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Archibald "Archie" Andrews
Played by: KJ Apa

A sophomore at Riverdale High School who struggles with his conflicting interests of football and music, as well as the newfound attention he receives from girls after becoming newly attractive over the summer.

  • The Ace: A handsome, athletic, popular and talented singer-song writer. Lampshaded by Veronica in pilot episode: "You play football too? What don't you do?". Of course, the show deconstructs Archie on a road of how The Ace has fallen. By season 3, Archie explains to his mother that he tried music and football, but it wasn't meant to be after all he had went trough.
    • Starting with the final of Season 2, when he is unjustly arrested, Archie slowly loses this status, and goes from The Ace to Butt-Monkey between season 3 and 4. Getting convicted and send to juvenile detention for several months, escaping from juvie, spending at least 5 weeks hiding from Hiram in a hideout given by Gladys Jones, affected Riverdale's golden boy. He return at school just in time for the SA Ts, but too late for him to have enough time to study something for the exams. As a result, Mr. Weatherbee strongly recommends for Archie to repeat his junior year, meaning he won’t graduate with his friends. And not only, when his mother obtains a chance for him to become again The Ace by going to the naval academy, he refuses the offer. And when he finally makes up his mind to accept the offer of joining the naval academy, the Commandant reveals that in the time they had been waiting for an answer, he has begun to consider another candidate for the Naval Academy. Archie loses the only chance of going to college and pursue his career as a boxer, but is also informed that he has to repeat the entire Senior Year.
  • Action Hero: Archie is always involved in the middle of all the drama and he's most certainly not afraid to take action either. He saved a drowning Cheryl by punching through solid ice. As his experience grows throughout season two he becomes a much better fighter to the point that he’s presently one of the best in all of Riverdale. Jughead even compares him to super hero, referring to him as "Pureheart The Powerful".
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the comics, Archie is much more light-hearted and laidback. In the show, Archie is angst ridden and bogged down with constant insecurities. In addition to his insecurities, he's also surrounded by constant drama and the toll of bad things happening to him, his friends and family.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Much like the 2015 reboot of Archie Comics, this interpretation of the character is noted for his looks, which is a new development for him as the series begins.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Archie is The Klutz and is also a bit of a wimp or coward despite his noble intentions and good heart. On the other hand, the television version of Archie is much braver. It’s hard to imagine comic Archie punching through rock hard, solid ice (to the point where his hand ends up bloodied and bruised and he has to wear a cast on it) to save someone from drowning and dying. Not to mention following Season Two he’s now got experience as a mob enforcer. In Season Three he went to juvie where he was forced to fight in illegal fights and afterwards becomes a boxer. In Season Four he puts on a vigilante mask and starts fighting criminals to protect street kids moderately successfully.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Archie in both the comics and the show are both innocent Nice Guy who's The Hero. In the comics, Archie is something of a Cool Loser via being nerdier and socially awkward. Plus he's very much The Klutz. In the show, he is more of a Mr. Fanservice who is much more confident and athletic than his comic book counterpart.
  • Adult Fear: When his father Fred ends up getting shot, Archie becomes so traumatized by his shooting and the possibility of his father dying that he ends up suffering from PTSD.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He is often called "Arch" by his Best Friend, Jughead. Veronica calls him Archiekins.
  • All for Nothing: All of his tries to get admited into the Naval Academy from season 4 and first episode of season 5, went to hell, as he was denied in the end.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Veronica and Betty have caught Archie's attention and they are both cheerleaders. Plus, Veronica, Betty and Cheryl, who's also a cheerleader and the head of Riverdale Vixens, have all expressed romantic interest in Archie as well.
  • All-Loving Hero: Archie always tries to see the best in people and he's always willing to give people second chances. He's very much like Betty in this regard. Overall unless your actually dangerous, he won't dislike you.
  • Alliterative Name: Archibald "Archie" Andrews.
  • Always Someone Better: Archie may appear to be The Ace who has it all and is seemingly good at everything that he does, but the boy has serious insecurity issues. He's even proclaimed to Betty that he's not good enough for a perfect girl like her and that he doesn't believe he'll ever be worthy of someone like her. Archie seriously lacks confidence and self esteem underneath it all.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: After all of the traumatic events that he's gone through since Season 1 and into Season 2, especially with his father being unexpectedly shot by the Black Hood, Archie begins to show signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Anti-Hero: Whilst the most straight forward heroic of the cast in season one, following the Black Hood shooting his father and his developing PTSD, Archie starts to lean into this, forming his own militia and illegally acquiring a gun to protect the town from the Black Hood. His untreated trauma causes him to develop a much darker and more violent side to his personality. While seemingly snapped out of it, following an out of control street fight on the bridge, he falls back into this in the second half of season two. Following Hiram's manipulations he ends up supporting the mob boss (convinced his way will help secure the town) and doing illegal deeds for him. Overall Deconstructed, as his darker shift in personality damages his relationships, especially with his father, and in the end the majority of his actions do more damage to the town than help.
  • Bad Liar: Archie is terrible at lying as it goes against his good-hearted and noble character. Plus, he's very expressive with his facial and body language and it gives away how he's truly feeling. He becomes slightly better at lying due to having to do so more often in Season two, but those close to him can still tell.
  • Bash Brothers:
    • With Jughead. The two have been best friends and Heterosexual Life-Partners since they were kids and they think of each other as brothers. Combines with Red Oni, Blue Oni and Brains and Brawn.
    • In Season 2, he also becomes this with Reggie. When Archie forms the Red Circle to protect Riverdale from the Black Hood, Reggie immediately becomes his second-in-command and the two even go out on patrol together.
  • Batter Up!: In the Season 2 premiere, Archie takes to using a baseball bat as his Weapon of Choice to protect his father if he ever confronts the masked man who shot his father. He later exchanges the bat for a gun.
  • Betty and Veronica: He is the Veronica for Veronica herself (with the Betty being Betty herself), and also the Veronica for Betty (with her Betty being either Veronica or Jughead.) His own Betty and Veronica are either Betty and Veronica themselves, or Veronica as the Betty and Miss Grundy as the Veronica. In mid-Season 3, he became the Veronica to Reggie's Betty for Veronica's Archie. He wins.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Veronica. They engaged in Snark-to-Snark Combat with each other occasionally and it was apparent that they were mutually attracted to each other from the start. They finally end up consummating their relationship and getting together in the Season 1 finale.
  • Beneath the Mask: Archie appears to he a confident Nice Guy who gets all the girls and is The Ace at everything that he does. But in reality, he actually battles numerous insecurities and doesn't believe that he's good enough. Plus, it's clear that Archie is a complete emotional mess who has no clue on what he wants.
  • Berserk Button: Anything that resembles the Black Hood will trigger him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Archie is a Nice Guy, but that doesn't mean he's a pushover. This becomes considerably more pronounced in season two, when a combination of his experiences and PTSD causes him to grow more violent and temperamental.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the Season 1 finale, he ends up saving Cheryl from committing suicide by punching through ice and brutally hurting his hand in the process so that he could stop a drowning Cheryl from dying. His heroic acts continue in the Season 2 premiere when he rushes his father Fred to the hospital after he had been shot.
  • Big Man on Campus: Archie is handsome, smart, popular and athletic and he's clearly a Chick Magnet and a School Idol. What's not to like about him?
  • Birds of a Feather: Archie has a lot in common with Betty. Both are well-liked at school, are nice people who try to see the good in others but also have a dark side to their personalities. Both of them care deeply about their family and friends. Both of them have an appreciation for music. Both of them have family troubles of some kind. Both have major insecurities about themselves. Being Childhood Friends may have played a part in this.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Since this was a trait of his comic counterpart, it's only natural his actor would share such a feature. It helps that his eyebrows are a dark brown while his hair is red, leading to a striking contrast.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn (athletic and often uses his strength and athleticism to accomplish things) to Jughead's Brains (intelligent and often uses logic and smarts to achieve things). They very much compliment each other when it comes to solving things together because they each have what the other lacks.
  • Break the Cutie: Throughout the first season the tensions he goes through cause Archie to slowly start to break down emotionally and mentally. It starts to reach its peak at the beginning of Season 2 when his father Fred is unexpectedly shot by the Black Hood. This event leaves him traumatised and suffering from PTSD, and his attempts to fix matters lead to him forming his own vigilante group, and eventually supporting a mobster.
  • Broken Ace: Over time, it becomes clear that Archie has numerous self-esteem issues, from doubt in his athletic and song-writing abilities to thinking he "isn't good enough" for Betty. These insecurities make him susceptible to someone like Grundy for comfort.
  • Byronic Hero: A rare example who is also a Nice Guy. Archie is known for being talented, intelligent, loyal, honest and carrying, but also prone to anger blasts, is moody, extremely passionate and reckess, and will go against the law if necessary, as seen when he created the Red Circle to hunt down criminals. Even his character description introduces him as an "intense, conflicted teen".
  • The Casanova: Archie clearly loves women and he Really Gets Around. Fred even lampshades this and called him such after he realizes that he spent the night with Veronica.
  • Character Focus: Averted. Riverdale is more of an ensemble piece rather than focusing on the Archie Comics namesake, hence the show's title reflecting the town as a whole.
  • Character Tics: Archie often runs his hands through his hair or places his hands on his head, normally when he's stressed or anxious about something.
  • The Charmer: Archie is very charming, magnetic and charismatic and he attracts people with ease, especially the opposite sex.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Since the Season 1 finale after he ended up saving a suicidal Cheryl from killing herself to be with Jason at Sweetwater River, Archie has grown a bit of a hero complex and feels the constant need to save other people. He repeated the same heroic act when he went to drastic measures to save his dying father who had been shot.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Combined with being a Chick Magnet. Betty has had a crush on him since childhood, he grabs Veronica's attention in minutes, and he strikes up chemistry with Valerie. Cheryl was a tiny bit flirty with him too after he helped her be cleared of suspicion of Jason's murder. He also had a fling with Miss Grundy, not that it's treated as a good thing. There's a bit of Even the Guys Want Him there, too, as Kevin is amazed to see his post-summer body in 1.01. Despite all this, Archie doesn't seem to realize just how appealing he is to girls (and guys too!). For example, he was completely oblivious to Betty's crush. However, when he does figure out the interest, he'll indulge in it.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Archie is easily manipulated and influenced due to his gullible and naïve personality.
    • After The Black Hood unexpectedly shoots his father, Archie starts to suffer negative changes to his personality. He begins to spiral out of control emotionally and is currently walking down a darker and more dangerous path that includes dabbling in drugs, handling firearms and becoming obsessed with getting vengeance, all things that are abnormal behaviour for him. In many ways, The Black Hood is indirectly corrupting Archie because of the chaos he's causing in Riverdale.
    • Hiram Lodge likewise takes advantage of Archie’s damaged mental state. First he manipulates him into believing he’s assisting the FBI in taking Hiram down to make Hiram appear the lesser evil, then convinces him that his plans will be beneficial to Riverdale and solve the growing crime problems the town has faced. Hiram plays Archie like a violin, and almost permanently recruits him into the mob.
  • Chick Magnet: Betty has had a crush on him since childhood, he grabs Veronica's attention in minutes, and he strikes up chemistry with Valerie. Cheryl was a tiny bit flirty with him too after he helped her be cleared of suspicion of Jason's murder. He also had a fling with Miss Grundy, not that it's treated as a good thing. There's a bit of Even the Guys Want Him there, too, as Kevin is amazed to see his post-summer body in 1.01.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: After she helped him pass the second grade, he kissed Betty and asked her to marry him. Neither of them take it seriously now, but Betty humorously told him to ask her when she was eighteen.
  • The Cutie: Archie's incredibly likeable, endearing, and charismatic. His kind, caring, goodhearted and endearing personality make it highly easy to root for him to succeed.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Due to his actor not being a natural, pale-skinned redhead.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: He's constantly looking for validation and stability from the people around him. As a result, he frequently gets used by people like Grundy and the Blossoms. It's also the source of his famous dating indecisiveness.
  • The Determinator: Indecisive, sure, but unless he’s outright backed against the wall, he will not give up on anything, no matter how hard it gets. Overall, his diligence is Archie’s greatest virtue, enabling him to learn new skills quickly simply because he won’t give up until he masters them. He manages to teach himself how to shoot, and learns how to wrestle over several days, to the point that he beats Chuck in his first match despite Chuck being in a higher weight class.
  • Dumb Jock: Subverted. Archie seems like the kind of athlete who has no intelligence, but overall he’s got average intelligence, and can quite smart and logical when he puts his mind to something. His real problems are that he's impulsive and naïve.
  • Even the Loving Hero Has Hated Ones: Whilst his encounter with the Black Hood forever damaged his status as an All-Loving Hero, Archie nevertheless remains a decent, compassionate individual who tries to be friendly even towards those who are jerkish or corrupt (generally only getting cooler in proportion to their actions). Nick St Claire's sheer egotistic smarminess and transparent classism was so extreme that he is the only person Archie was genuinely hostile towards from pretty much their first encounter. This only grows worse as he learns more about how depraved Nick really is.
  • The Face: Of the core group including himself, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Josie and Cheryl. Archie's also "the face" of the show considering that the show is generally centered around him, his story and his journey.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His naïvete and self-doubt, alongside his tendency to be manipulated and corrupted by rather unsavory characters that don't have his best interest at heart such as Miss Grundy, the Blossoms and Hiram Lodge.
    • Archie’s impulsivity is his greatest flaw. When pushed he will often act without thinking, leading to him doing things which are foolish or dangerous, with little regard to the consequences for himself or others.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. Most of the time, Archie is a very calm, mellow and down to earth guy. However, he does have a very passionate and fiery side when he's provoked. Even though Archie is cordial and diplomatic most of the time, it's really unwise to push him to far.
  • Fingore: In the Season 1 finale he has to punch through the frozen river to rescue Cheryl from her suicide attempt, with the ice more red than white by the time he succeeds.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Functional Addict: Downplayed. To help him deal with the effects of his trauma and PTSD, Archie has started taking a drug called Jingle Jangle, supplied to him by Reggie. Although he's not addicted to the drug, it's definitely cause for concern.
  • Frame-Up: In Chapter 35, Hiram frames Archie for a murder that Andre committed, hoping it will cause the group to fall apart and remove any danger they pose to his plans.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Archie is a Nice Guy who's friendly and caring to everyone....with the exception of those that he considers to be his enemies. If someone is an enemy to Archie, then they better watch out because there's a high probability that he won't show them any mercy. His obsession with hunting down and getting revenge against the Black Hood, for shooting his father and terrorising Riverdale is clear sign of this.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Lacking any formal training, when it comes to fights Archie is purely a brawler, relying on his physical strength, reflexes and durability, over actual fighting skill. This is best demonstrated when facing the serpents in Chapter 17. After he gains more fighting experience and trains himself to wrestle, he starts to grow out of this.
  • The Gunslinger: After being convinced that a baseball bat won’t be enough to stand up to the Black Hood. Archie illegally acquires a pistol, and trains non-stop with it until he becomes a crack shot.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Whilst possessing a temper that he usually keeps under control, whilst suffering from PTSD Archie briefly falls into this, having moments of aggressive outbursts that clearly unnerve even him. He manages to seemingly get better as the season goes by, but proves the issue is lying just under the surface with anything that reminds him of the Black Hood (such as people wearing similar masks) triggering him to relieve his experiences.
  • Has a Type: Being a music lover, Archie has a thing for music-oriented girls (either a musician or a singer or even both): Ms Grundy,Veronica, Valerie and Josie.
  • The Heart: Archie is The Hero and he's the one who brings everyone together for a common goal or purpose. He seems to share this role with Betty. For this reason, Hiram’s plan to break up the group is to frame Archie for murder, believing him to be the unifying factor in them..
    • In episode 5x03, Jughead even calls Archie the glue who kept everyone together. After his departure for the army, everyone left behind distanced from each other pretty quick.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Turns out that working in construction over the summer does a body good.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Finally realises how dangerously out of control things have gotten, following a fight with the Serpents ending with Dilton getting a knife in his leg. He resolves to abandon his quest for vengeance, and throws his gun into the Sweetwater River. Time will tell if it sticks or not.
    • Archie goes through a subtle one, realizing that in his support towards Hiram he has been very unfair and unkind towards his father. This leads to him making it clear to Hiram that whilst he’s still loyal to him, his father comes first, and even giving back the Firebird Hiram gave him.
    • He goes through another one when he discovers Hiram has been encouraging the clearly unstable Bulldogs in their anti-Serpent views and tries to use it to discredit Fred in his political race.
  • The Hero: Archie is clearly being set up as this, especially in the Season 1 finale when he brutally punches his hand through hard ice to save Cheryl from committing suicide. His hero complex continues in Season 2 where he ends up driving to the hospital (even though he doesn't even have a drivers license to begin with) so that he can get his dad who had been shot to the hospital. Jughead even lampshades Archie's heroic side by calling him "Pureheart The Powerful".
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Archie has a fondness for dogs, going by how much he adores his dog Vegas. At one point he tells Veronica about how badly he wanted to have a dog.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a HUGE one when his father ends up getting shot. After that, Archie seems to be on an emotional downward spiral as a result of the trauma. He's also suffering from a serious case of PTSD.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jughead, of whom Archie thinks as a brother.
    Archie: You're like my brother.
    Jughead: Nice bro-whisper, Archie. You are my brother.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Downplayed. Whilst taking a darker turn, Archie never comes close to being as bad as the Black Hood he’s hunting. However, he calls an end to his more aggressive attempts to hunt the Black Hood down after he causes a pointless out of control fight between the Bulldogs and the Serpents while doing so, realising that if he carries on down this path, he’ll just cause more chaos, which is the Black Hood goal.
  • Hidden Depths: Archie is a kind hearted, decent and caring individual, who tries his best to see the goodness in everyone. However, when pushed too far he proves he can harbor an explosive temper and is capable of surprising displays of violence.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • He really believed that Ms. Grundy cared about him, and later that the Blossoms would truly help him in his music ventures, though he does wisen up later.
    • Played With when it comes to Hiram. Early on Archie discovers Hiram is a criminal, and quickly figures out that he’s a mob boss. However, due to his growing cynicism and worry at the state of Riverdale, coupled with Hiram’s manipulation and charm, he buys Hiram’s claims that his efforts will overall help the town and that Hiram wants to go straight. It’s not until Hiram overplays his hand that Archie starts to realise he’s being used.
  • Hot-Blooded: As easy going as he is, Archie is very passionate, impulsive and sometimes reckless. His fire and determination push him forwards, however he has a habit of jumping into things without thinking through the consequences. He likewise hides a very bad temper underneath his kindhearted nature.
  • Hunk: Archie's features are that of a Pretty Boy, but a lot of attention is given to his athleticism.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Technically speaking. Reggie is the undisputed leader of the Bulldogs. However, due to the fact Archie is the better leader of the two when their goals align, Reggie automatically allows Archie take over and run things, acting as his lancer in the Red Circle and the Dark Circle right up until Hiram gets into his head.
  • Iconic Outfit: His classic blue and yellow Riverdale Letterman jacket, a piece of clothing that Archie is always seen wearing in the comic books. He’s rarely seen without it.
  • The Idealist: Especially in comparison to his more cynical best friend, Archie is the sort of person who believes the best of people and that things will work out. This proves to be something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand it means he is more easily manipulated by others such as Miss Grundy and the Blossoms. On the other hand it also makes him a genuinely nice person, and able to see the hidden good side of others. He’s one of the few people who can see through Cheryl’s flaws to the better person underneath.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Played With. Season two proves Archie is not outright incorruptible, but his dealings with the Blossoms and Hiram show that he will not violate his morals for money, favours, success or anything that benefits himself, being at heart completely selfless. The only way Hiram could get him to support him in his illegal deeds was by convincing him that his way would help the town and his friends.
  • It's All My Fault: In the Season 2 premiere, Archie ends up blaming himself for his father being shot. He calls himself a coward because he ended up freezing and didn't do anything to stop the man from shooting.
  • Just Friends: What he proclaims his relationship with Betty to be. However, going by the longing and lingering looks that he's been giving Betty lately, that's clearly not the case...
  • Kid-anova: Archie was already kissing or making out with Betty when he was in second grade (which means he was about 7-years-old!) and he's also slept with a much older woman (Miss Grundy) at the tender age of 15-years-old. Archie has been The Casanova in the making since he was a child.
  • The Leader:
    • Combined with The Hero. Archie is the obvious leader of the group including himself, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Josie and Cheryl. The others always seem to follow Archie's lead in almost everything. Jughead serves as right hand man and The Lancer to Archie.
    • Becomes much more apparent in season two, when he forms both the Red Circle (to protect the town from the Black Hood) and later the Dark Circle (to drive two dangerous mob bosses out of Riverdale). Ironically, considering his personality his leadership style is very much the level head, with dashes of the mastermind thrown in. He always has clear goals in mind, keeps his focus strictly upon them, attempting diplomacy when he can and running matters with a calm professional attitude even during the middle of a riot. It gets to the point that he disbands both groups when he comes to the conclusion that they’re actually more detrimental to the cause than helpful.
  • Light Is Good: Usually he wears light-colored outfits, and is one of the most good-hearted kids you'll ever meet.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • Archie most definitely took after Fred in many ways. Both Fred and Archie were in the middle of a Betty and Veronica type of love triangle, share a love of music, and are kind hearted, caring and friendly towards everyone.
    • Season two also demonstrates how he takes after Mary in several regards. They are friendly, sociable and very loyal individuals who possess a deep passion and righteous fury buried beneath their kind natures.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • For Betty. Archie was Betty's emotional support since they were four years old. They were presumably rather codependent on each other and they always turned to one another for emotional comfort and affection. Archie and Betty's deep connection and strong attachment towards each other was one of the reasons why Betty was so deeply attached to Archie because Archie was pretty much all she had outside of her troubled, dysfunctional family. Archie's friendship with her was Betty's escape from her problems and he kept her emotionally sane and stable.
    • For Jughead. Archie and Jughead have been best friends since childhood and the two strongly depend on one another. Jughead is especially dependent on Archie because he has a lot of troubles and he comes from a dysfunctional background. Therefore, he often requires the emotional support of his best friend.
    • For Veronica. Archie has provided Veronica with a sense of happiness away from her dysfunctional family. He was also one of the few people who didn't care about her Dark and Troubled Past and he's able to break through her Ice Queen facade and bring out her more tender, vulnerable and emotional side. Interestingly enough, Veronica has become this to Archie in Season 2 and is the one who's emotionally supporting Archie after he ends up traumatized and suffering from PTSD.
  • Likes Older Women: Downplayed, since this iteration of Ms. Grundy isn't an elderly woman, but it still applies.
  • Logical Latecomer: Despite being a bit more naive than the others (due to being introduced to the complicated web of Jason’s murder later than his friends) Archie is able to think and react just a bit more rationally than his friends, who have grown jaded and gotten so used to the events not being what they seem they outright expect some new shocking twist or link. Examples include having to remind Veronica that finding no evidence that links FP to her father is a good thing and that continuing to search his home won’t cause it to just appear, or that dealing with finding a dead body is well beyond anything they are capable of or should be involved in, and that they need to bring in the police and their parents.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: As a result of Desperately Craves Affection, Archie craves validation and thus has a really bad habit of falling for every single girl that he meets.
  • Lovable Jock: Archie may be an athlete and a football player but he's very much a Nice Guy who's incredibly goodhearted and noble. He's the opposite of Reggie, who fits the Jerk Jock type.
  • Love at First Sight: More like Attraction At First Sight to Veronica. Archie was clearly Distracted by the Sexy when he first laid eyes on Veronica in the first episode.
  • Love Hungry: Due to Desperately Craves Affection. Archie seems to crave constant emotional connection from others whether it be in the form of love or affirmation. It's why the guy can't settle down with one person for too long.
  • Love Hurts: Archie's love life is an absolute mess. He's been involved with many different girls because he's a Serial Romeo that is Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places. He Desperately Craves Affection and approval from others and that is why his love life is always so confusing for him. His best friend Betty was in love with him but he didn't feel the same way and he rejected her, only for him to end up having unrequited feelings for her when she ends up being with Jughead. He was in a relationship with Miss Grundy, which was morally wrong since she was much older than him and was his music teacher and he was an underage student. She also ends up being killed by the Black Hood who shot his father and Archie is heartbroken over her death. He's in a relationship with Veronica, but his relationship with her is distant and confusing because of his ever ambiguous feelings for Betty and being distracted by his trauma and PTSD. Archie's love life has been one giant rollercoaster.
  • Magnetic Hero: Due to being highly charismatic and charming, Archie is popular, well liked and is the School Idol and Big Man on Campus.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Archie ends up sleeping with his music teacher Miss Grundy in her car of all places. He also gets it on with Miss Grundy in the music room at school. And finally, he engages in ambiguously sexy times with Veronica while they are in the shower together.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: A combination of his low self-worth and traumatic experiences turn him into this in season two. Archie outright admits to Veronica that he is happy to die if it means he manages to stop the Black Hood. Whilst he manages to somewhat recover, it is clear that Archie does not place his own worth that highly.
  • Missing Mom: Downplayed. Since his parents separated, his mother Mary now lives in Chicago and she's a lawyer for a living. She comes back to Riverdale in 1x10 to visit Archie and Fred.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Unlike his comic book counterpart, this Archie actually warrants the attention he receives from girls. It helps that he's always got a Shirtless Scene in almost every single episode.
  • Nerves of Steel: Downplayed, averted and then played straight. Watching the Black Hood shoot his father and threaten him at gun point leave him traumatised, but he still manages to maintain his control long enough to get his father to the hospital before he breaks down. As time goes on, partially due to have gone through such a trauma already he becomes this, to the point that the next time the Black Hood points a gun at his head, his only response is to stare him down.
  • Nervous Wreck: Since his father Fred had been shot, Archie has been completely anxious and paranoid about his surroundings. Justified since he's going through some serious trauma and is obviously suffering from the effects of PTSD.
  • Nice Guy: He's got his flaws, but he's all around friendly, kind, caring, polite and a good natured fellow.
  • Oblivious to Love: Archie has never noticed that Betty has been in love with him since they were kids, and is surprised by her confession. This causes him to freak out and reject her because he doesn't think he's good enough for her.
  • Official Couple: With Veronica since Season 1. They consummated their relationship in the Season 1 finale.
  • Pretty Boy: Unlike his comic book counterpart, who was very much The Generic Guy and the Ridiculously Average Guy, this adaptation of Archie manages to be a combination of both this and a Hunk.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Archie is commonly seen wearing blue, red and yellow colors, which are all colors that are commonly worn by heroic characters. Archie is The Hero so it's fitting that a lot of his wardrobe consists of these colors.
  • Race Lift: Averted, despite K.J. Apa (who plays him) being of Polynesian descent.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Downplayed. After his father Fred is shot by the Black Hood, generally calm, friendly yet occasionally Hot-Blooded Nice Guy Archie becomes consumed with anger and is desperate to get revenge against the man who almost killed his father and is bringing havoc to Riverdale. Archie's trauma and PTSD manifests as anger (Tranquil Fury to be exact).
  • Really Gets Around: As if Betty and Veronica weren't enough to keep him busy, this version of Archie also has a sexual relationship with Ms. Grundy, his teacher. Valerie of the Pussycats and Cheryl are also interested in him.
  • Redheaded Hero: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Archie is a redhead who's also The Hero.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni (passionate, idealistic, ambitious) to Jughead's Blue Oni (aloof, distant, brooding)
  • Replacement Goldfish: Archie is constantly compared to the deceased Jason Blossom in looks as well as personality; it's implied that this is why Blossoms want to use Archie as a replacement for Jason, with Cheryl even developing a crush on Archie after noticing his similarities to Jason.
  • School Idol: Well liked and currently the object of desire by five different individuals.
  • Secret Relationship: With Veronica, at first. Archie and Veronica haven't progressed past hand holding with everything that's going on, but they're still hiding that from their friends. This is later subverted when Archie and Veronica tells Betty that they are officially together and Betty being totally accepting of their relationship.
  • Serial Romeo: Dear God, Archie seems to Really Get Around so much that he appears as if he can't settle down into one relationship for too long. In the span of 13 episodes, he's dated or been romantically involved with four different girls including Betty (although it was unrequited on his part), Ms Grundy, Valerie and Veronica. The guy can't seem to settle down with one girl for the life of him although he seems to have settled for Veronica for now.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In the first episode, Veronica asks Archie upfront if he's in love with Betty or if he's ever been in a relationship with her. Archie tells Veronica that Betty is not his girlfriend and that they are Just Friends. However, it's subverted at the end of the season as Archie seems to finally be reciprocating Betty's feelings. Too bad that she's now with Jughead and it's now an Unrequited Love Switcheroo.
  • Shirtless Scene: Archie seriously seems to be allergic to an article of clothing called a shirt. Is there ever a single episode when Archie is not shirtless at least once?
  • The So-Called Coward: In the Season 2 premiere, Archie calls himself a coward during the time that his father was shot because he happened to freeze out of fear of what the gunman would do. In reality, Archie is actually very brave and heroic. His friends and his father try to convince him that's the opposite of a coward and that his reaction was completely normal in that type of situation.
  • Stepford Smiler: Archie puts on a smile but underneath, he has a lot of insecurities and emotional issues that he hides behind it.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: A variation in that For a teenager he's incredibly well-toned, strong, and physically fit, but so far he’s been shown to be terrible at defending himself in a fight, seeing as how Reggie knocked him out with a single blow and Mustang was able to easily take him down and almost maim him. He starts to grow out of this throughout the second season, getting much better at fighting to the point that he’s presently verging on Strong and Skilled.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He had sexual relations with Ms. Grundy.
  • Tranquil Fury: Normally Archie keeps his temper in check, appearing at worst annoyed. However, whenever he gets angry (normally in response to someone threatening or seriously insulting his friends and family) he doesn’t scream or shout; instead he gets frighteningly calm, with his voice becoming low and proves to be surprisingly dangerous.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the series, Archie keeps getting tougher and braver. In Season One he is effortlessly beaten in every fight he gets into. By the end of Season Two he’s gotten skilled and experienced enough that when the second Black Hood grabs him from behind, he is able to effortlessly break free and dominate the much bigger man in the fight.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Following the Black Hood almost killing his father, Archie has become noticeably more cynical. His cynicism leads him to found the Red Circle, believing that Sheriff Keller isn’t equipped to protect them. It eventually leads to him carrying on supporting Hiram Lodge even after learning of his plans to build a for profit prison in the town, out of the belief that serious changes are necessary to deal with rampant crime and corruption present in his home town.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During the beginning of Season 2, Archie becomes less and less of a Nice Guy and more of a selfish and impulsive idiot. Becoming consumed with vengeance against the Black Hood and letting his rage get out of his control, he becomes more of an Anti-Hero. The negative change in Archie's personality is justified, since it's apparent that Archie has some serious trauma and is suffering from PTSD. Thankfully, towards the end of the Season he sees the error of his ways, and by Season Three he is back to his Nice Guy self.
  • Unstoppable Rage: If he's ever fighting while extremely angry this is what will happen. Plus his PTSD will make act out in violent outbursts.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Hiram spends much of the second half of the second season manipulating Archie. He first sets him up to believe he’s helping the FBI take Hiram down, to make Hiram seem the lesser evil, then convinces him that his way will ensure Riverdale will become a safe town again. Archie comes dangerously close to effectively joining the Mob, acts as Hiram’s enforcer and only snaps out of it when Hiram gets too arrogant.
  • Uptown Guy: He's the humble working class construction worker in love with Veronica Lodge, the glamorous, upperclass Mafia Princess.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Archie has openly admitted that he wants to make his father proud and that he wants his approval and support, no matter what he chooses to do with his life.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Grows into this in season two.
    • After the Black Hood almost kills his father, Archie takes it upon himself to protect him. When it becomes clear the Black Hood is terrorising all of Riverdale, worried that Sheriff Keller isn’t doing enough, Archie starts the Red Circle as a neighbourhood watch group just to keep the town safe. But on Hiram’s prompting and his growing obsession, Archie shifts, causing the Red Circle to become proactive and him to grow obsessed with taking the Black Hood down to keep the town safe.
    • Archie agreement to work with Hiram Lodge despite learning that he is secretly a mob boss starts out with Archie believing he’s helping bring him down. However, Hiram manages to convince him that his methods will bring business prospects and ensure that Riverdale will become a safe town again, leading to Archie agreeing to follow him and commit several illegal acts on his behalf.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Betty. They have clear Unresolved Sexual Tension and history, but due to Archie's ever ambiguous feelings for Betty especially as of the Season 1 finale, it's hard to tell what the future of their relationship will be.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Following his joining the wrestling team and forcing himself to train non-stop until he gets good at it, Archie’s started to incorporate wrestling moves in his brawls. This, coupled with his growing experience, has transformed him from being forced to rely on brute strength and durability, to actually becoming a skilled fighter.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Brought out by the traumatic experiences he’s gone through and his PTSD, Archie has a surprisingly horrible temper for such a nice guy. People who make Archie seriously angry are likely to end up receiving a vicious attack from him. Since he is physically quite strong and an impressive fighter, this is very bad for them.

    Betty Cooper 

Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper
Played by: Lili Reinhart

An archetypical Girl Next Door currently harboring a crush on childhood friend Archie, who becomes fast friends with Veronica—at the expense of her high-strung mother's approval.

  • '20s Bob Haircut: For the first two seasons, her alter-ego, Dark Betty, likes to wear a flapper bobcut wig when she's showing off or trying to be seductive.
  • The Ace: Betty is beautiful, popular, smart (she gets straight A's and is a stellar student), and a cheerleader for the high school cheerleading squad (the Riverdale Vixens). Jughead even lampshades this during an argument with Betty by calling her the perfect girl in every way possible. Archie's main justification for never pursuing a relationship with her was believing he wasn't enough and didn't deserve her. Even Betty refers to herself as the perfect daughter who does everything right.
  • Action Survivor: Mostly since season 2, Betty is action-involved in the town of Riverdale especially during the Black Hood's sinner hunt. She doesn't have fighting skills but she manages to fight off when she can do it mostly using objects as a shovel. In 3x20 and 3x22 as well, during the prom night when she was attacked by Black Hood and during the Penelope's hunt.
  • Action Girl: After the 7 years time skip Betty became this as an FBI trainee. She is more physically active and capable.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Betty in the comics is much more light hearted and doesn't seem to have a bunch of personal and emotional issues weighing her down. However, her television counterpart struggles with a highly dysfunctional family, love and relationship problems, and mental health issues.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Betty is more of the regular Girl Next Door who's down to earth and spends most of her time pining for Archie and his affections (although she's a Go-Getter Girl who's intelligent and hardworking). On the other hand, Betty in the show likes to take part in all of the drama and action that occurs in Riverdale and she seems to be more of an adventure seeker. She purposely seeks to solve the mysteries and the dark stuff that goes on in the town she lives in. Unlike the comics, this Betty also has a significantly darker, aggressive side to her personality which makes her much more badass.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. In the comics, Betty was super sweet and the epitome of a Nice Girl. In the show however, Betty is a nice girl but with a dark and edgy side. She battles serious anger management issues and she can be very manipulative and cunning as well. It's a side of her called "Dark Betty".
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the comics, Betty is light hearted, enthusiastic, peppy, and a Genki Girl to boot, but in the show, Betty is much more of a Stepford Smiler who's hiding a lot of emotional issues and has a darker side to her.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She is called "Bets" by both Jughead and Archie, and "B" by Veronica.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Archie loves her, but not romantically. Averted with Jughead whom she develops mutual feelings for.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She's on Adderall for ADD or ADHD and doesn't precisely remember her behavior towards Chuck the next day in 1.03.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Together with Jughead, she’s slowly turning into a downplayed version of the trope, if her ‘truth session’ with Alice and the speech she gave at the Jubilee in the season one’s finale is any indication. This is lampshaded by Kevin, who calls her Nancy Drew.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In the first episode, Betty tearfully declares to Archie that she loves him after finding out that Archie was with Veronica. Archie tells Betty that he doesn't think that he's good enough for her. This strained their relationship at first, but they eventually became friends again once Betty decided to put her feelings for Archie on the back burner and move on.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Downplayed. Betty has a strained and tension filled relationship with her mother Alice, whom she feels is always trying to control her life. As it turns out, Alice is very controlling towards Betty out of nothing but fear, worry and concern that she could potentially turn out like her older sister Polly. They start moving past it once Alice starts letting up on her controlling behaviour.
  • Ax-Crazy: She can only become this when she gets angry.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Cheryl.They both care for each other but haven't openly admitted it, therefore they can be seen as friends in denial about their friendship. Possibly and inconsciently more after they find out, they are actually cousins. Cheryl even started to call Betty "cousin".
  • Badass Adorable: Emphasied more on the adorable than the badass. For the badass part, Betty is a strong-willed Guile Heroine using more her wits than physical strength. For the adorable part, despite an occasional edgy side, she's generally a sweet girl.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The main reason why Betty is best friends with Veronica. Veronica defended Betty since the very first episode and she has never stopped supporting her when she needs it. Jughead’s support through her family drama in Season One is also a contributing factor in her romantic relationship with him.
  • Berserk Button: In Season One, talking shit about her sister is a big no-no. In general, threatening Betty's family is the most reliable way to set her off. It's the reason why she hands Chic over to the Black Hood to seemingly be killed, and the reason why she threatens to end Evelyn's life after the woman finally starts to show her true colors.
  • Betty and Veronica: She is of course Archie's Betty (with Veronica being the Veronica), but she's also Veronica's Betty (with the Veronica being Archie). Her Betty is actually Jughead, while her Veronica is Archie. She was also briefly Jughead's Betty with Toni Topaz as the Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is a kind-hearted and loving individual, but if you continually talk shit about the people she cares for, she will set you straight.
    Betty: ...get out of my house.
    Cheryl: Not until you tell me—
    Betty: Cheryl, get out of my house before I kill you.
    • It's also made clear that, despite her sweet nature, she is no pushover, as she stands up to people like Chuck and her own mother on multiple occasions.
    • Betty has a more violent and ruthless aspect of her personality, unofficially dubbed 'Dark Betty', that comes out when she's pushed far enough. For someone who's such a nice girl most of the time, Betty has done her share of disturbing things in the series, like threatening to drown Chuck in a hot tub, blackmailing Cheryl with a video of her father shooting her brother, handing Chic (a murderous impostor who threatened her family) over to a serial killer to be disposed of, kidnapping her brainwashed mother, and threatening to end Evelyn's life in retaliation for the gaslighting cultist threatening her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In 2.19 she strikes her father when he strangles her mother with a shovel (again).
  • Big Damn Kiss: Has one with Jughead in 1x06. Betty, of course, manages to ruin the moment.
  • Big Sister Worship: Betty has a strong admiration for her older sister Polly and she constantly talks highly of her. That's why when anyone so much as insults Polly, she absolutely loses her shit and gets very angry.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted. Despite being the younger sister, Betty is extremely protective of Polly. Talking crap about Polly or hurting her will make Betty erupt into anger and bring out her dark side. She even threatened Cheryl that she would kill her after talking badly about her beloved elder sister.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • Betty is the Blonde, Veronica is the Brunette and Archie is the Redhead and they are the main trio of the show.
    • Betty is the Blonde, Veronica is the Brunette and Cheryl is the Redhead and they are the main female characters of the show.
  • Break the Cutie: Her parents are controlling and domineering, and her beloved sister Polly was locked away in a mental institution. That's only the tip of the iceberg. Her love life goes through the ringer as well. Archie rejects her, while circumstances conspire to prevent her staying with Jughead.
  • Broken Ace: Betty is good at everything (beautiful, popular, smart with straight A's and a cheerleader) and she appears to be the perfect daughter...on the outside. However, on the inside, she obviously suffers from a whole lot of emotional issues as well as many insecurities which have been brought on by her highly dysfunctional family (an ultra controlling mother, a stern father and an emotionally unstable older sister) and all of the personal problems that she's constantly dealing with.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She's the gentle girl to Jughead's brooding boy.
  • Brutal Honesty: Betty doesn't always mince her words and she will tell the blunt truth when she thinks its necessary. Sometimes she can come across as very harsh when she speaks her mind.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Betty is definitely NOT afraid to tell her mother Alice off when she feels that she's trying to control her life.
  • Can't Spit It Out: Has had a crush on Archie since second grade, but it's only until sophomore year that she actually says something. It doesn't have a happy ending.
  • Character Tics: Betty has a tendency to frequently touch or play with her ponytail.
  • The Cheerleader: Naturally, given she's one of the most iconic in American Pop-Culture, Veronica pushes her into trying out for the squad and becomes one, to her mother's horror. (Notably, the horror had more to do with the captain of the Vixens, Cheryl, than the cheerleading per say).
  • Childhood Friends: She and Archie have known each other their whole lives. She tried to upgrade it to Childhood Friend Romance, with failed results.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Being close to Archie for such a long time made her think it was going this route, but he doesn't return the sentiment. She pulls it off with Jughead, though.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Archie asked her to marry him after she helped him pass the second grade. Neither of them hold it seriously now.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It's evident that Betty definitely gets jealous of any girl that gets romantically involved with Archie. She got jealous of Veronica and Ms. Grundy for being romantically involved with him. Stops applying when she moves on from Archie and pursues a relationship with Jughead instead.
  • Cute and Psycho: Betty seems to have some deep-seated rage issues at the least (not that Cheryl and Chuck weren't deserving targets) and may be suffering from some kind of mental illness, based on her apparent dissociation and identity crisis in 1.03.
  • The Cutie: Betty is very lovable and endearing that it's hard not to root for her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although having no where near Jughead's level of sarcasm and snarkiness, Betty can definitely spout a witty and sarcastic line or two especially when she's irritated or annoyed.
  • Death Glare: Frequently doles these out, such as the one she gives to Cheryl in 1.02.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: She spent so many years clinging to her hopes that Archie would love her the way that she wanted. Justified — she grew up in a troubled family with a very controlling, authoritarian mother and a stern, emotionally distant father. Betty even admits to Veronica that she has a liking for Jughead because he was there to provide emotional support for her during a tough time.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Betty is upset or gets angry, her eyes become a mixture of dull and crazy. When her eyes become like this, watch out and get out of her way!
  • Everyone Can See It: Within five minutes of knowing Betty, Veronica asks if Archie is her boyfriend.
  • Extreme Doormat: Early on in the series, Betty had a huge problem with standing up for herself, letting others demean and control her (namely her mother and Cheryl Blossom). As the show goes on Betty develops the confidence and self assurance to fight back against any perceived threat against her happiness and her sense of right and wrong.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her Anger. Betty is Hot-Blooded with a violent temper and she has serious anger management issues. The intensity of her anger can be so extreme at times that she ends up resorting to Self-Harm by digging her fingernails into her palms until they are bleeding. This seems to be one of the few ways in which Betty is able to get control of her anger and impulse control issues. Betty's inability to control her anger is due to the probability that she's suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness or Ambiguous Disorder.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Surprisingly, Betty is the Responsible Sibling to Polly's Foolish Sibling. While Polly was more wild and rebellious in personality (she partied a lot and eventually got pregnant with Jason's baby as a teenager), Betty is straight laced and obedient (she gets straight A's and is a perfectionist–basically the perfect daughter). Her mother Alice has a fear that Betty will turn out just like Polly and make the exact same mistakes that she made and that is why she's so incredibly controlling towards Betty.
  • Formerly Fat: The year before the events of the first season Betty was overweight enough for Cheryl to compare her to "season 5 Betty Draper". Though, this being Cheryl, Betty could've just been Hollywood Pudgy at the time.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Freudian Trio: Betty is the Id (emotional, passionate, hot headed, impulsive) to Archie's Ego (balances between emotions and logic, mediator, middle man between Betty and Veronica) and Veronica's Superego (logical, cool, aloof, practical).
  • Genki Girl: Betty shows shades of this when she becomes excited or happy about something.
  • Girliness Upgrade: She was a tomboy in the comics. In the show she still has her Tomboyish Ponytail, but she's mostly feminine and preppy.
  • Girl Next Door: Her bedroom window looks literally into Archie's.
  • Girly Girl: She likes to wear dresses and she has a fondness for the colour pink. Not only does she frequently wear pink clothes, but her room is pretty much all pink as well.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Betty is girly and feminine but she also has a tomboyish streak as she is mechanical and has a love of fixing cars.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Partially at the urging of her abusive, controlling mother, Betty has numerous extracurriculars and stellar grades.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: What Betty's mother fears will happen because of her friendship with Veronica.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Downplayed. Usually, Betty is a kind and well-mannered person, but she can come across as being very blunt and antagonistic at time.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Betty is nice and friendly to pretty much everyone, but she doesn't take kindly to people that she sees as bad or to those that she doesn't like or trust. It's unwise to mistake Betty's kindness for weakness, especially when it comes to her enemies.
  • Guile Heroine: Betty can be very underhanded and manipulative in her quests to do what she thinks is right, even toeing the line of Villain Protagonist and Manipulative Bitch.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Betty is a sweet girl with blonde hair.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed. While her temper isn't explosive, it doesn't take much to get her angry or irritated. And when she does, she becomes Cute and Psycho to the extent that she comes across as threatening.
  • The Heart: She's the emotional aspect of the core group and she tries to get everyone together during times of need. She shares this role with Archie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners : With Veronica.
  • Hot-Blooded: Betty is rather passionate, hot headed and emotional with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Therefore, it isn't a good idea to even think of getting her pissed off or upsetting her because she's quite nasty when she's angry.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Betty has very blue eyes that highlight her sweet, friendly personality. They, however, can become very icy and intense when her berserk button is pressed.
  • Inter-Class Romance: Betty’s clearly upper middle-class while Jughead’s a lot poorer and comes from the bad side of town. note 
  • Intrepid Reporter: Restarts the Blue and Gold, Riverdale High’s newspaper and develops into an Amateur Sleuth over the course of the show.
  • Kick the Dog: Blackmailing Cheryl in Season Two revealed a much colder and crueler side to sweet little Betty Cooper for sure.
    Betty: And I'm telling you, to help FP, or...
    Cheryl: Or what?
    Betty: Or I will release the video of your father shooting Jason.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The light to Veronica's dark. She's a sweet Girl Next Door while Veronica is an edgy Fallen Princess. She's the light to Cheryl's dark as well who is a kind of gothic Lady in Red.
  • Light Is Good: Generally, she wears light-colored clothes, and is a very sweet and caring person as well.
    • Light Is Not Good: Subverted. However, she does have a darker, vengeful side to her personality that comes out at times.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Betty is kind and pleasant most of the time, but if you push her Berserk Button, she will turn unbelievably nasty so fast your head will spin, a trait she shares with her father.
    • It is also revealed by Jughead's dad that her parents relation might have an inverted take on the Uptown Girl relation she has with Jughead. Her mother was also a South Side Serpent, while her father, who comes from an offspring of the Blossom clan, was upper middle class.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jughead serves as this to Betty in the second half of Season 3. As her friends and family repeatedly betray her and abandon her for the Farm and Edgar Evernever, her boyfriend Jughead and her two best friends, Archie and Veronica, are eventually the only people Betty can really trust or lean on anymore.
  • Love Confession: Attempts one on Archie in 1.01. It doesn't end well.
    • Finally shares a mutual one with Jughead in 1.13.
  • Morality Chain: Veronica's a good person, but rough around the edges and prone to occasional bitchiness. However she will always—always—put Betty first. It's clear that no matter how she feels about Archie, Veronica treasures Betty's friendship above all else.
  • Nice Girl: For the most part. When Cheryl tries to use Betty's sister's relationship with Jason against her in cheer tryouts, Betty doesn't take the bait and remains civil. She does, however, have a tightly suppressed dark side, as seen in 1.02 when she threatens to kill Cheryl.
  • Not So Different: A subtle example, with Edgar. Betty rightfully claims that Edgar exploits people’s traumas and vulnerabilities in order to manipulate and indoctrinate them to The Farm. This happens to be exactly what Betty has repeatedly done to Cheryl examples  for whatever investigative or moral cause Betty was crusading at the time. Most notably, in Episode Seventeen of Season Three, Betty convinces Cheryl to infiltrate The Farm (with Betty secretly listening in) by reminding Cheryl that Jason was involved with them and emotionally manipulating Cheryl’s grief for him. Cheryl’s grief for her brother- and subsequent Trauma Conga Line- is exactly what Edgar exploits to brainwash Cheryl into joining The Farm.
    • With Cheryl as well despite at first they seems to have juste a bully/bullied dynamic Both live in a dysfunctional family endorsing frequent parental abuse. They had a sibling (Polly for Betty and Jason for Cheryl) who have a relationship they disapprove and suffered of their sibing's disappearance. Even personality-wise, though Cheryl seems more edgier at first, both have Cute But Psycho tendencies.
  • Official Couple: With Jughead. They have their share of ups and downs, but they generally have one of the most stable and loving relationships in the series.
  • Opposites Attract: Outwardly, she and Jughead are very different with contrasting personalities, upbringing and even hair colours. Inwardly, they are more well-matched.
  • The Perfectionist: Sees herself as this. Has to be a star academic and the good girl and slim. She grows more confident in her skin later on.
  • Plucky Girl: In 1.12, due to her determination, she's the one who discover a USB flash drive revealing who killed Jason.
    Betty: No. I'm not giving up yet.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: To Jughead.
  • Self-Harm: A minor example; in 1.01 when Cheryl is berating her, she squeezes her hands so tight that her nails cut into her palms. She does this again in 1.10 when Chuck mentions her going "Dark Betty" as she is barely able to contain her anger.
  • Sins of the Father: Betty is denied the chance to get into Yale in season four due to being the Black Hood's daughter.
  • Related in the Adaptation: It's revealed in 1.12 that her ancestors and the Blossom's were brothers, Thus making her and Polly third cousins with Cheryl and Jason.
  • Ruling Couple: A gang version. In the Season 2 finale she became the Serpent Queen and Jughead the Serpent King of the Southside Serpents.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One of the reasons Betty got into a romantic relationship with Jughead was because he’s compassionate, and was understanding and supportive during an emotionally difficult time.
    Veronica: Did I just notice Riverdale High’s very own Holden Caulfield, put his arm around you?
    Betty: [smiling] Okay, so, the past couple of days I haven’t been in a great place emotionally and, Jughead was really there for me.
    Veronica: Oh my god, swoon!
  • Stepford Smiler: Betty has a lot of complex emotional issues which she typically keeps behind a peppy smile, especially apparent when she interacts with her parents.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts as a typical Girl Next Door to an action-involved Amateur Sleuth to a fbi trainee in her twenties after the time skip.
  • Trauma Conga Line: While Betty had had her share of traumatic experiences in Seasons 1 and 2, the Farm arc in the second half of Season 3 puts her through absolute hell. Betty has to investigate the cult that's set up shop in Riverdale alone because everyone else is either not interested or a part of the cult themselves. Her mother donates all her college tuition money to the Farm, sells their house and then abandons her, both emotionally and literally, so she can try to bury the past and live out a fantasy with Edgar, the cult leader. Her friends - Kevin, Cheryl and Toni - repeatedly desert her and betray her to join the farm themselves. Edgar and Evelyn taunt her and gaslight her at every turn about how they're always one step ahead of her. After a while, the only one she can seemingly confide in besides the Core Four is her insane, serial killer father, who also uses her to escape prison and then tries to kill her. In the penultimate episode of the season, Betty finally learns the cult's real secrets and tries to warn her friends, which gets her kidnapped and prepped to be operated on by Edgar to ensure her silence. In the Season 3 finale, Betty and Veronica are forced to poison themselves, and then Betty gets to watch Penelope shoot her father in the head in front of her. If Betty had trust issues or abandonment issues after this arc was over, it would be completely understandable.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She quickly knocked out Chic with a rolling pin when he tried to harm Jughead in Chapter Thirty-two: Prisoners.
  • White Sheep: While Betty has her own mental health issues, she is by far the most normal and moral within her family, amongst her dogmatic serial killer father and cultist mother and sister. Applies to her extended family as well, with the Blossoms being the “gothic horror show,” that they are and their shared ancestors’ history of fratricide.
  • Workaholic: Deconstructed, as a girl who always used to be The Perfectionist, and in present as an FBI trainee and agent, she cannot stop from working not even in her free time, trying to resolve cases, even when she is told to take a break after she suffered a severe emotional trauma.
  • Wrench Wench: We see her help her dad fix a car. Like her comic book counterpart, she appears to be a competent mechanic.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After Betty forces her into taking the stand on FP’s behalf (under the threat of wide releasing the video of Jason’s murder at their father’s hands) Cheryl smirks and calls Betty a “stone cold bitch,” with clear veneration. Betty looks disconcerted and immediately leaves the room, much to Cheryl’s amusement.

    Veronica Lodge 

Veronica Lodge
Played by: Camila Mendes

A New Transfer Student from New York City who returns to her family's native Riverdale after a scandal involving her father makes the news, making quick friends with Betty—and taking a romantic interest in Archie.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: Veronica's personality in the comics bounced between being genuinely friendly with a number of Pet the Dog moments, if not a bit snobby, and a full-out Alpha Bitch and Rich Bitch. Here, she's a Nice Girl with a past of being a Rich Bitch like Cheryl.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Her parents sometimes call her "mija," which is a Spanish affectionate term for "my daughter."
    • Her friends, especially Betty and Archie, call her Ronnie, Ron or V.
    • Her sister calls her "hermanita," which is a Spanish affectionate term for "little sister."
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her first thought when she and Betty get in trouble during cheer trials is "Let's make out!" She was invoking Girl-on-Girl Is Hot to make them seem more interesting, but still. Her desperation to get Betty's friendship back in "A Touch of Evil" also comes off as more of a jilted lover than a spurned BFF. Her actress has expressed interest in making her genuinely bisexual.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is very sophisticated and can be very cold with others.
  • Alpha Bitch: Formerly. Veronica used to be a mean girl back in New York but following her families public disgrace realised the error of her ways. In the present she occasionally borders on being a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Since the Season Two finale, when he framed Archie for murder, Veronica has become outwardly antagonistic towards her father Hiram.
  • The Atoner: A lot of her dialogue implies that she was a former Alpha Bitch; however, in the present day, she's trying to be a better person. Later on, in her friendship with Ethel after the latter's father attempts suicide after losing everything because of Veronica's father's embezzlement she attempts to also atone for the wrongs of her father.
  • Baby Factory: According to Veronica, her husband wants her to Stay in the Kitchen and turn her "into a baby-making machine", all because of an accident with the helicopter that he uses as an excuse to keep Veronica under control.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Veronica’s beautiful, wealthy, popular and privileged and grew up living a very lavish and expensive life in New York.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: She is beginning to have this dynamic with Jughead as of season 2.
  • Berserk Button: "Body Double" makes it clear that Slut-Shaming is hers. She goes full "scorched earth" on Chuck and his cronies for it, and rips into Cheryl for perpetuating it.
  • Betty and Veronica: She is either the Veronica to Archie (with Betty being the Betty), or his Betty (with Miss Grundy being the Veronica). She is also Betty's Betty (with the Veronica being Archie). Her Betty is Betty, and her Veronica is Archie. In mid-season 3, she became the Archie to Reggie's Betty and Archie's Veronica. Archie wins.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The majority of the time Veronica is one of the nicest people in Riverdale. However, she has a strong ruthless streak towards those who get on her bad side, and is not above resorting to public callouts, humiliation or even violence if she feels prompted.
  • Broken Ace: Veronica is beautiful, popular, rich, and intelligent. She's seemingly got everything going for her on the surface, but she does battle some huge personal issues, such as tremendous guilt towards her past choices and family troubles.
  • Broken Pedestal: Indicated she loved and admired her father and thus ripped apart to realize he was a massive fraud whose actions have humiliated and bankrupted the family. It gets even worse when she discovers her mother not only knew but is helping her father with his plans to destroy land values in Riverdale.
  • Brutal Honesty: Veronica does not mince her words.
  • Character Development: She's actively trying to force it on herself, not wanting to be the person she was pre-series.
  • The Cheerleader: Veronica is on the Riverdale high cheerleading squad, the River Vixens. She was temporarily the captain of the squad.
  • Color Motif: Ronnie's wardrobe leans towards darker colors, with her always wearing shades of black, dark blue and purple.
  • Daddy's Girl: It is clear from the way that she talks about him that Veronica was very close to her father. Even after going through a major Broken Pedestal at discovering how corrupt he is, she still clearly loves him and openly calls him "Daddy."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of the time she wears all black, but is really a good-hearted person at best, despite having some Alpha Bitch tendencies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Veronica's trademark is her constant use of sarcasm and dry wit. She rivals Jughead and Cheryl for being the wittiest member of the cast.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Originally an aloof, icy mean girl but with Character Development and a Heel Realization, she reveals a kinder, caring, and warmer side of her personality.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hiram Lodge is currently on trial for fraud and embezzlement, and is thus not in Veronica's life. he later starts sending her messages from jail, some including threats, and by the end of season 1, it is revealed that he is about to be released from prison.
  • Fallen Princess: Thanks to her father's scandal. At least until Season 2, when her father's released from prison, thus her family's wealth regained.
  • The Fashionista: Veronica is a style icon and she is known for her expensive and fashionable wardrobe. Since she's a rich girl, this comes with the territory.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Genre Savvy: She is well aware of most of the tropes she is expected to fulfill, and refuses to play along. She is also very aware of the tropes about Riverdale itself, forshadowing the murder plot of the season by comparing the town's vibe to In Cold Blood, without having early knowledge about the death of Jason Blossom.
  • Girly Girl: Veronica is very feminine and is always up to date when it comes to the latest fashion trends and clothing. She's exclusively seen wearing skirts and dresses and is always favoring heels over any other type of footwear. In addition to her attire, Veronica also wears the most accessories, jewelry and makeup of the cast next to Cheryl.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: When she’s not wearing black or dark blue clothes, Veronica is commonly seen wearing dark purple going with her graceful and sophisticated attire and attitude.
  • Has a Type: Veronica is attracted generally by guys who fit the Jock archetype or who just well-boned like Archie,Reggie and Chuck. Her husband Chad in Season 5 fit this as well.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She used to be one, going on benders when her mother and her would argue when they lived in New York—she goes on one in Riverdale for the same reasons, but not to the same extent.
  • Heel Realization: Pre-series, she had one, after her father's scandal. The media made her out to be a Rich Bitch Ice Queen with no heart... and she realized they were right. Veronica then vowed to use the move to Riverdale as a chance to change her ways.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Betty. Veronica considers Betty to be her bestie.
  • Ice Queen: Directly calls the pre-Riverdale Veronica one. She can still be frosty when she needs to be, but she's actively trying to be a warmer individual.
  • Iconic Item: Veronica almost always accessorizes her outfits with pearls, whether it be necklaces, chokers, bracelets, earrings, headbands, or even belts.
  • The Lancer: Switches back and forth this role with Jughead for Archie. If Jughead isn't acting as Archie's right hand man, it's always Veronica that's right by his side.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark to Betty's light. This is highlighted in their dress choices in the pilot—Betty wears a more conservative, vintage-styled pink dress, while Veronica's is darker and more modern.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: After spending years trying to fight Hiram, Veronica ends up marrying Chaddwig, who is similar to her father. Even Hermione points out that Veronica married a vain man like Hiram. And according to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa "Veronica has married a guy that is in some ways very much like Hiram".
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Her standing up for Betty, and bringing out the claws against deserving victim Cheryl earn her this status.
  • Mafia Princess:
    • As the full scope of Hiram's illicit activities becomes apparent in season 2, it also becomes clear that Veronica's charmed life is rooted in organized crime. She's later even involved in her parents' shady activities, although after facing the consequences of their doings, she begins to resent any of it.
    • She refers to herself as one in "Shadow of a Doubt".
  • Male Gaze: She is subjected to these occasionally, Archie being awestruck by her the first time he laid eyes on her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a very beautiful, Latin American young woman who tends to wear attractive outfits that highlight her slender yet voluptuous body and show off her long shapely legs.
  • Nice Girl:Veronica used to be an Alpha Bitch back in New York, but in the present she is one of the most genuinely kind, caring and compassionate characters on the show.
  • Odd Friendship: The dark and edgy big city girl who was a Rich Bitch takes an almost instant liking to the sweet and peppy small town girl Betty. Betty even lampshades it when Veronica stands up to Cheryl for not accepting Betty into the River Vixens:
    Betty: Why did you defend me? I know the crowd you ran with in New York.
  • Oedipus Complex: Veronica takes her "daddy issues" to another level.
    • She sings a song called "Daddy Lessons" which perfectly describes their relationship.
    • In 4x09, Mrs. Burble insinuates the bond between Hiram and his "mija" is primal and sexual, officially diagnosting Veronica with both the Oedipus and Electra complexes, which explains her destructive competition against her father, her constant need for Hiram's approval and extreme jealousy over the attention Hermosa receives from him, despite constantly denying she wants nothing to do with Hiram.
    • In Season 5 she ends up marrying her own Hiram: Chadwick, a rich and intelligent man who’s also controlling, wants her to Stay in the Kitchen despite the fact that she’s “The She-Wolf of Wall Street” and shows signs of emotional and financial abuse. Even their actors share a faint resemblance.
  • Only Friend: A variant of this to Cheryl.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Her usual method of warfare whenever she and her mother are fighting; she gets her displeasure across via clubbing, shopping, and snide comments until she caves
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse : She's the shortest of the main characters but she knocked out Reggie in a single punch.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: She's plenty of movies references in her sentences and a girl who must not be underestimated.
  • Proper Lady: Veronica is wealthy, privileged and sophisticated. She was a socialite back in New York City and still carries herself as such.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Veronica is generous and giving with her money and wealth. She won't hesitate to help those who are less fortunate such as anonymously paying the entirety of Fred Andrews hospital bills.
  • Race Lift: This version of Veronica is Latina, unlike her comic book counterpart (who is Caucasian).
  • Reformed Bully: Back in New York, Veronica was a mean girl and a bully. She changed her ways and became a nicer person once she realized how horrible she was.
  • Rich Bitch: A deconstruction. The Lodges were filthy rich, and flaunted it in New York. She admitted she was even worse than Cheryl. But following the scandal around her father, she is actively trying to change, though the edge is still there.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them! : Lampshaded by herself in 1.04.
  • She's Got Legs: She has long shapely legs and likes to show them off.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • In Season One, she shipped Betty with Archie and tries to get them to be together despite her own attraction to Archie.
    • She says "I ship it" when talking to Kevin about his relationship with Moose.
    • Says "Oh my god, swoon!" about Betty's relationship with Jughead, adding that she approves.
    • She also openly "endorses" the idea of Archie dating Valerie. In general, Veronica really wants her friends to be happy.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Like her mother, she looks like a Proper Lady but don't underestimate her. She's a Lodge after all.
    • Season 5 takes this further, as she’s both skilled in Wall Street and selling jewelry.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Much of Veronica's love and attraction for Archie stems from how genuinely good and kind hearted person Archie is. She even calls him her “shining light” amongst all the moral complexities she faces in her life.
  • The Social Expert: She manages to talk herself in or out of any situation she wants. In the pilot, she gets Betty onto the cheer squad by deconstructing Cheryl in front of everyone.
  • Socialite: She and her mother were ones in New York. She mentions how she used to attend high-profile events such as The Met Ball.
  • Spicy Latina: Averted. She's even-tempered and was a noted Ice Queen before, and still demonstrates Sugar-and-Ice Personality tendencies.
  • That Man Is Dead: She references her past behavior before moving to Riverdale with shame, and whenever she occasionally comments about "the old Veronica," it's clear she doesn't think much of her.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her best friend, Betty. There's nothing Veronica wouldn't do for her, no matter how insane or illegal.
  • Uptown Girl: Her relationship with Archie, the beautiful and glamorously rich, albeit reluctant Mafia Princess, who falls in love with the humble working class Archie Andrews.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cheryl. The two constantly snark and bicker but they do genuinely care for each other.
  • What You Are in the Dark: If she hadn't gone to comfort Cheryl, very few people would've known, and even fewer would've blamed her, given Cheryl's behavior. Veronica helps her anyway.

    Jughead Jones 

Forsythe Pendleton "Jughead" Jones III
Played by: Cole Sprouse

Archie's best friend and the series's Character Narrator, who is investigating Jason Blossom's murder as part of a book he is writing about Riverdale in an attempt to expose the town's dark underbelly.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While Jughead has never been particularly bad looking in the comics, he's more conventionally handsome if looking a little grumpy and weary in the show.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Jughead in the comics is more light-hearted and fun. But Jughead in the television adaptation is much more serious, moody, and brooding because he comes from a dysfunctional family and has loads of personal and emotional issues.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the comics, Jughead was more of the Plucky Comic Relief. He is far more serious in this adaptation.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Betty and Archie tend to use "Juggie" or "Jug". "Jughead" itself is a nickname, as his legal name is "Forsythe Pendleton Jones III".
  • Alliterative Name: Jughead Jones. Subverted because his legal name is Forsythe Jones.
  • Badass Bookworm: Due to his great interest in writing an article, he became this after he joined the Serpent bikers.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Veronica have this dynamic as of season 2.
  • Beta Couple: Subverted. While Jughead himself may be a supporting character to the main character Archie, the girl he's going out with, Betty, is considered one of the top two girls in the Archie-verse.
  • Betty and Veronica: He plays the Betty to Archie's Veronica for Betty Cooper herself. Briefly, Toni Topaz was the Veronica to Betty's Betty for his Archie.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: When Chuck uses a party game to emotionally corner Betty about her shaky mental health, Jughead, with no warning, punches him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: From the way Jughead talks about his little sister Jellybean, he seems very fond and protective of her.
  • Big Eater: Still a part of his characterization like in the comics, but greatly downplayed. His hunger isn't cartoonishly insatiable here, but he's seen frequently eating regardless. Takes a darker edge when it's revealed he's homeless so his food fixation probably comes from being genuinely underfed and having to eat whatever he can get his hands on.
  • Break Them by Talking: Quite often, but given his snarky Intrepid Reporter status, understandable.
    Jughead: [to Archie] Weirdest thing. This summer we were supposed to go on a road trip over the July 4th weekend. Which you bailed on at the last minute. Is there something you wanna tell me, pal?
    Jughead: [to Dilton] Save it for your statement. Which you can make to Sheriff Keller, or to me. I suggest the latter.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The brooding boy to Betty’s gentle girl.
  • Byronic Hero: Known to be very intense.
  • Character Narrator: The show is told from his POV with narration.
  • Childhood Friend: With Archie. Also with Betty, too, but less prominently.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Betty
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Jughead has greenish grey eyes, which highlight his resilience, determination and intense, introverted personality.
  • Cool Hat: Jughead wears a signature crown shaped beanie hat—part of his iconic image in the comics.
  • Cool Loser: Despite being witty, intelligent, and Tall, Dark, and Handsome, he has been bullied at school for years.
  • Creepy Good: Jughead is a good guy whose quiet, introspective nature and striking appearance make him a tad bit intimidating. His appearance and sketchy history eventually lead to him being a suspect for the murder.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Downplayed. He has perpetual dark shadows under his eyes, which are more pronounced because of his dark hair and pale skin. With his life being increasingly difficult over the course of the season, it makes sense that he wouldn't get healthy amounts of sleep.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite the fact that Jughead looks dark and gloomy in appearance, he's still a good person willing to help out his friends. Being a Serpent member is also played straight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Comic!Jughead had his moments, here he's a snarker through-and-through.
    Jughead: It's called "necrophilia," Reggie. Can you spell it
  • Delinquent: Formerly. He spent time in the juvenile detention center when he was younger for playing with matches, which the teachers took to mean he was trying to burn down his elementary school.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Quiet, to-himself, with jet black hair. Reggie lampshades it when he accuses Jug of killing Jason Blossom.
  • Emo Teen: His wardrobe reflects this trope, as does his attitude (he's not quite playful or flamboyant enough in his cynicism and pessimism to be goth) and he is compared at least once to Donnie Darko.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: He seems to have trouble expressing himself when it comes to his deeper feelings. He gets flustered when trying to articulate his romantic feelings for Betty and seems unable to speak beyond some simple "okay"s when his father leaves him in Fred Andrews' care.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He has a really low opinion of himself and is highly insecure about his relationship with Betty.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Archie view each other as brothers.
  • Idiot Ball: Grabs this hard in Tales from the Darkside, when he believes Penny Peabody's claims that FP has been roughed up, ignoring that FP adamantly told him not to trust her.
  • Inner City School: As of 1.13, Jughead’s transfers to Southside High. The contrast between it and Riverdale High is staggering.
  • Intrepid Reporter: For the Blue and Gold, the first that Betty asks to join.
    Jughead: I'd love to stay, but I got to shake down an evil Adventure Scout. See you.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He fears rejection and being hurt, which strains his relationship with Betty before they talk it out.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Distant, sarcastic, and moody, sure, but he genuinely cares about his friends.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Downplayed. According to Fred Andrews, Jughead's dad was popular when he was a student, while Jughead himself is an introspective loner who prefers to read or write over playing sports.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: He's a serious, snarky, bookish and responsible young man, while his father is more boisterous, talkative and prone to making bad decisions. FP is aware of their difference and openly praises Jughead for taking after his mother by being smart, creative and responsible.
  • Love Confession: To Betty in 1.13. Her response is positive: she happily says it back.
  • Man Hug:
    • After he and Archie mend their friendship before the start of Archie's football game, Jughead humorously discourages the trope.
    Jughead: We're not going to hug it out in front of this whole town! So why don’t we just do that bro thing where we nod like douches and mutually suppress our emotions?
    • Played straight later on after Archie's father is shot and he's shaken to the core.
  • Missing Mom: Zig-zagged. His mother and sister are no longer in Riverdale, but he is in touch with them. His father lives on the "south side" of Riverdale and runs with the local biker gang.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Because of his and Betty's intricate "murder board," a perfect recreation of Sheriff Keller's, Jughead is brought to the police station as a suspect in Jason Blossom's death.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Without actually having much in the way of any deliberate fanservice like Archie or Kevin get, Juggy drives the audience nuts just by being broody and smouldering. It helps that he's played by Cole Sprouse.
  • Nice Hat: His beanie. In the comics, it was a "whoopee hat", while here, the hem of the beanie is cut like a crown.
  • Not So Stoic: When Jughead is alone and talking with Betty after being questioned by Sheriff Keller he seems genuinely terrified of what might happen to him.
  • Official Couple: With Betty. They have their share of ups and downs, but they generally have one of the most stable and loving relationships in the series.
  • Opposites Attract: He's Tall, Dark, and Snarky compared to bubbly Nice Girl Betty. It starts off as an Odd Friendship until it reaches Relationship Upgrade.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Goes by Jughead, rather than either of his given names.
  • Parental Abandonment: Inverted with his father, who he voluntarily no longer lives with even after he becomes homeless. Played straight by his mother, who took Jughead's sister and left to go live with her parents. When FP confesses to Jason's murder and Jughead calls her to propose reuniting with her, she turns him down.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Well let's just say he isn't one to smiling a lot.
  • Preppy Name: As his school records show, his name is still Forsythe Pendleton Jones III.
  • Pretty Boy: He is the leanest guy in the show, is attractive and Cole's Sprouse delicate facial features make him look like a younger version of Orlando Bloom.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: To Betty
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jughead’s rational, pragmatic, and aloof Blue Oni to Archie’s big-hearted, enthusiastic, hot-headed Red Oni.
  • Ruling Couple:A gang version.In Season 2 finale, he became the Serpent King and Betty the Serpent Queen of the Southside Serpents.
  • Serious Business: Justified example with the local drive-in theatre. He takes it being closed extremely seriously and dramatically compares it shutting down to the death of the 'American Dream', something no one else takes any interest in. It becomes darkly justified when we find out that he's been living there and shutting it down is basically kicking him to the streets.
  • Snark Knight: Intelligent, world-weary, and full of biting quips about the idiocy that’s surrounding him.
    Jughead: Not saying anything to either you or Betty was the most moral, apathetic choice I could make.
    Jughead: [regarding Archie’s romance with Mrs Grundy and his own campaign to save the drive-in he works in/living at from demolition] Yep, I feel that. Trying to hold onto something a lot older than me, too.
  • Socially Awkward Hero:
    • Visibly uncomfortable around large groups of people and openly refers to himself as weird and dislikes being around anyone other than Betty and Archie. When his birthday party turns into a rager, he very quickly retreats.
    • Averted when he is transferred to a school in a less-preppy and more crime-ridden area. The rest of the gang bursts into his new school, worried about him... Only to find him surrounded by other similarly dressed students who laugh heartily at one of his jokes, and he's completely at ease.
  • Stepford Snarker: Jughead has a very tumultuous home life, is a bullied loner and had a falling out with his best friend, but he hides most of his true feelings behind sarcasm.
    Jughead: Sardonic humour is just my way of relating to the world.
  • The Stoic: Despite being emotionally detached in most situations, he's starting to become less of this as the series continue.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He is distant, aloof and apathetic to everyone except from Betty, Veronica and Archie.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: There’s a clear sense of general exasperation with his fellow peers.
    Jughead: Oh, look; it’s the rich kids from the Goonies.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: 6'0"? Check. A dark ensemble? Check. Played by Cole Sprouse, who could (and sometimes does) moonlight as a model? Check.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Jughead is a natural snarker and is 6'0", as per his actor's height.
  • Tranquil Fury: After witnessing Betty being harassed at a party over her mental health, he snaps and gets into a fight with Chuck.
  • Troubled, but Cute: A snarky, apathetic, self-described "outsider" who lives in a trailer with a criminal father. However Betty falls in love with him despite his Sugar-and-Ice Personality. In fact the character is supposed to be an "emo heartthrob".
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Archie used to be close friends, but something came between them before the start of the series. They end up repairing their friendship shortly into the series.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He rips into Archie for staying quiet about what he knows about Jason's death, and for sleeping with a teacher.
  • Writer's Block: After the 7 years timeskip, we find Jughead suffering a bad case of lack of inspiration, which makes him drawing his sorrows in alcohol, destroys his relationship with his girlfriend who dumps him.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: In 1.04, the audience learns that Jughead grew up in a home that didn't have much money. He calls himself this trope, word for word, in 1.10.As of the finale, seems to have officially joined the ranks of the Serpents.

    Cheryl Blossom 

Cheryl Blossom
"I'm Cheryl Blossom, a.k.a. Cheryl Bombshell, which means I need no reasons. I simply am. Feel free to tremble."
Played by: Madelaine Petsch

Riverdale's resident Manipulative Bitch whose twin brother Jason is murdered, launching the series' plot.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Downplayed in regards to Archie. Cheryl is a physically beautiful girl but Archie is clearly turned off by her advances towards him mostly because of her rather unpleasant personality. When Cheryl tries to come onto him by kissing him, he pushes her away and tells her that he's not interested because he has a girlfriend.
  • Abusive Parents: Her parents behave horribly towards her, especially her mother.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Cheryl is the resident Lovable Alpha Bitch but she also has high grades.
  • Academic Athlete: She is the head cheerleader, and does well in school too.
  • The Ace: Putting aside her bitchiness, Cheryl is smart, beautiful, charismatic and talented to many things. She is a decent business woman; a talented archer, dancer and singer; and runs the cheerleaders, Pretty Poisons and the President of Student Body and LGBTQIA Alliance of Riverdale high-school. Plus all the horrible stuff that happens to her, she still manages somehow to maintain high grades.
  • Action Girl: She doesn't do a lot of physical fights, but is an excellent archer and puts on the run even Black Hood.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Unlike in the Comics, in the show Cheryl is much more angst-ridden and she goes through way more personal and emotional issues than her comic book counterpart. Her twin brother is murdered and Cheryl ends up suffering serious emotional trauma over his death. She also comes from a dysfunctional family with Abusive Parents. Cheryl is also very lonely and hated amongst her peers. She's also mentally unstable and is clearly suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder of some kind. There's also the fact that Cheryl went through such a Trauma Conga Line that she was Driven to Suicide and tried to kill herself to be Together in Death with her beloved deceased twin brother.
  • Adaptational Badass: Comic Cheryl wasn't too much of a fighter, her role was mostly the be the Alpha Bitch tormenting others or Third-Option Love Interest for Archie. Here, she is an Action Girl full of Badass Boasts, with archery skills, willing to get physical too, if the situation calls for it.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Cheryl's always been heterosexual in the comics, here she's gay and dating Toni Topaz.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's a Rich Bitch and head cheerleader who runs the Riverdale social scene with an iron fist.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Cheryl likely suffers from an undiagnosed mental disorder or illness of some kind.note 
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Jason died when they were on a boating trip together, and she milks this for all its worth. Kevin lampshades that she's playing the role of the bereaved sister to a T. However, upon seeing Archie filling Jason's role, she breaks into tears as her brother's real death finally sinks in.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Mostly to her mother, who mentally abused and gaslighted Cheryl since childhood.
  • The Anti-Christ: Conversed by Veronica, in Season 1 at a party: "I know her brother died and everything, but Cheryl Blossom is The Anti-Christ."
  • Anti-Hero: Cheryl constantly zigzagged between this and Anti-Villain in first 2 seasons. She did a lot of morally ambiguous stuff for her own benefits, but she did helped Betty, Archie, Veronica and Jughead when they needed her. Tough it does take a lot to convince her to do the right thing.
  • Armored Closet Gay: It’s gradually revealed in Season Two that she has been this since middle school, after her mother caught her sharing her bed with her best friend and romantic interest, Heather, and verbally abused Cheryl with homophobic attacks. This caused Cheryl feeling ashamed of her sexuality and actively repressing it, eventually leading her to express it in very toxic ways such as stalking and threatening Josie and mocking Toni for her bisexuality. Through Toni’s emotional support and reassurances Cheryl is able to accept her sexuality and even openly dates Toni. Madelaine Petsch has recently confirmed that she and showrunner and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa discussed Cheryl’s sexuality and have decided that Cheryl is a lesbian.
  • Attempted Rape: At the So Dale Gala, Nick St. Clair puts a rape drug in Cheryl's drink and tries to rape her in a secret room while she was unconscious. She is saved by Veronica and the Pussycats.
  • Attention Whore: Cheryl seems to love being the centre of attention and she'll do anything to achieve it. She definitely shares this trait in common with her comic book counterpart.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Betty.They both care for each other but haven't openly admitted it, therefore they can be seen as friends in denial about their friendship. Possibly and inconsciently more after they find out, they are actually cousins. Cheryl even started to call Betty "cousin".
  • Badass Boast: Cheryl got fed up with the bullshit of her mother, and gives one to Penelope when she was hospital, severely burnt.
    Cheryl: If you breath, it is because I give you air. If you drink, it is because I poured your cup myself. And if you move, it is quietly and with my blessing.
  • Badass in Charge: She is the leader of Pretty Poisons.
  • Bare Your Midriff: About half of the outfits Cheryl has worn so far have shown her midriff, most notably her cheer practice uniform, while the rest of the River Vixen's uniforms keep their stomachs covered.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Downplayed. Cheryl comes from an evil The Beautiful Elite family, but instead of being evil, she is a rather unstable Broken Bird whose malicious acts were a result of the abuse and trauma she had to endure.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Cheryl is beautiful, privileged, rich, upper class and the closest thing Riverdale has to Blue Blood.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • She sincerely thanks Archie and grants him "one wish" when he comes forward about hearing a gunshot on July Fourth, confirming that Cheryl was telling the truth about that part and getting people to stop hounding her. This also factors into her attraction to Archie later on, since he's one of the few people to show her real kindness without any ulterior motives. Unfortunately for her, it gets torpedoed due to Archie wising up to her parents' blatant manipulation attempts.
    • She also invites Veronica to her house for a sleepover and not her school cronies because she was the only one who came to comfort her after Cheryl's breakdown at the pep rally.
    • A variant appears in the season 1 finale that implies she considered Veronica to be the only person who was ever, truly, nice to her, as she's the only one she says (texts, rather) goodbye to before attempting suicide.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Cheryl was very hostile toward Toni first time they met, since the latter is from the South Side of Riverdale. They insult each other, until 2x14, when Cheryl is feeling very down and Toni is consoling her. They are an Official Couple in present.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Her brother is a sensible subject for her even years later after his death.
    • Patronizing or telling her what to do.
  • Big Entrance: Cheryl, the local Drama Queen, knows how to make a show even just by entering and walking in a location. A good example is in episode 3x01, when she returns from her summer trip; she enters Pop's diner with a booming song and a Sexy Walk.
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Thornhill, the Blossoms' mansion where Cheryl used to live before she burned down. It is so big it has its own cemetery.
    • Thistlehouse, Cheryl's new home.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cheryl can put on a sweet, nice and friendly façade but underneath that facade is someone who's a major Alpha Bitch and can be extremely bitchy and catty. After some solid Character Development, she castes away this side of her, though she still remained deceitful.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Cheryl is the Redhead, Betty is the Blonde and Veronica is the Brunette and they are the main female trio on the show.
  • Brainless Beauty: Subverted. Cheryl is a very pretty girl but she comes off as flighty and The Ditz who has her head in the clouds. In all actuality, Cheryl is actually a lot more sharp, manipulative and cunning then she appears to be. And her school situation is incredible good.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Subverted. Her "brattiness" is a result of the horrific abused she endured at the hands of her parents.
  • Break the Cutie: It's evident that years of abuse and lack of parental love, the dysfunction that exists in her family, and the unexpected death of her twin brother Jason on whom she was codependent caused Cheryl's mental wellbeing to tail spin and spiral out of control. She tries to put on a facade and make it appear as if she is okay, but underneath it all is a very emotionally damaged person.
  • Break the Haughty: Oh and how. At first introduced as arrogant and downright cruel, sometimes even villainous, but goes through such a Trauma Conga Line that she finds friends in the people she once demeaned, particularly Toni, Betty and Jughead.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Subverted. She usually wears a red and sometimes, white outfit, but she still happens to be an unhinged Alpha Bitch. But she does have some redeeming qualities.
  • Broken Ace: As good as she is at anything she does, the constant traumatic events of her life, did took a tool on Cheryl from time to time. It got bad enough to affect the "normal" side of her otherwise messy life, like school and her interpersonal relationships.
  • Broken Bird: Cheryl is clearly an emotional mess but this is understandable considering that type of family that she comes from. Both of her parents are abusive and cold and didn't provide Cheryl with much love and support. Her twin brother Jason, who she was extremely close to, ended up being murdered by her own father. After his death, she completely lost it and never recovered emotionally. Add onto the fact that she doesn't really have any friends or supporters, and its understandable why Cheryl is so messed up.
  • Broken Pedestal: Clearly loved Jason and thought a lot of him. When Veronica looks into rumors of the football team "keeping score" of their sexual conquests in a book, Cheryl refuses to believe in it as Jason would have told her. Joining the other girls, she finds that not only does the book exist but Jason's name is all over it with several conquests and Cheryl realizes her brother wasn't the saintly guy she thought he was.
  • Byronic Hero: Hugely. Her arc is mainly the story of her rebelling against her aristocratic family most of whom are some combination of evil, criminal, and cruel. Yet she's not so much interested in redeeming their sins as being her own person, and she can be vicious as well.
  • Character Blog: Has a Twitter account by the name of "@CherylBombshell".
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: But of course—and not just with the Punny Name and the red hair. She's also got the connection to death with her brother Jason's murder and her attempted suicide at the end of season one, and she comes from an Old Money WASP family that serves as the rough American equivalent to aristocracy. The only reason why they haven't shown actual cherry blossoms yet is likely because season one took place in the fall and winter. Given that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also a comic book writer, and probably knew this trope from anime and manga, this is probably deliberate.
    • In the season 2 trailer, Cheryl is eating a cherry pie.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Part of the reason why Cheryl had a dislike for Polly was because she was somewhat jealous over her relationship with Jason. Considering how close Cheryl and Jason were, it's not surprising why Cheryl would be jealous that Polly was stealing her brother away. In Season 3, she became jealous of Toni's attention for the Pretty Poison and thinks Toni prefers stay with them instead her.
  • Catchphrase: "Toodles!"
  • The Cheerleader: She's the head cheerleader of the Riverdale Vixens, in fact.
  • Color Motifs: Red. If she's not wearing some red clothing, rest assured she has bright red lipstick on.
  • Composite Character: While her own comic iteration was a manipulative schemer and an entitled Rich Bitch, Cheryl has more of a comic "Veronica Lodge" personality in Riverdale, albeit with an Ice Queen attitude. She is now the resident egotistical, hot-blooded, manipulative Drama Queen, with unmatchable sardonic remarks and at least 4 mood swings on same sentence. Even her Frenemy with Betty and the red motifs are borrowed from comic Veronica.
  • Coordinated Clothes: In flashbacks, both Jason and Cheryl were seen wearing the same colored clothing when they were together, showing that they were extremely close.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Or on Cheryl's case, corrupt the Cute and Psycho; in Season 3, she joins the Farms after Edgar and Evelyn Evernever started to pray on her vulnerabilities.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: You'd be forgiven for thinking Cheryl would perform rather poorly in a life-or-death showdown with an axe-wielding madman. You'd also be dead wrong; with her bow in hand, she single-handedly sent the town's resident Serial Killer fleeing for his life into the woods and immediately went on the hunt.
    Cheryl: I suggest you run whilst you still can. I only miss when I mean to.
  • Cultured Badass: A wealthy, sophisticated, intelligent Action Girl.
  • Cure Your Gays: After coming to terms with being a lesbian and developing a close bond with Toni Topaz, Cheryl Blossom gets sent against her will to a conversion hospital by her homophobic mother Penelope in a selfish attempt to cure her daughter of her "demons". Luckily, Cheryl is rescued by Toni and Veronica in the nick of time.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Cheryl has reddish hazel eyes matching her red hair.
  • Custom Uniform: She has two, her midriff baring cheerleading uniform and in the season two finale she receives a Southside Serpents jacket in her iconic bright red instead of the normal black.
  • Cute and Psycho: Cheryl is cute and all but she has an unstable side to her. She obviously needs loads of therapy. But considering all of the horrible stuff that's happened to her family an the fact that she grew up in such dysfunction, it's not surprising that mentally, Cheryl is a little off the rails.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: In season 2, when Cheryl started to secretly date Toni, her homophobic mother finds out and sends her off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost any line she says is just pure roast.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Very, very slowly, she's gradually turning into a friend to Archie and his friends: she's become civil with Betty and she joins Veronica and Kevin at the drive-in.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Cheryl clearly is starved for love and attention. It makes sense considering that her mother is never gives her any kind of maternal love and her father is arrogant and emotionally distant. Plus, she's a Lonely Rich Kid who doesn't have any friends and seems to be desperate to make connections with others so that she doesn't feel left out. The only person that Cheryl felt unconditionally loved her was her twin brother Jason and that's why she completely fell apart mentally and emotionally after Jason was killed
  • Drama Queen: Cheryl has a tendency to do everything as dramatically as possible. Including suicide attempts.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Is her stereotypical abrasive self about the girls in the school going through Slut-Shaming, but instantly changes her tune and sides with them when shown actual evidence that it is happening, even offering a sincere apology to Betty because her brother had done it to Polly.
    • When she learns of Polly's pregnancy with Jason's baby, she does everything in her power to help.
    • She's disgusted to learn that her mother has become a sex worker to pay for their home and their lifestyles. Cheryl becomes even more mortified when she learns that Penelope actually loves doing it and has no desire to quit despite Cheryl finally getting them out of their bad financial situation.
    • She doesn't takes it to well to learn that her ancestor, General Pickens who was celebrated as the hero who created Riverdale, was in fact a murderer who stole the land from the Utkena people. She genuinly cries in disgust. Next day, when the Southside Serpents unexpectedly protest the celebration of Pickens Day, she joins their cause.
  • Evil Is Petty: She attempted to ruin Betty and Veronica's blooming friendship in 1.01, after Veronica calls her out in cheerleader tryouts. She's also bitchy toward Betty because she believes her sister shot Jason.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a redhead, and she's not nice. Subverted as the series goes on and we see her more vulnerable and sympathetic side—and we learn that, while Cheryl's capable of being mean, she is nothing compared to her parents.
  • Evil Twin: Downplayed. Cheryl is not evil but going by the flashbacks of her twin brother Jason, who appeared to be a genuinely moral Nice Guy, Cheryl is definitely the morally ambiguous twin between the two. Plus, Cheryl has become more and more unhinged and crazy since Jason died.
  • The Fashionista: Cheryl loves fashion and always wears expensive clothing. She evolves in Action Fashionista over time.
  • Femme Fatale: Cheryl is both beautiful and vain, and has no problems using her sex appeal to get what she wants.
  • Fiery Coverup: While there was no crime to hide, Cheryl destroys Blossom mansion in an attempt to Let the Past Burn. She lies to everyone a knocked down candle by the breeze caught the curtains, and that Penelope got burnt because she tried to save her own daughter, when in reality, she ran back into the house to save a "hideous family portrait". Cheryl threatens her own mother that if she ever tells the truth, she will show everyone how her husband died.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted, for now. Her type of mean is cold and calculating. She hasn't raised her voice once, so far, not even after being told off by both Betty and Veronica.
  • Frenemy: For someone who treats the Archies like dirt, she does tend to spend a lot of time with them.
  • Freudian Excuse: With a mother like that, it's no wonder she's so bitchy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Cheryl being Cheryl Blossom, has this status in town. Her supposed best friends Ginger and Tina don't really care of her as it's more for their own statuses. Though the group (Archie , Veronica , Betty , Jughead and Kevin ) can be sympathetic and tolerant with her but it's not without usual signs of exasperation as she frequently talk dirty to them. Even her future Love Interest Toni starts bad at first with her before being friends and then more. Josie was probably an exception.
  • Girly Bruiser: Feminine, fancy clothing and ass kicking.
  • Girly Girl: Cheryl loves to be as feminine as possible; she wears make up, jewelry, accessories, shorts , high heels and very stylish clothing in general, much like Veronica Lodge.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Unlike Veronica, Cheryl displays less feminine occupations, like archery and her Nightmare Fetishist tendencies.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Bitchy, Ax-Crazy, manipulative, standoffish and entitled as she may be, Cheryl will do the right thing and is capable of feeling empathy for others.
  • Goth: Not so much in terms of clothing, but she is ice cold, macabre and has a kink for dark stuff. Her idea of celebrating a traditional Thanks Giving day in Season 4, was to invite her annoying relatives to honor her "Gothic, ghoulish roots."
  • Hair Flip: Cheryl often flips her long, curly and luscious red hair in front of others, usually as a sign of superiority. Netflix released in January 2021 , a video consisting of Cheryl flipping her "signature red mane" and officially named her "The Queen of Hair Flips"
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She alternates in nearly every episode from being a tenuous friend to the main characters (mainly Betty and Veronica) to an antagonistic rival. And then back again.
  • Hidden Depths: Cheryl is such a talented painter that she can perfectly copy other paintings.
  • Hot-Blooded: Downplayed. Cheryl can be very extravagant and overly emotional but she's much more of an Ice Queen. Although she does have a very fiery and crazy side as well.
  • Ice Queen: One of Jughead's nicknames for Cheryl is "The Ice Woman".
  • Iconic Item: Her spider brooch; it even makes several appearances in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Tries to drown herself in Sweetwater River during the finale, but the Archies come in time to save her.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She's a very good shooter. Black Hood knew it painfully.
    Cheryl : I suggest you run whilst you still can. I only miss when I mean to.
  • Jerkass: In season 1, Cheryl is very abrasive, arrogant and selfish.. however..
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, she's an Alpha Bitch who's incredibly spoiled and manipulative, but she does have plenty of Pet the Dog moments with the other characters where she comes off as someone who's redeemable and may have a hidden heart of gold underneath that ruthless, crazy and icy facade.
  • Kick the Dog: Near the end of Season One she decides to team up with Chuck to get back at Archie, Veronica, and the gang, setting up a party which ends up making Jughead miserable, embarrassing Archie with Valerie as a side effect, humiliating Betty, and even getting Jughead injured in a fight with Chuck. Made especially heinous because early on, Cheryl was shown to be horrified by the actions of Chuck and his crew when they slut shamed girls.
  • Lady in Red:
    • Is almost always seen in some form red clothing. Her nightmare in 1.05 has her in a floor-length red dress. In 1.11 she wears a red ball gown to the dance.
    • In the season 2 premiere, she shows up to the hospital dressed all in white...with one red decoration on her belt. Looks a lot like a bloodstain.
  • The Leader: She is the leader of Pretty Poisons and the President of Student Body and LGBTQIA alliance of Riverdale high-school.
  • Let the Past Burn: In 1.13, she burns the Blossom mansion in hopes of breaking from the past, as her mother protests to no effect.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Not as emphasized as Veronica, but she can be the dark to Betty's light. She's a kind of gothic Lady in Red while Betty is a sweet Girl Next Door.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Cheryl is an extremely feminine character, and is also, in her own words, “Riverdale High’s first openly lesbian Student Body President.”
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She has a Girl Posse, but no real friends. Apart from the now-deceased Jason and perhaps Nana Rose, it's debatable if there's anyone that really loves her.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She doesn't show it very often, being undeniably entitled, spoiled and manipulative but deep down Cheryl does have a heart. She's genuinely horrified to learn that not only was the football team making a game out of getting girls at school to sleep with them, but her own brother was participating. She gives Betty a sincere apology when she learns that Jason had done this to Betty's sister Polly.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She milks her brother's death for all it's worth, rules the cheer squad like her own personal fiefdom, and uses her parties to screw with relationships in order to cause chaos. This is all in the first episode, and from there her scheming only gets worse.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Lovable Alpha Bitch that she is, Cheryl usually attacks with her words and wit, generally staying away from physical violence, but she’s also a very talented archer and will use it to defend herself and her loved ones.
  • Mood-Swinger: She has a habit of switching between cheerfully pleasant and Tranquil Fury.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cheryl Blossom is a very offering view from aesthetic points of view.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: Cheryl does this with Jason's corpse.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Not huge but clearly her reaction after she basically accused Polly of being a crazy ex-girlfriend who may well have killed Jason out of jealousy. Cheryl is rocked to discover Jason used Polly to gain points for the football team's "book" of conquests and apologizes to Betty for her actions.
  • The Nicknamer: Cheryl has a habit of referring people by anything but their names, sometimes is malicious, sometimes is an Insult of Endearment. Jughead and Betty are "hobo and the wife of hobo". Toni is "Cha cha", Archie and Jughead are "Bert and Ernie" and so on.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: One of the most iconic things about Cheryl is her love for disturbing kinks. Dressing up as Carrie White just to scare the shit out of her mother, or keeping in her house and talking to the corpse of her dead brother, are just two of the many nightmarish things that Cheryl can do.
  • No Bisexuals: She was a closeted lesbian who kissed Archie and dated Nick. After coming out, she considers herself "lesbian" and yet still harbors a pseudo-incestuous obsession with her dead twin brother Jason.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: In earlier seasons, on a moment of vulnerability, Cheryl confesses to Toni that people consider her a loveless monster, and it clearly pains her that she is seen like this.
  • Not So Above It All: After discovering evidence that proves Jason was using Polly, she genuinely apologizes to Betty for what Jason did.
  • Not So Different: With Betty despite at first they seems to have juste a bully/bullied dynamic Both live in a dysfunctional family endorsing frequent Parent Abuse. They had a sibling (Polly for Betty and Jason for Cheryl) who have a relationship they disapprove and suffered of their sibing's disappearance. Even personality-wise, though Cheryl seems more edgier at first, both have Cute But Psycho tendencies.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Not that Cheryl is mentally stable, but sometimes she will exaggerate her instability or play up her Nightmare Fetishist tendencies just to scare off or intimidate people. In the first season, when the students had to dissect a frog in the biology class, Cheryl noticed that some classmates were looking at her and deliberately stabbed the frog only to get a scared reaction from them.
  • Only Friend: When you actually look at her life, she doesn't have many people (if any) who genuinely love her. Jason's dead, so he can't count, her mom is emotionally (and occasionally physically) abusive, her father is dismissive of her, and her social group is compromised primarily of people who just want to get on her good side. It's implied she doesn't have many, if any, friends when she (1) is only comforted by Veronica after her breakdown in 1.02, and (2) invites Veronica to a 'sleepover' and Veronica is the only one there. That sets up for a variant of this trope, as Veronica seems to be the only person who does not only put up with her, but understands her. While they may not actually consider each other friends yet, Veronica is 100% the closest thing Cheryl has to one. In fact, Veronica is the only person Cheryl says an official 'goodbye' to before attempting suicide.
  • The Ophelia: After Jason's death she has become more and more mentally unhinged, sleeping in Jason's bed and showing up to deliver Jason's eulogy while gliding down the aisle with a glazed expression in the same white dress she wore at Sweet Water on the Fourth of July for examples. And then she tries to drown herself, and lets herself be carried away by the river, just like the Trope Namer.
  • Panty Shots: Ho boy, not that she is the only victim, but Cheryl takes the cake by intentionally revealing her panties. Two rather infamous examples, are when she and her squad were cheerleading during a football match between the Bulldogs and Stonewall Prep, being the only one who lifted her skirt, while shouting "hello daddy, hello mom". The other time being during the Heathers musical, where again, she lifted her leg so high that everyone saw her red panties.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Cheryl will insult and "Go-and-fuck-yourself' anyone without any remorse, with a sweet friendly voice and prettiest smile ever.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Offers Betty a sincere apology when she discovers that the Slut-Shaming that the football team has been doing is something that Jason did to Betty's sister. Bear in mind that she suspected Polly of being responsible for Jason's death and has found no evidence that proves her wrong.
    • She also convinces Josie to meet with Archie about his music after he vouches for her and confirms her gunshot story.
    • She also warns Polly to not accept her parents' help when she realizes that they would force Polly out of her baby's life.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Archer skills aside, she is the most Genre Savvy character next to Jughead, and seems to have more knowledge of pop cinematic culture even than him. She is walking fountain of Shout Outs with all her anime, comic, books, movies and music references.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Averted—Cheryl loves to use her brains especially for schemes, has a 4.0 GPA and runs her own business.
  • Proud Beauty: "You can't discriminate against someone because they are better looking than you"".
  • Rebellious Spirit: Cheryl in a nutshell. This girl just won't stop until things go her way. Mister Haney tries to stop Cheryl, but he usually fails. She locked a teacher in their office because she didn’t want to be taught anything in a school club, put a bee hive in his desk and tried to seduce him because he wouldn’t let them do a musical about a botched sex change. Then she was pissed that she was banned from prom.
  • Red Is Heroic: Wears red and is an affirmed Action Girl, but God, she is the biggest asshole on the good guys side.
  • Reformed Bully: Part of her Character Development was to stop being an Alpha Bitch and malicious, especially to Betty. Now she is the resident Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: At the end of the first season, Cheryl becomes humbled enough that she eventually apologizes to Jughead for how she mistreated him and even makes up with the Archie gang, seemingly for good. However, that doesn't stop her from still doing downright insane and dangerous things like setting her entire mansion on fire and burning it to the ground as her mother screams at her on the side.
  • Related in the Adaptation: It's revealed in 1.12 that her ancestors and the Cooper's were brothers, Thus making her and Jason distant cousins with Betty and Polly.
  • Rich Bitch: Her family is one of the wealthiest in Riverdale, and she flaunts it at every opportunity, from taking over school dances to holding lavish parties in her mansion and then forcing her guests to cater to her every whim.
  • Sanity Slippage: She appears to be undergoing this at the end of the season as she has possession of Jason's body.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Cheryl likes to drop some ten-dollar words into casual conversations now and again.
  • She's Got Legs: She does indeed and she exposes them by wearing short shorts or very short skirts. She also wears high heels to make them appear longer.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Cheryl drastically changed her physical appearance over the years. As a teen, she would wear all those short, fashionable clothes, red lipstick and wavy long hair, signifying her confidence in her physical beauty and air of superiority, but also what a dynamic and lively person she used to be. The Cheryl Toni return to is a completely changed person, who transformed into this lonely, dignified Proper Lady, with an air of tragedy around her, who doesn't really pay that much attention to the way she looks. Cheryl wears similar clothing to her mother now, with a touch of Elsa. She doesn't style her hair anymore, wear make up, and her big red mane had lost all of its shine, just as the glamorous redheaded bombshell had fade away over the years. The biggest change is that Cheryl doesn't uses anymore her signature red lipstick.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: On the surface, Cheryl is The Ace, a very confident sassy Rich Bitch and very beautiful. On the inside, she is a Broken Bird with a fragile mental stability that snaps several times.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Right during Graduation Day, Cheryl breaks up with Toni because she feels unworthy after what her ancestors did to the Utkena and Toni's family. Overtime, Cheryl comes to genuinly believe that anyone she loves will die if they stay around her, so she isolates herself for 7 years in Thornhill. Toni begs Cheryl to rekindle their relationship, but Cheryl refuses in order to keep Toni safe from her family curse, and is implied that also from Hiram Lodge.
  • Stepford Smiler: At first she seems to just be playing the grieving sister act for leverage at school and otherwise acts like her average, bitchy self. Come 1.02 where she realizes that Jason is really dead, and she breaks down in tears.
  • Stepford Snarker: Cheryl’s harsh words and snappy insults just barely cover up what a sad, damaged girl she truly is.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: She's a very skilled archer, as the Black Hood finds out. When she becomes a Serpent the bow and arrow becomes her Weapon of Choice.
  • Stripperific: Most of her wardrobe is ridiculously revealing. She often wears semi-transparent blouses over tank top or just a bra, combined with skirts or shorts. At school, no less.
  • Talking to the Dead: Cheryl, being Cheryl, takes this to whole another level. She brings back her brother's dead body in Thistlehouse's chapel and talks to him as he if was still alive. For the first half of season 4 she would walk every morning to greet him, talk to him and even ask Jason's corpse what to wear. Poor Toni could only go along and watch in awe. Deconstructed case tough, as it's just Cheryl's copying mechanism after all she went through.
  • Thicker Than Water: Cheryl had a very deep and strong relationship with her twin brother Jason and she would've done anything for him simply because he's her twin brother and they are blood. Plus, it also helps that Jason was the one person who loved Cheryl unconditionally in her family unlike her Abusive Parents who didn't show any kind of love towards her.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: She's the trope image for a reason. Lets Archie know that with her nothing's off limits...
    Cheryl: [coyly] Except for my body.
    • After coming out as a lesbian in Season Three, it can safely be assumed that Cheryl is officially out of the running.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Cheryl can anytime compete with Betty for who is the most traumatized character of the show. Since her birth, Cheryl was threated with disdain by her own parents, who were favorizing Jason, and called nightmare child by her mother all the time. She never had real any friends since she was young, and the only one she had was banished by her homophobic mother because Cheryl was starting to develop romantic feelings for a girl. No wonder Cheryl turned into an Alpha Bitch and a Boomerang Bigot. And this is before the show even started.
    • The premise of the Season 1, starts with Jason's mysterious death, Cheryl comes to believe that Polly shot him dead, gets threaten with being killed by Betty for asking questions about Polly. In the night of the Pep Rally, Cheryl raced off the stage crying after hallucinating seeing Jason instead of Archie. She learns from Betty that her own father killed Jason because his son discovered that Clifford was trafficking heroine into Riverdale. With she was about to confront him Cheryl finds Clifford hanging himself in the barn. Her inability to cope with Jason's murder and her father's death, everything culminated with Cheryl trying to kill herself in the Sweetwater River, at the place where her family tragedy began.
    • In Season 2, Cheryl is threatened and blackmailed by Betty with wide releasing the footage of Jason's death if she doesn't give a testimony in favor of FP Jones. She attends So Dale Gala, where Nick St. Clair druggs her by slipping a pill into her drink and tried to rape her, and even worse, her own mother pressured Cheryl to drop the accusations against Nick as 'she' is the one who provoked him. Next, she learns that her ancestor is not that heroic, General Pickens stole land from the Uktena and killed hundreds of them for "a bunch of maple trees". By far her worst experience this season is being send off to Sisters of Quiet Mercy by her own mother, for being a lesbian. Cheryl was signed up for conversion therapy in an attempt to change her sexual orientation against her will, she was drugged, abused, forced to watch anti-LGBT+ videos and participate in manual labor. Thankfully she is saved by Toni Topaz.
    • In Season 3, she tries to find some peace at the Farm, a cult which was secretly killing people and harvesting their organs. They use Jason's corpse to trick Cheryl into thinking their treatment is working. In season 4, she is secretly gaslighted by her own mother who makes Cheryl believe she is seeing ghosts. Nana's Rose story about Cheryl absorbing Julian in her mother's womb and his spirit returning for revenge doesn't helps either. In order to cope with all the crap that has happened to her since Jason's death, Cheryl brought back her brother's dead body in Thistlehouse's chapel and talks to him as if he was still alive.
      • In 4x08, brings to light how hard was for Cheryl to go trough all of this stuff.
      Mrs. Burble: Speaking of the last few years. Have you ever spoken to a professional about everything you've been through, your mother's abuse, your brother's murder, your father's suicide, your time in conversion therapy and an organ harvesting cult. Your near-death experience at Sweetwater river-
      Cheryl: That was an accident.
      Mrs. Burble: It would be okay if you told me it wasn't. Cheryl, you've endured lifetimes of trauma. I can't imagine going through a single one, much less all. And as a teenager? Unimaginable. You are remarkably resilient it must exhausting.
  • Twincest: The aesthetic of twincest is played with a lot. In the opening scene (their Establishing Character Moment) Cheryl and Jason are framed like a couple: Wearing coordinated clothes, holding hands, going on what looks like a Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date, all with a love song paying. Later, there are continued alludes to this. Cheryl once describes Jason as her "soulmate". They are seen in a flashback Sweetheart Sipping. After losing him, Cheryl is referred to as a "Red Widow". There also shades of twincest in Cheryl's interest in Archie, because Archie resembles Jason so much. (It doesn't help that the Blossom parents are on board with, this while also treating Archie like a stand-in for Jason.) Twincest is mentioned by name by Veronica in 1.10. But subverted as it seems that Jason was not with Cheryl: He was very much with Polly, and determined to be her even at a high cost. Madelaine Putsch has said that their relationship was overly close, but not romantic. Cheryl's parents are horrible, and she doesn't have any true friends—Jason was the only person who ever really loved her, so the slightly obsessive nature of their relationship stems from there.
    Madelaine Petsch : On the set we call it twincest. There is... we do play on that just a hair. He's the only person that ever understood her and loved her unconditionally, and so she's never had that love before, so she doesn't know how to feel about it. So it's a lot of different emotions she's trying to figure out. She's never had a boyfriend before, so this is just like her person.
  • The Unapologetic: Cheryl can be incredibly harsh and mean spirited and in the beginning of the series refuses to apologize for it, even outright faking an apology to Betty for her bullying in an attempt to manipulate her. A huge part of her character development is about her growing out of this, starting with sincerely apologizing to Betty on Jason’s behalf if he had hurt Polly.
  • The Unfavorite: While Jason is treated like a saint by the two, Cheryl's parents are incredibly dismissive and harsh with Cheryl. Of course, it becomes suspect just how well Clifford Blossom actually treated his son in life once it's revealed that Clifford shot him for threatening to expose his illegal business practices.
  • Uptown Girl: Has this dynamic with Toni Topaz. She is a beautiful red-head that comes from upper class Blossom Family, Toni is a girl with humble roots from the South Side.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes / Villainous Crush: Downplayed. In Season One Cheryl sometimes flirted with Archie and even kissed him in 1x10 after coming to see him as the last good person in Riverdale, but she also frequently treated Archie like absolute dirt, manipulating and insulting him just as she does most of her peers. It’s heavily implied that while Cheryl held some genuine affection and gratitude for Archie (thanks to his kindness and his standing up for her), it was her parents who pushed her to attempt to start a relationship with Archie- as they wanted him to replace Jason as their heir. With Cheryl coming out as a lesbian in Season Three, it has been theorized that part of Cheryl wanted to “force” herself to date Archie so as to further suppress her sexuality and please her homophobic parents as well as feel closer to her dead twin brother who Archie reminds her of.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Downplayed in 2x22, she's ready to shoot on Penny if she don't release Toni and played straight in 3x22 when she attacks mens of the Farm to allow Toni to run away.
    Cheryl: Get your hands off my girlfriend.
  • White Sheep: It may not seem, but her family, sans Nana Rose, is so Ax-Crazy, that Cheryl really comes out as a nice person by comparison.
  • Wild Card: Cheryl is only truly loyal to Cheryl (and Jason, and later Toni). Fickle and self-serving at best, dangerously unstable at worst, Cheryl can be almost anyone's ally or enemy at any given time, depending on what's best for her, if she feels wronged or simply because it amuses her to be. Jughead explicitly calls her a "loose cannon".
  • Yandere: When Cheryl discovered that Chuck Clayton had feelings for Josie, due to Chuck's past with women and Cheryl being jealous, she did everything in her power to prevent Josie from getting close to Chuck, as she wanted Josie all to herself. In order to do that, she needed to set Chuck up, which involved her using a pig's heart to scare Josie. With Chuck's history, this made the task easier for Cheryl to paint a menacing picture of him to Josie.
    • She let go entirely of this side of her by the time she entered in an official relationship with Toni Topaz.

    Toni Topaz 

Antoinette "Toni" Topaz

Played by: Vanessa Morgan

A student of Southside High and a junior member of the Southside Serpents.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Her comics counterpart was merely a rival to Jughead’s eating contest crown, a far cry from her personality on the show.
  • Alliterative Name: Subverted. Whilst she goes by Toni, it’s a nickname and her full name is Antoinette.
  • All Lesbians Want Kids: Toni is pregnant in season 5 with a mysterious man, but still wants to repair her relationship with Cheryl and raise her unborn child with her.
  • Ascended Extra: Barely makes any appearance in the comics, but in the show, she becomes a recurring character and the love interest to one of the main characters. In Season 5, she is officially upgraded to a main character status.
    Toni to Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead: I'll leave you guys to it, then.
    Archie: No, you're as much a part of this as any of us.
  • Badass Boast: "Now listen up, worm, because I'm only gonna say this once. You don't know me. But I know you. And I know exactly what you did to my girlfriend Cheryl Blossom and what you've probably done to a lot of other innocent young women. You will never step foot in Riverdale again. You will not so much as even think about Cheryl Blossom. And you will never assault another woman because, if you do, I will let the whole world see what was done to you. I will ruin you." Antoinette Topaz to Nick St. Clair.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Some of her shirts are kind of short to wear at school.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Sure, Toni is considerate and kind, but she will tell anyone off, and is capable to even kill a man to protect Cheryl.
  • Betty and Veronica: Briefly played the Veronica to Betty's Betty for Jughead's Archie.
  • The Cheerleader: Shortly after being transferred to Riverdale High, she joins the Riverdale Vixens, in part to be closer to Cheryl.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being associated with a morally-dubious group like the Southside Serpents, and has a tendency to wear mostly black, Toni is one of the nicest and most noble characters in the show and will fight even Cheryl from doing immoral things.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Or in her case, dating what grandma hates. She had to lie to Cheryl that her family, namely her grandmother, doesn't want them together for religious reasons. In reality, it was because they hate the Blossoms for stealing away from the natives and their heinous acts. Toni tries to convince her nana that Cheryl is nothing like her ancestors, but it was with mixed results.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is constantly sarcastic and quick witted, especially when describing the state of Southside high school. She could rival Jughead himself in this regard.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic version with Sweet Pea. Toni is the shortest member of the cast, and the show seems to love emphasizing how big their height gap is.
  • In Name Only: Comic Toni wears only pink, has short pink hair, is tough and somewhat tomboy, and a Big Eater, but has so little characterisation that she is just a Flat Character. Show Toni: compassionate, intelligent, mature, kind, passionate about journalism and has a strong sense of justice and humor, wears mostly dark and has long pink hair.
  • The Leader: After graduating and returning to Riverdale, the remaining Serpents named Toni the Serpent Queen.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Toni is the main reason why Cheryl didn't went completely nutso, with everything the redhead had to put up her whole life. Cheryl even calls Toni her "emotional support" in front of her mother.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Toni was Satellite Love Interest to Cheryl for most of the series, as she appeared in the life of this Byronic Heroine when she was at her lowest, dragging Cheryl out of her hellish life, dedicating most of her time trying to keep her girlfriend on the surface and making Cheryl overall a better person. When Toni went for the college and returned 7 years later into Riverdale, she finds Cheryl in a worse state of mind than when she met her.
  • Morality Chain: For Cheryl. At times, Cheryl’s love and respect for Toni (as well as Toni calling her out for her more catty and self-absorbed actions) are the only thing reining in the former’s more unpleasant and chaotic tendencies.
  • Mr. Exposition: Toni spends most of the episode 5x04 explaining to Archie what changed in Riverdale in the 7 years timeskip. She explained how she broke up with Cheryl, how Hiram destroyed Riverdale over the years for his illegal activities, and she walks him trough the city to show Archie how the town turned into Wretched Hive.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Toni is attractive, often wearing short skirts, very revealing ripped jeans or blouses.
  • Nice Girl: She is patient, friendly and mature. It's her kindness, as well as being the voice of reason that restrains Cheryl from being Cheryl the Nightmare Child.
  • Opposites Attract: Toni Topaz- Grew up in poverty, frequently homeless, considerate and empathetic to all despite her Deadpan Snarker tendencies. Cheryl Blossom- Grew up in extreme wealth, lives in a mansion after burning her original (also a mansion) house down, chaotic and abrasive, though with a Hidden Heart of Gold. They’re dating.
  • Pregnant Badass: Is several months pregnant and is running the Serpents, a guidance counselor for Riverdale High and fighting to keep what’s left of Riverdale from Hiram.
  • Pink Is Feminine: She has mostly pink hair, and is an all around Nice Girl.
  • Rape as Backstory: Season 4 Episode 12 reveals that she is a survivor of sexual assault.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has the longest hair that goes down to her hips.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Pink Hair, even if dyed? Checked. Nice and compassionate? Checked. Loyal to a fault? Checked. Morality Pet? Checked.
  • Satellite Character: Her only storylines consist to her relationship with Cheryl (or just of Cheryl) and to be in a group (Southside Serpents or Pretty Poisons or The Farm). Finally subverted starting with season 5 with the revealing of Toni's family and showing some interactions with her grandmother, and then, after the time skip, interacting with Archie alone, which never happened before, and having her own subplot.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Toni wears snake-themed jewels, is part of the Southside Serpents, and is all around a very attractive young lady.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black with some Native American ancestry and is a bisexual girl.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light pink highlights in her hair.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: To the point where she even kills a man to defend Cheryl.
  • Women Are Wiser: She is often the voice of reason when the other Serpents are about to do something reckless.

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