|“||Tell Trixie that I love her...tell her that I'm going to miss making unicorn armies with her...Goodbye, Chloe, goodbye.||„|
|— Dan's last words to Chloe Decker|
in "Is This Really How It's Going To End?!"
Daniel "Dan" Espinoza was a central character on Lucifer, who served as a homicide detective in Los Angeles, working as a member of the L.A.P.D. This leads him to interact with Lucifer Morningstar when Lucifer decides to help the L.A.P.D. solve cases. Dan disliked Lucifer quite a bit, due to Lucifer calling him "Detective Douche" and his connection to Dan's ex-wife, Chloe Decker, and daughter, Trixie.
Dan came into conflict with the precinct's new lieutenant, Marcus Pierce, who only saw him as the corrupt cop he once was. Despite this, Dan continued to prove his worth to the LAPD, and even rekindled his relationship with Charlotte Richards. He aided in the hunt for The Sinnerman, before they found out that Pierce was actually the crime boss after he killed Charlotte. Dan, Lucifer, Chloe, and Ella then worked together in secret to take Pierce down, which ended in Pierce's death at the hands of Lucifer.
Despite Pierce being responsible, Dan blamed Lucifer for Charlotte's murder, because he had not told them who Pierce really was. As a result, he became bitter and deluded, going so far as to make out with Ella to ease his sorrows. After almost causing the deaths of both Lucifer and Trixie in a misguided attempt to get back at Lucifer, Dan finally sought therapy from Linda Martin, where he realized that he really blamed himself for Charlotte's death. Taking the first steps in recovering, Dan helped Amenadiel and Linda find their newborn son, Charlie, after he was kidnapped.
After getting to the root of his self-loathing, Dan used New Age self-help to move past his pain, even making amends with Lucifer and helping Amenadiel be a good father. However, he suffered a breakdown after Michael tricked him into discovering Lucifer was indeed the Devil to manipulate him into turning against him. Though made worse after discovering he slept with God's wife, Dan was able to move past his fears and guilt, after an elaborate prank played by Lucifer made him see things differently. While investigating a case, Dan is murdered by Vincent Le Mec at the behest of Michael, and sent to Hell due to his remaining guilt, but not before giving Chloe a clue to Michael's schemes involving Amenadiel's necklace.
While in Hell, Lucifer saved Dan from his torture, and made him his own purgatory cell where he played ping-pong with Belios until he could figure out what guilt he still had that kept him from Heaven. After making a deal with Aurora Morningstar to help her kill Lucifer, in reality intending to betray her, Dan is returned to Earth, but as a ghost. While trapped as a ghost, he made amends with Amenadiel, having gotten into a fight before he death, and had one last conversation with Chloe. Following a conversation with his daughter on Lucifer's suggestion, Dan finally came to terms with his guilt about leaving Trixie before he could be the father she deserved, and ascended to his rightful place in Heaven. In Heaven, Dan is reunited with Charlotte and enjoys eternity with her.
Dan was the ex-husband of Chloe Decker. Together, they had a daughter named Trixie. He was an active member of the LAPD and was secretly known for being the responsible of the Palmetto case, which troubled Chloe. Even though Dan disliked Lucifer, he still stood against Malcolm when it came to killing Lucifer, showing him to be at core, honorable, and always will at least try to do the right thing - something Lucifer noted and later commented on.
Throughout the Series
At the beginning of the series, Dan and Chloe are separated. They later rekindle their relationship and share a kiss in "Et Tu, Doctor?". However, things do not work out and they agree to divorce in "Sin-Eater".
In "Once Upon a Time", which takes place in an alternate universe created by God, Dan never met Chloe and thus never had Trixie with her. In this alternate reality, he is a corrupt cop who agrees to help crooked lawyer, Charlotte Richards steal money from Lucifer, whom he despises. The two are successful and leave Los Angeles forever with the money. Charlotte had been caught in the theft by Maze, who let her go with the warning she would be killed if she ever returned to LA.
Following the loss of Charlotte, Dan struggled with returning to work in the same environment as Lucifer whom he unfairly blamed for his loss. After talking to Linda, however, he tries to overcome his unreasoning hatred of Lucifer, and gifts him with an amethyst bracelet to "cleanse his chakra and negative energy". The two of them were able to improve their relationship, and in 'BlueBallz,' Dan and Lucifer are again on easier terms, Dan even gives Lucifer friendly advice after a day of babysitting Charlie with him. As he leaves, however, Michael tricks him into returning to the house where Lucifer is wearing the Devil face because, oddly, it calms Charlie. Dan was terrified by what he witnessed, and this allows Michael to enlist him in a conspiracy against Lucifer. The terrified Dan was easy to manipulate since Michael's powers drew on that fear, and so Dan went to Lucifer's penthouse where a friendly Lucifer teased him about calling in sick. When Dan then pulled a gun on him, Lucifer was stunned, and then Dan shot him. Chloe was horrified, thinking that Lucifer might truly be dead due to his vulnerability around her, but he sat up, uninjured, both of them surprised. When Dan said he was trying to save her, save the world, she berated him, telling him he knew deep down that Lucifer was not who he was made out to be, that he was a good man and Dan knew it.
In "Is This Really How It's Going To End?!," Dan investigates a case that involves a man who is in possession of Amenadiel's necklace, which is also pursued after by several ruthless French mercenaries hired by Michael in order to assemble the Flaming Sword. While visiting the residence of a potential victim in order to warn them of the mercenaries, the lady gives Dan clear indications that she is being held hostage at her home. While calling for backup, Dan is ultimately kidnapped by the French mercenaries. Upon being interrogated, Dan later initiates a struggle where he manages to kill one of the guards. Before he is able to escape, he is shot multiple times by another French mercenary, mortally wounding him. Not long after, Chloe finds Dan, who has been fighting to survive until this point in order to formally say goodbye to her, and he later dies in her arms, but not before warning Chloe that it was all about Caleb Mayfield.
While searching for Dan's soul, Amenadiel comes to find out that he is not in Heaven, and is currently in Hell. When he tells Lucifer, it is determined that Dan had possessed guilt about his actions on Earth, which is why he isn't in Heaven. Everyone is devastated by Dan's loss, including Lucifer, Maze and Amenadiel who learns from Ella that Dan had turned Amenadiel's application in to the police academy. Amenadiel gives Dan's eulogy, speaking about how much Dan had changed his life and calling Dan his best friend and Lucifer and Ella sing. Later, Lucifer and Maze hunt down Dan's killers and kill them all except for the man who had shot Dan. Lucifer reveals his true identity as the Devil to the man and whispers something to him, causing the man to collapse to his knees, begging, as Lucifer and Maze leave.
Dan's murder prompts Lucifer to decide to become the new God for the right reasons: to fix the broken system that would allow a good man like Dan to die and go to Hell. When Michael visits him, Lucifer attacks him in a vicious rage over Dan's murder. Michael reveals to Lucifer that while he hadn't originally intended for Dan to die, he had ordered the mercenaries to do it once he learned that they had captured Dan in order to condemn Chloe to Hell to give Lucifer incentive to return there and support him as the new God. Lucifer is forced to admit that Dan's in Hell to Chloe who is indeed consumed by guilt over Dan's death even with Lucifer's warnings that it will condemn her to Hell too. However, when Michael kills Chloe, she lets go of all of her regret, recognizing that Dan's death isn't her fault and rises into Heaven instead where Lucifer resurrects her. Lucifer avenges Dan's death by defeating Michael and severing his wings to condemn him to remain on Earth for eternity as the new Fallen Angel.
Time in Hell
Although Dan's guilt condemns his soul to Hell, Lucifer prevents Dan from being trapped in a Hell loop and he orders the demons not to torture him. Instead, Lucifer sets Belios up as Dan's ping-pong partner and visits him often, trying to help Dan reach Heaven. Dan spends a few thousand years in Hell, although only months pass on the surface. His Purgatory takes the form of the lobby of the police station with a ping-pong table in the middle. Unbeknownst to Lucifer, he inadvertently messes up Dan's chances of getting out because Dan's Hell loop would've shown him what his biggest source of guilt was. For Dan, he only relives his death a little before Lucifer pulls him out and so he never gets any answers from his loop.
After a few thousand years, Dan has dealt with all of his guilt as far as he knows, but he is still unable to break free of Hell, even while using the door that Lee Garner got out through. When Lucifer visits to check in on him, Dan is frustrated by his continually being stuck while Lee was able to get out and how Lucifer's visits only give him false hope each time. Dan orders Lucifer to "stop screwing around and go be God" so that Lucifer can free him, but Lucifer reminds his friend that if he acts against Dan's wishes, even his unconscious ones, then that is the end of free will which he can't do. Calling the false hope that Lucifer always gives him torture, Dan orders Lucifer not to return unless he actually has the answer before Dan resumes his game with Belios. Lucifer departs and Dan notices thunder and lightning outside which has never happened before, but Belios dismisses the importance of it.
Some time later, Dan is playing ping-pong by himself when Rory shows up seeking Dan's help, having learned that he had almost killed the Devil. Dan calls it one of the worst things that he's ever done and something that he feels very guilty about, writing it down in a notebook. Rory questions how he did it and Dan explains that he was manipulated into doing it by Michael. Dan quickly realizes that Rory is just trying to manipulate him and he refuses to help her hurt Lucifer. Rory offers to get Dan out of Hell in exchange for his help, telling him that as an angel, she can just fly him back up to Earth, something that Lucifer or any other angel could've done for him as well. As Rory begins to leave, Dan changes his mind and agrees to help her.
As a Ghost
As promised, Rory carries Dan's soul to Lux on Earth where Dan attempts to warn Lucifer of the threat, having never actually intended to betray him. However, Dan becomes trapped on Earth as a ghost due to his lingering guilt and Rory simply bringing his soul back rather than resurrecting Dan. The ghostly Dan is only visible to his angelic and demonic friends who attempt to help Dan discover the source of his guilt and break free of it. After accidentally possessing his killer Vincent Le Mec while trying to stop him from killing a man, Dan has a final conversation with Trixie on Lucifer's suggestion that he make the most of the time that he has, apologizing for never getting to be the father that Trixie deserves. Trixie reassures Dan that he was a great father to her and she expresses her love, pride and admiration towards him. Finally letting go of his guilt, Dan's soul ascends to its rightful place in Heaven, becoming the second ever Hell-condemned soul to do so.
Lucifer subsequently learns of Dan's final fate from a dying Vincent, much to his relief and pleasure. Lucifer shares the good news with Chloe and Rory who realize what Dan did and that Lucifer was responsible for getting Dan into Heaven by giving him the push to finally talk to Trixie whom he had been avoiding. Chloe points out that Lucifer did the same thing for Lee Garner while Rory states that Lucifer had done the same thing for her. Chloe and Rory help Lucifer realize that his true purpose is to free lost souls trapped in Hell like Dan by helping them to overcome their guilt which is the real reason that Lucifer has vanished in Rory's future.
Dan is reunited with Charlotte Richards in Heaven where the two happily share eternity together.
Powers and Abilities
- Possession: While trying to stop Vincent Le Mec from killing an innocent man, Dan inadvertently possesses his killer's body which he is unable to figure out how to undo. Lucifer is also unable to help Dan break the possession, suggesting that Dan will be set free when Vincent's body dies and that he can use the chance to enjoy life again. After Dan's soul is released by ascending into Heaven, Vincent retains his memories of everything that Dan said and did while possessing him.
- Invisibility: As a ghost, Dan is invisible to everyone but angels and demons. Despite this, Dan the Frog was somehow able to notice him.
- Intangibility: As a ghost, Dan can walk through solid objects. Even angels are unable to touch him with Lucifer explaining that Dan's soul became intangible even to him after he entered the mortal plane. As a result, Lucifer can neither return Dan to Hell or carry his soul to Heaven.
- Willpower: Although it could be argued that it may not be necessarily a superpower of his, Dan was the first known human capable of resisting the influence of Azrael's blade as shown in his confrontation with Lucifer, leading the Devil to openly state that Dan had a "hidden strength which he didn't know he had".
- Marksmanship: Dan rarely uses his gun throughout the show, but he is a skilled marksman nonetheless. He was capable of shooting Malcolm first in the shootout before he could shoot in Chloe Decker's direction.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: Becomes shown a few times throughout the show such as one instance during his scuffle with Malcolm (albeit, he got overpowered). However, in season 4, Dan takes on a gang alongside Maze in hand-to-hand, showing that he is well-trained, which further impressed the battle-loving demon.
|#2||"Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil."||Appears|
|#3||"The Would-Be Prince of Darkness"||Appears|
|#8||"Et Tu, Doctor?"||Appears|
|#9||"A Priest Walks Into a Bar"||Appears|
|#13||"Take Me Back to Hell"||Appears|
|#1||"Everything's Coming Up Lucifer"||Appears|
|#2||"Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire"||Appears|
|#7||"My Little Monkey"||Appears|
|#8||"Trip to Stabby Town"||Appears|
|#10||"Quid Pro Ho"||Appears|
|#13||"A Good Day to Die"||Appears|
|#15||"Deceptive Little Parasite"||Appears|
|#17||"Sympathy for the Goddess"||Appears|
|#18||"The Good, the Bad and the Crispy"||Appears|
|#1||"They're Back, Aren't They?"||Appears|
|#2||"The One with the Baby Carrot"||Appears|
|#3||"Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith"||Appears|
|#4||"What Would Lucifer Do?"||Appears|
|#5||"Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards"||Appears|
|#6||"Vegas with Some Radish"||Appears|
|#7||"Off the Record"||Appears|
|#8||"Chloe Does Lucifer"||Appears|
|#10||"The Sin Bin"||Appears|
|#11||"City of Angels?"||Appears|
|#12||"All About Her"||Appears|
|#13||"Til Death Do Us Part"||Appears|
|#14||"My Brother's Keeper"||Appears|
|#15||"High School Poppycock"||Appears|
|#16||"Infernal Guinea Pig"||Appears|
|#17||"Let Pinhead Sing!"||Appears|
|#18||"The Last Heartbreak"||Appears|
|#19||"Orange is the New Maze"||Appears|
|#20||"The Angel of San Bernardino"||Appears|
|#21||"Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better"||Appears|
|#22||"All Hands on Decker"||Appears|
|#24||"A Devil of My Word"||Appears|
|#26||"Once Upon a Time"||Appears|
|#2||"Somebody's Been Reading Dante's Inferno"||Appears|
|#3||"O, Ye of Little Faith, Father"||Appears|
|#4||"All About Eve"||Appears|
|#6||"Orgy Pants to Work"||Appears|
|#7||"Devil Is as Devil Does"||Appears|
|#8||"Super Bad Boyfriend"||Appears|
|#10||"Who's da New King of Hell?"||Appears|
|#1||"Really Sad Devil Guy"||Appears|
|#2||"Lucifer! Lucifer! Lucifer!"||Appears|
|#4||"It Never Ends Well for the Chicken"||Mentioned|
|#10||"Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam"||Appears|
|#11||"Resting Devil Face"||Appears|
|#12||"Daniel Espinoza: Naked and Afraid"||Appears|
|#13||"A Little Harmless Stalking"||Appears|
|#14||"Nothing Lasts Forever"||Appears|
|#15||"Is This Really How It's Going To End?!"||Appears|
|#16||"A Chance at a Happy Ending"||Pictured|
|#1||"Nothing Ever Changes Around Here"||Appears|
|#2||"Buckets of Baggage"||Appears|
|#3||"Yabba Dabba Do Me"||Appears|
|#4||"Pin the Tail on the Daddy"||Appears|
|#5||"The Murder of Lucifer Morningstar"||Appears|
|#6||"A Lot Dirtier Than That"||Appears|
|#7||"My Best Fiend's Wedding"||Appears|
|#8||"Save the Devil, Save the World"||Appears|
|#10||"Partners 'Til the End"||Appears|
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|John Decker†||Penelope Decker|
|Lucifer Morningstar||Chloe Decker†||Dan Espinoza†|
|Aurora Morningstar||Trixie Espinoza|
- Solid lines denote parent-child blood relationships
- Dashed lines denote romantic relationships
- † denote deceased individuals
Chloe is Dan's ex-wife with whom he shares a daughter. They maintain an amicable relationship for the most part, and Chloe is devastated by Dan's murder. Later, thanks to her use of Amenadiel's necklace, Chloe is able to spend a few hours talking with Dan's ghost and gets closure with him. After learning that Dan has finally made it to Heaven, Chloe is happy for him.
- Main article: Dan Espinoza & Trixie Espinoza
Trixie is Dan's daughter, she means the world to him despite Dan not always being there for her. As revealed in "Goodbye, Lucifer", Dan's biggest regret is that Dan believes that he was never the father that she deserved, resulting in Dan avoiding Trixie when he returns to Earth as a ghost. After being encouraged to spend his time wisely, Dan visits Trixie who reassures her father that he was a great father to her and expresses her love, pride and admiration in Dan. This allows Dan to let go of the guilt that is preventing him from reaching Heaven.
Lucifer initially dislikes Dan, whom he sees as lazy and dimwitted, and is someone Chloe, who is smart and has 'notable instincts,' should ignore. From the beginning, Lucifer calls him "Detective Douche". Dan deeply disapproves of Lucifer, whom he sees as a dissolute and shady club owner, objecting to his relationship with Chloe and Trixie. Once Dan and Chloe finalize their divorce, however, he tends to pull back from his distrust of Lucifer, realizing Lucifer will always protect Chloe. Dan and Lucifer eventually developed a working relationship.
Their relationship, however, reached its worst point after Charlotte's death. Dan blames Lucifer for her death after he revealed he knew that Pierce was the Sinnerman but did not tell anyone. The blame is unreasonable, and Lucifer points it out, but Dan prefers it to blaming himself. Lucifer, having developed a friendly relationship with both Dan and Charlotte, felt genuine sympathy for Dan's anguish, but he was visibly affected when Dan angrily told him he would always screw up being good. At the same time, he was annoyed to see Dan return to being a douche, stating Dan was back to 'being a douche again.' Ultimately, however, Dan realized that blaming Lucifer was wrong. Lucifer, in turn, didn't hold a grudge and quickly forgave Dan, visibly moved and pleased when Dan tries to comfort and help him stay positive after his return from Hell. Though Dan broke down after seeing Lucifer's devil face and tried to kill him, Lucifer, though annoyed, never really held it against him. Lucifer shows genuine concern when Dan was briefly blown up by God, and then immediately resurrected, quick to confront his father over it, and worrying over the effects it could have on Dan.
When Dan is later murdered, Lucifer is genuinely grief stricken by his death, and hoped that he was currently enjoying Heaven, only to learn to his dismay that Dan was in Hell, saying angrily that Dan did not deserve to be in Hell. Despite their spotty relationship, it is shown Lucifer ultimately came to develop genuine care for Dan and considered him a friend. Dan's death would be the reason why he decides to become the new God "for the right reasons" in order to both save Dan from Hell and ensure what happened to him didn't happen to anyone else. He was furious when he learned Michael was responsible. Lucifer struggled with telling Chloe that Dan was in Hell, and was visibly upset and reluctant to say it, begging Chloe to not make him have to. After Dan's funeral, he and Maze, tracked down and destroyed the mercs who had killed Dan. Maze killed most of them but Lucifer trapped Vincent Le Mec in what is revealed to be essentially a living Hell loop.
In Hell, Lucifer orders his demons not to torture Dan, pulls Dan out of his Hell loop and instead sets up Belios as his friend's ping-pong partner. Lucifer often visits Dan in Hell and attempts to help him overcome his guilt and reach Heaven, but he refuses to intervene directly and simply deliver Dan's soul to Heaven as that would be breaking free will, even if it is only Dan's subconscious that was keeping him in Hell.
When Dan is approached by Rory, he admits that his previous attempt to kill Lucifer is something that he regrets very much. He is then shocked to learn that Lucifer could have simply flown him to Earth the entire time, and Dan appears to betray Lucifer again, but once on Earth he attempts to warn his friend of the danger, only to get stuck as a ghost. Dan is shown to believe that his betrayal of Lucifer is the regret that was keeping him in Hell, and that by saving Lucifer's life, he has alleviated the guilt, but he proves to be wrong about this. Dan and Amenadiel are both unable to understand why Lucifer didn't simply return Dan to Earth as Rory did, but after seeing his family and being unable to interact with them, Dan finally understands that Lucifer was doing him a favor by keeping him in Hell, because Lucifer knew that being on Earth as a ghost unable to interact with his loved ones is an even worse fate. Dan begs Lucifer to return him to Hell, but Lucifer says on the mortal plain Dan has become intangible even to him, so Lucifer can no longer return him to Hell or take him to Heaven. When Lucifer admits that he thinks that Rory is actually his daughter, Dan is encouraging, and offers Lucifer advice as one father to another.
Unable to help Dan in any other way, Lucifer continues to attempt to help him to overcome his guilt. Lucifer later arranges for Chloe to spend a few hours talking to Dan using Amenadiel's necklace as a conduit before Lucifer has to return Azrael's Blade to Heaven. After Dan then possesses Vincent Le Mec, he seeks out Lucifer and proves his identity by reminding him that they are "bracelet bros." Lucifer tells Dan that he's sorry for being unable to help him out of Vincent's body, that Dan was trapped in Hell in the first place, and for him being trapped as a ghost. Lucifer admits that he sincerely wishes that he could help Dan get over his guilt and get into Heaven where a good man like Dan belongs. Lucifer suggests that Dan take advantage of having a physical form again and consider who he wants to spend his final hours with. As a result, Dan visits Trixie, the source of the guilt that is holding him back and finally lets go of his guilt and ascends to his rightful place in Heaven. Lucifer learns of this from the dying Vincent, leaving Lucifer visibly pleased and relieved to hear of Dan's final fate. Upon learning of this from Lucifer, Chloe realizes that Lucifer is responsible for Dan's ascension into Heaven, having helped Dan to get past his guilt as he did with both Lee Garner and Rory. This helps Lucifer realize that his true purpose is to help lost souls like Dan redeem themselves and reach Heaven.
In the alternate universe, their relationship is almost non-existent, they know each other only peripherally and each holds the other in contempt. Dan is corrupt and lazy and because neither has Chloe in their lives, which would have led to the two gaining genuine trust and respect for each other, no personal relationship develops. Dan's casual mishandling of the murder of Delilah confirmed Lucifer's opinion that the LAPD were a “corrupt organization”. In this universe, Lucifer refers to Dan as "Detective Dildo".
Amenadiel is Dan's best friend with whom he occasionally clashed. Shortly before he died, Dan and Amenadiel had a fight that left Amenadiel thinking that Dan didn't believe he would make a good cop, only to learn from Ella Lopez that Dan had turned in Amenadiel's application to the police academy on the day that he had died. Amenadiel is the one to give Dan's eulogy at his funeral and Amenadiel reveals to Lucifer that he had attempted to check up on Dan in Heaven, only to learn that his soul is in Hell instead.
Following Dan's return as a ghost, Amenadiel is one of the few people who can Dan due to his being an angel. The two quickly make up after their last fight and Dan supports Amenadiel is his attempts to become a police officer. However, Dan is frustrated by Amenadiel's inability to help him out of his ghostly state.
Like Amenadiel, Maze is one of Dan's closest friends, although he doesn't take the news about her being a demon well. When Dan is murdered, Maze is utterly devastated and seeks revenge with Lucifer's help on his killers.
After Dan returns to Earth as a ghost, he seeks out Maze, believing that as a demon she can see him. Maze initially pretends not to see Dan and teases him by making fun of his fashion sense at the same time. Maze later works with Dan to help get him through his guilt, revealing that Lucifer pulling Dan out of his Hell loop inadvertently screwed him by preventing Dan from discovering what his biggest source of guilt is. Maze attempts to "torture" Dan's guilt out of him without success, but helps him realize that Vincent Le Mec is possibly connected to it.
Dan's relationship with Ella is generally one of good friends with a sibling-like quality to it. While they have a brief fling while mourning the death of Charlotte Richards, the two end it amicably and remain friends. Dan helps set Ella up with his friend Carol Corbett who proves to be just the kind of person that Ella is looking for. When Dan is murdered, Ella sings at his funeral with Lucifer.
After Dan's return as a ghost and Ella's discovery of the truth about their friends, Maze suggests that Dan's guilt may have to do with not revealing the truth to Ella when he found out. Through Maze, Dan attempts to comfort Ella without much success.
Dan starts a romantic relationship with Goddess, believing that she is in fact her vessel Charlotte Richards. While Goddess is initially just using Dan, she appears to come to genuinely care for him, calling Dan her favorite human shortly before leaving the Universe. Dan later admits that he knows that she was just using him at first, but he does believe that Goddess came to truly care for him in the end.
When God comes to Earth, he reveals to Dan that Dan had slept with his wife, making Dan believe that he is going to Hell for it. In a moment of rage and jealousy over their relationship along with losing control of his powers, God blows Dan up, but quickly reverses time so that it never happened. However, Dan remembers this event and is traumatized by it.
At first, Dan's relationship with Charlotte is based on his relationship with Goddess while she was possessing Charlotte's body, but he grows to truly love her which is reciprocated by Charlotte. After Charlotte is accidentally killed by Marcus Pierce, Dan is consumed by guilt over her death and enters into a self-destructive spiral for a long time before eventually coming out of it. He also constantly keeps a picture of Charlotte on his desk at work.
When Dan dies, it is initially believed that his guilt over Charlotte's death, despite supposedly getting past it, is one of the things that sends his soul to Hell. However, when Maze attempts to "torture" Dan about Charlotte, Dan admits that he really has gotten past his guilt over her death, recognizing that it truly wasn't his fault. Now Dan finds it comforting to know that Charlotte is in Heaven.
After Dan's soul finally makes it into Heaven, he finds Charlotte and resumes a romantic relationship with her, enjoying spending the rest of eternity with the woman that he loves.
- Dan's last name, Espinoza, was revealed in "Wingman".
- The irony of the last name is that Espinoso means "thorny", and Kevin Alejandro stated in Dan's character preview that Dan is a thorn in Lucifer's side.
- Nicholas Gonzalez was initially announced as the actor playing Dan on March 12, 2015 and was in the Pilot episode shown in the San Diego Comic Con. However, he was recast by Kevin Alejandro in following episodes.
- Despite their dislike of each other, Dan and Lucifer both love The Weaponizer and Body Bags film series.
- Dan is the only known human able to resist the call of Azrael's blade.
- It is implied by Lucifer that Dan masturbates frequently.
- According to Lucifer's "Operation Payback Dan" chart:
- Dan sleeps six hours a day (Midnight to 6AM).
- He eats pudding at 3PM
- Works from 8AM to 5PM
- Possibly goes to the Gym at 6PM
- Watches the Queer Eye at 9PM
- Reads his self-help book at 10PM.
- Dan's killer is played by Rob Benedict who also played God on the CW series Supernatural.
- This means that essentially Dan is killed by two different versions of God on Lucifer.
- The name Daniel has it's origins from the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge", from the roots דִּין (din) meaning "to judge" and אֵל('el) meaning "God".
- His Chinese zodiac sign is a Monkey.
- In "Buckets of Baggage", a demon tells Rory that Dan has come the closest of anyone in the Universe to killing Lucifer.
Lucifer Morningstar • Chloe Decker • Dan Espinoza • Amenadiel • Mazikeen • Trixie Espinoza • Linda Martin • Malcolm Graham • Ella Lopez • Goddess • Charlotte Richards • Marcus Pierce • Eve • Michael • Aurora Morningstar
- "Nothing Ever Changes Around Here"
- "Save the Devil, Save the World"
- Kevin Alejandro replaced Nicholas as a regular in Dan's recasting on July 2015. Kevin Alejandro Joins Fox Series ‘Lucifer’ As Regular In Recasting