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Clarke Griffin
Biographical Information







Alive (Quarantined)


Co-Leader of The 100


The 100

Family Information

Earth (current)
the Ark (former)


Abigail Griffin (mother)
Jake Griffin (father)

Other Information
Significant Kills

Atom (euthanasia)


Eliza Taylor
Ella Pitkin (Young Clarke)


One, Two

First Appearance


Last Appearance

We Are Grounders (Part 2)

Hey, you saved my life today. You may be a total ass half the time, but I need you. We all need you. None of us would've survived this place if it wasn't for you. You want forgiveness? Fine, I'll give it to you. You're forgiven, but you can't run, Bellamy. You have to come back with me. You have to face it.
— Clarke to an upset Bellamy. [src]

Clarke Griffin is one of the female protagonists of The 100. She is the daughter of Doctor Abigail Griffin and Senior Environmental Engineer and Deputy Resource Officer Jake Griffin. She is the ex-best friend of Wells Jaha. She has stable friendships with Jasper Jordan, and Monty Green. She was caught up in a love triangle between Finn Collins and Raven Reyes, until she made the choice to distance herself from Finn. She has also become friends with Bellamy Blake and mentions that she trusts him. Clarke, alongside Bellamy, is a co-leader of the 100. Clarke also serves as the primary medic for the 100.

Because of her crime, Clarke is "expendable" and is chosen as one of the 100 Delinquents sent down to Earth to see if it is survivable.

While on Earth, she has faced many 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.

The truth about her father's death causes a rift between Clarke and her mother. Clarke truly believes she will never be able to forgive her mother for turning in her father.

When Clarke learns that the 100 are in danger she is forced to make decisions she never wanted to make.

After the battle with the Grounders, Clarke is alive. Shortly after the Mountain Men invade camp and seemingly capture the 100, Clarke awakes to find she is being held inside the Mount Weather Quarantine Ward.

Early Life Edit


Young Clarke and Wells practice for the Unity Day Celebration.

When Clarke was young, she and her best friend Wells Jaha practiced for the Unity Day Celebration. As Thelonious Jaha recorded their practice, Wells asks his father how the Ark stays in space. Clarke mentions that her dad told her it’s the thrusters. Thelonious tells her that her father is correct.

When Clarke was sixteen, she overhears a conversation between her parents, Abigail Griffin and Jake Griffin, discussing the flaw and learns that life support on the Ark is failing. Clarke hears her father mention that the people have a right to know. However, Abigail and the council do not agree because they are afraid it would cause a panic. Abigail begs her husband not to say anything and to do it for Clarke. However her father declares what he plans to do is for Clarke.


Clarke tells Wells about the flaw in the system and her father's plan.

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 it. She yells at her father and calls him suicidal or dumb because he plans to break into the communications mainframe, making his mission a suicide mission. 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.


Clarke hugs her father one last time.

That same night, Clarke finds her father before his execution and is able to say one final goodbye before Jake is floated for his crimes. 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 wasn't her fault.

Sometime later, Clarke is arrested for treason and sent to juvenile lockup.

Throughout the Series Edit

Physical Appearance Edit


One of Clarke's outfits.



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 or down. Her hair is first seen straight and becomes naturally wavy throughout the rest of season one. Clarke is 5'5" (1.65 m) and has a slim physique. Clarke is also shown to wear earrings. Generally, Clarke is covered in dirt and/or blood.

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, blue, and tan.

While in Mount Weather Clarke wears stark white clothing, a tank top and capris.

Eliza Taylor stated that "Clarke very rarely smiles".

Personality Edit

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 don't deserve it; which was 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 couldn't 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 it. 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 doesn't like it.

Clarke tries to make the best decisions for the camp which often leads to her under-minding 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 got 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 has 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.


Abigail Griffin Edit

Main article: Clarke and Abigail
"Earth, Clarke. You get to go to Earth."
- Abigail [src]

Abigail is Clarke's mother. Although the two weren't close, Clarke loved her mother very much. However, while on Earth Clarke finds out the truth about her father's death. This causes a rift between Clarke and her mother. Clarke truly believes she will never be able to forgive her mother for turning in her father.

Jake Griffin Edit

Main article: Clarke and Jake

Jake is Clarke's father. Clarke loved him and was close to him. Clarke overheard a conversation between her mother and her father and learned about the Ark failing. Clarke learned her father planned to tell the people. As a result Jake is executed. Clarke is emotionally scarred and devastated by her father's death. For a long while, Clarke believed her father's death was her fault for telling her best friend his plan. However, it is revealed that it was not her fault. As a memento Clarke continues to wear her father's watch.

Wells Jaha Edit

Main article: Clarke and Wells

Wells was Clarke's best friend. They were best friends prior to being sent to Earth. This is shown that their families were close. One day, Clarke told Wells that her father discovered that the Ark is dying. He promised he wouldn't 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 his 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

Finn is one of Clarke's closest friends and eventual love interest. Finn and Clarke search for evidence of Jasper's whereabouts together. Eventually they find him and bring him back to camp. In Earth Kills, Clarke, Finn and Wells look for medicine that can assist Jasper and eventually they are forced to take cover in a buried vehicle. 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.

In Murphy's Law, Clarke and Finn keep Charlotte protected after she killed Wells and hide in a buried house. That same night, after Charlotte committed suicide, Clarke and Finn return to the buried house and have sex. In Twilight's Last Gleaming, Clarke and Finn sit under the stars and see a falling pod, believed to be a shooting star. She is later upset at Finn after Raven, Finn's girlfriend from the Ark arrives on Earth.

Bellamy Blake Edit

Main article: Clarke and Bellamy

Clarke and Bellamy seem to have an neutral relationship, as she often frowns on some of his leadership decisions. However, sometimes they come to an agreement. In Murphy's Law, Clarke suggests to Bellamy to make rules for the camp and he does. In Twilight's Last Gleaming, Clarke is annoyed by Bellamy's act to find the radio that allows contact between Earth and the Ark. She tracks him down and confronts him, saying he does what he does for Octavia. He somewhat agrees with Clarke's words and decides to form a search party to find the radio he tossed in the river. During that night, after the rocket launcher is finished, Bellamy and Clarke stand beside each other, looking up at the sky. Despite the fact they disagree most of the time, they respect each other's opinions. Clarke later on, reveals that she trusts Bellamy after both of them have taken the supplies that the ark gave to the 100.

Other Relationships Edit

Appearances Edit

Season One
Episode Appearance Status
Pilot Appears
Earth Skills Appears
Earth Kills Appears
Murphy's Law Appears
Twilight's Last Gleaming Appears
His Sister's Keeper Appears
Contents Under Pressure Appears
Day Trip Appears
Unity Day Appears
I Am Become Death Appears
The Calm Appears
We Are Grounders (Part 1) Appears
We Are Grounders (Part 2) Appears

Quotes Edit

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.
  • Clarke is described as a natural born leader.
  • Clarke's eyes are blue, however they appear to be hazel in the right light.
  • 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 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 choose to distance herself from him for the sake of Raven.
  • Clarke is the first to kill another Delinquent.

Gallery Edit


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See Also Edit

The 100 Characters
Main Characters

Abigail GriffinBellamy BlakeClarke GriffinFinn CollinsJasper JordanLincolnMarcus KaneMonty GreenOctavia BlakeRaven ReyesThelonious JahaWells Jaha

Recurring Characters

AtomAnyaCharlotteCommander ShumwayDiana SydneyJacksonJake GriffinJohn MbegeJohn MurphyJonesMillerMonroeRaven ReyesSinclair

Minor Characters

Aurora BlakeCallie CartwigConnorCuyler RidleyDax • Del • DerekDiggsDrew • Fox • Glen DicksonHarperMylesNygelPascalReese LemkinRoma • Sterling • Tor LemkinTrinaTristanVera Kane

Deceased Characters

Aurora BlakeJake GriffinGlen DicksonTrinaPascalAtomWells JahaCharlotteTor LemkinJohn MbegeDiggsRomaDaxVera KaneCommander ShumwayDiana SydneyCuyler RidleyDerekConnorMylesDrew

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