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"All any of you do is yell at each other. You are not friends."
"You're right. We're family. We leave no one behind."
Nebula and Drax the Destroyer[src]

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a band of intergalactic outlaws, who teamed together to protect the galaxy from planetary threats. They managed to save the planet of Xandar from Ronan the Accuser and have been recognized under the Nova Empire. Several months later, they defeated the Abilisk, attracted the unwelcome attentions of Ayesha and her Sovereign fleet, and defeated Ego.

Four years after that, the Guardians joined forces with the Avengers to stop Thanos from collecting the Infinity Stones. However, Gamora was kidnapped by Thanos who later sacrificed her for the Soul Stone. Despite their best efforts to stop Thanos, they were defeated on Titan. Thanos then arrived on Wakanda and defeated Groot and Rocket Raccoon as well as their allies effortlessly and completed the Infinity Gauntlet, using it to murder half the universe's population. The only survivors among the Guardians were Rocket and Nebula.

The Guardians of the Galaxy were reassembled in 2023 when their members were resurrected by the Avengers, and they assisted in the Battle of Earth against Thanos. After the battle, the Guardians departed Earth with Thor joining the group, returning to their adventures in the cosmos and simultaneously searching for the 2014 Gamora.

History

Preliminary

The Orb

"What a bunch of a-holes."
Garthan Saal[src]

When Peter Quill stole the Orb, Sakaarans troops led by Korath the Pursuer hunted for Quill but he escaped in the Milano. Yondu Udonta and his Ravager clan went to Morag after the Orb but discovered Quill's treachery and set a bounty on him. Elsewhere in the galaxy, Ronan the Accuser was informed of Quill stealing the Orb, so he sent Gamora to retrieve it. On Xandar, Quill tried to sell the Orb to the Broker and was later attacked by Gamora, only to be intercepted by Rocket Raccoon and Groot after the bounty on Quill. None were successful as they were soon apprehended and arrested by the Nova Corps.[2]

Escape from the Kyln

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The four criminals arrive at the Kyln

"If you free us, I'll lead you to the buyer directly and I'll split the profit between the three of us."
"I am Groot."
"Four of us."
Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon[src]

The group was sentenced to Kyln Prison Facility, and when they arrived, the group discussed Peter Quill's bounty, as well as the Orb, which Gamora revealed she was going to betray Ronan the Accuser with. They were each then processed by the Nova Corps as he was stripped down and washed, humiliating them. They were then given their uniforms and sent into the prison.

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The group are threatened by other inmates

Gamora found herself endangered by inmates whose families were victims of Ronan and after being threatened, Rocket Raccoon claimed Quill as his bounty. That night, some of the inmates attempted to kill Gamora, but Drax the Destroyer stopped them, desiring to kill her himself for the death of his family. Quill intervened and convinced Drax to let Gamora live, which would allow him to exact his vengeance on Ronan. Afterwards, Quill, Gamora, Rocket and Groot all decided to work together to escape and sell the Orb, sharing the profit.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy escape the Kyln

The next day, Rocket plotted an intricate plan to escape, which he informed the others on, however, Groot caused it to occur sooner than he wanted. Now under a lot of pressure, the proceeded with the rest of the plan, Gamora obtaining a security band and Quill stealing an inmate's false leg, while Drax assisted them in the fight that broke out. They all grouped up at the watchtower, which they took control of, turning off the artificial gravity in the prison, allowing them to escape and get to the Milano, departing from the Kyln.[2]

Tension within the Team

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The Guardians travel to Knowhere

"But I can't promise, when all this is over I'm not gonna kill every last one of you jerks."
"See? That's exactly why none of you have any friends! Five seconds after you meet somebody, you're already trying to kill them!"
Rocket Raccoon and Peter Quill[src]

As they flew to Knowhere to meet with the Collector, tension developed between the five as they clashed over the lack of trust. However, when an argument broke out about the Orb, Peter Quill cooled things down and told them that they're partners until they get the money.

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The Guardians get into an argument

They eventually made it to Knowhere, and made their way to where they were requested to wait for the Collector. While they waited, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot went to the Boot of Jemiah, and Quill and Gamora talked outside. When a drunken fight between Drax and Rocket and Groot broke out, Quill and Gamora rushed to them to break it up. Quill tried to calm Rocket down from shooting Drax by reminding him that he will be rich soon, and then proceeded to address how none of them have any friends due to their hostility.

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The Guardians learn about the Infinity Stones

After Drax walked off, Carina greeted them and brought them to the Collector, who they presented the Orb to. Meanwhile, Drax wandered around Knowhere until he came across the Tivan Dispatch Center and called Ronan the Accuser to their location. The Collector then explained that the Orb contained an Infinity Stone, which he went on to inform them of the stone's history. When the Collector went to pay them, Carina grabbed the Power Stone, destroying the Collector's Museum.

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The Guardians argue about the Orb

Managing to survive the explosion, they then grabbed the Orb and left the Museum. They then discussed what to do with the Orb, now knowing its true power. Gamora believed they should give it to the Nova Corps so it would be safe, but Rocket suggested just giving it to Ronan as they were wanted by the Nova Corps. Quill agreed with both of their points, proposing that they find someone else to take the Orb, who will keep it safe, but also pay them.[2]

Skirmish on Knowhere

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The Guardians see Ronan the Accuser arrive

"Blasted idiot. They're all idiots! Quill just got himself captured. None of this ever would happened if you didn't try to single-handedly take on a frickin' army!"
Rocket Raccoon to Drax the Destroyer[src]

Suddenly, they discovered Drax the Destroyer standing before a fleet of Necrocraft ships, realizing that he had called Ronan the Accuser. At the same time, Yondu Udonta arrived and called out to Peter Quill, having tracked him down. As Drax fought Ronan, Quill, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon attempted to escape from Nebula in the Mining Pods.

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The Guardians lose the Orb to Nebula

Despite their best attempts to evade the fleet and escape, after she flew out into space, Nebula destroyed Gamora's pod, leaving her to die while stealing the Orb. Back on Knowehere, Drax was brutally beaten by Ronan and thrown into a tank full of spinal fluid. Quill exited his pod to save Gamora, and called Udonta to pick them up, while Rocket returned to Knowhere. With the Orb gone and Quill and Gamora captured, Rocket, Drax and Groot argued about what happened, however, they ultimately decided to help their only friends.[2]

Uniting as a Team

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The Guardians regroup onboard the Eclector

"Quill. I have lived most my life surrounded by my enemies, I will be grateful to die among my friends."
"You are an honorable man, Quill. I will fight beside you. And in the end, see my wife and daughter again."
"I am Groot."
"What the hell, I ain't got that long of a life span anyway."
Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon[src]

While Peter Quill and Gamora attempted to convince Yondu Udonta to help them stop Ronan the Accuser, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and Groot came to their friends rescue, threatening to blow up the Eclector. After clearing everything up, the group all regrouped onboard the Eclector to come up with a plan.

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The Guardians unite together as a team

However, this proved to not be easy as the group argued amongst themselves, failing to come up with a plan to stop Ronan. Quill then gave a speech to them, entailing how they have all experienced loss in their lives but they were finally being given a chance to do something good for once. Quill stood strongly with his desire to no longer run from problems and face Ronan, which inspired the rest of the group to stand with him.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy prepare for battle

With the group united, they developed a plan to save Xandar, in which Rocket would attack the Dark Aster, allowing the rest of them to enter, find Ronan, and kill him with the Hadron Enforcer. The group shared the plan with Udonta and his Ravagers clan, and they all geared up and prepared for battle, also sending a message out to the Nova Corps for assistance. With everything prepared, the group all walked together, successfully becoming a team.[2]

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Battle of Xandar

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The Guardians fly towards the Dark Aster

"You said it yourself, bitch. We're the Guardians of the Galaxy."
Star-Lord to Ronan[src]

The Guardians and the Ravagers then began their attack on the Dark Aster, distracting them and flying under where Rocket Raccoon opened fire, breaking a hole in the side. As Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot tried to make their way to the entrance, they came under heavy attack, but were saved by the Nova Corps.

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The Guardians infiltrate the Dark Aster

When they infiltrated the Dark Aster, they discovered it was too dark to see, so Groot created bio-luminous spores to light the way, much to the rest of the team's wonder. As they made their way, Drax thanked the other Guardians for their acceptance, although, they were interrupted when Nebula confronted them. When she started insulting Gamora, Drax shot her with his rocket launcher, sending her flying away. Gamora then went to disable the security doors protecting Ronan the Accuser while the others battled Korath the Pursuer and the Sakaarans.

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The Guardians battle the Sakaarans

Meanwhile, Rocket along with other Ravagers were destroying the Necrocrafts that were trying to dive-bomb Xandar. As Gamora tried to complete her task, she was stopped by Nebula, and a duel broke out between them, resulting in Nebula falling out of the Dark Aster. Star-Lord, Drax and Groot were able to defeat Korath and the Sakaarans as Gamora opened the security door, and then rejoined them as they went to confront Ronan.

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The Guardians fire at Ronan the Accuser

The Guardians then stood before Ronan, as Star-Lord activated the Hadron Enforcer, firing a direct shot at him, causing a massive blast. However, they were not successful, as Ronan quickly got back up, barely being injured at all, and then retaliated, knocking them away. While Drax and Ronan fought, Rocket crashed his ship through the Dark Aster, severely damaging both ships and knocking himself unconscious.

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Groot sacrifices himself to save the Guardians

With the Dark Aster falling apart inside and crashing towards the surface, Groot decided to save his allies from the wreckage by forming a large branch to protect them. After the Dark Aster crashed to the surface, the Guardians slowly recovered as they laid on the ground in pain while Rocket mourned the recent loss of his best friend.

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Star-Lord reaches for the Power Stone

Their recovery and mourning was cut short when Ronan reappeared from the wreckage, much to their distress. Ronan stood before the Guardians and onlooking Xandarians, giving a speech before he would decimate the planet. But before he could act, the Guardians made one last attempt to stop Ronan, with Rocket repairing the Hadron Enforcer as Star-Lord distracting the Accuser with a dance off. Drax then used the Hadron Enforcer to destroy the Cosmi-Rod, exposing the Power Stone which Star-Lord and Ronan reached for.

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The Guardians absorb the Power Stone

Star-Lord was able to grab the stone, but its power began to rip his body apart. Star-Lord continued to hold the stone, sacrificing himself, but Gamora reached out to grab his hand, sharing the power of the stone between them. Drax then grabbed onto Star-Lord, with Rocket holding onto his finger, allowing them to absorb and control the stone's power. Star-Lord then declared themselves the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and used the stone to obliterate Ronan.

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The Guardians confronted by Yondu Udonta

Immediately after the the conflict was resolved, Udonta and his clan approached the Guardians reminding them he was promised the Orb. They tried to convince him to let them hand it over to the Nova Corps, but he demanded they comply to his request. Star-Lord, knowing he couldn't say no to Udonta, but couldn't give him the stone either, handed him a fake orb without the stone.[2]

New Life

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The Guardians are thanked by the Nova Corps

"What should we do next? Something good, something bad? Bit of both?"
"We'll follow your lead, Star-Lord."
"A bit of both."
Peter Quill and Gamora[src]

The Guardians then met with the Nova Corps to hand over the Orb, who out of thanks for saving Xandar, cleaned their slates and repaired the Milano for them. After informing Peter Quill of his unknown lineage, Irani Rael expressed her gratitude to the Guardians, and Rhomann Dey showed them the repaired Milano and warned them of committing any crimes in the future.

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The Guardians begin their cosmic adventures

The Guardians, along with a twig from Groot that Rocket Raccoon had planted, then boarded the Milano and departed from Xandar. After Quill played his new mixtape, he manned the pilot's seat and asked what they should do next, ultimately deciding upon a doing good and bad. During their time flying through space as a new family with a reborn Groot, they decided to take jobs, marketing themselves as "galaxy savers".[2]

Battle on Sovereign

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The Guardians waiting on Sovereign

"We've been hired to stop an inter-dimensional beast from feeding on those batteries and I'm going to stop it with a sword?"
Gamora[src]

A few months after the Battle of Xandar, the Guardians were hired by the Sovereign Priestess, Ayesha to kill the Abilisk, a beast who was slowly devouring the planet's power source. In exchange, Ayesha promised to hand Nebula, who they had arrested, over into their custody.

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The Guardians charge towards the Abilisk

When the Abilisk arrived, the Guardians charged at the beast and were thrown around by it while Groot plugged in Star-Lord's music and danced. After Drax the Destroyer jumped inside the Abilisk's mouth, the other Guardians made a plan to attack the cut on its neck. As Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon distracted the Abilisk by getting it look up, Gamora used her sword to pierce through its skin. Gamora was successful in killing the beast, although when Drax was released, he took the credit.

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The Guardians after defeating the Abilisk

With the job done, the Guardians then cleaned themselves off and got changed before going to see Ayesha. As they did, Quill informed the others about the Anulax Batteries, as well as warning them about how they behave in front of the Sovereign, as they are easily offended, which leads to executions. Meanwhile, unknown to the other Guardians, Rocket stole some of the batteries because of their high value.

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The Guardians meeting the High Priestess

The Guardians then met with Ayesha, who thanked them for their efforts. After a brief conversation, Gamora asked Ayesha to give them Nebula as promised, and she complied, concluding the arrangement. After some more conversations between them, ended with Rocket insulting them, the Guardians then left the temple and headed to Xandar in the Milano.[3]

Escape from the Sovereign Fleet

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The Guardians evade the incoming Omnicrafts

"Can we put the bickering on hold until after we survive this massive space battle?"
Gamora to the Guardians of the Galaxy[src]

As Rocket Raccoon piloted the Milano, they heard an alert go off, so they joined at the cockpit to find a Sovereign fleet of Omnicrafts approaching them. Drax the Destroyer revealed that Rocket stole some of the Anulax Batteries, and that was why the Sovereign were chasing and firing at them.

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The Guardians fly in a Quantum Asteroid Field

The Guardians then argued with Rocket about his actions as they tried to evade the attacks. To make it to the nearest Jump Point to escape, the Guardians then flew through a Quantum Asteroid Field, where Peter Quill and Rocket argued over who was the better pilot. However, this petty rivalry caused the Milano to take serious damage, disabling their weapons. Drax went to take care of the remaining Omnicraft from outside the ship, as the Guardians got closer to the jump point.

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The Guardians nearly killed by the Omnicrafts

However, after destroying the last drone and clearing the asteroid field, the Guardians found themselves surrounded by hundreds of Omnicrafts. The Milano proceeded to take even more damage by the Omnicrafts, and were going to be destroyed, when out of nowhere, all the Omnicrafts blew up. As they headed towards the jump point, Rocket noticed mysterious figure on another spacecraft.[3]

Meeting Ego

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The Guardians argue over the recent battle

"After all these years, I've found you."
"And who the hell are you?"
"I figured my rugged good looks would make that obvious. My name is Ego, and I'm your dad, Peter."
Ego and Peter Quill[src]

The Guardians flew through the jump point, arriving at the planet Berhert, but due to the damage the Milano took, they crash landed. The Guardians then argued over Rocket Raccoon's actions and fight with Peter Quill, which causied the Milano to now be destroyed.

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The Guardians meet Ego and Mantis

Rocket informed them of how they were saved by a man on a ship, when suddenly the very ship that saved them, landed on the planet, causing the Guardians to stop their fighting and be prepare for any unknown danger that could arise. When two figures stepped out of the ship, one of them introduced themselves as Ego, and revealed himself to be Quill's father, much to their surprise.

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The Guardians are invited to Ego's planet

Ego informed Quill of how he hired Yondu Udonta to deliver him from Earth, which Quill filled in that Udonta kept him to help with his thieving. Ego told him that he had been searching for him ever since, and was able to find them due to the reputation of "Star-Lord. Ego then invited the Guardians to accompany him to his planet, where he could explain Quill's heritage to him. Quill discussed Ego with Gamora, not believing he was telling the truth, but she convinced him to give him a chance.[3]

Separated

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The Guardians separate to accompany Ego

"Hey, it'll be just a couple of days. We'll be back before Rocket's finished fixing the ship."
Gamora to Groot[src]

The next day, Peter Quill, Gamora and Drax decided to go with Ego while Rocket Raccoon and Groot stayed on Berhert to fix the Milano and watch Nebula. The departing Guardians said their goodbyes and boarded Ego's Ship to visit his planet.

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The Guardians learn of Ego's origins

During the flight to Ego's Planet, the Guardians got to know Mantis, learning about her powers, which she used on the Guardians, reading their emotions. When they arrived at the planet, Ego explained to them that he was a Celestial and also the planet, in which he created. Ego then spent time with Quill, telling him of his origins and abilities, which Quill also possessed, while Drax bonded with Mantis.

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Rocket Raccoon is captured by the Ravagers

Meanwhile, Udonta and his Ravager clan arrived at Berhert to capture the Guardians and to hand them over the Sovereign. However, Rocket had prepared for any threats that may come after them, and ambushed the Ravagers with a multiple traps. However, Rocket soon found himself surrounded by the Ravagers, defeated. When Groot freed Nebula, she helped the Ravagers capture the two Guardians, along with Udonta, who they turned against.

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The Guardians help Yondu Udonta escape

Rocket and Groot were brought onto the Eclector, where the Ravagers planned on handing them over to Ayesha, as well as Udonta to the Kree. While Rocket and Udonta were locked up, they devised an escape plan, being assisted by Groot, as well as Kraglin Obfonteri, who decided to help them. As Rocket, Groot and Udonta made their escape, they decided to kill every Ravager that betrayed Udonta as well as destroy the Eclector, escaping in the Quadrant, where they headed for Ego's Planet.

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The Guardians rescue Peter Quill from Ego

Back on Ego's Planet, Nebula arrived to kill Gamora, but they resolved their issues and discovered thousands of skeletons in a cave. Mantis revealed to the Guardians that the skeletons were Ego's children, causing them to plan to escape from the planet. Meanwhile, Ego revealed to Quill his true purpose was to be the universe, but Quill turned against him when he revealed he killed Meredith Quill. The Guardians were reunited with Rocket, Groot an Udonta as they saved Quill from Ego, who was executing his plan.[3]

Battle on Ego's Planet

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The Guardians decide they have to kill Ego

"So, we're saving the galaxy again?"
"I guess."
"Awesome! We're really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we're two-time galaxy savers."
Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord[src]

The reunited Guardians all boarded the Laser Drill, where Peter Quill informed them that to kill Ego, they had to go to his core and destroy it. They then flew below the planet's surface, where Rocket Raccoon noted that they could raise their prices if they've saved the galaxy twice.

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The Guardians fly to Ego's core to destroy it

When the Guardians reached the core, they began to drill into it, but were interrupted when the Sovereign fleet arrived, attacking them. Trying to evade the Sovereign's barrage, Gamora, Drax and Mantis fell out of the ship, landing on the ground. Due to the lasers being disabled, Rocket crafted a bomb out of the Anulax Batteries, and he, Quill and Groot headed towards the core to destroy it.

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Mantis uses her abilities to put Ego to sleep

Back on the ground, to help keep Ego at bay, Drax motivated Mantis to use her abilities to put the Celestial to sleep. Mantis was able to hold Ego back, but it would not be permanent due to his strength. Meanwhile, Rocket was attempting to instruct Groot how to correctly plant the bomb, to much frustration. To help Rocket, Quill asked each Guardian if they had tape, but Groot had run away with the bomb.

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The Guardians regroup on Ego's planet

Yondu Udonta and Nebula were able to destroy all Omnicrafts, but it resulted in their ship to be destroyed as well. With all the Guardians on the ground, absent of Groot, they then made a plan to escape off the planet before it would be blown up by the bomb. After Drax took an unconscious Mantis to the surface, Gamora and Nebula were separated from Quill, Rocket and Udonta, who battled the awakened Ego.

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Star-Lord and Ego use their powers to fight

The Guardians all then attempted to make their way to the surface, where Kraglin Obfonteri was waiting for them in the Quadrant. However, all the Guardians were incapacitated by Ego, allowing him to continue using Quill to achieve his goal. But, Quill was able to break free from Ego, freeing the other Guardians, and proceeded to fight him with his Celestial powers. While Quill kept Ego distracted, Groot successfully activated the bomb and regrouped with Rocket, as the other Guardians boarded the Quadrant to escape.

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Yondu Udonta sacrifices himself for Star-Lord

When Rocket and Groot returned to the Quadrant, the other Guardians discovered that Quill was still on the planet, but Rocket stopped Gamora from saving him, having already left Udonta down there. When the bomb exploded, Ego was killed, causing the planet to disintegrate. Quill was saved by Udonta, who sacrificed himself, giving his son the last Space Suit.[3]

Yondu Udonta's Funeral

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The Guardians at Yondu Udonta's funeral

"What I'm trying to say here is... Sometimes that thing you're searching for your whole life... It's right there by your side all along."
Peter Quill's eulogy for Yondu Udonta[src]

The Guardians retrieved Peter Quill with Yondu Udonta's lifeless body from space and brought them onboard. The Guardians then held a funeral for Udonta where Quill gave a eulogy. After the funeral, Nebula departed from the Guardians.

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The Guardians watch the Ravager funeral

When they cremated the body, the Guardians witnessed the Ravagers arrive to give Udonta a Ravager Funeral. As the Guardians watched, they each had deep conversations: Rocket Raccoon reflecting upon himself, Gamora accepting her feelings for Peter Quill, and Drax admitting to Mantis' beauty. After the recent battle, Mantis permanently joined the Guardians, while Kraglin Obfonteri stayed onboard temporarily.[3] The Guardians would operate out of the Quadrant until they acquired the Benatar, leaving the destroyer Milano on Berhert.[4]

Infinity War

Meeting Thor

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The Guardians head to a distress call

"I got it figured out. We got two ships and a large assortment of morons. So me and Groot will go with the pirate angel here. And the morons will go to Knowhere to try and stop Thanos."
Rocket Raccoon[src]

Four years later, the Guardians decided to respond to a distress call, although the team's intentions for doing so were mixed. As they traveled to the location of the distress call, they listened to "The Rubberband Man" and discussed why the reason why they were helping.

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The Guardians rescue Thor from space

When they arrived, the Guardians were greeted by the shocking aftermath of a massacre that had occurred. After discovering Thor to still be alive, the Guardians brought him onboard, discussing the Asgardian amongst themselves. When Mantis woke up Thor, he explained to the Guardians that Thanos had destroyed his ship and killed his people. Gamora then told the group about Thanos' mission to bring balance to the universe.

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The Guardians discuss Thanos' plan with Thor

When Thor attempted to take their space pod, he informed the Guardians that Thanos was heading to Knowhere to collect the Reality Stone, as he already obtained the Power and Space Stone. Thor stated that he was going to go to Nidavellir to create a weapon to kill Thanos. The Guardians decided to split up, with Rocket Raccoon and Groot joining Thor as Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax and Mantis raced to Knowhere to stop Thanos from retrieving the Reality Stone.[4]

Ambush in Knowhere

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The Guardians arrive on Knowhere

"Drax. Listen to me. He doesn't have the stone yet. If we get it, then we can stop him. We have to get the stone first."
Star-Lord to Drax the Destroyer[src]

When the Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Mantis arrived on Knowhere, and entered the Collector's Museum, they found Thanos interrogating the Collector, asking the whereabouts of the Reality Stone. Angered over the deaths of his wife and daughter, Drax went to attack, but was put to sleep by Mantis.

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The Guardians attempt to stop Thanos

However, the sound alerted Thanos of their presence, so the Guardians hid as Star-Lord created a plan of attack. Gamora decided to act and ambushed her father, managing to kill him, much to the other Guardians' surprise. However, Thanos revealed that it was all just an illusion, having already obtained the Reality Stone, and decided to trick the Guardians. Thanos then captured Gamora, and incapacitated Drax and Mantis with the Reality Stone.

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Star-Lord is prevented from killing Gamora

Star-Lord then threatened Thanos to release Gamora, but she reminded him of the promise to kill her if Thanos was able to capture her. Although reluctant to do so, Star-Lord shot at Gamora, but Thanos turned the blaster into bubbles. Having obtained the Reality Stone and Gamora, Thanos teleported away, leaving the Guardians defeated.[4] While they sat in the Benatar, the Guardians received several messages from Nebula informing them to go to Titan, where Thanos would be going with Gamora.[5]

Forging the Stormbreaker

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot accompany Thor

"This is the plan? We're gonna hit him with a break?"
"It's a mold. A king's weapon. Meant to be the greatest in Asgard. In theory, it could even summon the Bifrost."
"Did it have a name?"
"Stormbreaker"
Rocket Raccoon, Eitri and Thor[src]

Meanwhile, Rocket Raccoon flew Groot and Thor to Nidavellir, as the Asgardian explained its history. After having an deep conversation with Thor and providing him with a prosthetic eye, the three arrived at Nidavellir. However, upon their arrival, they discovered that the star forge had gone out.

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot meet Eitri

As the three explored the place, they were suddenly attacked by Eitri until he recognised Thor. Eitri then explained how Thanos killed all the Dwarves and cut off his hands after forcing him to forge the Infinity Gauntlet. Thor was able to convince Eitri to help them forge the weapon, which was revealed to be Asgard's greatest weapon. However, to do so, they were required to restart the forge.

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot help forge the axe

Rocket piloted the space pod and flew Thor out to the mechanism, where they were able to reignited the star. After Thor held open the iris doors, in which he was nearly killed by the power, they were able to forge Stormbreaker. Unfortunately, the handle was misplaced, so Groot used his arm as a customized handle. With Stormbreaker completed, Thor was revived and they proceeded to go fight Thanos.[4]

Battle of Titan

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The Guardians meet and fight the Avengers

"See, "not winging it" isn't really what they do."
"Uh, what exactly is it they do?"
"Kick names, take ass."
"Yeah, that's right."
Star-Lord, Spider-Man, Mantis and Drax[src]

Star-Lord, Drax and Mantis arrived on Titan to rescue Gamora from Thanos, where they infiltrated the Q-Ship that had just landed. Believing Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man to be working with Thanos, they ambushed them, resulted in a heated fight. Star-Lord demanded to know where Gamora was, but they discovered that the other party were also enemies of Thanos and they decided to work together.

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The Avengers and the Guardians on Titan

Exiting the ship, Iron Man began to create a plan, but became annoyed by the unprofessional attitudes of the Guardians. As the two leaders bickered, Mantis alerted them of Doctor Strange, who was using the Time Stone, which he revealed that he looked into fourteen million, six hundred and five possible timelines, only seeing one in which they win. After they formulated a plan, they all got into position and waited for Thanos to ambush him.

Battle of Titan

Thanos is restrained by a combined effort

When Thanos arrived, after talking to Doctor Strange, the Guardians and the Avengers attacked the Mad Titan. An intense battle then proceeded, where Thanos proved himself too strong for the heroes, as he easily overwhelmed them with the Infinity Stones he had already obtained. Nebula soon joined the battle, and with their combined efforts, they were able to restrain Thanos, trying to steal the Infinity Gauntlet.

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Spider-Man saves the unconscious Guardians

Although seeming victorious, with the gauntlet almost removed, Mantis' hold on Thanos was disrupted when Star-Lord learned that he had killed Gamora, attacking the Mad Titan. Now free, Thanos fought back, throwing Mantis and using the Soul Stone to remove the other Guardians' souls from their bodies. Thanos then threw a moon at the heroes, so Spider-Man saved the unconscious Guardians as they fell.[4]

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Mantis restores the Guardians' souls

When Mantis and Spider-Man got to safety, Doctor Strange informed them of the other Guardians' status, telling Mantis that she needs to save them. As the fight with Thanos continued, Mantis was able to restore the Drax, Star-Lord and Nebula's souls to their bodies.[6] When the Guardians attempted to rejoin the battle, Thanos had received what he came for and teleported to Earth to obtain the Mind Stone. The Guardians and the Avengers were then left on Titan, defeated.[4]

Battle of Wakanda

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot arrive in Wakanda

"By the way, this is a friend of mine, Tree.
"I am Groot!"
"I am Steve Rogers."
Thor, Groot and Captain America[src]

Wanting to face down Thanos, Thor summoned the Bifrost Bridge to transport him, Rocket Raccoon and Groot to Wakanda, joining the ongoing battle. Rocket and Groot helped fight off hordes of Outriders, until Thanos arrived seeking the Mind Stone, and effortlessly defeated them.[4]

The Snap

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The Guardians are killed from the Snap

"I lost the only family I ever had. Quill, Groot, Drax, the chick with the antenna... all gone. "
―Rocket Raccoon to Thor[src]

In the aftermath of the Battle of Wakanda, Thanos completed the Infinity Gauntlet and snapped his fingers, initiating his genocide. As a result of the Snap, Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord and Groot were killed, leaving Rocket Raccoon and Nebula as the only Guardians to survive.[4]

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Rocket Raccoon and Nebula mourn together

Three weeks later, Rocket was reunited with Nebula, and the two mourned over the loss of the other Guardians. When the two located Thanos, they, along with the Avengers and Captain Marvel, decided to ambush Thanos, using the Benatar to travel to the Garden. However, when they confronted Thanos, they discovered that he had destroyed the Infinity Stones, forcing them to accept the devastating loss brought on by the Mad Titan. With everyone they loved gone, Rocket and Nebula decided to join the Avengers, led by Natasha Romanoff, although still operating in space.[7]

Battle of Earth

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The Guardians arrive on Earth to join the fight

"This is the one? Seriously?"
"Your choices were him or a tree."
Gamora and Nebula[src]

Five years later, the Avengers were able to steal the Infinity Stones from the past and used them to bring back the half of the universe that perished in the Snap. The resurrected Guardians found themselves on Titan, where Doctor Strange used an Inter-Dimensional Portal to transport them to Earth to help fight Thanos and his army.

''Everyone is here''

The Guardians charge against Thanos' army

The Guardians were all reunited on the battlefield as they joined the epic lineup of heroes led by Captain America, and proceeded to charge at Thanos' entire army. During the battle, Star-Lord encountered Gamora, who had traveled from 2014. Confused by her presence, Star-Lord went to reunite with her, only to be kicked to the ground by Gamora, having never met him before. Nebula joined them, informing her sister that Star-Lord was who she had a romantic relationship with. Thanos' army was eventually defeated when Iron Man used the Infinity Stones to snap them out of existence, sacrificing his own life.[7] To honor the fallen hero, the Guardians joined everyone else in kneeling before him.[8]

Reassembled

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The Guardians attend Tony Stark's funeral

"The Asgardians of the Galaxy back together again. Where to first?"
Thor[src]

After the Battle of Earth and the victory over Thanos and his army, the Guardians mourned and attended Tony Stark's funeral. After the service, the Guardians decided to depart from Earth to continue their lives, also letting Thor join them as he searched for a path.

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Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians flew to New Asgard and began their search for 2014 Gamora while waiting to pick up Thor. When Thor boarded the Benatar, he dubbed them the "Asgardians of the Galaxy" and asked about their next destination. Peter Quill and Thor then began to argue about who was the leader, with Thor subtly challenging Quill's role. The other Guardians suggested that they fight for the role, but they both shut the idea down, leaving the role of leader unclear.[7]

Members

Current Members

Star-Lord

Star-Lord AIW Profile
  • Name: Peter Quill
  • Species: Human-Celestial Hybrid
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018, 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A human-Celestial hybrid who was kidnapped from Earth by the Yondu Ravager Clan at the age of eight. After living in space for nearly thirty years, Quill became wrapped up in an intergalactic conspiracy that caused him and his former inmates to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, with him becoming their leader. He is also the owner and one of the pilots of the Milano. Quill was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. He was resurrected five years later along with most of his fellow teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Rocket Raccoon

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  • Name: Subject: 89P13
  • Species: Halfworlder
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018, 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A Halfworlder resembling a Terran raccoon that was genetically modified by an alien race, giving him human-level intelligence. However, years of repetitive genetic rewrite and abuse resulted in Rocket developing a cynical and vain personality, making him an ideal mercenary and teammate to the other Guardians. After the events of the war against Thanos, Rocket was one of the very few members who survived the Snap. He was the able to reunite with the remaining guardians five years later after their resurrection, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Groot

Groot AIW Profile
  • Name: Groot
  • Species: Flora colossus
  • Activity: August 2014 (original); August 2014 - 2018, 2023 - present (offspring)
  • Status: Deceased (original); Alive (offspring)
  • Description: A sentient tree-like individual and accomplice of Rocket Raccoon. Groot's physiology renders the limits of his speech to the phrase, "I am Groot.", and "We are Groot.", due to having a wooden larynx. Though Groot's vocabulary is only limited to five words, he is usually trying to communicate other meanings. The only way to understand Groot's speech is for someone to translate what he is trying to say, which Rocket and Quill are able to do as they have spent enough time with him. Groot sacrificed himself to save the rest of the team during the Battle of Xandar, and a new Groot was born from his remains. The new Groot was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. He was resurrected five years later along with most of his fellow teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Drax the Destroyer

Drax AIW Profile
  • Name: Drax
  • Species: Kylosian
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018, 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A Kylosian who has been driven only by a burning desire to obtain vengeance against Ronan the Accuser who killed his wife and daughter. Following Ronan's death, Drax realizes that Thanos is the true perpetrator of his family's demise and vows to kill the Titan when the time comes. Drax's quest for revenge resulted in him joining the Guardians. Drax was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. He was resurrected five years later along with most of his fellow teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Mantis

Mantis AIW Profile
  • Name: Mantis
  • Activity: October 2014 - 2018, 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A young empathic woman raised by Ego and recruited as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Since she was a child, Mantis helped ease Ego's neurotic behavior with her powers until the Guardians of the Galaxy came to his planet. After bonding with Drax, she came to care for the Guardians and allied with them to help to prevent Ego from conquering the Galaxy. With her servitude to Ego ended, she became a full-fledged member of the Guardians and accompanied them on further adventures. Mantis was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. She was resurrected five years later along with most of her fellow teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Nebula

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  • Name: Nebula
  • Species: Luphomoid
  • Activity: October 2014; 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A Luphomoid assassin and an adopted daughter of Thanos. She is also the adopted sister of Gamora. She served under Ronan the Accuser's commands during his and Thanos' quest to retrieve the Orb. After briefly encountering and fighting her sister again, Nebula assisted her and the other Guardians in stopping Ego. She then left the team to go and find Thanos in order to kill him, and she nearly succeeded but ended up getting captured. During the war against Thanos, she was able to escape and rejoined the team on Titan, and was one of the few survivors after her father wiped out half of the universe. She reunited with the remaining guardians five years later after their resurrection, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Thor

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  • Name: Thor Odinson
  • Species: Asgardian
  • Activity: 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: The former king of New Asgard as well as a former and founding member of the Avengers. After the Battle of Earth and Tony Stark's funeral, Thor renounced his position of royalty to join adventures with the Guardians, passing on the responsibility of New Asgard to Valkyrie.

Deceased Members

Yondu Udonta

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  • Name: Yondu Udonta
  • Species: Centaurian
  • Activity: October 2014
  • Status: Deceased
  • Description: Leader of his own clan of the Ravagers and father figure to Peter Quill. When Quill betrayed the Ravagers and stole an Orb for himself, Udonta led the hunt for his former ally. Eventually, Udonta caught up with Quill but was convinced to help in winning the war against Ronan the Accuser, who was threatening to use the Orb's power to destroy the planet Xandar. Udonta eventually joined the Guardians after Taserface led a mutiny against him before he gave his life to save Quill during Ego's destruction.

Gamora

Gamora AIW Profile
  • Name: Gamora
  • Species: Zehoberei
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018
  • Status: Deceased (original)
  • Description: One of the last survivors of the Zehoberei race and an adopted daughter of Thanos. Renowned as the galaxy's deadliest assassin, Gamora had a falling out with her father that caused her to rebel against him, thereby making her an enemy of Thanos and his associates. Her fugitive status led to her becoming a member of the Guardians. Gamora was killed after being used as a sacrifice by Thanos to claim the Soul Stone.

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Guardians of the Galaxy

In chronological order:

Trivia

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The insignia used by the Guardians of the Galaxy on their uniform during the Battle of Xandar. It is a version of the Ravager Flames used by the Ravagers.

  • In the comics, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a collective of interstellar heroes assembled by Star-Lord to prevent cosmic threats, and located on Knowhere. They took the name from another group of cosmic heroes, based in an alternate future on Earth-691.
  • Following the success of the first film, every media incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy have been specifically based on the MCU version of the team.
  • Rocket is the only member of the Guardians of the Galaxy to have never died in some form at least once.
  • Mantis and Thor are the only members of the Guardians of the Galaxy who have no official criminal records whatsoever.

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