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"Where we headed?"
"Anywhere but Batuu.
Bexley and Willrow Hood[2]

Willrow Hood was a human male who was a resident of Cloud City during the reign of the Galactic Empire. In 3 ABY, after Imperial forces took control of the city, Hood participated in the city's evacuation.


Evacuating the Harbinger[]

Willrow Hood[3] was present aboard the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Harbinger when it was hijacked by the Rebel Alliance[4] at some point between 0 and 1 ABY.[5] For fear that the overloaded reactor might explode, the admiral in command of the Harbinger ordered the passengers and crew to abandon ship before the Rebels set foot aboard it. Along with stormtroopers and technicians, Hood rushed to a hangar for evacuation, a camtono under the arm.[4]

On Cloud City[]

In 3 ABY,[6] Hood was on Cloud City, in the atmosphere of Bespin, when the Galactic Empire took up occupation of it. As Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian informed the platform's citizens of the takeover, causing many to attempt to flee, Hood ran through the city's corridors, once again holding a camtono, and passed by Calrissian and his Rebel allies Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 as they made their own escape.[1]

The Anoat Paradise[]

During the Imperial blockade of the Anoat sector[7] in 4 ABY,[6] however, Hood was still on Cloud City. Months into the blockade, he was occasionally seen at the Paradise Atrium, an upper-class lounge owned by Voras the Hutt, leader of the criminal Ivax Syndicate, still cradling a camtono in his arms.[7]

Personality and traits[]

A human male, Willrow Hood had black hair and dark skin.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Running of the Hoods at Celebration

Willrow Hood first appeared as an extra in the film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[1] released on May 21, 1980.[8] The character was initially identified by the Legends Star Wars Customizable Card Game[9] released in 1997, with his name being brought into canon by the Star Wars: Card Trader digital app.[3] Based on the ice-cream-maker-like prop Hood carries in the film, he is often known to fans as "Ice Cream Guy," "Ice Cream Maker Guy," or "Ice Cream Man."[10][11][12] A tradition was established at Star Wars celebration called "The Running of the Hoods" in which fans dress up in orange jumpsuits similar to Hood's, put on fake mustaches, and run around the convention with ice cream makers. This has given the character somewhat of a hero status among fans.[13]

During production of The Mandalorian TV series, Jon Favreau shared photos on his Instagram account, one of which featured a container similar to the one carried by Hood in The Empire Strikes Back.[14] The container was later named as a "camtono" in the first episode of the season, "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian,"[15] and has made numerous appearances in the show since.[16][17]

Hood was set to appear in the second issue of Star Wars: Shadow of Vader, a five-part comic book miniseries that was to be published by Marvel Comics starting November 2018,[18] but the series was ultimately cancelled.[19]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  2. "Due on Batuu"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. 3.0 3.1 ToppsDigitalLogo.png Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Willrow Hood - Topps Choice)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars (2015) 22
  5. This event occurs between the Battle of Yavin, which takes place in 0 BBY as stated by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, and the assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks, which Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition places one year after the Battle of Yavin, which, as already stated, takes place in 0 BBY, and therefore that assault takes place in 1 ABY. As such, this event occurs between 0 ABY and 1 ABY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Uprising
  8. Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated and Expanded Edition
  9. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameCloud City Limited (Card: Tibanna Gas Miner) (backup link)
  10. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked.png "The Story of Willrow Hood, Or: Now You Know What That Big White Thing Is." – Captain Yossarian's Super Happy Fun Place, Benjamin Christopher Norton Dawe's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
  11. SWInsider.png "The Ultimate Empire Strikes Back Insider's Guide" – Star Wars Insider 49
  12. Willrow Hood (Ice Cream Maker Guy). JediBusiness. jedibusiness.com. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020.
  13. StarWars.com Empire at 40 | 6 Minor Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Characters You Should Know on StarWars.com (backup link)
  14. StarWars.com The Mandalorian: Behind-The-Scenes Photos from Creators and Cast on StarWars.com (backup link)
  15. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  16. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  17. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  18. StarWars.com NYCC 2018: Alphabet Squadron Revealed and More from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
  19. Johnston, Rich: Marvel Cancels All Of Star Wars: Shadow Of Vader by Chuck Wendig (2018-11-15). Bleeding Cool. bleedingcool.com. Archived from the original on June 11, 2019.