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Evil-doer

Lucifer the Devil

Full Name
Lucifer
Alias
The Morning Star, The Prince of Darkness, The Devil, The Emperor of the Woeful Realm, Satan, Ha-Satan, The Adversary
Origin
Dante's Inferno
Occupation
Ruler of Hell
Powers / Skills
Vast demonic powers, immortality, charisma, deception, manipulation, cunning, flight
Hobby
Tormenting souls.
Goals
Take control of Heaven.
Type of Villain
Dark Lord


I will reclaim my rightful place in Paradise. My path will be paved with the sins of Man, and yours, Dante, shall be the bedrock of my return. And all that is good shall be gone from the universe forever!
~ Lucifer to Dante.

Lucifer is the fallen angel that rules over Hell and the main antagonist of the videogame Dante’s Inferno.

History

Banishment to the Inferno

Lucifer was once God’s most favored angel, the "Morning Star, the brightest in the sky" as he called himself, and lived in Heaven, having no superior other than the Lord himself. But his great beauty and power sowed a belief that he was a perfect being and he became enraged when God’s favorite creation became man. Lucifer gathered an army and attempted to take control of Heaven, but was defeated and lost God's favor. As punishment, he and his minions were cast into Hell, where Lucifer seized control, becoming ruler of the damned.

Taking Beatrice

While Dante Alighieri was fighting in the Crusades, Lucifer and Beatrice made a bet. If Dante kept his vow not to sleep with any woman while he was gone, Beatrice would see his safe return from the war. If not, her soul would belong to Lucifer.
Lucifer & Beatrice

Lucifer taking Beatrice.

The lord of the damned won the bet and when Beatrice was killed, he took her soul to Hell with him. Dante chased after them, determined to save Beatrice from the Inferno while Lucifer constantly taunted him and forced him to undergo flashbacks of his sins to try and break his spirit. As Dante traveled through the Circle of Anger, he was forced to watch as Lucifer had Beatrice undergo the final ritual to become his bride.

Final Battle with Dante

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Lucifer battling Dante in his giant form

After freeing Beatrice from Hell, Dante descended into the Circle of Treachery where he encountered Lucifer in a giant three-faced form trapped in a lake of ice formed from his own frozen tears named Cocytus. Dante succeeded in greatly injuring the demon, but he only split his stomach open to let out his true form, a corrupted version of his old self with torn wings, large horns, and goat legs.
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Lucifer confronting Dante in his true form

Lucifer revealed that Beatrice had never been the one he sought to use to free himself from Hell, she had simply been bait to draw in Dante. Others had tried to free him before, including Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, and Lancelot, but they had not been impure enough to get through his outer body. However Dante had been perfect for the job since he had the strength to fight his way through Hell and a soul black enough to free Lucifer. The lord of the damned then began battling Dante on Cocytus, but the demon was overpowered by him. However Lucifer revealed that despite the crusader's defeat of Death, he was still dead and could not leave Hell because of his sins. But Dante called on the souls that he had absolved on his journey and asked that they do the same for him. The souls poured forth and drove Lucifer back into his imprisoning body, then bound his arms in ice. They then gave Dante passage to Purgatory, but when he arrived there, he tore off the tapestry on his chest, which formed into a snake and Lucifer’s laugh was heard, implying that he did manage to escape from the Inferno.

Personality

Lucifer is highly cunning and intelligent and convinces his followers to do his bidding by making faustian bargains with them. He often makes his foes undergo harsh challenges and trials before they can face him. Lucifer is a proud and calculating demon that takes great delight in punishing the damned. But despite being the lord of evil, he has a sense of justice and honor to him and never does anything to the innocent unless he has the right. However the impure find terrible punishment at the hands of Lucifer for their sins.

In the animated movie, he stated that he introduced sin into the world, but mankind on its own was responsible for spreading it like a plague.

Powers and Abilities

Lucifer is extremely powerful and possesses great demonic power along with enormous strength and immortality. In his first form, he can slam his fists into the ground to generate shockwaves, use his wings to create enormous gusts of icy wind, generate powerful storms, and use various ice based attacks. In this form, Lucifer’s stomach serves as his weakpoint. In his true form, he is even more powerful, wielding a flaming sword in combat and is able to unleash shockwaves, generate fire attacks, teleport, and fly. Lucifer also has the power to appear in a humanoid form made of black smoke, one that he appears in most often.

Quotes

Dante's Inferno

Part 1:

I've waited eternity for this emancipation!
~ Lucifer
I am liberated! No force can stop me!
~ Lucifer
Man... what a feeble creation you people are.
~ Lucifer, expressing his disgust towards mankind.
Template:Your race made it easy to keep this place going!
Now nothing can thwart what has begun!
~ Lucifer
You are a fool Dante!
~ Lucifer to Dante Aligheri.
Your fate is sealed!
~ Lucifer
I shall sing your defeat in the halls of Paradise!
~ Lucifer
You are the best, Dante. Many have tried and many have failed me. Brave Ulysses, the great Alexander, Attila, Lancelot... Only you possessed a soul black enough to free me.
~ Lucifer, explaining his motives for manipulating Dante Aligheri into freeing him from Hell.

Part 2:

Did you really think this was all about the girl? She was the bait.
~ Lucifer about using Beatrice into luring Dante Aligheri into Hell.
Come for me, holy warrior! Come, fulfill your destiny.
~ Lucifer before fighting Dante Aligheri.
You cannot imagine what it means to be free of that prison.
~ Lucifer
Ah, Dante, you took the bait just like Eve ate the apple.
~ Lucifer to Dante Aligheri (while referencing his involvement in Adam and Eve's banishment from the Garden of Eden.
How does it feel to have betrayed humanity?
~ Lucifer
Now truly suffer!
~ Lucifer
Feel the pain I have felt!
~ Lucifer
Yield to my supremacy!
~ Lucifer
How dare you!
~ Lucifer
Damn You!
~ Lucifer
Arrrgggh! Damn you!
~ Lucifer
Cursed mongrel!
~ Lucifer
Foul human!
~ Lucifer
Arrgh! Insolent creature!
~ Lucifer
Your fall from grace was worse than my own!
~ Lucifer
And your farce has only fortified me!
~ Lucifer
Your soul is mine!
~ Lucifer
Prepare for eternity!
~ Lucifer
You dare assault ME?! YOU, who have done far worse then I! I, who stood for my fellow angels, for reason and justice. And then He made YOU, in His "image". You, the flawed creation! And I was to bow down to YOU! My gratitude for breaking the chains of Judecca. You dolt! Behold your ruin, and witness my escape into the Kingdom of Purgatory, and Paradise!
~ Lucifer to Dante Aligheri.
You're not Job! You never will be!
~ Lucifer to Dante Aligheri (about Job).
I am sovereign of the Underworld AND the Afterlife!
~ Lucifer
You're a parasite, another Judas.
~ Lucifer
I am the favored son!
~ Lucifer (about being God's formerly beloved creation before his banishment from Heaven.
This is my Kingdom!
~ Lucifer, the ruler of Hell.
Is that all you've got?
~ Lucifer
I will restore my eminence, and all shall burn in my glory!
~ Lucifer
You think you can defeat the first of the Angels?!
~ Lucifer
Look at what your "Free Will" has done, Father!
~ Lucifer to God.
WHY, Father?! Why them and not ME?!
~ Lucifer, expressing his disappointment in God and his contempt towards humans.
How dare he make YOU the favored creation!
~ Lucifer, expressing his disapproval in God favoring the human race.
Dante, you think you're another Michael?
~ Lucifer to Dante Aligheri (while referring him to the Archangel Michael).
I was the Morning Star, the brightest in the sky!
~ The Morning Star aka Lucifer.
What did my Father ever see in you?
~ Lucifer about God and the humans.
Coward! Wretch! Animal!
~ Lucifer
I will eat your organs and chew on your brains, you foul bastard!
~ Lucifer

"I'll rip you apart, you bloodsucker!"

"I'll suck the eyes from your dead skull!"

"You're a worm, you maggot!"

"I relished plundering your woman..."

"Remember the war in Heaven! Remember the Rebellion!"

"Soon, we shall all witness the end of the Universe!"

"The fallen sons of Paradise will rise again!"

"I'll make the earth tremble, shake kingdoms, and leave the world a desert!"

"We'll no longer suffer under his Plan, but shall be free under MINE!"

(After being defeated) "Wait! There's just one last....minor detail with which I ought to make familiar."

"You're dead, Dante! You can't go anywhere. Not a single soul may leave this place. It is forbidden. (Talking about God) By Him."

"I am so sick of you!"

"I will reclaim my rightful place in Paradise. My path will be paved with the sins of Man, and your's Dante, your's shall be the bedrock of my return. And all that is good shall be gone from the universe forever!"

"This power Dante - we can use it together! You and I, friend. Just think what we could achieve!"

"Dante! I can reunite you with Beatrice. Together, we will rule the three kingdoms of the afterlife!"

"NOOOOOOOOO!!!!" (moments before being bound by ice)

Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic

"The Earth is another form of Hell. And men are its demons."

(to Beatrice) "I have taken countless brides over the milennia: Cleopatra, Salome, Helen of Troy - but unlike them, your spirit is pure, unspoiled... Yes! Such passion! You have a fire inside you! After we are properly married, you will give me a brood to carry on my legacy. You will be birthing my children for eternity, sweet soul."

(to Dante) "You are a warrior of a weak and dying God - a God who is the true evil. His power wanes over the world."

"Destroy an Angel of God? You arrogant gnat! Such vanity, such pride - I could have slain you the moment you fell into Hell!"

"You worship God, but it was he who created evil! It was he who created ME. If you knew the true nature of God, Dante, you too would rebel."

"You are nothing to me! A talking animal! He made you in HIS image! And I was to bow down to YOU?!"

"I will plunge the cosmos into chaos! And it is all your doing, Dante. Because of you, God will finally see me rule his creation!"

"What are you DOING?! A repentant soul in Judecca?! STOP! DO NOT UTTER A WORD!"

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Trivia

  • In The Divine Comedy, Lucifer was placed in the deepest part of the ninth circle of Hell, frozen up to his waist. He was depicted with three heads, which gnawed upon the three greatest traitors of history, Brutus, Cassius, and Judas Iscariot.
  • In the videogame Dante's Inferno, Lucifer was voiced by John Vickery and in the animated movie of the same name, he was voiced by Steven Blum, who also voiced Ares in God of War, a game that had many similarities to Dante’s Inferno. His Japanese voice actor was Banjo Ginga who has voiced Heihachi Mishima.
  • As Dante transverses the Circles of Hell, he needs to break links in walls to abseil on walls and get to the next circle. Each time he does so, Lucifer’s laugh is heard, indicating these are the chains holding him in place. This is further supported by Lucifer praising Dante for breaking the chains of Judecca before their final battle.
  • Lucifer seemed to have a slouch in his step in his true form, but it is unknown if this is an injury or because of his lower body being that of a goat.
  • Lord Lucifer

    Lord Lucifer in his true form as a seemingly-animalistic winged demon as seen in Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic.

    His true form (with both the human-like face in the videogame and the seemingly full animal-like face in the animated film) resembles Baphomet, a mythical occult figure allegedly worshipped by the accused Templar Knights, who was depicted as a winged, goat-legged demon with an inverted pentagram as his symbol. The inverted pentagram, a known symbol of Satanism, is seen engraved with flames in Lake Cocytus.
  • During the second part of his battle with Dante, Lucifer said to “remember the rebellion” that he lead against God.
  • On his right arm is an amulet resembling a serpent.
  • Lucifer is known for making deals with people, such as Beatrice. He also made one with Cleopatra, that she and Marc Antony could be together forever and attempted to make one with Dante, that they would work together and rule all three kingdoms of the afterlife. In the animated movie, he made one with Alighiero that if he killed Dante, he would receive 1000 years free of torment and endless gold.
  • Lucifer has an aged appearance in his true form, suggesting that demons can age and grow old, though at a rate different from humans, but this may have simply been a result of shape shifting.
  • Lucifer seems to have the element of fire represent him, which would make it easy to escape since he was imprisoned in a frozen lake. It is possible that his first form simply gave him different powers that he gained by adapting to his prison and limited him from using fire.
  • Lucifer’s true form bears a resemblance to the fallen angels seen in the Inferno so it is likely that goat legged demon forms are common amongst those who fell from Heaven’s grace.
  • Despite the fact that his wings are gone, torn off to be nothing more than stumps, Lucifer is able to fly with ease, but this ability may come from some type of inherent power.

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Dante's Inferno Villains


Misc.
Dante Alighieri

Dante's Inferno Bosses

Death | Charon | King Minos | Cleopatra | Marc Antony | Cerberus | Alighiero Alighieri | Phlegyas | Francesco | Beatrice | Lucifer


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