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Cheryl Blossom

Played By: Madelaine Petsch

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Tell us Veronica, what's so fresh about defiling Archie Andrews in a closet?
Cheryl Blossom is the daughter of Clifford Blossom and Penelope Blossom. She is the fraternal twin sister of Jason Blossom. She's the resident Alpha Bitch and mean girl of Riverdale High. She's the head cheerleader of the high school cheerleading squad called the River Vixens. Her twin brother Jason is murdered, launching the series' plot. Although she had a personal vendetta against Betty and Veronica in the beginning, she starts to go through Character Development and gets over her animosity towards the both of them. Cheryl manages to become friends with Veronica, another wealthy girl with popularity and status, so much that Cheryl considers Veronica to be her Only Friend. Cheryl is considered an outsider to the core group, but as of lately, she plays the role of Sixth Ranger to Archie's gang.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Downplayed in regards to Archie. Cheryl is a physically beautiful girl but Archie is clearly turned off by her advances towards him mostly because of her rather unpleasant personality. When Cheryl tries to come onto him by kissing him, he pushes her away and tells her that he's not interested because he has a girlfriend. She may start to become this to Josie. It's implied that Cheryl is the stalker who's sending strange anonymous gifts to Josie. On elf the strange gifts that Cheryl gave Josie was a pigs heart in a box along with a threatening note that said If I Can't Have You... than NO ONE CAN! This caused Josie to be significantly creeped out. However Cheryl ended up gaslighting Josie by framing Chuck for sending her the gift when it's strongly apparent that Cheryl was the one who sent the gift because she has an obsession with Josie. Add onto the fact that Josie is presumably straight is currently developing a romance with Reggie, it makes Cheryl's obsessive crush on Josie even more creepy and strange.
  • Abusive Parents: Cheryl's parents behave horribly towards her, especially her mother Penelope. Her father Clifford is a sociopath who's emotionally distant and doesn't care about Cheryl whatsoever. Even when Clifford does give Cheryl any kind of attention, it's of the negative kind. Clifford seemed as if he constantly overlooked Cheryl and only cared about Jason. But it turns out that Clifford didn't genuinely love either of his children because he ignored Cheryl and murdered Jason in cold blood. Penelope treats Cheryl much worse than Clifford does and that's an understatement. Clifford pretended that Cheryl didn't exist but Penelope knows Cheryl exists but she just treats her like the scum at the bottom of her shoe. This makes Penelope's treatment towards Cheryl all that much worse. Penelope is emotionally and physically abusive towards Cheryl. Cheryl is clearly The Unfavorite for Penelope and she showed Parental Favoritism towards Jason. The one time that Penelope showed any emotion whatsoever was matters pertaining to Jason. Cheryl might as well not exist to Penelope because that's how much Penelope either ignores her or abuses her.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Cheryl is not only an Alpha Bitch, but she's also very smart and has one of the highest GPA's in the school. According to her, she has a 4.0 GPA and she's very much a Go-Getter Girl who likes to be involved in a lot of extra curricular activities.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Unlike Comic!Cheryl, TV!Cheryl is angst-ridden and she goes through tons of emotional baggage that borders on being a Trauma Conga Line. TV!Cheryl suffers so much more and is a Broken Bird while Comics!Cheryl doesn't have nearly as many personal issues and drama. In the comics, Cheryl's twin brother Jason is alive and well but on the show, Jason is tragically murdered. After her brother is killed, Cheryl suffers serious emotional trauma over his death. TV!Cheryl comes from a deeply dysfunctional family along with Abusive Parents in Clifford and Penelope. Cheryl has a ruthless Evil Matriarch of a mother who constantly treats her like The Unfavorite and abuses her on a frequent basis. Cheryl has a ruthless, uncaring and sociopathic father who was the one to murder his own son in cold blood. In addition to coming from a dysfunctional family and dealing with the traumatic loss of her brother, Cheryl is a very lonely person, is unpopular and disliked. Cheryl is mentally unstable and is suffering from an undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder of some kind, with Major Depression, PTSD, or Borderline Personality Disorder being the likely candidates. By the end of Season 1, Cheryl went through such a Trauma Conga Line that she attempted to kill herself to be Together in Death with her deceased twin brother. Comics!Cheryl was just a Manipulative Bitch and Attention Whore who constantly tried to steal Archie away from Betty and Veronica, but TV!Cheryl is filled with more angst and is a significantly more complex character who loads of personal problems in comparison to her comic book counterpart.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Comics!Cheryl is manipulative and scheming but there's no relocation of her being an intelligent, brainy or smart individual who does well in school and gets the perfect grades. Comics!Cheryl comes off as someone who is more of a Brainless Beauty despite her Manipulative Bitch tendencies and her strong talent for plotting and scheming to get her way. However, TV!Cheryl is obviously very intelligent and appears to be more of The Smart Girl on top of being manipulative and cunning. She's an Academic Alpha Bitch who has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is also involved in many extracurricular activities. Unlike her comic book counterpart, TV!Cheryl isn't just into being The Fashionista and flaunting her wealth constantly. Instead, she's a much more brainy character with intelligence and wit and she's generally knowledgeable and well-read despite her mental instability and emotional issues.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. Comics!Cheryl is pretty bitchy and catty, but there's no doubt that TV!Cheryl is much more of an mean girl and an Alpha Bitch than her comic book counterpart. TV!Cheryl is much more of a Manipulative Bitch who is willing to scheme and plot to get what she wants. She shows tails of bullying behaviour and she likes to humiliate other people such as when she tried to humiliate Betty at the cheerleading tryouts or when she tried to humiliate Betty, Archie, Jughead and Veronica at Jughead's birthday party. Many of Cheryl's actions seem to be For the Evulz and she likes to make fun of other people for her own amusement. Despite her bitchy actions, she does have a nice side and plenty of Pet the Dog moments where she does show that she's capable of being a good person.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Comics!Cheryl dressed in way more Stripperific clothing and revealed her body much more than TV!Cheryl. This is not to say that TV!Cheryl isn't every bit the Ms. Fanservice that her comic book counterpart is, but she does tend to cover up more frequently in this adaptation. In fact, Comics!Cheryl was such an overtly sexual character that her character ended up being banned because of her overly sexy characterization. Although TV!Cheryl doesn't wear as much revealing clothing as Comics!Cheryl, she still wears plenty of short skirts that show off her legs. Her legs are pretty much the only thing that she exposes and unlike Comics!Cheryl, TV!Cheryl doesn't even seem to show off her breasts by wearing Impossibly-Low Necklines.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Comics!Cheryl is certainly competitive but she's more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch whereas TV!Cheryl is much more of a mean girl who's a full fledged Alpha Bitch. TV!Cheryl is much more manipulative, scheming and cunning than her comic book counterpart.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Comics!Cheryl is a Manipulative Bitch who likes to scheming and plot to try and lure Archie away from both Betty and Veronica. For the most part, Comics!Cheryl is pretty harmless even though she shows some manipulative tendencies. All she seems to care about is showing off how wealthy she is and shopping for expensive clothes. TV!Cheryl, however, is much more of a mega Alpha Bitch who gets off on not only being a scheming, conniving, manipulative bitch, but also bullying other people and causing trouble for the fun of it. She has made it a habit to constantly pick on Archie and his friends, namely Betty and Veronica. One of the most bitchy things that she did was humiliate Betty in front of the entire cheerleading squad by not letting her join on the squad until she basically beat her into submission and getting her to apologize for things that weren't directly her fault. Cheryl basically had a personal vendetta against Betty simply because of the fact that her older sister Polly was in a relationship with Jason and Cheryl blamed that entire Cooper family for Jason's death and blaming betty by extension when none of what happened to Jason was even Betty's fault. Cheryl also had no problem busting up Jughead's birthday party so that she could harass Archie and his friends along with Chuck. Too bad that Veronica ended up shutting her up and putting her in her place by making the wild accusations that she's probably the one who killed her brother and she had incestuous feelings for him. Cheryl seems to like causing trouble for others just for her own amusement and because she likes being a bitch. Comics!Cheryl may have had her manipulative tendencies but TV!Cheryl is much more ruthless and an Alpha Bitch. However, TV!Cheryl does manage to have plenty of Pet the Dog moments which puts her in more of a sympathetic light.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Veronica has referred to Cheryl as "Cherry Bombshell" or "Cheryl Bombshell" on a few occasions. Bombshell is considered to be an affectionate term because the definition of the word is someone who is beautiful and physically attractive, which Cheryl most definitely is.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Something she most definitely shares in common with Veronica. There's never a time when Cheryl isn't wearing her high heeled shoes as they are a huge part of her regular attire. There's a serious competition between Cheryl and Veronica as to who has the bigger closest full of shoes.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's a Rich Bitch and head cheerleader who runs the Riverdale social scene with an iron fist. Cheryl is also extremely bitchy, catty and competitive and she barely shows mercy to those who she doesn't like or those that cross her. Cheryl is a combo of Type 1 and Type 2. She can be outwardly cruel and mean, but somehow, she manages to be the Queen Bee of the school who is The Leader of the cheerleading squad. She's not very well liked by others because of her catty and bitchy personality. Cheryl is so cruel at times that she comes off as highly petty and even The Bully. She had no problems with taking out her personal issues with Polly and Jason onto Betty by not allowing her to be on the cheerleading squad. She also likes to gossip about others and say cruel things behind their backs. On the other hand, Cheryl is capable of being highly intelligent, cunning and manipulative. She's very much a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who's specializes in appearing to be sweet and friendly when it will suit her but then become a majorly cruel, deceitful, manipulative and heartless person at other times. Cheryl also has a Girl Posse who follows her lead in everything that she does. However, there's been some glimpses of Cheryl actually having a Heel Realization and understanding that her cruel behavior hasn't done her any wonders. Cheryl is most likely the way she is because of a result of extreme family dysfunction plus Abusive Parents.
  • Always Second Best: Even though Cheryl's at the "top" of the Riverdale High hierarchy, Cheryl still battles major insecurities. These insecurities came rising to the surface once Veronica, another beautiful, popular, and wealthy girl, arrived in Riverdale. Immediately, Cheryl felt threatened by Veronica's presence because Veronica had everything that Cheryl had: beauty, intelligence, and money. However, there's one thing that Veronica had which Cheryl lacked and gave Veronica the edge over Cheryl: charisma, personal magnetism and popularity. When Veronica and Cheryl were doing a dance off against each other to determine who should be the captain of the River Vixens (the high school cheerleading squad), Veronica was so well-liked and popular with the squad that the cheerleaders gave her a near unanimous vote for Veronica to be their captain over Cheryl. They voted for Veronica over Cheryl because they actually liked her as a person and because she had the natural ability to command respect from others unlike Cheryl. Veronica having the edge in social status, charisma, personal magnetism and popularity made Cheryl feel insecure and jealous. Cheryl started to feel like she was second best to Veronica and was starting to live in her shadow. It made Cheryl especially angry because Cheryl was always the top dog but here comes this new rich girl who immediately fits in and befriends everyone when Cheryl has struggled to fit in or belong to a group for such a long time. Interestingly enough, Veronica does eventually see that Cheryl is an emotionally vulnerable, troubled person who has heaps of insecurities that she covers up or masks behind an Ice Queen and Alpha Bitch facade. Veronica being the only one to really see beneath Cheryl's facade plus being Birds of a Feather because they share so many traits and things in common causes Veronica to befriend Cheryl and Cheryl to start referring to Veronica as her Only Friend (outside of Josie). So, even though there's strong competition between Cheryl and Veronica, there's a lot of respect and a strong bond between them.
  • Ambiguously Bi: It's implied that Cheryl may be bisexual given that she has openly flirted with Veronica, Toni and is implied to have obsessive romantic feelings for Josie. Not to mention her not so secret infatuation with Archie or the fact that she planted large smooch on him, much to Archie's chagrin. She has Belligerent Sexual Tension with everyone she interacts with, whether they are male or female, so it's not out of the realm of possibilities that Cheryl may be bi-curious or bisexual. However, the status of Cheryl's sexuality has yet to be confirmed as she's never been romantically involved with anyone with the exception of kissing Archie and confessing that she was infatuated with him. Cheryl having sexual tension and chemistry with both genders could be because Cheryl is a highly flirtatious person by nature so it makes her sexuality a little more on the ambiguous side.
    • Bi the Way: Cheryl is confirmed to be canonically bisexual and is therefore attracted to both men and women according to her portrayer Madelaine Petsch.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Cheryl is obviously mentally ill and suffers from an undiagnosed mental disorder of some kind. She shows signs of someone who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). An individual needs to meet 5 out of 9 of the symptoms of Borderline Personality to be officially diagnosed with the disorder. The signs and symptoms that Cheryl shows of being a Borderline Personality include:
    • Extreme Fear of Abandonment: She emotionally crumbled when her twin brother Jason died. Cheryl secretly Hates Being Alone and her severe abandonment issues were obvious going by her extreme attachment and codependence towards her brother. The reason for her abandonment issues could be because she grew up in a highly dysfunctional, troubled family background with Abusive Parents where she felt unloved and unappreciated by both of her parents. Cheryl;'s parents either abused her or treated her as someone who didn't exist in the family. Out of all of her immediate family members, Jason was the only member of her family who unconditionally loved her and cared for her no matter what. It's no surprise that when Jason died, Cheryl emotionally spiralled out of control and lost her sense of self-identity. Much of Cheryl's identity was wrapped up in her brother and her relationship with him because of how attached she was to him. Cheryl's intense lack of love from her parents is the primary reason for her severe abandonment issues and her fear of being abandoned or left behind by others;
    • Intense Emotions: Cheryl is constantly showing a broad spectrum of emotions and they are very intense in nature. She feels intensely and her emotions have a habit of overwhelming her to the extent that she can't keep them under control all the time. Whether Cheryl is happy, sad, or angry, all of the displays of her emotions are extreme and exaggerated. Cheryl's emotions are so intense that they are highly unpredictable and chaotic. Her extreme emotions are obvious in how she loves and hates people in equal measure. Cheryl loved her twin brother too much to the extent that it overruled her actions, her thoughts and her entire life;
    • Erratic Mood Swings: Cheryl easily switches from friendly to angry within a short time span. One minute she appears to be very happy and excited and the next minute, she's so angry and irritated that she can't control her outbursts. Her ability to switch moods so easily makes her appear very unstable and unpredictable. The constant change of her moods can make Cheryl pretty dangerous and unpredictable;
    • Unpredictable Angry Outbursts or Inability to Control Anger: Her inability to control her anger outbursts are a reason why she's a Mood-Swinger. Cheryl has difficulty controlling her angry rages and she lacks impulse control. She has a habit of bursting into anger at the most inappropriate times such as when she had an angry outbursts and started beating up Jughead right in the middle of the cafeteria and in front of everyone. Under normal circumstances, most people who are able to control their anger wouldn't react in such a way and during the most inappropriate time. Cheryl beating up Jughead in an angry and irrational fashion is indication that Cheryl suffers deep-seated anger issues. When her anger overtakes her, she can't control herself it's so overwhelming that it spurns her to acts impulsively and recklessly without reason;
    • Black and White Views: Cheryl has a Black and White Morality and she sees things from a black and white perspective in general. Either Cheryl believes someone is the best person in the world who she worships and idealizes. Or she'll think someone is the worst person in the world who she despises and devalues. God help anyone if some disappoints Cheryl because it would be hard to change her strong views. An example of her extreme black and white views about others is her outlook on her twin brother Jason. She had strong idealization and worship of her twin brother Jason and she believed that he could do no wrong in her eyes. Cheryl held the belief that Jason was this perfect person worthy of admiration, respect and worship from others (in which he had in roves). But Cheryl failed to realize that Jason, like everyone else, was an incredibly flawed, imperfect human who made plenty of errors when he was alive. When Cheryl discovered that Jason was actually a Jerk Jock and was someone who slut-shamed and mistreated girls like Chuck Clayton, Cheryl had a severe Broken Pedestal about her brother and she realized that he wasn't the person that she thought he was. It was clear that for the majority of her life, Cheryl worshipped Jason way too much and she put him up onto a high pedestal. After discovering what Jason really did, her opinion of him dramatically changed at that moment to a negative perception. However, she went back to idealizing him and loving him just as much as she did before–a clear sign of denial that her brother wasn't the perfect golden boy that he came off to be;
    • Excessively Jealous and Clingy Behavior: Cheryl has a very jealous, clingy, needy and possessive personality. When she becomes attached to someone, she doesn't like to share them with anyone else. Her relationship with Jason was abnormally close for siblings. When Jason died, Cheryl emotionally fell apart and became suicidal. Cheryl had a deep-seated hatred for Polly Cooper. The reason for Cheryl's disdain towards Polly is because Polly was romantically involved with Jason. Cheryl felt jealous about Jason and Polly's relationship because she felt Jason was spending more time with Polly than with her. Cheryl felt resentment and hatred towards Polly because she felt she was robbing Cheryl of her brother. Cheryl was so jealous of Polly's relationship with Jason that she extended her grudge and resentment towards the rest of the Cooper family, including Betty;
    • Chaotic, Tumultuous or Intense Relationships: All of her relationships are highly intense and chaotic especially the one with her twin brother Jason;
    • Self-Destructive Behavior, Self-Harm and Suicide Attempts: Cheryl suffers from suicidal ideation and has no issue with attempting suicide. In Chapter 13, she tried to kill herself at Sweetwater River to be Together in Death with Jason.
      • Interestingly enough, Betty—who is related to Cheryl through blood because they are distant cousins—is speculated to be suffering from the same disorder as Cheryl. So, it's possible that Borderline Personality Disorder runs in the Blossom family or genes.
    • In addition to being a possible Borderline Personality, Cheryl may suffer from Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD). She's an Attention Whore who feels the need to be the centre of attention at all times. Because of her attention-seeking ways, she'll cross moral lines and step on toes so that she can be seen, heard and noticed by other people. In addition to displaying attention-seeking behavior, Cheryl has a penchant for being a Drama Queen. She has a habit of blowing things out of proportion at times. Despite the horrible things that she's suffered, Cheryl exaggerates things and situations to make them more grandiose than they really are. She's prone to dramatic hissy fits such as when she stomps off and has crying spells and breakdowns in the locker room. It's implies that Cheryl may have these breakdowns because she wants pity from others and has a need to garner sympathy and attention that she always craves. Her attention seeking and her tendency to be dramatic could stem from being raised in a highly dysfunctional family background. Cheryl was devoid of any kind of love from her parents so it'd make sense why she would seek approval, love and attention elsewhere.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Cheryl is at the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy and she's the de facto Alpha Bitch of the school, but she's done a lot of lying, scheming, plotting, manipulating and backstabbing so that she could be where she is (which is at the top). Cheryl is highly competitive and ambitious and because of those traits, she's willing to do anything to keep her high social status at Riverdale High. Despite her determination and ambition to remain at the top of the school, it hasn't gotten her any respect from the rest of the student body. Although she's the top dog at school, Cheryl is strongly disliked and disrespected. Her ambitious attitude has turned many people off from wanting to befriend her because her desire for status and power has made her more arrogant and egotistical. Cheryl's ambition to be the most popular and powerful person at school has scared people away from wanting to be associated with her. Her ambition has cost her the popularity that she's always wanted and craved.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Jason died when they were on a boating trip together, and she milks this for all its worth. Kevin lampshades that she's playing the role of the bereaved sister to a T. However, upon seeing Archie filling Jason's role, she breaks into tears as her brother's death finally sinks in.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. Even though there's been no confirmation on whether Jason or Cheryl were the older twin or the younger twin, Jason took on the role of oldest child (to Clifford and Penelope) and older sibling (to Cheryl) while Cheryl took on the role of youngest child (to Clifford and Penelope) and younger sibling (to Jason). Although Cheryl played the role of the younger sibling, she wasn't viewed as annoying or irritating in Jason's eyes despite Cheryl's horrible personality. There's no doubt that Jason thought very highly of Cheryl because of his strong Big Brother Instinct towards her. Jason played the Cool Big Bro role to Cheryl because he was always caring for her, supporting her and having her best interests at heart. Jason and Cheryl were so codependent towards each other, in fact, that the closeness of their relationship consists of a lot of Incest Subtext between the two. Cheryl may traditionally have the traits of annoying younger siblings who would do nothing but get on the nerves of an older sibling, but Jason certainly didn't view Cheryl as a nuisance that he had to put in her place. Cheryl's only viewed as annoying and irritating from everyone else's perspective. Even Cheryl's own parents view her as irritating and annoying!
  • Anti-Villain: Type I and Type II. Cheryl is a bit of a villain, but she has a moral code and has a noble heart even if she doesn't show it that much. She's on the side of Ambiguously Evil than anything else because she's constantly switching between acting terrible and having sympathetic Pet the Dog moments with others. Because of how many common traits and similarities there are between Cheryl and Veronica, Cheryl is viewed as an Evil Counterpart (more like Darker Counterpart) and Foil to Veronica (Veronica fits more of the Anti-Hero archetype description).
  • Attention Whore: Cheryl enjoys being the centre of attention and she'll do anything to achieve it. She shares this trait in common with her comic book counterpart. This trait of Cheryl's takes an increasingly dark turn once you realize why she seeks attention from others. Cheryl was completely deprived of love from both of her parents growing up and she grew up in a Dysfunctional Family. Jason, her twin brother, was the only person who provided her with unconditional love, support, comfort or companionship. After Jason died, Cheryl lost her Living Emotional Crutch and she fell apart emotionally as a result. Cheryl's need for attention from others is a cry for companionship and for love that she never received at home which makes it all the more heartbreaking and shines a much more sympathetic light onto Cheryl's desperate need for attention and approval from others.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Cheryl's surname is Blossom. Out of all the surnames of characters on the show including Andrews (Archie), Jones (Jughead), Lodge (Veronica), or Cooper (Betty) for example, Cheryl's surname is the most unique, interesting, and outstanding.
  • Ax-Crazy: DEAR LORD. Going by strange her behavior, Cheryl is obviously mentally unstable and is in serious need of mental help, ASAP. It isn't a surprise why Cheryl would suffer mental instability or mental issues because she comes from an incredibly horrible, dysfunctional background and has a Big, Screwed-Up Family. Never mind the fact that her Living Emotional Crutch and the one person in the world who loved her completely and unconditionally, her twin brother Jason, was tragically murdered. It it any surprise that Cheryl has become batshit insane after suffering all that she's been through? Cheryl's emotional issues because of her dysfunctional unstable background are a major contributing factor for why Cheryl is The Bully and acts like mean girl who bullies others for her amusement. For the most part, Cheryl is seemingly emotionally unstable but is of no actual danger or threat to anyone...that is until the Season 1 Finale (Chapter 13) and the Season 2 Premiere (Chapter 14). In Chapter 13, after she was Driven to Suicide and then saved by Archie and the gang, Cheryl set her Big Fancy House on fire and burned it down to ashes. The fire that Cheryl set to her own house caused her mom to end up with some pretty serious burns all over her face and body (Luckily for her, the burns appear to be gone or covered up, either through the use of excellent makeup or plastic surgery). Cheryl's instability was made visible in Chapter 14. It exposed just how insane and mentally unhinged Cheryl was when she threatened her burned up mother who was lying in a hospital bed by choking off her air supply cord to the point that Penelope was gasping for air when Cheryl lets the cord go afterwards. In addition to this, Cheryl threatened her mom that she would cause her serious harm if she confessed to the police about Cheryl committing arson and setting the fire that burned down their house. Cheryl's mental instability is most likely a result of her suffering from an undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder. Cheryl displays many of the signs and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The girl is obviously not right upstairs and there are times when Cheryl lets down her Ice Queen and stoic facade to reveal just how insane she really is. After all, it's no shock that she's so unhinged because she's a Blossom and the Blossom family are a mentally unhinged bunch and aren't known for their mental stability. Just look at the majority (if not all!) of the Blossom family along with Cheryl which includes Penelope Blossom, Clifford Blossom, Hal Cooper, Polly Cooper, and Betty Cooper. All of them are of Blossom Blood and all of them clearly lack mental stability and likely suffer from some sort of mental illness. Is it any surprise why Cheryl comes off as crazy?
  • Badass Bookworm: Cheryl is apparently very smart and brilliant and she's known to do very well at school. But just because she's smart and good at school doesn't mean that she can't kick ass when she has to. She can be pretty badass in her own right. She's Cheryl Blossom after all.
  • Badass Longcoat: Whenever Cheryl is seen wearing some sort of coat or jacket, it's almost always a longcoat.
  • Bare Your Midriff: About half of the outfits Cheryl has worn so far have shown her midriff, most notably her cheer practice uniform, while the rest of the River Vixen's uniforms keep their stomachs covered.
  • 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, 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.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Downplayed. Cheryl is very beautiful but she's also a mega Alpha Bitch who isn't always the nicest person on the playground. That doesn't mean that she inherently evil though and she does have plenty of Pet the Dog moments.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • She sincerely thanks Archie and grants him "one wish" when he comes forward about hearing a gunshot on July Fourth, confirming that Cheryl was telling the truth about that part and getting people to stop hounding her. This also factors into her attraction to Archie later on, since he's one of the few people to show her real kindness without any ulterior motives. Unfortunately for her, it gets torpedoed due to Archie wising up to her parents' blatant manipulation attempts.
    • She also invites Veronica to her house for a sleepover because she was the only one who came to comfort her after Cheryl's breakdown at the pep rally.
    • A variant appears in the season 1 finale that implies she considered Veronica to be the only person who was ever, truly, nice to her, as she's the only one she says (texts, rather) goodbye to before attempting suicide.
  • Beneath the Mask: She appears to be super confident and stable but underneath she's actually extremely emotionally and mentally unstable and battles a lot of serious insecurities. Cheryl us very good at masking or covering up what's really bothering her. That's why when she was Driven to Suicide, everyone was surprised that she wanted to kill herself because she did such a good job of hiding her emotional issues.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Cheryl tries to act as if she's the biggest baddest bitch in all of Riverdale, but when she gets called out by Veronica, she resorts to acting like a Boisterous Weakling and cowering away in tears. Cheryl may try to act tough but it's clearly nothing more than a facade to make herself appear stronger and tougher than she really is because deep down she has a lot of emotional issues that she is trying very hard to conceal.
  • Big Brother Worship: It's not confirmed whether Cheryl or Jason was the older twin, but going by their interactions and Jason's Big Brother Instinct and protectiveness over Cheryl, Jason certainly took on the role of the protective older sibling. Cheryl had a very strong love and admiration for her brother and she thought the world of him. When he tragically died, Cheryl broke down emotionally and never fully recovered from the loss of her beloved brother. Cheryl's reason for strongly worshiping Jason and having such admiration for him is because he was the one person who loved, supported, and accepted Cheryl completely and unconditionally. He was one person who never judged her. Cheryl was so incredibly attached to Jason that he was a Living Emotional Crutch for her. Jason was an emotional support for her within a family that had Abusive Parents who didn't care about Cheryl at all. Because of Cheryl worshipping and admiring Jason so much, there's speculation amongst the fandom and some of the characters alike that Cheryl had incestuous feelings for Jason. After all, Cheryl described Jason as her soulmate. In her eyes, he could do no wrong, so when she found out that Jason wasn't the perfect golden boy once she found out that he was involved with slut shaming other girls like Chuck Clayton, she had a minor Broken Pedestal moment about Jason... until she went straight back into worshipping the ground that Jason walked on. Talk about a serious case of sibling worship!
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: GOOD GOD. Cheryl's family, aka the Blossom family, is pure and utter dysfunction and is completely screwed up. After all, the Blossom family is a family of incest and murdering of family members.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Veronica, which makes sense since they have much in common yet constantly insult each other because they are more alike than they both realize or want to admit. First, Cheryl and Veronica are an Alpha Bitch and can be very bitchy, catty and mean spirited — However, Cheryl still fits the Alpha Bitch profile while Veronica is a reformed Alpha Bitch who's become a Lovable Alpha Bitch after she had a Heel Realization. Second, Cheryl and Veronica are Rich Bitches as they both come from a wealthy background with lots of money — Cheryl likes to flaunt her wealth much more than Veronica and is very extravagant with her wealth while Veronica is more modest about her wealth ands become more humble about how much money she has since she became a Fallen Princess and lost everything after her father went to jail for committing fraud and embezzlement. Third, both of them have an Abusive Parent of some sort and have major Daddy Issues plus Mommy Issues—Veronica's parents, Hiram and Hermione, are both corrupt in their own ways. Hiram is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who committed white collar crimes and went to jail for it while Hermione is a Manipulative Bitch and The Dragon for Hiram who's also very controlling towards Veronica. Cheryl's parents Clifford and Penelope, on the other hand, are much worse than Veronica's parents. Penelope is a horrible mother and Evil Matriarch who's incredibly abusive towards Cheryl while Clifford is a criminal, a murderer and The Sociopath who murdered his own son in cold blood because he was going to expose Clifford's illegal and criminal business dealings. Fourth, Cheryl and Veronica are both cheerleaders as they are part of the high school cheerleading squad, the River Vixens. Both are highly competitive regarding social status and popularity at school. Both are Deadpan Snarkers who make constant sarcastic, snarky comments to cover up their pain in order to bond appearing emotionally emotional vulnerable. Both are Ice Queens and have issues showing emotion or expressing how they feel especially towards those that they love and care about—However, both Veronica and Cheryl have shown plenty of Defrosting Ice Queen moments around the people they love and feel comfortable with. Both are Stepford Smilers and like to pretend that everything in their lives are fine on the outside but in reality, they are emotionally crumbling or falling apart on the inside. Both have a Dysfunctional Family even though they have plenty of money and wealth. Both are considered to be outsiders—Veronica was an outsider because she was the "new girl" in Riverdale and didn't fit in at first while Cheryl's always been an outsider who desired to belong to a group. The two of them are the same person in many ways — it's probably why Cheryl and Veronica have a special bond even though they're constantly at each other's throats and hurling insults at each other.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cheryl can put on a sweet, nice and friendly facade but underneath that facade is someone who's a major Alpha Bitch and can be extremely bitchy and catty. There's also the fact that Cheryl is clearly mentally and emotionally unstable because of her dysfunctional upbringing and the trauma that she went through after her twin brother's death.
  • Black Sheep: It's apparent that Cheryl was The Unfavorite of the family and that he reprints favored Jason over her. Even though Jason is now deceased and Cheryl is the only surviving Blossom child, Cheryl is still very much treated as a leper by both of her parents and they show her no love and emotional support whatsoever. It's clear that Cheryl was always the outsider within her whole family.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Cheryl is the Redhead, Betty is the Blonde and Veronica is the Brunette and they are the main female trio on the show.
  • Blue Blood: Cheryl isn't an aristocrat or nobility by any means, but she is extremely wealthy and rich. She's basically seen as royalty in the town of Riverdale because she's a Blossom and because her family has a lot of money. Cheryl also comes from a family that's Old Money which means that her family has been wealthy for generations.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Cheryl constantly acts like she's the Queen Bee by trying to intimidate and even bully people, but when someone else manages to call her out on her shit, she emotionally cowers and doesn't respond back. Normally the case when Veronica calls her out.
  • Brainless Beauty: Subverted. Cheryl is a very pretty girl but she comes off as flighty and The Ditz who has her head in the clouds. In all actuality, Cheryl is actually a lot more sharp, manipulative and cunning then she appears to be. Coupled with her mental health issues, she's more unpredictable and dangerous than she initially appears.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Cheryl is probably the best example of a bratty teenage daughter on this show. Understandable considering that she's a Spoiled Brat and a Rich Bitch who gets everything that she wants. Plus, she also has Abusive Parents so her brattiness is completely warranted and justified.
  • Break the Cutie: It's evident that years of abuse and lack of parental love from her Abusive Parents, the dysfunction that exists in her family, and the unexpected death of her twin brother Jason on whom she was codependent caused Cheryl's mental wellbeing to tail spin and spiral out of control. She tries to put on a facade and make it appear as if she is okay, but underneath it all is a very emotionally damaged person.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Cheryl is commonly seen to be wearing brighter colors such as white and red, but she's also an Alpha Bitch who isn't the nicest person.
  • Broken Ace: Cheryl may have everything going for her on the outside including beauty, intelligence, social status and wealth, but underneath it all, she's an intensely Broken Bird who has major emotional issues. The fact that she comes from an majorly Dysfunctional Family with Abusive Parents contributes to Cheryl's low self esteem and self worth. Plus, she lost her twin brother Jason, who was the one person who loved her unconditionally. After his death, Cheryl emotionally crumbled even more because she lacked emotional support and love from her parents. It doesn't help that despite her social status at school and being at the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy, she's still a Lonely Rich Kid who doesn't have many friends which no doubt contributes to Cheryl's sense of isolation and loneliness.
  • Broken Bird: Cheryl is clearly an emotional mess but this is understandable considering that type of family that she comes from. Both of her parents are abusive and cold and didn't provide Cheryl with much love and support. Her twin brother Jason, who she was extremely close to, ended up being murdered by her own father. After his death, she completely lost it and never recovered emotionally. Add onto the fact that she doesn't really have any friends or supporters, and its understandable why Cheryl is so messed up.
  • Broken Pedestal: Clearly loved Jason and thought a lot of him. When Veronica looks into rumors of the football team "keeping score" of their sexual conquests in a book, Cheryl refuses to believe in it as Jason would have told her. When she finds out that Jason's name is all over the book in question, Cheryl realizes her brother wasn't the saintly guy she thought he was.
  • Brutal Honesty: Cheryl certainly doesn't have any problem with saying exactly what she's thinking or what's on her mind. And when she does express herself, more often than not, its definitely not a pleasant experience. She certainly has a lot of harsh words to say about other people and she doesn't hold back. Too bad that she can never get the best of Veronica because when it comes to spitting out truth bombs, Veronica has Cheryl beat by miles.
  • The Bully: Shows shades of this. When Veronica and Betty were trying out for the cheerleading squad, Cheryl allowed Veronica on the squad but refused to also put Betty on the squad because of her personal vendetta against her and the Cooper family. She humiliated Betty in front of everyone by trying to push her into submission by making a speech about how sorry she is for Cheryl's issues and the problems that her family has caused the Blossoms. Veronica has to stand up for Betty and call her out so that Cheryl will allow Betty on the squad.
  • Byronic Hero: Her arc is mainly the story of her rebelling against her aristocratic family most of whom are some combination of evil, criminal, and cruel. Yet she's not so much interested in redeeming their sins as being her own person, and she can be vicious as well.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Cheryl finally got to express how she felt about her mother Penelope and the abusive behavior that she endured from her for years. In Chapter 14, Cheryl threatened Penelope by telling her that she better keep the fact that Cheryl set the Blossom house on fire a secret or else there would be hell to pay. She also came off as a little on the Axe-Crazy side when she choked off Penelope's breathing tube to the point that Penelope was gasping for air when she let it go. It's understandable why Cheryl completely snapped on Penelope considering that she has been treated terribly by her for basically her entire life and Cheryl finally had enough of Penelope's poor treatment of her. Definitely the most empowering moment for Cheryl on the show, no matter how unstable and crazy she came across.
  • The Captain: Cheryl is the Captain of the Riverdale High's cheerleading squad, the Riverdale Vixens. Veronica then took the title of Captain away from Cheryl when the majority of the cheerleading squad voted for Veronica to be the HBIC over Cheryl after they had a dance off. However, Veronica does end up giving Cheryl her title as Captain back, feeling like she's deserving of it.
  • Character Blog: Has a Twitter account by the name of "@CherylBombshell".
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Rare Western example. While her counterpart from the Archie Comics stories the show is based on didn't have much of this beyond the Punny Name and the red hair (the closest 'natural' equivalent to pink hair), the TV show (created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a comic book writer who probably knew this trope from anime and manga) plays this to the hilt. She is connected to death right out of the gate, with the main plot of Season 1 kicked off by the murder of her brother Jason at the hands of their father, and she tries to kill herself in the season finale — and almost pulls it off before Archie revives her. Furthermore, while in the original comics she merely came from an upper-class background, here she comes from an Old Money WASP family that is one of the richest in Riverdale (largely taking the place of Veronica, the richest girl in the comics who became a Fallen Princess on the show), an archetype that serves as the rough American equivalent of aristocracy. So far, she hasn't been pictured with actual cherry blossoms, but that's likely because season one took place during fall and winter.In the Season 2 promotional trailer, Cheryl is seen eating a cherry pie.
  • The Cheerleader: She's the head cheerleader of the Riverdale Vixens, in fact.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Part of the reason why Cheryl had a dislike for Polly was because she was somewhat jealous over her relationship with Jason. Considering how close Cheryl and Jason were with one another, it's not surprising why Cheryl would be jealous that Polly was stealing her brother away.
  • Color Motifs: Red. If she's not wearing some red clothing, rest assured she has bright red lipstick on.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: There's no doubt that Cheryl wears a lot of expensive, fancy clothes because she likes to show off how much wealth and money she really has. It's even truer for her comic book counterpart, who is known to wear expensive clothes or constantly have expensive material things on hand because she's always in competition with Veronica about who has the most extravagant, expensive and luxurious lifestyle.
  • Coordinated Clothes: In flashbacks, both Jason and Cheryl were seen wearing the same coloured clothing when they were together, showing that they were extremely close.
  • Creepy Twins: Cheryl and Jason had a very strange and abnormally close relationship. They were always synchronized in movements and actions and they were constantly seen wearing Coordinated Clothes. Many people have frequently commented about how strange and odd they find Jason and Cheryl's relationship because their relationship was far from a normal sibling bond.
  • Cute and Psycho: Cheryl is cute and all but boy, does she ever had an unstable side to her. She obviously needs loads of therapy. But considering all of the horrible stuff that's happened to her family an the fact that she grew up in such dysfunction, it's not surprising that mentally, Cheryl is a little off the rails.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Good Lord, Cheryl comes from a very troubled, dysfunctional family and she has loads of issues and problems. She comes from a family with Abusive Parents in Clifford and Penelope. They both treat her like The Unfavorite and as if she is nothing in comparison to her twin brother Jason. Her twin brother was murdered unexpectedly by her own father and because of his murder, Cheryl completely emotionally crumbled and fell apart. The Blossom family also has a history of being murderers as her great grandfather had killed and murdered his own brother in cold blood. Cheryl comes from a very messed up family and its no wonder why she's so screwed up mentally and emotionally. However, her dysfunctional and troubled life and past make her a much more sympathetic character.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If there's one thing that Cheryl is known for, it's most definitely her penchant for using sarcasm and making constant snarky comments every single episode. She rivals Veronica and Jughead in regards to "Most Sarcastic and Snarky Person in Riverdale".
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Veronica ends up being the one to constantly call out Cheryl for her bad behavior and her Alpha Bitch attitude and she always gets the best of Cheryl despite being on the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy. As a result, Cheryl ends up becoming a Defrosting Ice Queen towards Veronica because although she's always been in competition with Veronica and constantly engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with her, it's also evident that Cheryl does have an underlying respect and admiration for Veronica and even tries to befriend her as a result.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Very, very slowly, she's gradually turning into a friend to Archie and his friends: she's become civil with Betty and she joins Veronica and Kevin at the drive-in.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Cheryl clearly is starved for love and attention. It makes sense considering that her mother is completely incapable of giving her any kind of maternal love and her father is arrogant and emotionally distant. Plus, she's a Lonely Rich Kid who doesn't have any friends and seems to be desperate to make connections with others so that she doesn't feel left out. The only person that Cheryl felt unconditionally loved her was her twin brother Jason and that's why she completely fell apart mentally and emotionally after Jason was killed.
  • The Determinator: Cheryl is one of the most ambitious, persistent and determined characters on the show and she's not the type to give up when she really wants or needs something. The fact that she's at the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy should be taken into account about how determined and ambitious she really is.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Cheryl is the epitome of an Ice Queen so she doesn't show much of her real emotions or feelings out in the open. However, when she lets her guard down and does show how she's really feeling, Cheryl ends up pushing people away or escaping to hide her vulnerability. She clearly dislikes being seen as weak and vulnerable in front of others and that is the reason why she puts on a Stepford Smiler facade because she doesn't like it when other people pity her or feel sorry for her.
  • Drama Queen: Cheryl has a tendency to do everything as dramatically as possible. Including suicide attempts.
  • Driven to Suicide: Due to going through a Trauma Conga Line all season, it culminates in Cheryl finally reaching her breaking point and going to Sweetwater River so that she could kill herself to be with Jason. Archie and the crew end up saving her from dying however.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Cheryl always feels that nobody gives her any kind of respect even though she's at the top of the hierarchy at Riverdale High. Her own cheerleading squad had chosen Veronica to be their captain over her after Veronica and Cheryl had a dance off against each other. Cheryl felt betrayed by her own squad because they chose Veronica over her and as a result, she felt utterly disrespected. Cheryl doesn't seem to understand that the reason why she doesn't gain any respect from other people is because she's an Alpha Bitch who is very catty, bitchy and mean.
  • Dysfunctional Family: All of the characters on the show have a very messed up family but if any family takes the cake, it's most definitely Cheryl's family. They were the epitome of familial dysfunction through and through.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Is her stereotypical abrasive self about the girls in the school being going through Slut-Shaming but instantly changes her tune and sides with them when shown actual evidence that it is happening, even offering a sincere apology to Betty because her brother had done it to Polly.
    • When she learns of Polly's pregnancy with Jason's baby, she does everything in her power to help.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Like a typical wealthy girl, Cheryl likes to were expensive, fancy jewelry and accessories with her expensive, fancy outfits. One notable piece of jewelry or accessory that Cheryl is almost always seen to be wearing with her clothes is her red spider brooch.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Veronica. However, she's not really evil but is instead a darker counterpart to Veronica. Veronica and Cheryl are the same person in many ways, but Cheryl classifies as an Anti-Villain while Veronica classifies as an Anti-Hero. Both of them are spoiled rich girls who come from wealthy, privileged backgrounds, but they flaunt their wealth in different ways. Cheryl is a Rich Bitch and Spoiled Brat while Veronica is Spoiled Sweet. Both of them are an Alpha Bitch – however, Cheryl is still an Alpha Bitch who's mean, catty and bitchy most of the time (Although she's shown plenty of Pet the Dog moments which have made her more sympathetic) while Veronica is a reformed Alpha Bitch who used to be mean and bitchy but has become an Lovable Alpha Bitch after undergoing Character Development and Heel Realization. Cheryl and Veronica have Ice Queen tendencies and don't show that much emotion. However, Cheryl is still an Ice Queen who's aloof, icy and cold while Veronica is a Defrosting Ice Queen who's let her guard down and is much kinder in personality. Both of them are at the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy. But while Cheryl is unpopular amongst her peers because of her mean, bitchy, and unlikeable personality, Veronica is very popular and adored amongst her peers because of her charismatic, magnetic, and likeable personality. Both Cheryl and Veronica have romantic feelings for Archie–Cheryl's feelings for Archie are stemmed from Archie being a Replacement Goldfish for Cheryl's beloved twin brother Jason while Veronica's feelings for Archie are stemmed from being genuinely drawn to Archie for his good looks and good personality. In addition to Cheryl and Veronica's romantic feelings for Archie, Archie doesn't reciprocate Cheryl's romantic feelings because he views her as an Abhorrent Admirer, while Archie does reciprocate Veronica's romantic feelings and was Distracted by the Sexy when he first laid eyes on her. While Cheryl has a preference for wearing light-colored clothes (She commonly wears clothes that contain the colors of red and white), Veronica has a preference for wearing dark-colorer clothes (She commonly wears clothes that contain the colors of navy, dark blue and black). Both Cheryl and Veronica have rich yet morally corrupt fathers–Cheryl's father Clifford Blossom is an Evil Aristocrat and Archnemesis Dad who murdered his son Jason in cold blood over business matters. Veronica's father Hiram Lodge is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who committed fraud and embezzlement and was sent to prison as a result. Both of them have an Evil Matriarch of a mother. Cheryl's mother Penelope Blossom is an Abusive Parent and Iron Lady who mistreats Cheryl and emotionally abuses her. Veronica's mother Hermione Lodge is a Manipulative Bitch and a My Beloved Smother who threatens, manipulates and blackmails Veronica and acts domineering and controlling towards her. Both Cheryl and Veronica are a Deadpan Snarker and Stepford Snarker. They use sarcasm and make snarky comments to hide their inner pain. Both Cheryl and Veronica can be bitchy and mean, however, Cheryl is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who does her best to hide her Alpha Bitch side with a sweet, friendly facade while Veronica is a Bitch Alert who's openly catty, bitchy and mean at times. Both have a strong desire to have their parents approval and are a "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal. Cheryl feels desperate to connect with both of her parents and to be loved by both of them especially Penelope. Cheryl is the Black Sheep of her family who's treated as an outsider by her mother and it's why she Desperately Craves Affection and was so attached to Jason the way she was. Veronica, on the other hand, is a Daddy's Girl who would do anything that her father asks of her. Veronica had a Broken Pedestal about her father after learning about the horrible, illegal activity that he's done but regardless, she still goes out of her way to defend Hiram because she's so close to him and desperately seeks his love and approval. Both Cheryl and Veronica have suffered from Parental Abandonment or Parental Neglect. Cheryl's parents have constantly treated Cheryl like she doesn't exist and she's The Unfavorite of the family–both parents clearly showed Parental Favoritism towards Jason over her. This caused Cheryl to feel unloved and abandoned. On the contrary, Veronica's father has been absent for a time period because he'd been serving time in prison for committing white collar crimes, fraud and embezzlement. His absence caused Veronica much emotional angst and she felt abandoned by her father. So, Cheryl and Veronica both suffer from parent problems and both of them suffer from intense Mommy Issues and Daddy Issues. Both Cheryl and Veronica are The Cheerleader and are members of the high school cheerleading squad called the River Vixens. In addition to that, both of them have been The Captain (or HBIC) of the squad. Cheryl and Veronica very much the exact same person but Cheryl is an Anti-Villain while Veronica is an Anti-Hero.
  • Evil Is Petty: She attempted to ruin Betty and Veronica's blooming friendship in 1.01, after Veronica calls her out in cheerleader tryouts. She's also bitchy toward Betty because she believes her sister shot Jason.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a redhead, and she's not nice. Subverted as the series goes on and we see her more vulnerable and sympathetic side—and we learn that, while Cheryl's capable of being mean, she is nothing compared to her parents.
  • Evil Twin: Downplayed. Cheryl is not evil but going by the flashbacks of her twin brother Jason, who appeared to be a genuinely moral Nice Guy, Cheryl is definitely the morally ambiguous twin between the two. Plus, Cheryl has become more and more unhinged and crazy since Jason died.
  • Extreme Doormat: Cheryl comes across as an emotional punching bag for her parents to take out their anger, grief and frustrations on. Clifford and Penelope don't seem to take Cheryl's feelings into consideration and they don't care about her well being in the same way that they did about Jason's. Her mother Penelope has a habit of treating Cheryl terribly and showing abusive behavior towards her. But most of the time when Penelope is mistreating Cheryl, she's seen to just take it without every fighting back or standing up for herself. It's clear that Cheryl suffers from seriously low self-esteem and self-worth.
  • The Fashionista: Similar to Veronica, Cheryl is into fashion and expensive clothing. She always likes to look her best and there isn't a time when she's not seen dressed up in fancy clothes. The fact that she's a privileged rich girl who has a lot of money, its understandable why Cheryl always wants to look her absolute best.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. Most of the time Cheryl is more of an Ice Queen who doesn't show too much emotion, but she can become rather explosive when someone rubs her the wrong way.
  • Five Philosophy Ensemble: Conflicted. 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: Leukine. 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. Even though they have a lot in common with each other and are Birds of a Feather, they also have some contrasts as well despite their similarities. While Veronica is very popular and well-liked amongst her school peers at Riverdale High, Cheryl is very disliked and unpopular amongst her school peers despite being at the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy. Veronica has a preference for wearing dark-colored clothes (such as black and navy blue) while Cheryl has a preference for wearing light-colored clothes (such as white and red). Veronica is raven haired while Cheryl is a redhead. Veronica has shorter hair while Cheryl has very long hair. Both of them like to wear jewelry but while Veronica has a love of wearing pearls, Cheryl has a love for wearing her red spider brooch. Veronica is more of an Anti-Hero while Cheryl is more of an Anti-Villain. Cheryl is still more of an Alpha Bitch while Veronica is more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch. Even though Cheryl and Veronica have more similarities, they definitely have some differences which make them different from each other even though they are pretty much the same person.
  • Forced Kiss: She shared one with Archie in 1x09. Once she confessed to Archie that she liked him because he was one of the few people who was willing to see past her Ice Queen facade and because he was one of the few people to be nice to her and treat her with kindness, she decided that she would repay his kindness with a kiss. Although Cheryl was into it, it was obviously forced on Archie's behalf since he was clearly uncomfortable with it and pushed Cheryl away by telling her that he's not romantically interested her and that he also has a girlfriend (Valerie). As a result of the forced kiss that Cheryl planted on Archie, Archie started to view Cheryl as an Abhorrent Admirer whom he didn't see in a romantic light despite her infatuation with him.
  • Frenemy: For someone who treats the Archies like dirt, she does tend to spend a lot of time with them.
  • Freudian Excuse: With a mother like that, it's no wonder she's so bitchy and mentally damaged.
  • Freudian Trio: Cheryl is the Superego (intelligent, manipulative, aloof, logical), Veronica is the Ego (middle man between Cheryl and Betty, peacemaker, balanced between emotions and logic), and Betty is the Id (emotional, passionate, hot headed, compassionate).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Pretty much the vast majority of the characters including Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Kevin, and Betty find Cheryl to be an intolerable person to be around. Yet, when she does come to hang out with them, they don't really mind all that much. They get annoyed by her but she's still somewhat a part of the group.
  • Friendship Moment: Pretty much all of her friendship moments and bonding moments are with Veronica. Despite the fact that they constantly insult each other and are always in competition with one another, they most definitely share a strong bond of friendship and it shows that they actually do genuinely care about each other.
  • Glory Seeker: Cheryl seems to want other people's approval and she crave attention. It's why she does everything that she can to stay at the top of the school hierarchy and why she's such an ambitious person.
  • Good Is Not Nice: On her best days, Cheryl is this. Although she can be a major bitch and mean girl, there's still a side of her that is genuinely goodhearted and she does have plenty of Pet the Dog moments with certain characters. Even though she does have her occasional friendly nice moments, she still displays Jerkass behavior from time to time.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One could speculate that Cheryl has such a dislike of Polly because she was jealous of Jason's relationship with her.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Downplayed. Cheryl and Jason had some physical traits in common such red hair and pale skin, but they don't have a too much of a Strong Family Resemblance.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She alternates in nearly every episode from being a tenuous friend to the main characters (mainly Betty and Veronica) to an antagonistic rival. And then back again.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Veronica. Even though they fit the description of Vitriolic Best Buds a little better considering how much they snack at and insult each other, Cheryl and Veronica have most definitely become closer friends. Cheryl pretty much views Veronica as her Only Friend and it's almost always Veronica that Cheryl will turn to during times of need or if she requires emotional support. Veronica has consistently proven to be a Living Emotional Crutch for Cheryl and because Cheryl is such a Broken Bird bogged down by lots of dysfunction and problems, Veronica has served as a moral support and rock for her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Downplayed. Cheryl can be very extravagant and overly emotional but she's much more of an Ice Queen. Although she does have a very fiery and crazy side as well.
  • Hysterical Woman: Cheryl is obviously battling serious emotional issues and is obviously mentally ill due to how unstable she comes across. She displays intense emotions, erratic switches in mood, black and white views, fear of abandonment, anger issues, and impulse control problems. Most signs point to her suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Iconic Item: Her classic red spider brooch. She's rarely, if ever, is seen without wearing it.
  • If I Can't Have You...: In Chapter 10, Veronica makes an accusation at Cheryl that she was the one who murdered her brother because she couldn't handle the fact that he was in love with Polly and was robbing Cheryl of Jason's attention. It's implied once again in Chapter 20 that Cheryl is the obsessive stalker for Josie that's sending her strange gifts, including a pigs heart in a box and a threatening letter which states that if they can't have her, then nobody else will. Cheryl also appeared to have tried to frame Chuck for being Josie's creepy stalker and place all the blame on him because he has a history of being a Straw Misogynist, cyber bully and sexually harassing women. However, Cheryl is seen alone drawing an ambiguously romantic drawing of her and Josie together, which strengthens the theory that she's the one who is obsessed with Josie and is stalking her by giving her strange gifts. Cheryl having this kind of possessive and controlling attitude towards other people that she loves or cares for is normal for someone who grew up in a household devoid of love, support and affection. So she feels the need to obsessively attach herself to the person who gives her the slightest bit go comfort, love and attention. Her obsessive love patterns also have to do with Cheryl being obviously mentally ill and mentally unstable. There's a strong likely hood that she's suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, a mental disorder which includes an extreme fear of abandonment and excessive attachment to others.
  • Incest Subtext: The idea of incest between Cheryl and Jason is played at a lot. There's been some talk and speculation—both in-universe and out—that Cheryl and Jason have a twincestuous relationship because of how abnormally close they were. Cheryl constantly talked about Jason as if he were a boyfriend/lover instead of her twin brother, and she once describes him as her "soulmate". In particular the visual aesthetic of twincest is strongly played with. In the opening scene (their Establishing Character Moment) Cheryl and Jason are framed like a couple: Wearing coordinated clothes, holding hands, going on what looks like a Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date, all with a love song paying. They are seen in a flashback Sweetheart Sipping. It seems fair to say that in a socially and emotionally sense, Jason more or less filled the role of her boyfriend. There also shades of twincest in Cheryl's interest in Archie, because Archie resembles Jason so much. (It doesn't help that the Blossom parents are on board with, this while also treating Archie like a stand-in for Jason.) Veronica even lampshades the possible incestuous relationship between Cheryl and Jason at Jughead's birthday party in Chapter 10 when she says that Cheryl could have possibly murdered Jason—being a Clingy Jealous Girl and Yandere to him since Jason wanted to be with Polly instead of Cheryl, and then killing him in jealously since she couldn't have him. However, this is not treated as a serious theory of what happened, merely as Veronica lashing out at Cheryl in anger and frustration. Canonically speaking, Cheryl and Jason's incestuous relationship has only been implied or speculated upon, and it seems that in the end, Cheryl and Jason had a normal brother/sister relationship. Jason was with Polly, and determined to be her even at a high cost. Madelaine Putsch has talked about Cheryl and Jason's relationship a little in interviews, explaining that since Cheryl's parents are horrible and she doesn't have any true friends, Jason was the only person who ever really loved her, so the slightly obsessive nature of their relationship stems from there—he was her person, her everything.
    Madelaine Petsch : On the set we call it twincest. There is... we do play on that just a hair. He's the only person that ever understood her and loved her unconditionally, and so she's never had that love before, so she doesn't know how to feel about it. So it's a lot of different emotions she's trying to figure out. She's never had a boyfriend before, so this is just like her person.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Tries to drown herself in Sweetwater River during the finale, but the Archies come in time to save her.
  • It's All About Me: Cheryl has a tendency to be rather selfish and self absorbed, but it's justified since she grew up in a household with Abusive Parents and she's also a Rich Bitch who's a Spoiled Brat that got everything handed to her. Despite her selfish qualities, she does show shades of being selfless and she's capable of thinking of others before herself despite how rare those moments appear to be.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, she's an Alpha Bitch who's incredibly spoiled and manipulative, but she does have plenty of Pet the Dog moments with the other characters where she comes off as someone who's redeemable and may have a hidden heart of gold underneath that ruthless, crazy and icy facade.
  • Lady in Red: Is almost always seen in some form red clothing. Her nightmare in 1.05 has her in a floor-length red dress. In 1.11 she wears a red ball gown to the dance. Let's not forget that she has long fingernails that are always painted a bright red. In the Season 2 premiere, she shows up to the hospital dressed all in white... with one red decoration on her belt. Looks a lot like a bloodstain. Part of her Color Motif, of course.
  • Lawful Evil: Her Character Alignment. Cheryl is technically on the villainous side of things, but she does have a Code of Honor and she isn't completely horrible. Although she acts mean and petty, she does have plenty of Pet the Dog moments in which she reveals a much kinder side of her personality. A lot of her actions are motivated by primarily self interest. She's also at the top of the Riverdale High hierarchy and she has a love of order.
  • Let the Past Burn: In 1.13, she burns the Blossom mansion in hopes of breaking from the past, as her mother protests to no effect.
  • Light Is Not Good: Other than wearing red coloured clothing, she's also seen wearing white colors. But she's not the nicest person on the playground either considering how unstable and unhinged she is.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She has a Girl Posse, but no real friends. Apart from the now-deceased Jason and perhaps Nana Rose, it's debatable if there's anyone that really loves her.
  • Looks Like Cesare: In Chapter 1, the bottom of Cheryl's eyes were all black because her mascara had run from crying so much. Cheryl's excessive bawling happened because she was feeling extremely emotionally distraught due to her brother Jason having gone missing. Cheryl having eyes smudged with tons of black mascara accompanied by having long, stringy, wet red hair and ultra pale skin made her come across as The Ophelia and gave her a creepy, haunting appearance which was fitting for the situation that she was in (the mystery of what happened to her brother).
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She doesn't show it very often, being undeniably entitled, spoiled and manipulative but deep down Cheryl does have a heart. She's genuinely horrified to learn that not only was the football team making a game out of getting girls at school to sleep with them, but her own brother was participating. She gives Betty a sincere apology when she learns that Jason had done this to Betty's sister Polly.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In two instances: The first one is her love for Jason. Cheryl was so distraught over Jason's death that she decided to commit suicide to be with him at Sweetwater River. The second one is her creepy infatuation with her close friend Josie. It's strongly implied that Cheryl is the one who has been sending strange anonymous gifts to Josie and that she's the one who's the stalker. Cheryl gave Josie a pigs heart in a box along with a threatening note telling her that if she couldn't have her than nobody would. Cheryl then framed Chuck for sending the gift to make it appear as though she had nothing to do with it. At this point, Cheryl is pretty much a full blown Yandere for poor Josie and she was most definitely one for Jason as well. The girl just doesn't know how to love anyone without becoming crazy or obsessed.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She milks her brother's death for all it's worth, rules the cheer squad like her own personal fiefdom, and uses her parties to screw with relationships in order to cause chaos.
  • Mood-Swinger: She has a habit of switching between cheerfully pleasant and Tranquil Fury. Because of her erratic and unpredictable mood swings, there's speculation that she's suffering from an undiagnosed Ambiguous Disorder, most likely Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Not huge but clearly her reaction after she basically accused Polly of being a crazy ex-girlfriend who may well have killed Jason out of jealousy. Cheryl is rocked to discover Jason used Polly to gain points for the football team's "book" of conquests and apologizes to Betty for her actions.
  • Noble Demon: Cheryl isn't always the nicest person but she does have some standards and does live by a moral code. Plus, she's not a completely bad person either and she acknowledges when she's crossed a line or hurt someone.
  • Only Friend: While they may not actually consider each other friends yet, Veronica is 100% the closest thing Cheryl has to one. In fact, Veronica is the only person Cheryl says an official 'goodbye' to before attempting suicide.
  • The Ophelia: After Jason's death she has become more and more mentally unhinged, sleeping in Jason's bed and showing up to deliver Jason's eulogy while gliding down the aisle with a glazed expression in the same white dress she wore at Sweet Water on the Fourth of July for examples. And then she tries to drown herself, and lets herself be carried away by the river, just like the trope namer.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Offers Betty a sincere apology when she discovers that the Slut-Shaming that the football team has been doing is something that Jason did to Betty's sister. Bear in mind that she suspected Polly of being responsible for Jason's death and has found no evidence that proves her wrong.
    • She also convinces Josie to meet with Archie about his music after he vouches for her and confirms her gunshot story.
    • She also warns Polly to not accept her parents' help when she realizes that they would force Polly out of her baby's life.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Cheryl suffers from some serious abandonment issues. She obviously has a fear of being alone and abandoned by others. It's why she completely lost it emotionally when she lost the one person who loved her unconditionally and completely, which was Jason. Part of her fear of abandonment is shown in how desperate she is to gain other people's approval and to get people to like her and follow her. Unfortunately, her abrasive personality manages to turn people off and push people away instead of charming people to want to befriend her.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: At the end of the first season, Cheryl becomes humbled enough that she eventually apologizes to Jughead for how she mistreated him and even makes up with the Archie gang, seemingly for good. However, that doesn't stop her from still doing downright insane and dangerous things like setting her entire mansion on fire and burning it to the ground as her mother screams at her on the side.
  • Related in the Adaptation: It's revealed in 1.12 that her ancestors and the Cooper's were brothers, Thus making her and Jason distant cousins with Betty and Polly.
  • Rich Bitch: Her family is one of the wealthiest in Riverdale, and she flaunts it at every opportunity, from taking over school dances to holding lavish parties in her mansion and then forcing her guests to cater to her every whim.
  • She's Got Legs: She does indeed and she exposes them by wearing short shorts or very short skirts. She also wears high heels to make them appear longer.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Like Veronica and Betty, Cheryl develops a minor attraction to Archie partially because he has a strong physical resemblance to her late brother, but also because he's a goodhearted, kind and noble person who's willing to see the good in others. She even ends up kissing him because he was willing to see past her Ice Queen facade.
  • Situational Sociability: Cheryl is a very flirty person. Most of the time, she has subtext with just about everyone—even when she's being mean to them! But with her crush on Josie, it's becoming clear that when she's trying to invoke subtext, she can't: It just comes off as stiff and awkward. Considering she's never had a boyfriend or girlfriend before, and that despite her facade of brazen confidence she's pretty insecure, this makes sense.
  • Sixth Ranger: Cheryl was originally viewed by Archie's gang as The Friend Nobody Likes. After she gains some sympathy from the core group, she somewhat joins the group and they at least find her more tolerable than they did before when she was a ultra mean Alpha Bitch who did nothing but cause never-ending problems fro Archie and his friends. Part of Cheryll's inclusion in the core group is becoming more sympathetic and having plenty of Pet the Dog moments with Archie and Veronica in particular.
  • Spoiled Brat: Cheryl is a Rich Bitch and seems to get everything that she wants... except her parents love of course.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Implied. In Chapter 20, Josie receives strange gifts from an anonymous stalker or admirer. Josie receives one gift which contains a pigs heart and a threatening note that if they can't have her than nobody else will. Later on in the episode, Cheryl is by her lonesome drawing an ambiguously romantic photo of her and Josie together. This gives the implication that Cheryl may be the anonymous stalker who's sending Josie strange gifts but Cheryl chose to blame it on Chuck.
  • Stepford Smiler: At first she seems to just be playing the grieving sister act for leverage at school and otherwise acts like her average, bitchy self. Come 1.02 where she realizes that Jason is really dead, and she breaks down in tears.
  • Stepford Snarker: Cheryl uses sarcasm and snarky comments to hide the fact that she's a Broken Bird who's seriously depressed and traumatized over her twin brother's death. Her dry wit covered up the fact that she was at a breaking point to where she ended up being Driven to Suicide at the end of Season 1.
  • Thicker Than Water: Cheryl had a very deep and strong relationship with her twin brother Jason and she would've done anything for him simply because he's her twin brother and they are blood. Plus, it also helps that Jason was the one person who loved Cheryl unconditionally in her family unlike her Abusive Parents who didn't show any kind of love towards her.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: She's the trope image for a reason. Lets Archie know that with her nothing's off limits. Cheryl is the character in the page picture and the former Trope Namer. She was a bombshell redhead introduced in the '80s who saw the original Betty and Veronica going after Archie and decided it would be fun to show them up. She makes her big return in the 90s in the Love Showdown storyline, where Betty and Veronica escalate their competition for Archie, which ends in Archie choosing Cheryl Blossom instead (although the Status Quo is restored in a follow-up special). Archie's tried to retcon Cheryl in the early 2000s due to her being too provocative, to the point where Ginger Lopez was created in order to replace her in reprints, but that was quickly forgotten and Cheryl is back to being a staple Archie character. Since then, however, she has apparently started going out with the nerd of the cast after getting to know him on the internet, in a Throw the Dog a Bone moment. Cheryl is also shown as being in the way of Reggie too. A humorous issue shows her winning a talent contest (with Archie and Reggie as the judges) over Betty and Veronica. What'd she do? Batted her eyelashes at them.
    Cheryl: [coyly] Except for my body.
  • Together in Death: Subverted. In Chapter 13, Cheryl was Driven to Suicide and attempted to kill herself at Sweetwater River to be with Jason in death. She was so desperate to be with her deceased brother that she felt her life was no longer worth living and that if there was one place she wanted to die, it was where Jason was eternally resting. Fortunately for her, Cheryl's suicide attempt failed as Archie and the rest of the group ended up saving her life before she could successfully kill herself.
  • Token Evil Teammate: She's this at the beginning of Season 2. Sort of...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She eventually decides to team up with Chuck to get back at Archie, Veronica, and the gang, setting up a party which ends up making Jughead miserable, embarrassing Archie with Valerie as a side effect, humiliating Betty, and even getting Jughead injured in a fight with Chuck. Made especially heinous because early on, Cheryl was shown to be horrified by the actions of Chuck and his crew when they slut shamed girls.
  • Twincest: See Incest Subtext.
  • The Unfavorite: While Jason is treated like a saint by the two, Cheryl's parents are incredibly dismissive and harsh with Cheryl. Of course, it becomes suspect just how well Clifford and Penelope Blossom actually treated their son in life Once it's revealed that his father shot him for threatening to expose his illegal business practices
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Considering that Cheryl is a privileged Rich Bitch who has a lot of money to spend on expensive clothes, it's not surprising that Cheryl has tons of different fancy, expensive outfits. Every single episode, she's always wearing a different outfit which most definitely shows that she is The Fashionista like Veronica.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Inverted. Cheryl may be a rich girl, but the girl is not stupid or unintelligent by any means. In fact, she's rather smart, cunning and is very much a Manipulative Bitch.
  • Valley Girl: Subverted. Although Cheryl is the stereotypical rich girl that likes to spend her money upon shopping and wearing fancy, expensive clothes, it doesn't mean that Cheryl is by any means useless or dumb. In fact, she's actually a lot smarter than she appears and she has very good grades as she has a current 4.0 GPA. Appearances are definitely deceiving when it comes to Cheryl but considering that she comes across as extremely shallow and as The Ditz who does nothing but cause trouble, it's understandable why other people would underestimate her.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Downplayed. Cheryl has a minor attraction to Archie and has even flirted with him and kissed him once. But she's also willing to treat him like dirt and throw him to the wolves for her own benefit.
  • Villainous Crush: Cheryl has an attraction or crush on Archie, but much of her attraction to him is because he reminds her of her beloved late twin brother Jason and the fact that he's a genuinely Nice Guy who treated her with kindness when nobody else did.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Veronica. Cheryl and Veronica constantly insult and berate each other like no tomorrow, but it's evident that they share a strong bond and that they are friends. When Cheryl is Driven to Suicide, Veronica is the only one she tells goodbye to before she goes to die to be with Jason at Sweetwater River. Cheryl has also openly admitted that Veronica is her Only Friend and that she's someone that she can turn to and confide in whenever she needs someone to comfort her and support her. The fact that they constantly insult, snipe and berate each other yet share such a deep bond because of the fact that they actually share a lot of things in common makes their relationship and friendship one of the more heartwarming relationships on the show.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: There's a part of Cheryl that deeply craves the approval of both of her parents. Unfortunately for her, Cheryl is clearly The Unfavorite and the both of her parents seem to have Parental Favoritism towards Jason over her. Cheryl has always felt like the Black Sheep of the family because of the lack of love and support that she gets from her parents. Cheryl's extreme need for approval could by why she's such an ambitious person who feels the need to be the best at everything.
  • Woman in White: Cheryl frequently wears red but she's also seen wearing a lot of white clothing. Sometimes she wears both red and white colors together.
  • Yandere:
    • For her brother Jason. Cheryl clearly has some kind of obsession with him that was extremely unhealthy. When Jason died, Cheryl completely emotionally crumbled to the extent that she was Driven to Suicide. She also showed shades of jealousy pertaining to Jason's romantic relationship with Polly Cooper which is why she had a personal vendetta against her younger sister Betty. When Cheryl was suicidal and wanted to kill herself, she was so desperate to be with Jason that she went to Sweetwater River to kill herself so that she could be with Jason in death.
    • As of Chapter 20, it is implied that she is also this for Josie, after she saved Cheryl from being raped by Nick St. Clair. Someone starts leaving anonymous gifts for her, culminating in sending Josie a pig's heart and a threatening note. She then convinces Josie that the perpetrator is Chuck. We later see Cheryl comforting a shaken Josie. Though it has been heavily implied to be Cheryl, the identity of the stalker has not actually been confirmed.

    Josephine "Josie" McCoy 

Josephine "Josie" McCoy

Played by: Ashleigh Murray

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Read my glossed lips, Justin Gingerlake. Not gonna happen.
Josephine "Josie" McCoy is the daughter of Myles McCoy and Mayor Sierra McCoy. She's an ambitious musician and lead singer of Josie & The Pussycats, and one of Cheryl's closest friends.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. In the comics, Josie is much nicer and she gets along with Archie right off the bat. But on the show she's much more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch who has her bitchy and catty moments and starts out not caring for Archie. However, Josie Took a Level in Kindness later on and she eventually comes to like Archie and befriend him.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Normally Josie and the Pussycats get along with the Archies, with Josie herself even serving as something of a Distaff Counterpart to Archie and with Valerie as a Third-Option Love Interest. Here she's much more dismissive initially, due to seeing him as a distraction for her/the band. She shows signs of genuine kindness though and actually develops some respect for him by the end of Season 1. She's also significantly more scatterbrained and goofy in the comics, but is much more of a serious personality here.
  • Advertised Extra: She's listed as a part of the Main Cast, and shows up in advertising as such, but currently Kevin, a supposed recurring character, has a higher episode count than she does. 1.06 corrects this in having her & the band as the center of the episode... only for subsequent episodes to immediately render her nothing more than a background character. See Out of Focus.
  • Black Best Friend: To Cheryl, Archie and the rest of the group. She's the only black girl that's a part of the main group.
  • Brutal Honesty: Josie always says exactly what is on her mind and she is very honest and opinionated.
  • Cat Eared Headband: Like all of the members of Josie and The Pussycats, Josie wears a cat eared headband as it's part of the band's attic and signature. They are named after cats of course.
  • The Cheerleader: Joins the cheerleading squad under Cheryl's insistence in Season 2.
  • Control Freak: Very, very much towards the other Pussycats. Valerie calls her out on it.
  • The Cutie: Despite her occasional bitchy moments, Josie is actually very loveable and endearing. The fact that she wears a Cat Eared Headband adds to her adorable qualities.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Josie specializes in snarkiness and sarcasm.
    Josie: [to Archie] Read my glossed lips, Justin Gingerlake. Not gonna happen.
  • Face of the Band: Of Josie & The Pussycats. Valerie and Melody don't even speak for the first two episodes.
  • The Fashionista: Josie is no different than the other girls and she has a love of fashion and clothing. She's constantly seen looking her best. But she has to look her best, she's a singer and the face of a music band.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason she's hostile towards Archie is due to her experiences with racism, particularly her mother's difficult time in the mayor's office. Archie, being a white guy, would have a much easier time pursuing music professionally, but was still trying to coast off of the Pussycats, which offended her greatly because he didn't seem to realize what he was doing. Her father, a jazz musician himself, doesn't respect her pop music and makes that known fairly often despite not being around much at all.
  • Genki Girl: Josie is extremely upbeat, energetic, sociable and outgoing.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Josie has a love of attending parties and drinking. She was seen clubbing and drinking alongside Veronica, Reggie and Kevin in Chapter 7 and attended Nick St. Claire party in which she took Jingle Jangle and indulged in drinking in Chapter 18. Probably a bad thing for her to do considering that her father miles has battled addiction problems in the past.
  • Hidden Depths: Josie clearly has some deep seated issues with both of her parents and it appears that they both put a lot of demand and pressure on her. Josie is actually a "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal who is willing to do whatever it takes to gain both of her parents approval.
  • Idol Singer: Downplayed, but her band is quite well-received at Riverdale High and has played two school events, thanks to Cheryl's machinations.
  • Jerkass:
    • When Archie comes to the Pussycats to see if they can take a look at some of his lyrics, Josie takes the time to insult and belittle him before sending him on his way.
    • It extends even further beyond this in later episodes, where Josie antagonizes one of her own band members for working with Archie to help him improve his music (as well as antagonizing them for being anything less than perfect when performing)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Josie may be ruthlessly single minded, a strict perfectionist and sometimes arrogant, but she truthfully isn’t a bad person. She's genuinely friends with Cheryl, and softens up towards Archie when he acknowledges that, being a white guy, he doesn't understand the discrimination Josie and her mom have dealt with. Really, if she’s being nasty it’s a sign that something much more serious is going on in her personal life.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Josie has her Alpha Bitch moments and she can be somewhat catty and bitchy at times. But she's still ultimately a Nice Girl with a friendly personality. Just don't get on her bad side.
  • Magical Negro: Josie sometimes plays the role of The Confidant to her White or non-Black friends.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Josie is short for Josephine, as she was named after Josephine Baker.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her occasional bitchy moments, Josie is a generally nice and caring person.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her name is Josephine, but she's commonly called Josie by all of her friends and family.
  • Out of Focus: Josie didn't come across as being that much of a main character in Season 1 because her portrayer Ashleigh Murray was filming a movie.
  • The Perfectionist: Josie expects perfection when it comes to music and singing. She will frequently criticize anyone who she feels is not trying their hardest or giving their all. Considering the amount of pressure that both of her parents put on her to be perfect, this is not a surprise that she's the perfectionist that she is. In some ways, Josie is a perfectionist because she's afraid of disappointing her parents and not being good enough.
  • The Prima Donna: Downplayed. When it comes to singing and her music, Josie is extremely picky and very much a perfectionist. If someone in the Pussycats isn't performing up to par, she can become very bitchy and demanding. She'll also have no problem kicking someone out of the band if they aren't performing up to their potential. Despite this, Josie's demands about the band are reasonable.
  • Race Lift: Comic!Josie is traditionally portrayed as White, but TV!Josie is portrayed as Black or African-American.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Josie is extremely sassy and will not hesitate to speak exactly what's on her mind. She's most definitely someone who has a penchant for Brutal Honesty.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Comes to be more respectful toward Archie and his music by season's end.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: She feels this way towards her father. Whenever her dad is in town, she becomes obsessed with earning his approval. Sadly, her dad dismisses her interest in pop instead of jazz, to the point of walking out during a show.

    Kevin Keller 

Kevin Keller

Played By: Casey Cott

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Game changer - Archie got hot! He's got abs now. Six more reasons for you to take that ginger bull by the horns tonight.
Kevin Keller is the son of Sheriff Tom Keller. He was a former socially awkward nerd who used to be a loner and unpopular but eventually he blossomed into an attractive, well-liked School Idol. He's openly gay and a student at Riverdale High and is the son of the town sheriff.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Comic!Kevin is blond-haired, but TV!Kevin is dark-haired.
  • Adorkable: Kevin is slightly on the dorky, awkward and nerdy side and he definitely has his endearing moments, such as when he's tagging along trying to solve a mystery or when he's supporting his friends. His endearing qualities add to the very reason why he's such a popular guy to begin with. He also has a serious case of foot in mouth disease and he has a tendency to say things out of the blue especially when he shouldn't which almost always results in an endearingly awkward and embarrassed Kevin.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Joaquin called Kevin "Preppy". All of his friends including Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead all call him "Kev".
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted. Kevin may be a gay guy but he's not the type to act promiscuous and hook up with every single hot guy that comes his way despite being a typical red-blooded male that likes to ogle hot guys (like Archie for example). He's definitely more of a long term romantic relationship type of guy, as seen when it comes to his relationship with Joaquin. Although, as of Season 2, he's actually zigzagged this trope, given that he's taken to cruising random men for anonymous sex, much to the horror of Betty and his father.
  • All Gays Want Bad Boys: His attraction and relationship with Joaquin indicates that Kevin may have a preference for bad boys or guys with some edge considering that his boyfriend Joaquin was a member of the criminal gang called the Southside Serpents, a gang that specializes in illegal activity such as theft, gang violence, thuggery and drug dealing.
  • Alliterative Name: Kevin Keller. His first name and his last name both start with the same letter, which is K. This is a common pattern among many of the characters on the show including Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones.
  • Alone Among the Couples: Kevin ends up being the only main character of the Core Five to not be in a romantic relationship with someone due to Joaquin leaving town after discovering that the authorities are planning on tracking down all the Serpents and arresting them.
  • Anything That Moves: Since Season 2, Kevin has become much more promiscuous. He likes to go into the woods and engage in sexual activity with different guys. But Kevin could be becoming more promiscuous because his boyfriend Joaquin was Put on a Bus and had to leave Riverdale.
  • Audience Surrogate: He occasionally provides the same observations and questions audience members might come up with.
  • Badass Gay: He's gay and he loves to tag along and get involved in all of the drama and action that goes on. Also, Kevin's first response to hearing multiple gunshots is to rush forward towards the sound.
  • Beautiful All Along: Kevin was an unattractive nerd who was socially awkward and a loner. He also had acne and serious weight issues as he was overweight. However, Kevin ended up having a makeover by losing weight, clearing up his acne problems, and gaining some confidence. And voila! Kevin is now a Pretty Boy that was hiding underneath a Hollywood Homely facade.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kevin is nice and friendly, but it's a really unwise idea to piss him off or get on his bad side. He won't hold back when he's calling someone out on their BS, even if they are his friend.
  • Camp Gay: In direct contrast with his comic book counterpart, who is very much a Straight Gay character, this Kevin plays up the gay stereotypes a lot more. It's hinted that he's doing it deliberately. Although, its zigzagged in that the campiness is more subdued than a lot of other cases in fiction.
  • Constantly Curious: Kevin is such a curious person by nature and he always ,likes to be in the know about everything that's going on. His curiosity is why he's The Social Expert who is aware of everything that goes on in the social scene at Riverdale High.
  • Covert Pervert: Would anyone really expect sweet, nerdy looking gay guy Kevin to be someone who's so sexually promiscuous?
  • The Cutie: Kevin is incredibly loveable and endearing that open cannot help but love him and root for him. His likability is part of the reason why he's so well-liked and popular at school which is interesting because before he got hot, Kevin was a nerdy, socially awkward loner and outcast who was very much an outsider that didn't fit in.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: He seems to hit it off with teenage member of the Southside Serpents, who are a biker gang in conflict with Sheriff Keller, Kevin's dad.
  • A Day in the Limelight: 2.03. In this episode, we learn more about his thoughts, feelings, and what he's going through than we have in the previous season combined.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Definitely has his share of witty and snarky comebacks. He's often the one to provide a degree of light hearted humor in a rather angst-ridden environment.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Due to having a serious case of foot in mouth disease. Sometimes he ends up saying things out in the open that he really shouldn't say.
  • Fake Guest Star: Has appeared in every episode (unlike main characters Josie and Cheryl), is often seen hanging around with the main characters and even has a fleshed out love storyline. Yet he isn't part of the main cast, at least until Casey Cott is given main billing in Season 2.
  • Five Philosophy Ensemble: Conflicted. 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: Leukine. 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.
  • Formerly Fat: According to Cheryl, Kevin used to be overweight and unattractive. But now, he's lost all the weight and has become "a smoke show".
  • Gay Best Friend: Lampshaded by Cheryl. Kevin eventually becomes Veronica's GBF (aka Gay Best Friend) just like in the comics.
    Kevin: Is cheerleading still a thing?
    Cheryl: Is being the gay best friend still a thing?
  • Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Kevin clearly showed that he was attracted to Archie, an athlete who's a football player, in the first episode by commenting that Archie got hot over the summer and was going gaga over his abs. But that moment could be seen as being Played for Laughs more than anything and to show how desirable Archie was that Even the Guys Want Him.
  • Gayngst: Kevin has suffered from some serious issues regarding his sexuality, especially about being a gay boy in a small town like Riverdale. Kevin has admitted to Betty that he doesn't have the same options that the heterosexual people in the town of Riverdale do. He feels like he'll be judged or criticized harder by others for acting sexually promiscuous because he's a gay kid.
  • Genki Boy: Kevin is extremely energetic, upbeat and sociable. Interestingly enough, he only became that way after he got a makeover in his looks because before that, he was actually a lonely and awkward nerd who kept to himself.
  • Hes All Grown Up: According to Cheryl, Kevin used to be a lonely, socially awkward nerd who was overweight and had a serious case of bad acne. But then puberty happened, he became hot. No wonder he was going crazy over Archie because he had gone through the same thing.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his camp personality, Kevin apparently really enjoys wrestling, planning on joining the school’s wrestling team once he bulks up enough.
  • Magical Queer: Kevin serves as a Morality Pet to his heterosexual friends and he's always the one giving them advice about life in general.
  • Motor Mouth: Once Kevin gets talking, he seriously has a hard time stopping.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Casey Cott is very easy on the eyes, and he has his share of steamy make-out sessions with some other attractive guys. Cheryl even refers to him as "a smokeshow."
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Kevin is slightly on the nerdy side but he's also a Pretty Boy who's highly attractive and most definitely has sex appeal.
  • Nice Guy: He's very kind and friendly. Certainly less screwed up than most of his peers, although he does have his own personal issues too.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: A few times, most notably his first interaction with Veronica where he mentions how everyone in town has heard about the allegations against her dad.
  • The Pollyanna: Kevin is a very happy go lucky, positive, and optimistic individual. It takes a lot to make Kevin really angry or put him in a bad mood.
  • Pretty Boy: Like pretty much the vast majority of the male cast on this show, Kevin is this because his actor, Casey Cott, is very pretty and looks like he could be a model.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 2.
  • Really Gets Around: After he breaks up with Joaquin, he starts going out for anonymous hookups in the woods. Betty is less than pleased, not because he's cruising random dudes, but because there's a killer on the loose.
  • Rise of Zitboy: According to Cheryl, Kevin used to have really bad acne along with serious weight problem before he got hot and had a makeover.
  • School Idol: He's well-liked at Riverdale High.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Archie/Betty (aka #Barchie). He's very vocal about his belief that Archie and Betty belong together. He even lampshades in the Pilot episode that Archie/Betty may not be together as a couple yet, but that they are clearly endgame. He also encourages Betty to take Archie the bull by the horns and finally confess her feelings for him after all this time.
  • Shrinking Violet: Subverted. Apparently, Kevin used to be a very socially awkward, shy, nerd who was also a loner and had difficult times socializing and fitting in before. However, after he had a makeover and gained confidence, Kevin became much more sociable and outgoing.
  • The Smart Guy: Kevin is very intellectual, philosophical and brainy. It's likely that he's a part of many academic clubs because of how intellectual he comes across.
  • The Snark Knight: Kevin specializes in the use of sarcasm and snarky comments. He's up there with Cheryl, Veronica and Jughead in regards to the amount of sarcastic, snarky comments made.
  • The Social Expert: Kevin is an expert in social situations and he knows all about the entire social scene that happens at Riverdale High. He's very socially intelligent and has some of the best social skills out of all the characters. It's no wonder why the guy is so well liked at school.
  • Stepford Smiler: He acts like a nice and carefree guy, but is actually broken by Joaquin leaving town, and feels like a pariah due to being gay in a small town.
  • Straight Gay: Averted. His television adaptation is much more of the Camp Gay and way more flamboyant than his comic book character who is gay but is more straight looking and acting.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a HUGE one to Betty in 2x03 when he yells at her for judging him about his lifestyle which is engaging in sexual activity in the woods with guys. Kevin tells Betty that she lives in a pale pink world that's filled with milkshakes and first kisses and is confused about whether he's in love with Jughead or Archie. He goes on to say that it's okay for her to explore her BDSM sexuality when she's in her Dark!Betty alter ego but he's not allowed to explore his sexuality as a gay man in a small town such as Riverdale. He finishes his rant by telling Betty that the woods are all that he has and if she can't accept what he does and won't stop judging him for his actions then they were never really friends in the first place.
  • Token Minority: He's the sole gay character on the show (now that Joaquin has departed Riverdale).
  • Weight Woe: As Cheryl points out, he still sees himself as an awkward, chubby kid, even though puberty was very, very good to him.
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