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Characters: Guardians Of The Galaxy The Movie

This is for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. For the comic book, see here.

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The Guardians

    In General 
"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: All but Groot(?) have 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 reveal their inner demons.
  • It's All About Me: All of them are on some level 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.
  • 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. Everyone (even Groot) besides Drax wants 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Team: With two Big Guys and at least two if not three foils in contention for The Lancer.
  • Team Title: They are the titular "Guardians of the Galaxy".
  • 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 

Peter Quill, aka "Star-Lord"

"I come from Earth, a planet of outlaws: Billy the Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, John Stamos..."
Portrayed by: Chris Pratt
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

Dey: Peter Jason Quill. He's also known as Star-Lord.
Saal: Who calls him that?
Dey: Himself, mostly. Wanted mostly on charges of minor assault, public intoxication and fraud...

A human from Earth, and an intergalactic outlaw and scavenger.
  • 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.
    Dey: No, it's cool, I can see why you'd want a code name. It's not weird at all.
    • He uses it to remind him 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: Subverted. It seems that he has no special powers beyond an implant which allows him to understand other languages, and has to rely on his cunning, talents, and skills instead... but he turns out to have a handy Eleventh Hour Superpower (channeling Infinity Stone energy without being blown to shreds) and it's revealed that he is a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch his Walkman.
  • Boldly Coming: He's a big fan of Alien girls.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Highly quirky and very efficient when need 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).
  • Character Signature Song: He loves playing "Come and Get Your Love" in his Walkman even while on a mission.
  • Collapsible Helmet: His helmet assembles bit by bit and disappears into a device behind his ear when he isn't using it.
  • 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. Enough so that the Nova Corps re-built his ship after it was damaged by using scraps of whatever was lost during the final battle.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An Invoked Trope in the second trailer — at first, he's trying to intimidate his 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
  • Cyborg: Has a translator implant, which allows him to understand other languages.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The man could rival Tony Stark if they were in the same room.
  • Disco Dan: He's pretty much a walking memorial to The Eighties. Then again, it's not like he would be up to date with trends back on Earth since The Eighties. 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, of course, the one he uses as a microphone.
  • Expy: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 basically forces him to be this. His most triumphant example? Challenging a kree fanatic gooned up on megalomania and powered by an Infinity Gem... to a dance-off.
  • Guns Akimbo: Wields two guns.
  • 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.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He has at least three red leather jackets.
  • Heroic Build: Clearly keeps himself in shape.
  • Heroic BSOD: Peter launches into a small one when he finally hears the first song off his mother's second tape: 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.
  • Indy Ploy: 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.
  • Jet Pack: Has detachable thrusters on the legs of his pants that he uses to fly.
  • The Leader: He assumes leadership of the Guardians.
  • Lovable Rogue: Definitely.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: His affair with the Gramosian Duchess.
  • No Sell: His Half-Human Hybrid genetic makeup allows him to No Sell the power of an Infinity Gem.
  • 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.
  • 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 to confuse Ronan long enough to knock the Infinity Stone from his hand.
  • 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.
  • Shock and Awe: As seen in the prison scene his guns can fire lightning to stun people.
  • 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Korath finally calls him "Star-Lord" once they meet again.
  • Token Human: The only human on the team. Subverted though, because it turns out he's 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.
    • Let's not forget how he challenged Ronan to a dance-off. You'd have to have a very special kind of confidence to pull off that move at the brink of certain annihilation.

    Gamora 

Gamora

"I'm a warrior, an assassin. I don't dance."
Portrayed by: Zoe Saldana
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

Dey: Gamora: soldier, assassin, wanted on over a dozen counts of murder.

A Zen Whoberi woman with odd abilities.
  • Action Girl: She's a renowned assassin, after all.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Initially distant to her teammates.
  • Badass: She is a highly skilled fighter and athlete.
  • Badass Adorable: Right at the end of the film, when she shyly, awkwardly starts dancing to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Supposedly she's a cyborg, but all that shows on the outside is some slight ridging on her face (unless that's her natural bone structure). Compare her Evil Counterpart and former friend Nebula, who has no hair and a clearly-mechanical arm and eye.
  • BFS: Wields one, called 'Godslayer'.
  • Big "NO!": When it looks like Nebula is going to fall to her death
    • And she furiously shakes her head when Quill invites her to the dance-off against Ronan. Followed by an actual Big "NO!" when Quill is about to grab the Infinity Stone.
  • Cain and Abel: With Nebula. There seems to be some genuine affection mingled in with the resentment and bad blood between them, at least enough that Gamora tried to save Nebula after defeating her on the Dark Aster.
  • The Chick: Despite being Quill's foil in personality, she's also the most supportive of him and the rest of the team. She's also the Token Girl, and his main Love Interest.
  • Cyborg: Not to the extent of Nebula but its stated a couple times that her body has been augmented several times by Thanos. Its even counted as the reason she is able to survive naked in space longer then a normal person would.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The man who murdered her family kidnapped her, surgically modified her, trained her as an assassin, and forced her to kill on his behalf, all while considering her his "favourite daughter" in a display of twisted affection. By the time she's incarcerated in the Kyln, she actually regards it as an improvement.
  • Dark Is Not Evil/Woman in Black: Wears an entirely black outfit and one of the heroes-ish.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She gets some sharp lines.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She has a tough and emotionless exterior due to her upbringing and still can't bring herself to dance, but she's nice and kind hearted once she starts to open up.
  • The Dragon: Originally, to Thanos, being his personal assassin and "favourite daughter". She forsakes him at the earliest opportunity.
  • Dumb Muscle: A strange example in that she is not unintelligent by any means but she is unimaginative when it comes to a fight, relying on her impressive skills and strength rather than any sort of strategy or guile. During her fight with Quill, Rocket and Groot she is constantly caught off guard by the unconventional ploys they pull.
  • Foil: Quill's opposite in personality. Quill is a carefree Stepford Smiler who's Only in It for the Money, Gamora is a brooding Broken Bird who's out for revenge against the madman who raised her; Quill is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who gets out of tight situations by thinking on his feet, Gamora is an experienced Professional Killer whose discipline is her greatest asset, but who is a poor improviser. The initial fight between her and Peter, where she displays superior skill and strength but is caught off guard more than once by his resourcefulness, highlights this well.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Bonus points for literally having green skin.
  • Guilt By Association: Just being an ally to Ronan (an ex-ally, at that) is enough to make Gamora widely despised the minute she arrived on the Kyln, and it nearly gets her killed by first an angry mob, then Drax.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She took the first opportunity to betray Ronan and break away from Thanos.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Decides to go Anti-Hero, turning against her former compatriots and employers to protect the masses of the galaxy from certain doom.
  • Knife Nut: She loves her blades almost as much as Drax loves his.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Aside from Nebula, it's stated that she has many other adopted siblings, all of whom were experimented on by Thanos to create his own band of assassin children. Gamora is apparently the one that Nebula hates the least.
  • Oh Crap: When Quill challenges Ronan to a dance-off, Gamora is left staring in horror, like she thinks he's gone completely insane.
  • Only Sane Woman/Women Are Wiser: Considering the rest of the team and her own motives, she's the only one who realizes how dangerous the stakes really are and decides that the Orb should really belong with the Nova Corps. She also refuses to be distracted by Quill's advances, though her actual reaction suggests this might be more a case of being flustered than mission focused.
  • The Power of Friendship: The first of the Guardians to think of grabbing Peter during the climax and splitting the Infinity Stone's power enough to help him survive it.
    Gamora: I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.
  • Professional Killer: Is an assassin by trade.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female on the team.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Her initial impression of her teammates.
    Gamora: I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Quill. They get interrupted every time they start to get intimate, and the one time they don't Gamora shoots Quill down (and presses a knife to his throat) because she's aware of his reputation.

    Drax 

Drax the Destroyer

"Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it."
Portrayed by: Dave Batista
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

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.
  • 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 Dogulas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 extremely 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.
  • Covered with Scars: Unlike his comic counterpart, who is tattoed, this version of Drax has massive scarring all over his torso and face. Some of them are so detailed as to look ritualistic.
  • Crusading Widower: Out to get Ronan for killing his family.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Literal-Minded: Very much so. According to Rocket, his entire species wears this hat.
  • Man Child: Occasionally. He often laughs mirthfully when he gets into fights, like a kid in a candy store, and treats a crash-landing like he's on a roller-coaster ride.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, you are my friend. This dumb tree is my friend. This green whore—
    Gamora: Enough!
  • 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.
  • 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. Of course, 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 Wife and Daughter: His motivation for wanting revenge against Ronan.

    Groot 

Groot

Portrayed by: Vin Diesel
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy
"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.
  • 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 adverse to the taste of... himself.
  • Light 'em Up: Can send spores and flowers glowing in a rich golden light to illuminate the darkness. Of course, Light is Good applies, since he's the kindest character in the movie.
  • Mighty Glacier: Groot is tough and strong but not really fast.
  • Morality Pet: For Rocket, and eventually to the others as well.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: We see more of his abilities as the film goes along.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike the other Guardians, Groot is a genuinely nice... tree monster.
  • Not Quite Dead: Groot lives through his Heroic Sacrifice as one of the twig splinters.
  • Oh Crap: Outside of combat, 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.
  • True Companions: With Rocket before meeting the others as they've been bounty hunting together for awhile.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike everyone else on the team, Groot doesn't start off as a Jerkass or a criminal.
  • 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.

    Rocket 

Rocket

Portrayed by: Bradley Cooper
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy
"Ain't no thing like me, 'cept me!"

Dey: Rocket: Wanted on over 50 charges of vehicular theft and escape from custody.

A creature that looks quite a bit like an Earth raccoon, with a penchant for heavy weaponry.
  • 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, of all things, to be a gun-toting powerhouse.
  • 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.
    • There seem to be a couple on either side of his chest above his sternum, as well. You can see them in his prison uniform.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eat the Dog: Drax has eaten a raccoon before 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!
  • 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.
    • Justified in that in the comics he was originally a guard at a maximum security facility.
  • Funny Animal: He basically resembles a raccoon walking on its hind legs. There is no fuzzy little planet of cute talking raccoons. Rocket is the result of some deeply psychotic cyber-surgery.
  • 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. On the other hand, actually reminding him that he's an animal is a guaranteed Berserk Button for him.
  • 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 was probably doesn't help matters either.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 basically everyone to hide his insecurities and traumatic past. He only reveals his true feelings when drunk.
  • 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. At the end, he expresses the belief that wanting an object more than its owner does entitles him to it (and he's saying this out loud to multiple peace officers.)
  • The Lancer: He actually begins as The Leader during the prison escape scene and throughout the film is the member most reluctant to follow and most likely to challenge Star Lord as The Leader. He's also the most surly and least agreeable member of the team, save for his soft spot with Groot, but is deep down more than willing to put his life on the line for the team and civilians making him a nearly textbook example of the Lancer archetype.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Early on, his relationship with Groot is the only real proof that Rocket's not 100% a dick.
  • More Dakka: He gives the Orks a serious run for their money in this department.
  • 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 competes with Drax for 'most violent'.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a badass gun-toting gadgeteer superhero cyborg talking space raccoon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 un-harmed.
  • 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 

Villains

    Ronan 

Ronan the Accuser

" I do not recall killing your family. And I doubt I will remember killing you."
Portrayed by: Lee Pace
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

A Kree fanatic who insists on staying true to the old ways of his people, specifically the parts about taking revenge on everyone who has ever harmed you or your family. When the peace treaty between the Kree and Xandar is signed at the beginning of the movie, he went rogue.
  • Achilles' Heel: Ronan is virtually unstoppable. His hammer, on the other hand, is not. It's also where he stores the MacGuffin.
  • 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.
    • Composite Character: He has shades of Ultimate Ronan, who is also a pure villain and in connection to Thanos, so not that much.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Not for nothing is Ronan 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: Ronan is disgusting, but it cannot be denied that he is very dangerous. He tossed Drax the Destroyer around like a ragdoll.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is very deep, and very intimidating.
  • 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 hammer 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.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He doesn't quite remember killing Drax's family when they first fight, though he apparently does during the finale in order to mock him.
  • The Comically Serious: He's just finishing up his apocalyptic monologue and preparing to fulfill his dream of genocide when some Earthling pops up out of nowhere and starts dancing. This was... an unanticipated event.
  • 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, and 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.
  • 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 immediately.
  • 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, Quill's Xandarian middle-man freaks out and refuses to have anything to do with the Orb.
  • Drop the Hammer: Much like in the comics, he wields a warhammer known as a "Universal Weapon".
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. To quote Lee Pace's description of his own performance:
    Lee Pace: 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!"
  • Made of Iron: Drax's savage blows, the Guardians' BFG, and even a small spaceship ramming into him and his Dark Aster crashing barely faze him. It ultimately takes the power of the Infinity Stone to finally put him down.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Getting punched repeatedly by Drax? Psssht. Getting shot with an improvised BFG? An annoyance. Getting rammed with A FUCKING STARSHIP? A minor inconvenience. Going down with his own ship? A slightly bigger inconvenience. It takes the power of the Infinity Stone to do anything to him; thankfully, it obliterates him.
  • 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 face, a starship to the face, and walked away from his own starship crash-landing.
  • Not So Stoic: Ronan is genuinely baffled when Quill challenges him to a dance-off.
    Ronan: What are you doing. ... What are you doing?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Pretty much 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.
  • 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.

    Nebula 

Nebula

Portrayed by: Karen Gillan
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

The Luphomoid daughter of Thanos, she has been cybernetically enhanced to become a savage killer.
  • All There in the Manual: The first Issue of the the prelude comic focuses a lot on her, the first line of it synopsis is "Who is Nebula."
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the prelude comic its revealed how she gained most of her cybernetics, the first time was when her and Gamora where made to fight in a training exercise and Gamora threw her of a cliff. The second time was when she rushed ahead during a mission and got caught in a trap, Thanos demanded Gamora leave her behind, but before she did Gamora gave Nebula a knife which she used to cut her flesh out of the trap, which includes her entire left arm.
  • Badass: She's more than capable in combat, even managing to overwhelm Gamora a few times during their duel on the Dark Aster.
  • Bald of Evil: Not a hair on this space pirate's head.
  • Bald Woman: As mentioned above, Nebula lacks any visible hair. This continuity's bonus material states it as a racial trait of Luphomoids.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Her eyes appear to be completely black, though in bonus material it is stated as a racial trait of Luphomoids to have no pupils.
  • Body Horror: She is not in good shape after being struck with a missile, but her mangled body just pops all the broken bones and dislocated joints back into place. The prelude comics reveal this is unusual for her.
  • Cain and Abel: With Gamora, although Nebula claims that out of all their adopted siblings, she hated Gamora the least, right before blasting her ship and nearly killing her, though Nebula obviously takes no pleasure from it. Also instead of continuing her later fight with Gamora, after hijacking a fighter, a heavy advantage, she just leaves.
  • Co-Dragons: With Korath, to Ronan. Of the two, she gets more screentime, although she's not quite as loyal as Korath is.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has a very low, growly voice, in an almost-constantly threatening tone.
  • Cyborg: Her head sports some visible cybernetics, and her left arm seems to be almost completely cybernetic. This allows her to cut it off in order to escape Gamora toward the end of the film.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is the daughter of an evil overlord loaned out to an Ax-Crazy terrorist, after all.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied; Nebula states that Thanos made her into a monster, but doesn't elaborate in the movie. The prelude comics show that its much the same as Gamora's but without the favouritism.
  • Dark Is Evil/Woman in Black: Wears an entirely black outfit, and is The Dragon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's quite glib about Thanos's very violent threat to Ronan.
    Nebula: Sounds good, Dad.
  • Determinator: The prelude comics reveal that no matter how hard she is hit she will get back up stronger than before because "She is Nebula."
  • The Dragon: She acts as one to Ronan, especially after he turns on Thanos.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Ultimately she only cares about killing Thanos and will do anything to make sure it happens.
  • Dual Wielding: She fights with two blades.
  • Evil Counterpart: To her adopted sister, Gamora.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The female version of this trope.
  • Feel No Pain: She doesn't visibly react to being blasted into a twisted wreck, or to severing her own hand. The latter is a Justified Trope, in that it's clearly cybernetic, but the former is less so.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Blue, specifically. Her outfit isn't as fanservice-y as is usual for this trope, but it is still very tight regardless.
  • Healing Factor: She got shot point-blank by a rocket launcher and was up and raring to go a few scenes later. We actually see and hear her bones resetting themselves.
  • Opt Out: After being throw off the Dark Aster, she cuts off her own hand, hijacks a Ravager ships, and hightails it outta there.
  • The Rival: Serves as Gamora's personal miniboss in the movie.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Decides to bail before the climax.
  • Sexy Walk: Whenever she's not running or fighting, she's apparently incapable of walking without swinging her hips back and forth like a pendulum.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Her climactic speech to Gamora is abruptly cut short by Drax opening fire after a sentence or two.
  • The Starscream: Offers to aid Ronan in his schemes if he promises to kill Thanos.
  • The Stoic: She raises her voice maybe once or twice in the film, and her expression almost never changes.
  • The Unfavorite: Thanos openly favors Gamora over her. In the prelude comics Thanos openly states that he should just kill her since she is a failed experiment, while also giving her a speech about how "Flesh" is weak and should be gotten rid of.

    Korath 

Korath the Pursuer

Portrayed by: Djimon Hounsou
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

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.
  • Co-Dragons: With Nebula, to Ronan. Of the two, Korath is far more loyal.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: They seem to be a racial trait or the Kree.
  • Cyborg: Has a couple of cybernetic implants protruding from his head.
  • 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.
  • 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: Also implied; Korath is the first character to refer to Quill as "Star-Lord" un-ironically. Quill is pleasantly surprised.

    Thanos 

Thanos, The Mad Titan

The Nova Corps

    Irani Rael 

Irani Rael (Nova Prime)

"Are you telling me the fate of twelve billion people is in the hands of these criminals?!"
Portrayed by: Glenn Close
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

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.
  • Never Mess with Granny: You don't get to be head of a group like the Nova Corps by being a pushover.
  • 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.

    Rhomann Dey 

Rhomann Dey

"This might not be the best idea."
Portrayed by: John C Reilly
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

A high-ranking corpsman of the Nova Corps. Answers to Irani Rael.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Quill, who he's arrested before. He's jovial enough with him when arresting him again.
  • 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.
  • 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 Corp.

    Denarian Saal 

Denarian Saal

Played By: Peter Serafinowicz

A Nova Corps officer.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Saal went insane and became a villain. Here, he remains loyal to the Nova Corps until his death.
  • Badass: An experienced Space Cop who is willing to die defending his homeworld.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets some good snark at Rocket during the final battle, mentioning that he did not expect to be taking orders from a hamster.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He and his wingmen die fighting their hardest to stop Ronan from obliterating Xandar.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He is correct when he mentions that the Guardians are a bunch of a-holes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He dislikes Quill and the others (for good reason), but fights beside them at the end, and is genuinely disturbed by Ronan's attacking civilians.
    Saal: I advised against trusting you. Prove me wrong.
  • Space Cop: A part of being a member of the Nova Corps

The Ravagers

    Yondu 

Yondu Udonta

"I may be pretty as an angel, but I sure as hell ain't one."
Portrayed by: Michael Rooker
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 gray hunk of metal protruding from his skull? 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the finale, he refers to Quill's father as a jackass, implying that he was right not to bring Quill to his father, who had commissioned his abduction.
  • A Father to His Men: Unless you cross him.
  • 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 Quinn and his men.
  • One-Man Army: Takes down an entire Sakaaran platoon (and a necrocraft) in seconds with his controllable arrow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 gave him one in the end.
  • 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.

    Kraglin 

Kraglin

Portrayed by: Sean Gunn
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

Yondu's Second-in-Command who is often seen at his side.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Informs the Broker that no, Yondu was not joking about wanting the knick-knack.
  • The Dragon: To Yondu.
  • 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.

Others

    The Collector 

The Collector (Taneleer Tivan)

"One down, five to go."
Portrayed by: Benicio Del Toro
Film Appearances: Thor: The Dark World | Guardians of the Galaxy

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'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.
  • 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: 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 valuable inventory... except for Cosmo and Howard, neither of whom will be able to fetch high prices from any prospective buyers.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After the destruction of his base. At least he has Howard the Duck for a drinking buddy.
  • Jerkass: When he is finally seen and shown off in Guardians Of The Galaxy, he is 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A platinum blond, empathy lacking collector of sentient beings.

    Carina 

Carina

Portrayed by: Ophelia Lovibond
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

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.
    • In the comics, she is his daughter.
  • 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.
  • I Die Free: She'd rather die than to 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.

    The Broker 

The Broker

Portrayed by: Christopher Fairbank
Film Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy

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.

    Post-Credits Character 

Howard the Duck


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