|“||I've been in and out of the Serpents since I was younger than my son, and it's been a wild ride. Good times. Bad times. But through it all, the Serpents stuck by my side while most other people turned their backs on me, my own family included. Now, the letter of the law says that I can't be here in the Serpent den, that I can't associate with my friends, my real family, my blood. But I've been thinking about that, and it'll be a cold day in hell before a snake lets a pig tell him what to do [...] The Northside wants me out of this gang, well they better bring a coffin 'cause FP Jones isn't retiring. I am not going gently into the night. I am here to stay. So, bring the fire.||”|
|— FP to the Southside Serpents[src]|
Forsythe Pendleton "FP" Jones II was initially a recurring character during Season 1 of The CW's Riverdale. He has since been promoted to series regular for the second season onward. He is portrayed by Skeet Ulrich.
FP is the leader of the Southside Serpents and the father of Jughead and Jellybean Jones. During the first season, FP almost got framed for the murder of Jason Blossom after the cops found a gun in FP's trailer. It was revealed that Clifford Blossom was the one who murdered his own son in cold blood, having FP to take the fall for him so he could protect his son Jughead. Even though FP was found innocent he was still an accomplice and is still behind bars until his court trial. Due to FP's loyalty to protecting the Southside Serpents, he could be facing a lot of jail time. He told the sheriff that he's no snitch, even when the withheld information could have taken a few years off of his sentence. Jughead was rewarded as an unofficial member of the Southside Serpents due to his father's loyalty to them and was initiated and officially a member of the gang.
In the second season, it was revealed that when FP was in charge and was the leader of the Southside Serpents, he kept things under control, as he was the one who kept the peace between the Northside and the Southside, preventing bloodshed from happening. He has since been released from prison and has taken back the mantle of leader of the Serpents. However, at the end of the second season, he retired from the Southside Serpents, leaving Jughead to take the mantle as their leader.
While his character will have a history with all of Riverdale's main residents, he holds a grudge against Fred Andrews and is the father of Jughead Jones.
At the age of sixteen, FP's father put him out of the house and told him to go to hell. Instead, he joined the Southside Serpents, who accepted him as one of their own. Soon thereafter, he enlisted in the army. After serving his country, FP returned to Riverdale, picking up from where he left off with the Serpents.
He and Fred later went on to found a construction company together, but barely made enough to stay in business. By that time, FP married a woman named Gladys and later, the couple had their first and only son, Jughead. Approximately 5-6 years later, the couple had their second and only daughter, Jellybean. He and his wife would frequently take the kids to the Twilight Drive-In, however, they often couldn't afford tickets for everyone, so his children would hide in the trunk until they parked. While Fred married his wife and had his first and only son, Archie, to provide for, FP had his family as well as many hospital bills. Due to this, FP became involved in a string of criminal activities which would often end with him getting arrested and Fred having to bail him out. Eventually, he became too big of a liability for their company and was forced by Fred to resign.
After losing his job, FP began drinking heavily which led the Jones family to fall apart. FP's wife left him and took their daughter with her to Toledo to live with his parents-in-law, and Jughead began living out of the projection booth of the drive-in where he had found employment. FP ended up living alone at the Sunnyside Trailer Park, where he continued drinking. At an unknown point, FP became the leader of the Southside Serpents, a dangerous biker gang of thugs and criminals. During that time, FP got involved with Penny Peabody, the extent of which is currently unknown. However, at some point, a promise was made, which FP failed to keep, resulting in a bitter relationship between the two.
A Wise Serpent
Three months have passed since FP retired as leader of the Southside Serpents. During Archie Andrews' trial, FP is showing his support to him with other friends and family sitting behind him in the court room.
A few days later, FP is tattooing Archie's arm at the Serpent meeting spot by the lake side. He asks for Jughead's opinion on the tattoo he gave Archie as honorary member of the gang while removing his prescription glasses. Jughead sits near them, and explains to Archie that there would be other serpents in juvenile detention, and the tattoo will help him to roll with a crew to survive. However, FP points out that the Serpent ink will only help keep Archie's body safe. He still has worry about protecting his mind as it is the first thing that goes when you're locked up.
At Sunnyside Trailer Park, after telling Jughead that Dilton came by to see him, FP inquires about Hot Dog. Jughead replies that he's sleeping under the trailer, but he's bouncing back. FP is mainly concerned about how Jughead is holding on the pressure of being the leader of the Serpents. Jughead, then, opens up with his father, telling him that Penny's got the north side in her sights, Cheryl's a loose cannon and Betty is a target. And they're not even Southside Serpents anymore. But FP replies that Jughead's a Serpent by blood, and no one can take that from him. Archie then arrives outside to pick Jughead up.
After Labor Day, while Jughead and FP prepare to head out for Archie's trial, Dilton shows up at the trailer. Later, FP is next to his friends in court when Archie pleads guilty and is sent to serve two years at Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center.
Back at the Andrews house, Mary prepares to leave for Chicago. She's already written the appeal and will file it from Chicago. Fred, Tom and FP assure Mary that they'll get Archie home no matter what. 
At Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, FP and Tom are having breakfast and are joined by Fred after getting off the phone with Warden Norton. Veronica, who is working behind the counter, is relieved to hear that Archie has gone through processing and that he is fine. In other developments, Fred got a line on the three thugs that gave false testimonies against Archie. Tom is friends with the Sheriff over in Shadow county. They found remains of a campfire in the deep woods. Veronica is disgusted with the fact that while Archie's in jail those who gave a false testimony are camping. Not for long, FP replies. Until Archie's release, Veronica intends to keep everything in order at Riverdale High so that everyone knows he'll be back in time for Homecoming.
At the Cooper house, Alice and FP confront Betty and Jughead as they arrive at the house after both receiving a call from Sheriff Minetta that Betty and Jughead were snooping around Ben's hospital room. Jughead believes that something strange is in the works. Dilton even came to him for help, which FP was present for. Jughead feels as if he owes Dilton but FP exclaims that Jughead doesn't owe him anything. As for Betty, Alice reminds her that this is exactly what Dr. Patel was referring to. If she keeps up this stressful behavior, she'll likely have another seizure, which neither FP nor Jughead were aware of. Alice blames Jughead for dragging Betty into murder investigations. As Betty takes off upstairs, FP and Jughead exit the Cooper house.
At Hermione's office at the Town Hall, FP joins Alice, Tom, Fred, Sierra, Hiram and Penelope for a secret meeting where Hermione reminds them of the vow they all made in high school. Fred questions why she is bringing this up now. Hermione briefly update them on recent events that haven't been made public yet. Two boys were found with blue lips in the woods and a Scout went missing. Now that Dilton is dead, Ben is in a coma and the Scout had been found safe and sound and likely willing to talk, it's just a matter of time before tracks lead investigators straight to them. To the secret that they buried all those years ago. Sierra asks why she hasn't simply called in Sheriff Minetta to make this go away. Hermione would like to but Jughead found the body and that's the concern. While FP and Alice talked with Jughead and Betty and told them to stop chasing this, they both know the kids will likely continue. Tom reminds everyone that they made a pact to never revisit that night. Not to mention it, not to even think about it. His vote is they stick to that. Unfortunately, they might not have that luxury. Not if it's happening again. Not if it's their children. All their children are in danger. 
Three weeks have passed since the secret meeting and the horrible deaths of Dilton and Ben. Alice and FP are in bed together and FP thanks the Farm for opening Alice to the possibility of the two of them finally being together. Alice chuckles, enjoying the moment but FP knows that with Jughead and Betty investigating, the matter is far from closed.
At Sunnyside Trailer Park, Alice and FP ransack the entire trailer in search of the guidebook of "Gryphons and Gargoyles". When Betty and Jughead arrive, they confront their kids. FP is extremely worried and shows his panic by grabbing Jughead by the collar of his jacket, asking if they are playing since he spotted his blue lips. Alice steps in, with the clear intention of preventing that FP spills further compromising information to their children about their past and involvement with the game. FP agrees and after making sure that the book they found is the only guidebook around, FP runs out of the trailer and throws the book into a bonfire, followed by Jughead and Betty that are totally shocked by that desperate attempt to keep them away from the truth. 
The Midnight Club: A Sneaky Lady's Man
|Editor's Note: The events that transpire in Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club take place during a flashback set in the 90's of Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom in their junior year of high school.|
In the Riverdale High locker room, Marty Mantle and the Bulldogs pressure FP into following through with the Bulldog tradition of streaking. FP is initially resistant, but agrees to do so when Fred offers to streak alongside him. While Fred is not a Bulldog himself, last year, the baseball team made him streak and it gained him credibility with the female students. He advises FP to run fast enough to the point where all they’ll see is a blur. With that in mind, FP and Fred take off their clothes and run throughout the halls of the school, which lands them both in detention along with Alice, Penelope, Sierra, and Hermione who are given detention for their scuffle in the restroom.
Gathered in that classroom, they were strangers more than friends. Eight hours. Six people with seemingly nothing in common. Alice Smith — The Bad Girl. Hermione Lodge — The Rebelling Catholic. Penelope Blossom — The Teacher's Pet. Fred Andrews — The Artist/Athlete. Sierra McCoy — The Political Animal. And FP Jones — The Lady’s Man. He was different back then. Trying to be something other than what he was. But he was still trouble. As detention commences, Principal Featherhead lays down the rules and tells them that at the end of the day, they will all turn in a one thousand word essay as to why they’re in detention. He then leaves the class.
After Tom Keller sneaked into the classroom and the kids discovered he and Sierra were secretly dating, they relize that they don't know each other at all even if they went to school together since ever.
During a game of Secret and Sins, they share their secrets. Sierra reveals that she and Tommy have been secretly dating for a few months because their parents are against it. Hermione can relate as her mother doesn't want her to date Hiram Lodge, who Penelope accuses of being a petty criminal. Hermione disagrees with both her mother and Penelope, and dreams to leave Riverdale with him. Fred counters that Riverdale isn’t the problem. He wants to stay there his entire life. Alice asks if that’s how long it’s going to take him to decide between music and baseball. Fred explains that their minor league is solid and they’re close enough to the city to play music gigs. He can even see himself running for mayor one day, which Sierra scoffs at the notion of. She calls it a nightmare job and questions why Fred doesn’t aim higher as he can do all the same things in a real metropolis. Fred can do all those things except look after his father, who’s very ill. Hermione places her hand on Fred’s knee for comfort.
It is now Alice’s turn to reveal her deepest secret. FP tells her to share the story of how she lit a dumpster on fire on the south side. Alice counters by telling FP to share with everyone how he actually lives at Sunnyside Trailer Park. He parades around the school in his varsity jacket, pretending to be a Northsider, but Alice knows the truth, that he’s a Southsider who will end up like his father, a raging alcoholic. This may be true, but one thing FP won’t do is hit his kid as his father hits him. FP told his father that he didn’t want to join the Southside Serpents and that he wanted to be the first Jones to go to college, which resulted in FP’s injured arm and the cast he must now wear. Penelope then proceeds to reveal a secret of her own. She grew up at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy orphanage. When she has eight, the Blossoms came and asked to see all the red-headed children. After leaving with them, the next thing Penelope knows, she is being groomed to first be Clifford’s sister and then later his life companion. Every second away from them is a relief. Hermione questions why Penelope is still living there, to which she replies the Blossoms are her family. Hermione explains that that’s not the meaning of family and it’s basically incest. This angers Penelope, who insults Hermione’s mother, which leads to a physical altercation between the girls.
Once the girls have been separated, Principal Featherhead reprimands everyone. Their sentence has been upped from one Saturday detention to four. However, little by little, the six of them grow to become unlikely friends. Then comes the first cold rain of the season, when Alice gets it into her head to add the rest of the group’s initials to the window seal, carved next to hers. As she does that, Hermione decides to break into the teacher’s desk to recover her belongings that were taken by the teacher. Inside the desk, they find everything Mrs. Krabappel has confiscated over the years, including Gryphons and Gargoyles.
The six of them decide to play together. The person with the manual, in this case, Penelope, is the game master and is therefore responsible for guiding them through quests until they ascend to the next level. But first, they pick their characters. Alice — The Sorceress. Hermione — The Thief. Sierra — The Siren. FP — Deadeye. And lastly, Fred — The Radiant Knight. Alice is first to pick a quest card and roll the dice, which is how it all begins.
Long after that Saturday detention, the six of them continue to play the game, in what seems to be a maddening obsession. Penelope suggests taking the game off the board and into the real world. She reveals a quest known as "The Wedding Stone", that requires pairs. Penelope pairs FP with Hermione and Alice with Fred. She hid a gemstone from Thornhill in the school. First pair to find it and show it to Sierra get to keep it.
FP and Hermione search the student lounge for the gemstone. After spotting a miniature gargoyle statue, they find the gemstone inside a vending machine. After shaking it loose and retrieving it, FP tries to kiss Hermione, but she pushes him away. She explains that it’s just role-playing and that she doesn’t actually like him. Hermione inquires about FP and Alice’s relationship. He tells her that he and Alice weren’t serious and they were only messing around. However, the more they play G&G, the more he thinks there could be more between him and Alice. Hermione advises him to take a shot with her then.
Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope play for weeks, sneaking into school, late at night. After class, Sierra leaves the classroom window cracked so that she and the others can sneak back in after hours. They dub themselves "The Midnight Club". Eventually, they abandon the board, acting out their quests and adventures in the real world. The six of them dress up in medieval costumes they found in the theater department. It is during this time that FP and Alice begin a relationship, as does Fred and Hermione. As Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope proceed throughout the halls of Riverdale High on their latest quest, they run into Hiram Lodge, Tom Keller, Marty Mantle, and Darryl Doiley also playing Gryphons and Gargoyles. They have been for about a week. Daryl found it in the restricted section of the library. They decide to join forces and play a bigger game.
One day, all ten of them, Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom find strange invitations in their lockers to the detention room that night to rise to the challenge and ascend to the next level. That night, the Midnight Club attends the ascension party. They must find the chalices, flip the gryphon coin for their fate and drink from the chalice to meet their destiny. Before starting, to make things more enjoyable, Hiram takes a new drug known as fizzle rocks and shares it with everyone.
The festivities begin with an impromptu performance by the Fred Heads, normally just Fred and FP, but Alice, Sierra, and Hermione perform with them as Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram and Tom watch.
The next day at school, Alice finds out that Fred’s dad died while they were at the ascension party. Fred found him when he got home. By the time Mr. Andrews’ funeral came around a few days later, Principal Featherhead had been declared officially missing. Alice, Fred, Hermione, Penelope, FP, and Sierra sit in a booth at Pop’s following the service. Fred blames himself for not being there but as FP and Hermione explain, there’s nothing he could’ve done and beating himself up will change nothing. Penelope states that between this and Featherhead going missing, they’re all on edge. It’s that statement that leads Alice to reveals that she saw Featherhead the night of the ascension party. No one else saw him, however. Penelope grabs Alice’s hand aggressively and tells her that she didn’t see anything. She doesn’t want to be blamed considering they were doped up and trespassing the same night Featherhead disappeared. So, they are all to keep this a secret.
The rumors regarding principal Featherhead’s disappearance spread like wildfire. A week has passed since Featherhead went missing. As it turns out, he was in the school the entire time. Dead and locked in a supply closet. His lips blue.
The Midnight Club gather to discuss Featherhead’s death. Alice informs them that there was blue liquid in the chalices when she found them. Featherhead has blue lips and the police said he had poison in his system. Alice questions what they did to him though they deny any wrongdoing. In fact, as Penelope and Hiram point out, Alice was there too and she’s the only one who saw Featherhead. Alice then asks who was wearing the Gargoyle King costume, but none of them have the slightest clue as to what she’s referring to, and the chalices were empty, Marty claims. Hermione accuses Alice of having killed Featherhead given that she left early. Alice dismisses any notions of wrongdoing and then looks to Fred to join her in going to the cops though he still seems distracted by his father’s death. When Penelope exclaims that they’re not going to the cops, Alice questions why she suddenly wants to break the rules, perhaps because she’s the killer. She accuses Penelope of poisoning the chalices when she set up the game, however, it wasn’t Penelope or Daryl. Alice recalls the chalices just sitting there, meaning whoever invited them to the party was trying to kill one or more of them. Sierra wants to destroy the game so that it can’t be traced back to them. FP suggests destroying the manuals and scattering everything else. Sierra agrees to dispose of the dice, she does so in a monopoly box. Hermione, the chalices, which are stored among other cups in the trophy case. Penelope will take care of the library manual, which she throws in Sweetwater River. And Alice will burn their copy. The Midnight Club spits on their hands and make a pact to never speak of Gryphons and Gargoyles ever again.
In the following days, FP accepts his family legacy and is initiated into the Southside Serpents spotting his new custom made leather jacket and drinking beer in his trailer. 
At the trailer park, FP confronts Jughead after discovering that he is playing G&G. Jughead reveals that he knows that FP played too while in high school and that he knows all about what happened to Principal Featherhead during the ascension party. FP concludes that Jughead gathered this information from Betty, who must’ve gotten it from Alice. FP tells Jughead that whatever story he heard was merely Alice’s version of the events that took place. Not his. So, Jughead asks that his father share his side of the story, but FP chooses not to. However, he has been through every scenario about that night. FP suspects that other people could’ve been sneaking into the school or that Featherhead had his own game of G&G. Jughead admits that there are infinite possibilities, but the most likely one is that the Game Master killed Featherhead. Whoever planned ascension night. Betty thinks it was someone from the Midnight Club, but Jughead isn’t so sure. He thinks it’s someone who has been playing a much longer game, and whoever it is, Jughead intends to catch them. 
FP would best be described as a tall man, around 6'0" in height, with a muscular build. He is a handsome older man with short, black hair, and light brown eyes. Being the leader of the Southside Serpents, he often wears a black leather jacket, with the gang's double-headed serpent symbol printed on the back of it. While he has been known to typically grow out a beard, FP has taken up the clean-shaven appearance as of late.
While he is admittedly an alcoholic, deadbeat dad, FP cares deeply for his family. The stress of losing his job at Andrews Construction weighed heavily on him and so he relied heavily on alcohol to cope, which subsequently led to the separation of his family. This isn't to say that he doesn't care for them, but quite the opposite. In order to provide for his family, FP became involved in criminal activities.
His son, Jughead, is all he has left at the moment, he'd do almost anything for him, even if it meant jail time for himself, such as threatening or even attacking the local Sheriff. He has also shown a violent side, as when he heard Jughead was being interrogated by the Sheriff, he got furious and wanted to go and lash out at Sheriff Keller, only for his son to ask him to stop and not to make things worse.
- Main article: Jughead and FP
|“||This is excellent. Me, I can barely string two sentences together, but you, you got a gift. Thank God you're not wasting it.||”|
|— FP praising Jughead's manuscript[src]|
Jughead and FP's relationship may have started out strained, but over the course of the series, they grew closer as Jughead tried to mend things with his father. Due to FP's alcoholism, the Jones family were forced to move out, as Jughead found shelter at the Twilight Drive-In. Unfortunately, now that the drive-in was now closed, Archie offered to help, as well as get his father a job back at Andrews Construction. FP reluctantly agreed after Jughead paid him a visit at the trailer. Following Jughead's interrogation at the Sheriff Station, unfairly accused of Jason's murder one morning, FP arrived, furious at the sheriff for falsely accusing his son of murder. Jughead convinced his father to let it go, and before FP left, he vowed to get his act together so that his family could return.
- Main article: Fred and FP
|“||You've never had a better foreman than me. I won't leave you hanging this time.||”|
|— FP saves Fred's company.[src]|
FP and Fred have been friends for a long time now ever since they were both in high school. They once worked together at Andrews Construction until FP's family got separated and he becomes a liability for the company due to his alcoholism and such. A few years after with Jughead trying to fix things with his family, he had his friend Archie talk to his father about offering FP back his old job. Luckily Fred was willing to take another chance on FP for Jughead and his family's sake. With FP trying to make great efforts for Jughead to be proud of him, Fred and FP decided to go by Pop's Diner with their boys for dinner with FP wanting to pay for their meal after they were done.
|“||You're still hot, Alice. Too bad you're a stick in the mud.||”|
|— FP compliments Alice[src]|
Alice and FP have known each other for many years. There was a time when just like FP, Alice was a member of the Southside Serpents, however, that was during her adolescence. For reasons unknown, Alice later left the Serpents, cutting all ties with them before crossing over to the Northside. During her early years, she lived on the Southside of Riverdale. While it is unknown if they were once friends or not, Alice and FP hold a great amount of disdain for one another, though this appears to be due to Alice's "holier than thou" attitude. Because FP still having ties with the Serpents, she often accuses him and his gang of any and all criminal activities that have been committed across town. Even though FP has admitted to Alice that he finds her attractive, he also points out that she is a stick in the mud. Due to their past history together, FP's at least aware of some of Alice's darkest secrets that were once part of her dark past. It was later revealed that Alice and FP did in fact have a high school romance, which resulted in Alice giving birth to a child that FP had no knowledge of up until recently. That child was given up for adoption at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy shortly after his birth. As of the third season, it appears they are currently in a relationship as they are seen in bed together.
|“||Just doing my job, keeping my ear to the ground.||”|
|— Joaquin to FP[src]|
FP and Joaquin are connected via the Southside Serpents. It is currently unclear how far back their partnership goes but they are very loyal to one another. On July 11th, FP called Joaquin in the middle of the night, asking for his assistance with a cleanup job at the Whyte Wyrm. It was in the basement that Joaquin saw Jason Blossom's body laying on the ground with a bullet hole in his head. The two of them then disposed of the body and cleaned up the mess. He and Joaquin kept quiet about their involvement in the murder, while also keeping a close eye on the case via Kevin Keller, who FP had instructed Joaquin to forge a relationship with. In case things ever got bad, the two of them created a contingency plan, which consisted of a USB hid in Jason Blossom's varsity jacket. However, when FP was arrested, Joaquin got a call from FP, telling him to forget the plan as it was too dangerous.
- In "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks", Pop Tate revealed that FP's favorite meal at Pop's are fried chicken, cornbread, onion rings and an orange freeze.
- FP's prison number was 24601, referencing the book (and several cinematic and musical adaptions) Les Misérables, where the main character, Jean Valjean, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family. 24601 was his prison number.
- FP and Skeet Ulrich share the same birthday; FP's birthday is shown on his mugshot.
- FP is one of the show's few antagonists to be redeemed.
- In Archie Comics, he made his first appearance in Archie's Pal Jughead #8, released October 1st, 1951.
- Jughead's dad is almost exclusively featured in the various series named after Jughead, where he's named Forsythe Pendleton Jones, Jr. Although, due to inconsistencies across iterations, he's sometimes named Victor or Timothy or, simply, Mr. Jones.
- He's generally depicted as a thin, middle-aged man with incipient baldness, black mustache and he's generally resigned to his nonsensical son who he'd wish to be more like Archie or Reggie. This is explained as Forsythe seeing too much of himself in his son and wishing a different life for him.
- A recurring theme across Archie Comics focused on Jughead is that of Forsythe Jones struggling with his job and being unable to sustain his family.
- See also: Category:Images of FP Jones
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