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!!The comic:
* BaseBreaker: Angela, who is either a badass ActionGirl who complements Gamora, or a bland character and a pointless addition to TheTeam.
* BrokenBase:
** A rift seems to have developed between fans of the most recent team led by Star-Lord and fans of the original team. Especially when the 2014 film was merely being talked about, and was set to include Star-Lord's team; which eventually turned out to be the case.
** Some ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' fans are not happy about the appearance of Angela in the current series.
* DorkAge: Many fans of the Abnett and Lanning's run sees the Bendis run as this.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** For the original team, Starhawk and Aleta.
** On the 2008 team, Rocket Raccoon. He was chosen to represent the team in MarvelVsCapcom3 after all.
* HilariousInHindsight: In one issue of vol 2., the Guardians fight an alien invasion in New York. [[Film/TheAvengers Sound familiar?]] Even better, they're fighting in the exact place the Avengers gathered. History never repeats, but sometimes it rhymes, indeed.
* LesYay: The 2013 series has quite a few of these moments between Angela & Gamora.
-->'''Intercom:''' Will you marry me?\\
'''Angela:''' You're too short, Rocket.\\
'''Intercom:''' This is Gamora.\\
'''Angela:''' I'll consider it.
* MemeticBadass: "I AM GROOT!"
* NightmareFuel: Thanos managing to kill an entire planet in only a few hours.
** The opening of issue 7 of vol 2, where a version of the original Guardians of the Galaxy just die one by one.
** Everything to do with the Badoon and their Zoms. Not to mention the Monsters.
** [[EldritchAbomination Everything]] about [[MirrorUniverse the Cancerverse]].
** Moondragon being pregnant with a monster from the Cancerverse. And how it got into her, forcing its way in ''through her mouth and nose''. It's also this In-universe, because they have to hear [[{{Squick}} the noises it makes]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** Volume 2 not featuring the same team who were in the original series.
** Before volume 3 had been released, some fans were not 'pleased' with Star-Lord's retro inspired redesign nor Gamora's costume changes, and let's not even start about the [[SpotlightStealingSquad inclusion of Iron Man]] to the cast.
** Rocket Raccoon:
*** In volume 3, he's not as well liked as he was in volume 2, mainly because of how he gleefully shouts about murdering enemies, and because he now seems to have a disdain for Earth, both traits that had not been there before. On top of that, his origins being changed from a mutated raccoon to a member of a race of aliens that look like raccoons.
*** As of issues 7 and 8, both complaints about Rocket Raccoon seem to have been addressed, as Rocket referenced his original origin and other character have discouraged Rocket from using his new catchphrase as they find it "annoying and disturbing."
*** Rocket's origin and species seems to constantly flip-flop from issue to issue.
** ''Bring back [=DnA=]''(Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) has pretty much become the fandom's catchphrase. Sadly Abnett and Lanning no longer work together, but did do two final Guardian's comics before their split.
** The 2013 series being more Earth-focused than either previous series, with the inclusions of [[WolverinePublicity Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Agent Venom]] being commonly pointed to.
** April 2014 solicitations revealing that Star-Lord will be undergoing another makeover, this time to his costume from the film set to be released later in the summer.
** Drax suddenly talking like his ''Space Hulk'' persona from the 90's despite his character development given by Keith Giffen, Abnett and Lanning.

!!The film:
* BrokenBase: Fans are split by the decision of having Rocket Raccoon and Groot in the cast for stretching the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief a bit too much.
** There's also the involvement of James Gunn at all, after some internet bloggers uncovered his year old "50 Superheroes people want to sleep with" list, which was filled with controversial comments. Gunn has since apologized for the comments, stating that he no longer thinks such things are funny, but people are genuinely split on it either making him a horrible person who shouldn't be directing, or thinking its just some jokes that got taken out of proportion.
*** Even ignoring that, however, the fact that his past credits include writing for {{Troma}} and the loathed ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movies, as well as the mixed reception to ''Film/{{Super}}'' (and the horrendous reception to ''[[Film/{{Movie43}} Movie 43]]''), lead some people to question his worthiness to be directing for Marvel. Conversely, there are plenty of people who loved ''Super'' as well as his earlier film ''Film/{{Slither}}'' who are looking forward to the film primarily because of Gunn's involvement.
** Fans of the original lineup wanted the movie to focus on them or at least feature more of them (only one member is from the original series).
** The casting of Djimon Hounsou as minor villain Korath, as some fans had hoped he'd get to play ComicBook/BlackPanther in his upcoming film. (Including [[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/09/25/djimon-hounsou-black-panther/ Hounsou himself]], who still wants to.)
** There are those who ''love'' the [[RuleofFunny sense of humor]] showcased in the trailer, whereas others are less enthusiastic.
** [[spoiler:The post credits scene: some people were expecting the introduction of a new important character like Adam Warlock or Richard Rider instead of a cameo by Howard the Duck]].
** Some have felt the villains feel flat and boring compared to previous villains, while others felt that setting up all five Guardians was more important than the villains.
* CrazyAwesome: Rocket Raccoon is a TriggerHappy HeroicComedicSociopath who believes in MoreDakka, [[MadBomber hordes bombs in a shoebox,]] can mastermind a PrisonBreak in twenty minutes flat and hangs out with a talking tree. No wonder he's already the EnsembleDarkhorse even before the movie opens.
* EarWorm: From the footage showed at the D23 expo, ''Ooga chaka ooga ooga ooga chaka ooga ooga''. Goes UpToEleven in the full-length trailer.
** "When I lay me down to die, Goin' up to the spirit in the sky..."
** "Hello, Daddy! Hello, Mom! I'm ya ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!"
** The playlist is filled with popular songs from the 70's and 80's, including works from the likes of Music/DavidBowie and The Jackson Five.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The production team has said that they hope both Groot and Rocket Raccoon will be this. Considering the amount of meme gifs of the latter, it may not be unlikely.
* {{Expy}}: The film version of Rocket Raccoon and Groot -- a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], gunslinging mercenary and his vocabulary-challenged, GentleGiant alien BFF -- bear a striking resemblance to a [[Film/StarWars certain other pair of sci-fi heroes]].
* FanNickname: [[http://www.actionfigurepics.com/2014/04/weekend-toy-run-pre-order-marvel-legends-guardians-of-the-galaxy-on-amazon/marvel-legends-guardians-of-the-galaxy-iron-man From the tie-in toyline,]] [[Franchise/MetalHeroes Space Sheriff]] IronMan.
* FriendlyFandoms: With ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' due to similar tone and character archetypes.
** Also (rather bizarrely) with ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' due to the shared presence of Chris Pratt.
* FountainOfMemes: The movie has inspired a sizeable number of memes ''before it was even released''.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the third installment of ''TheScorpionKing'', [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]] plays a (shirtless) resurrected warrior who's DualWielding curved daggers.
** In ''Film/StarTrek'', Creator/ZoeSaldana's roommate at Starfleet Academy was a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe. Here, she ''is one.'' Not only that, Zoe, IdrisElba and ChrisEvans were in ''Film/TheLosers'', a DCComics property. Fast forward four years and [[{{Film/Thor}} they're all now]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger in the Marvel universe]].
** As noted below, Brett White was quick to make a post about the audacity of this film and its characters, whilst Wonder Woman's movie debut had been continuously postponed. Not long after, Wonder Woman was announced to be making an appearance in the sequel to ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
** The comicbook version of Drax has been revisioned a few times with the most recent version (a slimmer but strong body, a dark mood, and duel daggers) leading many fans to compare him to ''Film/{{Riddick}}''. This movie uses this version of Drax while also starring Creator/VinDiesel as a separate character. Made even more fiunnier when you take into account that Dave Batista starred alongside Diesel in the above mentioned film.
** Creator/JoshBrolin being cast as ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, the universe's BigBad, after playing a special agent defending the earth against extraterrestrial threats in [[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black 3]].
** Peter Quill's line about having "part of a plan!", considering he was previously IdiotHero [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Emmet]] who was over-reliant on instructions and plans.
* MemeticMutation:
** "What a bunch of a-holes."
** The various gifs of [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/7749ec24a33b3b47859f81d4f80298a6/tumblr_mrflhph1j81spaqpio1_400.gif Rocket Raccoon shooting his guns.]]
** ''This summer, it's time to give a shit''.
** From [[https://twitter.com/brettwhite/status/366999192016662528 this tweet]]: "DC/WB is all like "Franchise/WonderWoman's [[GirlShowGhetto too confusing for a movie]]!" and Marvel/Disney is all like [[RefugeInAudacity "Here's a raccoon with a machine gun"]]."
** [[[FunWithSubtitles OOGA CHAKA INTENSIFIES]]]
*** I'm hooked on a feeling!
** "Who?"
*** "Star-Lord, man. Legendary outlaw? Ah, forget it."
** "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know how this machine worked."
** Rocket's ''Oh, YEAH''.
** "[[PokemonSpeak I am Groot]]."
** Rocket laughing at Star-Lord's 12% of a plan.
*** "That's a fake laugh..."
**** "IT'S REAL!"
** [[spoiler:HOWARD THE FREAKING DUUUUCK!]]
** Responding to pictures/clips of Andy (Chris Pratt's goofy ManChild character from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'') with "I'm glad he's guarding our galaxy".
* NightmareFuel: Ronan the Accuser. He looks uncannily dark and menacing in the otherwise colorful and humorous film.
** The [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140721134618/marvelcinematicuniverse/images/9/9d/Cybernetic_Rocket.png cybernetic implants]] in [[BodyHorror Rocket's back]] are rather hard to look at.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To people not as well-versed in comic books, the film is drawing a lot of comparisons to ''{{Television/Farscape}}'', due to its lineup including a gentle character who is not to be reckoned with (Zhaan/Groot), a snarky white leader guy (Star-Lord/John Crichton), a small anthropomorphic talking thing (Rocket Raccoon/Rygel), a big, intimidating guy (Drax/D'argo), and a deadly-yet-also-sexy woman (Gamora/Aeryn). Ironically, an actual ''Farscape'' movie was announced shortly after the original teaser trailer was released.
** Meanwhile, gamers are comparing it to ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'' (as both Rocket and Sly are snarky, agile, anthropomorphic talking raccoons).
** It's also getting a lot of comparisons to ''Firefly'' in terms of tone, character archetypes, and visual style. The fact that the creator of ''Firefly'', Creator/JossWhedon, is the director of both of the ''Avengers'' movies (and a large creative force in the MCU) definitely helps.
** As of late it's being considered the MarvelCinematicUniverse's answer to ''Franchise/StarWars''. Fitting, considering that Disney owns both franchises.
** And in the beginning it was promoted as the MCU's version of ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** Some people reacted this way when James Gunn switched Drax's archenemy from Thanos to Ronan.
** The design of the Nova Corps suits are considered bland and generic by some.
** Also, Rocket Raccoon not having a Cockney accent.
** Korath being black instead of blue like in the comics.
** The fact that all members of the Nova Corps are humans or HumanAliens.
** The members of the Nova Corps not having the Nova Force which gives them superpowers.
*** These last two may have been influenced by the reaction to the ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie though.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: While the Guardians themselves have been praised for their characters and personalities, the villains have received less praise, with some calling them flat.
** Ronan never managed to be more than just a one-dimensional fanatic [[spoiler:and he gets obliterated near the end of the movie]]. What makes it annoying is that he had a great character development in the comics since ''{{Annihilation}}''.
** Nebula too. She barely does anything, especially since Karen Gillian ''shaved her entire head'' for the movie. Some were at least hoping for an extended fight between Gamora and Nebula... which, while there is a fight, is rather short.
* ToughActToFollow: The Guardians had the bad luck of making their premiere after that of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', a picture regarded by some as Marvel Studios' best. However, the positive critical reception suggests that it has a chance of escaping ''Winter Soldier'''s shadow.
** Critics have said that the GenreShift from Government Conspiracy to Space Opera makes it easy enough to not compare the two.
* TrailerJokeDecay: "What a bunch of A-Holes," was in nearly ''every single promotional thing'' about the movie. Some who liked the joke didn't like it by the time the film came out.
* UglyCute: Groot.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The world in this movie is created largely through intentional use of practical effects, sets, makeup, and puppetry.
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