|Full Name||Professor Jonathan Crane|
|Occupation||Psychiatrist (Formerly), University Professor (Formerly), Professional Criminal
|Base of Operations||Blackgate, Arkham Asylum, Gotham City|
Arkham Knight (Formerly)
|Voice Actor||Dino Andrade (Arkham Asylum) John Noble (Arkham Knight)|
|First Appearance||World's Finest Comics #3 (Fall 1941)|
Taunted and bullied in his youth, Jonathan Crane vowed to overcome his fears voraciously through the study of psychology and biochemistry on phobias and the nature of fear. Kicked out of the university he taught at for experimenting on human subjects, Crane adopted the identity of the Scarecrow, and armed himself with a specialized fear-inducing gas that made a person's deepest phobia become frighteningly real. His ongoing reign of terror made him one of Batman's most recurring and psychologically dangerous foes. He was once brutally mauled by the mutated criminal Killer Croc, and exacted his revenge on Halloween night with his allies, the mysterious Arkham Knight and the former assassin, Deathstroke. He serves as the tertiary antagonist of Arkham Asylum and the main antagonist of Arkham Knight.
Life At BlackgateEdit
Jonathan Crane became a professor of psychology and psychiatry to overcome his fears of being teased by his classmates for his obsession with his studies. He was an employee at Blackgate to research on fear and nightmares. He then made a gas that induced fear in his patients. Crane was running his tests on the criminals in the prison to improve his toxin.
Birth of ScarecrowEdit
Years later, Crane would become the Scarecrow, one of Gotham's emerging supervillains, who specialized in inflicting fear on others with his self designed toxin known as Fear Gas.
Beginnings Of His PlansEdit
Scarecrow was later incarcerated in Arkham Asylum as the Suicide Squad arrived. While incarcerated, Crane caused at least two of his doctor's, Dr. Murphy and Dr. Combs to suffer fear toxin induced breakdowns and was eventually referred to Dr. Stephen Kellerman three weeks later. Despite Kellerman's attempts to treat him, Crane acted as though he were conducting the sessions, even dictated notes, and was simply patronizing the other doctor. Crane toyed with Kellerman during each session, and shared his philosophy on fear as the driving force behind the human condition, and even used everyday examples from the therapist's supposedly fulfilling life as evidence.
These meetings rattled Kellerman, who came to believe that Crane was simply sadistic rather than insane. Crane's mind games were actually having even more of an effect on Kellerman due to the Fear Toxin chemicals he had incorporated into his cologne, and was also exposed to the guards who brought him to each session. This was part of a plan to further Scarecrow's research, rigging the Medical Center's air conditioning system to flood the building with the rest of his latest Fear Toxin formula. Everyone exposed to both components began to hallucinate their worst nightmares.
Before Crane could continue, Batman crashed into the room. Kellerman had realized what his patient was up to, and provided the Dark Knight with a sample of the toxin to create an antidote, which he gave to Aaron Cash to disperse through the rigged air conditioning system. Scarecrow was amazed that Batman seemed to be unaffected by the gas, then gleeful when he implied that he was being affected as much as anyone else. Despite his pleas to learn what kind of vision his nemesis had seen, Crane was defeated, arrested, and returned to his cell, and lost once again to the Dark Knight's willpower.
Even though Scarecrow was returned to Arkham, he continued his plans from a secret loft that was hidden in the Intensive Treatment Center, and plotted his next move with some stolen blueprints of the Asylum.
Alliance With Joker Edit
The Scarecrow was one of the Arkham inmates on the Joker's "party list", and was released during the Clown Prince of Crime's takeover of the island, both to distract Batman and for the Joker's general amusement.
Batman tracked a hostage Commissioner Gordon to the island's Medical Facility. After rescuing several captive medical staff, Batman took out a raiding party of thugs before taking the elevator to the lower levels to follow Gordon's forensic trail of tobacco. The Joker taunted Batman through the Asylum's CCTV system, and considered just releasing the elevator from it's cables...but only as a joke. As Batman made his way into the bowels of the facility, he began coughing on a colorless gas that was being remotely pumped into the elevator.
He found the place under the control of Scarecrow, and the murdered body of Jim Gordon. His mind reeling from one of his greatest fears, Batman attempted to hunt Scarecrow down, only to find himself in the Morgue, where he was confronted by the animated corpses of his parents and a twisted obstacle course that was overseen by a giant, omnipotent Scarecrow. Realizing that he was experiencing a Fear Toxin hallucination, Batman overcame the delusion by avoiding the delusional Scarecrow's fiery gaze and used a Bat-Signal as a symbol of his willpower, and shined its light directly into Scarecrow.
Batman returned to the scene to discover that the body had actually been an un-named, though still deceased, security guard. Scarecrow was long gone.
Over the course of the night, Batman uncovered the mystery of the Titan Formula and investigated the Arkham Mansion to find either Dr. Penelope Young or to destroy her notes. He managed the latter, but the Joker wasn't outdone yet, and sent Zsasz after Dr. Young. Batman raced off to find her, but was gassed by Scarecrow again. Batman was trapped as a helpless child in a hallucination of the night that his parents were murdered, and walked down a seemingly never-ending hall that turned into Crime Alley. He overcame this part of the delusion by remembering the kind words of a younger Jim Gordon, returned to his adult state, and used all his skills to once again avoid the Scarecrow's gaze and illuminated him with the Bat-Signal. He managed to free himself a second time, but was too late to prevent Zsasz from taking Dr. Young hostage in the Warden Office.
As the night wore on, Batman learned of a plant spore in the Asylum's sewer system that would help him concoct an antidote to the Titan and returned to the Intensive Treatment building to retrieve it from Killer Croc's Lair. As he made his way to the elevators, he experienced a strange kind of vertigo; his vision filled with static to the distorted sound of Joker's laughter.The Joker arrived at Arkham, and took Batman to the Intensive Treatment building. Batman ranted and raved, insisted that he hadn't killed that family, and demanded to be cut free. He resisted Dr. Crane's attempts to examine him, who then declared him a lost cause and left him to Joker's mercy. The Joker leveled his gun at the madman's head and fired at point-blank range.
Realizing that he was suffering another Fear Toxin hallucination, Batman climbed out of his own grave and made his way past the cells that were full of other insane Batmen to find the Bat-Signal. Just as he was about to free himself, the Scarecrow managed to inject him with more toxin, broke his grip, and sent him deeper into the delusion. Batman prevailed yet again, and defeated as many skeletal warriors as needed to strike Scarecrow with the three Bat-Signals.
His ambush foiled by Batman's impossible resilience, Scarecrow fled with a pouch full of his toxin, and took the elevator all the way down to the very bowls of the Asylum. Once Batman had caught up, Scarecrow threatened to unleash the Toxin into the underground river and flood the cavern and Gotham's water supply with nightmares. Before he could make good on his threat, Killer Croc burst from the water, and attacked Scarecrow for intruding in his lair. Batman hurled a Batarang at Croc's electrified restraining collar, and stunned the monster. Croc vanished back into the water, and dragged a screaming Scarecrow down with him. Croc mauled and injured Crane.
Scarecrow survived his mauling from Killer Croc and planned over a year to unmask the Batman. He later sent three hidden radio frequencies on the Cryptographic Sequencer to Batman. Each was a numeric code which, once translated, read: "I will return Batman!" "You will pay for what you have done to me!" and "Fear will tear Gotham to shreds!" Penguin employed Mr. Hammer and Sickle to track down Scarecrow. They took many days, but eventually located Scarecrow's hidden lair after following a lead that Sickle had found. Scarecrow captured and tortured the brothers for days, sewing their bodies together before sending them back to Penguin with a message.
During his time in hiding, the Scarecrow had what was left of his face surgically reconstructed to resemble his iconic mask. He also entered a partnership with Simon Stagg, to improve his Fear Toxin; the end result of the experimentation was a toxin so potent that it could be absorbed through the skin. Scarecrow knew full well that Stagg planned to double-cross him, and take the Fear Toxin for his own profits.
No More BatmanEdit
Nine months after Arkham City shut down, Scarecrow returned to Gotham City with a new brand of Fear Toxin and allied himself with the mysterious new supervillain called the Arkham Knight and the assassin Deathstroke. With a power vacuum that was left in the wake of the Joker's death, Scarecrow united Batman's remaining enemies and formed a plan to unleash his new toxin upon Gotham on Halloween night. However, only Batman and the outmatched GCPD were left to face Gotham's Most Wanted - who were under Scarecrow's "protection" - as well as the Arkham Knight's literal armies of soldiers and drones.
Scarecrow made a public demonstration of his new toxin at Pauli's Diner, which caused its patrons to tear at each other. He then publicly broadcasted to all of Gotham, and threatened to unleash his toxin upon the entire city, which prompted a mass evacuation. This was a ploy for the Arkham Knight's Army to seize control of the Ace Chemicals plant and mass produce the fear toxin to create a bomb powerful enough to take out the eastern seaboard. When Batman and the GCPD arrived on site, the Arkham Knight destroyed the bridge to the facility with his attack chopper. Though the Arkham Knight wanted to kill the Batman on sight, Scarecrow overrode his vehicle's systems, stating that if he killed Batman, he'd have nothing left to fear, and ordered the Arkham Knight to keep him away from Ace Chemicals until his work was complete.
After Batman evacuated the two surviving Ace Chemicals workers from the site, he confronted Scarecrow in the central mixing chamber, and demanded to know how to stop the fear gas from being unleashed. Scarecrow then warned the Dark Knight to release him, stating that the Arkham Knight had captured Barbara Gordon. Batman distracted himself to contact the Clock Tower, which allowed Scarecrow to escape and lock him in the room. Though Scarecrow escaped Ace Chemicals, Batman managed to put enough neutralizing agents to reduce the toxin's blast radius.
After the ACE Chemicals incident, the Arkham Knight kidnapped Oracle and held her captive for hours until he took her to Scarecrow's Chinatown Safe-House. Scarecrow later went to Simon Stagg's airships over Founders Island to see the progress on the Cloudburst (a device capable of dispersing his toxin in the form of a giant fear cloud). But when Stagg double-crossed Scarecrow, he sent the Arkham Knight to lock him up in a cell which was pumped full of fear toxin. Batman then confronted Scarecrow, who injected him with fear toxin which caused Batman to hallucinate the Joker. Eventually, Batman managed to shake the effects off, with Scarecrow remarking that something about him seemed "different", before escaping with the Cloudburst via helicopter.
Crane informed Batman that she was being held captive at the safe house. When Batman arrived, Scarecrow doused Barbara with fear toxin which caused her to commit suicide.
Later, when Scarecrow found out that Poison Ivy was working with Batman to create a cure for his toxin, Scarecrow sped up his plan and released the Cloudburst which was contained in a tank piloted by the Arkham Knight. The Cloudburst fired enough toxin to fill all the streets in Gotham with fear toxin. Batman then helped Ivy create another plant to neutralize the toxin and later destroyed the Cloudburst. With the Arkham Knight subdued (although he escaped), Batman cleared the streets of fear toxin, at the cost of Poison Ivy's life.
After the Arkham Knight fled the scene, all of his militia forces diverted their allegiance to Scarecrow alone, with only a few of them remaining loyal to the Knight. After encountering the Arkham Knight again, Batman discovered he was none other than Jason Todd, his former partner, the second Robin. After defeating the Knight once more, Todd escaped into the night, and Gordon reunited with Batman to confront Scarecrow. The three met atop a skyscraper where Crane revealed that Oracle was still alive, and that her apparent suicide was a result of Batman being gassed with fear toxin. Scarecrow knew of the Knight's failure and used Deathstroke to lead the militia. Scarecrow later revealed that he and Gordon had previously made a deal: Gordon, would betray Batman in exchange for his daughter's life. Gordon then intentionally shot Batman in the chest (where he knew Batman's armor was the strongest) and Batman fell off the building. But Scarecrow, who didn't want Batman dead, pushed Oracle off the building where Batman caught her mid-air. Though Barbara was safe, Crane made his leave with the militia forces and Gordon as his hostage by helicopter.
After returning Barbara to the GCPD, Scarecrow send the militia to assault the GCPD and drones attacking the building. After Batman defeated the militia with Barbara's help, they discovered that the sensors at Panessa Studios were just accessed by Commissioner Gordon, indicating that Scarecrow had entered the Joker victim quarantine zone at the abandoned circus on Bleake Island. Heading there, Batman found that Robin was missing and his bo staff was broken and shattered on the ground. According to Harley, who was still present and locked up, Scarecrow used Gordon to enter and the miltia attacked and kidnapped Robin. Scarecrow then told Batman that if he wanted to save them, he had to surrender himself to the villain. Batman accepted and turned himself over to Scarecrow, and abandoned his utility belt in a storage depot in Kingston. Batman then entered a van and was driven to Arkham Island, where Scarecrow was waiting for him. After he arrived in the Arkham Mansion at the abandoned Asylum, Batman found Gordon and Robin being held captive by Scarecrow.
Scarecrow revealed he was broadcasting live across Gotham, seeking to make Gordon unmask Batman so that Gotham could see their beloved hero's face as he succumbed to the fear toxin. Initially, Gordon protested, so Scarecrow shot Robin in the chest. Robin lived due to his suit's armor, but Scarecrow threatened to shoot him in the head if Gordon didn't cooperate. Batman told Gordon it was the only way and the commissioner reluctantly unmasked Batman. After the Dark Knight was unmasked as Bruce Wayne, Scarecrow injected him with the Fear Toxin, hoping to expose Batman as a fraud. Inside Batman's head, he raced through the burning Gotham City using the Batmobile in his mind in order to defeat giant Scarecrow to break some of the influence over him (shown in Scarecrow Nightmare missions), and then went on to eradicate the influence of the Joker in his mind. Upon turning around, Scarecrow saw Batman fighting off the fear toxin, proclaiming that he wasn't afraid. An angered Crane continuously injected Batman with fear toxin, but the hero constantly fought off the effects. Due to his apparent inability to feel fear, Crane deemed Batman's life "meaningless" and pointed a gun to Batman's head. Just as Scarecrow attempted to pull the trigger, the gun was suddenly shot out of his hand. The shooter was revealed to be Jason Todd, who had vanquished the Arkham Knight persona and was now operating as the ruthless vigilante called the Red Hood. Jason then reloaded his rifle and shot the strap of the gurney Batman was constrained in as Crane attempted to inject his toxin once more, Batman grabbed his hand and exposed Scarecrow to his own toxin. Hallucinating his fear of bats, Crane began to scream and attempted to flee, but was subdued by Gordon. He was then brought to GCPD lockup and handed over to the custody of Aaron Cash, who put him in with the other villains Batman had caught.
As the Knightfall Protocol began, Scarecrow was likely still under the influence of his own Fear Toxin and most likely put on trial alongside all his allies and the other criminals incarcerated in the GCPD lockup.
The Scarecrow undergoes an extreme personality change between Asylum and Knight, presumably due to being driven into a bitter traumatization after his near-death experience with Killer Croc.
In Asylum, the Scarecrow closely follows his over-the-top comic book portrayal, being a downright sadistic villain who takes glee in murdering innocent people and/or driving them into insanity, complete with a high-pitched voice with loud and dramatic tone to it. As evidenced by his audio tapes, he's extremely intelligent and manipulative, as he managed to convince one of the asylum doctors he wasn't insane. He did the same to Dr. Young, who even believed he was innocent. He treats the concept of fear like a religion, saying almost every action you do is solely because of fear, and proves his megalomania by wanting to control fear and use it to gain power.
In Knight, nearly two years after Asylum, the Scarecrow is now almost a complete inversion of his former self. He now possesses an incredibly calm and deep voice, speaking in a soft-spoken monotone. While he was a giggling psychopath in Asylum, the Scarecrow is now an emotionless mastermind who only laughs twice, and even then it's just a deep chuckle. He still retains his sadism, unmatchable brilliance, and religious dedication to fear, and proves himself to be an omnicidal maniac, as he plans to cover the entire Earth in fear gas starting with the Eastern Seaboard.
His bio also mentions after years of forcefully being injected with it thanks to Batman, Scarecrow is utterly immune to not only his own toxin, but fear itself, as not a single concept could arouse him into a fearful state, except bats. This fear may be natural, but could also be caused thanks to Batman. Even when being face to face to a wildly angered Batman, Detective Mode proves Scarecrow is still calm. His only examples of emotion is temporary fury when the Cloudburst is destroyed, and is permanently reduced into a terrified, mumbling mess after a colossal dosage of his own fear toxin.
Batman: Arkham Asylum EditLike most villains in the series, Scarecrow's appearance changed depending on setting, materials and even his psychological condition. The basis for his costume may have been similar to his mainstream DC Comics counterpart, referencing the Headless Horseman trick from Sleepy Hollow and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, inspired by his love of reading, and a rather on the nose symbol for the role that he wished to play in his victim's terror. Before the events of Arkham Asylum, he was using a costume slightly similar to his comic appearance, incorporating an actual scarecrow-like appearance with a burlap mask that showed his eyes and mouth, and was topped off with a hat and cloak. After being captured and released, Crane may have had to scavenge for materials to complete the costume that was seen in the game. He was shirtless, and his trousers, cowl and sleeves appeared to be woven together from various rags, possibly from an Arkham inmate uniform. His mask had been altered into a cowl with the aesthetics of a hood and a noose, and acted as a gas mask. He wore a brace over his right hand with syringes that extended over his fingers, which allowed him to simultaneously attack and inject a victim with Fear Toxin if they didn't breath in his gas. He is often seen hunched over so the skin is hardly visible and looking more like a scarecrow.
Batman: Arkham Knight Edit
Scarecrow's appearance was vastly different due to the injuries that he had sustained at the hands of Killer Croc back at Arkham Asylum. He may have been blind in one eye and his face seemed to be damaged; it was no longer clear how much of his face was a mask or scar tissue. His left leg may have been permanently broken, as it was secured in a leg brace. Strangely, even with his broken leg he stands taller than in Arkham Asylum, though in the former incident Crane walked hunched over.
Crane's new gas mask also appeared to be surgically grafted to his throat, as it didn't cover his mouth or nose. It is mentioned by random Militia Chatter that after Killer Croc's attack, Crane underwent surgery to make his face appear as it does in Arkham Knight, meaning the mask isn't a mask it is his actual face as he surgically grafted it to his face along with the gas mask. He may have sustained damage to his windpipe that necessitated a respiratory bypass, which explained why his voice was so much more gravelly than before. Another possibility is that Scarecrow's voice in Arkham Asylum could of not been his real voice and altered it to make it more scary. Another piece of evidence to support this theory was the presence of two tubes going into the underside of his lower jaw, with one of them being attached to one of his fear toxin canisters. Whether or not he was taking micro doses of his toxin to make himself immune to it is unknown.
To better wage his war, Scarecrow wore a trench coat that was modified to hold multiple vials of Fear Toxin, which provided him with a larger supply. His fingertip syringes had been upgraded to include claws latched to his wrist for combat. Altogether, he resembled an undead being.
Dr. Penelope YoungEdit
Real Name: Dr. Jonathan Crane "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?
- Master of Fear.
- Professor of psychology.
- An expert chemist.
- Employs a fear-inducing toxin that causes his victims to experience nightmarish hallucinations of their worst fears.
- Motivated by an obsessive need to create fear in others.
- 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've found them. Someone's got 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."
- "Is the world falling apart or just your mind? Are you scared? Embrace it."
- "Look around you. These are the broken fragments of your mind!"
- "Are you scared, little Bat? Do you need your mommy?"
- "I will tear your mind apart!"
- "Your mind will shatter like glass!"
- "What are you, Batman? Chicken?"
- "There's no escape!"
- "Everything you see is under my control!"
- "I will break you!"
- "What was that?"
- "What are you doing, little Bat?"
- "There you are, Batman!"
- "Stay still, this won't hurt!"
- "Dare to step into my gaze!"
- "I see you, Batman!"
- "I know you're there."
- "What are you trying to do?"
- "Do you believe what you see, Batman?"
- "Are you scared to come out and face your fears, Batman?"
- "Just got to check your prisoner, dear!" (Harley Quinn, illusion)
- "No, he's not. We really should feel sorry for him. He never fully got over his parent's death. It left him quite insane." (Batman, illusion)
- "What is going on inside your head, Wayne? Bah, he's gone! Just a twisted shell of a man." (Batman, illusion)
- "He's all yours, Joker!" (Batman, illusion)
- "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?"
- "Oh, I won't rush things this time. I'm going to savor every moment of your terror as I slowly destroy you."
- "You're fighting back. Good. It can only weaken your resolve."
- "How much more do you think you can take? Does it scare you to know that I have almost defeated you?"
- "How are you doing this?"
- "You've ingested enough toxins to drive ten men insane. What are you?"
- "Why fight it, Batman? You're as crazy as the rest of us. You need us as much as we need you. And to prove it, I'll flood the catacombs with enough Fear Gas to break the minds of everyone in Gotham for a hundred years."
- "Too late, Batman!"
- "One step closer... and this goes into the water!"
- "The cave will fill with your deepest, darkest nightmares and you will never reach your precious Venom roots."
Batman: Arkham KnightEdit
- "This demonstration used just five ounces of my latest toxin. Tomorrow, this will seem like child's, play."
- "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."
- "In death, he has nothing left to fear. Keep him away from ACE Chemicals. Your vengeance will come." - To Arkham Knight.
- "No where to run. No where to hide. You're all alone." - To Batman.
- "Why do you hate him so much?" - To Arkham Knight.
- "Your revenge is at hand. This is his last night". - To Arkham Knight.
- "Remnants of Gotham: I have messages for you all. To the vandals who stayed behind to pick the still warm flesh from Gotham's bones: Have your fun. You are under my protection. To the cowards quaking behind the police department's walls: You will not be spared. And to Batman: I have already won. Emptied your city with a vial of toxin and a few threatening words. That's how little the safety you provided was worth. And when the dawn comes...when Gotham lies in ruins and I turn my gaze to the world beyond...the legend of the Batman will be worth nothing at all."
- "You will bring death, to all who follow you."
- "Do you see them? All the monsters you created."
- "My toxin will fill the streets, and bring this city to it's knees. I will take from you everything you fear to lose, and I will watch you suffer. Scared yet?"
- "Were you expecting to find me, Batman? I'm afraid I must - disappoint you. Take a look at the chamber. I want you to know the fear that is coming."
- "You're not dying, it just feels like you are. My toxin is filling your lungs, drowning you in your greatest fears."
- "What can you see? A city engulfed in fear? Betrayed by those you trust the most? Your darkest secrets revealed?"
- "As I tear your mind apart, Gotham will watch. I will cut that mask from your face, and they whole world will watch. Then they too will understand: There is no savior. No more hope. No more. Batman."
- "Astonishing. Such brutality. You almost killed these men. You were ready to abandon your beliefs, everything you stand for. You tell yourself you are not like us. You tell yourself you are something more, something better. But fear reveals the truth, erodes your self-control. Soon you will kill and become that which you hate the most. Soon, the Bat will be broken!"
- Something's changed. You're different."
- "Who said anything about running?"
- "How does it feel to see your city on the brink of ruin, your friends in the clutches of death? You stretched yourself too far this time, Batman, and now your failure is all but complete. As that final dying breath escapes her body, she will know that you are the one who failed her."
- "We both know fear is theatrics, Batman, so permit me the indulgence of putting on this show."
- "Yes, you see it now. The horror behind the glass, the monster that will be your end... unless you pickup that gun and deny him."
- "Do you see this, Batman? Your poisoned, desolate city? Its people tearing out each other's throats, their own throats, in terror? The world sees it too. Next, the world will see what happens to the man who tries to stop me. And when it does, the world will know fear. You aren't fighting for Gotham, tonight. You're fighting for every desperate fool who thinks that when their worst fears come to pass, a hero might come and save them. And you're losing."
- "What do you seek on those tunnels, Batman? Hope? You will find none."
- "How can the world know fear - True Dread - When there is you? A stalwart knight, ever ready to slay monsters. Fear isn't true biology Batman. It's more than instinct. True fear is the absence of hope. And Hope is the spread wings of the bat, shining on the clouds."
- "So you did it. I must admit, I had my doubts that you could make this happen."
- "And I'm not talking to you. It is time." - To Gordon
- "Call in the transport. We're leaving." - To Militia Soldier
- It is time for the people of Gotham to see their savior for who he truly is. A man. Just a man. Devoid of hope, betrayed by his friends, crippled fear."
- "You both still have a part to play." - To Gordon
- *laughs* "Once I understood your greatest fear, controlling you was simple. You blame yourself for her condition. You need to protect her, but buried deep down is the inevitability that you will one day fail. And that fear makes you mine. Think very carefully about your next move, Commissioner. Her life depends on it."
- "Did you think I wanted him dead? Did you think that would save your daughter? Do you know what happens when a man refuses to be controlled by his fears? He must face them!"- To Gordon
- "Shh... It's OK to be afraid" - To Oracle
- "Looking for someone? You should know by now that nowhere is safe. The Commissioner was so eager to betray you earlier, when his daughter's life depended on it. And now, I have your Robin, the caged bird. Fascinating that your fears would drive you to lock your closest ally in a prison cell. Now those same fears will make you do as I say. There's a storage depot in Kingston. Go there. alone. Prepare to take off that mask. Or your friends will die." - To Batman
- "Your fears got the better of you I see. How fitting that I will win and Batman's life will be over... not because of what I have done to your precious city, but because you are scared of what I will do to your friends... your family. They are your weakness, hiding just below the surface. I'm sure that you're scared of what will happen when I tear that mask from your face. What will we find? Your true identity, or proof that without your mask you are nothing. Impotent. Powerless, Afraid. Leave your equipment on that table, and we can find out." - To Batman
- "Enough bravado. It's too late for that. I don't care who you are, but they will. I'm going to rob them of hope. As they stare into your eyes they will blame you. Failure will have a face and a name."
- "It's time. Mr. Gordon, I would like you to do the honors."
- "Take off that mask, or my next shot will kill him." - To Gordon
- "Wayne? Bruce Wayne? Now the world can see you for what you truly are. A legend laid bare. Powerless. Human. Afraid."
- "Do you know what happens now, Mr. Wayne? I'm not going to kill you... I'm going to set you free... Free to see the city you swore to defend tear itself apart. Free to see everyone you love hunted down and killed. Every scream, every death, vengeance for all the Batman has done."
- "What? Do you not understand? It is over."
- "Why- aren't- you- scared?"
- "Do you understand, Gotham? You have no savior... No more hope... No- more- Batman! I've won."
- "Impossible... Without fear, life is meaningless."
- "No!" (before being injected with his own toxin)
Game Over Lines Edit
- "And at the end of fear, oblivion!"
- "You failed, now suffer!"
- "Now madness takes you, forever!"
- "Didn't you know, Dark Knight, you can't fight fear?"
- "Die, knowing that I will make them suffer, every one."
- "You die here and your legend dies with you."
- "You have failed to stop me Batman, now Gotham will fall."
- "This is the end Dark Knight, you have nothing to be afraid of anymore."
- "I wanted more than your death and Gotham's destruction, but you force my hand." (When leaving a bomb to detonate in Campaign for Disarmament.)
- "Prepare yourself, Batman. My reign of terror starts now."
Batman: Assault on ArkhamEdit
Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit
Batman: Arkham CityEdit
Batman: Arkham KnightEdit
- The Doctors Murphy and Combs that were mentioned in Scarecrow's Patient Interview tapes referenced Cillian Murphy, who played Scarecrow in the Dark Knight Trilogy, fitting as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the two most recent depictions of Scarecrow at the time of Arkham Asylum's release, and Jeffery Combs, the voice of Scarecrow in the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series.
- Scarecrow's glove in Arkham Asylum resembled the titular bladed glove of Freddy Krueger, the fictional serial killer from the Nightmare on Elm Street films.
- If you use Detective Mode on the vision of "Commissioner Gordon's" corpse the skeleton doesn't show, hinting that the corpse wasn't real.
- When he started to feel the full of effects of Scarecrow's Fear Gas for the first time, Batman's eyes started glowing yellow.
- Scarecrow was the only villain in Arkham Asylum to mention Batman as Wayne. He said his surname during the third encounter. However, as Batman was wildly hallucinating at the time, it was very unlikely that Crane himself actually knew Batman's secret identity and in Arkham Knight he was surprised when finding out Batman's identity. Ironically, it would be much later that Scarecrow becomes the one that finally unmasks the Batman and reveals his identity to the world.
- After defeating Bane, Stephen Kellerman said that "Just after Batman took the elevator down, the PA was full of screaming. It was horrible." if you return to the Patient Observation room to speak to him.
- Scarecrow had his own Challenge Map that was titled "Scarecrow Nightmare." Crane himself appeared in the background, similar to his in-story hallucination appearances, taunting Batman as he fought the Fear Gas skeleton thugs under his command. The goal was to survive for as long as possible against the never ending waves of thugs without taking a single hit, which would instantly kill Batman.
- During the final nightmare with Scarecrow, you cannot skip the cutscene with Joker taking Batman to the asylum, making it the only un-skippable scene in the game.
- Like Joker, Scarecrow didn't have an identifiable cell in the Asylum. Theoretically, he could have been held in the "Extreme Isolation" area of Arkham, which was the one place the player could not explore.
- In Scarecrow's Lair under the elevators, computer monitors showed security camera images of Batman escorting Joker through Arkham. Crane may have already escaped his cell prior to the riot, and had managed to observe the event. Given the number of supplies that were present, he might have had a way of slipping in and out of his cell without being noticed, and smuggled the necessary items.
- During the nightmare sections of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman would occasionally appear as Scarecrow, making Scarecrow technically a playable character.
- Crane's appearance in Arkham Asylum had been ranked as the 38th Greatest Moment in Gaming.
- The Arkhamverse Scarecrow made a cameo in the DC game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game had many damaging stage transitions, one of which took place in the Arkham Asylum stage. One player could throw another through a wall and into Crane's cell. Scarecrow would inject the player with his toxin, triggering a voyage into Crane's nightmare world, before being thrown into another section of the level.
- During his entire time in the Arkham series, Scarecrow's full face was never shown.
- In Asylum, his skin was deathly pale and he was extremely skinny, which indicated possible anorexia. Oddly, he appeared much taller in Arkham Knight, unusual given his crippled state. It also should be noted that During Asylum Scarecrow walked hunched over and in Knight he walks normally. It's possible that he cannot hunch over after his mauling, and is forced to stand up all the time.
- A barely noticeable outlining of Crane could be seen next to the Azrael symbol at the Church in Arkham City.
- The "City of Terror" code that was required to unlock the barge was one of the hardest security codes to decrypt in Arkham City, because it was at level five on the Cryptographic Sequencer.
- Crane's new Gas Mask appeared to be surgically grafted to his jaw, as it didn't cover his mouth or nose.
- In the one his the phone calls to Batman in Arkham City, Joker implied that he was aware that Scarecrow was still alive.
- Scarecrow's Arkham Knight design resembled his incarnation in the 4th season of Batman: The Animated Series. In that season, Scarecrow resembled a legitimate undead being in a preacher's outfit. In both designs, their teeth were visible as well, though while in the former's case it was his genuine teeth, in the latter it was left ambiguous, as the producers were uncertain if there was someone under the mask. It is revealed by Militia chatter that Scarecrow underwent surgery after being attacked by Killer Croc to make his face appear as it does in Arkham Knight, meaning that the bag over his face was not a mask and is his actual face as it was surgically grafted to his face.
- Canisters full of Scarecrow's Fear Gas appeared as Easter Eggs throughout Arkham City, most prominently in the Riddler's third hostage room, in an area that was covered with razor wire which could be examined either in first person mode or by remote control Batarang, and also in Hush's hideout. Upon viewing these specific canisters, if you listened, you could hear strange voices in the room, that were possibly started by the leaking Fear Gas.
- Scarecrow's face in "Arkham Knight" resembled a mutilated serial killer, rather fitting for a terrorist and criminal.
- The fact that Scarecrow chose Halloween Night to attack Gotham further shows his fascination of Fear, choosing to take advantage of the night that lore had said fear would be at it most powerful, since monsters, like Scarecrows, are said to be at their strongest on Hallow's Eve, which may explain how Scarecrow has become more dangerous. But what he may have or have not overlooked is that creatures like Bats (like Batman and the Arkham Knight are modeled after) can draw power from this night as well, which may also explains why they both defeated him in the end.
- Scarecrow "getting a taste of his own medicine" in Arkham Knight seemed to have been taken from the first movie of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins, and the episode "Nothing to Fear" from Batman: The Animated Series. In all three cases, Crane saw Batman as a demonic version of a bat. The only difference is that in Arkham Knight, the dose severely broke him into becoming harmless, while in Batman Begins, it not only made Scarecrow a lot more dangerous, it was even responsible for turning Jonathan Crane into Scarecrow as an alias.
- From a certain point of view, Scarecrow won his last battle against Batman, as the Dark Knight's identity was revealed to the world, which forced Bruce Wayne to fake his death, though his legend was kept intact. His remark of this night being Batman's last was ultimately correct.
- The Scarecrow managing to unveil Bruce Wayne's identity to the people of Gotham and presumably the world gives him the distinction of not only being the only incarnation of Scarecrow to do so, but the only Batman villain in any medium thus far to succeed at this.
- The final nightmare Scarecrow forced the player to experience in Arkham Asylum, specifically that of Batman going insane and the numerous Arkham inmates beginning to run the city, is fulfilled in Arkham Knight fittingly by Scarecrow himself.
- In the Arkham Knight novelization, Scarecrow is aware that Batman was hallucinating the Joker and reveals to the Dark Knight that he and Joker were working together. Joker contacted Scarecrow after he injected Batman with his blood and Scarecrow modified his Fear Toxin to bring out the Joker in Batman.
- When Batman is trying to put the canisters in place at Ace Chemicals, Scarecrow's old gas mask from Arkham Asylum could be seen laying on the floor.