Claire wasn't sure if this was a hazing ritual.
|First appearance||2203: Hubbert's Peak|
Claire Augustus is a 24-year-old intern at the Williston Library of Smif College. She was introduced in strip 2203, and her name was revealed in strip 2207, along with her fellow interns Emily and Gabby.
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 tends to be a bit high-strung about her internship at the library, 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 really wants to be a librarian, giving Marten her reasons here. She likes books, too.
Claire's character is the first known human 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.
There may be other trans characters in the comic. Both Bianchi cats have undergone sex reassignment (Princess, Mieville[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=442]). Unless of course Questionable Content is a work of fiction whose author sometimes gets minor details wrong.
Claire, unlike many other characters, owns a car.
Sex and drugs and rock&rollEdit
Claire is attracted to men. The only recreational drug we have seen her use is alcohol, and she seems unused to it. She is on hormone-replacement medication and occasionally uses Ativan. Her musical tastes are eclectic but include the indie band Low.
A fan (Josh Bryant, aka "Su1c1deK1ng") noted on Twitter that Claire may be an unintentional copy of a character in Calvin and Hobbes.