Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!== Rivalry with the Sharks == His hatred of [[Bernardo]] and the Sharks stems from their street culture as much as from racial prejudice; as the Jets have already defeated other gangs including the Emeralds and the Hawks, Riff is undauntedly determined to again lead the charge to protect their turf, small as it is, and upon which the Sharks are now trying to muscle in. But little does Riff (or anyone else) realize that his unwavering resolve will culminate in death- his own, and the subsequent death of his best friend [[Tony]]. ===As leader of the Jets=== Before another brawl with the Sharks at the playground (Jets' turf), and Schrank's admonition to the Jets to stop making trouble, Riff declares that the Jets are going to settle against the Sharks with a winner-take-all rumble. Despite the protests from most of the other Jets, Riff plans to challenge Bernardo and decides to recruit Tony to stand up with him at a dance that night. Tony is disinterested but nevertheless agrees to go to the dance, where he promptly falls in love with Bernardo's sister, Maria. Bernardo is about to go after Tony when he is stopped by Riff, who wants him for a war council; they agree to meet at midnight at Doc's Drug Store. The rest of the Jets are anxious for the war council, and after [[Sergeant Krupke|Krupke]] acosts them at Doc's and warns them not to be there when he gets back, Riff gets them all to focus and keep calm. With Tony's prompting, Bernardo and Riff agree to a best-man one-on-one fist fight to settle the score once and for all. The following night, the Jets and the Sharks meet under the highway for the rumble with Bernardo for the Sharks and [[Ice]] for the Jets. Tony arrives and (with Maria's persuasion) attempts to stop it, only to be taunted by Bernardo and the Sharks. Unwilling to see Tony humiliated, Riff steps in and slugs Bernardo, and the two leaders whip out switchblades and go at it. Tony again tries to stop the fight, pulling Riff away as he is about to finally stab Bernardo in the back, but Riff breaks away and charges again, only to be stabbed in the ribs by Bernardo, and Riff falls dead. In a sudden fit of anger, Tony takes Riff's knife and avenges his death by stabbing Bernardo. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the West Side Story Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://westsidestory.fandom.com/wiki/Riff"