Lucifer and Michael on 'Lucifer' Are Based on People in the Bible

Lucifer and Michael on 'Lucifer' Are Based on People in the Bible
Lucifer and Michael on 'Lucifer' Are Based on People in the Bible
Adrianna Freedman
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From Men's Health

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from the first half of season 5 of Lucifer.

Netflix just dropped the first half of Lucifer season 5 on Netflix, and it seems like the show’s producers wasted no time in taking fans on a series of twists and turns. While many of the main characters’ storylines expand on ones from the previous four seasons (Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Detective Decker’s (Lauren German) on-and-off-again relationship is once again an underlying thread), the producers know how to throw a new wrench into Lucifer’s world and wreak more havoc on Los Angeles. This time is slightly different, as the chaos comes in the form of Lucifer's family—his cunning twin brother, archangel Michael (also portrayed by Tom Ellis).

The new character makes for a compelling and interesting foil. But fans who know that the show gets much of its inspiration directly from Biblical tales might be wondering what role, exactly, these two play in the source material.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

The duo can be found together in the Christian Bible, but given the many translations and iterations of the written tradition, there’s a pretty solid chance the stories might’ve been changed at some point over the last two millennia.

The good thing is the general story starts out the same throughout all versions: Lucifer is the fallen angel after rebelling against God and being thrown out of Heaven (the reason behind the exile isn’t exactly expressed, unfortunately). Michael is considered to be a heavenly archangel, set apart from the rest and having an in with God.

While the various allegories regarding the two change depending on the version of the Bible, it’s the Book of Revelation where comic creator Neil Gaiman (and subsequently the show’s writers) must’ve gotten inspiration for Lucifer and Michael’s storylines, which was first seen in 1990’s The Books of Magic #1. In the book, it depicts an epic war between Michael and Lucifer, signaling the end of time and the battle between good and evil. In this allegory, Michael leads God’s army against Lucifer’s (which makes sense, since he’s already rebelled against Him), defeats him and once again throws Lucifer and his followers out of Heaven.

While this explains their relation to each other in the Bible, sorry folks—they’re most definitely not twins. In fact, the idea of angels being considered family is shown nowhere in the Bible. But, given the fact the Bible believes all angels are somewhat descended from God, the assumption that Lucifer and Michael are siblings is not far off. So while the show took liberty in using this story as the basis for season 5, there’s very little to back up the twin theory. At the very worst, though, it makes for some damn good television.

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