Clay Kaczmarek/Desmond Miles

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Pairing: Clay Kaczmarek/Desmond Miles
Alternative name(s): ClayDes,DesClay,Claysmond,16/17
Gender category: Slash, M/M
Fandom: Assassin's Creed
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Relatively uncommon
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The pairing of Clay Kaczmarek/Desmond Miles is a ship in Assassin's Creed fandom.


The ship gained traction in 2011 after the release of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, wherein Clay and Desmond interact while both trapped in a computer simulation. Revelations was the first game to give Clay a name and face; previously he was only known as "Subject 16" and appeared only as audio snippets or briefly as a computerized shadow person. Despite this, some fans were shipping the characters together even before the release of Revelations.[1][2][3]

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Guardian Angel/Wings - Based on the dialogue where Desmond calls Clay "my guardian angel." Clay snippishly replies "There’s no such thing" and vanishes into the system, ending the conversation.
  • Angst/Tragedy: One fan said "I'm beginning to think happy Clay/Des fic is a myth, because I certainly can't seem to find any. I just want to read about my otp and not have my heart ripped out and stomped on for once."[4]
  • Bodysharing - Based on Clay's asking Desmond "What if I went with you?" Desmond declined, but fans have written all sorts of AUs.

Example Fanworks

Fan perspectives

so today when i was sitting in class I was talking about ac revelations with a friend of mine and he said he though Clay was a p cool dude.
and he said he thought Clay was hard-core gay for Desmond and that there was way too much sexual tension between them and he half expected them to kiss. And he wanted them to.[5]

also i forgot clay/desmond is a Thing clay comes off as kinda gay for desmond in revelations tbh[6]

Archives and Fannish Links


  1. ^ Perfect World Visions, fic by Sunburned-Stickperson, Oct 10 2011, FFnet
  2. ^ Qui, fic by smilebot, Nov 23 2010, FFnet
  3. ^ Abstersus Est, fic by solaciolum, April 20 2010, AO3
  4. ^ "Clay/Des- something happy" - anonymous, asscreedkinkmeme, May 16, 2013
  5. ^ tumblr post by Alex, April 24, 2016
  6. ^ comment by spooky mulder in thread "i can't get behind one of the AssCreed fandom's big ships",