Character Analysis: Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray

Hey silly Shadowhunters and marvelous Mundies! It’s Chantelle here, and I’m really excited to introduce to you a concept that I’ll be starting here. The characters that Cassandra Clare has created are beautiful and in-depth and perfectly relatable. That’s why I’d like to give a sort of analysis of the characters from TMI and TID from my point of view. Please note that these are opinions, that doesn’t make them true, nor does it make them false. All opinions are welcome here on The Fandom! I will be dissecting some of the things the characters do and adding my opinion here and there. I have, indeed, read all the books so I understand the current situation and all the events that have occurred thus far. Please feel free to comment with any opinions you may have! Or shoot us an email at

*****If you have not read all TMI books, please do not read any further unless you don’t mind spoilers.*****

First Analysis: Clary Fray

When I first hear Clary Fray, I think of a kick-butt awesome ginger chick who can fight demons and has a beautiful boyfriend on the side. Of course, she isn’t exactly this one-dimensional. I love Clary, and I look up to her in a lot of ways. She’s smart, intelligent, forgiving, loving, hardcore, and she isn’t afraid to get a little dirty. I know many fans of TMI that dislike Clary. I’m not here to try to persuade you to join me in my opinion, I’m just putting it out there and hoping to get a conversation brewing.

I’ll start with the beginning. If you remember, Clary was just a normal teen who liked to go to clubs and paint pictures. Then, all of a sudden, her entire world was changed. She was suddenly introduced to this magical world full of creatures and beings that she thought were only in silly fairy tales. She was convinced that she knew her mother and knew who her father was and why he wasn’t with them. Thought she knew that Luke was just a normal boring guy with a book shop. Then she was taken out of her element and told that her mother’s been hiding her real life from her this whole time, that her father is a villain and that she’s really got angel blood and can slay demons. She’s chucked right into action when her mother goes missing and she has to defeat a demon in her own home. I mean, talk about a rough start! I think that Clary is really head-strong and strong-willed, because she focused on finding out the truth and fixing the problem instead of complaining about how unfair it all was. Of course, she was angry. She’d been living a lie! But she didn’t dwell on it. She stood up and fought. I admire her for that. I feel like she does what she does because she knows no one else can. She wants to be strong. She’s never had to be strong before. She likes the feeling. It scares her, but it’s exhilarating.

I think a huge contributing factor to Clary’s sanity in the first book is Simon and all of those at the Institute. They were all there and could explain things she didn’t know so she wasn’t completely lost in life. Simon was the only familiar thing she had left (even though he ended up changing as well), so she didn’t feel like her world was COMPLETELY turned upside down. The way she is with Jace also contributes to this. He sort of calms her down, and vise versa. I feel like Clary’s love for Jace is true, and his for her as well. To be honest, I wanted Clary to be with Simon. Jace is funny and sarcastic and great for Clary, but Simon was always there. He supported her. He loved her. It broke my heart when Simon confessed his love. And it broke Clary’s as well. She loves Jace. And I think that Clary only tried with Simon because she felt bad for him. She wanted him as a friend and didn’t want to lose him. But it was always Jace. I’m glad that Jace and Clary ended up together. Simon and Clary have a great friendship. And Clary and Jace are an A+ couple (those who participate in the YA Sisterhood’s contests would agree, I think). They clearly belong together, and that perfect ending to City of Glass was beautiful.

Then City of Fallen Angels happened. We all know how strong, smart, and determined Clary’s been thus far…but do you think it’ll change once she figures out what’s happened to Jace in City of Lost Souls? In CoFA, you could really see how Clary’s character grew. Not only Shadowhunter wise…but also romance wise. CoFA was obviously more racy than the other Mortal Instruments books. And with good reason I think. Jace and Clary’s relationship has always been classified as forbidden to me. Their passion in the fourth book was extremely intense. And you could definitely feel how much they want each other. But then something always got in the way. And this makes Clary want more. This forbidden romance is coming back. This change in Jace because of “Sebastian” is going to put a serious strain on Clary and Jace’s relationship. Clary can just never get a break. No great heroine ever does (Tessa, Hermione, Katnisss, etc.). But I have complete faith that Clary, with the help of Magnus, Simon, Alec, Isabelle and the others, will figure something out. She has so much drive, she can do anything. Her heart AND her mind are in it to win it. Not for herself, but for those she loves. And that, I think, is what makes her so amazing. Her huge, reliable heart. I can always depend on it. I honestly feel like she’s one of the sweetest girls in the world. BUT SHE CAN ALSO KICK BUTT. WHICH IS A PLUS.

Clary has great thinking skills, and she’s very likeable (despite Alec’s hate for her at first, but that was for other reasons haha). I think that in our world, she’d get along with children wonderfully. She could be a teacher. I wouldn’t go as far as saying she could be a doctor, because sometimes she buckles under pressure. But she’s definitely someone who helps others. Again, not for her own benefit, but for the benefit of all. For the greater good. These are some of the reasons why I look up to her. I’m actually kind of obsessed with her. My roller derby name (and screen name, obviously) is Clary Slay (I thought it was clever, you know because Slay rhymes with Fray…hehehe). Sometimes I pretend I’m her when I’m home alone listening to music. Sometimes I even try to use her brain instead of mine when it comes to making decisions that involve others. If you guys ever see me write “W.W.C.D.?” That means I’m asking myself what Clary would do in that certain situation. I honestly feel like she’s great role model. And I have no doubt that she will do something to blow us all away in the next two books. I just can’t wait to see what.

Thanks for reading guys! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! I love hearing your guys’ opinions! I’ll answer any questions and go more in-depth on any subject you want!

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6 responses to “Character Analysis: Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray

    • Haha. (:
      I’ll get right on that, Melissa!
      His will be pretty detailed, you know his character is complex.

  1. LOVE clary to death but my fave female character is Izzy! I love how she will stop at nothing to protect her family, I kinda feel sorry for Sebastian/Jonathan when ever they get the whole Jace is attached to him deal solved… Izzy will go crazy on him…lol!

  2. Thank you! Finally someone who likes Clary! I love her and admire her a lot.

    It infuriates me when people are like,”oh, she’s a self- centered, annoying, ***** “, and I’m like, “oh really? Would you care to explain?”

    The funny thing is, when they list all the reasons, they’re all vaguely explained. Then, when I ask them to explain it better, they’re reply by saying, “Are you kidding me? Can’t you see how stupid she is??? There’s no point explaining it; you can just tell!”

    I can’t believe that they all forget that Clary’s human too and that no one’s perfect. Also, they don’t even bother trying to place themselves in her situation. They only judge. I bet you that if every single one of them put themselves in the positions Clary’s been put in, they’d mess up everything.

    Clary is amazing and I adore her. And until a hater comes and gives me a nice detailed list of why Clary’s horrible with examples from the text, I’ll believe what I think is true and ignore all those people.

    God, sometimes they go so low that I wonder if it’s all about Jace. To be honest, I find that very sad if it is, because I love Jace and Clary together and would have it no other way. Anyways, thank you for writing this wonderful analysis; and I hope that people will come to their sense’s and finally understand that Clary’s awesome.

    Sorry about the long review. 🙂 I needed to rant to someone who would understand.

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