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Reverend Steenwyck is a supporting antagonist of the 1999 horror film, Sleepy Hollow. He was the town reverend of Sleepy Hollow who was secretly aligned with Lady Van Tassel in her plot to gain the Van Garrett fortune.

He was portrayed by Jeffrey Jones.

History

Following the deaths of Sir Peter Van Garrett and his son Dirk, Baltus Van Tassel and the town elders (consisting of Reverend Steenwyck, Dr. Thomas Lancaster, Notary James Hardenbrook, and Magistrate Samuel Phillipse) called in New York inspector Ichabod Crane to investigate the murders. They told him of the story of the Headless Horseman, believing that he has been risen from the grave and have been chopping off heads at random (including the Van Garretts).

At first, Ichabord finds the elders' story to be ridiculous (due to his skepticism), but realizes that they were right after witnessing Magistrate Phillipse being murdered by the Headless Hessian himself. As the story goes on, Ichabod soon learns that a widow named Emily Winship (one of the Horseman's victims) was pregnant and married Peter to inherit the fortune to her unborn child. He also learned that the four town elders were involved in covering the secret from the town as Reverend Steenwyck performed the marriage ceremony for Peter and Emily, believing that Baltus stole the skull from the Horseman's grave and controlled him to committed the murders to inherit the fortune for his family.

However, this wasn't the case when it turns out that Lady Van Tassel is the one behind the murders as she held a grudge against the Van Garrett family for her family's eviction when she was a child. It also turns that the town elders were held under her thumb to formulate the murder plot, but unlike Lancaster, Phillipse and Hardenbrook (who were blackmailed into conspiring against Baltus), Steenwyck willingly played along due to his lust for Lady Van Tassel; he even had sex with her in the woods one night (which was witnessed by Ichabod himself).

Eventually, following Hardenbrook's suicide, Steenwyck calls for a meeting in the church for everyone to speak out against Ichabod, but the Horseman arrives one night to kill Baltus at the church. Knowing that Baltus is the one that the Horseman wants, Steenwyck intends to turn him over to the Horseman to save himself, unaware that the Horseman cannot enter the church (due to a protection spell cast by Baltus' daughter Katrina). As Baltus grabs a gun to defend himself, Dr. Lancaster decides to confess his sins to Baltus by attempting to inform him about the conspiracy that Lady Van Tassel plotted. However, Steenwyck kills Lancaster by smashing his head with a wooden cross, but this frightened an angry Baltus to retaliate by shooting Steenwyck dead.

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           Sleepy Hollow Villains

Book
Headless Horseman

Movies
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Headless Horseman
Sleepy Hollow (1999): Lady Van Tassel | Headless Horseman | Reverend Steenwyck

Television
Main
Moloch | Henry Parrish | Hidden One | Malcolm Dreyfuss

Moloch's Servants & Horsemen
Ancitif | Andy Brooks | Demons | Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Conquest | Headless Horseman | Famine | War | Headless Horseman's Head | Gina Lambert | Lilith the Succubus | Order of the Blood Moon | Pied Piper | Serilda of Abaddon | Tree Monster

Hessians
Headless Horseman | Gunther

British Army
Abraham von Brunt | Banastre Tarleton | Benedict Arnold | William Howe

Hidden One's Servants
Pandora | Kindred

Dreyfuss Enterprises
Abraham von Brunt | Logan MacDonald | Helen Donovan | Jobe

Others
Carmilla Pines | Evil Frank Irving | Golem | James Colby | Katrina Crane | Leena Reyes | Mary Wells | Orion | Ro'kenhronteys | Solomon Kent | The Four Who Speak As One

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Movies
Beetlejuice | Joker | Bob Hawkins | Alicia Hunt | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Joe Chill | Jim | Penguin | Red Triangle Circus Gang (Organ Grinder, Poodle Lady, Tattooed Strongman, Stungun Clown, Thin Clown, Fat Clown, Sword Swallower & Knifethrower Dame) | Max Shreck | Catwoman | Charles "Chip" Shreck | Oogie Boogie | Lock, Shock and Barrel | Riddler | Two-Face | Sugar | Spice | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang (Neon Gang Leader) | Salvatore Maroni | Aunt Sponge | Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Skeleton Pirates | Shark | Martian Leader | Martians (Martian Ambassador & Martian Girl) | Lady Van Tassel | Headless Horseman | Reverend Steenwyck | General Thade | Attar | Arthur Slugworth | Barkis Bittern | Maudeline Everglot | Sweeney Todd | Mrs. Lovett | Judge Turpin | Beadle Bamford | Jonas Fogg | Adolfo Pirelli | Fabrication Machine | 1 | 8 | Machines (Cat Beast, Winged Beast, Seamstress, Steel Behemoths, Seeker Drones & Spiderbots) | Chancellor Fredinand | The Chancellor's Party | Red Queen | Knave of Hearts | Card Soldiers | The Jabberwock | Jubjub Bird | Hamish Ascot | Angelique Bouchard | Julia Hoffman | Adam | Mr. Whiskers | Shelley | Were-Rat | Sea Monkeys | Mr. Burgermeister | Walter Keane | Mr. Barron | V.A. Vandevere | Neils Skellig | Pink Elephants | Rufus Sorghum

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