- I'm really the man who needs your freshly harvested heart... its norepinephrine and adrenaline... its deliciously bubbling stress hormones... all the natural ingredients for a stew of organic fear...
- -- Cornelius Stirk src
Cornelius Stirk, like the Scarecrow, uses fear to get to his victims. Stirk has the ability to make other people see him as someone else, allowing him to get close to his victims. He operates under the delusion that he requires the nutrients and hormones from peoples' hearts in order to stay alive, and these are best prepared with norepinephrine by inducing fear in the victim prior to death.
In his first appearance Stirk is released from Arkham Asylum (where he was confined since the age of 16 for trying to kill a classmate), after being certified as sane. It is assumed he used his psychic abilities on his doctors. He then subsequently stops taking his medication and begins his escalation into a serial killer.
After the massive breakout from Arkham orchestrated by Bane, Stirk worked with the Joker in an attempt to kidnap Commissioner Gordon. However, Stirk tried to kill Gordon rather than kidnap him, much to Joker's dismay. Gordon hallucinates that Stirk is actually Batman as Stirk tries to kill Gordon with a knife. The real Batman stops Stirk and the madman is successfully returned to Arkham.
Stirk resurfaces some time after the Infinite Crisis, back to his old tricks. When Batman comes to stop him, Stirk successfully renders him unconscious and keeps him bound inside his hideout. This time, Robin shows up and defeats him, rescuing Batman and sending Stirk back into custody.
- 24 Appearances of Cornelius Stirk (New Earth)
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