Clarissa "Clary" Adele Fray/Fairchild/Morgenstern is the main protagonist of the Mortal Instruments series. Clary, while spending time at a New York City nightclub, the Pandemonium, is stunned to observe a group of teenagers with apparent supernatural abilities: Jace, Isabelle, and Alec. She sees them attack a demon who had gone into the club, but soon realizes that she is the only person able to see them. After the battle, she is further introduced to the group of teens, who identify themselves as Shadowhunters, a race of humans who are physically enhanced with angel blood, who secretly protect humanity from demons with their powers. When her mother Jocelyn goes missing, Clary soon learns that the event is connected to the conflict between the Shadowhunters and their enemies. She then enters the Shadowhunter fold, using her newly revealed mystical abilities to assist the group while attempting to find her mother. In the process, she falls in love with fellow Shadowhunter, Jace Wayland.


Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Wayland is one of the best Shadowhunters of his time. He lives at the New York Institute with his adopted family. His legal name changes throughout the series, from Jace Wayland (when his father was thought to be Michael Wayland, but it was only Valentine pretending to be), to Jonathan Morgenstern (son of Valentine), to Jace Herondale (father Stephen Herondale, he is a Herondale by blood), however Clary tells him his name is Jace Lightwood, because his true family is the Lightwoods. The nickname "Jace" was given to him by Maryse Lightwood after his (fake) initials J.C (Jonathan Christopher), when he first began living with her and her family, because of his dislike for his name. Jace's sarcastic and cold remarks and behavior hides his tortured and angry demeanor, and his sarcasm is like his foster father's (Valentine). He and Clary fall in love in City of Bones, but after they find out they are siblings there are awkward situations through the next two books, what with Clary's headstrong refusal to be left out of conflicts, and both's attempts to get over each other by going out with other people.

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