Rupert Chipping was a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He was portrayed by Sam Witwer.

Mr. Chipping was a teacher at Stonewall Prep and a member of Quill and Skull.

Character Description

Handsome, bookish and cool, Mr. Chipping teaches creative writing at a prestigious prep school near Riverdale. He recruits Jughead for his seminar, and while he's eminently inspiring to his students, there's a darkness hidden far beneath the surface.[1]

Early Life

Throughout Riverdale

Season 4

Mr. Chipping offers Jughead a position at Stonewall

Over the summer, Jughead Jones submitted a short story for a writing contest, which he didn’t win. Mr. Chipping was one of the judges, and he was very impressed with Jughead’s voice. While he couldn’t sway his fellow judges, he offers Jughead to come study writing with him at Stonewall Prep, a prestigious private school for gifted writers. Mr. Honey assures Jughead it is a tremendous offer. Still, Jughead declines the offer.

Mr. Chipping decides to approach Jughead's dad FP Jones. Jughead arrives not long after. However, Jughead’s answer still hasn’t changed, even as FP encourages him to take the opportunity. Mr. Chipping recommends that Jughead at least take the tour to see if he likes the school.

Mr. Chipping invites Jughead to their salon

The following day, Jughead and his girlfriend Betty Cooper go on a tour of Stonewall. They are greeted by Bret, who takes them on a tour of the school. The school’s faculty holds 132 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral degrees. Mr. Chipping interrupts to invites Jughead to join them tomorrow for a discussion of the book Moby Dick. Bret extends the invite to Betty, but she’s had enough of Stonewall Prep in the little time she’s been there.

Jughead attends the book discussion of Moby Dick at Stonewall, where Bret introduces him to Donna, Johnathan, and Joan. Mr. Chipping enters the room and they begin discussing the book. Jughead believes that the whale in Moby Dick holds no sense of symbolism. The books's author, Herman Melville’s biggest fear was that Moby Dick would be seen as a fable.[2]

Mr. Chipping listens to Bret's story

Bret reads his story in front of the group. When Mr. Chipping asks for the group’s thoughts, Joan and Jonathan nervously agree that his story was astonishing. Jughead on the other hand was unimpressed, much to Donna’s amusement, which angers Bret, who goes on to take aim at Jughead’s story, ripping it apart before Mr. Chipping steps in. After poking at Jughead’s story, he sets his sights on Jughead himself, referencing his troubled past. Jughead threatens Bret, forcing Mr. Chipping to intervene. He explains that Stonewall Prep has no tolerance for fighting.

Mr. Chipping hands out a new assignment

Mr. Chipping cancels the seminar he initially had planned for Jughead, Bret, Donna, Joan, and Jonathan and instead they will be having an evening session. They’ve each been given a copy of the same mysteries with the final chapter omitted, in which the murderer’s identity would be revealed. Their each to write their own ending. They’ll read all the endings and decide the winner by vote. The exercise proves that there’s no single way to tell a story.

Mr. Chipping tallies up the votes and determines that Story C, belonging to Donna is the winner. Jughead and Bret tied for last place.[3]

Mr. Chipping at the salon as Jughead brings in a novel from H.P. Lovecraft

For the salon, Mr. Chipping tasks Jughead, Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan with bringing in work from their favorite horror writers. Jughead brings in the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Bret scoffs, remarking there’s nothing scary about Lovecraft. He brought in the Raven. Bret's favorite Poe story is The Cask of the Amontillado. The story centers around a guy who is sealed behind a wall of bricks and is never seen or heard from again. Bret surmises this would be a horrible way to die. To just Vanish. Similar to the Stonewall Four, Joan remarks. Bret bets that Jughead can make it the Stonewall Five as they’re overdue for a vanishing.

After class, Jughead asks Mr. Chipping about the Stonewall Four. He explains that it’s about four students, all of whom went to the school, all of whom disappeared without a trace over a span of 30 years. However, by Mr. Chipping’s account, the Stonewall Four is an urban legend as the students actually dropped out.

Mr. Chipping frees Jughead

Mr. Chipping returns to Stonewall after Halloween night to find a coffin in the middle of the classroom. He opens it to find Jughead inside. Mr. Chipping explains that it’s Stonewall Prep tradition that shouldn’t be taken personally. Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan arrive not long after. Donna explains that it means Jughead belongs now. Bret claims it was just a bit of Halloween fun, and if Jughead feels they took it too far, then he could leave, though Jughead decides to stay.[4]

Mr. Chipping is the ghost writer of the Baxton Brothers books

Mr. Chipping hands out advanced copies of his latest novel to Jughead, Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan. The tile of the book — Ten Little Boy Scouts. Written by Franklin P. Paxton. An alias of Mr. Chipping’s. He’s merely the latest in a long line of ghost writers. Jughead is a huge fan of the Baxter Brothers books. He has been since he was a youth. To celebrate the publication of the latest novel, Stonewall is throwing a party, which all the previous writers will attend.

Mr. Chipping introduces Francis DuPont to the class

Mr. Chipping introduces Jughead, Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan to Francis DuPont. The originator of the Baxter Brothers franchise and the very first Franklin P. Paxton. Jughead expresses how much of an honor it is to meet DuPont. Mr. Chipping has written the last four Baxter Brothers books and it’s time he pass on the torch, meaning they’re on the hunt for a successor. The next ghost writer to take over the franchise, and their class is in the running. Every Baxter Brothers author beginning with DuPont has attended Stonewall. Jughead, Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan tasked with writing the next three chapters of the Baxter Brothers novel and an outline for the rest of it. The theme has yet to be decided.

Francis and Mr. Chipping at the reception

Mr. Chipping, Jughead, Bret, Donna, Jonathan, Joan, and DuPont attend the reception along with many others. They kick the celebration off with a game of "Murder". The rules are as followed. Everyone draws a card. Whoever picks "murderer" must walk amongst them winking at their prey. If they’re winked at, they die five seconds later. Jughead is given the murderer card. The objective of the game is to identify the murderer before being killed. Donna is Jughead’s first victim. He winks at her and she falls to the ground. By the end of the game, it’s down to Jughead and Bret, who Jughead kills. Afterward, Jughead and DuPont discuss his family and his place as potentially the next ghost writer for Baxter Brothers books.

Mr. Chipping and DuPont have decided on the theme for the Baxter Brothers competition to become the next ghost writer. Bret, Joan, Jonathan, and Donna all raise their hand as they intent to participate. Jughead doesn’t raise his hand, but he’s definitely in the competition. He also requests that Mr. Chipping start calling him by his actual name of Forsythe III. Their challenge is to to devise the perfect murder.[5]

Jughead approaches Mr. Chipping with his findings; how DuPont plagiarized his grandfather’s work. How it was actually Forsythe I who wrote the first Baxter Brothers novel. Mr. Chipping admits the evidence is undeniable and so, he must help Jughead expose DuPont for the fraud that he is, even if it costs him his job.

Mr. Chipping jumps out a window

Mr. Chipping informs the class that they’ll be discussing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, about the loss of a man’s moral compass. He suddenly looks away from the class, telling Jughead that he’s sorry he couldn’t help him, before jumping out a window to his death. Jughead rushes to the window to see Chipping’s body on the ground below. He looks to his fellow classmates to call someone for help, but Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan sit there motionless, as if their teacher hadn’t just thrown himself out a window.[6]

Physical Appearance

Mr. Chipping is a man well into adulthood with pale skin and dark hair.

Personality

Mr. Chipping was a scholar fond of literature. As a teacher of creative writing at Stonewall Prep, his purpose was to help talented students find their writing voice by nurturing it with exchanges of opinions and guidance during literary salons. As one of the ghostwriters of the Baxter Brothers novels, Mr. Chipping was a talented writer in his own right. His suicide indicates a strong ethical sense or, perhaps, a great fear of going against Francis DuPont and the faculty staff.

Relationships

Appearances

Season 4

Trivia

  • The collective pseudonym Franklin P. Paxton is a play on Franklin W. Dixon, the author of the Hardy Boys novels that inspired the Baxter Brothers novels.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Rupert Chipping

References

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