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Name: Shadowhunters
Abbreviation(s): SH
Creator: Ed Decter, based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Date(s): January 12, 2016 – present
Medium: Television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Official Freeform site
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Shadowhunters is a television series produced for Freeform based on Cassandra Clare's novels in The Mortal Instruments series.


Clary Fray has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy of Arts. On her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood who protect humans from demons. That night, Clary's mother, Jocelyn, is abducted by a group of rogue Shadowhunters called the Circle. Their leader is Jocelyn's ex-husband, Valentine Morgenstern.
With her mother missing, Clary turns to Luke, a person she trusted, only to seemingly be betrayed. Clary joins up with a band of Shadowhunters to save her mother and discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with the mysterious, narcissistic, and attractive Shadowhunter Jace, and also her loyal and geeky friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.[1]


The fandom controversy between book and series fans focuses on the different adaptation choices made by the series. Cassandra Clare is also often an outspoken opponent of the series, tweeting criticism of Ed Decter and the cast.[2] In spite of her call for fandom unity, fans continue to the age old debate of book vs. adaptation.[3].

In June 2018 Freeform announced it would not renew the show for another season. The fandom mobilized in hopes the show will be picked up. They created trending Twitter hashtags #SaveShadowhunters, #SavetheShadowWorld, and #pickupshadowhunters in addition to posting hourly to boost trending hashtags. This came as a particular blow to the fandom as it was cancelled during Pride Month.


  • Malec (Alec Lightwood/Magnus Bane) was listed as number five in the Top 20 most reblogged ships in 2016 on Tumblr[4].


Common pairings include:

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • All Human AU: were none of the characters have magical abilities and there are no demons
  • Hurt/Comfort: characters helping each other after traumatic events
  • Crossovers: with other fandoms that contain magical elements, the most popular being Teen Wolf Another crossover is Shadowhunters/Harry Potter universe.






  1. Shadowhunters wikipedia
  2. [1], Electric Boogaloo
  3. Cassandra Clare and Fandom Unite
  4. 2016’s Top Ships