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You're Cory with Topanga's hair.
I don't think I'm weird, Maya. I think I'm unique. He's Cory, she's Topanga, but I'm both.
Cor, don't take this the wrong way, but your daughter's a strange little bird.
Shawn to Cory about Riley

Riley Matthews is the main character and title character of Girl Meets World. She is the fourteen-year-old daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews. Riley and Auggie Matthews are Cory and Topanga's only children, of which Riley is the older of the two. Her father, Cory Matthews is her ninth grade history teacher at Abigail Adams High School, where Riley interacts with her best friends Maya Hart, Farkle Minkus, and Lucas Friar. She is portrayed by Rowan Blanchard.

Appearance

Physically, the adolescent Riley is a beautiful young woman; She has a heart-shaped face, a light complexion, and dark brown eyes with matching hair that reaches her mid back; she typically wears her hair down, straight or wavy, but occasionally wears it in a braid, bun, or ponytail. She has a slim and marginally athletic physique, and is of above-average height, which contributes significantly to her physical awkwardness, mainly her longer legs over which she has little control.

Style

Riley's personality is reflected in her sartorial preferences, which consist mainly of bohemian-style outfits with floral patterns or solid colors. She also layers her clothing, preferring to wear long sleeves or T-shirts under dresses and dawning skirts, vests, jackets and various cardigans along with boot-cut or bellbottom jeans. Her shoe collection consists of mostly boots of varying lengths and heels, combat boots and the occasional sneakers.

You can see more of her style here.

Personality

Riley is bubbly, outgoing, cheerful, optimistic, intelligent, and slightly awkward, and while she is also sensitive, she is not afraid to voice her opinion about things, and will readily stand up for her friends and family. At first Riley seems immature and noticeably awkward, but as the series progresses, she begins to dress and act more mature.

She is also very idealistic, and expects everyone around her to live up to her own expectations, lofty as they may seem at times. Like Cory, Riley also prefers to maintain her own belief in things despite disagreement from others; this trait mainly applies to Maya, upon whom Riley never gives up hope as shown in Girl Meets Pluto. Riley will do whatever it takes to keep her friends happy, even at the expense of her own emotional well-being.

Much of Riley's personality is inherited from her father Cory; Shawn Hunter once described Riley as "Cory with Topanga's hair", but in Girl Meets Cory and Topanga, she discovers that many of her mother Topanga's character traits were handed down to her as well. Riley is rather intelligent, as shown in Girl Meets Maya's Mother, in which she rivals Farkle for the highest grades, and though not generally a sports fan she seems very knowledgeable about the New York Knicks. But for all her acumen, she tends have some ditzy and sometimes scatterbrained moments.  For example, in Girl Meets the Forgotten, she thought the Great Depression was called "The Grand Canyon"; in Girl Meets Pluto when she didn't realize that she had dug up the time capsule while she, her parents, Maya, and Shawn were still digging for it in other parts of Mr. Feeny's yard. Another example, in Girl Meets Cory and Topanga, Riley is adamant about taking a closer look at Jingles the circus clown's flower, unaware that it squirts water.

Riley's klutziness often results in embarrassing and funny moments. In Girl Meets Pluto, it was revealed that there was a "Riley Committee" to keep her from discovering things that could potentially hurt her because her friend's thinks she's fragile. However, her shock and sadness at being informed that Pluto was demoted from planet status quickly turned to anger and annoyance.

Riley also has a serious and tougher side such as in Girl Meets Maya's Mother, when a large man twice her size blocked her from entering the Nighthawk Diner, and she stood her ground without flinching. Or in  Girl Meets the Secret of Life, where she is shown to have a temper. Her honest and vulnerable side is shown in Girl Meets Flaws, Girl Meets Cory and Topanga, and Girl Meets Crazy Hat, where she reveals that she is insecure of what others think of her and of her future.

Riley and Purple Cats

Although Riley claims to be a dog person, among her stuffed animals is Violet, her purple cat that she has since childhood.  Riley has an unshakable penchant for painting purple cats; in most episodes that involve art or art class, Riley is shown painting only purple cats, and in so doing invariably ends up with purple paint all over her hands and forearms (an early exception to this is Girl Meets Maya's Mother, in which Riley's artwork involves drawings of Lucas). In Girl Meets Legacy, when she, Maya, Lucas, Farkle and Zay dedicate a specially-redesigned bench to the future students at JQAMS, Ms. Kossal notices a purple cat among the designs, which Riley explains by saying "everybody should leave their mark".

Riley's affinity for purple cats carries over into her high school years, and plays a key part in Maya's realization that she is going through an identity crisis; In Girl Meets Triangle, their art teacher Mr. Jackson gives Maya an incomplete grade because neither one of them can understand what she's painting, but Jackson later has Maya take another look at her painting from a different angle, which is when Maya notices that she painted a purple cat, causing Maya to finally admit that she has become like Riley. In Girl Meets Upstate, Riley and Maya get into a second paint fight (the first was in Girl Meets Maya's Mother) in which Riley throws purple paint all over Maya, which eventually earns a compliment from Mr. Jackson on painting her best purple cat ever-- and then a request to try painting something else.

In Season three's Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1), during Maya's movie fantasy, Maya (as "The Bomb") and Lucas (as "Huckleberry Bond") confront their arch-nemesis, the "Purple Cat" (Riley) in her lair, a lower-level speakeasy called (what else but) "The Purple Cat Club".

Relationships

Girl Meets World Season 2

Friends

Maya Hart

(Best friend)

Main article: Maya Hart
See also: Maya and Riley
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Maya is Riley's best friend. Although they are very different from each other, the two are extremely close and very loyal to one another. Riley typically lets Maya in through her bedroom window so they can talk sitting at the Bay Window. Riley supports Maya in dealing with her certain problems too. Maya also helps Riley, like in the episode "Girl Meets World," when she lets Riley fall into Lucas's lap. Riley and Maya have friendship rings as a way of showing how strong their friendship is. In Girl Meets I Do, Riley tells Maya that as her best friend she also wants what's best for her, by letting Katy and Shawn get married.


Farkle Minkus

I love you exchange

(Close friend/Admirer)

Main article: Farkle Minkus
See also: Farkle and Riley

Farkle is also Riley's best friend, second only to Maya. Though Farkle has had an unrequited crush on Riley since 1st grade, Farkle and Riley remain close; she often tries to protect Farkle from Maya, and the two both seem to be protective of each other. Riley shows concern for Farkle in "Girl Meets Flaws" when he stops coming to class. Farkle usually only tells Riley his secrets, also shown in "Girl Meets Flaws" when he only told her when he was being bullied. Overall, the two seem highly fond of one other.


Lucas Friar

(Boyfriend)

Riley & Lucas (Riley's Fantasy - 3x08)

Riley and Lucas in her fantasy during Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1)

Main article: Lucas Friar
See also: Lucas and Riley

Lucas is Riley's boyfriend. Riley has had a crush on Lucas from when she first saw him on the subway. In "Girl Meets Boy," it is shown that they have a strong connection. In Girl Meets the New World the two of them briefly date due to peer pressure and possible disapproval of Cory of them dating. They break up, realizing that they are better off as friends. However, they still have strong feelings for each other. In Girl Meets Texas (Part 1) Riley admits to Maya that she knows Maya thinks that she likes Lucas more than just a friend, Riley said this is true. Despite her saying this, she still had feelings for Lucas and didn't want anyone knowing, because she feels like that it will destroy their friendship. In Girl Meets Texas (Part 3) Farkle realized Riley still loved Lucas. He confronted her about it, which she was hesitant about in admitting her true feelings. In Girl Meets the New Year, Farkle revealed to the group that Riley still loves Lucas, which led to the situation in Girl Meets Legacy. In the end, Lucas still had trouble choosing on who he wanted to be with. Therefore, in Girl Meets High School (Part 1), he starts referring to both Riley and Maya as his girlfriends. In Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2) Lucas reveals that he loves Riley and wants to spend more time having deeper conversations with her. He gives her a purple jellybean while saying "I choose you and I really want you to choose me." Riley then gives him the leaf she found and says "I'm glad I fell into your lap". While Lucas replies "So am I." symbolizing their special moment together.


Zay maya and riley texas

Zay Babineaux

(Good Friend)

Main article: Zay Babineaux
See also: Riley and Zay

Originally from Austin, Texas, Zay moves to New York and reunites with his old friend Lucas. He then forms new friendships with Riley, Maya, and Farkle. Zay sees Riley as a fun and caring person and Riley shows how she cares about his relationship with Vanessa.


Isadora Smackle

(Good Friend)
Smackle Doesn't Know She Loves Them Yet
Main article: Isadora Smackle

Although their relationship began as a shrewdly devised ploy by Smackle to uncover "the equation for beauty," the pair have since decided to remain friends. In fact, Riley assured the emotionally reserved girl that she already loved them (meaning all of Farkle's friends) but just didn't know it yet. While Riley supports Farkle and Isadora's relationship, she did state (in Girl Meets High School (Part 2)), that she does not believe Farkle has found love yet. Nonetheless, Riley has taken pleasure in helping Isadora overcome her social awkwardness by integrating her into their circle of friends.


Charlie Gardner

(Friend/admirer/Dated)

Main article: Charlie Gardner
See also: Charlie and Riley
Riley & Charlie

Charlie and Riley in Girl Meets Semi-Formal

Charlie is Riley's friend and admirer. Charlie has a big crush on Riley, and despite being friends with Lucas, is jealous of the two. He is always looking for an opportunity to ask Riley out, and got his chance in Girl Meets Texas (Part 3). He and Riley went out on a date, although Riley didn't feel the same way. She only went out with him to spare his feelings, and hers as well after her heartbreak with Lucas. She broke things off during Girl Meets the New Year when she tells Charlie she cant be with him at midnight because he deserves much better than her.

Shawn Hunter

Shawn & Riley

(Uncle)

Main article: Shawn Hunter
See also: Riley and Shawn

Shawn is a lifelong friend of her parents (especially Cory), that Riley views as an uncle figure. For the first 13 years of her life they had a strained relationship, but thanks to Maya, they have become much closer.

Missy Bradford

Farkle and Missy-1-1

(Enemy)

Main article: Missy Bradford

Missy is Riley's enemy, who has only appeared in one episode. Riley was immediately jealous of her because she was flirting with Riley's crush, Lucas, even asking him out on a date to see a horror movie in the episode "Girl Meets Sneak Attack." When Riley warns Lucas about being alone with Missy, Missy purposely gets herself and Lucas in detention, therefore being alone with him. Later, Riley gets detention, too, after she did something to make her father give her detention. However, during detention, Lucas declares he'd rather spend time with his friends than going on a date with Missy. Disappointed at this, Missy tells the group to grow up, and Riley refuses, at least for the time being.

Family

Main article: The Matthews Family


Cory Matthews

(Father/Teacher)

Main article: Cory Matthews
See also: Cory and Riley
Riley & Cory - Nighthawk Diner

Besides being Riley's high school history teacher, Cory is also a loving father to Riley. In the pilot, he encouraged Riley to make the world she was living in hers, but promised that he would be there if she needed him. Throughout the episodes, he also teaches and advises Riley and her friends. Like any father, Cory is also protective over Riley, which is seen whenever Riley and Lucas are together. In "Girl Meets Father," Cory and Riley share a father-daughter dance, as he wants to replace the tradition if its ended.

Topanga Matthews

(Mother/Lawyer)

Main article: Topanga Matthews
See also: Riley and Topanga
Topanga & Riley - Girl Meets the New Year

Topanga is Riley's mother. Riley is closer to her mother than her father. Topanga usually takes Riley's side when there is an argument between Riley and Cory. Riley loves to have talks with her mother and knows that she can go to Topanga if she needs help with anything, like in "Girl Meets Father," when Riley asked Topanga if she could have some makeup.

Auggie Matthews

(Younger brother)

Main article: Auggie Matthews
See also: Auggie and Riley

Auggie is Riley's younger brother. He thinks that they're twins so he does the same things that Riley does. Sometimes, Riley and Auggie learn the same things, such as in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack." However, Auggie also likes to listen in on Riley's conversations, as shown in "Girl Meets Father." In the end though, Auggie and Riley have a good sibling relationship.

Extended family

Eric Matthews

Main article: Eric Matthews

Eric is Riley's paternal uncle and her father's older brother.

Alan Matthews

Main article: Alan Matthews

 Alan is Riley's paternal grandfather.

Amy Matthews

Main article: Amy Matthews

 Amy is Riley's paternal grandmother.

Morgan Matthews

Morgan is Riley's paternal aunt and her father's younger sister.

Joshua Matthews

(Uncle)

Main article: Joshua Matthews

Joshua is Riley's paternal uncle and her father's younger brother. Both of them are close in age, being less than 3 years apart. It is shown in Girl Meets the Tell-Tale-Tot that Josh trusts Riley by not revealing to Cory and Topanga that she sneaked with Maya to visit him at his college party. In Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2), Josh and Riley have a conversation about her friendship with Maya. After Josh tells Riley that they don't like the same boy, Riley realizes how they've been protecting one another.

Jedidiah Lawrence

Jedidiah is Riley's maternal grandfather.

Rhiannon Lawrence

Rhiannon is Riley's maternal grandmother.

Prudence "Pru" Curtis

Prudence is Riley's maternal great aunt.

Name

  • Riley is a given name for males and females, which first appeared as Raghallach, which was originated on a man who died in the Battle of Clontarf. Its source gives its meaning as "valiant". Though originally a given name, it is more popular and well known as a surname.

Quotes

Season 1

Girl Meets World

How long do I have to live in my father's world?
You have to do the homework, Maya. This teacher's insane. A total nut job. I think there's something seriously wrong with him.
Because if this is my world now, the first person I want in it is you.

Girl Meets Boy

I had a hamster.

Girl Meets Sneak Attack

Really? 'Cause that's all I do.
Sometimes, all you have to do is trust them.

Girl Meets Popular

You know there's going to be boys at these parties. But not just any boys, no, opposite sex boys. They're the best kind.

Girl Meets Maya's Mother

I was raised by Topanga and Cory Matthews. They're maniacs. They would walk through an avalanche for friendship, for the sake of family. I got that from them. I got a talent. How about that?

Girl Meets Smackle

I don't know. If I knew, I'd stop.

Girl Meets 1961

Nobody cares about when you were our age.
Chick? Down here I'm a chick!
From what I can piece together, my great grandmother, Rosie McGee, was a weird wide-eyed goofball who only saw the best in everybody. Who's like that?

Girl Meets Crazy Hat

Can't, stranger. You want me to sit on the bench, I'm gonna need three forms of identification.

Girl Meets the Forgotten

You know I don't think you're serious until six times. You know the first three times I'm still checking for chickenpox to see if I can miss school.
I thought it was called the Grand Canyon.
I don't know. And why do they call it shop class? That was the biggest disappointment of my little life.
I get up in the morning and you're already up. I go to sleep, you're still up. There's food on the table. Clean clothes. You take us where we need to go. You have a job and you still make time to take care of me and Auggie. And I know now that may not be so easy. So if I've forgotten to say thank you, I'm saying it now. Thank you. Oh, and you too, dad.

Girl Meets Flaws

Everyone is getting an award except me. What good is having you as my teacher if the fix ain't in?

Girl Meets Friendship

I wanna be a princess!

Girl Meets Brother

It's ridiculous.They treat me like a baby.

Girl Meets Home for the Holidays

You are not going to be my Aunt.

Girl Meets First Date

I'm beyond upset. I am whatever the next one is.
Do you know those moments, that we were talking about, that we're going to remember forever?
Life used to be so simple, Maya. Wake up, brush my hair, eat cereal. Pick up the bowl of cereal that I dropped.

Girl Meets Demolition

We'd like to sell all our clothes please!

Season 2

Girl Meets Pluto

Pluto is a planet.
There was a time were my father was the only one who knew that he and my mother would always be together, even when everyone else said that they wouldn't. He knew.
Dream dreams Maya. You're going to get everything you want in life.

Girl Meets the New World

Lucas, what did you tell him...

Girl Meets the Secret of Life

Girl Meets the Tell-Tale-Tot

Maya, how could it possibly happen where anybody would ever believe that it was actually me under the covers? I mean, who would be dumb enough to fall for- How did I get over there?
Hey, I have hope for something 4 billion miles away. You have always been right here.

Girl Meets Rules

Riley Town is a land of goodness and rainbows, where everybody folds their hands like so. Who wants to live in Riley Town?
Everybody clean off your faces, you look ridiculous.
Would you call me princess dancing sunshine?
I was without Maya. Without Maya, I don't think I'd ever unfold my hands.

Girl Meets Hurricane

I did excellent work.

Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington

So he chose his own future over ours?
Guys, did you hear? Eric could win. He could be one of our country's leaders.
So where are you going?
So, what do you want to say, robot?
Our children?
Like Kennedy was-
Uncle Eric is running for Senator. Can we count on your vote?
So who has in the limousine?
Kids don't vote.
Wow, Farkle, I've never heard you say anything like that before.

Girl Meets the New Teacher

We love her!

Girl Meets Fish

This goldfish is going to live fifteen years.
I knew it!
Et tu, Yogi?
Oh, you two know each other?
Oh. Do you have a son or daughter at John Q Adams?
What a random and curious comment to make, Fish Store Phil.
Lucas!
They can't!
I would like that very much, Fish Store Phil. Yes. How does she get there?
Get her on it. Get her on it.
Of course. What was that?
But it sounded a lot like a toilet.
How can he make a fortune, Maya? They cost a dollar each.
Lucas, you ran the bases?
Chelsea is replaced. So ends the long, glorious reign of Chelsea the first. Long live Chelsea 2.
What will happen to her now?
The potty?
It's our class goldfish, Chelsea. She made it through the whole year. Right up until it my turn to take her home. And then she- And then she- Is she dead? Because she's either dead or she's so, so very tired. Can you wake her up, Fish Store Phil?
Then it's as good as done. You know I am fantastic with pets.
That was sad.

Girl Meets Yearbook

Wow, there is a lot of light in this world.
Me.
What?
What just happened?
Nothing we do matters.
Life is what we do between nothings.
You didn't teach enough bad things.
My soul motel has no vacancy. It is fully occupied by scary Jack-o'-lanterns and candy corn.
They're in the yearbook. Keep in touch and have an awesome summer.
Shall we sit and ponder on the ridiculous futility of caring?
You get me.
Morotia M. Black.
And do what? Smile myself to death? Riley's gone. Everybody else is right. I'm wasting my life and I'm tired of being chip, chip, chipper.
There is no more Riley. My name is Morotia M. Black.
Morotia.
I wish to be alone.
Curses!
Daddy, remember when you told me not to react?
I'm gonna react.
But we're so much alike.
But we're like a summer rain.
And nothing anybody else says is going to make me feel any different.
I feel different.
Iceland is a land of ice.
Farkle?
I'm not all sunshine and rainbows. I have a dark side.
How does this stuff even get in here? We're the editors.
I'm not smiling, Maya. This is my upset face. This is smiling.
Aww, well, who wouldn't want to go that way? I mean, when the time comes, why you gotta be a gloomy Gus?

Girl Meets Semi-Formal

How? How did she like you?
Are you two still friends?
Absolutely-
The bay window's broken.
You know, you look at me like that a lot.
I do.
I'm not. When the time comes, I want my ashes scattered over-
It's this weekend. Lucas hasn't asked me to the semi-formal. We're Riley and Lucas, aren't we, Maya?
It's all over the front of my notebook. Riley hearts Lucas forever.
Riley and Lucas are just friends.
Hi.
I'm Riley.
How do you love two people, differently?
Alright, I'll go. What color goes with shame?
How am I supposed to feel, Maya? I like Lucas, don't I? You were me. How did I feel when you were me? What are me and Lucas?
You know something. Tell me.
It was only one time.
Time to make some choices, Billy. Simple enough for you, Billy?
Life is so much simpler in black and white.
You and me, Sally, front of the notebook, baby!
I just want to be asked to the dance.
No.
Why does he keep doing that?
How long are you gonna keep doing it?
I thought it was either going to be the front of my notebook or the back of my notebook, but now there's another guy so I think I'm gonna need to get a whole new notebook, because Maya won't tell me how I feel. Adults have it easy, Dad, all you have to decide is what to have for dinner and what to put the thermostat at.
Wait a minute. What do I do here?
Oh, this is my punishment. My parents are smart.
I can't. They're going to punish me.
They're not going to punish me.
How?
I got asked by Charlie.
What?
Charlie, I want to thank you for the flowers, and the banner, and Yogi on skates.
Keep making things happen, Maya.
Billy gets it!
Have you no sense of anything?
Oh, there's a dance and you're planning to attend this dance that you never mentioned in my general vicinity. That dance?

Girl Meets Creativity

Who cares about me? I stink. What about Maya?

Girl Meets Farkle

Girl Meets Cory and Topanga

Girl Meets Rileytown

Girl Meets World: Of Terror 2

Girl Meets Rah Rah

Girl Meets Texas (Part 1)

Girl Meets Texas (Part 2)

Girl Meets Texas (Part 3)

Girl Meets the New Year

Farkle if you really care about me I know you'll do the right thing.
Here we are.

Girl Meets STEM

Maya, I'm disappointed in our fellow sisters.
That's right we should be equal. Why do you guys think we're the ones to drop the marble while you figure out the science?

Girl Meets Money

Girl Meets Commonism

Girl Meets the Bay Window

I'm going to call you Peaches. (Young Riley to Young Maya).
We're changing Maya, and The Bay Window should change with us.

Girl Meets Legacy

We have chosen to completely forget about this.
He's in my room!
No, Maya. I think we just all know what's at stake here.

Season 3

Girl Meets High School (Part 1)

Girl Meets High School (Part 2)

Girl Meets Jexica

I am Jexica!

Girl Meets Permanent Record

Girl Meets Triangle

Girl Meets Upstate

Girl Meets True Maya

Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1)

Maybe my dad was right. Maybe we can't decide on this, only nature can because it's stronger than us.

Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2)

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

Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen

Girl Meets Goodbye

Appearances

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)
  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
  19. Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen
  20. Girl Meets Goodbye

Appearances: 71/71

Trivia

  • She is one of the only two characters to physically appear in every episode, the second being Maya.
  • She was born on December 8, 2001 at 6:00 AM in New York City, weighing 7lbs 4 oz, and she was 21 inches long.
    • Her uncle Joshua was born on February 14, 1999, making them nearly three years apart in age.
  • She has had her tonsils removed.
  • Riley appears closer to her mother, Topanga, rather than her father, Cory.
  • She is stated to be 3 years younger than her uncle Joshua, however Joshua was born on February 14, 1999 making the two almost 3 years in difference.
  • As revealed in "Disney That's Just Who I Am," Rowan Blanchard, Riley's portrayer, is similar to her character in real life.
  • Mr. Puffles, Riley's hamster mentioned in Girl Meets Boy, apparently met a tragic fate.
  • She has a major crush on Lucas Friar, a new student from Texas whom she met on the subway.
  • She wanted to be like Maya, as shown in "Girl Meets World" when she joined her homework rebellion.
  • Riley admits to loving Farkle as a friend, but not as deeply in the way that he claims to love her.
  • Riley has been present for all of the episodes throughout the series.
  • She does not like the fact that her father is her teacher.
  • It is possible that the name "Riley" might have been inspired by the name of frequent Boy Meets World guest star Blake Soper's Indie Rock band Rilo Kiley.
  • Riley was invited to the geek party in "Girl Meets Popular" similar to Cory in Boy Meets World.
  • Like her father, Riley wanted to know what her talent was.
  • According to the calendar in her room, Riley takes a weekly dance class.
  • Riley subscribes to Bay Window Monthly magazine.
  • She has several stuffed animals, the most prominent being Barry her teddy bear and Violet her stuffed purple cat.
  • Riley named her bunny nightlight Horatio P. (Rabbit) Hare.
  • Nervously introduces herself as "Miley Flatshoes" while making the morning announcements.
  • She is similar to her father Cory Matthews.
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  • According to Shawn in Girl Meets Home for the Holidays, she is "Cory with Topanga's hair".
  • She has been shown to be bad at being bad. In the episode, Girl Meets Brother, she tried to rebel by buying clothes at Demolition, but the most damage she did was buy a shirt that said "Bleh".
  • She was originally set as being the middle child of the Matthews', but older brother, Elliot, was cut from the cast.
  • Like Shawn Hunter, she considers Jonathan Turner to be an uncle.
  • Riley and Lucas appeared in a special Halloween episode of Best Friends Whenever.
  • In Girl Meets Belief, it is revealed that Riley has a strong belief in God.
  • In Girl Meets Texas (Part 3), Riley admits to Farkle that she still has strong feelings for Lucas, but stepped back because she cares about Maya's feelings.
  • In "Girl Meets Fish", it revealed that Riley is really sensitive.
  • She rubs people's backs like spiders.
  • She takes Spanish from Señora Feinstein-Chang .
  • She takes Art from Mr. Jackson.
  • She takes Health from Mr. Fanucchi.
  • She loves romance. (Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1))
  • She is the official/female counterpart of Cory Matthews.
  • It is revealed by Charlie in Girl Meets the New Year that her favourite movie snack is red gummy bears and likes to bite the heads off first so they feel less pain.
  • Her hair is noticeably shorter in Season 3.
  • She is right-handed.


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