Alec Lightwood

"Impossible just means try again."

–Alec to Clary; Day of Wrath
Protrayed by Matthew Daddario.

Biographical Information

Name: Alexander Lightwood
Age: 23
Alexander (by Magnus)
Big bro/ brother (by Izzy) Species: Shadowhunter
Occupation: Head of the New York Institute
Current Residence: New York Institute, Manhattan, New York City


Known relatives:

Maryse Lightwood (mother)
Robert Lightwood (father)
Isabelle Lightwood (sister)
Max Lightwood (brother)
Jace Wayland/Herondale/Morgenstern
(adoptive brother)
Parabatai: Jace Herondale
Significant other(s):
Magnus Bane (boyfriend)
Lyida Branwell (ex-fiancée)
Status: Alive

Physical Description

Gender: Male
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Hazel


As the eldest of Lightwood siblings, Alec has a very serious,
cautious and by-the-book demeanor, answering to the Clave
for reports and missions, following every law and
every rule. He is loyal to his friends and is fiercely protective
of them, going along with his friends' missions to keep them
safe even though he disapproves. Alec takes his duty extremely seriously
and often steps in front of others to keep them safe. Alec is gay
but was in denial and reluctant to admit this to himself for
years due to the pressure on him until Magnus came along. While
Alec can be harsh, he's also a deeply caring and affectionate
person who won't hesitate to reach out to his family
and be at their side when they need him.

Skills and Abilites

Nephilim physiology: Being Nephilim, Alec 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, Alec 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, Alec 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
Jace Herondale, Alec 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, Jace
also give a considerably stronger effect.
Expert hand-to-hand combat: Alec is highly skilled in
armed and unarmed combat.
Expert archer and marksman: Alec is highly skilled and proficient
in marksmanship and archery.


Basic Shadowhunter gear,
including: a stele, seraph blades,and
other weapons.
Bow and arrows: Alec uses the bow
and arrow as his primary weapon of choice in battle.

Credit: Alec Lightwood's Wiki