List of The Mortal Instruments characters

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This is a list of the main characters from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, including the novels City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls , and City of Heavenly Fire

Main characters[edit]

Clary Fray[edit]

Clarissa "Clary" Adele Fray/Fairchild/Morgenstern is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Mortal Instruments series. Clary, while spending time at a New York City nightclub, the Pandemonium, is stunned to observe a group of teenagers with apparent supernatural abilities: Jace, Isabelle, and Alec. She sees them attack a demon who had gone into the club, but soon realizes that she is the only person able to see them. She realizes they are all Shadowhunters.

After the battle, she is further introduced to the group of teens, who identify themselves as Shadowhunters, a race of humans who are physically enhanced with angel blood, who secretly protect humanity from demons with their powers. When her mother Jocelyn goes missing, Clary soon learns that the event is connected to the conflict between the Shadowhunters and their enemies. She then enters the Shadowhunter fold, using her newly revealed mystical abilities to assist the group while attempting to find her mother. In the process, she falls in love with fellow Shadowhunter, Jace Wayland.

She learns that Valentine Morgenstern (the main antagonist of the series) is her biological father and her mother's ex-husband, and in the end of City of Bones, Valentine tells them that she and Jace are siblings (which they later discover in the series is actually a lie). In the second book of the series, City of Ashes, she dates her best friend Simon, who has had a long time crush on her, in order to forget Jace during the torturous time of believing him to be her brother and whom she still held feeling towards. This fails on account of her ever growing feelings for Jace. She is told by the Seelie Queen that she has the ability to create runes that don't exist, but they do. This later enables her to destroy Valentine's ship using the "Open" rune. In the end of the second novel, she finds that an old friend of her mother, Madeleine, knows how to wake her mother, who has been in a magical coma since the first book.

In City of Glass, it is discovered that Jocelyn had taken a potion, made by a warlock named Ragnor Fell, to induce a comatose state and prevent her from being interrogated by Valentine. Before she dies, Madeleine tells Clary that she needs to find Fell and he will be able to help her cure her mother. Clary portals herself and Luke to Idris, and falls into Lake Lyn and drinks some of the water by accident, causing her to hallucinate and become lucid as the Lake's water is poisonous to Shadowhunters. Luke then takes her to his sister Amatis for healing.

During her stay in Alicante, Clary ventures to find Ragnor Fell, who will be able to help her with the potion. She is escorted there by Sebastian Verlac, whom she recently met, in an attempt to make contact with Fell. Instead she finds Magnus Bane, who tells her of Ragnor's death and how he was called as a replacement, and requests that she find him the Book of White in return for his help. She returns to Alicante where Sebastian kisses her. She rejects him after having feelings of "wrong" while he kissed her, and they continue back to Alicante. She then discovers that the Book of White is hidden in Wayland Manor, and travels with Jace to retrieve it. Inside they find the angel Ithuriel tied up and left for dead in the basement. He gives both Shadowhunters visions of Valentine experimenting on his children with demon blood in an attempt to make a stronger warrior.

They escape the manor after freeing Ithuriel so he can finally die, the two then share a moment of passionate romance. They return to Alicante to see it burning from the first assault on the city, and after things are in order, Clary meets with the others and they go to free Simon. They return to see the Clave and Clary uses her rune ability to create a binding rune, enabling Shadowhunters and Downworlders to share powers. All those of age go to the battle on Brocelind Plains, and Clary has to give Simon the Mark of Cain so that the vampires will join the fight.

Magnus wakes her mother, who informs Clary that Jace is not her brother— Sebastian (The real Jonathan Morgensten) is. It is soon revealed that Sebastian is actually a spy for Valentine and tried to seduce Clary into teaming up with him. Clary then tries to locate Jace to help him. She runs into Valentine who ties her down in order to complete his summoning of the Angel by using her blood, however when Jace arrives to rescue her, Valentine instead forces her to watch as he fatally stabs Jace in the chest, killing him instead. Upon summoning the angel, she changes the marks on Valentine's summoning circle giving her the ability to control the Angel, and after Valentine is slain, she wishes to have Jace back. After Jace is brought back to life, the two finally get together realizing that their love for each other isn't incestuous after all.

In the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, she and Jace are happily in love. But soon, Jace starts to behave strangely and soon starts to avoid her, leading Clary to assume that he wants to break up with her. In truth, he has been influenced by Lilith, who sent him dreams in which he kills or hurts Clary. During the party, when Lucian's pack celebrated his engagement with Clary's mother Jocelyn, she is kidnapped by a fully possessed Jace and taken to Lilith. There, she learns that her brother Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern/Sebastian Verlac is going to be raised from dead by Simon, and she was brought just to make him do that. Using Jace's affection for her (as his possession has no effect towards that part of him) she cuts the rune which enabled Lilith to control him. Seeing his chance, Simon destroys Lilith with his Mark of Cain. After her destruction, Isabelle and Alec appear on the scene, but Jace shoos them away since he didn't want to be consoled as he feels terrible for hurting Clary, in spite of the fact that he wasn't himself. Alec then shoves Clary back to the room as they get into the elevator, feeling only she could help him. Clary and Jace then soon reaffirm their love for each other after she convinces him he is not a horrible person. The last words Clary says to him before going down are "I'll be back. Five minutes" and they share a kiss before she leaves and comes back to find him gone - unaware his rune has healed and he is possessed once again.

At the fifth book of the second trilogy of the series, City of Lost Souls, Clary had realized Jace was gone along with Sebastian Verlac (Jonathan Morgenstern). The Clave was alarmed by the sudden disappearance of Jonathan and Jace and started to search for any signs of Jace and Jonathan. After two weeks of repeating the same statement about what happened at the rooftop before Clary leaving him with Sebastian alive by Simon's blood. But other problems had came to the Clave and required to set aside the search for Jonathan. Clary was outraged by the news. Using the bell given by Meliorn, the Seelie Queen's lieutenant, she went to the Seelie Queen's palace where she had beg for help due to the limited resources. The Seelie Queen had requested to let Clary steal the faerie rings kept inside the Institute. She stole the rings but didn't give it to her because of the appearance of Jace and Sebastian at the library, all healthy looking and safe. After that, Clary accepted their offer of coming to them.

When the plan of Sebastian was finally revealed to her, she couldn't believe what could happen. At the enchantment ceremony, she was surprised when Amatis was turned into a dark Shadowhunter by the blood of Lilith. At the same time, Magnus, Alec, Maryse, Isabelle and Simon arrived, with Glorious in hand. When Glorious was handed to her, she struck Jace, the mark of Lilith burning, making him cry out in pain.

In the epilogue, she was concerned why she couldn't visit Jace because of her thoughts telling her that she almost killed Jace but reassured by Isabelle that she didn't do anything to make Jace mad. She visited Jace but she almost thought she wasn't going to be allowed to go in due to Brother Zachariah. By the consent of Brother Zachariah, she entered, hugging Jace and reaffirming their relationship again.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Clary is 5'2 feet tall with curly red hair, green eyes, pale skin, and freckles. She is said to look like her mother - who is described as beautiful and small. Maryse Lightwood—Alec and Isabelle's mother—remarks that Clary looks like Valentine when she first meets her. She is rather petite and very thin. She is described by Jace many times throughout the series as "delicate". She was portrayed by Lily Collins in the film adaption of the series.


She is the daughter of Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fairchild, step daughter of Lucian Graymark. She is also the sister to Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern/Sebastian Verlac. She gained her ability to create runes when Valentine fed her mother angel blood while she was in the womb.

Love Interests[edit]

Jace Herondale/Lightwood: A shadowhunter Clary first met in Pandemonium, Killing a demon Clary thought was human and threatened him to call the police. His curiosity won the best of him since Clary is not supposed to see him and decided to follow her around. He later realizes that she is indeed one of them and leads her to the institute which is where he slowly develops feelings for her. But he gets deceived by Valentine, Clary's father, Saying that they were siblings. However, in the City of Glass, They realize that they aren't siblings and were finally happy that they are allowed to be together.

Simon Lewis: Clary's childhood best friend who has been in love with her for over 10 years (as her mother realizes before Clary even does) and resents Jace at first, instantly seeing Clary's attraction to him upon the moment he saw her look at him. Clary briefly dates him in City of Ashes which was implied to have only been in an attempt to get over Jace (when she believed him to be her brother), but the two end up breaking up after Simon realizes this and sees that Clary's love will always be for Jace. Despite their failed relationship, they remain best friends throughout the series. Clary even has more moments with Simon moments where they are more than friends

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Jace Herondale[edit]

Jace Herondale is a Shadowhunter living at the New York Institute with his adopted family. Jace's legal name changes throughout the series, from Jace Wayland (when his father is thought to be Michael Wayland), to Jonathan Morgenstern (Valentine son), to Jace Herondale (When his true father is revealed to be Stephen Herondale). His mother was the young Celiné, a member of Valentine's inner circle with Stephen Herondale.

The nickname "Jace" was given to him by Maryse Lightwood after his (fake) initials J.C (Jonathan Christopher, because no one but Valentine and Jocelyn knew Jace was not his real son), when he first began living with Maryse Lightwood and her family, because of his dislike for his name. Jace was given the blood of an angel named Ithuriel by Valentine when Celiné was pregnant with him. This gave him enhanced abilities, even compared to regular Shadowhunters (Shadowhunters hunt demons that come into this world through portals from their own worlds), such as the ability to jump from extreme heights and survive, run faster than any other Shadowhunter, and the ability to move with a stealth close to that of the Silent Brothers (A group of Shadowhunters that have chosen not to hunt demons as is the typical Shadowhunter way of life, but to live secluded and gain knowledge. In that way they are similar to monks.)

For most of the books Jace's sarcastic, cold remarks and behavior hides his tortured and angry soul. In City of Ashes his strong "bad-boy" personality makes Maryse Lightwood (his adopted mother) somewhat scared of him, worried that he is too much like Valentine, whom was believed to be his real father until the assumption was proven false in City of Glass. Jace and Clary fall in love in City of Bones, making Clary the only girl Jace has developed real genuine feelings for, but after they find out they are "siblings," they encounter rather awkward situations throughout the series, and each of them attempting to get over each other by dating other people. He tries to avoid Clary and act as a real brother should act, acting slightly more joking carefree to her to mask how he really feels. He cannot control his charade all the time and is naturally overprotective and caring for her, although Clary does not see this due to her internal suffering. At the end of the third novel, City of Glass, Jocelyn contradicts Valentine's avowal that Jace and Clary are siblings, telling Clary that Jace is actually the son of Celine and Stephen Herondale. The truth frees Jace and Clary from the torture of having seemingly incestuous feelings for each other, allowing them to accept their mutual feelings and become a "real" couple.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Jace has fine wavy dark golden-blond hair and dark gold eyes. He has a slim, muscular build, and is about 5'11". His face is described as being pretty and angular, and Clary often refers to him as beautiful and leonine, with a narrow mouth. His eyes were much lighter in City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass; Clary describes his eyes and hair are darker in City of Fallen Angels.

Like all other Shadowhunters, he is covered in thin, silver scars from years of applying various magical runes with a stele for battle and healing purposes, as well as permanent runes. It is said that Jace is seventeen years old, though that was assuming he was Valentine (or Michael Wayland's) son, and his real age is between a few years younger than Jonathan Christopher and a year or so older than Clary. Jace is also left-handed (like Valentine). He has often said (and tried to prove) that the only trait he got from his father was his attitude. Jace is portrayed by Jamie Campbell Bower in the film adaptation of the book. He is described to be extremely good looking.


In City of Bones, Jace lives with his adoptive family, the Lightwoods, and sees himself as the brother of the Lightwood children. Later on, he is told that he is the son of Valentine and Jocelyn Morgenstern, and not Michael Wayland as he had been told and always believed. At this time, he is also told that Clary Fray is his sister.

In the end it is revealed that he is actually Stephen Herondale and Celine Herondale's son and that Clary is not related to him. He and Clary have a conversation at the end of City of Glass in which he confesses that he doesn't know who he is, referring to his last name. Clary confirms that he is a Lightwood, and Jace accepts that, correcting people throughout City of Fallen Angels when they referred to him as "Jace Herondale". At the end of City of Heavenly Fire Jace chooses to take on the Herondale name.

Love Interests[edit]

Clary Fray: Jace first begins to fall in love with Clary in City of Bones, growing close to her. Isabelle and Alec even later say that they noticed a change in Jace's behavior after he started getting close to Clary. In City of Glass, Isabelle tells Clary that before Jace met her, he was apathetic and only half-alive as if in a long time sleep, but that after their first encounter with her, Jace "woke up" and "started living". She further claims that she has never seen him act the way he does with Clary and firmly states that Jace will never get over her. Throughout the series, Jace continuously loves Clary even when he believes them to be siblings, even to the extent of being willing to commit incest with her and start a secret relationship with her when he believed her to be his sister. He has gotten with many girls before (though it being stated as more as just hooking up) and even tries to start something with Aline Penhallow in a failed attempt to get over Clary. Clary and Jace finally get together at the end of the third book after discovering they are not siblings.

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Simon Lewis[edit]

Simon Lewis is Clary's best friend. He accompanies Clary in her adventures, despite being human for the first book, and most of the second book.


His family is said to be devoutly Jewish. Not much is said about Simon's family. It is mentioned that his father died when he was very young due to a heart attack. His mother becomes a more prominent character in City of Fallen Angels when she discovers that Simon is a vampire and kicks him out of the house. Upon leaving, he puts her in a trance, hoping to talk to her at a later date. He also has a sister named Rebecca who is a few years older than he is. In City of Lost Souls he admits to his sister of being a vampire despite his fear of her shutting him out like his mother. Rebecca accepts him though and the two stay in contact.

Physical appearance[edit]

Simon is described as having dark brown hair, which grows longer throughout the series. As a human, his eyes were the color of creamed coffee, a sort of rich brown, but after his transformation into a vampire, they became pitch black, bigger and deeper than ever. He used to wear glasses until his transformation; although, he keeps them on for the benefit of his mother, who has no idea her son is a vampire until the fourth book. Clary claims he is "much hotter" after being Turned, using Isabelle and Maia's recent crushes on him as evidence. Simon also has the Mark of Cain on his forehead, drawn by Clary (described as in defiant, and sometimes unclear, faded, or illegible. when in use the mark glows and becomes darker, taking on a more defiant shape) which means he cannot be killed. He seems to have the ability to make connections with others as shown by him being the only one able to comfort Isabelle after Max's death and his friendship with Maia, a werewolf. In City of Lost Souls, he loses his Mark of Cain in exchange for a sword from the Angel Raziel.

He was portrayed by Robert Sheehan in the movie adaptation of the book.

Character development[edit]

In City of Bones, he is kidnapped by vampires after being turned into a rat and brought to their lair in the abandoned Hotel Dumort. Later, in City of Ashes, he begins to feel some side effects as a result of biting Raphael, the temporary head vampire while he was a rat. Because he is human and doesn't know the correct way to become a vampire, he begins to fear he may be turning into a monster.

When he cannot reconcile his feelings for Clary, he returns to the hotel—putting himself in great danger—to ask them if he is becoming one of them. Unfortunately the vampires attack, and Raphael saves him from immediate death by bringing him back to the Institute, where Clary is staying. Faced with the choice of either letting Simon die or making him become a vampire, Clary and Jace decide to let him be reborn as a vampire. In City of Ashes, he becomes a "Daylighter" after being drained of most of his blood on Valentine's ship by Valentine so he can complete his Conversion on Maellartach, The Soul-Sword. Jace finds Simon on the brink of death and allows him to drink his blood to revive him. The large quantity of Angel blood in Jace's body then allows Simon to stand in high sun with no risk of burning, unlike all other vampires who cannot.

After Max Lightwood's death, Isabelle (Max's older sister) becomes distraught, blaming herself for not listening to him and for not being there for her little brother. She refused to see anyone, finally allowing Simon to come in. Simon comforts Isabelle, trying to convince her that Max's death wasn't her fault, and eventually ends up sleeping next to her, much to his surprise, although they did nothing sexual. Towards the end of the third novel, Raphael demands Simon's death in exchange for his clan's assistance for the war; Raphael believes Simon's Daylighter powers make him too dangerous to remain alive. In order to protect him, Clary draws the Mark of Cain on Simon, which prevents him from being harmed by anyone and also curses him, marking him as a wanderer for eternity.

In City of Fallen Angels, a conflicted Simon tries casually dating both Isabelle and Maia. When the girls find out, they both leave him, and he is alone once more. However, by the end of the book it is clear that a deepening relationship is forming between Simon and Isabelle.

In City of Lost Souls, Simon loses his Mark of Cain to the Angel Raziel in exchange for the sword "Glorious" to save Jace by separating him and Sebastian. Throughout the book, Simon and Isabelle's relationship progresses to the point where she trusts him enough to let him bite her when he is hungry. They spend nights together, much to Alec's horror. However they still don't consider themselves dating for neither has confessed that they want to. Simon thinks he will just be dumped like the rest of Isabelle's boyfriends while Isabelle has trouble revealing her feelings and thinks Simon should make the first move.

In City of Heavenly Fire, Simon admits his love to Isabelle. Throughout the book Simon follows Clary and Jace - along with Isabelle and Alec - into the demon realm Edom to defeat Sebastian. In the demon realm he saves Isabelle after she is bitten by a demon. Soon after he tells Isabelle he loves her. They finally "DTR" and are officially bf and gf. At the end, after defeating Sebastian they have no possible way of getting out. Magnus calls on his father, Asmodeus, who asks to help them get out of Edom since Sebastian closed all possible ways for them to get out. In return, Asmodeus wants Magnus' immortal life - should Magnus do this he will die. None of them want Magnus to sacrifice his life so Simon steps forward. Because Simon has only just become a vampire, his years will not catch up to him and he will return a mundane. But to spice up the deal, Asmodeus also says he must take away all of Simon's memory of the Shadow world and of Clary. Everything he will remember will be a normal life, a life without Clary, or Jace, or Alec, or Magnus.... and Isabelle. This devastated them all but Simon gave it willingly to save his friends and the person he loves. In the Epilogue, Clary tries to see if Simon remembers her, unfortunately he doesn't and just thinks she's a crazy girl with tattoos. Except, he does give her his band flyer thinking she might be hitting on him. She walks away with it. Clary gives Izzy the flyer and walks away. The flyer says the band's name, "The Mortal Instruments." With this shrivel of hope Izzy and Magnus go to Simon and tell him what has happen. Simon is given the choice for Magnus to prep him to Ascend and become a Shadowhunter so that Asmodeus cannot touch him and he can regain all of his memory. Simon agrees and receives some of his memory back. He then reunites with Clary, Izzy, and the rest of the clan at Jocelyn and Luke's wedding.·[1]

Love interests[edit]

Isabelle "Izzy" Lightwood: He is attracted to her from the moment he sees her, but their relationship stays casual until he comforts her after the death of her younger brother in City of Glass and goes to comfort her the night before she goes to see the Iron Sisters in City of Lost Souls. They still don't consider themselves as dating as they both struggle to tell each other how they really feel.

Clary Fray/Morgenstern/Fairchild: Simon loves her throughout the first and second books. In the first book, he pines from afar, accompanying her on her adventures despite knowing that she is in love with Jace. They date in City of Ashes, but Clary is unable to stop loving Jace and they break up once he realizes she was just using him to get over Jace. Despite all this, they remain best friends, and still tease each other like they did before their dating relationship.

Maia Roberts: A werewolf in Luke's pack, she meets Simon when Luke asked Clary to come and help Jace and calm him down in Hunter's Moon (a werewolf bar where Luke's pack often hangs out). Maia and Isabelle both, unknowingly, date Simon at the same time for a while, but upon both finding out about it, both break up with him. She and Simon manage to mend their friendship and become good friends again. In City of Lost Souls, Maia starts dating her ex-boyfriend Jordan again and Simon and Isabelle's relationship seems keep going in the romantic sense, making it clear that despite their past troubles, both are still in love with each other.

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Luke Garroway[edit]

"Luke Garroway" who's birth name is Lucian Graymark is Jocelyn Fray's best friend who later becomes her husband and stepfather to Clary Fray. He is a werewolf who was a former Shadowhunter and member of The Circle who was ran by Valentine Morgenstern.

In his early life, Lucian was raised in Idris with his mother and older sister Amatis. Later, his mother left to join the Iron Sisters, leaving Luke to be raised by his sister. When Luke was young he met Jocelyn Fairchild (Jocelyn Fray) and were later sent to Alicante to train and attend school. When they arrived to Alicante, Luke wasn't the best in school and often contemplated quitting until Valentine Morgenstern offered to tutor him.


Before Luke turned into a Werewolf, he was a former Shadowhunter. Valentine had invited Luke to go hunting to help clean out the werewolves' nests that had killed Valentine's father. While they were scouting out the nests, a werewolf had bitten Luke. After he was bitten, Luke wasn't sure if the bite was enough to infect him with Lycanthropy. At one point, he went seeking aid from his sister Amatis for help and shelter and was sent away. He, along with Jocelyn and Valentine had kept quiet in following weeks while they awaited for the full moon. To his dismay, he did Change after the attack. Valentine then took him to the forest and gave Luke his father's dagger and told him to be honorable and kill himself. Valentine then led everyone to believe that Luke was dead.

Instead Luke sought out the werewolf that had Turned him to kill him and himself in the process. When Luke finally found him, he turned out to be the leader of a pack in Brocelind Forest. Luke had fought and killed him. By werewolf law, Luke had become the new pack leader and accepted the position and began his new life.

Physical appearance[edit]

Luke has blue eyes and brown, uneven hair with ragged-looking clothes. He is tall, with squared shoulders and wears glasses. His favorite shirts to wear are flannel shirts.

Love Interests[edit]

Jocelyn Fray (Fairchild) was Luke's main love interest throughout "The Mortal Instruments" series. Luke has known Jocelyn since they were kids and had developed feelings for her but never acted on it because Jocelyn loved Valentine at the time. After Jocelyn and Valentine were married, his friendship with Jocelyn continued but after Valentine's darkness became evident, Jocelyn would only confide in him. When he was turned into a werewolf and was believed to be dead, she searched for him believing that he was still alive.

After the Uprising Luke had offered Jocelyn to marry him but she refused and when they parted ways Luke couldn't forget her and went looking for her. When he finally found her in New York, he chose to leave his life as a Shadowhunter life behind to live a mundane life.

Even though it took Luke many years, he finally told Jocelyn how he feels after she awoke from her coma. Few weeks later, the two became engaged and were married after the Dark War.

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Isabelle Lightwood[edit]

Isabelle "Izzy" Sophia Lightwood is a Shadowhunter and lives in the New York Institute. She is rebellious and very beautiful. Her cooking is often made fun of by Jace and Alec. She is known to be dangerous and often carries weapons in her tall boots that are never less than seven inches.

Her signature weapon is a whip with which she is quite skilled. She dresses well, as shown when she gave Clary to wear clothes that she picked for Magnus's party. Despite this seemingly shallow and girlish side of her personality, she is shown to take responsibility for situations, shouldering the blame for her brother Max's death, despite having being struck unconscious at the time. She is comforted by Simon, and ends up sleeping (in a literal, non-sexual sense) with him. She begins to casually date Simon—who is also dating Maia at the same time—and then later upon finding out about Maia, breaks up with him. After this and seeing how she is genuinely hurt by it, begins to slowly realize that she may actually be in love with Simon, but refuses to admit it.

Isabelle obviously cares for Jace and Alec, and is fiercely protective of both of them. Because of this, she is constantly torn over the fact that her brother is struggling with his sexuality and when Jace is heartbroken over Clary during whatever problem he has with her. In City of Glass, she yells at Clary for only thinking of herself and not realizing how much pain Jace is in due to how much he really loves her.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Isabelle is very beautiful and tall. She has very dark brown eyes with hints of gold that initially appear to be black. She is curvaceous and has long black hair. She dresses stylishly, often with badass heels.

She was portrayed by Jemima West in the movie adaptation of the book.


Isabelle is the middle child in the Lightwood family. Her parents are Maryse and Robert Lightwood, who were once in the Circle with Valentine until the Uprising. Her older brother is Alec and her younger brother was Max, who died at the hand of Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern. Jace is her adoptive brother. Her parents run the Institute in New York.

Love Interests[edit]

Simon Lewis: Simon is obviously smitten with her when they first meet, but she never treats him as anything more than a "mundane" until after his transformation into vampirism. As a vampire, he gets deeper into their world and they become friends. They spend the night together (non-sexually) when Simon attempts to comfort Isabelle after Max's death which she blamed herself for. Isabelle is shown to be jealous of Maia, who also liked Simon. Isabelle's feelings for Simon deepen later into the series, though she refuses to admit that she may be in love with him. In City of Lost Souls, she eventually admits that she thinks about Simon all the time and "nothing like this has ever happened to [her] before". However, she struggles with her feelings and telling Simon how she feels about him, believing that the guy should make the first move (contradicting with Simon's personality who, as stated by Clary, thinks that if a girl does nothing to indicate any romantic feelings must mean that she doesn't like him).

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Alec Lightwood[edit]

Alexander "Alec" Gideon Lightwood is a Shadowhunter living in the New York Institute with his siblings. He is the oldest of the Lightwoods and is quieter than both Isabelle, his brother Max, and Jace, his best friend and adoptive brother. Alec is 18, making him legally an 'adult,' which gives him permission to attend Clave meetings. He was jealous of Clary, at first, upon meeting her due to knowing how Jace felt about her, and Alec himself was in love with Jace. Later, when he realizes that Jace will never return his feelings, he starts to date and falls in love with Magnus Bane (a warlock who is immortal and 800 years old), though his strong brotherly love for Jace remains.

Alec is mostly soft spoken and serious. He tries his best to act wisely, and is not as reckless as Jace. Later in the story it is revealed early on that he had never killed a demon, which changes in the middle of City of Bones. He shows himself to be extremely caring of the ones he loves, and is willing to do anything to protect them. Among the whole group, Alec is the most intelligent. For much of the series, Alec denies his homosexuality and attraction to males (particularly Jace), which results in him lashing out at people. When he finally accepts himself, he becomes a more relaxed person and comes out as gay to the whole Clave and everyone there, including his family and parents, by publicly passionately kissing Magnus. Clary notes at the end of the fourth novel that Alec had become more generous with himself, allowing him to be more generous with others. Alec, as seen in City of Fallen Angels, can also become extremely jealous, getting angry at Magnus when he discovers Magnus' long dating history and relationship with Camille, a vampire woman.

Alec becomes a much more central character in City of Lost Souls and is one of the book's narrators. He, along with Clary, leads the search for Jace, while also dealing with Camille.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Alec is said to have a thin, wiry build and like his mother, has black hair, luminous blue eyes, and impressive height. He is also very pale. Alec is described as being very handsome as well, but unlike his sister, he tries to downplay his looks by wearing worn out sweaters and damaged clothing. It is mentioned by Camille Belcourt that he bears a strong resemblance to William Herondale from The Infernal Devices.

He was portrayed by Kevin Zegers in the movie adaptation of the book.


Alec is the oldest child of the Lightwood family, and the first son of Maryse and Robert Lightwood. Isabelle and Max are his siblings, and Jace is his adoptive brother.

Love Interests[edit]

Jace Herondale: Alec is gay, and for the most part of the series, he remains convinced that he's always been in love with Jace. In City of Glass, however, Jace tells him that Alec thought he was in love with him because Jace was "safe," and an excuse not to take risks and try going out with someone else, namely, Magnus Bane.

Magnus Bane: Magnus had always shown interest in Alec throughout the books, openly flirting with him upon meeting him in the first novel of the series and flirtatiously telling Alec to "call him" before winking at him. This eventually resulting in Alec starting a secret relationship with him by the end of the novel. After Jace's challenge, Alec kisses Magnus in front of all the Shadowhunters in front of the Clave when they were choosing partners for the battle in City of Glass and revealed his association to him and his sexuality. Also, when Clary cast a Rune that made her look like the person the onlooker loved the most, it is implied that Alec saw Magnus. Later, his mother accepts the fact that he is gay (although his father does not completely comes to terms with it) and in the book City of Fallen Angels, he and Magnus are on a vacation around the world, going to places like Paris, India, and other parts of Europe. They are called back when Magnus is needed to interrogate Camille. Alec is shocked at Magnus' long dating history and becomes worried about their future together because of Magnus' immortality and his mortality. He begins to speculate that the reason Magnus wanted the Book of White was to make Alec immortal so they could stay together forever (although it is later revealed in the series that Magnus had actually wanted it so that he could take away his immortality and become mortal in order to be with Alec). He worries that Magnus will move on soon, and that he is just another lover for him in a long line. However, Magnus tells him he is not trivial, and that he isn't ready to lose Alec any time soon and can't imagine a future without him. They agree to wait and hope for the best.

In City of Lost Souls, Alec is offered the power to shorten Magnus' lifespan by Camille, allowing them to grow old together. Alec doesn't reveal the offer to Magnus and briefly considers it. Despite the fact that he ultimately refuses Camille's offer, realizing he wouldn't be able to go through with it, Magnus breaks up with Alec because he did not share the fact that he'd been talking to Camille and considered shortening his life at all. Magnus confesses that while he still loves him, they are through as a couple. Magnus shares one final kiss with Alec before walking away from a tearful and heartbroken Alec. It is later revealed in a teaser of the following and final novel, City of Heavenly Fire, that Alec keeps calling Magnus after their tragic break up, but keeps hanging up whenever Magnus answers the call, resulting in Jace breaking his phone to get him to stop. Cassandra Clare also uploaded to her blog an image that works as a teaser for the next book; which shows Magnus passionately kissing Alec, who is crying, and someone telling him that they had to leave from afar.

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Magnus Bane[edit]

Magnus Bane is the magnificent High Warlock of Brooklyn. He was the warlock who tampered the mind of Clary Fray after being asked to help erase her early memories by her mother. He first meets the other Shadowhunters at one of his Downworlder parties. He later has Clary retrieve the Book of White for him in City of Glass, and agrees to help revive her mother with it. In the book City of Glass, he says he is 800 years old.

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Magnus Bane is described as being of Asian descent because his mother was Indonesian and his father is a demon. He is also said to be long and lean, but not skinny, with lightly muscled arms and an inch taller than Alec. He has brown skin and black hair that is usually spiked, colorful, and glittery. He wears all kinds of make-up, such as glitter around his eyes and lipstick. (He is also described as having more makeup than Isabelle Lightwood in City of Glass.) He likes to flaunt his sexuality by wearing rainbow leather pants and other flashy accessories (such as a blue sparkly headband). Isabelle once said he was a "sexy, sexy, warlock" whereas Simon Lewis countered that Magnus "looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog" and dressed, "like the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." He is also described as having gold-green cat eyes (his warlock mark), and no belly button.

He was portrayed by Godfrey Gao in the movie adaptation of the book.


Magnus' parents feared him even when he was a child. It is revealed that his mother was tricked into sleeping with a demon and when she realized what he was, hung herself in a barn. His mother was half Dutch and half Indonesian, explaining Magnus' Asian features. His step-father was later driven into an attempt to drown him, and Magnus burned him where he stood. He was then brought up by Churchmen. Cassandra Clare revealed in her Twitter that Magnus was born on what was once the Dutch East Indies. Camille does state in City of Lost Souls that his father is a Prince of Hell and is implied to be a high ranking demon. Whenever asked who his father is, Magnus always avoids the question or changes the subject.

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Infernal Devices

Maia Roberts[edit]

Maia Roberts is a biracial teenager born and raised in a New Jersey suburban neighborhood. Her brother, Daniel, was beautiful and abusive, though her parents never believed her, even when he broke her arm. This treatment leads to Maia hating and fearing beautiful boys, even after her brother was killed in a hit-and-run. In tenth-eleventh grade, Maia met Jordan Kyle and they began dating. However during their relationship. he soon began to become controlling and abusive and she broke up with him. He became enraged at her break up with him and, in werewolf form, attacked her on her way home from a party. (She was a common human and did not know that he was a werewolf.) Jordan vanished shortly afterward, and Maia soon turned into a werewolf on the next full moon. She ran away from home and joined the wolf-pack in New York and became good friends with Luke, the leader of the pack. She became associated with the Shadowhunters and develops a crush on Simon, and in City of Glass gets into a competition with Isabelle for his attention.

In City of Ashes, Maia leaves Luke's apartment to apologize to Simon for her vicious reaction (after she was attacked) and realized he was a vampire. On her way over to him, she is attacked by Agramon, the Demon of Fear which she interprets as her older brother Daniel who violently abused her when he was still alive. Valentine then abducts her to drain her completely of blood so he can complete his spell. Simon is kidnapped as well shortly after for his vampire blood. It is learned that lycanthropes are negatively affected by all kinds of silver when Valentine sprinkles silver dust on her and she screams in pain.

At the beginning of City of Fallen Angels, Maia and Simon are casually dating, while Simon, not to her or Isabelle's knowledge, ends up also casually dating Isabelle. The truth of Simon's actions comes out just as Maia runs into her ex-boyfriend Jordan Kyle. Jordan, who had recently become acquainted with Simon, was the one who turned Maia into a werewolf. However, Jordan's actions were not what they seemed to be, as he had just become a new werewolf when he bit her and therefore unable to control his actions. Maia is understandably angry to have him back in her life due to his abusiveness during their relationship and him turning her into a werewolf, but when she learns the truth behind what Jordan did, she understands and even seems to forgive him when realizing he is genuinely regretful of his past actions towards her. Towards the end of the book, after she and Jordan have helped Isabelle and Alec look for Simon, she and Jordan kiss and eventually reaffirm their relationship.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Maia is described as having curly, brown and gold hair (her eyelashes are described as the color of toast), light brown skin and amber eyes. She is also described as having a heart shaped face and rather curvy figure when Clary notes that "no girl should have that great of a body".


Not much is said about Maia's mother or father, however her brother Daniel is mentioned. Daniel was said to be an attractive boy, but a very abusive brother to Maia, It is said that he gave her bruises where they wouldn't be seen, breaking her arm, etc. He died while at a young age, but Maia still felt afraid of him for many more years after.

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Jocelyn Fairchild/Morgenstern[edit]

Jocelyn Morgenstern/Fairchild/Fray/Garroway/Graymark is Clary's mother and a former Shadowhunter. Jocelyn grew up in Idris with Luke, Valentine, and the other Circle members. She was married to Valentine at the age of 19, though she says she married him because she loved him, she later realized that he was torturing innocent people. She fled Idris when she found out she was pregnant with Clary, so he could not do harm to her daughter like he did on Jonathan (Sebastian), her first-born son. Later it is said that Luke tracked her down and Clary, being around the age of 3-5 at the time though it does not specify, opened the door to him. He then stayed in their lives and him and Jocelyn lived their lives in New York, also taking a large part in raising Clary, until Jocelyn is located by Valentine. She takes a potion, putting herself in a coma to protect her secrets and remains unconscious until she is revived by Magnus Bane in City of Glass. She is also a Shadowhunter warrior.

In City of Glass, after Valentine was killed by the angel Raziel, Lucian Graymark (Luke's real name) finally declared his love for her, telling her he's been in love with her for over 20 years. After he walks out the door, initially believing she did not return his feelings, she soon runs after him to tell she loves him too. It is then later revealed in City of Fallen Angels that they are engaged to be married and also are "disgustingly in love" as described by Clary. Later in City of Lost Souls, after Luke is wounded by Sebastian and in critical condition, Jocelyn says to him how she regrets failing to have noticed his feelings for her back when they were younger and wishes he would have told her how he felt about her so she would have married "the right guy" instead of Valentine. Hence, so things would have been "different" and could have turned out better than they were currently. However, Luke doesn't have any regrets saying how if things had been any different, "they" wouldn't have Clary, making Jocelyn happy since he said "as though he was sure Clary was his own daughter".

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Jocelyn is described of being elegant and beautiful. She has long red hair that is usually in a twist, and still carries the scars of her Shadowhunting days. Clary is often said to look almost identical to her.

She was portrayed by Lena Headey in the movie adaptation of the book.


Jocelyn has two children, Jonathan Christopher and Clarissa Adele. Her parents were killed in a fire set by Valentine Morgenstern, in which she also believed that Jonathan had been killed. She is currently engaged to Lucian Graymark (Luke) as of City of Lost Souls.

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Valentine Morgenstern[edit]

Valentine Morgenstern is the main antagonist of the first half of the series, and is the former husband of Jocelyn Fairchild. This also makes him biological father to Clarissa Morgenstern and Johnathan Christopher Morgenstern (Sebastian Verlac). In his youth he was a very skilled Shadowhunter from a rich family in Alicante. His best friend was Lucian Graymark while they were in school, among other Shadowhunters including Maryse Lightwood (née Trueblood), Robert Lightwood, Hodge Starkweather, Stephen Herondale and Michael Wayland. Upon the death of his father, Valentine fell in love with Jocelyn Fairchild, and together he and his group of young Shadowhunters formed the infamous group known as the Circle. With him leading the Circle, they had intended to share the gift of the Nephilim with the rest of humanity by using the Mortal Cup. Valentine and Jocelyn married and all was well until his ideas for the Circle became more radical, as Valentine wanted to kill all Downworlders. He infects his son with Demon blood and is betrayed by his former best friend, Lucian Graymark, and his wife at the Uprising of the Accords. Upon fleeing the battle, Valentine is assumed to be dead and goes into hiding with his son and Jace Herondale.

Years later, when City of Bones begins, Valentine finds Jocelyn and wants her to reveal where the Mortal Cup is located. He kidnaps her, but is unable to extract information from her due to her self-induced comatose state. He eventually secures the Mortal Cup, and the Mortal Sword and goes to the Mortal Mirror to summon the Angel Raziel. His arrogance, however, as well as his torturing of the angel Ithuriel, Raziel's brother, causes the angel to slay him.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Valentine is said to be tall and very handsome. He is broad shouldered and has light blond, almost silver hair. He also has black eyes. Though in the movie he has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

He was portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the movie adaptation of the book.


Valentine is the former husband of Jocelyn Fairchild, with whom he had two children (Clarissa "Clary" Adele Morgenstern and Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern). Clarissa realizes that she is Valentine's daughter in the first book, City of Bones, but being raised by Jocelyn her whole life is void of Valentine's influence. His son however, was tutored by him to be a very talented Shadowhunter and ruthless killer. He later becomes Valentine's spy, taking the name Sebastian Verlac. Valentine also adopts Jace Herondale as his son, training him as well as Jonathan, making him as skilled a Shadowhunter as Jonathan.

Valentine also experimented on his children. Hoping to make a stronger and better Shadowhunter, he infused Jonathan with demon blood while in Jocelyn's womb. However, a side effect of the blood was that it would "burn out his [Jonathan's] humanity as poison burns the life from blood." This gave him a son capable of incredible feats, but with little to no compassion or ability to love. The experimentation on Jonathan led to Jocelyn feeling sick and very depressed. To make her feel better he gave her powdered Angel blood, not knowing that she was carrying a second child (Clary), infusing Clary with Angel blood in the same way that Jonathan was with Demon blood. With Jace, upon the failure of Jonathan to show any compassion, he gave Angel blood to Jace's mother (Celiné Herondale), hoping to create a stronger warrior, without the side effects Jonathan suffered from the use Demon blood. In the end, Valentine trained Jace, but was forced to abandon him when he was 10-years-old, making Valentine the only father Jace has known. It is also thought that of the two boys, the angel and the demon, that Valentine loved Jace more than his own son.

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It is also mentioned that with Valentine's narcissistic nature that his only true love was himself.

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Jonathan Morgenstern[edit]

Sebastian Verlac/Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern is the true blood related son of Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fairchild, making him the brother of Clary Fray. His real name is Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern, but he went by Sebastian Verlac (cousin of the Penhallows) in City of Glass. He is very sadistic in nature, as a result of having been experimented on by his father with the blood of the Greater Demon Lilith, which robbed him of his humanity. He first appears in City of Glass as Sebastian Verlac, charming his way into the lives of the Lightwoods. He takes Clary to see Ragnor Fell, and kisses her, disgusting her. Upon Clary's return with Jace to Alicante, it is discovered that Max Lightwood had seen someone climbing the demon warding towers. Sebastian was the person climbing the towers, and it was his blood that was used to bring down the wards. During the first attack on Alicante, he also kills Max Lightwood and severely injures Isabelle Lightwood. He is eventually tracked down and killed by Jace, before the summoning of Raziel by Valentine, but his body is never recovered. He is taken by his "mother", Lilith, and taken to safety. She uses Jace as leverage and tries to bring him back from the dead. In City of Fallen Angels he is awoken, and uses a rune put on Jace to control him.

He becomes the main antagonist in City of Lost Souls, using Lilith's bond to alter Jace's memories to believe they are on the same side and plans on raising and army of demons and Dark Shadowhunters to destroy the world. Clary infiltrates his inner circle through Jace and they both continually mistrust each other but are forced to work together when they are attacked by enemy demons. Eventually Clary learns the truth of his plans and they engage in a bloody battle. Unable to kill him because it will kill Jace too, she gives up but successfully destroys their base of operations with one of her runes. After a dark ritual, he uses the Infernal Cup to create more Dark Shadowhunters and almost turns Clary but is quickly stopped by the arrival of the Lightwoods and their allies. Before he manages to escape, Clary is forced to stab Jace with the angelic sword Glorious, severing his bond with Sebastian and causing the latter horrible pain. At the end of the book he sends a message to Maryse Lightwood, bloody severed angel wings with a single piece of paper saying ´´I am coming.´´.

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He is said to be the spitting image of Valentine. He has naturally white/silver hair, is very fit, and has deep black eyes. He dyes his hair black in City of Glass while he is impersonating Sebastian Verlac.


Jonathan is the birth child of Jocelyn Morgenstern (née Fairchild) and Valentine Morgenstern. He was experimented on by Valentine while Jocelyn was pregnant with him. When he was born, Jocelyn knew that something was wrong with the child and had to try very hard to be around him. He is Clary's brother, and has an unusual sexual attraction to her, freely kissing her in City of Glass and almost forcing himself on her in City of Lost Souls with Clary having to fight him off, repulsed by his actions. The Demoness Lilith also claims that Jonathan is her "son" due to the fact that it is her demon blood that flows through his veins.

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Raphael Santiago[edit]

Raphael Santiago is the former head of the New York vampire clan at the Hotel Dumort. He became a vampire sometime in the 1950s after he bitten by a vampire at the hotel when he tried to drive out the vampires who lived there. He died in the last installment of The Mortal Instruments: City Of Heavenly Fire.

Hodge Starkweather[edit]

Hodge Starkweather was a former member of the Circle, a tutor to the Lightwood children. He was bound to the New York Institute due to not leaving the Circle before the Uprising but he was still loyal to Valentine and tricked Clary into giving him The Mortal Cup so he could give to Valentine in order to be freed of his curse which happened. He fled afterwards with Clary in pursuit and cornered him. Hodge was about to kill her but was attacked by Luke in his werewolf form and somehow found the strength to escape. He reappears again in City of Glass where he was imprisoned by the Clave in the cell next to the one Simon Lewis was in. After Simon was rescued by Clary, Jace and Alec, Hodge revealed where the Mortal Mirror was and nearly revealed to Jace that Valentine wasn't his real father but was killed by Jonathan Morgenstern before he could.

Maureen Brown[edit]

Maureen Brown is a 14 year old girl who tells everyone she is Simon's girlfriend and is the friend of the cousin of Simon's friend Eric. Simon drinks her blood, but Camille turns her into a vampire and she starts working for a demon after killing multiple mundanes. In the epilogue of City of Lost Souls, Alec goes to kill Camille though discovers that Maureen has already killed her and is now head of the vampire clan.


Lilith is a Greater Demon, the first woman made by God and is said to have been Adam's first wife. However, she was disobedient so she was cast into Hell. Also Sebastian/Jonathan's creator because it was her blood that Valentine had used. And she was an unknown demon that almost killed God and the Devil. In the book, The City of Fallen Angels, it is said that Lilith considers Sebastion her son because it is her blood that flows through his veins.

Consul Malachi[edit]

Malachi was a Shadowhunter Consul for almost two decades before his death. He secretly worked with Valentine Morgenstern and planned to annihilate the Clave.

Amatis Graymark[edit]

Amatis Graymark is Luke/Lucian's sister. She told Luke to get out after he had been bitten by a werewolf. Later, she houses Clary and sees Luke again in Idris. She is later turned into a Dark Shadowhunter by Jonathan Morgenstern who made her drink from the Infernal Cup. She was once married to Stephen Herondale, Jace's biological father.

Imogen Herondale[edit]

Imogen Herondale, was the inquisitor and also grandmother of Jace and mother of Stephen Herondale. She appears as a mean character who hates Jace, but later saves his life. Before she dies she tells Jace that his father would've been proud of him. She was not referring to Valentine, but of Stephen, her son and Jace's father.

Maryse Lightwood[edit]

Maryse Lightwood (née Trueblood) is wife of Robert Lightwood, mother of Alec, Isabelle and Max, adoptive mother of Jace and one of the heads of the New York Institute.


Alaric was a werewolf and served as Third hand (soon second when Gretel died) to Luke in his werewolf pack. He later dies in the battle at Renwick's.

Robert Lightwood[edit]

Robert Lightwood is the husband of Maryse, the father of Alec, Isabelle and Max, the adoptive father of Jace, and one of the heads of the New York Institute.

Max Lightwood[edit]

Max Lightwood was the second son and youngest child of Robert and Maryse Lightwood and the younger brother of Alec and Isabelle. He dies in City of Glass after Jonathan Morgenstern hits over the head with a hammer.

Catarina Loss[edit]

She, Ragnor Fell, and Magnus Bane were good friends. She is a warlock and her age is unknown.

Tessa Gray[edit]

Theresa "Tessa" Gray is a half-demon/half-Shadowhunter Warlock who was the wife of Will Herondale and an ancestor of Jace. She appears in The Infernal Devices trilogy. in City Of Heavenly Fire she is introduced to Clary and they talked about Tessa's past and her relationship with Brother Zachariah(James Carstairs)


  1. ^ City of Heavenly Fire (book)

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