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Adaptations of Scarecrow in other media
Created byBill Finger
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson
Original sourceComics published by DC Comics
First appearanceWorld's Finest Comics #3 (September 1941)
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The Scarecrow was originally a comic book character and Batman's adversary, but he has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including feature films, television series, and video games. He has been voiced by Henry Polic II and Jeffrey Combs in the DC animated universe, by Dino Andrade and John Noble in the Batman: Arkham video game series, and by Robert Englund in Injustice 2. He has also been portrayed in live-action by Cillian Murphy in The Dark Knight Trilogy, and both Charlie Tahan and David W. Thompson in the FOX television show Gotham.

Television[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Charlie Tahan as The Scarecrow in Gotham.
  • The Scarecrow appears in Gotham, portrayed by Charlie Tahan (in the first season as well as the first half of the fourth season),[1][2] and by David W. Thompson (in the second half of the fourth season as well as the fifth season).[3] He is introduced in the first-season episodes "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" and "The Scarecrow". His father Gerald Crane (portrayed by Julian Sands) creates the 'fear toxin', a serum designed to eliminate fear, and then injects Jonathan with it. Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock save Jonathan's life, but are too late to save his sanity; the toxin has left him in a state of perpetual terror, plagued by hallucinations of his greatest fear: scarecrows. He is next seen in the season four episode "Pax Penguina", in which he is institutionalized in Gotham Asylum, where the corrupt warden Reed uses his fears to keep him under control. A gang of criminals led by Grady Harris and Merton bribe Reed to give them Crane and forces him to re-create his father's fear toxin so they can use it to control Gotham City. Jonathan eventually embraces his fear and uses the toxin against Grady Harris after Merton and his fellow gang members were arrested. He then wreaks havoc on Gotham with the toxin as "The Scarecrow". In "The Fear Reaper", Crane invades Gotham Asylum and uses the fear gas on Warden Reed and other inmates causing the guards to flee. When Gordon confronts Scarecrow, he gets infected with fear gas until he overcomes it. After Gordon turns on the sprinklers and the fear gas' effects on the inmates, Scarecrow got away. In "A Dark Knight: One of My Three Soups", Scarecrow is shown as an inmate at Arkham Asylum after getting apprehended at some point. He is freed by the Mad Hatter where they, along with Jerome Valeska, collaborate in a plot that involves releasing all the inmates of Arkham Asylum. After the Hatter is defeated by Jim Gordon, Scarecrow gasses the driver of his transport as he and Jerome free him for their next plot. In "A Dark Knight: Mandatory Brunch Meeting", the Scarecrow is one of the criminals assembled by Jerome to be part of his "Legion of Horribles". He and the Mad Hatter break out Jerome from his twin brother Jeremiah's custody, but are chased off by Gordon and Bullock. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Jerome secretly tasked Scarecrow to concocts a laughing gas for him to spread across the city. In "That's Entertainment", Scarecrow, along with Mr. Freeze, carries out a raid on Wayne Enterprises' chemical lab to brew more of the dangerous toxin. Later, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter and the Penguin go to a hangar to load the laughing gas onto a blimp and release it upon Gotham. There, he reveals to Penguin that the other Legion members anticipated his betrayal and that he knew Penguin would go to Jim Gordon, and then proceeding to knock him out.
  • In the second part of the fifth annual Arrowverse crossover event "Elseworlds", the Scarecrow doesn't appear but his fear gas can be seen in the evidence room at Arkham Asylum, inside a box containing his belongings. During the mass breakout at Arkham Asylum, Barry Allen and Oliver Queen confront the inmate Nora Fries after she hit Killer Frost with the frozen ray of her husband's gun. Oliver then tries to use his speed to throw a lightning bolt at Nora but misses and, instead, knocks the Scarecrow's box containing the fear gas, exposing them to the gas and causing Barry and Oliver to start hallucinating, making them see each other as Eobard Thawne and Malcolm Merlyn, respectively. This leads to a fight between them until Batwoman brings both down, neutralizing the effects of the gas in the process.

Animation[edit]

DC animated universe[edit]

Scarecrow's designs throughout Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.
  • The Scarecrow is featured in multiple animated series set in the DC Animated Universe.
    • The character first appears in Batman: The Animated Series, voiced by Henry Polic II with an English accent. In the 10 episode "Nothing to Fear", he plots to use his fear gas to take revenge on the Gotham University Board members who fired him for experimenting on his students. Scarecrow drugs Batman with his fear toxin, inflicting upon the Dark Knight visions of a worst fear: his late father telling Batman being ashamed. Scarecrow kidnaps the Dean of the University and escapes in a stolen Gotham police blimp. But when Batman arrives, he activates a self-destruct mechanism and leaves the two to die. During the assault on the blimp, Batman wills himself to overcome the toxin, and uses Scarecrow's own weapon against him. Scarecrow hallucinates about his own phobia - a fear of bats - and collapses into helpless terror; Batman then takes him to Arkham Asylum. In the 19 episode "Fear of Victory", Scarecrow combines his fear gas with adrenalin to use on Gotham's athletes, rendering them unable to play; he then bets against their teams. He is defeated by Batman and Robin (Dick Grayson) before he can realize the final stage of his plan: to use fear toxin on an entire stadium. In the 31 episode "Dreams of Darkness", Scarecrow plots to taint the water supply beneath Arkham with fear toxin, in the process using it on Batman put in Arkham; Batman manages to overcome the toxin, and defeats Scarecrow. In the 69 episode "Trial", Scarecrow makes a non-voiced appearance (due to Henry Polic's throat surgery) on the jury during the rogue's gallery's 'trial' against Batman. In the 79 episode "Lock Up", Scarecrow meets his match with Arkham security guard Lyle Bolton's brutal interrogation methods terrifying even him; he breaks out of Arkham to get away from Bolton, only to be brought back by Batman and Robin. Scarecrow joins Harley Quinn and the Ventriloquist & Scarface in issuing a complaint, resulting in Bolton being fired. When Bolton, as the villain Lock-Up, ends up in Arkham, Scarecrow vows to "teach [Lock-Up] new lessons in fear".
    • Scarecrow returns in The New Batman Adventures, voiced by Jeffrey Combs (in "Never Fear") and by Jeff Bennett (in "Over the Edge" [albeit uncredited]). The character gets revamped from his earlier appearances because producer Bruce Timm felt the character never actually looked scary; this problem was finally rectified with the second redesign. Director Dan Riba said that he "evolved the most of all the characters", saying that "we got darker, darker, and darker with the character." Timm described the revamped look as resembling a "western preacher", complete with a noose around his neck, as well as a "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface, kind of look, and it really had nothing to do with being a Scarecrow per se. But he was definitely scary". This version was never shown out of costume, because Paul Dini said "we weren't even sure if there was an actual guy in the suit" and also spoke in a low, rasping whisper with which the show's creators felt he should have spoken with all along.[4] In the 4 episode "Never Fear", Scarecrow creates a new toxin that completely eliminates fear and makes its victims reckless and dangerous. Batman is exposed to the gas, which renders the Dark Knight unafraid to kill. When Batman begins to lose control, Robin (Tim Drake) subdues Batman and goes after Scarecrow himself. Batman escapes and nearly kills Scarecrow, until Robin gives the Dark Knight the antidote; the Dynamic Duo then apprehend him peacefully and take him to Arkham Asylum. In the 11 episode "Over the Edge", Scarecrow attacks Gotham City Hall, and sprays Batgirl with his fear toxin. The poison makes Barbara Gordon have a nightmare in which she is killed and a vendetta erupts between Batman and Commissioner Gordon. Barbara later awakes from this nightmare when Scarecrow's fear toxin wears off.
    • Scarecrow was originally planned to appear in the final season of Justice League Unlimited as a member of the Legion of Doom. Due to the Bat-embargo, this was not possible. This would have been a tribute to the fact that he was one of the original 13 members of the Legion of Doom in Challenge of the Super Friends.

Other shows[edit]

  • Scarecrow appeared in The Batman/Superman Hour, voiced by Ted Knight. Although he does not use fear gas in this series, he uses knock-out gas, which he keeps in eggs. He was seen in the episode "The Great Scarecrow Scare".
  • Scarecrow appeared in Challenge of the Super Friends, voiced by Don Messick. He is as a member of Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom and is shown to have control over a flock of crows, but no other powers.
  • Scarecrow appeared in the Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, voiced by Andre Stojka. In the episode "The Fear", Scarecrow captures Robin and Wonder Woman after he expose them and Batman to his fear transmitters, as he forces the Caped Crusader to relive the memories of his parents' murder in Crime Alley, which would be the first animated rendition of Batman's origin. In the same episode, Professor Crane was working as a consultant for Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department to help them find Scarecrow and put an end to his exploits of fear, without anyone knowing yet that both are the same person. Using his detective skills, Batman was able to figure out that Scarecrow and Professor Crane were one and the same. Later, Batman confronts the villain in a cornfield, where he was soon able to apprehend Crane, rescue Wonder Woman and Robin, and turn him over to the Gotham City Police.
  • Scarecrow appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. In the episode "Trials of the Demon", he collaborates with Scream Queen to put jack-o'-lanterns filled with fear gas on a Halloween night in a local neighborhood. Scarecrow is defeated by Batman while Scream Queen is defeated by the Flash using the toxin in some pumpkins in a patch against Scream Queen. Scarecrow appears as an inmate at Blackgate Penitentiary in the episode "Night of the Huntress", and is among the singing inmates at Arkham Asylum in the episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!".

Film[edit]

Live-action[edit]

The Dark Knight Trilogy[edit]

Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005).
  • Cillian Murphy portrays Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, and is the only villain to appear in all three films. This version of the character wears a burlap sack with a built-in rebreather that doubles as a gas mask for his fear experiments. Murphy explained that the relatively simple mask, as opposed to the full scarecrow costume usually seen in the comics, was utilized because he "wanted the Scarecrow to avoid the Worzel Gummidge look, because he's not a very physically imposing man—he's more interested in the manipulation of the mind and what that can do".[5]
    • In Batman Begins, Dr. Jonathan Crane is a corrupt psychopharmacologist working as Chief Administrator at Arkham Asylum who has secretly created a fear-inducing gas. He plots with the terrorist Ra's al Ghul to expose the entire population of Gotham City to this toxin. Crane smuggles the hallucinogenic chemical ingredient for his "fear gas" into Gotham through the connections of mob boss Carmine Falcone, and in exchange Crane testifies in court that all of Falcone's arrested men are legally insane and should be moved to Arkham for "rehabilitation". Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes accuses Crane of being corrupt, prompting Crane and Falcone to plot to have Dawes murdered. When an arrested Falcone later attempts to blackmail Crane, the latter dons his gas mask and douses Falcone with his fear toxin, driving the crime lord insane and causing him to repeatedly utter 'Scarecrow'. During Crane's first encounter with Batman, he sprays the vigilante with his fear gas and sets him on fire, though Batman narrowly escapes with both his life and mind intact. With Lucius Fox's help, Batman develops an antidote to Crane's drug. At Arkham Asylum, Crane exposes Rachel to his fear toxin when his illegal operations are discovered. However, Batman arrives and gives Crane a dose of his own medicine before leaving him for James Gordon to arrest. Despite being institutionalized at Arkham, Crane escapes during the mass release of the asylum's inmates as part of Ra's plot to plunge Gotham into fear. As Ra's unleashes the gas on the city's slums, Crane, now calling himself 'Scarecrow', pursues Rachel and a boy on a police horse. After Rachel shocks Scarecrow with a taser, Crane aimlessly rides off into the night and remains at large.
    • In The Dark Knight, Scarecrow returns near the beginning of the film. He and his men meet with mob boss Chechen's crew at a car park, who complains about the effects that Scarecrow's sold toxin has on his customers. A group of Batmen impostors then arrive and attack the two criminals, only to be interrupted by the real vigilante. Scarecrow attempts to escape in his van after spraying a Batman impostor with his gas, but the real Batman manages to apprehend Crane and ties him up along with the impostors for the police to arrest.[6]
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, Jonathan Crane has a minor role. He is released along with the other prisoners of Blackgate Penitentiary when Bane takes control of Gotham. Once liberated, Crane presides over a show trial which he refers to as a sentencing hearing wherein Gotham's wealthiest citizens are given a choice between death and exile. Those who choose "exile" are made to cross the thick ice over the frozen river connecting Gotham to the other shore, with an almost certain chance of falling through the thin ice and drowning. In addition, Bane also grants Crane full control of the courts to the extent that even Bane himself would not affect his ruling decision. When Commissioner Gordon, several cops, and Miranda Tate are captured and brought into trial, Gordon tells Crane that he and his men won't go on the ice willingly and therefore chooses death. Crane sentences them to "death by exile", while Bane takes Miranda. However, Batman manages to save Gordon. After Batman stops Bane's plan to detonate a nuclear bomb in Gotham, Crane is presumably arrested by Gotham police along with many other convicted criminals.[7]

Other films[edit]

  • Scarecrow was one of the villains planned to star in Batman Unchained, the fifth in the Batman film series, before it was cancelled. Actors Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and Jeff Goldblum were courted for the role.[8][9] Coolio's uncredited role in Batman & Robin was revealed to have been a portrayal of Jonathan Crane in February 2017,[10] with Coolio set to reprise the role in Batman Unchained. The Scarecrow would have appeared alongside Harley Quinn. Scarecrow's fear gas was meant to resurrect the Joker, who would be portrayed by Jack Nicholson once again.[5]
  • Scarecrow was intended to appear as the main villain of Batman: DarKnight, another film of the Batman film series that was cancelled. In the film, Dr. Jonathan Crane uses his position as professor of psychology at Gotham University and as head psychologist at Arkham Asylum to conduct experiments concerning fear (this element would later appear in Batman Begins). During a vengeful confrontation with a colleague, Dr. Kirk Langstrom, Crane unknowingly initiates Langstrom's transformation into the creature known as Man-Bat. Crane then exacts revenge on those responsible for his dismissal from both Arkham and the university while encountering truths about his past.[11]
  • A concept art of Scarecrow for Suicide Squad reveals that he was originally set to appear in the film, but was cut for unknown reasons.[12]

Animation[edit]

  • Scarecrow appears in the direct-to-DVD animated production Batman: Gotham Knight, voiced by Corey Burton. During the character's appearance in the segment "In Darkness Dwells", Scarecrow gathers an army of Arkham inmates in the sewers and uses Killer Croc to get them from above. As Jonathan Crane, he had been Killer Croc's psychologist at Arkham Asylum. Scarecrow uses Killer Croc to capture the priest Cardinal O'Fallon to hold on a mock trial in the sewers because Scarecrow is angered by O'Fallon's attempts to help the homeless. Scarecrow sentences O'Fallon to death, but is saved by Batman triggering an explosion in the process. Nevertheless, Scarecrow escapes the authorities when the sewers begin to flood.
  • Scarecrow didn't appear in Justice League: Doom, but he is mentioned by Batman. Also in the film, his fear gas is used by Star Sapphire in a trap against Green Lantern, to undermine his will and exploit his fears, convincing him that he doesn't deserve the power and to renounce his ring. Batman then shows himself and offers to Jordan the antidote, but refuses, instead summoning his ring and reestablishes his willpower, overcoming the effects of the fear gas.[13]
  • Scarecrow appears in Batman: Assault on Arkham, voiced by Christian Lanz. Scarecrow is one of the many inmates released from Arkham Asylum by the Joker during his plans to activate a dirty bomb within Gotham and the Suicide Squad's mission to infiltrate the institution. He injected his fear gas into some of the guards before ultimately being recaptured.
  • Scarecrow didn't appear but is mentioned in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. In the film, Batman is pursuing some of Scarecrow's henchmen in order to scare them into giving Batman his location, but Green Lantern intervenes and catches them, which angers Batman.
    • Scarecrow also appears in an animated short included on home video of the film called Nightwing and Robin, with Michael Rosenbaum providing the voice for the character. The short features Nightwing and Robin facing Scarecrow and his gang in a warehouse, which results in the villain's defeat.[14]
  • Scarecrow appears in Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, voiced by Brian T. Delaney.[15] This version of the character is tall, muscular and has green skin, and uses a sickle as a weapon. He (along with Silver Banshee, Solomon Grundy and Clayface) joins the Joker's gang of monsters to wreak mayhem on Gotham City.
  • Scarecrow appears in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, voiced by John DiMaggio[16] who's uncredited for the role. He is among the villains Superman unintentionally releases from Arkham Asylum. When the Justice League is held captive at the Joker's funhouse, Scarecrow douses the Justice League with fear gas, rendering them cowardly enough for the other villains to torment them. Scarecrow is last seen towards the end of the movie where he is defeated by Robin and put back in Arkham Asylum.
  • Scarecrow appears in The Lego Batman Movie, voiced by Jason Mantzoukas.[17] At the start of the film, Scarecrow is one of the many supervillains attacking Gotham City as part of Joker's army where he breathes fear gas onto a gate guard. He is defeated by Batman, but escapes alongside the others. In the following day, Scarecrow invades the city's winter gala party with the rest of Gotham's villains. He and the rest of them are apprehended by the police when Joker persuades them to surrender. Later, along with the other city's villains, Scarecrow is recruited by Batman and his allies to work together to send the escaped villains back into the Phantom Zone and save Gotham City. Once Gotham is saved, Batman allows Scarecrow and the rest of his rogues gallery to escape.
  • Scarecrow appears in the 2018 direct-to-video animated movie Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Scarecrow will appear in Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, voiced by Jim Meskimen.

Video games[edit]

Lego[edit]

  • Scarecrow appears in Lego Batman: The Videogame, with vocal effects provided by Dave Wittenberg. He is seen working for the Joker, and is the third boss of Chapter 3 "The Joker's Return." He has only one special ability: mind control, with which he can make guards open doors. He also sprays his fear gas which petrifies his victims; however, it only works at close range. In addition he makes full use of his "violent dancing" martial arts skills in unarmed combat. Scarecrow also uses a biplane, which he uses in his boss fight to distribute his fear gas. When Batman and Robin pursue the Joker in their air vehicles, they encounter Scarecrow who drops a weight on the Batwing's right wing causing it to spin. The player needs to use the Batcopter to grapple on to him then switch to the Batwing to fire torpedoes at him. If the player runs out torpedoes, s/he can get more on the right. When Scarecrow's defeated, his plane crashes into the Joker's helicopter and they float down on balloons (Scarecrow's being shaped like a jack-o'-lantern and Joker's being shaped liked a balloon dog). In the villain story, it's revealed that they land in Gotham Museum where they try to escape. Unfortunately a cop grabs Scarecrow with a crane and the Joker leaves without him. In the hero ending, he's seen hanged up like a real scarecrow with a bunch of birds.
  • Scarecrow appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, voiced by Nolan North. After the Joker breaks out of Arkham once again, Batman and Robin investigate. The elevator breaks and they fall under the asylum, where lots of rioting inmates are on the loose. Scarecrow is then seen watching and he tries to slow Batman down multiple times using fear toxin. After Batman shuts down all the fear venom barriers, Batman finally faces Scarecrow. Scarecrow then floods the room with fear toxin which makes Batman and Robin see visions of a giant Scarecrow. Once Batman and Robin turns on the fans to stop the fear poison, they easily take down Jonathan Crane. Later, when all the inmates of the asylum are on the loose, Scarecrow hides out in a pumpkin tent in the amusement mile, and his catchphrase is, "You know what I always say? Fright makes right." He is flooding the amusement park with fear poison, which you can see the citizens running and screaming. Batman confronts Scarecrow, but Scarecrow fills the tent with his fear toxin, which makes Batman see a giant version of Scarecrow once again. Batman then destroys the pumps that are producing fear venom, which makes Scarecrow look normal size again. Batman then easily takes down Crane and brings him back to custody. After you defeat Scarecrow, you can buy him and play as him anytime in free play mode.
  • The Batman Begins version of Scarecrow appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham via downloadable content.
  • Scarecrow appears in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by Jeffrey Combs. He is first seen being apprehended by GCPD officers at a warehouse until laughing gas created by the Joker was used to his freedom and happily accepts the Joker's request to retrieve his joy buzzer from the Gotham City Police Department with Riddler and Clayface. He is later seen at the Legion of Doom's lair where he wants to find Sinestro, citing the reason he is big fan of him. He is later accompanied to Oa to free Sinestro with Killer Frost, Gorilla Grodd and the Rookie.[18]

Batman: Arkham[edit]

Scarecrow in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight.

The Scarecrow appears in the Batman: Arkham video game series. The version of the character as he first appeared sports a mechanical gauntlet strapped with four fluorescent hypodermic needles on his right hand, which he uses to inject fear toxin into his victims. His voiceover work was provided by vocal artist Dino Andrade in Arkham Asylum and the mobile game Arkham Underworld, and by actor John Noble in Arkham Knight.

Arkham Asylum[edit]

In the series' first game, Scarecrow's character design is shirtless, wearing a pair of tattered pants and emphasizing his overall skinny body type. Set free by the Joker during his takeover of Arkham Island, he appears several times over the course of the story using his fear toxin to make Batman experience powerful and nightmarish hallucinations. Presented with haunting images featuring his enemies as well as the deaths of his parents, Batman has to overcome each scenario by using a manifestation of his willpower, the Bat-Signal, to defeat Scarecrow in each hallucinatory instance.

After his final defeat, Scarecrow eventually flees down to Killer Croc's lair in the bowels of the Asylum to dump his most potent toxin into Gotham's water supply in an attempt to drive Gotham City into madness. However, a hungry Croc suddenly attacks Scarecrow and attempts to eat him. Acting quickly, Batman activates his electric collar with a Batarang, and the monster disappears, dragging Scarecrow back into the water with him. In one of the three possible post-credits endings, Scarecrow's hand is seen emerging from the water and grabbing onto a floating box of the Titan formula, which was used to transform several of Joker's henchmen into large, mindless beasts.[19]

Arkham City[edit]

Scarecrow is not physically present in the eponymous prison during the events of the series' second game, which takes place approximately one year after Arkham Asylum. That prison, "Arkham City," consists of a few districts in the larger Gotham City that have been walled off from the other neighborhoods of Gotham. It is administrated by Hugo Strange, with the story revealing its creation to be a step toward a plot of larger global domination by Strange and his master.

While exploring Arkham City, the player can discover several artifacts and signals that point toward Scarecrow's continued activity in Gotham, and allusions to a future confrontation he is preparing for with Batman. Near the Industrial District, which has been claimed by the Joker, Batman can discover Scarecrow's discarded mask, which unlocks a story that gives ideas to Scarecrow's fate after his encounter with Killer Croc in the Asylum. In the story, it's revealed that nobody has laid eyes on Jonathan Crane since the night Batman saw him at the Asylum. While some write him off as having surely been killed by Croc, Batman maintains no such belief: he knows that Crane is still out there somewhere, and needs to be stopped.

Also in Arkham City's Industrial District, Batman can locate a small boat in the harbor that doesn't register anything out of the ordinary on his Detective Mode vision. When he lands on this boat and uses his Cryptographic Sequencer gadget to unlock a secret and hidden door, it opens to reveal several indications as to Scarecrow's activities. The most obvious sign is a nearly comatose test subject, one of the Joker's henchmen, tied to a chair and mostly unconscious. Looking further, you can see a flood of crawling cockroaches up the walls, as well as a document from Falcone Shipping indicating Crane's importation of live insects for undisclosed medical research.[20] While monitoring radio frequencies in Arkham City, the player can also discover hidden broadcasts of a mysterious voice reading a sequence of numbers. When translated, the frequencies reveal three different phrases: the first says, "I will return Batman!" The second says, "You will pay for what you have done to me!" And the final code says, "Fear will tear Gotham to shreds!"[21]

Arkham Origins[edit]

In the prequel game taking place roughly five years before the events of Arkham Asylum during the second year of Batman's crimefighting career, Scarecrow makes no physical appearance either as his costumed persona or as Dr. Jonathan Crane. Though not confirmed, it seems likely that by this point in the timeline he had yet to make his debut as Scarecrow.

There are a couple of allusions to Crane, however: after saving Vicki Vale and a group of other reporters in the opening segment taking place in Blackgate Penitentiary, the player can walk into the guard office to the right and see that Dr. Jonathan Crane has signed in several times to visit Blackgate inmates. Additionally, a flyer soliciting test subjects for Dr. Crane's research on fear can be found on the Penguin's ship, the "Final Offer," docked at Amusement Mile.[22]

Arkham Knight[edit]

Scarecrow appears in Batman: Arkham Knight. Seeking revenge on Batman, Scarecrow re-emerges in Gotham City two years after being attacked by Killer Croc in Arkham Asylum. Scarecrow's appearance has changed drastically following his encounter with Killer Croc, with Scarecrow now sporting a leg brace and having his gas mask now permanently grafted on his face.

Scarecrow joins forces with a man known only as the "Arkham Knight", a paramilitary commander who commands a militia that answers only to him and Scarecrow. In his latest campaign against Gotham, Scarecrow unites all of Gotham's criminals in an attempt to finally kill Batman. At the beginning of the game, Scarecrow threatens to release his new strain of fear toxin on the streets of Gotham, resulting in the evacuation of most of the city's civilian population. The Arkham Knight's militia then conquers Gotham, preventing the authorities from interfering with Scarecrow's plan. Batman soon discovers that Scarecrow's new fear gas is being manufactured at the ACE Chemicals plant. Defeating the militia there, Batman confronts Scarecrow in the central mixing chamber, where the villain informs Batman that Barbara Gordon has been captured, before locking the hero inside the imploding facility. Batman manages to reduce the blast radius and narrowly escape, after contending with a hallucination of the deceased Joker.

Scarecrow later appears on an airship owned by magnate Simon Stagg, revealing that he had hired the businessman to create "the Cloudburst:" a device that will disperse his toxin in the form of a giant cloud over Gotham. When Stagg attempts to double-cross Scarecrow, the villain captures him and takes charge of the device. Scarecrow evades Batman once again, and the Cloudburst is extracted with the help of the Arkham Knight. After Batman destroys the device and Poison Ivy sacrifices herself to dissipate the fear gas using a weaponized network of plants, Batman tracks down the Arkham Knight to his headquarters and defeats him for the final time, discovering his identity as Jason Todd, his second partner to serve as Robin whom he believed for the last several years to have been killed by the Joker in the bowels of Arkham Asylum.

After the Arkham Knight disappears, his militia swear their allegiance to Scarecrow and their new appointed commander, Deathstroke. Batman locates and confronts Scarecrow again, but the villain holds Barbara at gunpoint, and forces Commissioner Gordon to shoot Batman in exchange for his daughter's life. Scarecrow then betrays the Commissioner by pushing Barbara off the building. Though Gordon shot Batman, he did so in a reinforced area of his suit, which allowed him to save Barbara. In the mayhem, Scarecrow and his militia forces escape, now holding Commissioner Gordon hostage. After kidnapping an already incapacitated Robin, Scarecrow tells Batman to surrender at the abandoned Arkham Asylum, where he unmasks Batman as Bruce Wayne for the world to see, before injecting the crime-fighter with three full doses of fear toxin. Batman eventually overcomes the chemical, and is soon after freed by the newly-reformed Jason Todd, who has adopted a new persona as the "Red Hood" before Scarecrow can kill him. Batman subsequently injects Scarecrow with his own toxin, and the villain is subdued and taken into police custody.

Arkham Underworld[edit]

In the freemium mobile game Batman: Arkham Underworld Scarecrow appears as a playable character. He is the last villain to be unlocked, after the player completes a mission for him, wielding a scythe and his fear gas to great effect, even being able to teleport short distances. The game takes place in an undetermined period before the events of Arkham Asylum.

Injustice[edit]

  • Scarecrow makes a cameo appearance in Injustice: Gods Among Us. In the Arkham Asylum stage, if one of the characters is thrown through the cell door on the right side of the first tier, they will be attacked by Scarecrow. He will poison the player with his fear toxins, take a gigantic appearance, beats up the opponent before sending the player into the next arena. Scarecrow is also seen in many S.T.A.R. Labs Missions.
  • Scarecrow appears as a playable character in Injustice 2, voiced by Robert Englund (as a possible homage to another nightmare-based villain).[23][24] This version of the character seems to have taken some inspiration from the Dark Knight Trilogy version, as he wears the traditional Scarecrow mask, but wears a doctor's lab coat with a noose as a necktie. In combat, he uses his fear gas to make the opponents face a hallucination of a monstrous version of himself. In the story, Scarecrow is one of Gorilla Grodd's Society members, and has joined them in order to sow fear and panic around the world. Scarecrow is first seen at the Slaughter Swamp, alongside Deadshot and Poison Ivy, sending large amounts of his toxin to Grodd until Green Arrow, Black Canary and Harley Quinn show up to face them, but after Swamp Thing emerges, Scarecrow flees on a boat. Later during Brainiac's invasion, Scarecrow confronts Wonder Woman inside a bar at Metropolis where he is defeated. In his single player ending, he breaks Brainiac's mind with his toxin, then hijacks Brainiac's ship as his own personal laboratory to study the fears of the thousands of civilizations Brainiac has collected.

Other games[edit]

  • Scarecrow appears as a boss in the Game Boy's Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Scarecrow appears as boss in The Adventures of Batman & Robin. In the stage "Perchance to Scream", he uses a blimp to get his revenge on Gotham State University. Scarecrow plans spray his fear gas on air using the blimp, so that it can turn Gotham's citizens on criminals, but he is later defeated by Batman.[25]
  • Scarecrow appears as boss in Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, voiced by Jeffrey Combs. Along with Clayface and Bane, he is manipulated by Sin Tzu into escaping Arkham Asylum and challenging Batman.[26]
  • Scarecrow appears in the Batman Begins video game, voiced by Cillian Murphy. At the beginning of the game, Batman tries to capture the corrupt Dr. Jonathan Crane at the asylum, but Crane dons his Scarecrow mask and douses Batman with fear gas, causing Batman to go through a distorted version of the game with the Dark Knight's worst fears and childhood fear of bats. Batman thinks that Scarecrow is in front of a window but instead was an illusion and Batman jumps out of the window on fire. Later, after being informed by Detective Flass about Crane working with Falcone and using Arkham Asylum's water supply to install a liquid venom compound of his fear drug, Batman returns to Arkham to save Rachel Dawes having been exposed to the poison fear gas by Crane. In the game, you must take out his thugs and then fight Scarecrow while taking off his mask and exposing the doctor to his own fear gas, which will cause him to see you as a monstrous sight and tell you who he is working for. You then knock Crane out and continue to save Rachel. During the riots at the Narrows, Scarecrow tries to lower the bridge to release the maniacs poisoned by the venomous, fear toxin but is confronted by Batman. He detonates a bomb, sending Batman flying out a window. Batman returns and confronts Crane having been exposed to fear toxin, driving him insane and causing him to see a demonic, terrifying version of Batman. Panicking, he falls into the river. Alfred Pennyworth believes he is dead, but Batman thinks he survived.
  • Scarecrow is a boss in the Nintendo DS version of Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame. In the game, Batman wakes up from a slab and as moves onward, he enters a nightmarish realm and runs into Scarecrow, who leaves his accomplice Scream Queen to finish off Batman, but he is able to defeat her. Eventually, Batman finds Scarecrow with Robin hanging on to the building. After dispatching Scarecrow, Batman fails to save Robin. At this moment, it's revealed that Batman was actually experiencing a virtual reality simulation cooked up by The Brain.
  • Scarecrow appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Christopher S. Field.
  • Scarecrow plays a prominent role in The Dark Knight Rises android game, based loosely on The Dark Knight Rises film. He never wears his trademark Scarecrow mask and it's only seen in a cutscene as he's being led away by police.
  • Scarecrow appears in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure. He is one of the villains ordered to collect Starites and one of 5 Batman villains to do so (along with the Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Ra's al Ghul). He is seen in Arkham Asylum where he douses Maxwell with fear gas. Maxwell then sees hallucinations of four of his brothers, which he destroys by giving them what they want. He then finds a hallucination of his father, which he destroys by shrinking it. Maxwell is then chained and hung upside-down, with Doppelgänger lowering him into a tub of acid. But the fear gas makes Maxwell thinks it is his beloved sister Lily. Luckily, Maxwell comes to his senses and the fear gas wears off. Scarecrow is then defeated by Batgirl and Maxwell is freed. Scarecrow can also be spawned by the player and is playable in the Wii U version of the game.
  • Scarecrow appears in Batman, as one of the escapees from Arkham. Scarecrow sets fear gas-filled hot air balloons, challenging Batman to stop him. Batman manages to destroy all the balloons.

Web series[edit]

  • Scarecrow makes non-voice appearances in the web series Batman Unlimited. He appears in the episodes "Bank Heist", "Fight Night at the Museum", and "Breakout or Bust".
  • Scarecrow will appear in the Harley Quinn web series, voiced by Rahul Kohli.[27]

Merchandise[edit]

  • A Batman: The Animated Series Scarecrow figure was released by Kenner in 1994.
  • A Scarecrow figure was released in Mattel's DC Super Heroes line.
  • Two figures of Scarecrow were released in the Batman Begins movie line, both featuring the same face changing gimmick. The first version wears an Arkham Asylum straitjacket, while the other wears a blood-stained shirt.
  • Hot Toys has released a 12' Scarecrow collectible based on his appearance at the end of Batman Begins.
  • A Scarecrow figure was released in the Movie Masters line for The Dark Knight, featuring an unbound Arkham Asylum straitjacket.
  • A Scarecrow figure was released as part of the Batman: Hush figure line. This figure was later re-released in a three-pack.
  • Fisher-Price Imaginext has released a Scarecrow minifigure in their DC Super Friends line, packaged with Poison Ivy.
  • In 2015, DC Collectibles released a Scarecrow figure in series 1 of their Batman: Arkham Knight line.
  • Funko Mystery Minis has released a Scarecrow minifigure in their Batman: Arkham series line, based on his Arkham Knight design.
  • Medicom Toy has released a MAFEX Scarecrow figure in their The Dark Knight Trilogy series, based on his appearance in Batman Begins.

Parodies[edit]

  • Scarecrow is featured as one of the antagonists in Holy Musical B@man!, portrayed by Dylan Saunders. In the show, Scarecrow, along with other rogues, worked with Sweet Tooth in a plot to kill Batman and take over Gotham City by putting nuclear warheads in the city's water supply.
  • Scarecrow is featured in one of CollegeHumor's "Badman" shorts. The short parodies when Scarecrow first meets Batman in Batman Begins and sprays his fear toxin on him, but in this version he finds that Batman has odd fears such as Girl Scouts, Roombas, and actor Christopher McDonald.

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