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An illustration of Cordelia Chase with a crossbow. Illustration: Kristian Hammerstad

Welcome back to the Hellmouth, Cordelia Chase

The fan-favorite character gets a second chance to Slay.

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In every generation, there’s a chosen one, and she alone will stand against all the things that go “bump” in the night: She is the Slayer. Two decades ago, we watched said Slayer fight her way through seven seasons of TV, battling to keep the town of Sunnydale safe and stave off apocalypse after apocalypse after… you get the picture. Now, another character is getting the chance to carry the Slayer legacy: Cordelia.

Yes, the “It” girl of Sunnydale who lacked tact but possessed a lot of heart is called to slay. Now, Cordelia takes center stage in the new Audible Original Slayers: A Buffyverse Story, which picks up 10 years after the cataclysmic events of the TV series finale: The Hellmouth collapses in on itself and turns Sunnydale into a giant crater — and the Slayer comes out on top. The end. At least, that’s what happened in one universe. As the name suggests, the Audible Original expands on the existing narrative. Assuming that the multiverse theory is real, then there’s a probable chance that Cordelia (voiced by Charisma Carpenter) could be the one and only prophecy girl.

Like any good Slayer story, this one involves a “Big Bad” Cordelia is hellbent on defeating — after all, it is her calling. Listeners of the audio series can follow her nine-episode journey where she enlists an updated band of stake-wielding pals, including more iconic characters voiced by original cast members, such as Anya, Tara, Giles, Spike, and Clem, along with budding Slayer Indira, to save the world from Drusilla.

While this is a new story to tell, from the moment we first met Cordelia, we knew she was always chosen-one material. In Slayers, she proves it. Don’t believe us? We’ve got proof.

She’s a natural-born leader

In the TV show universe, Cordelia was the leader of the popular clique who ruled the school. While everyone else was a follower, Cordelia took charge, like she was born for it. Turns out, she kind of was — she just didn’t get the chance to fully own that power on screen. In the audio series, she’s the Slayer with a plan. She knows who to enlist and whose talents can serve the mission. Take Spike for example: We know him as the vampire with a soul, an ally to the former Slayer. In Cordelia’s universe, he was the villain she dusted. And when a familiar enemy starts to cause trouble, she doesn’t hesitate to seek out Spike for help, who, if you’re worried, is still fighting for the good guys.

Cordelia traveling through the multiverse with images of Spike and Indira around her. Illustration: Kristian Hammerstad

She always stands up for herself

When something no longer serves Cordelia, she leaves it behind. Longtime fans of the original TV series will remember Cordelia demanding respect; she never tolerated people putting her down. In fact, putting someone in their place was her specialty. In Slayers, she still carries the same essence. The main difference is now she can assert her dominance with a crossbow.

In her universe, Cordelia was always the one and only Slayer, which means standing up for herself was part of the job description. And when we find out that all of the people she loves are dead thanks to the “Big Bad,” we see the Slayer jump into action — she literally travels across the multiverse to avenge them. Because if there’s one thing you’re not going to do, it’s make Cordelia a victim.

Cordelia arguing with Spike as Indira looks on. Illustration: Kristian Hammerstad

She puts her trust in the right people

You could be Cordelia’s least favorite person on the planet, and she’d still fight by your side if it meant saving the world. This quality is consistent across universes: Both Slayers’ Cordelia and the original show’s popular girl are tried and true fighters. She may have thought the original Scooby Gang were freaks, but she stood fearlessly by them when yet another apocalypse approached. In Slayers, Cordelia does the same — with Spike.

After using magic to jump through the multiverse, Cordelia lands in Spike’s reality, the one we watched unfold on TV. There, he has his soul, his best friend Clem, and newbie Slayer Indira, tagging along for the ride while he conducts his routine undercover work. And while Cordelia isn’t acquainted with a good-guy Spike or Indira, she knows she needs their help to defeat the villain du jour. Even if somewhat wary of the soul-having vampire, it doesn’t take long before Cordelia battles against evil alongside him.

Cordelia and Indira sparring. Illustration: Kristian Hammerstad

She relies on her friends

Despite the prophecy, the Slayer doesn’t — and frankly can’t — work alone. While they may be the captain of the ship, they need a crew for support. Hence the Watchers Council. Even so, historically, Watchers don’t do more than, well, watch. We’ve seen how most Slayers avoid emotional attachments while fighting darkness. They don’t have friends, they barely have family, and they die young. Despite how fearful she is of her friends becoming collateral damage, Cordelia knows she can’t fight evil alone.

Even when everyone else refuses to let Indira join the mission, Cordelia encourages the young Slayer to hop on their magical, metaphorical bandwagon back to her universe to face Drusilla and Tara (yes, that Tara) — together. Anya knows Cordelia doesn’t let people in often and that she’s afraid of losing more loved ones, but that doesn’t stop the Slayer from making the smart choice, which is to lean on her friends for backup. Fearlessly relying on your friends is kind of the overarching message in any Slayer story. Maybe that’s why we can’t help but travel through universes to hear it again and again.

Listen to Slayers: A Buffyverse Story now, exclusively on Audible.

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