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Archie could've told Weatherbee the hood was mine. But he didn't. In the Book of Reg, that makes you a top tier loyal badass. And we were talking today, and decided if you want to keep the Red Circle going, we're here for you, dude.
— Reggie to Archie and Veronica[src]

Reginald "Reggie" Mantle was initially a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He has since been promoted to series regular for the third season onward.[1] He was portrayed by Ross Butler in the first season, though Charles Melton replaced Butler in the second season.

Reggie is a sophomore at Riverdale High School and captain of the varsity football team, the Riverdale Bulldogs. He is also a drug dealer that sells "Jingle Jangle" to other students, specifically Midge Klump, and Moose Mason.

Early Life

Reggie presumably grew up in Riverdale, where he lives with his mother, Melinda, and his father, the owner of the Luxury Car Jamboree, a local car dealership who has recently expanded his business, adding a bigger dealership on the Eastern Seaboard. Reggie has spent much of his teenage years doing odd jobs at the car dealership, building his athletic physique, and joyriding with some of the cars for sale. [2] Reggie's closest friend appears to be Moose Mason; they are almost always together.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Bulldog Rivalry

Season 1 Episode 1 The River's Edge Reggie at Archie's locker

Reggie talking to Archie at his locker

The first day of school, Reggie joined Archie Andrews at his locker, hyped over Archie's new athletic build, which notably made him perfect for the football team. Archie is "ripped", said Reggie, right before asking Archie how much he benches, and if he uses performance-enhancing drugs. Archie explained that the recent change in his appearance is from working construction all summer at his father's company, Andrews Construction. This led Reggie into his next question, if Archie had sex with any older women as he was out there working on private homes, but he avoids answering.

Following the back-to-school Semi-formal, Reggie attended Cheryl Blossom's after-party in which he volunteered Archie to play "Seven Minutes in Heaven". [3]

Season 1 Episode 2 A Touch of Evil Reggie questioning Kevin

Reggie ranting and raving

Reggie ranted on to Moose and Chuck about Sheriff Keller bringing him in for questioning over the death of Jason Blossom. However, it would have been illogical for Reggie to kill Jason because now the football team is in need of a good quarterback. He went on to say that he should've sent the cops to Moose, as there's still a lingering question that has yet to be answered, why Moose was at Sweetwater River with Kevin Keller in the first place. They found the body, yet they weren't questioned, Reggie implied that being with the Sheriff's son gave Moose a free pass. He then directed his attention to Jughead Jones, who he referred to as a spooky, scrawny, pathetic, internet troll, which made him the perfect suspect. Reggie asked him what it was like to kill Jason, and if he did anything to the body afterward. Jughead reminded him that the correct term was necrophilia, he proceeded to ask Reggie if he could spell the word. This offended Reggie, he leaped out of his seat, towards Jughead, but Archie intervened, leading Reggie to believe that both of them kill Jason. Archie shoved Reggie, but he who shoved back a lot harder, knocking Archie to the ground, then finishing him off with a single punch. [4]

Reggie shared an amused look with Moose after learning that Chuck would be going on a date with Veronica Lodge. Unbeknownst at the time, the look they shared was due to the fact that Veronica would soon be added to the football team's "playbook". A book in which players of the team would list and rank each classmate they hooked up with. [5]

Season 1 Episode 5 Heart of Darkness Reggie on the field

Reggie talking to Archie during practice

Following morning practice, Reggie was asked by Coach Clayton if he'd like to be captain of the Riverdale Bulldogs, Reggie replied that he would. The coach had put him and Archie against each one another to see who would impress him the most, within a week time span, the winner would be the new captain. Reggie believed if anyone deserved to be team captain, and wear Jason's jersey, it's him. Despite Archie's best efforts, Reggie got the better of him on every play, except for one, in which Archie managed to score on him. It wasn't long before Reggie discovered that Archie injured his hand, he insisted that he sit out on practice, but Archie refused.

When the day for the coach to pick the next captain finally arrived, it was almost too close to call, unfortunately for Reggie, Coach picked Archie. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Archie turned down the position, as he couldn't put all of himself in the team, he suggested that it be given to Reggie instead. [6]

Reggie and Moose, along with multiple other players on the Riverdale Bulldogs, heckled Archie, as he got on stage to audition for the 75th annual Variety Show. Archie's stage fright was so severe that he believed that he saw the players wearing werewolf masks. [7]

Season 1 Episode 7 In a Lonely Place Reggie and Veronica at the club

Veronica and Reggie dance at the Roving Eye

Reggie volunteered to help in the search party for Polly Cooper. They began in Eversgreen Forest, and headed East, as that's the direction Polly would have gone if she was trying to leave town undetected. That night, he joined Veronica, Kevin, and Josie, as the four of them went to a local club named the Roving Eye, where they got drunk and danced the night away.

Afterward, Veronica explained the reason for their outing, and how everything was taken from her family once her father was arrested. Even the clothes on their backs were taken, but then her mom told her there was one thing that no one in the world could ever take from her. Reggie being the clueless jock that he is, assumed it was her trust fund, when in fact it was her name. Soon after, the club manager returned with Veronica's credit card, claiming it had been reported stolen, and that he was supposed to call the police because of it. However, Reggie reminded him that this wouldn't be the best idea as they are minors, which would subsequently result in legal troubles for the club. [8]

Editor's Note: The summary written directly below occurred during a deleted scene from "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter". It marked Ross Butler's last appearance as Reggie.

Upon the return of Polly Cooper to Riverdale High School, with Betty on one arm and Veronica on the other, Reggie commented on Polly's appearance, saying "as if I didn't already have mommy issues", which was a reference to her obvious pregnancy. He welcomed Polly back, acknowledging how good she looked. Veronica then told him to beat it, to which Reggie remarked that he would at a later time, while thinking about Polly. [9]

Season 2

Having learned that Archie's father was shot by an masked assailant at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe earlier that morning, Reggie, Moose, and the rest of the Bulldogs joined him at Riverdale General Hospital to wish Fred a speedy recovery and provide Archie with moral support. The Bulldogs are here for you, Reggie told Archie as the two of them embraced.[10]

Dealing Jingle Jangle

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Reggie agreeing to supply Archie with drugs

Reggie was approached at his locker by Midge Klump, who was seeking to score some Jingle Jangle for herself as well as her boyfriend, Moose. Reggie instructed Midge to lower her voice while on school property as even the slightest mention of the drug could result in serious consequences for the two of them. He then told her that he'll see what he can do. As Midge left the area, Reggie spotted Archie across the hall, at the front door of the guidance counselor's office. Why are you seeking guidance from Ms. Burble, Reggie asked, though Archie replied that she wasn't. However, Reggie didn't think it would be such a bad idea if Archie did, in fact, seek counseling considering that he looked like Reggie's nuts after football practice. Archie was having trouble with staying awake, so Reggie offered him a number of solutions, all of which consisted of unprescribed medicating with such drugs as Amphetamines, Baclofen, Modafinil. He also offered Archie some Jingle-jangle, which would keep him up for days, in more ways that one. But Reggie couldn't help but wonder why Archie was seeking "uppers". Archie explained that he wanted to be on high alert until his father's shooter is apprehended. With that in mind, Reggie agreed to supply Archie with the drugs.

That evening during class, Reggie, amongst other students, learned that Ms. Grundy last semester's music teacher, was murdered in her Greendale home.

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Reggie pranking Archie

Later that night, Reggie planned to deliver Archie's Jingle-Jangle as planned. However, he did so in an unsuspecting and a rather cruel manner; by showing up to Archie's house in a black hood, similar to that of the shooter. However, before he could even reach the door, Archie tackled him to the ground and ripped off the hood. Reggie almost immediately explained that it was a prank, he didn't expect to be attacked on sight. He then told Archie that he was losing his mind and that the last thing he needed was drugs. Reggie wondered what would have followed had he been the actual shooter. He reminded Archie that the black hooded assailant had a gun. Only a dumbass lunatic brings a baseball bat to a gun fight, Reggie explained.

The following evening, Reggie joined Moose and Midge outside of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe for Retro Night, where he delivered their Jingle-jangle as promised. All the while, he was unknowingly being photographed by Alice Cooper.[11]

The Red Circle

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Reggie telling the team about the shooting at Lover's lane

Reggie ran onto the field later during practice to inform the team that Moose and Midge were at Riverdale General Hospital after Moose was shot several times late last night at lover's lane while kissing and taking Jingle Jangle. Fortunately, both Moose and Midge were alive. Moose even shielded Midge from the gunfire with his own body, saving her from any physical harm. Due to this tragic incident and Coach Clayton being at the hospital with the two students, practice would end early that evening

Shortly after canceling practice, Reggie and several other players intended to visit Moose at the hospital, first stopping at the student lounge to see if Archie would be joining them, which he did.

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Reggie sitting with Moose

Upon arriving at the hospital, Reggie and Archie joined Moose in his room, during which time Reggie stole his dessert, then asking him if his nurse was attractive. If so, he ran the risk of getting a boner during a sponge bath. While he squeezed in next to Moose on the single hospital bed, Archie began questioning him on the shooter. By Moose's account, his attacker was wearing a black hood, similar to that of the man that shot Archie's father at Pop's shoppe. Midge then interjected, describing the shooters eyes as being blank, as if there wasn't even a person behind the hood, comparable to those of Michael Myers or the devil himself.

Tired of being under attack by the hooded shooter, Archie called for a meeting to discuss how best to handle the situation. This time it was Moose and Midge, and while they survived, everyone may not be so fortunate next time around. They agreed to start a watch group to focus on Riverdale High, to operate as an extra circle of protection. Reggie took this to mean that Archie wanted them to take action by heading into and seeking out their own version of justice. However, this was not the case. While that was Archie's first thought, he came up with a better plan that excluded the use of violence and weapons; a patrol. And extra sets of eyes and ears for the police. Should they encounter the shooter, Archie told them to call Sheriff Keller. They were watchdogs, not vigilantes. As for an official name, The Red Circle was specifically chosen by Archie. From that point forward, they would protect themselves. The Red Circle then took to the streets, passing out flyers to residents who may feel scared or need protection.

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Reggie picking Archie up to patrol

The following night, Reggie waited in his car for Archie to arrive when he noticed the wooden baseball bat in Archie's hand, reminding him of his previous statement about not being vigilantes and having no need for weapons. Archie explained that he's had the bat since he was ten. In response, Reggie told Archie to look in the backseat, where he had a pipe and a lug wrench on standby in case the time came when he would have to use them. Reggie then pulled off, and together, the two of them began their patrol of the streets. It wasn't long before they received their first call; the caller being Ethel Muggs. She claimed that she was being stalked by someone in a large van on Hastings street. He and Archie soon arrived on scene to Ethel hiding in the cornfield and the van that Ethel previously described, speeding off.[12]

Disband the Red Circle?

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Reggie pleading with Archie

When the Riverdale Bulldogs were suspended due to the vigilantes' activity, the Red Circle met at the school's locker room, where Reggie tried to dissuade Archie's from his vendetta against the Black Hood, suggesting him to sign the headmaster's paper to revoke the suspension. When Archie refused, Reggie unleashed his anger against school's furniture, kicking a locker. Reggie was very much at odds with Archie's recklessness to provoke the Black Hood, since the killer could come after them, and when Archie suggested going to the Southside for an open declaration of war, Reggie called himself out of the group, taking with him the other Bulldogs from the meeting, leaving Archie and Doiley alone with their dangerous plan.

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Reggie during the rumble

Next evening, Reggie went to Andrews house with the rest of the Red Circle members and pizza boxes, just in time to cool off an argument between Archie and Veronica. Since Archie hadn't betrayed him with Mr. Weatherbee and Sheriff Keller by keeping it secret that the black hood found at school was the one Reggie used to prank him, Reggie reconsidered his decision to quit their friendship, stating that Archie's was a loyal friend and that the group decided to support Archie's personal fight against the Black Hood. The reconciliation was suddenly interrupted by some Southside Serpents led by Sweet Pea, seeking revenge against Archie after he threatened them at their own turf. Reggie steadily stepped in, stating that Sweet Pea had a bad timing because "Bulldogs ate snakes for lunch". The two sides went out for a rumble, which degenerated quickly until Veronica put an end to it with a gunshot towards the sky, pushing the Serpents to flee. Reggie, then, promptly helped Dilton, who had been stabbed in the leg during the fight. Headed to the hospital, Reggie told him to lie about the reason he got injured. [13]

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Reggie and Josie on Jingle Jangle

When Veronica's friend from New York, Nick St. Clair, came to Riverdale, Reggie was invited to a private party at Nick's room at the Five Seasons with Archie, Betty, Cheryl, Kevin and Josie and the Pussycats. After several drinks, Nick suggested they get high with Jingle Jangle and Reggie enthusiastically supported the idea. After taking drugs, the guys quickly lost their inhibitions, kissing and dancing with each other. Reggie and Josie made out on the sofa, until a fight between Veronica and Betty cooled off the wild party. [14]

When Alice Cooper gathered in her living room the parents of those who were at Nick St. Clair's party, Reggie was standing beside his mom who advised him not to say anything without a lawyer. Unfortunately for her, Reggie already spilled out he was the one who gave Jingle Jangle to Nick. Veronica came to his rescue, blaming Nick for asking it but Reggie was still forced to admit that his dealer was from the Southside. Grounded, Reggie and the gang were sent by Mayor McCoy to picking up garbage at Pickens Park.

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Reggie giving Veronica the name of his dealer

When there, Reggie started hitting on Josie who wasn't helping at all. Reggie told her that although she sees herself as Beyoncé, that day she was just a commoner like any of them. The two shortly flirted until Veronica interrupted them to ask for a private chat with Reggie. Once far from prying ears, Veronica asked him the name of the dealer, saying she wouldn't take a "No" for an answer.

Some time later, Reggie enjoyed the Riverdale Drag Race sitting on the hood of a car along with Cheryl, Kevin, Veronica and Betty, cheering for Archie and Jughead competing against the Ghoulies led by Malachai. [15]

Reggie was with the rest of the group exchanging Christmas gifts in the school cafeteria, making jokes as usual. When Veronica received a gift certificate for a couple's massage from Josie, who quickly suggested going with her mom, implicitly referring to Archie and Veronica's recent breakup, Reggie volunteered for a massage with Hermione. The exchange of gifts was interrupted when Midge and Moose joined the group. Reggie immediately ran to hug Moose, who had not yet recovered from the shooting, supporting himself with the aid of a crutch. [16]

Serpents at Riverdale High

Reggie and other Riverdale Bulldogs were playing basketball at the school's gym when Principal Weatherbee informed the students that Southside High had been closed and that, as a result, Southsiders students would join Riverdale High School. Reggie was not very keen on the idea, snorting in disapproval.

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Reggie and Cheryl standing against welcoming Southsiders at Riverdale High

Next day, when the Southsiders students assigned to Riverdale High arrived at school, Reggie walked alongside Cheryl, Bulldogs and River Vixens to spoil Lodge's welcoming committee. The tension between the two sides became increasingly untenable, with Cheryl provoking the Southsiders with biased remarks on how the school standards would increasingly drop due to their underachieving behavior. Archie stepped in, suggesting to put aside their Northside vs Southside differences and start over, to which Reggie replied that he doesn't speak for the Bulldogs. Reggie and Sweet Pea, then, nearly come to blows after Reggie promptly reminded Archie about the rumble with the Southside Serpents which happened a few months earlier. The heated discussion was interrupted before it could degenerate by Principal Weatherbee, inviting students to go to class. Before leaving, Reggie leaned toward Veronica, murmuring to her that "they traitors picked the wrong side".

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Reggie accusing the Serpents of defacing school property.

Some time later, Principal Weatherbee harshly asked for Jughead Jones, Sweet Pea, Toni Topaz and Fangs Fogarty (who were spending time in the student lounge with Kevin, Veronica and Josie) to follow him in the corridor, inquiring them about a graffiti of the Southside Serpents' symbol drawn on the corridor floor. Reggie took advantage of it for sneaky remarks about the Serpents, and how they did nothing but deface everything. He then had a brief debate with Veronica, not grasping her dainty subtle irony about Reggie's inability to be properly sneaky; since he was showing off too much, it was evident that the graffiti had been made by the Bulldogs to put the blame on the Serpents. Nevertheless, Mr. Weatherbee punished the Southsiders, forcing them to remove or hide any gang paraphernalia such as the leather jackets or the tattoos during school hours.

When, on the following day, Jughead showed up at school wearing his leather jacket, Reggie triggered and demanded him to remove his gang jacket. At Jughead's denial, the two began to scuffle in the student lounge and ended up in the principal's office, where Mr. Weatherbee suspended Jughead.[17]

In the days to follow, Reggie became unwillingly accustomed to having Southside Serpents in the corridors of Riverdale High School. In particular, his well-known pride was hurt in one of his major interests: sports. Reggie, in fact, was literally thrown to the ground by Sweet Pea during a basketball game, adding more and more impatience towards the Southsiders invading his own spotlight and school. His friend Archie, then, thought well to add insult to injury, taking a break from the basketball team to join the school wrestling team. [18]

Vote Team ROSIE

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Reggie decided to run for body student and was putting up his poster in the hallway when he spotted Veronica and Betty on their way back from the restroom. Recalling Ethel Muggs throwing a milkshake on Veronica's face earlier in the school cafeteria, Reggie started harassing Veronica, telling her that he "got some nuts to top off that shake." Despite Betty telling him to shut up, Reggie asked Veronica what were the odds that her father is the first inmate in the prison he was building, Veronica grew so angry that she punched Reggie in the face and dropped him on the floor.

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Reggie's bruised face

The following day in the school hallway, Reggie scoffed at Veronica's campaign, which consists of bribing voters with kisses and cupcakes.

At the campaign rally, Reggie was sitting among other students as Josie gets on stage to give her endorsement to Betty and Veronica's campaign. While boringly listening to his friend siding with Veronica, Reggie was surprised and amused by the flyers that Ethel started to give students, revealing that Veronica knew all about her parents turning Southside High into a prison. It turned out that Josie had fed Ethel all of this information to get back at Veronica for all the lives her family has destroyed with the last year. [19]

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Reggie and Josie presenting their program

At Riverdale High School, students and parents are gathered in the auditorium while Alice Cooper is hosting a debate between students running for becoming student body president. After listening to the other candidates expose their program and answer questions, Reggie said that he and Josie could and will deliver results. And that they were chill, unlike their opponents.

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Arm-wrestling between Reggie and Archie

Next day, Archie and Reggie decided to settle their presidential differences once and for all in an arm-wrestling contest. They are both Bulldogs, who like wolves, support the Alpha. At the moment, they risked splitting the teams' votes which Reggie had already told Josie that he could deliver, hence the contest. The winner receives the Bulldogs' votes. Initially, the contest appeared to be at a standstill, but Archie overpowered Reggie for the win and threatened to break his arm should he ever mention his dad again.

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Archie asking Reggie for help

A few evenings later, Archie headed down to Pop's to convince Reggie to stand alongside him in stopping Kowalski and Martin, two mobsters creating troubles to Hiram Lodge. Despite Reggie was against the Southside and for the prison, he couldn't see himself working with Archie. However, when Archie offered him the Bulldogs' vote should he help, Reggie reluctantly agreed.

Archie, Reggie, and the Bulldogs, disguised in black masks and bearing the name "The Dark Circle", send a message to Kowalski and Martin by blowing up their car. Archie informed them that Hiram Lodge doesn't stand alone and that Riverdale was protected. Just as the rivaling sides are about to collide, they scatter at the sound of police sirens. [20]

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Reggie comforting Moose

The town gathered for Midge's funeral to pay respect and Cheryl sang a song in Midge's honor, backed by the River Vixens all wearing total-back cheerleader uniforms and capes. Reggie was standing next to his best friend Moose, comforting him before the commemoration commenced. Shortly after, Reggie frowned his forehead at Cheryl's vow about avenging Midge's murder by imitating the Furies of Ancient Greece, who ceaselessly pursue blood atonement when a crime's been committed. Reggie seemed confused because it looked like Cheryl's speech was directed to Sheriff Keller, who was next to Reggie and his son, Kevin. [21]

Barking at the Serpents

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Dark Circle vs Serpents

Archie calls the Dark Circle for a meeting. During the meeting Moose tells him that he and Midge were fighting on the night of the show because she was cheating on him with one of the serpents. Hearing this caused Reggie to get extremely angry and demanded revenge. The Dark Circle then interrupt one of the Serpents meetings, which he accused Sweet Pea of having sexual relations with Midge Klump then bursts into a fight where Archie and Jughead hold each side back.

When footage of Fangs and Midge is released Reggie says that Fangs must have killed Midge. He then leads a group of River Vixens and Bulldogs to confront Fangs and blocks his path. Reggie, Moose, Kevin and other Dark Circle members arrive at the Whyte Wyrm and set a dumpster on fire and slash car’s tires.

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Reggie and Archie holding the gun

Hiram Lodge has a meeting with just Reggie and tells him that Fangs is going to be released. He then goes to the riot at the Sheriff Station where Fangs is being released and pulls a gun out of his jacket pocket. He is then tackled by Archie and as they both wrestle on the ground for the gun, it unintentionally goes off and shoots Fangs in the abdomen while both Archie and Reggie look on in shock, both their hands on the trigger. [22]

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Reggie asking Mr. Lodge for help

Following Fangs Fogarty's shooting and the commotion spurred by riots between Northsiders and Southsiders, Reggie hid and called Hiram Lodge, asking for help. On the brink of tears, Reggie said he was not responsible for the shooting, but Mr. Lodge washed his hands of it.

Reggie took refuge at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. Sitting in one of the booths, holding his head in his hands, he was desperate at the thought of the consequences of what happened. Unbeknownst to him, Pop Tate called Archie.

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Reggie claiming his innocence to his friends

Once Archie, Kevin and Moose arrived at the diner, they offered him moral support. Reggie said he didn't know where else to go and that Mr. Lodge had left him hanging. Archie asked if it was Hiram's idea to shoot Fangs since he already knew that Hiram paid the Dark Circle to trash the Whyte Wyrm. Reggie, however, wasn't paying much attention as he spotted a gang outside the diner through the window blinds. He immediately thought they were the Southside Serpents coming for him, but Archie called Jughead who denied the involvement of the Southside Serpents and informs him that he just brought them back to the Whyte Wyrm and Mrs. Klump's house is secure. At this point, the guys realized that they had another fish to fry: Ghoulies wreaking havoc after being released from Shankshaw Prison.

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Reggie's in danger

Shortly after, the Ghoulies started to trash the parking lot and smashed the front window. Reggie, Moose, Kevin and the other customers crouched down to avoid getting injured. Archie went to the roof and started throwing Molotov cocktails at the Ghoulies, holding them off long enough for Sheriff Keller, Archie and Jughead's dads to force them to retreat. Afterward, they cheered them as heroes. [23]

A Changed Man

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Reggie and Josie announce they're dropping off the campaign

A few days later in the student lounge, Reggie and Josie announce to Archie and Veronica that they are withdrawing from the race for student body president. Reggie explains that he is clearly not ready to be a leader of men, following his near shooting of Fangs Fogarty outside the station. As for Josie, she and her mother had a talk after riot night. It was then that they were reminded that Josie is an artist, not a politician.

The next day, Reggie and the Bulldogs show up at Andrews house to support the Serpents who have been forced out of their neighborhood.

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Northsiders supporting the Southsiders

Later at school, Reggie, his friends, and many other students put on Serpent jackets and confront principal Weatherbee about the Southside students who are being wrongly transferred.

The next day, Reggie, Moose, Kevin, Jughead, Cheryl, and Toni are in the student lounge with other students when Mr. Weatherbee announces that the student council election votes are in. The new student body president of Riverdale High is Archie Andrews. Reggie immediately congratulates Archie, giving him a pat on the back while the entire student body applauds in celebration.

For the inauguration, Reggie is at the Riverdale High's gymnasium sitting next to Moose, Kevin, Sweet Pea, and Fangs Fogarty. All students are standing for the National Anthem Josie is singing but the celebration is interrupted; Sheriff Minetta enters the gymnasium with two deputies and arrest Archie on the charge of murder. Reggie and the rest of the gang are appalled, watching their friend being taken away in handcuffs. [24]

Season 3

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Reggie promises Archie to help Jughead

At Cheryl's End-of-Summer pool party at Thornhill, Reggie tosses the football around with Archie, enjoying the extra time Archie got before facing the trial. Archie tells Reggie that should he be convicted for murder, Reggie needs to step up and lead the Bulldogs. Reggie snarkily replies that he's already the captain, but that's not what Archie meant; he wants Reggie to help Jughead keeping peace between Bulldogs and Serpents, and to drop off anything related to vigilantes activities, whatever color associated to the Circle. Reggie agrees, stating that that bloody chapter is over and compliments Archie on his new Serpent tattoo on his arm.[25]

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Reggie and Veronica visit Archie

Reggie and Veronica visit Archie at the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center. They brought him a brand new pair of blue and gold sneakers as a gift. Veronica comments that they'll be perfect for his triumphant strut out of the center when the Innocence Project gets his conviction overturned. Reggie adds that he could've worn the shoes to the Pep-rally. When Archie asks him about what's going on at school, Reggie says  Coach Clayton is working the Bulldogs harder than ever. Varsity squad is going to be tough to beat this year but they're missing their star running back, that being Archie.[26]

At Pop's, Reggie answers a phone call asking for a password before allowing Josie and Kevin into Veronica's speakeasy, which is located under the diner. Veronica explains to her friends that she hired some of the Serpents from the Whyte Wyrm to sell drinks, nonalcoholic cocktails only. Veronica then asks Josie to be her resident chanteuse. Josie accepts as she has been working nonstop to find her new sound as a solo act and is in need of a place to try it out. As for Kevin, Veronica asks him to be her emcee. He accepts only under the condition that he occasionally gets to sing. Reggie answers the phone to learn from Pop that Penny Peabody is upstairs.

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Reggie discovers a stash of Jingle Jangle

A shirtless Reggie brings down a delivery into the speakeasy. When he and Veronica open the packages, they discover a large stash of Jingle Jangle inside. They then receive a call from Pop Tate that Sheriff Minetta is upstairs, leaving them to conclude that they've been set up. Reggie is tasked with disposing of the drugs while Veronica distracts Minetta upstairs. Sheriff Minetta explains that he's there for an inspection. By the time Veronica brings him down, Reggie has sufficiently disposed of the Jingle Jangle, much to Minetta's dismay. Given the failed set up, Minetta then reveals that he's collecting donations for Riverdale's under-funded sheriff department, which Veronica deduces as being nothing more than a classic shake down. Sheriff Minetta tells her that he'll be back to collect the donation after her opening event. As Minetta exits, Veronica shares with Reggie her suspicion that the drugs were sent by Penny Peabody. She and Reggie know these encounters are a result of her father trying to bait her into a confrontation.

On the opening night of La Bonne Nuit, Reggie greets Toni and Cheryl as they arrive at Pop's parking lot. He shows them downstairs, where they are met by Kevin and Veronica. Cheryl then takes to social media to post Veronica to her Instagram story.

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Reggie, Veronica, Jughead and Betty enjoy Josie's performance

During the evening, Reggie informs Veronica that her father is upstairs. Veronica and Reggie head topside, where they find Hiram in the diner with a portrait of Veronica that he thought would be more fitting at the speakeasy, which he is sure will be a roaring success. While he knows that Veronica doesn't want to hear it, he is in fact proud of her. Veronica is glad he came, if only to see how a legitimate business is run. So, she invites him downstairs and tells Reggie to keep an eye on him.

Standing next to Veronica, Reggie enjoys Josie singing "Anything Goes" on stage during a performance fitting the noir style of the speakeasy. [27]

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Reggie, Kevin and Josie discover the truth about the Midnight Club

Betty calls Josie, Kevin and Reggie into the Blue and Gold offices to inform them of the Midnight Club and their parents’ past involvement with Gryphons and Gargoyles. Josie is in disbelief and Kevin questions how his father and her mother were together even back then. Much like Josie, Reggie is also skeptical. He doesn’t believe that his father did live action role-play with as he put it "a group of lame ass nerds". Regardless of what they would like to believe, Betty needs them to subtly ask their parents about Gryphons and Gargoyles, as her suspicion is that whoever was running the game back then is also running it now. Josie, Reggie, and Kevin seem aggravated at the insinuation that one of their parents could be responsible for what happened to Ben and Dilton, but they agree nonetheless.

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Reggie's left with a black eye by his dad

Josie, Kevin and Reggie meet again with Betty in the Blue and Gold to discuss their efforts to gain more information from their parents. Josie and Kevin came up with nothing as their parents denied any involvement, but announced their engagement. As bad as that was, Reggie’s dad’s reaction to Reggie’s questioning in regards to G&G was much worse, as Reggie was left with a black eye. Reggie wonders why their parents are acting so secretive about something that happened 25 years ago and what Betty is keeping from them. Before Betty can answer, Veronica enters. She tells them how Archie is caught up in some diabolical teen fight club and that she intends to break him out of juvie with all of their help.

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Josie, Kevin and Reggie in the chemistry lab

Veronica, Betty, Kevin, Josie, and Reggie meet at La Bonne Nuit to discuss Archie's rescue plan. The slightest deviation and Archie could end up dead. They will need a distraction if they’re going to disorient the guards and save Archie. Something they can sneak into the location easily, that won’t arouse suspicion, something they’ll have to make themselves, so Josie, Kevin, and Reggie sneak into the chemistry class to make smoke grenades, masqueraded as beverages. Betty will take care of the getaway route.

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Reggie and Veronica head to the fight club

Veronica and Reggie, while incognito, pull up to the fight. Their entry is blocked by security, who asks for the password. When they give the wrong password, Veronica is forced to improvise. She claims her name is "Monica Norton", suggesting a relation to Warden Norton. She and Reggie, who she states to be her fiancé, want to see blood. Whether that be of from the fighters or the guard matters little to her. So she threatens to call Warden Norton should her entry into the building be denied. The guard folds, allowing them both in.

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Veronica, Reggie and Josie ready for action

Josie, disguised as a waitress, brings Reggie and Veronica over a dozen or so "beverages". She overheard the guards betting heavily against Archie. They say he’s going down. Reggie remarks that Archie’s opponent is huge and that Archie doesn’t seem to have much time left. So, Veronica orders the others to get in position and wait for her signal.

While getting into position, Hiram grabs Veronica by the arm, demanding answers and ordering Veronica to stop whatever she's planning, but Veronica disobeys, stomping on his foot and then signaling Josie and Reggie. The three of them proceed to throw the smoke grenades into the ring that quickly fills with smoke. When it does, Archie makes his escape.

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Veronica and Reggie to Archie's rescue

Meanwhile, Josie and Reggie wait on the side of the road for Veronica to meet them with Archie. Before long, Veronica comes from out the woods with Archie, who can barely stand. They duck down behind the car at the sound of passing police cars, and once the coast is clear, they put Archie in the back of the car and drive off.

After they arrive at Dilton's bunker to regroup with the others, Toni patches Archie up and tells him not to make any sudden movements. Archie reveals that it was Joaquin who stabbed him though Archie thinks the Warden made him do it. He then asks where are they, to which Betty explains Dilton’s bunker. The only people who know about it are in the room and it is the safest place in Riverdale. Veronica then notices the branding on Archie’s side, courtesy of Warden Norton. Jughead, Betty, Sweet Pea, Fangs, Toni and Cheryl seem particularly intrigued by the brand. Veronica then calls for everyone’s attention. Since her father saw her, she has to do some damage control on the home front. But, someone needs to stay with Archie at all times. Betty and Jughead volunteer to take the first shift. Equally important, Veronica announces that everyone in the room is part of a pact. From this moment on, no one is to know where the bunker is. No one was involved with the breakout and no one knows where Archie is. They are all expected to take this to the grave.

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Reggie ponders the idea of playing G&G

In a booth at Pop’s, Kevin tells Reggie and Josie how he searched the woods for Joaquin but couldn’t find him as he had to eventually double-back to act as the decoy. They quickly stop the discussion as Pop Tate approaches with their orders. Once he leaves, they resume talking. Joaquin is out there, is Kevin’s last words on the matter. Reggie, however, can’t believe they pulled off the escape. He then looks to Josie and Kevin, asking if they’re going to play Gryphons and Gargoyles to find out what their parents and Betty won’t tell them. Over the radio, an important news bulletin is made, announcing Archie’s escape. [28]

Physical Appearance

Reggie is a tall, attractive, and athletically built young man, his appearance is likely due to his position on the school's football team. He has straight black hair, dark brown eyes, and olive skin. His clothing choices are typically very casual, only a T-shirt and jeans.

Personality

Reggie embodies all the usual characteristics associated with the stereotypical jock. He isn't much of an intellectual and his biggest concerns seems to be football and sex, not just for himself, but his teammates as well. Like most jocks, he's socially and physically fit; the typical "cool" teenager. However, it's shown that Reggie had enough consciousnesses to ask Archie to not keep hurting his injured arm. He also comforted Archie after his dad was shot. However, his compassion is short-lived; ironically, and a cruel sense of humor, he pranked Archie by wearing a homemade black hood, while coming to Archie's home. Reggie also has a strong hatred of the Southside Serpents, if not Southsiders in general, even going as far to frame them when they were transferred to Riverdale High.

Relationships

Archie Andrews

Main article: Archie and Reggie
Archie could've told Weatherbee the hood was mine. But he didn't. In the Book of Reg, that makes you a top-tier loyal badass. And we were talking today and decided if you want to keep the Red Circle going, we're here for you, dude.
— Reggie to Archie and Veronica[src]
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The relationship between Reggie and Archie is ambivalent, and they can be described as frenemies. Being both very competitive, Reggie and Archie are often on opposite sides, especially in sports or as leaders of the Riverdale Bulldogs. Their strong personalities often clash when it comes to giving voice to their opinions. However, Reggie holds Archie's friendship in high regard, even when he would not be willing to admit it. Their bond is also solidified by their strong sense of justice and loyalty. For this reason, Reggie decided to join Archie's Red Circle group after acknowledging Archie's sense of friendship.


Moose Mason

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Reggie and Moose can easily be considered best friends. They are both very fond of sport and Riverdale Bulldogs' teammates. In addition, Reggie and Moose seem to share a passion for jokes and pranks, although sometimes they go too far and end up bullying other classmates like Jughead Jones or Dilton Doiley to the point of exasperating them. Reggie and Moose' friendship, however, can be deeper, as when Moose ended up in the hospital after being assaulted by the Black Hood and Reggie cheered Moose up when he returned to school after visiting him several times in the hospital.


Jughead Jones

Isn't it always some spooky, scrawny, pathetic Internet troll, too busy writing his manifestos to get laid? Some smug, moody, serial-killer-fanboy freak. Like Jughead.
— Reggie about Jughead[src]
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The relationship between Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones can easily be defined as a rivalry, as they have both shown a great amount of disdain for one another. This rivalry likely stems from Reggie's typical jock nature, to pick on outsiders and misfits, such as Jughead, who was subject to a lot of Reggie's bullying. Jughead and Reggie had been adversaries long before the start of the series as their dislike of one another seems well ingrained.


Josie McCoy

Reggie: "I get you're pretty much Beyoncé, but today, you're just like us commoners."
Josie: "I think your biceps can handle it, Mantle."
Reggie: "You trying to get me to flex?"
―Reggie flirting with Josie[src]
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Reggie and Josie's relationship is halfway between flirting and squabbling. Their similarly strong and contrasting personalities often lead them to tease each other almost every time they are together in the same room. Despite that, or maybe because of that, they have been making out at Nick St. Clair's party after getting high on Jingle Jangle. Moreover, Reggie and Josie joined force running for becoming student body president against other two teams formed by Archie and Veronica, and Betty and Jughead. Nevertheless, the true potential of a full-fledged relationship between the two remains to be seen.


Veronica Lodge

Veronica! I heard you got a face full of dairy. I've got some nuts to top off that shake if you want. [...] One question I gotta ask, as future Student Body President. What are the odds your dad's the first inmate in that prison he's building?
— Reggie harassing Veronica[src]
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The relationship between Reggie and Veronica is often poles apart. Reggie is usually making jokes about her, especially when he knows that his provocations could trigger reactions in Veronica that could ridicule her in front of others. On the other hand, Veronica has often referred to Reggie as a misogynist and scarcely tolerates his stereotypical jock personality, that she also referred to as toxic masculinity. Noteworthy is the incident when Reggie, after harassing her a bit, asked Veronica what were the odds that her father is the first inmate in the prison he was building, and Veronica grew so angry that she punched Reggie in the face and dropped him.


Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Trivia

  • Neither Reggie nor Moose Mason were cut from the football team, the way the Chuck Clayton and a number of other players were, when the scandal of Chuck's "playbook" broke, despite their names being clearly visible in the book.
  • Reggie drives a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454, which license plate is: 4DC 891 as shown in "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods".

Notes

  • As in the Archie Comics, Reggie has an ongoing rivalry with Archie Andrews.
    • In the 2015 "Reggie and Me" comic series, it is explained that this rivalry is mostly due to Betty's intrusion into Reggie and Archie's friendship when they were kids.
    • In the same series, Reggie has a bad-to-non-existent relationship with his parents who are too busy in their socialite life and they often leave him alone at home. In this iteration, his father is the publisher of the local newspaper, while his mother is a philanthropist.
    • In 2015 "Reggie and Me", Reggie has a crush on Midge Klump and for this reason, he has an ongoing rivalry with Moose Mason, Midge's boyfriend.
    • In 2017 Riverdale comic series, Reggie is in a secret relationship with Josie McCoy, started in Riverdale #5 and featured again in Riverdale #10.
  • Ross Butler left the show due to time complications with his role as Zach Dempsey in "13 Reasons Why".

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Reggie Mantle

Promotional Images

Season 1 Screencaps

Season 2 Screencaps

Season 3 Screencaps

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