|Full name:||Gideon Arthur Lightwood|
|Age:|| 20 (as of 1878)|
60/61 (at time of death)
|Status:|| Alive (as of 1903)|
Deceased (by 1919)
|Family:|| Benedict Lightwood † (father)|
Barbara Pangborn † (mother)
Gabriel Lightwood (brother)
Tatiana Lightwood (sister)
Sophie Collins (wife)
Barbara Lightwood (daughter)
Eugenia Lightwood (daughter)
Thomas Lightwood (son)
Cecily Herondale (sister-in-law)
Anna Lightwood (niece)
Christopher Lightwood (nephew)
Alexander Lightwood (nephew)
Rupert Blackthorn † (brother-in-law)
Jesse Blackthorn † (nephew)
Grace Blackthorn (adoptive niece)
|Hair color:||Sandy blond|
Early life Edit
Gideon Arthur Lightwood was born the eldest of three children, the others being Gabriel Lightwood and Tatiana Lightwood. Their mother died when he was five years old, and the story of her death that their father told them never made sense to him. Raised by their father, Gideon and his siblings grew up believing all Shadowhunters were like Benedict, who flouts convention and the Law, and they all acted like it. Gideon, however, had apparently never been happy in London, calling their home a miserable place ever since his mother's death.
Gideon was about fifteen when he met Will Herondale at a Christmas party held at the London Institute. His sister, Tatiana, was hopelessly infatuated with Will. When Will humiliated her by reading her diary in front of the entire Enclave, Gideon and Gabriel developed a deep loathing for Will, though Gideon was fairly calmer about it than his brother.
When he completed his Shadowhunter training at eighteen, Gideon opted to travel to another Institute and settled in Madrid, Spain. Gabriel was shocked to realize that all Shadowhunters weren't as pompous as his father and was apparently treated like a monster until he realized the wrongness of the principles he was brought up with and changed his ways.
Return to London Edit
Around a year after he left, Gideon was called back from Madrid by his father, told that he was needed at home and must return immediately. Though he no longer agreed with his father's decisions and principles and wanted to stay away, he decided to return to London, if only in hopes of helping and saving his brother, Gabriel, from their father's further brainwashing.
Upon arriving, Gideon began attending Council meetings with his father and brother. During one meeting in particular, he and Gabriel were charged with the responsibility of training the untrained residents of the London Institute, particularly Sophie Collins and Tessa Gray.
At one point, his father, Benedict, threw a party at their Chiswick manor to honor, and impress, the Magister. Seeing the demon guests and automaton servants, it was only then that Gideon realized just how far Benedict had gone in terms of his fraternization with demons, much to his horror. He also eventually learned of his father's worsening condition due to his illness, the demon pox, as well as Benedict's deal with Mortmain in an attempt to heal himself.
During the training sessions at the Institute, though the brothers were initially frustrated with the assigned task, Gideon found himself enjoying the company of the servant Sophie, whom he personally trained. The two grew to be very close.
Still disgusted and disturbed by his father's actions, Gideon decided to share his information on Benedict with Sophie after meeting with her for a picnic at Hyde Park, wanting to gain her trust and favor. At that point, Gideon had begun to express his feelings for her a bit more openly, though he constantly failed as Sophie still felt skeptical about forming any sort of relationship with him, given their social statuses and his father's indiscretions and challenges against the Institute.
He and Sophie began to meet when Sophie wasn't working. Sophie began to greatly love him, and he her. When the Shadowhunters of the London Institute needed someone to watch the Institute while they were out, Sophie recommended Gideon. He then became the one that they often called when needing someone to watch the Institute.
Before Tessa and the rest of the institute leave to meet Nate Gray (under the guise of Jessamine) Tessa catches Gideon and Sophie sharing an intimate moment in the hallway, worrying Tessa and prompting her to warn Sophie about him. Gideon was murmuring into her ear and brushing strands of her hair away from her face. He and Sophie watched the institute while the others were gone.
After Nate's death Gideon confessed to Sophie something he had only just found out, his father had Demon Pox. Mortmain claimed to have a cure, hence why Benedict worked with him. Just before Charlotte is about to hand over the institute to Benedict, Sophie reveals this to everyone at the institute. He is present when Charlotte, Tessa and Will go to the Lightwood manor to confront his father. When the members of the Institute came to blackmail his father, Gideon sided with them in the confrontation. He feared the future of the Enclave, the London Shadowhunter force, if his father became head of the Institute. Then, he left with the Institute Shadowhunters, deciding to take up residence at the Institute. He stands up to his father after finding out that his mother died from contracting the Pox from him, making him repsonsible for her suicide, and for lying to him about it his whole life. This essentially ends his relationship with his father. Benedict is then blackmailed into retracting his request for the London Institute. He tried to convince his brother Gabriel to join him at the institute, but he tefuses out of shame and loyalty to his father. Gideon is disappointed by this, but implies his brother is always welcome to join him, convinced that eventually Gabriel will see reason. He sat with the Institute Shadowhunters at the Council meeting.
Automaton War Edit
He is still in love with Sophie, and thus hid the scones that Sophie had to carry around, under his bed, this makes Sophie angry because he was making her overwork. However, Gideon later proposes marriage to Sophie, and she agrees.
In Cadair Idris, he fought alongside Gabriel, and returned alive.
After he denounced his father, Gideon moves into the institute. This strains his relationship with Sophie Collins, who doesn't think their flirtation can continue while they are living under the same roof. She doesn't want him to see her working as a maid, and since he now resides at the institute she has ro serve him. However, Gideon is still very much in love with Sophie, and asked her to bring him scones so that he could see her. After his father has succumbed to demon pox, resulting in his transformation into a giant worm demon. After slaying the worm/Benedict he returns to the London institute with his brother, Gabriel, who assisted him and the institute in the killing. After delivering scones to him one evening, Sophie comforts him about the loss of his father but notices all the previous scones hidden under his bed. Gideon explained that he used the scones as an excuse to see Sophie and that he didn't think of the extra work she had to do in order to make them. Furious, she leaves. Gabriel then teases him, and gideon threw a scone at him.
He and Gabriel are the approached by consul Wayland, who asks them to intercept Charlotte's mail and tell him who she iscorrespondingg with, in fear she is becoming defiant. Gideon and Gabriel agree, but send the consul false information, talking about her many floral hats and her lack of feminine care regarding her uncles illness. Sophie catches them, and before she reports them, Gideon explains that he was protecting Charlotte. He then shows Sophie their letters and she laughs, and all their earlier tension is resolved. He later declares his love for Sophie and his intention of marriage In front of everyone. However, she demands a proper proposal where he asks her. He then recites a heartfelt proposal, which she accepts. In Cadair, Idris, Gideon fights alongside Gabriel and returns alive. He later is present for Sophiess ascension, where he wtaches proudly and is noted to be clapping the loudest.
Later life Edit
While the Lightwoods became a laughing stock because of his father's actions, Gideon and Gabriel worked hard to regain their family's honor, which they eventually accomplished.
Physical description Edit
Gideon is said to be very attractive; he is very muscular and has thick, sandy-blond hair and grayish-green eyes.
Gideon is exceptionally different from the rest of his family. Like his mother, Gideon is mature and kind-hearted, as well as quiet in nature and typically calm. He is known to be a fairly good teacher to Sophie and he is far less rash than his brother. He is shown to care very deeply for his brother, returning to London, though he hated his father's home, just to help his brother.
- Clockwork Angel (first mentioned)
- Clockwork Prince (first appearance)
- Clockwork Princess
- The Midnight Heir (mentioned only)
- According to the found family tree, Gideon died some time in 1919, at the age of 60 or 61.