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I was a unique, young girl, I met a boy named Cory Matthews...I kept some of my friends, some I don't see so much of anymore. I'm an excellent attorney, my husband is an excellent teacher; we have two children that we love. What we do and who you are is how we contribute to society.
—Topanga to Maya and Riley in Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen

Topanga Matthews (née Lawrence) is a main character in Girl Meets World. Topanga is the mother of Riley and Auggie, and the wife of Cory.

Her dreams of being a lawyer came true after she won a highly coveted internship for the law firm of Elliot, Brown & Montgomery (then known as Brown Elliot) which included a full scholarship to New York University School of Law, which was the reason why she and Cory left their hometown of Philadelphia in 2000.[1] While interning, she earned a Masters Degree in Political Science via correspondence from Pennbrook in 2002, a few months after Riley was born.  She then concentrated fully on her legal studies at NYU. Upon graduation, and passing the New York Bar Exam, she joined the firm, and has risen to the position of junior partner.  

She and Cory invested in the neighborhood bakery to preserve it for the founder, Mrs. Svorski.  After her partner's death, she honored Mrs. Svorski's last wishes, and renovated the Old World Svorski's Bakery into a more modern establishment, renamed Topanga's, hiring Katy Hart to help run the place in her absence. Topanga was a recurring character in the first season of Boy Meets World, but was promoted to a main character in season 2.

Topanga is portrayed by Danielle Fishel.  

Personality

When she was first introduced in Boy Meets World, Topanga was an eccentric hippie with interests in supernatural phenomena, and concerned about the world and harmony. As the seasons progressed, she became one of the show's main characters, transforming from a strange girl into an intellectual overachiever. Throughout the series, Topanga has always expressed her love for Cory, as well as her friends.

Relationships

Family

Main article: The Matthews Family


Riley Matthews

Main article: Riley Matthews
See also: Riley and Topanga

Riley is Topanga's daughter. Riley is closer to Topanga than Cory, because Topanga tends to baby Riley. Riley always comes to Topanga to talk about "girl" things like makeup. Riley wants to be like her mother and asks her for advice from time to time.

Auggie Matthews

Main article: Auggie Matthews
See also: Auggie and Topanga

Auggie is Topanga's son and youngest child, she never wants him to grow up and she colors with him. However, she does not like Auggie's friend and "girlfriend" Ava because she thinks she's too bossy. Topanga thinks that Auggie will change the world and wants him to follow in Riley's footsteps by being optimistic.

Jedidiah Lawrence

Jedidiah is Topanga's father.

Rhiannon Curtis Lawrence

Rhiannon is Topanga's mother.

Nebula 'Nebbie' Stop The War Lawrence

Nebula was Topanga's older sister. She her one and only appearance in the BMW first season episode "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" She is never mentioned again after this as Topanga is said to be an only child, officially becoming a retcon in the series. The writers have jokingly tweeted that Nebula and Shawn's absent sister Stacy have now became friends.

Prudence 'Pru' Curtis

Prudence Curtis is Topanga's maternal aunt, who she lived with in her final year and a half of high school.

Rosie McGee Curtis

Main article: Rosie McGee

Rosie is Topanga's maternal grandmother. It was she who suggested Topanga's name

Alan Matthews

Main article: Alan Matthews

Alan is Topanga's father-in-law.

Amy Matthews

Main article: Amy Matthews

Amy is Topanga's mother-in-law.

Eric Matthews

Main article: Eric Matthews

Eric is Topanga's friend and oldest brother-in-law. In "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" she had slight crush on him but ultimately ends up with Cory. Later on in Season 7, before her wedding with Cory, because he chose Shawn over him to be his best man, Eric makes a dramatic appearance in a playboy robe, saying if he couldn't be the best man, he would be the groom and proposes to Topanga. She tackles him in response, stressed out about everything that had happened that day ("They're Killing Us").

Morgan Matthews

Morgan is Topanga's sister-in-law.They treat each other like sisters, but in There killing us, Season 7 of boy meets world, Topanga was annoyed of Morgan for trying to persuade Amy of wearing her wedding dress.

Joshua Matthews

Main article: Joshua Matthews

Joshua is Topanga's youngest brother-in-law.

Romances

Cory Matthews

Main article: Cory Matthews
See also: Cory and Topanga

Cory is Topanga's husband and childhood friend. She gave him his first kiss in Cory's Alternative Friends.and they become boyfriend and girlfriend in Season 3. They finally marry in their sophomore year of college on November 5,1999 (It's About Time) but many complications of where they were going to live soon after. Throughout their relationship, they have separated 8 times, counting the time when her parents divorced and she stopped believing in love but they soon get back together in time. 

Friends

Shawn Hunter

Main article: Shawn Hunter
See also: Shawn and Topanga

Shawn is Topanga's childhood best friend, whom she is very close to.

Maya Hart

Main article: Maya Hart
See also: Maya and Topanga


George Feeny

Main article: George Feeny

Mr. Feeny is Topanga's former teacher and mentor. In "Brave New World" as she was saying goodbye to him, she states that he was more of a father to her than her own.  

Angela Moore

Angela is Topanga's best friend from high school and college.

Jack Hunter

Jack is Topanga's friend from college.

Rachel McGuire

Rachel is Topanga's best friend from college.

Trini Martin

Trini was Topanga's best friend during the first few years of high school.

Mrs. Svorski

After Mrs. Svorski's death, the bakery was passed on to Topanga to become a new hangout for NYU students. Topanga hired Katy Hart to work there, since she would not be able to be there at all times.

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 3)
  21. Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project
  22. Girl Meets Belief
  23. Girl Meets the New Year
  24. Girl Meets STEM
  25. Girl Meets Money
  26. Girl Meets Commonism
  27. Girl Meets the Bay Window
  28. 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: 67/69

Trivia

  • "Topanga" is a canyon in California that hippies would frequently go to. One of the writers got stuck in traffic while driving through there, and decided it was appropriate to the character.[2]
  • She began dating Cory in the season 3 episode of Boy Meets World, My Best Friend's Girl.
  • She considers her middle name to be "weird" and it has yet to be revealed.
  • Topanga is overprotective of her children, especially with Auggie.
  • When she was younger Topanga was a vegetarian, but that faded along with the rest of her more eccentric tendencies.
  • Topanga's parents became divorced in State of the Unions which emotionally shook her, breaking up with Cory before their marriage, but her parents helped bring them back together. 
  • She and Cory married on November 5, 1999 on It's About Time
  • Topanga lived with her Aunt Prudence Curtis throughout her senior year in high school, because her parents moved to Pittsburgh and she didn't want to be away from Cory.
  • Topanga was considered to be one of the "nice girls" in her high school.
  • Topanga was famous in school for her hair.
  • Topanga was very smart in school, and was even the valedictorian (due to an extra assignment Mr. Feeny only gave to Shawn, Cory, and herself (The Eskimo), thus earning one more 'A'  than Stuart Minkus) of her high school class, however at their graduation, Topanga let Shawn make the speech.
  • Topanga is absent in Girl Meets Texas (Part 1) and Girl Meets Texas (Part 2) during season 2.
  • Topanga has been absent for two episodes throughout the series so far.
  • Topanga loves rocky road ice cream and giraffes.
  • Before Cory realized his feelings for Topanga, he would make fun of her hair.
  • The original plan for the sequel series was for her to run a pudding restaurant that would be the kids' hangout.
  • She gave Cory his first kiss in Cory's Alternative Friends.
  • She rejected Yale University (the first Lawrence to do so in four generations) to be with Cory. 
  • In Girl Meets Father, Cory states that Topanga's birthday is "148 days" after Cyclone Day. However, during Boy Meets World Season Four, her birthday was depicted as happening after Halloween but before Thanksgiving, implying a November date.
  • In Brave New World, it is revealed Topanga has a tattoo of an oriental character on the back of her neck.
    Topanga's College Degree
  • Before earning her Law Degree at NYU she got her Masters in Political Science from Pennbrook.
  • In Girl Meets Maya's Mother, it was revealed by the time that Topanga was in 7th grade she had 350 A's, therefore in high school she earned at least 400 more.
  • The necklace Topanga always wears is a pair of golden hearts, one for each of her children.
  • On the night of her 15th wedding anniversary, she and Cory encounter a talented musician in the subway, who names his latest musical composition "Topanga" after her. She and Cory never suspect that have met Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock.
  • While she has approved of Riley's choices in friends (Maya, Farkle and Lucas), she has much more difficulty accepting those picked by Auggie (Ava and Dewey).
  • Topanga appeared in 134 episodes of Boy Meets World: as a recurring character in the first season and part of the main cast for the duration of the series.
  • Because of how she danced in Girl Meets Maya's Mother, Riley called her Shakira.
  • Her birthday is sometime in November.
  • She is right-handed.

Quotes

Let's get married. Let's have a kid. Let's have another kid.
—Topanga to Cory
Oh no...I married Feeny.
—Topanga to Maya, Auggie, and Riley.
Five minutes. That dinner took two days to cook and you animals ate it in five minutes.
—Topanga to the The Matthews Family.

Gallery

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The image gallery for Topanga Matthews may be viewed here.


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