The star of the series, introduced in December, 1941. Known as the "Typical Teenager", Archie is clumsy, girl-crazy, dopey but occasionally bright, and constantly forced to juggle between Betty and Veronica in an epic Love Triangle. He's the centerpoint of everything, having the most Giant-Size series and digests of all the characters, and most everyone in the series is important to him in some way.
The Alleged Car: His famous jalopy, "Ol' Betsy". Even in modern stories (where the jalopy- way too old to even be a realistic "lemon" anymore- has been replaced by a model merely four decades old) it's a heap, frequently breaking down, exploding or leaking oil.
Art Evolution: His bow-tie and yellow-checkered pants are long gone; the same goes for the ancient-looking school sweater (most of the time, anyway). Also, his 40s buck teeth and really ugly appearance have vanished.
Character Development: His first demand in his very first panel? "Call me Chick!" Not so much even a few months later.
Depending on the Writer: Is Archie one of the best players on a sports team? Or does his klutziness apply there, making him a benchwarmer who can barely play? It totally depends on what story the writers want to tell. His success with girls tends to vary based on the kind of story as well — he'll either have an easy time getting any girl's number, or he'll be nervous about asking someone out.
Golden Snitch: in a school scavenger hunt, one of the items is a "willing tycoon", so Archie promptly asks Mr. Lodge to come to the designated meeting place before the time expired. The actual focus of the story, Betty and Veronica, rack up points for many items, accumulating 2,200 points. How much points did Archie get for summoning Mr. Lodge? 5,000. The in-universe Fridge Logic of why Ronnie never bothered to actually call Mr. Lodge, her own father, for the hunt, was immediately lampshaded.
Two-Timer Date: Arguably the most famous example. How many times has he accidentally set up dates with Betty and Veronica for the same time again?
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: in one story, Archie gets a part-time job helping put up traffic signs. He decides to drop by the Lodge Mansion before putting a couple of sings up ("Stop" and "Detour - Turn Right") in their designated places just to visit Veronica. ALL passing vehicles saw the signs outside the estate, and go into the driveway, causing a serious traffic jam. And Archie thinks Mr. Lodge is placing the blame on him the second Lodge saw him, and runs away angrily, completely unaware that he really is the cause of the whole mess! One of the few times Mr. Lodge had good reason for prohibiting Archie from entering the estate.
The pretty, popular, all-around Nice Girl, introduced in December 1941, during the very first story. Initially portrayed as a good cook who was a bit flighty, Betty was modified post-Women's Lib into a feminist who was masculine as well as (opposed to instead of, making her unusually three-dimensional for a comic book character) feminine, becoming a Jack of All Trades. Portrayed as the "Nice One" in the eternal Love Triangle.
Art Evolution: Her hair changed a bit from the jump in styles during the 1950s, going from standard long, flowing, curled locks to her signature ponytail. Only the occasional new hairstyle has ever been used since (usually the "long hair plus ponytail" look).
Character Development: A lot of it- initially, she was very flighty and kind of a "Dumb Blonde", and usually entirely focused on domestic pursuits. By the 1960s, she'd morphed into a combination of a tomboy and girly girl. She also used to be much more desperate to pick up Archie, and was nearly always a definite loser for his heart. Only later did Archie actually seem to want to date her most of the time.
Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Betty, an aspiring writer, decided to show her new novel's synopsis to her friends, and they quickly peg it as Betty writing about them, despite Betty insisting it's all fictional. (to be fair, the names Betty made for the expies are very thin alterations to the character they're based on: Artie, Jarhead, Ox, just to give the more obvious examples) The gang quickly gets offended about the characteristics of their novel counterparts, and Betty had to trash her novel and write a new one.
Wrench Wench: Women's Lib led to Betty taking on many tomboyish traits, including being the best mechanic in Riverdale. The boys either see this as a turn-on, or just use her to get their cars fixed, depending on the story.
Yandere: Back in the old days, she could be seen as this. In one notable issue, she actively tried to MURDER Archie, after he broke one last date.
Veronica "Ronnie" Lodge
Veronica "Ronnie" Lodge
Debuting in April, 1942 (only a few months after the series started), Veronica is a seductive rich girl and the girl most likely to get Archie's heart racing. Sometimes spoiled, often vain, and frequently prone to temper tantrums, she gets several moments in each story to show that she's got a heart of gold underneath her attitude. Her father, Hiram, was a major character (arguably the most important of the parental characters), but mother Hermione was at-best a Satellite Character. "Cousin Leroy" was a fixture of the comics for a long time, hanging out at the Lodge house as a bratty prankster-type of young kid.
Alpha Bitch: If Cheryl Blossom isn't around, she can often lean towards this, especially when she and Betty fight over Archie.
Character Development: Used to be an awful, truly heinous bitch, and was vastly controlling, selfish and egotistical. She's been on a steady decline since the '50s, gaining the heart of gold and becoming Betty's actual friend to go along with their romantic rivalry.
Informed Attractiveness: With the same face and body as every other girl in Riverdale, Veronica is nonetheless sometimes described as the most attractive. One story even has Archie saying that "Betty is beautiful on the inside, but Ronnie is beautiful on the outside!", and it only takes a tiny effort to get her to pry him away from Betty.
It's Fake Fur, It's Fine: One Digest had an old strip about her fur clumsily edited to say "Fake Fur" every time she mentioned what she was wearing.
Archie: Are you getting hitched to Jughead, Ron? The way you bake, he's the only one who'd survive that pie!
Lots of Luggage: Wealthy, spoiled Veronica Lodge has been known to bring a great deal of her extensive wardrobe along with her when traveling, regardless of the destination.
Ms. Fanservice: It's pretty much a given that she'll be wearing the most-revealing outfit of any given strip, especially the beach-themed ones. Sometimes she's even been arrested for wearing "indecent" bikinis on public beaches- and the artists show it! Later on, Cheryl Blossom takes her crown.
Pet the Dog: Often quite mean, and almost always very demanding, Ronnie will usually come to Betty's aide if she's in need, and can generally be counted on to feed some poor people or take care of some orphans.
Satellite Character: Cousin Leroy was one to her. A bratty little kid, he was seemingly there more for childish pranks and someone to be younger than the main characters than anything else- it rarely even came up that he was from a rich family.
Tsundere: Most likely to snap at Archie if he steps out of line.
Uncle Pennybags: Veronica is a female version in many stories, happily letting her friends enjoy her mansion. She's also been depicted in a couple of stories as pawning off clothes that she doesn't want anymore on Betty...which actually leads to Betty having a pretty fancy wardrobe herself.
Veronica's father Hiram Lodge is also depicted as this in some stories, namely on those occasions when he isn't throwing a fit over Veronica's spending sprees or Archie destroying yet another expensive possession.
Archie's best pal, debuting in December 1941 alongside Archie and Betty, Jughead was a noted woman-hater at first, famous for being the Big Eater of Big Eaters. An overall weirdo, he tended to follow his own path, avoiding the girl-crazy antics of his male co-stars. Initially a misogynist, he recieved Character Development and eventually became more disinterested in romance as much as anything, and actually made friends with girls like Betty. Some stories in the early 90s played with romance for Jug, but were ultimately short-lived. He became an older brother in the 1990s, gaining a sister in Jellybean (aka "Forsythia").
A Boy and His X: Jughead and Hot Dog (who actually appears in teen-era stories, unlike Archie's dog Spotty).
Aborted Arc: Jughead's Love Triangle with Joani and Debbie didn't last more than a year, despite how well-known it is amongst adult Archie fans. The fans at the time obviously didn't take to it. His "Punk" phase with the mohawk was even shorter.
Aluminum Christmas Trees: Surprisingly, his trademark beanie was once a real fashion accessory of 1940s teenagers. They would cut their father's work caps into the jagged-edge shape and wear them. Nowadays, it just makes him look like a kook.
Art Evolution: His mother underwent a shift in the mid-90s (around her pregnancy), changing from basically "Jughead in a wig" to a normal-looking woman. Lately, she seems to have shifted back a bit.
Berserk Button: Any time food is threatened, Jughead gains superhuman strength. Reggie and assorted minor bullies and robbers have all fallen victim to this.
Big Eater: Among the most iconic examples in all of fiction, especially in the West. Often eats things that are literally impossible in real-life, such as burgers over ten feet in diameter, or fifty burgers in one sitting.
Brilliant, but Lazy: He is second only to Dilton in intelligence. Sometimes he is not even lazy, as he wins awards for his great marks.
Celibate Hero: Jughead was initially misogynistic, but is now usually uninterested in pursuing romance, preferring the simpler (and less painful) world of food. Many stories have played with this, trying to figure him out. The answer reached in the 1990s was that he liked some girls, but love was so complicated (his first crush broke his heart by moving away when they were kids) that he ultimately returned to the simple joys of eating.
Character Development: Jug was normally a cynical woman-hater at first (even going to near-impossible lengths by today's standards), slowly warming to Betty over the years as a friend, but by the 1990s, writers frequently toyed with giving him girlfriends (he even had his own Love Triangle for a while!). He's still a non-dater, but he clearly has female friends now, and no longer freaks out and runs if they touch him accidentally.
One story in the 70s featured him going bowling with Betty and having an epiphany that he could just be friends with a girl without any of that mushy romantic stuff.
Depending on the Writer: Jughead's woman-hating can vary, as some arcs actually show him with an interest in some girls. Also, he's either one of the a lazy, poor student, in spite of his intellect, or one of the best students in school.
He was so much used to this, that, in one story, when Mr. Weatherbee decreed that Jughead be addressed by his first name, Juggie couldn't even respond to anyone calling him.
Eyes Always Shut: Famously his default expression. He'll open them if shocked or surprised, and spent a good deal of the 1990s with them consistently as open as everyone else's, but usually it's his trademark along with the hat and sweater. Other characters often point this trait out, and it's usually seen as him being too lazy to open them all the way. One older comic even displayed his eye states as backwards, where keeping his eyes open rendered him blind but he was able to weave his way past obstacles as if they weren't even there upon shutting them again.
Famed in Story: in the "Jughead Time Police" series, he has gained a reputation for being one of the world's greatest crimefighters. To the point that the local museum has dedicated a whole wing to showcasing his life story.
Flat Character: His girlfriend Joani was a case of this- having few characteristics besides an obsessive love for Jughead. The other half of the Love Triangle, Debbie, was more of a rocker chick with her own attitude, but often fell into this as well.
Love Triangle: Jughead developed a crush on a new girl named Debbie in the early 90s, and right then, Joanie Jummp (a childhood girlfriend) came back into his life. The resulting mess followed many similar Archie storylines, including the girls being best friends with each other (often hanging off of Jug simultaneously).
Mistaken for Gay: For years Wild Mass Guessing and Alternate Character Interpretations placed Jughead as this, which made a joke in the first Kevin Keller adventure so funny. Veronica, not knowing Kevin is gay, gave him a giant heart-shaped box of chocolates. Kevin wanted to turn Veronica down (and didn't like the chocolates anyway), so he gave the box to Jughead, who would eat anything. Veronica sees this and, having just found out before that Kevin is gay, starts crying that even Jughead is stealing boys away from her now.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Always goes by Jughead (he despises "Forsythe", his real name). Trula Twyst calls him "Juggers" as a mock-name.
The Rival: Trula Twyst, a psychiatry-obsessed student who frequently butts heads with Jug, manipulating him and trying to figure out what makes him tick. She founded the "J.U.S.T. Cause", devoted to curing his girl-hating. Also Veronica, who steals Archie away from his best friend. And then Reggie, who is locked in an eternal prank war with Jug.
Shipper on Deck: He ships Archie and Betty and becomes visibly annoyed whenever Archie chooses Veronica instead.
While addressing the readers, Jug pointed out that he sees Betty as the lesser of two evils, since "Nobody shares with Veronica Lodge".
Smarter Than You Look: He may appear to be slow and uninterested, but Jug is actually pretty intellectually gifted and astute.
They Fight Crime: Aside from his adventures alongside Archie's spy-fighting and superhero antics, Jughead was a member of the Time Police for a brief period. Teaming with Archie's descendant January McAndrews, they sought to fix time anomalies.
Two-Timer Date: Once accidentally did this with Joani and Debbie, thanks to a magic genie. The irony was not lost on him.
Uncanny Family Resemblance: has a cousin that looks exactly like him — Nathan. Problems arose for Jug when Nathan shows up in Riverdale, and starts unintentionally ruining Jughead's reputation; for the unaware, Nathan is The Casanova. Yeah. There's also Jug's other, more recurring cousin, Souphead, who's basically a Mini-Jughead.
The Unreveal: Jughead often wore a shirt with a large "S" imprinted on it. In one story, Jug and his family were going to move to a new city. He was going to reveal to Archie the meaning behind the "S," but once it was revealed that Jug wasn't moving after all, he decided to save the secret for another time.
Reginald "Reggie" Mantle
Reginald "Reggie" Mantle
A jerk and prankster, Reggie is a romantic rival with Archie for Veronica's affections, and has an even less pleasant rivalry with "Spindle-snoot", aka Jughead. Usually, Veronica is not that interested in him, but if he has the money and the car to get where Archie can't, it's "see you, Archiekins!" Occasionally delves into being a good person deep-down, depending on the story. Reggie debuted in the summer of 1942, completing the five-man ensemble at the heart of the series.
Bullying a Dragon: Any time Reggie tries to play a joke on Moose or date Midge without Moose knowing, you just know things won't end well for Reg.
Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes. At other times he's a "Hyuk! Hyuk!" type of over-acting Ham. Either way, he's the first one with a derogatory gag.
Depending on the Writer: How much of a jerk is Reggie, anyways? He's either a conniving, scheming prankster who actively hates Archie and Jughead, or he's actually just their sarcastic friend.
Even Evil Has Standards: Used to distinguish Reggie from even worse antagonists. For example, when Reggie lost the class president nomination to Kevin Keller and David Perkins, David proposed a team up between the two, and subtly suggested smearing Kevin with anti-gay propaganda. Reggie, a man who just a few panels before was explicitly lying by promising everyone no homework and free iPads if he won, angrily asserts that he might be rotten, but even he's not rotten enough for homophobia.
Much like Lex Luthor and his reputation to NOT be a dick on Albert Einstein's Birthday, Reggie is also like this on Christmas.
Freudian Excuse Featured most prominently in the Freshmen Year prequel series. Unlike his friends who all have really close, tight-knit families, Reggie often comes home to an empty house. One particularly effective page has then 14-yr old Reggie sitting alone in the kitchen for hours, hoping in vain that his cool, upperclassmen friends will contact him. Nobody calls.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: How close he is to one or the other depends on the story- he's often an enormous prick to everybody, playing pranks all the time, but some stories either have him temporarily warm up Grinch-like, or establish him as someone who hangs out with the gang regularly. Some stories have the rest of the gang defend him as "our jerk!", and often times he's seen palling around with Jughead, his arch-enemy in other stories.
Missing Mom Borderline case. Unlike the other characters in the Main 5 who often have stories featuring their parents, only Reggie's dad, Ricky Mantle who works for the Riverdale Gazette, makes consistent appearances. On the rare occasions where his Mom might appear in a panel, she goes unnamed and her appearance changes every time.
Nobody Loves the Bassist Plays bass guitar in the garage band, and gets the least fan mail out of all the members of 'the Archies' quintet.
Too Dumb to Live: infamously the one in the comics to actively pursue Midge on an alarming basis. How many times has he tried flirting with the girl, even when her boyfriend was nearby?
Sees an article about sharks while at the beach, and he decided to catch one to be a hero? We get this exchange:
Archie: What do you know about catching sharks?
Reggie: Plenty. I watch all those shark movies on TV, don't I?
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Archie. Sometimes with Jughead too. One story that involved Reggie getting Stage Fright during his first attempt at stand-up comedy led to Jughead heckling him, which got Reggie mad enough to reply and then go into the rest of his routine.
"Big" Ethel Muggs
"Big" Ethel Muggs
Ethel, before and after the makeover.
A large, skinny, buck-toothed ugly girl, primarily shown as psychotically chasing after Jughead to play off of his girl-hating nature for cheap gags. It was played so cruelly at first that Jughead even made fun of her appearance on a frequent basis! By later decades, she was developed into a Nice Girl with a crush, and even had other male interests for a while. She debuted in May, 1962, and underwent a visual evolution in the early 2000s, become more homely than hideous.
Ascended Extra: Ethel got a major boost in the Christian-themed Spire-produced comics of the 1960s, being featured as a main character alongside Archie, learning about the Christian faith.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Jeffrey, a blind boy, was introduced into the strip in the mid-90s as a love interest for Ethel. It didn't pan out (largely because it screwed with the popular dynamic, and because Ethel herself was virtually the tenth-most-necessary character, so there was no room for a Satellite Character of her very own).
Demoted to Extra: This was her fate when Jughead had his own Love Triangle with Joani and Debbie. Years of chasing Jughead, and now he hooks up with two new hotties? Poor Ethel had a couple strips dealing with this (once helping Jug out when he accidentally offended Joani), but it was too depressing to really focus on, so it was mostly dropped until that storyline was done.
Depending on the Artist: Just how gawky and ugly she is can change between artists, not to mention her current case of...
Gonk: In an aversion to Only Six Faces, Ethel was given a horrifically skinny body, no breasts, a single buck tooth and a hairstyle that was absurdly old-fashioned even for the 1960s.
Love Triangle: With Jughead and Jeffrey (a blind boy) for a brief period in the 1990s. Jeffrey was nice to her and liked her, and Jughead even seemed to be jealous and wanted some attention. It didn't last.
Only Six Faces: An exception, much to her chagrin. She is literally the only unattractive teenage girl in Riverdale.
Progressively Prettier: Ethel's Gonkishness has faded a bit over time, giving her a more normal-looking face, to the point where some issues make her look honest-to-God attractive. Most of the time, though, she's still gawky and a bit too thin.
Single-Target Sexuality: Almost entirely focused on Jughead, to the point of insanity. A few stories have shown her with interests in other boys, who even returned the favour (Dilton, Jeffrey, even Archie), but most of these were either one-shot stories or short-lived escapades.
Through His Stomach: A common way for her to con Jughead into dates. Either by cooking food herself, or promising to pay for his meals, she'll get him one way or another.
The pint-sized, bespectacled super-genius of the Archie Universe, Dilton features heavily in nearly any story requiring genius, robots, science fiction or wacky inventions. If a story with him doesn't involve his smarts, it's usually his shyness around girls. Dilton—named as such—debuted in the Archie daily comic strip in 1948 and moved to the comic books in 1950. Interestingly, various "bookworm" characters shown before him in the comic books had many of his traits, and even his visual appearance.
Breakout Character: A background character just beneath the main cast, he's had a starring role in several stories, and even had his own series once- Dilton's Strange Science, featuring his sci-fi adventures with girlfriend Danni.
Canon Discontinuity: Poor Dilton has hooked up with Danni Malloy and blazing hottie Cheryl Blossom in continuity, but both were ignored alarmingly quickly — Cheryl went right into a fan-voting contest to see who her next boyfriend was going to be. Who knows where his relationship with Brigitte will go?
He even got to date Veronica in one story, after she became so fed up with Archie and Reggie fighting over her that she resolved to go to the dance with the next boy who came by...who just happened to be Dilton.
Expy: He was replaced in cartoon spin-off The New Archies for Eugene, a black kid with most of the same personality traits, to add a Token Minority to the cast that wasn't Chuck.
Pair the Spares: With Brigitte, as both were background characters (her more so than him) with no one else in their lives.
Phrase Catcher: the "Explorers of the Unknown" series inverts this; when someone starts thinking up a smart plan, another character would immediately say, "I thought Gizmo (Dilton's character) is the genius!".
Slobs Versus Snobs: When he debuted in the daily strip, Dilton had the vaguely effeminate dress and snooty manners of a stereotypical early 1900s snob—thus his surname Doiley (i. e. a lace doily, cliched effeminate-snob gear).
Teen Genius: Leads to the most out-there stories in Archie comics, frequently defying reality beyond mere "cartoonish" conventions. Robots, aliens, super-computers and the like are mundane things to him.
During the 1970s, Archie Comics added a black friend to the main cast. Chuck was initially a jock, and shown equally as friendly as the rest of the cast, but later years morphed him into the official "Artist" of the group, and many stories involved him and girlfriend Nancy (added a few years after him, in order to give him a girl), and her frequent annoyance with him ignoring her in favor of art. Chuck debuted in 1971, Nancy in 1976.
The Ace: name a sport, any sport. Chuck will always be one of the best athletes.
Black and Nerdy: Chuck, from the 1990s onward. Less nerdy in terms of being a loser than simply an over-committed comics geek and artist.
Black Best Friend: Both of them, for Archie and Betty, respectively. Neither are actually the best friends of the pair, but it still fits.
Character Development: Chuck was initially a pretty generic guy until they started focusing on his artistic career. A bit egotistical and snarky, even, but he eventually just became obsessive and dorky.
Flat Character: Nancy has very few unique character traits, being one of the least-used recurring female characters (the teachers and mothers of the cast, plus Betty, Ron, Midge and Ethel). She's pretty much "Generic Nice Girl" unless she's getting angry at Chuck for ignoring her for his art career.
The Seventies: Chuck's decade of origin can be pretty obvious in stories from that era, thanks to his big afro.
Token Minority: One of the first in Archie Comics, coming in a bit later than Valerie of the Pussycats.
Token Trio: Chuck was often grouped with Archie and Betty this way in the 1970s.
Why Don't You Marry It?: Nancy sometimes feels like she's playing second-fiddle to Chuck's artist pasttime, and she calls him out on it like this.
Marmaduke "Big Moose" Mason and Midge Klump
Marmaduke "Big Moose" Mason and Midge Klump
A hulk of a man, Moose is dumb to the point of mental retardation at times, and has a good heart, but God help you if you mess with "My Gurl". Midge is basically a Flat Character and either someone for boys (usually Reggie) to covet, or as a token "third friend" to Betty and Ronnie.
Berserk Button: Do not hit on Midge. Do not talk to Midge. Do not accidentally bump into Midge. Do not breathe near Midge. If you do, then Moose will kill you. Even Jughead isn't immune to this, and he's the last guy who would hit on Midge (except for a certain fantasy-future storyline).
Ironically, this is Gender Flipped with Midge herself, who goes crazy whenever another girl hits on Moose.
Despite Word of God as his "close friend," Dilton isn't immune to this, either. One story (featuring the gang as summer camp counselors and a magic-powered younger camper playing magical pranks on the gang; oddly, Sabrina isn't involved in this story) has Moose tricked into thinking that Dilton left flowers and a note to Midge. Moose angrily tells Dilton to "prepare to fly back to Riverdale!" Cue Dilton sent flying into the air (with a "POW!" sound effect) in the next panel.
With Jughead it's more of a Depending on the Writer. He sometimes "trusts" Jughead, but sometimes he still goes berserk all the same.
Depending on the Artist: Moose can either be ripped like a comic book superhero (with six-pack abs and everything), or a giant gorilla of a man. Either way, he's still huge.
Depending on the Writer: Midge is either the unwilling victim of Reggie's come-ons, or actually excited to steal away with him while Moose is distracted (it leans more towards the former in older stories).
Dumb Muscle: REALLY dumb. As in, does not know where the Leaning Tower is located, or what 2 + 2 is.
Heart Is an Awesome Power: but it later proves key to stopping a "super"-salesman. The salesman sells his wares by putting ideas in people's heads, and Moose just happens to grasp ideas at a slow rate.
Ear Worm: in-universe, Dilton once composed a rap song with lyrics containing historical facts to help Moose in the subject; because the song was so catchy, Moose managed to memorize it and pass his oral History test.
Flat Character: Midge is either annoyed at Moose' protectiveness, or a token female friend to the other girls. Then again, there's the fact that she gets just as insanely jealous whenever another girl shows interest in Moose.
Hidden Depths: a Christmas special makes Dilton realize that Moose has potential to be a poet.
High School Sweethearts: After university she realizes she doesn't actually like Moose's insane jealousy and breaks up with him in both Archie marries Betty and Archie marries Veronica timelines.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Even more so in early years, when Midge had a more petite build than Betty or Veronica.
Informed Attractiveness: Midge looks the same as all the other girls in town, but is seen as particularly attractive to boys, likely due to the "forbidden fruit" aspect.
L Is for Dyslexia: This was given as the explanation for Moose's near mental-retardation in one story- it hasn't really been followed up on (as "stupid jock" jokes are much easier to come by than "legitimate learning disability" jokes), but it explains how he's still actually in the same classes as everybody else after all these years.
Literal-Minded: Moose. One time he was asked to put a can of tomatoes in soup (guess what he did put in). answer the can
Only Six Faces: Like most women, Midge looks just like Betty and Ronnie, but with short black hair.
The Pembrooke-born snob who debuted in 1982 as kind of a "third choice" seductress that took Riverdale by storm. She was short-lived, but made a surprise return at the end of "The Love Showdown", becoming a major recurring character. She spent most of the 1990s in various Limited Series and her own book, but eventually most of that was dropped and she became a minor supporting character.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The personality (sometimes) used in her own series. She became much less conniving, but still a glory-hound.
Ms. Fanservice: Took the crown from Ronnie right away. Dan DeCarlo gave her a Pamela Anderson clone body, with even larger breasts and buttocks than was normal for Riverdale girls, and was frequently seen in skimpier clothes than all the others. In one beach storyline, she tried to go topless.
Only Six Faces: A notable aversion, as her body type was different than the famously-similar other Archieverse girls, but her face was as well — she had thicker lips and lashes than everybody else.
Put on a Bus: She was actually written out in the late 90s as actually moving away for a while. This lasted a few years, and she returned (without her own series this time) as a minor character.
Replacement Flat Character: Was this to Veronica, being a hotter, snobbier, richer girl who won Archie over with sex appeal, once Veronica had become a nicer individual. Cheryl actually needed her own Niles once her own series moved forward and revealed her nicer side as well.
Wolverine Publicity: Cheryl exploded onto the Archie scene on her 1990s return, quickly getting one limited series after another. Finally, she got her own series and was a constant feature. Eventually, backlash set in, and she was actually written out of the books again before the decade was over, and is now just a recurring character.
One of the newest characters added into the series. Kevin's the new kid in town who's quickly become good friends with Jughead and Veronica. He's also interested in becoming a journalist, and the local news paper publishes his articles now and then. He was introduced in 2010 as one of the first positive portayals of an openly gay character in a series aimed for children — to put it mildly, it was huge. Kevin's introduction and accompanying mini-series sold out faster than any previous Archie comic, and spawned his own graphic novel within two years. Now he has his own permanent series, which already had a staggering number of pre-orders before it even hit shelves.
Foil: To Jughead. Jug and Kevin bonded instantly over their mutual love of food, but in other ways they're total opposites. Jug is straight but can't stand women, Kevin is gay but loves all the girls in town. And while Jughead hates Veronica (or at least "frenemies" hates her), Kevin and Veronica have fast become best friends.
Gay Best Friend: To Veronica after she gave up on seducing him. To Jughead when they discovered that they both enjoy food.
Token Minority: He's the only (out) gay recurring character. All his dates so far have been with one-shot walk-ons.
Wolverine Publicity: Not only did Kevin's introduction issue and own mini-series sell out (enough to warrant a reprint of both under a variant cover), but just his presence on the cover is enough to sell out other series, as the Life with Archie issue that featured his wedding was practically sold out before it even went to print (the only places to get it now include the Archie Comics mobile app, and one of the Life With Archie paperback compilations).
A psychiatrist's daughter, Trula becomes obsessed with manipulating the emotions of people, especially one Jughead Jones. It's never quite clear if she has romantic feelings towards "Juggers" or if she's just doing it for the sheer fun of it, but she's become a fairly important fixture of the Jughead books since her debut in the late 1990s.
The Chessmaster: Jughead is merely a lab rat; once the Riverdale High student body witnessed what she could do (turning the uber-misogynist Jughead into her willing slave), she became the most popular girl in school... her real object all along.
Smug Snake: Nearly everything she says is done with an evil smirk.
The Riverdale High Faculty
The Riverdale High Faculty
A rather large cast of characters, though only a handful are fairly prominent. Major castmembers include Mr. Waldo Weatherbee (the obese school principal), Miss Geraldine Grundy (a token crabby teacher), Coach Kleats (an obese old-school football coach), Coach Floyd Harry Clayton (Chuck's father, a more in-shape coach), Prof. Elmer Benjamin Flutesnoot (the Chem & Sciences teacher), Miss Bernice Beazley (a crabby cafeteria worker) and Mr. Svenson (the gag-foreigner Swedish janitor). Less characters include Miss Haggly (another crone of a teacher), Miss Phlips (The Bee's secretary), Mr. Grimley (a long-suffering guidance counsellor prone to ulcers) and Vice Principal Patton Howitzer (a nasty drill sergeant).
Cool Old Lady: Miss Grundy-or rather, Ms. Grundy-earned this reputation after advocating for the female students to have some of the rights previously reserved only for boys, such as wearing slacks and taking auto shop class.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: in one story, Archie and the gang find out the hard way that Coach Kleats was a monster on the sports field (and still is).
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Patton Howitzer, who still dresses in military gear and demands that students march.
Jughead: Really weird. Superintendent Hassle gave detentions to me, Archie, Professor Flutesnoot and Mr. Weatherbee.
Punny Name: Professor Flutesnoot (his nose is big), Coach Kleats, Patton Howitzer (the drill sergeant), and a few of the background teachers like Greta Grappler (the female gym teacher) and Miss Hammly (the drama teacher).
Reasonable Authority Figure: most of them, Depending on the Writer. But, if we're going to list one consistent example...if ever there's to be an argument between student and faculty, you can bet that Ms. Grundy would be neutral to the whole thing, willing to listen to the students side of the argument.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: one story has Weatherbee on leave, and he puts Howitzer in charge. The students have once compared his reign to boot camp.
Two-Teacher School: Hugely averted, though even with a full cast of teachers generally available, they'll still use Miss Grundy for all after-school activities, plays, etc., rather than someone like an actual Drama teacher (Miss Hammly, a rarely-seen background character).
And yet most of them were also the gang's faculty in elementary...
Originally introduced as a one-off character in the 1960s, Sabrina became one of Archie's major secondary characters over the years, often having her own comic book, several Animated Series and, most famously, her own Sitcom in the late 90s/early 2000s. Her shtick is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a teenager who's secretly a witch and is being raised by her two spinster aunts (also witches, natch) to learn the use of her powers. Supporting characters include her (mortal) boyfriend Harvey, and Salem (a human turned into a cat as punishment for trying to conquer the world). Sabrina's stories, by their nature of involving magic, tend to be quite fanciful or outlandish, and she wasn't above hosting horror anthologies back when those were popular. While Sabrina's stories are usually set in her own hometown, she'll also occasionally appear in stories set in Riverdale (as a visiting friend of Archie, Jughead, and the gang).For more on Sabrina, see her own page.