Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
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. The new additions to the team in Vol. 2 continue this trend to a degree; Nebula and Yondu certainly fit the mold, but Mantis and Kraglin avert it.
- 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.
- Depending on the Writer: The way the Guardians are shown under James Gunn's films and the Avengers film is quite different in overall group dynamics and character interaction:
- Since Gunn had to introduce and establish the Guardians to start with, he anchored the group around Peter Quill and his role as the leader and overall human-origin Audience Surrogate in a group of out-there aliens. In the case of the Avengers crossovers, the role of Audience Surrogate passes to the more familiar and established Avengers characters and as such Quill's original role and function is downplayed in favor of Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and Nebula. The latter two are more tied to the overall plot about Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones, and Rocket Raccoon as a tech-genius comic relief and overall series mascot, ends up being the representative figure of the Guardians brand in interactions with the other Avengers.
- Likewise in terms of characterization, Rocket Raccoon in the previous Guardians characters was an impulsive Kleptomaniac Hero who was often The Load for the group who had to be barely restrained by his fellow Guardians. In the two Avengers movies, admittedly set after Vol. 2 where Rocket had some Character Development about this, Rocket proves to be generally capable and effective, often serving as someone to rein in Thor's depression and self-doubt in both movies, and serving as an Avengers ally in policing the cosmos with Nebula and Captain Marvel, ending up becoming the most experienced and well known of all the Guardians in the intergalactic superhero community.
- Although Quill flirts constantly with Gamora and it's implied he expects more out of a relationship with her, even by the end of Vol. 2 they're still highly-guarded individuals who have affection for each other, but are either too immature or emotionally shut off to progress much further, but are open to the possibility and are comfortable acknowledging that. In Infinity War, they're very clearly love interests, even though the audience didn't see any of the character growth that should have occurred in the intervening years to get to that point, especially since Quill is mostly unchanged from before.
- 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?
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:
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?
- 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.
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, but Not Tamed: They are as brash and vulgar as they all were during their respective criminal days.
- 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.
- Similar Squad: To the Avengers, with both founding members of each team being a similar Five-Man Band.
- Peter is one to Cap. A Badass Abnormal who is The Strategist and defacto leader of their respective teams, as well as both being Fish out of Temporal Water. Fittingly, both of them butt heads with Tony Stark on separate occasions.
- Rocket takes after Tony. The Smart Guy and a Gadgeteer Genius with only his sharp tongue matching his BFGs. He even helps Tony construct the Iron Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame.
- Gamora takes after Black Widow. A Femme Fatale trained to be a legendary assassin.
- Draxx is one to Thor. Both of them being The Big Guy from a Proud Warrior Race.
- Groot is one to Hulk. Being the other The Big Guy of The Team, but for the most is an Intelligible Unintelligible.
- 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.
- Translator Microbes: Word of God says all of them except Groot have translator implants.
- 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. After Endgame, it's Nebula and Mantis, with Gamora missing in action.
- Unlikely Hero: A bunch of former criminals and miscreants probably wouldn't be where you'd look to find heroes to protect the galaxy.
- See the Star-Lord page
- See the Drax the Destroyer page.
- See the Rocket Raccoon page.
Species: Flora colossus
Affiliation(s): Guardians of the Galaxy
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
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.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, he can be reduced to a mere splinter without actually dying. In the MCU, being reduced to a twig protecting the other Guardians from a Kree warship's explosion resulted in his death.
- 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.
- Catchphrase. "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.
- Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Groot I is about twice the height of a human, but his offspring Groot II is only a few inches high.
- 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: 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: The Groot that died in Vol. 1 stayed dead. 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.
- 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." — something which seemed to be impossible, due to his limited vocabulary.
- 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.
- Sizeshifter: 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
Species: Flora colossus
Affiliation(s): Guardians of the Galaxy
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), Duda Ribeiro (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy (as a potted sapling) | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (as Baby Groot) | Avengers: Infinity War (as an adolescent) | Ralph Breaks the Internet (Baby Cameo, as himself) | Avengers: Endgame (as an adolescent) | Thor: Love and Thunder | 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."
- Ambiguous Situation: Is this Groot just the first Groot reverted to infancy? Or is it the original Groot's offspring? Comments by Kevin Feige indicate the former, but James Gunn seems to believe it's the latter. In either case, they share the same DNA, but the new Groot doesn't seem to have the first Groot's memories.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: He's aggressive and rude compared to his benevolent father/predecessor.
- 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!)
- 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.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Gender-inverted, but still applicable. In one of The Stingers to Vol. 2 he is revealed to have grown up into a rude, lanky youngster with an addiction to video games. In Infinity War he swears at Quill for telling him to put his handheld console down and whines about his, Rocket and Thor's journey to Nidavellir taking too long and the pod they take not having a bathroom.
- 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 adolescent 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.
- Insistent Terminology: Out-of-universe, he's never called "Teen Groot", but is referred to as "Adolescent Groot". The key reasoning seems to be that Groot is only four at the time that he's reached adolescence, and is therefore not a teenager.
- Jerkass Ball: Parodied in the credits of Vol. 2, where Baby Groot has apparently grown up into a whiny and bratty adolescent 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: As Baby Groot, 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.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: In-Universe. While a short tempered and foul mouthed toddler in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet shows that Baby Groot off-Camera is very sweet, friendly, polite and gracious with his fans while meeting them at the Online Ask Groot Anything event on the Oh My Disney website. He answers every question with a cheerfully smiled I am Groot, and is more amused than angry that Venelope cut him off answering a fan whether hes a fruit-bearing tree or a coniferous tree so she can have him click on Ralphs video instead.
- 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 adolescent.
- Nice Guy: The off-Camera Baby-Groot who works at the Oh My Disney website in Ralph Breaks the Internet is friendly and personable with his legion of fans, and does not mind that Venelope stole away one of them at an event to watch Ralphs video instead.
- 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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He spends most of Infinity War hanging out by Rockets side, except for when he used his arm for Stormbreakers handle. Without that sacrifice, Thor wouldnt have made it to Wakanda in time to turn the tide and save the Avengers.
- 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. Subverted in Endgame, where Groot is restored (along with everyone else Thanos snapped) exactly as he was 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!
- See the Nebula page
- See the Yondu Udonta page
Affiliation(s): Ego, Guardians of the Galaxy
Portrayed by: Pom Klementieff
Voiced By: Erika Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish dub), Laura Pastor (European Spanish dub), Herself (French dub), Sayaka Akimoto (Japanese), Luisa Palomanes (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
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 Personality Change: Mantis's original version, exposed to many more and much more varied experiences since childhood, was considerably forthright and proactive, and quite forward with her lovers and romantic interests. By contrast, the MCU Mantis grew up in total isolation under Ego's control, therefore her character grew up into a completely different kind of person.
- 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 1970s 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 keeping Thanos himself restrained for a bit while he wore the Infinity Gauntlet, which was outfitted with four of the six Infinity Stones.
- Adapted Out: In addition to her combat prowess described above, Comics Mantis' original incarnation eventually entered a symbiotic relationship with the plant-like Cotati, and became a Plant Person herself, giving her a whole slew of abilities surround plants, control of plants, and creating whole new bodies out of plants by projecting her astral self into them, even across the whole galaxy. Naturally, with her backstory surrounding the Cotati removed, this ability is (so far) not present in her MCU version.
- 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.
- Back from the Dead: As with the rest of the heroes who got dusted by Thanos in Infinity War, she appears alive and well again in time for the final battle in Endgame thanks to Bruce Banner using the new Infinity Gauntlet made from Stark tech.
- Badass Pacifist: Fighting isn't her thing — but that doesn't mean she should be underestimated. Her Empathic abilities can subdue the likes of Ego and Thanos, making her very valuable all the same.
- 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.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She becomes a bit more serious in Avengers: Endgame as she is seen charging into battle among the millions of other dusted Avengers.
- Birds of a Feather: She rivals Drax for being the nuttiest and most comedic of the Guardians. Unsurprisingly, they have a lot of scenes together, including Mantis' bizarre attempt at a friendly smile and Drax's equally bizarre attempt at a practical joke (tricking her into petting Rocket, knowing he'd bite her for it) at her expense, that show them becoming quite fond of each other in spite of their mutual quirks. According to James Gunn, she relates more to Drax and even Gamora than she does her adoptive brother Peter because both of them are Socially awkward and isolated like she is.
- 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. This exchange with Drax remains unforgettable: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 he doesn't know how to emote due to his nature, or he's learned to live with it.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power:
Drax: I never thought she'd be able to do it with as weak and skinny as she appears to be.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Ingenue: She's the most innocent member on the team by far.
- 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 larva 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.
- Nightmare Fetishist: When hearing that Rocket has blasters and knives available should Quill and Thor fight it out for the leadership of the Guardians, Mantis reacts with a gleeful and more than a bit unnerving, "Yes, please! Use knives!" stretching out each syllable in delight.
- 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.
Affiliation(s): Ravagers, Guardians of the Galaxy
Portrayed by: Sean Gunn
Voiced by: Gerardo Alonso (Latin-American Spanish dub), Alejandro "Peyo" García (European Spanish dub), Christiano Torreão (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Endgame | What If...?
- "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.*
- The Cavalry: In Endgame, he leads the Ravagers into battle alongside all the other heroic factions in the Battle of Earth.
- 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?"
- Informs the Broker that no, Yondu wasn't joking about wanting a cute frog figurine while threatening the Broker's life.
- 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 favoritism 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 was the only Yondu clan Ravager alive anywhere until Star-Lord's revival in Endgame.
- 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 taking part in the mutiny.
- 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.
- Rank Up: When the Ravagers show up in Endgame alongside all the other heroic factions, Kraglin appears to be leading the charge.
- 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 Vol. 2, except for Kraglin.
- With Star-Lord's death in Infinity War, he's now the only Yondu clan Ravager, former or otherwise, alive anywhere... Until Endgame.
- 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. He reappears in Endgame leading the Ravagers into battle alongside the Avengers and their other allies.
- See the Thor page.