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Alexander Corvinus
Underworld character
Publication information
First appearance Underworld: Evolution
Created by Kevin Grevioux
Len Wiseman &
Danny McBride
Portrayer Derek Jacobi[1]
Species Immortal
Gender Male
Occupation Former Warlord
Family Helena (wife, deceased), Markus and William Corvinus (twin sons, deceased) , unnamed Corvinus son(deceased) Michael Corvin (decendant)

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Alexander Corvinus (in hungarian: Corvin Sándor) is a fictional character from the film and novel Underworld: Evolution.[2] He is the first true Immortal in the Underworld movies and is the father of Marcus Corvinus and William Corvinus, as well as an ancestor of Michael Corvin. He is portrayed by Derek Jacobi.[3]


Alexander was a Hungarian warlord who lived in the early fifth century. He ascended to power just in time to watch his village ravaged by an unknown plague. Alexander was the only survivor of the plague. His body had adapted to the virus, and through some unknown means consequently made him immortal.

Years later, with his wife Helena, he fathered three children, two of whom inherited the immortal strain in its active form: twin brothers Markus and William. Markus was bitten by a bat and became the first vampire. William was bitten by a wolf and 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. Only Alexander's third son (who inherited the immortal strain in its inactive form) remained a mortal human. Markus and his vampire army (led by Viktor) captured his brother William and locked him in a secret prison for over 500 years, the location of which was kept from Markus. When Viktor ordered his vampire daughter executed for becoming pregnant by a Lycan, he inadvertently touched off a centuries long war between werewolves and vampires. Alexander chose to keep the war contained from ever spilling into the mortal realm. He hired humans to clean up after the battles and to help 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.

At the time of Underworld: Evolution, Alexander was operating under the alias of Lorenz Macaro, and ran his operation from the ship Sancta Helena. He meets with Selene and Michael, who beg his help to destroy Marcus and William. He reveals that no matter what they have become, he cannot help Selene and Michael against them, for they are, after all, his own sons. Alexander has come into possession of Viktor's body (and Viktor's half of the prison key that holds William Corvinus). Alexander is visited by Markus, who impales him with his wing talon, takes Viktor's half of the key and leaves him for dead.

As Alexander lay dying, 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.

See also


  1. Dominique Mainon, James Ursini, Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006), 384.
  2. Greg Cox, Underworld: Evolution (Simon and Schuster, 2006), 182.
  3. Observer Reporter, Underworld Evolution - Better than the first," The Jamaica Observer (February 10, 2006).

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