|Relationships:||romances with Xander Harris, Groo, Angel, Connor; friendships with Allen Francis Doyle and Charles Gunn|
|Other:||Played by actress Charisma Carpenter|
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Cordy is very popular in fanfiction.
In Angel, she is commonly shipped with Angel and Angel/Cordelia slowly gained ground over Buffy/Angel as canon moved in that direction and Spuffy took off. Some fans liked the family vibe of Cordelia & Angel looking after Connor as a baby, and this was a factor in the widespread distaste for her subsequent canonical pairing with teenage Connor.
Her pairing with Doyle early in Angel's first season had a following. After Charles Gunn was introduced some fans enjoyed the Cordy/Gunn pairing, but it never gained a massive following. It was, however, one of the go-to background pairings in slash fics featuring Angel in the main couple.
Cordelia/Denis Pearson is a rare pairing of Cordelia and the ghost in her apartment. In many works, a spell results in the recorporealization of Denis.
Cordelia was always a popular character on Angel, but fans were unhappy with some of the storyline choices made by TPTB as the series progressed. Some fans were unhappy with Cordelia's arc in Season 3 and then there was the response to Season 4.
In season 4, Cordelia was possessed by Jasmine, or possibly had been possessed by Jasmine for awhile. There is much debate in fandom about when Cordy stopped been Cordy. For a time, fandom referred to this season 4 Cordelia as Evil!Cordy, but when it was revealed that she had been possessed, pod!Cordy became the more common moniker. For most of season 4, fans were unaware that Cordelia had been possessed leading to theories, confusion and eventual anger at the treatment of a beloved character.
How deliberate was the destruction of Cordelia Chase? They SHOULD have let the audience in on her double nature, a big shocking “wow” moment and then let us stress about how she was hurting everyone and they had no idea who she really was. We should have been terrified that she would unleash Angelus on the world, we should have been shouting at the screen telling Lilah not to trust her. We should have watched with bated breath as Fred quietly noticed that something wasn’t right.
Instead they waited until you’d given up all hope.
Pod!Cordy slept with Connor and became pregnant. This was part of Jasmine's plan to give birth to herself using Cordelia. It is also the incident that angered most fans, as it seemed so OOC for Cordelia. At this point, fans were unaware that Cordelia had been possessed. The process of birthing the demonic entity leaves Cordelia in a coma. She remains comatose for the remainder of season 4 and all but one episode of season 5; You're Welcome, the episode in which Cordelia dies.
The majority of the fandom was against the storyline associated with Cordelia's pregnancy in Season 4. Some found the sex scene between her and Connor squicky as she was seen as a mother to the boy. Other fans point out that Cordelia was a woman only four years older than Connor in canon, and suffering memory loss. Still others point to the fact that Cordelia, posessed and without any agency, was actually a rape victim in this scenario.
The dismissal of actress Charisma Carpenter after season 4 led to further controversy. The decision by TPTB to remove two prominent female characters, Cordelia and Lillah Morgan, angered many fans and the death of Fred in season 5, led some to draw uncomfortable conclusions about the treatment of female characters in Angel the Series.
Neither Cordelia nor Fred had a choice in when they died. They didn’t choose to leave the men they loved when they did, and they didn’t get to walk away. While the men were able to die heroic deaths in the midst of a fight, dying as they tried to save or protect others, the women were given deaths in which they were trapped in their bodies, with a mystical being eating away at them until there was nothing left.
Common Storylines & Tropes
- Birthdayverse or Cordy!verse fics were set in an AU featured in canon. In this verse, Cordy never came to work for Angel.
- Fix-it fics, and denialfics were common in later seasons.
- And It's All Over but the Shouting by cloverhand—After the events of Lovers Walk, Oz and Cordelia begin to build a friendship.
- Bitch by Sadbhyl. Cordelia & Lilah.
- For One Night Only by Inamorata. Cordelia & Angel bodyswap.
- Her Fault by Selena. Cordelia and Darla share space, insults and a few uncomfortable truths.
- Here Today, No Future Fears by elviswhataguy. Dawn, Cordelia and others. Leaving.
- Holly by Ladycat. Cordelia & Xander, post "Hell's Bells".
- Homemaking by Kassia. Angel Team moves into the Hyperion Hotel...
- I'm not a sucker so I don't need a bodyguard by musesfool. Cordelia meets Bruce Wayne, Batman: The Animated Series crossover.
- Iokaste by eleusis_walks. AtS S4. Cordelia struggles to maintain clarity.
- The Snow Queen by Doyle—adventure with Gunn. Astridv writes: The Cordelia in this story kicks ass but isn't the infallible superhuman one occasionally encounters in fanfic.
- The Understudy by Roseveare—casefic with Doyle
- And Other Strangers by likeadeuce Cordelia/Wesley in Birthdayverse.
- California Dreaming by lycomingst Cordelia/Doyle during "I Will Remember You".
- Echo by vatrixsta Cordelia/Xander
- Feeling Lucky by likeadeuce Cordelia/Gunn
- Impact by shiny silver grl Cordelia/Doyle. AtS S3 Cordelia switches places with her S1 self.
- One Night in Heaven by brutti_ma_buoni Cordelia/Lorne
- Red Letter Days by Elena B Cordelia/Xander
- Stay by nwhepcat. Cordelia/Gunn. A hospital waiting room, 2 visits.
- All Fly Away by snowpuppies—Cordelia/Dawn in post-apocalyptic AU.
- The Blue Dahlia by Jennifer-Oksana—adventure with a side of femslash
- Mockingbird by Jane St Clair—Cordelia/Faith
- Chase Vs. Chase by Calle Dybedahl—Cordelia/Cordelia
- Five Lovers Cordelia Chase Never Had by Roz Kaveney—AU Cordelia/Joyce, Cordelia/Glory, Cordelia/Buffybot, Cordelia/Tara, Cordelia/Willow
- Never a Good Time by aaronlisa. Cordelia/Darla. Set in AtS AU, where Darla has the soul.
- Personal Growth by brutti_ma_buoni—Cordelia/Willow, bodyswap.
- Evil Cordelia by deep-dark-eyes (2009)
- Buffy & Cordelia by lisica596 (2014)
- What's Your Childhood Trauma?! by toonbaboon (2014)
- Warrior by nananana-nina (2015)
- Collide by sadique Angel/Cordelia (2006)
- Hey, Soul Sister by Eminemgirl814 (2010)
- Now Three by thedothatgirl Cordelia & Angel (2011)
- Gone, Gone, Gone by druidicbear Angel/Cordelia (2014)
- letters from the sky by A Slayer In The TARDIS Cordelia & The Doctor, Doctor Who crossover vid (2014)
- Fight Song by 1SnoWhiteQueen1 (2015)
- Friendship and Possibility by writingpathways, an Angel/Cordelia essay at ship_manifesto (Sep 2004)
- The assassination of Cordelia Chase by Jennifer Cruise (2004)
- "No, I Might Die *From* You..." by waterlanding, a Xander/Cordelia essay at ship_manifesto (Jan 2005)
- What Might Have Been by settiai, a Doyle/Cordelia essay at ship_manifesto (Mar 2005)
- Essay -- And When The Sky Was Opened: The Passion of Cordelia Chase and And When The Sky Was Opened (continued) by eleusis_walks (2010)
- Wrath of Whedon - Cordelia Chase Story by thatotherblogandshit (2015)
Archives and Communities
- CordySlash -- archive and mailing list for Cordy femslash
- Deep Waters - an adult Cordy archive
- Old School Cordy Ficathon - Cordelia ficathon on LiveJournal (2004)
- Fashionably Evil, a Cordelia/Lilah archive
Links and Resources
- Cordelia Chase tag at Archive of Our Own
- Cordelia C. character filter in the Buffy category and the Angel category at FanFiction.Net
- Cordy-centric fic recs by Astridv (2005)
- Cordelia Chase at Wikipedia - canon resource
- Cordelia Chase at the Buffyverse Wiki - canon resource
- Cordelia Chase at the Internet Movie Database
- Also post by spuffybot, 2017.
- Cordelia creeping out with Connor is made 100x more creepy post by Tumblr user Spuffybot, Nov 2017.
- Cordelia and Connor WTF discussion on r/Angel. July 2017.
- The problem with the deaths of Team Angel, meta post by Tumblr user ofstormandwolves, June 2019.
- Better Buffy Fiction Archive: Doyle (accessed 24 April 2012)