Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the biggest movie in the world right now. Marvel fans and moviegoers alike are all abuzz with excitement over the legendary outlaw Star-Lord and his dysfunctional found family.
That family earned some new members in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the Guardians of the Galaxy family of the Marvel Comics universe is even larger than that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With so many great Guardians to choose from how do you pick a favorite? It was difficult, but we did our best, and now we're counting down the top ten members of the Guardians of the Galaxy ever.
After saving the universe from the threat of Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet and then watching over the Infinity Gems as the leader of the Infinity Watch, Adam Warlock had settled into a well-earned retirement.
However, when Ultron began conquering the galaxy with an army of Phalanx at his back, Warlock knew it was time to come out of retirement and defend the galaxy.
When the dust was clear and Ultron was finally defeated, Warlock stuck around. When Star-Lord announced that he was forming a team to keep the galaxy safe from future Annihilation-level threats, Warlock signed on as a founding member of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy.
Mantis was born the daughter of Libra, a criminal turned religious ascetic. She was once considered a candidate to become the "Celestial Madonna," a cosmic goddess of light.Though she never attained that title, she has a host of other capabilities.
She earned the name Mantis by excelling at her martial arts training. When it comes to hand-to-hand combat, she's on par with the best that the Marvel Univers has to offer.
Mantis also has a host of psychic abilities. She primarily uses psychic emphatic to read the feelings of others but is also capable of psychic feats such as precognition, astral projection, and pyrokinesis.
Mantis has been an Avenger and Guardian of the Galaxy. Currently, she is a member of the Knowhere Corps, the hero team that maintains the peace on Knowhere.
Moondragon was born Heather Douglas, the daughter of Arthur Douglas who has now known as Drax the Destroyer. Like her father, Moondragon considers Thanos to be her mortal enemy.
Moondragon is a telepath and gifted martial artist, capable of defeating even a master like Mantis. Before she was a Guardian of the Galaxy, Moondragon worked alongside Adam Warlock as a member of the Infinity Watch, helping to keep watch over the powerful Infinity Gems.
Moondragon worked with the other cosmic heroes during the Annihilation events and later joined her father as a member of Star-Lord's Guardians of the Galaxy. These days she's a part of the Knowhere Corps.
Starhawk is a core member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team from the year 3000 of the Earth-691 universe.
Starhawk is the daughter of Quasar and Ayesha. Is endowed with the powers fo the Hawk God after the planet Arcturus IV. The powers include high-level energy manipulation, allowing him to fire photon blast and manipulate light.
Starhawk is also capable of merging with his sister, Aleta, which greatly increases their powers and capabilities. In a twist, Starhawk is later revealed to have manipulated the timeline of Earth-691 in order to ensure that the Guardians of the Galaxy would come together.
In the Marvel Comics universe, Drax the Destroyer was born Arthur Douglas, a simple human on Earth. After Arthur and his family died in one of Thanos' attacks, a cosmic being resurrected him as the Destroyer with all of the power necessary to complete his one mission: kill Thanos.
For a long time, Drax was single-minded about his mission to the point of fault. Later, when it seemed that Thanos had died, Drax joined the Infinity Watch, but he never really gained piece.
Drax died and was resurrected and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy when Star-Lord formed the new team. It was his bond with the Guardians that gave Drax a new sense of purpose in life.
Gifted with powerful psionic abilities, Vance Astro is the leader of the Guardians of the year 3000. Astro is an unusual member of the Guardians of the 31st century. Firstly, he's a mutant, which made him unique among the Guardians of the Galaxy up until Kitty Pryde joined Star-Lord's modern team.
Secondly, unlike the other members of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team, Vance was born in the 20th century. He was frozen for a millennium and thawed out in the year 3000, and origin story similar to that of Captain America, a point underscored by the fact that Vance weild Cap's shield as Major Victory.
For years, Groot was an obscure creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's from their days writing monster comics. The original Groot was a would-be invader come to planet Earth.
The Annihilation event reintroduced Groot as a benevolent alien who resembled an Earth tree and could only utter the words "I am Groot."
Groot is a kind-hearted exile from Planet X. He wandered the galaxy alone for many years until he met Rocket Raccoon and formed their special bond.
Groot fought to defend the galaxy from Ultron's Phalanx and later joined up with Star-Lord after he formed the Guardians of the Galaxy's modern incarnation.
Rocket Raccoon is another obscure character returned to relevance by the formation of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy.
Though he looks like an Earth raccoon, Rocket was experimented on to turn him into a dangerous warrior. Within that raccoon's skull is the mind of a master tactician who can come up with a plan for any situation.
Where Groot is the gentle heart of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon is fire and passion. Rocket is fond of oversized guns and he knows how to use them.
Like his buddy Groot, Rocket helped defend the galaxy from Ultron and joined up with Star-Lord when he formed the modern Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gamora is widely known as the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, and she's earned that title many times over.
Gamora is never one to back down from a fight, but unlike many of her allies on the Guardians of the Galaxy, she's also quite practical, offering a more grounded point of view when the others may way to go for the quick smash or explosion.
Gamora is another former member of the Infinity Watch and was vital to the battle among those who battle Thanos during the events of the Infinity Gauntlet. Following Ultron's attempt at conquest, she became a founding member of Star-Lord's Guardians of the Galaxy.
There really couldn't have been another choice for the top spot on this list. In fact, without Peter Quill, this list probably wouldn't even exist.
Star-Lord was an obscure, barely used cosmic Marvel character, but like many of the other Guardians, he came back to relevance when he helped stopped Ultron and the Phalanx.
However, it was Star-Lord's vision for the Guardians of the Galaxy that brought the team to life. Quill recognized the need for a proactive team to prevent the next Ultron conquest or Annihilation wave and he made that team a reality. Star-Lord is the beating heart and soul of the Guardians of the Galaxy.