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Fanworks pairing Cordelia and Angel did exist before Angel season 1, but it was rare and considered a crack ship as the pairing would never become canonical. Some of the earliest Cangel works were hosted on UCSL, a fic archive dedicated to unconventional and non-canonical pairings. There were also works posted on fanfiction.net during this time.
Cordelia/Angel was a contentious ship when it initially arose in Angel Season 1, and fans of the pairing immediately found themselves in conflict with established Buffy/Angel shippers. Several C/A specific boards were created during this period, including Stranger Things, to provide a haven for fans of the ship.
Cangel was most popular in season 1 and 2 of Angel the Series. Many fans were unhappy with the way the relationship developed in season 3. Still more fans were unhappy with Cordelia's season 4 storyline, which moved away from Cangel, and her dismissal by TPTB after season 4. Others viewed the unsatisfactory canon storylines as an opportunity to write fix-its and canon-divergent fics.
Common Tropes & Storylines
- Curse, What Curse? PWP is common, but there are also fics where the Curse is an impediment to a sexual relationship and/or Angel loses his soul after a moment of happiness with Cordelia.
- Angelus/Cordelia is usually dark fic.
- Many works focus on the Friends to Lovers dynamic. These fics are often fluffier and can include; Angel helping Cordelia during her pregnancy, canon-divergent works where Connor isn't kidnapped and the two raise the baby together.
- Another Life by Inamorata—Angel/Cordelia novella
- As Time Goes By by Yahtzee—post-apocalyptic Casablanca rewrite starring Cordelia as Rick
- Dangerous Type by mph0506. Cordelia crosses paths with mid S2 Dark!Angel.
- Queen of the Night by Starlet2367
- Untitled Cup Challenge by psychofilly. Angel, Cordelia, fertility clinic.'
- Washer at the Ford by lostakasha. "You Are Welcome" with a touch of Celtic mythology.
- Your Enemies Closer by Syn. Angelus/Cordelia future fic.
- Friendship and Possibility a Shipper's Manifesto essay by writingpathways(Rachel) (2004)
- Why Cordelia and Angel by Evette
Archives and Fannish Links
- Stranger Things(link), a C/A message board.
- Angel's Oasis (archived link and on Wordpress) a C/A centric fiction forum.
- AC Angst and its associated archive Volition (archived link), the home of Angel/Cordelia Angst.
- Just Fic, the C/A archive created by the team at Stranger Things.
- Angel/Cordelia works at Ao3
- Angel & Cordelia works at FFN