OK, eclectictsunami, you got it.
How I feel about this character: She’s an unsung heroine of LOST. She may look “weak,” even frail on the surface, but you’ve got to be tough when you’re eight months pregnant, having to “go” every 30 minutes, and the only bathrooms are either a pit latrine, or behind a tree.
She gives birth in the bush without a hospital, doctor, anesthetics or baby nurses. With no one to show her, she gets great at breastfeeding. And she learns to mother under literal combat conditions, with Rousseau hovering around to baby-snatch. Not to mention getting whacked in the head, concussed, losing her memory, surviving two kidnappings by some very creepy men, then escaping it all with her sanity (mostly) intact.
Besides, she’s a writer (here, and here.) I love her for that, too.
All the people I ship romantically with this character:
Hurley/Claire: I shipped it from the Pilot onward, especially through the first few episodes (for instance, in “Walkabout” they’re co-sleeping when the boar invade the fuselage.) Even if Hurley/Claire is a non-canon ship, it still appeals to me on a lot of levels, as well as being fun to write in fanfics set pre- or post-finale.
Sayid/Claire: I got some vibes in S6, when Claire and Sayid are together in MIB-Locke’s camp and she keeps holding hands with him.
My non-romantic OTP for this character: When Kate midwifed Claire, I sat on the edge of my seat, tears rolling down my face. I’ve had home births myself, and was dreading a typical mass-media birth scene. But this was the best one I’d ever seen on TV or in a movie. Claire birthed sitting up, instead of lying flat on her back. And Kate was so good at getting Claire to calm down, so that Claire could get that baby born. You just knew that bond between the two women was going to be really powerful.
Later, at the end, Richard tries to get Claire to go with them to the Ajira plane. But although Richard’s heart was in the right place, it was Kate, not Richard, who talked Claire into it. I think it was due to the bond forged during Aaron’s birth, and it works for me that it continued the rest of their lives.
My unpopular opinion about this character: I’m not fond of Charlie/Claire; I didn’t find it “cute;” nor did I find Charlie in any way endearing as a “substitute father.”
Some of the truest lines were spoken by Claire to Locke in “Abandoned,” (2x06) when she complained, “You know, it’s like we’re playing mum and dad to this baby. Yet, I don’t remember marrying him … I mean, we’re practically strangers, him and me.” Personally, I would have far rather seen the other beach camp women take over helping Claire with Aaron, for Claire to have been at the center of a group of women helping her out. That would have been more consistent with Kate’s declaration on the night of his birth: “This baby is all of ours.”
One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: It broke my heart when Claire was kidnapped. I wish that hadn’t happened to her. Also, had Claire not been kidnapped, I could see her and Hugo staying on the Island, living together, and raising Aaron.
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