- "You know what I always say? FRIGHT makes right!"
- ―The Scarecrow in LEGO Batman 2
The Scarecrow, or Professor Jonathan Crane, is a minifigure from the Batman theme released in 2006. He was redesigned in 2013 for the Super Heroes theme. He is one of the many villains in Batman's rogues gallery.
Scarecrow wears a black wizard hat that droops backwards with a belt and buckle at the bottom of the point, above the brim. His head depicts a Glow-in-the-Dark face which shows a mask with red eyes and a mouth which has been sewn together posed in a sinister smirk with threads revealed. His torso is reddish brown with black hands and depicts raggedy clothing with a belt around his waist and cloth from his mask over his neck that becomes ripped. Scarecrow's legs are also reddish brown.
His 2013 redesign has his hat and legs recoloured dark brown, his hands dark grey, and his head tan. His face has small, red eyes with dark spots surrounding them for a sunken look and a mouth comparable to before, but now closed and smaller. His face is more detailed with printing added to portray the burlap mask he wears. He has back head printing depicting more of the stitched burlap mask mask he wears. His torso has rope above his waist and below his neck. Tan fabric hangs from the higher rope on his right side and rope dangles on his right. The back depicts the back of the fabric the ropes, and the stitches.
Batman: The Animated Series
This version of the Scarecrow is based on the Scarecrow's appearance in the titular animated show. He uses the Wacky Witch's headgear, but with the hat being reddish brown and the straw hair being nougat. His face is printed with several stitches, large and small, a large patch on the forehead, and his eyes are red and sunken. He has a smirking expression. His outfit is very similar to the past version's, with some added detail for the bottom of his mask and some patches on the knees.
The LEGO Batman Movie
This version of the Scarecrow is disguised in the uniform for "Luigi's Pizza", which includes a flame-patterned red bike helmet for his scooter, and a yellow t-shirt with the company logo on it, with the lower end of his mask sticking out. His face is printed with stitches across the mouth and red sunken eyes, and one of his expressions is a smirk, while the other is an excited smile. His arms are dual-molded to show his regular costume underneath, and his legs show the bottom half of his typical rags. He comes with a pizza box, and a monstrous pizza, a vision produced by the effects of his hallucinatory fear gas.
This version of the Scarecrow is his classic outfit, and has the same face and legs as his pizza-delivery figure. He once again uses the Wacky Witch headgear, but the hat has a Brick Yellow patch, and his straw hair matches both the patch and his burlap mask. His torso is printed with the bottom of the mask and a brown farmer's tunic that matches his hat, with a rope belt and dark brown patches. His hands are black. His legs are printed with the lower edge of his tunic and show denim pants underneath stuffed with straw, and the toes of his boots.
In the Video Games
In LEGO Batman: The Videogame, Scarecrow is nearly identical to his appearances in 7786 The Batcopter: The Chase for Scarecrow and 7785 Arkham Asylum, but his hat flops when he moves and his head doesn't glow-in-the-dark. He is able to use fear toxins to petrify one basic enemy at a time and use mind control on certain enemies and doors.
His bi-plane is also a playable vehicle. It is able to shoot lasers, is immune to toxins, and is the only vehicle which can collect fear toxin torpedoes which can be used to stun turrets for a limited time.
He is also playable as Professor Jonathan Crane on the DS version.
He has a similar appearance in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, except his head seems more tan in colour and he has back printing which is very similar to the printing on his front. On consoles he has virtually no abilities aside from the basic jumps and attacks. On portable versions he can attack with his fear gas and is immune to toxins.
Professor Jonathan Crane was bullied as a child for his bookish nature and scrawny figure. He became obsessed with fear and began to study it, eventually becoming a psychology professor in that field. He taught at Gotham University, but was fired for unethical experimenting. Professor Jonathan Crane then made a career out of villainy and became known as Scarecrow. Not only is he well-versed in fear, but Scarecrow uses it in his specialized toxins to bring out his victims' nightmares.
In the DC Animated Universe, Jonathan Crane was a professor at Gotham University who performed illegal experiments on his students. This lead Crane to be fired and for him to assume the alias of the Scarecrow to get revenge, creating large amounts of fear toxin with his family's chemical plant.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
In the Dark Knight film trilogy, Dr. Jonathan Crane was the head-psychiatrist and warden of Arkham Asylum who performed illegal fear-toxin experiments on the inmates, often using this to render criminals insane so that they could be transferred into his care. Crane was secretly working with the eco-terrorist Ra's al Ghul and crime-lord Carmine Falcone (the latter of which he rendered insane) and attempted to flood Gotham with fear toxin.
By the events of the Dark Knight, Scarecrow became a gangster who sold his Fear-Toxins on the street, lying to buyers about it's nature until he was defeated by Batman and sent to Arkham Asylum. By the Dark Knight Rises, Scarecrow became Bane's judge after Gotham was deemed a no man's land and he was put in-charge of punishing law-enforcement officials.
LEGO Batman Movie
Boo! Were you scared? The Scarecrow sure hopes so. Dr. Jonathan Crane was so interested in studying the effects of fears and phobias that he decided to put on a creepy scarecrow costume and be a super-villain. The fear gas that he uses makes people imagine that their greatest fears have come to life, leaving them helpless until it wears off. Bat-Fact: The Scarecrow’s biggest fear? Getting caught by Batman again.
In LEGO Batman: The Videogame
In LEGO Batman: The Videogame, The Scarecrow is a a playable character and a boss in the DS game. On consoles, Scarecrow himself is not a boss, but he pilots his Bi-plane, which is.
After a series of events which involved the capture of Commissioner Gordon, Batman and Robin arrived to rescue him. The dynamic duo managed to defeat Harley Quinn and rescue Gordon, but Joker managed to escape in his helicopter. He summoned Scarecrow and his bi-plane to help in his escape and to create a diversion which would allow them destroy the Batwing with Batman in it. This plan failed and the dynamic duo gave chase to Scarecrow over the city. They eventually cornered him and were able to defeat him by towing him with the Bat-copter's winch. Scarecrow lost control of his plane after too many hits and crashed into Joker's helicopter. After nodding, Batman left both villains for dead and flew away in the Batwing. However, Joker and Scarecrow managed to escape using giant balloons which slowly lowered them to the ground.
However, the balloons eventually popped and the two fell through the skylight at the Gotham Art Gallery. They eluded the many Police Officers, Police Marksmen, S.W.A.T. Agents, and Security Guards. In the back of the gallery, they discovered an armoured van they planned to use for escape. However, they were ambushed by a group of police officers who grabbed Scarecrow with a crane and pinned Joker up against a wall. Joker managed to escape by contaminating the officers with his laughing gas, but left Scarecrow in his peril. Joker went to meet Killer Moth in a nearby alley and Scarecrow was returned to Arkham Asylum.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
In LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Scarecrow tries to escape after the Asylum Breakout. He is defeated by Batman and Robin during their investigation of The Joker's escape. He later can be found near Harley Quinn Gotham Funland in a pumpkin shaped tent, and he can be purchased for 125,000 studs after being subdued. He no longer has mind control.
In the portable version, Scarecrow's minikit can be found in Arkham Asylum.
Scarecrow also appears in Asylum SINISTER! as one of the villains who tries to escape from Arkham.
- His original variant is one of the few minifigures to have a glow-in-the-dark head.
- The Scarecrow, Captain Boomerang and Hush were voiced by Nolan North who also did additional voice work for LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game and Deadpool in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. North also voices The Kraang in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show.
- The DC Universe Super Heroes variant is exclusive to 10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout, in which he lacks his scythe, fear gas, or any other accessories.
- He appears in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, but only his Batman Begins appearance thru DLC. He does not appear in the basic game roster, but he is referenced by name.
Gallery of Variants
Video Game Variants
- 7785 Arkham Asylum (Batman variant)
- 7786 The Batcopter: The Chase for Scarecrow (Batman variant)
- 10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout (Super Heroes variant)
- 70910 Scarecrow Special Delivery (The LEGO Batman Movie Pizza disguise)
- 70913 Scarecrow Fearful Face-off (The LEGO Batman Movie)
- 76054 Batman:Scarecrow Harvest Of Fear (BTAS variant)
Video Game Appearances
- LEGO Batman: The Videogame
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (cameo)
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
- LEGO Dimensions (cameo)
- LEGO DC Super-Villains