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The Shadowhunter Chronicles is a media franchise created by Cassandra Clare, spun off from her Young Adult novel series The Mortal Instruments.

The titular Shadowhunters are demon-slaying humans with angel blood. They keep normal people (known as mundanes) safe from demons and Downworlders, which are various mythological and fantastic creatures like werewolves, faeries, and vampires.

The franchise consists of the following media:Literature

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Live-Action Film

Live-Action TV

  • Shadowhunters (2016-2019): A series adapting The Mortal Instruments, starring Katherine McNamara as Clary and Dominic Sherwood as Jace. The series ran on Freeform for three seasons before being cancelled in 2018. Two extra episodes were commissioned to wrap up the story; these premiered in 2019.

Other Media

  • A graphic novel adaptation of The Mortal Instruments
  • A mobile video game adaptation of City of Bones
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  • Manga adaptations of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices

Tropes common across the franchise:

  • Demon Slaying: The main characters' primary occupations. Because they possess angel's blood, they are capable of killing demons.
  • Fantastic Racism: Relations between the Shadowhunters (human) and the Downworlders (fantasy creatures) have always been testy, with the former looking down on the latter.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Humans coexist alongside angels, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, faerie, etcetera.
  • Urban Fantasy: Most of the novels are set in the 21st century, and features a Fantasy Kitchen Sink living alongside humans. The exception is the Infernal Devices setting, instead a Victorian-era Gaslamp Fantasy.
  • The ’Verse: A shared universe, with multiple characters appearing across different media.
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