At its core, the formerly Fox cult series and now worldwide Netflix hit Lucifer may be a procedural drama with supernatural elements. But there's no denying that love in all its many forms has played a truly crucial role in the series. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar, the devil himself, as he lives in Los Angeles as a successful club owner and criminal consultant. Through his devilish connections and crime-solving life, Lucifer has made a good deal of friends and enemies, while also forging plenty of romantic relationships.
The same extends to the other people in his world, with some of the relationships crashing and burning almost as soon as they begin; conversely, for better or worse, others have flourished and lasted for a long time. Lucifer has never really figured out how to strike the right balance between action and romance. As a result, the series has told some truly terrible love stories. Today, we take a look at all the love stories featured so far and compare the good, the bad, and the downright awful.
10 Worst: Mazikeen & Amenadiel
In a series populated with angels and demons alike, it was inevitable that there would be a pairing consisting of celestial and hellish characters, all in the name of forbidden romance. It's just a real shame that the series squandered this potential trope on a brief flirtatious romance between the righteous angel Amenadiel and the uncontrollable demon Mazikeen.
Thankfully, their romantic interactions were primarily limited to the series' earliest seasons, but the fact that they happened at all still rubs many the wrong way. Plus, the series took far too much time establishing a clean break in their dynamic and nearly jeopardized the close friendship between gal pals Maze and Linda.
9 Best: Lucifer & Candy
In the middle of the series' second season, Lucifer runs away from Los Angeles, unable to process some world-shaking news he has just received. While away, he spends time in Las Vegas, and it's there that he meets the impossibly charming and beautiful singer and dancer, Candy Fletcher. The two pose as a married couple upon Lucifer's return to Los Angeles, and they make quite the enjoyable comedic and romantic duo during their time together.
Despite not knowing each other very long, they're willing to do whatever they can to help each other, with Lucifer paying off significant debts that Candy had accumulated. On the other hand, Candy poses as Lucifer's new ditzy wife to fool both his mother and Chloe. Candy later appears again in the third season episode "Vegas With Some Radish," and their dynamic remains just as enjoyable after all that time.
8 Worst: Dan & Charlotte
As we've already discussed, Lucifer doesn't have the best track record when it comes to creating romances between characters that people actually care about. For example, take the romantic pairing of Dan Espinosa and Charlotte Richards - both when she was serving as the vessel for Lucifer's mother and when she was the real Charlotte.
It's weird enough to have Dan involved in a relationship with the same body that happens to house two different personalities. It's also downright cruel to have Dan experience losing her on multiple occasions. There was never any meaningful connection here or any believable chemistry. Neither of these characters serves the story in ways that matter and their romance did even less so.
7 Best: Amenadiel & Linda
The series' third season is widely agreed upon as being the weakest of the generally lauded series. One area it struggled was the level of romantic focus given to some truly surprising relationships. One such romance was between Amenadiel and Dr. Linda Martin. It received much scrutiny as a result of the conflict it caused between best friends Linda and Maze, but we're going to be totally honest: These two are the real deal.
Season three may have struggled in its depiction of their relationship, but season four hit the note perfectly. When Linda learns she's pregnant with Amenadiel's baby, these two become stronger than ever and mature into one of the series' best team dynamics ever. While their relationship may no longer be particularly romantic, their partnership is something we look forward to seeing much more of in season five.
6 Worst: Dan & Ella
Ella Lopez is one of the series' best characters. Dan Espinoza is by far one of the series' weakest links. Suffice to say, the decision to pair these two romantically was perhaps one of the show's worst ideas. It came as a totally out of left field decision in the series' fourth season, a choice perhaps driven by the need to shock and surprise rather than write anything organically.
Dan and Ella had briefly bonded over their respective crises of faith and humanity in the fourth season; suddenly, everything became sexual, and no chemistry could be found in any of their scenes. Furthermore, seeing Ella willingly commit a crime and compromise her integrity to protect Dan felt totally out of character and downright insulting.
5 Best: Lucifer & Ella
The best relationships in a series aren't always the ones that are designed to be romantic from the get-go. With that said, we wouldn't be mad at all if Lucifer ever explored a romance between Lucifer Morningstar himself and forensic analyst Ella Lopez. From the moment they meet, it's clear that these two are polar opposites but work together in the best of ways.
Ella is staunchly faithful and an aggressively optimistic hugger. Lucifer is, clearly, ambivalent regarding the whole religion thing, and not exactly the most positive of people. Every time these two share a scene or hug, the end result is pure magic. Any adventures featuring the two of them, whether in Las Vegas or a nudist colony, stand out as some of the series' best.
4 Worst: Dan & Chloe
Sometimes, no matter how much people may have once loved each other, marriages just don't work out. It's a perfectly valid thing to depict, especially considering more or less half of all marriages end in divorce these days. In the case of Lucifer, the time wasted on the separation and eventual divorce of detectives Dan Espinoza and Chloe Decker could have spent on much more important things.
When Lucifer first began, Dan and Chloe were just separated and it didn't seem to serve any real purpose other than standing as an obstacle in the way of Lucifer and Chloe's growing bond. Thankfully, the two would finalize their divorce, and for the most part, the series has avoided revisiting their romance. At the very least, their marriage gave us Trixie, who remains one of the series' most valuable assets to this day.
3 Best: Lucifer & Eve
Lucifer has always relished in taking familiar biblical parables and turning them on their heads. It's no surprise, then, that it does exactly that with the relationship between the ultimate sinner and the first human sinner. Lucifer and Eve's history is richly explored in the series' fourth season, and thanks to truly electric chemistry between Tom Ellis and Inbar Lavi, their relationship quickly becomes one of the best the series ever introduced.
Eve comes back to Earth just to be with Lucifer and is willing to do whatever it takes to win his love. While Lucifer may not feel the same way for Eve as she does for him, the two nevertheless wind up having a truly enjoyable romance, filled with important character growth for the both of them and plenty of steamy chemistry.
2 Worst: Chloe & Marcus
It's hard to imagine literally anyone being a fan of the entirely shoehorned relationship between Chloe Decker and Marcus Pierce, also known as Cain. The relationship occurred entirely out of nowhere in the third season and progressed so suddenly, it felt entirely out of character for the both of them and truly insulting to Chloe's development as a character in particular.
Tom Welling and Lauren German never had any believable romantic chemistry in any of their onscreen interactions, which made the show's many over the top sexualized scenes and emotional discussions between them come across with all the heat of soggy cardboard. Chloe's decision to marry Pierce, after barely knowing him, was truly ridiculous.
1 Best: Lucifer & Chloe
Could any other relationship possibly top this list? At the end of the day, Lucifer is about the unexpected and unlikely love story between Lucifer Morningstar, the devil himself, and Detective Chloe Decker, the angelic woman put on Earth literally to enter his path. Chloe makes Lucifer vulnerable - physically and emotionally - and he does the same for her.
They routinely bring out the best in each other. Regardless of the circumstances, these two remain the best of friends, the strongest of partners, and the most perfectly suited of romantic companions. The fourth season's finale finally allows the two of them to admit the extent of their feelings for each other. Hopefully, the fifth and final season will allow them to explore them for real.