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No, you know what I think? I think you're a small town hick who's beginning to realize how deep into shark-infested waters he really is. Careful, when Veronica Lodge smells blood, she'll turn on you, too.
— Nick to Archie[src]

Nicholas "Nick" St. Clair is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by Graham Phillips.

Nick was a devious, trouble-making bad boy from Veronica's past, who came to Riverdale looking to win her over. It wasn't long after his arrival that Nick met all Veronica's friends and her boyfriend, Archie Andrews. During his visit, he hosted a party at the Five Seasons hotel and attempted to force himself onto Veronica. When Veronica turned down his advances, Nick turned his attention towards Cheryl Blossom at the SoDale Gala Opening, where he drugged and attempted to rape her. Fortunately, the Pussycats intervened. Once news of his attack on Cheryl began to spread, Nick fled Riverdale with his mother and father but not before paying off Penelope Blossom to drop the charges. Though it had seemed as if Nick was in the clear, upon learning of his sexual advances towards Veronica, the Lodges not only ended their business deal with the St. Clair's, but they had also hired someone to run them off the road, which resulted in Nick being severely injured, an injury that will take him several months to recover from.

Character Description

"Nick is an old classmate of Veronica's from New York, and despite his parent-pleasing veneer, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing: a hard-partying Lothario with dark desires and an unchecked sense of privilege. His arrival in Riverdale will threaten Archie’s relationship with Veronica, and may even put some of our characters at risk."[1]

Early Life

Nick is old friends back in New York City with Veronica Lodge. They used to party, go clubbing, and possibly do drugs together. It appears that they were close friends before Veronica left New York. At some point, after Veronica moved to Riverdale, Nick was admitted to rehab, dealing with some substance abuse issues.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Nick is a handsome young man with tousled brown hair, green eyes, and a lean athletic build. He is normally seen wearing expensive clothing.

Personality

Nick is described by Betty as a trashy friend of Veronica's past, as he has zero respect or boundaries for anyone. Even though he knew Veronica was with Archie, he chose to make some inappropriate comments about her in front of Archie, trying to provoke him. He also has no respect for women, as he tried to force himself on Veronica, and later drugged Cheryl, trying to rape her while she was unconscious. Nick is a rich, arrogant and disdainful boy whose interests range from hard-partying to violence without respect for any of his peers, who are used as a means for Nick's own entertainment. His reckless behavior has led to various rehabs.

Relationships

Veronica Lodge

Nick and Veronica at the Five Seasons party

Veronica and Nick St. Clair were the "will they or won't they?" of her previous life in New York City. Veronica calls him an outrageous flirt, which can be seen when Nick is openly flirting with Veronica while Archie, her current beau, is in the room, which Nick knows about. At Nick's party, after everyone has left, he's tried making few sexual advances towards her. Veronica refuses every one, saying that she's with Archie now. He replies, saying that she hasn't even glanced over at her beau throughout the entire party and makes another move against her, and she responds, slapping him across the face and leaving.

At the SoDale Gala Opening, Veronica is performing with the Pussycats, being the entertainment of the event. When Nick is seen dragging a drugged Cheryl away from the party, the Pussycats become concerned and quickly finish their song to follow the pair. They follow them to the Five Seasons, and save Cheryl from almost being raped by Nick. They throw him into the ground and commence kicking him repeatedly, as Josie rushes to Cheryl's side and make sure she's okay.

Veronica confronts her parents after Cheryl told her that the Lodges are still accepting money from the St. Clairs. She is furious, and by accident, spills that Nick attempted to do it to her as well. Hiram stands up, enraged and says as God is his witness, they will deny any penny or dollar given to them by the St. Clairs.


Cheryl Blossom

You were high, half-naked and begging for it.
— Nick to Cheryl[src]


Cheryl confronts Nick at Pop's

Cheryl has fallen for Nick ever since meeting him for the first time, and have shared flirtatious comments towards each other. Unknowingly to Cheryl, Nick has been back and forth to rehab for his unrelenting desire for sex, by whatever means necessary.

At the SoDale Gala Opening, Cheryl confronts Nick and they exchange greetings and share a little flirt or two. Behind Cheryl's back, he pops a drug into her drink, attempting to roofie her, which is a success, and drags her out of the gala, but not without being spotting by Josie and the Pussycats, who follow him and beat him up. Cheryl, who later awakens, says Nick should "burn in hell" for what he attempted to do to her.

The following day, Nick is at Pop's diner, and Cheryl is on the defensive, as she sees her rapist. She asks what he's still doing in town, and he replies, saying that the family's stocking on food and fuel before leaving town. Cheryl confronts him about last night and says that they were both high, half-naked, and begging for it, however, Cheryl begs to differ. She says that he did attempt to rape her and that she will be pressing charges after all.

Appearances

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Trivia

  • Over the last three months, prior to visiting Riverdale, he has been in and out of rehab.[2]
  • In the Archie Comics, Nick St. Clair makes his first appearance in Betty and Veronica Double Digest, specifically Issue #151, "Bad Boy Trouble" on January 2007. He's introduced as a stereotypical "bad boy" and is the cause of animosity between Betty and Veronica, whom he both dated at some point. Like in Riverdale, Nick and Archie highly dislike each other.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Nick St. Clair

References

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