Co-Leader of The 100
|“||Looks like you're my prisoner now||”|
|— Clarke to Anya [src]|
Clarke Griffin is a major character in the first and second seasons. She is portrayed by starring cast member Eliza Taylor, and debuts in the series premiere. Clarke is a co-leader of the 100. Clarke also serves as the primary medic for the 100.
She is a kind hearted, smart and extremely strong willed. This is shown when she is fighting to save Jaspers life after he is speared by a grounder. She stands up for what she believes in and usually tries to do what is right and what will save lives.
While on Earth, she often faces opposition and challenges, such as; trying to get to Mount Weather, saving Jasper's life, the truth about her father’s death, problems in and outside of camp, and the struggle with accepting the person she has become.
In season 1 only, she says the opening. (I was born in space....)
Early Life Edit
Clarke and her best friend Wells Jaha practice for the Unity Day Celebration. As Thelonious Jaha records their practice, Wells asks his father how the Ark stays in space. Clarke mentions that her dad told her it is the thrusters. Thelonious tells her that her father is correct.
When Clarke is sixteen, she overhears a conversation between her parents, Abigail Griffin and Jake Griffin, discussing the flaw. Clarke learns that life support on the Ark is failing. Later that day, Clarke plays chess with her best friend Wells Jaha. Clarke, distracted by the news, starts losing the game. During that time, Wells notices something is wrong with Clarke and questions her. Clarke swears him to secrecy and tells him about the flaw as well as her father’s plan to go public.
After coming home, Clarke overhears her father making a video to reveal the truth. She confronts him about the truth. She yells at her father and calls him suicidal or dumb because he plans to break into the communications mainframe. Clarke insists on helping him but her father tells her no. Moments later, the door to their home opens and Jake is arrested for treason. Clarke hugs him and promises to warn the people. She struggles with the guards who hold her back as her father is taken away.
That same night, Clarke finds her father before his execution and is able to say one final goodbye before Jake is floated for his crime. Clarke watches as her father is sucked out of the airlock and cries in her mother’s arms. Clarke repeatedly apologizes, thinking her father’s death was her fault. Her mother insists it was not her fault.
Sometime later, Clarke is arrested for treason and sent to juvenile lockup.
Throughout the Series Edit
In The 48, Clarke breaks free of her quarantine room and threatens Maya with a piece of broken glass and demands she takes her to see Monty. Clarke meets President Wallace and he reunites her with Monty and many other Delinquents in Mount Weather. She also learns that President Wallace is a painter, just like her. She "apologizes" to Maya and steals her key card for an escape plan, however, she is stopped by Maya, Jasper, and some guard members. Dante opens up to Clarke and tells her about how is mother and sister died many years ago due to exposure to the air on Earth. She seems to slightly accept Mount Weather by the end of the episode, and seems happy when Dante sends her canvases and paintbrushes.
In Inclement Weather, Clarke sits on her bed drawing. Jasper approaches her and tries to make small talk. The elevator opens up and they notice that Miller has been released from quarantine. Clarke greets him and tells Miller she is happy he's alive. Minutes later, an alarm is sounded. Worried, Clarke goes to Maya and asks her what is wrong. Maya explains that a team came back but someones injured or dying. Clarke races to the medical level to try and see who the person is.
When Clarke gets to the medical bay, she see that it isn't a Delinquent like she hoped. However, she sees a wound that she believes to be a gun shot wound. As Clarke is escorted out, another man comes into the room covered in burns.
At breakfast, Clarke approaches Dante and asks to see the body of the man with the bullet hole. Dante agrees and takes her to the medical ward. While there, Clarke is shown the exist wound and an arrowhead. Unsatisfied Clarke speculates that the Mountain Men are lying that the man was shot by an arrow. Jasper declares that right now, Clarke is the only danger to the 100.
Later that night, Clarke is left alone and opens up her stitches by cutting her wrist along a steel be frame. After being treated in the medical ward, Clarke discovers that the Mountain Men are draining Grounders of their blood. Clarke also finds Anya and other Grounders locked in cages.
In Reapercussions, she first appears reuniting with Anya at Mount Weather where they store the grounders. Once the two break free, they find themselves trapped in a small room, where they fall through a pit and into a cave. Once there, they discover they are in a tunnel with Reapers, and that the two have to work together to escape. However when they hear reapers in the distance, they hide in a cart. Unfortunately for them, a reaper starts pushing the cart all the way over to a group of other reapers. When the reapers are distracted, Clarke tells Anya they have to move, however Anya feels compelled as she does not feel it is right to leave her people. Eventually Anya decides to snap the neck of her fellow grounder her, sparing them the trouble of dealing with the reapers. However when time goes on, Anya remembers there differences, and she abandons Clarke. Eventually Clarke is caught by two Mountain Men in the cave, where they are about to take her back to an unknown location. However Anya comes back for Clarke, and the two get the drop on them by removing their masks. Eventually, both Clarke and Anya are forced to jump off a dam in order to escape Mount Weather. However when the two dry up on shore, Anya reveals that she only saved her to take her prisoner back to her people.
In Many Happy Returns Clarke is first seen being taken by Anya to her camp, but are quickly ambushed by mountain men. Clarke and Anya manage to escape, however they realize they are being tracked. Clarke realizes that Anya has a tracker on her arm. Clarke recommends taking it out herself, but Anya refuses and bites it out of her arm. As they continue, Clarke gets the drop on Anya and injects her with one of the tranquilizer darts from the mountain men, taking her as prisoner. As they reach the drop ship, Clarke sees a message that has been wiped off the dropship. Anya quickly rises and begins to fight her. Ultimately Clarke wins, punching her in the face several times. Clarke then sees a beacon, now aware of where her home is. As Anya and Clarke reach Camp Jaha, Clarke sets her free in a attempt to make amends with the grounders. They agree to work together, however this is quickly ended as an Ark Solider shoots Anya in the chest, killing her. Clarke, seeing her friend wounded attempts to save her life by putting pressure on the wound, but ultimately fails. She is then hit by one of The Ark guards, as they see her as a grounder.
In Human Trials, Clarke is first seen being taken in by Ark Guards into camp Jaha. Since she has mud on her face they assume she is a grounder, but Abby quickly recognizes her daughter, and has her let go. When she wakes up, her and Abby rejoice at the sight of each other, as both thought they were dead. Clarke then reunites with Raven, Bellamy and Octavia, but is very worried as to where Finn is. When trying to convince her mother that they need to go after Finn and Murphy, her mother denies her request as she just got Clarke back. Clarke then tells Bellamy that they'll need guns and they need to get out. Raven helps Clarke, Bellamy and Octavia escape with the help of Wick, who shuts off the electric fences. As the group moves forward, they find the Lincoln statue, which makes Octavia cry as it is the area where she lost Lincoln. As their journey continues, they begin to hear gunshots. When the group finally finds the Finn and Murphy, they stumble upon Murphy and Finn standing over dozens if grounder bodies. Everyone is in disbelief as to what Finn did. When he tries to get close to Clarke, she just steps back. All Finn could say to her is "I found you."
Physical Appearance Edit
Clarke is a beautiful young woman with pale complexion, blue eyes, a round face, dimple chin, and blonde hair. Her hair is often pulled back in a halfup-halfdown style throughout season one. Clarke is 5'4" (1.65 m) and has a medium to slim physique. Clarke is also shown to wear earrings. Generally, Clarke is covered in dirt and/or blood and she very rarely smiles.
She usually wears thermal long sleeve shirts with crotchet cuffs combined with a jacket, dark jeans, and boots. She is often shown in dark colors such as; black, gray, navy blue, dark green and tan.
While in Mount Weather Quarantine, Clarke was seen in stark white clothing, a tank top and capris. After being released from quarantine, she was seen in pastel colored clothing, a pale pink singlet, a light blue jacket and light blue capris.
Clarke is headstrong, determined, dependable, and intelligent. She will contemplate and ask questions before acting. However, she has been shown to make impulsive decisions. She is also fair, selfless, caring, and loyal to a fault. Even after his death, Clarke shows a high level of devotion and admiration towards her father. She is quick to call people out on their behavior. She has a natural maternal instinct, as shown when she comforts Charlotte and later protects her. While she certainly has a good head on her shoulders, she is quick to accuse, and has displayed poor judgment which resulted in Charlotte’s death.
Despite the harsh world she lives in, Clarke is fiercely determined to save everyone’s lives, even if they do not deserve to be saved; which is evident when she helps John Murphy, who once tried to kill her and is partially responsible for Charlotte’s death. Finn believes her desire to save everyone comes from the fact that she could not save her father. Clarke has a strong moral compass; even to the point of stopping Miller and other Delinquents from killing Anya, their enemy.
Unlike Bellamy Blake, her co-leader, Clarke is idealistic and sees no reason for torture, cruelty, or violence of any kind. She does not wish for violence or war and tries to avoid fighting. However, she will betray her beliefs to protect those she loves and cares for; which is seen when she gives Bellamy the go-ahead to torture Lincoln to save Finn. She also agrees with Bellamy on bringing guns into camp for protection, even if she does not like the thought.
Clarke tries to make the best decisions for the camp, which often leads to her undermining Bellamy’s authority and rule. Clarke has a surprisingly keen mind for warfare and strategy, a trait that takes Bellamy, Finn, and Raven completely by surprise.
Clarke is described as a natural born leader, especially by her mother; who mentions Clarke got her leadership qualities from her father. Clarke’s father once mentions she gets her stubbornness from her mother. She has often shown maturity and wisdom beyond her age. Though Clarke can be rather blunt and closed off, she does have a vulnerable side, which she only shows around those she loves and cares for. Like her mother, she is a healer and puts her skills to good use.
Clarke is also portrayed as artistic, one of her strengths which was seen as she drew along the walls of her cell.
Note: Click on a name, to see their relationship with Clarke Griffin.
Abigail Griffin Edit
- Main article: Clarke and Abigail
- "Earth, Clarke. You get to go to Earth."
- - Abigail [src]
Clarke is Abigail Griffin's daughter. Although the two are not close they both love one another. Before Clarke is sent down to Earth, Abigail tells her to be safe and that she loves her. After, Abigail watches over Clarke's vitals.
While on Earth, Clarke learns the truth about her father's death. This causes a rift between Clarke and her mother. To punish her mother for her father's death, she takes her wristband off, letting Abigail believe her to be dead. When Raven Reyes makes contact with the Ark, Clarke confronts her mother and tells her she knows the truth. Abigail tries to apologizes explain his death was never supposed to happen. Clarke truly believes she will never be able to forgive her mother for turning in her father.
When Clarke believes her mother to be dead, she is devastated.
Jake Griffin Edit
- "You get your stubbornness from your mother. That's what I love about both of you."
- - Jake to Clarke[src]
Clarke is Jake Griffin's daughter. They were very close while he was alive. Even after his death, Clarke speaks highly of her father and shows great devotion to him. Jake's death left her devastated and emotionally scarred. As a memento Clarke continued to wear her father's watch.
Clarke overhears a conversation between her mother and her father and learns the Ark is failing. Clarke learns her father plans to tell the citizens of the Ark. Clarke offered to help with her father's plan but he refused her because he didn't want to involve her. When Jake was arrested and later floated Clarke blamed herself for his death. She believed she killed him by telling Wells Jaha of Jake's plans.
However, Clarke later learns that his death was not her fault. Clarke refuses to forgive her mother for the part she played in Jake's death.
Wells Jaha Edit
- "How can you ever forgive me?"
- - Clarke to Wells.[src]
Clarke and Wells Jaha were best friends. They were best friends prior to being sent to Earth. It is shown that their families were close.
One day, Clarke told Wells that her father discovered that the Ark is dying. He promised he would not tell anybody. Later that night, Clarke's father was floated and she developed a hatred for Wells, believing him to have told his father.
Before Wells' death, the truth about Clarke's father's death is revealed. Clarke and Wells never got the chance to fix their friendship, as he was murdered the next morning.
Finn Collins Edit
- Main article: Clarke and Finn
- "I love you."
- - Finn to Clarke.[src]
Clarke and Finn Collins start off as friends. They eventually become romantically involved. Although Finn is in love with her, Clarke has refused to be romantically linked to Finn.
Finn accompanies Clarke on the journey to Mount Weather. While on the trip Finn learns that the Ark is dying and tells Clarke they need to warn the people. Later the two bond in the bioluminescent forest.
When Clarke searches for evidence of Jasper's whereabouts, Finn does not accompany her, at first. When he calls it a suicide mission, Clarke calls him a joke and leaves. Later he appears and joins the rescue party.
Clarke, Finn, and Wells look for medicine that can assist Jasper and eventually they are forced to take cover in a buried vehicle when an acidic fog appears. Clarke and Finn bond and talk about having fun. Later on, Finn explains to Clarke that Wells loves her and that she should forgive him. Finn is also quick to realize that it might not have been Wells who turned in Clarke's father. He asks Clarke this, leading her to realize that it wasn't Wells.
When things go wrong in camp, Clarke and Finn keep Charlotte protected after John Murphy seeks revenge for being accused of a crime he didn't commit. Finn leads the two to an underground bunker that he had found. That same night, Finn learns that all of the wristbands have been fried and loses hope that they will not contact the Ark. As a result he runs off to the underground bunker. Clarke follows after him and tries to calm him down. The two end up having sex.
Later that night, Clarke and Finn sit under the stars and see a falling pod, believing it to be a shooting star. Clarke is devastated after Raven Reyes, appears and is revealed to be Finn's girlfriend from the Ark.
Bellamy Blake Edit
- Main article: Clarke and Bellamy
- "Ready to be a badass Clarke?"
- - Bellamy to Clarke.[src]
The relationship between Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake starts out antagonistic towards each other. In the beginning, Bellamy shows a great amount of animosity towards Clarke and considers her to be "privileged". Bellamy looked down on Clarke because of her upbringing on the Ark. Meanwhile, Clarke often disagrees with the decisions Bellamy makes.
However, as season one goes on, their relationship develops into a partnership. Their partnership grows into a friendship filled with mutual respect and trust. They are both shown to care if the other lives or dies.
Bellamy and Clarke have been known to clash on many different occasions. This often leads them to be on the opposite sides of an argument. The two have also been known to contradict one another. One such occasion is when Bellamy makes a speech about staying at camp and fighting the Grounders. Minutes later, Clarke makes a contradicting speech about surviving to fight another day and that they should leave camp.
Clarke shows great concern for Bellamy during the fight with the Grounders. She refuses to close the door until Bellamy is back. When Clarke is forced to leave both Bellamy and Finn Collins outside to die, she is shown to be remorseful as she closes the Dropship door.
Other Relationships Edit
|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Appears|
|His Sister's Keeper||Appears|
|Contents Under Pressure||Appears|
|I Am Become Death||Appears|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Appears|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Appears|
|Many Happy Returns||Absent|
|Fog of War||Absent|
|Long Into an Abyss||Absent|
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Eliza Taylor is left-handed.
- This also makes Clarke left-handed.
- Her surname was originally going to be Walters, but it was changed to Griffin.
- In Pilot, Clarke mentions she still has 1 month before her 18th birthday.
- At the end of season one the 100 have been on Earth 29 days, which means her birthday is fast approaching.
- Clarke is described as a natural born leader.
- Clarke's eyes are blue, however they appear to be hazel in the right light.
- In We Are Grounders (Part 2), Clarke's eyes appear to be green.
- She is the daughter of a Doctor and Senior Environmental Engineer.
- This made her one of the "privileged" in the hierarchy the Ark created.
- Clarke's prisoner number on the Ark was "319". In the Mount Weather quarantine zone, it is 302-5.
- Clarke was in solitary confinement for 11 months.
- Clarke took her wristband off to punish her mother.
- She was unknowingly in a love triangle between Finn Collins and Raven Reyes.
- Although Clarke still feels something for Finn, she chooses to distance herself from him for Raven's sake.
- Clarke is the first person to kill another Delinquent. She mercy kills Atom in Earth Kills.
- Clarke is one of the four people to kill another Delinquent, the other three being Charlotte, Bellamy, and Murphy.
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See Also Edit
|The 100 Characters|