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Clem is a character from the multiplayer third-person shooter video game Warframe, who has his roots partly from memes within the Warframe community, before being made canon by Warframe's developers.


On September 13th, 2013, Warframe developers released Update 10.0,[1] which, among other changes introduced, gave the Grineer (one of the enemy factions the player encounters) their own language, a change from the standard English they used prior to the update's launch. Among the new lines added was the word "klem", which is used by Grineer forces in various contexts, particularly the phrase "Get klem!"[2] While most likely the phrase "Get them!" filtered through Grineer speech, the frequency of "Get klem" led to the Warframe community joking about a mysterious figure literally named "Klem", whom the Grineer would try to search for throughout missions.


On December 15, 2013, Warframe user and artist Datareaper posted "The Chronicles of Clem, [A] Grineer lancer who wanted to be a Tenno."[3] to his Tumblr account, which depicted Clem as a Grineer defector and his attempts to become a Tenno. As of September 2018, the post has gathered 1,000 notes. Datareaper would later design the Kronen[11] bladed tonfas for use in Warframe itself, which was one of three designs selected as part of a weapon design contest held in December 2013.[4]

ELITE LANCER [15] High Damage TIME: RHINO 25 00:09 750 480 ENEMIES:0 3m Waiting for other plavers: 3/4 Anonymous 12/15/13(Sun)20:35:53 No.55337452 [l >>55337785 >>55338240 2013-12-15 00004.ipg (432 KB, 1680x1050) google igdb I want to take this guy home, he went all the way to extraction with us can't we leave that f----- behind and put him in the hole instead? N45/443 BRATON 55337452 9F 55338026 lonely lil' grineer buddy follows the Tenno home nocks on the door of the Dojo >I wanna be a Tenno tool' nobody has the heart to tell him no is too awkward and bulky to wall-run, can't jump do backflips, or climb that's okay, lil buddy that's okay I'M LIL' GRINEERI I CAN MAKE IT ON MY OWN Latron rakata No, Latron Ij. on, nou runen人 Coeter SK000M no,us then copter un en.. Clkch ▼뚜 THUMP ut spl AHH HH
Datareaper's original set of comics. Note that some of the comics refer to mechanics that are no longer in the game as of this writing.

Datareaper would continue to make comics about Clem which would influence most depictions of Clem in the Warframe community, such as his choice of armor customizations, limited vocabulary (consisting mainly of "Clem" and "Grakata") and overall personality.


As time went on, Warframe's developers Digital Extremes became aware of Clem's existence and stated that a minor NPC players could encounter in any Relay[12] was Clem himself, working for a group of Grineer defectors known as Steel Meridian.[13] Clem would be formally introduced in the game on September 17th, 2015 with the release of Hotfix 17.4.3[5] in the side quest A Man of Few Words.


In the quest, the players are contacted by Darvo,[14] a black market merchant allied with the Tenno, to help rescue an undercover contractor captured by the Grineer. Said contractor turns out to be Clem himself,[6] and after the players help get Clem his weapons back, Darvo sends both Clem and the Tenno to recover the artifact Clem was originally in charge of getting before his capture. Clem's depiction throughout the quest acknowledged Datareaper's depiction of Clem, albeit with slight adjustments. As another nod to the Warframe community, Darvo refers to the artifact as the "P-otent O-rokin T-echnical A-ugmentation and T-actical O-ffensive device" or "Potato" for short, "Potato" being a slang term for certain upgrades in the game that allow for further customization of player equipment.

Clem's popularity increased following the release of A Man of Few Words. On November 14th, 2017 Warframe was nominated for "Best Ongoing Game" at The Game Awards 2017,[7] On December7, 2017, on the official Twitch stream of the ceremony the chatbox was flooded with spam of "Clem", must to the consternation of some users. This was documented by Reddit user Firinael and posted on the Official Warframe subreddit.[8]

thegameawards Videos 9 Clipes Coleções Eventos Seguidores 53.922 Seguindo 7 thegameawards DarkOverseer: CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM Assista agora didikchool CLEM"1-6 60 kanethebeasto: We Are The CLEM. You Will Be Assimilated. yousfsh_2002: CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM CLEM Vídeo mais recente THE GAME AWARDS XxElite2015xX: Cotito_Arg: WTS Failed WF update 100pl @Cotito_Arg Having same issue Tommyhx: get clem joselectro: CLEM REJDEY: warframe is a s--- game and DE is garbage Varth_bloodbane: Why Clem? Over dose: How many hours until the show ???? denscesters Qwyll: Rip CLEM update Gamer18Bit LIVE - THURSDAY DECEMBER 7 darkopanczez: a big update kagenebishop: wtb all of ur prime part 1000plat each giovanneretalhador. CLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLE MCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCL EMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMC LEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEM CLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLE MCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEMCLEM The Game Awards 2017 Official Livestream O 1.803.472 Compartilhar The Game Awards The Game Awards Return thegameawards há 3 horas

Two Grakata

One of the first comics drawn by Datareaper about Clem showed an Excalibur[15] insisting that Clem use a Latron[16] semi-automatic rifle (a Tenno weapon) instead of the Grakata[17] submachine gun (the standard-issue weapon of Grineer Lancers like Clem), to which Clem responded by holding up a second Grakata and saying "Twooo Grakata!"

Latron rakata No, Latron Ij.

Both the comic and Clem's response quickly spread within the Warframe community, with many players demanding for a "Two Grakata" weapon to be added into the game. On July 31st, 2015 the Official Warframe YouTube channel uploaded a video titled "Warframe | Echoes of the Sentient Highlights" and briefly featured Two Grakatas being dual wielded, though not actually fired. The same day, Update 17.0 was released[9] and added the "Twin Grakatas" secondary weapon,[10] which Clem himself would wield when he was added to the game later.

Following the Twin Grakatas' release, many players jokingly started making hypothetical Grakata-themed weapons for other weapon categories, such as hammers, throwing discs[18], and flak cannons.[19]

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Memes that are added into the canon universe are pretty much the best thing about it.

Clem is already mentioned in the Warframe entry, but I suppose that it will be updated alongside with the John Prodman (soon to have entry) meme and the Greedy Milk


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