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Hodge Starkweather
Portrayed by Jared Harris
Biographical Information
Age: Middle Aged
Status: Deceased
Alias: Samuel Blackburn
Species: Shadowhunter
Residence: New York Institute
Home: Idris
Allegiance: The Circle
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Gray
Eye color: Gray
Blue (movie)
Can't you see, Clary, that in my own way I'm trying to be a good man?

–Hodge, City of Bones

Hodge Starkweather was a tutor at the New York Institute. He had been a member of the Circle and, as punishment for not leaving before the Uprising, the Clave cursed him so that he could never leave the Institute in New York. When Valentine Morgenstern returned to power, Hodge gave him the Mortal Cup so that he would lift his curse.

History Edit

Early Life Edit

Hodge Starkweather was born to a poor family in Idris. He had been schooled in Alicante, and was a loner during his time there. When Valentine came to him, offering to train and befriend him, Hodge eagerly accepted and joined the Circle.

Hodge was a member of the Circle. He was skilled with the chakrams when fighting and was fiercely loyal to the Circle. When Valentine asked him to, Hodge helped deliver Jace Herondale and watched him for a few days until Valentine could get things settled with him.

Hodge was one of Valentine Morgenstern's foot soldiers during the Uprising. Apparently Valentine told him that Hodge was his most-trusted follower in The Circle. During the fight, he sustained a wound to one of his shoulders that was still sensitive sixteen years later. When the Uprising ended, the Nephilim put a curse on him to keep him trapped in the New York Institute; away from Idris as punishment in particular.

When Jace arrived at the New York Institute, Hodge received a letter from Valentine, via Hugin the raven, telling Hodge that Jace was his son. However he did not know if Jace was Valentine's biological or adopted son.

Hodge, who is a professor of history, has tutored Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, as well as Jace, since they were children. Because of that, the three young Shadowhunters trusted him completely.

The Mortal InstrumentsEdit

City of BonesEdit

He betrayed Jace, Clary, and the others in order to give the Mortal Cup to Valentine. After receiving the Cup, Valentine set Hodge free from his binding curse. Hodge fled the Institute, and Clary pursued. After a quick chase, Clary managed to corner Hodge, but to no avail. Hodge attempted to kill Clary with his weapon of choice - the chakrams - and was stopped by Luke, before he could hurt her. After taking a blow from Luke (who appeared as a wolf at the time), Luke thought that he may have nicked a rib and when he came back for Hodge's body, he was gone. They assumed that he was strong enough to drag himself away.

City of GlassEdit

He went to Alicante at one point to try to warn the Clave about Valentine. They did not believe him and he was imprisoned at the Gard. There, he introduces himself as Samuel Blackburn to Simon, who is imprisoned by Inquisitor Aldertree in the next cell, telling him a slightly fabricated story about his allegiance to Valentine. However he is forced to reveal himself to Jace and the others, when they arrive to rescue Simon. They are shocked when they realize who he is, but he tells them about Valentine's plans with the Mortal Instruments and that the Mortal Mirror is Lake Lyn. Sebastian overhears this and kills him afterwards. He tries to tell Jace that he wasn't Valentine's son, but died before he could.

Personality Edit

Hodge and Hugin.
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Hodge is a man of intellect. He spends much of his time reading and learning. He is also a determined individual. When he was cursed, he spent sixteen years looking for a way to free himself, despite knowing what it might cost him. He was shaped by those around him. He had known Valentine, his only friend, and his influence rubbed off on Hodge. It made him much more manipulative and secretive because he didn't have any positive influences to learn from.

Exiled and banned from Idris, cursed never to leave the New York Institute, Hodge grew bitter about the fact that his former fellow Circle members Robert and Maryse Lightwood were not punished the same way, leading him to again help aid Valentine by retrieving the Mortal Cup for him in exchange for his freedom.

Despite Hodge's many negative traits, he did care for the Lightwoods and Jace, all of whom he had spent years with. Even as he betrayed the Clave, Hodge did everything in his power to save Alec's life. He was also never sure if Jace really was Valentine's or Celine's son, so he just did his best to raise into as good a person he could make him. In the end, he went to Idris to warn the Clave of the attack that Valentine planned, yet they imprisoned him and ignored his warnings.

Physical description Edit

He has a thick scar up the right side of his face, possibly obtained during the Uprising. Clary Fray describes Hodge as a "thin man with grey-streaked hair and a long beaky nose". When she met him, he was wearing a neat, grey, tweed suit.

Trivia Edit

  • His main weapon was the chakram, a flat, sharp disk.
  • He took control of Valentine's raven Hugin after his supposed "death".
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