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"Abe, remind me. Is Joan your best friend because of some elaborate joke or because of sympathy?"
―Cleo

Cleopatra "Cleo" VII Philopator is the clone of Cleopatra. She is the secondary supporting antagonist after JFK and the primary love interest of Abe Lincoln. She is voiced by Christa Miller.


Biography

Cleopatra Smith is the self-proclaimed "queen bee" of Clone High and the object of Abe's affection. Popular, beautiful social, smart but is cruel and cold at times. She is captain of the cheerleading team and former student body president. Cleo in her own eyes sees herself as a princess who deserves to be worshipped (like the original Cleopatra) by her fellow classmates, even behaving in that fashion. She is also is very promiscuous and sleeps around a lot which Joan usually insults her for. She has feelings for both Abe and JFK, but she starts to fall in love with Abe and sees him as a better boyfriend than JFK. At one point, she has an attraction to Joan of Arc when she disguises herself as "John D'Arc". After finding out John is Joan, she claims that sleeping with Joan would have been "hot". She also regularly shows contempt towards poor people, viewing them as below her, even if they are objectively better people than she is.

Appearance

Cleopatra is modeled after the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic paintings found on the walls of the ruins of ancient Egypt. Cleo has the same stylized and unique appearance with dark skin, wears kohl around her eyes, blue (or red) eye shadow, big dark hair resembles the supposed style of many ancient Egyptian women, and two big golden earrings. Cleo wears a blue headband, a white tank top which shows her large cleavage, a tight black miniskirt to show her athletic and voluptuous figure and black pump shoes. At night, she sleeps in sexy purple lingerie as seen in the episode "Sleep of Faith: La Ru D'Awakening" and is sometimes seen wearing her cheerleading outfit in several episodes of the series, most notably "Homecoming: A Shot in D'Arc". At the prom during the season finale, she wore a tight, revealing red dress.

She also wore a bikini top with blue jean shorts while on tour with Ashley Angel on an exotic tropical island paradise as seen in the episode "Plane Crazy: Gate Expectations". In the episode "Litter Kills: Litterally", when Cleo attended Ponce de León's funeral, she wore a black minidress.

Her Height Is around 5’8-5’9

Personality

Cleopatra is portrayed as a outwardly, haughty, competitive, and fiery-tempered. She is a very vain person who cares only about her popularity and social image. But, she seems to have at least some consideration for other people's feeling, especially JFK and even Abe. She is very intelligent but tends to cover this fact by acting superficial and vapid. Although she may not enjoy being the center of attention, despite her proud and arrogant nature, Cleo is shown to to be willing to help others, when she gave Joan a makeover to boost her confidence, gave up some of her vanity to date Abe Lincoln who is unpopular, and consoled JFK in order to help him cope with Ponce's death. She is also very alluring, libidinous and seductive. She is displayed as being sexually promiscuous, which is something she doesn't hide often or appear to be ashamed of.

Relationships

Abe Lincoln

At first Cleo didn't care much about Abe. Though she did flirt with him, she simply enjoyed teasing him. But, when she and Abe began spending time together, she realized he was a really nice guy and truly respected and loved her, unlike other guys who only wanted her for her looks. She began to fall in love with Abe, but was torn between choosing him and JFK. She feels bad about the times she mistreated him for her own selfish reasons and starts to reform. She eventually decided that Abe was the one for her and they began a relationship, but it was compromised when Abe realized that he loves Joan.

Joan of Arc

At first, Cleopatra didn't even acknowledge Joan and couldn't care less about her. Joan hated Cleo for stealing Abe's affection. Typically, Cleo would make fun of Joan and look down on her because of her unpopularity and her style. However, when Cleo is forced to live with Joan after her and Toots's house burns down, she is pissed and brings her anger out on Joan who is equally angry at Cleo. They eventually get into nasty catfight, which eventually results in various hijinks, but they (begrudgingly) reconcile at the end. Cleo later decides to help Joan by giving her a makeover for the Winter Prom, turning her into a trashy-looking bimbo. Cleo and Joan later get into a conflict when Cleo becomes aware of Abe's attraction to Joan and gives Joan a nasty warning to stay away from her boyfriend.

Gandhi

Cleo was originally Gandhi's foster sister but at a young age she convinced her parents to disown Gandhi and put him in the care of new foster parents, a Jewish couple. Even when Gandhi had donated a kidney to Cleo when she was in pain, she still dislikes him and sees him as a nerd and a spaz. She finds him repulsive especially when he tries to flirt with her. She is shown to tolerate him at times but still dislikes him.

JFK

Originally Cleopatra's feelings for JFK were questionable since she only wanted to date him because it would be good for her social image. It is often joked that their relationship is simply a sexual one. The two appeared as being detached and would often argue and fight over stupid things. They also cheat on one another. Even after she leaves him to be with Abe she is still good friends with JFK and is shown to generally still care about him. She might still have feelings for him as she was the only one who supported him emotionally when he was depressed after Ponce's death.

Original Cleopatra VII

Though Cleo in the series appears as a beautiful, native Egyptian girl, the real Cleopatra was of Macedonian descent, but still dressed and behaved like an Egyptian. She also wasn't incredibly beautiful either but was still quite attractive, intelligent, charismatic and even seductive in her own right. Cleopatra, like JFK, feels like she's doing a great job living up to her clone mother, claiming she is the "queen" of Clone High. In comparison with the real Cleopatra, Cleo is very manipulative, sneaky, insincere and cunning, and can easily control others. She has a large collection of Egyptian artifacts in her room, such as a full-sized sarcophagus (which was later stolen by Mandy Moore) and she has a crook and a flail kept in her locker shown in "Plane Crazy: Gate Expectations".

Others

Cleo is very popular in school, being friends with Catherine the Great, Helen of Troy, Mary, Queen of Scots, Julius Caesar, Marie Antoinette, The Brontë sisters, President Dog and Ashley Angel.

Trivia

  • Like with Abe Lincoln, Cleo never goes by her full name, and instead just goes solely by "Cleo", likely to help differentiate her from her clone mother.
  • Gandhi and Cleo used to be raised by the same foster mother for 10 years. After that decade had passed and Cleo was going into high school, she thought her brother would give her a bad image, so she convinced her parents to send Gandhi to a different pair of parents. She doesn't even remember his existence or his name.
    • Given how Cleo and Gandhi were both 16 and in Junior Year, when Gandhi first mentioned this in "Escape to Beer Mountain: A Rope of Sand", they most likely lived under the same roof, starting when they were both 4, and ending when they were 14.
    • The way Gandhi worded the mention of this in the first episode, he said "our parents", implying that she also has a father. Only her mother has been seen, however, and "A Room of One's Clone: The Pie of the Storm", proves that she's single.
  • Images of Ancient Egyptian women, which were the basis of Cleopatra's appearance

    Cleo's original design during the development of Clone High School, USA! was similar to her current design in the show, however she appears more human-like and proportional, yet wears the same clothing. However, she also is seen with traditional Egyptian markings on her face and has a more reasonably-sized bust.
  • She has been seen carrying her books and walking in a stereotypical Egyptian style (one hand on hip, other hand flat and raised above head) during the beginning of the first episode, Escape to Beer Mountain: A Rope of Sand.
  • Cleo and Gandhi are the only two main clones to have never sat at the Thinking Docks.
  • Her Birthday Is October 1st 1986

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