YMMV: Archie Comics

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Reggie's jerkassery has become something of an Informed Attribute over the years, as his character has definitely softened and become more sympathetic while characters (including himself) still describe him as "Rotten Reggie". It's gotten to the point where many readers consider Reggie to be the everyman who represents teens as a whole instead of the Jerk Ass Proud Elite.
      • Also, his obsession with Archie. Some fans believe he is in love with him but hiding it. Others insist that every action Reggie takes towards him, no matter how violent or cruel, is actually his reaching out to him in his own twisted way. It's hinted in-series that Reggie is jealous of how Archie has girls who love him for who he is and has supporting parents that are always at home, unlike him.
    • Believe it or not, arguments have popped up surrounding Betty- is she a House Wife / Proper Lady in waiting (pro) or a Yandere in waiting (con)? This article from MightyGodKing is definitely in the Beyond-Yandere column.
    • Opinions on Veronica generally surround which part of Rich Bitch or Jerk with a Heart of Gold she fits the most.
    • Why exactly Betty and Veronica like Archie, to the point of fighting over him constantly, but don't mind his fickle heart, is up for multiple interpretations. Some fans think that the two have Unresolved Sexual Tension and may not even know it.
    • Jughead has been interpreted as asexual by many, or as being in love with Archie but hiding it. The latter got especially popular when Kevin appeared and he and Jughead got along easy. However, there was a story arc that addressed this directly, it turns out it's a case of The One That Got Away.
    • Is Archie a milquetoast goodie-goodie who borders on being a Canon Sue instead of the everyman he's meant to be? Also is he just an absent minded date, or is he selfish, fickle and manipulative that is after Anything That Moves?
  • Base Breaker: Every main character, especially Betty. Each character drifts from likable to completely insane. The disparity is due to Characterization Marches On.
    • Also, Kevin Keller is the odd combination of this and Ensemble Darkhorse. On one hand, he has many followers who think of him as a surprisingly interesting character for being a positive portayal of an openly gay character. Others think that he is slowly usurping Reggie's place in the Five-Man Band, noticing that he is appearing less and less in favor of Kevin.
  • Character Tiers: Yes, one exists.
  • Dork Age: The years the Archie gang appeared in the Christian fundamentalist Spire Christian Comics.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jughead is pretty popular, at least with nostalgic fans.
    • A recent comic had Sabrina the Teenage Witch switch everyone's gender. Fans really want more of Reggie's counterpart, Regina, who is a proper Alpha Bitch.
      • Archina and especially J.J. are very popular (a picture of them and Regina can be found here). Archina has cute Girlish Pigtails and people enjoy her reverse harem more than the usual version, while J.J.'s fashion choices, apathetic personality, and Big Eater qualities make her attractive to people (much more so than normal Jughead).
  • Face of the Band: Archie is this to his friends in The Archies.
  • Foe Yay: A Harry Lucey comic had Archie dating Reggie after Veronica was unavailable.
  • Fridge Logic: Just why was "Cousin Leroy" always there without any other members of his immediate family, anyways?
    • If Big Moose is too dumb to tell what 2 + 2 is, or where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is, then how the heck did he make it all the way to being a Junior in High School?
    • He's a star athlete, usually the best one in any sport they compete in. And, Dilton DID tutor him well enough to get a 75 on a science test so he could stay on the basketball team.
    • One Very Special Episode tries to establish him as a dyslectic, which could at least explain some of his poor schoolwork.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The franchise is (or was, at least in the 80s and 90s) very popular in Mexico, to the grade a theater play existed there, not to mention many of the spin-offs are still published in Mexico to this date.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Of course, being such a long runner, this is to be expected. In one comic, done when mobile phones were new, Sabrina (way before her sitcom days) crashes into a telephone pole while talking to one while flying on a broomstick. (Little would anyone realize how dangerous distracted drivers would become.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There's some of this too, naturally. An example is Dilton saying that it would be years before anyone gets to the moon.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Frequently with Archie, as Jughead's famously not interested in girls. Him dating a future descendant of Arch's doesn't help matters. With Jughead the woman-avoider, though this is usually more on Jughead's side.
    • The most closeted character is probably Reggie, a classic over-compensator whose obsession with Archie frequently turns into an open man-crush. Him becoming attracted to Archie in drag a few times doesn't help.
    • Betty and Veronica also have quite a bit of Les Yay between them as well.
  • Hollywood Homely: Big Ethel can be this, depending on the artist.
  • Internet Backlash: In preparation for the Continuity Reboot, Archie attempted to use Kickstarter to fund releasing three other titles at an accelerated pace - Betty & Veronica, Jughead and Life With Kevin. However, a number of critics, including comic book shop owners, were quite angry at this and made their voices known to Archie that an established comic book publisher doing this wasn't the biggest idea ever. Eventually, Archie relented and stopped the Kickstarter, only gathering less than 10% of the needed $350,000 USD.
  • Jerk Sue: Depending on the Writer, as usual, but for a time, Reggie was basically Archie's Always Someone Better. He was portrayed as a better student, a better athlete, and a better Casanova. His only real fault was that he was so unbearably smug about all of this.
  • Recycled Script: Used often and unabashedly, due to the incredible number of stories already in existence and the short timeframe of an Archie Comics reader. And, of course, no one would notice because they were for kids. Anyone who's been reading for more than a decade could easily pick up a Digest collection and find only the cover story was new to them.
    • One digest twice featured short strips with Jughead walking into a haberdashery and asking the man behind the counter to take a tie out of the window because he couldn't stand the sight of it/it was so ugly it gave him a headache every time he walked past the store.
    • The same Jughead gag showed up in two different digests released in the same week of that month.
      • It's been worse. One digest reused a near-exact version of a joke in two comics on the same page.
    • This was (possibly) lampshaded on one of the covers. Archie mentions that the comics will now be printed on recycled paper. Either Jughead or Reggie responds, "Your jokes have been recycled for years!"
      • Both, actually. They did the same gag twice.
    • A big, current example: several of the "New Look" stories have just been taken (characters, whole sections of dialogue, etc.) from the "Archie Novels" series from the early 1990s. Moose & Midge's break-up, Ron & Betty fighting about Nick St. Claire, and Archie moving away were all topics taken.
    • There's also the faithful Archie Joke Generating-Laugh Unit 3000, always good for an oldie but goodie, and noted courtesy http://joshreads.com/
    • Joked about in an episode of Friends where Chandler sells a story to the company where Archie temporarily becomes Reggie's butler to earn some extra money, based on his own time working as Joey's assistant. Joey fails to see the parallel but does wind up remembering that they've done a similar story in the past.
  • Shipping: A common Fan Fic concept features Jughead paired up with someone, usually Betty. Some writers themselves have commented that they'd like to see the two put together, but ultimately can't break up the ultimate Love Triangle at the heart of the stories.
  • Strawman Has a Point: One of the Love Showdown comics has Cheryl's Jerkass brother Jason taunt Archie by saying "At least I'm not some freckled-face goofus who can't make up his mind about a woman." That's a perfect description of him.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Super Dickery (the website) shows a cover in which Archie motions toward the bar and says, "We serve anyone!" (in response to Mr. Weatherbee whether he serves crabs). The awkward part? He appears to be pointing at Chuck, his black friend... Come again?
  • Values Dissonance: One old strip had Archie's dad flip out over Archie asking for ten whole dollars for gas.
    • On the other hand, considering how notoriously cheap Archie's dad is, this joke might be even funnier now.
    • The much bigger values dissonance comes from any depiction of gender roles throughout the years. Mild stuff like what it means when a guy in the '50s gives a girl his class pin / class ring (that he wants to go steady with her), to more heinous things like how just the idea of a woman being a doctor or a lawyer is a punchline.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: And how! (the trope was originally YKTTW'd as Emo Jughead. Despite the fact that Jughead is usually the most unique and non-conformist of the group, he was always the one shown experimenting with new fads or subcultures of fashion. He's been an Emo Teen, a Goth, a skateboarder, a punk, etc. over the years, generally hopping on as a sign of his own counter-culture compared to the more milquetoast cast.
    • Sometimes digests include old stories reprinted with modern cultural references such as American Idol awkwardly inserted through text. The obvious change in lettering doesn't help.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Jughead's Diner was a bizarre story even by Archie standards. He was the owner of a restaurant in Dinersville, which inhabited a parallel universe.