Creator / Charisma Carpenter

Actress born July 23, 1970, best known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as Jason Statham's girlfriend, Lacy, in The Expendables and its first sequel.

She also starred as Susan in the 2010 horror film Psychosis.


Associated Tropes:

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Keep reading. You will find out how she managed to get a super-cop sent to prison for 56 years.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Not so much anymore but she was playing mid-twenty-somethings into her mid-thirties. She was a full decade older than her character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
    • She played 25-year-old Kendall on Veronica Mars at 34.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She had brownish hair with blonde highlights when she was cast as Cordelia - the same colour as her female co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. Hannigan went redhead while Carpenter went dark brown.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Appeared on two lists of the Most Desirable Women on Askmen - 2002 and 2005. She also later posed for Playboy. Despite this, she doesn't consider herself a sex symbol.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Initially on Angel - with long coats and lots of black helping it along. Eventually her character's secret pregnancy became a plot point. But notably after giving birth, Cordelia only appeared unconscious and from the shoulders up (as Charisma hadn't given birth yet).
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: As a child, she fell into a swimming pool that was under construction and was impaled through the stomach by a piece of rebar. Her scars from the experience were used as Cordelia's scars when she was impaled on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Near-Rape Experience: A horrific Real Life example. She and two friends were the final victims of a serial rapist back in 1991. This led to her becoming a host of a crime series Surviving Evil.
  • Rapunzel Hair: During her time on Buffy and the first season or so of Angel she had incredibly long hair. She actually requested to be allowed to cut it because it was too heavy for her head. After a few years she grew it out long again.
  • The Red Stapler: She's been told numerous times by fans that they named their daughters Cordelia in honour of her character.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Her role as Sutton and Emma's birth mother on The Lying Game was supposed to be a secret but everyone figured it out due to Carpenter's uncanny resemblance to Alexandra Chando.