“The hollow merc”

Films: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Alias: The Headless Horseman

Type: Mystical

Location: Civilized Area/Forest

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Neutral, leaning on Evil

Summary: For many, the last thing they want to encounter while going alone in the forest path is a ghostly maniac without a head and riding a black steed. The Headless Horseman is a nightmare in every story he's in. And in this one, the nightmare only intensifies.

History: A violent hessian who participated in the War of Independence, this nameless horseman specialized in lopping off heads, and even had his teeth sharpened to points. But eventually, he was confronted alone, and decapitated with his own sword. But he did not stay dead after being buried. He's looking for his original head, and worse, he's being mind controlled by Lady Van Tassel, who's out for revenge against the entire hollow for driving her to poverty, and in possession of the man's skull.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: Our heroes, led by Ichabod Crane, manage to get the skull back into the hessian's possession after foiling Van Tassel. Enraged at the madwoman for using him in such a way, the undead soldier rides her to Hell through a possessed tree.

Powers/Abilities: Immortality.

Weakness: If he finally finds his original head, he will leave this world.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-Unstoppable in life and especially death, this hessian cuts through anything like it's nothing. He looked like an outright ghoul with those teeth of his! Still, he only attacks the innocent when being forced to, and when he isn't, he only strikes those who have wronged him or challenge him.

Trivia: -The Horseman of the original Washington Irving story got his head taken off by a cannonball, and he was still patrolling the hollow by the end.

-Although Christopher Walken was ultimately the one to play as the hessian, Marlon Brando was considered earlier. A blessing in disguise that he was dropped...

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Did you really have to make a pun?!

Face it. No-one is safe.
Politicians are sure-as-heck fair game back in the day.

Not even your children will be spared.
Did I just get myself a photoshop job?

Don't stick around to see what happens next.

Honestly, you look rather dashing.