Headless Horseman
Background information
Feature films The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Animators Glen Keane
Tony Bancroft
Tom Bancroft
Aaron Blaise
Michael Cedeno
Trey Finney
Tony Fucile
David Recinos
Jim Snider
Dan Tanaka
Anthony Ho Wong
Ellen Woodbury
Voice Pinto Colvig
Robert Axelrod
Performance model
Designer Paul and Gaetan Brizzi
Glen Keane
Inspiration The Headless Horseman from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Awards none known
Character information
Other names The Headless Man, The Ghost
Personality Scary, evil, mysterious
Appearance Slender, really headless, black clothing, purple cape
Occupation Ghost
Alignment Bad
Goal To take Ichabod alive(all blushing faint heavy damage destroyed destruction & all failed)
Home Sleepy Hollow
Enemies Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tessel, Tilda, Mr. Van Tessel, Sleepy Hollow villagers, Bambi, Spring Sprite
Likes Scaring Ichabod away from Sleepy Hollow
Dislikes Ichabod crossing the bridge to stop him
Powers and abilities none known
Weapons Sword, burning pumpkin red of horse
Fate Throws his burning pumpkin right at Ichabod.
Typical Saying "Yaaaah-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaa!"
Headless Horseman is the main antagonist in The Adventures Of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, specifically the Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment.


In the Disney Adaption of the story, the Headless Horseman is the ghost of a horseman who died in the woods after having been decapitated. According to the song sung by Brom Bones, the Horseman has been spurned by the other spirits and demons within the hollow and due to this the Horseman wants to obtain a new head,

Role in the filmEdit

Brom Bones musically tells this soldier's legend at a Halloween party in order to scare Ichabod Crane to the point where he sweats up a storm. Later that night, Ichabod comes face to faceless with the Horseman himself (while originally in the film it was just his imagination). After a spectacular chase scene, Ichabod crosses a bridge (that Brom said would render the Headless Horseman powerless), but the Headless Horseman tosses his flaming Jack O'Lantern at Ichabod toward the screen. The very next morning, Ichabod's hat was found, and close beside it, a shattered pumpkin. But there was no trace of the schoolmaster. It was shortly thereafter that Brom Bones lead a girl Ichabod had a crush on to the altar. Now, rumors persisted that Ichabod was still alive and married to a wealthy widow in a distant county, but settlers refused to believe such nonsense, for they knew that the schoolmaster had been spirited away by the Headless Horseman.

Comparison to Source Material Edit

In the original story the Horseman was said to have been the ghost of a Hessian Soldier who was decapitated by a cannonball on the battle of White Plains in 1771, while in the film his exact backstory was never made clear. It is also strongly implied in the book that the horseman was completely fictitious and that Ichabod was chased by Brom Bones in disguise while in the film it's never made clear.


  • There is a lot of debate upon whether or not the Headless Horseman is real. Some think he is, but most believe that Ichabod simply dreamed it, or that Brom Bones is the headless horseman in disguise.
  • The Headless Horseman made an appearance in House Of Mouse. He was also in House Of Villains.