On good days, it seems like the town of Riverdale is inhabited by contradicting characters. On bad days, Riverdale is the home of psychopaths. In the hopes of figuring out what the hell is going on in this show, I’ve decided to try and figure out the personality types of the primary Riverdale characters using the Myers-Brigg test (MBTI). I’m keeping Reggie and Moose out for now, solely because we haven’t seen much of them in the show thus far.
Along with the personality types, I’ve included the titles given to each over at 16personalities.com. You can find extensive explanations on each type and their behavior in different social situations like work, love, and family. I’ll reference anything I stumbled upon that seems relevant, but I just wanted to give you the FYI. If you want to dissect Jughead’s personality, for instance, now you know where to go.
So, who’s ready for some in-depth Riverdale character analysis? (There are spoilers for those who haven’t finished the first season).
Archie Andrews – ESFJ “The Consul”
Archie posses the ESFJ traits (extroverted/sensing/feeling/judging), which apparently are the ingredients needed to create the perfect popular boy. Archie’s extraversion mixed with his tendency to act impulsively, trusting his heart over his brain one time too many, is what causes him to do stupid stuff (like dating Miss Grundy) while still being a caring guy.
In many ways, Archie tries to be his best self. He wants to focus on his music because he knows in his heart it’s what’s right, but doesn’t have the tools to go about it in a logical way. As Betty and Jughead’s best friend, it is evident that Archie has their best interest at heart and has bonded enough with them to trust they want the best for him, too. However, when push comes to shove, Archie turns on his judging component and alienates himself from those who can help him.
Betty Cooper – ENFJ-T “The Protagonist”
Betty, Veronica, and Cheryl are all EN’s, but it’s the variation of the intuitive extroverts that causes them to react so differently to situations. In Betty’s case, she’s led by her feelings and her judgement, meaning that this is the terrain in which she beats Cheryl. Does Betty’s badassery sometimes remind you of a great Khaleesi? That’s because Betty and Daenerys share personality types.
You will notice I included a T next to Betty’s ENFJ. It stands for turbulent. And while it doesn’t affect her character traits as a whole, it does mean some of her actions might sometimes seem odd. This Betty definitely has some weird split personality disorder moments, so the turbulent just had to factor in. Other characters probably should get T’s as well, but I can only be 100% sure of Betty at the moment.
Veronica Lodge – ENTP “The Debater”
Ruled by thinking and perception, Veronica is able to keep a cool head in situations where Cheryl would be screaming and Betty would be on the verge of tears. Or a panic attack. This does come with a caveat: a sort of emotional detachment. Even though she knows it’ll hurt Betty, she still makes out with Archie. Did she really seem interested in hurting Betty? Not quite. But she also couldn’t register in the moment the exact impact it would have on her friend.
Veronica does enjoy arguing (especially winning them) and thus picks fights with Cheryl at every turn. Because she knows Cheryl will collapse under pressure, Veronica knows she’ll thrive. Regardless, Veronica likes using her debating powers for good, often defending Betty and anyone else she feels has been wronged.
Jughead Jones – INTJ “The Architect”
INTJs are cynic loners with a knack for morality and lost causes. The thinking and judging causes them to mistrust many things, but the introversion and intuitiveness keep them longing for something that almost escapes them. Jughead feels nostalgic for a childhood he didn’t even like and holds on to the remains of his friendship with Archie and his father even if he wants to pretend he doesn’t.
In an interview, Cole Sprouse said Jughead‘s homelessness is self-imposed. If you think about it, Jughead doesn’t want to sleep in the streets, but cannot withstand living with his father who he considers amoral (or at least his parenting style). Jughead is his own lost cause, as is the drive-in theater, his relationship with Betty, and the completion of his novel.
Yet, the defining characteristic of INTJs is that, despite the fact that their actions and beliefs seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, it is that distance to be reconciled that brings about their greatness.
[This has been confirmed by Cole Sprouse].
Cheryl Blossom – ENTJ “The Commander”
Cheryl likes to lead, but doesn’t posses Betty’s empathy or Veronica’s foresight. Instead, Cheryl commands the masses through intimidation, fostering fear as opposed to respect. That being said, Cheryl is likely to amass an arsenal of followers more quickly than Betty or Veronica. B and V also aren’t big on being ring leaders, so Cheryl would also win out at holding the Riverdale Vixens’ crown for the long haul.
Does Cheryl have bad intentions? Only if you cross her. The problem is Cheryl is prone to considering herself threatened. Her resolve quavers under the slightest pressure. Then again, everyone needs a bad bitch to get things done, and that’s Cheryl.
Kevin Keller – ESTP “The Entrepreneur”
You might not know Kevin Keller, but Kevin Keller definitely knows you. This brand of social butterfly is detached and omnipresent. Kevin is not the kind to get caught up in fights, but will be the one holding the camera when one does happen. He will jump from one person to the next in search of the next big gossip, but this doesn’t prevent him from anchoring his loyalties with Betty and her friends.
Even though Kevin flutters around different social circles, it doesn’t mean he’s two faced or pretends to be different people to fit in. Kevin simply has a pleasant personality that, even while probing, doesn’t repel others. He does sense when he should be hurt or feel betrayed, but simply can’t focus on it enough to get upset (i.e. Moose).
Alice Cooper – ISTJ “The Logistician”
Aside from the judging part, Alice Cooper is her daughter’s complete opposite. Alice is what happens when someone with inherently extroverted traits turns out to be an introvert and finds something that makes them really angry. ISTJs believe in duty and civic order, which would explain why Alice runs the paper and is so adamant in protecting her daughters from all the evils of the world.
That being said, Alice simply can’t deal. As a mother, she has little intuition when it comes to her daughter and her needs. As a reporter/law-abiding citizen, Alice is exceedingly flighty and has a severely low emotional IQ. Where Betty is empathetic, Alice is judgmental. The end result is, well, crazy Alice.
Hermione Lodge – ENTP “The Debater”
Hermione shares the same personality type as her daughter, yet their generational gap and their life experiences mark the difference between the two. If they swapped bodies, odds are Hermione and Veronica would act the same exact way in the other’s shoes. But, since they can’t, what we get in Hermione is an ENTP marked by a rapid fall from grace.
Fred Andrews – ESFP “The Entertainer”
Fred Andrews thinks he is Archie, or that Archie is a reflection of him. The reality is, however, that Fred’s need to stay on top of situations is what makes him a less likable character than his son. Where Archie allows himself to make the wrong calls, Fred stays uninvolved. We haven’t really explored this side of Fred much yet, but he strikes me like the kind of dude that doesn’t enjoy being wrong. I don’t buy too much into the good father act. I’m waiting for your true colors, Fred.
Miss Grundy – ISTP “The Virtuoso”
An introvert with serious detachment issues. Comes across as shy and vulnerable, when in reality is a calculating pedophile. ISTPs are great artists, as Grundy is with her cello. Yet, when her powers of concentration are used for evil…no high school boy is safe.
Josie McCoy – ESTJ “The Executive”
There’s still more of Josie we need to see, but her ESTJ is already showing. These people thrive at leading with integrity, as Josie does the Pussycats. She wants her band to represent the values she holds dear and, while reluctant at first, still manages to incorporate Archie into the band.
Valerie Brown – ISFP “The Adventurer”
For a performer, Val is pretty introverted. It takes a lot for her to stand up to a more outspoken Josie. That being said, she is open to experimenting with sound and even group dynamics by welcoming Archie into the Pussycats and eventually branching out with him. Val just needs to find some confidence to branch out of the Pussycats so she can become the solo artist she’s meant to be. Just follow fellow ISFP Lana del Rey’s lead, Val.
FP Jones – ESTP “The Entrepreneur”
ESTPs like FP Jones and Ernest Hemingway tend to live life on the edge. They’re intelligent and driven, yet they don’t engage much with pre-meditation. As FP has shown us, he goes about life influencing his surroundings without thinking through the consequences of many of his actions. Does that mean FP is dumb? Not at all. It’s just that he’s too willing to take risks.
Polly Cooper – ESFP “The Entertainer”
If we think about Polly’s good ol’ days, she sounds like quite the extroverted social butterfly. She was definitely independent and liked putting on a show, as a more “well-behaved” or complacent individual would have desisted from dating Jason at one point or another. Polly is a Marilyn Monroe type, making her personality and story entertaining to watch, but the reality of being in her shoes a little too overwhelming to consider.
Joaquin DeSantos – ISFJ “The Defender”
I truly hope Joaquin comes back in Season 2, mostly because there’s so much about his ISFJ personality that Riverdale has yet to explore. ISFJs are well-rounded people that are not as rooted in their particular personality traits. For instance, Joaquin can be quite sociable even though he’s an introvert and can make logical choices despite his emotion-driven tendencies. On screen, Joaquin is quiet and reserved. Yet, in times of trouble, he is quick to aid Kevin and his friends and play his cards successfully in the aftermath.
Hal Cooper – ESTJ “The Executive”
Are Hal and Josie the same person? Not exactly. But they definitely share the same personality traits. Hal is committed to his understanding of the Blossom/Cooper rivalry, and takes tangible and immediate action when needed. He considers himself a leader of the community, seeks to impact it through the Register. Whether or not you think Hal is doing the right thing, he definitely is going about it with the conviction of an ESTJ.
Clifford Blossom – INTJ “The Architect”
happens when you take Hal’s personality, but give it power and an inferiority complex? You get Clifford Blossom. INTJs, also known as architects, always have a plan in action, a plan in the works, and plans C-Z in the backburner. Just read this direct quote from the 16personalities.com page and see for yourself why so many villains like Clifford Blossom, Game of Thrones‘ Littlefinger and Tywin Lannister, and Sherlock‘s Moriarty are considered INTJs:
Rules, limitations and traditions are anathema to the INTJ personality type – everything should be open to questioning and reevaluation, and if they see a way, INTJs will often act unilaterally to enact their technically superior, sometimes insensitive, and almost always unorthodox methods and ideas.
See? Jughead could’ve turned out much worse.
Penelope Blossom – ESTJ “The Executive”
Maybe Clifford Blossom wouldn’t have been as deadly (lol?) had he not been married to another classic example of an ESTJ. Although we’ve yet to have all the puzzle pieces, it is clear that Penelope had a hand at a lot of the behind-the scenes planning, even if her husband kept her in the dark about their son’s whereabouts. All in all, it’s a good think Cheryl’s burning down that house. Who knows what else Penelope was already cooking.