Clarissa "Clary" Fray is the daughter and youngest child of Shadowhunters Jocelyn Fairchild and Valentine Morgenstern, the younger sister of Jonathan Morgenstern, the girlfriend of Jace Lightwood and is the main protagonist of The Mortal Instruments. She is played by Lily Collins in the first book's film adaption, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

In "Lady Midnight", the first book in The Dark Artifices series (which takes place five years after The Mortal Instruments), it is revealed that Clary is now co-head of the New York Institute alongside Jace.


  • Clary's surname Fray is a mash up of her mother's maiden name Fairchild and Gray, the surname of Tessa Gray, the protagonist of The Infernal Devices, the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments.
  • Clary is a descendant of Charlotte and Henry Branwell, characters from The Infernal Devices.

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