But I am changing. I started going to church with my dad and I'm taking these art classes. [...] I wanna draw comics or kids books. [...] Josie, I really am trying to be better.
— Chuck to Josie McCoy[src]

Chuck Clayton is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by Jordan Calloway.

Chuck is a student at Riverdale High School, and a former football player for the Riverdale Bulldogs. He was kicked off the team by Coach Clayton after confessing to spreading false rumors of sexually explicit acts between himself and Veronica Lodge.

He personally holds a grudge towards Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper, as he informed Betty, what they both did to him, resulted in him not being able to play football for a good college or university.

Early Life

Unlike most teens in Riverdale, Chuck was not born there. He was once the new kid, so he told Veronica Lodge, and it was not easy as his father was the new teacher as well as the new coach.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Chuck made a number of brief appearances throughout the episode, however, he doesn't say or do much. He was initially seen walking down the hall with Reggie Mantle and Moose Mason. Shortly after that, he was getting dressed in the boy's locker room. Immediately following his appearance in the locker room, he entered Dr. Phylum's classroom. That same day, he was in the student lounge, chatting with Veronica Lodge as Reggie speculated over who really killed Jason Blossom. [1]

Fall of the Golden Boy

Season 1 Episode 3 Body Double Chuck in his car

Chuck on his date with Veronica

Following their previous exchange in the student lounge, just days before, Chuck and Veronica went on a date. The two spent most of their time talking inside a car, outside Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, talking led to kissing, but it went no further. However, this didn't prevent Chuck from telling a different story, news quickly spread around school that he gave her a "Sticky Maple", which is a slut-shaming thing in Riverdale.

Chuck was confronted by Veronica and Betty in the boy's locker room, he told Veronica it's a badge of honor, not to mention that after her make-out session with Archie Andrews in the closet, she's "not exactly virgin territory". Despite her repeated demands to take the picture down, Chuck refused, as he told her that he isn't one of the Betas she dated in the past and that resistance is futile.

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Chuck suspended and kicked from team

After a failed attempt to stop Chuck, Veronica teamed up with Betty, and the two of them exposed Chuck by hand-cuffing him in a boiling hot tub until he confessed, on video. That, along with the discovery of the playbook, resulted in Chuck and five other football players being suspended from school as well as banned from the team by Coach Clayton, in an effort to salvage the school's reputation and his job. [2]

Party Crasher

Chuck's suspension from school ended the day before Jughead's 16th birthday party, and he was witnessed entering the cafeteria by Kevin, Betty, Veronica and Archie. Angry that Chuck had sat at Ethel's table, Betty marched over to confront him. Chuck taunted Betty, telling her not to go 'dark Betty' on him, causing her slam her hand on the table before realizing what she was doing. Betty asked Ethel if Chuck was bothering her but she said Chuck was just apologizing, that everything was fine. Chuck then remarked that the real question wasn't if they were okay but if Betty was. As Betty walked away flustered, Chuck smirked and winked at Archie who had been watching the exchange.

Season 1 Episode 10 The Lost Weekend Chuck vs Betty

Betty vs Chuck at the party

The next day, Chuck was approached by Cheryl Blossom, who wanted revenge on Veronica. Despite Cheryl thinking Chuck was the worst, she suggested that since both Veronica and Betty were attending Jughead's party at Archie's house, they work together and cause a little destruction.

They crashed the party, bringing alcohol and most of the school with them. In the kitchen, Betty confronted Chuck and asked him to leave, however he was angry as his suspension had destroyed any chance he had of playing football for a good school. Sarcastically, Betty apologized that sexual harassment had actual consequences for him. Chuck remarked that the Betty he had seen that night was the real Betty, the dark Betty and then began to make a lewd comment before Betty slapped him and stormed out.

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Chuck getting thrown out the party

Later, Cheryl announced that they were all going to participate in a game she called Secrets & Sins, where Archie's affair with Ms. Grundy came to light and Chuck made the comment that if he had known he would have added Archie to his playbook. Chuck decided to reveal a secret of his own, which was what really happened between him and Betty the night that led to his suspension. In front of everyone, he explained that Betty dressed up like a hooker in an ugly black wig, drugged Chuck, handcuffed him to a railing, and almost drowned him until he said what she wanted him to say. For a moment, Betty even thought she was Polly. Hearing all this for the first time was too much for Jughead to handle, and he lashed out by punching Chuck in the face. However, Chuck came back much harder, and sent Jughead crashing into a table. FP then stepped in, grabbed Chuck by the shirt collar and maneuvered him bodily out the door and onto the street and forced him to leave.[3]

Season 2

Redemption Arc


Chuck asking Josie out

Chuck entered the music room at school to find Josie rehearsing a song. While he was amazed by her voice, Josie grew irritable by his mere presence, asking in an irritated tone if she could help him. Chuck attempted to ask her out on a date, but given his past behavior, Josie was quick to decline. However, she did take time out of rehearsing to ask if he was responsible for the gifts that she had been receiving in her locker. "Well, I can be", he answered. Unfortunately for Chuck, Josie didn't date due to all her time being focused on music. However, if she were to date, Josie explained that it wouldn't be a chauvinist, misogynistic, harasser of women, such as himself.


Josie and Chuck dancing at Pop's

Later that night, Chuck ran into Josie as she was leaving the school, though initially frightened, Josie appeared relieved to see that it was him, so much so that she asked him for a ride home. Chuck was happy to oblige, though he wanted to make one stop first, that stop being at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where he and Josie had milkshakes in a booth and discussed the nature of their outing. Josie insisted that they weren't on a date. Admittedly, Chuck didn't have the best track record with women, but he had changed by going to church with his father. He had even started taking art classes as he one day sought to draw comics or kids books, though Josie had a difficult time believing that he had changed. Just then, Pop Tate approached their booth, confirming Chuck's claims of change when he commented on Chuck's recent attendance at church. Josie then asked if he had planned for Pop Tate to interject as the timing of it was near perfect. However, Chuck stated that it was merely a coincidence. In an attempt to further convince Josie that he was putting forth an effort to better himself, he asked her to dance in the middle of Pop's as a song came on the jukebox. The two of them took to the dance floor, where they danced together until being interrupted by Josie's enraged mother, Mayor McCoy, who had repeatedly called her, and Sheriff Keller. Chuck apologized for not having her home, though Mayor McCoy wasn't interested in anything he had to say, telling Chuck that she didn't want him within ten feet of Josie.


Chuck being taken away by Mr. Svenson

The next day, in the student lounge, Chuck was confronted over the sick game he was supposedly playing with Josie, as she had been left a pig's heart in the music room, though Chuck adamantly denied any involvement. Cheryl, who was in a particularly nasty mood, accused him of pretending to have been reformed. As far as she was concerned, Chuck was still the same person who perceived women as objects to possess and torture. If the Black Hood wasn't a middle-aged Caucasian man by Cheryl's account, then Chuck would be a prime suspect in her eyes. However, before Chuck could even get the chance to fully plead his innocence, Mr. Svenson, the school's janitor, stepped in, during which time Josie and Cheryl accused Chuck of sending threats and disturbing messages. Hearing this, Mr. Svenson escorted Chuck to Mr. Weatherbee's office.[4]

In preparation for wrestling team tryouts, Chuck, Kevin and several other students went on a run throughout town, passing through Pickens Park as they did so.


Chuck taunting Archie

On the first day of tryouts for the wrestling team, Chuck approached Archie to tell him that he should consider himself fortunate that they weren't in the same weight class. Had they been, Chuck insisted that he would've wrecked Archie on the mat. The team then gathered around Coach Kleats as he blew the whistle and asked that they all give Hiram "the Ram" Lodge, a round of applause because he was not only showing a lot of support for the team but he also wrestled for Coach Kleats during his first year of coaching. Not everyone would make the team and there'd be cuts every day. So Coach Kleats advised them to make each match count. They then paired off for "up and downs".

On the second day of tryouts, they were focusing on fundamentals, starting with the fireman's carry. And since it was his signature move back in the day, Coach Kleats had asked Hiram to demonstrate. He called on Archie to be his volunteer. He then encouraged Archie to come at him before taking him down with one swift fireman's carry. With Archie tackled to the mat, Hiram explained the simplicity of the move. While it is fairly simple to execute, it's also an effective move when your opponent gets cocky by dominating your rival. Demoralizing him is the key if you want to win.


Chuck vs Archie

On the final day of tryouts, Chuck went up against Archie despite being in a higher weight class which Archie didn't hesitate to address. Though Chuck wasn't nearly as concerned given that he had the advantage, stating that Archie was acting like his little sister. "Come on, time for Thunderdome", Chuck said. He and Archie went back and forth on the mat for some time. Chuck made several attempt to tackle Archie but ultimately, Archie managed to gain the upper hand and pull the victory over Chuck.[5]

Chuck signed up for Carrie: The Musical, though he arrived at the first rehearsal. He was under the impression that rehearsal was in the music room when in actuality it was the auditorium.


Chuck's confession

Chuck was one of the first to do his behind the scenes interview with Jughead, the videographer of the play. Jughead wonders why he chose to join the school musical. Chuck was trying to reform his image. It may be counter-intuitive to be playing the villain, but someone had to do it and Chuck wanted to do it right by showing up, putting in the work, and being a member of the team. He hoped by the end of it, people would start to change their minds about him.

Cheryl interrupted rehearsal after hearing whisperings that some of them, mainly Ethel and Josie, didn't think she's fit to play the role of Carrie White. So to settle the matter, she began to sing "Carrie" to prove them wrong. Her singing removed all doubt as Chuck, Archie, Veronica, Betty, Ethel, Josie, Alice, Toni, Midge, Moose, Jughead, Kevin, and Fangs give Cheryl a round of applauded. As Cheryl headed back to her seat, a heavy sand bag fell from above and nearly crushed her.

Later, while Jughead recorded, Chuck and Archie performed with Betty and Veronica on stage as they sang "Do Me A Favor".


Chuck and Veronica performing

Chuck, Veronica, Toni, Ethel, and Betty rehearsed in the auditorium, where they sang and performed "The World According to Chris". Betty credited Veronica's performance to her being the literal embodiment of Chris, the character she's portraying. Never had a role been so perfectly type-cast, Betty remarked. Archie tried to stop it, but she continues. Betty went onto point out the similarities between Veronica and Chris. Spoiled rich girl. Major daddy issues. Bad to the bone, trying to control everyone around her, including her boyfriend and best friend.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Kevin informed Chuck, Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Fangs, Toni, Ethel, Alice, Moose, Midge, Betty and Josie that Cheryl will no longer be playing Carrie. When they asked why, Kevin simply replied that Penelope Blossom wasn't much of a stage mom. In the meantime, Cheryl's understudy would assume the role, that being Midge, who Kevin appointed after the sand bag incident.


Chuck's pariahship is over

In the dressing room on opening night, Chuck, Veronica, Betty, Archie, Kevin, Midge, Moose, Alice, Toni and Ethel sang "A Night We'll Never Forget". After Veronica did a bit of singing in the dressing room with Betty, Archie and Chuck, Veronica spoke for the entire gang when she told Chuck that his behavior throughout rehearsals has been nothing short of that of a proper Victorian gentleman, meaning his pariahship was over. Chic entered the dressing room, much to Betty's surprise. He claimed that he wouldn't miss the play for the world. Betty then told him that he should get back to his seat as the play is about to begin and he wasn't supposed to be backstage.

The crowd was packed when the play began, and Alice started to sing "Evening Prayers". When Alice cued Midge, the curtains raised only to reveal that Midge had been murdered by the Black Hood. She had been stabbed with knives and scissors and pinned to the wall. On the wall, written in blood was a message. "I Am Back From The Dead. All Those Who Escaped Me Before Will Die... B.H" When Alice screamed in fear, the crowd realized that this was not part of the play and the auditorium erupted in panic and chaos.[6]

Physical Appearance

Chuck is an outwardly handsome, tall, brown skinned teenage guy with shaven hair, deep brown eyes and a muscular physique. He dresses rather casually, often wearing denim jeans with his blue and gold Riverdale Bulldogs varsity jacket.


Chuck was the typical Alpha-male douche bag and held no regard for anyone other than himself. He had a very poor view of women, looking at them as if they are nothing more than objects for his amusement. Chuck was quite arrogant and very confident in his abilities. Being captain of the Riverdale Bulldogs came with high prestige. He was Riverdale's very own golden boy; loved by many and he uses that to his benefit. Months later, however, Chuck appeared to have changed to some degree. With his football career over, Chuck instead pursued art, as well as attending church. He was respectful to Josie (if still somewhat flirty), though his unsavory past still ended up catching up to him. However, later on in the series Chuck was able to convince Veronica, Betty, Archie and Jughead that he had changed for the better. After the gang took notice in Chucks change of behavior after he joined the school's musical in an attempt to re-shape his image.


Veronica Lodge

Okay, that high-toned bitch attitude may have worked on the betas you dated in New York, but you're in Bulldog territory. But please, fight back. You'll only make it harder on yourself.
— Chuck to Veronica[src]

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Chuck's Instagram post with Veronica

In the beginning of the school year, Chuck pursued Veronica. As they were out on their first date, Veronica opened up to him, as they took pictures. However, Veronica entered school the next day to rumors about her "sticky maple" which is a Riverdale thing for slut-shaming. Veronica, along with Betty, were ready to go "Full dark no stars", as they gathered other victims and evidence. As a result of this, Chuck was then suspended as well as banned from the varsity football team.

Betty Cooper

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That night, I saw the real you. The dark you. The Betty that I actually think about every night when I'm laying in bed.
— Chuck to Betty before she slaps him[src]

Season 1 Episode 10 The Lost Weekend Chuck vs Betty

Chuck and Betty talking in the kitchen of the Andrews house

Chuck and Betty are best described as rivals. When Chuck gave Veronica the "sticky maple", Betty assisted in getting Veronica and all the other victims their revenge. However, whilst doing so, Chuck saw the "dark Betty", thus making him think of her as a crazy person. She manages to get him suspended for several days, but when he makes his appearance at Jughead's party, it becomes heated between them when she tries to get him to leave, but he makes a lewd comment, making her slap him in the face. Later, in a game of "Secrets & Sins", Chuck exposed Betty's dark side.

Josie McCoy

Okay, I admit, I don't have a great track record, but I am changing. I started going to church with my dad and I started taking these art classes.
— Chuck telling Josie he's changed[src]


Josie and Chuck dancing at Pop's

Whilst Chuck and Josie may not have come in close contact, Chuck took a liking to her. When he entered the music room, he was amazed by her voice. However, Josie didn't return the warm greetings as she knew his past with women and would never date a "chauvinist, misogynistic, harasser of woman", such as himself. Late at night, as Josie was leaving school, she came across Chuck whose presence shook her as it was dark in the hallways. She allowed him to give her a ride home, but not before they stopped at Pop's. Even though Josie insisted that they weren't on a date, they did bond more than they ever had before. Chuck claimed that he'd changed for the better, and even though Pop Tate and Josie started believing this, his past still showed through as Josie's mother wasn't happy to find them together, who then threatened him to stay away from her daughter before dragging her out of the diner. At school, when Josie received a disturbing message from a mysterious admirer, automatically thinking this was Chuck's doing, she confronted him at the library, resulting in him getting escorted to the principal's office.


Season 1

Season 2

Season 4



  • Much like his Archie Comics counterpart, Chuck is an aspiring cartoonist, who has shown an interest in comic book illustration. However, unlike his comic book self, he is not an active member in Archie Andrews' life.


See also: Category:Images of Chuck Clayton


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