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Alex Nero was an artist committed to an asylum for multiple mental disorders. He was given a yellow power ring by the Weaponers of Qward in order to eliminate Kyle Rayner, at the time the last Green Lantern.
Despite having a yellow ring, Nero was never a member of the Sinestro Corps (though they did manipulate him prior to the Sinestro Corps War). Following the war, Nero was executed by the Alpha Lanterns.
- Ax-Crazy: He has several mental disorders, and this has led to him to snapping in homicidal rages.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Was built up to be a big villain back when he was first created, but never really caught on and was ultimately unceremoniously shot through the head in the pages of Green Lantern Corps.
- Evil Counterpart / Shadow Archetype: To Kyle Rayner. Both are artists given weapons fueled by creativity.
- Mad Artist: An artist who went insane which led to a clash with a fellow artist.
- Parental Abandonment: Hard to blame them, really...
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Assuming that his title is genuine, and there is no reason to assume that it isn't.
- Bald of Evil: Bald and evil.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: Baron Tyrano is a brilliant-minded multi-millionaire. However, due to an ailing condition he is restricted to wearing an iron lung. He became an enemy of the Green Lantern as he desired to transfer his mind into the hero's body.
- Evil Cripple: Baron Tyrano is an Evil Genius confined to an iron lung.
- Evil Genius: Tyrano's brilliant mind is responsible for all of the high-tech gear he uses.
- High-Class Glass: Tyrano sports a monocle despite being confined to an iron lung.
- Smart People Build Robots: Replaced his human assistant with androids modeled after famous TV stars.
Blindside is a henchman for hire who frequently works with his partner Throttle. He is most well known for his work underneath Sonar, a nemesis of Green Lantern. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was one of the villains chosen for Guy Gardner's suicide mission to the Antimatter Universe of Qward.
As a child, Alexander Percy Tuttle was very intelligent and had a knack for science. His father, Morris Tuttle, was a businessman and saw science as something useless; he was interested in making money. The young Alexander was forbidden by his father to continue his experiments and was forced to work on his construction company, but continued with his experiments in secret. Due to constant abuse from his father, Alexander Tuttle became mentally unbalanced. On one bad day in particular, he stole money from his father's company and used it to build a glove which could disrupt atoms.
- Abusive Parents: Tuttle was physically and emotionally abused by his father, leaving him mentally unstable.
- Disintegrator Ray: The Crumbler wears a glove that operates from the energy from his central nervous system. The glove allows The Crumbler to cancel the force that binds atoms together.
- Reduced to Dust: Things disintegrated by The Crumbler usually wind up as a pile of dust.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: The Crumbler wears a glove that operates from the energy from his central nervous system. The glove allows The Crumbler to cancel the force that binds atoms together.
- "For two people with magical wishing rings...you suffer from a lack of imagination. Unfortunately for you...I believe in the power of innovation. And disruption."
Neal Emerson was a man tortured by schizophrenia, his mind shattered by abuse from his father. Originally a research scientist with an interest in magnetism, Emerson learned to harness power over metal through rigorous meditation. Unfortunately, when his powers manifested, Emerson's split personality took over, and Doctor Polaris was born. He battled Hal Jordan for years before being killed by the Human Bomb in Infinite Crisis.
Later on, a businessman and Intergang associate named John Nichol, a follower of Neal Emerson's exploits, became the second Doctor Polaris after the death of Neal Emerson. He battles Blue Beetle, holding a definitive advantage, until he is shot in the shoulder by his own daughter. In Blackest Night #4, Nichol is reported to have been killed by the Black Lantern version of Emerson during a conversation between the Calculator and Lex Luthor.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: To an absurd degree.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: The second Doctor Polaris got killed, offscreen, during Blackest Night.
- Extra-ore-dinary: He has complete control of all metal, to the point where he was once able to send a mass of metal after The Flash just by tracking the metal fillings in his teeth.
- Freudian Excuse: Tortured by schizophrenia and abused by his father. Led him to eventually snapping as an adult.
- Older Than They Think: Though their powers are almost identical, and Polaris is often an Expy of Magneto, Polaris' first appearance predates Magneto's by several months.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Polaris's criminal acts were all committed by his split personality rather than Emerson himself.
Just like Kyle Rayner, Seattle slacker Martin Van Wyck was in the right place at the right time—but instead of getting a power ring from the last Guardian, he was given pyrokinetic powers by their enemies, the Controllers. And unlike Kyle, he didn't use his power to help people—he used it to lash out at a world he felt had walked all over him his entire life. The Controllers, whose Darkstar force had recently become defunct, wanted to create a force more like the Green Lantern Corps, but Effigy was found lacking, so they abandoned him. More than just producing flame, Effigy could shape fire into constructs just like a Green Lantern ring. He was eventually killed by The Spectre for participating in the murder of Martian Manhunter.
- Hellish Pupils: As a side-effect of his powers, Effigy's eyes seem to have a fire burning behind them.
- Jerkass: Feeling oppressed by the world he in short became a petty dick to everyone.
- Meaningful Name: His power can make sculptures.
- Playing with Fire: He can manipulate fire in the same way a Green Lantern can manipulate their ring.
- Shadow Archetype: To Kyle Rayner.
- Touched by Vorlons: He was given psychokinetic powers by the Controllers.
Frank Laminski / Phantom Ring
- "In desperate day, in hopeless night...The Phantom Ring is our last light...We yearn for power, strength and might...I seize the Ring, that is my right! I am...the Phantom Lantern!"
An unpleasant test pilot who worked at Ferris Air, Frank Laminski spent his whole life being ignored and unwanted by everyone. When he was saved from a plane crash by a just-recruited Hal Jordan, Frank set his sights on becoming a Green Lantern himself, no matter what it took.
- Ascended Extra: Originally he was just a jerkwad pilot Hal had to deal with in Secret Origin. In Sam Humpries' run, he suddenly becomes much, much, much more important.
- Combo Platter Powers: The Phantom Ring grants him all the powers of each of the Lantern rings save Black and White.
- Entitled Bastard: Flashbacks reveal that while he did try to tell himself to wait for the next ring with every new Lantern reveal, he cant believe Simon and Jessica were the latest recruits.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He trains obsessively to become a Green Lantern, not understanding how it truly chooses its wielders.
- Evil Is Hammy: He loves showing off his newfound powers and abilities, and cant resist some Evil Gloating and Evil Laugh.
- Glory Hound: After his first heroic act he sticks around to provide a news interview.
- Heroism Addict: He wants to bask in public adoration.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: He came within mere seconds of getting a Green Lantern ring of his own, and it was even halfway through the usual introduction, right up until the ring (which being a merger of Sinestro's and Hal Jordan's was acting off) realised he didn't have sufficient willpower, changed its mind and went for Simon instead.
- I Just Want to Be Special: His main drive in life is to become a Green Lantern, and then become a hero so people will respect and acknowledge him. Once he gets his hands on the Phantom Ring, he tries becoming a hero, only for it to become clear he has no idea how to act heroic at all.
- It's All About Me: His biggest problem: He thinks everything's about him. His first action once Mastering the Phantom Ring and accessing Will is to parade around a Hal Jordan statue as the "new Green Lantern".
- Jerkass: He's introduced making a racist comment to Tom Kalmaku, and later makes some incredibly skeevy remarks about Carol Ferris.
- The Mentally Disturbed: By the time of his reappearance in Sam Humpries run, Frank's showing signs of major obsessive tendencies, with his desire to become a Green Lantern overriding a lot of concerns, like his own health, not to mention an utter lack of empathy or concern for anything beyond his own gain (for example, setting a woman's house on fire just to draw Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz's attention) while there's a child in the house. He also has severe issues with attention.
- Never Be a Hero: His arc with the Phantom Ring is essentially this.
- Parental Neglect: His parents ignored him constantly as a child. It's part of the reason for his attitude.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes a racist comment to Tom Kalmaku and seems to resent Simon for being a Muslim Lantern.
- Power Incontinence: He can't control the Phantom Ring at first, the various emotional powers overwhelming him. A pep talk/berating from Volthoom convinces him to turn it around.
- This is the greater reason that the ring is forbidden from use: someone unable to control their emotions will cause the ring to jump between spectrums based on whatever one is strongest, and their emotional and mental state follows suit. Frank is ultimately undone when he stumbles into the indigo spectrum and is overwhelmed with compassion, removing the ring himself and only snapping back to normal when it's removed from his person.
- The Team Wannabe: After getting rescued by Green Lantern Hal Jordan, he obsessively tracks each lantern that came after, hoping to join them.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In a world where superheroes and villains publicly fight and give interviews about their stories, he still thinks its a good idea to follow the instructions of an ominous hooded figure.
Keith Kenyon was a chemist in Coast City who discovered a sunken chest full of gold that had been irradiated by chemical waste. Using the irradiated gold, he created a serum that granted him super-strength and invulnerability for a limited time and became the super-criminal Goldface; eventually, the serum permanently turned his body into solid gold. After fighting Hal Jordan for years, moving to Central City and fighting The Flash, and killing Tomar-Re in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was imprisoned. After time served, turned over a new leaf and became Keystone City's union commissioner.
- HeelFace Turn: After menacing Green Lantern for years, Goldface later resurfaced as a recurring character to The Flash, having given up supervillainy to become an honest union leader.
- Heroic Neutral: He's now the people's man; he helps the citizens, but doesn't fight superpowered beings anymore. In the "Crossfire" arc, he helps the Flash fight against the Rogues who have fallen under his ex-wife Blacksmith's control.
- Man of Kryptonite: Downplayed; his gold coloration was close enough to yellow that Hal's ring wasn't as effective against him.
- Name-Face Name: Gold Face.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Virtually indestructible due to the gold elixir covering his body. Boasts a form of force negation which was resistant to most forms of energy.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Blacksmith, the leader of the New Rogues.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: He later became a Flash villain.
- Super Strength: Possesses superhuman strength.
- "Riddler, are you saying—that I am evil—? I find that...vaguely insulting. I am the evolution of mankind, trickster. And well beyond "evil." Or petty labels of any kind..."
An arrogant scientist who worked as a consultant for Ferris Aircraft. While studying Abin Sur's ship, his carelessness led to an accident that freakishly enlarged his head and gave him psychic powers. As the years went by, Hammond's brain has swollen to over two meters in width and the rest of his body is now useless. His deepest desire is to steal Hal Jordan's thoughts so he can live vicariously through them.
- Arch-Enemy: To Hal Jordan.
- Baleful Polymorph: In his first appearance, he turned Hal's sidekick Thomas Kalmaku (who was disguised as Hal at the time) into a monkey.
- Body Horror: In his first appearance, he was basically just an ordinary conman with a Green Lantern Ring (a powerful meteorite he found, not a, you know, actual Green Lantern Ring), and had no powers at all. Over time, continued exposure to the stone warped him into what he is today.
- Disability Superpower: He couldn't move under his own power at all if nor for his telekinesis.
- Evil Cripple: Hector's head is so big his body's almost completely paralyzed, only able to get around through his psychic powers.
- I Just Want to Be You!: Feels this way towards Hal.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: His body is imprisoned (he's serving multiple life sentences) and is supposedly under the effects of a psionic inhibitor... but Hammond's mind is so powerful that he can still telepathically control people hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the prison without ever leaving his cell.
- Mind Control: He can manipulate the minds of others and even higher order animals.
- Mind over Matter: Hector Hammond is an incredibly gifted telekinetic and was capable of amazingly precise use of his telekinesis.
- My Brain Is Big: One of the more extreme examples.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: His first appearance in the New 52 is as a Superman villain.
- Stalker with a Crush: He's obsessed with Hal Jordan, calling himself Hal's biggest fan. He's also obsessed with Carol Ferris.
- Stupid Scientist: Despite supposedly specializing in "theoretical future science" and "alternative fuel sources", it never occurred to him that Abin Sur's ship was powered by something other than liquid fuel. When he opened the fuel chamber, believing it to be empty (and therefore harmless), he was exposed to the radiation of the meteor within.
- Telepathy: He uses telepathy as communication as his head is so big, he can no longer communicate verbally.
- Touched by Vorlons: He was once a host of Ophidian.
- Instead of setting a flame to help mankind Ill ignite a criminal blaze to stun the world !
Doctor Lee Carver was a nuclear researcher seeking a way of altering the molecular structure of matter. He worked on a way to stabilize the transmutation. Tragedy struck when his experiment blew up in his face. Carver lived, but he was blinded. The combination of chemicals and the high frequency waves he was bombarding them with resulted in a new kind of light. The chemicals somehow affected his damaged optic nerves, permitting a more intense light to reach them, allowing the once-blind man to see. Fashioning a white cane with a lantern bearing the ultra light and a molecular prism from his molecularay, and inspired by a painting of a colonial lamplighter, Carver created the identity of the Lamplighter and began a criminal career.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Dresses like a 18th century highwayman.
- Freak Lab Accident: How Lamplighter gained his abilities.
- Hard Light: Can use the prism to create energy based constructs.
- The Paralyzer: The molecular prism can fire beams of paralyzing energy.
- The Power of Creation: His molecular prism allows him to alter the molecular structure of matter.
- Shrink Ray: Carver has used the molecular prism to miniaturize objects
- Super Senses: Ultra Light not only allows Lamplighter's blind eyes to see in normal daylight, but Carver can also see clearly in pitch darkness.
- "Mark my words well, people of Metropolis... ...The Man of Steel's final hours are numbered now... ...and the reign of Major Disaster has just begun! And just in case you happen to be listening to this broadcast, Superman... I know you'll do everything in your power to try and stop me! And that's when the fun will really start!"
- "You called me "soldier;" General. Soldiers fight enemies on a battlefield. This is no battlefield."'
Major Force is a nuclear-powered supervillain and evil counterpart to Captain Atom. In the U.S. Air Force he was given a life sentence for rape and murder, but agreed to dangerous genetic experimentation in exchange for a pardon. This was granted by Wade Eiling, who created him as part of Project Atom. Later on he became well-known as an enemy to Green Lantern when he murdered Kyle Rayner's girlfriend Alex DeWitt and stuffed her into a refrigerator. See Captain Atom characters page.
- " I told you! I made a pact with an evil being! He turned me into this. There a worse fate waiting for me unless I fulfill the bargain by destroying you."
Paul Christian lost his legs in a subway accident. Years later, he almost died from a battle between Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) and Sonar. Rayner tried to undo his mistake, creating new legs from his ring and willpower of Paul. Later, an accident stops the will of Paul, who loses his legs again. Neron took advantage of the situation and made an irresistible offer for him, which not only he gained new legs as the power to issue a green flame. He received the task to kill the Green Lantern, who failed him twice. Paul became a minion of Neron in Hell.
- An Arm and a Leg: Paul Christian lost his legs in a subway accident.
- Deal with the Devil: Neron offered Paul enough power to sustain his legs permanently. in exchange, he demanded that Paul destroy Kyle Rayner. A desperate Paul accepted the demon's bargain, becoming the demonically powered being now known as Purgatory.
- Evil Cripple: Paul lost both his legs in a subway accident. As Purgatory, his demonic powers allow him to form new legs from the green flame. If he loses his powers, his legs disappear.
- Green Lantern Ring: Neron granted Paul the ability to wield powers similar to the Green Lantern.
- "I must hunt—-destroy! But now instinct warns me that ordinary men—-my natural foes—-would be too easy! I must find a prey worthy of my new powers!"
A man-eating tiger shark who prowled off the shore of Coast City, The Shark was mutated into a humanoid form and granted psychic powers after being exposed to alien radiation. He has since battled both Green Lantern and Aquaman.
- Brain Food: Whether "devouring minds" means draining victims of psychic energy or literally eating their brains has shifted between depictions.
- Depending on the Artist: How large he is and whether he's mostly humanoid with shark life features, mostly shark with human intelligence, or any combination thereof. His colouration also shifts—he's been drawn to resemble the tiger shark he's supposed to be, he's been drawn to resemble the great white shark that most artists are more familiar with, and he's been drawn with bright orange skin because it's a comic and why the heck not.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether he's an egotistical would-be conqueror with grandiose plans for grinding Coast City and Atlantis under his boots, or a monosyllabic man-eating monster with little on his mind beyond his next meal (psychic or otherwise).
- I'm a Humanitarian: Devours human bodies and minds alike.
- Keystone Army: Justified. Shark's armies of marine animals are psychically controlled and empowered by him. Reverting him to his base form will do the same to them.
- Madness Mantra: When written as an animal rather than an egomaniac he's been known to repeat variants of "need think...eat...brain," "need more brain," and the like ad nauseum.
- No Man of Woman Born: Pre-Crisis, the Shark once battled Wonder Woman and bound her wrists together: seemingly depriving her of her powers. (Pre-Crisis, Wonder Woman lost her powers if her bracelets were bound together by a man.) However, Wonder Woman eventually realised that the Shark was not technically a man, and was able to effortlessly shatter the chains binding her.
- Psychic Powers: Possesses telepathy and telekinesis, enabling him to fly, fire bolts of psychic energy, levitate objects, and mind control people and ocean life, among other things.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: The Shark hasn't switched rogues galleries, but he has branched out and is as likely to fight Aquaman as he is Green Lantern.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: There was a period where he wore a purple jumpsuit and had bright orange skin.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A tiger shark, rather than a great white. The rarity of any shark other than a great white being used in fiction is probably best demonstrated by how many artists fail to get the memo and draw The Shark as grey as white, while leaving out the tiger shark's distinctive stripes.
- Super Empowering: Can grant psychic powers and humanoid form to other sharks, though the mutations only last as long as his own do—reverting him to his regular shark form will do the same to the others.
- Threatening Shark: A shark-turned-supervillain who regularly uses other sharks as part of his plans.
- Touched by Vorlons: Mutated by exposure to alien radiation.
- Uplifted Animal: Granted human intelligence, though not human emotions, The Shark has the mind of a genius and the instincts of a predator.
- Villain Team-Up: He's worked with Ocean Master and hired the likes of Black Manta.
- Your Size May Vary: Shark's size varies a lot between artists. Sometimes he's human sized (DC used to officially bill him as 6'2 and 243 pounds), other times he's the size of a real tiger shark (between ten and eighteen feet in length), and on occasion he's portrayed as a thirty foot giant, reasons be damned.
- "Come forth and fight, Green Lantern. Come forth and face your master, "Sonar of Modora!""
Bito Wladen was a man who mastered the weapon of sound and became Sonar, the Sultan of Super-Sonic Sound, obsessed with putting his country on the map. Sonar eventually ruled his nation of Modoran and was one of the Green Lantern's most formidable enemies, even beating him on occasion.
Sonar carries a Sonic Sceptre, a device that enables him to absorb sound, which he can use to fly, project illusions, fire sonic attacks and perform telekinetic feats.
- Evil Genius: Bito grew up very bright thanks to his self-taught knowledge, and he took a job as a apprentice to a clock maker, which helped him his studies in engineering and sound. Using the equipment around him he invented the "nucleo sonic motor" which gained power via sound.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Sonar is the ruler of Modora, and many of his crimes are aimed at increasing Modora's wealth, prestige and influence.
- Ruritania: He hails from the tiny Balkan nation of Modora. This tiny country is nestled in a group of mountains and has a population of less than four hundred people.
- Sonic Stunner: The Sonic Sceptre is a device that enables him to absorb sound, which he can use to fly, project illusions, fire sonic attacks and perform telekinetic feats.
He frequently works alongside his partner Blindside. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was one of the villains recruited into Guy Gardner's suicide mission to the Antimatter Universe of Qward.
- Mind over Matter: Possesses the power of molecular acceleration.
The Tattooed Man
- "On my skin, punk, you're burnt! Dead!"
Abel Tarrant was a sailor based in Coast City who turned to burglary. During one of his heists, he was exposed to some mysterious chemicals which left him with the mental ability to create actual objects from the chemicals. When he got back from the robbery, he tattooed himself using the chemicals so he would always have the chemicals near him. Some of the shapes he was able to conjure from his tattoos were an axe, shield, cannon, and dragon.
- Animated Tattoo: The Tattooed Man's body is covered with various tattoos that Abel can animate and control simply by touching the region of his body where the tattoo is located. The effects discontinue upon Tarrant's command or if he should happen to be incapacitated.
The Tattooed Man II
Mark Richards was a former U.S. Marine who went missing after a helicopter crash and presumed dead until he showed up in Gotham City as a hit man. He claimed that the tattoos covering his body were the sins of men he had killed, and that by the art of "sin-grafting", which he had learned from the nation of Modora, in which he takes the sins of others and puts them on himself, he claimed to be redeeming the men and women he killed. All his victims had tattoos of their sins. He was eventually stopped by Green Lantern and Batman. During Brightest Day, Mark appears as a member of Deathstroke's new team of Titans. He is convinced to join by Deathstroke who offers to help him track down Slipknot, the person responsible for murdering his son.
After a breakout at Arkham Asylum, Richards was about to leave his team until Deathstroke reveals that he has captured Slipknot for him. Deathstroke allows the two to fight to the death, with Richards winning after he beheads Slipknot. After this act, Richards quits Deathstroke's team, declaring that he is done with killing. When Richards returns to Liberty Hill, he discovers his old neighborhood is afraid of him and the gangbangers have forced citizens and even the police themselves to clean up the area. His former assistant explains to him that they have taken control of the community and made a fortune for themselves through crime. Richards was then confronted by Vixen who believed that he was responsible for the acts of violence committed by his former thugs. Vixen rescinds her offer of Justice League membership and attacks Richards. After a brutal fight, Vixen willingly surrenders and Richards agrees to leave her and take care of his neighborhood in his own way. Richards later rejoins Deathstroke's Titans. Upon returning to the labyrinth, Deathstroke reveals to them that the items the Titans collected were used to form a healing machine called the "Methuselah Device", intended to restore his dying son, Jericho. After healing Jericho, Deathstroke declares that the machine can also resurrect the dead, including Richards' son. Richards initially accepts but after Cinder declares the Methuselah Device a curse, he joins her and Arsenal in fighting the other Titans to destroy it. After Cinder sacrifices herself to destroy the Methuselah Device, Richards returns home.
- Animated Tattoo: By using an unknown process known as sin-grafting, Mark has what he says are the sins of the men he had killed. He further states by placing the tattoos on his body he redeems those he has killed. The tattoo's peel themselves off his skin by force of his will and then he can mentally direct them in any way he sees fit.
- A Day in the Limelight: He's a main character Final Crisis: Run.
- " No hope. No mercy. The universe you knew is nothing but a memory and I have no intention of leaving anyone alive to honor it."
The living embodiment of antimatter, who wishes to destroy all positive-matter universes so his own can reign supreme - and in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he nearly succeeded. He was reborn after the multiverse was restored in Infinite Crisis, and came to the attention of the Green Lanterns when he became the Guardian of the Sinestro Corps. He was defeated in the war (in part by Superboy-Prime, avenging the destruction of his home universe) and his body was taken to be the power source of the Black Lantern Battery. The White Light resurrected him in Blackest Night, but Nekron simply banished him back to the antimatter universe, where he plotted to claim the White Lantern and consume its infinite energies but was stopped by Firestorm.
See The Multiversity for more on The Anti-Monitor
Bolphunga the Unrelenting
- "Bolphunga relents to no one."
- Bounty Hunter: He's a bounty hunter, though he usually seems to just go around picking fights.
- The Brute: His personality is this, and he is dumb as every other brute.
- Butt-Monkey: He's pretty much never succeeded at anything he's tried to accomplish.
- Depending on the Writer: Either a genuine fighter, when the Sinestro Corps broke out of their prison cells and he fought with the Green Lanterns, or a joke character.
- Dumb Muscle: Referred to as having "the intelligence of a bed of kelp".
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Well, not that sympathetic, at least until Bolfunga Where Art Thou?, where he's given more depth and Character Development.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's completely obsessed with being the one to defeat Guy Gardner, to the extent he once cleaved a Sinestro Corpman's skull in two to save Guy's life for this reason. Guy repaid him by saving his life from yet another Sinestro Corpsman.
- Paper Tiger: Turns out he never actually won all the battles he boasted of; once the people he claimed to have defeated but really incarcerated found him, they beat the tar out of him.
- Patricide: Singularity Jain compels him to kill his own father or end up as dinner. He ends up doing the deed, though it was more of a Mercy Kill, since his father was refusing to have his dementia treated out of shame for loving his son despite his failures.
- Third-Person Person: He seems to do this out of habit, as he sheepishly corrects himself when relating his story to Simon and Jessica.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father is ashamed of him for being weak. Bolphunga ironically finally meets his expectations by killing him.
- Action Bomb: When cornered, they could blow themselves to pieces with Tellurium, which turned their mental energy into heat.
- Barrier Warrior: They could create forcefields to protect themselves.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: They often committed suicide if they thought a Green Lantern was going to capture them by blowing themselves up, sometimes taking the Lantern with them.
- The Chosen One: A malevolent example, like Ranx. Qull's prophecy had them kill Sodam Yat, the last great hope of the Green Lanterns. They failed, utterly.
- Hero Killer: Averted. Qull prophesized that they would kill Sodam Yat and doom the Green Lanterns during the Blackest Night. They could never even touch him, and with their extinction, they never will.
- Human Aliens: They resembled human toddlers.
- Killed Off for Real: After the Book of Oa was rewritten to authorize lethal force during their assault on Mogo, they were completely exterminated by their hated enemies.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about their origins.
- Psychic Powers: They used their mental powers to fight their enemies.
- "Control of the universe will be ours...and only ours."
An offshoot of the Guardians of the Universe, the Controllers didn't want to merely fight evil, but totally annihilate it. Generally builders of doomsday weapons such as the Sun-Eaters, they also formed a rival police corps called the Darkstars. After that, they pursued other avenues in their quest for universal order, creating Effigy and attempting to steal the Orange Light from Larfleeze, but each time they failed. In the future, the Controllers later retreat to an alternate dimension and become frequent opponents of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Doomsday Device: The Controllers aren't seen anywhere near as often as their creations, such as the Sun-Eater or the Miracle Machine, which tend to be these kinds of weapons.
- Energy Blasts: The Controllers can produce energy blasts similar to those of the Guardians.
- Follow the Leader: In-universe. Despite their proactive stance on evil, the Controllers generally copy the Guardians' methods, creating a corps of Darkstars to replace the then-obliterated Green Lanterns, Effigy to oppose Kyle Rayner, and attempting to co-opt the Orange Light of Avarice to challenge the Green Lanterns' role as protectors of the universe.
- Knight Templar: They think they are doing whats best for the universe, but really its their own egos driving them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Plan to use power to wipe out races for the greater good.
- "There are thousands of them, these Green Lanterns. Each and every one of them is a fool. An entire corps of self appointed... self-important authoritarians, who deem themselves superior to the rest of us. In reality, their only attributes are their green finger trinkets. They are devoid of natural powers. Did nothing to earn their weaponry. Which is why they have no chance against me."
The villain who, with Mongul I, destroyed Hal Jordan's home of Coast City, earning him the Green Lantern's eternal enmity. Years later, Cyborg-Superman resurfaced as the grandmaster of the mechanical horrors, the Manhunters, refitting them with internal power batteries designed to leech away a Green Lantern's power. After his defeat, the cyborg was locked away on Oa, but was freed by Sinestro's forces, who appointed him their quartermaster and captain of the new WarWorld.
All Cyborg-Superman wanted, however, was death, which Sinestro promised he would get after Earth was conquered—but this was not to be. Even though his body was almost totally destroyed in the Sinestro Corps War, the Manhunters found his corpse and rebuilt him. He resurfaced and took over the Alpha Lanterns through their Manhunter technology. While his plan with the Alphas failed, he might have gotten the death he desired.
See here for more on Cyborg-Superman.
Dr. Ub'x's lust for power led him from his native peaceful planet of H'Iven to the far reaches of unknown space. He built an armada and began to conquer the universe. When Dr.Ub'x had successfully conquered half the galaxy, he set his sites on his home planet of H'iven and began the conquest with his new armada, the Crabsters.
Dr. Ub'x was swiftly defeated by H'Iven's resident Green Lantern Ch'p and sought solitude on his home planet. The Crisis on Infinite Earths changed the history of H'Iven and erased the former armada of Dr. Ub'x.
Dr. Ub'x traveled to Earth and used many forms to help the villains defeat the earthbound Green Lantern Corps, which Ch'p had become a member. Dr. Ub'x was about to destroy the Green Lantern Ch'p when he realized they were the last survivors of their planet. Dr. Ub'x and Ch'p became friends and Dr. Ub'x chose to relocate to the continent of Africa and begin his research to evolve the Earth animals to H'Iven intelligence. Accompanying Ch'p on a mission to the future, Ub'x discovered that his experiments had succeeded, and decided to remain in the 58th century in order to aid the new species he had created.
- Arch-Enemy: He was Ch'p's most personal enemy as a Green Lantern.
- Badass Adorable: Ub'x looks like an anthropomorphic beaver, but is actually a Galactic Conqueror and Mad Scientist.
- Create Your Own Hero: After killing his space sector's Green Lantern, Ub'x conquered H'Iven, and sentenced the leader of the resistance, Ch'p, to death. Ch'p was visited in his cell by one of the Guardians of the Universe, who offered the heroic H'lvenite a Green Lantern power ring.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Utilizing his powerful intelligence, Ub'x created a device designed to match the power of a Green Lantern, which he dubbed 'the Sucker Stick'.
- Galactic Conqueror: Ub'x had conquered half his home galaxy before he was defeated by Ch'p.
- HeelFace Turn: While starting out as an enemy of Ch'p, Ub'x would eventually reform and instead become Ch'p's friend.
- I Have Your Wife: Ub'x kidnapped Ch'p's girlfriend and threatened to feed her to the terrible Borgul Bears unless the Green Lantern gave up his ring. Ch'p gave in to the demand, but not before commanding the ring to capture Ub'x in a giant nutcracker at a later moment.
- Intelligent Gerbil: Ub'x comes from the planet H'Iven, where all the inhabitants resemble anthropomorphic cartoon animals. Ub'x looks like an anthropomorphic beaver.
- Mad Scientist: Ub'x is a brilliant, if unstable, scientist: capable of making scientific advancements lightyears beyond anyone else on H'Iven.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Ub'x was named after the famed Walt Disney animator Ub Iwerks.
The last of the Guardians, Ganthet created Duality. He is a cyborg that was made from a simple energy construct designed to retrieve Kyle Rayner. Duality attacked Rayner to test the neophyte Green Lantern's skills in wielding the power ring.
- "All those years in the sciencells... every night I dreamt of holding your bloody heart in my hand."
A scientist from the planet Aoran, Evil Star created a device called the "starband" that drew down the power of the stars, aging his fellow Aurians to death but making him immortal. Drunk on power, Evil Star left his planet seeking new worlds to conquer, making himself an enemy of the Green Lantern Corps, especially Hal Jordan. His starband provides him the powers of flight, energy blasts, and hard light constructs, and also powers his Starlings, a squad of miniature Evil Stars with super-strength.
The Guardians later send Evil Star to the Erral Rehab Facility, where they use a brain wave nullifier in an attempt to cure him. This rehabilitation is only partially successful, as the nullifier stimulates his subconscious mind, recreating the Starlings, who bring him the Star Brand. Evil Star flees to Earth in a confused state, believing the Starlings are persecuting him. He fights with Ferrin Colos, one of the Darkstars, who floods Evil Star's mind with reminders of the lives he has taken, starting with his homeworld. Evil Star's mind shuts down, and he is returned to the Guardians for re-education.
Evil Star is freed by Neron, with enhanced Starlings, but returned to captivity by the Darkstars and Guy Gardner.
- Aborted Arc: Though heavily implied to be behind Black Hand's upgrade and part of the backstory for one of the Blue Lanterns, neither story got followed up on by their creator, Geoff Johns, in his ten year run on Green Lantern comics.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Named himself "Evil Star".
- Drunk on the Dark Side: His power leads to him being overconfident and full of himself.
- Galactic Conqueror: Wants to take over the galaxy.
- Immortality Immorality: If he accepted his mortality, there wouldn't be an Evil Star.
- Jackass Genie: The Starlings work according to his subconscious desires, rather than under his direct control. While Evil Star's intelligent enough to compensate in most cases, the Starlings can work against his better interests.
- Last of His Kind: Because he killed all the others.
- Mad Scientist: A former scientist turned mad.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Only known as Evil Star.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: All of the Starlings.
- The Power of the Sun: He draws strength from absorbing star light. This worked against him when he tried to take on Superman. Supes just got powered up by his attacks, because he also runs on star light/sunlight.
The First Lantern
- "Your corps... your hunters... your army... everything you've ever created, Guardians, Will be no more! And the universe will once again be mine..."
- Alas, Poor Villain: He did not have the easiest life before he lost his sanity; at one point in the past he begged Jessica and Simon to help him.
- And I Must Scream: He's been sealed by the Guardians for 10 Billion Years, fully conscious and aware the entire time and has spent eons stewing over his hatred of the Guardians for sealing him away. And he wasn't terribly sane even before then.
- Ascended Extra: Started out in the Silver Age as the name of a corrupt Buddhist monk mentioned in connection with the origin of the Earth-3 Lantern counterpart Power Ring and then became the name of the annoying consciousness pestering the villain from within his ring before being reinvented as a major villain in the New 52.
- Back from the Dead: After the events of Wrath, he comes back as a shade influencing the events of the Phantom Ring arc.
- Bald of Evil: As of his Start of Darkness. Flashbacks show he used to have a head of white hair.
- Beware the Superman: He openly questions why people with powers should have governing authority.
- Big Bad: Of the Wrath of the First Lantern arc.
- Blessed with Suck: Flashbacks reveal his long life of suffering and fighting actually did depress him.
- Bright Is Not Good: At full power it's like his nervous system is crackling with emotional-spectrum energy so a kind of constrained Rainbow Motif. When he was much reduced following his heart being ripped out, Nekron draining him, then clawing himself back to life as a spirit he still has a bit of color to him.
- Conflict Killer: Once he takes over as the Big Bad, most of the fighting between the different corps takes a back seat.
- Cruel Mercy: After his capture the Guardians spared his life, choosing not to execute him, but they imprisoned him in a fate described as worse than death.
- Death Seeker: One of his main motives is to end his own life. Wouldn't you want to die if you'd been alive for ten billion years of endless suffering? It contributed to his descent to villainy.
- Determinator: This guy always drags himself back up.
- Despair Gambit: Pulls quite a few of these, since his powers grow stronger with despair.
- Emotion Eater: Volthoom can gain power from the emotions of others. His personal preference is despair.
- Eviler Than Thou: Pulls this on the Third Army. Tends to pull it on most iterations of Power Ring, too. It's often implied they're working for the ring instead of the other way round.
- Fallen Hero: As the First Lantern he used to be one of the most respected beings of the galaxy.
- For Want of a Nail: Several of his manipulations with people's memories involve changing one detail in their past (from their perspective) to ruin their lives.
- Future Badass: Played with in that he confronts both Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz in present time and 10 billion years ago when the newest lanterns went on a time-traveling adventure.
- A God Am I: He desires to remake history and make the universe his plaything, and claims to be a god.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: For years after his planets destruction he searched for a way to prevent this, learning that he was responsible contributed to his Sanity Slippage.
- Godhood Seeker: Despite claiming to be a god, he really wants to remake history so he is one.
- Godzilla Threshold: He's so dangerous that Hal and B'dg are forced to have Hal perform a Heroic Sacrifice to ask for aid from Nekron by turning Hal into a Black Lantern to allow Nekron to exist in the mortal realm and help them to retain the existence of this version of reality. Considering what happened last time Nekron came to the mortal plane, this is about as serious as it gets.
- Green Lantern Ring: Averted, but in fact his power is the reason for the Power Rings: a way to use Magic from Technology to control the same power of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum he can naturally.
- Humanoid Abomination: He looks human, but his form and his power show he decidedly isn't.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In the past, Simon manages to trap him so Jessica could try talking him down. It almost works, as Volthoom talks about how he realized he was so corrupted by his ring he could hardly remember himself. Then the Guardians arrive
- In Spite of a Nail: Jessica and Simon going into the past and meeting his original past self doesnt seem to have changed much, most of the first Lanterns are still dead, the canon events appear to have still happened, and Volthoom either didnt recognize or care that the lanterns who arrested him are now the newest recruits.
- It's All About Me: Volthoom emotionally tortures every Lantern he captures by making them experience possible alternate paths their lives could have taken, proudly proclaiming that everything they feel is only for his benefit.
- Kick the Dog: Volthoom could use any emotions from his victims to get the strength he needs, but personally chooses to drive all of them to despair for his meal.
- Light Is Not Good: Even when he isnt a being of light, his past human self wore a white uniform and had Mystical White Hair.
- Name's the Same: Shares a name with another Volthoom, who was either (In the pre-Crisis Earth Three) a monk who gave the villainous Power Ring his eponymous weapon, or (In the post-Crisis Antimatter Earth) a benevolent mystical being who resided within the villain's ring. Green Lanterns #18 revealed that the Rebirth-era version of Earth-3's Volthoom was created by a version of Mordru, using a piece of this Volthoom's soul to create the Power Ring. Meaning that the First Lantern and Earth-3's Volthoom are indeed the same person.
- Never My Fault: He berates Rami for the Guardians putting his battery into his chest and making him what he is, but Rami counters that he volunteered for the procedure and begged the Guardians to do it.
- No-Sell: Why he was able to start massacring the Guardians so easily, as he is able to walk through light constructs with no trouble.
- Omnicidal Maniac: After finding out from Nekron he will live as long as the Emotional Spectrum and pretty much life exists in the universe, he resolves to kill everything so he can finally rest.
- One-Hit Kill: Capable of this, there is a reason he was such a big threat.
- Reality Warper: To an insane degree, and capable of remaking reality itself entirely if he achieves full power.
- Really 700 Years Old: He looks like a young man, albeit with white hair, when he first started working with the Guardians but it is strongly implied he had already spent years of his life traveling.
- The Reveal: Volthoom came from the future of the doomed Earth-15, and was sent into the Multiverse using a device his mother created called a "Travel Lantern" (the Lantern he had with him when he first met the Guardians) to find a way to save their Earth from destruction. Volthoom has spent untold years travelling the Multiverse trying to find a way to save his Earth, but got sidetracked by becoming the First Lantern before he lost his sanity.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed in the Chamber of Shadows, a Tailor-Made Prison, until the non-Hidden Ones Guardians took him away to make their Third Army from their own flesh.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His initial motivation to work with the Guardians.
- Super Prototype: He considers himself this after easily beating the first Green Lantern ring bearers.
- Time Abyss: Has been around since Krona looked into the past, 10 billion years ago. Nekron reveals to him that the reason he's lived for so long is because Volthoom literally cannot die until the Emotional Spectrum, and the universe, does.
- Time Travel: Capable of it.
- Was Once a Man: However, he used to be... before he got swept up in the actual First Lantern, the Great Heart, and came out able to wield the First Ring, which channels the emotions of the Guardians.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Rami, the Maltusian, until he thought Rami had betrayed him.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His past self, when he turns against the Guardians and decided slaughtering billions was a good idea.
As a "head hunter" for Pan-Galactic Placement Services, it was the job of the mercenary called Flicker to track and capture formidable warriors for a slavery ring.
- "You and your comrade were unwise to come here uninvited, Green Lantern. This world belongs to the House of Zod."
Usually one of Superman's greatest and most personal enemies Zod has since seen himself being in tenures with other adversaries, starting with the Suicide Squad. After colonizing a planet named Jekuul with the intent of turning it into a New Krypton, Zod ruled the planet with an iron fist and being content in being seen as a god. He would come into contact with the Green Lanterns during the events of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps when Zod's planetary activities caught the attention of the Green Lanterns, who sent Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner to investigate. Having come to a truce with Superman himself, Zod was open to the idea of welcoming Hal and Kyle, but not having learned of what Zod had been through and registering him as an enemy, Hal and Kyle instead engaged in battle, turning the supposed welcoming on Zod's end into an opposition
To read more about General Zod, see his character page here.
- "I am grateful for your kindness. I shall repay it with a swift and painless end."
The bastard offspring of Darkseid, an outcast among the New Gods, Grayven was a would-be Galactic Conqueror who crossed swords with Kyle Rayner on a number of occasions. After several failed attempts at building an empire, Grayven joined forces with the Sinestro Corps against Rayner, then the host of the Ion Entity. Shortly after, however, Grayven fell victim to the war in the Fourth World and died in the fall of the New Gods.
- Eye Beams: Grayven possesses a watered-down version of Darkseid's Omega Beams.
- Galactic Conqueror: He led a somewhat successful conquering of the universe, killing the darkstars.
- The Un-Favourite: When Kalibak is a better son than you, you've got issues. Sometimes on a meta level, as well; Depending on the Writer, he's not Darkseid's son at all.
- "How many colors do you people come in?"
Invictus was a leader of an angelic race, who were guarding the worlds of Vega System, before the Formation of the Green Lantern Corps. Larfleeze attacked and destroyed his race. Fleeing, he constructed his own version of the Vega System which he dubbed the Orrery. Invictus has adopted a variety approaches in attempting to deal with Larfleeze. One of these included using power rings for an unspecified reason and to destroy the Vega System, seeing his own version as the perfect one.
- Angelic Aliens: His species looks a lot like angels of myths.
- Dimensional Traveler: While fighting Larfleeze, Invictus opened up a portal between dimensions in order to trap Larfleeze within. However, he ended up being trapped within it himself.
- Flight: Is capable of interstellar flight.
- Hand Blast: Invictus is capable of projecting explosive blasts of energy from his body.
- "I am a scientist. A seeker of knowledge. I search for the secret of creation, and the truth of what existed before."
The Maltusian Mad Scientist that wanted to study creation (despite legends saying that this would be a bad idea) and ultimately prompted the race to become the Guardians. He was reduced to an Energy Being for his crimes, but occasionally returns to either take vengeance on the Guardians or pursue his obsession with creation. One of the greatest threats to the entire universe—and others. As his original experiment created The Multiverse and Antimatter Universe, he is indirectly responsible for the Crisis on Infinite Earths and all the disasters that followed as a result of it.
Developments in Brightest Day revealed that he was once the keeper of the emotional entities, and can therefore bring them under his control. It's also explained that he induced the glitch in the Manhunters in order to highlight their flaws as emotionless beings. He used the entities to stage a takeover of the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians, which was foiled by the Earth Lanterns. Krona was then killed by Hal Jordan, who overcame his ring's no-killing-Guardians restriction in the process.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Guardians of Oa.
- Awesome Ego: Not without justification, but he still refuses to listen to anyone who tells him he's wrong.
- The Beastmaster: He was the guardian of the Emotional Entities, and still knows how to control them. He even manages to drag Parallax halfway across the universe and imprison it effortlessly.
- Big Bad: Became this directly during the War of the Green Lanterns, where Krona poisoned the GL corps by placing Parrallax's fear energy in the main battery. Hal eventually beat him though.
- Crossover Villain-in-Chief: Fills this role in the JLA/Avengers Crossover, where he summons all of the villains of the DC and Marvel universes as troops to toss against the heroes (and he has the power to make them obey the climax happens in his personal palace, made out of Galactus' corpse).
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: After being revealed to be Only Mostly Dead in the pages of Red Lantern, he is unceremoniously killed off-screen by Abysmus.
- Eldritch Abomination: He became a Formless energy caught between space and time during his first banishment.
- Energy Beings: Became this several times, though he can still assume his original humanoid form.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Used to be Ganthet's friend before he was imprisoned.
- Fallen Hero: He was the smartest mind on Maltus, and invented pretty much everything the Green Lantern Corp uses before he went mad and turned against his former allies.
- Fatal Flaw: His arrogance and insatiable hunger For Science! led him to betray his allies and his eventual downfall.
- For Science!: The original reason why he wanted to view the creation of the universe, despite the warnings of Maltusian legend that turned out to be true all along.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He invented the Sciencells, the Power Battery, and pretty much all the tech the Green Lantern Corps uses into the modern day.
- A God Am I: He became a god about twice in his lifetime. It went to his head.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Arguably the Biggest Bad in the entire DC universe. His experiment to see the creation of the universe backfired spectacularly, creating numerous parallel universes as well as the Antimatter universe; originally, this was said to have been the origin of evil itself, but if that probably counts as Canon Discontinuity it still makes him responsible for the Anti-Monitor, the Weaponers of Qward (and by extension, Sinestro) and a host of other horrors. Its was revealed that he's also the boss of Parallax, and the other emotional entities and was responsible for the Manhunters going rogue. More accidentally, he was once sent to Nekron's realm. The impossibility of an immortal in the realm of the dead gave Nekron his first glimpse into the physical universe and started his streak of omnicidal mania (Krona was all too happy to help him at that point anyway). He's actually the reason the Guardians of the Universe even exist, as the Oans became this to atone for Krona's sins.
- Humanoid Abomination: When he decides to go back to his original form.
- Mad Scientist: Admittedly, the madness mostly came in after he fell, but building a massive machine to look at the beginning of existence? Making a gauntlet capable of channelling willpower? He was well on his way before then.
- Measuring the Marigolds: At least in the yearlong Trinity series.
- Mind Control: A speciality of Krona. In JLA/Avengers his stronghold is guarded by many of the villains fought by the Justice League and Avengers.
- Motive Decay: As hinted by Metron from another universe, Krona might not actually be all that interested in knowledge. Metron's Armor-Piercing Question got him ranting about wanting to destroy all who kept him from learning things, and that it's more about conquest and getting back at everyone who opposed him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Well not a hero, but when he wished to view the creation of the universe he merely wished to learn. Instead, it resulted in the Antimatter Universe, the Anti-Monitor's creation and all sorts of horrors on the cosmos.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Not that he gives a damn, but Krona taking Ion from Sodom Yat, and then dumping him back on Daxam did depower a species of xenophobic bastards who didn't deserve the massive array of powers they had, and gave the GL Corps back their most powerful member.
- Omnicidal Neutral: He cares nothing for sides.
- Omnicidal Maniac: But if he can't get what he wants from a universe, he thinks nothing of destroying it.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: After Brightest Day, he's suddenly the same size as a regular Guardian, but still as dangerous as ever.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed in a "Cosmic Egg" by the JLA and some otherworldly heroes for a while. Before that the Grandmaster tried to imprison Krona between two universe. This backfired, and almost caused the destruction of both universes.
- Seers: Foresaw the events of Blackest Night and Brightest Day.
- Sore Loser: When he loses his wager with the Grandmaster, meaning he should leave their universe, Krona attacks the Grandmaster and forces the information he seeks out of his mind.
- Time Abyss: Like all Maltusians, he's impossibly old. His age extends right into the billions.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Ganthet, back before he went mad. Then Ganthet led the charge for his arrest. That was several billion years ago, and Krona hasn't forgiven him in the slightest since then.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Has hints of this in Brightest Day. At the very least, he thinks he's one.
He is a foe of Abin Sur.
- Hive Mind: How he operates.
- Insectoid Aliens: Before they put their minds in their new invention, the Soul Jar.
- Ret-Gone: Post-Infinite Crisis, Legion has been erased from history, his role in causing Abin Sur's death now taken by Red Lantern Corps founder and leader Atrocitus.
- Revenge: He wants revenge against Abin Sur and now Hal Jordan for the Green Lantern Corps indirectly causing his race to die out.
- Starter Villain: Only appeared in Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn as the first major threat Hal Jordan faced after he joined the Green Lantern Corps.
- " No man escapes the Manhunters!"
Robotic precursors of the Green Lantern Corps. They wielded the same Green power source until the Guardians realized that they were too cold and inflexible to properly discern justice within the context of real cultures and real life situations. They were responsible for the massacre of Atrocitus's sector, which would drive Atrocitus to start the Red Lantern Corps so he could get his revenge on the Guardians. After being stripped of their status, the Manhunters formed their own group and have variously attempted to act upon their original purpose or exact revenge upon their creators. During the Sinestro Corps War, they joined forces with Cyborg-Superman, who became their Grandmaster and created a new breed of Manhunter that siphons power away from Green Lantern rings and recharges Sinestro rings.
- Actually a Doombot: Inverted. While the bulk of Manhunters are robots, they also recruited or brainwashed biological creatures into their ranks. It's common for these to make a HeelFace Turn but keep the name, or else die making up for their misdeeds.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Though in Brightest Day, it's revealed that their revolt was deliberately engineered by Krona.
- Arc Welding: They are designed after the Golden Age superhero Manhunter. When these ones were introduced, a bit of welding was done to claim they were responsible for Paul Kirk becoming Manhunter.
- Big Bad: Collectively, of the Millennium (1988) crossover.
- Catchphrase / Badass Creed: "No man escapes the Manhunters."
- Deceptively Human Robots: They look like normal humanoids... until their faceplate flips open.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Several billion years, and they still haven't gotten over being dumped for the Green Lantern Corps.
- Hive Mind: What allows them to be a big threat, their coordination and precision make them a threat.
- Knight Templar: Their mechanical minds suffered a glitch (later revealed to be Krona's doing) which led to them believing all life must end.
- Mecha-Mooks: Mechanical monks who used to be a police force.
- Number of the Beast: Sector 666 was essentially depopulated by the Manhunters when they first went rogue.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Of the "death to squishies" variety.
- Police Brutality: Even before they turned, the Manhunters tended to be of the "shoot first, arrest never" mentality.
- Red Is Heroic: The original intention in their design. In practice? Not so much.
- Religion of Evil: Though rarely described in detail, the Manhunter Cult certainly qualifies.
- Robo Speak: Represented by square blue speech balloons.
- " I wanted a challenge. I wanted to see some fire in your bellies before I ripped them open. Instead all I taste in the wind is fear and loathing."
The son of Mongul I, despotic ruler of WarWorld and destroyer of Coast City. Like his father, Mongul II is a cruel and arrogant monster who lives for conquest. After the Sinestro Corps War, a yellow power ring found its way to Mongul, who used it to launch a hostile takeover of the Sinestro Corps; he nearly succeeded until Sinestro himself defeated him in single combat, trapping him within the yellow central power battery on Korugar.
For further information regarding him and his family, see here.
- " I'm not a Green anything! I'm Power Ring and I'm tired of being pushed around."
An Evil Counterpart to our Green Lantern, Power Ring hails from an alternate universe and is a founding member of the Crime Syndicate of America, a team of supervillains paralleling the Justice League. See their page.
An early experiment of the Guardians' ancestors on Maltus, the Psions are a race of reptilian humanoids with a penchant for cruel scientific experimentation. They were abandoned by the Maltusians when they migrated to Oa, and later made violent contact with their Neglectful Precursors. When the Psions were defeated, the Guardians allowed them to settle in the Vega system (which was off-limits to them due to their deal with Agent Orange) so as to afford them peace. The Psions have since become a powerful galactic force thanks to their relative immunity to the Green Lanterns' jurisdiction.
- Alien Hair: In place of hair they have a hard ridge that encircles the top of their heads that has a through the middle.
- Mad Scientist: The most dedicated bunch in the DCU.
- The Man Behind the Man: Typically how they affect storylines. They're not particularly tough in-person, and they prefer not to experiment on themselves. They're perfectly happy using proxies, however.
- Planet of Hats: An entire race of amoral scientists.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to his siblings Stentar and Iolande's Abel.
- Evil Prince: His father, Nol, was the King of Betrassus.
- Killed Off for Real: He was executed for his crimes, death by decapitation. The last thing he saw before dying was his sister joining the Green Lanterns, achieving what he could never do.
- Hero Killer: He killed several people in his home sector, including his own brother Stentar, because they were possible candidates for a Green Lantern Power Ring. He also killed a Green Lantern, Myrrt and nearly killed Soranik.
- Loony Fan: He loved the Green Lanterns, and wanted to join them. Unfortunately, he wanted to do so by killing every other possible candidate in his home sector.
- " If you don't know the meaning of surrender— then you give me no alternative but to teach you."
A mysterious gigantic being from the previous universe. Relic was trapped inside the Anomaly, a cyst-like region of space containing the remains of Relic's universe. An altercation between Kyle Rayner and the Anomaly's overzealous guardian Exeter released Relic. He seems to have some sort of grudge against the Spectrum and seeks to destroy it.
- Advanced Ancient Alien: Guy isn't called Relic simply for show; he is both on figurative and literal standing regarding this.
- Alien Hair: Has a crest instead of hair.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: His origins makes him one to Marvel's Galactus. Both are the sole survivors of the previous universe and several times larger than the natives of the current universe.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Possibly became a sort of New God archetype after having gone through one end of the old Source Wall and then come out another end of a cosmic cyst, spending millennia growing and evolving within a stretch taking place between eyeblinks at the time.
- Call a Lantern a Lightsmith: In his old universe, light users of the emotional spectrum were called Lightsmiths. He uses the same name for the Lanterns. The emotions tapped then, too, are different but related (e.g. Courage instead of Willpower).
- Clarke's Third Law: Given how the outdated (by his universe's standard) technologies he uses can harness the metaphysical forces of the Electromagnetic Emotional Spectrum. To a degree, seeing as Jordan coined how the Red Rings of Rage are Magitek in nature, potentially useful against his devices.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Once a humble hermit scientist and black sheep of his forgotten reality turned dangerous unstoppable zealot out to save the universe no matter the cost nor how many lives lost. Subverted, as he eventually grows out of this.
- Good Is Not Nice: Tries to keep casualties to a minimum, and is perfectly willing to discuss his motives. His first volley was also against the Blue Lantern Corps, nearly killing them, despite them being by far the most benign of the corps.
- Knight Templar: Wished to save the universe from the folly of overtaxing the Emotional Spectrum like his universe did once long ago, his way of going about it given how he was hut out the first time however, veered him into this category.
- Last of His Kind: True to his name, he's the remaining being from a previous universe.
- Lost Technology: Was considered to use this back in the previous universe.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: He appears to be twenty times bigger than a normal human. A person could fit in the palm of his hand.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After fleeing the end of his universe, he became encased inside the Anomaly. He was released when Kyle Rayner examined it.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Possibly more so than most any species within the current New Universe given how his machinery can analyze, replicate, emulate or facilitate both matter & energy even better than a Power Battery or the mysitech used to harness emotional energy.
- Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology: By New-52 standards the machinery is a work of wonders beyond imagining, but in his old universe the machines he utilized which weren't powered by Light were considered archaic in comparison.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Played with, given how his technologies catalog any/all forms of emotional energy and repurpose them.
- The Stoic. Usually very composed and unmoved by most things.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his old universe, the Lightsmiths destroyed it by using up the power of the emotional spectrum. To make sure this doesn't happen again, he sets out to eradicate the Lanterns.
As a Terravore, the Shepherd is a planet-eater. He takes worlds under his control before fattening them up to get the taste just right. He carves up the planet and eats everything down to the core.
- Planet Eater: The Shepherd is a planet-eater. He takes worlds under his control before fattening them up to get the taste just right. He carves up the planet and eats everything down to the core
- " I don't find my clients. They find me. It takes a certain kind. The desperate. The weak. Architects of all their own problems. Directionless, they tumble through the darkness, making their situations more dire, until they fall into my gravity."
A new villain introduced in the Green Lanterns arc Bolphunga Where Art Thou?, Singularity Jain is a mysterious lawyer who is also a living black hole.
- Amoral Attorney: To the extreme. She forces her clients to kill for her, and if they don't follow through, she eats them.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In Bolphunga Where Art Thou?, she accomplishes everything she set out to do. Bolphunga kills his father and she disappears without a trace. The closest thing the Lanterns get to a victory is Simon stopping her from swallowing Jessica, and the Corps adding her to the universe's most wanted list.
- The Baroness: She's got the attitude down, especially when fighting Jessica, where she acts more like a dominatrix than a lawyer.
- Black Hole Belly: Literally. Her stomach is a black hole, allowing her to swallow anything, from starships, to people, to light itself.
- The Corrupter: She's so seductively evil she turns Wonder Woman's own Lasso of Truth back on her. Her stated MO is to the tempt the desperate into horrible actions while dragging others down in their further desperate attempts to avoid going through with it.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Despite otherwise being sharply dressed, she never wears shoes.
- Energy Absorption: She is able to eat and become stronger from light based attacks, such as the abilities of the Green Lanterns. However, Jessica is able to hurt her by feeding her too much energy.
- Extreme Omnivore: She swallows Bolphunga's starship in a single gulp.
- Humanoid Abomination: Jain looks like a pretty, waifish albino woman, but is actually a living black hole who may or may not literally be Satan.
- Kiss of Death: Gives one to an unlucky trucker, which seems to suck his insides out and leave only his skin behind.
- Nightmare Face: After Jessica overfeeds her with Green Lantern energy, her face twists into a cracked black husk with a gaping fanged maw. This might be her true form, or a side effect of the damage done to her. It quickly returns to normal when she breaks off the fight.
- Psychological Torment Zone: When she swallows Jessica, Jessica experiences her worst fears as if they were real, and it's implied they would have actually killed her if Simon hadn't saved her.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and is very, very evil.
- Satanic Archetype: She's a mysterious, possibly supernatural being, who appears to the desperate to offer aid in exchange for them doing horrible things, inevitably ending in her clients' self-destruction. Jessica even calls her Satan when John asks who or what she was. She made more than one reference to a garden and tempting people.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Ultimately at the end of her first full arc, she is sealed away in the Power Ring's realm with the ghosts of fearful Power Rings, unable to feed at all.
- Swallowed Whole: Attempts to do this to Jessica, and it's implied she's done it to plenty of her previous clients.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: Justified, since she appears to be some sort of supernatural entity, with Boff referring to her as an "Inverted Angel".
- Volumetric Mouth: Zigzagged; she can act like a black hole and spaghettify objects entering her mouth or expand her jaws and swallow things that way, or both.
The Spider Guild
- "Cold? You don't know cold. ...cold is what this universe has made me."
Once a young comic book fan in a world without superheroes, this Clark found that he was his universe's counterpart to Superman, with all his powers. He helped the united heroes in Crisis on Infinite Earths, but could not save his own Earth from the Anti-Monitor. With no home left to, he retreated into a paradise dimension... where he watched his favorite heroes descend into The Dark Age of Comic Books. The years of isolation eventually got to him, convincing him that the new universe did not deserve to exist, leading to a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Infinite Crisis. The Guardians imprisoned him after his defeat.
Over a year later, the Sinestro Corps staged a breakout on Oa and recruited Superboy-Prime. However, Prime only did so to get close to the Anti-Monitor to avenge Earth-Prime's destruction. After a protracted battle against Sodam Yat, Prime betrayed the Sinestro Corps and killed the Anti-Monitor, hurling him into space before the panicked Guardians hurriedly banished him from this universe.
See Superman Superboy-Prime for more on this character.
After deciding that the universe has grown too chaotic and that the Green Lanterns have failed in their mission, the Guardians of the Universe decided to create a new force to forever unify the universe in their image of perfect order. The Third Army was created through the power of the First Lantern and the Guardians' own flesh. They spread like a plague, converting anyone they can get their hands on into members of the Third Army to eventually replace all life in the universe.
- Assimilation Plot: The goal of the Third Army was to convert all life in the universe into them.
- The Evils of Free Will: Created by the Guardians to replace all life with themselves. As they are little more than mindless fleshy automatons, the very concept of free will would've disappeared from the universe.
- Eyes Are Mental: The only thing that remains unchanged when something becomes a member of the Third Army are their eyes. However any life or recognition is robbed from those eyes, showing nothing is left inside.
- Hive Mind: All of the Third Army are linked to the Guardians. The Guardians can see what they see and control them telepathically.
- Keystone Army: The Guardians had to tap into the First Lantern's prison to create and maintain them. When Volthoom was freed when they overexerted, the Third Army fell apart.
- Meaningful Name: The Third Army is the Guardians' third creation in bringing order to the universe after the Manhunters and the Green Lantern Corps.
- Moral Event Horizon: Their creation was seen as one for the Guardians of the Universe as a whole, and after Volthoom escaped and their emotions were restored, it was one of the main reasons all but two of them were killed off by Sinestro.
- Mundane Solution: The Third Army cannot convert Lanterns while they still have their rings. The most efficient correction to this is to rip off the Lantern's arm with the ring still attached. The old arm will be replaced during the conversion anyway.
- No Ontological Inertia: When Volthoom gets his freedom, the first thing he did was retake the power used to create the Third Army, reducing all of its numbers to nothingness.
- Rule of Symbolism: Everything about the Third Army's design is symbolic of the Guardians' desires for the masses, as several Lanterns discuss. They have no mouths, so they can't talk back. They have no eyelids, so they can only see and understand. Their brains are exposed, so the Guardians always know what they're thinking. Their hearts are expelled from their bodies, so they can feel no emotion.
- The Virus: If a member of the Third Army can get a hold of you, they'll convert your flesh until you become a member of the Third Army yourself. A Lantern has immunity to this so long as they wear their rings.
- Zerg Rush: The biggest threat the Third Army presents after a while are its numbers. Eventually people are fighting for their lives against endless ranks bent on converting them.
- "He has come a long way to stop me. But here, on your world, I have found the ultimate weapon against him. Gold! Let's ride!"
- A.K.A: Devlos UngolHomeworld: Tartarath
Traitor was a fierce warrior on his home world who later slaughtered his own people. He was merged with an armor that fed on the energy of dying stars giving him great strength and adaptive ability.
- Appropriated Appellation: The people of Tartarath died calling him "Traitor!"
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: While hiding out in The Wild West, Traitor created gold-tipped bullets that would penetrate a Green Lantern's energy shields for him and his men to use.
- It Only Works Once: Anything that can damage him will only be effective once, as his armor adapts to ensure that any successful attack won't work again.
- Straw Nihilist: Traitor often goes into rants about how pain and suffering are the only true "meaning" in the universe.
- Worf Had the Flu: Abin Sur and Hal Jordan's main advantage against Traitor was that they fought him while he was relatively weakened after his battle with Sur's predecessor and being trapped on Earth without the ability to absorb dying star radiation.
The Warlock of Ys
An ageless land, the realm known as the Other Side of the World came into existence by a "steady state" flow of primal matter in the form of a cosmic cloud, rather than the "Big Bang" which formed the universe of the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps. Due to the nature of its creation, the Other Side of the World did not have a past or a future, only an eternal "now."The sole, original inhabitant of this dimension was the being known as the Warlock. The odd natural laws of his realm permitted him to master magical forces and within the thaumaturgic tower of his stone castle, the Warlock peered through a magic mirror to witness life on Earth. Bored with his own dimension, the Warlock plotted to leave the Other Side of the World for Earth. Despite all his power, though, this goal remained out of reach.
The Weaponers of Qward
The eternal enemies of the Green Lantern Corps. The Weaponers are a race of aliens who inhabit Qward, a planet in the Antimatter Universe that occupies the same space that Oa does in the positive universe. They are known for their ingenious skill at creating devastating weapons, such as the lightning-like Qwa-bolts, the Void Hound starship, the black rings of their short-lived Anti-Green Lantern Corps, and even the yellow rings of the Sinestro Corps.
The Qwardians have suffered under numerous conquerors, including the Anti-Monitor, the Crime Syndicate of Antimatter-Earth, and the Sinestro Corps. Their own leader holds the title of Highlord. The greatest Weaponers include Highlord Roval, the Weaponer (who created Sinestro's ring), and the caste of warriors called the Thunderers.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Apparently they worship evil. However, later revelations revealed they may not qualify.
- Big Bad: The Qwardians were the main antagonists in the Silver Age, with Sinestro as The Dragon.
- The Dragon: To The Anti-Monitor in later stories.
- Genius Bruiser: The Weaponer. Hes one of the most muscular, physically strongest and a certified genius.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: They are very proud of their race. Usually flaunting it along with their worship of evil.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: They're basically humans with oversized eyes.
Hal Jordan, the Qwa-Man and also known as Weaponeer 666 and the Anti-Matter Lantern, is Earth-0's Green Lantern Hal Jordan's counterpart from the Antimatter Universe.
- Evil Counterpart: Is Hal Jordan's counterpart from the antimatter Universe.
A warlord from the unmapped reaches of space beyond Sector 3600, Zardor desires conquest and has allied with Krona to achieve his ends. By abducting psychics to boost his own mental powers, he can clairvoyantly view events in distant sectors, and has used his psychic powers to mentally dominate numerous Green Lanterns. The first Earth Green Lantern to fight him was Guy Gardner.