Riverdale: 20 most important characters on the show

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Riverdale — “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes” — Image Number: RVD302a_0302.jpg — Pictured: Cole Sprouse as Jughead — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

3. Jughead Jones

You’d think Jughead would top the list of Riverdale’s most important characters since he’s, you know, telling the story via the narration of his novel’s writing. He’s the eyes, the ears and the voice of his town, and it’s a position he takes seriously.

Perhaps too seriously, but that’s why we love Jughead. When it comes to solving mysteries and taking down the big bads, he’s passionate and fearless, a natural-born leader. He’s the lens through which we watch the stories unfold.

But Jughead’s weird. Remember? He’s weird. Have you ever seen him not wearing a hat? That’s weird. Those, of course, are his own words from a scene that’s turned into a viral meme.

Cole Sprouse delivers Jughead’s weirdest moments with sincerity and the smallest dash of irony, but for the most part Jughead remains our guiding light through the darkness of every whodunit, from the Jason Blossom murder, to the current question mark surrounding the Gargoyle King.

Without Jughead memorializing the strange occurrences in his hometown, we wouldn’t have an entry into this world and it would simply fall apart. It’s true that his headstrong resolve and insistence to never give up can grow tiresome, but he’ll never let evil win, even if that means he has to get down and dirty and slice a tattoo off of an enemy’s arm.

Also, don’t forget that he’s one half of Bughead, the show’s biggest fan-favorite ship that’s more than likely just as engaging to some viewers than the actual season-long arcs.