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Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
Our unlikely heroes (from left to right): Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer.
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Rhomann Dey: They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Nova Corps Officer: What a bunch of a-holes.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the 2014 movie adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic series and the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is directed by James Gunn of Slither and Super fame.

The film focuses on the eponymous team, made up of Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Batista), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).

Karen Gillan and Lee Pace portray the film's villains, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser; Glenn Close portrays Commander Rael, the head of the Nova Corps; John C Reilly plays Nova officer Rhomann Dey; Benicio Del Toro portrays The Collector; Djimon Hounsou plays Korath the Pursuer, Michael Rooker plays Yondu and Ophelia Lovibond portrays the Collector's assistant.

Has a character sheet here.

Previews: Trailer 1. Trailer 2. Trailer 3

Tropes applying to this film:

  • Abbey Road Crossing: The gang perform one while being escorted into prison.
  • Action Girl: Gamora, a female soldier and assassin.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The movie contains elements from the classic comic series and the more recent series: The team roster is taken from the current series, but Peter Quill is raised by Yondu, who was a member of the original team from the 60's.
    • Lee Pace has said that Ronan works under Thanos, much like the Ultimate Marvel version of the character.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Both of Gamora's costumes are significantly less Stripperiffic than what she usually wears in the comics.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Though he eventually learns the error of his ways, Star-Lord starts off as a self-serving outlaw and a bit of an asshole. This is in contrast to his comic counterpart, who was a seasoned cosmic superhero long before joining the Guardians. It's really more of an Adaptational Anti-Heroism situation if anything.
    • While Ronan the Accuser has never been the nicest guy, in his role as Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire he was basically a Knight Templar. Here he's a renegade who's collecting the Infinity Gems for Thanos. His actor compares him to Osama bin Laden. He also looks more Obviously Evil.
  • Annoying Laugh: Rocket, after he hears Star-Lord's "plan"
    Quill: That's a fake laugh.
    Rocket: It's real!
    Quill: Totally fake!
    Rocket: That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life!
  • Anti-Hero: The so-called "Guardians" are a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac. As Karen Gillan says, they're "good guys within the bad guys".
  • Anti Hero Team: The Guardians are all convicted criminals, guilty of a whole plethora of illegal activities, including murder, theft, assault, and Illegal Manipulation of a Gramosian Duchess. The start of the film even involves the lot of them being arrested.
    Star-Lord: So here we are. A thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The computer's data stream in the lineup scene provides some interesting information about the cast. (Rocket Raccoon bites.)
  • Funny Animal: Rocket Raccoon—for a given value of "funny".
  • Gentle Giant: Groot looks pretty docile and peaceful when he's not completely enraged. The teaser trailer shows him handing a flower to a little girl.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the trailers, when Star-Lord flips off the Nova Corps, the local computer system catches on and throws up a holographic blur filter, complete with a tooltip explaining "Obscene Gesture Imminent." It's uncensored in the actual film.
  • Glory Hound: Peter Quill fashions himself as a legendary outlaw. Unfortunately, no one's ever heard of him.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The leader of the Nova Corps considers sending in the Guardians to be this, as Xandar faces "an unstoppable threat."
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe:
    • Gamora is literally green.
    • Nebula is a blue-skinned space pirate.
    • Ophelia Lovibond plays a pink-skinned assistant to the Collector.
  • The Heart: James Gunn has stated that Rocket is this for the team.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Gamora betrayed her family (namely, her adopted father Thanos and adopted sister Nebula)to aid the Guardians.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rocket and Groot as in the comics.
  • Human Aliens: The Xandarians all look human, despite being from an alien world lightyears away from Earth.
  • Indy Ploy: Played for laughs with Peter and Rocket.
    Peter: I have a plan.
    Rocket: You have a plan?!
    Peter: I have part of a plan!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The entire team according to James Gunn - save Groot, who's gentle-natured to begin with. They may all be criminals, but they're still willing to stick their necks out if it means protecting billions of innocents.
  • Knife Nut: Drax wields a pair of these.
  • Last of His Kind: When Gamora is incarcerated, her profile states her to be the last survivor of the Zen Whoberi people.
  • Lighter and Softer: While most of the MCU movies have had varying degrees of humor in their films, this one seems to focus on comedy a lot more, at least going by the trailer.
  • List of Transgressions: The first trailer gives us a pretty long rundown on the crimes and misdemeanours that the team has collected over their careers.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Peter donning his Star-Lord gear onboard the Milano.
  • Loveable Rogue: Peter is a thief and a criminal, but ultimately has a noble heart, and he's the one who brings the team together.
  • MacGuffin: The orb that Peter steals from Ronan.
  • Mickey Mousing: According to James Gunn composer Tyler Bates will write some of the score before the film enters production so that Gunn can film to the music.
  • More Dakka: This appears to be Rocket's superpower.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Ronan wears black robes and armor rather than his green outfit from the comics.
  • Mythology Gag: During the line up scene, the data stream for each character lists numerous incidents that happened to them in the comics that Guardians is based on.
    • Rocket Raccoon being from Halfworld in the Keystone Quadrant, and Lylla being listed as one of his associates.
    • Gamora being the last of her kind.
    • Peter having an affair with an intergalactic duchess that her parents were none too happy about.
    • Peter mentions that he has 12% of a plan.
  • The Napoleon: Rocket Raccoon is 4 feet tall, carries a gun bigger than he is, and has no qualms blasting your face off with it.
  • Non-Indicative Name: They're a bunch of thugs and criminals, little more than a gang, and not some uber-powerful cosmic superteam. Calling themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy is probably an ironic, Small Name, Big Ego kind of thing.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: The members of the team eventually gain red, military-like uniforms, but each one has some noticeable variations. Drax doesn't even wear a shirt with his.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Rocket Raccoon had a cockney-ish accent in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and then sounded like Steve Buscemi/ Joe Pesci in his appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man. In this movie, Bradley Cooper just uses his normal accent. Justified in that Rocket isn't even human, let alone British, so any accent should be acceptable.
    • He was never indicated to have been speaking with a British accent in the comics either. The idea that he does is an example of Lost in Imitation.
  • Parental Substitute: Yondu raised Peter after the boy's mother was killed.
  • Plant Aliens: Groot is a giant walking tree described as "Rocket's personal house plant / muscle".
  • Pokémon Speak: Groot only ever says one thing: "I am Groot." This was one reason the role appealed to Vin Diesel, who previously voiced the similarly near mute Iron Giant.
  • Power Walk: Guardians assemble in slow mo purposeful walk towards camera, echoing many a space movie as well as MCU's own The Avengers. [1]
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Inverted. The Guardians are criminals, thieves, and murderers, but end up heroes because, as Star-Lord points out, they live in the galaxy too.
  • Prison Episode: The Guardians get locked up by the Nova Corps during one sequence in the film.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gamora briefly sports one in her close up in the lineup sequence.
  • Race Lift:
    • Drax was originally a Caucasian man named Arthur Douglas in the comics. Here, he's played by the half-Filipino/half-Greek Batista. To say nothing of the fact that Drax is an alien in the movie but human in the comics.
    • Korath the Pursuer is black rather than blue. This is notable because in the comics, it's an explicit plot point that the Kree only come in two types: a blue-skinned majority and a white-skinned minority, the latter of whom experience Fantastic Racism from the former.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: We've got a displaced earthling who's actually a Half-Human Hybrid, an alien assassin who used to work with the Big Bad, an alien bruiser on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, a sentient tree who's the Token Good Teammate, and a talking raccoon with a huge chip on his shoulder dispensing More Dakka. And if it's anything like their comic book run, they're a bunch of egomaniacs who bicker like crazy on the battlefield and can't stand each other when they're off it.
    Rhomann Dey: ...this might not be the best idea.
  • Red Baron: Drax has one in "The Destroyer".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: One's a 4-foot tall cybernetic raccoon who likes his big guns. The other is a (normally) 7-feet tall Gentle Giant of a tree who doesn't mind busting heads. Together, they will kick your ass from one end of Knowhere to the other.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Drax has been cutting a swath across the galaxy after the murder of his wife and family.
  • Rocket Boots: Star-Lord sports a pair of these that he can use to fly and hover, much like Iron Man's, except he apparently doesn't need stabilizers on his hands to balance himself.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: A lot of the aliens in the film just look like humans with different colored skin and/or random protrusions on their heads.
  • Self-Deprecation: Everywhere. A Running Gag through the film is that none of the characters have ever heard of the "Guardians of the Galaxy", much like a large percentage of the film's intended audience. Lampshaded in the second trailer:
    Star-Lord: I look around, and you know what I see? LOSERS! But life is giving us a chance!
  • Sequel Hook: James Gunn has said what happens in the film is important to the plot of the third Avengers movie.
  • Serkis Folk: Along with voicing the character, Vin Diesel also portrays Groot via motion capture, even wearing stilts to match Groot's height.
  • Shout-Out: The first scene in the initial trailers, showing Peter Quill about to steal something, leans hard on the opening sequence in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • A Simple Plan: Star-Lord has a plan... well... half a plan.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. When he announces his name to Korath he expects a reaction, but Korath just shrugs and asks "Who?" It even continues when the Nova Corps get him.
    Korath: Who are you?
    Peter: Star-Lord.
    Korath: Who?
    Peter: Star-Lord, man. Legendary outlaw? [beat] Forget it...
  • Something Completely Different:
    • For the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film shifts from the previous Super Hero tales to a full blown Space Opera.
    • The Avengers, despite their idiosyncrasies, are undoubtedly straight-up heroes. The Guardians are a bunch of surly, trigger-happy, fight-happy anti-heroes with impressive criminal records. As one prison guard puts it, they're "a bunch of a-holes."
    • To say nothing of the greater emphasis on comedy.
    • This is also the first Marvel Studios film not to feature Avengers members.
    • In fact, this is the explicitly stated reason as to why this movie is happening. After nine or so straight movies revolving around the members of the Avengers, building up to the upcoming finale to Phase Two, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy is a Breather Episode gathering of C-list and D-list Marvel characters that nobody would ever expect to be featured in a film.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The movie uses the Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" and other pop songs that are on Peter Quill's Walkman, despite being a Space Opera. This emphasizes just how much he doesn't fit into a superhero persona in that situation.
    • The second trailer gives us "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum.
    • In a Facebook chat, it was hinted (and then outright mentioned by Chris Pratt) that "O-o-h Child" by the Five Stairsteps will be included as well.
    • The second trailer also reveals that these songs are contained on a cassete tape of Peter's, labelled "Awesome Mix #1." Groot seems unimpressed.
    • The official soundtrack consists of various seventies and eighties hits, including "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes, and "Moonage Daydream" by David Bowie.
    • In the film, Hooked on a Feeling plays while the Guardians' are inducted into a high-security prison.
  • Source Music: The 70s and 80s tunes that play in the movie are all from an eight track tape that Peter owns and listens to regularly in the film itself.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: During the Kyln prison break, an exasperated Gamora declares "I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy".
  • Space Opera: Huge Space Battles! Space Pirates! Space Police! Green Skinned Space Babes! A MacGuffin that could decide the fate of the galaxy! Welcome to the Cosmic Marvel universe.
  • Space Pirate: Nebula.
  • Space Police: The Nova Corps, who aren't really amused that an Anti Hero Team is calling themselves the "Guardians of the Galaxy" instead.
  • Space Station: Knowhere, which is actually the floating head of a Celestial.
  • Spiritual Successor: People have been calling this a Farscape or a Firefly movie. Or Outlaw Star if you're an anime fan.
  • Starfish Language: It sounds like all Groot can say is "I am Groot", but he's actually very intelligent and well-spoken, and that's just how his subtle and complex language sounds to people no matter what he says. Helpfully, Rocket can understand him.
  • Stealth Pun: The third trailer includes the Tag Line "All Heroes Start Somewhere." After the word "Somewhere" appears on screen, the next thing you see is a space station. The name of that space station, not mentioned in the trailer but known to followers of the comics? Knowhere.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: Peter's signature weapon, The Element Gun, can conjure the four classic elements.
  • Talking Animal: Rocket, only he's technically not an 'animal'.
  • Tattooed Crook: Drax's body is covered in red tattoos.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Rhomann all but vocalizes this when he realizes that the fate of the galaxy rests on the so-called Guardians.
      Rhomann: This might not be the best idea.
    • The tagline itself implies this as the reaction of the viewer.
  • Token Good Teammate: Groot is the only Guardian that doesn't start the film as a criminal or Jerkass; the only reason he's with them is because of Rocket. Word of God notes that he's essentially "innocent" compared to the others.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Gamora undresses in Quill's ship.
  • Translator Microbes: Star-Lord's arrest record lists him as having a translator implant in his neck.
  • Troperrific: This page has a lot of tropes, and the movie isn't even out yet.
  • Unexpected Character: The movie is pretty much a gathering of C-list and D-list Marvel characters that nobody would have expected to be featured in a film. And by C-list and D-list characters, we mean a bunch of dudes who could give The Avengers a run for their money in the ass-kicking department.
  • Used Future: Most of the space faring races' "futuristic" technology is covered in dirt and grime, a far cry from the Crystal Spires and Togas of Asgard.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Much like in the comics, Drax is never seen wearing a shirt.
  • Wretched Hive: The Knowhere space station, a severed Celestial head located at an unspecified place just outside of spacetime. It's a port of call and observatory for intergalactic travellers, and so attracts all sorts of unsavory characters.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Most of the costumes are spot-on or at least Pragmatic approximations, but Korath looks absolutely nothing like his comic counterpart. Which is probably for the best.

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