BEING CLEOPATRA: Cleopatra at Clone High

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cleopatra at Clone High

Clone High was an animated television series that aired for one season (November 2002 – April 2003) on MTV and Teletoon. The main protagonists of Clone High are the clones of Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Mahatma Gandhi. Much of the plot of the show revolves around the attempts of Abe to woo the vain and promiscuous clone of Cleopatra, while being oblivious to the fact that his friend Joan of Arc is attracted to him. Meanwhile, John F. Kennedy's clone (referred to as "JFK"), a macho, narcissistic womanizer, is also attempting to win over Cleopatra and has a long-standing rivalry with Abe.

Cleopatra Smith: The clone of Cleopatra VII, the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra or "Cleo" is a beautiful, intelligent and popular student who is more commonly known as Abe's initial love interest. She is very selfish, snobby, cynical, vain, manipulative and materialistic and cares only about her social image and popularity. She shows very little consideration for other people's feelings and believes herself to be treated like a queen among her peers. She is also an overachiever who frequently covets success in order to fit into her "queen bee" status. She is Abe's girlfriend since the episode Plane Crazy. Cleo is portrayed as seductive, hedonistic and libidinous, as result she is sexually promiscuous and hates it when people make of fun of it, especially when Joan of Arc does it to spite her. Cleo has always been aware that Joan harbors strong feelings for Abe, and will often warn Joan to stay away from him after she and Abe began dating. Despite her arrogance and mean-spirited nature she shows a limited ability of compassion as she willingly gave Joan a makeover to help boost her confidence, she gave up some of her vanity to date the obviously unpopular student Abe Lincoln and consoled JFK when he was sad about Poncey's death. She is 16 years old. Her physical appearance is derived from the wall paintings of Ancient Egyptian women. She is captain of the cheerleading team and is the Campus Life editor for The Tatler in which she interviews students. Voice by actress Christa Miller, the wife of Clone High producer Bill Lawrence.

Julius Caesar: a friend and classmate of the main characters. He speaks in a very aristocratic and theatrical manner. From one of the quotes on the 2003 MTV website he implies that he is in a relationship with Catherine: "By my troth, Catherine the Great, thou hast playéd with mine heart of stone, and yay, I hath returned but not my pyre" and the two are often seen together. He is also a fan of Laurence Olivier. He always wears a laurel wreath on his head. He appears to have an indifferent personality as shown in Litter Kills Literally as he nonchalantly ate popcorn at Poncey's funeral and did not appear to mourn about his death like the other characters nor did he get shocked after JFK had a mental breakdown at the funeral, instead he appeared to be entertained. He is voiced by Neil Flynn.

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