Veronica Lodge is one of three leading female characters in the teen series Riverdale, next to Betty Cooper and Cheryl Blossom. She is a new resident in this quirky little town full of secrets and is immediately accepted as one of the gang.
Talented, popular and decisive, Veronica is trying to be even tougher than she might seem at first. She is, in fact, not very much different from her colleagues, but was forced to grow up sooner than many of them. She is an advocate for girls’ rights, doesn’t want men to command her and is known for her independence and a great sense of business. Her quotes are among the most popular and this is the list of the 15 best Veronica Lodge quotes.
“There are certain things no one does better than Veronica Lodge. Makeovers, party planning, dance-offs, dropping vintage bon mots as if they were bonbons.
Veronica is always up for a good time, never resting and is one of the girls who is constantly making plans. She wants to include her friends in her sometimes crazy ideas since she wants to prove that she is fearless and independent from her sometimes overprotective parents. Being a part of New York’s high society circle, she is used to big parties and different kinds of extravagant meetings.
“Oh, Archie, it’s adorable when you underestimate me.”
Veronica is a strong character, even though her soft side often comes out on the surface. But she is resolute and knows what she wants. She doesn’t want to be taken for granted or portrayed and observed as a rich princess who can get what she wants. She is proud of her family legacy, but also well aware of the background belonging to her parents so she is determined to take things into her hands, ignoring what others might think of it.
“I won’t be a puppet for your thirst for vengeance.”
Always in certain conflict with her parents, especially after learning about their illegal activities and witnessing the problems between them, she is struggling to be on both sides but slowly starts to notice that they are using her for various kinds of revenge. Lodges are a wealthy, influential family with many adversaries, but the conflict between Veronica’s mother and father is the one that troubles her most.
“I am so over the toxic masculinity in this hallway right now.”
Throughout the whole show, there can be seen many direct and indirect feminist references and Veronica is an example of a successful young woman who is aware of her position in society and is trying to be equal to the men surrounding her. She has no problems in addressing men much older than her as well and always speaking her mind, with no fear of getting mocked.
“Now, now, Mom and Dad, there’s no need to become the Montagues and the Capulets just yet.”
Veronica is, next to Jughead, maybe the most sarcastic character in the show, always saying what she thinks. She is also a great observer and a pretty cunning mind who understands people around her and can recognise problems where others don’t see them yet.
Fully aware of her parents’ issues, she is constantly trying to face them, rarely missing the opportunity to tell them what she really thinks about their behaviour and way of life, which is slowly starting to resemble some of the greatest family feuds ever.
“I want ships named after me, not horses.”
Veronica is also very ambitious and is determined to become a successful and powerful businesswoman who will be admired and feared by her employers and guests. She wants it all, she sees herself as someone who is capable of moving mountains and is never afraid of throwing herself in the lion’s den, wanting her name to be known not only in Riverdale but far far away.
“But don’t worry, Reggie. Veronica Lodge is not about to go quietly into the night.”
Veronica will never give up, as difficult as the situation might be. She is aware that her name has brought her many perks, but is also working hard to make herself known for her ideas and endeavours. She is destined to become more than a provincial girl and is ready to do everything she has to move away from the kind of life her parents have planned for her.
“Oh, Reginald, it doesn’t matter how you win, so long as you’re the last woman standing.”
Once again, Veronica expresses her strength and determination to be more than “normal”, more than average. It doesn’t matter what measures she is going to have to take and what means she is going to use, as long as she achieves what she has planned for herself and her future. And she doesn’t care who she is going to have to fight and defeat, as long as she stays on top.
“You want to know who I’m standing with in the upcoming trials? Neither of them. From this day forward, I stand only with and for… myself.”
Veronica has always been there for her parents, being one of their biggest support until it all started to fall apart. She has learned that her family is not remotely perfect as she thought it to be and that her parents are involved in many activities she is ashamed of. After all kinds of betrayals and blackmails coming from them, she has decided to detach herself from them and trust only herself.
“I’ve always seen the drama in my life as Shakespearean. Not the stuff of Greek tragedy. But please, enlighten me.”
Another sarcastic remark, again related to her family situation, who has always been in the middle of certain scandals, even though they have tried to maintain a perfect public picture. Many individuals have tried to give her advice and make their own remarks regarding the Lodges and she has never missed the opportunity to make a cynical remark to all of them.
Chuck has muscles for days, but his conversation is not the stuff of Oscar Wilde or even Diablo Cody.”
Riverdale characters are known for their vast knowledge and references to the cultural and artistic world and are often comparing their life situations to the ones in movies or novels. This is an ironic remark and comparison between Chuck’s impressive body features and his not-so-intelligent and remarkable way of thinking.
“Mom! I don’t need a bodyguard. I’m not Whitney.”
The Lodges have always been one of the most successful and powerful New York families and their lives have been interesting to many adversaries and their business partners who have never hidden their jealousy and envy towards their way of living.
They are aware of the dangers around them and the possibility of their daughter becoming the main focus of someone’s revenge, so they are constantly hovering over her, making it difficult for her to lead a normal teenage life.
“I know what you need, Cheryl because I know who you are. You would rather people fear than like you. So, you traffic in terror and intimidation. You’re rich, so you’ve never been held accountable, but I’m living proof: That certainty — that entitlement — you wear on your head like a crown? It won’t last. Eventually, there will be a reckoning… Or maybe… that reckoning is now. And maybe, that reckoning…is me.”
Cheryl Blossom is one of the weirdest and most disliked characters in the show, constantly trying to pick a fight with everyone, even the ones who show a slight interest in becoming her friends. Veronica knows what it looks like to grow up in a wealthy family, always being in the centre of attention and not being able to make mistakes without being observed and criticised. Maybe this is why the two girls don’t like each other and why Veronica is the first who will face Cheryl and tell her what she needs to hear.
“Well, I don’t follow rules, I make them, and when necessary, I break them.”
Always a leader, never a follower, Veronica can’t stand being told what to do. She wants to be in charge of everything and is not keen on taking advice from anyone. She must be the first, the one who makes a difference and will be remembered as a woman who made a change.
“Thank you for mansplaining my business to me. But that’s not why I asked you here.”
We will finish this article with another Veronica’s remark against men’s overprotectiveness towards women and their constant need to explain and lecture them. She is independent and doesn’t want to be told what to do, but has no problem telling it to anyone who even tries to patronise her and make her feel less worthy.