|First Appearance:||Green Lantern Vol. 2#148 (January 1982)|
|Created by:|| Paul Kupperberg|
|Affiliations:|| Formerly Black Lantern Corps|
Green Lantern Corps
|Sector:||Space Sector 1014|
|Portrayed by:|| Frank Welker (Voice)|
David L. Lander (Voice)
Ch'p was selected by the Guardians of the Universe to be Green Lantern of Sector 1014. The Crabster Army of Doctor Ub'x invaded Sector 1014 and killed that sector's Green Lantern. Ub'x turned his army on his homeworld of H'lven and easily overran its peaceful inhabitants. Ch'p, the leader of the H'lvenite resistance, was sentenced to death as an example to his fellow citizens. While in his cell awaiting his execution, Ch'p was visited by one of the Guardians of the Universe who offered him a Green Lantern Ring. Using the ring, Ch'p was able to escape and defeat Ub'x and his army. He later traveled to Oa and was trained by Kilowog in the same class as Hal Jordan.
Green Lantern Corps
Acting as the Green Lantern for his sector, Ch'p kept his civilian identity a secret from his girlfriend M'nn'e and his best friend, D'll. His adventures as Green Lantern included multiple battles against Doctor Ub'x as well as other local villans like Battle Beaver, the Mole Patrol, Chick Fury and his Eagle Scouts, and the Terrible B'Gul Bears. In space, Ch'p defeated the pirate crew of the Blackheart Pogo, and evacuated the planet Berrith when its sun became unstable. He also served with the Corps on many occasions, including the defeat of the Anti-Green Lantern Corps and the defeat of the criminal Maalador.
Doctor Ub'x eventually discovered Ch'p's secret identity and engineered a plot to defeat the Green Lantern once and for all. He kidnapped Ch'p's girlfriend M'nn'e and threatened to feed her to the B'Gul Bears unless Ch'p surrendered his ring. Ch'p did as he was ordered, but left a command in the ring ordering it to restrain Ub'x shortly after he handed it over. The strategy worked, and Ub'x was once again defeated. M'nn'e eventually discovered Ch'p's identity and the two were wed.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
The advent of the Crisis on Infinite Earths led to the most tragic period in Ch'p's life. He served the Corps faithfully during the Crisis, participating in the invasion of the anti-matter universe and helping to bring Goldface and Lurlan Dupo to justice. When the multiverse was collapsed into a single time continuity, Ch'p discovered that in the current timeline he was supposedly killed in an accident several years earlier, and his wife M'nn'e was married to his friend D'll. Effectively without a past, Ch'p decided to relocate to Earth, where his fellow Green Lanterns were the only beings who remembered his existence.
As a member of the Green Lantern Corps of Earth, Ch'p became good friends with Salakk, Arisia, and John Stewart, although he was initially distrustful of Kilowog. In one of the Corp's first adventures, Ch'p again encountered Doctor Ub'x, who defeated the Green Lanterns through the use of his new weapon, the Sucker Stick. Ub'x, the only other H'lvenite besides Ch'p that remembered the previous timeline, prepared to kill his nemesis, but realized that doing so would destroy the only link he had to his previous life. Ub'x's hesitation broke his concentration long enough for the Green Lanterns to revive. Ch'p confronted his old enemy one-on-one, but Ub'x's control of the Sucker Stick had weakened to the point where he began to fade from existence. Realizing that Ub'x was alone in the Universe like himself, Ch'p used his ring to save his nemesis, and the two buried their differences and became friends.
When the central power battery on Oa was destroyed, Ch'p was one of the few Green Lanterns whose ring still functioned. Distraught after failing to rebuild his life on H'lven, Ch'p was about to hang himself when his friend Salakk appeared and convinced him to live up to his responsibilities. Salakk remained on H'lven as an advisor and even attended the annual Harvest and Nut Gathering with his friend. Ch'p eventually went into hibernation, reviving in time to sense the return of the Guardians and the rebuilding of the Central Power Battery. Ch'p and Salakk traveled to Oa to ask for reinstatement into the Corps. Salakk was stationed on Oa while Ch'p and John Stewart policed the Mosaic World. While investigating the destruction of the central highway on the Mosaic World, Ch'p was struck and killed by a yellow truck. A ghostly image of Ch'p repeatedly appeared to John Stewart, but the true nature of this manifestation remains unexplained. In the current incarnation of the Green Lantern Corps, another native of H'lven, B'dg carries on Ch'p's legacy as Green Lantern of Sector 1014.
The Blackest Night
As for all the other Fallen Lanterns, Ch'p's is later revived as a Black Lantern, with a Black Lantern Power Ring as a main weapon. However, as with his other new teammates, he returns as a rotting, shambling corpse obsessed with death and a sworn enemy of the Green Lantern Corps. He began this new occupation by killing the Green Lantern Lok Neboora. He was finally destroyed by the Red Lantern Guy Gardner.
Powers and Abilities
- Heightened sense of smell
In Other Media
- A version of Ch'p was seen on the Duck Dodgers episode "The Green Loontern" with his squirrel-like chatterings provided by Frank Welker.
- Ch'p has made several cameos on Batman: The Brave and the Bold in the teaser of Day of The Dark Knight, in The Eyes of Despero and in both episodes of the two-part Siege of Starro.
- Ch'p has a speaking role in the original animated video, Green Lantern: First Flight voiced by David Lander.
- Ch'p appears in background shots in the original animated video, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, which uses the same character designs from Green Lantern: First Flight. He is referenced in the film's final lines, where Hal Jordan mentions a previous mission where his only backup was a squirrel.
- Ch'p appears in the Second Season of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. He is selected by Kilowog to face off against Hal Jordan as part of a wager. Ch'p quickly delivers a sound thrashing to Jordan, much to Kilowog's amusement, but the Green Lantern trainer agrees to Hal's request to join his mission anyways.
- As one of the characters whose history was altered in Crisis of Infinite Earths, a large section of Ch'p's history may be considered apocryphal. Having had his original history erased by the Crisis, he was considered an anomaly much the same as Power Girl. With the succeeding retcon of the DC multiverse in subsequent years, it is unknown which parts (if any) of Ch'p's timeline exist in current continuity, other than his membership in the Green Lantern Corps (mentioned on several occasions) and his temporary relocation to Earth (mentioned in Black Hand's origin story in a recent Green Lantern issue). The story of his training with Hal Jordan is included in the most recent version of Jordan's origin.
- Ch'p appears in the episode "The Green Loontern" of the Duck Dodgers television series. This television incarnation can only speak in squirrel chatterings.
- A rock group based out of Swansea, Wales, was called "Ch'p Run Roadkill" after the Green Lantern Mosaic issue where Ch'p was killed. The cover of the issue depicted John Stewart yelling "Ch'p, Run!" and the title of the story, "Roadkill".
- Ch'p has had 3 3D representations, with a 4th on the way. He is included on the limited run (800 pieces) Green Lantern Snow Globe, the Limited Run Green Lantern Museum Quality Statue with Hal Jordan, and as a Hero Clix in the Green Lantern Box Set. Ch'p will also be included in the new Mattel DCUC line Green Lantern Classics, either as a pack in in wave 1 or in wave 2