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Abbie Mills

Abbie Mills
General information
Status: Alive
Species: Human
Profession: Police Officer
Position: Lieutenant
Second Witness
Affiliation(s): Westchester County Police Department
Physical description
Gender: Female
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Brown
Personal information
Allies: Ichabod Crane, August Corbin, Jenny Mills Freemasons, Frank Irving, Nick Hawley, Thomas Grey, The Kindred, Joseph Corbin

Formerly: Katrina Crane

Enemies: Katrina Crane, Moloch, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Serilda of Abaddon
Ro'kenhronteys, Andy Brooks, The Shadow Warriors, Mary Wells, Succubus
Family: Jacob Dixon (maternal ancestor)
Grace Dixon (maternal ancestor)
T. Foster (maternal ancestor)
Abigail Jackson (maternal ancestor)
Isaac Dixon (maternal ancestor)
Claire Gray (maternal ancestor)
W. Foster (maternal ancestor)
M. Dixon (maternal ancestor)
Anthony Roberts (maternal ancestor)
Grace Foster (maternal ancestor)
N. Williams (maternal ancestor)
Karen Crardier (maternal ancestor)
Ellie Williams (maternal ancestor)

Jacob Roberts (maternal ancestor)
Mr. Mills (father)
Lori Roberts (mother)
Jenny Mills (sister)

Further information
First appearance: "Pilot"
Portrayed by: Nicole Beharie
Jahnee Wallace (teen Abbie)
Haylee Walker (young Abbie)

Grace Abigail "Abbie" Mills is a police lieutenant in the small modern-day town of Sleepy Hollow. At a very young age she had a mysterious encounter with a demon named Moloch that upended her life and led to a long term estrangement between her and her sister that she is just now repairing.

Upon meeting Ichabod Crane, she learns she is one of Two Witnesses foretold in the book of Revelation to fight against the coming apocalypse. Abbie and Ichabod, the show's two main protagonists and biblically ordained Witnesses, must team up in order to fight Moloch's minions, Hessian soldiers, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

History Edit

Early life Edit

Before Abbie became a cop at the Sleepy Hollow Sheriff's Department, she had a troubled childhood, which included brief run-ins with the law. Both Abbie and her sister, Jenny Mills, dealt with instability at home as children. Their father was an alcoholic and their mother though loving, struggled with what was believed to be mental illness. It is also implied that the family was not financially well off. However, Abbie and Jenny were very close, often locking themselves in their room to play with their dollhouse and escape their parents. Also of note, was their mother making Abbie and Jenny memorize and recite bible verses. Eventually, their father left the family and their mother was declared unfit, leaving Abbie and Jenny to be placed into the foster care system. After an attempted kidnapping of Abbie and Jenny from their foster care home, their mother was institutionalized and sadly went on to commit suicide.

Abbie and Jenny apparently cycled through a few homes before settling in a place that Abbie felt was a good fit. During that time Abbie taught Jenny to pick locks, and they acquired a taste for criminal activity. Around the age of 13, they were sneaking beers in the woods when four white trees and a demon appeared before them. They both blacked out and neither were able to recall much of what happened during the four days they went missing. This was later revealed to be due to Moloch sealing away their memories in Purgatory. After being found by a civilian from a local search party, the girls were then taken into police custody and callously interrogated. Jenny insisted on telling the truth about what they had seen even though Abbie warned against it. Fearing that no one would believe her and that she would be removed from her foster home, Abbie lied and didn't back up Jenny's story. Jenny was later put in a mental institution and the sisters remained estranged for nearly 13 years.

Abbie continued to struggle with what she saw in the woods that day and her feelings of resentment and guilt towards her sister. By the time she was sixteen, she was using drugs and pursuing a life of crime. After a botched attempt at robbing a pharmacy, she is taken into custody by Sheriff August Corbin but instead of arresting her he offered her a chance to change. She accepted, and under Corbin's tutelage; took a class in Latin, graduated high school, went to college, rose to the rank of Lieutenant as a police officer and was accepted into an elite FBI entrance program at Quantico to become a criminal profiler. Despite her success, Abbie was still marked by her tumultuous past. She never told Corbin about the demon she saw in the woods or that the experience still haunted her, making her doubt her own perceptions, feel out of place, and struggle in finding purpose. Some of Corbin's last words to her were to ask if her joining the FBI was really about her running away.

Season One Edit

Abbie Mills is a lieutenant with the Westchester County Police Department in the small town of Sleepy Hollow. She is poised to leave the town in a week for the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, but with the slaying of her mentor and partner, by a headless horseman, her plans are derailed. Unwilling to divulge the more supernatural elements of partner's murderer without further proof she is forced to team up with Ichabod Crane, an unwilling fugitive from the past who claims to be a soldier in the Revolutionary War and the only person that can collaborate her story. Together they learn they are the Witnesses foretold in the book of Revelation to fight against the coming apocalypse. Throughout the season, Abbie struggles with the death of her mentor, her skepticism, her partnership with Ichabod, rebuilding her relationship with her sister, and accepting her role as a witness.

Season Two Edit

The arrival of the new Sheriff has Abbie delving deeper into the mysteries surrounding her childhood. Sheriff Reyes had responded to some the domestic disturbance calls at Abbie's home when she was still very young and was directly responsible for Abbie's mother being placed in Tarrytown Psychiatric. As a peace offering of sorts, Reyes allows Abbie access to her mother's files where she finds out that Lori wasn't mentally ill after all but actually plagued by demons. After confronting a violent haunting at Tarrytown Psychiatric, Abbie and Jenny have a touching moment with the spirit of their mother who reveals that she always knew Abbie was a witness and Grace Dixon had passed down a spellbook that contained clues to a weapon that could destroy Moloch. While pursuing the weapon, Abbie realizes she is one in a long line of women tasked with fighting against the end of days and her legacy gifts her with a renewed sense of self and purpose.

After the defeat of Moloch, Abbie and Ichabod spent time cleaning up the remnants of the demon's evil and repairing a rift in their relationship. Frank Irving's return creates conflicting feelings in Abbie and eventually, it's revealed that her initial hunch is correct and that he is still under Jeremy Crane's control. Jenny pleads with her to try to help Frank and Abbie agrees to look for a way to free him.

In the episode "What Lies Beneath", she expresses concern that she and Ichabod seem to be fighting a battle with no goal and Ichabod tells her to simply have faith. They come across an underground library compiled by Thomas Jefferson, and find a sentient hologram of the third US president that tells them that the library was made to give the Witnesses instructions on their mission. Ichabod and Abbie decide to destroy the place and the tunnels around it to keep the creatures that guard the area from attacking more people.

Eventually, Katrina joins forces with her son to awaken the magical blood within the residents of Sleepy Hollow using the Grand Grimore. Understanding the risk evident in such an endeavor, the Witnesses stop them and Abbie kills Jeremy in the confrontation. Katrina goes into the past to correct the mistakes she made so she can raise her son and Abbie follows her to prevent her from killing Ichabod and permanently changing history. Abbie meets her ancestor Grace Dixon and together, they succeed in returning her and Katrina to the future. Katrina attempts to kill her as revenge for the death of her son and Ichabod stabs her to save Abbie, leading to Katrina's death.

Afterwards, Abbie tells Jenny and a newly freed Frank Irving that their mission isn't over and along with Ichabod, they all resolve to be ready for the battles ahead.

Personality Edit

Abbie is a tenacious and valiant woman, often putting other’s needs above her own. Abbie keeps a tight reign on her emotions which might be a product of her upbringing or perhaps her police training. As a result she is often reserved and slow to anger, but beneath the tough exterior is woman who feels very deeply. She is incredibly empathetic, as displayed in her repeatedly choosing to attempt to talk down perps rather than make shows of force. She also has a soft spot for children, while fighting against the Pied Piper she essentially offered herself up as bait is order to track down a missing girl.

Abbie is also incredibly patient and kind. She is an amazing teacher, introducing Crane to the modern world with efficiency and ease. She lets him come to his own conclusions and guides him without patronizing. Furthermore, she was the only person to suspect that Ichabod wasn’t crazy and in fact might have been telling the truth about his identity. His first night in his hotel room, she makes sure to place sticky notes all around his room explaining how to turn on the lights and make coffee. 

Abbie is also knowledgeable, practical, intelligent and at times calculating. She has a knack for profiling and her skills have helped track down both Henry Parish and Abraham Van Brunt. She is also very curious. When she first meets the angel Orion, she jokes with him and asks about dinosaurs. In return, Orion calls her clever. Abbie ultimately has a skeptical mind. She initially pushed back against the idea of the supernatural and her being a witness. However, though she does eventually commit fully to the cause, she continues to question why she was chosen. She also is the first to offer up science as an alternative to magic, regularly finding ways to resourcefully replace spells with generators, chemistry, and uv light.

Abbie has dealt with a lot of hurt and pain in her life. As teenager she went down a really dark path though it should be noted that she not once lashed out others. Those experiences left her guarded but also very wise. For example, she understands that family must be earned and that sometimes love isn’t enough. Similarly, despite her empathy, Abbie can and does make tough decisions. She killed her friend, Andy Brooks, in order to give him some semblance of peace. She also frequently argued the necessity of killing Henry, was proven correct in the end, and by pulling the trigger herself saved Ichabod from carrying the burden of killing his son.

Abbie has shown to be protective, and loyal to those close to her, caring to an extreme extent for their well-being. When her mentor, August Corbin, was killed she was devastated by his death. She worked to save his son, Joe Corbin, even when everyone else thought hope was lost. Jenny, Frank, and Ichabod particularly all have benefitted from her steadfast and heartfelt care.

Abilities Edit

As a police officer, Abbie was trained at the police academy. Abbie has been shown to be very skilled in marksmanship and is capable of utilizing a pistol as well as numerous firearms. Due to her past life as a criminal, Abbie picked up a talent for lock picking. She also displayed a rare moment of swordsmanship, after wielding a sword and flawlessly beheading a doppelgänger of Ichabod while trapped in Purgatory.

Abbie also has some supernatural powers. She has had prophetic dreams, assisted in casting spells, been visited by spirits only she can see, and had detailed visions of the past. However, it is currently unclear if these experiences are due to her status as a witness or a benefit of her bloodline.

Relationships Edit

Ichabod CraneEdit

Ichabod Crane is Abbie's fellow witness, partner, and very close friend. She met him when he awoke in modern Sleepy Hollow due to a spell cast on him by his wife, Katrina Crane. Initially, she labeled him as crazy just like everyone else, but when he started to relay accurate details of the Headless Horseman, who killed her mentor, Sheriff August Corbin, she slowly began to believe his tale. They began to work together to solve the murders of Corbin and Reverend Knapp and eventually learned that they are the beginning of a plan orchestrated by an ancient demon named Moloch to bring about the End of Days and that she and Crane are the Witnesses spoken of in the Bible. She and Ichabod decide to take on the task of preventing the Apocalypse.

Abbie is Crane's guide to the 21st century and helps him slowly get acclimated to living in the modern world. As such, she has to teach him about modern appliances, new technologies, new foods and drinks, advances in language, and help him cope with the many social and societal changes that have occurred in the 230 years since he died. In doing so, she grows to understand him and they develop a strong friendship. Knowing what a big adjustment it is for him, Abbie does her best to make Ichabod feel at home in the modern age.

As Witnesses, Abbie and Ichabod work together to unravel the origin of the many supernatural occurrences in Sleepy Hollow and stop the rise of Moloch. Abbie learns to trust Ichabod's instincts and grows to depend on him in their missions. He teaches her to have faith, in their destiny as Witnesses, in their friends, and in him. That faith is demonstrated when Abbie decides to stay behind in Purgatory, firmly believing and trusting in Ichabod's promise that he'll come back for her. Abbie also teaches Ichabod that sacrifice isn't always necessary and that "there's always another way".

Abbie is fiercely loyal to Ichabod, her faith in him not wavering despite many obstacles and temptations. She's said that her faith in Ichabod is her greatest weakness. Abbie confides in him (and vice versa) and is able to sense when something is bothering him. She'll often do small gestures of kindness for him whenever he's feeling down or they've been through a particularly rough time and always tries to get him to see the positives in a situation. She worries over him whenever he decides to take on a task alone and has saved his life more than once (and vice versa).

Even when their friendship is tested, as it has been in season two, Abbie and Ichabod have shown that they are willing to be honest with each other and work through any disagreements or hurt feelings, coming out stronger for it in the end. Utimately, Abbie acknowledges that Ichabod is one of the most important people in her life and that their bond means more to her than she would like to admit.

Jenny Mills Edit

Jenny mills

Jenny Mills, Abbie's sister.

Jenny Mills is Abbie’s strong-willed and snarky younger sister. As children the sisters were very close. Sadly, they were both subjected to traumatic childhoods that included a string of foster homes and an encounter with a demon in the woods. Jenny was sent to a mental institution after she insisted on telling the truth about what she saw that day. Abbie escaped a similar fate by lying, but Jenny always believed Abbie’s actions to be a betrayal.

Jenny’s anger at her sister continued to fester over the years, spurred on by a demon named Ancitif that repeatedly took possession of her body. During these fits of possession Jenny would make threats against Abbie’s life. Jenny, fearing she would actually go through with the threats, would often purposefully get arrested in order to keep herself as far away from Abbie as possible. It is later revealed that she was marked that day in the woods, and Moloch had planned to use her to kill Abbie and hasten the coming of the apocalypse.

Jenny was reluctant to forgive her sister even after Abbie apologized, but they do manage a strained working relationship early on. Abbie came to rely on Jenny’s know-how involving just about all things supernatural and the more they interacted the more Jenny visibly softened around her sister. When Abbie found out about the possessions and Jenny’s sacrifice in order to keep her safe, they hugged for the first time in years. The first season closes with the two sisters closer than ever: Abbie declaring that she wants to confront Moloch for both their sakes and Jenny promising to hunt her down if she isn’t back by sunset.

Frank IrvingEdit

Frank Irving is Abbie's former captain and friend. He, Abbie and Ichabod work together in season one trying to uncover the secrets behind the mysterious happenings in Sleepy Hollow and stop the Headless Horseman. Initially, Frank didn't believe Abbie when she told him Ichabod's story, being a person of skepticism and logic, but from working various cases and seeing first hand some of the unexplainable things involved, Frank begins to trust in Abbie's faith in Ichabod and helps her whenever he can.

Upon his return from the grave, Abbie is suspicious of him, fearing that he's still under Jeremy's control.

August CorbinEdit

August Corbin is the former sheriff of Sleepy Hollow and was Abbie's mentor and father figure. He caught Abbie after she shoplifted from a store and gave her a choice of going to jail or straightening out her life. That meeting changed Abbie's life and inspired her to go into the police force. He trained her and she quickly rose through the ranks and became lieutenant. The two are implied to have been work partners on many cases and he gave her advice and encouragement whenever she needed it.

August is murdered by the Headless Horseman as the first casualty of the war against humanity. His death affects Abbie greatly and forces her to confront her past and the supernatural history of her town. He appears to her in a vision to give her one last piece of advice and he's often referenced by Abbie in the course of working cases since he invesitgated many of the otherworldly happenings in the town and logged them in his files.

Appearances Edit

Season 1
Pilot Blood Moon For the Triumph of Evil... The Lesser Key of Solomon John Doe
The Sin Eater The Midnight Ride Necromancer Sanctuary The Golem
The Vessel The Indispensable Man Bad Blood
Season 2
This Is War The Kindred Root of All Evil Go Where I Send Thee... The Weeping Lady
And the Abyss Gazes Back Deliverance Heartless Mama Magnum Opus
The Akeda Paradise Lost Pittura Infamante Kali Yuga Spellcaster
What Lies Beneath Awakening Tempus Fugit

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