The synthesis of organic radicals is challenging due to their inherent instability. In recent years, cyclic(alkyl)(amino)carbene (CAAC)-derived 2-substituted pyrrolinium salts have been used as synthons for the synthesis of isolable carbon-based radicals. Herein, we report a direct, easy and convenient method for the synthesis of 2-aryl substituted pyrrolinium salts without using CAAC as a precursor. These cations can be reduced to the corresponding radicals. The influence of the aryl substituent at the C-2 position on radical stabilization and dimerization has been investigated. Because of the large scope of our strategy (capability to modulate different substituents at all the C- and N-centres of the pyrrolinium salts), it has the merit to be an extremely effective and productive route for generating carbon-based radicals whose stability as well as reactivity can be varied.