|“||I've been in and out of the Serpents since I was younger than my son, and it's been a wild ride. Good times. Bad times. But through it all, the Serpents stuck by my side while most other people turned their backs on me, my own family included. Now, the letter of the law says that I can't be here in the Serpent den, that I can't associate with my friends, my real family, my blood. But I've been thinking about that, and it'll be a cold day in hell before a snake lets a pig tell him what to do [...] The Northside wants me out of this gang, well they better bring a coffin 'cause FP Jones isn't retiring. I am not going gently into the night. I am here to stay. So, bring the fire.||”|
Forsythe Pendleton "FP" Jones II was initially a recurring character during Season 1 of The CW's Riverdale. He has since been promoted to series regular for the second season through the fifth season. He was portrayed by Skeet Ulrich.
FP is the former leader of the Southside Serpents and the father of Jughead and Jellybean Jones. FP was initially framed for the murder of Jason Blossom after the cops found a gun in his trailer. It was revealed that Clifford Blossom was the one who murdered his own son in cold blood, having FP to take the fall for him so he could protect his son, Jughead. Even though FP was found innocent, he was still an accomplice and was kept behind bars until his court trial. Due to FP's loyalty to protecting the Southside Serpents, he would be facing a lot of jail time. It was through his actions that Jughead was rewarded as an unofficial member of the Southside Serpents before becoming an actual member.
After he was released from prison, FP briefly took back the mantle of leader of the Serpents. However, it was short-lived. He'd later retire from the Southside Serpents, leaving Jughead to become the next Serpent King. Several months after his retirement from the Serpents, FP was appointed as the new sheriff of Riverdale by Hermione Lodge. FP was also responsible for the shooting of Hiram Lodge after being hired by Hermione Lodge to do so. A motive on his part was revenge for Hiram hiring the Ghoulies to attack his son, nearly killing him in the process.
FP also rekindled his romance with Alice Smith, and they moved together with their own kids. FP and Alice have a son, Charles, born of their teenage relationship and given up for adoption. But Charles turns out to be a serial killer, and is estranged from their lives.
After learning that Jellybean was the Auteur and responsible for the recent videos and re-enactments surfacing around town in an attempt to gain Jughead's attention, FP took Jellybean back to Toledo to be with her mother, thus putting his relationship with Alice on pause.
- 1 Character Description
- 2 Early Life
- 3 Throughout Riverdale
- 4 Physical Appearance
- 5 Personality
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See Also
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
While his character will have a history with all of Riverdale's main residents, he holds a grudge against Fred Andrews and is the father of Jughead Jones.
At the age of sixteen, FP's father put him out of the house and told him to go to hell. Instead, he joined the Southside Serpents, who accepted him as one of their own. Soon thereafter, he enlisted in the army. After serving his country, FP returned to Riverdale, picking up from where he left off with the Serpents.
He and Fred later went on to found a construction company together, but barely made enough to stay in business. By that time, FP married a woman named Gladys and later, the couple had their first and only son, Jughead. Approximately 5-6 years later, the couple had their second and only daughter, Jellybean. He and his wife would frequently take the kids to the Twilight Drive-In, however, they often couldn't afford tickets for everyone, so his children would hide in the trunk until they parked. While Fred married his wife and had his first and only son, Archie, to provide for, FP had his family as well as many hospital bills. Due to this, FP became involved in a string of criminal activities which would often end with him getting arrested and Fred having to bail him out. Eventually, he became too big of a liability for their company and was forced by Fred to resign.
After losing his job, FP began drinking heavily which led the Jones family to fall apart. FP's wife left him and took their daughter with her to Toledo to live with his parents-in-law, and Jughead began living out of the projection booth of the drive-in where he had found employment. FP ended up living alone at the Sunnyside Trailer Park, where he continued drinking. At an unknown point, FP became the leader of the Southside Serpents, a dangerous biker gang of thugs and criminals. During that time, FP got involved with Penny Peabody, the extent of which is currently unknown. However, at some point, a promise was made, which FP failed to keep, resulting in a bitter relationship between the two.
FP would best be described as a tall man, around 6'0" in height, with a muscular build. He is a handsome older man with short, black hair, and light brown eyes. Being the leader of the Southside Serpents, he often wears a black leather jacket, with the gang's double-headed serpent symbol printed on the back of it. While he has been known to typically grow out a beard, FP has taken up the clean-shaven appearance as of late.
While he is admittedly an alcoholic, deadbeat dad, FP cares deeply for his family. The stress of losing his job at Andrews Construction weighed heavily on him and so he relied heavily on alcohol to cope, which subsequently led to the separation of his family. This isn't to say that he doesn't care for them, but quite the opposite. In order to provide for his family, FP became involved in criminal activities.
His son, Jughead, is all he has left at the moment, he'd do almost anything for him, even if it meant jail time for himself, such as threatening or even attacking the local Sheriff. He has also shown a violent side, as when he heard Jughead was being interrogated by the Sheriff, he got furious and wanted to go and lash out at Sheriff Keller, only for his son to ask him to stop and not to make things worse.
- Main article: Jughead and FP
|“||This is excellent. Me, I can barely string two sentences together, but you, you got a gift. Thank God you're not wasting it.||”|
— FP praising Jughead's manuscript[src]
Jughead and FP's relationship may have started out strained, but over the course of the series, they grew closer as Jughead tried to mend things with his father. Due to FP's alcoholism, the Jones family were forced to move out, as Jughead found shelter at the Twilight Drive-In. Unfortunately, now that the drive-in was now closed, Archie offered to help, as well as get his father a job back at Andrews Construction. FP reluctantly agreed after Jughead paid him a visit at the trailer. Following Jughead's interrogation at the Sheriff Station, unfairly accused of Jason's murder one morning, FP arrived, furious at the sheriff for falsely accusing his son of murder. Jughead convinced his father to let it go, and before FP left, he vowed to get his act together so that his family could return.
Gladys is FP's estranged wife and the mother of his children Jughead and Jellybean. Their family once lived together in Riverdale, until FP lost his job and began drinking heavily, leading to Gladys leaving Riverdale with their daughter Jellybean for Toledo, leaving FP and her son behind. It remains unknown as to how long the Jones Family was separated for, though they did have a short-lived reunion in Toledo when FP drove up to pick up Jughead. Not long after, Gladys and Jellybean suddenly return to Riverdale.
- Main article: Fred and FP
|“||You've never had a better foreman than me. I won't leave you hanging this time.||”|
— FP saves Fred's company.[src]
FP and Fred have been friends for a long time now ever since they were both in high school. They once worked together at Andrews Construction until FP's family got separated and he becomes a liability for the company due to his alcoholism and such. A few years after with Jughead trying to fix things with his family, he had his friend Archie talk to his father about offering FP back his old job. Luckily Fred was willing to take another chance on FP for Jughead and his family's sake. With FP trying to make great efforts for Jughead to be proud of him, Fred and FP decided to go by Pop's Diner with their boys for dinner with FP wanting to pay for their meal after they were done.
|“||You're still hot, Alice. Too bad you're a stick in the mud.||”|
— FP compliments Alice[src]
Alice and FP have known each other for many years. There was a time when just like FP, Alice was a member of the Southside Serpents, however, that was during her adolescence. For reasons unknown, Alice later left the Serpents, cutting all ties with them before crossing over to the Northside. During her early years, she lived on the Southside of Riverdale. While it is unknown if they were once friends or not, Alice and FP hold a great amount of disdain for one another, though this appears to be due to Alice's "holier than thou" attitude. Because FP still having ties with the Serpents, she often accuses him and his gang of any and all criminal activities that have been committed across town. Even though FP has admitted to Alice that he finds her attractive, he also points out that she is a stick in the mud. Due to their past history together, FP's at least aware of some of Alice's darkest secrets that were once part of her dark past. It was later revealed that Alice and FP did in fact have a high school romance, which resulted in Alice giving birth to a child that FP had no knowledge of up until recently. That child was given up for adoption at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy shortly after his birth. As of the third season, it appears they are currently in a relationship as they are seen in bed together.
Since the events of "Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween", they live under the same roof in Jones house with their children (Betty, Jughead and Jellybean) and they are finally reunited with Charles, their common son.
|“||Just doing my job, keeping my ear to the ground.||”|
— Joaquin to FP[src]
FP and Joaquin are connected via the Southside Serpents. It is currently unclear how far back their partnership goes but they are very loyal to one another. On July 11th, FP called Joaquin in the middle of the night, asking for his assistance with a cleanup job at the Whyte Wyrm. It was in the basement that Joaquin saw Jason Blossom's body laying on the ground with a bullet hole in his head. The two of them then disposed of the body and cleaned up the mess. He and Joaquin kept quiet about their involvement in the murder, while also keeping a close eye on the case via Kevin Keller, who FP had instructed Joaquin to forge a relationship with. In case things ever got bad, the two of them created a contingency plan, which consisted of a USB hid in Jason Blossom's varsity jacket. However, when FP was arrested, Joaquin got a call from FP, telling him to forget the plan as it was too dangerous.
- "Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax"
- "Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders"
- "Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation"
- "Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge" (flashback)
- In "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks", Pop Tate revealed that FP's favorite meal at Pop's are fried chicken, cornbread, onion rings and an orange freeze.
- FP's prison number was 24601, referencing the book (and several cinematic and musical adaptions) Les Misérables, where the main character, Jean Valjean, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family. 24601 was his prison number.
- FP and Skeet Ulrich share the same birthday; FP's birthday is shown on his mugshot.
- FP is one of the show's few antagonists to be redeemed.
- Inside FP's sheriff jacket is a Serpent patch, inside the left lapel, so he's always reminded of who he is.
- In the Archie Comics, FP's counterpart made his first appearance in Archie's Pal Jughead #8, released October 1st, 1951.
- Jughead's dad is almost exclusively featured in the various series named after Jughead, where he's named Forsythe Pendleton Jones, Jr. Although, due to inconsistencies across iterations, he's sometimes named Victor or Timothy or, simply, Mr. Jones.
- He's generally depicted as a thin, middle-aged man with incipient baldness, black mustache and he's generally resigned to his nonsensical son who he'd wish to be more like Archie or Reggie. This is explained as Mr. Jones seeing too much of himself in his son and wishing a different life for him.
- A recurring theme across Archie Comics focused on Jughead is that of Forsythe Jones struggling with his job and being unable to sustain his family.
- See also: Category:Images of FP Jones
- Grassi, Michael (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (May 4, 2017). "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 12. The CW.
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