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Scarecrow (Character)
from "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992)

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Batman Begins (2005)
Dr. Jonathan Crane: I am more than aware that you are not intimidated by *me*, Mr. Falcone. But you know who I'm working for, and when he gets here...
Carmine Falcone: He-he's coming to Gotham?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Yes he is. And when he gets here, he's not gonna want to hear that you have endangered our operation just to get your thugs out of a little jail time.

[Falcone has been committed to Arkham]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.
Rachel Dawes: You enjoy the reversal?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: [to Rachel Dawes] This is where we make the medicine. Perhaps you should have some. Clear your head.

Batman: Taste of your own medicine, doctor?
[gasses Crane with fear toxin]
Batman: What was your plan? Crane! Who are you working for?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: [terrified] ... Ra's. Ra's Al Ghul!
Batman: Ra's Al Ghul is dead. Who are you working for? Crane!
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Dr. Crane isn't here right now, but if you'd like to make an appointment...

Dr. Jonathan Crane: [the lights have shut off] He's here.
Arkham Thug #1: Who?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: The Batman.
Arkham Thug #1: What do we do?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: What anyone does when a prowler comes around... call the police.
Arkham Thug #1: You want the cops here?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: At this point, they can't stop us. But the Batman has a talent for disruption. Force him outside, the police will take him down. Go.
Arkham Thug #1: [indicating Rachel] What about her?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Ah, she hasn't got long. I gave her a concentrated dose. The mind can only take so much. Now, go!
Crane Thug #2: [hesitant] The things they say about him... can he really fly?
Crane Thug #1: I heard he can disappear.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, we'll find out, won't we?

Carmine Falcone: [feigning insanity] Yeah, Doctor Crane, I can't take it anymore. It's all too much. "The walls are closing in." Blah, blah, blah. Couple more days of this food, it'll be true.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: What do you want?
Carmine Falcone: I want to know how you're gonna convince me to keep my mouth shut.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: About what? You don't know anything.
Carmine Falcone: I know you don't want the police to take a closer look at the drugs they seized. And I know about your experiments with the inmates of your nuthouse. See, I don't go into business with a guy without finding out his dirty secrets. And those goons you used - I own the muscle in this town. Now, I've been bringing your stuff in for months, so whatever he's planning, it's big, and I want in.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, I already know what he'll say: that we should kill you.
Carmine Falcone: [chuckling] No, even he can't get me in here. Not in my town.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: [sighs, then matter-of-factly] Would you like to see my mask? I use it in my experiments.
[takes out the Scarecrow mask]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Now, probably not very frightening to a guy like you, but these crazies, they can't stand it.
[he puts it on]
Carmine Falcone: So when did the nut take over the nuthouse?
[Crane sprays fear gas into Falcone's face; Falcone begins to scream in terror as the gas takes effect: Crane's voice is altered, and the mask appears to move like a real face]
The Scarecrow: They scream, and they cry. Much as you're doing now.
[Cuts to later outside Falcone's cell. He is still screaming]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, he's not faking, not that one. I'll talk to the judge and see if I can get him moved to the secure wing at Arkham. I can't treat him here.

Rachel Dawes: You really think a man who butchers people for the mob doesn't belong in prison?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, I would hardly have testified to that otherwise, would I?
Rachel Dawes: This is the *third* of Carmine Falcone's thugs you've had declared insane and moved into your asylum.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: The work offered by organized crime must have an attraction to the insane.
[starts to walk away]
Rachel Dawes: [calling after him] ... Or the corrupt!
Dr. Jonathan Crane: [to Rachel's boss] Mr. Finch. I think you should check with Miss Dawes here just what implications your office has authorized her to make. If any.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, the work offered by organized crime must have an attraction to the insane.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: [after being called down to Arkham by Rachel. She is observing Falcone, who is muttering "scarecrow" over and over] Miss Dawes, this is most irregular. I have nothing further to add to the report I filed with the judge.
Rachel Dawes: I have questions about your report.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Such as?
Rachel Dawes: Isn't it convenient for a 52 year old man who has no history of mental illness to suddenly have a complete psychotic breakdown, just when he's about to be indicted?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Well, as you can see for yourself, there is nothing "convenient" about his symptoms.
[They look at Falcone, still muttering "Scarecrow"]
Rachel Dawes: What's "scarecrow"?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
[pause]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.
Rachel Dawes: You enjoy the reversal?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.

Rachel Dawes: Crane?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: No, Scarecrow!


Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) (VG)
The Scarecrow: What are you, Batman? Chicken?

The Scarecrow: You married your wife because you were scared of dying alone. You had children because you're scared you won't leave behind anything important. You go to doctors because you're scared of dying... need I go on?

The Scarecrow: You've ingested enough toxin to drive 10 men insane! What ARE you?

The Scarecrow: Is your mind playing tricks on you... or am I?

The Scarecrow: Are you enjoying the extra dose, little Bat?

The Scarecrow: [in disbelief, as Batman continues to resist the fear toxin] How are you doing this? You've ingested enough toxins to drive 10 men insane! What *are* you?

The Scarecrow: Why fight it, Batman? You're as crazy as the rest of us. You need us just as much as we need you.

The Scarecrow: Hello, Stephen, how are you today?
Dr. Stephen Kellerman: I keep telling you, this is MY session.
The Scarecrow: It was your session, Doctor. But not anymore.
Guard: Doc, are you okay?
The Scarecrow: [before Kellerman can respond] Oh he's fine. Just questioning his grip on reality. You should be doing the same any time now.

The Scarecrow: [When Batman loses to Scarecrow] And at the end of fear, oblivion.


Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) (VG)
[from trailer]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: How many more bones would you crush? How many lives will you destroy in pursuit of what you call justice? You are the product of everything you fear; Violence, Darkness, Helplessness... All that remains is for you to watch as I drag your beloved Gotham into oblivion.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: Remnants of Gotham, I have messages for you all. To the vandals who stayed behind to pick the still warm flesh from Gotham's bones, have your fun - you are under my protection. To the cowards quaking behind the police department's walls, you will not be spared. And to Batman, I have already won. Emptied your city with a vile of toxin and a few threatened words that's how little the safety you provided was worth When the dawn comes, when Gotham lies in ruin and I turn my gaze to the world beyond, the legend of the Batman will be worth nothing at all.

Barbara Gordon: You don't scare me.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: [leans in] Shh... it's okay to be afraid.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: [about Batman's suddenly violent behavior] Something's changed. You're different.
The Joker: I prefer to call it a work in progress, but it does show potential.

Batman: You're trapped. There's nowhere to run.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Who said anything about running?

[Scarecrow is holding Barbara hostage]
G.C.P.D. Commissioner James Gordon: Let her go!
Dr. Jonathan Crane: You both still have a part to play.
G.C.P.D. Commissioner James Gordon: We had a deal!
Dr. Jonathan Crane: [laughs] Once I understood your greatest fear, controlling you was simple. You blame yourself for her condition. You need to protect her, but buried deep down is the inevitability that you will one day fail. And that fear makes you mine.
[Gordon aims his gun at Scarecrow]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Think very carefully about your next move, Commissioner. Her life depends on it.
[Gordon turns and shoots Batman in the chest, sending him tumbling off the roof]
Barbara Gordon: Dad, no!

Dr. Jonathan Crane: [re: Batman] If you want him dead, why come to me? You seem capable.
Arkham Knight: He needs to suffer. I suffered. So he will too...
Dr. Jonathan Crane: So, it's personal. There are many in this city with a gift for causing harm.
Arkham Knight: Not that kind of pain. The real kind.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Ah... you want him afraid.
Arkham Knight: I've seen what your toxin does. I want that.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: You're well informed about all of us, Arkham Knight. But you're wrong about something. I don't want Batman dead. I want him unmade.
Arkham Knight: He's better off dead.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Kill him, and you martyr him, you make him a legend. But break him, humiliate him, terrify him, and hold him up for the world to see. Then he's nothing but a man.
Arkham Knight: Look, you can do what you want, Crane. But when you're done, I *will* kill him.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Very well. But know this: it'll be an act of mercy when you do.


"Batman: The Animated Series: Fear of Victory (#1.19)" (1992)
The Scarecrow: [after winning $28,000] It's a pleasure doing business.
Leon the Bookie: You've been winning a lot lately, Mr...?
The Scarecrow: You may call me "Lucky".
Leon the Bookie: Yeah? Well, Lucky, that's what you must be, 'cause I ain't seen you lose. Not even once over the last week.
The Scarecrow: Yes, well, I make my own luck.
[leaves]
Leon the Bookie: [to his lackey] That "Lucky" knows something. I want to know it too. Be persuasive.

The Scarecrow: [Confronting Leon the Bookie's lackey] Lost? You have that bewildered look... but your sort always does.
Leon's Lackey: I ain't lost. I'm looking for you! I wanna know how come you always win, Mr. "Lucky".
The Scarecrow: It's quite simple, actually. I fix the games.
Leon's Lackey: You can't fix all those sports, nobody can.
The Scarecrow: Oh, he of little brain, allow me to illustrate.
[holds up an envelope]
The Scarecrow: Here. You can read, can't you?
Leon's Lackey: [Lackey takes the envelope and reads it] "Boo!" Hey, is this some kinda joke?
The Scarecrow: It's no joke, I assure you. It's the fear of victory, and the agony of...
[Lackey grabs him and reveals his true form]
The Scarecrow: The Scarecrow! So now you understand step one in how to fix an athletic contest. I shall proceed to step two...
Leon's Lackey: No! No! Get away!

The Scarecrow: There's enough powder in that helmet to panic a pachyderm! He should be prostrating himself, crying for mercy!
Batman: Change of luck, Scarecrow?
The Scarecrow: You!
Batman: You're aware that gambling is illegal in Gotham?
The Scarecrow: I need the money, Batman. You know the cost of chemicals these days.

The Scarecrow: [after winning $28,000] It's a pleasure doing business.
Leon the Bookie: You've been winning a lot lately, Mr...?
The Scarecrow: You may call me "Lucky".
Leon the Bookie: Yeah? Well, Lucky, that's what you must be, 'cause I ain't seen you lose. Not even once over the last week.
The Scarecrow: Yes, well, I make my own luck.
[leaves]
Leon the Bookie: [to his henchman] That "Lucky" knows something. I want to know it too. Be persuasive.

The Scarecrow: [Confronting Leon the Bookie's henchman] Lost? You have that bewildered look... but your sort always does.
Leon's Henchman: I ain't lost. I'm looking for you! I wanna know how come you always win, Mr. "Lucky".
The Scarecrow: It's quite simple, actually. I fix the games.
Leon's Henchman: You can't fix all those sports, nobody can.
The Scarecrow: Oh, he of little brain, allow me to illustrate.
[holds up an envelope]
The Scarecrow: Here. You can read, can't you?
Leon's Henchman: [the Henchman takes the envelope and reads it] "Boo!" Hey, is this some kinda joke?
The Scarecrow: It's no joke, I assure you. It's the fear of victory, and the agony of...
[the Henchman grabs him and reveals his true form]
The Scarecrow: The Scarecrow! So now you understand step one in how to fix an athletic contest. I shall proceed to step two...
Leon's Henchman: No! No! Get away!


"Batman: The Animated Series: Nothing to Fear (#1.10)" (1992)
Scarecrow: I might have underestimated the Batman, but at least the university is finished.
Anthony: You know, boss, I always hated school, but, how come you hate the university so much?
Scarecrow: They tried to destroy me.
Nigel: You mean they kicked you out because you weren't smart enough?
Scarecrow: No, you simpleton!
[Squeezes Nigel's nose]
Nigel: Ow!
Scarecrow: I taught there. I was a professor of psychology, specializing in phobias. Inducing terror has always intrigued me. Even, as a boy, I liked to frighten things. People, animals, it was all the same. I became obsessed with fear's crippling power. Later, when I became their leading professor of subliminal psychology at the university, I began performing experiments on fear and its subsequent effects. Dr. Long thought I went too far. He called me a lunatic. So now, they will learn the true nature of horror!
Anthony: Wow, he's a good professor.

The Scarecrow: Succumb to the fear!

Scarecrow: My revenge is complete, the university is in the grip of fear, and Batman has been annihilated!
Nigel: Huh?
Scarecrow: Annihilated! Destroyed! Dead!
Anthony: [points out the window] Then who's that?

The Scarecrow: I am fear incarnate. I am the terror of Gotham. I am the Scarecrow!


"The New Batman Adventures: Never Fear (#1.4)" (1997)
Guru: And after that, Batman handed him over to the cops. There wasn't anything we could do.
The Scarecrow: What's the use of providing me with test patients if you're going to lose them? You should had monitored him more carefully.
Guru: We-we tried, but we had no idea your treatment would be that effective.
The Scarecrow: All the more reason to keep the subjects under close scrutiny. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet. Do we?

The Scarecrow: [regarding crocodiles] Terrifying, aren't they?
Bruce Wayne (Disguised): What's going on?
The Scarecrow: That's what I'd like to know. Who are you? Why were you snooping around?
Bruce Wayne (Disguised): Easy, easy. I was just looking for some loose cash. I wasn't trying to move in on your operation. Whatever it is.
The Scarecrow: A thief. I thought as much.
[Raises gun]
Bruce Wayne (Disguised): Hey, be cool!
[Scarecrow shoots the gun, hitting Bruce with fearless gas]
The Scarecrow: Scared you, didn't I?

The Scarecrow: This message is for the mayor. You'll soon see what Gotham City will be like without fear. And it won't be pretty. Fear is the glue that holds society together. It's what makes people suppress their worst impulses. Fear is power. And today it will also be quite expensive... if you want the antidote.


The Dark Knight (2008)
The Chechen: [after bringing out a man under the influence of fear toxin] Look at what your drugs did to my customers.
Scarecrow: Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.
The Chechen: My business... repeat customers...
Scarecrow: If you don't like what I have to offer, you can buy from someone else. Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.

[as the Batman wanna-bes attack the drug deal]
Scarecrow: That's not him.
[Mayhem ensues, with lots of gunfire]
The Chechen: Loose the dogs!
[after more fighting, the Batmobile crashes into the garage]
Scarecrow: That's more like it!

Scarecrow: Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they were places you wanted to go!


Batman Begins (2005) (VG)
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Do whatever you do when a prowler comes around... call the police.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: Of course. They can't stop us. But the Batman has a talent for disruption. Force him outside, the police will take care of him.


The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Jim Gordon: [Gordon and his men have been brought into Crane's kangaroo court] No lawyer, no witnesses? What sort of due process is this?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Your guilt has been determined. This is merely a sentencing hearing. Now, what will it be? Death or Exile?
Jim Gordon: Crane, if you think we're going to walk out on that ice willingly, you got another thing coming!
Dr. Jonathan Crane: So it's death then?
Jim Gordon: Looks that way.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Very well. Death!
[smashes gavel]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: By exile!

[Stryver is dragged to his kangaroo court trial]
Phillip Stryver: There's been a mistake! Take... take me to Bane! I wanna see Bane!
[He is brought before the makeshift court and forced to sit in a chair]
Phillip Stryver: Where is Bane?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: There's been no mistake, Mr. Stryver.
[Stryver looks up at Dr. Crane]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: You are Philip Stryver, executive vice-president of Daggett Industries? Who for years has been living off the blood and sweat of people less powerful than him?
Phillip Stryver: Call Bane. I'm... I am one of you!
[Bane is watching from the background]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Bane has no authority here. This is merely a sentencing hearing. Now, the choice is yours. Exile or death!
[the crowd starts chanting "DEATH!"]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: [smashes his gavel] Quiet!
Phillip Stryver: Ex... exile.
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Sold!
[smashes gavel]
Dr. Jonathan Crane: To the man in the cold sweat!
[Stryver is dragged away and taken to the frozen shores beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, where mercenaries force him at gunpoint onto the ice]
Huge Inmate: Follow the thick ice. Try to swim - you're dead in minutes.
Phillip Stryver: Has anyone made it?
[the inmate turns away. Stryver walks over the ice. Partway across, the ice cracks under his weight, he falls into the freezing water, and drowns]


"The Joker Blogs: An Apple a Day (#1.6)" (2009)
Jonathan Crane: [Crane is having lunch at the same table as Quinzel is having therapy with the Joker] Speaking about picking favorites, how are you dr. Quinzel? Are you enjoying the view from my former office?
Dr. Harleen Quinzel: Actually I don't know, I am rarely in it. I am to busy doing the job you neglected to do.
Jonathan Crane: Doesn't look like you are doing a job now. It looks more like a date to me.

Jonathan Crane: Be careful with this one. doctor Quinzel. He's not fakeing.
The Joker: Funny thing is, neither is she.


The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Scarecrow: Pizza delivery.

The Joker: Your city is under attack by Gotham's greatest criminal minds. Including... The Riddler... Scarecrow...
Scarecrow: Pizza delivery.
The Joker: Bane.
Bane: Hello!
The Joker: Two-Face.
Two-Face: We need that door open, baby.
The Joker: Catwoman.
Catwoman: Meow, meow. You're in! Meow, meow.


"Challenge of the Superfriends: Secret Origins of the SuperFriends/Terror from the Phantom Zone (#1.8)" (1978)
Scarecrow: Oh, no! It's the Green Lantern.
Lex Luthor: No, fools, it's only me, the Green Luthor.


"Challenge of the Superfriends: The World's Deadliest Game/Battle at the Earth's Core (#1.3)" (1978)
Scarecrow: We're so wealthy I can afford to stuff myself with money instead of straw.


"Batman: The Animated Series: Lock-Up (#3.9)" (1994)
[the Arkham inmates are too scared to testify against Lyle Bolton]
Bruce Wayne: Well then, based on todays testimony, I propose extending Mr. Bolton's contract for an additional 18 months.
Arnold Wesker: No! You can't! You don't know what he's doing to us!
Scarface: Shut up! Don't listen to jerkface here! He don't know what he's saying!
Harley Quinn: [pounds Scarface's head in] No! It's all true! If we don't speak up now, we'll *never* get another chance! He threatens us! Takes away our privileges! Even when we're good!
Lyle Bolton: We've heard enough of this nonsense.
The Scarecrow: He says scum like us must be kept in line. That's why he chains us down at night, and electrifies our doors!
Scarface: He held me over a can filled with termites, ya hear me? TERMITES!
Harley Quinn: He's an animal!
Arnold Wesker: A monster!
The Scarecrow: Keep him away!
Lyle Bolton: Shut up! All of you!


"Gotham: The Scarecrow (#1.15)" (2015)
[last lines]
Doctor: The boy's received a massive dose of condensed hormones - cortisol, adrenaline... and another compound we're still trying to identify. The combination nearly killed him.
James Gordon: But he's gonna live?
Doctor: Yes... But we ran a CAT scan in order to determine if he suffered any brain damage. The results - we've never seen anything like them before. The hormones themselves have long since worn off, but the effects... They seem to be lingering.
James Gordon: What are you saying? That he's still in fear?
Doctor: Well, not just fear. Jonathan's brain activity shows he's in a constant state of intense terror.
James Gordon: How long until this goes away?
Doctor: Well, that's just the thing, detective. We can't be certain it ever will. Imagine the thing you fear most in the world. Imagine that it's all you see. Every waking hour.
Jonathan Crane: [hallucinating] No, no, no!


"Batman: The Animated Series: Dreams in Darkness (#1.31)" (1992)
The Scarecrow: An entire city screaming in fear. I wonder if we'll be able to hear it.


"Batman: The Animated Series: Harley's Holiday (#3.6)" (1994)
Dr. Joan Leland: You've made wonderful progress, Harley. You've passed your competency hearing, and tomorrow, you will be released, mentally sane and sound.
Harley Quinn: [Begins jumping up and down] Weee! Wahoo! Whoopee! Yay! Yay! Yay!
[Regains composure]
Harley Quinn: Uh... I mean thank you, Dr. Leland.
Dr. Joan Leland: That's ok. You have every reason to be proud of yourself.
The Scarecrow: [shouting off screen] Unhand me!
Dr. Joan Leland: I just wish the other inmates could make your sort of progress.
[Batman and Robin are seen bringing in the Scarecrow]
The Scarecrow: I am the master of fear! The lord of despair! Cower before me in witless deter!
Harley Quinn: Hi, Professor Crane.
The Scarecrow: [Completely calm] Good evening, child.
[to Batman and Robin]
The Scarecrow: Worship me, fools! Worship me! Scream hosannas of anguish to Scarecrow, the all-terrible god of fear!
[the orderlies come to take him away]
Robin: I think he's getting better.