I've seen the pain on my father's face every time a woman walks out because he's not good enough. His rebellious attitude and popularity is often used as a foil to Cory's awkwardness and neurotics. Contents [ show ] Personality Though best friends, Shawn and Cory are almost complete opposites of one another.
Outwardly, Shawn is a rebel, giving him more of a "bad boy" reputation and a popularity boost; he is occasionally given to stormy emotional outbursts, but his closest friends know that these are due mainly to his familial circumstances, having lived much of his life with little or no parental guidance. Beginning in his middle school years Shawn is a skirt-chaser, usually never staying in a relationship longer than two weeks.
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While Cory is jealous of Shawn's prowess with girls, Shawn is likewise envious of Cory's burgeoning relationship with Topanga. Shawn often did poorly in grade school but during college he developed an affinity for prose and poetry. Feeny also moves up to becoming a professor. Out of all of the characters in the series, Shawn endured the most in the way of loss: Aside from his tenuous relationships and ultimately getting left by Angela, Shawn was abandoned twice by Virnawhom he later found out was not his biological mother; in Season 7 Shawn was informed that his actual mother, who worked as a stripper, deserted him and Chet immediately after Shawn was born.
A near-loss that Shawn took hard was when Jonathan Turner was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Cory's marriage to Topanga was also a painful moment for Shawn in that he knew that his friendship with Cory would never be the same again, but he was equally hurt by the fact that Cory felt the same way but refused to talk about it.
In his anger he stepped away from being Best Man with Eric taking his place, but as the wedding began Shawn arrived with the rings, but his anger boils over, and he and Cory very nearly come to blows at the altar. The most painful loss of all was the death of Shawn's father Chetwhom he longed to be closer to; though Chet left Shawn to fend for himself multiple times he always returned, only to leave yet again.
After suffering a heart attack which put him in the hospital, Chet began making plans to stay for good, but died when he again went into cardiac arrest. Following his death, Chet occasionally returns as a spirit guide whom only Shawn can see to give counsel at the most pivotal and important moments in Shawn's life. To his credit, Shawn's hard luck has served to make him stronger in the long run.
In Angela's MenMr. Feeny remarked to Sgt. Moore that Shawn has overcome every obstacle that life has thrown at him, and that he has "grown up to be one of the finest young men I know". The subject of his family is marginally touched upon, focusing mainly on the difficulty of his father being laid off and therefore unable to afford Christmas presents or even lunch money for Shawn.
Season 2 Entering seventh grade, Shawn gains a reputation around school for being a player and becomes one of the most popular boys in his class.
Shawn's mother, Virna, abandons him and leaves him homeless. His father, Chet, takes off after her, leaving Shawn alone. Shawn moves in with the Matthews, but doesn't take well to following their rules, and runs away. This gets him in trouble with the law, as he was planning on vandalizing the school.
The cops drop him off with his teacher, Jonathan Turner, who lets him stay the night. Back at the Matthews home, it's revealed that Chet will not be returning for a while. Alan and Amy tell Chet that they can't take care of Shawn forever.
Shawn overhears, and feeling unwanted by everyone, he decides to run away. Jonathan then offers for Shawn to come and live with him, and Shawn accepts. Season 3 Shawn adapts well to living with Mr. Turner, and having a constant authority figure in his life. But as time passes, he begins to feel like a guest in his home, and runs away to go to Europe for self discovery.
Cory talks him out of it, and while Shawn agrees, he still feels lonely, his loneliness stemming from the fact that Cory is spending more and more time with Topanga. In an attempt to get rid of the feeling, he buys a pet pig to replace Cory as his best friend, but Topanga is outraged and demands that Shawn return the pig.
He is hesitant, but in the end, Shawn realizes it's the right thing to do. Topanga confesses that she does care about him and would like to be his friend. Throughout the season, Shawn dates more girls, until a nice girl stands up to him and dumps him. Shawn is in shock, and Cory and Topanga tell him that he needs to commit to one girl, which he attempts, but initially fails.
In the season finale, Chet returns, and asks Shawn to move back in with him. Shawn, thinking his home life is finally repaired, is overjoyed and agrees to return. Season 4 Shawn and Cory discover that Shawn's mom, Virna is back in town, and try to convince her to move back in.
She tells them that she will, only if Chet changes his behavior, and he promises to do so. Background[ edit ] Cornelius A. By the end of the series, he has three siblings: Eric, Morgan, and Joshua. Cory is friends with Topanga Lawrence, his "first true love," whom he eventually marries late in the series.
Sometimes, Cory does not get along with Topanga, when Cory is not doing the right thing, or not doing things the right way humorouslycomplete with deadpan humor and puns. He goes to him for advice on his problems. Cory always works his problems out. In the last episode, it is revealed that Cory is actually short for 'Cornelius. By the end of the series, Cory, Topanga, and their friends eventually left Philadelphia for an internship that Topanga got with a law firm in New York Cityand by the time of the events of Girl Meets WorldCory has had two children with Topanga, a daughter named Riley, plus a son named Auggie.
Cory became a history teacher and his daughter is in his class. In the spin-off, Cory, who is now matured and experienced, plays the similar role as his father Alan and George Feeny had; mentoring his children and their friends about life, while still learning his craft as a young teacher akin to Jonathan Turner.
Boy Meets World[ edit ] Season 1[ edit ] Cory Matthews is introduced as a sarcastic, baseball-loving  slacker who has butted heads many times with his strict, but wise teacher, Mr. Often enough, what he is learning in Mr. Feeny's class applies to his home life and vice versa. Cory gradually understands his parents more and respects them for all that they do for him.
His relationship with his older brother Eric Will Friedle becomes confusing as Eric's constant obsession with girls is foreign to a young Cory  and he also begins to become more protective of his little sister, Morgan as she grows up.
Though he hangs out with a group of friends, seemingly on rotation in the first season, the one constant is Shawn Hunter Rider Strongwho later takes on the role of his sole best friend throughout the series.
Shawn is his partner in crime and often the cause of the mischief,  joining in on the wisecracks in the back row of Mr. Both Minkus and Topanga are smart, nerdy, strange outcasts, whom Cory and Shawn constantly poke fun at both directly and indirectly. While his relationship with nerdy Minkus remains the same, Cory gradually moves past his aversion to girls phase and develops some sort of affection for Topanga by the end of the season.
Turner Anthony Tyler Quinnan unconventional English teacher that helps Cory out and provides advice as he grows into adolescence. Cory is fixated with being popular at his new high school and manages to get into several predicaments including dating his bully's sister, joining the wrestling team,  and starting a band despite not knowing how to play the guitar or sing. Cory tries at some points to begin a more romantic relationship with Topanga, but is still immature and naive about romance, though he does not want to be thought uncool for not dating.
Sensing this, Topanga is wary of his advances, and despite the mutual attraction, the two do not date in the second season. The two experience flirtation, subtle jealousy, casually dating other people, and a brief misunderstanding in which the school thinks that Cory slept with Topanga.
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Shawn's family and background are explored in a little more humorous detail  and even causes some tension with Cory when Shawn is pulled in toward the rougher crowd of Harley Keiner Danny McNulty.
Cory is there for Shawn, even when his parents leave him. Shawn briefly lives with Cory and his parents,  but soon figures it is not the right fit for him and he moves in with Mr.
Turner, with whom he has become close.
Season 3[ edit ] The third season shows Cory finally admitting that he likes Topanga romantically and that wants to date her. Though it takes some trickery from Shawn, Cory tells Topanga how he feels and they become a couple. Unfortunately, the couple find themselves in a rut and decide to break up while they are still able to keep the friendship.
They get back together a few months later, when Cory and Shawn follow her to Disney World to win her back before she begins a relationship with another boy. He feels abandoned by his father and on occasion his best friend. We learn about his trailer park family and his wish to have a loving relationship like Cory instead of casually dating many different girls. Cory's relationship with his older brother, Eric, falls to the wayside in the third season. In the season finale, it all comes to a head and Cory reveals that he feels estranged from Eric and refuses to celebrate his brother's pre-college summer road trip, feeling somewhat abandoned.
After some words from his parents, Eric invites Cory on the summer road trip so that they can bond as brothers alone together for the summer. Cory and Eric talk about Eric's fears of life after high school and in the end, Eric returns home study and try to re-apply to college. They discuss Cory being seduced by another girl while Topanga is not there, sex, and why Eric wants to attend a party college rather than live up to his full potential.
Potato Head or a piece of celery. A particularly important moment in season four is when Topanga drastically cuts her long hair off to prove a point about beauty and accidentally becomes even more attractive than she was before the haircut.
Despite it all, Topanga assures Cory she loves him for who he is;  a statement that is tested when her parents want to move over miles away from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
Cory is there when Shawn turns to a cult to feel included in a family-like atmosphere, eventually embracing him tightly and assuring him he cares for Shawn, which is so far one of the more serious episodes of the series. The episode continues when he is there as Shawn loses another person; Mr. Turner is in a severe motorcycle accident in which he almost dies. Though he recovers,  he is never seen on the series again until Girl Meets Worldthough he is mentioned to be working "off-screen" in a later episode of the series.
Season 5[ edit ] The fifth season is the beginning of the college seasons for Eric. Cory is pleased to have his own room and helps Eric find a new roommate, so that he will permanently move out, at Pennbrook University. Though Shawn hates the wealthy Jack at first, because Jack never contacted Shawn once throughout his life, he eventually comes around.
Jack realizes that he never received any of Shawn's letters, because his mother intercepted them, and even moves into his apartment with both him and Eric.
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Unfortunately, she finds out about the kiss, and the lie, and they break up, mostly because she believes that she cannot trust Cory anymore.
In a popular Halloween episode, Shawn reveals just how much their break-up has affected him, as though it haunts him, which forces Cory to apologize. On prom night, Cory's mother, Amy, announces that she is pregnant during a hotel room mix-up in which his parents also discover that Cory and Topanga were considering consummating their relationship. Feeny announces that he has decided to retire at the end of the school year, when the main group of friends graduates as the class ofwhile Topanga is accepted to Yale University.
Cory accepts Topanga's proposal, but his parents are not pleased when they decide to run off and elope together. They think that they are foolish and too young to get married. Rachel McGuire Maitland Warda new student from Texasmoves in with Eric and Jack after a bad break-up with her boyfriend, causing tension as both boys begin to have crushes on her.
Cory struggles with enjoying college life and being seen as an boring because he is in a serious relationship and engaged, much unlike Shawn. He panics when he loses his engagement ring at a party,  but later on he has nightmares about killing Shawn, which eventually digress into other nightmares in which he is killing all of his friends for Topanga.
Cory's optimistic views on romance have him trying to get his best friend back together with his girlfriend many times, but Angela rebuffs him, claiming he does not know her that well and that they are only friends because of her relationship with Shawn.
This leads to Cory becoming more upset at the state of his relationship with Angela and successfully decides to prove that they have a real friendship. He resolves to get to know Angela, spend more time with her,  and keep her secret that despite the break-up, she does still have feelings for Shawn, away from everyone, even Topanga. At the same time, Topanga keeps her own secret about Shawn still being in love with Angela. Feeny returns to the series take some classes and is offered a teaching position at the university.
During their freshman year, Stuart, one of their professors, though seemingly young and interesting played by Ben Savage's older brother Fred Savage makes inappropriate sexual advances toward Topanga.
Cory becomes mad enough to physically retaliate by pushing him through the student union doors. Cory is suspended, but for only one day; Dean Lila Bolander Bonnie Bartlett ; William Daniel's spouse believes that Stuart severely crossed the line between professor and student. This is the first of many moments where Cory realizes that he is not a kid anymore.
Feeny and Dean Bolander's wedding is in the works in the season finale. They gradually developed feelings for one another over the course of the season. They have a small, intimate ceremony at the Matthews' house and Topanga finds out that her parents have been fighting and are beyond reconcile, planning a divorce, when they come into town to help plan Topanga's own wedding.
This has Topanga shaken because she always looked up to her parents' perfect marriage as proof of true love. Cory quietly postpones their summer wedding and sits beside a crying Topanga at Mr. Feeny's wedding, unsure of what will happen to their relationship. Topanga's parents are divorced and she is disillusioned about true love.
Angela supports her decision, refusing to be with Shawn even though he may be willing to get back together. Cory tries to set things right by trying to get Topanga's parents back together, but realizes that he is out of his element when he finds out that Topanga's father, Jedediah Mark Harelik was thrown out and is in love with another woman, with whom he had an affair.
Cory realizes that sometimes love can die.
It takes this, along with advice from Angela and her mother, Rhiannon Marcia Cross for Topanga to finally resume her relationship with Cory and to begin to plan their wedding once again. There are a lot of mishaps that occur during the planning and the days just before the ceremony, including an argument between Cory and Eric over who should be his best man, Shawn or Eric.
Cory chooses his best friend over his older brother because his older brother has gotten progressively dumber and starts at least two fires right in front of Cory. They struggle for a while, wondering why their parents refuse to help them and realize that reality and the real world can be hard sometimes. Eventually they realize that they are capable of doing everything on their own as a married couple, as long as they work together, and that this is what being an adult is all about anyway.
They get into a serious fight, even ending up at the hospital. By the end, they reach an understanding of sorts, realizing that their relationship has changed as they grew older and that that is okay.
Jack and Rachel, join the Peace Corps. Feeny in their old sixth grade classroom, with each one of them tearfully telling him how important that he was and is in their lives, thanking him for everything that he has taught them throughout their lives.
He ultimately pursued a career as a teacher. He and Topanga established themselves in New York City, with Topanga giving birth to their daughter Riley not long after the Boy Meets World series finale; eventually a son, Auggie, is also born to them. Cory has become a history teacher, where he taught at John Quincy Adams Middle School for the first two seasons before transitioning to Abigail Adams High School at the start of season 3.
His history lessons relate to the current events of Riley and her friend's lives, and become life lessons for them. Season 1[ edit ] The series begins when Riley and her best friend, Maya, try to sneak out of her window to ride the subway, but are stopped by Riley's parents.
They tell them that the "world" is now theirs and gives them the permission that they wanted to ride the subway on their own for the first time to school.