The other day I was reading Green Lantern and I started thinking about the whole “emotional spectrum” thing and I began to wonder; what corps would anime characters join if they existed in the same reality? For those who aren’t aware of what I’m referring to, the emotional spectrum is basically 9 different lantern corps all powered by a different aspect of sentient emotion (though the White and Black Lanterns aren’t actually emotions, which makes sense as white and black aren’t colors either) represented by a different color. Each corps recruits based on the emotion that fuels their rings (except for Orange since the sole Orange Lantern is too greedy to recruit anyone, but for the sake of this thread we’ll assume he has no say in the matter), so the point here is to take an anime series and decide which corps (if any) the characters of said series would be best suited for and why. To make things easier for non comic fans, I’ve included a brief description of each corps:
Green Lanterns – The most well known even among non fans, the Green is fueled by Will Power and those selected must be able to overcome great fear. The green ring is the most balanced with the least number of draw backs.
Sinestro Corps (Yellow Lanterns) – The second group to gain an actual corps, the yellow rings are powered by Fear (the ability to instill fear in others) and those selected must be able to instill great fear in others. The yellows rings work pretty much the same way as the green ones. It’s worth noting that the Sinesto Corps is pretty much evil so take that into account when deciding if a character should join.
Star Sapphires (Violet Lanterns) – Though the Star Sapphire existed before the Sinestro Corps, it didn’t start making rings and passing them out till after the Sinestro Corps War. The Violet rings are powered by Love and those that wield them must possess a capacity for great love (and in some cases have suffered a great loss). It’s worth noting that with the exception of the guy who was possessed by the Predator (the Love Entity) there are no male Star Sapphires. It’s not that men can’t be members it’s just that most aren’t worthy of the ring. The violet ring works pretty much like the others, but due to being further out on the emotional spectrum, those wielding them are more likely to be controlled by their emotions then others.
Red Lanterns – The red rings are fueled by Rage and those that wield them must be filled with great hatred and anger. When using the red ring, the wielder becomes vicious and almost animal like, losing all control, unable to do anything but attack and kill (with the exception of their leader, Atrocitus). The red rings replace the blood of the wielder with a burning plasma that they are able to spew from their mouths. This plasma can burn through almost anything and can even burn in space. Since the ring replaces their basic heart functions, a Red Lantern can live even if their heart is removed. The rings also allow intergalactic flight and force fields (like the other rings), but they can’t create light constructs (with a few minor exceptions) due to the wielders being so enraged.
Agent Orange (Orange Lanterns) – Agent Orange is the only Orange Lantern (though Lex Luthor was one for a very brief time), which is due to his immense greed. The orange ring is fueled by Averus and as such those wielding the rings are filled with greed and unable to act as an actual corps. For the sake of this thread though, we’ll be ignoring that. The orange ring can do pretty much what the other rings can, but they can also absorb the light constructs of other corps, except for the violet.
Blue Lanterns – Okay these guys are weird. The blue ring is powered by Hope, but by it self the ring is powerless, it requires a Green Lantern near by to have any real effect (beyond the usual stuff anyway). Despite this limitation, the ring is actually quite powerful and can do things that other rings can’t due to it’s power source, that being Hope.
Indigo Tribe (Indigo Lanterns) – Another odd group, they actually use staves rather than rings (though they sort of look like lanterns) and wear body paint rather than spandex. The indigo staff is fueled by Compassion and in a way is similar to the blue ring (even the color is similar). Those that wield the indigo staff are somewhat pacifistic is nature, so that is something to consider when assigning rings.
Black Lanterns – As mentioned this isn’t part of the emotional spectrum, but it still exists as a good option for certain characters. What kind of characters? Why dead ones of course as all Black Lanterns are corpses reanimated and controlled by the black rings. The black ring actually starts with no charge, but fills up as the wielder feeds on the hearts of the living. A charged black ring can actually make light constructs, but most Black Lanterns seem to rely on whatever abilities their host had when they were alive. Black Lanterns can also regenerate from most kinds of damage, only a few things are actually able to destroy them (such as the Red Lantern plasma), namely while light based energy and the energy of two other rings combined.
There are also White Lanterns but that group is complicated and the requirements are a bit odd so we’ll just leave it at 8. Anyway, as an example, I’ve chosen the series One Piece to recruit from.
Luffy – Green or Blue. Luffy is almost completely fearless and on top of that has incredible will power, so he’s a natural choice for Green Lantern. He could also be good for blue since he’s a hopeless dreamer who often does things purely on hope and stubbornness. Of course one has to wonder what he would do with the ring, he’s not exactly the smartest guy around, plus he’s a fist fighter. He would be flying non stop though, that’s for sure and he could protect him self from sea water, thus canceling out his major weakness.
Zoro – Green. Zoro is perhaps even more fearless than Luffy and has shown great will power in almost all of his fight (in which he is often fighting while suffering from major injury). Zoro with a ring would be amusing, I can picture him either 1) making light swords 2) making a third arm to hold his third sword rather than in his mouth or 3) making a true version of Asura by creating light constructs of extra arms and heads.
Nami – Violet. One would generically think Nami would get an orange ring (the irony!) but really she isn’t THAT greedy and she would never sell her friend out for money. Nami has shown great loyalty to her friends and family, indicating a capacity for great love. Also she has suffered a great lose in the past which makes her a prime candidate for Star Sapphire. With a violet ring I can see Nami gaining Storm level weather control (or Weather Wizard level if you prefer), though I’m not sure if she’d like the outfit that well…
Usopp - ? I don’t see Usopp as having any strong enough emotions to be able to handle any of the rings. He too much of a coward for a Green or Yellow, he has no rage, and his love, compassion and hope aren’t really that strong either. If lying were an emotion I’m sure he’d get that one, but as it stands, Usopp gets left out.
Sanji - ? One could argue love for Sanji but his idea of “love” seems to be borderline perversion. At best his is idea of love is “romance”, but he’s never shown a capacity for genuine love to me. Outside of that I suppose he could get a green ring, he’s pretty fearless and has survived almost as much as Luffy and Zoro.
Chopper – Indigo. As a doctor, Chopper’s main emotion seems to be compassion, so the most likely option is the Indigo Tribe. Which is good for him since they don’t use rings and Chopper only has fingers in certain forms.
Robin - ? Robin has rather introverted emotions and even when she does show them, they are very common emotions. Robin’s main attribute is intelligence so it’s hard to put her in an emotional context. I could maybe see her as a Star Sapphire since she views the crew as her only family (after having been alone for 20 years) and was willing to kill her self for their safety and like Nami she has suffered great loss (twice right around the same time too) so a violet ring is possible.
Franky - ? Franky also lacks dramatic emotions from the spectrum, he doesn’t really seem suited for any of them, even green. If he did get a ring though, I imagine he would make constructs like John Steward (the black guy from JL, not the host of the Daily Show) in that they would mechanically function.
Brook – Black. Brook IS dead, so I could see a black ring possessing him. Then he’d go straight for Usopp’s heart. Luffy and Nami would have to unite rings to take Brook down. How sad, he just joined and now he’s gone…
Vivi – Blue. Vivi is definitely hope, that seems to be her primary attribute. Not much else to say about that.
Arlong – Black? It was never stated, but I assume Arlong was executed after his capture, but if not he could be a good choice for either a yellow ring or a red ring. Imagine a huge shark guy, vomiting up fiery plasma. That would make me shit my pants.
Crocodile – Orange. Crocodile is basically the OP version of Lex Luthor, so he’s getting an orange ring. That would be trouble, Croc with a power ring. There goes that pesky weakness to water.
Eneru – Yellow. Eneru claimed to be a god and ruled oven an entire country using fear. Yeah, he’s got Sinestro Corps written all over him. I can picture him with a bunch of rings like Mongul, Eneru is so badass.
Lucchi – Yellow. Lucci is somewhat emotionless, but his ideal of “Dark Justice” is similar to Sinestro’s ideals of order. Also he’s a huge panther guy that can move at super speed and poke holes in you like you’re made of paper.
Blackbeard – Orange. The guy killed his own shipmate just to get a devil fruit and then used the government so he could break into their prison and gain a powerful crew. Geed is clearly his primary trait.
Mihawk – Yellow or Green. He’s not really a true villain so I think green is possible, but given that he makes most people run in the opposite direction a yellow ring seems more likely.
Moria – Black. He was killed by Doflamingo so his only option is a black ring. As a guy who makes zombies it seems fair.
Hancock – Violet. No doubt, Hancock would get a violet ring. Not only is she hopelessly in love with Luffy, but her devil fruit power translates to “madly in love”. Plus she’s hot, and that’s like one of the sub rules of being a Star Sapphire (at least for humans anyway).
Black Lanterns: Ace – You knew this one was coming. Ace would look badass as a Black Lantern with a black flame to finish it up. Luffy would have hard time with him, that’s for sure.
Bellemere – Sure she has no powers, but she would still mess with Nami’s head and Black Lanterns love doing that shit.
Kuina – That would be crazy; Zoro sword fighting a zombie little girl who is constantly putting him down the whole time. I think Zoro could handle it though.
Dr Hiruluk – Again, not too powerful, but that never stopped the Black Lanterns before.
Nico Olivia – That’s Robin’s mom FYI, and just to add insult to injury…
Jaguar D. Sual – Robin’s only friend as a child who died saving her. Sucks to be Robin.
Tom – Franky’s mentor and father figure, plus he’s a fishman, so he can actually fight.
Bellemy – Killed by Doflamingo, comes after Luffy for revenge, and loses in record time again.
Whitebeard – While really strong, I think he would be missing his devil fruit ability since Black Beard took it after her died.
Bon Clay? – It wasn’t stated as to whether or not he died after Impel Down or not, but if he did, then RISE!
So that’s an example of what this thread is about. Choose any anime you wish, just be certain to read the first and explain your choices. Have fun.