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: 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..."
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.
- 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.
- 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 Hot Amazon who counters his rascally ways with deadpan seriousness. I'm sorry, were we talking about Peter Quill or Malcolm Reynolds?
- 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.
"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 with odd abilities.
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.
- 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—
- 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.
"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.
- 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, 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 public fountain and accidentally setting off a prison riot, for instance.
- Combat Tentacles: His main form of attack is to grow his arms into these.
- Dumb Muscle: As opposed to his Genius Bruiser comic counterpart, Groot is powerful, but incredibly airheaded.
- 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: By far the nicest member of the team, though pissing him off would be hazardous to your health.
- Green Thumb: He can grow his own limbs at will, and sprout various flowers/plants from his body.
- 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.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Though having Green Thumb abilities doesn't seem too impressive in a sci-fi setting, his abilities are incredibly versatile and he can kick a lot of ass with them.
- 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.
"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
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, 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
"This might not be the best idea."
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.