- "You're gonna listen to what I gotta say!"
"I don't gotta listen to nothing. You betrayed the code. Ravagers don't deal in kids!"
"I told you before, I didn't know what was going on..."
"You didn't know 'cause you didn't wanna know, 'cause that made you rich."
"I demand a seat on the table. I wear these flames, same as you!"
"You may dress like us, but you'll never hear the horns of freedom when you die Yondu, and the colors of Ogord will never flash over your grave."
- ―Yondu Udonta and Stakar Ogord
The Ravagers are an interstellar crime syndicate comprising of thieves, smugglers, criminals, bandits, mercenaries, bounty-hunters and pirates. There are nearly one hundred factions of Ravagers around the Galaxy. Each faction of the Ravagers has a captain of its own, leading their operations.
Yondu and his clan started working for Ego delivering his offspring to him. In 1988, they abducted Peter Quill to return him to Ego, but Yondu neglected to do so when he saw Ego was killing every child he delivered. Upon knowing his protegee was trafficking children, Stakar Ogord unwillingly exiled Yondu and all his clan for breaking the Ravagers code.
- "You betrayed me! Steal my money! When I picked you up as a kid, these boys wanted to eat you. They ain’t never tasted Terran before. I saved your life!"
"Oh, will you shut up about that? God! Twenty years, you’ve been throwing that in my face, like it’s some great thing, not eating me!"
- ―Yondu Udonta and Star-Lord
In 2014, Peter Quill, who now went by the alias of "Star-Lord", went to Morag and stole an Orb that the Ravagers were hired to receive for a third party, double-crossing the other Ravagers to sell the Orb himself.
On Knowhere, the Ravagers eventually found Quill, and he turned himself in to them. Quill negotiated a deal with Yondu to hand over the Orb in exchange for help to stop a Kree terrorist called Ronan the Accuser from using the Orb to destroy Xandar.
On Xandar, numerous M-ships went to fight Ronan's forces, and Yondu was shot down. Quill and his team, known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, managed to win the fight against Ronan while many of the Ravagers were preoccupied with Ronan's forces. Afterwards, Quill pretended to give Yondu the orb, but secretly swapped it with a Troll Doll. The Yondu and Kraglin later discussed that it was a good thing they did not give Quill to his father as they were hired to do.
Meeting in Contraxia
Yondu Ravager Clan followed Stakar Ravager Clan to Iron Lotus. Yondu Udonta confronted Stakar Ogord and demanded to return to his rightful place as a captain among the Ravagers, but Ogord refused. Meanwhile, some of Yondu's men talked about his misleading leadership and his softness towards the Guardians of the Galaxy. Suddenly, the Sovereign people arrived and hired Yondu to locate the Guardians and bring them to them for one million Units.
They found the Milano crashed in Berhert. The Ravagers got closer to the ship but were attacked by Rocket Raccoon. It was Yondu who stopped him, however, after revealing he planed to sale the Anulax Batteries Rocket possessed, Taserface and other of Yondu's opponents revolted. During their fight, Nebula shot Yonu's Yaka Arrow Controller and stunned him, Rocket and Groot.
End of the Yondu Clan
On the Eclector, Taserface declared himself as the new leader of the Yondu Ravager Clan and executed those who were still loyal to Yondu Udonta. Nebula convinced them to hand Yondu and Rocket Raccoon to the Kree Empire. However, with the help of Groot and Kraglin Obfonteri, the two were freed and killed all of the Ravagers onboard. Before the ship exploded, Taserface delivered the location of Yondu to the Sovereign people. Yondu, Rocket, Groot and Obfonteri detached the Quadrant from the rest of the ship and headed to Ego's Planet.
At the end of the Battle on Ego's Planet, Yondu Udonta sacrificed himself to let Peter Quill live. Rocket Raccoon sent a message to all of the Ravagers captain, telling them about his last action. As the Guardians of the Galaxy made a funeral to Yondu, all the Clans attended to it, acknowledging his redeeming. In addition, inspired by Yondu, Stakar Ogord reunited his old Ravagers team.
The Ravager community was divided into numerous clans, each headed by the captain of the clan's mothership. Although the clans largely operated independently of one another, they still shared a common sense of identity; a business serving an exiled clan could expect to lose the patronage of all others.
Despite their shady line of work, Ravagers follow a strict code of honor. Those adopted into the clans had to swear to obey the Ravager Code. The details of this code are not well-elaborated; Peter Quill claims it amounts to stealing from everyone (though as he was raised in the exiled Yondu Clan, his understanding of mainstream Ravager culture may be faulty). There are, however, crimes which Ravagers are forbidden to commit, such as kidnapping and/or trafficking children. A clan which broke the code would be exiled, no matter how popular or well-loved its members. However, the exiled could be accepted back into the community in recognition of heroic actions. Yondu, for example, was posthumously re-adopted by the Ravagers either because of his assisting the Guardians in their battle against Ego or for sacrificing himself for his adopted son, Peter (or both).
The Ravagers seem to have their own religion with their own afterlife. Upon death, Ravagers would be disintegrated and their remains released into space while the ships of other clans released firework-like projections called Colors. Ravagers expect to see their loved ones again "among the stars," and to hear "the Horns of Freedom" upon death. Exile from the Ravager community apparently included exclusion from the Ravager afterlife as well, unless redemption was achieved.
Ravagers are often a belligerent lot. Many, though not all, members are either uneducated, dim, or both at once. These members form rowdy groups that enjoy drinking, whoring, and lowbrow humor. While some Ravagers possess loyalty and a personal code, many are pirates of the worst variety.
To lead such unruly crews, captains must possess strength. Strength among Ravagers means possessing combat ability, a strong temperament, and good political standing with other Ravager groups. Ravager captains are often intelligent, serving as the brain that guides their largely dim-witted crew. Captains who are seen as losing strength may face uprisings and need to employ a show of force to keep their crew in order.
|Yondu Udonta||Former Captain||Deceased|
|Kraglin Obfonteri||Former First Mate||Alive|
|Peter Quill||Former Member||Alive|
- The Ravagers of the comics are simply a band of space-pirates led by Yondu, with no mention of any larger culture existing, similar to their depiction in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.
- The Ravagers bear a striking similarity to the Mandalorians of the "Legends" timeline of the Star Wars franchise. Both are clan-focused, space-faring warriors composed of representatives of multiple races. Both also have a central code (the Ravager Code and the Resol'nare), a nomadic background, and the belief in a united afterlife for those who follow the mores of the culture.