On the r/lucifer subreddit, you / Gussygus28 published a side-by-side comparison of Lucifer and the terrifying horror film villain Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, writing, “Loki, why does Lucifer look like Freddy Krueger in his devil form?” The post got over 700 upvotes and it’s easy to see why. The Devil bears more than a passing resemblance to the Springwood Slasher – in fact, they share an uncanny resemblance to each other.
Some fans have speculated as to why the two characters have similar designs. U/Moaosis suggested that they could draw inspiration from a common idea. “They should both look like burn victims, I think,” a user commented.
The theory does not stand up to scrutiny, since the image of Lucifer is based on the mythological figure of the Devil, who is often depicted as living in fire. Likewise, Freddie’s design was inspired by images of burn victims. “David [Miller] opened this medical textbook, the first day I sat down, he said, “Here’s what we’re going to do to you.” And they were real burn victims,” Freddie actor Robert Englund explained in an interview excerpt from Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (via USA today).
Whether the similarities between the two pop culture icons are intentional or pure coincidence, it’s undeniable that they have a lot in common visually. Of course, Lucifer can turn back into Tom Ellis. Freddy has to look like this all the time.