7. Veronica Lodge
Being her parents’ puppet isn’t necessarily emo, but it is anxiety producing. “Ronnie” knows how to put on a happy face, even when it’s at her detriment, and for that, we’ll pop her in the middle.
Favorite song: “Fake Happy” by Paramore
6. Toni Topaz
As the newly minted bicon (bi icon) of the series, Toni Topaz has now been romantically involved with two of Riverdale’s most emo. However, she currently stands as more emotional support than emo—and we all know that’s what Cheryl needs right now.
Favorite song: “Clever Girl” by Sharptooth
5. Alice Cooper
Complete with a dubious past and willingness to commit murder, Alice Cooper was around causing trouble long before Dark Betty came out of the shadows. We can’t wait to see her get even more emo—and maybe finally dish who Chic’s father is.
Favorite song: “Serpents” by Neck Deep
4. FP Jones
Jug had to learn it from somewhere! FP might put on the grand face while leading around the Serpents, but when he’s shut away in the trailer he can get downright brooding.
Favorite song: “The Downfall Of Us All” by A Day To Remember
3. Betty Cooper
While the ponytail princess might appear to not have a drop of emo in her, you’re forgetting her long-standing battle with the Black Hood, as well as her travails with Chic into their shared “darkness.” Holding a lighter to her (so-called) brother’s face while he sleeps? Emo as hell, right there.
Favorite song: “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy
2. Jughead Jones
He’s weird. He’s a weirdo. He doesn’t fit in. And he doesn’t want to fit in. Jughead basically encapsulates all that emo is in Riverdale—he has the grimy style, the everything-sucks attitude, the constantly morose expression. Plus, he always gets to give weird, cringey speeches and spends loads of time in the rain! If your signature look is a never-ending supply of flannel and the same ratty beanie, it’s hard to be anything but emo.
Favorite song: “Weirdo” by Rozwell Kid
1. Cheryl Blossom
You were all expecting Jughead to take the top spot, weren’t you? Hate to break it to y’all, but Cheryl has him beat tenfold. While the ginger cheerleader from the right side of town might not look the part, her wild antics earn her the top spot. Attempting to turn yourself in for your brother’s murder? Setting your parents’ house on fire as an act of revenge? Sending someone a pig’s heart as an act of affection? “Emo” is actually an understatement. We bow to our queen—and can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.
Favorite song: “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance