Top 8 Shadowhunters Sibling Pairs

July 27, 2022
Emily Ritter

We have so many favorite characters from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series, and many of them are from the same families! These siblings face the best of times and the worst of times together, something that many of us can relate to. Did your favorite sibling pairing make this list? 

Top 8 Shadowhunters Sibling Pairs

8. Christopher & Anna Lightwood

“Can you keep an eye on Christopher while we are talking? Make sure he doesn’t set anything on fire. Or anyone.”

“Yes,” Anna said automatically, “of course.”

– “Every Exquisite Thing,” Ghosts of the Shadow Market


7. Gabriel & Gideon Lightwood

“Father…” Gabriel began. “Father is a worm.”

Gideon shot Will a reproachful look before turning back to his brother. “What do you mean, Gabriel? What did Father do?”

Gabriel shook his head. “He’s a worm,” he said again, tonelessly.

“I know. He has brought shame on the name of Lightwood, and lied to both of us. He shamed and destroyed our mother. But we need not be like him.”

Gabriel pulled away from his brother’s grip, his teeth suddenly flashing in an angry scowl.

“You’re not listening to me,” he said. “He’s a worm. A worm. A bloody great serpentlike thing.

Clockwork Princess


6. Alastair & Cordelia Carstairs

A demon lunged for Alastair: Cordelia brought Cortana down in a great curving arc, severing its head.

Alastair looked peevish. “Really,” he said. “I could have done that on my own.”

Cordelia considered killing Alastair, but there was no time—

Chain of Gold


5. Will & Cecily Herondale

“Cecy, what are you doing here?”

She took a step forward, then paused on the threshold, glancing down at her bare feet. “I could ask of you the same.”

“I like to talk to the horses at night. They make good company. And you should not be out and about in your nightgown. There are Lightwoods wandering these halls.”

Clockwork Princess


4. Matthew & Charles Fairchild

Matthew drew away and fell to his knees… He laid his hand, long and slender, glittering with his signet ring, on his brother’s cheek. “Charles,” he said breathlessly. “Hang on, Charlie. We’ll get you help. We’ll—”

Chain of Iron


3. Jesse & Grace Blackthorn

Jesse noticed her odd expression but didn’t press her to tell him what she was thinking. Insteadhe went on making his point. “What if one day we were attacked by demons? Someone would have to protect our family.”

“Will you train me, too?” Grace said, in a rush, and her brother broke into a smile that made her burst into tears, overwhelmed by the sudden feeling of being cared for. Of being cared about. Of belonging to something larger than herself.

Chain of Iron


BONUS: Helen, Mark, Julian, Livvy, Ty, Dru, & Tavvy Blackthorn (we couldn’t pick just one pair!)

And Julian, of course, standing over the kitchen range, flipping pancakes with the ease of an expert…

Be normal, she thought. This is a happy, ordinary meal with family.

“You made pancakes?” she said, keeping her tone cheerful. “What brought that on?”

“Sometimes when you start a war, you want to make pancakes,” Julian said, slipping two pancakes onto a plate and holding it out to Emma.

Queen of Air and Darkness


2. Alec & Izzy Lightwood

What is he doing here?”

Isabelle tugged her tank top back down and glared at her brother. “You don’t knock now?”

“It—It’s my bedroom!” Alec spluttered. He seemed to be deliberately trying not to look at Izzy and Simon, who were indeed in a very compromising position.

City of Heavenly Fire


1. James & Lucie Herondale

“Cruel Prince James strode into the chamber, his cape flashing behind him and his terrible, terrible mustache askew with rage,” Lucie narrated the moment James walked through the door.“

Does it need be said twice that it’s terrible?” James said.

“He required a hot beverage to soothe his throat, parched from barking out his wicked commands all day. Tea, he thought, yes, tea and revenge.”

“I’ll just go put the kettle on,” James sighed.

Chain of Gold

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