Put on your Southside Serpents Black Leather Jacket or Riverdale Jacket, latter would do equally good, and get ready to take a deep dive into Riverdale’s second-worst biker gang, the Southside Serpents, who are known as Riverdale’s second-worst biker gang. To learn more about the Serpent lifestyle, Vulture reached out to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, actor Cole Sprouse, and costume designer Rebekka Sorensen. Read on to learn more about the Serpents’ origins, fashion choices, activities, and dangers.
The Serpents first appeared in “Li’l Archie.”
Aguirre-Sacasa described the stories as “the exploits of Archie and the gang while they were in elementary school. In other words, it was a lot like the Muppet Babies, but with Archie Babies. This is where the Southside Serpents debuted, but the issue in which they appear is unknown to Aguirre-Sacasa. The biker gang could have been intimidating the children, but it’s possible they were just other toddlers out for a ride. That the Southside Serpents were part of Archie’s mythos was something I’d always known.
However, according to Screen rant’s Spotlight-caliber investigation, we now know that the original Southside Serpents were “a gang of surly-looking teenagers” who “may be seen engaging in competitions of athletic skill and physical strength,” such as relay races or baseball games.
The Southside Serpents were created without any relation to real-life gangs.
They are not based on any actual biker, gang, or serpent groups in the real world. While Aguirre-Sacasa wished he could say that Sons of Anarchy was our influence, he stated, “It was more like T-Birds from Grease, or Greasers from The Outsiders.” Betty is a sociopath to the core. ‘Crybaby,’ Crybaby, it was a little bit 1950s, a lot more than just iconography
According to Sorensen, their vision board collage was filled of images of “the 1950s and ’60s Greaser Boys. Marlon Brando and James Dean in the Outsiders. Aguirre-Sacasa stated the Hells Angels were the only true gang on the mood board, “because of the sense of camaraderie and the sense of family.”
He went on to say, “We always cherry pick on Riverdale.” For realism, “we make it real,” while for other universes “we do it,” the author explains.
Rule No. 1: you should dress to fit in with the gang you desire
As soon as we decided “we wanted them to seem harsher and more threatening,” Sorensen said, we went from a simple leather or denim jacket with a Serpent emblem to a full-blown brand. Chains and any other accouterments, such as dog tags or a belt, or cuffs or rings, were then attached to get the roughness. As a nod to her “intelligent, educated, and the owl is a monster of the night,” Penny “The Snake Charmer” wears an owl claw. Sweet Pea wears wolf rings to represent his allegiance and “desire for freedom.” Toni wears suspenders.
To get the Serpent look, check out these products. All Saints is the most common source for women’s coats. Jofama, Sweden, is where Jughead’s comes from. F.P.’s is a true vintage jacket, but most of the ’50s-style coats on the program are from 2017, not the ’50s. For starters, the modern products are more pliable. Sorensen noted that vintage leather coats from the 1950s and 1960s were “very stiff.”
Due to the desire for them to be beneficial in a motorbike accident, they were made Because of the requirement for picture and stunt double copies, vintage is also risky. Sorensen remarked, “We take it, tear it down, sand it, and God knows what else we do” when they acquire newer coats.
How dangerous are the Serpents?
A tacky drag race may settle any problem, but on the other end of the spectrum, they’ll kill you in cold blood. That’s where the Serpents fall.
Aguirre-Sacasa said it was a mix of both. F.P. and the Serpents were entangled into the murder of Jason Blossom, even though the Southside Serpents were not involved in the killing. In fact, Hiram Lodge paid the Serpents to ruin the drive-in so that he could acquire it at a profit. And Hermione received the rattlesnake.
In addition, Jughead was competing in a drag race and dealing with the vile Malachai, the villainous drug king. As a result, there’s a risk. “According to Sprouse, “They obviously lean a little bit towards West Side Story. A lot of the Serpents wind up in crime because they have no choice but to. They’re kind of victims of circumstance.” Because of this, they’re a more ethically dubious bunch.”
Serpents are not “gang members in an organized crime sense of the word,” according to Sprouse. Instead, they’re a bunch of individuals that support each other and sing, dance and snap together.
How does one go about becoming a Serpent?
What is called “hazing” for would-be serpents involves adopting Hot Dog (a really charming character), to placing your hand in an aquarium filled with an artificial rattlesnake that has had its venom glands surgically removed (pretty considerate, considering).
In order to prove that he can survive in a gang fight as a new member, Jughead must “run the gauntlet, and it’s a version of the beat down that many new gang members go through,” Aguirre-Sacasa stated.