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Peter Jason Quill / Star-Lord
"Sometimes that thing you're searching for your whole life, it's right there by your side all along. You don't even know it."

Species: Humannote 


Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Ravagers, Guardians of the Galaxy

Portrayed by: Chris Pratt, Wyatt Oleff (young Peter)

Voiced by: Carlo Vázquez, Emiliano Ugarte (young Peter) (Latin-American Spanish dub), Guillermo Romero (European Spanish dub), Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese dub), David Kruger (French dub), Philippe Martin (Canadian French dub), Rafael Rossatto (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 | Thor: Love and Thunder

"I look around at you, and you know what I see? Losers. I mean, folks who've lost stuff. And we have, man, we have. Friends, family, normal lives. One might say life takes more than it gives, but today, it's giving us a chance."

Kidnapped from Earth in 1988, Peter Quill grew up in space to become an intergalactic outlaw and scavenger.


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    Tropes # to E 
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In the climax of the second film, just as Ego is about to kill all of the Guardians sans Peter, Yondu manages to impart some advice that allows Peter to gain control of his nascent Celestial powers and fight his biological father on equal footing.
  • Ace Pilot: Can fly a ship while flying another ship.note  He can also successfully maneuver through a quantum asteroid field (where the asteroids randomly phase in and out of existence) while being chased by an armada of angry aliens while bickering with his crew and constantly having Rocket grabbing the stick from him.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the comics, he was a seasoned cosmic superhero long before joining the Guardians. In the movies, he starts off as a self-serving outlaw and a bit of an asshole although he eventually chooses to step up for true blue unselfish heroism — with a side of whatever (and whoever) he can get his hands on.
    Star-Lord: What should we do next: Something good, something bad? Bit of both?
    Gamora: We'll follow your lead, Star-Lord.
    Star-Lord: Bit of both!
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the comics, strawberry blond in MCU.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Half-Spartoi in the comics, half-Celestial in the MCU. Of course the Spartoi in the comics claimed ideological descent from the Celestial Eson the Searcher briefly glimpsed in the Collector's exposition flashback in the first film, so the sequel's choice is cutting out the middle man so to speak.
  • AM/FM Characterization: In his first scene he's on a dead world and enters a ruin that wouldn't seem out of place for an Adventurer Archaeologist... and then he turns on an old Walkman and starts dancing through the place to "Come and Get Your Love" without a care in the world, even kicking away some of the local vermin. Peter's Walkman and mixtape of classic pop songs are reminders of Earth, and specifically his mother, who had died from cancer the night he was abducted.
  • Anti Anti Christ: He is the result of his father Ego’s attempt at siring a child with Celestial powers so that Ego could remake all life in his image. However, once Peter learns that Ego planted a tumor in his mother’s brain and is Forced to Watch as Ego crushes his Walkman, Peter rejects Ego and ends the mad Celestial’s plans.
  • Anything That Moves: He's seen with a Krylorian girl, and admits to having banged a Rajak, a Kree, and an A'askvarian. Umm...
    1. Krylorians are kind of low-hanging fruit; their civilization is advanced enough that work is optional, so they're willing to try pretty much anything for a thrill.
    2. Rajaks are pretty similar to humans — except for the winkles on their faces that are apparently part of their noses.
    3. Kree are basically blue-skinned humans, but they only recently stopped waging genocidal war against the rest of the universe — he's probably quite lucky to have survived dumping one.
    4. A'askvarii have tentacles, gills instead of noses and needle teeth. That makes one wonder if Quill has a sexual preference beyond "willing."
  • Apocalypse Maiden: By virtue of being the only one of Ego's children to inherit the Celestial spark, he's the key for Ego's Assimilation Plot. Upon learning the truth about his mother's death, he becomes an Anti Anti Christ.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: He thinks "Star-Lord" is a fearsome codename. Few others agree. Turns out he uses it to remind the galaxy of/honor his mother; it's what she used to call him.
    Dey: No, it's cool, I can see why you'd want a code name. It's not that weird.
  • Back from the Dead: Just like everyone who got dusted in Infinity War, he appears back in action for the final battle of Endgame after Bruce Banner uses the new Infinity Gauntlet made from Stark tech to bring back half of all life in the universe.
  • Badass Beard: Badass Perma-Stubble, at any rate.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a red leather one on occasion.
  • Badass Normal: Peter relies on his gadgets, cunning, and skill to get him by, and never displays himself to be any stronger or faster than a normal human (though he sure can take a beating). Subverted at the end of the film, where it's revealed he's a Half-Human Hybrid. This aspect of his physiology kept the Infinity Stone from immediately killing him. However, after killing his father, he's just a regular human now, putting him back to this trope.
  • Battle Couple: With Gamora, after they become the Official Couple, until her death in Infinity War.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch his Walkman — it's a gift from his mother. Ego finds this out the hard way when he destroys it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually, Peter is pretty easy-going, but when he's provoked, he's an absolute nightmare. Ronan, Ego and Iron Man learn this the hard way.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He's an egotistical, greedy, womanizing prick, but he's also nigh-unstoppable in combat as long as he keeps up his momentum, always tries to talk his opponents out of fighting before he starts shooting, and is the first of the Guardians to join Gamora's crusade to stop Ronan.
  • Big "NO!": His reaction to Yondu's death.
  • Boldly Coming: Since he's to all intents and purposes the only human being for hundreds of light years, his choices are either like the alien girls or be a Celibate Hero. Peter isn't a Celibate Hero. Considering he was kidnapped before he hit puberty and spent his formative years with the Ravagers, it makes sense he'd be quite the xenophile.
  • Break the Comedian: By far the most deliberately funny of the Guardians of the Galaxy, usually by making references to human pop culture that nobody around him understands, dropping smart-ass remarks at every opportunity, and generally being incredibly immature. However, Avengers: Infinity War officially pushes him beyond the limits of his humour when Thanos captures Gamorra in order to learn the location of the Soul Stone. After discovering that Gamorra has been sacrificed in order to obtain the Stone, Quill drops all attempts at comedy and tries to beat Thanos to death - unwittingly giving him a chance to escape his bonds and costing them the entire battle. In the aftermath, he's left completely dispirited, and can only wearily remark "Aw, man..." as Thanos disintegrates him along with half of all life in the universe.
  • Bring Me My Brown Pants: When Tivan is demonstrating the Orb's power, he quietly states, "There's a little pee coming out of me right now."
  • Brought Down to Badass: After killing Ego, he loses all his Celestial powers and must rely on his outlaw skills alone, just as he did long before.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Highly quirky and very efficient when he needs to be.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • No one knows his nickname and he gets tased. Repeatedly. Really, the ratio of him getting his ass kicked greatly outnumbers him kicking ass.
    • Downplayed in the second film, where he's a treated with a lot more respect, although he still gets some humiliation.
    • Infinity War manages to go between this and Trauma Conga Line. He's mocked about his weight, gets jealous about how Thor is effortlessly considered better than him by everyone, his girlfriend included, and the other Guardians repeatedly ignore his attempts to play leader.
    • Endgame once again put him through amusing and humiliating ringer: his 2014 self is mocked and knocked out by Nebula and War Machine, he got kneeled in the groin thrice by Gamora because she came from a timeline where she didn't meet him yet and he is still worried being upstaged by Thor who is still obese and has now joined the Guardians.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Whenever Peter does something he doesn't like, Yondu brings up how he kept the Ravagers from devouring him as a child. This has gone on for years. However, once Yondu mentions it in front of the other Guardians, Peter finally blows up at him.
    • When he meets Ego in Vol. 2, he initially calls him out for abandoning Meredith and him, and not picking Peter up himself instead of contracting Yondu to do it. Then he finds out the real reason why Ego abandoned Meredith and Peter and learns that he killed her, and Peter immediately starts shooting him down.
  • The Captain: Or so he likes to proclaim. Whether the other Guardians regard him as their leader is another matter.
  • Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: An examination of the concept. Hello, "Star-Lord"? His entire schtick is an attempt to spin his abduction from Earth as a child into the "origin story" of a badass space hero — or at least a grade-schooler's idea of one.
  • Character Development: Peter gradually transform from a lecherous, childish Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a mature, somewhat respected captain of his ship who is in a committed relationship and is more openly altruistic.
  • Chick Magnet: He is a mix of this and The Charmer. He used to have a Girl of the Week and even Ayesha flirted with him. It's to the point where even Drax makes fun of him for it (inasmuch as Drax can make fun of anyone for anything).
    Drax: You! Man who has laid with an Aaskvarian!
    Peter: It was one time, man.
  • Collapsible Helmet: His helmet assembles bit by bit and disappears into a device behind his ear when he isn't using it.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Defied to comic effect. As the only member of the team attempting to use an alias rather than his given name, Peter wants people to call him Star-Lord and is ecstatic when, in the last act of the first movie, someone actually does call him that.
  • Confusion Fu: Employs this during the final confrontation with Ronan, challenging the all-powerful Infinity Stone wielding warlord to a dance battle. Luckily, the ruse works just long enough for Rocket to MacGyver up a replacement trigger for their broken BFG.
  • Cool Guns: His Quad Blasters, which fire electricity or lasers depending on what he needs at the time.
  • Cool Mask: An armored mask with built-in life support functions. It's also collapsible, allowing him to call it up and take it off whenever he needs it.
  • Cool Ship: The Milano, a Ravager fighter. When it's lost during the final battle, the Nova Corps rebuilds it for him, salvaging the remains to keep it as close to the original as possible. Unfortunately, it gets put out of commission early in the second movie after the Guardians narrowly escape the Sovereign. It is replaced by the Benatar, which is just as awesome.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Challenging Ronan to a dance-off to distract him. And this not only works, but is instrumental in Ronan's defeat.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When properly motivated or outright enraged, he is one of the most dangerous men in the entire galaxy:
    • An Invoked Trope during the confrontation on Morag — at first, he tries to intimidate his heavily armed and equally belligerent opponents with his "reputation" as a "legendary outlaw", and when that falls flat he switches to some embarrassing babble before pulling an amazing Escape Sequence. Despite all his goofiness, he learned his wits from the boss of the Ravagers. He managed to outwit Korath, hold his own against Gamora, and in the finale withstood the power of an Infinity Stone long enough for his friends to help him kill Ronan.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, he takes on Iron Man (and juggles Spider-Man periodically). He wins while remaining nearly untouched the entire encounter. It only gets thrown into a stalemate due to Drax getting handled by Strange's cloak.
  • Dance Battler: Spoofed in the intro of Guardians of the Galaxy, when he punts aside the alien space rats inhabiting the tomb he's raiding to the tune of Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love".
  • Dance Off: Subverted and Played for Laughs in Vol. 1, where he challenges Ronan to a dance off at the film's climax. Ronan, being raised in a Proud Warrior Race, has no idea what Quill is on about, and just looks on with absolute confusion. Even Gamora is flabbergasted.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Father was out of the picture. Watched his mother die of a brain tumor. Kidnapped by the Ravagers not even five minutes after. Spends his childhood raised by pirates while their leader constantly reminds him they wanted to eat him.
  • Dating Catwoman: If his Every Scar Has a Story is to be believed, one Girl of the Week he dated was a Kree woman, who tried to kill him when she thought he was cheating on her. Considering the Kree has undergone a serious Adaptational Villainy in the MCU....
  • Deadpan Snarker: When people are angry with him, or especially ranting, Peter's typical reaction is to retort with dry quips and pithy come-backs.
  • Disco Dan: He's a walking memorial to The '80s. Justified, though, since it's not like he would be up to date with trends back on Earth since The '80s thanks to being abducted in 1988. He's been... out of touch.
  • Divine Parentage: Shown in Vol. 2 to be the biological son of a Celestial, one of the most powerful cosmic species in the MCU. Unfortunately for Peter, Ego is also revealed to be an Omnicidal Maniac responsible for the death of his mother and thousands of his half-siblings.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Surviving the Power Stone aside, he doesn't display anything a normal human isn't​ possibly capable of. Then he becomes a Physical God​ during the climax of the second movie... for a short while.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Despite playing himself up as a Lovable Rogue Handsome Lech, Peter's love of Seventies pop music and his propensity to break out into song and dance makes him a little more down-to-Earth and a fun character all around.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Immediately following his childhood flashback, as Star-Lord searches the crumbling remains of a destroyed civilization in a somber opening scene. Then he pops on his headphones and dances his way through the ruins to 70s pop while kicking attacking mutant alien rats. Except the one he uses as a microphone. He deftly collects a MacGuffin only for tough, nasty aliens show up to steal said MacGuffin, and he tries to intimidate them with his reputation as a "legendary outlaw." ...which does not work, so he starts babbling stupidly until they start shaking their heads, followed by concentrated asskicking, a daring escape, and freaking out the Purple-Skinned Space Babe whom he had forgotten was in his ship. Meet Star-Lord, Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass!
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a self-styled "legendary outlaw," but his "outlaw name"? Comes from a note that his mother left him, calling him her little Star-Lord.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He is, in his own words "an a-hole but not 100% a dick"; he's a petty criminal, can't even remember his one-night-stand's name, and has no problem with stealing a job out from under his old boss, but he won't stand for a fanatic killing billions of innocent people. Even when he was younger, he tells his mother he got into a fight with some boys because they had cruelly squashed a frog.
    • In a comedic example, in the opening of the Vol. 2, he actually sides with Drax's opinion that Rocket really should have better things to do than set up background music before their fight with the Abilisk. This is especially funny if you contrast his introduction in the first move.
    • In Vol. 2, his biological father, Ego, is explaining his Assimilation Plot to him. While reluctant to turn on his friends (and possibly destroy the universe) in exchange for immortality and god-level power, he doesn't outright refuse... until Ego admitted to killing Peter's mother. Cue Flat "What" followed by a Shut Up, Hannibal! via rapid blaster fire.

    Tropes F to N 
  • The Face: When the team is interacting with other people, he's usually the one who does the talking. The rest just don't have the knack.
    Peter: No wonder you don't have any friends! Five seconds after you meet people, you're threatening to kill 'em.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Suicidal Overconfidence, Infinity War absolutely shows the consequences of this.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Of a sort.
    Peter Quill: I like your plan, except it sucks so let me do the plan, and that way it might be really good.
    Drax: Tell him about the dance-off to save the universe.
    Tony Stark: What dance-off?
    Peter Quill: It's not a thing.
    Peter Parker: Like in Footloose, the movie?
    Peter Quill: Exactly like Footloose. Is it still the greatest movie in history?
    Peter Parker: It never was.
  • Flat "What": Upon being told, by Ego himself, that Ego was the one who gave his mother a fatal brain tumor (on purpose no less), Peter's response is a monotone, extended "What?"
  • Flipping the Bird: Does this during his mug shot in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He does this to Thanos in Infinity War as well, as he jumps into one of Doctor Strange's portals to evade him.
  • Foil:
    • To Gamora. They were both abducted from their homes by aliens after the death of their parent(s), subsequently growing up as criminals and double-crossing their father-figures for personal gain. Unlike Gamora, who's family was murdered by Thanos, who was abusive and trained her to be an assassin, Peter was kidnapped from his surviving family and raised in a rough, but generally loving environment by Yondu, growing up to become a small-time criminal with no charges more serious than minor assault on his criminal record. As a result, Gamora has No Social Skills and is straightforward but has a strong moral compass while Peter is The Social Expert and a Guile Hero who offers outside-the-box solutions but takes some time to do the right thing.
    Peter: Trust me, [negotiation] is my specialty, where yours is more "stab, stab, those are my terms".
    • To Mantis in Vol. 2. Both adopted by powerful aliens, but Mantis was raised in isolation and Peter among the Ravager crew. They are both Ego's children; Peter is the biological son that he didn't raise, and Mantis is the adoptive daughter that he did raise. And where Yondu cared about Peter as a son but wasn't able to openly show it, Ego treated Mantis as a pet at best.
    • To Thor in Infinity War. Both of them lost their parents, had to destroy a world to stop a super powerful evil being from conquering the universe, lost a loved one to Thanos and that loss makes them seek Revenge Before Reason against him and fail to stop him when they had the chance.
    • To Wanda Maximoff in Infinity War. Both are red-clad heroes who had lost their biological families but found allies in the Guardians/Avengers. Both had developed new powers, albeit with Peter's Celestial abilities going away once Ego was destroyed in Vol. 2 and Wanda's being stronger than ever in Infinity War. Both are in a long-developed relationship with a non-human character (Gamora and Vision respectively) who asks them to kill them to keep Thanos from getting an Infinity Stone. Both are hesitant, and when they finally act on it, Thanos uses a different Infinity Stone (Reality and Time respectively) to nullify their fulfilled promises. Finally, both are left to wallow in anguish and ultimately disintegrate with naught but the feeling of defeat lingering.
  • Freak Out: Peter has one in Infinity War upon learning Gamora's death, which in turn leads to Thanos, who was being overpowered by the Guardians and the Avengers to get the Gauntlet off of him, being able to break free.
  • Freudian Excuse: Peter's birth farther abandoned his mother, who died from cancer when Peter was a child. Then Peter was kidnapped and raised by Yondu, who beat him up to teach him to fight, kept him in terror by threatening to eat him and is implied to have used him for thieving since he was eight. These events have influenced his personality as an adult.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Rhoman Dey. When Peter's arrested, he's briefly seen giving friendly grin to Dey... until Dey mistakenly called him "Star-Prince" and Peter immediately dropped his smile.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: In Vol. 1 he is introduced in this outfit when exploring a toxic planet, and since the mask is a Collapsible Helmet, he's seen in it a few more times throughout the film.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: He may be a Disco Dan, but he knows a lot about the 70s and 80s for a guy who hasn't seen Earth since he was a kid. You'd think more of his pop culture references would be to cartoons and other kid stuff and yet:
    • How many eight-year-olds are familiar with The Maltese Falcon, like Peter is in the first movie?
    • In Vol. 2, he offers up "trash panda" as an alternative to "raccoon", referencing an Internet meme, something he shouldn't even know exists.
    • In Infinity War, he says he's going to get a Bowflex. They existed before he met the Ravagers, but they only came out two years earlier, and they didn't really advertise or become a pop-culture "thing" until the 90s.
  • Guile Hero: His lack of any superpowers in a galaxy full of strange aliens, special powers, and high-tech technology while being a former thief forces him to be this. His most triumphant example? Challenging a megalomaniacal Kree fanatic with the power of an Infinity Stone... to a dance-off.
  • Gun Fu: His fighting style when dealing with multiple opponents. He will shoot enemies at a distance while using his guns as clubs on those who get too close. When making his way towards the Dark Aster's bridge, he can be seen driving the muzzles of his guns into an opponent as a melee attack while simultaneously pulling the triggers to give his strikes extra oomph.
  • Guns Akimbo: Wields two guns.
  • The Gunslinger: He has a pretty impressive Quick Draw.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Initially, it's not entirely clear what his dad was, except "not human", but whatever alien genetics he's got, they're potent enough to let him tank an Infinity Stone's power without immediately being obliterated. Later, it turns out that he's the son of a sentient planet. A sentient planet that is actually a Celestial. Unfortunately said planet reveals his intentions and why Peter exists, which prompts Peter to destroy the planet and thus cut off his Celestial connection. So at this point he's basically just a human because his Celestial side can't function without the existence of the planet.
  • Handsome Lech: The opening of the first movie has him accidentally bringing along the Girl of the Week on his dangerous scavenger hunt because he had forgot she was still on board, despite just having spent the night with her, and when he finds out, he struggles to remember her name. He later shows off several scars from former paramours that tried to kill him.
  • Happily Adopted: By the end of Vol. 2, Peter happily acknowledges that Yondu, who raised, loved, and died for him, is his true father.
    Yondu: He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy.
  • Has Two Daddies: While he was raised by Yondu, he starts bonding with his real father in Vol. 2. In the end, he loses both father-figures.
  • Hated Hometown: Or rather, Hated Home Planet. Despite having the means to go back to Earth, Quill adamantly refuses to do so due to understanding that his lifestyle would clash with the people there, on top of associating the planet with his mother's death. The only time he ever returns to it is in Avengers: Endgame to battle Thanos and his army, and to attend Tony Stark's funeral afterwards. After that, he gets off the planet as soon as he can, along with his fellow Guardians and Thor.
  • Head Butting Heroes: In Infinity War, he's constantly at odds with Tony Stark due to both of them used to being the leader and hating to take orders from someone else. That being said, he does pay respect to Stark along with the other Guardians by going to his funeral on Earth, despite his discomfort with being on his home planet.
  • The Heart: He's quick to mediate any conflict, trying to resolve issues with words. He also galvanizes the team into becoming, well, The Team.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears no fewer than four different red leather jackets throughout the film. It's a trait he picked up from adoptive father Yondu and the Ravagers.
  • Heroic Bastard: His mother never married his father (who turns out to have been an alien), and his grandparents' reactions when she tells him his father will come back for him strongly imply that he wasn't in the picture for long.
  • Heroic Build: Clearly keeps himself in shape.
  • Heroic BSoD: Peter launches into a small one when he finally hears the first song of his mother's second mixtape: Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Gamora comes along and snaps him out of it pretty quickly.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: His snarky, unpleasant attitude is only a mask to hide his overwhelming self-loathing and depression over his dead mom and not holding her hand in her final moments as she asked.
  • Hollywood Magnetism: One of Quill's gadgets in Infinity War is a triggered magnet which he can stick on any surface. While it understandably sticks to Iron Man and sticks him against a metal debris, it also traps Thanos' unarmored arm somehow.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Son of a human woman and a Celestial Genius Loci in a synthetic body. Peter was unaware of his alien origins for most of his life, until the climax of the first film where he handled the Infinity Stone to defeat Ronan. The sequel has him meeting his father Ego who points out that Peter is immortal and has untapped superpowers that can conjure light-based cosmic power. However, after learning his father's true evil nature, he destroys Ego's core and his brain, which led to the loss of his Celestial abilities and immortality, making him fully human.
  • Humans by Any Other Name: The Nova Corps computer lists his species as Terran and his homeworld as Terra. However, he calls it Earth.
  • Iconic Outfit: The Badass Longcoat he wears in the intro of GOTG. He wears a shorter jacket for the rest of the movie, but every piece of tie-in merchandise, video game appearance and even the comics published after the movie feature the Badass Longcoat.
  • Idiot Hero: When War Machine comments to Nebula in Endgame that he's an idiot it's clearly a statement rather than a question. Played for Drama previously in Infinity War, when his impulsive actions became a catalyst in Thanos achieving his goal with himself as one of his casualties.
  • Improvised Weapon: His most effective attack on Gamora? Clipping one of his rocket thrusters to her and sending her flying. He also uses another prisoner's prosthetic leg as a club, and pistol whips foes quite often.
  • Indy Ploy: This trope is not at all true. He has a plan! ...12% of a plan... Okay, he's not exactly "skilled" in most areas of his chosen profession, but he's adept at improvising on his feet. Most deftly demonstrated when he, completely out of nowhere, distracts Ronan the Accuser with a spontaneous dance-off challenge long enough to let Rocket and Drax get the rest of the plan in motion.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Peter's reduced to this and a bunch of Rapid-Fire "No!" when he realizes that Yondu has given him the only spacesuit and is going to die from exposure to space.
  • Insane Troll Logic: From Infinity War:
    Quill: "Don't forget, I'm half-human. So that 50% of me that's stupid? That's 100% you."
    Stark: "...Your math is blowing my mind."
  • Instant Expert: Played with, as it may be the very nature of Celestials. Once his father tells him how to call forth his celestial heritage, Peter immediately generates energy from his hands, using it to form a baseball to play catch with. However, he doesn't attempt anything grander than that due to the relatively short time frame he's on Ego coupled with his own father telling him that it took eons for him to learn how to manipulate matter. However, when Yondu gives him a Don't Think, Feel speech on how he controls his arrow, Peter is able to shift control of Ego's light and equal him in combat.
  • Irony: Quill was able to defeat Ego and save the universe by using "his heart": essentially acting without thinking. Up against Thanos, he acts without thinking... and cost his team both the Time Stone and the lives of half the universe.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Quill is right when he often points out the abusive treatment Yondu put him through was not funny.
    • He may have been acting equally immature but Peter was right to be at Rocket for how his actions got their crew in more trouble than they needed in the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's more "jerk" in his debut appearance but even then he had some notable morals and showed his heroic side at certain moments. His "heart of gold" become more apparent in subsequent installments.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: When they're heading for a potential confrontation with Thanos, Gamora makes him swear on his mother that, if she's captured, Peter will kill her to keep Thanos from finding out the secret she knows, the location of the Soul Stone. When things inevitably go tits-up, Peter points his gun at Gamora as Thanos restrains her, but hesitates. It's the greatest testament to his love for her that he does eventually pull the trigger. Unfortunately, Thanos was just testing him and has used the Reality Stone to turn his weapon into a bubble blaster.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Peter has a track record of bedding numerous women. And then he tried to flirt with Gamora. Come Vol. 2, Mantis emphatically reveals that Peter has genuine romantic feelings for her, not just sexual.
  • The Leader: He assumes leadership of the Guardians. "Assumes" occasionally being the operative word, especially during Infinity War.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he dons his Cool Mask, much asskicking ensues.
  • Like a Son to Me: Yondu considers Peter his son and admits he's proud of him.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Implied to be this to Mantis, by way of Ego showcasing her species as part of his romantic conquests in his quest to have children.
  • Lovable Rogue: Definitely. He's a thief, a con man, and a womanizer, but he's so charming that it's hard to hold these things against him.
  • Manchild: Well, he was abducted at age 8 and raised by outlaws (who regularly threatened to eat him For the Evulz), so it's not much of a surprise that he isn't very mature. His entire schtick is trying way too hard to embody a grade-schooler's idea of a badass space hero.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In Vol. 2, Peter learns that he has thousands of half-brothers and sisters through his birth father, who's an immortal living planet. Unfortunately, they're also all dead thanks to Ego murdering them. Mantis is his only (adoptive) sibling left.
  • Missing Mom: His mom died when he was young, and left him a mix-tape which he listens to on his Walkman. His Berserk Button makes more sense now.
  • Momma's Boy: Oh yeah. Despite his mother being long dead, he clearly loves her a lot, and taking his Walkman and mixtape, which were presents from her, is a very easy way to piss him off. And his insistence on being called "Star-Lord"? As silly as that name sounds, it was actually his mom's pet name for him. In the second film, he instantly snaps out of Ego's Mind Control when the callous Celestial reveals he gave Peter's mother the brain tumor that killed her. Then in Infinity War, he's hesitant to agree to the promise to kill Gamora if/when Thanos gets a hold of her, until she tells Peter to swear on his mother, which forces him to shut up and comply.
  • Morality Pet: It's all but stated that Peter is Yondu's adoptive son, and though their relationship is difficult, everyone in the Ravagers notes that Yondu, infamous and ruthless bandit that he is, immediately becomes "soft" when Peter is involved. Him caring about Peter is about his only redeeming aspect, and the one thing he does selflessly is to sacrifice his life to save Peter from suffocating in space.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In the Guardians films. He gets shirtless scenes in both of them and the one in the Vol. 2 in particular was clearly only there for the audience to look at his great physique.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of Infinity War, he seemed to regret botching up the team’s plan in defeating Thanos right before he vanishes.
    Peter: Aw, man.
  • My Greatest Failure: Immensely regrets not holding his mother's hand as she passed away.
  • Neural Implanting: Has a translator implant, which allows him to understand other languages. Does not seem to work on the Flora Colossus species.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Peter finds out Gamora is dead, he lets his emotions get the better of him which causes the plan to defeat Thanos to end in failure.
  • No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Noodle Incident: His affair with the Gramosian Duchess. Whatever happened, it apparently necessitated a criminal charge being specifically created for it.
  • No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture: Peter has seemingly gone out of his way to avoid absorbing any type of alien culture or media since, despite living most of his life in space, all of his references are exclusively from Earth. Likewise, there's no evidence that he owns or listens to any type of music besides his mother's mixtapes or the Zune given to him by Kraglin.
  • No, You: After Teenage Groot calls him "boring", Peter retorts with "I'm not boring! You're boring!"

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  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Frequently gets others to underestimate him this way. Usually before handing out a sucker punch or three.
  • Only Sane Man: In his viewpoint, at least, as he feels that threatening to kill people that he's only just met is counterproductive. He also considers Groot this, believing that he has the same thinking as him.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The main joke of his interactions with Thor in Infinity War; the other Guardians are quick to gush over how handsome and muscular Thor is, while noting that Quill has been putting on weight lately. Not to mention Thor's family history is even more epic and messed-up than Quill's. He starts outright mimicking Thor's Badass Baritone just to stay relevant.
  • Patricide: Well, Groot is the one who detonated the bomb into Ego's core, but Peter definitely ordered and condoned it. Since his father is an Omnicidal Maniac who killed his mother and would have consumed the universe, and his real daddy is Yondu, Peter has little remorse about this, and no one would really blame him for it either.
  • Perma-Stubble: It adds to his roguish demeanor.
  • Physical God: He's half Celestial, and the son of Ego, the Living Planet. As such, when he gains control of his powers over the planet, he's the only one who can match daddy dearest in a straight fight. However, he loses his powers once his father dies.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Rather savvy in a few areas and completely oblivious in many more, including Current Events, and in one case, manages to forget Missouri is on Earth.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: He is obsessed with Earth's pop-culture from the 80s, particularly its music which he is constantly shown listening to on his Walkman and later his Zune.
  • The Promise: In Infinity War, Gamora makes him swear on his mother's memory that should Thanos get her he'll kill her. Acting upon it is a major breaking point for him.
  • Promoted to Parent: Essentially becomes Groot's father-figure after he's reborn as Baby Groot. Becomes more apparent when arguing with Teenage Groot in one of The Stingers in Vol. 2.
    Peter: And now I know how Yondu felt.
  • Puny Earthlings: Despite being part-Celestial, he's easily the weakest and most physically frail of the Guardians — even Rocket pulls off greater feats of strength despite being half his size, to say nothing of Baby Groot. He gets by through skill, cunning, and, occasionally, space magic.
  • Raised by Dudes: After his mother's death, Peter was kidnapped and raised by Yondu and all male Ravager crew.
  • Really Gets Around: Claims that if you used a black light in his ship, you'd see a lot of evidence to support this trope. More evidence exists in the form of numerous scars he bears from various Scorned Women who have attacked him. It's apparently In the Blood as Ego has been with thousands, or even millions, of different women.
  • Red Baron: Insists on calling himself "Star-Lord", though most people refuse to indulge his ego. Korath and later Gamora referring to him as "Star-Lord" in the first movie's finale is something of a Throw the Dog a Bone moment for Quill. The name "Star-Lord" was actually his mother's Affectionate Nickname for him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Cool Mask has a pair of bright red lenses covering his eyes. Incidentally, the scenes where he's wearing it are also when he's at his most dangerous in a fight.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears red jackets throughout the entire first movie, except when he's incarcerated. Defied in that they're actually Ravager colors, and they're only as heroic as they can be paid to be.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Part of the reason he's alive, in fact! Peter often does some straight up weird stuff and it often works because it's so odd, nobody has any idea how to feel. He uses this in the finale of GOTG to confuse Ronan long enough to knock the Infinity Stone from his hand.
  • Related in the Adaptation: His biological father Ego is the adoptive father of Mantis, which makes Mantis his adoptive sister. His relationship to Ego here doesn't exist in the comics, either.
  • Relationship Upgrade: In Infinity War, after dancing around their attraction for the first two Guardians films, he and Gamora openly tell each other that they love one another and share a kiss. Sadly, she gets sacrificed by Thanos soon after.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After finding out Gamora is dead, Peter loses all sense of his better judgement which ends up helping Thanos secure his victory.
  • Rocket Boots: He has detachable thrusters on the ankles of his boots that he uses for short boosts, to maneuver in zero-g, and for bursts of speed during combat.
  • Sad Clown: Peter never got to meet his birth father, was taken away from home just minutes after watching his mother die, and spent the better part of his adolescence being raised by a violent criminal who (he thought) seriously considered eating him when he first met him. In spite of all that, he's a shockingly laid-back guy, and he makes jokes about everything.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Star-Lord's mother is already dead, but he ends up killing his father to save the universe.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Has shades of it, particularly in the second movie. He didn't want to have anything to do with Ego and was talked into it by Gamora on the chance he could finally have a father-figure like he always wanted, but later on he spins it as her being jealous about his newfound powers when she has suspicions about both Ego and his planet. He even accuses her of being a hypocrite for convincing him to do so and then expressing those concerns, conveniently forgetting that Gamora told him outright that if Ego was a bad guy they'd kill him to help ease Quill's own uncertainty.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one to Ego when the latter begs not to be destroyed.
    Ego: Listen to me, LISTEN TO ME! You are a god. If you kill me, you'll be just like everybody else!
    Peter: ...What's so wrong with that?
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Because of being raised in two very different environments, Peter and Mantis are complete opposites in personality, temperament, and appearance. The latter is a given since they're adoptive siblings, but the rest can be explained by Peter being raised among the rough and boisterous Ravagers while Mantis was reared in total isolation by Ego himself.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is annoyed when people don't recognize his nickname (that he made up himself), "Star-Lord". As it turns out, it's less because of his own ego and more because Star-Lord was his mother's pet name for him.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Peter is a goofy, childish man but is craftier than what people give him credit for.
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only member of his immediate family known to still be alive. Meredith died of cancer inflicted by his birth father and all of his siblings were purged by Ego, who himself is killed by Peter. Some of his extended family is still alive on Earth, but Peter has had no contact with them since his abduction 28 years ago.
  • Static Stun Gun: His guns have a dual-barrel design, the top firing lethal rounds and the bottom-firing taser rounds.
  • Stepford Smiler: Downplayed, but true: while his cheerful joking is a genuine part of his personality, it obfuscates some very real distress and emotional issues, to the point of coming across as a defense mechanism.
  • Sticky Bomb: One of the gadgets he deploys in Infinity War. Quill puts one on Thanos' back, which staggers the Titan enough to let his allies prepare other attacks.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: One of the reasons he is considered an Idiot Hero in general, but turns out to be his Fatal Flaw when he and half of the universe pays for it in Infinity War.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: His trademark weapon is a gun.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Invoked and downplayed. He doesn't have any obvious and flashy superpowers, but after they find out that his father is some kind of ancient being, Gamora theorises that this could have been the reason why Peter was able to withstand the power of the Infinity Stone for as long as he did without dying. Vol. 2 reveals that his father is a Celestial, more or less a living god.
  • Super Powers for a Day: He temporarily gets god-like powers on the level of Ego on their planet, once they connect towards the end of Vol. 2. Ego warns him that his destruction will also destroy Quill's abilities, but Quill pushes through anyway and kills his father off (and his powers) for good.
  • Team Dad: Although he isn't as serious as Gamora, he is generally forced to act like a tough father to the less focused Drax and Rocket. Played for Laughs in the Vol. 2 Stinger with Teenage Groot where Peter acts just like an annoyed father dealing with his moody teenage son. He then realizes how Yondu felt.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Korath finally calls him "Star-Lord" once they meet again. Gamora later does this in the first film's last scene.
  • Timeshifted Actor: Wyatt Oliff plays young Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as a promotional photograph for an upcoming ''Guardians'' themed ride at EPCOT, while Chris Pratt plays the older Starlord.
  • Token Human: The only human on the team, and possibly even the entire galaxy outside of Earth (though there is a multitude of Human Aliens around the known universe). Subverted because it turns out he's only half human. Well, at least until he kills his Celestial birth father in Vol. 2. After that, he's fully human, and perfectly okay with it, too.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Played for Drama in Infinity War, when Quill loses it at the absolute wrong time after learning Gamora's death and then striking Thanos free from the heroes' grasp which in turns leads to Thanos' Badass Fingersnap that wipes out half the universe, Quill himself included.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Enough to form an additional Trauma Conga Line — Peter starts out with the Walkman and Awesome Mix Vol. 1 left to him by Meredith, and at the end of the movie finally decides to open the last thing she gave him, revealing Awesome Mix Vol. 2, as well as revealing that his own self-ascribed Red Baron was his mother's Affectionate Nickname for him. At the end of the second movie, he gets an additional one from Yondu — a Zune with more tracks than the first two combined. This is after Yondu saved him via Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Tranquil Fury: In Vol. 2, when Ego admits that he killed Peter's mother, Peter's expression barely changes as he pulls his guns and starts riddling Ego with holes.
  • Trap Master: His fighting style is putting his enormous array of gadgets to use to distract, incapacitate, and generally inconvenience his enemies.
  • Trauma Conga Line:
    • He was raised without a father, saw his mother die a painful death from a brain tumor, ran away because he couldn't stand being there at her final moments, and then got abducted by alien pirates who would regularly torment him with, among other things, threats of eating him. When he eventually left the group, he never went back to Earth because he knew he didn't fit in there anymore, so he's got no home.
    • In Vol. 2, he finally meets his long lost dad who reveals that he's an Omnicidal Maniac out to absorb the universe into himself, that Peter's actually had thousands of half-siblings that his father killed to the last because none of them were useful to his plot, and that his father gave his mother the brain tumor that killed her so he wouldn't be tempted to give up on his crazy quest. Then, Peter has to kill his father to stop him and to watch Yondu, who he finally accepts as his adoptive father, die in his arms while making a Heroic Sacrifice to save him.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, Quill is asked to kill his loved one, Gamora in order to save the universe. Despite her begging him, he initially can't, and when he does find the will to shoot her, Thanos easily prevents it and reveals he was just testing him before taking Gamora anyway. When Quill discovers Thanos has murdered Gamora to obtain the Soul Stone, Peter loses it, resulting in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown despite his friend's pleads to instead remove the Infinity Gauntlet. Finally, he witnesses Mantis and Drax disintegrate in front of him, and then dies himself with the thought that deaths of half the universe are his fault.
  • Troll: He manages to get the drop on most of his foes by dicking around with them. He literally trolls Yondu at the end, by giving him the capsule with a Troll figurine in it instead of the Infinity Stone. Considering the equally trollish Yondu raised Peter after his mother's death, it's not too difficult to figure out where he likely picked up on this behavior from.
  • White Male Lead: The Leader of the group, and the only white male of the bunch (heck, he's the only terran in the bunch). (Although Rocket's voice actor is also a white male).
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: He's revealed to be immortal and part-Celestial in the second film by Ego, who warns him in their final fight that should Ego's core destroy itself, Peter would lose his powers and his immortality and be "just like everyone else". Peter's response to his evil murderous father is, "What is so wrong with that?".
  • World's Strongest Man: Very briefly, during his battle with Ego in the climax of Vol. 2, Peter was unarguably the most powerful superhero in all of the MCU. Nothing and no one short of Thanos or Dormmamu could come even close to the feats he accomplished during that short span of time. Unfortunately, he lost all that power after Ego died, though he doesn't seem to mind all that much.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't hold back while scuffling with Gamora during her attempt to steal the Orb.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He didn't appear to have a problem holding and threatening to shoot the 16 year old Peter Parker if Iron Man didn't tell him where Gamora was. Not that he knew at the moment that the creepy alien in a red suit is a human teenager, though.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Yondu's death, Kraglin refers to Peter as 'captain', signifying he is the leader of what is left of Yondu's Ravager crew, i.e. Kraglin himself.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Quill knows where Earth is, and has the means to get back there, he just doesn't. In Vol. 2, he tries justifying it on the grounds that the last time he was there, he saw his mother die. Gamora disagrees, thinking he just doesn't go back to Earth because he'd rather play Space Cowboy. After being brought back from the Decimation, he does find himself returning to Earth to fight for it against Thanos.
    • James Gunn states Quill actually despised being back on Earth and got off that planet as fast as he freaking could. He associates it completely with his mother dying.
  • You Killed My Mother: The reason he eventually decides to give up on his biological father is that brain tumor Ego planted in Meredith's head.

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Due to timetravel, this Gamora hasn't even met Quill before, much less fallen in love with him. Promting a very different response than what he was expecting.

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