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|Portrayed by Lily Collins|
|Full name:|| Clarissa Adele|
|Residence:||Brooklyn, New York|
|Significant other/s:|| Jace Lightwood (boyfriend)|
Simon Lewis (ex-boyfriend)
|Parents:|| Valentine Morgenstern † (father)|
Jocelyn Fairchild (mother)
|Sibling/s:||Jonathan Morgenstern (brother)|
|Eye color:|| Green|
Dark brown (movie)
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 Valentine was discovered to be alive, throwing their lives out of balance as Clary finds herself in a journey with fellow Shadowhunters to save her mother.
Clary Fray was born to Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fairchild-Morgenstern. She was named Clarissa Adele Morgenstern according to her mother's wishes; while her father, Valentine had wanted to name her Seraphina after his 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, Jonathan. 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. When she and Luke believed they had finally succeeded, she 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. Here, Jocelyn and Clary took the surname 'Fray'.
Jocelyn hoped that Clary would have a blind Inner Eye since some Shadowhunters need to be trained to see the Shadow World. However, that was not the case; Jocelyn realized Clary could see the Shadow World perfectly fine upon seeing her trying to play with faeries one day in the park when she was three. Jocelyn then went to Magnus Bane in hopes of having him remove her Inner Eye. However, Magnus warned her that doing so would most likely kill Clary or, in the least, drive her to insanity. Instead he came up with a spell that would make her forget anything of the Shadow World as she saw it that had to be recast every two years or it would begin to fade.
Around this time, Clary had the Shadowhunter children's ritual performed on her which Jocelyn reluctantly went through, after much persuasion from Magnus Bane, in order to keep Clary safe from any potential harm from the Shadow World. Brother Zachariah of the Silent Brothers and a female warlock, likely Tessa Gray from the hints provided, acted as the representative for the Iron Sisters.
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, becoming best friends. 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, a brother at the most.
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.
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Two years after her last session with Magnus Bane, Clary sees a group of Shadowhunters kill an Eidolon demon while at the Pandemonium Club with Simon. The group is shocked that a mundane had seen them, and so they report this incident to Hodge Starkweather back at the New York Institute.
After Clary has a fight with Jocelyn, Simon is about to admit his feelings to Clary when Jace Lightwood shows up. He was sent to take Clary to the Institute. Just then, Clary answers a phone call from her mother, who was trying to warn her of things she couldn't understand, when she hears strange noises and the panic in her mother's voice. Rushing over, she comes back to their apartment and finds their home trashed and her mom gone. She is then attacked by a Ravener Demon, which she kills but is poisoned in the process, and Jace manages to save her and brings her to the Institute to heal.
Clary wakes up at the Institute three days later and goes with Jace to meet with Hodge in the library. There, Jace reveals his suspicion that Clary is a Shadowhunter, though she fervently denies his claim. When Clary attempts to contact Luke, he hangs up on her, though not before telling her to leave him alone. Clary is briefed about the Shadow World by Hodge. Later, with Hodge's approval, Clary and Jace head back to her house. Once inside, Clary attempts to enter her bedroom, but she and Jace are attacked by a Forsaken. After Jace kills the Forsaken, he and Clary enter Madame Dorothea's house. During the course of their conversation, Clary learns that her mother was a Shadowhunter and that on the night that she was kidnapped, she refused to flee without Clary through the five-dimensional door housed in Madame Dorothea's home. Feeling guilty and curious as to where her mom wanted to flee, Clary steps through the door and finds herself at Luke's house, with Jace following her soon after.
At Luke's house, Clary reunites with Simon and tells him the truth about where she has been for the past three days, revealing to him the existence of Shadowhunters and the Shadow World. The three decide to search Luke's house and spy on the conversation between Luke and two Warlocks, Pangborn and Blackwell. The three then return to the Insitute. Clary and Jace talk to Hodge about what happened to them while they were out, and Hodge reveals the existence of the Circle. Clary is shocked when Hodge reveals that her mother used to belong to the Circle and that she used to be Valentine's wife.
Clary is portrayed as being incredibly stubborn and a little sarcastic, but is a very caring person, with lots of compassion for her friends and family. Her extreme stubbornness might have taken root because of the fact that her mother was extremely protective of her as a child. She goes to extreme lengths to accomplish what she wants, usually putting herself in danger, leaving those people who care for her, especially Jace and Jocelyn, extremely 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; which she says is 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.
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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 Dark 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 would have killed him on several occasions, if not for his connection to Jace.
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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 Jonathan, she devised a plan with Simon: she will join Jace and Jonathan to find out her brother's plans, while their friends in New York search for a way to split Jace and Jonathan. 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.
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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.
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Clary Fray was portrayed by Lily Collins in the film adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Lily underwent a screen test with Jamie Campbell Bower, after which he was cast as Jace Lightwood.
Prior to being cast, she was said to have been a huge fan of the series. Lily had this to say about Clary: "Clary’s journey is all about self-discovery. She’s finding out throughout the story what she’s actually capable of and figuring out her feelings toward two guys, as well as her mom, as well as when we find out who her dad is."
Young versions of Clary were portrayed by Hope Fleury and another young actress.
- Clary, like the Herondales, has a white star-shaped scar on her shoulder and had all received it because of Ithuriel. Unlike them though, Clary got hers because she was born with angel blood through Valentine's experiments.
- Clary was originally named 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.
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