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The four women who make up the manga group Creator/{{CLAMP}} (Ohkawa Nanase, the scriptwriter; Mokona Apapa, the lead artist; Igarashi Satsuki, the layout designer; and Nekoi Tsubaki, the character artist) are to manga (and manga turned into anime) what MegumiHayashibara is to voice acting. They began as doujinshi artists but went pro in 1989 with ''{{RG Veda}}''. The original doujinka group was actually ''ten'' members (one of whom was a guy), but six of them left (one in 1990, two in 1992, and three in 1993), resulting in the four-woman team we know today. ThatOtherWiki has a little more information on their contributions and accomplishments since in CLAMP's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CLAMP#Former_members article]].

Since ''RG Veda'', nearly all of their work has been animated, a list which includes many of the staple series of anime.

A theme that runs through Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s works is that love transcends everything, [[EveryoneIsBi particularly that pesky little thing called gender]]. Note that this is not a "[[ThePowerOfLove love conquers all]]" kind of thing, as gender/age/being a robot/being a ruthless assassin/etc can be insurmountable barriers to having a functional relationship. No barrier can stop people from falling in love but it may very well prevent that love from reaching a happy resolution. (See the relationship between Tomoyo and Sakura in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', or the one between Sakurazuka Seishirou and Sumeragi Subaru in ''TokyoBabylon'' and ''[[{{X1999}} X]]'', or between Kazuhiko and Suu (or Ora) in ''{{Clover}}'' as prime examples.)

Their manga work is characterized by a highly-detailed {{Shojo}} art style, though for budget reasons the designs are often simplified for animation. Their style underwent a noticeable change in the late 1990s when Mokona starting ceding more design responsibility to Igarashi and Nekoi. Nekoi's distinctive character designs are responsible for the "{{noodle people}}" description common in fandom. CLAMP also errs on the shojo side thematically (despite being published in an unusually wide range of magazines, including Shounen and Seinen), and thus are very prone to [[TrueArtIsAngsty drama]] and painful [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop family unfriendly]] or [[BrokenAesop broken aesops]]. Their work also runs the spectrum with some being extraordinarily [[{{Kobato}} cutesy]] and [[Manga/CardCaptorSakura lighthearted]], others being horrifically [[{{X1999}} gory]] and [[RgVeda violent]], and others still being a mix of the two or everything in between. Being former doujinka, their work is also notable for a deliberately high degree of FanService and FetishFuel.

A quick note about the members of Creator/{{CLAMP}}: In July of 2004, they all changed their pen names slightly. Mokona Apapa became simply Mokona, Ohkawa Nanase became Ohkawa Ageha, Nekoi Mikku became Nekoi Tsubaki. Igarashi Satsuki simply switched her family name into hiragana, and her given name into kanji. Nekoi and Mokona had been wanting to change their pen names for awhile; Ohkawa and Igarashi just went along for the hell of it. Ohkawa has since reverted to Ohkawa Nanase for attributions. At least three of them have used their names (partially or entirely) [[AuthorAvatar for characters in series]]: Satsuki as Yatouji Satsuki in ''X'', Nekoi as Nekoi Yuzuriha in ''X'', and Mokona as Mokona in ''MagicKnightRayearth'', ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', and ''Manga/XxxHolic''.
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!!Some of their works:
* ''AngelicLayer''
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}''
* ''Manga/ClampSchoolDetectives''
* ''Manga/{{Clover}}''
* ''Manga/DuklyonClampSchoolDefenders''
* ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}''
* ''Manga/{{Kobato}}''
* ''LegalDrug''
* ''[[LegendOfChunHyang Legend of Chun Hyang]]''
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''
* ''{{Man of Many Faces}}''
* ''Manga/MiyukiChanInWonderland''
* ''Manga/RGVeda''
* ''[[Manga/SukiALikeStory Suki: A Like Story]]''
* ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''
* ''Manga/{{Wish}}''
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}''
* ''Manga/XxxHolic''
* ''LightNovel/{{Yumegari}}''
* The anime of ''Anime/BloodC'' and its movie sequel, ''Anime/BloodCTheLastDark'', in collaboration with ProductionIG
* Character designs for ''Anime/CodeGeass''
* Character designs for ''{{Mouryou no Hako}}''

!!Tropes common across most of their works:
* AllDeathsFinal: By WordOfGod, there is no way to [[BackFromTheDead bring back the dead]]. Ever. That being said though, [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnation]] is possible and has occurred in a few of their works, with stress on the fact that even if the soul is the same, they aren't the same exact people as who they were in a previous life. However, in ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', [[spoiler:if a certain EvilPlan is successfully carried out, apparently it will become possible to negate this trope... Even if it costs the stability of the whole of space-time.]]
* ArcWelding: ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' combined the Plot of ''Manga/XxxHolic'', ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''{{X1999}}'' and numerous other CLAMP works into one huge GambitPileup.
** So far, it seems that ''Manga/XxxHolic'' is canonically in the same universe (modern-day Tokyo) as ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''Manga/{{Kobato}}'', ''Anime/BloodC'', and ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'' (which also crosses over with ''Manga/{{Wish}}'').
* TheBeautifulElite
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* {{Bishounen}} and [[BishoujoSeries Bishoujo]]
* CostumePorn: With long, lacy ribbons being a particular hallmark in their promotional art. Oddly, it only occasionally shows up in the actual stories themselves (and almost ''never'' in animated versions due to the cost of animating all that billowing ribbon properly).
* ChastityCouple: Only a very small minority of {{Official Couple}}'s have ever been given a kiss scene, much less anything beyond that. Affection between individuals tends to instead be expressed through gentle gazes, hand-holding, hugging, and kisses given in places that aren't the lips (such as the forehead or cheek).
* CulturalCrossReference: When you see terms such as RG Veda, Ashura and even Samsaara, you know they've been studying Hinduism.
** Its likely their concepts of "soul-mate and soul love" "transcending" body and gender, and even their use of {{Reincarnation}} are also twisted forms of inspiration from this mysticism, [[MemeticMutation although that has nothing in common with the Hindu concept of soul]].
* EveryoneIsBi
* EyeScream
** Because it's all fun and games ''until someone loses an eye.''
*** [[HoYay Then it's a pairing!]]
* FanService
* HighSchoolAU: The ''Horitsuba Gakuen'' omakes, which sics the ''entire'' CLAMP universe in an ElevatorSchool, but focuses on the cast of {{Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle}} and ''Manga/XxxHolic''.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Not universal, but fairly common.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* MaybeEverAfter: Their favorite ending...even in Denouements.
* MindScrew: Deserves a special award! Their [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle latest]] [[Manga/XxxHolic works]] have taken it UpToEleven frying brain cells across their fandom and leaving a probable legacy of several decades worth of forum discussions, all of which add to the confusion even more. Trying to trace the law of causality after a case of [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero]] would cause more brain damage than the combined screws of Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, and Superstring Theory put together!
** Just one of the results was a situation where [[spoiler:thanks to incorporating every single type of TimeTravel, you can't say if it is AlwaysIdenticalTwins, AlternateSelf, IdenticalGrandson, GenerationXerox, CloningBlues, MyOwnGrampa, SummersFamilyTree, EveryoneIsRelated or a blow your brain combo of all of these put together simultaneously!]]
** And now look what's happened! After overdosing on this trope, things have reached a point where, now that both ''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]'' & ''Manga/XxxHolic'' have ended, even WordOfGod has admitted that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they too are rather confused over how everything turned out and want to re-read it]].
*** With ''Manga/XxxHolic'' starting up again, who knows if it will bring some sense of coherency to this mess, or just further add to it.
* NoEnding: Quite well known (and well critcised too) for open ended and [[LeftHanging unresolved closures]].
** Only one of their works has an explicit ending on the lines of "Are HappilyEverAfter". In many cases, they [[TrueArtIsAngsty stop short of actually showing it, leaving readers guessing and wanting more]]. See MaybeEverAfter above.
** Some works fared even worse and were [[OrphanedSeries left incomplete!]]
* NoodlePeople
* {{Omake}}
* OneOfUs: They're are rather notorious for their fangirling of, of all things, ''JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Apart from their roots as shounen-ai doujinshi artists for the series (to say nothing about the rumors of ''Manga/{{Wish}}'''s origins[[note]]Shuichiro and Kohaku from ''Wish'' strongly resemble Jotaro Kujo and Noriaki Kakyoin from ''[=JoJo=]''. Jotaro/Kakyoin is a very popular pairing among yaoi fans, and Clamp are known to ship it themselves.[[/note]]), the crew are said to have [[http://users.skynet.be/mangaguide/au228.html single handedly]] pushed Jotaro Kujo to the top of a fanart-based magazine poll in 1994. And, yes, [[http://imageshack.us/a/img145/7568/clampjojo.jpg they still draw fanart of him]].They also made yaoi doujinshi of ''CaptainTsubasa'' and ''SaintSeiya'' before they began doing original works.
* OnlySixFaces: They are ''masters'' of this trope.
* PhraseCatcher: "It's CLAMP." is often used when describing why certain aspects are present in most works.
* PimpedOutDress Especially in the [[SideStoryBonusArt omake art]].
* RecurringElement: Mokona.
* ReincarnationRomance
* RuleOfGlamorous
* ScrewDestiny
* {{Shojo}}
* ShoutOut
* SideStoryBonusArt: Enough to fill whole libraries.
* TangledFamilyTree
* TeacherStudentRomance: Even in ''elementary school''. Where it is treated as wholesome.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Especially in their more recent works, such as ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''
* Various TwinTropes
** AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Maru and Moro from ''Manga/XxxHolic'', Nene and Nono Motoe from ''Anime/BloodC'', Fai and Yuui from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''.
*** ''Horitsuba Gakuen'' plays with this by making identical characters twins, so [[{{Chobits}} Elda and Freya]] show up as twins, as do Syaoran and his clone from TRC. (Apparently, CCS!Sakura is TRC!Sakura's cousin, further tangling the TangledFamilyTree). Both Fai and Yuui also show up, which leads to tons of confusion as to which twin is which.
** AngstySurvivingTwin: Subaru, after Hokuto's death. Fai as well, whose motivations are all centered around his dead twin.
** CreepyTwins: Maru and Moro, Kazehaya and Kei from ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'', although admittedly that's mostly on Kei's part. Kamui and Subaru from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', by virtue of being vampires. There's also the Motoe twins.
** EvilTwin: Kei, to Kazehaya, [[{{Yandere}} sort of]]. Subverted with Fai and Yuui.
** HalfIdenticalTwins: Subaru and Hokuto Sumeragi from ''TokyoBabylon'', and [[spoiler:Tachibana and Sugihime]] from ''Manga/Gate7'', the former of which is an {{expy}} of Subaru. Kazehaya looks a lot like Kei, too.
** ThemeTwinNaming: Subaru is named for the Pleiades. He and Hokuto were born under the North Star, but as she was born first, the actual name ("hokuto") went to her; both are examples of a MeaningfulName. [[spoiler:Tachibana ("wild orange") and Sugihime ("cedar")]] are both named for trees.
* UnlimitedWardrobe
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Several of their youngest characters exhibit wisdom far beyond what their age would really allow.
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