|“||He wasn't a thief. Over the years, this place has been robbed many times. Bricks through the windows, even, during the riots. I've looked plenty of thugs in the eye, but this man, his goal was something else. Darker. It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale.||”|
|— Pop to Betty and Jughead[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. 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. Throughout his years working at the Chock'lit Shoppe, he's remembered every single order of his loyal customers, that was their favorite meal to be ordered. He hopes to work at the diner, until the day he dies, since he's been working there for a really long time, taking pride in his job and doing what he loves to do. He is also an eyewitness to the shooting that happened at his diner where Fred Andrews was shot at by an unknown man.
Very little is known of Pop's early life, therefore, an accurate description of his life leading up to the start of the series is currently unavailable. However, he has spent many years in Riverdale, as Hermione Lodge, who had left town at least fifteen years ago, was fairly familiar with his delicious cheeseburgers.
Three months have passed since that fateful evening in the school gymnasium where Archie was framed by Hiram Lodge and arrested for the murder of Cassidy Bullock. Archie's trial is now in session. Pop Tate sits in court as the trial unfolds. Archie is being prosecuted by District Attorney, Ms. Wright. She attempts to paint Archie as a bad person in her closing argument as Mary, Archie's counsel, attempts to shed light on all the good deeds Archie has done.
The Judge calls everyone back in to reveal that the jury is still deliberating, but he's also dismissed them for the evening. They're sequestered and he's instructed them not to read anything about this case, nor to discuss it with anyone. They'll reconvene all Tuesday morning after Labor Day. With that being said, the Judge advises Archie to spend the weekend with his family and loved ones.
Labor Day weekend is over and Archie's trial is now in session. Josie, as well as the rest of Archie's friends and family are in attendance. However, the jury could not reach a verdict. They're deadlocked. Six-to-six. With that, the jury is dismissed. In lieu of another trial, the State is prepared to offer a deal for a lesser sentence. Instead of prison, time served plus two years in juvenile detention, if Archie will plead guilty to the crime of manslaughter. Archie takes the deal and in arrested.
With the Gryphons and Gargoyles epidemic spreading throughout Riverdale like a deadly virus, the town was forced to take action. Pop Tate, concerned for the town’s youth, confiscates player manuals from customers that enter the diner.
Pop Tate brings Josie, Reggie and Kevin their orders as they secretly discuss breaking Archie out of prison. Moments later, over the radio, an important news bulletin is made, announcing Archie’s escape.
Pop Tate is pleasantly surprised to find Veronica working in the diner bright and early. He questions just how early she arrived, unbeknownst to him that she is living in the speakeasy.
The following morning, Pop Tate approaches Veronica. He first inquires about Casino night, which Veronica held in La Bonne Nuit, then informing Veronica that the diner is a family place at heart. It’s been in his family for generations in fact. Crime-free, he says. Veronica explains that neither the speakeasy nor the diner was bringing in enough money. So, she had to bend the rules a bit. Pop Tate pleads with Veronica to not be like her father. Veronica questions if maybe deep down, her father isn’t so bad. However, Pop Tate would beg to differ after hearing the news that Sheriff Minetta’s body was found in the marsh last night. At least they think it is his body. They don’t know for sure because it was decapitated and the hands were sawed off.
Pop Tate, Veronica, Kevin, Moose, and the cadets stand around the diner in sorrow as the sirens sound off and Riverdale becomes a quarantined town. Just the latest step in Hiram's master plan.
Pop Tate assists Veronica in cooking her books in order to deceive Hiram, who made it very clear that if Veronica wishes to run La Bonne Nuit in a post-quarantine Riverdale then she has to give him 10% of her earnings. Veronica has come up with a plan to minimize that price. Pop Tate hands her a cooked book for the speakeasy, which’ll hopefully deceive Hiram into thinking that he’s getting 10% when in actuality he’s only getting 5%.
Pop Tate serves Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica at the diner. Pop then returns to their table to inform Betty that her card has been declined, and so Veronica steps in to take care of the bill.
Archie returns to Pop’s only to find that Ricky is no longer there. Pop Tate informs him that Ricky ran away after a group of thugs came by. They saw him through the window and started banging on the glass. Ricky ran into the kitchen and out the back foor. As for the thugs, they circled around and took off after him. One last thing Pop Tate tells Archie is that Ricky left something behind. He had been drawing on a placemat. The drawing in question is that of Ricky surrounded by the Gargoyle King and the Gargoyles.
The police are called after a violent interaction with a customer st the diner. FP arrives, with Jughead in tow. Veronica explains that a Fizzle Rocks junkie spazzed out and threw hot coffee all over a waitress before running out. Jughead had presumed that Fizzle Rocks were gone and that the candy epidemic was over. However, FP has heard rumblings of someone looking to reopen the candy business. As his father takes Pop Tate and Delores’ statement, Jughead looks at Veronica, suspecting that it may be her father trying to reignite the candy crisis.
Pop Tate serves Betty and Jughead at the diner as they discuss how to proceed with Jughead's childhood home that was turned into a drug lab.
Pop Tate comes from behind the counter with a shotgun and opens fire on three Serpents robbing the diner, hitting one. Unbeknownst to Pop Tate, the three Serpents robbing him are FP, Jughead, and Gladys. As he prepares to shoot again, Jughead rips off his mask and tells Pop Tate to stop shooting as it’s not what he thinks. Jughead attempts to tend to his father, who lays on the floor bleeding, but is pulled away by his mother.
Veronica meets with an appraiser from the bank at Pop’s. The appraiser tells Veronica that without question, the diner is a unique and handsomely maintained property. Pop Tate grows concerned as he is under the impression that Veronica is selling the diner, though she eases his worries, explaining that she is just taking out a loan so that she can upgrade Archie’s gym. Pop Tate, like everyone else, thought that Veronica and Archie were over, which they are. Veronica explains that she’s just helping a friend and business associate.
Veronica tells Pop Tate that she’s closing La Bonne Nuit early as most of her regulars will be at Prom. Pop Tate then reveals to Veronica something he learned a few months back. As it turns out, she doesn’t own Pop’s or La Bonne Nuit. Hiram still does. He gave her a fake deed and kept the real one.
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
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