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I can't believe I got my ass thrown in a vault for three months for you. All those rumors I heard... A powerful new Alpha, one of the Hales, building a pack! Do you know how long I've waited to hear something like that? Do you have any idea how it felt to find out you were alive?
Cora to Derek in Unleashed


Cora Hale was a supporting character in Season 3 of Teen Wolf. Cora is the daughter of the legendary Alpha Talia Hale and Cora's unnamed father, the younger sister of Laura Hale and Derek Hale, the niece of Peter Hale, and the cousin of Malia Tate. Cora was believed to be dead by everyone in Beacon Hills, including her own brother Derek, until it was revealed that she had been captured by the Alpha Pack between the second and third seasons after she journeyed back to Beacon Hills to learn more about these rumors.

After being held in captivity for nearly four months with Vernon Boyd and Erica Reyes (the latter of whom was eventually killed by Kali), she was finally rescued by Derek, Scott McCall, and Allison Argent, albeit with many complications. Once Cora had settled down from the effects of feeling the full moon for the first time since she was captured, it was eventually explained that Cora had run away after the Hale House Fire, believing that her entire family had perished. Despite only being eleven years old at the time, Cora continued to travel south and eventually ended up in South America, where she lived in one of the countries there until she heard rumors that a powerful new Hale Alpha was building a pack in Beacon Hills. Upon her release from captivity, Cora was initially upset to learn that she had spent the majority of her life alone and believing she was an orphan while her brother and sister were alive and in contact, but she ultimately dealt with this shock and decided to stay and join her brother's pack to help him fight against Deucalion and his Alpha Pack.

Once the Alpha Pack and the Darach had been defeated, Cora elected to return to South America, which led both Derek and Peter to accompany her there before eventually making their way back home, though they ran into a bit of trouble on the way; when the Calavera Family of Hunters captured Derek and Peter, it was initially assumed that they believed Cora to be a shapeshifter known as La Loba. However, it was eventually revealed that La Loba was not Cora, but was instead Kate Argent, who had become a werejaguar also known as "The Bone Woman" after being deeply scratched by Peter when he was still an Alpha. As far as it is known, Cora remains safe and sound somewhere in South America, likely with the pack she lived with in the years after the fire, though the Beacon Hills supernaturals, including Derek and Peter, haven't seemed to receive much, if any, news from her since she resettled there.

Cora is a member of the Hale Family and a former member of the Hale Pack.

Early Life

Cora was born the youngest child to Alpha werewolf Talia Hale and her unnamed partner at some point in the mid-1990s. When she was eleven years old, her house was burned down by Argent hunter Kate Argent and her team of co-conspirators, killing between eight and eleven members of her family (excluding Laura and Derek, who were at school), many of whom were human. ("Magic Bullet"), ("Wolf's Bane") This fire left Cora and her uncle Peter (whose 2nd and 3rd degree burns were so severe they left him in a coma for six years) as the only ones who managed to escape the burning Hale House with their lives.

It is unknown how she managed to make it out of the house while it burned, but her survival instincts were so strong that she was able to escape, and, believing her entire family-- Derek, Laura, and Peter, included-- had been killed, she fled south through Mexico and Central America into South America, where she eventually found and joined a werewolf pack there. ("Riddled")

At some point in early 2011, Cora heard rumors of a powerful new Hale Alpha who was building a pack in Beacon Hills, news that severely shocked her, as she was under the impression that she was the only surviving member of her family. However, when she finally made it back to California to investigate this rumor, she was captured by the Alpha Pack, who used her, Vernon Boyd, and Erica Reyes as leverage to get Derek Hale, the new Hale Alpha Cora had heard about, to join their pack as well. ("Chaos Rising"), ("Unleashed")

Throughout Teen Wolf

Season 3

In Tattoo, Cora was seen holding the hand of Vernon Boyd in First National Bank's vault, where the two had been captured.

In Chaos Rising, Isaac Lahey, who had his memories of the captives (Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, and Cora) in the First National Bank vault modified and suppressed by Deucalion, performed an ice bath ritual to retrieve these memories with the help of Alan Deaton, Scott McCall, Derek Hale, and Stiles Stilinski. After being submerged in the ice water, he began to recover his memories of what he saw-- namely, that he had found Erica's dead body in a closet, and that there was another werewolf girl in the vault with Boyd. This led Derek and Scott to formulate a plan with Stiles and Peter Hale's assistance to rescue Boyd and the other girl (as well as to verify whether or not Erica was still alive) before they could be killed by Deucalion and the rest of the Alpha Pack.

The scene then cut to the vault, where an anxious-looking Boyd and Cora were pacing around the vault, clearly on edge due to the impending full moon. Cora and Boyd were hidden when Derek and Scott punched their way through the vault wall, unintentionally allowing the moonlight to flood through the dark bank vault. Scott, who seemed to sense something was amiss, was looking around with Derek when Stiles called him to inform him that the bank vault walls were made with hecatolite, also known as moonstone, which blocks and absorbs moonlight and which had prevented Cora and Boyd from feeling the effects of the full moon for the last three months. As a result, the fact that they were finally feeling the moonlight after being deprived of it so long resulted in Cora and Boyd becoming even more feral and bloodthirsty than most werewolves, even untrained ones, are on a full moon.

It was then that Cora and Boyd revealed themselves to the two, and Derek was nearly stunned speechless when he saw his now-grown-up sister. Cora yelled at him to get out, fearing that she would hurt him, but before they could even consider leaving, Marin Morrell appeared and used Mountain Ash to trap all four werewolves inside the vault on Deucalion's orders. This seemed to be the final straw for Cora and Boyd, who were unable to resist their urges any longer and who finally succumbed to the effects of the full moon, brutally attacking both Derek and Scott. Though Scott and Derek had more control over their lycanthropy, they were at a disadvantage to Cora and Boyd due to the fact that they weren't resisting any of their instincts. Fortunately for the former two, Allison Argent had sneaked into the bank prior to their arrival and tried to help them by informing them of when Boyd or Cora tried to attack them.

However, when Cora began viciously fighting Derek, Boyd stabbed his claws into Scott's abdomen and raised him up in the air, causing him to spit up copious amounts of blood, and Allison, fearing for Scott's life, broke the Mountain Ash barrier and shouted at Boyd and Cora to distract them. The two feral wolves were so excited to be free of the vault that they gave up on attacking Derek and Scott in favor of fleeing and running through Beacon Hills instead, though Derek then became furious at Allison for letting Cora and Boyd loose on the town, even if she did it to save their lives.

In Fireflies, Boyd and Cora, overwhelmed by the effects of the full moon that they haven't felt in almost four months and unable to control themselves due to their decreased tolerance, began to rampage through Beacon Hills after escaping from the First National Bank vault. They then make their way into the Beacon Hills Preserve, where Cora and Boyd got split up; Cora then ran toward a tent in the woods, where she came upon a young woman named Caitlin, who had been camping out there with her girlfriend, Emily. Just as Cora began to growl menacingly at Caitlin, Isaac Lahey arrived, briefly defeating Cora to save the Caitlin, though Cora quickly recovered and responded by tossing him into the nearby tree. Shortly afterward, Derek Hale and Scott McCall caught up with them, and Cora, realizing that she was outnumbered, quickly ran away. Derek and Isaac then chased after Cora while Scott stayed behind to check on Caitlin and make sure she got away to safety.

After consulting with and gaining assistance from Chris Argent on how to capture Werewolves without hurting or killing them, Chris, Derek, Isaac and Scott formulated a plan to lure Cora and Boyd to Beacon Hills High School in hopes of locking them in the boiler room; fortunately for them, Allison Argent was secretly helping them to make up for the fact that she had to let Boyd and Cora loose from the bank. When Boyd and Cora arrived at the school, they seemed to sense that they were going to be ambushed inside and instead jumped over the school, only for Allison and Isaac to steer them back inside and lock the doors from the outside so they couldn't escape. After finally getting them into the boiler room, Derek and Scott realized that they had accidentally locked them in with the human Jennifer Blake, a teacher at the high school, forcing Derek to go in and keep Boyd and Cora at bay to keep them from attacking her. Cora and Boyd clawed at Derek viciously until the sun came up, after which point they were so exhausted that they immediately passed out. Cora was eventually carried back to Derek's loft by Scott while Isaac helped Boyd do the same.

In Unleashed, Cora is working out in the loft with Derek. She struggles to do so as she isn't fully healed, Derek suggests that she stop because of this, but Cora refuses to do so as she wants to continue to fight, as she finishes her push ups, Derek kicks her hand out from under her causing Cora to fall on her face. This enrages her, explaining that she shouldn't have come back just for that and how she is in disbelief that she got her ass locked up in a vault for three months just for Derek, whose treating her poorly. She came rushing back to town after discovering that a new Alpha had risen in Beacon Hills, one of the Hales, Derek says he's sorry to disappoint because he isn't what she expected. The alarm goes off, moments later, Kali and Ennis enter the loft, Cora rushes Ennis but is immediately slammed to the ground with very little effort, Cora is held there throughout the duration of the encounter.

Derek is quickly disposed of by Kali, she shoves a pole through his back, as she applies pressure, Cora begs for her to stop, she's eventually let up, but is forced to stand there and watch as The Alpha Pack conversates with Derek as he's in pain. After finishing up his monologue, they leave, Cora rushes over to Derek with concern, checking on him. Later that night, Cora listens as Derek kicks Isaac out of the loft.

In Frayed, Derek, Peter, Scott, Boyd and Cora are planning on an attack fight directed towards The Alpha Pack. Scott doesn’t like the plan, he doesn't feel that kiling everyone is the only option, Peter wonders if Scott ever tiers for being so morally bland, but he does agree with Scott, to which Cora questions why they even need Scott. Derek reminds Cora that Scott helped save her life, Scott points out that there's no way to kill all of the Alphas, Cora corrects him, saying that they're only going after one, Deucalion. Scott and Isaac walk into the abandoned mall where Deucalion awaits their arrival, however, Derek is already there, accompanied by Cora and Boyd. Derek makes the first move by lunging for Deucalion but Kali interrupts him, this leads to an all out fight by everyone in attendance, Cora, Boyd and Isaac are taken out by Kali, Ennis and the twins.

Cora is held against the ground by Kali, who threatens to kill her if Derek doesn't kill Boyd. Before a decision can be made, Allison fires a flashbolt arrow, causing a distraction which allows Cora to escape. She watches as Ennis and Derek fights, which results in both falling off the edge on to an escalator beneath. The next day, Cora is investigating the escalator that both Ennis and Derek had fallen onto, as she does this, Peter shows up. He explains that there's no need to worry as he's her uncle, but she doesn't trust him after learning that he killed her sister, Laura and he doesn't trust her because he hasn't seen Cora for six years and he doesn't like such things being unaccounted for.

They both stand there wondering which one of the alphas managed to pull themselves up and walk away, Derek or Ennis. Later, Peter and Cora go to the Beacon Hills Animal Clinic, Cora isn't sure why they are there, Peter explains that the place isn't as ordinary as it appears, the building is half made of Mountain Ash. Cora wonders who is in the clinic, moments later Kali and Aiden comes out, completely distraught, it becomes clear that's its not Derek inside.

In Currents, the alarm in Derek's loft begins to sound off, Cora asks what does it mean, at that moment, they look over to see that The Alpha Pack has left their pack symbol on his window. Derek tells Cora that it means they're coming, tonight. At the school, Cora pulls the fire alarm, and stands outside coach's office while Lydia and Aiden are inside. Aiden leaves and Cora enters after him, confronting Lydia, she tells Lydia to stop hooking up with Aiden, but Lydia refuses to do so as she believes that she can handle a werewolf. Especially considering that her last boyfriend was a homicidal lizard.

Cora grabs Lydia's arm, Lydia demands that she let go, she refuses but Stiles shows up, forcing Cora to stop as Stiles needs Lydia's help. They enter an empty class, Stiles pulls out a Ouija board and asks Lydia to try it in order to find Deaton who has been taken by the Darach, but nothing came of this as it was a long shot. Stiles, Lydia and Cora head to the hospital to find Danny and his research paper on telluric currents, hoping this would lead them to Deaton. After getting the paper, they meet up with Scott at the Beacon Hills Animal Clinic, they combine Danny and Argent's map, hoping to find likely locations for the future sacrifices. They figure Deaton is possibly being held somewhere along the telluric current that runs between where he was taken and where his body will be found, Cora realizes that the bank where she and Boyd were held is on that current's path.

She then gets a text from Boyd who informs her that the plan to shock the alphas didn't work because the they cut the power. Cora, Stiles and Lydia go to the loft to help with the alpha pack situation, Stiles, Cora, and Lydia enter the electrical room to cut the power back on. They send a text, alerting Isaac and Boyd of what they're doing, however the plan back fires, when they make it up to the loft, Cora discovers that Boyd is dead, she rushes over to his lifeless body as it lays in the water.

In Visionary, Cora and Peter tell Stiles about Derek's past, how he fell in love with a girl and why his are are blue. Cora explains that Peter and Derek were hunted by the hunters and when this happens, they're taught to hide and heal, so Peter and Derek did just that for two days in a cellar. She stares out the window of Derek's loft as it rains, Stiles asks if two days is standard or if Derek can be expected to be gone for longer, Cora wonders why Stiles even cares. Stiles explains that over the last few weeks Scott tried to kill himself, Deaton was nearly sacrificed, a girl that he's known since he was 3 was ritually sacrificed, Boyd was killed by alphas.... he asks if she wants him to keep going, because he can. Cora asks if Stiles thinks Derek can do anything about any of those things, and Stiles believes that it's more like he should do something.

Cora explains that there's something different about Derek now, saying "he wasn't like this when I knew him." Stiles asks what Derek was like, Peter enters and says a lot like Scott, a lot like most teenagers, actually. Stiles wondered what changed him, Peter tells him that it was a girl named Paige Krasikeva, someone Derek went to school with, Stiles asks Peter how old was he and Derek back then, and then how old Peter is now. He says not as young as we could have been but not as old as you might think, Stiles asks Cora how old she is, and she says 17 but "how you'd measure in years." Stiles is only further confused by this and drops the subject.

She listens as Peter tells the rest of the story, Peter traces a spiral on the fog of the window, Stiles mentions that werewolves take revenge to a whole new level. Cora explains that it's not just revenge, because losing a pack member isn't like losing a family member, it's like losing a limb. She then moves on to the emissaries, who keep werewolves connected to their humanity, but they're also a secret from most of the pack, sometimes only the alpha knows who they are. Derek, Cora, and Peter didn't know about Deaton or his sister Morrell, Stiles is taken off guard as no one told him that their guidance counselor was working for The Alpha Pack, he shared intimate details with her, Cora asks if she gave him good advice, Stiles admits that she did. As they move back to the story, she asks Peter why Derek would choose Ennis to give Paige "the bite", he explains that Ennis needed a new member for his pack having just lost one and doing a favor for Talia's son would get him in good with her, and back then everyone wanted to be in good with Talia.

Cora wonders if Paige became a werewolf, Peter says she should have, because most of the time it takes, at that moment, Stiles remembers than when Peter offered him the bite, Peter said if it doesn't kill you. Unfortunately for Paige, it did kill her, Peter says he took her body from Derek and placed her in the woods where he knew she would be found. Cora asks what happened to Derek, to which Peter replies that taking an innocent life takes something from you, a bit of your soul, it dims the once brilliant golden yellow of their eyes to a cold, steel blue. After they've finished telling Derek's story, Cora and Stiles sit together on the steps of the loft, she asks him what he's thinking about as there's a certain look on Stiles's face that make her want to punch him.

Stiles says he doesn't believe Peter, he says that in Ms. Blake's class they're reading "Heart of Darkness" which is told in first person by Marlow, who is an unreliable narrator. You know the details have changed just because of the person's perspective. Stiles doesn't think they got the whole story. Cora asks if he's just going to ask Derek about killing Paige, Stiles says he will if he has to.

In The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Cora is still sad about Boyd's death that thinks its time to return the favor. She plans to kill Aiden, but she fails and gets wounded in the head until being saved by Scott,Ethan and Stiles. She explains she just did it for Boyd and anyone of them is doing anything. She calls them a bunch of stupid teenagers that just arrive late to find the bodies. She goes to Stiles' House until she gets unconcious from her fight and wakes up in the hospital, Derek is next to her bed and he kisses her in the head

In The Overlooked,

In Alpha Pact, Cora still is in the risk of dying and Derek just lookes at her. Isaac reminds him that Erica and Boyd also died and Derek also this time doesn't do anything. Isaac then departs and Peter shows up saying there's a way to heal Cora but it will have a cost. Derek can heal Cora if he gives up his Alpha powers but that also means he'll go back to a Beta and get beaten by Kali. Derek chooses the family instead the power and heals Cora giving up of his powers

In Lunar Ellipse,


Personality

Due to her being orphaned at a young age and going on the run after the Hale House Fire, Cora has grown into a headstrong, independent young woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself. Like her brother Derek and her cousin Malia, she has the tendency to be reckless and impulsive, particularly when it comes to incoming battles, where she is more likely to run straight into danger rather than retreat. Cora is also shown to be extremely mature for her age, regarding the rest of the Beacon Hills werewolves as being stupid, misguided teenagers. However, her opinion of them appeared to have changed following Stiles saving her life while suffering the effects of mistletoe. She was very loyal to her family, especially Derek, though she was wary of Peter after learning that he had killed her sister Laura. She also had a warrior spirit, as she told Derek that she would support him if he wanted to go into a battle he didn't think he could win, as long as he was willing to die in the battle for a meaningful reason.

Physical Appearance

Cora was a petite, beautiful young woman with pale white skin, large brown eyes, and hair that had been dyed reddish-brown with blonde streaks underneath. She dressed in a practical fashion, preferring active wear such as spandex leggings and sports bras to train, or jeans and flannel tshirts for every day life. She wore no makeup, nor did she wear jewelry, preferring a simple style.

Powers and Abilities

Cora possesses the common abilities of a Beta-level Werewolf, including superhuman strength, speed, agility and reflexes, durability, and senses, as well as accelerated healing. She also had the ability to absorb the pain of other living beings, and could shapeshift her features into that of a wolf, causing her brow to become ridged, her sideburns to grow thick, her eyes to glow bright gold, and her teeth and fingernails to grow into fangs and claws. As a born Werewolf and someone who had been on the run for much of her life, Cora was much more in-tune with her lycanthropy and her animal instincts than the bitten werewolves of Beacon Hills, and as such, she had no issue transforming into her Beta form whenever the situation arose.

Weaknesses

Cora possesses the common weaknesses of a werewolf, including wolfsbane, mountain ash, electricity, letharia vulpina, the Modified Canine Distemper Virus, and ultra/subsonic noises. She is also vulnerable to lunar eclipses, which will cause her and all werecreatures to lose their powers for the length of time that the moon is in the Earth's umbral shadow. Though she has been an active werewolf long enough that full moons are usually not an issue for her, any werewolf can still lose control on full moons or supermoons under the right circumstances, such as when Cora and Boyd had been deprived of the full moon for three months due to the hecatolite (also known as moonstone) in the bank vault walls, which prevented them from transforming from transforming during the duration and caused them to be overwhelmingly bloodthirsty and vicious after they finally felt the moonlight for the first time afterward.

Etymology

  • Cora: Cora is a Latinized version of the Greek name Kore, which means "maiden" and was used as an epithet for Persephone, the goddess of the springtime as well as the Queen of the Underworld in Greek mythology. Cora wasn't used as a given name in the English-speaking world until after it was employed by James Fenimore Cooper as the name of a character, Cora Munro, in his novel The Last of the Mohicans (1826). In some cases, Cora may be a short form of the feminine given names Cordula, Coraline, or Corinna, and it is also the name of an indigenous ethnic group located in Western-Central Mexico. Interestingly enough, Cora Hale's first name is a variation of the name of her cousin Malia's biological mother, Corinne, and thus their names both share the same meaning of "maiden."
    • Variants of the name in other languages include: Corinna, Korinna (Ancient Greek); Cornelia (Ancient Roman, Dutch, Italian, Romanian); Kornelija (Croatian, Serbian); Kornélie, Nela (Czech); Cokkie, Corrie, Lia, Lieke (Dutch); Corinne, Cornélie (French); Korina, Kore (Greek); Kornélia (Hungarian, Polish); Corina (Romanian).
  • Hale: Derived from a geographical locality, "at the hale," i.e. "hall" (either as a proprietor or servant at a residence there). It is also derived from the Old English healh, meaning "nook" or "hollow." In northern England, the name often has a specialized meaning, either denoting a piece of flat alluvial land by the side of a river, or as a patch of dry land in a fen. It is also sometimes a habitational name from any of the several places in England that shares the same name. Additionally, it could also have origins as a Middle English personal name derived from either of two Old English bynames, Haele ("hero"), or Haegel, which is akin to the Germanic Hagano meaning "hawthorn." The name Hale was first recorded as De Halys in 1130. It is said that the Hales were related to Saint Edmund, the King of East Anglia, which is how the family's coat of arms got their arrows pointing downward.

Relationships

  • Derek and Cora (Brother/Sister, Former Packmates)
  • Cora and Peter (Niece/Uncle)
  • Talia and Cora (Mother/Daughter, Former Packmates)
  • Cora and Laura (Sisters, Former Packmates)
  • Cora and Stiles (Allies, Friends)
  • Cora and Lydia (Allies, Friends)
  • Cora and Boyd (Friends, Former Packmates)
  • Cora and Erica (Allies)
  • Cora and Deucalion (Enemies)
  • Ethan, Aiden and Cora (Enemies)
  • Cora and Kali (Enemies)
  • Cora and Scott (Allies)

Trivia

  • Despite her short time on the series, Cora was shown to have developed friendships with Vernon Boyd and Erica Reyes while they were in the captivity of the Alpha Pack, and began tentative friendships with Stiles Stilinski and Lydia Martin after she was released.
  • Cora's life was ultimately saved by her brother Derek after he sacrificed his Alpha spark to heal the mistletoe poisoning she had sustained from Jennifer Blake.
  • Cora along with her cousin Malia are the only Hale's who has not been an Alpha, as her mother, brother, sister and uncle have all been Alpha's throughout the series.

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