|“||Well, I was religious and... when I used to believe in all that stuff, I really thought that I was doing my part to uphold right and wrong on Earth and everyone would get their comeuppance eventually, but we still needed to keep people safe. But now I believe we are all anybody's got and if we don't hold people accountable, nobody will because Heaven and Hell, they don't exist.||„|
|— Ella to Chloe|
in "Devil Is as Devil Does"
Ella Lopez is a central character in Lucifer. She is the 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") after surviving a car crash and met Chloe Decker and Lucifer Morningstar.
Ella grew up in a pretty rough neighborhood in Detroit and is part of a strong, Catholic family, under the watchful and protective eye of her four brothers. Her grandmother taught her how to pick locks and she used the skill to steal 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 car accident and was met by Azrael. However, Azrael "didn't do her angel of death thing" because it was a false alarm, but she took a liking to Ella, whom she found to be a good person, especially because she makes people feel good about themselves. Upon becoming friends with her, Azrael befriended Ella and introduced herself as a ghost named "Rae-Rae", Lucifer's nickname for his sister. Having survived the car crash, "Rae-Rae" encouraged Ella to move to Los Angeles, where she eventually met Lucifer, Chloe, and others.
While Ella moved onto 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 loveable forensic scientist with a bubbly personality, introduced at the start of season 2. She is in the habit of hugging people in greeting. She is known to have a sense of humor and a strong belief in Christianity.
Working for the LAPD puts a huge strain on Ella and her romantic life, much to the extent that she begins to idolize the relationship between Lucifer and Chloe. It is not until she works on a case involving a murderer who leaves flowers for his victims, that she truly falls for someone and allows herself to engage in a relationship.
Ella meets Pete on one of the LAPD crime scenes, where he is working as a reporter. 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 eventually gives her a set of keys to his apartment. Ella is left shocked, however, when she discovers that Pete is the infamous 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. Ella is broken by the revelation, but Pete tells her that he did genuinely develop feelings for her in the end.
|“||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 Chloe and Lucifer 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; oddly a quirk one would expect from Lucifer.
As a forensic scientist for a major city 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 blackjack card-counter that she is banned from at least one casino. She is also an expert in pistol marksmanship.
Ella also talks about faith a lot. Religion is a large part of her life, as evidenced by her favor from Lucifer, which was to go to church with her. To Lucifer's surprise, 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, albeit unbeknownst to her, causing God to tell 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 by their inability to trust her enough to tell her sooner.
In "Once Upon a Time" she is, instead of a Forensic Scientist, a criminal, however she is still an overall good person helping Lucifer & Chloe solve a murder. Though she does show more aggressiveness, such as using a shotgun to try and scare off Lucifer at one point and her tone is less kind.
Ella is a beautiful, relatively short young woman of Mexican decent. Ella stands only around 5'2", with black hair and brown eyes. While most forensic scientists would wear professional attire associated with their job (such as lab coats, etc.), Ella's wardrobe seems more casual. She has various t-shirts of different colors and logos and wears them under many different colored and styled jackets, commonly zip-ups. She also wears long thin pants and DKNY sneaker boots.
- 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.
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|#2||"Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire"||Appears|
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|#8||"Save the Devil, Save the World"||Appears|
|#10||"Partners 'Til the End"||Appears|
- 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. 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", implying her nightwear is 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 making a book about a forensic scientist who talks to ghosts.
- This is most likely a reference to Azrael, who Ella doesn't know is real.
- The name Ella is a short form of Eleanor and Ellen, meaning "light." It can also mean "beautiful fairy woman" in English.
- In a form of irony, Ella met God after previously losing her faith. Her dialogue to herself in the Season 5 finale suggests she may believe God was indeed Himself as she quoted his advice to her.
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