Rocket: “What kind of a pair are we?”
Yondu: “The kind that’s about to fight a planet I reckon.”
Rocket: “Alright, okay, good that’s…wait, fight a what?”
Quick analysis of something that hit me like a punch to the gut right now:
This, this dialogue above, this single moment, is the very first time in the course of the two movies that Yondu is being absolutely honest about his intentions. Furthermore, he is being honest about the fact that he is about to do something absolutely suicidal because of something selfless, because of love and care, and not because it will bring him money or power.
Up until then, Yondu always had a rational explanation – speak, an excuse – why he would do something he would gain nothing from.
Keeping Peter as a child because he was useful as a thief.
Putting a bounty on Peter that explicitly states that Peter should be brought alive to him, even after the boy very clearly had betrayed him and stolen the Orb, Yondu explained by saying that he would kill Peter himself to set a warning example.
Not killing Peter after he got his hands on him, Yondu explained with the fact that Peter had come up with a plan that would get him the lost Orb back.
That also led to him ordering the Ravagers to keep Ronan away from Xandar, resulting in him actually protecting Xandar and the Nova Corpse, which probably was and is a crazy thing to think about, both for the Ravagers and the Novas.
Not getting angry when Peter once again tricked him and gave him a troll doll instead of the Orb, Yondu excused to himself (and probably to his men, too) by saying that the Orb would have been too dangerous, anyway.
Not catching and killing Peter and the Guardians in the second movie, Yondu excused by saying that they would have the whole Nova Corpse after them if they did that, and that would have just been stupid.
Yondu always, always tried to explain away rationally why he showed mercy, or helped others. Also when it came to Peter - especially when it came to Peter. He always had quip on the tip of his tongue, a snarl or insult, a “That’s-a-completely-logical-thing-to-do!”-explanation.
But this one time? When facing Rocket, someone similar to him, and after having lost everything and everyone except Kraglin, Groot, Rocket and a tiny part of his ship?
That’s the one and only time Yondu doesn’t give a damn if he’s being honest about his feelings here. Because Peter is in danger, and he needs Rocket to understand that Rocket, too, very much cares about Peter just like Yondu does (remember “You can fool yourself and everyone else, but you can’t fool me. I know who you are.”).
Here, finally, Yondu speaks up loud and clear and honestly. He is basically saying, “Fuck this, I don’t care who hears, I don’t care if it’s a god standing in my fucking way – this jackass has my boy and you better get ready to me taking on the whole fucking galaxy if need be, because I’m getting Peter back. You with me?”
He is (1) being honest about his intentions and (2) actually making Rocket understand that Rocket feels exactly the same as Yondu, and he needs him to understand that.
The one time he has lost nearly everything and he is very close to losing Peter, too, Yondu is ready to be completely honest.
Or in other words - Yondu is freaking ready to wage war in order to get Peter back. No more secrets, no more excuses - here goes nothing.
And it’s all for Peter’s sake.
And I think that’s a beautiful thing.