|“||For almost a century, I've closed myself off to feeling anything for anyone. Man or woman. You've unlocked something in me.||”|
Magnus Bane is an immortal, very powerful warlock who has lived for centuries. He was the former High Warlock of Brooklyn. Magnus is currently the boyfriend of Alec Lightwood, the head of the New York Institute.
When Magnus was nine years old, his mother realized that his cat eyes were a sign that he was part demon. She could not handle the fact that she bore the son of a demon, so she committed suicide by using a keris. Magnus found his mother's lifeless body in her bed moments before his step-father did. His step-father called him an abomination and blamed him for his mother's death. Magnus then killed him by burning him with his magic.
At one point, Magnus became involved with the musician Imasu Morales, who played the charango. The relationship lasted—much to Magnus's friend Ragnor Fell's surprise—but the couple eventually broke up. Magnus made no effort to fix the relationship, feeling that Imasu wanted more than he could give.
In 1857, Magnus sold his London house and purchased a ruby necklace to give to his then lover, Camille Belcourt. At one point during the early 1870s, life got very tough for Magnus that he attempted suicide at the Blackfriars Bridge. Camille stopped him, and he has since viewed her with much gratitude as his savior, and his "rock" in life. He and Camille broke up several times during the course of their relationship, and though he loved Camille very much, because of her cynical views of love and her emotionally manipulative tactics, she eventually broke his heart. When Magnus found out that she had been having an affair with a mundane Russian, they parted ways.
At one point, Magnus picked up the habit of helping new Downworlders navigate through the Downworld, wanting to help them in the way he would have needed it in his youth. One of the Downworlders he helped was Raphael Santiago, a newly-Turned vampire.
Decades later, Magnus had become the High Warlock of Brooklyn. Being well-known in the city, former Shadowhunter Jocelyn Fairchild went to him and begged him to take her daughter, Clary's, memories of the Shadow World. He warned against it, saying Jocelyn would essentially be deceiving her, but she insisted, and he obliged. Magnus went on to feed these memories to the Greater Demon Valak, in case Valentine came in search of the Cup.
One evening, Magnus was at his club when he spotted two Circle members inside. After a brief confrontation, he kicked them out. Clary later ran into him. Magnus recognized her, and Clary recalled a bit of him after catching a glimpse of his face as well. Additionally, Magnus realized that the Circle may come after Jocelyn again, so he called Dot to warn them.
When word of Valentine's return, and the fact that he was looking for the warlock that gave Jocelyn her sleeping potion, reached Magnus, he opened a Portal in his club and escaped with several other warlocks. Dot tried to stop him and convince him to help Clary; instead, Magnus offered to take her with him before disappearing into the Portal.
After being haunted by dreams of her memory of Magnus taking her memories, Clary finally told her friends about him, prompted by Simon's revelation that Camille suspected that it was Magnus who took them. The Shadowhunters of the New York Institute, believing that Magnus's hedonism and greed would get him out of hiding, set up a meeting with him, promising the necklace he'd given to Camille in exchange. Magnus, despite being in hiding with his people and in spite of and his adviser, Elias's pleas against it, agreed to go, as the necklace had great sentimental value for him.
They met at a rave at Hardtail, where Magnus told Clary that he cannot return her memories, as he had fed them to a memory demon Valak, to protect her and her mother in case Valentine ever interrogated and tortured him for Jocelyn and the Cup's whereabouts. When a Circle assassin arrived, Magnus immediately fled through Portal, but not before being saved and entranced by Alec Lightwood. Clary also accidentally grabbed a button from his coat, which Jace and Alec used to track him.
Upon his arrival at his previously heavily-warded lair, Circle members had already infiltrated the place and killed many of the warlocks seeking refuge there with him. The Shadowhunters he had just met with arrived and helped subdue the Circle members. Alec intervenes in a fight between Magnus and a Circle member, and Magnus was visibly charmed at first sight. Magnus moved the lair to a safer location and finally agreed to help Clary try to get her memories back. They summoned Valak, who then demanded a memory of their most beloved from each of them, but the bond was broken when Alec let go. Realizing that Alec was scared about Jace's reaction to finding out that he is Alec's loved one, Magnus tried to console him.
Not long after, Magnus called Alec to ask him out on a date. Alec initially agreed but quickly took his answer back; Magnus mistakenly believed that this was Alec playing hard to get, when in fact, Clary, who'd been left under his supervision, had run off.
When they discovered that it was Ragnor who made Jocelyn's potion for her, Magnus—to distract him from Alec's upcoming wedding with Lydia Branwell—accompanied Jace and Clary to Ragnor's house near London. Shortly after arriving, however, a Shax demon attacked and killed Ragnor. Though devastated, Magnus took Ragnor's things back to his apartment to continue investigating separately. While going through Ragnor's things, Magnus was haunted by his ghost, or his memory of Ragnor, his familiarity with his old friend telling him just the kind of advice Ragnor would say. Ragnor lectured him about love, and, realizing that he wanted to fight for Alec, Magnus rushed to the Institute. Alec noticed him the moment he arrived, and Alec promptly left Lydia at the altar to kiss Magnus.
Later, the group was able to find a bookmark that was once in the Book of the White. With it, Magnus was able to track it to Camille, who was then imprisoned in a coffin at the Hotel Dumort. When the Shadowhunters helped Camille escape, she demanded to be taken to Magnus's so he could make a Writ of Transmutation for her. While there, Camille taunted him about their past and his current love, kissing him just as Alec and his sister arrived to catch them. When the Book was finally found in Camille's apartment, Magnus was able to perform the spell and successfully woke Jocelyn.
Magnus continued his pattern of helping others, even Shadowhunters, now that his life was so intertwined with them due to the events of the past few weeks.
When Magnus was unable to track Jace after he joined Valentine, Alec lashed out at him and everyone around him. Alec one again approached him, this time to ask for his help to track Jace with his parabatai rune, which Magnus refused because of the risks, causing Alec to once again storm off. Magnus was then interviewed by the Institute's new stand-in head Victor Aldertree and was later banned from the Institute, along with all other Downworlders.
The tension between the new couple continued because of Alec's frustration at Jace's absence. When Alec accused Magnus of being ungrateful, Magnus called him out by reminding him that he did not stop his own wedding for Magnus, but for himself. Magnus left the Institute, refusing to be treated so horribly by Alec, and returned to his apartment. Alec eventually apologized to Magnus and the pair made up; Magnus told Alec not to push him away when things get difficult. Magnus then agreed to track Jace using the parabatai rune, but before Magnus could actually begin, Alec sensed Jace's presence, who was now back on land.
Meanwhile, Simon Lewis, Clary's friend and a new vampire, under dire circumstance, was desperate to find Camille. When Simon approached him for help, Magnus immediately told him that he shouldn't because she still likely held a grudge against him for their last encounter. Simon did not care and asked him to help look for Camille anyway. Magnus agreed, and he Portaled them to Camille's residence in Agra, India. While there, Magnus found a Ming dynasty vase that belonged to him, and while Simon looked for ways to find Camille, he took it upon himself to search for items that Camille never returned to him. Among those items, he found a keris, the weapon his mother used to kill herself when she learned of his true heritage.
Before they left, they also found the fire-breathing snake he had given to Camille as a gift. Once back in his apartment, Magnus offered to continue to help Simon as much as he can in navigating throughout the Downworld, not wanting Simon to go through the same thing he did, which was having to learn everything on his own.
When Alec fell into a coma while trying to track Jace with an adamas stone, Magnus used all the magic he could to try to wake him up but only managed to keep him as stable and alive as long as he could. Magnus realized that his magic could not help him, and that Alec likely needed Jace to recover. Against Aldertree's orders, he and Isabelle Portaled Alec to his loft to reunite with Jace, and Alec almost immediately recovered.
For defying his orders, Aldertree informed Magnus that he would be punished. This later turned out to be Raphael's torture, disguised as an interrogation for information on Camille. Desperate, Raphael finally approached Magnus for help, though he initially did not want to bother him with his problems. Because he had already been helping Simon with Camille, the box they found at Camille's, which turned out to be her grave dirt, gave them a way to summon Camille. Still harboring some form of love for Camille, Magnus summoned her alone, pondering giving her a chance. He condemned her for her actions, for being a negligent sire, and called her out for endangering Raphael, whom he saw as his own child. As soon as Camille tried to encanto him into letting her escape, he bid her farewell and sent her through a Portal to the Clave.
Later, when Jace needed a place to stay after leaving the Institute to get away from Aldertree, Jace went to his loft and Magnus let him stay.
Magnus continued to work on his new relationship with Alec. Realizing that they had yet to go on their first date because of their constantly busy lives, Magnus sent him a fire message claiming to have an emergency. He told Alec that they should go on their first date, insisting that making time for things he cares about will remind him of what he was fighting for in times of war and conflict. Alec agreed and the two went to the Hunter's Moon.
Their night began smoothly, with Magnus ordering them drinks and the two of them getting competitive playing pool. However, things soon took a turn. Magnus discovered that Alec had never been in a relationship before, which Alec was reluctant to admit as he did not want Magnus to treat him differently due to his lack of experience. Magnus was taken aback to hear Alec had been with no one else before. He then became nervous when Alec asked how many people he had been with, before finally letting Alec guess he had been with 17,000 people.
Self-conscious, Alec grew quiet and thoughtful, thinking all the way back to Magnus' loft after their date. Alec then expressed doubt about their relationship, wondering if they were too different to really make it work. Just as Alec was beginning to leave, he stopped and reconsidered, telling Magnus he didn't care how many people he had been with. Magnus returned the sentiment, stating he didn't care how many people Alec hadn't been with. Alec kissed Magnus and the two decide they want to put in effort for their relationship to be a good one.
Their first date was followed by many others, including trips to other parts of the world like Tokyo and Prague through Portal. From one of their trips, Alec bought Magnus an omamori charm, meant to protect the wearer and bring them luck. Magnus later opened up to Maia Roberts, a friend bartender at the Hunter's Moon, that it had been a long time since someone had given him a gift and he believed Alec was someone special.
Despite his long list of lovers and past relationships, Magnus felt vulnerable in his relationship with Alec. While Alec wanted to take the next step in their relationship, Magnus feared that if they moved too quickly, he would lose him. Alec reassured him that he did not have to worry about that, and the two slept together for the first time. During this intimate moment, Magnus lost control over his glamour and moved away, feeling self-conscious about his exposed warlock mark: his cat eyes. Magnus was afraid of Alec's reaction, but he reacted well, touching Magnus' face and telling him they were beautiful, that he was beautiful.
Later, as a way to show his mother that their relationship wasn't going to go away, Alec asked Magnus to host a party in honor of his brother Max receiving his first rune. During the party, the warlock Iris Rouse, cast a spell that affected Alec, Jace, and Clary, playing on some of their insecurities and fears. On his roof, Alec was going to commit suicide by jumping off, but Magnus arrived in time to save him. He was able to stop the spell and figure out that a red-haired cat he let in was the warlock in disguise. When he trapped Iris, he sent her to the Clave.
Clary's blood oath to find Madzie activated in the form of an old French spell, la chair brûlée, or "the burnt flesh." She went to Magnus for help, but he was unable to help, as blood oaths are binding and must be completed.
Threat of the Sword
Magnus attended a meeting called by werewolf and local pack leader Luke Garroway for Downworld representatives to discuss Valentine's plans with the Soul-Sword, which he intended to use to destroy all demons and Downworlders. Since Clary had the ability to activate the Sword, the Seelie Queen sent her knight Meliorn with the message to execute Clary. Raphael, representing the vampires, was in agreement with Meliorn, while Luke and Magnus did not.
During the meeting, Magnus found out that Raphael had been seeing Isabelle, which led him to remember when Isabelle claimed to be on a mission to crack down on the Downworlder drug trade. He deduced that she went to Raphael to get her fix and told Alec. He followed Alec to the Hotel Dumort where he found Alec punching Raphael. Magnus pulled Alec back with his magic. Alec lashed at Magnus for not telling him about Isabelle and the yin fen sooner and left with Isabelle in tow. Raphael claimed that he had feelings for Isabelle, but Magnus disagreed and said that he was merely blinded by his addiction.
To keep Valentine from getting to Clary, Luke and Jace took her to Magnus's where she would be safe. However, when Valentine showed her through a video call that he had slit Simon's throat, she insisted they go to save him, and Alec, whom Magnus was still worried about. Magnus Portaled them close to the Institute, but shortly after they arrived, Magnus's hands were held by some of the vampires from Raphael's clan to prevent him from casting any spell while Raphael moved to kill Clary. They were saved by Luke and Jace and were able to convince Raphael and the Seelies to unite against Valentine before he could activate the sword. They all split up, and Magnus and Clary began to search the Institute for Simon.
While searching for him, Magnus found Madzie. He approached the young warlock and told her that she was being used and lied to by Valentine. He offered to help her, and he took her to his good friend Catarina Loss. He made it back to the Institute after the slaughter of the Downworlders who entered the Institute had happened and found Alec, who was worried he was dead. The two confessed their love for one another and kissed.
For a mission that involved a Greater Demon who massacred a large number of mundanes, Alec brought Magnus a sample of dirt found on his victims. Magnus easily determined that the sand was from Duduael and that the demon was Azazel. Magnus set up a pentagram on the Institute courtyard and summoned Azazel, using Valentine and his knowledge of the Mortal Cup's location as an offering. However, Azazel's incredible power and Clary's sudden inability to work her Sun rune led to Azazel breaking free from the pentagram. While Magnus and the others were on the ground in pain over a screeching sound, Azazel swapped Magnus and Valentine's bodies.
Now in Valentine's body, Magnus was tortured by the Inquisitor as they tried to pry Valentine into telling them where the Mortal Cup was. The Agony rune made Magnus relive painful memories he spent centuries trying to forget. Everyone, including Alec, believed Valentine was trying to trick them by claiming he was Magnus. Even though her request to the Clave to execute Valentine was denied, Imogen ignored the order and prepared to kill him. At the last minute, the real Valentine appeared as a holographic message with Jace as his hostage. Imogen allowed Magnus to go to his apartment to meet Valentine and switch them back. When they were back in their own bodies, Valentine tried to escape through a Portal but was stopped first by Magnus, then by Clary. Left alone together, Alec asked the traumatized Magnus how he can fix things for him.
When various Shadowhunters turned up dead in New York with their runes carved out, the Clave was led to believe they could be facing a Downworlder uprising. To locate and prove Downworlders innocent, they instructed the Institute to gather DNA samples from Downworlders. Alec approached Magnus, still traumatized by the events of the body switch, for a sample; Magnus was upset that Alec was going along with the Clave and requesting that of him. He reluctantly agreed to the test, but it drove a wedge between him and his boyfriend.
As he drank away his pain, Dot arrived with dragonfly wings, still unaware that it had been Valentine who asked her for help with his magic. The two friends—and ex-lovers—drank and reminisced old times. The combination of drinking and dancing led them to share a moment, but Magnus stopped Dot before she could kiss him, stating that his heart belonged to Alec and that he was in love with him. Later on, Alec came back to Magnus and apologized for not following his gut, stating Magnus was right and he never had to prove himself to him.
When Alec was appointed by Jace as the new head of the Institute, he called for a cabinet meeting at the Institute with the heads of each local Downworlder faction in hopes of improving the Shadowhunter-Downworlder relations in New York. Magnus, being the High Warlock of Brooklyn, attended. Magnus was very supportive of Alec, but the discussion turned sour when he revealed that his and Valentine's minds switched bodies and that Valentine was walking freely at that time, infuriating Luke who pushed for Valentine's execution.
The trauma that the Agony rune caused stayed with Magnus for days, leaving him unable to sleep at night without seeing and dreaming of his worst memory. Each time Alec attempted to get Magnus to talk to him about it, he would claim he was fine and found ways out of the conversation. Finally, Alec refused to leave until Magnus talked to him, and he learned more about his past. He never wanted Alec to know the ugly truth about his past, but Alec reassured him that there was nothing ugly about him.
During a Cabinet meeting for Downworlders with Luke, Raphael, and the Seelie Queen, Magnus and Luke vouched for Alec. He told Alec about the meeting as they had dinner in Alec's office. It was shortly after that that Luke told Magnus that Valentine still had the Soul-Sword—that the Clave, even Alec, had lied to their faces to hide the fact that there was still a great risk to Downworlders, despite their recent conversations and plans about the total transparency of the Clave with the Downworld.
Magnus confronted Alec to find out if he really did hide the scary truth. Alec tried to explain, but Magnus reacted strongly, as he had told Alec his deepest secrets and had trusted him so completely; furthermore, lying about the Soul-Sword was dangerous for Magnus and his kind. Stunned by the lie and scared of the risk that the Clave's lies present to his kind, Magnus lashed, angry to have been fooled into thinking the Clave could change its ways. Luke tried to remind him to calm down, and that Alec would never mean him harm, but Magnus decided to set up another meeting with the Queen, remembering her warnings against the Clave's predictability about lying in their previous meetings. Though he recognized that she cannot always be trusted, she was also the most powerful being in the Downworld and they needed her against Valentine.
At the meeting with the Seelie Queen, Magnus, representing the warlocks, and Luke, for the werewolves, agreed to ally themselves with the Queen against Valentine. The Queen, however, wanted to be completely independent of the Clave, which Luke pointed out could mean going against the Shadowhunters. She gave Magnus, who was reluctant about breaking their alliance with the Nephilim so suddenly, an ultimatum in the form of a rose—when all the petals turn black, his time to consider is over.
During this time, Max was attacked and found injured at the Institute. Still not speaking to Alec, he refused to take his calls until Alec showed up at his door. Even then, he was about to close the door on him when Alec said he needed him, only stopping because Alec said it was about Max. Magnus was unable to help Max even with his magic, but he stayed at the Institute as Alec and his family worried for Max. As the others sought to track down Jonathan, Magnus made sure Max was safe.
Later, once it was clear Max would be okay, Magnus was approached by Alec. No longer so angry, Magnus let him speak his apology for the lie and told Alec he loved him, but that as a leader, he had certain decisions to make and Alec was getting in the way of that. He stated he could not both be a good leader and have Alec in his life, and walked away, deciding finally to side with the Queen.
The Queen promised to offer shelter and keep all Downworlders safe from the Soul-Sword and Valentine in her realm, in exchange for the warlocks becoming her loyal subjects, and he was able to convince Luke and Raphael to ally the werewolves and vampires with the Queen, leaving the Nephilim with few Downworlder allies. As part of their plans, Magnus gathered his warlocks to put up wards around the city to keep all Shadowhunters, specifically Valentine, from passing through, only to be betrayed by the Queen who made a deal with Valentine to protect the Seelies in exchange for passage to Idris, bypassing their wards.
Magnus later agreed to seal the rift to Edom opened by Jonathan, doing it to prevent any harm the demons going through the rift may cause. He stayed in the Institute to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the asmodei, when Alec suddenly writhed in pain and his parabatai rune faded. Worried for Jace and Clary, he Portaled to Idris with Alec and Isabelle and came in time to witness Raziel's summoning from afar. By the time they reached Lake Lyn, Valentine was already dead, and they found Jace and Clary alive. At the end of it all, at a party celebrating Valentine's demise, Magnus and Alec made up.
For his decision to lend the warlocks' support to the Seelie Queen against both Valentine and the Nephilim, Magnus was stripped of his title as High Warlock of Brooklyn, replaced by Lorenzo Rey. Magnus began seeing clients—including a previous customer, actress Stella Woods—who came to him for potions, spells, and other magical services. Magnus tried to hide his hurt from Alec, who came to him with news of a potential promotion as a Council delegate under the new Consul and even convinced him to take the opportunity. Magnus was unable to resist, however, and told Alec that he didn't want him to move to Idris for the job. Alec told him that he didn't want to either and told him that he was there to stay.
Magnus is fierce, intelligent, cunning, and wise. He is caring and deeply compassionate, understanding people's motivations with ease due to the experiences he's lived through over hundreds of years.
He is incredibly protective of his people, considering his role as their leader seriously and taking responsibility for the safety of all warlocks. This takes priority over his own happiness. He is often distrusting of Shadowhunters because of the Downworlders' history with them and their constant mistreatment of Magnus and his kind. Despite this, he is not past being friendly with Shadowhunters, especially those who do not mean them harm.
This protective instinct is not limited to warlocks only, as he has also helped many new Downworlders navigate through the Downworld. He made a promise to himself after having to learn everything about the Downworld on his own and has since harbored, protected, and guided other Downworlders. He considers all the Downworlders he's helped as his children, something that means a lot to him since warlocks cannot bear children of their own.
Magnus has difficulty leaving people who need help and guidance to fend for themselves, though he would sometimes request heavy payment from those affiliated with the Clave and their ideals, or complain as he lends people a hand. He also has a deep sense of gratitude towards those who help him and his people.
Aside from his power and skill, he is also known for his eccentric style and his exquisite tastes. Magnus can be sarcastic and never hesitates to snap a witty retort when annoyed or hurt. As much as he may appear aloof and uncaring at times, it hides how lonely his life has been and how vulnerable he can be.
As a warlock employed for his services or help, Magnus is incredibly reliable, able to come up with magical solutions for most problems. Despite usually requiring hefty payments, he has helped others countless of times free of charge, particularly during his tenure as High Warlock.
Magnus is openly bisexual, having been with many men and women, nor does he discriminate between kinds as he has dated mundanes, Downworlders, and, most recently, a Shadowhunter. After Camille broke his heart, he closed himself off to feeling love for anyone else. That changed briefly with his friend Dot, and again when he met Alec Lightwood.
Skills and abilities
- Immortality: As a warlock, Magnus has been granted immortality. Physically, Magnus does not age and has maintained the appearance of a young man for centuries.
- Magic: Magnus has access to magical powers that often manifest themselves as flames or smoky sparks at his fingertips. Magnus is capable of casting spells, performing summoning rituals, healing, and memory magic. His magic appears in different colors, depending on the type of magic and intent with which he is using it.
Camille and Magnus have known each other in as early as the 1850s. Magnus loved and cared for her, and though she returned his affection and even helped him through a rough patch, there came a time when Camille cheated on him with a mundane. She had begun to view love as fleeting for them immortals, no longer interested in finding true love.
- Magnus has had at least 17,000 lovers in his long life. He keeps a small box filled with mementos, one for each person he'd loved and outlived.
- Camille Belcourt (ex-girlfriend)
- Imasu Morales (ex-boyfriend)
- Dorothea Rollins (ex-girlfriend)
- George (former lover)
- Magnus claims to have slept with Michelangelo.
- Catarina Loss
- Catarina is one of Magnus's closest friends.
- Ragnor Fell
- Magnus and Ragnor had been friends for a long time. Ragnor was there to witness Magnus's ups and downs and various relationships, enough to be able to give effective advice that Magnus would listen to.
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- Magnus and Henry Branwell created the portal together.
- Magnus and Dot have gone to many Queen concerts together.
- Magnus's Clave records (saying he was believed to have been born in Batavia) and flashbacks (which shows a young Magnus with an Indonesian mother and a Dutchman as a stepfather) on the show support the idea that Magnus was born around the late 1590s (during the first Dutch expedition to Indonesia) or early 1600s (when Batavia was established) and is thus around the same age as his book counterpart, estimated as being around 400 years old.
- However, having 17,000 lovers, with some serious and long-term relationships in between, would be hard fit into 400 years, possibly unless he counts the flings and one-night stands. For this, showrunner Todd Slavkin has stated that he is much older that his book counterpart.
- Alec Lightwood has also stated that Magnus is at least 800 years old.
- In the books, Magnus always lied about his age and made wild claims to over-exaggerate his years. If his claims in the show are to be believed unlike in the books (and if the records and flashbacks are contradicted or explained in some way), the farthest possible basis for his age would be his claim about the Dead Sea (being "alive when the Dead Sea was just a lake that was feeling a little poorly")—a claim he also made in the books.
- Magnus is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr.. A young version of him was portrayed by Cassius Doroja in flashback scenes in the Season 2 episode A Problem of Memory.
- Showrunner Todd Slavkin pointed out a guitar pick in Magnus's box of mementos in Stronger Than Heaven and stated that it belonged to Freddie Mercury, whom Todd has stated was a good friend of Magnus.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 2x05: Dust and Shadows
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2x02: A Door Into the Dark
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 2x15: A Problem of Memory
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 1x12: Malec
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 1x04: Raising Hell
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 2x04: Day of Wrath
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 1x13: Morning Star
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 1x01: The Mortal Cup
- ↑ 1x02: The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy
- ↑ 1x05: Moo Shu to Go
- ↑ 2x01: This Guilty Blood
- ↑ 2x03: Parabatai Lost
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 2x06: Iron Sisters
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 2x07: How Are Thou Fallen
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 2x18: Awake, Arise, or be Forever Fallen
- ↑ 2x08: Love is a Devil
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 2x09: Bound By Blood
- ↑ 2x10: By the Light of Dawn
- ↑ 2x11: Mea Maxima Culpa
- ↑ 2x12: You Are Not Your Own
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 2x13: Those of Demon Blood
- ↑ 2x14: The Fair Folk
- ↑ 2x17: A Dark Reflection
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 2x19: Hail and Farewell
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 2x20: Beside Still Water
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 3x01: On Infernal Ground
- ↑ 3x02: The Powers That Be
- ↑ "Much significance behind every color choice in the show, especially the magic of Magnus" Todd Slavkin on Twitter
- ↑ 3x05: Stronger Than Heaven
- ↑ 1x08: Bad Blood
- ↑ "Way older" — Todd Slavkin on Twitter
- ↑ 3x06: A Window Into an Empty Room
- ↑ City of Ashes
- ↑ "Did anyone see the guitar pick in the box? That belonged to Freddie Mercury" Todd Slavkin on Twitter
- ↑ "... Magnus since he was so close with Freddie." Todd Slavkin on Twitter
- ↑ "#magnusbane #FreddieMercury #bestfriends " Todd Slavkin on Twitter
- ↑ "Freddie would have been proud #afriendshipfortheages" Todd Slavkin on Twitter