Earth alone and for a tortured eternity. It's quite the moniker. Still nowhere near as ridiculous as "the Sinnerman." Wouldn't you agree...Cain?
    • "The Angel of San Bernardino", when Lucifer confronts Pierce after the latter breaks up with her:
    Lucifer: Your mark... It's gone.
    • "A Devil of My Word": Chloe finally sees Lucifer's devil face. "It's all true..."
  • Wham Shot:
    • At the end of the second season episode "Monster", Dr. Linda refuses to listen to Lucifer's story about killing Uriel and demands that he be completely honest with her. He shows her his true Nightmare Face and it makes her temporarily catatonic as the credits roll.
    • At the end of "Homewrecker", Lucifer's mother is revealed to have placed a bomb under Chloe's car. The episode ends with her just about to push the detonator - as Chloe prepares to get inside her car.
    • The ending of "Love Handles" has Lucifer barge into Chloe's bathroom, demanding to know if she knew that she was put in his path by God all along... and then the camera focuses on Chloe's reflection in the mirror, showing that she is bleeding profusely from her nose, revealing that she's been dosed with Dr. Carlisle's designer poison, which means the only person who can save her life is already dead.
    • The final moments of "The Good, The Bad, and The Crispy" are a whole series of Wham shots. Lucifer is knocked out by an unknown antagonist, he wakes up in the middle of the desert, the gem in his ring is missing... and he has his wings back.
    • At the end of "Mr and Mrs Mazikeen Smith," we see someone compiling information on Maze. And her file is labeled "Mazikeen of the Lilum," proving that this person is much more informed than Maze is expecting.
    • As Reese Getty lies dying at the end of "Off The Record" having drunk the poisoned vodka, Lucifer reassures him that he didn't drink all of it. Reese's eyes flutter closed...and he wakes up in the hospital, giving the impression that he's survived. But then we're shown that attending him is the exact same nurse from the episode's beginning, who says the exact same lines as she did before. Getty repeats everything he said from the opening scene as well, and the camera pulls back out of his hospital room door to reveal pale blue, slowly falling ash, and thousands of other doors set into endless miles of stone skyscrapers. Reese has been in Hell this entire time, and every single one of the episode's events are his greatest regret that he has been reliving again and again for who knows how long.
    • At the end of "The Sin Bin," Lucifer meets with Pierce at the bar and stabs him through the chest. Pierce slumps over as Lucifer drinks his glass...and then Pierce sits up and yanks the knife out. Lucifer smiles as he now realizes Pierce is Cain, the first murderer, condemned to walk the Earth for eternity.
    • "The Angel of San Bernardino", when Lucifer confronts Pierce after the latter breaks up with her, he notices that Cain's mark is gone.
    • "A Devil of My Word": After three seasons, Chloe finally sees Lucifer's devil face and realizes that everything he told her was true.
    • "Devil is as Devil Does": Lucifer's wings have returned. And transformed. They're no longer angel wings, but demon's wings, and they scare him.
  • World of Snark: Lucifer is the snarkiest of the lot, but almost everyone else has Deadpan Snarker tendencies, frequently leading to Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In one instance, Lucifer got into a fistfight with Maze; one so destructive that most of the stone ornaments surrounding them are split completely in half. Granted, Mazikeen is a demon who has a greater degree of hand-to-hand combat prowess than Lucifer does; with her superior skill matched up against Lucifer's formerly-divine resilience having the fight end in a stalemate. Beyond that, Lucifer is far more inclined to bed women. Or, in Chloe's case, try to.
  • Written-In Absence: Maze is absent in most of the first half of season three, probably because Lesley-Ann Brandt was giving birth to her son at the time. Lucifer mentions in the first episode that she's off bounty hunting, which is why he asks Linda to cut off his wings and in the second episode, he has a telephone conversation with her.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Hell apparently. Malcolm was dead for 30 seconds on Earth before being brought back to life but he spent 30 years in hell.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: In the first season finale, Lucifer actually refers to Dan by name, instead of "Detective Douche", when he sacrifices his career and freedom in order to exonerate Lucifer.
    • And, by Season 3, showing the character development (and perhaps out of backhanded respect for how a mortal was able to resist the urges of Azrael's blade in Season 2), Lucifer almost exclusively refers to Espinoza as Daniel or some variation of his actual name.
  • You're Insane!:
    • In "#TeamLucifer", Lucifer calls Malcolm insane when the latter confesses he killed the satanists to please him.
    Malcolm: I know! Don't you love it?
    • Lucifer also says this to Uriel, after he announces his intention to kill their mother Deader Than Dead.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Angels like Lucifer and Amenadiel are shown to be greatly affected by their decisions on Earth; when Amenadiel starts to Fall, he assumes it's God punishing him, just as Lucifer assumes it's God screwing with him. In reality, their own inability to properly reconcile their actions with what they think they should be doing is revealed to be the true culprit and once they fully realize and acknowledge their mistakes they return to normal.

 
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