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->''Love or hate...life or death...[[BettyAndVeronica Betty or Veronica]]...the end or just the beginning...[[Creator/RobertFrost the road taken or the road not taken]]...''
-->--'''Dilton Doiley'''

''Life With Archie: The Married Life'' is an ongoing storyline in ArchieComics. It was launched in its own series in September 2010.

Following on the heels of the ''Archie Marries Veronica/Betty'' storylines, the series follows Archie's life post-marriage. Each issue contains one comic set in the timeline in which Archie married Veronica, and one set in the timeline in which he married Betty.

The comics differ from the norm in several ways, being printed in magazine format and having DarkerAndEdgier storylines, with SoapOpera plot twists and situations. The series will come to an end in issue #37 with [[spoiler: the death of Archie in both Veronica and Betty universes]] and the fallout from it.

Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'', which is a zombie apocalypse comic.
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!!This comic contains examples of:

* AlternateContinuity: Not only do the two stories display different futures, but ''Archie Loves Betty'' sometimes differs from ''Archie Marries Betty''. Most noticeably, Miss Grundy in ''Archie Loves Betty'' dies without seeing Archie and Betty become teachers.
* AlternateUniverse: Dilton apparently keeps track of them.
* BadassBeard: Dilton.
* BetaCouple:
** Moose and his blind yoga instructor, Ilana.
** Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy in the ''Archie Loves Betty'' stories, until Miss Grundy dies.
** Jughead and Midge.
*** Or Jughead and Big Ethel.
* BigApplesauce: Archie and Betty spend some time living in New York City.
* BreakTheCutie: Betty undergoes a serious depression after Archie picks Veronica over her. Not even dating [[Series/HappyDays Richie Cunningham]] or [[Film/HighSchoolMusical Troy Bolton]] lifts her out of it.
* BreakTheHaughty: Veronica undergoes a serious depression after Archie picks Betty over her. It becomes so severe, Mr. Lodge tries bribing Archie to leave Betty for Veronica.
** Cheryl Blossom is stuck waiting tables. Until [[spoiler: she has breast cancer and has to come back to Riverdale]].
* ContinuityPorn: Ambrose shows up and discusses the ''Little Archie'' stories with Archie. Little Jinx also appears.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Lodge. Sabotaging Archie's marriage to Veronica in one universe and destroying Archie's musical career in revenge for breaking Veronica's heart in the other.
** Also [[spoiler: Fred Mirth]].
* CuteClumsyGirl: Sophie "Soapy" Waters, one of the new students at Riverdale High.
* DarkerAndEdgier: In the first issue alone, Moose and Midge break up in order to avoid further DomesticAbuse, Miss Grundy contracts a fatal disease, and the Betty of the Archie Marries Veronica timeline has lost the will to live (as did the Veronica of the Archie Marries Betty timeline).
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Archie dies in issue #36]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: While the Archie Gets Married storylines resolve to BabiesEverAfter endings pretty quickly, the ''Life With Archie'' series is suggesting that there will be a lot of work to get there.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Jughead, of course, but Ilana is also drawn like this.
* FakeOutOpening: After Reggie is wrongfully arrested for fraud, extortion and bribery in issue #6, issue #7 opens with him behind bars and ranting about how the "lousy coppers" will never get him to talk. Turns out he's not actually in prison, just re-enacting his "prison routines" for Jughead, who points out that "I don't think the three hours you spent sitting on a bench in the Riverdale police station count as ''hard time,'' Reg."
* FourthWallObserver: [[spoiler: Dilton]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: Mr. Lodge, due to the multiverse]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Archie, we hardly knew thee.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Presented itself as a tween magazine with light-hearted articles that didn't sit well with the darker and edgier content of the stories. Eventually such content was dropped.
* {{Multiverse}}: Confirmed as of ish 18.
* PairTheSpares: Reggie with whichever girl Archie ''doesn't'' pick.
* PreviouslyOn
* SandInMyEyes: Jughead, when Veronica goes missing.
* ShoutOut: After Archie marries Veronica, Betty dates a lot of guys who, in her own words, have been "Archie all over again." She name-drops [[Radio/TheAldrichFamily Henry Aldrich]], Film/AndyHardy, [[Series/HappyDays Richie Cunningham]], [[Series/SavedByTheBell Zack Morris]] and [[Film/HighSchoolMusical Troy Bolton]].
* SoapOperaDisease: Leads to the death of Miss Grundy.
* SpiritualSuccessor: A melodramatic comic titled ''Life with Archie'' also ran during the 1960s and '70s, but took place while Archie and his friends were still high schoolers.
* SupremeChef: Jughead turns out to be as good at making burgers as he is at eating them, which is [[BigEater really saying something]].
* TakeAThirdOption: So, is Archie going to end up with Betty or Veronica? Turns out, either one is canon.
* TookALevelInKindness: Although he remains a bit edgy, Reggie is essentially a very nice guy in both stories.
* UnluckyEverydude: Archie in both scenarios, and, surprisingly, Reggie.
* WhamEpisode: Issues 10 and 18. And #36.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: Chuck and Nancy make a comic based on their adventures at Riverdale High (named "Smalltown High" in one continuity and "Smalltown Kidz" in the other). In a slight subversion of the trope, everyone thinks it's a great idea and the comic becomes a success.
** Played somewhat straighter when Reggie gets the idea of a reality show with him and Betty, and Betty asks who'd be interested in watching them.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Ilana looks nothing like she did in her first appearance in ''Archie'' #605 -- there she had black hair and angular features and wore CoolShades to illustrate her blindness, while in this series, she has brown hair, softer and rounder features, and is always drawn with Jughead-style EyesAlwaysShut.
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