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1[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Ichabod Crane]]²²[[quoteright:300:]] ²²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/JohnnyDepp²²The protagonist of the movie, a police constable sent to Sleepy Hollow from New York City to investigate a series of murders.²----²* ActionSurvivor: By the end of the movie, he has survived the Horseman's attacks on Sleepy Hollow.²* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The original description of Ichabod Crane was ''nothing'' like the good-looking Creator/JohnnyDepp. Depp wanted the full makeup to look quite unattractive, but this ultimately did not happen.²* AdaptationalBadass: In the original, all he did was court a woman and get chased by a guy with a pumpkin as a head, doing nothing to defend himself. Here, he holds off both the indestructible Horseman and the BigBad [[spoiler:herself]].²* AdaptationalHeroism: His short story counterpart was nothing more than a selfish, greedy ladies' man. This time around, he's a police constable fighting off a SerialKiller.²* AgentScully: As a policeman, he firmly believes that everything has a rational explanation and he believes in science over the supernatural. However, over the course of the film, he just simply can't deny the obvious supernatural nature of the crimes anymore.²* CatapultNightmare: He does this a ''lot'' over the course of the movie.²* CowardlyLion: For the most part, he tends to pass out whenever anything creepy happens. [[spoiler:Until the end at least, when he manages to hold out until the Horseman takes Lady Van Tassel [[DraggedOffToHell back to Hell with him before fainting]].]]²* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite being an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette (and wearing dark clothes in most of his scenes), he's absolutely not villain.²* DoingInTheWizard: Played with; he comes to the town believing the Headless Horseman to only be the work of a madman, but soon finds out just how real the Horseman is.²* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Pretty much how Depp is played in most Creator/TimBurton films; he has very white skin and dark hair.²* {{Fainting}}: He faints many times throughout the film, mostly when seeing bloody corpses, and notably when he first sees the Headless Horseman.²* FascinatingEyebrow: His most common reaction to most anything interesting.²%%ZCE* HeroicBSOD: Happens twice.²* HollywoodAtheist: [[spoiler:Lost his faith in childhood when he found out that his father tortured and murdered his mother for being a witch.]]²%%ZCE* HorrorStruck: After getting to see the Horseman killing up close for the first time.²* HumanShield: Ichabod has a tendency to subtly position other people to stand in front him during moments of danger and crisis.²* InnocentBystander: He is present at, but survives, a few of the Horseman's attacks. This is because the Horseman doesn't go after anyone but the intended target as long as said bystander doesn't attempt to interfere.²* LovableCoward: He quivers with fear when he first sees the Headless Horseman, has a tendency to run away from any dangerous situation, and many times faints out of fear; this is played as him being {{Adorkable}}. He ''does'' become braver towards the end, though.²* MuggleMageRomance: He ends up falling for [[CuteWitch Katrina]].²** [[spoiler:He also was born from one of these. Since his father was quite the religious zealot, it didn't end well for his mother.]]²%%ZCE* NonActionGuy: He's clearly more comfortable as this, but he's forced into an ActionSurvivor role.²* OnlySaneMan: He at first believes he is the only sane person in Sleepy Hollow because he believes in science and a rational explanation for the murders, instead of the townspeople, who believe in ghosts and magic. He then gets dragged into the madness along with the rest of the town, but he [[spoiler:is the one who realizes that the Horseman isn't acting of his own accord but is controlled into doing his actions by a living human]].²* PocketProtector: He's saved from a gunshot wound by Katrina's book, which he carries inside his jacket.²* RightForTheWrongReasons: Ichabod at first believes the Hessian is nothing more than a SerialKiller of flesh and blood and actually has a motive for the murders. Turns out the Horseman ''isn't'' still a human, but he's entirely right that ''some'' human has a motive...²* ScienceHero: The reason he's sent to investigate the events in Sleepy Hollow in the first place is to prove to the New York police that there is something of use in that newfangled "forensic science" that he's constantly talking about. As well, said forensic science (performed with gadgets of his own design) provide various clues and firm proof that the killer is supernatural (although [[AgentScully it takes longer for him to accept it]]...).²* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Actually not played straight at all, surprisingly, given his CowardlyLion nature. He ''does'' let out some womanly shrieks, though.²* WouldHitAGirl: He [[spoiler:tackles Lady Van Tassel off her horse and starts wrestling her for]] the Horseman's head.²* YouHaveToBelieveMe: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Right after Ichabod witnesses Magistrate Philipse being beheaded right in front of him, he freaks out and says this to Baltus. Baltus believes him, of course, but up until then, he and the town elders had been the ones trying to convince him of the Horseman's existence instead of the other way around.²-->'''Ichabod:''' But it was a Headless Horseman!²-->'''Baltus:''' Of course it was; that's why you're here.²-->'''Ichabod:''' No, no, no, ''you have to believe me''; it was a Headless Horseman!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Katrina Van Tassel]]²²[[quoteright:300:]] ²²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/ChristinaRicci²----²* ActionGirl: She has moments at the end when she's this, but it's generally downplayed so much that she's really just an ActionSurvivor.²%%ZCE* DarkMagicalGirl: Katrina has strong whiffs of this trope, what with her enigmatic yet kind presence.²* {{Fainting}}: Twice. First when [[spoiler:her father is impaled by the Horseman and then decapitated, then when her supposedly dead stepmother comes in and casually says hello]].²* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's a sweet-natured blonde. That pretty much sums it up.²* HotWitch: A pretty young woman who regularly practices benevolent magic.²* TheIngenue: She's a sweet and kind girl. Notably, she's the only townsperson to be friendly and welcoming to Ichabod.²* LightIsGood: She's just about the only character in the whole movie to wear colors like gold and pure white, and is easily the most kindhearted person in Sleepy Hollow.²* NeutralFemale: [[spoiler:During the climax when Ichabod and Lady Van Tassel are fighting over the Horseman's skull, 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.]] ²* MissingMum: Her mother died prior to the start of the story, since her father has since remarried.²%%ZCE* MsFanservice: Along with a Cleavage Window.²* PimpedOutCape: Katrina greets Ichabod and Young Masbath while wearing a long hooded white velvet cape with embroidered edging. She later regularly wears it in scenes taking place outside, as seen [[ here]].²* ProtectiveCharm: She casts a spell to protect Ichabod from harm in his guest room and later a spell to keep the Horseman out of the church where the townspeople are taking refuge from him.²* RedHerring: Some clues point to her being the one controlling the Horseman, but she isn't.²* WickedStepmother: She doesn't get along with the wife her father took after her mother died. Her stepmother turns out to be [[spoiler:''truly'' wicked, as she killed many townspeople by using the Horseman (worse than a normal murder, as that means their souls would go to Hell) and even tries to make Katrina herself suffer that fate]].²* YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost: [[spoiler:Lady Van Tassel]] tells Katrina this when she walks in the room after the whole town believed [[spoiler:her to be dead]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Headless Horseman]]²²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/RayPark (headless)²²[[quoteright:350:]]²----²* AxCrazy: Oh, ''yes''. The whole reason he joined the war effort was so he could kill, and kill and kill he does, and he clearly enjoys it, if his screams are any indication.²* BadassCape: That he doesn't even discard after his death.²* BadassNormal: When he was human, he massacred soldiers by the dozens, with seemingly little effort.²* BloodKnight: He lives to bathe in blood.²* DarkIsEvil: In life, he was clad in black and was a Hessian mercenary who aided the British just so he could exercise his love for violence. After death, he's a force of {{Hell}}. Ironically, he's ''less'' evil this way.²* {{Determinator}}: Much like the TropeNamer, once he's set on a target, he absolutely will not leave them be until they're dead.²* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He looked genuinely devastated when his horse, Daredevil, was shot. ²* EvenEvilHasStandards: While he thoroughly enjoys senseless butchery, he refuses to murder children when he can help it, [[spoiler:and he spares Ichabod, Katrina, and Young Masbath when the former returns his skull to him, and instead drags Lady Van Tassel off to Hell]].²* GeniusBruiser: As the Headless Horseman, he can't enter holy ground, but is clever enough to find a LoopholeAbuse by fashioning a harpoon to catch and pull out his latest victim from the outside.²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Flashbacks show him beheading many soldiers he came across with a sword, and he's killed with the same sword in the same way.²* ImplacableMan: ''Nothing'' can stop the Horseman; not being shot (multiple times), having a carriage dropped on him, or even being caught in an exploding windmill. As Ichabod points out, it's damn near impossible to kill someone when they're ''already'' dead.²* LargeHam: He may be a man of few words, but his screams as he's chopping off heads speak volumes about him.²* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Filed them down to points to reflect his fearsome-ness.²* NobleDemon: As the Headless Horseman, he's actually nicer than he was when he was alive. He only kills because he's commanded to, [[spoiler:and once he gets his skull back, he's ''livid'' with the one controlling him]]. Also notable that, even in his previous life, he refused to harm children and mourned his wounded horse.²* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: He stays behind when his horse gets shot, but that leaves him to be spotted by the soldiers. His refusal to kill the little girls when he runs across them also comes back to bite him. One of them, [[spoiler:the future Lady Van Tassel]], snaps a twig, giving away his position so that the soldiers can catch up to him. [[spoiler:All so she could use him to get her revenge on the Van Garretts and the Van Tassels.]]²* OffWithHisHead: It's his whole MO. Needless to say, he ends up on the receiving end of this.²* PetTheDog: A literal example, as he comforts his dying horse while showing genuine grief.²* PunchClockVillain: Not as much when he was alive, where he killed ForTheEvulz, but after death, [[spoiler:he becomes an UnwittingPawn for Lady Van Tassel to exact her revenge. And once he gets his skull back, he spares the heroes]].²* SociopathicSoldier: More like "sociopathic mercenary", but same deal. He joined the British forces not to keep the colonists under the yoke of England, but to revel in carnage.²* WouldntHurtAChild: When he was alive, he ran across a couple of little girls in the woods when he was hiding from a band of American soldiers. All he did was shush them. [[spoiler:This completely goes out the window upon his resurrection, when he murders the young Thomas Killian, although notably, he only did so because he was under the command of Lady Van Tassel.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Lady Van Tassel]]²²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/MirandaRichardson²²[[quoteright:350:]] ²----²* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Aside from using a literal axe on two of her victims, she becomes a lot more unhinged once she reveals her true colors.]]²* BigBad: [[spoiler:It's her lust for revenge that drives the Horseman to kill for her.]]²* BitchInSheepsClothing: She is hospitable to Ichabod for most of the movie and appears to mourn the death of [[spoiler:Notary Hardenbrook, but she is actually responsible for nearly everything that's gone wrong]].²* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:She claims to have made one to ensure her vengeance on the Van Garretts and the Van Tassels.]]²* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:The Van Tassels and the Van Garretts seized her family's land and left her and her sister without a home, so she's actually not entirely wrong to be so angry. However, it doesn't justify murdering her own sister, or the servant girl out of pure spite, nor does it excuse her {{greed}}, [[{{Hypocrite}} which makes her just as bad as the families she was seeking revenge against]], and probably even worse]].²* HotWitch: [[spoiler:Of the evil variety.]]²* LadyOfBlackMagic: [[spoiler:She is quite an attractive woman, who acquired her power to control the Horseman through a DealWithTheDevil in childhood and married into the Van Tassel family with the intent of murdering them all and acquiring their wealth.]]²* NonActionBigBad: [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}}. It looks like the Horseman does most of the dirty work for her, but she admits to poisoning Katrina's mother, along with her own sister and Sarah the servant girl.]]²* WalkingSpoiler: The fact that her entire folder is spoiler-tagged is more than enough information here, but it is very difficult to talk about her role in the film without mentioning [[spoiler:her connections to the Horseman]].²* WickedStepmother: [[spoiler:She poisoned the original Lady Van Tassel and married into the family to exact her revenge from within.]]²* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Has an affair with Reverend Steenwyck behind her husband's back.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:The Crone]]²²[[quoteright:350:]]²²-->'''Played by:''' [[spoiler:Creator/MirandaRichardson]]²----²* CreepyGood: "Good" might be a bit of a stretch, since we don't know much about her and she ''does'' practice black magic, but as [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentric]] as she is, she doesn't seem to use her magic for malicious purposes. [[spoiler:And she's certainly a lot less evil than her sister.]]²* DarkIsNotEvil: She's implied to be a devil-worshiper[[labelnote:*]]Katrina confirms it in the trailer and the novelization[[/labelnote]] and isn't above animal sacrifice, not to mention her face when the "other" (implied to be a demon or possibly even {{Satan}} himself) possesses her is utterly horrifying, but her only purpose to help Ichabod find the Horseman. Also, she restrains herself in chains to make sure she can't hurt Ichabod while she summons the aforementioned "other."²* NightmareFace: Does the picture not say enough for you? In the movie, it manages to be even ''worse'', with her eyes and tongue stretching to impossible lengths and popping out of her head. Notably, though, her real face is [[ actually quite attractive]].²* OffWithHerHead: [[spoiler:Killed by her sister this way.]]²* SolitarySorceress: Lives out in the Western Woods by herself and practices spells.²* TheOphelia: She's definitely more than a little crazy, and when we get to see her real face in a {{flashback}}, she's surprisingly beautiful.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Brom Van Brunt]]²²[[quoteright:350:]] ²²-->'''Played by:''' Casper van Dien²----²* DeathByAdaptation: While in the original story he makes it out much better than Ichabod, [[spoiler:here he's got one of the most violent and gory of the deaths]].²* DeathByIrony: He dressed up as the Horseman to scare Ichabod, [[spoiler:only to fall prey to the real Horseman's blades later]].²* DemotedToExtra: In the book, he's Ichabod's rival and the one Katrina chooses over him, as well as the fake Headless Horseman. Here, his role is considerably toned down.²* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:The Horseman splits him down the middle.]]²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's not the nicest person around, what with his largely unjustified hostility towards Ichabod. But he does later try to fend off the Horseman, even if that is an ultimately futile task.²* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Going after an invincible undead mercenary and expecting to come out on top isn't such a great idea. Brave, but incredibly stupid. Especially when said mercenary is clearly a better fighter.]]²* {{Troll}}: Dresses up as the Headless Horseman and chases Ichabod with a flaming pumpkin, which he throws at him. He and a couple men have a laugh about it afterwards.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Baltus Van Tassel]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/MichaelGambon²----²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The Horseman impales him with a makeshift harpoon, which he then uses to drag Baltus out of the church he was inside as the Horseman cannot enter hallowed ground.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Dr. Thomas Lancaster]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/IanMcDiarmid²----²* TheMedic: He appears to be the only doctor in town, apparently handling all medical issues, from surgeries to illness.²* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Steenwyck bashes his head in with a cross when he tries to confess the conspiracy to Baltus.]]²* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:He is having an affair with Sarah, the Van Tassel's servant girl.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:The Burgomaster]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/ChristopherLee²----²* TheCameo: For Creator/ChristopherLee.²* HangingJudge: He makes it clear that he thinks that Ichabod's methods are foolish and that he is willing to throw Ichabod in the cells to rethink his views, not to mention how it is implied that he deals out insanely harsh punishments.²* MrExposition: Sets the scene for what Ichabod should be prepared for at Sleepy Hollow. Unaware of course, that there ''is'' something supernatural at work...²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Young Masbath]]²-->'''Played by:''' Marc Pickering²----²* YouKilledMyFather: He joins up with Ichabod to stop the Horseman because the Horseman murdered his father.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Magistrate Samuel Philipse]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/RichardGriffiths²----²* TheAlcoholic: In every scene he appears, he is seen drinking from a flask of booze. The only time when he doesn't is when he is drinking coffee he mixed with the booze.²* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite being constantly drunk, he is rather competent at his job and cooperates with Ichabod's investigation.²* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:The Horseman slices his head off and then collects it.]]²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Attempts to do this after assisting Ichabod's inquiries.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Reverend Steenwyck]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/JeffreyJones²----²* TheBigGuy: He towers over the rest of the elders.²* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite being a minister, he is [[spoiler:engaged in a lustful affair with Lady Van Tassel]].²* OnlyOneName: Unlike the other town elders, we are not told his forename.²* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler:He murders Dr. Lancaster in his own church to stop him from confessing the conspiracy to Baltus.]]²* TokenEvilTeammate: The other elders seem merely corrupt; he is actively hostile towards Ichabod.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Peter Van Garrett]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/MartinLandau²----²* DeadStarWalking: Played by Creator/MartinLandau, a famed character actor, and he literally dies before the film reaches two minutes.²* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies a minute into the film.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Notary James Hardenbook]]²-->'''Played by:''' Creator/MichaelGough²----²* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:His suicide by hanging is implied to be because he believes the Horseman will go after him next and out of guilt for his role in the conspiracy.]]²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Something clearly isn't right with him.²* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Hangs himself off-screen, which we only learn about when Lady Van Tassel informs Ichabod.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Mr. Killian]]²-->'''Played by:''' Stephen Waddington²----²* PapaWolf: He holds off the Horseman in a sword duel so his wife and son can escape.²* NiceGuy: A loving husband and father who is nothing but helpful and polite to Ichabod.²* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:The Horseman decapitates him, though he doesn't go without a fight.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Elizabeth "Beth" Killian]]²-->'''Played by:''' Claire Skinner²----²* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:She faces her decapitation at the hands of the Horseman with gusto.]]²* NiceGirl: A loving wife and mother.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Lady Crane]]²-->'''Played by:''' Lisa Marie²----²* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:After abusing her for her magic, her husband finally decided to kill her by locking the poor woman within an iron maiden.]]²* DarkIsNotEvil: She's a brunette dressed in a dark blue gown, but her son describes her as "an innocent child of nature" and has nothing but good to say about her.²* DomesticAbuse: Her husband ''really'' didn't like the fact she got powers.²* {{Flight}}: Possibly. In a flashbask, she's rising above ground while dancing.²* GoodParents: By all accounts, a loving mother and a sweet woman.²* HotWitch: Courtesy of her ImpossiblyLowNeckline and sensual dance in a meadow.²* RavenHairIvorySkin: Something her son inherited.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Lord Crane]]²-->'''Played by:''' Peter Guinness²----²* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Murdered his wife in front of his son for practicing witchcraft.]]²* TheFundamentalist: Strictly religious, [[spoiler:to the point of killing his own wife for practicing witchcraft]].²* LightIsNotGood: His church is so white it hurts the eyes. [[spoiler:It's also his TortureCellar, and the place where he murdered his own wife.]]²* OppositesAttract: Deconstructed to hell. He was a religious fanatic, and his wife was a witch. It ended ''nightmarishly'' bad.²[[/folder]]²----


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