Betty Cooper/Jughead Jones

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Pairing: Betty Cooper/Jughead Jones
Alternative name(s): Bughead
Gender category: Het, F/M
Fandom: Archie Comics, Riverdale
Canonical?: No (Archie Comics) Yes (Riverdale)
Prevalence: Popular
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Betty/Jughead is the het pairing of Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones from the Archie Comics series and the related adaptations.


Archie Comics

Betty and Jughead are friends who work well together. Jughead Jones is often portrayed as been uninterested in the opposite sex, with many fans believing he is asexual. In 2015 there was a brief reference to Jughead's asexuality in the comics.

Betty is romantically interested in Archie Andrews and considers Jughead a close friend.

Riverdale (TV series)

In the Riverdale TV series, Betty and Jughead work together to solve the mystery of who killed Jason Blossom. While both characters have known each other since childhood, they don't know each other very well at all and grow closer as they work together on the school newspaper. Their relationship develops slowly into a romantic one, as the characters become closer.


Archie Comics

Riverdale (TV series)

Some fans were annoyed by the lack of reference to Jughead's asexuality, while others point out his sexuality would not preclude him from pursuing a romantic relationship with Betty. This pairing is very popular withing the Riverdale fandom, despite this controversy. Fanworks often highlight their different backgrounds, and sometimes portray the two as lovers who are destined to be together despite these differences. This is supported in canon with several references to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with Jughead even referring to Betty as Juliet.

Common Tropes & Storylines

  • Dark Betty and/or Dark Jughead
  • Alternative Universe fics - Roommates AU, College AU
  • Jughead stays with Betty when he's homeless


  • In 2017, Bughead was ranked 13th in the top 30 "most reblogged" ships on Tumblr[1]
  • In 2018, Bughead fell ten places, ranking 23rd on Tumblr's Top 100 Ships of 2018[2]


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.



  • Lost and Found by lusterrdust, "Maybe as a seventeen-year-old, sneaking kisses with the blonde he’d been in love with at the time—maybe he’d had a thought or two of her as a mother; a boy’s fantasy of the blissful domesticity he never had." Future Fic
  • Bizarre Love Triangle by ficmuse, When Jughead stumbles upon the yearbook from the Class of 1991, secrets are revealed that will forever alter how the teens of Riverdale view their parents.
  • Living With Betty Cooper by believe_that_you_can_my_friend, Jughead Jones, facing the reality of having nowhere to stay anymore after the Drive-In gets shut down, finds temporary shelter at the Blue & Gold office. But what happens when an upset Betty Cooper catches him on the act?
  • Once Upon a Coffee Shop by javajunkie, Betty works at a coffee shop where Jughead is a regular customer. Coffee Shop AU
  • Milkshakes & Chastity Belts by darlingdearestdead, Betty seeks Jughead out at Pop's, and discovers he's the only person she really feels like hanging out with anymore. Set just after 1.05. Exploring the growing tension and changes between them.
  • Virginia Is For Lovers by best_pillowtalk_ever Betty is given a Secret Service detail after her mom is elected Vice President.
  • Tacos and Tequila by jugandbettsdetectiveagency Betty drives almost four hours in a snowstorm to visit her best friend, Archie Andrews, at college, only to arrive and find out that Archie isn't home, won't be returning, and hadn't even told his roommate she was coming. Snowed in and less than happy about it, Betty might come to learn that 48 hours trapped with Jughead Jones won't be that bad after all.
  • The Stacks by Malmo722 After a senior prank goes wrong, River Vixen Betty Cooper is forced to complete community service at the Riverdale Public Library with high school outcast, Jughead Jones. Romance ensues.



Archives & Fannish Links



  1. "2017′s Top Ships". 
  2. "2018's Top Ships".