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Red Lotus (comics)

Red Lotus (Paul Hark) is a fictional character, a mutant appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Red Lotus
Red Lotus (Paul Hark).jpg
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Treme X-Men #5 (November, 2001)
Created byChris Claremont
Salvador Larroca
In-story information
Alter egoPaul Hark
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsX-Men
X-Treme X-Men
Hellfire Club
Chinese Triad
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance.

Fictional character biographyEdit

Though he has been affiliated with the X-Men, in particular the X-Treme X-Men team, Red Lotus is not an official member.

Red Lotus was born in Sydney, Australia, to an American parent, and is the heir apparent to the Sydney Chinese Triad, which was run by his grandfather, who was known as Father Gow. When Gow was murdered, Red Lotus was led to believe that the culprit was Gambit by the Examiner, who wanted to gain control of the Triad for himself.[1]

Red Lotus assisted the X-Treme X-Men team against Sebastian Shaw and Lady Mastermind after the truth was revealed, and later helped them while they were trying to repel an interdimensional invasion in Madripoor.[2]

After the invasion on Madripoor, Paul became an ally to Viper and joined her undercover at the Hellfire Club hoping to shut down their mutant slave ring. He was almost murdered by Selene, but Marvel Girl was able to save him.[volume & issue needed]

He was last seen still as an ally to Courtney Ross, Viper, Sunspot and their new Hellfire Club, however, what happened to him after M-Day still remains a mystery.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Red Lotus is a superhuman martial artist who possesses enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, agility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance.

In other mediaEdit

Red Lotus was set to appear in the 2019 feature film Dark Phoenix, played by Andrew Stehlin.[3] In the final film, the character is named Ariki and does not bear any similarities to Red Lotus as well as the fact that Ariki can manipulate his hair braids.[4]


  1. ^ X-Treme X-Men #5-9. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ X-Treme X-Men #10-18. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (September 27, 2018). "Dark Phoenix: Exclusive Photos and Director Simon Kinberg and Sophie Turner on Alien Villains". IGN. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Keaney, Quinn (June 6, 2019). "The Entire Cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, From Sophie Turner to Michael Fassbender". Popsugar. Retrieved June 7, 2019.