Characteristics of Lucifer Morningstar: Perfect Example of a Narcissist

Last Updated on June 29, 2022 by Alexander Burgemeester

The Huffington Post is a home for excellent, online journalism and Brittany Wong, one of its associate editors, is no slouch in that department.

In 2015 she wrote a cracking piece about the tell-tale signs of being in love with a narcissist.

Now, whilst I am a fan of the good old “Huff” I also have other passions including my guilty, secret addiction to Fox’s “police procedural drama” “Lucifer” which hit our screens in January 2016. 

In my own mind, I have juxtaposed these two pieces of popular media and have concluded that Lucifer Morningstar is a narcissist!

A quick recap – what “The Bible” doesn’t tell you

Lucifer Morningstar was God’s favorite angel but was cast out of hell because of his pride. 

He was the serpent in The Garden of Eden, the curator of Hell, and the tempter of Christ.

In 21st Century comic-book revisionism he became an anti-hero who left Hell for the cooler climate (well, when compared to Hell anyway) of Los Angeles where he proved that he had been badly libeled, by the writers of The Bible at least!

Enter Fox media, who picked up the character and adapted the comic books into a TV series. Tom Ellis, devilishly dark, jazzy, and eccentrically English, plays the title role of Lucifer, who lives to punish wrong-doers.

If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unintentionally created an Asperger hero in Sherlock Holmes, Neil Gaiman unwittingly did the same by creating a perfect narcissist in Lucifer.

Meanwhile, Lucifer, completely oblivious of the obvious personality traits, storms his was through LAPD sometimes helping to solve crimes.

8 Reasons Why Lucifer is a Narcissist

In the words of Brittany Wong Lucifer is a narcissist because:

The Love Bomb

Lucifer can charm the birds from the trees and then chew them up and spit out the feathers. 

Surrounded as he is in his nightclub by beautiful women he approaches them with charm and praise that would melt any woman’s heart. 

He can serenade, mix a cocktail, and can seduce with a classic line “Tell me what you most desire?”.

His therapist played by Rachel Harris accepts his payment “in-kind” for their sessions and his “pet” demon, the beautiful Mazikeen, hangs on his every word. 

Lucifer’s philosophy of “love them and leave them” means only those useful to him get to keep his attention.

The sweeping gesture

Lucifer has taken a bullet for many people but whilst that may impress mere mortals it is important to remember, he is immortal so a mere bullet means nothing. 

Likewise, he has solved many police cases, but he never lets anyone forget how he has helped. 

He can turn on the charm to get people to confess or if they don’t appear to, look like a person for whom a derma peel has been left on too long – bright red with glowing eyes.

The result of this gesture is insanity, not a recommended police interrogation technique.

Can’t admit when he is wrong

Everyone is stupid in the eyes of  Lucifer.  Whilst there are a few exceptions, Morningstar appears to lack any inner ability to reflect on his actions. 

His forte is failing to follow procedure and then justifying his behavior and the irrelevance of the rules of engagement.

Envy of others relationships. He has a pet name for everyone, including his partner Detective Dekker’s ex-husband Dan, (Kevin Alejandro) who he calls “Detective Douche”.

Lucifer spends a lot of energy denigrating Dan and his brother Amenadiel who has been sent by God, to return him to Hell and restore order in the universe. 

He appears to hate anyone who gets close to Dekker, even to some extent her daughter.  He does however appear to want to protect her too.

They live for the “Likes”

Whilst, the real Lucifer Morningstar does not have a Facebook account (In an act of life imitating art, I checked!), if he did have he would no doubt be continually updating his status. 

Indeed, once he discovered “The Selfie, ” he was not stopping. He also parades himself through his showy nightclub, “Lux”, which is an extension of his personality and is even given to impromptu performances for his fawning fans.

Everything, including the empathy is about a payoff

With only one exception in the first series (no spoilers), all of Lucifer’s actions are about the payoff. 

At first, he is trying to seduce Dekker (Lauren German) but later he is trying to understand what she has that makes her so special, and immune to his charms.

The conversation is all about him

At every turn, Lucifer turns each conversation to his favorite topic, himself. 

Even his journey of self-discovery facilitated by his therapist is not about becoming a better person, but at first, trying to understand why Detective Dekker is immune to him. 

He is unable to empathize with people and even when they are grieving he asks insensitive questions on matters which have piqued his curiosity, even if it damages the criminal case.

They are very good looking

Lucifer is tall, dark, and very definitely extremely handsome. He wears suits, the cut of which would make James Bond feel scruffy and under-dressed, and whilst his car a black corvette isn’t an Aston Martin, it suites the slick image.

Even without his supernatural charms, very few women would be able to resist an advance.

The needs of other people don’t matter

To Lucifer, the world is quite literally his oyster. He has obviously made a lot of money; he can have anything or anyone he wants and all his relationships including with Dekker’s young daughter are based on his needs.

As the disgraced son of God and ruler of Hell, he has a superiority complex and self-importance which no one on Earth can match.

Whilst this exercise has been mainly humorous there is a serious side to the discussion. Lucifer typifies what is attractive and compelling about a Narcissistic personality. 

I am sure he is not the only such character in the box sets that make up our TV schedules. 

The question remains, however, why, if we are so skilled at creating characters that closely resemble narcissists, are we so very bad at recognizing them when we meet them in life?

Is it because even Lucifer has some endearing qualities out with the Narcissistic spectrum or is it something else?

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Alexander Burgemeester

Alexander Burgemeester has a Master in Neuropsychology. He studied at the University of Amsterdam and has a bachelor's in Clinical Psychology. Want to know more?

1 thought on “Characteristics of Lucifer Morningstar: Perfect Example of a Narcissist”

  1. I feel I have to comment on this one. The one thing that I cannot stand is BAD television shows. IMO I have no idea how Fox could even picked this show up for a second season. I honestly thought it wouldn’t make it through one from the one and half shows I watched. I thought the plotline was so ridiculous that I literally shut it off and now just zoom right past it.
    I would rather watch “Hunting Hitler” or “The Curse of Oak Island”, two other real stinkers. 6 seasons looking at a water filled hole and 2 seasons of hunting a Nazi that would be about 120 years old now. In the USA we pay insane money for hundreds of cable channels of pure garbage. Needless to say those are two more that just I zoom past.
    Is Lucifer a narcissist?
    Sure I guess so, I would assume the Devil would be the biggest narcissist on the planet.
    So there you have it, Satan is a narcissist.
    That show is Awful.


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