|Real name:||Jonathan Crane|
|Blackgate & Arkham Asylum Psychologist (formally) Professional Criminal.|
Base of Operations:
|Blackgate, Arkham Asylum, Gotham City|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|First Appearance:||World's Finest Comics #3 (Fall 1941)|
| Dino Andrade (Arkham Asylum)
John Noble (Arkham Knight)
- "Gotham: This is your only warning. Abandon this city, or I will unleash your greatest fears."
Taunted and bullied in his youth, Dr. 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. He will be the main antagonist in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight
Arkham Origins IncidentEdit
Dr. Jonathan Crane does not physically appear in Arkham Origins, but his name can be found on a Blackgate visitors log, recording that he had logged in six times but hadn't checked out. He may have still been present at the facility during the riot staged by Black Mask (In reality the Joker). Flyers advertising paid trials of his research can also be found aboard the Final Offer. Crane's research on fear had most likely begun, and he seemed to have turned to Gotham's criminal element for test-subjects.
Years later Crane would become the Scarecrow, one of Gotham's emerging super villains, specializing in causing and studying fear with his signature Fear Gas.
Assault on Arkham IncidentEdit
Scarecrow was incarcerated in Arkham Asylum during the Suicide Squad's mission. That is, until the Joker was set free by Harley Quinn and proceeded to shut down the asylum's security systems, unlocking the cell blocks and releasing Crane and all other inmates to cause havoc. Scarecrow either escaped into Gotham or was apprehended after the riot was quelled.
Road to Arkham IncidentEdit
"You're all part of my experiment now!"-ScarecrowWhile 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 dictating notes, and was simply patronizing the other doctor. Crane toyed with Kellerman during each session, sharing his philosophy on fear as the driving force behind the human condition, even using everyday examples from the therapist's supposedly fulfilling life as evidence.
These meetings rattled Kellerman, who came to believe Crane was simply sadistic rather than insane. Crane's mind games were actually having even more of an effect on Kellerman due to Fear Toxin chemicals he'd incorporated into his cologne, also exposing the guards who brought him to each session. This was part of a plan to further Scarecrow's research, rigging the Medical Centre'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 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 he was being affected as much as anyone else. Despite his plees to learn what kind of vision his nemesis had seen Crane was defeated, arrested and returned to his cell, loosing once again to the Dark Knight's willpower.
"He fooled you, Crane. How does that make you feel? Threatened, humiliated? Scared?"-BatmanEven though, Scarecrow was returned to Arkham, he continued his plans from a secret loft hidden in the Intensive Treatment Center, plotting his next move with stolen blueprints of the Asylum.
Arkham Asylum IncidentEdit
- "There is no Crane... only Scarecrow!"
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 Joker's general amusement.
Batman traced 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 an elevator to the lower levels to follow Gordon's forensic trail. The Joker taunted Batman through the Asylum's CCTV system, considering just releasing the elevator from it's cables...but only as a joke. As Batman made his way into the bowls of the facility he began coughing on a colourless gas 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 his greatest fears, Batman attempted to hunt Scarecrow down, only to find himself in the mourge where was confronted by the animated corpses of his parents and a twisted obstacle course overseen by a giant, omnipotent Scarecrow. Realizing he was experiencing a Fear Toxin hallucination, Batman overcame the delusion by avoiding the delusion Scarecrow's fiery gaze and using a Bat-Signal as a symbol of his willpower, shining it's light directly into Scarecrow...
Batman returned to the scene to discover the body had actually been an un-named, through still deceased, security guard. Scarecrow was long gone.
"Had a little run-in with Scarecrow, slowed me down. I'll get back to you in a bit."-Batman comforts Oracle
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, sending Zsasz after Dr. Young. Batman raced off to find her but was gassed by Scarecrow again...trapped as a helpless child in a hallucination of the night his parents were murdered, walking 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, returning to his adult state and using all his skills to once again avoid the Scarecrow's gaze and illuminating him with the Bat-Signal. He managed to free himself a second time but was too late to prevent Zsasz taking Young hostage in Warden Sharp's office.
"Did anyone catch the game last night?"-Oracle...?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 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 filling with static to the distorted sound of Joker's laughter...
The Joker arrived at Arkham, taking Bruce Wayne to the Intensive Treatment building. Wayne ranted and raved, insisting he hadn't killed that family and demanding to be cut free. He resisted Dr. Crane's attempts to examine him, who declared him a lost cause and left him to Joker's mercy. The Joker levelled his gun at the madman's head and fired at point blank range...
Realizing he was suffering another Fear Toxin hallucination, Batman climbed out of his own grave and made his way past cells 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, breaking his grip and sending him deeper into the delusion. Batman prevailed yet again, defeating as many skeletal warriors as needed to strike Scarecrow with three Bat-Signals...
"You've ingested enough toxins to drive 10 men insane. What are you?"-Scarecrow defeatedHis ambush foiled by Batman's impossible resilience, Scarecrow fled with a pouch full of his toxin, taking the elevator all the way to the very bowls of the Asylum. Once Batman caught up he threatened to unleash the Toxin into an 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, attacking Scarecrow for intruding his lair! Batman hurled at Batarang at Croc's eletrified restraining collar, stunning the monster. Croc vanished back into the water, dragging a screaming Scarecrow with him.
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.
After Arkham Asylum Incident Edit
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.
Arkham City IncidentEdit
- "I will return Batman"
- ―Scarecrow's Message
Scarecrow does not physically appear in the game, however, there are several hints to his presence in Arkham City. Chief among these are his mask, found on top of a bridge in the Industrial District as part of Riddler Challenges, and a barge owned by Falcone Shipping that can be unlocked by the Cryptographic Sequencer. You can open the hatch if you use the password "City of Terror."
Inside, Batman discovers legions of swarming cockroaches and an unconscious Joker Thug in the back. Zoom in on the Thug and he will spasm, scream in terror and slump, either unconscious or dead. A Falcone Shipping shipping manifesto is tapped to the wall nearby, addressed to Crane. The signature on the manifesto is illegible.
Finally, there are three hidden radio frequencies on the Cryptographic Sequencer that allude to Scarecrow's return. Each is 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!"
Arkham Knight IncidentEdit
- "Tonight... Gotham falls... and a city of fear rises."
Disclaimer: This section is at most a place holder until Batman: Arkham Knight is available on June 23rd 2015. What information is currently known and actually relevant is featured here.
One year after the events of Arkham City, Scarecrow will return to Gotham with a new brand of fear toxin and a mysterious and deadly new partner, the Arkham Knight. With a power vacuum left in the wake of the Joker's death Scarecrow unites Batman's remaining enemies and threatens to unleash his new toxin upon Gotham during Halloween, leading to a mass evacuation. Only Batman and the outmatched GCPD will be left to face the rouges gallery, armies of looting criminals under Scarecrow's "protection" and the Knight's literal armies of soldiers and drones. In the three-part Ace Chemicals trailer Scarecrow takes over the Ace Chemicals Plant to perfect his bomb, intending to create a wave of Fear Gas that will consume not just Gotham but the entire Eastern Seaboard.
ArkhamWiki shall be able to provide further and more relevant information once the game is actually available and all story details known.
Batman: Arkham Asylum EditLike most villains in the series Scarecrow's appearance changes depending on setting, materials and even his psychological condition. The basis for his costume may be 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 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 showing his eyes and mouth, topped off with a hat and cloak. After being captured and released Crane may have had to scavenge for materials to complete the costume seen in the game. He is shirtless and his trousers, cowl and sleeves appear to be woven together from various rags, possibly from an Arkham inmate uniform. His mask has been altered into a cowl with the aesthetics of a hood and a noose, and now acts as a gas mask. He wears a brace over his right hand with syringes extended over his fingers, allowing him to simultaneously attack and inject a victim with Fear Toxin if they don't breath in his gas.
Batman: Arkham Knight EditScarecrow's appearance is now vastly different due to injuries he sustained at the hands of Killer Croc. He may be blind in one eye and his face seems to be damaged; it is no longer clear how much of his face is a mask or scar tissue. His left leg may have been permanently broken, as it is secured in a leg brace.
Crane's new gas mask also appears to be surgically grafted to his throat, as it doesn't cover his mouth or nose. He may have sustained damage to his windpipe that necessitated a respiratory bypass, explaining why his voice is so much more gravelly than before.
To better wage his war Scarecrow now wears a trench coat modified to hold multiple vials of Fear Toxin, providing him with a larger supply. His fingertip syringes have been upgraded to include claws latched to his wrist for combat. Altogether, he now resembles 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?
- 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 weaknesses of the human mind to psychologically torture 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'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."
- "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!"
- "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?"
- "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?"
- "You've ingested enough toxins to drive 10 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."
- "The cave will fill with your deepest, darkest nightmares and you will never reach your precious Venom roots."
Batman: Arkham KnightEdit
- "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. 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 all of you. 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 walls of the police department: 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 protection 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 coming."
Game Over Lines Edit
- "And at the end of fear, oblivion!"
- "You failed, now suffer."
- "Now madness takes you forever."
Batman: Assault on ArkhamEdit
Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit
Batman: Arkham CityEdit
Batman: Arkham KnightEdit
- The Doctors Murphy and Combs mentioned in Scarecrow's Patient Interview tape reference 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 resembles the 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 isn't real.
- When starting to feel the full of effects of Scarecrow's gas for the first time, Batman's eyes start glowing yellow.
- Given the unconscious thugs spread-eagled on the floor after the third Fear Gas hallucination
- 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 Batman's secret identity.
- After defeating Bane, Stephen Kellerman says 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.
- Scarecrow has his own Challenge Map titled "Scarecrow Nightmare." Crane himself appears in the background, similar to his in-story hallucination appearances, taunting Batman as he fights the Fear Gas skeleton thugs under his command. The goal is to survive for as long as possible against never ending waves of thugs without taking a single hit, which will 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 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 lair under the elevators, computer monitors show security camera images of Batman escorting Joker through Arkham. Crane may have already escaped his cell prior to the riot, managing to observe the event. Given the number of supplies present he might have had a way of slipping in and out of his cell without being noticed, smuggling necessary items.
- During the nightmare sections of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman will occasionally appear as Scarecrow, making Scarecrow technically a playable character.
- Crane's appearance in Arkham Asylum has been ranked as the 38th Greatest Moment in Gaming.
- The Arkhamverse Scarecrow makes a cameo in the DC game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game has many damaging stage transitions, one of which takes place in the Arkham Asylum stage. One player can throw another through a wall and into Crane's cell. Scarecrow will 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, his full face is never shown.
- In Asylum, his skin is deathly pale and he is extremely skinny, indicating possible anorexia. Oddly, he appears much taller in Arkham Knight, unusual given his crippled state.
- A barely noticeable outlining of Crane can be seen next to the Azrael symbol on the church.
- The "City of Terror" code required to unlock the barge is one of the hardest security codes to decrypt in Arkham City.
- Crane's new Gas Mask appears to be surgically grafted to his jaw, as it doesn't cover his mouth or nose.
- In one of the phone calls in Arkham City Joker implies that he is aware Scarecrow is still alive.
- Scarecrow's Arkham Knight design resembles 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.
- Canisters full of Scarecrow's Fear Gas appear as Easter Eggs throughout Arkham City, most prominently in Riddler's third hostage room, in an area covered with razor wire which can be examined either in first person mode or by remote control Batarang, and in Hush's hideout. Upon viewing these specific canisters if listen you can hear strange voices in the room, possibly started by leaking Fear Gas.
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