|“||Now listen up, worm, because I'm only gonna say this once. You don't know me. But I know you. And I know exactly what you did to my girlfriend Cheryl Blossom and what you've probably done to a lot of other innocent young women. You will never step foot in Riverdale again. You will not so much as even think about Cheryl Blossom. And you will never assault another woman because, if you do, I will let the whole world see what was done to you. I will ruin you.||”|
Antoinette "Toni" Topaz was initially a recurring character in the second season of The CW's Riverdale. She has since been promoted to a series regular for the third season onward. She is portrayed by Vanessa Morgan.
Toni is a former student at Southside High. She attended the school until it was shut down by Mayor McCoy, who deemed Southside High as a public health hazard, claiming toxic fumes were coming from the "methamphetamine lab" in the basement. Not long after the school was shut down, she transferred to Riverdale High.
She is also a member of the Southside Serpents, who was suspected to cause trouble for Jughead and Betty's relationship, however, Toni is admittedly "more into girls". She also knew that Jughead was still reeling over the breakup between him and Betty. More than just a friend and confidante, Toni acts as Jughead's guide into the world of the serpents. After Jughead transferred to Southside High, he re-opened the school's newspaper, The Red and Black and recruited Toni as the school photographer. However, that venture ended with the closing of Southside High. She also bartends at the Whyte Wyrm and was up until recently, working on an investigation with Jughead on the Black Hood. Toni has since started to build a relationship with Cheryl Blossom, one that has quickly grown, even more so now that Cheryl has joined the Serpents. However, both Toni and Cheryl were exiled from the Serpents by Jughead after they failed to abide by Serpent code and burglarized the Pembrooke. Since then, she and Cheryl have created a gang of their own, the Pretty Poisons, which didn't last long, as Toni is a Serpent at heart and sought to become Serpent Queen.
- 1 Character Description
- 2 Early Life
- 3 Throughout Riverdale
- 4 Physical Appearance
- 5 Personality
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Toni is a vivacious member of the Southside Serpents, who is known for her signature pink hair and impressive appetite.
Toni is a beautiful teenage girl, with dark brown hair with stand-out light pink highlights. Additionally, she has a small frame, light brown skin, and almond-shaped, brown eyes. Toni also appears to love wearing jewelry, as she is seen to be wearing rings, earrings, and occasionally seen with different types of necklaces. She also has a bellybutton piercing. Like Jughead, she is also seen to be wearing a hat sometimes, while at other times, she is seen to be wearing her iconic bandana. Years later, she looks mostly the same except she now has braided light brown hair with pink streaks.
Toni shares similar traits with Jughead, such as seeking out justice and the truth in journalism. For those reasons, Jughead offered her a chance to join Southside High's newspaper, the Red and Black, as the photographer.
Toni is both loyal and accepting to those whom she makes an instant connection with, as seen with Jughead. With him, she has shown a near instantaneous loyalty. Despite Jughead not being an official member of the Southside Serpents gang, Toni and the rest of the Serpents have demonstrated that they are willing to protect him at all costs, as they consider him one of their own, identifying Jughead as a "Serpent by Blood". Though, Toni has exhibited more than just loyalty towards Jughead. Proven by a kiss they shared in the trailer, Toni has been shown to have romantic feelings for Jughead.
She and Jughead also share a sense of humor, a particularly sarcastic one, as seen when she suggested that Betty loosen up her ponytail to help her think better. Above all else, Toni is very outspoken about her feelings towards the negativity in which they are viewed by Northsiders, while she, on the other hand, sees them as the privileged, that's constantly looking down upon them and demonizing them for their actions.
Toni is also very compassionate, loving and empathetic and can easily see through others when they are in pain. The most prominent example of this, is with her own girlfriend Cheryl Blossom. Toni saw through her "mean girl" act and was able to recognize that there was more that met the eye with Cheryl. Toni encounters Cheryl at the movies and comforts Cheryl afterwards when she opens up about her sexuality. The two begin dating, and it is evident just how much Toni cares for those she loves. In the season three premiere, Toni was able to sense something was wrong with Cheryl during the pool party, at which Cheryl begins to discuss her suicide attempt at Sweetwater River. This all goes to show how much Toni cares for people and views them in a non-judgmental light.
Toni is also quite witty, creative and somewhat artistic. While a member of the Red and Black's staff, Toni displayed an interest in journalism and writing. Toni is also very into photography and can be seen several times with her camera.
Among everything else, she is open about herself as seen with Jughead, whom she admitted to that she also took an interest in women as well as men.
- Main article: Jughead and Toni
The friendship between Jughead and Toni began when Jughead transferred to Southside High after being forced to leave Riverdale High School. They quickly became good friends. Knowing that Jughead was a Southside Serpent, bonded by blood, the son of FP Jones, Toni volunteered to be his tour guide of both Southside High and the Serpents. Since then, Toni has consistently had his back along with the rest of the Serpents, as they consider Jughead family. She's shown a great amount of loyalty towards Jughead while also giving him advice when needed, especially when it comes to surviving Southside High and the Ghoulies.
Toni and Sweet Pea are good friends within the Southside Serpents, who are often seen together, and due to their gang ties, the two are expected to be willing to die for one another. It is currently unclear how they met or how long the two have known each other since. Despite their friendship, Sweet Pea and Toni appear to be polar opposites, with the former being hot-headed and often irrational, while the latter is far more even-tempered and collected. Toni has displayed a capacity to calm Sweet Pea, under occasion. She stepped in the middle of an altercation between him and Jughead, that unfolded in the Red and Black offices, which ended with Toni escorting Sweet Pea out after Jughead refused to join them.
The relationship between Toni and Betty is rather quite complicated at the moment. When the two first met face to face with each other at Southside High inside of The Red and Black office, they appeared to be on good terms with each other. However, the two girls had an argument, when they were by Sunnyside Trailer Park, with Kevin and Jughead, trying to decipher the cipher that was from the Black Hood. The argument first began when Toni called out Betty for thinking that the idea of the Black Hood was a Serpent, looking down on Southsiders as criminals, due to their status. Ever since that day, the two ladies weren't seen crossing paths with each other, until recently, at the Whyte Wyrm, when Betty came to Toni seeking out advice from her on how to become a Serpent to keep an eye on Jughead.
- Main article: Cheryl and Toni
|“||Cheryl, I am so sorry. But you have to know your mother's wrong. You're not loveless. You're not deviant. Okay? You're sensational.||”|
— Toni to Cheryl[src]
Toni and Cheryl are indeed in a relationship. They first met at the Riverdale Drag Race, when Cheryl took Toni's place as flag girl. They later met again in the bathroom, after Toni confronted Cheryl about telling Jughead that Betty and Archie had kissed. Toni recognized the pain Cheryl was holding in and called her on it though Cheryl stormed off. Later that week, Toni found herself in Cheryl's presence once more. Both left without a date, Toni invited Cheryl to the movies and afterward, they went to Pop's, where Cheryl opened up about how everyone hated her and a friend named Heather in Junior high that she had lost touch with. In this moment of vulnerability, Toni comforted Cheryl and told her that she was sensational. Since then, their relationship has only continued to grow, with Cheryl inviting Toni to her father's Will-Reading and Toni joining the River Vixens. Cheryl also invited her "inner circle Vixens" to stay at her house for a sleepover. That night, Cheryl confessed that she only wanted to invite Toni, but she knew her mother wouldn't approve. They almost kissed, but were interrupted by Nana Rose's fall. Cheryl is later taken to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where her mother forces her to begin conversion therapy due to her relationship with Toni. Toni then teamed up with Veronica and went on a rescue mission of Sisters of Quiet Mercy to save Cheryl. Toni found Cheryl, they shared a kiss, and then escaped. In the days that followed, Cheryl stayed at Toni's as she didn't wish to return to Thistlehouse with her mother and uncle. From there, their relationship only continues to grow, with Toni proudly watching as Cheryl receives her custom Serpent jacket from Jughead, officially joining the gang.
- "Chapter Ten: Gloria" (mentioned)
- Although, Toni didn't make her official debut until the second season, her character's existence has been known since the first season, when she commented under Chuck Clayton's post of him and Veronica Lodge, in which he claimed to have given her a "sticky maple". In response to this post, Toni commented "No gracias". Notably, the spelling of Toni was different, being spelled in its masculine form, Tony.
- She is Riverdale's first (openly) bisexual character.
- Toni is Jughead's guide into the Serpent world. She has a lot of the same interests as Jughead – it's almost as if she's a female Jughead, which means she is trouble.
- In the Archie Comics, Toni has short bubble-gum pink dyed hair.
- See also: Category:Images of Toni Topaz
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