|“||I wonder why I didn't work it out sooner. The world's first murderer. Marked by God and doomed to walk the Earth alone for a tortured eternity. It's quite the moniker. Yet, still, nowhere near as ridiculous as "the Sinnerman". Wouldn't you agree...Cain?||„|
|~ Lucifer deducing Pierce's true identity as both Cain and the Sinnerman; thus revealing the latter's true nature.|
|“||I can actually be with her. I can grow old with her. You're right, Lopez. I totally screwed this up. I need to win her back.||„|
|~ Pierce, realizing his genuine love for Chloe after his curse ends, prompts to win her heart at any cost.|
He was an ancient immortal who was secretly a powerful criminal mastermind while posing as an L.A.P.D. police lieutenant, as well as the boss of Detective Chloe Decker. Initially wanting to end his eternal life, Pierce later wanted to be with Chloe, thus putting him into conflict with her partner Lucifer Morningstar.
Initially introduced as a loyal and stubborn human police lieutenant and the boss of Chloe Decker, Dan Espinoza and Ella Lopez, Pierce was later revealed to be both a criminal mastermind known as the Sinnerman and most notably the ancient immortal Cain, who was cursed to live alone for eternity after murdering his brother, Abel. Eventually, after getting absolutely bored with living forever, Cain made it his sole purpose to find a way to finally end his own life, and teamed up with Lucifer Morningstar to try and succeed.
Eventually, after falling in love with Chloe Decker which ended his curse, Pierce abandoned his long crusade to achieve suicide and prompted to be with her whatever the cost, thus sparking a rivalry with Lucifer, who was also in love with Chloe. Although he nearly succeeded by getting engaged, Chloe ended it, and upon learning that she was more in love with Lucifer than with him, Pierce sought to remove Lucifer from the equation altogether. But first, he intended on reclaiming his immortality by killing Amenadiel so that he had nothing to fear. However, while attempting to do so, he ended up accidentally killing Charlotte Richards. This fatefully resulted in Pierce being hunted down and finally killed by Lucifer in order to avenge her death.
|“||You pulled the trigger. You ended her life. You chose to kill her. Deep down...you know you're a monster, and that you belong in Hell where you will torture yourself with that truth for eternity. Because, not matter what you tell yourself, you can't outrun what you've done. What you truly are.||„|
|~ Lucifer gloating to a dying Pierce about his true nature, regarding him killing Charlotte Richards.|
At first, Cain (as Marcus Pierce) is shown to be strategic, reserved and well-respected. Like Lucifer, he is charming, charismatic and handsome. He appeared to have a disdain for cops who have previously committed crime and immediately took a disliking to Dan for his past actions of assisting Malcolm Graham. He also appeared to have a dislike towards Lucifer as he deems him reckless and later calls him an idiot for going after the "Sinnerman". He also appeared to be a compassionate person, as he told Lucifer to keep Chloe Decker out of their search for the "Sinnerman so they would not put her daughter Trixie's life in danger. Pierce claims to have an admiration for Chloe as a detective, as he says the only reason he arrived at Los Angeles was so he could finally see her in action firsthand.
However, it is shown that a considerable amount of Cain's persona as Pierce is an act, as he only wanted Chloe Decker and Lucifer Morningstar to stay away from the Sinnerman decoy because he feared that it could trace back to him. Pierce admitted to Lucifer that the decoy was his friend and right-hand man, but that he killed him because he went rogue and had to be "taken out". It is also proven that he his apparent admiration of Chloe was nothing more than a mere lie as while he did come for Chloe, it had nothing to do with her detective skills, but rather because he knew her presence made Lucifer vulnerable and only wanted to see if it worked on him as well. A notable trait of Cain is that he strongly despises his brother Abel, whom he considered an "asshat", to the point that he showed no remorse for killing him. However, after Abel was temporarily revived, he was able to fully reconcile with him after all the years they hated each other.
Pierce's greatest desire is to finally die, to get rid of his curse of immortality. He is tired of being alive. In his words, "I've walked this Earth for thousands of years. I have seen everything, I have done everything. I have watched everything I've ever known turn to ashes over and over again." Pierce agrees to Lucifer's comparison to it being like Hell. He is very determined in his goal, as shown by his multiple, and often extremely painful, attempts at suicide. Pierce also claimed to Amenadiel that, if it helped him find peace, he would have no problem murdering an innocent man. This shows that when it comes to achieving his desire to die, he is willing to take any action, no matter how ruthless. Pierce's willingness to die goes as far as to fake having any feelings towards Chloe Decker in order to become mortal again.
However, after losing his mark, Pierce tempted himself out of suicide as he realized that he was genuinely in love with Chloe, prompting him to go to great lengths to beat Lucifer at winning her heart, in which he succeeded by proposing to her. He was however, still more than willing to use Trixie as a human shield when Maze threatened to kill him for betraying her. But, after Chloe ended their engagement, this sparked a secret anger within Pierce as he realized that she was more in love with Lucifer, prompting him to revert back to his old ways except instead of ensuring his suicide, he would try and win her back in a possibly more obsessive way. Pierce has also ironically shown that he wants his mark and curse back, even after all the years he wanted it gone, as for the first time in his life, he became afraid of permanently dying due to the fact he would most likely end up in Hell if he were to.
After finally dying permanently, Pierce noted that he doesn't understand why he was so afraid of death, fully believing that since he doesn't regret anything, he's going to Heaven. However, as Lucifer pointed out, since he genuinely did regret accidentally killing Charlotte, Pierce knew deep down that he was in fact a monster and will torture himself in Hell for all eternity for his actions.
Powers and Abilities
- Cursed Mark: Upon being marked by Amenadiel on God's orders for killing his brother, Pierce was punished with being doomed to spend a tortured eternity walking the Earth and unable to die. However, after falling in love with Chloe Decker, the mark disappeared and thus ended his curse.
- Semi-Immortality: Being his most notable power, Cain was cursed by God with immortality for murdering his brother. Hence he is unable to die, including being unable to age even after thousands of years. He can be wounded and killed by any normal human, but when he is killed, he resurrects himself after a short amount of time. He can even survive being wounded by demon blades forged in hell, which even angels cannot do.
- Resurrective Immortality: Cain was cursed to be unable to die, hence he is immortal. He can be wounded and killed like a normal human, but when killed he is resurrected after a short amount of time. He can even survive being killed by a demonic blade, which angels cannot do.
- Healing Factor: Cain's body constantly heals from any wounds he is inflicted with. While injuries take time to heal, they seem to heal at an accelerated rate compared to regular humans. Any tattoos or scars fade after a few months. He can even regenerate from being cut in half, melted in an acid bath, and being engulfed by molten lava.
- Marksmanship: As a trained member of the police, Cain has expert ability with firearms. He was able to shoot his decoy multiple times while Lucifer was in close proximity with his target without hitting Lucifer with any stray bullets.
- Eidetic memory: Cain can easily recall every memory and experience from his whole life since ancient times, ranging from ancient languages to his suicide attempts.
- Arcane Knowledge: As an ancient human that has lived since the dawn of humanity, Cain has a wealth of knowledge. He is aware of Lucifer's true identity and has been tracking Celestials when they come to Earth.
- Expert Combatant: Cain was shown to be very capable in hand-to-hand combat, able to hold his own against Amenadiel fairly well. During his final fight with Lucifer, he was also able to hold his own whilst armed with a demon blade, even though it still ended with his death regardless.
- Keen Manipulator: Throughout the series, Cain has shown to be able to talk or forcefully get out of situations where trouble was surely to ensue, especially after his mark was removed. For example, during his fight with Mazikeen, he was able to keep her distracted long enough for him to incapacitate her with a syringe. He was even able to outwit Lucifer during their confrontation at the station, intentionally causing a scene in the precinct so that the officers would keep Lucifer restrained while he got away. He also drew Lucifer and Chloe into a planned ambush that would most certainly have resulted in their deaths had he not faced off against divinity. Eventually, this plan leads to his death after being stabbed in the chest with Mazikeen's blade by Lucifer.
- Flaming Sword: The Flaming Sword (and its component Azrael's blade) could eradicate humans. The human would be permanently gone, no Heaven nor Hell, and cannot be resurrected. However, the blade is permanently out of reach in the void with Goddess.
- Demon/Hell-Forged Weapons: These weapons are able to injure and kill human, he was visibly afraid of getting injured by Maze's demon knife. Lucifer killed the now-mortal Pierce with one to the heart.
- Mortality: After the removal of his mark, Pierce became completely mortal and was thus vulnerable to any form of death a regular human was vulnerable to.
|Appearances of Marcus Pierce|
- In the Bible, Cain is the son of Adam and Eve where he murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy and was punished to walk the Earth forever and unable to die.
- Cain also appeared in the DC Comics along with his brother Abel.
- Through his immortality, Cain did everything a person could do, legal and illegal.
- Whether this makes his immune system repel infections from common colds to cancer and S.T.D.s has not been confirmed.
- His memory appears to be able to retain centuries of experience, including languages, martial arts, and his suicide attempts.
- He likely established the Sinnerman crime boss identity to hide behind to wait out a few decades before choosing a new name and relocating.
- He finds his punishment unnecessarily cruel as murder is committed by other humans. Even fratricide is not unheard of.
- Cain is sometimes spelled as Kane in several episodes' captions.
- At first, Lucifer Morningstar believed that the man who kidnapped him would be an emissary of God.
- According to the show's producers, the Sinnerman is a dark reflection of Lucifer Morningstar who will be a challenge for him in almost every way during the season.
- Coincidentally, the song "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone was sang by Lucifer in the opening of the sixth episode "Favorite Son" in the first season.
- Despite feeling slight remorse for his actions, Pierce is currently the most unsympathetic villain in the series due to his hypocrisy, arrogance, immorality, and cowardice, as well as killing Charlotte Richards. Even his mother Eve agreed that he got what he deserved.
- Actor Tom Welling shares a trait with fellow Superman actors Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill as all three of them have portrayed villains after their portrayals as the Man of Steel, with Welling's being Pierce, Routh's being Daniel Shaw from Chuck and Henry Cavill's being August Walker from Mission: Impossible - Fallout.