“Lucifer: 10 Characters From The Comic The Show Leaves Out”
As with many comic-to-television adaptations, Lucifer plays fast and loose with the source material. That decision was probably for the better, allowing the show to separate itself from the comics just enough so it wasn’t a disappointing clone, but keeping the lore and presenting it in an easily digestible way. But that comes with some unforeseen sacrifices, including axing a lot of the comic book characters without time to introduce them.
While we were able to get Remiel and Uriel to join the bunch, there’s still a plethora the show leaves out. And with Lucifer’s appearance in the Crisis on Infinite Earths television special, there’s no excuse not to branch out into the far reaches of the DC (and the late Vertigo) universe. Here are 10 characters from the Lucifer comics that the show leaves out.
Beautiful, perfect Lilith! Also known as the Mother of Demons, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. In the comics, after being rejected by Adam, she goes on to sleep with all of the angels and gives birth to the first demons.
Turns out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, though Maze never churned out any demon babies (though she totally adopted Trixie). We’ve already been teased by the cast and crew that Lilith will make an appearance in Season 5, so there’s still hope for 2020.
The artistic one in the family of angels, Meleos is the creator of the Basanos tarot deck. He created it after seeing the Book of Souls from the Endless (Destiny, specifically), and almost instantly had regrets. Despite living amongst humanity and minding his business in his magical library, he’s pretty dang cruel.
At one point, he has a hand in saving Lucifer’s life just so he could lord it over Lucifer’s head. In the end, he sort of ends up doing the right thing, but would probably create something just as (if not more) devastating as the Basanos.
Pulled from Shintoism, Izanami is the Japanese goddess of creation and death. Her roots cross a bit more clearly into the larger DC universe as she once tried to mind-control Superman. On the Vertigo side, she had a child (Takehiko) with Lucifer and in true evil-adjacent fashion, tried to take over Hell with her son.
However, Mazikeen is more than just a little demon and she not only holds the throne, but sentences Izanami and Takehiko to eternal damnation.
Ok everyone, we’ve got a slim chance of this happening. Thanks to the massive Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Lucifer and John Constantine finally got to interact. So if Constantine exists in Lucifer’s multiverse (or vice versa), maybe Gabriel could pop up?
Though it would be a bit pointless since Amenadiel sort of fulfilled Gabriel’s story. In the comics, Gabriel sins so hard that God tosses Gabriel out of Heaven as a mortal. Nice going, Constantine. Way to reign in that sweet, sweet vengeance.
Also introduced in The Sandman, Azazel once ruled Hell alongside Lucifer and Beelzebub. After Lucifer retires to Earth – and formally does so in the comics, he gets a letter from God and everything – Azazel attempts to seize full control of Hell from Morpheus. It goes even farther south for Azazel, ending with him trapped in a jar.
Considering a version of Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer and Beelzebub have made TV appearances on Netflix and Amazon Prime respectively, is it time to bring the trifecta together? Seriously, someone should just greenlight a giant Neil Gaiman crossover universe.
5 The Presence
Possibly the biggest drawback from the lore of the show is that it ignores the plethora of non-Christian religions that the comics lore acknowledges and takes full advantage of.
The show gets somewhat of a pass, more naturally inclined as a procedural to focus on character-driven drama over plot-driven. Inclusion of the Presence could easily make the show feel bloated and confusing, trying to hit on too many themes in too short of a time. Maybe if Lucifer had stayed on Fox for its last few seasons, it would’ve made sense to round out two additional 20+ episode seasons. But as it stands, the Presence remains both a missing opportunity and a smart tonal choice.
4 Jill Presto
Jill could give Chloe a run for her money as far as the Most Interesting Mortals Award goes. Starting her journey as a magician’s assistant in Berlin, Jill aspires to climb the ranks as a cabaret singer. By chance, the Basanos courted her as their host and after sprinkling in a little magical murder for flavor, she accepts.
She goes through A LOT, insert trigger warning here if you decide to Google any spoilers, but she’s determined, kind, and a bit vengeful. She’d get on like a burning bush with the television Lucifer.
3 The Endless
The truest link to the rest of The Sandman universe, the seven Endless are some of the most powerful beings within Neil Gaiman’s collective works. Composed of Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium, the Endless represent physical manifestations of their respective names. Dream is the main character of The Sandman, the comic line that introduced the character Lucifer before he got his own spinoff.
While seeing at least Dream would be super cool, there’s definitely not enough time to do any of the Endless justice with only 16 episodes to go. But hey, that just means we need The Sandman to get its own series. Chop, chop, Netflix!
2 Elaine Belloc
Where. Is. Elaine?! It’s strange to think that such an integral character to the Lucifer comics was left out so easily, but five of the show’s recurring characters were all created for the show. Having Elaine, who can see dead people, in a police procedural with at least two deaths per episode would’ve been cool!
But there is a snag in that plan. Having Elaine from the beginning would’ve drawn away from Lucifer’s overall character since TV shows really don’t do that well with an ensemble of eight or more and you really can’t have Elaine without her father…
1 Michael Demiurgos
Keeping up the family tradition with super on-the-nose surnames, Michael Demiurgos is portrayed as really the only archangel who can give Lucifer a run for his money. What’s more interesting is that even though Michael was the one who ultimately defeated Lucifer in the rebellion, Lucifer doesn’t mind Michael and even respects him.
Within the show, Amenadiel has evolved into taking on Michael’s role in Lucifer’s story. He begins the story as a stubborn soldier of God, then slowly gains respect for Lucifer as well as Lucifer’s respect and embraces his place in the universe. He even has a half-human/half-angel baby with Linda, mirroring Elaine Belloc’s origins.
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