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''Archie's Weird Mysteries'' is the most recent animated adaptation of the ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' comic book, airing from 1999 to 2000 (two seasons). Unlike the usual goofy nature of the series, this show actually showcased the gang getting into supernatural adventures and having to tangle with monsters, ghosts and other paranormal or extraterrestrial activity. Creator/{{DiC Entertainment}} provided the animation and the series, while still fairly comedic, actually drifted into dark territory sometimes (though not by much; think of something along the line of ''{{Goosebumps}}'').

Worth a look if you can find videos or [=DVDs=] of it. The entire series is available on DVD as of February 2012.

Currently airing in reruns on {{Qubo}}'s Night Owl block.
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''Archie's Weird Mysteries'' provides the following tropes:
* ActionGirl: Betty and Veronica step up to the task if needed.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Something is Haunting Riverdale High" focused on Dilton building a device that wound up phasing himself, Archie, Midge, and Big Ethel into another plane of existence, basically turning them intangible and invisible. The episode revealed more about Midge and Ethel beyond Midge simply being Moose's girlfriend and Ethel chasing Jughead. Dilton also sadly notes that the only time anyone talks to him is when they need help with science (which is also true given the episode format). He was missing for an entire day and no one noticed before Archie became intangible. After they get turned back to normal, Archie [[HeartwarmingMoments decides to spend the rest of the day with them]].
** "Dance of the Killer Bees" was another episode which focused on Ethel, as we learn she's also president (and the only member) of the Bee Keeping Club. Archie also inspires her to run for Prom Queen alongside Betty and Veronica, and [[spoiler: she wins.]]
* AesopAmnesia: Lampshaded in one episode where Archie wonders if Veronica's experience as a giant would teach her a lesson about discrimination before deciding that unlikely.
* AIIsACrapshoot: "Little Chocklit Shoppe of Horrors" has a new computer program installed to help run Pop's shop. As you may have guessed, it didn't take long for it to decide humans were the weak link in the system.
* AlienInvasion: A few times.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish
* AllJustADream: The episode "Dream Girl" does this.
* AlternateTimeline: "Alternate Riverdales", the second in a trio of connected episodes focusing on time travel.
* AndIMustScream: ''Mega Mall Shop of Horrors'' was about teenagers were being lured into a cursed mall, being turned into store window dummies if they had no more cash on hand. When Archie was freed, he mentioned that he could see and hear everything but just couldn't move at all.
* {{Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever}}: Veronica in one episode.
* BasedOnATrueStory: InUniverse, Archie's own Weird Mysteries article is often based on his adventures. On weeks when he doesn't have adventures, his articles turn into stories about crab people from the future and checkout lines slowing due to time manipulation.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Many, many times.
* BettyAndVeronica: The originals, no less.
* BetweenMyLegs: Both Veronica and Betty in "Dream Girl".
* BigEater: Jughead, as usual. One episode theorizes his daily calorie intake exceeds 40,000.
* BookEnds: Some episodes begins and ends with Archie writing an article for his school newspaper. The ending usually has him going over an Aesop and the ending lines being, "In a little town called Riverdale."
* BoundAndGagged: Betty, Dilton and Veronica are tied and gagged with duct tape when thrown into a death trap in "Little Chocklit Shoppe of Horrors".
* TheCassandra: Archie becomes one.
* CassandraTruth: Lampshaded by Reggie in one episode.
-->'''Reggie:''' Newsflash: The World Does Not Revolve Around Archie Andrews and His Overactive Imagination!
* ChickMagnet: Whenever something female and supernatural rolls into town, its first target is Archie. Lampshaded in one episode when Reggie asks Betty what it is about Archie that keeps attracting girls.
* ChristmasEpisode: "The Christmas Phantom". [[spoiler:The episode is actually based on Santa Claus answering Archie's wish for a weird mystery.]]
* ClarkKenting: Used in "Supreme Girl vs. Dr. Arachnid" with Supreme Girl and her alias, Olga Capucchi.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Naturally, Archie Comics published a tie-in comic book (thus, making the book a RecursiveAdaptation). It was notable for featuring Riverdale characters like Cheryl Blossom who never appeared on the show.
* CompressedVice: Since most episodes start off by showcasing whatever character trait will complicate this week's problem, some of them can come off as this, such as Archie being a schedule freak in "Dream Girl".
* ContinuityNod: Despite some low-level NegativeContinuity, there are some small nods.
** In "Attack of the 50 Foot Veronica", Jughead apparently likes to go for an "evening think" to ponder mysteries. He meets up with Archie in "Curse of the Mummy" on one of these.
** Lucina's dog in "Cinemadness!" still makes the meowing sound it did in "Zombies of Love!".
* ContrivedCoincidence: Played straight in one episode. In order to stop a giant pudding monster from growing out of hand, Archie and his friends need to drop a rain formula from the sky by someone who has a plane and can fly it. It just so happens that Reggie's uncle has a plane and Pop Tate has an aviator's license.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Subverted in "Monster in the Night." The executive did buy the silence of the victims, but only because his company did end up fixing the formula problem that was causing mutations and wanted to prevent the negative press from closing the new Riverdale plant, which would hundreds of jobs for the town.
* CrossOver: The comic book series did an issue guest-starring the original [[{{Comicbook/NewCrusaders}} Mighty Crusaders,]] visiting from a parallel universe.
* DarkerAndEdgier: It still retains its comedic values, however.
* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler:The villain of "Mega-Mall of Horrors!" was a man who made a DealWithTheDevil to slate his material desires. The ending, where he and his mall are pulled underground for losing all his victims, implies the devil came to collect him instead.]]
* DeathTrap: If there's ancient ruins, there's death traps. Even the idol in "Me! Me! Me!" was originally surrounded by them; an effect expertly recreated by the museum the gang needs to retrieve it from. [[FridgeLogic Why a museum would even have death traps is a good question.]]
* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Green-Eyed Monster" talks about the jealousy Betty and Veronica have over new girl Dorsa Finn and [[spoiler: Dorsa Finn, having green eyes, being a sea witch who transformed herself into Archie's ideal girl to keep him to herself.]]
* DramaticIrony: After relating her nightmare about a redheaded vampire to Betty, Veronica insists it wasn't the vampire angle but the red hair part that scared her. Considering the object of Veronica's affection has red hair, this is either the case or she simply didn't want to admit she was scared of vampires.
* DreamSue: In "Dream Girl", Archie ends up engaging in some lucid dreaming and turns it into this.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: "Attack of the Killer Spuds" feels somewhat different than future episodes, particularly the voice-acting being different than others.
* EnemyMine: Betty and Veronica in "Green-Eyed Monster".
-->'''Veronica:''' Look, [[BettyAndVeronica we've been rivals long time]], right?
-->'''Betty:''' Longer than I could remember.
-->'''Veronica:''' [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou And we're the only two who can fight over Archie]], right?
-->'''Betty:''' Wouldn't have it any other way.
-->'''Veronica:''' Then let's join forces and submarine this new Dorsa girl.
-->'''Betty:''' Glub, Glub.
** Scarlet with Archie, Jughead and Reggie when Medlock starts favoring Veronica over her.
* EveryoneDies: The entire cast gets turned into vampires in "Archie's "Halloween of Horrors." [[spoiler: Of course, they do get better....]]
* EvilLaugh: The narrator who gives previews of the episodes does this in "Me! Me! Me!"
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: This exchange from "Fleas Release Me":
-->'''Jughead:''' ''(discussing on how Reggie is missing werewolf criteria)'' What exactly is a pentagram, anyway?
-->'''Archie:''' [[OhCrap It's a five pointed star!]]
-->''(the scene changes to a police badge worn by the police officer shown earlier in the episode, bandaging his hand)''
* {{Expy}}: Visiting superhero Supreme Girl is a clear nod to Franchise/{{Superman}} with her FlyingBrick powers and [[KryptoniteFactor element weakness]]. Her foe, Dr. Arachnid, harkens to Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} foe Dr. Octopus with his CombatTentacles-style arms.
* [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even Reggie Has Loved Ones]]: He stops a gang of trolls from hurting some kindergartners because he had a young niece named Amy staying there. He comforts Amy and make sure she's safe before heading off.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: One episode had the gang dealing with mutated bees. [[spoiler: In a surprising twist of fate, Big Ethel saves everyone by dousing the Queen with smoke, thus becoming the new queen, and commanding the other bees to never come back.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
** Mega-Mall of Horrors: The villain never expects Jughead to not be greedy and remain loyal to Pops' Chocolate Shop when the mall closes it.
** The Vampire Arc: Medlock fails to understand the concept of friendship [[spoiler: when he betrays his most loyal servant, who ends up turning against him]].
** Little Chocklit Shoppe of Horrors: The Stanley 9000 doesn't understand why Pop values personal attention and people's safety over efficiency. It instead believes humans are inefficient and must be destroyed.
* FantasticAesop: Respect your family traditions, kids. [[spoiler:They may be the only thing keeping a giant worm from destroying your home town.]]
* {{Fetish}}: Dorsa the sea creature has a thing for red-haired men. Naturally, her latest target is Archie.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Reggie. The gang usually saves him because it's the morally right thing to do, but he does come through in the clutch.
* FountainOfYouth: In "Twisted Youth" all the adults become young from drinking bottled water. The reason is because a special crystal was found in the spring that bottled the water and is thus causing them to become young.
* GenreBlind: So...after a lot of times where Archie suspects something, and it'd turn out to be real, you'd think that people would realize he's not kidding, right? Nope.
** A couple of episodes have people believe this, though.
* GentleGiant: Moose. This is best shown in the final episode where [[spoiler: he befriends the rival wrestler--a robot--and gives him a new job helping his father at the mechanic shop he runs.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar[=/=]SceneryCensor: When Veronica suddenly outgrows her swimsuits and then wraps herself up in a Cabana, many of the partygoers look at her with a smile on their faces. It's pretty clear they saw Veronica naked.
* GranolaGirl: Betty has traits of this.
* GroundhogDayLoop: The subject of "Archie's Date With Fate". Archie is the only one who remembers everything due to his previous use of the time belt.
* HilariousInHindsight: Everyone gradually turning into Veronica which spread like a virus. Ironic if you're a Resident Evil fan, which actually had a Virus called T-Veronica.
* HeelFaceTurn: Scarlet, the vampire girl in the second and third episode of the vampire arc.
* HiddenDepths: "Something is Haunting Riverdale High" reveals that Midge is training in gymnastics because she wants to be a stuntwoman, and Big Ethel is knowledgeable of old coins and interested in magic.
* HypocriticalHumor: "Twisted Youth" showed this relating how the adults were trying to kill everyone's fun until we see them as teenagers....
* [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday The Huge Mall That Wasn't There Yesterday]]: "Mega Mall Of Horrors"
* IntrepidReporter: In this continuity, Archie writes for the school paper and actively looks for engaging stories. Of course, most of the girls he meets consider him a HotScoop.
* {{Invisibility}}: "Invisible Archie" has Archie and Reggie becoming invisible after accidentally spilling Dilton's potion on themselves. Reggie proceeds to act like H.G. Wells' [[InvisibleJerkass invisible man]].
** "Something is Haunting Riverdale High" had Archie, Dilton, Midge, and Ethel turned invisible and they were in another plane of existence.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: One beast was a giant pudding monster, given life by a growth formula.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Veronica in "Me! Me! Me!", of course, due to a spell which, as you can imagine, didn't pan out so well.
* IWasQuiteALooker: In "Twisted Youth", any adult drinking a specific brand of bottled water becomes younger. This is especially noted when Miss Grundy turns young.
* {{Jerkass}}: Reggie. He was already one in the comics, but there he's sometimes been a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JerkassGenie: Reggie inadvertently releases one in "Compu-terror".
* KillAndReplace: "Attack of the Killer Spuds" revolves around the titular spuds trapping victims in a LotusEaterMachine state while potato-grown clones spread over the planet, using them as a perpetual food source.
* LoverTugOfWar: Betty and Veronica pull this on Archie at their most petty.
* MagicPants: Averted in "Attack of the Fifty Foot Veronica" (if you don't count her earrings, which oddly grew with her).
* ManInAKilt: Archie in "The Day the Earth Moved".
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Implied in "Green Eyed Monster" where Dorsa outlives her husbands. To be fair, [[spoiler:She's a sea creature who kept those "husbands" trapped with her forever. It was just a source of will power for whomever could survive her.]]
* MesACrowd: Veronica learns the hard way that the world's all right with only one of her in "Me! Me! Me!".
* MundaneSolution: In "Brain of Terror", the only way to reverse a brain growth helmet that Moose has been constantly using is to cross the wires. Dilton dismisses it until Moose does it in the end. Also counts as a BrickJoke.
* {{Mummy}}: Seen in "Curse of the Mummy". [[spoiler:He was a pharaoh who was in love with an ancestor who looked similar to Betty...but kept ''constantly'' stalling their wedding. When she died, he was so upset that he desecrated all the statue faces, shattered every mirror and even carved off the face of his own sarcophagus. He came back to life after Archie kept taking pictures of him, and stopped when every picture got ripped in half.]]
* MuscleAngst: Archie and Reggie both go through this in the episode "Invisible Archie" due to Betty & Veronica's attention being focused on some large jock.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Archie, Reggie, Veronica, Betty! Jughead, too!"
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Betty and Veronica both experience this in "Dance of the Killer Bees". While both are running for Prom Queen, neither of them thought they'd lose against Big Ethel and spent most of the episode "feeling sorry for her," until Ethel told them she had fun running against them even if she probably doesn't win. Betty and Veronica then both felt horrible for being so condescending when they realized Ethel deserved to win, as she just spent her time earnestly campaigning instead of trying to tear down her competitors, like the two girls had been doing to each other.
* NeverSayDie: Played with. Some alternatives like "slain" are used, but the show will pull out "death" and "die" in serious situations.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Subverted in "It Came From the Sewers". [[spoiler: Despite being mutated, Peanut, Jughead's pet alligator, still remembers his owner and he eventually is taken to Florida to be taken care of.]]
* NiceGuy: The robot lookalike of Reggie in "Reggie or Not". [[spoiler:The climax features the robot and Reggie trying to out nice each other and Reggie winning because if the robot really ''was'' that nice, he'd let Reggie win.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: There are some episodes where Archie or his friends will be blamed for the trouble.
** Archie buying two dice for his car in "Driven to Destruction" results in his car coming to life and going Yandere on him.
** "Fleas Release Me" has Reggie dressed as a werewolf and scaring Archie, Betty, and Veronica. The consequence is that the sheriff ([[spoiler:who is the real werewolf]]) takes Reggie into custody for the werewolf attacks around Riverdale.
** "Attack of the 50ft Veronica" has the titular character of the episode getting herself zapped with the growth ray. Guess what happens?
** "Green-Eyed Monster" would have Betty and Veronica trying to get rid of Dorsa. Not only the attempts failed, but also Archie losing his trust in them.
** Veronica is unknowingly responsible for getting Dr. Arachnid the means to defeat Supreme Girl.
** "Zombies of Love": Veronica accidentally leaving the magic salt that made Archie a love-obsessed zombie at Pop's Choklit Shop (which Pop unknowingly used to flavor some french fries that everyone ate) caused many of Riverdale to become love obsessed zombies over here.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Medlock, the vampire master, actually had all the cards that the prophecy foretold would bring about darkness. But then [[spoiler:he betrays Scarlet, his most loyal servant, by taking away her youth to revive himself. This backfires when it turns out Scarlet was suppose to be girl to help him take over the world.]]
* NoodleIncident: We don't know why other than he must have done something to tick her off, but for some reason Jughead is ''very'' afraid of the Tooth Fairy.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: For starters, they are completely fine in direct sunlight as long as they are in human form or even smoke.
** A single bite is all that is needed to turn someone into a vampire. The spell can only be broken is the original vampire is destroyed (or at least turned back into a human). It is also implied the Master can change vampires back into humans [[spoiler: like he did to Scarlet.]]
** Vampires are never explicitly said to be dead people, and could just be parasitic demons, that can convert humans. Archie unusually refers to them as living hundreds of years, as opposed to them being immortal or undead. Of course, that could be Handwaved with NeverSayDie...
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Turning into a werewolf requires a werewolf bite, the full moon, and possession of a pentagram ([[spoiler:which is only defined as a "five-pointed star", so a sheriff's badge works just fine]]). Putting something silver on the werewolf will turn it back and prevent further changes.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: "Beware the Glob". Pops thinks the boys saying there's a glob monster made of pudding is just a joke (despite his shop being overrun by giant cockroaches and a sentient computer) but when Jughead, [[BigEater burger obsessed food junkie that he is]], says there's no time for burgers, something ''must'' be wrong.
* PeripheryDemographic: InUniverse. Archie's column is apparently read by government agents because of all the weird stuff he's up to.
** Similarly, Veronica using the school's gossip column to report on Supreme Girl gives Dr. Arachnid an advantage for most of the episode.
* ProphecyTwist: Used in the three-story arc upon [[TheChosenOne the chosen one]] who could defeat Medlock.
* RedOniBlueOni: Betty and Veronica, judging from the color of their dresses.
* RoboticReveal: Subverted the first two times and then played straight in "Reggie or Not". First, Archie uses a magnet on the Reggie-bot and it sticks to his chest, but it's because the robot has a cookie tray on him that he was going to give to Betty. Then, Archie tosses a bucket of water on him, but the robot senses it and bends over just in time, leaving Veronica soaking wet. Last, Archie is almost run over by a truck and the robot pushes him out of the way...but half of the robot's face got scraped off.
-->'''Jughead:''' Holy Cosmic Muffins! Archie was right!
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: How the hell does Dilton ''not'' get have government agents knocking on the door asking for him to come up with inventions for them to better mankind? Even if a lot of his inventions wind up setting up the plot somehow, it's because they're irresponsibly used or they malfunction.
** Well, the fact they malfunction in the first place might be a bit of a turnoff.
* RoyalBrat: Veronica, though she's shown to learn her lesson.
* SealedEvilInACan: Several times. Naturally, the plot is cramming them back in.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In "Driving to Distraction", one is given to Archie, due to basically ignoring his friends in favor of his car, so the fuzzy dice he buys make the car go Yandere. Lampshaded by the person who gave him the fuzzy dice, who complains that they "always want to do it the hard way".
* ScaryLibrarian: Shown in "A Haunting of Riverdale". The ghost of Quiet Violet is haunting the library for two reasons: 1) to make sure all the people who had overdue books returned them and 2) [[spoiler:finally meeting up with Jughead to make amends to their first meeting and encouraging him to go to the library again]].
* ShoutOut: Betty actually dressed as [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] in ''Misfortune Hunters''.
** The episode with the insane {{Yandere}} of a car has Literature/{{Christine}} coming to mind.
** When Betty calls about a big beetle on her lawn, Archie asks "[[Music/TheBeatles Paul McCartney?]]"
* ShirtlessScene: Archie gets one in the episode "Green Eyed Monster". He's surprisingly buff.
** Jughead gets one too, in "The Day The Earth Moved".
* {{Story Arc}}: Two major ones that made up three-part episodes. One dealt with vampires, and the other dealt with time travel.
* TeacherStudentRomance: When Ms. Grundy is turned into a teenager, she starts coming on to Reggie. By the time he starts coming around to the idea, she's turned back to normal.
* TelevisionPortal: Used in "Cinemadness!".
* TitleDrop: "Archie's Weird Mysteries" is also the name of Archie's school paper column.
* UnreliableNarrator: In "A Haunting in Riverdale", the former head librarian is haunting the town. Jughead remembers going to said library, where she bullied him and scared him away from the library, yelling at him for playing with the globe, telling him a book that interested him wasn't for little boys, and finally yelling at him to be quiet because he was laughing. [[spoiler:However, when the ghost is asked on what happens, she presents a different version. She ''did'' come up and tell him to stop playing with the globe because it almost fell down on him. She ''did'' take away a book he wanted to read because it was falling apart and needed to be repaired. And she finally did admit to telling him to be quiet because he was making ''too much'' noise.]]
* ValleyGirl: Betty's darkest nightmare is turning into one of these and losing her I.Q.
* WitchDoctor: Lucinda, whom the gang consult on occasion to help them in "Zombies of Love" and "Cinemadness".
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Pulled on Archie in an episode where he unleashes video game monsters on Riverdale. Their leader goes after him for shamelessly killing so many of his men and bragging about it.
* WholePlotReference: "Attack of the Killer Spuds" to ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''. There was also ''Little Chocklit Shop of Horrors'' to ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: A cute little alien does it to Archie and the gang so [[spoiler:he could gain their trust and make an alarm disruptor device so he can collect Riverdale's plutonium and sell it on the black market]].
* {{Yandere}}: When Archie's car comes alive, it becomes this.
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