He may prefer for the world to refer to him as Star-Lord, but deep down he’s just Peter Quill, a half-human swashbuckler who rose from rebellious rascal to Guardians of the Galaxy commander. His story arc may be traced back to a set of personality qualities that helped establish him as a hesitant, would-be superhero.
Quill, who is at core a kind person with a mischievous side, had to take the hard route to become a superhero. Nonetheless, he maintains the same character attributes that helped shape him into the man he is, and which helped open his mind to new possibilities when it comes to family, friends, responsibility, and honor.
Peter is a noisy man, which stems in part from an inferiority issue. On intentionally, everything he does is big, bombastic, and over-the-top. It’s his method of demonstrating to the rest of the cosmos that he’s cool, collected, and in command of everything. However, that is not the complete truth.
In actuality, Peter is pretty insecure, especially when it comes to expressing his emotions. It takes a lot for him to feel comfortable enough to do it, but once he does, he’s surprisingly open-hearted. The hardships necessary to get there, on the other hand, are a different story. He also dislikes it when the focus is turned away from him, as seen by his connection with Thor in one of Peter Quill’s most heinous moments.
Peter, for such a wisecracking rebel, was unusually gifted at devising answers to varied issues. In fact, he could do it on the run, with little time to sit down and devise a strategy. When the chips were down, he could come up with run-and-gun strategies depending on the information he had at the moment. Even better, he could adjust and adapt his strategies in the middle of combat.
It was Peter who successfully distracted Ronan with an impromptu dance-off in one of Star-funniest Lord’s himbo moments. He also devised the plan to capture Thanos and take the Infinity Gauntlet from his arm. The strategy was a huge success, but it was undone by his own wrath after learning that Thanos had sacrificed Gamora. The snap would not have happened if he had committed to his plan.
Extremely outgoing individuals frequently use humor to mask emotional sorrow, and Peter had plenty of that to go around. He was forced to see his mother’s protracted death from cancer, and he was then left without the most important person in his life. To make up for the anguish and lack of affection he felt later, he became quite caustic.
This was really a useful technique a lot of the time, as it helped him to get an advantage over his opponents, allure women, and distract himself from his own unpleasant emotions. It wasn’t enough, though, to replace the need in his heart, which is where his fellow Guardians stepped in.
Though he began as a legendary interplanetary womaniser, Peter quickly discovered that he was more than capable of becoming a good old-fashioned romance. After all, he got a head start because of his mother’s love and kindness, as well as the inspiration she poured upon him.
His entire life had begun to shift by the time he met Gamora. She symbolized a new chapter in Peter’s life, one that many men go through when they decide to settle down and commit their lives to one specific female. His love for Gamora was so intense that he would have shifted the whole universe for her, which is why her death at Thanos’ hands was so upsetting to him.
Though Peter is aware of his limitations, he is also prone to being impetuous and reckless, particularly in combat. Some of his methods and schemes appear chaotically smart, especially when put into action, but they also cross a lot of lines that any strategist would reject.
Perhaps his most heinous crime to far was a rage-fueled attack on Thanos after learning that he had sacrificed Gamora in order to get an Infinity Stone. Nothing mattered at the time, and it ended up costing the universe.