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Alec Lightwood
Portrayed by Kevin Zegers
Alec IP, by CJ
Biographical Information
Full name: Alexander Gideon Lightwood
Born: September[1] 1989
Age: 18 (as of May 2008)
Status: Alive
Nickname/s: Alec
Species: Shadowhunter
Residence: New York Institute
Allegiance: The Clave
Lightwood family
Parabatai: Jace Herondale
Family: Robert Lightwood (father)
Maryse Lightwood (mother)
Isabelle Lightwood (sister)
Max Lightwood † (brother)
Jace Herondale (adoptive brother)
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Blue
Height: 6'[2]
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

Alexander "Alec" Gideon Lightwood is a Shadowhunter and the eldest of the Lightwood children.

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 did, revealing to his family, friends, and fellow Shadowhunters his relationship with warlock Magnus Bane, an act that inspired other teenage closeted Shadowhunters to come out about their sexuality, as well.


Early life

Alexander Lightwood was the eldest child born to Robert and Maryse Lightwood. Born in Idris, Alec was, along with his parents, exiled from their homeland and was banned from returning unless on official Shadowhunter business. Two years after his birth, his sister, Isabelle, was born, and his younger brother Max was born when he was nine.

When he was eleven years old, Jace Wayland was adopted into their family. Alec developed an almost instant rapport with Jace and 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 only 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 would then confront her about being a problem for Jace, and the whole group in general, multiple times, 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 recent lead, Alec and the others met with the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane, who openly flirted with Alec. He then accompanied Jace, Isabelle, Clary, and Simon to retrieve the Mortal Cup. In the fight against the Greater Demon Abbadon, Alec was seriously 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 even 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 instructions and advice, something both Alec and Isabelle were both initially skeptical about. 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 the others suspected Jace of possibly being in league with Valentine. When the Institute received a distress call from the Silent City the same night Jace happened to be imprisoned there, Alec went with Clary and Isabelle to respond to the call as the adults were not around to do so immediately. He was reluctant to take Clary, whom he still saw as a liability, but eventually agreed to allow her to come along, since she was the only one of them who had been there before. When they found Jace nearly passed out in his cell, Alec helped him up the stairs, and he contacted Magnus to save him.

When Isabelle suggested that they meet with the Queen of the Seelie Court, Alec agreed and was adamant about going; however, when Jace offered to go in his place, Alec had a change of heart, realizing that it would allow him more alone time with Magnus. He claimed that it was more important for Jace to go and encouraged them to go without him.

Throughout the first parts of the book, Alec tried to deny his relationship with Magnus, despite obvious evidence: Jace noticed bite marks on Alec's neck after a night out, Magnus helped the Lightwoods with magic for Alec despite being initially unwilling, and Alec even had a key to Magnus's apartment.

When Luke and Maia were attacked by demons, Alec was with Jace and Magnus when they arrived at Luke's to heal them. When they began discussing Clary's unique ability with runes, he volunteered himself to be the guinea pig to see if a rune she created would work.

Jace Marked him with a Fearless rune that Clary had invented just as his parents, his sister and the Inquisitor entered the home. Alec then stood up and, thanks to the effects of the rune, confessed to the room that he was seeing someone, specifically a warlock. However, before Alec could tell them who exactly he was dating, Magnus knocked him unconscious with magic, knowing that, normally, Alec wouldn't make the decision to tell everyone that he is gay. When he woke up seconds later, he quickly scrambled to lie that he isn't seeing anyone, and Magnus helpfully added that he was delirious due to demon toxins.

The Inquisitor then took Jace away, and Alec pretended to agree with them so that the Inquisitor would trust him enough to not suspect that he would break Jace out. He agreed that the Inquisitor was right to do what she was doing, and that Jace should be punished since he broke the Law. After Jace had been caged up in a Malachi Configuration, however, Alec was the one to help him escape. He explained that he saw that the Inquisitor wouldn't be swayed, so he pretended to agree to get on her good side, which is how he was able to sneak to Jace. He brought Jace food, and suggested that he jump 30 feet up in the air to get out of his runed prison, since the configuration didn't have a ceiling.

When Jace succeeded in jumping out of the cage, Alec took him to Isabelle's room, where he called Magnus for help again. Then he watched Valentine refuse the Inquisitor's deal--Jace's life for the Mortal Instruments--and afterward, Alec was forced to inform his parents and the Inquisitor that Jace had escaped. Alec then joined the rest of the Conclave in storming Valentine's ship against his army of demons, helping Jace fight one of the more dangerous demons until the demon grabbed him and flung him from the deck.

He was saved by Magnus who pulled him out, but Magnus, at that time, was very close to falling unconscious because of the energy needed to strip the ship of the wards. Alec made the decision to stay with Magnus and give him his strength so he could stay conscious and continue to keep the wards down.[6]

The Mortal War

At the beginning of the book, Alec went to Idris with the rest of his family. After an attack by Forsaken, Simon had to be portaled to Idris with the Shadowhunters. Alec and his family stayed with their family friends, the Penhallows. They met Jia and Patrick Penhallow's nephew, Sebastian, unaware he was actually Jonathan Morgenstern, Valentine's son. Alec took Simon to the Consul Malachi Dieudonne under the impression that he would be sent back to New York, but Malachi instead took him to Inquisitor Aldertree who imprisoned Simon. Alec returned to the Penhallow's house and found Jace outside. Alec told Jace about leaving Simon with the Inquisitor, which made Jace angry. Alec and Jace engaged in a small fight which was interrupted by Isabelle request that they come inside. Alec sent a fire message to Magnus asking if there had been any Portal activity in New York. When Magnus replied that there had been none, Alec told Jace and Isabelle about Simon being imprisoned by the Inquisitor, and Jace punched a picture window, injuring his hand. Alec took Jace to their shared room and bandaged Jace's arm, telling him that he deserved to heal like a mundane, without using healing runes. Jace asked Alec about his relationship with Magnus Bane, which Alec refused to acknowledge, as he thought he was still in love with Jace. Jace then asked Alec to kiss him as a test, but Alec didn't; this made him realize that he did not have feelings toward Jace and that he truly loved Magnus.

Alec, Isabelle, Aline Penhallow and Sebastian were discussing Jace's relationship with Clary when they were interrupted by Max, who wanted to ask Isabelle if anyone could climb the demon towers. Isabelle told Max to go back to bed. A demon attacked the Penhallows' house and took Aline. Isabelle went after her while Alec held Max back. Alec went to find Isabelle, which left Max with Sebastian. Alec found out from Isabelle that Aline ran off after killing the demon and realizing that the wards have been broken, allowing demons in the city. Alec took Isabelle back to the Penhallows' and told her to stay inside the house with Max and Sebastian while he went to find Aline. Alec searched for Aline through Alicante, but instead found Magnus battling a horde of Iblis demons in Cistern Square. Alec saved Magnus's life by killing an Iblis demon. Alec and Magnus talked about their relationship and they admitted that they love each other. Alec and Magnus were surrounded by Iblis demons and Alec promised to introduce Magnus to his family if they survived and he agreed, resolving their relationship conflict. Alec and Magnus killed the Iblis demons and headed to the Hall of Accords.

Alec met up with Jace and Clary at the Accords Hall. Clary gave Magnus the Book of the White to wake up her mother, Jocelyn. Sebastian came to the Hall to talk to Clary. Alec and Jace were furious at Sebastian as he had left Isabelle and Max alone at the Penhallows' house. Sebastian told Alec and Jace that their parents were at the house with them and they told him to go on ahead. Alec, Jace and Clary decide to go rescue Simon, who was left behind at the Gard.

Alec, Jace and Clary rescued Simon from his prison cell at the destroyed Gard and Simon's friend, Samuel Blackburn, who is actually Hodge. Alec, Jace, Clary and Simon realized Hodge knew what and where the Mortal Mirror was, which is actually Lake Lyn. Sebastian killed Hodge, and Alec and the others realized that Sebastian was a spy for Valentine. Alec, Jace, Clary and Simon fought Sebastian, but Sebastian had the upper hand and vanished. Alec, Jace, Clary and Simon returned to the Accords Hall. Alec and Jace found their family and realized Max was killed by Sebastian. They mourned his death.

Alec tried to calm his mother down when she got into an argument with Jia and Patrick about their nephew, Sebastian, killing her son. Alec, Jace, Robert and Maryse attended Max's funeral. Isabelle chose not to go as she blamed herself for Max's death. Alec and his family pulled some strings and got a house that was abandoned when the family left Alicante. Alec and Jace talked to Clary and Simon about Sebastian being an impostor, and they believed the real Sebastian Verlac was killed.

Alec, his family, and Simon watched as Clary confronted the Clave about facing against Valentine and wanting to show them her Alliance rune. Clary drew a rune using Patrick's stele that showed the person whom they loved the most, and it is implied that Alec saw Magnus. While the Shadowhunters and Downworlders prepared to face Valentine as part of the Mortal War, Alec drew the Alliance rune on himself and Magnus and then kissed Magnus in front of his fellow Shadowhunters and Downworlders, including his family and friends, publicly acknowledging their relationship.

Alec, his boyfriend Magnus, and the rest of the adult Shadowhunters went to Brocelind Plain to face off against Valentine's demon army, a battle which only lasted minutes and left the Shadowhunters victorious. Alec felt his parabatai connection with Jace break briefly when Jace was killed by Valentine, but when he returned to Alicante, Jace was alive. Alec and his family and friends attended the victory party at Angel Square. Alec introduced Magnus to his parents, Robert and Maryse, where they and everyone in Alicante watched the fireworks.[7]

Camille and Lilith

After the Mortal War, Alec and Magnus have been on vacation for the past seven weeks. Alec and Magnus have been to Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Vienna and somewhere in India as Alec has been sending Jace photos of himself and Magnus. Alec and Magnus's vacation is cut short a day when they return to New York as the vampire, Camille Belcourt is being interrogated by the Conclave as she was killing former Circle members and she wished to speak to only Magnus Bane. Alec and Magnus along with his mother, Maryse and Simon meet with Camille. Alec is shocked to realize Camille is Magnus's vampire ex-girlfriend.

Alec demands to know how many people Magnus has dated. Magnus doesn't state how many and brushes it off. Magnus tells Alec that he's dated men and women including mundanes, vampires, warlocks, werewolves and a djinn or two. Realizing that Magnus is bisexual, Alec and Magnus get into an argument, which is overheard by both Simon and Camille. Alec then goes inside the Institute to talk to Isabelle.

Magnus talks to Camille about why Camille has been killing former Circle members and Camille told him that she was ordered to kill the Shadowhunters but didn't say who. Camille reminisces with Magnus about their past together and she mentions Will Herondale and she notes the similar appearance between Will and Alec notably their black hair and blue eyes. Camille also points out Magnus's immortality to Alec's mortality and how someday Alec will eventually die whereas he won't. Magnus tells Camille that she can give him the past while Alec is his future. Magnus's conversation with Camille is abrupt as Maryse and Alec enter the Sanctuary, and Magnus tells them that they have come to some agreement and he discuss it with them inside the Institute.

Alec and Magnus attend Jocelyn and Luke's reception party for their engagement at the Ironworks. Alec and Magnus are still fighting as mentioned by Clary when Simon, Jordan and Isabelle arrive at the table. Magnus recognizes Jordan's necklace from Praetor Lupus as Magnus knew the werewolf who founded the organization, Woolsey Scott. Alec gets angry with Magnus and he stalks away from the table and then Magnus goes to find him.

Alec sat alone at the empty table and he is approached by Magnus. Magnus asks Alec what's wrong. Alec asks Magnus about his past and who Will was. Magnus tells Alec that Will was a Shadowhunter and that Will did look like him but Will had more of Jace's personality and reassures Alec that nothing happened between them. Alec tells Magnus that he feels trivial to him as he believes he's just a long line of lovers, one dies or goes away and Magnus will get another. Alec asks Magnus why he wanted the Book of the White so badly and asks him if there was a spell for immortality in it. Magnus tells Alec the price of being immortal is that you don't nothing for something. Alec and Magnus's conversation is interrupted by Isabelle as she tells Magnus that Camille escaped the Sanctuary and Maryse wants him to help her search for Camille. Magnus goes to the New York Institute to search for Camille and he tells Alec that he's not trivial.

Alec along with Isabelle, Maia and Jordan search around the Ironworks party when Isabelle realizes that Simon is missing. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan leave the party and they go to Jordan and Simon's apartment to find anything that might lead them to where Simon is. Isabelle finds a card from a band promoter named Satrina Kendall. Isabelle shows it to Alec and he realizes it one of the names of the Greater Demon, Lilith and mother of all demons. Alec, Maia and Jordan find out from Isabelle about the Church of Talto, what Clary found there and the dead half-demon baby at Beth Israel Hospital. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan decide to check the address out to find Simon.

Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan find and enter the apartment at the Upper East Side and they walk through each of the floors. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan enter on of the floors of the building and they end up finding dozens of dead half-demon babies. Alec and Isabelle along with Maia and Jordan are horrified by this and Alec and Isabelle thought of their little brother, Max. Isabelle and Alec went after a shadowy figure which turns out to be a woman wearing a track suit. Alec and Isabelle find out the woman is a Church of Talto cult member and she serves Lilith. Alec and Isabelle find out from the woman that the mothers were the ones injected with the demon blood along with the fathers, and they were getting sicker and would die. Alec and Isabelle find out Lilith is in the building with Simon. Isabelle demands to know where Simon is however, the woman dies. Alec and Isabelle attempt to go the roof to find Simon but they are approached by Cult members brandishing weapons.

Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan fought against the Cult members and one of the cultist ran off and Alec chased after the cultist separating from the others. Alec found himself in a maze of small rooms and he entered one of the rooms and he found Camille. Camille told Alec that Lilith's cultists broke into the Sanctuary and brought her to the building and brutalized her. Camille told Alec that Lilith was the one who ordered her to kill the former Circle members. Camille begs for Alec to free her. Camille told Alec that there is a way for he and Magnus can be together forever and she'll tell him if he freed her. Alec frees Camille by cutting the chains with his seraph blade. Isabelle finds Alec and she tells him that she and the others killed the cultists. Alec turns around and he finds Camille left. Alec and Isabelle take the elevator up to the roof to find Simon.

Alec and Isabelle got off the elevator at the roof and crashed into Clary, Jace and Simon. Alec rushes over to Jace and demands Jace to tell him what happened. Jace asks Alec to heal Clary for him and he agrees. Alec draws two healing runes on Clary's wounds while talking to her about Jace and he reassures Clary that she is all Jace wants. Alec and Isabelle saw the demonic rune that Lilith used to possess Jace and it's still on his chest. Alec and Isabelle learn that Lilith brought Jace, Clary and Simon to the building for Lilith could use Simon's Daylighter powers to resurrect Sebastian, Simon having killed Lilith, Clary asked the Angel, Raziel to bring back from the dead back in Idris and Lilith being Sebastian's mother and him being in a glass coffin. Alec went out to the roof deck to send a fire message to Clave asking for backup. Alec, Isabelle and Simon went down to the lobby leaving Clary on the roof with Jace. Alec went to go get Maia and Jordan as Isabelle and Simon waited in the lobby.

Alec, Maia and Jordan got off the elevator as Maryse, Kadir, Magnus and the other Conclave members entered the building. Magnus ran over to Alec and embraced him and expressed his worry over him. Magnus apologized to Alec about leaving him before and told him that Camille is gone and nobody knows where she went. Magnus reassures his boyfriend, Alec that he isn't trivial and he told him that he isn't ready to let him and pictured having him for fifty, sixty more years. Alec and Magnus decide to hope for the best in their relationship despite Alec's mortality to Magnus's immortality. Alec and Magnus are last scene kissing passionately in a corner in the lobby.[8]

Team Good

Alec and Isabelle and their family and friends realize Jace and Sebastian are missing. Alec and Isabelle and the Shadowhunters of the New York Conclave have been searching around New York for Jace for two weeks straight and they been tired from sixteen hour patrols. Magnus has been trying the Morgenstern ring to locate Jace but he's been unsuccessful and that he's doing for Alec. Alec attends the Council meeting about searching for Jace. Alec along with Magnus, Luke, Brother Zachariah and the new Consul, Jia Penhallow want to continue the patrols full force however, the Clave declined as they had to attend to another matter particularly the wards around Wrangel Island were smashed and they send a team to repair the wards. Alec talks to Isabelle and Clary about the Council meeting. At first, Alec disagrees with Clary's plan to talk to the Seelie Queen using a bell the Queen gave her. Alec and Isabelle eventually agree to go with Clary to talk to the Queen and they head down to the cathedral.

Alec talks to Magnus about their plans and Magnus decided not to go with them as he and Seelie Queen have bad history or feud. Alec, Isabelle and Clary talk to Aline and they meet her girlfriend, Helen Blackthorn. Aline tells Alec that she wanted to thank for what he did with Magnus at the Accords Hall which gave her the push to come out to her parents. Alec asked Aline about how her parents reacted. Aline told Alec that her parents are sort of ignoring it like if might go away if they don't talk about it. Isabelle tells Aline that their parents are okay with it. Aline tells Alec, Isabelle and Clary that Jace will find his way back to them and she know it, and Clary thanks her. Helen's brother, Julian asks Alec, Isabelle and Clary if they are siblings. Isabelle tells him that there is three of them Clary tells Julian that she isn't related to them and she has no siblings.

Alec, Isabelle and Clary meet Simon outside the Institute and they head to Central Park to go to Faerie Court. Alec and Isabelle talked about their father, Robert applying for the Inquisitor position. Alec, Isabelle, Clary and Simon arrive at Central Park and Clary rings the bell and they are greeted by Meliorn, who escorts them to the Seelie Queen. Alec and the others ask for the Queen's help in finding Jace. When the Queen it accidentally offended she put a glamour on Alec that made him appear an old man. Clary apologizes for any rudeness and the Queen takes the glamour off Alec. The Seelie Queen demands Clary to steal a pair of faerie rings from Institute and to bring them back to her and in exchange she'll help them find Jace. Clary agrees to do what the Queen has asked. Alec, Isabelle, Clary and Simon leave the Faerie Court. Alec goes to Magnus's apartment and he finds Magnus trying to figure out what Lilith's spell was going to do. Alec tells Magnus about his visit the the Faerie Court. Alec continues to struggle with the fact that he will eventually die whereas Magnus will still continue to live. Alec grabs a snuffbox with the initials W.S. on the box and suspects that it's Will. Alec questions Magnus about the snuffbox and Magnus ignores the questions and mentions that immortality is becoming the third person in their relationship. Alec asks Magnus about Camille and where she went. Magnus tells Alec that it doesn't matter to him where she is, and Alec decides not to tell Magnus that he was the one who freed her. Alec asks Magnus to come to bed and he tells Alec that he'll be there soon. Alec knows that when Magnus is doing work knowing his work could last hours.

Alec is woken up by his boyfriend, Magnus and gives a cup of coffee. Magnus tells Alec that he meets 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 get into an argument over his mortality and Magnus's immortality while Alec is getting dressed. Alec leaves Magnus's apartment and he runs into a vampire subjugate of Camille and delivers a message to Alec. Alec heads to Central Park when Isabelle and Simon are talking about Simon's sister, Rebecca and they are soon joined by a distressed Clary. Alec, Isabelle and Simon learn 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 discuss Jace and Sebastian and the 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 goes to the abandoned City Hall subway station and he confronts Camille and Alec demands to know where Jace is. Camille tells Alec that she has no idea where Jace is and she knows Lilith's son, Sebastian has taken him. Alec demands Camille to tell him about a way for he and Magnus can be together forever and Camille doesnt give him an answer. Alec fights Camille and they are somewhat match. Camille tells Alec that he may not want immortality but he could take away Magnus's immortality.

Magnus lets Clary and Jocelyn stay at his apartment when Jace and Sebastian came to their house and Luke got injured and Magnus tells them that the Praetor Lupus could help Luke. Alec arrives at the apartment and he asks 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 learn that Jace is working with Sebastian and he is worried about Jace. Brother Zachariah arrives at Magnus's apartment and informs Alec, Magnus, Clary and Jocelyn that Jace and Sebastian are bound together in a sort of demonic parabatai connection and that if one of them dies they both die and they no weapon in the world can sever the connection. Jocelyn suggests they go to the Iron Sisters and Magnus agrees. Alec suggest that Isabelle can go to the Adamant Citadel with Jocelyn to speak to the Iron Sisters. Alec, Magnus and Brother Zachariah witness Clary and Jocelyn's argument and Clary storms out to her room. Alec and Magnus stayed in the living room talking to each other. Alec and Magnus talk to Isabelle about Jace and Sebastian being bound together and them thinking about a way to kill Sebastian without killing Jace and having Isabelle to go with Jocelyn to talk to the Iron Sisters. Magnus notices how unhappy Alec is because Jace is missing and he speaks to Isabelle about it. Alec was asleep on the couch and his head is on Magnus's lap and Magnus stroking Alec's hair when Simon enters the apartment and Magnus tells Simon that Isabelle is in the first bedroom on the left.

Alec comes out of the bathroom and he has a conversation with Isabelle before she shoos him away to get in the bathroom as Alec goes to his and Magnus's room to get dressed. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Jocelyn discuss about Jocelyn and Isabelle going to the Iron Sisters as they can only female Shadowhunters. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Jocelyn Portaled to the Verrazano-Narrows bridge in Staten Island and Alec and Magnus stay behind as Isabelle and Jocelyn go to Adamant Citadel. Alec sneaks away from Staten Island and he meets up with Camille at the City Hall station and he was interested in the offer she was offering. Camille told Alec that there is a spell to rid a warlock of their immortality and she'll do it for a favor in return. Alec is told by Camille to kill Raphael.

Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Jocelyn and Simon discuss how the Iron Sisters went 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 agree to summon the demon, Azazel, who is a Greater Demon, Lieutenant of Hell and Forger of Weapons, but Jocelyn doesn't agree with them and she wants to leave and take Clary with her. Simon tells Jocelyn that Clary isn't in the apartment. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Jocelyn listen as Simon tells them that Clary made a Portal and left and she is with Jace and Sebastian which angers Jocelyn and he shows the faerie ring he has for he can communicate with Clary telepathically. Jocelyn gets mad at Simon but Isabelle sticks up for him, and Jocelyn expect reports from Simon every day or she'll go to the Clave and she leaves Magnus's apartment to be with Luke. Alec, Isabelle and Simon help Magnus 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 tells them about how to summon a demon.

Alec, Isabelle and Simon watch as Magnus does the summoning ritual to summon Azazel. Azazel mentions Magnus' father which unsurprisingly shocks the group. Magnus explains to Azazel about the situation with Jace and Sebastian and demonic parabatai connection. Azazel offers them a solution to their problem but demands a little something from them for his plan. Azazel tells them that he wants a memory from each of them. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon give Azazel one of their memories which pleases him. Azazel tells the group his plan is that he will be released into the world and he'll take Sebastian living into Hell and eventually Sebastian and Jace's connection will burn away. Magnus refuses Azazel's plan and banishes him. Maia and Jordan arrive at Magnus' apartment with news and they wonder what their fiends have been up to. Alec goes to see Camille and she demands to him as to why he didn't kill Raphael. Alec told Camille that he barely knows Raphael and it'll be breaking Covenant Law for killing him. Alec asks Camille about Magnus's past particularly family. Camille tells Alec that Magnus' mother was an Indonesian woman and his real father is a Greater Demon but didn't reveal which demon. Alec asks Camille about his relationship with Magnus. Camille tells Alec that one must preserve some mystery in one's relationship. Alec returns to Magnus' apartment during the night and then undresses and get into bed with Magnus but accidentally leans on Chairman Meow waking up Magnus. Magnus asks Alec about where he was and Alec tells him mysterious places. Alec kissed Magnus and they end up making out and may have slept together.

Alec and Magnus wake 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 watch as Azazel appears before them in the pentagram and demands a answer from the group. Magnus declines Azazel's plan and tries to banish him but it doesn't on Azazel. Chairman Meow runs into the pentagram and Simon goes into the pentagram to save the cat and Chairman Meow streaked out of the pentagram and went under a table. Alec and the others watch in shockness as Azazel shot backward from Simon because of the Mark of Cain and Azazel leaves causing a big mess in Magnus' apartment. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan help clean up Magnus' apartment after destruction after Azazel appearance as Simon talks to Magnus about a plan on him summoning an Angel to get a weapon to save Jace and kill Sebastian. Alec, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan disagree with Simon's plan to summon the Angel, Raziel and they asked Magnus about the safety of enterprise. Isabelle talks to Simon privately and she begrudgingly accepts that Simon will be the one to summon the Angel and she and the others will help him in any way they can.

Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon discuss on finding a secluded location to summon the Angel, Raziel to take place. Simon suggests them going to Luke's farm to summon Raziel. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon decide to summon Raziel early afternoon as they need rest. Simon asks Jordan if they could borrow his truck to take them to Luke's farm and he agrees. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and Simon take Jordan's truck to Three Arrows Farm to summon Raziel. Alec reveals to Magnus, Isabelle and Simon that while his mother, Maryse has accepted the fact that he's gay; his father, Robert has yet the accept that he is gay as Robert asked his son what he thought had turned him gay. Alec tells them that when he and Magnus were on vacation and he'd call from the road; Robert never asked how Magnus was, when gets up to talk in Council meetings nobody listens, 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 how no one would ever inherit his blue eyes. Magnus put a reassuring hand on Alec's shoulder. Alec and the others arrive at Three Arrows Farm.

Alec watches as Magnus draws the pentagram by the lake for the summoning of Raziel as Simon notices the distance between them as Simon talks to Isabelle about summoning the Angel. Magnus completes the pentagram and Alec, Simon and Isabelle go down by the lake. Simon steps inside the pentagram as Magnus gives him his spell book and told to sound the words out and it work. Alec, Magnus and Isabelle watch back to the house after Simon gives them a few farewell words. Simon summoned Raziel and asked him for a weapon to sever the connection between Jace and Sebastian. Raziel agrees to give him a weapon in exchange for his Mark of Cain. Raziel gives Simon the sword Glorious which belongs to the Archangel Michael and Raziel takes away Simon's Mark and the Angel disappears. Alec, Isabelle and Magnus walk toward the lake and find Simon holding the sword Glorious.

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

Alec and Isabelle are at the Institute and they take the elevator up to the library as Isabelle asks her brother about his relationship with Magnus. Alec tells Isabelle that he and Magnus are fine which worries Isabelle as she thinks they got in a fight. Alec questions Isabelle on why isn't she and Simon dating since she obviously has feelings for him. Alec argues with Isabelle over her feelings for Simon as they reach the library. Alec and Isabelle enter the library and they hear Aline and Helen talking to their mother about Amatis's disappearance. Alec and Isabelle tell their mother, Aline and Helen about Sebastian's plans and how to save Jace, and they decide not to tell Jia or the Clave. Alec, Isabelle, Maryse, Aline and Helen meet with Magnus, Simon, Maia, Jordan and the New York werewolf pack and they Portal to the Burren.

Alec and the others arrive a little late as some of the Shadowhunters following Sebastian have already drank from the Infernal Cup. Alec kills Dark Shadowhunters from atop of stone dolmen as the other Shadowhunters, Magnus, Simon, Maia, Jordan and the werewolves from the Pack battle with the Endarkened to save Jace and Clary. Magnus gets injured by Amatis and almost dies but he uses Alec's strength in order to heal himself. Jace is stabbed by Glorious breaking the connection between him and Sebastian and Sebastian escapes. Clary hears Jace's heartbeat as his family and friends descent on him and they return to New York.

Alec is in the infirmary when Jace wakes up and he is glad to have his brother back and Isabelle comes into the room. Alec and Isabelle tell Jace that the Silent Brothers have been checking on his wound from the archangel's blade and that Clary is alright and well. Alec and Isabelle tell Jace that he has Heavenly fire inside of his body. Alec, Jace and Isabelle share a touching sibling moment.

Alec goes to the City Hall station to refuse Camille's offer to take away Magnus's immortality but he finds that Magnus was following him to his shock. Magnus tells Alec that Camille sent him a message about Alec's meeting with her and the offer she struck with him. Alec apologize 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's been thinking about taking away his immortality as that was part of the reason he wanted the Book of the White, and told him that he wanted to experience growing old with someone he loved and that it would be Alec. Magnus breaks up with Alec and tells him to get his things from his apartment and leave the key on the dining room table. Magnus tells Alec that he doesn't want see him, his family or any of his friends ever again as he is tired of being their pet warlock. Alec drops his witch light and when Magnus picked it up it flickered a red glow. Alec and Magnus embrace as the witch light flickered different colors between them and they share one final kiss. Magnus tells that while he loves him; he can't forgive him for what he did. Magnus walks away leaving a heartbroken and tearful, Alec behind.

Alec is furious with himself and he intends to kill Camille for causing Magnus to break up with him and he finds fourteen year old Maureen Brown, the recently turned vampire, had already killed her.[9]

The Dark War

Alec is 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 doesn't reply, which caused Jace to break his phone. Jace on seeing his miserable parabatai then goes to Magnus' loft to talk to him about getting back together with Alec, he also observes that Magnus is almost as miserable after the break up, he also seemed to be worried when he thought Alec was hurt. As the Shadowhunters in the New York City Institute prepares to leave for Idris, Magnus comes over and talks to Alec says that he has forgiving Alec over the incident, but it wasn't working out. During the conversation, Magnus kisses Alec but immediately pulls away, saying he shouldn't have done it. Magnus then claims it was not working out because of his immortality and Alec's mortality. Alec then retaliates by saying that he was the reason, because he knew nothing about Magnus, while Magnus knows everything about him. Before Magnus leaves, he warns Alec about his dream of a city of blood and bones, saying that those would be the bones and blood of Shadowhunters, and he needs Alec to live.

At on point in Alicante, he and Isabelle got into an argument with Robert, during which and 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 goes to the Seelie Court in order to find the pathway to Edom, were they think the prisoners are hidden, he kills Meliorn for not revealing were the prisoners are hidden. When they enter Edom, a demon creates an illusion based on their dreams, Alec in this hallucination sees Magnus as his boyfriend, were they have the entire Clave, including his father accepting his relationship, seeing that they were engaged. He breaks the illusion when Alec's subconcious formed as Magnus tells him that the vision isn't real, soon after which he kills the demon.

After they find the prisoners, Magnus is freed, and kisses Alec in front of other. Magnus becomes sick due to the influence of his father, Asmodeus, who is trying to get Magnus to summon him. When Alec understands this condition he asks others to go and find Jocelyn and meet Magnus and him in the center. As they moves on to find a way out, the walls begins to close in. They find a way out of it but was led to the two throne only to find Clary seated in one of them and others shocked.

Alec tries to hurt Sebastian once again but becomes again unsuccessful. To everyones relief, Clary then tricks 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 does. And it turns out to be Asmodeus, on of the Prince of Hell. Asmodeus then demands to take the warlocks immortality, which would kill him in return of transporting them back to Idris. Alec then wants to stay, to die with Magnus rather then go back to Idris. They share what seemed to be their last kiss. After Simon offers his immortality and memories of the Shadow Worlds taken from him instead of Magnus, they return back to Idris.

During the last scenes, Magnus apologizes for all that he did, and together they decides to make everyday count and over come the barriers of mortality and immorality. Magnus then gives him a journal of the important things in his life. Months later in the wedding held in Three Arrows Farm for Luke and Jocelyn, Robert says that he has been always proud of him and also reveals the feelings his parabatai Michael Wayland had for him. After this revelation, he tries to forgive his father for divorcing his mother and everything else.[10]


Despite their similar looks, Alec is very much the opposite of his sister in the sense that he is self-conscious and serious. In the special, "Kissed", 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 into the Court in City of Glass, 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, 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. 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 City of Glass, 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.


Magnus Bane

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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When Clary Fray, in City of Bones, tries to restore her lost memories, she figures out a man named Magnus Bane is the person who caused the block on her mind. When she and the group meet him at a party he is throwing, Magnus openly flirts with Alec upon seeing him, even flirtatiously asking Alec, "As for me," before winking at him. In a bonus scene of the novel, as seen on Cassandra Clare's official website, it is shown that Alec eventually gathered up the courage to confront him about their growing feelings for each other. Also when Alec reveals to Magnus that he has never kissed anyone, the two share their first kiss when Magnus kisses him before arranging for a date within the week; officially starting a secret relationship with Alec (since he was not ready to come out as gay yet).

When Clary confronts the Clave and proves her rune powers to them, the Rune she draws makes people see who they love the most. It is implied that Alec saw Magnus when she did this, as he looks confusedly from Clary to Magnus, who was standing beside him. Before the big battle between the Clave and Valentine's army of demons, Alec kisses Magnus in a crowded hall, finally publicly revealing his homosexuality to his parents and the Clave. In City of Fallen Angels, Alec is on a world tour with Magnus with stops in Germany, Austria, and France. Alec's resemblance to William Herondale is noted. Their relationship turns complicated when they have several fights about Magnus's past sexual history and Alec's mortality, finally facing the fact that Alec will age and die one day whereas Magnus will continue to live forever in his youth, but they eventually make up deciding to take things one step at a time. In one of the last scenes of City of Fallen Angels, they are seen kissing as they make up.

Their relationship once again becomes complicated throughout City of Lost Souls. Alec has difficulty getting over the fact that he will die some day whereas Magnus never would. Therefore, when given the chance, he goes to see Camille Belcourt. She reveals that there is no way to make him immortal (other than the typical options of using black magic and vampirism, which Alec both bluntly rejects using). However, she soon reveals that there is a way to take away Magnus's immortality. However Alec, unable to agree to her terms, refuses her offer. Despite this, when Magnus eventually discovers that Alec had even considered the offer at all, ends their relationship despite Alec's emotional pleas for one last chance. Magnus firmly tells Alec that while he loves him, he couldn't forgive him for even considering to shorten his life. He then tells him to gather his things from his apartment and to leave his key to the apartment on the table when he left, also severing ties altogether with him saying he never wanted to see him (or his friends and family in addition) ever again. The two share one final kiss before Magnus walks away, leaving a heartbroken and tearful Alec behind staring after him.

After the unexpected breakup, Alec keeps trying to contact Magnus and even gets his friends to speak on his behalf. Nevertheless Magnus keeps his distance, save for the occasion he kissed Alec on impulse. When Magnus gets kidnapped with other Council representative, Alec panics and goes along with his friends to the land of Edom, where after lot of struggles he finds Magnus and Luke. As Magnus was becoming weak, he tells other to go and helps out Magnus. After the death of Sebastian, Magnus finally summons his father to get his companions transported back to Idris, after a long conversation and agreeing on taking Simon's immortality and memories of the Shadow World from him instead of Magnus, they reaches back to Idris. By the end Alec and Magnus unites and when Magnus apologizes for keeping secrets from him, and makes up for it by giving him a book containing important events thought out Magnus life.


Isabelle Lightwood

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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.

Jace Herondale

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. In City of Fallen Angels, Alec consistently sends pictures of himself and Magnus to Jace from their travels. In City of Lost Souls, Alec was worried about Jace when he went missing, but he was happy when Jace returned to the Institute. In City of Heavenly Fire, 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 Lightwood

Max was Alec's younger brother. Alec seems to care and love his younger brother even though Max hero worshipped Jace instead of Alec. In City of Glass when Max was killed by Jonathan Morgenstern, 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 Lightwood

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 in City of Glass.

Robert Lightwood

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 revealed in City of Lost Souls. At the end of City of Heavenly Fire, 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.


Clary Fray

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 Lewis

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 Roberts

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 Penhallow

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 Blackthorn

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.


Alec's full name, Alexander, means 'defending men' in Greek.



  • When once asked of his fears, the only thing he could think of that scared him were spiders.[6]
  • 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 possibly adopt a child.[11][12][13]


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  • Alexander - Alec

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    • Clace&Sizzy4Ever wrote:Though I gotta wonder what would've happened if Cassie decided Alec's nickname was "Xander". "Mander" ...or possibly "Xanus"
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