Going into its third season, Riverdale has captured a wide audience due to its noir re-imagining of Archie Comics, jam-packed with chilling mysteries, non-stop drama, and an attractive and diverse cast. With such a broad spectrum of characters getting up to all kinds of craziness in each episode, you can be sure that Riverdale sees more than its fair share of fights, friendships, and romances. These characters are over-the-top a lot of the time, but that's part of the reason that we love them!
With that in mind, let's take a look at the Myers-Briggs personality types of some of Riverdale's most important characters, and determine whether they lean more towards extraversion or introversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving.
10. Archie Andrews- ESFJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
Archie, the series' main protagonist, is a kind-hearted and brave person who always looks to help out his family and friends when they are in need. A prime example of this is when Archie found out that his best friend Jughead was homeless and sleeping at the school; Archie immediately tried to persuade Jughead to stay at his house, and when that didn't work, he convinced his father to rehire Jughead's father at the construction company.
Archie does sometimes make rash decisions, and remains stubborn in his ways. This shows his sensing and judging characteristics, which were evident when he created the Red Circle, a controversial vigilante group tasked with protecting the Riverdale community from the Black Hood.
9. Jughead Jones- INTP (Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)
When we first met Archie's best friend Jughead, he was a quiet and somewhat distant person as well as a natural loner, highlighting his introverted nature. Jughead soon proved, however, that no one should make the mistake of underestimating him, with his quick wit and wise decision-making.
Not only did Jughead become a Southside Serpent at the end of the first season, he soon began to ascend Riverdale's social ladder, befriending fellow Serpents Sweet Pea, Fangs and Toni upon moving to Southside High. Jughead's transformation didn't end there, however, as further displays of his intuitiveness lead to his crowning as the leader of the Serpents. He has also shown high levels of perception throughout his time as a Riverdale High reporter, starting with his investigation of the murder of Jason Blossom.
8. Veronica Lodge- ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)
Veronica has shown her outgoing nature time and time again, starting from when she first arrived in Riverdale and befriended Archie and friends and also joined the River Vixens. She has also displayed excellent intuition with her ability to read into situations. One such example of this is when she anticipated that the casino gangster Elio would use underhanded tactics to cheat during Veronica's casino night at her speakeasy.
Fans were recently reminded of Veronica's love for Archie when she hatched a daring plan to break Archie out of a juvenile detention center; a plan that saw Veronica and her friends put their personal safety on the line to save a wrongly-imprisoned Archie.
7. Betty Cooper- ESFP (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)
Betty is often impulsive due to her tendency to focus on the basic information she receives when making a new discovery, which has resulted in rash arguments with her mother as well as a fallout with Veronica in season 2 of the show.
What Betty lacks in intuition she more than makes up for in perception, and her investigative journalism talent has been exhibited time and time again, such as when she identified Jason Blossom's killer and determined the true identity of the Black Hood. She also used her confidence to confront numerous people in pursuit of the truth, such as Dilton Doiley, Ethel, and Ms. Grundy.
6. Cheryl Blossom- ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging)
The fiery Cheryl made it her mission to become Queen Bee at Riverdale High, and is head cheerleader of the River Vixens. With a long list of sassy comebacks such as "You stuttering sapheads are too dim to exercise your own rights", Cheryl has shown her tendency to be judgemental and says what she feels on the spur of the moment without looking further into the situation at hand.
Gradually, she has become a good friend to Archie and Co, and has even become a Serpent alongside Jughead and Toni, aiding them on numerous occasions. This includes the time she swooped in with her archery to save Jughead from Penny Peabody's clutches after the Serpents launched a daring mission to save Hot Dog.
5. Toni Topaz- INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)
Toni has used her intuition to look past the obvious and develop an effective strategy for coping in dire circumstances. In what was a difficult transition, Jughead was forced to move to Southside High School, where Serpents and Ghoulies roamed the halls and jingle jangle was the drug of choice. With so many dangers lurking around the school, Toni took the liberty of showing Jughead the ropes and imparting valuable advice such as that he should befriend his fellow Serpents as a means of survival.
Whilst Toni is a reserved character, her deep feelings for her friends and girlfriend have motivated her to courageously come to their rescue on numerous occasions. In one of the standout moments of the series thus far, Toni enlisted the help of Veronica and Kevin to carry out a daring rescue mission in which they freed Cheryl from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. This was followed by Toni and Cheryl's memorable first kiss.
4. Kevin Keller- ESFJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
Kevin has an outgoing, bubbly personality, and as Betty's best friend and confidante is naturally never short of words. He is quick to assess the basic facts surrounding a situation, and this allows him to make swift decisions, which he tends to carry out immediately, without fear of the potential repercussions. We saw this tendency of Kevin's when he had the routine of strolling through Fox Forest as a means of finding other young men looking for intimate encounters.
Many of Kevin's decisions are based on his personal feelings in a given situation, and this empowers him to look past his fears and pursue what he wants in life. Whilst most would not have the courage to pursue a romantic relationship with a Serpent, Kevin was brave enough to strike up a romance with Joaquin Dos Santos at the closing night of the Twilight Drive-In.
3. Josie McCoy- ESTP (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)
Josie strives for excellence in all aspects of her singing career, both for Josie and the Pussycats as well as in her solo career. Sometimes, Josie is quick to judge a book by its cover... as she proved when she assumed that Veronica is just as malicious as her parents, and decided to punish her by providing Ethel with sensitive information that could be used to damage Veronica's campaign for student body president.
Josie does, however, cope well with hazardous situations. When Reggie, Kevin, and Josie were sitting at Pops and deciding whether or not to play Gryphons and Gargoyles, it was Josie who was the voice of reason, who warned her friends to approach the game with caution after the three decided to play in order to develop an insight into Riverdale's recent happenings.
2. Reggie Mantle- ESFJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
When we first meet Reggie, he was loud, arrogant and bombastic jock as well as a bit of a bully. He labeled Jughead as a “spooky, scrawny pathetic internet troll too busy writing his internet manifestos to get laid”; a move which lead to a physical altercation between him and Archie.
Reggie showed immense growth, and has developed compassion for his contemporaries. He recently used his feelings as a behavioral guide when he took the decision to assist Veronica in Archie's prison break and aid Betty in her Gryphons and Gargoyles investigation. Reggie has played a crucial part in many of his friends' endeavours, and has used his judgemental nature to swiftly come to their aid in times of need, which we have seen him do on multiple occasions in his role as bartender at Veronica's speakeasy.
1. Sweet Pea- ISFJ (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
As a staunch and loyal Serpent and South Sider, Sweet Pea was outraged when Archie vandalized buildings on the South Side (due to thinking that it was where the Black Hood was hiding) and took his revenge by taking his gang of Serpents to the North Side where they challenged the Bull Dogs to a "no weapons" brawl in the rain.
Sweet Pea's hot-headedness and rash decision-making has born some benefits, however, as he has made for an extremely loyal ally to Jughead and the rest of the Serpents. He is also an incredibly obedient Serpent, as he respected Jughead's command for the Serpents to not play Gryphons and Gargoyles without him, as he is the gamemaster.