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- Of all we Guardians have accomplished, the power ring was our greatest achievement, the most powerful weapon in the universe...
- -- Ganthet src
Ganthet is one of the Guardians of the Universe. However, where most of the Guardians are very stern 'by-the-book' characters, Ganthet has a personality that is more human-like, including displays of empathy and concern for an individual, instead of only thinking of the Green Lantern Corps. Ganthet is part of the Quintessence, a group of near-omnipotent beings who oversee the results of what happens on Earth.
Hal Jordan was asked to help Ganthet battle a renegade Guardian, Dawlakispokpok (Dawly), who was attempting to use a time machine to change history. In the early era of the planet Oa, a scientist named Krona attempted to use a time-machine to see the beginning of time. By using his time-machine, Krona somehow 'bled' the universe of a billion years of life. Dawly was going to use his own time machine to thrust Krona to the end of time, preventing him from following through on his plan. Dawly, however, inadvertently became responsible for the mishap that caused the universe to be 'born old'. When Dawly's family was brought before the Guardians, Ganthet shielded Jordan's mind, allowing him to retain his memory of one of the biggest secrets of the Guardians.
After the destruction of Coast City, the subsequent insanity of Hal Jordan, and the destruction of the Central Power Battery of Oa, the Guardians decided to focus all of their remaining power into Ganthet, effectively making him the last Guardian. Ganthet created a new Green Lantern Ring from Jordan's, which was crushed by the former Green Lantern after murdering Sinestro, and travelled to Earth. He appeared before Kyle Rayner, hastily handing him the ring, muttering, "You shall have to do".
Ganthet had first tried to recruit Guy Gardner he turned it down. During Rayner's first few months as Green Lantern, Ganthet was less than satisfied with Rayner, and attempted to take back the ring. Rayner eventually earned his respect by facing Parallax without his ring.
Ion, and the Restoration of the Corps
When Rayner became empowered the entity, Ion, he was more power than Hal Jordan when he was possessed by Parallax. Realizing that he could not continue as Ion without losing his humanity, Kyle travelled to the recently restored Oa to recharge the Central Power Battery. By doing so, he created a new set of Guardians, this time as small children - male and female - with the intent that Ganthet will look after them, teaching them how to be better Guardians than their predecessors.
Rayner later travelled to the edge of the universe, where he learned about Parallax. Telling Ganthet what he had found, the Guardian concluded that Parallax altered his memory following his escape, and told him the whole tale of Parallax's origin and imprisonment. Ganthet instructed Kyle to retrieve Hal Jordan's corpse, hoping to resurrect him. Kilowog, under Parallax's influence, tried to kill Rayner, but Ganthet managed to stop him and sever Parallax's control over Kilowog, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart. Once Jordan and the Spectre expelled Parallax from Jordan's soul, the entity of fear bonded to Ganthet, but not before the Guardian sent a beacon of Oan energy to guide Hal Jordan's soul to his body. Resurrected, Hal Jordan led the other four Green Lanterns free Ganthet from Parallax, imprisoning it in the Central Battery on Oa.
By this time, all the new Guardians had aged to adulthood, and just as cold and manipulative as their originals. The only change was that there were now two genders. Ganthet still retained a sense of individuality among the Guardians, believing that they should retain their emotions.
Sinestro Corps War
When Parallax was freed again, Ganthet and Sayd contained it into four separate lanterns, belonging to Hal, Kyle, John, and Guy respectively. Ganthet's final act as Guardian was creating Kyle a new power ring. He inquired if Kyle was willing to downgrade himself to a normal Green lantern, which Kyle quickly agreed too. The four men then took their lanterns and departed to confront the Sinestro's Corps.
Ganthet and Sayd also informed the human lanterns about the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum and how it was prophesied in the Book of Oa that a Lantern Corps for each colour of the spectrum would rise, culminating in the "Blackest Night."
Birth of Hope
By the time the war with the Yellow Lanterns had come to a close, Ganthet and Sayd had formed their own Lantern Corps on Odym, where they harnessed the blue light of hope to aid the Green Lantern Corps in the impending War of Light. Creating blue power rings and batteries, both Guardians evolved into two new beings, capable of bringing hope to others and each other, possibly even romantic feelings.
After forging the Blue Central Power Battery, Ganthet and Sayd sought out a candidate from Sector 1 who could spread hope. The person they found was Saint Bro'Dee Walker of Pacredo. The Guardians of Hope explained what Saint Walker's ultimate mission and destiny would be if he joined the Blue Lanterns, and Saint Walker accepted. After learning that Sinestro was to be executed on Korugar, Ganthet dispatched Saint Walker to rescue Sinestro and bring him to Odym with Hal Jordan. During that time, Ganthet and Sayd discussed their mission with Warth of Sector 2, who Saint Walker had recommended. After three days of discussion, Warth accepted the blue ring. Walker returned with Hal Jordan, but informed Ganthet that Sinestro had been kidnapped by Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps. Hal was initially dismayed to see the Blue Lanterns, thinking that Ganthet was trying to replace the Green Lanterns, but Ganthet assured Hal that they only wanted to assist them. Ganthet asked Hal to help the Blue Lanterns rescue Sinestro from Ysmault, reminding him, that while he hadn't always been clear with Hal, he had always been honest with him, something the Guardians of the Universe never had been. Hal agreed to help the Blue Lanterns rescue Sinestro. During the journey to Ysmault, Saint Walker revealed that after they rescued Sinestro, Ganthet intended to offer Hal Jordan a blue power ring and appoint him leader of the Blue Lantern Corps.
However, Saint Walker had misinterpreted Ganthet's plans. While Ganthet wanted Hal to lead the Blue Lanterns, he wanted Hal to do so as a Green Lantern, believing his will could empower the whole of the Blue Lantern Corps, which were limited without a Green Lantern to complement them. Unfortunately, events on Ysmault forced Saint Walker to place his Blue Lantern Ring on Hal to cure him of the Red Power Ring that had attached itself to Hal. Though it saved his life, Hal could not remove the Blue ring. Ganthet explained that Hal would have to use the ring before he could remove it. Hal soon departed to find someone who could help him. Ganthet had faith that Hal could remove the ring, but explained to Walker and Warth that he would have to do this on his own. He also instructed the Blue Lanterns to continue their recruitment and begin a search for the group who had harnessed the Indigo light, planning to build a united front of willpower, hope, and compassion to stand against the Black.
When the prophesy of Blackest Night manifested, Ganthet and Sayd embarked on a mission to unite the heads of the seven Lantern Corps to created the white light needed to destroy the Black Lantern Central Battery. In the overwhelming odds on Earth, the individual representatives of each emotion were not enough to holdback the Black Lantern forces. Ganthet took Hal's ring and displayed how it could be duplicated in a crisis to temporarily deputise others. Ganthet inducted himself into the Green Lantern Corps to join the fight, as well replicating the other six other Lantern rings to seek out new sentient beings for their respective Corps for 24 hours.
Return to the Green Lantern Corps
In order to stop a mysterious threat, Ganthet teamed up Guy Gardner and Atrocitus. Ganthet's plan involved him to remain with the Green Lantern Corps, not as a Guardian, but rather a Green Lantern. While his brethren question his actions, they granted his request and made Ganthet the first Green Lantern of Sector 0, forging his own ring and battery.
War of the Green Lanterns
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
To compensate for the Guardian deaths, the other Guardians captured and brainwashed Ganthet in order to strip him of his emotions so that he could become one of them again. The procedure, combined with Ganthet's experiences as a Green Lantern, rooted out the flaws in their group and believed that the time has come to replace the Green Lanterns with the Third Army. Sayd implied that Ganthet could be restored to his former self, but did not elaborated as to how. When Sayd was brutally killed by the Third Army, Ganthet appeared to express sadness at her loss, but dismissed it as nothing.
Holy anachronisms, Batman!
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- Oan Physiology: The Guardians are living reservoirs of cosmic energy. Ganthet has the ability to manipulate the emotional spectrum of energy that is willpower. The Guardians formerly called this power the "Glow". Ganthet generates this ability naturally and it is capable of all of the same effects as a Green Lantern power ring. This includes the ability to absorb and project great expenditures of energy as well as the power to create hard-light energy constructs. Ganthet can also manipulate the emotional spectrum of energy that is hope.
- Although he has been portrayed similar to other Guardians, Ganthet is often distinguished by tying his hair into a long ponytail; the other male Guardians have shorter, unkempt hair.
- 122 Appearances of Ganthet (New Earth)
- 19 Images featuring Ganthet (New Earth)
- 10 Quotations by or about Ganthet (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Ganthet (New Earth)
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