"I was born more than two centuries ago and my wife is a prisoner in some otherworldly realm. I'm not stranger to complications."
Portrayed by: Tom Mison
A former professor of history at Oxford University prior to the American Revolution, he came to America with the British before switching sides and becoming a spy for the Patriots. Having beheaded the Horseman in 1781, he was brought back to life with the Horseman due to their blood mixing when they died. Despite his skeptical knowledge of the supernatural in life, he has been an invaluable resource following his resurrection due to his detailed knowledge of supernatural traditions.
Adaptational Attractiveness: The Ichabod Crane from the short story is a spindly, lanky, nebbish type. This Crane is played by that guy to the right.
Adaptational Badass: To go with his handsome new looks, this Ichabod has gone from a superstitious coward to a centuries-old Badass. Even his credentials have been bumped up a bit—from simple country schoolteacher to an Oxford professor of History.
Badass Teacher: Both his original pre-war occupation and his modern-era cover story.
Berserk Button: Modern history's version of the Revolutionary War era, taxes on food and having to buy water.
Blue Blood: He was part of the English nobility. Didn't really like it, though, and he doesn't miss the fox-hunting.
Born in the Wrong Century: Inverted. Ichabod is uncommonly open-minded and progressive for having been born in the 18th century, which is a very good thing when he wakes up in the 21st century and has to work with a black female police officer. He still has trouble adjusting, but he does fairly well for a man who slept through just about every civil rights movement. He was also friends with Native Americans.
Broken Pedestal: Played for Laughs with Ichabod and Thomas Jefferson, after the former finds out that the latter not only fathered six children by one of his slaves, but also took a quote of Ichabod's and claimed it as his own. Ichabod initially tries to discount the former as "prurient gossip" until Irving gives him a Cliff Notes on DNA and how it proves Sally Hemmings' children were Jefferson's.
Buried Alive: At the end of Season 1. For extra irony, it's his son's former grave.
Ichabod: "Yours isn't the first generation to invent sarcasm."
Defector from Decadence: In this interpretation, Ichabod started out as a British soldier before coming to agree with the American revolutionaries and switching sides.
Disappeared Dad: His son Jeremy was born after the Battle of Lexington and, until "Sanctuary," he doesn't even know that he had one.
Fish Out of Temporal Water: Although he has adapted to a surprising degree. He still doesn't understand or anticipate everything, but he's not floundering and freaking out.
The Future Is Shocking: Averted, largely. He takes his time displacement in stride and is more bemused rather than overwhelmed by the changes in American society and technology. However, the plastic packaging on his newly-purchased razor quickly frustrates him. He is unnerved by computers and the Internet, though.
Ichabod: Lieutenant, I may have done something catastrophic.
Limited Wardrobe: He's always wearing the same clothes he was buried in. In the fifth episode, he asks Abbie if he looks out of place in this century; while reassuring him he looks fine, Abbie does say that a change of clothes wouldn't hurt, so this may change soon.
Two words: skinny jeans. Ichabod is visibly uncomfortable with them and ends up in a similar outfit to his initial one, but he keeps his coat.
Mr. Fanservice: Because there is a perfectly good reason to see Ichabod wet and wearing just a towel.
My Greatest Failure: Ichabod defected from the British after failing to save Arthur Bernard, the man who showed him the truth about the Secret War, and he's carried that guilt ever since; in fact, that's what Death's been using to keep the two of them linked. In "The Sin Eater," Henry Parrish channels Bernard's spirit to help Ichabod let go of his guilt, severing the link.
Papa Wolf: When he learns Katrina had a son, he makes Moloch's minion regret ever screwing with them.
Photographic Memory: Although being a physician and a gentleman, learning multiple ancient languages would have been par for the course. The memory just helps explain why he remembers all the myriad tiny details of the mystic stuff happening during the Revolution that are still quite relevant today and why he can draw a map from memory to the exact detail.
Sealed Good in a Can: 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.
Ambiguously Bi: Ichabod managed to get from the desktop of Abbie's laptop to a female sex-chat video operator with just a little bit of keyboard flailing, which is only possible if Abbie already had the site bookmarked (and paid for the access) and/or it was the last site she had open when she shut down the browser, so it has fans wondering what Abbie was doing on the site in the first place...
Dark and Troubled Past: She saw the trees and Moloch in high school, was pretty much ostracized after the fact because of it, then turned to drugs and running with bad people to just try and forget before she was arrested and managed to turn her life around.
Deadpan Snarker: She tells Ghost Corbin to only haunt her if he's going to be helpful.
Dead Guy Junior: "Sanctuary" reveals that she's named after her ancestor Grace Dixon.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played with. Abbie and Jenny both saw Moloch in the woods. They both went on to become troubled women. Thanks to Corbin, Abbie found a better path and became a cop.
Foster Kid: Deconstructed. Abbie had a number of problems in her youth (drugs, alcohol, crime) stemming from a lack of a stable home or dependable guardians. She turned her back on Jenny because she didn't want to be put back in the system.
Heroic Neutral: She was going to leave Sleepy Hollow for Quantico and not deal with what was going on, but after the events of the pilot, she decides to stay.
Heroic Sacrifice: She settles for one in "Bad Blood," but of a non-lethal variety.
I See Dead People: She sees and communicates with Corbin's spirit the end of "Blood Moon."
Morality Pet: Possibly to Andy. In "Blood Moon," he appears behind her when she's looking for Serilda but does nothing to stop her.
My Greatest Failure: Abbie pretended she saw nothing and let her sister Jenny get taken away and committed for insisting 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.
The chief of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department who is initially skeptical of Crane and Mills' assertions. He later discovers the supernatural truth of them when the three of them confront, battle and trap the Horseman.
Reasonable Authority Figure: In "John Doe," Captain Irving not only deflects questions about Ichabod's qualifications as a police consultant, but makes arrangements allowing Abbie to abduct two quarantined patients from CDC custody based only on her hunch of how to supernaturally cure them.
Once he sees the Horseman in action with his own eyes, he's quick to help Abby and Ichabod.
Skeptic No Longer: He's now seen the Horseman with his own eyes, so he can no longer insist that the Horseman isn't real.
"I am a Quaker, sir. I fight for the conviction that every man is free."
Portrayed by: Katia Winter
Secretly a witch in life, she cast the spell to bind Ichabod to the Horseman, and appears to him in dreams in the present, claiming that she is trapped in a place between worlds and can only be freed with the defeat of the Horseman.
Adaptational Badass: The source material describes Katrina simply as the daughter of a wealthy farmer. This version is now a witch and the leader of the good coven in Sleepy Hollow.
Ambiguously Jewish: She claims to be a Quaker when she first meets Ichabod, but she's shown buried in a Jewish cemetery. Possibly justified in that her maiden name indicates that she is of Dutch ancestry, and Amsterdam had one of the largest, most prosperous and most assimilated Jewish communities in Europe prior to World War II.
Big Good: Was the leader of the Radiant Heart, the good coven of Sleepy Hollow.
Break the Cutie: Watching her husband sort-of-die and then being trapped in purgatory. And before being trapped, giving birth to a child she can't raise because being associated with her is dangerous for him. Then said child is punished anyway and buried alive. And when her family is finally altogether after so many years? Her son betrays her to Death for (understandably) causing ALL of his problems and then buries her husband alive in his old grave.Fate itself seems out to get Katrina.
Burn the Witch!: Katrina was convicted of witchcraft, and though she is still able to contact Ichabod and there's no body in her grave, according to her headstone, she was burned alive.
Mommy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Katrina's coven went after her for messing with Ichabod's fate and she left Jeremy with Grace Dixon (Abbie's ancestor), so that he didn't have to live life as a fugitive.
Ms Exposition: One of her key roles is to appear and warn Ichabod about whatever evil force is next due to arrive.
My Secret Pregnancy: "Sanctuary" reveals that she hid the fact that she was pregnant and secretly gave birth to a son.
Mysterious Past: We don't know much about her other than the fact that she was a Quaker, served as a nurse during the war and and used to be engaged to Ichabod's best friend.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played with. Abbie and Jenny both saw Moloch in the woods. They both went on to become troubled women. Abbie turned her life around while Jenny sank deeper into her "insanity" and stole survival gear in preparation for the End of Days.
The Ophelia: Averted. While she was institutionalized after she and Abbie saw the four trees in the woods, Abbie was the one to go into denial and delude herself, while Jenny had the entirely sane reaction of preparing for the upcoming Apocalypse.
"We never bury the dead, son. Not really. We take them with us. it's the price of living."
Played By: John Noble, Braden Fitzgerald & Danny Rawley
And I Must Scream: Coupled with Being Tortured Makes You Evil, he was left nearly dead, with his heart stopped, feeding on just the vines that crept into his pine box for two hundred years until Moloch found and resurrected him on the day Abbie and Jenny saw him (Moloch).
Blessed with Suck: He has the ability to see the sins of others, but it's taken a hefty psychological toll and led him to become a recluse.
Blood Magic: His blood created the Golem and let him survive the witches' hex.
Chekhov's Gunman: He was the owner of the distorted hand that reached out of the earth when Abbie and Jenny saw Moloch for the first time, as they were witness to his resurrection as the Horseman of War.
"War isn't coming to Sleepy Hollow. It's been here waiting all along."
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: When Jeremy was resurrected, the church he stumbled upon (the church of Abbie's ancestors) was St. Henry's Parrish. He took his name from there. Jenny figures it out, but Headless shoots out her tires causing her to have an accident before she can tell Abbie.
Foreshadowing: That quote and a lot of other things make a lot more sense when you realize he was a man Only Mostly Dead for a long time. The episode where he reveals himself also shows a couple of his deliberate hints.
Tragic Villain: Jeremy truly has had a tragic life: raised in an abusive orphanage, tormented by powers he doesn't understand with only a living doll for company and eventually buried alive for two centuries. It's little wonder he's so angry and tortured.
The Unfettered: He doesn't bat an eye at trading his mother away or burying his father alive.
Abbie's co-worker and friend. He was revealed to be affiliated with the coven that resurrected the Horseman and, despite having his neck broken in the pilot for his failure, has since returned as an undead being to aid other spirits in their efforts to be reborn.
Apologetic Attacker: He's rather reluctant in following the Moloch's orders; so far, he's apologized in one way or another to all his victims.
Body Horror: Moloch resurrects Brooks in "Blood Moon." Problem is, he doesn't restore his completely snapped neck until after he's been resurrected. In "The Indispensable Man," he is transformed into a more distorted form of himself with an "egg"-like head.
Came Back Wrong: Brooks is left considerably less than human after being resurrected by Moloch.
The Chessmaster: While he was The Obi-Wan to Abbie, he was secretly also The Obi-Wan to her sister Jenny, orchestrating things so that they'd eventually have to work together and begin to mend the rift in their relationship.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Downplayed. She's snarky when confronting Jenny, whom she thinks is her dad's new girlfriend, and she has some issues with Irving, but other than that, she's still a sweet girl who's usually easy to get along with.
Daddy's Girl: While she has her issues with Irving, she's quite close with him.
Demonic Possession: She gets possessed in "Vessel" when Irving fails to deliver Washington's Bible to Ancitif. Thankfully, Ichabod and the Mills sisters stop Ancitif in time.
From Nobody to Nightmare: 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 Deal with the Devil and became the Horseman of Death out of anger, jealousy, heartache and a desire for vengeance.
Genius Bruiser: Had to be one to learn how to wield modern weaponry expertly in less than a week after previously only being familiar with 18th century weaponry.
The Voiceless: Of course, not having a head might have something to do with it, but one should note he was also this in life. As the Horseman, anyway; however, when he speaks through Andy Brooks, it's in a deep, not quite human voice.
Walking Armory: He carries a rather preposterous amount of weapons on his back.