"I was born more than two centuries ago and my wife is a prisoner in some other-worldly 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 Crane is uncommonly open-minded and progressive for having been born in the eighteenth century, which is a very good thing when he wakes up in the twenty-first 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.
The Chosen One: Ichabod believes that he and Abbie are the two Witnesses foretold in the Book of Revelation.
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 was born after the battle of Lexington and until "Sanctuary", he doesn't even know that he had a son.
And now his son is (supposedly) dead.
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/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, and while reassuring him he looks fine, she does say that a change of clothes wouldn't hurt, so this may change soon.
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 the Horseman's been using to keep the two of them linked. Henry Parrish channels Bernard's spirit to help Ichabod let go of his guilt, severing the link.
Omniglot: He speaks several languages including Greek due to having eidetic memory.
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 stuffs happening during the Revolution that are still quite relevant today.
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 the Demon 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 the vision with the demon 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.
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 Icabod.
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.
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.
English Rose: She has a lot of the characteristics: kind, proper, loyal, and has a strong moral sense.
Proper Lady: She does have hints of Spirited Young Lady with the way she stood up to Ichabod the first time she met him and how she broke off her arranged engagement because she wanted to marry for love.
Never Found the Body: She wasn't in her grave, and it's likely that she was never burned, which means Ichabod has no idea where his wife might lay.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played with. Abbie and Jenny both saw the vision with the demon 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.
Mills' 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.
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.
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 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.