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“It felt so real, so utterly real—”

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Raphael Santiago
Portrayed by David Castro
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Biographical Information
Age: Over 78 years old[1]
Status: Undead



Head of the New York Vampire Clan


Hotel Dumort, New York


New York vampire clan

Known relatives:
Physical Description
Gender: Male
I might be a vampire, but I was raised a good Catholic.

–Raphael, Bad Blood

Raphael Santiago is a vampire and the head of the New York vampire clan.


Early life

As a boy, Raphael was raised a religious Catholic.[2][3]

When Raphael was first Turned into a vampire, he became addicted to feeding from mundanes. He then met the warlock Magnus Bane, who helped him regain his faith, in his religion and in himself.[3] Magnus had since taken him under his wing and came to see him as a son, committed to helping and protecting him when he would need it.[4]

Rise to power

Outside the Silent City, Raphael made noises to distract the Shadowhunter Isabelle Lightwood so his companion could grab the Shadowhunter's mundane friend Simon from his van. Upon the return of the group who were with Simon, Raphael revealed himself and told them that they will negotiate Simon's safe return for the Mortal Cup.[5]

Raphael delivered Simon to Camille Belcourt as instructed. Before she arrived, a desperate Simon threw a blade at him that barely hurt him. He openly questioned her decision to break the Accords and potentially antagonize the Clave when Valentine Morgenstern posed a very real threat to them. Camille ignored his warnings, and Raphael left, annoyed of Simon's antics. Later, when the Shadowhunters arrived to rescue Simon, Raphael told Camille to escape and secretly helped Simon and the others escape, giving Jace Wayland an ominous warning about his identity.[6]

One evening, he saw Simon lurking around the Hotel Dumort and scared him off in an attempt to keep him off Camille's radar.[7] Because Simon did not heed his warnings, Simon was eventually killed by Camille. Raphael took him to his friends at the New York Institute and told them that they would either have to Turn Simon that night or stake him through the heart. After successfully appealing to his fellow vampires that Camille's constant breaking of the Accords will only cause them trouble, he was able to overthrow her and take over as the leader of the clan. He later helped Simon undergo his transformation, promising to Clary and Jace that he would look after the new vampire.[2]

Alliance with Nephilim

When Simon turned down Raphael's offer of help, he decided to let Simon come to him when he's ready. Later that night, Clary and Simon sought refuge at the hotel, agreeing to let them hide from the Clave in exchange for Simon's cooperation—something he wants so he could present Simon as proof to the Nephilim that Camille had broken the Accords. He kept the pair in a cage and fed Simon blood.

When Jace and Isabelle arrived for them, Clary convinced Raphael and the other vampires to join him and Luke's pack of werewolves in their rescue of the Seelie Meliorn. Though initially against it because of the hostility between their people, Raphael went along with it when Simon agreed to pledge loyalty to him, and thus join their clan and stay at the hotel. The rescue mission went smoothly and according to plan, and Raphael and the vampires returned to their base with Simon in tow.[8]

When the Shadowhunters asked to see Camille, whom Raphael had thrown into a coffin in a heavily-guarded room in the hotel, he refused. Clary and Simon snuck in and released Camille themselves. When Isabelle failed to distract Raphael, the pair were caught making their escape with Camille. He told them that their alliance was over, and Simon was out of their clan, for this act and announced that Simon and Camille would be executed for their crimes against the clan; he was about to sic his vampires on them when they were interrupted by Isabelle, who created a hole in the hotel's wall, letting in a barrier of sunlight that made it hard for Raphael and his men to follow as the others left with Camille.[9]

Hunting Camille

When Reggie's was discovered to be a vampire den, the new interim head of the New York Institute, Victor Aldertree, interrogated Simon. The latter's unclear answers made it seem that Raphael was involved and got him in trouble with the Clave. Raphael met Simon and demanded that he look for Camille—for being responsible for her escape, and because he can use his connection to her as his sire—and return her to him to make her answer for her crimes.[10] Raphael continued to force Simon into looking for Camille, to the point where he threatened the life of his mother, Elaine Lewis, to further pressure him.[11]

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The tortured Raphael at Magnus's doorstep.

Eventually, Aldertree "invited" Raphael to the Institute. Raphael was bound to a chair and tortured by Aldertree with a ray of concentrated UV rays for interrogation. Though he was eventually released, it was only when Raphael continued to say that he didn't know where Camille; Raphael was greatly weakened and scarred, and he went straight to Magnus's for help. Magnus felt that, due to their connection, Raphael's torture was in part Magnus's punishment for helping the fugitive Jace.

Simon arrived while Raphael was being treated, and Magnus stopped the two from getting into a full-blown fight. When Simon took out the box he found at Camille's residence in India, Raphael revealed to them that it contained Camille's grave dirt—which could be used to summon her—and sliced open Simon's hand to use his blood—which also contained Camille's blood—to open the impenetrable box. Magnus later sent them to Catarina Loss as a distraction while he summoned Camille by himself so he could speak to her alone first, though he ultimately sent her to the Clave.[4]

When Simon decided to move back in with his mother, he found himself in trouble when his sister threw out his stock of blood. Simon called Raphael asking to bring him a supply of blood, which was impossible because it had been during the daytime. Simon resorted to drinking blood form a rat and was seen by his mother.[12] Raphael came shortly after and handled the situation by wiping his mother's memories with an encanto.[13]

When Isabelle became addicted to yin fen, Raphael found her trying to ask some of his pack members for vampire venom and stopped them in time from harming Isabelle. Isabelle, who was already suffering from withdrawal, begged Raphael to bite her. Though he refused at first, he eventually gave in. When the effects of his blood wore off, Isabelle met with him again and this time baited him into biting her by injuring herself. After, Raphael tried to convince her to stop seeking out yin fen and go through the cleansing process, despite the pain, to get it out of her system.[3]


Raphael is elegant, ambitious, and cunning. He is also always well-dressed, typically in a crisp suit.

Skills and abilities

  • Encanto: Raphael has the vampire ability to mesmerize or hypnotize mundanes.
  • Superhuman strength: Raphael is considerably strong, able to level in combat even Shadowhunters.
  • Superhuman speed: Raphael can run at speeds comparable to Shadowhunters. His reflexes are similarly heightened.
  • Immortality: As a vampire, Raphael is immortal. However, this does not make him invincible; he is in fact prone to death by sunlight and fire, among others.
  • Bilingual: Raphael fluently speaks English and is shown to also speak Spanish.


Season One appearances: 7/13
The Mortal Cup:
The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy:
Dead Man's Party:
Raising Hell:
Moo Shu to Go:
Of Men and Angels:
Major Arcana:
Mentioned only
Bad Blood:
Rise Up:
This World Inverted:
Mentioned only
Blood Calls To Blood:
Mentioned only
Morning Star:
Season Two appearances: 12/20
This Guilty Blood:
A Door Into the Dark:
Parabatai Lost:
Day of Wrath:
Dust and Shadows:
Mentioned only
Iron Sisters:
How Are Thou Fallen:
Love is a Devil:
Bound By Blood:
By the Light of Dawn:
Mea Maxima Culpa:
You Are Not Your Own:
Those of Demon Blood:
The Fair Folk:
A Problem of Memory:
Day of Atonement:
A Dark Reflection:
Awake, Arise, or...:
Hail and Farewell:
Beside Still Water:


  • Raphael is asexual.[14]


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