|“||This is the Black Hood. I am the man who shot the adulterer at Pop's. I killed the child predator in Greendale. I shot the drug and sex addicted teenagers at Lovers' Lane. Riverdale is not innocent. It's a town of hypocrites, degenerates, and criminals. My wrath is the price of your lies, your secrets, your sins. I will not stop. I cannot be stopped. I am the wolf. You are the flock. This is the bloodletting. You will hear from me again.||”|
|— The Black Hood's letter to the town.[src]|
The Black Hood was an anonymous character and one of the main antagonists of the second season of The CW's Riverdale. He carried out the shooting of Fred Andrews in Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, the murder of Geraldine Grundy in Greendale, the gun attack on Moose Mason and Midge Klump at Lover's Lane and the shooting of Robert Phillips at the Sheriff Station, among other heinous acts.
All of the Black Hood's victims are or at one point were residents on the north side of Riverdale, and/or have committed some sin, such as being a child predator, committed by Geraldine Grundy, sex and drugs, committed by Midge Klump and Moose Mason, adultery, committed by Fred Andrews, and drug dealing, committed by Robert Phillips. This has caused Polly Cooper to leave town out of fear of being that Black Hood could target her, due being an unwed mother, and being pregnant with her own cousin's children.
In the second season, the Black Hood was initially believed to be Joseph Svenson. He was shot and killed by Sheriff Keller. However, the Black Hood's terror was not over. During "Carrie: The Musical", after several threatening messages were sent to Kevin Keller, the body of Midge Klump was discovered on stage on the day of the performance, stabbed and crucified, announcing the Black Hood's return. Later, Hal Cooper unveiled himself as the real Black Hood and that Joseph was merely his pawn. However, there was still another Black Hood on the loose after having attacked the town hall (while Hal was there) and attempted to shoot Fred Andrews again (although Hal was at home). This was, indeed, Tall Boy; he was hired by Hiram Lodge to be a copycat Black Hood, and hence committed those acts.
The "Angel of Death" had come to Riverdale
The morning following the 75th Anniversary Jubilee, an event that was supposed to unite Riverdale, a masked gunman entered Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. He stood on top of the counter with a gun pointed to Pop Tate, making demands. While doing so, Fred Andrews looked over at his son, Archie, and told his son to stay back. The gunman then turned his attention to Fred and demanded his wallet at gunpoint. Archie panicked and ran out in between the gunman and his father. Despite Archie's frantic decision, Fred was shot in the stomach. After firing that single shot, the gunman ran out of the shop, leaving a critically injured Fred for dead.
Hal fakes his death and escapes a prison bus en route for Hiram Lodge's prison. After escaping the fiery crash, he takes back up the mantle of the Black Hood and resumes killing. He makes his return as the Black Hood the night of the high school Prom. He sets his sights on Betty, attacking her in the hall. He stands before her with a hook in hand. Just a few feet behind him stands the Gargoyle King, who watches as this unfolds.
The Black Hood lunges at Betty, but she avoids his attack and makes a run for safety. She enters the Blue and Gold, and shuts the door behind her. Inside, on the floor, lays the body of a female classmate. Just outside, the Black Hood bangs on the door, attempting the gain access. Betty pleads with the Black Hood, whom she assumes is her father, to stop but he continues to pursue her, forcing his way in, and grabbing Betty. Betty does, however, fight back. She stuns the Black Hood long enough for her to get out the Blue and Gold, though the exit is chained lock, and so Betty is forced to find another way out, running through the halls, calling out for help, with the Black Hood not far behind her, dragging his hook along the lockers as he stalks Betty.
Betty runs into the boy’s locker room, where she finds another dead classmate inside the showers. As the Black Hood enters, Betty attacks him from behind with the hockey stick and makes her way out the locker room. She then hides in the storage closet under the steps. Inside that closet, Betty finds yet another body but this one is headless. Betty screams, which alerts the killer of her location. He attempts to fight his way in but Betty manages to keep him out. He eventually leaves, and not long after, Jughead arrives. Betty rushes out the closet, into Jughead’s arms. She tells him how the Black Hood is back and that he attacked her.
Jughead and Ethel arrive at the junkyard in search of Jack. They find him on the broken-down bus. Unfortunately, they are not alone. The Black Hood arrives right behind them. Jughead covers Ethel’s mouth with his hand and tells both her and Jack to stay quiet and crouch down in between the seats, in hopes that the killer will pass them. However, the Black is already aware of their location, slamming on the hood. He then gets on the bus, forcing Jughead, Ethel, and Jack to force their way out the back door. Jughead then props something up against the door, preventing the Black Hood from getting out the back. He then races to the front door, barricading that one as well, locking the Black Hood in.
The Black Hood attends the gathering hosted at Thornhill's Nature Preserve for Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. Penelope calls in the two remaining guests, the Black Hood and the Gargoyle King. The Black Hood rips off his hood, and as suspected, it’s Hal Cooper. The Gargoyle King unmasks, and as Jughead suspected, it's Chic, though he has dyed his hair red since their last encounter. Jughead surmises he did this only after he started working with Penelope, but this was also after he got the Gargoyle symbols tattooed on his back. This is why Ethel said the Gargoyle King was Jason. Because Penelope called and dressed Chic up like Jason. Hal explains to Betty that he didn’t kill Chic because he recognized a kinship in him and spared him. He begged for mercy and pledged his life to Hal in service of his mission. But it wasn’t just Hal’s mission. He started working with Penelope, who also has a grudge against Riverdale.
Betty recalls the affair her father had with Penelope in the middle of the Black Hood attacks last year. Penelope takes credits for cultivating Hal’s murderous impulses in order to take her revenge on a town that allowed her to be sold to the Blossoms as a child bride. Their parents knew, but they did nothing but mock her. And years later, when Jason was murdered, none of them even reached out to her. Riverdale is a cruel and hideous place by Penelope’s account. She and the Black Hood were on a mission to exterminate the town’s sinners, and they were doing well until Hal was arrested. But that’s when Chic came to Penelope in search of a purpose. And so, with Chic, she decided to continue her work, but instead with the Gargoyle King. Penelope introduced G&G to their parents 25 years ago and reintroduced it this year to Chic, who gave it to Ben Button, who started playing with Dilton Doiley and Ethel Muggs. From there, the game spread like a virus. This whole time, the true mastermind behind it all, the true king, Jughead says, is Penelope. Now, it’s time for one final round, with them, the Midnight Children, as she refers to them. It’s to reveal their true nature. To prove they’re as dark-hearted as the town that birthed them. If they win, they escape. If they lose, they die.
Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead have reached the final quest. Betty’s quest. She and Jughead express their love for one another before starting the quest. Betty finds a black box tied with a red bow. Inside is a loaded gun with one bullet. The Black Hood then appears. He rips off his hood and tells Betty that this has to end. Hal tells Betty that she must kill him. It’s her destiny. He then pulls out his gun and points it at her. either she kills him and gets the antidote or he kills her and her friends. He counts down from three, leaving Betty with no other option. She fires, but rather than killing her father, she simply shoots off his fingers, as she’ll never be like him. Hal falls to the ground in pain, with his gun just a few feet away. Penelope calls an end to all of it. Hal has outlived his usefulness, and so Penelope pulls out her gun and shoots Hal in the head.
This masked assailant is seen to be a tall man who appears to be 5'10" tall per Archie's testimony to the Sheriff. He has green eyes as Archie described to the cops, and as was seen. He wears a black hood, hence his nickname.
|Editor's Note: The list of suspects detailed below are of characters who have been suspected within the show of being the Black Hood. It should in no way list characters who fans have deemed as being potential suspects.|
- Joseph Svenson (manipulated by Hal Cooper to do his bidding)
- Penelope Blossom (mastermind of the Black Hood)
- Chic (worked alongside the Black Hood as the Gargoyle King)
- Hiram Lodge / Hermione Lodge (by Veronica; Disproved in Hermione's case since Black Hood is male; Disproved in Hiram's case as Hiram hid behind the podium with Veronica and Hermione when the Black Hood attacked during the Mayoral debate)
- Southside Serpents (by Alice Smith and Jughead Jones)
- Geraldine Grundy's ex-husband (by Archie Andrews; Disproved due to an alibi)
- Southsider (by Southside Serpents)
- Sheriff Keller (by Betty Cooper; Somewhat disproved by him)
- Riverdale Reaper (by Farmer McGinty, Jughead Jones, and Betty; Disproved as the Reaper was killed years ago)
- Pop Tate - Threatened at gunpoint by Hal. (survived)
- Archie Andrews - Threatened at gunpoint three times and attempted to have him buried alive by Hal, Joseph Svenson, and Tall Boy. (survived)
- Fred Andrews - Shot in the stomach once by Hal, and the second time by Tall Boy. (survived)
- Geraldine Grundy - Strangled with cello bow by Hal. (deceased)
- Moose Mason - Multiple shots in the chest and stomach by Hal. (survived)
- Midge Klump - Shot at but was missed; later was impaled with several sharp objects against a wall by Hal. (deceased)
- Robert Phillips - Shot by Hal. (deceased)
- Betty Cooper - Threatened at gunpoint by Joseph Svenson; later was shot at the Mayoral debate by Tall Boy, but missed. (survived)
- Joseph Svenson - Hal mutilated and cut off his finger and forced him to dress up as the Black Hood and attack Betty and Archie. (deceased)
- Chic - Chased by Hal and possibly attacked. (survived)
- Citizens of Riverdale - Tall Boy attempted to shoot several of them. (survived)
- Hermione Lodge - Tall Boy attempted to shoot her at the town hall. (survived)
- Cheryl Blossom - Hal chased Cheryl through Thistlehouse with an axe, but failed to kill her after she struck him with an arrow. (survived)
- Steven Masters - Throat slit by Hal. (deceased)
- Alice Smith - Strangled with his bare hands after Hal revealed himself. (survived)
- 3 Riverdale High Students - Murdered during the Prom. (deceased)
- "Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween" (mentioned)
- "Chapter Sixty-Three: Hereditary" (mentioned)
- "Chapter Sixty-Eight: Quiz Show"
- "Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March" (mentioned)
- "Chapter Seventy-One: How to Get Away with Murder" (mentioned)
- "Chapter Seventy-Five: Lynchian" (mentioned)
- He is based on the character from the 1940, 1943, 1979 and 2015 MLJ/Archie Comics, "Black Hood", who is an ex-cop turned vigilante. Black Hood is known for wearing a black hood with eyes holes cut-out and mainly kills people whom he believes are criminals or are involved in criminal activity somehow. 
- The general look of the costume is based on the Thomas Burland version from 1979 in which the character's costume consists of the black mask that serves as a family heirloom worn by ancestors under the same moniker, although the mouth and chin are exposed in that version, and black biker leathers.
- According to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Riverdale's Black Hood share some similarities with real-life Zodiac Killer, an anonymous criminal active in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s that has never been caught. Both killers targeted and shot couples on love lanes, used different weaponry, and sent letters and ciphered messages to the press.
- See also: Category:Images of Black Hood
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