We all talk about Selina and the stray cats of Gotham but
Jonathan and the crows of Gotham
Jonathan is the unofficial owner of the stray crows in
Gotham. Because of this, no one touches any of the crows. Hell, they avoid the
ravens as well b/c you never know Jonathan probably adopted all of those too
He always finds time to feed them. Middle of a bank heist
with Jervis and Edward? Hold up guys its 12 pm – snack time. Incarcerated in
Arkham? Let me just get out to the workout field and feeds my birds – it’ll be
10 minutes I swear. Hideout from the Bat? Throws on those sweat pants and fake mustaches cause he’s still committing himself.
He keeps extra feed in a small pouch attached to his waist.
It blends in with the 12 other pouches of fear toxin he carries, along with all
the burlap and needles. Bonus: That pouch is burlap too. Aesthetic.
Whenever someone shares a hideout with Jonathan, usually
Edward, you’re bound to be woken up early by cawing. Finding feathers in
your clothes and having crows sit on your head is also not uncommon. Edward
complains, and Jonathan tells him straight up – Here or the streets. Edward
usually endures the caws and tiny feet stepping on his food.
The same applies to when Jonathan stays with someone else.
The crows just seem to follow him??? (Jervis wails about how they keep pecking
at his pastries and Edward just begrudgingly accepts that they’re there to
stay. Harley, on the other hand, loves them all and encourages Jonathan to stay for ‘maybe another night’ just so she can keep fawning over them)
His favorite pet will always be Nightmare the Raven. No one
can replace Nightmare as his number one – no crow, raven, vulture, anything. He
spoils Nightmare rotten (b/c that’s his bby).
He finds a great deal of irony – as do the others who know
his backstory – about how much he cares for the birds now, when at one point
they were one of the many tormentors of his youth.
The crows often bring him back small gifts for his
dedication to caring for them. Shiny trinkets, such as an earring or a coin, those
are quite significant to Jonathan. He stashes them away in a shoe box labelled ‘Important’,
because to him they are.
He admires crows a great deal because of their intelligence
and dedication to family. Though he himself despises his family, he finds it
heartwarming to see young crows returning to parents, or managing to break open
a feeder for food for the first time.
He finds a lot of peace when he wanders out to feed them in
the Gotham morning. When it’s cool, and there’s a mist hanging over the empty Gotham
Park (because who would be out at 6 in the morning at a park, in Gotham?) and
he can just sit down and relax. With the occasional caw of course. These are
the few moments when he doesn’t need to worry about toxin, or batman, or
Arkham. These are the moments when he can finally just clear his mind, and