|This article is about Tabitha Tate, who resides in Riverdale. You may be looking for her Rivervale counterpart, Tabitha Tate (Rivervale).|
|“||Uh, Alexandra, you may not know this, but Pop's started off selling one thing: chocolate milkshakes. Hence the name Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. That was back when this was the first and only Black-owned business in town. It was open 24/7. A safe place for people like us when those were few and far between. So no, it's not "just a milkshake," and this isn't "just a business." It's a legacy. And I can't give that up for a bottom line.||”|
Tabitha is Pop Tate's granddaughter who arrived in Riverdale after leaving behind a six figure job in Chicago to take over Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe hoping to franchise the iconic diner. She has since made a number of changes and implemented various rules. Tabitha also grew closer with Jughead as they investigated the alleged Mothmen sightings, which ultimately turned out to a hoax, but connected them to an illegitimate clan of inbred Blossoms living in the woods that were abducting and murdering women off the Lonely Highway. After stopping them, Tabitha and Jughead enter a romantic relationship and work with the rest of the town to exile Hiram Lodge from Riverdale after he hired the Ghoulies to firebomb Pop's. With Hiram gone, Tabitha resumes her goal to franchise Pop's, but she is delayed with the arrival of Percival Pickens, who wishes to see the diner's end.
The ambitious, entrepreneurial granddaughter of Pop Tate, who has come to Riverdale to take over Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe in the hopes of franchising the iconic diner, even as the town around it struggles to survive.
Powers and Abilities
Tabitha is a chronokinetic, or more simply put, a time traveler. The trauma of her getting shot by Percival's hitman unlocked her gift, sending her back in time to December 24, 1944, where she was guided by her guardian angel Raphael to complete her mission. From the book The Enigma of Time Travel, she learned that in order to hone her power, she needed to find her talisman, an object she can focus on. While searching for her talisman and stopping Percival from rewriting history, Tabitha traveled two more times to 1968 and 1999, respectively. And each time she jumped, she presented herself as a waitress at Pop's to help those around her comprehend her sudden appearance in their time. After discovering that the diner was her talisman, she was able to jump forward in time, only to discover that Riverdale was nothing more than a wasteland. However, her power is not without its limits, as she can only travel alone and within spitting distance of Pop's. Most importantly, some events in time are fixed points, meaning certain incidents from the past affected the fabric of the world so enormously that the universe won't let them be altered, such as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tabitha is a young woman with brown skin, brown eyes, and long dark brown hair. When she's not wearing her vintage yellow Pop's diner uniform, she tends to dress casual and comfortable, often wearing jeans, fitted shirts or turtle-necks, and leather jackets.
Initially, Tabitha comes off as a bit more stern than Pop Tate. Unlike her grandfather, she has stricter rules in regards to the diner, such as no running tabs. This is due to the fact that she's a well-established businesswoman and former CEO, who thinks critically and analytically. It is these very same traits that led to her being appointed to the Town Council. However, she is also compassionate and kind-hearted. When Jughead first approached her for a job at the diner, she turned him down, but after seeing that he was in need of money after due to being hunted down by debt collectors, she offered him a job. She also fed Jim Hubbard, a local man, who was down on his luck and unable to pay for his meal at the diner. Despite having just only moved to Riverdale, she has quickly grown fond of the town and it's residents.
Tabitha arrived in Riverdale with the intentions of franchising Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe following Pop Tate's retirement. There, she met Jughead, who she employed as a busboy out of pity, as he was in desperate need of cash and was being harassed by loan sharks. The two would become fast friends as they began to investigate the alleged Mothmen sightings dating as far back as at least the 1970s. While the Mothmen tale ultimately turned out to be a hoax, Tabitha and Jughead bonded throughout the investigation, and their friendship eventually developed into a romance despite both of them having their own issues to deal with.
Tabitha's friendship with Betty initially developed when the two were forced to join forces in order to find Jughead, who disappeared from the bunker during a shroom-induced trip to unblock his mind. They spent many of hours searching Jughead's bedroom, classroom, and other frequented locations, even reading his manuscript in hopes of discovering clues. Fortunately, they were able to call the search off once Jughead left Tabitha a voice message, revealing that he was fine. The investigative duo would resume their partnership in order to stop the Highway Killer or killers, going as far as arranging a Coyote Ugly performance at the Whyte Wrym to lure the killer in, which they did successfully, ultimately leading to the capture of Martin Tucker.
After having joined the town council, Tabitha and Toni began to develop a genuine friendship, beyond their working relationship of being two of the most prominent business owners in town, with Tabitha owning Pop's and Toni owning the Whyte Wyrm. Tabitha came to Toni's defense several times as she found herself under scrutiny at the hands of Percival Pickens for her position within the Serpents. This ultimately resulted in Toni being voted off the council due to a nearly unanimous vote, with the exception of Tabitha, who again, came to Toni's defense. Tabitha was also there for Toni when she needed someone to watch over Baby Anthony whilst she went to war against Twyla Twyst and the Ghoulies, which nearly resulted in the "turkey shoot," but was avoided due to Tabitha's timely intervention. And not only did she save the lives of Toni and her Serpents comrades, she also paid her bond, proving time and time again that Toni can rely on her. This friendship extends to their respective businesses as well, as Tabitha and Toni were able to join forces to increase revenue in order to combat the Babylonium, which was stealing their customers until they came to a three-way agreement with Veronica to benefit all of their businesses.
- Tabitha is not a character from the Archie Comics. She's an original character, created specifically for the series.
- See also: Category:Images of Tabitha Tate