|“||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]|
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.
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 had married and become a father to two young children, Jughead and Jellybean, who he and his wife would frequently take to the Twilight Drive-In, however, they often couldn't afford tickets for everyone, so the kids would hide in the trunk until they parked. While Fred had his wife and 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 the kids' grandparents, 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.
At the Sheriff Station, seated in the interrogation room, FP spoke to his attorney, while Jughead kept him company to listen in on what his attorney had to say about his father's case. Jughead paced back and forth as the attorney lay a list of the charges that FP was facing: FP was charged for Arson, destruction of evidence, making a false confession, obstructing justice, while also having to deal with the fact that he dumped a dead kids body in the river. FP stated to his attorney that he was aware of his actions for what he had done. Fortunately, he was being offered a deal. The lawyer advised FP that he should take the deal, as this is a strong deal considering how long he's been in the job. How many years, Jughead wonders, to which the lawyer explains that he could be facing twenty. However, if FP refused their offer, and his case goes to trial, FP could be facing 40 years in prison instead.
The Court Trial Edit
The following day, during FP's court trial, Cheryl was called to the stand to give her statement after coercion from Betty, as, according to Penny Peabody, it would immensely help in FP's case if the family forgave FP for what he had done, allowing FP to serve a less harsh sentence. Cheryl stated, speaking on behalf of herself and her mother, that they forgave FP for the part that he had played in covering up her brother's murder, and they humbly ask the court for leniency. FP was seated beside his attorney, surprised to hear those words come out of Cheryl's mouth. Cheryl looked towards FP, as she continued to tell the Judge, that FP's guilt had been blown out of proportion to satiate what her father's suicide denied them. which was closure. However, as much as the judge sympathized, he couldn't ignore the quality of FP's crimes. There were no extenuating circumstances to his account.
After making a brief eye contact with Betty, Cheryl blurted out "My father threatened him". Cheryl claimed to have overheard them talking, and her father said he would hurt Jughead if FP didn't comply. Is that extenuating enough, Cheryl asked. In light of these revelations, the judge suggested that they take a step back and reevaluate certain aspects of the case. At which time, they will revisit the sentencing. Thanks to Cheryl, a delay in FP's case was ordered. His son, Jughead, placed his hand on FP's shoulder after the court was dismissed. When FP asked Jughead if it was a win for them, Jughead confirmed that it was, to which they embraced each other with tears of joy.
A Fair Warning Edit
Later, back at the trailer, where Jughead was making dinner for himself, he received a phone call from his father. It had come to FP's attention that Jughead had gone to see Penny Peabody, and he was clearly upset by this revelation. Confused by this, Jughead replied that he didn't have a choice, and asked him if there was something wrong. Worried, FP then asked if he paid her, which he hadn't because she said it was a favor. FP warned Jughead against contacting Penny ever again as he did not want to be in bed with the Snake Charmer.
Advice from Behind Bars Edit
While in prison, FP received a surprise visit from Archie and Jughead, who were seeking out advice on what to do with there current dilemma involving the Ghoulies, a rival Southside gang. As displeased as FP was with learning that Jughead joined the Southside Serpents, he seemed more displeased with the fact that Tall Boy, his right-hand man, had betrayed him by setting up an alliance with the Ghoulies. In a fit of frustration, FP banged the phone up against the glass, then telling the boys that while Ghoulies dressed like fops, they were a nasty crew. Fortunately, the Serpents had survived much worse. However, Jughead and Archie needed to overcome the obstacle of being greatly outnumbered, meaning they had to avoid bloodshed at all cost by out-thinking them. The one thing Ghoulies loved above all else was there souped-up retro cars and hearses. "You catch my Riverdale drift, boys?", FP asked. He suggested that Jughead and Archie challenge the Ghoulies to a one-on-one street race, but to keep it quiet or else they'd be arrested for street racing. Set the terms of the race, FP said. If the Ghoulies won, the Serpents would surrender, but if the Serpents won, the Ghoulies would have to stand down. Raising the stakes of the race, whoever won would gain control of Southside High. In doing so, they could bring an end to their troubles with the Ghoulies, the Jingle Jangle, and Mayor McCoy.
When Jughead met with Penny Peabody earlier in the day, she revealed that FP had a supposed "altercation" with the Ghoulies in the prison showers the other day. This was due to the stunt that he and "that Northsider" pulled at the race.
FP received a brief visit from Jughead early that morning, during which time, he grew concerned with Jughead as he looked like he had seen a ghost. Jughead looked him over in silence and realized that Penny lied about FP being in infirmary due to Jughead's issues with the Ghoulies and their subsequent retaliation on FP. It was later revealed that the purpose of the lie was to incentivize Jughead to do the drug trade.
The day for FP's release from prison had finally come. He exited the prison to the sight of Jughead, Betty, and Alice awaiting his arrival just outside the fence. He was greeted with a hug by Jughead. Alice then asked if what they said about men who had just been released from prison was true, that they were incredibly sexually frustrated. The four of them then got into Alice's station wagon, and headed down to Pop's, where FP had his first meal as a free man. With the Black Hood targeting sinners, especially those who associate themselves with hoodlums like the Southside Serpents, Alice advised FP to watch his back. Much to everyone's surprise, FP revealed that he wouldn't be going back to the Serpents. It was a decision that he had plenty of time to think over while locked up. That lifestyle was too much of a slippery slope, so it would be one last ride for him and Jughead. As for the extra time, he would have due to no longer running the Serpents, FP planned to get a job at the diner, as he had seen a help wanted sign in the window. Alice remarked that they should hope that his plans didn't come crashing down when he inevitably began drinking again. However, as FP informed her, he was in AA, which he started in jail, and didn't plan on stopping.
Later, FP and Jughead road their motorcycles along the coastline of Riverdale. They parked off-road, where they looked off into the nearby forest and discussed the difficulties Jughead faced while he was away. Things got out of control while FP was incarcerated, leaving Jughead to often question what he would do in certain predicaments. FP asked Jughead if Penny had bothered him considering that she was most likely the one responsible for his release. Jughead claimed that he did a job for her, and considering that it was a one time deal, he didn't ask too many questions. Though Jughead insisted that they were squared away. FP revealed to Jughead that when he was sixteen, his father kicked him out and told him to go to hell. Instead, he joined the Serpents, and then the Army, but only to return, and pick up where he left off with the Serpents. FP didn't want Jughead to follow in his footstep. He would much rather Jughead go to college in order to get out of town. However, Jughead didn't wish to leave, and he wanted his father's blessing in staying, reasoning that he ran the gauntlet, and fought with and for the Serpents. FP was only willing to grant Jughead his blessing so long as he promised to keep writing, which Jughead agreed to. In fact, he had been doing so every day.
During one of his first shifts at Pop's, as their newly hired busboy, FP was belittled by Cheryl Blossom, who intentionally knocked over her milkshake, and demanded that he clean it up, like he did with her brother's blood. This caught, Jughead's, Betty's, and Josie's attention, though FP urged Jughead not to get involved. He then bent down to not only clean up Cheryl's mess, but give her a replacement milkshake, on the house. It was this incident that motivated Betty and Jughead into throwing FP a retirement party, fit for a king.
Later that night, as they returned to the trailer, FP learned of the party that Jughead and Betty were organizing in his honor. However, he refused to attend given that he was trying to keep the Serpents in his past. Though Jughead managed to persuade him into attending, stating that it was merely a one-night event that he deserved considering that he had done right by them. Now it was their time to do right by him, as this particular era came to an end. As they sat down to eat, Jughead got a call from Archie, and headed into the back where he could talk privately.
The next day, as he worked another shift at Pop's, Alice came storming into the diner irate. With Betty not listening to her, she thought it best to warn FP that if Betty even thought about putting on a Serpents jacket, she would have FP's head. Alice wouldn't stand for their children making the same mistakes that they'd made in their adolescence. They weren't all mistakes, FP remarked. Clearly, they had varying views on their past with one another. He insisted that Alice come to his retirement party. Are you high on fumes, she asked. Alice didn't believe that it was a good idea for her to attend the party, however, FP would beg to differ. He told her that she could chaperone to make sure that everything was appropriate and even say hi to some old friends. Hal would never come, Alice stated. Leave him at home, FP replied.
That night, FP arrived at the Whyte Wyrm for his party just in time to escort Betty off stage after she had stripped down to her black lingerie and performed the "Serpent dance" for the crowd, which was a Serpent tradition of initiation for its female members. He covered Betty with his jacket, then giving her a round of applause, while encouraging the crowd to do the same, asking that they show her the Serpent hospitality that they're known for. FP then gave a speech, stating that he had been in and out of the Serpents since he was younger than Jughead, and it had been a wild ride with both good times and bad times. However, through it all, the Serpents stuck by his side when no one else would, his own family included. The letter of the law said that he wasn't allowed in the Serpents den nor was he allowed to associate with his fellow Serpents, who he referred to as his real friends and family. To that, FP said that "it'll be a cold day in hell before a snake lets a pig tell him what to do". The Northside wanted him out of the gang. Unfortunately for them, they'd have to bring a coffin because FP had decided against retiring. He refused to go gently, encouraging the Northside to come at him with their best.
immediately following his speech, FP got off stage and approached Jughead, who heard the entire thing, and was left to wonder what had happened to FP's plans of retirement. FP gave his son a hug, whispering in his ear that he knew about Jughead's deal with the Snake Charmer; how he made a delivery for her in Greendale and how he had yet to repay the debt he owed her. This was the one thing that FP had asked Jughead not to do. Jughead asked that he be given the opportunity to fix his screw up, but it was too late. He was out and FP was in. From that moment forward, Penny was his problem. FP then informed Jughead that he broke his heart. They were then joined by Tall Boy, Sweet Pea, and the other Serpents, who all took shots in his honor. "Hail to the king", they said.
Spellbound by the Snake-Charmer Edit
FP continued with its plan to handle Peabody's blackmail to deal drugs, ordering Jughead to stay out of it during an argument over breakfast. The conversation was interrupted by Tall Boy arriving at the Jones' trailer with a bag that FP instructed to bring to the other room. When Jughead asked Tall Boy what was in the bag, FP raised his voice with his son, telling him to mind his own business and go to school.
Later in the morning, FP was annoyed in seeing Jughead at the Whyte Wyrm instead of school and denied his son permission to join him and Tall Boy during a delivering. As Jughead tried to convince him, FP told Sweet Pea to go with them and they left the room, leaving his son speechless.
Back after a long day of work, FP had another discussion with Jughead when the latter told him that Jack Walsh, FP's parole officer, paid a visit while FP was away. Tired of listening to Jughead's ruminations about Serpents trafficking drugs for Penny, FP opened the bag that Tall Boy brought that morning, revealing Christmas boxes. Initially, Jughead thought they were stuffed with drugs, but FP clarified they were Christmas gifts for Jughead, his mom and his sister, Jellybean they could give them in person by driving to Toledo for Christmas. Despite FP's good intentions, Jughead continued to ask him questions about handling Penny's requests. Exasperated, FP raised his voice again. FP told his son that them living together wasn't working out and that it was probably best if Jughead went back living with the Andrews or asked Betty to let him stay at her house. While Jughead tried to explain that he only wanted to help to fix the mess he made, FP claimed that they were trapped and that he would do anything Penny ordered for as long as necessary, even being Penny's dancing monkey for the time being. The discussion ended with FP going to get some rest, as a long night of work awaited him.
When FP returned to the trailer late at night, Jughead revealed him that he got rid of Penny and for this reason, she didn't show up at the meeting with FP. Father and son immediately started shouting at each other, with FP criticizing his son's recklessness. Dropping on the couch with his head in his hands, FP listened to Jughead's rant about how he was proud of being a Serpent and how he had been so persuasive in gathering the young serpents and getting rid of Penny once and for all. FP had no choice but to watch his son, stunned.
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 him 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.
|“||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 of prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family. 24601 was his prison number.
- See also: Category:Images of FP Jones