15 most shocking twists that could only happen in Riverdale

Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto" -- Image Number: RVD322a_0278.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Sprouse as Jughead -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto" -- Image Number: RVD322a_0278.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Sprouse as Jughead -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /
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12. Dark Betty snaps on Chuck Clayton

One of the earliest instances of bonafide crazy on Riverdale was Dark Betty’s debut. Obviously, this wasn’t the first time that a teen drama character went rogue, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Betty’s unhinged moment of foreshadowing darkness eclipsed Marissa throwing a chaise lounge into the pool on The O.C. or Marissa shooting Trey on The O.C. or Marissa overdosing in Tijuana on The O.C. (Okay, there are examples from other shows, but Marissa Cooper walked so Dark Betty could run.)

It all began in the third episode of the first season when Veronica found herself the subject of slut shaming from jock Chuck Clayton. He gives her a “Sticky Maple,” which is a seemingly outdated juvenile ranking system that more than likely still exists among teen boys inflicted with fragile masculinity. Betty also finds out Chuck has been targeting Ethel Muggs, which prompts Betty and Veronica to take matters into their own hands and give Chuck a taste of his own medicine.

The dynamic duo handcuff Chuck in a hot tub, and Betty loses self control and turns the heat up until it’s near boiling. Adorned with a black bob wig and no inhibitions, Dark Betty was born and has remained a haunting duality of Betty’s character. She often slips out of her good-girl cruise control mode and into the rage burning inside her.

Of course, when she chats with the Black Hood/her father, he hangs Dark Betty over her head, saying it’s an inherited trait she’ll succumb to. But she never has bowed to Dark Betty, no matter how badly she wanted to boil Chuck alive.