Michael or Mi-ka-el is an Archangel and the twin brother of Lucifer Morningstar.
A Cunning Schemer
Where Lucifer's gift was to draw out desires, Michael could do it with fears. He was a master manipulator and deeply envious of his brother and engineered his supposed downfall by manipulating him into rebelling, amongst other nefarious acts, including his sexcapade in the Garden of Eden. He wasn't pleased that his brother received a kingdom to rule as a reward. He also instigated his twin's vacation to Earth to reignite his family's hatred of him. As years went on, Michael maneuvered his way to God's right hand. In that position, he convinced God that His powers were fading and it was time to retire.
Plotting His Ascension
For thousands of years, Michael continued his schemes on God, until he learned of Lucifer's return to governing Hell, and the praise he was receiving from their siblings. This angered Michael, who was always jealous of his twin brother, he went to Earth to impersonate Lucifer and damage his reputation to prove his lack of change.
Impersonating His Twin
With experience and patience in subterfuge, Michael uncovered a great deal on his twin's life and relationships: his first love Chloe being a gift from God put in Lucifer's path, Mazikeen's bitterness over being stuck on Earth and her obliviousness of Lucifer's knowledge of her mother Lilith's fate, his job with the Los Angeles Police Department, and his therapist Linda Martin.
Having mastered his twin's style, Michael saved Chloe's life in a skirmish with gangsters and pretended to be Lucifer, changed from centuries in Hell, due to time running different there, and slowly began integrating himself with Lucifer's friends and job, while passing off his unanticipated dishonesty, non-hedonistic nature and fear mojo as the impact of returning to Hell, which left everyone in confusion. He kept working through his case with his twin's friends, until his ruse was uncovered by Mazikeen in an ambush, who'd known of Lucifer having a twin. Michael confirmed his identity to the unconvinced demon by pointing out his twin's honesty and his own raven black wings, and stated his purpose on Earth by revealing his siblings' newfound appreciation for Lucifer's act of selflessness in ending the Demon Rebellion, and he intends on stopping it by impersonating him to drag him to Earth to unveil his twin's selfish nature, denying his jealousy of his twin's popularity. Michael then secured the demon's alliance using her anger against Lucifer, pretending to be having an affair to hurt his twin's only love, which did seemingly work, while reuniting with Amenadiel and also exposed his nephew's mother's fears of motherhood, and lying over the demons' compliance. Michael then went along with Chloe's suggestion of cementing their relationship, which ultimately ended in him being unveiled as himself and not his twin, causing Michael to expose her divine conception to trigger a wedge into their relationship, while also being exposed by Michael.
After his twin's return to Earth, he greeted him at his penthouse with his wings and began taunting him over the chaos he wreaked in his twin's place, which Lucifer dismissed over his inadequacy of himself in comparison to him, stating his cunning never reached it's full potential. Deciding to show his cunning's true extent, Michael revealed himself as the instigator of his twin's infamous rebellion, which Lucifer laughed off, as he would've been the cause of a failed coup, but Michael stated he merely suggested it, but Lucifer did the deed and therefore got the blame, which Lucifer dismissed off with dealing with his tedious lies, but his twin knew he was denying his belief over his part, and then he revealed his part behind Lucifer's fiasco in the Garden of Eden, and his vacation to Earth, which Lucifer was in disbelief of, stating he couldn't be the instigator of all his significant decisions, which Michael said was easy to cause, since his self-centered nature helped with his manipulation.
Michael stated his cause for all the manipulation was Lucifer thinking he was better than him, but now he was just Samael, which led to them fighting. Both reached a stalemate, where Michael grinned to hurting his twin on a personal level, until Lucifer trapped him in a headlock and scarred him from above the eyebrow to above his mouth so he can never impersonate him again. After following Lucifer to Chloe's house, he confronted Mazikeen after she tried to fix things with Lucifer, stating she still should be angry with him, revealing Lucifer keeping a secret from her, which he guided her to uncovering to be about Lilith. He then pretended to be his twin and exposed his identity to Dan Espinoza, and then lied to him with his angel garb, that he must shoot Lucifer to redeem, which was just to ruin his friendship with Dan and his relationship with Chloe from his newfound invulnerability.
Moving His Plan Forward
Later, he kidnapped Chloe and told Amenadiel of his nephew's sickness implying his mortality, and thus doomed life, which distracted Lucifer into following a serial killer's tracks and Amenadiel into stopping time, while securing the demon's loyalty with God's eventual return. He then confronted his brothers after time stopped to confront them, which led to Mazikeen siding with him against his siblings. Michael fared against his eldest brother, while his twin fought Mazikeen, which ultimately culminated in them about to fight with their wings out, but halted at God's arrival.
With God finally present on Earth, Michael feigned being attacked while vilifying his other siblings, pointing out the scar Lucifer gave him, with his siblings offering their own explanations, to which their Father demanded they make peace, to which Amenadiel reluctantly accepted, while Lucifer angrily refused, stating his twin was the cause of every misfortune in his life, apart from his connection with God. Michael decided to stay with his Father, offering his services, and joining Him for dinner. But overtime, everything culminated into a disaster with Lucifer confronting God over their recent misfortunes and walking up to Michael over him thinking being the King of Hell was a "reward" to which Michael stated his living Hell was being the Lightbringer's twin, whom he is constantly being overshadowed by, but Lucifer then mocks him for his flaws, which ends in their argument being put to an end by their Father and Lucifer departing. With the family dinner spoiled, Michael then prepared to escort his Father to Heaven, but was instead banished for all his misdeeds and unreliable nature in God's view, which caused him to depart Earth after bidding farewell to Mazikeen.
Campaign for Godhood
Overtime, Michael learned of God's spectacles, such as his musicals, accidental killing and revival of a human, with which he spread rumors of to his siblings. With God's retirement imminent, he began to formulate a plan to become the undisputed successor of the Throne of Heaven, beginning with having Gabriel retrieve the Blade of Death and Medallion of Life while informing Goddess of their Father's retirement. Afterwards, he orchestrated the murder of Dan Espinoza to uncover the last piece of the Sword and to have an olive branch for his twin in exchange for his support.
After it was done, he came to Lucifer at Lux, which his twin was unhappy about, but cooled for the sake of protecting the nearby humans, and then offered to let him rule Hell without restrictions with Chloe at his side, while he gets Heaven without opposition, as her guilt over Dan's murder would take her there. With his role in Dan's murder uncovered, he was met with aggression over Dan being in Hell from his scheme, but he blocks his punch and states his guilt trapped him there, and suggested he take his offer to avoid trouble and death from his banishment in Heaven.
War for Supremacy
Michael later gathers his siblings at a stadium and waited for his twin and eldest brother to cast their final votes for his ascension, with which they were met by Lucifer, Amenadiel and Chloe, and received Amenadiel's apparent support, but he demanded an answer from Lucifer, who never lies, who instead mocks his armor and began talking about how Michael isn't the most favored choice for God just like himself and later he mocks Lucifer's motivation of love for a human along with the others, and loses Zadkiel's support and Raziel's as well, but regains the latter's after threatenging death to his opposition. Michael later agrees to a match with his twin, where Lucifer will return to Hell if he loses and becomes God if Michael loses, but Michael declares it to the death.
Michael brandishes the Flaming Sword and everyone but Lucifer backs off, and maintains the upper hand in the fight on land and in the air with his wings with his twin wielding Zadkiel's staff, surpassing his twin, and eventually trapped in a hand-locked wrestle for the Flaming Sword, where he stated the Blade will never be relinquished by him, but Lucifer then revealed he never planned for that to happen, and then with Lucifer's signal, Chloe removed the key from it, which extinguishes the weapon, for which Michael ultimately kills Chloe, much to his twin's heartbreak, to which Michael stated she should never have come and attempted to comfort Lucifer over her possibly reaching Heaven, but Lucifer declared he'll return her to life, and against Michael's warning, flew to Heaven.
While observing the conflict, Michael noticed Chloe moving again, realizing in shock that Lucifer succeeded in resurrecting her, but deemed it meaningless as he declares he'll kill her again but permanently this time with Azrael's Blade, bidding her farewell, but is unexpectedly beaten to submission by the divinely empowered Chloe bearing the key, and prepares to execute him, but all halt their fighting at Lucifer's unexpected return, who then takes the blade and key from Decker and implores him to kneel for his execution, reminding him of their fight to the death, which he complied to.
As Lucifer ignited the Flaming Sword, Michael extends his wings and closes his eyes, accepting his fate of eradication, but has his wings cut off by his twin, to his great agony, to which his twin declared to be the end of killing in this conflict, stating everyone is worthy of a second chance, even one like Michael. Afterwards, everyone knelt and smiled at Lucifer's rebirth, Michael bent the knee in defeat, humiliated over his twin proving to be the better of them once and for all.
The Fallen Angel
Having submitted to Lucifer's ascension to the Throne of Heaven, as justice for his crimes, he was condemned to spend eternity as the new Fallen Angel, and was sentenced to wipe Hell's floors with a toothbrush to atone, with the Demons banned from speaking to him due to his unreliable and manipulative nature. Even after his future niece, Aurora, came down to see his uncle on how to destroy her father, he refused to speak, having become a broken husk of his former self, and was instead directed to Dan, who had been the closest to killing Lucifer. The former Archangel may feel deserving of punishment as he hasn't regrown his wings, but may not have reformed, as he's called "the worst" in his niece's future.
Powers and Abilities
- Archangel Physiology
- Pheromone Control: Michael's presence lowers the inhibitions of everyone around him, inducing them to reveal their darkest fears.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Superhuman Durability
- Wings (Formerly)
- This character is an adaptation of Michael the Archangel, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Lucifer and is an adaptation of Michael Demiurgos. The original character was created by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton and first appeared in The Books of Magic #1.
- Michael is portrayed by Tom Ellis.
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