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The Founding Fathers, allies, and enemies from the past

    George Washington 

George Washington

  • Badass in Charge: A high up leader of the colonists during the war.
  • Badass Normal: A normal man tasked with leading Ichabod and other members of the American Revolutionary forces in a secret war against Moloch and his minions to prevent the Apocalypse, all in addition to the commanding US forces in the more conventional battles of the Revolution
  • The Chessmaster: The writers took General Washington's Real Life skill at this trope and applied it towards making him the Badass Normal commander of a Revolutionary-era effort to fight off demons, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and other supernatural threats in order to prevent the end of the world.
  • Cincinnatus: President Washington's Real Life embodiment of this trope and admiration for the Trope Namer Cincinnatus served as a clue to solving a mystery in the penultimate episode of Season One.
  • Cool Old Guy: Not only was he a brilliant leader, but Washington was smart enough to prepare to help Ichabod in his struggles in the present.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: General Washington accomplished many great things in Real Life; the show adds "battling the supernatural" to his already distinguished resume.
  • Historical Domain Character: First president of the United States and what not.
  • Posthumous Character: Washington is long dead by the time Ichabod awakens in the modern world, however his plans still help Ichabod in his fight against Molloch.
  • Secret Keeper: In the penultimate episode of Season One, we learn that George Washington was aware that Ichabod was destined to become a Witness.

    Benjamin Franklin 

Benjamin Franklin

  • Born in the Wrong Century: The same way as Crane, in episode 2x18 ("Tempus Fugit"). Truth in Television; for his time Franklin held very progressive views with regard to both women (possibly because he knew so many) and black people (from having his beliefs in white supremacy challenged in the 1760s to calling openly for the abolition of slavery in 1785). Which is no doubt why he greets Abbie more with delight than confusion. Well...partly why.
  • Cool Old Guy: It's Benjamin Franklin, after all. He was a founding father of the United States and aided in a shadow war against a God of Evil.
  • Dirty Old Man: Much like in reality, Franklin here is depicted as something of a flirt.
  • Historical Domain Character: Benjamin Franklin was a real person, naturally.
  • Historical In-Joke: The old "Tied a key to a kite in a storm" story? Actually happened. But he wasn't trying to prove where electricity came from. He was trying to destroy The Ghenna Key.
  • Insufferable Genius: At least from Crane's experience as the man's student.

    Grace Dixon 

Grace Dixon
"Sometimes, all it takes is to put pen to paper to make a difference"
Played by: Onira Tares

Grace (née Harris) Dixon was the head matron at Lachlan Fredericks' manor. Like Fredericks, Dixon was also aware of the supernatural evils outside of the manor. Revealed later to be Abbie's maternal ancestor. In the finale, Grace helps Abbie undo all that has happened after she is sent to the past by Katrina's spell.

    Paul Revere 

Paul Revere

Played by: Dustin Lewis

A silversmith and revolutionary, who is also a demon hunter. He's a close friend of Betsy Ross and saves her niece from a mysterious illness.

  • Demon Slaying: It's what he does when he's not doing dentistry or midnight rides.
  • Depraved Dentist: In-Universe, Ichabod sees him as this and refuses to visit a dentist in the present due to his experiences under Revere's care.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He forged dentistry tools that can be assembled into a demon-killing gun, and created a metal container for an Artifact of Doom.
  • Historical Domain Character: Revere is most prominently known for warning the Colonial militia of the approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His dentist tools can be assembled into a gun to kill demons.

     General William Howe 

General William Howe

Played by: Nicholas Guest

The Commander-In-Chief of the British forces in the American War of Independence, who dabbles in black magic, and considers Ichabod a personal enemy for defecting to the revolutionaries.

  • Black Magic: He uses it to fight the revolutionaries, binding people to wraiths to root out spies, and raising draugar to capture New York.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: After being raised as a zombie, refuses to give Crane the "satisfaction" of killing him and steps into a rain of Greek Fire.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He tries, but Ichabod waits a little too long, and Howe's troops rescue him.
  • Get It Over With: Ichabod is send to kill him, but tries to persuade him to hand over the city instead, until Howe grows tired of his waffling and orders him to "do what you came to do."
  • Historical Domain Character: William Howe was indeed Commander-In-Chief of the British forces in the Revolutionary War...
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: assumes he didn't raise undead armies and wraiths to fight the Continental Army, though.
  • Large Ham: In his interactions with Ichabod, especially his final moments.
    Ichabod: I should have ended this long ago.
    Howe: I will not give you the satisfaction, turncoat! [steps into Greek fire, and disintegrates, screaming]
  • Revenant Zombie: He gets resurrected by Pandora and has only one goal: killing Crane.
  • Worthy Opponent: Ichabod used to greatly admire him before the war, and thus views him as this. Abbie points out that he must have changed since then, given that he resorted to black magic.


Sleepy Hollow Police Department

    Luke Morales 

Det. Luke Morales
"What's an Oxford professor know about serial killings in Sleepy Hollow?"
Portrayed by: Nicholas Gonzalez

Abbie's co-worker and ex-boyfriend.

    Andy Brooks 

Andrew 'Andy' Brooks
"Rumors of my demise have been...pretty much true."
Portrayed by: John Cho

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.

  • Agent Scully: Except not really, since he works for a demon after all.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: Moloch revives him presumably out of pragmatism.
  • Body Horror: Moloch resurrects Brooks in "Blood Moon." Problem is, he doesn't restore his completely snapped neck until after he's been resurrected. And since he's still basically just a walking corpse, he continues grossing grossly in the gross. 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "No, really. I don't need any help as long as you're comfortable." Said to a 200-year-old homicidal witch.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Notably when revived as a zombie.
  • Fair Cop: At least before being resurrected the second time.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: After the small twist in the first episode that he's working for a demon, he's seen frequently in other episodes.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He is simultaneously forced to work for Moloch and wanting to help Abbie. This results in him alternating unpredictably between being helpful and being a minor antagonist
  • The Mole: For Moloch, but he's revealed in the first episode and from there on is a more traditional henchman.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Brooks acts as a medium for the Horseman to speak through.
  • Noble Demon: Possibly. Doesn't seem to enjoy his job as a demon gofer and seems to genuinely want to help Abbie.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: After being killed, Moloch resurrects him to do his bidding.
  • The Renfield: Essentially plays this role to the Big Bad in a non-vampire example.
  • Villainous Crush: He has an unrequited romantic interest in Abbie.
  • Villainous Rescue: Stops the Horseman from killing Ichabod in "Necromancer."
  • You Have Failed Me: Moloch kills him after he's arrested.

    Sheriff Corbin 

Sheriff August Corbin
"My clock has its own schedule."
Portrayed by: Clancy Brown

Abbie's mentor and father figure, who was decapitated by the Horseman of Death during the Horseman's return. Corbin was aware of the secrets of Sleepy Hollow and collected extensive records.

    Leena Reyes 

Sheriff Leena Reyes
"We are going to bring some sanity back to this town."
Played By: Sakina Jaffrey

  • Hero Antagonist: She might be a thorn in the heroes' side and causes lots of problems, but everything Reyes does makes sense from her standpoint. She has no idea about Sleepy Hollow's true nature and does the best she can with the knowledge she has.
  • Iron Lady: As a Sheriff, she's tough and doesn't suffer fools gladly.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Reyes is an antagonist, but she's actually very reasonable. She treats Abbie well, even apologizing to her in private for the use of the word 'sanity' which she thought might have been seen as insensitive. Reyes also treats Frank Irving very kindly despite him being (to her knowledge) a murderer; she shows him sympathy and wants him to get the best psychiatric treatment.

    Devon Jones 

Det. Devon Jones
"Obviously the Captain knows something that we don't. Just let it go."
Played By: Michael Roark

Luke Morale's partner on the force who dreams of moving up to the NYPD detective force. While he shares Luke's doubts of everything going on, he doesn't want to land on the new police chief's bad side.

  • By-the-Book Cop: Is more than happy to follow orders, no matter how questionable they seem.
  • Fair Cop: Sleepy Hollow PD has no shortage of these.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: He has been only indirectly mentioned in season 2 as Irving was arrested for his and Father Boland's murder.
  • Friendly Target: Killed by a possessed Luke Morales in 1x08.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: How Anticif-as-Luke tricked Devon into removing the barrier preventing demons from entering the safe house.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Played with. Even though he believes what Luke is telling him, Devon still tries to get Luke to focus on their future promotions within the force instead of digging around for dirt on Ichabod Crane.
  • Those Two Guys: Often seen talking to Luke.

Other Characters

    Macey Irving 

Macey Irving
"I mean, no matter how scary this gets, I'm not gonna let this thing beat me, right? I'm gonna keep fighting."
Played By: Amandla Stenberg

The daughter of Cynthia and Frank Irving. She is in a wheelchair after being hit by a car. Her parents are divorced and she lives with her mother.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Irving often calls her "little bean."
  • Black and Nerdy: Macey gets top grades and is hoping to join an AP science class.
  • 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.
  • Disabled Snarker/Little Miss Snarker: To an extent. She's certainly not afraid to speak her mind.
  • Nice Hat: She's seen wearing one in each appearance.
  • Plucky Girl: She's very upbeat and is quick to tell Irving that she's going to come out strong.
    "I mean, no matter how scary this gets, I'm not gonna let this thing beat me, right? I'm gonna keep fighting."
  • Quirky Curls: Her standard hairstyle.

    Cynthia Irving 

Cynthia Irving
"You act like we're fragile and broken. But we're stronger than we look."
Played By: Jill Marie Jones

    Nick Hawley 

Nicholas "Nick" Hawley
Played By: Matt Barr

An artifact hunter who finds himself thrust into the supernatural war in Sleepy Hollow.

  • Arbitrary Scepticism: He's perfectly happy with using sanctified stained glass to contain the betrayal-inducing power of a Tyrian shekel, but dismisses the idea of the Pied Piper being a supernatural menace until he fights it himself.
    Hawley: It was my first real, live monster.
    Abbie: You deal in supernatural armaments, Hawley.
    Hawley: Do people who sell Christmas trees all believe in Santa Claus?
  • Badass Beard: A blond one, similar to Ichabod's own.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Due to his business, when it comes to facing the supernatural 9/10 he'll have something that can help.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's part of his Lovable Rogue ensemble.
  • Foil: To Ichabod, to the point where even there hair colour is an inversion.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Jenny, at one point.
  • Genre Savvy: One of his first responses to finding out the supernatural is real and the apocalypse is occurring is to start researching and arming, so he's prepared if he comes to meet it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a greedy, selfish ass who only cares about his next payday. But he does have a knack for helping save people from supernatural objects and creatures.
  • Lovable Rogue: Is dismissed by Ichabod as nothing more than a Privateer, interested only in money. However Nick's charismatic, and has a strong sense of honour. Likewise he will put saving people above his pay, he just prefers to secure both.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He's not worried about the End of Days. He's hunting valuable artifacts.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is a revolver, which following discovering the supernatural he fills with rare consecrated bullets so that its especially effective against the supernatural.
  • One Head Taller: Mirroring Crane and Abbie, Hawley is over half a foot taller than Jenny.
  • Only in It for the Money: A fact he makes abundantly clear to Abbie and Crane. Begins to soften up as the series goes on, but still never looses sight of his pay day.
  • Put on a Bus: In "Kali Yuga" he leaves Sleepy Hollow to track down his demonic godmother Carmilla Pines.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After his encounter with the Pied Piper, he washes his hands of Abbie, Crane and their fight against demons and monsters. However, he promptly returns in the next episode and admits he just panicked as it was his first true encounter with the supernatural.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Following his encounter with the Pied Piper, he's a believer.


"Your dedication to colonial reenactment is so impressive. You never break character."
Played By: Laura Spencer

    Zoe Corinth 

Zoe Corinth

Played By: Maya Kazan

A member of the Historic Society in Sleepy Hollow, who meets Ichabod while he is trying to save the archives from impending demolition.

  • Brainy Brunette: She's a well-versed history enthusiast, who delights in trading quotes and facts with Ichabod.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: She develops an interest in Ichabod after he takes his leave of her with a perfect gentlemanly bow.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She shares her sunny personality and her enthusiasm for both history and Ichabod with Caroline.

    Randall Martin 

Randall Martin

Played By: Anthony K. Wyatt

A relic hunter and old acquaintance of Jenny's, who is after the Shard of Anubis, an artifact that is in her possession.

  • Affably Evil: Is happy to resort to kidnapping and theft in his hunt for relics, but he's still pretty friendly, reasonable, charming and witty while doing so.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes quite a bit of fun of both Jenny and Joe in their interactions, even after they find him in a very compromising position.
  • Handicapped Badass: For a guy with a limp, he can still go toe to toe with Jenny in a fight.
  • Honeytrap: He walks straight into Sophia's, and ends up handcuffed in the shower, while she tricks Jenny and Joe, and escapes with the above-mentioned artifact.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: He kidnaps Joe to force Jenny into handing over the Shard of Anubis. She does, but he doesn't keep it for long.


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