This article is about the Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations member. For other uses, see Cordelia.


I was a cheerleader, a princess, and a warrior. And I have visions and superpowers and I'm the target of an evil law firm because I've spent the last three months living on a higher plane, fighting for the forces of good, who wage a battle against demons and evilies and squishy bug babies, 'cause all that stuff's real and that's the world I live in.
―Cordelia[src]

Cordelia Chase was an agent of The Powers That Be. She attended Sunnydale High School as a teenager, where she was a popular cheerleader known for her standoffish "queen bee" personality and attitude. Since the school was situated on a Hellmouth, Cordelia also became familiar with demons and mystical occurrences, even helping to fight them as part of the Scooby Gang.

After graduating high school, Cordelia moved to Los Angeles where she joined supernatural detective agency Angel Investigations and gained the power of the visions. These visions gave Cordelia great insight into the pain of others, stripping her of her selfishness and forging her into a dedicated and powerful warrior in the fight against evil.

However, they also allowed her to fall victim to the machinations of the goddess Jasmine. Cordelia died in 2004, using her last moments on Earth to aid her friend and love, Angel, and put the disillusioned hero back on his heroic path. After her death, Cordelia legitimately became a higher being in the service of The Powers That Be.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Sunnydale High[edit | edit source]

Cordelia was the only daughter of a wealthy family in the small town of Sunnydale, California. She has a cousin named Timmy which she practiced cutting hair on.[4] She was a very beautiful and popular girl, whose fashionable clique was nicknamed the "Cordettes" and included Cordelia's best friend, Harmony Kendall. She was a spoiled, stuck-up brat who enjoyed ridiculing those she saw as inferior and dismissed her classmates Alexander Harris, Willow Rosenberg, and Jesse McNally as "losers". In ninth grade, she and Harmony took remedial Spanish together, where a boy named Donnie Wray developed a crush on her and wrote an embarrassing song about her.[5] Cordelia was among the many students and teachers at Sunnydale High who ignored unpopular student Marcie Ross so completely that she literally faded out of sight.[6] At one point, Cordelia had a crush on senior student Daryl Epps, an all-star champion football star, until his untimely death in a rock-climbing accident.[7]

In her sophomore year, Cordelia immediately befriended Buffy Summers, a new girl who transferred from Los Angeles. Cordelia, in a nutshell, was the embodiment of who Buffy was before becoming the Slayer, and became the chief foil at school for Buffy. Buffy could not stand Cordelia's snobby behavior towards her less popular classmates and instead became friends with Willow, Xander, Jesse, and the new librarian, Buffy's Watcher Rupert Giles. When Buffy mistakenly attacked Cordelia with a stake, Cordelia made it her mission to make Buffy as much of an outcast as possible, despite the fact that Buffy later saved her life on several occasions.[8][9]

When Cordeila ran for May Queen, her boyfriend Mitch Fargo was beaten up, Harmony was pushed down a flight of stairs, and Cordelia's favorite teacher was nearly suffocated. Realizing the attacks must have been about her, Cordelia swallowed her pride and contacted Buffy for help. She discovered that invisible student Marcie Ross was responsible for terrorizing her, and Buffy saved her life when Marcie tried to mutilate her as revenge for ignoring her.[6] Despite her tendency to rationalize strange events, Cordelia was forced to finally accept the existence of dark forces in Sunnydale when she was attacked by vampires on the night of the Spring Fling. Learning that Sunnydale was on a Hellmouth and that Buffy was the Slayer, Cordelia became a reluctant ally to the Scooby Gang.[10]

In high school, Cordelia found herself torn between the Scoobies and the Cordettes.

In her junior year, Cordelia continued her habit of falling into life-threatening situations. She was kidnapped by Chris Epps, who succeeded in resurrecting his brother Daryl and was building him a zombie mate using the dismembered bodies of teenage girls.[7] She was later attacked by the vampire Spike at Parent Teacher Night,[11] and nearly sacrificed to the demon Machida after deciding to date only college boys.[12] She spent Halloween running away from kids who had been turned into their costumes, during which she remained ignorant of Angel's status as a vampire.[13]

Through these experiences, she became a friend and regular member of the Scooby Gang. While hiding in Buffy's basement from the demonic assassin Norman Pfister, Cordelia and Xander shared a kiss and began dating in secret.[14] When the Cordettes found out about her relationship with Xander, Cordelia was unable to withstand the peer pressure and coldly dumped him on Valentine's Day. His later attempts to punish her through magic resulted in every woman in Sunnydale except Cordelia falling murderously in love with him. Cordelia was so moved by how Xander was going to use magic to make her fall in love with him that she made amends with him, giving up her popularity to be with him.[15]

Cordelia in high school as a popular cheerleader.

The two dated for the rest of their junior year going into the senior year. When Spike returned to Sunnydale and kidnapped Willow and Xander, Cordelia and Oz searched for the two, both falling witnesses to Xander and Willow's kiss. Running away, she fell through weak flooring and was impaled by a large piece of rebar. While in the hospital, a heartbroken Cordelia confronted Xander for his cheating and broke up with him.[16]

When she returned to school, she attempted to regain her standing with the Cordettes but was rebuffed and insulted by Harmony. After being shunned by her friends and severing ties with the Scooby Gang, Cordelia befriended a new student, Anya. Blaming Buffy for everything that was wrong in her life, Cordelia wished that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Anya, who was really Anyanka, a vengeance demon, granted this wish. At first, Cordelia was pleased with her circumstances, but soon came to realize that this alternative reality, was really worse off without Buffy upon discovering that the Master had risen and both Xander and Willow were vampires and her hometown, a wasteland overrun by bloodsuckers. She went to Giles for help but was killed by Willow and Xander, however Giles was able to destroy Anyanka's power and change things back to normal.[17]

When her father's "little mistake on his taxes for the last twelve years" resulted in her family going bankrupt, she took a job at an expensive local boutique, April Fools, to pay for a prom dress on layaway. Cordelia did not earn enough in time, but Xander found out and paid it off for her and they reluctantly resolved their differences.[18] Her brief, mutual infatuation with Buffy's new Watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce ended with two bad kisses before graduation.[19] Cordelia found herself helping the Scoobies one last time during Mayor Richard Wilkins' ascension with the aid of the rest of the Class of '99. She courageously staked a vampire for the first time and helped other students during the battle. Afterward, she walked off with Buffy, Willow, Oz, and Xander and, more importantly, off to her future in Los Angeles.[19]

Angel Investigations[edit | edit source]

I'm good for exactly two things: international superstardom, or helping a vampire with a soul to rid the world of evil. That makes for a short but colorful resume.
―Cordelia[src]

Cordelia showing Angel the Angel Investigations business card.

Despite her intelligence and having been accepted to the likes of Columbia University, Cordelia found herself unexpectedly unable to afford college due to her family's sudden financial reversals, and therefore, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Meeting Angel at a Hollywood party, she pretended to be successful, when she was, in fact, nearly penniless, renting a dilapidated apartment and stealing food from such parties. Her agent was ignoring her calls, and she had no family to turn to, having severed ties. Desperate, Cordelia met with Russell Winters, believing that he would be able to relieve her of her meager financial situation. However, with her experience as a member of the "Scooby Gang", Cordelia immediately recognized that Winters was actually a vampire.[20]

Cordelia's early days with Angel Investigations.

After being rescued by Angel and talking to his friend Allen Francis Doyle, who received visions of people in help from The Powers That Be, Cordelia charmed Angel into turning his fight against evil into a business. She became Angel Investigations' office manager while pursuing her acting career, but never broke out of commercials and plays. When she moved into her apartment, it was now haunted by the evil ghostly Maude Pearson who harassed and insulted her. After she was possessed by the ghost of Dennis Pearson, she tore off the wall as he destroys Maude. Now that Maude is gone, Dennis and Cordelia became friends.[21] She reached a turning point when her budding romance with Doyle ended with his sudden death.[22] Visibly devastated, Cordelia attempted to carry on, but during an audition for a commercial, she received her first vision, a gift transferred to her from Doyle during their first and last kiss. It gave her a powerful ability to help others. Though initially wary of this gift due to the splitting headaches it caused, she was forced to see numerous terrible things happening to innocents and fully accepted her calling to help the helpless, and over the course of the next few years, she came to consider the visions to be her reason for being and refused to give them up.

As Angel's link to The Powers That Be, Cordelia grew more sensitive to the feelings of others as she experienced the pain of the subjects of each vision. The visions became increasingly more frequent and intense, and began to physically damage her brain. For months, she secretly took powerful painkillers and underwent CAT scans and MRI'S that indicated the slow deterioration of her brain tissue. Yet, when presented with the opportunity to pass her visions to the heroic Groosalugg (through the act of sexual intercourse) during a short trip to the demonic dimension Pylea, Cordelia refused, stating that the visions were a part of her and made her who she was, a Champion.[23]

Cordelia experiencing her first vision.

Since the visions were intended for demons, not more fragile humans, Cordelia struggled to hide the effects from her friends. This continued until her 21st birthday, when she was rocked by a vision that sent her spirit into an astral plane. This opportunity was seized upon by Skip, a mercenary demon who sold his expertise to the highest bidder; in this case, a fallen member of The Powers That Be wanting to manifest on Earth. Skip masqueraded as Cordelia's guide from the Powers. To avoid dying from the visions, Cordelia accepted an offer from Skip, who altered history so that she never met Angel in Los Angeles, instead landing her big break as an actress. In her in her own TV show called Cordy!. However, even in this alternate timeline, Cordelia felt compelled to help others and eventually crossed paths with Angel, who received the visions in her place and was driven insane as a result. Unable to let her friend suffer, and realizing that fighting evil was her true calling, Cordelia had Skip return the timeline to normal, and accepted his offer to become a half-demon.[24] Cordelia harbored the visions without pain, but mystical side-effects came as well, such as unknowingly floating and sometimes confusing visions with reality.[25]

During this time, Cordelia developed romantic feelings for Angel as did he for her, but when the Groosalugg arrived in Los Angeles after being dethroned, Cordelia decided to put her feelings for Angel on hold and began a passionate relationship with Groo, going so far as to use a spell to allow the two to have sex without Cordelia losing her visions, and even giving him a makeover to resemble Angel right down to the hairstyle and wardrobe. Tormented by this, and gripped by a growing fear and jealousy that Groo would eventually replace him as the team's primary fighter, Angel gave the two money to take an extended vacation. Upon their return, they discovered that numerous horrific events had occurred, including the kidnapping of Angel's infant son, Connor, at the hands of vengeful vampire hunter Daniel Holtz. In response to this, Cordelia immediately shifted her attention to Angel, and Groo eventually realized that she truly loved Angel, proceeding to depart Los Angeles after a final farewell.

Unbeknownst to everyone, Cordelia's transformation also set in motion a major chain of events: her body became suitable for use by powerful forces. Cordelia's transformation gave her the power, not entirely under her control, to cleanse evil influence with a white glowing light.[25][26]

Skip reappeared to Cordelia while she was on her way to meet with Angel and declare her love for him. Skip told her that she had done so much good on Earth, she was ready to ascend to a higher plane to do more good as a higher being. Having been convinced by all she had seen and heard, Cordelia accepted the call to the higher plane, ascending into the sky surrounded by twinkling lights, eventually leaving this dimension.[27]

Higher plane and possession[edit | edit source]

Cordelia on a higher plane.

For three months, Cordelia was stuck on a higher plane and expressed extreme feelings of boredom, unable to talk to her friends or do any good. She was, however, able to watch her friends on Earth as well as all of Angel's past deeds as an evil vampire. When Angel's destiny was stolen in Las Vegas, Cordelia used her power of divine intervention to help Angel out by making him win at a rigged slot machine so he could get into the right place at the right time.

Cordelia somehow finally returned to Earth, though with a fallen power piggy backing right along with her. Because of this, The Powers That Be's safeguard was triggered and Cordelia's memories were wiped clean and the fallen power made dormant. When the amnesiac Cordelia found herself at Angel Investigations, Angel and the others hid the bizarre reality of their situation from Cordelia, fearing it would be too much for her to handle. Confused and suspicious of Angel Investigations and those who worked there, Cordelia sought the truth and was horrified by what she discovered about her life as a Champion. After being attacked by a violent demon and several Wolfram & Hart operatives, Cordelia was rescued by Connor, Angel's now teenage son and, feeling safe with him, decided to live in his loft because she appreciated Connor's honesty about the supernatural.

During her stay, Cordelia felt lost and alone, becoming frustrated with her inability to remember her past. She realized that she needed to learn to defend herself again. As his father did a year earlier, Connor offered to train Cordelia in combat. Cordelia's natural athleticism and warrior's heart made her a natural fighter, and during one session, a jubilant victory hug from Cordelia to Connor became a stolen kiss. To Connor's dismay, Cordelia could not let anything happen until she knew who she really was.

Cordelia possessed by Jasmine.

After a spell gone awry caused her to revert to her teenage self, Cordelia's memories were finally restored through a spell by Lorne,[28] unfortunately the spell awoke the fallen power too. The entity later known as Jasmine had merged itself with every cell and fiber in Cordelia's body and completely submerged her consciousness. Jasmine's possession of Cordelia became apparent as she used Cordelia's body to have sex with Connor, and set terrible things in motion in order to hide the fact she had become pregnant in order to give birth to herself.[29]

While pregnant and under Jasmine's possession, "Cordelia" horribly murdered the last sun totem, Manjet, Lilah Morgan, and the Svear family to serve Jasmine's plans. Along with these things, she brought forth a nearly invincible demon called The Beast, and convinced Angel and his team to take away Angel's soul and bring forth Angelus to distract them in order to keep her plans secret as well as attempting to have Angelus be her minion. Cordelia stole Angel's soul so that he could not return and continually told Connor that they were special, deceiving him into believing that the rest of the group hated them and would kill their baby.

Eventually, she was discovered and Angel's team interrogated Skip, who revealed Jasmine's plan. He claimed that a confluence of the events of the past four years had been carefully nudged into place. Skip also said that Jasmine could not be removed from Cordelia without killing her or putting her into a permanent, vegetative state. Before Angel could kill the woman he loved, Cordelia performed a ritual with Connor's help to bring Jasmine out and manifest on this plane at last. Afterward, Cordelia fell into a coma, her life-force having been drained into Jasmine. After Angel joined Wolfram & Hart, Cordelia was transferred to their hospital and was given both physical and metaphysical treatment in order to wake her.

Death and afterlife[edit | edit source]

Don't make this hard, Angel. I'm just on a different road... and this is my off-ramp. The Powers That Be owed me one, and I didn't waste it. I got my guy back on track.
―Cordelia explains to Angel why she can't stay[src]

Cordelia uses her last day on Earth to put Angel back on his heroic path.

After several months in the hospital, Cordelia seemingly awoke from her coma and was shocked by the events that had transpired in her absence. What apparently woke her was a vision from The Powers That Be. She learned that Angel Investigations no longer worked as a detective agency at the Hyperion Hotel, but had taken over the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart with Angel as CEO. Angel explained that the team was attempting to use Wolfram & Hart's near-infinite resources to fight against evil, but Cordelia was unconvinced, describing what he had done as a "deal with the devil." She learned that the real reason for Angel's decision was that Wolfram & Hart agreed to erase Connor's memories so he could live a normal, happy life with another family; the rest of the team's memories of Connor had been similarly erased. Cordelia apologized to Wesley for killing Lilah, but he assured her he did not hold her responsible for Jasmine's actions.[30]

When Angel learned that their old foe Lindsey McDonald had returned and was planning to activate Wolfram & Hart's failsafe to eliminate him, Cordelia helped him defeat Lindsey, being enraged to discover that Lindsey had taken Doyle's identity. Afterwards, she confessed to Angel that her return was only temporary and that it was time for her to leave much to his chagrin. They shared a kiss before Angel received a phone call telling him Cordelia had died in her coma, having never awoken. He turned to look at Cordelia, since he just kissed her, but she was gone.[30] Later that night, Angel received a vision — given to him via Cordelia's kiss — that granted him the knowledge he needed to bring down the Circle of the Black Thorn and prevent the apocalypse.[31] Upon her death, Cordelia became a legitimate higher power.

Cordelia returns to help a dying Angel.

Angel succeeded in defeating the Circle, but the Senior Partners led the fall of Los Angeles banishing the city to hell as a result. In the ensuing chaos, Angel was rendered human and Charles Gunn was turned into a vampire. Wesley, who had died in the battle against the Circle and was a ghost, attempted to contact Cordelia in the hopes of getting the assistance of The Powers That Be, but they were unable to help as they had no influence in the Senior Partners' hell dimension. However, Cordelia managed to muster a slight breeze to let Wesley know she was listening.[32]

Later, when Angel was fatally injured by Gunn, Cordelia was able to appear to him to help ease his transition into death. She was heartbroken by what had become of her friends, but was nevertheless amused to learn that Angel had accidentally named his dragon after her. Angel and Cordelia watched helplessly from another plane as Wesley revealed that Angel's role in the Shanshu Prophecy would be one where he would massacre many people.[33] As Angel chose to succumb to death, not wanting such events to transpire, Connor appeared and inspired his father to keep fighting. Cordelia urged Angel to go back to his son before fading away, assuring him before she left that he could never be what he saw in the vision.[34] After the restoration of Los Angeles, Angel came to recognize Cordelia's presence in the gentle breeze, often trying to dissuade his pessimism, such as when he was brooding about whether Wesley and Fred would be united in the afterlife.[35]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass.
―Cordelia[src]

Cordelia evolved dramatically throughout her years working in the Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations. She changed from an egocentric snob to a person whose life was increasingly dedicated to helping others. When first introduced, Cordelia felt no burning desire to become a better person, but suffered rejection and mockery from her original high school friends as she outgrew their shallowness. She was vain, often self-absorbed, and appeared to care more about clothes than people. Buffy and her friends often found Cordelia's shallowness annoying and off-putting, so it took some time for them to warm up to her (however, Buffy and Cordelia still held somewhat of a bickering friendship during her time in the Scooby Gang).

After moving to Los Angeles, Cordelia inherited visions that allowed her to feel the pain of others, which changed her future from being a famous actress to "helping the helpless." Cordelia was similar to Buffy, in that they both started as shallow and vapid but gradually became more dedicated to others and their own duty. Cordelia was the high school mean girl and queen bee. Additionally, like Buffy, Cordelia matured after being put in a position of being a hero. Similarly, while Buffy matured after caring for her sister Dawn, Cordelia became more nurturing while caring for the infant Connor. In actuality, despite never being very close to Buffy, Cordelia was actually a lot like her in personality (which may have been partly the reason Angel loved her as well).

Cordelia was also known for her lack of tact and typical bluntness, often stating her honest opinions in the most snarky of fashions. She was bold, brash, and extremely self-confident individual, traits that remained unchanged during her time in Angel Investigations. She would also frequently deploy a sarcastic, blunt, sometimes biting wit in various situations. When Buffy had the ability to read minds, Cordelia would often project a thought and then say it immediately.[36] Cordelia once stated to Doyle, "I think it. I say it." However, her lack of tact is not fundamentally inequitable. When Buffy, traumatized by her first death, becomes arrogant and cold, Cordelia is the only person who blames her. Similar initiatives can be seen in her relationship with Angel when he breaks all ties with Angel Investigation or when Darla falls pregnant, by fear of the risk which he would have was able to lose his soul. After Connor's birth, it is Cordelia who makes Angel aware of the fact that his condition as a vampire would make it impractical for him to protect Connor all the time due to the sun.

Cordy died with a grounded confidence and compassion for those in need, which replaced the arrogance and vanity of her adolescent self. Since Cordelia's first appearance, she has had a passionate love of clothes, which remained unchanged up through her final day on earth; in fact,[5] she quickly forgave Angel for his prior actions after discovering that he had bought her an entire set of designer clothes as an apology, similar to how she made peace with Xander when he paid for her prom dress.[18]

During her time in Angel Investigations, Cordelia was shown to be somewhat quick to trust others. She insisted that Harmony, who had become a vampire, was still good despite her annoying habits and ignored Angel's warnings that Harmony, being soulless, would betray her, a belief that ironically came to fruition when Harmony betrayed A.I. to their enemies. Also, during Darla's pregnant state Cordelia's judgment was clouded by the disgust of finding out it was Angel that got her pregnant, and she protected Darla until the pregnant vampire attacked and bit her.[37]

Cordelia was fan of the singers Whitney Houston,[38] Shania Twain, and Madonna.[39] She owned the album Evita that she considered however like a horrible album, used for terrifying the ghost Dennis.[2] Cordelia had also mentioned interest for the actors Chow Yun-fat,[40] Guy Pierce in L.A Confidential, Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs, and a great admiration for Denzel Washington.[41]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

I noticed yours didn't get in the way of betraying the people who work with you. Who cared about you. And, you know, you didn't just betray me, Angel. You didn't just hurt me... You gave away my clothes.
―Cordelia[src]

Clothing[edit | edit source]

During high school, Cordelia dressed very femininely, not so different from Buffy's style of clothing but rather more chic and high class opposed to some of the more natural clothes Buffy wore. Her wardrobe usually consisted of expensive dresses, short skirts, high heels, pumps and various designer hand bags.[citation needed] According to Cordelia: black, silk, chiffon and spandex were her "trademarks".[12]

A good example was the outfit she wore when returning to school after her injury, a burgundy skirt with a matching top, leather jacket and high heels along with a black Prada bag, symbolizing her confidence in trying to regain her popularity.[17] She often judged others by their style in wear, criticizing Willow's outfit at one moment[8] and finding it hard to look at Xander when making out because of his clothing.[citation needed]

After moving to Los Angeles, Cordelia put less significance on clothing, preferring simpler outfits with jeans along with frosted eyeshadow, probably due to her money situations. A few years later, Cordelia began wearing more mature clothing including grey suits. During her possession, she had a higher preference for comfy sweaters and long dark colored coats.[citation needed]

Hair[edit | edit source]

Cordelia changed her hairstyle periodically. In high school, Cordelia kept long, medium brown hair and had a notable fringe in the eleventh grade. In Los Angeles, Cordelia continued with the same hair length, though it appeared darker. Cordelia eventually cut her hair down to shoulder length.[40]

She then cut her hair further down into a graduated bob cut with blonde highlights after being fired.[37] Months later, she then had short, brown chin-length hair but then changed to a blonde, layered bob cut up around the time of her ascension as higher being, but then changed brown again and short length when she was possessed.[citation needed] After her coma, Cordelia had a shoulder length, brown perm.[30]

As a spirit, Cordelia's hair returned to its early stages as long, straight and brown.[33]

Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]

Why do I have to be bait? I'm always bait.
―Cordelia[src]

Cordelia was a human being during her time in high school. She soon went on to work with Angel Investigations, which led to her developing powers and abilities in the service of The Powers that Be to help Angel. She displayed the following:

  • Visions: Originally a normal human, Cordelia began receiving prophetic visions from The Powers That Be.[42] The visions usually consisted of ambiguous imagery of forthcoming attacks on innocents or various demonic disasters. Cordelia used this imagery to help Angel prevent them from happening.
  • Physical combat: Cordelia claimed that as a cheerleader, she need only be shown a move once before being able to mimic it, and demonstrated this by successfully copying a series of combat moves Angel is teaching her, and manages to corner him as a result.[43] She continued to learn how to fight under the instruction of Connor.[44]
  • Additionally, Cordelia claimed to be able to "smell money," which Angel agreed with, as he once hid some in the office and she managed to easily find it.[citation needed]

Half-demon physiology[edit | edit source]

To combat the pain and trauma the visions give her (which would eventually kill a human), Cordelia became part-demon, giving her resistance to their harmful effects and other powers. As result, her visions became less ambiguous and more surreal.[citation needed]

  • Levitation: Cordelia developed the power to levitate in air.[citation needed]
  • Spiritual healing: She even gained the ability to purify ("heal") the souls of those affected by demons.[citation needed]
  • Light generation: As a half-demon, Cordelia had gained light generating powers, which she has on one occasion used as a nightlight.[24] Cordelia was able to use her light power to destroy the Sluks by emitting a massive amount of light throughout the hotel, destroying the light-sensitive demons.[26]
  • Thermokinesis: Cordelia could heat her light to the point she could disintegrate Connor´s knife. However, this use of her power was instinctual and not done consciously.[citation needed]

Ascension into a higher being[edit | edit source]

Because of this action of accepting demonhood, Cordelia was deemed a higher being and ascended to a higher realm. There she was able to wage the war on evil in a new way as a higher being in paradise with The Powers That Be.[27] Prior to her death, Cordelia apparently created a solid astral-projection of herself to help Angel-a feat she most likely accomplished through the help of The Powers That Be. In this state, she was shown to still possess her combat skills, given how she took out several zombies.[30]

As a higher being, Cordelia was shown to possess the powers of:

  • Telekinesis: Cordelia used this ability to help Angel win a game to save people's souls.[citation needed]
  • Retro-cognition: Cordelia witnessed Angel's history of misdeeds as Angelus through this ability.[citation needed]
  • Aerokinesis: To let others know that she was hearing them, Cordelia created a cool breeze of air.[32][35]
  • Premonition: When Angel was dying, Cordelia sent a vision of herself in his mind to provide him with both encouragement and hope. When she was in doubt of her feelings for Angel, she was also shown what was to come through this ability.[citation needed]
  • Time manipulation: Before she ascended to the higher plane, Cordelia's powers of light-manipulation advanced to the point where she was able to stop time itself, allowing Skip to explain to her that she had become a higher power.[citation needed]

Former powers[edit | edit source]

Possessed by Jasmine[edit | edit source]

When she returned to this world, however, there was a hitchhiker that came along. This came in the form of Jasmine, a former higher being that would possess Cordelia. At first, only slight irrational differences were seen in "Cordelia," such as sleeping with Connor.[29] Eventually, this night of passion between the two would result in a new body formed for Jasmine after an incubating period. Jasmine could also cast spells while possessing Cordelia, and is able to go up against extremely powerful witch Willow Rosenberg in a magical battle, at least for a short time before Connor distracts her, allowing Willow to restore Angel's soul, something Jasmine had been desperately trying to prevent.

Pregnancies[edit | edit source]

Cordelia was the mother of a brood of Haxil Beast spawn.[2] When pregnant with them, she gained a telepathic connection with the children and their father, who used it to control her. Cordelia was forced to be the host of an unborn Skilosh Demon, which granted her a working third eye in the back of her skull until it was removed.[45]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • She was portrayed by Charisma Carpenter.
  • She was regular in the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appearing in all the episodes of those seasons except for "The Pack" and "I Robot, You Jane" in the first season. She was then a regular for the first four seasons of Angel, appearing in all episodes from those seasons except for "Loyalty," "Sleep Tight" and "Forgiving" in the third season. She then made a final "Special Guest Star" appearance in Angel season five "You're Welcome." Overall, she appeared in 140 Buffyverse episodes: 54 episodes of Buffy and 86 episodes of Angel. With the exception of "Witch," "The Puppet Show," "Nightmares" and "Inca Mummy Girl," all of these episodes also featured Angel. The only characters to appear in more episodes are Angel (166), Willow (147), Buffy (146), and Xander (143).
  • Along with Angel, she is one of only two characters to appear in the first episodes of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "City Of." In both debuts, Cordelia is saved from being bitten by a vampire by the series' title characters. Along with Angel and Wesley, she is one of only three characters to appear in the 50th episodes of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: "Doppelgängland" and "Billy." Along with Angel, Darla and Harmony, she is one of only four characters to appear in both the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the final season of Angel.
  • In the original script for "You're Welcome," it was intended to be Buffy herself to reach out to Angel and put him back on track; the episode was rewritten for Cordelia because Sarah Michelle Gellar was unavailable.[citation needed]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Canonical[edit | edit source]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Angel

Other[edit | edit source]

Episodes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic
Angel (Dark Horse series)
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Angel (IDW series)
Spike comics
Buffy: The High School Years
Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels
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Crossover novels
Games

References[edit | edit source]

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