|“||I'm going to be with Dilton now. We both flipped the coin. He was scared to ascend, but I'm not.||”|
|— Ben to Betty and Jughead[src]|
Ben Button maintained an illicit relationship with Geraldine Grundy at the same time that she was doing the same with Archie Andrews. On July 3, the day before the disappearance of Jason Blossom, he texted Grundy asking if he could see her on the following day. Grundy however put him off, as she had already made plans with Archie and did not want either teen to discover her duplicity. On the same day, Jughead Jones cleared trash from the field at the Twilight Drive-In, a job that Ben was supposed to do when he came in that day, but that Jughead did anyway.
He also appeared as the student of Geraldine Grundy, who was tutoring him. She frequently held music lessons with him at her house in Greendale, but they didn't just share a teacher-student relationship. After practicing on the piano, Ben departed one night and shared an intimate kiss with Miss Grundy. After leaving, the predator was savagely murdered by the Black Hood.
Ben paid a short visit to Chic at the Cooper residence for unspecified reasons and he was surprised by Betty while he was about to leave. According to what Chic told Betty when questioned about his job interview, Ben works concessions at the Bijou and Chic was "pretty sure" he got the job after their meeting.
|Editor's Note: While actors Moses Thiessen, Cody Kearsley, and Casey Cott do appear in the following scene, they do not portray the characters whom they are credited for i.e. Ben, Moose Mason and Kevin Keller. Instead, they portray young men who eschew from socializing with women to spend time together.|
During movie night at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, the patients were forced to watch a film about homosexual deviance that outwardly starred Moose and Kevin. When Ben asked them if they would like to accompany him and the other to the diner, these two seemingly all-American boys chose to abstain from going to the diner with their friends to have chocolate phosphates with the girls. Instead, they headed down to the river, where they undressed and went for a swim without clothes.
A few days later, Ben and Dilton are found unconscious in the woods by Jughead, stripped of their clothes, with markings etched into their backs. Also on site are candles and some kind of blue liquid. It would seem a ceremony of some kind was taking place. Ben wakes up, but he is unresponsive and foaming from the mouth. So, Jughead screams out for help.
Ben is in a coma at Riverdale General Hospital after participating in a challenge from Gryphons and Gargoyles that both he and Dilton participated in under a large tree in Fox Forest. While is his coma, he is visited by Ethel, Betty and Jughead. When Ben finally awakens, he climbs out the window of his room. Betty and Jughead enter as he sits on the window seal. Ben says that he's going to be with Dilton now. They both flipped the coin but Dilton was scared to ascend. Ben isn't however. What about Princess Etheline, Betty asks. Ben replies that they'll all be reunited in the kingdom and that it's all part of his plan. Ben then jumps out the window onto the street below, killing himself.
Ben appears in Archie's dream. He sits at the table alongside Jason, Cheryl, Penelope, Clifford, Reggie, Hiram, Hermione, Alice, Hal, Pop Tate, Kevin, Tom, Sierra, FP, Jellybean, Toni, Jughead, Betty, and Mary in his dining room. Archie asks where his father is, to which Arti replies that Archie was supposed to go get him.
Throughout Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Ben, working at Persephone's Pizza, delivers a takeaway order to the home of Mary Wardwell. Lilith who is posing as Mary Wardwell opens the door, she muses that it must be heavy and asks for him to set it over on the table. Heading into the home, she shuts the door, telling him just how glad she is that he's here, and that she's famished.
Ben was a young man with blonde hair, brown eyes, a lean, athletic build and a light complexion. Little is known of his style in clothing due to him appearing in his work clothes more often than not.
Ben appeared to mostly to keep to himself, especially after the murder of Geraldine Grundy, his music teacher. Even his mother described him as being odd. However, after befriending Dilton Doiley during the summer, Ben became secretive and started acting out of character.
- "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam" (dream)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- In "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show", he was credited as Snack Bar Guy.
- In a recent interview with Sweetwater Secrets, Riverdale showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, revealed that Ben will continue to appear throughout the series, and that there's a reason as to why he'll continue to appear.
- Ben is the first character to appear in both Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
- Ben's name could be a reference to the titular characters of both David Fincher's 2008 American fantasy romantic drama film and F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story that the film was loosely based on.
- See also: Category:Images of Ben Button
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