The Anti-Hero and The Anti-Anti-Hero: A Look at Cordelia Chase

By and large, I am far too busy to be writing for pleasure these days. It’s a good problem to have, in that I have plenty of assignments to keep me busy. But it also means seeds of essays often go unwatered as the weeks go by.

Luckily, I had just enough time, in addition to a tremendous amount of interest, to help my friend Alyssa Rosenberg with her virtual round table discussion on ways to move past the male anti-hero as the default character around which to build a show. With that thought floated out to me, one character instantly came to mind, one that I’ve rarely written about but always admired: Cordelia Chase.

To learn why I chose her, head over to Alyssa’s little slice of the interwebs and see what I had to say.

One Comment

  1. Heidi Hanson
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed your article making a case for Cordelia Chase. She doesn’t get a lot of press that I noticed in the Buffyverse. Cordy could have been so one dimensional. Instead she was funny and had wonderful character growth throughout her time on Buffy and Angel. Joss’s (and other writers?) words of course were fantastic but Charisma Carpenter (just noticed the alliteration theme) brought Cordelia to life. And thanks to her, I’ve called David Boreanaz “Hello, Salty Goodness” ever since. Thanks for the article! Love the Podcasts with Mo. Hope to see a resurrection of the Mad Men podcasts when the show comes back in March!