|“||Didn't you hear? I came to town to help Fangs escape, stuck around, got hauled in during riot night.||”|
Joaquin was a member of the Southside Serpents, who finds himself tied between a romantic relationship with the Sheriff's son and the mystery of Jason Blossom's murder. During this time, he briefly dated Kevin Keller, until leaving town before law enforcement could catch up to him over his involvement in Jason's murder. He later returned to Riverdale after getting a call from FP that Fangs Fogarty, a fellow Serpent, had gotten himself wrapped up in the murder investigation of Midge Klump.
Very little is known of Joaquin's life. He resided on the Southside of town, and some time prior to the start of the series he presumably completed the Serpents Initiation, later joining the Southside Serpents, a dangerous biker gang of criminals and thugs.
Return to RiverdaleJoaquin returns to Riverdale after getting a call from FP that Fangs Fogarty, a fellow Southside Serpent, needed to get out of town. Joaquin explains that he has a place in San Junipero that he can sneak Fangs out to. However, Jughead explains they first need to get Fangs out of the Sheriff Station in one piece as there is an angry mob outside who want his head for the death of Midge Klump. So Joaquin hangs back at the trailer while FP and Jughead prepare to retrieve Fangs.
Joaquin has a slim build, with tan skin, medium-length black hair, and very light blue eyes. At first glance, he comes off as grungy and dangerous, the fact that he is affiliated with the Southside Serpents doesn't help. Apparently, when joining the gang, members are required to tattoo the gang's symbol of a serpent on their body. He wears clothing similar to many of the Serpents and has a snake tattoo on his right wrist.
Admittedly, Joaquin is a member of the Southside Serpents, however, while he can be intimidating, he does not appear to be as ruthless and savage as his fellow gang members, but merely a man of few words and rather quiet. He has a conscience, as evidenced when he revealed to FP that he felt bad for stringing Kevin Keller along into thinking they had a genuine relationship, as Kevin had real feelings for him. Joaquin is also fairly calm and relaxed, even under the most dangerous of situations, like leading Kevin, Archie and Moose into a Serpent inhabited bar. It's implied that Joaquin developed true feelings for Kevin, as he professed he was going to miss Kevin as he boarded a bus to San Junipero before things got messy in Riverdale and he got caught in the cross fire.
- Main article: Kevin and Joaquin
Despite the fact that both Joaquin and Kevin lived in Riverdale, the two of them had never crossed paths before the night of the final showing at the Twilight Drive-In, where they hooked up and exchanged numbers in a back alley. Since then, they have evolved from being casual hook ups to having genuine feelings for one another. However, unbeknownst to Kevin, Joaquin's initial reasoning for initiating the relationship was to gather information on the Jason Blossom murder case from Sheriff Keller through him. As the two of them continued to see each other, Joaquin began to show remorse for his deceitful ways. Following the revelation that Joaquin had a hand in the disposal of Jason's body, he opted to leave town before the heat came down on him, as it did FP Jones, thus bringing an end to his relationship with Kevin.
Joaquin and FP 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, Joaquin received a call in the middle of the night from FP, who needed his assistance with a clean up job at the Whyte Wyrm. It was in the basement that he saw Jason Blossom's body laying on the ground with a bullet hole in his head. He then helped FP dispose of the body and clean up the mess. He and FP kept quiet about their involvement in the murder, while also keeping a close eye on the case via Kevin Keller, who Joaquin forged a relationship with. In case things ever got bad, the two of them created a contingency plan, which consisted of a USB hidden in Jason Blossoms Varsity jacket. However, when FP was arrested, Joaquin got a call from FP, telling him to forget the plan as it was too dangerous.
- Unlike most of the other characters, Joaquin is not a character from the Archie Comics.
- Joaquin's last name was hinted to start with a "D" by his actor Rob Raco on twitter and was finally confirmed to be "DeSantos" in Chapter Twelve by Archie's mother.
- The bus Joaquin took in Chapter Twelve is to San Junipero, which is a reference to the namesake episode of the British anthology series "Black Mirror".
- Despite being a teen himself, Joaquin isn't shown to attend Riverdale High School nor was he mentioned to attend Southside High before he left town.
- Joaquin's sexuality is never stated on the show, despite his relationship with Kevin.
- See also: Category:Images of Joaquin DeSantos
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