Point/Counterpoint: Betty vs. Veronica

Betty vs. Veronica. It’s an age old question. The correct answer is “Betty.”

Lilit: Even before I knew what a Mary Sue was, I knew that Betty was one, and that I hated her. There was never any question in my mind that Veronica was the coolest girl in Riverdale. Think about it: she had the best wardrobe, a rich daddy who got her whatever she wanted, and way more vim and verve than boring old Betty. Betty is the sort of simpering, whimpering girl who would have sat at home crying when something bad happened to her. Veronica would have tracked down the person who wronged her and made them pay. Let’s just say I know which one I’d rather have riding shotgun with me.

Jennifer: I think people are always a little surprised that I like Betty more than Veronica. Between the two of them, Veronica obviously seems more worldly, and more exciting, and certainly sexier. But you know what Betty was? A good person. Feeling down? Betty will bake you some cookies. Jughead needs tutoring? Betty is there. She was smart. She was loyal. She worked hard. And it always made me sad that the comics never rewarded her for any of that. Sad, and also kind of unrealistic. Because in real life, those attributes don’t turn you into a doormat. They actually make you a pretty successful person and a great friend. At least Jughead understood that.

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    • Chickalupe

      Betty FOREVER!

    • Marcus

      I dunno. Miss Grundy might to it for some.

      • Jennifer Wright

        Marcus, it’s not appropriate to draw attention away from the debate by picking the OBVIOUS hottie of the series.

    • Eileen

      I think I’d want to be friends with Veronica while dating Betty (if I were into girls)…or, wait, actually, I think Archie did it perfectly.

    • Cory

      I haven’t read any of the Archie comics in a long time & I’m really surprised to see the girls looking so top heavy & in such tight clothes. When the hell did that happen? Especially to Betty? And btw, I hated Veronica until the red-head came along. She was just awful.

    • Hanna

      i’ve always liked veronica’s style more, even more her name over betty’s, but everytime i end up happy whenever betty gets the last laugh!

    • SJ

      I think the bigger point here is, Archie was a really big ass.

    • Dave K.

      They’ve always been soft kiddy porn — just keepin’ up with the times.

    • John Small

      Betty in a heartbeat, and it’s real easy to explain why. Veronica was always more concerned about herself; Betty always wanted to do what she could to make Archie happy. What guy in his right mind doesn’t want a girl like that?

      Plus I always figured that, once she undid that cute ponytail of hers and let her hair down, Betty was really the more sexy of the two.

    • James

      Take a marker and colour Betty’s hair black and you’ve got Veronica. They’re drawn exactly the same otherwise. You have to go by behaviour, definitely not looks.Ja