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Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
"What a bunch of A-holes."A team of disparate heroes trying to make the galaxy a better place. Light on the heroes, heavy on the trying.
— Garthan Saal
- Anti-Hero Team: All of them (sans Mantis starting in 2) 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 Peter accepted with pride.
- Badass Crew: Highly dangerous, sometimes even to each other.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Gamora is the least silly of them, and even she's The Comically Serious more often than not. Drax looks every bit the badass he is...until he opens his mouth. Rocket looks harmless, but will mess your day up with traps or a BFG. Groot? Silly looking tree creature that will run you through with his branches and give his friends a "I done good?" grin afterward. Star-Lord's a goofy, misplaced 80's kid and the weakest of the lot in a combat situation, and tries to talk his way out before fighting, but he's astonishing at confusing the enemy long enough for the rest of the team to ruin their day. Still, Ronan and Ego found out why you don't want to piss him off.
- Breakout Character: Before the Vol. 1 movie came out, no one had really heard of them compared to their more famous superhero associates; After Vol. 1, they easily became one of, if not THE, most popular characters of the MCU entirely easily being able to give The Avengers a run for their money. Groot especially has risen to be iconic to the fans being heavily featured in "Guardians" associated merchandise as a sort of Series Mascot.
- 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.
- Character Development: All of the original crew in Vol. 2 have clearly grown and matured from their original selves, except for Baby Groot, who has literally done the opposite.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Everyone but Groot (as far as we know, anyway) has either a sad or grim backstory. Maybe both.
- Dysfunction Junction: They're always complaining at each other, which is even mentioned as to why they're more family than friends.
- Enemy Mine: With the Ravagers and Nova Corps during the first movie's final battle.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Started as trying to hurt and kill each other and ended up as genuine True Companions. Helped along by how they all had had few, if any, friends for a long time and deep down really wanted people to care about and trust. Indeed their bonds come to surpass friendship and they become something of a fire forged surrogate family.
- Five-Man Band: The five founding members fit this dynamic. In Vol. 2, their roster expands and so they transition into The Team.
- The Leader—Star Lord. The team leader and master tactician. He gives directions to The Team, serves as the ship's captain and also acts as a Team Dad.
- The Lancer—Gamora. The second-in-command and most influential voice on the team aside from Star Lord. She's also opposite in personality to Star Lord, being more calm and reasonable to contrast his flamboyance and impulsiveness.
- The Smart Guy—Rocket. The resident Gadgeteer Genius and wielder of BFGs. He's the go to guy for technical expertise or a bomb that needs to be thrown together.
- The Big Guy—Drax. A Blood Knight from a Proud Warrior Race Guy who lives for combat. He's a Leeroy Jenkins who has a tendency to recklessly charge into battle, and he's also not too bright, although it is largely due to cultural difficulties.
- The Heart—Groot. He's always a Gentle Giant with a huge heart full of compassion. Easily the least violent and aggressive out of the whole team. Only becomes more pronounced as Baby Groot, who's an innocent child who doesn't know better.
- 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.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted and discussed. Peter prefers guns, while Gamora is more associated with melee weapons - but isn't opposed to using guns, as Peter learns at the start of Volume 2.
- Hidden Depths: Except for Groot, who's clearly a Nice Guy from the start, they all get a moment in the first film to shed their inner demons.
- It's All About Me: Peter, Rocket, and Drax are all self-serving for the vast majority of the first 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 first movie is driven by them deciding to stick out their necks for a bunch of strangers.
- Lightning Bruiser: Most of them have the full Super Strength, Super Toughness, Super Speed combo. The exceptions are Peter (the Puny Earthlings' resident representative), Rocket (a strong but frail Glass Cannon), and Mantis (who doesn't really do much physically).
- Moment Killer: In the middle of their big slow-mo Power Walk; Gamora can't stop a yawn, Peter rubs his nose, and Rocket takes a moment to adjust his junk.
- Oh, Crap!: Their joint reaction once they witness firsthand how utterly destructive the Infinity Gem can be. Rocket even suggests just handing it over to Ronan because the artifact is just that terrifying.
- One Last Job: Selling the Orb is this for most of them and it leads to their new careers as Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially. Peter, Gamora, Rocket, and (to an extent) Groot want to escape the prison so they can sell the Orb for incredible riches. (Though Gamora is also motivated by the desire to get the Orb as far away from Ronan as possible so he can't use it to wreak havoc.)
- Punch-Clock Hero: Zigzagged in the second film: they do like helping people, but the practical necessities of surviving on their own means they have to charge prices and hunt bounties, essentially making them well-intentioned mercenaries with a moral code. After all, fuel, parts, food, and other supplies aren't free, even for the Guardians.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A team made up of assassins, thieves, pirates, and thugs who now protect the galaxy. To put this in perspective, the team consists of:
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?
- An abductee from a primitive, backwater planet who grew up amongst one of the galaxy's more infamous space pirate bands. Who turns out to be Half-Celestial, in the second film, for added weirdness.
- A cybernetically modified assassin created by the infamous Thanos, who's betrayed him due to growing a moral code.
- A Jerkass Uplifted Animal gunslinger with an extremely Dark and Troubled Past.
- A giant plant-based alien.
- A crazed alien warrior out for revenge on the murderers of his wife and daughter.
Rhomann Dey: This might not be the best idea.
- Red Is Heroic: They all wear red during the climax of the first film, after borrowing some clothes from the Ravagers.
- Reformed Criminals: They started off as cellmates and ended up as heroes!
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Most of them just look like humans with different skin colors. Even Rocket and Groot talk and move like humans, despite being a genetically altered raccoon and a tree alien. Peter himself, who's half alien, looks identical to a standard human.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Groot's the only one that doesn't have a low opinion on the mental faculties of his fellow Guardians.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They are in a large sense the MCU counterpart to the Fantastic Four not individually, but in their group dynamics (they bicker and squabble but come together in time to save the day), their mix of family story with sci-fi adventuring, and of course in the way their adventures serves as a gateway for the weirder and wilder parts of the shared universe.
- Team Title: They are the titular "Guardians of the Galaxy".
- The Team: Though they start out with Teeth Clenched Team Work, they grow into this through the movie.
- Took a Level in Kindness: All but Groot become more compassionate as the film goes on.
- True Companions: By the end of the first movie they are their own family. Dysfunctional as all hell, but a family nonetheless.
- Two Girls to a Team: Gamora and Mantis by the end of Vol. 2 because Nebula decides to leave in order to pursue Thanos.
- Unexpected Character: Really, the whole crew, being amongst Marvel's more obscure and goofball "cosmic" characters, especially since Marvel is hardly known for its extraterrestrial-focused heroes to begin with, unlike DC.
- 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 Quill / Star-Lord
Peter Jason Quill / Star-Lord
Species: Human-Celestial hybrid
Portrayed by: Chris Pratt, Wyatt Oleff (young Peter)
Voiced by: Carlo Vázquez, Emiliano Ugarte (young Peter) (Latin-American Spanish dub), Guillermo Romero (European Spanish dub), Koichi Yamadera (Japanese dub), David Kruger (French dub), Philippe Martin (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
Dey: Peter Jason Quill. He's also known as Star-Lord.Kidnapped from Earth in 1988, Peter Quill grew up in space to become an intergalactic outlaw and scavenger.
Saal: Who calls him that?
Dey: Himself, mostly. Wanted mostly on charges of minor assault, public intoxication, and fraud...
Saal: Who calls him that?
Dey: Himself, mostly. Wanted mostly on charges of minor assault, public intoxication, and fraud...
- Ace Pilot: Can fly a ship while flying another ship.note He can also successfully maneuver through a quantum asteroid field (where the asteroids randomly phase in and out of existence) while being chased by an armada of angry aliens while bickering with his crew and constantly having Rocket grabbing the stick from him.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the comics, strawberry blond in MCU.
- Adaptation Species Change: Half-Spartoi in the comics, half-Celestial in the MCU. Of course the Spartoi in the comics claimed ideological descent from the Celestial Eson the Searcher briefly glimpsed in the Collector's exposition flashback in the first film, so the sequel's choice is cutting out the middle man so to speak.
- Adaptational Villainy: It's more like Adaptational Anti-Heroism. In the comics, he was a seasoned cosmic superhero long before joining the Guardians. In the movies, he starts off as a self-serving outlaw and a bit of an asshole although he eventually chooses to step up for true blue unselfish heroism — with a side of whatever (and whoever) he can get his hands on.Star-Lord: What should we do next: Something good, something bad? Bit of both?
Gamora: We'll follow your lead, Star-Lord.
Star-Lord: Bit of both!
- 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.
- Anything That Moves: He has a Krylorian girl in his ship when we first see him - kind of low-hanging fruit, as their civilization is so decadent they'll try anything once - but later he admits to having banged a Rajak, a Kree, and an A'askvarian. Umm...
- Rajak are pretty similar to humans - except for the winkles on their faces that are apparently part of their noses.
- Kree are basically blue-skinned humans, but they only recently stopped waging genocidal war against the rest of the universe - he's probably quite lucky to have survived dumping one.
- A'askvarii have tentacles, gills instead of noses and needle teeth. That last one makes one wonder if Quill has a sexual preference beyond "willing."
- Archnemesis Dad: The very moment he found out that his biological father Ego was directly responsible for the death of his mother (via giving her the brain tumor that ultimately killed her), Peter blasted him to Kingdom Come. Later on, after gaining full control of his Celestial powers, he proceeds to beat the holy hell out of his father in what can be called a very long and very violent Calling the Old Man Out, right before Rocket's bomb, planted by Baby Groot, destroys Ego's core.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: He thinks "Star-Lord" is this. Few others agree. Turns out he uses it to remind the galaxy of/honor his mother; it's what she used to call him.Dey: No, it's cool, I can see why you'd want a code name. It's not that weird.
- 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: Peter relies on his gadgets, cunning, and skill to get him by, and never displays himself to be any stronger or faster than a normal human (though he sure can take a beating). Subverted at the end of the film, where it's revealed he's a Half-Human Hybrid. This aspect of his physiology kept the Infinity Stone from immediately killing him. However, after killing his father, he's just a regular human now, putting him back to this trope.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch his Walkman — it's a gift from his mother. Ego finds this out the hard way when he destroys it, and then it gets even worse when Ego admits that he gave Meredith the brain tumor that killed her. This instantly sets Peter off in a murderous rage against him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually, Peter is pretty easy-going, but when he's provoked, he's an absolute nightmare. Ronan and Ego both learn this the hard way.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He's an egotistical, greedy, womanizing prick, but he's also nigh-unstoppable in combat as long as he keeps up his momentum, always tries to talk his opponents out of fighting before he starts shooting, and is the first of the Guardians to join Gamora's crusade to stop Ronan.
- Boldly Coming: Since he's to all intents and purposes the only human being for hundreds of light years, his choices are either like the alien girls or be a Celibate Hero. Peter isn't a Celibate Hero. Considering he was kidnapped before he hit puberty and spent his formative years with the Ravagers, it makes sense he'd be quite the xenophile.
- Bring Me My Brown Pants: When Tivan is demonstrating the Orb's power, he quietly states, "There's a little pee coming out of me right now."
- Brought Down to Badass: After killing Ego, he loses all his Celestial powers. Not like he needed them, anyways.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Highly quirky and very efficient when he needs to be.
- Butt-Monkey: No one knows his nickname and he gets tased. Repeatedly. Really, the ratio of him getting his ass kicked greatly outnumbers him kicking ass.
- Downplayed in the second film, where he's a treated with a lot more respect, although he still gets some humiliation.
- Calling the Old Man Out:
- Whenever Peter does something he doesn't like, Yondu brings up how he kept the Ravagers from devouring him as a child. This has gone on for years. However, once Yondu mentions it in front of the other Guardians, Peter finally blows up on him.
- When he meets Ego in Vol. 2, he initially calls him out for abandoning Meredith and him, and not picking Peter up himself instead of contracting Yondu to do it. Then he finds out the real reason why Ego abandoned Meredith and Peter and learns that he killed her, and Peter immediately starts shooting him down.
- Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: An examination of the concept. Hello, "Star-Lord"? His entire schtick is an attempt to spin his abduction from Earth as a child into the "origin story" of a badass space hero — or at least a grade-schooler's idea of one.
- Chick Magnet: He is a mix of this and The Charmer. He used to have a Girl of the Week and even Ayesha flirted with him. It's to the point where even Drax makes fun of him for it (inasmuch as Drax can make fun of anyone for anything).Drax: You! Man who has laid with an Aaskvarian!
Peter: It was one time, man.
- Collapsible Helmet: His helmet assembles bit by bit and disappears into a device behind his ear when he isn't using it.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Defied to comic effect. As the only member of the team attempting to use an alias rather than his given name, Peter wants people to call him Star-Lord and is ecstatic when, in the last act of the first movie, someone actually does call him that.
- Confusion Fu: Employs this during the final confrontation with Ronan, challenging the all-powerful Infinity Stone wielding warlord to a dance battle. Luckily, the ruse works just long enough for Rocket to MacGyver up a replacement trigger for their broken BFG.
- 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. It's also collapsible, allowing him to call it up and take it off whenever he needs it.
- Cool Ship: The Milano, a Ravager fighter. When it's lost during the final battle, the Nova Corps rebuilds it for him, salvaging the remains to keep it as close to the original as possible. Unfortunately, it gets put out of commission early in the second movie after the Guardians narrowly escape the Sovereign.
- Crazy Enough to Work: Challenging Ronan to a dance-off to distract him. And this not only works, but is instrumental in Ronan's defeat.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An Invoked Trope during the confrontation on Morag — at first, he tries to intimidate his heavily armed and equally belligerent opponents with his "reputation" as a "legendary outlaw", and when that falls flat he switches to some embarrassing babble before pulling an amazing Escape Sequence. Despite all his goofiness, remember that he learned his wits from the boss of the Ravagers. 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.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Father was out of the picture. Watched his mother die of a brain tumor. Kidnapped by the Ravagers.
- Dating Catwoman: If his Every Scar Has a Story is to be believed, one Girl of the Week he dated was a Kree woman, who tried to kill him when she thought he was cheating on her. Considering the Kree are probably one of the worst alien races in the Marvel Universe...
- Deadpan Snarker: When people are angry with him, or especially ranting, Peter's typical reaction is to retort with dry quips and pithy come-backs.
- Disco Dan: He's a walking memorial to The '80s. Justified, though, since it's not like he would be up to date with trends back on Earth since The '80s thanks to being abducted in 1988. He's been... out of touch.
- Divine Parentage: Shown in Vol. 2 to be the biological son of a Celestial, one of the most powerful cosmic species in the MCU. Unfortunately for Peter, Ego is also revealed to be an Omnicidal Maniac responsible for the death of his mother and thousands of his half-siblings.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Surviving the Power Stone aside, he doesn't display anything a normal human isn't possibly capable of. Then he becomes a Physical God during the climax of the second movie... for a short while.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: In the climax of the second film, just as Ego is about to kill all of the Guardians sans Peter (who he still needs for his Assimilation Plot), Yondu manages to impart some advice that allows Peter to gain control of his nascent Celestial powers and fight his biological father on equal footing.
- Establishing Character Moment: Immediately following his childhood flashback, as Star-Lord searches the crumbling remains of a destroyed civilization in a somber opening scene. Then he pops on his headphones and dances his way through the ruins to 70s pop while kicking attacking mutant alien rats. Except the one he uses as a microphone.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a self-styled "legendary outlaw," but his "outlaw name"? Comes from a note that his mother left him, calling him her little Star-Lord.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- He is, in his own words "an a-hole but not 100% a dick"; he's a petty criminal, can't even remember his one-night-stand's name, and has no problem with stealing a job out from under his old boss, but he won't stand for a fanatic killing billions of innocent people. Even when he was younger, he tells his mother he got into a fight with some boys because they had cruelly squashed a frog.
- In a comedic example, in the opening of the Vol. 2, he actually sides with Drax's opinion that Rocket really should have better things to do than set up background music before their fight with the Abilisk. This is especially funny if you contrast his introduction in the first move.
- The Face: When the team is interacting with other people, he's usually the one who does the talking. The rest just don't have the knack.Peter: No wonder you don't have any friends! Five seconds after you meet people, you're threatening to kill 'em.
- 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 (and also because the planet carries the trauma of watching his mother die), but we know he'll probably have to do so during his inevitable encounter with the Avengers against Thanos.
- Flipping the Bird: Did this during his mug shot.
Peter: Trust me, this (negotiation) is my specialty, where yours is more "stab, stab, those are my terms".
- To Gamora. They were both abducted from their homes by aliens after the death of their parent(s), subsequently growing up as criminals and double-crossing their father-figures for personal gain at the start of the movie. Unlike Gamora, who's family was murdered by Thanos, who was abusive and trained her to be an assassin, Peter was kidnapped from his surviving family and raised in a rough, but generally loving environment by Yondu, growing up to become a small-time criminal with no charges more serious than minor assault on his criminal record. Because of her upbringing, Gamora has No Social Skills (something highlighted by Peter during their chat on Knowhere), while Peter is The Social Expert and a Guile Hero. Despite her dark past, Gamora has a fairly strong moral compass (insisting that the team hand the Orb over to the Nova Corps when they find out what it really is) while Peter takes some time to do the right thing. Gamora is also generally very straightforward, as opposed to Peter's more outside-the-box solutions (Peter devises the dance-off to distract Ronan, while Gamora just looks confused).
- Also to Mantis in Vol. 2. Both adopted by powerful aliens, but Mantis was raised in isolation and Peter among the Ravager crew. They are both Ego's children; Peter is the biological son that he didn't raise, and Mantis is the adoptive daughter that he did raise. And where Yondu cared about Peter as a son but wasn't able to openly show it, Ego treated Mantis as a pet at best.
- Friendly Enemy: With Rhoman Dey. When Peter's arrested, he's briefly seen giving friendly grin to Dey... until Dey mistakenly called him "Star-Prince" and Peter immediately dropped his smile.
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: He may be a Disco Dan, but he knows a lot about the 70s and 80s for a guy who hasn't seen Earth since he was a kid. You'd think more of his pop culture references would be to cartoons and other kid stuff: how many six-year-olds are familiar with The Maltese Falcon? Could qualify as Fridge Brilliance because he mentions off-handedly that his mother shared a lot of the pop-culture she loved with him, so filtering his references through the lens of a young woman in the 70s/80s makes a lot more sense.
- In Vol. 2 he offers up "trash panda" as an alternative to "raccoon", referencing an Internet meme, something he shouldn't even know exists.
- Guile Hero: His lack of any superpowers in a galaxy full of strange aliens, special powers, and high-tech technology while being a former thief forces him to be this. His most triumphant example? Challenging a megalomaniacal Kree fanatic with the power of an Infinity Gem... to a dance-off.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields two guns.
- Gun Fu: His fighting style when dealing with multiple opponents. He will shoot enemies at a distance while using his guns as clubs on those who get too close. When making his way towards the Dark Aster's bridge, he can be seen driving the muzzles of his guns into an opponent as a melee attack while simultaneously pulling the triggers to give his strikes extra oomph.
- The Gunslinger: He has a pretty impressive Quick Draw.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Initially, 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. Later, it turns out that he's the son of a sentient planet. A sentient planet that is actually a Celestial.
- 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.
- Happily Adopted: By the end of Vol. 2, Peter happily acknowledges that Yondu, who raised, loved, and died for him, is his true father.
- The Heart: He's quick to mediate any conflict, trying to resolve issues with words. He also galvanizes the team into becoming, well, The Team.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears no fewer than four different red leather jackets throughout the film. It's a trait he picked up from adoptive father Yondu and the Ravagers.
- Heroic Bastard: His mother never married his father (who turns out to have been an alien), and his grandparents' reactions when she tells him his father will come back for him strongly imply that he wasn't in the picture for long.
- Heroic Build: Clearly keeps himself in shape.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Peter launches into a small one when he finally hears the first song of his mother's second mixtape: Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Gamora comes along and snaps him out of it pretty quickly.
- Humanoid Abomination: Son of a human woman and a Celestial Genius Loci in a synthetic body. Peter was unaware of his alien origins for most of his life, until the climax of the first film where he handled the Infinity Stone to defeat Ronan. The sequel has him meeting his father Ego who points out that Peter is immortal and has untapped superpowers that can conjure light-based cosmic power. However, after learning his father's true evil nature, he destroys Ego's core and his brain, which led to the loss of his Celestial abilities and immortality, making him fully human.
- Humans by Any Other Name: The Nova Corps computer lists his species as Terran and his homeworld as Terra. However, he calls it Earth.
- Iconic Outfit: The Badass Longcoat he wears in the intro. He wears a shorter jacket for the rest of the movie, but every piece of tie-in merchandise, video game appearance and even the comics published after the movie feature the Badass Longcoat.
- Improvised Weapon: His most effective attack on Gamora? Clipping one of his rocket thrusters to her and sending her flying. He also uses another prisoner's prosthetic leg as a club, and pistol whips foes quite often.
- Indy Ploy: This trope is not at all true. He has a plan! ...12% of a plan... Okay, he's not exactly "skilled" in most areas of his chosen profession, but he's adept at improvising on his feet.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Peter's reduced to this and a bunch of Rapid-Fire "No!" when he realizes that Yondu has given him the only spacesuit and is going to die from exposure to space.
- Instant Expert: Played with, as it may be the very nature of Celestials. Once his father tells him how to call forth his celestial heritage, Peter immediately generates energy from his hands, using it to form a baseball to play catch with. However, he doesn't attempt anything grander than that due to the relatively short time frame he's on Ego coupled with his own father telling him that it took eons for him to learn how to manipulate matter. However, when Yondu gives him a Don't Think, Feel speech on how he controls his arrow, Peter is able to shift control of Ego's light and equal him in combat.
- 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 in her final moments as she asked.
- Ladykiller in Love: Peter has a track record of bedding numerous women. And then he tried to flirt with Gamora. Come Vol. 2, Mantis emphatically reveals that Peter has genuine romantic feelings for her, not just sexual.
- The Leader: He assumes leadership of the Guardians.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When he dons his Cool Mask, much asskicking ensues.
- Lovable Rogue: Definitely. He's a thief, a con man, and a womanizer, but he's so charming that it's hard to hold these things against him.
- Man Child: Well, he was abducted at age 6 and raised by outlaws (who regularly threatened to eat him For the Evulz), so it's not much of a surprise that he isn't very mature. His entire schtick is trying way too hard to embody a grade-schooler's idea of a badass space hero.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: In Vol. 2, Peter learns that he has thousands of half-brothers and sisters through his birth father, who's an immortal living planet. Unfortunately, they're also all dead thanks to Ego murdering them. Mantis is his only (adoptive) sibling left.
- 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. In the second film, he instantly snaps out of Ego's Mind Control when the callous Celestial reveals he gave Peter's mother the brain tumor that killed her.
- Morality Pet: It's all but stated that Peter is Yondu's adoptive son, and though their relationship is difficult, everyone in the Ravagers notes that Yondu, infamous and ruthless bandit that he is, immediately becomes "soft" when Peter is involved. Him caring about Peter is about his only redeeming aspect, and the one thing he does selflessly is to sacrifice his life to save Peter from suffocating in space.
- My Greatest Failure: Immensely regrets not holding his mother's hand as she passed away.
- Neural Implanting: Has a translator implant, which allows him to understand other languages.
- Noodle Incident: His affair with the Gramosian Duchess.
- No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture: Peter has seemingly gone out of his way to avoid absorbing any type of alien culture or media since, despite living most of his life in space, all of his references are exclusively from Earth. Likewise, there's no evidence that he owns or listens to any type of music besides his mother's mixtapes or the Zune given to him by Kraglin.
- No, You: After Teenage Groot calls him "boring", Peter retorts with "I'm not boring! You're boring!"
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Frequently gets others to underestimate him this way. Usually before handing out a Sucker Punch or three.
- Only Sane Man: In his viewpoint, at least, as he feels that threatening to kill people that he's only just met is counterproductive. He also considers Groot this, believing that he has the same thinking as him.
- Patricide: Well, Groot is the one who detonated the bomb into Ego's core, but Peter definitely ordered and condoned it. Since his father is an Omnicidal Maniac who killed his mother and would have consumed the universe, and his real daddy is Yondu, Peter has little remorse about this, and no one would really blame him for it either.
- Perma-Stubble: It adds to his roguish demeanor.
- Physical God: He's half Celestial, and the son of Ego, the Living Planet. As such, when he gains control of his powers over the planet, he's the only one who can match daddy dearest in a straight fight.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Rather savvy in a few areas and completely oblivious in many more, including Current Events.
- Promoted To Parent: Essentially becomes Groot's father-figure after he's reborn as Baby Groot. Becomes more apparent when arguing with Teenage Groot in one of The Stingers in Vol 2.Peter: And now I know how Yondu felt.
- Puny Earthlings: Despite being part-Celestial, he's easily the weakest and most physically frail of the Guardians — even Rocket pulls off greater feats of strength despite being half his size, to say nothing of Baby Groot. He gets by through skill, cunning, and, occasionally, space magic.
- 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. More evidence exists in the form of numerous scars he bears from various Scorned Women who have attacked him.
- Red Baron: Insists on calling himself "Star-Lord", though most people refuse to indulge his ego. Korath and later Gamora refering to him as "Star-Lord" in the first movie's finale is something of a Throw the Dog a Bone moment for Quill. The name "Star-Lord" was actually his mother's Affectionate Nickname for him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Cool Mask has a pair of bright red lenses covering his eyes. Incidentally, the scenes where he's wearing it are also when he's at his most dangerous in a fight.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears red jackets throughout the entire movie, except when he's incarcerated. Defied in that they're actually Ravager colors, and they're only as heroic as they can be paid to be.
- Refuge in Audacity: Part of the reason he's alive, in fact! Peter often does some straight up weird stuff and it often works because it's so odd, nobody has any idea how to feel. He uses this in the finale to confuse Ronan long enough to knock the Infinity Stone from his hand.
- Related in the Adaptation: His biological father Ego is the adoptive father of Mantis, which makes Mantis his adoptive sister. His relationship to Ego here doesn't exist in the comics, either.
- Rocket Boots: He has detachable thrusters on the ankles of his boots that he uses for short boosts, to maneuver in zero-g, and for bursts of speed during combat.
- Sad Clown: Peter never got to meet his birth father, was taken away from home just minutes after watching his mother die, and spent the better part of his adolescence being raised by a violent criminal who (he thought) 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.
- Self-Made Orphan: Star-Lord's mother is already dead, but he ends up killing his father to save the universe.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Because of being raised in two very different environments, Peter and Mantis are complete opposites in personality, temperament, and appearance. The latter is a given since they're adoptive siblings, but the rest can be explained by Peter being raised among the rough and boisterous Ravagers while Mantis was reared in total isolation by Ego himself.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Is annoyed when people don't recognize his nickname (that he made up himself), "Star-Lord". As it turns out, it's less because of his own ego and more because Star-Lord was his mother's pet name for him.
- Sole Survivor: He's the only member of his immediate family known to still be alive. Meredith died of cancer inflicted by his birth father and all of his siblings were purged by Ego, who himself is killed by Peter. Some of his extended family is still alive on Earth, but Peter has had no contact with them since his abduction 28 years ago.
- Static Stun Gun: His guns have a dual barrel design, the top firing lethal rounds and the bottom firing taser rounds.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Invoked and downplayed. He doesn't have any obvious and flashy superpowers, but after they find out that his father is some kind of ancient being, Gamora theorises that this could have been the reason why Peter was able to withstand the power of the Infinity Stone for as long as he did without dying. Vol. 2 reveals that his father is a Celestial, more or less a living god.
- Team Dad: Although he isn't as serious as Gamora, he is generally forced to act like a tough father to the less focused Drax and Rocket. Played for Laughs in the Vol. 2 Stinger with Teenage Groot where Peter acts just like an annoyed father dealing with his moody teenage son. He then realizes how Yondu felt.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Korath finally calls him "Star-Lord" once they meet again. Gamora later does this in the first film's last scene.
- Token Human: The only human on the team, and possibly even the entire galaxy outside of Earth (though there is a multitude of Human Aliens around the known universe). Subverted because it turns out he's only half human. Well, at least until he kills his Celestial birth father in Vol. 2. After that, he's fully human, and perfectly okay with it, too.
- Tragic Keepsake: Enough to form an additional Trauma Conga Line — Peter starts out with the Walkman and Awesome Mix Vol. 1 left to him by Meredith, and at the end of the movie finally decides to open the last thing she gave him, revealing Awesome Mix Vol. 2. At the end of the second movie, he gets an additional one from Yondu — a Zune with more tracks than the first two combined. This is after Yondu saved him via Heroic Sacrifice.
- Tranquil Fury: In Vol. 2, when Ego admits that he killed Peter's mother, Peter's expression barely changes as he pulls his guns and starts riddling Ego with holes.
- Trap Master: His fighting style is putting his enormous array of gadgets to use to distract, incapacitate, and generally inconvenience his enemies.
- Trauma Conga Line: He's gone through two by the end of the second film, one in his past, one in Vol. 2.
- From his origin story: He was raised without a father, saw his mother die a painful death from a brain tumor, ran away because he couldn't stand being there at her final moments, and then got abducted by alien pirates who would regularly torment him with, among other things, threats of eating him. When he eventually left the group, despite having his own spaceship, he never went back to Earth because he knew he didn't fit in there anymore, so he's got no home.
- And then, in Vol. 2, he finally meets his long lost dad. How does that work out? In one enormous bombshell-dropping, his father reveals he's an Omnicidal Maniac out to absorb the universe into himself, that he's actually had thousands of half-siblings that his father killed to the last because none of them were useful to his plot, and that his father gave his mother the brain tumor that killed her so he wouldn't be tempted to give up on his crazy quest. Then, Peter has to kill his father to stop him absorbing the universe. And then he has to watch as Yondu, who he finally accepts as really his adoptive father, die making a Heroic Sacrifice to save Peter. Worse, as said sacrifice involves Yondu giving Peter the only spacesuit and then using a jetpack to blast them both free of the planet before it implodes, Peter has to watch Yondu die from exposure to the vacuum of space in his arms. If Peter goes on to be more of a brooding character in Avengers: Infinity War, it'll be well and truly justified.
- Troll: He manages to get the drop on most of his foes by dicking around with them. He literally trolls Yondu at the end, by giving him the capsule with a Troll figurine in it instead of the Infinity Gem. Considering the equally trollish Yondu raised Peter after his mother's death, it's not too difficult to figure out where he likely picked up on this behavior from.
- White Male Lead: The Leader of the group, and the only white male of the bunch (heck, he's the only terran in the bunch). Rocket's voice actor is a white male, at least.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He's revealed to be immortal and part-Celestial in the second film by Ego, who warns him in their final fight that should Ego's core destroy itself, Peter would lose his powers and his immortality and be "just like everyone else". Peter's response to his evil murderous father is, "What is so wrong with that?".
- World's Strongest Man: Very briefly, during his battle with Ego in the climax of Vol. 2, Peter was unarguably the most powerful superhero in all of the MCU. Nothing and no one short of Thanos or Dormmamu could come even close to the feats he accomplished during that short span of time. Unfortunately, he lost all that power after Ego died, though he doesn't seem to mind all that much.
- Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't hold back while scuffling with Gamora during her attempt to steal the Orb.
- You Are in Command Now: After Yondu's death, Kraglin refers to Peter as 'captain', signifying he is the leader of what is left of Yondu's Ravager crew, i.e. Kraglin himself.
- You Killed My Mother: The reason he eventually decides to give up on his biological father is that brain tumor Ego planted in Meredith's head.
Portrayed by: Zoe Saldana
Voiced by: Carla Medina (Latin-American Spanish dub), Olga Velasco (European Spanish dub), Romi Park (Japanese dub), Nathalie Karsenti (French dub), Catherine Proulx-Lemay (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
"Gamora: soldier, assassin, wanted on over a dozen counts of murder."A Zehoberei woman taken in and modified by Thanos to be a warrior in his service.
— Rhomann Dey
- Action Girl: She's a renowned assassin, after all.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair colour is black in the comics, and dark red in MCU.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, she's known as "The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy", rather amoral, and is generally on the side of the good guys more out of spite, boredom, or self-preservation than any real desire to make the universe a safer place. In the movie, she's the most moral of the group, quickly connects emotionally with the team, serves as the moral compass early in the film, and is the first to stand by Peter.
- Badass Adorable: Right at the end of the film, when she shyly, awkwardly starts dancing to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
- Beauty Equals Goodness: 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 sister Nebula, who has no hair and a clearly-mechanical arm and eye. This gets played with a bit in the second film, when Nebula says that Thanos would pit the sisters against each other, and add more cybernetics to the loser. Nebula always lost; she points out that Gamora could have let her win every once in a while to spare her, but she never did.
- Big "NO!":
- Big Sister Instinct: The Guardians take the job from the Sovereigns to get her sister back (though she states they are taking her to prison), who even as she tries to kill her, she is constantly trying to protect and sway her. She also says "hi" and smiles at Groot even in a very tense situation, clearly humoring him in a sisterly way.
- Broken Bird: Her family was murdered in front of her and then she was adopted and raised as an assassin by the one responsible for her parents' death. It's no surprise someone coming out of that would be so cold and emotionally reserved.
- 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. They reconcile in Vol. 2 and agree to live as sisters instead of the fratricidal weapons Thanos tried to forcibly turn them into.
- Combat Pragmatism: Despite normally favoring a sword, she quickly switches to a gun when facing more powerful opponents. This apparently took Peter by surprise.
- The Comically Serious: Her serious attitude is good for a laugh on more than a couple of occasions, like when she took the expression "sticks up their butts" literally or when she refused to be taken in by Peter's "pelvic sorcery."
- Cyborg: Not to the extent of Nebula, but it's stated a couple times that her body has been augmented several times by Thanos. It's even counted as the reason she can spend several minutes in a vacuum before it kills her.
- 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: Wears an entirely black outfit and one of the heroes-ish.
- Deadpan Snarker: While most of the Guardians have their moments (the MCU is a World of Snark, after all), but Gamora, being the Only Sane Woman, probably leads them. ("I'm gonna die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.")
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially distant to her teammates, but starts to open up and care about them as she recognizes them as her friends.
- Facial Markings: She has several marks on her face, a result of her cybernetics showing through her skin.
- Foil: Peter's opposite in personality. Peter 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; Peter 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. Both were taken in and raised by someone not of their species to have some degree in fighting. 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: Played straight in that she is green skinned, an alien, and falling for an Earthman.
- 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 — first by an angry mob, then by 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.
- Hypocrite: Insults Peter by calling him "an honourless thief". This, after she'd double-crossed her former allies and attacked Peter in an attempt to steal the Orb from him and sell it herself.
- I Can't Dance: She can't bring herself to dance. The fact that Peter can coax her into dancing in Vol 2 showcases how much she has defrosted.
- Knife Nut: She loves her blades almost as much as Drax loves his.
- Lady of War: She's impeccably graceful both in and out of combat, relies far more on skill as compared to strength or big guns, and is frighteningly deadly either with or without a weapon. There's a reason she's the most wanted (and most dangerous) assassin in the galaxy.
- The Lancer: Contrasts with Peter and acts as the secondary lead.
- Last of Her Kind: Her rap sheet shows that she is the last of the Zen Whoberi people.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Her Heel–Face Turn and Defrosting Ice Queen personality makes her the Light Feminine to the brooding Card-Carrying Villain Nebula's Dark Feminine.
- Male Gaze: The camera (and Peter) focus on her shapely butt swaying as she ascends the steps on the Milano.
- 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.
- Multicolored Hair: Dark brown hair with a purplish red ombre.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: She tells Peter to check to make sure Ego is his father and reassures him that if he turns out to be a scammer or otherwise evil then they can just kill him. On the other hand, this is never an acceptable solution when Nebula is involved.
- Nice Girl: Only in this movie as she's a moral compass, compassionate, selfless, and friendly after she joins Peter as the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
- Oh, Crap!: When Peter challenges Ronan to a dance-off, Gamora is left staring in horror, like she thinks he's gone completely insane.
- Only Sane Woman: Considering the rest of the team and her own motives, she's the only one who realizes how dangerous the first movie's stakes really are and decides that the Orb should really belong with the Nova Corps. She also refuses to be distracted by Peter's advances, though her actual reaction suggests this might be more a case of being flustered than mission focused.
- Parental Favoritism: She is Thanos' favorite daughter. Considering this is Thanos, that doesn't say much.
- The Power of Friendship: The first of the Guardians to think of grabbing Peter during the first movie's 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.
- Sexy Walk: Shown off by several Male Gaze camera shots of her leather-clad butt.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female on the team in the first film. She loses this status in the second film because Mantis joins.
- Straight Man: She's the most levelheaded member of the Guardians, with very few personality quirks, unlike Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.
- The Stoic: Bordering on Emotionless Girl. Always focused and serious (aside from truly deadpan snark), and as noted under Unresolved Sexual Tension, even avoids having feelings.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She has a tough and emotionless exterior due to her upbringing, but she's nice and kind-hearted once she starts to open up.
- Super Strength: Although she rarely has cause to use it due to her general badassery, she is strong enough to perform incredibly impressive feats of strength, for example using a BFG designed to be mounted on spaceships, which was easily over one ton. This also includes the ability to leap tremendous distances.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Her initial impression of her teammates.Gamora: I'm going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
- Tykebomb: Kidnapped and raised as an assassin from a young age by the man who murdered her family.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Peter. They get interrupted every time they start to get intimate, and the one time they don't Gamora shoots Peter down (and presses a knife to his throat) because she's aware of his reputation. She refuses to acknowledge their "unspoken thing", as Peter calls it, in the second film until the end.
Drax the Destroyer
Drax the Destroyer
Portrayed by: Dave Bautista
Voiced by: Dan Osorio (Latin-American Spanish dub), Pedro Tena (European Spanish dub), Naomi Kusumi (Japanese dub), Serge Biavan (French dub), Blaise Tardif (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
"Drax: AKA the Destroyer. Since his wife and family were killed, he's been on a rampage across the galaxy in a search for vengeance."A man who has been on a rampage ever since his family was killed by Ronan. Drax seeks vengeance against the Kree Accuser, and joins the team when they convince him to not make them his latest victims in exchange for them luring Ronan nearby for Drax to kill.
— Rhomann Dey
- Action Dad: One who is very hell-bent on Revenge for the death of his daughter (and wife).
- Actually Pretty Funny: In Vol. 2, when Rocket threatens to conceal one of Drax's turds in Peter's pillow as part of an argument, Drax bursts out laughing, gleefully claiming his droppings are "famously huge".
- 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 (except for his daughter, who survived the attack and became Moondragon), 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. By the end of the film he shifts his vendetta to the Mad Titan, since Ronan was under Thanos' orders when his family was killed.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: A rare skin related one that has nothing to do with race. He's green in the comics but grey in the movies, most likely done so audiences don't confuse him with Gamora's species.
- Adaptation Name Change:
- In keeping with the aforementioned change to being an alien, Drax really is his name here, whereas in the comics, his real name was Arthur Douglas.
- His wife and daughter's names (Yvette and Heather) are also changed, to Ovette and Camaria, respectively.
- Adaptation Species Change: As noted above, in the comics, Drax was originally a human named Arthur Douglas; here, he's an alien and Drax really is his name.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Drax shows why a revenge-bent Blood Knight should never get as drunk as he did on Knowhere. He contacts Ronan and tells him that they have the orb there in order to get his revenge personally.
- And Then What?: Averted. After killing Ronan, Drax just shifts to a new target, Thanos, and keeps going. This is kicking the can down the road.
- Arch-Enemy: To Ronan the Accuser. Drax holds a bitter hatred towards Ronan for killing his family and has been hunting him for the majority of the first film. Though Ronan doesn't seem to care and fails to remember Drax's family, though he later mentions he does. Drax gets his revenge by the end of the film.
- Bad Liar: When he accidentally lets slip that Rocket stole the Sovereign's batteries, we find out that he's just as bad at lying as metaphors.Drax: Right... he didn't steal some of those. I don't know why they're after us, what a mystery this is.
- 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 in the first film, Drax does more of the straight-up fighting. Doesn't help him against Ronan, though, who beat the hell out of him. He's become the only one to fit this role in Vol. 2, as Groot is regrowing as a baby now.
- Blood Knight: He revels in fighting and picks fights with very little provocation. When Peter'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. By the climax of the film, he's beginning to gain some grasp of the concept of figurative speech, but it's a slow process. In the second film, he seems to have made a fair bit of progress.Rocket: His people are entirely literal. Metaphors are gonna go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Enjoys nothing more than a good fight alongside his comrades, when not angsting over the loss of his family. Even more so in Vol. 2, where he's dropped some of the brooding in favor of breaking out into hearty laughter.
- Brutal Honesty: Part of his banter with Mantis. Although some of it was not all that honest, because Drax knew being blunt would generate a bigger response.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Along with the finger on throat gesture, he doesn't know what a thesaurus is, and is offended when Peter calls him one.Drax: Do not ever call me a thesaurus.
- Chubby Chaser: Drax states in Volume 2 he likes a woman with "meat on her bones" - though given Drax's build, he may be an Amazon Chaser.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Aside from his rage, he comes across as just plain odd, including his Blunt Metaphors Trauma and Innocently Insensitive nature.Peter: We've already established that you destroying the ship I'm on is not saving me!
Drax: When did we establish that?
Peter: Like three seconds ago?
Drax: I wasn't listening. I was thinking of something else...
- Its hinted in Vol. 2 that Drax is a bit of a weirdo even among his own species.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Likes annoying Peter about his romance woes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, like the moment Drax says Peter can't get with someone like Gamora, and to aim for "someone pathetic, like (him)".
- The Comically Serious: The only reason half of his shtick works is because of how incredibly serious and earnest Dave Bautista plays him as.
- Crusading Widower: Out to get Ronan for killing his family. After his death, Drax transfers his revenge motivation to the Kree's master, Thanos.
- Cutting the Knot: When Peter and Rocket are badly arguing over flying through an asteroid field despite a pursuer on their tail, Drax elects to ignore the argument, slap on a spacesuit and cable, and go outside the ship with a huge gun to just take out the threat himself.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His wife and daughter were killed by Ronan.
- Didn't Think This Through: Admittedly, he was drunk at the time, but did Drax really think that he could take down Ronan and his entire army by himself?
- Ditzy Genius: Thanks to the being a Comically Serious Cloudcuckoolander, Drax comes off as this despite his extensive vocabulary.
- The Dreaded: The other prisoners of the Kyln are scared witless by Drax.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two rather large daggers.
- Eat the Dog: Drax has eaten a raccoon before (or at least an animal that looked like one) and based on how much he enjoyed it, he probably wouldn't mind doing it again with Rocket. Drax chooses to mention this midway though Rocket's Wire Dilemma with the prison computer.Drax: I recognize this creature! We would roast them over a flame pit as children. Their flesh was quite delicious!
Rocket: NOT HELPING!
- Enmity with an Object: In his continuing attempts to understand "metaphor", Drax at one point screams "Die spaceship!", despite the spaceship itself being an inanimate object that can in no way hear him.
- Gentle Giant: He might want to seek revenge for his wife and daughter but to his teammates and everyone, he's kind and literally gentle even though he can unintentionally be rude to them. Exemplified at the middle and the end of Vol. 2, where he tells Mantis that being ugly doesn't mean you are horrible and that anyone will love you who you are and as he tenderly holds a tired Baby Groot.
- Good Parents: Drax loved and continues to love his deceased wife and daughter. So much that when Mantis uses her Empathy Touch on him when he's thinking of his family, she immediately starts crying. His paternal love is so strong it makes Mantis realize that Ego has none.
- Has a Type: Drax is a Chubby Chaser. He also likes very stoic women, if his description of what initially attracted him to his wife is any indication.
- Heartbroken Badass: He lost his wife and daughter to Ronan years ago and now he wants the guy's head on a spike.
- The Hyena: He becomes this in Vol.2, laughing hysterically at almost anything that is even mildly amusing.
- Hypocritical Humor: When he thinks Mantis is coming onto him in Vol. 2 she's actually trying to warn him about Ego, he describes in extreme detail how how utterly repulsive he finds her appearance and how physically ill the mere thought of them mating makes him. When she finally cuts him off by telling him she doesn't find him attractive either, he looks offended and complains that there's no need to get personal.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Drax attempts to explain to Peter why Gamora doesn't want to date him because there are "those who dance. And those who do not." He unfortunately means this entirely literally, as Peter dances, and Gamora does not.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting his big-and-scary appearance◊.
- Informed Flaw: Despite Rocket describing his species as "completely literal", he (without prompting and before his Character Development) dismisses Ronan's Sakaaran soldiers as "paper people".
- Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't realize that he's insulting his friends when telling them that they are his friends such as Groot the "dumb tree" and Gamora the "green whore".
- Knife Nut: He even takes a knife from another prisoner on the Kyln after deciding that he likes it.
- Large Ham: Occasionally, but especially when he's drunk, angry, or faced with Ronan.Drax: RONAN THE ACCUSER! You killed my wife! You killed my daughter!
- Leeroy Jenkins: There's a reason why everyone thinks he's a maniac; drunk-dialing your arch-enemy with your location is stupid. Ditto jumping into a monster's mouth to try killing it from the inside.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's big, fast and strong. Doesn't help him against Ronan.
- Literal-Minded: According to Rocket, his entire species wears the hat of having no understanding of metaphor or simile. Drax tries to grow out of this after becoming friends with the other Guardians, using phrases like "I think of Sakaarans as paper people", "Finger on the throat means death", and "Ronan was only a puppet". Not that his attempts always work out.Drax: DIE, SPACESHIP!
- Love at First Sight: With his late wife. He saw her not dancing at a festival where everyone else was dancing and was smitten.
- Made of Iron: He took an blast of engine exhaust to the chest without injury, and managed to survive being rammed with the Milano (Rocket was trying to hit Ronan, who was choke-throttling Drax at the time), although the latter left him unconscious for a brief time, and he was clearly sore and limping afterwards.
- In the sequel he is dangled out the back of the Milano on a cable during a crash landing through a forest, smashing into trees. He seems to have enjoyed the ride once we see him on the ground.
- Metaphorgotten: He begins attempting to engage in metaphorical language in the back half of the first film and Vol. 2, but unfortunately doesn't quite have a grasp of it yet.Drax: Finger on the throat means death. (crushes a man's skull)... METAPHOR.
- 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" discourages people from screwing with him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He alerts Ronan that the Orb is on Knowhere just so that he can have a shot at killing him. To say that this ends badly is a massive understatement. In his defense, he was quite drunk at the time.
- Noodle Incident: We never find out exactly why Drax was incarcerated on the Kyln. Knowing him, it was likely to have been quite violent.
- No Social Skills: Some trappings of this due to his race's Literal-Minded tendencies, which often make him seem exceedingly tactless.
- Not So Different: From Ronan, oddly enough — both are driven by revenge for the deaths of loved ones. Drax doesn't take it to quite the genocidal extremes that Ronan does, though.
- Not So Stoic: He has a few moments of dropping his stoicism to point and laugh at Peter in Vol. 2, including a moment where Mantis and Drax start pointing and laughing at Peter after she mentions that she can sense Peter's romantic feelings for Gamora, to Gamora's bemusement.
- Only in It for the Money: Inverted — he's only with the Guardians (initially) as a means to get revenge on Ronan. When Peter 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.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: He comes from a culture that finds parents telling their children about their conception to be a wonderful bonding experience. He finds Peter's disgust towards this to be bewildering.
- Platonic Life Partners: Develops this relationship with Mantis in Vol. 2. He makes it quite clear that, physically, he thinks she's hideous-looking to the point that imagining the two of them mating is enough to make him retch. However, he still values her as a friend and despite both of them being socially awkward, they get along pretty well.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gets a rather... odd one as he kills Korath.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Occasionally. He often laughs mirthfully when he gets into fights, like a kid in a candy store.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Anytime he's either fighting or there's a lot of violence going on around him. What sets Drax's apart, however, is how he laughs. Instead of sounding like how most would while reveling in bloodshed, his laugh sounds more like he heard a really funny joke, or he was in an amusement park ride.
- Red Baron: "The Destroyer". He certainly lives up to his name.
- Revenge: His primary motivation throughout the film. This is what initially pits him against the team, as Gamora being a former assassin to Ronan is good enough reason to him to kill her, even as she insists that she hates Ronan as much as he does.
- Revenge Before Reason: Initially, Drax is willing to do a number of rather stupid things to face Ronan in combat. However, rather than learning that Vengeance Feels Empty, Drax instead decides that unreasonable revenge is stupid, and it works rather well for him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His wishes to gain vengeance for the death of his family. However it gets Deconstructed over the course of the film by showing how someone who obsesses with vengeance can not only cause problems, but also make no friends at all. Eventually, Drax realizes this and starts to question his actions. Though after Ronan's death, he still declares that he can't rest until he kills Thanos, the true mastermind of the events that caused his family's deaths.
- Screaming Warrior: Drax roars and laughs his way through combat.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Drax has quite the vocabulary. "Thesaurus" isn't part of it; he's offended when Peter calls him one.
- Shipping Torpedo: He thinks that Peter and Gamora are not good for each others and tells Peter to stop being interrested in her because "She isn't a dancer". He also torpedoes the idea of himself with Mantis — the very idea of them having sex makes him retch.
- Stepford Smiler: Although he's the comic relief, Drax is still deeply haunted by the death of his whole family. When Mantis touches him as he reminisces about his family, she immediately weeps. It may be that Drax simply lacks the ability to cry, but he is actually very sad under his jovial demeanour.
- The Stoic: Drax is pretty out there for this trope, but he's usually very serious. Unless violence ensues or Ronan is involved.
- Storyboard Body: According to a Deleted Scene, the elaborate scarification that covers at least half of Drax's body tells his life story.
- There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Those who dance and those who don't dance, literally, according to him.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In Vol. 2, Drax is much more lively, laughing a lot, pulling practical jokes, and revelling in action even more than he already did.
- Unknown Rival: Considers Ronan as his Arch-Enemy. Ronan has no time for him, beats Drax half to death without breaking a sweat, and takes quite a while to remember exactly why Drax hates him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
Drax: You, Quill, are my friend.
- 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. He follows up the below by blowing Nebula away when she starts insulting Gamora.
Drax: This dumb tree, he is my friend. [Groot grunts] And this green whore, she too—
Gamora: Oh, you must stop!
- Continues in Vol 2, telling Peter that he and Gamora are just too different, and that Peter needs to find a woman who is like him—pathetic. Later, while he freely admits that he finds Mantis physically repulsive, he does form a good friendship with her. Again, he isn't being mean, he's just incredibly blunt.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Much like in the comic, Drax is never once seen wearing a shirt. He's even seen during the group's Lock and Load Montage outright throwing his team jacket away, choosing to wear only the pants. James Gunn reportedly wrote that Drax never wears a top because he has sensitive nipples... and that became the excuse for why he hates to wear the jetpacks in Vol. 2. In a Brick Joke, when he's forced to use a jetpack, he screams in pain from it chafing his nipples as it launches him skywards.
- Wasn't That Fun?:
Drax: YES! AGAIN!
- After he, Peter, and Gamora make a fiery crash of an entrance onto the Dark Aster, he treats the whole thing like he's on a roller-coaster ride.
- In Vol 2, he has a similar response to being dangled out of the back of a space ship while it goes through re-entry, and being crashed violently through several trees.
- When He Smiles: He's usually pretty stoic, but when something really makes him happy or laugh his whole face lights up like a Christmas tree. This is much more prevalent in Vol. 2.
- 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, and later blew Nebula away with a bazooka.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He is commonly seen fighting like a wrestler when he uses hand-to-hand combat, particularly during the prison break. Being played by a real life wrestler probably has something to do with it.
- You Killed My Father: His motivation for wanting revenge against Ronan is that Ronan killed his wife and daughter.
- Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Probably as a byproduct of their Brutal Honesty and inability to understand metaphors, his culture doesn't seem to have sexual taboos. When he tells Peter how he met his wife it swiftly goes into Too Much Information territory, and his father told him how he was conceived every winter solstice, which Drax remembers fondly and thinks Peter is prudish for being squicked by it.
Species: Enhanced raccoon
Portrayed by: Sean Gunn (on-set actor), Oreo the Raccoon (movement and behavior modeling), Bradley Cooper (voice)
Voiced by: Sergio Zurita (Latin-American Spanish dub), Juan Logar Jr. (European Spanish dub), Koji Kato (Japanese dub), Alexis Victor (French dub), Maël Davan-Soulas (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
"Rocket: Wanted on over 50 charges of vehicular theft and escape from custody."A bounty hunter with a penchant for heavy weaponry and bombs, who also happens to be a talking raccoon.
— Rhomann Dey
- Ace Pilot: Shows great skill when defending Xandar against the Necro Craft, and in the sequel states he regards himself as the best pilot around (though Peter would dispute that).
- Adaptation Name Change: Slightly — in the comics, he has a Species Surname, though he's also just referred to as "Rocket". Here, he detests being called a raccoon and its unclear if he actually originates as an Earth raccoon.
- Animal Stereotypes: A raccoon or raccoon-like alien who's a bad-tempered kleptomaniac (indeed, he seems to find no moral issue with taking something if he wants it more than the rightful owner).
- Animal Superhero: Just look at him — a gun-slinging talking raccoon.
- Attention Whore: He comes across as this in the second movie. From setting up a sound system right before a big fight to play Quill's music even though Quill himself says its a bad idea, to fighting with Quill over flying the ship, to all his failed attempts at Quill's sarcasm, it feels like Rocket has taken a shine to Quill but doesn't know how to express himself in a way that isn't jerkish. He looked genuinely happy during the short flashback shot of him and Quill flying together with jetpacks.
- Badass Adorable: You'd never expect a raccoon to be a gun-toting powerhouse.
- Badass and Child Duo: Although small himself, he fills this role with Baby Groot, although Baby Groot is a Pintsized Powerhouse.
- Badass Baritone: The Japanese dub gives him a much deeper voice than Cooper's rendition.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Rocket doesn't wear shoes.
- Berserk Button: People making cracks at Rocket being an animal, and specifically a raccoon.
- BFG: Rocket's got a soft spot in his heart for a giant smoking gun, although given his size just about every gun he wields looks like this since they're made for taller species than a raccoon.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: His partner is Groot, the towering "dumb tree". Later gets reversed when Groot has to regrow himself following his Heroic Sacrifice to protect the rest of the Guardians during the crash of the Dark Aster, turning Rocket into the larger of the two.
- Body Horror:
- There are cybernetic implants protruding on his back and on either side of his chest above his sternum. Given his rap sheet only lists him as having a cybernetic skeletal structure, one can probably presume those are a part of that.
- 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.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Invoked. While Rocket looks like a raccoon, when Peter brings it up during a quiet moment and suggests he's an Earth raccoon who was abducted and turned into an Uplifted Animal, Rocket himself is skeptical. Given Drax comments on having eaten something that looks like Rocket in the past, it's possible he was originally some sort of alien animal, though it's also possible that a trapper nabbed a few from Earth and sold them in an alien market.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Sometimes he's the one looking after Groot and telling him what not to do, like drink from the city's display fountain.
- Combat Pragmatist: There is not a force in the universe that can make him fight fair. Guns, explosives, traps, improvised weapons, jumping on people and clawing their eyes out — he doesn't care as long as it means that he's winning.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
- Create Your Own Villain: Had he not stolen from them, the Sovereign wouldn't have been out for the Guardian's blood.
- Cry Cute: A mean, abrasive, foul-mouthed little bastard though Rocket may be, he has been an actually adorable little raccoon when he wept like a helpless and lost child while holding Groot's remains after his Heroic Sacrifice and when he shed tears of respect at the funeral of Yondu.
- 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: Captured, vivisected while conscious, pieced back together with cybernetics and pumped full of mutagens to make the cybernetics take that also gave him sentience and human-level intelligence, and presumably dumped and forced to fend for himself in an unknown and hostile universe - it's a wonder that he's even half as well-adjusted as he is.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets a few in. For example, when he needs Gamora to recover a piece of equipment for their escape from the Kyln.Rocket: Supposedly, these bald bodies find you attractive, so maybe you could work out some kinda trade.
Gamora: You must be joking.
Rocket: No, I really heard they find you attractive.
- Demolitions Expert: Upon boarding Quill's ship, the first thing he did was scavenge parts for explosives. Not because they needed them, but apparently because he just felt it was nice to have. He even boasts that one could blow up a moon. Guess what they need to do in Vol.2? Blow up a moon-sized creature called "Ego".
- Deuteragonist: Is this in Vol. 2. His actions kicked off the plot, and his own character arc runs in parallel to Quill's.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He manages to rig a bomb powerful enough to kill Ego, a Celestial.
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism:
- He claims that he is the victim of this, as he believes that people see him as a freak because he's the only talking raccoon in the galaxy, and many of the Nova officers act bigoted toward him for being different (e.g. he's treated even worse than the other Guardians when they're at the prison, to the point where his own record says he's a "lower life form", and a Nova officer complains about taking orders from a "hamster").
- Drax treats him like an animal at times and expresses the desire to eat him, though it could be because he takes things very literally as opposed to actually feeling he's superior to him.
- The Collector also acts bigoted towards him when he asks Groot if Rocket is his pet because he is an animal (although, judging from Tivan's smirk at Rocket's reaction, it's possible that he was just messing with Rocket).
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Yondu in Vol. 2, after half of his Ravager crew mutinies and jettisons the loyal half to space, the two are forced to work together to escape. During this time, Yondu ends up telling Rocket that the two of them are quite similar in that they both use a Jerkass Façade to hide the pain of their pasts. Afterwards, the two become genuine friends enough that Rocket is the second most devastated by Yondu's death after Peter himself.
- For Want of a Nail: Roughly half of the plot in the sequel (especially the conception of Adam Warlock) would not have happened if he hadn't decided to steal from their clients. On the other hand, it's unlikely the Guardians would have destroyed Ego without those same stolen batteries, without which Ego would have consumed the universe, so while it was a stupid self-destructive move, it did end up working for the best. Regardless of the Guardians stealing from the Sovereign, Ego would have found Star-Lord eventually and it took Yondu and Rocket wising up to stopping him in his tracks and even then they just barely managed to succeed.
- Fragile Speedster: It's not known whether he's any tougher than a normal raccoon due to his bionics, but he depends largely on being really small, really fast, and carrying some huge freaking guns. Also hiding behind Groot.
- Freudian Excuse: His irritable demeanor is a result of him feeling alienated and mocked for his oddly unique nature, not helped by the fact that he was tortured into it via illegal and horrendously cruel experimentation.
- Funny Animal: He resembles a raccoon walking on its hind legs. However, there is no little planet of cute talking raccoons out there: Rocket is the result of an illegal and very horrifying experiment with cybernetics and mutagens.
- Furry Denial: Even though he ultimately admits to being an Uplifted Animal, he doesn't like when people outright refer to him as such. He gets angry being called a raccoon, possibly because it hits a tad too home. Weirdly, in Vol. 2, he's initially not so bothered by Peter calling him a "trash panda"note until Peter admits it's "worse" than being called a raccoon, and when Ego describes him as a triangle-faced monkey, he's more concerned with seeing if his face really is triangular than taking offense.
- Furry Reminder: Even though he's able to speak and shoot guns and do most of the things that people can do, he’s still very much a raccoon, which plays to both his advantage and disadvantage:
- He doesn't weigh very much. In the first movie, Gamora is able to throw him some distance from an elevated walkway and later shove him and send him skidding across the sidewalk. In the second movie, however, this is a huge advantage for him as he's able to scamper through the trees on Berhert, where the Ravagers can't catch him, as he accesses his weapons and remote-control triggers.
- He remarks that he doesn't have a particularly long lifespan.
- He's fully capable of walking bipedally, but if he needs to move a short distance quickly, Running on All Fours is still more convenient for him.
- He occasionally growls and bares his teeth when he's particularly annoyed by something.note
- He also will sometimes wash his face by licking his hands and wiping them on it, and habitually steals things even if he doesn't really need them, both of which are something that real raccoons do.
- The Gadfly: Definitely a prankster. See It Amused Me, below.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Rocket repeatedly demonstrates a talent for fashioning useful things out of random junk in a time crunch. To whit: the Hadron Enforcer, a weapon that launches highly explosive rounds, was made from random bits that Rocket stripped from the Milano. He also made a couple of explosives while doing so, including that one that can apparently blow up moons, which is no empty boast as the sequel demonstrates when he rigs up a bomb to destroy a moon-sized living planet, aided by the batteries that he had stolen from the Sovereign.
- Greed: 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.
- Grumpy Bear: He spends half the first movie angry or annoyed at things. It's understandable: as a scientific experiment, he'd have no social skills.
- 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.
- Humans Are Ugly: Implied by one Comically Missing the Point gag regarding a criminal supposedly finding Gamora attractive.
- Hypocritical Humor: Complains about Gamora biting his fingers during their first meeting/fight, but his own rap sheet warns that he bites.
- I Am Not Weasel: He is not a vermin or a rodent and calling him such when he's intoxicated is a pretty bad idea. Ironically, he also doesn't take well to being called a raccoon, despite that being what he literally is.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: During the Kyln breakout, a brief point-of-view shot reveals that he's pinpointing Kyln security robots... on autofire... using somebody else's gun.
- Inelegant Blubbering: He may keep it together enough for Manly Tears when Groot prepares for his Heroic Sacrifice, but once that's all over and he's on the ground surrounded by twigs, he goes to pieces and even starts guilt-tripping himself.
- Interspecies Friendship: With everyone on his team, especially Groot. It's not like he has a choice.Rocket: "Ain't no thing like me, 'cept me."
- 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.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Unless he's drunk, he'd never admit it but he secretly thinks people look down on him for being the only one of his species who can talk.
- It Amused Me: He declares that to escape from a high-security space prison, he'll need a specific kind of battery, one of the guards' security implants, and a fellow convict's prosthetic leg. Two of those things were essential; the third was simply for his own amusement.
- Jerkass Façade: He acts like an asshole to everyone to hide his insecurities and traumatic past. He only reveals his true feelings when drunk and when his companion, Groot, is about to pull a Heroic Sacrifice. Yondu even spells this out to Rocket in Vol. 2 noting that the moment he gets even a little bit of love and compassion from someone he has to act like an ass to push them away, just like Yondu himself.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He phrased it pretty harshly, but Rocket is right on the money when he calls out Drax for nearly getting them all killed by calling Ronan to Knowhere.Rocket: "Oh, boo hoo, my wife and child are dead!"
Rocket: Oh, I don't care if it's mean! Everybody's got dead people! That's no excuse to get everyone else dead along the way!
- 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 first film and goes out of his way to put his life on the line for them.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: If this was stated any more clearly his name would be "Klepto" instead of "Rocket." He argues to Rhomann Dey that wanting an object more than its owner does entitles him to it, despite Rhomann's objections to that logic. A good part of the second film's plot starts because he stole some Annulax Batteries from the Sovereigns. The very things the Sovereigns specifically hired the Guardians to, y'know, guard. And he did it for no other reason than "they were easy to steal" and the Sovereign were douchebags. Alternatively he did it as part of his complex about pushing others away and wanting to be hated.
- Klingons Love Shakespeare:
- In Vol. 2, he seems to have come to really like Quill's Earth music, to the point that he chooses to "prepare" for the arrival of the Abilisk by setting up a stereo to give them background music — something even Quill thinks is pointless. Unless he was doing that for Baby Groot, of course. Then again, the fact he uses that music twice more in the movie for his own benefit suggests he really has grown to like it.
- When left behind to fix the Milano, during his takedown of the Ravagers when they come after him, he plays "Southern Nights" and even sings along for a bit.
- When he and Yondu are getting ready to escape, he asks Kraglin to put on one of Quill's songs to serve as background music to their breakout.
- MacGyvering: Rigs up weaponry, rudimentary ship parts, and booby traps a few times throughout the films.
- Mad Bomber: He tends to build bombs for fun, and seems to like the idea of blowing up moons a little too much. To Peter's horror, he is way too lax about safety, leaving his grenades out in the open, causing him to freak out. It gets worse when in the sequel, he carries an Atom Bomb in his bag, which comes in handy to destroy a universe consuming living planet.
- Manly Tears: During Groot's Heroic Sacrifice. Drax comforts him after the battle. Gets this again in the sequel, after Yondu's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Milking the Giant Cow: He mimics the Collector's Large Ham demeanor to mock him.
- More Dakka: A huge fan of massive and repeating fire power.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Towards the first movie's finale, he utterly breaks down after Groot's Heroic Sacrifice, realising that he was a bit of a dick.
- My Instincts Are Showing: Despite being uplifted, sapient, and conversant, Rocket still exhibits a lot of baseline raccoon traits. He has a kleptomanic streak, is quite deft with his tiny hands, and has a rather short and vicious temper.
- The Napoleon: Rocket's easily the smallest member of the Guardians, easily the rudest, and is tied with Drax when it comes to violence.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The entire plot of Vol. 2 are his fault, with Rocket stealing the Sovereign's batteries led them to be hunted by the Sovereign, getting rescued by Ego and taken to his planet, allowed Ego to acquire Peter and use him in his Evil Plan to assimilate everything into himself.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a badass gun-toting gadgeteer superhero cyborg talking space raccoon.
- Not So Different: From Yondu, as revealed in Vol. 2.Rocket: What kind of a pair are we?
- Oblivious to His Own Description: Has no idea what a "raccoon" is, probably due to the lack of Earth fauna elsewhere in the galaxy.
- Odd Friendship: With Groot: One is a Pintsized Powerhouse with a Hair-Trigger Temper, the other a Gentle Giant.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially, the only reason he doesn't turn in Peter for the bounty is because the cash value of the Orb is much higher.
- Parental Substitute: He acts likes Baby Groot's father.
- Pardon My Klingon: At a couple of points in the movie, he says "d'ast" or "d'asted" in place of "damn" or "damned".
- Pet the Dog: Early on, his relationship with Groot is the only real proof that Rocket's not 100% a dick. Literally trying to do this is a good way to get bitten, though, as shown by Mantis in Vol. 2.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the size of a raccoon but has no problems wielding huge guns and using them with great skill. This also means he's strong enough to take down a full grown man with just a few well-placed punches.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He appears to view people with physical disabilities as being inferior (or just funny), to the point where he even removes their fake legs or fake eyes for fun.
- 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). 25 by the end of the second film (if the Ravager ship prison 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.
- Ramming Always Works: This is what Rocket does on Knowhere against Ronan's forces, and against Ronan himself.
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Has a tendency to do this when talking to Groot so we can understand exactly what he said. This is toned ddown in the second movie, where they allow the context to fill in the blanks, or else he's translating for somebody else's convenience (mostly Yondu)
- Screwy Squirrel: He'll make trouble or complicate things just for the fun of it — though he's smart enough to (largely) stow the pranks when things get desperate.
- The Smart Guy: Rocket acts as the Gadgeteer Genius of the team, and masterminds a Great Escape in about twenty minutes flat. In the finale of both films, his devices are instrumental to defeating the Big Bad.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Rocket is one of the biggest Jerkass in the cast, but Yondu remarks that his abrasiveness only hides the sadness inside his heart as a reject from his creators.
- 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, vicious, and 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. He does seem to be getting better though, with the second film addressing how a lot of his behavior is due to self hatred and trying to get people he's close to to hate him.
- Translator Buddy: The only one who seems to understand what Groot is really saying. Come the sequel the rest of the team seems to have the nuances of Groot's "language" down, but Rocket is still the one to provide most of the spoken translating for Groot.
- Trap Master: In the sequel, he takes down a huge number of Ravagers attempting to ambush him, Nebula and Groot by booby-trapping the forest around them with tranquilizer dart shooters and anti-gravity mines. It works ridiculously well for the most part. Really the only reason it fails is because there's too many Ravagers spread out too much for Rocket to get all of them. And Yondu's leading them.
- True Companions: With Groot before meeting the others as they've been bounty hunting together for a long time. He takes Groot's sacrifice the hardest and is especially pissed when Ronan walks out of the attack unharmed.
- Uplifted Animal: Rocket is the result of "illegal genetic and cybernetic experiments on a lower life form". The sheer monstrousness of the techniques used echoes The Island of Doctor Moreau. The only thing not clear is whether Rocket was an Earth raccoon or merely some alien equivalent that looks a lot like one.
- Weak, but Skilled: Makes up for his lack of physical power with great creativity and mechanical ingenuity, tactical finesse, and an overwhelming willingness to fight dirty. He's still strong enough to knock out a grown man with his bare hands if given the opportunity.
- We Are as Mayflies: Rocket mentions that he doesn't have a very long lifespan, though he doesn't elaborate.note
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Drax out for trying to take on Ronan's forces all by himself and endangering everyone else in the process.
- Who's Laughing Now?: A (mostly) non-antagonistic example; this is implied to be his motive behind acting as tough and confrontational as he does; Rocket's spent a lot of his existence being treated like a joke, and he's very bitter about it.
- You Are Number 6: Rocket's real "name" is Subject 89P13 and the Nova Corps officers refer to him as such.
Species: Flora colossus
Portrayed by: Krystian Godlewski (on-set actor), Vin Diesel (voice)
Voiced by: Vin Diesel (Latin-American Spanish, French and Canadian French dubs), Gonzalo Martín (European Spanish dub), Kenichi Endo (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
"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.
— Rhomann Dey
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He has the face of a stuffed animal here if it were stuck on the body of a strong tree man, whereas his design in the comics and most other adaptations emphasize that he's an alien with a monstrous appearance.
- Adorkable: Groot's kindly, slightly air-headed personality make him come across as awkwardly adorable, as do his responses to seeing animals eat each other during a gambling match at the Boot and to Rocket mocking Drax over the death of his family. Taken Up to Eleven when he's dancing happily to the Jackson 5, only to freeze when Drax turns and sees him. And then starting to dance again as soon as Drax looks away.
- Badass Adorable:
- After impaling several Sakaaran soldiers and beating several more soldiers to death with them, he turns to Peter 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.
- Even as his baby self, he can still snare human-sized enemies and toss them around with his extendable arms.
- Badass Baritone: "I am Groot" is always said in a deep, rumbling voice. At least until he reverts to Baby Groot.
- 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 in the first film, but mess with him or his friends and you will feel pain. Likewise, he's a baby in Vol. 2, and he's only slightly less dangerous.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: His partner is Rocket, the short-tempered planner. Reversed in Vol. 2, as Groot is a baby now and Rocket is the big guy compared to him.
- Breakout Character: Easily the most popular and iconic character. He is heavily used in promotion of the film, especially as Baby Groot.
- 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.
- Character Death: While he physically lives on in the regenerated "Baby Groot", the reset mentality means that the original Groot is, for all intents and purposes, dead.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Groot can be quite goofy at times. Drinking from a decorative public fountain, eating a leaf that grew from his own shoulder, and accidentally setting off a prison riot, for instance. Vol. 2 reveals that he hates hats because he keeps mistaking them for people having weirdly-shaped heads.
- Combat Tentacles: His main form of attack is to grow his arms into these.
- Combo Platter Powers: He's a Plant Person, with all the associated abilities. He has Super Strength and Super Toughness as well as a Healing Factor, can reshape his own body at will (including limb extensions and forming shields out of branches), and can also manipulate his own biology, producing anything from simple flowers and leaves to clouds of bioluminescent spores.
- Do-Anything Robot: An organic version, but he fulfills the exact same role nonetheless. Drax has drowned? Groot can create a hollow needle with his finger to help him breathe and clear the fluid. Room pitch dark? Groot can make glowing spores. Spaceship going to crash? He can form a shield around everyone.
- Dumb Muscle: As opposed to his Genius Bruiser comic counterpart, Groot is powerful, but incredibly airheaded. It's played with in that he makes use of creative attack strategies and knows how to resuscitate a drowned Drax without causing him fatal injury via a punctured lung, suggesting that he's more of a Genius Ditz.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: A single instance of "I am Groot" can contain a paragraph's worth of meaning. Vin Diesel's script had the meanings of what he was saying laid out so he could convey just the right tone, although what he actually said was... well, you know.
- Emo Teen: One of the stingers of Vol. 2 shows that he's grown into a completely stereotypical teenage phase.
- Establishing Character Moment: His Friend to All Children scene makes clear whose the most kind on this team.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: Groot doesn't bother wearing any clothes. His baby self is made to wear a Ravagers suit in Vol. 2, but he dumps it as soon as possible.
- Friend to All Children: Goes out of his way to give one of the impoverished asteroid-dwelling children a flower, just 'cause it's a nice thing to do.
- From a Single Cell: He's blasted into splinters near the end of the film, but is seen regenerating from one of his twigs.
- Gentle Giant: The biggest member of the team, and by far the nicest, though pissing him off would be hazardous to your health.
- Green Thumb: Groot can manipulate his own biology, producing virtually anything that is plant-related. This includes flowers and bioluminescent spores, in addition to regrowing limbs or altering his physical structure to fit the situation.
- Healing Factor: After Gamora cut off both of Groot's arms, we can see stubby arms partially regrown during the mugshot scene, and they're fully regrown once they're in the Kyln. This ability is so potent that Groot is slowly growing back towards full size from an small twig after the first movie.
- The Heart: Is the kindest and most heroic member of the team and ultimately holds them together.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Having a Green Thumb is a whole lot more versatile when you're a ten-foot tall walking tree and can use your powers on yourself.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Uses his body to form a sphere to protect his team as the Dark Aster crashes. Despite Rocket warning him that this will kill him, he turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
- I Taste Delicious: Groot is not averse to the taste of... himself. Or at least the taste of his leaves. Granted, being a tree creature, he could be an autotroph* , but leaves are normally used to make food for the plant, not be food.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Groot has tendency to run into action before Rocket finished explaining his plan.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Groot has this move where he extends dozens of quills from his body, which serve no purpose other than to make him look more intimidating. Like he would need to.
- Light 'em Up: Can send spores and flowers glowing in a rich golden light to illuminate the darkness. Light Is Good applies, since he's the kindest character in the movie.
- Mighty Glacier: Groot is tough and strong with a lot of reach, but not really fast.
- Morality Pet: For Rocket, and eventually to the others as well, he brings out their inner hero.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Groot can do anything as long as it's plant-related, often to the surprise of his teammates.
- Nice Guy: Unlike the other Guardians, Groot is gentle, supportive, and cooperative.
- No Biological Sex: Implied with Rocket's frustrated exclamation of "Learn genders, man!". Of course, being a sentient plant, he really wouldn't have any need for sex to procreate.
- Non-Dubbed Grunts: Vin Diesel voices Groot in most languages. Depending on the dub, this can either be subverted (he re-records "I am Groot" in the respective language) or played straight (such as in Japanese).
- Not Quite Dead: Groot lives through his Heroic Sacrifice as one of the twig splinters.
- Odd Friendship: With Rocket: One is a Pintsized Powerhouse with a Hair-Trigger Temper, the other a Gentle Giant.
- Oh, Crap!: Outside of combat, and when fully lucid, Groot seems to live in a perpetual state of mild distress.
- Orifice Invasion: He forces his fingers painfully up a Kyln inmate's nose in a particularly brutal display of dominance. They went VERY deep.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Regrowing as a tiny creature that can ride around on Rocket's shoulder only makes him slightly less dangerous than he was at full size.
- Plant Aliens: He's an alien that looks like a tree.
- Plant Person: He's also capable of speech and cares about being paid.
- 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."
- Screaming Warrior: Whenever Groot goes into combat, he roars at the top of his lungs. Even when he's only six inches tall.
- Series Mascot: Due to his popularity, both Groots are heavily used in promoting the films.
- Size Shifter: Groot can change size at will.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Played with. Groot can produce weapons from his body, stretch his limbs, and pull other tricks without apparent trouble, but it takes him a few hours to regrow two lost arms and his Heroic Sacrifice comes from using all his available mass to form a cocoon to protect his friends.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Groot can form his limbs into weapons if need be, such as a large spear to impale people or shields to block gunfire.
- Spanner in the Works: The group would have had a much easier time escaping prison if Groot had not triggered the alarms while Rocket was still explaining the plan.
- Super Strength: Groot's pretty big. But he's strong enough to lift a Kyln inmate almost twice his own weight. Even as a baby, he can grab a human-sized enemy and toss him around.
- Super Toughness: Groot's wooden body is tough enough to shrug off bullets, and his Healing Factor, adjustable physiology, and lack of obvious vital organs combine to make seriously injuring him very difficult. Using himself as a crash shield in the finale shatters and disables him, but even that won't kill him permanently.
- Token Good Teammate: Unlike everyone else on the team, Groot doesn't start off as a Jerkass and despite having a criminal record, he's the kindest member on the team.
- True Companions: With Rocket before meeting the others as they've been bounty hunting together for awhile.
- Undying Loyalty: While a gentle soul at his core, Groot's primary motivation in life is Rocket's happiness, and he is perfectly willing to break laws and smash people if it will make Rocket happy. This eventually expands to the team as a whole, with him showing a lot of compassion and sympathy towards Drax at his sadness over the loss of his family, and becomes as protective of him, Gamora and Peter as he is of Rocket. "We are Groot" indeed.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Groot is immensely strong, incredibly tough, and has a large mixed bag of useful abilities, but he's also rather slow to act in a fight and generally doesn't demonstrate an understanding of tactics outside of "smash the enemy". Despite being well below his weight class as far as physical abilities go, Gamora still manages to overpower him in their initial scuffle thanks to superior fighting skill.
- When Trees Attack: He's a humanoid tree, and he's The Big Guy of the team in the first film.
- 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.
Portrayed by: Krystian Godlewski (on-set actor), Vin Diesel (voice)
Voiced by: Óscar Bonfiglio (Latin-American Spanish dub), Miguel Ángel Muro (European Spanish dub), Kenichi Endo (Japanese dub), Vin Diesel (French and Canadian French dubs)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2The rejuvenated form of Groot in Vol. 2, after his Heroic Sacrifice in the first film. Small and still growing back to his former majesty, this version of Groot is rather different to his adult stage.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Baby Groot has the adorableness factor turned Up to Eleven, while in the comics he looked like a miniature adult Groot.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Looks to be a massive problem for him, going from dancing to the music to catching a bug to attacking the lizard that got the bug after it got away from him... but this actually works to his advantage later, when he gets the bomb to Ego's brain without getting lost by following the blue glow (a rare case of this trope taken literally!)
- Badass Adorable: Tiny and cute as he may be, he's much stronger than his size would suggest. He even deployed a bomb inside Ego's brain.
- Badass and Child Duo: He gets changed over to having this dynamic with Rocket in Vol. 2 because he is now the smaller of the pair and much younger.
- Children Are Innocent: The rest of the Guardians treat him as such, teaching him how the act and being very gentle with him. Near the end of the film, he even sits on Peter's leg who lets him listen to his music much like a father and a kid.
- Helium Speech: When reduced to his Baby Groot form, Groot's speech is a high-pitched squeak.
- Jerkass Ball: Parodied in the credits of Vol. 2, where Baby Groot has apparently grown up into a whiny and bratty teenager who refuses to clean his room and spends most of his time playing video games, a far cry from his usual Nice Guy personality.
- Killer Rabbit: Yes, he's small and adorable and, honestly, kind of weak. Give him an edge, though, and he can be as vicious as the grown-up Groot.
- Klingons Love Shakespeare: Hinted at by his credits gag appearance in the first film. By Vol. 2, he's developed a full-blown and shameless love for Peter's 80s Earth music. He even spends the battle against the Abilisk dancing to one song in particular, and gets very upset with Drax for smashing the sound system by accident.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Groot was blown up at the end of the first film, only to rejuvenate into a new form.
- Lost in Translation: Seems to happen whenever Baby Groot is asked to do something by other members of the team. He understands part of what he's being asked, but misunderstands key details. Yondu and Rocket are able to get him to go look for a replacement head fin so Yondu can control his arrow again, and even manage to guide him into the correct room, but he keeps bringing back the wrong objects, in some cases objects that are so radically different from their description of the head fin that Groot is clearly not picking up on the finer points of their description. In the climax, Rocket gives him the atomic bomb which only Groot is small enough to plant on Ego's brain, and Groot understands where he needs to take the bomb and how to set the switches to prime it, but doesn't understand to not push a button that would trigger the bomb immediately which would kill the team immediately, though he gets it right in the end.
- Tag Along Kid: Physically and mentally, he is nothing more than a young child. All the other Guardians are very caring towards him and treat him very delicately. Rocket is cautious of what Groot should be allowed to eat, when he tries to eat a bug. Gamora, Draxx, and Peter all caress him in their arms much like how one would do with an infant.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Baby Groot's mentality is a combination of this trope and being "Groot's clone-son with Genetic Memory". Word of God is inconsistent about whichis which. In either case, turning into a baby-like stature as part of his rejuvenation has really done a number on his mind. He's far more childlike in behavior, being prone to tantrums, wandering off, and having trouble understanding what the others are trying to say to him. In his dedicated credits gag, he's grown up into a stereotypical grumpy teenager.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's an absolutely adorable miniature humanoid tree.
- Silent Snarker: When Drax believes he took down the Abilisk all by himself, an annoyed Baby Groot throws a rock at him.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Baby Groot has several scenes dedicated to his cute, silly shenanigans often adding little value to the plot but just downright funny and adorable to watch.
- Took a Level in Badass: Inverted. Turning into a baby has cost him a lot of his physical prowess, as is painfully clear in the scene where the Ravagers torment and humiliate him despite his efforts to fight back. He does manage to play this straight when he manages to trip one fleeing Ravager and swing him off of the walkway during Yondu's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but that's the only physical fight he gets into and wins in the entire film.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Probably to reflect his childish mindset, Baby Groot is a lot more aggressive, surly, and temperamental than the Groot of the first film. He's even apparently developed quite a potty mouth, given one comment that Rocket makes towards the film's end. And then he takes another level in jerkass as Teen Groot in the end credits gag.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: This is a person we've seen trash a dozen Sakaarans with one arm - when he trashes that one Ravager he becomes terrifying. He also, apparently. severed someone's toe when sent to retrieve Yondu's prototype fin.
Vol. 2 Additions
Portrayed by: Karen Gillan
Voiced by: María E. Sandoval (Latin-American Spanish dub), Cecilia Santiago (European Spanish dub), Natsuki Mori (Japanese dub), Laëtitia Lefebvre (French dub), Kim Jalabert (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
- "You see what my father has turned me into? You kill him, and I will help you destroy a thousand planets."
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Nebula is a straight-up villain. This version of Nebula ends up reforming and goes on her own quest to defeat Thanos.
- All There in the Manual: The first Issue of the the prelude comic focuses a lot on her; the first line of its synopsis is "Who is Nebula."
- Always Someone Better: Revealed in Vol. 2 that she got her cybernetic implants because Gamora and herself would duel for Thanos, with the loser getting a body part replaced with a cybernetic implant. The fact that she's mostly a cyborg and Gamora isn't shows who was the better fighter, with Nebula resented.
- An Arm and a Leg: In the prelude comic it's revealed how she gained most of her cybernetics. The first time was when she and Gamora were made to fight in a training exercise and Gamora threw her off 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.
- Anti-Villain: Nebula is a ruthless killer, but it's all but outright stated that she never wanted to become Thanos' living weapon, making her a victim of the Mad Titan. She also has some affection for Gamora despite the bad blood between them. This is expanded upon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with the explanation for her hatred of Gamora.
- Archnemesis Dad: By Vol. 2, she only has hatred for Thanos and is willing to team up with Gamora and the Guardians if it means his destruction.
- Badass in Distress: She starts Vol. 2 as a captive of the Sovereigns, with Gamora and the Guardians making a deal to at least stop the Soverigns from executing her by transferring her to imprisonment under the Nova Corps instead.
- Bald of Evil: Not a hair on this professional assassin'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.note
- 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.
- Vol. 2 reveals that her cybernetic parts came from Thanos hacking away at her body to make her a better killer. According to Nebula, this including ripping out one of her eyes and removing and replacing part of her brain.
- But Now I Must Go: After succeeding in taking down Ego, Nebula leaves the Guardians to continue her crusade against Thanos.
- 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. Instead of continuing her later fight with Gamora, after hijacking a fighter, a heavy advantage, she just leaves.
- Vol. 2 goes on to reveal that back when they were children, Gamora was very much the Cain in their relationship. However, they resolve their issues with each other by the end of the film.
- 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: She's been heavily augmented by Thanos, with her most obvious enhancements being a cybernetic arm and eye. In fact, she's been altered so much that her entire body can put itself (painfully) back together even if she's been directly struck by a rocket or caught in the middle of an explosion.
- 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 favoritism.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears an entirely black outfit, and is The Dragon to Ronan.
- Darth Vader Clone: A rare female example: Nebula is bald, a cyborg, acts as The Dragon, has a prosthetic limb and a deep voice, initially serves a villain who turned her into what she is, and has a familial connection to one of the heroes. She also executes a Villain Exit Stage Left in her first appearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's quite glib about Thanos's very violent threat to Ronan.Nebula: Thanks, Dad. Sounds fair.
- 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 Ronan's highest rated and toughest minion, especially after he turns on Thanos because she shares Ronan's goal of killing 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all her viciousness, Nebula does have genuine affection for her sister Gamora, and can't bring herself to kill her in Vol. 2, even reconciling with Gamora by the film's end.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even Nebula is horrified when she sees the remains of Ego's victims.
- Evil Counterpart: To her adopted sister, Gamora. Like Gamora, Nebula lost her family to Thanos and was subsequently "adopted" by him, being transformed into a killing machine. Unlike Gamora, however, Nebula never pulls a Heel–Face Turn, despite her hatred for her adoptive father, and continues to serve Ronan's genocidal agenda.
- 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 see and hear her bones resetting themselves.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: In Vol. 2, she struggles with joining the Guardians. She ends the film on their side, but leaves to continue her crusade against Thanos.
- Karma Houdini: Her final appearance in the first movie is Screw This, I'm Outta Here! in a stolen aircraft. No jail time for this villain.
- Subverted in Vol. 2 — she's been held prisoner by the Sovereign for an unknown amount of time. Played straight again at the end, where she heads back off on her mission to kill Thanos. It could be argued that helping to kill Ego counts for a lot of community service, though.
- Not So Stoic: During the final battle, she becomes a bit more unsettled than her usual monotone indifference while dealing with the heroes tactics and Ronan's egotistical indifference, at one point yelling at random mooks and shoving them out of her way offscreen. After Gamora defeats her, she angrily steals a Ravager's ship with a very pissed off "GET OUT!"
- Oh, Crap!: Nebula subtly panics when Ronan kills the Other, clearly fearful of how Thanos might respond.
- Omnicidal Maniac: After defecting to Ronan from Thanos, she says that she would help Ronan destroy a thousand planets if he'd also kill Thanos.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know that something isn't right with Ego when someone like Nebula gets cold feet upon discovering countless bodies hidden beneath the planet.
- Opt Out: After being thrown off the Dark Aster, she cuts off her own hand, hijacks a Ravager ships, and hightails it outta there.
- Redemption Rejection: Gamora twice attempts to convince Nebula to turn on Ronan. The first time, Nebula just tries to kill her, while after the second, she just decides to skip town while she can.
- Revenge: Her main motive in Vol. 2. She wants payback against Gamora for the conflicts from their youth, and especially against Thanos for his cruel treatment of her.
- The Rival: Serves as the Loki to Gamora's Thor, i.e. she's not the favorite daughter.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to bail before the climax.
- Serial Prostheses: Every time she failed to best Gamora, Thanos removed part of her body and replaced it with mechanical implants.
- 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.
- Too Kinky to Torture: This exchange:Yondu: This is gonna hurt.
Nebula: Promises, Promises.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She starts Vol. 2 off as the same violent backstabber she was in the first movie. However, after trying and failing to kill Gamora one last time the two talk out their differences with Nebula's anger at Gamora given a much more sympathetic portrayal. She joins up with the Guardians after that and manages to be a team player, even attending Yondu's funeral. It's telling that when she departs from the film she and Gamora end on much more friendly terms than in the first film.
- The Unfavorite: Thanos openly favors Gamora over her. In the prelude comics, Thanos openly states that he should just kill her since she's a failed experiment, while also giving her a speech about how "Flesh" is weak and should be gotten rid of.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Thanos would replace parts of Nebula's body with cybernetics whenever Gamora bested her in sparring matches, the process of which was excruciating and engendered a long-lasting resentment for her sister.
- Villainous Breakdown: During the final battle, she becomes a bit more unsettled than her usual monotone indifference.
- What You Are in the Dark: When she finally has Gamora at her mercy in Vol. 2, Nebula can't bring herself to actually kill her.
Portrayed by: Michael Rooker
Voiced by: Jesús Guzmán (Latin-American Spanish dub), Carlos Ysbert (European Spanish dub), Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese dub), Julien Kramer (French dub), Paul Sarrasin (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- "When I picked you up as a kid, these boys wanted to eat you. They ain't never tasted Terran before. I saved your life!"
- Ace Pilot: Not too surprising, considering he's the one who taught Peter how to fly an M-ship. It took dozens of Ronan's fighters to bring him down and even then, Yondu somehow managed to crash-land his smoking ship with little more than scratches to show for it.
- Action Dad: He's a One-Man Army with his Trick Arrow, leads the ruthless and amoral Ravagers, and is Peter Quill's adoptive father.
- Achilles' Heel: As powerful as his Trick Arrow is, Yondu needs the fin built into his head to control it. If the fin is damaged, the arrow is a useless bit of metal. Nebula shoots out his fin in Vol. 2, rendering him unconscious and weaponless.
- 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.
- Adaptation Deviation: He's dramatically different from the comics version of Yondu, who was a Native American stereotype IN SPACE, rather than a redneck cyborg space pirate father-figure (not to mention he lived a thousand years later than the other Marvel heroes). This version proved popular enough to become a Canon Immigrant, and Vol. 2 nods to his original counterpart by giving him former companions who resemble the comics Yondu's teammates.
- Adaptational Villainy: It's Anti-Villain in his case. In the comics, Yondu was one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Here, he's an unrepentant pirate and thug, although he does end up helping the team against Ronan and saved Peter's life as a boy.
- Age Lift: His actor Michael Rooker was around 60 when he was playing Yondu, while the character is 30 something in the comics.
- Affably Evil: He raised Peter from childhood and has a fondness of cute little figurines, despite being a pirate and a mercenary.
- Archnemesis Dad: Subverted. At first he seems this way, but it becomes obvious that Yondu's pirate act towards Peter is mostly for show and he carries quite a lot of love for him, as much as he is an unrepentant jerkass.
- Arrow Catch: He always catches his Trick Arrow like this backhanded. Unusually for this trope, the cool part happens before, due to the Attack Drone nature of the arrow.
- Attack Drone: His weapon of choice is a golden arrow with its own propulsion system that he remote controls with the cybernetics on his head. Not only can it move at high speeds, but it can also cut through just about anything, allowing him to take out dozens of enemies in a few seconds.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Instead of killing Taserface the same quick way he killed the other treacherous crew members, Yondu opted to blow up his ship, with the intent of catching Taserface in the explosion. This gave Taserface enough time to contact Ayesha, which eventually led to Yondu's own death.
- Badass Grandpa: Yondu's no spring chicken, but he still easily killed a group of Sakaaran soldiers in the first movie, and then his mutinous crew in the sequel.
- Badass Longcoat: Seems to be a common uniform for a Ravager.
- Bald of Evil: The mechanical crest he uses to control his Trick Arrow is the closest thing this Ravager has to hair.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: He keeps his old, pointier, less compact cybernetic crest in his quarters just in case anything should happen to his current implant. He has Baby Groot retrieve it for him after Taserface's mutiny.
- Canon Immigrant: The MCU version of Yondu has been adapted into mainstream comics universe, first appeared in Star-Lord comic. Just like MCU Yondu, that Yondu is a Space Pirate. He's also said to be the ancestor of the original Yondu.
- The Captain: Of his own Ravager ship, and thus of one of his own Ravager faction (for the curious, according to Stakar, there are about 100 fleets and Yondu is the leader of just one).
- Character Development: Goes from being a villain to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Child Soldier: Was one as a Kree battle-slave.
- 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.Yondu: I like to stick 'em all in a row on ma' control console.Broker: I can't tell if you're joking or not.Kraglin: He's being fully serious.
- Curbstomp Battle: Ronan's ground forces are on the receiving end of this, in spite of catching Yondu fresh out of a fighter's wreckage. His mutinous crew, about a hundred of them, fare even worse during his jailbreak.
- Cyborg: See that red-gray hunk of metal protruding from his skull like a mohawk? That's the control unit for his Trick Arrow, which means he guides it with his mind while whistling at it as though it were an attack dog.
- Despair Event Horizon: He's in a deep funk at the start of V2 and he becomes completely unresponsive after his crew mutinies and his loyalists are thrown out an airlock individually. The only thing that can rouse him is hearing that his adoptive son is in danger. In the midst of rescuing said son, he says that nothing he's ever done has gone right and doesn't hesitate for a second to give his life for Peter.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His parents sold him into slavery, he grew up as a child soldier, presumably escaped to freedom and found his place with the Ravagers, sold his soul to Ego out of greed and fucked it all up, and was rightfully rewarded for this by losing his adoptive family.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Peter's when they exit the atmosphere of Ego's collapsing planet and there's only one spacesuit left. Yondu doesn't hesitate to slap the suit onto Peter and eventually succumbs to the vacuum of space, all while wrapped in his sobbing son's arms.
- Difficult, but Awesome: His yaka arrow is definitely awesome, enough to wipe out entire squadrons of enemies, and definitely difficult to use, as exemplified in the credits for Vol. 2 where Kraglin is seen attempting to use it but only manages to hit Drax.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Yondu considers his constant jabs at Peter that the rest of the crew wanted to eat Peter as a boy to be just a little joke. Peter meanwhile has considered it a constant source of very real trauma.
- Enemy Mine: Captures Peter for betraying him, but they agree to work together against Ronan, though on condition that Yondu gets the Orb. Later, he tags with the Guardians out of survival because his crew betrayed him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Vol. 2, when we first see Yondu, we learn he's on the receiving end of this: the Ravagers have a code which strictly forbids trafficking in children, and with the revelation that Yondu did just that when he abducted Peter all those years ago, he's become persona non-grata amongst his former comrades, who give him a prolonged "The Reason You Suck" Speech during this early scene. It's particularly galling to them because Yondu was himself a child sold into slavery.
- By the end of Vol. 2, we find out that Yondu felt this way himself: Ego enlisted Yondu to find and bring his offspring from all across the galaxy. Once Yondu found out they were actually being killed by the Living Planet, he decided to keep Peter in his gang to spare him from the same fate.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Yondu's a ruthless pirate who'll gladly kill for a profit — or if you just annoy him — but he also cares about his men and doesn't hesitate to forgive Peter when the opportunity presents itself. A crew member even states that he's always had a soft spot for Peter. He ultimately goes on to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save Peter in Vol. 2.
- The Fagin: He abducts the young Peter from Earth — first to eat him, but then to raise him as one of his band of Space Pirates. In a lighter take on this trope than most, it's revealed he was hired to bring Peter to his alien father and decided to spare the kid the experience of being raised by "a jackass". Or more likely, the experience of being killed by said jackass.
- A Father to His Men: He takes good care of his Ravagers unless they cross him, but even then he's quick to make amends (unfortunately a majority of his crew end up regarding this as weakness). And he's literally this to Peter, whom he considers to be his adoptive son.
- He serves as a foil to Thanos on a personal level. Both have a fearsome reputation, and "adopt" alien children and raise them to serve their own agendas (Peter as a Ravager and Gamora/Nebula as Thanos's personal muscle) and eventually their adopted kids betray both of them. However, Yondu cares about Peter and helps him out in the end, while Thanos tortured and abused Gamora and Nebula.
- He serves as a foil to Peter's biological father, Ego the Living Planet, in Vol. 2, as well. While Yondu ultimately plays Even Evil Has Loved Ones and Love Redeems straight with Peter as a genuine Morality Pet, Ego cruelly subverts both tropes and is perfectly willing to turn Peter into a living battery to get what he wants. Ego dies hated by his biological son and begging for his life to be spared. Yondu willingly sacrifices himself and as a result is forever respected by Peter as his true father.
- Freudian Excuse: Was sold into slavery as a small child by his own parents. Yondu even knows he's screwed up because of it, and tells Rocket as much.
- Graceful Loser: He laughs when he sees Peter faked him out with the troll doll.
- Guttural Growler: He has a very raspy voice, which becomes more prominent when he yells.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Yondu stays behind when the others flee Ego, specifically to help Peter escape once Ego is dead. Rocket only had one space suit to leave him, so as they clear the atmosphere, Yondu puts the space suit on Peter to keep him alive and dies shortly after.
- Hidden Depths: Yondu constantly tells Peter that Yondu's crew had picked up Peter because they wanted to eat the boy, but that Yondu stopped them because he thought Peter had potential. Yondu was actually hired to take Peter to his dad, but decided Peter would be better off with the Ravagers than Peter's Jerkass real father. One of the Ravagers even says that Yondu has always been soft for Peter, implying that Yondu cares for his adopted son far more than he lets on. These traits are expanded upon in Vol. 2.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: His yaka arrow can wipe out an entire squadron of Sakaaran soldiers in seconds without him physically lifting a finger. Taken even further in Vol. 2 where he uses it to pull off an Offhand Backhand on his entire mutinous crew.
- Jerkass Façade: Much of his gruff demeanor is necessary to maintain control of the Ravagers, most of whom are ruthless space pirates. He's actually a lot nicer and moral than he lets on.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After some character development in Vol. 2, sees himself as a father-figure to Peter, if a somewhat gruff one who puts up a tough facade.
- "Just Joking" Justification: In Vol. 2, when he and Peter see each other again, Peter brings up the whole "eating him thing" and Yondu defends himself by saying he was just kidding and thought Peter knew that. Peter replies that he wishes Yondu had confirmed that before.
- Kavorka Man: Peter claims he was this, though we only ever see him with android prostitutes.
- Lightning Bruiser: That weapon of his makes him perhaps the most deadly (mortal) individual of the cast. It moves so fast that even Rocket couldn't dodge it, and it strikes with enough force to penetrate combat armor, walls, and even Drax's skin(though it did get stuck there).
- Like a Son to Me: It becomes apparent in Vol. 2 that he really considered Peter to be his son. He even tells Peter that he was more his father than his biological one was.Yondu: He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy.
- My God, What Have I Done?: How he felt when he realized what Ego did to his children, and what breaking the Ravager code meant in the eyes of his first family. He raised Peter to more or less make amends for the terrible things he did.
- My Greatest Failure: Retrieving Ego's children and delivering them to him. Partly because dealing in kids was against the Ravager code, which got him kicked out, but mostly because, much to his distress, every single one he handed over was never heard from again.
- Mythology Gag: In Vol. 2, when he has to reattach his old arrow-controlling crest, it gives him the same mohawk-fin appearance as his comic book incarnation.
- Noble Demon: He makes no bones about it, he's a thief and a thug. He also genuinely cares for Peter and his men.
- Not So Different: By Vol. 2, he realizes that he and Rocket are this. He gets the latter to realize it in the process.Yondu: You can fool yourself and everyone else, but you can't fool me. I know who you are. I know everything about you.[...]I know you play like you're the meanest in the heart, but actually you're the most scared of all.[...]I know you steal batteries you don't need and you push away anyone who's willing to put up with you because just a little bit of love reminds you of how big and empty that hole inside you actually is.[...]I know them scientist what made you never gave a rat's ass about you.[...]Just like my own damn parents who sold me, their own little baby, to slavery. I know who you are boy, because you're me.
- Offing the Offspring: Thankfully averted. Yondu's visibly relieved when he doesn't have to execute Peter.
- One-Man Army: In the first film, he takes down an entire platoon and a Sakaaran spaceship in seconds with just his controllable arrow. In Vol. 2, he single-handedly wipes out an entire control ship filled with his mutinous crew.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He has the bounty explicitly state that Peter is to be taken alive, saying he wants to kill Peter himself. It's implied that this is because he doesn't want anyone to kill his adopted son.
- Papa Wolf: While he likes to rant and rave about how much Peter is a thorn in his side, there is nothing he wouldn't do to protect his adopted son. It comes to the forefront when he realizes that Peter is with Ego, travels halfway across the universe to rescue him, and gives up his life to save Peter.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents sold him into slavery under the Kree when he was only a baby.
- Parental Substitute: He adopted Peter instead of handing him over to his biological father, who Yondu calls a jackass. Despite his trollish behavior, Yondu admits that he's glad he adopted Peter and does genuinely care for him... in his own bizarre way. Expanded upon in Vol. 2, where it's shown that Yondu genuinely loves and views Peter as his adopted son.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.
- Parents as People: Yondu admits that he wasn't the best parent and screwed up far more things than he got right, but it's also made clear that he loved Peter and was willing to sacrifice his own life to save his son's.
- Perma-Stubble: It adds to his grizzled countenance.
- Person of Mass Destruction: When Yondu goes all out, he can kill a ship-full of several hundred people in a few short minutes. Best of all, he can do all this without damaging infrastructure if he wants, essentially making him a perfect weapon of mass destruction from a military perspective.
- Pet the Dog: He doesn't really mind that Peter tricked him into taking the wrong orb and it's shown that not handing the boy over to the father that commissioned his abduction in the first place was actually a very good thing.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Attempts this (likely as an excuse) in Vol. 2, after being hired by High Priestess Ayesha to retrieve the Guardians so she can kill them for stealing some of her people's batteries, when he catches Rocket, he's willing to backstab the Sovereign in exchange for taking and selling the batteries himself. True, they'll only fetch a quarter-million instead of the million they were promised for the Guardians, but as he points out, a million is nowhere near enough money to make up for the reputation they'd get for being involved in the death of the Guardians: the Nova Corps would hunt them relentlessly for that kind of crime. Unfortunately, his crew instead accuses him of displaying parental favoritism, insisting he's only doing this because he just doesn't want to hurt Peter. This leads to the mutiny against him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Childish, irritable, and has a fondness for collecting cute, little figurines. Also a thief-for-hire, a mercenary, a very effective killer, and totally ruthless. It's somewhat justified once we learn he was sold into slavery as a child soldier when he was very young, and thus apparently never had a childhood.
- 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. When he dies, at least part of his collection is added to his funeral pyre.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red eyes and an incredibly dangerous space pirate.
- Redemption Equals Death: Vol. 2 has Yondu showing all his regrets, saying he never did anything worthy in his life... and ultimately performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save his adoptive son Peter. This is even seen as a redeeming moment for the Ravagers who, after hearing of Yondu's sacrifice, arrive to honor him at his funeral which Stakar said earlier in the film they would never do after he dealt in child trafficking.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: With the Ravagers loyal to him long since executed, Yondu cuts a bloodily cheerful swath through the mutineers in Vol. 2.
- Robosexual: According to Peter, he had a particular appetite for android prostitutes. When he first appears in Vol. 2, he's just finished enjoying the service of some.
- Sarcasm Mode: His wry and condescending mode of speech makes it really hard to tell if he's being genuine or just facetious.The Broker: I can't tell if you're joking or not.
Kraglin: He's bein' fully serious.
- Scary Teeth: He needs some serious dental work. Vol. 2 has Rocket point this out.
- Slave Mooks: He spent 20 years as a Kree battle-slave, before Stakar freed him.
- Slave to PR: As Captain of his Ravager faction, he has had to spend all his life being a tough guy and putting on an act. This leads him to exchanging death threats with Peter every now and again just when his crew wonders if Yondu's grown too soft on the boy and this finally bites him in the sequel with the Ravager mutiny, leading him to lament to Rocket how he ruined his life trying to prove he was bigger and badder than everyone else, and also provide Rocket a cautionary tale because he sees him making the same mistakes he did.
- So Proud of You: According to Michael Rooker, this is why Yondu grins at Peter giving him troll doll. Becomes even more apparent in Vol. 2 where Yondu says Peter has always been his son, blood be damned, and is nothing like his manipulative, Omnicidal Maniac birth father.Michael Rooker: The thought in my head was That’s my boy. I taught him well. He knows how to do it. He can survive now, you know." All that went through my head.
- Stealth Mentor: His sometimes abusive, harsh, and abrasive treatment of Peter makes sense when you take into account that he was training him to more or less hide and survive in enough harsh environments and conditions to evade Ego the Living Planet and his clutches.
- Token Evil Teammate: The only reason he fought against Ronan's forces and saved Xandar was so he could get his hands on the orb. To Yondu, payment comes first, heroics and everything else second. Or at least that's what he needs to put across in public in front of his Ravager crew.
- Tough Love: This was Yondu's parenting style when it came to Peter because it was necessary to prevent his crew from thinking he was going soft (and he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold anyway). It explains a lot.
- Trick Arrow: His primary weapon is a self-propelled, mentally-controlled, armor-piercing arrow. It can take down an entire squad of soldiers in under ten seconds, and pierce through the hull of a Necrocraft without slowing down. But what makes it truly dangerous is the sheer skill and accuracy with which Yondu wields it, every time he directs it to hit someone he manages to hit them so they are either killed outright or disabled long enough to deliver a killing blow. The one time he seems to miss is indicated to have been a case of him actually aiming at something else. If Kraglin's attempts are any indication then using the arrow well is not an easy thing, but Yondu makes it look effortless.
- Troll: He mocks the Xandarian merchant's speech pattern by immaturely interrupting him in a high-pitched voice. Fittingly, Peter gives him a troll doll instead of the Infinity Stone at the end of the film, which he doesn't seem to mind so much.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: He considers not letting his men eat Peter 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, Peter 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. Come Vol .2, this is pretty clearly subverted given that that wasn't the real reason he reneged on the deal — his actual motive was far more noble, or tragic, and more or less all his talk about the crew eating Peter is simply macho-captain talk.
- You Are What You Hate: He's always resented his parents for selling him to the Kree as an infant. Decades later, he was kicked out of the main Ravager fleet for kidnapping Ego's kids and delivering them to his world in exchange for exorbitant amounts of money. It took his exile and the sobering realization that Ego was murdering his own children to make him admit to the error of his ways.
Portrayed by: Pom Klementieff
Voiced By: Erika Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish dub), Laura Pastor (European Spanish dub), Herself (French dub), Sayaka Akimoto (Japanese)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity WarAn alien woman with empathic powers (and adoptive daughter of Ego) who joins the Guardians.
- Adorkable: Is easily the cutest and most innocent of all the Guardians next to Baby Groot.
- Adaptation Distillation: She has the more alien characteristics of her modern incarnation, but also has a more humanoid appearance and Asian skin tone like her original form from the 1970's.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, she was a half-Vietnamese woman who turned out to be the Kree's Celestial Madonna. In the movie, she's an alien, though Marvel only auditioned Asian women for the part to ensure that she still resembled her comic counterpart.
- Adaptational Modesty: Her outfit resembles her classic '70s costume from the comics, but with leggings and no Absolute Cleavage.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Her introduction in Vol. 2 bumps the Guardians up to Two Girls to a Team
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: She's a mantis-looking alien named Mantis.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Exposure to Drax's honesty, friendship, and genuine selfless fatherly love for his deceased daughter ultimately cause her to reveal Ego's true intentions to the Guardians.
- Birds of a Feather: Socially awkward and isolated, Mantis relates to socially awkward and (formerly) isolated Guardians Drax and Gamora better than she does her adoptive brother Peter, according to Gunn.
- Butt-Monkey: The poor girl. She learns from Drax that she is 'hideous', a 'pet', 'horrifying to look at', is bitten by Rocket as a JOKE! And she also gets hit with a flying bit of space rubble in a moment that is most definitely Played for Laughs.
- The Dragon: She's the only person working for Ego even though she doesn't like what he's doing.
- Chekhov's Skill: Her ability to put Ego to sleep is critical in taking him down.
- The Empath: Her main abilities are empathy-based.
- Forced Sleep: Has the ability to telepathically render people unconscious.
- Friendless Background: Word of God states that Mantis has been very lonely for a long time when she meets the Guardians, having only really ever known Ego.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Averted, diverging from her counterpart in the comics◊. Here, she retains Pom Klementieff's natural skin color, to aesthetically differentiate her from Gamora and Drax.
- He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: When she uses her Empath Touch on Drax, she feels his grief over the deaths of his wife and daughter, and starts weeping uncontrollably. Drax, on the other hand, has a beatific look on his face, either because of he doesn't know how to emote due to his nature, or he's learned to live with it.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Being able to sense emotions through skin contact, and being able to put beings to sleep by touching them, doesn't sound that impressive. Right up until she forces an entire living planet to sleep, against his will, so that the Guardians have a chance of killing him.Drax: I never thought she'd be able to do it with as weak and skinny as she appears to be.
- In-Name-Only: Steve Englehart, the creator of comics Mantis, expressed disappointment in the character due to how heavily she was altered to the point of having little in common aside from her name.
- Insectoid Aliens: Despite her rather human-like appearance she does mention that she was found as a larvae by Ego.
- Love Informant: Mantis cheerfully and obliviously reveals to the Guardians that Peter is sexually attracted to Gamora.
- Monochromatic Black Eyes: A rare heroic example. Seems to have exclusively black pupils.
- Morality Pet: Subverted. She tries to be this to Ego, but he is beyond such concerns. He sees her as his personal alarm clock, there to put him to sleep so he can catch some shut eye from his boredom.
- My Greatest Failure: She is torn by guilt and remorse at seeing Ego murdering his children and being unable to do anything to really help them, and she tries many times to warn the Guardians.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: She uses her powers on Peter at one point and picks up on his Unresolved Sexual Tension with Gamora, a sentiment she happily vocalizes, much to Drax's amusement.
- Nice Girl: Socially awkward though she may be, Mantis is, at heart, a good person who treats the Guardians with kindness. Even though Drax directly calls her ugly, she even still forgives him because of his reassuring kindness about her appearance. Her basic decency is a big part of why she turns on Ego.
- No Social Skills: Her limited exposure to people has made her unable to pick up on social cues, and the Guardians help her learn to communicate better with them.
- The Not-Love Interest: To Drax in Vol. 2. They spend most of their screen time together and forming a bond with each other. It's even because of Drax that Mantis starts trying to warn the Guardians about Ego's true nature. However, they make clear they aren't interested in each other in any way that can be considered romantic, with Drax even being disgusted by the thought of it.
- Platonic Life Partners: Has this with Drax, developing a platonic friendship.
- Related in the Adaptation: Her adoptive father Ego is the biological father of Star-Lord, which makes Star-Lord her adoptive brother here. Her relationship to Ego here doesn't exist in the comics, either. It doesn't crop up much since Ego is more her slaveowner and benevolent overlord and neither she nor Peter really like Ego any great deal.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: She's the only member of the Vol. 2 team who doesn't appear on its teaser poster, which makes sense given that she's a new character. She does appear in the first trailer, though, as well as the main poster.
- The Sixth Ranger: She's one of new team members in Vol. 2, but is the only outright new character joining them, not having appeared in the first film.
- Super Toughness: She may look like the resident Squishy Wizard, but she can fall hundreds of feet and land on her feet just fine and she's merely KO'ed by a flying hunk of debris to the head.
- Token Good Teammate: Mantis takes this role in the second movie, especially since Baby Groot's brattier tendencies have surfaced.
- The Un-Smile: By way of introduction, her first attempts at a 'smile' creeps even Drax out.
- Woman Child: Due to having spent her life on Ego, she comes across as very childlike in her interactions with other beings, and she literally knows nothing of the outside world — it's both endearing and heartbreaking.
Portrayed by: Sean Gunn
Voiced by: Gerardo Alonso (Latin-American Spanish dub), Alejandro "Peyo" García (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- "Yeah, Quill turned out okay. It's probably good we didn't deliver him to his dad like we was hired to do."
- Ace Pilot: While not quite on Peter or Rocket's level, Kraglin's able to keep Yondu's ship steady so the others can get on it while Ego is attempting to destroy them all and he himself was falling due to the ship being on its side.
- Ascended Extra: Has a much larger role in the second Guardians movie. And is set up to be Yondu's successor.
- Beard of Evil: A scruffy, untidy looking one, underlining his nature as a pirate. Subverted in that he's actually one of the most decent pirates under Yondu's command.
- Canon Foreigner: An original character made for the first Guardians film. While Marvel had a similarly-named Ant-Man villain that came from space, he has nothing in common with him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is generally unfazed or plain sarcastic in the most serious or dangerous of situations
- Informs the Broker that no, Yondu wasn't joking about wanting a cute frog figurine while threatening the Broker's life.Kraglin: He's being fully serious.
- After listening to Nebula's Dark and Troubled Past Motive Rant response to his question on what she's going to do with the bounty money the Ravagers have promised her:Kraglin: Yeah... I was talking about like a pretty necklace, or a nice hat, you know. Something to make the other girls go "ooh, that's nice."
- When trying to warn that an entire Sovereign attack fleet is coming Yondu's way, he just blithely says "Hey Captain, remember that Ayesha chick?"
- Informs the Broker that no, Yondu wasn't joking about wanting a cute frog figurine while threatening the Broker's life.
- The Dragon: Ravager Number 2 for Yondu. He's the only one that goes with Yondu to places like the Broker's.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His surname can be seen during Peter's processing, which shows both Kraglin and Yondu's names under Peter's known associates.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A big, but clean one over his eye. Seems like an aversion, until we discover he's actually a decent guy.
- Hidden Depths: Like Yondu, it's implied that Kraglin is quite fond of Peter and also doesn't regret not handing him over to his jackass father. Though even he does eventually tire of Yondu's favouritism towards Peter affecting their business dealings.
- How Do I Shot Web?: After inheriting Yondu's arrow (and equipping himself with a spare fin) at the end of the second movie he's trying to train himself to use it like his old captain did, but is struggling, only managing to impale Drax with it.
- Human Aliens: He has a human appearance because he's a Xandarian.
- Knife Nut: He has at least three visible knives on him during Vol. 2
- Legacy Character: For Yondu, taking his fin and arrow after his funeral.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His eventual feelings about mutinying against Yondu are emotional devastation. He is horrified that it led to a mutiny and helps Yondu escape.
- 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.
- His brief interaction with Nebula reveals a hilariously Adorkable side to him.
- Number Two: Led the Ravagers during the attack on the Dark Aster, while Yondu was busy directly assaulting the Dark Aster.
- Only Sane Man: To the Ravagers.
- Older Than He Looks: His dialogue implies he's been working directly with Yondu since before they picked up Peter, so either this trope is in effect or Kraglin became first mate around age 15 (in Earth years).
- Ship Tease: He gets a scene in Vol. 2 that hints at this with Nebula of all people.
- Sixth Ranger: An unofficial one to the Guardians of the Galaxy, since his Ravager crew and Yondu are dead by the end of Vol. 2.
- Sole Survivor: The entirety of Yondu's crew is dead by the end of the film except Kraglin.
- The Stoic: He doesn't say much but his words carry considerable weight in Vol. 2 when he speaks out against Yondu's favouritism towards Peter. It's the final straw Taserface and his goons need to takeover the gang. Kraglin immediately regrets speaking out when all of his friends are killed due to being loyal to Yondu.
- Tragic Keepsake: He gets Yondu's head-fin and remote arrow. Learning to use them is a different matter though.
- Undying Loyalty: To Yondu. He makes a point of mentioning how he's always the one that defends Yondu's decisions even when the rest of the crew disagrees.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he kept his mouth shut about his grievance with Yondu, the entire mutiny and the deaths of many loyalist Ravagers could have been avoided.
- Villainous Friendship: Despite the fact that they are both murderous thugs, Kraglin is very loyal to Yondu and understands his quirks. In Vol. 2, even though he aided in the mutiny against Yondu, he is forgiven and is literally the only Ravager spared Yondu's wrath. Though his intent in speaking out was never to have things go to the extremes they did.