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Lucius is a 2012 horror/stealth video game for PC.

Lucius Wagner was born on June 6, 1966. Despite this, nobody expected him to be anything other than a normal boy. Of course, he's the Player Character in a Video Game, so that was never going to happen. On the day of his 6th birthday, Lucius kills Mary, one of the household maids, by locking her in a freezer.

Of course, Lucius then discovers that he is excessively not-normal: that night, he is contacted by the Devil Himself, Lucifer, in a dream. Lucifer reveals that Lucius is The Antichrist, and orders him to begin gathering power by murdering all the people in the manor. Gameplay is something of a stealth/puzzle mishmash, as you investigate your latest victim and figure out how to use Lucius' various powers (telekinesis, limited mind control, etc), or perhaps just cunning and wits, to Make It Look Like an Accident. And there's always the possibility that Lucius' father, Charles, or some other characters might suddenly become Genre Savvy...


A sequel, Lucius II: The Prophecy was released on February 13 (on a Friday, no less), 2015. Taking place directly after the events of the first game, Lucius now has an entire hospital as well as a small town to wreak havoc on as well as contending with another son of the devil.

A demake of the first episode, simply titled Lucius Demake, was released on August 9, 2016. It was intended as a smaller project before the third episode entered production.

The third game, Lucius III, was released in December 2018. In it, Lucius attempts to fulfill his destiny of bringing for the Apocalypse.


The games feature examples of:

  • Actionized Sequel: The Prophecy eschews the original game's focus on named targets and ongoing story development in favor of a Hitman style, where Lucius sneaks through guarded levels and takes out dozens of people to reach a specific goal.
  • Agent Peacock: Archangel Gabriel in the third game is rather... flamboyant to say the least.
  • Aerith and Bob: The Wagner family consists of Charles, Nancy and Tom. There is also Lucius and Fabius. Considering that the two are easily the most evil characters of the game, it's pretty deliberate.
  • Adults Are Useless/Police Are Useless: Detective MacGuffin gets no closer to solving the mysterious murders, at least until Lucius II... right before Satan himself comes before him and gets him to swear eternal loyalty to Lucius.
  • The Antichrist: The game has the antichrist as the protagonist. It's essentially The Omen: The Game.
  • Asshole Victim: Agnes and Fabius.
  • Bag of Spilling: Lucius gets his powers taken away by his father in the sequel in order to level the playing field.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Will dies much later after the first few victims.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Whenever Lucius subjects anyone to his Mind Control power, their eyes will turn black.
  • Black Magic: As he kills more people, he gains more powers from his father.
    • Mind over Matter: Mostly used to pick up objects, but it can also start up machines and break things.
    • Charm Person: Lucius has a very limited version of Mind Control, which he mostly uses to make people commit suicide. However, they have to be in a weakened state of mind first before they're vulnerable.
    • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lucius can wipe people's memories in case he gets caught. You only get six uses of this in a level.
    • Playing with Fire: Late-game, Lucius gets the ability to shoot fireballs after killing someone.
  • Break the Cutie: Nancy goes downhill fast once the deaths start piling up.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Lucius' father, Charles, on his grandfather, Fabius.
    Charles: That's cold by any stretch. You're a heartless, bitter old man!
  • Character Title:
  • Children Are Innocent: Utterly averted.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Priests are the only clergy in the game. The family have crosses throughout the house but not much else. Fabious even spurns the priests off with anti-Irish slurs although, he is a closet Satanist.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: You steal the actual lighter, resulting in a desperate smoker lighting his cigarette with a gas stove. It goes well...for a while.
  • Creepy Child: Lucius, who is essentially Damien Thorn in all but name.
  • Dark Secret: Fabius, Lucius' grandfather, is a satanist who made the pact with the devil that made Lucius into the Antichrist.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: How Terrence, McGuffin's partner is killed.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Do we even have to say who? A lot of the game's black comedy comes from the sheer obliviousness of everyone in the house.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Gene's smoking gives Lucius headaches. Solution? Make the oven explode in his face.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Tom begin drinking heavily after Jovita's death. This leads to his death when Lucius poisons his drink.
  • Electrified Bathtub: One of the maids is killed when Lucius drops a hairdryer into the tub while she's bathing.
  • Expy:
    • Let's see... Born the sixth day of the sixth month of 1966, he is The Antichrist, he has demonic murder powers... Oh, dear! Lucius is Damien Thorn's successor!
    • Many people have noticed that he looks a lot like young Hitler.
    • In the sequel, Issac may share the first name with the villain of Children of the Corn, but he is the near spitting image of Malachi.
    • The Motel owner from the third game is one of Norman Bates, dead mother who he thinks is talking to him, murdering a woman in the shower,"Psycho" Strings and all.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Every single one dies in gruesome ways.
  • Hellevator: The portal to hell in the third game turns out to be one of these.
  • Hero Antagonist: McGuffin. At least until Lucius II, in which case he becomes Lucius' Dragon.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Fabius made a pact with Satan that led to Lucius becoming the Antichrist. He gets sacrificed on the very altar he set up to help in this, by Lucius himself.
    • The Devil himself dies like this, he kills McGuffin and traps Lucius on Earth for even mentioning that Lucius has the option to kill him without any evidence that he would actually do it, provoking him into doing just that.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Crosses drain Lucius' magic bar. Of course, he simply has to invert or destroy them to solve that problem.
  • Kill 'Em All: In an ending of the first game, nobody in Dante Manor survives.
  • Kill It with Fire: Lucius starts a fire that consumes the entire house in the final chapter.
  • The Klan: One of the targets in the third game is a black judge who is secretly a satanist, Lucius kills him by summoning spirits of Klansmen to lynch him.
  • Left Hanging: The game ends with Lucius either in front of his burning house with Detective McGuffin standing in front of him, or the two walking out together after McGuffin has saved Lucius from Charles.
  • Let the Past Burn: The plot is set in motion by a character performing satanic rituals in the basement of Dante Manor, which results in Lucius' soul becoming the property of the devil and him murdering the inhabitants of the house. During the final level, Lucius burns Dante Manor to the ground, along with the last of his victims, his father Charles.
  • Locked in a Freezer: Used for the first kill. Justified in that Lucius locked the door.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: As it were in the game, "Lucius, I am your father." from the Devil to Lucius in the beginning. Inverted, seeing as Lucius doesn't react to it as one would think, when finding out Satan is your dad. In fact, he gladly takes his role as Satan's son and starts killing EVERYBODY!
  • Made of Plasticine: As should be evident from the various death tropes, humans in this game are a lot squishier than they should be.
  • Madness Mantra: Starting in the Christmas chapter Nancy begins singing "Sur le pont d’Avignon" (a French folk song) and giggling to herself. During the chapter of her death, she replaces the second line with "Then he DIED, everyone DIED!"
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Lucius tries to make as many of the deaths as possible look like accidents. Where that isn't possible, he makes them look like suicides or pins the blame on someone else.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Lucius' real dad.
  • Multiple Endings: The third game has two endings:
    • Gabriel takes Lucius to heaven
    • Taking the knife used to kill Lucifer, Lucius backstabs Gabriel and becomes the new ruler of Hell.
  • Narrator: Detective McGuffin serves this role in the first game.
  • Non Standard Game Over: Walking in on your uncle and the maid having sex causes you to fail your mission - but only if they see you.
  • Number of the Beast: Same reference to is as in The Omen (see Expy, above).
  • Offing the Offspring: Charles eventually tries to kill Lucius, having discovered his true nature.
  • The Ophelia: Lucius' mother Nancy slowly but surely is driven mad by the "accidents" of the house. By the end she's a gibbering mess.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The combination of Charles' office safe is 6-6-19-66, Lucius' birthday. For some strange reason, he needs a written note to remember it.
  • Pater Familicide: Charles kills Nancy with a nailgun because Lucius is mind-controlling him. This happens in public, leaving Dad to take the blame.
  • Piano Drop: Lucius makes a piano fall on Ivar's head.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Lucius develops the power to possess weak-willed people. Several of Lucius' victims meet their end this way. One of the maids is manipulated into throwing herself of a balcony, the gardener is forced to place his head inside a lawnmower, and the tutor blows his own brains out with a revolver.
  • Puzzle Boss: The final boss, though less so if you go the pyro route. The puzzle version is marked by a puzzle piece.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Happens! Except, to the butcher. Who is a man. Not pretty either. Headsplitting!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dante's Manor takes its name from the protagonist of The Divine Comedy.
    • Your rival's name in the sequel? Isaac. This may also be a reference to Children of the Corn, as not only does Issac share the first name to the Big Bad of that movie, but bears a striking resemblance to his right-hand man, Malachi.
  • Tentative Light: Early in the game.
  • Torture Cellar: Dante Manor has a sacrificial chamber hidden deep in the cellar.
  • Turbine Blender: To Antonio the gardener, using his lawnmower.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: At one point, it is possible for Lucius to pick up a piece of women's underwear, run around the house and talk to adults with it. Nobody of them seems to notice.
  • Video Game Demake: Lucius Demake is an official demake of the first episode. Lucius Demake keeps the storyline and most of the puzzles and situations of the first game, and translates them into a pixelated top-down visual, making it look and feel like it was made in the 1980s on a Commodore 64. Impressed by a mock-up made by a fan that reimagined the game as a top-down adventure from the days of the Commodore 64, developer Shiver Games decided to make an entire game out of it and even hired said fan to create all the graphics.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of course.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: In the third game, it turns out there's only one weapon on Earth that can kill an angel or a demon, the dagger of destiny also known as that dagger you stabbed your grandfather with in the first game.
  • Welcome to Hell: You get this message near the end of the game when you actually get there.