cosima is the most attractive clone

Orphan Black Character Analysis One: Delphine Cormier

Originally posted by ladypusheen

Being that during the past week I’ve binged watched the entire series (only 3 episodes left of season 5 at the time of this post so about over) and I was totally riveted by it, I decided to do an (not too in depth, since most of this is from the top of my head) analysis on some of the intriguing characters. And yes I will go into the Leda clones as well. With the introduction out of the way, the analysis starts below.

Character’s Traits:

I can describe Delphine in three words: passionate, intelligent and cunning. The fact that this show doesn’t have one token “smart” character is great and besides Cosima, Scott and even Leekie, Delphine is one of the characters with high intellect. From the minute we see Delphine interact with Cosima, she’s very interested in her and drawn towards her. Even though at the time she was hired by Leekie to monitor Cosima, she still showed legit and genuine interest. You could argue that it’s a French stereotype for the individual to be passionate, but it fits for Delphine. I think its a fairly human condition to be passionate and interested in people we’re drawn to and love. That’s huge for Delphine’s character and I think that passion for Cosima definitely puts her in certain positions and leads me to the next part.

Charcater’s Role:

Delphine’s role in the Orphan Black story line is an extremely crucial one. I think Delphine is a sort of liaison between clone club, Dyad (for the time in season 3) and even the Neolutionists in season 5. It’s clear to just assume that Delphine is just a pawn in Dyad’s plans or even the Neolutionists, however it’s much more than that. She serves a large purpose and promise to Cosima and the other members of clone club. This ties back into the passion that she feels for Cosima, her motivation is finding a cure for Cosima’s sickness, which will benefit her clone sisters as well. This is a true growth in character, as an audience we see that Delphine values Cosima’s wishes and it shows that she’ll go through great lengths in carrying them out. A great example would be keeping her intel about Dyad and the Neolutionists away from Cosima. She was willing to sever and break her relationship with Cosima (even though it was for a short time) to pursue searching for answers and protecting her. This affected them both extremely, and even gave Cosima a distrusting view of Delphine. I think that the character’s distrust of Delphine really makes her complex, because you don’t really know if she’s good or bad. She’s teetering between certain factions during the show (Dyad especially in season 3) and at times it isn’t clear why she’s doing it. However you soon realize that it’s all for Cosima and her sisters, which makes it all the more endearing. 

Conclusion of Character:

Delphine, even though she’s considered a minor or guest character in the Orphan Black series, she’s one of the best. I think that her character mirrors what certain individuals are willing to go through for those they care about. Delphine (even though a bit cliche but works) fell in love with Cosima at first sight and that is a common human thing. We typically hold some sort of physical attraction toward someone we consider desirable. It’s also a clear human thing to implement certain actions for those you care for. This is something that Delphine and many characters’ of the Orphan Black show do and that’s what makes it so intriguing and realistic.  

This idea just came to me, and I apologize if I overlooked some (or most) things. I found this show just thought-provoking and intriguing that I had to write something (and show my literary nerd-ness) and launch my thoughts on the series out there.

"My sexuality is not the most interesting thing about me"

‘I have never thought about bisexuality for myself. As a scientist I know that sexuality exists on a spectrum. But, societal biases… They codified attraction. It’s contrary to biological facts’
-Delphine on Orphan black

Probably my favorite sentence grouping on series ever!

AskOB - Delphine superpost

For John & Graeme:

1. Where did Delphine live while working at Dyad?

2. Did Cosima ever visit Delphine at wherever she lived?

3. Did Cosima have an apartment?

4. What is Delphine’s backstory? 

5. Does Delphine have friends, people who look out for her?

6. Why after working with Delphine to foil Rachel/Ferdinand’s plans at the beginning of the season was Sarah so distrustful of Delphine regarding the Island of Dr. Moreau code? 

7. Why did Delphine choose to break up with Cosima at all instead of taking the relationship underground?

8. How long was Delphine in Frankfurt?

9. Why did Cosima think it was wise to drag Shay into Dyad? What was the thinking there?

10. Did Cosima ever find out about the nature of Delphine’s relationship with Aldous?

11. How old is Delphine?

12. Who invited Delphine to the dinner at Bubbles?

13. What were Delphine’s motivations to even work at Dyad? Does she have questionable morals, or was she just a curious scientist in over her head?

14. How did Delphine picture her future with Cosima? Did she think they would one day escape Dyad and live happily ever after?

15. Is Delphine’s story more crucial than ever now with the introduction of Neolution technology such as the worm - essentially a direct representation of a host-parasite relationship?

16. Did you expect the fan reaction to Delphine’s arc in season 3?

17. Did you expect the fan reaction to Delphine, period?

18. How long did it take Delphine to fall for Cosima?

19. What were Delphine’s motivations in 1x08? Was she purely trying to extract information from Cosima, or had she by that point decided to use Leekie’s orders as an excuse to pursue her own feelings for Cosima?

20. Did Delphine and Cosima ever go a-jogging together?

21. What hobbies does Delphine have? Does she like to paint? Play piano? Read French or Russian literature?

22. Does Delphine have family back in France? Family that she is in contact with, or who care about her whereabouts? 

23. Did Delphine ever suspect Nealon, considering he was the doctor that was assigned in her place to treat Cosima?

24. Are there surveillance cameras in the Dyad labs?

25. Is Delphine under surveillance? Is her home or car bugged? 

26. If Delphine enjoys lovers, did she have lovers in season 3?

27. Can you reflect on Delphine’s power & paranoia spiral in season 3? What was going on in her head?

28. Why didn’t Delphine check out and move to Turks & Caicos to chill after how ungrateful all the clones were?

29. Like, why DID she keep protecting them? She loves Cosima, yes, but - everyone has a limit, right?

30. Why did both Paul and Delphine follow the same arc of loving their assigned (”assigned”) clone and then dying to protect them? What is it about clones are so attractive to these two?

31. Did Delphine actually think having Cosima dissect Jennifer with her wouldn’t cause some kind of mental turmoil in Cosima? 

32. What does Cosima love most about Delphine?

33. What does Delphine love most about Cosima?

34. Does Cosima represent something that is missing from Delphine’s life?

35. Where did Delphine take Cosima on dates?

36. Describe Delphine’s relationship with Marion Bowles?

37. What is Delphine’s educational history? She has a doctorate in immunology and she is also a medical doctor - what did it take for her to achieve this?

38. What are Delphine’s guilty pleasures?

39. Has Delphine ever fired a gun before season 3?

40. Is Cophine still endgame?

41. Did Delphine and Cosima stop speaking after the scene in 3x01? 

42. If Cosima had dropped the bomb about her near-death experience in 3x01, would that have drastically changed Cophine’s arc in season 3?

43. Have you ever read a Cophine fanfiction? A Delphine one?

44. What do you think of fans’ interpretations or speculation about Delphine’s backstory? Does fan speculation inspire any of your writing choices?

45. What are other characters’ opinions of Cophine? Is there anyone who is rooting for this relationship? 

46. Does Cosima have parents?

47. Do Cosima’s parents know anything about her relationship with Delphine? Were Cophine open with their relationship outside of Dyad and clone club?

48. Why was Delphine the only person aware of how much of a threat Rachel was? Even after Rachel stole Kira, tried to implement Hellsinki-part-2, condemned Cosima to death by smashing Kira’s bone marrow, and tried to force Sarah to have an oophorectomy? 

49. Hasn’t Delphine proven herself to all of the characters in terms of her investment in the clones’ lives? Why does everyone still hate her?

50. How did Delphine keep her morale up in season 3? What did she do or say or focus on to convince herself to keep playing the game?

For Jordan:

1. How does Felix see Delphine?

2. Did Felix and Cosima ever have conversations about Delphine? What did they talk about? 

For Tatiana:

1. Is Dephine the love of Cosima’s life? Does a concept like that exist for someone like Cosima?

2. Is Cosima the love of Delphine’s life?

3. What does domesticity look like for Cosima and Delphine? What did they do when they hung out together?

4. Do you think Cosima was unfair to shut Delphine out every time she did something that upset her? For a character that values communication and openness, was there a blind spot or an unreasonable standard placed on Delphine? 

5. Did Cosima ever really trust Delphine?

6. What did Cosima want from her relationship with Delphine? How did she envision their future?

7. When Cosima heard Delphine say “i’m keeping my promise to love all of you equally”, did she think to herself, “that’s not what I meant”?

8. How much does Cosima know about Delphine’s life? 

9. Have you ever read Cophine fanfiction?

10. What TV series would Cosima and Delphine watch together on Netflix?

So I Watched 2 Seasons of Orphan Black in One Week

Sarah Manning, your determination to keep being badass on your own terms is inspiring, even if sometimes your methods are not.

Alison Hendrix, you are a friggin’ train wreck but I love you more every time you do something stupid and/or surprisingly heroic.

Helena, you’re adorable in your own unique, violent, terrifying, jello-sugaring kind of way.

Tony Sawicki, take care of yourself, buddy.

Rachel Duncan, maybe you’ll get some sympathetic development next season but for now I just wish it had gone all the way though your head.

But most importantly: COSIMA NIEHAUS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I mean yeah you’re very attractive but ALSO I just wanna do actual crazy science and occasionally get hella baked. Just please oh my god you fantastic human being.