The matriarch of the Dunphy family and daughter of Jay, Claire is an overprotective mother at wits end because of her eclectic family. She holds a certain amount of resentment towards her husband for having to give up work to care for the family.
Claire likes to try and control all aspects of her families life, which usually blows up in her face; she has a tendency to be over competitive with her father, a trait she inherited from him in the first place. She holds a small degree of dislike for Gloria, whom she originally called a gold digger; she also is often at odds with Cam because of his parenting style.
In terms of their children, Claire is looked at as the tough and bossy parent; while Phil is the fun father, very often she will deliberately switch roles with Phil to gain the favor of the children. Claire has run for City Council in a losing effort, and has been publicly naked, role playing with Phil