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Characters: GL Red Lantern Corps
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Leader: Atrocitus formerly. Currently democratic, but de facto Guy Gardner
Base of Operations: Ysmault
We're red, you're dead!
Guy Gardner's abbreviated version
Billions of years ago, the Manhunters malfunctioned and eliminated all life in Sector 666—or so they thought. Five people survived the massacre, and together, formed a terrorist cabal known as the Five Inversions. Over time, they founded The Empire
of Tears, which was as much fun as its name implies. Eventually the empire fell, and the Five Inversions were crucified on their throne-world. They're the ones who led to Abin Sur crashing on Earth, and seeded the prophecy of the Blackest Night. However, things didn't go as planned; their leader Atrocitus, in his rage, beat the others to death, and used their blood to form the Red Central Power Battery with his Blood Magic
and make his own Corps.
A Red Lantern's blood and circulatory system is replaced by the ring's plasma energy, which makes them immune to attempts at heart ripping (such as done by the Black Lanterns), but also leaves them dependent on their rings to live. Their powers are flight, personal forcefields, and ability to spew a corrosive plasma from their mouths that can drain the constructs of Green Lanterns. Atrocitus also designed the rings to incite the wearer into a state of constant rage, though those that either can resist this or have been exempted can create their own constructs as well.
- Adaptational Villainy: They're real assholes in the animated series.
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain/Villain Protagonist: Depends on the circumstance.
- The Berserker: ALL OF THEM.
- Blood Magic: Used to forge the battery and the rings, and Atrocitus can also use it to make divinations.
- Bloodier and Gorier
- Blood Knight: All of them. Bleez and Zilius Zox perhaps fill this role a little more than the others, though — Ratchet and Skallox seem pretty chill as far as Red Lanterns go, and Atrocitus is more about the grand plan than the individual battle.
- Bloody Murder: Their main weapon is to puke super hot plasma blood at... well, anyone.
- Body Horror: Internal example-the rings replace their own blood with burning plasma. There was another example earlier on when the Red Lantern Corps debuted. Originally, a Lantern's body would slowly be destroyed due to the influence of the red light within the body, and this damage started around the mouth. When Laira was chosen as the cover character for the Faces of Evil focus issue, she had cracks around her lips as if she was breaking apart. The published cover omitted this aspect, and later storylines dropped the concept of the Red Lanterns physically being destroyed by the red light over time.
- Breakout Character: The Red Lanterns got their own book in the New 52, and have a major presence in Green Lantern: The Animated Series. After Wrath Of The First Lantern, the corps' numbers were drastically reduced and the series has been focusing more on Guy Gardner, Bleez, Rankorr, Skallox, Ratchet, and Zilius Zox as they are the few Red Lanterns left.
- Despair Event Horizon: Hitting it attracts a red power ring.
- Determinator: Yeah, ripping out their hearts only makes them mad(der).
- Freudian Excuse: You need one to join.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Many were victims seeking revenge.
- Incendiary Exponent: The red energy burns like napalm, making their force-fields and constructs even more dangerous.
- The Power of Hate: They are fueled by hatred and rage, specifically hatred and rage driven by personal loss of someone emotionally close to them.
Atrocitus: Do you hate? The most powerful hate is not born out of ignorance or prejudice or a perceived threat. Those three are fear in disguise. The fury that fuels my corps ignites from personal pain. Those whose lives were ravaged by greed, lust and control wield the crimson light. The rings replaced our damaged hearts. They beat for them. And they keep us alive only to hate. But at least we live.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Atrocitus claims that just having bad things happen to you is insufficient to be a Red Lantern. You have to have someone to blame.
- Sociopathic Hero: Well, "hero" is questionable, but Atrocitus does try to steer them towards noble causes.
- Unstoppable Rage
- Villains Act, Heroes React: In Red Lanterns #25, Guy notes how most heroes react to villains actions and decides to make the corps more proactive.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Notable Red Lanterns
Homeworld: Ysmault (originally Ryut)
The leader and only survivor of the Five Inversions (the others died by his hand). The demonic Atrocitus was directly responsible for the death of Abin Sur and, later, Sinestro's turn to evil. His rage is the rage that fuels the entire Red Lantern Corps, for he forged the Red Central Power Battery by his own hand. There is a reason for his anger, however: the murder of his beloved by the Manhunters in the Massacre of Sector 666
Since Krona (the Guardian responsible for the Manhunter massacre) was slain by Hal Jordan, Atrocitus has been struggling with a purpose for himself and his corps. He is also working to reorganize his corps, selecting Bleez
as his second and restoring her intelligence - though he quickly realizes this might have been a huge mistake
- Anti-Hero: He's incredibly brutal and uncompromising and thinks nothing of killing anyone who impedes him or the Corps, but his hatred towards the Guardians and Krona is very understandable, as is his general kindness towards those who have gone through situations similar to those of Corps members.
- Bad Ass: Possibly the biggest badass of all the Corps leaders.
- Beyond the Impossible: Killing Guardians without a power ring, not to mention just how much he can survive without his heart or ring.
- Big Bad: For the Reds during Guy Gardner's tenure in their numbers.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: With Krona dead, Atrocitus' rage no longer has a target...but it's still there.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He was outrageously badass billions of years before he created the Red Power Battery, enough to kill hordes of Manhunters with his bare hands, and torture and kill Guardians of the Universe.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Used to just be another guy, with a wife and family. Then the Manhunters came and levelled his planet.
- Genius Bruiser: With the possible exception of Sinestro, he's easily the most intelligent of the Corps leaders. To that end, he has manipulated the Guardians, Sinestro, Guy Gardner, the other leaders, and Lobo to fit his schemes, often without the others even being aware. Before the Massacre of Sector 666, Atrocitus was a student of psychology, which may account for his manipulative abilities.
- Hero Antagonist: Often borders on this. He just wants his revenge against the Guardians and has no time for anyone who gets in his way, but he's so sympathetic and has such a heartbreaking backstory that it's hard to even really call him a villain at times.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Deliberately used by Atrocitus in recruiting new Red Lanterns, since he believes true rage comes from personal pain (which led to his forming the Five Inversions, as he also lost his family in the Manhunter massacre).
- In Love with Your Carnage: Seeing Mera barbecue her zombie son leaves him in awe.
- "Welcome to the Red Lanterns."
- Knight Templar
- Last of His Kind
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mars Needs Women: After fighting side-by-side with Aquaman's wife Mera, many have noted that he is attracted to her. He won't admit it.
- Monster Was A Daddy
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Very notable considering how he treats people that aren't. Although he does have a nasty habit of shifting blame (equating the crimes of the Guardians with every Green Lantern) and tends to shoot first and ask questions later.
- Noble Demon
- Number of the Beast: Hails from Sector 666.
- Only Sane Man: He's still an insanely angry berserker, but he can at least communicate.
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Pet The Cat: Literally, he's been seen stroking Dex-Starr and calling him "good kitty". In general, he seems to sympathize with the circumstances that brought his corpsmen to him. He also pointed out to The Spectre that The Butcher's host should not be punished for The Butcher's crimes.
- Super Strength: Before he got his ring, he was strong enough to smash through ring constructs and pick up a bulldozer.
- Took a Level in Badass: A few of them. First he becomes the sole survivor of a murdered system, then becomes a blood magician, then creates a power battery and becomes a Red Lantern.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Every once in a while, goes into this territory.
From a race of beings with angel-like wings, Bleez was considered one of the most beautiful women in seven systems. Her mother, wanting grandchildren
, set her up with countless suitors, annoying her to no end. One day, a Sinestro Corps member arrived, murdered her mother, then took her prisoner on Ranx, the Sentient City. She was repeatedly tortured and gang-raped, and her wings were removed. Her rage attracted a red ring, and she quickly killed the one who kidnapped her. She used her ring energy to create new skeletal wings, and a mask so that her beauty could never be used against her again. She joined the Red Lantern Corps, on a mission of revenge against the entire
Sinestro Corps. Her hatred is so great that when Atrocitus kidnapped Sinestro, she tried to kill him right away, ignoring Atrocitus' plan.
Atrocitus has since restored her intelligence, intending her to be his Number Two
. She hasn't exactly been the loyal soldier he'd hoped.
She's picked out subordinates of her own: Ratchet, Skallox, and Zilius Zox. She's also part of the New Guardians team.
- Beyond the Impossible: Downplayed but still an 'impossible act'. She was the Starscream before she regains her intelligence. While the other Red Lanterns are growling, "Kill, burn, stab, eat, hate, rage" she was going "Kill... Atrocitus....". In other words, while wearing a ring that turns its host into a mindless berserker, she held onto enough intelligence and focus to choose a specific target.
- The Big Guy: She and Arkillo share this role in New Guardians. Fatality lampshades this by stating that she had been depending on Bleez to spearhead their attack on Invictus.
- Break the Haughty: Part of the reason she is raped by the Sinestro Corpsmen. It's about one half that she's hot and they can, and one half that she thinks she's so much better than everyone else.
- Cool Mask
- Cruel Mercy: Attempted. When she tracks down the two suitors who send the Sinestro Corps member after her, she kills one, but spares the other to live the rest of his days in fear of her, informing him that she may return and track him down one day, and he will always live looking over his shoulder. Atrocitus then just murders him yelling at Bleez that they must be pitiless, and subtle acts of revenge aren't tolerated.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Oh contain my joy. I hear Atrocitus calling."
- Demoted to Extra: In the animated series.
- The Dragon: She serves as Atrocitus's right hand... despite the fact that she'd REALLY rather not.
- Fantastic Racism: Havanians mocked those who cannot fly, one reason why her kidnapper tore off her wings. It's still unsure whether her current wings are red-light constructs or not — if they are, it would show that, even mindless with rage, she was still determined to retain them in a last-ditch effort to feel superior.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Starts off with feathery angel wings, ends up with skeleton wings that glow red.
- Light Blue-Skinned Space Babe
- It's All About Me: When Atrocitus took her back to Havania after restoring her intelligence she reveals that she blames her mother for putting her in the path of the Sinestros in the first place, which also means that the red ring wasn't drawn to her because of what the Sinestros did to her family, it was because of what they did to her.
- Ms. Fanservice: It's often been pointed out that she's frequently drawn in ways that emphasize her curvaceous rear end (though it's worth noting that this was most prominent when Ed Benes was drawing her).
- Only a Flesh Wound: "Pain is power for a Red Lantern." Bitch.
- Rape as Backstory: Specifically, gang-rape and mutilation.
- Rape as Drama
- The Smurfette Principle: After Wrath Of The First Lantern the Red Lantern Corps' numbers have been drastically reduced and she's the only female Red Lantern left.
- The Starscream: Began sowing seeds of discontent among the Red Lantern horde once the ongoing series started, which partially resulted in Atrocitus restoring her intelligence. She's made her ambitions much more apparent since then.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: The most beautiful... Havanian... ever.
- Waterfall Shower: Bleez was fond of taking these on her homeworld before she was abducted by the Sinestro Corps.
- Winged Humanoid: Though her current wings may or may not be constructs.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Though not Earth as said world.
Homeworld: Varies (originally Earth)
The Rage Entity—the embodiment of the Red Light, given life and strength from the burning anger of every sentient being. Butcher feeds on hatred and fury the way most lifeforms eat food. Anyone he takes as his host will go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge
. When the anger begins to subside, he'll abandon his current host and seek out a new one to ease his insatiable hunger. The Spectre
, spirit of God's wrath, sees The Butcher's existence as a perversion of his own divine mission.
Originally Dexter, an ordinary cat from Earth. A lonely woman took him in as a pet, and they loved each other very much. His owner was murdered, then two street punks put him in a bag and threw it into a river for their sick amusement. His rage attracted a red ring, which he wears on his tail. He loyally joined the Red Lanterns, battled the freaking Anti-Monitor during Blackest Night
, and gave Atrocitus a tour of Earth during Brightest Day
- Animal Superheroes: Supervillain, maybe? Hard to say with this group.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Boast: "I find one who hurt you. I kill. I good kitty."
- Cats Are Mean: You would be too if you went through what he did. Supposedly, Dex-Starr is the most sadistic and vicious of the Red Lanterns. This has some justification. Domestic cats are one of the few predators on Earth who hunt for fun. They kill because they get bored.
- Cute Kitten: Invokes this to get close enough to attack.
- The Dragon: To Atrocitus' Big Bad during Guy Gardner's tenure as a Red Lantern.
- Fan Nickname: "Ruffles the Rage-Cat".
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Right-Hand Cat: Atrocitus seems to be particularly fond of Dex-Starr, even personally stepping in to rescue him, tending to his wounds, and referring to him as a "good kitty".
- Talking Animal: Thanks to the Translator Microbes in the power rings. One of his greatest regrets is that he couldn't talk to his owner, as her final words to him were: "You make my life better you silly cat, and I know if you could talk, you would tell me the same thing."
- Undying Loyalty: To Atrocitus. After Guy takes control of the Corps from him, Dex-Starr is the only one who stays by his side, saving his life and aiding him in plotting his revenge.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kitty
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After all the shit he's been through, you just want to give him a hug. Or at least you would if he wouldn't melt your face off.
- You Gotta Have Blue Fur: See: the picture. An earth-native Felis catus who has blue fur. Notably, the coloration made everyone assume he was simply a Feline Alien until The Reveal that no, he was from Earth and using this trope.
AKA: John Moore
The first human Red Lantern, John always repressed his rage until he witnessed his brother being beaten to death by the police, drawing a Red Power Ring to him. Oddly, he can resist the ring's influence and is struggling with the Ax-Crazy
mindset it tries to invoke.
- Beyond the Impossible: Unlike other Red Lanterns, he can create constructs. Other Red Lanterns can do the same if they sample his blood, but he's not letting them. In Red Lanterns #21, Dex-Starr laps up some of Rankorr's blood when he wasn't looking and also gains the ability to make constructs.
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Mocked for being weird at school.
- Only Sane Man: Tries to resist the ring's attempts to control his mind. He's notable for being the only Red Lantern to not need a dip in the blood ocean to regain his mind.
- Police Brutality: The beating of his brother ignited his rage, making him a candidate for the ring.
- Revenge: He kills his grandfather's killer using his new abilities.
- Token Human: The comic makes a big deal about the fact that they brought in a human Red Lantern. Rankorr becomes conflicted between his humanity and being a Red Lantern. Eventually, he decides that he is no longer human and embraces the Red Lantern Corps. He no longer is the only human Red Lantern when Guy rejoins the corps. Having another human around brings back some of his humanity.
Ratchet comes from an alien race which refrains from all kinds of physical contact. He broke this rule which led to his imprisonment; the rage he felt turned him into a Red Lantern.
- Body Horror: His form was mutilated by the authorities on his home planet, and the Red Lantern ring did the rest.
- Break the Cutie: All he wanted was to be loved.
- Character Development: He is the most devout of the Reds and is very loyal to Atrocitus. When Guy Gardner defeats Atrocitus and becomes leader, he starts to resent the Corps, but doesn't leave with Dexx-Star. He finds the new direction Guy is taking them a disgrace to the Red Lantern ways. He is so ashamed, that he actually starts to lose his rage and his ring wants to leave him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In issue 26, he and the other lanterns are captured and are about to be executed by a planet's dictatorship. His friends being in danger gives him the strength and rage to break free and he takes the bullets for his friends. This allows the other lanterns to escape and free the planet from its tyranny so he would not die in vain.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: This is what most likely leads to him becoming a Red Lantern, as his culture makes it religious heresy to physically interact with each other outside of special environment suits.
- Starfish Aliens: He looks like a warped cross between an octopus and a brain. Before he was a Red Lantern, he looked more like a humanoid octopus with a visible face.
Once a hardened criminal, Skallox was betrayed by his employer and cast into an oven to be burned alive. His rage burning like a fire, a Red ring smashes through the oven and the rest is history.
- Body Horror: His face was horribly burned, transforming his face from that of a goat to a goat skull-like face.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from being a low-rent thug to a member of the Red Lantern Corps.
- Gun Nut: He developed a love for guns in his criminal life. When the Reds find a cache of guns in their newly acquired ship in Red Lanterns #24, he gets excited and can be seen carrying a gun every now and then.
- Mook: Was once originally one of these to a crime boss.
- Cephalothorax: He's practically all mouth.
- Hidden Depths: Red Lanterns #24 reveals that he has a knack for repairing spaceships. As a kid, he and his dad used to work on rockets. When the Reds acquire a spaceship, he takes joy in fixing it.
- Jerk Ass: Comes off as a huge jerk, even among Red Lanterns.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Although his name reads as "Zill-ee-us", the animated series pronounces his name as "Zih-lie-us".
- Badass Bureaucrat: Though she's likely now a former bureaucrat for what she did under the Ring's influence, she is apparently a Lantern powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with Supergirl when she was also empowered by a Red Lantern Ring, and Sheko didn't appear to have any powers beforehand.
- Never Mess with Granny: Very old by the time the Ring was drawn to her.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: More like, "Screw the connections, I have rules:" Even when judging the prince of her world for his crimes, she refused to let him get off for what he had done. When the man supposed to execute the prince tried to kill her instead, her fury drew a Red Lantern Ring to her.
Other Red Lanterns
- Guy Gardner: On three separate occasions Guy has donned a red ring. One during Blackest Night and again during the War Of The Green Lanterns. The third time is when he willingly joins the Red Corps to become a Reverse Mole and keep them from declaring war on the rebuilding Green Lanterns.
- Itro: Introduced in Red Lanterns #25, Itro is a massive Red Lantern whose species was wiped out by other inhabitants on his planet. His rage attracted a Red Lantern ring, which he used to destroy the race that did the same to his. Afterwards, Atrocitus and Dexx-Star find him, planning to use him in their quest to take back the Red Lantern Corps from Guy Gardner by killing Itro and using his ring to re-power Atrocitus.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last of his species after they were exterminated by another race. His species were consuming a vital resource and would have killed the planet if left unchecked. Atrocitus kills him for his ring, so now his species is extinct.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Itro is hundreds of feet tall; standing over skyscrapers.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After decimating the species that drove his to extinction, he just sits down with his head in his hands; not knowing what to do now that his friends and family are all dead.
- Mera was temporarily deputized during Blackest Night.
- Canon Foreigner: See below.
- Canon Immigrant: Was made as a toy first. Nite-Lik's first scheduled comic appearance came and went without him showing up. It took about a year, but Nite-Lik finally showed up in Red Lanterns #1.
- Retcon: Was killed during Blackest Night, but as of the New 52, never seems to have died.
- Supergirl (Kara Zor-El): Superman's cousin became a Red Lantern in Supergirl #28, with her first appearance with the Reds being in Red Lanterns 28. She has been through some hard times and after a battle with Lobo, her rage reached the point of attracting a ring of red. See her character page for more info.
- Superpower Lottery: She's a Kryptonian with the powers of a Red Lantern on top. This makes her one of the most powerful Lanterns out there. In blind rage, she was able to fight several Lanterns at once before being restrained.
- Ax-Crazy: Even compared to the other Red Lanterns
- Retcon: Was killed during the Sciencell riot immediately prior to Blackest Night, but like Veon, does not seem to have died as of the New 52.