Every 'Riverdale' Character with Their Comics Counterpart

Fred Andrews got a major upgrade.

Almost every character on Riverdale—Vegas the dog included—is pulled directly from Archie Comics, but unless you're an Archie diehard, you might not know how similar many of the show's live-action stars look to their comic counterparts. Riverdale Midge, played by Emilija Baranac, is pretty much the twin of illustrated Midge, but others—Fred Andrews, for example—got a major upgrade for the small screen. Click through to see what each Riverdale character looks like compared to the version that appears in the comics.

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Archie Andrews

A heartbreaker in both 2D and 3D.

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Betty Cooper

The blonde ponytail is eternal.

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Veronica Lodge

Riverdale's resident fashion plate, no matter what form she's in.

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Jughead Jones

Why does comics Jughead look like he's 50 years old?

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Cheryl Blossom

Comics Cheryl may not have the killer brooches, but that giant earring indicates that she too is a wizard at accessorizing.

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Kevin Keller

Here's hoping Kevin soon finds love and/or better friends than Betty.

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Josie McCoy

I appreciate the fact that Riverdale Josie and her bandmates incorporate the whole Pussycat thing into their wardrobes in a much subtler fashion than the comic versions did.

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Valerie Brown

Too good for Archie Andrews in both live-action and illustrated forms.

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Melody Valentine

Riverdale really needs to up its Melody quotient in 2018. Give her a drum solo, Josie!

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Toni Topaz

On her way to steal your Jughead.

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Ethel Muggs

Interesting that the show decided to make Ethel a redhead when there were already so many redheads.

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Chuck Clayton

Comics Chuck looks way too happy to have ever been almost burned alive in a hot tub by Dark Betty.

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Dilton Doiley

Once a nerd, always a nerd.

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Alice Cooper

Comics Alice = will make you cookies. Riverdale Alice = will also make you cookies but they will probably be poisonous.

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Hal Cooper

I honestly can't tell which one is which.

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Mary Andrews

Molly Ringwald is obviously perfect for this role.

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Fred Andrews

No disrespect to comics Fred, but the casting choice of Luke Perry gave Riverdale Fred a major upgrade.

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F.P. Jones

Ditto the casting choice of Skeet Ulrich for Jughead's dad. Was there something in the Riverdale water supply that caused all these cartoon men to go bald?

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Hermione Lodge

Bless the CW for casting Marisol Nichols as Hermione so that Mom Lodge didn't end up looking exactly like Mom Cooper, who was basically her twin in the comics.

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Hiram Lodge

Comics Hiram looks a lot less ready to blackmail his wife into lying to their daughter, but who knows? Maybe there's a stone-cold liar lurking behind that jaunty mustache.

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Geraldine Grundy

On Riverdale, the real Geraldine Grundy looked a lot more like the one in the comics; this one was just using Grundy's name as an alias.

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Reggie Mantle

How did Archie get to be so popular when guys that look like Reggie exist?

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Midge Klump

Once again, the Riverdale producers really outdid themselves casting-wise.

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Moose Mason

Cody Kearsley's square jaw is a near-exact replica of comic Moose's.

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Jason Blossom

R.I.P.

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Polly Cooper

As is often the case with this show, the characters' counterparts look much happier as comics. Maybe it's because the Polly on the right never had sex with her cousin?

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Nick St. Clair

Riverdale Nick is an asshole and a criminal, but at least he doesn't have a goatee.

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Pop Tate

Comics Pop looks awfully chipper for a guy whose business is about to go under.

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Principal Weatherbee

Props to the Riverdale costume department for this spot-on vest accuracy.

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Smithers

Do you see what I mean about the alarming rate of male pattern baldness in Riverdale? At least on the show they change it up by having Smithers wear a fun hat.

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