EMOTION CONTROL (FEAR):
The Scarecrow is able to instill paralyzing fear in a target, sometimes accompanied by terrifying hallucinations. His methods have varied, but have included gas, high-frequency electro-magnetic waves, and pheromones. A target must make a Red psyche FEAT to resist the waves of terror.
Psychology * Library Science * Education
The Legion of Doom * The Injustice Gang of the World
When he was a small boy, Jonathan Crane liked to frighten birds. His fascination with the subject of fear persisted into adulthood. Crane became a professor of psychology at Gotham University and was known as an authority on the psychology of fear.
Crane was a tall, spindly figure who dressed shabbily, choosing to spend his money on books rather than clothing. His faculty colleagues disliked and derided Crane, mockingly referring to him as "Scarecrow" Crane due to his appearance.
Crane's strange obsession with creating fear led him one day, while lecturing students on the subject of fear, suddenly to fire a bullet at a flower pot, shattering it. The students were unnerved to see their professor wielding a loaded gun in class.
One afternoon Crane overheard some of his colleagues mocking his shabby, scarecrow-like appearance. Bitterly, Crane decided that if he had much more money, he would gain his colleagues' respect, and be able to dress better and buy still more books. The next day he lectured about the ways criminals extorted "protection" money form victims through fear. Later, Crane decided to turn criminal himself, utilizing his knowledge of creating fear. He took the guise of the Scarecrow, believing it to be the perfect symbol of fear and poverty combined.
As the Scarecrow, Crane hired himself out to people who wanted others intimidated through illegal means. Crane was fired from the university for his fanatical teachings and classroom behavior. The Batman deduced that Crane was the Scarecrow, and he and Robin captured him.
The Scarecrow, who has become a notorious master thief and has clashed repeatedly with The Batman, leaves straws behind at the scenes of his crimes. Besides using conventional means of terrorizing his victims and opponents, the Scarecrow has also devised various scientific means of affecting the human brain to create the sensation of fear. It has become apparent over the years, however, that Crane himself is subject to fears, including fear of capture by The Batman.