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‘Lucifer’: Was Chloe Decker in the Comic That Inspired the Show?

'Lucifer' had a winding road to success. By the time the series ended on Netflix this month, it had a massive following of fans, but the series had to survive a cancelation to get there. The show, with biblical themes, used several comics as its source material, but the character of Chloe Decker never appeared in the comics.

Netflix users were largely satisfied with the final season of Lucifer. When the series, which was made available in its later seasons on Netflix, ended, Lucifer Morningstar and Chloe Decker’s story was sufficiently fleshed out for fans, as was the overarching storyline. While the series was based on comic book characters, not all characters were a part of the original content. Fans are now clamoring to know if the source material included Chloe. She was not a part of the source comics. 

What is ‘Lucifer’ based on?

Most of the characters and the basic concepts explored in Lucifer are biblical in nature, but the bible isn’t what inspired the development of the television series. Instead, show creators and writers based Lucifer on a comic book series and its spinoff. According to several sources, the Sandman comic book series by Neil Gaiman is the source material for Lucifer. The 1999 spinoff comic by the same name also inspired the show. 

Character Lucifer from the tv show sitting on a coach with yellow walls.
‘Lucifer’ | Netflix

The Sandman and Lucifer were both written for and published by DC Comics. While the television series seriously deviates from its source material, Lucifer Morningstar has a similar facial structure in the series and the drawn comic. Fans of the series have noted that Tom Ellis looks strikingly similar to the drawn character. Ellis portayed Lucifer for all six seasons. The only real difference is that the comic character was a blonde, and Tom Ellis has dark hair. 

Was Chloe Decker included in the original comics? 

While the series didn’t stray far from the source material in terms of its themes, the framework for Lucifer is unique. Bustle points out that in the original comics, Lucifer had no connection to the LAPD. The show’s creator added the foundation to enable the storyline to play out more organically. Several original characters had to be created to make it all work. 

'Lucifer' with Lauren German as Chloe Decker and Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar
‘Lucifer’ Season 6 with Lucifer and Chloe Decker | John P. Fleenor/Netflix

Chloe was a major addition. Chloe was developed to help drive the story forward and to give Lucifer someone to focus on. During the show’s six seasons, Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship became a central plot point. Chloe’s ex, Dan, who also played heavily into the show’s storyline, was also an original character. 

Season 5B was almost the end of the series

Netflix treated fans of the show to a sixth season, and they are thankful for that. Season 5B was almost the end of Lucifer, and it would have left the romantic relationship a little less developed. Showrunner, Joe Henderson, told CBR that his team had always planned to place emotional distance between Chloe and Lucifer, although it didn’t seem like they had an initial plan to resolve that issue. He told the publication that the point of the emotional distance in season 5B served a huge purpose. The goal was to show how complex the relationship really was. He said, “So that was us sort of physicalizing that and also frustrating the hell out of fans.”

Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar in 'Lucifer' Season 6. He's wearing a suit and standing in front of a bar. He's holding a glass and a bottle. 'Lucifer' will not receive a season 7.
Tom Ellis | John P. Fleenor/Netflix

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Henderson and his team were ready to bow out after season 5, leaving the show with Lucifer becoming God. They planned to check in with the other characters to see how everyone was doing. Still, Henderson didn’t seem to have plans to develop the relationship further. Season 6 offered them the opportunity to do it. Season 6 ultimately allowed fans to feel at peace with the end of the series, even though many had hoped to see a season 7