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Picspam: Tv Tropes- Betty & Veronica




Definition of the Betty and Veronica trope from TvTropes:

One of the most common types of Love Triangle, wherein the male hero is caught between his affections for two girls with drastically different personalities. "Betty" is the sweet, everyday Girl Next Door, whilst "Veronica" is more alluring, exotic and edgy, but has a more 'troublesome' or 'dangerous' personality. This translates to their physical appearances; "Betty" will be usually be something of a 'Plain Jane', whilst "Veronica" will be Ms Fanservice in all her glory. Look out for color-coding, though not always uniform; A blonde Betty will be paired with a dark or red-haired Veronica, while a brown- or red-haired Betty will be opposite a blonde Veronica.

That's basically the gist of it, but I have expanded the definition just a touch for the purposes of this spam. Mainly, all my Betty and Veronica examples are not necessarily romantic rivals, but have a rivalry in other aspects of life that will be explored.
Here it go!

WARNING: LOADS of spoilers ahead





Bitter Rivals


Ginger vs. Mary Ann
Gilligan's Island
TV


Betty: Mary Ann Summers
Veronica: Ginger Grant
Why they fight:
Redhead vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Hotness
Breakdown: There is no canonical rivalry between these two (to the best of my knowledge), and they seemed to get along just swell on that island, but the war they rage in the hearts and mind of the nation is of such (pop) cultural significance that the Betty and Veronica trope could just as easily be named the Ginger and Mary Ann. No matter who you are, at some point in our lives, we will all be pressed to choose. The sultry, sexy glamourpuss Movie Star Ginger Grant or the apple-pie-sweet, All-American, pigtailed Mary-Ann Summers. One of the most perfect examples of the female foils in TV history.
Who Wins?: It will never be solved.



Ariel vs. Vanessa
The Little Mermaid
Film



Betty: Ariel
Veronica: Vanessa
Why They Fight:
Redhead vs. Brunette
Archie (love interest)
Breakdown: So technically Vanessa and Ariel fall into a less complex Villain/Heroine relationship, since Vanessa is only Ursula in disguise, but nobody knows this at first, and so we get a classic, though albeit brief, BV Love Triangle in which our girl Ariel is tossed aside by Prince Eric for a bitchface Brunette who steals Ariel's voice and hypnotizes her beloved into matrimony.
Who Wins? Betty. DUH!



Carrie vs. Natasha
Sex and The City
TV


Betty:Natasha
Veronica:Carrie Bradshaw
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Jealousy
Breakdown: When commitment-phobic Mr. Big marries the tall, willowy, prim, twenty-something former Ralph Lauren model Natasha after dating her for only five months, our petite, neurotic, wisecracking, thirty-something Carrie's self-esteem is plunged into a dark abyss. Carrie self deprecatingly summed it up herself when describing Natsha as such: "She's shiny hair style section Vera Wang and I'm the sex column they run next to ads for penile implants". She also surmises Big chooses Natasha over her because Carrie is "C-c-c-curly" and "C-c-c-complicated". Big and Carrie eventually enter into an affair not long after he marries, that ends when Natasha discovers Carrie in their marital apartment and chips her tooth chasing after her. Carrie and Natasha are mainly romantic rivals, but Natasha becomes a tool for the show to explore the idea of the Perfect Women who make lesser, normal women feel insecure.
Who Wins? I'm giving this one to Betty. Both are more than a little worse for wear after the debacle, and both lost Big, but Carrie loses Big and Aidan in the process, and sleeping with married men does not veer very far into the path of rightousness. Also, Natasha delivers a whopper of a verbal bitchslap to Carrie at their impromptu lunch that could only make her feel about as big as the period that concludes this sentence.



Lizzie vs. Caroline
Pride & prejudice
Film, Literature
Betty:</b>Elizabeth Bennet
Veronica:Caroline Bingley
Why They Fight:
Redhead vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown: Rich bitch Caroline Bingley is wealthy, fair, haughty, obnoxious, vain, and catty. Our heroine Lizzie is dark featured, financially humble, intelligent, bookish, willfull and has the brazen gull to walk long distances. in the mud. HORRORS! It could be argued that Elizabeth is the veronica to Caroline's betty. In addition to traditional color-coding, Lizzie does not fall perfectly into the warm Girl Next Door mold, and can be proud, judgemental, and a bit shrewish. She also represents the "Wrong Side of the Tracks" option compared to the affluent and ladylike Caroline, the type that everyone would expect Darcy to marry. But Lizzie, on occasion, does show warmth and a kind nature especially concerning her family, and is the more down to earth and relatable of the women. They are romantic rivals in more of an abstract sense than in any real way. Lizzie is the very possible option for Darcy, as he has a true attraction to her, and Caroline serves mostly just to symbolize the "safe" and expected choice, and any attraction he has to her only ever materializes as imagined in Caroline's head. Caroline may have an inkling of Lizzie being her rival for Darcy's affection, but her contempt for her and her family arises mainly from her disdain of the poor, lower classes. Lizzie does not realize her attraction to Darcy until long after Caroline has left the scene, so she moslty just disapproves of Caroline for her attitude and general demeanor, and more importantly because she dissuades her brother Bingley from becoming engaged to her sister Jane. At the end of they day, this is just a case of wildly different natures clashing (Unadulterated Loathing)
Who Wins? Betty. Lizzie gets the rich guy and lives happily ever after in a big huge mansion. Caroline falls of the face of the Earth.




Terri vs. Emma
Glee
TV


Betty:Emma Pillsbury
Veronica:Terri Schuester
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Redhead
Archie
Breakdown:Technically, Emma is the other woman in this triangle, but she checks much more Betty slots than Veronica. Emma is the classic best friend figure who's longed from afar. She's the timid, soft spoken, school counselor, to the lying, manipulative, shrewish Terri. Emma is clearly the woman sensitive, caring (though secretly kind of a jerk) Will should be with. And Terri faking a pregnancy made a killer serve of the ball into Emma's court
Who Wins?It's a tough call with television, as this trope can only be played out for so long. Usually, either Archie will have to choose, our Betty and Veronica overcome their differences and become some semblance of friends or at least friendly. Time will tell with this one, but for now, Betty, just because as of yet there is currently no lying and manipulating on her resume.




Jane vs. Blanche
Jane Eyre
Literature, Film


Betty:Jane Eyre
Veronica:Blacnhe Ingram
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Archie
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown:Very similar to Lizzie/Caroline, the heroine Jane is a humble, plain governess working for Mr. Rochester, who everyone thinks will marry spoiled debutante Blanche. Blanche is more overtly nasty than Caroline, and Blanche, for a time, poses a much more genuine threat to Jane for Mr. Rochester's affection. Arguably, if it hadn't been for Jane, Rochester would have probably ended up with Blanche. Again, Jane does not discover her feelings for Rochester until later, and the ladies are at odds because of their respective social status.
Who Wins? Betty. But Blanche is saved from terrifying encounters with the insane ex wife from the attic, and doesn't nearly die of starvation in the middle of nowhere, so it doesn't altogether suck to be her.




Second Mrs. DeWinter vs. Rebecca
Rebecca
Film, Literature


Betty:Second Mrs. DeWinter
Veronica:Rebecca DeWinter
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Archie
Jealousy
Breakdown:One of the most brilliantly original takes on this trope, in Rebecca, we never actually meet or even see the woman Second Mrs. DeWinter has to fight against. Maxim's first wife Rebecca's presence permeates the sprawling estate named Manderlay he lives in with his new wife, though she died under mysterious circumstance a year before (she even gets the movie named after her! Now that is G). Nearly everyone the timid new wife meets is unwaveringly faithful to the former mistress of the house, especially the creeptastic Mrs Danvers, her maid. It is later revealed that Rebecca was a phalendering tramp who faked a pregnancy with another man to piss off her husband, which worked like a charm since he subsequently murders her. It morevoer reveals that Maxim married his new wife basically because she is the complete opposite of the scandalous seductress Rebecca. Hes drawn to her innocence, guilelessness and general lack of personality. Feminism FTW! As far as I recall, Rebecca is never physically described in the film, and the book is unread by me so I couldn't tell you from there either, but Hitchcock revealed that if Rebecca were to have appeared in the film, he thought Vivien Leigh would've been perfect for the role. Vivien=brunette, Joan Fontaine=blonde. Classic color coding
Who Wins? In my opinion, neither really. Rebecca is brutally murdered and SMDW is married to a man who only wants her by default, but if I must disgress, I suppose the technical, obvious victor is Betty.



Frenemies




Scarlett vs. Melanie
Gone With The Wind
Literature, Film



Betty:Melanie WIlkes
Veronica:Scarlett O'Hara (Hamilton Butler)
Why They Fight:
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Breakdown:One of the best female relationships in pop culture history, ultimate HBIC (emphasis on the B) pines for Ashley Wilkes for 95% of the story, who is unwaveringly devoted to his wife, "too good to be true" Melanie. Melanie is a truly angelic figure who loves the strong willed Scarlett from the moment she meets her, and Scarlett even more passionately despises her for winning her obsession one love, boring old Ashley Wilkes. Circumstances throw Scarlett and Melanie together in the most difficult periods of their lives. Scarlett begrudgingly trakes care of Melanie while the latter is pregnant, and after the ravages of war have left them both destitute, Melanie stays at Tara and witnesses Scarlett murder a soldier who wanders into their home. Though they grow close, Scarlett still cannot give up her hopes for Ashley. When Scarlett and Ashley are caught in an embrace by his sister, rumors are spread, and the tension between Scarlett and Melanie comes to a head in one of the most amazing scenes ever. Scarlett shows up to Ashley's birthday party, in all her Town Whore glory complete with a red dress, and time stands still while everyone is all "Melanie is about to cut this ho." But to everyones surprise, she takes Scarlett in her arms and stands by her side, effectively letting everyone know to back up off her main bitch. Scarlett grows to care deeply for Melanie, imperceptibly to herself, until Melanie is on her deathbed and she realizes the futility of her infatuation with Ashley.





Blair vs. Serena
Gossip Girl
TV, Literature


Betty:Serena van der Woodsen
Veronica:Blair Waldorf
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Social Status
Jealousy
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown:Nate, parental affection, Queendom, college acceptance, you name it, the best frenemies have fought over it. They have a shockingly mercurial relationship, switching from fierce devotion to seething competitiveness sometimes in a matter of minutes. This can be attributed to their inherently conflicting personalities. Blair, with her long brown mane, large brown eyes, and porcelain skin is, as one character put it "everything I hate about the Upper East Side distilled into one 95-pound, doe-eyed, bonmot-tossing, label-whoring package of girly evil." While Serena is the sun-kissed blonde, reformed party girl with a heart of gold. Serena, however isn't as innocent and virtuous as she fancies herself to be, and engages in some scheming and manipulating herself from time to time. She just fails at it way more than Blair does, because it just doesn't come as naturally to her as to the Upper East Queen B. Blair is also quite insecure, and is very prone to jealousy of blonde goddess Serena, which leads to many of their conflicts.




Quinn vs. Rachel
Glee
TV


Betty:Rachel Berry
Veronica:Quinn Fabray
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown:Now with these two it was very difficult to determine who was who in the relationship. Rachel is the full featured Jewish brunette, with a huge ego and grating Type A personality who is not above using lies and manipulation to achieve her ends. However she is also the underdog and rock bottom on the high school social pyramid. Quinn is a traditionally pretty, Christian, All-American blonde cheerleader, but she also cheats on her boyfriend, gets pregnant, and is quite cruel to social outcasts like Rachel. really it could go either way, but Rachel feels the more Bettyish option to me. Their social statuses make them enemies from the start, and even before the point that the show picks up, it is clear that Rachel is Quinn's favorite torture victim. But as Rachel becomes infatuated with Finn, they become romantic rivals. As the show progressed, Quinn broke up with Finn, becomes involved with Puck, and became less of a raging bitch (but still remained kind of a bitch) and her and Rachel have shared a couple tender moments, though they're still quite a ways away from being BFF's.



Caroline vs. Elena
The Vampire Diaries
TV, Lietrature


Betty:Caroline Forbes
Veronica:Elena Gilbert
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Archie
Jealousy
Breakdown:Again, you could make a strong case for either combination of trope and character, but Elena is a lot more troubled and tortured than Caroline and my pick has color-coding on it side, and when in doubt, go for the superficial reasons, I always say! Also, a hallmark of the Veronica is that she is the more unattainable option for the Archie, and will barely notices his existence. Elena is Matt's ex-girlfriend who has moved on to Stefan, but Matt still isn't quite over her. Caroline is the barely disguised redound option. An evolved form of this conflict, but still kinda sorta fits. Also, despite Elena being a close friend of Caroline's since childhood, she frequently reveals a competitiveness with Elena, most notably in the Miss Mystic Falls episode.



Anne vs.Mary
The Other Boleyn Girl
Film, Literature, Psuedo-historical



Betty:Mary Boleyn
Veronica:Anne Boleyn
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Jealousy
Breakdown:I was tempted to include these two in the Bitter Rivals category, cause when these ho's fights, they fight DIRTY, but at the end of the day, they are sisters, and do care for each other. Mary is sweet and docile and goes along with an affair with King Henry because of her attraction to him and because she is told to by her family. Anne is willfull, highly mainpulative, promiscuous, and dangerously ambitious. She wont settle for being mistress to a king, and got Henry to make her his queen through sheer guile and audacity. The sisters spend the story locked in a battle of endless one-upmanship in betrayal, but eventually reconcile right before Anne is executed.




Maria vs. Baroness Schraeder
The Sound of Music
Film, Theater


Betty:Maria von Trapp
Veronica:Elsa Schraeder
Why They Fight:
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Breakdown:They aren't technically friends at all, but their rivalry is a little more civil and passive aggresive than the others on the Bitter list. And yes, they are both blondes, but the filthy rich, husky sex voiced Elsa's is long, and platinum hued, most likely artificially achieved. Compare to Maria's naturally honeyed locks, cropped to a pretty awful short do that screams tomboyish social retard who was raised in a convent. I only recently realized the poison the Baroness wields in her and Maria's big confrontation scene during the party, only because, ostensibly, she just seems to be pointing out the truth that Maria and the Captain are falling for one another. However, she does so in a manner dripping with condescension ("You'll make a fine nun") and is, in effect, being a hater. And while she doesn't outright suggest Maria return to the convent, she doesn't exactly trip over herself trying to stop her. Still, Baroness gets points for handling it with a nice amount of grace and maturity when she realizes her defeat.



Jules vs. Kim
My Best Friend's Wedding
Film


Betty:Kimberly Wallace
Veronica:Julianne Potter
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Redhead
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown:Cynical New York food critic Jules realizes she's in love with her best friend Michael just when he informs her he's marrying sunny blonde Kimberly, whose blood is even bluer than her eyes. she then makes it her mission to split them up and get her man. Kimberly recruits Jules to be her Maid of Honor, after knowing her "for what? five minutes?!" later admitting it was to keep her enemy closer. Jules eventually admits defeat, relaizing that Michael truly cares for Kimmy and they are the ones meant to be together. The two women confront each other and then call a truce in a public bathroom, before Jules goes on to give a heartfelt speech at their wedding.



Blair vs. Jo
The Facts of Life
TV


Betty:Blair Warner
Veronica:Jo Polniaczek
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown:Blair Waldorf owes a lot to Blair Warner. Besides their strikingly similar names, Warner was the original ultra prep, rich bitch, materialistic spoiled princess. From the moment devil may care, greasy, rough around the edges and probable homosexual Jo came screeching in on her motorcycle, we knew that this would be a chick fight for the ages. This being a family sitcom, Blair and Jo eventually became the best of friends, living in relative harmony with the rest of Mrs. Garret's girls.



Elphaba vs. Glinda
Wicked
Theater, Literature


Betty:Glinda Upland
Veronica:Elphaba Thropp
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Fair vs. Dark
Archie
Unadulterated Loathing
Breakdown:Wicked could've been named Facts of Life The musical with considerable accuracy. Glinda and Elphie's trajectory of initial resentment and gradual affection fit Blair and Jo's almost to a tee. The main difference is Glinda and Elphaba were romantic rivals. Glinda married gets engaged to Fiyero (thanks gncurrier!) who really loved Elphie. It all works out for the best in the end, with Fiyero being turned into the Scarecrow and running away with Elphaba. Actually, scratch that: it works out for the best for everyone except Glinda.



Musical Matches




Mariah vs. Bianca
Heartbreaker
Music Video



Betty:Mariah Carey
Veronica:Bianca
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Archie
Evil Twin
Breakdown:Mimi clearly knows her tropes. Casting herself as the sweet, good girl blonde who wears a bikini top to the movies, she switches gears halfway through and played her raven haired alter ego, Bianca, whom she confronts after catching her with her (ex? current? the video is ambiguous here) boyfriend Jerry O'Connell. Bianca proceeds to beat the shit out of Mimi in the bathroom, before the latter delivers a sweet high kick in the face.
Who Wins?We are kept in suspense while we switch to an animated feature starring Mariah in various scenarios, but then our Betty shows up, siddling up next to Jerry and pouring his soda into his cheating bastard lap, and Bianca is never heard from again.



Taylor vs. Taylor
You Belong With Me
Music


Betty:Blonde Taylor Swift
Veronica:Brunette Taylor Swift
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Archie
Unadulterated Loathing
Evil Twin
Breakdown:Not since Jolene has their been such a fitting musical anthem for the Betty and Veronica archetype. She's the best friend who wears T-shirts and sits on the bleachers fighting for love with the cheer captain who wears short skirts. Taylor rips a whole page out of MC's book for the video, putting herself in a brown wig to play her own bitchy nemesis.
Who Wins? Blonde Taylor puts on a dress and takes off her glasses, and the boy suddenly realizes his love for Betty.


Is this real life?



Jennifer vs. Angelina


Betty:Jennifer Aniston
Veronica:Angelina Jolie
Why They Fight:
Blonde vs. Brunette
Dark vs. Fair
Archie
Breakdown:A cultural deabte to rival Mary Ann and Ginger occured in 2005, when it was revealed that Brad Pitt, who was married to America's sweetheart Jennifer Anniston, was having an affair with his sultry, dark Mr & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie, who was also a known fan of blood and limo sex. The press had a field day casting Jen as the angelic wronged woman and Angelina as the homewrecking seductress in their tabloid pieces.



Debbie vs. Liz


Betty:Debbie Reynolds
Veronica:Elizabeth Taylor
Why They Fight:
Dark vs. Fair
Archie
Breakdown:Many forget that the love triangle formed bewteen Debbie, Liz, and Eddie Fisher was the original Jen vs. Angie. Oft-married Liz taylor and Eddie fell in love while he was married to goody goody Debbie. Public opinion sided mostly with Debbie until Liz suffered a near fatal bout of pneumonia.
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