|This article is about Pop Tate, who resides in Riverdale. You may be looking for his Rivervale counterpart, Pop Tate (Rivervale).|
|“||You know, I had to drop out of school to take over running this place after my Pop, the original Pop, passed away. I never got to graduate. This means the world to me.||”|
— Pop at his retirement party[src]
Pop's father, Pop Senior, was the original owner of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, but at some point the responsibility for running the shop fell on Pop's shoulders due to his father's declining health, and so Pop Tate was forced to drop out of high school. Throughout his years working at the Chock'lit Shoppe, he's remembered every single order of his loyal customers. He hopes to work at the diner until the day he dies, taking pride in his job. In "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks", the diner was secretly bought by Lodge Industries. In exchange for Pop's silence, he stayed on as manager of the diner. The ownership of Pop's would juggle between the Lodges before finally becoming Veronica's property. Before leaving for Barnard, she returned ownership to Pop Tate.
Pop has spent most if not all of his life in Riverdale, dating back as far as his adolescence. Due to his father's death, Pop Tate was forced to drop out of high school and take over running the diner.
Pop is an older man, who's on the heavier side, with dark skin, dark brown eyes and grey hair. He has only ever been seen in his standard issue Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe uniform. His choice in clothing outside of work has yet to be revealed.
Based solely on the little interaction Pop Tate has had, he appears to be a kind man that is loved by many in Riverdale. His diner, Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, is the local hang out spot for the teens of Riverdale, some more than others, like Jughead Jones, who he referred to as "Night Hawk".
- In the Archie Comics, Pop Tate makes his first appearance in the Pep Comics #46.
- Like many recurring characters, his first name changes across stories. Sometimes he's named Bob, Harold, or Thomas, but the official Archie Comics website gives it as Terry Tate.
- In the oldest iterations, Pop Tate was a Caucasian middle-aged man.
- In the sixth issue of the tie-in Riverdale comics, titled "Chock'lit Shoppe of Horrors", his full-name is given as Terrence Tate and it's implied he made a deal with the devil to keep good incomes with his business.
- Pop Tate is depicted as a younger, middle-aged man without a trace of white on his hair in two of the stories in the Riverdale tie-in One Shot comic. This was perhaps done with artistic license to make him more in-line with the age of his comics counterpart.
- See also: Category:Images of Pop Tate