|D.O.B.||Late 4th century or early 5th century|
|Age||Approximately 1600 years old|
|Title||The First Immortal, Immortal Elder|
|Relatives|| Helena Corvinus (wife)|
Marcus Corvinus (son)
William Corvinus (son)
Unnamed human Corvinus (son)
Michael Corvin (descendant)
Alexander Corvinus is an Hungarian warlord born during the early part of the fifth century. He is the eldest and most powerful of the Immortals. He is portrayed in the Underworld series by Derek Jacobi.
Alexander was an 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, by the Immortal gene. According to the prologue, in the novelization of Rise of the Lycans, Alexander's domain was a Duchy and Alexander was the "Duke of Corvinus".
Years later, with his wife Helena, he fathered three children, one being born as a mortal while the other two inherited the immortal strain in its active form: twin brothers Marcus and William. According to legend, 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 Viktor captured William and locked him in a secret prison for over 500 years, the location of which was kept from Marcus. When Viktor ordered his Vampire daughter executed for becoming impregnated by a Lycan, he inadvertently touched off a centuries long war between Lycans and Vampires.
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 in Underworld: Evolution that he believes he and his sons were oddities of nature, and that the world is not theirs to conquer but belongs to the humans. He refuses to help Selene and Michael Corvin kill either of his sons, but also denies aid to help Marcus in his quest to free his brother from his emprisonment.
At the time of Underworld: Evolution, Alexander is operating under the alias of Lorenz Macaro, and runs his operation from the ship Sancta Helena. He meets with Selene and Michael, who beg his help to destroy his sons. He reveals that no matter what they have become, he cannot help them. Alexander has come into possession of Viktor's body (and Viktor's half of the prison key that holds William Corvinus). 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.
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 and Marcus that Alexander could have stopped Marcus because he was "the oldest and most powerful" and because he "made no attempt to seize [his] destiny", 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 us to believe that despite his aged appearance Alexander is probably physically stronger than his descendants and quite capable of dispatching lesser immortals with ease. Although this is mainly speculation as it is unknown what power one gains from having the wholly active Corvinus Strain as opposed to its dormant or mutated forms. 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, humans soon discover the existence of the Immortal species, leading to the near extinction of both Vampires and Lycans.
- Corvin or Corvinus is a name assigned by Romanians to those who became warlords, nobles or even kings of Hungary. The first Corvin was Iancu de Hunedoara, Voivode of Transylvania, who married the Hungarian princess.
- Alexander's name in Hungarian is "Corvin Sándor".
- Alexander's domain was a Duchy and Alexander was the "Duke of Corvinus".
- Alexander possesses extraordinary mental strength and discipline, being able to listen to multiple news broadcasts at once, and being able to differenciate between all of them, and understand them regardless of language.
- Alexander is multilingual.
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