Ranking The Green Lanterns Worst To Best

In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, which Green Lantern wins the fight?

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The Green Lantern has long been one of DC's greatest heroes, but the role of the Green Lantern has been held by far more than one person. Unlike Batman or Superman, there have been dozens (and technically) thousands of Green Lanterns over the years, but which is the best of them all?

Whether you came into Green Lantern fandom back in the Golden Age of Comics or more recently, odds are you have a favorite, but do they rank among the greatest?

For this ranking, we are starting out with the worst and heading towards the best, but don't get hung up on the whole "worst" label. Every one of these characters has been amazing, many of them for decades.

This ranking was built from the #1 position on down so the Green Lantern sitting at the #10 spot isn't a bad character, just one ranked slightly below his peers.

10. Alan Scott

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You can't kick off a list of the greatest Green Lanterns without throwing in the man who started it all, Alan Scott. The Green Lantern from the Golden Age was far different than his contemporary counterparts, but that doesn't make him any less amazing.

Alan Scott debuted in All-American Comics #16 back in 1940 and has been kicking butt and taking names ever since. Scott's ring and power-set differ from the Green Lanterns of today thanks to his coming from a place of magic.

Unlike the rest of the characters on this list, Scott's ties to magic make his powers unique. He had a weakness to wooden weapons, but was able to generate hard-light constructs like the best of them.

Since his debut, he took a back seat to the current Green Lanterns, but he remains a part of the DC Universe where he makes appearances from time to time. Perhaps Scott's greatest legacy was his inspiration in creating the Green Lanterns who followed him.


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