- “I may be as pretty as an angel, but I sure as hell ain't one. Hand it over, son.”
- ―Yondu to Star-Lord
Yondu Udonta is a Marvel Comics character who is an interstellar bandit and leader of the Ravagers and appears in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy. He was Peter Quill's guardian after abducting him from Earth.
As leader of the outlaws known as Ravagers, Yondu and his cohorts pillage their way through the galaxy, taking whatever they want for solely their own benefit.
Yondu abducted Peter Quill when Peter was a child. Although Yondu raised Peter as a human son, he has a less-than-perfect paternal relationship with him. Yondu also is completely satisfied with his argument against Quill wanting to break free of his leadership (his argument is he stopped Quill from getting eaten), repeating it hundreds of times to Peter for 20 years. Nevertheless, Yondu does genuinely loves and cares about Peter, even sacrificing his life so Quill could live.
In 1988, Yondu was sent to Earth with a mission to take Peter Quill to his father, but instead decided to keep and raise as a Ravager.
Being in Morag, Yondu discovers Quill decided to keep the Orb and sell on their own. Later, Quill gives his whereabouts to save Gamora of imminet death. Being on the Yondu's ship, decide to work together, on the condition that Yondu would get the Orb once they had succeeded.
During the Battle of Xandar, Yondu kills many to Sakaarans with his Yaka Arrow. Finished with the battle, Peter gives him a false Orb. Later he discovers that inside the Orb is a troll doll but he simply smiles, being thrilled since he collects them.
Two months later, he while relaxing on the planet Contraxia with his Ravager Clan, his crewmember Taserface and one of the other members hatch a plan to kick Yondu out. While there, he encounters Stakar Ogord, who is disgusted to see Yondu again, and an argument ensues, in which Stakar tells Yondu why he was exiled for trafficking in kids. Later, Ayesha arrives on Contraxia to offer Yondu a mission to capture the Guardians of the Galaxy on Berhert.
Yondu and the Ravagers arrive on Berhert, and capture Rocket Raccoon who is staying with the Milano which had crashed after a battle with a fleet of Sovereign Drones. While capturing Rocket, an argument breaks out between Yondu and Taserface over Yondu's unwillingness to hand the Guardians over to the Sovereign, until Nebula shoots off Yondu's fin.
Later on the Eclector, Yondu and Rocket are imprisoned while the rest of the Ravagers dress up Groot and tease him, treating him as their mascot. Taserface gains control of the ship, and kills all crewmembers loyal to Yondu. Later the rest of Taserface's members are taking a rest while Rocket and Yondu plan to escape the Eclector. With the help of Groot and Kraglin, Yondu gets a new fin (which was hidden in his room) and uses his arrow to kill Taserface and the rest of his members. Kraglin pilots the Quadrant while the Eclector blows up.
Yondu, Rocket, Groot, and Kraglin were on the way to Ego's Planet to rescue Peter Quill and his team against Ego's plan to rule the universe. After the battle, Udonta was welcomed by Rocket and Groot and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy. Later escaped with Quill as the Ego's Planet was destroyed and Ego was killed. Yondu sacrificed himself for Quill and died.
During Yondu's Funeral, all Ravager Clans joined forces as Yondu was brought into space. After the Funeral, Quill gave Yondu's Arrow and Fin to Kraglin and began to practice using the weapon only to end up stabbing Drax in the chest. Udonta's actions inspire Stakar Ogord to assemble his previous team including Aleta Ogord, Charlie-27, Mainframe, Krugarr, and Martinex T'Naga. The team has become the chief Ravagers.
- In the comics, Yondu was the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, this version of him was adapted into mainstream Marvel Comics.
- The prototype fin Yondu keeps is based on his fin from the original comics.
- Before being cast as Yondu, Michael Rooker expressed interest in playing Rocket Raccoon, and there was a large fan petition trying to make it happen.
- During Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 production and writing, Yondu was setting to appear in Thor: Ragnarok but after the directors decide to make the character die at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the scene being cut from the final version of the film but the deleted scene with Yondu can be find on YouTube.