Riley: I love you, Farkle.
Farkle: And I love you.
Ever since the day after culture week and you found out you might have any ancestry, I started reading about it. Because I love you and I always want to know who you are, whoever you are.
Farkle: I've loved you since the first grade.
Riley: I know.
Farkle: I always will. Wherever you are.
—Farkle and Riley in Girl Meets Goodbye

Farkle and Riley is the friendship/romantic pairing of Farkle Minkus and Riley Matthews.

Farkle has had a crush on Riley since first grade, but she doesn't feel the same way and only considers him a close friend. In Girl Meets the Truth, Riley and Farkle shared their first kiss and although he mostly kissed her chin, they said it still counts. After, the events of Girl Meets Farkle it seems that Farkle has gotten over his crush on Riley (the same goes for him and Maya) as in recent episodes he isn't as affectionate as he used to be when the series started. They are considered to be close childhood friends and it is shown in some episodes such as "Girl Meets the Truth", "Girl Meets Flaws", "Girl Meets Texas (Part 3)" that Farkle and Riley share a strong and deep bond.

In Girl Meets Texas (Part 3) Farkle realized that Riley still had feelings for Lucas but she was not being forthright about them. When he confronts Riley about it, she admits he's right and begs him to not tell anyone; Farkle agrees, but stipulates that Riley has to come clean to everyone or else he will. This shows that Farkle cares about Riley and wants her to be happy and would do anything to help/support her. Riley tells Farkle she loves him. (By Girl Meets The New Year, Riley still has not revealed her feelings, so right at midnight Farkle loudly announces to everyone at the party that she still loves Lucas, leaving everyone stunned).

In Girl Meets STEM Riley calls Farkle a sexist pig when he takes over their science project and let her drop the marble, rather than letting her do the science. She wants to learn more about science and felt as if he was not valuing her scientific ability. In the end, Farkle apologizes, saying "There is no situation where I wouldn't want that for you to get better," which causes Riley to get confused. At the end of the episode, Farkle and Riley were shown to be working together and were the only ones to get a clear beaker while the solution in everyone else's beakers was still sludged.

In Girl Meets Bay Window it is shown that Farkle and Riley first met at a Halloween party, when Farkle saved Riley's life twice, when she "attempted" to bob for apples and almost "drowned". In this episode Riley calls Farkle "handsome".


Season 1

Girl Meets World

  • Farkle describes Riley as the sun, saying that "she lights up his day."
  • Farkle flirts with Riley throughout the episode.

Girl Meets Sneak Attack

  • Farkle says "We should have some faith in our Riley", showing that he trusts her. He also uses a possessive pronoun when referring to her.
  • Riley says that Farkle is the biggest flirt in seventh grade.
  • Farkle agrees to help Riley flirt with Lucas even though he loves her because he wants her to be happy.
  • Even though he despises Missy, Farkle flirts with her in order to steal her from Lucas for Riley.

Girl Meets Father

  • Farkle and Riley likely danced together before Maya and Farkle did as Riley promised him one dance.

Girl Meets the Truth

  • Riley didn't want to tell Farkle the truth because she was afraid of hurting his feelings.
  • Farkle kisses Riley on the chin (for giving him confidence).
  • Farkle is Riley's first kiss (although it was a chin kiss, Maya said it counts).

Girl Meets Popular

  • Farkle has always thought of Riley being intellectual like them.

Girl Meets Smackle

  • Riley and Farkle hugged each other.
  • Farkle reveals that he doesn't like Riley just because she's beautiful, but for other reasons (even saying that he didn't realize she was beautiful when Smackle asks if that's why he likes her).
  • Despite the episode focusing on Smackle and, to a certain extent, her crush on Farkle, there are more references to Farkle's crush on Riley.

Girl Meets 1961

  • Rosie McGee seems to like Ginsburg.
  • In the bakery, Farkle (and Maya and Lucas) say "aw" about them being friends, when Riley mentioned it.

Girl Meets Crazy Hat

  • Riley and Farkle run a fake business together.

Girl Meets World of Terror

  • Riley cheers for Farkle when he is up to bat.

Girl Meets Flaws

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  • Riley gives Farkle a hug to comfort him when he let her know that he got called a nothing.
  • Throughout the episode, Riley seems to care the most about Farkle, hunting him down in the janitor's closet, hugging him to comfort him, and setting up mats for him to fall on (alongside Maya). She is also the one who convinces everyone to write their flaws on their foreheads to support him, although it was also to try to help Billy.

Girl Meets Friendship

  • Farkle felt guilty after he upset Riley by showing the video he made of her (being rude to the horse she had) to the class.
  • Near the end of the episode, Farkle says (significantly more to Riley than Lucas and Maya) that he doesn't want to be a dictator because dictators don't have any friends.

Girl Meets Home for the Holidays

  • Riley said that she missed Farkle over the Christmas holiday.
  • When her and Maya are reading each others minds, Farkle is the third thing Riley is thinking of.

Girl Meets Farkle's Choice

  • Farkle bought two stuffed hippos to give to Riley, one of which he gave her when he sat with her in the hospital when she had her tonsils out. She lost the first one, but never had to heart to tell him.
  • Farkle says that Riley's giggle is his favorite sound in the world.
  • Riley lets Maya put a tarantula on her head just to impress Farkle.
  • Riley and Farkle talk alone at Riley's bay window.
  • Riley says Farkle and Maya don't belong together.
  • Farkle asks if him and Riley belong together, Riley response "I don't know, do you" in a flirty tone then scoots across the seat to sit very close to him.
  • Riley feels bad when Farkle decides to go to the awards ceremony alone.
  • Riley (and Maya) support Farkle when he doesn't win and both leave with him while singing.

Girl Meets First Date

  • They both do the goofy "slow motion" walk.
  • Farkle is determined to go on a date with Riley if she doesn't with Lucas.

Season 2

Girl Meets the New World

  • Because Farkle liked the hug, he decided to take Riley to the concert, but we never see them at the concert.

Girl Meets the Secret of Life

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    Riley squirted Farkle with the hose after he argued with her that she wasn't washing the car and used him to dry it as well.

Girl Meets Pluto

  • Farkle puts his favorite orange turtleneck in the capsule because he wants to remember the day Riley (along with Lucas and Maya) helped him.
  • It was the same orange turtleneck that Riley had worn at the award ceremony in Girl Meets Flaws.

Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels

  • Farkle defends Riley when Maya is mad at her for agreeing with Lucas on Maya's height.
  • Farkle explains to Riley why it hurts when she's called "Riley Super-Klutz."
  • Farkle sits down and admits his insecurities after Riley (and Maya) accept their flaws.

Girl Meets Rules

  • When Farkle passes out, Riley picked him and sat him back up in his seat.
  • Farkle said if his life was always Riley, everything would be "Lalalala."

Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes To Washington

  • Farkle wants to have 11 children with Riley (and Maya), which she seems to accept.

Girl Meets Yearbook

  • Farkle went to check up on Riley to see if she was okay, expecting her to have a problem.
  • Riley and Farkle's alter egos seemed to be interested in each other romantically.

Girl Meets Semi-Formal

  • Farkle asks Riley and she says no, although he wasn't asking seriously. He trying to make Riley feel better.
  • Farkle asks Riley if she wants to dance with him, to which she agrees to happily before being pushed away by Maya.

Girl Meets Farkle

  • Riley and Farkle get "married", suggested by Lucas and officiated by Maya.

Girl Meets Rileytown

  • Farkle was the first one to figure out Riley was getting bullied.
  • Farkle and Riley understand each other's bullying problems, due to similar experiences.

Girl Meets Rah Rah

  • When Lucas asked him "How much are you rooting for her [Riley] right now?" He responded with "As much as always."

Girl Meets Texas (Part 3)

  • Riley and Farkle both said "I love you" to each other.
  • When Riley took Farkle outside, Charlie jokes about them by saying, "Okay, she ends up with Farkle. How did we not see that coming?"
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  • Farkle and Riley had a deep and meaningful conversation about her feelings and how she shouldn't lie to herself because they're still finding out who they are.
  • Farkle gives Riley advice on how she should tell Lucas about her true feelings for him.

Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project

  • Riley said to Farkle "We love you just the way you are."

Girl Meets Belief

  • Farkle questioned Riley's beliefs without offending her, unlike when he was paired up with Lucas.
  • When Riley said to Farkle "Did you ever think when you look through the microscope, you miss the bigger picture?", he replied with "No," and almost looked surprised that she made him think in a way he had never thought about before.

Girl Meets the New Year

  • Farkle said he cared so much about Riley, he wanted her to know the truth was always the best thing.
  • After the talk, Farkle held the door open for Riley and let her in.
  • Farkle shocked everyone (especially Riley) by revealing her feelings about Lucas. He then said he hoped she could forgive him.

Girl Meets STEM

  • Riley is upset with Farkle wanting her to drop the marble and not realizing her potential.
  • Riley calls Farkle a sexist pig.
  • Farkle and Riley were the only ones to get a clear beaker due to learning the real lesson of working together and having equality.
  • When Farkle says to Riley "you had one job to do!" she responds with "You mean take care of the babies, Farkle?" He then responds with, "How long have I been out?!"

Girl Meets Money

  • Riley tells Farkle that they (her, Maya, and Lucas) wouldn't love him less just because he has more than them.
  • Farkle tells Riley that Pluto will always be a planet in his room, which makes her happy.

Girl Meets the Bay Window

  • Riley compliments Farkle by saying he's turning into a handsome young man.
  • When Riley and Farkle were seven years old, Farkle saved Riley's life twice from "drowning" when she was attempting to bob for apples.

Season 3

Girl Meets High School (Part 1)

  • Farkle is shown to deeply angry at Riley and tells her not to trust just anyone.
  • Riley tells Farkle that she believes and relies on people and how he should as well.

Girl Meets High School (Part 2)

  • Riley cries and tells Maya that she hopes that Farkle remembers that science can't explain people and he keeps himself open to love.
  • Farkle (along with Smackle, Lucas and Zay) feels guilty for leaving Riley (and Maya) when they should've stuck by them instead.

Girl Meets Jexica

  • Fakle suspected earlier that Jexica was actually Riley.

Girl Meets True Maya

  • Farkle gets jealous and questions Riley on why she loves Lucas cause he thinks Lucas is just a face.

Girl Meets the Real World

  • Farkle and Riley both have a debate on the sun.
  • Farkle tells Riley that she's won the debate after she states a valid argument about people being evil.

Girl Meets the Great Lady of New York

  • Riley and Farkle share a hug when he tells the group about his family history.
  • Farkle tells Riley he's glad Riley found her story.

Girl Meets Hollyworld

  • Riley is surprised when Farkle comes into dressed as Elvis.

Girl Meets a Christmas Maya

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    Riley is Farkle's secret santa.
  • Riley got Farkle a menorah for Christmas (because it's part where he comes from).
  • Riley tells Farkle she loves him and the two share a hug.
  • Riley tells Farkle to learn about both sides of his religion and be open.

Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen

Girl Meets Goodbye


Season 1

Girl Meets World

Farkle: Riley, is the sun. Warm and bright and lights up my whole day.

Girl Meets Boy

Riley: What is this place?
Farkle: This is where the ancients stored all of their wisdom.

Girl Meets Father

Farkle: Well may I have one dance with each of you?
Riley: Sure.
Farkle: Ha, that's all I wanted. You just got played by Farkle.

Girl Meets the Truth

Farkle: I just auditioned for the next play.
Riley: Are you going to be in the next play?
Farkle: I'm not even allowed to watch the next play.

Girl Meets Smackle

Farkle: I have a very specific taste in girls. Is she one?
Riley: Uh-huh.
Farkle: That'll do it.
Riley: Farkle, do you have an appointment?
Farkle: No, I'm a walk in.

Girl Meets Crazy Hat

Riley: Farkle, we're a business. Businesses do not just mislead their customers to make a bit of money.
Farkle: HA!
Riley: Thank you, daddy.
Farkle: Thank you, daddy.

Girl Meets Farkle's Choice

Riley: I think it will be sad when Farkle doesn't love us both the same.
Farkle: Yes, one of you will be crushed. You will, however, receive the Farkle Home Game as a consolation prize.
Farkle: That giggle is my favorite sound in the world.

Season 2

Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington

Farkle: When I read the news, it makes me feel like this isn't even a planet I'd want to rule.
Riley: Wow, Farkle, I've never heard you say anything like that before.
Farkle: I'm a visionary, Riley. I look ahead. You, me, Mars, let's do this thing.
Farkle: Maybe we do have a voice.
Riley: So, what do you want to say, robot?
Farkle: You, me, Earth. Let's do this thing.

Girl Meets Fish

Farkle: I took Chelsea to the bird bath. She looked like she was having such a great time. I didn't think anything when the first bird sat on the telephone wire. Before you knew it, I couldn't see the sky any more. Did you know goldfish can scream?
Riley: They can't.
Farkle: Then it was me! I screamed like a goldfish.

Girl Meets Yearbook

Farkle: I feel ya. Lets say you and I play by our own rules.
Riley: Shall we sit and ponder on the ridiculous futility of caring?
Farkle: Let's do it.
Riley: You get me.
Farkle: Riley, I came over to check on you because, well, I kinda expected this. Donnie Barnes, regular guy.
Farkle: This is me now.
Riley: Farkle?
Farkle: No, Farkle's gone. You will never see him again.

Girl Meets Semi-Formal

Farkle: Want to go to the dance with me?
Riley: No.
Farkle: Oh, so you've seen my play?
Farkle: Riley, Dance?
Riley: Absolutely.

Girl Meets Texas (Part 3)

(Riley and Farkle are hugging)
Riley: I love you, Farkle.
Farkle: And I love you.

Girl Meets STEM

Farkle: Ok Riley, you drop the marble I'll figure out the sludge and earn us another A.
Riley: That's all I have to do? Farkle I don't understand.
Farkle: You do want an A don't u?
Riley: By relegating me to a second class marble dropper you are stopping me from realizing my full potential.
Farkle: Riley I'm just better then you at this.
Riley: Farkle if you were my friend you would want me to get better. Why don't you want me to get better?
Farkle: I do. There is no situation where I wouldn't want that for you. Riley I've always been your friend.
Riley: I know.
Farkle: I'm sorry.
Riley: Okay.

Girl Meets Money

Farkle: Yeah, my ceiling is a planetarium, but don't worry, Riley - Pluto will always be a planet in my room.
Riley: Good. You're the same Farkle, no matter how much money you have.

Girl Meets Commonism

Riley: Farkle are we on the same team?
Farkle: Always.

Girl Meets the Bay Window

Riley: Farkle, I hope we can say you turn into a handsome young men without embarrassing you.
Farkle: No you can't

Girl Meets Legacy

Season 3

Girl Meets High School (Part 1)

Girl Meets High School (Part 2)

Riley: "I hope Farkle remembers that science can't explain people and he keeps himself open to love."

Girl Meets Jexica

Girl Meets Permanent Record

Girl Meets Triangle

Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1)

Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2)

Girl Meets the Real World

Girl Meets the Great Lady of New York

Girl Meets She Don't Like Me

Girl Meets a Christmas Maya

Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen

Girl Meets Goodbye

Similarities and Differences


  • They are both students at the same school.
  • They are both friends with Maya Hart and Lucas Friar and Zay Babineaux.
  • They are both the same age.
  • They both have Cory Matthews as their seventh, eight, and ninth grade history teacher.
  • Farkle and Riley are both straight A students.
  • Both sets of their parents know each other and previously all four attended school with each other.
  • Their parents had them really young.
  • They both believe in Pluto.
  • Both very quirky and viewed as strange by some.


  • Farkle is male; Riley is female.
  • Farkle has light-brown hair, while Riley has dark-brown hair.
  • Farkle has blue eyes, while Riley has brown.
  • Farkle isn't willing to lie to protect his friends. Riley is, shown in Girl Meets New Year.


  • Riley's parents and Farkle's parents went to school together.
  • Farkle's dad had a crush on Riley's mom when they were kids.
  • Farkle was Riley's first kiss, like Topanga was Cory's first kiss
    • Its been confirm by the writers' tweet that this similarity was intentional.
  • Riley states that Farkle is hers, and Farkle tends to state the same thing.
  • Riley sometimes calls Farkle "Farkley" which is actually one of their ship names.
  • Lucas says in Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen that Riley and Farkle have the deepest feelings for each other. Unknown if he meant as individually feelings or romantic but still very important.
  • Farkle and Riley share several similarities with Cory and Topanga:
    • They were friends throughout childhood.
    • They share a more special relationship with their teacher than the rest of the class. 
    • They display unwavering loyalty to their friends.
    • They will do everything they can to help their friends.
    • They sit in the exact same places in their classes together, as Cory and Topanga did, the girl in the front row and the boy directly behind her.
    • Farkle and Topanga both have unique names.
    • Farkle tends to enter Riley's room through a window, just as Cory did with Topanga.
    • In their Shakespeare plays the boy played a spear carrier, while the girl played the female lead. 
    • Farkle was there when Riley got her tonsils out, just like what Topanga did with Cory.
    • Farkle went through the same transformation as Topanga did.
    • Farkle and Topanga are both nerds who aren't good at sports.  


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