You think you're the only one who can scare people by being crazy? You may have fooled my mother, but not me. I'm gonna bring you down. Because I catch bad men. I caught Clifford Blossom. I caught the Sugarman. I caught the Black Hood. And you know what they all have in common? They're dead. Consider yourself warned.
— Betty to Chic[src]

Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper is a main character on The CW's Riverdale. She is portrayed by Lili Reinhart.

Betty is a student at Riverdale High School and longtime best friend of Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller and Veronica Lodge. She is also a former River Vixen at Riverdale High, as well as an editor for the Register, with her mother, Alice Cooper. She also the aunt to Jason and Polly's twin babies. Betty is the youngest sibling to her sister, Polly, and older half-brother, Charles Smith. Most recently, Betty has followed in her mother's footsteps of joining the Southside Serpents, alongside her boyfriend, Jughead, making her the Serpent Queen to his King.

Character Description

Sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome as apple pie with a huge crush on her longtime best friend, Archie. Tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice — much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.[1]

Early Life

Betty grew up in Riverdale with her parents, Alice and Hal Cooper, and her older sister Polly. Her childhood best friend was Archie Andrews, and as the years passed, she grew to harbor romantic feelings for him, which she dared not reveal. Betty's family life was very tense, as her mother was extremely controlling, which led to her sister having a mental breakdown and being sent to live in a group home. Though her parents claimed this was caused by Polly's disastrous relationship with Jason Blossom, Betty knew better. As the only remaining daughter in the Cooper household, she was placed under immense pressure by her mother to be perfect in every way.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Betty is a young woman with pale skin, shoulder length blonde hair that she often wears in a tight ponytail, and soft washed out green eyes that complement her pale skin. Her sartorial taste tends toward very casual yet feminine attire, often wearing skinny jeans, fitted sweaters and pale colors of pink, white and blue. On one occasion, she wore rather revealing lingerie and a black bob cut wig, which was extremely out of character for Betty. This particular moment truly spoke to her state of mind during the incident, which was reflected in her choice of clothing.


Contrary to her appearance, that being a pretty girl with blonde hair, Betty in no way fits the stereotype of your typical "dumb blonde". In fact, she's a straight-A student, thus making her arguably one of the most intelligent students at Riverdale High School. Not to mention she's an overachiever. Betty strived to be the perfect student, daughter, and sister simply to please everyone around her.

Many often view her as the perfect girl next door, a phrase that she hates as it couldn't be any further from the truth. Mentally, Betty suffers from issues far worse than she lets on. She occasionally struggles with her anger and aggression, often resulting in her clenching her fist so intensely that she leaves scars on her palms. This isn't the only instance of Betty losing control. She once dressed up in dark lingerie and a black wig to force Chuck Clayton into admitting that he lied about his date with Veronica. During this incident, Betty appeared to have lost herself within the person she was becoming. Just for a moment, she believed she was Polly and that Chuck was Jason. In spite of all the darkness that surrounds Betty, she is still a loving person that people love to have at their side.

Betty also shows a great deal of strength, courage and nerve. She is constantly fighting for her friends and family and will do whatever it takes to defend her loved ones. She often is impulsive and gets herself in situations that could have been thought out. She isn't afraid to stand her ground and stand up for herself and even threaten people should the time call for it. She even drove a motorcycle at a very fast pace to mislead the police chasing Archie, undergoing a rough terrain of the woods, showing her nerve and skill on driving such vehicles. 

She also is a person who likes to put the extra effort in when it comes to the people she cares about. Like when she and Archie were kids growing up, she hated the fact that the two of them would be in different grades, since Archie was doing terrible with some of his courses. So Betty worked with Archie by tutoring him until he passed the grade, just so they would be in the same grade together. She even went out of her way to give her boyfriend, Jughead, a 16th birthday party, after she was told that he never had one. This can often be bad, however, which is shown when she blackmails Cheryl with a recording of Jason Blossom's Death in order to make her testify for FP Jones

A child of two journalists, Betty has developed formidable sleuthing skills and an unyielding dedication to the truth at any cost, even personal risk. This is repeatedly shown throughout the show as she digs deeper into the mysteries that plague the town. Betty is strong and brave when it comes to telling the truth when she is determined to do so. When trying to prove FP Jones innocence when he got arrested. Despite what even after being humiliated for writing and releasing that article she wrote on FP Jones. She didn't let that stop her from speaking the truth at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee.


Other Relationships

Toni Topaz


Betty talking to Toni at FP's retirement party

The relationship between Toni and Betty is rather quite complicated at the moment. When the two first met face to face with each other at Southside High inside of The Red and Black office, they appeared to be on good terms with each other. However, the two girls had an argument, when they were by Sunnyside Trailer Park, with Kevin and Jughead, trying to decipher the cipher that was from the Black Hood. The argument first began when Toni called out Betty for thinking that the idea of the Black Hood was a Serpent, looking down on Southsiders as criminals, due to there status. Ever since that day, the two ladies weren't seen to cross paths with each other, until recently, at the Whyte Wyrm, when Betty came to Toni seeking out advice from her on how to become a Serpent to keep an eye on Jughead.

Trev Brown

Season 1 Episode 5 Heart of Darkness Trev and Betty at Pop's shoppe

Despite the two of them growing up in Riverdale, Betty and Trev's relationship didn't pick up until Ethel Muggs brought him into The Blue and Gold because Trev claimed that he had information pertaining to Chuck Clayton and the Riverdale Bulldogs. Trev informed Betty that he was on the team but he quit upon the discovery of Chuck's playbook, which Trev then revealed the location of. In addition to this, Betty and Trev had one last exchange, in which they went on a "date" at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where Trev explained that abnormalities surrounding Jason Blossom's behavior in the weeks leading to his death. Betty and Trev have not interacted since, but they remain friends.



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Katy Keene

Season 1


  • Betty's literary hero is Toni Morrison.
  • Betty takes Adderall (dextroamphetamine), commonly known to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
  • Betty has an inner darkness that causes her to clench her fists that leave scars on her inner hand.
  • Like her father, Betty has not only shown an interest, but the skill to be a mechanic. This is shown when she talks to him about Polly and also when preparing for the drag race.
  • Betty is a talented singer.
  • Betty lost her virginity to Jughead in Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and The Divine.
  • Betty's physical appearance from the comics has been retained in the television series.
  • In the comics, Betty is far more athletic, outgoing and open, while Betty in the TV series is more reserved and self-conscious.
  • The Cooper family is more loving and supporting in the comics than they are in the series.
  • In the Archie Comics, Betty has an older brother named Chic. In the show, she has an older brother named Charles Smith, who was put up for adoption.
  • In the show, it's revealed that the Cooper family is distantly related to the Blossoms as their great-grandfathers were brothers.
  • In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics, Betty and Veronica are witches who are a part of High Priestess Grundy's coven. They accidentally set Madame Satan free from Hell when they tried to summon a succubus to settle a blood-rivalry.
  • Eden Summer Gilmore who depict the younger version of Betty Copper went on to play the younger version of Nancy Drew in the Pilot and The Hidden Staircase episodes of eponym CW series. It's interesting to note that these two characters are very similar to each other. 


See also: Category:Images of Betty Cooper

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