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Clarissa "Claire" Melpomene Mao is the daughter of Jules-Pierre Mao and the older sister of Juliette Andromeda Mao.[1]



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Throughout the seriesEdit

In "Here There Be Dragons", Errinwright approaches Avasarala with the knowledge that by using Jules-Pierre Mao’s daughter Clarissa as a conduit for leverage, they may be able to flush him out and get him to reveal what he knows about the protomolecule. Avasarala, however, changes the subject of discussion to the fallout of Errinwright's partnership with Jules-Pierre Mao.

Alter Ego: Melba KohEdit

In "Delta-V", Clarissa is shown to be living under the alias of Melba and working as a repair technician for Savage Industries, who have been contracted by the United Nations Navy to perform repair work on the fleet headed to the Sol Ring.

Whilst aboard the UNN Seung Un, she is seen rigging an explosive device behind a panel when left unattended by her colleagues. However, the device is later discovered by fellow technician Ren. Despite his offers to not tell and help her cover it up if she removes the device, she refuses. Knowing Ren will try and stop her, she activates an implant in her mouth that releases a large amount of adrenaline, allowing her to pick up and slam her colleague's head into the wall, killing him. Exhausted from the huge physical exertion, she collapses next to his corpse.

During "It Reaches Out", Clarissa is still using her false identity of Melba. She privately accesses her hand terminal to remotely detonate the explosives aboard the Seung Un then activates transmission of a message of apparently James Holden claiming responsibility for the Seung Un in the name of the OPA and further claiming all rights to the Ring.

Through a series of flashbacks in "Intransigence", the true identity of Melba Koh is revealed as Clarissa Mao. A contentious relationship between sisters and their father is shown to be a personality-defining trigger for Clarissa. Tilly Fagan is shown to be an acquaintance of the Mao family.

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Clariss MaoEdit

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Season 2

Season 3



  • In the novels, Clarissa is younger than Julie. On the show, the birth order of the sisters may be rearranged between the novels and the TV show. In "Here There Be Dragons", Errinwright mentioned that Clarissa is the eldest. It may have been conditional/contextual considering, at the time, Julie Mao was deceased.


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