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Rocket Raccoon

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Never doubt a raccoon.

"Ain't no thing like me, 'cept me!"
Rocket Raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Rocket Raccoon is a Marvel Comics character created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen, first appearing in Marvel Preview #7 (June, 1976).

Partially inspired by the song "Rocky Raccoon" by The Beatles, Rocket mostly served as a joke character for the majority of his existence in the Marvel Universe, only appearing in ten issues over thirty years.

It wasn't until the Annihilation: Conquest event that Rocket would gain some prominence, showing up as a supporting character in the Star-Lord tie-in series. His role there then segued into the rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy title, where he'd establish himself as a prominent member of the team, appearing in just about every iteration of the lineup ever since.

Rocket is notable for his deceptively scrappy attitude, extensive knowledge of weaponry, and plentiful connections in the cosmic underworld. He's also become synonymous for his friendship with sentient tree Groot since Annihilation: Conquest, and they're rarely seen apart from one another.

Because of his popularity with audiences, Rocket appears in most interpretations of Guardians of the Galaxy in other media. He made his first appearance outside of the comics in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD, where he was voiced by Greg Ellis. He also appeared on the Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) cartoon on Disney XD, voiced there by Trevor Devall, while Nolan North portrays him in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Rocket is also voiced by Bradley Cooper (with motion capture performed by Sean Gunn) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his debut in their 2014 film of the same name. Cooper and Gunn reprise the role in its 2017 sequel, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

For the original version of Rocket (pre-Annihilation), see also Rocket Raccoon (1985).


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Rocket Raccoon provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: And yes, Rocket Raccoon is his real name.
  • Amazon Chaser: He develops a thing with Gatecrasher of Technet during his 2017 miniseries. Nothing comes of it, thanks to some unfortunately timed words.
  • Anti-Hero: Even at his best he's mostly motivated by either profits or the thrill of shooting things. In more recent comics he's a borderline sadist, but still hangs out with heroic characters.
  • Arm Cannon: After being taken over by the Venom symbiote, he becomes able to transform his arms into multi-barrelled biomechanical guns.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite being the smallest and least physically imposing member of the Guardians, he packs a lot of firepower and is very tech-savvy.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: His Guardians of the Galaxy uniform lacks boots. This trope gets averted in later appearances, where he seems to frequently sport space boots of different kinds. Generally, whether he's barefoot or not will depend on the artist.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Groot's big guy.
  • BFG: Rocket's gun of choice is anything unfeasibly large and destructive.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: Oddly enough a large percentage of Rocket's enemies, especially the fellow anthropomorphic animals, represent this trope in some fashion such as Judson Jakes, Lord D'vine, and Gnawbarque.
  • Cyborg: He's a genetically-engineered cyborg raccoon.
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: His costume is the same uniform worn by most of the team.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: He's a hard-drinking raccoon, is this one. According to Rocket, his preferred beverage is a Gargle Blaster. This inadvertently fouls up a plan when he's supposed to be in disguise.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before his reintroduction to Marvel Universe in 2007, Rocket appeared as a cameo in a issue of Exiles in 2006.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: People familiar with Rocket's modern incarnation (especially from the live-action movies) will be very surprised at how different he is from his original incarnation. Somewhat justified in that his original adventures are an altered recollection of what actually happened, done as part of a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Enemy Mine: He's worked alongside Blackjack O'Hare almost as often as the two have opposed each other.
  • Evil Counterpart: Blackjack O'Hare. Especially in Rocket's 2014 ongoing. To compare, both are anthropomorphic critters from Halfworld, both were romantic interests of Lylla, both are extremely proficient strategists and marksmen. The main difference is that Blackjack is a lot more shameless with who he will work for and is not above sadistic revenge plots.
    • Subverted when Rocket recovers his true memories and learns that in reality, Rocket was the Security Chief for Halfworld and Blackjack was his second-in-command. Then later subverted again when Blackjack impersonates Rocket and has him framed for murder.
  • Fake Memories: Everything he thinks he knows about his past up until he first comes to Earth is a half-truth. He had his memory rewritten (on his own orders) to keep himself from returning to Halfworld in order to keep a dangerous telepath from causing massive damage across the universe. His original adventures on Halfworld was distorted with a fairy-tale ending so he wouldn't be tempted to return and accidentally release the telepath.
  • Fantastic Racism: While he often does so in a sarcastic manner, he doesn't think much of the backwater ball of mud known as Earth or its inhabitants. He might like Star-Lord, but he doesn't like humans.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He, Star-Lord, Groot, Mantis and Bug. They didn't particularly get along or even like each other at first, but over the course of the war with the Phalanx, they've become extremely close - especially Rocket and Groot, and Rocket and Peter.
  • Flanderization: During the Marvel Now run by Bendis, everyone is fairly out-of-character, but Rocket gets this the worst by far. He's gone from being The Lancer who really, really likes his guns but being otherwise a friendly and good person, to suddenly becoming a Sociopathic Hero who enjoys hurting things, shouting "Blam! Murdered you." and has suddenly decided that he's not a Raccoon anymore, after decades of calling himself one. He also has developed a great deal of racism for Humans and contempt for Earth, despite previously being depicted as a good friend of Quill and Corsair. This has been tempered somewhat, with the disturbing nature of the 'Blam! Murdered you' Catchphrase being lampshaded, and his dislike for humans generally being restricted to an utter bemusement as to why everybody is fighting over Earth and an understandable annoyance at Tony Stark's habit of stealing his stuff. Thankfully by the 2019 and 2020 Guardians series, Rocket was dialed back to his pre-Marvel NOW personality.
  • Furry Reminder: Throughout Guardians vol 2, mention is given that Rocket is very much a racoon, and still has the instincts and habits of one, as Moondragon learns when she's relaying his thoughts.
  • Gatling Good: The larger the gun, the more he likes it.
  • Got Volunteered:
    • He was imprisoned because he was seen as an affront to Kree racial superiority (and parking tickets), and was drafted into Star-Lord's suicide squad, which would eventually transform into the Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • He didn't want anything to do with the events of Avengers: No Road Home. The Hulk grabbed him as they were being teleported away, and it's very difficult to argue with the Hulk.
  • Guns Akimbo: When he's wielding a gun that's small enough to hold in one hand, he's bound to have a second one for the other- though he's usually seen with massive two-handed guns instead.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Groot and Star-Lord.
  • Hidden Depths: On occasion, Rocket's temper and snark hide a lot of bitterness, and a longing to go back to the more innocent days he spent on Halfworld.
  • Humongous Mecha: He has one, which he uses to force Thanos to let go of Star-Lord.
  • Hypocrite: He claims he thinks a lot of the reason he distrusts Cosmo is that he's an "anthropomorphic freak".
  • Industrial World: He hails from Halfworld, so named due to half the planet being industrialized and populated by robots.
  • Informed Ability: He's allegedly a tactical genius, but most of his plans involve firing guns. Admittedly, those plans do work, most of the time. Granted he has shown off her tactical prowess such as when he stopped Gladiator through trickery, knowing his power is based on his own confidence.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a sarcastic prick but he is still good-hearted. He genuinely cares about his teammates and will never give up on them.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": As a connoisseur of weapons, he's amazed when the Guardians encounter Major Victory, wanting to try out the man's version of Captain America's shield. Indoors. In a confined space.
  • The Lancer: Second in command of the Guardians (in as much as anyone "commands" the Guardians).
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: All his memories of Halfworld were erased when he left. He recovers them when he returns.
  • Lovable Rogue: Even with his moments of short-temperedness, wise-cracking snarkiness, and over-confident nature, he's resurging from obscurity to popularity since becoming a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: He's one of the only members of the team to never quit.
  • Mood-Swinger: When written by Bendis, he goes from being almost-timid to hyper-aggressive seemingly at random.
  • More Dakka: His impressive and massive arsenal.
  • The Napoleon: Being a humanoid raccoon, he's pretty much the smallest of the Guardians. It does not diminish his ego or his temper, and he really doesn't like it when people poke fun at his size.
  • Number Two: Because of his tactical mind and their long-standing history, Star-Lord consults with Rocket first on major plans, and trusts him to lead the team when he's gone or when they split up.
  • Odd Friendship: Both with Groot and with Star-Lord.
    • Due to his earliest adventures he also has one with the Hulk. One that runs deep enough that even after Hulk's darker personality shift in Immortal Hulk, Bruce still appears to view Rocket as a friend and respects him.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's able to hold guns more than three times his size and fire them without any harm to his body.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: According to Guardians vol 2, Rocket is more savvy on Earth, it's culture, and its heroes than anyone else. He even shops on eBay.
  • Pungeon Master: He semi-frequently cracks puns about being a raccoon.
  • Ramming Always Works: In one of his more impressive attacks, Rocket takes control of Knowhere, the massive space station held in the severed head of a Celestial, and rams it into the base of the Universal Church of Truth.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Star-Lord and Groot's Blue.
  • Retcon: In Annihilation: Conquest, his given reason for being in prison was A: being a "lower life form" to the Kree, and B: Parking tickets (he insists he was framed, and the space hadn't been properly sign-posted). In Rocket, it's stated the parking tickets thing was a set-up by his old flame, Otta (an otter).
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He'll make plenty of cracks in Star-Lord's general direction, but he'd follow him to the end no matter what.
  • Secretly Dying: In Guardians vol 4, his cybernetics are giving out.
  • Shout-Out: His name and many elements from his original mini are all blatant shout outs to the Beatles song, "Rocky Raccoon". Including the main MacGuffin being called Gideon's Bible.
    • In his original mini, when learning the truth behind Halfworld, one of the loonies is seen holding toy versions of Sam & Max. Interestingly the issue in question was released 2 years before the first official Sam and Max book was published as the book's artist, Mike Mignola, was good friends with Steve Purcell.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's with cosmic slang, but he sure says "flark" a lot. After Bendis takes over, it switched to Symbol Swearing.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Cosmo.
  • Sociopathic Hero: In the Bendis series, he enjoys shooting at people a bit too much.
  • Space Police: His job when he first appeared.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad/Wolverine Publicity: He ended up an extremely popular character, appearing in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, being the first member of the Guardians to join the cast of Marvel Heroes and has received significantly more merchandise than the others on the team.
  • The Strategist: Described as one of the best tactical minds in the Marvel Universe. During Guardians of Infinity, the villain even tries stealing his brain for this exact reason.
  • Take Up My Sword: When Star-Lord and Richard Rider sacrifice themselves to seal Thanos in the Cancerverse, the Guardians are left disbanded and leaderless. Refusing to stand for this, Rocket decides to travel the galaxy with Groot, righting wrongs and saving people as best they can, claiming they have the "legacy of the Guardians of the Galaxy to live up to".
  • Talking Animal: He's as eloquent as any other member of the team, and he's a raccoon.
  • Titled After the Song: His name comes from The Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon". Add Rocky as his nickname and this intro...
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: According to Rocket (2017), it's the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. Alarmingly, Rocket can drink several without any ill-effect.
  • Uplifted Animal: He's from Halfworld, a planet populated by genetically-augmented and cybernetically-enhanced sentient animals.
  • What Would X Do?: When he's in charge, Rocket spends a lot of time asking "What would Peter do?".
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After having his memories altered, Rocket is no longer able to go back to Halfworld, for fear of setting an extremely powerful telepathic criminal loose.
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Other Halfworlders

    Lady Lylla 

Lady Lylla

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Another Halfworlder, Lylla is a sapient otter and Rocket's soulmate. She was the heiress to the largest toy company on Halfworld and basically served as the Damsel in Distress for Rocket to save in his original mini-series.


  • Damsel in Distress: She has to be rescued several times by Rocket.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her parents were killed by Judson Jakes so that he could take over their company. Unfortunately, the only way that could happen was by marrying Lylla.
  • Playful Otter: She's an otter and she's also the CEO of a large toy company on Halfworld. So "playful" in a difference sense.

    Blackjack O'Hare 

Blackjack O'Hare

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A genetically uplifted cyborg rabbit mercenary from Halfworld. Blackjack has been Rocket Raccoon's rival since his earliest adventures. He spent decades alternating between opposing and teaming up with Rocket depending on the situation. He joins the Guardians as a member of their West Spiral Arms team.


  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: His fur seems to be dark blue.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in X-Men Red (2022), being present when Cable's putting together a new team to investigate Brand. His desperate attempts to join in are politely declined.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Though he was unaware of the nature of the mission when he originally formed the West Spiral Arms Guardians of the Galaxy, his attempted to go through with assassinating Rocket Raccoon while relying on Rocket's best friend to provide him with cover for the actual act was not his smartest move.
  • Evil Counterpart: Though he's mostly a neutral party, he counts as this to Rocket half the time.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: He's a cyborg rabbit and a mercenary with a grudge towards Rocket Raccoon.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Blackjack has a long history of switching sides constantly depending on who is willing to pay him more and what will guarantee his personal safety when things get too hot.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: An alien, cyborg, rabbit mercenary.
  • Not Quite Dead: He was caught in an explosion from his own missile last time he encountered Rocket and presumed dead, he turned up alive later on claiming he barely survived the experience.
  • Out of Focus: Outside of him effectively forming the West Spiral Arms team for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Blackjack isn't seen at all after their first mission together. Gamora comments that he is still on the team during the Daedalus-5 mission, but he isn't present for the battle as he is busy with other matters. The only time he's actually shown with the team afterwards in that run was at the victory party after The Last Annihilaton.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are red, and wears a helmet with glowing red eyes.
  • The Resenter: He was never Rocket Raccoon's biggest fan, but in recent years he's come to really dislike his fellow Halfworlder. He resents Rocket for maintaining a generally good reputation in the galaxy while his own is in tatters (mostly thanks to Rocket himself), he resents that Rocket was able to make friends in high places while the closest he has is a disgraced cosmic royalty who also seems to be down on his luck. He also accuses Rocket of being partially responsible for his marriage to Lylla falling apart as well. After his attempt to kill Rocket ended poorly, he made it his primary rule to keep his life as far away from the raccoon as possible and only agreed to work with the Guardians because he initially believed that Rocket was dead.

    Wal Rus 

Wal Rus

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A sapient walrus from Halfworld. He's a genius engineer who helps out Rocket by designing technology for him.


  • Cool Ship: The Rakk'n'Ruin.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's a genius engineer. In fact, he has metallic tusks that do various things and are interchangeable.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: He's a walrus and he's very kind-hearted towards Rocket.

    Uncle Pyko 

Uncle Pyko

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A sapient turtle and one of the chief toymakers of Halfworld. He's an inventor and master engineer for Judson Jakes. He created the Spacewheel, a giant space station, for Jakes' headquarters and the Killer Clowns, murderous cyborgs used by Jakes.


  • Heel–Face Turn: Eventually decides that Jakes is too maniacal for the Halfworld to survive his plans and steals the Book of Halfworld to help the robots and Rocket cure the Loonies.
  • Robot Master: Builds robots for Judson Jakes to command.
  • Wicked Toymaker: His robots are definitely...strange. Like the Killer Clowns. Who builds robot Monster Clowns? This guy.
  • Wise Old Turtle: Pyko is definitely one of the smartest beings on Halfworld...but he uses his smarts as chief engineer for Judson Jakes, who wants to global domination.

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    Judson Jakes 

Judson Jakes

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A sapient mole and the head of one the largest toy-making companies on Halfworld, Judson Jakes wanted to expand his company to completely dominate all of Halfworld. That meant taking over other toy companies, like the ones run by Lylla's parents.

Or maybe that's one of Rocket's false memories and maybe Judson was a doctor at the Halfworld Asylum for the Criminally Insane.


    Lord Dyvyne 

Lord Dyvyne

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A sapient reptile and one of the biggest business-creatures on Halfworld, Lord Dyvyne was Judson Jakes' chief rival and enemy of Rocket Raccoon.


  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's not above hiring mercenaries like Blackjack O'Hare and his Black Bunny Brigade to do illegal things, like kidnapping.

    Captain Sale 

Captain Sale

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Another genetically modified raccoon-like creature from Halfworld like Rocket, Sale became a captain of her own ship and crew, all while wandering the cosmos trying to find clues about her species' past. She comes across Rocket when she learns he's after the Book of Halfworld.


    The Loonies 

The Loonies

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Long ago, a group of humanoids came to the Keystone Quadrant and set up Halfworld as the whole for members of their race who were considered insane. When funding ran out, the humanoids simply left the insane on Halfworld to be taken care of by robotic servants, but the robotic servants soon became self-aware and uplifted the local animals to serve as companions for the Loonies, as they called them.


  • Ambiguously Human: In the original Hulk comic Uncle Pyko believed they were humans originally from the Hulk's homeworld. Later comics waffled on whether they were humans from the future or Human Aliens.
  • Lemming Cops: Rocket lets some of the Loonies dress up like cops and run around. They are called the Keystone Kops, since they live in the Keystone Quadrant.
  • There Are No Therapists: The therapists (or "Shrinks") all left a long time ago when funding ran out. The Loonies, then, were left with robot guardians and, then, genetically-modified animal companions.

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Allies

    Groot 

Groot

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"I am Groot
Groot, Whenever he speaks

Groot is a Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Tales to Astonish #13 (November, 1960).

Groot is an extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature, and the monarch of Planet X. He is a founding member of Star-Lord's Guardians of the Galaxy, and is known for his longtime friendship with Rocket Raccoon.


See: Groot.

    Murd Blurdock 

Murd Blurdock

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A space lawyer who is a member of the race of Echomelians. The Echomelians are all blind (they have no eyes), but they have echolocation; however, due to being struck by radioactive originium as a child, Murd lost his echolocation, but grew two growths on his face. Unbeknownst to his friend Froggy Frelson (but knownst to us), Murd is actually the Seeing Being, the Sentient Without Self-Preservation. He tries to represent Rocket during his trial, but instead decides to run away with an Elektra-like Echomelian to fight ninjas.

He later shows up to represent the New Mutants in Shi'ar space in New Mutants (2019).


  • Affectionate Parody: As you can probably tell, he's an affectionate parody of Matt Murdock / Daredevil.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Murd will represent you no matter what it takes...unless he has to run off and fight ninjas.
  • Epic Fail: His attempt at defending the New Mutants lasts about one minute, until the judge reminds him he's in Shi'ar space, and therefore the only laws that apply are Shi'ar ones. Case closed.
  • Expy Coexistence: He may be star systems away, but he and Matt Murdock still exist within the Earth-616 universe.
  • Informed Attribute: Played for laughs. According to Froggy, he's "[t]he best defense attorney in this or any other system," yet he runs off to fight ninjas when he's supposed to be representing Rocket (and Froggy says this isn't the first time this has happened), and there's his botched case with the New Mutants.
  • Nuclear Mutant: As a child, he was hit with some radioactive originium. It made him lose his echolocation, but grow eyes.
  • Self-Parody: A Daredevil parody... from the company who owns Daredevil. More generally, the substance that gave him his power was called originium.

    Frogurt "Froggy" Frelson 

Frogurt "Froggy" Frelson

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A space lawyer and Murd Blurdock's law partner. He is often left along in court due to his partner's mysterious vanishings. But Blurd couldn't be the Seeing Being — because the Seeing Being was Blurd's twin brother all along!


  • Affectionate Parody: Of Franklin "Foggy" Nelson.
  • Expy Coexistence: He may be star systems away, but he and Foggy Nelson still exist within the Earth-616 universe.
  • Nervous Wreck: Being left holding the bag whenever Murd mysteriously runs off tends to leave him a sobbing mess.
  • Self-Parody: Like Murd, he's a Marvel parody of one of their own characters, Foggy Nelson.

    Technet 

Technet

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Notable Aliases: N-Men

First Appearance: Captain Britain Vol 2 #3

Technet was a team of bounty hunters from various extradimensional worlds. For a price, Technet would hunt and capture fugitives, rescue prisoners from captivity, or recover objects of value. The scope of the Technet extended across multiple worlds and dimensions.


Enemies

    Otta Spice 

Otta Spice

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A sapient otter, like Lady Lylla, who hires Rocket to steal the deed to Tarka's World to save it from Beavertron Incorporated . However, she betrays him and it turns out that she just wants to sell the deed to Beaverton.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because her skills were not appreciated by Tarka's World and she was made fun of, she decided to sell the deed to the world to Beavertron Incorporated, who will strip mine the entire world.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Like any femme fatale, she'll betray anyone and everyone. Rocket's been screwed over by her before, and yet still trusts her.
  • Femme Fatale: Just like a femme fatale, she hires Rocket and then betrays him. It helps that the entire book is narrated by Rocket as if it's a Film Noir.
  • Karma Houdini: Maybe. When last seen, she's knocked Castor out, but figures she can talk him around when he regains consciousness. Rocket figures much the same.

    Castor Gnawbarque III 

Caster Gnawbarque III

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The head of Beavertron Incorporated. He wants to get his hands on the deed to Tarka's World, since that's the only way he can strip mine it. After Rocket stops him, he ends up hiring Blackhack O'Hare to kill Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy (2020).


  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He hatched a plan with Otta Spice to steal the deed to Tarka's World and when that didn't work, he hired a mercenary to kill Rocket.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His attempt to have Rocket assassinated ends with the Guardians dumping him in one of his planet-stripping factories just as it's about to explode.
  • Meaningful Name: Castor is Latin for "beaver" and Gnawbarque...well, beavers gnaw bark.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Castor Gnawbarque II was a "beaver of the old school", dedicated and honest, but emotionally abusive. Gnawbargue III is driven by his desire to show himself up to dead dad, who would despise his corrupt practices.

    Cordyceps Jones 

Cordyceps Jones

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Cordyceps Jones is a sentient Cordyceps fungus and an interplanetary mobster. Rocket steals money from him with the help of Deadpool (since Deadpool's healing factor makes him immune to the fungus). Cordyceps later shows up in X-Men (2021) as the head of Gameworld, with the game being "Who can kill all the humans on Earth fastest?"


  • Aerith and Bob: As someone points out, Cordyceps Jones is a very unusual name. After all, not many aliens are named Jones.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Bizarrely, he has a Brooklyn accent. He speaks like an old-timey mobster from New York.
  • Festering Fungus: He's a Cordyceps fungus that takes over people. Even dead people.
  • Grand Theft Me: As a Cordyceps fungus, he can control anyone he infects. Fortunately, Deadpool's healing factor resists his control and Deadpool poses as him in order to steal money before barfing up Cordyceps in a sewer drain.


Alternative Title(s): Rocket Raccoon 1985, Rocket 2017

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