I know I'm angry, Mrs. Burble. I'm not an idiot. Look at all the crappy things that have happened to me, to my friends, to my dad. They make me angry. You talking to me like I'm a moron, that makes me angry. [..] And it hurts. I hurt all the time. And all I wanna do is make sure no one else does. But I've screwed it up. My mom almost got shot in the drive-by. She was held at gunpoint on Thanksgiving. How is a guy supposed to to clean up the town, and protect his loved ones if he's putting them in the crosshairs? So what am I supposed to do?
— Archie to Mrs. Burble[src]

Archibald "Archie" Andrews is a main character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by KJ Apa.

Archie is a student at Riverdale High School, a budding musician, and a football player for the Riverdale Bulldogs. His team number was number nine, given to him by Coach Clayton. This number was originally Jason Blossom's jersey, and so Archie took it upon himself to retire the jersey in Jason's honor and took the number seventeen in its place. Archie used to be the Captain of the football team but decided to defer his status as captain to Reggie Mantle after he felt more of an affinity with his music.

Archie has been best friends with Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper since childhood. Betty develops feelings for Archie, which she ends up revealing to him. However, he doesn't reciprocate her feelings and decides to stay just friends with Betty, which causes minor temporary strain in their relationship. He instead is drawn to the new rich girl named Veronica who had just moved to Riverdale from New York following the arrest of her wealthy billionaire father Hiram Lodge after he committed fraud and embezzlement. He and Veronica eventually began dating, but the pair have since called it quits.

He also occasionally helps out his father at the construction site at Andrews Construction. He was also an eyewitness to his father's shooting that recently happened at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe by an unknown man, known as the Black Hood. Since then, he has founded and currently leads the "The Red Circle", a group formed to hunt down the Black Hood, as he feels that the Sheriff has not been successful in finding his father's shooter, although the group has been inactive since the death of the Black Hood.

Since the Black Hood has been terrorizing Riverdale and the Southside Serpents have been causing trouble for him due to his best friend Jughead joining them, Archie has made it his number one mission to make peace and stop any more chaos from happening. He's also determined to protect his loved ones as well as innocents of Riverdale from the tumultuous events that repeatedly keep happening in Riverdale. After he and Betty joined forces to successfully stop the Black Hood, Archie resumed his life as an average teenager, as he hoped to one day start a band of his own.

Character Description

An intense, conflicted teen, a high school sophomore who got in shape over summer and now has to handle newfound attention from his female classmates. He struggles balancing his social life with his passion for writing and performing music — against the wishes of his father and his football coach.[1]

Early Life

Archie grew up in Riverdale, the only child of Fred and Mary Andrews. At the age of thirteen, two years prior to the beginning of the series, his parents separated and his mother moved to Chicago, leaving him to be raised by his father. Archie, Betty Cooper, and Jughead Jones are childhood friends. Archie has known Betty since they were four and have been best friends ever since. They have always gone to the same schools and been in the same classes.

When he was in the second grade, he was having trouble reading, so his teacher suggested that he should be held back a year. However, Betty was so against the thought of her and Archie not being in the same grade that she took it upon herself to tutor him every day. When he passed, Archie kissed Betty and asked her to marry him. She told him they were too young, but to ask again when they are eighteen, and she'd say yes.

Like his friendship with Betty, things were fine between Archie and Jughead until they had a recent falling out, which temporarily disrupted their friendship. As he entered his adolescence, Archie started attending Riverdale High School, where he joined the football team. He spent the summer before his sophomore year working at his father's company, Andrews Construction. This proved to be a defining summer for Archie as he embarked on an illicit affair with his music teacher Geraldine Grundy. During one of their trysts, they were startled by the sound of a gunshot ringing through the morning air. He later discovered that his fellow student Jason Blossom had died under mysterious circumstances. Fearful that their relationship would be discovered, he and Miss Grundy kept what they knew secret.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Archie is a tall, muscular teenage boy with pale skin, messy red hair, and brown eyes. While we haven't seen Archie's build before the start of the series, he got hot according to Kevin during the summer, as he was working at his father's construction company. He was working out and getting in shape in order to maintain his position in the Riverdale Bulldogs.

In "Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak", Archie dyed his hair black. This was to ensure that people would not recognize him while he was on the run from Hiram Lodge. He eventually went back to his normal red color in "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger" when he returned to Riverdale High.


Archie is a very kind-hearted, loyal, honest and caring person, especially when pertaining to his friends and family. His suffering derives from merely having to stand by and watch his friends suffer while knowing that there is nothing he can do to ease their pain. Archie is a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and this can often be felt through his music, which Geraldine Grundy described as being very real and personal. However, this in no way diminishes his masculinity as Archie has been known to turn violent and aggressive at times. Not only is he a member of Riverdale High School's football team, the Riverdale Bulldogs, but he also picked a fight with a Southside Serpent at the Whyte Wyrm despite knowing he was vastly outnumbered.

Though he is indeed a loyal individual, Archie is shown to have very low self-esteem, as he feels unworthy of Betty's feelings and then later unconfident in his music aspirations and has shown a certain naivety, leading him to make bad, self-destructive decisions or him being easily manipulated and tempted. He acceded to Grundy's pleas that he not report details pertaining to Jason Blossom's murder as it would expose their affair, and was lead on to believe that the Blossom's would be able to aid him in his music ventures when in truth they were only using him leading to his relationship with Valerie falling apart.

After his fathers shooting at Pop's, he admitted that he was a coward, as he didn't know what to do after his father got shot, allowing the shooter to escape. Ever since that day, Archie vowed to protect his father in case the killer ever did come back to finish the job. After his father was discharged from the hospital, Archie was downstairs seated with a baseball bat guarding the front and backdoor through the night, as the killer was still out there in the wind.


Other Relationships

Josie McCoy

So, you feel qualified to write songs for the Pussycats? For divas of color? [...] Look, this isn't LA or New York, this is Riverdale, and people's minds are opening up, but do you have any idea how much hate mail my mom got when she was elected mayor? [...] No, no, no, baby, you don't. I mean do you know why we're called the Pussycats? Because we have to claw our way into the same rooms that you can just waltz into. So, if you think that you can write my experience...
— Josie to Archie[src]

Archie and Josie after getting romantically involved

The relationship between Archie Andrews and Josie McCoy pre-dates the series given that they both grew up in Riverdale. Their relationship originally started out as a small rivalry between musicians, as Archie, who was looking to rise as an up-and-coming songwriter, hoped that Josie would assist him in doing just that. While Josie on the other hand, who is an established musician in her own right, wasn't willing to help him achieve his aforementioned goal. However, their relationship later evolved into a friendship after the pair bonded over their love of music, which resulted in Archie performing alongside Josie and the Pussycats. Josie and Archie’s friendship turned into a romantic pairing when both comforted into each other, rather than being in a world of isolation. At first hidden to the world, Sweet Pea reveals the secret of their relationship to Betty, Reggie, Cheryl, Kevin, Fangs, Toni, Evelyn, Peaches and lastly, Veronica during the production of Heathers: The Musical when he saw them getting intimate at the party organized at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy by Evelyn.

Valerie Brown

First of all, we didn't do anything. I broke up with you because I thought you were a hot mess. Clearly, I was right. [...] What is your problem, Archie? You shut me out, remember? It's too late.
— Valerie ends their relationship[src]
Season 1 Episode 5 Heart of Darkness Archie and Valerie

Valerie helps Archie with his music

The relationship, both platonic and romantic, between Archie and Valerie was relatively short-lived. Initially, Valerie helped Archie with his budding interest in music, but their time together quickly advanced into romance. However, Archie became involved with drama concerning the Blossoms, specifically Penelope and Cheryl and the promises of future in music. Archie then began ignoring her that eventually lead into a confrontation that resulted in Valerie ending their relationship, on the grounds that Archie knew nothing about her. Later at Jughead's 16th Birthday Party, Archie attempted to make up for ignoring Valerie and attempted to get back together with her. However, as far as it concerned Valerie, reconciliation was futile. Despite this, Valerie did support Archie after his father was shot by a masked assailant at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. They've since not associated with one another after his recovery.

Arthur Adams

I don't believe you, that you'll leave me and my dad alone. I think you'll do anything that you can to destroy Hiram Lodge. Even if it means destroying us.
— Archie to Arthur[src]

Archie and Arthur at the park

The relationship between Archie and Agent Adams is rather complicated given the fact that the FBI agent wasn't an agent at all, but rather one of Hermione Lodge's capos who was tasked with applying pressure to Archie as a test to his loyalty towards the Lodges, a test that Archie would later come to pass. As he was approached by Agent Adams, Archie was told that the FBI was building a case against Hiram Lodge and that they wanted his help to lock him away. During their multiple rendezvous, Archie and Adams had a strictly professional relationship. Archie would supply Agent Adams with information that he would then supposedly use to incarcerate Hiram Lodge. However, as Archie became more involved with the Lodges, he began to feed the agent false information. It wasn't until Archie told Hiram Lodge the truth about the investigation that he learned that Agent Adams wasn't real and that Arthur Adams was a close associate of the Lodges. Archie later discovers that Arthur betrayed the Lodges during an attack on Andre and then Archie.

Sweet Pea


Standoff; Sweet Pea vs Archie

Sweet Pea has a very negative and hostile relationship with Archie. When Archie spread his symbol to draw out the Black Hood by paining his symbol around the Southside, Sweat Pea pulled a knife on him and Archie later drew a gun on him. This then lead to the Riverdale Rumble. Since then, they've become enemies, and due to Sweet Pea's hate towards the Northsiders, for looking down upon Southsiders and treating them like trash, he despises Archie.

However, Sweet Pea and Archie have become allies ever since Archie assisted the Serpents in escaping the police, who raided the Whyte Wyrm, and when Archie led a protest, uniting Northsiders and Southsiders, as they wore Serpent jackets in support of the Southside students staying at Riverdale High.

Mad Dog


Archie and Mad Dog in a boxing ring

The relationship between Archie and Mad Dog first started out rough, with the two barely saying a word to each other. After sharing a prison cell for some time, they became friends, protecting each other. They both eventually found themselves entangled in the underground fight club ran by Warden Norton, who Archie repeatedly disobeyed. Just as they finally came, Archie returned to his cell after the prison yard riot to find Mad Dog was gone. He was told that Mad Dog died during the riot, but Archie knew that to be a lie. Mad Dog later returned to help Archie escape, and in return, Archie blackmailed the Governor to get Mad Dog pardoned from Leopold and Loeb. The two have shown their loyalty and have proven that they're willing to fight for the other.



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  • Archie appears to be a big fan of the American comic book publisher, DC Comics. He had two posters plastered in his room, one of Batman and another of Suicide Squad.
  • Due to their red hair and varsity jacket, Archie is often compared to Jason Blossom.
  • KJ Apa broke his hand while filming the season one finale which involved him punching through ice to rescue Cheryl Blossom, which was, in actuality, a foam mat sitting on ice.[2]
  • Archie knows how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a skill that came in handy when saving the life of Cheryl Blossom.
  • To suit the role of 'Archie', KJ Apa has to get his hair dyed and bleached, every two weeks, to red since his natural hair color is dark brown.[3]
  • "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" is the first episode that Archie did not appear in. However, KJ Apa, the actor who portrays Archie appeared in another role.


See also: Category:Images of Archie Andrews

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  1. Riverdale pilot fills out cast - EW
  2. K.J. Apa Hid the Fact That He BROKE HIS HAND on the Riverdale Set
  3. Riverdale's K.J. Apa on His Dye Job
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