The Blossom curse runs deep. I'm doomed to a life of unhappiness. [...] Sarah Winchester came from a family of rifle makers. Winchester rifles. One by one, family members suffered painful, horrific fates. Cursed by the deaths brought on by their family's stock and trade... rifles. Only Sarah survived. And so she started to build a house. The Winchester House. And she believed that as long as it remained under constant construction, the curse couldn't consume her.
— Cheryl to Toni[src]


Cheryl Marjorie Blossom is a main character on The CW's Riverdale. She is portrayed by Madelaine Petsch.

Cheryl is the daughter of Penelope and the late Clifford Blossom and, as well as the twin sister of the late Jason Blossom, who suffered a tragic demise mysteriously on July 11th. Cheryl's relationship with her family seemed to be quite strained ever since Jason's death. Her mother blamed her for assisting Jason in his attempt to run away from Riverdale, which essentially is what led to his death. Cheryl's father thought of her as a train wreck in comparison to Jason, who was considered the "golden boy."

She was a student, head cheerleader of the River Vixens and the self-proclaimed Queen Bee at Riverdale High School. Cheryl was in a relationship with Toni Topaz and subsequently joined the Southside Serpents. However, Cheryl and Toni were later exiled from the Serpents by Jughead after they failed to abide by Serpent code and burglarized the Pembrooke. Since then, she and Toni have created a gang of their own, the Pretty Poisons, which was later disbanded, with some rejoining the Serpents.

After breaking free of the Farm's compulsion and discovering that the Evernevers had dug up Jason's corpse, Cheryl decided to bring her brother's unearthed, dead body home and store him in their family's chapel, where she would have daily conversations with her brother and even confide in him as she would when he was alive. It would take weeks of fighting with Toni and Penelope's intervention before Cheryl would finally say goodbye to her brother and give him a proper funeral pyre.

Following an encounter with Toni's nana, who viewed her family as a plague over Riverdale, Cheryl found herself on a path of redemption and legacy in her family's honor, turning away both Highsmith college and Toni in an effort to better the Blossom family's perception, as Cheryl believed that she was doomed to a life of unhappiness.

Character Description

Rich, entitled and never accountable. Cheryl Blossom is a manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness, she recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.[1]

Early Life

Cheryl was born and raised in Riverdale alongside her twin brother, Jason, to Clifford and Penelope Blossom. During her childhood, the Blossom family had an ongoing feud with the Cooper family, and Jason's involvement with the Cooper's oldest daughter Polly only added fuel to this fire, though the feud later subsided after the death of Cheryl's father. Cheryl is close friends with Josie McCoy, but she was closer to her brother Jason than anyone else. According to herself, he always protected her. When they were younger, Cheryl always insisted on having a separate birthday despite the fact that she and Jason were twins, until one year he randomly recommended that they combine their birthdays. It wasn't until years later that Cheryl discovered the reason for this, which was that no one would come to her birthday if she held it separately. He protected her and not just from that one incident but throughout their entire lives.

As a child, Cheryl remembered her mother telling her and Jason bedtime stories about the Sugarman, not knowing that he was a real person, who was heavily involved in her father's drug dealing operation. Her mother concocted the story of the Sugarman to turn an all-too-real monster into a child's bogeyman. Hoping to protect them from the danger that followed the Sugarman, she and Jason were told to stay in their rooms whenever he would visit Thornhill.

When Cheryl was in junior high, she befriended a girl named Heather. The girls grew immensely close and often had sleepovers. What started as friendship, soon grew into love. Unfortunately, one night, Cheryl's mother caught them in bed together. Penelope grew furious and presumably banished Heather from Cheryl's life.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Cheryl is a young woman with a slim figure and is around 5'6" tall. One of her most notable features is her long, wavy, ginger-red hair that often drapes her left shoulder. She also has amber eyes, full lips, and rather pale skin. Undeniably, red lipstick is a signature part of her makeup look. Cheryl also dresses in very fashionable clothing, with Veronica stating on one occasion that Gucci is one of her favorite brands. Cheryl typically wears modern, colorful dresses and pencil and skater skirts, which show off her slender figure. Cheryl also tends to favor red clothing particularly. She can often be seen wearing her iconic spider brooch as well as numerous chokers.

Personality

Raised in a rich household, it's not fully Cheryl's fault she embraces the typical mean girl/queen bee persona, as she was neglected by her parents during her childhood. She often walks around school as if it belongs to her, and she won't hesitate to contest anyone who believes differently, thriving off the fear and intimidation she traffics in from her fellow classmates. Cheryl's more notable personality traits typically consist of her being shallow, confident, and compassionate for those close to her. She portrays herself as very self-absorbed, in order to mask her insecurities.

First and foremost, Cheryl's biggest concern usually falls on her appearance. She's rarely ever thinking about anyone other than herself, though her brother, Jason, was the exception to this, as is her girlfriend, Toni. She genuinely loved her brother. Because Cheryl was raised in such a rich household, people may think of her as snobby and arrogant. As such, at times, Cheryl is not as horrid as she would like people to believe. She can be kind, and she does have a softer side, although she hardly ever shows it due to the fear of being hurt. Aside from her relationship with her brother, she also appears to have a very close friendship with Josie McCoy. The two girls are seemingly best friends, if not very close. When one calls in a favor, the other won't hesitate to assist.

Following the discovery that Jason was killed by their father and then Clifford's subsequent suicide, Cheryl's mental state took a drastic turn for the worst. With two people gone from her immediate family, it left her distraught and incapable of continuing with life. Because of this, Cheryl attempted to take her own life at Sweetwater River, though her attempt was unsuccessful due to Archie intervening. After Archie saved her, Cheryl realized she did not have a need to take her own life. Although, she later recovered mentally, the crumbling of her family was too much for Cheryl to handle. She could barely withstand being at Thornhill, as it created too much instability for her because so many terrible memories were housed there. To start over, she burned the Blossom mansion to the ground.

With the fall of Thornhill came a new start, and no one truly knew how the fire started besides her mother and herself. After Penelope was admitted to the Riverdale General Hospital, Cheryl blackmailed and threatened her mother, telling her that if she told the authorities about how the fire started, she would expose what really happened in the barn with her father. Cheryl was done with the abuse her parents gave her. As a result, a darker, more assertive side of Cheryl came to light and declared that she was no longer going to take any more of it. She even went as far as to constrict her mother's air tube. As she suffocated her mother, she told her that the only reason she was still living was because she gave her the air to do so.

Cheryl's also has a darker sider. She has been known to go to great lengths in order to achieve her goals, though she manages to hide this behind an innocent enough smile. When Cheryl discovered that Chuck Clayton had feelings for Josie, Cheryl did everything in her power to prevent Josie from getting close to Chuck, as she wanted Josie all to herself. She framed Chuck using a pig's heart to scare Josie. With Chuck's history, this made the task easier for Cheryl to paint a menacing picture of him to Josie.

Relationships

Jason Blossom

Main article: Cheryl and Jason

Cheryl and Jason

Cheryl and Jason's bond was nearly unbreakable. They were extremely close, with Cheryl describing Jason as her 'soulmate'. Given that they were twins, they'd spent their entire lives together, never separated, and upon Jason's death, Cheryl was left devastated. Jason was very protective of Cheryl, both physically and emotionally. When they were younger, Cheryl always insisted on having separate birthday parties despite the fact that she and Jason were twins, until one year, he convinced her to combine their birthdays into one. It wasn't until years later that Cheryl discovered that the reason for this was because no one wanted to attend her birthday and Jason didn't want her to be hurt. When Jason learned that Polly was pregnant with his child, they made plans to run away together and enlisted in Cheryl's help to do so. However, he never told her that he was running away with his pregnant girlfriend, only that he wanted to leave and that he didn't want their parents coming after him. And so, Cheryl being the loving sister she is helped Jason run away, however, this ultimately resulted in his death at the hands of their father. And still, even in death, Cheryl remained connected to her brother and went as far as bringing his corpse home and having casual conversations with him for weeks.

Penelope Blossom

Main article: Cheryl and Penelope

Cheryl and Penelope

Cheryl's relationship with her mother has always been strained and detached. She never truly experience any form of true love or bond from Penelope. And their relationship took a turn for the worse and became a lot more volatile after Jason's death, which Penelope blamed Cheryl for as she aided and abetted his attempt to flee Riverdale, which ultimately ended with his demise. It was clear to Cheryl earlier on in life that Jason was loved by their parents far more than she was, so when he died, Penelope became far more abusive towards her. Cheryl and Penelope's relationship devolved further after learning that Jason was killed by their father and Cheryl decided to burn down Thornhill as it beared too many bad memories. After Penelope discovered that Cheryl had feelings for Toni, she admitted Cheryl into Sisters of Quiet Mercy for conversion therapy, which Cheryl later escaped from with help from Toni and Veronica. The hostile nature of their relationship remains, though Cheryl has demonstrated that she's more than capable of protecting herself from her mother.

Clifford Blossom

Cheryl and Clifford

Cheryl and Clifford were never close. However, they became even more strained and distant following Jason's death, especially after Clifford and Penelope found out that she helped Jason escape on a boat ride out to Greendale. While their relationship prior to Jason's death is mostly unknown, Cheryl had often referred to her brother as the golden boy, suggesting that their parents at the very least, treated Jason better than they did her. She was looked at by her father as nothing more than a train wreck, which he told Archie Andrews]during one of their conversations at the Blossom Banquet. Coming as no surprise, their relationship worsened after she found out that Clifford was Jason's killer.

Betty Cooper

Main article: Betty and Cheryl

Cheryl and Betty

Cheryl and Betty's relationship is hard to define due to their blood bond as well as personal feelings towards each other. They've known each other their entire lives, as they both grew up on the north side of Riverdale, but for most of that time, they disliked one another due to the fact that there was bad blood between the Blossoms and Coopers, which pre-dated the two of them. This resulted in the two girls becoming enemies. When Jason died, Cheryl pretend to befriend Betty in order to gain information on Polly, who Cheryl suspected killed her brother. This frustrated Betty, who went as far as threatening to kill Cheryl. It wasn't until their sophomore year of high school that they learned they were cousins. During the previous school year, Betty tried out for the cheer squad, but was rejected by Cheryl who claimed Betty was too fat. Since then, their relationship has been constantly developing. They care for one another but rarely admit openly, however, both have displayed a willingness to help the other whenever necessary, such as when Betty was investigating the Black Hood and went to Cheryl for help. Cheryl also attempted to comfort Betty after Jughead's "death".

Veronica Lodge

Main article: Cheryl and Veronica

Cheryl and Veronica

Cheryl's relationship with Veronica has become more friendly and less antagonistic over time, however, the two weren't always as cordial as they are now. The two had quite a rivalry from the moment Veronica moved to Riverdale and befriended Betty, who Cheryl disliked very much. However, in spite of this, she sought to make friends with Cheryl, as Veronica believed their rivalry would end in mutual destruction, so Cheryl invited Veronica over her house for a sleepover, where Veronica discovered just how cruel Cheryl's home life was. Even though they may have their differences, whenever Cheryl is going through a tough time, Veronica always seemed to be there to comfort her. She even aided Toni in breaking Cheryl out of the Sisters of Quiet Mercy after she was committed by her mother for reversion therapy. The girls even became business partners for a short time, distributing their own brand of rum.

Josie McCoy

Main article: Cheryl and Josie

Cheryl and Josie

Cheryl and Josie have been close friends for many years. Outside of Jason, Josie was Cheryl's closest companion. Josie expressed on a couple different occasions that she would do anything for Cheryl, which proved true when Cheryl asked Josie and the Pussycats to help Archie in his pursuit of becoming a musician. Cheryl even performed alongside the Pussycats once as Valerie's replacement outside of Pop's during Retro Night. Josie has also shown to be very protective of Cheryl. When Cheryl was drugged and nearly sexually assaulted by Nick St. Clair, it was Josie and the Pussycats who came to her defense and comforted her afterwards. However, Josie started to pull away from Cheryl after learning that she cut out a pig's heart and framed Chuck as the culprit. Their friendship was reignited during the school musical, when Cheryl made a proper apology.

Polly Cooper

Cheryl and Polly

Cheryl's relationship with Polly didn't get off to the best start due to Cheryl suspecting that Polly was involved in her brother's death. However, after learning that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child, Cheryl became far more kinder towards her and was willing to help her because that is what Jason would have wanted. Polly even stayed with the Blossoms for a short period of time during her pregnancy. She has since given birth to the twins, naming them Juniper and Dagwood. Currently, the twins are living with Cheryl and Nana Rose, as Polly is being "de-programmed," according to Charles, in a facility at the Shady Grove Treatment Center.

Archie Andrews

Cheryl and Archie

Cheryl and Archie have known each other since childhood, both having grown up in Riverdale, though they were never necessarily friends. Still, Archie has never showed any form of hostility towards Cheryl despite her mean girl persona. In fact, he'd been kinder to Cheryl than most of her own family with the exception of Jason, who after he died, Archie corroborated Cheryl's recount of hearing a gunshot on the morning of July 4th. To thank him, she asked Josie for a favor; to allow Archie to observe the Pussycats’ rehearsal for the upcoming Taste of Riverdale event at which they were going to perform, as Archie has taken up in interest in becoming a musician. From there, their relationship continued to develop. Cheryl asked Archie to escort her to her family's annual Tree Tapping Ceremony, during which time Archie defended Cheryl from her verbally abusive family. This sparked a romantic interest in Cheryl directed at Archie. However, he rejected her advances, as he was interested in Veronica at the time. Although, she was initially upset, the two have remained cordial, and Archie even saved her from drowning at Sweetwater River.

Tina Patel and Ginger Lopez

Cheryl, Tina, and Ginger

The friendship between Cheryl, Tina, and Ginger was in a good place initally. The trio were "besties" and cheerleading teammates on the River Vixens. Together, they held all the power, especially with Cheryl as their team captain. However, they had a falling out when Betty challenged the current leadership of the Vixens, which resulted in Tina and Ginger voting for a new River Vixens captain, that being Veronica. Dethroned and betrayed, Cheryl immediately "unfriended" the two and hasn't looked back at her former friends since, even after Cheryl and Veronica reconciled their relationship later on.

Jughead Jones

Cheryl and Jughead

Cheryl's relationship with Jughead has ranged from distant at best, to hostile at worst, with the latter becoming a reality after Cheryl discovered that Jughead's father, FP, supposedly killed Jason. However, Cheryl immediately apologized to Jughead for her savage attack on him after it was revealed that FP was merely covering for her father, who was the actual killer. In order to make up for the harm she caused, she gave Jughead an expensive spider brooch. However, as previously stated, the dynamics of their relationship has been known to shift, though on many instances, they're at the very least cordial with one another. Towards the end of the second season, they become rather close as Jughead, the newly crowned Serpent King, gave Cheryl her own red Serpent Jacket, welcoming her into their family. However, when Jughead declared that the Serpents would no longer commit crimes and that those who did not obey would be exiled, Cheryl disputed his leadership. When Cheryl and Toni later stole from the Lodges, Jughead banished them both from the Serpents. Cheryl later led her new gang. the Pretty Poisons. against the Serpents. Despite this, when her mother kidnapped Jughead, Archie, Veronica, and Betty with the intent of killing them, Cheryl led the two gangs to the rescue.

Toni Topaz

Main article: Cheryl and Toni

Cheryl and Toni

Cheryl and Toni's relationship has progressed rather fast. They hated each other when they first met given Cheryl's mean girl persona and Toni being from the Southside. Their first encounter was at the Riverdale Drag Race, where Cheryl took Toni's place as the flag girl. They ran into each other again in the bathroom after Toni confronted Cheryl for trying to ruin Jughead's weekend with his friends. Toni perceived Cheryl's attitude as a defense mechanism to hide her pain and called her on it, though Cheryl stormed off. Cheryl later found herself in another encounter with Toni at the Bijou. Both without a date, they saw the film together. Afterward, they went to Pop's, and Cheryl opened up about how she was hated and how she lost touch with a friend that she had in Junior high named Heather. In this moment of vulnerability, Toni comforted Cheryl. Since then, their relationship has blossomed. Cheryl invited Toni to her father's Will-Reading as well as a sleepover at Thistlehouse after Toni joined the River Vixens. That night, Cheryl confessed that she only wanted to invite Toni, but she knew her mother wouldn't approve. They almost kissed but were interrupted by Nana Rose's fall. Again, their relationship continued to develop rather quickly. When Cheryl was taken to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy by her mother to begin conversion therapy, Toni and Veronica went on a rescue mission to break her out. Toni and Cheryl even shared a kiss before escaping. In the days that followed, Cheryl stayed at Toni's as she didn't wish to return to Thistlehouse with her mother and uncle. Although, there have been bumps in the road, the two love each other immensely. However, they would later breakup, as Toni's family disapproved of her relationship with Cheryl due to her lineage.

Appearances

Riverdale

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Katy Keene

Season 1

Trivia

  • Madelaine Petsch created a Twitter account for her role as Cheryl, named @CherylBombshell, that she tweeted from during the first season.[2]
  • Her favorite color is Pantone's Flame Scarlet (#CD212A).[3]
  • Cheryl has a 4.0 grade point average.
  • Cheryl is younger than Jason by three minutes.
  • Cheryl is often seen wearing brooches. Her most notable being a 1930's vintage red Bakelite and brass spider brooch, which depending on its condition, has a value of up to $700 dollars.
  • Cheryl is a skilled artist, specifically in regards to drawing and painting.
  • Cheryl is a skilled archer.
  • Whilst Petsch is a vegan in real life, Cheryl appears to not be. In "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside", she is seen eating a burger at Pop's. Although, it could very well be a vegan burger. 
  • Cheryl seems to speak French, this is shown on multiple occasions. One notable moment is when she refers to Toni as "mon cherie," meaning "my dear" in French.
  • Cheryl's favorite school subject is History.[4]
  • In the Archie Comics, Cheryl was a controversial recurring, later main character.
  • Cheryl first appeared in the August 1982 issue of Betty and Veronica #320 in a story called "Dare To Be Bare."
    • Contrary to the TV series, Cheryl was introduced as a teen "femme fatale" setting to shake a bit the love triangle between Betty, Archie, and Veronica.
    • For this reason, she has a love-hate relationship with both Betty and Veronica.
  • Toni is Cheryl's first female love interest in any iteration, declaring herself a lesbian.
  • Rumor has it, Cheryl and Jason were written off from earlier iterations of the Archie Comics two years after their introduction because she was considered "too sexual" for child readers. [5]
    • Cheryl returned in Veronica, Vol. 1, No. 39, published twelve years later, in December 1994. [5]
  • In the comics, Cheryl and Jason attended Pembrooke Academy, which is now the name of the building where Veronica and Hermione live.
  • In Cheryl Blossom #34, a subsection of the Archie Comics published in 2013, it's revealed that she is usually rescuing stray animals and is very fond of her Pomeranian named Sugar.

See Also

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