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|Portrayed by Robert Sheehan|
|Nickname/s:||Si (by Rebecca)|
|Allegiance:|| Lightwood family |
|Family:|| Elaine Lewis (mother)|
Rebecca Lewis (sister)
Unnamed other sibling
|Eye color:|| Brown|
- "All that running and getting nowhere... Story of my life."
- —Simon's thoughts, City of Fallen Angels
Simon Lewis is Clary's best friend. A mundane when they were originally introduced to the Shadow World, Simon has since been turned into a vampire and is now a Daylighter, a vampire that can walk in the daylight.
Early Life Edit
Simon is the second child, born into a Jewish family, after his sister Rebecca. When he was six, he met Clary and the two soon became best friends. He soon developed romantic feelings for her and pined for her for the next 10 years without voicing his feelings.
Meeting Shadowhunters Edit
Simon had long been planning to tell Clary how he felt for her but never quite found the right moment. One night, at the Pandemonium Club, things turn for the worse when Clary claims to see people he can't; one of them being particularly interested in Clary. When Clary's mother disappears and the Shadowhunters finally reveal themselves, both are thrown into the strange Shadow World.
The day after the Pandemonium Club incident; while at Java Jones, listening to Eric’s poetry reading, Simon is ready to tell Clary about his feelings towards her, when at that moment she sees Jace sitting behind her. He gets up to leave and waves at her. Clary knows that Simon can’t see Jace, so she follows him out the door telling Simon she will be right back. Simon does not see her until three days later, when Simon was hiding in Luke’s backyard and is apprehended by Jace, thinking he was an intruder. Clary and Jace where at Luke’s house to sneak in through the back door. Simon is upset at Clary for her sudden disappearance, lack of communication and accuses her of shacking up with Jace. Clary tells Simon about the Shadow World and everything that has happened and Simon in turn explains that Luke said she had gone upstate to stay with relatives and had scene Luke pack a bag full of weapons. Simon knew something was wrong and had decided to keep an eye on Luke’s house. They break into Luke’s house and while inside Simon notices that Luke is on his way back and they manage to hide. Luke returns along with two men that Jace recognizes.
Later Simon is brought along because of Clary's insistence, to the New York Institute by Jace and Clary. There, he met the beautiful Isabelle Lightwood with whom Simon showed interest in, hoping to make Clary jealous. Over dinner Simon also meets Hodge Starkweather and Alexander Lightwood. The next morning, after Clary and Jace met with the Silent Brothers, the gang meets for breakfast at Tacki’s, including Simon who had shown up at the Institute. After which Simon and Isabelle go to Central Park to see the faerie circles.
After meeting the others, Simon gets his first taste of the Downworld at a party thrown by Magnus Bane which they attend seeking answers for Clary. After drinking a blue drink, while with Isabelle, Simon turned into a rat and was taken by a vampire, thinking he was one of theirs. Jace and Clary break into the vampire's lair, Hotel Dumort to save Simon. While fighting with the vampires the Werewolves also break into the hotel looking for Clary. During the raid to save him from the vampires, Simon bit Raphael Santiago, a vampire, unwittingly making him a darkling. Jace, Clary and Simon return to the Institute, where a furious Hodge is waiting for them. He lectures them on their actions and ends up tending to their injuries.
Simon soon learns of Clary's growing affection for Jace. After a heated argument with her, Simon finally tells her how he feels and leaves before she could respond. When Clary needed his help afterwards, though, he still obliged, borrowing his friend Eric's van and drove them to Madame Dorothea. He also saved the Shadowhunters from the Greater Demon Abbadon, the demon of the Abyss.
When Simon and the gang were lead to believe that Clary and Jace were siblings, Simon finally attempted to form a romantic relationship with Clary. 
Throughout the first half of City of Ashes, Simon constantly feels sick and soon comes to the conclusion that he might be changing into a vampire. Simon subconsciously goes to the Hotel Dumort and is bitten and nearly killed by Raphael’s clan, but is saved by Raphael. Raphael takes what is left of Simon to the Institute and gives Clary, Jace, and Isabelle the option to either let Simon die or have him resurrected as a vampire. Clary decides it would be best to bury him in a Jewish cemetery and let him rise as a vampire.
Simon had just been turned into a vampire when he is kidnapped by Valentine and taken to his ship along with Maia for the Ritual of Infernal Conversion. Valentine drained him of his blood, but not enough to kill him. He was found by Jace Lightwood, who ultimately gave him his blood, unwittingly giving Simon the ability to walk in the sun, giving him his title "Daylighter".
Imprisoned in IdrisEdit
In City of Glass, Simon goes to the Institute to meet with Jace. While there, the Institute is attacked by Forsaken. He is injured, so Jace bring him along through the portal and into Alicante with them. The Lightwoods are led to believe that Simon will be sent back to New York through a portal; But instead he is locked up by Inquisitor Aldertree at the Gard when he refuses to lie for him, against the Lightwoods. Aldertree uses Jewish religious symbols to hold Simon prisoner by carving them into the cell bars and walls. While imprisoned he commiserates with his neighbor in the cell next to his, who calls himself Samuel Blackburn. Samuel tells Simon that the name "Daylighter" is a Downwordler word and that there are legends about it.
Raphael appears in Simon's cell as a projection and tells him that he is a valuable commodity now and Downworlders want to get their hands on him but that to him, he is an abomination and a danger to vampire kind for being able to walk in sunlight. He tells Simon that when he is set free, if he disappears and hides he will not harm him. Simons refuses Raphael's offer. After Valentine's sends demons to attack Alicante Jace, Clary and Alec, free Simon and Samuel, who turns out to be Hodge Starkweather. Jace and Alec confront Hodge. While Hodge confesses to them Valentine's plan, "Sebastian" kills Hodge. They realize that Sebastian is a spy for Valentine and a fight ensues where Sebastian proves to be stronger then all of them. Simon bit him during the fight and comments that Sebastian's blood tastes like poison.
The Mark of CainEdit
The Clave decided to fight Valentine, by using Clary's binding rune for Shadowhunters and Downworlders to share their powers and fight beside each other. Raphael shows up as a projection at the Hall of Accords and tells Luke, Jocelyn and Clary that The Night Children will fight in the battle only if they give him Simon. They refuse to hand Simon over to Raphael. Luke tells Raphael that he will not buy the vampires corporation with an innocent life. Raphael vanishes. Simon having watched from behind a pillar and listened to the conversation, takes Clary aside and asks her to mark him with The first Mark, The Mark of Cain. Clary initially tells Simon no, but Simon insists and reminds her that he is now a vampire, a Downworlder and she is a Shadowhunter and that the fight belongs to both of them. Simon also states that he is doing it for the vampires, so they won't be left out of the new Council. A reluctant Clary, realizing that he will turn himself over to Raphael with or without her help, Marks him.
Maia then leads Simon through the forest in Idris to the vampire camp. Raphael upon seeing Simon tells Maia to let Luke know that they will fight. Once Maia has left, Raphael proceeds to try to Kill Simon. Simon stops Raphael and points out the The first Mark, The Mark of Cain. Raphael thinks that Luke has played a trick on him; then Simon explains that it was him who chose it. Raphael is baffled and talks to him about Cain's punishment. Once Raphael and the vampires have accepted that they can't kill Simon, they tell him that he will have to fight along side them in the battle.
Prior to the beginning of City of Fallen Angels, Simon had been dating both Isabelle and Maia at the same time. Unable to tell both about the other, he continues dating them, unsure of how serious the girls are about him.
While on a date with Isabelle in a diner called Veselka, they notice two men staring at them. Isabelle states that they are human subjugates, half human servants that vampires use to help them feed. Isabelle becomes protective of Simon, even calling herself his girlfriend, when the subjugates approach Simon and ask him to come with them under orders from their master. Simon goes with the human subjugates, Archer and Walker thinking that its Raphael summoning him. It turns out that it was Camille Belcourt. She makes him an offer to join her against Raphael, which he tells her he needs time to think it over.
The following day at Eric's garage, the band now knows that Simon is a vampire, and they discuss Simon’s “sexy vampire mojo”, as dubbed by Kirk, in reference to Simon dating Isabelle and Maia at the same time. "Kyle", under the pretense that he found one of Matt’s old fliers, applies to sing with the band. Clary convinces Simon and the others to let Kyle try out, and points out that he is good looking. Later that day after he drops Clary off at Luke’s house Simon is attacked by a guy in a track suit. Simon thinks it's a mugger. The Mark protects him and kills the mugger.
Back at home, Simon is confronted by his mother. While he tried to explain to her that even though he is a vampire, he is still her son, he realized that his mother was afraid of him, so he left. Simon then contacted Raphael, asking him for help. Raphael won't help him because he doesn't act like his kind, a vampire, he points out that he has not accepted that he is dead. Simon then hints that he has had other offers and was going to tell him about Camille but decided not to. Simon ended up sleeping in Eric's garage where Kyle then appeared, apparently looking for his keys. Kyle then offers him a place to stay.
Personality and traits Edit
Prior to their lives being changed by the Shadowhunter world, Simon was an open geek and the bass player of a garage band. He was described as cute but doesn't even realize it. He had been a vegetarian since he was 10 years old. He also often quoted different "nerdy" things, like Dungeons and Dragons. He can be sarcastic and describes himself as witty and ironic.
At one point after being turned into a vampire, he started dating Isabelle and Maia at the same time. Isabelle somehow excited him and intimidated him. She had forced him out of his geeky clothing. He liked Maia, on the other hand, because she was grounded and genuine and still likes doing normal things, treating and making Simon feel normal. And yet, even though he liked both girls at the same time, he admits that both girls are opposites.
Simon struggles with having been turn into a vampire. He forgets to feed and one could say he even avoids it. He does not associate with other vampires nor does he have knowledge about their kind. He tries to lead a normal human life since he can walk in daylight. He doesn't understand how Raphael and Camille can use the word "God". When it relates to his Jewish faith he feels like he has been stripped of his "self-possession”.
Simon Lewis has demonstrated that he can be courageous, in City of Bones, he saves Jace, Alec, Isabelle and Clary by using Alec's bow against the Greater Demon Abbadon. He has experience in Archery (six years of archery camp). In City of Ashes, Simon is transformed not only into a vampire and subsequently into the Daylighter but you see him get bolder and stand up to Valentine. In City of Glass Simon not only evidences his loyalty and bravery but also his understanding of his unique position and uses it, when he asks Clary to put "The First Mark, The Mark of Cain" on him so he can be protected from Raphael and the other vampires that want him dead. Simon does this so he can turn himself over to the vampires and induce the vampires to fight along side the rest of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Simon wanted to insure that the Night Children would be a part of the new Council. In City of Fallen Angels Simon is willing to sacrifice his life to save Clary and Jace by giving up his blood as demanded by Lilith, who want to resurrect Sebastian/Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern. Simon can be considered Heroic when in City of Lost Souls, he is willing to raise the Angel Raziel in order to save Jace, he ends up giving up The Mark, "The Mark of Cain" to the Angel in exchange for the sword of the Archangel Michael "Glorious" which separates Jace from Sebastian (Jonathan). Simon does this knowing that Raphael has sworn that if he ever looses The Mark, that Raphael will be first inline to kill him, Simon proves that he is selfless and truly cares for his friends in doing this.
- Superhuman Strength: After his Turning, Simon overpowered Clary with ease. Later, even after being deprived of blood, he was able to overpower Jace. Jace described Simon's strength as being like iron bars holding him in place.
- Superhuman Speed: Simon can run at speeds comparable to Shadowhunters. His reflexes are similarly heightened.
- Heightened Senses: After his Turning, his vision improved beyond 20/20 and he no longer needed glasses. He can see in complete darkness, smell blood from a few yards away, and hear whispered comments from some distance away with perfect clarity.
- Angel Blood: The angel blood Simon received from Jace made him different from other vampires—a Daylighter.
- Daywalking: Being a Daylighter, Simon has the ability to walk in full daylight.
- Resurrection: Aside from being able to walk in sunlight, Lilith tells him that, as a Daylighter, he has the power to bring back the dead because he is a vampire with Angel Blood running through his body. Despite this, Simon is required to use this ability sparingly, as the balance between the light and the dark, life and death, is tampered with when people are brought back to life.
Love Interests Edit
|“||Bat says I shouldn't be so hard on you. He says guys do stupid things when girls are involved. Especially geeky ones who previously haven't had much luck with women.||”|
When Simon first met her soon after his introduction to the Shadowworld, he became smitten with her, Jace even commenting in humor to Clary that "she'd walk all over Simon in seven inch boots". Isabelle would begin with taking some interest in Simon mostly out of curiousity at the "mundie". Eventually after Clary criticized his being smitten with Isabelle as a response to her affection for Jace, Simon would claim that he did so in order to cause jealousy. After the events of COB, Isabelle begins to sincerely warm up to Simon and beginning to form a friendship with him. During the later events of COG, their relationship begins to become much closer after Simon comforts her in the wake of her grief and guilt over the loss of her younger brother Max. A few months after the Mortal War, it's revealed that they've begun a flirtatious relationship and have been dating for a while (although it is not exclusive and the two even see other people). Their relationship would suffer a blow after her and Maia's discovery over each other's relationship with Simon, as she felt it was wrong as she'd personally known Maia whereas she didn't go out with anyone he actually knew. However, it is hinted at this may have triggered Isabelle's slow realization that she has genuine feelings for Simon. Despite the setback, their relationship would soon recover. During the events of COLS, they become even closer in the wake of her parents' marital troubles and they both even begin to have romantic feelings for the other, though they each show reluctence (especially on Isabelle's part) to disclose this to one another.
Clary and Simon have been best friends since they were six. Although Simon eventually developed feelings for Clary, Clary only saw him as a close friend, almost like brother. At one point, Simon professes his love for Clary, and while she initially rejected him for Jace, she eventually tried to have a relationship with him. Simon's heart is soon broken when he realizes that she is only going out with him for the sake of attempting to get over Jace (during the time period that they believed each other to be siblings). Furious over this, he storms off and away to think. The two eventually make amends and, while their relationship failed, they still remain close friends.
The two would meet in COA soon after the ending of his and Clary's attempt at being a couple. The two would begin to form a friendship based off of the shared experience upon Valentine's ship (not to mention Maia being the only werewolf in Luke's pack of similar age to Simon). Soon after the events of the Mortal War in Idris, their friendship turned into one of dating (despite Simon also dating Isabelle simultaneously even though Maia knew her). Eventually, at one of his friend Eric's band performances both Maia and Isabelle would discover Simon's duplicity and become angered at him. Despite her disapointment at Simon's actions, she would contiue to be friends with Simon and eventually began a relationship with Simon's new friend/ case handler and roommate Jordan Kyle.
Simon Lewis would first encounter Jace Lightwood (as Wayland) through Clary and after the latter's encounter in Luke's house during City of Bones. While at first turned off by Jace and even calling him an asshole, Simon eventually begins to warm up to Jace to the extent that they consider each other somewhat irritating. Throughout the succeeding books, the two come to respect one another (and even watch each other's back) since both of them care for and are cared for by Clary (though they treat each other as friends in all but name). Jace would even save Simon's life through feeding him his own blood (COA), to which Simon would repay the favor by saving both Clary and Jace from Lilith, and risking his life by summoning Raziel in order to save Jace in COLS.
Jordan would show up in Simon's life mysteriously one day as Simon was at one of Eric's band practices introducing himself by his surname, Kyle. After the two got aquainted with each other (and after Simon realized he couldn't stay with with his mother anymore) Kyle invited Simon to stay at his place and become roomates. He would also be one of those voicing their disaproval at Simon for his dating Maia and Isabelle simultaneously. Kyle would eventually be reavealed to be a member of the Praetor Lupus and that Simon is his first case. As a result, Kyle would do his utmost to make sure that Simon wouldn't end up in a situation where his blood instinct would take over, at this Kyle would do pretty well until Simon once bit a girl named Maureen. Thier friendship would become a bit murky when Simon discovered his past with Maia, and that he misinformed him about his name which was Jordan Kyle. The friendship would quickly recover in no time as if nothing had happend and Jordan would end up as something of a member of the group Simon later dubbed, "Team Good"
Simon Lewis was portrayed by Robert Sheehan in the film adaptation of City of Bones. Cassandra Clare made this update public through her Tumblr, a while after Robert had a chemistry test with Jamie and Lily. On the same post, Cassandra stated that she had always wanted Robert, of Misfits fame, to play Simon.
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- According to Lilith, Simon is not the first Daylighter to be created.
- Raziel referred to Simon as "Simon Maccabeus"; according to him, Simon carries the blood of the Maccabees, and their faith, calling him a "Warrior of Heaven". Raziel expressed this as a means of complimenting him—referring to his faith and his bravery.