Claire Augustus is a 24-year-old graduate student in library sciences 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 — not that she's particularly fond of the fact. They are not twins. They seem to be close and supportive underneath the squabbling and teasing. Their parents are divorced.
Claire lived with her mother at 221 Elm, before moving in with Marten. Claire has an undergraduate degree, and her graduate studies are supervised by Dr. Amelia Borogrove. In addition to her studies, Claire also works as a teacher assistant.
Claire wants to be a librarian and she likes books, too.
After one night drinking Claire started dating Marten. Faye took the news pretty well, despite her recent break up with Angus. Later, Claire moved into Marten and Faye's apartment, after realizing that she already spends most of her time at his place.
Claire rejected Pintsize's proposal to hack into university systems to find out results ahead of time.
She tends to be a bit high-strung about her internship, and jumped to the conclusion that the inept way Marten showed them around the library was "some kind of weird hazing ritual." This may have been representative of a general tendency to jump to conclusions..
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.
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.
She sometimes messes with her brother Clinton, but she does care for him. She has helped him towards figuring out his sexuality.
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. 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.
Claire is attracted to men. Prior to meeting Marten she had romantic experience. She told Emily that she's never been kissed before, and later told Marten that going out to dinner with him is her first date. Claire was a virgin until she slept with Marten.
Claire was seen drinking alcohol, and she seems unused to it, and this has sometimes caused her brother to worry about her safety. However, she seems to have developed a taste for scotch, being able to place the subtle flavors accurately. Claire's first experience with marijuana caused her a panic attack. Later, she smoked with her mom and Tai and had a good time at first, but smoked a bit too much. During their trip, a dog wandered into the house. They named her Cosmo.
- Claire has luxuriant but unruly hair.
- Claire owns a car, 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.
- There is a funny strip just about Claire trying on dresses for Henry Reed's wedding. The second montage is about preparation for going to the bar.
- Claire has a good taste for scotch.
- Newspost of includes a .
- There's plenty of AI fish in the digital sea!
Claire and Hannelore share a love of organization 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 .
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.