Socialist Red Guardsman of the Great 10 (DC Comics)

Socialist Red Guardsman


The Socialist Red Guardsman is a Chinese super-hero. He’s chiefly known for working as a super-functionary with the PRC’s super-team, the Great Ten.

For more context, you should first read our Great Ten team profile.


  • Real Name: Gu Lao.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Great Ten.
  • Base Of Operations: Great Wall Complex, China; Gobi desert compound.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Eyes: Glowing white Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Highly radioactive, the Socialist Red Guardsman is dangerous for normal people to be around. He can’t even eat food without it turning bitter by the time it’s in his mouth.

To allow him to operate in populated areas, he wears a suit designed specifically for him using Durlan technology. It :

  • Stops his dangerous energies escaping.
  • Harnesses them to allow him to fly.
  • Can project powerful beams of energy from the armour’s torso. These are capable of harming even Black Adam.


(A general history of the Great Ten can be found in the teams own entry.)

Irradiated in an incident with gave him solar powers, Gu Lao became highly radioactive. Thus, he was forced to wear a containment suit around others. Reverse engineered from Durlan technology, the suit allowed him to harness his power. He became a champion for the People’s Republic of China.


He was also provided an isolated facility out in the Gobi desert , where he could live without the armour.

A staunch believer in Mao’s  vision, he became increasingly embittered and disillusioned by China’s adoption of so much of the corrupt tendencies of the West. Gu Lao became less trusting of those in authority, whom he viewed as having strayed towards treason.

Return of the Gods

Finally having lost his faith in the Chinese government, he stopped responding to calls. Thus it was only when Mother of Champions, immune to his radiation, came looking for him, that he learned that he was suspected of complicity in a plot against China.

Socialist Red Guardsman of the Great 10 (DC Comics) design document

This deepened his depression. Therefore, his choice to wait for the expected bombing of his facility.

Mother, also devoted to the revolutionary ideals, managed to convince him that there was still hope. A bond began developing between them. Ultimately, he couldn’t allow his country to be brought down by foreign forces. Thus, he joined the Ten in battling them.


Ruthless and unrelenting, Lao has a fanatical zeal for his view of China. He will do anything to protect both country and ideal, no matter how many of his countrymen must be sacrificed.

Socialist Red Guardsman vs. Green Lantern Hal Jordan

Not particularly friendly with most of his team mates, even the other party loyalists see him as being too extreme. It’s only around Mother of Champions he seems to display any softness.

Unable to live a normal life, he has clung to the ideals of the revolution. Seeing them become corrupted in his eyes has caused him to become embittered with the Party. As a result, he increasingly sees himself as the last bastion of the true belief. Yet, with no way to change anything, he’s simply left frustrated and alienated.


“Enough ! As a super-functionary, your duty is to the security of the Chinese people, not to idle speculation !”

“I am the Socialist Red Guardsman of the Great Ten of the Chinese People’s Republic. This island and everything on it belong to us. If you set foot on this island or elsewhere on Chinese soil, it will be considered an act of war.”

“I think we’re past worrying about friendly fire here ! Of course my fire has never been friendly at all !”

“I thought you understood how our nation operates. Our founding father said it best… ’the more people you kill, the more revolutionary you are.‘”

“I am the Socialist Red Guardsman ! I am the People’s Republic ! Do not dare to suggest I am disposable !”

“So after everything I gave them, after all my years of service, they accuse me of treason ?!”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Socialist Red Guardsman

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Super-functionary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 014 HP: 040

Cell Rot: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Cell Rot is Always On (-1), has an Area Effect (+1), only affects living material (-1), and is radiation-based therefore countered by Sealed Systems (-1).

None demonstrated.

Special Credentials (Super-functionary), Expansive Headquarters, Languages (Mandarin Chinese).

The Great Ten (High).

Strange Appearance.

PROTECTIVE SUIT [BODY 14, Energy Blast: 14, Flight: 06, Sealed Systems: 15, Hardened Defences, Bonuses & Limitations: Energy Blast and Flight are Contingent on Socialist Red Guardsman’s Cell Rot, and are only usable by him (-1)].

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Comics.

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Sébastien Andrivet, Darci, Roger.

Writeup completed on the 24th of August, 2010.