That Darn Question: Should Caleb have broken up with Cornelia?
Fans of Cornelia, The Guardian of Earth from W.I.T.C.H. practically knew that her first real boyfriend is Caleb. They were a couple in both the original comic series as well as in the animated adaptation series. However, in the original comics, it was more like love at first sight. In both versions, the war against Phobos in the first story arc brought them together and united them. Caleb was still around in season 2 and the 2nd story arc but in the original comics, Caleb broke up with Cornelia after they defeated Nerissa while in the animated series, he did broke up with her, but they got back together and stayed with each other for the rest of the season.
There are several differences in how they met, the development of their relationship, and how they broke up:The W.I.T.C.H. animated series:
Caleb is a human, not a Whisperer as he does have parents.
Caleb met Cornelia since the first and second episode.
There were some attractions between them, but often they banter with each other as if the other annoys them.
The more time they spent with each other, the more they grew on each other, despite denying "It doesn't mean that I don't like him/her".
They didn't really become a couple or share a kiss until before the final battle to free Elyon and restore her to the throne.
Caleb "dumped" Cornelia at the beginning of season two because he has to stay behind on Meridian and serve his new queen.
Cornelia is provoked into "cheating" on Caleb by going out with Peter, Taranee's brother. When Caleb found out, he attempts to dump her for real.
They both reconcile and remained a couple until the end of the series.The original W.I.T.C.H. comic series:
Caleb isn't a human, but was created by Phobos as a part of his Whispers. Caleb developed free will and decided to help the Rebels.
Cornelia has known about Caleb's existence long before she even met him, describing him as her perfect man from her dream. It was mutual for Caleb in some ways.
Cornelia and Caleb didn't meet until issue #7 "One Day You'll Meet Him", more than halfway through the first story.
It was technically love at first sight when they first met and they treated each other sweetly in a more mature way than playful banter in the animated series.
Caleb was "killed" by Phobos in the final battle when the former was converted into a crystal flower.
Cornelia brought Caleb back to life when she absorbed all of her friends' power within her and with a tear of true love.
They remained with each other until after Nerissa was defeated and Caleb broke up with Cornelia for good because he only loved her Guardian form.
So should Caleb, a very popular character from the first two story arcs and who played such vital roles, have broken up with Cornelia?
In reality, the writers didn't really planned for Caleb to break up with Cornelia. Back before the second story arc was completed, the Walt Disney Company Italia that owned and published the original comic series ran a poll, asking fans if they wanted Caleb and Cornelia to be together. In the end, the result of the poll was: YES. So the scriptwriters of the comics had to find a valid reason why Caleb broke up with Cornelia and here's why:
He fell in love with Cornelia when she was still in her Guardian form, looking older than her true form, and starts to have second thoughts. Yeah, this does make him a jerk, doesn't it? Cornelia felt that Caleb is too much of a warrior because he has lived his whole life fighting tyranny and began to wonder what would it be like for him to continue to be with her on Earth: this would require him to learn Earth customs and going to school like a normal boy and being an alien from another planet, that's a difficult life for him to embrace. She shows him her true earth form, a girl shorter and younger than her Guardian form, and sure enough, it's enough for Caleb to realize that the girl he fell in love with doesn't really exist. Cornelia can't be with someone who doesn't love her real self and because they are both from two different worlds, they broke up.
Later, the company published a special comic issue titled "Caleb and Cornelia". It tells the fans what it would have been like had they both stayed with each other: one side tells what happens if Caleb leaves his planet to stay with Cornelia on Earth, and the other side tells what would happen if Cornelia had left her family and everything behind on Earth to live with Caleb and Elyon on Meridian. Both ended in absolute disaster. From Caleb's story, he is turned into a fugitive because he has no record of his prior existence and the police thinks he has something to do with Elyon's disappearance (because the Brown family returned to Meridian). Worse, the Guardians' secret is revealed when Cornelia attempted to free Caleb from police custody and Irma is shot.
With Cornelia, she realized that she is homesick and has to choice to drink a potion to forget her Earth memories. With her gone, Will took her place as the Guardian of Earth and Orube replaced Will as the new Keeper. It's revealed that Cornelia never drank the potion but succumbs to defeat, stating that she misses her old life too much on Earth to be with Caleb and they parted ways. Either way, this special issue shows that it would have been an absolute disaster had they stayed together.
So should have Caleb broken up with Cornelia? In a way, that depends. I think that had the majority of the fans voted for them to stay together, the scriptwriters would have found a way to portray their happy relationship, despite being from two separate worlds. But since the tally totals to them breaking up, the comic scriptwriters had to oblige and tore these two apart. To show that their relationship would have been a valid disaster, they released a special issue to tell that had Caleb or Cornelia left their home world to be with each other, it would never have worked either way.
But does this mean that the comic's version isn't better than the animated series version? Frankly, I don't really think so because both the comics and the animated series portrayed their love life very differently. In the comics, it was more mature and profound, so it does make sense for them to break up afterwards. In the animated series, their relationship was more teenage-love-level so it's okay for them to stay together for a while. Plus, in the animated version, Caleb had time to get to know Cornelia in both her normal and her Guardian forms while comic-Caleb only knew Cornelia in her Guardian form. So it makes sense for Caleb to break up with her in the original graphic novel.
So here's another question, "Was it a good thing that they had broken up with each other?"
Well...yes, if you take a look at their lives after parting. It took a while, but for Cornelia, she found new love in Peter, the older brother of her best friend, Taranee. Unlike Caleb, he loved her and appreciated her for who she really is, an earth girl. Whether or not he'll love her as a Guardian remains to be seen but since Guardians don't reveal their secrets even to their closest families most of the time (such as Yan Lin), we'll never know. Yet considering Peter's kindness and understanding, I think he'll love her just the same if Cornelia does tell him the truth. In the animated version, Cornelia did date Peter but in her Guardian form...well, her Guardian form without the wings...she looked older and Peter liked her, too.
For Caleb, he devoted his loyalty to the new queen of his world, Elyon Brown, and developed feelings and love for her, despite being her trusted servant and warrior. The feeling was mutual on Elyon's side, and although she was afraid to love her best friend's ex, Cornelia gave Elyon her blessing and it seems Caleb found happiness with the queen. Who knows? Maybe he'll even be the new Prince of Meridian if they do wed in the future.
Overall, it doesn't matter whether or not Caleb should have broken up with Cornelia. Whether he does like in the comic series or did not in the animated series, there is a happy ending for them all either way. It was very interesting to see how both versions of this story is portrayed and they both worked out well in their own way depending on the situation in the story. Life is full of opportunity when it comes to love and like life, new love can happen. So whether you are a CorneliaxCaleb fan or a CorneliaxPeter fan...or even a CalebxElyon fan, there are plenty of versions for you to pick that will satisfy your favorite shipping.