Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers for the Netflix series Lucifer up to the current season. Proceed with caution
Mazikeen, a.k.a. Maze
Mazikeen (played by Lesley-Ann Brandt) is anything but an angel. She is actually the demon sidekick to the Devil himself, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis). At least, that’s how she started. Mazikeen, or Maze, likes being a demon. Being a demon means she has special skills that allow her to fight without remorse and torture evil people, like a demon’s supposed to. But Maze is so much more than a dagger-wielding tough chick. She’s a loyal friend and a girl looking for love.
In Lucifer, Maze is one of Lilith’s many children. Lilith (also Brandt) was the first wife of Adam. When Lucifer rebelled against his father, Lilith provided him with an army of demons. They made Maze together and instilled an abundance of loyalty within her. After thousands of years, Lucifer got tired of running Hell and went topside to Los Angeles. Maze went with him and provided much needed security and much needed… ahem… pleasure for herself.
The Real Deal:
When Lucifer met Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), some things started to change for both the Devil and his demon. They both began to care deeply about Chloe and her daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez). As time went on, they built relationships with the people in Chloe’s life and Lucifer’s brother, Amenadiel (D. B. Woodside). These humans and angels were fun, attractive and lovable. They made Maze feel loved, but friendship wasn’t enough.
Maze watched Amenadiel have a child with Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris), Maze’s best friend. And then Lucifer found true love with Chloe. All of this made Maze a little sad. She wanted to know what that kind of love felt like, but she also feared that she might never find it. She thought she found love, first with Amenadiel and then with Eve (Inbar Lavi). Maze was afraid to be rejected by the angel, so she ended it. And the demon wasn’t what the human was looking for.
Maze has abandonment issues. She figured that out in season five. Her mother left her in Hell to serve Lucifer. And when she found Lilith, Maze didn’t get the warm welcome she hoped for. Lilith died the next day, leaving Maze feeling even more abandoned and unlovable. The fact that Maze’s heart has been broken time and time again just proves she feels deeply. So, maybe she has a soul after all.
Maze has love, whether she realizes it or not. She has the love of her friends, in particular Dr. Linda who is always there to listen to Maze. Chloe is always there to give Maze a purpose. Trixie looks up to Maze and, at the same time, is a role model for the demon. She has Amenadiel to lust after, Dan Espinosa (Kevin Alejandro) to beat up on when she needs to punch someone, Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia) who always shows her the brighter side of things and Lucifer. Despite his insistence that she’s only a demon, he proves time and time again he would be lost without Maze.
Why Does She Matter:
We love Maze because even though she’s a soulless demon, she loves fiercely. She’s tough on the outside and soft on the inside. Her battles are just, even if sometimes unfair. She fights for what’s good in the world, especially if it means hurting the bad guys. Sometimes she lets her anger get the best of her, but it’s all in the name of love. In a way, Maze is the most human of them all.
So, be like Mazikeen. Fight hard. Use whatever means necessary to get what you want. Protect those you care about at all costs. And never settle for anything less than Love.
Originally published 9/23/20
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