Characters from Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. For tropes relating to comics versions of the Guardians, see here. For tropes related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of the Guardians, see here.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
A human who was taken from Earth by Yondu shortly after the death of his mother. Now he is a small-time criminal turned superhero.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: You can choose to make Peter nice and reasonable when it comes to some scenes.
- Back from the Dead: Quill is killed by Hala in episode one, but brought back to life by the Eternity Forge shortly after.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears his red long coat and is fully loaded for action.
- Cool Helmet/Cool Mask: As always. It helps with surviving out in space.
- Deadpan Snarker: A large amount of his dialogue are sarcastic remarks, and he'll make quips even when not prompted to by the player.
- Embarrassing Nickname: If Peter revives his mom in the Empowering the Forge ending, she'll reveal that "Star-Lord" is actually the name of the character she used in her bedtime stories to Peter "Little Petey the Star-Lord". Drax finds it hilarious.
- The Face: As the most level-headed of the group, Star-Lord handles pretty much all the "as-a-group" relations, being the one who does all the talking while dealing with the Collector/Nova Corps. As a result, he's the one everyone Squees over once the Guardians become Famed In-Story.
- Guns Akimbo: He fights with two laser pistols.
- The Heart: Gamora believes that without him, the group would fall apart, and the group looks to him to make important decisions. In the first episode, Peter can also lift his group's spirits during the celebration on Knowhere.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As is tradition, Peter can be a bit childish but he's still a good guy deep down.
- The Paragon: Can act as this among the fellow Guardians since he influences them to grow as people.
- Punch-Clock Hero: He doesn't mind being a hero as long as he benefits in the long run.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears a red Badass Longcoat and is the main hero...well, Anti-Hero.
- Ship Tease: He has a fair share of heartfelt moments with Gamora.
- Token Human: Definitely among the Guardians, probably of the local area.
When Gamora was a child, Thanos conquered her people and "adopted" her as his daughter. Gamora murdered countless people in his name, and her quest to atone led her to join the Guardians.
- Action Girl: As always.
- The Atoner: She joined the Guardians to atone for her past as Thanos' assassin.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever try to sneak a peak at her secret box or else she'll threaten you with a blade.
- Big Sister Mentor: She used to train Nebula in combat.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Nebula's Cain. This can be fixed if you convince Nebula to undergo a HeelFace Turn.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Well, obviously.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Nebula stabbed Gamora through the abdomen in the past and left her for dead, though she survived.
- Only Sane Woman: Whenever Peter's not guiding the team, she seems to be the only one who tries to rationally think things through.
- Ship Tease: She has a few loving moments with Peter.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She sports dark blue hair.
Drax the Destroyer
Drax's wife and daughter were killed by Thanos. He's been on a quest to avenge them ever since.
- And Then What?: Touched on shortly after the completion of the game's first mission. Now that he's gotten his revenge on Thanos, his primary motivation is gone.
- Blood Knight: Is eager to get into fights and revels in killing. He asks Peter to take him to Hala's spaceship instead of Gamora solely so he can kill Kree soldiers, and if not chosen, and Peter calls him to tell him that they haven't ran into any enemies Drax will say that he's not as envious of them anymore.
- Comfort Food: After Thanos' death, Drax feels like he's lost his purpose in life and tries to fill the new void by constantly eating.
- Death Seeker: With his mission to avenge his family complete early in the first episode, Drax sees no more purpose to his life and seeks to find a way to die an honorable death. He can get his wish in Episode 4, although he turns out to survive..
- Disney Death: If he sacrifices himself in Episode 4, the finale reveals that he managed to survive and defeat the giant worm.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Episode 4, if Peter lets him, Drax will sacrifice himself to stop the giant worm from eating the Milano. Episode 5 reveals that he not only survived, but he won.
- Hot-Blooded: Aside from his love of combat, he's a literal example: he says his temperature is always 125.9 degrees
- I Call It "Vera": Drax's twin daggers are named after his wife and daughter.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Drax never calls Nebula by her name, addressing her instead as "the Cyborg".
- Literal-Minded: Drax interprets every metaphor literally. The above quote is even an example, as it's his response to being told to "stay cool".
- You Killed My Father: Wants revenge against Thanos for killing Drax's wife and daughter.
An alien that resembles a talking raccoon. Rocket is greedy, selfish, and rude, but he is a brilliant mechanic and tactician.
- A Day in the Limelight: A good chunk of episode 2 is focused on him.
- Anti-Hero: Rocket is an asshole who doesn't like being a hero if he doesn't get paid.
- Being Good Sucks: He argues that being good doesn't have as much profit in the end over doing more shady jobs.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His earliest memories were of being an experiment on Halfworld.
- Greed: Aside from an acute dislike of the Nova Corps, Rocket's primary motivation for selling Thanos' body to the Collector is that it'll pay them a lot more.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Rocket is an asshole, he does care about his friends.
- Manchild: Or adult raccoon-child, at least. He's the most ill-tempered of the group and has the most basic motivations (except for maybe perhaps Groot), and even whines like a little kid while the Nova Corps is scanning Thanos' body:Rocket: This is taking foreveeeeeeeeer!
- Punch-Clock Hero: He'll only do good deeds if he's paid to do them.
- Role Reprisal: From the movie-based skin in Marvel Heroes, as well as Disney Infinity.
- Sociopathic Hero: He has shades of this thanks to his readiness to kill people, especially in his goal to resurrect Lylla.
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, Token Amoral Teammate, at least. While the rest of the team on at least some level have morals or genuine desire to be heroes, Rocket is almost entirely out for self-profit and doesn't care one bit about doing the right thing without benefits.
- Tragic Keepsake: His wrist computer is the only thing he has left to remember his dead love interest Lylla. When it breaks late in Episode 2, he breaks down crying.
A sentient tree-like alien and Rocket's best friend. Groot is known both for his loyalty to his friends and his inability to say anything beyond "I am Groot."
- Berserk Button: Harming Rocket. After Thanos lands a hit on Rocket, Groot becomes furious, grabbing a pair of large rocks to smash into the Mad Titan.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He's a walking, talking tree with limited vocabulary that can apparently get hung over. Exposure to spores toxic to other lifeforms just causes flowers to grow on one of his arms and get him high.
- Friend to All Living Things: Groot is incredibly compassionate. If Peter has Mantis scan him, she detects that Groot loves all life.
- Out of Focus: Out of all the Guardians, Groot gets the least amount of screentime. Considering he needs other people to translate for him and everyone who can do so is busy with their own drama, it's not all that surprising he got left on the back burner.
- Plant Person: He's a large, talking tree person.
- Pokémon Speak: He can only say "I am Groot." If he gets high, he can shift the order of the words around, which he finds hilarious.
- Wasn't That Fun?: After a crash landing, everyone slowly comes to in pain. Groot shouts something in a cheerful tone, only for Rocket to forcefully state that the crash was not fun.
A strange and empathic being the Guardians encounter in a tomb.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After greeting the Guardians in a chipper demeanor she borrows Peter's laser gun to blast her stasis pod off a ledge since she saw it as a tomb that tormented her mind for eons.
- Berserk Button: One of the first things she does after the Guardians free her was to ask Peter for one of his guns. If he hands it to her, she'll calmly use it shoot the tomb she was held in off a cliff. Bringing the tomb up in general afterwards clearly pisses her off.Peter: Was there moisturiser built into that tomb-thingy?-
Mantis: There was not.
Peter: Oh really? I guess it was because uh-
Mantis: Please. Stop talking.
- The Bore: If Peter asks her to tell the team her whole life story, the other Guardians immediately begin to doze off as Mantis goes into an overly long ramble about her origin.
- Emotion Bomb: Mantis can transfer her own emotions into others or heighten existing emotions. She accidently shares her sadness with Peter, and later weaponizes it by reducing an attacking Kree soldier to tears so he wouldn't fight back.
- The Empath: She can feel other people's emotions when she touches them. If she's near someone feeling extreme emotions, she can feel that emotion regardless of whether she is touching anyone and transmits that emotion to everyone around her.
- Genki Girl: She's easily excited by everything upon being released from her stasis pod.
- Sealed Good in a Can: She was placed in stasis and hidden away for millennia so she could ensure that the Eternity Forge would not be misused.
- The Sixth Ranger: The Guardians don't meet her until Episode 3 of 5.
- Tranquil Fury: The subject of the Tomb she was held causes her to switch from Nice Girl to ice cold fury.
The Guardians' Associates
Peter's late mother. Although she died when Peter was a child, the Eternity Forge tempts Peter with the chance to see her again.
- Actual Pacifist: Meredith believes that violence is wrong, and you should solve problems with words instead of fists. During a flashback where you play Peter Quill as a child, Meredith disapproves of Peter having punched another boy in retaliation for the other boy having broken Meredith's cassette player. If you say that Meredith is right and promise to apologize to the other boy, she'll praise Peter for being a good kid. If you say that the other boy deserved the punch, Meredith will accuse Peter of only thinking about himself. When she finds that other kid breaking the news to Peter that she is terminally ill, Meredith slaps him and immediately regrets it.
- Back from the Dead: She is one of three people who Star-Lord can choose to revive should you get the Forge Ending.
- Incurable Cough of Death: She's seen coughing heavily in flashbacks, presumably from the disease that killed her.
- Posthumous Character: Meredith died years before the story began, but she is seen often in flashbacks.
The captain of the Ravagers. Yondu was the one who took Peter from Earth and raised him after his mother passed away.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's much nicer to Peter than usual, this time having been hired by his mother to take care of him after her death as opposed to abducting him when he ran out of the hospital. That said...
- Adaptational Villainy: He's still a Space Pirate like his film counterpart, unlike the original comics Yondu, who was a superhero in his own right.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Yondu's race is humanoid with deep blue skin colour.
- HA HA HA No: One dialogue option is for a young Peter to ask Yondu if he's his father. Yondu has a long laugh before flatly saying "no".
- I Gave My Word: In this continuity, Meredith convinced Yondu to take Peter in and look after him if something happened. He arrives to Meredith's funeral to make good on that promise as he claims his word is his bond.
- Monstrous Cannibalism: Yondu remarks off-handedly to a young Quill that his mother ate three of his brothers, but didn't let that bother him.
An alien resembling a talking otter. Was a close friend of Rocket's and a fellow test subject on Halfworld.
- Back from the Dead: Like Meredith, she can be revived if you enabled the Forge ending.
- Cyborg: Like Rocket, she is a cybernetically-enhanced animal.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She helped Rocket cobble up a device used to escape their cages.
- The Lost Lenore: She was a close companion of Rocket that he lost while escaping Halfworld.
The Mad Titan. Thanos seeks to exterminate all life in the galaxy.
- Abusive Parents: He was a very bad father to his daughters.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, especially the ones written by his creator, Jim Starlin, Thanos is strong enough to quickly subdue powerful hero teams like the Avengers and the Annihilators even without the use of mystical Macguffins. Here he struggles fighting the Guardians and he's killed by Rocket's laser cannon.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Thanos is one of the most famous Marvel villains and was the Greater-Scope Villain of the movie that made the Guardians famous to modern audiences. Despite this, he's killed off early in the first episode.
- Final Solution: Before the events of the game, Thanos had been in a quarrel with the entirety of the Kree race. He believed this to be the only solution to his problems...and by the start of the game, he had already killed them all.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Dies fairly early in the first episode but his genocide of the Kree are what causes the actions of the Big Bad, Hala.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants nothing less than to destroy every living thing.
- Unskilled, but Strong: His fighting style is rather sloppy and predictable, and he's also fairly easy to catch off guard, causing him to struggle against the likes of Drax and Gamora. Despite this, he has more than enough power to defeat all of the Guardians of the Galaxy on his own, only being defeated thanks to Rocket's superweapon.
Thanos's daughter and Gamora's sister. Unlike Gamora, Nebula is completely loyal to Thanos.
- Adaptational Heroism: Like her MCU counterpart, she can become a full-fledged hero depending on the player's choices, as opposed to the firmly villainous Nebula of the comics.
- Adaptational Nice Girl: Even in the MCU, when Nebula pulled a HeelFace Turn, she was still rather grumpy and distant to the other Guardians, even Gamora. Here, providing Peter convinces her to stay, she can be seen having a friendly arm wrestle with Gamora and Groot, and also displays visible delight fighting alongside her sister once more.
- Artificial Limbs: She has a cybernetic arm that ends up removed and later used by the Guardians as leverage against her.
- Cain and Abel: Has this relationship with Gamora.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Zigzagged. She volunteered to be turned into a cyborg to make her a better assassin than Gamora. Ultimately subverted if she joins the Guardians. And if the Eternity Forge isn't destroyed and is used to resurrect her, she comes back without her cybernetics, appearing as she did in Gamora's flashback.
- Daddy's Little Villain: In contrast to the film continuity, Nebula loves Thanos and would do anything for him.
- Enemy Mine: In Episode 2, when the Kree attack the Milano, Nebula offers to help the Guardians fight them off if Peter releases her. If Peter does so, she's true to her word.
- HeelFace Turn: In Episode 3, if Peter convinces Gamora that Nebula saved her life by stabbing her all those years ago, Nebula will finally let her grudge against Gamora go and join the Guardians.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Much less muscular than Drax yet he can't even move her arm in arm wrestling,even with Gamora's help.
- Redemption Equals Death: If she joins the Guardians, she gets badly injured defending Gamora from Hala and dies of her wounds shortly after she returns to the Milano.
- Sadistic Choice: Thanos forced her into one in the past. Either she kills Gamora herself, or Thanos will... Cold-Blooded Torture And he promises to make it as painful as possible. Nebula stabs Gamora but intentionally lets her live.
- The Unfavorite: Thanos openly preferred Gamora to her, causing her to constantly seek his admiration. Thanos exploited this by telling Nebula she was now his favourite in order to manipulate her into "killing" Gamora.
- Undying Loyalty: She is completely loyal to Thanos. Subverted in Episode 3, where it turns out that she serves him primarily out of fear.
Hala the Accuser
One of the last surviving Kree. Hala seeks to use the Eternity Forge to resurrect her people, no matter how many lives she needs to sacrifice to make it happen.
- Big Bad: She is the primary antagonist of the game.
- Body Horror: If the Eternity Forge is destroyed, she suffers horrific burns all over her body and gains Volcanic Veins and Glowing Eyes of Doom when she tries to bring her son back to life.
- Evil Counterpart: She lost her son by the hands of Thanos just like how Drax lost his family to Thanos, but unlike Drax, Hala goes to a more extreme path.
- Heel Realization: If Peter destroys the Eternity Forge, then after the Guardians defeat Hala, she hallucinates that Peter is Bal'Dinn and apologizes for all the crimes she committed in his name. Peter can choose to play along and pretend to be Bal'Dinn, comforting Hala in her final moments.
- Love Makes You Evil: Hala's love for her dead son and her determination to bring him back at any cost is what turned a strict but reasonable Kree into a merciless zealot capable of committing genocide.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Hala used to reject the Kree's zealous devotion to war. Unfortunately, when Bal'Dinn died, she dealt with her grief by becoming fully devoted to Kree ideals.
- Pet the Dog: If Peter tells her that he lost somebody important to him (his mom) she'll give her sincere condolences.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Comes with being a Kree.
- Tragic Villain: The majority of her species were killed by Thanos, and she wishes to revive them at any cost.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hala's goal is to save her people. Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to murder billions of innocents.
- Your Soul Is Mine: If the Eternity Forge is destroyed, she somehow absorbs its powers and gains the ability to steal people's souls from a distance or by touching them. According to Mantis, she has to keep doing it or else she'll die.
Hala's son. He died in an accident sometime before Thanos destroyed Kree and now Hala will do anything to bring him back.
- Back from the Dead: If Peter empowers the Eternity Forge, Hala uses it to resurrect him.
- Defector from Decadence: If he is successfully revived, he quickly realises what a monster his mother has become and joins forces with the Guardians to stop her.
- Morality Pet: Hala will do anything to bring him back to her.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He opposes the war-like nature of the Kree. If Peter saves the Eternity Forge, Bal'Dinn can become the new leader of the Kree in the hopes of guiding his people to a better path.