The 100

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Name: The 100
Creator: Jason Rothenberg (TV series)
Kass Morgan (Author)
Date(s): March 19, 2014 – September 30, 2020 (TV series)
September 3, 2013 – December 6, 2016 (book series)
Medium: Live-action television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia official website IMDB
Fan made poster for season 1 of the TV series by Shannon O'Brien (2019)
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The 100 is a CW post-apocalyptic live-action television series. It is based on the book series of the same name by Kass Morgan, but because both properties were developed concurrently by independent parties, they only share a premise and a few character names.


The 100 is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear war wiped out almost all life on Earth. The supposedly only known survivors are the residents of "The Ark", twelve space stations in Earth's orbit that had banded together after the war. After the Ark's life-support systems are found to be failing, the 100 juvenile prisoners are declared to be "expendable" and are then sent down to Earth to determine if it is indeed habitable again. They land on Earth and find that they are able to breathe. They form a community under the leadership of Bellamy Blake, who had stowed away in order to be with his sister, Octavia. Although eventually Bellamy and Clarke Griffin become co-leaders of the community, there is a lot of friction between them initially, which many fans see as the basis for a relationship between the two.

The kids quickly discover that they aren't the only survivors, forcing them to grow up fast. They struggle to survive on this new land with the other Earth survivors: "Grounders", "Reapers", and "Mountain Men".

Main Characters


Fan Campaign

Due to Season 2's low ratings and fear that the show might be cancelled, many fans started promoting the show on Tumblr hoping to entice new fans to start watching, especially the Arrow fandom due to the show being on the same night as The 100. Various fanworks were created to attract possible new fans[1][2][3]. The effort appeared to work because the series was renewed for a third season. Moreover, the show's introduction of Lexa, and the subsequent chemistry between her and Clarke Griffin, drew many femslash fans to the show.


  • In 2015 The 100 was ranked tenth in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr[4]
  • In 2015, two of The 100 ships made it on the "Most reblogged ships" on Tumblr: Clexa (#8) and Bellarke (#11)[5].
  • In 2016, The 100 was ranked number two in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr, gaining eight spots in popularity from the previous year and one of five CW fandoms[6].
  • In 2017 The 100 was ranked thirteenth in the Top 30 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr, dropping 11 places from 2016.[7]
  • In 2018 The 100 was ranked fourth in the Top 30 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr, gaining nine spots from 2017[8]


Het Pairings

Femslash Pairings

Femslash pairings were fairly rare in season 1, but after the introduction of the canonically queer Lexa, and Clarke Griffin's confirmed bisexuality the fandom's interest in femslash pairings increased dramatically.

Slash Pairings

Slash pairings were also fairly rare in the first season of the fandom.

Top 10

The top 10 most popular The 100 parings on Archive of Our Own (as of 2020):

  1. Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin
  2. Clarke Griffin/Lexa
  3. Octavia Blake/Lincoln
  4. Abby Griffin/Marcus Kane
  5. Anya/Raven Reyes
  6. Bellamy Blake/John Murphy
  7. Emori/John Murphy
  8. Monty Green/Nathan Miller
  9. Bellamy Blake/Echo
  10. Bellamy Blake/Raven Reyes
See also: List of The 100 Pairing Names

Common Tropes and Fanon


  • Adventure Squad: term used to describe a core group that goes on missions, or adventures, and tries to save the larger community, this group changes and flexes depending on the season
  • Bunkerkru: fan name given to the people trapped in an underground bunker for six years after the second Praimfaya
  • The Dark Year is Cannibalism: popular fan theory, proven correct in the later half of season 5
  • The Delinquents: another name for The 100, because they were juvenile delinquents imprisoned on the Ark
  • JRoth: fan acronym for showrunner Jason Rothenberg
  • kru: the names of groups in the series end in kru, so fan groups will often end their names with kru as well, example: fans active on the subreddit call themselves Reditkru
  • Sky Parents: fan name given to the adults from the Ark, sometimes referring just to Kane and Abby, other times used more inclusively to include all Ark adults, like Thelonious Jaha, Jacapo Sinclair and David Miller
  • Spacekru: fan name given to the group who went into space to survive the second Praimfaya
  • Team Adults: name given to the fans of the adult characters, which includes the Skaikru adults, but also Grounder characters like Indra


For the full list of challenges on Fanlore, see Category:The 100 Challenges

Discussions and Controversies

Racial Aspects of the Show

The fandom has been paying a lot of attention to the racial politics of The 100. Although many well-meaning fans have mentioned the fact that most main characters are people of color as a reason to watch the show[2][10], the fandom as a whole has begun to talk about the racist elements in the show[11][12]. One meta, for example, focuses on The 100’s construction of race, pointing out that in not dealing with race at all, the show fails due to the disconnect between the non-racist world of the story and the very racist real world that show is produced in[13]. Another meta focuses on the anti-blackness particularly displayed in the show[14]. Fans have also shown concern with the portrayal of Clarke Griffin and Octavia Blake as white saviors of the native earth population, which tend to be POCs.[15][16]

Killing of Lexa

See more: LGBT Fans Deserve Better

In March 2016, during season 3, fan favorite Lexa was killed by a stray bullet meant for her lover Clarke. This was shortly after she and Clarke consummated their relationship and were shown in bed together. Fans were angered and accused the show's writers of falling back on a well-established trope known as Bury Your Gays (or Dead Lesbian Syndrome), which says that gay characters are not allowed to experience a happy ending. During the same time period, a wave of other lesbian and bisexual female characters were also killed on other television shows, leading fans to believe that there was a larger problem that went beyond individual shows.[17][18] Moreover, LGBT fans of The 100 specifically felt that they had been manipulated and exploited by the writers of the show.

In response to Lexa's death, the LGBT Fans Deserve Better movement was formed.


Fans have criticized the show of creating the female character of Gina just so that she can be fridged, causing pain for the main character of Bellamy Blake and pushing the character into a uncharacteristic storyline. Gina was introduced two episodes before her death and given no background or character development, and was essentially a red shirt to be brutally murdered.[19][20]

Ship Wars

See also: Bellarke vs Clexa

Notable Fanworks



Character specific:


Women of The 100-focused vids:

Relationship focused vids:

See also individual relationship pages for more.

Cast-focused vids:


Archives & Fannish Links

Tumblr Fandom

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