History Series / SleepyHollow

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In the fourth season, the show was heavily retooled. After [[spoiler:the death of Abbie]], Ichabod is transferred to Washington DC where he joins Agency 355, which was founded by George Washington to fight supernatural threats.

Initially a huge hit for Fox (in fact, it was their first top-rated fall drama premiere in six years), the series was renewed for a second season on October 3, 2013 after only three episodes had aired. However, ratings soon dropped--especially after the controversial decision to [[spoiler:kill off Abbie]] at the end of the third season. The series managed to air one final season before its cancellation in 2017.

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In the fourth season, the show was heavily retooled. After [[spoiler:the the death of Abbie]], Abbie, Ichabod is transferred to Washington DC where he joins Agency 355, which was founded by George Washington to fight supernatural threats.

Initially a huge hit for Fox (in fact, it was their first top-rated fall drama premiere in six years), the series was renewed for a second season on October 3, 2013 after only three episodes had aired. However, ratings soon dropped--especially after the controversial decision to [[spoiler:kill kill off Abbie]] Abbie at the end of the third season. The series managed to air one final season before its cancellation in 2017.
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* AbsenteeActor: Orlando Jones doesn't appear in "Bad Blood" and "This Is War" [[spoiler: due to Irving being in jail after confessing to two murders committed by his daughter Macey while the latter was possessed by a demon]].

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* AbsenteeActor: Orlando Jones doesn't appear in "Bad Blood" and "This Is War" [[spoiler: due [[spoiler:due to Irving being in jail after confessing to two murders committed by his daughter Macey while the latter was possessed by a demon]].



** The Headless Horseman. Originally a rather typical, if bloodthirsty revenant. In the series he becomes [[spoiler: Death, one of the Riders of Apocalypse]].

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** The Headless Horseman. Originally a rather typical, if bloodthirsty revenant. In the series he becomes [[spoiler: Death, [[spoiler:Death, one of the Riders of Apocalypse]].



* AmbiguouslyEvil: There's definitely something suspicious about Captain Irving. [[spoiler: Despite occasionally obstructing the protagonists due to his skepticism, once he's forced to accept that dark forces are working to bring about the apocalypse, he sides firmly with the heroes.]]

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: There's definitely something suspicious about Captain Irving. [[spoiler: Despite [[spoiler:Despite occasionally obstructing the protagonists due to his skepticism, once he's forced to accept that dark forces are working to bring about the apocalypse, he sides firmly with the heroes.]]



* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Jeremy Crane spent two hundred years BuriedAlive, too weak to escape, until Moloch freed him.]]

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Jeremy [[spoiler:Jeremy Crane spent two hundred years BuriedAlive, too weak to escape, until Moloch freed him.]]



** In Season 3, the Shard of Anubis, a strange metallic "lump" stolen by Jenny years ago, suddenly attracts the interests of many unsaviory "collectors." [[spoiler: It later turns out that the actual shard, a red gemstone, is inside of the metallic object - and that it contains the mystical energy of an ancient deity, who wants it back at all costs.]]

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** In Season 3, the Shard of Anubis, a strange metallic "lump" stolen by Jenny years ago, suddenly attracts the interests of many unsaviory "collectors." [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It later turns out that the actual shard, a red gemstone, is inside of the metallic object - and that it contains the mystical energy of an ancient deity, who wants it back at all costs.]]



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Sleepy Hollow in reality is a small town of about 9,000 people, not 144,000 as said in the show.
** The map [[spoiler: hidden in the sextant]] is very obviously a relabeled map of colonial Boston and bears no resemblance to the geography in and around Sleepy Hollow either in colonial or modern times.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: ArtisticLicenseGeography:
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Sleepy Hollow in reality is a small town of about 9,000 people, not 144,000 as said in the show.
** The map [[spoiler: hidden [[spoiler:hidden in the sextant]] is very obviously a relabeled map of colonial Boston and bears no resemblance to the geography in and around Sleepy Hollow either in colonial or modern times.



** Benjamin Franklin did not actually fly a kite with a key attached during a storm, despite of the countless dramatisations of his experiments to this effect. He even noted that doing so could be lethal, and some of his would-be imitators found that out the hard way. Justified as he was actually [[spoiler: using the "experiment" to try and destroy a magical artifact.]] TheMasquerade would prevent him from being able to explain the real reason for the experiment, so he just denied it ever happened.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: in "Ragnarok" [[spoiler: Ezra gives Ichabod a centuries-old letter of marque and reprisal from George Washington establishing TheMenInBlack for combating all supernatural threats and placing Ichabod in command of it. Since Article I Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress and not the President the sole authority in issuing letters of marque and reprisal--and even then they were for authorizing civilian ships to engage in {{privateer}}ing, while Washington explicitly mentions Ichabod's Continental Army rank in it--this is probably the closest 18th-century equivalent to an executive order the writers could come up with.]]

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** Benjamin Franklin did not actually fly a kite with a key attached during a storm, despite of the countless dramatisations of his experiments to this effect. He even noted that doing so could be lethal, and some of his would-be imitators found that out the hard way. Justified as he was actually [[spoiler: using [[spoiler:using the "experiment" to try and destroy a magical artifact.]] TheMasquerade would prevent him from being able to explain the real reason for the experiment, so he just denied it ever happened.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: in "Ragnarok" [[spoiler: Ezra [[spoiler:Ezra gives Ichabod a centuries-old letter of marque and reprisal from George Washington establishing TheMenInBlack for combating all supernatural threats and placing Ichabod in command of it. Since Article I Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress and not the President the sole authority in issuing letters of marque and reprisal--and even then they were for authorizing civilian ships to engage in {{privateer}}ing, while Washington explicitly mentions Ichabod's Continental Army rank in it--this is probably the closest 18th-century equivalent to an executive order the writers could come up with.]]



* BackFromTheDead: Ichabod and the Headless Horseman. Also [[spoiler: Brooks]] in the second episode.

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* BackFromTheDead: Ichabod and the Headless Horseman. Also [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] in the second episode.



* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Pretty much all of season 1 was one by Henry Parrish/Jeremy Crane/War in order to separate the witnesses and get Katrina to Abraham/Death.]]

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* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Pretty [[spoiler:Pretty much all of season 1 was one by Henry Parrish/Jeremy Crane/War in order to separate the witnesses and get Katrina to Abraham/Death.]]



** Benjamin Franklin, in his legendary kite-flying story, was not experimenting with electricity, but attempting to destroy the key tied to it [[spoiler: which allows exit from Purgatory ''without'' sacrificing someone to replace a person already trapped there]].

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** Benjamin Franklin, in his legendary kite-flying story, was not experimenting with electricity, but attempting to destroy the key tied to it [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which allows exit from Purgatory ''without'' sacrificing someone to replace a person already trapped there]].



* BadBoss: Moloch, the demon god who controls The Headless Horseman and the other Three Horsemen of The Apocalypse when he kills [[spoiler: Brooks]] for failure. Though it does revive him in the second episode and gives him another chance to serve.
* BigBad: Moloch, for the first season and a half. After [[spoiler: his death]], an EvilPowerVacuum presents several more villains for the remainder of Season 2.

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* BadBoss: Moloch, the demon god who controls The Headless Horseman and the other Three Horsemen of The Apocalypse when he kills [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] for failure. Though it does revive him in the second episode and gives him another chance to serve.
* BigBad: Moloch, for the first season and a half. After [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his death]], an EvilPowerVacuum presents several more villains for the remainder of Season 2.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Dreyfuss is in hell and everything he was going to do was erased the timeline. Team witness is stronger than ever and little Molly isn't a target any more . However, all of that comes at the cost of Ichabod's soul after his DealWithTheDevil and we all know how [[MagicallyBindingContract "easy"]] those are to get out of.]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: Brooks]] gets these when the Horseman speaks through him.
** Henry Parrish gets these when using his powers, though they don't really count as evil [[spoiler: until we find out who he really is.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Dreyfuss [[spoiler:Dreyfuss is in hell and everything he was going to do was erased the timeline. Team witness is stronger than ever and little Molly isn't a target any more . However, all of that comes at the cost of Ichabod's soul after his DealWithTheDevil and we all know how [[MagicallyBindingContract "easy"]] those are to get out of.]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] gets these when the Horseman speaks through him.
** Henry Parrish gets these when using his powers, though they don't really count as evil [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until we find out who he really is.]]



* BodyHorror: Moloch [[spoiler:resurrects Brooks]] in the episode "Blood Moon". Problem is, it doesn't [[spoiler: snap Brooks' neck back until ''after'' he's been resurrected]].

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* BodyHorror: Moloch [[spoiler:resurrects Brooks]] in the episode "Blood Moon". Problem is, it doesn't [[spoiler: snap [[spoiler:snap Brooks' neck back until ''after'' he's been resurrected]].



* BurnTheWitch: Katrina's headstone says she was burned alive for witchcraft, - despite the fact that, in RealLife (as mentioned above), most people found guilty of witchcraft were hanged, not burned. [[spoiler: It turns out Katrina never actually died, and her grave is actually the hiding place for the headless horseman's head.]]

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* BurnTheWitch: Katrina's headstone says she was burned alive for witchcraft, - despite the fact that, in RealLife (as mentioned above), most people found guilty of witchcraft were hanged, not burned. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out Katrina never actually died, and her grave is actually the hiding place for the headless horseman's head.]]



* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler: Ichabod's son Jeremy spent two centuries like this until Moloch freed him. He returns the favor to his father at the end of season 1.]]

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* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler: Ichabod's [[spoiler:Ichabod's son Jeremy spent two centuries like this until Moloch freed him. He returns the favor to his father at the end of season 1.]]



* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Brooks]] is left considerably less than human after being resurrected by Moloch.

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* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] is left considerably less than human after being resurrected by Moloch.



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: For whatever reason, Moloch won't let the Horseman kill Crane yet. [[spoiler: Similarly, in the second season, Moloch is quite upset when War's latest scheme puts Katrina's life in jeopardy.]]

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: For whatever reason, Moloch won't let the Horseman kill Crane yet. [[spoiler: Similarly, [[spoiler:Similarly, in the second season, Moloch is quite upset when War's latest scheme puts Katrina's life in jeopardy.]]



** The tunnels Abbie and Ichabod use in episode 2 have two examples: [[spoiler: Serilda's bones, which she needs to complete her resurrection, are buried there, and the crates of gunpowder down there are used to re-kill her.]] [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun Chekhov's Gunpowder?]]]]

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** The tunnels Abbie and Ichabod use in episode 2 have two examples: [[spoiler: Serilda's [[spoiler:Serilda's bones, which she needs to complete her resurrection, are buried there, and the crates of gunpowder down there are used to re-kill her.]] [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun Chekhov's Gunpowder?]]]]



* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Halfway through the first season, we learn Ichabod and Katrina had a son, and an episode later learn that he was killed by Katrina's coven. But then the season finale reveals that he actually survived (albeit BuriedAlive), until Moloch freed him to serve as the Horseman of War, and he's been posing as Henry Parrish ever since.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Halfway [[spoiler:Halfway through the first season, we learn Ichabod and Katrina had a son, and an episode later learn that he was killed by Katrina's coven. But then the season finale reveals that he actually survived (albeit BuriedAlive), until Moloch freed him to serve as the Horseman of War, and he's been posing as Henry Parrish ever since.]]



* TheChessmaster: Sheriff Corbin. While he was the mentor to Abbie, he [[spoiler: was secretly also the mentor to her sister Jenny, orchestrating things so that they'd eventually have to work together and begin to mend the rift in their relationship]].

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* TheChessmaster: Sheriff Corbin. While he was the mentor to Abbie, he [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was secretly also the mentor to her sister Jenny, orchestrating things so that they'd eventually have to work together and begin to mend the rift in their relationship]].



** [[spoiler: Ichabod's friend, Abraham Van Brunt, agreed to become the Horseman so that he could gain possession of Katrina and revenge on Ichabod for "stealing" her.]] Ichabod actually refers to this by the trope name when he finds out.
** [[spoiler: Jeremy Crane agreed to act as the Horseman of War in exchange for freedom from his imprisonment and revenge on his parents for abandoning him.]]
** [[spoiler: Parish tricks Frank Irving into making one using a special pen to prick his finger while signing a contract.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Rather literally. [[spoiler: It's only after dying permanently and ending up in Purgatory that Brooks is able to break free of Moloch's control and help Abbie with no strings attached.]]

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** [[spoiler: Ichabod's [[spoiler:Ichabod's friend, Abraham Van Brunt, agreed to become the Horseman so that he could gain possession of Katrina and revenge on Ichabod for "stealing" her.]] Ichabod actually refers to this by the trope name when he finds out.
** [[spoiler: Jeremy [[spoiler:Jeremy Crane agreed to act as the Horseman of War in exchange for freedom from his imprisonment and revenge on his parents for abandoning him.]]
** [[spoiler: Parish [[spoiler:Parish tricks Frank Irving into making one using a special pen to prick his finger while signing a contract.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Rather literally. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's only after dying permanently and ending up in Purgatory that Brooks is able to break free of Moloch's control and help Abbie with no strings attached.]]



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: In "The Akeda", [[spoiler: Irving is mortally wounded by War's AnimatedArmor, but still fights on long enough to destroy it with the Sword of Methuselah.]]

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: In "The Akeda", [[spoiler: Irving [[spoiler:Irving is mortally wounded by War's AnimatedArmor, but still fights on long enough to destroy it with the Sword of Methuselah.]]



* EvilAllAlong: The season 1 finale reveals that [[spoiler: the Sin-Eater was secretly Ichabod and Katrina's lost son. And working for Moloch]].
* EvilPowerVacuum: After [[spoiler: Moloch]] is killed, it opens the door for other bad guys in Purgatory that were previously held in check by Moloch's presence, to escape.

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* EvilAllAlong: The season 1 finale reveals that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Sin-Eater was secretly Ichabod and Katrina's lost son. And working for Moloch]].
* EvilPowerVacuum: After [[spoiler: Moloch]] [[spoiler:Moloch]] is killed, it opens the door for other bad guys in Purgatory that were previously held in check by Moloch's presence, to escape.



* FetusTerrible: [[spoiler: Moloch eventually enters the real world by possessing Katrina and being born as a [[RapidAging rapidly aging]] child from her.]]
* {{Fingore}}: Abbie nearly bites off [[spoiler: Brooks']] thumb when struggling with him in the pilot.

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* FetusTerrible: [[spoiler: Moloch [[spoiler:Moloch eventually enters the real world by possessing Katrina and being born as a [[RapidAging rapidly aging]] child from her.]]
* {{Fingore}}: Abbie nearly bites off [[spoiler: Brooks']] [[spoiler:Brooks']] thumb when struggling with him in the pilot.



** [[spoiler: Irving got a TraitorShot]] just after finding Abbie in Corbin's office. This is not followed up by the end of the episode.
** In "Lesser Key of Solomon", the first words the piano teacher says are "Left hand, Aaron. Always the left hand will save you." It turns out [[spoiler: He is a Hessian, this universe's secret army of followers of Moloch, bringing about the End of Days. Satanism, dark magic (versus white ethical magic), siding with Demonic, is associated with or as known as "The Left-Hand Path."]]
** In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it bit in "John Doe", after Ichabod points out a plant that closes up at human touch as a sign that Thomas went that way, a girl in the colony offers Abbie a flower from the same plant, [[spoiler: except the plant isn't closed up. And then the colony turns out to have been dead all along.]]

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** [[spoiler: Irving [[spoiler:Irving got a TraitorShot]] just after finding Abbie in Corbin's office. This is not followed up by the end of the episode.
** In "Lesser Key of Solomon", the first words the piano teacher says are "Left hand, Aaron. Always the left hand will save you." It turns out [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is a Hessian, this universe's secret army of followers of Moloch, bringing about the End of Days. Satanism, dark magic (versus white ethical magic), siding with Demonic, is associated with or as known as "The Left-Hand Path."]]
** In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it bit in "John Doe", after Ichabod points out a plant that closes up at human touch as a sign that Thomas went that way, a girl in the colony offers Abbie a flower from the same plant, [[spoiler: except [[spoiler:except the plant isn't closed up. And then the colony turns out to have been dead all along.]]



* {{Golem}}: There's one in a mid-season 1 episode that escapes from Purgatory to wreck havoc on Sleepy Hallow. [[spoiler: It was created by Ichabod's warlock son, and is seeking revenge on the coven who "killed" him.]]
* GoodShepherd: The Reverend.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Mr. Gillespie, who saw the demon in the woods with young Abbie and Jenny, puts his gun beneath his chin]] and the camera abruptly jerks upward to Ichabod through the window as Abbie screams "No!"

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* {{Golem}}: There's one in a mid-season 1 episode that escapes from Purgatory to wreck havoc on Sleepy Hallow. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was created by Ichabod's warlock son, and is seeking revenge on the coven who "killed" him.]]
* %%* GoodShepherd: The Reverend.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Gillespie, who saw the demon in the woods with young Abbie and Jenny, puts his gun beneath his chin]] and the camera abruptly jerks upward to Ichabod through the window as Abbie screams "No!"



* HeadlessHorseman: Naturally.
* TheHeavy: The Horseman isn't ''technically'' the main villain, but he drives much of the plot and is the ArchEnemy for Ichabod and Abbie.
** [[spoiler: War/Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish]], is revealed at the end of season 1 to be the real Heavy, having been manipulating things for Moloch all along.

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* %%* HeadlessHorseman: Naturally.
* TheHeavy: TheHeavy:
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The Horseman isn't ''technically'' the main villain, but he drives much of the plot and is the ArchEnemy for Ichabod and Abbie.
** [[spoiler: War/Jeremy [[spoiler:War/Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish]], is revealed at the end of season 1 to be the real Heavy, having been manipulating things for Moloch all along.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: He was still a traitor, but "Root of All Evil" reveals that [[spoiler: Benedict Arnold's legendary treachery wasn't entirely of his own free will, having been induced by a cursed coin that causes one to betray their deepest loyalties.]] Ichabod, in particular, remembers him as a loyal soldier and a good man.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: He was still a traitor, but "Root of All Evil" reveals that [[spoiler: Benedict [[spoiler:Benedict Arnold's legendary treachery wasn't entirely of his own free will, having been induced by a cursed coin that causes one to betray their deepest loyalties.]] Ichabod, in particular, remembers him as a loyal soldier and a good man.



* HornyDevil: A Succubus shows up in Season 2, conjured by War to drain people of their life force [[spoiler: to feed the infant that Moloch has incarnated as.]]

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* HornyDevil: A Succubus shows up in Season 2, conjured by War to drain people of their life force [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to feed the infant that Moloch has incarnated as.]]



** Something to take note of -- Pestilence appears to be a spirit, while Death is a physical being [[spoiler: who used to be human]]. War, on the other hand, [[spoiler:is a still living human controlling a separate hollow suit of armor]].

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** Something to take note of -- Pestilence appears to be a spirit, while Death is a physical being [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who used to be human]]. War, on the other hand, [[spoiler:is a still living human controlling a separate hollow suit of armor]].



* HumanoidAbomination: The Horseman, the Sandman, and Moloch's demonic minions. Possibly also Moloch himself, but we've yet to get a clear look at him.
** Also [[spoiler: Brooks]] to an extent, after he [[CameBackWrong Comes Back Wrong]], [[spoiler: and definitely after he gets transformed by Moloch in "The Indispensable Man"]].
* IdiotBall: in the s1 penultimate episode Abbie seems to forget all about cranes' [[spoiler: photographic memory that is good enough to recreate maps]]

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* HumanoidAbomination: HumanoidAbomination:
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The Horseman, the Sandman, and Moloch's demonic minions. Possibly also Moloch himself, but we've yet to get a clear look at him.
** Also [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] to an extent, after he [[CameBackWrong Comes Back Wrong]], [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and definitely after he gets transformed by Moloch in "The Indispensable Man"]].
* IdiotBall: in In the s1 S1 penultimate episode Abbie seems to forget all about cranes' [[spoiler: photographic Cranes' [[spoiler:photographic memory that is good enough to recreate maps]]maps.]]



** In "The Vessel", [[spoiler: Irving tries to make his daughter fight against the demon possessing her. It doesn't work.]]
** Abbie also tries this with [[spoiler: Andy when he attacks them in George Washington's tomb. This time it works for a short time.]]

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** In "The Vessel", [[spoiler: Irving [[spoiler:Irving tries to make his daughter fight against the demon possessing her. It doesn't work.]]
** Abbie also tries this with [[spoiler: Andy [[spoiler:Andy when he attacks them in George Washington's tomb. This time it works for a short time.]]



* ImplacableMan: The Horseman.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: There are times when this comes into effect, when Ichabod gets to try foods and drinks that did not exist in his time period. He was so surprised by donut holes that he instantly set aside his bad mood and started devouring them, and his reactions to cappuccino and matzo ball soup were that of pure bliss.

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* %%* ImplacableMan: The Horseman.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: ImpossiblyDeliciousFood:
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There are times when this comes into effect, when Ichabod gets to try foods and drinks that did not exist in his time period. He was so surprised by donut holes that he instantly set aside his bad mood and started devouring them, and his reactions to cappuccino and matzo ball soup were that of pure bliss.



** This ends up coming in handy when [[spoiler: Abby is trapped in Purgatory. A false Ichabod tries to get her to come with him, but Abby beheads him when he uses the American pronunciation.]]

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** This ends up coming in handy when [[spoiler: Abby [[spoiler:Abby is trapped in Purgatory. A false Ichabod tries to get her to come with him, but Abby beheads him when he uses the American pronunciation.]]



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Abbie and Jenny both blacked out the day they saw Moloch in the woods and don't remember anything else until being found days later. The season 1 finale reveals this is because [[spoiler: Moloch sealed their memories of him raising Jeremy Crane from his grave to become the Horseman of War.]]
* LegacyCharacter: The Horsemen, as it turns out. [[spoiler: Henry]] is unpleasantly surprised when Moloch tells him that he's only the latest Horseman of War of many, and that he's therefore a lot more expendable than he thought.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Abbie and Jenny both blacked out the day they saw Moloch in the woods and don't remember anything else until being found days later. The season 1 finale reveals this is because [[spoiler: Moloch [[spoiler:Moloch sealed their memories of him raising Jeremy Crane from his grave to become the Horseman of War.]]
* LegacyCharacter: The Horsemen, as it turns out. [[spoiler: Henry]] [[spoiler:Henry]] is unpleasantly surprised when Moloch tells him that he's only the latest Horseman of War of many, and that he's therefore a lot more expendable than he thought.



* LineOfSightName: [[spoiler: The Sin Eater's primary alias, "Henry Parrish", named after St. Henry's Parish.]]

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* LineOfSightName: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Sin Eater's primary alias, "Henry Parrish", named after St. Henry's Parish.]]



* LukeYouAreMyFather: Ichabod unknowingly fathered a child with Katrina before being frozen. The season 1 finale adds the revelation that [[spoiler: he's the Sin-Eater, who was also working for Moloch the entire time]].

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* LukeYouAreMyFather: Ichabod unknowingly fathered a child with Katrina before being frozen. The season 1 finale adds the revelation that [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's the Sin-Eater, who was also working for Moloch the entire time]].



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Moloch probably shouldn't have told [[PsychopathicManChild Henry]] that he considers him disposable right before sending him to retrieve the one weapon that can kill him.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Andy Brooks]] was working for the Horseman, and is, presumably, part of the evil coven.
* MoodWhiplash: Ichabod has had a hard holiday season. Near Halloween (toy skulls), he finds out a friend he thought was dead [[spoiler: actually got recruited to be the Horseman of Death, and is dead set on killing Ichabod and stealing his wife.]] Just before (quite literally, it was the day before/the day of) Thanksgiving [[spoiler: he learns he has a son,]] that may or may not have survived. Just before Christmas, Ichabod learns [[spoiler: his son was killed because he had no one to teach him how to use his powers.]] This takes the tone of the last couple of episodes before the winter hiatus into a more serious tone which leads to quite a few moments of MoodWhiplash, because neither Ichabod nor Abbie have lost the power to [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]]. One of the most severe moments? Ichabod has a serious conversation with Henry about death, promptly receives a Christmas stocking which delights him because he has ''[[FishOutOfTemporalWater no idea ]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny what it is]]'' and then [[spoiler: gets dragged into Purgatory by Moloch who tells him he's going to hand over the second Witness to him, for all intents and purposes his only true friend, Abbie.]] If he survives till next year, October-December is just going to suck, memory wise.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Moloch [[spoiler:Moloch probably shouldn't have told [[PsychopathicManChild Henry]] that he considers him disposable right before sending him to retrieve the one weapon that can kill him.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Andy [[spoiler:Andy Brooks]] was working for the Horseman, and is, presumably, part of the evil coven.
* MoodWhiplash: Ichabod has had a hard holiday season. Near Halloween (toy skulls), he finds out a friend he thought was dead [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually got recruited to be the Horseman of Death, and is dead set on killing Ichabod and stealing his wife.]] Just before (quite literally, it was the day before/the day of) Thanksgiving [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he learns he has a son,]] that may or may not have survived. Just before Christmas, Ichabod learns [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his son was killed because he had no one to teach him how to use his powers.]] This takes the tone of the last couple of episodes before the winter hiatus into a more serious tone which leads to quite a few moments of MoodWhiplash, because neither Ichabod nor Abbie have lost the power to [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]]. One of the most severe moments? Ichabod has a serious conversation with Henry about death, promptly receives a Christmas stocking which delights him because he has ''[[FishOutOfTemporalWater no idea ]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny what it is]]'' and then [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets dragged into Purgatory by Moloch who tells him he's going to hand over the second Witness to him, for all intents and purposes his only true friend, Abbie.]] If he survives till next year, October-December is just going to suck, memory wise.



* MouthOfSauron: [[spoiler: Brooks]] acts as a medium for the Horseman to speak through.

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* MouthOfSauron: [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] acts as a medium for the Horseman to speak through.



* MyGreatestFailure: Abbie [[spoiler: pretended she saw nothing and let her sister Jenny get taken away and committed for insiting they saw a demon in the woods]]. It nigh-permanently damaged their relationship, to the point where they stopped speaking altogether after ending up on opposite sides of the law. It also nearly gets Abbie killed by a supernatural boogum that torments people with guilt issues. Abbie later tries to start making up for it to her sister.
** Ichabod defected from the British after failing to save Arthur Bernard, the man who showed him the truth about the SecretWar, and he's carried that guilt ever since; in fact, that's what the Horseman's been using to keep the two of them linked. [[spoiler: Henry Parrish channels Bernard's spirit to help Ichabod let go of his guilt, severing the link.]]

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* MyGreatestFailure: Abbie [[spoiler: pretended [[spoiler:pretended she saw nothing and let her sister Jenny get taken away and committed for insiting they saw a demon in the woods]]. It nigh-permanently damaged their relationship, to the point where they stopped speaking altogether after ending up on opposite sides of the law. It also nearly gets Abbie killed by a supernatural boogum that torments people with guilt issues. Abbie later tries to start making up for it to her sister.
** Ichabod defected from the British after failing to save Arthur Bernard, the man who showed him the truth about the SecretWar, and he's carried that guilt ever since; in fact, that's what the Horseman's been using to keep the two of them linked. [[spoiler: Henry [[spoiler:Henry Parrish channels Bernard's spirit to help Ichabod let go of his guilt, severing the link.]]



* NeckSnap: How Moloch the demon dispatches [[spoiler: Brooks]], to such an extent as to be a narrow subversion of OffWithHisHead. Which makes his resurrection the next episode even more disturbing, as Moloch doesn't fix his neck until ''after'' he's alive again.

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* NeckSnap: How Moloch the demon dispatches [[spoiler: Brooks]], [[spoiler:Brooks]], to such an extent as to be a narrow subversion of OffWithHisHead. Which makes his resurrection the next episode even more disturbing, as Moloch doesn't fix his neck until ''after'' he's alive again.



* NoMouth: The Sandman.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Brooks.

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* %%* NoMouth: The Sandman.
* %%* OffscreenTeleportation: Brooks.



* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Abbie's mentor, Sheriff Corbin, the man who'd been secretly keeping files on the weirdness in Sleepy Hollow is back as a ghost she can converse with]].
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Brooks]].
* ParentalAbandonment: "Our parents were out of the picture"

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Abbie's [[spoiler:Abbie's mentor, Sheriff Corbin, the man who'd been secretly keeping files on the weirdness in Sleepy Hollow is back as a ghost she can converse with]].
* %%* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Brooks]].
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[[spoiler:Brooks]].
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ParentalAbandonment: "Our parents were out of the picture"



* PostModernMagic: Knowing that the sun weakens the Horseman [[spoiler: they use UV lights to trap him and keep him contained.]]

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* PostModernMagic: Knowing that the sun weakens the Horseman [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they use UV lights to trap him and keep him contained.]]



* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Played with; [[spoiler: Moloch's prophecy that he will gain Abbie's soul does come true]], but it's because [[spoiler: Abbie volunteers to stay behind in Purgatory so that Katrina can leave. Ichabod didn't sell her out.]]

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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Played with; [[spoiler: Moloch's [[spoiler:Moloch's prophecy that he will gain Abbie's soul does come true]], but it's because [[spoiler: Abbie [[spoiler:Abbie volunteers to stay behind in Purgatory so that Katrina can leave. Ichabod didn't sell her out.]]



** The Horseman had these when he had a head. [[spoiler: The head itself still has them]].

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** The Horseman had these when he had a head. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The head itself still has them]].



* PsychopathicManChild: War really comes across as this -- despite being a grown demonic warlock, he's just a scared and angry child who latches onto Moloch as a ParentalSubstitute, and is greatly upset whenever he's lectured for failure. [[spoiler: And when he realizes that Moloch doesn't care for him, he snaps and kills him.]]
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Philosopher's Stone features in Season 4, being a large stone tablet that Washington had [[DismantledMacGuffin broken into four pieces]], which were then all separately hidden, to keep anyone from using it to sacrifice the life-force of others to make the Elixir of Life. [[spoiler: Also, when the Horseman is near it, he loses his NighInvulnerable status; that's how Crane was able to decapitate him in the first place.]]

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* PsychopathicManChild: War really comes across as this -- despite being a grown demonic warlock, he's just a scared and angry child who latches onto Moloch as a ParentalSubstitute, and is greatly upset whenever he's lectured for failure. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And when he realizes that Moloch doesn't care for him, he snaps and kills him.]]
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Philosopher's Stone features in Season 4, being a large stone tablet that Washington had [[DismantledMacGuffin broken into four pieces]], which were then all separately hidden, to keep anyone from using it to sacrifice the life-force of others to make the Elixir of Life. [[spoiler: Also, [[spoiler:Also, when the Horseman is near it, he loses his NighInvulnerable status; that's how Crane was able to decapitate him in the first place.]]



** The Four Who Speak As One, also members of Katrina's coven, but who banished her to purgatory [[spoiler: and killed hers and Ichabod's son]], feature in "The Golem". They were hiding out at a moving carnival, posing as mind-readers.

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** The Four Who Speak As One, also members of Katrina's coven, but who banished her to purgatory [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and killed hers and Ichabod's son]], feature in "The Golem". They were hiding out at a moving carnival, posing as mind-readers.



* RecklessGunUsage: Episode 11 of Season 1 gives us a fairly unusual example. Given the situation, you can't entirely blame Frank for pulling a gun on a cop who was, momentarily, possessed...but, given that no one else knew he was possessed, it's kind of astounding that Frank keeps his job...
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: [[spoiler: Brooks]] has a bit of fun playing with (subverting? inverting?) this one when he confronts Morales in "The Midnight Ride".
-->[[spoiler: '''Brooks''']]: Reports of my demise were...pretty much true.

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* RecklessGunUsage: Episode 11 of Season 1 gives us a fairly unusual example. Given the situation, you can't entirely blame Frank for pulling a gun on a cop who was, momentarily, possessed... but, given that no one else knew he was possessed, it's kind of astounding that Frank keeps his job...
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] has a bit of fun playing with (subverting? inverting?) this one when he confronts Morales in "The Midnight Ride".
-->[[spoiler: '''Brooks''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Brooks''']]: Reports of my demise were...were... pretty much true.



* TheReveal: In the season 1 finale it's revealed that [[spoiler: Henry Parrish is actually Ichabod and Katrina's son Jeremy who is also the Horseman of War.]]

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* TheReveal: In the season 1 finale it's revealed that [[spoiler: Henry [[spoiler:Henry Parrish is actually Ichabod and Katrina's son Jeremy who is also the Horseman of War.]]



* RuleOfCool: The Headless Horseman gets several guns from [[spoiler: Brooks]] near the end of the pilot, and then proceeds to run around town with a shotgun and a military assault rifle. It's even more awesome than it sounds.

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* RuleOfCool: The Headless Horseman gets several guns from [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] near the end of the pilot, and then proceeds to run around town with a shotgun and a military assault rifle. It's even more awesome than it sounds.



** Moloch himself is trapped in Purgatory, and several efforts are made by his minions to release him. [[spoiler: They succeed halfway through the second season.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: Basically what happened to Ichabod -- his blood mixed with the Horseman's when he cut off his head, linking them, so Katrina had to put Ichabod in a sort of stasis to keep the Horseman sealed in its own can. However, its awakening caused Ichabod to awaken as well.

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** Moloch himself is trapped in Purgatory, and several efforts are made by his minions to release him. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They succeed halfway through the second season.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: SealedGoodInACan:
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Basically what happened to Ichabod -- his blood mixed with the Horseman's when he cut off his head, linking them, so Katrina had to put Ichabod in a sort of stasis to keep the Horseman sealed in its own can. However, its awakening caused Ichabod to awaken as well.



** [[spoiler: And Season 1 ends with Abbie trapped inside a life-sized dollhouse in Purgatory, and Ichabod buried alive in a pine box. They both get out in the second season premiere.]]
* SesquipedalianSmith: Ichabod Crane.
* SherlockScan: Ichabod pulls one on his captor.
* ShootTheDog: The reason Katrina hid Ichabod's sleeping self was because the Freemasons were convinced that killing him was the only way to stop the Horseman (due to them being linked), and come after him in the present to finish the job. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Henry Parrish convinces Ichabod that they can find another way to stop the Horseman and helps him break the link.]]

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** [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And Season 1 ends with Abbie trapped inside a life-sized dollhouse in Purgatory, and Ichabod buried alive in a pine box. They both get out in the second season premiere.]]
* %%* SesquipedalianSmith: Ichabod Crane.
* %%* SherlockScan: Ichabod pulls one on his captor.
* ShootTheDog: The reason Katrina hid Ichabod's sleeping self was because the Freemasons were convinced that killing him was the only way to stop the Horseman (due to them being linked), and come after him in the present to finish the job. [[spoiler: Fortunately, [[spoiler:Fortunately, Henry Parrish convinces Ichabod that they can find another way to stop the Horseman and helps him break the link.]]



** Season 2, episode 2: The spell for raising [[spoiler: The Kindred]] starts [[Creator/HPLovecraft That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.]]

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** Season 2, episode 2: The spell for raising [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Kindred]] starts [[Creator/HPLovecraft That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.]]



* SpotTheImposter: Abbie has to do this in "This Is War". [[spoiler: When Ichabod enters Purgatory to free her, she's also confronted by a demonic imposter. Fortunately, it gives itself away by pronouncing her rank the American way ("loo-tenant"), rather than Crane's normal British way ("left-tenant").]]

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* SpotTheImposter: Abbie has to do this in "This Is War". [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Ichabod enters Purgatory to free her, she's also confronted by a demonic imposter. Fortunately, it gives itself away by pronouncing her rank the American way ("loo-tenant"), rather than Crane's normal British way ("left-tenant").]]



* StartOfDarkness: We learn [[spoiler: The Horseman's]] in "Necromancer". [[spoiler: He's actually Ichabod's old best friend Abraham. He was left heartbroken by Katrina rejecting him after their relationship seemed so strong and lost his temper during a mission when Ichabod admitted that Katrina had rejected Abraham for him. Him losing it resulted in him being shot and captured by Moloch's Hessians, at which point he made a DealWithTheDevil and became the Horseman out of anger, jealously, heartache, and a desire for vengeance.]]

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* StartOfDarkness: We learn [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Horseman's]] in "Necromancer". [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's actually Ichabod's old best friend Abraham. He was left heartbroken by Katrina rejecting him after their relationship seemed so strong and lost his temper during a mission when Ichabod admitted that Katrina had rejected Abraham for him. Him losing it resulted in him being shot and captured by Moloch's Hessians, at which point he made a DealWithTheDevil and became the Horseman out of anger, jealously, heartache, and a desire for vengeance.]]



* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: In the season 1 finale, one of these coincides with the rising of the Horseman of War. [[spoiler: Or rather, the ''anniversary'' of his rising, which also happened under an eclipse.]]

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* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: In the season 1 finale, one of these coincides with the rising of the Horseman of War. [[spoiler: Or [[spoiler:Or rather, the ''anniversary'' of his rising, which also happened under an eclipse.]]



* WhamEpisode: The first season finale. [[spoiler:Captain Irving confesses to killing a police officer and a priest to protect his daughter that had done so while under DemonicPossession. Abigail is trapped in Purgatory. Jenny was in a car crash and it's unclear if she died or not. Henry Parish, the Sin Eater, is really Ichabod and Katrina's son. He is also the Horseman of War. Katrina is now in Abraham's hands. Finally, Ichabod is sentenced to the same fate his son was. BuriedAlive in a pine box.]]
** "The Akeda", the midseason finale of Season 2. [[spoiler: The group captures and imprisons Death, Irving dies destroying War's AnimatedArmor, and as the freed Moloch is about to unleash Hell on Earth, his casual lack of care for Henry causes the latter to snap and kill him with the Sword of Methuselah.]]

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* WhamEpisode: WhamEpisode:
**
The first season finale. [[spoiler:Captain Irving confesses to killing a police officer and a priest to protect his daughter that had done so while under DemonicPossession. Abigail is trapped in Purgatory. Jenny was in a car crash and it's unclear if she died or not. Henry Parish, the Sin Eater, is really Ichabod and Katrina's son. He is also the Horseman of War. Katrina is now in Abraham's hands. Finally, Ichabod is sentenced to the same fate his son was. BuriedAlive in a pine box.]]
** "The Akeda", the midseason finale of Season 2. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The group captures and imprisons Death, Irving dies destroying War's AnimatedArmor, and as the freed Moloch is about to unleash Hell on Earth, his casual lack of care for Henry causes the latter to snap and kill him with the Sword of Methuselah.]]



* WhatTheHellHero: Ichabod calls Katrina out in "The Weeping Lady" for always keeping secrets from him, such as being a spy for Washington, being a witch and, relevant to the episode, [[spoiler: covering up the accidental death of a childhood friend Ichabod was supposed to return with to England to marry.]]
* WhereItAllBegan: Invoked in "Homecoming" by Dreyfuss, who brings Ichabod and the Horseman to the same battlefield outside Sleepy Hollow where they originally killed each other [[spoiler: in order to power a ceremony involving the Philosopher's Stone]].

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* WhatTheHellHero: Ichabod calls Katrina out in "The Weeping Lady" for always keeping secrets from him, such as being a spy for Washington, being a witch and, relevant to the episode, [[spoiler: covering [[spoiler:covering up the accidental death of a childhood friend Ichabod was supposed to return with to England to marry.]]
* WhereItAllBegan: Invoked in "Homecoming" by Dreyfuss, who brings Ichabod and the Horseman to the same battlefield outside Sleepy Hollow where they originally killed each other [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in order to power a ceremony involving the Philosopher's Stone]].



* YouHaveFailedMe: The Demon Moloch's stated reason for killing [[spoiler: Brooks]] at the end of the pilot. Considering that he was about to tell Abbie and Ichabod everything as part of a plea bargain, however, there's also an element of HeKnowsTooMuch in there too.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Demon Moloch's stated reason for killing [[spoiler: Brooks]] [[spoiler:Brooks]] at the end of the pilot. Considering that he was about to tell Abbie and Ichabod everything as part of a plea bargain, however, there's also an element of HeKnowsTooMuch in there too.



* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Abbie prefaces telling Irving about information she got from [[spoiler: a vision of Katrina Crane telling her she needs to get a sin eater to sanctify Ichabod because the Headless Horseman is going to come back]] by acknowledging that it's grounds to have her committed...but if they do nothing, people are going to die. He doesn't exactly believe her, but he agrees to help.

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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Abbie prefaces telling Irving about information she got from [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a vision of Katrina Crane telling her she needs to get a sin eater to sanctify Ichabod because the Headless Horseman is going to come back]] by acknowledging that it's grounds to have her committed...but if they do nothing, people are going to die. He doesn't exactly believe her, but he agrees to help.
2nd Sep '17 7:13:55 PM ghidorah15
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This is not to be mistaken for the 1999 Creator/TimBurton [[Film/SleepyHollow film]] of the [[NamesTheSame same name]].

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This is not to be mistaken for the 1999 Creator/TimBurton [[Film/SleepyHollow [[Film/SleepyHollow1999 film]] of the [[NamesTheSame same name]].
20th Aug '17 1:46:11 AM Baeraad555
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* DramaPreservingHandicap: There always seems to be ''some'' reason why Katrina's magic is weakened and thus can't be used to solve all the heroes' problems.
16th Aug '17 3:02:28 PM Random888
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* VanishingVillage: Played with; The Lost Colony of Roanoke.

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* VanishingVillage: Played with; The Lost Colony of Roanoke.UsefulNotes/TheLostColonyOfRoanoke.
8th Aug '17 3:53:11 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* RaceAgainstTheClock: In episode 4, DaChief gives Abbie and Ichabod twelve hours to find the escaped Jenny before he opens up a dragnet for her.



* YouHave48Hours: In episode 4, DaChief gives Abbie and Ichabod twelve hours to find the escaped Jenny before he opens up a dragnet for her.
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* LegacyCharacter: The Horsemen, as it turns out. [[spoiler: Henry]] is unpleasantly surprised when Moloch tells him that he's only the latest Horseman of War of many, and that he's therefore a lot more expendable than he thought.
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Invoked by Ichabod in s4's "Freedom".
--> '''Ichabod:''' I have escaped Purgatory, the Catacombs... and New Jersey.
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* RedHerring: In the episode "Kali Yuga", Hawley runs into a woman he's been ducking for 10 years named Carmilla. She quickly shows herself to be a supernatural creature with a mouth of sharpened teeth, long, pointed black fingernails, and has superspeed verging on flight. Her name itself if a red herring - "Carmilla" was one of the earliest vampire novels written, coming before "Dracula" by 26 years. You're led to assume she's a vampire - she's not. She's a vetala, a creature of the death goddess Kala.
29th May '17 4:29:26 AM Ciara25
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** No-one was ''ever'' burned as a witch in America, or at least not in the British Colonies. Hanged, yes - in accordance with British laws concerning witchcraft - burned, ''no,'' and certainly not as late as the latter half of the 18th century. The last recorded execution of an American 'witch' was in 1692, nearly a century before the plot starts, and witchcraft had ceased to be a capital crime by 1715.

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** No-one was ''ever'' burned as a witch in America, or at least not in the British Colonies. Hanged, yes - in accordance with British laws concerning witchcraft - burned, ''no,'' and certainly not as late as the latter half of the 18th century. The last recorded execution of an American 'witch' was in 1692, nearly a century before the plot starts, and witchcraft had ceased to be a capital crime by 1715.1736.
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