“Enough! This is not 'some other guy's kid', this is Mateo and I love him, and I love Jane way too much to be putting up with this disrespect”— Michael to his parents
Michael also has a criminal past, which he doesn't divulge to Jane (his girlfriend of 2 years) before unforeseen circumstances make it impossible for him to keep it secret. As in this instance, he is shown to be hesitant to trust the people closest to him, like Jane, although he works very hard to appear trustworthy to her.
After being conned by his former partner, Nadine, who was working against him to protect her family, and subsequently working underground with her, it seems Michael is slowly allowing himself to be who he really is: he wants to get Sin Rostro and at times, by any means necessary. Which means he has also moved on from Jane, to a new relationship.
The show opens with he and his partner Nadine Hanson hunting down the elusive Sin Rostro, "The Man Without a Face" – a known drug lord. As Detective he has shown that he will do anything to keep his loved ones safe – even if that means cutting a few corners along the way. He has been dating Jane for 2 years and understandably has his own feelings about Jane's pregnancy. Michael is supportive of Jane's abstinence and her work towards becoming a teacher.
Michael's dismissal of Jane's feelings and lying to her about his dealings with Petra put a strain on their relationship, which leads to the ending of their relationship. Almost immediately after Michael realises Jane and Rafael are getting together, he starts up a sexual relationship with Nadine. The two continue their bantering work relationship, but become perhaps all the more synchronised since their personal relation has progressed. Although Nadine calls Michael out on his lack of professionalism in his pursuit of any evidence that might link Rafael to Sin Rostro's crimes, what she doesn't know is that Michael goes to illegal lengths to secure this.
When Petra discovers and accidentally murders the very much alive Roman Zazo, who was posing as his twin brother, Aaron, Michael comes to her rescue and gets a hold of the flash drive with the names of every Sin Rostro associate – including Nadine. Michael gives Nadine a head start after she explains the danger her family's in, and she later returns to cut a deal with the police. Michael and his superior put a tracker on Nadine's phone, hoping she will lead them to Sin Rostro's associates, or the woman herself. After Jane's break-up with Rafael, she and Michael get closer and reaffirm their friendship, leading Michael to hope that maybe there is a chance for them to begin again.
Taking Mateo's arrival and the strengthened connection between Jane and Rafael hard, Michael jumps at the chance to help them return Mateo when Rose contacts him, and he succeeds – even with Nadine questioning his duty as a Detective in not retrieving the flash drive. He even doles out Villanueva family advice to the two new men in the family – Rogelio and even Michael's rival, Rafael. After Jane says to Rafael and Michael that she is in love with them both, Michael tells her that he's not worried because Jane doesn't really love Rafael. Jane eventually choses Michael and Michael is walking on air, elated. The joy is short-lived as he's fired from the Miami Police Department and takes his wrath out on Rafael, causing Mateo to sustain a minor injury. This inability to control himself around Rafael has Jane deciding to end their romance.
More fueled than ever, Michael sets out on a quest in Mexico with Nadine to catch Sin Rostro, at any cost. Sadly, the cost turns out to be Nadine's life and Michael blames himself, feeling responsible for her death. But he did return their undercover mission with a clue, as it turns out Michael was not fired after all. Together with his new partner, who was originally hired to keep an eye on him for their superior, he works hard at figuring out the connection between Sin Rostro, and notorious Miami crime lord Mutter. After Rafael's mother, Elena Di Nola, attacked him and revealed herself to be Mutter, Michael is forced to reveal to Susanna that he let Nadine go in exchange for Mateo, as well as the flash drive. Susanna is livid and writes up a report on Michael to give to their superior, but relents as Michael discovers the flash drive 'on himself'.
Finding the first criminal, Cordero and Barnett devise a plan to lure Sin Rostro out in the open, but Barnett is wounded when Sin Rostro uses her as to escape, and ends up strangled by Mutter. Michael tells Jane that he kept his distance and lied about having a girlfriend to protect her and Mateo, and they reunite. Michael re-proposes to Jane and they get engaged. He goes through a conflict with his parents when they learn that he and Jane are engaged, as they don't want Jane breaking his heart again. Michael stands up for Jane and his choice when his parents rudely interrogate Jane about her leaving Michael. Eventually Jane manages to create a "ceasefire" with Michael's parents, which alleviates the pressure on their impending union. Michael and Jane move into a new house together, but Michael is suddenly fired from the police force due to an exposé on his handling of the Sin Rostro case.
He agrees to take a temporary job as security detail for Rogelio, but misses detective work and takes it upon himself to uncover the connection between Derek and Mutter and realises that Derek actually was working with Sin Rostro to take out Mutter, who is imprisoned. Happily getting married, Michael on a fluke suddenly realises that his supposed partner is the one who leaked the story on him and she shoots him.
Following the shooting, Michael is brought to the hospital and Jane has to decide whether to risk him never walking again when he's in surgery. She decides that he would take the risk and lets them perform the surgery, which is successful. Michael will recover, but needs to spend a good deal of time recuperating and rehabilitating. Michael is determined to return to the force, which is a point of contention for a worried Jane, who ultimately is supportive of his decision. When he doesn't pass his physical to return to work, Michael is thrust into finding out what this means for him and decides he would rather pursue a new career path – as an attorney.
When they were teenagers, Michael had a record (presumably misdemeanors) and the two worked together stealing cars and selling the parts out of a garage. When they were caught by the police, Billy took the fall due to Michael's record and the fact that Billy was underage. Michael tells Jane that he subsequently got his life together, while Billy stayed in the illegal trade. Michael's reaction to Billy's arrival at his engagement party is defensive and watchful, and Billy even makes threats about Jane to Michael, when asking him for money. Later, however, they are seen working together as Michael asks Billy for help and there is an almost natural rhythm to their co-operations. Billy is not present at Jane & Michael's wedding.
Michael's mother seems to be well-meaning in her dislike of Michael's engagement to Jane, as Michael apparently talked to his parents after the break-up. She's adamant that Michael not marry Jane, but tries to give them a chance by showing up to the engagement party, only to balk at Jane's non-appearance. Patricia found out her husband cheated on her with his dental hygienist and they acrimoniously divorced, yet come together in their attempt to stop Michael from marrying Jane.
Michael Cordero Sr.
Michael's parents are acrimoniously divorced and haven't been in the same room since Michael's high school graduation in 2004. That all changes when they find out that Michael and Jane are engaged to be married – again. Michael Sr. disapproves of Michael marrying Jane, seeing as how she broke his heart. Along with his no-longer-so-estranged ex-wife, he doesn't take well to Jane, and Patricia let's Jane know that she and Michael Sr. will only show up at the wedding for Michael's sake.
Michael's grandmother makes an appearance at his and first Jane's engagement party, but nothing is really known about her, nor whether she is the paternal or maternal grandmother.
- Main article: Michael and Jane
Michael meets Jane, while on duty as a cop, on her 21st birthday in 2012 and they are instantly attracted to one another. They date for two years and Michael quickly plans to propose. Their relationship is altered by Jane's pregnancy and they ultimately break up, but stay in each other's orbit as Jane relies on Michael being a part of her life, and Michael is unwilling to let her go. After Rafael breaks Jane's heart, she and Michael toy with reuniting, but are halted and take some time apart from each other's lives. When Sin Rostro is killed, they reunite and start dating again. They are currently married until Michael's death, leaving Jane as a widower.
- Main article: Michael and Nadine
Michael and Nadine are assigned each other as partners before the beginning of the show, and seem to be quite familiar with one another. Their relationship is competitive in nature and consists mostly of banter and racing towards finding Sin Rostro. After Jane breaks up with Michael, he kisses Nadine and they start a fling. When Nadine is revealed to be working for Sin Rostro because she threatened Nadine's family, Michael lets her go and Nadine later returns and agrees to help Michael track down Sin Rostro, and is killed in the process.
Andie and Michael started dating again in 2015, after not seeing each other for 3 years. It turns out Andie net stalked Michael a bit, and spent time with Jane to get back together with him and suss out whether he and Jane were completely through. Michael found this out and dumped Andie via text message, after he found out that Jane and Rafael had broken up.
- Originally, Michael was supposed to die sooner, but due to Brett Dier's performance, the character was kept alive long enough for he and Jane to marry and move in together.
- He would gets appear as a recurring character in flashbacks
- Ever since this quote from Chapter Ten, an ongoing fan theory has been that Michael will die:
- Michael: We belong together. And I'll never stop believing that
- The Narrator: And for as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath, he never did
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Chapter Twenty-Eight
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chapter Thirty-Two
- ↑ Chapter Thirty-One
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Pilot
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Chapter Six
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Chapter Seven
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Chapter Nine
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Chapter Nineteen
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Chapter Twenty
- ↑ Chapter Twenty-Two
- ↑ Chapter Twenty-Three
- ↑ Chapter Twenty-Four
- ↑ Chapter Twenty-Six
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Chapter Twenty-Seven
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Chapter Twenty-Nine
- ↑ Chapter Thirty-Four
- ↑ Chapter Thirty-Five
- ↑ Chapter Thirty-Six
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Chapter Thirty-Seven
- ↑ Chapter Thirty-Eight
- ↑ Chapter Forty-One
- ↑ Chapter Forty-Three
- ↑ Chapter Forty-Four
- ↑ Chapter Forty-Five
- ↑ Chapter Forty-Six
- ↑ Chapter Fifty-Four
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 Chapter Five
- ↑ Chapter Forty-Four
- ↑ http://cwjanethevirgin.tumblr.com/post/156916276515/dearest-jane-fans
- ↑ http://www.bustle.com/articles/60782-will-michael-die-on-jane-the-virgin-he-already-went-to-the-hospital-in-his-quest