Guy Gardner is an arrogant, selfish, egotistical, and childish human being who, from growing up in an abusive household, has clawed his way to the station of being one of the premier Green Lanterns in the corps' history.
Always spoiling for a fight, Gardner's heart is set on what is morally right, although his ego may sometimes cause grief amongst the hero community.
Guy was raised in Baltimore by his parents. his father was an abusive alcoholic who beat Guy repeatedly. Guy worked hard in school to try to win his father's approval, but he instead lavished attention and compliments upon Guy's older brother, Mace. Guy's only escape at this time was General Glory comic books, going so far as to model his bowl haircut on Glory's sidekick, Ernie.
During his mid-teens, Guy became a juvenile delinquent. He was straightened out by his brother, now a police officer, and he eventually went to college, supporting himself, and earning bachelor's degrees in education and psychology from the University of Michigan, where he also played football until a career-ending injury.
After college, Guy worked as a social welfare caseworker, dealing with prison inmates and their rehabilitation. He abandoned this line of work, however, fearing it brought out his aggressive nature. Moving on, he became a teacher for children with disabilities.
When Abin Sur died, his power ring sought and found two potential successors: Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan. Jordan was nearer to the crash, so he was chosen over Gardner. Gardner was relegated to backup status should anything happen to Jordan.
When Jordan became aware of Gardner's status as his backup, he went out of his way to set up a chance meeting, and the two became friends.
Following a series of incidents that left Gardner in a coma, Gardner's brain damage manifested itself in the form of an arrogant, violent, unstable, and often childish new personality. Gardner believed himself to be the last "true" Green Lantern, superior to all the others, particularly Jordan.
After the defeat and death of the "Mad Guardian" the Guardians returned and assigned Gardner to be the official Green Lantern of Sector 2814 while Jordan was assigned to recruit new Corps members.
Gardner became a founding member of the Justice League International after the original JLA disbanded. In his time with the JLI, Gardner resented Batman's leadership of the group, going so far as to challenge the Dark Knight to a fist fight, which he lost. 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.
After completing his assignment of recruiting new Corps members, Jordan returned to Earth to reclaim his title as Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Gardner's response was to challenge Jordan to a fight where the loser would quit the Corps. Gardner lost and surrendered his ring. After some failed run-ins with Goldface and Black Hand as a non-powered vigilante, he set out on a quest to regain his power and identity. He traveled to Oa where he found Sinestro's yellow power ring in Oa's "Crypt of the Green Lantern Corps".
Gardner then returned to Earth to pick a fight with Superman but eventually rejoined the league and helped battle the monster Doomsday.
When Hal Jordan, under the influence of Parallax, destroyed the Green Lantern Corps, Ganthet first came to Guy Gardner to offer him the last Green Lantern power ring. When Gardner refused, Ganthet decided to entrust it to Kyle Rayner.
Guy Gardner then led a group of heroes to Oa to find out what had happened to the corps. In battling Parallax, Guy Gardner's ring is destroyed and he was forced to find an alternate means to acquire power. On an expedition to the Amazon, Gardner found a chalice of the Warrior Water. He discovered new powers that would allow him to resume his role as a superhero, and also established a superhero theme bar called "Warriors", as both a source of income and a base between his adventures.
Gardner's Vuldarian DNA is overwritten by his human DNA when Hal Jordan returns from death and Parallax possesses Gardner and several Green Lanterns. Hal Jordan's ring splits in two and Gardner's ring is restored to him. Eventually, Parallax is defeated by the combined effort of all five active Green Lanterns. The Guardians assign Gardner to be one of the Corps' three main instructors, along with Kilowog and Kyle Rayner.
Gardner plays a significant role in defeating the Spider Guild attack on Oa and his performance in repelling the attack results in his promotion to Lantern #1 of the Green Lantern Honor Guard, a position of authority over other Lanterns.
- New players can select a pre-made character template inspired by Guy Gardner.
- Guy Gardner is a playable character for Legends PvP and Legends PvE.
- Guy Gardner first appeared in Green Lantern #59 (March 1968).
- Guy Gardner is voiced by Joey Hood.
- Guy Gardner was not named after the NASA astronaut Guy Gardner, but after fan Guy H. Lillian III and writer Gardner Fox.
- There exists an infamous moment between Guy Gardner and the Batman when Guy frequently challenged the hero for authority of the Justice League International group based solely on his ego and machismo. The tension climaxed with Guy challenging the Batman to a fight and the vigilante knocks him out with a single hit to the face. Dubbed the "One Punch!" incident, Black Canary immediately took a photo of Guy's unconscious body and faxed the incident to the rest of the hero community. Since then, the "One Punch!" incident has been frequently referred to particularly when the Batman becomes involved with a Green Lantern.
- The Vuldarians were a proud warrior race that existed billions of years ago and acted as the self-appointed protectors of their quadrant of the galaxy. They were locked in a war against the Tormocks, who ultimately won with the support of other alien races. With most of the Vuldarian warriors dead, the Tormocks proceeded to lay waste to Vuldar. The few surviving Vuldarians fled across the galaxy and began a nomadic existence. As they travelled, they would make stops at planets and traded their advanced sciences for the genetic material of that planets greatest warriors to add to their own robust gene pool. It was hoped by the Vuldarians that by gathering this genetic material, they could gain the power needed to defeat the Tormocks. Several hundred years ago, the Vuldarians arrived at Earth and settled in the Nabba Jungle, Africa. There, they discovered that they were genetically compatible with humans, allowing them to interbreed and preserve their species.
- In Strike Team he says "Someone should rip out your creepy tongue, Arkillo" which is a reference to Mongul ripping Arkillo's tongue out during a fight in the comic universe.
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