"Sleepy Hollow" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" are quite different in many regards. The first major difference between the two stem from the main character. Ichabod Crane in the movie is a completely different character than Ichabod Crane in the story. Really, the only similarity is with their names. Ichabod of the story was very superstitious whereas the Ichabod in the movie was more interested in rational and scientific explanations than anyone else. In the movie, Ichabod states "While I will do everything I can to find your assassin, I will look for a man of flesh and blood. Not some goblin-demon from hell” when regarding the legend of the Headless Horseman. In the story, Washington Irving states Ichabod “was a perfect master of Cotton Mather’s history of New England Witchcraft, in which, by the way, he most firmly and potently believed ”which shows how he was a firm believer in supernatural phenomenon. Ichabod Crane of the movie and Ichabod Crane of the story were two very different characters placed in a similar situation.