Jonathan Crane (New Earth)

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Mainstream Universe‎, 1986‎-2011‎

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Real Name

Jonathan Crane

Main Alias


Other Aliases

Master of Fear, [ 1 ]
Ichabod Crane [ 1 ]

Master of Fear,Ichabod Crane


unnamed half sister,
Marion Keeny ( grandma, deceased ),
Mary Keeny ( great-grandmother, deceased ) Gerald Crane (father), Karen Keeny (mother),unnamed half-sister,Marion Keeny (grandmother, deceased),Mary Keeny (great-grandmother, deceased)


Injustice League, Secret Society of Super-Villains, Injustice Gang, Legion of Doom

Formerly Sinestro Corps

Base Of Operations

Gotham City, Arkham Asylum





Public Identity



Marital Status



Former University Professor

Anarchist, Serial Killer Former Psychologist












New Earth


Bill Finger · Bob Kane

First Appearance
Detective Comics #571
(February, 1987)
Quote1.png He calls himself “Scarecrow.” Psychologist turned psychopath. He preys on the innocent and instill them with fear. When I chose to wear my… costume, it was to prey upon the criminals, and instill them with fear. The irony is not lost on me… Quote2.png

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Jonathan Crane, differently known as the Scarecrow, was a discredit academic obsessed with people ‘s fears. He uses his particularly designed concern toxin to terrorize the citizens of Gotham City. This makes him a frequent enemy of Batman.


Jonathan Crane was born out of marriage and suffered severe abuse as a child. His father took off before he was tied born, and his mother was made to leave her newborn son in the hands of her grandma, a religious fanatic with less than pure intentions for the boy. As a child he was exposed to severe emotional and physical torture and torture from his bang-up grandma, the worst of class being the Keeny family ‘s chapel, where flocks of crows nested. He was forced to dress in a suit contaminated with a homemade chemical designed to enrage nearby crows and encourage them to attack the reservoir. It was because of this that Jonathan developed a crippling concern of his grandma. [ 2 ] Growing up, Jonathan was bullied for his gangling frame, lank branch, and uncommon interests. His bullies gave him the name “ the Scarecrow ” for his cheeseparing physique. His grudge against the people who hurt him grew stronger, and Crane was finally tired of being a victim. He developed his own manner of “ crimson dancing ”, which he combined with elements of Kung Fu. He besides learned the recipe for the chemical that his grandma used to scare crows. One nox, Crane dressed up as a ghoulish scarecrow to terrify some of the people who bullied him in high school. unfortunately, his fear methods proved to be a bit excessively successful, as he literally scared his bullies to death. Crane became fascinated with the solid consequence and proceeded to murder his grandma using the same concern chemical she previously used on him .

early adulthood

After high educate, Jonathan enrolled at Gotham University and became the newfangled professor of psychology once he eliminated the original teacher through exposure to his experimental fear toxin. Crane started his classes, with an emphasis on the analyze of fear. finally, his harsh methods in the classroom caught up to him, and he was dismissed for firing a revolver in class. late, he went on to murder people creditworthy for his dismissal. Following this, Crane was transferred to Arkham Asylum and became the steer psychologist there, where he performed fear-inducing experiments on his patients. He took the nickname “ The Scarecrow ”, the favorite twit of the hate bullies. [ 1 ] Around his clock, Crane besides worked as an intern at a psychiatric clinic, where he was left in commission of a young and disturb Thomas Elliot. rather of curing him though, he allowed the kid ‘s mental state to worsen. [ 3 ]

first Encounters with Batman

The deaths of the Gotham University dean and four regents earned Crane the attention of Gotham City ‘s newest defender – the Batman. Batman, working alongside the recently promoted patrol captain Jim Gordon, and traced the evidence back to Crane. Defending himself with his fear toxin and a improvised costume, Crane formally embraced his nickname and became “ the Scarecrow “. Crane was apprehended by the hero and imprisoned in Arkham Asylum. rear on the streets, the Scarecrow was soon recruited into a gang of super-villains led by Two-Face to battle Carmine Falcone ‘s criminal conglomerate. The group was besides creditworthy for the Columbus Day Massacre of Gotham ‘s gang bosses. The team disbanded after a battle with The Hangman and the struggle at the Batcave with the newly-formed Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin. The Scarecrow was a regular extremity of the Injustice Gang and briefly joined the Secret Society of Super-Villains. Scarecrow finally developed a new version of his concern toxin, which removed people ‘s fears and made them act foolhardy and homicidal. He was stopped while using this new strand by the second base Robin Jason Todd. [ 4 ] Scarecrow would try using this translation of his toxin again years late, this time stopped by the new, unseasoned vigilante Tim Drake. Tim ‘s defeat of Scarecrow in this case convinced Batman to train him as the third Robin. [ 5 ]


Main article: Batman: Knightfall
Crane escaped Arkham Asylum during the massive break orchestrated by Bane in a plot to break the Bat. After a few days, Crane learned that Joker had teamed up with Cornelius Stirk and was insulted that the Joker had chosen to collaborator with an amateur fear-based villain like Stirk over him. Scarecrow terrorized one of Joker ‘s henchmen to learn the localization of his bos and confronted the Joker, offering to work together to terrorize Gotham ‘s Mayor Krol. That like night, they went to Krol ‘s house and dosed him with Scarecrow ‘s Fear Toxin, forcing the Mayor of Gotham to do as they told. [ 6 ] Following Joker ‘s suggestion, Scarecrow forced Krol to call the president of the union of firefighters to tell him that he was cutting their rolls. [ 7 ] Scarecrow then used his fear toxin on Krol again in order to force him to call the GCPD and give them assumed information that would lead them to a death trap. [ 8 ] belated, Joker came up with the estimate of using Krol to lure Batman into a trap and, together, the villains took Krol to the Gotham River Tunnel, where they forced Krol to reveal his abduction. When Batman arrived, Scarecrow used his fear boast on him, hoping to cripple the champion, but Batman overcame the toxin. During their elude, Scarecrow used a rocket catapult to cave in the burrow ‘s walls, causing the place to be filled with water. Scarecrow and Joker were able to escape from Batman as he went back to save the mayor. [ 9 ]

Scarecrow and Joker retreated to their hideout, where Crane complained of not making money out of their latest stunt and to continue his experiments. When Joker mocked him, Scarecrow betrayed him, using his fear flatulence on Joker. however, the gasoline had no consequence on him and, rather, Joker beat Scarecrow furiously with a chair, ending their partnership. [ 10 ]

God of Fear

After recovering from his meet with Joker, Scarecrow conducted an experiment at Gotham University and lured young students with the promise of money for being test subjects. Scarecrow turned a little group of students into his faithful minions by using hypnotic techniques based on concern. [ 11 ] Scarecrow provided them with respective of his costumes and he commanded them to spread across Gotham and release his fear toxin in crowd places, which caused aggregate hysteria. His ultimate design was to take control over the entire population of Gotham while the city was crippled with fear. [ 12 ] Scarecrow about succeeded, but he was found by Batman and Anarky. Despite his efforts against them, Scarecrow was stopped for good and he was carried to the authorities by Batman. [ 13 ]


Main article: Batman: Hush sometime later, Crane joined Thomas Elliot, who had taken the criminal identity Hush, and provided Hush with the psychological profiles of all his enemies, including Batman. Scarecrow then used his fear toxin on Huntress but was stopped concisely after that by Batman. however, thanks to Jason Todd ‘s interference, Scarecrow managed to escape. [ 14 ]

As the Crow Flies

scarecrow was concisely transformed into a homicidal animal known as the Scarebeast by the Penguin to kill off the Penguin ‘s unpatriotic colleagues. [ 15 ] In this incarnation, the Scarebeast possessed extremely strength and survival and could release an even stronger hallucinogenic natural gas. After being defeated by Batman, the Scarebeast reverted back into Jonathan Crane .
Some time belated, Scarecrow was present at the massive criminal meet at Robinson Park during the great gang war of Gotham and attacked Batman along with many other criminals. [ 16 ] Batman grabbed and discovered Black Mask as the imposter pose as Orpheus and he was about to knock him down when Scarecrow attacked Batman, allowing Black Mask to escape. [ 17 ] Later, Scarecrow joined Killer Croc and together they followed Black Mask to the North End of Gotham. [ 18 ] Black Mask took Scarecrow to the Gotham Clock Tower, mistakenly calling it the Batcave and in concert went inside the tower. Black Mask used Scarecrow ‘s body to overload the security system by tossing him into a room full of lasers, causing Scarecrow to be badly burned. [ 19 ] Scarecrow recovered and the thoughts of retaliation filled his mind, allowing him to transform into the Scarebeast once again. He was attacked by the compound forces of Robin, Batgirl, Onyx, Tarantula and Catwoman, but he was most probable defeated by the end of the Gotham Clock Tower. [ 20 ] The Scarecrow later became the pawn of Darkseid and his bootlicking toadie DeSaad. They used their resources to transform Crane into a being named Schrocken. Crane was taken to Apokolips, but was late rescued due to the efforts of Batman and Superman. [ 21 ]

Heart of Hush

Main article: Batman: Heart of Hush
Some fourth dimension late, Scarecrow and Hush joined forces once again to eliminate Batman with Hush ‘s ultimate plan and the beginning mistreat included Scarecrow taking a pull the leg of from Gotham Children ‘s Hospital and terrorize him. [ 3 ] Scarecrow took the child to some caverns outside of Gotham and summoned Batman to a ambush. He forced Batman to fight the kid, who was dosed with a weaker version of Venom, but his plan failed when Batman turned the angered kid against him. Scarecrow revealed that it was all a distraction created by Hush to keep Batman busy. After the confession, Scarecrow was arrested by the GCPD. [ 22 ] Crane was taken back to Arkham, but before reaching his cellular telephone, he was viciously attacked by Batman, who wanted Crane to reveal Hush ‘s mysterious hideout. To get answers, Batman forced Crane into Joker ‘s cell soaked his head on the gutter in orderliness and gave him electric shocks. Crane told Batman what he wanted to know and Batman left Crane scantily conscious in Joker ‘s cell, much to the lunatic ‘s delight. [ 23 ] After the Black Glove ‘s fail plan to destroy Batman, all the inmates from Arkham Asylum were transferred to Blackgate until Arkham was completely decontaminated. On their way back to Arkham, the vehicles that transported the inmates were assaulted by a newfangled Black Mask, who freed the inmates, blew the mental hospital in front of all of them and forced them to join his army. Crane was among the inmates who joined Black Mask ‘s group. [ 24 ]

Batgirl Rising

Around the time that Stephanie Brown became the latest personification of Batgirl, Scarecrow developed a new amateur drug called “ Thrill. ” He and his minions worked on spreading “ Thrill ” throughout the city, specifically in the “ Devil ‘s Square ” area. Batgirl managed to track Scarecrow to his hideout, and engaged him in battle. Scarecrow deployed “ Thrill ” against her, making Batgirl ‘s inoculation against his standard fear-gas future to useless. Batgirl was given hallucinations of Tim Drake and her Spoiler identity telling her that she was a frightful person and deserved to be abruptly, while at the same time, Scarecrow beat her. She snapped out of it just in meter when Oracle shouted over her comlink, “ Batgirl ! Wake up ! ” Batgirl then proceeded to defeat Scarecrow, and then left him tied up for the police. [ 25 ]

Blackest Night

Main article: Blackest Night During the Blackest Night, as the Black Lantern Corps rampages through Gotham City, Scarecrow wandered through the streets, wanting to feel the terror the Black Lanterns are causing the citizens, but revealing that overexposure to his fear gas has left him emotionally dead, unable to feel fear, courage, or any of the early five emotions on the Emotional Spectrum, except when facing Batman. [ 26 ] When Ganthet causes the rings of the Seven Lanterns on Earth to duplicate and deputize others on earth, the Qwardian call selects Crane, inducting him into the Sinestro Corps. [ 27 ] Overjoyed at being able to feel fear again, Scarecrow eagerly joins the struggle against the Black Lanterns. [ 28 ] however, Lex Luthor, who had received the early Orange Lantern Ring, is overwhelmed by the orange unhorse of avarice and takes Crane ‘s ring. [ 29 ]

Brightest Day

Main article: Brightest Day sometime later during the events of Brightest Day, Scarecrow begins kidnapping and murdering college interns working for LexCorp as a direction of getting back at Luthor for stealing his resound. When Robin and Supergirl attack to stop his plans, Scarecrow unleashes a fresh fear toxin that is potent adequate to affect a Kryptonian. The toxin forces Supergirl to see visions of a Black Lantern Reactron, but she is able to snap out of the magic trick and help Robin get the better of Scarecrow. [ 30 ] He is finally freed from Arkham when Deathstroke and the Titans break into the refuge in order to capture one of the inmates.


  • Toxic Immunity: Crane developed an immunity to his own fear toxin, and fear itself, after years of repeated exposure.[26]
  • Transformation: After being modified by Fright’s genetic expertise, Scarecrow gained the ability to turn into Scarebeast under strain or duress with enhanced strength, endurance, and emits a powerful fear-toxin. He was eventually defeated by Batman using a powered suit and reverted back to his original form.[15] Scarecrow transforms into Scarebeast once more after being badly injured by a laser security system, but reverts to his normal again after being caught in an explosion.[31]
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Superhuman Stamina
    • Toxikinesis


  • Intimidation: Using a variety of toxins that cause his victims to hallucinate that their phobias have come to life, the Scarecrow instills fear in all who see him.
  • Violent Dancing: When forced to fight, Crane uses his own martial arts style he calls “violent dancing”, which is based in part on the crane style of kung fu and makes full use of his long arms and legs.[13]
  • Genius Level Intellect
    • Psychology: Jonathan Crane is an expert in the field of psychology, specifically the study of anxiety disorders. He is a walking textbook on the study of fear, and can recite the name and description of nearly every known phobia. He often demonstrates his intellectual prowess by analyzing his fellow patients at Arkham Asylum.[32]
      • Psychiatry[33]
    • Chemistry: Jonathan Crane is a proficient chemist and has used this skill to develop his infamous fear toxin.
      • Toxicology
    • Pedagogy

other Characteristics

  • Anxiety Disorder: Crane once suffered from corvidophobia (fear of crows) after being attacked by a murder of crows at his family aviary. He managed to overcome this somehow and is often seen with a crow named Craw. Since his first encounter with Batman, he had developed chiropteraphobia (fear of bats).[citation needed]
  • Obsession: Scarecrow is motivated by an obsessive need to spread massive terror around Gotham.[citation needed]
  • Fear Toxin: Should he not be cautious over his use, Crane will get a taste of his medicine. He eventually gained an immunity to the fear toxin during the Blackest Night after years of exposure.[26]



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