Cheryl Blossom/Toni Topaz

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Pairing: Cheryl Blossom/Toni Topaz
Alternative name(s): Choni, Red Serpent
Gender category: Femslash, F/F
Fandom: Riverdale
Canonical?: Yes
Prevalence: Popular
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Cheryl/Toni is a femslash pairing of Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz in the Riverdale fandom. They have a canonical relationship.


Cheryl and Toni started on bad terms thanks to the rivalry behind their different high schools, Toni's connection to the Southside Serpents and Cheryl being part of the Blossom family. However as they continued to spend time together Cheryl opened up to Toni and eventually came out to her.


After Cheryl and Toni met at the Ghoulies vs. Serpents drag race they quickly gained the pairing name "Red Serpent" however "Choni" became a more popular portmanteau for them over the second season.

In 2018, Choni ranked 13th on Tumblr's Top 100 ships of 2018[1]

Controversy & Opposition

Some object to how Choni is written and how Toni, as one of the show's main black characters, is treated, and dislike it in the context of the show's history of racism and misrepresentation of people of color and LGBT people.

According to this view, Toni is introduced, as a strong, smart, and capable girl who fights against injustice. Cheryl has thus far been depicted as a rich, privileged bully. Toni chooses to be with a clearly mentally unstable Cheryl at the same time that she learns Cheryl was harassing Josie. Furthermore, after becoming Cheryl's girlfriend Toni's character is flattened into a sidekick to Cheryl. Some consider Cheryl's treatment of Toni verbally abusive, and disagree with the framing of the relationship as a triumph of LGBTQ+ representation. Cheryl's behavior is not framed as abusive of negative within the show and Cheryl never grows or learns from her actions, nor sufferers any consequences. Despite suffering emotional abuse herself from her parents, she remains cruel and harasses people, while during her brief break-up with Toni, and the period leading up to it, exhibiting classic abuser behaviour, trying to cut Toni off from everyone else in Toni's life and being physically and emotionally abusive by pushing Toni and demeaning her in public at school.


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




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  1. โ†‘ 2018โ€™s Top Ships