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CJ 09 September Tessa
“It felt so real, so utterly real—”

This article depicts a subject within the Shadowhunters television series, and as such, it either does not play a role within or differs largely from the established continuity and canon of the books of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

Jace Wayland
Portrayed by Dominic Sherwood
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Biographical Information
Full name:

Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern

Status: Alive
AKA:
  • Jonathan Christopher Wayland
  • Wayland boy (by Magnus)
Affiliation
Kind:

Shadowhunter

Residence:

New York Institute

Relationships
Family:
Parabatai: Alec Lightwood
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue and brown
I am Valentine's weapon. You think he's just gonna let me go? He knows that you... You're my weakness.

–Jace to Clary, S2: Day of Wrath

Jace Wayland, born Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern, is a narcissistic, lethally gorgeous, determined and expert Shadowhunter as well as a skilled soldier in a war against demons. After being led to believe that his father was killed, Jace made it his life mission to seek revenge on the people responsible.

Biography

Early life

Jace, born Jonathan Christopher, is the son of Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fairchild. Before he was born, Jace was injected with pure demon blood while still in Jocelyn's womb.[1] As a child, Jocelyn saw the destruction and what she believed to be a natural inclination to bring death in him and slowly grew fearful of him.[2] After the Uprising, Valentine faked their deaths by setting fire to the Fairchild manor and was raised alone by his father.

He was led to believe that he was the son of Michael Wayland—whom Valentine posed as in his childhood—and that his mother died when he was a baby. When he was ten, Valentine faked his death,[3] leading the young Jace to believe he was killed by Valentine and partly because of the Circle's Uprising. Jace was then taken in by the Lightwoods and has since been raised at the New York Institute with other Shadowhunters. He and the Lightwood children have since come to treat each other as siblings,[4] and he was treated like a son by their parents, especially Maryse.[5] He became particularly close to Alec Lightwood, who eventually became his parabatai.[6]

Helping Clary

One evening, Jace decided to track one of the shape-shifting demons that has been killing mundanes, and draining them of blood. Alec wanted to get approval for their mission from the Clave, but Jace insisted that it wasn't necessary. With Alec and Isabelle, he followed the demon to the Pandemonium Club.

Outside, Jace encountered a girl who saw him, despite the glamour that would make him invisible to mundanes. His interest was piqued, even more so when the girl continued to follow them into the club. With Isabelle as a distraction for the other demons, Jace confronted the blood-peddling demon; it refused to tell him about his employer, and a fight broke out. Jace kept the girl away from harm's way, and after he, Alec, and Izzy defeated the demons, the girl ran off. Since a seraph blade lit up upon her touch, he became confident that she was a Shadowhunter like them.

Jace followed her and tracked her to her house, where she was being attacked by a shapeshifting Ravener demon demanding the Mortal Cup. He saved her and, noticing that she had been stung and potentially poisoned, took her back to the Institute. Almost certain that she was a Shadowhunter like them, he Marked her with an iratze just knowing that she would be able to bear it. Alec disapproved of his decision to take her in, but Jace insisted. While trying to explain things to her, he was truly surprised to hear that Clary was clueless about the Shadow World, but seemed intertwined with it nonetheless.

Jace then escorted Clary out of the Institute when a member of the Circle arrived and called her "Clary Fairchild" with intent to take her. Jace killed him in his father's name and accompanied Clary and her mundane friend Simon into the Institute, with the promise that he will help her find her mother.[7] Jace decided to introduce her to their trainer and ex-Circle member, Hodge Starkweather, to enlighten them about the circumstances.

In an attempt to unlock her seemingly blocked memories, Jace suggested that Clary be taken to the City of Bones. Though the others were initially reluctant, Clary agreed. Jace accompanied her in, and Clary learned that she was Valentine's daughter.[4] She also saw that a man named Magnus took her memories as a child. The group lured Magnus out of hiding with a party and while the warlock initially refused to help them, he eventually agreed when the group helped him fight off Circle members that attacked their safe haven. Magnus told them that he fed Clary's memories to a memory demon, Valak, whom they subsequently summoned. When Alec surrendered a memory of "the one [he] loved most," Alec panicked when it showed a memory of Jace. Because of the broken summoning seal, the demon attacked and grabbed Jace. With his life at risk, Clary decided to sacrifice her memories and banished the demon to save him.[8]

With Luke's help, they were eventually able to retrieve the Cup for the Clave. During the course of their search, Jace and Clary also grew closer and developed feelings for one another, culminating in a kiss in the middle of the Institute after Clary thought she'd killed Jace.[9]

During one incident, Jace, Clary, and Isabelle helped the Seelie Meliorn escape from the hands of the Shadowhunters who were taking him to the City of Bones for interrogation. Indebted to them, Meliorn helped them find Valentine with Clary's Portal shard. He opened a door to another dimension that would lead them to Valentine. Though Meliorn had Jace stay behind at first, when a Ravener demon was able to fight its way past them and into the dimension, Meliorn allowed him to follow Clary. There, Jace was severely injured and poisoned by the demon, but they found the Portal leading to Valentine's hideout just in time. Once there, they found Jace's father, Michael Wayland, imprisoned.[10] They freed him, and together they Portaled to the Jade Wolf to ask the Downworlders for help to heal Jace.

In their search for Valentine and Jocelyn, Michael told them that Valentine was hiding out at Renwick's. There, the deception was revealed when, after being handed a fake Cup by Clary, Valentine revealed his Shape-shifting rune and told Jace that he had been his father, merely disguised as Michael Wayland, all along. He told Jace and Clary that they were both his children and thus were siblings.[3]

When Hodge betrayed them by giving the Cup to Valentine, Jace and the others hunted him down. Jace met with Valentine but was unable to bring himself to kill him. When Valentine later returned and threatened the lives of Clary, Jace, and Isabelle if he didn't join him, Jace agreed, feeling as if he had no choice but to do as he asked.[11]

Wanted man

Jace tried to escape from Valentine shortly after joining him and was severely punished for it. Despite Valentine's numerous attempts to get him to believe in his cause, Jace remained disillusioned. Valentine eventually told Jace about his demon blood, devastating him.[1] When Clary was brought onboard Valentine's ship, Jace was briefly convinced after a spellbound Clary told him that he was the key to saving the world from Downworlders, but the pair escaped with the help of Clary's warlock friend, Dot.[2]

Despite their escape, they were separated and washed up at distant shores, with Jace ending up near Gretel Monroe, a werewolf Valentine killed. Seen by a mundane, Jace became the primary suspect in her death and was hunted by Gretel's pack for justice. When Jace contacted Isabelle, he found out that Alec was rendered unconscious in his latest attempt to track him and needed his presence—as his parabatai—to survive. With the help of the others, Jace was able to escape the wrath of the werewolves and got to Alec in time to save him, but he was arrested after this.[6]

He was imprisoned in the City of Bones and was interrogated by Victor Aldertree—the Instiute's new head who initiated the hunt for him—with the Soul-Sword. Because Jace told him—compelled by the sword to tell the truth—that he would be unable to pledge unconditional loyalty to the Clave, and that he believed in some of Valentine's goals, for his testimony, Aldertree told him that he would recommend to the Clave a life imprisonment sentence for him. Later, Valentine infiltrated the City of Bones and killed the Silent Brothers to get the Sword. Jace was unable to go after Valentine as he prioritized saving Aldertree, and the pair returned to the Institute after.[12]

For this, Jace was exonerated of his crimes. Nonetheless, his fellow Shadowhunters at the Institute began to look at him with contempt, knowing that he had demon blood.[13] Jace was benched by Aldertree and assigned to ichor duty—a menial task typically given to newbie grunts. Knowing that this was because of Aldertree's personal opinions of him and would not change any time soon, Jace left and sought Magnus's apartment as a place to stay.[14]

Personality

Seen as narcissistic, gorgeous, determined and an expert Shadowhunter, Jace is a natural-born leader and is Alec's second-in-command whenever on assignment with him and Isabelle. Jace is headstrong and often prefers to act first and ask permission later. He is incredibly loyal to his allies and will stop at nothing to help and save them when necessary.

As the adoptive son of Maryse and Robert, he has a fierce love for his adoptive family, especially his adoptive siblings Alec and Isabelle, whom he can be quite protective of. Much like most of his kind, apparently, however, Jace views love and feelings as a distraction from their mission, though he is not completely averse to it either.

Jace is usually sarcastic and humorous, but also has a temper, as seen with his recurring arguments with Alec, and can also be impatient and easily annoyed, particularly by Simon whom he simply cannot get along with.

Skills and abilities

  • Nephilim physiology: Being Nephilim, Jace possesses a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to him by the angel blood of Raziel in his veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Gray Book. This includes enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, and coordination, which continue to improve over time and practice.
    • The Sight: As a Shadowhunter, Jace is naturally and easily able to see through most magical illusions and layers of glamour over reality.
    • 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.
    • Use of heavenly weapons: As a Shadowhunter, Jace is also able to perform tasks unique to their species, such as the ability to use and call on the power of angels for their seraph blades, as well as to handle any heavenly weapons or objects with effect, which would normally not work for other species. In particular, these are tools made of adamas and forged by Iron Sisters.
  • Parabatai bond: Due to his parabatai bond with Alec Lightwood, Jace is able to call on more strength in battle and is able to use certain runes or magic exclusive to parabatai. The runes drawn on him by, or shared with, Alec also give a considerably stronger effect.
  • Demonic blood empowerment: Because Jace has pure demon blood, due to performed on him as an unborn child, Jace has enhanced strength, speed, and others superior to those of normal Shadowhunters'. However, this not only made him physically stronger but, according to Valentine, is also said to affect his psyche.
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant: Jace is highly skilled in armed and unarmed combat.
  • Expert swordsman: Jace is highly skilled and proficient in swordsmanship.

Possessions

Appearances

Season One appearances: 13/13
The Mortal Cup:
Appears
The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy:
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Dead Man's Party:
Appears
Raising Hell:
Appears
Moo Shu to Go:
Appears
Of Men and Angels:
Appears
Major Arcana:
Appears
Bad Blood:
Appears
Rise Up:
Appears
This World Inverted:
Appears
Blood Calls To Blood:
Appears
Malec:
Appears
Morning Star:
Appears
Season Two appearances: 20/20
This Guilty Blood:
Appears
A Door Into the Dark:
Appears
Parabatai Lost:
Appears
Day of Wrath:
Appears
Dust and Shadows:
Appears
Iron Sisters:
Appears
How Are Thou Fallen:
Appears
Love is a Devil:
Appears
Bound By Blood:
May be featured
By the Light of Dawn:
May be featured
TBA 2x11:
May be featured
TBA 2x12:
May be featured
TBA 2x13:
May be featured
TBA 2x14:
May be featured
TBA 2x15:
May be featured
TBA 2x16:
May be featured
TBA 2x17:
May be featured
TBA 2x18:
May be featured
TBA 2x19:
May be featured
TBA 2x20:
May be featured

Trivia

References

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