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[[folder: The Comics]]
* 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.
* DorkAge: Many fans of the Abnett and Lanning's run sees the Bendis run as this due to frequent out of character moments and ignoring the events from previous stories, the introduction of earth based heroes like [[WolverinePublicity Iron Man and Captain Marvel]] and the fact Volume 3 was started in order to promote the movie doesn't help.
* 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.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The Cancerverse arc is considered to be the ultimate low point of Bendis's run, with many fans wanting to forget it.
* 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.
** In the ''Rocket and Groot'' back-up story from ''Annihilators: Earthfall'', Mojo [[ItMakesSenseInContext sends "action figure variants" of Rocket]] into combat, identified with toy ads boasting a "Build-A-Groot" collectible figure. Sure enough, the Marvel Legends series for ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' has such a figure included in pieces with each toy.
* 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!"
* {{Narm}}: The first enemy the team faces in the 90s series is a terrifying foe by the name of... Taserface. It's narm in-universe as well.
* 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 characters 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. Though many fans seemed to prefer this change to his last 2 costume changes.
** Drax suddenly talking like his ''Space Hulk'' persona from the 90's despite his character development given by Keith Giffen, Abnett and Lanning.
** The Planet of the Symbiotes storyline mainly for how Bendis, based on interviews, seems to be ignoring the pre-existing stories explaining Venom and Carnage's homeworld and culture so that he can take the credit for himself with his own story.
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[[folder: The Film]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Did Yondu know [[spoiler:he'd been given a fake orb]]? There's certainly an argument to be made that it was in his best interest. He couldn't admit to not wanting it, but he likewise knew that selling it to anyone he'd be likely to do business with could only bring disaster, and it would be much safer with the Nova Corps. Likewise, did he not [[spoiler:deliver Peter to his father]] because he really was "a jackass" as claimed, or because Yondu would much rather steal the kid for his own interests?
** At the end when Rocket attacks Ronan, is it because he blames the Kree for [[spoiler: Groot's death and wants to punish him for it? Or is it because he knows the ''Dark Aster'' crashed because he flew his own ship into it in a failed attempt to kill Ronan, and, knowing he can't possibly win, no longer cares what happens to him because he blames himself for Groot's death?]]
** Was Quill trying to [[spoiler: ''talk'' Ronan out of destroying Xandar? Trying to reason with him near the end]]? Quill ''was'' pretty good at mediating between the other Guardians, so maybe his challenge to a dance-off, as disarming as it was, was also [[spoiler: an attempt to get Ronan to stand down without killing him, since shooting him with the Hadron Enforcer ''and'' crashing his ship didn't work]]...
** These two [[http://comicsalliance.com/guardians-galaxy-psychology-analyisis-trauma/ items of interest list off]] [[http://www.tickld.com/x/something-you-never-realized-about-guardians-of-the-galaxy that Drax displays many signs of autism.]]
** Despite having only a brief appearance Thanos has generated two opposing first impressions. Is he an all-powerful master schemer that the loss of the stones and the betrayals and failures of his underlings is beneath his attention or an overconfident, out of touch fool who cannot keep his underlings from betraying him?
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Many people were claiming the film would do so, especially because it has bizarre little known comic book characters, like a BadassAdorable humanoid RascallyRaccoon. Of course, after the film became a mega-hit, Rocket is now credited as a big reason for its success.
* AngstAversion: The DownerBeginning, what with the mother dying and young Quill's unnerving screaming, not to mention him being too scared to hold her hand before her dying. You'd be forgiven if you want to leave the room when this happens.
* AnticlimaxBoss: Subverted twice with [[spoiler:Nebula and Ronan]]. The former starts ranting in what sounds like the opening taunts of a climactic duel, only to be hilariously [[spoiler:swiftly shot with a rocket by Drax]]. To have it both ways, though, the film lets her survive and put herself back together in time for the real duel. The latter too is [[spoiler:shot by a rocket]], but anyone who's seen the "Ex-Wife" scene of ''Film/IronMan2'' knows it has no chance of working.
* AwesomeEgo: Star-Lord, so much. Not quite the [[Film/IronMan level of Tony Stark]], but it's there.
* BizarroEpisode: Until a greater focus on the cosmic aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are explored, along with the inevitable Avengers-VS-Thanos storyline, this movie will seem to be an out-there installment due to having minimal ties to the previous movies. However, it's been argued that this ultimately ''helps'' the film.
* BrokenBase:
** There was 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 it's just some jokes that got taken out of proportion.
** Even ignoring that, however, the fact that his past credits include writing for Creator/{{Troma}} and the loathed ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movies, as well as the mixed reception to ''Film/{{Super}}'' (and the horrendous reception to ''[[Film/{{Movie 43}} Movie 43]]''), led 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 his involvement.
** There are those who ''love'' the [[RuleOfFunny sense of humor]] showcased in the trailer, whereas others are less enthusiastic.
* ColbertBump: Nearly every song on "Awesome Mix, Vol. 1" received a massive uptick in sales after the film. Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" got enormous overnight based solely on the teaser trailer. To date, ''Awesome Mix, Vol. 1'' is the first album made entirely of previously released songs to hit Number 1 on Billboard.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Ronan the Accuser]] is a genocidal Kree terrorist and renegade wholly devoted to the destruction of the planet of Xandar. Disgusted by his people signing a peace treaty, Ronan is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduced to the audience]] by confronting a captive member of Xandar's Nova Corps, [[YourHeadAsplode crushing the helpless man's skull]] with his [[DropTheHammer Universal Weapon]], and [[BloodBath bathing in his blood]]. Beginning the film as a henchman of the [[BiggerBad Mad Titan]] ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, Ronan seeks to gather an item for Thanos so that he will destroy Xandar for him. Under Thanos, Ronan has committed multiple murders, including the deaths of Drax the Destroyer's wife and daughter. He later pursues the film's motley band of heroes to the space prison The Kyln, and orders a full massacre of every prisoner to leave no witnesses. When he realizes the power of the Infinity Stone he has been sent to retrieve, Ronan [[TheStarscream double crosses Thanos]] and vows to kill him after he's finished with Xandar. Assaulting the planet, he even orders his own men to become suicide bombers by flying their ships into Xandar, injuring and killing numerous civilians. After mocking Drax about [[ButForMeItWasTuesday finally remembering murdering his family]], he declares Xandar "guilty" by his psychotic philosophy and attempts to purge it of all life. Brutal, violent, relentless and unforgiving, Ronan stands as an example of rage, fanaticism, unchecked hatred and utter cruelty, and [[KnightOfCerebus really stands out]] in such a relatively [[VileVillainSaccharineShow light-hearted movie]].
* CounterpartComparison:
** Drax's specific design and back-story (while iconic with the character) has led to many comparisons with [[Franchise/GodOfWar Kratos]], while his LiteralMinded behavior has reminded a few of Literature/AmeliaBedelia.
** Nebula's bald head and DualWielding has drawn comparisons to [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Asajj Ventress]].
* CrazyAwesome: Rocket Raccoon is a TriggerHappy HeroicComedicSociopath who believes in MoreDakka, [[MadBomber hoards bombs in a shoebox]], can mastermind a PrisonBreak in twenty minutes flat and hangs out with a talking tree. No wonder he's so popular.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: You gotta give Tyler Bates credit for writing the prologue's music so that it segues perfectly into that of the Marvel Studios logo.
* CutenessOverload: The fandom's overwhelming reaction to [[spoiler:dancing baby Groot]]. Admit it, you want one.
* 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.
* EvilIsSexy: Nebula. It helps that she's played by Creator/KarenGillan, who's known for her [[ShesGotLegs legs]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Yondu is gaining some popularity due to his badassery and fun lines.
** Korath is quite well-liked, despite his lack of screentime compared to Ronan or Nebula.
** [[spoiler:Howard the Duck]] due to his hilarious cameo at the end. Marvel predicted this would happen and took full advantage of by digitally rereleasing his original comic series the same week as the movie's launch.
* FanFavorite: Rocket was obviously tailored to be this (and he ''is'' one), but the fandom gladly embraced Groot as well. Being the epitome of the GentleGiant trope will earn you fans, it seems.
* FriendlyFandoms:
** With ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' and ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' due to similar tone (both are [[SpaceWestern space westerns]]) and character archetypes.
** With ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' due to the shared presence of Chris Pratt.
** The Japanese dubbers are taking advantage of this trope by having Star-Lord be voiced by Creator/JunichiSuwabe; AKA ''Anime/SpaceDandy''.
** Most ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans praise the film as well, comparing it favorably to the original trilogy, given that the film is one long AffectionateParody of SpaceOpera in general and ''that'' franchise in particular.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: All the hilarious moments involving the prisoners and guards on the Kyln become somewhat grimmer on subsequent viewings, [[spoiler:since we know that Ronan is going to have all of them killed once he gets to the station.]]
* HeReallyCanAct: The majority of the critical consensus complimented Dave Bautista, a guy so inexperienced at non-wrestling acting that he' had requested meetings with a drama coach ''on-set'', for holding his own amongst the ensemble cast and being able to convincingly deliver Drax's more somber moments.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the third installment of ''Film/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]].
*** You know who else was from a DC comics property? Dave Batista (Drax) in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''! Specifically, he played the spine-tearing, bone-munching MonsterOfTheWeek Aldar. The part where Drax asks Rhomann if removing someone's spine is illegal sounds even more ironic now.
** 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 comic book 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 funnier 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.
** Creator/KevinBacon being considered an inspiring hero to all by Star-Lord when he played the mutant supremacist Sebastian Shaw in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
** For fans of ProfessionalWrestling, Drax's failure to understand the throat slash gesture. Drax's actor, of course, is Wrestling/{{Batista}} of Wrestling/{{WWE}} fame. Batista at one point had a longstanding feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker, who uses a throat slash as a signature taunt.
** When Peter is ambushed by Korath and his thugs on Morag, he snaps at one of them, "[[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Ninja Turtle]], you better stop poking me!" Guess which [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 new film]] knocked [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Guardians of the Galaxy]] off of No. 1 at the box office? It becomes even more hilarious a few weeks later when Guardians actually retakes the No. 1 spot at the box office from TMNT.
** The MemeticMutation of Korath's reaction to hearing Quill call himself "Star-Lord". Guess who's the first character in the film to use Quill's "outlaw name" seriously.
** The casting of Chris Pratt in the MCU as Star-Lord is hilarious to some ''Series/{{Everwood}}'' fans as on that show, he was Emily [=VanCamp=]'s brother. In other words, Star-Lord and Sharon Carter were siblings.
** In the comics, Bug often complains about not being in the team's first line-up. He was originally included in the film line-up, before being dropped from the script.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLyNMSkTiGg This]] fan-made mashup trailer spliced scenes from the Franchise/StarWars original trilogy to the style of this movie's trailer. Not only it's hilarious because of the SpiritualLicensee trope below, but also because of [[spoiler:Film/HowardTheDuck]]'s appearance in TheStinger, who had a movie back in '86 produced by...Creator/GeorgeLucas. Even moreso hilarious now that Creator/{{Disney}} owns both Creator/{{Marvel}} and Franchise/StarWars.
** In an amusing coicidence, When the film was released, it opened opposite to ''Get On Up'' starring Chadwick Boseman. Just a handful of months later, he was announced as being chosen to play the Black Panther in future Marvel films.
* HypeBacklash:
** Some people were displeased with the treatment of some of the characters (The Nova Corps in particular) and quick to point out the flaws of the movie.
** Some Star Wars fans are very quick to point out that as good as GOTG is, it's got ways to go in order to reach the same level as Star Wars.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Nebula. Like Gamora, she's another one of Thanos's experiments, except she has far more cybernetic implants and is TheUnfavorite. The only reason she followed Ronan was in the hopes that he could kill Thanos.
** Rocket as well. His gruff, don't-take-crap-from-anyone personality makes him a fairly abrasive and somewhat misanthropic character early on, but it hides a lot of resentment and pain over his origins. His breakdown post-alcohol shows the audience where he's coming from.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Quite a few people watched the movie just for Rocket Raccoon.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[spoiler:Groot's "death".]]
* MagnumOpus: For James Gunn. The film is already on track to becoming his highest grossing film and has received [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/guardians_of_the_galaxy/ substantially]] positive reviews.
* MemeticMutation:
** "What a bunch of a-holes." [[labelnote:Explanation]]From Saal in the trailers, in response to Rhomann Dey noting that the main characters go by the name "Guardians of the Galaxy".[[/labelnote]]
** 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]]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]From the use of Blue Suede's "Hooked On A Feeling" over action shots in the trailers.[[/labelnote]]
** "[[PokemonSpeak I am Groot]]." Relatedly, "''We'' are Groot."[[labelnote:Explanation]]Groot's dialogue "I am Groot" translating to most anything, but during the finale he switches to "we".[[/labelnote]]
** [[spoiler:Dancing Baby Groot]]. Who doesn't like [[spoiler:Dancing Baby Groot]]?
** Rocket laughing at Star-Lord's 12% of a plan, and the subsequent argument between Quill & Rocket.
** Thanks to TheStinger, the film has been deemed by many as the best [[spoiler:''Howard the Duck'']] film ever made... [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative Which isn't surprising.]]
** Responding to pictures/clips of Andy (Chris Pratt's goofy ManChild character from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'') with "I'm glad he's guarding our galaxy".
** "I'm gonna need his X" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Based on the RunningGag of Rocket requesting other people's prosthetics [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].[[/labelnote]] Soon, people took notice of a [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier particular character who had a metal arm.]] [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Rocket-Raccon-and-The-Winter-Soldier-476203287 Utter]] [[http://qbark.deviantart.com/art/I-NEED-THAT-GUY-S-ARM-475999475?q=favby%3ATheWildWestPyro%2F55003901&qo=7 hilarity]] [[http://tyrinecarver.deviantart.com/art/I-Need-This-473939944?q=favby%3ATheWildWestPyro%2F55003901&qo=6 ensued.]]
** "Who?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Korath's reaction to Peter announcing his pseudonym.[[/labelnote]]
** "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know how this machine worked."[[labelnote:Explanation]]From the scene where Peter mimics a wind-up machine with his hand, using it to flip off the Nova Corpsmen.[[/labelnote]]
** "Oh... ''yeah''."[[labelnote:Explanation]]Rocket's enthusiastic response to Drax tossing him a gun during the escape from the Kyln.[[/labelnote]]
** To a lesser extent: "[[ChewingTheScenery YOU STAND ACCUSED!]]"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Ronan's form of accusation against the Xandarians.[[/labelnote]]
** [[BuffySpeak Pelvic sorcery]].[[labelnote:Explanation]]Gamora's description of Star-Lord's attempt to seduce her with music and dancing.[[/labelnote]]
** "Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would ''catch'' it." [[note]]Drax, being LiteralMinded, says this in response to Rocket's remark that metaphor are gonna go over his (Drax's) head.[[/note]]
** "What are you doing? ....''What'' are you ''doing''?" [[note]]Ronan's stunned reaction when Quill [[spoiler:challenges him to a dance-off]].[[/note]]
** "We're just like Kevin Bacon!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Said by Gamora in the final act, in reference to Quill telling her about the legend of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' starring the hero Creator/KevinBacon.[[/labelnote]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Ronan's first scene becomes this after FridgeHorror kicks in. Initially, he's introduced as coming out of a very large liquid chamber that the audience is led to believe is some sort of water. However, when he murders his Xandarian captive, the blood from his corpse is used to fill a slight amount of the liquid chamber. To put it bluntly, ''he murdered dozens of innocent Xandarians to bathe in their blood'', and it's implied he does this regularly.
* {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm:
** "Your politics bore me", a line coming from ''[[BiggerBad Thanos]]'', comes across as unintentionally [[LargeHam hammy]] and almost straight out of something you would hear in a Golden Age comic book.
** Drax's dialogue at points can reach this, but during the team's DarkestHour you can really feel his pain.
* NewerThanTheyThink: Between the pulp-sounding name (including Rocket Raccoon), 80's soundtrack, and RaygunGothic elements, most people are surprised that the movie is based on an incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy from a 2008 series.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The Universal Weapon mobile videogame is a decent, although a bit repetitive, one.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Thanos has only two brief appearances, but he makes a hell of a first impression.
** [[spoiler:Howard the Duck]] totally steals the show in TheStinger.
** Despite press releases making a bigger deal out of Benicio Del Toro's involvement than Glenn Close's, The Collector is only present in one scene for an InfoDump and in the stinger. But hell if he didn't [[LargeHam milk his scenes]] for all they were worth!
** Cosmo.
* RewatchBonus: There are certain things you can pick up on upon your third or fourth viewing. Highlights include:
** Yondu's chest glows red when he activates his arrow.
** In the movie, the prisoner line-up says "Space-Lord" instead of "Star-Lord."
** Rocket's voice cracks as [[spoiler:he pretends he needs a prisoner's artificial leg.]]
** You can actually see [[spoiler: Howard the Duck]] for a brief moment in the Collector exposition scene.
** A huge cocoon which was also in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' can be seen open in the after-credits scene. [[spoiler: This is widely believed to be Adam Warlock's cocoon as per the comics, showing that the After-Credits scene isn't just a gag for Howard.]]
** The twig that Rocket holds in the climax glows purple. [[spoiler: It's a hint that Groot is still alive.]]
* SpiritualLicensee:
** To people not as well-versed in comic books, the film is drawing a lot of comparisons to ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', due to its lineup including a gentle plant-person character who's not to be messed with (Zhaan/Groot), a snarky white leader guy who is an Earth-human TrappedInAnotherWorld (Star-Lord/John Crichton), a small, sociopathic, anthropomorphic talking thing (Rocket Raccoon/Rygel), a big, intimidating guy with a dead wife and an oddly innocent hidden side (Drax/D'Argo), and a repressed, deadly, formerly-evil woman who acts as "the sensible one" (Gamora/Aeryn) who do battle with an evil alien warlord (Ronan/Scorpius). A notable number of the changes to the characters from the comic took them in the direction of being closer to the ''Farscape'' ones. Ironically, an actual ''Farscape'' movie was announced shortly after the original teaser trailer was released.
** It's also getting a lot of comparisons to ''{{Series/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.
** It has been compared to Webcomic/SchlockMercenary, another comedic space opera about a group of heroic ruffians from diverse, morally ambiguous backgrounds. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie-review Howard Tayler]] has himself noted the similarities.
** Some also consider it to be a great Franchise/StarWars movie, up there with the original trilogy.
** Some fans consider the film a suitable SpiritualSequel to Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.
* SpoiledByTheFormat: Averted with TheStinger. The creators of the character that appears in the stinger ([[spoiler:Howard the Duck]]) aren't credited until after the stinger itself is shown, as opposed to in the main credits themselves.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** Complaints were leveled at Gamora for several changes that were done to her character, such as making her more empathetic, compared to a fairly amoral DeadpanSnarker she was in the comics, as well as the reduction in her power level (which numerous other characters also experienced).
** Some people reacted this way when James Gunn switched Drax's archenemy from Thanos to Ronan. However, [[spoiler:[[AuthorsSavingThrow Drax vows that he will kill Thanos after avenging his family's deaths with Ronan's death]], reasoning that whilst Ronan killed them, he was working for Thanos at the time]].
** Rocket Raccoon not having the Cockney accent Greg Ellis chose for him in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. The comics never indicated that he had one, though.
** Korath being black instead of blue like in the comics.
** The fact that all members of the Nova Corps are humans or HumanAliens.
** The design of the Nova Corps suits are considered bland and generic by some, whilst others are displeased about the members of the Nova Corps not having the Nova Force which gives them superpowers. [[WordOfGod James Gunn]] is on record that there was stuff cut from the film because the end of the film was already Nova Corps heavy, and there's some stuff in the MCU lore that make them more like the Nova Corps of the comics, such as the Nova Force.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: The Collector was built up as being important to this movie in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', but he only appears a few minor scenes and in one scene where he serves as MrExposition, along with TheStinger, which unfortunately isn't plot-relevant so much as it is a throwaway gag. It's especially surprising considering that he was implied to be a servant of Thanos in that movie. Nonetheless, [[OneSceneWonder he does leave an impact with his charismatic performance]], and since the character wasn't killed off, he will likely appear in other movies.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Korath and Ronan. Subverted with Groot.]]
* ToughActToFollow: This film had the dubious honor of following the critically-acclaimed ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Remarkably, it ''more'' than lived up to the hype, earning a worldwide box office gross that surpassed that of ''The Winter Soldier''. Now, both pictures serve as this alongside ''Film/TheAvengers'' to the final film of Phase Two of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron''.
* 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. Quill's "mechanical middle finger" is also uncensored in the film, which ends up looking pretty awkward, especially since the trailer's "Obscene Gesture Imminent" bit was a pretty good joke on its own.
* UglyCute: Groot and Nebula.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The film has a 12 rating in Britain, despite numerous usages of the word "shit", and Peter flipping off the camera.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: WordOfGod has admitted that Ronan may indeed have been an extreme caricature of terrorists, but didn't mean for the movie to be a true political commentary on the subject.
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Gamora. Detractors dislike the fact that she's not a god-level murder machine that kills everyone and everything the group comes across in two seconds flat (which she isn't in the comics they champion as an example of her badassery either), and exaggerate her into being "borderline incompetent and constantly needing to be rescued" despite her being anything but.
* WinTheCrowd: The first trailer seemed to many like a standard space swashbuckler; but when the guard plays Star Lord's walkman and you hear "Hooked On a Feeling"'s "Ooga chaka!" chant coming through followed by the full chorus of that 1970s pop ballad roaring out, people learned this film has a wacky flavor all its own.
* WTHCastingAgency: The casting of Vin Diesel as Groot was met with this, but not because the role doesn't fit like most examples, but because most people expected him to appear in a different role in the MCU (such as ComicBook/ThePunisher). Of course, there's still the possibility that [[YouLookFamiliar he could play a different character as well as Groot]], given that Groot is only a motion-capture character anyway. However, [[https://www.facebook.com/VinDiesel/photos/a.101465923312.101581.89562268312/10152718210358313/?type=1 he has since teased]] the possibility that he could be in a movie based on ''The Inhumans''.
* TheWoobie: The entire main cast, but especially Rocket. He's the only one of his kind that he knows of and he constantly has feelings of loneliness and inferiority because of his species, not to mention the pain he probably went through during his creation.
** Carina, who was abused and threatened by the Collector. [[spoiler:No wonder she wanted the Infinity Stone the second she understood what it was.]] Even worse if you know that, in the comics, she's his ''daughter''.
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