The Master of fear: Scarecrow
It’s time to honor one of the oldest and scariest villains in Batman‘s rogues’ gallery. The guy who literally wears on the scarecrow mask, however, is not funny at all and is made up of mental scars, which he reflects on the real world by torturing his victims. He is known for his famous fear gas. let’s open the case of the master of fear.
History of the character :
The first appearance was in the year 1941. He is based on the character Ichabod Crane of ‘legend of sleepy hollow’, resembling him in appearance.
He was introduced before both penguin and Riddler.
Origin Stories :
.The Golden era origin story – (Jonathan Crane)
He has fired a gun in a classroom full of students just to prove his point. (he has been shown as a professor of psychology) His physical lean appearance has been shown which becomes one of the reasons due to which he had to suffer a lot of bullying from fellow professors. He was seen using guns at this period and was nowhere near the title of ‘master of fear’ which he undoubtedly has today. Also, that obsession towards fear is not there as well. He was just a Boogeyman for other villains and crime lords.
Silver age origins :
‘fear of birds’is the theme here.
Other versions :
Getting bullied is the theme in these versions. It is by kids of his age, his grandmother who used to punish him by locking him in an abandoned church, by spreading some liquid on him, which used to attract crows. With this, he has developed a ‘fear of birds’ and later used the same chemical to kill his grandma.
Attraction towards fear :
Just like penguin has things for birds and he also has a degree in ornithology, Crane has a degree in psychology, courtesy of his attraction towards fear. He is obsessed with Batman as he is using the same theme to scare his villains, that they should fear him.
The New 52 and Gotham :
In these two storylines, he has been shown as an experimental model used by his father who was researching the same prospect of fear. (understanding and controlling fear).He was left inside a test chamber while his father died during that experiment. He went berzerk and went obsessed with fear and learned how to control it. Later on, he is seen torturing young kids by the same technique used by his father as the young ones are susceptible to fear more than the grown-ups. (cycle of violence storyline)
Joker is immune to his fear gas. No wonder why? Similarly, Crane is immune to joker venom.
In the injustice storyline joker uses his fear toxin, mixes it with kryptonite, and thus creating a plot for superman to kill Louis lane.
He has helped Bane to modify his Bane venom thus making him fearless.
In a storyline, he has been seen erasing fear from people’s system, then trying to sell them his fear toxin, of course, no one bought it.
Effect on the Bat :
After inhaling his fear toxin, Batman kept revisiting the murder scenario of his parents in crime alley.
His special fear toxin can even work on Kryptonians. He used it on supergirl.
He used to work as a psychiatrist in Arkham asylum, torturing criminals, and researching fear.
His monstrous self, where he turns big under the effect of some chemicals and loses control. Also, he has this drunken master, violent kung fu technique which he uses during his fights.
Connection to the lanterns :
He has used yellow ring in the ‘blackest night’ story line.
Injustice link :
He has been a member of in injustice gang in his earlier days in the golden age era and has also joined other supervillains from time to time including Joker, Penguin, Two-face, Kingpin, and others.
In this storyline, Batman uses his fear gas on Crane resulting in crane living in a world inside his mind in which he thinks, he has defeated The Bat.
The Man without fear :
In the Marvel Dc crossover, he tries to use his fear gas on Daredevil to which Matt reacts by saying that he is ‘the man without fear’. Well, indeed he is.
Highly intelligent, Degree in psychology, master of fear, knowledge of chemistry, and psychopharmacology. He uses sickle-shaped weapons.
Batman Beyond :
After quitting his criminal life, he spent the last 10 years of his life writing about his research on how to control fear.
These were the facts regarding the character and how he has evolved throughout the years. Each Batman villain signifies something and Crane doing the same with the role of fear in our lives. That’s why his villains are most relatable with no majestic superpowers, being tormented souls just like us. Next time, we will do another supervillain. Let us know what else is missing in the comments below!