11 Hidden Details You (Probably) Never Noticed On 'Riverdale'

23 January 2018, 18:22 | Updated: 23 January 2018, 18:31

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Starting with the one thing you NEVER noticed about Jughead's tattoo.

Riverdale's love of slipping hidden references into each episode is unparalleled. Whether it's a nod to Archie history or a reference from film and TV, each episode is packed with tiny details you might miss if you're not looking. 

1) The serpent in Jughead's tattoo also wears a crown. 
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Jughead Jones famously always wears a crown in the original Archie Comics. Riverdale writers have found creative ways to incorporate the iconic headwear into all aspects of Juggy's persona. 


2) Riverdale has a tiny obsession with the horror author H.P. Lovecraft Riverdale lovecraft 2

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H.P. Lovecraft was a pioneer of gothic fiction and dark fantasy genre who achieved the majority of his success after his death in 1937. 


3) FP can be seen reading a Sabrina comic in jail during one scene.

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Another nod to the iconic Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 


4) Archie uses a fellow comic book character's name as his fake ID.

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Archie had to use a fake ID to buy a gun in season 2 episode 4 and handed over an ID with the name Wilbur Wilkins on it. Wilbur Wilkin was a comic book character who lived in the neighbouring town of Greendale. He was the star of Wilbur Comics which ran from 1944-1965. 


5) KJ Apa's actual childhood photos are displayed on the fridge in the Andrews' kitchen.  
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6) Remember when Joaquin got on a bus to "San Junipero" at the end of season 1? Check out that "Black Mirror" nod.
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Black Mirror season 3 episode 4 is entitled "San Junipero". It is the most critically acclaimed episode of Black Mirror to date. It is also an episode that follows a young gay couple living in a manufactured paradise called San Junipero. 

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7) "Jingle Jangle" (the drug on Riverdale) gets its name from this old school Archie tune.


8) The Riverdale sign is a reference to PEP comics.

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Pep Comics was the name of a comic book series published by Archie Comics until 1987. 


9) The number on FP's prison uniform is a Les Misérables reference. 
FP Jones in Prison

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In the musical Les Mis, 24601 is the prisoner number of Jean Valjean. Jean is sent to prison after breaking into a bakery and stealing a loaf of bread to feed his nephew. 


10) There is also a crown drawn onto Jughead's motorcycle helmet.

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11) Betty randomly reads The Silence of The Lambs, another reference to horror thriller history. 
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In the film adaptation of Silence of The Lambs (starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster), the woman, Clarice Sterling, famously talks to serial killer, Hanibal Lecter on the phone. Betty's own relationship and phone communication with the Black Hood could make her a Clarice, of sorts. 

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