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     Archie Andrews 

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:
    Veronica: You play football too? What don't you do?
  • 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. Jughead even compared Archie to being a Super Hero, referring to him as "Pureheart The Powerful".
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the Comics 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: Comic book 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. Its 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.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Whilst in both the Comic’s and the show are both innocent Nice Guy who's The Hero, in the Comics Archie is something of a Cool Loser, being nerdier and socially awkward. Plus he's very much The Klutz. In the Show is more of a Mr. Fanservice who is much more confident and athletic than his comic book counterpart.
  • Adorkable: Despite the fact that Archie is a Big Man on Campus who is also a Chick Magnet, he can also be very awkward but endearing, especially when it comes to his interactions with girls.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 the Season 1 and into Season 2 especially with his father being unexpectedly shot by the Black Hood, Archie is showing signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Batter Up!: In the Season 2 premiere, Archie decides to use 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.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Archie is a Nice Guy, but that doesn't mean he's any pushover either.
  • 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: Archie is slowly starting 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 naive personality. After The Black Hood unexpectedly shot his father, Archie has started to suffer negative changes to his personality. He's beginning to spiral out of control emotionally and is currently walking down a darker and more dangerous path. Archie is starting to take drugs as well as handle dangerous weapons like a gun, things that are considered to be abnormal behavior for Archie. In many ways, The Black Hood is indirectly corrupting Archie because of the chaos he's causing in Riverdale.
  • 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, charismatic and Adorkable at times (especially in his interactions with girls). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 centred around him, his story and his journey.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.: 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.
  • 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: As easy going as he is, Archie can be very passionate, impulsive and reckless at times. He has a habit of jumping into things without thinking them through or thinking about the consequences.
  • Hunk: Archie's features are that of a Pretty Boy, but a lot of attention is given to his athleticism.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 mysterious gunman 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.
  • 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 original counterpart in the comics, 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.
  • 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.
  • The Protagonist: Although Riverdale is essentially an ensemble cast that focuses on many characters, the story generally centres on Archie and how the other characters affect Archie's life. It comes with being The Face of the Archie Comics franchise.
  • 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 is bringing trouble to Riverdale. Archie is even willing to use first a bat and then a gun to use against the man for protection shall he come face to face with him. It's evident that Archie's trauma and PTSD is manifesting into 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 handholding 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 he's so far been shown to be terrible at defending himself in a fight seeing how Reggie knocked him out with a single blow and a Southside Serpent was able to easily take him down and almost maim him.
  • Submissive Badass: Extremely non-confrontational, openly dislikes violence or disagreement in general. He’s also perfectly willing to walk into a den of potential murderers to help his father, and continues to punch through a sheet of solid ice, even after breaking his wrist, to save Cheryl.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He had sexual relations with Ms. Grundy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During the beginning of Season 2, Archie becomes less and less of the Nice Guy he is. Getting consumed with vengeance against the Black Hood, and letting his rage get out of his control becoming more of an Anti-Hero. He's already showing negative changes to his personality such as taking drugs, acting emotionally distant from his loved ones, and using weapons. Granted, the negative change in Archie's personality is justified since it's apparent that Archie has some serious trauma and is suffering from PTSD.
  • "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.
  • 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.

     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.

  • 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. Even Betty refers to herself as the perfect daughter who does everything right.
  • 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: 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, in show Betty 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. Comics Betty was super sweet and the epitome of a Nice Girl. However, show 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: 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.
  • Adorkable: She gets very excited each time she figures out a new clue. When she’s confessing to Veronica about Jughead kissing her the day before, her giddiness is both very dorky and very cute.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Talking shit about her sister is a big no-no.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Girl Next Door: Her bedroom window looks literally into Archie's.
  • Girly Girl: Despite being the Girl Next Door, Betty is very girly and feminine. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The light to Veronica's dark. She's a sweet Girl Next Door while Veronica is an edgy Fallen Princess.
  • 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.
  • 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 Pet: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jerkass: Season 2 opened the door for a more cruel al cold Betty Cooper for sure.
    Betty: And I'm telling you, to help FP, or...
    Cheryl: Or what?
    Betty: Or I wide release the video of your father shooting Jason.
    Cheryl: *Shocked*
  • Wrench Wench: We see her help her dad fix a car. Like her comic book counterpart, she appears to be a competent mechanic.

    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 Nice Guy: In the comics, Veronica is a mega Alpha Bitch and Rich Bitch, though she has plenty of Pet the Dog moments. In the TV show, Veronica is a reformed Alpha Bitch who's become a Nice Girl.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Veronica's personality in the comics bounced between being genuinely friendly, if not a bit snobby, and a full-out Rich Bitch. Here, she's a Nice Girl with a past of being a Rich Bitch like Cheryl.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Her mother sometimes calls her "mija," which is a Spanish affectionate term for "my daughter."
    • Her friends, especially Betty and Archie, call her Ronnie, Ron or V.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 teenaged girl who tends to wear attractive outfits that highlight her slender yet voluptuous body and show off her long shapely legs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Race Lift: This interpretation of Veronica is Latina, unlike her counterpart in the comics.
  • 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.
  • She's Got Legs: She does indeed and likes to show them off.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • 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.
  • 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 Girl 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.
  • 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 former best friend and the series's Narrator, who is investigating Jason Blossom's murder as part of a True Crime novel 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, here he's more conventionally handsome if looking a little grumpy and weary.
  • 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: Comics Jughead was more of the Plucky Comic Relief, but is far more serious here.
  • Adorkable: Jughead can be very endearingly awkward, most apparent where Betty and his feelings for her are concerned.
  • 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. It's subverted because his actual name is Forsythe Jones.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Veronica have this dynamic as of season 2.
  • Beta Couple: Strongly 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: By the way he speaks about Jellybean, he seems very fond and protective of his ten-year-old sister.
  • 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.
  • Childhood Friend: With Archie. Also with Betty, too, but less prominently.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Betty
  • 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.
  • 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 centre 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.
  • Gray Eyes: Jughead has greenish grey eyes, which highlight his resilience, determination and intense, introverted personality.
  • 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.
  • Most Writers Are Male: Jughead is a writer and is currently writing his very own True Crime novel about the town of Riverdale. He's commonly seen typing his novel on his laptop.
  • 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.
  • The Narrator: The show is told from his POV with narration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 recently 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
Played by: Madelaine Petsch
I'm Cheryl Blossom, a.k.a. Cheryl Bombshell, which means I need no reasons. I simply am. Feel free to tremble.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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, and displays some symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bi the Way: Confirmed by Madelaine Petsch herself. And now in the show; she confesses to Toni that she was in love with her (female) middle school best friend. And she hooked up with Toni, yay!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cheryl can put on a sweet, nice and friendly facade but underneath that facade is someone who's a major Alpha Bitch and can be extremely bitchy and catty.
  • 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.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Cheryl is probably the best example of a bratty teenage daughter on this show. Understandable considering that she's a Spoiled Brat and a Rich Bitch who gets everything that she wants. Plus, she also has Abusive Parents so her brattiness is completely warranted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordinated Clothes: In flashbacks, both Jason and Cheryl were seen wearing the same coloured clothing when they were together, showing that they were extremely close.
  • 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 boy, does she ever had an unstable side to her. She obviously needs loads of therapy. But considering all of the horrible stuff that's happened to her family an the fact that she grew up in such dysfunction, it's not surprising that mentally, Cheryl is a little off the rails.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Tries to drown herself in Sweetwater River during the finale, but the Archies come in time to save her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, she's an Alpha Bitch who's incredibly spoiled and manipulative, but she does have plenty of Pet the Dog moments with the other characters where she comes off as someone who's redeemable and may have a hidden heart of gold underneath that ruthless, crazy and icy facade.
  • Lady in Red: Is almost always seen in some form red clothing. Her nightmare in 1.05 has her in a floor-length red dress. In 1.11 she wears a red ball gown to the dance.
  • Let 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.
  • 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.
  • Mood-Swinger: She has a habit of switching between cheerfully pleasant and Tranquil Fury.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: After discovering evidence that proves Jason was using Polly, she genuinely apologizes to Betty for what Jason did.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: At the end of the first season, Cheryl becomes humbled enough that she eventually apologizes to Jughead for how she mistreated him and even makes up with the Archie gang, seemingly for good. However, that doesn't stop her from still doing downright insane and dangerous things like setting her entire mansion on fire and burning it to the ground as her mother screams at her on the side.
  • Related in the Adaptation: It's revealed in 1.12 that her ancestors and the Cooper's were brothers, Thus making her and Jason distant cousins with Betty and Polly.
  • Rich Bitch: Her family is one of the wealthiest in Riverdale, and she flaunts it at every opportunity, from taking over school dances to holding lavish parties in her mansion and then forcing her guests to cater to her every whim.
  • She's Got Legs: She does indeed and she exposes them by wearing short shorts or very short skirts. She also wears high heels to make them appear longer.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Like Veronica and Betty, Cheryl develops a minor attraction to Archie partially because he has a strong physical resemblance to her late brother, but also because he's a goodhearted, kind and noble person who's willing to see the good in others. She even ends up kissing him because he was willing to see past her Ice Queen facade.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She eventually decides to team up with Chuck to get back at Archie, Veronica, and the gang, setting up a party which ends up making Jughead miserable, embarrassing Archie with Valerie as a side effect, humiliating Betty, and even getting Jughead injured in a fight with Chuck. Made especially heinous because early on, Cheryl was shown to be horrified by the actions of Chuck and his crew when they slut shamed girls.
  • Twincest: 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 loosing 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 Unfavorite: While Jason is treated like a saint by the two, Cheryl's parents are incredibly dismissive and harsh with Cheryl.
    • Of course, it becomes suspect just how well Clifford and Penelope Blossom actually treated their son in life Once it's revealed that his father shot him for threatening to expose his illegal business practices.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Downplayed. Cheryl has a minor attraction to Archie and has even flirted with him and kissed him once. But she's also willing to treat him like dirt and throw him to the wolves for her own benefit.
  • Villainous Crush: Cheryl has a minor attraction or crush to Archie, but much of her attraction to him is because he reminds her of her beloved later twin brother Jason and the fact that'e a genuinely Nice Guy.
  • Woman in White: Cheryl frequently wears red but she's also seen wearing a lot of white clothing. Sometimes she wears both red and white colors together.