tracking the tag: ron's arkham
Crane: That’s not cute! That’s called common decency! He is always daydreaming and needs someone to make sure he won’t fall off a cliff or something.
Tetch: *blushes* I can take care of myself….
Crane: *grumbles* Sometimes I wonder.
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
All of Batman's foes are monsters due to them all having tragic lives, which villain do you think has the most heartbreaking life story? Besides Freeze
I’m probably biased because he’s my favorite character, but I believe that Scarecrow has the most tragic backstory out of all of the Rogues Gallery (except for Mr. Freeze), largely due to the events in Scarecrow: Year One.
From the moment that Crane was born, it was abundantly clear that his arrival was unwelcome. He had barely taken his first breath before his own grandmother was planning to literally dispose of him—his family was so ashamed of his mother’s “tarnishing” of the Keeny family name (never mind that the only remnants of the Keeny’s “glory days” were a long-ago depleted fortune, an old, decaying manor crammed with antiques, and a debilitated atrium that doubled as a chapel) by having a child out of wedlock that it was suggested that Crane be buried and forgotten. His great-grandmother (aka “Granny Keeny”) chose to keep the boy instead—not out of love, but so he could act as her personal servant and maintain the manor’s cornfields.
Crane’s childhood was a joyless one, consisting of laborious chores far too physically demanding for his young age and dictated by Granny Keeny’s strict, religiously zealous rules. Any perceived misstep was punished severely—Crane would be clothed in a suit coated with an herb mixture and rodent blood (a concoction used to attract crows), unceremoniously thrown into the Keeny’s chapel, and subsequently attacked by trained, merciless crows. This abusive, Draconian punishment greatly frightened Crane and heavily-influenced his future, as illustrated by a scene in which Crane witnesses a scarecrow torn to pieces by a pack of crows.
The only brief moments of happiness in Crane’s childhood involved books. Bullied at school, he would sit beneath a tree in the schoolyard and immerse himself in literary worlds, momentarily escaping from the cruelty and violence that ruled his own existence. A pivotal moment in Crane’s life occurs when he opens to door to a room that Granny Keeny forbade him from ever entering and discovers a library. As he browses through the books, he comes across a particular volume that would later prove itself fateful: Advanced Chemistry.
After reaching adulthood and completing his education, Crane becomes a college professor, teaching a psychology course with an emphasis on fear, and befriends a colleague named Professor Pigeon. Crane looks up to Pigeon as both a mentor and the father figure he never had, and when Crane later faces the school board after firing a gun in his classroom in a misguided attempt to convey fear’s great influence to his students, he is hopeful that his mentor will defend him.
Unfortunately, Crane was wrong.
He is fired from the university, and his teaching career is ruined. Feeling betrayed by the one person in the world that he cared for and trusted, Crane becomes bitter and hardened. He takes up the Scarecrow mantle, and dedicates his life to fear and seeking revenge against those who had wronged him.
Did Crane make some very bad choices? Without a doubt. Was his expulsion his own fault? Yes, definitely. Does his past give him an excuse to harm others? No, but it certainly explains why he feels a need to. Crane’s early life revolved around fear, and his only means of defending himself was to learn everything that he could about fear and how he could control it. If Crane had experienced a functional, healthy childhood rather than an abusive one, it is likely that he would never have been drawn towards fear in the first place. Crane’s transformation to Scarecrow is a sad testament to the trauma that lingers long after abuse has ended, and in that sense I do not think that he can be fully blamed for the course his life took. Crane himself states that “life is all about choices”, but that doesn’t mean that one’s choices aren’t influenced by the cards were are dealt.
The little boy who lived his life in fear grew up to frighten others, and IMO that is extremely tragic.
Spot on I think.^^
“There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.”
I think they’d say something along the lines of ‘do as I say not as I do’…depending on the villain of course.
Are you drawing the Rouges any different? I've noticed Jervis changed some. (Not that I mind, he looks good.)
Aww, why hello!
I suppose my style changes a LOT, haha. It comes with drawing a lot of random stuff. But you probs mean my last two Jervis posts. I did draw him differently—kudos for noticing!—because those were flashbacks. I imagine him having shorter hair before he became a villain/arkhamite. Hence the change in appearance. It’s a bit off from the TOS version I base him on, but ah well. Anywoo, I hope that answers your question luvvie!^^
“When his wife was at his side, she was also in front of him, marking out the horizon of his life. Now the horizon is empty: the view has changed.”
PSA! My sweet Angel Babies.:)
So, I have arrived back at college, so I’ve closed the askbox (for now).
I will be working on the asks I have when I can and will post them semi-regularly, depending on how many i get done at once.
You can still reach me via ‘fanmail’ if you wanna chat, have comments or concerns.:) I don’t mind chatting and will respond relatively quick since I get on tumblr mobile a lot. ^^
Meanwhile, I’ll be over here at college, dealing with the weirdos, getting stuff done, chillin with my peeps and getting involved with these clubs I’m in.XD
I am so pleased people have been following n reblogging, it makes my day.^^
So take care, God bless and stay crazy awesome my cutie-patooties.
Isley: That beanpole with arms and that unbalanced clown started it!
I hate you. You have officially converted me to the ship of Mad Hatter/Poison Ivy. Now I'm going mad because I don't know what the pairing is called! MadIvy? Poisoned Hatter? WHAT HAVE YOU CREATED?!?!
I’m so eXCITED YAY!
That makes…*counts on fingers* two of us!;)
I call it Spring Madness. I think it’s cute, plus that’s the best I could come up with.XD Unfortunately It’s not popular at all haha, but I’m glad you have joined me in the madness luv.^^