He wasn't a thief. Over the years, this place has been robbed many times. Bricks through the windows, even, during the riots. I've looked plenty of thugs in the eye, but this man, his goal was something else. Darker. It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale.
— Pop to Betty and Jughead[src]

Pop Tate is a recurring character on Riverdale. He is portrayed by Alvin Sanders.

Pop is the original owner of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, but in "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks", the diner was secretly bought by Lodge Industries; in exchange for Pop's silence, he stayed on as manager of the diner. Throughout his years working at the Chock'lit Shoppe, he's remembered every single order of his loyal customers, that was their favorite meal to be ordered. He hopes to work at the diner, until the day he dies, since he's been working there for a really long time, taking pride in his job and doing what he loves to do. He is also an eyewitness to the shooting that happened at his diner where Fred Andrews was shot at by an unknown man.

Early LifeEdit

Very little is known of Pop's early life, therefore, an accurate description of his life leading up to the start of the series is currently unavailable. However, he has spent many years in Riverdale, as Hermione Lodge, who had left town at least fifteen years ago, was fairly familiar with his delicious cheeseburgers.

Throughout RiverdaleEdit

Season 1Edit

Business As AlwaysEdit

Season 1 Episode 1 The River's Edge Pop Tate at counter

Pop Tate and Archie

Pop Tate was taking orders at the shoppe, as he would any other night. Veronica Lodge then entered the diner, informing him of the order she had earlier called in, under the name Lodge. Two burgers was the order, they're almost ready but she has to wait, he said.

The following night, Archie Andrews enters the diner, he asked Pop if Betty Cooper had been there, to which he replied "Nope. Just the nighthawks in tonight". In reference to Jughead Jones, who was sitting alone in one of the booths. [1]

Like he would any other night, Pop Tate was taking orders at the diner and serving customers. He did this as Betty Cooper and Chuck Clayton discussed plans that would take place later on. Pop Tate later worked catering for the Taste of Riverdale. [2]

As usual, Pop's worked at the shoppe that night, he came by the booth which housed Archie, Fred, Jughead, and FP to collect the bill, Fred offered to pay, but FP insisted that it was his treat, as he called Pop's back over to cover the bill. [3]

No different from any other day, Pop took orders and served customers at the shoppe as his usual patrons, Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica discussed going to the south side of town to find the serpents that had previously attacked Moose Mason at Andrews Construction. [4]

During service at the shoppe, Pop was approached by Betty, who asked if Jughead had been by, to which Pop responded that he hadn't. But he did inform Betty that Archie and Veronica had earlier came by the shoppe with that very same question. [5]

An Act of ViolenceEdit

Season 1 Episode 13 The Sweet Hereafter Pop Tate

Pop Tate and gunman

"Here you go, Juggy", Pop said to Jughead as he proceeded to write his manuscript of Jason Blossom's death. A couple days later, after taking Fred Andrews's order, a masked gunman entered the shoppe, jumped on the counter, and put a gun to Pop's head. However, it wasn't Pop who'd suffer from a fatal gunshot wound. The gunman turned his attention towards the Andrews, then pulling the trigger, and shooting Fred in the abdomen. As the shooter ran out the shop, Fred laid on the ground bleeding as Pop called for help.[6]

Season 2Edit

Angel of DeathEdit


"It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale."

With Archie and Fred at Riverdale General Hospital, Pop Tate prepared to clean up the blood left behind from the shooting when he was interrupted by Betty and Jughead, who came in looking for Fred's missing wallet. Betty informed Pop that while Fred was out of surgery, they wouldn't know more until he woke up. The police had already stopped by the diner, but in case they wanted to double check, Pop's pointed Betty in the direction of the booth Fred was sitting at moments before he was shot. Jughead asked what happened from Pop's point of view. Unfortunately, he didn't have much to add. As soon as the gun was taken off of him, he took cover. He didn't even remember calling the police. How much money did the shooter get away with, Jughead asked. Not a penny, Pop Tate replied, leaving Jughead to wonder what kind of thief shoots up a restaurant but doesn't take a single dollar. According to Pop's, the shooter wasn't a thief. He explained that over the years, the diner had been robbed many times, even during the riots, where bricks were thrown through the windows. He had looked plenty of thugs in the eye, but the shooter's goal was something darker. It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale. With no luck in finding the wallet, Pop Tate offered to make them something to eat.

Afterward, Pop's accompanied Betty and Jughead back to the hospital, where they treated everyone to take out from the diner.[7]

Did you see what they wrote of my Chock'lit Shoppe, Pop Tate asked Jughead as he entered the diner. In black spray paint, alongside the door read; "Death Diner", thus making Pop's the latest casualty in the town's on-going battle against darkness.


Pop talking to Jughead and Betty

The next day, Jughead returned to the shoppe with Betty to ask why he was selling the diner and who was buying it. As much as it shamed him to say, he was selling it to ChugMo, the liquor store chain. With the diner's closing quickly approaching, Jughead made a last supper request for his father, FP, who was facing twenty years in jail, meaning that'll he'll be forced to eat from a terrible selection of food for his time served. So, barring an eleventh-hour miracle, Jughead was hoping for his last meal in Riverdale that Pop could make FP his favorite, which was fried chicken, cornbread, onion rings and an orange freeze. With such a good memory, Jughead joked that it was very "Rain Man" of him. It came easy to Pop's considering how long he had been in the business, he thought he would be in it until the day he died. Suddenly, Betty spoke up, making known her disappointment with the outcome of Pop's dilemma. She asked if he had signed the contract to sell yet, to which Pop Tate replied that it was currently being drawn up. Betty then instructed him not to sign because she had a plan.

Betty's plan consisted of an organized event which was to be held at the diner in an effort to save it. In preparation for Retro Night, Betty instructed Kevin, Veronica, and the entire River Vixen squad top clean up the vandalized shoppe.


Pop thanking Betty

Retro night had finally come, and while it started out a bit slow, business quickly picked up as residents from all across town entered the diner. Josie and the Pussycats even performed a cover of the hit song Milkshake. As the night came to an end, Pop's sought to formally thank Betty as it was her doing that would keep Pop's from closing the diner. He also sent out a thanks to the Lodge family and Lodge Industries for their charitable donation which provided a little cushion for any unforeseen events or tragedies. He then gave Betty a hug as the shoppe exploded with applause. However, what Pop Tate was neglecting to mention is that Hiram Lodge had just purchased the diner from him, and that in exchange for Pop's silence, he would stay on as manager.[8]

Pop Tate told Alice that he didn't judge her for what she did in the past as she came into the diner to order her regular. Initially, she had not the slightest clue as to what he was referring to. So, Pop handed her the latest print from the Blue and Gold, which was published by Betty. On the front cover, was Alice's mugshot from many years ago, when she was a young member of the Southside Serpents.[9]

Pop Tate served customers as Jughead and Toni discussed their "PG-13 grope session" from the night before. Jughead later returned to the diner with Archie after Southside High was raided by Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller.

The next day, Pop took Nick St. Clair's order of two turkey burgers and a Cobb salad to-go, during which time, Nick conversed with Cheryl about their last encounter.[10]

Pop Tate called Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy after finding a letter from the Black Hood affixed to the front door of his Chock'lit Shoppe. In this letter, the Black Hood issued a test, one that would last all of 48 hours. He asked of them to show him that they are pure of heart. However, should they continue to sin, the attacks would resume.

That night, Pop approached Chuck and Josie as they chatted in a booth. He noted that it was nice to see Chuck at Church on Sundays. Maybe he could even get Josie to come, Pop commented.

The following night, Pop Tate received a call from the Black Hood. Afterward, he informed the diner that they had failed the killer's test, and given that they were all sinners, the reckoning was upon them.[11]

Physical AppearanceEdit

Pop is an older man, who's on the heavier side, with dark skin, dark brown eyes and grey hair. He has only ever been seen in his standard issue Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe uniform. His choice in clothing outside of work has yet to be revealed.


Based solely on the little interaction Pop Tate has had, he appears to be a kind man that is loved by many in Riverdale. His diner, Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, is the local hang out spot for the teens of Riverdale, some more than others, like Jughead Jones, who he referred to as "Night Hawk".


Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit


  • In the Archie Comics, his name is Terry Tate and in the oldest iterations, he was a Caucasian middle-aged man. In the sixth issue of the TV series tied-in Riverdale comics, his name is given as Terrence Tate.


See also: Category:Images of Pop Tate

Season 1 ScreencapsEdit

Season 2 ScreencapsEdit


  1. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  2. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  3. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  4. Cohen, Julia (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 30, 2017). "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 8. The CW.
  5. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (April 27, 2017). "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 11. The CW.
  6. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Toland Krieger, Lee (director) (May 11, 2017). "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 13. The CW.
  7. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  8. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
  9. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Pressman, Ellen (director) (November 8, 2017). "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 5. The CW.
  10. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Anderson, Arabella (writers) & Kiley, Maggie (director) (November 15, 2017). "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 6. The CW.
  11. DeWille, James (writer) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (November 29, 2017). "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 7. The CW.

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