Bio: Jonathan Crane was interested in the study of human fears
and phobias ever since he was a child. Nicknamed the "Scarecrow" as a
teenager, Crane was bullied and chastised for his scrawny appearance.
The boys would call him Icabod Crane, for his resemblance to the
fictional character. Crane loved the character, except when he came upon
the part when Icabod is disgraced by his nemesis. He was outraged by the
fear that overwhelmed Icabod and swore to never expose his fears to a
Crane was a Professor of Psychology at Gotham State University until his
experiments in fear became too dangerous. He lost his job due to his
obsession with inspiring terror in his patients and students. Crane
turned to a life of evil and used various drugs, chemicals, devices, and
his expertise in psychology to terrify whomever crossed his path. He
took the name "Scarecrow" which the bullies gave him as a boy, and would
use it to become one of the most feared criminals in Gotham.
The Scarecrow has been known to pollute Gotham's water supply with his
fear toxins, infect professional athletes with his chemicals, then bet
against their teams for the money to fund his evil experiments. He even
had one of his henchmen spray Batman with his toxin, in the hope of
driving him mad with fear. A sick and twisted man, his ultimate goal of
crippling Gotham State University was foiled by Batman. He was sentenced
to Arkham Asylum where he became even more dangerous by gaining criminal
contacts with the likes the Mad Hatter, who also shares a sick interest
in various types of mind control. These contacts would aid him in his
quest to bring Gotham and Batman to it's knees with fear.
For more, refer to the
Batman Adventures bio.