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|Portrayed by Lily Collins|
|Full name:||Clarissa Adele Fairchild-Morgenstern|
|Age:||16 (as of 2007)|
|Residence:||Brooklyn, New York City|
|Family:|| Valentine Morgenstern † (father)|
Luke Garroway (stepfather)
Jocelyn Fray (mother)
Sebastian Morgenstern † (brother)
Valentina Graymark (illusionary sister)
Clarissa "Clary" Fray is the Shadowhunter daughter of Jocelyn Fray and notorious Circle leader Valentine Morgenstern. For years, Clary lived a mundane life with Jocelyn, until the return of her father and her brother, Jonathan, threatened her new world, throwing their lives out of balance as Clary finds herself in a journey with fellow Shadowhunters to stop them.
Clarissa Adele Morgenstern was born to Valentine and Jocelyn Morgenstern, roughly a year after her older brother, Jonathan. If her father had known about her and had his way, she would have been named Seraphina, after Valentine's mother.
Jocelyn had turned against her father's ideals months before her conception. During the time after her mother's first child was born, she was suffering depression because of her strange feelings of rejection towards her son. Hoping to help Jocelyn, Valentine secretly gave her doses of the angel Ithuriel's blood, hoping to "cure" her depression, unaware that she was pregnant with Clary, therefore making his daughter an "accidental" experiment.
Eventually, Jocelyn plotted the Uprising with Lucian Graymark against Valentine. She would have just left him, but realized that he would come after them, so she hoped to kill Valentine to protect her unborn child. During the Uprising, Valentine tells Jocelyn that she will pay for what she has done. Jocelyn races to her house, with Lucian, only to find it burned to the ground, with her parents', son's, and Valentine's bones. Jocelyn cried and mourned her lost son, but knew that Valentine was really alive. She then ran from the Shadowhunter world and culture, claiming that Valentine had turned her first child into a monster and wouldn't let him do the same to her other, fled to New York to raise Clary away from her past, where Luke later followed them.
Jocelyn hoped that Clary would have a blind Inner Eye since some Shadowhunters need to be trained to see the Shadow World. However, Clary saw the Shadow World perfectly fine, and when she was three, Clary even played with faeries in the park. This prompted her mother to approach Magnus Bane and ask him to remove her Inner Eye. Unable to do so without putting Clary at risk, Magnus instead created a glamour in her mind that would make Clary forget what she saw of the Shadow World even as she saw it, with a complicated spell that needed to be recast every two years.
Along with Magnus on the day Jocelyn approached him was Tessa Gray, who volunteered to perform the ritual that would place the necessary protection spells on her, typically performed on Shadowhunter children by an Iron Sister and a Silent Brother—Brother Zachariah in her case. Clary and Jocelyn then took the surname "Fray".
Clary was five when Luke finally found her and Jocelyn. Seeing how well Clary got along with him, Jocelyn allowed Luke to stay and become a staple part of their lives. In fact, he became so intermixed with Clary's life that they began to share an almost paternal relationship, with Clary admitting that she has always seen Luke as her father. When Clary was six years old, she met Simon Lewis and the two grew to be inseparable. Simon was so much a part of her life that he went to Luke's farmhouse with her in the summers on vacation. He regularly spent the night at her house and her at his where they'd stay up all night talking. However, Simon eventually fell in love with Clary, and he hid it poorly from everyone except her, who was rather oblivious to his feelings for her. Clary never knew of his feelings and simply thought of him as her best friend, and confidante. The brother that she never had.
Growing up, she was led to believe that her father was a deceased soldier named Jonathan Clark, and that the box in her mother's room with the initials J.C. were his, when it was really her brother's (Jonathan Christopher).
Two years after her last session with Magnus Bane, Clary encountered a group of Shadowhunters while at the Pandemonium Club with Simon. She sees them kill a man, that's actually a demon. When Clary calls security, no one else can see the Shadowhunters, but her. IT then becomes clear that Clary's sight is returning. The next day, Clary is told by Jocelyn and Luke that they will be taking a sudden trip to Luke's farmhouse upstate, therefore ruining her plans for the summer. Infuriated, Clary does not listen to their reason and leaves with Simon, who was mustering the courage. Clary is also stalked by one of the Shadowhunters, Jace Wayland, sent by his mentor, Hodge Starkweather.
Later that evening, during a confrontation with Jace, Clary received constant calls from her mother. Although she managed to take her last call, it seemed too late as Jocelyn was telling her to stay away from their apartment. Against her mother's wishes, Clary frantically rushed over to their brownstone, nervous about the panic in her mother's voice and the strange noises she heard while on the phone with Jocelyn. Their home trashed and her mom gone, Clary is then attacked by a Ravener demon. With the Sensor she "borrowed" from Jace and mistook for a phone, Clary killed it but was poisoned in the process. To protect her from demons lurking outside their house, Clary was Marked and brought to the New York Institute to heal, as Jace, still uncertain about what Clary is, feared what the rune might do to Clary.
At the Institute, Clary is introduced to its inhabitants: Hodge, and the other Shadowhunters that were with Jace at the Pandemonium Club, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood. With Hodge's confirmation, it is revealed that Clary is a Shadowhunter.
Clary demands to be taken to her house to get her things. While she and Jace are there, they're are attacked by a Forsaken at the brownstone. Since Madame Dorothea, who claims to be a psychic, lives on the floor below them, Clary gave her a visit to interrogate her about the night her mother disappeared. Madame Dorothea tries to "read" Clary, but cannot and tells them that there's a block in her mind. Clary also learned that her mother was indeed kidnapped and could have fled through the Portal in her apartment, but refused to do so without Clary.
Clary reached out to Luke, who she found out to be a werewolf and former Shadowhunter Lucian Graymark. While he briefly turned her away, it is revealed that he did so to protect her from the Circle members tailing him. Luke took leadership of the local lycanthrope pack to help look after Clary and search for her mother.
With further investigation, which involved a meeting with Silent Brothers at the Silent City, it is revealed that Clary's mind memories of the Shadow World was being filtered and blocked from her mind every two years by the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. Now aware of her background, Clary learned more about the Shadow World. She was also told more about her family, particularly her parents: Jocelyn Fairchild and her husband Valentine Morgenstern, who plotted against the Clave and was believed to have been dead for years.
While confronting Magnus Bane at a party, they find out that the block cannot be removed, but that it'll gradually fade away.
Along the way, Clary fell in love with her new companion Jace. On her birthday, Jace gave Clary her first witchlight, and the pair share their first kiss in the Institute's greenhouse. They were unable to pursue a relationship as their other friendships, particularly with Simon and Jace's parabatai Alec, complicated things.
Eventually, they discovered that Valentine is after the Mortal Cup, which Jocelyn hid when she ran away from the Shadow World. When Clary discovered that she could hide physical objects in drawings, she realized that her mother may have done the same with the cup. Remembering the Ace of Cups card in the tarot deck Jocelyn made for Madame Dorothea, the group paid the charlatan a visit. Although they retrieved the Cup, Dorothea was possessed by Abbadon and battled the group, gravely injuring Alec, who is later saved by the warlock they met earlier, Magnus Bane.
To their surprise, Hodge betrayed them by summoning Valentine to the Institute and giving him the Cup and Jace. Luke defended her when he threatened to kill her, and, together with his pack, head over to Renwick's to rescue Jace and Jocelyn. During the confrontation, Valentine revealed that Jace was in fact his and Jocelyn's first child, Jonathan. Jace confirmed this as it was actually Valentine that raised him and made him believe that they were the Waylands. In the confusion, Valentine escaped through the ruin's Portal, taking the Cup with him. Clary managed to convince Jace, who wanted to go after Valentine, to turn his back on their father.
Fortunately, they were able to keep Jocelyn, albeit in her comatose state. Jocelyn was confined to Beth Israel Hospital, and Clary and Luke visited her every day.
Gift with Marks
Now led to believe that they are siblings, Clary and Jace distance themselves from one another. Clary begins seeing Simon, who finally managed to tell her how he feels. However, Clary and Jace evidently still harbor feelings for each other, despite the recent revelation.
Trip to Idris
Madeleine Bellefleur shows up to Clary and tells her that her mother can be woken up from her "coma" by a warlock named Ragnor Fell, who lives in Idris. Aparently, the coma was self-induced by a potion from the Book of White. Clary plans to leave with the members of the New York Institute. Jace calls Simon, who is now a Daylighter, to lie an say that Clary cannot come. During their chat, they're attacked by Forsaken and forced to go into the Portal without Clary, but with Simon.
Clary later arrives at the institute and is told by Magnus Bane what happened (leaving out Simon) and that she can no longer go to Idris. Upset, Clary walks off to the side of the institute, where a rune to make a portal pops into her head. She draws it on the wall and goes to Idris, taking Luke with her. They end up in Lake Lyn, where Clary gets sick. Luke then takes her to his sister's house, Amatis, where Clary is cured.
When she wakes up, she finds out that Luke left, because Downworlders aren't allowed in Idris without special permission. Clary then goes, disobeying Amatis, to the Penhallow's house, where the Lightwoods are staying. When she knocks on the door, Izzy opens it and is very, very suprised. Clary goes in the house, demanding to see Jace, and sees Alec, Max Lightwood, and Sebastian Verlac. They are all equally suprised and tell Clary that Jace is upstairs. Clary walks in and finds Jace kissing Aline Penhallow. Jace then screams at Clary, telling her that she is reckless and never thinks.
Clary runs out and Sebastian follows. He walks her to Amatis' house. She tells him she's looking for Ragnor Fell and Sebastian says he'll help her out. The next day, Clary is woken up by rocks being thrown at her window by Sebastian. She then goes with him, on a horse, to Ragnor Fell's house. When they arrive, Clary finds Magnus Bane at the house, who freezes Sebastian. He tells her that Ragnor's dead and that he doesn't trust Sebastian. He also says that the Book of White is hidden in the Wayland manor. Magnus then unfreezes Sebastian and pretends to be upset and tells them nothing.
They leave and Sebastian takes Clary to the Fairchild manor ruins, where her family lived. Sebastian the kisses Clary, who feels wrong and then breaks away. He tells her sorry and that Simon is in prison in the Gard. Sebastian then takes Clary back to Amatis' house, where she finds Jace.
Upset, Clary starts throwing plates at him. He calms her down, and then they Portal to the Wayland manor, to find the Book of White.
The Mortal War
The Dark War
Personality and traits
Clary is incredibly stubborn and sarcastic, traits born out of her mother's over-protectiveness. She is also a very caring person and compassionate person. For her friends and family, Clary is willing to go to extreme lengths, often recklessly, even putting herself in danger, and thus usually leaving the people who care for her extremely worried and exasperated. Jace has even stated that her stubbornness matches his, which he figures was the reason they could not stand each other when they had first met.
She is also an artist like her mother, Jocelyn. She keeps a notepad of paper where she often draws out her emotions and feelings through pictures, her version of a diary, just using pictures instead of words.
She is often said to look almost exactly like Jocelyn, with green eyes and curly red hair, though she does not see it, nor does she see the beauty others often see in her. In City of Bones, she says that she is a smaller, less beautiful, and more childlike version of her mother, and sometimes comments on her lack of breasts. She says that she has carrot-colored hair, rather than Jocelyn's red hair, although most people disagree, and also says that she has a light dusting of freckles and is around 5 feet tall.
It is mentioned a few times that she dresses in a boyish fashion, wearing T-shirts, jeans and sneakers, which sometimes annoys Isabelle, who then picks out nicer clothes for her to wear. Though later on in the series, she slowly sheds her usually boyish fashion and begins to put an effort into fixing herself up more often. She is told by a few guys to be cute or beautiful, despite what she personally thinks of herself. Jace (as seen in bonus material from his view) is also shown to find her beautiful and says that Clary, unlike other girls, just doesn't know it.
Nephilim Physiology: Being Nephilim, Clary possesses a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to her by the blood of Raziel in her veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Gray Book. This includes enhanced strength, agility, stamina, and coordination, which only improves over time and practice.
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Agility
- Enhanced Stamina
- Enhanced Coordination
- Runic Magic: Due to the angel Raziel's blood in their veins. All Shadowhunters are all able to apply runes on their skin without any real danger. These Marks, in turn, give varied effects that serve to benefit the wearer.
Angelic Blood Empowerment: While all Shadowhunters have the angel Raziel's blood in them, Clary, along with Jace, has considerably more angel blood flowing through her veins due to Valentine's experiments. It is because of this that Clary has extremely powerful Runic Magic inside her. Any rune she applies has powerful effects, and she can empower runes that Shadowhunters are already familiar with.
- Rune Creation: Due to Ithuriel's Angel Blood running through her veins, she has the ability to see and use Runes not in the Gray Book and therefore create new Runes.
Picture Imprisonment: Clary possesses a unique power that she seemingly inherited from her mother, Jocelyn Fray. She can place physical objects inside drawings. Thus the object becomes part of the drawing. She is able to remove the object from the painting at will.
- Heosphoros: A Morgenstern blade with a pattern of black stars that ran down the center ridge. It is a shortsword and a part of a matched set, the other being Phaesphoros.
- Main article: Clary Fray/Relationships
Clary has a generally good and close relationship with her mother. Jocelyn kept Clary away from the Shadow World for years, hoping to protect her. However, when she was unexpectedly taken by Valentine, Clary was unwittingly introduced into the world of the Shadowhunters, a necessary danger in Clary's efforts to find and rescue her.
During her search, Clary learned more about the Shadow World and her mother, realizing that the Jocelyn everyone remembers is nothing like the Jocelyn she knew. Nonetheless, Clary continued to fight vehemently to find her mother, refusing to believe that she is dead. When she found her in a coma, Clary visited her and talked to her in the hospital almost every day. She did everything she could to revive her. When Jocelyn was finally awakened, Clary's released her pent up anger for being kept in the dark for so long.
Clary and Jocelyn often debate about what they think is best for Clary, with Clary often wanting to make her independence a point. Despite their differences and frequent arguing, they love each other dearly.
Despite being her biological father, Clary does not feel any sympathy or paternal love towards Valentine. She chooses not to believe anything he says, knowing that Valentine is a good liar with only evil intentions. Clary even, to some extent, refuses to so much as acknowledge him as her father, often referring to him by his name, and annoying him when she does. After her father's death, she tries to forget about him but is often reminded of him whenever she thinks of her brother. She is also visibly affected when people bring him up.
Clary's first encounter with her brother was while he was under the guise of Sebastian Verlac during her first trip to Idris. While she was oblivious of her relation to him, he was completely aware yet continued to behave as if they were unrelated and had even kissed her.
After his initial death, Clary tried to forget about him and Valentine. When Lilith then began the process to resurrect Jonathan, she, along with Jace and Simon, did what they could to prevent it. When Jace disappeared along with Jonathan's corpse, Clary begun to hate Jonathan even more for taking Jace away.
Clary joined Jonathan and Jace when the two boys became bound to one another. During the time Clary got to know her brother, his motives and their lineage, Clary questioned her opinion of him, until Jace informed her of Jonathan's plans to create Endarkened Shadowhunters like him through an "Infernal Cup".
Despite being fully aware that he and Clary are related, Jonathan informed Clary that he wants to have her in all ways, saying that they are destined for each other as they are the last Morgensterns left. Jonathan had even tried to rape her and she would have killed him on several occasions, if not for his connection to Jace.
- Main Article: Clary Fray/Relationships#Jace Herondale
Jace is Clary's primary love interest throughout the series. Initially, they appear to find each other's presence a nuisance, albeit drawn to one another. In their months together, however, they inevitably fall in love. The two share their first kiss at the Institute's greenhouse.
Several hardships and conflicts arise that complicate their relationship. They were tricked by Clary's father into believing that they are siblings. Despite this, they find it hard to deny their feelings for each other. They even kissed on more than one occasion, while still under he impression that they were siblings. Jace began to keep his distance, scared of his "incestuous" emotions, and Clary even dated Simon.
Once freed from the lies that tore them apart, they began officially dating and were even happy for a while. Lilith began controlling Jace, giving him dreams of killing Clary. Fearing that he might harm her in real life, Jace closed himself off again. When Clary found out that Jace has become bound to Sebastian, she devised a plan with Simon: she will join Jace and Sebastian to find out her brother's plans, while their friends in New York search for a way to split Jace and Sebastian. Their travels together gave her and Jace time to be together. Eventually, their bond was broken, and Jace and Clary are free to be together again.
- Main Article: Clary Fray/Relationships#Simon Lewis
Simon is Clary's childhood best and oldest friend. Best friends since they were six, while Clary saw Simon as nothing more than a good friend and a brother figure, Simon developed feelings for Clary and was never able to admit these to her until ten years later, spurred by jealousy of her budding romance with Jace.
They briefly date after Clary's fallout with Jace. Eventually, Simon learned to accept that Clary does not feel the same way about him and moves on. They remain best friends and continue to care for one another. According to Clary, it is likely that she would have developed feelings for him had she never been introduced to the Shadow World, and Jace.
Growing up, Clary was led to believe that her father was dead. Clary was five when she first met Luke. Clary quickly got along with Luke, who then continued to care for and raise her, along with Jocelyn. Eventually, Clary grew to love Luke like a father; not only was Luke the only father figure to her, but Clary also sees Luke more like her real father than Valentine.
Isabelle Lightwood initially disliked Clary intensely because she felt that Clary messed up the dynamics between the original trio, Alec, Jace and Izzy. Gradually though, their relationship improved as they set aside their differences and chose to form a sort of amity and camaraderie. They eventually became good friends who are there for each other and have opened up to one another on several occasions.
Alec Lightwood used to be hostile towards Clary. He did not think much about her personality and mainly focused on how fixated on her Jace seemed to be. He claimed to think that Clary may be affecting Jace in a negative way, but Clary saw through this and realized that Alec was in fact jealous because he was in love with Jace. His attitude towards her worsens after Clary decides to fight back.
Things begin to get better when everyone, briefly, believed that Jace and Clary were siblings. Even after this was revealed to be false, Clary and Alec were already amicable as Alec had moved on from Jace, who made it clear that they were nothing more than brothers and parabatai, with Magnus.
Clary Fray was portrayed by Lily Collins in the film adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Prior to being cast, she was said to have been a huge fan of the series. Lily underwent a screen test with Jamie Campbell Bower, after which he was cast as Jace Wayland. Young versions of Clary were portrayed by Hope Fleury and another young actress.
In the film, Clary was portrayed as a 17-year-old who turned 18 in the film, two years older than she is in the series.
- Clary, like the Herondales and Jocelyn, has a white star-shaped scar; Clary's is on her shoulder. All of them received their scars because of their contact with the angel Ithuriel. Unlike the rest of them, Clary received her scar because she was born with Ithuriel's angel blood in her veins through Valentine's experiments.
- Clary cuts her own hair.
- Clary was originally named after two of Cassie's friends: Valerie Frayre, after the artist who designed the runes, which she later changed to Valerie Frayne. Then when a friend of hers was also writing a book with a heroine named Valerie, she changed it to Clary, another personal friend. Her editor later made the decision to finally name her Clary Fray. Cassandra then decided to make Clary a nickname for Clarice, later changed to her current name, Clarissa.
- Main page: Clary Fray/Gallery
- The Last Stand of the New York Institute
- City of Bones (first appearance)
- City of Bones (film)
- The Course of True Love
- City of Ashes
- What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (mentioned only)
- City of Glass
- City of Fallen Angels
- City of Lost Souls
- City of Heavenly Fire