|“||You act like we’ve got the same set of options. You live in this pale pink world of milkshakes and first kisses, and “Am I going to date Archie or Jughead?” Except for when you’re exploring your BDSM sexuality, which again you’re allowed to do. But I’m not, because why? This is what I’ve got, Betty. Me, these woods, so please don’t come here and tell me it’s disgusting. If you can’t accept what I do, whatever I do then we’re just not really friends.||”|
|— Kevin to Betty[src]|
Kevin is a sophomore at Riverdale High School and the best friend of Betty Cooper. Along with that, he has become Veronica's G.B.F. (gay best friend). Kevin also struggles with his sexuality, as he doesn't have the same options as his friends do. Because of this, it often causes Kevin to act recklessly at times.
Presumably, Kevin grew up in Riverdale alongside Betty Cooper, his closest friend. Nothing is known about his home life beyond the fact that his father is the sheriff of Riverdale. It has been implied his mother doesn't live with them anymore.
Throughout the SeriesEdit
Meanwhile, in reality, Kevin arrived at Riverdale General Hospital after learning that Archie's father was shot at the diner by an unknown assailant wearing a black hood. He joined Betty in the lobby, where he asked about her relationship with Jughead, and if they had sex after the Jubilee. Betty informed Kevin that while she and Jughead didn't have sex, he did say that he loved her, and Betty reciprocated these feelings. Unfortunately, the night when downhill from there as Betty was concerned with Jughead possibly joining the Southside Serpents, which Kevin immediately warned her against. He advised her to review his past relationship with Joaquin, who was also a Serpent. Betty stated that Joaquin was nice, but only when he wasn't dumping bodies in Sweetwater River or mopping up buckets of blood, Kevin retorted.
After an awkward exchange of looks between the two, Kevin and Betty noticed Cheryl heading down the hall with someone on a gurney. From Cheryl, they learned that there was a terrible fire at Thornhill the prior night and that her mother was on the gurney. However, they did not learn the full truth, that Cheryl started the fire an in attempt to start over, as she created a cover story: After her ordeal at Sweetwater, where she attempted to kill herself, Cheryl was at home, asleep when the fire started. They believe the start of the fire was from a breeze knocking over a lit candle, which caught the curtains. Mrs. Blossom returned to Thornhill and rushed headlong into the blaze, risking her life to save Cheryl's (the real reason she went in was to save the family portrait), which unfortunately resulted in her suffering third-degree burns as well as acute smoke inhalation.
Kevin and Veronica sat in the Blue and Gold offices as Betty told them that they needed to host an event at Pop's diner that reminded the town of simpler times, like a throwback to when the shoppe first opened its doors. However, Veronica couldn't help but wonder why Betty was fighting so hard for the shoppe's survival, to which she explained that with everyone losing so much recently, she was hoping that at the very least she could save Pop's for everyone. It's where she first met several of her friends, Kevin included.
After learning from Mr. Weatherbee that Riverdale High's former music teacher, Ms. Grundy, was murdered in her Greendale home, Kevin, Veronica, and the entire River Vixen squad came together at Betty's behest to clean up Pop's vandalized diner in preparation for Retro Night. Afterward, as Retro Night commenced, Kevin assisted the staff of Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the Vixens, in service.
Cruising Fox ForestEdit
In the late hours of the night, Kevin passed over a bridge, going deeper into Fox Forest, where he met a young man of his liking. They were up against a tree, kissing and groping, when the sound of several gun shots echoed throughout the forest. Kevin's companion took off while he decided to further investigate. Upon his arrival at Lover's Lane, he found Midge, climbing out the passengers side of Moose's car, screaming for help as she ran into his arms. Kevin would then learn that they were attacked a man wearing a black hood. Fortunately for Midge, Moose's heroic actions in using his own body to shield her from the gun fire, left her unharmed.
The next day at school, Kevin met with his friends in the student lounge to discuss his finding of Moose and Midge at Lover's Lane the night prior. After hearing Midge's Banshee-like scream, he compared her appearance of being covered in Moose's blood to the 1976 American supernatural horror film, Carrie. Concerned with Kevin's well being, considering that he could've been shot as well, Archie questioned what Kevin was doing in the woods to begin with. Despite entering Fox Forest for a late night hook up, Kevin lied, telling his friends that he was on a late night jog. Archie now hoped that they could all agree that there was a killer on the loose, though everyone wasn't convinced. Veronica then interrupted to invite them all over to her place to officially meet her father.
With her knowledge and friendship with Kevin being greater than most, Betty was not convinced with his fabricated late night jogging story. He initially claimed that he was trying to get in shape for wrestling, but after realizing that Betty knew him too well to continue with his lie, Kevin confessed that he went cruising in Fox Forest. However, his claim to join the wrestling team still held true. In order to get out the house, just as he lied to his friends, Kevin told his father that he was jogging. Betty understood that he was lonely ever since Joaquin left town, but she hated cruising. Why couldn't he just use Grind'em, Betty asked, to which Kevin replied that no one is ever who they say they are online. At least there's no surprises when cruising. Betty reminded him that Moose and Midge were shot three hundred yards from Fox Forest, and the person who did it was still out there. After listening to Betty's concern, Kevin promised that he would refrain from going back to the woods.
After failing to show up at Veronica's home to meet her father, Kevin was confronted by Betty the subsequent day. He claimed that something came up. Something in the woods, Betty asked. Alluding to another cruising in Fox Forest. Kevin hoped that Betty wouldn't take what he was about to say the wrong way, but he asked how her how many years did he listen to her talk on and on about Archie, and now she's doing the same with Jughead. She didn't ask his permission to date them, but she did so regardless because she didn't need Kevin's permission nor did he need hers. Before leaving, he told Betty that what he's doing in the woods was none of her business.
The next day, Kevin visited Moose in the hospital. Like many others before him, Moose wondered what Kevin was doing in the woods, though Kevin didn't respond to the question, instead, turning the question back on Moose, asking what he was doing in the woods with Midge, other than drugs, which everyone had already been made aware of. Moose claimed that the Jingle Jangle was Midge's idea. While Moose liked Midge, he wasn't always sure that they were the greatest match. He then look to Kevin, who had a troubled look on his face. Kevin told Moose that he hadn't been making great decisions lately. He'd been lying to his father and going into the woods despite knowing the dangers he faces while doing so, almost as if he didn't even care. Moose explained that guys like them, in a town like Riverdale, didn't have many options. So, even if they risk certain danger, they go for it because of the slightest chance that they won't be alone for the smallest amount of time. Growing uncomfortable with the discussion, Kevin prepared to leave, while doing so, Moose told him that he could come back whenever he felt like hanging out or talking.
Kevin sat on a bench near the bridge as two men passed him. He politely smiled, then following them across the bridge, where he was startled by Betty and Cheryl. Betty was disappointed that he broke his promise. She wanted him to have more respect for himself. While they had been friends for a long time, Betty had no idea of the difficulties Kevin faced as being a homosexual male in such a small town. Betty acted as if they had the same set of options, when in reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. Kevin went on to say that she lived in a pale-pink world of milk shakes and first kisses, where her biggest romantic obstacle is whether she is going to date Archie or Jughead, except for when she exploring her BDSM sexuality, which again, she's allowed to do, but he's not. Fox Forest was all he had. So, he didn't need Betty telling him how disgusting she thought it to be. If she couldn't accept what he did, then they weren't truly friends.
The following night, Kevin went on another cruise of Fox Forest, during which time he approached a parked car with an unfamiliar man inside. Kevin asked how the driver was doing, then telling him that he was waiting for someone one. The driver offered him a ride, and so Kevin willingly entered the car. However, he was stabbed in the abdomen with a knife by the driver soon thereafter. Fortunately, this turned out to be a momentary vision of one possible outcome had he gotten in the vehicle. Still, on the outside of the car, Kevin denied to driver's offer for a ride. The driver asked if he was playing hard to get, then raising his voice and demanding that Kevin get in the car, which frightened him, so much so that he ran off.
After a close call in the woods, Kevin returned home, only to be confronted in the kitchen by his father, who had learned all about his cruising of Fox Forest from Betty, who Kevin initially attempted to use as an excuse for why he returned home so late. With everything that was going on, Kevin's father needed to know that he was safe. He knew that there were some things they didn't talk about, but maybe it was time they start trying. The two of them then shared a long hug.
Kevin arrived at school the next day, heading straight towards his locker. He looked to Betty, who was just a few feet away, then turning away in the opposite direction as she attempted to speak to him. It became fairly apparent that Kevin was upset with Betty for going behind his back, to his father.
Kevin joined Betty in the Blue and Gold offices to tell her that while he was still upset about her telling his father, who then told his mother about cruising Fox Forest, he had re-upped his online membership to redstatemeat.com, so there would be no cruising in the foreseeable future. It was only after he stopped talking that he noticed something was severely wrong with Betty as she sat at her desk, emotionless. Betty explained that she found a letter from the Black Hood, addressed to her. In that letter, he explained that Betty's speech at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee inspired him. The town's sinners must show their contrition. If not, more suffering and bloodshed would surely continue. Enclosed in the letter was a cipher, which detailed where he will punish his next victim. It was a test that only Betty could solve. Kevin suggested that they turn everything over to his father, however, Betty was only willing to give up the cipher. The letter, she wanted to keep for herself, as it was meant for her, though Kevin didn't wan her involved in the case. He reminded Betty that she was dealing with a psychopath, and that she was merely a high school student.
The following night, Kevin, Betty, Jughead and Toni gathered at FP's trailer, where they joined forces in trying to decode the Black Hood's cipher. The symbols looked oddly familiar to Betty, but she couldn't quite place them, and struggled with this throughout the night. Toni remarked that maybe she should loosen her ponytail. As the trailer filled with awkward silence, Kevin informed Toni that Betty's ponytail was iconic and beyond reproach, though Betty was fine with the suggestion as she was willing to try anything. Jughead suggested that they look at the cipher from a more basic perspective, asking why the Black Hood chose to begin his killing spree now, which Kevin and Betty both had the answer to, but refrained from answering. From what little they knew of the Black Hood, he was obsessed with cleansing the town of sinners and hypocrites, seemingly attacking only Northsiders, which Toni referred to as fake news. An argument then erupted between Betty and Toni. Uncomfortable with the current environment he was in, Kevin decided to leave. Toni agreed that it would be best if she left as well.
In the student lounge, Kevin learned from Veronica that an old friend of hers, Nick St. Clair, was coming up from New York for her parents' open house. They were the "will they or won't they?" of their jet set, Veronica stated. She went on to describe her friend as being an outrageous flirt, who she'd go on madcap adventures with, though they never dated.
A couple days later, Kevin got the chance to officially meet Nick in the music room at school, where he invited everyone to attend the party he was hosting in his hotel room at the Five Seasons.
Later that night, Kevin attended the party in Nick's hotel room, along with Veronica, Archie, Betty, Cheryl, Josie, Reggie, Valerie, and Melody, where after having a few drinks, Nick recommended they kick up the party with some Jingle Jangle that he scored from Reggie. Every other night it's burgers and milkshakes at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Veronica sought to cut loose and pretend for one night that they were normal. Cheryl agreed to partake, then looking to Kevin, hoping that he would join, as he does. High off the Jingle Jangle, Kevin and Cheryl danced on the couch together, though their drug fueled dance off was short lived due to an argument taking place between Betty and Veronica, during which time, Betty accused Veronica of being a bad person and a friend of circumstances.
Kevin is an incredibly handsome, young teenage guy with an athletic build, approximately standing somewhere around 6'1 or 6'2. He has short, dark brown 'slicked back' hair and light green eyes.
Kevin is a nice, loyal, very outgoing and charismatic student who knows the social scene of Riverdale very well. Being an openly gay teenager, Kevin freely talks about other guys in public and has shown to have an interest in fashion as well. He has a tendency to make very blunt and honest statements about the people and events in the series. However, with the fact that Kevin has admitted that he struggles with his sexuality, it often results in him being often reckless at times.
- Kevin and Moose
- Kevin and Veronica
- Kevin and Betty
- Kevin and Joaquin
- Kevin and Archie
- Kevin and Sheriff Keller
- In Season 1, Kevin was the only recurring character to appear in multiple promotional images, including one for himself.
- According to Kevin, until Joaquin, he had never had a proper boyfriend as he usually hooked up with closeted guys.
- Kevin implies he is the only openly gay student at Riverdale High School.
- According to Cheryl, Kevin used to be a "lonely, awkward, fat boy with acne.".
- In the comics, he had blonde hair with blue eyes.
- Kevin came from a military family and aspired to be in the military in the comics.
- See also: Category:Images of Kevin Keller