- "That ain't right. I just gotta say this one time, Captain: no matter how many times Quill betrays you, you protect him like that none of the rest of us matter."
- ―Kraglin Obfonteri
Kraglin Obfonteri is Yondu Udonta's first mate in the Ravagers. He remained loyal to his captain during the hunt for Star-Lord and joined Udonta and the Guardians of the Galaxy fighting Ronan the Accuser in the Battle of Xandar. However, when Udonta continued to protect Star-Lord, Obfonteri inadvertently started a mutiny led by Taserface. Regretting his actions and how his friends had been killed, Obfonteri helped both Udonta and Rocket Raccoon escape before assisting in the battle against Ego and helping out the Guardians of the Galaxy in the wake of Udonta's death during the battle.
Loyalty to Yondu
Kraglin was born on the planet Xandar. He joined the Ravagers, and became the first mate of the Yondu Ravager Clan, remaining strongly loyal to Yondu Udonta, the leader of the Ravagers. Over the years, he developed a rivalry between himself and Yondu's protege Peter Quill.
The Hunt for Peter Quill
When Obfonteri and the other Ravagers arrived on the planet Morag in search of the long lost Orb in order to sell it, they discovered to their horror that Peter Quill had gotten there before them and had decided to betray the Ravagers and had stolen the Orb for himself. Once Yondu Udonta had confronted Quill over this and had failed to convince him to bring it back, Obfonteri took his orders from Udonta about finding him, being told to put a bounty on Quill's head.
Together, Obfonteri and Udonta then travelled to Xandar in order to confront the Broker, the man to whom Quill had originally planned to sell the Orb. Udonta initally got distracted by some of the toys Broker had for sale, with Obfonteri then confirming that Udonta was being serious about wanted to decorate with own M-ship with all the toys when Broker questioned if he was joking or not. However, Udonta then demanded Broker tell them where they could find Quill.
Udonta demanded to know who else would be looking to buy the Orb and how much it was worth. When Broker tried to refuse to answer, Udonta mocked and threatened the terrifyed Broker, causing Obfonteri to laugh at his misfortune. Eventually, under the threat of Udonta's Yaka Arrow being aimed at his head, Broker finally gave them the name and location of the person to whom Broker planned to sell the Orb, the Collector who had a Museum on Knowhere where Quill was likely heading now to meet with the Collector.
Deal with Star-Lord
- "Welcome home, Peter."
- ―Kraglin Obfonteri to Peter Quill
When the Ravagers arrived at Knowhere, they soon found Star-Lord, who was attempting to escape. This led to the Skirmish on Knowhere in which the Ravagers lost track of Star-Lord as he battled against Nebula and her own team of Sakaarans. However the Ravagers later captured Quill and his ally Gamora when Quill surrendered to save their lives from suffocating in deep space. With Star-Lord on the Eclector, Obfonteri was first on the scene to welcome Quill back at gunpoint.
Quill was interrogated by the furious Yondu Udonta, who threatened to execute Quill for his betrayal of their team, which Obfonteri still supported. During the interrogation however, a deal was made so that the Ravagers would assist Quill in attacking Ronan the Accuser, who had stolen the Orb and planned to destroy Xandar. Although Obfonteri recommended that Udonta stick with his plan of killing Quill with the Yaka Arrow, it was decided that they should help Quill.
In exchange, the Ravagers would be allowed to keep the Orb after the Battle of Xandar. As the plan was being discussed, Obfonteri noted that there would be hundreds of Sakaarans onboard the Dark Aster waiting for them, only for Drax the Destroyer to claim that he viewed the Sakaarans as nothing more than paper people. When Obfonteri hit Drax on the should as a sign that he approved of this, Drax threatened him for even daring to touch him.
- "Won't there be hundreds of Sakaaran soldiers inside?"
"I think of Sakaaran as paper people."
- ―Kraglin Obfonteri and Drax the Destroyer
Obfonteri joined Star-Lord and all the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the battle against Ronan the Accuser and his own soldiers. Obfonteri piloted his M-ship and helped shoot a hole in the side of Ronan's ship the Dark Aster, allowing Quill and Yondu Udonta to enter the ship and fight Ronan's soldiers. Once the Star-Lord got inside, with Udonta being shot out of the sky during the skirmish, Obfonteri fought the Sakaarans alongside the Nova Corps who had come to assist them.
As the battle raged on Ronan ordered his ships to dive bomb the city in order to kill the innocent Xandarians. In a desperate move to save them, Obfonteri joined Rocket Raccoon and the other Ravagers to shoot down the Necrocrafts before they hit the ground. With Vorker by his side, Obfonteri moved his M-ship into position and fired upon the Necrocraft. During the fight, Horuz lost his own life when one of the Necrocraft smashed into his ship right beside Obfonteri.
After Ronan was defeated and killed, Obfonteri rejoined Udonta and took possession of the Orb. As they left Xandar, Obfonteri and Udonta discussed whether or not they should have delivered Quill to his father, Ego the Living Planet, like they were hired to do. Obfonteri noted that Quill had grown up to be a good Ravager so he claimed it was probably a good thing that they did not deliver him to Ego, who Udonta referred to as a jackass as they made their escape.
As they traveled through space away from Xandar, Obfonteri joined the other Ravagers in the celebration of their victory by dancing and drinking over the defeat of Ronan the Accuser and their success at reclaim the Orb which they planned to soon sell for billions of units. However, while Obfonteri celebrated with Vorker and all the others, Udonta discovered that Peter Quill had given them a fake Orb and given the real one to the Nova Corps for safe keeping.
Planning a Mutiny
Frustration with Yondu
A few months after the Battle of Xandar, the Ravagers went to the Iron Lotus to relax. There, Kraglin along with his other Ravager members partied with a bunch of women outside. As Yondu Udonta talked to Stakar Ogord, Taserface shared his thoughts on Udonta going soft and his suggestion that he be their new captain. Kraglin, though agreeing with Taserface as he believed that Udonta didn't care about the Ravagers anymore, questioned why Taserface was whispering out of Udonta's earshot. Moments later, Ayesha of the Sovereign approached the Ravagers and hired them to track down the Guardians of the Galaxy who had stolen from them.
Siding with Taserface
The Ravagers tracked the Guardians on Berhert, where a few of the Ravagers fell victim to all of Rocket Raccoon's traps. The Ravagers eventually stopped Rocket, but when Udonta announced that they were not going to turn over the Guardians and instead sell the Anulax Batteries for a smaller profit, Taserface and some of the Ravagers turned on him. Kraglin spoke up, saying that Udonta had always had a soft spot for Quill and acted as though the rest of the Ravagers didn't matter. After a tense standoff, Udonta was knocked out by Nebula, and the Ravagers returned to the Eclector.
Because he spoke out against Udonta, Kraglin was assumed to be on Taserface's side, and he was forced to watch as the Ravagers who had sided with Udonta were cast out into space. Taserface then announced himself as Captain, and they locked Udonta up, along with Rocket and Groot.
Kraglin escorted Nebula to an M-ship after giving her a new robotic arm, and asked what she was going to do with her cut from Rocket and Udonta's bounties. After Nebula informed Kraglin of her plan to kill Gamora and Thanos due to the traumatic past she suffered due to them, the unnerved Kraglin bade her an awkward farewell.
- "I didn't mean to do a mutiny. They killed all my friends."
- ―Kraglin Obfonteri
When Groot attempted to free Udonta and Rocket by retrieving Yaka Arrow Controller but failed, Kraglin caught him, but instead took Groot and the controller to Udonta and Rocket's cell. Giving Udonta the fin, Kraglin apologized for his role in the mutiny, and, forgiven by Udonta, Kraglin was ordered to get the Quadrant ready for departure. Kraglin, at Rocket's request, played some of Peter Quill's music to draw the Ravagers into a trap by Udonta and Rocket.
As Udonta, Rocket and Groot killed the entire clan of Ravagers, Kraglin waited for them in the front of the Eclector. When he was joined by the three, Kraglin disconnected the Quadrant from the rest of the ship and they escaped while the rest of the Eclector blew up, including Taserface who had informed the Sovereign of their location. Rocket then set course for Ego's Planet which caused their bodies to disfigure temporarily due to the amount of jumping the ship did between planets.
Helping the Guardians of the Galaxy
- "Uh, captain. You remember that Ayesha chick?"
- ―Kraglin radios Yondu about the impending danger
When they arrived at Ego's Planet, Kraglin stayed in the Eclector while the rest went to rescue the Guardians. While Kraglin was eating some soup and listening to Quill's music, a fleet of Sovereign Omnicrafts approached the planet. He attempted to radio the Guardians and warn them of the second threat, but the transmission was garbled at first due to them digging into Ego's core. By the time he managed to get through, the Omnicrafts had just arrived and started a fight.
Kraglin flew down to the planet to retrieve the Guardians. As he went to open the door for Drax who was carrying an unconscious Mantis, Ego attacked the ship causing it to tip over and nearly crush Drax and Mantis.
Kraglin managed to turn on the ships thrusters and stabilized the ship so the two could get on the ship. As the planet was about to explode, Gamora and Nebula joined Kraglin on the ship followed by Rocket and Groot. Not being able to stay near the planet, Kraglin flew the ship away while Quill and Udonta were still on the surface.
After they retrieved Udonta's body from space, Kraglin and the Guardians held a funeral for him. After the funeral, Kraglin gave Quill a Zune, which Udonta found, telling him that it had over three hundred songs on it. Quill then gave Kraglin Udonta's Yaka Arrow as he believed Udonta would want him to have it, to which Kraglin thanked and acknowledged Peter as his captain. Suddenly, all the other Ravager factions appeared to give Udonta a Ravagers farewell, causing Kraglin to burst to tears. Later, Kraglin practiced using the Yaka Arrow along with a new controller, but ended up stabbing Drax in the chest causing him to wisely retreat.
Kraglin is a devoutly loyal Ravager, placing great faith in his captain Yondu Udonta. Being his first mate, he followed every order given to him, although he felt jealous at the treatment Peter Quill received. His loyalty never wavered, even when Taserface usurped control of their faction; Kraglin bid his time until he could free Yondu and avenge the members of their clan that Taserface murdered. When he received Yondu's Yaka Arrow, he took it with pride, crying that Quill felt Yondu thought so highly of him.
- Expert Pilot: During the Battle of Xandar, Obfonteri easily piloted an M-ship and shot a hole in the side of the Dark Aster. He was also able to pilot the Eclector during the Battle on Ego's Planet.
- Yaka Arrow: In the wake of Yondu Udonta's death, Obfonteri was given the Yaka Arrow by Star-Lord. He later practiced with the arrow, wearing a new Yaka Arrow Controller, although he struggled to maintain control with his whistling, accidentally stabbing Drax the Destroyer in the shoulder.
- Yaka Arrow Controller: To control the Yaka Arrow, Obfonteri used a Yaka Arrow Controller and whistles to make the arrow fly.
- In the comics, Kraglin is a member of a purple furred race called the A-Chiltarians, who attempted to conquer Earth once. It was redesigned based on his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- James Gunn stated that Kraglin was off doing "important stuff" during the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and that he will also return.