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It's none of your business. [...] You don't live here. You deserted us, okay? Being a real sister doesn't mean coming in for one day and telling me how to live my life, especially when you don't know anything about it.
— Polly to Betty[src]

Polly Cooper was a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. She was portrayed by Tiera Skovbye.

Polly is Betty's older sister and Jason Blossom's wife, with whom she has two children, Juniper and Dagwood.

After escaping the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where she was confined for several months at the behest of her parents following the revelation of her pregnancy and her attempt to run away with Jason, Polly joined The Farm, where she would later give birth to her and Jason's babies. Polly has since returned to Riverdale after being "healed" and has introduced her mother to the ways of the Farm and its leader, Edgar Evernever, which they later discovered was a cult.

Seven years later, Polly has moved back in with her mother and for a time worked at the Roving Eye to help with the twins and mortgage before getting entangled with the Ghoulies as a working girl along the Lonely Highway. Unfortunately for Polly, this made her an easy target for a family of killers targeting young girls on the highway, ultimately resulting in her death. Her body wouldn't be found for weeks. It wasn't until Betty and Jughead tracked the killers down that Betty and Alice found her in the trunk of an abandoned car. However, Polly has since been resurrected by Cheryl alongside Jason.

Early Life

Polly grew up in Riverdale with her parents, Alice and Hal Cooper, and her younger sister, Betty. When Polly and Betty were little, Betty was afraid of the dark. Polly would comfort her little sister, but their mother would never allow her to stay with Betty overnight, so she would turn on Betty's night light.

When Polly was nine, she ran away from home after a huge fight with her mother. She disappeared for hours, and the entire neighborhood searched for her. They would later come to find out that Polly was in the attic the whole time.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Polly is a young woman with a slim figure, pale skin, blonde hair, and green eyes. Before she became pregnant with Jason Blossom's children and was taken away by the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Polly was a member of the River Vixens cheerleading squad, meaning she would have likely been required to have a physically fit physique. As for her choice in style, despite Alice saying that Polly grew up too quickly, her choice in clothing does not reflect that statement.

Personality

Polly was a kindhearted but rebellious teen. She and Betty were much alike in that sense. However, Polly was far more susceptible to her mother's sway than Betty. According to Alice, Polly grew up too fast and made a lot of mistakes along the way. And while she deeply loves her family, Betty especially, Polly refused to heed her parents warning of dating Jason Blossom. Her rebellious ways eventually resulted in her pregnancy and engagement to Jason, to whom she was incredibly loyal. Her love for Jason was like no other as their relationship meant the world to her. Even in his death, Polly remained loyal by dedicating all her time and effort into finding his murderer. Although unsuccessful in recovering any incriminating evidence, Polly infiltrated the Blossom Family, hoping that she could find something that would tie them to his murder.

After giving birth, Polly was very protective of her babies, going as far as preventing her mother from being in her babies' lives. She acted in their best interest by choosing not to subject them to the hatred and toxicity that she was sure the town and even her own father would give her twins as they grew older. So, Polly decided to stay with the Farm. However, she later moved to the West Coast, setting in San Francisco, reaffirming her decision to live elsewhere, although she moved back to the Farm after Hal was impriosned.

As stated by Chuck Clayton, who claimed to have gotten his information from Jason, Polly was a bad girl, a prude by day but a freak in the sheets at night. However, this was not the only rumor that had been circulating that pertained to Polly. Whilst this has yet to be proven true, Polly had been referred to as being crazy on multiple occasion by multiple individuals. There was a brief moment at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home where Betty noticed Polly's erratic and less than sane behavior upon their reunion. Although, there had been no alarming behavior since. However, Polly had since become very dependent on the Farm and displayed an unwavering loyalty to them. Although Polly would later get deprogramed from the Farm, she still remained a troubled individual as she turned to the Ghoulies and began dealing and tricking for them until her death.

Relationships

Other Relationships

Alice Smith

Polly helps Alice prepare for her baptism

Presumably, Alice and Polly had a good relationship before Polly began dating Jason Blossom, the son of a family she despised. When Alice found out about the two, she was furious and tried to break them up. She was thrilled when Jason's parents forced him to do so, despite her daughter's heartbreak, damaging her relationship with Polly. Their relationship wasn't so great once Alice found out that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child. After she discovered Polly's pregnancy, she and Hal secretly had their daughter forcibly locked away at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a group home for troubled youths, where they had planned for Polly to give the baby up for adoption once he or she was born. To cover up Polly's pregnancy, Alice and Hal told everyone, including Betty, that Polly had a nervous breakdown when Jason broke up with her, and that was why she was sent to live at a group home. For a while their relationship was estranged, but when Polly returned to town for the final time, she offered to introduce her mother to Edgar Evernever, the leader of the Farm, who healed Polly and could heal Alice too. From there, the two grew closer during their time at the Farm. Seven years later, after the destruction of the Farm, Polly moved back home with her kids to live with Alice, who turned a blind eye to many of Polly's illegal actives, which caused her to feel guilty when Polly went missing and was found dead weeks later.

Hal Cooper

Are you sure he's not just gonna try and make another appointment for me? {...} Before you sent me away, dad made an appointment for me to see a doctor. Said he would be more than happy to pay for it. That I shouldn't have to live with my mistake. He didn't even ask me what I wanted.
— Polly to Alice[src]

Polly, Betty and Hal at the will reading

Polly's relationship with her father became estranged after she got pregnant with Jason Blossom's babies. Jason being of the Blossom family, who Hal deeply despised, only made matters worse. Hal's desire for Polly to abort the babies only left them further estranged as Polly chose to keep them. Shortly after she got pregnant, Hal essentially disowned Polly because he refused to have as he puts it "Blossom blood in his household". However, after he revealed that the real reason he was upset about Polly's pregnancy was because she and Jason were blood relatives, the relationship became less hostile. They even attended Clifford Blossom's Will-Reading together, along with Betty. However, their marriage ended after Hal attempted to kill Alice and Betty after revealing he was the Black Hood.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Trivia

  • Polly first appeared in the Little Archie alternate universe of Archie Comics.
  • Similarly to the TV series, Polly rarely appeared in the comics. It was established that Polly works as a television news reporter in San Francisco to justify her absence.
  • Polly generally features in stories or comics centered on Betty, such as Betty and Veronica comic series.

See Also

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Polly Cooper

References

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