Top Ten Characters In the Mortal Instruments

The Top Ten
1 Magnus Bane Magnus Bane is a warlock in "The Mortal Instruments," and one of the more flamboyant and enigmatic characters in the series. He has a romantic relationship with Alec Lightwood and is several centuries old, providing him with a unique perspective on events. Magnus is known for his wit, magical abilities,... read more

Magnus Bane, where do I start. the man is a person who valued money over a life. he didn't care about love because he lost his true love a long time ago but as the show and book and movie progressed we get to see great character development in him. His love for Alec Lightwood is undeniable and he gives him the world.

Ahhh! I love him. He's sarcastic and always there for the other characters (although I think that's only because of Alec). Sassy and utter perfection. You can't not like him, you have to! If you don't like him, you can't enjoy the series.

Also, MALEC for life.

2 Alec Lightwood Alec Lightwood is featured in "The Mortal Instruments" as a Shadowhunter and the older brother of Isabelle Lightwood. He is known for his sense of duty, loyalty, and his struggle with his sexual orientation. Alec develops a romantic relationship with Magnus Bane, adding layers to both characters. His... read more

Alec is the best (besides Will) I never really liked Jace, I found him selfish, or Clary, she was obsessed with just Jace, not caring for anyone else. Alec had flaws also, but he went though a lot of character development. Weather it be book Alec, movie Alec (he only shows up like twice) or T.V. show Alec (I do not like the T.V. show) I love him in all. Now if only there was a show about Will

He is possibly my favourite fictional character ever - he's loyal, and he grows so much through the books/T.V. series - his character development is incredible. He is everything I admire in a person.

3 Jace Herondale

Jace is awesome, and the similarities between him and Will are endless. I basically love all the Herondales especially Jace, Will, and Kit, because they all try to cut themselves off from everyone else and to love is to destroy and all that but they are all so funny, sarcastic, and sweet.

I'm not fangirling over him, but he's a cool guy. After I read the first book of this series, I thought his father was Valentine (SPOILERS AHEAD) even though it really isn't. The irony in this is that I actually know a guy named Jace Valentine.

4 Simon Lewis Simon Lewis is a main character in "The Mortal Instruments" series. He starts as a mundane, or ordinary human, and is Clary Fray's best friend. Over the course of the series, Simon undergoes significant changes, including becoming a vampire. His transformation allows the series to explore themes of... read more

Simon is super funny and sweet, and I love how he would sacrifice himself for Magnus when he doesn't even know him that well, and he would lose all of his memories from the Shadow world just for Magnus. I also like how he stood up for downworlders/faeries in the Shadowhunter Academy, it made Simon one of my favorite characters. I love Simon's character development throughout these books.

He ist mz favorite character, though it's really hardo to decide between all those great characters. He is a geek like me. His character development during the book series is just unbeliveable.

5 Will Herondale

Will Herondale might just be my favorite character ever. He made me so sad with his curse and everything. :( I love how he cares about Jem and Tessa so much and it makes me sad that he doesn't care about himself, but that's the Herondale way. Friendly reminder to not catch demon pox and to never trust a duck. but wait why is he on this list

So like... He's not in the mortal instruments, but he's fully the best character ever and deserves number one in every spot

Will herondale...where do I begin? He's so funny, charming, handsome and kind. Tessa is extremely lucky to find a man like him...I do love jem too! Will is willing to sacrifice so much tosave those he loves showing how noble he is! DEMON POX ON ALL YOUR HOUSES! His words are beautiful as is his personality...

6 Isabelle Lightwood Isabelle Lightwood is a character in "The Mortal Instruments," and is a Shadowhunter like her brother Alec. Known for her beauty and combat skills, she often challenges traditional gender roles and expectations. Isabelle undergoes significant character development throughout the series, grappling with... read more

Isabelle is my bae. She rocks; she is sassy, she is feminine with being a badass at the same time. She shows that in order to a female to be a strong, you don't have to hate your femininity or generally girly-girly things. I like how she shows her love for the fashion, and displays her that feminine side with embracing it. I like how she fights. She is one of the best female character in the series so far, 304959x better than Clary.

Izzy is the most beautiful woman in the whole world! I love her so much! she is brave, selfless, nice, pretty, and wise. I don't know how she ended up at 6th place, but I love her more than anything. I am so glad my 2 favorite character Isabelle and Simon ended up together.

7 James "Jem" Carstairs

He is so beautiful and wonderful! He has a truly terrible life but he doesn't let that make him bitter. He has the kindest heart he is always trying to share and love with others. He is just so amazing! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!

Whoever keeps talking about The Infernal Devices stop it.

He is an immortal shadowhunter who got to keep his humanity, how is that not awesome!?

8 Clary Fray Clary Fray is the protagonist of "The Mortal Instruments" series. She discovers her Shadowhunter lineage after her mother is kidnapped, propelling her into a hidden world of magic and demons. Clary is known for her bravery, artistic talents, and her complex relationships with other characters, including... read more

What I truly adore about Clary is her humanity (even though she's Nephillim...). She makes many mistakes and questionable actions but people need to remember that without her there would be no Shadowhunter series. She makes mistakes but she has a good heart and is the bravest soul of them all. Going through hell and back, she still has the beautiful smile on her face in the end. LOVE HER.

How is clary not no. 1! if you did not vote 4 her you are not a true TMI fan. clary is so fierce and loyal and just utter perfection. most people complain that she argues with everyone but that is because she has a MIND of her own. she is so smart and amazing... I love her so much, thank you so much cassie clare for making this character

9 Sebastian Morgenstern

He is a totally misunderstood character. He did NOT deserve his fate. He just wanted to please his father, who turned away from him. He never got the credit he deserved. He didn't get even a single proper family member! Valentine was a psycho, Jocelyn a baby abandoning monster, and Clary a sister who totally misunderstood her brother and...and...KILLED HIM! Though Jocelyn tries to reason with what she did, I don't see any sense in why she had to abandon Sebastian! He was her SON! Clary didn't even have a shadow of guilt after killing her brother! HOW HEARTLESS! Sebastian was right, Clary did, indeed have a darker side in her. He is the BEST character in the books and the T.V. show as far as I am concerned!

10 Tessa Gray

Before I read the books I already really liked Jem and Will, so I thought I'd hate Tessa because both of them were in love with her and I didn't know anything about her personality. But then I read Clockwork Angel and totally changed my mind about her and now I think she's awesome.

The Contenders
11 Raphael Santiago Raphael Santiago is a character who appears in "The Mortal Instruments" series as a vampire leader. Known for his stoic demeanor and strategic mind, he plays a complex role in the relationship between Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Raphael is driven by a strong sense of community and responsibility... read more

I love Raphael and I have no idea why. I literally have no idea why his character is so interesting in my opinion, but it is. Maybe it's his grumpy attitude? I don't know.

Weirdly I actually very much appreciate Raphael in both the books and series.

I didn't exactly like him in the books, but he is phenomenal in the T.V. series.

12 Luke Gracian

He keeps in touch with Clary after her mom dies and that for me is just awing. He cares for her like he would his own daughter and shows that same love to others like Maya. He is brave, smart and a loyal character who never questions the people he loves and never abandons them

13 Emma Carstairs

Emma is only in this book as a 12 year old but her character in this series is a great start to her character in TDA.

14 Jordan Kyle
15 Gabriel Lightwood
16 Matthew Fairchild

He is just absolutely amazing, my favourite character and he should be number 1 on this list. Absolutely hilarious he is.

Wow. I love how he's on this list even though he was alive hundreds of years before this series took place. But anyway, I love Matthew, he deserves the world. He's just amazing and I love him. :)

17 Jessamine Lovelace

Her flower card is a bay leaf.

"I Change But In Death"


18 Maia Roberts
19 Jace Wayland Jace Wayland is a prominent character in "The Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare. He is a Shadowhunter, a human with angelic blood trained to hunt demons. Known for his charisma and combat prowess, Jace is initially one of Clary Fray's love interests. His complex family history and internal... read more
20 Lucian Graymark / Luke Garroway
21 Sophie Collins
22 Jocelyn Fairchild
23 Valentine Morgenstern Valentine Morgenstern is the main antagonist in "The Mortal Instruments" series. He is a former Shadowhunter who aims to purify the world of demons and Downworlders. Driven by a twisted ideology, Valentine is willing to go to extreme lengths to achieve his goals, including manipulating his own children... read more
24 Gideon Lightwood

Gideon is the best character even though I haven't met him or read anything he was in, he's cool

25 Charlotte Branwell
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