Part of what makes Bughead such a compelling couple comes from the clear chemistry between Cole, the former Suite Life of Zack and Cody star, and Lili, a relatively unknown actress before she landed her big role on The CW. That chemistry doesn't tell the whole story, though. There are plenty of reasons that Bughead is one of the best relationships to hit the small screen. Some of them come from aww-worthy moments on the show; others come down to how the characters are written. Every one of them is proof that these characters are meant to be. They are one of the few TV couples that inspire fans around the world so passionately. Here are 20 reasons that Bughead truly is endgame.
Nearly every show on TV has some sort of romantic subplot, but the truly great shows have actors with intense chemistry. Cole and Lili have plenty of that, as they should, considering the fact that they're dating in real life. Still, that chemistry doesn't always translate on screen. It's possible for two actors who are madly in love to feel wooden when they act together.
Cole and Lili seem to have figured out a way to make their chemistry translate. Betty and Jughead feel like two people who always want to be around one another. Their chemistry is sexual, of course, but they also seem like two compatible people, in spite of their differences.
We all know that, in real life, the first kiss isn't everything. On TV, though, it can tell you a lot about whether a pairing is meant to last. For Betty and Jughead, the sparks were instantaneous. It may be hard to remember because of the rate at which Riverdale burns through plot, but Betty was initially in love with Archie.
Once Jughead and Betty kissed, though, it was clear this relationship was meant to last. Their love for one another has only blossomed since then. Even so, we'll always remember their first kiss, and the promise that it brought for everything that would follow.
On the surface, Betty and Jughead don't seem to have much in common. Betty is a preppy girl who supposedly comes from a healthy, stable family. Jughead, on the other hand, is a rebel with a cause from a broken home. They don't seem like a match made in heaven.
And yet, it was their differences that initially made their relationship so compelling. As they grew together, viewers came to realize that they were more similar than they seemed to be at first. Still, it's hard to argue with the old maxim that maybe opposites really do attract. It certainly makes for great TV.
At the end of Riverdale's second season, Jughead takes a pretty brutal beating. Although he survives it, the incident makes it clear exactly how strongly Betty feels about him. These two rely on and need one another in a way no one else on this show really does.
Sure, Veronica and Archie might make a cute couple. At the end of the day, though, their stories are not as intermingled as Betty and Jughead's. Betty and Jughead are independent, but they need each other the way couples often do. Jughead's beating was just one more piece of evidence to support that.
Betty and Jughead dont just want each other; they need each other. Like any good relationship, they are happiest when they're with one another. They lean on each other when they need support, and they're not afraid to speak up when they need their partner to come through.
So much of a functional relationship comes from feeling supported by your S/O. Betty and Jughead are always supporting one another, and offering strength when they have some to give. They are never unnecessarily cruel or judgmental. They are there for one another above all else, and that's why their relationship has so seamlessly flourished.
Betty and Jughead work together a lot in solving Riverdale's various mysteries. It's one of their most natural modes. That's great not only because it means they get to spend time together, but also because they can use that familiarity with one another in their relationship.
That's why small problems so rarely seem like issues for them. They know how to solve those problems together because they have a lot of practice. Working through things is tough for any couple, but understanding how the other person thinks can be a huge help. Thankfully, Betty and Jughead have a really good sense of oeach other's thought process.
Riverdale is certainly one of the most dramatic shows on TV. Few shows offer viewers as many twists and turns, and even fewer enact such frequent trauma on characters. Needless to say, Betty and Jughead have been through a lot.
Through it all, though, they've survived as a couple. Some of the stressors the show has thrown at them have tested their relationship specifically. Others, though, have been individual, but because they've relied on one another to get through them, they've survived. If Betty and Jughead can survive everything the show has already thrown at them, they're not likely to break anytime soon.
To some extent, Betty and Jughead are both characters who wear masks. Betty wants the world to see her as a nice, innocent girl, and Jughead acts like an apathetic rebel. Deep down, though, Betty is a much darker person than she lets on.
Around Jughead, she's comfortable bringing some of that side of herself out. She doesn't have to hide any part of who she is. Similarly, Jughead is able to be more sensitive around Betty than he is around other people. He doesn't have to act so tough. Betty and Jughead can be themselves with each other. There is no need to put up a front.
It's a function of TV that every major character in the story often has their own plotlines. As a result, Jughead and Betty are often involved in different ongoing stories. Although they always support one another, their chief concerns are often different.
Ultimately, that also strengthens their relationship. Because they are each involved in their own stories, they aren't reliant on one another for all of their excitement. Any successful relationship involves both people having their own activities that don't always involve their partner. They live separate but intertwined lives, which means they can support one another without being completely defined by their other half.
Betty and Jughead rarely fight. When they do fight, it's usually because they have a fundamental disagreement over something important. They're not the kind of couple who bickers with one another relentlessly. They're willing to let most of the little stuff go.
Of course, it's easy to do that on a show with stakes that are often as high as they are on Riverdale. Still, it's an admirable quality to focus on the big picture, and on your love for one another. If you can ignore the smaller issues in a relationship, or keep them from boiling over, you're likely to be in it for the long haul.
JP Jones and Alice Cooper have their own romantic relationship, which definitely makes things weird at times. But it also adds a feeling of destiny to the relationship between Betty and Jughead. They aren't siblings, but the ties between their families runs bone deep.
Betty seems to have inherited some of her mother's wild side, for better or worse. Still, it's not as if Jughead is some wild man, and neither is FP for that matter.
The foundation of Betty and Jughead's relationship is their sleuthing. They came together to help solve Riverdale's mystery of who killed Jason Blossom, and they haven't stopped working together ever since. These mysteries have to be solved, of course, for justice to be done.
Even so, there's also a dark fascination with secrets and lies at the heart of Betty and Jughead's passion for mystery. They want to fix their town, but they're also dead-set on exposing those who are responsible for its deterioration. Their shared interest in this area has certainly connected them, but it's also revealed a darkness inside them both.
Riverdale may ostensibly be about Archie, but Betty and Jughead are the show's best characters. Don’t @ me.) Even so, Archie's one of the main reasons that they come together. Betty, who lives next door to Archie and is one of his oldest friends, also used to have a crush on him.
Jughead is also one of Archie's oldest friends and it's that connection that brings them together. Although they love each other more than anything, they both also care for Archie a great deal. Wanting to protect him gives them another shared bond, and bonds based in friendship are often the hardest to break.
Betty and Jughead are both crusaders, and a lot of the time, their crusade is the same. They both have an interest in making Riverdale a better, safer place. The mysteries they solve and the fights they engage in are often over those issues.
Even so, their fights are often slightly different. Betty is much more interested in figures who cause her town pain and suffering. Jughead, on the other hand, is interested in those who wield power and the ways they work to keep it. They both fight for their town, but they see that fight in slightly different ways.
Even as Betty and Jughead differ on their methodology, their goal is ultimately the same. Betty's speech at the end of the show's first season revealed her desire to make Riverdale a better place. Through his work with the Serpents, Jughead has been working toward a similar end.
Having a cause to fight for is hugely important for both of these characters. The fact that their cause is the same helped bring them together. Betty and Jughead are fighters, and the fact that they share a cause has made them even more compatible. It's hard to imagine Riverdale could be doomed as long as they're both fighting for it.
It can be easy to forget that both Betty and Jughead are still in high school. In many ways, they lead pretty adult lives. Even so, one of the masterstrokes of the writing in their relationship is how long they wait to have sex.
They have a very intimate, loving relationship that, for the majority of the series thus far, was never consummated. They took things at their own pace and waited until they were ready. That patience proves their longevity. Neither one wanted to spoil what they had by rushing things, and it ultimately made their relationship more solid.
There are plenty of intelligent people in Riverdale, but Jughead and Betty are certainly two of the town's best and brightest. They're both writers, and although the show is ostensibly about Archie, they're often the two who come up with the best plans.
On the show's second season, Jughead was instrumental in dismantling Hiram Lodge's plan. Meanwhile, Betty was out finding the Black Hood. They also teamed up to get to the bottom of season one's grand mystery. These two know how to use their brains, and when they combine their respective smarts, they're among the most powerful teams in Riverdale.
Although Betty and Jughead have been each other's main love interest on Riverdale, both of them have had flings with others. In spite of these moments of infidelity or straying from their main partnership, they've remained faithful to one another.
Betty and Jughead are the kind of couple that understands how hard it is to find someone who understands you. They've found that understanding in one another, and they aren't going to let it slip away easily. That's not to say they haven't had their share of fights. All couples fight, but Betty and Jughead know what they're fighting for. They protect each other - and their relationship - above all else.
Fashion can say a lot about how different characters think and feel. Although it would be wrong to say that either Betty or Jughead only wear one outfit, it can sometimes feel that way.
Jughead's flannel punk-rock look doesn't feel like it would jive with Betty's preppy pink ensemble, but it does. The two clash, but in way that enhances both of their looks and feels true to life. The visual contrast between them is meant to illustrate just how backwards this relationship is on paper. In actuality, though, Betty and Jughead's respective looks are both eye-catching and are only improved when they're combined.
Betty and Jughead have weathered plenty of drama, in part because they're so willing to fight for and defend one another. Betty's mother isn't exactly super supportive of her daughter's relationship, but that has never stopped her.
Ultimately, relationships only work because the people in them fight to keep them alive. Betty and Jughead, who are both fighters anyway, fight most passionately for one another. The twists and turns of Riverdale may keep them busy, but the thing they're most worried about is one another. Their relationship works because they fight to keep it working, and they fight for each other.