If the wielder of a Green Power ring has enough will power, can he read minds and/or alter memories of an individual using his ring?

If yes, are there any such instances?

  • Is there some reason you think it might? I’m not super familiar with Green Lantern, but I’m not seeing how creating physical constructs out of hard light implies mental manipulation. – Thunderforge Apr 23 '18 at 15:26
  • @Thunderforge Actually yes. I vaguely remember reading something of that sort a very long time ago in Action Comics (but i don't remember the issue number). – Shreedhar Apr 23 '18 at 15:29
  • @Thunderforge A green power ring can do a lot more than that-- translate languages between its wearer and others, provide air and pressure enough to let its wearer survive in space, travel much faster than light, etc. But as for the question at hand, no I'm not aware of any such instances. – PlutoThePlanet Apr 23 '18 at 15:29
  • The scope of the ring powers have drastically reduced over time. In the 60's, the answer was unequivocally "Yes". It also is shown manipulating magnetism and I think even producing Kryptonite radiation. More recently, however, the powers seem to be a bit more defined; it's basically just hard light constructs, force fields, translation, and communication with other Green Lanterns. Oh, and the travel that @PlutoThePlanet mentions, though that tends to be handwaved pretty hard (they travel at whatever speed is most convenient for the plot.) – Tin Man Apr 23 '18 at 18:43

Hal Jordan has shown the ability to alter someones mind.

According to CBR's "Green Lantern: 15 Things You Never Knew His Ring Could Do" article. in 1966's Green Lantern #57 (wrongly quoted in the article as #47) Hal Jordan erases Major Disaster's memory and puts in mental blocks to stop him from revealing The Flash and Hal's identities. Another example from a later comic, 1989's Action Comics #642 (as pointed out by @Shreedhar in the comments) shows Abin Sur dying on Earth and found by Clark Kent, however because Clark is not a human, he can not be the next lantern of Sector 2814 and his memory must be wiped.

Hal alters Major Disaster's memory
The full comic can be cough read cough by googling "Green lantern 1960 #57 online"

Abin Sur stating he needs to wipe Clark Kent's mind

  • @Edlothiad thanks! this is cool. Anyways, I found the actual one that I was looking for. Action Comics # 642 where Clark Kent finds Abin Sur's crashed ship. In that issue there is a panel where Abin Sur mentions about mind-wiping Clark. – Shreedhar Apr 23 '18 at 17:24
  • @Shreedhar I will include that in the answer as well, if you don't mind. I was struggling to find other examples and had only read about the possibility – Edlothiad Apr 23 '18 at 17:58
  • Sure please add it. IT would be better for others to look for in the future. – Shreedhar Apr 23 '18 at 17:59
  • Just wondering, but did Clark submit to it? – Rivasa Apr 23 '18 at 18:42
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    It's unclear from the next panel whether Abin Sur had the will power to do it, but he does try and believes he can. The comic seems to suggest Abin Sur was successful, but I didn't get too far through. – Edlothiad Apr 23 '18 at 18:45

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