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* BigBad: The Headless Horseman terrorizes Sleepy Hollow by decapitating its citizens, making him responsible for the murders that [[ScienceHero Detective Ichabod Crane]] is investigating, [[spoiler:[[DiscOneFinalBoss but at the end it turns out]] he isn't acting out of his own will, but is controlled by an important figure in the village, Lady Mary van Tassel, for the sake of gaining herself power and fortune]].

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* BigBad: The Headless Horseman terrorizes Sleepy Hollow by decapitating its citizens, making him responsible for the murders that [[ScienceHero Detective Ichabod Crane]] is investigating, [[spoiler:[[DiscOneFinalBoss but at the end it turns out]] he isn't acting out of his own will, but is controlled by an important figure in the village, Lady Mary van Tassel, for the sake of gaining her revenge against the Van Tassels and Van Garrets for leaving her homeless, and securing herself power and fortune]].


* BigBad: The Headless Horseman terrorizes Sleepy Hollow by decapitating its citizens. But at the end it turns out [[spoiler:he isn't acting out of his own will, but is controlled by a ''Bigger'' Bad who is an important figure in the village, Lady Mary van Tassel]].

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* BigBad: The Headless Horseman terrorizes Sleepy Hollow by decapitating its citizens. But citizens, making him responsible for the murders that [[ScienceHero Detective Ichabod Crane]] is investigating, [[spoiler:[[DiscOneFinalBoss but at the end it turns out [[spoiler:he out]] he isn't acting out of his own will, but is controlled by a ''Bigger'' Bad who is an important figure in the village, Lady Mary van Tassel]].Tassel, for the sake of gaining herself power and fortune]].

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* DevilButNoGod: All supernatural elements are the work of occult magic. Even when the Horseman finds that he can't enter the church, it's because Katrina has drawn a sigil inside.


** Ray Park, who plays the Horseman when he doesn't have his head, [[Film/ThePhantomMenace is shown hitting his opponent with the handle of his weapon]] before killing him. He also has a habit of twirling his weapons.

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** Ray Park, who plays the Horseman when he doesn't have his head, [[Film/ThePhantomMenace is shown hitting his opponent with the handle of his weapon]] before killing him. He also has a habit of twirling his weapons. He even cuts one of his opponents in half, ala Maul's fate.

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* DeadStarWalking: Creator/MartinLandau is murdered by the Horseman before the film even reaches two minutes.


* DeathOfAChild: Tim Burton says in the DVD commentary that he dislikes it when children are always spared from danger in horror films.
** One victim is beheaded whilst in its mother's womb.
** A young boy is dragged out of the cellar by the Horseman and then beheaded.



* InfantImmortality: Averted. Tim Burton says in the DVD commentary that he dislikes it when children are always spared from danger in horror films.
** One victim is beheaded whilst in its mother's womb.
** A young boy is dragged out of the cellar by the Horseman and then beheaded.


* HeKnowsTooMuch: Lancaster is killed by Steenwyck when [[spoiler:the former tries to confess Lady Van Tassel's conspiracy]].

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: HeKnowsTooMuch:
** Masbath the Elder and the Killian family are killed [[spoiler:because the former was a witness to the secret marriage between Van Garrett and the Widow Winship, and Beth Killian told Lady Van Tassel that she knew the Widow had been pregnant, in front of her husband.]]
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Lancaster is killed by Steenwyck when [[spoiler:the former tries to confess Lady Van Tassel's conspiracy]].


* SpannerInTheWorks: Ichabod ends up being this ''twice'' for the BigBad. [[spoiler: First he and Young Masbath spot Lady Van Tassel having a tryst with the Reverend Steenwyck, during which she cuts her hand; she has to add a similar cut to Sarah's hand after she murders her. Then Ichabod, after having examined the body, has a EurekaMoment and realises the wound on the body was made ''after'' the woman had been beheaded, meaning he figures out Lady Van Tassel's plot and is able to get to the windmill in time to help Katrina and Young Masbath.]]



* TownWithADarkSecret: The general public just knows that there are several murders in Sleepy Hollow. The town's council knows that it's a ghostly HeadlessHorseman going around doing the killing.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: The general public just knows that there are several murders in Sleepy Hollow. The town's council knows that it's a ghostly HeadlessHorseman going around doing the killing.killing, [[spoiler:and also who's controlling him.]]


* ImperiledInPregnancy: One of the Horseman's victims is a pregnant woman. The Horseman beheads both woman and baby.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: [[spoiler:Lady Van Tassel's family was forced into this by Baltus. This is why she used the Headless Horseman for revenge.]]

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* ImperiledInPregnancy: One of the Horseman's victims is a pregnant woman. The Horseman beheads both the woman and ''and'' the baby.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: [[spoiler:Lady Van Tassel's family was forced into this by Baltus.Van Garret, who forced them off their land when their father died, and Baltus who took said land for himself. This is why she used the Headless Horseman for revenge.]]



* LastGraspAtLife: [[spoiler:How Lady Van Tassel's hand appears in the Tree of the Dead when the Hessian [[DraggedOffToHell drags her to Hell]]. Interestingly the way her arm is at first positioned with her palm up and fingers stretched out towards freedom becomes even creepier as the muscles relax in death and her fingers curl up in a 'come hither' gesture.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Anyone decapitated by the Horseman is potentially condemned to Hell, since he brings their heads with him to the Tree of the Dead in his journey back to the underworld. When he has his own head back, and Lady Van Tassel in his power, the Horseman takes her with him to Hell while she's ''still alive.'' Albeit not for very long.]]
* LastGraspAtLife: [[spoiler:How Lady Van Tassel's hand appears in the Tree of the Dead when the Hessian [[DraggedOffToHell drags her to Hell]]. Interestingly the way her arm is at first positioned with her palm up and fingers stretched out towards freedom becomes even creepier creepier, as the muscles relax in death and her fingers curl up in a 'come hither' gesture.]]


* ChekhovsGunman: The two little girls that the Horseman comes across as he's escaping the army. At first they just seem like a random inclusion, but end up integral to the story.

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* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman:
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The two little girls that the Horseman comes across as he's escaping the army. At first they just seem like a random inclusion, but end up integral to the story.story.
** [[spoiler: Sarah the servant girl is introduced in a tryst with Dr. Lancaster; Lady Van Tassel reveals that she used this information to blackmail him. Near the end of the film she's apparently run off, but in fact Lady van Tassel murdered her in order to fake her own death.]]

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* LeftHanging: [[spoiler: The film ends with Ichabod, Katrina and Young Masbath arriving in New York, ready to start their new lives together. ''Without'' providing an answer to how they're actually going to explain what happened to the Burgomaster and High Constable. Technically Ichabod did solve the case, but there's no one to face justice...]]


* NeutralFemale: [spoiler: During the climax when Ichabod and Lady van Tassel are fighting over the Horseman's head, Katrina...just stands and watches them, as opposed to hitting her stepmother like Young Masbath, or running to get the skull. As a result she's grabbed by the Horseman and only saved from beheading in the nick of time.]]

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* NeutralFemale: [spoiler: [[spoiler: During the climax when Ichabod and Lady van Tassel are fighting over the Horseman's head, Katrina...just stands and watches them, as opposed to hitting her stepmother like Young Masbath, or running to get the skull. As a result she's grabbed by the Horseman and only saved from beheading in the nick of time.]]

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* NeutralFemale: [spoiler: During the climax when Ichabod and Lady van Tassel are fighting over the Horseman's head, Katrina...just stands and watches them, as opposed to hitting her stepmother like Young Masbath, or running to get the skull. As a result she's grabbed by the Horseman and only saved from beheading in the nick of time.]]

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** Brom, while still a bit of a jerk and a bully, also proves dedicated and courageous in his defense of the town from the Horseman in this version.

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* DwindlingParty: When Ichabod first rides through Sleepy Hollow, he sees a lot of the townspeople who will figure into this mystery. [[spoiler: By the end of the movie, most of those townspeople will be dead.]]

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