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Claire Augustus is a 24-year-old[1] graduate student[2] in library sciences[3] interning at the Williston Library of Smif College. She is sister of Clinton Augustus, daughter of Mrs. Augustus, and current girlfriend of Marten Reed.

Biography

Background

She is Clinton's sister[4] — not that she's particularly fond of the fact.[5] They are NOT twins.[6] They seem to be close and supportive underneath the squabbling and teasing. Their parents are divorced.[7]

Claire lived with her mother at 221 Elm, before moving in with Marten.[8] Claire has an undergraduate degree, and her graduate studies are supervised by Dr. Amelia Borogrove.[9] In addition to her studies, Claire also works as a teacher assistant.[10]

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Claire during her internship training in Number 2204: Basic Training

Claire is an intern at Smif College's library, along with Emily and Gabby.

Claire really wants to be a librarian and she likes books, too.[11]

Meeting Marten

After one night drinking[12] Claire started dating Marten.[13] Faye took the news pretty well, despite her recent break up with Angus.[14] Later, Claire moved into Marten and Faye's apartment, after realizing that she already spends most of her time at his place.[15]

Librarian exams

She has been stressing out about her comprehensive exams.[16] Claire talked to Clinton about it, but has been hiding it from Marten.[17] Pintsize helped Marten and Claire talk about her stress.[18]

After the exam finally happened,[19] topic of job opportunities for Claire came up.[20] After initial confusion and with some help from Faye, Marten realized that he was ready to move if needed.[21]

Claire rejected Pintsize's proposal to hack into university systems to find out results ahead of time.[22]

Personality

She tends to be a bit high-strung about her internship,[3] and jumped to the conclusion that the inept way Marten showed them around the library was "some kind of weird hazing ritual."[23] This may have been representative of a general tendency to jump to conclusions.[24]

Claire makes a conscious effort not to judge others' actions. However, she can react strongly to infidelity due to the past emotional trauma her father's actions caused and possibly due to jealousy.

She is good at taking things in stride in other circumstances, though, for example meeting Marten's family and even Pintsize.[25]

Claire has a spontaneous sense of humour and enjoys making puns based on things other people are saying and doing. She generally gets a poor response to her attempts. This clearly frustrates her as she often puts considerable effort into them. The only major character to laugh at her puns has been Emily Azuma and there is in-strip evidence that she didn't even understand the terminological reference Claire used to make the pun.[26]

Sex and drugs and rock & roll

Claire is a transgender woman. She started transitioning in college, and has been on hormone-replacement therapy since then.[27] She is the first known transgender character to appear in QC. Jeph revealed that he was nervous about revealing this fact, as he has wanted to include a trans character for years, but wanted to execute it properly.[28]

Claire is attracted to men.[29][30][31] Prior to meeting Marten she had romantic experience. She told Emily that she's never been kissed before,[32] and later told Marten that going out to dinner with him is her first date.[33] Claire was a virgin until she slept with Marten.[34]

Claire was seen drinking alcohol, and she seems unused to it,[35] and this has sometimes caused her brother to worry about her safety.[36] However, she seems to have developed a taste for scotch, being able to place the subtle flavors accurately.[37] Claire's first experience with marijuana caused her a panic attack.[38] Later, she smoked with her mom and Tai and had a good time at first, but smoked a bit too much.[39] During their trip, a dog wandered into the house. They named her Cosmo.[40]

Her musical tastes are eclectic but include the indie band Low[41] and the Smiths. She vehemently dislikes at least one techno piece.[42]

History

Claire's character is somewhat unusual in that Jeph had been sketching her out for some time prior to introducing her in the comic.[43]

Trivia

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Claire discovering her taste for scotch.

  • Claire has luxuriant but unruly[44][45][46] hair.
  • Claire owns a car,[47] and is one of the few main characters whose car has been seen in the comic. From the badge on the hatchback door, it is apparently a Mazda model. Its license plate number is 7YA-GH3.[48]
  • There is a funny strip just about Claire trying on dresses for Henry Reed's wedding.[49] The second montage is about preparation for going to the bar.[50]
  • Claire has a good taste for scotch.[51]
  • Newspost of Number 3039: Right On Her Chest includes a hypothetical Claire's tattoo.

Memorable quotes

  • There's plenty of AI fish in the digital sea![52]

Speculation

Claire and Hannelore share a love of organization[53] and might become friends. Marten is aware of her gender history (as is Emily, though their friends are not), and is her supervisor at the library. It will be interesting to see Jacques explore (or have his characters explore) this relationship. Recently, Marten and Claire have kissed and told Hannelore and Tai about their relationship. Tai has then told everyone she knew in strip 2824.

Marigold lives at an apartment whose street address is 14 Elm Grove Lane whilst Claire and her mother live at "221 Elm". It is possible that this is the same street although this has yet to be confirmed.

A fan (Josh Bryant, aka "Su1c1deK1ng") noted on Twitter that Claire may be an unintentional copy of a character in Calvin and Hobbes.[54]

Gallery

References

  1. Number 2272: That Is A Great Bag IMO
  2. Number 2205: Some Sort Of Bizarre Gauntlet
  3. 3.0 3.1 Number 2207: 1851 Vintage
  4. Number 2244: Family Resemblance
  5. Number 2278: Can't Really Blame Her
  6. Number 2277: Acid Meet Base
  7. Number 2371: What About Funny Impressions?
  8. Number 2805: Also, Free Pancakes
  9. Number 2946: Grow Your Own
  10. Number 3152: Yer A TA, Harry
  11. Number 2208: She Almost Burst Into Song
  12. Number 2801: Cooler Heads
  13. Number 2807: Nose Grows Some
  14. Number 2894: Eat That Foot
  15. Number 3466: Divided Four WaysNumber 3472: Disassembly
  16. 3773: Hmmmmmm
  17. 3791: It's Going Great
  18. ­3810: A River In Egypt3818: Watch Your Step
  19. 3970: Face The Day3977: The Clock Is Ticking
  20. 3978: Yikes Emoji
  21. 3980: He Came To The Right Place3985: I Mean, Maybe
  22. 4091: Zero Cool
  23. Number 2204: Basic Training
  24. Number 2370: Assume The Worst
  25. Number 2459: Chekhov's Paddle
  26. Number 2368: Chariots Of Fire
  27. Number 2324: Coffee Talk
  28. Number 2323: Willingly Ignorant
  29. Number 2301: Big Pimpin'
  30. Number 2367: Sick Delts, Bro
  31. Number 2380: Retirement Fund
  32. Number 2571: Shocking Revelations
  33. Number 2829: Spikes And Crocodiles
  34. Number 2890: ComfortNumber 2892: Maybe Some Contacts
  35. Number 2384: Must Be A Highland
  36. Number 2426: Hasn't Happened Since 12th Grade
  37. Number 2400: Kwiscotch Haderach
  38. 3719: Cooler Parties
  39. 3867: Rebellion!3877: Profundity
  40. 3878: Henlo3881: Cosmography
  41. Number 2362: James? John? Jebediah?
  42. https://twitter.com/ClaireAugustus/status/342762783559000064
  43. http://jephjacques.com/post/16684038774/no-idea-who-this-is-but-shes-been-showing-up-in
  44. Number 2360: It's Full Of Chipmunks
  45. Number 2435: Hair Beware
  46. 3672: Feels Like We've Been Hair Before
  47. Number 2377: Gone In A Flash
  48. Number 2378: Road Trip Report
  49. Number 2397: Fitting Room
  50. Number 2791: Another Dressing
  51. Number 2400: Kwiscotch Haderach
  52. 3691: Everyone Loves Crab Girlfriend
  53. Number 2208: She Almost Burst Into Song
  54. https://twitter.com/jephjacques/status/272104816757579776
  55. http://jephjacques.com/post/24635663384/qa-dump-39
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