|“||Magnus tells me I was a hero. And I see on your face when you're looking at me that you're searching for that guy. The guy you knew who was a hero, who did great things. I don't remember doing those things. I don't know if that makes me not a hero anymore. But I'd like to try to be that guy again.||”|
Simon Lovelace, born Simon Lewis, is Clary Fairchild's best friend. A mundane when they were originally introduced to the Shadow World, Simon was once turned into a vampire, and later to a Daylighter. After a turn of events, Simon's immortality was taken away, along with his memories. To help him regain these memories, Simon Ascended and became a Shadowhunter himself.
Simon was born into a Jewish family in New York. He is the second and youngest child of Elaine Lewis and her late husband, after his sister Rebecca. When he was six, he met Clary Fray and the pair became inseparable best friends. He soon developed romantic feelings for her and pined for her for the next ten years without voicing his feelings.
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 turned for the worse when Clary claimed to see people he couldn't; one of them being particularly interested in Clary. When Clary's mother disappeared and the Shadowhunters finally revealed themselves, both were thrown into the strange Shadow World.
The day after the Pandemonium Club incident; while at Java Jones, listening to Eric's poetry reading, Simon was just about to tell Clary about his feelings for her, when at that moment, Clary left to confront Jace, the Shadowhunter she met at the Pandemonium Club, whom Simon couldn't see. Simon did not see her until three days later, when Simon was hiding in Luke's backyard and was apprehended by Jace, thinking he was an intruder. Clary and Jace wanted to sneek in through the back door. Simon was upset at Clary for her sudden disappearance, lack of communication and accused her of shacking up with Jace. Clary told Simon about the Shadow World and everything that had happened, and Simon in turn explained that Luke said she had gone upstate to stay with relatives and had seen Luke pack a bag full of weapons. Simon knew something was wrong and had decided to keep an eye on Luke’s house. They broke into Luke’s house and while inside Simon noticed that Luke was on his way back and they manage to hide. Luke returned along with two men that Jace recognized.
Later Simon was 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 met Hodge Starkweather and Alec Lightwood. The next morning, after Clary and Jace met with the Silent Brothers, the gang met for breakfast at Taki's, including Simon who had shown up at the Institute. After this, Simon and Isabelle went to Central Park to see the faerie circles.
After meeting the others, Simon got his first taste of the Downworld at a party thrown by Magnus Bane which they attended 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 broke into the vampire's lair, Hotel Dumort, to save Simon. While fighting with the vampires, the Werewolves also broke into the hotel looking for Clary. During the raid to save him from the vampires, Simon bit Raphael Santiago, a vampire, unwillingly making him a fledgling. Jace, Clary and Simon returned to the Institute, where a furious Hodge was waiting for them. He lectured them on their actions and ended up tending to their injuries.
Simon soon learned of Clary's growing affection for Jace. After a heated argument with her, Simon finally told her how he felt and left 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, by shooting one of Alec's arrows at the skylight and letting the sunlight chase it away.
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. By this time, Simon constantly felt sick and soon came to the conclusion that he might be changing into a vampire. After the Seelie Queen made Clary and Jace kiss, Simon, subconsciously and full of anger, went to the Hotel Dumort and was bitten and nearly killed by vampires clan, but was saved by their then leader, Raphael. He took what was left of Simon to the Institute and passed to Clary, Jace, and Isabelle the option to either let Simon die or have him resurrected as a vampire. Clary decided 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 was kidnapped by Valentine Morgenstern 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, who ultimately gave him his blood, unwillingly giving Simon the ability to walk in the sun, earning him his title "Daylighter".
Imprisoned in Idris
After Valentine disappeared one again, Jace asked Simon to meet him at the Institute. While there, the Institute was attacked by Forsaken. Simon was injured, so Jace brought him along through the Portal and into Alicante with them. The Lightwoods were led to believe that Simon would be sent back to New York; but instead he was locked up by Inquisitor Aldertree at the Gard when he refused to lie for him, against the Lightwoods. Aldertree used Jewish religious symbols to hold Simon prisoner by carving them into the cell bars and walls. While imprisoned he commiserated with his neighbor in the cell next to his, who called himself Samuel Blackburn. Samuel told Simon that the name "Daylighter" was a Downworlder word and that there were legends about it.
During his stretch in prison, Isabelle brought Simon bottles of cow's blood to tide him over whilst they plotted an escape plan. She left notes with the bottles scrawling numerous 'XO' 's underneath her messages. These small shows of affection did not go unnoticed by the daylighter.
Raphael appeared in Simon's cell as a projection and told him that he was a valuable commodity now and Downworlders wanted to get their hands on him, however to Raphael, he was an abomination and a danger to vampire kind for being able to walk in sunlight. He told Simon that when he would be set free, if he disappeared and hid he would not harm him. Simons refused Raphael's offer. After Valentine had sent demons to attack Alicante, Jace, Clary and Alec, freed Simon and Samuel, who turned out to be Hodge Starkweather. Jace and Alec confronted Hodge. While he confessed to them Valentine's plan, "Sebastian" killed Hodge. They realized that Sebastian was a spy for Valentine and a fight ensued where Sebastian proved to be stronger then all of them. Simon bit him during the fight and commented that Sebastian's blood tasted like poison.
The Mark of Cain
The Clave decided to fight Valentine, by using Clary's Alliance rune for Shadowhunters and Downworlders to share their powers and fight beside each other. Raphael showed up as a projection at the Hall of Accords and told Luke, Jocelyn and Clary that The Night Children would fight in the battle only if they gave him Simon. They refused to hand Simon over to Raphael. Luke told Raphael that he would not buy the vampires cooperation with an innocent life and Raphael vanished. Simon having watched from behind a pillar and listened to the conversation, took Clary aside and asked her to mark him with The first Mark, The Mark of Cain. Clary initially refused, but Simon insisted and reminded her that he was now a vampire, a Downworlder and she was a Shadowhunter and that the fight belonged to both of them. Simon also stated that he was doing it for the vampires, so they wouldn't be left out of the new Council. A reluctant Clary, realizing that he would turn himself over to Raphael with or without her help, Marked him.
Maia then led Simon through the forest in Idris to the vampire camp. Raphael upon seeing Simon told Maia to let Luke know that they would fight. Once Maia had left, Raphael proceeded to try to kill Simon. He stopped Raphael and pointed out the The first Mark, The Mark of Cain. Raphael thought that Luke had played a trick on him; then Simon explained that it was him who chose it. Raphael was baffled and talked to him about Cain's punishment. Once Raphael and the vampires had accepted that they couldn't kill Simon, they told him that he would have to fight along side them in the battle.
Arter the events of the Mortal War, Simon had been dating both Isabelle and Maia at the same time. Unable to tell both about the other, he continued dating them, unsure of how serious the girls were about him.
While on a date with Isabelle in a diner called Veselka, they noticed two men staring at them. Isabelle stated that they were human subjugates, half human servants that vampires use to help them feed. Isabelle became protective of Simon, even calling herself his girlfriend, when the subjugates approached Simon and asked him to come with them under orders from their master. Simon went with the human subjugates, Archer and Walker thinking that its Raphael summoning him. It turned out that it was Camille Belcourt. She made him an offer to join her against Raphael, for which he replied that he needed time to think it over.
The following day at Eric's garage, the band then knew that Simon was a vampire, and they discussed 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, applied to sing with the band. Clary convinced Simon and the others to let Kyle try out, and pointed out that he was good looking. Later that day after he dropped Clary off at Luke’s house Simon was attacked by a guy in a track suit. Simon thought it was a mugger. The Mark protected him and killed the mugger.
Back at home, Simon was confronted by his mother. While he tried to explain to her that even though he was a vampire, he was still her son, he realized that his mother was afraid of him, so he left. Simon then contacted Raphael, asking him for help. Raphael wouldn't help him because he didn't act like his kind, a vampire. He pointed out that he had not accepted that he was dead. Simon then hinted that he had 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 offered him a place to stay.
After moving in, Simon got comfortable in his new place. Shortly afterwards, he learned that Kyle was actually a werewolf and was particularly interested in him as he was assigned as a guardian by the Praetor Lupus, a self-policing organization of the Downworlders. Shortly afterwards, he and Eric's band played a gig at which Simon, running low on blood, exited the stage mid-song. Afterwards, Maureen Brown found him backstage and Simon, losing control, bit her and drank her blood. Kyle found him and, disgusted by Simon's actions, sent him out so he could deal with Maureen. He ran into a band promoter named Satrina, who suggested at some point they work together. Following this, Isabelle and Simon met outside, Simon still guilt-ridden, and Maia, having been given a flyer advertising the gig, turned up and saw them together. The girls pieced together that he had been dating both of them, though neither said they were exclusive. They were both furious and simultaneously dumped him. Their argument was interrupted by Kyle, whom Maia identified as Jordan, her abusive ex-boyfriend. She attacked him and Isabelle was forced to stop her from killing him. Later, Jordan admitted he had volunteered for Simon's case because he wanted a chance to see Maia again, and try to make up for what he had done. Later, they received a menacing message telling Simon his girlfriend was being held hostage. Simon checked with Isabelle and Maia, even tried Clary, and found then to be safe. Bemused, he decided it to be nothing more than a sick joke. He later aided the Shadowhunters in capturing Camille, found guilty of murdering Shadowhunters.
Later, in the Institute's Sanctuary, the only part he was able to enter, he talked with Isabelle and Magnus. Isabelle confessed that she was aware of her father having cheated on her mother about ten years ago, when she had been pregnant with Max, out of resentment for her ruining his reputation by forcing him into The Circle. She also admitted she had dated Simon believing he was still in love with Clary. She told him she was reluctant to commit to any relationship, and even feared for her brothers when they did so. Simon, still with hope of fixing things between them, said that he did truly care about her. They seemed momentarily back to normal, until Isabelle noticed he was still bothered by something (his attack on Maureen) and left. Magnus, when they talked, mentioned the fact that one day, as two immortals, they would be all that remain of the group. Simon discovered later that Maureen had been found dead, and initially assumed it to be his fault, though he later found that she was in fact the hostage held against him, after telling people at concerts that she was his girlfriend to impress them. Simon was guilt-stricken, having been too concerned about Isabelle and Maia to consider her.
He and Jordan attended Jocelyn and Luke's engagement party. Simon attempted to make peace with Maia and met with a degree of success. He later met Maureen, resurrected and now a vampire, who took him to Lilith's lair. Lilith was, in fact, the band promoter who met with Simon. Lilith told him his Daylighter powers could resurrect the dead under the correct circumstances, and used a captive Clary, brought to the scene by a possessed Jace, to force Simon to help her revive Sebastian. Due to Jace's resurrection, Sebastian might then be brought back. Simon bit Sebastian and began the ritual to revive him, though Sebastian's blood poisoned him. Jace, freed from possession by Clary, intervened, and Lilith subsequently attacked Clary to force him to submit. Simon stopped her as she went to strike Clary with her whip, and the Mark of Cain destroyed her. Simon later reunited with Isabelle, who had persuaded the rest of the gang to try and find him, and despite their previous arguments, Isabelle was overwhelmingly relieved to have him back and embraced him in front of the rest of the group. They later shared a moment in the lobby that suggested something deeper could be forming between them when they were interrupted by the arrival of the Conclave. Simon was left to fade into the background during these proceedings, leaving him missing the sense of belonging he had in the Shadow World when around Isabelle.
Simon tried to return to his old house, only to find his mother had put up religious symbols to stop him, thinking he was an imposter and monster who had killed her son. Two weeks later, he was there for support as the others desperately searched for Jace and Sebastian. He and Isabelle were forming a deepening connection, and at her advice he was spending nights over at Clary's to keep her company. He accompanied Clary, Isabelle and Alec to meet with the Seelie Queen, who asked them to steal her a pair of Faerie rings from the Institute, in return for which she would tell them what she could about Jace's whereabouts. Simon later discussed the matter of his family with Maia and Jordan -Maia, now no longer angry with him for cheating on her-, advised him to get in touch with his sister before his mother made her think he really was a monster. When he later met with Isabelle, she gave him similar advice. They were interrupted by Clary and Alec. When Clary told them she saw Jace and Sebastian at the Institute, and that Jace seemed on good terms with Sebastian, they decided to talk to Magnus after Clary told them she left before procuring the rings. Following this, he met with Raphael, who asked if he will become his bodyguard, seeking someone who can protect him from Camille. When he refused, Raphael told him he was too friendly with Shadowhunters and warned him that should he ever lose his Mark, he would be at the head of a very long line of potential murdered victims. He met Clary at Taki's by her request later, and she told him that she had in fact got hold of the faerie rings, and was planning on going after Sebastian and Jace, and using the rings to keep in touch. Simon was unable to deter her, and he eventually agreed to help, taking one of the rings. He then heard Isabelle was at Magnus' and went to be with her. He found her asleep at Magnus', drunk but, when she woke up briefly, pleased to see him. The next morning, he was relieved to find himself able to talk to Clary through their rings. Those at breakfast in Magnus' apartment later deduced that he spent the night with Isabelle, though they reassured them nothing happened. They also decided, after realizing no earthly weapon could harm Sebastian but not Jace, to raise the demon Azazel, and try to gain help from him. Jocelyn also discovered Clary was gone, and that Simon knew of it. They argued until Isabelle intervened, and Jocelyn left to go to the station. Simon, Magnus and the others summoned Azazel, and he took from them as part of a deal for his help a happy memory from them each, and says he could free them from the burden of Sebastian without harming Jace if they were prepared to free him into the world. They banished him temporarily and agreed this cannot be done. Simon, meanwhile, spent another night with Isabelle. Simon, having not drunk for some time, was worried he would hurt Isabelle if they took things further. She offered her own blood to him, and told him this was a part of him she accepted, and that she wanted to be with him regardless. He bit her, a sensation she said was in fact enjoyable, and they fell asleep together. When they recalled Azazel and told him they wouldn't help him, Simon accidentally strayed inside the pentagram, and Azazel prepared to kill him when Simon showed him his Mark. Azazel conceded that he couldn't harm him, and disappeared. Subsequently, Simon suggested that he should attempt to summon Raziel, given that he couldn't be harmed. Magnus was unsure of whether or not Heaven's protection would work against an angel, and they argued until Isabelle backed Simon up, having shared an intimate moment with him just before. They decided to head to Luke's farm upstate to do this. Simon first met with his sister, Rebecca, and told her of his Turning. She accepted this, and the two made peace. Simon, Magnus, Alec and Isabelle then headed up to Luke's farm. Simon said his goodbyes and summoned Raziel, who like Azazel was about to kill Simon when he noticed the Mark on his forehead. Raziel gave him a sword named Glorious filled with heavenly fire to shatter the connection between Jace and Sebastian. In return he removed Simon's Mark of Cain. This caused Simon to go to ground in pain, and Isabelle, fearing he was dead, rushed out to meet him. They both expressed their relief that his curse was gone. On the drive back, Simon finally heard from Clary, and she relayed Sebastian's plans to him. They split up to gather reinforcements to head to fight Sebastian at the Seventh Sacred Site. There, Simon gave Clary Glorious and she stabbed Jace with it, severing his connection to Sebastian and nearly killing him.
Return to Idris
After all that they had been through, Simon was unsure of where he and Isabelle stand. When he sought Clary's advice on the matter, she told him to 'DTR' -define the relationship-, an acronym it seemed everyone he knew was annoyingly aware of. When news reached them that Institutes were coming under attack, Simon watched on as the others prepared to leave for Idris to escape the threat of Sebastian's Endarkened and form a plan. He and Isabelle discussed their situation before they left, and how she could potentially hurt him in a relationship. Simon admitted he was aware of such a danger, and that he stuck around in spite of this. She gave him her necklace to wear while she was gone as protection, and as a reminder of her.
While with Jordan and Maia at their apartment, Endarkened called on them, and Simon, alerted to the danger by Isabelle's necklace, was forced to flee the apartment. He was apprehended by a group of Maureen's vampires, and brought to the Hotel Dumort, where Maureen, seemingly unhinged, intended to force him into a relationship. He was later rescued by Raphael, who intended to bring him to Idris to speak to the Inquisitor on behalf of the Night's Children. Simon was initially distrustful- Raphael had, of course, threatened to kill him if he ever lost his Mark of Cain, and it seemed the kind of good deed Raphael would never do. He eventually agreed to help Raphael, who was seeking to displace Maureen at the head of the clan, and they traveled by Portal to Idris. They arrived in the midst of Shadowhunters going to the rescue of the Iron Sisters. Isabelle, not permitted to go on account of her age, founds him in the street, and they both headed back to her family's house so Simon could explain what happened to him. Isabelle let him borrow some of Alec's clothes to swap for the feminine romance-novel outfit Maureen had given him. Momentarily forgetting their worries, they joked about Simon's bizarre clothes, and the two of them quickly fell into bed together, but were interrupted by Alec. He was initially horrified to find Simon and Isabelle together in his room, but quickly put the matter aside and told them those at the Iron Citadel were returning. Simon, shocked to find out that Jace and Clary had gone to the battle, asked why Isabelle didn't tell him. She was angry over taking the blame for this, and took her necklace back from Simon. They travelled to the Basilias, where the wounded were, and presumably where the injured Jace would be. Raphael talked with Simon again, but Simon quickly forgot him when he saw Clary close to death after saving Jace's life with an iratze. He also learned of Jordan's death. Later, after obtaining drugged blood from Raphael, Simon, acting in a similar manner to a drunk, went back to Isabelle's house and told her that he loved her. Isabelle, aware that he was not himself, said nothing by it, and Robert Lightwood, the new Inquisitor, came out to shoo him away. Isabelle vouched for him, and Robert said he will speak to him tomorrow at the meeting, if he had sobered up.
He was present at the Council meeting, and following Sebastian's proposals of peace in return for Jace and Clary, Simon told the Council that most Downworlders would indeed turn on the Clave if their representatives were killed. Later, when Emma told them about Edom, and they discovered the way there through the Seelie Court, Simon accompanied the others as they invaded the Court and found the path to the demon dimension.
Heroes at Edom
Upon entering Edom, Simon, along with the others, was shown a vision of his perfect life, and also like the others, the vision had one key flaw that showed it to not be real. Simon saw himself as a successful musician and celebrity. He also was together with Clary. Despite the vision, he still was in love with Isabelle, and upon realizing this the vision melted away. They later settled into a cave network Marked with runes, and Simon and Isabelle were sent to explore one of the tunnels. Isabelle told him she wished he had stayed in New York, away from danger, and that she worried he was only here for Clary. Simon told her it was worth danger to be near her, and almost told her he loved her, when they discovered what lay outside the cave: a huge grouping of demons and what appeared to be a demonic city. After Jace investigated and almost destroyed himself with heavenly fire, Simon was horrified to see Clary rush after him, and immensely relieved when he saw she had survived and saved Jace. They later went to investigate the demonic Alicante they had found, they found in the Accords Hall a weapon called a skeptron, which Simon warned Jace against taking. They were attacked by demons, and Simon broke and lost the blood he had brought. When Isabelle was mortally wounded in the fighting, they returned to the caves and Simon was able to save her by using his own blood, which as a Daylighter had restorative powers. Alec felt indebted to him, and when it later came up that Simon no longer had any blood to drink, Alec offered his own. Privately, he reassured Simon that he did not dislike him as a person, and that in their own way he and Isabelle were perfect for each other. When Isabelle had woken up, the two of them found themselves alone together, and they both shared what they saw after crossing over to the demon realm. Isabelle was initially disgusted to hear of Simon's vision, though aware that each vision was in some way wrong, and quickly forgave him. The two finally "DTR"ed and admitted their love for each other. Alec again walked in on them kissing, and despite his earlier comments was once again horrified by what he was seeing.
Before Clary managed to kill Sebastian, he had already seales all the exits. In order to leave, Magnus summoned his father, the Prince of Hell, Asmodeus. The demon did as they asked, but wanted something in return. Asmodeus wanted Simon's immortality and memories. Therefore, after the demon brought them back to their realm, Simon would remember nothing of them, and would no longer be a Daylighter vampire; he would be a mundane again.
In May 2008, five months after the events of the Dark War, Isabelle, Clary and Magnus approached Simon after school and told him everything about the Shadow World. Magnus, having failed to restore all of his memories, then recommended that he Ascend to become a Shadowhunter and retrieve his memories this way, instead. Magnus said Simon would be the perfect candidate and the Clave would approve since they lost many in the Dark War.
Wanting to remember his friends and girlfriend, Simon agreed to attend the Shadowhunter Academy and train for his Ascension. Once there, Simon became an instant celebrity due to his contribution in the war; Simon, however, struggled with having incomplete memories and chose to be included in the "dregs" mundane learning track. He also befriended fellow Ascension aspirants George Lovelace and Marisol, as well as Shadowhunters Julie Beauvale, Beatriz Mendoza, and Jon Cartwright.
Slowly, Simon began regaining some of his memories but remembered little about his relationship with Isabelle, causing tension between the former couple, though the pair reconciled eventually. Simon also solidified his relationship with his best friend Clary. He hoped to become her parabatai when discussions about it came up at the Academy, though he knew it would be impossible because he had yet to Ascend by the time he turned nineteen. However, Magnus, Catarina, and Jem Carstairs explained that it was still possible for him and Clary because, not only were they "true parabatai" but Simon, due to his months of dormancy as a vampire, was technically still eighteen, and they could still perform the ritual if he manages to Ascend on time.
Simon successfully Ascended and became a Shadowhunter. During his Ascension, he recovered all of his memories. Some time after the death of his very good friend George, he saw him and another woman in their ghostly forms and was prompted to take on the Lovelace name to honor his memory.
Personality and traits
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 also 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 Turned 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 has demonstrated that he can be courageous. He saves Jace, Alec, Isabelle and Clary by using Alec's bow against the Greater Demon Abbadon. He has experience in Archery after six years of archery camp. Simon is transformed not only into a vampire and subsequently into the Daylighter, but it can be seen him get bolder and stand up to Valentine. 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. Simon is willing to sacrifice his life to save Clary and Jace by giving up his blood as demanded by Lilith, who wants to resurrect Sebastian Morgenstern. Simon can be considered Heroic when 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. Simon does this knowing that Raphael has sworn that if he ever loses The Mark, that Raphael will be first in line to kill him, Simon proves that he is selfless and truly cares for his friends in doing this.
While a vampire, he also worried about life after his friends were gone, and found the prospect of remaining sixteen forever while the others, with the exception of Magnus, aged and died, daunting. This may have accounted for his readiness to offer up his own immortality. Despite this, he continued to snub the company of other vampires in favour of his friends.
Simon is said to be good-looking, though gangly, with dark brown hair and eyes, and beautiful eyelashes.
Simon wears glasses. Simon often wore casual clothes, with characteristic word shirts. When he began dating Isabelle, he became slightly more fashionable—wearing leather jackets instead of hoodies and designer boots instead of sneakers.
Momentarily, Simon lost the need for glasses when he was a vampire. He also grew his hair out for a couple of weeks to cover the Mark of Cain on his forehead. Being a vampire also enhanced his physical appearance and charm among onlookers.
Skills and abilities
- Nephilim physiology: Being Nephilim, Simon 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 and even before he Ascended, Simon learned 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, Simon 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.
- Archery: Simon is an exceptional archer, having attended B'nai B'rith summer camp with an archery program for at least six summers, and even furthered his training at the Academy. His skills beforehand were impressive enough that even his instructor was stunned by his capability with a bow and arrow.
- Daylight walking: Through angel blood, particularly an excess concentration compared to other Shadowhunters, ingested from Jace Herondale, Simon once became a Daylighter. As a Daylighter, Simon became a vampire who can walk under the sun.
- Resurrection: As a Daylighter, Simon also had the power to bring back the dead, an ability which he would have needed to use with caution and sparingly as the balance between the light and the dark, life and death, is tampered with when people are brought back to life.
- Healing: Simon had the ability to heal grievous wounds of others.
- Mark of Cain: During Simon's days as a Daylighter, he was also Marked, although temporarily, with the Mark of Cain. It protected him from danger, as anyone who tried to harm him would receive the damage sevenfold. This was also a curse, however, as it also made him a Wanderer, as was the case when his mother pushed him away. The Mark was taken from him by the Angel Raziel.
- Fascination: As a vampire, Simon was capable of mesmerizing mundanes through the vampire ability also known as encanto, though he was quite new at it and needed practice; even though he was able to perform encanto on his own mother, it did not last.
- 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.
- Superhuman strength: After his Turning, Simon became stronger, able to overpower even Shadowhunters, like Clary and Jace, with ease.
- Superhuman speed: Simon was able to run at speeds comparable to Shadowhunters. His reflexes were similarly heightened.
- Shape-shifting: Simon had the ability to shape-shift into a rat, bat, dust, etc.
- One faerie ring: Simon owned a faerie ring for a month, keeping it even after the ring lost its functional magic. Before he lost his memories and immortality, however, he returned the ring to Clary.
- Jordan's Praetor pendant: Simon has Jordan's Praetor pendant, which was given to him by Luke after the former's death. He hangs it around his neck along with a Star of David.
- Raphael's coin: A copper coin etched with a wreath, which symbolized education in the ancient world. Raphael sent it to Ragnor for luck, believing it had been charmed as such by a faerie, in reforming the Shadowhunters. After Ragnor's death, Catarina kept the coin before passing it onto Magnus who, in turn, gave the coin to Simon who hopes to slowly reinvent Shadowhunters through influence.
|“||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.||”|
|“||There are things we want, down under what we know, under even what we feel. There are things our souls want, and mine wants you.||”|
–Simon to Isabelle, City of Heavenly Fire
When Simon first met Isabelle Lightwood, he was in love with Clary and, though he was attracted to her, only saw her as a way to either make Clary jealous or to get over her. Through Clary, the pair became constants in each other's lives.
It was after Max's death, when Simon was able to comfort Isabelle while she mourned the death of her brother Max, that their relationship fully blossomed. They began dating after the war, but Simon dated her and Maia Roberts simultaneously, under the impression that they hadn't been exclusive. He did not gain the guts to tell either, and when the girls found out about each other, they both dump him, furious about his deception. The pair made up fairly quickly afterwards, but they chose to remain good friends.
Their connection further deepened as they spent more time together on their missions, and their feelings for one another became undeniable though they tried both of them unwilling to open up to the possibility of heartbreak. He and Isabelle once again shared a bed at Magnus's apartment, and they bonded further, with Simon telling Isabelle stories like Star Wars. The next evening, Isabelle let Simon—who was thirsty, in need of blood—feed on her in an almost intimate act.
Though they were basically together, the pair refused to admit it and continued to struggle with "defining the relationship." The pair eventually admitted their feelings for one another in Edom, shortly before Simon sacrificed himself—his immortality and his memories—for their safe return to their world. Isabelle was heartbroken but gained hope when Simon decided to try and Ascend to regain his memories, wanting to know them again.
During his path to regaining his memories, Simon tried to keep his distance from Isabelle and Clary, conflicted about the feelings they had for his old self—the one he couldn't remember—and intimidated by the memories they shared but he couldn't recall. Eventually, Simon came to accept that they cared about him regardless of his memories and vice versa, and he and Isabelle began to make an effort to get to know each other again and started fresh. They began to date during their free time, and while it was awkward and difficult for them at first, they eventually figured it out. They slept together for the first time the night before his Ascension ceremony.
|“||I wanted to be with you because—and this is going to sound so selfish—you made me feel normal. Like the person I was before.||”|
–Simon to Maia, City of Fallen Angels
The two of them meet at the werewolf bar, the Hunter's Moon. She is initially intrigued to see a mundane in their world, and pleased to see him again at Luke's house. They become friends, though when Simon is Turned into a vampire, she tells him, and Clary who is also present, that they are now destined to be enemies due to the feuds between werewolves and vampires. However, the two grow closer when imprisoned on Valentine's ship, and Maia is distraught when Simon has apparently been killed. After the battle at Valentine's ship, she apparently likes him, and Simon is willing to have a go at a relationship, if the opportunity comes along. When they meet again at a party in Idris post-Mortal War, it is clear they are mutually attracted to each other, though Maia faces competition from Isabelle Lightwood. A couple of months later, Simon is casually dating both Maia and Isabelle, without either of them having knowledge of the other. Later, Maia and Isabelle meet at one of Simon's band's performances and, upon finding out about their love triangle, they both break up with him. His relationship with Maia is further complicated by the discovery that his band's lycanthrope singer Kyle is actually Maia's ex-boyfriend Jordan. Later, Maia forgives him to an extent, and a couple of weeks later the two have managed to become friends again, both of them in different relationships now, Maia having reunited with Jordan, and Simon having reconciled with Isabelle.
|“||I finally figured out that she was never going to stop loving Jace, whether it was going to work with him or not. And I knew that if she was only with me because she couldn't have him, I'd rather be alone.||”|
–Simon on his relationship with Clary, City of Fallen Angels
Clary had been Simon's constant companion and best friend since they were six, though unlike Clary Simon was always hopeful of taking things further, feeling they belonged together. Though he dated various girls in attempts to get over Clary or to make her jealous, he stayed in love with her, and she remained oblivious, until in the middle of an argument over her attachment to Jace, he brought the matter up, having realized his feelings were one-way. Upon Clary's false discovery that she and Jace were siblings, she and Simon became a couple, mainly on her part in an attempt to get over Jace. Soon, though, it became clear to both of them that despite the nature of their relationship, both Clary and Jace had strong feelings for each other. Simon subsequently ended the relationship, since he realized and accepted the fact that Clary does not love him the way she loves Jace, though they remained best friends. His former relationship with her also later affects his time with Isabelle Lightwood, her feeling on occasion that he is still in love with her.
Simon meets and becomes friends with her at the age of six. The two of them grow up together, constantly keeping each other company. They are totally at ease together, though Simon is secretly nursing feelings for her that he never has the courage to mention. Eventually, in an argument he brings it up, and it adds an extra layer of awkwardness to their friendship. They briefly date afterwards, though it quickly transpires Clary does not love him back in the way he had hoped. Despite this, they remain friends, and do not begrudge each other their other relationships. Though Simon initially disliked Jace, whom Clary had fallen in love with, he grew to tolerate him after he became convinced he was devoted to Clary and not about to break her heart. Clary also advises him how to proceed in his relationships with Isabelle Lightwood and Maia Roberts. They spend slightly less time together when they enter the Shadow World, due to now being part of a wider circle of friends, and for the first time in knowing each other both being in committed relationships. Nevertheless, when in need of a confidant they almost always turn to each other.
Simon meets him when he auditions for his and Eric's band, though at first he does not know he is a werewolf, or a member of the Praetor Lupus, or even that his name is Jordan. He introduces himself simply as "Kyle", and is hired as the band's singer. Simon later moves in with him after he is thrown out of his house. When he brings Jace back to the apartment, Jace reveals "Kyle's" werewolf nature, and Simon's roommate explains about how the Praetor Lupus had sent him to watch Simon. Simon finds out his true identity from Maia when she meets him at one of Simon's gigs. Jordan later reveals he had taken the assignment because Maia was mentioned in his file. Later, Simon tries to persuade Maia to forgive Jordan in an attempt to help his lovelorn roommate. Simon is shown later on to be pleased to see Jordan reconcile with Maia, despite their recent breakup, though notes later it is awkward being around them, but not because of Maia being his ex. Though Jordan is his friend, first and foremost he is his guard, as evidenced by his telling Simon to flee the apartment after it is attacked by Endarkened. Simon blames himself following Jordan's death, feeling he had gone to the Praetor only because of him.
Simon received Jordan's Praetor Lupus pendant following his death. Though Simon did not fully remember Jordan yet after losing his memories to Asmodeus, he once or more held the pendant when he began to regain bits of his memories, feelings it weight and recalling only minor details about his roommate. He took the pendant with him to the Shadowhunter Academy, and some time after his arrival, Simon suddenly remembered details about Jordan and his emotions about his death came rushing back, devastating him once more.
In his last work with his band, they recorded an eleven minute track dedicated to Jordan called Beati Bellicosi.
When Simon and Jace first met, they instantly hated each other. Mainly because they both had envy towards each other. (Simon had envy towards Jace because of his growing romance with Clary, and Jace had envy toward Simon because he was a mundane and was Clary's best friend who Simon had feelings for.) Even when Jace and Clary believed to be siblings nothing changed between them, especially when Clary started dating Simon just so she could find a way to get over Jace. Then Simon finally accepted the fact that Clary and Jace belonged together and that they would always love each other, so when Jace and Clary found out that they are not siblings Simon moved on. After City of Glass Simon starts worming up to Jace and, even though Simon still finds Jace obnoxious from time to time and Jace still calls him names every now and then, Simon considers him a friend, same thing for Jace. Though Jace would never say it out loud. And Jace is also supportive about Simon's relationship with Isabelle, just like Simon is supportive about his relationship with Clary.
Simon and Eric live next to each other, and in sophomore year formed a rock band. Their ban practices once a week in Eric's garage, and frequently changes name, based mainly on Eric's whims. He and Simon are said to be good friends, though not as close as he and Clary are. Eric surprisingly also remains part of Simon's life when he becomes a vampire, and is one of the few mundanes Simon told about his Turning. When Simon lost his memories, he and Eric presumably continued as they had before his introduction to the Shadow World. It is unknown if they remained friends when Simon became a Shadowhunter.
Kirk Duplesse and Matt Charlton were also Simon's friends, though Kirk was later dropped by the band in favour of Jordan Kyle. Both also knew of his vampirism, and attributed his dating two girls at once to his "sexy vampire mojo".
|“||I was hoping for a cool mundie roommate from the start.||”|
George is Simon's roommate at the Academy. From the moment they met, they immediately hit it off. The pair continues to grow closer as they become more open with one another, sharing and trusting each other with their secrets.
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- Though Simon is not the first Daylighter to be created according to Lilith, he is apparently one of the first in over a hundred years.
- 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.
- Simon wants to take Isabelle's surname—Lightwood—upon marriage.
- Early copies of City of Bones states that Simon was the youngest of three siblings (particularly, he had two older sisters); this has been corrected in later copies and written off as a mistake.
- The surname Lewis is derived from the surname of Cassandra Clare and her husband, Joshua Lewis.
- ↑ Sizzy's height — Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Corrections added — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 City of Bones
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 City of Ashes
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 City of Glass
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 City of Fallen Angels
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 City of Lost Souls
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 City of Heavenly Fire
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The Evil We Love
- ↑ The Fiery Trial
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Angels Twice Descending
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 The Lost Herondale
- ↑ The Whitechapel Fiend
- ↑ Pale Kings and Princes
- ↑ A Long Conversation, a Lady Midnight extra
- ↑ A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/TMIsource/videos/vb.175497145833007/1116058381776874/
- ↑ A Q&A with Cassandra Clare — via Waterstones' Twitter
- ↑ "When they get married he wants to take her name, but it hasn't happened yet!" Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- ↑ "In English, he has one." Cassandra Clare on Twitter