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Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead
Together with our hellish hate
We'll burn you all— that is your fate!*
Billions of years ago, the Manhunters malfunctioned and eliminated all life in Sector 666—or so they thought. Five denizens of the sector miraculously managed to survive 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 create 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-Villain: They default to this, as despite their antagonism towards the Green Lanterns, they usually have VERY good reasons to be pissed off (red rings are usually drawn to rage resulting from personal loss). On top of that, while they won't be particularly aggrieved about collateral damage, most of their actual targets are often people who deserve it.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The idea of a Lantern Corps made of mindless and blood-crazed berserkers. The initial Reds are incapable of any organization or strategy above a pack mentality, have little self-preservation, and can't even form energy constructs. Atrocitus eventually realizes this and decides to grant intelligence to a select few. After Bleez and later Guy Gardner take control, they give everyone their minds back. Even then, it takes some time for them to all gain the ability to form constructs.
- Ax-Crazy: Most Reds are mindless Blood Knights.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: What morals a Red Lantern had before procuring their ring usually goes out the window considering the wield The Power of Hate to use it. The fact that envisioning the power to vomit blood hot enough to burn in the vacuum of space doesn't scream "100% Heroism Rating" either.
- The Berserker: Considering their power source is Unstoppable Rage, it's unsurprising this amounts to literally every one of them.
- 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.
- Blood Magic: Used to forge the battery and the rings, and Atrocitus can also use it to make divinations.
- 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.
- Retcon: The published illustration of Laira was edited to omit the aforementioned cracks around her lips, as the concept of the red light gradually destroying its users was dropped.
- 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 during Guy Gardner's reign as the Reds' unofficial leader Bleez, Rankorr, Ratchet, Skallox, and Zilius Zox received more focus and character development.
- Breath Weapon: Their trademark ability.
- Clingy MacGuffin: Because the Red Lantern rings replace their wielder's heart, removing one from the bearer will kill them without outside assistance. The Green Lantern: The Animated Series adaptation graciously left out this detail.
- Despair Event Horizon: Hitting it attracts a red power ring, combined with the Rage Breaking Point mentioned below.
- Determinator: Yeah, ripping out their hearts only makes them mad(der).
- Disability Immunity: This also allows them to survive anything that targets their hearts since they don't actually need them.
- The writers themselves conveniently ignore this when they need to pull a ring from a character. Every single time they need a character to stop being a Red Lantern, they lose the ring offscreen with no side effects or explanation, especially given that Deus Exit Machina is pretty much nearly always in effect for the Blue Lantern Corps.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Guy Gardner's tenure as a Red Lantern ultimately resulted in the few remaining members of the Corps making peace with the Green Lanterns and being appointed as the official protectors of Sector 2814 (which includes Earth). But when Atrocitus came back into power, it didn't take him very long to undo all of Guy's achievements for the Red Lanterns and completely purge Guy's lingering influence from the Corps. How Atrocitus managed any of this is unknown (the last time we saw him before his sudden resurgence, he had been left powerless and on the brink of death, and the surviving Red Lanterns had developed a fierce loyalty to Guy), so it was probably just a straight-up retcon.
- 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 flaming blood they spew is one of the few things that can overcome a Black Lantern's regeneration.
- In It for Life: To prevent beings from leaving his Lantern Corps, Atrocitus designed the Red Rings so that taking them off would be fatal. Only the healing power of a Blue Lantern can prevent this.
- Logical Weakness: Anger is on the far end of the emotional spectrum, so Red Lanterns are vulnerable to light from the other end. The Blue Light of hope can restart their hearts and separate them from the ring and love (which exists farthest from anger) can kill them instantly.
- 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."
- Rage Breaking Point: As this Corps is fueled by rage, reaching this trope is what attracts a red ring to a character and turn him/her into a Red Lantern (usually overlapping with Despair Event Horizon).
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red Lanterns are frequently depicted having red irises, red irises and pupils, or red Monochromatic Eyes.
- Red Is Violent: Being a color that represents rage, violence and aggressiveness as well fire and blood, red is a VERY suitable color for this Corps.
- 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. He even tells Rankorr that he's not a "true" Red Lantern until he takes vengeance on the one responsible for him taking up a Red Ring.
- Sociopathic Hero: Well, "hero" is questionable, but Atrocitus does try to steer them towards noble causes.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the mostly forgotten 90s Darkstars, who had a similar scope and Darker and Edgier attitude compared to the Green Lanterns.
- That Man Is Dead: Many Red Lanterns hold this belief as regards the people they were before they took up a Red Ring, and the trope holds more weight than it usually does. The kind of trauma that attracts a Red Ring is a life-changing event without the intervention of alien Blood Magitek, you couldn't just go on with your life like it never happened. Physiologically, putting on a Red Ring pretty much kills you, shriveling your heart and expelling your blood, replacing it with burning hot plasma pumped by the Ring. And since most Red Lanterns spend at least some time after getting their Rings as mindless berserkers, it's not hard to see why they might consider themselves little more than the animated corpses of the people they used to be. Which puts an interesting spin on the line "Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead."
- Unstoppable Rage: It's what powers them.
- 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: All of the Reds. They were all fairly decent people before the Universe decided to piss all over them! They are all victims of some of the cruelest acts inflicted ever inflicted and youd want to give them a hug if they werent so dangerous!
Notable Red Lanterns
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 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 unprovoked genocide of his people, including his beloved family, 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.
As of Rebirth, he has once again taken away the intelligence of his corps, and wishes to create a "Red Dawn" on Earth.
- A Father to His Men: Zig-Zagged. A really good way to piss Atrocitus off is to harm one of Red Lanterns. . . and given he's fueled by pure rage, this won't end well for the one who did the hurting. Though it swings between this trope and "the Red Lanterns are my toys, I am the only one who gets to break them." (Though when he does go all Bad Boss, he usually has a pretty good reason.) At other times, he'll get downright Darwinian, claiming a slaughtered Red Lantern wasn't strong enough to be a "true" Red Lantern, or they would not have been slaughtered.
- 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.
- Less so during the "Atrocities" arc, where he's willing to rampage across planets for revenge.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Possibly the biggest badass of all the Corps leaders.
- Berserk Button: His Injustice counterpart has hurting Dex-Starr.Atrocitus: You kicked my cat. I'm powered by rage, and you KICKED. MY. CAT.
- 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, especially during the "Atrocities" arc.
- Dark Messiah: Plays himself up as this in the "Atrocities" arc.
- 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 a 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he barely tolerates most of his subordinates for their treachery, weakness, and incompetence (both perceived and actual flaws depending on the Lantern) he he has a soft spot for Dex-Starr. He even stated that he is the only Red a Lantern whos death he would mourn.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Used to just be another guy, with a wife and family. Then the Manhunters came and leveled 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.
- He's smart in other ways as well. He knows the weakness of Blue Lantern Rings without needing to be told, is proficient in the use of Blood Magic and constructed a cosmic divining rod capable of absorbing Green Lantern Ring energy out of spare parts from a gun shop on Earth.
- 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: He'll take his revenge come hell or high water and doesn't care who he has to kill to get it.
- Last of His Kind: His entire race was wiped out by the Manhunters.
- Manipulative Bastard: For all his Unstoppable Rage, Atrocitus is a surprisingly subtle and deep thinker. Those plotting against him (like Bleez) will frequently find, to their surprise, that Atrocitus was a step ahead of them (if barely).
- 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 Is a Mommy: He had a daughter, but she was killed by the Manhunters.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Atrocitus, which brings to mind the word atrocity. Though it's actually a codename. His real name is Atros.
- 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.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Atrocitus is durable enough to withstand knife attacks.
- Noble Demon: His rage will burn one into a charred corpse. . . but he'll make sure you really deserve it first. He's been known to cogitate on what rage is more worthy of his attention, especially when it comes to conflicts rooted in Grey-and-Gray Morality. He goes so far as ordering his own death at the hands of his Red Lanterns, because he was given the opportunity to undo the massacre of Sector 666 and did not take it, making him (in his mind) responsible for it.Atrocitus: By the code of the Red Lanterns, there must be no mercy. . . only vengeance.
- 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: His targets usually have it coming.
- Pet the Dog: 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.
- Redemption Failure: Doesn't go very far at all. Like he had done to Bleez, Simon attempts to purge Atrocitus of his rage and restore him to the person he originally was. Simon only manages to piss Atrocitus off even more.
- Skull for a Head: Depending on the Artist, he ranges from just being an ugly, pink-skinned alien with lots of sharp teeth to looking like a beefier version of Red Skull.
- 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 was also part of the New Guardians team.
As of Rebirth, she is once again questioning her existence as a Red Lantern and is searching for a way to quit the Corps without it meaning her death. She had better figure it out quickly if she values her own well-being, though, as Atrocitus is already suspicious of her.
- Angelic Aliens: Comes from a species that look like angels.
- 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: Wears a black mask that covers the upper part of her face.
- 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' 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.
- The franchise really loves this trope, taking it Up to Eleven in Green Lanterns: Simon heals her of her Rage, causing her to have a Heel Realization - and in the process, his healing actually gives her back her intact feathered wings. When this winds up being temporary, she instantly regains her skeletal wings, for no apparent reason other than to emphasize that she's turned back from the side of good
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Bleez had blue skin since her first appearance. In the New 52 however, her skin color was white.
- HeelFace Turn: After Simon Baz showed her she was letting her rage blind her.
- 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.
- The Lancer: To Guy Gardner's Red Lanterns.
- 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). On top of the focus given to her Hartman Hips, she wears a skintight Leotard of Power, cut high on the hip and paired with thigh-high boots to show She's Got Legs, and the Most Common Superpower.
- Only a Flesh Wound: "Pain is power for a Red Lantern." Bitch.
- Rape as Backstory / Rape as Drama: Specifically, gang-rape and mutilation.
- 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.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She was kidnapped and gang-raped because of her beauty.
- 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.
- Token Good Teammate: Is this to the Red Lanterns after Simon Baz kickstarted her HeelFace Turn.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold during the "Atrocities" saga, when interacting with Kara and Rankorr.
- Had this happen in Green Lanterns as well; in fact, she has an outright Heel Realization/My God What Have I Done moment when Simon cures her of her Rage, going on about how she had thought that she was "fighting injustice" but had been actually "perpetuating it", and very nearly killing herself in remorse for her past actions. It didn't seem to last at first, but it turns out she was just pretending so Atrocitus wouldn't kill her.
- 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.
The Rage Entity—the embodiment of the Red Light, given life and strength from the burning anger of every sentient being. Born from the very first killing not done for survival. 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.
- An Axe to Grind: Butcher's preferred weapon when he takes a humanoid host is an executioner's axe.
- Bull Seeing Red: Inverted via Visual Pun; his true form resembles a bull, but he is red instead of seeing something red.
- The Butcher: He certainly is.
- Demonic Possession: He seeks out people with a great amount of anger and gives them the power to take revenge.
- Emotion Eater: As might be expected, he draws power from anger.
- Evil Counterpart: The Spectre sees him as this.
- Names To Run Away From Very Fast: Self-explanatory. He's called The Butcher after all.
- Rule of Symbolism: Implied to have been created by Cain's murder of Abel. One wonders what would happen if it ever met Vandal Savage.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Again, he's "the embodiment of the Red Light, given life and strength from the burning anger of every sentient being."
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.
- Abandoned Pet in a Box: Part of his backstory. Dexter & his siblings are shown in a box labelled "FREE" on the day of Dexter's adoption. When his adopted owner is killed in a home invasion, Dexter is thrown into the street and nearly drowned by two thugs who throw him into the river - at which point he is recruited into the Red Lanterns and becomes Dex-Starr.
- Animal Superheroes: Supervillain, maybe? Hard to say with this group.
- Badass Adorable: He's a tiny blue cat. He's also a Lantern, so don't expect that he can't kick your ass.
- Badass Boast: "I find one who hurt you. I kill. I good kitty."
- Brooklyn Rage: A rare animal example. He is from Brooklyn, after all.
- 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. According to Geoff Johns, Dex-Starr is the most vicious and cruel of any Red Lantern.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is said to be the most sadistic and vicious of the Red Lanterns, however, he did genuinely love his previous owner, just as he genuinely loves Atrocitus.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From ordinary housecat to the most rage-filled creature within several lightyears of Earth.
- Horrifying the Horror: The other Red Lanterns downright fear him.
- Right-Hand Cat: Atrocitus has always been particularly fond of Dex-Starr, even personally stepping in to rescue him, tending to his wounds, and referring to him as a "good kitty". When most of the Red Corps was (very temporarily) killed by Lobo Dex-Starr was the only slain member whom Atrocitus mourned and swore to avenge — all the rest of Lobo's Red Lantern victims were casually brushed off by Atrocitus, who called them "weak" and thus "deserving of death."
- 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.
- Hell, his love for his owner is why he has enough rage to become a Red Lantern in the first place.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An ordinary, if unusually blue-colored, cat until robbers broke in and killed his owner then tried to kill him. Now he's one of the most pissed off creatures in the universe.
- 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 Hair: 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. He is most likely a British Shorthair.
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 due to the fact that he managed to overcome his Unstoppable Rage without dipping into the Blood Ocean. 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.
- Emotion Suppression: Unlike almost every other Red Lantern (except Judge Sheko), he managed to overcome his rage without dipping into the Blood Ocean. As a result, he can make constructs.
- The Heart: In Guy Gardner's Red Lanterns. Generally, he's the nicest guy in the group, even after most of them Took a Level in Kindness.
- Intelligence = 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, but it doesn't last as he immediately reverts back to his original Red Lantern self after Guy leaves the Corps and Atrocitus becomes the boss again.
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 Dex-Starr. 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. His Killed Off for Real status seems to have stuck, too, since unlike Skallox and Zilius Zox, who were also KIA during the conflict between Atrocitus and Guy, Ratchet did not make a miraculous return from the dead.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: Of Guy Gardner's Red Lanterns. He's a Gun Nut and is often eager to use whatever weapons he has at his disposal.
- Body Horror: His face was horribly burned, transforming his face from that of a goat to a goat skull-like face.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Atrocitus seems to think so, as Skallox has betrayed him, and then later betrayed Guy. However, he was actually Guy's Double Reverse Quadruple Agent.
- 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.
- Neck Snap: How Atrocitus kills him.
- Retcon: He's suddenly alive again and back to being Atrocitus' toady.
- Cephalothorax: He's practically all mouth.
- Has a Type: In the Supergirl storyline Red Daughter of Krypton, Zox has a type: round females. When Guy Gardner jokingly asks him and his partner Skallox if they're developing a crush on Supergirl, Zox replies: "Meh. Not nearly spherical enough."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself and the Kaalvar to stop a Brainwashed and Crazy Rankorr during the Atrocities.
- Retcon: He has inexplicably returned to life — and also to his original status as Atrocitus's obedient sycophant.
- 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.
- Jerkass: Comes off as a huge jerk, even among Red Lanterns.
- Under Guy Gardner's leadership, Zox was actually one of the more amicable members. With Guy's departure from the Corps, Zox has since become a jerk again.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Although his name reads as "Zill-ee-us", the animated series pronounces his name as "Zih-lie-us".
- The Smart Guy: Of Guy Gardner's Red Lanterns.
- 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.
- Emotion Suppression: She's so skilled with the Red Ring that she suppressed her Unstoppable Rage immediately, a feat no other Red Lantern to that point had accomplished. Even Rankorr, who managed it on his own, had a period of rage.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: She was a judge initially, becoming a Red Lantern added the executioner part. The first people she killed where the prince and the corrupt bailiff who killed her, then she turned on everyone else for letting things go as far as they did.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sheko is not above holding herself accountable, and kills herself after declaring herself guilty.
- 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.
- All There in the Manual: Her name is known from an interview rather than by it appearing in the comics.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a Red Lantern with auburn hair. Fiery is an understatement.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She's pretty humanoid, has blue skin and if she wasn't a Red Lantern, rather attractive.
- Extra Eyes: Has three eyes, the third of which is in the middle of his forehead.
- Lamprey Mouth: Possess a round spiky circle of a mouth.
- Becoming the Mask: His undercover stint doesn't last very long after he challenges and beats down Atrocitus to take his ring. He embraces the Red Lantern life, and chooses to stay as one — at least for a time.
- Subverted. For reasons left unexplained, Guy eventually renounces his red ring and returns to the Green Lantern Corps, and Atrocitus regains control of the Red Lanterns and effectively reverts them back to a state where you'd think Guy Gardner's tenure as a Red Lantern never happened.
- Big Brother Mentor: Became one to Supergirl, helping her find herself and manage her anger before she decided to renounce her red ring and return to her normal self.
- The Leader: Unofficially, but the other Reds saw him that way.
- Extra Eyes: They've got six eyes.
- See GL Green Lantern Corps for more.
- 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.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Not that she was intentionally evil, but just as Hal begins to snap her out of her rage state, Sinestro shoots her dead.
- Killed Off for Real: She doesn't make it.
- Alien Hair: Nite-Lik has a split ridged crest instead of hair.
- 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.
- Humanoid Aliens: Vaguely humanoid but would certainly never be mistaken for one.
- Retcon: Was killed during Blackest Night, but as of the New 52, never seems to have died.
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
- Beyond the Impossible: At the end of her Red Daughter of Krypton arc, she managed to destroy her ring and remove it without dying, which up to that point was considered completely impossible due to the ring replacing the blood flow of the heart.
- Morality Pet: Was one to all of the Red Lanterns under Guy's command, but especially to Guy and Bleez.
- Sixth Ranger: Of Guy Gardner's Red Lanterns.
- Superpower Lottery: She's a Kryptonian who had the powers of a Red Lantern on top. This made her one of the most powerful Lanterns out there. In blind rage, she was able to fight several Lanterns at once, both Red and Green, before being restrained once she was brought to Ysmault.
- Subverted, at least as far as her Lantern powers are concerned, since she eventually renounced her red ring and thereby lost the abilities it had granted her.
- Cyclops: Has a single large eye.