- I always was the best.
- -- Guy Gardner src
Guy Gardner is a top member of the Green Lantern Corps, and the second one to be chosen from Earth. His sheer willpower and his complete refusal to back down from any fight have made him one of the greatest warriors in the universe. This has also given him a notorious reputation in the superhero community as an obnoxious butthead. Despite the disapproval from his peers for his unrelenting offensive tendencies, he has always kept his chin up and refused to let the opinions of others stop him from doing what he knows is the right thing. A bit of a wild card in terms of attitude, and unwilling to listen to the strict restrictions that bind most of his fellow Lanterns, his determination, skill, and unpredictability have made him one of the most feared and respected lawmen in the universe. He has also been a member of Justice League International, and has gone by the name Warrior at one point in his career.
Back-Up Green LanternWhen the previous Green Lantern of Sector 2814, an alien named Abin Sur crash-landed on Earth, he had to choose someone to replace him shortly before he died. The two most worthy men on the planet to pass his ring on to were Guy Gardner, and Hal Jordan. Hal was chosen because at the time he was closer to the crash-site, becoming the first Green Lantern of Earth almost purely by chance. Should anything ever happen to Hal, or should he be unable to fulfill his duties, Guy Gardner would be Earth's Green Lantern. After finding this out, Hal journeyed to Baltimore and joined the Men's Club where Guy practiced physical fitness... the two quickly became fast friends, although Jordan could not reveal his secret.
Unfortunately, Guy was put out of commission when he was hit by a bus, and the Guardians instead found a new backup for Hal in architect John Stewart. Stewart went on a number of missions while Gardner was in the hospital. While he was still crippled, Guy Gardner would meet his longtime love-interest Kari Limbo, a gypsy woman with limited precognitive abilities. She told him that he had a great destiny ahead of him, and that one very fateful day of prime importance to him and all the world, he would be the last of a great tradition. After Hal Jordan's ring was damaged by the Crumbler, Guy Gardner had his chance to become a Lantern at last. While Hal traveled to Oa to have it fixed, Guy worked in tandem with Green Arrow to take down the dangerous Professor Ojo. However, when Hal's power battery exploded in his face, he disappeared from the earthly realm and was believed to be dead. Hal Jordan consoled Kari Limbo for Guy's death, and the two slowly began to build an attraction to each other. Finally, after a near-death experience, Hal Jordan proposed to Kari. On the day of their wedding, it was discovered that Guy Gardner had actually been transported to the Phantom Zone. Brainwashed by the Zoners, he teamed up with General Zod against Green Lantern and Superman. Hal was barely able to leave the Zone alive with an unconscious Superman, and returning to Earth, he found Kari would no longer marry him if Guy Gardner was still alive. When Hal went back into the Zone to rescue Guy, he found Sinestro had kidnapped him and taken him to the Antimatter Universe of Qward. After doing battle with his arch-nemesis, Hal finally brought Gardner back. However, he was in a comatose vegetative state that he would not come out of for several years.
Both Hal Jordan and Booster Gold have been shown visions of the path history would have taken if Guy had indeed been chosen as the first Green Lantern, as he has so often wished. Inevitably, he would have died of a yellow plague while on a mission to the planet Ghera. The Guardians have revealed to Hal that even if he had been chosen second, Jordan would still be the Green Lantern of Earth fairly quickly. However, this is later elaborated upon. As Guy is an instrumental figure in the War of Light, his early death would cause a butterfly effect condemning most of the universe. The Sinestro Corps would have won the Sinestro Corps War, and gone on to conquer every planet they see... leading to a world where Sinestro rules all. This is averted by Booster Gold and Rip Hunter, in one of their time-traveling missions.
Green Lantern Corps
Crisis on Infinite Earths
In the aftermath, Gardner briefly went missing. Still bearing a grudge against Hal, and believing himself meant to be the last true Green Lantern, he teamed up with Star Sapphire and Hector Hammond. Although defeated, disgraced, and wanted dead at this point by nearly half the galaxy for his actions during the Crisis, they still saw potential in Gardner, and kept him on as a Lantern. The Guardians took a brief leave from the universe along with their female counterparts the Zamarons, and Guy was assigned to be mentored by the remaining mortal Guardian... Appa Ali Apsa, on Maltus.
During Legends, Guy Gardner finally returned to Earth. He declared himself leader of the Green Lantern Corps of Earth, and did battle with the seven other Lanterns stationed there for supremacy, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kilowog, Katma Tui, Arisia, Salakk and Ch'p. He was subdued by Honor Guards Apros and K'ryssma, intending to remove him from the Corps permanently under Appa's strict orders. However, after a plea from Kari Limbo convinced the other Lanterns to vouch for Guy, Appa was persuaded to allow him to continue his career, in the hopes that he would one day reach the full potential he had been selected for. On Apokolips, Darkseid sent his agent Glorious Godfrey to Earth intending to sway peoples' minds against the superheroes, leading to violent anti-vigilante rioting and protests which Guy nearly became a victim of. As resident Green Lantern, he was selected by Doctor Fate to be part of a final team to fight against Godfrey's mobs in Washington, D.C. despite a presidential edict banning superhero activities. Fighting against the Apokoliptian Warhounds, they eventually managed to break Godfrey's control over the populace. Although most of the other heroes immediately forgave those who had fought against them, Gardner insisted that the mind control could not have taken root if there was not an already deep-seated distrust for their kind. The heroes present that day decided to band together as a new team to fight for justice. As the previous Justice League had recently been disbanded, they would go on to form a new incarnation, Justice League International.
Before making his decision, he interacted with his fellow Lanterns again during Green Lantern Corps: Red Lantern. Kilowog was brainwashed by a Russian spy into joining the Soviet Union, where he helped Mikhail Gorbachev create the Rocket Red Brigade. Guy Gardner personally made it his mission to invade Russia and take care of the problem, despite the danger of causing an international incident. Kari Limbo attempted to dissuade him, but in his brain-damaged state he did not feel the same love for her he once had. He single-handedly took on both the misguided Kilowog and all seven Rocket Reds, in the process rescuing prisoners-of-war John Stewart and Katma Tui. However, once Kilowog saw the light of oppression, he realized the error of his ways and was forced to fight his close personal friend Rocket Red #1 to the death. Although the ideology of the West had arguably triumphed once more that day, the Lanterns all agreed that what they really learned was that war is hell.
Justice League International
Guy's run in JLI was full of constant personality shifts and endless arguing between team members. This led to a fight with Lobo, the sucker-punching of Blue Beetle during a boxing match, and finally him quitting the team after being "belittled" by Superman. Gardner was romantically involved with his fellow Leaguer Ice, even learning some rudimentary Norwegian. Their relationship ended with her death at the hands of the Overmaster, but recent events have led to her resurrection.
A New Beginning
Guy Gardner became a founding member of the new Justice League along with Batman, Martian Manhunter, Doctor Fate, Captain Marvel, Blue Beetle, Mister Miracle, Black Canary and Doctor Light. Although Guy made repeated attempts to gain authority of the group, Batman rebuked him at every turn. These challenges culminated in a fist-fight between the two, famously ending in a one-punch knockout by the Dark Knight putting Gardner to sleep for several hours. Hal Jordan was shown to be staunchly against Guy's membership in the League, but chairman Maxwell Lord chose not to heed his warnings. After waking up from Batman's punch, Guy is shown to have a mild split-personality disorder induced by head trauma. He switches back and forth between his normal aggressive self and a much kinder, sweeter and gentler persona whenever he receives a serious blow to the skull.
Yellow Power Ring
After Hal Jordan returned to Earth from a lengthy stay in outer space, he attempted to persuade Guy to allow him to have his sector back. An overly confident Guy refused to listen to reason, and instead insisted that they make the decision in a single no-holds-barred fight in the streets of New York, without their rings. Gardner lost to Jordan in a punch-out, and was forced to give up his ring and quit the Corps. He would go out in search of a new weapon.
Guy Gardner Reborn
Unlike a Green Lantern Ring, a Qwardian Power Ring is more powerful because it has no weaknesses. 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, Gardner was entirely unable to communicate with the ring, although it seemed to understand him to a degree. It would later be revealed during the War of Light that the yellow rings are operated not by willpower, but by their bearer's ability to instill great fear. For Guy Gardner to be able to use it so well is... well, it is actually really not all that surprising.
A New Guy in TownBack on Earth, Guy started a whole new chapter of his life. He relaunched his campaign to clean up New York City, and quickly became recognized as the most dangerous hero around purely for his collateral damage. Although his actions were widely panned by many including the news media and his peers, he developed a large degree of newfound popularity from citizens who believed his ruthless determination in crime-fighting was much needed. A group of aliens who were attempting to start their own intergalactic police-for-hire to rival groups like the Green Lanterns, Darkstars and L.E.G.I.O.N. asked Guy Gardner to be their champion and top enforcer. He agreed to work for them, on the condition that they refer to themselves as the "Gardners of the Universe," and also that they wear his haircut. This gave him an income, and he was able to move out of his small apartment with General Glory and even hire himself a publicity agent. He had everything he wanted in addition to his hero career, power, wealth, and respect.
Working on his own now, he first went after Goldface to tie up their past feuds. Although Hal Jordan and Tom Kalmaku were also working the case at the time, Guy insisted that he would be the one to beat Goldface first, baiting the Green Lantern into a competition. Using a combination of his brains, brawns, and fighting skills, Guy actually took Goldface down before Jordan could, even after his ring had been stolen, proving he could show Hal up on his own terms.
Death of Superman
It was while he had the yellow power ring that Doomsday first appeared. Gardner was with the Justice League at the time. and when Doomsday caused Blue Beetle's craft to crash, Gardner did not wait for the rest of the team. He charged straight in, and was quickly overwhelmed by Doomsday, who pummeled him badly before tearing through the rest of the team. Guy, his face beaten so badly he could barely see, continued in the fight, but was put down again. Guy was forced to sit the rest of the battle out, taken off in an ambulance, but insisting that Superman put Doomsday down. Superman and the monster finally killed each other in single combat.
Guy, although never close friends with the Man of Steel, mourned his death along with the rest of the League. He gathered for Superman's funeral in Metropolis and walked in the honor guard along with the League. Shortly thereafter, while in Chicago, Guy became aware of four super powered beings all claiming to be Superman returned from the dead. Infuriated at what he regarded as pretenders disrespecting the memory of Superman, Guy decided to take action. He went to Metropolis and encountered "The Last Son of Krypton" (later revealed to be the Eradicator) and challenged him to a fight. Impressed with the shaded Superman's prowess and with the brutality he exhibited in defeating some common thugs, Guy was willing to endorse him as the real Man of Steel. When the Cyborg Superman framed the Eradicator for the destruction of Coast City, Guy was the one member of the League who refused to believe the charge. Nevertheless, he went along with the League when they were lured away from Earth in a ruse by the Cyborg.
He rallied together with many other heroes to fight the Parasites during Bloodlines, but was captured by their leader the Taker along with everybody else. After being rescued by the New Bloods, he would help toss the gigantic monster directly into the sun, ensuring that it could no longer harm anyone else again.
After a visit back home to Baltimore, and finding out for the first time that his father was dead before he could confront the old man about his years of abuse, Guy determined to reinvent himself once again, give himself a new look, and let the world know that he was back. Wearing an updated leather jacket, gloves, boots and a logo on his chest, he became Guy Gardner: Warrior.
Because of the actions of Parallax, Guy's ring experienced a massive power surge and burnt out, leaving him without a method of recharging it. Realizing it was unreliable, he asked Blue Beetle to help him, and began reluctantly wearing one of Booster Gold's prototype exo-skeletons based on Kilowog's design for the Rocket Red Armor. Alan Scott informed him of the disaster that had taken place on Oa. Deciding to lead a hand-picked squadron to ground zero, Guy took Alan Scott, Captain Atom, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, the Ray, Arisia and Ferrin Colos. They met and quickly found themselves outmatched by the strength of Parallax. After a final battle between Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan, Guy was defeated, and his ring destroyed by Hal's augmented powers. Depowered again, he was calmly sent back to Earth unconscious.
On a search for powers once again, he journeyed deep into the heart of Africa pursuing his superheroics. A legendary river was said to possess the powers of history's greatest fighters, which it would imbue to those who had the true heart of a warrior. Guy joined the party of Buck Wargo on his quest. Braving Nazis, Zombies and Dinosaurs he finally sipped the "water of the warriors" and found great powers unlocked within him. Surrounding paintings seemed to depict him as some sort of great prophecized local hero of myth. Shortly afterward, he was nearly crushed by a gigantic boulder and seemingly killed. He immediately came back from the experience covered in strange red armor that had been activated by the trauma.
The rest of Justice League International fought Cadre during the events of Judgment Day, and Ice was tragically murdered by Overmaster. As they were on break at the time, Guy would not find out until significantly after it had happened.
Gardner discovered that his past was not what he thought it was. He was actually the descendant of a space-traveling race called the Vuldarians. This discovery eventually led him to discover new powers within himself. These powers allowed him to resume his role as a superhero. He also established a superhero theme bar called Warriors, as both a source of income and a base between his adventures.
His early days as Warrior saw him struggling with his newfound powers. He had difficulty changing his body to any kind of weapon, and these transformations sometimes caused him pain. After a breakdown that led to a confrontation with Superman and Supergirl, with some soul-searching help from his ancestor, Gardner finally came into his own, able to use his new powers and was able to form just about any tactical non-energy based weapon from his body, from guns to bombs, as well as absorb some forms of energy and redirect them through his various "weapons". Another ability, the knowledge of warriors from across space and time, was rarely used.
It was during this time that Gardner fought against Dementor, a "brother" of sorts, in that he was also a product of Vuldarian breeding. (Dementor's father raped a woman who carried the Vuldarian seed, and Dementor was born.) Dementor was sent to Hell, but eventually revealed that he was the one responsible for Gardner's constant personality shifts. He finally dealt with his "family", as well as revealed another side of his Vuldarian powers, the ability to heal mortal wounds, such as regenerating a heart.
He was seemingly killed during Imperiex's attack on Earth in Our Worlds at War. However he was later discovered to be trapped in a pocket of Hell known as The Gorge in General Zod's country of Pokolistan and became the villainous demonic lord of the Gorge while plotting for a way to be released. Gardner eventually lured Superman and Krypto into the Gorge and tried to force them to release him from his station by having Superman take his place. Turns out the plan was a ruse to trick his minion known as Kancer to take the role as lord of the Gorge, freeing himself and Superman from the demonic realm while trapping Kancer in Hell forever. After freeing himself from this, his Warrior powers were seemingly boosted. He declared it was his job to do things heroes like Superman could not.
After his old colleague Elongated Man's wife Sue Dibny was murdered by a mysterious assailant in Identity Crisis, Guy attended her funeral along with most of the rest of the superhero community. All present were required to wear their costumes, and Guy wore his old Green Lantern garb from his days in the League.
Return to the Corps
Throughout the next year, he made several appearances on Earth although he was largely confined to space missions. He made it to the speech Superman was supposed to give after the Crisis to the rest of the hero community. Guy managed to return to his home planet in time for Christmas that year as well. He also helped save lives during the rain of the supermen, when the people of Lex Luthor's Everyman Project simultaneously lost their powers during flight and came crashing down to the streets below. After Black Adam went on a rampage and started World War III, Guy was one of the large number of heroes who attempted to put him down.
One Year Later
- See also: One Year Later
After his year of punishment was over, Guy Gardner was ready for some long-awaited shore leave. The last mission he had to perform was aiding Soranik Natu on Betrassus, helping fight the treacherous Prince Ragnar. This led to the induction of Princess Iolande into the Corps. Finally, he was allowed some vacation time on the Restoria planet in Sector 3241. Bolphunga the Unrelenting, who had apparently been tracking him for some time, took pleasure in interrupting his stay. Having left his ring in the hotel safe which he was unable to access, Guy had to fight and evade the bounty hunter using only his wits and his reflexes. He finally got it back by using his old college football skills to intercept it in the air while Bolphunga was about to take it, effectively getting the drop on him. As rested as he could expect to be, Guy's next mission was to fight against Ranx the Sentient City and the Children of the White Lobe teaming up with Chthos-Chthas Chthatis.
Mogo was infected by the virus Despotellis. Usually in charge of providing therapy and relaxation for Lanterns on shore leave, the planetoid began brainwashing them to his own purposes. Kilowog and Green Man were both briefly driven insane and attacked their comrades. Lanterns Quond and Tanakata Z were found murdered shortly after implicating Guy Gardner as their killer. Talking with Mogo afterward about the false accusations, instead of the normal therapeutic imagery, he was confronted by a construct of his abusive father. Gardner was the first to resist the mind control and warn the others of Mogo's instability. Since Isamot Kol noticed earlier that something strange was happening on Mogo, he allows Guy to speak, and Guy decides to summon Soranik Natu to examine Mogo. Guy then fought together with Natu, Vath Sarn, Isamot, and Bzzd, and faced Despotellis even as he possessed Kilowog, and excised him from their friends. Mogo destroyed the entire infected area on his surface by colliding with an asteroid. Although their enemy had been defeated, and the Corps was safe once again, the virus heralded the coming of the Sinestro Corps shortly before being driven out.
For a short time, Guy was sent to work with "The Corpse", the top secret Black Ops division of the Green Lanterns, unknown to the general public. Run by a Durlan named Von Daggle, it was kept so quiet that in all of his years as a Lantern Guy had never even heard of it before. Along with another recruit, R'amey Holl, they attempted to prevent the Dominators from wielding one of the universe's greatest weapons. This division has no official ties to the Corps, receive no backup or help, work completely undercover, have no ethical standards in their practices, and die alone if they were caught. Daggle attempted to stop one of the Dominion who had gained god-like powers through super science. Guy was supposed to assassinate a Khund telepath, but had difficulty reconciling himself to murder. The beast took advantage of this, and nearly killed him. He would be nursed back to health by the spiritual powers of R'amey Holl, who appeared to be in love with him. The god-like Dominator traveled to Earth, where he intended to avenge his ancestors. Together, the three beat him into submission, and R'amey executed him on the spot. Guy was denied membership by Daggle, and told he had failed their tests because he was weak. Gardner said he would have refused anyway because killing criminals is the easy way out, and he was proud of himself for not living up to their standards. Gardner's memory is wiped to forget the incident, and he returns to his regular duties with no memories of the things he had seen.
War of Light
Sinestro Corps War
Return of Ice
Ice, the former love of Guy Gardner's life, was resurrected after years of being deceased during an affair between the Birds of Prey and the Secret Six. In the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War, the two ex-lovers met once again in Times Square and shared a single long and passionate kiss. Although Guy was ready and willing to resume their relationship, Ice still needed time. Being dead for so long, she still needed to get her life back in order, and was not ready for a serious committed relationship. Backing off to give her space, Guy arranged a proper date between them for exactly one month later in the same spot. He also insisted that he would be there for her whenever she needed him.Kyle and Guy both got tired of their home-life on Earth, and decided to move to Oa to better suit their responsibilities as Honor Guards. Rebuilding his old destroyed bar, Guy sets up a new Warriors restaurant for Lanterns to get solid food someplace other than the cafeteria. Salakk requires some convincing, but after a number of derogatory remarks directed at them muses that their entertainment value alone will be worth it. Before leaving Earth, Guy leaves a note on Ice's bedside table explaining his disappearance. As his first regular mission following the War, Guy and a number of other Lanterns were sent to catch the rogue Sinestro Rings and stop them before they could create any more havoc throughout the universe. Arisia and Sodam Yat are taken prisoner and subjected to Black Mercy plants by Mongul and Duel Eknham. The Honor Guards invaded Mongul's planet along with Stel, Bzzd, Soranik Natu, Princess Iolande, Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn. Nobody was lost in the rescue mission, but they still had to deal with the mother of all Black Mercies trying to protect her children. After a lengthy fight, they realized that the creature Mother Mercy was actually against Mongul's usage of her plants to instill fear, and had only been protecting herself. Mongul then ambushed the entire group with his mutated Mercies. Left alone with Eknham guarding them, Gardner saw an opportunity and blew the Sinestro's head off with a ring blast, marking his first usage of deadly force as a Lantern. All of the group tracked down and assaulted Mongul on his way to conquer another planet, and he was defeated by the sacrifice of Bzzd. Mother Mercy was inducted into the Lantern Corps to replace him, and the group flew back to Oa with a tiny coffin for their fallen comrade.
Amidst great success, the new Warriors Bar finally opened up, serving only authentic American cuisine. While Guy had previously had a problem with the way Lantern chef Greet served up Earth meals, the food was very popular when served correctly. Soon after, eyeballs began raining from the skies... taken from murdered members of rookie Lanterns' families, killed by the Sinestro Corps. While Guy was being sent out to investigate, Ice arrived on the planet days earlier, having hitched a ride with a fellow Lantern to meet up with him. Unfortunately, Guy had to go out and find the killer, but Ice said she would be there waiting for him when he returned. Guy, Kyle, Kilowog and Saarek tracked down the Quintet, a group of brother and sister Sinestros who they imprisoned in Sciencells. Guy and Ice finally share their date together. He asks her to move in with him, and she declines, because she cannot live in outer space. The two argue about their feelings for each other, and although they both care immensely, there are simply too many complications. Both of them agree that their current situations will make a relationship impossible, although in the future they both wish to continue things should they not be tied down by as many responsibilities. Guy has fellow Lantern Symon Terrynce escort Tora back to Earth. As an Honor Guard, Guy is requested to accompany the Guardians of the Universe along with Arisia and Sodam Yat on a diplomatic mission to the Star Sapphire Corps on Zamaron during "Sins of the Star Sapphire". Queen Aga'po and the Scarred Guardian argued about the value of love as an emotion, and Guy barely held the two back from instigating physical conflict. Although they left safely from the planet, the Book of Oa would be rewritten that night to forbid physical relationships and love between Green Lanterns. Fresh off of his breakup, this only serves to make Guy bitter.
At the beginning of the Final Crisis, Orion of the New Gods was found murdered in a dumpster. Martian Manhunter was also killed by Libra. Guy attended Martian Manhunter's funeral. Alpha Lantern Kraken, at the time possessed by Granny Goodness, framed Hal Jordan for the murder of a God and the attempted murder of his partner. He was taken off of active duty during the investigation. At the trial, Guy uncovered Goodness for the fraud she was and she assaulted the Guardians within their own citadel, attempting to take the powers of the Central Power Battery for the glory of Darkseid. Discovering that Earth was at the center of a doomsday singularity which could wipe out all existence thanks to Darkseid's machinations, Hal, Guy and Kyle all traveled back home with twenty-four hours to save the universe. They faced reality warps and time distortions. After Darkseid had been killed by Batman, they arrived for the ultimate confrontation between Mandrakk the Dark Monitor and Superman's combined forces of the Multiverse. Along with his fellow Lanterns, Guy helped drive a stake made of pure damn willpower through the Dark Monitor's heart, killing him once and for all.
After the events of Blackest Night, Guy Gardner is slated to star in a third Green Lantern monthly series titled Emerald Warriors. The series is written by Peter Tomasi and features regular guest appearances by Kilowog. Guy arrives on planet Odym for the cure from his Red Lantern's connection to the red ring. However, the Red Lantern Bleez prevents Guy from receiving the cure. Guy decides not to take the cure, reasoning that the dangerous mission he and the others are about to partake in may require such savage fury. While investigating a mysterious power drain with Kilowog and Arisia, Guy unwillingly brings up more blood, which transforms into Atrocitus' head, who reveals their alliance. Guy is forced to admit to his fellow Lanterns that he vomited more blood a short time ago that formed into a tapestry of future events, and that, having learned that Atrocitus had the same thing happen to him, he and Ganthet entered into their alliance. Guy is abandoned by Kilowog and Arisia, who are disgusted that Gardner kept that information from them. Guy and Bleez manage to find the source of the power drain in Zardor, a telepathic alien warlord. Guy is then attacked by an enthralled Sodam Yat. Guy is overwhelmed and fed to Zardor's pet snake. Finding Bleez before he is swallowed, he kisses her, using that act to activate the Red Lantern energy in him and break free. Together, they are able to disconnect Zardor's victims from his control. Bleez sends the victims home while Guy fights Zardor. Guy is almost killed, but is saved by Kilowog and Arisia's intervention. However, Zardor manages to escape with Sodam still under his control. Guy attempts to kill Sodam to keep him from hurting anyone, but is stopped by Arisia.
As the group return to Oa to brief the Guardians on the situations, they feel the effect of Parallax being returned to the Central Power Battery by Krona. Guy and Kilowog are able to resist (due to their past experience with Parallax), but Arisia is enthralled along with the other Green Lanterns, who attack Guy and Kilowog. Kilowog sends Guy away from the battle to get help, and Guy contacts Hal Jordan, telling him to meet at "The Green House", a secret base on an unknown planet. Once there, Parallax's influence causes them to fight each other, forcing them to remove their rings. Locating the Green House, they use a starship to take them to Oa, where they meet with Kyle Rayner and John Stewart. Hal, possessing the rings of the other Corps' leaders, offers them as alternative to the green ones. Guy chooses the red ring, citing his experience with it. With their new powers, they assist Ganthet against an onslaught of Green Lanterns, before being attacked by Mogo. After managing to escape the planet's attack, the group split up: While Kyle and John go to stop Mogo from sending tainted rings across the universe, Guy and Hal travel to the Central Power Battery to remove Parallax from the Battery. As they reach near their objective, Guy and Hal are attacked by the Guardians, who have been possessed by the other six Emotional Entities. Despite Guy's attempt to fight back by using Krona's gauntlet, he and Hal are defeated and brought to Krona, who intends to use bandages similar to his own to "evolve" the two into "New Guardians". The destruction of Mogo creates enough of distraction for Guy and Hal to escape, bringing Ganthet with them. The three rendevous with Kyle and John at the Central Power Battery. At Ganthet's urging, Guy dons a Star Sapphire Ring, and Hal wears Larfleeze's ring, and the combined might of the emotional spectrum shatters the shell of the Central Power Battery, releasing Parallax. Their mission accomplished, Guy has Kyle use his blue ring to cleanse him of the Red Lantern energy, and they all don their green rings in preparation for the final confrontation with Krona.
This history is continued in The New 52 at Guy Gardner (Prime Earth).
Guy Gardner is an immensely complex character with several different sides to his personality. Multiple interpretations of the character have seen a number of portrayals, and he has also shown development over the years.
Like most superheroes, Guy abhors killing and usually avoids it at all costs. He has provided a number of reasons for this. While he adheres to a strict moral code, he is not entirely inflexible when the situation he finds himself in calls for him to take actions towards the greater good.
During his time with the Corpse, although leader Von Daggle required him to assassinate targets, he had an inner struggle, and ultimately could not bring himself to perform an execution like that. He later explained that killing someone is the "easy" way out, and his style is making the scum of the universe face the music. At the climax of the Sinestro Corps War, when usage of lethal force was enabled for regular Corps members, he was faced with this dilemma again. Trapped and cornered, he had no option but to kill the Sinestros around him in self-defense. Although he expressed reluctance, and concern about keeping up with the standards of his friends, he was willing to if he had to. The choice was taken out of his hands by a wave of Lanterns who came crashing down onto his position and saved him the trouble. He very strongly opposed the executions carried out by the Alpha Lantern Corps during Emerald Eclipse. Sciencell prisoners who participated in the riots were rounded up and killed by mandate of the Guardians. Guy was irate that they were sacrificing the ideals of the Corps by killing unarmed people in cold blood and without trials. Unfortunately, though he argued himself into a suspension, he was unable to prevent the slaughter. However, Guy has killed before in the line of duty. Duel Eknham met his fate at Guy's ring after attempting to kill him and his friends, although the villain had already been divided in half by Mongul.
However, he has at times taken an active immoral stance in his tenure as a superhero such as during his time as the "Warrior" where he decided he would be the bad guy or "garbage man" that would take care of the messes and dirty business that more straight-laced heroes strayed away from. As such he developed a poor reputation among the superhero community and is often seen as an abrasive thug by his peers.
He also has a personal code of honor about fighting. While teaming up with Lobo, who was brutalizing Qwardians, the two had a discrepancy about their personal approaches to violence. Guy had enjoyed kicking their butts, but disapproved of torturing them needlessly afterward, because there was no challenge in beating guys who were already beaten, and no point. Lobo accused him of having a soft spot, which he resented. He also took personal fault with the nuclear arms race early in his career, because there was no glory in missile warfare, and he believed combat should be man-to-man.
- Indomitable Will
- Green Lantern Ring Mastery: Guy's constructs are amongst the most powerful. Guy is so eager to ringsling, and possesses so much raw will power, his ring is often sparking like a leaky water faucet about to explode.
Power Instability: Gardner's Vuldarian powers came with a time limit to how long he could use them. Spending hours at a time in his hybrid form weakens his stamina the more he uses it, requiring a 24 hour rest period before he'd be able to transform again.(formerly)
- Green Lantern Ring
- Star Sapphire Ring (formerly)
- Red Power Ring (formerly)
- Qwardian Power Ring (formerly)
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- Created during the Silver Age, Guy was actually supposed to be normal and non-dysfunctional. The persona he is so well known for today was actually created by Steve Englehart during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, not by John Broome who created the actual character.
- Artist Gil Kane patterned Guy's appearance on actor Martin Milner.
- The character was not named after the NASA astronaut Guy Gardner, but after fan Guy H. Lillian III and writer Gardner Fox.
- Guy is the only person shown to have twice worn the Red Ring and lived after removing it: first with the help of Mogo, who used leeches to remove the corrupted blood in his system caused by the ring, then with the help of Kyle Rayner, who at the time was wearing a Blue Ring, using its power to nullify the effects of the Red Ring, allowing Guy to remove it.
- Guy has worn multiple rings at the same time, wearing his Green Ring and a Red one (against his will) during Blackest Night, then back to Green later. He then wore Red alone in the War of the Green Lanterns, then donning a Violet Ring at the same time before he removed both and went back to Green soon after.
- Guy is also one of the few, if not only man to wear a Violet Ring, though he was not technically accepted or given the right to wear it.
- Green Lantern (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)
- Justice League America
- Guy Gardner Reborn
- Guy Gardner (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern (Volume 4)
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 3)
- 636 Appearances of Guy Gardner (New Earth)
- 246 Images featuring Guy Gardner (New Earth)
- 74 Quotations by or about Guy Gardner (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Guy Gardner (New Earth)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ Guy Gardner #11
- ↑ Guy Gardner #12
- ↑ Guy Gardner #13
- ↑ Guy Gardner #14
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Booster Gold (Volume 2) #2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Secret Origins (Volume 2) #7
- ↑ Showcase #22
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Green Lantern (Volume 2) #59
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #87
- ↑ Justice League of America #110
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #94-95
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #116
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #117
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #121
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #122
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #123
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #190
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #193
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #181
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #182
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #194
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #195
- ↑ Crisis on Infinite Earths #9
- ↑ Crisis on Infinite Earths #2
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #196
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #197
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #198
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #199
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 2) #200
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps #207
- ↑ Legends #1-2
- ↑ Legends #5
- ↑ Legends #6
- ↑ Justice League of America #258, 259, 260, 261
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps #208
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps #209
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 Green Lantern Corps #210
- ↑ Justice League International #18-19
- ↑ Justice League America #52
- ↑ Justice League America #63
- ↑ Justice League #1
- ↑ Justice League #5
- ↑ Justice League #6
- ↑ Justice League International #7
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 3) #25
- ↑ Guy Gardner Reborn #1
- ↑ 48.0 48.1 Guy Gardner Reborn #2
- ↑ Guy Gardner Reborn #3
- ↑ Guy Gardner #1, 2, 4
- ↑ Guy Gardner #5, 6, 7
- ↑ Justice League America #69
- ↑ Action Comics #684
- ↑ Superman: Man of Steel #19
- ↑ Superman (Volume 2) #75
- ↑ Justice League America #70
- ↑ Superman: Man of Steel #20
- ↑ Action Comics #688-690
- ↑ Bloodbath #1
- ↑ Bloodbath #2
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #17
- ↑ Superman (Volume 2) #80
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 3) #48, 49, 50
- ↑ Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins #1, see excerpt
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #18
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #19
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #20
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #21
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #22
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #23
- ↑ Zero Hour #4
- ↑ Zero Hour #3
- ↑ Zero Hour #2
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #24
- ↑ Zero Hour #1
- ↑ Zero Hour #0
- ↑ Justice League Task Force #14
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #0
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #25
- ↑ JLA: Our Worlds at War #1
- ↑ Action Comics #789-790
- ↑ Identity Crisis #1
- ↑ Green Lantern: Rebirth #1
- ↑ Green Lantern: Rebirth #2
- ↑ Green Lantern: Rebirth #4
- ↑ 86.0 86.1 Green Lantern: Rebirth #6
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #2
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #3
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #4
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #5
- ↑ Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1
- ↑ OMAC Project #3-4
- ↑ OMAC Project #5
- ↑ OMAC Project #6
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #7
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #1
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #2
- ↑ Infinite Crisis #1
- ↑ Infinite Crisis #7
- ↑ 52 #1
- ↑ 52 #33
- ↑ 52 #35
- ↑ 52 #50
- ↑ World War III #4
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #11
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #12
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #13
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #1, 2, 3
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #4-5
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #6
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #10-11
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #12
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #13
- ↑ 115.0 115.1 Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #7, 8, 9, see excerpt
- ↑ Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #21
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #22
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #23
- ↑ 120.0 120.1 Green Lantern (Volume 4) #24
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #25
- ↑ Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion #1
- ↑ Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files and Origins #1
- ↑ Birds of Prey #104-108
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #19
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #20
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #23
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #24
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #25
- ↑ 130.0 130.1 Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #26
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #27
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #28
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #29
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #30
- ↑ Final Crisis #1
- ↑ Final Crisis: Requiem #1
- ↑ Final Crisis #2
- ↑ Final Crisis #5
- ↑ Final Crisis #6
- ↑ Final Crisis #7, see excerpt
- ↑ Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #34
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #35
- ↑ Green Lantern (Volume 4) #40
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #36
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #37
- ↑ 147.0 147.1 Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #38
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #39
- ↑ Blackest Night #1
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #40
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #42, see excerpt
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #43
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #44
- ↑ Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #45
- ↑ Action Comics #789
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #0
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #42
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #37
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #30
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #34-37
- ↑ 161.0 161.1 Guy Gardner: Warrior #28-30
- ↑ Action Comics #709
- ↑ Action Comics #709
- ↑ Action Comics #709
- ↑ Action Comics #709
- ↑ Action Comics #709
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #32
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #25-32
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #35
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #44
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #38
- ↑ Guy Gardner: Warrior #44
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