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“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.

Maryse Lightwood
Portrayed by Nicola Correia Damude
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Biographical Information
Status: Alive
Affiliation
Kind:

Shadowhunter

Occupation:

Head of the New York Institute

Residence:

New York Institute

Affiliation:
Relationships
Family:
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Life is not about what you want to do, it's about what must be done.

–Maryse chastising the young Shadowhunters at the Institute, Moo Shu to Go

Maryse Lightwood is the mother of Alec Lightwood, Isabelle, and Max Lightwood and the adoptive mother of Jace Wayland. She used to run the New York Institute with her husband Robert.

Biography

When Clary Fairchild, the daughter of Jocelyn and Valentine Morgenstern, was brought to the Institute, Maryse and Robert were at Idris. Their children, whom they left partly in charge of the Institute, undertook missions which were unsanctioned by the Clave on Clary's behalf, which were eventually reported to them at Idris.

Maryse eventually returned to the Institute, while Robert took a side-trip to Mumbai to pick up Max. As the Seelies, particularly its queen, had stopped communicating with the Clave, it became enough cause for concern that Maryse sent Jace with Isabelle to talk to their source among the Seelies, Meliorn, but not before accusing Isabelle of potentially telling Meliorn anything that could have offended them. Supposedly disappointed in Alec's lack of control during her absence, she tasked him with looking after Clary.[1]

After Valentine took the Mortal Cup and Jace, Lydia was replaced by another Clave representative, Victor Aldertree. Lydia suspected that Maryse had gone to the Clave behind her back. Throughout the initial search for Jace, Maryse helped Victor, consequently clashing with her own children.[2] Maryse returned to Idris afterwards.[3]

During their stay in Idris, Maryse and Robert's fights became more frequent. For Max's Rune Ceremony, she and Max returned to New York. She reconciled with Jace and admitted to him and Alec that Robert was having an affair.[4]

Personality

Described as hard-as-nails, Maryse is a very hard woman to please. She is by-the-book and always looking down on faults—traits that she passed on to her eldest son, Alec. She is disapproving of Downworlders and doesn't have much time for them and their issues and is disapproving of her children's connections with them.

As the head of the New York Institute, Maryse is feared and greatly respected. As a mother, she loves her four children but, while showing the occasional open affection towards them—except Isabelle—she is first and foremost their superior and demands respect and quasi-perfect behavior at all times.

Appearances

Season One appearances: 5/13
The Mortal Cup:
Absent
The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy:
Absent
Dead Man's Party:
Absent
Raising Hell:
Absent
Moo Shu to Go:
Appears
Of Men and Angels:
Appears
Major Arcana:
Absent
Bad Blood:
Appears
Rise Up:
Mentioned only
This World Inverted:
Absent
Blood Calls To Blood:
Mentioned only
Malec:
Appears
Morning Star:
Appears
Season Two appearances: 2/20
This Guilty Blood:
Appears
A Door Into the Dark:
Mentioned only
Parabatai Lost:
Mentioned only
Day of Wrath:
Mentioned only
Dust and Shadows:
Absent
Iron Sisters:
Absent
How Are Thou Fallen:
Absent
Love is a Devil:
Appears
Bound By Blood:
Absent
By the Light of Dawn:
Absent
Mea Maxima Culpa:
TBA
You Are Not Your Own:
TBA
Those of Demon Blood:
TBA
The Fair Folk:
TBA
A Problem of Memory:
TBA
Day of Atonement:
TBA
A Dark Reflection:
TBA
Awake, Arise, or...:
TBA
Hail and Farewell:
TBA
Beside Still Water:
TBA

Trivia

  • Robert proposed to her in Barcelona.[4]

References

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