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Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullsh-t now has a body count.
~ Veronica Sawyer.


Heather, my love, there's a new sheriff in town.
~ Veronica declaring victory over Heather Duke

Veronica Sawyer is the main protagonist in the 1998 black comedy Heathers. She is a high school student who ends up murdering three of her classmates with her boyfriend.

She was portrayed by Winona Ryder in the film, who also played Abigail Williams in The Crucible. In the musical, she was portrayed by Annaleigh Ashford, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Carrie Hope Fletcher, and in the 2018 TV series, she was portrayed by Grace Victoria Cox.

Biography

Veronica is a member of the Heathers, an elite clique of girls in Westerburg High, alongside Heather Chandler, Heather Duke and Heather McNamara. After getting into a fight with Chandler at a party, she has sex with her acquaintance and classmate Jason "J.D." Dean, starting a relationship with him.

Accompanied by J.D., Veronica goes to Chandler's to apologise and to make her a hangover cure that would make her throw up. This backfires when Chandler drinks a cup of drain cleaner that J.D. had poured and drops dead. Veronica panics but J.D. convinces her to fake a suicide note. As the school mourns Chandler, Duke takes over her position by wearing her red scrunchie.

Sometime later, Duke and McNamara spread a rumour that she had a threesome with Ram Sweeney and Kurt Kelly. To take revenge, Veronica and J.D. plot to set them up as a gay couple by luring them into the woods with the promise of a threesome with Veronica, stripping them to their underwear and incapacitating them with "Ich Lüge" bullets. Unfortunately, J.D. shoots Ram and Kurt with live bullets, killing them, and Veronica has to forge another suicide note. At their funeral, the boys become martyrs against homophobia.

After preventing McNamara from committing suicide and breaking up with J.D., Veronica fakes her own suicide by hanging. J.D. arrives in her room, having intended to kill her, but finds her seemingly dead body and monologues to her about how he is plotting to set off explosives in Westerburg High during a pep rally under the guise of a mass suicide pact.

Veronica confronts J.D. in the boiler room of Westerburg High and shoots him several times. J.D. voluntarily stops the bomb in the basement, leaves and commits suicide in front of Veronica. Veronica then approaches Duke, snatches her red scrunchie and kisses her, taking over her position.

Appearance

Veronica is a young brunette of average height. In the musical, she wears a button-up blue shirt and grey skirt, with blue shoes and sneakers.

Personality

Veronica is an ultimately good-hearted young woman who believes in the goodness of people. However, she caves into the demands of the Heathers and J.D., even when she acknowledges what they did are morally wrong, to remain popular in school and to avoid prison respectively. Still, she is not afraid to verbally snap back and argue with them. Still, she does stand up when the time calls for it, saving Heather McNamara from committing suicide and preventing J.D. from blowing up the school.

Trivia

  • Veronica is named after Veronica Lodge from Archie Comics and Tom Sawyer from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • In the much maligned TV series adaptation, Veronica actually sets off the bomb with J.D., killing herself, him, and everybody else in the school. This ending was based off an alternate ending for the original film.
  • Veronica was Winona Ryder's breakout role.

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