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* ChildhoodFriendRomance:
** Betty, the Victorious one, when Archie marries her. Romance sweeps the entire town when this happens.





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\n* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Each major Archie series has a blonde heroine who is kinder, sweeter, more innocent and more beautiful than all the other female characters. In the Archie series it's Betty, in Sabrina it's Sabrina, in the Josie stories it's Melody, and in the Wilbur series it's Laurie. (Each of these series also has a contrasting black haired villainess who is nastier and more worldly than all the other female characters. In the Archie series it's Veronica, in Sabrina it's Gemini Stone, in the Josie series it's Alexandra, and in the Wilbur series it's Linda.)
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* OneMillionBC: The series of "Caveman Archie" stories with prehistoric versions of Archie and the rest of the Riverdale gang.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: In a story, Archie recites this statistic to his friends. Moose exclaims that 10% is "almost less than half our brains". Archie muses if the statistic is too high in some cases.



* AccidentalAthlete: One story has Archie and Betty walking by the football field while the team is practicing. Archie says that if they were [[DiscussedTrope in an old movie]], a stray ball would fly in his direction and he'd kick it it fifty yards, thus earning him an instant spot on the team. To Archie's chagrin, when a stray football does make it their way, it's ''Betty'' who kicks it straight between the uprights. It seems that "they don't make old movies the way they used to."
* AccidentalHero: A comic had Jughead failing as a security guard until he tripped and fell on a guy who turned out to be a shoplifter.
* AccidentalProposal: In one of the Xmas issues, Moose shows Jughead a jewellery store window with a birthstone ring. He then asks Jughead to find out from his girlfriend, Midge, if she'd like that ring for Christmas. So later, Jug casually asks Midge if she would like the ring in the store window. Midge kisses Jughead and runs off in ultimate excitement. Turns out the jeweller had since placed a diamond engagement ring in the birthstone's spot. Since Moose was normally so jealous that he was known to hospitalize other guys for merely talking to Midge, Jughead was now seriously in deep doo-doo.
* AddictionDisplacement: In an [[TheEighties eighties]] [[VerySpecialEpisode story]] on the dangers of smoking, three teenagers unintentionally create a false fire alarm by chain-smoking in the boys' washroom at school. At the end, they apologize to the principal, Mr. Weatherbee, and inform him that from now on, whenever they have nicotine cravings, they'll chew gum instead.
-->'''Weatherbee:''' Egad! Another habit I don't approve of. Oh, well. You win some, you lose some.



** [[TakeThat It's a red Ford (a Model "T" in the classic strips and a Mustang converable in the modern ones): "Found On Road, Dead."]]



* ArtEvolution:
** There was a massive one in the late 1960s, coinciding with Dan [=DeCarlo=]'s promotion to the artist for nearly all Archie comic covers. Soon, all the new artists were mimicking his style as the 'base' Archie, though a few older artists continued to draw their own way. The shift to the unified "house style" was total enough that the clothing styles are all that can define most stories from the 1960s until now, when a few more "out there" artists like Fernando Ruiz have put their own stamp on the "[=DeCarlo=] Style".
** Then there's the "Dynamic New Look" art style, which goes for a more realistic approach. It's only used for specific story arcs, though.
** ''Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' and ''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats'' both went through "manga-style" stretches.
** As of 2015, Archie ended their old Archie series that had been going for over 600 issues with a brand-new series with a completely new look.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: One story involves a new kid in town coming out of nowhere to become the star player on Riverdale's baseball team, playing shortstop. His leg is then badly injured when a player on a rival team spikes him, but he reinvents himself as an ace pitcher and leads Riverdale to the championship. It would be a great story if it wasn't utter bullcrap. As anyone who's ever pitched at any level could tell you, it is impossible to pitch on an injured leg, at least with any degree of competency.
** In another issue where Betty becomes a race car driver, the flag bearer at the racetrack waves a checkered flag at the start of her first race. The checkered flag is supposed to signal the end of a race.
* AsleepInClass: One time ([[RecycledScript or maybe more]]) Jughead painted eyeballs on his eyelids so he could sleep in class and look like he wasn't sleeping.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/andswitch1_1088.jpg This sequence]]. "I'd like to compliment you on your good work... WHEN YOU DO SOME!"
* BannedInChina: InUniverse example. Veronica [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/veronica_banned_bikini_7152.jpg proudly shows off a bikini she bought]] that had been banned in Boston.



* BatmanGambit: Reggie and Veronica played a prank on Archie by making up a story about how Mr. Weatherbee was looking for him. Then Weatherbee turns up and he really was looking for someone, to represent the school on a trip to the capital. After Archie recommends Reggie and Veronica, Weatherbee sends various messengers to summon the two to his office (the first of which is Archie himself), but Reggie, thinking that Archie is playing the same gag on him, rebuffs them each and every time. Weatherbee eventually gets fed up, and trails the next messenger, so when Reg and Veronica ignore the summons one last time, he was there, and he sent them off to detention.



* BerserkButton: Jughead kicks ass on a pair of robbers when they try to steal the Chocklit Shoppe's hamburger supply.



* BigFancyHouse: The Lodge Estate, home of the insanely wealthy Veronica Lodge.

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The Lodge Estate, home of the insanely wealthy Veronica Lodge.



* BrandX: Done frequently, with many exceptions. See SubliminalAdvertising, below.



* BroadStrokes: One theory about the comics is that they all take place in parallel universes, which would nicely take care of plenty of {{Canon}} problems, along with the many comics that seem to be almost [[AesopAmnesia complete duplicates of previous plots]].
** [[NotAllowedToGrowUp Not to mention the age problems]].
** The first issue of ''ComicBook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife'' actually includes a display of an ''Archie'' {{multiverse}}. Dimensions include "The Happy Days of the 1940s-50s", "The Fantasy World of Little Archie", and "Archie's New Look," among others.



* CallingMeALogarithm: Moose has a very limited vocabulary.
--> '''Moose''': "Duhhh hey! Who are you calling an Idiom!?"
* CanonForeigner: For "The New Archies", a version featuring the group set in their middle school era, the characters of Amani and Eugene were created. "Fangs" Fogarty and Ambrose appear in the elementary-setting "Little Archie". None of the four made it to the mainstream continuity in anything other than a one-shot or cameo.

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* CallingMeALogarithm: Moose has a very limited vocabulary.
--> '''Moose''': "Duhhh hey! Who are you calling an Idiom!?"
* CanonForeigner:
CanonForeigner:
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For "The New Archies", a version featuring the group set in their middle school era, the characters of Amani and Eugene were created. "Fangs" Fogarty and Ambrose appear in the elementary-setting "Little Archie". None of the four made it to the mainstream continuity in anything other than a one-shot or cameo.



* CaptainGeographic: Some of the superheroes.



* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: A story had Jughead timing Archie for the latter's partaking in a track meet, where he is astonished to learn that he just broke the record for being the fastest there is. Come the day of the track meet, after Archie wins the race, Coach Kleats then reveals to Archie that Jughead's stopwatch is actually a lot slower than Archie, which angers Archie so much that he starts chasing Jughead at the end of the story.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Betty, the Victorious one, when Archie marries her. Romance sweeps the entire town when this happens.

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* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: A story had Jughead timing Archie for the latter's partaking in a track meet, where he is astonished to learn that he just broke the record for being the fastest there is. Come the day of the track meet, after Archie wins the race, Coach Kleats then reveals to Archie that Jughead's stopwatch is actually a lot slower than Archie, which angers Archie so much that he starts chasing Jughead at the end of the story.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Betty, the Victorious one, when Archie marries her. Romance sweeps the entire town when this happens.



* ChristmasEveryDay: In one issue, Jingles allows Archie to repeat Christmas Eve for a day so Archie can have more time to prepare, but the computer he used to turn back time gets frozen into a loop.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Used too frequently to even list all the victims. A comic with a fairly large base cast that constantly introduced new recurring characters in nearly every year, this happens a ''lot''. Ask old-school fans about "Adam the Alien", Jinx Malloy, January [=McAndrews=] or Cricket O'Dell. Even Cheryl Blossom got this in the 80s. A few characters are actually shown moving away (Cheryl in the late 1990s), but most are just casually ignored with no mentions after a few years of appearances. We'll see where the new pair of Asian girls, Wendy Weatherbee, and others end up.

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* ChristmasEveryDay: In one issue, Jingles allows Archie to repeat Christmas Eve for a day so Archie can have more time to prepare, but the computer he used to turn back time gets frozen into a loop.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Used too frequently to even list all the victims. A comic with a fairly large base cast that constantly introduced new recurring characters in nearly every year, this happens a ''lot''. Ask old-school fans about "Adam the Alien", Jinx Malloy, January [=McAndrews=] or Cricket O'Dell. Even Cheryl Blossom got this in the 80s. A few characters are actually shown moving away (Cheryl in the late 1990s), but most are just casually ignored with no mentions after a few years of appearances. We'll see where the new pair of Asian girls, Wendy Weatherbee, and others end up.



* ClockDiscrepancy: In a comic, Big Eater Jughead is in class, and informs the teacher, Miss Grundy, that "his stomach" says its lunchtime. She reminds Jug that the clock on the wall reads 10 before noon. At that moment, the school janitor Mr. Svenson enters the classroom with a ladder. The purpose? To adjust the clock, which he said was running ten minutes slow.



* CongruentMemory
** There was one Betty and Veronica comic where Veronica was studying for a test while lying on the floor of her room. When the day of the test came around, she couldn't remember any of the information — until she lay down on the floor of the classroom in the same position she'd studied in.
** In another story, Jughead could throw snowballs easily, but couldn't get the same feeling when handling a normal baseball.
** In the same vein, Jughead was once scouted for the opera thanks to his bombastic singing voice — unfortunately, he only sang well in enclosed spaces because he did most of his singing in the bathtub.



* ConvictionByContradiction: Believe it or not, there have been a few stories where this tropes is ''inverted'' to prove a character's innocence, to prove that a painting is a forgery, etc.



* CriminalDoppelganger: In the {{Crossover}} ''ComicBook/ArchieMeetsThePunisher'', a criminal the Punisher has tracked to Riverdale looks very similar to Archie. The story also ends with Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} learning about [[HereWeGoAgain a dangerous mutant who looks like Jughead]].
* {{Crossover}}: Most Archie Comics characters are accepted to be in the same universe, so it's reasonable for Sabrina to show up in an Archie story, or for The Archies to perform alongside Josie and the Pussycats. The biggest example is the Civil Chore(s) story, where the writers get as many characters as they can think of together for a single-page spread.

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* CriminalDoppelganger: In the {{Crossover}} ''ComicBook/ArchieMeetsThePunisher'', a criminal the Punisher has tracked to Riverdale looks very similar to Archie. The story also ends with Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} learning about [[HereWeGoAgain a dangerous mutant who looks like Jughead]].
* {{Crossover}}:
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Most Archie Comics characters are accepted to be in the same universe, so it's reasonable for Sabrina to show up in an Archie story, or for The Archies to perform alongside Josie and the Pussycats. The biggest example is the Civil Chore(s) story, where the writers get as many characters as they can think of together for a single-page spread.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A non-combat version with Coach Kleats. He appears to be a slow-and-overweight gym teacher and coach, and indeed, he can't run well and would kill himself if he slid into a base. But he can still hit every pitch out of the park or thread a needle with a high-velocity football pass, which is why he never ''had'' to run in either sport.
* CrushingHandshake: A story had this happen to Mr. Weatherbee when congratulating substitute hall monitor Maria Rodriguez for teaching the other students not to run in the halls. Maria is actually a [[StrongerThanTheyLook lot stronger than she looks]] so she crushes the 'Bee's hand while giving him a handshake. The last panel shows Mr. Weatherbee getting his hand bandaged by Miss Grundy.



* DaintyLittleBalletDancers: In one story, Archie and Reggie make fun of Veronica's "sissy" ballet instructor, until [[DanceBattler he uses dance moves to beat up]] some thugs threatening them. The two of them then take ballet lessons with him themselves.



* DependingOnTheArtist: The physical and [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield geographical]] characteristics of Riverdale and its local landmarks change seemingly at will.
** These things change within stories drawn by the same artist, too, especially the design of Veronica and Archie's homes. Dan [=DeCarlo=] said in an interview that the publishers once tried to make him establish a consistent look for the interior of Archie's house, but he found it was too limiting.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Many characteristics of the characters vary over the years and between writers. Variable character traits include: Jughead's hatred of women (misogyny versus avoidance of romance), Betty's obsessiveness regarding Archie (ie. is she crazy, or just a standard young girl in love?), Veronica's bitchiness, Reggie's evil, Mr. Lodge's heartless businessman tendencies, and Archie's womanizing. Various character traits are up for grabs as well – Archie is either the best or the worst athlete on any given sports team, Jughead is either a poor or very good student, and Betty's siblings tend to disappear depending on what the current writer knows about her past. Even Betty and Veronica's status as best friend, while usually fairly consistent, has fluctuated in the past, with at least one story showing them outright hating each other.
** Enough that one could imagine that the comic spans multiple {{Alternate Universe}}s. [[FridgeBrilliance Actually, that would explain a lot]]. In fact it's implied this is canon, though the universes aren't separated by decades.

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* DependingOnTheArtist: The physical and [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield geographical]] characteristics of Riverdale and its local landmarks change seemingly at will.
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will. These things change within stories drawn by the same artist, too, especially the design of Veronica and Archie's homes. Dan [=DeCarlo=] said in an interview that the publishers once tried to make him establish a consistent look for the interior of Archie's house, but he found it was too limiting.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Many characteristics of the characters vary over the years and between writers. Variable character traits include: Jughead's hatred of women (misogyny versus avoidance of romance), Betty's obsessiveness regarding Archie (ie. is she crazy, or just a standard young girl in love?), Veronica's bitchiness, Reggie's evil, Mr. Lodge's heartless businessman tendencies, and Archie's womanizing. Various character traits are up for grabs as well – Archie is either the best or the worst athlete on any given sports team, Jughead is either a poor or very good student, and Betty's siblings tend to disappear depending on what the current writer knows about her past. Even Betty and Veronica's status as best friend, while usually fairly consistent, has fluctuated in the past, with at least one story showing them outright hating each other.
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other. Enough that one could imagine that the comic spans multiple {{Alternate Universe}}s. [[FridgeBrilliance Actually, that would explain a lot]]. In fact it's implied this is canon, though the universes aren't separated by decades.



* DontTryThisAtHome: One story where Veronica directly addresses the reader has her cautioning them not to follow her example, saying that she's rich and spoiled and hatching evil schemes is [[YouBastard "expected"]] of her.



* DramaticCurtainToss: Frequently. There is at least one story where Archie accidentally knocks off the head on a statue of a local businessman; he has it repaired in time for the official unveiling of the statue, but when the curtain comes off, we find out the repairman screwed up and put the head of a pig on instead. Oops.



* EgocentricTeamNaming: Archie named his rock-n-roll group "The Archies". You'd think ''Reggie'' (if no one else) would have a problem with that.

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Archie named his rock-n-roll group "The Archies". You'd think ''Reggie'' (if no one else) would have a problem with that.



* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Jerkasses Have Standards]]: When Cedric, the best friend of Jason Blossom, sabotages Dilton to have Pembrooke Academy (his and Jason's school then) win a quiz show, Moose manages to win on a sports question, and then clobbers Cedric when he found out what Cedric did to his "little buddy." Jason, understandably, congratulates the Riverdale team and leaves Cedric hurting.



* {{Fanservice}}: To an ''amazingly'' large extent, considering that Archie is mostly for girls. Artist Dan [=DeCarlo=] was a cheesecake art ''king'', and featured the girls in the skimpiest bikinis allowed in any era, to say nothing of major sexpots like Melody (who suffered ClothingDamage at least once) and Cheryl.

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* {{Fanservice}}: {{Fanservice}}:
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To an ''amazingly'' large extent, considering that Archie is mostly for girls.aimed at families. Artist Dan [=DeCarlo=] was a cheesecake art ''king'', and featured the girls in the skimpiest bikinis allowed in any era, to say nothing of major sexpots like Melody (who suffered ClothingDamage at least once) and Cheryl.



* FanVid: This DarkerAndEdgier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djRAiiFlCy8 fake trailer]].



* FemininityFailure: One issue had Veronica teaching Betty to be more ladylike (which was essentially her teaching Betty to be identical to her mannerisms). Everything was going well until she spotted a couple of kids playing catch, which ends with her joining them and landing in a tree in retrieving the ball when it got stuck up there. While Veronica is annoyed with the turn of events, the kids all laud Betty as a hero.



* ForHalloweenImGoingAsMyself: In one story, Archie and Jughead are dressed as vampires and accidentally get invited to a party full of real monsters, who are celebrating because this is the one day of the year they can walk around normally.



* FreakyFridayFlip:
** One comic has Dilton accidentally switch Archie's and Mr. Weatherbee's minds, making each the two spend one night and one day in the other's life. To help remind readers that Archie and Mr. Weatherbee had each other's minds, "Archie"'s word and thought balloons have pictures of The Bee in them, and "Mr. Weatherbee"'s word and thought balloons have pictures of Arch.
** One issue of Veronica own book featured a mystical pendant that swapped her with her own mother for a day. The two need to attend a fancy party together, and predictable shenanigans ensue. After that, the two just decide to wait it out, and pass the time with card games long into the night.



* TheGayNineties: One writer, Al Hartley, did a few stories with the Archie gang in the 1890s: dedicated to telling everyone how much better things were back then. Weirdly, these were written in the 1970s, long after the craze for gay Nineties nostalgia had died. Check it out [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics210.html here]] (with added snark for your reading pleasure).[[note]] Al Hartley was the son of Fred Hartley, the ultraconservative Congressman who cosponsored the union-busting Taft-Hartley Act. Al himself became a born-again Christian around the time he was hired by Archie. He often used the comic to promote his beliefs, culminating in him producing (with Archie's reluctant permission) a series of explicitly Christian Archie comics for an Evangelical publisher in the late 70's.[[/note]]
* GenderBender: In "The Great Switcheroo", Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch's cat Salem casts a spell that changes the sex of everybody in Riverdale. The story plays a bit like a GenderFlip in execution, as none of the transformed characters know what their "true" sex is supposed to be, but it "really" happened, and Sabrina's eventual reversal spell isn't actually a ResetButton. There's even video evidence suggesting that the gang spent a day as the opposite sex, even if none of them remember it.[[note]] ''Archie'' #636 (2012)[[/note]]



* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: While on a wilderness outing with Archie, Betty becomes covered with mud and washes off in a nearby lake,only to have her clothes stolen by a homeless boy. Archie loans her his shirt to cover up with while they track down what happened.
* GrandRomanticGesture: Frequently it shows Archie pulling these off for Veronica, who is hard to please. Some examples: making a giant Valentine card for her, building a heart out of snow and spelling "Archie Loves Veronica" in coal, buying her jewelry he can't afford...
* GretzkyHasTheBall: In one issue, the Riverdale team shows up to a football game, and the rival team is female. One CurbStompBattle later, Archie and Reggie are moping around, depressed, when Betty and Veronica ask to be shown how to "shoot baskets with this horse hide"[a football]. Reggie and Archie walk off with the girls in hand, going "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint When will you learn football is a man's game]]!" The girls wink at each other.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Each major Archie series has a blonde heroine who is kinder, sweeter, more innocent and more beautiful than all the other female characters. In the Archie series it's Betty, in Sabrina it's Sabrina, in the Josie stories it's Melody, and in the Wilbur series it's Laurie. (Each of these series also has a contrasting black haired villainess who is nastier and more worldly than all the other female characters. In the Archie series it's Veronica, in Sabrina it's Gemini Stone, in the Josie series it's Alexandra, and in the Wilbur series it's Linda.)

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* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: While on a wilderness outing with Archie, Betty becomes covered with mud and washes off in a nearby lake,only to have her clothes stolen by a homeless boy. Archie loans her his shirt to cover up with while they track down what happened.
* GrandRomanticGesture: Frequently it shows Archie pulling these off for Veronica, who is hard to please. Some examples: making a giant Valentine card for her, building a heart out of snow and spelling "Archie Loves Veronica" in coal, buying her jewelry he can't afford...
* GretzkyHasTheBall: In one issue, the Riverdale team shows up to a football game, and the rival team is female. One CurbStompBattle later, Archie and Reggie are moping around, depressed, when Betty and Veronica ask to be shown how to "shoot baskets with this horse hide"[a football]. Reggie and Archie walk off with the girls in hand, going "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint When will you learn football is a man's game]]!" The girls wink at each other.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Each major Archie series has a blonde heroine who is kinder, sweeter, more innocent and more beautiful than all the other female characters. In the Archie series it's Betty, in Sabrina it's Sabrina, in the Josie stories it's Melody, and in the Wilbur series it's Laurie. (Each of these series also has a contrasting black haired villainess who is nastier and more worldly than all the other female characters. In the Archie series it's Veronica, in Sabrina it's Gemini Stone, in the Josie series it's Alexandra, and in the Wilbur series it's Linda.)
afford...




* {{Headdesk}}: After ignoring a warning from his mom that it looks like rain and he might catch a cold if he goes out, Archie and Jughead both get soaked and head for Veronica's place. After going through a sauna and doing laps of a pool to try and avoid getting sick ("No germ would be stupid enough to stick around for that punishment") Archie gets home and...sneezes. "Banging your head against a wall is not an accepted cold medicine!"
* HeldBackInSchool: Jughead discovering he had never graduated grade school had to do a make-up test to avoid this.



** Betty and Veronica themselves are not immune when see an handsome boy. Especially their boy.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: A 1970s issue of ''Archie's Joke Book'' had a one-page joke in which Moose carried Miss Beazley, the high school lunch server, across a busy street, ignoring her protests. After they reach the other side, she tells him that she didn't want to cross the street in the first place.
** Archie and Betty come across Jughead and an old woman cross the street, and they find it sweet on Jughead's part… until they learn that she's his aunt and that it was ''she'' who was helping Jughead.



** Once, Veronica tricks Betty into humbling a chauvinistic Archie in tennis, only for Ronnie to play the hapless beginner in her own match against Archie, even though Veronica is already shown as being better at tennis than Betty. The manager of the country club later recruits Archie to be a representative in a mixed doubles tournament, and Veronica suggests herself, naturally, to be his partner. Archie instead chooses who he believes is much better than him, Betty. Whoops...
* HollywoodMagnetism: There was a story in which Archie acquired a very large magnet, which he carried in the back seat of his car. As he and Jughead traveled, the magnet attracted anything and everything that was made of metal.
* HollywoodPudgy:[[invoked]] Brigitte is meant as AnAesop on judging people by their appearances, as she's Riverdale's only fat girl. Unfortunately, they made her as pretty as most of the female cast (just with a double-chin), and only slightly overweight.
* HomeAloneAntics: One story has Archie and Jughead house-sitting for Mr. Lodge. Although the mansion has a sophisticated security system, the boys decide to play it safe and add some extra anti-burglar defenses, involving the usual buckets of water, tin cans, flypaper, etc. Of course, Mr. Lodge comes home and walks into all the booby traps.
** [[spoiler:Hilariously, Archie and Jughead sleep soundly through the racket.]]
* HotTeacher: One issue from TheSeventies features a young female substitute teacher so attractive that all of her male students are too distracted with the floating {{Heart Symbol}}s above their heads to pay attention to their schoolwork.
** SoBeautifulItsACurse: At the end of the issue, Principal Weatherbee ''fires her'', telling her that teachers, like fine wine, get better with age. [[ValuesDissonance …It was a different time…]]
* HustlingTheMark: In one story, Mr. Weatherbee reveals that when he was younger, he used to hustle people at “pitching pennies". Miss Grundy, who claims to be bad at the pastime, convinces him to show off his skills in a friendly game. If Mr. Weatherbee wins, Miss Grundy buys him lunch and if Miss Grundy wins, he buys her a dozen roses. It turns out Miss Grundy is an expert at the game and she easily defeats him.

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** Once, Veronica tricks Betty into humbling a chauvinistic Archie in tennis, only for Ronnie to play the hapless beginner in her own match against Archie, even though Veronica is already shown as being better at tennis than Betty. The manager of the country club later recruits Archie to be a representative in a mixed doubles tournament, and Veronica suggests herself, naturally, to be his partner. Archie instead chooses who he believes is much better than him, Betty. Whoops...
* HollywoodMagnetism: There was a story in which Archie acquired a very large magnet, which he carried in the back seat of his car. As he and Jughead traveled, the magnet attracted anything and everything that was made of metal.
* HollywoodPudgy:[[invoked]] Brigitte is meant as AnAesop on judging people by their appearances, as she's Riverdale's only fat girl. Unfortunately, they made her as pretty as most of the female cast (just with a double-chin), and only slightly overweight.
* HomeAloneAntics: One story has Archie and Jughead house-sitting for Mr. Lodge. Although the mansion has a sophisticated security system, the boys decide to play it safe and add some extra anti-burglar defenses, involving the usual buckets of water, tin cans, flypaper, etc. Of course, Mr. Lodge comes home and walks into all the booby traps.
** [[spoiler:Hilariously, Archie and Jughead sleep soundly through the racket.]]
* HotTeacher: One issue from TheSeventies features a young female substitute teacher so attractive that all of her male students are too distracted with the floating {{Heart Symbol}}s above their heads to pay attention to their schoolwork.
** SoBeautifulItsACurse: At the end of the issue, Principal Weatherbee ''fires her'', telling her that teachers, like fine wine, get better with age. [[ValuesDissonance …It was a different time…]]
* HustlingTheMark: In one story, Mr. Weatherbee reveals that when he was younger, he used to hustle people at “pitching pennies". Miss Grundy, who claims to be bad at the pastime, convinces him to show off his skills in a friendly game. If Mr. Weatherbee wins, Miss Grundy buys him lunch and if Miss Grundy wins,
Whoops...he buys her a dozen roses. It turns out Miss Grundy is an expert at the game and she easily defeats him.



* ICantDance: In a story Dilton doesn't know how to dance, so he builds a pair of shoes that dance for him, making him a sensation at the school dance. Then [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning strikes]], the shoes go whack, and things don't end well.



* ImpendingClashShot: Used as TheStinger to ''Archie Meets The Punisher'' as Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} is [[SequelHook about to pounce on Jughead]].



* InformedAttractiveness: Veronica is usually treated in-story (more commonly early on) as more attractive than Betty, despite being famously the [[OnlySixFaces same face]] & body with new hair. It's excusable when one considers that Ronnie dresses much better, often showing more skin, and Betty can compete on an even keel whenever she dresses in skimpy gowns/bikinis.
** One story even makes fun of this, when Archie thinks he's talking to Veronica, only to find out that it's Betty trying out a black wig.

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* InformedAttractiveness: Veronica is usually treated in-story (more commonly early on) as more attractive than Betty, despite being famously the [[OnlySixFaces same face]] & body with new hair. It's excusable when one considers that Ronnie dresses much better, often showing more skin, and Betty can compete on an even keel whenever she dresses in skimpy gowns/bikinis.
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gowns/bikinis. One story even makes fun of this, when Archie thinks he's talking to Veronica, only to find out that it's Betty trying out a black wig.



* IntercontinuityCrossover: Archie Meets The Punisher.

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* IntercontinuityCrossover: Archie ''Archie Meets The Punisher.Punisher''.



* JailBait: Somewhat has UnfortunateImplications in the sense that grown men have discussed how hot Betty and Veronica are for years, but in every incarnation, they're never older than 17. At least they're drawn as busty, curvy grown women and not obviously meant as pedo-bait.[[note]] Please note that the age of consent in New York (where Archie Comics is based) is 17, and in much of the rest of the United States, it's 16. (basically, one must remember that California's strict consent laws don't apply to the rest of the world or even the rest of America)[[/note]]
** Made a bit understandable in the case of people who grew up reading the comics. Betty and Veronica started out as a PrecociousCrush for many young boys.

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* JailBait: Somewhat has UnfortunateImplications unfortunate implications in the sense that grown men have discussed how hot Betty and Veronica are for years, but in every incarnation, they're never older than 17. At least they're drawn as busty, curvy grown women and not obviously meant as pedo-bait.[[note]] Please note that the age of consent in New York (where Archie Comics is based) is 17, and in much of the rest of the United States, it's 16. (basically, one must remember that California's strict consent laws don't apply to the rest of the world or even the rest of America)[[/note]]
**
America)[[/note]] Made a bit understandable in the case of people who grew up reading the comics. Betty and Veronica started out as a PrecociousCrush for many young boys.



* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: A comic from the early 70s starts with Reggie yanking away a pennant from Jughead and saying "Take your hands off!" Jughead replies "I can't, they're attached to my arms!" and proceeds to drive Reggie crazy with his incessant recital of "Dem Bones." Later Jughead realizes he may have gone too far and seeks to apologize. He finds Reggie half way around the bend and tells him "I didn't want to upset you." This drives Reggie even crazier as he didn't accept it as a valid apology.
** Archie himself turns into a ScrewySquirrel / KarmicTrickster in a story about a fake rubber hand he borrowed from the art class. He uses it to play practical jokes on Reggie and Big Moose, getting them in trouble with Mr. Weatherbee. Jughead, who disapproves of Archie's behavior, thinks a hand clinging to the outside of a window sill is Archie's fake hand and nudges it off, only to find it was the janitor. Jughead, Reggie and Big Moose wind up serving detention, with Archie delivering a final needle ("I sure wish I could give you a ''hand!''") As Archie laughs outside, three arms from the detention room reach out towards him.



* KavorkaMan: Archie and the other guys aren't ugly, but the men of the Archie universe aren't drawn as sexily as the girls are, yet they often get tons of girlfriends no matter how jealous (Moose), conceited (Reggie), or two-timing (Archie) they are.
** Betty {{Lampshades}} this trope way back in the 50s when complaining how guys can get away with [[http://riverdalegirlsrule.tumblr.com/post/83063953203 "looking like tramps" and girls have to take time and effort to look nice for a date]].
* KidsPreferBoxes:
** An old issue showed the gang as cave people, given presents by Santa: Modern clothes in the sorts of boxes high end stores once used. They find the modern clothes useless, but thank the strange red guy for the wonderful gifts - the immensely useful boxes.
** Betty makes paintings, and one is finally bought by a man raving about how it was just what he needed. He then tosses the painting away as he leaves, continuing to rave about the frame.
* KnowYourVines: One comic ended with the revelation that the corsage Archie gave Veronica to wear at the prom was poison ivy.
* LIsForDyslexia: Moose. He fits all the classic signs, including excelling at sports. In the late 1980s, soon after the publication of a certain best-selling book on dyslexia and intelligence, Miss Grundy tested Moose for dyslexia. She, and other students, began giving him special tutoring geared to his learning style. (It may have come off like a VerySpecialEpisode to a lot of cynics, but to some who actually suffer from the condition, it was likely quite touching).

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* KavorkaMan: Archie and the other guys aren't ugly, but the men of the Archie universe aren't drawn as sexily as the girls are, yet they often get tons of girlfriends no matter how jealous (Moose), conceited (Reggie), or two-timing (Archie) they are.
**
are. Betty {{Lampshades}} this trope way back in the 50s when complaining how guys can get away with [[http://riverdalegirlsrule.tumblr.com/post/83063953203 "looking like tramps" and girls have to take time and effort to look nice for a date]].
* KidsPreferBoxes:
LIsForDyslexia:
** An old issue showed the gang as cave people, given presents by Santa: Modern clothes in the sorts of boxes high end stores once used. They find the modern clothes useless, but thank the strange red guy for the wonderful gifts - the immensely useful boxes.
** Betty makes paintings, and one is finally bought by a man raving about how it was just what he needed. He then tosses the painting away as he leaves, continuing to rave about the frame.
* KnowYourVines: One comic ended with the revelation that the corsage Archie gave Veronica to wear at the prom was poison ivy.
* LIsForDyslexia:
Moose. He fits all the classic signs, including excelling at sports. In the late 1980s, soon after the publication of a certain best-selling book on dyslexia and intelligence, Miss Grundy tested Moose for dyslexia. She, and other students, began giving him special tutoring geared to his learning style. (It may have come off like a VerySpecialEpisode to a lot of cynics, but to some who actually suffer from the condition, it was likely quite touching).



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: One comic cover (Betty and Veronica No.46, 1994) has Veronica using the barcode as an earring. "Betty: Only Veronica could turn a UPC Box into something chic!"



* MarilynManeuver: Cheryl Blossom in a [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iiKU0OQhIK0/UpZF7qT3V6I/AAAAAAAACm4/8JkEhi9gOy0/s1600/654225.jpg cover]] from her mini-series "Cheryl go to Hollywood" homage Marilyn.
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Traveling down Memory Lane often results in this with 2008s characters find themselves face to face to face to face with their version of the 1950s! .
* MistakenForAnImposter: There's a story in which Veronica has Archie masquerade as her dad at the school's father-daughter dance, since Mr. Lodge had to go on a business trip. She gets angry with Archie at some point and then he goes outside, where he finds Mr. Lodge, who cancelled said business trip so he could go to the dance. Mr. Lodge arrives at the dance, but Veronica, still angry with Archie, attempts to expose him and finds out the hard way that she's yelling at her father.
* MistakenForCheating: One story had Archie's mother borrow his jacket and accidentally leave a tube of lipstick in the pocket. Betty and Veronica later borrow Archie's jacket and find the lipstick. They think that Archie is seeing another girl because the lipstick isn't either of their brands, and angrily confront the baffled Archie. Betty and Veronica both dump Archie, but then they realize that this will just make him go after the girl they think he's seeing now. They both come back and smooch Archie to show that they're better than the competition. The story ends with Archie's mother realizing what she did and apologizing if she caused him any trouble, but a love-dizzy Archie just tells her to cause as much of it as she wants.
* MistakenForRacist: In a comic where Veronica has a party. She tells Archie that she doesn't want certain friends of his there. Since he's hanging out with Chuck and Jughead at the time, he thinks she means Chuck (who's black) and becomes angry. Turns out she means Jughead, who tends to be a slob and rather greedy with the food.
* MistakenForSpies: In one of the time-travelling strips, Jughead ended up in the middle of the Civil War and was immediately accused of being a spy for the South until Lincoln himself pardoned him.
* MooseAreIdiots: Referenced, as the person ''named'' Moose is the DumbMuscle.
** In one story, though, he knew enough about sports to help Riverdale win a quiz show with "Sports" as the category.
* MotivationOnAStick:
** Jughead Jones was convinced to ride a stationary bike (using a bag of potato chips) this way in one story.
** In another story, a variant is used to motivate to run faster for the track team. Jughead is outfitted with a special harness with a mirror in front that's positioned to let him see the photo mounted in back, so it looks like his AbhorrentAdmirer is always right behind him.

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* MarilynManeuver: Cheryl Blossom in a [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iiKU0OQhIK0/UpZF7qT3V6I/AAAAAAAACm4/8JkEhi9gOy0/s1600/654225.jpg cover]] from her mini-series "Cheryl go to Hollywood" homage Marilyn.
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Traveling down Memory Lane often results in this with 2008s characters find themselves face to face to face to face with their version of the 1950s! .
* MistakenForAnImposter: There's a story in which Veronica has Archie masquerade as her dad at the school's father-daughter dance, since Mr. Lodge had to go on a business trip. She gets angry with Archie at some point and then he goes outside, where he finds Mr. Lodge, who cancelled said business trip so he could go to the dance. Mr. Lodge arrives at the dance, but Veronica, still angry with Archie, attempts to expose him and finds out the hard way that she's yelling at her father.
* MistakenForCheating: One story had Archie's mother borrow his jacket and accidentally leave a tube of lipstick in the pocket. Betty and Veronica later borrow Archie's jacket and find the lipstick. They think that Archie is seeing another girl because the lipstick isn't either of their brands, and angrily confront the baffled Archie. Betty and Veronica both dump Archie, but then they realize that this will just make him go after the girl they think he's seeing now. They both come back and smooch Archie to show that they're better than the competition. The story ends with Archie's mother realizing what she did and apologizing if she caused him any trouble, but a love-dizzy Archie just tells her to cause as much of it as she wants.
* MistakenForRacist: In a comic where Veronica has a party. She tells Archie that she doesn't want certain friends of his there. Since he's hanging out with Chuck and Jughead at the time, he thinks she means Chuck (who's black) and becomes angry. Turns out she means Jughead, who tends to be a slob and rather greedy with the food.
* MistakenForSpies: In one of the time-travelling strips, Jughead ended up in the middle of the Civil War and was immediately accused of being a spy for the South until Lincoln himself pardoned him.
* MooseAreIdiots: Referenced, as the person ''named'' Moose is the DumbMuscle.
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DumbMuscle. In one story, though, he knew enough about sports to help Riverdale win a quiz show with "Sports" as the category.
* MotivationOnAStick:
** Jughead Jones was convinced to ride a stationary bike (using a bag of potato chips) this way in one story.
** In another story, a variant is used to motivate to run faster for the track team. Jughead is outfitted with a special harness with a mirror in front that's positioned to let him see the photo mounted in back, so it looks like his AbhorrentAdmirer is always right behind him.
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* MudWrestling: Incredible as it may seem for the G-rated comic, a 1970s story had Betty suffer amnesia and end up being exploited as a sideshow mud wrestler.



* NeverWakeUpASleepwalker: One comic has Jughead, for some unexplained reason, sleepwalk through almost all of his entire school day. To avoid waking him up, the teachers give all of their students tests. During lunch, Jughead stays asleep but eats the food off of everyone's trays. He eventually wakes up when the school bell rings, suffering from no ill effects. The other students aren't very happy.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When a presidential candidate once visited Riverdale High (he's an alumnus there), Archie, with his camera, snaps a picture of him catching a tripping Miss Grundy (an old friend of his). A sleazy tabloid reporter cons Archie into selling that camera (film included), and proceeds to use his paper to spin tales regarding the two surrounding the picture, ruining the reputations of both Grundy and the candidate. To Archie's credit, once he realizes he's been had, he immediately tries to set things straight.



* NotRareOverThere: In one comic, Jughead loses his hat and is none too concerned, telling Archie not to worry about it and going home. Archie, believing it to be an irreplaceable staple of Jughead's personality, goes to great lengths to retrieve it. When he returns it to Jughead at home, Jughead thanks him, but shows him that he has a cupboard full of them since they tend to get lost or damaged over the years.
* NotSoDifferent: Archie, Reggie, Moose and Jughead once proposed having an RC race after school, but then they had their toys confiscated by the faculty. At the end of the story, the boys didn't get their cars back, but the race is still on… with the teachers playing the toys at the gym.
* NotSoForgottenBirthday: A ''Little Archie Comics'' story presented a subversion of this. Veronica tells Archie that she thinks her dad has forgotten it's her birthday - and he has, because he's busy making plans for next week's Founder's Day celebration. Fortunately for him, Archie thinks he's planning a surprise party for Veronica and rounds up everyone to take part in it.
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat:
-->'''Jughead:''' For your information, [[Franchise/GIJoe G. I. Jack]] is an [[LessEmbarrassingTerm action figure!]]\\
'''Archie:''' Not that there's anything wrong with boys playing with dolls if they want to!
%%* OddShapedPanel: Did this routinely in the 1970s.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Archie and Betty go on one in a story set in TheGayNineties story.
* OldBeggarTest: Played With in a story. Archie wants to take Veronica out to a concert but can't afford the tickets. Veronica buys them and then tries various ways for Archie to stumble across them so it seems like he's the one treating her rather than vice versa. At one point she hires a homeless man to ask Archie for the directions to Main Street. Archie tells him, "You're on Main Street." The homeless man rewards him by giving the two tickets as a present, but Archie sees through the ruse and goes away after yelling at the man, who is then stuck with a quizzical look and two concert tickets.



* OurNudityIsDifferent:
** In one of the strips set in TheGayNineties, Archie has this reaction to a swimsuit that bares Veronica's… shoulders.
** Another, set in the 1800's, has Betty and Veronica nearly arrested for wearing men's swimwear — a t-shirt and knee-length trunks combo.
** When Betty and Veronica, in a story, meet their old version of the '50s (through the [[PortalToThePast Memory Lane]]), Veronica is called out by the two girls for her "skimpy" outfit that BareYourMidriff.



* ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding: When Big Ethel wanted to care for a badly injured Jughead (he got hurt trying to run away from her), he fled the hospital.
* PerformanceAnxiety: One story involved Reggie getting stage fright during his first attempt at stand-up comedy, leading to Jughead heckling him, which got Reggie mad enough to reply and then go into the rest of his routine.



* PresentPeeking: Archie bought his mom a sweater for her birthday, and asked Veronica to hide it at her house. However Veronica's mom snoops around for her anniversary present and finds the sweater! What's more, she loves it! But her husband, billionaire Mr. Lodge, had actually bought his wife a mink coat.



* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Parodied in one comic, where dumb jock Moose pushes Archie into a puddle when his girlfriend Midge is concerned about stepping in the water when crossing the street.



* {{Qipao}}: An old comic has Veronica wearing a qipao, and getting furious when everyone comments on her "ripped dress".
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Archie #635 had the "Occupy Riverdale" movement, making Riverdale the most recent area it's affected.



* RipTailoring: One story has Betty and Veronica coming to school wearing the exact same outfit. Veronica sabotages Betty's dress, creating a tear in the bottom part of the skirt. Instead of going home to get her dress replaced, Betty just sews the tear into a fashionable (and very {{Fanservice}}-laden) addition.
* RuleThirtyFour: The company is known for coming down ''hard'' on {{Slash Fic}}s featuring its characters, to the point where Fanfiction.net will no longer accept any kind of Archie-related fanfiction.
** Adultfanfiction.net still accepts them though.

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* RipTailoring: One story has Betty and Veronica coming to school wearing the exact same outfit. Veronica sabotages Betty's dress, creating a tear in the bottom part of the skirt. Instead of going home to get her dress replaced, Betty just sews the tear into a fashionable (and very {{Fanservice}}-laden) addition.
* RuleThirtyFour:
RuleThirtyFour:
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The company is known for coming down ''hard'' on {{Slash Fic}}s featuring its characters, to the point where Fanfiction.net will no longer accept any kind of Archie-related fanfiction.
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fanfiction. Adultfanfiction.net still accepts them though.



** Their rules seem to have become more lax in the 2010s. For example, both Archive of Our Own and Fanfiction.net have ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' sections.



* SaunaOfDeath: In a comic book, Veronica was placed in an overheating steam cabinet and left to die by a supervillain. Jughead (who was in superhero mode) was charged with rescuing her, but didn't do a very good job of it. Losing quite a bit of weight and starving in the ordeal, she consumed a vile concoction the beanied one had prepared earlier for his lunch so as to fatten back up a bit — grossing everyone, including the bad guy, totally out.



* SecretDiary: One story had Betty losing one of her diaries (to be more exact, the one she wrote about her moments with Archie in) and was worried that Veronica would get her hands on it. To make matters worse, Veronica overheard her and offered $100 to anyone who turned it in to her. Fortunately for Betty, Mr. Svenson returned it to her before anyone else could find it.



* SelfParody: The "Night At the Comic Shop" issue had comic book characters come to life. One of the characters was "Wilbur", who dresses pretty much identical to Archie's old design (except with a "W" on his cardigan). He's described as a "wacky teenager who's always chasing girls" and true to art Veronica shows attraction to him.
** This is actually a clever double self-parody; on one level Wilbur is a parody of Archie. On another, Archie Comics are using a pre-existing character for the GeniusBonus of "Yeah, back in the day Archie had spawned a FountainOfExpies, we ripped off our own character for some reason".

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* SelfParody: The "Night At the Comic Shop" issue had comic book characters come to life. One of the characters was "Wilbur", who dresses pretty much identical to Archie's old design (except with a "W" on his cardigan). He's described as a "wacky teenager who's always chasing girls" and true to art Veronica shows attraction to him. \n** This is actually a clever double self-parody; on one level Wilbur is a parody of Archie. On another, Archie Comics are using a pre-existing character for the GeniusBonus of "Yeah, back in the day Archie had spawned a FountainOfExpies, we ripped off our own character for some reason".



* ShamefulShrinking: In a story, Veronica invites Archie to a "high society" party. She berates him like crazy while briefing him for the event, e.g. "You have nothing in common with these blue-bloods, but there's no point in advertising it". At the end, Archie is barely up to Ronnie's socks. Then, Archie runs into Betty, who tells Archie what a great guy he is. Arch walks away literally 10 feet tall.



* SomethingElseAlsoRises: In one story set in the Prehistoric Ages, Veronica was pleased with Archie making her as a model for his mud statue, and kisses him. You can see a ''volcano'' in the background shoot a boulder out of its mouth.
* [[{{Somethingitis}} Something-itis]]: When Archie is being examined by the school doctor.
-->'''Archie:''' I think I've got the bug that's going around.
-->'''Doctor:''' Yes, I know. It's called "Dodge-an-exam-itis".



* SuntanStencil: A story, in which Archie is dating Veronica, has Archie wondering about getting a tattoo or something for Veronica, then dozing off at the beach under a blanket with two small tears in it. On waking up, he discovers that he's one-upped the other beachgoers by getting 'branded' with a 'V'. On his forehead, no less.
* SuperstitionEpisode:
** One where Betty notices it is Friday The Thirteenth, and prepares for it. Unknowingly, she set off DisasterDominoes that missed her, but got everyone around her involved.
** There was one other, with Archie bringing misfortune on himself trying to avoid bad luck – and not being careful.



* TakeOffYourClothes: [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics196.html This story]] which really has to be read to be believed.



* TeenSuperspy: At the height of the spy craze during the 1960s, Archie Comics did a series called "The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." that featured the Archie gang as secret agents.

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* TeenSuperspy: TeenSuperspy:
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At the height of the spy craze during the 1960s, Archie Comics did a series called "The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." that featured the Archie gang as secret agents.



* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: One comic created an in-universe example, after Archie and Veronica watched a movie adapted from one of Veronica's favorite romance stories. When Archie asked her afterward if she liked it, she exclaimed that she ''loathed'' it, and spent the rest of the night nitpicking every way the movie deviated from the original events. However, she also developed a crush on the male lead actor, which swiftly eclipsed her hatred of the changes.



* ThroughHisStomach: This is an area where Betty always wins over Veronica.

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* ThroughHisStomach: ThroughHisStomach:
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This is an area where Betty always wins over Veronica.



* TimeTravelersAreSpies: In one comic, Jughead accidentally travels back in time to the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and is mistaken for a Confederate spy (one of the suggestions being that the S on his shirt stands for "Spy" or "South").
* TokenMinority: Valerie, arguably one of the first in all of comics, debuting in 1969, followed by [[BlackBestFriend Chuck]] and his girlfriend [[TokenMinorityCouple Nancy]] in the 1970s, and Frankie & Maria, a Latino pairing also debuting then, but not catching on as well.

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* TimeTravelersAreSpies: In one comic, Jughead accidentally travels back in time to the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and is mistaken for a Confederate spy (one of the suggestions being that the S on his shirt stands for "Spy" or "South").
* TokenMinority:
TokenMinority:
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Valerie, arguably one of the first in all of comics, debuting in 1969, followed by [[BlackBestFriend Chuck]] and his girlfriend [[TokenMinorityCouple Nancy]] in the 1970s, and Frankie & Maria, a Latino pairing also debuting then, but not catching on as well.



** They introduced a gay character in 2010. This caused MoralGuardians to flip out and [[ScapegoatCreator somehow relate it to President Obama or the Democrats' then-majority in Congress]], and resulted in InternetBackdraft against the MoralGuardians.
*** It was also a ''major'' game-changer in American culture as a whole. Archie Comics has a decades-long reputation as a bastion of "traditional values" due to its rather chaste world and lack of violence or cursing (plus everything Al Hartley did back in the 70's, official or not). Thus, when Archie introduced Kevin Keller and refused to back down, it made national news – after all, if such a conservative place as Riverdale has no problem with a gay man in their midst, then why should anyone else in America take issue?

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** They introduced a gay character in 2010. This caused MoralGuardians to flip out and [[ScapegoatCreator somehow relate it to President Obama or the Democrats' then-majority in Congress]], and resulted in InternetBackdraft against the MoralGuardians.
***
MoralGuardians. It was also a ''major'' game-changer in American culture as a whole. Archie Comics has a decades-long reputation as a bastion of "traditional values" due to its rather chaste world and lack of violence or cursing (plus everything Al Hartley did back in the 70's, official or not). Thus, when Archie introduced Kevin Keller and refused to back down, it made national news – after all, if such a conservative place as Riverdale has no problem with a gay man in their midst, then why should anyone else in America take issue?



* TooMuchAlike: In one ''Betty And Veronica'' story, the titular girls bumped into two cute guys in the mall, Jon and Benny, who were pretty much their {{Spear Counterpart}}s. By the end of the story, Betty and Veronica decided that they wouldn't make a good match because they have too much in common.
* TotallyRadical: A notorious case. For example, one late-'80s story had a lifeguard tell a surfing Veronica, "I really dig the way you attacked those waves with your rad moves". Around the same time, an in-house ad for an ''Archie'' calendar featured a cartoon teenager, sporting a ridiculous multi-colored mohawk, oversized shades that Music/EltonJohn would reject, and mismatched-color clothes, telling the reader, "I ordered mine!" Like gnarly, daddy-o, if a rad hepcat teen like him bought one, I better slap down the bread too, yo yo yo.

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* TooMuchAlike: In one ''Betty And Veronica'' story, the titular girls bumped into two cute guys in the mall, Jon and Benny, who were pretty much their {{Spear Counterpart}}s. By the end of the story, Betty and Veronica decided that they wouldn't make a good match because they have too much in common.
* TotallyRadical:
TotallyRadical:
**
A notorious case. For example, one late-'80s story had a lifeguard tell a surfing Veronica, "I really dig the way you attacked those waves with your rad moves". Around the same time, an in-house ad for an ''Archie'' calendar featured a cartoon teenager, sporting a ridiculous multi-colored mohawk, oversized shades that Music/EltonJohn would reject, and mismatched-color clothes, telling the reader, "I ordered mine!" Like gnarly, daddy-o, if a rad hepcat teen like him bought one, I better slap down the bread too, yo yo yo.



* TrickedIntoSigning: In one comic story, Reggie decides to write up a petition protesting litter on the beach. Archie is eager to be the first to sign it, so Reggie has him sign it with a nice and large signature before he's even drawn up the petition content. Evil-hearted Reggie then writes up a love note to an anonymous girl. With Archie's signature below it, the note is sure to unleash Betty and Veronica's wrath.



* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: In the first issue of Archie Comics, ''Pep Comics'' #28, Archie had just moved into the neighborhood, albeit a couple years younger than he was in later issues and with the nickname "Chick", and tries in his first issue to impress his neighbor Betty Cooper to try to get her to date him through dangerous stunts which she believes make him look arrogant. After Veronica moves in during "Archie Comics 1", the whole dynamic was changed to a BettyAndVeronica format where Betty has a really big and sometimes obsessive crush on Archie.
* UnsoundEffect: In one episode, '''Slamdunk!'''



* VandalismBackfire: Jughead boards a passenger train. The conductor yells at Jug to move his suitcase out of the aisle, but refuses. After another passenger trips on the suitcase, Jughead still refuses to move it, so the conductor throws the valise off the in-motion train. Jughead then says he learned his lesson, and will never leave things where people can stumble over them. After the conductor expresses a little remorse for acting so ruthlessly, Jug calmly adds "...it wasn't even my suitcase."



* VideoPhone: Veronica of the future once got one installed, only to switch back to normal phones because her friends called while she was doing face masks or when she'd just gotten up.



* WardrobeMalfunction:
** A story in ''Veronica'' volume 201 had the girls discover a collection of old-style bathing suits and try them out in the water. The boys didn't really appreciate the cover-everything styles... until it became clear that the old fabric couldn't stand up to water anymore and disintegrated, leaving Betty, Veronica and the rest ''naked'' in the ocean. Heck, this even happened to ''Mrs. Lodge'' who tried out one of the suits at a pool party.
** In another Archie comic, Cheryl stole a dress that Veronica designed and wore it to a party just to laugh in her face - only to find out at that point what a bad seamstress Veronica was. The whole dress ripped apart in front of everyone. (Of course, as humiliating as that was for Cheryl, the story didn't quite end on a high note for Ronnie either...)



* YouMeddlingKids: There is an issue where Archie and Jughead solve a crime and the crooks are being led away in restraints by the police. One crook complains about being stopped by a bunch of dumb kids and Jughead fires back "This 'dumb kid' is not the one wearing handcuffs!"



* YourTelevisionHatesYou: One story had Archie and the gang trying to find some way to escape the heat on a scorching summer day. Eventually they retreat into an air-conditioned movie theatre. the movie showing is called ''Way Down Below'', which they assume will be a SubStory. It turns out to be set in FireAndBrimstoneHell.
* {{Zipperiffic}}: A story has Reggie boasting to Veronica how his outfit is so this. Jughead then draws him with another zipper, on Reggie's mouth.
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** ''Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' and ''JosieAndThePussycats'' both went through "manga-style" stretches.

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** ''Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' and ''JosieAndThePussycats'' ''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats'' both went through "manga-style" stretches.
16th Mar '18 10:31:10 PM XxStreamMonsterX
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* ''Vampironica''
7th Mar '18 8:24:51 AM nombretomado
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** Another story from 1992 opened with Archie and Jughead playing SuperNintendo. Boxes for actual Super Nintendo games were all on the floor in front of them.

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** Another story from 1992 opened with Archie and Jughead playing SuperNintendo.UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo. Boxes for actual Super Nintendo games were all on the floor in front of them.
26th Jan '18 2:10:33 AM LondonKdS
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* OldBeggarTest: Played in a story. Archie wants to take Veronica out to a concert but can't afford the tickets. Veronica buys them and then tries various ways for Archie to stumble across them so it seems like he's the one treating her rather than vice versa. At one point she hires a homeless man to ask Archie for the directions to Main Street. Archie tells him, "You're on Main Street." The homeless man rewards him by giving the two tickets as a present, but Archie sees through the ruse and goes away after yelling at the man, who is then stuck with a quizzical look and two concert tickets.


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* ParentService: Despite the comics' official audience being children, they have always been known for the frequently sexy drawings of Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the younger female cast.
25th Jan '18 3:25:58 AM LondonKdS
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Archie Comics pushed for the creation of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, and more or less ran it for the entirety of its existence. Archie was the last publisher officially adhering to the Code when it ceased to exist in early 2011.[[note]] Creator/DCComics was the other holdout – although they had been slowly dropping their titles from the Code throughout the 2000's, a few series continued to follow it until the end of 2010. Once DC left the Code, Archie agreed there was no point in keeping it around.[[/note]] Unofficially, they had stopped following it decades earlier, but nobody noticed because things like sex, drugs, or violence were never really part of the Archie universe anyway.

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Archie Comics pushed for the creation of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, and more or less ran it for the entirety of its existence. Archie was the last publisher officially adhering to the Code when it ceased to exist in early 2011.[[note]] Creator/DCComics was the other holdout – although they had been slowly dropping their titles from the Code throughout the 2000's, a few series continued to follow it until the end of 2010. Once DC left the Code, Archie agreed there was no point in keeping it around.[[/note]] Unofficially, they had stopped following it decades earlier, but nobody noticed because things like sex, drugs, or violence were never really part of the Archie universe anyway.
anyway... until the 2010s, when the publisher started producing some very child-unfriendly DarkerAndEdgier horror self-parodies such as ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'', ''ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'', and ''Jughead: The Hunger''.
24th Dec '17 9:35:03 AM nombretomado
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* TotallyRadical: A notorious case. For example, one late-'80s story had a lifeguard tell a surfing Veronica, "I really dig the way you attacked those waves with your rad moves". Around the same time, an in-house ad for an ''Archie'' calendar featured a cartoon teenager, sporting a ridiculous multi-colored mohawk, oversized shades that EltonJohn would reject, and mismatched-color clothes, telling the reader, "I ordered mine!" Like gnarly, daddy-o, if a rad hepcat teen like him bought one, I better slap down the bread too, yo yo yo.

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* TotallyRadical: A notorious case. For example, one late-'80s story had a lifeguard tell a surfing Veronica, "I really dig the way you attacked those waves with your rad moves". Around the same time, an in-house ad for an ''Archie'' calendar featured a cartoon teenager, sporting a ridiculous multi-colored mohawk, oversized shades that EltonJohn Music/EltonJohn would reject, and mismatched-color clothes, telling the reader, "I ordered mine!" Like gnarly, daddy-o, if a rad hepcat teen like him bought one, I better slap down the bread too, yo yo yo.
3rd Dec '17 9:54:34 PM xolovely97
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** Along with the iconic Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle, there are numerous other triangles throughout the series that also fit this trope:
*** Veronica (Archie), Archie (Betty) and Reggie (Veronica).
*** Midge (Archie), Moose (Betty) and Reggie (Veronica).
*** Archie (Archie), Veronica (Betty) and Cheryl (Veronica).
*** Archie (Archie), Betty (Betty) and Cheryl (Veronica).
*** Betty (Archie), Archie (Betty) and Reggie (Veronica).
*** Betty (Archie), Archie (Betty) and Jason Blossom (Veronica).
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