Cornelius "Cory" A. Matthews is the protagonist of Boy Meets World, and the tritagonist/co-lead of Girl Meets World.

Character Information

Cory Matthews is the father of Riley Matthews and Auggie Matthews, and the husband of Topanga Matthews. He is the seventh grade history teacher at Riley's school, and is also Riley and Maya's history teacher.


  • Cory has a great dislike of wool. The reasons given for this vary; he says once that he has an allergy for it, but later just complains that it chafes.
  • Cory's favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.[1]
  • Cory cannot spell his best friend Shawn's name.
  • Cornelius happens to be his real name though nicknamed Cory. It has been stated that even Topanga does not know this, and Shawn is assumed to not know this either.
  • Cory is a hypochondriac.[2][3][4]
  • There are a few comparisons between Mr. Williams and Cory and Mr. Turner and Shawn, respectively. For example, in The Pink Flamingo Kid, it is shown that both Cory and Mr. Williams cannot sweep their hands through their hair, and in My Best Friend's Girl, Shawn asked Cory's girl (Topanga) out just like Mr. Turner apparently did to Mr. Williams as well.
  • Cory loves Backgammon; he even calls it his middle name.
  • Cory temporarily used alcohol to cope with his break-up with Topanga in Season 5.[5]
  • Cory is very insecure about his curly brown hair. This is pointed out in at least 4 different episodes, notably Cory's Alternative Friends (where he tries to straighten it, but fails miserably), Pairing Off (where he is jealous of Shawn's hair, since stroking it attracts girls to him), The Pink Flamingo Kid (where Shawn brags to Cory about his hair, angering Mr. Williams as mentioned above), and Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow (where Cory, still insecure about his hair, requires Topanga's help to realize it's not a big deal).
  • He is left handed.
  • Cory once appeared in an episode of Maybe This Time, another show by Michael Jacobs, (to watch, click here) in which, while listening to Shawn's trepidations over setting both the gym and cafeteria of Adams High ablaze, the pair meta-interacted with the main young female lead, Gracie, across her television set. Later, they are called back to their own show by the voice of Mr. Feeny ("How does he always find us?").
  • Due to being the middle child, he is often ignored by his family.
  • Cory was the only person not to live in the apartment Jack bought in season 5.



  1. Better Than the Average Cory
  2. The Psychotic Episode
  3. Graduation
  4. Brave New World
  5. If You Can't Be With the One You Love...

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Boy Meets World
Main: Cory MatthewsGeorge FeenyAmy MatthewsEric MatthewsShawn HunterStuart MinkusMorgan MatthewsAlan MatthewsTopanga LawrenceJonathan TurnerEli WilliamsJack HunterAngela MooreRachel McGuireJoshua Matthews

Recurring: Chet Hunter • Frankie Stechino • Joey Epstein • Harley Keiner • Griff Hawkins • Jedidiah and Rhiannon Lawrence • Jason Marsden • Janitor Bud • Lila Bolander

Season One: Boy Meets WorldOn the FenceFather Knows LessCory's Alternative Friends • Killer Bees • Boys II Mensa • Grandma Was a Rolling Stone • Teacher's Bet • Class Pre-Union • Santa's Little Helper • The Father/Son Game • Once in Love with Amy • She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not • The B-Team of Life • Model Family • Risky Business • The Fugitive • It's a Wonderful Night • Kid Gloves • The Play's the Thing • Boy Meets Girl • I Dream of Feeny

Season Two: Back 2 School • Pairing Off • Notorious • Me and Mr. Joad • The Uninvited • Who's Afraid of Cory Wolf? • Wake Up, Little Cory • Band on the Run • Fear Strikes Out • Sister Theresa • The Beard • Turnaround • Cyrano • I Am Not a Crook • Breaking up is Really, Really Hard to Do • Danger Boy • On the Air • By Hook or By Crook • Wrong Side of the Tracks • Pop Quiz • The Thrilla in Phila • Career DayHome
Season Three: My Best Friend's Girl • The Double Lie • What I Meant to Say • He Said, She Said • Hometown Hero • This Little Piggy • Truth and Consequences • Rave On • The Last Temptation of Cory • Train of Fools • City Slackers • The Grass is Always Greener • New Friends and Old • A Kiss is More Than a Kiss • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter • Stormy Weather • The Pink Flamingo Kid • Life Lessons • I Was a Teenage Spy • I Never Sang for My Legal Guardian • The Happiest Show on Earth • Brother, Brother
Season Four: You Can Go Home Again • Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow • I Ain't Gonna Spray Lettuce No More • Fishing for Virna • Shallow Boy • Janitor Dad • Singled Out • Dangerous Secret • Sixteen Candles and 400-Pound Men • Turkey Day • An Affair to Forget • Easy Street • B & B's B n' B • Wheels • Chick Like Me • A Long Walk to Pittsburgh • Uncle Daddy • Quiz Show • Security Guy • Cult Fiction • Learning to Fly
Season Five: Brothers • Boy Meets Real World • It's Not You... It's Me • Fraternity Row • The Witches of Pennbrook • No Guts, No Cory • I Love You, Donna Karan • Chasing Angela • How to Succeed in Business • Last Tango in Philly • A Very Topanga Christmas • Raging Cory • The Eskimo • Heartbreak Cory • First Girlfriends Club • Torn Between Two Lovers (Feeling Like a Fool) • And Then There Was Shawn • If You Can't Be with the One You Love... • Eric Hollywood • Starry Night • Honesty Night • Prom-ises, Prom-ises • Things Change • Graduation
Season Six: His AnswerHer Answer • Ain't College Great? • Friendly Persuasion • Better Than the Average Cory • Hogs and Kisses • Everybody Loves Stuart • You're Married, You're Dead • Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield • And in Case I Don't See Ya • Santa's Little Helpers • Cutting the Cord • We'll Have a Good Time Then • Getting Hitched • Road Trip • My Baby Valentine • Resurrection • Can I Help to Cheer You? • Bee True • The Truth About Honesty • The Psychotic Episode • State of the Unions
Season Seven: Show Me the Love • For Love and Apartments • Angela's Men • No Such Thing as a Sure Thing • You Light Up My Union • They're Killing Us • It's About Time • The Honeymooners • The Honeymoon is Over • Picket Fences • What a Drag! • Family Trees • The Provider • I'm Gonna Be Like You, Dad • The War • Seven the Hard Way • She's Having My Baby Back Ribs • How Cory and Topanga Got Their Groove Back • Brotherly Shove • As Time Goes By • Angela's Ashes • Brave New World

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Girl Meets World • "Cyd and Shelby's Haunted Escape" • Just Dance: Disney Party 2
Main: Riley MatthewsCory MatthewsMaya HartLucas FriarFarkle MinkusAuggie MatthewsTopanga Matthews

Recurring: Zay BabineauxIsadora SmackleJoshua Matthews

Season One: "Girl Meets World" • "Girl Meets Boy" • "Girl Meets Sneak Attack" • "Girl Meets Father" • "Girl Meets the Truth" • "Girl Meets Popular" • "Girl Meets Maya's Mother" • "Girl Meets Smackle" • "Girl Meets 1961" • "Girl Meets Crazy Hat" • "Girl Meets World of Terror" • "Girl Meets the Forgotten" • "Girl Meets Flaws" • "Girl Meets Friendship" • "Girl Meets Brother" • "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays" • "Girl Meets Game Night" • "Girl Meets Master Plan" • "Girl Meets Farkle's Choice" • "Girl Meets First Date"

Special: "Girl Meets Demolition"
Season Two: "Girl Meets Gravity" • "Girl Meets the New World" • "Girl Meets the Secret of Life" • "Girl Meets Pluto" • "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels" • "Girl Meets the Tell-Tale-Tot" • "Girl Meets Rules" • "Girl Meets Hurricane" • "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington" • "Girl Meets the New Teacher" • "Girl Meets Fish" • "Girl Meets Yearbook" • "Girl Meets Semi-Formal" • "Girl Meets Creativity" • "Girl Meets Farkle" • "Girl Meets Cory and Topanga" • "Girl Meets Rileytown" • "Girl Meets World of Terror 2" • "Girl Meets Rah Rah" • "Girl Meets Texas" • "Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project" • "Girl Meets Belief" • "Girl Meets the New Year" • "Girl Meets STEM" • "Girl Meets Money" • "Girl Meets Commonism" • "Girl Meets the Bay Window" • "Girl Meets Legacy"
Season Three: "Girl Meets High School" • "Girl Meets Jexica" • "Girl Meets Permanent Record" • "Girl Meets Triangle" • "Girl Meets Upstate" • "Girl Meets True Maya" • "Girl Meets Ski Lodge" • "Girl Meets I Do" • "Girl Meets the Real World" • "Girl Meets Bear" • "Girl Meets the Great Lady of New York" • "Girl Meets She Don't Like Me" • "Girl Meets World of Terror 3" • "Girl Meets Her Monster" • "Girl Meets Hollyworld" • "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" • "World Meets Girl" • "Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen" • "Girl Meets Goodbye"

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