Characters: Guardians Of The Galaxy The Movie
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"What a bunch of A-holes."
A team of disparate heroes trying to make the galaxy a better place. Emphasis on trying
- Anti-Hero Team: All of them have some sort of criminal past - even the Gentle Giant Groot has apparently spent some time kidnapping and/or impaling people for money as Rocket's accomplice.
- Appropriated Appellation: Ronan dismissively mocked this Ragtag Bunch of Misfits as the "guardians of the galaxy", a name that Quill accepted with pride.
- Badass Crew: Not one of them is anywhere near "incompetent".
- Byronic Hero: With the exception of Groot, all of the members fit the mold, with tragic back stories, exceptional skills and abilities, varying degrees of charisma, varying degrees of broodiness, and, most of all, defiance of social institutions and norms.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Everyone but Groot (as far as we know, anyway) has either a sad or grim backstory. Maybe both.
- Enemy Mine: With the Ravagers and Nova Corps during the final battle.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Started as trying to hurt and kill each other and ended up as genuine True Companions.
- Foil: After a fashion for the Avengers, as a team of anti-heroes charging themselves with protecting the galaxy.
- Geodesic Cast: The Guardians provide a team to compare and contrast the Avengers.
- Hidden Depths: Except for Groot, who's clearly a Nice Guy from the start, they all get a moment in the first film to shed their inner demons.
- It's All About Me: Quill, Gamora, Rocket and Drax are all self-serving for the mass majority of the movie, wanting to use the orb as a payday, or in the case of Drax, wanting revenge. Even after they find out what the orb is, or more specifically what is inside the orb, Peter still wants to sell it and make it someone else's problem. Rocket and Peter even have a debate on why they should even bother keeping the orb since the universe is always shitting on them. Peter's rebuttal is also somewhat selfish since his reason for not giving the orb to Ronan is he would use it to destroy the universe which he happens to live in.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Nova Corps officer isn't wrong when he calls them a bunch of a-holes. The entire climax of the movie is driven by them deciding to stick out their necks for a bunch of strangers.
- Moment Killer: In the middle of their big slow-mo Power Walk; Gamora can't stop a yawn, Quill rubs his nose, and Rocket takes a moment to adjust his junk.
- Oh, Crap: Their joint reaction once they witness firsthand how utterly destructive the Infinity Gem can be. Rocket even suggests just handing it over to Ronan because the artifact is just that terrifying.
- One Last Job: Selling the Orb is this for most of them.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially. Quill, Gamora, Rocket, and (to an extent) Groot want to escape the prison so they can sell the Orb for incredible riches. (Though Gamora is also motivated by the desire to get the Orb as far away from Ronan as possible so he can't use it to wreak havoc.)
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A team made up of assassins, criminals, and thieves who now protect the galaxy.
Commander Rael: Are you telling me that the fate of twelve billion people is in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer, and a maniac?
Rhomann Dey: This might not be the best idea.
- Red Is Heroic: They all wear red during the climax after borrowing some clothes from the Ravagers.
- Reformed Criminals: They started off as cellmates and ended up as heroes!
- Surrounded by Idiots: Groot's the only one that doesn't have a low opinion on the mental faculties of his fellow Guardians.
- Team Title: They are the titular "Guardians of the Galaxy".
- The Team: Though they start out with Teeth Clenched Team Work, they grow into this through the movie.
- Took a Level in Kindness: All but Groot become more compassionate as the film goes on.
- True Companions: By the end of the movie they are their own family.
- Unexpected Character: For the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
- Unlikely Hero: A bunch of former criminals and miscreants probably wouldn't be where you'd look to find heroes to protect the galaxy.
Peter Jason Quill (Star-Lord)
Peter Quill, aka "Star-Lord"
"I come from Earth, a planet of outlaws: Billy the Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, John Stamos..."
Kidnapped from Earth in 1988, Peter Quill grew up in space to become an intergalactic outlaw and scavenger.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the comics, strawberry blond in MCU.
- Adaptational Villainy: It's more like Adaptational Anti-Heroism. In the comics, he was a seasoned cosmic superhero long before joining the Guardians. In the movies, he starts off as a self-serving outlaw and a bit of an asshole although he eventually learns the error of his ways.
- Adorkable: Despite playing himself up as a Lovable Rogue Handsome Lech, Peter's love of seventies pop music and his propensity to break out into song and dance makes him a little more down-to-Earth and a fun character all around.
- Awesome McCoolname: He thinks "Star-Lord" is this.
- He uses it to remind the galaxy of/honor his mother; it's what she used to call him.
- Badass: He managed to outwit Korath, hold his own against Gamora, and in the finale withstood the power of an Infinity Stone long enough for his friends to help him kill Ronan.
- Badass Beard: Badass Perma Stubble, at any rate.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a red leather one in the early portions of the film.
- Badass Normal: Quill relies on his gadgets, cunning, and skill to get him by, and never displays himself to be any stronger or faster than a normal human (though he sure can take a beating). Subverted at the end of the film, where it's revealed he's a Half-Human Hybrid. This aspect of his physiology kept the Infinity Stone from immediately killing him.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch his Walkman.
- Boldly Coming: He's a big fan of alien girls despite he might be the only human in the galaxy. It's either that or being a Celibate Hero.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Highly quirky and very efficient when he needs to be.
- Butt Monkey: No one knows his nickname and he gets tased. Repeatedly. Really, the ratio of him getting his ass kicked greatly outnumbers him kicking ass.
- The Casanova: To the point where even Drax makes fun of him for it (inasmuch as Drax can make fun of anyone for anything).
- Collapsible Helmet: His helmet assembles bit by bit and disappears into a device behind his ear when he isn't using it.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Defied to comic effect. As the only member of the team attempting to use an alias rather than his given name, Quill wants people to call him Star-Lord and is ecstatic when, in the last act of the movie, someone actually does call him that.
- Confusion Fu: Employs this during the final confrontation with Ronan, challenging the all-powerful Infinity Stone wielding warlord to a dance battle. Luckily, the ruse works just long enough for Rocket to rig up a gun.
- Cool Guns: His Quad Blasters, which fire electricity or lasers depending on what he needs at the time.
- Cool Mask: An armored mask with built-in life support functions.
- Cool Ship: The Milano, a Ravager fighter. When it's lost during the final battle, the Nova Corps rebuilds it for him, salvaging the remains to keep it as close to the original as possible.
- Crazy Enough to Work: Challenging Ronan to a dance-off to distract him. And this not only works, but is instrumental in Ronan's defeat.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An Invoked Trope during the confrontation on Morag — at first, he tries to intimidate his heavily armed and equally belligerent opponents with his "reputation" as a "legendary outlaw", and when that falls flat he switches to some embarrassing babble before pulling an amazing Escape Sequence. Despite all his goofiness, remember that he learned his wits from the boss of the Ravagers.
- Dance Battler:
- Spoofed in the intro, when he punts aside the alien space rats inhabiting the tomb he's raiding to the tune of Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love".
- He also dances to distract Ronan while Rocket and Drax get ready to take him out with the rebuilt cannon.
- Dating Catwoman: If his Every Scar Has A Story is to be believed, one Girl of the Week he dated was a Kree woman, who tried to kill him when she thought he was cheating on her. Considering Kree is probably one of the worst alien races in Marvel Universe...
- Deadpan Snarker: The man could rival Tony Stark if they were in the same room.
- Disco Dan: He's a walking memorial to The Eighties. Justified, though, since it's not like he would be up to date with trends back on Earth since The Eighties thanks to being abducted in 1988. He's been... out of touch.
- Establishing Character Moment: Immediately following his childhood flashback, as Star-Lord searches the crumbling remains of a destroyed civilization in a somber opening scene. Then he pops on his headphones and dances his way through the ruins to 70s pop while kicking attacking mutant alien rats. Except the one he uses as a microphone.
- Of Captain America, as the enhanced human leader of an unlikely group of heroesnote . The opening establishes Peter as someone who'll go up against opponents who have the advantage if he believes what they're doing is wrong. Then he was abducted and raised by Yondu and the Ravagers to become a thief, but his actions throughout the movie show that he does have a strong moral core buried beneath his rakish facade. The similarities go further if you note that both of them are Fish out of Temporal Water, albeit from different decades, and would find that the world has gone through considerable changes when they return.
- A Loveable Rogue, a thief, a gunslinger with an anguished past who wears a reddish-brown longcoat, has a Cool Starship of his own and a Disappeared Dad, equally skilled at fighting dirty and talking his way out of trouble, insistently on the wrong side of the law, often iterating that his main goals are to make money and to preserve his own life, while just as often leaping into danger for personal, noble and ultimately unprofitable causes, the leader of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who'd kill each other if they weren't busy saving each other's asses, and partnered with a no-nonsense Amazonian Beauty who counters his rascally ways with deadpan seriousness. Were we talking about Peter Quill or Malcolm Reynolds?
- Many of the above traits also make him very similar to Iron Man, including his penchant for using his wits and gadgets to get him out of tight spots.
- He's also got a lot in common with John Crichton, another snarky, quick-thinking fish out of water pulled millions of miles away from Earth when he least expected it who takes a group of criminals, some of whom would have been perfectly happy to kill him, and helps them become a team that can beat impossible odds.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a self-styled "legendary outlaw," but his "outlaw name"? Comes from a note that his mother left him, calling him her little Star-Lord.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is, in his own words "an a-hole but not 100% a dick"; he's a petty criminal, can't even remember his one-night-stand's name, and has no problem with stealing a job out from under his old boss, but he won't stand for a fanatic killing billions of innocent people. Even when he was younger, he tells his mother he got into a fight with some boys because they had cruelly squashed a frog.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Of a sort. He's obsessed with 70's and 80's pop culture because he hasn't seen his home planet in thirty years, and has no idea how pop culture has changed while he's been away (see Disco Dan). It's implied that he's never returned to Earth because it would be so unfamiliar to him that it wouldn't feel like home.
- Flipping the Bird: Did this during his mug shot.
- Friendly Enemy: with Rhoman Dey. When Peter's arrested, he's briefly seen giving friendly grin to Dey... until Dey mistakenly called him "Star-Prince" and Peter immediately dropped his smile.
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: He may be a Disco Dan, but he knows a lot about the 70s and 80s for a guy who hasn't seen Earth since he was a kid. You'd think more of his pop culture references would be to cartoons and other kid stuff.
- Gentleman Thief: What he was before he was arrested.
- Guile Hero: His lack of any superpowers in a galaxy full of strange aliens, special powers, and high-tech technology while being a former thief forces him to be this. His most triumphant example? Challenging a megalomaniacal Kree fanatic with the power of an Infinity Gem... to a dance-off.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields two guns.
- Gun Fu: His fighting style when dealing with multiple opponents. He will shoot enemies at a distance while using his guns as clubs on those who get too close. When making his way towards the Dark Aster's bridge, he can be seen driving the muzzles of his guns into an opponent as a melee attack while simultaneously pulling the triggers to give his strikes extra oomph.
- The Gunslinger: He has a pretty impressive Quick Draw.
- Half-Human Hybrid: It's not entirely clear what his dad was, except "not human", but whatever alien genetics he's got, they're potent enough to let him tank an Infinity Stone's power without immediately being obliterated.
- Handsome Lech: The opening has him accidentally bringing along the Girl of the Week on his dangerous scavenger hunt because he had forgot she was still on board, despite just having spent the night with her, and when he finds out, he struggles to remember her name. He later shows off several scars from former paramours that tried to kill him.
- The Heart: He's quick to mediate any conflict, trying to resolve issues with words. He also galvanizes the team into becoming, well, The Team.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears no fewer than four different red leather jackets throughout the film.
- Heroic Bastard: His mother never married his father (who turns out to have been an alien), and his grandparents' reactions when she tells him his father will come back for him strongly imply that he wasn't in the picture for long.
- Heroic Build: Clearly keeps himself in shape.
- Heroic BSOD: Peter launches into a small one when he finally hears the first song of his mother's second mixtape: Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Gamora comes along and snaps him out of it pretty quickly.
- Humans by Any Other Name: The Nova Corps computer lists his species as Terran and his homeworld as Terra. However, he calls it Earth.
- Improvised Weapon: His most effective attack on Gamora? Clipping one of his rocket thrusters to her and sending her flying. He also uses another prisoner's prosthetic leg as a club, and pistol whips foes quite often.
- Indy Ploy: This trope is not at all true. He has a plan! ...12% of a plan... Ok, he's not exactly "skilled" in most areas of his chosen profession, but he's adept at improvising on his feet.
- Jerkass Façade: His snarky, unpleasant attitude is only a mask to hide his overwhelming self-loathing and depression over his dead mom and not holding her hand.
- The Leader: He assumes leadership of the Guardians.
- Lovable Rogue: Definitely. He's a thief, a con man, and a womanizer, but he's so charming that it's hard to hold these things against him.
- Man Child: Well, he was abducted at age 6, then raised by outlaws, so it's not much of a surprise if he isn't very mature.
- Missing Mom: His mom died when he was young, and left him a mix-tape which he listens to on his Walkman. His Berserk Button makes more sense now.
- Momma's Boy: Oh yeah. Despite his mother being long dead, he clearly loves her a lot, and taking his Walkman and mixtape, which were presents from her, is a very easy way to piss him off. And his insistence on being called "Star-Lord"? As silly as that name sounds, it was actually his mom's pet name for him.
- My Greatest Failure: Immensely regrets not holding his mother's hand as she passed away.
- Neural Implanting: Has a translator implant, which allows him to understand other languages.
- Noodle Incident: His affair with the Gramosian Duchess.
- Perma Stubble: It adds to his roguish demeanor.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Rather savvy in a few areas and completely oblivious in many more, including Current Events.
- Really Gets Around: Claims that if you used a black light in his ship, you'd see a lot of evidence to support this trope.
- Red Baron: Insists on calling himself "Star-Lord", though most people refuse to indulge his ego. The name "Star-Lord" was actually his mother's Affectionate Nickname for him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Cool Mask has a pair of bright red lenses covering his eyes. Incidentally, the scenes where he's wearing it are also when he's at his most dangerous in a fight.
- Red-Headed Hero: Strawberry blond, specifically.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears red jackets throughout the entire movie, except when he's incarcerated.
- Refuge in Audacity: Part of the reason he's alive in fact! Peter often does some straight up weird stuff and it often works because it's so odd, nobody has any idea how to feel. He uses this in the finale to confuse Ronan long enough to knock the Infinity Stone from his hand.
- Rocket Boots: He has detachable thrusters on the ankles of his boots that he uses for short boosts, to maneuver in zero-g, and for bursts of speed during combat.
- Sad Clown: He's never gotten to meet his father, he was taken away from home just minutes after watching his mother die, and he spent the better part of his adolescence being raised by a violent criminal who seriously considered eating him when he first met him. In spite of all that, he's a shockingly laid-back guy, and he makes jokes about everything.
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- Is annoyed when people don't recognize his nickname (that he made up himself), "Star-Lord".
- As it turns out, Star-Lord was his mother's pet name for him.
- Static Stun Gun: His guns have a dual barrel design, the top firing lethal rounds and the bottom firing taser rounds.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Invoked and downplayed. He doesn't have any obvious and flashy superpowers, but after they find out that his father is some kind of ancient being, Gamora theorises that this could have been the reason why Peter was able to withstand the power of the Infinity Stone for as long as he did.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Korath finally calls him "Star-Lord" once they meet again.
- Token Human: The only human on the team, and possibly even the entire galaxy outside of Earth. Subverted because it turns out he's only half human.
- Trap Master: His fighting style, putting his enormous array of gadgets to use to distract, incapacitate, and generally inconvenience his enemies.
- Troll: How he manages to get the drop on most of his foes. He literally trolls Yondu at the end, by giving him the capsule with a Troll figurine in it instead of the Infinity Gem. Considering the equally trollish Yondu raised Peter after his mother's death, it's not too difficult to figure out where he likely picked up on this behavior from.
- White Male Lead: The Leader of the group, and the only white male of the bunch. Rocket's voice actor is a white male, at least.
"I'm a warrior, an assassin. I don't dance."
Dey: Gamora: soldier, assassin, wanted on over a dozen counts of murder.
A Zen Whoberi woman taken in and modified by Thanos to be a warrior in his service.
Drax (The Destroyer)
Drax the Destroyer
"Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it."
Dey: Drax: AKA the Destroyer. Since his wife and family were killed, he's been on a rampage across the galaxy in a search for vengeance.
A man who has been on a rampage ever since his family was killed by Ronan. Drax seeks vengeance against the Kree Accuser, and joins the team when they convince him to not make them his latest victims in exchange for them luring Ronan nearby for Drax to kill.
- Action Dad: One who is very hell-bent on Revenge for the death of his daughter (and wife).
- Adaptation Distillation: Drax's backstory from the comics has been greatly simplified for the film; in the comics, Drax was a normal man from Earth whose family was murdered by Thanos, and was turned into a living weapon against the Mad Titan by Thanos's father, Mentor. In the film, he's just an alien warrior out for revenge against Ronan for the deaths of his family.
- Adaptation Name Change: In keeping with the aforementioned change to being an alien, Drax really is his name here, whereas in the comics, his real name was Arthur Douglas.
- His wife and daughter's names (Yvette and Heather) are also changed, to Ovette and Camaria, respectively.
- Adaptation Species Change: As noted above, in the comics, Drax was originally a human named Arthur Douglas; here, he's an alien and Drax really is his name.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Drax shows why a revenge-bent Blood Knight should never get as drunk as he did on Knowhere. He contacts Ronan and tells him that they have the orb there in order to get his revenge personally.
- And Then What?: After killing Ronan, Drax just shifts to a new target, Thanos, and keeps going. This is basically kicking the can down the road.
- Badass: He's a powerful, well-built warrior who ruthlessly hacks through anyone in his path. However, Ronan proves to be a bit more than he can handle alone.
- Badass Baritone: Bautista plays Drax with a low, guttural voice.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald, and he's a warrior who cuts through mooks like nobody's business.
- The Big Guy: Along with Groot, Drax does more of the straight-up fighting. Doesn't help him against Ronan, though, who beat the hell out of him.
- Blood Knight: He revels in fighting and picks fights with very little provocation. When Quill's ship's guns rip through dozens of mooks, he's laughing like mad and making everyone else visibly disturbed.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: He's incredibly literal. He does eventually get over this to a small degree.
Rocket: His people are entirely literal. Metaphors are gonna go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Enjoys nothing more than a good fight alongside his comrades, when not angsting over the loss of his family.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Aside from his rage, he comes across as just plain odd, including his Blunt Metaphors Trauma and Innocently Insensitive nature.
Quill: We've already established that you destroying the ship I'm on is not saving me!
Drax: When did we establish that?
Quill: Like three seconds ago?
Drax: I wasn't listening. I was thinking of something else...
- The Comically Serious: The only reason half of his shtick works is because of how incredibly serious and earnest Dave Bautista plays him as.
- Crusading Widower: Out to get Ronan for killing his family.
- Did Not Think This Through: Admittedly, he was drunk at the time, but did Drax really think that he could take down Ronan and his entire army by himself?
- Ditzy Genius: Thanks to the being a Comically Serious Cloudcuckoolander, Drax comes off as this despite his extensive vocabulary.
- The Dreaded: The other prisoners of the Kyln are scared witless by Drax.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two rather large daggers.
- Eat the Dog: Drax has eaten a raccoon before (or at least an animal that looked like one) and based on how much he enjoyed it, he probably wouldn't mind doing it again with Rocket. Drax chooses to mention this midway though Rocket's Wire Dilemma with the prison computer.
Rocket: Not! HELPING!
- Heartbroken Badass: He lost his wife and daughter to Ronan years ago.
- Innocently Insensitive: Especially to Gamora, who he doesn't seem to get he shouldn't call "green whore".
- Knife Nut: He even takes a knife from another prisoner on the Kyln after deciding that he likes it.
- Leeroy Jenkins: There's a reason why everyone thinks he's a maniac.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's big, fast and strong. Doesn't help him against Ronan, though.
- Literal-Minded: Very much so. According to Rocket, his entire species wears this hat. Drax's use of such expressions as "I think of Sakaarans as paper people", "Finger to the throat means death", and "Ronan was only a puppet" near the end of the movie suggests an attempt to outgrow this.
- Made of Iron: He took an blast of engine exhaust to the chest without injury, and managed to survive being rammed with the Milano (Rocket was trying to hit Ronan, who was choke-throttling Drax at the time), although the latter left him unconscious for a brief time, and he was clearly sore and limping afterwards.
- Man Child: Occasionally. He often laughs mirthfully when he gets into fights, like a kid in a candy store.
- Metaphorgotten: He tries to remedy this by the end of the film, but doesn't quite get away from it.
- My God, What Have I Done?: To his credit, he quickly realizes his contacting Ronan on Knowhere is a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, and is filled with remorse over it.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Being called "Drax the Destroyer" doesn't exactly encourage people to screw with him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He alerts Ronan that the Orb is on Knowhere just so that he can have a shot at killing him. To say that this ends badly is a massive understatement. In his defense, he was quite drunk at the time.
- Noodle Incident: We never find out exactly why Drax was incarcerated on the Kyln. Knowing him, it was likely to have been quite violent.
- No Social Skills: Some trappings of this due to his race's Literal-Minded tendencies, which often make him seem exceedingly tactless.
- Not So Different: From Ronan, oddly enough — both are driven by revenge for the deaths of loved ones. Drax doesn't take it to quite the genocidal extremes that Ronan does, though.
- Only in It for the Money: Inverted — he's only with the Guardians (initially) as a means to get revenge on Ronan. When Quill offers him a share of the money they plan to get from selling the artifact, he's actually offended, and goes out of his way to say that he doesn't care for it.
- Outliving One's Offspring: He has a dead daughter. She, along with his dead wife, is the reason why Drax is out for Ronan's blood.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gets a rather... odd one as he kills Korath.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Anytime he's either fighting or there's a lot of violence going on around him. What sets Drax's apart, however, is how he laughs. Instead of sounding like how most would while reveling in bloodshed, his laugh sounds more like he heard a really funny joke, or he was in an amusement park ride.
- Red Baron: "The Destroyer". He certainly lives up to his name.
- Revenge: His primary motivation throughout the film. This is what initially pits him against the team, as Gamora being a former assassin to Ronan is good enough reason to him to kill her, even as she insists that she hates Ronan as much as he does.
- Revenge Before Reason: Initially, Drax is willing to do a number of rather stupid things to face Ronan in combat. However, rather than learning that Vengeance Feels Empty, Drax instead decides that unreasonable revenge is stupid, and it works rather well for him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His wishes to gain vengeance for the death of his family. However it gets Deconstructed over the course of the film by showing how someone who obsesses with vengeance can not only cause problems, but also make no friends at all. Eventually Drax realises this and starts to question his actions. Though after Ronan's death, he still declares that he can't rest until he kills Thanos, the true mastermind of the events that caused his family's deaths.
- Screaming Warrior: Drax roars and laughs his way through combat.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Drax has quite the vocabulary. "Thesaurus" isn't part of it; he's offended when Quill calls him one.
- The Stoic: Drax is pretty out there for this trope, but he's usually very serious. Unless violence ensues or Ronan is involved.
- Storyboard Body: According to a Deleted Scene, the elaborate red tattos that cover at least half of Drax's body tell his life story.
- Unknown Rival: Considers Ronan as his Arch-Enemy. Ronan has no time for him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He doesn't really understand the Vitriolic part and blithely muses that the Guardians are now his friends even as he continues to bluntly insult them.
Drax: You, Quill, are my friend.
Drax: This dumb tree, he is my friend. [Groot grunts] This green whore—
Gamora: Oh, you must stop!
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Much like in the comic, Drax is never once seen wearing a shirt. He's even seen during the group's Lock and Load Montage outright throwing his team jacket away, choosing to wear only the pants. James Gunn reportedly wrote that Drax never wears a top because he has sensitive nipples.
- Wasn't That Fun?: After he, Quill and Gamora make a fiery crash of an entrance onto the Dark Aster, he treats the whole thing like he's on a roller-coaster ride.
Drax: YES! AGAIN!
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The murder of Drax's family drives him to hunt Ronan and destroy anything that gets in his way. After being defeated and nearly killed by Ronan, Drax even admits that his rage only exists to cover the pain of his loss.
- The Worf Effect: After Drax has been established as a huge badass, Ronan throws him around like a ragdoll.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's ready to take out Gamora had Peter not intervened.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He is commonly seen fighting like a wrestler when he uses hand-to-hand combat, particularly during the prison break. Being played by an actual wrestler probably has something to do with it.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Called out Ronan and his Mooks to take them all out because he thinks he's a One-Man Army. It didn't end well.
- You Killed My Father: His motivation for wanting revenge against Ronan is that Ronan killed his wife and daughter.
"Ain't no thing like me, 'cept me!"
Dey: Rocket: Wanted on over 50 charges of vehicular theft and escape from custody.
A bounty hunter with a penchant for heavy weaponry and bombs, who also happens to be a talking raccoon.
- Ace Pilot: Shows great skill when defending Xandar against the Necro Craft.
- Animal Superhero: Just look at him — a gun-slinging talking raccoon.
- Badass: He's a genetically engineered marksman who can keep up with the likes of Drax and Gamora.
- Badass Adorable: You'd never expect a raccoon to be a gun-toting powerhouse.
- Badass Baritone: The Japanese dub gives him a much deeper voice than Cooper's rendition.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Rocket doesn't wear shoes.
- Berserk Button: People making cracks at Rocket being an animal.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: With Groot.
- Body Horror:
- There are cybernetic implants protruding on his back. Given his rap sheet only lists him as having a cybernetic skeletal structure, one can probably presume those are a part of that.
- There seem to be a couple on either side of his chest above his sternum, as well.
- If what he said while drunk was true, his origins (being repeatedly dismembered and reassembled; given that he was able to recall it, it's reasonable to assume that he was vivisected) are also pretty goddamn horrific.
- Bounty Hunter: His day job. It's how he meets Peter in the first place, as Yondu had put a bounty on Peter's head and Rocket tried to collect.
- Brooklyn Rage: Bradley Cooper has cited Joe Pesci as his inspiration for the voice of the character, which explains why Rocket's accent matches his temperament.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Sometimes he's the one looking after Groot and telling him what not to do, like drink from the city's display fountain.
- Combat Pragmatist: He likes firearms. A lot. That being said, if he doesn't have them handy and needs to fight someone off, he has absolutely no qualms with doing things like jumping on their heads and attempting to claw their eyes out.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
- Although the character's full name in the comics is Rocket Raccoon, in the film he's referred to simply as "Rocket." As it happens, he doesn't actually know what a raccoon is.
- Ends up becoming a Justified Trope; being referred to as an animal is Rocket's Berserk Button.
- Cyborg: His enhancements are what made him into the creature he is today. In fact, servos can be heard in some scenes when he moves around.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was taken apart and put back together over and over again to become what he is now.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets a few in. For example, when he needs Gamora to recover a piece of equipment for their escape from the Kyln.
Rocket: Supposedly, these bald bodies find you attractive, so maybe you could work out some kinda trade.
Gamora: You must be joking.
Rocket: No, I really heard they find you attractive.
- Demolitions Expert: Upon boarding Quill's ship, the first thing he did was scavenge parts for explosives. Not because they needed them, but apparently because he just felt it was nice to have. He even boasts that one could blow up a moon.
- Escape Artist: He's escaped from twenty-two different prisons throughout his career as a bounty hunter. When he gets to the Kyln, he's already figured out how to escape when they first enter the main yard, and they get out the next day.
- Fragile Speedster: It's not known whether he's any tougher than a normal raccoon due to his bionics, but he depends largely on being really small, really fast, and carrying some huge freaking guns. And also hiding behind Groot.
- Freudian Excuse: His irritable demeanor is a result of him feeling alienated and mocked for his oddly unique nature. Being tortured and altered into what he is now probably doesn't help matters either.
- Funny Animal: He resembles a raccoon walking on its hind legs. However, There is no fuzzy little planet of cute talking raccoons. Rocket is the result of an illegal and very horrifying experiment with cybernetics and mutagens.
- Furry Reminder: There's a brief scene where he's Running on All Fours and at one point he remarks that he doesn't have a long lifespan. He also growls and bares his teeth when he's particularly annoyed by something. note On the other hand, actually reminding him that he's an animal is a guaranteed way to piss him off.
- The Gadfly: Definitely a prankster. See It Amused Me, below.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Rocket repeatedly demonstrates a talent for fashioning useful things out of random junk in a time crunch.
- Greed: His main character flaw. He argues at one point that if he wants a thing more than a person who owns it, the thing in question should rightfully be his and therefore taking it wouldn't be a criminal act. Possibly justified: raccoons love shiny things as well as by his 'upbringing' (his creator wanting to experiment on him more than Rocket wanted him not to).
- Guns Akimbo: Rocket loves his guns, and if he can wave two around at the same time, all the better.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: More "hero" than "sociopathic", but he's definitely one of the more violent and unfriendly members of the team.
- Hypocritical Humor: Complains about Gamora biting his fingers during their first meeting/fight, but his own rap sheet warns that he bites.
- I Am Not Weasel: He is not a vermin or a rodent and calling him such when he's intoxicated is a pretty bad idea.
- Inelegant Blubbering: He may keep it together enough for Manly Tears when Groot prepares for his Heroic Sacrifice, but once that's all over and he's on the ground surrounded by twigs, he goes to pieces and even starts guilt-tripping himself.
- In Vino Veritas: When drunk, he rants about how he's sure that everyone considers him to be a monstrous, freakish joke and also about the painful experiments that were performed on him.
- It Amused Me: He declares that to escape from a high-security space prison, he'll need a specific kind of battery, one of the guards' security implants, and a fellow convict's prosthetic leg. Two of those things were essential; the third was simply for his own amusement.
- Jerkass Façade: He acts like an asshole to everyone to hide his insecurities and traumatic past. He only reveals his true feelings when drunk and when his companion, Groot, is about to pull a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- The most profound example on the team. He's kind of a dick, but he looks after his buddies (Groot in particular).
- Despite stating his objections to being a hero the loudest, he's clearly extremely distressed by the civilian and red shirt causalities at the end of the film and goes out of his way to put his life on the line for them.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Implied. He argues to Rhomann Dey that wanting an object more than its owner does entitles him to it, despite Rhomann's objections to that logic.
- MacGyvering: Rigs up weaponry and rudimentary ship parts a few times throughout the film.
- Mad Bomber: He tends to build bombs for fun, and seems to like the idea of blowing up moons a little too much.
- Manly Tears: During Groot's Heroic Sacrifice. Drax comforts him after the battle.
- Milking the Giant Cow: He mimics the Collector's Large Ham demeanor to mock him.
- More Dakka: A huge fan.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Towards the finale, he utterly breaks down after Groot's Heroic Sacrifice, realising that he was a bit of a dick.
- The Napoleon: Rocket's easily the smallest member of the Guardians, easily the rudest, and is tied with Drax when it comes to violence.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a badass gun-toting gadgeteer superhero cyborg talking space raccoon.
- Oblivious to His Own Description: Has no idea what a "raccoon" is, probably due to the lack of Earth fauna elsewhere in the galaxy.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially, the only reason he doesn't turn in Quill for the bounty is because the cash value of the orb is much higher.
- Pardon My Klingon: At a couple of points in the movie, he says "d'ast" or "d'asted" in place of "damn" or "damned".
- Pet the Dog: Early on, his relationship with Groot is the only real proof that Rocket's not 100% a dick.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the size of a raccoon but has no problems wielding huge guns and using them with great skill.
- Prison Escape Artist: By the start of the film, he's escaped 22 prisons. By the end of the film, he's escaped 23 (24 if 'received a full pardon' counts.)
- Rascally Raccoon: He does have his moments of being like this. At the end, he gets into a long talk with a Nova Corps. officer about the definition of stealing if he wants something more than the owner.
- Screwy Squirrel: He'll make trouble or complicate things just for the fun of it - though he's smart enough to (largely) stow the pranks when things get desperate.
- The Smart Guy: Rocket acts as the Gadgeteer Genius of the team, and masterminds a Great Escape in about twenty minutes flat.
- Stepford Snarker: A couple scenes make it clear that his wise-cracking tough-guy facade is covering up some severe mental scars.
- Talking Animal: Rocket's fully capable of speaking in complete sentences, unlike his companion Groot.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even for the anti-heroic standards of the group, Rocket stands out as the most amoral and vicious and the least altruistic of the bunch (if not for Drax, he'd also win most belligerent). Extra irony points for being the closest to the least assholish member of the group, Groot.
- Translator Buddy: The only one who seems to understand what Groot is really saying.
- True Companions: With Groot before meeting the others as they've been bounty hunting together for a long time. He takes Groot's sacrifice the hardest and is especially pissed when Ronan walks out of the attack unharmed.
- Uplifted Animal: Rocket is the result of "illegal genetic and cybernetic experiments on a lower life form". The sheer monstrousness of the techniques used echoes The Island of Doctor Moreau.
- We Are as Mayflies: Rocket mentions that he doesn't have a very long lifespan, though he doesn't elaborate.note
- Who's Laughing Now?: A (mostly) non-antagonistic example; this is implied to be his motive behind acting as tough and confrontational as he does; Rocket's spent a lot of his existence being treated like a joke, and he's very bitter about it.
- You Are Number Six: Rocket's real "name" is Subject 89P13 and the Nova Corps officers refer to him as such.
"I am Groot."
Dey: Groot: He's been traveling recently as Rocket's personal houseplant slash muscle.
A mobile, sapient tree-like alien who serves as Rocket's friend/transportation.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The artists for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble were... not merciful.
- Badass: When Groot gets into action, he tears it up.
- Badass Adorable:
- After impaling several Sakaaran soldiers and beating several more soldiers to death with them, he turns to Quill and Drax and gives a huge, adorable grin.
- No other character goes out of his way to be nice as much as Groot. He is only ever violent when his friends are threatened, and he's constantly kind and gentle to everyone around him. But when he's pissed, he's scary.
- Badass Baritone: "I am Groot" is always said in a deep, rumbling voice.
- Badass Boast: While he always says the same thing, he does manage to get one of these at the start of the prison riot on the Kyln, based entirely on the tone and bellowing volume he uses.
Groot: I... AM... GROOT!
- Barrier Warrior: He can form his arms into wooden shields capable of taking beatings and even gunfire. He also does this with his entire body and around the entire team to save them when the Dark Aster is crashing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a Gentle Giant, but mess with him or his friends and you will feel pain.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: But it isn't permanent.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: With Rocket.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Groot is incredibly tough, but he's also a big, adorable softie.
- Catch Phrase. "I am Groot", which is his only phrase, really.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Groot can be quite goofy at times. Drinking from a decorative public fountain, eating a leaf that grew from his own shoulder, and accidentally setting off a prison riot, for instance.
- Combat Tentacles: His main form of attack is to grow his arms into these.
- Do-Anything Robot: An organic version, but he fulfills the exact same role nonetheless. Drax has drowned? Groot can stab him to heal him. Room pitch dark? Groot can make glowing spores. Spaceship going to crash? He can form a shield around everyone.
- Dumb Muscle:
- As opposed to his Genius Bruiser comic counterpart, Groot is powerful, but incredibly airheaded.
- Played with, as he's more ditzy than stupid, and makes use of creative attack strategies and knows how to resuscitate a drowned Drax without causing him fatal injury via a punctured lung.
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue: A single instance of "I am Groot" can contain a paragraph's worth of meaning. Vin Diesel's script had the meanings of what he was saying laid out so he could convey just the right tone, although what he actually said was... well, you know.
- Establishing Character Moment: His Friend to All Children scene.
- Friend to All Children: Goes out of his way to give one of the impoverished asteroid-dwelling children a flower, just 'cause it's a nice thing to do.
- From a Single Cell: He's blasted into splinters near the end of the film, but is seen regenerating from one of his twigs.
- Gentle Giant: The biggest member of the team, and by far the nicest, though pissing him off would be hazardous to your health.
- Green Thumb: Groot can manipulate his own biology, producing virtually anything that is plant-related. This includes flowers and bioluminescent spores, in addition to regrowing limbs or altering his physical structure to fit the situation.
- Healing Factor: After Gamora cut off both of Groot's arms, both limbs had grown back within a matter of hours. This ability is so potent that it's implied that Groot's entire body will grow back from a single twig.
- The Heart: Is the kindest and most heroic member of the team and ultimately holds them together.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Having a Green Thumb is a whole lot more versatile when you're a ten-foot tall walking tree and can use your powers on yourself.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Uses his body to form a sphere to protect his team as the Dark Aster crashes. Despite Rocket warning him that this will kill him, he turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
- I Taste Delicious: Groot is not averse to the taste of... himself.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Groot has this move where he extends dozens of quills from his body, which serve no purpose other than to make him look more intimidating. Like he would need to.
- Light 'em Up: Can send spores and flowers glowing in a rich golden light to illuminate the darkness. Light Is Good applies, since he's the kindest character in the movie.
- Mighty Glacier: Groot is tough and strong with a lot of reach, but not really fast.
- Morality Pet: For Rocket, and eventually to the others as well.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Groot can do anything as long as it's plant-related, often to the surprise of his teammates.
- Nice Guy: Unlike the other Guardians, Groot is gentle, supportive, and cooperative.
- No Biological Sex: Implied with Rocket's frustrated exclamation of "Learn genders, man!". Of course, being a sentient plant, he really wouldn't have any need for sex to procreate.
- Non-Dubbed Grunts: Vin Diesel voices Groot in most languages. Depending on the dub, this change (he re-records "I am Groot" in the respective language) or stay the same (such as in Japanese).
- Not Quite Dead: Groot lives through his Heroic Sacrifice as one of the twig splinters.
- Oh, Crap: Outside of combat, and when fully lucid, Groot seems to live in a perpetual state of mild distress.
- Plant Aliens: He's an alien that looks like a tree.
- Pokémon Speak: The only thing Groot ever says is "I am Groot", which only Rocket is able to understand. However, you sometimes have an idea of what he means based on context and intonation. Subverted in the case of two words with a Heroic Sacrifice, where he instead says, "We are Groot."
- Size Shifter: Groot can change size at will.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Groot can form his limbs into weapons if need be, such as a large spear to impale people or shields to block gunfire.
- Spanner in the Works: The group would have had a much easier time escaping prison if Groot had not triggered the alarms while Rocket was still explaining the plan.
- Super Toughness: Groot's wooden body is tough enough to shrug off bullets, and his Healing Factor, adjustable physiology, and lack of obvious vital organs combine to make seriously injuring him very difficult. Using himself as a crash shield in the finale shatters and disables him, but even that, it's implied, won't kill him permanently.
- Token Good Teammate: Unlike everyone else on the team, Groot doesn't start off as a Jerkass and despite having a criminal record, he's the kindest member on the team.
- True Companions: With Rocket before meeting the others as they've been bounty hunting together for awhile.
- Undying Loyalty: While a gentle soul at his core, Groot's primary motivation in life is Rocket's happiness, and he is perfectly willing to break laws and smash people if it will make Rocket happy. This eventually expands to the team as a whole, with him showing a lot of compassion and sympathy towards Drax at his sadness over the loss of his family, and becomes as protective of him, Gamora and Quill as he is of Rocket. "We are Groot" indeed.
- When Trees Attack: He's a humanoid tree and he's The Big Guy of the team.
- Wrestler in All of Us: While this is Drax's forte, Groot gets in on the action as well, taking out one mook with a chokeslam.
Ronan the Accuser
" I do not recall killing your family. And I doubt I will remember killing you."
A Kree fanatic who insists on staying true to the old ways of his people... particularly their code of vendetta. When the peace treaty between the Kree and Xandar is signed at the beginning of the movie, he goes rogue.
- Achilles' Heel: Ronan is virtually unstoppable. His hammer, on the other hand, isn't. It also happens to be where he carries the Infinity Stone.
- Adaptational Villainy: Ronan in the comics is seldom a very heroic character, but he remains loyal to the Kree Empire and only acts against their enemies. Here, he's a savagely brutal renegade and a genocidal terrorist who continues the Empire's war against Xandar despite the peace treaty between them - although it's implied that certain Kree authorities unofficially approve. Ultimate Ronan is closer to this portrayal of the character, but even in Ultimate Marvel, Ronan was loyal to Thanos (who, in that continuity, was his father). Here, Ronan obviously loathes the Mad Titan and turns on him at the earliest opportunity.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: There's a reason he's the unquestioned leader of his faction.
- Ax-Crazy: He was very enthusiastic about destroying Xandar, and according to Drax, Ronan laughed as he murdered Drax's family.
- Badass: He's a very powerful Kree warrior. Case in point: he tossed Drax the Destroyer around like a ragdoll and Drax's punches didn't even get a reaction out of Ronan.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is very deep and intimidating.
- Badass Boast:
- He delivers a rather terrifying one to the Nova Corps:
Ronan: Xandar! You stand accused! Your wretched peace treaty will not save you now! It is the tinder on which you burn!
- He delivers one to Drax in their first fight:
- Badass In Charge: Of his renegade faction.
- Badass Longcoat: His ceremonial armour and robes resemble one.
- Bald of Evil: A brief scene near the beginning of the film shows Ronan to be bald.
- Big Bad: Ronan is the main antagonist and most threatening force of the film.
- Blood Bath: It's implied he regularly bathes in Xandarian blood, and it's how he's introduced.
- Blow You Away: His warhammer can project shockwaves of varying intensity and size, large enough to knock several people off their feet without otherwise harming them or small and powerful enough to cause a Neck Snap. After the hammer has been imbedded with an Infinity Stone, it could produce a shockwave powerful enough to completely dismantle the Nova Corps' blockade of the Dark Aster in a single blow.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He doesn't quite remember killing Drax's family when they first fight, though he apparently managed to recall it by the time they meet again in the finale.
- Character Death: Obliterated by the Infinity Stone.
- The Comically Serious: He's just finishing up his big evil speech and preparing to fulfill his dream of Xandar's destruction when Star-Lord challenges him to a dance-off. This was an... unanticipated event which elicited a genuinely puzzled reaction from Ronan.
- Composite Character: Closer to the prime universe Ronan in appearance, but his villainy and connection to Thanos come from the Ultimate version.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: They seem to be a common trait for the Kree.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ronan easily defeats Drax in their "fight" on Knowhere.
- Dark Is Evil: He wears black clothing and black make-up, his soldiers wear black uniforms, Ronan commands the massive, intimidating black warship Dark Aster, and when in possession of the Infinity Stone, his hammer glows purple. Ronan fulfills this trope like no villain since Darth Vader.
- Darth Vader Clone: Intimidating black armour, equally intimidating voice, hammy yet stoic demeanor, incredibly Badass, nigh-unstoppable combatant, and a Dragon with an Agenda to the Bigger Bad.
- Deal with the Devil: He made a pact with Thanos, offering to find the Orb in exchange for Thanos wiping out Xandar. As soon as he finds out that the Orb contains an Infinity Stone with the power to do just that, he turns on Thanos the first chance he gets.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Ronan kills the Other just for annoying him. He also hates the Xandarians because his father and grandfather died in the Kree Empire's war with them. Ronan's response? Try to commit genocide against the Xandarians and wipe their culture from the face of the galaxy. Ronan does not handle grief well.
- The Dreaded: No one wants to be on Ronan's bad side. Upon hearing the Accuser's name, the Broker freaks out and refuses to have anything to do with the Orb. Only Drax and Thanos ever directly encounter Ronan without expressing any fear of him. In Drax's case, his rage and sheer hatred for Ronan overpower any fear of the Accuser, and Thanos' attitude towards the Kree zealot is downright dismissive.
- Drop the Hammer: Much like in the comics, he wields a warhammer known as a "Universal Weapon".
- Establishing Character Moment: Bathing in Xandarian blood, speaking at length about his adherence to the ancient ways of the Kree and his hatred for the entire Xandarian culture, making it clear that the peace treaty between the Kree Empire and the Nova Corps means nothing to him, before brutally executing a captive Nova Corps officer.
- Evil Gloating: Loves doing this. It backfires badly since it gives Rocket the time to build a weapon to take him out.
- Evil Is Petty: Ronan killed the Other just for being annoying, and, when betraying Thanos, he recalls the Mad Titan's previous insult (namely, referring to Ronan as "boy"), indicating that he took the relatively minor remark very personally.
- Evil Plan: Destroy Xandar and wipe out its culture because a long war that was supposed to do that has been halted by a peace treaty.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His already deep voice only sounds more intimidating when combined with his booming, hammy dialogue.
- Evil Wears Black: Ronan, as well as his soldiers, wears black armour.
- Fantastic Racism: Ronan despises the Xandarians and their culture to the point of regarding both as a disease. When a captive Nova officer defiantly proclaims that Ronan will never rule Xandar, Ronan has a rather brutal response:
- Felony Misdemeanor: He went rogue because his people and the people of Xandar were going to sign a peace treaty after a millennium of conflict.
- Freudian Excuse: His father and grandfather were both killed in the Kree/Xandarian war. While this doesn't justify Ronan's actions in the slightest, he does bring it up twice as a reason for his hatred towards the Xandarians.
- The Fundamentalist: Ronan adheres to "the old ways" of the Kree with an incredible fervour. He even refers to the impending destruction of Xandar as his victims' "salvation".
- The Heavy: Ronan is the most prominent villain and main mover of the plot in the film, although Thanos is a more powerful force of evil.
- The Juggernaut: He stood up to a beating from Drax with barely a twitch and withstood a missile launch, being rammed with the Milano, and the crash of the Dark Aster without any more than his armour getting burnt. In the end, it took an Infinity Stone (a weapon that, keep in mind, Ronan was going to use to wipe out a planet) to kill Ronan.
- Kick the Dog:
- Knight of Cerebus: Outside of the Not So Stoic moment listed below, none of the scenes with him are played for laughs.
- Knight Templar: Ronan views himself as being in judgement of the Xandarians and all who oppose him. To Ronan, destroying Xandar, murdering everyone on the planet, and obliterating the Xandarian culture isn't genocide, it's curing a disease.
- Large Ham: An enormous one, almost to Asgardian levels. To quote Lee Pace's description of his own performance:
I kept looking over at James Gunn saying, "Is it too much? Am I over the top? Pull me back whenever you're ready!" and he was just like, "More, more!
- Lean and Mean: Ronan is played by Lee Pace◊ who did not bulk up for the role and has completely ordinary looking musculature. Drax is played by a perpetually shirtless Dave Bautista◊. Even before Ronan gets the Infinity Gem, he utterly wipes the floor with Drax and doesn't even use his hammer to do it.
- Moral Myopia: Ronan wants to destroy Xandar to avenge the deaths of his father, grandfather and further ancestors who were killed fighting the Xandarians. When he pays any thought to the countless innocents he slaughtered including Drax's family, Ronan's proud of his good work.
- Motive Rant: He delivers one to a captive Nova officer, during his Establishing Character Moment.
Ronan: They call me terrorist. Radical. Zealot. Because I obey the ancient laws of my people, the Kree, and punish those who do not. Because I do not forgive your people for taking the life of my father, and his father, and his father before him! A thousand years of war between us will not be forgotten!
- Movie Supervillains Wear Black: His outfit in the movie in black as opposed to the traditional green from the comics.
- Neck Lift: Easily lifts Drax (who's massive) by the throat with one hand.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Getting punched repeatedly by Drax? Psssht. Getting shot with an improvised BFG? An annoyance. Getting hit by a small starship? A minor inconvenience. Going down with his own ship? A slightly bigger inconvenience. It takes the power of the Infinity Stone, which can destroy a planet, to put him down for good. Even then, it took a few seconds for the stone's power to destroy Ronan, which is a further testament to how tough the guy is; every other victim of the stone, except Quill, was disintegrated almost instantly.
- No Sell: Exactly one of Drax's blows made Ronan react. Everything else just didn't faze him. He then went on to take a missile to the chest and walked away with dented armor, was rammed by a starship and knocked out for only a minute, and survived his own starship crash-landing with no protection.
- Not So Stoic: Ronan is genuinely baffled when Quill challenges him to a dance-off.
- Obviously Evil: The black armour, intimidating presence, theatrical brutality, and references to "cleansing" his enemies? Yeah, Ronan's pretty bad.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Plans on wiping Xandar clean of all life with the Infinity stone.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His black armour features red markings.
- Religion of Evil: It's not fleshed out very much, but Ronan's comments imply that he adheres to a pretty brutal belief system (at the climax, he demands that the Xandarians renounce their "paltry gods" and that his impending genocide is their "salvation").
- The Remnant: However, the Kree don't exactly disapprove of his defection or the actions he undertakes as a rogue officer.
- Rogue Agent: Ronan is a renegade and is considered a terrorist by the Kree Empire, but they're at least hesitant to openly condemn his galaxy-wide rampage.
- Slasher Smile: He sports a wide one when he sees Quill being overwhelmed by the Infinity Stone's power. It disappears quickly when the other Guardians join Quill and they use its power to destroy Ronan.
- The Sociopath: While he's hinted to have cared for his father and grandfather, his actions clearly show his status as a low-functioning sociopath. Killing families is forgettable for him, he bathes in Xandarian blood regularly, and will Kick the Dog just because.
- The Starscream: To Thanos after he finds out what the Orb actually is.
- The Stoic: Ronan is generally completely serious and straight faced. Doesn't stop him from being an incredibly Large Ham, though.
- Super Strength: Even before the Infinity Gem, he tosses Drax about like a ragdoll.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Thanos don't get along. At all. In the two conversations they have on screen, both feature Thanos making violent death threats and Ronan openly expressing his distaste for the Mad Titan. The only reason they're working together at all is because Ronan depends on Thanos's backing for his army and Thanos relies on Ronan finding the Orb for him. In the end, Ronan betrays and announces his intention to kill Thanos as soon as he has the Infinity Stone.
- This Cannot Be!: Ronan is in shock when he sees the Guardians harnessing the Infinity Stone's power.
- This Means Warpaint: He applies this in his very first scene in the movie just before starting his private war against the Xandarians.
- Touch of Death: Gains this ability after he obtains the Orb... which he never actually uses.
- Villain Ball: He never actually uses the Touch of Death ability, preferring instead to non-lethally blast his opponents several feet away for purposes of gloating.
- Would Hurt a Child: He personally murdered Drax's daughter and laughed about it, and it's unlikely that the children of Xandar were going to be spared from his intended genocide. Nova Prime explicitly states that Ronan has been murdering children during his galaxy-wide rampage against the Nova Empire.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: When he does finally remember Drax's family, he starts to gloat to Drax about his family's death. He doesn't finish due to Rocket's ship crashing into him.
- You Killed My Father: His grandfather and father were killed during the Kree/Xandarian Wars, which motivates him to try and kill every living being on Xandar.
The Luphomoid daughter of Thanos, she has been cybernetically enhanced to become a savage killer.
Korath the Pursuer
A Kree officer under Ronan sent to retrieve the Orb at the beginning of the movie.
- Are These Wires Important?: Drax kills him by ripping out wires that ran along the side of his head.
- Badass: He managed to put up a decent fight against Drax.
- Badass Baritone: Djimon Honsou's usual deep voice at work.
- Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: A graying goatee.
- Bald of Evil: A bald Kree fanatic.
- The Brute: Serves as Ronan's main muscle and ultimately comes to blows with Drax.
- Character Death: Killed by Drax.
- Co-Dragons: With Nebula, to Ronan. Of the two, Korath is far more loyal, but gets less screentime.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: They seem to be a racial trait or the Kree.
- Cyborg: Has a couple of cybernetic implants protruding from his head.
- Dies Wide Open: After Drax rips his implants out, Korath falls to the ground, eyes still wide open.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Korath balks at Ronan's insistence on challenging Thanos out of fear of the Mad Titan.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Not as much as Ronan, but still pretty deep.
- Evil Wears Black: Like all of Ronan's crew, Korath wears black.
- Human Alien: Korath belongs to a subset of the Kree, having a human-like skin tone (black, in Korath's case) instead of blue skin like Ronan.
- The Hunter: Implied by his name.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's very strong, and managed to close the distance between himself and Quill very quickly during Quill's escape from the temple.
- Scary Black Man: Or rather, a Scary Black Kree.
- Undying Loyalty: Implied; he's one of the few actual Kree among Ronan's crew, and refers to the Accuser as "master".
- Worthy Opponent: Implied; Korath is the first character to refer to Quill as "Star-Lord" un-ironically. Quill is pleasantly surprised.
The Nova Corps
Irani Rael (Nova Prime)
"Are you telling me the fate of twelve billion people is in the hands of these criminals?!"
The leader of the Corps. Not too thrilled that Quill and his friends are the last hope the galaxy has.
- Big Good: The leader of the Nova Corps.
- Cool Old Lady: As head of an organization of space cops, this is a given. Her calling the Jerkass Kree diplomat a "prick" is just icing.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: She is never referenced by any other name than "Nova Prime" through the entire movie.
- Genre Savvy: When informed of Ronan's plan to attack Xandar she orders the evacuation of Xandar's capital city, ensuring that most of the buildings destroyed as a result are empty.
- Iron Lady: Takes her job very seriously, and keeps her cool even during an attack on her planet.
- Never Mess with Granny: You don't get to be head of a group like the Nova Corps by being a pushover.
- Not So Above It All: Her whole character is the epitome of a dignified, decorated leader for the Nova Corps... and when she called Kree Ambassador as "prick", it appears that even she falls victim to this movie's sense of humor.
- Oh, Crap: A dramatic instance when she hears that Ronan has an Infinity Stone and is on his way to Xandar.
- Precision F-Strike: She calls Kree's Ass in Ambassador as "prick" as soon as the transmission between them is ended by the ambassador.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Definitely tough, and even though she may not like it, she recognizes that the Guardians are their best shot.
- Space Cop: The head Space Cop in fact.
Denarian Rhomann Dey
"This might not be the best idea."
A high-ranking corpsman of the Nova Corps. Answers to Irani Rael.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Black hair in the comics, brown in MCU.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, he's more associated with Richard Rider as his mentor and fellow Nova Corps member. He's also already dead before the formation of the Guardians and never actually met them.
- Friendly Enemy: To Quill, who he's arrested before. He's jovial enough with him when arresting him again.
- Good Parents: He personally said he's grateful to the Guardians because his daughter is still alive thanks to them defending Xandar.
- Happily Married: He's married and has a daughter.
- Interspecies Romance: His wife is one of the pink-skinned aliens we've been seeing as a recurring extra with her daughter in the various crowd scenes in Xandar.
- List of Transgressions: Reads the rap sheets of the Guardians after they're arrested on Xandar.
- Nice Guy: To all appearances, Dey is a genuinely decent fellow just doing his job.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Dey is seen watering some potted plants when he receives Quill's message about Ronan's impending attack.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's willing to trust Peter Quill when the Ravagers come to save Xandar.
- Space Cop: Naturally, since he's part of the Nova Corps.
Denarian Garthan Saal
Played By: Peter Serafinowicz
A Nova Corps officer.
"I may be pretty as an angel, but I sure as hell ain't one."
A jovial and ruthless leader of a band of space pirates called Ravagers, who abducted (and eventually adopted) Quill when he was just a boy.
- Actually Pretty Funny: His reaction to finding out that Peter gave him a Troll doll instead of the Infinity Stone is a chuckle and a toothy grin, in spite of the fact that he told Peter he'd kill him if he tried to pull a stunt like that.
- Adaptational Villainy: It's Anti-Villain in his case. In the comics, Yondu was one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Here, he's an unrepentant pirate and thug, although he does end up helping the team against Ronan and saved Quill's life as a boy.
- Age Lift: He's a younger man in the comics.
- Affably Evil: At least enough so that he was willing to raise Peter, despite being a pirate and a mercenary.
- Badass Grandpa: Yondu's no spring chicken, but he still easily killed a group of Sakaaran soldiers.
- Badass Longcoat: Seems to be a common uniform for a Ravager.
- Bald of Evil: The mechanical crest he uses to control his Trick Arrow is the closest thing Yondu has to hair.
- The Captain: Of the Ravagers.
- Collector of the Strange: Cutthroat. Brigand. Ruthless Ravager. And collector of esoteric little figurines. So much so that he considers being robbed of the mother of all prizes to sell an acceptable loss since he got yet another esoteric figurine to add to his collection.
- Cyborg: See that red-gray hunk of metal protruding from his skull like a mohawk? That's the control unit for his Trick Arrow, which means he guides it with his mind while whistling at it as though it were an attack dog.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He has shades of this whenever he verbally digs into someone, mostly Quill.
- The Fagin: He abducts the young Peter from Earth - first to eat him, but then to raise him as one of his band of Space Pirates. In a lighter take on this trope than most, it's revealed he was hired to bring Peter to his alien father, and decided to spare the kid the experience of being raised by "a jackass".
- A Father to His Men: Unless you cross him.
- Graceful Loser: He laughs when he sees Peter faked him out with the troll doll.
- Guttural Growler: He has a very raspy voice, which becomes more prominent when he yells.
- The Leader: Of the Ravagers.
- Noble Demon: He makes no bones about it, he's a thief and a thug. He's also resolutely honest about everything and genuinely cares for Quill and his men.
- One-Man Army: Takes down an entire Sakaaran platoon (and a necrocraft) in seconds with his controllable arrow.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He has the bounty explicitly state that Quill is to be taken alive, saying he wants to kill Quill himself.
- Parental Substitute: He adopted Quill instead of handing him over to his biological father, who Yondu calls a jackass. And despite his trollish behavior, Yondu admits that he's glad he adopted Peter and does genuinely care for him... in his own bizarre way.
Michael Rooker: Yondu's a very paternal figure for Peter Quill. He’s his kid pretty much and he taught him how to get along with alien creatures in space that will eat you.
- Perma Stubble: It adds to his grizzled countenance.
- Pet the Dog: He doesn't really mind that Quill tricked him into taking the wrong orb and it's implied that not handing the boy over to the father that commissioned his abduction in the first place was actually a good thing.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Childish, irritable, and has a fondness for collecting cute, little figurines.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He loves collecting cute little figurines. It's probably part of the reason why he took the switcheroo of the Orb in good stride, since he got a cute troll figure out of the deal.
- Sarcasm Mode: His wry and condescending mode of speech makes it really hard to tell if he's being genuine or just facetious.
The Broker: I can't tell if you're joking or not.
Kraglin: He's completely serious.
- Trick Arrow: Controls his rather deadly one via whistling.
- Troll: He mocks the Xandarian merchant's speech pattern by immaturely interrupting him in a high-pitched voice. Fittingly, Peter gives him a troll doll instead of the Infinity Stone at the end of the film, which he doesn't seem to mind so much.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: He considers not letting his men eat Quill after he kidnapped him to be a sufficient enough act of integrity to earn Star-Lord's loyalty forever. That and constantly reminding him of this notion for almost 20 years. However, by the end of the film, Quill makes it known that he never actually took the threat seriously and seeing the joke for what it was, had just been playing along with it.
Yondu's Second-in-Command who is often seen at his side.
- Beard of Evil: A scruffy, untidy looking one, underlining his nature as a pirate.
- Deadpan Snarker: Informs the Broker that no, Yondu wasn't joking about wanting the knick-knack.
- The Dragon: To Yondu.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His surname can be seen during Quill's processing, which shows both Kraglin and Yondu's names under Quill's known associates.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his stoic and deadpan demeanor, he can't help but laugh when Yondu mocks the Broker by spouting gibberish.
- Number Two: Led the Ravagers during the attack on the Dark Aster, while Yondu was busy directly assaulting the Dark Aster.
- Villainous Friendship: Despite the fact that they are both murderous thugs, Kraglin is very loyal to Yondu and understands his quirks.
The Collector (Taneleer Tivan)
"One down, five to go."
The obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics and species in the galaxy. The Collector operates out of a place in space aptly named Knowhere.
Lady Sif and Volstagg trust the remaining Aether with him in the form of an Infinity Stone, believing that he can keep it away from the other Infinity Stone, the Tesseract. However, he secretly wants to use the Aether to build the Infinity Gauntlet. Later, when he encounters Peter Quill and his band, The Collector attempts to strike a dubious bargain.
- Affably Evil: He is a Bad Boss who is clearly a Corrupt Corporate Executive who treats his servants like shit, but when he inquires about acquiring Groot's corpse ("At the moment of your death, of course.") he sounds like a man casually asking to buy a rather interesting curio.
- Alliterative Name: Taneeler Tivan.
- Bad Boss: He locked one of his slaves in his collection for disappointing him and uses her as an example to another to keep her from disappointing him. This bites him in the ass later on, as the mistreated slave grabs the Infinity Stone in an attempt to kill both herself and the Collector.
- Break the Haughty: After being a complete Jerkass for most of his appearance in the Guardians film, one of his abused slaves tries killing herself, damaging a good chunk of his collection, setting other specimens free and generally leaving him worse for wear.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His tendency to bow his head, obscuring his eyes, along with his Excessive Evil Eyeshadow give the impression of bright irises and black sclera.
- The Cameo: His collection features a few nods to other characters in the Marvel Universe, including Adam Warlock's cocoon, the telepathic space dog Cosmo, Howard the Duck, and possibly Beta Ray Bill. It also features a Chitauri soldier and a Dark Elf, as well as the alien space slugs from Slither.
- Camp Straight: Apparently, the script specifically called for "an outer-space Liberace", which is what Del Toro delivers.
- The Collector: Well, duh. It's in his name, no less.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Gamora points out that the profitable mining operations that the Tivan Group is conducting to extract the organic materials from Knowhere are highly dangerous and highly illegal.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appeared in the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World.
- Goth: He wouldn't look out of place in a Tim Burton movie.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It was his constant cruel treatment of Carina, demanding she polish every last surface in his shop and threatening to torture and sell her if she didn't comply, that caused her to snap and use the Infinity Stone to blow up the place and herself, wiping out most of his unique and valuable inventory, except for Cosmo and Howard.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After the destruction of his base. At least he has Howard the Duck for a drinking buddy.
- It Amused Me: Well, kinda. It seems that he wants to have the Infinity Stone that drives the plot of the entire movie (and on a larger scale, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe)…just because he'd like to own it.
- Jerkass: When he's finally seen and shown off in Guardians Of The Galaxy, he's shown to be a mean-spirited Bad Boss, making his cameo appearance in The Stinger for The Dark World have more of a darker tone.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's more than willing to work with the Asgardians to keep the Aether safe — but only so he can use it for his own designs.
- Licked by the Dog: Not a very nice guy, but the dog seems to like him.
- Milking the Giant Cow: While describing the Infinity Stone, which is promptly mocked by Rocket.
- Spanner in the Works: It is his repeated attempts to acquire the Orb that spoil Thanos and Ronan’s plans, specifically...
- Through the Broker, he’s the one that points the Ravagers and Peter in the direction of Morag, setting the events of the movie in motion.
- His monetary offer is what prompts Gamora to betray Thanos.
- Troll: While talking to Groot he asks if Rocket is Groot's pet predictably enraging Rocket. His smirk shows this is exactly what he'd intended.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: His makeup makes him look a little weirder than he is already, to say the least.
- Wild Card: It's not entirely clear whose side he's on or why he wants to build the Infinity Gauntlet but he's willing to work with heroes like the Asgardians or criminals like the Ravagers to get the the stones needed to build it. Most likely he's working for himself. He is a collector, after all.
- White Hair, Black Heart: A platinum blond, empathy lacking collector of sentient beings.
A slave of the Collector who cleans the cases he keeps his collection in.
- Bad Boss: The Collector threatens to imprison her in one of his cases if her cleaning is not up to his standards, having already done so to her predecessor.
- Catch Phrase: "May I present to you, Taneleer Tivan, the Collector".
- Driven to Suicide/Suicide Attack: Touches the Infinity Stone, blowing herself up and freeing or destroying most of the Collector's collection.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears alongside the Collector, as stated above. And her job is making the introduction, so technically she shows up first!
- I Die Free: She'd rather die than keep serving the Collector.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Although her species isn't made clear.
- The Dog Bites Back: While it's unknown and doubtful she knew what would happen when she grabbed the Infinity Stone, the Collector's abuse and threats made sure she didn't care as long as he suffered.
A middleman from Xandar, he brokers shady deals in rare artifacts for a very high-end clientele.
- Action Survivor: He can be seen among the shell-shocked Xandarian civilians after the Dark Aster crashes into Xandar’s capital city.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: His real name is never mentioned in the movie. Everyone refers to him as Broker.
- Genre Savvy:
- As soon as he finds out that Ronan is interested in acquiring the Orb, he backs out of the deal and refuses to have anything to do with the situation.
- As Yondu begins asking about the price of cute glass figurines, he immediately suspects that this is a prelude to him being threatened. It isn't; despite playing it as intimidation, Yondu's genuinely interested.
- It's Personal: Hinted at being a native Xandarian with his use of the phrase "my people" in describing Ronan's genocide, which is partly why he reacts with such horror - if Ronan ever found out he was responsible for the Orb's sale, he would be tortured even more violently than the average member of his race.
One of the Collector's prizes: a duck-like alien (or possibly, as in the original continuity, an accidental visitor from Another Dimension
) who seems to be in no hurry to escape.