Guardians of the Galaxy
- Abusive Parent: Her mother was very harsh and demanding towards her, often unfavourably comparing her to her brother Genis.
- Bury Your Gays: Killed instantly by a revived Thanos.
- Butt-Monkey: Treated with less and less respect throughout vol 2, up until her death.
- Cool Sword: Her go-to creation when wielding the Quantum Bands. When she becomes Martyr she gets a different one, forged with death-magic, and even capable of doing the Magus some injury.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Phyla is unceremoniously fried instantly by Thanos in the second to last issue of vol 2, with Mantis later confirming that she found what was left of her later. As of 2017, she hasn't returned.
- Energy Weapon: She can create many of these with her Quantum Bands.
- Green Lantern Ring: Her Quantum Bands, which she eventually loses, and declines to take back when given the chance.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: After becoming Martyr.
- The Heart: The most compassionate member of the team, up until she became Martyr.
- In the Hood: Consistent throughout all her outfits are hoods.
- Interspecies Romance: Phyla, a half-kree half-eternal starts a relationship with Moondragon, a human.
- Legacy Character: To Captain Marvell, her father, and to Quasar. She suffers a lot of self-doubt over it.
- Most Common Super Power: Though given she's on the same team as Gamora, it can be hard to tell.
- Mystical White Hair: Quasar who has energy manipulation and flight powers and certainly looks the part.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Her decisions and temper become much worse at the same time, from starting brawls in bars to holding a head of a major galactic empire hostage in front of her family. Magus implies it's all the equivalent of a desperate cry for attention, and points out that she's way in over her head.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When she became Martyr.
- Unscrupulous Hero: As Martyr.
- The Big Guy: Shares this with Drax.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to Rocket Raccoon's little guy.
- Characterisation Marches On: In Annihilation: Conquest and the earlier issues of the series, he was capable of saying other things than "I am Groot". During Star-Lord's miniseries, he was also a colossal jerk (think Doctor Doom, but in tree form). He mellowed out after that.
- Deus Exit Machina: Generally regarded as the team's heaviest hitter, Groot was absent from the team's official foundation as he was still recovering from his sacrifice in Annihilation: Conquest. Likewise, whenever he needs to be written out for drama they simply have him make a slow recovery from a prior battle.
- The Exile: Banished from his home planet after A) killing another member of his species to defend a maintenance mammal it was brutalizing, and B) releasing a human subject that was kidnapped for scientific purposes.
- Fake King: He's not actually a king.
- Genius Bruiser: He is apparently quite smart and eloquent, we just can't understand what he's saying. He's also got a fantastic right hook.
- Glass Cannon: In Bendis stories he gets destroyed easily.
- Healing Factor: A very impressive one. Groot can, depending on the circumstances, regenerate lost limbs and even his entire body within seconds of being destroyed. Though going from a single splinter usually takes much longer and requires water.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rocket.
- Plant Aliens: He's an alien being resembling a walking tree.
- Pokémon Speak: "I am Groot!"
- Red Baron: Groot, King of Planet X, Ruler of All He Shades, Flora Colossus.
- Treants: Groot is a rare science fiction example of this trope, appearing as a towering, plant-like humanoid alien chiefly composed of wood. A bit of a borderline case, as he doesn't share many traits associated with this trope such as an association with forests, although he does posses some degree of control over plant life.
- Verbal Tic Name: I am Groot!
- When Trees Attack: He's a tree-like alien called the Flora colossus, with a very strong right hook.
- The Worf Effect: See Glass Cannon especially.
Cosmo the Spacedog
- Badass Adorable: An incredibly powerful psychic, who just happens to come in the form of a Golden Retriever / Labrador cross-breed. Even more so when he's briefly turned into a puppy, while losing none of his abilities.
- Barrier Warrior
- Beware the Nice Ones: Incredibly friendly and good-natured, but upset him, and the fangs come out.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against the Cancerverse Hulk of all people. Cosmo swiftly kills the Hulk (temporarily) by using his psychic powers to make him have a stroke.
- Furry Reminder: Unlike Rocket, Cosmo isn't anthropomorphic, he's an Earth dog who's become sapient. He still enjoys squeaky toys, chasing squirrels, mentions he'd have dealt with Annihilus by going for the throat, and can't stand Rocket because he's a racoon.
- I Believe I Can Fly: Using psychokinesis.
- Mission Control: Starting after Secret Invasion, he helps the team out by operating the teleport controls.
- Mysterious Past: Not even Cosmo remembers how exactly he came by his powers.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A psychic soviet space dog who is also the security chief of a space station.
- Poirot Speak: "Speaks" with a thick stereotypical Russian accent.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the head of security for Knowhere, and the only being there who doesn't try to rake the Guardians over the coals.
Members from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's run
- Animal-Themed Superbeing
- Chick Magnet: When you're able to seduce a member of the notoriously speciesist Kree, you qualify for this. It also gets him and the rest of the Guardians into trouble when he tries to flirt with Medusa. Right in front of her husband, to boot.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bug is a goofy, wisecracking sort, but he is lethal with that staff of his.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Spends a lot of his time asking why he wasn't on the first choice for the team, even though he was part of the proto-Guardians from the get-go.
- Jumped at the Call: Was perfectly happy to join the team again, mainly because Rocket forgot to mention the whole brainwashing thing.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Put on a Bus:
- Wasn't present during the team's founding, and it wasn't made clear where he'd gotten to.
- He was briefly in the Marvel NOW version of the team until he was no longer being considered for the 2014 movie. After this he promptly disappeared without any explanation and rejoined the Micronauts by the Minimum Carnage Bat Family Crossover for Scarlet Spider and Venom. As of Volume 4, it's revealed that he and some of the other former Guardians are part of a new team called the Knowhere Corps.
- Raised by Wolves: Plant aliens, at that.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: His antennae enable communication with others bearing antennae.
- Spider-Sense: He has his own version.
- Super Senses: Has extraordinary sight, upgraded by his helmet.
- Verbal Tic: "Tik".
Jack Flag (Jack Harrison)
- "I hate cosmic stuff..."
- Badass Normal: Started off as this.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Knew what violating the Registration Act would bring on him, and didn't care, because someone needed help.
- Fish out of Water: Jack's a street-level hero, used to dealing with people like Captain America, and he has a bit of trouble coming to terms with someone like Iron Man. He's way out of his depth with the Guardians. The only reason he doesn't go home is because (as far as he knows) he's still a wanted man.
- Grumpy Bear: He hates cosmic stuff.
- Handicapped Badass: Even whilst in wheelchair, Jack became the de-facto leader of the inmates of Prison 42 after the wardens abandoned the prison during the Secret Invasion and fought off Blastaar's forces in his attempt to gain access to the prison's portal to Earth.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Saves a girl from some thugs, gets beaten up, crippled, beaten up some more and then thrown into another universe and left to rot for his troubles.
- Only Sane Man: Prior to joining the Guardians, Jack was imprisoned in Prison 42 located in the Negative Zone, for breaching the Superhuman Registration Act. When he joined up with the Guardians, he reacted to most of the cosmic stuff with "I hate cosmic stuff" due to his background as a street faring vigilante.
- Put on a Bus: Disappeared after vol. 2, having gone back home.
- Running Gag: He doesn't like 'cosmic stuff'. Not even after it gives him his legs back.
- Super Speed: Not Quicksilver level super-speed, but faster than the human norm.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to go up against Mr. Hyde and win. Bearing in mind, Mr. Hyde regularly fights Thor.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Left paralysed from the waist down following his run in with the Thunderbolts. The damage to his spine was healed using alien technology during his first visit to Knowhere.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head/You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue hair, with portions dyed red and white.
Moondragon (Heather Douglas) I
- A God Am I: Has her moments
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: It resulted in her taking on The Dragon of The Moon. And even after barely winning that fight, she still remained arrogant. After several rounds of trauma and Demonic Possession, this has subsided.
- Back from the Dead: Revived by Drax and Phyla halfway through vol 2.
- Bi the Way: With a particular fondness for the Quasars
- Combat Stilettos: Her team uniform is the only one to have heels.
- Demonic Possession: She has a history with this.
- It's Personal: Thanos killed her father, her mother and her lover. It's very personal.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Doesn't come up during her time with the team, but in the past she's shown remarkable proficiencies in a lot of fields. And she's capable of keeping up with Thanos in a conversation.
- Put on a Bus: Didn't come back for Vol. 3. As of Volume 4, it's revealed that she and some of the other former Guardians are part of a new team called the Knowhere Corps.
- Raised by Wolves: Raised by Mentor of the Eternals. He and Drax don't exactly get on too well, to say the least (the fact that Mentor is Thanos' dad really doesn't help).
- Scaled Up: Was only able to turn into a dragon once but she made it count. As it turned out, this was because of an approaching case of Demonic Possession.
- Stalker with a Test Tube: To Quasar. Her Coming-Out Story revolved around her realizing that she had only ever used sex and romance as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire second half of the second volume, and The Thanos Imperative are one for her.
Members from Brian Michael Bendis' run
Iron Man (Anthony "Tony" Stark)Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist and founding Avenger. Tony joins the Guardians as Earth's representative, at least for a time, but his duties cause him to leave the team, appointing Flash Thompson as his replacement.
- Powered Armor: A trademark, but his one for this group was the Space Armor MK III.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Gamora.
- Long-Lost Relative: A tie-in to Original Sin and Loki: Agent of Asgard reveals that Angela is Odin's daughter, and thus Thor's half-sister and Loki's adopted sister.
Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Agent Venom (Eugene "Flash" Thompson)
Former high school bully of Peter Parker, later war hero. After losing his legs in Iraq, Flash Thompson would become a super soldier for the U.S. Government, using the Venom symbiote for covert operations. Eventually going rogue, Flash would join the Avengers, and would later be appointed Earth's representative on the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Fish out of Water: Flash was simply a member of the US Military who lost his legs trying his damnedest to save a superior officer, before jumping at the opportunity of being able to walk again thanks to the symbiote and volunteering to essentially become a government issue Spider-Man. And then was taken even further out of water by being appointed as the Avengers' liaison to the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Legacy Character: The fourth person to wear the symbiote and operate under the identity of Venom.
Star-Lord (Katherine "Kitty" Pryde)
The then headmistress of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, Kitty Pryde spent most of her life as an X-Man. Upon meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy and becoming involved with Peter Quill, she would join the team.
- For tropes relating to Kitty's appearances prior to taking up the Star-Lord mantle, see the Kitty Pryde page
- Cool Helmet: As Star-Lady, she wears a version of Star-Lord's helmet.
- Legacy Character: Takes over her fiancé Peter Quill's mantle after he becomes Emperor of Spartax.
- Official Couple: With Star-Lord, to whom she was engaged. It doesn't last and she returns to Earth.
- Took a Level in Badass: Started out as a naive, teenage newcomer in the X-Men books. Now, after many, many years and books worth of character development and achievements as a member of the X-Men, she's the current first lady of Spartax, and current holder of the mantle of Star-Lord (or Star-Lady to be more precise) while still cosmically powered thanks to the events of The Black Vortex.
The Thing (Benjamin "Ben" J. Grimm)
Founding member of the Fantastic Four and protector of Yancy Street.
- Ace Pilot: Finally gets to be an astronaut.
Members from Donny Cates' run
Bill is a steadfast ally of Thor and wielder of Stormbreaker. Bill is present when Thanos' will is read and after a string of events that put him at odds with the Dark Guardians, a team looking to kill anyone who Thanos may be possessing, Bill joins the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The Big Guy: Possessing the powers of Thor, he is the heaviest hitter on the team.
Phyla-Vell of Earth TRN-707An alternate universe version of Phyla, hailing from a universe where Loki is heroic. She was brought to Earth-616 during Infinity Wars along with her universe's Moondragon, and the two are present for the reading of Thanos' will. After a chain of unfortunate events, Phyla joins the Guardians of the Galaxy alongside her girlfriend.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She basically takes the place of 616 Phyla. Everyone acts as if the two are one and the same, and she acts just like Phyla would before becoming Martyr.
Moondragon (Heather Douglas) of Earth TRN-707An alternate universe version of Heather Douglas, hailing from a universe where Loki is heroic. She was brought to Earth-616 during Infinity Wars along with her universe's Phyla-Vell, and the two are present for the reading of Thanos' will. After a chain of unfortunate events, Heather joins the Guardians of the Galaxy alongside her girlfriend.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She basically takes the place of 616 Heather. Everyone acts as if the two are one and the same.
The Dark Guardians
A cosmic hit squad formed in response to Thanos' post-humous revelation that he is now possessing an unknown person. The group is determined to kill any possible candidates.
Starfox (Eros)Brother of Thanos with a hatred of his brother. He forms the Dark Guardians after the chaos that the reading of Thanos' will causes.
An alternate future-based version of the Punisher who became the Spirit of Vengeance, Herald of Galactus and then Herald of Thanos. Powered by the forces of Hell and the Power Cosmic, he is the most powerful of the group. He was killed by his universe's Silver Surfer, but was restored to life and sent to the present of Earth-616 by Odin, essentially kicked out of Valhalla. He attempted to kill and then raise a baby Thanos, but this proved fruitless. He is present for the reading of the modern Thanos' will, and is adamant about killing whoever Thanos may be possessing.
- Axe-Crazy: His trauma has not done good things for him; he is outright insane.
- Bait-and-Switch It was implied both on the cover of the first issue of the 2019 series and its conclusion that he would join the Guardians of the Galaxy. He does not.
- Physical God: Spirit of Vengeance and Power Cosmic-wielder. Very little can actually hurt him in a non-comedic way.
Gladiator (Kallark)Leader of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and Majestor of the Shi'ar Empire.
For tropes relating to him prior to joining the Dark Guardians, see X-Men: Recurring Characters.
Orphaned as a child, Wraith is a Kree wanderer. As a child he was sucked into a black hole and empowered by the Exolon, becoming a member of the Nameless. After killing the Nameless' leader, he escaped his prison and aided the cosmos during the second Annihilation War, but would afterwards continue his hunt for those that killed his parents. He is present for the reading of Thanos' will, but is only aiding Starfox because he was promised information regarding dark god Knull in order to remove himself of his Exolon powers.—-
- The Bus Came Back: He only ever appeared in Annihilation: Conquest and his joining the Dark Guardians in 2019 marks his first reappearance in over a decade.
- Casting a Shadow: His Exolon powers allow him to do this.
- Healing Factor: He heals very quickly and cannot die.
- Nothing Personal: Admits to not wanting to hurt Richard Rider, but he wants the information Starfox promised him.