Red Lotus (comics)

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Red Lotus
Red Lotus (Paul Hark).jpg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Treme X-Men #5 (November, 2001)
Created by Chris Claremont
Salvador Larroca
In-story information
Alter ego Paul Hark
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations X-Men
X-Treme X-Men
Hellfire Club
Chinese Triad
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance.

Red Lotus (Paul Hark) is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe.

Fictional character biography[edit]

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 abilities[edit]

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


  1. ^ X-Treme X-Men #5-9
  2. ^ X-Treme X-Men #10-18