Riley, I've already met the world. Now it's your turn.
—Cory to Riley in Girl Meets World
Marly: Do good? Don't you mean do well?
Cory: You know what the funny thing is about history, Miss Evans? It repeats. I mean do good.
[looks at the board, which has Dream. Try. Do good. on a banner].
That wlll always be my lesson plan.
—Cory to his class in Girl Meets High School (Part 2).
... I have spent my entire life meeting the world, and I know something about it..

Cornelius "Cory" A. Matthews is a tritagonist on Girl Meets World. Cory is the father of Riley and Auggie, and is the husband of Topanga. He is a history teacher at Abigail Adams High School, and he teaches Riley, Maya Hart, Farkle Minkus, Lucas Friar, Zay Babineaux and Isadora Smackle. Cory was the protagonist and title character in Boy Meets World

Cory is portrayed by Ben Savage.


As in Boy Meets World, Cory is quirky, witty and occasionally high-strung, and while he remains a loving husband to his wife Topanga, he has become an excellent father for his two children, Riley and Auggie.

In the interim between the two series, Cory has become an exceptional teacher and life coach, particularly to Maya, who due to her rough childhood was initially not one of his better students but improves significantly by the series' end; Maya has proclaimed on multiple occasions that Cory is "the best teacher there is".



Main article: The Matthews Family

Riley Matthews

Main article: Riley Matthews
See also: Cory and Riley

Riley is Cory's daughter. He is very protective of her, shown in "Girl Meets World," when he senses her crush on Lucas and tries to separate them. He is also close to her, showing his disappointment when Riley did not want to ride the Coney Island roller coaster with him and go to the dance instead.

Auggie Matthews

Main article: Auggie Matthews
See also: Auggie and Cory

Auggie is Cory's son and youngest child. Auggie and Cory love each other very much and this is shown several times.

Alan Matthews

Main article: Alan Matthews

Alan is Cory's father.

Amy Matthews

Main article: Amy Matthews

Amy is Cory's mother.

Eric Matthews

Main article: Eric Matthews
See also: Cory and Eric

Eric Matthews is Cory's older brother.

Eric was Cory's best man at his wedding.

Morgan Matthews

Morgan Matthews is Cory's younger sister.

Morgan was a bridesmaid at Cory's wedding.

Joshua Matthews

Main article: Joshua Matthews
See also: Cory and Josh

Joshua Matthews is Cory's younger brother by nineteen years.

Jedidiah Lawrence

Jedidiah is Cory's father-in-law.

Rhiannon Lawrence

Rhiannon is Cory's mother-in-law.


Topanga Matthews

Main article: Topanga Matthews
See also: Cory and Topanga

Topanga is Cory's wife and childhood friend. They were married November 5, 1999 in the season 7 episode, "It's About Time," in Boy Meets World.


Shawn Hunter

Main article: Shawn Hunter
See also: Cory and Shawn

Shawn is Cory's childhood friend and best friend.

George Feeny

Main article: George Feeny

Mr. Feeny is Cory's former teacher, mentor, neighbor, and friend. He seems to be the only one of his friends who knows his real name is Cornelius, as seen in the Boy Meets World episode "Brave New World."

Angela Moore

Main article: Angela Moore

Angela is Cory's friend from high school and college.

Jack Hunter

Jack is Cory's friend from college. Jack was a bachelor at Cory's wedding.

Rachel McGuire

Rachel is Cory's friend from college.

Stuart Minkus

Main article: Stuart Minkus
See also: Cory and Stuart

Minkus is Cory's friend from Jefferson Elementary School.

Harley Keiner

Main article: Harley Keiner
See also: Cory and Harley

Harley was Cory's high school tormentor, who eventually became a friend. He is a John Quincy Adams Middle School janitor, thanks to Cory's help.


Maya Hart

Main article: Maya Hart
See also: Cory and Maya

Maya is one of Cory's history students and his daughter's best friend. He gave her a smartphone and art supplies, since she didn't have either before, and because she has a talent in drawing. Cory depends on Maya to look after Riley and knows she'll always be there for her.

Farkle Minkus

Main article: Farkle Minkus
See also: Cory and Farkle

Farkle is one of Cory's students and his daughter's friend. He gets along very well with Farkle and sometimes lets him take over the class. Farkle is the son of his friend Stuart Minkus.

Lucas Friar

Main article: Lucas Friar

Lucas is one of Cory's students and he thinks quite highly of him at first. But due to Cory protectiveness for his daughter he seems to dislike Lucas mainly for that reason, although he is a very polite and smart student, but in the end he still seems to respect him.

Zay Babineaux

Main article: Zay Babineaux

Zay is one of Cory's students.

Sarah Carpenter

Main article: Sarah

Sarah is one of Cory's students.

Darby Walker

Main article: Darby

Darby is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Yogi

Yogi is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Dave

Dave is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Jade

Jade is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Wyatt

Wyatt is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Jeffrey

Jeffrey is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Clarissa

Clarissa is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Nigel

Nigel is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Yindra

Yindra is one of Cory's newer students.


Main article: Haley

Haley was one of Cory's students.

Academic Halves

Main article: Academic Halves

The Academic Halves, Top Half and Bottom Half, are a pair Cory's students.

Billy Ross

Main article: Billy Ross

Billy is one of Cory's students.

Missy Bradford

Main article: Missy Bradford

Missy Bradford is one of Cory's students.


Main article: Myzell

Myzell is one of Cory's students (she told him her goldfish died).


Main article: Brenda

Brenda (also known as Back-of-the-class-Brenda) is one of Cory's students.


Season One

  1. Girl Meets World
  2. Girl Meets Boy
  3. Girl Meets Sneak Attack
  4. Girl Meets Father
  5. Girl Meets the Truth
  6. Girl Meets Popular
  7. Girl Meets Maya's Mother
  8. Girl Meets Smackle
  9. Girl Meets 1961
  10. Girl Meets Crazy Hat
  11. Girl Meets World: Of Terror
  12. Girl Meets the Forgotten
  13. Girl Meets Flaws
  14. Girl Meets Friendship
  15. Girl Meets Brother
  16. Girl Meets Home for the Holidays
  17. Girl Meets Game Night
  18. Girl Meets Master Plan
  19. Girl Meets Farkle's Choice
  20. Girl Meets First Date
  21. Girl Meets Demolition

Season Two

  1. Girl Meets Gravity
  2. Girl Meets the New World
  3. Girl Meets the Secret of Life
  4. Girl Meets Pluto
  5. Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels
  6. Girl Meets the Tell-Tale-Tot
  7. Girl Meets Rules
  8. Girl Meets Hurricane
  9. Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington
  10. Girl Meets the New Teacher
  11. Girl Meets Fish
  12. Girl Meets Yearbook
  13. Girl Meets Semi-Formal
  14. Girl Meets Creativity
  15. Girl Meets Farkle
  16. Girl Meets Cory and Topanga
  17. Girl Meets Rileytown
  18. Girl Meets World: Of Terror 2
  19. Girl Meets Rah Rah
  20. Girl Meets Texas (Part 1)
  21. Girl Meets Texas (Part 2) (mentioned only)
  22. Girl Meets Texas (Part 3)
  23. Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project
  24. Girl Meets Belief
  25. Girl Meets the New Year
  26. Girl Meets STEM
  27. Girl Meets Money
  28. Girl Meets Commonism
  29. Girl Meets the Bay Window
  30. Girl Meets Legacy

Season Three

  1. Girl Meets High School (Part 1)
  2. Girl Meets High School (Part 2)
  3. Girl Meets Jexica
  4. Girl Meets Permanent Record
  5. Girl Meets Triangle
  6. Girl Meets Upstate
  7. Girl Meets True Maya
  8. Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1)
  9. Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2)
  10. Girl Meets I Do
  11. Girl Meets the Real World
  12. Girl Meets Bear
  13. Girl Meets the Great Lady of New York
  14. Girl Meets She Don't Like Me
  15. Girl Meets World: Of Terror 3
  16. Girl Meets Her Monster
  17. Girl Meets Hollyworld
  18. Girl Meets a Christmas Maya

Appearances: 71/72’’’


  • He is one of the two main characters to appear in every episode of Boy Meets World.
  • Was born on a reputedly drizzling day at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • He is the first BMW character to appear in GMW.
  • His daughter, Riley, is closer to her mother than Cory, though he shares many similarities to her. 
  • 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 is absent in Girl Meets Texas (Part 2) during season 2.
  • Cory has been absent for one episode throughout the series so far.
  • Like the rest of his family, Cory is an ardent fan of all the Philadelphia professional sport franchises Phillies (MLB), Eagles (NFL), 76ers (NBA), and Flyers (NHL).  Girl Meets the Great Lady of New York shows he did not adopt any of the NYC teams upon moving there, as he went to a Phillies-Mets game wearing a Phillies hat and was dejected after they lost.
  • Cory is a huge WWF (now WWE) fan, as was young Ben Savage, as shown in the real-life footage used as a Matthews family home movie.
  • He had braces as a child, but was using a retainer by age eleven.
  • Wore glasses when he was very young.
  • Cory loves pudding.
  • Cory has flat feet.
  • Cory's favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.
  • Cory can't 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.
  • Cory is terrified of change.
  • 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 once cheated on Topanga unintentionally with a girl named Lauren at a ski resort in an episode of Boy Meets World leading to their biggest break up ever, in Season 5 leading him into a small period of depression, even temporarily using <alcohol.
  • Cory dated Theresa Keiner, Harley Keiner's sister for one episode. 
  • Cory is very insecure about his curly hair. This is pointed out in at least four 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, Gone Tomorrow" (where Cory, still insecure about his hair, requires Topanga's help to realize it's not a big deal).
    • Cory and Eric once stated that Cory's hair only became curly after their neglectful babysitter did not prevent Cory from riding inside the clothes dryer—but that may have been an inside joke.
  • Cory 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 and Cory asks "How does he always find us?"
  • In Boy Meets World, Cory joked to Shawn in the episode "Boy Meets Girl" how he and Topanga would get married and have kids.
  • Throughout the series run of Boy Meets World, Cory has traveled back in time 3 times, once in I Was a Teenage Spy, second was No Guts, No Cory, and third was in As Time Goes By.
  • "Girl Meets Smackle" is the only episode so far in which he has a minor role.
  • The "A" in his middle name is currently unknown. It's probably his father's name, Alan Matthews.
  • He had a cat Fluffy, which died after falling from a tree.
  • His first line in Boy Meets World was "Good Morning Mr. Feeny."
  • He kept Lucas' past a complete secret from everyone (except from Topanga) for over a year.
  • Like Topanga, he apparently earned a degree via correspondence from Pennbrook.
  • He is the Faculty Advisor to the Abigail Adams Nature Club.


Well you listened to me, you Big Stupid.
—Cory to Topanga
I love Farkle Time.
—Cory to Farkle
Please don't tell anyone this is how I live in my own house.
—Cory Matthews
Where are the boys? Boys! I'm very glad to see you because there was a distinct possibility you were...dead.
What's the cause we're fighting for?
People change people.
The friends we choose can have the most profound influence on our entire lives, one way or the other.
—Cory to Maya in Girl Meets True Maya.


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