The ABCs of Clarke and Lexa, Zimbio March Madness Runners-Up
Celebrate 26 reasons why Clexa is awesome.
If you aren't watching The 100, stop what you're doing right now and go binge-watch it. We promise you won't be sorry.
The CW post-apocalyptic drama has just two seasons under its belt, but it's already amassed a devoted and vocal fanbase. Need proof? The 100's Clarke and Lexa made it all the way to the finals of our 4th annual TV Couples March Madness challenge, an impressive feat given the fact that this was their first year in the tournament.
During the Final Four round of Zimbio March Madness, we played a game on Twitter asking Clarke and Lexa fans to give us the ABCs of their OTP. We've gathered some of your best suggestions to celebrate these two fierce warriors and their incredible run during this year's competition. Check out the ABCs of Clexa below, then hit the comments with your own suggestions!
A is for Alycia Debnam Carey
The Australian actress straight up crushed it every week as Lexa, commander of the Grounders. She'll be starring in the upcoming spin-off of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, but we still have our fingers and toes crossed that Debnam Carey will find time in her busy schedule to make at least one appearance next season.
B is for "Blood Must Have Blood"
If you want to be a true Grounder, you have to learn the Grounder motto, "blood must have blood" — or "Jus drein jus daun." A rallying cry, a moral code, a way of life.
C is for Clarke Griffin
She's the lead character on The 100 and one half of the Clexa we all know and love. From the moment she left the Ark, Clarke has been wholly devoted to keeping her people safe — no matter what the cost might be to her soul. As she told Bellamy in the final moments of Season 2, "I bear it, so they don't have to."
D is for Death
A lot of people die on The 100. Seriously, A LOT. Clarke and Lexa both made it through the war with Mount Weather, but will they be as lucky in Season 3?
E is for Eliza Taylor
Things get very (very) gritty on The 100, but Australian actress Eliza Taylor cleans up nicely, as evidenced by the photo below.
F is for Forgiveness
The good ship Clexa endured some majorly stormy weather in the second to last episode of the season, when Lexa betrayed Clarke by making a secret deal with the Mount Weather baddies to save her people (while sacrificing Clarke's). We knew that both women would do absolutely anything to protect their people, but Lexa's betrayal was still shocking. Will Clarke ever get the chance to forgive her?
G is for Girl Power
The 100 is filled with strong, competent, badass ladies who are more than capable of saving themselves, thank you very much. Just one of the many reasons we love the show.
H is for Head vs. Heart
If anyone is torn between her head and her heart, it's Lexa. She says that love is weakness, but sometimes the heart wants what it wants...
I is for Intensity
Preparing to invade a fortified mountain filled with people who want to harvest your blood and bone marrow is...intense. But Clarke and Lexa were up to the challenge.
J is for "Jomp em op en yu jomp ai op"
Which translates to "Attack her and you attack me," something Lexa told her minions when they threatened Clarke.
K is for Kiss
And they say there's no time for romance in times of war... Lexa and Clarke were just beginning to explore their feelings for each other, but the events of the season finale may have put a damper on those burgeoning emotions. Or maybe not?
L is for Leadership
Clarke and Lexa are two women who didn't ask to be leaders, but they couldn't help but step up when their people needed them. They sacrifice their own happiness to keep their people safe, the true mark of any great leader.
M is for May We Meet Again
Fun fact: The song in this gorgeous Clexa tribute video was written and performed by a fan named Jamie Brown. If you want real talent, you've clearly come to the right fandom.
N is for Not Everyone, Not You
Clarke and Lexa made the difficult decision to let a missile strike Tondc so as to not betray the fact that they had a mole inside Mount Weather. When Clarke accused Lexa of letting her people burn, the Commander replied, "Not everyone. Not you."
O is for Outsiders
The Grounders and the Sky People started off as enemies on The 100, but came together to defeat Mount Weather (and learn a lot from each other). Clarke and Lexa are proof that outsiders only stay outsiders if you don't let them in.
P is for "Plans don't last very long in battle"
Yeah, we know. Break our hearts all over again, why don't you?
Q is for Queer Representation
Lexa was the first gay character to be introduced on The 100. She revealed her past heartbreak to Clarke, saying "I lost someone special to me, too. Her name was Costia. She was captured by the Ice Nation whose queen believed she knew my secrets. Because she was mine. They tortured her, killed her, cut off her head." This is romance on The 100.
R is for Ruthless
Clarke and Lexa have both learned the hard way that war requires ruthlessness. There are no good guys on The 100, only the ones who live and the ones who die.
S is for Sacrifice
We're pretty sure both Clarke and Lexa's middle name is Sacrifice, because that's what they are all about.
T is for Trigedasleng
That's the language spoken by the Grounders on The 100. You can check out a pretty thorough dictionary here.
U is for Uproar
As in the uproar fans will make if Lexa doesn't make at least one appearance in Season 3.
V is for Victory
Clarke and Lexa both won victory for their people at the end of Season 2, but at what cost? With both characters currently in the wind, it will be fascinating to see how they deal with the "peace" that comes after a long and brutal battle.
W is for War Paint
How many ships can say they rock matching war paint?
X is for Xanax
Which we need after watching every episode of The 100. We're kidding, obviously, but jeez this show is stressful.
Y is for Yearning
Heavy is the heart that can't have what it truly wants.
Z is for Zimbio TV Couples March Madness
Clarke and Lexa may not have won the final battle, but they beat out tons of stiff competition to make it to the finals. Not too shabby for a pair of tournament newcomers on a relatively young show. As they say on The 100, may we meet again (next year), Clexa fans.