I want to draw parallels between Clifford and Octavia. So Clifford, when he was young, didn't want to fight and hoped that someone would help him. But when he realized that wasn't going to happen, he gave up. Octavia, on the other hand, initially gave up when she first reincarnated as Octavia and spiraled into depression. But then she started to have the determination to change her fate as the royal baby-maker. She tries to be positive, even in moments where she feels cornered, and she's REALLY cornered. But she tries the best she can do. It's an interesting contrast between them. One hoped but gave up. One had given up but then hoped again. I think I've said it before that Octavia treats Clifford like a human being (i.e., asking for his opinions, worrying about him, defending him, ordering him not to get hurt if he has to fight, genuinely enjoying his company), and Clifford treats Octavia with total respect (he won't follow anyone else and won't do anything she doesn't want him to do) and appropriate protection (he protects her while letting her do whatever she wants so it's not overprotection), and tries to treat her as Octavia the girl (and not Octavia the princess only, as he gives her fresh flowers and believes the crying Octavia is also precious). Clifford, as Chapter 70 shows, is treated as a fighting tool with no individuality of his own, while Octavia is the royal baby-maker in the patriarchal kingdom with little to no mobility or privacy of her own. That is why they complement each other. Although, if you look at it, it shows that they're both seen as tools. One is a fighting tool and the other is a political tool. And that's what makes them similar. Not to mention, the world they're in has essentially screwed them over, particularly the deities of the world. With the jerk god and sky god screwing Octavia over, and the sky god screwing Clifford over (he showed a negative reaction twice to sky god, but I don't know explicitly yet why he's mad). At the same time, they also had unreliable people. For Clifford, it's the assholes that broke his spirit. For Octavia, it's the entire royal family and her escort knights. Of course, she has her maids, Alexis and even Duke Nightfellow, but they can't 100% fight for her (see here why). We can argue that Alexis can, but Alex has his own issues, and he doesn't seem to know Octavia's struggles like Clifford has observed (i.e., noticing she like commoner things, may have some hidden secrets, her nostalgic memories when seeing the flowers). And Duke Nightfellow wants to protect Esphere, where the norms undermine her rights. Clifford has no attachment to anything but her, and Octavia has also come to realize that Clifford is an integral part of her life and it's strange without him. I mean, take this for example. In chapter 48 of the novel, I think, Octavia self-injured her hand. Clifford, even in holding, is still worried about her hand all the way till chapter 69. He showed many instances of his worry about her injured hand. Octavia, on the other hand, while not constantly talking about his scar, is always worried about Clifford fighting because he might get hurt. She hesitated in him fighting the 'Jyuus' in the garden at the ball, and then asked if he was injured. She also worried when Prince Douchebag conditioned that all his knights in the training ground had to fight Clifford to prove his strength. Even if she knows he's a "cheat character" and trusts his strength, she still worries about him. They share the same mind and soul that is both similar and complementary. EDIT: I also want to add they've technically worn each other's colors. In volumes 2-4 of the manga, Octavia wore black for the semi-ball as per Clifford's suggestions. He paired it with her black feather fan, but black is also something associated with Clifford (his hair is black, his uniform is black, he's Ongarne, but mostly because he's Ongarne). Not to mention, the latest illustration of vol 4 of the novel shows Octavia in a dark blue dress (see here. The dress is gorgeous. Does anyone thinks of Ningguang's new outfit from Genshim Impact? Cuz that's what it reminds me of). Clifford's eyes are dark blue. So it's quite a match. Clifford's wardrobe change in the manga is the white suit he had to change during the ball. Of course, Octavia's hair is silver, her eyes are light blue and she's worn mostly a light blue dress. However, Octavia is, in essence, a kind and pure-hearted person. So she would be associated with white. Of course, Clifford's white suit does have some silver and dark blue work on the coat (see here & here). I would love to see him in other colors. He already looks good in black and white.