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Alexander Corvinus
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Underworld: Evolution
D.O.B. Late 4th or early 5th century
Age 1600
Hair Color White
Eyes Blue
Species Immortal
Title The First Immortal
Relatives Helena Corvinus (wife)
Marcus Corvinus (son)
William Corvinus (son)
Unnamed human Corvinus (son)
Michael Corvin (descendant)
Eve (descendant)
Status Deceased
Actor Derek Jacobi
Alexander Corvinus, the father of us all.

Alexander Corvinus is a Hungarian warlord and nobleman born during the early part of the fifth century. He is the patriarch of the Corvinus Clan, and the eldest and possibly the most powerful of the Immortals. He is portrayed in the Underworld series by Derek Jacobi.


Alexander was a Hungarian warlord who ascended to power in the early fifth century, just in time to watch his village ravaged by an unknown plague. Alexander was the only survivor of the plague. His body adapted to the virus, and through some unknown means consequently made him the first true Immortal and thus the original carrier of the Corvinus Strain.

Alexander Corvinus.

Years later, with his wife Helena, he fathered three children, twin brothers Marcus and William, who inherited the Corvinus Strain in its active form, and a third son born with the strain in its dormant form.

Marcus was bitten by a bat and became the first Vampire while William, bitten by a wolf, became the first Werewolf. William became a savage beast that was unable to ever assume human form again, something Alexander attributed to his uncontrollable rage. Marcus and his Vampire army led by Vampire warlord Viktor captured William and locked him in a secret prison for over 500 years, the location of which was kept hidden from Marcus. When Viktor ordered his Vampire daughter executed for becoming impregnated by a Lycan, he inadvertently touched off a centuries long war between Vampires and Lycans, the descendants of the Werewolves.

Disdaining direct involvement in the conflict himself, Alexander chose to keep the war contained from ever spilling into the mortal realm, assembling an organisation of human warriors to clean up any Vampire or Lycan bodies left behind after the battles in order to conceal their existence from the normal human population. Alexander states that he believes he and his sons are oddities of nature, and that the world is not theirs to conquer, but belongs to the humans.

Underworld: EvolutionEdit

By the early 21st century, Alexander is operating under the alias of Lorenz Macaro, and runs his operation from his ship, the Sancta Helena. He meets with Selene and Michael Corvin, a Vampire and Hybrid who are being hunted by Marcus, who beg his help to destroy his sons. He reveals that no matter what his children have become, he cannot help them.

Alexander has come into possession of Viktor's body, as well as Viktor's half of the prison key that holds William. He is visited by Marcus, who impales him with his wing talon and then a sword, then takes Viktor's half of the key and leaves him for dead.

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Alexander wounded.

As Alexander lies wounded on the floor, he calls Selene to him to drink some of his pure Immortal blood. The blood, he tells her, will make her "the future" and is her only hope of being strong enough to destroy the Corvinus brothers. After Selene and Michael leave, Alexander detonates a case of explosives on his ship, obliterating it in the harbor.


It is implied by Selene that Alexander could have stopped Marcus because he was "the oldest and most powerful", but Alexander instead allowed his son to wound him, saying that no matter how monstrous the pair had become they were still his sons. This situation therefore would lead viewers to believe that despite his aged appearance, Alexander is likely physically stronger than any of his descendants and quite capable of dispatching lesser Immortals with ease. It appears that Alexander chose to die, as he made no effort to heal his wound, most likely recognising that his sons would now have to be killed and not wanting to take that responsibility onto himself.

Because of Alexander's death and the slaughter of the Cleaners, the human crew Alexander uses to hide the secret existence of the Immortal clans, humans soon discover the existence of the Immortals, leading to the near extinction of both the Vampire and Lycan races.


  • Corvin or Corvinus is a name assigned by Romanians to those who became warlords, nobles or even a king of Hungary. The first Corvin was John Hunyadi (Ioannes Corvinus), Voivode of Transylvania, Regent-Governor of the Kingdom of Hungary, who married a Hungarian countess.
  • Alexander's name in Hungarian is "Corvin Sándor".
  • Alexander possesses extraordinary mental strength and discipline, being able to listen to multiple news broadcasts at once, and being able to differentiate between all of them, and understand them regardless of language.
  • Alexander is multilingual.
  • In the Underworld graphic novel, Alexander is mistakenly identified as being of 12th century birth, rather than 5th century.
  • According to the prologue in the novelization of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Alexander's domain was a Duchy and he was known as the "Duke of Corvinus".


Main article: Alexander Corvinus/Quotes


For a complete list of images of Alexander Corvinus, please visit the Alexander images category.

Underworld Characters
Vampire Elders

Marcus Corvinus - Amelia - Viktor

Vampire Council

Sonja - Coloman - Orsova

Death Dealers

Selene - Kahn - Kraven - Soren - Nathaniel - Rigel - Kosta - Sandor - Radu - Ivan - Mason - Istvan - Ilona


Erika - Andreas Tanis - Grushenka - Olga - Luka - Duncan - David - Thomas - Dmitri - Olivia - Lord Clovis - Timea - Zsuzsa


William Corvinus


Lucian - Raze - Singe - Trix - Pierce - Taylor - Xristo - Sabas - Gyorg - Thracius - Quint - Krandril - Regis - Darius

Hybrids / Corvinus Strain

Alexander Corvinus - Marcus Corvinus - Michael Corvin - Selene - Eve Corvin - Jacob Lane - Corvinus Clan - Quint Lane


Samuel - Colin Langely


Lida - Detective Sebastian - Selene's Father - Alan - Cecilia - The Third Corvinus Son - Adam Lockwood - Edward Vronski - Helena Corvinus - Leonid Florescu

Non-Canon Characters
Blood Enemy Characters

Nicolae - Grushenka - Leyba - Brother Ambrose - Yoshio

Eternal War Characters

Zak - Bolt - Ben - Cutter - Bruce - Blaze - Brutus

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Major Characters
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Start a Discussion Discussions about Alexander Corvinus

  • Status of the Corvinus Clan

    11 messages
    • Both brothers perish, and so do their Father the First immortal. Before the Father died he offered his blood to selene, and put his life in ...
    • Indeed she is. 
  • They've been silenced, "but otherwise unharmed"...

    3 messages
    • They didn't kill the witnesses. How they silenced them is never elaborated on (payoffs, blackmail, etc), but there is no doubt they did not k...
    • Have you read the books? They were not killed they were sent away, I kinda forgot what actully happned to them. =) I guess I have to read ...

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