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Jonathan Crane

A scientist with loose ethics and an affinity for fear.

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a character in “Batman: Revitalize”, as played by Hammocker

Description

Real Name: Doctor Jonathan Crane

Nickname/Codename/Alias: The Scarecrow

Allegiance: Independent

Gender: Male

Age: 34

Appearance: Out of costume: Jonathan is extremely scrawny for a man his age, weighing in at only 139 pounds while standing at 6'. His hair is a chestnut brown color, and reaches down below his shoulders. His features are sharp and well-defined, though, his cheeks are sunken in. While he is not very tall, he gives the illusion of being taller than he is by way of having distinctly long and thin limbs.

In-costume: http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2 ... rtwork.jpg
Depending on the temperature, Crane may or may not put on the upper half of his costume.

Personality: By himself, Jonathan is an introverted and often polite man. While sociable, he does prefer to be left to his own devices. Mainly because his activities often involve human experimentation and the production of a toxin that induces fear in people and animals. He has a fixation on his the progression of his research and justifies his methods as being a case where the ends justify the means. However, Crane will normally only experiment on innocents if no one else is available, and outright refuses to experiment on minors. Jonathan is most comfortable when he feels completely in control, and can very rapidly lose mental constitution if put in a situation that is out of his hands.

When disguised as Scarecrow, Crane becomes a monstrous force, sadistic and unrelenting. In truth, Scarecrow could be seen as the manifestation of the copious amounts of anger, humiliation, and vengeance that Crane has accumulated over the years. While Scarecrow is not necessarily the same entity as Crane, it does carry almost all of Crane's negative emotions which Crane is grateful for.

Personal History: Crane's father left his mother before he was even born, and his mother left as well shortly after, leaving Jonathan to be taken care of by his fanatically religious grandmother. Not only did he suffer abuse at his grandmother's hand, Jonathan was also teased and mocked incessantly by other children, leaving him with low self-esteem, poor body image, and a burning desire for revenge. In a quest to subtly spite his grandmother, Crane began watching Nova behind her back, seeding in him a love of science. At the same time, Jonathan started spending much of his time at the local library, reading anything that caught his interest. There, he found the Washington Irving tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a story that was the source of one of his cruel nicknames, "Ichabod." He decided then that he would never play the role of cowardly victim ever again, and would never allow fear to control him.

When he was seventeen, Crane harbored an attraction to a girl in the same grade as he called Sherry Squires who was already involved with another boy named Bo Griggs. Crane managed to build up enough courage to ask Sherry to a costume party, and, much to his surprise, she accepted. Unfortunately, she was plotting with Bo Griggs to pull a less than harmless prank on Crane which ended in Crane being chased down the street and having a pumpkin thrown at and smashed across the back of his head. Enraged and humiliated by the incident, the next year, Jonathan carried out his revenge. During senior prom, Crane wore a scarecrow costume that he himself had spent several months stitching out of burlap, and attacked the two who had demeaned him the prior year. The incident ended in a car accident which killed Bo Griggs and left Sherry Squires paralyzed. Crane was never tried for his actions due to lack of evidence, and the episode was treated as a freak accident. This revenge plot was the first instance of Crane allowing Scarecrow free reign of his mind.

After graduating high school, Crane enrolled in Gotham University on a scholarship. His time studying in University was the happiest time of Crane's life. For once, the people around him accepted Jonathan for who he was and appreciated for his intelligence and interests. While the underlying discontent of his childhood remained in his mind, Crane kept it at bay through a mixture of losing himself in his studies, making intelligent conversation with his fellow students, and smoking cannabis.

He became the prize student of the psychology professor Avram Bromowitz. As much as Crane admired the professor, however, he felt that Bromowitz was hindering the progress of psychological studies by not accepting that fear is a topic worthy of focus in research. In his frustration, Jonathan turned to chemistry, a field that he quickly took to, and developed a hallucinogenic toxin that would cause its victim to see their greatest fear. Jonathan tested the mixture on Bromowitz, leading to his death, and securing Crane a position as a professor of psychology. For a while, Crane was able to put emphasis on the study of fear, and quietly experiment on humans away from prying eyes. However, during a class, Crane stepped just enough over the line to get himself kicked out of the university when he fired off a gun in a classroom to show the body's instinctive reaction to fear. The bullet shattered a flowerpot, causing a shard to nearly go in the eye of one student, forcing the university to fire Jonathan.

Crane was briefly employed at Arkham Asylum after being ejected from Gotham University, where he was considered a valuable doctor. However, after it was found that he was performing inhumane experiments on inmates, he was quickly removed from there as well. Annoyed at being fired from a mental hospital that he did not even think to be a decent mental hospital, Crane took to independently researching fear through money scraped together by often criminal means.

Powers, Weapons, Ect.: Jonathan is highly intelligent and highly educated, especially in the fields of biochemistry and psychology. He employs a toxin capable of inducing phobia-based hallucinations, which can be used in either its fluid or gaseous form depending on the situation. Crane will administer the toxin on a small scale by way of either a specialized gauntlet with syringes at the end of its fingers or by a tool that can fit around his wrist and under clothing that can spray controlled amounts of toxin from its nozzle. He is also virtually immune to his own fear toxin. If forced into physical combat, Crane employs various farm tools such as scythes or pitchforks as well as a martial arts style incorporating both Zui Quan and Fujian White Crane techniques that he calls "violent dancing.". Crane is competent at sewing, and made his costume almost completely from scratch.

Weaknesses: Physically, Crane is far from imposing. Though he can hold his own in combat with opponents about his size or slightly more muscular, he is extremely fragile, and can easily be taken down by those larger than himself. Crane also tends to become paranoid and jittery if a situation is not under his control.

Any additional information we should know: I love me some headcanons.

Character Summary: Crane is a scientist who will pursue the study of fear by any means necessary.

So begins...

Jonathan Crane's Story