- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Amenadiel from the Lucifer TV series. The mainstream version can be found here: Amenadiel (DC).
|“||Your return to the underworld has been requested!||„|
|“||I'm just realizing the gravity of what you're saying. That even if you don't choose Hell all I have to do is wait for some pitiful thug to end you, and right back to Hell you go! You hadn't put that one together, did you, Lucy? You just made my millennium!||„|
|~ Amenadiel to Lucifer, realizing how to get him back to Hell.|
Amenadiel is a major protagonist in the TV series Lucifer, serving as the main antagonist-turned-anti-hero of Season 1 and a major protagonist in the subsequent seasons.
He is an angel loyal to God and the eldest sibling/brother of Lucifer Morningstar, where he was originally sent to return him to Hell after he left the underworld, prompting him to use whatever method deemed necessary. After realizing the flaw in his actions, Amenadiel went on a path of redemption and became a trustworthy ally afterwards.
He is portrayed by D.B. Woodside.
In his first appearances, Amenadiel is shown to be very head-strong, loyal, disciplined, stubborn and righteous follower of his father God. During this time, his most defining trait is his extreme loyalty to his father was so great that he carried out every one of his demands without question, including marking Cain with immortality, blessing a couple so they could have a child (which was later revealed to be Chloe Decker) and trying to force Lucifer to go back to Hell. His loyalty even outweighed his love towards his mother Goddess as he was the one who brought her down to Hell under God's commands. His loyalty also came with a degree of fear which was shown when he was too scared to face his father after constantly failing to get Lucifer back to Hell, considering himself as a failure. Being the strongest of all the angels, Amenadiel had a degree of self-driven arrogance since he didn't fear to fight Lucifer as he believed he could defeat, despite the fact that Lucifer is just as powerful and that the two never actually fought in full before.
When it came to his loyalty, it also made him delusional and a hypocrite who believed that everything he did, regardless of them being morally questionable, was in the name of his father. He refused to admit or take responsibility for any wrongdoing he committed and would constantly blame Lucifer for them just simply because he didn't do what was asked of him, continuing to rant how he would've still been in Heaven "where he belonged" despite everything he did. These acts included releasing a soul from Hell to kill Lucifer, threatening to expose divinity to mankind, lying and manipulating Dr. Linda Martin, sleeping with a demon and trying to trick Lucifer into killing a human. He even developed a fear of failing to complete his task considering that he might have to take over Hell, especially since God did send Lucifer to do the same before. Also, Amenadiel took a disliking towards anything originating from Earth and Hell, seeing them as "poor creatures" who "know not what they do".
However, despite all of these initial flaws, Amenadiel still had good intentions and did indeed love his siblings (including Lucifer) as all of them looked up to him. After Malcolm became unhinged and went on a killing spree, Amenadiel finally realized how utterly selfish his actions were and how he did more harm than good, becoming fully determined to make things right. He also went to good lengths to make amends with Linda for manipulating her against Lucifer, eventually falling in love with her later on and having a child. As he spent time on Earth, Amenadiel began to grow fond of humans and saw them as to having free will unlike most, accepting that they decide their own destiny and eventually became inspired to do the same. Despite his love towards his siblings, while discussing names for their child with Linda, he refused to name him Michael since he didn't have a good relationship with Lucifer's twin due to his manipulations and egomania.
After he fell and lost his powers, Amenadiel hit a depressive low-point and began losing his faith in God's will, concluding that of all the sacrifices he made for his father and to be the "good son", he was never rewarded for all he did. After Azrael's Blade was exposed to humanity thanks to his mother, Amenadiel became misguided by the belief that mankind and divinity should co-exist closely and that Celestial beings shouldn't be on Earth at all. As such, he became determined to help Goddess get back to Heaven where they belonged and would reluctantly assist her in trying to convince Lucifer to do the same and use Chloe as the key to getting home. However, after learning that he was in fact God's favorite son and was entrusted with the key to assembling the Flaming Sword, he regained his sense of purpose and put his faith back in God's will and whatever plan he has laid out. But although he then refused to help Goddess get back, he was considerate enough to agree with Lucifer's plan to get her off Earth after learning that her uncontrollable powers were returning and threatening all human life.
After Goddess was sent away and Lucifer regained his angel wings which were now irremovable, Amenadiel started having faith in his father and believed he has always has a plan, but also thinks that he is testing him and is confused about what he should do. He eventually concludes that Lucifer is his test and that God wants him to be there as his "brother's keeper", taking an oath to be there for him no matter what. After learning that Lucifer was trying to help Cain (now Marcus Pierce) remove his mark, Amenadiel figured that his curse was for a reason and went to certain lengths to stop that from happening. He also believed that God had created Chloe Decker to be put in Lucifer's life as part of his plan, and was determined to help him Lucifer expose Pierce as the Sinnerman and break up his and Chloe's relationship. During the time of Charlotte Richard's death, whom he grew fond towards, he realized that angels decided their own fate and that he has a choice to be whoever he wants just like humans do. This resulted in him finally regaining his angelic powers and thus redeeming himself.
Once fully accepting of his freedom of choice, Amenadiel decided that his home was on Earth and sought to fit with humanity in any way possible. His decision took an unexpected turn when Linda learned she was pregnant with his child, and he went through every stages to learn about being a father and raising a half-human/half-angel child. Amenadiel's conceived child made him fiercely protective of him, pitting him against his sister Remiel who arrived on Earth to bring him to Heaven where she believed he belonged. Although he stood by his recent choices, at some point, he began to question whether or not Earth was a safe place to raise his child after learning of its cruel realities such as racism, street crime and discrimination by law enforcement that also got a young friend of his killed. He emotionally decided that Heaven was better suited for him and initially planned to take his son Charlie to the Silver City after he was born. Fortunately, after saving Charlie from the demons, Amenadiel changed his mind and decided that both he and Linda would raise and protect him on Earth.
Powers and Abilities
- Angel Physiology: As the oldest angel, Amenadiel is among then most powerful of angels, being feared and far superior to most of them, including Uriel, but it was shown that despite being the eldest, Lucifer is more powerful than he is even with his wings lost.
- Super Strength: Being the eldest angel, Amenadiel is among the strongest of his brothers and sisters, as his strength was feared by all the others, including Uriel. However, his strength rivals Lucifer as the two of them were evenly matched even when the latter was weakened without his wings. After he fell, he demonstrated that he was still stronger than an average human when he fought with Pierce.
- Immortality: As an angel, Amenadiel cannot be killed by conventional means, and has thus lived for many millennia. He can even survive and withstand mortal wounds, including being stabbed and shot with bullets by humans.
- Flight: Due to being an angel, Amenadiel has large angel wings and is therefore capable of flying. Like all the other angels, Amenadiel could even hide his wings when walking amongst humans on Earth. After falling, Amenadiel lost his wings and his ability. However, after Charlotte's death, they returned and he regained his capability.
- Chronokinesis: Among many of his powerful abilities, he has shown the ability to slow down time, demonstrated when he enters a place where mortal eyes can see his wings extended. After he fell, he lost this power but was still able to retain some level of time manipulation powers. Even after regaining his wings, he confirmed that he has been unable to since he helped save Linda's life. However, after his fears were preyed on by Michael, his powers returned and uncontrollably stopped time.
- Resurrection: When a dying Malcolm was taken off his life-support machine, Amenadiel showed that he was able to bring him back to life from his ward window.
- Healing: When resurrecting Malcolm Graham, Amenadiel healed the gunshot wound that originally killed him.
- Dimensional Travel: Like all other angels, Amenadiel used his wings to travel between Heaven, Hell, and Earth. He lost this ability when his wings were damaged and his powers weakened after he fell. Upon regaining his wings, Amenadiel regained the ability to travel back to Heaven, as his first act was to travel there with Charlotte's soul so that she can finally be at blissful peace in the afterlife.
- Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Amenadiel is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, able to swiftly gain the upper hand against the demon Maze in a duel, even mocking her. He was even able to overpower the immortal Pierce in their fight at Lux. While Amenadiel was able to over-match Lucifer twice, it was when the latter was holding back. When Lucifer is not holding back, Amenadiel is still able to hold his own even if the former is more skilled when weakened.
- Demonic Weapons: Like all other angels, Amenadiel is vulnerable to demonic blades that are forged in Hell. This is shown when Amenadiel was stabbed by Malcolm with one of Maze's stolen blades. He was only saved by when Maze used an angel feather from Lucifer's wings to heal him.
- Angels: Other angels can hurt Amenadiel, as stated by Lucifer. It was shown that Lucifer was able to physically harm and overpower Amenadiel even with his powers weakened due to lacking his wings and when they fought with Lucifer's powers at their strongest, he was easily overpowered by Lucifer until Lucifer began holding back to let Amenadiel beat him.
- Flaming Sword: Like other celestial beings and demons, Amenadiel can vanquished by his sister Azrael's blade, as demonstrated when Lucifer was forced to kill Uriel. Due to it being a third of the Flaming Sword, it is most likely the effects are still the same when reassembled.
- Self-Actualization: Angels are also under the same system of judgement as humans. Similar to the manner in which human get judged to determine if they are to go to Hell, if an angel feels a sufficient amount of guilt, it could cause an angel to self-judge themselves as sinners and self-punish themselves to fall and become mortal. Because of Amenadiel's own personal guilt and feelings of unworthiness, Amenadiel judged himself to guilty and caused himself to fall and lose his wings. His own personal belief in the importance of connecting with humans on Earth and the role his powers over time had on them had caused him to lose access to the ability to manipulate time even after his angelic form was restored. Its implied by a conversation with Remiel that many of his powers remain gone, not just his time manipulation, because of this belief. However, it is still currently a speculation.
|Appearances of Amenadiel|
- In the comics, Amenadiel is a supporting antagonist. He is a strong angel who despises Lucifer and is bent on killing him, which ultimately led to his death in the end.
- When Lucifer threatened Amenadiel in "Pilot" about how he was looking forward to eating his heart one day, it is a reference to how Lucifer killed Amenadiel in the comics.
- During the Season 3 episode "Once Upon a Time", which is set in an alternate timeline, it is shown that Amenadiel struggles to understand or connect with humans.
- When picking a name for their son, Amenadiel showed Linda that he did not want him to be named Michael, which foreshadows his brother's true nature.
- Actor D.B. Woodside confirmed that Amenadiel will return in the sixth and final season.