Total Nerd What The Riverdale Actors Look Like Vs How The Characters Look In The Comics  

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Riverdale has become a TV phenomenon, filling a pervasive need for dramatic, high school-centric eye candy. Based on the classic Archie comics but updated in an darker style more aligned with Twin Peaks than its illustrated counterpart, the CW series has turned out to be a resounding success for its network.

Everyone's familiar with Archie's iconic red hair, but do you know how the rest of the Riverdale actors originally looked as comic book characters? Even the comics themselves have changed and been updated over the years since, after all, they were first published in 1939. But aside from CW making everyone look finer than an average high schooler ever is in real life, there are some interesting updates to the Riverdale version of Archie comics, and a few spots of perfect casting.

Check out this list of Riverdale actors lined up against their comic book characters and see how loyal to aesthetic The CW has been with their hot new series. 


Veronica Lodge is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What The Riverdale Actors Look Like Vs How The Characters Look In The Comics
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Comics Veronica: Dark hair, red lipstick, expensive clothing a few cuts above what the average high schooler is wearing, and her attitude's the sultry, sassy version of Betty's sweet. She has money and knows how to use it.

TV Veronica: As with Betty, the look is spot-on here. The main trio are all great images of their comic counterparts. Veronica in Riverdale still has money and knows how to use it, but her relationship dynamics with parent figures are different and more complex than in the comics.

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Archie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What The Riverdale Actors Look Like Vs How The Characters Look In The Comics
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Comics Archie: A fresh-faced redhead with his blue letterman's jacket and a shabby car that always seems to fall apart when he's got a hot date. He spends most of his time chasing Veronica, but usually settles for hanging out with Betty if Veronica's playing hard to get.

TV Archie: Wipe away the freckles, tone down the goofy grin, mute the style color choices, and give him some abs. Archie in Riverdale has a similar aesthetic to his comic original, appropriated slightly and buffed out enormously to fit the show's edgier style. 

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Kevin Keller (Casey Cott)


Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What The Riverdale Actors Look Like Vs How The Characters Look In The Comics
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Comics Kevin: A 2010s addition to the original Archie comics, Kevin Keller was the first openly gay character at Riverdale High. Blonde, bright eyed, and smiling, he's a clean-cut guy who looks no different than his straight classmates. 

TV Kevin: Kevin on The CW is aesthetically pretty close to the comic version. Even their mouths look the same! The similarity extends even down the storyline where Veronica may be interested in dating him for a hot second...until she quickly realizes he's not interested in women. 


Betty Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What The Riverdale Actors Look Like Vs How The Characters Look In The Comics
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Comics Betty: A blonde, pony-tailed girl in chic-but-not-expensive clothes. She's constantly lovesick for Archie, but more often than not playing third wheel to Veronica.

TV Betty: A spot-on recreation of her comic counterpart, at least visually. But in Riverdale she's a much more independent feminist. And, while still best friends with Archie, in the show she dates Jughead. That would NEVER happen in comics-land.

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