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The Guardians of the Universe formerly; currently Hal Jordan
Base of Operations:
Oa formerly; currently Mogo
The Green Lantern Corps was created by the immortal Guardians of the Universe to empower sentient species with sufficiently noble qualities to police their own sectors of space. Originally numbering 3600 members, this number was increased to 7200 after the Corps was restored. At first, the Green Lanterns were prohibited from killing, but the Guardians amended the Book of Oa during the Sinestro Corps War to allow for the killing of designated enemies. Sinestro
, a former Green Lantern, boasts that this was his primary goal in going to war with the Green Lanterns in the first place.
A Green Lantern's power ring enables its wearer to create constructs of any shape and size the wearer can imagine and maintain through willpower, as well as flight, a personal automatic force-field with contained native atmosphere, faster-than-light travel, communication with other Lanterns, automatic translation of any language known to the Oans, access to the Oan database, and scanning capabilities. Occasionally, Lanterns have been able to pull off more elaborate usages of the power, such as Mind Control
, phasing through solid objects, genetic or biological manipulation, and the creation of permanent objects.
Green is the manifestation of willpower and sits at the balance of the emotional spectrum. Originally ineffective against yellow, this weakness was retconned
as being the result of Parallax being imprisoned in the Battery. Now, Lanterns need only remember fear and overcome it (as opposed to being completely fearless as they were originally) in order to affect yellow objects.
- Badass Creed: See above, and they set the trend for every other Corps.
- Barrier Warrior: Most GLs prefer to fight this way, unless their imagination is particularly active.
- Determinator: Because the rings are powered by willpower, each and every GL is naturally one.
- Heroic Spirit
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Green Lantern power rings have at minimum the following powers, with potentially infinite others accessible depending on the user's imagination: flight, constructs, energy blasts, force fields, FTL travel, energy absorption, electromagnetic scanning, a galactic encyclopedia (from its link to the Book of Oa), a universal translator, an emergency beacon, a homing beacon, programmable security protocols, and pan-universal telecommunications.
- Order Reborn: Hal Jordan-possessed-by-Parallax killed many of the corps and forced others into hiding, but by Ganthet's actions, they were able to double in size.
- Space Police
- Starfish Aliens: They don't get much weirder than Dkrtzy RRR (a bio-sentient mathematical equation) and Leezle Pon (a superintelligent smallpox virus)
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Until Sinestro forces them to abandon this rule.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Traditionally, Green Lantern rings were useless against the color yellow. (This is no longer the case as experienced Lanterns can overcome the weakness.)
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The Earth Lanterns
Green Lantern 2814.1: Harold "Hal" Jordan
Both the most famed and most infamous Green Lantern, Hal Jordan was a California test pilot who was summoned to the site where Green Lantern Abin Sur had crashed. Abin bequeathed his ring and power battery to Jordan before dying. Training under both Kilowog and Sinestro, Jordan went on to become a famed hero on Earth and beyond, helped found the Justice League of America
, and rose to the top of the Green Lantern Corps. Sinestro, his traitorous former mentor, became his archnemesis.
Despite common belief, Hal Jordan was not the first human being ever recruited into the Green Lantern Corps
. Earth's original Green Lantern originated in China, and was recruited in 814 B.C. Coincidentally, in Post-Crisis
continuity Alan Scott wielded this unnamed Chinese man's ring.
Hal's halcyon days ended when the fear entity Parallax, trapped within the Central Power Battery, reached out its psychic tendrils to taint his mind. The destruction of his native Coast City at the hands of Mongul and Cyborg-Superman
was enough to push him over the edge—Jordan rushed to Oa, killed every Lantern that got in his way, and entered the Central Power Battery to gain the power necessary to rebuild Coast City, but was instead possessed by Parallax. Killing all the Guardians save one, Jordan/Parallax went on a rampage across the universe
. Jordan's own nobility shone through, however, when Earth's Sun was being devoured by a Sun-Eater
, and he gave his life to save his homeworld.
After his death, Jordan's soul was offered a chance at redemption: he was bound to the near-omnipotent Spectre
, the Spirit of Vengeance. Jordan tried to change the Spectre's mission from vengeance to redemption, but to no avail: Parallax still remained bound to his soul, and the Eldritch Abomination
tried to steal the Spectre's power for itself. But Jordan's successor, Kyle Rayner—with the help of all his surviving friends from the Corps and the League—defeated the monstrosity and restored Jordan to life. Now Hal Jordan is a Green Lantern once more, protecting Space Sector 2814 while seeking atonement for his actions under Parallax's influence.
After Krona's attempt to take over the Corps using the enslaved emotional entities, Hal managed to kill him. However, the Guardians were deeply freaked out (though they won't admit it) by the fact that he overcame his ring's restrictions against killing Guardians
, deeming him as a dangerous renegade and ejecting him from the Corps. However, Sinestro
of all people recruited his help, making a replica power ring for him to use. After an uneasy alliance, and a brief case of deadness, Hal and Sinestro managed to stop the Guardian's scheme, and Hal found himself placed in charge of the Green Lantern Corps.
- Ace Pilot: Hal was a flying Ace in the U.S air force, quite simply the best at his job.
- The Ace: Upon joining the Green Lantern Corps and unmasking Sinestro as a fascist, Hal quickly became known as the greatest Green Lantern, that is, until he was possessed by Parallax.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Not Hal himself, but his mother Jessica, brothers Jack and Jim, and niece Jane all fit this trope.
- All a Part of the Job: Hal loves being a GL despite his problems with the Guardian's rule and the obvious life-complicating consequences being a GL has.
- The Atoner: Hal seeks to undo the harm he did when he was possessed by Parallax.
- Badass: One can be a badass by being a top-notch ace jet pilot, by virtue of being a Green Lantern, a member of the JLA or a superhero. And all of them at once?
- Badass Normal: Without his ring, Hal is a completely normal human. A completely normal human who is a member of the armed forces and who spent the Silver Age beating bears senseless bare-handed. Nowadays he's more tamed, he just likes to fight fellow Lantern, the superstrong Kilowog, ringless, for casual sport.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: Understandably, due to his becoming Parallax in the past.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Batman. Despite their differences, Hal and Bruce were able to find a common ground in this.
- Blood Brothers: With his fellow Green Lantern earthmen: Guy, John and Kyle and fellow GL Kilowog, each owing each other his life many times over.
- Characterization Marches On: Hal was brash and cocky at first, nearly two decades on he's clearly mellowed out and usually takes the role of Team Dad to the other Lanterns. He's still prone to reckless acts of heroism, however. In the '70s and '80s, Hal had a tendency to constantly question himself, quit the Corps at least once, and was at times a self-hating wreck. This came to a head with Emerald Dawn. Geoff Johns explained this away as Parallax's influence and eventually Retconned Emerald Dawn out of existence.
- That said, Johns did briefly bring back this aspect in the re-telling of his origin story, explaining it as being because of his father's death driving him to be reckless and push away the people who cared about him. He got over it when he became a Lantern, though.
- Chick Magnet: One of his most recognisable traits.
- Code Name: He has his own pilot code name: Highball, which was a call sign used by old train operators which used to mean "Full speed ahead".
- Cultured Warrior: Despite modern interpretation of the character, and the Idiot Hero trope, Hal did once quoted a passage from Shakespeare, specifically, Richard the II's Act V, scene 3, all the while beating the snot out of some villains without using his ring.
- Dating Catwoman: With Carol Ferris, when she's possessed by the Star Sapphire gem. Less so after she shakes its influence.
- Fallen Hero: After being possessed by Parallax, Hal killed several of his former friends and comrades in the Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians and destroyed the Green Lantern Corps utterly, becoming a villain of immense power. He died redeeming himself, got revived and now seeks to make amends.
- Fearless Fool: (In)famously considered to be without fear, even by other heroes. Hal reminisces that after his worst fear became real in front of him (his pilot father dying in a flying accident), he didn't have anything else to fear. Later he got wiser and realized it was not that he was fearless, but that he can overcome great fear.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Face-Heel Turn: It wasn't his fault, though.
- The Hero: Whenever the four Earth Lanterns unite, you can expect Hal to be the leader and/or the character with the most importance to the story.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Barry Allen and Oliver Queen.
- Heroic Willpower: Brought to extremes on many occasions, and his will always comes out on top, even going as far as to control a Black Ring and Nekron himself.
- Hope Bringer: "Our rings could be out of power, we could be trapped in the edge of a black hole facing Evil Star, but if I looked Hal in the eyes, if he told me we were going to get out of it, I always believed him"- John Stewart on Hal Jordan.
- Idiot Hero: During the Silver Age, to keep the guy with the near-omnipotent ring from ending any story in two minutes, he was portrayed as a bumbling moron who kept screwing up in hilarious ways. "Hal Jordan is a retard" is still a running gag among fans. Averted also, in that one does not become an ace fighter jet pilot for the U.S Airforce without being smart. Not only that, but Hal later on went on to actually learn how to build and repair aircraft, and of course, his literary inclinations cited above.
- Played amazingly straight in the first issue of Vol 5., where without his Green Lantern ring Hal is incapable of fitting in with regular people, or even talking to Carol without making an ass of himself.
- Interspecies Romance: With Arisia.
- Jumped at the Call: He didn't hesitated a second before accepting the ring given to him by Abin Sur.
- The Leader: Of the Green Lantern Corps following the defeat of the First Lantern and the Guardians of the Universe.
- Locked into Strangeness: The explanation for the distinctive gray of Hal Jordan's temples was Parallax, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Fear, exerting its influence over him. When it possessed him first, and every other time afterward he has had the gray-hair.
- Limited Wardrobe: Hal can always be seen wearing his father's brown pilot jacket when he's not in-uniform.
- Loveable Rogue: Despite being in the Air force and the GLC, Hal has some problems with authority and often goes explicitly against orders if he feels he's doing the right thing.
- Military Superhero: Hal's lifelong dream was to be a pilot like his dad. So he joined the U.S Airforce and became an Ace jet fighter pilot. He got himself dishonorably discharged so he could see his mother on her deathbed (she hated Hal being a pilot since Hal's dad died that way), but was given a second chance years later. At one point he was even a POW.
- Strawman Political: In the "Hard-Travelling Heroes" arc of the '70s, Hal was portrayed as an unquestioning tool of the establishment for Green Arrow to knock down. Averted in the most famous story in that era; Snowbirds Don't Fly, where Ollie is too disgusted at Roy's drug use to do more than punch him in the face and yell at him. Hal meanwhile helps him find a place to stay and aids him in kicking his heroin addiction.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Oliver Queen.
Green Lantern 2814.4: Kyle Rayner
Kyle Rayner, a struggling artist, was just an average young man until Ganthet, the last Guardian of the Universe, appeared to him in a back alley and handed him the last Green Lantern power ring. Kyle was charged with preserving the light of the Green Lantern Corps, and for years was the only Lantern remaining in the universe.
Kyle briefly gained the power of the Will Entity, Ion, and used it to rebuild the Central Power Battery and revive the dead Guardians. Not long after, he was instrumental in the rebirth of Hal Jordan and revival of the Corps. Today, for keeping the Green Light alive, Kyle is renowned as the Torchbearer and one of the Corps' Honor Guard.
He currently stars in Green Lantern: The New Guardians
, where an unknown force tried to reassign Power Rings from all six other corps to him. Defying the Guardians, he has allied himself with members of the other corps to get to the bottom of things.
- All Your Powers Combined:
- New Guardians claims that he has the rare potential to channel all seven colors of the emotional spectrum.
- In New Guardians #16, Kyle masters all seven colors and becomes a White Lantern.
- Art Attacker: Being an artist with the power to make shapes with his mind, his constructs are particularly detailed, and he generally treats them as he would artwork that is gradually refined.
- Ascended Fanboy: Kyle grew up admiring Batman and Superman. Now he works side by side with them.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the other Earth Lanterns, Kyle had zero military training and was only in his early twenties at the oldest when he was made a lantern. Has still been acknowledged by heroes such as Batman and Martian Manhunter as being a badass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kyle is often regarded by his enemies as one of the most dangerous and unpredictable Lanterns ever (Yes, more than Guy Gardner), not because of his determination or a lack of mercy, but because as a comic artist his mind works creatively and thus he has no problems with beating the hell out of you with a giant teddy bear or making a Magical Girl and letting her kick your ass while he stands on the sidelines snarking. He's just too damn unpredictable, which is one of the reasons (besides his ability to overcome fear) he was chosen as the last of the Green Lanterns.
- Cartwright Curse: Of the four major girlfriends he's had, three have been killed off (the fourth broke things off when Kyle opened his fat mouth at exactly the wrong time). The two superpowered ones came back, but "people I care for die" has become a part of his character.
- Chick Magnet
- Chosen One/Closest Thing We Got: Zig-zagged. The original scene with Kyle has him in an alley behind a bar, getting some fresh air when Ganthet shows up and says "You'll do" and hands him the ring. This plays into Kyle's character arc for the first several years with him and others doubting his worth; even Ganthet, who chose him, doubts the decision at one point. However, he earns his place as the Torchbearer, restoring the entire Corps and resisting the temptation of ultimate power. It reads like a Chosen One story in some places, but it doesn't seem like this was anyone's plan, certainly not the Guardians.
- Geoff Johns has commented that despite the actual sequence of events, he considers Kyle to be as chosen for the Corps as any other Lantern. New Guardians later puts forth that Ganthet perhaps did sense something special about him when giving him the ring.
- Combat Pragmatist: He has a habit of going for his opponent's eyes, especially in situations where he's de-powered/doesn't have the ring.
- He's also not adverse to letting the ring do all the work (And by "work" we mean he'll make a girl that will kick you in the lantern) while he just sort of hangs around and makes fun of you.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Depending on the Artist: His first costume was deceptively complex and subtle details would change from issue to issue. Handwaved by his artistic nature changing his outfit based on what he thought was cool at the time.
- The Determinator: Even among an entire group whose power is fueled by Determination, Kyle stands out.
- Disappeared Dad: He was raised by a single mother, Moira Rayner. This has an odd effect on him as he gravitates subtly to potential father-figures in his life, such as the other members of the Justice League or Ganthet.
- Dork Knight
- Executive Meddling: How he was created, of course, but also an interesting inversion: despite DC editorial mandate insisting Kyle was going to be the only Green Lantern following his debut, every writer on his comic for ten years did their level best to sneak the Corps back in, though only Jade and John Stewart kept their rings any real length of time.
- Writer Brad Meltzer desperately insists that Kyle's defeat at the hands of Deathstroke in Identity Crisis was this because the big-wigs at DC Comics wanted to pump up Deathstroke's status as a Badass, every time the fans mention it. In the fight in question, despite the fact that Kyle had the most powerful ranged weapon in the universe on his hand, and despite the fact that Kyle is recognized as having one of the strongest wills in an organization powered by willpower, Kyle not only moves in on Deathstroke (who is a much better fighter than Kyle) in order to punch him, but he comes very close to losing a battle of wills with the villain. Yeah...
- Mr. Fanservice: Kyle seems to be subject to the most gratuitous and numerous butt-shots in any comic he's in. Considering he's a Lantern, that's a lot.
- It's even acknowledged in-universe he has a nice butt.
- Mr. Imagination: Being an artist, he has one of the most powerful imaginations in the entire corps to take advantage of the ring, coming up with creative ways to beat bad guys.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Guy
- Hollywood Nerd: Kyle's a pop culture and Anime/Manga nerd, yet he still looks like a movie star.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: He used to date Donna Troy. They broke up when she caught him sketching a woman who lived in his building. Topless.
- Interspecies Romance: With Soranik Natu.
- Jumped at the Call: More like performed a triple somersault at the call.
- Last of His Kind: Until the Corps got reformed.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Considering the three other Earth Lanterns can't really age up anymore without their exploits becoming unfeasible (they're presumably in their forties now), Kyle will probably be stuck in his twenties forever.
- Perma Stubble: In The New Guardians series.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Based on some of his constructs, the guy reads a lot of Shōjo (Demographic).
- Screw Destiny: Kyle experienced multiple futures over his early career that suggested that the Green Lantern Corps was never reformed. Then he helped to rebuild the Corps.
- Sequential Artist
- Shout-Out: A lot of Kyle's constructs are taken from Manga and Anime.
- Signature Style: Apparently his art style is distinct enough for people to figure out his identity based on his constructs.
- The So-Called Coward: Got a lot of grief early on because, unlike Hal, he actually felt fear and doubt over his role as a Green Lantern. While the other Earth Lanterns settled into their positions fairly quickly, he was openly intimidated by it. Eventually, his ability to feel fear and overcome it was what helped him avoid Parallax's influence in Rebirth.
- It has been pointed out, in-universe, that he is the living incarnation of the old saying that "courage is being afraid, but going ahead anyhow", and it has been remarked at least twice that it is the fact that he does become afraid that makes him a better Lantern than Hal Jordan.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Trope Namer of a sort, as it happened to his girlfriend.
Green Lantern 2814.2: Guy Gardner/The Warrior
When Abin Sur crashed on Earth, his ring detected two people who were sufficiently brave and honest to be named his replacement. Hal Jordan was closer in proximity and he gained the ring. Years later, however, the other candidate—a former football player named Guy Gardner—was contacted by the Guardians to act as Jordan's backup, and the Hot-Blooded
Green Lantern has been kickin' butt ever since.
Following a clash with Jordan, in which the loser left the Green Lantern Corps, Guy acquired the presumed-dead Sinestro's yellow power ring to continue fighting evil. Later, after Jordan (under the influence of Parallax) destroyed the Green Lantern Corps, Guy challenged Jordan again, but lost the fight and his yellow ring. Soon after, however, he learned that he possessed traces of alien DNA from a race of Ancient Astronauts
called the Vuldarians, granting him the ability to form his body into any kind of weapon. During this time, Guy called himself Warrior.
Just before Hal Jordan was resurrected, Parallax used the Spectre's power to force Guy's Vuldarian powers into dormancy while giving him back a Green Lantern ring to make Guy its slave. It backfired, and Guy helped defeat Parallax and restore Jordan. Today, Guy is once more a Hot-Blooded
Green Lantern and the very first member of the Guardians' Honor Guard.
He currently stars in Red Lanterns
, where he is a Reverse Mole
for the Green Lanterns so the Red Lantern Corps won't attack the Green Lantern Corps while they rebuild themselves.
- Alliterative Name
- Blood Knight: His official job is a galactic peacekeeper, but damn if he doesn't love a good fight when he has to get his hands dirty.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's big, loud, aggressive, and enjoys what he's doing.
- Brought Down to Normal: During the Rise of the Third Army event, the Guardians revoke him of his ring and Green Lantern status. He later gets his ring back.
- Butt Monkey: One of the reasons he gets away with being a Jerk.
- Characterisation Marches On: When he first appeared, Guy Gardner was polite, considerate and well-mannered. He was also a teacher for disabled kids.
- Cowboy Cop: He's not big on rules.
- Fiery Redhead
- Foe Romance Subtext: With Bleez, of the Red Lantern Corps.
KISS ME YOU RED BITCH!
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
- Got the Call on Speed Dial: After losing his original ring as part of a deal with Hal Jordan, Guy took Sinestro's evil Yellow Ring just so he could continue fighting crime. After Jordan got possessed by Parallax and went nuts, he destroyed that ring, but Guy subsequently developed new, non-ring powers. Those were later sealed, and he got a new green ring. Since then, he's lost it (and gotten it back) at least two more times, once in the War of the Green Lanterns, once during the Third Army event.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Why he hates Superman. He even accused him of trying to steal Ice, even though she came on to him.
- Heroic Willpower Up to Eleven: Guy's willpower is so strong that almost overloads his ring. Every construct he creates has energy in excess causing them to sparkle, and even at rest, his ring is constantly releasing energy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kyle.
- Hot-Blooded: Literally when he had a Red Lantern ring.
- Jerkass: His personality in the '80s.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His current personality, after a few years of Character Development.
- Most prevalent when involving a dire threat to his closest friends, the Corps, or Ice.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: He admired the JLI's General Glory and even behaved polite in his presence.
- Leader Wannabe: He wanted to be the leader of the JLI, so he challenged Batman to a fight for that position. Guy was then floored in one punch.
- Magical Girlfriend: Has shades of this with Ice.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Guy tried one with two robot Catgirls, only for them to fall for Salaak, the grumpy-no-fun-at-all guy who runs the Corps in place of the Guardians.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the rest of the Justice League International crew, especially Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.
Green Lantern 2814.3: John Stewart
When Hal Jordan needed a backup and Guy Gardner was out of commission, the Guardians selected John Stewart, a fearless marine turned activist, to wield the emerald light. John used the ring to shed light on society's ills as well as fight evil across the universe. His light dimmed, however, when he failed to save a planet from destruction due to his own arrogance.
John was given a second chance when Kyle Rayner created a new power ring for him to wield. John aided in Hal Jordan's resurrection and went on to become his partner in Space Sector 2814. Today, John serves on the Honor Guard as a reliable soldier in the fight against evil and the Corps' voice of reason and compassion.
He's currently co-stars in Green Lantern Corps
Not to be mistaken for the host of The Daily Show
- Angry Black Man: His Bronze Age personality.
- Ascended Extra: Initially, he was just Jordan's backup Lantern, then took over the title for a few years when Jordan's resignation had him called to regular duty and got his own series for a while until the Corps was largely depowered and disbanded. Twenty years later with the Corps restored, he is Jordan's regular duty partner for their space sector. He was also the most recognizable Lantern in real life for a time, due to the Justice League animated series leading many a viewer to associate John with the Lantern mantle.
- Badass Bookworm: He's an architect in his day job.
- Cold Sniper: A common theme among his modern constructs are sniper rifles. It also what he used to (temporarily) kill Mogo.
- Dating Catwoman: With Fatality, not always of his own free-will.
- The Dreaded / The Friend Nobody Likes: Several other Green Lanterns are terrified of John, due to that whole "blows up planets" rep.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phelgmatic
- Heroic Willpower: More so than Hal, Kyle or Guy. John's willpower is so strong it almost caused his ring to blow up, something that's only happened before with Sinestro and Ganthet.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He's able to out-snipe Bedovian.
- Interspecies Romance: With Katma Tui and, later, Merayn. See a pattern? (and while he may not be interested in Fatality, she certainly likes him.) It carried into the animated series, too, with Hawkgirl.
- Military Superhero: Before joining the Green Lantern Corps, he was in the Marine Corps.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to prevent the destruction of the planet Xanshi.
- Scary Black Man: Generally an incredibly nice guy, but piss him off and watch that change.
A Lebanese-American and newest Green Lantern of Earth as of the New 52's Green Lantern Issue #0
. A life growing up with anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Eastern sentiments around him led to a career as a criminal and carjacker. He gains a Lantern ring (a merged version of both Sinestro's ring and the replica ring he gave to Hal; both of whom are presumed dead
) during an interrogation by the police, which busts him out of police custody. He tries to prove his innocence when the Third Army
attacks and he joins the rest of the Lanterns to save the corps. After Wrath Of The First Lantern
, the charges are dropped when he becomes a member of the Justice League of America.
He's currently a member of the Justice League of America
- Anti-Hero: When he was laid off, he started stealing cars, but only to support his sister and nephew until he could get another job. Deep down, he's a good person.
- Beyond the Impossible: Simon manages to use his ring to will his brother-in-law out his coma. The Green Lantern accompanying him says this should be impossible, as the rings cannot cure illness or raise the dead. He concludes that the ring probably chose Simon for a greater purpose. However, even he cannot bring back the planet Korugar and its inhabitants from the dead when the First Lantern destroys them.
- Clear My Name: Simon wants to prove that he wasn't the one behind the bomb in the van he stole. He gets his wish when he joins the Justice League of America.
- Contrived Coincidence: Poor Simon manages to steal a van that happens to also contain a large bomb. It'd be unfortunate stealing a terrorist's van even if he wasn't a Muslim.
- Fingerless Gloves: As part of his outfit. He also wore fingerless gloves prior to becoming a Green Lantern.
- Genre Savvy: When the Justice League shows up to question him, he knows he'll be curbstomped if he resists. He takes it easy and is very cooperative. Too bad his ring wasn't.
- Justified Criminal: The first couple pages of his first appearance are pretty much there to help you feel sorry for his life of crime.
- Oh Crap:
- Simon's look upon realizing he's stolen a van full of armed explosives.
- Gets a second one when the ENTIRE JUSTICE LEAGUE shows up looking for him. To be fair, this is the appropriate reaction to being told you're in trouble by Superman.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown:
- His ring was unstable due to being a mashup of both Sinestro's and Hal Jordan's.
- When he meets Green Lantern B'dg, he helps him get his ring working and teaches him how to properly use it.
- Superhero Packing Heat: When his ring loses power during a confrontation, he grabs a handgun to defend himself. Once he gets his ring recharged, he keeps the gun as a backup; in case he can't use his ring again.
- Tattooed Crook: He sports an Arabic forearm tattoo which stands for courage. It glows green when he's using his ring.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's pretty much a low-level criminal with a rough life behind and ahead of him. He's packing permanent guilt over some things he's done, his family suffers for being related to him, and a magical ring breaks him out of prison and draw enough attention to him that the president of the United States, the Justice League and the Suicide Squad are all after him. All of that's going on while he's holding what's generally considered to be one of the most potent artifacts in the DC Universe. Even Agent Fed, who's more or less on his side acknowledges that it's a dangerous combination of circumstances for everyone.
Other Green Lanterns
Hal Jordan's immediate predecessor as Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814, Abin Sur served with great distinction for all his long years. During a mission to the ruins of the Empire of Tears, on the planet Ysmault, Abin was told the prophecy of the Blackest Night
by the demon Qull of the Five Inversions. Abin took another of the Inversions, Atrocitus, in a spaceship to guide him toward a means to prevent the prophecy, but the demon escaped his bonds and mortally wounded Abin. The dying Green Lantern crashed on Earth, where he summoned Hal Jordan to be his replacement before passing on.
Unbeknownst to Hal for many years, Abin was a close friend of Sinestro of Korugar, who would later become the Corps's most persistent enemy; Sinestro married his sister, Arin Sur, and fathered Green Lantern Soranik Natu. Abin himself left behind a son, Amon Sur, whose burning jealousy toward Hal Jordan led him to join the Sinestro Corps; and a daughter, who was killed by the woman now known as Indigo-1
. He also secretly co-founded the Indigo Tribe, recognizing that the Guardian's emotional detachment could become an incredible danger and hoping that the Light of Compassion would counter it.
- Arch-Nemesis: Iroque, the woman who murdered his daughter.
- Cassandra Truth: None of the Corps took his belief in the prophecies seriously. The Guardians made sure of it.
- Death by Origin Story: His impending death on Earth led the Green Lantern ring to choose its first human bearer (not counting Alan Scott, whose ring is of a different origin.) He's managed to stay since then dead.
- He also functions as one for his son, Amon, a ruthless killer and brief member of the Sinestro Corps. Amon blames Hal for his father's death.
- Expansion Pack Past: Under Johns, much of Abin Sur's past as a Lantern has been explored. Before he was usually just "the guy who came before Hal".
- Famous Last Words: As of the most recent Retcon; "An Earthman in the Corps. Never though I'd... (see the day)"
- Good Is Not Soft: Arrested dozens of criminals and imprisoned them in a secret facility where they were forcibly recruited into the Indigo Corps.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin
- My Sister Is Off Limits: Sinestro married his sister. Abin's reaction to this is undocumented.
- Paranoia Gambit: Used on him by Qull.
- Posthumous Character
- Properly Paranoid: Had a suspicion the Guardians were Slowly Slipping Into Evil, and devised the Indigo Corps as a means of dealing with them.
- Seeker Archetype
- Spirit Advisor: For a short time during Hal Jordan's time as the Spectre, Abin Sur's ghost provided him with advice.
- Too Awesome to Use: Treats his ring this way according to some accounts - he bothered with a spaceship so as not to use up ring energy. Though this could be chalked up to paranoia stoked by the Five Inversions' prophesies.
Homeworld: Graxos IV
A gold-skinned, elf-like alien, Arisia Rrab was an adolescent when she joined the Green Lantern Corps (though due to her species' long lifespan, she was actually over 200 years old). She quickly developed a crush on Hal Jordan and the two started a relationship, which earned them some scorn due to their relative levels of maturity. She fought alongside him in the wars against Krona and Nekron. She moved to Earth to live with him, but broke up due to chaos that was engulfing the Corps at the time. After Hal became Parallax and the Corps disbanded, Arisia, now powerless, became a good friend of Guy Gardner.
Arisia was killed by the villain Major Force, who used her to get to Guy. Or so it seemed—her species has the ability to go into dormancy to survive otherwise fatal situations, so she was only presumed dead. Years later, Hal and Guy, now Green Lanterns again, discovered the comatose Arisia in the clutches of Cyborg-Superman. With their help, she escaped and put a stop to the Cyborg's evil. She is now a Green Lantern again and is dating the Daxamite, Sodam Yat.
One of the strangest Green Lanterns in the Corps, Ch'p resembled nothing so much as a two-foot-tall, anthropomorphic squirrel with overalls and a bowtie. Ch'p had his share of adventures on his home planet of H'lven, mostly against his archnemesis Doctor Ub'x. Ch'p met his tragic end while aiding John Stewart in protecting the Mosaic planet, when he was run over by a yellow truck. Ch'p is succeeded by his fellow H'lvenite, B'dg.
A single mother from planet Zarox, Feska was recruited into the Green Lantern Corps in the aftermath of Wrath of the First Lantern
. With little time to train, she was put in a squad under the leadership of John Stewart and was sent on her first mission. Her love for her son gives her the will to use her ring and hopes the Corps will give them a chance for a better life.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: When she's restrained without her ring, she bends her arms, legs, and head backwards to slip free and get her ring back.
- Action Mom: She's a single mother raising her only son. She thinks the Corps could give them a chance to move out of the slums.
- Adult Fear: Her ring recruited her while she was with her child and flew her to Oa for training, leaving her son alone. Fortunately, a later issue reveals that the child's grandmother is taking care of him while Feska is away.
- Hartman Hips: She has quite a curvy bottom.
- Mistaken for Murderer: While on a mission on Jruk's homeworld, a Durlan took on Feska's appearance and killed a gladiator to frame her for it. Jruk fought in her defense and used his ring to determine that the wound was caused by a laser and not a ring; clearing Feska for murder.
Galius Zed was an alien and one of the more outspoken members of the Green Lantern Corps. Physically, he distinguished himself from other Lanterns by his over-sized cranium which comprised the bulk of his body mass. Like others of his race, Galius Zed did not possess a chest or abdominal area and his arms and legs extended directly from his head. He also had a third arm which protruded from the back of his enormous head.
Always eager for a fight, Galius Zed believed the Guardians had betrayed the Green Lantern Corps when he learned of the existence of a special Oan power ring which was impervious to the color yellow. He recalled all of the good Corps members who had died due to weaponry colored yellow and personally held the Guardians accountable for failing to provide them with adequate protection. He was murdered by Fatality, and rose again during the Blackest Night.
- Evil Counterpart: Red Lantern Zilius Zox, kind of - Galius was long dead by the time Zilius appeared.
- Killed Off for Real: By Fatality.
- Recurring Extra: Pretty much.
- Starfish Aliens: He's that three legged ball-shaped guy you always see thrown in when there are crowds of three or more Lanterns (especially in animated versions). Perhaps the artists and animators just think he's fun to draw.
G'nort Esplanade Gneemascher was a doglike alien buffoon who was given a fake Green Lantern ring by the Weaponers of Qward in an attempt to discredit the Corps. However, G'nort showed courage in defeating the Qwardians, so he was nominated for membership in the Green Lantern Corps by Guy Gardner. However, he mainly just hung out on Earth with Justice League International, before getting shipped off to Antarctica by the JLI's leader, Max Lord, to keep him out of their hair. He hasn't been seen much since.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal
- Bus Crash: The "Sinestro Corps War" annual lists him as having died off-panel—though he's only presumed dead, so he can still come back.
- The Bus Came Back: In very last issue of the legendary Johns run, he finally shows up, and pulls a Big Damn Heroes against a nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper.
- Intelligent Gerbil
- The Lancer: Larfleeze decides to make him his sidekick at the end of his ongoing.
- Long-Lost Relative: To Larfleeze.
- Took a Level in Badass: His New 52 incarnation has the guts and power to take on a pantheon of invading gods and Larfleeze (who he is initially terrified of) by himself.
"Green Man" is the name given to Green Lanterns from Uxor; who do not have names themselves because Uxorians frown on individuality. The original Green Man was one who attempted to assert himself as an individual before becoming a Lantern; he was later expelled from the Corps for enlisting help from the Omega Men, and went on to join the Omega Men himself before dying in the line of duty. The second Green Man was recruited in the recent rebuilding of the Corps, and quickly formed a close friendship with the robotic Lantern Stel. He eventually became part of the cyborg Alpha Lantern Corps.
Homeworld: Ovacron Six
Hannu hails from a race of rocky warriors who pride themselves on their personal strength, considering it shameful to use weapons. As such, Hannu never uses his ring beyond basic flight and protection; so far, the only enemy threatening enough to have Hannu use it offensively is the Anti-Monitor.
During the Blackest Night, along with his fellow Lost Lanterns, Hannu arrived to the Red Lantern homeworld of Ysmault, confronting the Red Lanterns to retrieve the body of Laira, who was killed by Sinestro. Hannu was then attacked by Atrocitus, fighting until black power rings descended to the world, reanimating the bodies of the 4 Inversions and Laira. Both the Green and Red Lanterns stopped fighting and united against the Black Lanterns.
A reptilian soldier from Thanagar (Hawkman
's homeworld) fighting against their enemies on Rann (Adam Strange
's second home), Isamot Kol was selected during the post-Rebirth
rebuilding of the Corps. Though it turns out that the other Lantern picked from his sector was Vath Sarn, a Rannian soldier. This went about as well as you'd expect, but they became Fire-Forged Friends
Jack T. Chance
Garnet (a.k.a. Hellhole)
You who are wicked, evil and mean,
I'm the nastiest creep you've ever seen!
Come one, come all, put up a fight,
I'll pound your butts with Green Lantern's light!
Jack T. Chance was an inhabitant of the planet Garnet, also known as Hellhole, populated by the most vicious criminals in the universe. Green Lanterns of the sector had frequently lost their lives trying to impose order there, until one told his ring to select his replacement from one of the natives - the ring chose Jack. While the Guardians weren't happy with Jack's methods, they acknowledged that he was the only one to have any sort of success on Garnet so they allowed him to continue - but only
Jack was presumed killed by Parallax on his rampage possessing Hal Jordan, but he survived the fight—only to be imprisoned by the Manhunters. Jordan rescued him years later, but Chance was murdered not long after in another fight with Parallax during the Sinestro Corps War
A born gladiator, Jruk was recruited into the Green Lantern Corps in the aftermath of Wrath of the First Lantern
. With little training, Jruk was sent on Jruk's first mission in a squad led by John Stewart. If there's two things Jruk loves, it's fighting and Jruk's trusty axe.
Sinestro's successor as Green Lantern of Sector 1417, Katma Tui led a rebellion against her tyrannical predecessor and was chosen by the Guardians to be his replacement. However, because the Green Lantern had become a symbol of oppression on Korugar, Tui was shunned by her people, who named her "the Lost".
Tui served with distinction as a brave and loyal Green Lantern in the wars against Krona, Nekron, and the Anti-Monitor, and eventually fell deeply in love with fellow Green Lantern John Stewart, whom she married. Tragically, she was murdered by the Star Sapphire-possessed Carol Ferris just to terrorize Hal Jordan.
Homeworld: Bolovax Vik
Hailing from the planet Bolovax Vik, Kilowog is a monstrous-looking but good-hearted Green Lantern who serves as the Corps' most famed drill sergeant. His duty is to train rookies in using their rings and overcoming fear; he is also a dear friend of all the Earth Lanterns, and even spent a few years living on Earth himself after Bolovax was destroyed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths
. Despite his brutish exterior, Kilowog is a genius engineer and mechanic. He likes to call people "poozer" as both an insult and term of endearment, which he picked up from his old drill sergeant Ermey.
After the horror he faced in the Blackest Night
, Kilowog decided to step down as drill instructor and go back to active duty as a rank-and-file Green Lantern. He passed the DI torch to his old comrade, Stel.
Laira is an extremely skilled martial artist, trained by her father Kentor (himself a Green Lantern) until he went missing and she was named his successor. Tragically, her first mission involved going against her father, who had secretly returned to their home planet and overthrown its government. She continued her training under Lantern Ke'Haan; they would grew close, fueling rumors throughout the Corps, but neither dared act on their affections because Ke'Haan was married.
After Ke'Haan was killed in the Sinestro Corps War
, Laira thoroughly embraced her new authorization to use lethal force, ultimately striking down Amon Sur even though he had surrendered. Despite her protests, the other Lanterns and the Guardians denounced it as murder and kicked her out of the Corps. A Red Power Ring soon noticed her fury and made her a Red Lantern; Hal would later try to talk her down during a fight with the Reds, but Sinestro killed her just as Hal started getting through. Learning of her demise, the Guardians view her as dying in disgrace as a Red Lantern and renegade despite Jordan's protests.
During The Blackest Night, Black Lantern Power Rings emerged with several travelling to Ysmault where they resurrected the Five Inversions as well as Laira thus turning them into members of the undead Black Lantern Corps.
Without a doubt the most powerful Green Lantern in the entire Corps, Mogo is ancient, wise, and nearly unstoppable in combat. The reason for this is simple: Mogo is a planet
(he uses his foliage to present his Lantern Corps symbol). His history has never been revealed, and if anyone knows how a sentient planet came into being, they're not talking. Alone among Green Lanterns, Mogo can create energy constructs of any color, indistinguishable from "real" objects or people.
Mogo is known and loved by almost all Green Lanterns for his steadfastness and kindness. The living planet is frequently visited by Lanterns on leave who avail themselves of Mogo's wisdom to help deal with their personal problems, making him the de facto Corps therapist. He often shows visiting Lanterns visions of their deceased loved ones to help them move past their grief. He also serves as the Corps recruiter, helping guide the rings to those with the potential to overcome fear.
Because his gravitational field would tear Oa to rubble, Mogo "doesn't socialize
Mogo was one of the Lanterns controlled by Parallax during "War of the Green Lanterns," with his powers - especially his role in recruiting - making him the most dangerous weapon in Krona
's arsenal. Low on time and options, John Stewart pulled the trigger on Mogo. Though afterward, he seems to be Pulling Himself Together and by ''Wrath of the First Lantern, he's been fully reassembled
After Lights Out
, he's become the Green Lantern Corps' new base of operations after the destruction of Oa at the hands of Relic
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The reason for his lack of interest in socialization, as he risks destroying Oa if he gets too close. Turns out he's not exactly immune to one of these either.
- Not that it keeps him down for the count; he just needed time to pull himself back together.
- Genius Loci
- Ghibli Hills: Mogo's terrain is made up mostly of verdant hills and lush forests.
- Hermaphrodite: Well, Mogo has No Biological Sex - it's a planet, after all - but Fatality discovered that Mogo is actually two consciousnesses, a mated male and female, meaning the Star Sapphires can use their love for each other to help out.
- Running Gag: "Mogo doesn't socialise."
- Telepathy: Mogo can read the mind of any being on his surface.
The Puffball Collective
Homeworld: Valastan C5
A collective entity comprised of billions of tiny "puffballs", each wielding the power of a Green Lantern ring. The Collective's sector, 1287, is considered one of the safest in the Galaxy because it is patrolled by billions of individual Green Lanterns, all of whom make up one individual.
A Green Lantern from the distant future and last member of the Corps in the 31st century. Rond Vidar was the son of the renegade Lantern Universo and even before he was inducted into the Corps, he devoted himself to fighting his father and righting his wrongs. As a teenager, Vidar was a genius inventor of time-travel technology, which he used to aid his century's greatest super-team, the Legion of Super-Heroes
. As a Green Lantern, he joined their number.
When Superboy-Prime appeared in the 31st century, Rond Vidar was among the first Legionnaires to face off against him and the Legion of Super-Villains. While his comrades escaped the villains' rampage, Vidar bravely fought them off, allowing his friends to get to safety—at the cost of his life. After Vidar's death, the last Guardian, Sodam Yat, was moved to rekindle the light of the Green Lantern Corps once more.
In addition to the Green Lantern Rond Vidar, there was also a Rond Vidar of Earth-247. This Vidar was not the son of a supervillain, nor did he become a Green Lantern. He was, however, still an exceptionally brilliant time-travel researcher and stalwart ally of the Legion.
Rot Lop Fan/F-Sharp Bell
The Obsidian Deeps
In loudest din or hush profound,
My ears catch evil's slightest sound.
Let those who toll out evil's knell
Beware my power—the F-Sharp Bell!
Rot Lop Fan is an oddity among the Green Lantern Corps: he is not a Green Lantern, but is actually the universe's only F-Sharp Bell. Lantern Katma Tui was tasked with recruiting a new member into the corps from the completely lightless Obsidian Deeps, but the only suitable denizen she found was Rot Lop Fan, a humanoid from a race that had never evolved eyes.
Having no eyes, Rot Lop Fan had no concept of light, and thus the words "green" and "lantern" meant nothing to him. However, Katma was able to explain the power of the ring in terms of sound rather than light and changed his new power battery from a lantern to a bell that when struck would produce what he considered the most perfect of tones: an F-sharp. So it was that Rot Lop Fan joined the Green Lantern Corps and became the first and only F-Sharp Bell.
- Handicapped Badass: As a blind Green Lantern, although that's because of his species' physiology and not an individual handicap.
- Language Equals Thought: Justified in this case: the Obsidian Deeps are permanently shrouded in total darkness, so the inhabitants never developed eyes. The very concept of color, any color, is completely alien to them.
- Loud of War: "F-Sharp Bell".
- Starfish Aliens: More or less. He doesn't even understand the concept of light.
Salaak is a pessimistic, four-armed alien who serves as the Keeper of the Book of Oa and personal majordomo to the Guardians of the Universe. Despite his ill-tempered nature, Salaak has a heart of gold and always sides with what's right (as long as he can do so without breaking any rules).
- Badass Bureaucrat: He may be Mission Control most of the time, but he's still a Green Lantern.
- Grumpy Bear
- Mission Control: Salaak is very capable in battle, but spends most of his time on Oa communing with the Guardians and administering the Corps's daily needs. He often requisitions help for other Lanterns.
- Odd Friendship: He was good friends with Ch'p, a wacky squirrel-like Lantern.
- The Other Darrin: In-story — he once got sucked into the role of "Pol Manning", the identity created for a brainwashed Hal Jordan when he was summoned into the 58th century every now and then. The love interest was included — they brainwashed her so she didn't notice the difference.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The main reason Hal and Guy haven't been drummed out of the Corps could very well be that Salaak keeps smoothing things over with the higher-ups.
Called by some the ultimate Green Lantern, Sodam Yat combines the power of Ion with the natural abilities of a Daxamite—a splinter race of the Kryptonians
. Born on Daxam, a planet under a red sun with a xenophobic, fascist government, Sodam was horrified when a stranded alien whom he had befriended was murdered by his people. He built his own spaceship to abandon his world, only to be sought out by a Green Lantern ring as he finished. During the Sinestro Corps War
, Sodam was chosen by the Guardians to bond with the Ion Entity, but in a battle with Superboy-Prime, Sodam was fatally poisoned by lead, forcing him to wear his power ring at all times. Soon afterward, he reluctantly returned to Daxam to drive off an invasion by the Sinestro Corps, plunging into its sun and using the Ion power to turn it yellow and empower the Daxamites.
Shortly after the Blackest Night
pulled Sodam out of the sun and exorcised Ion (but left him a Power Ring), sending him crashing to Daxam. There, he finds that he has become revered among many for his sacrifice (though others just want to get their powers back by throwing him back in the sun). No longer a Lantern, Sodam has been manipulated by enemies into taking his followers on a quest to improve the universe - by going against the Guardians.
The latest Lantern from Korugar, succeeding Katma Tui and Sinestro before her. A young surgeon, the ring came to her in the middle of an operation, and desperate to save her patient's life she accepted the ring in spite of Korugar's hatred for the Green Lanterns. After some time to realize that not all Green Lanterns are like Sinestro, she joined the Lanterns permanently and has worked tirelessly in both roles as healer and peacekeeper ever since.
Unlike Katma Tui "The Lost", Korugar has eventually recognized Soranik's work and begun idolizing her as a savior - worrying her to no end, seeing it as asking her to become another tyrant like Sinestro. The fact that Sinestro himself views this the same way and is subtly encouraging it is no help at all, nor is the reveal that Sinestro is her biological father
A sentient robot from the planet Granda, Stel may have a heart of cold metal, but his devotion to justice burns as brightly as any other Green Lantern. He's been destroyed at least twice—by the bounty hunter Fatality, then by an Orange Lantern—but each time he's been rebuilt to continue his fight. After Kilowog stepped down as Corps drill instructor, he left the position in Stel's capable hands.
A birdlike Green Lantern who served as a member of the Honor Guard as well as Internal Affairs
, Tomar-Re was the one who uncovered Sinestro's abuse of his power and usually is depicted as Jordan's first real friend in the Corps. He served with distinction for years, but his greatest failure came when he failed to stop the destruction of a planet in his space sector: Krypton
. Tomar-Re fought bravely in the Corps's first battle against Nekron, but died in the Crisis on Infinite Earths
, killed by the villain Goldface. His son, Tomar-Tu, followed in his footsteps as a Green Lantern.
Other Green Lanterns
- Pregnant Badass: Goes into battle alone against Kryb, the baby-stealing Yellow Lantern, whilst heavily pregnant, and almost beats her in single combat, despite the fact she goes into labor whilst they are squaring off.
- Dkrtzy RRR
- Flodo Span
- Badass Creed: "Once there was but darkness, full and forever— but then came the light of the Green Lantern— and then myself— to do it justice!"
- Energy Beings: An abstract intelligence that uses its power ring to create a physical form.
- Graf Toren
- Badass Princess
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not to her, but it's part of how she became a Lantern. Her brother Ragnar, a Loony Fan obsessed with the Corps, murdered every possible Lantern candidate in their sector so he'd seem like the best choice. One of these deaths included Iolande's other brother, Stentar, and Soranik's former partner Myrrt. After Ragnar was captured and set to be executed, he gives a false admittance of repentance and that he is not afraid to die for his crimes. At which Soranik decides to reveal who the new Green Lantern of Sector 1417 will be. Iolande. Soranik purposefully drew it out as long as possible just to mess with Ragnar right before he was beheaded.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Leezle Pon
- The Virus: A sentient smallpox virus (genus Variola), and an all-round nice guy.
- Qurina Vint
- All of the Other Reindeer: Shunned by most of the Corps due to her being one of Krona's recruits, and leads to her seeking out John Stewart as her mentor, because he's the one Green Lantern they hate more.
- By-the-Book Cop: Implied to have been this on her homeworld of Calados before being "chosen" by one of Krona's rings in the middle of a drug bust gone bad.
- Mood Whiplash: Was overjoyed to be the first native of Calados to become a Green Lantern...then Krona's Mind Control kicks in in the next panel.
- Naïve Newcomer: One of the few "recruits" of Krona's to choose to remain with the Corps.
- Purple Is The New Black: Has bright purple hair and purplish-white skin.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Estimates she killed "everyone within five kilometers" while Brainwashed and Crazy by Krona before departing Calados for Oa.
- Thaal Sinestro (see Sinestro Corps or his own page)
- Goggles Do Nothing: She has yet to wear her goggles over her eyes.
- You Are Number 2-6-8-1-7-9-5: Her culture is mathematics based and everyone is designated according to their birth order in a given year. Hal Jordan nicknames her Two-Six for short.
- Vath Sarn
The Guardians Of The Universe
Homeworld: Oa (formerly Maltus)
The founders and upper management of the Green Lantern Corps. Originally from the planet Maltus, one of their scientists performed an experiment to observe the beginning of creation, which had dire consequences for the universe (just which
consequences depends on which Cosmic Retcons
have occurred). In atonement, the Maltusians swore to fight evil, and moved to the planet Oa at the geographical (cosmographical?) center of the universe. In studying energy sources for their new police corps, they began harnessing emotional energies, before settling on the green light of willpower as it was least likely to drop an Emotion Bomb
on its users.
A Planet of Hats
who like to think that their Hat is The Spock
, though many readers (and some people in-universe) believe their Hat is actually Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
. They mean well, but they're full of themselves (the fact that they appointed themselves "Guardians of the Universe" speaks volumes) and a number of their actions have come back to bite them. Since multiple Lantern Corps have emerged, they've been robe-wettingly scared (though they'd never admit it) and begun cracking down on threats to their authority; ultimately attempting to achieve order by doing away with free will altogether.
- All-Powerful Bystander
- Big Good: They used to be this for the DC Universe but the more cynical modern take on them has them acting aloof and manipulative instead.
- Big Bad: All of the events following the Rebirth storyline demonstrate the Guardians becoming more and more unhinged and draconian in the face of the appearance of the other Corps, culminating in their eventual decision to create the Third Army and begin eradicating all life in the universe aside from themselves.
- Emotion Suppression: Done deliberately to themselves, with their emotions sealed inside the First Lantern. Volthoom fixes this near the end of his run, and they are not happy about it.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity
- The Evils of Free Will: The ultimate result of their long-brewing Face-Heel Turn.
- Face-Heel Turn: They have officially done one as of the New 52. Kyle Rayner feels they crossed the Moral Event Horizon by lobotomizing Ganthet, and Sinestro finds out they're preparing to replace the Green Lanterns Corps and convert all life in the universe into their mindless, emotionless Third Army.
- Flanderization: They have always been distant and aloof, but were once wise and respected, having created an organization of star-patrolling peacekeepers that has survived for eons. With each passing year though, they become more incompetent, single-minded, and corrupt, lying to their members, holding their own mysterious agendas, and constantly having their mistakes blow up in the faces and inevitably needing to be saved by the Earth Lanterns (and then clearly resenting the aid). One comic even had a Guardian admit he didn't remember why they started the Corp in the first place. By this point, it's a genuine curiosity how they got an organization as advanced and well-functioning as the Green Lanterns working outside of dumb luck.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: The list goes on and on. Their self-imposed Emotion Suppression created Volthoom and the concepts that would lead to the creation of the other Lanterns, their decision to use him to power their Third Army is what allowed him to break free, and it was their decision to impound the Yellow Central Power Battery on Oa that allowed Sinestro to absorb Parallax and use it to kill them when they were vulnerable.
- Humorless Aliens
- Knight Templar: They edged closer and closer to this since the Corps' rebirth before fully embracing it in the New 52. Amusingly, it's the Templar Guardians who are not this.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Most of their mistakes or dick moves usually tend to come back later to bite them in the ass. Sinestro cites this as his justification for killing them.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The males of the species all look remarkably like midget blue versions of David Ben Gurion, first prime minister of Israel.
- Not So Stoic: Sometimes their facade of emotionlessness cracks, if only briefly.
- One-Gender Race: All male, before being destroyed and reborn (there were females, but most if not all left and became the Zamarons). In the New 52 retcon this was never the case.
- Planet of Hats
- Proud Scholar Race Guy
- Space Elves
- The Spock
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien
- Tautological Templar/Never My Fault: On their worst days, especially in Rise Of The Third Army.
- Time Abyss: The Oans were the first sentient species to arise in the universe. They are billions of years old.
- Too Dumb to Live: During Emerald Twilight (when Hal Jordan became Parallax), Jordan was on his way to Oa to take nearly limitless power from the Central Power Battery. After stranding several Green Lanterns in space (where they probably would have died), Hal arrives on Oa. Jordan removes his power ring, effectively making him a normal human, and the Guardians, who have power on a cosmic scale (give or take) just let him walk into the central power battery. They knew Jordan would kill them if he had the chance, and they practically let him. The central power battery explodes, revealing Hal Jordan as Parallax. All but one of the Guardians died, and for no good reason.
- It's supposed to be because they don't directly interfere in anything. They tried that with the Manhunters and it didn't work out so well, which is why they give their powers to local mortals throughout the universe instead of doing everything themselves. It's still taken to the extreme here and later stories show them occasionally willing to get involved (at least some of them). Most times, it seems like no matter what they do, the writers make it backfire on them. Get involved, don't get involved, they will choose whichever is the wrong option and get a lecture from beings they are supposed to be vastly superior to.
- Especially problematic since, only 48 issues earlier, the Guardians had directly and personally fought and killed the Old Timer.
- Wingding Eyes: They're often shown with Green Lantern symbols in their eyes. Other characters get this, too, but it's most consistent with the Guardians.
- The lost Guardians instead have the White Lantern symbol.
Ganthet was the only Guardian of the Universe to survive Hal Jordan's rampage as Parallax, but even before then, he began to assert his individuality by giving himself a name, something forbidden among the Guardians. Ganthet continued the Corps' legacy by recruiting Kyle Rayner, but after the Corps was reformed, he found himself shunned by the rest of the now-revived Guardians for embracing emotion. Ganthet and another renegade Guardian, Sayd, left the Guardians to form the Blue Lantern Corps, but in the wake of the Blackest Night
, Ganthet has returned to the Corps—not as a Guardian but as a Green Lantern himself—with the aim of bringing humility to the rest of the Oans. Sadly, the other Guardians eventually got sick of this and lobotomized him to bring him in line.
Unlike the other Guardians, who shunned Ganthet as a heretic, one of them took heed of his warning against purging emotion. Together Ganthet and this Guardian, who named herself Sayd, allowed themselves to fall in love and left the Green Lantern Corps together, forming the Blue Lantern Corps.
During the Blackest Night
, Sayd aided the combined Corps against Nekron, but at a cost—to gain the assistance of Agent Orange, Sayd agreed to become his slave. For now, she remains part of the slovenly creature's hoard.
- Banned from Argo: From Oa as of the end of Wrath Of The First Lantern along with Ganthet, mostly for their own good, by Sinestro.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Ganthet.
- Distressed Damsel: Now that she's in Larfleeze's custody. Subverted. She's The Jeeves, and can readily manipulate the short-sighted Larfleeze, though his influence over her is implied to have corrupted her judgment as well.
- I Gave My Word: Keeps her promise to become Larfleeze's Guardian, despite everyone's protests. Not that it prevents her from subverting his will when it suits her, even to the point of defying him on occasion.
- Love Makes You Evil: What leads her to steal rings from each of the corps (which causes the death of some of those whose rings she stole) and force them onto Kyle Rayner — she's seeking vengeance for what the Guardians did to Ganthet. Then again, it could also be a form of Love Redeems, given what happened to the Guardians.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Along with Ganthet, one of the only Guardians to not be a total jerk.
- Put on a Bus: She basically disappeared for a year during the "Brightest Day" storyline before returning in the New 52.
The Templar Guardians
A sect of the Guardians of the Universe who were locked away for eons to guard The First Lantern from ever escaping. After the First Lantern was defeated, a vengeful Sinestro used the power of Parallax to kill all the original Guardians with the exceptions of Ganthet and Sayd
, compelling the newly freed Templar Guardians to take their place as the heads of the Green Lantern Corps.
- Big Good: The successors to the original Guardians of the Universe.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: Unlike the original Guardians, the Templar Guardains still have their emotions.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: They're unfamiliar with the universe after having been locked up for so long. They decide to temporarily abdicate their roles as leaders of the Corps to Hal Jordan to explore the current state of the universe.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The Guardians locked them away with the First Lantern and they were supposed to be released when all evil in the universe was eradicated. Having been released early, they are not pleased with how far the Guardians have fell.
- Secret Keeper: After Lights Out, they agree to keep Kyle Rayner surviving his Heroic Sacrifice a secret so that his journey can truly begin.
The Green Light
In addition to the Green Lanterns and the Guardians, there are numerous unique beings with a connection to Oa and the Green Light of Willpower. For the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott, and those related to him, see the Earth-2 Green Lantern
The Emerald Eye of Ekron
The origins of the mystic artifact known as the Emerald Eye are shrouded in mystery. It appears to be the right eye of a Cosmic Entity
named Ekron, whose decapitated head eventually served a member of the Green Lantern Corps as a spacecraft. The Eye itself was removed from the Head of Ekron ages ago and kept locked up on Oa for an unknown period of time. The green energy it uses appears to be similar to that wielded by the Green Lanterns; some sources claim it is an early design of the green power rings.
The Eye has had countless wielders over the ages (and in various timelines), including Gavyn Bek of L.E.G.I.O.N., Lobo
, Leland McCauley, Sarya of Venegar, Cera Kesh, Ingria Olav, and Salu Digby of the Legion of Super-Heroes
; the last four each took the title of "Emerald Empress". In most cases, the Eye subverts its wielder's mind, turning her into a power-mad despot. The Eye grants almost limitless power, even more than the power rings—almost on par with the Guardians themselves.
- Achilles' Heel: It can be disabled by cutting off its ability to see its host, but this is extremely difficult, as it can see in almost the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Also, for some reason, kryptonite radiation irritates it.
- Eye Beams
- Faceless Eye
- Reality Warper
Homeworld: Oa (originally Earth)
The Willpower Entity—the living embodiment of the Green Light, given life and strength from the willpower of every sentient being. Ion was the very first living creature in all the universe, whose will to live kindled the emotional spectrum, propelling the humble creature into near-godhood. Billions of years later, the Guardians of the Universe learned to tap into Ion's power, and the Green Lantern Corps was born.
Like all the emotion entities, Ion is capable of possessing mortal creatures, but unlike the others, Ion allows its host total freedom of will. Ion has been carried by several hosts to date, notably: Kyle Rayner, who used its power to rebuild the Central Power Battery and resurrect the Guardians; Jade, to whom Kyle passed the Ion power to rekindle her lost powers; and Sodam Yat, the "ultimate Green Lantern", who is destined to bear Ion for thousands of years to come.
- Neon (Celeste Rockfish)