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Riverdale is a 2017 CW series, inspired by the characters from Archie Comics.


Tropes used in Riverdale include:
  • Abusive Parents: Marty Mantle, Penelope Blossom, Alice Cooper, Clifford Blossom, FP Jones
  • Adaptational Heroism: Not that Veronica was ever an outright villain in the comics or other adaptations but she had a lot of Spoiled Brat moments and could readily step into the role of the Alpha Bitch and/or grab the Jerkass Ball if the script called for it. Here, Veronica is a reformed bully who is arguably a more objectively heroic person than Betty.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Cheryl Blossom later discovers that she's into women. Also Moose Mason comes out over the course of the series. Jughead, who has been canonised asexual by one writer in the 2015 New Riverdale series, and has been coded aromantic by audiences throughout the comics' history, has a girlfriend with whom he has both a romantic and sexual relationship on the show.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Miss Grundy never put in appearance on the show. The woman preying on Archie stole the identity of the real, and deceased, Grundy to hide from her abusive ex-husband.
    • Played with re: Chic, Betty's brother. He appears in the second season but he's soon revealed to be an imposter who knew the real Chic but the show is deliberately ambiguous on whether or not the real Chic is still alive. Season 3 reveals that he is.
  • Adults Are Useless: Most of the parents contribute to making life harder for the kids, if they're not outright trying to murder them!
  • Aerith and Bob: Archie, Betty, Toni... Dilton, Forsythe, Fangs, Hiram. Juniper and Dagwood.
  • Alliterative Name: Archie Andrews, Toni Topaz, Tabitha Tate, Fangs Fogarty, Chuck Clayton, Dilton Doiley, Moose Mason, Kevin Keller, Jughead Jones, Jellybean Jones.
    • Also for the adults: Darryl Doiley, Marty Mantle, Myles McCoy.
      • And some of the adults' maiden names: Sierra Samuels, Mary Maiden.
  • Anachronism Stew: There are smartphones and high speed internet but hospitals are still decorated as they were in The Fifties.
  • Badass Biker: FP Jones, season 2—onwards
  • Become Their Own Antithesis: The girls in The Midnight Club:
    • Sierra Samuels is an activist and comments that being Mayor of Riverdale sounds like "a terrible job". Cue Sierra introduced in the pilot as the perception-curating Mayor.
    • Penelope Blossom was once an independent Teacher's Pet before she consented to being a Trophy Wife. Then she went back on that and became a Machiavellian schemer.
    • Alice Cooper is a Former Teen Rebel. Her dress sense alone gives away how much she's changed. She was once a proud Southsider but now spits on that heritage.
    • Hermione Lodge, the Lady MacBeth expy, was once Hermione Gomez, a meek, helpful, Catholic schoolgirl.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The titular ladies of course, with Betty as the Betty and Veronica the Veronica to Archie's Archie, although this is played with as the love triangle is only minimally touched upon at the beginning of the series, where its comic counterpart is the driving narrative force. It returns in Season 4b.
    • Jughead as the Betty and Archie as the Veronica to Betty's Archie.
    • Betty as the Betty and Toni as the Veronica to Jughead's Archie.
    • Archie as the Betty and Reggie as the Veronica to Veronica's Archie.
  • Bi the Way: Toni Topaz, Moose Mason, Fangs Fogarty.
  • Biker Babe: Toni Topaz.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Charles, Chic, Hal... yup all that's all of them, and they're all evil.
  • Broken Pedestal: It was already cracking and teetering, but the Season 2 finale sees Veronica finally lose any faith in her father; although she goes right back to defending him in Season 3 and onwards
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Betty, Veronica (black; most often, though insert practically any of the rest of the female characters) and Cheryl. Also their corresponding mothers: Alice, Hermione and Penelope, or Archie's mother, Mary, for the latter.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Archie and Betty
  • Childhood Friends: Archie with Betty and Jughead
  • The Church: In Season 5 Penelope Blossom comes back from prison with 'faith' and starts a make-shift religion of sorts she calls the 'Ministry'
  • Cult Colony: The Farm
  • Darker and Edgier: Oh gods yes.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Jason Blossom.
    • Dilton Doiley. His father Darryl Doiley was revealed to have been murdered after high school by Penelope Blossom
    • Midge Klump.
    • Mrs. Grundy. The real one AND her imposter.
    • Hal Cooper. AKA The Black Hood
    • Fred Andrews.
    • Clifford Blossom.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kevin Keller, Toni Topaz, Reggie Mantle and Josie McCoy. Of the parents: Hermione Lodge, Fred Andrews, Alice Cooper, FP Jones
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Alice Cooper is rather unimpressed that the Black Hood, Hal Cooper, started out because, at the end of the day, he's just a Momma's Boy.
  • Driving Question:
    • In Season 1, who shot Jason Blossom? Clifford Blossom.
    • In Season 2, who's the Black Hood? Hal Cooper.
    • In Season 3, who, or what, is the Gargoyle King? Chic, orchestrated by Penelope Blossom.
  • Enemies to Lovers: Reggie and Veronica. Toni and Cheryl.
  • Entitled to Have You: Cheryl's relationship with Toni wasn't always this but as Cheryl's Sanity Slippage kept going, this trope wasn't far behind.
  • Fake Dating: Archie and Betty.
  • Family Business: Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. In Pop's family for a long time and in Season 5, his granddaughter Tabitha Tate becomes the new owner, continuing the tradition.
  • Femme Fatale: Penelope Blossom, Hermione Lodge.
  • Fille Fatale: Veronica, Betty and Cheryl.
  • Foreshadowing: Clifford Blossom doesn't really seem to react to Jason's corpse does he?
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Alice Cooper calls out the Black Hood, Hal Cooper, on this. For all his talk of cleansing the town of sin, murder is a sin (and indeed, a worse one than any of the "sinners" he's killed). Even his reasoning for shooting Fred Andrews, being an adulterer, is a hollow one. Because Hal is also an adulterer.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang
  • High School Dance: The Pilot.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Mrs. Grundy.
  • Hypocrite: Hal Cooper is very much this. Despite his obsession with punishing sinners, he's guilty of far worse offences than any of the people he kills, such as trying to get his grandchildren aborted without the mother's consent, adultery, emotional abuse and outright murder.
  • I Am a Monster: Archie says this about his vigilante actions, a reaction to the death of his father
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: “I need you with me. I need Betty Cooper” — Archie
  • In the Blood: The Black Hood claims that "darkness" runs in his family and that he passed it on to his daughter: Betty Cooper.
  • Informed Attribute: The Lodge family's Latin American heritage never hugely comes up. While they have some Gratuitous Spanish every now and then, they more neatly slide into Italian American stereotypes.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Cheryl - why not! Sidenote: do any of these people actually attend class?
  • Kissing Cousins: Jason and Polly. They were third cousins.
  • Knight Templar: The Black Hood to Judge Claude Frollo levels.
  • Love Triangle: Veronica, Reggie and Archie.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • Polly carrying twins. It could be genetic or that Romani ritual could have done something.
    • "Tales from the Darkside" leans into this regarding Greendale. That crate could have been carrying drugs but it's locked in chains and has rather Lovecraftian writing on its sides. And then there's the deer. Magic would be established as existing in Greendale, but everything that happened to Archie and Jughead can be explained away through perfectly ordinary means.
    • The Gargoyle King. But this one's Mundane.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Every male character, parents included. The guys usually have multiple Shirtless Scenes. Kevin lampshades this in the Season 2 finale.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Practically every female character, including the parents. The girls tend to have scenes standing around in their bras.
  • Musical Episode: Once a Season.
  • Noir Episode: "The Red Dahlia", complete with a Bogart/Bacall duo in Jughead and Veronica, and Femme Fatales Penelope Blossom and Hermione Lodge.
  • Not So Different: The Black Hood frequently opines that he's this to Betty Cooper, noting that both are driven by a desire to see justice done, even if they need to go outside the law to do it. The Season 2 finale shows exactly why: The Black Hood is her father.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Jughead
    • Jellybean/JB
    • Ms. Grundy. Her real name is Jennifer Gibson but everyone just refers to her as Grundy.
  • Outliving One's Offspring:
    • Clifford and Penelope Blossom outlive their son Jason. Because Clifford killed him.
      • Nana Blossom outlives both Clifford and Claudius.
    • Mrs. Klump is left to mourn Midge after the Black Hood killed her daughter in the tail end of Season 2.
  • Papa Wolf: Hiram Lodge is an awful person but he will go to any lengths (including murder) if someone harms Veronica.
  • Parental Abandonment: Gladys Jones, Myles McCoy, Mrs. Keller, Mary Andrews (in Season 1)
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his Adaptational Villainy and the feud he'd had with the man, Hiram Lodge, entirely out of pocket and not expecting any form of reward or even acknowledgement, paid for Fred Andrews' funeral.
  • Poorly-Disguised Pilot: Veronica's subplot in Chapter 69, guest starring Lucy Hale, is a rather obvious promotion for the Katy Keene spin-off (with Lucy Hale as the title character) that premiered the next day.
  • Power Trio: Josie and the Pussycats
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The Blossoms, adorning the gates to their estate.
  • Race Lift: Josie McCoy, Melody Valentine, Reggie Mantle, Veronica Lodge, Dilton Doiley, Pop Tate and Principal Weatherbee.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Veronica dishes out one to Cheryl in the pilot.
  • Reality Ensues: The gang were the only people stopping Hiram's schemes. After the Time Skip, where the gang all left Riverdale, the town is a Crapsack World where Hiram won.
  • Related in the Adaptation: The Coopers and the Blossoms. Betty and Cheryl's great-grandfathers were brothers.
  • SATs: Not easy when you just got done fighting a bear.
  • School Clubs Are Serious Business: Betty uses the Blue & Gold student newspaper to attempt to fight actual crime, while Cheryl dramatically considers it a matter of life or death whether she can be a cheerleader.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • In Season 2, Veronica takes more and more shit from the student body for every bad deed that Hiram does.
    • Betty presumes she doesn't get in to Yale because her Dad was a serial killer.
  • Spin the Bottle: In the Pilot. Betty references it in Season 5 during a key swap party at Cheryl's house (which is also where spin the bottle happened) saying it 'traumatised her'.
  • Status Quo Is God: Zig-zagged in the first four seasons. While specifics events changed and the Driving Question of each season was answered, along with the characters' relationships shifting, overall, the show always remained a Town with a Dark Secret drama focused on the plucky kids who would always make up by the season's end. Season 5 rather effectively killed the status quo via a seven year Time Skip.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Everyone's parents looked like their child in high school as seen in Chapter Thirty-Nine; i.e: Camila Mendes plays both Veronica and the teenaged Hermione in that episode.
  • Teacher-Student Romance: Archie with Ms. Grundy who turns out to actually be Jennifer Gibson, a predator.
  • Time Skip: Season 5 takes place seven years after Season 4.
  • Token Love Interest: Toni Topaz to Cheryl Blossom.
  • Took a Level In Jerkass: Penelope Blossom gets worse every season. Quite an accomplishment considering that she was already an abusive mother and an utterly vile woman in Season 1.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The maple syrup business that the seemingly innocent town of Riverdale was founded on is a cover for a drug ring, corrupt authorities are everywhere, there's a history of inbreeding, murderers running about, and powerful mob bosses. And that's the first two seasons.
  • Twincest: Cheryl/Jason overtones are very prominent in Season 1, something which Veronica calls Cheryl out on in Episode 10. It's ultimately subverted as Jason was in a relationship with Polly Cooper who was his third cousin.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Riverdale appears to be somewhere in New England, probably Upstate New York and seem relatively close to the Canadian border as Montreal was named as being in relatively reasonable driving distance. But no explicit location is given.
  • Whole-Episode Flashback: Chapter Thirty-Nine, The Midnight Club.
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