She carries herself with an air of authority and her words can cut deeper than knives. Plus, she's witty, unflinchingly honest and always prepared to clap back with her savage one-liners. No, we're not talking about Regina George's red-haired reincarnate, Cheryl Blossom (although she's definitely had her sassy moments). We're talking about the fabulous Veronica Lodge, who actually made Cheryl quake in her shoes on several occasions.
On The CW's Riverdale, Veronica has been balancing her genuine kindness and fierceness is a way that's truly unparalleled. She's incredibly sweet and loyal to the people she cares about, but at the same time, she's an outspoken feminist who won't hesitate to storm a boys' locker room or completely obliterate Riverdale High's favorite it-girl in front of her friends. She's proven to be a go-getter and is a true inspiration to us all, but if she's taught us anything, it's that hell truly hath no fury like when Veronica gets ticked off. See all the moments that birthed some of her best, most savage one-liners:
It was one of the first things Veronica said when she learned that Chuck was trying to slut-shame her. He posted an altered photo online and lied about how they spent their date, so as a result, the entire school was gossiping about the "sticky maple" Chuck gave her. As she looked at his photo in disgust, she said: "Does he really think he can get away with this? Does he not know who I am?" He clearly didn't, but he was going to find out sooner than later.
Betty's heart was in the right place when she suggested that Veronica go to the principal and let her expose Chuck in the school's paper. But Veronica knew that playing by the rules wouldn't be enough, especially with someone as loved and popular as the captain of the football team. So instead, she decided to take matters in to her own hands and do things her way. Her first move? Barging into the boys' locker room to tell Chuck off face-to-face, of course.
Veronica stood her ground and demanded that Chuck remove his photo. But apparently, that wasn't enough to phase him (especially since he had a bunch of half-naked muscular guys there to back him up). Had it been just him and Veronica, we imagine that things would've played out very differently. Her apparent "high tone" and "bitch attitude" would've at least shaken him up a bit because the look on Veronica's face was scary enough.
When Betty discovered that Veronica wasn't alone in her experience with Chuck and the jocks, she gathered all the girls together and called Veronica. When she got there, Ethel started recounting her experience and it was just heartbreaking. But in the middle of this, Cheryl barged in to tell the girls that cheerleading practice starts in five minutes and casually called them "sluts" while she was at it. As Ethel continued opening up about how the guys at school kept score, Cheryl piped up that it probably wasn't real because her late brother (who was rumored to be part of it) would never do such a thing.
At that point, Veronica had just about enough of Cheryl's nonsense. She claimed that even if there was no secret playbook, she had no intention of backing down from those "privileged, despicable miscreants."
In the same breath, Veronica also called Cheryl out because of her dismissive attitude and how she labeled them sluts. Because apparently, it made more sense to believe that her brother was a perfect angel rather than to take an entire group of girls and their experiences seriously. After Veronica explained how she planned to go "scorched Earth" on those guys, she walked right up to Cheryl and dared her to call them sluts a second time. We took that to be a translation of what she really meant to say, which was: "Utter those words again and you'll feel my wrath." There was definitely fear in Cheryl's eyes when she said this!
Seeing Veronica mercilessly drag Cheryl was one of the best things about season one, to be honest. When she and Betty auditioned to join the River Vixens, Cheryl only chose Veronica. When the latter asked why, Cheryl claimed that she needs girls with fire on her squad. Veronica saw right through her act and claimed that her crown of entitlement wouldn't last for long. After insisting that she and Betty came as a matching set, she looked Cheryl dead in the eyes and claimed that her specialty is "ice." Did anyone else get chills?!
Right after Veronica looked at Chuck's slut-shaming post, her mom stepped in and asked about how her date with Chuck went. She then went on about how cute he was and seemed to have taken a liking to him. But in response, Veronica implied that he was actually rotten on the inside. Though she didn't go into detail about what really happened, she simply explained that Chuck "wasn't her type." That was putting it mildly...
When Veronica, Kevin, and Cheryl were trying to watch a movie, a group of Serpents were being really loud and disruptive. No amount of shushes could shut them up. But when Veronica stood up and demanded that they zip it, not only did they finally quiet down, but she also received some applause from the crowd. If only we could take Veronica with us whenever we went to see movies at crowded theaters...
To be fair, Archie had it coming. When he was too scared to perform solo, he asked Val to partner up with him. But when she initially turned him down (out of loyalty to her band), Veronica offered to help him out. When Val quit the band, however, Archie jumped at the opportunity to replace Veronica right away... and didn't even tell her about it. So Veronica was understandably pissed when she walked in ready for practice, only to find that Ginger Judas was already working with someone else behind her back. NOT cool, Archie.
She's not one to hold back when it comes to saying what's on her mind, and it's quite clear when she teases Archie about Grundy on season one's "Heart Of Darkness." She asked Archie matter-of-factly: "How's life in a PG world? ...PG? Post Grundy? What? Too soon?" After exchanging some awkward glances he claimed that he was too focused on trying to become captain of the football team to think about anything else. Disappointed, Veronica said that he's back to being boring again. LOL!
Merely seconds after Archie, Betty, and Veronica arrived at the dance, Betty and Archie brought up how he'd soon have to choose between football and music. That's when Veronica posed this interesting question about being "all things at once" and Archie replied that he was working on it. But unfortunately for him, he wasn't so lucky to get to follow both passions. Still, kudos to Veronica for calling out this tired high-school trope.
Veronica was clearly attracted to Archie when she spotted him during her tour of Riverdale High. After asking Betty and Kevin about him, she shared that she was curious to try his "flavor." But before she could get her hopes up about pursuing Archie, Kevin set the record straight by saying that he and Betty are endgame, even though they were still just friends. She willfully backed off and decided to help Betty win him over instead - although that didn't quite workout.
Remember how Cheryl tried to boss Veronica around at Pop's because she thought she was a waitress there? Well, she was in for a rude awakening. Veronica said that she was actually the owner and told Cheryl that she was no longer welcome. Then, Cheryl claimed that Veronica was discriminating against her for being better looking (um, what?). Still, Veronica didn't miss a beat. She claimed that Cheryl was acting like trash, and Cheryl and her crew had no choice but to leave.
Here we have yet another perfect response from the queen of clap-backs. During "The Last Picture Show," Cheryl walked into the student lounge to remind Veronica of her "place in the town's social hierarchy" and to insult her mom. Before she could taunt her with that secret photo of Hermione with a Southside Serpent, Veronica fired back with "Threatened much?" She also compared her to a '90s teen movie character, which is fitting because Cheryl could be the mean queen bee of literally any teen movie.
When Veronica accused her mom of pretending to be an innocent pawn while being Hiram's partner in crime, Hermione, who was visibly troubled by this, asked if Veronica truly believed that. And Veronica's response? "If the Manolo Blahnik fits" (OUCH). You'd think that she was talking to someone her own age. But Hermione quickly took her daughter down a few pegs by reminding her who the real boss was. So intense!
When Veronica told Betty this on season one, we couldn't agree with her more. Betty shared that she really wanted to be a cheerleader and that when she tried out, she didn't make it because Cheryl called her too fat. Veronica then pointed out that she became a total babe who should be ruling the school. And like the awesome friend that she is, she offered to help Betty prepare for tryouts by teaching her some moves. Total #BFFgoals.
As Jughead tried to challenge the Ghoulies to a street race in "Death Proof," Betty and Veronica crashed their little meeting. But when one of the gang members called them Jughead's "bitches," she voiced her disgust with this classic response. After this, he told Jughead that he and his "skanks" should leave unless he has a better offer. Talk about having ZERO respect.
It feels like this happened forever ago, but remember when Cheryl had a little house party and played Spin the Bottle? Archie and Veronica were the ones who got to play "Seven Minutes in Heaven." And poor Betty, who was still crushing on Archie at the time, stormed out before the pair finished their full seven minutes. Veronica knew full well that Cheryl wanted to create more drama, so in typical Veronica fashion, she said exactly what she was thinking at that moment. It served Cheryl right for being so heartless!