Hundreds of years ago, humanoids from a different planet went searching through space to conduct research. They found a place called the Keystone Quadrant next to the constellation of stars called Sirius Major. They would decide to use this place as an Insane asylum. The humanoids made robots for the asylum, the robots would stay with the patients and help them when in need. They wanted to find out what was happening in their brains that would make them go insane.
Everything they observed was very interesting to them, and it taught them a lot. They would write everything they saw in Gideon's logbook. They continued their research, until one day their funding was cut off. They were told that they would have to return to their planet. This caused them to become very upset and for as little as they could they watched the patients as much as possible. They wanted to find a way in which they could protect the patients during their absence. They created a force field. and called it "The Galacian Wall". It would wrap around the whole star system where the asylum was. This way they could keep their patients and outcasts safe from the outside world. The robots stayed behind with the patients. For many years they would help them do things the patients could not do themselves. There came a problem due to Keystone's condition, when the patients started to have children the children also became insane.
As life continued they began to call themselves "The Loonies". They even began a religion of their own. They would worship ancient shrinks as gods. The priests were called "The Good Humor Men" and they would call the old logbook their bible. They would house it all in places called "Admissions Wards". The robots wanted to create a way in which they would not always have to directly care for the patients. So they started to play with genetics. They would do tests on the pet companions the shrinks left behind. Soon enough the plan was a success. The animals would take care of The Loonies. While the robots went to another side of the planet to create a star ship and find a way to shut down the force field so in order to go away.
Over time, the planet became known as the "Halfworld," which it was called for many reasons. One was because it was divided in robots or "the industrial half". Soon the robots began to build toys for the patients. They made many weapons and machines. But, these were only made for the animals to use. Many of the animals also requested cybernetic enhancements to their bodies. The animals over time created their own place to live (away from the patients).
Rocket Raccoon first appeared in a black and white magazine from Marvel Comics named Marvel Preview #7 (1976). He was created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen. Initially introduced as "Rocky Raccoon," his name and certain aspects of his character drew clear inspiration from the Beatle's song of the same name.
Major Story Arcs
The Toy War
When Hulk had battled a monster named Galaxy Master he had transported himself into the Halfworld. This is where Hulk met Rocket Raccoon. At the time Rocket Raccoon was a Quadrant guardian. Rocket Raccoon would try to figure out how Hulk got through the force field. Later, the head of Inter-Stel Mechanics had sent a mercenary called Black Bunny Brigade to Halfworld. He went and stole The Loonies bible and held the ward as a hostage. Rocket asked Hulk to help get the bible and save his the ward. After the mission a tortoise named Uncle Pyko sent Hulk back to earth so he wouldn't ruin the animal society.
When a man called Lord Dyvyne took over Inter-Stel Mechanics more problems began. Jakes and Pyko were kicked out of the space wheel. The Black Bunny Brigade was forced away from Jakes the old leader. Jakes moved where he made Mayhem Mekanics. He had scientists create allies. They would create things called Killer Clowns, and bat like beings called Drakillars. He made a plan to marry a girl named Lylla. The reason to marry her was to gain her family fortune and the toy company they had made. Later, Jake had a killer clown kill Lord Dyvyne's top toy mechanic. This started a war called the trade war. Rocket then went after Jake. But, Lord Dyvyne had taken Lylla hostage so she would marry him instead. This made Rocket and her uncle go after them. They found Lylla at the asylum. When the killer clowns had captured Blackjack O'Hare's army, O'Hare went and saved Rocket from Lord Dyvyne's monster called Red Breath. They then tricked the clowns into killing their own monster by vacuuming him up. This destroyed both sides of the assassins.
The two evil toy makers have teamed up against Rocket. Blackjack led them away and they had found the Loonies bible in the possession of Uncle Pyko. From it they learned about its origins. They went to the robots for help and Rocket gave the bible to the robots. The information helped them to make a wonder toy. The toy would be a helmet that would cure the Loonies from being crazy. Jakes and Lord Dyvyne teamed up and attacked Rocket for one last time. They did this so Rocket would not destroy the toy making business. The killer clown almost defeated Rocket, but he was surprisingly saved by Blackjack. Finally, the robots showed up with the cured Loonies and defeated Jakes and Dyvyne.
After the big war there were many changes. The animal people had elected the former Loonies to recreate the world but, Rocket and his friends went with the robots on their star ship to explore the universe. Rocket would later die during the course of a journey at the hands of a creature called The Plaugesoar on a planet called "Witch-World" despite Wayfinder's desperate attempts to save him.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Rocket was approached by his old friend Star-Lord and asked to become a member of a team that would prevent any more damage to the universe. After helping to contain fissures in space-time, the team still did not have a name. Once they found Major Victory in a block of ice from another reality, he informed them that he was a member of the team called The Guardians of the Galaxy.
Soon the team learned that Starlord had asked Mantis to mentally persuade the other members into joining the team. The team split up, and Starlord disappeared. Rocket took it in his own hands to reform the team and lead it himself. After convincing Mantis to become an active member, he also recruited Major Victory, Groot and Bug. After a run in with the Badoon, they were contacted by Starlord, who turned out to be trapped in the Negative Zone.
They successfully rescued Starlord and gained a new team member, Jack Flag. Starlord became the leader once again. Meanwhile, Adam Warlock and Gamora invade the Universal Church of Truth's headquarters, as Adam Warlock wishes to find out more about them, and asks to speak to their captain. Elsewhere, Drax and Quasar begin looking for Cammi, but on their search they talk to a seer who tells them about the oncoming war.
War of Kings
Adam Warlock and Gamora return to the Guardians and inform the team of the War of Kings. Starlord and Rocket Raccoon decide to split into 3 teams to keep the war from growing out of control. The Kree Team with Starlord, Bug, Gamora, Jack Flag and Martyr, the Shi'ar Team with Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Adam Warlock, Major Victory and Groot and the Coordination Team with Moondragon, Mantis and Cosmo the Spacedog
The Kree Team ask Black Bolt to stop the war, a request he denies. The Shi'ar team becomes separated from Adam Warlock, who is transported onto a Shi'ar vessel and is attacked by Vulcan. The rest of the Shi'ar Team works with the Starjammers to free Lilandra from Emperor Vulcan. Warlock fights with Vulcan and some Imperial Guardsmen. In the end Guardsman Magique is able to put a "Witch Mark" on Adam without him knowing, enabling her to track him down when needed. Meanwhile, Martyr kidnaps Crystal to force the Inhumans to stop the war, both squads transport back to Knowhere, but are followed by the Imperial Guard through Magique's Witch Mark on Adam. and the Inhumans using Lockjaw's teleporting powers. The three-way battles rages all over Knowhere, until the Inhumans are able to retrieve Crystal and return to Hala. Magique follows Adam Warlock, who magically transfers the Witch Mark onto her, leading Shi'ar soldiers shoot her instead of Adam Warlock. The Guards are eventually forcibly teleported off of Knowhere.
The Guardians with Thanos in tow headed to the cancerverse's Titan where Lord Mar-vell originally cheated death. They succeed in unleashing Lady Death on Mar-vell, which in turn destroyed the cancerverse but in doing so, Thanos was once again turned away by Death and threatened to destroy the entire 616 Universe until Star-lord and Nova decided to use the last powers of the Nova Force and the cosmic cube to seal off the collapsing cancerverse, sending Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the Guardians back to Knowhere in time. It is unknown if any of them survived. Rocket and Quasar are left in the aftermath of the war looking over two statues of Nova and Star-lord.
With the Guardians disbannded and the Annihilators formed as Star-lord's final mission statement, Rocket left to take a job with Timely Inc, a business firm close to his old homeworld. Rocket quickly grew dishearted with his job as he felt his time was wasted and most people thought of him as a joke. Things took a strange turn when a mysterious package arrived and a homicidal clown made out of living wood, similar to his old teammate Groot, attacked him. Rocket stopped the Clown by breaking a window sending the clown into outerspace but the incident caused his boss to fire him. A week later, Rocket took a ship out to Planet X to get answers from Groot. When he arrived, he found out that Planet X was filled with Groots and the one that had been part of the Guardians was in fact a younger member of the race that had become the monarch. Rocket eventually rescued Groot from exile and discovered that Groot originally sided with the Undergrowth Resistance, which was the working class of citizens on Planet X that was looking for equal treatment from the Groot Monarchy. Rocket sought to rally them but it was revealed that the Resistance just wanted some better pay and vacation time but they were soon attacked by more killer clowns make out of the sentient wood. Rocket, Groot and the Resistance fought back and defeated the clowns and Rocket was able to get the Undergrowth the treatment they wanted from the monarchy and Groot was released into Rocket Raccoon's care. Rocket soon found out that the clowns were sent from Halfworld.
Shortly after leaving Halfworld, Rocket and Groot found out that they were swept into the inter dimensional TV producer, Mojo's latest Reality TV idea. Using real life crimes that Rocket Raccoon and Groot would fight but instead of being the heroes. If an innocent was caught in the crossfire, they would be killed in the process. Now Rocket and Groot seek to stop Mojo. As Rocket and Groot moved from one setting to another, Mojo started advertising action figures with a collection pack that allows buyers to assemble their own 12" Groot figure after collecting all five. The demand was so high, Mojo stand to make a fortune until the Timely Inc. Mail Device decided to take his own action in stopping everyting and held a very large plasama rifle at Mojo's face. It allowed the reality system to stop just enough for Rocket Raccoon and Groot to leave their fictional landscape and head straight towards Mojo's base.
Marvel Now Guardians of the Galaxy
Rocket Raccoon appears as part of the team alongside Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Drax and new member Iron Man. After Iron Man left the team, he was replaced by Agent Venom.
Although Rocket believed he was the only one of his kind in the universe, someone looking just like him had been committing murders across the galaxy, for which he was arrested, although he quickly escaped imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the trail of scorned women that Rocket has left in his wake is now coming back to haunt him. Led by Princess Amalya, the Ex-Terminators are a group of Rocket's ex-girlfriends all out for revenge.
Rocket later discovers that the second raccoon was in fact his old adversary, Blackjack O'Hare. Blackjack was also looking for revenge against Rocket for foiling his attempt to assassinate Amalya (thereby ruining his career as a mercenary), who Rocket had taken a job to rescue.
During a fight with Blackjack, Rocket is interrupted by the Ex-Terminators. In an all-out battle against Blackjack, Amalya, and her Ex-Terminators, Rocket barely emerges victorious, seemingly putting his past behind him.
The final scene of the issue shows that there is another being like Rocket, who is also searching for the Book of Halfworld.
Rocket then took on various jobs in order to raise money that a galactic court determined he owed to Amalya and his other ex-girlfriends. On one mission, Groot was poisoned and nearly killed, but Rocket was able to find an antidote against great odds.
After this, managed to finally locate the Book of Halfworld, and crossed paths with the second raccoon, Captain Sale. After reading the entire book and learning the truth about his past, Rocket left the book in Sale's possession.
Guardians of Knowhere
Rocket Raccoon is a member of the Guardians in this Secret Wars title.
Rocket is seen fighting amongst Gamora, Drax and Sif against the criminals of Knowhere.
- Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Rocket Raccoon appeared with the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Season 2 episode 6, "Michael Korvac," in which he was voiced by Greg Ellis.
- Ultimate Spider-Man - Rocket plays a major role in the episodes "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Return of the Guardians of the Galaxy," voiced by Billy West in the first episode and by Trevor DeVall in the second.
- Avengers Assemble - Rocket appears in the episode "Guardians and Space Knights," voiced by Seth Green.
- Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. - Rocket appears in the episode "It's a Wonderful Smash," with Seth Green reprising his role.
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Rocket appears as a main character, voiced by Trevor DeVall
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 - Rocket Raccoon appears as one of the 12 new playable characters. After defeating Galactus, Raccoon decides to visit Raccoon City, only to learn of the horrid zombie plague infecting the city. His play style in the game is close to mid-range so opponents have a hard time keeping away.
- Marvel Heroes - Rocket Raccoon appears as a playable character in the MMO game. Different costumes include the Marvel NOW! costume, the Guardian of the Galaxy Marvel NOW! costume, the Original Green costume and the Modern costume.
- Lego Marvel Superheroes - A LEGO version of Rocket makes an appearance as an unlockable player character. He is voiced by John DiMaggio.
- Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes - Playable in the Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy playset, this version of Rocket Raccoon coincides with how he is depicted in the film. He is voiced by Nolan North, and is unlocked by buying the accompanying Disney Infinity figure.
- Marvel Avenger's Academy - Rocket was a recruitable character during the Guardians of the Galaxy event of this mobile game.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Rocket appears as one of the central characters, voiced by Nolan North.
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Rocket returns as a playable character, though with an altered move set this time that incorporates Groot. Trevor Devall reprised his role.
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - Rocket appears as a playable character, with Nolan North reprising his role.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Rocket appears as one of the main characters in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, voiced by actor Bradley Cooper, with his motions captured by Sean Gunn.
In the movie, he is the product of experiments involving cybernetic implants. First seen acting as a bounty hunter with Groot, Rocket attempts to capture the wanted outlaw Peter Quill, a.k.a Star-Lord.
While attempting to subdue Quill, Rocket and Groot are themselves captured by the Xandarian Nova Corps. Not willing to waste away in prison, Rocket masterminds a plan that allows him, Groot, Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, and the assassin Gamora to escape. This would eventually lead to the formation of a team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Rocket is sharp-witted and headstrong, but fiercely loyal and very tenacious. He acts as the team's weapons and ordinance expert, as well as its primary strategist and field coordinator.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Rocket returns in the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with Bradley Cooper reprising his role. In the film, he plays a mentor role towards Baby Groot, a new being formed after the death of Groot in the previous film.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Rocket returns in the third Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War, which sees the Guardians, Avengers, and other heroes banding together to defend the universe from Thanos, who seeks to complete the Infinity Gauntlet. Bradley Cooper returns to voice Rocket once again. During the film, Rocket and Groot accompany Thor to Nidavellir in order to find a weapon capable of killing Thanos. During the final battle, Rocket and Groot fight alongside the Avengers against Thanos' army of Outriders in Wakanda. Rocket is ultimately left as the only surviving member of the Guardians after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet and uses it to wipe out half of the life in the universe.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Bradley Cooper again reprises his role in Avengers: Endgame. Five years after the events of Infinity War, Rocket has become a member of the Avengers, and works with the heroes to keep peace on Earth. When Scott Lang proposes that the heroes use time travel to recover the Infinity Stones and bring back Thanos' victims, Rocket and Thor travel back to the year 2013, where they arrive on Asgard to steal the Reality Stone during the events of Thor: The Dark World. During the final battle against Thanos' army, Rocket reunites with Groot, who is one of the many people resurrected after Hulk uses the Infinity Gauntlet to restore those who had died. At the end of the film, Rocket and the rest of the Guardians depart Earth to find Gamora.
- Rocket received a bobblehead in Funko's Pop! line.
- Rocket was the subject of a Marvel Legends Build-a-Figure wave from Hasbro. The movie version of Rocket would later appear in the Groot and Mantis Build-a-Figure waves, respectively, as well as in a special Infinity War box set alongside Thor and Teen Groot.
- Hasbro released a large number of Rocket products for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie line. This trend was continued for the sequel.
- Hot Toys released a Rocket figure inspired by his appearance from the movie. They did another figure for the sequel, complete with a miniature Baby Groot.
- Rocket was included in Lego's Guardians of the Galaxy movie line.
- Kotobukiya released a statue of Rocket and Groot.