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The original (Future time period based) Guardians
Major Victory (Vance Astro)
- Abusive Parent: His dad was an abusive dick, and unlike his Earth-616 counterpart, Vance never stood up to him.
- Adorkable: Vol 2's Major is startled when Gamora flirts with him.
- All for Nothing: Vance volunteered for an experimental mission to Alpha Centuari, knowing full well it would take a thousand years. Over those thousand years he was sufficiently traumatised by the loneliness for his mutant powers to activate. On arrival at Alpha Centuari, it turned out mankind had beaten him there by a few hundred years thanks to technological advancements. Oops. And then the Badoon rolled through and nearly wiped out mankind altogether.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: In vol. 2, while pretty much all of his personal memories are gone, his fighting skills are still there, and he remembers the Badoon and their handiwork all too well.
- Ascended Fanboy: Was a big fan of Captain America.
- Awesome McCoolname: C'mon, Vance Astro? (His birth name is Astrovik. 3000 explains he changed it a: because of his abusive dad, and b: because it sounds cooler.
- Brutal Honesty: Vol 2. Major accidentally told Bug why most of the modern-day Guardians quit, which Rocket had been meaning to ease him into.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The modern-day Major vanished after The Thanos Imperative, and hasn't been seen since.
- Clingy Costume: As an astronaut in an experimental sublight journey to Alpha Centauri, he was put inside a copper-lined uniform to survive a thousand-year space journey. If it is ever pierced in any way, he will suddenly age a thousand years. At one point in the nineties series, he actually manages to take it off. For a while, at least.
- Compressed Hair: As the 90s series shows, there's a lot of hair under that uniform of his. You'd never know.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Had this attitude about being stuck in his suit. He eventually moved beyond it.
- Expy: In Vol 2, his story - military man with a shield found frozen in a block of ice who has to adjust to being in a different time, greatly resembles that of Steven Rodgers himself. Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon even comment on the similarity.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: By a thousand years. His vol 2 version takes this in an odd way, a man from a thousand years into the future sent back.
- Flight: His suit contains integrated jet thrusters, letting him propel himself through the air.
- Future Badass: He's a badass space adventurer who hails from centuries in the past.
- Human Popsicle: On and off for a thousand years.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: A version of him shows up in Vol 2, with a lot of his memories missing, and the feeling he came back to prevent something.
- Legacy Character: Major Victory for Captain America, amongst others.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Eventually finds and uses Captain America’s shield.
- Military Superhero: Before his long space journey, Vance was an astronaut and served in the U.S. Air Force.
- Mind over Matter: He's primarily a telekinetic.
- Mutant: Though his powers didn't activate 'till adult-hood. Fridge Horror ensues, because most Mutant powers activate after extreme trauma, and Vance's childhood definitely counted as traumatic.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Vance actually did meet his younger self, helping to make sure he'd develop his mutant powers early, and never go through the hellish experiences Vance did.
- '90s Hair: Once he's out of his costume, he has a truly impressive mullet.
- Older and Wiser: Than his mainstream counterpart Vance Astrovik (Justice of the New Warriors).
- Riddle for the Ages: It's not clear how the Major in vol. 2 wound up in the modern day. Or how a chunk of Avenger's Mansion got thrown through time and space, before being frozen in Limbo Ice. It's discussed in the very last issue, and the future Guardians decide it doesn't matter any which way.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: One of the few things the vol.2 version of the Major recalls is that he came back in time to prevent a great disaster happening. By all evidence, he messed up bad on that front.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Because the Guardians of the Galaxy are honorary Avengers, Vance is the only member of the Avengers to be on the roster twice as the same person. And again in Vol 2.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Vance in Guardians 3000 is much less intelligent and far more temperamental than before.
- Ace Pilot: Because he's a member of a space-age military force, Charlie's actually a very talented pilot.
- The Big Guy: Charlie's the physically largest and strongest member of the team.
- Brawn Hilda: The final issue of Vol 2 gives a glimpse of a gender-bent Charlie, who still has the same build as regular Charlie.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets very snarky when Starhawk goes on his "one-who-knows" shtick.
- Heavyworlder: Due to being a genetically engineered Jovian who lived on floating gas-mining city on Jupiter. Unlike many examples, he's not at all short, though at a listed height of 6'0" he's only a little taller than the average adult human male.
- Last of His Kind: Charlie is one of the few humans left after the Badoon invasion.
- Mighty Glacier: Averted, actually. Despite his large size, Charlie's surprisingly fast.
- Military Superhero: Much like Vance, Charlie was in the military. It's why the Badoon didn't find and kill him, because he was off-world at the time.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most of the time, Charlie's outfits tend to eschew sleeves of any kind. Sometimes he goes all the way up to Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Super Strength: It's basically the standard powerset for any character in comics who hails from a high-gravity world.
- Super Toughness: As with any comic book Heavyworlder, he's much, much tougher than a normal human.
- Transhuman: Like Martinex, he's a member of a human off-shoot species that genetically modified itself to survive the hostile conditions of another planet.
- Would Hit a Girl: If she's trying to kill him, yeah.
- An Ice Person: Shoots ice from his left hand.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: He’s a crystalline transhuman from the planet Pluto. His body is composed entirely of crystal, and never wears clothes.
- Genius Bruiser: He possesses enhanced strength, speed, and stamina as well as having earned doctorates in physics and engineering.
- Playing with Fire: Shoots fire from his right hand.
- Power Incontinence: Guardians 3000 Marty has some trouble controlling his powers. Never ask him to hold a cup of coffee for you.
- Silicon-Based Life: His body is basically entirely composed of silicon, as with all other Pluvians.
- The Smart Guy: He's basically the science expert of the original Guardians.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: With the revelation that his ancestors were black Africans.
- Super Toughness: Being made of diamond-like crystal means he can take a serious beating.
- Transhuman: He's a descendant of humans who deliberately engineered themselves into crystal-based creatures in order to survive the conditions on Pluto.
- Artificial Limbs: Had a robotic right hand after Interface from Force uses his power to transmute matter to turn Yondu's hand to gas. The Guardians do restore his regular hand however.
- Ax-Crazy: Tends to go ax crazy at the drop of a hat.
- The Empath: Has a limited mystical perception that allows him to have relationships with living things.
- Last of His Kind: He thought he was, for a long time.
- Nature Hero: His empathic powers works on any world with wildlife.
- Noble Savage: His original characterization, though aspects of "Yondu-as-savage" remained to some extent in his 70s appearances and beyond.
- Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Eventually, Yondu finds another Alpha Centaurian who survived the Badoon attacks, and declares this means they must do what they can to restore their people. Said Alpha Centaurian is not remotely taken with this, especially since she despised her people.
- Space Jews: His people, especially his particular tribe, are Space Native Americans.
- Red Is Heroic: Commonly wears red.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Despite being an alien who runs around in a setting full of missile launchers, laser blasters and other, more exotic guns, he uses a teched-up arrow to help emphasize his status as a good guy.
- Trick Arrow: His sound-sensitive arrows that he can control by whistling.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: A lot of his outfits tend to eschew covering some or all of his chest.
- You No Take Candle: He originally spoke like this. However, as of when the Guardians got their own series, he'd become quite articulate.
Starhawk (Stakar Ogord and Aleta Ogord)/ Aleta Ogrod
The one who knows, and the son of Wendell Vaughn. And his adopted sister, with whom he frequently switches places.
- Absolute Cleavage: Aleta's second outfit. And how.
- Abusive Parent: Daddy Ogord, who tried to raise Aleta to be a brutal warrior. He's also directly responsible for the deaths of his grandchildren.
- Action Mom: Aleta had three children with Starhawk. Emphasis on "had". She's never forgiven Stakar for their deaths.
- Catch Phrase: Starhawk is in fact the one who knows.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Aleta is almost entirely absent from 3000, aside from Nikki briefly mistaking a gender-bent Stakar for her, and a one-panel appearance in the final issue.
- Combat Stilettos: Aleta's second outfit.
- Didn't See That Coming: On occasion, things will happen that Stakar didn't know about or remember happening.
- Flying Brick: Stakar, but only when he was fused with Aleta, since he had to borrow her powers to fight. Otherwise he was Fragile Speedster.
- Gender Bender: When Starhawk appeared in the modern Guardians, he was a she. This was because time was falling apart at the seams. And again in Guardians 3000. She's perturbed by it.
- Gendered Outfit: Aleta's original costume was basically a swim-suit version of Stakar's.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Starhawk is the son of Quasar and Her, making him half human, half orange-skinned Artificial Being.
- Light 'em Up: Both of them, albeit in different ways.
- Most Common Superpower: Aleta is generously endowed.
- Mr. Exposition: Being the one who knows, Starhawk usually explains things to everyone. Becomes Mrs. Exposition in Volume 2, during the aforementioned Gender Bender.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Aleta is one of the few members of her species not on-board with the idea of going around murdering everyone they meet, thanks to growing up alongside Stakar.
- Not Blood Siblings: Stakar and Aleta are adopted sibings.
- Not So Stoic: Stakar actually starts crying when he and Aeleta argue about their children.
- Poor Communication Kills: For being "the one who knows", Stakar doesn't really make any effort to explain herself in Vol 2, just attacking the Guardians rather than perhaps telling them what the problem is. By the time anyone starts listening, it's too late.
- I Just Knew: Advised the Guardians on what course of action to take. This wasn’t a superpower, it was Stakar stuck in a time loop where he always relives his life from infancy, knowing what to do from experience.
- Secret Public Identity: After Aleta separated from Starhawk, she goes by her own name.
- Sharing a Body: Physically transformed by the Hawk God into one being with great power. The two had to share physical space, swapping at will, until the 90s series, where an attack by the Stark separates them.
- Sixth Ranger: Starhawk tends to be considered a founding member of the group, and frequently appears with the rest whenever they've reappeared. Aleta... not so much.
- The Stoic: Stakar isn't good with emotions, to say the least.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Aeleta vowed never to take a life, and was horrified when she killed a Stark while defending herself.
Nicolette “Nikki” Gold
- Absolute Cleavage: Her 90s outfit.
- Break the Cutie: The Badoon rolled through, and killer her family, friends and pretty much all her species when she was seven.
- Dark Skinned Red Head
- Demoted to Extra: In Vol 2. When the original Guardians appear, Nikki's a no-show at first.
- Fantastic Racism: Despises lizards, of all kinds.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally and figuratively. Averted in her appearance from Guardians 3000 onward, where it's replaced with what appears to be braids.
- Friendly Sniper: Unless you're a filthy lizard, in which case she will try to kill you.
- The Gunslinger: She contributes to the Guardians mostly through her adeptness with guns.
- Leeroy Jenkins: When she reappears in 3000, her initial solution is to come in shooting. Just as the team had managed to talk down the A-Sentience. This gets them shooting all over again.
- Put on a Bus: Nowhere to be seen when Guardians 3000 begins, though she re-appears a few issues in. Though thanks to time falling apart at the seems, nobody remembers her.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She hates lizards. Anything even remotely reptilian, due to the Badoon attacking her homeworld when she was seven.
Firelord (Pyreus Kril)
- Boom Stick: Firelord's staff can shoot cosmic flames out of both ends.
- The Chosen Many: A former member of the Nova Corp, as well as the Heralds of Galactus.
- Doomed Hometown: Xandar.
- Flaming Hair: She has a rippling mane of flames in place of hair.
- Flying Brick: Pretty much a requisite of any Herald of Galactus.
- Flying Firepower: Her preferred method of combat is to fly around and hurl fiery blasts at her enemies.
- Playing with Fire: As her name suggests, she has the ability to project and manipulate cosmic energy in the form of metaphysical flames.
- Animorphism: As a Skrull, she can easily assume the form of any animal she desires.
- Demoted to Extra: Only appears once in Vol 2, during the meeting of the Guardians of All Galaxies.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She's a Skrull, a species of green-skinned, pointy-eared humanoid aliens.
- Partial Transformation: Replica will readily change only parts of her body to give herself specific edges without giving up others granted by her whole body.
- Pointy Ears: Like all Skrulls.
- Winged Humanoid: When she needs to get around quickly, she grows wings to grant herself flight without otherwise altering her body.
Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara)
- Action Girl: Being female in no way prevents her from kicking ass alongside the rest of the Guardians.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: She took Henry Pym's former Yellowjacket identity.
- Animal Theme Naming: She's named after a species of wasp, a recurring theme for Ant-Man and his related identities & partners.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't seem to have any actual powers, yet can survive a fight just as well as the rest of the team.
- The Constant: She's a unique singularity in the multiverse, utterly immune to any and all disruptions to time. Korvac's plan was to use her as the foundation for his re-write of reality.
- Hand Cannon: Acquires one of these from a Badoon. And then Yondu gives her another shortly thereafter, one that's far more powerful and designed to not knock her off her feet whenever she fires it.
- MacGuffin Super Person: The reason the Guardians rescued her, she can sense disruption to time. Unfortunately, this means other, less benevolent beings want her as well.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: No matter how much reality changes around her, Geena's memories remain the same.
Martinez T'NagaSee The original Guardians - Founding Members above
Firelord (Pyreus Kril)See The original Guardians - Additional Members above
Wonder Man — Simon Williams
Wonder Man Hollywood (Simon Williams)
- Flying Brick: He's Nigh Invulnerable and has the power of Flight, a classic Flying Brick.
- Energy Being: It's easily forgotten because of his ability to project a semblance of humanoid form, but he's actually comprised of ionic energy, not flesh and blood.
- My Greatest Failure: He blamed himself for the deaths of many of his fellow heroes during the early 21st Century Martian invasion of Earth.
- Really 700 Years Old: Around a thousand years old, give or take.
- Reluctant Warrior: Simon really doesn't like fighting, but he'll still go into battle if necessary.
- Master Computer: A good version, he is the chief operating system of an entire planet of Klaatu and the guardian of the shield of Captain America.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like Hollywood, he's somewhere around a thousand years old.
- That Man Is Dead: He's not the Vision anymore, and would very kindly like it if no-one called him by his old name.
The Spirit of Vengeance (Wileaydus Autolycus)
- Badass Biker: He's a Ghost Rider; a demon-possessed vengeance-seeking mounted warrior who rides around on a flaming magitek motorcycle. It comes with the territory.
- Breath Weapon: One of his preferred ways of using his hellfire is to spew gouts of it from his mouth.
- Flaming Skulls: As a Ghost Rider, his head is a bare skull that's on fire.
- Hellfire: He's a demon; the fire he wields is magical flame taken directly from hell.
- Legacy Character: The 31st century version of Ghost Rider.
- Playing with Fire: Like all Ghost Riders, his primary power set is based on projecting and manipulating flames.
- Post-Modern Magik: He's a demon-host who runs around in a spaceship battling evil aliens.
ReplicaSee The original Guardians - Additional Members above
Firelord (Pyreus Kril)See The original Guardians - Additional Members above
Phoenix IX (Giraud of Haven)
- I Believe I Can Fly: Using psychokinesis.
- Legacy Character: The 9th version of the Phoenix since Jean Grey.
- Playing with Fire: His Phoenix powers give his cosmic pyrokinesis, essentially magic fire.
- Mind over Matter: His primary power set is psychokinesis, which is the ability to physically manipulate the world around him with his thoughts.
- Psychic Powers: All of his powers stem from his super alien brain.
- Telepathy: Like most Marvel psychics, he's able to communicate with others on a direct mental level.
The second (Modern time period based) Guardians
Star Lord (Peter Quill)
- Alliterative Name: And yes, Rocket Raccoon is his real name.
- Animal Superhero: He's a Raccoon, created to watch over an insane asylum because it was believed that the inmates would react more positively to adorable animal guards and caretakers than aliens.
- Arm Cannon: After being taken over by the Venom symbiote, he becomes able to transform his arms into multi-barrelled biomechanical guns.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being the smallest and least physically imposing member of the Guardians, he packs a lot of firepower and is very tech-savvy.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: His Guardians of the Galaxy uniform lacks boots. This trope gets averted in his most recent appearances, where he seems to frequently sport space boots of different kinds.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Groot's big guy.
- BFG: Rocket's gun of choice is anything unfeasibly large and destructive.
- Cyborg: He's a genetically-engineered cyborg raccoon.
- Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: His costume is the same uniform worn by most of the team.
- Drink Order: According to Rocket (2017), it's the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. Alarmingly, Rocket can drink several without any ill-effect.
- Evil Counterpart: Blackjack O'Hare. Especially in Rocket's 2014 ongoing. To compare, both are anthropomorphic critters from Halfworld, both were romantic interests of Lylla, both are extremely proficient strategists and marksmen. The main difference is that Blackjack is a lot more shameless with who he will work for and is not above sadistic revenge plots.
- Fake Memories: Everything he thinks he knows about his past up until he first comes to Earth is a lie- He had his memory rewritten (on his own orders) to keep himself from returning to Halfworld in order to keep a dangerous telepath from causing massive damage across the universe.
- Fantastic Racism: While he often does so in a sarcastic manner, he doesn't think much of the backwater ball of mud known as Earth or its inhabitants.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He, Star-Lord, Groot, Mantis and Bug. They didn't particularly get along or even like each other at first, but over the course of the war with the Phalanx, they've become extremely close - especially Rocket and Groot, and Rocket and Peter.
- Flanderization: During the Marvel Now run by Bendis, everyone is fairly out-of-character, but Rocket gets this the worst by far. He's gone from being The Lancer who really, really likes his guns but being otherwise a friendly and good person, to suddenly becoming a Sociopathic Hero who enjoys hurting things, shouting "Blam! Murdered you." and has suddenly decided that he's not a Raccoon anymore, after decades of calling himself one. He also has developed a great deal of racism for Humans and contempt for Earth, despite previously being depicted as a good friend of Quill and Corsair. This has been tempered somewhat, with the disturbing nature of the 'Blam! Murdered you' Catch Phrase being lampshaded, and his dislike for humans generally being restricted to an utter bemusement as to why everybody is fighting over Earth and an understandable annoyance at Tony Stark's habit of stealing his stuff.
- Furry Reminder: Throughout vol 2, mention is given that Rocket is very much a racoon, and still has the instincts and habits of one, as Moondragon learns when she's relaying his thoughts.
- Gatling Good: The larger the gun, the more he likes it.
- Got Volunteered: He was imprisoned because he was seen as an affront to Kree racial superiority, and was drafted into Star-Lord's suicide squad, which would eventually transform into the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Guns Akimbo: When he's wielding a gun that's small enough to hold in one hand, he's bound to have a second one for the other- though he's usually seen with massive two-handed guns instead.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Groot and Star-Lord.
- Humongous Mecha: Has one, which he uses to force Thanos to let go of Star-Lord.
- Hypocrite: He claims he thinks a lot of the reason he distrusts Cosmo is that he's an "anthropomorphic freak".
- Informed Ability: He's allegedly a tactical genius, but most of his plans involve firing guns. Admittedly, those plans do work, most of the time.
- The Lancer: Second in command of the team.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: All his memories of Halfworld were erased when he left. He recovers them when he returns.
- Loyal Animal Companion: He's one of the only members of the team to never quit.
- Mood-Swinger: When written by Bendis, he goes from being almost-timid to hyper-aggressive seemingly at random.
- More Dakka: His impressive and massive arsenal.
- Named After Somebody Famous: In a way - his name comes from The Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon". Add Rocky as his nickname and this intro◊...
- The Napoleon: Being a humanoid raccoon, he's pretty much the smallest of the Guardians. It does not diminish his ego or his temper, and he really doesn't like it when people poke fun at his size.
- Number Two: Because of his tactical mind and their long-standing history, Star-Lord consults with Rocket first on major plans, and trusts him to lead the team when he's gone or when they split up.
- Odd Friendship: Both with Groot and with Star-Lord.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's able to hold guns more than three times his size and fire them without any harm to his body.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: According to vol 2, Rocket is more savvy on Earth, it's culture, and its heroes than anyone else. He even shops on eBay.
- Pungeon Master: He semi-frequently cracks puns about being a raccoon.
- Ramming Always Works: One of his more impressive attacks, Rocket takes control of Knowhere, the massive space station held in the severed head of a Celestial, and rams it into the base of the Universal Church of Truth
- Sarcastic Devotee: He'll make plenty of cracks in Star-Lord's general direction, but he'd follow him to the end no matter what.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's with cosmic slang, but he sure says "flark" a lot.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Cosmo.
- Sociopathic Hero: In the Bendis series, he enjoys shooting at people a bit too much.
- Space Police: His job when he first appeared.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad/Wolverine Publicity: He ended up the most popular character, appearing Marvel VS Capcom 3, being the first member of the team to join the cast of Marvel Heroes and has received significantly more merchandise than the others on the team.
- The Strategist: Described as one of the best tactical minds in the Marvel Universe. During Guardians of Infinity, the villain even tries stealing his brain for this exact reason.
- Take Up My Sword: When Star-Lord and Richard Rider sacrifice themselves to seal Thanos in the Cancerverse, the Guardians are left disbanded and leaderless. Refusing to stand for this, Rocket decides to travel the galaxy with Groot, righting wrongs and saving people as best they can, claiming they have the "legacy of the Guardians of the Galaxy to live up to".
- Talking Animal: He's as eloquent as any other member of the team, and he's a raccoon.
- Uplifted Animal: He's from Halfworld, a planet populated by genetically-augmented and cybernetically-enhanced sentient animals.
- What Would X Do?: When he's in charge, Rocket spends a lot of time asking "What would Peter do?".
- You Can't Go Home Again: After having his memories altered, Rocket is no longer able to go back to Halfworld, for fear of setting an extremely powerful telepathic criminal loose.
- Amazing Technicolour Population: His skin is golden. It turns a pale purple when he becomes the Magus.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Adam, a genetically-engineered "quantum wizard" on a team with a talking tree-alien and a racoon, doesn't believe in werewolves. Which, it should be noted, do exist in the Marvel universe.
- Artificial Human: Adam was created by a group of scientists trying to create the "ultimate" human.
- Back from the Dead: Thanos revived him after the Magus was killed in The Thanos Imperative.
- Badass Longcoat: He often wears an impressive longcoat.
- Friendly Enemy: To Thanos.
- Future Me Scares Me: He hates the thought of becoming the Magus again, and even asked Peter to kill him when it was about to happen. Until it turned out he already was the Magus, and was just screwing with Peter's head.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Usually, though he can be terse and blunt.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Against Thanos In Marvel Two In One Annual #2. He got better.
- Interspecies Romance: With Gamora.
- Pivotal Wake-up: When he awakens from the trace put upon him by the Soul Gem.
- Slasher Smile: The Magus has a near-permanent one. Adam starts wearing it when he begins to turn.
- The Smart Guy: The one who fixes the NegativeSpaceWedgies the team encounter, and the most together male on the team. Yes, they're that dysfunctional.
- Soul Power: Provided by the Soul Gem.
- The Stoic: Adam is not one of nature's warm and cuddly folk, which got even more pronounced when he split off his good and bad sides. That he momentarily acts astoundingly callous during War of Kings is a sign he's beginning to turn to the Magus.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Magus is Warlock's Mr. Hyde.
- Technical Pacifist
- Ultimate Life Form: What originally he was supposed to be.
- Unwanted False Faith: The Church of Universal Truth consider him their god. He really hates this.
Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas)
- Bald of Awesome: Arthur Douglas' hair was one of the things left out when he was brought back as Drax.
- The Berserker: Especially after his resurrection, he is prone to going into berserk furies in battle, which heightens his resemblance to The Incredible Hulk.
- The Big Guy: Shares this role with Groot, courtesy of his immense strength. During the 1990s, he was actually the guardian of the Power Gem for a time as part of the Infinity Watch.
- Came Back Wrong: When first introduced in the 1970s, Drax was fairly intelligent. However, during the early 1990s, Moondragon went evil and killed him with her Psychic Powers. When subsequently resurrected in the 1993 series "Warlock And The Infinity Watch", he still retained some degree of the brain damage inflicted by her lethal psychic attacks, which reduced him to a child-like, violent tempered Dumb Muscle character.
- Character Check: During Guardians Infinity, Drack mostly still acts like his post-2012 idiot characterization, but momentarily stops the fighting and tells everyone to calm down, prompting Rocket to express amazement. Then Drack angrily yells "shut your hole" at him, and goes back to being an idiot.
- The Chosen One: He's the Avatar of Life, to serve as Thanos' position as Avatar of Death. He is compelled by the universe itself to kill Thanos.
- Combo Platter Powers: When first introduced in the 1970s, Drax's power set consisted of: Super Strength, Super Speed, Super Toughness (borderline Nigh Invulnerable), Flight, Hand Blasts and Telepathy. Presently, he retains only the first three powers, all to a lesser degree than he had in his original body, but has picked up a low-grade Healing Factor.
- De-Power: Drax used to have all kinds of fancy powers. Now all he has is his knives and the fact that he won't give up. And that's all he needs.
- Determinator: During Annihilation, his drive to kill Thanos ramps up into overdrive. In order to accomplish it, Drax storms through the nigh-unstoppable Annihilation Wave, with nothing more than a pair of knives, and he still makes it to Thanos.
- Dual Wielding: A pair of big knives.
- Dumb Muscle: After his resurrection in the 90s, he was basically an overgrown child in a super-strong body. He briefly became a lot smarter when he spontaneously mutated into his current body, which is notably smaller than the one he had in the 90s, but then in the most recent series, he want back to being a dim-witted brute.
- Expy: Originally he was the Incredible Hulk but IN SPACE. Later on, in his new body he's moved away from this.
- Flying Brick: He was this before his current body, he had even a cape.
- Good Is Not Nice: Drax is the champion of Life, opposed to Thanos. He's also brusque, and perhaps too fond of violent and direct solutions, even before his resurrection as a brain-damaged monster.
- Hidden Depths: While he's quite fond of killing things with knives or his bare hands, he occasionally dabbles in philosophical or existential musings and retains his past life's fondness for playing jazz music.
- Hulk Speak: In the 90's, as a result of his brain damage.
- Implacable Man: If he wants to kill someone, he will kill them, and not even Galactus can stop him.
- It's Personal: Thanos killed Arthur Douglas and his wife just for witnessing him. It stopped being personal a long time ago, when Drax stopped seeing himself as Arthur Douglas.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Maybe not gold, but a precious metal, definitely.
- Manchild: As a result of retaining psy-fried neurons when resurrected, Drax acted like a child in the body of a hulking superhuman during the 1990s. He began growing out of this eventually, but never did fully recover.
- The Mentor: Briefly served as one for Richard Rider in Annihilation, helping him keep a lid on all the Nova Force he had inside him, with the additional caveat that if Rich started going nuts, Drax would destroy him.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He believes there are very few problems that cannot be solved by killing somebody. Or, when there may be Skrull infiltrators on Knowhere, by killing everybody.
- Badass Pacifist: In the new run, he apparently started to become a pacifist. However whatever cause it was enough that when two eldritch abomination try to mindrape him, he turn the table by showing them something that made them flee in terror.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Destroyer.
- One-Man Army: He's called the Destroyer, and it shows. When chasing Thanos, he ploughed his way through the Annihilation Wave to reach him.
- Papa Wolf: Even if he is estranged from them, and emotionally distant when he is there, don't hurt Cammi or Moondragon.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It was basically his raison d'être until he finally managed to kill Thanos in Annihilation.
- The Stoic: This was his primary character trait during his original depiction in the 1970s.
- Super Senses: He can smell whether Thanos is alive or not.
- That Man Is Dead: Arthur Douglas was killed by Thanos years ago. Drax is actually surprised when an act of Mind Rape awakens what little was left of his former self.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: During The Thanos Imperative, thanks to a mix of Thanos' resurrection, and being in the Cancerverse. Since he's compelled to kill Thanos, and is the chosen avatar life, being in a place where life rules the roost starts overriding him, driving him into a berserk need to utterly kill Thanos, regardless of the situation.
- Unexplained Recovery: Thanos killed him dead in The Thanos Imperative, leaving nothing behind, and come Avengers Assemble, he's back without a single comment. It took several years before an explanation was given, and that explanation was... he just came back to life.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In his most recent form.
- Was Once a Man: Before being revived by Chronos.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: His name is spelled with an X and in a fashion that puts the vocal emphasis on said X.
- Abusive Parent: Her mother was very harsh and demanding towards her, often unfavourably comparing her to her brother Genis.
- Bury Your Gays: Killed instantly by a revived Thanos.
- Butt-Monkey: Treated with less and less respect throughout vol 2, up until her death.
- Cool Sword: Her go-to creation when wielding the Quantum Bands. When she becomes Martyr she gets a different one, forged with death-magic, and even capable of doing the Magus some injury.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Phyla is unceremoniously fried instantly by Thanos in the second to last issue of vol 2, with Mantis later confirming that she found what was left of her later. As of 2017, she hasn't returned.
- Energy Weapon: She can create many of these with her Quantum Bands.
- Green Lantern Ring: Her Quantum Bands, which she eventually loses, and declines to take back when given the chance.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: After becoming Martyr.
- The Heart: The most compassionate member of the team, up until she became Martyr.
- In the Hood: Consistent throughout all her outfits are hoods.
- Interspecies Romance: Phyla, a half-kree half-eternal starts a relationship with Moondragon, a human.
- Legacy Character: To Captain Marvell, her father, and to Quasar. She suffers a lot of self-doubt over it.
- Most Common Super Power: Though given she's on the same team as Gamora, it can be hard to tell.
- Mystical White Hair: Quasar who has energy manipulation and flight powers and certainly looks the part.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Her decisions and temper become much worse at the same time, from starting brawls in bars to holding a head of a major galactic empire hostage in front of her family. Magus implies it's all the equivalent of a desperate cry for attention, and points out that she's way in over her head.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When she became Martyr.
- Unscrupulous Hero: As Martyr.
- The Big Guy: Shares this with Drax.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to Rocket Raccoon's little guy.
- Characterisation Marches On: In Annihilation: Conquest and the earlier issues of the series, he was capable of saying other things than "I am Groot". During Star-Lord's miniseries, he was also a colossal jerk (think Doctor Doom, but in tree form). He mellowed out after that.
- Deus Exit Machina: Generally regarded as the team's heaviest hitter, Groot was absent from the team's official foundation as he was still recovering from his sacrifice in Annihilation: Conquest. Likewise, whenever he needs to be written out for drama they simply have him make a slow recovery from a prior battle.
- The Exile: Banished from his home planet after A) killing another member of his species to defend a maintenance mammal it was brutalizing, and B) releasing a human subject that was kidnapped for scientific purposes.
- Fake King: He's not actually a king.
- Genius Bruiser: He is apparently quite smart and eloquent, we just can't understand what he's saying. He's also got a fantastic right hook.
- Glass Cannon: In Bendis stories he gets destroyed easily.
- Healing Factor: A very impressive one. Groot can, depending on the circumstances, regenerate lost limbs and even his entire body within seconds of being destroyed. Though going from a single splinter usually takes much longer and requires water.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rocket.
- Plant Aliens: He's an alien being resembling a walking tree.
- Pokémon Speak: "I am Groot!"
- Red Baron: Groot, King of Planet X, Ruler of All He Shades, Flora Colossus.
- Treants: Groot is a rare science fiction example of this trope, appearing as a towering, plant-like humanoid alien chiefly composed of wood. A bit of a borderline case, as he doesn't share many traits associated with this trope such as an association with forests, although he does posses some degree of control over plant life.
- Verbal Tic Name: I am Groot!
- When Trees Attack: He's a tree-like alien called the Flora colossus, with a very strong right hook.
- The Worf Effect: See Glass Cannon especially.
Mantis (Mandy Celestine)
- Action Mom: She has a son out there... somewhere.
- Amicable Exes: She and Kang have a "history". Or did, or will. Well, Mantis is amicable, at least. Kang is just indifferent to her presence.
- Because Destiny Says So: Becoming the Celestial Madonna.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally, Mantis is one of the calmest, sweetest and friendliest people around. In combat, however, she's utterly ruthless. And she's not above Brainwashing for the Greater Good.
- Blessed with Suck: She can see the future, but she can't do anything to change what happens, meaning if someone is going to go mad and turn the team, she can't warn anyone.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Asian (Vietnamese, specifically), half-white (German).
- The Chosen One: This one is the Celestial Madonna.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Averted when she joins the team, played straight before that.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Not at first.
- Green Thumb: She's very fond of her plants. Both the sentient and the non-sentient ones.
- Interspecies Romance: With a member of the Cotati race (read a living tree).
- Kick Chick: in battle scenes, usually shown kicking, showing off her long legs since she fights in something resembling a grass skirt.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father was the original Libra of the Zodiac (although as of Avengers Forever, he's not quite a villain anymore).
- Mission Control: In as much as the Guardians have anyone who can keep them in line and tell them what to do, Mantis is this.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: During the Annihilation: Conquest - Star-Lord mini-series, she suddenly gains an immunity to being detected by Phalanx tech, out of nowhere.
- Plant Person: She can control the growth of plants, which is used to bring down the Phalanx Babel Spire.
- Playing with Fire: On rare occasions, she has shown the ability of pyrokinesis. It's implied she doesn't like using it, which given her empathic abilities wouldn't be surprising.
- Psychic Powers
- Put on a Bus: Isn't a member of the team come vol 3, with only one appearance so far. As of Volume 4, it's revealed that she and some of the other former Guardians are part of a new team called the Knowhere Corps.
- Raised by Wolves: Plant aliens, at that.
- Second Love: For Silver Surfer, after Alicia Masters and before Nova (Frankie Raye)
- Ship Tease: Between her and Peter. Nothing ever comes of it, though.
- Tastes Like Purple: According to Cosmo, her thoughts smell of flowers.
- Third-Person Person: Always refers to herself in the third person as "this one"; this probably has to do with her upbringing by the Priests of Pama, an Oriental pacifistic sect of alien origin whose teachings bear a considerable similarity to real-life Eastern philosophy (which has referring to oneself in the third person as a common practice of "distancing oneself from the ego").
- Verbal Tic: "This one".
Major Victory (Vance Astro)See The original Guardians - Founding Members above
- Animal-Themed Superbeing
- Chick Magnet: When you're able to seduce a member of the notoriously speciesist Kree, you qualify for this. It also gets him and the rest of the Guardians into trouble when he tries to flirt with Medusa. Right in front of her husband, to boot.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bug is a goofy, wisecracking sort, but he is lethal with that staff of his.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Spends a lot of his time asking why he wasn't on the first choice for the team, even though he was part of the proto-Guardians from the get-go.
- Jumped at the Call: Was perfectly happy to join the team again, mainly because Rocket forgot to mention the whole brainwashing thing.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Put on a Bus:
- Wasn't present during the team's founding, and it wasn't made clear where he'd gotten to.
- He was briefly in the Marvel NOW! version of the team until he was no longer being considered for the 2014 movie. After this he promptly disappeared without any explanation and rejoined the Micronauts by the Minimum Carnage Bat Family Crossover for Scarlet Spider and Venom. As of Volume 4, it's revealed that he and some of the other former Guardians are part of a new team called the Knowhere Corps.
- Raised by Wolves: Plant aliens, at that.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: His antennae enable communication with others bearing antennae.
- Spider-Sense: He has his own version.
- Super Senses: Has extraordinary sight, upgraded by his helmet.
- Verbal Tic: "Tik".
Jack Flag (Jack Harrison)
- "I hate cosmic stuff..."
- Badass Normal: Started off as this.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Knew what violating the Registration Act would bring on him, and didn't care, because someone needed help.
- Fish out of Water: Jack's a street-level hero, used to dealing with people like Captain America, and he has a bit of trouble coming to terms with someone like Iron Man. He's way out of his depth with the Guardians. The only reason he doesn't go home is because (as far as he knows) he's still a wanted man.
- Grumpy Bear: He hates cosmic stuff.
- Handicapped Badass: Even whilst in wheelchair, Jack became the de-facto leader of the inmates of Prison 42 after the wardens abandoned the prison during the Secret Invasion and fought off Blastaar's forces in his attempt to gain access to the prison's portal to Earth.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Saves a girl from some thugs, gets beaten up, crippled, beaten up some more and then thrown into another universe and left to rot for his troubles.
- Only Sane Man: Prior to joining the Guardians, Jack was imprisoned in Prison 42 located in the Negative Zone, for breaching the Superhuman Registration Act. When he joined up with the Guardians, he reacted to most of the cosmic stuff with "I hate cosmic stuff" due to his background as a street faring vigilante.
- Put on a Bus: Disappeared after vol. 2, having gone back home.
- Running Gag: He doesn't like 'cosmic stuff'. Not even after it gives him his legs back.
- Super Speed: Not Quicksilver level super-speed, but faster than the human norm.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to go up against Mr. Hyde and win. Bearing in mind, Mr. Hyde regularly fights Thor.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Left paralysed from the waist down following his run in with the Thunderbolts. The damage to his spine was healed using alien technology during his first visit to Knowhere.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head/You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue hair, with portions dyed red and white.
- Badass Adorable: An incredibly powerful psychic, who just happens to come in the form of a Golden Retriever / Labrador cross-breed. Even more so when he's briefly turned into a puppy, while losing none of his abilities.
- Barrier Warrior
- Beware the Nice Ones: Incredibly friendly and good-natured, but upset him, and the fangs come out.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against the Cancerverse Hulk of all people. Cosmo swiftly kills the Hulk (temporarily) by using his psychic powers to make him have a stroke.
- Furry Reminder: Unlike Rocket, Cosmo isn't anthropomorphic, he's an Earth dog who's become sapient. He still enjoys squeaky toys, chasing squirrels, mentions he'd have dealt with Annihilus by going for the throat, and can't stand Rocket because he's a racoon.
- I Believe I Can Fly: Using psychokinesis.
- Mission Control: Starting after Secret Invasion, he helps the team out by operating the teleport controls.
- Mysterious Past: Not even Cosmo remembers how exactly he came by his powers.
- Poirot Speak: 'Speaks' with a thick stereotypical Russian accent.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the head of security for Knowhere, and the only being there who doesn't try to rake the Guardians over the coals.
Moondragon (Heather Douglas)
- A God Am I: Has her moments
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: It resulted in her taking on The Dragon of The Moon. And even after barely winning that fight, she still remained arrogant. After several rounds of trauma and Demonic Possession, this has subsided.
- Back from the Dead: Revived by Drax and Phyla halfway through vol 2.
- Bi the Way: With a particular fondness for the Quasars
- Combat Stilettos: Her team uniform is the only one to have heels.
- Demonic Possession: She has a history with this.
- Interspecies Romance: With Phyla-Vell. She's a human, and Phyla's half-Kree, half-Eternal.
- It's Personal: Thanos killed her father, her mother and her lover. It's very personal.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Doesn't come up during her time with the team, but in the past she's shown remarkable proficiencies in a lot of fields. And she's capable of keeping up with Thanos in a conversation.
- Put on a Bus: Didn't come back for Vol. 3. As of Volume 4, it's revealed that she and some of the other former Guardians are part of a new team called the Knowhere Corps.
- Raised by Wolves: Plant aliens, at that.
- Raised by Wolves: Raised by Mentor of the Eternals. He and Drax don't exactly get on too well, to say the least (the fact that Mentor is Thanos' dad really doesn't help).
- Scaled Up: Was only able to turn into a dragon once but she made it count. As it turned out, this was because of an approaching case of Demonic Possession.
- Stalker with a Test Tube: To Quasar. Her Coming-Out Story revolved around her realizing that she had only ever used sex and romance as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire second half of the second volume, and The Thanos Imperative are one for her.
Iron Man (Anthony "Tony" Stark)
- Powered Armor: A trademark, but his one for this group was the Space Armor MK III.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Gamora.
- Long-Lost Relative: A tie-in to Original Sin and Loki: Agent of Asgard reveals that Angela is Odin's daughter, and thus Thor's half-sister and Loki's adopted sister.
Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Agent Comic Book/Venom (Eugene "Flash" Thompson)
- Fish out of Water: Flash was simply a member of the US Military who lost his legs trying his damnedest to save a superior officer, before jumping at the opportunity of being able to walk again thanks to the symbiote and volunteering to essentially become a government issue Spider-Man. And then was taken even further out of water by being appointed as the Avengers' liaison to the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Legacy Character: The fourth person to wear the symbiote and operate under the identity of Venom.
Star-Lord (Katherine "Kitty" Pryde)
- For tropes relating to Kitty's appearances prior to taking up the Star-Lord mantle, see the Kitty Pryde page
- Cool Helmet: As Star-Lady, she wears a version of Star-Lord's helmet.
- Legacy Character: Takes over her fiancé Peter Quill's mantle after he becomes Emperor of Spartax.
- Official Couple: Married to Star-Lord.
- Took a Level in Badass: Started out as a naive, teenage newcomer in the X-Men books. Now, after many, many years and books worth of character development and achievements as a member of the X-Men, she's the current first lady of Spartax, and current holder of the mantle of Star-Lord (or Star-Lady to be more precise) while still cosmically powered thanks to the events of The Black Vortex.