!!! Comic Series

* ExecutiveMeddling: Starhawk was supposed to be turned evil and killed off, but the editors wouldn't let Valentino. His departure allowed Michael Gallagher (who did like the character) to keep him around and redeem him.
* FanNickname:
** ''[=DnA=]'' for the creative team behind the 2008 series, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.
** Gotgino (''Guardians of the Galaxy'' InNameOnly) for Bendis run on the series.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jim Valentino has an entire thread [[http://www.imagecomics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=144 here]] for this Trope. Essentially: Starhawk and Vance Astro would both die, the team would fight Kang and several of their groups of enemies (who would be redesigned to turn them into even more blatant Legion of Super-Heroes analogues), the Protege would turn out to be the Beyonder, and by the end of Valentino's planned run, the group would morph into a Legion of Super-Heroes type organization with a roster of over several dozen heroes.

!!! Film

* ActorAllusion: Overlaps with CastingGag.
** Creator/VinDiesel again voices a GentleGiant FriendToAllLivingThings [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant who makes a moving Heroic Sacrifice, then comes back to life.]]]]
** Creator/ZoeSaldana [[Film/{{Avatar}} as a]] GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe. Also, it's not the first time she's been in a film where her parents were killed [[Film/{{Colombiana}} in front of her]].
** Just like in ''Film/TheHangover'', Creator/BradleyCooper refers to a man's bag as a "purse" and is corrected with InsistentTerminology. He's good [[Film/TheATeam at making plans.]]
** More of a "director" allusion but this isn't the first time something James Gunn was involved with had [[Videogame/LollipopChainsaw Cherry Bomb]] in it.
* ApprovalOfGod:
** The hero of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' himself, Creator/KevinBacon, [[https://twitter.com/kevinbacon/status/495614046373429248 praised]] the movie.
** James Gunn thinks that ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'''s version of ''Guardians'' is hilarious.
* AuteurLicense: After the seemingly unlikely success of this group of characters, Disney now will be eager to support ''any'' adaptation of Creator/MarvelComics characters by Marvel Studios with ''ComicBook/AntMan'' and ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' promising to be just the beginning of lucrative new film properties.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Apparently, [[http://www.cinemablend.com/m/new/Chinese-Film-Critics-Hate-Guardians-Galaxy-Here-Why-67758.html the Chinese subtitles were particularly poor.]] Among other things, the title was translated as "Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team", and it is speculated this hurt its sales.
* CelebrityVoiceActor:
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, Rocket is voiced by the SoapOpera actor Sergio Zurita.
** In the Japanese dub, the same character is voiced by the comedian Kouji Kato and Groot by scriptwriter and actor Kenichi Endou.
* CreatorsFavorite:
** Rocket, '''Big Time'''. James Gunn has stated several times that Rocket was a big, if not the main, reason he wanted to make this movie. In fact when it was confirmed ''Guardians'' was a hit, Gunn put a heartfelt thank you letter online and specifically thanks everyone for letting a Raccoon make them a little more human.
** Creator/VinDiesel loved his character, Groot, so much that he would go to promotions and premieres wearing the stilts he wore for the movie and a shirt proclaiming "I Am Groot."
* {{Defictionalization}}: It was one thing to put out the ''Awesome Mix Vol. 1'' (it's another thing that it topped Billboard charts for weeks) but to pull this trope and release on cassette.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** In order to play Nebula, Creator/KarenGillan [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi4KDQsEQ-o shaved her head completely bald]] and had to endure hours of makeup and prosthetics being applied before cameras could roll. Her hair was then made into a wig and sent to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' studios (she got it back to film ''Series/{{Selfie}}'').
** Creator/ChrisPratt went through an astounding series of physical transformations in the run-up to this film. After spending years as the pudgy Andy on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' he got ripped for ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty''. Then he went back to being pudgy for ''Parks and Rec'' before gaining even more weight for ''Delivery Man''. Then he got ripped again for ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' winding up ''sixty'' pounds less than he was during most of ''Parks and Recreation''. He nearly passed on the project feeling like he couldn't make himself over to get to the body needed for the role, especially after an earlier "embarrassing" audition for one of the ''G.I. Joe'' films. But he committed to it and not only got into amazing shape with handsome movie-star looks, he credits it with making his life healthier and better. He is going back to pudgy for ''Parks and Recreation'' once again, though, although he says that he is maintaining a stricter exercise regime this time around.
** Dave Bautista already had the physique to play Drax (though he did say on Chris Jericho's podcast that he had slimmed down somewhat when he came to Hollywood to possibly play more roles than typical Brutes, so he essentially had to bulk back up for Drax) but he had to spend ''four hours '''every morning STANDING STILL''' ''with his arms outstretched as makeup artists applied and colored the 18 prosthetics needed to achieve the look seen on screen. Also, Bautista was wildly enthusiastic about getting a role in a Marvel movie but didn't have much acting experience so he threw himself into acting classes to prepare.
** Vin Diesel decided that he'd record his audio while wearing stilts in order to see the world from Groot's perspective. He said that it was also practice in anticipation of doing Groot's motion capture in any sequels that might happen.
* ExiledFromContinuity: The Badoon (recurring enemies of the Guardians in the comics) couldn't be used since their rights belong to [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]]'s ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}'' franchise, even though [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] has established their existence in the MCU. The Sakaarans were used as {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s to fill the gap. The same goes for the Kree's enemy the Skrull, which they usually war with, that are tied to the Fantastic Four as well.
* FanNickname:
** [[http://www.actionfigurepics.com/2014/04/weekend-toy-run-pre-order-marvel-legends-guardians-of-the-galaxy-on-amazon/marvel-legends-guardians-of-the-galaxy-iron-man From the tie-in toyline,]] [[Franchise/MetalHeroes Space Sheriff]] ComicBook/IronMan.
** [[spoiler:"Baby Groot" for the cute little twig Groot begins regenerating from.]]
* FollowTheLeader: The somewhat surprising success of this movie likely had something to do with DC green-lighting a ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' film, which has a very similar "ragtag group of quirky Anti-Heroes forced to work for the good guys" premise.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The French dub is globally more polite and kid-friendly than the original version.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Andy]] [[Creator/ChrisPratt Dwyer]], [[Film/TheHangover Phil Wenneck]], Wrestling/{{Batista}}, [[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Dominic]] [[Creator/VinDiesel Toretto]] and [[Film/StarTrek Nyota]] [[ZoeSaldana Uhura]], who make up the Guardians of the Galaxy.
** [[Series/DoctorWho Amy]] [[Creator/KarenGillan Pond]] and [[Film/TheHobbit Thranduil Elvenking]] play Nebula and Ronan the Accuser, the BigBadDuumvirate, and [[Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas Dr. Gonzo]] plays The Collector who will [[Film/TheUsualSuspects flip ya... flip ya for real]].
** [[Series/TheWalkingDead Merle]] [[Creator/MichaelRooker Dixon]] is Yondu. He was also [[Film/{{Mallrats}} Mr. Svenning]].
** [[Series/DavincisDemons Lucrezia]] is Peter's mom. [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger She also greets Captain America at the war bonds rally.]]
** [[Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan Mr. Crepsley]], [[Film/FatalAttraction Alex Forrest]], [[Series/WhiteCollar Agent Jones]] and [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Pete]]/[[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII Pate]]/[[Series/{{Spaced}} DUANE BENZIE]] play members of Nova Corps. Alternately, [[Series/CheckItOutWithDrSteveBrule Dr Steve Brule]] is now a [[VerbalTic membrer]] of the Nova Corpse... for your health!
** [[Series/GameOfThrones Dagmer Cleftjaw]] is part of Yondu's crew.
** [[Series/GilmoreGirls Kirk]] got another job, this time as part of Yondu's crew.
** [[Film/TheFifthElement Professor Mactilburgh]] is the Xandarian Broker.
** [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober Cook's Assistant Loginov]] is the Kree Ambassador.
** The blue alien prisoner that threatens Quill is best known for [[Series/{{Firefly}} another sci-fi universe]], [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog or being a douchebag superhero]], [[Series/{{Castle}} or a famous mystery novelist]].
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Original English:
*** Star Lord (Creator/ChrisPratt) was [[TheLegoMovie Emmett]].
*** Nova Corps Officer Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) is Disney/WreckItRalph, while the other officer who says "What a bunch of a-holes." (Peter Serafinowicz) is the voice of [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]].
*** Groot (Creator/VinDiesel) also voiced WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant. He also dubs himself in Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Thai.
*** Commander Rael (Glenn Close) voiced [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kala]].
*** Korath the Pursuer (Creator/DjimonHounsou) voiced [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2 Drago Bludvist]] earlier that year.
*** Creator/SethGreen ([[spoiler:ComicBook/HowardTheDuck]]) voiced Rocket Raccoon in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' and ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH''.
** In the Japanese dub[[note]] A more comprehensive list can be seen [[http://www.fukikaeru.com/deta_201409_01.html here.]][[/note]]:
*** [[Creator/KoichiYamadera Star Lord]] is [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]], [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Lord Business]] (oddly enough), [[Disney/WreckItRalph Ralph]] (also oddly enough) and [[Series/MadMen Don Draper]].
*** [[Creator/RomiPark Gamora]] is [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]], [[Anime/KillLaKill Ragyo Kiryuin]] and [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Toshiro Hitsugaya]].
*** [[Creator/FumihikoTachiki Yondu]] is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi Zaraki]] and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]].
*** [[Creator/BanjoGinga Thanos]] is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Ghiren Zabi]] and [[Franchise/MetalGear Liquid Snake]].[[note]]Also overlaps with CastingGag, being not the first time he voiced a space-faring conqueror. Also, albeit could be a coincidence, the last name of his StageName (his real name is Takashi Tanaka, by the way) means ''galaxy'' in Japanese and Thanos wants to ''[[GalacticConqueror rule the galaxy]]''.[[/note]]
*** Ronan is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Choe Neng Poww]], [[Anime/KillLaKill Hojo]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 Caius Ballad ]].
*** Drax is [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jack the Ripper]], [[Manga/OnePiece Machvise]], and [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Daisuke Hyuga]].
*** The Collector is [[Manga/OnePiece Bluejam]].
** In the Mexican Spanish dub:
*** Rhomann Dey is [[Manga/DragonBall Cell]].
** The Hungarian dub:
*** Thanos is [[Franchise/StarWars Mace Windu]], [[Series/GameOfThrones Ned Stark]] and [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Tai Lung]].
*** Star-Lord is [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Kit Fisto]], [[Series/{{Charmed}} Andy Trudeau]] and Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s singing voice.
*** Rocket is ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat''.
*** Gamora is [[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Courtney]].
* IAmNotShazam: Denarian is Garthan Saal's rank in the Corps, not his first name.
* MeaningfulReleaseDate: The film was released 28 years to the day after [[spoiler:''Film/HowardTheDuck'']]. Guess who appears in TheStinger?
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Creator/KarenGillan as the villainous Nebula.
** Who would have though that stone-cold badass Creator/VinDiesel would end up playing the gentle-yet-badass Groot? (Outside of those that watched ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', of course -- which '''itself''' was a role where he was PlayingAgainstType.)
** Creator/ChrisPratt, best known for playing a comedic and schlubby AdultChild on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', as buffed-up LovableRogue Star-Lord.
** Creator/LeePace, perhaps most memorable as the awkward and gentle Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies', as the cruel and genocidal Ronan.
* ProductionPosse:
** Creator/MichaelRooker, Creator/NathanFillion, and Gregg Henry were all in James Gunn's first film, Film/{{Slither}}.
** Director James Gunn's brother Sean plays Craglin, and served as the on-set Rocket.
* PromotedFanboy: Dave Bautista has gone on record that he wanted a role in a Marvel movie more than anything else in his life and cried when he found out he got the part.
* RealitySubtext:
** Korath's lack of recognition for "Star-Lord" reflects the obscurity of the comic series compared to other properties from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His getting it right at the end shows the hope that the film could raise their profile among fans.
** Gamora and Rocket's arguments become a bit funnier when you remember that Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper are exes.
* TheRedStapler:
** One of the soundtrack albums is entitled ''Awesome Mix Vol. 1'', and consists of all the songs that are played from Quill's walkman over the course of the film. It's even being released on cassette!
** The film has even generated renewed interest in and demand for personal cassette players, especially classic Walkmans like Peter's.
* RevivalByCommercialization:
** After appearing in the trailer, "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede sold more than 2000 downloads within 24 hours of the trailer being released -- a ''700%'' increase in sales.
** All of the songs that comprised the film's soundtrack, "Awesome Mix Vol. 1", that was released as an album; it became the first film soundtrack to ever hit #1 on the Billboard album charts without a new song debuting on it. It's also worth pointing out that they were heard on radio stations well after the movie premiered.
* SleeperHit: In spite of Marvel's excellent box office record, the movie was expected by most to do relatively modest ''Thor''-level numbers of around $180 million because it was based on a very obscure comic book property and was released in the dump month of August. ''Guardians of the Galaxy'', however, ended up getting the last laugh all the way to the top summer spot, dethroning the presumed summer box office champion ''Transformers: Age of Extinction'', and ''Captain America: The Winter Soldier'' as the highest grossing movie of 2014. What made its success shocking was that the previous attempts to make big budget sci-fi space operas in 2011 (''Film/GreenLantern'') and 2012 (''Film/JohnCarter'') were massive bombs. The fact that ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' was able to avoid the same horrible fate is a real testament to the success of the Marvel Brand.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Djimon Hounsou has admitted in an interview that he took the role of Korath the Pursuer for his son, who loves the {{Superhero}} genre.
* ThrowItIn:
** According to James Gunn, Peter flipping off the Nova Corps came from Chris Pratt goofing around on set.
** The scene where Peter drops the orb during the Collector scene was also not scripted. According to the commentary, Chris Pratt accidentally dropped the orb during filming but remained in character through the whole thing so it's in the final film.
** James Gunn's brother Sean, who did the on-set acting for Rocket, improvised the line "A bunch of jackasses standing in a circle."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** [[Series/GameOfThrones Jason Momoa]] was offered the role of Drax the Destroyer, but turned it down to avoid being TypeCast in action roles. Ironically, he went on to be cast as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
** Before being cast as Yondu, Michael Rooker expressed interest in playing Rocket Raccoon and there was a large fan petition trying to make it happen.
** Creator/OliviaWilde was offered Gamora, but turned it down.
** There was a rumor about Creator/DavidTennant voicing Rocket Raccoon. He eventually gets another role in MCU: Zebediah Killgrave a.k.a. The Purple Man in Netflix's TV series, ''A.K.A. Jessica Jones''.
** Djimon Hounsou auditioned for Drax and Lee Pace auditioned for Quill.
** Early drafts of the script included Bug. He was even back in the Guardians' comic relaunch to promote the character briefly. He was left out because Marvel doesn't own the film rights to the character.
** Joseph Gordon-Levitt could have played Star-Lord, which would have created a great ActorAllusion to [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Jim Hawkins]].
** Early drafts featured ComicBook/{{Nova}} (although it's unclear as to which Nova, Richard Rider or Sam Alexander) as a central character. He was cut once James Gunn took over, as he took away focus from Star-Lord's story, as well as being considered TheScrappy by Gunn.
** Stan Lee was originally slated to cameo in the Collector's collection on Knowhere, in which he would have flipped off Groot from within a display case (possibly a reference to the fact that Groot is the only member of the team that Lee had any hand in creating). The scene was cut because Lee was in England at the time and couldn't be reached for filming.
** James Gunn reportedly was initially unsure about Creator/ChrisPratt portraying Star-Lord.
** [[http://comicbook.com/2014/12/21/guardians-of-the-galaxy-almost-had-an-avengers-after-the-credits/ According to James Gunn, the stinger at the end of]] ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' with Baron Von Strucker and the twins was originally the stinger for this film, but the scene ended up being used for ''Winter Soldier'' instead.
** [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/SuperheroSquare/news/?a=114091 Yondu was originally meant to be killed off in the end of the movie]]
** Thanos almost got cut from the movie, but Gunn decided to keep him for a connection to ''The Avengers''.
** James Gunn wanted to have [[ComicBook/ROMSpaceKnight Rom the Space Knight]] pop up in the movie, but was unable to due so because Marvel does not have the rights to use the character. (It is currently owned by Hasbro after they acquired Parker Brothers.)
* WordOfGod: It's been confirmed that unlike in the comics, Jason of Spartax is ''not'' Peter Quill's father in MCU.

!!! Cartoon Series

* CastingGag: Apparently, Vanessa Marshall [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels has a habit of lending her voice to green-skinned aliens]].
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Creator/WillFriedle is Star-Lord [[WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble again]].
** Creator/VanessaMarshall is Gamora.
** Creator/TrevorDevall is Rocket Raccoon [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan again]].
** Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson is Groot [[WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble again]].
** Creator/DavidSobolov is Drax [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan again]].
** Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor is Yondu and Cosmo.
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