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     Ichabod Crane 

Prof./Capt. Ichabod Crane

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"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

"Good day. This is Captain Ichabod Crane, Esquire. If you will be so kind, please leave your name, rank, and an address where I may reach you, and I will return this correspondence in a timely manner. And now what do I press? Pound? What's pound?"

A former history professor at Oxford University prior to the American Revolution, Ichabod Crane came to America with the British before switching sides and becoming a spy for the Patriots. Having beheaded the Horseman during the Battle of Lexington in 1781, he was brought back to life along with the Horseman due to their blood mixing when they both 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.


  • Action Dad: Is both a father (granted, one in complicated circumstances) and a brilliant fighter.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The Ichabod Crane from the original short story is a spindly, lanky, nebbish type, with big ears and a long pointed nose, although still suave and charming enough to be considered attractive. 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod is portrayed as a selfish Gold Digger who wanted to get the daughter and land of a wealthy farmer. This version is shown to have more honorable motivations.
  • Agent Mulder: It helps that, skeptic though he was in his own day, he has...well, let's just say he's seen and been through a lot.
  • Badass Baritone: A certified badass with a resonating voice to match.
  • Badass Beard: A rather scruffy one.
  • Badass Bookworm: Ichabod was a history professor before he was conscripted.
  • Badass Longcoat: Rarely seen without it.
  • Badass Teacher: Both his original pre-war occupation and his modern-era cover story.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Name an American historical figure or event; chances are that Crane has met them or influenced their outcome in some way.
  • Berserk Button: Modern history's version of the Revolutionary War era, taxes on food, and having to buy water.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He starts looking out for Joe Corbin over the course of Season 3, to the point of giving him relationship advice.
  • 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: Ichabod is uncommonly open-minded and progressive for someone who was 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 CliffsNotes on DNA and how it proves Sally Hemmings' children were indeed Jefferson's.
  • Buried Alive: At the end of Season 1. For extra irony, it's his son's former grave.
  • The Chosen One: Ichabod and Abbie are the two Witnesses foretold in the Book of Revelation. After Abbie's death at the end of Season 3, the title falls to Ichabod and Molly.
  • Cultured Badass: Being an 18th-century gentleman, Ichabod has a thing for correct manners as well as works of Latin and Greek; knows Shakespeare's plays well enough to place a quote to its act and scene, and has read Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English. Also, he's a good-enough fighter to face the Horseman of Death.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Handsome, British, moral, intelligent, respectful; in short, a perfect gentleman. Crane has managed to attract the attention of many ladies, both in the present and the past, and has no idea how in either.
    Abbie: She dumped her fiancé for you. Wow. You got some game.
    Ichabod: I neither wanted nor did I invite "game."
  • The Comically Serious: Ichabod is extremely poised despite the modern world's attempt to fluster him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can be just as snarky as Abbie. Let's just say:
    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 didn't even know that he had one.
  • Drives Like Crazy: By Season 2, he has some impressive driving skills, the kind that are more suited to a combat situation than peak-hour traffic.
  • 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, and he is unnerved by computers and the Internet. In fact, what upsets him isn't the things that are entirely strange, but the familiar things that are slightly different, like the fact that you have to pay for water, ten-percent taxes on baked goods, and prices in general.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Ichabod was originally a professor before he became a soldier, and retains his high intelligence. He's also a perfect 18th-century gentleman.
  • Gentleman Snarker: See above. Even when dishing out some dry sarcasm, he still maintains his chivalrous and noble composure.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ichabod is at least a foot taller than Abbie.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Ichabod is an accomplished duelist, and while he doesn't normally carry or truly own one (he has access to several, but none of them are his), he often will wield a sword in combat whenever the opportunity presents itself. Justified given his prior firearms experience was entirely with single-shot smoothbore muzzle-loading black powder flintlocks which required a minimum of 20 seconds to reload and were notoriously inaccurate, resulting in him tossing away a present-day semiautomatic pistol with a full magazine after firing it once.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a noticeable one when he finds out that Abraham is the Horseman of Death. Same thing happens when he finds out his son is dead (or so he thinks...).
  • Iconic Outfit: It's impossible to imagine him without the Badass.
  • I Have No Idea What I'm Doing: Abbie lets Ichabod use a computer:
    Ichabod: Lieutenant, I may have done something catastrophic.
  • Large Ham: Occasionally, he's not above big speeches generally referencing the past, often his response when he meets something modern he feels is wrong. Abbie comes to expect it as the seasons go on.
  • 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. Two words: skinny jeans. Ichabod is visibly uncomfortable with them and ends up in a similar outfit to his initial one, but keeps his coat. Upon discovering colonial-era historical re-enactors, he purchases several replica costumes to wear as day clothes.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Because there is a perfectly good reason to see Ichabod wet and wearing just a towel. And that reason is Tom Mison's body.
  • 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 channels Bernard's spirit to help Ichabod let go of his guilt, severing the link.
  • Omniglot: He speaks several languages, including Greek and Middle English, due to having Photographic Memory.
  • Papa Wolf: In "Sanctuary," when he learns Katrina gave birth to his son, he makes Moloch's minion regret ever screwing with them.
    Ichabod: Give Moloch my regards.
  • 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a truly awesome one to Henry in "Awakening," outright calling him "an angry, unruly child."
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Basically what happened to Ichabod in the past; his blood mixed with the Horseman's when he cut off his head, linking them, so Katrina had to put Ichabod into a sort of stasis to keep the Horseman sealed in its own can. However, the Horseman's awakening caused Ichabod to awaken as well.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: To Abbie's frequent frustration.
    Abbie: I don't have any idea what that means. Just say "yes!"
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: Compared to his first name, Crane is fairly common.
  • Sherlock Scan: This is a talent of Ichabod's. In "The Sin Eater," from a quick study, he is able to determine the surname of his captor, his lineage, his occupation, and that he is a Freemason.
  • The Snark Knight: For a guy with a vocabulary two centuries out of date, he can handle himself quite well.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: His son, Jeremy/Henry, is physically an old man while Ichabod himself still appears young.
  • Tall, Dark, and British: Described as such by Jenny.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Most of Ichabod's snark is aimed at modern inventions and ways.
    Ichabod: (to Abbie) The extent of which your generation has defiled this earth is truly mind-boggling.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: By season 3, donuts have become his favorite food, and among all varieties, maple bacon donuts are his absolute favorites.
  • Troll: The opening to 2x04. Crane spends a few minutes acting terrified to drive...then he pulls some expert-level rally-driver stunts, freaking Abbie right the hell out.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He played right into Henry's hands most of all.
  • Weapon of Choice: Aside from a sword, starting in the second season, after getting it from Hawley, his most common weapon is a magically empowered 15th-century crossbow, going with his line of work.
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    Jenny Mills 

Jennifer 'Jenny' Mills

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"Remember I told you one time this town was going to go straight to Hell? I hate being right."
Portrayed by: Lyndie Greenwood, India Scandrick

"I have more than faith. I'm a mental patient with a gun."

Abbie's younger sister who was confined in a mental institution. They both witnessed the rise of the Second Horseman when they were children. She briefly broke out of the institution, but has since returned after Abbie assured Jenny that she accepted what they had seen and would work to get her released legally. She eventually told Abbie that she was once possessed by a demon that told her to kill her sister and that she would purposely get herself arrested to protect her. She later takes part in helping to solve the mysteries surrounding the Horseman.


  • Action Girl: She's quite skilled with a gun, and most people struggle to keep up with her in a fight.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Almost. The tie-in material mentions she was going to be an archaeology major before fate decided to change her plans.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Like her sister, she tends to distance herself from people.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Abbie mentions that her mom had her and Jenny attend Bible classes. Jenny can even recite passages by heart, specifically the Book of Revelation.
  • Big Little Sister: Jenny is noticeably taller than Abbie.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's well-versed on Sleepy Hollow artifacts.
  • Broken Bird: She was also affected by her and Abbie's encounter in the woods, albeit in a different way. Instead of bottling up her emotions and never telling anybody, she confessed what she saw and ended up in an asylum.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's not hesitant to say what she thinks.
  • The Cassandra: She saw Moloch in the woods and knows about the impending Apocalypse, but no one believes her and she's institutionalized because of it.
  • Crazy Survivalist: How she is seen. She's definitely a survivalist, if not crazy. She was also associated with a group of Crazy Survivalists in the past.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Abbie and Jenny were burgeoning delinquents getting in and out of trouble until their episode in the woods, which separated them and left scars on them both.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even more so than her sister.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • "The Vessel" shows that a demon named Ancitif possessed Jenny on and off for years.
    • In Season 3, she gets taken over by the "mystical energy" of the Hidden One, an old divine being.
  • Expy: Of Sarah Connor. Jenny is first introduced locked in a mental institution, working out to prepare to fight her enemy. She's also been trained all over the world to prepare for the Apocalypse. She later cuts a hole in the ceiling to get out of her room.
  • 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.
  • Foster Kid: Along with her sister. It didn't do any favors for her emotional issues later in life.
  • The Lad-ette: Jenny is a tough fighter and she certainly loves her guns, even quipping that she thinks the guns that Irving loaned her were a gift.
    Irving: Cigars are a gift. Jewelry is a gift.
    Jenny: Maybe I'm a different kind of girl.
  • Little Sister Instinct: In "The Vessel," Jenny reveals that she purposefully got herself institutionalized so that Ancitif wouldn't make her hurt Abbie.
  • The Nicknamer: Ichabod seems to be her favorite target.
  • 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.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Promoted to series regular starting in Season 2.
  • Quirky Curls: The "quirky" part coming from the fact that she's seen as paranoid (there's a reason for that) and eccentric.
  • Sibling Team: With Abbie in "The Sin Eater" and "Necromancer."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Irving, and with Joe. The latter actually gets resolved in "The Art of War."
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Henry in Season 1.

     Diana Thomas 

Diana Thomas

Portrayed by: Janina Gavankar

     Jake Wells 

Jacob "Jake" Wells

Portrayed by: Jerry MacKinnon

     Alex Norwood 

Alexandria "Alex" Norwood

Portrayed by: Rachel Melvin

     Molly Thomas 

Molly Thomas

Portrayed by: Oona Yaffe, Seychelle Gabriel (adult)

  • Future Badass: Her adult self from a Bad Future steals a few tomes from the Vault right under Team Witness's noses, bests Jenny in hand-to-hand combat, and sends Jobe away with a Power Crystal.
  • Kid Hero: The latest in a long line of heroes, with several dozen lives saved, and only eleven years old.
  • Seer: She's chosen the path of the Oracle.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Shades of this are coming out and she's already starting to feel the strain. Again, she's eleven.
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     Malcolm Dreyfuss 

Malcolm Dreyfuss

Portrayed by: Jeremy Davies

Former Main Characters

    Frank Irving 

Capt. Frank Irving

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"This goes without saying, but in your description of events, let's make sure that the perp isn't headless."
Portrayed by: Orlando Jones

"You know, there are two things in life I believe a person should hold on to for as long as possible: virginity and skepticism. Surprisingly, I already lost the first thing, so I'm going to hold on for the second one as long as possible."

The (former) chief of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department (yet affiliated with the New York State Police) who is initially skeptical of Crane and Abbie's assertions. He later discovers the supernatural truth of them when the three of them confront, battle, and trap the Horseman of Death.


  • Action Dad: He has a young daughter, Macey.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Macey is fond of calling him "Popski."
  • Agent Scully: Even more than Abbie. That is, until he finds out what's really going on.
  • Angry Black Man: Downplayed. He's often rather irritated. It's a little hard to blame him, though.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In "The Akeda," he gets wounded and dies soon after defeating Henry's Animated Armor.
  • Came Back Wrong: Double Subverted. Katrina's spell in "Kali Yuga" says that he is freed of Henry's influence on his soul. However, he also casts no reflection, showing he's not quite human anymore. This is because Katrina's spell was tricked by a magic rune, and Frank really has been spending time under Henry's thrall since his resurrection.
    • Averted by "Awakening," after Henry dies, Irving regains his free will.
  • Da Chief: He was in charge of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's his way of dealing with all the supernatural craziness all around him.
  • Deal with the Devil: In Season 2, he unknowingly sells his soul to Henry. When he finds out the truth, he isn't happy and immediately seeks a way out of the deal.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In "The Akeda," he bests War in a one-on-one swordfight.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In "The Akeda," he faces off against War, wielding the Sword of Methuselah, and wins. Unfortunately, he sustains a mortal wound and dies.
  • Enemy Within: In Season 2, his soul was tainted by Henry, so he had a sort of alternate personality that served Henry obediently while his true self grew weaker over time.
  • Fair Cop: Hot dad and (former) chief of police.
  • Meaningful Name: He's presumably named after Washington Irving.
  • Not Quite Dead: As shown in "Paradise Lost"'s stinger, he survived his wound in "The Akeda," albeit in ratty clothing and with no shoes, apparently exhausted and wandering alone in Sleepy Hollow.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Henry's binding contract with Irving was voided at the time of Henry's death in "Awakening."
  • Papa Wolf: He doesn't take kindly to demons threatening his daughter. He also takes the fall for the actions of a possessed Macey in the Season 1 finale.
  • Put on a Bus: In Season 3, he is said to have moved away quietly to protect his family from further demonic activity. It's implied that Jenny helped them disappear undetected.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In "John Doe," 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 Abbie and Ichabod.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Once he sees the Horseman with his own eyes, he can no longer insist that the Horseman isn't real.
  • The Snark Knight: A lot of the time, he fills the role of cynical commentator.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Easy on the eyes and possesses a great deal of snark.

    Katrina Crane 

Katrina Crane, née Van Tassel

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"I am a Quaker, sir. I fight for the conviction that every man is free."
Portrayed by: Katia Winter

Ichabod's wife and secret witch who cast the spell to bind Ichabod to the Horseman. She 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's 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 Sisterhood 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 by her own coven. 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, again by her own coven. 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, and it only gets worse when her own son magically impregnates her with Moloch and she is forced to suffer excruciating pain before she is saved.
  • 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.
  • Character Death: In "Tempus Fugit," she's stabbed by Ichabod and dissolves.
  • Distressed Damsel: Katrina can't catch a break.
  • Evil Redhead: As of "Awakening."
  • Face–Heel Turn: In "Awakening," when she joins Henry in his plan to awaken the witches living in Sleepy Hollow and form a new coven. When Henry is shot and killed by Abbie in the attempt, she goes completely off the deep end and travels back in time to try to kill Ichabod, whom she blames for all of her misery.
  • For Want of a Nail: After Henry's death, Katrina casts a spell that transports her consciousness into her past self so she can change things, namely by making sure Ichabod dies in his confrontation with the Horseman.
  • Guile Heroine: By making sure Ichabod got resurrected, she basically set most of the plot into motion.
  • Hospital Hottie: She was a nurse during the war.
  • Hot Witch: Her husband certainly thinks so.
  • I Have Your Wife: Moloch was holding her hostage in Purgatory as a reward for the Horseman.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Graceful, lady-like, and a powerful witch who derives her magic from the elements and can tap into darker forces for stronger, corrupted magic.
  • Love Makes You Evil: After Henry's death in "Awakening," her grief drives her to travel back in time in order to kill Ichabod.
  • Missing Mom: To her son Henry/Jeremy.
  • Mommy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: The Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart went after her for messing with Ichabod's fate, and Katrina left the newborn Jeremy with George and Grace Dixon (Abbie's ancestors) so that he didn't have to live life as a fugitive.
  • The Mole: In Season 2, she decides to stay with Headless and Henry to find out more about their plans.
  • 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 Jeremy.
  • 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 used to be engaged to Ichabod's (former) best friend.
  • 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. Turns out she was in Purgatory, and is brought to the real world in the Season 1 finale.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Katrina was trapped in Purgatory by her own coven.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Due to being the wife of the main character and the one who set many of the show's events into motion.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She gives birth to a son after Ichabod's fatal encounter with the Horseman.
  • Spirit Advisor: Katrina's soul was trapped in Purgatory by her own coven, but she can occasionally contact Ichabod.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Her son, Henry/Jeremy, is physically an old man, while Katrina still appears young.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If she hadn't broken off her engagement with Abraham, he and Ichabod wouldn't have dueled and Abraham wouldn't have fallen in with the Hessians, sold his soul to Moloch, become Death, the works. In her defense, she wanted to Marry for Love. Of course, some of this may be the Sharpshooter's Fallacy: if she hadn't so upset Abraham, Moloch probably would have found someone else to be the pale rider's avatar.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Henry.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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, covering up the accidental death of Ichabod's childhood friend, whom he was supposed to accompany back to England and marry.
  • Witch Species: Katrina's powers are apparently genetic, as seen by her son, Henry/Jeremy, inheriting her abilities.

    Abbie Mills 

Agent Grace Abigail "Abbie" Mills

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"I'm trying to hold onto my sanity! Not to mention my job."
Portrayed by: Nicole Beharie, Jahnee Wallace

A life-long resident of Sleepy Hollow, Abbie was about to transfer to the FBI but, due to the changes in the town, she has come to accept her role in the fight against the Horseman as the second Witness to the Apocalypse. Abbie is the driving force in the future of understanding the new Sleepy Hollow. In Season 3, she actually does go to work for the FBI.


  • Action Girl: Facing a badass Mohawk demon, she opts to gun it down.
  • Agent Scully: It's explained as a decades-old habit from childhood, learned in order to defend herself from the twin evils of psychiatry and the foster care system. She gets over it.
  • Aloof Big Sister: To Jenny.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She doesn't get close to people. Again, explained by her childhood.
  • Ambiguously Christian: She mentions that her mom had her and Jenny attend Bible classes.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a trained cop and handy with a gun, but she's also cute and tiny with big Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In her flashback, she was a remarkably cute homeless drug addict.
  • Broken Bird: Abbie is still very much affected by her encounter with Moloch in the woods when she was a kid.
  • The Chosen One: According to Ichabod, Abbie is the second Witness.
  • 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.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Her first name is "Grace," but she prefers to be called "Abbie."
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: She's strong-willed, vulnerable, and is supernaturally touched.
  • Fair Cop: Abbie is a police officer, and attractive.
  • FBI Agent: At the start of the series, she was planning to go to work for the FBI, but puts it off in favor of staying to fight Moloch with Ichabod. During the Time Skip between Seasons 2 and 3, she actually does transfer.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In the final act of "Awakening."
  • 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; Jenny, on the other hand...
  • Former Teen Rebel: Used to be a drug-addicted criminal until Corbin convinced her to turn over a new leaf.
  • 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 has a knack for these, pulling off three in just as many seasons. In the Season One finale, she agrees to stay in purgatory so that Ichabod can save Katrina, effectively dooming herself to eternal torment (it doesn't last, fortunately). Then, in the Season 3 mid-season finale, she jumps into a portal with the exploding Eye of Providence, to keep it from destroying Sleepy Hollow, leading to everyone thinking she's dead (this, too, is only temporary). Finally, she gives her life in the season finale to enable the others to destroy Pandora, and it seems like this time, it's going to stick.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Ichabod.
  • 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 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.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She's only 5'1", but she proves to be more than capable in both shootouts and close-up scraps.
  • Reformed Criminal: She was arrested after trying to rob a pharmacy when she was a teenager, but she's turned her life around since then.
  • Sibling Team: With Jenny in "The Sin Eater," "Necromancer," and "Mama."
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Henry.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She really doesn't like haunted houses.
  • Working with the Ex: In Season 1, with Luke and in Season 3, with Daniel Reynolds, who becomes her new boss.
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     Betsy Ross 

Elizabeth "Betsy" Ross

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"For luck, dear Ichabod."
Portrayed by: Nikki Reed

A contemporary, comrade in arms and former flame of Crane's. Known mostly for sewing the American flag, she was in fact Washington's top covert operative and head of his spy network.


     Joe Corbin 

Joseph "Joe" Corbin

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"I thought my dad's hobbies were fishing and crossword puzzles."
Portrayed by: Zach Appelman

Sheriff Corbin's estranged son.


  • Ascended Extra: He appeared as a one-shot character in Season 2, and was promoted to the main cast for Season 3.
  • Cool Big Sis: Abbie is this to him, due to becoming his babysitter and a substitute daughter to his father when he was nine.
  • In the Blood: Atticus Nevins claims that Gus Corbin was far from an upstanding citizen and alleges that Joe is exactly like his father (which naturally leads to Joe claiming I Am Not My Father, but he seems to have his doubts).
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He tries to get Jenny to tell him more about the stuff his father was investigating, but she refuses to let him get involved because it's too dangerous. She eventually agrees to let him in after he gets kidnapped to get to Jenny.
  • The Medic: After leaving the army, he became an EMT, and is now working at a hospital in Sleepy Hollow.
  • Naïve Newcomer: To the supernatural.
  • Parental Neglect: Corbin often ignored Joe in favor of Abbie and Jenny. Unsurprisingly, that caused some strife between them.
  • The Resenter: Initially, he's rather angry at Abbie, feeling that she stole his father's attention and outright blaming her for the Sheriff's death. Underneath his issues, he does care for her, though, and they make up once the Wendigo business is sorted out.
  • Semper Fi: He's a former Marine. He was given an honorable discharge after being wounded in action.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: In his first appearance, he just got back from Afghanistan after his whole platoon was killed and seems to have a pretty bad case of PTSD (granted, partly that was likely because he was cursed to turn into a Wendigo and subsequently ate his comrades).
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Gets somewhat surprisingly killed off in the next-to-last episode in Season 3, according to Word of God solely to provide angst for Jenny, who has to shoot him after he was transformed back into a Wendigo by the Hidden One.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jenny. Actually manages to resolve it in "The Art of War" after some encouragement from Ichabod, leading to a very enthusiastic First Kiss.
  • The Watson: Tends to fall into this role due to being the one least acquainted with the supernatural. He usually manages to combine it with a good bit of snarking, though.
    Joe: So, all we have is a working knowledge of Sumerian, and a very depressing Masonic book?
  • Wendigo: He was transformed into a Wendigo by Henry in Season 2.

     Sophie Foster 

Sophie Foster

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"Trust me, you don't wanna know who I work for."
Portrayed by: Jessica Camacho

An artifact hunter who collides with Jenny and Joe when they search for the stolen Shard of Anubis. Jenny recognizes her techniques as those Corbin used to teach Jenny, though Sophie claims she didn't know him. It later turns out she works for Atticus Nevins, an old friend of Corbin's.


  • Ambiguously Brown: So far, her ethnicity is unclear, but she's probably mixed race.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a girl in over her head before double-crossing Jenny and Joe.
  • Con Artist: She pretends to be interested in a hookup with Randall Martin, only to handcuff him in the shower and steal the Shard of Anubis from under his nose. She then plays the innocent hookup once more when Jenny and Joe show up.
  • The Dragon: To Atticus Nevins, a criminal dealing in stolen antiques.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather jacket and boots.

     Daniel Reynolds 

Special Agent Daniel Reynolds

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"Hey, I know you don't see yourself here forever. And if we play our cards right, we can help each other get what we want."
Portrayed by: Lance Gross

Abbie's former classmate from Quantico, who is now her new boss. He's also her ex-boyfriend, which complicates their new relationship.


  • Amicable Exes: He and Abbie were in a relationship while they were both at Quantico, but seem to have separated in good spirits. It still makes their new working relationship a little awkward.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Handcuffed to a chair and under the influence of a deadly insect poison that drives him paranoid, he confesses that he legitimately fell for Abbie during their brief relationship. Later he claims not to remember anything that happened after he was stung, and Abbie assures him he didn't say anything out of the ordinary.
  • FBI Agent: He joined the Bureau at the same time Abbie did, and is determined to continue moving up the career ladder.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As Abbie's boss, he's often willing to let her act outside of her normal parameters, as he knows she will get results.

     Pandora 

Pandora

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"This does feel like home."
Portrayed by: Shannyn Sossamon

A mysterious woman who has come to Sleepy Hollow for her own sinister reasons, and with her monsters, causes fear and chaos among the townspeople.


    Henry Parrish 

Jeremy Crane / Henry Parrish

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"I relish any chance to cause my parents pain."
Played By: John Noble, Braden Fitzgerald, Danny Rawley

"Now you'll know what it is to lose faith. When it's gone, you have nothing. And when you have nothing, there's nothing holding you back from what you're capable of."

A Sin Eater who helped Crane break the curse connecting him with Death. Later, Parrish was revealed to be Jeremy Crane, Katrina and Ichabod's son, as well as War, the Second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, bitter over how his parents' actions led to him being trapped in a coffin for two centuries in a state of living death until he was released by Moloch.


  • Amoral Attorney: Starting in Season 2, he begins posing as a lawyer.
  • 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).
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Ichabod and Katrina. By the end of Season 2, he persuades his mother to join with him in forming a new witch coven, but remains staunchly opposed to his father. In the end, though, he makes amends with both his parents as he dies from a gunshot wound.
  • Badass Grandpa: As a rather elderly Horseman of War. And while he almost never fights by himself, instead using his magic or his Animated Armor, he nevertheless proves to still be quick and strong enough to disarm, overpower, and choke his much-younger father (granted Ichabod was caught by surprise).
  • Batman Gambit: He played one like a pro on our heroes in the Season 1 finale. Thanks to him, Jenny is nearly killed, Katrina is a captive of Death, Ichabod is buried alive, and Abbie is trapped in Purgatory.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's not the gentle old fuddy-duddy he appears to be; he's a ruthless and crafty enemy.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes turn black whenever he uses his Sin Eater powers and when he's animating his Horseman armor.
  • 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; although his status as a hermit may have been part of the ruse, he doesn't seem to want to interact with people all that much, even in his real persona.
  • Blood Magic: His blood created the Golem and let him survive the Sisterhood's hex.
  • Break the Haughty: His failure in "The Weeping Lady" results in him breaking down crying. Less from the fact that he's failed, however, than from the fact that he is reprimanded by Moloch. After that, he stops pursuing his own goals, instead just working toward helping Moloch directly.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he reveals his true nature, he becomes much more witheringly sarcastic.
    Ichabod: To begin, let us agree that, through neither your fault nor mine, I was not the most involved father.
    Henry: Oh, my. Is this to be an attempt to start over? Are you going to take me down to the fishing hole?
  • Deal with the Devil: In Season 2, he tricks Irving into one, gaining possession of his soul.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After he's mortally wounded, he reclaims his birth name "Jeremy" and acknowledges Ichabod as his father.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In "The Akeda," he kills Moloch with the Sword of Methuselah for insulting and disrespecting him and Abraham one too many times.
  • Easily Forgiven: Both Ichabod and Katrina insist that he can be redeemed, even though he's made it very clear that he chose to serve Moloch long long ago. Abbie repeatedly brings up how ridiculous this is, given his many acts.
  • Evil All Along: Henry Parrish is Jeremy Crane, the Horseman of War.
    Henry: War isn't coming to Sleepy Hollow. It's been here waiting all along.
  • The Evil Genius: To Moloch.
  • Evil Laugh: Since The Reveal, he's been tossing out a sinister chuckle every now and then.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes from being played by John Noble.
  • 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 Parish; 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Henry is charismatic, and often creates a believable façade of a cheerful and kind man, but truly, he is cold, bitter, and cruel. He's good enough to keep the heroes completely fooled right up till he reveals himself in the Season 1 finale.
  • Foreshadowing: 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.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears a pair of thick glasses.
  • Hates Being Touched: Only out of necessity, though. He's very sensitive to seeing sins and touch only makes it worse. This, however, might have been part of his ruse; after The Reveal, he's willing to use his powers as a weapon.
  • The Heavy: Takes up this position from Abraham in Season 2, as Abraham is focused primarily on keeping Katrina safe with him, whereas Henry is far more active in his fight for the Apocalyptic forces.
  • The Hermit: Henry lived alone and was very much a recluse, seemingly because of his powers. While that may have been part of the reason, the bigger reason is likely to have been because he's the Horseman of War and he's playing a very long game.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He gives Ichabod a speech containing this trope in "Root of All Evil."
  • Legacy Character: His betrayal of Moloch is caused in part by the revelation that there have been other Horsemen of War before him and there will be others after him, making him a valuable but ultimately expendable resource. Henry, who thought that he had a special place at Moloch's side, does not take this well.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: To Ichabod and Katrina in the Season 1 finale.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Oh, so expertly. He plays Ichabod, Abbie, Jenny, and Katrina like a ukulele in Season 1.
  • Meaningful Name: Henry Parrish, the Sin Eater. Actually In-Universe, as he picked this name after the orphanage in which he was raised, St. Henry's Parish.
  • Never Found the Body: After stabbing Moloch with the Sword of Methuselah, the only thing left on the ground is a portion of Moloch's head. Henry is nowhere to be seen.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: After recurring in Season 1, he was promoted to series regular for Season 2.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Ichabod even calls him "an angry, unruly child" in "Awakening."
  • Squishy Wizard: In contrast to the all-action Horseman of Death, he prefers to send his magical armour out to fight for him while he controls it from a safe distance. When forced to go into battle in person, he's still very dangerous due to his great magical power but also clearly hampered by being an out-of-shape elderly man with no real fighting skills and limited physical strength.
  • Tragic Villain: Henry/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. Considering the fact that he hates them and wants them dead, this isn't surprising. However, when he tricks his mother into holding the baby Moloch, he seems very uncomfortable and seems to have finally found something that he hates having to do.
  • Walking Spoiler: From the Season 1 finale onwards.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Moloch. Moloch appears not to return any kind of parental feeling and tells him that he's a soldier and should obey rather than think for himself. Tellingly, when Moloch reprimands him at the end of "The Weeping Lady," he breaks down into hysterical tears.
    • In fact, it's Moloch's terrible "parenting" that finally leads Henry to kill Moloch and save his real parents.
  • Wicked Cultured: Very much so.
    Henry: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear.
    Crane: Act one, scene four. Our mutual love of words is no coincidence.
    Henry: Perhaps I should thank you for the twinkle in my eye.
  • Witch Species: A given, considering who his mother is.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Every single time something seems to be going against him in Season 2 when he directly works for Moloch, it turns out to be reconstructed in order to further his plans anyway. By "Heartless," Abbie, Ichabod, and Katrina are Genre Savvy to this.
  • You're Not My Father: To Ichabod and Katrina during The Reveal. He feels bitter resentment towards them, and states that he considers Moloch to be his true father.


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