|Behind the scenes|
Before the quest, Riley was most likely working at a boring office job, information gathered from the quote spoken by Benjamin Franklin Gates in the first movie 'Riley, you're not missing that little windowless cubicle we found you in?'
He figured out the clue involving the one hundred dollar bill and Independence Hall. When he realizes that Abigail and Ben do not know what he knows, he takes his time, asking them if this is what they always feel like (much to their anger). Before that Riley tried to convince Ben that stealing the Declaration of Independence was impossible due to the security at the National Archives.
Riley later wrote a book called The Templar Treasure and Other Myths that are True about treasure hunting and myths. He is shocked when it is not a best seller and people keep confusing him for Ben.
The IRS repossessed his Ferrari because of back taxes at the beginning of National Treasure: Book of Secrets. He is brought into the search for Cíbola. To prove Thomas Gates was not part of the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, he and Ben first have to break into Abigail Chase's residence since she kicked Ben out. When found out by Abigail she allows them access to the files they need. The clue leads to a Cipher of Edouard Laboulaye and Riley and Ben are off to Paris, France and the French Statue of Liberty. The clue there leads to the Resolute Desk of both the Queen of England and the President of the United States. It is Riley who figures out that the symbol of the two pieces of wood are the Book of Secrets and that leads to the kidnapping by Ben of the President of the United States. The 3 of them go the the Library of Congress where the book is found. It leads to Mount Rushmore (which to Riley's surprise was built as a cover up.) After narrowly being killed by several complex traps, they are awed when they reach Cibola, with Riley comically taking several solid gold bricks, making him one of the richest people in North America. Mitchell Wilkinson is is there and he forces the five of them including Ben parents to help him find The Lost City of Gold. Originally left to die by Wilkinson and only able to escape because of him, Riley is pleasantly surprised at the return his Ferrari to him tax free by the President. He is also hinted at getting a girlfriend at the end of the second film, as he meets a girl who is fascinated by his book, shocking him (comically causing a large pile of books he is carrying to fall). In the first movie, it seems Ian is prone to pointing a gun at him as shown when they are in the Charlotte and about to go into the tomb.
- main page: List of quotes by Riley Poole
- "When are we gonna get there? I'm hungry. This car smells weird."
- "Look...This is a waste of time. How could a ship wind up way out here?"
"Well, I'm not expert, but...it could be that the hydrothermic properties of this region produce hurricane-force ice storms that cause the ocean to freeze and then melt and then refreeze, resulting in a semisolid migrating land mass that would land a ship right around here."
- ―Powell and Riley Poole[src]