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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Cooper

Played By: Lili Reinhart

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I don't know about you guys, but whenever I have a hole in my jacket pocket, I always lose my chapstick in the lining.
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Cooper is the daughter of Harold "Hal" Cooper and Alice Cooper. Betty was born November 6th, 2002 in Riverdale, USA. Betty is the youngest child and she has an older sister named Polly Cooper. It's revealed that her mother Alice had a Teen Pregnancy and therefore has a long lost older brother named Chic Cooper who was given up for adoption. Betty is the archetypical sweet, kind, caring Nice Girl and Girl Next Door. She's been in love with Archie Andrews, the Boy Next Door and Childhood Friend since she was four years old and the two had a very close, codependent relationship growing up.

Betty comes from a highly troubled Dysfunctional Family with Abusive Parents. Her family troubles contribute to many of the emotional and mental issues that she suffers from. Her mother Alice has a Dark and Troubled Past and comes from the Southside and has a past as a Southside Serpent. She's extremely controlling towards Betty because she fears she'll turn out like her rebellious, troubled elder sister Polly. Her father Hal is an emotionally distant Knight Templar Parent who's highly ruthless, controlling and manipulative. It later on revealed that Betty is a member of the Blossom family and is therefore related to Jason, Cheryl and Clifford Blossom by blood.

Betty is described as being a perfectionist and "the perfect girl". She's The Ace as she's a cheerleader, a good student, and the perfect daughter and sister. However, underneath her perfect facade is someone who's battling serious emotional and mental issues. Betty struggles with mental health issues and is suffering from an undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder. It's speculated that Betty suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as BPD). Because of her possible struggle with BPD, Betty has a hard time controlling her anger, lacks impulse control, fears abandonment, and is prone to Self-Harm or self-injury. Her mental illness also causes a dark side of her commonly known as "Dark Betty" to manifest unpredictably. Because of this darker alter ego that manifests unexpectedly where she becomes completely different personality and ends up not remembering what she does during the time she's the serape personality because she blacks out, there's speculation that Betty may be suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as DID or Multiple Personality Disorder) along with being a Borderline Personality.

Betty becomes immediate friends with Veronica, the new wealthy girl who arrives in Riverdale after she moves from New York following a dirty scandal involving her rich father. However, at first, Betty is insecure and jealous of Veronica because she was able to immediately captivate the attention of Archie. Despite both girls having romantic attraction to Archie, Betty chooses to put her personal feelings aside and befriend Veronica regardless. Betty stays friends with Veronica and continues to have a relationship with Archie at the expense of her high-strung mother Alice's approval.

Betty has been best friends with Archie since childhood and they are also next door neighbours. Betty has been in love with Archie since she was four years old, much to Archie's oblivion. Once Betty confesses her feelings for Archie, it ends badly when Archie rejects her and only sees her as a friend. Betty is also jealous of Veronica because Archie is instantly drawn to her while overlooking her in the process. Thus, sparking the infamous Love Triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica. She is currently in a romantic relationship with Jughead. Betty's journey focuses battling her mental illness issues, trying to resolve her family troubles, solving dark mysteries that occur in Riverdale and protecting those that she loves.
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  • Abusive Parents: Does Betty ever have a pair of controlling, manipulative, emotionally abusive, and authoritarian parents! Her father Hal is emotionally distant and doesn't particular show himself to be a loving, caring father towards Polly or Betty. Despite his inability to show affection to his children, however, he's an overly protective father who'll do anything for his family even if he has to act ruthlessly and manipulatively to do it. Showing how far Hal is willing to go to protect his children is seen in how he dealt with his older daughter Polly. Hal is a Knight Templar Parent who went to extreme lengths to keep Polly and Jason away from each other. However, it's discovered that Hal's efforts to separate Jason and Polly were for very good reasons since they were related by blood due to both of them being Blossoms. When Polly became pregnant with Jason's twin children, Hal found out and forced Polly into having an abortion because the children were a product of incest and they are "pure Blossom blood". Hal also emotionally abused Betty by manipulating her into believing that Polly was mentally unstable and needed to be thrown into an institution for troubled youth and teens. Hal had kept a dark, decades long secret about how he's actually a Blossom from his entire family, so when Alice, Betty and Polly all find out the truth about their family bloodline, Hal justifies all the horrible and ruthless actions and behavior that he conducted towards Polly. Just because Hal went through all the lengths to "protect" his oldest daughter, doesn't make his actions any less problematic and abusive. Her mother Alice is no better than Hal and displays just as many abusive tendencies towards Betty in particular. Alice is extremely controlling and authoritarian towards Betty and she constantly expects her to be the perfect daughter and perfect student. This causes Betty to feel an enormous pressure to live up to her mother's expectations and if she doesn't, she's considered to be a disappoint. Alice goes out of her way to control every aspect of Betty's life such as trying to control who she's allowed to date, who she's allowed to hang out and be friends with, and is extra pushy about Betty being a top student. Because Alice constantly tries to control Betty's life, Betty is always calling out Alice and telling her to stop being so controlling towards her because it causes her great emotional distress. Alice also manipulates Betty into doing what she wants to the extent that Betty ends up obliging into submission to her mother's whims. Betty's dysfunctional family and abusive parents are some of the major contributors to Betty's mental and emotional instability.
  • Academic Athlete: Betty is an excellent student who works very hard and she gets straight A's in school. Although not a major athlete or jockette, Betty still classifies as an athlete because she's a cheerleader on Riverdale High's cheerleading squad called the River Vixens. Her comic book counterpart fits this trope much better because Comics!Betty is hard-working, ambitious, book smart and is a Passionate Sports Girl who loves cheerleading, baseball and swimming.
  • The Ace: Betty is beautiful, smart (she gets straight A's and is a stellar student), and a cheerleader for the high school cheerleading squad (the River Vixens). She is the perfect Girl Next Door and Nice Girl who's the beacon of morality and goodness (or so it seems..). Archie lampshades Betty being the perfect girl in Chapter 1 when he tells Betty that he can't be with her. Jughead also lampshades Betty being perfect during an argument with Betty at his birthday party in Chapter 10, calling her the perfect girl in every way imaginable and because of it, he can't believe that she would want to be with a guy like him. Betty refers to herself as being the perfect daughter who tries to do everything right and please everyone around her, making her The Perfectionist. However, with the arrival of the new girl Veronica, Betty instantly becomes highly insecure and feels like she's Always Second Best next to Veronica, especially when it comes to Archie. Betty is overlooked by Archie for Veronica because Veronica is beautiful, confident, rich and fashionable. Betty, on the other hand, is a typical girl next door who doesn't have anything particularly special or outstanding about her in regards to physical attributes, sex appeal and fashion sense in the way Veronica does. Betty's feelings of insecurity regarding Veronica, despite having plenty of good things going for her, is understandable since Veronica has everything Betty has to exaggerated levels. This includes beauty, intelligence, status, wealth, popularity and most of all, Archie. It's revealed that the perfect girl that Betty tries to make herself appear to be is nothing more than an act or a facade to cover up the emotional issues that she's constantly struggles with. This includes self-esteem issues and insecurities.
  • Action Girl: Betty is not afraid to get down and dirty when it comes to solving the many mysteries in the dark, mysterious town of Riverdale. She is brave and heroic and would put her life on the line to protect her friends and family. Betty craves being part of all the action more than anyone else. If anyone ends up figuring stuff out, it's probably that it's going to be Betty. However, Betty isn't much of a physical fighter and she isn't someone that likes to use physical violence. Betty is likely to use her intelligence and her strong detective skills to uncover the mysteries and problems that occur in Riverdale. Betty starts to play the role of an action girl in Season 2 when the Black Hood causes constant chaos in Riverdale. The Black Hood starts to personally torment Betty by threatening to hurt those that she loves if she doesn't do exactly what he asks of her. Betty is fed up of being tortured by the Black Hood that she chooses to take matters into her own hands and try to uncover who's the Black Hood. She has recruited Veronica and Archie to help her unravel the mystery behind who the Black Hood is.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Comics!Betty is light-hearted and doesn't have a bunch of personal and emotional issues weighing her down. Comics!Betty doesn't suffer from a variety of mental disorders either and is a well-adjusted teenage girl who comes from a highly stable family and home life. In the comics, Betty has everything going for her including a good personality, intelligence and popularity. She's a very happy go lucky person and the only thing that Betty angsts over in the comics is the status of her relationship with Archie and that Archie almost always overlooks her for Veronica. However, TV!Betty is a Dysfunction Junction and struggles with numerous issues. These include a broken Dysfunctional Family, love and relationship problems, and mental health issues. Betty's family is so dysfunctional that her family rivals the Blossoms (Interestingly enough, the Coopers are the Blossom family so it's no wonder why they are so crazy and dysfunctional) when it comes to dysfunction. Betty has an extremely controlling, authoritarian mother Alice who came from the Wrong Side of the Tracks and has a Dark and Troubled Past because she used to be a Southside Serpent. Alice tries to control Betty's life constantly, because she fears that Betty will become rebellious and turn out just like her older sister Polly. Betty has an emotionally abusive, distant father Hal who has acted like a Knight Templar Parent towards Polly (But it turns out it was for very good reasons). It was revealed that Hal is actually a Blossom so it's understandable why Hal has such a ruthless personality and went to the extremes to try and separate Polly from being with Jason Blossom who's a member of the Blossom family and is Polly's third cousin. Betty's older sister Polly is strongly troubled and is the most emotionally and mentally unstable of the entire Cooper family. Polly used to be a rebellious Hard-Drinking Party Girl who acted out of control. Polly's rebellious and wild behavior resulted in her having a Teen Pregnancy and becoming pregnant with Jason Blossom's twin children. Polly and Jason loved each other so much but their love was forbidden because the Coopers and the Blossoms despise each other to intense levels. Hal desperately tried to keep Polly and Jason from being together because they were related to each other by blood and had chosen to put her in an institution for troubled teens. Later on, Polly found out about Jason's death and she had an emotional breakdown because she was devastated by his death and that her children were going to end up without a father. Not only are Betty's family members all troubled and hounded with tons of issues, Betty herself battles a lot of issues as well. She deals with all the drama in her family and takes on all of her family members problems because she's loyal to her family no matter how screwed up they are. In addition, Betty suffers from an undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder that plagues her life and causes her troubles. There's a probability that Betty is suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), which is when she blacks out and becomes another personality, alter ego or identity, and doesn't remember her actions or behavior when she reverts back to her default personality. This dark alter ego of Betty is known as Dark Betty, a side of her that is much darker and sinister than her regular self. In addition to MPD, Betty could be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She has extremely intense emotions, erratic mood changes and is a Mood-Swinger, troubles with codependency and neediness, a fear of being abandoned by others, serious impulse control issues, Unstoppable Rage issues and Self-Harms by digging her fingernails into her hands when her emotions become too overwhelming. In addition to family issues and mental health struggles, she has love and relationship troubles. The boy that Betty has spent over a decade being in love with, Archie, rejects her because he doesn't feel the same way about her that she does for him. Not only does Archie outright reject Betty and tell her he doesn't want to take their relationship to the next level, but he overlooks her as soon as the new girl Veronica comes to town. As a result, Betty suffers from major insecurity issues about where she stands with Archie and she feels like she's not good enough and that she'll Always Second Best to Veronica and living in her shadow. Betty remains friends with Archie but does manage to move on in a romantic relationship with Jughead. Despite trying to move on from Archie and being with Jughead, her relationship with him is heaped in problems. Jughead and Betty are an Opposites Attract couple because they come from opposite ends of the spectrum. They are so different from each other and this undoubtedly causes tension in their relationship at times. As if all of the troubles that she's constantly going through weren't enough, Betty has become the target of obsession for the Black Hood, the deadly, dangerous serial killer and terrorist that is causing endless chaos in Riverdale, to torment and emotionally abuse. The Black Hood has tormented Betty by trying to get her to cut ties with all of her loved ones or he would end up causing them harm. Compared to TV!Betty and all the drama and problems that she's constantly going through, Comics!Betty is drama and angst free in comparison.
  • Adaptational Badass: Comics!Betty is the typical regular Girl Next Door who's down to earth and uninvolved in the action, although she's a Go-Getter Girl who's intelligent and hardworking. Betty in the comics typically spends the majority of her time pining for Archie and doing everything that she can to earn his affections. On the contrary, TV!Betty is an Action Survivor later turned Action Girl who likes to be in the middle of all the action that happens in Riverdale. She seeks adventure and loves taking risks when she's solving and uncovering the dark mysteries of the town of Riverdale. She has the passion and the ambition to solve the mysteries and the dark stuff that goes on in the town she lives in. Unlike Comic!Betty, TV!Betty has a darker, aggressive side to her personality that contributes to her badass side.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. Comic!Betty was super sweet and a Nice Girl to boot. However, TV!Betty is a nice girl but with a dark, sinister, edgy side. The darker alter ego is known as "Dark Betty" in which she becomes violent, aggressive, angry, rebellious, out of control, manipulative, and threatening. She battles apparent anger issues and can be very manipulative, threatening, violent and cunning. Betty displayed Jerkass behavior on two particular occasions. The first one was in Chapter 3 when she wanted to interrogate and punish Chuck (and Betty's reason for wanting to do so were justified) for bullying, slut-shaming, and sexually harassing girls. While interrogating Chuck, Betty dressed up as a Dominatrix by wearing a Stripperific black outfit, stiletto high heels, and a short black wig. She threatened to burn and scald Chuck in the hot tub by turning up the temperature of the hot tub to dangerous levels. Betty attempted to drown Chuck by dunking his head underwater with her high heeled foot while she lambasted him for mistreating other girls, including her sister Polly. Betty's behavior was so outrageous and unusual that Veronica was concerned about Betty's behavior and actions and chose to confront her about it. Betty told Veronica that she could not remember what she had done during the time she was interrogating Chuck, which indicates that the reason she doesn't remember what happened is because she has Split Personality and is suffering from undiagnosed Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The second time she showed bitchy and unpleasant behavior was when she threatened and blackmailed Cheryl to lie under oath at FP Jones trial so that FP would have a much lighter jail sentence than he deserves. Betty told Cheryl that if she didn't lie for FP at the trial, then she would expose the video of her father Clifford shooting her twin brother Jason and murdering him in cold blood on the internet to the rest of the world. Due to the trauma and the grief that she suffered over her brother's death, Cheryl couldn't go against Betty's threat so she lied under oath for FP at his trial. After being blackmailed by Betty, Cheryl called Betty "a stone cold bitch" meaning that Betty is far from the sweet, nice Girl Next Door that she pretends to be. In Chapter 2, there was an instance when Betty had threatened to kill Cheryl and told her to get out of her house before she kills her because Cheryl had made an accusation that Polly may be the one who's responsible for the death of her brother. Cheryl attacking Polly in such a way brought out an Ax-Crazy side of Betty. It's understandable why she reacted this way to Cheryl's accusation regarding her sister because Betty is a Mama Bear when it comes to Polly. In contrast to Comic!Betty, who's the traditional sweet, compassionate, loving, nurturing Girl Next Door and Nice Girl that's worthy of rooting for, TV!Betty has an Alpha Bitch side and is Cute and Psycho because of her mental health problems. She may be nice most of the time but she has a very unstable, crazy side to her that makes her dark, unpredictable, sinister and dangerous.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Comic!Betty is light-hearted, enthusiastic, optimistic, upbeat, peppy and a Genki Girl to boot, but TV!Betty is much more of a Stepford Smiler who appears to be optimistic, happy, cheery and The Pollyanna but is actually hiding a lot of emotional issues, suffers from mental illness or an Ambiguous Disorder, and has a dark side to her personality that she can't always control. Comic!Betty is more likely to spend all of her time acting like a Dogged Nice Girl for Archie in which she constantly ends up pining away for him secretly all while Archie tays completely oblivious to Betty's feelings for him. on the other hand, TV!Betty had spent over a decade being in love with Archie, but when she confessed her feelings for him, he ended up having a Freak Out! and rejecting her because he felt that he was not good enough for a perfect girl like her. After TV!Betty was rejected by Archie, she ended up showing that she's Not Good with Rejection and had stopped being friends with Archie and Veronica for a short while. Comic!Betty and TV!Betty clearly share the trait of being a Clingy Jealous Girl when it pertains to Archie. When Archie and Veronica had first met at Pop's Diner, Betty clearly showed that she was feelings jealous over Archie and his attraction to Veronica. However, unlike Comic!Betty who is always jealous of any girl that gets within the presence of Archie, TV!Betty eventually stops being jealous and possessive over Archie and although she was jealous and uncomfortable with Archie and Veronica at first, she eventually comes to accept and support them being together since she eventually moves on with Jughead. Comics!Betty is more of a Damsel in Distress even though she's very intelligent and competent in her studies, but TV!Betty is not only an intelligent Go-Getter Girl who's a Straight A student, but she's also an Action Girl that's willing to take charge and action in solving the problems and mysteries of Riverdale. In other words, Comics!Betty is more of a simple Girl Next Door who doesn't seem to find herself overly involved in the action in the comics whereas TV!Betty is much more adventurous, curious and loves to be involved in solving mysteries so much that she's become an Amateur Sleuth. Comics!Betty always seems to be the Plucky Girl and The Pollyanna and is very even-tempered, calm, and mild mannered in temperament and personality. On the contrary, TV!Betty is Hot-Blooded and has a violent Hair-Trigger Temper which can erupt in an unpredictable manner. Overall, it's clear that Comics!Betty is a much lighter character while TV!Betty is a much darker character despite her coming off as someone who's a wholehearted Nice Girl.
  • Adorkable: She gets very excited each time she figures out a new clue. When she’s confessing to Veronica about Jughead kissing her the day before, her giddiness is both very dorky and very cute.
  • Affably Evil: Inverted. When Betty morphs into her dark alter ego, she can be pretty scary, menacing and intimidating. Still, despite her dark side, she's very much on the side of good and is considered to be a heroic person with good intentions. It's just a really unwise idea to even think of getting on her bad side by crossing her or hurting those who are important to her. For the most part, Betty can be nice and pleasant but there's no doubt that there's a pretty dark and sinister person hiding underneath that sweet Stepford Smiler facade. Overall, Betty qualifies as more of the Beware the Nice Ones description.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She is called "Bets" by both Jughead and Archie, and "B" by Veronica.
  • A Friend in Need: Betty is an incredibly loving and supportive friend. Her compassion and empathy knows no bounds and she's always willing to stick her neck out to help and support her friends when they need it the most. This goes for Archie (since childhood), Veronica and Jughead.
  • Age Lift: Downplayed. Comics!Betty is 16 or 17 years old in the comics, but TV!Betty (as well as Archie and the other main characters on the show) is 15 years old and a Sophomore (Grade 10) at Riverdale High. Betty's age has been decreased on the show considering that Archie and the gang are all Seniors in the comic books. There's only a 1 or 2 year age difference between Comics!Betty and TV!Betty.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: All throughout Chapter 18, Betty spends all of her time on the phone with The Black Hood, begging for him to not hurt any of the people that she loves. Because she's so desperate to protect those closest to her, including Veronica, Jughead, and especially her sister Polly, Betty ends up giving into the Black Hood and doing everything that he wants her to do including breaking off her friendship with Veronica and breaking off her relationship with Jughead.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: With Jughead. Betty is the archetypical Nice Girl while Jughead is the social outcast who's from the Wrong Side of the Tracks. Betty comes from a middle class family background while Jughead comes from a poor family that's incredibly troubled and dysfunctional. So while Jughead isn't necessarily the traditional bad boy as he doesn't engage in any criminal activity, he is on the rebellious and edgy side since he has a criminal father who's a member of the Southside Serpents and he's a social misfit. Actually a subversion, as what made her fall for him wasn't his "bad boy" appeal but rather that he was there for her during a tough time.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Downplayed. Betty has had romantic feelings for Archie since childhood, but Archie only saw her as just a friend and wanted to remain Platonic Life Partners and Just Friends. Betty didn't take Archie's rejection too well at first.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Betty is always trying to see the best in everyone, doesn't give up on people, and tries to help everyone even if it looks hopeless. She's kind, caring, sweet and empathetic towards others. For example, she refuses to write off FP Jones simply because he was wrongly accused of murder. Fittingly, she's The Heart of the core group.
  • Always Second Best: Betty feels this way about Veronica, especially in regards to Archie. When Veronica first arrived in Riverdale and had met Betty and Archie at Pop's Diner, Betty was instantly intimidated and jealous of Veronica. Betty felt insecure and jealous because Archie had completely overlooked Betty and was in complete awe of Veronica. In other words, Archie continued to be completely oblivious about how Betty had felt about him all this time because he was much too enamoured with Veronica and her exotic, striking beauty. Before Veronica had arrived on the scene, Betty was going to confess her feelings for Archie and tell him that she wanted a Relationship Upgrade with him. Because Veronica had instantly caught the attention of Archie with immediate ease, it caused Betty to feel a combination of insecurity, resentment, jealousy, and animosity towards Veronica. In addition to Veronica attracting Archie instantly, Veronica is also a very rich, wealthy girl who has tons of money, comes from a privileged background, and has the freedom to do what she wants. Veronica has great fashion sense and style, is cultured, and has a strong degree of sophistication that Betty lacks as the tomboyish Girl Next Door. Finally, Betty feels second best to Veronica when it comes to popularity and status. Despite being the new girl that nobody knew, Veronica became immediately and universally popular at Riverdale High and gained a near 100% Adoration Rating amongst her school peers. She also became the Captain of the high school cheer leading squad, the River Vixens, and she's dating Archie, who's the most popular boy and Big Man on Campus at Riverdale High. Despite Betty's insecurities over Veronica and feeling like she's Overshadowed by Awesome by her, Betty still chooses to be best friends with Veronica.
  • Always Someone Better: Betty feels this away about Veronica when it comes to Archie. As soon as Veronica stepped into the scene and caught the eye of Archie, Betty battles serious insecurity issues about where her relationship with Archie would stand with Veronica in the picture. Betty doesn't just feel insecure about Veronica when it's about her relationship with Archie, but she feels this way about Veronica in general. Betty does acknowledge that she's the perfect daughter, student, and sister, but that's nothing in comparison to Veronica, who has it all and more including beauty, intelligence, wealth, status, and popularity.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Together with Jughead, she’s slowly turning into a downplayed version of the trope, if her 'truth session' with Alice and the speech she gave at the Jubilee in the Season 1 Finale is any indication. This is lampshaded by Kevin, who calls her "Nancy Drew" after Betty gets Archie to put on Jason Blossom's letterman jacket so she can dig through the pockets, only to find an external hard drive which contained footage of Clifford murdering Jason in cold blood. Without Betty's detective skills, nobody would have discovered that it was Clifford who was the killer and that FP was innocent of murder. Betty takes her detective skills Up to Eleven in Season 2 pertaining to the Black Hood. The Black Hood has been tormenting Betty and threatening to hurt her loved ones if she doesn't do what he says and wants. Betty has been going on an investigation with the other members of the Core Four to uncover the truth and reveal who the Black Hood is. Much of her investigation pertaining to the Black Hood mystery has been done with Archie because Archie has a personal vendetta against the Black Hood for shooting and almost killing his father Fred at Pop's.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Subverted. It appeared as though Betty may have had an interest in girls because of the kiss between Betty and Veronica. However, Betty is canonically heterosexual. In Chapter 2, Veronica and Betty shared a kiss while trying out for the cheerleading squad. Betty didn't push Veronica away when she initiated the kiss which had given some fans the implication that Betty is bi-curious and might have some attraction to the same sex. But it turns out the kiss was done for shock value more than anything else and was used as a way to get a rise out of Cheryl. Betty and Veronica are seemingly heterosexual and they are in romantic relationships with men (Veronica is with Archie while Betty is with Jughead). Betty and Veronica's friendship could be interpreted as more than just friends because they have a very close relationship and they look like a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship due to their closeness.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD): Betty's been prescribed Adderall for unknown reasons. Some speculate the medication is for an unknown mental illness. Others speculate that Alice makes Betty take Adderall so that Betty has superior performance at school. Since Adderall is commonly prescribed to those who suffer from ADHD, there's speculation amongst fans that Betty has ADD/ADHD and she takes the meds to treat the disorder and control her ADHD symptoms.
    • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Betty visibly struggles with inappropriate anger and antagonistic behavior, which causes Betty to feel tempted to have physical confrontations, a fear of being alone or being abandoned, intense emotions, short but intense feelings of depression and anxiety, unstable self-image, feelings of self-loathing and self-hate, awareness of destructive behavior including self-injury or Self-Harm (Betty purposely digs her nails in the palms of her hands when her emotions and anger become much too intense and overwhelming for her to handle), wide or erratic mood swings, extreme black and white views and outlook on a variety of things including relationships, people and the concept of morality, strong idealization and devaluation of others (one minute, Betty thinks someone is the best person in the world who she worships and admires more than anything in the world but the next minute, they may become her enemy and the worst person she's ever met especially if they have angered, upset or disappointed her), volatile, chaotic and tumultuous relationships with others (including friends, family and romantic partners), severe codependency and attachment issues, difficulty controlling emotions and impulses, incessant feelings of being lonely, misunderstood, empty, neglected, or hopeless, and impulsive, reckless, risky behavior (which includes stalking; breaking the law by conducting illegal actions such as breaking and entering people's homes and cars, stealing, hiding crime evidence from the authorities, incessant lying, and attempted murder; doing a striptease in front of an entire bar full of older men and Serpents). Going by all of the symptoms she's shown, it's clear that she's suffering from undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder / EUPD). However, Betty suffering from BPD is only speculation since she has yet to be diagnosed with this mental disorder in canon.
    • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): In addition to the possibility that Betty struggles with ADHD and BPD, Betty doesn't precisely remember her abnormally strange behavior towards Chuck the next day in Chapter 3. She blacked out during the time she was her dark alter ego, commonly referred to as "Dark Betty". Betty cannot remember what she did when she interrogated Chuck in a violent, aggressive manner. Due to Betty displaying two or more distinct alter egos or personalities, blacking out during one of her darker alter ego and not remembering her behaviour, there's speculation that Betty suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder.
    • Other Disorders: There's speculation amongst fans that she suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder because of her recurrent but brief outbursts of anger, verbal tantrums, her impulsivity, and her inability to control her violent temper. She has shown that she suffers from a rather violent and explosive temper when she has threatened to kill Cheryl on impulse. Some fans think Betty may suffer from Bipolar Disorder because of her extreme mood swings, irritability, proneness to angry outburts, and questionably hypomanic behavior.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Downplayed. Sometimes when Betty really wants something or becomes ambitious about achieving her agenda or goals, she can resort to some pretty underhanded, morally questionable and ruthless means to get it. Betty will use manipulation tactics and even violence to get what she wants. In Chapter 15, Betty blackmailed Cheryl, basically threatening her to lie at FP Jones trial or else she would release the video of her father shooting her brother dead on the internet so the whole world would know that Clifford was a murderer. Cheryl was so shocked by Betty's ruthlessness and desperation to save FP from getting along jail sentence than he deserves for covering up the murder of Jason that she called her a stone cold bitch to her face. She showed how ruthless and aggressive she is in Chapter 3 when she interrogated Chuck in a violent manner after discovering that Chuck was a Straw Misogynist who cyberbullies and sexually harasses girls, including her sister Polly. To make him pay for what he was doing to the girls, Betty chose to dress up in a dominatrix outfit, drug Chuck, burn him up in the hot tub and then attempt to drown him by dunking his head underwater with her foot. Betty was so ambitious and determined to make Chuck pay for what he'd done that she attempted murdering Chuck which can be viewed as Disproportionate Retribution. Yes, Chuck was a Smug Snake and Straw Misogynist who did bad things to girls but he didn't deserve to almost be murdered by Betty. Betty is one of the most ambitious characters in the show and she's The Determinator who is persistent and never gives up the she wants a goal, mission or agenda accomplished. She'll use any means, whether moral or immoral, to achieve her goals and sometimes she'll manipulate and use other people to get it. When Betty becomes ambitious about achieving something, she crosses moral lines and makes impulsive, irrational and morally dodgy choices and decisions. Interestingly enough, Betty is supposedly The Conscience of the show, but her ambitious side causes her to become morally grey even though she believes that she's doing all the things she does for the right reason and for a noble cause.
  • Anchored Ship: Betty's relationship with Jughead has constant problems. Jughead and Betty are an Opposites Attract couple and they come from two different worlds. Jughead is a poor boy residing in the poverty ridden Southside of Riverdale while Betty is a middle class girl residing in the upper class heart of Riverdale. There's also differences in personalities that cause tension in their relationship, something that Jughead lampshades and calls out in Chapter 10 when Jughead and Betty get into an argument. Jughead tells Betty that their relationship is on borrowed time because of how different they are from each other. He's the weirdo loner who's from the Wrong Side of the Tracks (the Southside) while Betty is the perfect Girl Next Door who's a cheerleader. Jughead also has issues with opening up to others emotionally with Betty being the target of his closed off, distant, and aloof nature. All of these things manage to cause some problems and tension between the two, but regardless, they manage to get past them and work out their differences. Unfortunately, their relationship may continue to be strained as Jughead transfers to Southside High and he starts to embrace his role as a Southside Serpent, something that Betty was not impressed by going by her expression when she saw Jughead putting on the Serpent jacket. There was the probability that a new girl named Toni would cause problems for Jughead and Betty's relationship because Toni and Jughead may have an attraction to each other.. In addition, there's Archie's ever ambiguous romantic feelings for Betty which is surely going to cause seem tension between Jughead and Betty. It would be understandable because Archie was the first boy that Betty ever loved and with Archie now starting to reciprocate her feelings, Betty's feelings for Archie could also awaken unexpectedly which could tear Jughead and Betty apart.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Chapter 1, Betty tearfully declares to Archie that she's been in love with him since childhood. This was after Betty speculated that Archie was engaging in questionably romantic behavior in the closet. Betty questions if Archie even likes her or would ever come to like her in a romantic way in the future. Archie tearfully tells Betty that he doesn't believe that he's good enough for a girl like her, someone who's so perfect in every way. Archie rejecting Betty caused a temporary strain in their relationship at first, but they became friends again once Betty chose to put her feelings for Archie on the back burner and move on. Now that Betty has moved on with Jughead, it's Archie that's the one who's having unrequited feelings for Betty much to her oblivion.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Downplayed. Betty has a strained and tension filled relationship with her mother Alice, whom she feels is always trying to control her life. As it turns out, Alice is very controlling towards Betty out of nothing but fear, worry and concern that she could potentially turn out like her older sister Polly. They start moving past it once Alice starts letting up on her controlling behavior.
  • Anti-Hero: Betty is less of the Nice Girl that she passes herself off to be. She's will to use some dirty and underhanded means in order to get what she wants. She will resort to scheming, manipulating and blackmailing others to achieve her goals and agenda. Despite her ruthlessness, she's still an inherently heroic person and her intentions are noble and good.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Black Hood. The unknown masked man has been targeting Betty and everyone that she loves. It's justified why Betty has such an intense hatred of this unknown masked killer. The Black Hood is obsessed with Betty and has told her that he's doing all of the horrible things he's doing in Riverdale for her. Similar to Betty, Archie has a deep seated hatred of The Black Hood but his hatred towards him is much more personal for him because he's the same man that shot his father and almost caused his death. The Black Hood has caused significant problems for Betty and her interpersonal relationships. He has forced Betty to end her friendship with Veronica because the Black Hood views Veronica as a sinner for being a Hard-Drinking Party Girl who abuses alcohol and drugs. He encourages Betty to break off her relationship with Jughead because he sees Jughead has morally corrupt due to the fact that he's become a Southside Serpent, a gang which specializes in illegal activity. By getting betty to distance herself from those she's close to, his motive is to isolate Betty and make her lonely so that he can have her all to himself. The Black Hood's creepy obsession with Betty and his need to torment her with threats is the reason why Betty's number one mission is to discover who the Black Hood is and defeat him once and for all so that he stops causing trouble for everyone. Archie and Betty are joined in their mission to hunt and take down the Black Hood because he is a common enemy to the both of them.
  • Audience Surrogate: Betty is regarded as a self-insert for the audience. She says a lot of things that the audience would say and asks the questions that the audience would likely ask and want to know the answers to.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed. Betty is Cute and Psycho and has a violent, aggressive side to her. Betty has an unstable side of her personality. She battles mental issues because she suffers from an Ambiguous Disorder. The disorders that she's speculated to suffer form are Borderline Personality Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder. When Betty's in her crazy phase, she gets Dull Eyes of Unhappiness and anyone who's in her vicinity better get out of the way! In Chapter 2, Betty told Cheryl that she would kill her if she didn't get out of her house after she made a bold accusation that Polly was responsible for the death of Cheryl's brother. Betty's crazy, unstable and violent side was present in Chapter 3. She morphed into her dark alter ego known as "Dark!Betty". As Dark Betty, she dressed in a Stripperific outfit with black high heels and a black wig, giving her the appearance of a Dominatrix. Betty aggressively interrogated Chuck by drugging him, burning Chuck in the hot tub, and attempted to drown Chuck by stepping on his head with her foot so that it would go underwater. Veronica was disturbed and uncomfortable with Betty's behavior during the interrogation and felt she was taking much too far. Veronica felt that Betty was too violent in her approach in bringing Chuck down. The next day, Veronica questioned Betty about her strange behavior while she was interrogating Chuck, but Betty couldn't remember what she did. Another example of Betty showing how crazy and sinister she is was in Chapter 15. Betty blackmailed and threatened Cheryl into lying at FP Jones trial. If Cheryl didn't oblige to Betty's threat, she was going to release the footage of her father killing Jason on the internet. Cheryl was surprised by Betty's crazy side coming out that she called her a stone cold bitch to her face. Going by this evidence, Betty is obviously battling emotional and mental instability. But it's not just Betty that has bats in the belfry. All of the Cooper and Blossom women, such as Alice, Polly, Cheryl, and Penelope all suffer from serious mental instability or a mental disorder of some sort. For the most part, Betty is harmless when she's in her normal phase. Just don't get on her bad side because then her crazy, violent and unstable side will come out to play!
  • Badass Adorable: Betty is Adorkable and The Cutie but if anyone gets on her bad side, she lets out a crazy side that is surely intimidating, threatening and scary. She's not the type to hesitate in telling other people off or manipulating others to get what she wants either.
  • Badass Boast: When Betty threatens people, she doesn't hold back at all. In Chapter 15, Betty threatened Cheryl that she'd expose the footage of Clifford murdering Jason if she didn't do what she wanted which was to lie under oath at FP Jones trial so that FP would receive a lighter jail sentence. Betty blackmailing and threatening Cheryl was a glimpse of the dark side of Betty and how she can be very ruthless when she wants something.
  • Badass Bookworm: Downplayed. Betty doesn't use her physical strength, but she is book smart, intelligent and gets Straight A's in school. In addition to that, she's Intrepid Reporter for Riverdale High's School Newspaper and she has an evident love and passion for writing stories. Betty loves to use her smarts to solve the mysteries of Riverdale. Betty is the one who has a love of uncovering the truth. She's become an Amateur Sleuth with solid detective skills that it's no wonder why Kevin called her Nancy Drew. If anyone is likely to solve mysteries and problems the quickest, it's most likely going to be Betty.
  • The Baroness: Played Straight when Betty is in her Sociopathic Hero and Dominatrix alter ego, commonly known as "Dark Betty". When Betty lets her darker alter ego overtake her, she becomes a dominatrix who uses her sexuality to get what she wants. In Chapter 3, Betty dresses up in a Stripperific outfit along with a black wig. She violently and aggressively taunts and interrogates Chuck by attempting to burn him up in the hot tub. Not only this, but she uses her foot to dunk Chuck's head underwater with the intention of drowning him. When Dark Betty takes over, Betty becomes more of a Femme Fatale who's sexually aggressive and dominant. She becomes increasingly controlling and domineering on top of it.
  • Battle Couple: With Jughead. Betty and Jughead are constantly going on missions to solve mysteries together. They are consistently amidst all of the drama and the action that goes on in the series.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Downplayed. Generally speaking, Cheryl is the Brains, Veronica is the Beauty, and Betty is the Brawn but each of them have a combination of all these traits. Cheryl is a combination of Brains + Beauty. Cheryl is the Brains because she's intelligent, cunning, witty. She's a Manipulative Bitch, Academic Alpha Bitch and Go-Getter Girl who has perfect grades. Cheryl constantly plots and schemes to get her way and she's one of the most strategic characters on the show. Cheryl is also the Beauty because she is beautiful, fashionable and has a tendency to be the Damsel in Distress that's in need of rescuing from a Knight in Shining Armor (commonly Archie). Veronica is a combination of Beauty + Brawn + Brains. Veronica is the Beauty because she's a rich, beautiful, Spoiled Sweet popular girl with a 100% Adoration Rating, The Cheerleader on the high school cheerleading squad, a Dude Magnet who's appealing to the opposite sex, and The Heart of the trio of girls of herself, Cheryl and Betty since Veronica is close friends with both Betty and Cheryl. In addition to being the Beauty, Veronica is the Brawn because she's a Girly Bruiser who's very effective in a fight and uses necessary violence to combat problems. Finally, Veronica is the Brains because she's a Brainy Brunette who's very intelligent and knowledgable. Betty is a combination of Brawn + Brains. Betty is the Brawn because she's a tomboyish, mechanical Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak and Wrench Wench that has a love of fixing cars and an Action Girl and Amateur Sleuth who's adventurous, spontaneous, curious. Betty is also the Brains because she's The Smart Girl who gets straight A's and is generally book smart.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The main reason why Betty is best friends with Veronica. Veronica defended Betty since the very first episode and she has never stopped supporting her when she needs it. It's why Betty has an Undying Loyalty to Veronica and is willing to do anything for her because she was the one person that always had her back and was in her corner and Betty is willing to do the same for Veronica. Not even a boy could come between the two of them.
  • Being Good Sucks: Betty is a good person who likes to do the right thing. However, nothing ever good happens for her and all she ends up receiving for her her good actions is constant pain and suffering. Betty tries to help others as much as possible but all she's gotten return is heartbreak, relationship problems, family problems, mental health issues, and being stalked by a masked serial killer who's causing chaos in Riverdale.
  • Beta Bitch: To Veronica's Alpha Bitch. She falls into this role at times because she's best friends with Veronica and has a strong Undying Loyalty to her. Betty is much nicer than Veronica, especially because Veronica has a history of being a mean girl while she was living in New York.
  • Beta Couple: Subverted with Jughead. Jughead/Betty serve as a Foil to Archie/Veronica. Archie/Veronica are the Official Couple of the show because the pairing involves Archie (The Hero and The Protagonist) and Veronica (The Chick and The Heart) while Jughead/Betty are the Beta Couple because the pairing involves Betty (the Deuteragonist) and Jughead (The Lancer to Archie) In Season 1, Varchie's relationship appeared to be more unstable while Bughead's relationship was more stable. However, in Season 2, Bughead go through just as many troubles as Varchie did in Season 1 and they may now be the more unstable, rocky couple between the two. This doesn't mean that Varchie are free of their issues either, however.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Archie/Betty/Veronica: In the infamous, iconic Love Triangle between Archie (Archie), Betty (Betty) and Veronica (Veronica), Betty is of course the Betty (the sweet Girl Next Door who's the Childhood Friend of Archie and has been pining for him in secret for a decade), Veronica is the Veronica (the beautiful, seductive Rich Bitch and Alpha Bitch who comes to town and attracts Archie's attention immediately) and Archie is the Archie (the middle man and the centre of the triangle who's torn between choosing between Betty and Veronica). Archie was instantly drawn to Veronica from the start and he overlooked Betty. In Chapter 1 after Betty confesses her love for Archie, Archie rejects Betty in favor of Veronica and Ms. Grundy. Archie eventually gets into a romantic relationship with Veronica and Betty gets into a relationship with Jughead. However, by the end of Season 1, Archie has ambiguously romantic feelings for Betty, so the iconic triangle between this dynamic is still alive and well.
    • Jughead/Betty/Toni: Although not really a love triangle yet, there's a minor triangle between Jughead (Archie), Betty (Betty) and Toni (Veronica). Jughead is the Archie (the middle man who loves sweet girl next door Betty but also has an attraction to edgy, sarcastic Toni), Betty is the Betty (the Girl Next Door who's the current Love Interest of Jughead) and Toni is the Veronica (the Good Bad Girl who's edgy, sarcastic, and shares a Commonality Connection with Jughead because they are Southside Serpents). This dynamic hasn't become a full blown love triangle but since Jughead has shown some romantic attraction to Toni since they shared a kiss and Jughead is currently in a relationship with Betty, it still technically counts.
    • Betty/Archie/Jughead: Not really a full blow triangle, but the dynamic between Betty (Archie), Archie (Betty), and Jughead (Veronica). Betty is the Archie (the middle man in the dynamic, in love with Boy Next Door and Big Man on Campus Archie since childhood but he rejected her for Veronica, but currently in a relationship with loner bad boy with a heart of gold Jughead), Archie is the Betty (the Boy Next Door and the Nice Guy who's the childhood best friend of Betty and is showing some ambiguously romantic feelings for Betty as of late Season 1 despite being in a relationship with Veronica), and Jughead is the Veronica (the Foil and The Lancer to Archie and a sarcastic, snarky, loner bad boy with a heart of gold who's currently in a relationship with Betty). Betty has always been in love with Archie since they were kids but Archie was oblivious to how Betty felt about him. Betty confesses to Archie that she loves hm but he rejects her in favor of being with Ms. Grundy and then Veronica. Betty eventually moves on with Jughead and enters into a relationship with him, seemingly having put her feelings for Archie on the back burner. However, come the end of Season 1, Archie shows ambiguously romantic feelings for Betty, which hints at a possible love triangle between this trio.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • She is a kind-hearted and loving individual, but if you continually talk shit about the people she cares for, she will set you straight.
    Betty: ...get out of my house.
    Cheryl: Not until you tell me—
    Betty: Cheryl, get out of my house before I kill you.
    • It's also made clear that, despite her sweet nature, she is no pushover, as she stands up to people like Chuck and her own mother on multiple occasions.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Has one with Jughead in 1x06. Betty, of course, manages to ruin the moment.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family:
    • Betty comes from a majorly Dysfunctional Family. Not only are the Coopers (her immediate family) extremely screwed up, but The Blossoms (her extended family) are the most dysfunctional family in all of Riverdale.
    • Betty's mother Alice is born on the Wrong Side of the Tracks and is from the Southside. She has a dirty past of being a member of the criminal gang the Southside Serpents. She's been arrested in the past for her illegal activity as a member of the criminal gang. Alice had a Teen Pregnancy and was pregnant with her long lost son when she was in high school. Alice and Hal had disagreements about what to do with the baby and whether Alice was going to keep the baby, have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. Alice decided to have her son but chose to give him up for adoption afterwards. She went to the institution for troubled youth and teens and they arranged the adoption for her son. Alice claims that giving up her son was the biggest regret of her life and it's a secret that she's been carrying around for two decades. Because Alice gave birth to a son during her teen years, Betty and Polly have a long lost brother out there that they don't even know. In addition to Alice's secret, dark past, Alice is an extremely controlling, abusive mother to Polly and Betty. She attempts to have complete control over every aspect of Betty's life. Alice's abuse and controlling attitude causes Betty emotional distress.
    • Betty's father Hal is just as screwed up as Alice is. Hal comes from the Blossom family bloodline because his grandfather and his great uncle were brothers. Hal's grandfather and Clifford's grandfather had a Cain and Abel situation when Clifford's grandfather had murdered Hal's grandfather over business matters and disagreements about wealth. After that, Hal's side of the Blossom family chose to break away from the Blossom the identity and they formed a new one along with taking on a new family name, which is Cooper. Because of what the Blossoms did to Hal's grandfather, Hal hates the Blossom family and has had a personal vendetta against them for decades. Hal's daughter Polly was in a romantic relationship with her third cousin, Jason Blossom, which was unknown to the both of them. Due to Jason and Polly being involved with each other and not knowing that they are both Blossoms, Hal did everything in his power to break up Polly and Jason because he'd known that they were related by blood. To keep Polly and Jason away from each other, Hal had Polly locked up in an institution for troubled youth to prevent her from being with Jason because he knew it was the only way to stop something worse from happening. Hal may be a Knight Templar Parent towards Polly but what he did and the actions he took were for justifiable reasons because his daughter was in an incestuous relationship with her cousin. Upon Hal discovering that Polly was pregnant with Jason's twins, Hal coerced Polly into having an abortion because the children she was carrying were a product of incest and were considered an "abomination" from Hal's point of view. Hal felt that Polly's children were "abominations" because they were not only a product of an incestuous relationship but they are pure Blossom blood because both of their parents are cousins.
    • Betty's older sister Polly is a boat load of dysfunction. She's an emotionally unstable person who's been through so much tragedy for someone so young. Polly fell in love with Jason Blossom, who was discovered to be her third cousin because they are both members of the Blossom family. Polly and Jason had made plans to run away together because they were being torn apart. The reason for Polly and Jason being torn apart is because the Coopers and the Blossoms are Feuding Families and have despised each other for decades. Unfortunately for Polly, her relationship with Jason didn't have a happy ending. Jason is unexpectedly murdered and when Polly finds out, she's extremely saddened and devastated. Polly not only loses the love of her life, but she's sent away to an institution for troubled youth and teens by her father because he wanted to keep Jason and Polly apart at all costs. Hal's reason for wanting to keep the two separated is because Hal knew the deep, dark, dirty secret that Polly and Jason were Blossoms and they were engaging in a incestuous affair because they were third cousins. Polly has a Teen Pregnancy and gets pregnant with Jason's twin children. After he finds out about Polly's pregnancy, Hal forces Polly to have an abortion because her children are the product of incest. Polly discovers that the reason Hal tried to force her into having an abortion is because she's pregnant with her cousin's children, which both shocks and disgusts Polly at first. As if what her father did to her isn't bad enough, Polly becomes a prime target for the Black Hood, who is a masked killer that's terrorizing Riverdale and whose mission is to rid the town of sinners. The Black Hood targets Polly because was involved in an incestuous romance with her third cousin Jason and because she got pregnant by him; therefore, the twin children she's carrying are an abomination from The Black Hood's perspective. Because she became the target for the Black Hood, Polly fled Riverdale to find safety for herself and her children. In the quest to protect herself and her children from being harmed, or worse, murdered by the Black Hood, Polly has to escape her family knowing there's a possibility she may never see them again or for some time. Other than Polly's love problems and family issues, Polly is The Ophelia and is obviously mentally and emotionally unstable. She battles mental illness and she's in need of mental help. The lack of mental and emotional stability is present in all of the Blossom and Cooper women.
    • Betty herself is a walking human of Dysfunction Junction. Not only is her entire family screwed up, but she has many personal issues that she deals with constantly. To start, Betty has spent many years being in love with someone who never paid attention to her. Betty has been in love with Archie since childhood. She was so romantically obsessed with Archie that she was a Yandere for him. Archie and Betty have been best friends since they were kids. Archie was the one person that Betty was highly dependent on for everything in her life mainly emotional support, comfort and companionship. In other words, Archie and Betty were very codependent on each other since they were kids. The reason for this codependence between the two was because they were each other's escape and solace from problems they may have been going through in their homes. Betty confesses to Archie that she's loves him in Chapter 1 only for him to reject her and tell her that they should just be friends because he doesn't think he's good enough for a "perfect girl" like her. To make matters worse for Betty, Archie falls for the hot, rich, sophisticated new girl who recently moves to Riverdale, Veronica. Once Veronica enters the scene, Betty is instantly overlooked for Veronica by Archie and it's like Betty no longer exists in Archie's eyes. This sparks jealousy and insecurity issues in Betty because she felt inferior next to the beautiful, rich, and sultry Veronica. When Betty discovers that Archie had chosen Veronica over her, Betty was Not Good with Rejection and didn't take Archie not wanting to be with her that well. This caused a strain between Betty and Archie temporarily. Eventually, Betty accepts that Archie just wants to be friends with Betty and she attempts to move on by entering in a relationship with Jughead. However, Jughead and Betty don't get too many happy moments together and they are constantly going through problems. In addition to her family issues, love problems, and being rejected by the one boy she's loved her entire life, Betty struggles with emotional and mental issues. Betty battles a dark side of her commonly known as "Dark Betty". This side of her comes out to play in an unpredictable manner. Betty is suffering from an undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder or mental illness with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) at the top of the list of possible disorders she could be suffering from. Things get worse for Betty when the Black Hood, a masked killer who's tormenting Riverdale, spends his time emotional tormenting and stalking Betty. He threatens to hurt people that Betty loves if she doesn't do what he commands her to do on the phone. The Black Hood's torment and threats cause Betty extreme emotional distress and it makes her feel more isolated from her loved ones. The Black Hood's intentions are to isolate Betty and make her as lonely as possible so that he has her under his complete control.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted. Despite being the younger sister, Betty is extremely protective of Polly almost to Mama Bear levels. Talking crap about Polly or hurting her will make Betty erupt into anger and bring out her dark side. She even threatened Cheryl that she would kill her after talking badly about her beloved elder sister.
  • Big Sister Worship: Betty has a strong admiration for her older sister Polly and she constantly talks highly of her. That's why when anyone so much as insults Polly, she absolutely loses her shit and gets very angry.
  • Birds of a Feather: Betty has a lot in common with Archie, perhaps more than either of them realize. Both of them are the Nice Guy and Nice Girl who are generally kind, caring, empathetic, and kind. Both of them may be nice but also have a dark side to their personalities. Both of them have serious family issues and dysfunction. Both of them can be incredibly Hot-Blooded with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Both of them are athletic (Archie is a football player while Betty is a cheerleader). Both of them have a passion for writing of some kind (Archie loves writing song lyrics and music while Betty loves writing for the school newspaper). Both of them have Mommy Issues (Archie has a Missing Mom while Betty has a controlling mom who tries to dictate and control her life). Both of them have a love of cars (it's even more emphasized in the comics). Both have a deep love and appreciation for music. It makes sense why Betty and Archie share a lot n common considering that they are Childhood Friends. Fittingly, she's in love with him at the start of the series.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Betty appears to be the Nice Girl who is willing to be your friend. But underneath that is definitely a stone cold bitch that's brewing underneath that cheery, friendly facade. She's also very cunning and manipulative. When Betty strikes, nobody would see it coming because nobody would expect sweet little Betty Cooper to have such a dark side to her. Example of her showing off her dark bitchy side is in Chapter 15 when she blackmailed Cheryl that she would have no issue with releasing the footage of her father killing her brother onto the internet unless she lies under oath at FP Jones trial. Cheryl lampshades Betty's dark side by calling her a stone cold bitch. In addition to her manipulative tendencies, she has serious anger issues which cause her to lash out at others. She has problems with keeping her anger and temper under control and that releases the dark, sinister and bitchy side of her personality. Betty being a Mood-Swinger who can change from sweet and friendly to hostile and violent within a few minutes is a result of Betty suffering from mental issues.
  • Black and White Insanity: Betty has a tendency to have an incredible sense of Black and White Morality where she sees everything in black and white. Betty doesn't seem to believe that there are shades of grey and that people are either good or evil. Her extreme black and white views on morality show that she's clearly mentally unstable and is suffering from some sort of mental illness or Ambiguous Disorder. There's been speculation that Betty has such extreme views of morality is because she's possibly suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
  • Black and White Morality: Betty has a strict black and white view on morality. She believes that most people fit into two ends of the spectrum: good or evil. Her black and white views on morality is present how she views people. Either people are so good that they deserved to be worshipped or they are so evil that they deserve to get punished in the worst way imaginable. How she views other people, such as Archie, Veronica, Jughead, and her family is very black and white.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • Betty is the Blonde, Veronica is the Brunette and Archie is the Redhead and they are the main trio of the show.
    • Betty is the Blonde, Veronica is the Brunette and Cheryl is the Redhead and they are the main female characters of the show.
  • Blood Knight: When she's in her Dark!Betty alter ego, she has a tendency to show a love for fighting and using violence. She did so in Chapter 3 when she decided to interrogate Chuck with the use of violence and threats. She attempted to dunk Chuck's head underwater with the use of high heeled foot in order to punish him. When she's normal Betty however, she prefers to use her brain and her intelligence over using physical violence.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Veronica's Brawn. Veronica is more of an Action Girl and Girly Bruiser who's more likely to use her physical strength and violence (if necessary) to combat or solve problems while Betty is more of a Badass Bookworm and Amateur Sleuth who's more likely to use her brains, intelligence and detective skills to solve mysteries and problems. Because of this, Veronica and Betty complement each other in solving things as a duo and are a highly effective team together.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Shows shades of this but it's completely justified in Betty's case. Her mother Alice is extremely controlling and manipulative and she always tries to control Betty's life by trying to dictate what she should and shouldn't do. Her father Hal is really no better and he comes across as emotionally distant and abusive despite his Overprotective Dad tendencies towards Polly and Betty. The only time when Betty is not coming off as an Extreme Doormat for her parents is when she has the opportunity of standing up to them and calling them out for trying to control her life so much. An example of betty calling out Alice was when she told her that she's nothing like Polly and Archie is nothing like Jason so she should stop trying to control her so much out of fear that she and Archie are going to be a repeat of Polly and Jason. Because of Betty standing up for herself and what she wants, she can come across as whiny, bratty and confrontational but she's only being bratty and whiny for the right reasons.
  • Break the Cutie: Her parents are controlling and domineering, and her beloved sister Polly was locked away in a mental institution. That's only the tip of the iceberg. Her love life goes through the ringer as well. Archie rejects her, while circumstances conspire to prevent her staying with Jughead.
  • Breakup Demand: In Chapter 18, The Black Hood calls Betty and tells her to break up with Jughead or else she would end up hurting him. Betty, in turn, gets Archie to break up with Jughead for her so that she doesn't have to do it because she can't bear to do it herself. Plus, it's evident that she doesn't want to break up with Jughead directly because she doesn't want Jughead to know about the Black Hood threatening Betty and threatening to hurt the ones that she loves.
  • Broken Ace: Betty is good at everything (beautiful, popular, smart with straight A's and a cheerleader) and she appears to be the perfect daughter...on the outside. However, on the inside, she obviously suffers from a whole lot of emotional issues as well as many insecurities which have been brought on by her highly dysfunctional family (an ultra controlling mother, a stern father and an emotionally unstable older sister) and all of the personal problems that she's constantly dealing with.
  • Broken Bird: Betty probably has the most troubled and dysfunctional life out of all of the main characters save for Jughead and Cheryl. She has an incredibly Dysfunctional Family with Abusive Parents and a troubled, rebellious, mentally unstable older sister. Her father Hal is emotionally abusive and a Knight Templar Parent who beats his daughters into submission so that they do as he says. This is the man who threw Polly into an institution for troubled youth and teens because she was in a relationship with Jason Blossom (who turned out to be her third cousin as they are both members of the Blossom family). Not only did he put Polly away in an institution but once he discovered that Polly was pregnant with Jason's twin children, he coerced Polly into having an abortion, similar to what Hal tried to do with Alice when she had a Teen Pregnancy and was pregnant with their unborn son. Hal emotionally manipulated Betty by trying to convince her that Polly was mentally unwell and that she belonged in the institution she was put in. Hal's emotional abusive tendencies and manipulations towards Betty have caused Betty high emotional distress even though he does the things he does to protect his family. Betty's emotional distress is largely caused by her even more controlling and abusive mother Alice. Alice has so much control over Betty and her life that Betty feels like she'd be inadequate if she didn't live up to Alice's expectations of her being the perfect daughter, sister and student at all times. The constant pressure that Alice places on Betty's shoulders to be The Perfectionist, plus not turn out like her troubled, rebellious older sister has caused Betty to emotionally crumble and suffer. The absence of her older sister Polly in her life hasn't helped Betty manage her emotional and mental issues. Polly was a Living Emotional Crutch for Betty growing up and she was the one person who provided comfort and emotional support when she required it. With Polly being locked up in an institution and later having to leave Riverdale because of the Black Hood targeting sinners, Betty finds herself wallowing in her own problems and issues alone. On top of the family issues that she has, Betty visibly struggles with mental illness. She has an Ambiguous Disorder or undiagnosed mental disorder which is the root cause of her instability. Betty is speculated to be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, which is a mental disorder that involves extreme anger issues, highly intense emotions, wide mood swings, lack of impulse control, fear of abandonment, extreme black and white views, and self-destructive attitudes including self-injury, self mutilation and Self-Harm (when Betty's emotions or anger become too intense and overwhelming, she subjects herself to digging her fingernails into her palms until they are cut and bleeding). As if her struggles with family drama and mental illness aren't enough o keep poor Betty down, she also has a stalker in the Black Hood who has been causing her a great deal of emotional distress. He's been phoning her repeatedly and telling her to turn against her friends and loved ones by threatening to harm them if she doesn't do what he says or wants. The Black Hood has beaten Betty down into submission because she has such a strong fear of those she loves being harmed by the Black Hood. The Black Hood dilemma has caused Betty to become constantly paranoid, nervous and suspicious about her surroundings. Poor Betty similar can't catch a break and she's veered into The Woobie and Trauma Conga Line territory with how much pain and suffering she goes through.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She's the Gentle Girl to Jughead's Brooding Boy. She brings a smile and lighthearted side out of a normally brooding, sullen Jughead.
  • Brutal Honesty: Betty doesn't always mince her words and she will tell the blunt truth when she thinks its necessary. Sometimes she can come across as very harsh when she speaks her mind. It is almost impossible for her to keep secrets.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Betty is definitely NOT afraid to tell her mother Alice off when she feels that she's trying to control her life.
  • Can't Spit It Out: Has had a crush on Archie since second grade, but it's only until sophomore year that she actually says something. It doesn't have a happy ending.
  • Character Exaggeration: Downplayed. Comics!Betty can be passionate and Hot-Blooded with a bit of a temper, especially when Archie rejects her in favor of Veronica. But Television!Betty is downright Cute and Psycho with an Ax-Crazy side of her. Let's just say that Comics!Betty is an absolutely angel in comparison to Television!Betty who's done her fair share of morally questionable actions because of the significant change to her personality. Comics!Betty is mostly even-tempered and doesn't appear to get angry too easily while Television!Betty has a Hair-Trigger Temper and suffers some serious rage issues. The change in Betty's characterization and personality on the show is dramatically different from her comic book counterpart that Television!Betty has a combination of an Adaptational Personality Change, Adaptational Jerkass and even Adaptational Villainy—since she has a Jekyll & Hyde personality with a dark, sinister side of her personality called Dark Betty coming out to play from time to time.
  • Character Shilling: Other characters have a tendency to prop up Betty by referencing her as "the perfect girl". This happens on two particular occasions. In Chapter 1, Betty tearfully confesses her love to Archie but he rejects her in turn. He cites his reason for rejecting because Betty is too perfect and is much too good for someone like him. This was Archie putting himself down to prop Betty up as the perfect girl next door who he doesn't deserve. The other instance in which Betty was cited as being the perfect girl was in Chapter 10 at Jughead's birthday party. During a fight between Jughead and Betty, Jughead tells Betty that he thinks their relationship is on borrowed time and won't last because they couldn't be more opposite from each other. Jughead calls himself a weirdo loner and Betty the perfect girl next door who's a cheerleader. Both Archie and Jughead have referenced Betty as being "the perfect girl", even though she's so far from perfect going by the evidence seen on the show and some of the morally ambiguous and questionable actions that she's made. The occasional propping up of Betty may have something to do with Betty being a Creator's Favorite which in turn has caused her to come across as a Creator's Pet.
  • Character Tics: Betty has a tendency to frequently touch or play with her ponytail.
  • The Cheerleader: Naturally, given she's one of the most iconic in American Pop-Culture, Veronica pushes her into trying out for the squad. Betty eventually becomes one, to her mother's horror.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Archie have known each other their whole lives. She tried to upgrade it to Childhood Friend Romance, with failed results.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Being close to Archie for such a long time made her think it was going this route, but he doesn't return the sentiment. She pulls it off with Jughead, though.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Archie asked her to marry him after she helped him pass the second grade. Neither of them hold it seriously now.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It's evident that Betty definitely gets jealous of any girl that gets romantically involved with Archie. She got jealous of Veronica and Ms. Grundy for being romantically involved with him. Stops applying when she moves on from Archie and pursues a relationship with Jughead instead.
  • Color Motif: Pink and Light Blue. Betty is frequently seen wearing these two colors, highlighting the fact that she's a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak – a tomboyish girly girl who has both feminine and masculine traits.
  • Compassionate Critic: Betty constantly criticizes the behavior and actions of her closest friends but she only does it because she does care about them and just wants them to do the right thing. Betty was judgmental about Kevin's promiscuous behavior in the woods but she was judging him because she was both scared for his safety and she had argued that she only wanted Kevin to have a little respect for himself and not sleep around with a bunch of guys. Unfortunately, Betty's constant criticisms and preaching to her friends about being moral can come off as slightly judgemental and hypocritical since she's far from perfect and has done plenty of things that can be considered to be problematic and even immoral.
  • The Confidant: Betty is always willing to be a supportive friend by giving her friends much needed support, comfort or advice when they are facing problems and need to talk about them. Because of this, Betty is A Friend in Need who's very supportive of her friends and family when they need a helping hand. Even if Betty is facing tons of personal problems herself, she's the type of person who's willing top put her own issues on the back burner in order to give emotional support and comfort to others when they require it the most, part of what makes Betty a selfless person and a good, loyal friend.
  • The Conscience: Betty tries to play he role of moral compass for the group, despite not being completely moral and goody two shoes herself considering that she has a very dark and sinister side of her personality. She constantly preaches about how people should always do the right thing and she sometimes becomes critical and judgmental of others whenever they don't act moral enough. At the Jubilee in the Season 1 finale, Betty gives a speech about how the entire town of Riverdale needs to act better and behave more morally and that the citizens of Riverdale can do just that by making a difference in how they act, behave and treat others. Unfortunately for Betty, her conscience and her preaching of good morals ended up making her the main target of The Black Hood and his terror as he's been the one harassing her and getting her to break ties off with her friends.
  • Constantly Curious: Betty is always curious about everything and she loves to figure things out. Plus, she also works for Riverdale High's school newspaper so her curiosity is very much part of her character.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Alice constantly compares Betty to her older sister Polly, not just because of the fact that she looks a lot like her, but her relationship with Archie is very similar to Polly's relationship with Jason Blossom. Betty's mother Alice had a strong dislike and skepticism of Archie because she felt that he was so similar to Jason Blossom and that Betty was going to follow in the footsteps of her older sister and become just like Polly. Alice feared that Betty would become exactly like her older sister and turn out to be the rebellious Good Bad Girl who acted out and ended up getting into a relationship with Archie, who Alice views as bad news for Betty. Alice wanted Betty to stay away from Archie because she felt that he was just like Jason Blossom going by both his personality and the fact that he has a strong resemblance to him as well. Alice feared that Archie and Betty being together in a romantic relationship would be exactly like Jason and Polly and the end result would be the exact same with the Cooper and the Andrews becoming Feuding Families trying to keep their two kids from being together similar to Jason and Polly.
  • Creepy Good: Betty is a good person but there are times that she can come across as downright scary and intimidating such as when she gets angry or manipulates others and Dark Betty side comes out to play.
  • Cute and Psycho: Betty is generally a sweet Nice Girl, but she certainly does have an Ax-Crazy side to her personality. Betty seems to have some deep-seated rage issues at the least (not that Cheryl and Chuck weren't deserving targets). She showed that her dark and crazy side can come out any time and quite unpredictably. An example of her psychotic side coming out was in Chapter 3 when Dark Betty took over and she ended up changing her wardrobe entirely to an all-black Stripperific outfit with a black wig and stilettos. She decided to violently interrogate Chuck for his bullying of girls and his sexist, misogynistic attitude towards females in general. She interrogated Chuck violently by first drugging him and then turning the temperature of the hot tub to excruciatingly burning hot levels with the intention of burning and scalding Chuck in the hot tub. When that wasn't good enough of a punishment for Betty, she continued her violent interrogation of Chuck by using her high heeled foot to try and dunk his head underwater so that he would end up drowning. Betty's behaviour was so crazy, aggressive, and violent that she was clearly Axe-Crazy and showed how dangerous she really can be. Veronica was even uncomfortable with the behavior that she displayed while interrogating Chuck that she had to ask Betty what her actions were about. However, Betty told Veronica that she couldn't remember what she had done to Chuck the previous night meaning that she blacked out and morphed into a completely different alter ego and personality. Another example pf her psycho side coming out is in Chapter 15 when she went out of her way to blackmail and threaten Cheryl in the girls locker room that if she didn't go to FP Jones' trial and lie under oath about what he did (which as covering up Jason's murder) so that FP would earn a lighter sentence than what he deserves, then she would end up exposing the video which shows her father Clifford murdering Jason in cold blood on the internet. Cheryl even called Betty a "stone cold bitch" meaning that Cheryl (someone who's clearly not stable either) recognizes how psychotic and mentally unstable Betty is underneath that Stepford Smiler and Nice Girl facade. There's also the fact that Betty has some serious anger issues with a Hair-Trigger Temper that she can't seem to get under control. She also has impulse control issues and she has very intense emotions which cause her to lash out in a sometimes violent and aggressive manner. Betty's emotional and mental issues are the cause of her psychotic, crazy and unstable behavior and it's evident that she's suffering from some undiagnosed mental disorders. Betty may be suffering from some kind of Ambiguous Disorder or undiagnosed mental illness, with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) being the likely candidates. God forbid if Betty ever got handle of any kind of weapon because she would be very dangerous!
  • The Cutie: Subverted. At first, it seemed as if Betty was the sweet, lovable, adorable and endearing Girl Next Door. However, it's later on revealed that she's more of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing as she has revealed a very dark side of her personality. For the most part, Betty is still sweet and lovable but there's no doubt that she has a very unstable, sinister side that she keeps hidden beneath the Stepford Smiler surface.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Black Hood has been targeting her and everyone that she knows and loves because Betty somehow inspired him to do what he's doing which is hurting everyone who has sinned in the town of Riverdale. Betty has been completely tortured by The Black Hood's existent and it's clear that she's in trouble and in need of her loved ones support. Out of everyone, Betty appears to be the biggest one who's in danger and in need of protection which is why Archie had vowed to protect Betty and keep her safe so that she doesn't have to face the Black Hood drama alone.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Betty definitely comes from a very long line of dysfunctional family members, both distant and immediate. There's also the fact that Betty herself is obviously suffering from mental illness and she is deeply emotionally troubled due to the constant dysfunction that surrounds her family and her friends.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although having no where near Jughead's level of sarcasm and snarkiness, Betty can definitely spout a witty and sarcastic line or two especially when she's irritated or annoyed.
  • Death Glare: When Betty doesn't like or trust someone, she gives these. She gets Dull Eyes of Unhappiness when she's angry or upset and when she gets these, get out of her way as soon as possible because it won't be pretty!
  • Desperately Craves Affection: She spent so many years clinging to her hopes that Archie would love her the way that she wanted. Justified — she grew up in a troubled family with a very controlling, authoritarian mother and a stern, emotionally distant father. Betty even admits to Veronica that she has a liking for Jughead because he was there to provide emotional support for her during a tough time.
  • The Determinator: When Betty wants something, she's very determined and persistent and she's not the type to give up. She will always find a way to get what she wants even if she has to do morally shady things to get it. In fact, she's the type that's so determined that she's willing to manipulate and even blackmail, such as when she had threatened Cheryl that she would expose the video of Clifford killing Jason to the world if she doesn't do what she wants which is to lie under oath at FP's trial so that he would end up receiving a lighter jail sentence. When Betty wants something, she'll never give up. This is the same girl who septa over a decade of her life loving Archie (and not telling him about it) in hopes that he would love her back and want a Relationship Upgrade!
  • Deuteragonist: Betty is this while Archie is The Protagonist. She's the second main character after Archie and the main female character of the series. There's nearly as much focus on Betty as there is on Archie, although Archie still gets the most attention because he's The Protagonist and The Hero of the series after all. Veronica is the Tritagonist while Jughead fills the role of Supporting Tritagonist.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Played Straight. Betty has spent her entire childhood having feelings for Archie only for him to reject her and choose to be with Veronica over her. Needless to say, Betty didn't take Archie's rejection of her too well at first.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: For Archie. She spent the entirety of her childhood having a strong infatuation for Archie only for her to end up rejected by him in the end.
  • Dominatrix: While Betty is in her Dark!Betty alter ego, she becomes more sexually dominant and aggressive and appears to dress like she's into BDSM. In 1x03, Betty wore an all black Stripperific outfit alongside a short black wig. During her interrogation with Chuck, she acted like an aggressive and violent dominatrix when she chose to torture Chuck by threatening to burn Chuck up in the ho tub by turning the temperature of it extra hot and also by attempting to dunk Chuck's head underwater with her high heeled foot with the intention of drowning him. These acts are something that's common amongst those who are dominatrixes or those that are into BDSM sexuality. When she had put on her dominatrix costume on, out was evident that she was not herself and that she had become a completely different personality. When she's in her dark alter ego, she becomes sexually aggressive and violent.
  • Drama Queen: Downplayed. Sometimes Betty has a huge habit of blowing things out of proportion and she can react rather dramatically to situations. Betty has a habit of getting overly emotional over little things that aren't a big deal.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Betty is upset or gets angry, her eyes become a mixture of dull and crazy. When her eyes become like this, watch out and get out of her way!
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Despite being blonde haired, Betty completely breaks the "blondes are dumb and shallow" stereotype. In fact, Betty is very smart and is a straight A student. She's also a Badass Bookworm who loves to play the role of Amateur Sleuth and solve the ugly, dark mysteries of Riverdale.
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: Betty's ringtone is The '50s song "Lollipop" by The Chordettes. Considering that Betty is a Millennial and most Millennials have ringtones which are of mostly modern music like hip hop, rap, dance, pop, alternative, or rock, her ringtone is pretty unusual. Not to mention that every time her phone rings, her ringtone sounds uber creepy with the constant "Lollipop! Lollipop! Lollipop!" being sung in repetition. Makes it even creepier that when her phone is ringing, it's always the Black Hood on the other end of the line.
  • Enemy Within: Betty has a Split Personality in which she becomes very Jekyll & Hyde. She has a side that is nice, sweet, friendly, caring and compassionate and another side which is mean, aggressive, violent, domineering and controlling. Unfortunately for Betty, she becomes completely unpredictable and unrecognizable when she becomes her dark alter ego and she has no control over what she does. Betty appears to black out when she's Dark!Betty and she has no relocation of what she does when she's in her alternate personality. An example of her showcasing the dark side of her personality was in Chapter 3 when she dresses up as a Dominatrix by wearing Stripperific clothing along with a black wig. She then drugs Chuck and almost drowns him in a boiling hot tub by dunking his head under water with her high heeled shoe while interrogating him. Veronica felt that Betty was taking her punishment of Chuck too far, no matter how loathsome of a person he was. The next day, a concerned Veronica asks Betty about her strange behavior and Betty says that she doesn't remember what she did with Chuck at the hot tub. This was evidence that Betty is possibly suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder and that she has two or more personalities or alter egos. Betty having another personality where she's unaware of what she's doing could potentially be dangerous and pose a threat to those that she's close to because her darker alter ego is known to be very unpredictable.
  • Entitled Bitch: Betty starts to display very entitled traits in Season 2. She showed how entitled she is when she blackmailed Cheryl to do what she wanted by threatening to expose the video of her father killing Jason in cold blood if she didn't lie under oath at FP's trial so that FP would end up getting a less harsher jail sentence. There's also the fact that Betty showed somewhat of an entitled attitude regarding Archie. She became extremely bratty and irritated when Archie reacted her and showed more of an attraction to Veronica over her. She ended up avoiding Archie and Veronica and not talking to them because they were attracted to each other. Her entitled attitude was also shown in 1x11 when she proclaimed to both Archie and Veronica that she no longer wanted to speak to them or be friends with them ever again simply because they were trying to find to the truth about FP and his connection to Jason Blossom's murder by breaking and entering FP's home behind Betty's back to try to find evidence. Although Betty may not intend to act entitled, there's no doubt that she does display entitled tendencies when she doesn't get her way.
  • Extreme Doormat: Downplayed. Betty has openly admitted that she is a people pleaser and that she has always felt the need to be the perfect daughter, friend and sister, which means that even though she's completely capable of standing up for herself, she's somewhat of a doormat who lets people walk all over her and try to dictate what she should and shouldn't do with her life. Plus, Betty is way too forgiving of anyone who betrays her or hurts her and it makes her come across as a doormat for others to walk all over and continuously hurt over and over again. The times that Betty is shown standing up to her controlling mother were most likely a rarity before the series began.
  • Everyone Can See It: Within five minutes of knowing Betty, Veronica asks if Archie is her boyfriend.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Downplayed. Sure, Betty is pretty and looks like a Nice Girl who's a Girl Next Door, but she actually has a very dark, sinister and devious side to her personality. She's most definitely Cute and Psycho and she's slightly on the Ax-Crazy side if anyone crosses her or gets on her bad side. She's capable of being a big time Manipulative Bitch that's willing to blackmail or threaten someone in order to get their way such as when she blackmailed Cheryl to lie under oath at FP's trial. Even Cheryl was surprised at the ruthless and devious side of Betty's personality by calling her a "stone cold bitch". Betty may appear to be sweet, cute and Adorkable on the outside, but she sure has a very nasty, scheming, and devious side that will sometimes come out to play (the dark side of Betty is commonly referred to as "Dark!Betty").
  • Fag Hag: Subverted. Betty is close friend with Kevin Keller, who is the token gay guy of the show, in the beginning of the series. Although as of Chapter 16, she may not be anymore. They eventually go back to being friends again in Chapter 17 however and he even shows Betty support when he finds out that The Black Hood has sent her a letter threatening her and her loved ones. Also, even though Betty is friends with Kevin, he is not her only friend despite them being close since they were kids. Betty also has other friends that she hangs out with including Veronica, Archie and her boyfriend Jughead. Plus, Betty doesn't fit the stereotypical physical appearance of someone who's this trope since Betty is a pretty and attractive Girl Next Door.
  • Fallen Heroine: Subverted. She can sometimes slip into this state, thanks to her undiagnosed mental disorder.
  • Fanservice Pack: Played Straight. Betty always had a tendency to dress like the typical Girl Next Door and she was very tomboyish in the way she dressed. However, as Season 1 progressed and all the way into Season 2, Betty became much more self confident and started to wear more feminine clothing including dresses and revealing clothes. The only time that Betty would wear a fancy dress was when she was attending a school dance or formal event of some sort. There's also the occasion when she wore Stripperific clothing in Chapter 3 and Chapter 21. In Chapter 3, Betty had morphed into her darker alter ego (Dark Betty) and dressed up as a Dominatrix in sexy, revealing clothing. In Chapter 21, she downright stripped to her black lingerie and did a striptease for an entire bar filled with men. Over time, Betty has gone from unconfident, insecure tomboy to more confident, sensual girly girl. Most of the time, she's still wearing her regular girl next door attire however.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her Anger. Betty is Hot-Blooded with a violent temper and she has serious anger management issues. The intensity of her anger can be so extreme at times that she ends up resorting to Self-Harm by digging her fingernails into her palms until they are bleeding. This seems to be one of the few ways in which Betty is able to get control of her anger and impulse control issues. Betty's inability to control her anger is due to the probability that she's suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness or Ambiguous Disorder.
  • Five Philosophy Ensemble: Optimist. Of the Core Five (Six if you include Cheryl) which includes Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Betty, and Kevin with a side of Cheryl, Veronica is The Cynic, Archie is The Realist, Jughead is The Apathetic, Betty is The Optimist, and Kevin is the Conflicted. With the inclusion of Cheryl, she shares The Conflicted role with Kevin.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. Of the Core Five (Six if you include Cheryl) which includes Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty, Kevin with a side of Cheryl, Veronica is Choleric, Archie is Phlegmatic, Jughead is Melancholic, Betty is Sanguine and Kevin is Leukine. With the inclusion of Cheryl, she shares the Leukine role with Kevin.
  • Foil: To Veronica. Veronica and Betty couldn't be more opposite if they tried which makes them an Odd Friendship. Veronica is a big city girl who's from New York City while Betty is a small town girl who's from Riverdale. While Veronica is a Spoiled Sweet rich girl who comes from wealth, status and money, Betty is a Girl Next Door who comes from a middle class family. Veronica has a penchant for wearing fancy, expensive clothes and is very much The Fashionista who always tries to look fashionable while Betty often wears casual clothes such as jeans and tops/blouses and has a very girl next door wardrobe (the only time that Betty is seen dressing up is when she attending a social event or a formal occasion such as school dance, a formal event or a party of some kind). Veronica has black hair while Betty has blonde hair. Veronica has brown eyes while Betty has Innocent Blue Eyes. Veronica is an Alpha Bitch who has a kind, caring and gentle side to her personality while Betty is a Nice Girl who has a mean, bitchy, catty side to her personality. Veronica commonly wears dark colored clothes (mostly black) while Betty commonly wears light colored clothes (mostly pastel colors). Veronica is an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl who's snarky, sarcastic and edgy while Betty is a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold who's sweet, caring, and emotional. Veronica is more of an Ice Queen who is stoic, aloof and doesn't show too much emotion while Betty is more of a Nice Girl who is emotional, sensitive, and shows tons of emotion. Veronica constantly wears high heeled shoes while Betty constantly wears flat shoes. Veronica is always seen wearing her hair down whether curled or straightened while Betty is always seen wearing her hair up in a ponytail. Veronica has been romantically involved with Archie while Betty hasn't been romantically involved with Archie despite having romantic feelings for him since childhood.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Surprisingly, Betty is the Responsible Sibling to Polly's Foolish Sibling. While Polly was more wild and rebellious in personality (she partied a lot and eventually got pregnant with Jason's baby as a teenager), Betty is straight laced and obedient (she gets straight A's and is a perfectionist–basically the perfect daughter). Her mother Alice has a fear that Betty will turn out just like Polly and make the exact same mistakes that she made and that is why she's so incredibly controlling towards Betty.
  • Formerly Fat: The year before the events of the first season Betty was overweight enough for Cheryl to compare her to "season 5 Betty Draper". Though, this being Cheryl, Betty could've just been Hollywood Pudgy at the time.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Most of Betty's clothing are very form fitting and tight. That includes all of her jeans, tops, sweaters, and dresses. Betty is never seen wearing loose or baggy clothing.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Betty is the Id (emotional, passionate, hot-headed, impulsive) to Archie's Ego (balances between emotions and logic, mediator, middle man between Betty and Veronica) and Veronica's Superego (logical, cool, aloof, practical).
    • Betty is the Id (overly emotional, quick-tempered, impulsive, passionate), Veronica is the Ego (middle man between Cheryl and Betty, peacemaker, balanced between emotions and logic), and Cheryl is the Superego (intelligent, manipulative, aloof, logical).
  • Generation Xerox: Downplayed. Betty is very different from her mother Alice, but the one thing that she does share in common with her is her Manipulative Bitch tendencies. Both Alice and Betty have a tendency to manipulate and blackmail others so that they can get what they want. An example of Betty channeling her mother's behavior was when she ended up blackmailing and threatening Cheryl that she would expose the video of her father Clifford murdering her brother Jason to the world if Cheryl didn't do what she wanted. Betty also got Cheryl to lie under oath as well. Personality wise, it would appear as if Betty is the opposite of her mother, but really, she's a lot more like her mom than she wants to admit which is why they probably have a very strained relationship.
  • Genki Girl: Betty shows shades of this when she becomes excited or happy about something. It adds to her endearing and Adorkable qualities.
  • Girly Bruiser: Betty is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak and she's also an Action Girl who likes to seek adventure and get in the middle of all of the action that happens in Riverdale.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Partially at the urging of her abusive, controlling mother, Betty has numerous extracurriculars and stellar grades.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: What Betty's mother fears will happen because of her friendship with Veronica.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Downplayed. Betty is nice and friendly to pretty much everyone, but she doesn't take kindly to people that she sees as bad or to those that she doesn't like or trust. It's unwise to mistake Betty's kindness for weakness, especially when it comes to her enemies.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Downplayed. For the most part, Betty is a Nice Girl. But she does have a major Alpha Bitch and Jerkass side, especially when Dark Betty takes over. She can also be highly manipulative, bitchy and threatening at times. An example of her showing that she's not always the nice girl that she appears to be was in Chapter 15 when she decided to threaten and blackmail Cheryl into lying at FP's trial so that he would receive a lighter jail sentence for his crimes. Betty had told Cheryl that if she didn't so what she wanted, then she would have no problem exposing the video of her own father Clifford murdering her twin brother Jason in cold blood to the world. What makes it even worse is that Betty blackmailed Cheryl after she had just attempted suicide and had gone through a traumatic ordeal of losing her brother. So betty threatening that she's going to expose the video of her brother being killed so that it would trigger Cheryl's PTSD is one low blow from Betty. This is just an example exposing how mean, cold hearted and bitchy Betty can be. Even Cheryl had told Betty after blackmailing her that she's a stone cold bitch. In some ways, Betty is probably worse than Veronica on her worst day. However, it should be noted that Betty's bitchy and mean behavior could be a result of her suffering from an unknown Ambiguous Disorder or mental illness of some kind, most likely Multiple Personality Disorder (where another personality or alter ego takes over her and she completely blacks out) or Borderline Personality Disorder (where she ends up having extreme mood swings, impulse control issues and problems controlling her severe anger issues which causes her to lash out in a violent manner).
  • Girl Next Door: Her bedroom window looks literally into Archie's.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Betty is girly and feminine but she also has a tomboyish streak as she is mechanical and has a love of fixing cars.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Although she doesn't show it as much any more, there's no doubt that Betty has shown that she's jealous of Veronica. And why wouldn't she feel jealous and insecure when it comes to Veronica? Veronica has everything going for her including beauty, intelligence, popularity, wealth and of course, the guy Betty has always been in love with since childhood, Archie.
  • Hair Decorations: Betty will sometimes wear decorations in hair, normally when she's dressing up for a formal event such as a school dance.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Subverted. Betty is a blonde girl that appears as if she's the sweet, friendly Nice Girl. However she's hiding a very dark and sinister side to her personality which in turn makes her more of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Most of the time, she's a friendly and nice person, but she does show a nasty side when someone enrages her.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed. While her temper isn't explosive, it doesn't take much to get her angry or irritated. And when she does, she becomes Cute and Psycho to the extent that she comes across as threatening and murderous.
  • The Heart: She's the emotional aspect of the core group and she tries to get everyone together during times of need. She shares this role with Archie.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Gender-Inverted. Betty has had feelings for Archie, who is a redhead, since childhood.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Veronica. The two started out as somewhat enemies over their affections for Archie, but they eventually became so close to each other that they have Undying Loyalty to one another. Due to how emotionally inseparable they have become, not even a guy could tear apart their friendship. They're so close that they borderline on being a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
  • Holier Than Thou: Betty can be rather self-righteous sometimes. She believes she's always right and can come across as rather judgmental of other people's choices and actions. An example of her self-righteousness being noticeable was in Chapter 16 when she openly criticized Kevin for his lifestyle choices as a gay man. In return to Betty's criticisms and judgment, Kevin gave her a good tongue lashing by telling her that Betty's allowed to explore her BDSM sexuality and sexual freedom but it's not okay from Betty's perspective to explore his sexuality as a gay male in such a small town as Riverdale. Kevin told Betty that if she continues her judgmental and self righteous attitude about who he is and what he does as a gay man, then they weren't really friends to begin with. Betty showed a judgemental attitude when she saw Jughead with the Serpents putting on a Serpent jacket in Chapter 13. Betty can be really holier than thou because she believes that she's right which makes her think that she is some sort of moral authority and is on a morally higher ground than everyone else. Her friends are frequently calling Betty out on her judgemental and self righteousness.
  • Hollywood Personality Disorders: There's speculation that Betty suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Common signs and symptoms of being a Borderline Personality that Betty shows include fear of abandonment, intense emotions, wide/erratic mood swings, chaotic relationships with others, risk-taking behavior, impulsive behavior or lack of impulse control, feeling misunderstood, neglected, alone, or empty, feelings of self-loathing and low self-worth, unstable self-image, inappropriate feelings of anger, difficulty controlling emotions and impulses, and self-destructive behavior including Self-Harm and self-injury.
  • Hot-Blooded: Betty is rather passionate, hot headed and emotional with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Therefore, it isn't a good idea to even think of getting her pissed off or upsetting her because she's quite nasty when she's angry.
  • Hypocrite: DEAR LORD. Betty is always preaching about others being moral and doing the right thing yet Betty has done plenty of morally questionable actions to get what she wants. She used manipulation, blackmail, threats, and other underhanded means to accomplish something. An example is Betty blackmailing Cheryl in Chapter 15. Betty constantly judges Cheryl for being a bitch who's scheming cunning and manipulative, but Betty is no different than Cheryl in this regard. Betty, in fact, may be worse than Cheryl is because at least Cheryl is open about her bitchiness while Betty hides her bitchiness underneath a sweet, friendly Nice Girl facade. Cheryl pointed this out by calling Betty "a stone cold bitch". As a result of Cheryl calling Betty out, it exposed that Betty isn't the moral, good person that she always tries to appear to be and she is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. In Chapter 16, Kevin calls out Betty's hypocritical, judgemental attitude when Betty judges Kevin's lifestyle choices as a gay man. Kevin tells Betty that she lives in an idealistic world of pink clouds, first kisses, and milkshakes. And that because of her idealistic perspective about life in general, Betty wouldn't understand the struggles that he, as a gay boy in a small town such as Riverdale, would have to go through on a constant basis. Kevin says that Betty is hypocritical for judging him about his promiscuous behavior with other guys in the woods because it's okay to explore her BDSM sexuality while she's Dark Betty. He tells her if she can't accept what he does with his own life and continues to act like a hypocritical, judgemental person, then they were never friends to begin with.
  • Hysterical Woman: Played Straight. Betty is perceived as the most overly emotional and unstable out of all the female characters. She's intensely Hot-Blooded and has a very violent Hair-Trigger Temper. When she loses her temper, she can become Ax-Crazy. If Betty is not exploding with anger, then she displays a variety of other intense emotions. Not only does betty struggle with a violent temper and anger issues, but Betty is a Mood-Swinger meaning she has constant mood swings and changes. If she's not expressing Unstoppable Rage than she's seen crying or shedding tons of Broken Tears over her personal troubles. Because of the wide range of moods and emotions that Betty shows, there's speculation that she suffers from a variety of undiagnosed mental illnesses or Ambiguous Disorder(s). It's already been confirmed in canon that Betty takes Adderall. It's unknown if she suffers from ADHD or ADD or if Alice makes her take the medication to enhance her school performance. Although it hasn't been confirmed whether or not Betty suffers from ADHD and takes medication to control the disorder, there's a probability that Betty suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. Betty has 9/9 of the signs and symptoms of someone suffering from this the disorder (an individual only needs to be diagnosed with 5/9 of the signs to be officially diagnosed with BPD) such as a 1.) highly dysfunctional troubled family background, 2.) an intense fear of being abandoned or unloved, 3.) extreme, intense emotions, 4.) erratic, unpredictable, unstable, or wide moods swings, 5.) extreme impulse control issues, 6.) unpredictable outbursts of inappropriate anger, 7.) black and white views of morality, 8.) chaotic, intense, and unstable relationships with others, and 9.) self-destructive behaviors which result in Self-Harm. Although Betty has yet to be diagnosed with this disorder, Betty clearly shows signs of being a Borderline Personality. In addition to the probability of suffering from ADHD and BPD, Betty might be suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), also known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or Split Personality. The signs of Multiple Personality Disorder that Betty shows include having two or more personalities/alter egos and suffering from amnesia while in alter ego or alternate personality, and can't recall her actions or behavior when she was the alternate personality. The probability that Betty struggles with MPD was visible when she became "Dark Betty". She dressed up in a Dominatrix costume and interrogated Chuck in a violent, aggressive manner. The next day, Veronica confronted Betty about her strange behavior but Betty didn't recall what she was doing with Chuck during the previous night. No matter what possible mental disorder she's suffering from, Betty is commonly the character that's presented as overly emotional and mentally unstable. The other female character that matches her in emotional and mental instability is Cheryl Blossom. Ironically, Betty and Cheryl are related by blood because they are third cousins. So maybe mental instability runs in the Blossom genes.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Almost says this word for word to Archie in Chapter 13. Archie confronts Betty about whether or not she's really okay with him dating Veronica. Betty responds by telling Archie that unlike the first time she found out about them together, she's really okay with it this time because she's with Jughead and she just wants Archie and her friends to be happy. Archie is then about to tell Betty about his possible romantic feelings for her but it becomes an Aborted Declaration of Love when Betty stops him from saying what he was going to say to her. Betty tells Archie that it's great the way things are right now because they are all friends and she doesn't want to see that ruined. Betty states that everyone is happy and has found their "soulmates", who they are "meant to be with". Archie, on the other hand, looks very contemplative by what Betty is telling him, which gives the implication that Archie finally reciprocates Betty's romantic feelings but now it's too late because she's moved on and is in love with Jughead.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes <-> Icy Blue Eyes: Betty has very blue eyes that highlight her sweet, friendly personality. Her blue eyes also match her Hair of Gold. They, however, can become very icy and intense when she's angry or her dark side is pressed.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Veronica. Veronica is wealthy girl who's Spoiled Sweet from New York while Betty is a middle class Girl Next Door from Riverdale.
  • Inter-Class Romance: Betty’s clearly upper middle-class while Jughead’s a lot poorer and comes from the bad side of town. note 
  • Internalized Categorism: Betty has a dislike of the Blossom family, in particular Cheryl. She hates what the Blossoms stand for similar to her father Hal. In Chapter 12, Betty finds out that she's a Blossom herself, so in some ways, she actually hates a part of herself. Even now, Betty refuses to even acknowledge that she's a Blossom and that Cheryl is her distant cousin because so many of the actions of the Blossom family are highly criminal and shameful.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Restarts the Blue and Gold, Riverdale High’s newspaper, and develops into an Amateur Sleuth over the course of the show.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Betty manipulated and blackmailed Cheryl to lie under oath at FP's trial by telling her that she had the intention of exposing the video of her father Clifford killing his own son to the world. Betty felt that she had to act ruthless and manipulative in order to get what she wanted and she did. This only shows that when Betty really wants something, she'll cross some moral lines to get it.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Betty was desperate for Archie to love her back because deep down, there was a part of her that felt lonely and desired to be loved by someone. She Desperately Craves Affection, but considering the type of family that she grew up in, one with a controlling, stern mother and an emotionally distant, abusive father, it's completely understandable why Betty would crave to be loved by Archie or anyone really.
  • It's All About Me: Although Betty can be selfless at times, she also has a very selfish and self absorbed side to her. She has a habit of making everything about her even if she doesn't intend to. Unfortunately, this characteristic manages to get on the nerves of her friends and they end up calling her out on it.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Betty discovers that Archie ends up in a romantic relationship with Veronica. Even though Betty originally didn't take it very well the first time, she comes to accept the two of them together as she's also moved on with Jughead. It's clear that Betty just wants the two of her closest friends to be happy.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Betty has a light side of her personality that is the epitome of the Nice Girl who's sweet, kind, caring, empathetic, and compassionate. But she also has a dark side of her personality which can become more of an Alpha Bitch with a Hair-Trigger Temper and is very mean, spiteful, domineering and aggressive. When Betty becomes her dark side, she is called "Dark!Betty". Due to her Split Personality, there is much speculation that she suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder, which is when she has more than two personalities and ends up blacking out when she is in her dark phase or alter ego. Betty also doesn't remember her behavior when she becomes her darker alter ego such as when she nearly tried to kill Chuck in Chapter 3. When her dark alter ego took over completely, Betty became a completely different person than she normally is. She dressed up as a Dominatrix by wearing Stripperific clothes along with a black wig and high heels. She then interrogated Chuck in a violent manner because he was a slut shaming Straw Misogynist who bullied girls including her sister Polly. Dark Betty turned up the temperature of the hot tub very high so that she could burn Chuck in it. She also attempted to drown Chuck by using her foot to dunk his head under water. When Veronica asked Betty about her behavior the next day, Betty couldn't recall or remember what she had did during her interrogation with Chuck. It seems as if she blacked out completely once Dark Betty alter ego took over, an obvious sign that she's suffering from split personality. There are other times when Dark Betty has come out to play such as in Chapter 15 when Betty ends up threatening and blackmailing Cheryl to lie at FP's trial under oath so that he would get a lighter jail sentence. Betty had threatened Cheryl that if she didn't lie, she would have no problem releasing the video of her father Clifford murdering her brother Jason in cold blood to the rest of the world on the internet. Cheryl was absolutely shocked at the evil side of Betty coming out that she called her a "stone cold bitch". Although Betty is commonly the nice girl most of the time, there are plenty of times when Dark Betty comes out unpredictably. Betty definitely has a sinister, evil and dark side to her personality and she can be rather scary, threatening and intimidating when she's in her Hyde side.
  • Jerkass: Betty appears as if she's a nice girl but she is capable of being very mean, catty and bitchy. She also has manipulative and violent tendencies, such as when she blackmailed Cheryl that she would expose the video of her father murdering her twin brother in cold blood if she didn't lie under oath at F.P.'s trial so that he would get a much lighter jail sentence for his crimes. Betty also has a habit of acting incredibly hypocritical and self righteous towards others. If others aren't meeting her standards, she has a habit of acting judgemental and belittling them. Betty likes to pretend that she's a Nice Girl, but she's actually more of an bitch in sheeps clothing or more of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. There's no doubt that she has a mean side due to the dark side of her personality or because of the possibility that she's suffering from some undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder, most likely Borderline Personality Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder.
  • Just Friends: What her relationship with Archie currently is. After Archie had rejected her romantic advances, she decided to stay friends with him even though she was not very happy with Archie's rejection at first and the fact that he had chosen Veronica over her. However, as of the end of Season 2, Archie may be rethinking whether or not he sees Betty as only a friend and whether he actually does have romantic feelings for her after all.
  • Knight Templar: Betty can be extremely ruthless when it comes to getting what she wants. When she becomes ruthless and manipulative, she thinks that she's doing so for the right reasons. For example, Bratty ended up blackmailing and threatening Cheryl to lie under oath so that FP wouldn't be charged. She had threatened Cheryl that she would expose the video of her father Clifford killing her late brother Jason to the world if she didn't do what she wanted. Betty seemed to believe that what she was doing was good and heroic, but in reality, she came off as a Manipulative Bitch who was cunning and scheming. Cheryl even told Betty that she was a "stone cold bitch". There's no doubt that Betty is not as sweet, kind and heroic as she tries to make herself off to be and she's very much a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who's willing to act nice and friendly but will also become very ruthless and threatening in order to get what she wants.
  • The Lancer: Betty sometimes serves as this role to Archie who is The Hero. If Jughead, who is The Lancer to Archie by default, isn't the one going on investigations or missions with Archie, then it's Betty who plays the tag along role to Archie. Betty serves as a Foil for him because not only is she pretty much the Distaff Counterpart to Archie but they are sort of a Brains and Brawn duo—Archie is the Brawn who relies on his athletic capabilities and physical strength to accomplish things while Betty is the Brains who relies on her intelligence, smarts, and detective skills to accomplish things. In many ways, Betty is a female replacement for Jughead in the tag along role to Archie. Considering that Archie and Betty are Childhood Friends who've always been there for each other since they were children, it'd make sense that they would fall into Action Duo and even Battle Couple territory.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The Light to Veronica's Dark. She's a sweet Girl Next Door while Veronica is an edgy Fallen Princess.
  • Light Is Good: Betty has blonde hair, wears a lot of light colored clothing and is a good person and a Nice Girl to boot. However, it's subverted later on. Betty is still a nice girl for the most part but she has a very dark and sinister side to her that she desperately tries to repress. The dark side of her is called "Dark Betty" and it's a side of her that can be rather violent, aggressive and manipulative. Betty having a dark side to her makes her more of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, someone who appears to be the epitome of goodness and kindness, but is actually hiding a dark, sinister side.
  • Light Is Not Good: As friendly as she appears to be, she can be very manipulative and cunning at times.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Betty is kind and pleasant most of the time, but can turn unbelievably nasty fast. This is a trait she shares with her dad.
    • It is also revealed by Jughead's dad that her parents relation might have an inverted take on the Uptown Girl relation she has with Jughead. Her mother was also a South Side Serpent, while her father, who comes from an offspring of the Blossom clan, was upper middle class.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She's this to both Archie and Jughead. Since Betty has known Archie since they were kids and have been best friends since childhood, Archie depended on Betty a lot and she was always the person that he could turn to when things got bad for him. She's this to Jughead because she's his girlfriend and Jughead depends on her for emotional comfort and support especially when things get rough for him.
  • Long Lost Sibling: According to Betty's mother, Betty (and Polly) actually has a long lost elder brother who Alice had given up for adoption when she was a teenager.
  • Love Confession:
    • Attempts one on Archie in Chapter 1. It doesn't end well.
    • Finally shares a mutual one with Jughead in Chapter 13.
  • Love Hungry: Betty Desperately Craves Affection and very much wanted Archie to reciprocate her love and feelings for him. When he didn't and ended up rejecting her instead, Betty didn't take it too well at the beginning. Eventually, she does remain Just Friends with Archie and starts a relationship with Jughead who has managed to be the one to provide the emotional love, support and comfort that Betty desperately needed during her troubled times. Whether it's Archie or Jughead, Betty just has a desire to be loved by someone mostly because she probably felt a lack of love and support from the dysfunctional family that she grew up in.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Downplayed. Betty has displayed some irrational behavior in regards to Archie. When she discovered about Archie's affair with Ms. Grundy, she went out of her way to investigate Ms. Grundy and find out any information that he could dig up about her in attempts to bring her down for sleeping with Archie. When her mother Alice threatens to expose Archie's scandalous affair to the cops not just to have Grundy arrested but also to expose Archie and make him come off as the non golden boy with a non shiny reputation, Betty blackmails her mother by threatening to out the dirty secrets of the Cooper family if she doesn't leave Archie alone and back off her personal vendetta against him. While writing in her diary, Betty even lampshades that love can make you do crazy things in which she did when it pertained to Archie in Chapter 4.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Betty, who's more upbeat, optimistic and enthusiastic, helps to bring happiness and light heartedness to an often brooding, sullen and loner Jughead.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In 2x02, Betty blackmailed Cheryl by telling her that she will share the video of her father murdering Jason. And she got Cheryl to lie under oath on top of it.
  • Mommy Issues: DOES SHE EVER HAVE THEM! Betty's mom, Alice is an extremely controlling, manipulative and authoritarian parent towards Betty. She tries to have absolute control over every single aspect of Betty's life. Alice is constantly pushing Betty to be the perfect person in every way, whether it's to be the perfect daughter, sister or student. Because of this, Betty feels immense pressure to be perfect in everything that she does which has led Betty to become massively insecure and fearful of disappointing people. She has major self-esteem and self-worth issues due to Alice's emotional abuse. Betty has spent the majority of her life being an Extreme Doormat for her mom until recently, when she has found the courage and the strength to call out Alice for her controlling behavior and to stop treating her as the second coming of Polly. It's clear that because of Alice's abusive and controlling attitude towards Betty, her relationship with Alice is highly strained and tension-filled. However, despite Betty's issues with her mother, Betty still loves her mom and will protect her when she has to. As of Season 2, their relationship is less tension-filled than it was in Season 1 and there seems to be some progress in resolving their issues.
  • Mood-Swinger: Betty can go from being sweet and friendly to angry and murderous with ease. The dramatic shift in her mood could be because she has such a Hair-Trigger Temper when she gets angry. The switch in her personality when she becomes pissed is downright scary and threatening. Her abrupt change in moods highlights the fact that Betty suffers from some unknown Ambiguous Disorder or mental illness, most likely Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Morality Pet: For Veronica. Veronica's a good person, but rough around the edges and prone to occasional bitchiness. However she will always—always—put Betty first. It's clear that no matter how she feels about Archie, Veronica treasures Betty's friendship above all else.
     Tropes N to Z 

Tropes N to Z

  • Nice Girl: Played with. She is genuinely kind, good, and caring, but does have a suppressed dark side and manipulative tendencies. Since she has a dark side of her personality, she qualities as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, someone who appears to be friendly and nice but is actually bitchy and manipulative underneath the friendly facade.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Downplayed. When Betty found out about Archie and Veronica's little rendez-vous in the closet, she didn't take it all that well. She then confessed to Archie that she loved him and questioned whether he felt the same way about her, but he said that he didn't because he didn't feel he was good enough for a girl like her. Archie's rejection of Betty caused their friendship to be temporarily strained for while but eventually, they became friends again. When Archie and Veronica end up dating, Archie is hesitant to tell Betty about his relationship with Veronica because of how badly she took them being together the first time. Betty ends up accepting Archie being with Veronica and she moves on with Jughead.
  • Oblivious to Love: Inverted. Betty started out having unrequited romantic feelings for Archie since she'd been pining for him for over a decade since childhood. Now that Betty has supposedly put her romantic feelings for Archie on the back burner and has pursued a romantic relationship with Jughead instead, Archie is the one who's finally reciprocating Betty's romantic affections. In a complete inverse, Archie is developing ambiguously romantic feelings for her, much to Veronica's chagrin. As a result, it's become an Unrequited Love Switcheroo with Betty being completely unaware and oblivious to Archie's feelings and the Longing Looks he's been giving her from a distance. Veronica appears to notice Archie's ambiguous feelings for Betty and it hasn't gone unnoticed by her. She even calls Archie out on his feelings in the Season 1 finale.
  • Odd Couple: Played Straight with Jughead. They couldn't be more opposite from each other if they tried and it seems as though they have nothing in common. Betty is an upbeat, energetic, optimistic girl-next-door who's a cheerleader while he's a pessimistic, brooding, cynical loner who's a nerdy bookworm. Jughead even lampshades how different they are from each other and because of the fact that they are so opposite, he feels that their relationship may not last because of it.
  • Odd Friendship: Veronica is a Rich Bitch, Ice Queen, and Alpha Bitch who hails from New York and wears lots of expensive and fancy clothing while Betty is the classic archetypical Girl Next Door who's the Nice Girl, is from Riverdale, and dresses more casually. They couldn't be more different from each other when it comes to personalities and backgrounds yet the two are best friends and have Undying Loyalty to one another.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full given name is Elizabeth but she prefers to be called Betty. Everyone who knows her, whether they are friends, family, acquaintances, or even enemies, always calls her Betty.
  • The Ophelia: Downplayed. Betty is a very beautiful girl, but it's obvious by her strange behavior that she's mentally unstable and is suffering from a mental disorder of some kind. Betty battles serious rage issues and has high intense emotions and mood swings. She has Self-Harm tendencies particularly when her rage and emotions become too overwhelming for her. When she injures herself, she digs her fingernails into her palms so hard that they bleed. There's a few mental disorders that Betty is speculated to be suffering from including Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. Her elder sister Polly fits this trope even better because not only does Polly have intense emotional, mental issues who acts like a Cloudcuckoolander but Polly was sent away to an institution for troubled youth and teens because of her mental and emotional instability. It appears as though mental illness and emotional instability is part of the Blossom and Cooper genetics.
  • Opposites Attract: Outwardly, she and Jughead are very different with contrasting personalities, upbringing and even hair colours. Inwardly, they are more well-matched.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Betty was overlooked by Archie when he first laid eyes on Veronica. When Veronica came into Pop's Diner, Betty became non-existent to Archie. He was so Distracted by the Sexy for Veronica that he completely zoned out what Betty was trying to tell him—which was that she wanted a Relationship Upgrade with Archie. As a result, Betty was very insecure and jealous of Veronica because Veronica was able to attract Archie within second of seeing him while she has spent a decade pining for him and Archie never realized that she had feelings for him. Not only does Betty feel overshadowed by Veronica with regards to Archie's affections, but she also feels overshadowed by her in regards to wealth and money. Veronica is a rich girl who is privileged and cultured and she was someone that got everything that she wanted in life. Betty, on the other hand, is merely a Girl Next Door with tomboyish tendencies and she not anywhere as sophisticated and stylish as Veronica is. There's also the fact that Veronica can easily attract the opposite sex with ease while the opposite sex tends to overlooked Betty. Finally, Betty might now feel overshadowed by Veronica in terms of school status and popularity. She immediately became friends with all of Betty's friends, became Captain of the cheerleading squad, and got into a relationship with the most popular guy at Riverdale High in Archie. Even though Betty has managed to put her insecurities aside and befriend Veronica, there's no doubt that Betty still feel somewhat inferior next to Veronica in some ways.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Averted in this adaptation. Comics!Betty is a sporty girl and is highly athletic. She likes to play male-oriented sports such as baseball and she's good at swimming. However, TV!Betty isn't as athletic as her comic book counterpart. Instead, TV!Betty is only a cheerleader and on the high school cheerleading squad.
  • The Perfectionist: Betty sees herself as this. She has to be a star academic, the good girl, and slim. She grows more confident in her skin later on.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Betty is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak and she likes to wear a lot of pink colored clothing. In addition to her penchant for wearing pink, her entire room is painted light pink.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite the negativity that surrounds her, she retains a cheerful attitude although she could be seen as more of a Stepford Smiler who's hiding her issues beneath a cheery facade.
  • The Pollyanna: Betty never stops being as positive, cheerful and optimistic as she can, no matter what the circumstances. However, it appears that it's getting harder and harder for her to remain the optimistic and positive person that she is with all of these personal issues that keep piling up for her ad providing her with a constant challenge at finding some semblance of peace and happiness. It seems as of Season 2, Betty has become more of a hopeless Broken Bird who is so emotionally broken down from all the troubles that she's going through that she's starting to gain Jade-Colored Glasses. And honestly? Who can blame betty for becoming hopeless? Her life is miserable after all.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: Played Straight. Betty is a cheerleader and is part of the high school cheerleading squad called the Riverdale Vixens. Despite being a cheerleader, she's also a reasonably Nice Girl and she doesn't fit the typical stereotype of The Cheerleader archetype.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: To Jughead. Comics!Betty and Comics!Jughead were never really each others' love interests, but Betty gets with him in the show. Instead, they were Platonic Life Partners who were just close friends and Jughead often served as somewhat of a confident for Betty, especially when it came to matters pertaining to Archie and her relationship with him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Betty is the Red Oni (she's hot-headed, passionate, overly emotional, and intense) to Veronica's Blue Oni (she's cool, aloof, logical, and unemotional most of the time).
  • Related in the Adaptation: It's revealed in Chapter 12 that her ancestors and the Blossom's were brothers, thus making her and Polly third cousins with Cheryl and Jason.
  • Self-Harm: Betty displays self-harm and self-injury tendencies but from what's been seen of her self-harming tendencies, they appear to be minor for now. An example of Betty self-harming was when Cheryl is berating her, she squeezes her hands so tight that her nails cut into her palms. She does this again in Chapter 10 when Chuck mentions her going "Dark Betty" as she is barely able to contain her anger. Later on, she shows her cut up palms to Jughead when she tells him that she has a very dark, sinister side filled with tons of rage and anger that she has a hard time repressing or keeping hidden beneath the surface. Betty's proneness to self harm is an indicator or a symptom of the undiagnosed mental illness or Ambiguous Disorder that she's struggling with. Since Betty is prone to self-injury and has issues controlling her emotions, anger and impulse control, it's speculated that she suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. Those who struggle with Borderline Personality are well known to suffer from self-destructive behaviours, which includes self-harm and self-injury and could include anything from substance abuse, cutting/self-mutilation (normally on the arms, wrists or legs), eating disorders, and unsafe, promiscuous sexual activity.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Normally, Betty is a regular Girl Next Door. She's a girly tomboy who doesn't dress up in provocative, sexy clothing. But when "Dark Betty" (her darker alter ego), she's much more sexually aggressive, dominant, and provocative in the way she acts and dresses. As Dark Betty, she dresses up in Stripperific attire that reveals a lot of skin. In one instance in Chapter 3, Betty dressed up like a Dominatrix accompanied with a black wig and black high heeled shoes. While dressed up in this provocative attire, Betty looked like a completely different person who's the opposite of her regular personality. When Betty is her normal personality, she's commonly seen wearing casual clothes such sweaters, tops and jeans along with ballet flats or Converse like sneakers.
  • Shadow Archetype: Betty has a very dark, sinister side of her personality commonly known as "Dark!Betty". There's speculation she's suffering from Split Personality or Multiple Personality Disorder because she has two distinct personalities. When Betty is her darker alter ego, she is unable to remember her actions or behaviour when she's the other personality, indicating that she blacks out when she's her darker or shadow self. Unfortunately for her, the dark side of her personality is unpredictable and can come out any time, anywhere and any place which makes Betty somewhat unstable, scary and dangerous.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Betty is very casual and down to earth in what she wears to school or in everyday life. She has the appearance of a tomboyish Girl Next Door. However, when she dresses up in fancier, trendier clothing and does her hair and makeup, normally for school dances or other formal events, Betty looks striking and very feminine. When she dresses up, she has a Girliness Upgrade.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Played Straight. Betty was in love with Archie, who's the most popular boy, the Big Man on Campus and the School Idol of Riverdale High.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One reason she's attracted to Archie is because he's a genuine Nice Guy. Betty loves that Archie is kind, caring, empathetic, supportive and is always willing to help a friend in need. Betty loved Archie beyond his good looks and this is proven when Kevin Keller mentioned that Archie "got hot over the summer". This indicated that Archie may not have been the hottie that he is currently, and he may have been more of an awkward, Adorkable nerd (like his comic book counterpart), but Betty still loved him nonetheless even though he wasn't the handsome athlete that he is right now. This trope is also one of the reasons Betty got into a romantic relationship with Jughead — it's not his background or personality, but rather that he’s compassionate, and was understanding and supportive during an emotionally difficult time.
    Veronica: Did I just notice Riverdale High’s very own Holden Caulfield, put his arm around you?
    Betty: [smiling] Okay, so, the past couple of days I haven’t been in a great place emotionally and, Jughead was really there for me.
    Veronica: Oh my god, swoon!
  • The Sociopath: Downplayed. Betty is sociopathic when she's "Dark Betty". She's emotionless, ruthless, manipulative and violently Ax-Crazy while she's her darker alter ego. Betty's sociopathic side has come out to play on two particular occasions throughout the series: In Chapter 3, Betty violently interrogated Chuck by drugging him, burning him up to dangerously high levels while in the hot tub, and attempting to drown him by dunking his head underwater with her high heeled foot. Betty aggressively yelled at him and tortured him without feeling any sense of guilt or remorse about almost killing another human being no matter how much of a Straw Misogynist and Smug Snake Chuck is. Because Betty showed such violent and aggressive behavior while interrogating Chuck, Veronica was extremely concerned about Betty's mental state. She felt that Betty took her actions against Chuck much too far, even for someone as vile as Chuck. In Chapter 15, Betty showed her sociopathic side once more when she threatened and blackmailed Cheryl to lie at FP Jones trial so he's receive a lighter jail sentence for his crimes—the crime being that FP covered up the murder of Jason's murder. Betty threatening Cheryl in such a way was manipulative, unstable and menacing. Underneath that Nice Girl and Girl Next Door facade is a very dark, manipulative, violent and sinister personality just brewing beneath the surface. Unfortunately for Betty, she admits to having a very difficult time keeping her dark side at bay and it proves to be a challenge for her. Her sociopathic, violent and crazy side could be a sign of the unknown Ambiguous Disorder that she's been struggling with. Since Betty struggles with severe rage issues, Betty is possibly suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. And since she blacks out and becomes a different personality, she could be suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. See Sociopathic Hero entry below.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Downplayed. When Betty becomes blind with anger or rage, she becomes The Sociopath who who shows no problems with threatening to murder people. She has an unstable Axe-Crazy side of her personality plus she's prone to using violence, threats, blackmail and manipulation to achieve her goals. Her sociopathic side is a result of her suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder or some sort.
  • Split Personality: In Chapter 3,, Betty shows signs of someone who is not mentally well. As she was interrogating Chuck, she became a completely different person. She acted edgier by putting on a black wig and dressing extra sexy, similar to that of a Dominatrix. The Dark Betty was clearly acting as an alter ego for Regular Betty as she represented everything that Betty wasn't. The next day when Veronica had asked her about her very strange behavior with Chuck ... Betty says she can't remember what happened and questions what Veronica is talking about.
  • Spoiled Brat: She definitely shows shades of spoiled and bratty behaviour whenever she doesn't get her way. When she doesn't get her way, sometimes Betty resorts to throwing a temper tantrum or getting into a hissy fit of anger. There are times when she comes across as more spoiled and bratty than Veronica.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Implied and played with. Considering that Betty was majorly in love with Archie for years, lives right next door to him and can see right into his room from her very own window, there is no doubt that Betty has watched (more like stalked) Archie and admired him from afar.
  • Stepford Smiler: Betty has a lot of complex emotional issues which she typically keeps behind a peppy smile, especially apparent when she interacts with her parents.
  • Stripperific: As Dark Betty, she dresses up in very provocative, revealing and sexy clothing. In Chapter 3, she dressed up like a dominatrix. She wore black lingerie, a black wig and black stiletto high heels. Her sexy attire was a pure indication that she wasn't herself and was in her darker alter ego. In Chapter 21, Betty dressed up in a sexy, revealing outfit and does striptease for a group of older men in a bar, another time in which Dark Betty made her appearance. Whenever Betty is wearing revealing clothing, it's a pure sign that something is wrong with Betty and that she's not herself and has morphed into her Dark Betty persona.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Subverted. Betty becomes this when her evil side, commonly known as Dark Betty, comes out. As Dark Betty, she's ruthless, cunning, manipulative and even violent. Once Dark Betty takes over, she becomes unpredictable and dangerous. Such an example of her Dark Betty behavior was in Chapter 3 when she violently interrogated Chuck by drugging him and attempting to kill him by burning him up in the hot tub and dunking his head underwater. She shows little to no remorse for her ruthless and violent actions when she's Dark Betty because she noticeably blacks out during that time.
  • Supporting Leader: When Archie, who is the de facto leader of the core group, isn't taking the lead in most of the missions or plans, Betty often steps up and leads the core group of people. Sometimes she serves as The Lancer to Archie (Jughead also shares The Lancer role to Archie with Betty from time to time). However, Betty interchanges the supporting leader role with Veronica because Veronica is the main love interest of Archie.
  • Sweater Girl: Betty commonly wears a lot of tight-fitted sweaters, mostly in pastel colors such as white and pink. Her penchant for wearing tight sweaters appears to be her clothing trademark along with her signature Tomboyish Ponytail.
  • Tender Tears: Betty crying is a heartbreaking sight to see, especially since she cries so prettily.
  • Tomboy: Only in comparison to more girly girls like Veronica, Josie and Cheryl. Betty is capable of being feminine but overall, she has more tomboyish tendencies than the other girls in the series. Betty doesn't dress up in fancy expensive clothing, style her hair, adorn herself with lots of jewelry and accessories, and wear excessive amounts of makeup the way Veronica, Cheryl and even Josie do. She's rarely seen to be wearing dresses, skirts and high heels like Veronica—unless it's for a school dance or formal event—and she's commonly wearing sweaters, tops and jeans along with ballet flats or sneakers. Her hair is always put up in her trademark Tomboyish Ponytail although she occasionally wears her hair down. She's a Wrench Wench who loves cars and is a highly effective mechanic (just like her comic book counterpart)–the activity of fixing automobiles is male dominated and if done by girls, have a tendency to be tomboys or on the tomboyish side. Unlike her comic book counterpart, Betty isn't the Passionate Sports Girl who has a love of baseball and swimming, but she's technically on the athletic side because she's a cheerleader.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Betty is the Tomboy to Veronica's Girly Girl. However, Betty classifies as more of a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak since she's still rather feminine despite her tomboyish tendencies. Betty shows her tomboyishness through her love of fixing cars and being an effective mechanic. Betty is also athletic, although not nearly the Passionate Sports Girl her comic book counterpart is.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: One of Betty's defining physical traits is her trademark ponytail. She is rarely seen not wearing her hair in a ponytail and it's a very rare occurrence when she's seen wearing her hair down or in any other hairstyle. The fact that she wears her hair in a ponytail fits her tomboyish Girl Next Door personality.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Betty is a tomboy but she has plenty of feminine characteristics, qualities and traits. She has an obvious love of the color pink— her entire room is painted in light pink, she wears dresses from time to time (but normally for a form event such as a school dance), and she wears makeup. She has a preference for wearing casual clothes but nonetheless, she's a girly tomboy.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Betty probably has the most screwed up life out of all the main characters (and the other main characters lives are pretty screwed up as it is!).
  • True Blue Femininity: Betty can be seen wearing a lot of blue colored clothing. That is if she's not in the mood for wearing pink clothes.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Archie, Veronica, Jughead and her sister Polly. She'll do anything for those that she loves, even if she has to conduct morally ambiguous deeds to protect them.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Betty doesn't wear a lot of makeup or dress up in fancy expensive clothing like Veronica does and she is always wearing casual clothing along with her trademark Tomboyish Ponytail. But regardless, Betty still manages to be a very pretty Girl Next Door.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Betty battles serious issues with controlling her anger and her temper. She lets her anger take control of her to the extent that she ends up conducting Self-Harm by digging her nails into her palms until they cause cuts and they bleed. Betty has a Hair-Trigger Temper plus impulse control issues that she has troubles controlling. The girl is in serious need of anger management therapy.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: Betty is always trying to please her parents and do everything that they want. She has openly said that she tries so hard to impress everyone, including her parents, by being the perfect daughter, the perfect friend and the perfect sister. Betty always feels like she has to please people, especially her mother. If she doesn't, her self esteem goes downwards.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Betty acts pretty ruthlessly when she wants to achieve something. But when she does conduct morally shady behavior to achieve her agenda, mission or goal, Betty's intentions are still noble and well-intentioned. For example, Betty blackmailed Cheryl and told her that she would release the video of her father murdering her twin brother on the internet. Betty may have been manipulative by blackmailing Cheryl to get what she wanted but it was for a good reason. She did it because she wanted to help Jughead and FP. She also manipulated and blackmailed Cheryl and forced her to lie under oath at FP's trial because she tried to get FP a lighter jail sentence. Betty's ruthless, manipulative side comes out to play when she is desperate to achieve something that's important to her.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Archie. Archie and Betty have much Unresolved Sexual Tension and history between them. Because of Archie's now ever ambiguous romantic feelings for Betty, it's difficult to tell what the future of their relationship will be. They are Just Friends for now as Archie is currently in a relationship with Veronica while Betty is in a relationship with Jughead. Even though the both of them are in other relationships, there's a strong bond and connection between Archie and Betty and there always will be because they have the history of being best friends since childhood. The relationship between Archie and Betty has now become more complicated because now that Betty is happy in a relationship with Jughead, Archie is now showing some romantic feelings for Betty given the Longing Looks that he's constantly giving her from a distance. It's an inverse of the situation as Archie has feelings for Betty and she's oblivious about them when before, Betty was the one who had feelings for Archie and he was the one who was oblivious. Archie and Betty's relationship is a giant question mark when it comes to the future of their relationship.
  • Woman Scorned: Double Subverted. After Archie rejects Betty once she confesses her feelings for him, Betty appears to accept that he doesn't feel the same way for her that she does for him. However, Betty clearly doesn't take the rejection that well at first. Once Betty discovers that Archie has a romantic interest in Veronica and is engaged in a sexual relationship with Ms Grundy, Betty chooses to distance herself from both Archie and Veronica by avoiding them which causes a strain in their relationship. Regarding Ms. Grundy, Betty tries to dig up info about Ms. Grundy so that she can expose her for her scandalous relationship with Archie. Betty was the indirect cause for Ms. Grundy being exposed for having an affair with a minor and leaving town as a result. So, in some ways, Betty got her revenge for Archie's rejection.
  • Wrench Wench: Betty is mechanical and she has a love of fixing cars. She's been seen fixing cars with her father Hal on the show. In Chapter 20, Betty is once again seen fixing Jughead's car so that it's prepared for the drag race. Like her comic book counterpart, Betty appears to be a competent mechanic.
  • Yandere: Downplayed for Archie. Betty was passionately in love with Archie since she was four years old! In other words, Betty spent over a decade, meaning 10+ years!, pining for Archie in secret (while he remained in complete oblivion) and hoping he would reciprocate her feelings. She's a Clingy Jealous Girl towards him and is threatened by nearly anyone getting within Archie's presence or vicinity. An example of Betty acting jealous and possessive over Archie is in Chapter 1 when Archie first laid eyes on Veronica after she arrived in Riverdale and came to Pop's Diner. Betty was visibly annoyed and unamused by Archie's attention being focused on Veronica. Betty got Dull Eyes of Unhappiness, which means trouble because of Betty's mental instability and is a clear sign of an unhappy Betty. It's likely that Betty was a Stalker With a Crush as she lived right next door to Archie and could see right into his room from her very own window. Betty probably spent a lot of time watching Archie and admiring him from afar. She didn't take it too well when Archie rejected her and later on, when Archie and Veronica got closer. Betty's strong codependence and attachment to Archie is a result being Love Hungry because she Desperately Craves Affection. She manages to tone down her severe attachment to Archie (something that seemed to be near impossible before!) once she attempts to move on and enters into a relationship with Jughead. In the comics, Comics!Betty was so romantically obsessed with Archie to such extremes that in some of the storylines, she did some morally questionable things to get Archie's attention and gain Archie's affections. There was an instance when Comics!Betty wanted to MURDER Archie simply for rejecting her!
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Betty wears knee high socks while she is in her practice cheerleading outfit. All of the cheerleaders wear knee high socks along with their cheerleading attire.
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