The first Green Lantern to appear in comic books is not a member of the Green Lantern Corps, but instead the inheritor of a mystic power (later established to be the Starheart, a sentient concentration of magical energy). Alan Scott, a civil engineer, discovers a mysterious, magical train lantern, and, with instructions from a voice emanating from the stone, forges part of its metal into a green ring. This ring gives him a variety of different powers, and Scott adopts a costume and the name of Green Lantern. As Green Lantern, he fights crime, and helps found the Justice Society of America. Scott still appears in DC comics as Green Lantern, having retaken the name after a brief period of using the name Sentinel.
The second Green Lantern is Harold 'Hal' Jordan, who is a second-generation test pilot (following in the footsteps of his father, Martin Jordan) who is given the power ring and battery (lantern) by a dying alien named Abin Sur. When Abin Sur's spaceship crashes on Earth, the alien uses his ring to seek out an individual to take his place as Green Lantern: someone who is "utterly honest and born without fear." Hal is a founding member of the Justice League of America.
Hal Jordan later destroys the Green Lantern Corps and Guardians of the Universe (save for Ganthet) and adopts the name Parallax. He is defeated by a gathering of heroes (in the Zero Hour miniseries), and later sacrifices himself to reignite Earth's sun (in the Final Night storyline). His soul becomes a guide for the Spectre, but he is later revived by Ganthet when (in a retcon) it is discovered that Jordan's actions as Parallax were caused by his possession by a fear elemental (also known as Parallax). Hal Jordan has returned to his role as Green Lantern, and is operating in the rebuilt Coast City. In 2007, both he and John Stewart are the titular Green Lanterns of Green Lantern.
Guy Gardner (Earth's Green Lantern IV) is a former school teacher whom Abin Sur's ring selected as an alternative to Hal Jordan, but Jordan was closer so Sur chose him instead. Gardner later suffered brain damage, and was unbalanced when he recovered enough to function. He was awarded a ring by a rogue faction of Guardians during Crisis on Infinite Earths.
After losing a 1-on-1 fight with Hal Jordan, to see who would be the Green Lantern of the Earth Sector (2814), Gardner was forced to abandon his Green Lantern Ring. Guy acquired the yellow power ring of Sinestro and his own comic series began with him using that ring. The yellow ring did not use a battery to recharge but actually needed to be used against Green Lanterns to restore power. Gardner found this out by accident when a member of the GLC fought him while he had absolutely no power.
As the yellow ring of Sinestro spoke Sinestro's native language, Guy was entirely unable to communicate with the ring, although it seemed to understand him to a degree. He served in Maxwell Lord's JLI until all Green Lantern rings lost their power when Kyle Rayner destroyed Oa in an effort to stop Parallax. Finding himself powerless, he went on a quest for a mythical source of power deep in the jungle. This power source activated dormant extraterrestrial DNA in him, providing him with the ability to morph his body into various different forms -- mainly in the form of weapons. He then adopted the identity of Warrior.
Gardner has since been purged of his extraterrestrial DNA and is currently a Green Lantern once more, having risen to the rank of Honor Guard Lantern #1, now outranking all sector Lanterns and acting as a troubleshooter and advisor.
John Stewart (Earth's Green Lantern III) is an architect who is Hal Jordan's backup after Gardner was seriously injured, and serves with the JLA on occasion. After Jordan gives up being Green Lantern in the 1980s, the Guardians call Stewart to full time duty as the sector's main Lantern. Stewart fills that role for some years, during which time he marries Katma Tui, the Green Lantern of the planet Korugar. After Tui's murder, Stewart becomes the administrator of the "Mosaic World", a patchwork of communities from multiple planets that had been brought to Oa by an insane Guardian. From this position, Stewart eventually ascends to Guardianhood, which he later relinquishes. During the collapse of the Corps he is a member of the Darkstars where, at the hands of Grayven, he suffers a brief period of paraplegia. He becomes Green Lantern once again and was a member of the latest incarnation of the JLA, before it disbanded during the events of Infinite Crisis. Following the restoration of the Corps, John shares the duty of protecting Earth's sector with Hal Jordan.
Kyle Rayner is a struggling freelance artist when he is approached by the last Guardian of the Universe, Ganthet, to become a new Green Lantern with the last power ring. For a period of time, Kyle Rayner is the only Green Lantern, but (after turning into a godlike being known as Ion) he reestablishes the Green Lantern Corps and revives the Guardians of the Universe. He returns to his mortal form and reclaims the Green Lantern name afterward, but after the death of his former girlfriend Jade, he once again transforms into Ion. After Ion (revealed as the embodiment of willpower) is cast away from him he was possessed by Parallax. The Earth Lanterns, led by Hal Jordan, were able to purge the Parallax entity from Kyle's body. Given a ring by the Guardian Ganthet, Kyle has once again taken the name Green Lantern. In 2007, both he and Guy Gardner are the titular Green Lanterns of Green Lantern Corps.
Jennie-Lynn Hayden, known also as Jade, is Alan Scott's daughter, and was born with innate Green Lantern-like powers. After she (temporarily) loses these innate powers, Kyle Rayner briefly bestows upon her a power ring and the title of Earth's Green Lantern. After becoming Ion, Kyle restores her inherent powers, which she had until her death during Infinite Crisis.
Vidar would subsequently master the art of super-hypnotism and become Universo, one of the Legion's most persistent enemies.
Rond continued his research, collaborating on many experiments with Brainiac 5, and eventually becoming an honorary member of the Legion. While instrumental in many temporal advances, including the creation of the Time Beacon, allowing for safe travel through time, Rond's experiments took a disastrous turn when they threw Professor Jaxon Rugarth into a time loop, turning him into the Infinite Man.
At some point in Rond's career, the Guardians of the Universe recruited him to be a covert member of the Green Lantern Corps, since Green Lanterns were banned on Earth. Rond kept this a secret, not even telling his friends in the Legion. His membership in the Corps was revealed when he helped a group of Legionnaires survive a vengeance-inspired attack on the Time Trapper.
During the "Five Years Later" era of Legion continuity, his power ring was destroyed by the sorcerer Mordru.
While Alan Scott, along with the rest of the Justice Society of America, is trapped in Limbo, his mystic lantern sends a projection to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart (the Green Lanterns of Earth at the time). After tracing the projection to Scott's home, the lantern tells the story of its origin (effectively retconning the origin of Alan Scott's power.)
In the lantern's story, Yalan Gur was once one of the greatest of the Green Lantern Corps, and, in the 10th Century AD by Earth reckoning, the Guardians of the Universe chose to remove the customary weakness to the color yellow from his power ring. Without this limitation, however, he was corrupted by his power, and he came to Earth and enslaved the people of China. The Guardians of the Universe thwarted Yalan by adding a new weakness to wood to his ring, which allowed the club-wielding villagers to overwhelm their oppressor and mortally wound him. The dying Yalan Gur fled into Earth's upper atmosphere, where he merged with his lantern-shaped power battery as he died. (His lantern then collided with a fragment of the Starheart and was merged with its magical essence, turning into the Green Flame that becomes the source of Alan Scott's power.)
When Jong Li was growing up, he was taught of the Dragon Lords, beings who ruled in the "Golden Age" of man, and that under these lords, man prospered. He was taught to renounce all earthly possessions and to live a life of peace and discipline, but then one day a concubine named Jade Moon came to him in his temple, begging for help in trying to escape her bonds. Jong Li tried to help her but failed, and his temple and fellow monks were ravaged by the emperor's troops and their commander.
Jong Li later encountered a Guardian who gave him a power ring and a lantern to "Oppose Evil, Ease Suffering and Protect the Innocent." Jong Li later rescued Jade and learned of Lung Mountain, where the last Dragon Lords supposedly lived. He set out to seek their higher authority and with their Blessing of Fire became the last Dragon Lord of the Earth, finally defeating the evil emperor's forces and saving his people.
Abin Sur was a Green Lantern assigned Sector 2814 (Earth's sector, by the Green Lantern Corps' reckoning). His ship crash-landed on Earth and passed his ring on to Hal Jordan as he lay dying.
Arisia first met Hal Jordan, neighboring Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814 on her way to Oa to take part in battle against Krona the renegade Guardian, and Nekron, Lord of the Unliving. She was astounded by the thousands of different Green Lanterns she fought beside, and was quick to make friends. Her life as an emerald warrior was about to be cut short when she was rescued by Tylot, one of Krona's army of the undead. For rescuing the young Lantern, Tylot was made a temporary Green Lantern.
He is a stony, vaguely-humanoid Green Lantern from the shattered world of Perressen. He is recruited into the Green Lantern Corps by B'Shi, as part of preparations for a Green Lantern Corps invasion of Apokolips. He participates in this invasion, and, while it fails, he secretly provides the hostage Raker Qarrigat with a power ring and corresponding battery, allowing Qarrigat to fight a continuing guerrilla war against Darkseid's rule.
B'Shi is one of several Green Lanterns appearing in the "A Lantern Against The Dark: A Forgotten Tale of the Green Lantern Corps" story, from Green Lantern 80-Page Giant #3.
She is a monkey-like Green Lantern from the jungle world of Suirpalam, who is recruited into the Green Lantern Corps by Raker Qarrigat (and in turn recruits Ash-Pak-Glif) as part of preparations for a Green Lantern Corps invasion of Apokolips. She participates in this invasion, and is killed along with hundreds of other Green Lanterns when it quickly turns into a debacle.
It is revealed that his greatest fear is to be stripped of his ring and returned to an insignificant insect trapped on his homeworld. He gives his life to defeat Mongul II. He dies defending a team of his fellow Lanterns. His ring was bequeathed to Mother Mercy.
Eddore, along with Arisia, were created by writer Mike W. Barr in his Tales of the GL Corps miniseries as a tip of the hat to E.E. Smith's Lensmen series. Arisia and Eddore are the planets of the series' superintelligent benevolent and evil races, respectively.
Upon his first appearance (during the Millennium crossover event), Hal Jordan stated that G'nort only got into the Corps through the political influence of his uncle, a respected Green Lantern. However, his incompetence was recognized early and he was given a completely lifeless Sector to patrol. This origin was slightly retconned in Green Lantern Vol. 3 #9-13. According to this new origin, G'nort and his uncle G'newman initially received their power rings from Poglachians, posing as the Guardians of the Universe after the real Guardians departed the universe with the Zamarons. This was part of a Paglachian/Weaponeers of Qward plot to arm incompetents with Green Lantern power rings; the Paglachians wanted to cause amusing chaos, while the Weaponeers wanted to discredit the Green Lantern Corps. Despite the initial origin of his ring, after the plot is uncovered Guy Gardner, against his better judgment, nominated G'nort for genuine Corps membership.
G'nort has only appeared in supporting roles and back-up stories, either pestering the Justice League to let him join (or at least help with the latest threat to Earth) or battling wholly unintimidating "threats" to peace and order. In one effort to help the Justice League (in Justice League America #36), he encounters what would become his arch-enemy, the (equally incompetent) Scarlet Skier, a parody of Marvel's Silver Surfer. He later befriends the Scarlet Skier (in Justice League International Vol. 1 #3) and even brings the Scarlet Skier along when Maxwell Lord founds the Justice League Antarctica in an effort to get both G'nort and the unwillingly-heroic Injustice League out of his way (in Justice League International Annual #4). There G'Nort actually does save lives.
He also appears in Green Lantern group scenes, including, after the events of Emerald Twilight, joining many other former Green Lanterns in joining the Darkstars. He also occasionally appears as a solo character, battling his arch-enemy, the Scarlet Skier, or being (unsuccessfully) ransomed off by Manga Khan to Maxwell Lord in exchange for L-Ron. G'nort was last seen as the sole member of Super Buddies Antarctica.
G'Nort's look over the years has slowly become more and more canine, and in the recent Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage miniseries, he was written as a bolder character with an air of more confidence, or at least, embittered and less prone to be a joke due to his home planet, G'Newt, being left a scorched mass of rubble by the Tormocks, as a neutral casualty of the Rann-Thanagar War.
In the alternate future of Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Brainiac 5 describes him as a past menace wielding a Power Ring along with the seen-on-panel, but not nominated, Sinestro and Amon Sur.
As Chieftan, Kreon led a battle fleet into war against the Quahooga. Unlike others of his race, Kreon fought not to win wars, but to end them. To this end, Kreon bought Star Sapphire from the mercenary Flicker, in the hope to spare hundreds of his warriors from entering battle. Star Sapphire bided her time until she managed to get a weapon, slaughtering a dozen Tebans before she was stopped. Although the Tribunal of Command suggested he kill her, Kreon listened to Flicker, who promised a way to control her. He would bring an old lover of hers, the Green Lantern of Earth, Hal Jordan.
The plan was a complete failure, neither the Green Lanterns nor Star Sapphire could be contained. Realizing his mistake in trusting Flicker, Kreon assisted the Green Lanterns in the mercenary's downfall.
The deeds of Kreon may not have been approved of by his fellow Chieftains, but they did attract the attention of Hal Jordan. The Green Lantern offered Kreon membership in the Corps. He is killed by the Manhunters.
In the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3 story "In the Blackest Night", Katma Tui is sent by the Guardians of the Universe to a lightless region of space known as the Obsidian Deeps, in order to recruit a new Green Lantern to protect that region of space. Despite the absolute darkness of the Deeps, Katma's power ring led her unerringly to a completely fearless and honest resident of the Deeps: Rot Lop Fan. However, as Rot Lop Fan's species had evolved in darkness, they had no concept of light and color, and thus Katma Tui was unable to explain how the power ring worked (it projects solid rays of light manifested by the bearer's will power).
Realizing that his species operates by hearing, Katma reshapes the power ring from a lantern into a bell, and describes the Green Lantern Corps as the F-Sharp Bell Corps and the ring's powers in terms of sound instead of light. She also composes a new oath for him to recite.
Having solved this dilemma, Katma leaves Rot Lop Fan to protect his people.
Rot Lop Fan later appears in several group scenes, including in the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline (Green Lantern Corps #219) when the Guardians of the Universe depart this plane of existence with the Zamarons, at the trial of Sinestro (Green Lantern Corps #223-#224) and in a group of ex-Green Lanterns freed from slavers by Warrior (Guy Gardner: Warrior #35).
Rot Lop Fan has apparently been reinstated as a Green Lantern after the rebirth of the Corps.
He is also mentioned in the proposal Alan Moore wrote for his series "Twilight of the Superheroes", which was never published. In the proposal that was leaked onto the internet, the Daxamite Green Lantern is named "Sodol Yat" and is also referred to as "The Ultimate Green Lantern". In that story, Sodol Yat is the last Green Lantern to confront Superman, who has just killed many Green Lanterns, Thanagarians and the Martian Manhunter. Sodol Yat then kills Superman.
Sodam Yat made his first appearance in regular DC continuity in Green Lantern Corps #12, and part three of the Sinestro Corps War (Green Lantern Corps #14), when Kilowog gathers a group of Lanterns to strike back against Sinestro's forces attacking in Space Sector 2263. Salakk singles out Arisia to keep an eye on the newly graduated Lantern Yat, while she wonders why Sodam is so important. Salakk has been charged by the Guardians of the Universe to keep Qull's prophesy from coming to pass, but keeps this to himself, only saying that one day she may know why he is so special. In Green Lantern Corps #16, Sodam destroys Ranx' core ending the battle of Mogo.
In Green Lantern Corps #17, Sodam Yat is merged with the Ion Entity, becoming the new Ion. Merging the Ion power with his Daxamite physiology makes him one of the most powerful characters in the current continuity.
Turytt is the imposing rookie Green Lantern and successor of Ke'Haan. He presides over sector 786.
Although not 'official' members of the Green Lantern Corps, four teenagers -- Frankie (M), Kelly (F), Jaclyn (F) and Samosa (M) -- are given simplified Green Lantern rings by John Stewart after their homes are abducted to Oa by the Mad Guardian in Green Lantern (Volume 3, 1992) and Mosaic (Volume 1, 1992-1993).
Able to create simple objects, translate languages, synthesize atmosphere and empower flight, these rings enabled the youngsters to explore Oa in the hopes that their youthful ways of looking at the Mosaic (and the other beings trapped there) would help ease relations between the Earthlings and other races.
Having a moderate degree of success, the four helped where they could until the Moasic was torn apart when dozens of space fleets appeared over Oa, each planet determined to bring their people home.
Presumably the four are back on Earth readjustng to a 'normal' life. At this time, it is unknown how the destruction of the Central Power Battery (GL V3 #50) and subsequent reconstruction by Ion/Kyle Rayner affected the teenagers' rings. It is possible they still exist and can be recharged if given access to a Lantern.
Another Teen Lantern, unrelated to the others and out-of-continuity is Jordana Gardner, future descendant of Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner, called in such way due to her early recruitment into the Green Lantern Corps of the alternate future detailed in Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century.
In episode #9 ("The Green Loontern") of the 2003 Duck Dodgers animated series, Duck Dodgers claims his laundry at the dry-cleaners, but mistakenly takes a Green Lantern uniform instead of his usual outfit.
After discovering that with the aid of his power ring he can fly, he has a few mishaps involving flight (including a confrontation with a dog while trying to romance a girl in a Romeo and Juliet spoof), before he is summoned to Oa: in a memorable scene, he zooms uncontrollably through outer space, dragged by the power of his ring.
The entire Green Lantern Corps is kidnapped by Sinestro; as a last resort, Duck Dodgers is dispatched by the Guardians to save the Corps. Through various flukes, he manages to do so, before Hal Jordan returns (dressed in Dodgers' normal spacesuit) to demand the return of his ring and uniform.
While asked by Kilowog to recite the Green Lantern power oath at the Corps Central Battery, a flustered Dodgers gabbles a random rhyme in desperation:
This episode made use of discarded character concepts for a proposed Green Lantern Corps animated series. The series would have focused on the adventures of Kyle Rayner with a slightly comical version of the Corps. The episode included the first animated versions of Guy Gardner, Ch'p, and Boodikka.
A Green Guardsman was featured on the Justice League animated series' season one two-part episode Legends as an homage to the original Alan Scott. He appeared as a Justice Guild of America member on an alternate Earth that was devastated by nuclear war, but reconstructed as a vast mental illusion by a psychic, Ray Thompson. This was a reference to the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths crossovers between DC Comics' Multiverse (which began in Sep. 1961 "Flash of Two Worlds"). To mirror the Golden Age Green Lantern ring's vulnerability to wood, the Green Guardsman's ring had no power over aluminum. He represented the Golden Age mentality of comics, accidentally making a racist gaffe when he told the African-American Green Lantern John Stewart "you're a credit to your people, son"; however, the Green Guardsman proved to be a loyal superhero of a bygone era, and willingly sacrificed himself to defend the Earth he protected.
The sectors are shaped as four-sided pyramid-shaped sections of a sphere, with their point meeting at Oa, which is located at the center of the universe. Oa is technically in each Lantern's sector, and while on Oa, the Lantern is still in his home sector
There are 3600 standard space sectors, plus three "special" sectors: 0 (Oa itself) -1 (Anti-Matter universe) and 3601 (proscribed sector of space populated by the Manhunters)
|-1||Anti-matter universe of Qward|
|0||Oa - home to the Guardians of the Universe|
|17||Larvox and Jack T. Chance (deceased)|
|35||Matoo Pree and Amnee Pree|
|38||Kraken and Raker Qarrigat|
|47||Lysandra and Spol|
|73||Sendrina and Chthos-Chtas Chthatis (deceased)|
|119||Reemuz (deceased) and Leezle Pon|
|151||Ghr'll and Xylpth|
|424||Vode-M and Graf Toren|
|700||R'amey Holl & Von Daggle|
|786||Ke'Haan (deceased) and Turytt|
|904||Brik and Aa|
|911||Rot Lop Fan|
|1014||Ch'p (deceased) and B'dg|
|1110||Okonoko and Sir Deeter|
|1414||Boodikka and Zale|
|1416||Diamalon (deceased) and Chaselon|
|1417||Sinestro (expelled), Katma Tui (deceased), Tarkus Whin (deceased), Myrrt (deceased), Soranik Natu and Princess Iolande|
|2234||El'qa Squa Zreenah and Perdoo|
|2261||Mogo, Mother Mercy, Bzzd (deceased)|
|2682||Vath Sarn and Isamot Kol|
|2684||Quond (deceased) and Tanakata Z (deceased)|
|2812||Tagort and Venizz|
|2813||Tomar-Re (deceased), Tomar-Tu and Dalor|
|2814||Laham (deceased), Waverly Sayre (deceased), Stakaðr (deceased), Abin Sur (deceased), Daniel Young (deceased), Donna Parker (retired), Jennifer-Lynn "Jade" Hayden (deceased), Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner|
|2828||Gretti and Green Man|
|2937||Harvid and G'Hu|
|3014||Barreer Wot and Lok Neboora|
|3521||Garmin Vid and Torquemada|
|3601||Location of the Manhunters. Marked as off limits to Corpsmen|