|“||I signed up to fight. I wanted to be a Shadowhunter so much. So now I am, and now I fight. It would be great if you didn't have to constantly work to preserve the things and the people you love, but...you do.||”|
Simon Lovelace, born Simon Lewis, is Clary Fairchild's best friend and parabatai and Isabelle Lightwood's fiancé. A mundane when he was originally introduced to the Shadow World, Simon was once turned into a vampire, and later to a Daylighter. He is a hero of the Mortal and Dark wars. 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.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Physical description
- 4 Skills and abilities
- 5 Possessions
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
Simon Lewis was born into a Jewish family in New York. He is the second and youngest child of Elaine and her late husband Levi and was born after his older 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 affections.
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.
Days after the Frays disappeared, Simon went to Luke, who claimed that they were staying with a sick relative upstate. Simon, however, knew that they had no relatives and decided to investigate. When he saw that Luke was packing weapons, he stuck around and ended up being seen by Clary and Jace Wayland—one of the men at the Pandemonium that he didn't see.
Clary decided to tell Simon about the Shadow World, and he and Jace immediately began getting on each other's nerves. After breaking into Luke's house and finding him speaking to men Jace recognized as the people who killed his father, they all went to the New York Institute. He was introduced to Isabelle Lightwood, whom Simon showed interest in with hopes of making 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 afterward, 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 concluded 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 once 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 'XOa'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 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 than 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 with aid from 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 vampires would participate in the battle only if they gave him Simon. They refused but, realizing that they needed the vampires and not wanting the vampires to be left out of the new Council, Simon had Clary put the Mark of Cain on him. Clary initially refused but Simon insisted, saying he would turn himself over to Raphael with or without the Mark.
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 first Mark, The Mark of Cain. Raphael thought that Luke had played a trick on him; then Simon explained that it was he 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 alongside them in the battle.
After 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 at Veselka, two of Camille Belcourt's subjugates came to fetch him for their master. He came with under the assumption that he was being summoned by Raphael before coming face to face with Camille Belcourt. She made him an offer to join her against Raphael, for which he replied that he needed time to think it over.
Around this time, a boy named Kyle came to apply as a singer for Simon's band, and Clary convinced them to accept him. When Simon's mother found his stash of blood in his room, Simon tried to explain to her again that he was a vampire. When she grew scared, Simon made her forget through his encanto then left. He planned on staying temporarily at Eric's garage, but Kyle found him and offered him a place to stay.
At a gig they played one evening at the Alto Bar, a hungry Simon ended up feeding on Maureen Brown. Kyle stopped him and sent him out. Outside, Simon was confronted by both Isabelle and Maia, who found out just then that Simon had been dating both of them, and both subsequently dumped him.
Shortly after, Simon received a menacing message warning Simon that his girlfriend was being held, hostage. Simon checked with Isabelle and Maia, even tried Clary, and found them 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. She also admitted she had dated Simon believing he was still in love with Clary and that she was reluctant to commit to any relationship. Simon, still with hope of fixing things between them, said that he did truly care about her.
Simon discovered later that Maureen had been found dead, and initially assumed it to be his fault, though he later found that she was 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 made a step towards making peace with Maia. He was later approached by Maureen, who had been Turned into a vampire and took him to Lilith's lair. Lilith wanted him to use his Daylighter powers to resurrect Sebastian, using a captive Clary as leverage. When Lilith moved to attack Clary, Simon intercepted the strike, and the Mark of Cain reacted and 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 that he had been killed and replaced by a monster.
Simon accompanied Clary, Isabelle, and Alec to a meeting with the Seelie Queen, who asked them to steal her a pair of faerie rings from the Institute, in return for information on Jace. Clary went on to steal the rings but devised a plan of her own with Simon: she would take the rings, leave one with him so they could communicate, then leave to join Jace and Sebastian when they returned for her.
Meanwhile, Raphael sought him out for protection against Camille, but Simon refused. Soon, Clary gave her the faerie ring, with Simon unable to talk Clary out of her plan. When he went back to his place that night, he found a note from Isabelle asking him to come to Magnus's apartment for her and immediately went. He spent the night there with Isabelle, once again keeping her company in a trying time.
Simon heard from Clary the next morning. He was later put on the spot when Jocelyn looked for Clary and was forced to finally tell everyone about Clary's plan; being the one who bore the bad news, Jocelyn blamed Simon for not trying hard enough to stop her but everyone stood up for him, recognizing that Clary was stubborn and would have done what she wanted either way.
Based on intel from the Iron Sisters, they realized that no weapon on Earth could harm Sebastian but not Jace. Crossing out the possibility of summoning an angel without suffering consequences, they decided to raise the Greater Demon Azazel, the Forger of Weapons. As part of a deal for his advice, Azazel asked for a happy memory from each of them. Simon's thoughts immediately went to a childhood memory with his whole family, including his late father, and had the memory taken from him by Magnus and gone just as he was realizing that he did not want it gone. The sacrifice proved futile because Azazel simply wanted to be freed so he could take Jonathan to Hell. Magnus banished Azazel back to his prison in the meantime so they could discuss if the risk was worth taking.
Later that night, Isabelle tried to kiss Simon, but he thirsted for her blood and pulled away. Isabelle offered her blood, and after some convincing, he agreed and bit her. The experience was pleasurable, and intimate, for both of them, and Simon was able to control himself and stopped feeding on her. Simon heard from Clary again the next day, and they exchanged updates about the status of their plans. Clary dubbed their group—Simon and the others left in New York—as "Team Good", and those on her side—Clary, Jace, and Sebastian—as "Team Evil".
After some discussion, the group agreed not to release Azazel. Magnus recalled Azazel and told him that they refused his help; the demon refused to be banished, its power allowing it to resist Magnus's banishment, and insisted on bargaining with them somehow. When Chairman Meow innocently strayed into the pentagram, Simon, acting on instinct, saved the cat, putting himself in Azazel's reach instead. Azazel attempted to hurt Simon but only hurt himself, feeling the effect of the Mark of Cain. Azazel himself expressed fear for their endeavors, particularly for having the heavenly mark placed on his forehead, and left of his own will.
This encounter made Simon think that he could pull off summoning Raziel. Everyone else objected, especially as even Magnus was uncertain if his protection would work against an angel until Isabelle backed Simon's decision. Before he went on the potentially fatal mission, he met with his sister, Rebecca, and told her about him being a vampire. She accepted him wholeheartedly.
They headed to Luke's farm for the summoning. Magnus made preparations for the summoning ritual, and Simon said his goodbyes to each of them. After summoning him, Raziel immediately expressed his anger at being summoned and was about to kill him when he noticed the Mark on his forehead. Raziel already knew what he wanted and refused at first to interfere with their affairs by giving them what they wanted. After hearing Simon out, however, and seeing Simon's dedication and stubbornness, he decided to help them, in exchange for the removal of the Mark on his forehead that he did not deserve. Simon agreed, and so Raziel gave him the sword Glorious and removed the Mark of Cain from his head. When Simon fell, 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. The group split up to gather reinforcements to head to fight Sebastian at the Seventh Sacred Site. Once they'd Portaled to the Burren, Simon gave Clary the sword, which she used to stab Jace, severing his connection to Sebastian, succeeding in their mission.
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 vampires. Simon was initially distrustful but he eventually agreed to help Raphael, who was seeking to displace Maureen at the head of the clan.
They traveled by Portal to Idris and arrived amid Shadowhunters being sent to the response to an ongoing attack on the Adamant Citadel. 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 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 overtaking the blame for this and took her necklace back from Simon. They traveled to the Basilias where the wounded were. 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 similarly 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 by then.
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.
The group 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 with his Daylighter blood.
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 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 sealed all the exits. 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, restored some of his memories, and then recommended that he Ascend to become a Shadowhunter and retrieve his memories. 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 Loss, and Jem Carstairs explained that it was still possible for him and Clary because, not only could they be considered "true parabatai"—meaning their previous connection made them perfect candidates for becoming 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 managed to Ascend in time.
Simon successfully Ascended and became a Shadowhunter—with all of his memories coming back to him during the ceremony. However, George was not as lucky and died a gruesome death after drinking from the Mortal Cup. Sometime after, he visited George's grave at the London Institute. There he saw him and another woman in their ghostly forms and was prompted to take on the Lovelace name to honor his memory.
Mourning & new life
After becoming a Shadowhunter, Simon returned to New York and he and Clary underwent their parabatai ceremony. Though life should have been good, Simon grieved deeply for George. His friends did their best to support him through this and Clary and Izzy especially tried to be there for him, but Simon was not coping well. Though he tried to appear as his normal, happy, wise-cracking self, he was clearly depressed and had glum outlook on life.
In September, Alec called on his parabatai to assist him on a mission to Shanghai. Clary had decided that this was an opportunity for Simon to get more on-the-ground experience as a new Shadowhunter, since demon activity in New York had been minimal, and invited him as well. Simon initially did not want to go, telling Isabelle that he thought something terrible would happen. She dismissed his concerns and he agreed to go. Magnus was surprised that they all thought it was a wise idea to bring him considering his state of mind, but didn't interfere.
In Shanghai, Simon remained pessimistic of the situation but went along with the rest of them in all their adventures. In their encounters with demons, Simon was able to hold his own fairly well and was seemingly enjoying himself. Nevertheless, he was excited to get to go to a bookstore rather than further investigate. Later, though he wasn't particularly enthusiastic about it, Simon supported the others' idea of going into yet another hell dimension. He held on to Clary as they were sucked up into a tornado through the Portal to Diyu.
Once on the other side, Sammael snatched Simon before he could land with the others. He put Simon in a random hell chamber to be personally tortured. Sammael hated Simon and wished to see him punished for having killed his beloved, Lilith. Sammael planned to torture him for some time, starting off by hanging him up in chains and having him be cut up sporadically by blades. Simon was saved from wherever this plan was headed by his girlfriend riding in on a giant tiger and the arrival of his other friends. At their shelter in Reverse Shanghai's Xujiahui Cathedral, Simon told them they should just go home rather than face Sammael again. When the others explained that they had to try to stop Sammael's plans, Simon fought back saying that they could come back with reinforcements, that it was too much of gamble for just them. He continued to say that all they had done was gamble with everyone's lives and he couldn't take it anymore. That eventually, they would lose the gamble and someone would die because that's what Shadowhunters do—they just die for no reason. That that's what the Academy taught him from George's death and he couldn't understand how they kept risking themselves and everyone they love over and over again. He broke down crying and Isabelle comforted him.
This ended up being a turning point for Simon. He later apologized for his outburst as he understood that part of life was fighting to persevere the things you love and that he had to get used to not being an invulnerable vampire anymore. Though things didn't brighten up immediately, and Simon was in fact put through another torment by Sammael the following morning in the Hell of the Pit of Fire with his friends, Simon's outlook did begin to look up. When they returned home, Simon began cherishing his time with the people he loved, rather than dwelling on the negative and uncertainties of life. He soon regained his normal, jovial disposition and was once again excited about life as a Shadowhunter.
Simon eventually became one of the first Recruiters, a position created by the Consul Jia Penhallow, tasked with convincing potential candidates for Ascension into joining their ranks. Simon enjoyed his job, which usually involved helping scared Sighted mundanes. In this new life, Simon also managed to remain in contact with his family. His mother—who believed he had attended the military academy during his absence—remained oblivious to his Shadowhunter life and thought Isabelle to be a tattoo artist, while Rebecca was informed with bits of the Shadow World.
In 2012, Simon, in the spur of the moment after fighting a demon together, proposed to Isabelle—though he'd planned to propose to her some other time—and she said yes. Isabelle asked him to celebrate their engagement party immediately, to coincide with Max's birthday, for which he asked Clary's help.
A few weeks later, Izzy's father was killed in a council meeting by Annabel Blackthorn. She and Simon Portaled to Alicante to attend the funeral for him and Livvy Blackthorn—who died alongside Robert.
The day after the funeral, he and Isabelle paid Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs a visit before their journey to Faerie. They expressed concern that Jace and Clary hadn't returned from their trip at the appointed time and asked them to try to look for them while they were there. Following Izzy's lead, Simon offered Julian something of iron-make for use against the fey: his Dungeons and Dragons figurine, Lord Montgomery.
They later attended Julian's war council against the Cohort. That night they all camped out in Brocelind Forest and the following morning Simon was apart of the group that marched the tied up members of the Cohort to the parley after they had attempted to kill Jace and Clary. Battle soon broke out and Simon fought alongside his fiancée, parabatai, and friends.
He and Isabelle returned to the New York Institute some time after the battle to keep an eye on things. For the Cohort's sentencing meeting, they Projected in so that they could take part in the vote. When Alec was elected as Consul, Simon was seen waving to Alec in a congratulatory way.
In the weeks following the meeting, Simon became part of the crisis team in New York working on rebuilding and how to move forward after the Clave's exile from Idris. Simon was also helping set up the new Academy at Luke's farm. After three weeks of hard work, the group headed to Los Angeles for a party that would then turn into Magnus and Alec's wedding.
Personality and traits
|“||[Simon had] been fighting demons just as long as Clary had, had been a Downworlder himself, had been face-to-face with Raziel, and through all of it Magnus had grown impressed with his morale, his willingness to persevere and keep a brave face even when the situation seemed worse than impossible.||”|
Before their lives being changed by the Shadow 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.
Simon struggled with accepting that he was undead during his time as a vampire. He often chose to not feed, holding it off as long as he could. He also worried about life after his friends were gone, finding the prospect of remaining sixteen forever while his loved ones aged and died daunting. Despite this, he did not associate with other vampires much, favoring the continued company of his mortal friends instead of other fellow-immortal vampires. When he gained the ability to walk in daylight, he tried to lead a normal life.
As a Shadowhunter, Simon initially struggled with not being invulnerable and the risks they constantly took. Being aware of his own mortality, and his friends', after George's death, Simon became extremely cautious and pessimistic. He was eventually able to overcome this and soon return to the jovial attitude his friends expect of him. Aside from this, Simon seemed to adapt to life as a Shadowhunter fairly easily; his reflexes became sharper and he was a good fighter, capable of holding his own alongside the others. He became somewhat excited in the face of demons and, at one point, he even felt strangely naked having only one weapon on him, showing he was truly settling into the Shadowhunter ways.
Simon is said to be good-looking with dark brown hair and eyes, and beautiful eyelashes. He used to have a gangling figure but has since grown to become a bit more fit with broad shoulders.
Simon wears glasses and 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. Also, to hide the Mark of Cain on his forehead, he grew his hair out. 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 can 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.
- Parabatai bond: Due to his Parabatai bond with Clary, Simon can call up more stength in battle. Runes drawn on him by Clary also have a stonger effect.
- 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 could 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 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 could 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.
|“||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 afterward, 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 essentially 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.In 2012, Simon, in the spur of the moment after fighting a demon together, proposed to Isabelle—though he'd planned to propose to her some other time—and she said yes.
|“||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
Simon and Maia started as friends who got along and had a lot in common. When Simon was Turned into a vampire, Maia immediately became hostile, only due to the long-standing vampire-werewolf feud. Maia eventually softened up to him again, particularly during their time imprisoned together on Valentine's ship.The pair began to spend more time together after the Mortal War, and Maia eventually saw this as them dating, which Simon accepted. Without meaning to, Simon dated her and Isabelle simultaneously, unable to tell either about the other. Maia immediately ended things with him when they found out, in time for Maia to reconnect with her ex. Maia forgave him eventually, and they remained good friends.
|“||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
Simon and Clary met at the age of six and have been inseparable since. The two grew up together and became the best of friends, constantly in each other's company. At one point in their childhood, Simon began nursing romantic feelings for Clary, but she remained oblivious.
Their relationship became complicated when they were thrown into the Shadow World, where Simon insisted on following her into despite the risks. Eventually, after years of holding it in, Simon told Clary that he loved her. Clary did not act on it at first, having fallen in love with Jace herself, but when there came a time that they believed that she and Jace were siblings, they began dating. 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, accepting the fact that Clary may never love him the way she loved Jace.Though he was hurt at first, Simon got over it, and they remained best friends. The pair eventually became Parabatai—true parabatai, as Jem put it, because of their past, long history.
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 sometime 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.
Simon and Jace were initially hostile towards one another. Simon was jealous of Jace's growing romance with Clary, and Jace was distrustful of him, looking down at him for being a mundane, and was also jealous of his closeness with Clary. Eventually, Simon accepted that Jace and Clary loved each other dearly and stopped pursuing Clary. The two eventually, and slowly, grew to become good friends, though their general treatment of each other remained playful. They rarely speak about their friendship, but they support and care for one another.
Simon, Eric, Kirk, and Matt have known each other since they were kids. In their sophomore year, they formed a band; they frequently played video games and rehearsed together. Simon trusted them enough with the knowledge that he was a vampire, and they all trusted him enough to remain a friend close to him. This knowledge did not last when Simon's circumstance caused his and the memories of those around him to exclude his days as a vampire. Simon and Eric used to live next to each other. When Simon had no memories of Clary, Eric was his best friend.
|“||Simon had had good friends before. George was like having a brother.||”|
–Simon, The Fiery Trial
George was Simon's roommate and eventually his closest friend at the Academy. From the moment they met, they immediately hit it off. The pair grew closer in the years they spent together at the Academy, sharing and trusting each other with their secrets and always having each other's backs. The pair became close enough that George thought he'd ask Simon to be his parabatai, but knew that Simon only had his sights on Clary as a parabatai. George also considered Simon his best friend and confessed so to him in the morning of their last day at the Academy, telling Simon he knew that Simon didn't think the same of him since he had Clary but that it was okay. In response, Simon told George that he indeed had enough best friends, but he did not have a brother, not until George; a definition that seemed to feel right to both of them.Simon was devastated by George's death and decided to honor him by taking his surname after Ascension.
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- Simon is a vegetarian—something he struggled with greatly as a vampire but has since continued to stay true to in his Shadowhunter life.
- Though Simon is not the first Daylighter to be created according to Lilith, he is 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.
- Though Simon left the band in 2008, he still occasionally fills in as bass player when they need it.
- Simon wants to take Isabelle's surname—Lightwood—upon marriage.
- Though Shadowhunters do not celebrate Thanksgiving, Simon and Clary, having grown up mundane, missed it and started throwing their own Thanksgiving parties with their new friends and family. They've enjoyed introducing Izzy, Jace, Alec, and the others to such delicacies as green bean casserole and sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows.
- There was a time when Magnus—while they were on a mission together—made no effort to remember and use Simon's name and called him by several other names such as Sherwin, Smedley, Sheldon, Seamus, and Sherlock.
- Early copies of City of Bones state that Simon was the youngest of three siblings; this was because, in an earlier draft, he was set to have two sisters. This was retconned in later installments and corrected in updated editions and written off as a mistake.
- The surname Lewis is derived from the surname of Cassandra Clare and her husband, Joshua Lewis.
- Simon loves fire-messages.
- In 2010, Simon's soul attended the wedding of Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs on Blackfriars Bridge in his dreams. It soon faded from his memory.
- Official Clave Files in the City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition
- Sizzy's height — Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- City of Bones
- City of Ashes
- City of Glass
- City of Fallen Angels
- City of Lost Souls
- City of Heavenly Fire
- Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
- The Evil We Love
- The Fiery Trial
- Angels Twice Descending
- The Lost Book of the White
- A Long Conversation, a Lady Midnight extra
- Lady Midnight
- Queen of Air and Darkness
- A Love That Never Tires, a Queen of Air and Darkness extra
- The Lost Herondale
- Forever Fallen
- The Whitechapel Fiend
- Pale Kings and Princes
- An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld
- Nothing but Shadows
- A Q&A with Cassandra Clare — via Waterstones' Twitter
- The Land I Lost
- "When they get married he wants to take her name, but it hasn't happened yet!" Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- Shadowhunter Army November 2019 newsletter
- "... Simon having one sister instead of two" Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- "... from an earlier draft, in which he had two sisters." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- In Dreams Begin, a The Lost Book of the White extra