The 100: 25 Times Clarke Griffin Was The Lead We've Needed

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Clarke Griffin is a lead that from the very start you manage to fall in love with before you realize what is happening. Throughout her journey on The 100, she is on a path that is relatable in the way that it is messy. 

She doesn't always make the right choices, and sometimes lives are at stake in a way that not every person knows how to deal with. But what makes Clarke stand out is the undeniable way that she continues to make decisions based on people's safety and on what she considers to be the right choice in a difficult situation. 

Especially during The 100 Season 5, we get dropped into a new version of Earth, one that has Clarke at her most vulnerable and as the person whose eyes the audience is meant to see the story from. 

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If you watch The 100 online, you know Clarke continues to redefine what a female lead should look like, and she continues to inspire us as the first bisexual female lead on network television. 

Whether you always agree with Clarke Griffin or not, the one thing that is universal is the appreciation that we all have for someone like her on our screens. She offers us hope and the chance to finally see the lead that we have been waiting for all this time. 

Below is a slideshow for everyone who has loved Clarke Griffin, from the very first season to the currently airing fifth season. 

1. The Time Clarke Selflessly Saved Her Friends and Risked Her Own Happiness For 6 Years

The Time Clarke Selflessly Saved Her Friends and Risked Her Own Happiness For 6 Years
Nothing owns my heart more than Clarke's decision in the Season 4 finale that left her all by herself on Earth so that the others could get to space. She was close to dying by the time they left, but she got them there and they survived because of her sacrifice. The happiness, the promise of safety, and the companionship that she gave up to make that happen will always linger in all of our hearts. Clarke was truly alone out there and it was something that she chose because this is who she is.

2. The Time Clarke Was a Bi Icon

The Time Clarke Was a Bi Icon
I'm just going to leave this here as a placeholder for all the discussions of why Clarke Griffin is incredible bisexual representation. Her extraordinary worth as the lead of a show and the growth that she goes through each season is nothing short of wonderful. She is a selfless, courageous, realistic, and inspiring. Her romantic relationships don't define her, but her attraction to more than just the opposite gender isn't overlooked. Her journey is important because she is a bi woman consistently showing the fans that feel represented by her that life is about more than just surviving.

3. The Time Clarke Proved That A Healthy Relationship Is Built On Open Communication (and Had Bellamy Crash A Rover While Smiling At Her)

The Time Clarke Proved That A Healthy Relationship Is Built On Open Communication (and Had Bellamy Crash A Rover While Smiling At Her)
Bellamy and Clarke have been through a lot together, and in that time they have proved there is nothing they couldn't overcome. The secret though is communicating when there is an issue and building an unbreakable bond that rests on trust, understanding, and love. The relationship that Clarke and Bellamy formed is an interesting one because of the depth at the root of it, something that stands out compared to many shows that explore things like this just on the surface. Clarke's relationship with Bellamy builds on who she is as a person and as a leader, something that continues to define the core portion of The 100.

4. The Time Clarke Survived Post Apocalyptic Depression

The Time Clarke Survived Post Apocalyptic Depression
The entire first half of the Season 5 premiere was some of the most stunning work from Eliza Taylor and some of the most emotional content that we got from Clarke Griffin. The way that Clarke pushed through just about every possible issue from isolation to lack of food and water, to a near suicide attempt that would take away her misery, was something we will never forget. From it though came this sneak peek into the way that it all led to her figuring it out and getting to just live for the first time in a long while. She wasn't trying to survive, she was thriving and she was inspiring us to do the same.

5. The Time Clarke Coined The Term Leader

The Time Clarke Coined The Term Leader
Loving Clarke means loving this scene in which she set her foot down when it came to who exactly was going to be making decisions at the time. It was powerful, it made an impact, and it put Clarke in the position of power that was hers all along in our minds.

6. The Time Clarke Channeled Her Inner Slytherin

The Time Clarke Channeled Her Inner Slytherin
A good lead makes you feel things, and there was nothing like the experience that comes from watching Clarke building a strategy in the blink of an eye. She knew the way to play the game, and it was amazing to see that shift in her that mirrored the plan to follow. Octavia wasn't going to get away with taking Madi and Clarke showed us exactly how to play the long game.

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The 100 Quotes

Lexa: My fight is over.
Clarke: No, I won't accept that.
Lexa: You were right, Clarke. Life is about more than just surviving.
Clarke: In peace may you leave the shore. In love may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels until our final journey on the ground... May we meet again.

Clarke: Look. This is not who we are.
Bellamy: It is now.