|“||Ya see this? This here little DNA bead comes from a little girl in Riverside, California. Didn't like to wash her hands. Took me three whole weeks. And this one. Nice lady in Detroit, Motown; Six days flat. Then there's this old guy in Philly. I killed him in 72 hours. Yeah, I'm getting better as I go along, baby, but the problem is I never set a record! Until my man Frank, that is. I'm gonna take him down in 48 hours! Get my own chapter in the medical books!||„|
|~ Thrax talking to a group of germ thugs, explaining his wicked evil plan to break his record by killing Frank Detore in two days.|
Thrax is the main antagonist of 2001 Warner Bros. hybrid film Osmosis Jones.
He is an extremely virulent, contagious and pestilential anthropomorphic virus, as well as a disturbingly vicious, dangerous and intimidating murderer.
He was voiced by Laurence Fishburne.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- Unlike some other Warner Bros. animated villains, Thrax had lacked any redeeming qualities to his character. In addition, he changes the tone of the lighthearted comedy and is treated seriously during his time in the movie. Not that he hasn't cracked jokes, but all of those instances were quite dark and twisted as well.
- Unlike most viruses who cause diseases and all to replicate and survive, Thrax was motivated solely for his sadistic attention-seeking desires to be the fastest killing and deadliest virus ever, which proves Thrax does have moral agency for a virus and stands out as worse than any of them.
- His cruel nature is shown when he kills several people, including at least one child. This is bad enough on its own, but all of his victims have civilizations and ecosystems in their bodies that were completely wiped out when those people died. His only remorse in regard to his victims was the fact that he killed them slower than he wanted and failing to make the record, because his main motive was setting a record of the fastest killing disease.
- Worse still, from the point of view of microbes, a human body is like a planet full of life and diverse ecosystems. So when a human dies, it's like an entire planet facing total extinction of all life and dying. And with Thrax causing a Cytokine Storm at the film's climax, there's no quick and painless explosion like the Death Star destroying Alderaan, but rather the planet slowly and agonizingly burning to a crisp.
- On average, a human body has over 30 trillion cells inside them and dozens of trillions more in microbes (A human mouth alone has more bacteria on it than the entire human population on Earth). With all of this accounted for and the fact that it's established in the movie that microbes have entire ecosystems and civilizations inside their host, this means that on his quest to set the record for fastest killing virus, Thrax has murdered over 100 trillion sapient organisms, making him have the highest kill count of any Warner Bros. villain and one of the highest kill counts of any villain.
- He has a genuinely sadistic fondness for gruesome murders of both white blood cells and other germs. It's the microscopic equivalent to a serial killer who terrorizes even cops and fellow criminals.
- Brutally killed a germ mod boss in front of his thugs, forcing them to serve and help him with his plan of killing Frank out of fear.
- He attempts to choke Osmosis Jones to death with a DNA bead.
- He declares that after Frank dies from the infection he caused him, he will go and infect his young daughter Shane to see if he can break his 48-hour record.
- Cruelly killed Bruiser and Joe Cramp in anger when they suggested that they incubate before taking Frank down.
- While he was horrified at the unhealthy lifestyle Frank has when he sees his nightmares and memories in the nightmare room, even saying "This cat was sick before I even got here", it is not a redeemable trait and personality since he was going to kill him anyways, even if he wasn't as unhealthy to begin with. Nevertheless, he's obviously not interested in making things better for humans, nor is he killing humans because they deserve it (which they don't), but rather, he was more interested in his reckless fame and downright omnicidal sadism, rather than to turn a new leaf or at least made his host's deaths harmless or peaceful to comfort their suffering before it's all over.
- Shockingly, despite coming from an exemplary comedy, Thrax has one of the highest explicit kill counts of any Pure Evil villain in children's media ever, considering there were trillions of sentient cells living inside every human body and that he killed 3 of them, at least, thus he also killed those sentient cells and sent their microbiomes headlong into a total extinction.