Shawn Hunter
Shawn S04 promo pic
First appearancePilot (BMW)
Girl Meets Home for the Holidays (GMW)
Final appearanceBrave New World: Part 2 (BMW)
Girl Meets Goodbye (GMW)
NameShawn Patrick Hunter
RoleCory's best friend,
Chet's son,
Jack's half-brother
Virna's step-son,
Angela's boyfriend/ex-boyfriend
George Feeny's student/mentee
Final StatusPhotographer & Writer for "Hit the Road"/Marries Katy Hart
Portrayed byRider Strong
I'm afraid of getting hurt, okay? I've seen the pain on my father's face every time a woman walks out because he's not good enough.
—Shawn Hunter

Shawn Patrick Hunter is the deuteragonist of Boy Meets World. His rebellious attitude and popularity is often used as a foil to Cory's awkwardness and neurotics. Shawn often did poorly in school in his earlier years but in college he developed an affinity for poetry. He went most of his life without proper parental figures. Later in the series, Shawn met Angela Moore, his first long-term girlfriend. After the series, he pursues a career in photojournalism and becomes a recurring character on 'Girl Meets World'.


Throughout the series Shawn was shown to be the opposite of Cory; outwardly, Shawn is a rebel, giving him more of a "bad boy" reputation and a popularity boost. He is Cory's best friend and tries to be a good brother for Jack. Shawn's opinions usually run contrary to Cory's views and personality.

Of all the characters, Shawn endures the most loss (both his step and biological mothers, his girlfriend Angela, and his father, Chet, who left him multiple times, and then died shortly after coming back), but to his credit he has managed to overcome every obstacle thrown in his way, a feat observed by Mr. Feeny.

Shawn is a ladies' man, of which Cory is sometimes envious; in his earlier years Shawn is more of a Lothario, usually not staying in a relationship longer than two weeks. Conversely, however, Shawn is jealous of Cory's close, long-term relationship with Topanga. He takes their wedding very hard, unsure what will happen to their friendship after they are married. Shawn eventually falls in love with a girl named Angela in high school, and though their relationship is often tumultuous, they genuinely care for one other, but in the penultimate finale of the series, Shawn once again "gets left" when Angela eventually leaves him to travel with her military father in Europe.

Character History

Shawn was born to Chet Hunter and an unnamed stripper, who abandoned them shortly after giving birth. Eventually Chet fell in love with and married a woman named Virna, giving Shawn a stepmother, whom Shawn originally believed to be his birth mother. Through Chet, Shawn also has a half-brother named Jack.

Season One

In the first season, Shawn is shown to be the best friend of Cory. The subject of his family is slightly touched upon, focusing mainly on the difficulty of his father being laid off and unable to give Shawn presents for Christmas, or have him buy lunch at school.

Season Two

Entering high school (7th grade), Shawn gains a reputation around school for being a player, and becomes one of the most popular kids in seventh grade. Shawn's mother, Virna, abandons him and leaves him homeless. His father, Chet, takes off after her, leaving Shawn alone. Shawn moves in with the Matthews', but doesn't take well to following their rules, and runs away. This gets him in trouble with the law, as he was planning on vandalizing the school. The cops drop him off with his teacher, Jonathan Turner, who lets him stay the night. Back at the Matthews', it's revealed that Chet will not be returning for a while. Alan and Amy tell Chet that they can't take care of Shawn forever. Shawn overhears, and feeling unwanted by everyone, he decides to run away. Jonathan then offers for Shawn to come and live with him, and Shawn accepts.

Season Three

Shawn adapts well to living with Mr. Turner, and having a constant authority figure in his life. But as time passes, he begins to feel like a guest in his home, and runs away to go to Europe for self discovery. Cory talks him out of it, and while Shawn agrees, he still feels lonely. To get rid of the feeling, he buys a pet pig to replace Cory (after he starts spending more time with Topanga) as his best friend. Topanga is outraged and demands that Shawn return the pig. He is hesitant, but in the end, Shawn realizes it's the right thing to do. Topanga confesses that she does care about him and would like to be his friend. Throughout the season, Shawn dates more and more girls, until a nice girl stands up to him and dumps him. Shawn is in shock, and Cory and Topanga tell him that he needs to commit to one girl, which he attempts, but initially fails. In the season finale, Chet returns, and asks Shawn to move back in with him. Shawn, thinking his home life is finally repaired, is overjoyed and agrees

Season Four

Shawn and Cory discover that Shawn's mom, Virna is back in town, and try to convince her to move back in. She tells them that she will, only if Chet changes his behavior, and he promises to do so. Shawn's depression is finally lifted, his family back together. However, when his father gets a job as the school janitor, and Shawn gets bullied because of it, it creates more problems. He goes to talk to his mother, and she tells him that is proud of Chet. Shawn accepts this, but Chet quits to keep from embarrassing him. Even though Virna has promised to stay, she leaves her family again for unexplained reasons. We see Shawn become affected by this when he starts feeling like a failure, and joins a cult to try to 'feel' something. But when Mr. Turner goes into a coma, Shawn is forced to re-evaluate himself, and leaves the cult.

Season Five

In the season premiere, Shawn's half brother, Jack returns after being absent from his life. Shawn does not take well to this, but Cory convinces him to try to get along,with Jack since he is Eric's roommate. Following this, Chet kicks Shawn out, and demands that he go and live with Jack. Sometime during this, Chet skips town again, leaving an underage Shawn on his own once more. After Topanga mentions to Shawn that he needs to start getting serious, he and Cory find the purse of an unnamed girl. Shawn sets out a mission to find the girl, and her interests force him to realize that he does want an intellectual relationship, and not just a physical one. He falls in love with Angela Moore, and the two date for the majority of season 5. They get into a fight, when Shawn starts drowning his sorrows in alcohol, and pushes Angela in anger. He apologizes, and their friendship is resolved. They break up for a short while when Shawn's exes tie him up out of revenge. He tells them that he didn't mean to hurt them like he did, and while Angela is impressed, it doesn't do much for them. The two get back together sometime before prom. Shawn worries that he will not graduate high school, and while Topanga helps him study, he only passes by a few points.

Season Six

Shawn gets scared of his serious relationship with Angela, and breaks up with her. Cory and Topanga try to get them back together once learning that they are still in love with each other. Shawn's father Chet comes back to town and promises to stay but Shawn can't bring himself to believe him because he has made that promise many times before only to break it every time. During a heated argument with Shawn, Chet suffers a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. Shawn and Chet are able to reconcile, but Chet suffers another heart attack which turns out to be fatal. Days later, while cleaning out his dad's trailer, Shawn finds a letter to Chet from Jack's stepfather and discovers that Chet went to him for help to pay for Shawn's college fund; Shawn is outraged because he is not one to receive charity, but eventually realizes that Jack's stepfather was only trying to help. Shawn then decides to go on a road trip and takes Cory along with him, the two stop at a truck stop where Chet frequently stopped at and discovers that his dad was proud of him and talked about him a lot. Shawn then reveals that he will not be returning and convinces Cory to let him go, Shawn is then visited by the ghost of his dad and Chet tells Shawn that he will always be with him and Shawn drives off to his uncertain future. A few days later, Shawn returns when Cory's younger brother Joshua is born premature and may not survive, Shawn tells Joshua about all the good things in life: Family and Friends.

Season 7

Shawn has anxiety about Cory and Topanga getting married, as he thinks maybe his friendship with Cory won't be the same, when he is married. After receiving a letter from his mom, Virna, he finds out that she is not his biological mother. He tries to find out who his real mother is, through the internet, but can't find any information on her. Shawn is disappointed and gets drunk. He shows up to Alan's birthday party while drunk, and gets emotional, saying that he doesn't have parents. Alan offers to adopt Shawn, but Shawn simply leaves. He goes to the graveyard, and has a conversation with the ghost of his dad. He tells Shawn that his real mother was a stripper, and left shortly after Shawn was born. Shawn goes back to the Matthews house, and says that he can't be adopted. Angela has an opportunity to go away for a long time, to spend time with her father. Shawn feels as though it would be too hard for him, if she left, so he thinks of asking Angela to marry him. But when he realises how much Angela wants to leave to spend time with her father, he decides not to and lets her go. At the end of the series, he moves to New York, with Cory, Topanga, and Eric.


Shawn moved to New York City with Cory, Topanga and Eric, and later when Cory and Topanga had their daughter Riley, Shawn was the first person to hold her after her parents. He left New York the same day Riley was born and went on to become a writer and photographer for an online travel website called "Hit The Road". Initially he was not close to Riley as she grew up and often avoided talking to her, but when Riley confronts him as to why, he began to explain that he felt left behind by Cory and Topanga's progression with their family, and Riley correctly figured out that Shawn couldn't look at her because it reminded him too much of what he still didn't have in his own life; with this revelation Shawn grew closer to Riley. Later, with Riley's prompting, Shawn formed a bond with Riley's best friend, Maya, and the two found out they have a great deal in common; like Shawn, Maya has also had a rough upbringing and neglectful parents. Shawn ultimately begins a relationship with Maya's mother Katy, they later marry, and Shawn eventually adopts Maya by the final episode of Girl Meets World.



  • Cory: Who are you, and what are you doing in my seat? 
    Shawn: His name is Andy. 
    Cory: Who's Andy? 
    Shawn: He's my new... 
    Cory: [anxiously] Best friend? 
    Shawn: [reluctantly] Friend. Cory, we agreed that were gonna go out and meet new people. 
    Cory: [on the verge of crying] Am I not making you happy? 
    Shawn: [heartfelt] No, Cory, it's... it's not you. Okay? It's me. And right now, I just need my space. 
    Cory: [panicking] But we're still friends? 
    Shawn: [gravely] Right now, I don't know what we are. Give me my space.
  • "I'm afraid of getting hurt okay? I've seen the pain on my father's face every time a woman walks out because he's not good enough."
  • Well that's what someone does when their best friend takes a gun and stabs them in the back right in front of their own eyes!
  • Cory: Shawn! 
    Shawn: Cory? Is that you? 
    Cory: No, it's the audio-book section you moron!
  • Angela: Well, is anyone of us safe? 
    Shawn: Yeah, Virgins! Virgins never die! 
    Cory: [Turns to Topanga] All right! Thanks for saving me. 
    Eric: [proud of himself] I'm dead. 
    Jack: I'm dead. 
    Shawn: I'll get as sick as you can get without actually dying. 
    Angela: Feeny, he's dead. 
    Eric, Shawn and Jack: [sing-songy] Go, Feeny! Go, Feeny! Go, Feeny!
  • Shawn: [everybody hears the squeaking of the janitor's approaching cart] Don-don't say it, don't! 
    Cory: The janitor's the killer! 
    Shawn: And that's the end of the janitor!
  • Shawn: (In a British accent) And the honesty game just got a little more interesting!
  • Shawn: [after finding out they have to take a test] I even read the book! 
    [everybody gasps
    Shawn: That's right, my head still hurts!
  • Shawn: Use a mirror babe.
  • Cory: Shawn what does your father do for a living?                                                                              Shawn: Shhh! I wanna find out!
  • Shawn: (To Cory and Topanga) You two made my life a living hell.

Series Highlights

  • Attended Jefferson Elementary with Cory, Topanga Lawrence, and Stuart Minkus.
  • Blew up a mail box with a cherry bomb; his first known encounter with the law.
  • Graduated from John Adams High with his friends, maintained his friendship with Cory and Topanga.
  • Lived with Mr. Turner while his father searched the country for his mother.
  • Dated a lot of girls in high school, including Dana Pruitt, Jennifer Bassett, and ultimately Angela.
  • Was reunited with his half-brother, Jack, in season 5.
    • Moved in with Jack and Eric Matthews in his senior year of high school.
  • Went to Pennbrook with Cory, Angela, and Topanga. Broke up with Angela shortly thereafter.
  • He and Angela had on-and-off feelings for each other, creating a roller coaster relationship during season 6 and season 7.
  • Went on the road for two days after his father passed away, but later came back when Cory's younger brother Joshua Gabriel Matthews was born..
  • Was heartbroken when Angela moved to Europe with her father (supposedly for a year)
  • Moved to New York City with Cory, Topanga, and Eric.
  • Guest star on Girl Meets World, starting with Girl Meets Home For the Holidays, and continuing on into later episodes.
  • Married Katy Hart, becoming the step-father of Maya Hart.

Alternate Personalities


"Shawnzie Hunterelli"


  • Shawn seems to have a sweet tooth. He states in "Singled Out" that he was watching CNN because they suckered him in with a story on cake. He also attended Feeny's class for studying on SAT because he promised there would be cake and when he does attend the class, he can be seen eating cake and he stated he gained 15 pounds from the class but passed.
  • Shawn is a recurring character on Girl Meets World. 
  • Rider Strong (Shawn) actually hated his famous "Boy Meets World" haircut, but producer Michael Jacobs would not let him change it. However, near the end of the series, Shawn has a shorter haircut and a beard. In the sequel series, Shawn continues to have a beard (but much thicker).
  • It is revealed in Career Day that Shawn doesn't know what his dad does for a living.
  • Shawn's middle name is Patrick.
  • Shawn was born in Ohio.
  • Shawn lived in Oklahoma before the start of the series.
  • Shawn has trouble understanding his teachers in the earlier seasons of Boy Meets World, and he explains it is because he hears a strange buzzing sound whenever adults speak.
  • Shawn once appeared in an episode of Maybe This Time, another show by Michael Jacobs, (to watch click here ) in which, while sharing his trepidation's with Cory over setting both the gym and cafeteria of Adams High ablaze, the pair meta-interacted with the main young female lead, Gracie, across her television set.  Later they are called back to their own show by the voice of Mr. Feeny ("Busted.") 
  • He kept a pet pig named "Little Cory" throughout high school
  • He has the contact information for Cory's Aunt Sheila (who allegedly "looks like an elephant") in his "little black book," but this could have really been for Cory's cousin Wanda. Shawn is shown to be an excellent poet, as seen from the episode Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield.
  • Shawn speaks at least five languages: English; "womanese," although he's only conversational in the episode "Torn Between Two Lovers (Feeling Like a Fool)"; French, in "What I Meant to Say," he says he's an idiot savant; Dutch, in "B & B's B'n B," to the Timmers; Italian, in "Easy Street," to Mr. Fontaine and Mr. Martini.
  • Shawn and his family once lived in a house only two blocks away from the Matthews. But after Chet was laid off, the family relocated to the trailer park where the rest of the Hunter clan lived.
  • George Feeny mentions that Shawn's favorite band is the Counting Crows.

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