Dr. Jonathan Crane, also known as the Scarecrow, is a notorious Gotham City criminal, specializing in techniques and chemicals that manipulate fear, such as his powerful Fear toxin. Crane was originally a well-respected doctor and a colleague of the late August Cartwright.[1] He is currently incarcerated at Arkham Asylum.[2]


Original multiverse

Gotham City's foe

Jonathan Crane was a colleague of August Cartwright. At some point, he created the Fear toxin and became a criminal known as Scarecrow.[1]

On one occasion, he attempted to hack the internal computers on the Gotham City's trains. This incident caused Gotham trains to be modified to run on an "independent analog system".[3]

Arkham Asylum inmate

J. Crane's hallucinogen

The Fear toxin spilling on the ground.

He was eventually captured and sent to Arkham Asylum and was designated as patient #856220. Crane's belongings, including vials of Fear Toxin, were put in a box in the evidence room. When The Flash tried to hit Nora Fries with a lightning bolt, he accidentally hit Crane's belongings, which released the Fear Toxin inside the room and made him and the Green Arrow see their worst fears.[2]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Crane as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019,[4] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[5]


  • Genius-level intellect/Expert tactician/Leader: Crane is an extremely intelligent individual, due to his background as a physician[1] and his fame as one of the greatest criminal mastermind of Gotham able to create straightforward and ruthless plans to terrorize the city.[3][1]
    • Expert chemist: Crane is very proficient in chemistry and biochemistry as evidenced by him being able to develop the Fear toxin on his own.[1][2]
    • Computer specialist/Expert computer hacker: Crane has been able to hack the internal computers on the Gotham City's trains.[3]


Former equipment

  • Fear toxin: Jonathan Crane’s trademark is a powerful hallucinogen that makes victims see their worst fears and can bring anyone to their knees.



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Behind the scenes

  • In the main DC comics continuity, Jonathan Crane is a criminal in Gotham City who takes pride in spreading fear using his specially-designed fear toxin, and is an adversary of Batman named "Scarecrow".


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