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Villain Overview

You will bring death to all who follow you.
~ Scarecrow's famous line.
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.
~ The Scarecrow

Dr. Jonathan Crane, better known as Scarecrow, is one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Harley Quinn) of the Batman: Arkham videogame series.

He serves as one of the three secondary antagonists (along with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy) of Batman: Arkham Asylum, an unseen antagonist in Batman: Arkham City and the main antagonist of Batman: Arkham Knight. He also appeared in the 2014 animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham as a minor antagonist.

He is a former psychologist and sadistic criminal who serves as one of Batman's greatest enemies, determined to break his mind and as well as the minds of every citizen of Gotham City. Crane was obsessed with human fear and realized he could gain power if he could control it, and thus invented a fear-inducing chemical that douses his victims with crippling anxiety before using for a life of crime. In Arkham Knight, he commands an alliance of supervillains in his master plan to finally destroy Batman once and for all.

In Arkham Asylum, he is voiced by Dino Andrade, who also played Charlie in the US version of The Queen's Corgi; while in Arkham Knight, he is voiced by John Noble, who also played Unicron in Transformers: Prime, Brainiac in Superman: Unbound, Mallus in DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Henry Parrish in Sleepy Hollow, Walternate in Fringe, and Leland Monroe in LA Noire.


Between his traumatizing encounter with Killer Croc and the events of Arkham Knight, Scarecrow's personality took a drastic change however in both incarnations he retained several traits; utter sadistic and psychopathic personality, borderline megalomania, complete brilliance and extreme dedication to the concept of fear; in fact he saw it as a religion rather than a human emotion.

Scarecrow was first introduced as a highly deranged and completely sadistic villain who ruthlessly exposed Arkham Asylum orderlies and patients to his Fear Toxin, then later laughed at their terror and madness. Scarecrow's remorseless nature and manipulative traits were also shown during his therapy sessions with Doctor Murphy, he was able to fool the doctor into believing that he himself was a sane individual just an evil one instead.

The only thing he showed any care towards was his own work; the mass production and utilization of his toxin as a weapon. The cause of Scarecrow's fixation was presumably from his own traumatic past; viciously taunted and bullied into his childhood and because of this, he dedicated himself as an adult to overpower any terror he encounters through biochemistry. Ironically in AK, Scarecrow not only showed no fear (including when he was attacked by an enraged Batman) he displayed no emotions whatsoever being extremely calm and apathetic, that is until he overdosed with his own Fear Toxin, becoming a cowering mess.

Though he was a genius in his own regard, what made Scarecrow more despicably intelligent was his knowledge of people's pressure points. During his therapy sessions, he used cutting words and veiled threats to drive his psychiatrist into a state of paranoia until he revealed that Scarecrow had secretly been dosing Murphy with his toxin for weeks. This was also shown when he kidnapped Barbara Gordon as to fend off Batman then constantly, sadistically attacks him with threats against her life during Stagg's Airship as to leave him off guard. He also deduced that Commissioner Gordon's greatest fear was that he blamed himself for his daughter's paraplegic condition and needed to protect her, however buried beneath this was the fear that he'd fail and used this as an advantage to control Gordon after he and Batman confronted him.

His personality change was extremely evident during his terrorist threat to Gotham. In AA, when he was the essence of a fear-obsessed madman, who was always undertoned with a constant maniacal laugh, In AK, he became a powerful and calculated mastermind, speaking in a calm deep voice with a monotone and displaying an emotionless persona but still shows sadistic humor and momentary fury at times.

Whereas originally Scarecrow saw fear as the foundation for every action that humanity does and humans were driven by it more than anything else, in Arkham Knight he began to see it as a part of life itself, even claiming to Batman when he was defeated at Arkham Mansion that "without fear, life is meaningless". He also became derangedly obsessed with Batman, otherwise he is more specifically destroying his legacy by showing the world he was just an afraid man like everybody else, which failed.


Scarecrow Character Bio Photo.

The Scarecrow also has an entry in the Character Bios. His profile states: Taunted and bullied as a 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 then adopted the identity of the Scarecrow and armed himself with a specialized fear-inducing gas that makes a person's deepest phobias become frighteningly real. His ongoing criminal reign of terror makes him one of Batman's most psychologically dangerous foes.


Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • "There is no Crane...only Scarecrow!"
  • "Poor little Bat! You're in my world now!"
  • "What are you doing, little Bat?"
  • "I will break you!"
  • "Oh, there you are!"
  • "Everything you see is under my control!"
  • "Is your mind playing tricks on you? Or am I?"
  • "What are you, Batman? Chicken?"
  • "Dare to step into my gaze!"
  • "Welcome to my world, Batman!"
  • "You're fighting back. Good. It can only weaken your resolve."
  • "You cannot escape my gaze! You will die here!"
  • "Look around you! These are the broken fragments of your mind!"
  • "Your mind will shatter like glass!"
  • "I see you, Batman."
  • "What was that?"
  • "You're in my realm now. Everything is as real as I choose it to be."
  • "What are you trying to do?"
  • "Stand still. This won't hurt."
  • "No, he's not. We really should feel sorry for him. He never fully got over his parents' death. It left him quite insane."
  • "I THINK YOU NEED A LITTLE MORE! Tell me, what demons do you have left to beat? Shall we see?"
  • "He's all yours, Joker."
  • "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 100 years."

Batman: Arkham Knight

  • "This demonstration used just five ounces of my latest toxin. Tomorrow, this will seem like child's play. Gotham, this is your only warning."
  • "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."
  • "Gentlemen, tonight is the night that Gotham changes forever. The night it becomes a wasteland of nightmares, a forsaken symbol of Batman's failure, a monument to fear. But more than that: we're about to turn Gotham into the epicentre of a blast that will transform the entire Eastern coast of America into MY domain."
  • "Need I remind you that we are on a tight schedule here? Gotham is going to pay for what its 'savior' did to me."
  • "Gentlemen, an announcement. Our one-time friend Mr. Stagg neglected to keep the Cloudburst charged and ready for operation. We will need to do the job ourselves. I need men in Biological Engineering ferrying energy cells to charge the device, and I need more men to defend them. Do not fail me."
  • "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 the whole world will see the fear in your eyes. Then they too will understand. There is no savior. No more hope... No more Batman."
  • "Something's changed. You're different."
  • "How does it feel to see your city on the brink of ruin? Your friends in the clutches of death? You've 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 you are the one who failed her."
  • "Welcome to Gotham...The City of Fear."
  • "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 by fear."
  • "You both still have a part to play."
  • "Shh... It's OK to be afraid."
  • "Gallant police force of Gotham. I have a message for you. You are not safe. You are not protected. Batman will not save you. This is the beginning for the end for you, Dark Knight."
  • "The die is cast, Batman, and from now on I need your undivided attention. The nightmare is almost over, your failure almost complete. I can see it, and soon the whole world will see it too. Your eyes betray you. You are truly afraid."
  • "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."
  • "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 that Batman has done." (Joker in control of Batman)
  • "Impossible! Without fear, life is meaningless. No!" (Scarecrow's last words in the game)

Game Over Quotes

Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • "And at the end of fear... oblivion."
  • "You failed, now suffer!"
  • "Now madness takes you, forever."

Batman: Arkham Knight

  • "Die knowing that I will make them suffer, every one."
  • "Didn't you know, Dark Knight, you can't fight fear?"
  • "Prepare yourself, Batman. My reign of terror starts now."
  • "You die here, and your legend dies with you."
  • "This is the end, Dark Knight, you've got nothing to be afraid of anymore."
  • "You have failed to stop me, Batman, now Gotham will fall."
  • "I wanted more than your death and Gotham's destruction, but you forced my hand."


Victims killed by Scarecrow
  • Multiple GCPD offers
  • Multiple Blackgate staff
  • Multiple Arkham Asylum staff
  • Multiple Arkham City staff
  • Arkham Lunatics
  • Multiple TYGER guards
  • Multiple citizens of Gotham
  • High Security Henchmen
  • Many of his own thugs
  • Multiple Blackgate inmates
  • Multiple Arkham Asylum inmates
  • Multiple Arkham City inmates





  • Only he and Batman who were confirmed to being able to survive the effects of the fear toxin in the Arkhamverse. Considering he has terrorized 100's of people with his toxin, this Scarecrow easily has the highest kill count.
  • From a certain point of view, Scarecrow defeated Batman. While he failed to emotionally break him and plunge Gotham into terror, he succeeded in exposing the Dark Knight's identity to the world which forced Bruce Wayne to seemingly kill himself to protect his loved ones. His unveiling of Bruce Wayne's identity to Gotham and the world also 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. Furthermore, depending on what happened at the end, the fallout resulted in Batman and Alfred giving up their lives.
    • The Riddler actually succeeded in exposing Batman in the episode "Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End / Batman Family Feud" from Cartoon Network's MAD, where he tricks Batman (who is depicted like a stubborn crime fighter and not fully heroic at all like most incarnations) into not arresting him in exchange of changing the questions of Family Feud to ensure his victory. Batman agrees and wins after responding three questions about him, with the last one being which is his secret identity, only to realize too late that he has given away his secret, to which the Riddler calls him a "sucker" for falling into his trap. However, Cartoon Network's MAD is in no way canonical within the DC Universe and its parallel Earths.
      • Ironically, the Riddler from the Arkhamverse is depicted as being jealous towards the Scarecrow at the end for exposing Batman's identity, suggesting that he wanted to be the one to unmask the Dark Knight, although it's also possible that he just couldn't believe it as for him it didn't have too much sense for a known rich playboy like Bruce Wayne to be Gotham City's defender.
    • Superman and his Regime from the Injustice series have also exposed Batman's secret identity to the public, but unlike Scarecrow, Superman's unmasking of Batman did not drive Bruce into hiding; he still actively continues his crime-fighting career with his identity known presumably from the lack of government structures and for his role in disbanding the One Earth Regime. The Regime also never made him resort to destroying Wayne Enterprises nor possibly dying to stop them.
  • This version of Scarecrow is notably more serious and evil than in other incarnations, at least in Arkham Knight. He also plays highly sadistic mind games throughout the game and actually came close to destroying Gotham more than any other version has before. Plus, he has the highest kill count.
    • He is also the most destructive antagonist of the Arkham series, as his plans of terror were not just for Gotham, but the entire Eastern seacoast and, presumably, the whole world. This plot surpasses those of Hugo Strange, Penguin, Victor Zsasz, and the Joker.
  • Coincidentally, this version of the Scarecrow's role in Batman: Arkham Knight seems to mirror that the Scarecrow was intended to play in Batman Unchained, the cancelled fifth movie of the 1990s Batman film series by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher. Much like in Arkham Knight, the Scarecrow was going to be the main antagonist, ally with Harley Quinn and the Joker would return as an hallucination thanks to his fear toxin.
  • It is unknown if Scarecrow bore a grudge against Killer Croc after the latter maimed him during the events of Arkham Asylum.

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