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.



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]


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.[10]

Meeting Marten

After one night drinking[11] Claire started dating Marten.[12] Faye took the news pretty well, despite her recent break up with Angus.[13] Later, Claire moved into Marten and Faye's apartment, after realizing that she already spends most of her time at his place.[14]

Librarian exams

She has been stressing out about her comprehensive exams.[15] Claire talked to Clinton about it, but has been hiding it from Marten.[16] Pintsize helped Marten and Claire talk about her stress.[17]

After the exam finally happened,[18] topic of job opportunities for Claire came up.[19] After initial confusion and with some help from Faye, Marten realized that he was ready to move if needed.[20]


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."[21] This may have been representative of a general tendency to jump to conclusions.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

Sex and drugs and rock & roll

Claire's character is the first known transgender character to appear in QC.[25] 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.[26]

Claire is attracted to men.[27][28][29] However, she has no prior romantic experience. She told Emily that she's never been kissed before.[30] She later told Marten that going out to dinner with him is her first date.[31] As of Strip 2892 she is no longer a virgin.

The only recreational drug we have seen her use is alcohol, and she seems unused to it.[32] However, she seems to have developed a taste for scotch, being able to place the subtle flavors accurately.[33] She has used marijuana but only once, having received a panic attack as a result[34].

She is on hormone-replacement medication and occasionally uses Ativan.[35]

Her musical tastes are eclectic but include the indie band Low[36] and the Smiths. She vehemently dislikes at least one techno piece.[37]


Claire's character is somewhat unusual in that Jeph had been sketching her out for some time prior to introducing her in the comic.[38]



Claire discovering her taste for scotch.

  • Claire has luxuriant but unruly[39][40][41] hair.
  • Claire owns a car,[42] 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.[43]
  • There is a funny strip just about Claire trying on dresses for Henry Reed's wedding.[44] The second montage is about preparation for going to the bar.[45]
  • Claire has a good taste for scotch.[46]
  • 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![47]


Claire and Hannelore share a love of organization[48] 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.[49]

Claire's Gallery


  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 2208: She Almost Burst Into Song
  11. Number 2801: Cooler Heads
  12. Number 2807: Noes Grows Some
  13. Number 2894: Eat That Foot
  14. Number 3466: Divided Four Ways
  15. 3773: Hmmmmmm
  16. 3791: It's Going Great
  17. ­3810: Rive In Egypt3815: Babality
  18. 3970: Face The Day3977: The Clock Is Ticking
  19. 3978: Yikes Emoji
  20. 3980: He Came To The Right Place3985: I Mean, Maybe
  21. Number 2204: Basic Training
  22. Number 2370: Assume The Worst
  23. Number 2459: Chekhov's Paddle
  24. Number 2368: Chariots Of Fire
  25. Number 2324: Coffee Talk
  26. Number 2323: Willingly Ignorant
  27. Number 2301: Big Pimpin'
  28. Number 2367: Sick Delts, Bro
  29. Number 2380: Retirement Fund
  30. Number 2571: Shocking Revelations
  31. Number 2829: Spikes And Crocodiles
  32. Number 2384: Must Be A Highland
  33. Number 2400: Kwiscotch Haderach
  34. 3719: Cooler Parties
  35. Number 2432: Lorazepanic
  36. Number 2362: James? John? Jebediah?
  39. Number 2360: It's Full Of Chipmunks
  40. Number 2435: Hair Beware
  41. 3672: Feels Like We've Been Hair Before
  42. Number 2377: Gone In A Flash
  43. Number 2378: Road Trip Report
  44. Number 2397: Fitting Room
  45. Number 2791: Another Dressing
  46. Number 2400: Kwiscotch Haderach
  47. 3691: Everyone Loves Crab Girlfriend
  48. Number 2208: She Almost Burst Into Song