- "I would get rid of all diseases plaguing mankind, and replace them with worse ones." "Ooh! and make Elfo die alone."
After being decapitated by an elevator, Luci finds himself in heaven.
Luci looks similar to a shadow, though it was shown that he can cast a shadow of his own, which seems to mirror the direction he was facing. Like many demons, he has a spearhead tail. However, when compared to the demons released in The Princess of Darkness, which all have wings instead of limbs, Luci has arms and legs. Luci's figure has very little form or depth, and was accompanied with a large singular eye (that was shown), horns on his head, and fangs. His form often causes people to confuse him for a cat. While he, Bean, and Elfo are in Hell, he was temporarily changed into a Level 2 demon (bigger and with wings) and then into a Level 4 (even bigger and with larger wings).
Being a demon, Luci doesn't have a biological form. As such, there was no way of knowing whether his smoking, drinking or drug-taking has any effect on his "health". Being an infernal creature, drugs may not harm him, although they clearly have an effect on him. Luci was immune to fire and was able to manipulate shadows at whim. His shadow abilities are shown in Castle Party Massacre, when he makes out with a girl's shadow, but not the girl herself.
Throughout the majority of the first season, Luci's nature was apparently of the traditional demon: he was pure evil and not capable of love or compassion, and acts as a puppet for Cloyd and Becky in their plot. Luci's role was to guide Bean towards her destiny which he does by generally encouraging her towards mischief and leading her astray. His actions are usually subtle, sometimes seemingly trivial and often significantly advance the plot. It was unclear whether he knows precisely in what way to guide Bean, but it was clear that he expresses no personal agenda throughout season 1.
In season 2, more of Luci's character was shown, and it reveals that he genuinely cares about Bean and Elfo, and despite his constant deprecation of them, especially Elfo, he gave up his dream job and his immortality for them without a second thought.
Agent of Chaos
Luci's behavior was chaotic, and seemingly random in places, yet in others, it was pivotal to moving things forward. Luci's actions vary from encouraging worse-than-normal behavior and actively Disrupting events to being helpful in a crisis. Even though he was meant to steer Bean's destiny, he does so by influencing the actions of Zog and Elfo. For example:
- Getting Bean drunk before her wedding in S01E01 results in her being free to pursue her own destiny, free from that which had been determined by Zog.
- bizarrely; encouraging Bean to take the easy way out in S01E02, as well as hatching murder plans to kill Merkimer.
- Leading Bean to a sleep-deprived day of snake root intoxication resulting in the desecration of the family crypt in S01E03.
- He was Discovered to be the cause of her behavior and summarily exorcised.
- Encouraging Bean to have a party in S01E04.
- Helping Bean to track Elfo in S01E05.
- Helping the Royal Delegation to flee from the Dankmirians by continuously bowing at them in S01E06.
- After antagonizing Elfo about his made-up girlfriend, he helps him find an eye for her in S01E07.
- Her eye happens to the crystal ball which becomes an important plot point later on.
- Obtaining the Eternity Pendant in S01E08.
- pivotal; plus he was the only one small enough to do so.
- Snatching the Pendant from King Zog in S01E09.
- pivotal; it allows Bean to unfreeze her mother, Queen Dagmar, and to begin to learn about her destiny, which was Luci's purpose.
- Re-acquires the crystal ball from Tess and, after replacing it, Discovers the truth about Dagmar in S01E10.
- Important for Zog (and by extension, the audience) to realize Dagmar's true nature - not so perfect after all - at least from his perspective.
It was implied that the mischief-making antics of demons act as a catalyst for destiny, which was why the Maruvians chose to use him for such purposes.
Despite his chaotic nature, Luci was shown to be a loyal friend to Bean, as seen when he comforts her in times of pain, fights beside her, and even saves her life on one occasion. Luci does seem to have a good side, though he refuses to ever give in to it. On one instance, he saves Bean from fire during an exorcism and feels genuinely sad during Elfo's funeral. In the episode Stairway to Hell, Luci and Bean travel to hell in order to try and find Elfo. When they arrive, Bean and Luci then travel to the Infernal Stronghold to find the Book of the Dead so they can pinpoint Elfo's location. While in the Stronghold, the pair are confronted by Asmodium, Lord of Darkness, who was also Luci's superior. Luci then exposes Bean as a human and tells Asmodium that he got "a dumb elf" to come down from heaven. Impressed, Asmodium promotes Luci to demon level two, which causes Luci to grow slightly bigger and earn his wings. Bean was dragged away appalled, realizing Luci's sinister plan all along. However, Luci later then breaks Bean and Elfo out of their bonds and attempts to fly them out of Hell. They are confronted by Asmodium again, and Luci drops Elfo and Bean to fall into a river of lava. Asmodium then promotes him to uber-demon level four, which causes Luci to grow larger. Luci then again betrays his boss and kicks Asmodium into a cliffside. Asmodium warns Luci Leave now and you'll lose your powers, your immortality, your parking space, everything!. Luci responds with It's a price I'm willing to pay! He then swoops down and catches Bean and Elfo, exiting through a volcano, Luci shrinking and losing his wings once they reach the surface. In the next episode The Very Thing, when the trio was rowing back to Dreamland, Elfo expresses indignation at the fact that Bean chose to save her mother over him. Luci, upset with the fact that Elfo was not appreciating their sacrifice, angrily exclaims "I gave up so much for you…" but then sulks and says ...I gave up a lot. Ending on a more somber note.
Luci frequently imbibes drugs. He was seen smoking (Twinkletown Gigglebud/Dreamland Ditchweed) and drinking (beer and wine), as well as partaking in Bliss in Love's Tender Rampage. His claim to be pretty high at the end of Castle Party Massacre and his hallucinations whilst on Bliss indicate that drugs have an effect on him.
In Bean Falls Down, he tried to save Bean from Dagmar, and his head got stuck into the elevator door. As Bean tried to rescue him (and keep herself calm), she accidentally decapitated him, instantly killing him. His head lay in Bean’s hand while his body stayed in the elevator shaft. Seconds later, he appears in Heaven, much to his dismay.His last words before he died were "I don't know why you always bring out the good half in me Bean".
- 1. "A Princess, an Elf, and a demon Walk Into a Bar"
- 2. "For Whom the Pig Oinks"
- 3. "The Princess of Darkness"
- 4. "Castle Party Massacre"
- 5. "Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!"
- 6. "Swamp and Circumstance"
- 7. "Love's Tender Rampage"
- 8. "The Limits of Immortality"
- 9. "To Thine Own Elf Be True"
- 10. "Dreamland Falls"
- 1. "The Disenchantress"
- 2. "Stairway to Hell"
- 3. "The Very Thing"
- 4. "The Lonely Heart was a Hunter"
- 5. "Our Bodies, Our Elves"
- 6. "The Dreamland Job"
- 7. "Love's Slimy Embrace"
- 8. "In Her Own Write"
- 9. "The Electric Princess"
- 10. "Tiabeanie Falls"
- 1. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
- 2. "You're the Bean"
- 3. "Beanie Get Your Gun"
- 4. "Steamland Confidential"
- 5. "Freak Out!"
- 6. "Last Splash"
- 7. "Bad Moon Rising"
- 8. "Hey, Pig Spender"
- 9. "The Madness of King Zøg"
- 10. "Bean Falls Down"
- Hellraiser (1987): When Luci says Open the gates of...I mean, the ribbon. He was parody of Lemarchand's Box in the classic horror movie by Clive Barker. (S01E01)
- He stops himself from saying open the gates of hell, which the box in Hellraiser was famous for doing.
- The present box he was in looked similar to the Lament Configuration.
- Paradise Lost: (1667): The title of the 2nd episode was a reference to The Prince of Darkness, the name John Milton gave to Satan. Luci was a demon from the underworld.
- The Exorcist (1973): Bean's possession by Luci and revolving head are references to this classic supernatural horror movie.
- Lucifer: the name given to the planet Venus when it was still the morning star (heralding the break of day) and linked, somewhat confusingly, to Satan in Christian, Jewish and Islamic theology. (Consult the wiki for more detail.)
- How to Train Your Dragon franchise (2010-2019): While not a direct reference, the running joke of Luci being mistaken for a cat by others (more notably Zog) and at one point sleeps like a cat was similar to the cat-like behaviors of some of the dragon characters (particularly Toothless) in the franchise.
- He likes to ride people's back like horses.
- He constantly gets kicked and thrown around.
- Many think he is just a weird talking cat, Luci himself even shows off cat like tendencies.
- Human girls find him attractive. They think he was ugly-sexy.
- He once went on a date with Stacianne LeBlatt, which he ended up regretting.
- Luci once said he wasn't comfortable in churches: although he had no physical reaction to it, perhaps being a demon alters just his state of mind.
- Luci's sole purpose was to steer Bean towards the darkness. Once he has wrecked her wedding, meaning she doesn't relocate to Bentwood (which was where she would have ended up moving to) he had pretty much served this purpose. It wasn't until later on when he accidentally discovers the record-keeping nature of the crystal ball that he becomes useful again.
- Luci makes a cameo appearance in a version in Matt Groening's hit show The Simpsons, during the episode Treehouse of Horror XXIX.
- He appears to be a good tracker as he was accurately able to deduce that Elfo ran into a tree, cried, stubbed his toe on a rock, stomped away and got his shoe stolen by a demented squirrel - the last being ironically based on the fact a demented squirrel stood nearby holding Elfo's shoe in mouth.
- The name Luci was evocative of Lucifer, meaning light-bearer which was one of the name's associated with the Devil. Whilst an apparent contraction of Lucifer, the name Luci could derive from Lucius, which itself comes from the Latin lux meaning light. His name was ambiguous and paradoxical much like Satan's: it was perhaps a nod to his shadow-like visage, or his role in guiding Bean to her destiny.
- "You know that little voice in your head that tells you to do the right thing? I'm the guy yelling over it. Yeah. I'm the guy that makes you feel good about doing bad things"
- "Do it! Do-it-do-it-do-it!"
- “I want to get rid of all the diseases plaguing mankind — and replace them with worse ones."
- "I'm gonna drink flaming grog from a baby's skull!"
- "Shut up! Silenzio! First up: not a ghost. Ghosts are losers that got murdered. I am a demon."
- "Yeah! Work those scrawny nerd arms! Jiggle that demon back to Hell! Noice!"
- "Hey, I'm still naked! I'm naked all the time, and you just didn't know! And now you can never UN-know!"
"I'm not a bad influence, I'm an enabler."
- Disenchantment: Untold Tales
- The Princess of Darkness