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I know that I wouldn't be able to live anymore if something bad were to happen to Baby Anthony.
— Toni to Dr. Whitely[src]

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.[1] She is portrayed by Vanessa Morgan.

Toni is the leader of Southside Serpents — the Serpent Queen. Prior to leading the gang, during her adolescence, Toni was merely a member, one of many. During her sophomore year, she met Jughead and acted as his guide into the world of the Serpents after he transferred to Southside High and re-opened the school's newspaper, The Red and Black, for which he recruited Toni as the school photographer. However, that venture ended with the closing of Southside High.

Not long after transferring to Riverdale High, Toni began to develop a relationship with Cheryl Blossom, which only strengthened when Cheryl joined the Serpents despite her Northside roots. However, both Toni and Cheryl were exiled from the Serpents by Jughead after they failed to abide by Serpent code and burglarized the Pembrooke. In response, she and Cheryl created a gang of their own, the Pretty Poisons, which didn't last long, nor did their relationship, as Toni would break up with Cheryl during the night of Senior Prom, choosing her family over her love, though they would remain friends.

Seven years later, Toni has graduated from Highsmith College, taken control of the Serpents, and is living in an apartment with Fangs, where they were raising their son until Toni sacrificed herself in order to save Anthony and became La Llorona.

Character Description

Toni is a vivacious member of the Southside Serpents, who is known for her signature pink hair and impressive appetite.[2]

Early Life

Much of Toni's early life remains unknown, especially her time prior to moving to Riverdale. However, at some point, she moved to the Southside and joined the Southside Serpents.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Toni is a young woman who during her teenage years had dark brown hair with stand-out light pink highlights. She has a small frame, light brown skin, and almond-shaped, brown eyes. Toni appears to love wearing jewelry, as she often wears rings, earrings, and different types of necklaces. She also has a bellybutton piercing. She is also known to occasionally wear a hat sometimes, while at other times, a bandana. Years later, well into adulthood, she looks mostly the same, except she now has braided light brown hair.

Personality

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, Toni and the rest of the Serpents demonstrated that they are willing to protect him at all costs, as they considered him one of their own, identifying Jughead as a "Serpent by Blood." Although, Toni has exhibited more than just loyalty towards Jughead. Proven by a kiss they shared in the trailer, though the two never pursed a relationship, as Toni is more into girls.

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, empathetic, and can see through others when they are in pain. The most prominent example of this is with Cheryl. Toni saw through her "mean girl" act and was able to recognize that there was more than what met the eye with Cheryl. Toni encountered Cheryl at the movies and comforted her afterwards when she opened up about her sexuality. Toni was able to sense something was wrong with Cheryl during the pool party at Thornhill, at which Cheryl began 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. She was once very into photography and was seen multiple times with a camera.

Relationships

Fangs Fogarty

Toni and Fangs

Toni and Fangs' have been friends since at least their adolescence, during which they both joined the Southside Serpents along with Sweet Pea, and together, they three of them often acted as Jughead's smaller clique within the Serpents. After high school, however, they all went their separate ways, with Toni going to Highsmith College and Fangs attending the University of Pittsburgh, where he and Kevin continued their relationship. After graduating, the three of them all moved back to Riverdale, where they got an apartment together, and Toni agreed to be Fangs and Kevin's surrogate mother. However, by the time the baby arrived, Kevin and Fangs were no longer together, leaving Toni and Fangs to raise Baby Anthony together as a couple.

Cheryl Blossom

Main article: Cheryl and Toni

Toni and Cheryl

Toni and Cheryl 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 from there, a relationship developed, which led to Toni joining the River Vixens and Cheryl joining the Serpents. When Cheryl was taken to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where her mother forced her to begin conversion therapy, Toni teamed up with Veronica and went on a rescue mission to save Cheryl. Toni found Cheryl, they shared a kiss, and then escaped. From there, their relationship only continued to grow, but it would come to an end senior year, after prom, with Toni choosing her family over Cheryl.

Jughead Jones

Main article: Jughead and Toni

Toni and Jughead

The friendship between Toni and Jughead 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 came to surviving Southside High and the Ghoulies.

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea and Toni

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. 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 on 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.

Betty Cooper

Toni and Betty

The relationship between Toni and Betty was initially rather complicated. When they first met with each other at Southside High inside 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 at Sunnyside Trailer Park with Kevin and Jughead, trying to decipher the cipher that from the Black Hood. The argument first began when Toni called out Betty for suggesting that the Black Hood was a Serpent and for looking down on Southsiders as criminals due to their status. However, they've since resolved any tension that was between them and remain friends.

Appearances

Riverdale

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Katy Keene

Season 1

Trivia

  • 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.[3]
  • She is Riverdale's first (openly) bisexual character.[2]
  • In the Archie Comics, Toni has short bubble-gum pink dyed hair.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Toni Topaz
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Toni Topaz's Gallery Can Be Found Here. The Gallery May Consist of Promotional Images, Screencaps, and Video Clips Released By Network Officials

References

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