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"Here I thought I'd actually awoken in the future and that my wife had been dead for 250 years. I'm glad that everything I'm seeing and hearing and touching is impossible, because that means it isn't actually happening."
—Ichabod Crane to Abbie Mills[src]

Ichabod Crane is the main protagonist and a man who, born in the 18th century, was a former Oxford history professor before becoming a captain in the Revolutionary War. Being killed in battle, Crane somehow awoke in a modern-day Sleepy Hollow. It was eventually revealed to him that his wife, Katrina, and her coven had cast a spell on him in order to resurrect him and put him on the correct path as one of the Witnesses mentioned in the biblical Book of Revelation. He found and formed a team with Abbie Mills, the Second Witness.

As time went on, Crane learned that his son, who was born after his battle with Death, was the Horseman of War. Ironically, to protect his friend Diana Thomas from Malcolm Dreyfuss, he was shot by Dreyfuss and became the new Horseman of War, but was returned to normal.


Early LifeEdit

Crane was once a professor of history in Oxford, who was enlisted to fight in the British army.[4] In 1770, he left Dover, England for the American colonies. Before he left, he spoke with his father, telling him he would miss his studies.[5]

One of his early duties in the British Army was to capture Arthur Benard, a freed slave suspected of treason. Crane met Arthur's nurse, Katrina Van Tassel, who was against his interrogation. Once alone, Arthur told Crane about demons who were disguised as soldiers and offered him a chance to fight alongside him. After the British lynched traitors in public as an example for the community, Crane opposed his superior, Colonel Banastre Tarleton, and expressed that executing people in public was wrong; Tarleton, in turn, accused him of being a traitor, which made Ichabod submit. However, within a brief second, Crane spotted Tarleton's face change into something demonic. Katrina spoke of Crane being a true Witness and a good man after this claim.[6]

Arriving late to resume Arthur's interrogation, Tarleton gave Ichabod the only option to redeem himself by taking Arthur to the forest and murdering him. Crane released him, and Arthur told him to repeat the words "Ordo Ab Chao" to Katrina and she shall bring him to George Washington. As Arthur escaped, he was murdered by Tarleton, who revealed himself to be a demon. After an unfair fight, the demon fled from the forest while Ichabod was taken back to Katrina for aid.[6] Being enlisted in the Queen's Royal Regiment, Crane was sent to America to fight off soldiers. He grew weary of the British tyranny in America and defected to the Continental Army, serving under General Washington.[4] At Washington's suggestion, Crane became an apprentice to Benjamin Franklin, and Crane assisted Franklin in his experiments in electricity[7]

In 1773, Ichabod was also a part of the Boston Tea Party movement (known at the time as "The Destruction of the Tea"), which he claimed to invent. The natural intent of the movement was so that Ichabod, Samuel Adams, and the Virginia militia could stop a British shipment in order to retrieve a special weapon. The weapon, encased in a stone box, was guarded by a Hessian. The Hessian lit a bomb, sparing only Ichabod. Therefore, he took the box and shipped it to Washington via ferry.[8]

Ichabod yields in battle

Abraham rejects Ichabod's yielding.

During this time, Crane befriended Abraham Van Brunt. Their relationship was very positive, and the two did productive things with one another, such as socializing at bars and practicing fencing. The two even left England together to join the American army. However, their friendship began to teeter once Abraham told Ichabod of Katrina, Abraham's betrothed. In 1774, Katrina confessed her love for Ichabod, which prompted her to leave Abraham. The next day, Ichabod and Abraham were tasked with an important duty to deliver the Declaration of Resolves of the First Continental Congress. Ichabod admitted his knowledge of the break-up and Katrina's love for him; this flustered Abraham and the two began to duel in enemy territory. Abraham ended up getting shot by a Redcoat and demanded that Ichabod leave him to die.[9]

Before the war started, during a night of the blood moon, Ichabod's camp had been completely destroyed by overwhelming power, incomparable to average artillery. Crane then heard tales of Serilda of Abaddon, and Washington claimed the Redcoats formed an alliance with the witch. Over time, similar ambushes began to happen.[10]

In 1775, Crane guarded a safe house where Samuel Adams and John Hancock were avoiding arrest. While on lookout, he was alerted by a lantern, lit by Paul Revere, that the crown had arrived in American colonies. Just before he was going to tell Adams of the alert, he spotted Adams giving Revere a Freemason manuscript that contained secrets.[11]

Ichabod fought alongside the Mohawk people and utilized espionage; he would later mention that they were great spies and could go untraced.[12] Two scouts he considered friends, Chief Wistaron and Wiroh, told him the story of how the dream demon Ro'kenhronteys had killed Wiroh's father for failing his friend.[3] He also spoke in favor of abolishing slavery and was part of the New York Abolitionist movement. During the war, he accepted an invitation to Lachlan Fredericks' manor with Katrina. Fredericks Manor was basically a coven, and had many freed slaves that willingly worked at the residence.[13]

In 1778, Crane was friends with Daniel Boone and heard about his brother, Squire's ailment after his expedition with the Shawnee. He also knew about the scars Daniel hid under his raccoon/beaver hat.[2]

In the latter half of the Revolutionary War, a British officer named John Andre was delivered to Washington. Washington and Ichabod visits Andre in his cell, and Ichabod explained that Andre's tongue was cut from his mouth. Papers in his possession led to Benedict Arnold's treachery, and both of them were executed. Washington captured Andre thanks to the help of the Dyer sisters. Ichabod saw them meet with Washington and noticed the snake brand on their wrists.[14]

Crane rose through the ranks and, during a discussion with Washington, it was revealed that the Revolution was being fought not just for the freedom of the Thirteen Colonies, but also for the fate of all mankind. In 1781, Crane was given a special task from Washington: To defeat a very specific Hessian soldier in battle, one who would be branded with the symbol of a bow on the back of his hand. When he faced the towering Redcoat in the field, Crane shot him, though his enemy arose nearly instantaneously. After being sliced in the chest by the enemy's broadaxe, Crane used his sword to decapitate the Redcoat. The two became linked by blood, and he seemingly died thereafter in triage, with his wife by his side, talking of a secret that he must know.[4]


Ichabod awakes

Ichabod emerges from his grave after two centuries.

Crane awoke in a cave in what he found to be 21st-century Sleepy Hollow. Shocked and in awe by the strangeness of the time, he was indicted for the murder of Sheriff August Corbin, which was actually caused by the Headless Horseman. He pleaded for his case to the reluctant Abbie Mills, who witnessed the murder herself. Crane was considered insane by the police and for the most part, Abbie, but she believed that Crane's knowledge could hold the key to solving the murder and finding the true killer. Abbie disobeyed orders and asked Crane to show her where he had awoken.

Revisiting the cave, Crane came across a Bible buried with him. The marked passage foretold the story of Revelation, which made Ichabod speculate that the Headless Horsemen is one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The Headless Horseman struck again and Crane was dragged to a murder scene with Abbie, where he came across his wife's tombstone which stated Katrina was burned for witchcraft. After a short argument, Abbie took Crane to a psychiatric ward, where she revealed something supernatural that happened to her in the past.

Crane was visited by Katrina, who confirmed that she was a witch given the duty of preventing the Apocalypse. Katrina revealed that her grave contained the Horseman's skull and that she was trapped in Purgatory. Katrina then told Ichabod that he was the first Witness and must stop the Headless Horseman from retrieving his skull which would restore him to full power. Afterwards, Crane and Abbie, the second Witness, successfully prevented the Horseman from getting his skull and formed an alliance.[4]

Staying the night in a motel, Ichabod was under surveillance by the police. He was visited by Katrina in a dream, forewarning him about an evil to come. Crane was then taken by Abbie to attend Corbin's funeral and he shared the pain with her by mourning his wife. However, that's when Crane came to the conclusion that the evil Katrina spoke of was a witch. After some time, they were called to a crime scene where the victim was burnt to ash. Crane noticed that the victim's heart was missing.

Searching for more information, he discovered an underground tunnel that led to a chamber where he and Abbie could plan. Crane came to the conclusion that the witch, Serilda, was hunting down her victims based on their bloodlines as their ancestors killed her in the past. Crane and Abbie missed the chance of catching Serilda's after she obtained her target: a dead man's ashes. Using his ashes, she regained her flesh and pursued Ichabod. Using the gunpowder in the tunnels, he threw a torch to create a massive explosion, defeating Serilda.[10]

The Dream DemonEdit

Ichabod stung with venom

The scorpion sting gives the dreamers full control in Ro'kenhronteys' world.

After witnessing a public suicide of a woman named Dr. Maura Vega. Abbie told Ichabod that Vega's eyes were white. When examining the eye, it exploded, being filled with sand. Abbie confessed to him that she had a nightmare that included Crane, a faceless creature and Dr. Vega, although she had never met her before. Crane and Abbie dug up files on Dr. Vega and found out that she was Jenny's former doctor. After a lot of convincing, Crane was taken to see Jenny. She agreed to speak with Ichabod alone, but he got nothing out of her because of her grudge with Abbie. Wanting to know more behind what damaged the sisters' relationship, Crane was told by Abbie that she didn't confess to seeing anything that day in the forest. Unlike Abbie, Jenny ended up in mental institutions. Next visit was Garrett Gillespie, who found Abbie and Jenny when they were missing. It turned out Gillespie put himself at gunpoint and asked to speak with Abbie. After hearing gunshots, Ichabod ran to Abbie's aid, but Gillespie took his own life. After discussing Abbie's nightmare, Crane recalled connections to a creature named "Ro'kenhronteys" he heard of in the past. They both went to Seamus in hopes for defeating the creature. He prepared a ritual for Abbie, and Ichabod insisted that he'd join along to help Abbie face Ro'kenhronteys. With the help of Crane, Abbie destroyed Ro'kenhronteys. Afterward, Crane admitted to Abbie that it'd be best if she were to amend her relationship with Jenny.[15]

Search for Jenny MillsEdit

Patiently sitting in the car and poetically speaking to a female executive from NorthStar Assistance named Yolanda about Katrina, Ichabod was approached by Abbie and notified that Jenny escaped from the institution. In the midst of receiving information, Ichabod was told of Abbie's difficult childhood. Ichabod suggested the best lead would be to visit Jenny's past foster homes to gain information on her whereabouts. Eventually, they learned of a cabin Jenny would go to in order to visit a friend. Breaking in the cabin, both recognized photographs with both Jenny and Corbin. Eventually, they ran into Jenny who held them at gun point. Fed up by their senseless arguing, Ichabod silenced both sisters. Jenny immediately uncovered something that Corbin wanted to keep safe: A sextant. Ichabod helped understand the mechanism that was actually a projector that showed a map, created by Washington, of Sleepy Hollow from the 18th century. The map showed the location of a chest Ichabod found with his militia during The Boston Tea Party. Shortly, the group was ambushed by a modern-day Hessian group who escaped with the sextant. Holding one Hessian hostage, he killed himself with a cyanide pill after telling Crane their objectives; to use The Lesser Key of Solomon to unleash 76 demons upon Earth. His last words were "Moloch shall rise". Ichabod, Abbie and Crane reached the destination and stopped the Hessian group and destroyed the book. Ichabod himself learned that Moloch is the one who guarded Katrina in Purgatory.[8]

Finding the Lost ColonyEdit

Ichabod in quarantine

Ichabod is quarantined after contracting the unidentified illness.

Crane is dragged on another emergency with Abbie, and is taken to a young, sick boy who spoke Middle English. Being fluent in this language, Crane communicated with him and is told that he is from Roanoke. He and Abbie looked up cases on lost children and couldn't seem to find one on the young boy. Later, Ichabod was taken to the hospital where the young boy, listed as a John Doe, was a patient due to having an unidentified illness. The boy told Ichabod of an evil girl and Conquest. Ichabod came to the conclusion that he is from the sixteenth century Roanoke, also known as the lost colony. Using his skills to track down the village, Ichabod found the village with Abbie. Notably, all the villagers possessed the illness. Crane spoke with John Doe's father, and was told that the colony protected the people and prevented the illness from spreading. Upon returning back to Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod learned that the illness of John Doe began spreading like a plague and that Ichabod, himself, contracted it. While in quarantine, Ichabod awoke in Purgatory, and was found by Katrina. After speaking with her, he woke up being taken to Roanoke by Abbie. He was enlightened that the illness may go away once they are baptized in the colony's holy water. Ultimately, they were cured; John Doe, along with his village, and Conquest vanished.[16]

Ultimate SacrificeEdit

Ichabod drinks poison

Ichabod willingly gives into sacrificing himself.

After enjoying a baseball game with Abbie, Ichabod departed from her to visit Katrina's grave. Strangely, Ichabod is shot with a tranquilizer dart. He gained back consciousness and awoke in an underground cell and was confronted by a man who was leader of the group, later identified as the Freemasons. Ichabod made it well know that he, too, is a mason. When requested, he told them stories of when he was a solider in the British army, and when he first learned of his place as a witness. When the Masons' learned of his connection to the Headless Horseman's, they came to a conclusion that Ichabod had to take his own life in order to end the horseman's in return. Afterward, he was found by Abbie, who highly refused to let him die and told him of the Sin Eater named Henry Parrish. Not wasting any time, Ichabod drank the poison he was given. After the poison began to take effect, he was approached by Henry, who quickly severed the link between Crane and horseman.[6]

Mason MeetingEdit

The Headless Horseman captured

The horseman is successfully led into a trap.

Ichabod explained to Abbie that the Freemasons planned to have a meeting to discuss a way to defeat the Headless Horseman. Abbie, on the other hand, wasn't allowed to attend the meeting, but Ichabod eventually insisted. Later that night, Ichabod reached the masonic lodge and was alerted by gunshots inside the residence. Armed with a sword, Ichabod investigated and witnessed the Masons decapitated. Running into Abbie, they spotted the Headless Horseman fleeing the scene. While the police department investigated the crime scene, Ichabod searched for clues to defeat the horseman, and he realized that the horseman was looking for his skull. With the permission of Captain Irving, Ichabod came to a conclusion that they had to destroy it. After multiple attempts, the skull couldn't be destroyed. Finally, Ichabod and Abbie found the heads of the Mason's which were hanging from a building like lanterns. Ichabod told Abbie stories of the use of lanterns in his past, and mentioned remembering a manuscript that told of secrets to destroy the horseman. The next day, Ichabod and Abbie visited the Tarrytown Museum of Colonial History to locate the manuscript. Meanwhile being taken away from interrupting a tour, Abbie notified Ichabod that the manuscript was accessible online. While alone, Ichabod deciphered the manuscript by revealing a hidden password engraved in the back of the skull's teeth. He found Abbie, holding Andy at gunpoint. After Andy left, she told Ichabod that Andy shared information that the horseman could be caught. With the help of Frank, they created a diversion and lured the horseman into the masonic cell, weakening him with ultraviolet lights.[11]

Unmasking the horsemanEdit

After communication with the horseman through Andy Brooks, Ichabod discovered that the horseman was Abraham Van Brunt. Abraham made a deal with Moloch by taking on the role as the horseman of Death in exchange for Katrina. He was sent by the Hessians in an attempt to kill Paul Revere during his Midnight Ride, but failed. He fought against Ichabod, and the battle ended with Ichabod dying after being sliced in the chest by the horseman's axe and Abraham decapitated and their blood linked.

Talking care of the Hidden OneEdit

With the Hidden One close to becoming fully omnipotent and annihilating all of mankind, Abbie, Crane, Jenny, Sophie and Joe get ready for the trip to the Catacombs. Abbie and Crane will take Betsy's flag to the Delaware River where it should guide them to the Catacombs. Once there, they will restore Pandora's box and use it to drain the Hidden One's power. Both Witnesses need to be present in The Temple of the Gods in order to restore the Box. Everyone else is to stay behind and slow the Hidden One down by any means necessary. On a small boat in the middle of the river, Abbie holds the flag and begins to sing the national anthem, suddenly they are on the River Styx, gateway to the Underworld. They spot members of Washington's crew who have been frozen in death's rigor for over 200 years. Crane finds a note written by Betsy Ross. She states that soon after they discovered an insurgent on board, he set off an explosive that slaughtered the entire regiment. Crane notes that somehow, Betsy and Washington survived, made it to the Catacombs. Crane and Abbie continue to search the bodies but can't find anything to indicate how to enter the Catacombs. One of the men attacks Crane, and even after Mills slices him in half with a sword, he refuses to die. They pin him down, and Crane spots a dark magic charm hanging from the monster's neck. It gives the wearer the curse of eternal life. Abbie and Crane get what they need and arrive at a portal in the woods that appears to be the entrance to the Catacombs. Crane and Abbie make it to the temple. Following Pandora's instructions, the find their way to an inner chamber where Abbie spots a body covered with a sheet. It turns out to be Betsy Ross. Betsy appears to be dead. Crane figures the chamber is where the Eye of Providence was kept, and magical properties would have kept Betsy's remains intact. Abbie can't believe that Betsy was trapped alone in that room for centuries. Crane wants to give Betsy an impromptu funeral service, but the thing is, she's not dead. Abbie recalls how she and Washington entered the chamber together. They took the Eye and wrapped it in the flag. But Betsy became curious and lingered inside too long. The door shut with her on the wrong side. Whatever sequence Washington used to open the chamber didn't work, and he had to leave her, promising to come back. She tried everything she could to escape but eventually accepted her fate. Betsy wants to know how the war is going, and when Crane questions how long Betsy thinks she's been trapped, she says months.[17]

Still at the Catacombs, Ichabod has to get Pandora's Box reassembled and save the world. They are keeping the fact that they are from the future under wraps or risk throwing the time stream into utter chaos. But Betsy is curious. Crane performs the incantation as instructed, but the box doesn't have its silver hue. It seems Pandora left out some information about the Eternal Soul of a Witness. The box opens, and a cloud of black smoke starts to envelope Abbie. Betsy and Crane fight to shut the lid, but the box turns silver and Abbie collapses. Abbie awakens, but she's weak and senses something is wrong. Crane says the box took something very precious, Abbie's soul. He's also got to tell Betsy that they will not be returning together. Apparently, if Betsy enters the well, she'll return to her proper place in history none the wiser. She senses the strong bond between Crane and Abbie and acknowledges his heart belongs to her. This explains why the two never spoke again after she returned. Abbie and Crane return home. Jenny tells them about Joe. Crane swears the Hidden One will pay for his role in Joe's demise. Jenny's been looking for ways to modify their arsenal by researching myths where gods are killed like the Norse Ragnarok, "Twilight of the Gods," a battle in which all existence was destroyed and remade. Ezra is jumping right in. He finds a tome in the Archives called the Elder Edda. If there's a clue in the Ragnarok myth, they'll find it in there. They've got the box, but Pandora is missing. The Hidden One took off with her once his power was restored. Abbie and Crane head to FBI headquarters where Sophie and Reynolds alert them to a big storm building over the Hudson Valley, and Abbie figures out that the Hidden One is at the epicenter.[18]

Crane, Jenny and Abbie arrive to the Hidden One's hideout. Jenny and Abbie distract him with some Greek Fire while Crane gives Pandora her box. The box starts to do its thing but stops just short of getting rid of the Hidden One forever. In order to stop him, Abbie knows what it needs, but she's resisting. Abbie's soul is the binding agent to hold the darkness together. Abbie opens the box and tells Crane to never give up hope. She gets sucked into the box. The Hidden One is left behind, but he has no power. Jenny shoots him. Pandora is incensed, it was supposed to be her victory, not Jenny's. Crane tells Pandora that the threat is over, so wherever her container took Abbie, Pandora needs to return her, but Pandora is tired of being ordered around. She's ready to be worshiped. With the Hidden One gone, she has his powers. Pandora played them. Pandora has no plans to destroy the world, she likes it. After making this proclamation, she disappears. Jenny, Crane and Ezra plot to overthrow Pandora. Crane plans to use the Blavatsky Map, which locates monsters, to battle Pandora. Crane and Jenny give Pandora another chance to bring Abbie back, but this appears to be a non-negotiable for her, so Crane calls forth the Headless Horseman at the church. He offers the Horseman his head. The Horseman and Pandora do battle, but he's really no match for a goddess. Realizing his former nemesis can't conquer her on his own, he rushes to the Horseman's aid. The horseman lands a devastating blow to Pandora and she drops to the ground. Crane is devastated that he lost Abbie. Crane demands Pandora let her out, but Pandora says Abbie was never inside the box, she's dead and gone. With Pandora dead, the box prepares to explode. They take it to the tunnles but get caught in the explosion. Crane wakes up in the waiting room between life and death, and it's his chance to say goodbye to Abbie. She explains the box took her soul, but now that the box is broken, she's free. Abbie also explains they are Eternal Souls. Abbie tells Crane that whatever the next stage is, she's ready. They will meet again, but in the meantime he's to bash monsters and look out for Jenny. Abbie goes in for a fist bump, but Crane kisses her hand and bows instead. Crane comes to, Jenny is frantic. She wants to know about her sister, but the look on his face makes it clear Abbie isn't coming back this time.[18]


Not long after Abbie's death, Crane pays a visit to Abbie's grave. He fills her in on what's been going on in her absence. He's in charge of the Archives and pursuing his citizenship. Things have been quiet on the monster front, but he doesn't expect that to last. On cue, Ezra shows up. Abbie's death has set wheels in motion, and Crane needs all the information Ezra can give him. There must always be two witnesses. When one dies, their soul doesn't move on, it's eternal. The essence passes on to someone from their extended bloodline, turning them into the next Witness. Crane has to find her before "they" do. Ezra gives him a letter from George Washington dated 1789. A flashback shows Washington and Betsy discussing Crane's future. They know that hundreds of years in the future, Crane will be carrying on what they have built. It would be Crane's duty to head a secret organization founded by Washington to battle the supernatural. Ezra says not all of the men in the organization are bad, but some have lost their way. It seems FBI guy Jack Waters is one of those men because he shows up, and Ezra takes off. Crane is off to Washington D.C.[18]

Ichabod is locked up for about 2 weeks and forced to describe his personal history and how he wound up partnering with Abbie. Finally, Ichabod decides it’s time to escape and knocks out his interrogator. Once out, Ichabod runs down corridors until he discovers a room with photos of he and Abbie along with lots of research material. Still unsure who exactly he’s running from, Ichabod makes his escape and comes out on a foggy runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The fog clears and he sees the iconic buildings of the nation’s Capital in the distance. Ichabod makes it into the city and wanders around the Capital before heading over to the Lincoln Memorial. Ichabod races up and sees Lincoln’s head from the statue has been removed. He runs into Agent Diana Thomas from the FBI. Ichabod helps her fight a demon off and, confused, Diana turns her gun on him after the demon flees. Ichabod does his best to calm her down. Diana doesn’t put her gun away, but she does let him escape to pursue the demon. Ichabod returns to the place where he had been held captive as the demon's trail went cold. He enters the room with all of the drawings and finds Diana there and accidentally startles her. She’s adamant demons don’t exist. She won’t say “demon” but seems to be following Ichabod’s explanation that he and the demon; which was released after Lincoln’s statue’s head was chopped off. Later, Ichabod leaves a voice mail while calling Jenny telling her he hasn’t found the new witness yet. He’s in the passenger seat of Diana’s police car but handcuffed to the front seat. She brings up that there is a kind of archive for the supernatural. He wants to check out the Vault immediately. The man working behind the desk, Jake, knows all about Ichabod’s Sleepy Hollow work. Jake’s job is to catalogue all the happenings that occur on the fringes. Diana seems to believe both men are nuts and wants to leave, but Ichabod is fascinated by this place. Just then a small boom is heard and it turns out the Vault’s front room is just that; a front to hide the grandeur of the actual facility. Jake and the woman who set off the explosion, Alex, show Ichabod around the place. Ichabod finds books with Washington’s seal. Ichabod determines there’s a text written beneath the text in Benjamin Franklin’s code.[19]

Ichabod determines the demon was raised back in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth who used it to kill President Lincoln. Booth summoned the demon into his own body, however, Mary Todd Lincoln – who apparently was aware of demons and tried to keep her husband safe – ultimately sealed the demon in an underground chamber following her husband’s murder. That chamber is under the Lincoln Memorial, and the demon was released when Lincoln’s head was chopped off his statue. Jake convinces Alex to show them the tunnels. Diana and Ichabod head into the tunnels where the two learn a lot about each other. Ichabod and Diana discover where the demon was staying. Ichabod becomes convinced the flag is a trigger for the demon because it was initially summoned to destroy the Union. Ichabod, Diana, Jake, and Alex try to figure out how to combat the demon and keep the death toll at the concert to a minimum. Diana wonders why the walls of the demon’s cell were made of copper and Jake says copper must be the demon’s Kryptonite. They need to make weapons out of copper and Alex volunteers to throw something together. The next day Diana and Ichabod walk through the crowd, and Ichabod’s insulted for wearing clothing that’s out of style by men dressed in "Hamilton” attire." He then spots the demon. Ichabod unfolds a large American flag and belts out “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” grabbing the demon’s attention. Diana calls and lets Jake and Alex know they’re on their way. Alex made “magical” bullets out of copper. The newly formed foursome wait for the demon, but he’s so fast he gets the jump on Jake and starts to strangle him. Just then Jenny shows up, throws down a taunt, and then shoots the demon. Ichabod introduces her to the others. They hug, obviously glad to be together again. With the Demon taken care of, Jenny and Ichabod at last have time to discuss their findings. Jenny admits she’s no closer to finding the next witness than Ichabod. Jenny tells him he’s not alone, reminding him the entire country is there because of him. Now it’s Ichabod and Diana’s turn to have a quiet chat, and he says he’s going to stay in DC for a while to find out who abducted him and why. She’s determined to find the people behind Eric’s death and Ichabod warns her if she starts down this path, there’s no looking back.[19]

Washington DCEdit

As a storm gathers outside, Ichabod calls to Abbie. He sees someone running through the shadows but they don't respond to his calls. A young girl appears. Ichabod wakes up from his nightmare. Jenny is in a trance and stroking a singing bowl. Jenny says she thought it might work to find the new Witness. Ichabod explains about seeing the girl and that she seemed familiar, He leaves Jenny's trailer and thanks her relocating to DC for him. They're in a junkyard. She offers to do some research while Ichabod goes to the vault to check the files. Ichabod comes in through the hidden door to the tunnels and explains that he doesn't have a clearance badge to access the agency normally. Ichabod explains that he needs a book on dream interpretation. Once Jake gets the book. Alex brings Ichabod his badge, and Ichabod explains that he hopes to find a part of his past. Ichabod gets a call from Diana. Diana gives Ichabod a location, and he meets her at a field. She admits that she called him against her better judgment, and points out that the victim was stabbed in the back and her tongue was cut out. She figures that it was a Wiccan ritual killing, and shows Ichabod her camera view of the body... which reveals a different, older face. Ichabod explains that it's a glamour. Ichabod examines the body and finds a snake brand on its wrist. He tells Diana that he believes the woman visited Sleepy Hollow a long time ago. Ichabod explains that the coven used their power to sniff out liars. He believes that the dead woman is Moll. Ichabod realizes that Moll was killed by the other two coven members. She puts out an APB on women with the unique brand. Diana drives Ichabod into DC and he talks of the promise that the buildings hold. A hit on her APB comes in, and as Ichabod sees her phone, he realizes that the wallpaper is a photo of Molly: the girl he saw in his vision.[14]

Once they get to the bar, Ichabod calls Jenny and tells her about Molly. Diana interrupts him, and Jenny gives him a cover story over the phone without much luck. He quickly hangs up, and Diana brings up the security footage showing Malligo and Marg leaving the scene after killing everyone in the bar. Ichabod figures that the sisters will need to regain their energy. Ichabod calls Jake and he checks the immigration records and gives Ichabod and Diana the names of the two sisters, they owned a property. Moll's body was found near the land, and Diana says that she needs to stop before they go there. At the elementary school, Diana and Ichabod pull up and Diana goes to get Molly. She runs over to check on Molly, and then asks Jenny why she's there. Ichabod comes over and Molly recognizes him. She speaks, saying, "Hello," and Diana stares at her daughter in surprise. Molly continues speaking, telling Diana what happened. Clara arrives to pick up Molly. Jenny tells Ichabod that she needed to see Molly. Ichabod warns her that Molly isn't Abbie, and Jenny agrees. She says that they have to help Diana and Molly get through it. Diana comes over and demands an explanation, and Jenny says that they were concerned for Molly's safety.[14]

Ichabod and Diana return to the wetlands with Jenny, and Ichabod uses a camera to penetrate the glamour and see the Dyer Manor. They enter the house. Diana finds a dagger and Jenny warns that a single cut is instantly fatal. Ichabod figures that the sisters have some kind of machine maintaining the glamour, and notice a clock with mystic symbols. Diana reaches forward to touch it, and the clock glows as it speeds up. The hands stop after a moment, and Malligo magically pulls Diana out of the room. She then comes in and Jenny goes to help Diana. Malligo recognizes Ichabod from when he was with Washington. Malligo says that she and her sisters were trapped there to guard their captor's treasure. Ichabod has no idea what she's talking about and shoots her, but Malligo easily dodges the bolt. She says that he's lying by omission, including about Molly, and casts the curse. However, she realizes that Ichabod's bolt hit the grandfather clock, just as he intended. The glamour fades and the two sisters take on their true appearance. Jenny kicks Marg back and Diana shoots her dead. Ichabod throws the Dagger at Malligo, it creates a cut across her cheak. The clock spins out of control, and Ichabod runs out as a blast of magical energy from it destroys Malligo and ends the glamour. Diana says that she needs a moment and leaves Ichabod and Jenny. Jenny tells him that Diana can handle things, and Ichabod says that they'll tell her the truth about Molly that night. Later at the vault, Alex shows the others two documents that she found in the clock. They realize that there were similar symbols on the Booth vault, and Ichabod figures the Booth demon was standing guard over a talisman as well. He realizes that someone is unleashing evil to recover mystical artifacts. Diana says that they can talk about it the next day after she spends a night with Molly. Ichabod and Jenny sit outside in Jenny's truck, and Jenny realizes that they're not going to tell Diana what's going on. They watch mother and daughter through the window, and Ichabod says that they deserve one night's peace.[14]

Personality Edit

Crane is very much a duty-driven man, except when it comes to his wife. Ichabod's love for his wife deteriorates ater finding out she is a lying, manipulative witch. Crane is also very loyal to his friends, and values honor of all. He also loves his son and, despite him becoming War, never lost hope in him.


  • Eidetic memory: Ichabod has an eidetic memory which allows him to easily remember things he sees and hears, even tastes and smells, with perfect accuracy.
  • Occult knowledge: Ichabod is highly knowledgeable in regards to the occult.
  • Multilingual: Ichabod is fluent in a number languages which include English (Modern and Middle), German, Greek, Latin, Sumerian, Cunieform and Franklin's Alphabet.
  • Observant: Ichabod is very observant and is skilled at reading people's expressions.
  • Basic combatant: Ichabod is experienced swordsmanship, marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat.


Jeremy CraneEdit

Katrina placed Jeremy in the care of Grace Dixon and her husband, Jacob leaving him with a makeshift doll that would serve as his protector in the absence of his parents. Jeremy's cry initiated a fire, which killed both Grace and her husband, and he was soon after placed in an orphanage.

Katrina CraneEdit

Ichabod and Katrina at Fredick's Manor

Ichabod and Katrina visit Frederick's Manor arm in arm.

Ichabod first met Katrina when she was a Quaker friend of a man named Arthur Bernard. Ichabod, who worked as a Redcoat at the time, was sent to interrogate and even kill. Katrina was bitter and cold to Ichabod, despite his attempt to be charming. Katrina, however, could look at him and tell of the good man for whom he truly is. When he implied seeing something evil in one of the Hessians, she warned him of the dangers he was in. When Ichabod was sent with Arthur Bernard out into the woods to be shot, but when Ichabod set him free, his commanding officer shot Arthur and revealed himself to be a demon. Ichabod fought him, but ended up wounded. Katrina saw him outside her window and helped him inside to treat him. Since then, he made a pledge to fight against evil.[6] He and Katrina became well acquainted since then. Much to Ichabod's concern, Katrina was betrothed to Ichabod's best friend, Abraham Van Brunt. While shopping for a necklace for Katrina, Abraham asked for Ichabod's advice and he ended up choosing a necklace the perfectly suited her. At a party, she confessed her love for Ichabod, and told him she was going to break off the engagement. Ichabod wasn't fond of the idea. Not long after, she did. While on a mission through enemy territory, Ichabod confessed, saying he knew, and that he and Katrina would like his blessing. Abraham acted out in anger, and soon died from the Redcoats, resulting in becoming the Horseman of Death.[9] When proposing to Katrina, Ichabod hadn't mentioned his former fiance named Mary Wells. It was until Mary Wells showed up to continue their relationship, that Ichabod told Mary the truth.[20]

Though Katrina and Ichabod were married not long after Ichabod became a Patriot and fought for General Washington, Ichabod had no idea Katrina was a witch. Only after his death and resurrection did he find out she cast a spell on him. When with Abbie Mills Ichabod found Katrina's gravestone, she had been burnt for witchcraft.[4] Since then, Katrina has only been able to contact Ichabod through dreams and visions, finding out that she was trapped in Purgatory. Ichabod has displayed signs of anguish in regards to the whereabouts of his wife. During Corbin's funeral, Ichabod, too, mourned his wife's absence.[10] The thought of even celebrating Thanksgiving without her bothered him as well.[13] It was also revealed that Katrina left for a short time to give birth to their only son Jeremy Crane. However, a danger in the house she birthed in forced her to leave. She didn't tell Ichabod about their baby, which began to fracture their relationship as husband and wife.[13] With the help of a man named Henry Parish, he helped Ichabod enter Purgatory. Regardless of her warnings to not do so, Ichabod came to her rescue. In order for Katrina to leave Purgatory, a soul would need to take her place. Abbie sacrificed her soul to stay behind, and Ichabod was grateful, promising to return and save her. Being united with Katrina, it didn't take much time before Katrina was held captive, by Henry, again.[21]

Abbie MillsEdit

Ichabod learns fistbumping

After victoriously capturing Abraham, Abbie teaches Ichabod the fist bump as a result of their teamwork.

Being the second witness, Ichabod's partnership with Abbie has transformed into loyalty since they first met. When Ichabod first met Abbie, it took her a while to warm up to him. Confused by the era he was in, he assumed Abbie was an emancipated slave, but he assured to her that he wasn't a racist and was apart of the abolitionist movement. Crane never understood how Abbie could be such a skeptic, but eventually learned the truths of her past as a teenager. This made Ichabod sympathetic to Abbie, which made her the same in return. After being ordered to be taken to a mental institution, Crane was removed by Abbie and have been working together ever since.[4] He excessively calls her "lieutenant" and rarely by her first or surname. It didn't take long for Crane to gain Abbie's trust and vise-versa. Ichabod realized that he could tell Abbie things that were bothering him if he sought comfort. They both, for instance, share a sarcastic wit they commonly use to lighten the mood in their everyday life or in the most inappropriate moments. Crane first put his very own life on the line for Abbie confronting Ro'kenhronteys. Ichabod drank the a substance that would send him to Ro'kenhronteys' world so that Abbie wouldn't have to face him alone.[15]

When Ichabod first entered Purgatory with Abbie to save Katrina, Katrina couldn't leave without a soul taking her place. Abbie insisted, but Ichabod strongly opposed. Abbie convinced Ichabod to trust her, and before separating, promised that he would return for her.[21] Doing everything in his power and knowledge, he obtained a key that could loophole two souls out of Purgatory at once. Ichabod kept his promise and freed Abbie from Purgatory.[7] Later, he displayed signs of being protective. When Ichabod learned that Nicholas Hawley had feelings for her, he indirectly discussed with Abbie that it wouldn't be wise to get into a relationship with such a man who only cared about profit.[22] Another time was when he lured away Abraham, getting shot at, to prevent him from discovering where Abbie was hidden.[23] Again, Abbie had gotten shot in the shoulder, terrified and angered, Crane vengefully killed the demon. Crane has ultimately come to an understanding that Abbie's life and well-being matters to him and that he can't fulfill this path without her.[24]

Joe Corbin Edit


Joseph Corbin as shown in Season 3.

The son of the late sheriff August Corbin. Ichabod first met him when he was inflicted by the curse of the Wendigo, due to the grievance of his father's death. After unveiling a chest filled with poison for Jeremy, he later had a heart-to-heart with Abbie, assuring him she wasn't responsible for August's demise. As gratitude for reversing the transformation when Ichabod used a Shawnee spell, he later decided to aid the team and continue his father's work. Several months later, he became a valuable ally as he met and teamed up with his best friend, Jenny. They were on a quest to search for a sacred relic his father collected known as the Shard of Anubis. He was able to help the team indirectly as he collected some useful items during that time, as well as slaying a few monsters here and there. Later on, he became his enemy as he transformed into the Wendigo again when Pandora tried to repair her Box by draining a monster's vitality. It wore off for a time, until his final metamorphosis done by the Hidden One. He was then shot by Jenny to protect her estranged father, Ezra, and died soon after.

Zoe CorinthEdit

While not intentionally a fighter in the supernatural war, she still counts as a close friend to Ichabod. They first met after his speech of what America stood for, and caught him outside. She found out that he was determined to save the Archives from being demolished and being remade into an upcoming strip mall, and in order to do it, he must become an American citizen to sign the paperwork. They commiserate about all the hassles of red tape. She's been having issues with a similar situation. Later on, she tracks him down at the archive to offer her help with getting him through the process of the citizenship. Turns out her brother-in-law was on "the congressional subcommittee for immigration.” He passed with flying colors, but was unable to make it to an interview because of the search for his best friend, Abbie. The last time she saw him was after their encounter with the Kindred. Due to fear, she fainted and was rescued by him and his teammates, but she decided to break things off. However, before leaving, she wished him the best of luck for his future.

Sophia Foster Edit


Sophia "Sophie" Foster

Rumored to be Abbie's temporary replacement, she first teamed up with Ichabod after he made a failed attempt to guide her soul back from Pandora's tree. When they encountered a demon feeding on desperation, she revealed that she wants to fight against evil after her parents were killed by paranormal forces. She's known to be an artifact collector, much like Jenny and Joe, and she proved her resolve when she betrayed Nevins and revealed she went incognito as an FBI agent working for Reynolds. Even though she has a tricky personality as she constantly switches sides, she is one of Ichabod's closest companions.

Diana Thomas Edit


Diana Thomas, Ichabod's new partner.

A single mom who was once a military officer, and the head of Homeland Security. After his escape in Washington, Ichabod eventually caught up with Diana at the Lincoln Memorial. She's rumored to be the new Witness and Abbie's replacement after her sudden, unexpected death. Unfortunately, she's a skeptic when it comes to the paranormal, always denying Ichabod's own experiences. Until her partner, Eric, died after John Wilkes Booth killed him. Since then, she's determined to find the people responsible for the incident and also protect her daughter, Molly, from harm.



  • The name "Ichabod" means "no glory" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Ichabod is the grandson of Eli and the son of Phinehas.[25]

Character NotesEdit

  • Ichabod stated that he watches Glee.[26]
  • Ichabod was married to Katrina for six years before the end of the Revolutionary War.[27]
  • Is a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series. The City on the Edge of Forever taught him about not disturbing the future by altering the past.
  • Ichabod once said in Season 1 that his favorite alcoholic beverage is rum, but he dislikes egg nog.
  • On the Season 2 finale, it was revealed that Ichabod Crane was supposed to die around November 1781, but thankfully it was averted by Abbie. So if you do the math, from the time he was actually killed, he was dead/asleeep for 231 years and 9 months, not 250 years.
  • He has been nicknamed by Jake Wells as "Captain Brownbeard," it was obvious since he's a big fan of him. It can refer to his rank during the Revolution and his signature appearance.
  • He was also nicknamed "Mr. Downtown Abbey" by his new partner, Diana. Even though it was used as a mockery, he didn't seem to mind and he actually liked the place.
  • Ichabod is a serious Harry Potter fan and sees himself in the house Ravenclaw.[28]


Season One
"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 Two
"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"
Season Three
"I, Witness" "Whispers in the Dark" "Blood and Fear" "The Sisters Mills" "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
"This Red Lady from Caribee" "The Art of War" "Novus Ordo Seclorum" "One Life" "Incident At Stone Manor"
"Kindred Spirits" "Sins of the Father" "Dark Mirror" "Into the Wild" "Incommunicado"
"Dawn's Early Light" "Delaware" "Ragnarok"
Season Four
"Columbia" "In Plain Sight" "Heads of State" "The People vs. Ichabod Crane" "Blood from a Stone"
"Homecoming" "Loco Parentis" "Sick Burn" "Child's Play" "Insatiable"
"The Way of the Gun" "Tomorrow" "Freedom"
Bones: Season Eleven
"The Resurrection in the Remains"


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