In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) became the second most important superhero team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It was an instant hit thanks to its world-building, from the music to the colors. With two films dedicated entirely to the group, plus a few special appearances in other films in the franchise, the cast changes often, but each member always has something special. That’s why it’s so much fun to see them together. They’re by no means perfect, but that makes them easy to bond with. Let’s take a look at how each member of Guardians of the Galaxy ranks in terms of likeability, starting from the bottom.
It’s not that Kraglin (Sean Gunn) is unlikable (no member of GotG is truly unlikable), but honestly we didn’t see much of him as a member of the Guardians to decide. What we do know for sure is that Kraglin is very loyal.
First he was completely devoted to Yondu when he followed him to hunt down the Star-Lord and then when he decided to join the Guardians. Although he was jealous of how Yondu treated Peter, he was genuinely kind after Yondu’s funeral when he gave Peter Quill a Zune with over 300 songs as a gift. The two shared a loving moment and Kraglin acknowledged him as his new captain. It’s safe to assume his loyalty won’t waver; Let’s hope that beyond this quality we get to know him better!
9. Praying mantis
Although Mantis (Pom Klementieff) only made her first appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, she won our hearts very quickly. Not only is she super strong thanks to her incredible powers, but she also has quite a quirky personality. When you combine her dry sense of humor with interactions with Drax, it makes for some hilarious moments.
However, Mantis is also very sensitive and empathetic, which makes her a likable character overall. What keeps them from being higher on the list is their lack of confidence in their abilities and in a social environment. As she gets better and better over time, it would be nice to see her blossom and explore her relationship with the other members besides Drax.
Let’s not forget that their friendship gave her the courage to go against ego. She has so much potential when she’s comfortable in her own skin!
Don’t get us wrong, we’re all a little Groot (Vin Diesel) at times. But Groot is, well… Groot. It’s true that he can make us cry and feel almost without words. He is a very selfless character and sacrifices himself for the gang on several occasions. However, we assume this is easy if you have the same regenerative abilities as him. It’s classy nonetheless.
He is extremely sweet and easy to fall for. From an adult to a punchy baby to a hateful teenager, the writers really try to give him something new to work with so his character doesn’t get tiresome. While he provides great comic relief, it’s difficult to connect with him over his cuteness and inability to say words.
7. Star Lord
Chris Pratt is the perfect Peter Quill as he manages to combine heroism with playfulness just right. If there’s one guardian who doesn’t take himself too seriously, it’s Peter. At the same time he is very self-confident and seems almost arrogant, but his stupidity saves him. From a great soundtrack to awe-inspiring moves, he completely transforms the surrounding energy wherever he goes.
Although the Star-Lord has a sad past, he still tries to be kind and caring to people. However, sometimes he is not a team player, which is especially important since he is the leader. Although when other people have their confusion and problems he is a great problem solver.
When it comes to personal matters, his rational skills are lost and he is ruthless. Take Avengers: Infinity War for example when Quill tells Drax not to attack Thanos and then he goes against his own order once Thanos kills Gamora. In the end, the Star-Lord isn’t as cool as he thinks he is and has yet to grow up and evolve.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) joins the Warden’s ship and becomes an official member of the gang. However, his membership doesn’t last too long on screen, as in Thor: Love and Thunder, he says goodbye.
Thor is a fan favorite and perhaps the funniest Avenger. He was always funny without trying and is enormously charismatic. At the same time, his heart is mostly in the right place and his powers… well, he’s omnipotent. We still get chills thinking about his arrival in Wakanda in Infinity War.
He’s a very sympathetic character by nature, and having the added sadness and self-discovery from the loss of his family, home, and hammer helps balance him out more friendly. However, after Thor failed to kill Thanos, he changed completely and perhaps not for the better.
Not so much in how he changed, but in how he was used as a laughing stock while going through severe PTSD that turned a beloved character into ridicule. That’s why he’s in the middle of the list.
Nebula (Karen Gillian) is probably the most complex character of the bunch and the one with the most trauma. Her toxic relationship with her adoptive father, Thanos, which led to a life of rivalry and resentment toward her sister, Gamora, gives her purpose. And when a character’s purpose is well established, it’s impossible not to connect with and like him, even if he starts out as an antagonist.
The way she was raised had an impact on her personality, which is ultimately robotic, but over time we get to know her emotional side. Her reconciliation with Gamora and her confrontation with her past self led her down a path of redemption that she previously had no access to.
Additionally, we find that the more she gets to see her personality, she’s not easily impressed, but isn’t as serious as some might have thought, and jokes with the Wardens.
Yondu (Michael Rooker) is incredibly confident and has amazing one-liners. Plus his whistling is epic! He may appear as a villain at some points, but everything is ignored because of the relationship he forms with the Star-Lord. Deep down, he cares about him and tries to do his best for him.
In the end, he is the father that Peter Quill always wanted. Come on, he gave his life to save Quill from his birth father! It’s impossible to remain indifferent to Yondu’s words: “He might have been your father, boy, but he wasn’t your daddy. I’m sorry I didn’t do any of this right. I’m damn lucky you’re my boy.”
What a story arc, from a hated character to teary-eyed, Yondu shows what good writing and acting can do to a character.
Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) has the same upbringing as Nebula, but she didn’t suffer severe mutilation like her sister. On top of that, she left Thanos quite early and didn’t hold a grudge against Nebula like she had for them. Aside from being stronger than Nebula and being known as “the deadliest woman in the entire galaxy”, she is also a better human.
Even though she isn’t very trusting and has a hard time letting go at first, she has proven that she has the heart of a hero and really cares about her friends. In the end, she shows herself to be truly selfless as she is willing to let Peter Quill kill her so Thanos doesn’t find the soul stone and if she attempts suicide to prevent Thanos from accessing the stone.
While Rocket says Gamora sucks the joy out of everything, that doesn’t make her unlikable. On the contrary, we fully understand them. In a group of many fun members, she definitely stands out and keeps them grounded when needed.
Rocket (Bradley Cooper) is the cheekiest raccoon that ever lived. Not that we met many raccoons. He’s very confident and resourceful, and it’s always fun to watch him argue with Star-Lord over who’s the leader of the group. Despite being a hothead, trash-talking, and tough-acting, he’s a multi-layered character with a soft side that pops up every now and then, making him likeable.
He is the true embodiment of romanticizing a bad attitude. In the end, against all odds and after everything he’s been through, he proves to be emotionally mature. When the time comes to be a team player, Rocket is the one to turn to as he prioritizes the needs of the group over his own and fully understands what is at stake by looking beyond the Wardens.
After all, he’s the only one who fully understands Groot, not just because he’s spent a lot of time with him, but because he’s observant and intelligent. What’s not to like?
Drax (Dave Bautista) is the complete package: funny, fearless and caring. Sure, he’s not perfect (none of them are). However, he is the healthiest and it is almost impossible not to like him.
Just like some other members, he has revenge in mind as he wants to avenge his family after they were killed by Thanos. While the motive that drives the character is another reason for us to like him, he goes beyond that with his unique personality.
His grief does not prevent him from developing a deep bond with the Guardians, calling them his family and sacrificing himself for them. Also, Drax ends up being the funniest of the group (a tough job as most of them are really funny) as he can’t understand metaphors and takes everything literally. Also, he doesn’t have a filter that makes him be honest in all circumstances.
In the end, he manages to be more than a simple comic relief, leaping to the other side as a true point of connection and reference.
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