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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Scarecrow with sound clips and images.
(Note: While Jeff Bennett did voice Scarecrow in the episode "Over the Edge" Scarecrow did not actually have any lines in that episode as Jeff only did an evil laugh.)

Scarecrow is one of Batman's various enemies and has been in the Batman comics since the 3rd issue of Worlds Finest Comics that came out in the Fall of 1941. Scarecrow was formerly known as Jonathan Crane whom was quite fixated on fear due to his terrible childhood and was once a physician at Arkham Asylum until he was fired for testing his fear gas on his patients. Soon afterwards Jonathan Crane became the Scarecrow in which unlike most of Batman's Rogues Gallery his physical capabilities are lacking but is still very dangerous on how he more goes for psychological damage with his fear gas.

Created by Pokejedservo on Tue Jul 19 2011, 37 Comments, Add Comment
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Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (1968)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneTed Knight
Ted Knight
Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneDon Messick
Don Messick
Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneAndre Stojka
Andre Stojka
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneHenry Polic II
Henry Polic II
Batman Begins (2005)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneCillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
The New Batman Adventures (1997)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneJeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneCorey Burton
Corey Burton
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneDee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneDino Andrade
Dino Andrade
DC Universe Online (2011)
Scarecrow / Jonathan CraneChristopher S Field
Christopher S Field

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Batman VC section we have a big VC for this Fear gas loving fiend from Gothan... THE SCARECROW! The Scarecrow has a rather large VC here so I will keep this brief by saying that I am not sure who to pick as there is plenty of quality material here. The weakest of the Scarecrow voices here would probably be Ted Knight's work as Scarecrow here as I suppose its kind of okay by its own merits but seems rather generic compared to the others. Cillian Murphy and Don Messick were okay though (in retrospection Don's voice for the role wasn't bad but its a shame that Super Friends series didn't give him much material to work with.) However I was pleasantly surprised with Andre Stojka (whom is easily the best of the "Old" Scarecrow voices) and Dee Bradley Baker though.) But still most of these guys did some awesome work for Scarecrow in their own way.


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skeletonking1234
said at 5:25 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
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Ted Knight sounds much more like he should've been the Joker using a voice like this than the Scarecrow. I mean it's a good voice, it's just completely unfitting for Scarecrow. 3/10 for a scarecrow voice, but a 6 out of 10 for being different.

Don sounds very fitting here but he has barely anything to go off of here which is very sad because his high pitched kind of sound could work very well if given more material. 6/10

Andre sounds...okay, it's nothing spectacular but I just think it sounds bizarre and, some of his delivery does feel a bit awkward. 4.5/10

Henry works extremely well with the role here, and sounds creepy, while it sounds weird hearing the scarecrow that deep it oddly works and didn't come off as a generic thug which I do like. RIP 7.5/10

Cilian sounds fantastic here, as he was in the film as well, though I do wish he was able to use this voice more in the film, but I'm happy to see him use it here, and is given a decent amount of dialogue. 7/10

Jeffrey...oh GOD Jeffrey how I love thee. Jeffrey is not only extremely fitting in the role, but is downright CHILLING. The voice matches the design perfectly, and is hands down one of Jeffry's best performances, if not his best. 9.5/10

Corey is bit too heavily vocally effected, and is a bit hard to understand at points, but he does sound good, but a bit too demonic with all those effects. and is it me or at a couple lines does he sounds like Dwight Schultz? 7.5/10

Dee was a natural choice for Scarecrow in Brave and the Bold, and he works very well with the role, being much more quiet and reserved in the role, but the rasp he adds to the role works very well, and the vocal effects add this fantastic creep factor to the performance. 8.5/10

Dino...oh Dino...I never understood. I really never did. this is a role that everyone adores in the Arkham games, but to be honest, is probably one the most overrated supervillain performance I've ever seen. I never thought it sounded that fitting, it sounds way too young, the vocal effects don't sound all that good, and to be honest, from playing AA, he always sounded really bored in his portrayal. 5/10

Christopher sounds decent at first, but the further he goes, it starts to sound a bit awkward. He starts slwoly adding this rasp to his voice, which to be honest sounds a bit odd in general, not really what I picture when I see the scarecrow. It's a better performance than many of the other DCUO performances, but that's not saying much. 6/10

1. Jeffrey
2. Dee
3. Henry
4. Corey
5. Cilian
6. Don
7. Christopher
8. Dino
9. Andre
10. Ted
Archerboy58
said at 4:44 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
Dee Bradley Baker
Jeffrey Combs
Henry Polic II
Don Messick
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 8:57 AM on Fri Oct 25 2013
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Dammit, I know Dino is perfect as the scarecrow, but.... Jeffrey is just so frigging terrifying in his role, I begin to doubt my own sanity.

....Yeah, I think I prefer Combs. Andrade comes a VERY close 2nd. Cillian and Corey would be my other choices.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 10:45 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
I really liked Dee Bradley and Dino Andrade Scarecrow voices.

And of course, Cillian Murphy is the perfect live action Scarecrow.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:46 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Dee Bradley Baker, Jeffrey Combs, Cillian Murphy, Dino Andrade, and Christopher S Field all nail this part. The rest of them just don't work.
Xymor
said at 12:45 PM on Sat Sep 7 2013
Im going with Jeffrey Combs,Dino Andrade and Corey Burton,since they all sound chilling and sadistic.Dee Bradley Baker is also decent but a little forced.
Henry Polic II jsut sounds generic
Finister2
said at 10:18 AM on Tue Aug 27 2013
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Henry Polic II, you were the Master of Fear.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:46 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
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RIP Henry Polic II.
BatDevilSpawn
said at 9:06 AM on Tue Jul 16 2013
Ted Knight: 3/10
Don Messick: 4.5/10
Andre Stojka: 4/10
Henry Polic II: 6/10
Cillian Murphy: 8/10
Jeffrey Combs: 10/10
Corey Burton: 9.5/10
Dee Bradley Baker: 8.5/10
Dino Andrade: 10/10
Christopher S Field: 7/10
Both Combs and Andrade are fantastic and creepy, I have to give my vote for Andrade, as I felt he had more range.
bumblebeebug
said at 9:04 PM on Mon Jun 17 2013
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I like Jeffrey combs best because he manages to sound creepy and chilling without having any added effects. The calm tone actually sounds MORE scary to me.
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:43 PM on Sat May 4 2013
I really loved Andre Stojka. He really fits the character and I really loved his delivery. Messick was very inconsistent and that's the reason why I prefer Stojka.
VctrBnsn
said at 3:40 PM on Sat Mar 23 2013
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Jeffrey and Dino FTW. I really wish in BGK they got a guy emulating Cillian Murphy instead of Corey Burton, but he still did a good job.
Silence
said at 8:51 PM on Tue Mar 19 2013
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Ted Knight: It's as if someone took the Joker's voice and gave it to the Scarecrow. Not a very good combination.

Don Messick: though I like Don Messick as a voice actor, I'm not a fan of his Scarecrow voice. I don't know, it made him sound a bit like a witch.

Andre Stojka: Meh..

Henry Polic II: A pretty good performance, I like the maniacal feel he gives to it.

Cillian Murphy: Like the movie Batman Begins, Cillian gives a very good performance as the Scarecrow.

Jeffrey Combs: Just chilling...

Corey Burton: The vocal effects were a bit distracting, but it's still a good effort nonetheless.

Dee Bradley baker: I'm normally not a fan of some of the voices in Brave and the Bold (namely Batman's and the Joker's) but Dee made the Scarecrow one of the best performances in that show.

Dino Andrade: HO-LY SH*T! After playing Arkham Asylum's Scarecrow levels, I was blown away by Dino's performance. How he delivered his lines were perfect, the voice was perfect, the performance was just plain perfect! We have a winner!

Christopher S. Field: meh.....
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Mar 3 2013
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I don't like how dry and nonchalant Jeffrey Combs sounded. Sometimes sounding nonchalant and dry works, but I don't think it does with this character and that voice. Dee Bradley Baker worked well too, my second favorite. However, I am indeed going with Dino Andrade.

I would like to see him reprise the role in the next Arkham game. I like how arrogant yet small he sounds in the interview tapes and how creepy he sounds when he's scarecrow and they throw the filters on.

I don't think he's perfect, at least not yet, but he is my favorite for the time being.
Kamen_Rider_Black_RX
said at 3:38 PM on Thu Jan 10 2013
In my opinion, I would say that Dino Andrade is the best with Jeffrey Coombs as a very close second. Likewise, Dee Bradley Baker would be a very close third.
Kamen_Rider_Black_RX
said at 3:55 PM on Tue Feb 26 2013
@Kamen_Rider_Black_RX
Please disregard the previous post, in the intervening month since I posted that comment, I have chosen instead to cast my vote for Mr. Jeffrey Coombs in lieu of Dino Andrade.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:49 PM on Thu Nov 22 2012
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Lot's of good choices here. I think I'll go with Dino Andrade with Dee Bradley Baker as a close second.
coolgeek176
said at 9:00 PM on Sat Nov 17 2012
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I'm gonna go with Dino Andrade. He was pretty creepy in Arkham Asylum.
DeeBradleyBakerRules
said at 8:56 AM on Mon Oct 29 2012
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I'm going to give this one to Dee Bradley Baker. He made the Scarecrow sound creepy and menacing . . . especially when he does that crackle.
Torak
said at 9:00 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
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1. Dino Andrade - After hearing his performance in AA, I must say he did a very good job: his Scarecrow really crept me out especially with the voice modulator, and even sounded threatening too at some points.

2. Jeffery Combs - An interesting take, but very effective: sounds creepy and unpredictable. The reason he isn't my number one is because he sounds a little too soft and quiet making him seem less threatening as a villain.

3. Corey Burton - Granted of course it was a little too modulated but it still had a creepy feel to it, it still fits though.

4. Cillian Murphy - Another interesting take, he really nails that maniacal and threatening side of Scarecrow which is what he needs IMO.

Others I'm afraid don't fit the bill for Scarecrow personally.
Sokka2Me
said at 2:41 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
Jeffery Combs has that sadistic, calm tone in his voice. THAT is scary.
Azrael99
said at 12:49 AM on Sat Jun 30 2012
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1 . Dino Andrade - Soft , creepy , raspy and yet wimpy . The perfect blend of Jeffrey and Cillian`s equally brilliant performances .
2 . Jeffrey Combs - Raspy , creepy , intellectual . The only real complaint I have is he sometimes spoke almost too softly to hear .
3 . Cillian Murphy - Brilliant , subdued and complex as Crane and a total maniac as Scarecrow . Of course , you can occasionally hear Cillian`s Irish origins subtly slip through when he emotes and his American accent sounds more New York ( Specifically Christopher Walken-style Queens ) than New England but as he`s portraying a Nolanized reimagining of Crane he may be a native Gothamite in this version so I`d hardly count that against him .
4 . Corey Burton - Basically Cillian`s performance in The Film with more of a New England/Mid-Western accent . Impressive if a bit overly modulated .
5 . Dee Bradley Baker - Creepy , raspy . Truly one of BTAB`s stand-out performances .
6 . Henry Polic II - Underrated performance , IMHO . His Crane was creepy when he needed to be while not forgetting what a coward at heart the man was . He also gave a very convincing New England intellectual accent .
7 . Christopher S. Feild - Pretty damn creepy if average overall .
8 . Andre Stojka - Probably the best of the older Scarecrow performances and the first to actually sound creepy rather than campy .
9 . Don Messick - Not bad though his attempt to sound creepy comes off as more campy . Still a valiant effort . But meh , I`ve seen better .
10 . Ted Knight - Okay , I know Crane`s supposed to be from New England and all but really ?
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 1:56 AM on Fri May 4 2012
Dino Andrade Was just damn Scary, but terrific. Now if they Get John Kassir to voice him in the Arkham Sequel, That would magnificent.
AMT
said at 8:58 PM on Sun May 27 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 I thot I was the ONLY one who thought John Kassir would be a GREAT Scarecrow!
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 3:13 AM on Thu Jun 7 2012
@AMT
It's a win win.
EmpireGrotesk
said at 1:21 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
Jeffrey Combs is pretty much the perfect Scarecrow although it largely depends on how Scarecrow is being portrayed. If you want a genuinely creepy Scarecrow, Combs all the way. Subtle, not forced, but chilling. However if you want Scarecrow to be slightly ridiculous but obviously educated then I'd go with Henry Polic II.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:22 AM on Sat Jan 28 2012
1. Jeffery Combs
2. Dino Andrade
3. Corey Burton
4. Henry Polic II
5. Dee Bradley Baker
6. Cillian Murphy
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:00 AM on Mon Oct 24 2011
I'm giving this one to Jeffery Combs as I felt the raspy whisper was pretty creepy. That said, Dino Andrade, Henry Polic II, Corey Burton, Dee Bradley Baker, and Cillian Murphy were good, too.
RabidSonicFan
said at 7:47 PM on Thu Sep 15 2011
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Ted Knight - ...
Don Messick - He's okay, I guess. But he's still definitely much better than... THAT...
Andre Stojka - I agree, he's definitely best of the classic voices. It is a bit high, but it's not bad.
Henry Polic II - Finally a deeper voice. And he does a great job too. Now's when we're getting to the good stuff...
Cillian Murphy - Very nice, especially for a movie-liscensed game.
Jeffrey Combs - I know most everybody likes him, but to me, it sounded more like he was just speaking quietly rather than being scary.
Corey Burton - HOLY CRAP THAT IS SCARY. Really good!
Dee Bradley Baker - Like poke said, this is a pleasant surprise. It's hard to imagine Dee doing a menacing voice... but here we are. XD
Dino Andrade - He does a great job of sounding both scary and meek when he needs to. Probably my favorite out of them.
Christopher S. Field - Eh...
Blue Paratroopa
said at 11:32 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
I'd say Jeffrey Coombs. His voice reminds us that despite the Scarecrow's frightening appearance, he's still a human behind the mask. That's important to remember.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:03 PM on Tue Aug 9 2011
Scarecrow is number three on my top 5 favorite Batman villains

Ted Knight's version was annoying, way too high for my taste.
Messick was pretty generic just nothing outstanding about it.
Stojka was, like what Pokejedservo said, best of the golden age voices. Is still a little high but not too high I guess.
I grew up with Henry Polic's version of Scarecrow and he does do a very good job. He gives Scarecrow a sinister and creepy sound to it and can easily show off his cowardly side.
Normally actors in video games are pretty bad (Toby from SPiderman is a good example) so I was very surpirzed with Murphy's performance. A good creepy voice that fits the character very well.
Although I like Scarecrow's design in Gothan Knights I thought Combs wasn't so perfect in the role. Don't get me wrong, he does a good sinister and intellgent voice but not all that creepy. I just think he could have been a little better.
I know it wasn't 100% Burton on the voice but wow was it scarey. I know it was Batman under his scare gas so it was suppose to sound disfigured but still a nice creepy voice.
Now I know Dee Bradley Baker is a man of many voices but damn was this unexpected. Creepy and a nice touch of voice modulator (or whatever it's called). A nice unexpected change for Baker.
Dino Andrade is the winner. Terrorfying, sinister, good amount of voice modulator, can go to a cowardly and sound threatening. A great example of the voice work in the game.
Christopher S Field is...well pretty generic. Nothing really standing out in it. However his delivery of the lines are outstanding, so he gets a pass just for that.
So my ranking is
1. Dino Andrade
2. Cillian Murphy
3. Henry Polic
4. Corey Burton
5. Dee Baker
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:01 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
@Music Meister On second thought I switch Burton and Polic
MG1988
said at 7:31 AM on Sat Jul 23 2011
Combs for sure? Effortlessly creepy.
Staplerman
said at 11:29 PM on Fri Jul 22 2011
Jeffery all the way!
Curt
said at 1:31 PM on Thu Jul 21 2011
Jeffery Combs, it's a shame Scarecrow didn't appear more in that series/season
Joop
said at 4:02 PM on Wed Jul 20 2011
I'm not a big fan of the Batman Begins film, and I'm not usually a sucker for big screen actors performances in video games, but I think Cillian Murphy gives such a unique sound to the Scarecrow. That makes him the first batman character voice that, in my eyes, surpasses the Batman: TAS voice.
D.A.V.E.
said at 2:17 AM on Wed Jul 20 2011
Dino Andrade for me. Managed to sound both like the wimp Crane is, and the creepiness he wants to emit as the Scarecrow. Cillian Murphy in second.


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