A Reminder That Riverdale's Cole Sprouse Is Very Important

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The Riverdale cast is pretty stacked. Not only does the newbie CW soap includes countless 1990s and early 2000s heartthrobs — here’s looking at you, Luke Perry — but it also has the perfect teen cast. It’s clear official Cool Kids like KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Casey Cott are well on their way to being huge. But, no one’s stolen the hearts and minds of Riverdale fans quite like Cole Sprouse.
The former Disney star plays Jughead, Riverdale High School’s resident antisocial misanthrope with a heart of gold. The sidekick role could’ve easily fallen flat, but Sprouse brings a smirking intelligence to the Twin Peaks Jr. series. Juggie’s troubled back story only helps make the character worthy of obsession.
Ahead of the upcoming season 1 finale of Riverdale, we’ve compiled all the biggest reasons Sprouse and his alter ego Jughead are so very important. If you’re not a fan right this second, you will be.
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He’s Excelling At All This Romantic Lead Stuff

Going into Riverdale, it seemed like redheaded certified hunk Archie (KJ Apa) would be at the center of the show’s romantic turmoil. If you’ve ever read the comics that this "subversive take" is based on, they’re almost entirely focused on whether Archie will complete his bizarrely sexist goal of picking between girl next door Betty and bombshell Veronica. On top of all that, the Riverdale promos were almost solely dedicated to Apa’s sweaty abs.

But, Jughead has turned out to be the true romantic center of the CW drama. Compare his burgeoning, three-dimensional relationship with Betty — and his palpable fear he’s too weird with her — to Archie’s uncomfortably-handled criminal relationship with Ms. Grundy, his terribly-handled after-thought relationship with the wonderful Val (Hayley Law), and his forced flirtation with Betty.

Jughead is clearly the real king of romance here.
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He’s Fighting For Asexual Visibility

Despite Jughead’s Don Juan (for Betty only) status, he’s actually asexual in the source material comics as of February 2016. NYU grad Sprouse fought for his character to keep his sexuality in Riverdale, since we rarely see well-rounded asexuals on TV.

Although he lost the season 1 war, the actor is still hopeful things can change in the future.

“I hope that huge corporations like the CW recognize that this kind of representation is rare and severely important to people who resonate with it,” Sprouse told Teen Vogue. “That demands representation. It would be a wonderful thing if that were the case.”
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His Character Is Literally The Smartest Boy In All Of Riverdale

Sprouse brings a level of pragmatic thinking to Riverdale that’s oftentimes lacking. Remember the guys’ trip to a literal biker gang bar? Remember when Archie wore his varsity jacket? Remember when Jughead skipped all of that?
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He Creates ~~Feelings~~ With Just A White Tank Top & A Hard Hat

Watching “The Outsiders” was an extremely strange event for all the viewers who realized their aesthetic is now Cole Sprouse Cosplaying As A Construction Worker.

What a wild world we live in.
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He’s Bringing Holden Caulfield Realness To TV Every Single Week

Eye rolling opinions of everyone? Check. General antisocial tendencies? Check. Wry stream of consciousness voice overs? Check. Ladies and gentleman, I think we’ve found our true modern day Holden Caulfield — sorry, Dan Humphries.
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His Twitter Is The Greatest Time Suck On Planet Earth

This tweet is perfect. And so are all the rest.
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He’s Winning Camera Duels All The Time

Do not try to take a picture of Cole Sprouse on the sly. He will take a picture of you on the sly and upload it to this Instagram account.
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He Didn’t Fail The Transition From Disney Kid To Adulthood

Going from Disney teen to full fledged adult actor is hard. That’s why Suite Life Of Zack & Cody star Cole and his brother/co-star Dylan took some time off from Hollywood to go to college and figure out who they wanted to be when they weren’t in the Tipton Hotel.

For that, we couldn’t respect him more.