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The Guardians of the Galaxy
From left to right: Yondu, Nebula, Peter, Gamora, Mantis, Drax, Rocket and Groot. Obviously.

Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

"What a bunch of A-holes."
Garthan Saal

A team of disparate heroes trying to make the galaxy a better place. Light on the heroes, heavy on the trying.

  • 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, even more so to their enemies.
  • 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 Vol. 1 came out, no one had really heard of them compared to their more famous superhero associates; after Vol. 1, their popularity skyrocketed to the point that they are about even with the Avengers in name recognition (though not box-office results). 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.
  • Cool Ship: Milano, which serves as Guardians' means of transport and base. Following it's destruction in Vol. 2 it is replaced by much larger, impressive ship called Benatar.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Everyone but Groot (as far as we know, anyway) has either a sad or grim backstory. Maybe both.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite like their foil The Avengers, the Guardians do make witty remarks. This tends to be a trait with all the characters in the MCU.
  • Dwindling Party: Out of all the groups in Infinity War, the Guardians suffer it the worst as every one of them, sans Rocket and Nebula, perish at Thanos's hands.
  • 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.
    • Star-Lord—The Leader. 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.
    • Gamora—The Lancer. The second-in-command and most influential voice on the team aside from Star-Lord. She's also opposite in personality to Sta-Lord, being more calm and reasonable to contrast his flamboyance and impulsiveness.
    • Rocket—The Smart Guy. 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.
    • Drax—The Big Guy. 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.
    • Groot—The Heart. 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: The space faring counterpart to the Avengers. While the Avengers are high profile heroes that were assembled for being the best of the best, the Guardians are an odd group of Reformed Criminals given a second chance and even then still function as an Anti-Hero Team. The majority of the Avengers are human with the occasional non-human among them, while Star-Lord is the Token Human among the Guardians. The Avengers have a very professional relationship and at best are merely True Companions, while the Guardians are a Family of Choice.
  • 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), Yondu (a pirate with a whistle-controlled arrow, but no amazing physical abilities), 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 Stone 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. Rocket even muses about this at one point in their latest galaxy saving adventure.
    Rocket: So we're saving the galaxy again?
    Peter: Yup!
    Rocket: Awesome! We're really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we're two-time galaxy savers!
  • 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:
    • 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.
    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?
    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 — Gamora is green, Nebula is blue-and-purple-striped (plus a cyborg), Drax is gray with crimson scarification, Mantis is peach-colored and has small antennae on her forehead, Yondu is blue. 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, and Kraglin is a Human Alien. Weirdly, despite that, Drax thinks that Mantis is absolutely hideous to look at, describing her repeatedly as "disgusting". Whether this is a result of some minor cultural quirk on Drax's part or suggests something very weird about his species' genders is anyone's guess. It's notable that he never suggests Gamora or Nebula are similar grotesque in his eyes.
  • 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 of the founding members but Groot become more compassionate as the first 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.
  • Total Party Kill: All of the Guardians, sans Rocket, Nebula, and Kraglin, are dead by the end of Infinity War after Thanos's plans are realized.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Gamora and Mantis by the end of Vol. 2 because Nebula decides to leave in order to pursue Thanos.
  • Unlikely Hero: A bunch of former criminals and miscreants probably wouldn't be where you'd look to find heroes to protect the galaxy.

Original Members

    Peter Quill / Star-Lord 
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"I have spent most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends."

Species: Enhanced Zehoberei

Portrayed by: Zoe Saldana, Ariana Greenblatt (Child)

Voiced by: Carla Medina (Latin-American Spanish dub, adult), Valentina Rodríguez (Latin-American Spanish dub, child), 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 | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

"Gamora: soldier, assassin, wanted on over a dozen counts of murder."
Rhomann Dey

A Zehoberei woman taken in and modified by Thanos to be a warrior in his service.

  • Action Girl: She's a renowned assassin, after all.
  • Act of True Love: Whether justified or not, in Infinity War she sacrifices everything, including "greater good" (the location of the Soul Stone) and ultimately, her own life for familial love for her sister Nebula.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair colour is black in the comics, and dark red in MCU.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Gamora's costumes in the films are significantly less Stripperiffic than what she usually wears in the comics.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: 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. Here, 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Thanos calls Gamora "little one".
  • Alien Blood: She bleeds green
  • Almost Kiss: A textbook case with Quill in the first movie. Although instead of pulling away, or slapping him, she pulls a knife on him.
  • Aloof Big Sister: It's revealed that part of the reason Nebula hates Gamora is because of this. While we don't know who is actually older, Nebula feels younger here. When the two were pitted against each other, Gamora never held back or showed any concern over Thanos's abuse. Gamora was focused on survival. As Nebula put it, "You were all I had. But you just needed to win." Nebula always wanted Gamora to be her sister or show some concern for her.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: By virtue of being the only being that Thanos loves, he needs her in order to obtain the Soul Stone. As is common with the trope, she tries to thwart his plan by quickly whipping out her little double-edged dagger and attempting to stab herself to death with it,, but Thanos prevents it, as it's also common with the trope.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Gives one to Peter in the second film:
    Peter: I finally found my family! Don't you understand that?
    Gamora: ...I thought you already had.
  • As You Know: The trend of Gamora being the one to provide information to the audience in the first film as Ms. Exposition continues this way in the second one:
    • In the first scene, Gamora exposits that the Guardians were hired by the High Priestess to kill the Abilisk. Maybe she thought Rocket had forgotten, you know, given that he was setting up background music and his known penchant for thievery.
    • Later she recaps Peter's childhood excuse of calling David Hasselhoff his father to Peter himself. Downplayed, however, in that Gamora gets some details wrong (e.g., saying Hasselhoff piloted a magical boat rather than a talking car), forcing Peter to correct her so she can tell the rest of the story properly.
  • Badass Adorable: Right at the end of the first film, when she shyly, awkwardly starts dancing to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
  • Bad Liar: Thanos calls her one after she swears that she doesn't know the location of the Soul Stone.
    Thanos: You’re strong. Me… You’re generous. Me… But I never taught you to lie. That’s why you’re so bad at it.
  • The Bait: Quill convinces Drax and the other inmates to spare Gamora, saying that if she's alive, Ronan — the guy Drax really wants — will eventually come for her.
  • Battle Couple: With Peter Quill, after they become the Official Couple.
  • 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.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Downplayed. Gamora gets a few scrapes and scratches, but she isn't marred nearly as much as logic says she should be. Justified, as she has a healing factor in the comics and an "enhanced regeneration implant" is mentioned in her rap sheet.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Her relationship with Star-Lord starts out with them trying to kill each other. Then they start grooving to '80s music and then she puts a knife to his neck for attempting to seduce her.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Subverted. She considers Thanos taking her alive to be A Fate Worse Than Death. To the point she makes Peter promise to kill her should it come to pass. However this trope is played completely straight when Gamora is shocked to find she's the not just the key to finding the Soul Stone but the sacrifice needed to obtain it. She tries to kill herself to deny Thanos but he robs her of the chance with the Reality Stone.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Gamora and Nebula discovers the bones of children, Ego murdered underneath his planet, she angrily confronts Mantis about it by forcing her with the Neck Lift if she's scheming with Ego to manipulate Peter until Drax tells her to put Mantis down and learns about the true story behind Ego's genocidal plot afterwards before immediately rescuing Peter from him.
  • BFG: During the fight with Nebula in the second film, she manages to not only jury-rig an entire spaceship cannon made up of three rotary guns that's bigger than her, but walk around with it sitting on her shoulder as she fires it at full-auto straight into Nebula's craft said cannon came from.
  • Big "NO!":
    • In the first film, when it looks like Nebula is going to fall to her death.
    • She furiously shakes her head when Peter invites her to the dance-off against Ronan. Followed by an actual Big "NO!" when Peter is about to grab the Infinity Stone.
    • In the second film, when she thinks Peter has died in a massive explosion.
  • 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. Thanos uses this against Gamora when he tortures Nebula in front of so she'll tell him the location of the Soul Stone.
  • 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 is 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.
  • Character Death: Thanos throws her to her death to obtain the Soul Stone, which required him to sacrifice that which is most important to him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: She is a victim of it, just like her sister Nebula:
    Gamora: When Thanos took my home world, he killed my parents in front of me. He tortured me, turned me into a weapon.
  • Combat Pragmatism: Despite normally favoring a sword, she quickly switches to a gun when facing more powerful opponents. This apparently took Peter by surprise. She is also not above such tactics as Groin Attacks or biting her opponents.
  • Combat Stilettos: She wears heeled boots most of the time, which don't hinder her fighting abilities in any way.
  • 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 and slaughtered half her species 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.")
  • Death by Adaptation: Gamora died from the Badass Fingersnap in the comic, but dies before that in the Infinity War film so that Thanos can retrieve the Soul Stone.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Infinity War sees a flashback of Gamora's adoption by Thanos, as well as scenes between her and Thanos culminating in her death by Thanos' hand.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially distant to her teammates coming off of serving under Thanos, but starts to open up and care about them as she recognizes them as her friends.
  • Dispense with the Pleasantries: In Vol.1 she won't be distracted by them:
    The Collector: Oh, my dear Gamora. How wonderful to meet in the flesh.
    Gamora: Let's bypass the formalities, Tivan. We have what we discussed.
  • The Dragon: Gamora and Nebula are Co-Dragons on loan from Thanos to Ronan, who is himself Thanos's dragon. Gamora betrays all of them early on.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: When she is captured by Thanos in Infinity War, she asks Quill to honor his promise and kill her. Before he pulls the trigger, Gamora says that she loves him "more than anything". This is not the moment she dies, however, as the bullet turns into bubbles: the reality has been distorted by the Reality Stone.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Gets quite the eyeful of Thor after the Guardians bring him onboard the Benetar. She even picks up Thor's arm and feels his biceps herself before Quill tells her to stop.
    Gamora: It's like his muscles are made of Cotati metal fiber...
  • Facial Markings:
    • She has several marks on her face, a result of her cybernetics showing through her skin.
    • She also has the same yellow "spots" around her eyes as her comic incarnation, though they're far less noticeable, and could be mistaken for simple eye-shadow.
  • 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.
    • Also to Loki in Infinity War. Both are adopted children who had misguided/callous father figures (Odin and Thanos) and fought against their siblings (Nebula and Thor), albeit Gamora was on the heroic side like Thor and Loki turned to evil like Nebula. Both have reconciled with their siblings before Infinity War, where both are forced to watch Thanos torture their beloved siblings unless they cough up an Infinity Stone (or the location of one). And they do just that...which leads to both of their deaths at the hands of Thanos, while Nebula and Thor survive his direct wrath.
    • Also to Vision in Infinity War. Both are at least partially cybernetic heroes (Gamora has implant markings on her face while Vision is a full-on robot) in a relationship with a human character (Peter Quill and Wanda Maximoff respectively) that's been developing over a few years when the threat of Thanos looms, which leads to them asking their lovers to kill them to stop Thanos from getting an Infinity Stone. And when Peter and Wanda are too hesitant to go through with the promise, it leads to Thanos getting what he wants, albeit with Vision getting killed much quicker than Gamora once he's in his grasp. They also happen to go out in the exact opposite way from how they planned to. Finally, both of their lovers perish after Thanos does his almighty snap.
  • Forced to Watch: In Infinity War, Thanos forces her to watch her sister Nebula being tortured in front of her. Gamora caves in to Thanos's demands to stop the torture.
  • Girlish Pigtails: To highlight her youth and innocence, the young Gamora seen in Infinity War has her hair in two braided pigtails.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Gamora believes that love cannot be in the form of possessive or abusive relationships, and thus assumes her adopted father Thanos, who has abused her and Nebula into killing machines, is incapable of loving anyone. She realizes too late that Thanos does geninuely love her... just when he needs a loved one to sacrifice for the Soul Stone.
    Gamora: No..this isn't love!
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Played straight in that she is green skinned, an alien, and falling for an Earthman.
  • Groin Attack: Gamora is not above it. When she attempts to steal the Orb from Quill on Xandar, she kicks him between the legs twice in a row.
  • 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.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. Gamora's Weapon of Choice is her trademark sword, while Peter Quill thinks guns are "his thing". However as a Combat Pragmatist, Gamora will not hesitate to use a gun or other weapon, if need be.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She took the first opportunity to betray Ronan and break away from Thanos.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Often seen in black leather gear.
  • Heroic Suicide: Subverted. Gamora attempts to kill herself once she realizes that Thanos is crying for her to prevent him from completing the ritual for the Soul Stone, but Thanos turns the dagger she uses into bubbles with the Reality Stone.
  • 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.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: In Infinity War, Thanos gets Gamora to tell him the location of the Soul Stone after threatening to kill Nebula. This ultimately leads to Gamora's own death, but Nebula survives until the end.
  • Human Sacrifice: Her fate in Infinity War. Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone by throwing her off the cliff in a predetermined location on Vormir that resembles an altar.
  • 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 initially can't bring herself to dance. The fact that Peter can coax her into dancing in Vol. 2 showcases how much she has defrosted.
  • I'm Not Hungry: When Thanos offers Gamora a bowl of food after taking her to his base, she angrily throws the bowl across the room.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Two very, very grim instances in Infinity War. The first time was when she demanded Peter to shoot her after Thanos had taken her hostage but Thanos prevented this by turning his shots and his gun into bubbles. The second is when she realizes that Thanos is going to sacrifice her to obtain the Soul Stone, she grabs the dagger to stab herself but it turns into bubbles as well.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Peter Quill, a human.
  • Irony: In Infinity War, she swears to Thanos on her life that she never found the Soul Stone. While this is technically true, she did find its location. Thanos kills her later in the movie, although for different reasons.
  • Institutional Apparel: In Vol.1, she has to wear a yellow sleeveless top and pants in the Kyln Space Prison.
  • Killed Off for Real: Her final fate after Thanos throws her to her death — we see her dead body.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Whilst she's not as big an overt fan as Quill (or even Groot), she does express in the first Guardians film that Quill's music is not displeasing. In the Guardians' introductory scene in Infinity War, she's shown actively singing along to "Rubberband Man" with Quill.
  • 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: Gamora is this with occasional shades of The Heart. Her ruthless pragmatism contrasts Peter's jokey and well-meaning antics, and she acts as the secondary lead.
  • Last Of Her Kind: Her rap sheet shows that she is the last of the Zehoberei people. However in Infinity War, it is shown that Thanos has wiped out only half of them. Thanos himself claims that her home world has managed to do better due to there being fewer people to take up the resources. Given she was there during the massacre, Gamora isn't impressed. During a Q&A The Russo Brothers refused to resolve the contradiction, and replied instead: "Who do you believe? Do you believe Thanos or Gamora?"
  • Late to the Realization: Red Skull really shouldn't have needed to explain to her why Thanos was crying.
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Mad Titan and adoptive beautiful daughter on his case.
  • Magnetic Hero: While not The Hero Gamora has a strange way with emotionally touching the people around her. She was Thanos's favorite daughter, and still was after deserting and betraying him. She was the sister Nebula "hated the least", to the point that Nebula couldn't bring herself to actually kill Gamora. And of course, her relationship with Peter.
  • Male Gaze: The camera (and Peter) focus on her shapely butt swaying as she ascends the steps on the Milano.
  • Man Bites Man: Or rather, woman bites anthropomorphic raccoon. Gamora does this to Rocket during the Mêlée à Trois in the first film, to the latter's outrage. Ironic considering Rocket's rap sheet mentions he himself is prone to biting.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Aside from Nebula, it's stated that she has 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.
  • Mercy Kill Arrangement: She has Star-Lord promise to kill her if Thanos ever captures her. Star-Lord tries to keep his promise, but Thanos intervenes.
  • Minidress of Power: Gamora wears one at the end of the first film as her new "Guardian" uniform.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Gamora hates Thanos for killing her family and reshaping her into a weapon to serve him. She betrays him to keep the Power Stone away from him.
  • Morality Pet: She is perhaps the only thing Thanos truly cares about. He sacrifices her for the Soul Stone but is crying the whole time.
  • Ms. Exposition: In Vol. 1, she provides an Info Dump about Knowhere. In Vol. 2, there are a couple of instances of As You Know involving her. In Infinity War, she explains Thanos's past and motives to Thor and the rest of the Guardians, and even foreshadows the Snap.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Vol. 2, when Nebula calls Gamora out on never letting her win when they were forced to compete by Thanos, who always forced Nebula to undergo Unwilling Roboticisation for losing, Gamora is genuinely ashamed to have failed her sister so badly for so many years. Though she does point out that she was a scared child focused on survival just like Nebula when they were young, and it wasn't fair of Nebula to expect so much from her that young.
  • Nice Girl: In Vol. 2 as she's a moral compass, compassionate, selfless, and friendly after she joins Peter as the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Thanos exploits her affection for Nebula and offers sparing her life in exchange for an Infinity Stone's location. Even with Nebula telling her not to relent, she tells Thanos where to find the Soul Stone to save her sister. This sets in motion the events that led directly to her death and the murder of half the population of the universe.
  • Not So Above It All: After two movies of not dancing and showing, at best, tolerance for Peter's antics and his music, her first scene in Avengers: Infinity War has her enthusiastically singing along to Peter's mix tape.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: How Gamora found the Soul Stone's location is never clarified, but it's impressive considering nobody else in the Universe knows where it is.
  • Oh, Crap!:
  • Only One Name: She goes by a single name without any other identifiers.
  • 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 to the point where he thought of her as his future heir. 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: Was an assassin by trade before she left Thanos, and though she's trying to reform... well, she hasn't lost her touch.
  • The Promise: In Infinity War, she extracts one from Peter Quill. Acting upon it is a major breaking point for him:
    Gamora: If things go wrong… If Thanos gets me… I want you to promise me… you'll kill me.
    Peter: ...What?
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: being the reasonable one, Gamora tends to call others out:
    • Peter and Rocket in the second film after they barely survive the encounter with the Sovereign fleet. Gamora states that either of them could have easily evaded their pursuers had they not let their arrogance and need to outdo each other get in the way.
    • Nebula after their fight on Ego. Gamora points out her one-dimensional obsession with killing her, even continuing to attack even after Gamora saved her life.
  • Red/Green Contrast: Her appearance utilizes it — red highlights in her hair stand out more against her green skin.
  • Relationship Upgrade: During the first two Guardians films, she and Peter are clearly attracted to each other on some level, but neither are willing to state it. Then in Infinity War they mutually confess their love and share a kiss. And then she gets kidnapped and ultimately killed by Thanos.
  • Save the Villain: She tries to save her adopted sister twice:
    • Vol. 1: Defied when Nebula is hanging on her cybernetic hand, and Gamora reaches out to help her only for Nebula to cut off the hand and fall down.
    • Vol. 2: Played straight when Gamora pulls Nebula from an exploding space shuttle only moments after the latter attempted to kill her. The two reconcile later.
  • The Scapegoat: Everyone in the prison hates Gamora, considering her guilty by association due to what Ronan has done. Rocket initially predicts that she'll last a day at most.
  • Sexy Walk: Shown off by several Male Gaze camera shots of her leather-clad butt.
  • She-Fu: Her fighting style is very flexible and acrobatic. Shown off in particular detail during her scuffle with Peter at the start of the original film when she manages to match, if not outmatch, him while both are lying next to each other on the ground and she gives him a swift kick in the jaw from the prone position.
  • Slow "NO!":
    • In the climax of the first film, Gamora screams this during Peter's Desperate Object Catch for the Space Stone blown from Ronan's hammer that must not touch the ground.
    • In Infinity War, when she slowly falls to her death after Thanos throws her off the cliff on snowy Vormir as a sacrifice for the Soul Stone.
  • 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 and temporarily Nebula joins.
  • Straight Man: She's the most levelheaded member of the Guardians, with very few personality quirks, unlike Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Gamora is distraught when she thinks she's killed Thanos, to the latter's surprise as she's made no secret of her hatred for him. Despite his troops murdering her parents along with half her planet, Thanos was a father to her.
  • 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, such as bouncing off the Abelisk's tentacle and landing her sword into its cut high on its neck.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Her initial impression of her teammates.
    Gamora: I'm going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
  • Take My Hand: She says this a couple of times:
    • to Nebula in the first film when the latter is about to perform a Disney Villain Death. Nebula rejects the offer.
    • to Peter in the same film when he is about to be overwhelmed by the Power Stone. He does take her hand after a brief flashback of his dying mother asking him the same thing.
  • Timeshifted Actor: Ariana Greenblatt plays young Gamora in Infinity War, while Zoe Saldana plays her adult counterpart.
  • Tsundere: Type A towards Peter, especially in Vol. 2. She's very adamant that there is no "unspoken thing" between the two of them, despite the blindingly obvious attraction they share.
  • Tyke-Bomb: 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. By Infinity War, they are an Official Couple.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: When Thanos succeeds in killing half the universe, a spiritual representation of Gamora as a child asks what he had to sacrifice to achieve his goal. Thanos's answer? Everything.
  • White Sheep: She's this for her adoptive family, The Black Order, as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War; she's only the truly compassionate child of Thanos and the first to defect from him. Ironically, Gamora is still Thanos's favorite daughter despite betraying him outright.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Gamora resists going into a full blown relationship with Peter Quill for almost two films. In the end, They Do.
  • Women Are Wiser: Is generally more level-headed than her male teammates.
  • X-Ray Sparks: In the fight between Gamora and Nebula in the first film, Gamora's skull and skeleton flicker into visibility when she's painfully shocked by Nebula's electric staff.
  • You're Insane!: Gamora's reply, when Thanos tells her that he genuinely believes that he helped her planet by slaughtering half of its people.
  • You're Not My Father:
    • By Vol. 1, she has disowned the Mad Titan as her adoptive father. She goes out of her way to emphasize this dissociation, explicitly mentioning to Drax that she's no family to Thanos (no one has mentioned Thanos; Drax is trying to kill Gamora as an indirect method of getting revenge on Ronan), and sharply backtracks when she makes a Freudian Slip in a conversation with Quill.
      Gamora: My father didn't stress diplomacy.
      Peter: Thanos?
      Gamora: He's not my father.
    • She finally gets to say it to his face in Infinity War, when he repeatedly calls her his daughter:
      Gamora: Everything I hate about taught me.

    Drax the Destroyer 
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Groot I
"I am Groot."

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

"Groot: He's been traveling recently as Rocket's personal houseplant slash muscle."
Rhomann Dey

A mobile, sapient tree-like alien who serves as Rocket's friend/transportation.

  • 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Owing to his ability to easily regrow lost limbs, Groot is regularly subjected to this.
  • 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.
  • Badass Baritone: "I am Groot" is always said in a deep, rumbling voice.
  • 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.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: His partner is Rocket, the short-tempered planner.
  • Breakout Character: He and Rocket became explosively popular due to their unique and quirky designs and personalities, and are heavily used in promotion of the films. This caused both of them to get their own comic series in the mainstream Marvel Universe.
  • 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: James Gunn confirmed that Groot died during his heroic sacrifice, and Baby Groot is actually his son.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His Friend to All Children scene makes it clear who's the most kind on this team.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Groot doesn't bother wearing any clothes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. This kills him, leaving Rocket his son.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: While some cases, the meaning is obvious, most cases only Rocket understands Groot.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: As per Word of God, The Groot who dies at the end of the first movie and the one from Vol. 2 and onward are two separate characters.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Groot has tendency to run into action before Rocket finished explaining his plan.
  • Legacy Character: According to James Gunn the Groot we saw in the first movie actually did die. The Groot that appears in subsequent movies is his son.
  • 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.
    Drax: [after seeing Groot release luminescent spores] When did you learn to do that?
    Peter: Pretty sure the answer is "I am Groot".
    [Groot nods]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the first movie, when he prepares to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save his comrades, he parts ways with his friend Rocket by re-assuring him: "We are Groot".
  • Orifice Invasion: He forces his fingers painfully up a Kyln inmate's nose in a particularly brutal display of dominance. They went VERY deep.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Starring Special Effects: He is a Breakout Character and a CGI creation.
  • Super Strength: Groot's pretty big. But he's strong enough to lift a Kyln inmate almost twice his own weight.
  • 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 him.
  • 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.
  • Truly Single Parent: Groot II was born solely from one of his father's remaining twigs.
  • 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 alongside Drax, 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.

Vol. 2 Additions

    Baby Groot/Adolescent Groot 

Groot II

Click here to see him in Infinity War 

Species: Flora colossus

Portrayed by: Terry Notary (motion-capture, Infinity War only), 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 (as a potted sapling) | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (as Baby Groot) | Avengers: Infinity War (as an adolescent) | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Groot's son, very different from his father.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Baby Groot has the adorableness factor turned Up to Eleven, while in the comics he looked like a miniature adult Groot.
  • Adorkable: Frequently, for example 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Thor warmly refers to Groot the second as "Tree."
  • An Arm and a Leg: Performs a voluntary version of this during Infinity War when he sacrifices his left arm to form the handle of Stormbreaker, Thor's new weapon.
  • 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!)
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: As he disintegrates due to Thanos' Badass Fingersnap in Infinity War, he refers to Rocket as "Dad", as explained by James Gunn.
  • 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 and can snare human-sized enemies and toss them around with his extendable arms.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even being a baby, he's only slightly less dangerous.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Now Rocket is the big guy compared to him.
  • Breakout Character: As the son of the already immensely popular Groot, Baby Groot became even more beloved due to being cuter and having even more funnier scenes. To date he's one of the most heavily marketed MCU merchandise.
  • 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 Vol. 2, he even sits on Peter's leg who lets him listen to his music much like a father and a kid.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Vol. 2 reveals that he hates hats because he keeps mistaking them for people having weirdly-shaped heads.
  • Cute Bruiser: Baby Groot may be the size of a baby, but he still has some of his father's Super Strength and Leeroy Jenkins tendencies.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Even though he is essentially the child of the original Groot, everyone just calls him Groot as well.
  • Emo Teen: One of the stingers of Vol. 2 shows that he's grown into a completely stereotypical teenage phase.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: He's made to wear a Ravagers suit in Vol. 2, but he dumps it as soon as possible.
  • From a Single Cell: Baby Groot grows from one of Groot's twigs. Subverted in that he's the original Groot's son.
  • Helium Speech: As both a baby and an adolescent. His "I am Groot" is a lot higher in pitch than adult Groot's.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: The other Guardians learn how to speak Groot and thus understand what he's saying as time goes on. Thor also knows the language of Groot.
  • 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 his father.
  • 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, and this is his son.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Not unlike his father, Groot quickly runs into action before Rocket finished explaining which buttons he should and shouldn't push.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After spending most of Infinity War glossed over his video games, Groot starts taking the situation seriously again, starting with using his own limbs to make a makeshift handle for Thor's new weapon, Stormbreaker.
  • The Load: He's unnecessary for most of the scenes he's in and even distracts the Guardians when fighting an inter-dimensional creature. He makes dumb choices (he releases Nebula — someone that tried to kill Gamora in the past movie and would have done so if it wasn't for Star-Lord almost sacrificing himself). One has to wonder why the Guardian's crew keep bringing and endangering what is almost a helpless kid to their battles. That last part is even lampshaded in the final song, "Guardians Inferno".
    David Hasselhoff: They ask me why I'm bringin' a baby into battle. That's really irresponsible. And getting them rattled.
  • Lost in Translation: Happens 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.
  • 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 which is 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.
  • No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Odd Friendship: He forms one with Thor of all people in Infinity War.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is, in effect, a child due to what happened in the first film, and less than a foot tall, but still strong enough to knock a full-grown man down.
  • Pokémon Speak: Baby Groot has his father's standard "I am Groot." However, by the time that one of post-Credits scenes happens, Peter has been with him long enough to understand it, just like Rocket.
    • By the time of Infinity War, all of the other Guardians (and Thor) can understand him without any trouble.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The rest of the Guardians pretty much treat him as if he is the original Groot.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's an absolutely adorable miniature humanoid tree. Even the mutinous Ravagers find him cute.
    Gef: Hey, what about this little plant? Can I smash it with a rock?
    Taserface: No, Gef! It's too adorable to kill!
  • Same Character, but Different: His appearance is very similar to that of the original Groot, but he has none of his father's memories and shows a rather different personality due to his different upbringing. (Also the fact that in Vol. 2 he's only two months old.)
  • Screaming Warrior: Even when he's only ten inches tall.
  • Shoulder Teammate: In an inversion of their dynamic in the first movie, now it's Baby Groot's turn to ride on Rocket's shoulder while the rambunctious raccoon delivers More Dakka. One scene on the Milano has the crew pass him around while the others work. The poster also has Groot on Quill's shoulder.
  • Silent Snarker: When Drax believes he took down the Abilisk all by himself, an annoyed Baby Groot throws a rock at him.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: This is a bad habit that one will inevitably pick up when you are raised by a foul-mouthed family of space pirates/privateers, particularly when you have two "fathers" as rude and surly as Quill and Rocket. As a teenager, he is implied to have an unbelievably sarcastic and filthy mouth, as his sneered "I am Groot" in the opening of Avengers: Infinity War was enough to elicit horrified disgust from every other Guardian.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Baby Groot has several scenes in Vol. 2 dedicated to his cute, silly shenanigans often adding little value to the plot but just downright funny and adorable to watch.
  • Super Strength: He can grab a human-sized enemy and toss him around.
  • 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, Drax, and Peter all caress him in their arms much like how one would do with an infant.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: He grew from the twigs of the original Groot who was killed in the first film, and it took him an entire film for him to reach a decent size...only for him to get disintegrated in Infinity War.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Inverted. As a baby, he has a lot less physical prowess than the adult Groot, 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 entirety of Vol. 2.
    • Played straight in Infinity War, where teen Groot willingly chops off his own arm to help Thor complete the forging of Stormbreaker and later joins the battle against Thanos's forces in Wakanda, thrashing Outriders like nothing.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Baby Groot really dislikes Drax and hits him whenever he gets the chance. It's implied to be either mutual or understandable on Drax's part.
    Drax: Out of the way, dumber, smaller Groot!


"You were the one who wanted to win. And I just wanted a sister!"

Species: Enhanced Luphomoid

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 | Avengers: Endgame

"I will hunt my father like a dog and I will tear him apart slowly, piece by piece, until he knows some semblance of the profound and unceasing pain I know every single day."

The Luphomoid daughter of Thanos, she has been cybernetically enhanced to become a savage killer.

  • 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, which Nebula resented.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the prelude comic for the first movie 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.
    • Vol. 2 further elaborates that Thanos made Nebula and Gamora spar against each other not just once, but many times, and Gamora always won; something that Nebula resents deeply.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: 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.
  • 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, and became Ronan's lieutenant not out of malice, but simply because Ronan was The Starscream against Thanos and shared her goals of toppling him. This is expanded upon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with the explanation for her hatred of Gamora.
  • 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. When she turns up in Infinity War, she's been captured and tortured by Thanos after nearly managing to kill him. She does manage to break herself out, but only after Thanos tortures her to coerce Gamora into revealing the Soul Stone's location.
  • Bad Liar: Thanos intentionally never taught his adopted children to lie, and much like Gamora, Nebula is terrible at it. Baby Groot is the only one she's able to successfully lie to, and even he took some convincing.
  • 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 
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Infinity War, she arrives on Titan just in time to slow down Thanos as he's about to overpower the other heroes, though Star-Lord's Tragic Mistake ultimately undoes her efforts.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Though she's ostensibly the younger sister, this trope is very much in play towards Gamora after they reconcile towards the end of Vol. 2, and carries over into Infinity War. When confronting Thanos on Titan in the latter film after he's absconded with her sister, Nebula's first words aren't a death threat like one might but expect but an absolutely furious "Where is Gamora!?"
  • 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.
    • In Infinity War, we see just how extensive Nebula's cybernetics are when he places her in a prison/torture device that uses magnetic fields to literally pull her to pieces.
  • 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 (then again, with bloodthirsty monsters like Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight also being related to her and Gamora that's not really saying much), 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.
  • Comically Serious: Especially in the second movie. Nebula is hilariously stoic and intense, even when saying or doing things that are crazy and ridiculous. This comes with the gag that while Nebula thinks she's Surrounded by Idiots, her unrelenting intensity often makes her as silly as the rest of them.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has a very low, growly voice, in an almost constantly threatening tone.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Of the two adoptive daughters of Thanos shown in GOTG, the heavily augmented Nebula is shown to be far more ruthless and bloodthirsty than the more calm and professional Gamora. Vol. 2 reveals that it wasn't the cybernetics, but the way she got them — being forced to compete with her beloved sister and then having parts of her body ripped off and replaced with cybernetics every time she lost — that ate away at Nebula.
  • 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.
  • Daddy Issues: She is a pretty angry woman, with some daddy issues.
  • 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.
  • Death Glare: Her default expression.
  • 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."
  • Distaff Counterpart: Coincidentally serves as one to Loki. Both are unloved by their fatherly figures (Nebula to Thanos; Loki to Odin), all the while growing jealously and hatred towards their older adopted siblings — although, they eventually make up for it (Nebula to Gamora; Loki to Thor). Coincidentally, the inverse happens in Infinity War; Loki sacrifices himself for the Space Stone for Thor, while Gamora (unexpectedly) sacrifices herself for the Soul Stone for Nebula. In fact, Nebula's shifted much closer to Thor in general in terms of this trope by the end of the movie. After having lost basically everything to Thanos, including their beloved adopted siblings that they finally completed their reconcilliations with in their previous appearances, the two end the movie even more broken than before, on the same planet as at least one character they didn't even know before Infinity War (Thor has Rocket, Nebula has Tony Stark).
  • The Dragon: She acts as Ronan's highest rated and toughest minion, especially after he turns on Thanos - which is her main desire, both as a villain and as a hero.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Ultimately she only cares about killing Thanos and will do anything to make sure it happens.
  • The Dreaded: While not the same extent as Gamora, when around the Ravagers they tread lightly on account of her being Thanos' daughter.
  • 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.
    • We see her express extreme alarm when she realizes Thanos is ready to begin his ultimate plan, even though this is (presumably) before turning on him and becoming something resembling an Anti-Hero in Vol. 2.
  • 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.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Considering she is The Unfavorite to Thanos, sparing her from the snap was an act of Cruel Mercy. She's forced to watch her new comrades die before her eyes, is now stranded on Titan with only Iron Man to keep her company.
  • 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. Averted in Infinity War, she is in great pain due to Thanos' torture of him telekinetically dissembling her, stretching out her parts.
  • Foil: To Mantis. Both are socially inept alien women who are introduced under the clutches of horrid, callous adoptive father figures (Thanos and Ego respectively) who openly care (for better or worse) more about their other adopted children (Gamora and Peter Quill respectively), while leaving their less-favored adoptive daughters emotionally and socially stunted, albeit with Mantis acting much more outwardly kind to strangers than Nebula. Both also team up with the Guardians to fight against not just their own adoptive fathers but eachother's. But while Mantis ends Vol. 2 staying with the Guardians after Ego is vanquished, Nebula leaves to find a way to kill Thanos, who's still out there. And while Nebula survives the Snap in Infinity War and is forced to live with the knowledge of her adopted sister's death well beforehand, Mantis, knowing something is wrong but not quite realizing what exactly the uncomfortable feeling is, perishes with her adopted brother following shortly after.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: As a former Dragon she spends part of the second film with only one natural hand and a crude mechanical claw, as she cut off her much more sophisticated cybernetic hand in the climax of the first movie. Until the Ravagers give her a better prosthetic hand, the one she's wearing hardly works.
  • Hates Being Touched: Notable through Vol. 2, Nebula really doesn't like being touched. She brushes at her shoulder after Kraglin touches it, and flinches when Gamora tries hugging her.
  • 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. She's fully on the heroes' side by Infinity War, even going as far as to find the Guardians and tell them what happened, then joins the Avengers in Endgame.
  • Irony: Nebula is consistently treated as The Unfavorite amongst the Children of Thanos, being seen as nothing more than a living weapon to further the Mad Titan's goals. She's also spared from the Badass Fingersnap in Infinity War, and is thus the only Child of Thanos who's still alive at the end of the film.
  • 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.
    • Given that Yondu later pretty much singlehandedly wipes his mutinous crew, the mutiny itself clearly only succeeded because Nebula shot out Yondu's fin. Despite this, she gets no real hostility from Yondu or Kraglin after the mutiny, with Kraglin even being fairly friendly towards her and wishing her well.
  • Last of His Kind: At the end of Infinity War, she is the only Child of Thanos who is still alive.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • During the final battle of GOTG, 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!"
    • Likewise, from Vol. 2, her reaction to nearly getting sucked out of a hull breach in the Milano, caused by Quill and Rocket's reckless piloting while being pursued by the Sovereign fleet.
    Nebula: IDIOTS!!
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Infinity War, Thanos claims that Nebula managed to infiltrate his ship and very nearly kill him.
  • 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.
  • Only One Name: She goes by a single name without any other identifiers.
  • 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.
    • Her reaction to deducing that Thanos murdered Gamora has her very visibly fight back tearing up, freezing her up, preventing her from stopping Quill from ruining the plan, showing how much she really cared about Gamora and how badly her death affects her.
  • Opt Out: After being thrown off the Dark Aster, she cuts off her own hand, hijacks a Ravager ships, and hightails it outta there.
  • Red Is Heroic: In Vol. 2 she changes into red Ravager leathers and shortly after that, reconciles with her sister. She's still wearing red in Infinity War, firmly on the side of the heroes.
  • 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.
    • Subverted in Vol. 2. It's shown that she's driven by anger and resentment at Gamora always besting her and failing Nebula as a sister. Once they reconcile, Nebula joins up with the Guardians, albeit temporarily.
  • 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.
  • Sadist: When she was still with Thanos, she gained a reputation for being one. Not so much after she's gone off on her own.
    Taserface: I thought you were the biggest sadist in the galaxy.
    Nebula: That was when daddy was paying my bills.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to bail before the climax in the first film.
  • Self-Serving Memory: During Vol. 2, she claims Gamora "left her to die" on Ronan's ship — Gamora tried to save Nebula, who sliced off her own hand to get away and fled in a stolen Ravager ship.
  • 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.
  • Sole Survivor: By the end of Infinity War, Nebula is the only one of Thanos' adopted "children" left alive. She's also one of the two remaining Guardians, the other being Rocket, even if she never really traveled with the group.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Vol. 2 reveals that under her rage and harsh exterior, Nebula is deeply hurting from all the trauma Thanos put her through, and that she feels Gamora failed to protect her from.
    Nebula: You were the one who wanted to win, and I just wanted a sister!
  • 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 first film, and her expression almost never changes. Taken to an extreme at the ending of Infinity War where her only reaction to Thanos's victory in wiping out half the universe and almost all the Guardians along with their Earthern allies is calmly stating the obvious. Justified in that she only truly cared about Gamora who had already been confirmed as dead by that point.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Nebula shows genuine sympathy towards Tony Stark, who's emotionally devastated after Thanos's plan succeeds and everyone around them perishes, including Peter Parker, speaking uncharacteristically soft to him while they despair.
  • 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, she tries to kill Gamora one last time, and simply throws down her sword when Gamora was at her mercy. 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 Un-Favourite: 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. In Infinity War proper, Thanos refuses to kill her while torturing her because that "would have been a waste of parts". Considering Thanos's other adoptive children, the Black Order, don't seem to have cybernetics (which suggests they're strong enough that Thanos doesn't feel the need to cybernetize them), that says a lot about her status as The Un-Favourite.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Gamora pulls her out a burning wreck only for Nebula to resume trying to kill her, prompting a You Have Got to Be Kidding Me! reaction from her sister.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her attempt to kill Thanos allows him to learn Gamora knows where the Soul Stone is, which helps lead to Gamora's death.
  • 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.

    Yondu Udonta 
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"Telepaths feel thoughts. Empaths feel feelings... emotions."

Species: Unknown

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 War | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Mantis: I am Mantis.
Drax: What are you doing?
Mantis: Smiling. I heard it is the thing to do to make people like you.

An alien woman with empathic powers (and servant 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.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. In the comics, Mantis is a top-tier martial artist who has successfully traded blows with the likes of Thor and Doctor Strange, whereas she does not seem to possess any combat capabilities in the movies. However, her empathic powers are still nothing to be messed with, able to temporarily put Ego the Living Planet (who's a Celestial) to sleep against his will, along with keep Thanos himself restrained for a bit while he wore the Infinity Gauntlet, which was outfitted with four of the six Stones.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's the friendliest member of the Guardians, and the only one to not have any combat-based abilities, so it's easy to see her as harmless. And yet, in both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War she very nearly brings down the nearly-invincible Big Bad using just her sleep-inducing powers.
  • 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', and is tricked by him into getting 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. Unforgettable remains this exchange with Drax.
    Mantis: [referring to fireworks] It's beautiful.
    Drax: Yes. And so are you... on the inside.
  • 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. It was also a critical part in the almost-successful plan to pry the Infinity Gauntlet off of Thanos's hand.
  • Defector from Decadence: Ego took Mantis in as his "adopted daughter" (or rather, his pet), as a means to escape his boredom via her ability to induce sleep. Mantis eventually turns on him, and uses her powers to take him out of action at a crucial moment, contributing to his death.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: In Vol. 2, she reads Peter’s emotions and proceeds to blurt out how he has “sexual feelings” for Gamora... while Gamora is sitting right next to him.
  • 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 Avengers: Infinity War, it is demonstrated a second time how awesome Mantis is when she completely stuns Thanos, who at this point wields the Infinity Gauntlet fitted with the Power, Soul, Reality, and Space Stones. Thanos might have been defeated right then and there if not for a Tragic Mistake, though that's assuming he didn't recover the Infinity Gauntlet anyway.
  • Hollywood Homely: In-Universe, Drax repeatedly describes her as being "hideous" and "repulsive", but to humans, she looks like a pretty human woman with jet-black eyes and cute little antennae on her forehead. Played with in that the only one of the Guardians who thinks she's ugly is Drax, who is the group's Cloud Cuckoolander, so it might just be his own strange sense of aesthetics that are in play. The overly large eyes are a little unsettling, for sure.
  • 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. When Iron Man, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange tussle with the Guardians in Infinity War, Spider-Man freaks out at the sight of her, begging her not to lay her eggs inside him.
  • The Load: Turns into one after getting hit by debris in the Final Battle. It's for Drax to carry her out of danger.
  • Love Informant: Mantis cheerfully and obliviously reveals to the Guardians that Peter is sexually attracted to Gamora. Mind you, this probably wasn't really news to any of them by this point.
  • Monochromatic Black Eyes: A rare heroic example. She has 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.
  • No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • 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.
  • Only One Name: She goes by a single name without any other identifiers.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Mantis constantly wears an adorably happy grin when talking to people, even when the people in question are insulting her right to her face.
  • The Pollyanna: Best summed up in this line from Vol. 2:
    Mantis: [to Gamora, in reference to a conversation she just finished with Drax] I'm learning many things, like how I'm a pet and ugly! [Big goofy ":D" smile]
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Has this with Drax, developing a platonic friendship.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops her first curse word in Infinity War in a very innocent, unassuming manner that naturally makes it funny.
    Peter Parker: Um, what exactly is it you guys do?
    Mantis: Kick names, take ass.
  • 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In Infinity War she's the only girl on Iron Man's team consisting of Iron Man himself, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Drax. At least until Nebula shows up to help.
  • 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: The Guardians of the Galaxy aren't evil per se, but they all have sketchy criminal backgrounds with shades of anti-heroism with her standing out as the exception.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Mantis officially joins the Guardians at the end of the second film. Though with Nebula's addition it gets pushed to three girls.
  • The Un-Smile: By way of introduction, her first attempts at a 'smile' creeps even Drax out.
  • Visual Pun: While she's never seen actually fighting, whenever danger's present she hunches over and holds her hands up close to her chin, adopting a posture reminiscent of an actual praying mantis.
  • Womanchild: 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.

    Kraglin Obfonteri 

Kraglin Obfonteri
"Welcome home, Peter."

Species: Xandarian

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 | Avengers: Endgame

"Yeah, Quill turned out okay. It's probably good we didn't deliver him to his dad like we was hired to do."

Yondu's Second-in-Command who is often seen at his side.

  • 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.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Because he is Yondu's first mate, he has a surrogate version for this Peter, who would be like his kid brother in the Ravager crew/family.
  • 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?"
  • 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. Kraglin might seem like a simple thug, but there are several times where it's clear he's a lot smarter and more perceptive than he looks at first glance:
    Taserface: [speaking about Yondu] Seems he's gone soft...
    Kraglin: If he's so soft, why you whispering for?
  • How Do I Shot Web?: After inheriting Yondu's Yaka 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
  • Last of His Kind: The only currently serving Yondu clan Ravager left after the ending of Vol. 2. With Star-Lord's death in Infinity War, he's now the only Yondu clan Ravager alive anywhere.
  • Legacy Character: For Yondu, taking his fin and arrow after his funeral.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Taserface kills every member of the crew loyal to Yondu, Kraglin sides with Yondu, as many of the victims were his pals; this aids in their escape.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His eventual feelings about openly voicing his grievance over Peter with 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.
  • Not So Stoic: He absolutely loses it at Yondu's funeral when the other Ravager clans show up, sobbing in grief and cheering with pride simultaneously while pounding his chest in the Ravager salute.
  • 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 Yondu's Ravagers because he is the only that recognizes the Favoritism-for-Peter-hurts-business thing but avoids the Let's Mutiny! thing
  • 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).
  • Put on a Bus: Unlike the other "new Guardians", neither Kraglin nor the Quadrant are seen or even mentioned in Infinity War. Word of God, however, confirmed that he is still alive and "has important stuff to do," and that it will be revealed in the future.
  • 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.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He saves Yondu and Rocket's life and by doing so, plays a rather vital part in saving the day. Unfortunately, he's only in a few brief scenes after that, although The Stinger suggests a larger role in the future.
  • Sole Survivor: The entirety of Yondu's crew is dead by the end of the second film except Kraglin.
    • With Star-Lord's death in Infinity War, he's now the only Yondu clan Ravager, former or otherwise, alive anywhere.
  • 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.
  • Tears of Joy: At Yondu's funeral, when every other Ravager faction comes by to pay their respects, Kraglin ecstatically pounds his chest while sobbing and cheering at the same time.
  • 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 from Yondu's wrath. Though his intent in speaking out was never to have things go to the extremes they did.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is absent from the Guardians during the events of Infinity War and doesn't even get mentioned.

Alternative Title(s): MCU Cosmic Guardians Of The Galaxy, MCU Gamora


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