- "Gotham, this is your only warning. Abandon this city... or I will unleash your greatest fears."
Taunted and bullied in his youth, Jonathan Crane vowed to overcome his fears through the study of psychology and biochemistry. Kicked out of his university for experimenting on human subjects, Crane adopted the identity of the Scarecrow and armed himself with a specialized fear-inducing gas that makes a person's deepest fears become frighteningly real. His ongoing criminal reign of terror makes him one of Batman's most psychologically dangerous foes.
When Batman goes to Blackgate Prison during the break-in at the opening, "Jonathan Crane" has been checked into the visior's log six times, but has not yet been checked out, meaning he was probably still in Blackgate (as a visitor or doctor) when the Joker (impersonating Black Mask) broke in. He presumably fled Blackgate during Joker's break-in, most likely forgetting to sign out in all the panic or he hid somewhere in the prison and left later the same evening.
There are also, on board the Final Offer, flyers about "Jonathan Crane Research", suggesting Crane's research on fear had already been started at this point and that he may be using Blackgate inmates as test-subjects.
Road to ArkhamEdit
Years later, now calling himself Scarecrow, an anonymous tip to Scarecrow's activities noted in the patient interviews in the form of a vial of the Scarecrow's Fear Gas was left at police headquarters. Using this, Batman was able to create an antidote. The Scarecrow was found by Batman using his Fear Gas to attack his state-sponsored psychologist. Batman apprehended the Scarecrow and locked him up into Arkham Asylum. It was revealed that the vial came from Dr. Kellerman. Even though Scarecrow was locked up in Arkham, he continued his plans from a secret loft hidden in the Intensive Treatment Center, plotting his next move and even getting his hands on the blueprints of Arkham Asylum.
- "There is no Crane... only Scarecrow!"
The Scarecrow was one of the inmates of Arkham on the Joker's "party list." As part of the Joker's schemes, he led Batman to the Medical Facility where the Scarecrow pumped the elevator Batman was in full of Fear Gas. As Batman made his way to the bottom floor he saw the Scarecrow spraying his Fear Gas into an operating room of Arkham staff and patients, causing them to panic to the point of death. Eventually, Batman began seeing a vision of Commissioner Gordon, crying for help, before being dragged out of view. Batman found Gordon's body, and sadly tried calling Oracle to tell her he was too late. He could not contact her, however, as Barbara's voice said that the number he was trying to reach was unavailable, and to hang up. Batman then made his way to the morgue.
In the morgue, an echoing voice told Batman "You shouldn't be here!" and "Get out of here!", slowly growing louder, and creating an ominous, ghostly feeling in the air. Batman turned around and exited the room, only to find himself entering the exact same room. There lay three body bags, two of which contained his deceased parents, speaking to him, taunting him about the night they were murdered, with the Scarecrow jumping out of the third. It turned into a cat and mouse game in a surreal other world made up of elements of the asylum, where a giant Scarecrow sought out the hiding Batman. Batman was able to finally break free from the Scarecrow's hold by avoiding his assailant's gaze and shining a Bat-Signal, a manifestation of Batman's will power, at him, destroying the giant Scarecrow and ending the hallucination. Back in reality, Batman went back to Gordon, only to find that the body actually belonged to a murdered security guard.
The Scarecrow later attacked Batman with his Fear Gas once again, after Batman destroyed Dr. Young's Titan formula. This caused Batman to relive his parents' deaths, walking down a long, never-ending hall that turned into a city street in the pouring rain. As Batman walked down the 'street', he heard his parents and a younger version of himself talking in the background, before they were met and attacked by Joe Chill, with his voice monstrously distorted. Batman then briefly took the appearance of his eight-year-old self, hearing Jim Gordon and another officer discussing the murder in the background, before Gordon himself asked the young Bruce about the criminal. The voices soon ended, and another giant Scarecrow hallucination ensued, in which Batman escaped Scarecrow's hold once more by shining a second Bat-Signal at him. This time, upon returning to the real world, Batman found that he had somehow made his way into the top of Arkham Mansion's clock tower, and was locked in.
Scarecrow used his Fear Gas for a third time when Batman re-entered the Intensive Treatment center. The toxins caused Batman to relive the starting events of the game, but with the Joker and Batman in opposite positions. This hallucination ends with Joker shooting Batman and killing him (the player will receive a game over message telling them to do an impossible command), which progresses into the next hallucination, with Batman breaking out of his grave and continuing the cat-and-mouse game with Scarecrow. Upon completing this one, Batman found himself in the real world holding Scarecrow by the collar. Scarecrow gave Batman a second injection, which sends Batman into a fight with a group of skeletons, two of which are giant (in reality, Joker's goons, two of which are injected with Titan). Eventually, Batman broke free again, despite having received enough toxin to drive ten men insane. Furious, Scarecrow ran off to Killer Croc's lair. Batman followed Crane there and confronted him by an underground river, leading straight to Gotham's water supply.
The Scarecrow threatened to drop a bag of his Fear Toxin into the water supply, plunging Gotham's citizens into constant terror for up to one hundred years. Before he could do anything, however, Killer Croc attacked Scarecrow from the water, knocking the toxin bag harmlessly to the ground. Batman stopped Croc from eating Crane by activating his shock collar with a Batarang, causing Croc to retreat into the water, dragging Crane with him. Scarecrow, however, apparently escaped Croc through unknown means. In one of the three alternate endings after the credits, Crane emerged from the water by docks and grabbed onto a floating crate containing the Titan formula. The same goes for Croc, and Bane.
After Arkham AsylumEdit
No one has seen Scarecrow since he was attacked by Killer Croc in the sewers below Arkham Asylum. Some say he escaped certain death by dragging what was left of himself onto a Titan container and floating out to sea, while others believe he was eaten by Croc. Undeterred, Batman has spent months searching for Crane, refusing to believe that he is dead. If Crane is out there, plotting his revenge on Batman, then Batman knows Gotham will never be truly safe.
- "I will return Batman"
- ―Scarecrow's encrypted message
Scarecrow does not physically appear in the game, however there are several hints to his presence in Arkham City, spread around the prison.
His mask can be found as part of Riddler Challenges; a boat owned by Falcone Shipping is flooded with Fear Gas and a dead thug with a short sequence; during Protocol 10, near Maxie Zeus' Gotham Olympus are several buildings with what seems to be six scarecrow thugs (although their masks are the same shape as the Joker ones but with crummy brown, leather pachwork covering, so it is most likely a texture glitch); Riddler's third hostage building contains an area with razor wire that can be examined with first person mode or a remote control batarang that has Fear Gas canisters; in Hush's hideout, the player can find canisters of the Scarecrow's fear gas.
Finally, there are three hidden radio frequencies on the Cryptographic Sequencer that allude to Scarecrow's return: "I will return Batman!" "You will pay for what you have done to me!" and "Fear will tear Gotham to shreds!"
- "There is no savior... No more hope... No more Batman."
One year after the events of Arkham City, Scarecrow has returned to Gotham and has united Batman's enemies to destroy the Dark Knight.
With his new strain of fear toxin, Scarecrow is recognized as the main villain in this new adventure, leading Gotham to its downfall.
Jonathan Crane upgrades his original fear gas, to create an all new type of fear toxin to destroy Batman forever and with the help of the rest of Dark Knight's rogues gallery including his most powerful gang leaders Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and his new major partner the mysterious and deadly Arkham Knight, Crane sets up his Halloween "trick or threat" battle with his enemy in a conflict between justice and terror.
Although Scarecrow is never shown as a main character in Arkham City, there are references to him. One being that Batman can find his mask on haystacks around the city. The second is inside a boat underneath the drawbridge that leads to the Sionis Steel Mill. If Batman uses the Cryptographic Sequencer on the boat, you can open the hatch if you use the password "City of Terror."
Inside the boat are many broken glass holders filled with cockroaches and an unconscious Joker Thug in the back. If you zoom in on the Thug, he will scream in terror and become unconscious again. Next to his body on the wall is a purchase form made out to "J Crane" from Falcone Shipping.
Real Name: Dr. Jonathan Crane
Dr. Penelope YoungEdit
"Possibly one of my greatest successes here at the asylum. Despite his tendency for extensive role-play (oddly common among Gotham City's criminals), it's unclear to me why Dr. Crane was ever considered insane. In our long discussions, I've been impressed with his genius for psychology and biochemistry, and I fully believe that if presented with a stock of his fear-inducing gas, he would feel no compulsion to use it. He seems to have entirely turned away from his former life of crime as the Scarecrow."
"He's valiantly battled a history of anxiety disorder, due to a difficult childhood and adulthood trauma, through an intense study of psychology and the causes of fear.
I've come to believe that the accusations that he experimented on human subjects are wildly exaggerated."
GENIUS at Chemistry!
Would he have something to contribute to 'Titan' research?
Batman's Database ProfileEdit
Police records shows that Crane has putting up his plan to create a toxin with inducing fear that gives them darkest nightmares to be afraid which the poison kills them. Scarecrow's latest plot that time puts up of creating most of his deadly fear toxins that is about to come with more life to let it out anything for the toxin which fear embraces to a life time of Crane's option to bring it to shreds as part of a nightmare.
- Creator of fear-inducing gas.
- Motivated by an obsessive need to create fear in others.
- Genius in the fields of psychology and chemistry.
- Cares only for results in his twisted experiments.
- Uses either his Fear Gas or his knowledge of the fears of the human mind to scare people to the point of suicide or cardiac arrest.
- Jonathan Crane: Patient Interview 1. Patient was referred to me after the incident with Dr. Murphy. He appears to have suffered a breakdown of sorts. I believe it was brought about after the loss of his wife and child. As yet, the patient has been unable to speak. Continued observation shows little mental activity. It's as if the shock of what he saw triggered his mental collapse.
- Security Guard: There's someone in here! It's him! We've found him! Break down the door!
- Jonathan Crane: Note to self. As ever, it is difficult to continue my research under such conditions.
- Security Guard: Step away from Dr. Combs. Now! Get down on the ground! We found them. Someone get a medic. Oh God, what's he done to him?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Patient interview 6. Dr. Crane has been back in custody for 3 weeks. Regular sessions have been inconclusive. I am not sure he is actually insane.
- Jonathan Crane: Good evening, Stephen. How are you tonight?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: I'm conducting the session, Jonathan.
- Jonathan Crane: Of course. If that helps you cope, I wouldn't have it any other way.
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Let's talk about the events 3 weeks ago. What did you think you'd achieve? Dr. Murphy is still in therapy.
- Jonathan Crane: I wanted to understand him. His personal demons. His fears. It's all quite fascinating, really.
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: But you are... were a respected doctor. A brilliant mind, now just another resident in Arkham.
- Jonathan Crane: Can I have a drink? A strong one? This kind of question bores me.
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "I'm afraid not."
- Jonathan Crane: Interesting choice of words, Doctor. Tell me, what are you afraid of?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Patient interview 9. Dr. Crane continues to evade questions. I believe he is quite sane. Just evil. He takes no interest in the people he has hurt. His research appears to be the only motivating factor in his life. What is it about fear that drives your obsessions?
- Jonathan Crane: Fear drives everything, Stephen. Everything. Your life is governed by fear. Every decision you make is a product of that fear.
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Don't be ridiculous.
- Jonathan Crane: You married your wife...Margaret, isn't it?...because you were scared of dying alone. You have children because you are scared of leaving nothing behind that really matters. You go to the doctors because you're scared of dying. Do I need to go on?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: No. I think that will be all for today. Guards!
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Today I have another interview with Crane. I cannot say I am looking forward to it. I've been feeling anxious. I don't like to admit it, but...I think he's getting to me.
- Jonathan Crane: How are you today?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: I keep telling you, this is my session.
- Jonathan Crane: It was your session, Doctor, but not anymore.
- Security Guard: Are you OK, doc?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: I think...yes..I...
- Jonathan Crane: Oh, he's fine. Just questioning his grip on reality. You should be doing the same any second...
- Security Guard: Mom, is that you? Wait, what are you doing?
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Get off of me... Help. I need help here. I can't breathe...
- Jonathan Crane: Like I said... You're all part of my experiment now!
- Jonathan Crane: Asylum interview 1. My experiment is underway. Working alone, I have created my ultimate Fear Gas, its potency a revelation.
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Ah! Ahh! They're all over me!
- Security Guard: Please, daddy, don't do it! Ah! Ahh!
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: Keep away! Keep away! Keep away!
- Jonathan Crane: I have pumped enough gas into the Medical Center to break 100 minds. It should only be a matter of time before... (Sound of glass shattering) What?
- Batman: Give it up, Now!
- Jonathan Crane: How...how are you still standing? How come it's not affecting you?
- Batman: Who says it's not?
- Jonathan Crane: I knew it. What was it like? What have you seen?
- Batman: Officer Cash. Get this formula to the air-conditioning system. Now! You failed, Crane. Again. I've been working with Dr. Kellerman, creating an antidote to the toxins in your cologne. He fooled you, Crane. How does that make you feel? Threatened, humiliated? Scared?
Batman: Arkham Asylum Edit
- "There is no Crane...only Scarecrow!"
- "Poor little bat, you're in my world now."
- "Just got to check on your prisoner dear".
- "We should really feel sorry for him. He never got over his parents death, it left him quite insane"
- "What is going on inside head Wayne? Bah. He's gone, just a twisted shell of a man."
- "I think you need a little more!"
- "Tell me, what demons do you have left to beat? Shall we see?"
- "Are you enjoying the extra dose, little Bat?"
- "Too late Batman."
- "One step closer... and this goes to the water!"
- "The cave will fill with your deepest, darkest nightmares and you will never reach your precious Venom roots."
- "Your mind will shatter like glass."
- "What are you Batman, chicken!"
Batman: Arkham Knight Edit
- "Gotham... this is your only warning.... abandon the city... or I will unleash your greatest fears."
- "Tonight... Gotham falls... and a city of fear rises."
- "There is no savior... No more hope... No more Batman."
- "How many more bones will you crush? How many lives will you destroy in the pursuit of what you call justice? You are the product of everything you fear: violence, darkness, helplessness. All that remains is for you to watch, as I drag your beloved Gotham into oblivion."
Game Over Lines Edit
- "And at the end of fear, oblivion!"
- "You failed, now suffer."
- "Now madness takes you forever."
Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit
Batman: Arkham CityEdit
Batman: Arkham KnightEdit
- The mention of "Doctor Murphy" in Scarecrow's interview tapes could have been a reference to Cillian Murphy, the actor who played Scarecrow in the films Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The tapes also include a "Doctor Combs" which could reference to Jeffery Combs, the actor who was the voice of Scarecrow in the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series.
- The needles on the Scarecrow's right hand, bear a strong resemblance to the fictional serial killer, Freddy Krueger's claws. The Scarecrow and Freddy Krueger both send their victims into terrifying dream worlds, where they are killed or driven insane.
- If you use Detective Mode on the vision of "Commissioner Gordon"'s corpse, the skeleton doesn't show; hinting that the corpse isn't real.
- Scarecrow is the only villain in Arkham Asylum to mention Batman as Wayne. He says his surname during the third encounter. However, as Batman was wildly hallucinating at the time, it is very unlikely that Crane himself actually knows of Batman's secret identity. More than likely, this version of Scarecrow was simply a part of Batman's hallucination, much like the Joker, Quinn, Scarface and Zsasz were at the time.
- It was thought the screaming of the orderlies and the inmate at Secure Access was heard from the Patient Observation's public address. After defeating Bane, Stephen Kellerman confirmed this after saying that "Just after [Batman] took the elevator down, the PA was full of screaming. It was horrible." if you return to the Patient Observation to speak to him.
- On Dr. Young's page, he has a question mark on the left bottom corner of the 1st page, which can mean he is working with the Riddler. A piece of evidence is the riddle where Riddler knew that Scarecrow had a secret place, which Riddler might have gone to. This is more so confirmed in Arkham City were fear gas canisters can be found in one of the Riddler's puzzle rooms.
- Scarecrow has his own Challenge Map titled "Scarecrow Nightmare." Crane himself appears in the background of this Challenge Map, rapidly taunting Batman as he fights the Fear Gas skeletonized thugs under his command.
- During the final nightmare with Scarecrow, you can not skip the movie scene where Joker is taking Batman to the asylum. Making it the only non-skipping scene in the game.
- Like Joker, Scarecrow doesn't have an identifiable cell in the Asylum. Theoretically, he could be held in the "Extreme Isolation" area of Arkham, which is the one place the player can not explore.
- In Scarecrow's secret hiding place under the elevators, computer monitors show security camera images of Batman escorting Joker through Arkham. This indicates that Crane may have already escaped his cell prior to the riot, or that he had a way of slipping in and out of his cell without being noticed, given the number of supplies present.
- As an Easter egg in Batman: Arkham City inside a ship is a thug and a list that reads that Scarecrow was there. If the player looks at the thug for a minute, he screams and then falls over.
- Scarecrow left three messages on the Cryptographic Sequencer: "I Will Return, Batman", "You Will Pay For What You Have Done To Me", and "Fear Will Tear Gotham City To Shreds." They need to be decoded in a variety of means as the messages are strings of numbers.
- During the nightmare sections of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman will occasionally appear as Scarecrow, making Scarecrow technically a playable character.
- He is the first villain to be playable in Story Mode, while the second is Joker.
- Crane's appearance in Arkham Asylum has been ranked as the 38th Greatest Moment in Gaming.
- Scarecrow makes a cameo in the DC game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game has many environment hazards, with one on the Arkham stage being the same Scarecrow from the Arkham games where, if knocked into his cell, will trigger him stabbing you with his glove, making you go into his world, thus making him bigger, and will literally slam you out back into the fight.
- During his entire time in the Arkham series, his full face is never once shown.
- When looking at Crane's masks, one can see two pipes, indicating that his mask is just a cloth-covered gas mask.
- His skin is deathly pale and he is extremely skinny, indicating that he has anorexia, presumably from not eating for the sake of more time spent in his experiments. He is however, a skilled swimmer, as shown in the secret Scarecrow ending of Arkham Asylum.
- A barely noticeable outlining of Scarecrow can be seen next to the Azrael symbol on the church.
- The fact that Crane has a new mask explains why he abandoned his old one on a bridge in Arkham City.
- Crane suffered injuries in his encounter with Killer Croc in the Sewers underneath Arkham Asylum, as seen in Batman: Arkham Knight. He is possibly blind in one eye and his face seems to be damaged, but it is unknown by how much. But, if one can look closely, they will notice that Crane's lips and part of his nose are missing.
- Also, Crane appears to have two tubes/canisters containing fear gas to a device on his back. This could mean that Crane is suffering from something that requires some kind of delivery system like the one that Bane needs. Alternatively, it may be connected to his claw.
- In the new DC Arkham Knight collectibles, it seems scarecrow's entire left knee is in some sort of brace, implying that Scarecrow may not be able to walk properly, since his encounter with Killer Croc.
- Scarecrow is the only villain in Batman: Arkham Asylum that doesn´t appear in Batman: Arkham City.