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Off My Mind: Is There Room For More Lantern Corps?

What colors and emotions haven't been used already?

For decades we only had one Lantern Corps, the Green Lanterns. The green power ring was powered by the will of its users and was said to be the most powerful weapon in the galaxy since it was powered by the most powerful emotion. The existence of the yellow power ring powered by fear was around since Green Lantern #7 in 1961, when Sinestro made his first appearance. Created by the Qwardians, Sinestro was the only one that used a yellow ring. Until 2007 when he created the Sinestro Corps.

Since then, we've had an explosion of colors and emotions. Little by little it was revealed that other Lantern and power rings existed. Each is fueled by a different emotion and is controlled by a separate Emotional Entity. The Guardians sought to keep them all concealed because they felt emotions were too dangerous. The power of each ring and the Corps for each that soon followed was too much for the Guardians to conceal.

Now that we have so many different Lantern Corps, is there room for any more? Are there any emotions or colors left that could be used?

Besides Green Lantern and Sinestro, we also saw the Star Sapphire Corps. Using the color pink (violet) and the power of love, the Zamarons left Oa billions of years ago when the Guardians decided that life should be without emotion. They created their own Corps focused on love.

The Red Lanterns were born when Atrocitus used the blood of four remaining survivors of Sector 666 (which was wiped out by the Guardians' first police force, the Manhunters) along with some magic rituals. This Corps is all about rage and hate.

There really isn't an Orange Lantern Corps because the sole member, Larfleeze won't allow it. Larfleeze came into possession of the Orange power battery billions of years ago. As a former thief, Larfleeze was given the opportunity by the Guardians to keep the battery as long as he stayed within the Vega system. They figured that would be the safest way to keep the battery from spreading across the universe and by only allowing one to possess it, Larfleeze would ensure it didn't leave his grasp.

The Blue Lantern Corps was formed by banished former Guardians Ganthet and Sayd. The emotion that powers their ring is Hope. When the Sinestro Corps War was going on and the looming Blackest Night prophecy, Ganthet and Sayd created this Corps anchored on that tiny bit of hope that all will be well.

The Indigo Tribe uses a combination of their power rings along with a power stave. Their ring is fueled by compassion. The Tribe isn't very forthcoming with details to their history. The members have abandoned everything and dedicated themselves to compassion. The only thing we really know is the Tribe's leader, Indigo-1 was once incarcerated by the Green Lantern, Abin Sur.

The Black Lanterns get their energy from a darkness that existed before the creation of the universe. The members are all deceased and have only one goal, to eliminate all life from the Universe.

The White Lantern Corps came about when Sinestro bonded with the Entity, which was the embodiment of life itself.

With nine different Corps already, it looks like all the colors and emotions are represented. There's just no way this is all of them. If these other rings existed all this time, or if the potential for them existed, there has to be others as well.

What emotions are left? When looking over what we have already, I couldn't help but think of the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, anger, sloth, envy, pride and lust. Some are already represented by existing rings. Gluttony, greed, and envy are similar to avarice, which is the Orange ring. Anger is the Red Lanterns. Lust could be related to Love. That leaves Pride. Pride could be associated with Will. Having pride in yourself, believing in what you can do, that could be a trait similar to what the Green Lanterns have. They've seen themselves as the police of the universe, regardless what any individual planet or system might want.

Are readers ready for a Brown Lantern Corps?

Are there any emotions left that could be a suitable focus for another Lantern Corps? There's sadness, disappointment or despair. Maybe guilt or shame could work. The problem with these emotions is if someone is feeling them, they might not have the motivation or will to channel their emotions into powering a ring. And what color is left for them? Brown? I like the color brown and have been known to wear the occasional brown shirt or pants but brown is also the color of poop. Would someone really want to be a Brown Lantern? Then again, if that was a sad thought, it could be used to power their ring.

Other emotions that could be used to fuel a Brown power ring could be despair, guilt or shame. If a person had a lot of shame, they could try to envision themselves in an embarrassing situation. But would they be a force of good or evil? If they decided to use their power in order to get revenge against anyone that made them feel sadness, wouldn't that make them more sad? They would have more shame or guilt for abusing their power. Or if getting that revenge made them happy, would they end up losing the focus needed to power their ring?

If we wanted to go the Pokémon route, we could also have a Silver Lantern or Gold Lantern. Since those are flashier colors, we'd need a flashier emotion to go with them. Could happiness or joy be enough to power a ring? Those emotions would need a bright and cheerful color. Would gold or silver suffice? There's also the possibility of having a a variation or different shade of a color already being used. The problem is Neon Yellow Lantern Corps or Atomic Tangerine Lantern Corps just doesn't sound right.

Do we already have enough Lantern Corps? Is there room (or colors and emotions) for more to be created? The universe is a large place so these other Lanterns might already exist. It's not like the Guardians are always truthful in revealing everything they know.

From a marketing perspective, DC would love to have more Corps so they can sell more colored t-shirts. From the comic's perspective, since we now have nine different emotional entities, it would be silly to think there weren't any others out there somewhere.

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Posted by Cherry Bomb

Well all the rainbow is taken up! 
hmm ..  but yeah, I have no idea what else XD

Posted by dewboy01

Posted by stuamerica

I like the idea of guilt or shame.  It is a very powerful emotion and could be used for both acts of good and evil, depending on the individual and the source of the guilt.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I'm LOVING the seven deadly sins ideas...

Posted by Forceman4077


Posted by allstarchild

how about PINK lantern.

they gonna be so cute  :>

Posted by Batmarcus

I like the idea of joy being a corps I  think they would be silver

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

I miss the videos, I know they were a lot of work for you guys, but less work for me in having to read.
What about the color of Creativity?  How about that?  Maybe the color of Responsibility?
I'll read this article tomorrow.

Posted by MedioCORE

I was writing an outline for a story arc involving the Grey Lanterns, and their emotion was sadness. "You are filled with great sorrow. Welcome to the Grey Lantern Corps." The nickname Guy Gardner gives them when he encounters them is the "MedioCorps." 
     "In bleakest day, in lonely night, 
All happiness escapes our sight,  
Let those whose make the days burn bright,  
Feel our sorrow, Grey Lanterns light."
I know it's all super lame, but I was bored one day. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Posted by Pokeysteve

How about a Grey Lantern Corps. They have no emotions and don't feel anything. Can't believe you forgot good old grey.

Posted by PeteyParker
@Cherry Bomb said:
Well all the rainbow is taken up! hmm ..  but yeah, I have no idea what else XD
Yea......I kinda like the odd number y'know with Green in the Middle..........kinda like the balance
Posted by Silkcuts

Greed is the only one that matters to DC anyway.

Posted by HaHaManHV

I don't think we need another Lantern Corps. As it is people crack jokes and complain about their being too many. Any more and it'd be a parody and I'm sorry, but if we ever get a Brown lantern I'm going to the DC offices and punching whoever is responsible.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

I've actually already done some thinking about this myself,  
Gray: Sorrow. 
You have Endured Great Sorrow, Welcome to the Gray Lantern Corps. 
Maybe the power of a Gray Ring could negate the powers of Green because when you give in to sorrow, it takes away your will. And maybe the ultimate goal of the Gray would be to blur the rest of the colors into Gray, because all the other emotions are just built to cover up or distract from sorrow (in their minds.)

Posted by Eyz

Who's that green haired Indigo tribe girl? A Proto-Indigo-1?

Posted by oldgum
Posted by TDK_1997

Maybe grey

Posted by Billy Batson

Enough is enough. 


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Posted by jakeeboi17

What about Vanity for the colour pink? Or something like that...

Posted by mohawkmoose12

I'm sure the corps are going to stay the way they are since they have covered the ROYGBIV light spectrum, in addition to white and black which is the absence of color and the combination of all color.

Posted by plutonium_239

Well I think all the main colours of the rainbow have been used, red, orange, yellow, green etc. There's no need for another Lantern Corps in my opinion.
Posted by spaceboy

A brown lantern corps? Maybe Red Skull can join them...
No, seriously we have enough different corps. It's already like a Power Rangers reunion episode gone crazy.

Posted by BlackRoseTessa

theres no need for any more it would be  silly , but you know there will be more , just hope its a good story , thats all that matters
Posted by Mbecks14

I like the 7+Black and White. I think that's plenty, any more than that and it starts getting cheeseier and the idea becomes stale and cliche

Posted by ninjadude853

I personally think that if they introduce more corps, it shouldn't be for a long time, they should wait until the seven corps active now are more used storywise.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

I think the colors represented are enough...
Posted by BlackRoseTessa

anymore wouldbe silly , theres to many already  but as long as its a good story and a good reason i dont care
Posted by fodigg

Alan Moore would totally make infrared or ultraviolet lantern corps.

Posted by Emperormeister734

why not, the more lanterns corps the more new battles and characters to be made,if they do make some real rare and awesome colors as well

Posted by Migz13

Damn... brown? Just thinking about it makes me wanna go number 2. 
anyway.. I think adding more colors would just makes things... uhmm... more complicated. 
The whole lot of them in Blackest Night already made them look like the effing Power Rangers.

Posted by MichaelSimpson
Posted by EndlessKnight

I always wondered why Green didn't equal envy.  Guess it isn't heroic.
Hal Jordan:  "Superman is so overpowered!!"  *Hal Jordan powers up via envy*

Posted by GreenLantern555

It would be stupid to add more. No other colors would make much sense since the other colors that we would think of have the base color of one of the colors that are already made. There are already enough lanterns and making more of them would just be too much. 

Posted by foxx_wertas

I fear the GLC is going to take a turn for the Power Rangers... >.>
Posted by Michiel76

brown lantern corps?
when i think brown i think sick.
is sick an emotion?
sick can be powerfull though.
nah enough is enough

Posted by TerryMcC

curiosity and gray? magenta? taupe? plaid?

Posted by Norusdog

I really like the concept of the green lanterns, but it's gotten so silly with all these colors.
no, they shouldn't add more, in fact they should reduce them.  so far the black lanterns have been the worst of all.  It was just some gimick to over-saturate the "heroes" with black-lantern members because they'd just rise up some zombie or another and toss them in.  It got way too stupid.

Posted by Utandi

Pretty cool and interesting article.  
I really like the "Silver/ Gold Lantern Corps" and especially the "Gray Lantern Corps" Idea. 
The thought of a "Brown -Poop- Lantern Corps" is kinda funny and strange at the same time.
For instance in Germany brown is also associated with neo-fascism.

Posted by Gambit1024

Gold Lanterns and Silver Lanterns anyone?

Posted by Red Rum

Instead of "Brown" I came up with the Bronze Lantern Corps.
Their emotional energy is subservience, making them the opposite of the Green.
When they are "recruited", they all morph into an identical form, their lack of uniqueness coinciding with their lack of willpower. Their master is none other than Lady Styx.

Posted by Scarlet_Rogue

I know what emotional power I discovered after "Brightest Day" : Apathy.

I'm now a member of the I don't really care what color Lanterns.

We meet on Wednesdays....or not. Whatever.

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

I'm still not clear on how these emotions are supposed to power the rings. Does a Star Sapphire need to love someone or something to use her ring?

Posted by dementedtheclown

Im still waiting on the rainbow lantern

Posted by Fantasgasmic

is anyone gonna mention the fact that will power is NOT AN EMOTION?!

Posted by Shieldbearer
Posted by blueninjapanther
that would be funny lantern corp
Posted by difficlus
@Fantasgasmic said:
is anyone gonna mention the fact that will power is NOT AN EMOTION?!
Posted by obscurefan
@Fantasgasmic said:
is anyone gonna mention the fact that will power is NOT AN EMOTION?!
Well that's sort of the idea they were going with, that's why it's the center color, it's supposed to be the thing that balances out the two sides of the emotional spectrum. All the emotions to the left of it are the bad emotions and all the ones to the right are the good ones, so willpower is meant to be neutral, not really be an emotion but more of what can rise up over emotions.
Posted by Kal'smahboi
@Fantasgasmic said:
is anyone gonna mention the fact that will power is NOT AN EMOTION?!
That's true but they kind of addressed that. It's the color of reason over emotion or the ability to control your emotions.