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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 wish of "Rae-Rae" - and met Chloe Decker and Lucifer Morningstar.

History[]

Early Life[]

Ella grew up in a rough neighborhood in Detroit and is part of a strong, Catholic family, with her four brothers.[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."

One day, when Ella was eight, she was injured in a "gnarly car accident" and was met by Azrael, who "didn't do her angel of death thing" because it was a false alarm, in that Ella was still alive, but she took a liking to Ella, whom she found to be a good person, who makes people feel good about themselves. Azrael befriended Ella and introduced herself as a ghost named "Rae-Rae", which was Lucifer's nickname for his sister. "Rae-Rae" became Ella's invisible friend through out her childhood. Eventually she encouraged Ella to leave home and move to Los Angeles, where she could meet Lucifer.

While Ella moved on to law enforcement, some of her family, including her brother Ricardo, are still involved in shady business. Ella moved to Los Angeles to keep an eye on Ricardo, but he "totally ghosted" her. 

Throughout the Series[]

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Ella Lopez is a friendly, outgoing, and cheerful forensic scientist with a bubbly personality, introduced in the season 2 premier episode, "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer." She is in the habit of hugging people in greeting. She is known to have a sense of humor and a strong Christian faith.[2]

Relationship troubles[]

Working for the LAPD puts a strain on Ella and her romantic life, and she has a vicarious interest in the relationship between Chloe and Pierce, and then the growing relationship between Lucifer and Chloe. She finds her own tendency to gravitate to "bad boys" disconcerting.

Ella meets Pete in "BlueBallz," on one of the LAPD crime scenes when he is working as a reporter. She thinks he's too nice a guy for her at first, but the two grow close, and eventually begin seeing one another romantically. Things move quickly for Ella, but she is happy with the relationship and Pete gives her a set of keys to his apartment. She thinks things might be moving too fast, but when she actually lets herself in to the apartment, Ella discovers that Pete is the serial murderer they have been searching for. Rather than call for help and revealing her discovery, she tries to sneak out without leaving evidence she 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 drug. Ella is emotionally broken by situation, later telling Chloe and Dan just to introduce her to all the suspects in a case, and 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 rather than her.

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 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, she asked that he go to church with her. To Lucifer's surprise and delight, she told him she thinks the devil gets a bad rap. She does not believe that rebelling against his father and offering Eve an apple makes him evil. However, she thinks him running Hell "with the torture and eternal damnation" is "not so great." She later expresses some doubts in her own goodness to God himself, without knowing to whom she spoke. God told Ella that her life has shaped her into one of the brightest souls that he has ever seen, and that she is nothing but good.

When Ella finally discovers the truth about the supernatural origins of the people that she cares about, she believes it, but is 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. Though she does show more aggressiveness, such as using a shotgun to try and scare off visitors, but it is not loaded.

Physical Appearance[]

Ella is a lovely, relatively small young woman of Mexican descent. Ella stands only around 5'2", with 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, commonly hoodies. She also wears skinny jeans and DKNY sneaker boots.

Abilities[]

  • Forensics Specialist: Ella Lopez is a well-educated 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 lockpicker, which according to her she learned in middle school by her grandma.
  • 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] 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.
  • In "A Good Day to Die", when called in the middle of the night, she wears glasses, implying that she usually wears contacts.
    • "The Angel of San Bernardino" confirms this as she's seen wearing glasses in the forensics lab and at the crime scene.
    • She also made the offhand comment "you're lucky I remembered to put on pants". Meaning her pajamas are a shirt and panties.
  • 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 judgey 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.
  • 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 likely 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".
  • 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 AdrienneJimmy BarnesRoberta BeliardSergei BokJosh BryantBurtCacuzzaJason CarlisleBenny ChoiCorazonCarol CorbettPaola CortezHank CutterPete DailyDetective DancerRose DavisJohn DeckerPenelope DeckerDelilahDougieVanessa DunlearCandy FletcherLee GarnerReese GettyCarmen GrantJoe HansonSonya HarrisHectorTy HuntleyEarl JohnsonJustinWilly KincannonFrank LawrenceVincent Le MecAlexa LeeCaleb MayfieldJulian McCaffreyMcMillanJack MonroeOlivia MonroeShirley MonroeJed MooreBeth MurphyAdriana NassarLuis NavarroOnyxOwenAnthony PaolucciSuki PriceDani RamirezDiego RamirezRennyBen RiversTJ RossChet RuizErwin ScovellSinnermanPerry SmithMichelle TourvelJacob WilliamsYellow Viper

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