|“||Archie almost lost his dad. He may still. And facing facts, my dad is going away for a long-ass time. Wearing that jacket and riding his bike, living in the trailer does mean something. Just kinda hoping that it means I'll always be close to him no matter what.||”|
|— Jughead to Betty[src]|
Jughead was a sophomore at Riverdale High School, but following the arrest of his father FP Jones, the leader of the Southside Serpents, he was placed into foster care and, as a result, had to transfer to Southside High. While attending the gang and drug infested high school, he re-opened the school newspaper, the Red and Black, where he is an editor, alongside new recruit, Toni Topaz, the newspaper's photographer. Jughead is a close friend of Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper, with whom he’s in a relationship with. He is also a member of the Southside Serpents, which he recently joined following his father's arrest.
With his father sentenced to do a hard time, Jughead now has to look after his mother and little sister, as his father stated to him during one of their man to man talks. After accepting the Serpents' offer of joining the gang, it has allowed him to ask for favors, when needed to find out information. He currently lives in his father's trailer, rather than having to live with his foster parents. As he stated to Betty, living in his dad's trailer home, riding his bike, made him feel that his father would always be with him no matter what.
After Jughead transferred to Southside High, even though he wasn't officially a Southside Serpent yet, they still considered Jughead as family, due to his relation to the leader. As Toni pointed out to him, he was a "Serpent by blood", stating that it was his birthright. Even though he refused at first to be apart of the gang, the Serpents still respected him and would protect him by having his back whenever they're needed.
Jughead is the narrator of the series and is writing a novel about Jason Blossom's mysterious death.
A heartthrob with a philosophical bent and former best friend of Archie Andrews. He is still smarting from the rift that took place between the two.
A few years before the series, Fred Andrews fired FP from his business and soon afterward, FP began drinking heavily interspersed with promises to quit drinking. His downward spiral along with their lack of income led Jughead's mother to take off with his ten-year-old sister, Jellybean, while Jughead took up residence in the projection booth at his workplace, the Twilight Drive-In. His mother and Jellybean currently live with Jughead and Jellybean's grandparents in Toledo.
Six years prior to the series, Jughead was playing with matches outside Riverdale Elementary School and was sent to the Riverdale Juvenile Delinquent Center for "arson" as listed on his permanent record. He was also routinely bullied throughout high school, predominantly by the football team, which included Jason Blossom.
Jughead hates his birthday, because throughout his childhood, despite the constant chaos at home with his alcoholic father, there was an arbitrary day where he was supposed to pretend that everything was okay, which just made him feel really lonely. From that point forward he decided to barely acknowledge his birthday. Instead, he would attend a double-feature at the Bijou theater with Archie (aside from his 16th birthday when he went with Betty instead).
Prior to the summer of 2017, Jughead and Archie were best friends. They had planned a road trip set to occur over fourth of July weekend, however, Archie canceled at the last minute for unknown reasons. It was later revealed that Archie instead spent the weekend with his music teacher, Geraldine Grundy, with whom he was having an affair. As a result of Archie canceling their trip, he and Jughead had a serious falling out and broke off their friendship.
Throughout the Series
A Random Act of Violence?
Alongside Archie, Betty, and Veronica, Jughead appeared in a hallucinatory vision of Fred Andrews' following the shooting at Pop's. He and his friends were in their caps and gowns, prepared for graduation. In the student lounge, they stood collectively, waiting for Fred to take a photo of them. Next to Fred, was Archie's mother, Mary Andrews. Fred commented that he didn't think he would live to see the day, to which Jughead replied that he didn't, meaning he didn't survive the attack at Pop's. Before Fred could respond, the shooter appeared at the scene. As he entered the lounge with his weapon drawn, Fred yelled for everyone to go down, before a gunshot was heard.
Jughead continued to work on his novel from his father's trailer when he received a call from Betty, informing him that Fred was shot at Pop's by an unknown assailant in a black hood. Hearing this, Jughead took FP's motorcycle and rushed over to Riverdale General Hospital, where he is met by Betty and Veronica. They find Archie in the lobby, pacing back and forth and covered in his father's blood. The four of them hugged each other closely. Afterward, Archie walked them through the entire ordeal, however, just as it seemed he was about t say something of importance, he stopped himself, though this did not go unnoticed by Jughead. When the ambulance that Pop Tate called never showed, Archie put Fred in the truck and drove him to the hospital. Jughead assured Archie he did the right thing in driving his father to the hospital. In 24 hours, he had saved Cheryl and his father. Jughead joked that soon enough they would have to come up with a superhero name for him; Pureheart the Powerful. Once Archie exited the lobby to call his mother, Alice sought to address the possibility of the Southside Serpents being involved in Fred's shooting, looking to Jughead for answers. At least she couldn't accuse his father of being the killer considering he was in jail, Jughead remarked.
Jughead joined Archie and Sheriff Keller as they recounted the moments leading up to Fred's shooting. According to Archie, the shooter was wearing a dark jacket, which Sheriff Keller hoped that he would elaborate on by asking if the jacket had any symbols or patches, leading Jughead to conclude that he too suspected the Serpents' involvement, though Archie assured them that it wasn't a member of the Southside Serpent. After Archie described the hood that the individual was wearing, Sheriff Keller asked of him to fill the gaps in Pop Tate's story. However, just like before, Archie is hesitant in the telling of the incident, which Jughead surely noticed. Sheriff Keller suspected the shooter be a thug from the south side that was high on drugs and looking to make some fast money, but how much money did he get away with, Jughead asked. A question that Sheriff Keller did not have the answer to just yet. Since it was Riverdale they were talking about, a town with a dark and violent history, Jughead felt compelled to ask what if robbery wasn't the motive, what else could it be. Sheriff Keller speculated that maybe the shooter was someone who held a grudge against Fred, but wanted to make it seems like a robbery. However, it was too early in the cast to know with certainty.
As he and Archie returned to the lobby, Jughead confronted him on withholding information from Sheriff Keller, which Archie admitted was true. Apparently, Fred and Hermione fired the Serpents they had working on their crew. Archie is aware that FP vouched for them, but he couldn't help but consider the possibility that maybe one of them was angry enough to retaliate. Realizing that this could very well be true, Jughead volunteered to look around the southside for answers as he shared one last hug with Archie and exited the hospital.
Outside the hospital, Jughead met with two Serpents to see if their claim to have his back extended to Archie and Fred, a guy who is like his brother to him, and a man that is like his second father, respectively. He explained to them that Fred was shot by a guy wearing a black hood at Pop's, and while Serpents don't wear masks, some of them were working for Fred Andrews when for reasons of his own, he suddenly let them go, leaving Jughead to wonder if maybe someone took it personally. With the Serpents knowing every hidey-hole in town, someone had to have heard about the shooting at Pop's. Per their extended courtesy to Jughead, the Serpents agreed to ask around.
At Veronica's request, Jughead and Betty prepared to head down to Pop's in search of Fred's missing wallet, though Betty had her doubts that the wallet would be at the diner considering the shooter likely stole it. However, Jughead theorized that the random shooting wasn't so random. People are known to have enemies and hold grudges, especially in a town where fathers are killing their sons. It's entirely conceivable that this was a contract hit. Nevertheless, they agreed to check out Pop's shoppe just in case. Just outside the hospital, Jughead persuaded Betty into getting on his motorcycle as the two of them sped off.
Jughead and Betty entered the diner to the sight of a pool of blood all over the floor. They told Pop Tate that they had just come from the hospital with Fred, who was out of surgery, and that their reason for being at the shoppe was to look for his missing wallet. While Betty double checked the booth for Fred's wallet, Jughead look to Pop for answers, however, he didn't have many. As soon as the gun turned off him, he dove for cover, and waited until after the shooter left to call the police. Remembering his prior conversation with Sheriff Keller, Jughead asked Pop how much money did the shooter get away with. Pop's answer on the shooter leaving the register untouched confirmed Jughead's suspicion that Fred's shooting was far from a random act of violence. Pop's agreed, having encountered many thieves and thugs in the past, having looked all of them in the eyes. But this man was different. He had darker intentions. It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale.
Before leaving, Jughead and Betty sat down for a meal, and while Betty didn't have much of an appetite, Jughead certainly did. During this time, Betty aimed to address Jughead's affiliation to the Southside Serpents. He claimed that he only accepted their offer because he didn't believe it was something to be turned down. However, for Betty at least, last night meant something when he put on the Serpent jacket, which fit him both like a glove and a second skin. She also noticed the look of joy on his face while wearing it. Then there's also the fact that he's since acquired a motorcycle. With all this in mind, Jughead assured Betty that he wasn't a Serpent, and that his father's path wasn't his own, though Betty was still concerned with his living situation with the foster family, to which Jughead explained that they had an arrangement. They'll cover for him with his social worker, but he'll actually be staying in his father's trailer. Fred's near death had forced Jughead to face facts; FP was going to jail for a long time. Wearing a Serpent jacket, riding his bike, and living in the trailer reminded Jughead that no matter what, his father would always be close to him.
After returning to the hospital with food from Pop's for everyone, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica learned from Archie that he wasn't the hero that they believed him to be. After the masked attacker shot Fred, Archie revealed that he stood there doing nothing, paralyzed with fear. He didn't move an inch, not even when the shooter held a gun to his head. He shut his eyes and kept then shut until hearing the bell on Pop's door ring. Archie perceived his actions as cowardice, but Jughead, Betty, and Veronica would beg to differ as there was nothing else he could've done.
Jughead appeared during another dream of Fred's as he lied in the hospital bed unconscious. But this time he was the best man at Archie and Veronica's Scottish themed wedding. He stood alongside Archie as Veronica approached the altar. However, the dream came to an abrupt end as the black hooded assailant appeared and fired his gun. Meanwhile, back in reality, Jughead offered to drive Betty home, but she declined his offer at the risk that Alice may come out with a shotgun if she saw Betty on his motorcycle. Betty then addressed what he previously said at Pop's. She understood his need to feel the connection between him and his father at all cost, so whatever he needed to do in order to maintain that connection, she supported him. Happy to hear that he has Betty's support, they kissed.
After his kiss with Betty, Jughead returned to the trailer to find his two Serpent comrades awaiting his return. However, they were not alone. Beaten, bruised and tied to a chair was a man that they had taken from the Whyte Wyrm. He was holding court in reference to how Fred allowed Hermione to take over the SoDale project and fire the crew full of Serpents. This resulted in a fairly bitter individual who found joy in Fred's shooting. So, the two Serpents kidnapped him in order to determine whether or not he shot Fred. After a lengthy examination, during which time brass knuckles were used, they concluded that he was just another loud mouth. Now that Jughead has seen that they did what was asked of them, they hoped that he would relay that over to FP because it was important to them that he knew they were looking after Jughead. With or without the jacket, Jughead's a Serpent.
For decades, Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe was the heart of Riverdale. However, recent events have resulted in the diner becoming the latest casualty in the town's ongoing battle against darkness. On the side of the establishment were the words "Death Diner" painted in black spray. Jughead then proceeded into the shoppe to find Pop Tate distraught over the vandalism.
At school later that morning, Jughead told Archie, Betty, and Veronica about the vandalism and how the shooting caused all of Pop's staff to quit on him. Pop Tate wasn't sure how much longer he would be able to keep the doors open. Maybe not even a week. While it had seemed that they were willing to accept the closing of Pop's shoppe once and for all, Betty was much less willing to surrender. She reminded Jughead about his passion in trying to save the Twilight Drive-In, but as Jughead explained, his hands were full with his father's upcoming hearing, which Betty full understood, and because of this, was willing to take point in saving the diner. Veronica volunteered to assist her. "Another B and V team-up. They should really make a video game about you guys", Jughead remarked. Jughead then announced that he had to leave as he had to meet with his father's court-appointed lawyer, who was far from qualified for the task. Archie decided to join him as he too had business at the Sheriff Station; he needed to drop some flyers off of the black hooded assailant.
Jughead paced back and forth throughout the interrogation room as his father's lawyer reviewed the charges that FP was facing; arson, destruction of evidence, making a false confession, obstructing justice, and dumping Jason Blossom's body in the river. Fortunately, he was being offered a deal. How many years, Jughead wondered, to which the lawyer explained that he would be facing twenty.
That night, Jughead stopped by Archie's house, where he was nearly savagely attacked by Archie with a baseball bat as he entered through the back door. He had been walking around town all night, trying to wrap his head around how bad the situation he is facing was. With FP facing twenty years, the lawyer thought that he should take the deal because if he doesn't and the case goes to trial, he could be facing forty. Jughead confessed that he was really scared of what would come next. Archie replied that he was scared as well. But of what, Jughead asked.
The next day, Jughead and Betty headed down to the Mayor's office, where they asked Mayor McCoy for her assistance in saving Pop's shoppe. Jughead was hoping that she could make the diner a landmark or declare a day for Pop Tate in support. However, the Mayor didn't want to run the risk of endorsing Pop's only for another shooting to occur. Her priority was keeping the town safe. If they had to close Pop's in order for that to happen, then she was all for it. Jughead asked if she was also all for sending his father off to state prison for a murder he didn't commit. He was hoping that the Mayor could call the state attorney, and arrange to get his father a more qualified lawyer, but she dismissed his plea. He then told Mayor McCoy to remember the moment because this is the moment that she turned her back on both Pop Tate and his father.
Jughead met with Tall Boy later that evening to explain the crisis he was facing. He tried going the legit route by asking Mayor McCoy for help, but it felt like the entire system was rigged against them. Tall Boy wondered what FP had to say about this and if he had taken the deal that was being offered. Jughead replied that FP hadn't taken the deal yet, and he wouldn't so long as he had any say in the matter. In a desperate attempt to save his father from life in prison, Jughead suggested that they bust him out of jail before he gets transferred to the state. The plan was doable according to Jughead. The Sheriff Station had worse security than Riverdale High. Once his father was out, it was a straight shot up Sweetwater River to the Canadian border. Rather than breaking FP out, Tall Boy suggested getting FP a better lawyer, he needed a snake-handler. Someone whose livelihood depended on snakes. Who's used to dealing with them, and Tall Boy knew just who to send Jughead to.
Tall Boy pointed Jughead in the direction of a lawyer named Penny Peabody, who could be found in the back of a Southside Serpents' tattoo shop. Upon his arrival, Penny explained that she not only worked for Serpents, but that she is a Serpent, and that they put her through law school. The Serpents are often on the other side of the law, so having one of their own on retainer, helping out, was clever, Jughead acknowledged. Penny then commented on how FP always bragged that Jughead was smart. She knew his father and she also knew of the deal he was being offered, which was garbage by her account. While there were no loopholes, Penny suggested that Jughead get the Blossoms to forgive his father in front of a judge as that could shift things in FP's favor. Instead of twenty years, he could get time served with parole. Jughead asked if he was now supposed to pay her for her consultation, but Penny told him that they were friends. She did him a favor, and maybe one day, he would repay that favor.
That night, Jughead and Betty visited Cheryl and Ms. Blossom at Thistlehouse, their place of residence since the burning down of Thornhill. They explained that they were instructed by FP's lawyer to seek mercy from the victim's family. It was an appeal for leniency in order to reduce FP's sentence, leaving Cheryl to question where FP's mercy was when she was walking the halls of Thornhill in agony, obsessing over what was happening to Jason, imagining the worst. She then asked where was FP's mercy when she slept under the same roof of Jason's cold blood killer, night after night. Unfortunately, if it were up to Ms. blossom, she would watch FP fry in the electric chair. With it being apparent that neither Ms. Blossom nor Cheryl were going to forgive FP of their own free will, Jughead and Betty left Thistlehouse. While doing so, they discussed their next course of action. Jughead would've suggested blackmail and extortion if they weren't an orphan and a widow.
The next day, Jughead and Betty stopped by the diner to ask why Pop was selling the shoppe and to who. As much as it shamed Pop Tate to admit, he was selling it to ChugMo, the liquor store chain. Considering that the diner would soon be closing for good, Jughead made a last supper request for his father, who was facing twenty years of having to eat the weird meatloaf that they serve prisoners. So, barring an eleventh-hour miracle, Jughead was hoping for FP's last meal in Riverdale, that Pop could make his favorite, which was fried chicken, cornbread, onion rings and an orange freeze. With Pop Tate accurately recalling FP's favorites, down to the drink, Jughead joked that it was very "Rain Man" of him. However, despite their willingness to accept what they perceive to be the inevitable, Betty refused to give up, telling them both that she can fix everything before exiting the shoppe.
That evening, Jughead joined Veronica in the Blue and Gold offices, and while he didn't have red hair, nor broad shoulders, or even a blonde ponytail for that matter, he was willing to listen and help Veronica to the best of his ability. Not too long ago, Jughead was ready to walk away from his father, and now he's crusading for his freedom, which had Veronica wondering what changed. FP changed, Jughead said. He made an effort by taking another swing at being a good dad. But what if some people can't change because they're bad by DNA, Veronica wondered. Jughead explained that he's not going to presume to know what lies in her father's heart. But Archie's father almost died, and his father was going away for twenty years. If there's even a .0001% chance that her dad is trying, Jughead believed that she should at least give him a chance.
The following day, Jughead and Betty attended court, where after some convincing from Betty, who bribed her with footage of Jason's murder, Cheryl forgave FP in front of the judge for his role in covering her brother's death and humbly asked the court for leniency. As much as the judge sympathized, he couldn't ignore the quality of FP's crimes. There were no extenuating circumstances. This forced Cheryl to lie under oath; she claimed to have overheard her father threaten to hurt Jughead if FP didn't comply. In light of these revelations, the judge decided to delay sentencing. Jughead and FP happily embraced one another after gaining their first win in a series of loses.
Retro Night finally commenced at the diner, but the place was empty. Betty was sure that she had failed, but Jughead insisted that people would come. As the night progress, more and more customers began to arrive, just as he had earlier said. However, they were quite surprised by the arrival of Tall Boy and two of his Southside serpent affiliates. Jughead urged Betty to relax, he was sure that they were there to enjoy Pop's world-class burgers and service. He and Betty then began to kiss before being interrupted by Cheryl, who compared them to chimps in captivity, grooming and picking lice off each other. Mark this day, Cheryl said. She lied under oath for them, a misdeed that Jughead thanked her for, before handing over the USB flash drive containing video surveillance of her brother's murder. After a fun-filled night and succeeding in saving the diner from closing, Jughead, Betty, Archie, and Veronica shared a booth, during which time they relished in their victory; a rare win for the good guys.
While preparing a late night snack back at the trailer, Jughead received a call from his father, who was upset that he had gone to see Penny Peabody. Jughead explained that they didn't have a choice. 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.
Entering the Snake's Pit
Jughead joined his friends in the student lounge after learning that Moose and Midge had been shot in the woods, and that Kevin was the one that found them. Archie then entered the lounge, asking if they could at least all agree that there was a killer on the loose in Riverdale. A killer with terrible aim, Jughead remarked. Three out of four of his victims had survived their attacks. Midge was luckier than most considering she escaped the attack unscathed due to Moose's heroic actions in using his own body to shield her from the gunfire. On that note, Veronica wished to address what really mattered, that the new season of the Matchlerette started that night, and that they were all coming over to watch. Jughead was in disbelief that with all that was going on with a killer terrorizing the town, Veronica was more focused on a gross reality dating show. But she confessed that what she really wanted was for them all to officially meet her father. It was then that he realized that he was thirty minutes late for meeting his peer mentor at Southside High. Betty told him to wait, as he was exiting the door, hoping that he could just continue to attend Riverdale High. He told Betty that he would be fine, before giving her a goodbye kiss.
Jughead finally made his way over to Southside High, only to be stopped at the door by the metal detector. After successfully passing back through the detector without his hat, he was approached by his peer mentor, Toni Topaz, who called out to him by his birth name, Forsythe Pendleton Jones III. As he was guided through the school by Toni, she explained to him that the classrooms don't have Wi-Fi. The bathroom stalls don't have doors. And the school paper, The Red and Black, had closed down long ago due to budget cuts. To their right was a rare glimpse of Jingle Jangle being consumed in its natural habitat, though Jughead had no knowledge of the term. Toni told him that it was a highly addictive gutter drug that's better off avoided. In the cafeteria, Jughead learned of the Ghoulies, a rival gang of drug dealers, street racers, and rumored cannibals. As for the two of them, they sat on the other side of the cafeteria with the Serpents. Despite her kindness and welcoming manner, Jughead would rather sit alone, which left Toni confused considering that he was a Serpent by blood; the son of FP Jones. While this was true, Jughead wasn't a pack animal. He identified as a loner. Toni advised him to hang with the Serpents. Should the Ghoulies discover that he's vulnerable, they'll seize the opportunity to attack.
As planned, Jughead, Betty, and Archie gathered at the Pembrooke that evening to watch the "Matchlerette" and officially meet Veronica's father. However, Archie was distracted by the recent shooting. He began to feel like they were being specifically targeted by the killer. It was then that Mr and Mrs. Lodge entered the room before leaving for dinner. As he and Mr. Lodge shook hands, he was told that his father is a good man that valued family. Mr. Lodge hoped that FP's release would come sooner rather than later. Back onto the subject of the shooter, which Mr. Lodge couldn't help but overhear. He expressed his understanding of their frustration with Sheriff Station. He could say with great confidence that the police weren't always the solution.
The next day in class, Jughead was warned by Toni against answering Mr. Phillips' question in relation to the dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, though Jughead failed to heed her warning, correctly answering the teacher's question. Explaining that Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns. Having learned from Toni that Mr. Phillips used to advise the school paper, Jughead approached his desk after class to find out why it was shut down. Drugs and gangs came to Southside High, Mr. Phillips stated. Trying to get students interested in the school paper was an exercise in futility. However, he hadn't yet met Jughead, who was actively seeking to revive the Red and Black. His experience writing for The Blue and Gold at Riverdale High made him the perfect candidate. With his past articles up for viewing online, Mr. Phillips could use them as references.
He was later approached in the hallway by Mr. Phillips, who after reading his online articles was considering re-opening the Red and the Black, but under two conditions; those conditions being that he isn't allowed to traffic in gangs or drugs. Should he fail to comply, Mr. Phillips will shut everything down.
The next day, he and Toni headed down to the Red and Black offices to clean up and unpack. He remarked that while it wasn't anything compared to New York Times for instance, it was the safe space that he had been searching for. Looking to Toni, hoping that she would agree to join him, Jughead stated that all he needed now was a photographer with an amazing eye and a hunger for social justice. Before Toni could respond, they were interrupted by Sweet Pea and two fellow Serpent members, who were hoping that Toni and Jughead would join them at the quarry. Jughead declined Sweet Pea's offer, sarcastically remarking that he didn't have his beach body yet. Sweet Pea took great offense to Jughead's refusal to join them, surmising that they were good enough for him to ask for help, but not good enough to hang out with. He told Jughead not to come crawling to them when some random Ghoulie decided to earn his stripes by taking out FP Jones' kid. This was duly noted, and while Jughead appreciated what the Serpents had done for him and his father, he had no desires in being one of them, which angered Sweet Pea, enough to make him attack. Fortunately, Toni was there to keep the two separate.
That night, he received a surprise visit from Betty, who came bearing gifts to make his new office a bit more comfortable. While he was happy to see her, Betty shouldn't be walking around the Southside at night unless she was armed with a weapon. He then informed her that he discovered that the local component of Clifford Blossom's drug pipeline (Jingle Jangle) was coming from the school. He recalled his father previously stating that the Serpents never dealt with hard drugs, but the Ghoulies do. Betty couldn't help but consider the health risk Jughead was facing if he chose to write about gangs and drugs while attending the school. Are you worried about me? I thought you liked me reckless, Jughead replied. He and Betty then started to kiss before being interrupted by Toni.
With Betty and Toni already gone for the night, Jughead exited the office on his own. He headed down the hallway where he heard a startling noise, which caused him to stop momentarily, though he then resumed walking, that is until the lights shut off and an unfamiliar voice began calling his name. Visibly concerned, Jughead turned the corner and rushed down the steps only to discover that the back door had been looked with a chain. He proceeds down the hallway, hoping to find another exit, but he was ambushed and repeatedly hit and kicked.
At his father's trailer, following the attack, Betty applied alcohol to Jughead's wound, which he claimed that he sustained during a motorcycle incident, though Toni knew the truth. For a moment, Betty suspected that he had been attacked by the Ghoulies, which he supposedly had, but he would rather not worry Betty with the truth. Toni then interjected, telling Betty that the Serpents had Jughead's back. Even though he wasn't an actual member, there was still a connection of family loyalty. Once Betty left, they were able to talk freely about the attack, which she had previously warned Jughead about. She was hoping that this would force him to take them more seriously.
Jughead returned to school the next day, and walked over to Toni and Sweet Pea in the cafeteria, asking if he could join them. As he sat, Jughead and Sweet Pea exchanged looks, nodding to one another after coming to an understanding.
Jughead entered the library to check out a handful of books on several well known serial killer, ranging from the Zodiac Killer to the Axeman of New Orleans to Phantom Killer of Texarkana, Texas, in hope of furthering his understanding of the Black Hood. He reached the check out counter, where the librarian, Ms. Paroo, expressed her concerns over the recent attacks and the video put online by the Red Circle; the community watch group that was being led by Archie.
As Jughead continued to work on his novel from the trailer that night, he heard a strange noise coming from just outside the door. He peaked his head outside only to find that nothing was there.
The next morning, Jughead spoke to Betty over the phone as he arrived at school. She asked if he could come over for lunch. Unfortunately, Jughead was forced to turn down Betty's offer as he had to at least try to maintain a semblance of him being a student at Southside High. After hanging up with Betty, he joined Toni, Sweet Pea, and Fangs Fogarty at their table in the cafeteria to find that they too had seen the video of Archie threatening violence towards the Black Hood. With Fogarty looking to ear his Serpent stripes, Sweet Pea could think of no better way for him to do so than to bring them the head of the Northsider in the video, that being Archie. Jughead advised them against such action as Archie was someone he knew, who he described as being milquetoast and a lame target. If the Serpents felt as if they had something to prove, Jughead suggested that they go after the Black Hood themselves, though this wouldn't be in their best interest. With the Black Hood targeting Northsiders, he was doing their work for them, essentially making him a hero.
The Red and Black office is where Jughead sat when his study session of some of America's most infamous serial killers was interrupted By Toni. He was reading Beware of the Zodiac, which Toni noted as being a decent read, however, she preferred Robert Graysmith's definitive books on the subject. Jughead then received a call from Betty, which he chose to ignore. Toni was disappointed with his selection in study. If serial killers were an interest of his, she suggested that he check out Ted Bundy, Albert Fish, and Aileen Wuornos. However, none of them fit the profile. Their killer was most likely someone consumed with self-loathing. Conversely, he also sent letters and cryptos to the press, Toni stated, as she dropped the latest print from the Register in front Jughead. Do you think he's narcissistic or a Batman villain, Jughead playfully asked. Both he and Toni were "true crime junkies", which is why she was seeking Jughead out. The print from the Register that she gave him, contained the Black Hood's cipher, which she hoped Jughead would help her crack.
First thing the next morning, Betty unexpectedly stopped by the trailer before Jughead headed off for school. Betty told him that she was on her way to the library after asking Ms. Paroo to set aside all the books she had in relation to cryptograms and ciphers, as she thought it would help in cracking the Black Hood's code, which she hoped that Jughead would join her in doing. However, Jughead and Toni had already started on the code, the day before. Hearing this for the first time, Betty suggested that they all work on the code together. A code breaking party, she called it. Jughead would even come to host the event.
That night, Jughead, Betty, Toni and Kevin gathered at the trailer, where they joined forces in trying to decode the cipher. Per Ms. Paroo's books, Jughead had been looking for common letter associations like T-H, A-N, I-N-G. The problem with this being that they didn't even know if the code was in English. It could be an anagram. Betty commented that the codes looked familiar, though she couldn't quite place them, and struggled with this throughout the night. Jughead suggested that they go back to the basic, asking the group what they knew of the thus far, and why he chose to begin his killing spree now. From what little they knew of the Black Hood, he was obsessed with cleansing the town of sinners and hypocrites, seemingly attacking anyone with ties to the north side, which Toni referred to as fake news. An argument then ensued between Betty and Toni, during which time, Toni revealed that Jughead had been secretly eating with the Serpents at lunch. A fact that Jughead had failed to mention to Betty. With tension rising, both Toni and Kevin decided to leave. Once they were alone, Jughead explained that he sat with the Serpents purely for reasons of survival, though Betty didn't seem too concerned. She'd rather they focus their time on solving the code.
Jughead and Betty woke up the next morning on the couch. Realizing that they had accidentally fallen asleep, Betty began to panic, even more so as she realized that her mother had been repeatedly calling her phone. She grabbed her belongings and quickly exited the trailer.
Jughead headed over to Betty's house that night after discovering that she had left some of her notebooks at the trailer. While he wasn't snooping through her belongings, as he was gathering them, he found a letter from the Black Hood addressed to Betty, leaving him to wonder why she hadn't told him. Betty initially claimed that she withheld the letter from Jughead because he was too busy at Southside High with the Serpents. But as Jughead explained, he was only at the school for all of two days. And while it was saddening that they no longer went to the same school, Jughead knew that this wasn't the reason she was holding out on him. Betty confessed that she hid the letter because the Black Hood wrote that she inspired him. She feared that Archie would blame her for his father's shooting. Jughead assured Betty that Archie was on their side and that he would never blame her for the shooting. He compared Betty to a combination of Nancy Drew and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was this reference that led Betty to conclude that in writing the cipher, the Black Hood used one of her touchstones.
Jughead and Betty arrived at the library, where Betty explained that when she was a kid she used to excessively check out a Nancy Drew book entitled "Secret-Code". Betty then used the book to crack the cipher, which read that the Black Hood would strike next where it all began, that being at the Town Hall, where he heard Betty's speech that encouraged him to go on his cleanse of sinners and hypocrites.
After learning of the Black Hood's plan to attack at the Town Hall meeting, Jughead and Betty rushed over to alert all those in attendance. Soaked and wet from the storm, the two of them came in through the back door, warning everyone that they needed to leave immediately as the Black Hood was on his way. Mrs. Cooper stopped them in the aisle, asking what it was they were referring to. Betty explained that they cracked the cipher, which in turn informed them of the killer's next move. The lights then shut off. Whether or not this was due to the storm remains unknown. But in fear that the Black Hood was preparing to strike, Betty pulled the fire alarm, which resulted in an immediate evacuation.
With the Town Hall meeting brought to an abrupt end, Jughead and Betty reconvened at her house, where they revealed to Betty's parents, Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy that there was also a letter that Betty had kept secret from them all.
Jughead confronted Toni, Sweet Pea, and Fogarty in the courtyard after learning that Dilton Doiley had supposedly been jumped and stabbed by Southside Serpents. However, according to Fogarty, Dilton stabbed himself, with his own knife. Furthermore, they didn't jump anyone. There was a fight; Riverdale Bulldogs vs Southside Serpents, during which time, Sweet Pea acquired the black eyes he was currently sporting. Archie gave it to him, just before Veronica shot a gun into the air. And to no surprise, the Northsiders went unpunished as they were hauled in by the police. Tired of being the source of blame for everything wrong with Riverdale, Sweet Pea and Fogarty devised a plan to blow up the Register with a pipe bomb, after hours, as payback. Jughead objected to the bombing due to the fact that blowing up a building would only worsen the matter. So, he asked that they hold off from exacting revenge until he could talk to Archie. But that was his answer to everything, Sweet Pea stated. Moreover, they didn't even know which side Jughead stood with. He couldn't be half a Serpent. Jughead then took a seat next to Toni, as Sweet Pea and Fogarty left the courtyard. He blamed Archie for starting World War III. While Northsiders had been dumping on them for years, Toni informed Jughead that his father always put forth the effort to maintain peace and avoid bloodshed. But with him in prison, reckless individuals like Sweet Pea, only believed there to be one solution; violence.
Jughead sat at the trailer, contemplating his next move in the war between North and Southside. He decided to put on his Serpents jacket, and head down to the Whyte Wyrm. However, upon entering the bar, he didn't receive the warm welcome he was hoping for. In reference to him playing both sides, Sweet Pea remarked that Jughead was a lost Northsider. Jughead countered that he was over being half a Serpent. Unfortunately, Sweet Pea mistook this as a ploy to save his friends on the Northside. Jughead assured the Serpents that he was willing to stand with them, just as his father led them. Tall Boy gave him the jacket, it was finally time that he started wearing it. However, he would first have to survive the initiation, if he truly wished to join them.
In the late hour of the night, Jughead woke to the sight of Sweet Pea, along with a few other Serpents, wearing Serpent masks. His initiation began with him assuming guardianship of the Beast, otherwise known as Hot Dog.
The next day, while leaving school with Toni, she asked what did he think of the Beast. Jughead replied that he stinks and had no boundaries. Every new recruit had to take care of Hot Dog, as is it was a tradition, and Jughead was no exception. Toni then told him that this was the Serpents' third Hot Dog, making him a third generation, much like Jughead (i.e. Forsythe Pendleton Jones III).
Back at the trailer, Toni tested Jughead's memory of the laws of being a Serpent, which were the following; "a Serpent never shows cowardice", and "if a Serpent is killed or imprisoned, then their family will be taken care of". However, he failed to cite the remaining laws. Toni instructed him to focus and to take the initiation seriously, which he swore he was, but he was struggling, though this still left the question as to why Jughead suddenly wanted to go from conscientious objector to full-fledged member. Much to Toni's surprise, Jughead's sudden change of heart was because of her earlier statement in regards to his father being responsible for keeping Serpents like Sweet Pea inline. Somone had to step up in order to prevent an all-out war from erupting. Hearing these words from Jughead convinced Toni to continue helping him with his review of the laws.
After what was presumably a successful review of the six serpent laws, Jughead and Toni returned to the Whyte Wyrm, where Jughead was then instructed to cite all six laws to Tall Boy. Upon completion of this, Jughead moved on to the third trial, which required him to retrieve a knife from inside the cage of a venomous rattlesnake. He grabbed the knife with little to no hesitation, though he was bitten. Unbeknownst to Jughead at the time of retrieval, the snake's venom glands had previously been removed. Toni explained it was a trial to test his courageousness, and he passed, thus making him one step closer to becoming a Serpent. It was during this chat with Toni that she called him "Juggie", for the first time, which they both simultaneously realized, resulting in an awkward exchange of looks.
Jughead met up with Betty at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, the following day, where he was greeted with a kiss. Betty was a sight for sore eyes, he commented. He'd been feeling unmoored recently, so he wanted to check in with her, especially after the exposé she published from many years ago, of her mother's arrest as a young member of the Southside Serpents. Betty asked about his hand, which he had wrapped in gauze after being bitten by a snake, during the third trial. Jughead lied to Betty, telling her that he sustained the wound while watching Hot Dog. Sitting on opposite ends of the table, holding each other's hands, Jughead wished that they could leave Riverdale for someplace where there wasn't a brewing war between two sides or rival gangs attacking one another. Betty shared the same sentiment, adding a place with no crazy moms or Black Hoods. They'd be like Romeo and Juliet, but with a happily ever after instead.
Later that night, Toni stopped by the trailer to warn Jughead. If he was having any second thoughts, that moment would've been the time to back out because of the final trial, the gauntlet, was on a whole other level. Jughead joked that if it was anything like the beast, he'd be fine. Though this was no laughing matter, Toni explained. If he joined the Serpents, he had to be willing to die for them, because they were willing to die for him. As for his Northside friends (Archie, Betty, Veronica, etc), he'd look up one day, and they'd be gone. That's what happens when you join a gang, the Serpents included. Jughead thanked Toni for stopping by, telling her that she can consider him warned.
The next morning, as Jughead prepared to proceed with the initiation, Archie unexpectedly dropped by the trailer to deliver some news, but before he could get a word out, Jughead attempted to get him to leave, as Sweet Pea and the others were on their way. Unfortunately, the Serpents rounded the corner just as he was pleading with Archie to go. That moment, Archie learned that not only was Jughead friends with the guys that attacked him, he was also joining the Serpents. Jughead asked if Archie was there to warn him, but he soon learned that Archie was there under much more saddening circumstances. He came to inform Jughead that Betty was breaking up with him, though Jughead had a hard time believing this considering he had just seen Betty the day before. Archie claimed that she's been wanting to end it ever since he crossed over to the dark side, but she couldn't bring herself to do it, so she sent Archie. She saw where Jughead was headed, as did they all. He couldn't be a Northsider and a Southsider. Realizing that it's over between him and Betty, he told Archie that the message has been received. He then turned around to see the Serpents watching as it all unfolded, asking if they enjoyed the show.
Later that night, it was time for Jughead to face the final trial; the gauntlet, which consisted of the Serpents standing on both sides of him, forming a straight path, which would eventually lead down to Sweet Pea. Prohibited from fighting back, Jughead walked down the path, as the Serpents landed many powerful punches, one after another. He continued down this pathway until reaching Sweet Pea. Beaten and bruised, Jughead asked if that was all they had to offer. Sweet Pea, who was wearing brass knuckles, delivered a massive punch, knocking Jughead to the ground, instantly. After regaining consciousness, Jughead stood to his feet and shook Sweet Pea's hand. He was then handed his Serpents jacket by Toni.
Jughead was congratulated by Toni back at the trailer for officially becoming a Serpent. As he held an ice pack against his face, Toni pointed out that he was going to have a difficult time hiding his brand new double-headed Serpent tattoo from Betty, though as Toni would come to learn, he and Betty broke up, thus making his tattoo a non-issue. The two of them then momentarily gazed into one another's eyes, before sharing a kiss.
Street Racers: Serpents vs Ghoulies
In Riverdale, everyone wore a mask, not just the Black Hood. But every so often, the mask slips, and their true self is laid bare for all the world to see. As Jughead continued working on this, the latest entry to his novel, Toni came from the back of the trailer, half dressed. She asked if he was hungry, to which he replied that she never had to ask him that, as his appetite was unmatched.
At Pop's, whiling enjoying their meal, Toni thanked Jughead for allowing her to sleep over, as her uncle would repeatedly lock her out the house, forcing her to find places to crash, from night to night. My trailer, is your trailer, Jughead remarked. They discussed their kiss, that Toni referred to as a PG-13 grope session, which she saw no reason to further pursue. Jughead wasn't over Betty, and Toni wasn't interested in being his rebound girl, not to mention the fact that she was more into girls, which took Jughead by surprise.
Jughead reported to Mr. Phillips upon completion of his article for the Red and Black, in which he addressed how residents of Riverdale would negatively associate Southside High with the plagues of the Southside, that being drugs, gangs, and violence. But like the Southside, there was a community within the school. While the decay was real, it was not irreversible, Jughead believed. Mr. Phillips was impressed with Jugead's ability to write such a well crafted article, especially while simultaneously pledging his allegiance to the Southside Serpents. Jughead had broken their deal about not trafficking in gangs. However, as he would go on to explain, the Serpents were a community, just as the article depicted. They weren't the dangerous drug dealers that the town was making them out to be. Dealing with hard drugs was the Ghoulies territory. Jughead then excused himself from the conversation after getting a message from Archie, telling him to meet him outside. In the hallway, Jughead discovered that Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller were about to raid the school in search of the Jingle Jangle dealers. As they came barging through the doors in full force, Jughead and Archie ran out the fire exit, as Sweet Pea and Toni are handcuffed and taken into custody.
After narrowly escaping the raid, Jughead and Archie reconvene at Pop's. With Mayor McCoy convinced that the Serpents are responsible for dealing Jingle Jangle, Riverdale had become a police state. Jughead insisted that the Ghoulies were dealing the heavy drugs, though few were willing to listen. He couldn't go to Mayor McCoy with this information, as she held a personal vendetta against the Serpents, which became clear after she began arresting his friends on sight. Jughead wondered why Archie even cared about what happened with him, after he made it perfectly clear at the trailer park that he and Betty wanted nothing to do with him. Archie apologized about the sequences of events that transpired, and instructed Jughead to talk with Betty, though would have to make time at a later date, having just received a message from Tall Boy, who wanted to parley.
Jughead met with Tall Boy on the Southside, in a buidling known as the House of the Dead, which he would come to learn is a drug den ran by the Ghoulies, and that Tall Boy was looking to unite the two gangs after the recent heat being brought down on them started to deplete their ranks. They met with Malachai, leader of the Ghoulies, who shared the same sentiment as Tall Boy, believeing that a union would be in the best interest of both gangs, and successfully doing so would be easier to do if Jughead endorsed the partnership because he was FP's son, which carried weight with the younger members of the Serpents. Jughead was adamantly against the partnership, as the Ghoulies were responsible for Southside High being raided. Malachai replied that chaos is how they thrived, and that Jughead best get use to it. Tall Boy was supposed to be his father's right hand, so Jughead questioned how he could betray him so easily. But with the Northsider declaring war, and his father in prion, that left Tall Boy in charge to call the shots. The dynamics of the Southside were changing. Tall Boy advised Jughead to either change with it or suffer the consequences.
Jughead returned to the trailer to inform Archie of the recent developments. Despite what he was being led to believe, the alliance with the Ghoulies wasn't an alliance at all, rather a hostile take over. Jughead proposed that he stall until Sweet Pea and Toni were released from police custody. He hoped that once they were out, they would rather go to war with the Ghoulies than start dealing Jingle Jangle. Though, Archie reminded him that his entire purpose for joining the Serpents was to prevent war, rather than participate in it. However, his father would never allow such an unholy union to take place, so neither would Jughead. While Archie didn't have any better ideas, he figured FP would, so the two of them headed down to the prison to pay him a visit.
At the prison, Jughead and Archie talked to FP from behind the glass. Jughead was accepting of whatever future punishment his father saw fit for him joining the Serpents, but right then, they needed his help in saving the them, otherwise, the Ghoulies would have full control of the Southside. His father explained that while Ghoulies dressed like fops, they were a nasty crew. However, the Serpents have survived much worse. Unfortunately for Jughead, the Ghoulies had him out numbered, meaning he had to avoid bloodshed at all cost by out thinking them. The one thing Ghoulles loved above all else was there souped-up retro cars and hearses. With that being said, FP informed the boys to challenge the Ghoulies to a one-on-one street race, but to keep it quiet. Should the cops learn of the race, they'd all be arrested. As for the terms of the race; if Malachai won, the Serpents would surrender, but if they won, the Ghoulies stand down and they'd gain control of Southside High, thus bringing an end to the Ghoulies and the Jingle Jangle problem, while simultaneously getting Mayor McCoy off their back.
Off his father's advise, Jughead and Archie returned to the House of the Dead to challenge Malachai to a race. He explained that If they win, Serpents remain autonomous and Ghoulies quit dealing at Southside High. However, if the Ghoulies win, the Serpents will fold, and he and his kind can continue polluting the Southside with his "little straws of death", though, with the Ghoulies having nothing to actually gain from this arrangement, Malachai wasn't interested in Jughead's offer, who he referred to as the "Serpent Prince". Betty and Veronica were then brought in after they were caught by the Ghoulies, trying to sneak in through the garage. On that note, Malachai wanted them all out. In a last ditch effort, Jughead offered up the Whyte Wyrm should Malachai agree to the race, which he does, only after adding on the Sunnyside Trailer Park.
At the local mechanic shop, Jughead and Betty worked on Reggie's muscle car, which he allowed them to drive for the race. Betty attempted to make small talk, but the awkward tension was unavoidable. She asked if street racing rival gangs was something the Serpents did for fun. Betty was disappointed that he had joined the Serpents despite telling her he wouldn't, though she was in no position to talk, claiming that she loved Jughead, only to break up with him via Archie, which he remarked was far worse than via text. Betty apologized, telling him that everything around them was imploding, and that she broke up with him for his own protection. But Jughead saw their break up differently, as she did the one thing that could actually hurt him. Betty promised to explain everything to him, but that would have to wait until after the race.
As the drag race was about the commence, Betty informed him that she never stopped loving him, and that he shouldn't ride the clutch or allow it to slip between gear shifts.
Jughead shook hands with Malachai, and told him that the race was to take place over Herk Harvey bridge to dead man's curve. First one back to the starting point won. Cheryl took to the center of the road as the flag girl, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race. Jughead took a momentary lead as the rival gangs sped down the road. However, it didn't last long as Malachai began repeatedly ramming their vehicle. As they approached the bridge, Archie advised Jughead to fall back because it was too narrow for both vehicles to cross, though Jughead refused to back down, "the serpents are joining the Ghoulies over my dead body, Archie". With Herk Harvey bridge approaching fast, Archie pulled the emergency break against Jughead's wishes, forcing the car to a stop as the Ghouiles crossed over. Furious over Archie's interference, Jughead grabbed him, and demanded to know why he would do such a thing. Archie explained that Jughead would thank him for it, just before hearing police sirens at the end of the road. They followed the sirens over the bridge to find that Malachai had been stopped by Sheriff Keller and the police department.
Jughead and Archie returned to the starting pointing, alerting everyone of the police's presence, and telling them that it was time to leave. Tall Boy accused him of calling the cops, questioning how any honor could be found in his actions, but Jughead insisted that it wasn't his doing. Archie revealed that he called Keller. It was his idea. This way, the Ghoulies would get arrested for street racing. However, as Jughead informed Archie, they wouldn't be locked up for long. And when they got released, they'd wanted everyone's heads on a stake.
The next day, Jughead returned to school, where he walked the hall with Toni, who revealed that while some Serpents were giving him props for challenging the Ghoulies to a street race and beating them, others hate that he cut a deal with Sheriff Keller, because it put them in bed with the police. And while Jughead and Toni knew that it was Archie who called the police, others didn't. Jughead was startled by the sight of two officers rounding the corner, as he suspected another raid was in order, however, as Toni informed him, they were there to arrested the Sugarman, who had been identified as Mr. Phillips, the adviser for the Red and Black.
That night, after Betty came clean about her mysterious calls with the Black Hood, which is why she broke up with Jughead, the two of them cuddled up in the trailer; Jughead - working on his novel, and Betty - reading a book.
Jughead is a pale young man, about 6 feet tall with short black hair and blue-green eyes. His clothing style tends toward dark colors; flannel tops layered over t-shirts, often with an "S" on the front, jeans with hanging suspenders, denim jackets, a messenger bag, and his trademark grey knitted crown beanie.
After going through the right of passage and passing all of the tests given to him in order to become a Southside Serpent, Jughead later got a tattoo of the gang's symbol of a double-headed serpent, tattooed on his shoulder, shown on the right-hand side of his arm.
Jughead is a darkly humorous, apathetic, cynical "conscientious objector" with a quick temper and a lot of secrets. He's crafty, intelligent, and well-known for his writing skill and sardonic humor. His so-called "outsider" status allows him to write about Riverdale--more specifically, Jason's murder--from an objective point of view. His detachment from others in Riverdale lends itself to conflict with those who dislike him. Jughead displays a quick and impatient temper underneath his apathetic affect in punching Chuck in the face, snapping at Betty, and attempting to sever ties with Betty after the birthday party fiasco.
He's passionate about few things (including films, family, and writing), but will protect them with everything he has. One of these passions reveals his soft spot for Betty Cooper, as he agrees to join the school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, with her despite not receiving complete creative freedom, and accompanies her on her quest to find Polly and learn more about Jason's death.
After Jughead joined the Serpent gang, he made the choice to be better then they were and to stay true to himself. This is evident as he wishes to not do any harm to anyone. Ever since he joined, he hasn't considered them as gang members, but his family.
Jughead can also be a very forgiving person. Ever since his father, FP, took the fall for Cliff Blossom's crime to protect his son, Jughead has looked at FP as a someone deserving a second chance for trying to make an effort to change, as Jughead explained to Veronica.
Jughead is determined and not easily deterred, willing and able to overcome any obstacle in front of him. After learning that his father was the peacekeeper within the Southside Serpents, Jughead sought to pick up from where FP left off, deciding then and there, that upon joining the gang, that he would make changes for the better, while also preventing war from erupting between the Northside and the Southside. He is also tough, and is able to take a hit, both literally and figuratively, as he was willing to endure the final trial of being jumped into the Serpents by several members.
- Jughead and Archie
- Jughead and Reggie
- Jughead and Veronica
- Jughead and Betty
- Jughead and FP
- Jughead and Jellybean
- Jughead and Cheryl
- Jughead and Alice
- Jughead and Toni
- He was living at the Twilight Drive-In until its closing, then moved into a forgotten cupboard under a staircase at Riverdale High School. Afterward, he moved in with the Andrews family before ultimately being transferred to foster care after his father's arrest.
- Six years prior to the series, he lived at 3021 Norlin Cresent, Riverdale, USA 68247, as listed on his juvenile records.
- In Jughead's dream sequence in "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place", Jughead, Archie, Veronica, and the Cooper family appear in their original Archie comics outfits.
- Jughead practically ignores his birthday and hates celebrating it.
- Jughead's dog in the Archie Comics was named Hot Dog. In "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter", when the South Side Serpents visit Jughead at FP's trailer, they are accompanied by a dog with the same name.
- In both the comics and animated series, Archie and Jughead are best friends despite their differing personalities. However, Riverdale explores a more realistic friendship between the two teenagers.
- Jughead's beanie in the television series is based on his famous "whoopee hat" from the comics.
- Jughead's sexuality has been a topic of discussion since the creation of the series. In one iteration of the comics, he is asexual; in another, he is aromantic, but is portrayed as neither aromantic nor asexual in Riverdale. Cole Sprouse supported the idea of Jughead being asexual in Riverdale because it would be a positive example of asexual representation, but the writers chose not to explore that angle.
- See also: Category:Images of Jughead Jones
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