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    Archie 

Archibald "Archie" Andrews 

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The franchise's titular character and centerpoint, and a normal teenager attending Riverdale High. Despite being well-meaning and kind, Archie occasionally gets in over his head. He is supernaturally klutzy, but is a talented guitarist.

Prior to the series he and Betty had been dating since kindergarten, but an event known as the #LipstickIncident caused their relationship to implode, just in time for Veronica and her family to move into Riverdale and cause changes for Archie's personal life.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He was rather normal-looking before, but now one can more easily believe why multiple girls would be attracted to him at the same time.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the classic comics, Archie is usually portrayed with either Innocent Blue Eyes or brown eyes, but in this adaptation, he has green eyes.
  • Adorkable: Archie can fall into this from time to time. Since he's endearingly awkward and clumsy at times, it's very fitting. It also helps that despite being the most popular boy in Riverdale and someone who's considered to be a Chick Magnet who has no issue with attracting members of the opposite sex, he's surprisingly awkward with girls sometimes, but this just adds to Archie's charm.
  • The All-American Boy: On a surface level, this is Archie's persona. His deeper personality is more artistic, idealistic, and romantic.
  • Alliterative Name: Archibald "Archie" Andrews.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Much like his other incarnations, his thick black eyebrows are his most prominent feature.
  • Character Narrator: In his own title, he plays the Fourth Wall Observing Narrator, directly addressing the reader at various points to explain what's going on, to recap previous events, or just let them know his thoughts and feelings on what's going on. None of the other characters ever seem to notice him doing this — with the possible exception of Jughead, who briefly takes over the narration duty in #14.
  • Chick Magnet: Considering that he's a Mr. Fanservice who's handsome, athletic, and popular, it's really no surprise that girls are attracted to him like a moth to a flame. He's currently juggling the interest of Betty and Veronica in the most infamous Love Triangle.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He and Betty were 'together' for ten years and they had been in a relationship since they were kids. However, at the start of the series, Archie and Betty end up breaking things off, which becomes the major gossip of not only Riverdale High but the entire town of Riverdale period. When Betty and Archie broke up, it was a big deal because they were Riverdale's Super Couple.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. Archie can act pretty jealously whenever he sees either of his girls Betty and Veronica flirting with another guy other than him.
  • Doom Magnet: Starts to think of himself this way after bad things befall those close to him in his series, to say nothing of how clumsy he is.
  • Extreme Doormat: Occasionally, in regards to Veronica. Sometimes Archie cannot seem to stand up to Veronica when she treats him like her lapdog. Jughead and Betty have frequently mentioned this to themselves and how they hate how Veronica treats Archie like a dog that she can use for her own benefit. Archie not wanting to stand up to Veronica and call her out on her poor behavior and attitude is probably because he fears being rejected by Veronica, and doesn't want to ruin his relationship with her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. Archie is more even-tempered but he has occasions where he has gotten a bit explosive.
  • The Hero: Of the main title and of the entire franchise. He's also The Face of the franchise since the series is named after him and centers on Archie, his story, his journey and his relationships with the other characters.
  • Hypocrite: One of Betty's problems with Archie during the Lipstick Incident was that he was very uncomfortable with his Tomboy friend looking girly and wearing makeup, yet had no problem ogling other girls who did the same thing.
  • The Klutz: Archie admits to being fairly uncoordinated, and it appears he actually understates how bad he is; he nearly initiates Disaster Dominoes several times when trying to help build the Lodge mansion, berating friends for not being careful (when they were all preventing him from initiating disaster).
  • Love at First Sight: Archie mentioned he fell for Ronnie like this. Since first laying eyes on her, Archie has spent pretty much the entirety of the series chasing after her and trying to impress her. Eventually, Archie and Veronica become an Official Couple and they are currently the only true romantic couple in canon.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Archie is handsome, athletic and the most popular boy in all of Riverdale. It's no wonder why he's a Chick Magnet and strongly appealing to the opposite sex.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Archie and Betty broke up because of the infamous "Lipstick Incident". Betty got all dolled up for a date with Archie, who reacted negatively because he wasn't used to seeing her as feminine. Betty takes this terribly and calls Archie out for constantly ogling girls who dress up in girly clothes and wear tons of makeup. Betty lashes out at Archie by smearing her red lipstick all over Archie's face before she runs off bawling her eyes out and feeling heartbroken and rejected.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Doesn't come up very often but Archie does have a tendency to say exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. In Jughead's solo series he, in a fit of anger, accidentally insults Jughead for being asexual. It's also arguable that this trait is the reason he and Betty broke up. Really, the boy needs to learn to keep his mouth shut.
  • Phrase Catcher: "HOW?" It's what people tend to yell out when he's just caused some ludicrous or downright impossible disaster.
  • Secret Keeper: In his series, he knows that Sabrina is a witch, and keeps it a secret from everybody else.
  • Secret Relationship: Started dating Sabrina in his series, but they keep it a secret.
  • Serial Romeo: Downplayed, but he fell in love with Veronica awfully fast.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He's the protagonist.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The Lipstick Incident happened because Archie was very uncomfortable with seeing the usually tomboyish Betty all dressed up and girly for their date, yet he ogled girls who did the same thing. Betty was understandably upset with this double-standard and left in tears after smearing Archie's face with her lipstick.
    • Shortly after the breakup with Betty, he calls out Betty and Jughead for trying to sabotage Veronica.
    • Jughead is furious when he learns Archie only went on his camping trip not to reconnect, but to look at girls, to the point where he outright tackles him. Then when Archie accidentally insults his Asexuality, Jughead first reacts with Stunned Silence then coldly brushes off Archie's attempts to apologize for the mistake.
  • Working-Class Hero: His household is significantly more humble than the ones of his friends. His dad normally has to hold two jobs to keep them fed.
  • Youthful Freckles: To emphasize him being a redhead and his youthfulness.
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    Betty 

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Cooper

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Archie's next-door neighbor and girlfriend since childhood, at least until their breakup. Betty is an intelligent and spirited girl who plays baseball and has a fondness for cars. She does lots of volunteer work and is thus well-loved in Riverdale.
  • Academic Athlete: Betty is an intelligent young woman who gets good grades plus she's highly athletic as she plays baseball.
  • Amicable Exes: She and Archie were close friends their entire lives, so they become this when they reconcile post-Lipstick Incident. Given their iconic Love Triangle, though, they still get Ship Tease moments every now and then.
  • Betty and Veronica: Co-Trope Namer. She plays the Betty, being the down-to-earth Girl Next Door whom Archie has significant history with.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Betty has been in love with Archie since they were children (elementary school to be exact).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed. She gets jealous enough of Archie's new relationship with Veronica that she actively takes part in a scheme with Reggie and Jughead to try and break them up, but stops once she realizes that they genuinely love each other and Veronica becomes her friend. Despite this, she still shows some jealousy when they are together.
  • Girl Next Door: Literally and figuratively - the cute girl who everyone feels comfortable around, and she's Archie's next door neighbor.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Defied. Sheila and Maria try to force her into one by having her try on makeup and fashionable clothes, but she's clearly uncomfortable and it doesn't stick. Her trying to be more girly during her date led to Archie being uncomfortable, which led to an argument over Archie's hypocrisy and ended with lipstick smeared all over Archie's face, and Betty leaving in tears.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sports these in Archie's flashback to their early childhood, to signify her youth.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A very downplayed example. She does get jealous of Archie and Veronica at times, and that does sometimes influence her decisions, but she's still a genuinely nice person who just wants others to be happy. In fact, when she comes to fully accept Archie and Veronica's relationship she actively seeks out Veronica and makes amends. She even drives Archie to the airport so he could try to stop the Lodge family from moving (which would forcibly rip Veronica out of Archie's life and vice-versa). Unfortunately this particular act of kindness was all for naught as they only get there once the Lodges' plane has already taken off.
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: Utters this line in Archie issue 22 when she wakes up in the hospital following her accident attempting to stop Reggie and Archie's drag race. She gets better.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They fit her 'girl next door' image.
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet, kind, loving and caring. She's incredibly supportive of her friends and family, does a ton of volunteer work for the community, and generally a perfect example of the kindhearted Girl Next Door.
  • One of the Guys: A major tomboy. Her actually trying to be traditionally more feminine during a date ends up putting Archie on edge as he felt she was breaking their promise to "stay the same forever." This inevitably led to a fight in which she points out his hypocrisy; Which in turn led to their breakup.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Betty is the Red Oni to Veronica's Blue Oni. While Betty has a tendency to be more Hot-Blooded, emotional, and passionate, Veronica has a tendency to be The Stoic, aloof, and icy.
  • Soapbox Sadie: In Jughead she's introduced trying to campaign for Hiram Lodge to lay off Fox Forest, and later mentions an array of campaigns, charities, and volunteer work she dedicates time towards.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Betty is basically a younger version of her mother with a brighter shade of blonde hair.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Betty is the Tomboy to Veronica's Girly Girl. While Betty is more of a tomboy who loves male-oriented hobbies and activities, Veronica is a girly girl who loves dressing up in expensive, fancy clothes and enjoys feminine pastimes such as shopping.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Her main hairstyle.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: She's the reason why Reggie and Archie aren't good friends anymore - her response to Reggie saving both her and Archie from drowning was to accuse him of pushing Archie, and Archie believed her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
  • Wrench Wench: She's a very good mechanic and is the only one who can keep Archie's car running.

    Veronica 

Veronica "Ronnie" Lodge

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Veronica is the daughter of the ridiculously wealthy Hiram Lodge and a former reality star. She and her family move into Riverdale at the start of Archie and she quickly establishes herself as the prettiest, most popular girl in town. She and Archie strike up a relationship, much to her father's dismay.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Veronica has jet black hair and she had the personality of an Ice Queen. Eventually with Character Development, Veronica starts to thaw and becomes a Defrosting Ice Queen who reveals a much kinder, gentler and caring person underneath her icy, aloof facade.
  • Alpha Bitch: Veronica is the best example of the series. She's rich, beautiful, popular and is known as the "Queen of Riverdale". She can be incredibly manipulative, scheming and bitchy as well but with Character Development, she becomes a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Jughead. Jughead and Veronica initially have a Hate at First Sight impression of one another — Jughead dislikes her for being a spoiled princess, while Veronica dislikes him for how critical he is. However, in the end, they're part of the same nebulous friend group, so they have some moments where they show that they actually genuinely care about each other deep down but are just terrible at expressing it.
    Archie: For now, I'll just enjoy this detente.
    • How they get along really depends on the story. In the core comic they start off hostile to each-other but as of the latest issues learned to tolerate one another (if only for Archie's sake). In Jughead's solo his contempt for Veronica is even more obvious but Ronnie's unsavory traits are played up.
  • Betty and Veronica: Co-Trope Namer. She plays the Veronica, being the newer, more mysterious, and more difficult love interest in Archie's life.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Veronica is a Spoiled Brat who has had everything handed to her. When she doesn't get her way, she resorts to sulking or throwing a temper tantrum.
  • Character Development: Gradually becomes a better, kinder person due to her time in Riverdale.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Jughead's's first arc. She is exempt from most of the new classes, which she implies to be due to her status. As it turns out it's really because Stanger is using Lodge technology without Hiram's say-so. Once Jughead clues him in, Stanger's cover is blown.
  • The Chick: Of the series. Can sometimes veer into The Dark Chick territory depending on the point of view.
  • Daddy's Girl: Manages to be both this and a Bratty Teenage Daughter. While she and her father disagree on many things, they clearly love each other a lot and he's prone to spoiling her.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: In issue 6, she tells her therapist she fell in love with Archie right away because he enraged her father.
  • Depending on the Writer: How much of a bitch she is. In Archie she starts off snobby and abusive towards Archie, but is well-meaning at heart and develops into a Lovable Alpha Bitch; in Jughead she is more disinterested and mean.
  • The Fashionista: Veronica is always seen wearing fancy, expensive designer clothes. She's a rich girl who loves to show off her wealth after all and she's always got to look her best.
  • Fish out of Water: A major theme with her in the main series is that she simply doesn't understand anything about the middle-class lifestyle, which causes her a nit of grief.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: The color most often associated with her is purple, fitting her high-class, wealthy image.
  • Hate at First Sight: Upon first meeting Jughead for the very first time, the two instantly dislike each other. Jughead hates that Veronica is snobby, arrogant and constantly treats Archie as her lapdog (especially in the beginning). Veronica dislikes that Jughead is an Insufferable Genius who's a food addict and a slob. Needless to say, they have some moments where they have tolerated each other.
  • Hidden Depths: Both Betty and Jughead are stunned when they finally notice that she's attracted to Archie on more than just a superficial level. She's also rather thoughtful and eager to please, though that usually takes penetrating an impressive lack of self-awareness to reach.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Veronica can be very cold, icy, and aloof on the surface and she can be a major Jerkass but underneath her mean girl facade is someone who is a good person that's kind and caring.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She very much comes off as something of an Attention Whore and takes pleasure in Archie waiting on her hand-and-foot, but in time she's slowly becoming aware of his financial situation and familial devotion and has begun to appreciate him for his thoughtfulness.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Veronica starts off as an Alpha Bitch and an Ice Queen but with Character Development, she slowly starts to become a Defrosting Ice Queen who lets her guard down to reveal a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction upon realizing she was tricked into playing a particularly mean prank on a working class student who attends the same boarding school she was sent to after her dad lost the mayor election in Riverdale. She even goes to the dump the other girl was tricked into going to in an attempt to apologize and see if the other student was okay. Unfortunately the poor girl wanted nothing to do with Veronica at this point.
  • Not So Above It All: Jughead hilariously reveals that she has an array of well-oiled muscular men on call for whenever she needs work done.
  • Preppy Name: Her name Veronica Lodge sounds very upper crust, fitting her wealthy background. Ironically, she shares having an upper crust name in common with Jughead, who's full name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III.
  • Rich Bitch: At first. With Character Development, Veronica becomes more Spoiled Sweet, someone who is willing to share her wealth with her friends and other people.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Veronica stays with Archie and his family but it takes a couple of days for it to sink in that this is their only home and not just the "guest's lodgings."
  • Spoiled Brat: Usually but she can downplay it when she is in her better moods and really turn it up when she is upset. Slowly but surely, she's getting better.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Veronica is the Girly Girl to Betty's Tomboy. While Veronica is very feminine and enjoys feminine pastimes which include shopping, makeup and fashion, Betty is more tomboyish and enjoys more male-oriented pastimes and hobbies such as fixing cars and playing baseball. Part of what makes Veronica and Betty a Foil for each other.
  • Uncle Pennybags: At her most benevolent. Veronica can usually be counted on to shell out cash for whatever the characters need paying for.
  • Villain Protagonist: In Betty and Veronica, she opposes Betty's attempts to save Pops' from a corporate merger. Subverted, it was all a ruse she and Betty were planning to cause Mr. Lodge to lose face and cancel the deal.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Adopts a cat in one issue to pretend that the red hair her father found wasn't Archie's, but it's never seen again.

    Jughead 

Forsythe "Jughead" Pendleton Jones III

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Archie's best friend since childhood. Jughead's family was formerly Riverdale's richest before a bad investment cost them their fortune. Jughead is a apparently apathetic young man whose only concern seems to be food, but he is loyal to Archie and those close to him.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While never an ugly boy, he's been made more handsome than before.
  • Adorkable: More so in his solo than in the main comic, due to his crazy imagination being front and center.
  • Appropriated Appellation: In this continuity, Jughead's nickname was originally used to tease him after the Jones family lost their wealth investing in "Purejug." He has a speech in the first issue about taking control over what people say about you.
  • The Artifact: He still wears a cutup fedora despite the series being even more modern than before. It's shown he wore a fedora until his family lost most of their money.
  • Asexuality: Discussed in-story between himself and Kevin Keller. In his solo-series he's hinted at having a little bit of angst (or at the very least, some insecurity) over it. For example his reaction to Archie (who was angry at the time) accidentally insulting him over his lack of a libido and his sheer panic over his date with Sabrina. Near the end of the date he looks like he's about to come out as Asexual to her, and seems incredibly nervous as he works himself up to it, but gets interrupted before he gets the chance.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Veronica. Despite their dislike of each other initially, Jughead and Veronica have some moments where they show that they actually genuinely care about each other deep down but are just terrible at expressing it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Jughead appears to have this towards Archie as he tends to go out of his way to not only protect the other boy's physical person, but his emotional health as well. In the first issue of the main series he prevents Archie (and Betty) from being forced into an awkward position by other (admittedly well-meaning) students. Meanwhile he's also shown preventing Archie from getting hit by cars and even prevents harm from coming to Archie (via a beehive) despite being angry at the other boy due to an insensitive comment on Archie's part.
  • Big Eater: While he's got better self-control in this continuity (such as being able to resist a Food as Bribe), Jughead still likes to eat and is often snacking on something in the background. Before his family lost his money, he indulged much more frequently - a serving tray piled with hamburgers is seen in one flashback.
  • The Chessmaster: No, seriously. In the first issue alone, he makes sure to get in a position to handle the homecoming court votes (To stop everyone's plan to make Archie and Betty the homecoming king and queen, to keep them from too much awkwardness via public scrutiny), even before anyone thought to rig the vote for Archie and Betty; Jughead also set it up so that Archie would get to show off the one thing he's actually good at (guitar) before the whole school.
  • The Comically Serious: In all other titles except his own, he plays the straight man to the other characters' zaniness for humor. In his solo, however, his weirder personality quirks are easier to see.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Despite everyone thinking he was nuts when he realized it, he was right to be suspicious of Stanger — the latter is using Riverdale High for espionage purposes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As in every incarnation, he has a very wry demeanor regarding anything he particularly doesn't care for.
  • Depending on the Artist: While the other characters are fairly consistent across all the comics in this continuity Jughead's appearance tends to vary greatly depending on which series and which art team are drawing him. The most consistent traits are him having high cheek bones, a thin face, and of course his iconic large nose. Jughead's build, fashion sense, hairstyle, eyebrow width, and jaw line are all rather inconsistent.
  • Depending on the Writer: How zany he is and how aware he is of his surroundings greatly depends on who's writing him at the time. A good example includes one time in the main series where he at one point walks into a dodge ball field to talk with Archie and casually catches one without looking; Meanwhile in his own series he gets pummeled by dodge balls due to his over active imagination.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Indicates that he has this problem in his solo series.
    Archie: And when are you getting your license?
    Jughead: As soon as Fury Road is considered a driving manual.
  • Formerly Fat: Jughead was quite the spoiled child and pudgy to boot (with his Butler serving him hamburgers by the tray), but when his family lost all their money he slimmed down considerably.
  • Genre Savvy: Knows full well that some shady things are going on at Riverdale High and how to deal with them (kinda) thanks to all the adventure stories he's familiar with.
  • Hate at First Sight: Subverted. At first, Jughead initially disliked Veronica. The reason for his dislike of her is because she came across as rich, spoiled, vain princess. Jughead used to be wealthy at one point but his family lost their wealth to a scam, so Veronica is a representation of the wealth that he and his family had lost. Jughead has frequently complained about the horrible way in which Veronica treats Archie like he's her lapdog who has to do everything for her. However, with time, Jughead and Veronica have some moments where they tolerate each other and even get along once in awhile.
  • Heroic BSoD: Almost gives up after Principal Stanger shuts down Pops. He gets over it once he figures out just how to shut the man down.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. He willingly unplugs the DJ Setup for the school dance at the climax of the first arc of his solo to stop Stangers plan, knowing full and well Stanger would expel him but his friends would retain their free will. Thankfully right after Mr.Lodge and Colonel Keller show up afterwords and get Stanger fired.
  • Iconic Item: Jughead is barely Jughead without his hat after all.
  • Imagine Spot: Once an Episode in his solo series, imagining himself and his friends in another setting. It stops after the first arc.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Jughead", occasionally "Jug", "Juggie", or variants.
  • The Lancer: To Archie. He's known to be Archie's second in command and sidekick. Considering the amount of Undying Loyalty that Jughead has to Archie, he really has no problem being Archie's Number Two.
  • Loophole Abuse: His solo-series shows he's very good at finding loopholes. Jughead can essentially do anything he wants without getting in trouble because of this. It gets to the point that Principle Stranger has to go through the effort of planting a knife on Jughead just to get him expelled.
  • Mr. Imagination: In his solo-series, he's prone to wild flights of fancy, casting himself as heroes in a Game of Thrones-style fancy, a Time Police adventure, and "The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.", among others.
  • Not So Above It All: In the main comic he's shown to be a rather stoic, devil may care snarker who isn't bothered by most things. In his solo series he shows he's capable of being just as out there as the rest of the cast, and that he also has his own personal problems despite his insistence to others that he just rolls with whatever life throws at him.
  • One-Note Cook: By his own volition. Jughead goes to home ec class but refuses to learn how to make anything but hamburgers, which are delicious nonetheless.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one calls him "Forsythe" anymore (except for Veronica, when she's feeling particularly exasperated with him).
  • Oral Fixation: Some of the artists seem to really like playing this up.
  • Platonic Life-Partners:
    • He's usually depicted as being fairly close with Betty in this universe. They're especially prone to bantering with each other.
    • Also with Sabrina as of issue 11 of his solo series.
  • Preppy Name: "Forsythe Pendelton Jones III". It's lampshaded by Archie.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He should have told Sabrina that he's asexual and doesn't do dates, rather than trying to bail out and make himself look like a cowardly jerk in the process. He even lampshades it himself.
  • Riches to Rags: His family used to be the richest in town until they lost all their money. This is partly why he's wary of Veronica, who tends to spend money like it's going out of style.
  • Shipper on Deck: Doesn't usually care about romance but wants Archie and Betty to be happy.
  • Spoiled Sweet: His family's wealth could have corrupted him, but they lost everything. As a result, he would up pretty easygoing, and snobby rich people are one of his major dislikes.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's usually drawn as being rather attractive, and he of course is very snarky.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Seen snacking on a burger 80% of the time.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Archie. No matter how many times Archie screws up or makes silly mistakes that get him in trouble, Jughead will always be there for Archie to keep him out of trouble or get him out of his sticky situations. In many ways, Jughead has a Big Brother Instinct towards Archie despite the both of them being the same age and growing up together as kids.
  • The Un-Reveal: Jughead teases just what the "S" on his shirt stands for metaphorically, but he still won't reveal the secret.

    Reggie 

Reginald "Reggie" Mantle

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Riverdale's resident bully. Reggie's parents are fairly well-off, with his father being the publisher of the Riverdale Gazette, but their neglect played a hand in turning him into an unpleasant young man. Despite this, Reggie does have his kinder moments, some of which are seen with his beloved dog Vader.
  • Abusive Parents: The emotional abusive type. His father is a "important journalist" who doesn't make time for his son and his mother neglects him by focusing on her various fundraisers.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Depending on the Artist he us sometimes depicted with slightly dark skin but no clues are given as to his ethnicity. The TV series Riverdale ran with this and interpreted him as an Asian American.
  • Beneath the Mask: Fairly lonely and resentful of his neglectful parents underneath it all. Reggie and Me proves that he isn't a jerk 100% of the time, especially to Vader.
  • Berserk Button: There is nothing Reggie hates more than being pitied or having anyone feel sorry for him.
  • The Bully: Albeit one who utilizes pranks rather than physical intimidation.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Reggie actually is quite attractive in this adaptation, but his rotten personality is a massive turnoff.
  • Cool Bike: Has one. It goes with his Greaser motif.
  • Cool Car: Also has one of these as shown in Jughead.
  • Depending on the Writer: How much of a jerk he is. Waid's Archie portrays him as an unrepentant, manipulative, selfish, social-climbing asshole, while Jughead casts him closer to his classic characterization — while still a jerk, he hangs out with the gang and is more willing to help them out. He's outright considered a friend in stories like The Archies.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: His reaction to Archie genuinely apologizing after realizing a party he threw with Veronica destroyed Reggie's own party? Shake it off and put Archie at the top of his list of targets.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In issue 21 of the Archie series, he clearly feels guilty about indirectly causing Betty to be hospitalized and asks in worry about her condition.
  • Eyes Always Shut: In issue 7 and onwards of the Jughead series.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother and father clearly don't care for his emotional wellbeing, and often leave the house empty when their son returns home. He later confides to Jughead that most of his Jerkass behavior was a way to hide and cope with his insecurities.
  • Greaser Delinquents: While traditionally Reggie is more of a prep, this incarnation has a pompadour, sometimes wears leather jackets, and is obviously into rockabilly.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Played for laughs. He likes Adele and is entirely shameless about it.
    • Tells Jughead that his rude behavior is to compensate for his insecurities.
    • His solo shows he's interested in Midge not just because she's pretty or a challenge, but because she's one of the few people who actually cares about him. It also shows that he can be nice, both to Midge and to his dog Vader, who he adopts after seeing his tenacity and takes everywhere with him.
  • Handsome Lech: Will take any opportunity to take a pretty girl on a date.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has feelings for Midge, but she only has eyes for Moose.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: As counter productive as it sounds this may be the reason for his facade. At the very least he admits that he's trying to impress others by not being the person who gets picked on. This is shown in full in his solo series: He is clearly hurt and dejected when everyone abandons his party to go to Veronica's, pines after Midge because she's one of the few people who gives a damn about him, and adopts Vader entirely because he has no friends.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After saving the entire school in issue 32, he comes very close to realizing that the attention he gets for good deeds is better than the kind he gets for his usual prankery. Instead he realizes he can spite his newshound father by becoming the town gossip. It's still an improvement over where he was previously, straying into outright criminality.
  • Jerkass: Archie calls him the closest thing Riverdale has to a supervillain.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While his revenge is somewhat over the top, his getting back at everyone for leaving his party abruptly as soon as they heard that Veronica's hosting a better one is understandable.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes one as of issue 10 in the Jughead series, admitting that he acts out in an attempt to impress others and genuinely manages to bond with Jughead.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: What he is at heart. Despite his parents being well-off, they rarely make time for him and he tends to come home to an empty house.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Nearly successfully breaks Archie and Veronica up in the span of ten minutes.
  • Narcissist: His reaction to meeting a female version of himself is to make out with her.
    Reggie: Regina! Even your name is perfect!
  • Odd Friendship: With Jughead in the latter's solo; Sabrina casts a spell that makes Reggie and Jughead spend the entire day together in an attempt to screw over Jughead, but the two of them actually manage to bond.
  • Parental Neglect: His parents are almost never around at home, and if they are, they never really invest in him anyway.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • After Veronica is shunned by half the school for the video she took of Mr. Collier, Reggie offers to let her sit at his lunch table. It's so far the one thing he's done in the comic that doesn't seem to have an ulterior motive behind it. (Though considering his earlier blatant designs on the Lodge family, ulterior motives can't be discounted.)
    • A literal example with his dog Vader, who he treats well, takes just about everywhere after adopting him, and loves dearly.
  • The Rival: To Archie, whom he seems to have it out for.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of Reggie and Me.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Archie in Reggie and Me. A flashback showed that they were on good terms when they were kids, but a near-drowning incident in their childhood led to their friendship souring. Betty thought he was responsible, and Archie believed her, despite both having been saved by Reggie just before.

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Riverdale High School

    Kevin 

Kevin Keller

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A student at Riverdale High and close friend to the main cast.

    Moose 

Marmaduke "Moose" Mason

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A football jock who's not the brightest bulb in the box.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He's still not the brightest guy around, but other than speaking in third person, his stupidity is significantly toned down in the Jughead series, and is pretty much removed entirely in the Archie and Reggie and Me series.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the classic series, Moose was a good-natured Gentle Giant — as long as no other guys so much as looked at Midge, because that tended to send him into a violent rage. With his Crazy Jealous Guy nature heavily toned down, he's (mostly) lost this particular Berserk Button — he still gets jealous, but is a lot more reasonable about it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Big Moose comic, a collection of three individual stories all starring Moose.
  • Alliterative Name: Marmaduke "Moose" Mason.
  • Big Eater: Jughead claims that he's the only person who can rival his appetite. The Moose vs The Vending Machine story in his one-issue comic pretty much revolves around his appetite.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The large jock Big Guy to Dilton's nerdy Little Guy, to the point of referring to the latter as his "little buddy".
  • The Brute: Becomes this to Principal Stanger in issue 6 of Jughead, due to the latter's brainwashing.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite seeming like a stereotypical football lug, Moose dotes on Midge and helps his little siblings with their homework.
  • Bully Hunter: Downplayed. He keeps Reggie from picking on Dilton because Dilton tutors him and keeps his grades up.
  • The Cameo: Has one in issue 14 of the Jughead series being at Pop Tates with the group in the final panel.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: To Midge, but less so than in the previous series — while prone to fits of jealousy, he's more understanding about it.
    • Subverted in Reggie And Me. After finding out about Midge spending a lot of time with Reggie, he takes that as a good sign of Reggie's character rather than exploding in a violent rage and offers Reg his friendship.
    • Later on in issue 4, when he believes that Archie and Midge were dating behind his back, instead of attacking Archie like Reggie thought he would, he tells Archie he wishes him the best of luck with Midge since he wants Midge to be happy.
  • Dumb Muscle: In the Betty and Veronica and Jughead series, along with the first story in the Big Moose comic.
  • Hidden Depths: In Reggie and Me, he reveals to Reggie that he's good at social sciences and is a talented painter, hoping to study Fine Arts in college.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When he believes Midge and Archie are dating behind his back in Reggie and Me, he wishes Archie luck stating he just wants what's best for Midge.
  • Made of Iron: He's described as "indestructible" due to his build, which is why Dilton sometimes uses him as test subjects for his wilder inventions.
  • Third-Person Person: On occasion in the Jughead and Betty and Veronica series.

    Midge 

Midge Klump

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Moose's personable girlfriend.

    Cheryl 

Cheryl Blossom

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Introduced as the current queen bee at Veronica's Swiss boarding school, and is suitably mean-spirited, wealthy, and beautiful to match. Veronica wastes no time in toppling her, but this only makes the Blossoms move to Riverdale ready to wreak havoc.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She wasn't the nicest person in the traditional comics, but here she's outright mean.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's the queen bee at Veronica's boarding school and plans to keep it that way.
  • Brainless Beauty: A downplayed example. She isn't cartoonishly stupid but she's certainly a lot dimmer than she thinks she is, from her inability to recall the names of Archie's friends even while trying to bribe them ('Jug Handle', 'Betsy') to her attempts at staging a rescue to impress others ("wake up man, whose name I don't know!".) In #17 Veronica has to point out to her that her father's company being bought out by Hiram Lodge doesn't actually make the Blossoms poor.
  • The Cameo: Has one in issue 13 of the Jughead series where she and her brother are watching the humilating video of the gang's attempts at starting a band that was accidentally uploaded by Jughead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She greatly cares for her twin brother, Jason Blossom.
  • Evil Counterpart: Even more than the original comics: She's essentially who Veronica was when first arriving at Riverdale, if not worse.
  • Evil Redhead: The richest bitch at boarding school, and the only one with bright red hair.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: How Veronica gets back at her: She tricks her into going to a false location, in this case FRANCE, the same way Cheryl did to the poor girl she humiliated.
  • New Transfer Student: How she is introduced to Riverdale High once she moves there.
  • Race Lift: Here, she's Swedish.
  • Rich Bitch: Like Veronica, her father owns a business and she's a former reality star. Unlike Veronica, she seems to have never developed a heart, as she lords her money and status over the other girls at boarding school.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Played with. In the original comics, she was introduced as Archie's third love interest. Here, she plans to make moves on Archie to get at Veronica, partly because Veronica had spent so much time talking him up that Cheryl is convinced this Archie guy had to be something incredible. This conviction vanishes quickly when she actually meets him, upon which she loses interest. Further played with in a later storyline where they pretend to be dating as a way of calling attention away from Archie's "secret girlfriend" Sabrina, but are open about not actually being in love.
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    Dilton 

Dilton Doiley

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The smartest teen in Riverdale, and Moose's personal tutor and best friend.

    Toni 

Toni Topaz¨

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One of the more together students at Riverdale High, who often tries to act as the voice of reason — admittedly with varied success.
  • Alliterative Name: Toni Topaz.
  • Big Eater: Can hold her own on the hamburger-chowing front, but is nowhere near Jughead's level.
  • Bi the Way: She's mostly into girls, but has been known to show attraction to the odd boy as well.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Except for having obvious romantic interests, she's a lot like a female Jughead. Sarcastic, sometimes acts as a voice of reason, known for being a big eater, etc.
  • Nice Girl: One of the sweetest, most laid-back students at Riverdale High.
  • Only Sane Woman: She often takes on this role, pointing out when the others are being ridiculous and trying to reign them in a little. It doesn't always work.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Serves as the level-headed voice of reason, but not without a level of sarcasm.
  • Shipper on Deck: She helps Dilton make a move on Betty.
  • Twofer Token Minority: While the Archie series is pretty good about including minority characters, Toni is noticable in being both black and a confirmed bisexual.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple — which is a bit of an Adaptation Dye-Job, as her hair was pink in the classic comics.

    Jason 

Jason Blossom

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Cheryl's twin brother, and a constant supporter in her schemes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Extremely deadpan.
  • Flanderization: In the classic comics, Jason was mostly there as a supporting character for Cheryl, who spent around equal time either arguing with his sister or being dragged along with her schemes, but it was always made clear that he did have his own life, goals and interests that did not involve Cheryl. This incarnation of Jason does very little except play the Sour Supporter Beta Bitch to Cheryl, and has yet to be in a single scene that didn't also include Cheryl.
  • Half-Identical Twins: In the classic comics, Cheryl and Jason were always at odds with each other and didn't even look that much alike. Here, they're almost always on the same page (even if Jason is a little more grounded in reality than Cheryl), and it's a lot clearer that they're twins.
  • Only Sane Man: Seems to view himself as this, especially when he plays The Drag-Along in Cheryl's schemes.
  • Satellite Character: To Cheryl; he seems to exist mostly to back up her villainy and serve as something of a Beta Bitch to her.

    Principal Stanger 

Principal Stanger

The overly strict and unforgiving principal of Riverdale High.
  • Arc Villain: Of issues 1 through 6 of the Jughead series.
  • Child Soldiers: It's heavily implied he's training the students of Riverdale for some kind of black ops program. It turns out to be right, with him planning to use hypnosis to get everyone to enlist in the military
  • Dean Bitterman: Enforces overly strict rules and tried to frame Jughead for breaking school rules so he could suspend him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike most antagonists so far, he doesn't have Hidden Depths, or hasn't turned out to be not that bad a person. He nearly gets Jughead expelled by PLANTING A KNIFE ON HIM. Not to mention his plan to brainwash the students of Riverdale into enlisting in the military for his own selfish gain.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He nearly achieves his goals, having successfully shut down Pops, and having the students at the dance under his hypnotic control and ready to enlist. Jughead shuts off the music and saves his classmates, but he was saved from expulsion by the sudden intervention of Mr. Lodge and Colonel Keller, who proceed to fire Stanger.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: After Jughead mocks his authority twice, he wastes no time trying to get him expelled.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: A textbook example. He wrestles control of Riverdale from the more personable Weatherbee and sets about enacting his Evil Plan.

Josie and the Pussycats

    General 
  • Age Lift: Teenagers in the original continuity, but here they're all in their twenties. In issue #3 of Josie and the Pussycats, Josie's age is mentioned to be twenty-four, and in issue #4, Melody refers to them all as "twenty-somethings."
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Melody is blonde, Valerie has black hair and Josie is a redhead.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: All of them seem to be aware, to varying degrees, that they're in a comic book. Melody seems to make the most Fourth-Wall Observer comments, but Valerie takes the most advantage of the genre and medium, at one point directly exploiting "Comic book science" to win the Pussycats a drag race.
  • Genre Savvy: The girls are always commenting on the genre clichés and storytelling tropes they're going through, including their own Character Development. Valerie is by far the most savvy, but the other two have their moments too.
  • Rock Trio: As always, they're a girl band with three members.

    Josie 

Josie McCoy

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The red-headed lead singer and founder of the Pussycats.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Not quite as consistently as Cloudcuckoolander Melody, but she has a tendency to focus on the wrong thing in any given situation. It's mostly played for laughs, but sometimes it takes a turn for the more serious.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a quip for every situation.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She has a tendency to misjudge people, which leads to a fair bit of trouble. According to Alexandra, she's just as horrible a judge when it comes to her own character, not being very good at recognizing her own flaws.
  • It's All About Me: Josie's main flaw. She gets wrapped up in herself much too easily and tends to think everything is about her even when it very blatantly isn't.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's never intentionally malicious, but she can be very thoughtless and self-centered, which can lead to her taking other people for granted, or even using them for her own ends. When called out on it, though, she always realizes she's behaved badly and tries to make amends
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: She has an unparallelled knack for getting into these. Most often she has them with Melody, but as the Josie and the Pussycats comic demonstrates, Josie can turn just about any conversation into a Seinfeldian Conversation, no matter who she's talking with at the time.
  • Standardized Leader: Parodied and ultimately subverted, which is thoroughly Lampshaded in the comic itself:
    Josie: You forget: I haven't been focus-grouped into a cookie-cutter likeable female protagonist. Yet."

    Melody 

Melody Valentine

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Josie's friend and college roommate, and the drummer of the Pussycats.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While she retains some of her classic Dumb Blonde traits, this Melody is played up as much more of a Genius Ditz with a lot of varied talents, a vast knowledge of pop culture, storytelling tropes and animals, and a tendency to make rather astute remarks. There are hints that she may be smarter than she lets on.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't hurt her Josie, or she'll kill you. Or at least rant about how she's going to kill you. And pretend that she has killed you when you don't show up for a few hours afterwards.
  • Bi the Way: It's not called into attention at all, but if her dating site info is to be believed, she's open to dating both men and women.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her mind works in strange ways sometimes.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The blondest and the most sweet-natured Pussycat.
  • Has Two Mommies: Revealed very casually when she mentions her "daddy" and uses female pronouns.
    Valerie: I hope my dad isn't here to see me wearing this.
    Melody: I hope my daddy is here to see this. She'd be so proud.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's very blonde and very sweet-natured, bordering on Friend to All Living Things.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Well... she loves all animals really, but she has a special place in her heart for cats. In the first issue she adopts a stray cat, which she names "Lord Cute-ington, Duke of Kittenshire," and she was the one who coined the name "The Pussycats."
  • Literal-Minded: Has a tendency to take things a little too literally. Case in point; on one occasion Josie tells her to get the attention of a truck driver, and sarcastically suggest that she "flash him." Cue Melody taking a flashlight and shining it into the trucker's eyes.
  • Really Gets Around: Alluded to rather than shown, but she claims to have a "nice, strong, robust, totally muscular social life," and her introduction scene has her go out on a date with the fifth consecutive boy that month.
  • Serious Business: Melody pillow-fights to win.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: At times it's hinted that at least some of her ditziness is an act. Valerie at one point gets frustrated because "I'm really sorry, but I honestly can't tell when you're joking."

    Valerie 

Valerie Smith

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The bassist of the Pussycats, who was working at the local animal shelter when she met Josie and Melody and agreed to join their band.
  • Cool Big Sis: Obviously she's not actually related to Josie or Melody, but she does seem to be a couple of years older than them and very quickly falls into a sort of "older sister" role with them — Josie especially.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She easily surpasses Josie when it comes to sarcasms.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: When she sings, nervous or aggressive animals calm down. This comes in handy at her job at the Riverdale animal shelter.
  • Only Sane Woman: Definitely the most grounded of the Pussycats, which paradoxically gives her the most Crazy Awesome moments of them. Where Josie recognizes that she lives in a ridiculous comic book world, Valerie actively uses the ridiculousness to her advantage.
  • Pungeon Master: She has a fondness for puns, and she swings between being proud of her talent with them and deeply ashamed of it.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Outspoken, blunt and unapologetic, she's not afraid to stick it to friends and foes alike, if she thinks it's deserved.

    Alexandra 

Alexandra Cabot

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A Rich Bitch former friend of Josie's, currently more of a pest.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She hasn't lost any of her trademark cattiness, but her Damsel Scrappy tendencies are dropped in favor of a more Action Girl approach to problems.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of the acidic kind.
  • The Gadfly: Primarily to Josie, she delights in Trolling her at every opportunity.
  • Hidden Depths: At first she seems just like the quintessential Rich Bitch, and she gets a little too much enjoyment out of teasing, humiliating and getting in Josie's way... but she turns out to have her reasons for acting the way she does, she does have some moral standards, and even gets a Big Damn Heroes moment or two.
  • Mama Bear: A sort of weird version of it, but still.
    "Nobody hurts Josie! Except occasionally me! And I'm working on that!"
  • Rich Bitch: Extremely rich, and very bitchy — though Everyone Has Standards.
  • Skunk Stripe: As is traditional for her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She was Josie's best friend when they were kids. They drifted apart in middle school, though they have differing opinions over why.

    Alan 

Alan M

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The Pussycats' first band manager.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The original Alan M was pretty much Dumb Muscle, but this incarnation is much smarter.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Despite his increased intelligence in this continuity, he does not seem to be very physically strong at all.
  • Composite Character: He's a mix of the original Alan M and Alexander Cabot, having taken on Alexander's role as band manager. While Alexander does appear in the comic, he isn't involved with the band at all.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Inverted; he's a perfect example of how Nice Is Not Good. Valerie sums him up thusly: "Alan doesn't think. He's nice. But nice is different than good."
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played with. Alan M is charming, affable, and would never hurt anyone... but he wouldn't go out of his way to be there for them in their time of need either.
  • Nice Guy: Ultimately subverted. Good-natured, polite, and helpful he may be, but his "niceness" turns out to not run particularly deep.
  • Odd Friendship: Surprisingly, with Lord Cute-ington. It's left unabiguous whether Alan can actually understand what the cat is saying, or whether he's just pretending to.
    Alan: Does this kind of thing happen a lot with these girls?
    Lord Cute-ington: Mrow.
    Alan: Wow, that's messed up. But I guess it's hard to tour with a cat.

    Alexander 

Alexander Cabot

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Alexandra's brother, who doesn't mind employing some questionable tactics in order to support his sister.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Parodied. In the classic comics, Alexander would occasionally pull off some morally-questionable things, but he was firmly on the girls' side and tried his best as their manager. Here, he takes on antagonistic role, acting like a sort of a mix of a Bond villain and a Well-Intentioned Extremist... but when it comes down to it, he doesn't actually do anything all that bad.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Alexander had black hair in the original comics; here he has brown hair much like he did in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's no longer the Pussycats' band manager (though he does offer to become their manager, he's ultimately turned down) and doesn't even appear in the comic until issue #5.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pretty nasty and self-centered, and even acts a lot like a stereotypical megalomaniac supervillain in his spotlight issue — but really his main goal is that he wants to look after his sister.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "Are you telling a Cabot what he can and can't do? Perhaps you should take another look at Cabot Industries' quarterly earnings."

    Pepper 

Pepper

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An old friend of Josie and Melody, who works as a bartender, but has a dream of playing the electric cello.
  • Adaptational Curves: Pepper in the classic comics had the same general build as Josie and Melody. Here she's more of a Big Beautiful Woman.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's rather more together and down-to-Earth than Josie... plus, hey, she wears glasses.
  • The Bus Came Back: As a nod to how in the classic comics, Pepper vanished as soon as it introduced Valerie and began focusing on the Pussycats, Pepper in this continuity is there with Josie in the first issue of the comic, but is left behind when Josie starts up the band. She re-appears in issue #9 with a bit if a Hero of Another Story vibe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can get very creative with her snark... though she doesn't do so well under pressure.
    Alexandra: I'm gonna go home and listen to something more pleasant. Like my garbage disposal.
    Pepper: Oh yeah? Well! You leaving is... garbage... disposal!
  • Hero of Another Story: In issue #9 she was kidnapped by the bad guys while cat-sitting Lord Cute-ington for Melody. When the Pussycats shows up for the rescue, she's already overpowered the bad guys together with a bunch of animals.
    Melody: Pepper! What's going on? We thought you were kidnapped!
    Pepper: Well, I was! Alongside all these animals Quiplo wanted to smuggle from Riverdale. But I originally came here hoping to co-open for the Pussycats, the kidnappers never took my cello bow. I cut my bonds, and freeing the animals from there was cake.

    Lord Cute-ington 

Lord Cute-ington, Duke Of Kittenshire

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Melody's beloved pet cat, and in a roundabout way the reason why the Pussyvats got together (as well as an inspiration for the group name). He was originally a stray that Melody picked up in the first issue, and she and Josie brought him to the animal shelter, where they met Valerie for the first time.
  • Cute Kitten: Basically his primary function in the comic.
  • Expy: Despite belonging to Melody and not Alexandra (and not seeming to have any magical powers), he's a pretty clear one for Sebastian, who has yet to appear in the comic.
  • Overly Long Name: His full name/title, as revealed by Melody in issue #7, is "Lord Cute-ington, Duke of Kittenshire, First of his name, Cat-leesi of the Great Litter Sea."
  • Team Pet: Kind of. He's Melody's pet cat and she insists to have him as the band mascot, though he seldom gets involved in the stories. He does get in on a couple of action scenes, though.

Sabrina and friends

    Sabrina 

Sabrina Spellman

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A teenage witch from Greendale who finds herself mixed up in Jughead's shenanigans when she temporarily moves to Riverdale, and later enters a Secret Relationship with Archie.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: She's introduced handing out fliers outside Pops' wearing a giant burger outfit.
  • The Cameo:
    • Has one in issues 12, 13 and 14 of the Jughead series, being shown in a few pictures on Jughead's social media, her and Salem watching the embarrassing video of the gang's attempts at a band that was uploaded by Jughead, and being with the group at Pop Tate's in the final panel respectively.
    • Has another one in issue 5 of Reggie and Me where she's one of the many people to celebrate Vader's recovery.
  • Commuting on a Bus: She returns to Greendale and her old school at the end of her arc in Jughead, but frequently shows up for cameos and guest appearances afterwards.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It turns out she's in Riverdale because she dropped out of school out of frustration with her double life. Jughead helps get her back in at the end of the arc after living on her own doesn't work out.
  • Dude Magnet: Archie, Reggie, and even Jughead were all attracted to her (though in Jughead's case, it was due to him initially thinking she was a giant burger, and lost all romantic interest he had in her afterwards).
  • Gone Horribly Right: When her magic gets out of hand, it's usually because it's worked too well, and she hasn't considered all the consequences.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Will often say "Frig" when frustrated.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She's annoyed how she has yet to have made any friends after moving to Riverdale.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Casts one on Jughead, Reggie, and Hot Dog in Issue 11 of Jughead to cause them to see the most boring thing they can imagine to have them avoid seeing the giant rampaging monster she summoned. The former two see it as Mr. Weatherbee, while the latter sees it as a message to go to sleep since he's not looking at food.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Jughead in his solo series.
  • Secret Relationship: Has one with Archie in the Archie series.
  • Unknown Rival: Spent the second half of issue 10 trying to ruin Jughead's day with her magic spells. Each time it backfires, with Jughead completely unaware of her influence.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Issue 15 of the Jughead series reveals that her magic is significantly harder to control during the daytime.
  • Woman Scorned: She tries to use her magic to ruin Jughead's day after they go through a Bad Date.

    Salem 

Salem Saberhagen

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Sabrina's cat, really a warlock under a curse but one who's adapted to his feline form pretty well. He serves as Sabrina's companion, sidekick and source of endless snide comments.
  • Cats Are Mean: Not only completely on board with Sabrina humiliating and ruining Jughead's day; he's if possible more gung-ho about it than she is. And he reveals a somewhat bloodthirsty streak when she's about to break out the big magic:
    Salem: I'm all for it, Sabrina, but... you know witches aren't allowed to reveal themselves to the mortal world.
    Sabrina: True, but there is one way we can do that and not break the rules. Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Salem?
    Salem: Definitely.
    Sabrina: Amnesia spell!
    Salem: Ensuring that there are no survivors! ...I mean, amnesia spell!
    Sabrina: Salem!
    Salem: I'm just sayin'.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Reacts to Sabrina's antics with dripping sarcasm.
  • Cool Cat: As always, though Sabrina calls him out for pretending he's fancier than he really is.
    Salem: Oh, child, if only thou hadst seen what I hadst seen.
    Sabrina: Hadst? Don't pretend to be fancy, Salem. You may have been fancy once, but you're just a cat now.
    Salem: I'm still fancy.
  • Depending on the Artist: In the Jughead comic he's depicted as a black-and-white tuxedo cat, much like his classic incarnation. In the Sabrina comic he's pure black, like he was in the TV series.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Doesn't make a proper appearance in the Jughead comic until issue 10, but appears on the cover of issue 9.
  • Hates Being Touched: Subverted. He pretends not to like it in order to seem cooler and more dignified, even yelling "unhand me!" when being picked up... but he still purrs up a storm when Sabrina pets him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Surprisingly enough. He seems to have it more together than Sabrina does. When she gets into all sorts of awkward situations trying to distract Jughead and Reggie from her magic use, Salem just goes for the simple tactics: He gets Hot Dog to chase him, and that provides all the distraction they need.
  • Nonhuman Sidekick: To Sabrina, as per usual.
  • Not So Above It All: While he insists that he's not Sabrina's pet, but her familiar, and as such does not want to be held or cuddled... he enjoys it a lot more than he lets on.
  • Only Sane Man: Certainly views himself as this, though he doesn't particularly enjoy being the voice of reason.
    Salem: This is penance. This is fate getting me back for all I put uncle Mort through.
  • Out of Focus: In the main series. While he's Sabrina's companion both in the Jughead and the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series, he has yet to appear in the Archie title, despite Sabrina getting more focus as Archie's secret girlfriend. Might be justified in that Sabrina seems to be keeping her relationship with Archie a complete secret, and Salem did have that "ensuring that there are no survivors" solution mentioned above...

     Hilda and Zelda 

Hilda and Zelda Spellman

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Sabrina's aunts and legal guardians.
  • Big Fun: Hilda shows signs of this. She is bigger and more heavyset than Zelda, and also more relaxed and easygoing; being the one with comically-exaggerated expressions and sneaking "secret poptarts" to Sabrina when Zelda's "organic juice" looks too unappetizing.
  • Depending on the Artist: To a bigger degree than pretty much any other characters in the 'verse; it reaches You Don't Look Like You levels when in their one-panel cameo in the Jughead comic, they look more like their classic comic selves... but in the Sabrina comic they have been completely redesigned and taken more of a Hot Witch appearance. The only thing that's carried over is their Fat and Skinny design, and even that's downplayed as Hilda is more pleasantly plump than actually fat.
  • Fat and Skinny: Zelda is skinny and Hilda is plump if not outright fat. Which is of course the reverse of their classic comics incarnation, where Hilda was the skinny one and Zelda the fat one.
  • Granola Girl: They can come across as this, Zelda especially.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Not the most pronounced example of the trope, since they seem to be on the same page more often than not, but still present in that Zelda is a somewhat aloof and uptight Stoic while Hilda is more of an easygoing Big Fun aunt.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: Zelda likes to dress in stylish pantsuits, and definitely has the attitude for the trope down pat.

Other Characters

    Hot Dog 

Hot Dog

Jughead's beloved pet dog.
  • Big Eater: Like master, like dog. The quickest way to make sure he loses interest in something is to make it clear that he can't eat it.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Jughead's constant companion and very loving.
  • Lemony Narrator: Usually just a normal dog, but in Betty and Veronica comic, of all things, he's the narrator. With a somewhat slapdash approach to narration.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Has traces of this as the narrator of Betty and Veronica.

    Mr. Lodge 

Hiram Lodge

Veronica's obscenely wealthy father.
  • Character Development: Realizes his daughter is miserable in Switzerland and had grown as a person due to her time in Riverdale. So he decides to move back for her sake.
  • Jerkass: Albeit with a reasonable catalyst to his hatred of Archie this time.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Likes to throw his money around. He uses it to try and keep Veronica away from Archie TWICE.
  • Sore Loser: His reaction to losing the mayoral election is to leave Riverdale. He relents later after realizing how much happier Veronica was there.
  • Slave to PR: He hates losing face almost as much as losing money.

    Vader 

Vader

Reggie's pet dachshund, who thinks the world of him.
  • Ascended Extra: While his first appearance in the original continuity was a major Pet the Dog moment for Reggie, he was otherwise Out of Focus. Here he serves at the narrator for his owners solo as well as Reggie's only friend and true companion.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a sweet dog, at least to Reggie but was found by his master holding off several other, much bigger dogs.
  • Canine Companion: Follows Reggie just about everywhere in his solo.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Doesn't seem to get Reggie is a consummate liar, believing everything his master says at face value.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Growls at Reggie to stop him from ruining Moose's painting of Midge in issue 3 of Reggie and Me.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In issue 4, he decided that trying to get Moose expelled was the wrong thing to do and tried to convince Reggie not to go through with his plan, to no avail.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed. While Vader knows Reggie has his faults, he nevertheless believes that his master is the greatest person alive. Thus, he looks down on people Reggie dislikes, like Moose, Betty, and Archie, despite them being better people than the former.
  • Licked by the Dog: He is the dog in this case, being a walking sign that Reggie isn't all bad.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Has nothing but admiration for Reggie due to him having rescued him from street life (not for completely selfless purposes, but for his part Reggie does love and confide in him).
  • Only Friend: He's the only real friend Reggie has.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Reggie, to the point of thinking everything he says is true, due to rescuing him from a rough life in the pound and treating him well. He also has this to Jughead since Reggie running into Jughead playing with Hot Dog after a particularly bad day lead to Vader's adoption.
  • Unreliable Narrator: To an extent. He isn't entirely blind to some of his master's fault, flat out admitting he can't really defend Reggie when he's called stuff like "the closest thing Riverdale has to a supervillain", but he believes everything Reggie tells him, leading to this. Comes into play in issue 3, where Vader starts to have second thoughts about Moose and Betty, and wonders if Reggie misjudged them.

     Eddie 

Eddie Sheers

The biological father of Cheryl and Jason Blossom, introduced to us as Reggie's cellmate in prison.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The Blossom twins were initially happy to join him on his life of crime until they learned he was planning on them being hostages rather than accomplices.
  • Ax-Crazy: Held all of Riverdale High hostage for money, including his own children.
  • Betty and Veronica: Was the Veronica to Ms. Blossom's Archie. She's pretty glad to be rid of him and married to someone more stable.
  • Canon Foreigner: Invented for the 2015 comics.
  • Humiliation Conga: Gets outsmarted by Reggie and Archie, knocked on his ass by a high school principal, stomped on by his kids, and finally tied up with yards and yards of crepe paper decorations. He had it coming.
  • The Quincy Punk: Was one in his younger days.
  • Outside-Context Villain: You probably weren't expecting someone quite this dangerous in an Archie story, were you?
  • Walking Spoiler: He's meant to be a surprise.


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