Brief Summary

A strong girl with an open mind and a burning love for books. Even when dropped into unreal situations, always able to keep it classy. She’s intelligent, and extremely kind. Her lack of knowledge as to what her true speicies is canbe a constant distraction. And her kindness may backfire sometimes. Not wanting to hurt people she loves will, in turn, cause her pain.

– Courtesy of claryslay

Theresa Gray is a sixteen-year-old American warlock in Victorian-Era England. She has spent the first sixteen years of her life being overprotected by her Aunt Harriet after the death of her parents, Elizabeth and Richard, in a carriage accident. She lives almost all her life in books, dreaming of having the kind of adventures the heroines she reads about do.

Tessa has smooth, brown hair and steely grayish-blue eyes. She thinks herself average and her hair unruly. She is also considerably taller than other girls and boys her age. Magnus, in City of Fallen Angels, says she has a serious face. When reminiscing about past times (bonus content of Clockwork Prince) Magnus thinks of Tessa as pretty (along with Sophie), not traditionally beautiful but kindly attractive. Jem and Will both think she is pretty.

– Courtesy of The Shadowhunters’ Wiki

Why We Like Her

Tessa Grey, my darling, I remember you saying once that you were an ordinary looking girl. You are so wrong; you are amazingly beautiful on the inside and the outside. You care about everyone with all your heart and because of that you put all of your friends and others before yourself, no matter the gender, age or status. You have the bravery of all the greatest heroines you love; you are not afraid of anything and have faced many challenges. Things that would have broken 99.9% of other people but you stood firm. You kept going. Your wit and love of literature just shows that you are a young lady ahead of your time. They way you reply to Will’s wit with your own comebacks and that your not afraid to read books that others in your time would consider nothing but inappropriate. I have the deepest regard for you and I would give anything to meet you in real life, however unfortunately that cannot be. You are my favorite character of any books or movies ever created and there will always be a place for you in my heart. Keep strong Tessa, I know you stills have tough times ahead of you but keep resolute.  I know we can all rely on you. – theherondalegirl

She’s a girl we die-hard book lovers can relate to. Books keep her going and the characters in those books motivate her. She perfectly straddles the line between respectable woman and tenacious fighter. – Iceridden