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I think the Devil gets a bad rap....I mean, what did he really do that was so bad? What, rebel against his Dad? Ask some naked lady if she wanted an apple?
— Ella to Lucifer
in "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer"

Ella Lopez is a central character in Lucifer and is a Los Angeles Police Department's forensic scientist. A religious woman born and raised in Detroit, Ella moved to Los Angeles - at the prompting of her friend, "Rae-Rae" - and met Chloe Decker and Lucifer Morningstar.

History[]

Early Life[]

Ella grew up in a rough neighborhood in Detroit, with four brothers, as part of a devout Catholic family.[1] In middle school she learned how to pick locks, and she spent her teens stealing cars. In "A Good Day to Die", she comments, "It's not fun if you don't drive 'em really, really fast."

When Ella was eight, she was injured in a "gnarly car accident" and met Azrael, who "didn't do her angel of death thing" because Ella was still alive, but she took a liking to Ella, whom she found to be a good and happy person, who makes other people feel good about themselves. Azrael befriends Ella and introduces herself as "Rae-Rae", but since being visited by invisible angels was not the thing, she told Ella she was a ghost which did not help matters. Rae-Rae had been Lucifer's nickname for his sister, and she had not seen him since he was banished from the Silver City. "Rae-Rae" became Ella's invisible friend throughout her childhood. Eventually she encouraged Ella to leave home and move to Los Angeles, where Lucifer was also residing. She hoped that her two favorite people could be there for each other when she could not be. Ella was under the impression she moved to Los Angeles to keep an eye on her brother, Ricardo, but he "totally ghosted" her. 

Even as Ella worked in law enforcement, some of her family, including Ricardo, and unbeknownst to her, Jay, are still involved in shady business.

Throughout the Series[]

Ella Lopez is a friendly, outgoing, and cheerful woman who despite her work as a forensic scientist has a bubbly, happy and optimistic personality. She is introduced in the season 2 premier episode, "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer." She is in the habit of hugging people in greeting, Lopez hugs become legendary within the precinct as seen in "Orange is the New Maze." She is also known to have a sense of humor and a strong Christian faith.[2]

Relationship Troubles[]

Ella worries about her tendency to gravitate to "bad boys" when looking for a date and finds her predisposition to look past the nice guys disconcerting.

Ella meets Pete Daily in "BlueBallz" on a crime scene when he is apparently there working as a reporter. She thinks he is too nice a guy for her at first, but the two grow closer, and eventually begin seeing one another romantically. Things move quickly for Ella, which worries her, especially when Pete gives her a set of keys to his apartment. She thinks things might be moving too fast, but when she actually lets herself into the apartment, Ella discovers that Pete is the serial murderer they have been searching for. She tries to sneak out without leaving evidence that has discovered his secret, but is caught and almost killed by Pete. She fights back and takes him down with a syringe full of his own sedative. Ella is emotionally broken by the situation, later telling Chloe and Dan just to introduce her to all the suspects in a case as the one she is most attracted to will be the killer.[3]

Personality[]

Azrael: I mean, you know Ella, there's just something about her. She's so positive, she makes you feel like...
Lucifer: Good about yourself.
Lucifer and Azrael, about Ella
in "Boo Normal"

Ella is easy-going, friendly, and quick to greet everyone she meets with a hug. She seems to be quick to trust people as well, and enjoys making jokes, even at her own expense. She has a mischievous side, getting a stripper for Chloe's birthday at the precinct; a thing one would expect from Lucifer, not her. But like him, she is quick to strip when pursuing a suspect in a nudist retreat.

Naturalists

Infiltrating the nudist retreat

As a forensic scientist for a major metropolitan police department, Ella is well-educated and has a quick and curious mind. When she accompanies Lucifer to Las Vegas, it turns out that she is such a good card-counter, something she learned in order to “drown out the voices”, that she is banned from at least one casino. She is also versed in the use of handguns.

Ella is a woman of faith, "I actually really like talking about it. It's my faith, it's kind of a big part of my life." When Lucifer insisted she ask a favor of him, as she repeatedly refuses to do explaining that the point of a favor is to do it without expecting anything in return, she asked that he go to church with her and he reluctantly complies.

To Lucifer's surprise and delight, she tells him during their first meeting that she thinks the devil gets a bad rap. She does not believe that rebelling against his Father and offering "a naked lady an apple" makes him evil. However, she thinks him running Hell "with the torture and eternal damnation" is "not so great." She further delights him with unsuspected talents such as lock-picking and marksmanship. He tells her, "Miss Lopez, you are an enigma, wrapped in a hoodie, under a jaunty pony-tail."

She later expresses some doubts in her own goodness to God himself, without knowing to whom she spoke. She worries about the darkness within her. God tells Ella that her life and the darkness within, have shaped her into one of the brightest souls that he has ever seen, that the deeper the darkness, the brighter the light, and that she is nothing, but good.

When Ella finally discovers the truth about the celestial origins of the people that she cares about, she accepts without the emotional crash that Linda, Dan, and Chloe went through, but is hurt and heartbroken that she had not been taken into the "inner circle" sooner.

In "Once Upon a Time" she is, instead of a Forensic Scientist, a black-market mechanic and car thief; however, she is still an overall good person, helping Lucifer and Chloe solve a murder. She does show more aggressiveness, such as using a shotgun to try and scare off visitors, but it is not loaded; noting how just the sound scares people off, with Lucifer being the exception.

In episode 14 of series 5, 'Nothing lasts forever', Ella is in session with Linda & reounts how, when watching a person in danger, her first thoughts were of the potential injuries, & she says that her job as a forensic scientist centers her and channels her thoughts into some kind of purpose. Ella then states "How can I accept myself when this darkness is such a part of who I am?" However, God himself tells Ella that the darkness has shaped her into one of the brightest souls that he has ever seen, visible even from Heaven itself and God expresses pride in just how good she is.

Physical Appearance[]

Ella is a lovely, slightly built young woman of Mexican descent. Ella stands only around 5'2" and has black hair and brown eyes. Ella's wardrobe seems to consist of various colorful t-shirts, often with humorous logos, and wears them under many different colored and styled jackets, often hoodies. She tends to wear skinny jeans and DKNY sneaker boots.

Abilities[]

  • Forensics Specialist: Ella Lopez is a well-educated, well-trained forensic scientist. Her knowledge assists in many homicide cases. Even Lucifer trusted her skills and asked her to perform an analysis on Uriel's grave to uncover who stole Azrael's Blade.
  • Blackjack Expert: She is a highly capable blackjack player and an excellent card counter. Her abilities have gotten her banned from at least one casino in Las Vegas.
  • Marksmanship: She is skilled with firearms. In "Vegas with Some Radish", she was able to precisely shoot Judd in the leg.
  • Lockpicking: She is a proficient pick lock, which according to her, she learned in middle school.
  • Multilingual: She speaks both English and Spanish fluently, having grown up in a Hispanic neighborhood. An avid Trekkie, she is also fluent in Klingon. In one episode, she spoke a bit of French.

Appearances[]

Season Two
#1 "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer" Appears
#2 "Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire" Appears
#3 "Sin-Eater" Appears
#4 "Lady Parts" Appears
#5 "Weaponizer" Appears
#6 "Monster" Credit only
#7 "My Little Monkey" Appears
#8 "Trip to Stabby Town" Appears
#9 "Homewrecker" Appears
#10 "Quid Pro Ho" Appears
#11 "Stewardess Interruptus" Credit only
#12 "Love Handles" Appears
#13 "A Good Day to Die" Appears
#14 "Candy Morningstar" Appears
#15 "Deceptive Little Parasite" Appears
#16 "God Johnson" Appears
#17 "Sympathy for the Goddess" Appears
#18 "The Good, the Bad and the Crispy" Appears
Season Three
#1 "They're Back, Aren't They?" Appears
#2 "The One with the Baby Carrot" Appears
#3 "Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith" Credit only
#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
#9 "The Sinnerman" Appears
#10 "The Sin Bin" Appears
#11 "City of Angels?" Credit only
#12 "All About Her" Appears
#13 "Til Death Do Us Part" Credit only
#14 "My Brother's Keeper" Appears
#15 "High School Poppycock" Appears
#16 "Infernal Guinea Pig" Credit only
#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
#23 "Quintessential Deckerstar" Appears
#24 "A Devil of My Word" Appears
#25 "Boo Normal" Appears
#26 "Once Upon a Time" Appears
Season Four
#1 "Everything's Okay" Appears
#2 "Somebody's Been Reading Dante's Inferno" Appears
#3 "O, Ye of Little Faith, Father" Appears
#4 "All About Eve" Appears
#5 "Expire Erect" Appears
#6 "Orgy Pants to Work" Appears
#7 "Devil Is as Devil Does" Appears
#8 "Super Bad Boyfriend" Appears
#9 "Save Lucifer" Appears
#10 "Who's da New King of Hell?" Appears
Season Five
#1 "Really Sad Devil Guy" Appears
#2 "Lucifer! Lucifer! Lucifer!" Appears
#3 "¡Diablo!" Appears
#4 "It Never Ends Well for the Chicken" Credit only
#5 "Detective Amenadiel" Appears
#6 "BlueBallz" Appears
#7 "Our Mojo" Appears
#8 "Spoiler Alert" Appears
#9 "Family Dinner" Appears
#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" Appears
Season Six
#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
#9 "Goodbye, Lucifer" Appears
#10 "Partners 'Til the End" Appears

Trivia[]

  • Ella mentions that despite her cheery disposition, she's got "a lot of darkness" in her. This is something even her brief serial killer boyfriend saw in her.[3]
  • In "A Good Day to Die", when called in the middle of the night, she wears glasses, implying that she usually wears contacts.
  • Her first hug in the series was improvised by Aimee, which explains Lucifer's confused reaction. Considering that it suits her character so well, it became part of her character.
    • Considering Tom Ellis is usually surprised by the hugs, Aimee likely does it spontaneously.
  • Unlike most people, Ella constantly gets along with Lucifer and does not get annoyed by him. Though this is different in serious situations close to home.
  • "Orgy Pants to Work" shows Ella isn't judgemental about nudists, being perfectly comfortable with being naked at the resort when asking the patrons about the murder victim.
  • In "All About Her", it is revealed that everyone enjoys Ella's quirky commentary while they're at the crime scenes.
  • Ella is shown to wear pajama bottoms in A Good Day to Die and Save the Devil, Save the World; though in the former she mentions "you're lucky i remembered to put on pants.... eventually." when called into work aftrr hours. Implying Ella sometimes sleep in just a shirt and panties
  • In "Vegas with Some Radish", Ella tells Lucifer that she counted cards to drown out the voices in her head. When Lucifer gets confused, she refuses to elaborate and abruptly changes the subject.
    • This is a apparently a reference to Azrael, who Ella doesn't know is real.
  • She might be clairvoyant to some degree, as she once stated that when Goddess possessed Charlotte Richards, she saw a light in her, which she hadn't seen anymore after Charlotte was resurrected. She could even feel God wasn't around anymore after he left for the Void.
  • Aimee Garcia who plays Ella previously played Nancy Fitzgerald in the episode Jus In Bello of the CW series Supernatural. Nancy and Ella have some characteristics in common, such as being religious, working with the police and meeting a supernatural being related to Lucifer. In Nancy's case, she helped fight off a demonic siege of a police station but was later killed by the first demon Lilith.
  • In "High School Poppycock", Ella talks about writing a book about a forensic scientist who talks to ghosts.
    • This is a reference to Azrael, who Ella doesn't know is real.
    • The name Ella is a Norman form of the Germanic name Alia, which was a short form of names containing the Germanic element alja meaning "other".
  • Ella's taste for "bad boys" can explain why she was so into Pierce in season 3.
  • Ironically, Ella met God after previously having a crisis of faith. Her monologue in the Season 5 finale suggests she may believe God was indeed Himself as she quoted His advice to her.

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Main Characters

Lucifer MorningstarChloe DeckerDan EspinozaAmenadielMazikeenTrixie EspinozaLinda MartinMalcolm GrahamElla LopezGoddessCharlotte RichardsMarcus PierceEveMichaelAurora Morningstar

Humans

Major
Chloe DeckerDan EspinozaTrixie EspinozaLinda MartinElla Lopez
EveCharlotte RichardsMarcus PierceMalcolm GrahamWilliam Kinley

Minor
AbelAdamJamie Lee AdrienneMarie AntoinetteAttilaJimmy BarnesRoberta BeliardBennySergei BokJosh BryantBurtCacuzzaCaligulaJason CarlisleBenny ChoiCorazonCarol CorbettPaola CortezHank CutterPete DailyDetective DancerRose DavisJohn DeckerPenelope DeckerDelilahDougieVanessa DunlearCandy FletcherSigmund FreudLee GarnerReese GettyCarmen GrantJoe HansonSonya HarrisHectorAdolf HitlerTy HuntleyJesúsEarl JohnsonJustinFranz KafkaWilly KincannonFrank LawrenceVincent Le MecAlexa LeeCaleb MayfieldJulian McCaffreyMcMillanJack MonroeOlivia MonroeShirley MonroeJed MooreBeth MurphyNapoleonAdriana NassarLuis NavarroOnyxOwenPaddyAnthony PaolucciSuki PriceDani RamirezDiego RamirezGrigori RasputinRennyBen RiversTJ RossChet RuizErwin ScovellWilliam ShakespeareSinnermanPerry SmithMichelle TourvelTutankhamenOscar WildeJacob WilliamsVincenzoYellow Viper

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