Top 8 Shadowhunters Dads

June 14, 2022
Emily Ritter

These Shadowhunter dads are some of the BEST characters in the whole series! Whether they’re adoptive fathers, birth fathers, or both, these dads deserve all the love. Did your fave dad make this list? Beware: spoilers ahead if you haven’t read all the books!

Top 8 Shadowhunters Dads

8. Raphael Santiago 

Sire to Simon

“This is the worst party I’ve ever been to,” he said. “And I hate parties. People keep asking me whether I have extra superpowers, and I tell them they are thinking of Simon, whom I dislike.”

“That’s a little harsh,” said Alec.

“You have to be harsh with fledglings or they do not learn,” said Raphael sternly. “Besides, his jokes are stupid.”

“They’re not all gold,” Alec admitted.

The Red Scrolls of Magic

7. Gideon Lightwood 

Father to Barbara, Eugenia, and Thomas Lightwood

Lucie had seen her uncle Gideon and aunt Sophie only briefly when they had arrived to view Barbara’s body and collect Thomas. Both had seemed hollowed out, like puppets in the shapes of her uncle and aunt, going through the motions of what was necessary.

Chain of Gold

6. Henry Branwell

Father to Matthew and Charles Fairchild 

“Your mama and I had to wait some time for Charles Buford, and for you, and we thought you were both worth the wait,” said Father, and even in the midst of that awful moment he tried to smile for Matthew.

“Cast Long Shadows,”Ghosts of the Shadow Market

5. Gabriel Lightwood

Father to Anna and Christopher Lightwood

Anna stepped into the room.

Both her parents looked up. She saw them take in her new clothes, as well as her short hair. She stood in the doorway, bracing herself for whatever response was coming.
A long moment passed.

“I told you the blue waistcoat was the one,” Gabriel said to Cecily. “It brings out her eyes.”

“I did not disagree,” said Cecily, rocking the baby. “I just said she would also look very well in red.”

Anna began to smile.

“Every Exquisite Thing,”Ghosts of the Shadow Market

4. Luke Garroway 

Father of Clary Fray

“I’ve lost my sister. Jocelyn lost her son—again. And Clary’s still devastated over what happened with Simon. I’d like to be there for my daughter.”

3. Will Herondale

Father to James and Lucie Herondale 

Will broke into a run. He caught hold of his daughter and swept her into his arms. Tessa ran to James, dropping down to kneel beside him and fuss over his bruises and cuts.

Chain of Gold

2. Magnus Bane

Father to Max and Rafael Lightwood-Bane

He put the bottle down to one side and pressed his lips to the fuzzy curls covering his son’s head. He heard Max make a small murmuring sound in his ear. “Don’t worry,” Magnus murmured back. “We’re all in this together.”

“Born to Endless Night,” Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

1. Alec Lightwood-Bane

Father to Max and Rafael Lightwood-Bane

Max dropped his fury as swiftly as he’d assumed it. His blue brows knit. He seemed to be thinking deeply. “No bed!”he argued. “Stay up. Be with Rafe.” He sidled up to a stunned-lookingRafael and gave him a big hug. “I’m love him.”
Rafe hesitated, then hugged Max shyly back. The sight of them made Alec’s chest hurt.

“The Land I Lost,” Ghosts of the Shadow Market

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