I’m quite a fan of the Green Lantern gallery of villains. There are many cool designs, and I dig the characters and motivations of many of them. There are plenty of great rogues to choose from, and I’m going to count down the ten best right now. Let’s begin!
- The Shark
A telepathic shark-man, Karshon the Shark is a threat both physically and mentally. Ever since he mutated from being a simple tiger shark, the Shark has been a dangerous foe of Hal Jordan.
He’s not made in an appearance in quite a while, being supplanted by King Shark as DC’s nominal shark-man villain. He was changed back into a tiger shark sometime back by the Green Lantern. I for one hope that the Shark makes a return sometime in the near future.
While I’ve gone on record in saying that I’m not a big fan of “archetypally evil” villains, I would be remiss to not mention the mastermind behind one of Green Lantern and DC’s coolest crossover stories, Blackest Night.
Nekron is the embodiment of death itself and the manufacturer of the Black Lantern Ring, a weapon which can raise the dead to attack the living. In the later stages, he was even able to use them to possess heroes who had encountered death before.
Nekron very nearly conquered Earth and the entire universe before Earth’s heroes and all seven Lantern Corps were able to send him out of this dimension. He is the Blackest Night itself, and this makes him a worthy foe of the Green Lanterns.
- Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern
The being known as Larfleeze is the bearer of the Orange Light of Avarice. This ring is unique in how it changes the personality of its bearer and allows him or her to summon those who have been slain by an Orange Lantern.
Larfleeze is a pitiable creature, as he was forced into taking on this burden and cannot escape it. He wants all things in the universe to be his.
He has been made into something of a comedic character at times, but I prefer the more serious and sad interpretation of the villain. He has helped the other Lantern Corps in their time of need which shows a spark of goodness in the greedy heart of the Orange Lantern. All of these qualities combined earn Larfleeze a noble place on this list.
- The Phantom Lantern
A new addition to the Green Lantern rogues gallery, Frank Laminski is a really interesting foe brought to life in Sam Humphries’ Green Lanterns title. His ring can summon the seven colors of the spectrum, and he gets to choose the Ring as opposed to the Ring choosing him.
Laminski is a unique foe in that he desperately wanted to be a super hero and even had some failed ventures before being presented with the Ring by Volthoom, the First Lantern. He was yet another well-intended human being who stepped into a realm he did not fully understand.
Another pitiable character with potential for greatness, Frank Laminski has easily earned a place on this list despite his short existence in comic books.
- The Manhunters
“No man escapes the Manhunters,” the motto of a violent and near-totalitarian brigade of law enforcement androids. This was the First Army of the Guardians of the Universe, but they proved to be flawed and led the beings of Oa to create the Green Lantern Corps.
These are dangerous machines who have gone rogue on many occasions, prompting the Guardians to send the Green Lantern Corps to round them up.
The Manhunters are a really cool concept because they helped add depth to the ancient order and conflicts into which the Green Lanterns of Earth have been recruited. Their visual design is simple and sleek, their motto is ominous and memorable, and they are more than worthy of being on this list.
- Star Sapphire
Love is a complex thing, and no relationship shows this better than that of Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris. Though they have fallen in and out of love on many occasions, they have clashed with Rings of Light just as often.
The gem which was previously used by Carol Ferris initially controlled her, and she was later given a Ring which she could better control. She has since been more of a heroic figure with her in control of the ring, helping Hal Jordan and the other Lanterns in the War of Light and the Blackest Night.
However, she was a great foe of the Green Lantern first, and that earns the Star Sapphire a place on this list.
- Black Hand
William Hand has the touch of death, literally. Whatever he touches with his right hand begins to wither and die. Thanks to Nekron and his Black Lantern Ring, he can now also raise the dead to serve him.
He has trouble getting along with the living, and so he finds solace with the dead. The Black Hand is an oddly sympathetic villain in his struggles to empathize with the living, but that doesn’t negate the fact that he is a great threat to all that is living.
These elements earn the Black Hand a spot in the 10 Greatest Green Lantern Villains list.
A conqueror from beyond the stars, Mongul has taken over many worlds and is responsible for countless deaths. From his throne on Warworld, Mongul extends his dominion over species after species.
He has strength to match even the lives of Superman, and he was even a member of the Sinestro Corps for a time before Thal Sinestro himself cast him out for mutiny.
Mongul is a being with an endless thirst for power, and he is the kind of classical evil rogue that I love. He is a worthy foe of the Green Lantern and a threat to anyone who stands in his path.
- Atrocitus, the Red Lantern
The being once known as Atros is one of the best characters to come out of mainstream super hero comics in the last decade. He is a being who will never let go of his grief. The Manhunters slew his family, and those who oppress others will ever pay the price for this crime.
Atrocitus is not an evil man; he only wants to punish those worth punishing and take in those whose grief matches his. He takes in the lost and destroys the oppressors.
However, his vengeance is thorough and brutal, and this is why the Green Lantern Corps has had to stand in his path on many occasions. He is among the most powerful beings in the universe, with a Power Ring of his own, the ability to spit napalm, and immense strength he can augment with his Red Ring.
He is among the deadliest beings the Green Lanterns have ever faced, and he is quite worthy of being on this list.
Of course, no foe of the Green Lantern Corps has challenged them as often and as greatly as Thal Sinestro, wielder of the Yellow Light of Fear. The trainer and friend of Hal Jordan, Sinestro found the methods used by the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps lacking.
Believing in a more totalitarian method of law enforcement, Sinestro has put together an army of Yellow Lanterns to enforce his brand of justice throughout the universe.
Like Atrocitus, Sinestro is not inherently malicious. He does want peace in the universe. However, this peace comes at the price of freedom. He believes that people can only be safe if they are too afraid to step out of line. This is where Sinestro runs afoul of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, who believe that liberty is just as important as safety.
He has killed many Green Lanterns, and he has clashed with Hal Jordan and the other Green Lanterns of Earth more times than anyone can count. He will never stop until his vision of the universe is brought to life. He is the greatest Green Lantern villain of all time.