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I might be physically stronger, but you have the truest heart of anyone I've ever known, and the strongest faith in other people, and in that way you are better than I could ever hope to be.

Jace to Alec, City of Heavenly Fire

Alec Lightwood
Alec IP, by CJ
Biographical Information
Full name: Alexander Gideon Lightwood
Born: September 1989; Idris
Age: 18 (as of May 2008)
Status: Alive
Species: Shadowhunter
Residence: New York Institute (former)
Magnus's apartment in Brooklyn
Allegiance: The Clave
Parabatai: Jace Herondale
Family: Robert Lightwood (father)
Maryse Lightwood (mother)
Isabelle Lightwood (sister)
Max Lightwood † (brother)
Jace Herondale (adoptive brother)
Max Lightwood-Bane (adoptive son)
Lightwood family
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Blue
Height: 6'[1]

Alec Lightwood is a Shadowhunter and is the older brother of Isabelle and Max, as well as adoptive brother of Jace Lightwood Herondale.

Alec is one of the few openly gay Shadowhunters. Since homosexual Shadowhunters are normally shunned by the Clave, Alec was skeptical about coming out, but he eventually revealed to his family, friends, and fellow Shadowhunters his relationship with warlock Magnus Bane, an act that inspired other closeted Shadowhunters to come out about their sexuality, as well.


Early life

Alexander Gideon Lightwood is the eldest child of Robert and Maryse Lightwood. Born in Idris in September 1989,[2] Alec was exiled from his homeland, and banned from returning unless on official Shadowhunter business, due to his parents' involvement with the Circle. His parents were sent to run the New York Institute, where he would grow up. Two years after his birth, his sister, Isabelle, was born. His younger brother Max was born when he was nine.

When he was eleven years old, Jace Wayland, his father's godson whose father had apparently just passed, was adopted into their family. Alec developed an almost instant rapport with Jace and they soon became very close friends. Eventually, they became parabatai. Alec also developed feelings for Jace, though because of the Clave's stand on homosexuality, he remained closeted, with his sister, Isabelle, being the only person who secretly knew about it.

Valentine's return

One night in August 2007, Alec was staking out the Pandemonium club for demons with Isabelle and Jace. While confronting one they caught, they were seen by what they initially believed to be a Sighted mundane, who later turned out to be a Shadowhunter, Clary Fray.

Alec instantly disliked Clary and her mundane friend Simon and was unwilling to trust them, even more so when Jace seemed so drawn and even attracted to Clary. Alec became rather jealous of Clary and the attention Jace gave her. He confronted her multiple times about being a problem for Jace and the whole group in general, to no effect. However, despite his reservations, Alec and Izzy both helped Jace and Clary in their investigation regarding the abduction of Clary's mother.

While following up on a lead, Alec and the others attended a party thrown by the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane, who openly flirted with Alec. Alec then accompanied Jace, Isabelle, Clary, and Simon to retrieve the Mortal Cup. In a fight against the Greater Demon Abbadon, Alec was gravely injured. With their tutor Hodge unable to treat him, he contacted Magnus Bane before he abandoned the children. Magnus was in turn able to heal him and stayed with him until just before he recovered. During the time when Alec was unconscious and recovering, Valentine Morgenstern finally revealed himself, and their mentor Hodge was discovered to be in league with Valentine. Through Valentine, Hodge was able to escape his curse and almost immediately left the Institute.[3]

Upon hearing about what Magnus did for him afterwards, Alec went to see Magnus at his apartment to thank him. After verifying Magnus' attraction to him and working up the courage, Alec asked him out. Magnus then gave him his first kiss and agreed to go on a date with him.[4] While their first date did not start out so well, they were able to work it out in the end.[5] The new couple then continued to secretly see each other.


For weeks, the young Shadowhunters were left without adult supervision due to Hodge's departure. They went on demon-hunting trips without instruction and advice, something both Alec and Isabelle were both initially skeptical about, particularly because Jace was being unreliably reckless due to the recent shocks in his life. Eventually, their family returned from Alicante and immediately had to deal with the repercussions of them knowing who Jace really was: Valentine's son.

Hurt and confused about the revelation, their parents allowed the vindictive Inquisitor Herondale to investigate Jace as other members of the Clave suspected Jace of possibly being in league with Valentine. In the weeks that followed, Alec and the others tried to help clear Jace's name.

Throughout this time, Alec tried to keep his relationship with Magnus a secret, though this fact quickly became obvious to his friends. At one point, when they discussed Clary's unique ability to seemingly create runes, Alec volunteered to try out a rune she created and suggested by Jace, called "Fearless" and meant to fully take away fear of anything temporarily. The rune proved effective, and Alec almost fearlessly came out to his parents and told them about his relationship Magnus. Magnus, however, snapped him out of his daze with magic, not wanting him to regret his uncontrolled decision later.

When the Inquisitor took Jace away, Alec pretended to agree with her decision—much to the chagrin of both Isabelle and Max—to gain her trust. The night before Jace's transfer to Idris, he was imprisoned by the Inquisitor in a Malachi Configuration and while it had been Jace's undiscovered skills that got him out of the cage, Alec helped him and made it clear whose side he was on.

While Jace went to Valentine's ship with Magnus and Luke, Alec and Izzy stayed behind to cover for him with the Inquisitor. Isabelle insisted on watching the exchange between the Inquisitor and Valentine, and was thus witness to Valentine turning down her offer to save Jace as well as the Inquisitor's surprised reaction to his decision. Maryse demanded that the Inquisitor set Jace free and, realizing that she had imprisoned an innocent child, she was about to agree until Alec told them that he had already escaped and was on the way to Valentine. Nonetheless, the group called for backup and prepared to storm his ship.

Once on the ship, Alec joined Jace in the battle against Valentine's demons. At one point, a demon flung Alec from the deck. He was rescued by a weakened Magnus whom Alec decided to stay with, offering his strength for his endeavor.[6]

The Mortal War

Some time after the battle on the boat, Alec and the rest of the Lightwoods went to Idris, staying with their family friends, the Penhallows, for the signing of the Ninth Accords. When Simon was inadvertently taken to Idris with them due to an attack from Forsaken, Alec took Simon to the Consul Malachi Dieudonne under the impression that he would be sent back to New York. Just as Jace had suspected, however, Simon was instead delivered to and imprisoned by Inquisitor Aldertree in the Gard, and Alec found out through Magnus. At one point during this, Jace confronted Alec about his relationship with Magnus and feelings for him, convincing him that he was not in love with Jace after all.

When Valentine's army of demons began infiltrating the city, Alec went looking for Aline Penhallow after her encounter with a demon. Instead, Alec found Magnus battling a horde of Iblis demons in Cistern Square and helped him, and the pair discussed their relationship, with Alec promising to introduce Magnus to his family if they survived. Later at the Accords Hall, Alec was infuriated to see the Penhallow cousin Sebastian Verlac there, after having left Isabelle and Max with him to go after Aline, thinking Sebastian left his siblings alone. Sebastian, however, told them that his parents had arrived and was with them. Believing him, Alec, Jace and Clary went on to rescue the imprisoned Simon.

At the Gard, they broke Simon out and encountered the prisoner next to his cell who introduced himself to Simon as Samuel Blackburn. They found out that it was actually Hodge, and he and Jace confronted him about his lies and betrayal. They also learned, though not immediately, that the Mortal Mirror was Lake Lyn itself, just before Sebastian arrived and killed Hodge. During the confrontation that followed, they realized that Sebastian was a spy for Valentine. They tried to engage him in battle, but Sebastian had the upper hand and vanished.

The group returned to the Accords Hall, where they found their family mourning Max's death in the hands of Sebastian—revealed to be an imposter posing as the real Sebastian. Maryse blamed the Penhallows for Max's murder in the hands of the imposter in their home, though Alec understood that it was not their fault and tried to get her to see reason. His family promptly moved out of the Penhallows' into a recently vacated house, and the family held a funeral for Max.

In preparation for the battle, Clary demonstrated her rune-creating ability, first with a rune that made her appear like the person most loved by whoever looks at her, and Alec saw Magnus. Alec later asked Magnus to wear Clary's Alliance rune with him, and in the midst of drawing the runes on each other, he kissed Magnus in front of his fellow Shadowhunters and Downworlders, including his family and friends, publicly acknowledging their relationship and unwittingly inspiring other closeted gay Shadowhunters to come out as well.[7] With the rest of the adult Shadowhunters and their Downworlder allies, they went to Brocelind Plain and faced off against Valentine's demon army. The battle lasted only a few minutes and left the Shadowhunters victorious.[8]

During the battle, Alec felt his parabatai connection with Jace break during the latter's brief death, but when he saw Jace alive and well after the battle, he convinced himself that he had imagined it.[7] Afterwards, Alec and his family and friends attended the victory party at Angel Square. Alec formally introduced Magnus to his parents, Robert and Maryse, as his boyfriend, and everyone in Alicante watched the fireworks, savoring the peace after the Mortal War.[8]

Camille and Lilith

Alec and Magnus went on a seven-week vacation, touring the world and going to places like Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Vienna and somewhere in India, during which the couple kept sending Jace and Isabelle post cards and photos. The trip was cut short when the Clave requested Magnus's return because the vampire Camille Belcourt was demanding his presence for her interrogation. Through Camille, Magnus's immortal ex-girlfriend from over a century before, Alec began having doubts and insecurities in terms of his short life compared to Magnus's immortality, his past relationships, and the many things he did not know about his life.

The couple's argument went on for days, with Magnus constantly refusing to answer Alec's inquiries about his past. Alec told Magnus that he felt trivial to him, that he would one day, after he dies or leaves, just become one of his many past lovers and Magnus would easily find another, which Magnus denied. Alec also asked Magnus why he wanted the Book of the White and wondered if there was a spell for immortality in it.

When Camille escaped the Institute's custody, Alec and the others searched for her. They also found out that Simon had gone missing. During the search for Camille and Simon, they were led to the Church of Talto, a cult worshiping the Greater Demon Lilith and sacrificing infants to her in her attempts to recreate another half-demon child like Sebastian. They later found Simon and Lilith on the rooftop of the church, as well as the preserved corpse of Sebastian, whom Lilith planned to resurrect with some help from the unwilling Simon and Jace. However, in a battle against Lilith's followers, Alec was separated from the others.

After chasing a cultist, Alec found Camille. She admitted to him that she was under Lilith's orders to kill the former Circle members, and that it had been her cult that broke her out of the Institute's Sanctuary. She then decided to exploit Alec's weakness to get him to release her, tempting him with promises of ways for him and Magnus to be together forever. Tempted, Alec freed her from her chains, but only to bring her back to the Institute. However, in Alec's moment of distraction, she managed to escape.

After Lilith was destroyed, Alec sent a fire message to the Clave asking for backup. They briefly left a seemingly shocked Jace on the roof alone with Sebastian's corpse. Magnus then arrived with the Conclave members and the pair reconciled, though Alec chose not to tell Magnus about his encounter with Camille.[9]

Team Good

The ritual Lilith performed worked, successfully resurrecting Sebastian and binding him to Jace, much to his friends and family's concern, especially after Sebastian and Jace went missing from the roof of the church. A search was initiated by the Clave, only to be put on pause weeks later to prioritize the fixing of the wards of Wrangel Island. Despite the some doubts from some members of the Clave, Alec was confident that Jace was still alive, though he knew something was wrong due to a strange feeling from their bond.

With the group getting more desperate to find out about Jace, Alec and the rest agreed to go along with Clary's plan to meet with the Seelie Queen and strike a deal with her if necessary. The group went down to Central Park to get into the Seelie Court through the bells in Clary's possession.

Through Aline, he and Isabelle found out about their father applying for the Inquisitor position; though it surprised and hurt the siblings, they took it in stride given what they had just gone through, and also because Robert had become mostly absent in their lives by then.

Alec, Isabelle, Clary and Simon arrived at Central Park and Clary rang the bell and they were greeted by Meliorn, who escorted them to the Seelie Queen. Alec and the others asked for the Queen's help in finding Jace. When the Queen was accidentally offended she put a glamour on Alec that made him appear an old man. Clary apologized for any rudeness and the Queen took the glamour off Alec. The Seelie Queen demanded Clary to steal a pair of faerie rings from Institute and to bring them back to her and in exchange she would help them find Jace. Clary agreed to do what the Queen had asked. Alec, Isabelle, Clary and Simon left the Faerie Court. Alec went to Magnus's apartment and he found Magnus trying to figure out what Lilith's spell was going to do. Alec told Magnus about his visit the the Faerie Court. Alec continued to struggle with the fact that he would eventually die whereas Magnus will still continue to live. Alec grabbed a snuffbox with the initials W.S. on the box and suspected that it was Will's. Alec questioned Magnus about the snuffbox and Magnus ignored the questions and mentioned that immortality was becoming the third person in their relationship. Alec asked Magnus about Camille and where she went. Magnus told Alec that it didn't matter to him where she was, and Alec decided not to tell Magnus that he was the one who freed her. Alec asked Magnus to come to bed and he told Alec that he would be there soon. Alec knew that when Magnus was doing work knowing his work could last hours.

Alec was woken up by his boyfriend, Magnus and was given a cup of coffee. Magnus told Alec that he needed to meet with his sister and friends at Central Park by Turtle Pond. Alec told Magnus that he wouldn't be attending the Council meeting. Alec and Magnus got into an argument over his mortality and Magnus's immortality while Alec was getting dressed. Alec left Magnus's apartment and he ran into a vampire subjugate of Camille and delivered a message to Alec. Alec headed to Central Park when Isabelle and Simon were talking about Simon's sister, Rebecca and they were soon joined by a distressed Clary. Alec, Isabelle and Simon learned that Clary saw both Jace and Sebastian while in the Institute library as she tried to steal the faerie rings for the Seelie Queen. Alec, Isabelle, Clary and Simon discussed Jace and Sebastian and them deciding not to go to the Seelie Queen because Clary didn't get the faerie rings, but she actually did and decided to keep them for herself and gave the other ring to Simon. Alec went to the abandoned City Hall subway station and he confronted Camille. Alec demanded to know where Jace was. Camille told Alec that she had no idea where Jace was and she knew Lilith's son, Sebastian had taken him. Alec demanded Camille to tell him about a way for he and Magnus could be together forever and Camille didn't give him an answer. Alec fought Camille and they were somewhat match. Camille told Alec that he may not want immortality but he could take away Magnus's immortality.

Magnus let Clary and Jocelyn stay at his apartment when Jace and Sebastian came to their house and Luke got injured. Magnus told them that the Praetor Lupus could help Luke. Alec arrived at the apartment and he asked Clary if it was true that she saw Jace and Sebastian again as he got a text from Magnus and she said yes. Alec asked Clary about how Jace was. Alec learned that Jace was working with Sebastian and he was worried about Jace. Brother Zachariah arrived at Magnus's apartment and informed Alec, Magnus, Clary and Jocelyn that Jace and Sebastian were bound together in a sort of demonic parabatai connection and that if one of them died, they both died, and there was no weapon in the world that could sever the connection. Jocelyn suggested they go to the Iron Sisters and Magnus agreed. Alec suggested that Isabelle could go to the Adamant Citadel with Jocelyn to speak to the Iron Sisters. Alec, Magnus and Brother Zachariah witnessed Clary and Jocelyn's argument and Clary stormed out to her room. Alec and Magnus stayed in the living room talking to each other. Alec and Magnus talked to Isabelle about Jace and Sebastian being bound together and them thinking about a way to kill Sebastian without killing Jace. They also taked about having Isabelle to go with Jocelyn to talk to the Iron Sisters. Magnus noticed how unhappy Alec was because Jace was missing and he spoke to Isabelle about it. Alec was asleep on the couch and his head was on Magnus's lap and Magnus stroking Alec's hair when Simon entered the apartment and Magnus told Simon that Isabelle was in the first bedroom on the left.

Alec came out of the bathroom and he had a conversation with Isabelle before she shooed him away to get in the bathroom as Alec went to his and Magnus's room to get dressed. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Jocelyn discussed about Jocelyn and Isabelle going to the Iron Sisters as they can only be female Shadowhunters. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Jocelyn Portaled to the Verrazano-Narrows bridge in Staten Island and Alec and Magnus stayed behind as Isabelle and Jocelyn went to Adamant Citadel. Alec sneaked away from Staten Island and he met up with Camille at the City Hall station. He was interested in the offer she was suggesting. Camille told Alec that there is a spell to rid a warlock of their immortality and she would do it for a favor in return. Alec was told by Camille to kill Raphael.

Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Jocelyn and Simon discussed how the Iron Sisters weren't able to help them, but they told them that a weapon from heaven or hell might sever the connection between Jace and Sebastian, and them discussing the option of summoning a Angel or a Demon. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon agreed to summon the demon, Azazel, who was a Greater Demon, Lieutenant of Hell and Forger of Weapons, but Jocelyn didn't agree with them and she wanted to leave and take Clary with her. Simon told Jocelyn that Clary wasn't in the apartment. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Jocelyn listened as Simon told them that Clary made a Portal and left and she was with Jace and Sebastian, which angered Jocelyn. Simon showed the faerie ring he had, with which he could communicate with Clary telepathically. Jocelyn got mad at Simon, but Isabelle stuck up for him. Jocelyn expected reports from Simon every day or she would go to the Clave and she left Magnus's apartment to be with Luke. Alec, Isabelle and Simon helped Magnus to make preparation for the summoning of Azazel by setting numerous candles in a careful circle, as Alec and Isabelle were scattering the floorboards outside the circle with salt and dried belladonna as instructed by Magnus. Alec, Isabelle, Simon and Magnus sat at the table as Magnus told them about how to summon a demon.

Alec, Isabelle and Simon watched as Magnus did the summoning ritual to summon Azazel. Azazel mentioned Magnus' father which unsurprisingly shocked the group. Magnus explained to Azazel about the situation with Jace and Sebastian and demonic parabatai connection. Azazel offered them a solution to their problem but demanded a little something from them for his plan. Azazel told them that he wanted a memory from each of them. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon gave Azazel one of their memories which pleased him. Azazel told the group his plan was that he would be released into the world and he would take Sebastian living into Hell and eventually Sebastian's and Jace's connection would burn away. Magnus refused Azazel's plan and banished him. Maia and Jordan arrived at Magnus' apartment with news and they wondered what their fiends had been up to. Alec went to see Camille and she demanded to him as to why he didn't kill Raphael. Alec told Camille that he barely knew Raphael and it would be breaking Covenant Law for killing him. Alec asked Camille about Magnus's past particularly family. Camille told Alec that Magnus' mother was an Indonesian woman and his real father was a Greater Demon, but didn't reveal which demon. Alec asked Camille about his relationship with Magnus. Camille told Alec that one must preserve some mystery in one's relationship. Alec returned to Magnus' apartment during the night and then undressed and got into bed with Magnus but accidentally leaned on Chairman Meow waking up Magnus. Magnus asked Alec about where he was and Alec told him mysterious places. Alec kissed Magnus and they ended up making out and might have slept together.

Alec and Magnus woke up the next morning to the pentagram making mini tornados and writing words in scorch letters. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon, including Maia and Jordan, who had just arrived, watched as Azazel appeared before them in the pentagram and demanded a answer from the group. Magnus declined Azazel's plan and tried to banish him but it didn't work on Azazel. Chairman Meow ran into the pentagram and Simon went into the pentagram to save the cat. Chairman Meow streaked out of the pentagram and went under a table. Alec and the others watched in shockness as Azazel shoot backward from Simon because of the Mark of Cain. Azazel left causing a big mess in Magnus' apartment. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan helped clean up Magnus' apartment after the destruction made by Azazel's appearance as Simon talked to Magnus about a plan: him summoning an Angel to get a weapon that would save Jace and kill Sebastian. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan disagreed with Simon's plan to summon the Angel, Raziel and they asked Magnus about the safety of enterprise. Isabelle talked to Simon privately and she begrudgingly accepted that Simon would be the one to summon the Angel and she and the others would help him in any way they can.

Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon discussed on finding a secluded location to summon the Angel, Raziel to take place. Simon suggested them going to Luke's farm to summon Raziel. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon decided to summon Raziel early afternoon as they needed rest. Simon asked Jordan if they could borrow his truck to take them to Luke's farm and he agreed. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon took Jordan's truck to Three Arrows Farm to summon Raziel. Alec revealed to Magnus, Isabelle and Simon that while his mother, Maryse had accepted the fact that he's gay; his father, Robert had yet to accept that he is gay as Robert asked his son what he thought had turned him gay. Alec told them that when he and Magnus were on vacation and he'd call from the road; Robert never asked how Magnus was. When Alec got up to talk in Council meetings nobody listened, Maryse and a friend of hers were talking about grandchildren, and they shut up when he came into the room. And how Irina Cartwright told him that no one would ever inherit his blue eyes. Magnus put a reassuring hand on Alec's shoulder. Alec and the others arrived at Three Arrows Farm.

Alec watched as Magnus drew the pentagram by the lake for the summoning of Raziel, as Simon noticed the distance between them, as Simon talked to Isabelle about summoning the Angel. Magnus completed the pentagram and Alec, Simon and Isabelle went down by the lake. Simon stepped inside the pentagram as Magnus gave him his spell book and told to sound the words out and it worked. Alec, Magnus and Isabelle walked back to the house after Simon gave them a few farewell words. Simon summoned Raziel and asked him for a weapon to sever the connection between Jace and Sebastian. Raziel agreed to give him a weapon in exchange for his Mark of Cain. Raziel gave Simon the sword Glorious, which belonged to the Archangel Michael, and Raziel took away Simon's Mark and the Angel disappeared. Alec, Isabelle and Magnus walked toward the lake and found Simon holding the sword Glorious.

Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon (with the sword Glorious) dove back to New York when Simon heard Clary's voice in his head. Clary told Simon about Sebastian's plan to create Dark Shadowhunters using a demonic version of the Mortal Cup called the Infernal Cup. Sebastian planned on resurrecting Lilith and they would do it at the Seventh Sacred Site, and Simon told Clary about the sword Glorious. Simon told Magnus to pull over and they needed to talk. Alec, Magnus and Isabelle listened to Simon as he told them what Clary told him about Sebastian's plan. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon decided to split up and get reinforcements and then meet at the Institute to Portal to the Burren.

Alec and Isabelle were at the Institute and they took the elevator up to the library as Isabelle asked her brother about his relationship with Magnus. Alec told Isabelle that he and Magnus were fine which worries Isabelle as she thought they got in a fight. Alec questioned Isabelle on why wasn't she and Simon dating since she obviously had feelings for him. Alec argued with Isabelle over her feelings for Simon as they reached the library. Alec and Isabelle entered the library and they heard Aline and Helen talking to their mother about Amatis's disappearance. Alec and Isabelle told their mother, Aline and Helen about Sebastian's plans and how to save Jace, and they decided not to tell Jia or the Clave. Alec, Isabelle, Maryse, Aline and Helen met with Magnus, Simon, Maia, Jordan and the New York werewolf pack and they Portaled to the Burren.

Alec and the others arrived a little late as some of the Shadowhunters following Sebastian had already drank from the Infernal Cup. Alec killed Dark Shadowhunters from atop of stone dolmen as the other Shadowhunters, Magnus, Simon, Maia, Jordan and the werewolves from the Pack battled with the Endarkened to save Jace and Clary. Magnus got injured by Amatis and almost died but he used Alec's strength in order to heal himself. Jace was stabbed by Glorious breaking the connection between him and Sebastian, and Sebastian escaped. Clary heard Jace's heartbeat as his family and friends descended on him and they returned to New York.

Alec was in the infirmary when Jace woke up and he was glad to have his brother back and Isabelle came into the room. Alec and Isabelle told Jace that the Silent Brothers had been checking on his wound from the archangel's blade and that Clary was alright and well. Alec and Isabelle told Jace that he had Heavenly fire inside of his body. Alec, Jace and Isabelle shared a touching sibling moment.

Alec went to the City Hall station to refuse Camille's offer to take away Magnus's immortality, but he found out that Magnus was following him to his shock. Magnus told Alec that Camille sent him a message about Alec's meeting with her, and the offer she struck with him. Alec apologized to Magnus telling him that he wasn't going to go through with it, and had already told her that he wouldn't kill Raphael. Magnus told Alec that he had been thinking about taking away his immortality, as that was part of the reason he wanted the Book of the White. He told Alec that he wanted to experience growing old with someone he loved and that it would be Alec. Magnus broke up with Alec and told him to get his things from his apartment and leave the key on the dining room table. Magnus told Alec that he didn't want see him, his family or any of his friends ever again, as he was tired of being their pet warlock. Alec dropped his witch light and when Magnus picked it up it flickered a red glow. Alec and Magnus embraced as the witch light flickered different colors between them and they shared one final kiss. Magnus told that while he loved him; he couldn't forgive him for what he did. Magnus walked away leaving a heartbroken and tearful, Alec behind.

Alec was furious with himself and he intended to kill Camille for causing Magnus to break up with him. However, he found out that fourteen year old Maureen Brown, the recently turned vampire, had already killed her.[7]

The Dark War

Alec was seen to be still depressed after the break up with Magnus claiming that, for the first week after the break, he was in a state of disbelief and sadness. He had been calling and texting Magnus who didn't reply, which caused Jace to break his phone. Jace on seeing his miserable parabatai then went to Magnus' loft to talk to him about getting back together with Alec, he also observed that Magnus was almost as miserable after the break up. Jace also seemed to be worried when he thought Alec was hurt. As the Shadowhunters in the New York City Institute prepared to leave for Idris, Magnus came over and talked to Alec. Magnus said that he forgave Alec over the incident, but it wasn't working out. During the conversation, Magnus kissed Alec but immediately pulled away, saying he shouldn't have done it. Magnus then claimed it was not working out because of his immortality and Alec's mortality. Alec then retaliated by saying that he was the reason, because he knew nothing about Magnus, while Magnus knew everything about him. Before Magnus left, he warned Alec about his dream of a city of blood and bones, saying that those would be the bones and blood of Shadowhunters, and he needed Alec to live.

At one point in Alicante, he and Isabelle got into an argument with Robert, during which angry and emotional Isabelle blurted out Robert's previous affair with Annamarie Highsmith, much to everyone's surprise.

When the Downworlder represenitivess and Jocelyn got kidnapped, Alec almost killed Matthias, a member of the Endarkened Shadowhunters who revealed the news. Later when the gang went to the Seelie Court in order to find the pathway to Edom, where they thought the prisoners were hidden, he killed Meliorn for not revealing where the prisoners were hidden. When they entered Edom, a demon created an illusion based on their dreams. Alec, in this hallucination saw Magnus as his boyfriend, where they had the entire Clave, including his father accepting their relationship, seeing that they were engaged. He broke the illusion when Alec's subconcious formed a Magnus telling him that the vision wasn't real, soon after which he killed the demon.

After they found the prisoners, Magnus was freed, and kissed Alec in front of others. Magnus had become sick due to the influence of his father, Asmodeus, who was trying to get Magnus to summon him. When Alec understood this condition he asked others to go find Jocelyn and meet them in the center. As they moved on to find a way out, the walls began to close in. They found a way out of it, but was led to the two thrones, only to find Clary seated in one of them and others shocked. Alec tried to hurt Sebastian once again but was again unsuccessful. To everyones relief, Clary then tricked her brother into death, by stabbing him. After his death and the borders to other world sealed, the only way for them to get back to Idris, was to get Magnus summon his father, which he did. And it turned out to be Asmodeus, on of the Princes of Hell. Asmodeus then demanded to take the warlocks immortality, which would kill him in return of transporting them back to Idris. Alec then wanted to stay, to die with Magnus rather than go back to Idris. They shared what seemed to be their last kiss. Then Simon offered his immortality and memories of the Shadow World taken from him instead of Magnus, and this deal was agreed upon by Asmodeus, and they were returned back to Idris, except Simon, who was returned to New York.

During the Council decision made about what happened to older Blackthorn children, who are part faerie, Alec voted against sending away Helen Blackthorn. Later, while Alec sat on the roof of his parent's home in Alicante, Magnus apologized for breaking up with Alec and for not telling Alec about his past. Magnus then gave him a journal of a few of the important events in his life, as a sign that he would tell Alec about his past. So, Alec decided to give their relationship another try. After returning to New York, Alec substituted as runner of the Institute until Maryse came home, then immediately moved into Magnus's apartment.

Months later at Jocelyn and Luke's wedding, held in Three Arrows Farm, Robert said that he had been always proud of him and also revealed the feelings his parabatai Michael Wayland had for him. After this revelation, he tried to forgive his father for divorcing his mother and being homophobic but would still hold deep reservations regarding his father's trechary.[10]

Personality and traits

Despite their similar looks, Alec is very much the opposite of his sister in the sense that he is self-conscious and serious. Magnus describes Alec as straightforward, and Alec says that he is blunt, as it is the only way he knew to be. Clary perceives that Alec appears "uncomfortable in his own skin". This is possibly due to his fear of admitting to others that he is a homosexual. He convinces himself to believe he is in love with Jace as a way to escape his fear of being hurt by falling for Magnus. Alec is very protective of his family and assumes the most responsibility as the oldest of his siblings. He and Jace are parabatai, meaning that they are warriors who fight together and are closer than brothers.

He seems to pride himself in being allowed to attend Council meetings, him being the only one of the Lightwood children to go.

Alec is often soft spoken and serious in most situations. He tries his best to act wisely, and is shown not be as brave as Jace is; but cautious. Up until later in the story, he had never killed a demon. However this is more because he puts Jace and his sister's safety before killing demons, frequently putting himself in danger to protect them. He shows himself to be extremely caring of the ones he loves, and is willing to do anything to save them, also he is said to be "easily guilted". Between the whole group, Alec is the most clever. Alec can also become extremely jealous, getting angry at Magnus when he discovers Magnus' long dating history and relationship with Camille, a vampire woman. He also becomes jealous of Will, who he suspects as another one of Magnus' several lovers and, he learned from Camille, is said to look extremely like him.

Alec is also usually the healer in the group, most asking for his help when in need of an iratze, to the extent that when Alec refuses to heal Jace's bleeding hand in Idris before the events of the Mortal War, Jace is unwilling to attempt to heal himself.

In addition to protecting his siblings and friends from demons, he is also very aware of emotional pain and heartbreak, and does what he can to prevent this from occurring among those he loves, though Isabelle points out he has no trouble giving his heart away. He is concerned for Jace's emotional well-being in the earlier books, when he believes Clary to be his sister. He also dislikes Isabelle's long string of exes, and is awkward around her and Simon, though he does tell the latter that he believes he is right for his sister.

Physical description

Codex Alec

Alec is tall and fit, with a thin, wiry build. He has jet-black hair that ends at his jaw and stunning blue eyes. He was said to share a startling resemblance with his distant relative Will Herondale.

Skills and abilities

  • Nephilim physiology: Being Nephilim, Alec possesses a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to him by the blood of Raziel in his veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Gray Book. He also has power to perform tasks unique to their species, such as the ability to use and call on the power of angels for their seraph blades. This includes enhanced strength, agility, stamina, and coordination, which only improves over time and practice.
  • Runic magic: Due to the angel blood in their veins, all Shadowhunters are able to apply runes on their skin without any real danger. These Marks, in turn, give varied effects that serve to benefit the wearer.
  • Archery: Alec is particularly good at archery.


  • Stele: Alec has utilized a stele to place Marks on his and others' skin for varied effects.
  • Bow and arrows: Alec uses the bow and arrow as his primary weapon of choice in battle.
  • Feather-staff: Alec utilizes a feather-staff as a second choice for a weapon in battle.
  • Seraph blades: Alec also frequently uses seraph blade in battle against demons.
  • Dagger: Alec also occasionally uses a dagger.



I don't want to live forever. We might not have that much time. I'll get old and I'll die. But I promise I won't leave you until then. It's the only promise I can make.

–Alec to Magnus, City of Heavenly Fire

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Magnus was immediately attracted to Alec and openly flirted with him when they met; Alec, however, believed he was in love with Jace and was unsure about his feelings for Magnus. After Magnus saved his life for the first time, Alec came over to thank him personally. When Magnus found out that he had never been kissed, Magnus gave him his first kiss, and the pair agreed to go out on a date. They continued to secretly see each other, though his friends found out some weeks into the relationship.

Eventually, Alec realized that he loved Magnus, fully accepting that he did not really have feelings for Jace. During the Mortal War in Alicante, Alec publicly came out to his parents and the rest of the Shadowhunter community by kissing Magnus before the big battle. Alec remained with Magnus, despite his father's seeming disapproval, and even traveled with him for some weeks after the war.

Their relationship hit a rough patch when Alec began to feel threatened about Magnus's centuries of dating history, the parts of his life Alec was still mostly unaware of, and his immortality, mostly due to ideas instilled into his mind by Magnus's old flame, Camille. Alec worried about aging and one day dying, while Magnus would remain young and live forever. Alec tried to find a way to become immortal; when he found none, he considered making Magnus mortal—a thought which Magnus found as a betrayal, leading to their breakup.

During this time, Alec made several efforts to reconcile with Magnus, all of which Magnus rejected as he continued to keep his distance and avoid him altogether, save for the time Magnus kissed Alec before heading to Alicante. When Magnus was kidnapped by Sebastian, Alec went to Hell in a desperate attempt to rescue him. When they safely returned to their world, Alec apologized for his indiscretion, and even Magnus admitted to his faults and finally decided to tell Alec about his past, giving him a book that contained several important events throughout his life. The pair reconciled and are currently in a very committed relationship.


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Being the eldest Lightwood children, Isabelle and Alec are very close and are always looking out for one another. It is stated that the reason Alec has never killed a demon is that he is always looking out for her and Jace. Earlier in the series, before everyone found out about Alec's sexuality, Isabelle looks out for him, telling Clary particularly to not tell anyone when she figures it out, concerned of what others might think of a gay Shadowhunter. He was slightly concerned when he found out that Simon and Isabelle had slept in the same bed (though it is implied nothing sexual happened), but didn't push the issue as they had bigger problems.

Exactly. Despite my staggering good looks, you actually don't like me that way.

–Jace confronting Alec, City of Glass

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Jace Herondale is Alec's adoptive brother, best friend (and parabatai), whom he first believes he is in love with. After years of Alec's infatuation, Jace confronts him, telling Alec that he only loves him because he is "safe" (Alec can use their relation as an excuse to hide his feelings) and there is no chance of being hurt. He says that Alec is afraid and only uses his love for Jace to avoid pursuing other relationships. At this, Alec realizes that he will never be with Jace and that he truly loves Magnus Bane although his strong brotherly love for Jace remains. Some time after the Mortal War ended, Alec consistently sends pictures of himself and Magnus to Jace from their travels. After Sebastian's resurrection, Alec was worried about Jace when he went missing, but he was happy when Jace returned to the Institute. During Dark War, Alec's relationship with Jace grows even more when Jace realizes how upset Alec was when Magnus was kidnapped. Jace comforts Alec about Magnus.

Max was Alec's younger brother. Alec seems to care and love his younger brother even though Max hero worshipped Jace instead of Alec. When Max was killed by Sebastian Morgenstern during the events of Mortal War, Alec and the rest of the family mourned his death and went to his funeral (with the exception of Isabelle). Alec seems to have handled his grief over Max the easiest then the rest of the family.

Maryse is Alec's mother and he has the same black hair and blue eyes as both of his parents. Alec seems to have a good relationship with his mother as she accepted the fact that he is gay when he came out to her at the time of the Mortal War.

Robert is Alec's father. As a child, Alec saw his father as the biggest most terrifying man that he could have imaged, these thoughts were brought back when he saw his father in gear. While both have moments of pride and respect for each other it's a known fact that Robert has yet the accept Alec's sexuality as it was revealed some time after the Mortal War. After the events of the Dark War, Robert slowly begins to accept Alec's sexuality as Robert told Alec about how his former parabatai, Michael was in love with him. Robert told Alec that he has always been proud of him and that he is a better man than he was.


Alec initially strongly disliked Clary and was jealous of her, due to Jace's obvious attraction and growing feelings towards her, and never bothered to hide his dislike towards her. But when he realizes that Jace truly loves Clary and that she was a good person in her own right, he began to open up towards her and shed his feelings of hatred towards her. He is especially kind to her after Clary and Jace discover that they are supposedly siblings (this could possibly be because of the fact that he feels Jace is now "off limits" to her) and continues to mend a friendship with her throughout the series. Even after the truth is revealed that Clary and Jace are not actually siblings, he continues to be kind to her as he now shares a passionate love with Magnus.

Simon is friends with Alec. Alec initially showed a dislike for Simon because he was mundane. When Simon became a vampire, Alec started to slowly became friends with him although they are not particularly close with each other. Simon went to talk to Magnus for Alec after they broke up to convince Magnus to get back together with him. In Edom, Alec let's Simon drink his blood and he talks to Simon about his sister, Isabelle and he admits that he approves of Simon being with his sister as he makes her happy.

Maia is friends with Alec. Alec and Maia aren't particularly close with each other. Maia has helped Alec and the rest of their friends fight against both Valentine and Sebastian.

Aline is a family friend of the Lightwoods. When Alec kissed Magnus at the Accords Hall before the Mortal War, Aline was inspired to come out to her parents sometime after the war and meet Helen, who became her girlfriend. After the Council meeting after the Dark War, Aline told Alec that she was going to Wrangel Island to be with Helen.

Helen is Aline's girlfriend and she seems to be good friends with Alec. After the Dark War, Alec voted against sending Helen away to Wrangel Island during the Council meeting.



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His first name, Alexander, means 'defending men' in Greek, while his middle name, Gideon, is of biblical origin and means 'a destroyer'.


  • When once asked of his fears, the only thing he could think of that scared him were spiders.[6] Apparently, he also has a fear of umbrellas.[7][11]
  • Before 2007, Alec has never killed a demon.[3]
  • Alec is named after two of his ancestors: Alexander and Gideon Lightwood.
  • He and Magnus are set to get married and adopt a child.[12][13][14]


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