The sticky maple Chuck gave you, how was it?
— Tina to Veronica[src]

Tina Patel is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. She is portrayed by Olivia Ryan Stern.

Tina is a student at Riverdale High School, a former member of River Vixens and a close friend of Ginger Lopez. Along with Ginger, they are both Cheryl's former sidekicks.

Character Description

Tina is both incredibly smart but also a minion of one of the popular cheerleaders at the school.[1]

Early Life

Nothing is known of Tina's early life. However, she did become best friends with Ginger Lopez and Cheryl Blossom some time prior to the start of the series.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Social Handmaiden

Tina sat alongside Cheryl Blossom and Ginger Lopez as cheerleading try-outs commenced. She was relatively unimpressed with Veronica Lodge's and Betty Cooper's routine. She was even less impressed with their forced faux-lesbian kiss. [2]

Season 1 Episode 2 A Touch of Evil Tina and Ginger question Cheryl

Ginger and Tina interrogating Cheryl

Tina and Ginger interrogated Cheryl briefly before class. The two girls were curious as to why Cheryl's story didn't match up to the story given by the local authorities. Cheryl stated that Jason drowned in Sweetwater River, but he died from a gunshot to the head. They insist that they aren't suggesting Cheryl had any involvement in Jason's death, however, it's still suspicious nonetheless. She and Ginger watched from across the room in horror as Cheryl aggressively dissects the frog in front of her. Later that night, Tina, along with the rest of the River Vixens, performed their cheerleading routine as Josie and the Pussycats sang their song, Sugar, Sugar on stage just before the football game. [3]

Tina and Ginger stand outside Mr. Weatherbee's office as Cheryl is taken in for questioning about the death of Jason Blossom. The next day, the two girls mocked Veronica Lodge for the supposed "Stick Maple" she was given by Chuck Clayton the previous night. [4]

Season 1 Episode 4 The Last Picture Show Tina and Ginger at pop's shoppe

Tina and Ginger at Pop's shoppe

Tina, Ginger and Cheryl enjoyed an evening out at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. Cheryl was unaware at the time of allowing Veronica on the team, that her mother worked at the diner, otherwise, she wouldn't have given Veronica a spot on the squad. It sends a false message of acceptance. Ginger explained that the River Vixens have warmed up to Veronica since her epic takedown of Chuck and his posse. Upon leaving the diner, they noticed Veronica's mother and FP Jones, the leader of the Southside Serpents in an argument. [5]

It was revealed through a flashback sequence that Tina, Ginger and Cheryl were present for Jason and Polly's break up, which took place at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. [6]

Kicked Off the Squad

Season 1 Episode 10 The Lost Weekend Tina and Ginger vs Cheryl

Ginger and Tina fired as River Vixens and Cheryl's friends

Following the River Vixens' reviewing of the new choreography for Homecoming, a brief altercation ensued between Veronica and Cheryl, which led to a dance-off between the two, and the winner would lead the squad during Homecoming. After both Veronica and Cheryl's routine, it was up to the Vixens to decide who would take front and center during the event. While most of the squad sided with Veronica, Tina and Ginger opted out by not to voting at all. Their betrayal resulted in Cheryl firing them both as River Vixens and her "social hand maidens". The next night, like most of the students of Riverdale High School, Tina crashed Jughead's 16th Birthday Party. [7]

Physical Appearance

Tina is a pretty young lady with dark skin, long straight hair, and brown eyes. Like her former friend, Cheryl, and her close friend, Ginger, Tina often dresses in high-end and fashionable clothing.


Tina is best to be described as the classic high school mean girl. She's pretty, very superficial, and loves to gossip. She has surrounded herself with others like her, such as Ginger and Cheryl. All three girls were former members of the River Vixens, and while Tina and Ginger did hang around with Cheryl, Tina has recently proven that she is not nearly as hostile as Cheryl, if anything she was rather submissive to Cheryl's bad girl ways.


Cheryl Blossom and Ginger Lopez

You catatonic bimbos didn't even vote. So you stuttering sapheads are too dim to exercise your own rights, and you've got the combined vocabulary of a baked potato. Consider this your last practice as River Vixens, and your last week as my social handmaidens. You're fired on all fronts. That's all. Shoo, bitches.
— Cheryl firing Tina and Ginger[src]

Season 1 Episode 1 The River's Edge Cheryl, Tina, and Ginger

Tina, Cheryl, and Ginger at the Semi-Formal

The friendship between Cheryl, Tina, and Ginger was quite good in the beginning. The trio were "besties" and cheerleading teammates on the River Vixens. Together, they held all the power, especially with Cheryl as their team captain. However, they had a falling out when Betty challenged the current leadership which resulted in Tina and Ginger voting for a new River Vixens captain, the new girl, Veronica Lodge. Dethroned and betrayed, Cheryl immediately "unfriended" the two and hasn't looked back at her former friends since.


Season 1



See also: Category:Images of Tina Patel


  1. Actress lands role in Riverdale - The Squamish Chief
  2. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  3. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
  4. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  5. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (February 16, 2017). "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 4. The CW.
  6. Cohen, Julia (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 30, 2017). "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 8. The CW.
  7. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, Brian E. (writers) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (April 13, 2017). "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 10. The CW.
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