Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Affiliation(s): Guardians of the Galaxy
Portrayed by: Dave Bautista
Voiced by: Dan Osorio (Latin-American Spanish dub), Pedro Tena (European Spanish dub), Naomi Kusumi (Japanese dub), Serge Biavan (French dub), Blaise Tardif (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
A man who has been on a rampage ever since his family was killed by Ronan under Thanos's orders, along with half the population of his home planet. Drax seeks vengeance against the Kree Accuser, and joins the team when they convince him to not make them his latest victims in exchange for them luring Ronan nearby for Drax to kill.
- Action Dad: One who is very hell-bent on Revenge for the death of his daughter Kamaria (and wife).
- Actually Pretty Funny: In Vol. 2, when Rocket threatens to conceal one of Drax's turds in Peter's pillow as part of an argument, Drax bursts out laughing, gleefully claiming his droppings are "famously huge".
- Adaptational Intelligence: Zigzagged. Drax is closest to being the Dumb Muscle of the team, being a socially inept, Literal-Minded Boisterous Bruiser. However, he's not depicted in the same child-like, dull-witted simpleton manner as his comic book counterpart became after his resurrection in the Warlock and The Infinity Watch comics of the early 1990s.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: While starting at as The Comically Serious his goofier traits were played up more and more as the films went on.
- Adaptation Distillation: Drax's backstory from the comics has been greatly simplified for the films; in the comics, Drax was a normal man from Earth whose family was murdered by Thanos (except for his daughter, who survived the attack and became Moondragon), and was turned into a living weapon against the Mad Titan by Thanos's father, Mentor. In the film, he's just an alien warrior out for revenge against Ronan for the deaths of his family. By the end of the film he shifts his vendetta to the Mad Titan, since Ronan was under Thanos' orders when his family was killed.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: A rare skin related one that has nothing to do with race. He's green in the comics but grey in the movies, most likely done so audiences don't confuse him with Gamora's species.
- Adaptation Name Change:
- In keeping with the aforementioned change to being an alien, Drax really is his name here, whereas in the comics, his real name was Arthur Douglas.
- His wife and daughter's names (Yvette and Heather) are also changed, to Ovette and Camaria, respectively. (Some sources write their names as Hovat and Kamaria.)
- Adaptation Species Change: As noted above, in the comics, Drax was originally a human named Arthur Douglas that was modified into a living weapon; here, he's an alien and Drax really is his name.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Drax shows why a revenge-bent Blood Knight should never get as drunk as he did on Knowhere. He contacts Ronan and tells him that they have the orb there in order to get his revenge personally.
- Ambiguously Bi: His fondness for his wife is obvious, but he also seems attracted to Thor, clearly in awe of him and calling him a "handsome, muscular man". Notably, when Gamora showed the exact same reaction, Quill got jealous. Then again, it is Thor.
- To Ronan the Accuser. Drax holds a bitter hatred towards Ronan for killing his family and has been hunting him for the majority of the first film. Ronan doesn't seem to care and fails to remember Drax's family, though he later mentions he does. Drax gets his revenge by the end of the film.
- To Ronan's superior Thanos who is ultimately responsible for the massacre on his home world (mirroring their relationship in the comics). According to commentary to Infinity War:Joe Russo: [Drax's] planet was treated the same way as Gamora's planet. Drax was put on one side, his family was put on the other.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In Infinity War, he and Doctor Strange team up to duel Thanos hand-to-hand during the fight on Titan. Its a testament to the Mad Titans raw strength, even when blinded by Spider-Mans webbing, that he is still more than a match for both of them.
- Bad Liar: When he accidentally lets slip that Rocket stole the Sovereign's batteries, we find out that he's just as bad at lying as metaphors.Drax: Right... he didn't steal some of those. I don't know why they're after us, what a mystery this is.
- Badass Baritone: Bautista plays Drax with a low, guttural voice.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald, and he's a warrior who cuts through mooks like nobody's business.
- Big Brother Instinct: Steps protectively in front of Gamora when it seems Thor might threaten her in Infinity War.
- The Big Guy: Along with Groot in the first film, Drax does more of the straight-up fighting. Doesn't help him against Ronan, though, who beat the hell out of him. He's become the only one to fit this role in Vol. 2, as Groot is regrowing as a baby now. During the fight on Titan in Infinity War, Drax is noticeably the only major combatant fighting without any technology or powers, and only uses his brute strength and swords. His main role in the fight is having the responsibility of holding down Thanos by one leg to get him to kneel, and hes more than capable of the task.
- Blood Knight: He revels in fighting and picks fights with very little provocation. When Peter's ship's guns rip through dozens of mooks, he's laughing like mad and making everyone else visibly disturbed. Prime example is him jumping into the jaws of a Starfish Alien with nothing but two knives while laughing.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: He's incredibly literal, which is explained as being a species-based failing. By the climax of the film, he's beginning to gain some grasp of the concept of figurative speech, but it's a slow process. In the second film, he seems to have made a fair bit of progress.Rocket: His people are entirely literal. Metaphors are gonna go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Enjoys nothing more than a good fight alongside his comrades, when not angsting over the loss of his family. Even more so in Vol. 2, where he's dropped some of the brooding in favor of breaking out into hearty laughter, and almost borders of Psychopathic Man Child with how much earnest glee he takes in fighting and destruction.
- Bring It: When the Avengers and Guardians' fight in Infinity War ends with a Mexican Standoff, Star-Lord has a gun to Spider-Man's head while Iron Man has a cannon to Drax's. Drax's response to the situation:Drax: Do it, Quill! I can take it.
Mantis: No, he can't take it!
Dr. Strange: (deadpan) She's right, you can't.
- Brutal Honesty: Due to being Literal-Minded, he has no sense of how to talk about negative aspects of his friends without at some point sounding horrible. This is part of his banter with Mantis in particular. Although some of it was not all that honest, because Drax knew being blunt would generate a bigger response. He also has some brutal honest advice for Peter:Drax: You just need to find a woman who is pathetic. Like you.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Along with the finger on throat gesture, he doesn't know what a thesaurus is, and is offended when Peter calls him one.Drax: Do not ever call me a thesaurus.
- Chubby Chaser: Drax states in Volume 2 he likes a woman with "meat on her bones" — though given Drax's build, he may be an Amazon Chaser and using "meat" to refer to muscles.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Aside from his rage, he comes across as just plain odd, including his Blunt Metaphors Trauma and Innocently Insensitive nature. Its hinted in Vol. 2 that Drax is a bit of a weirdo even among his own species.Peter: We've already established that you destroying the ship I'm on is not saving me!
Drax: When did we establish that?
Peter: Like three seconds ago?
Drax: I wasn't listening. I was thinking of something else...
- At one point in Vol .2, he reveals he's been labouring under the belief Peter Quill and Yondu are blood relatives. Even Rocket, who's been something of a ditz a few minutes prior, is taken aback by this.Drax: I thought Yondu was your father. You look exactly alike.
Rocket: [staring at him in horror] ONE'S BLUE!
[Drax makes an "exactly!" gesture]
- At one point in Vol .2, he reveals he's been labouring under the belief Peter Quill and Yondu are blood relatives. Even Rocket, who's been something of a ditz a few minutes prior, is taken aback by this.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Likes annoying Peter about his romance woes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, like the moment Drax says Peter can't get with someone like Gamora, and to aim for "someone pathetic, like (him)".
- The Comically Serious: The only reason half of his shtick works is because of how incredibly serious and earnest Dave Bautista plays him as being. Even in Vol. 2, where he's more of an overt goofball, he still takes the same attitude of acting utterly convinced of the inherent sensibility of even the stupidest thing he does.
- Crusading Widower: Out to get Ronan for killing his family. After his death, Drax transfers his revenge motivation to the Kree's master, Thanos.
- Cutting the Knot: When Peter and Rocket are badly arguing over flying through an asteroid field despite a pursuer on their tail, Drax elects to ignore them, slap on a spacesuit and cable, and go outside the ship with a huge gun to just take out the threat himself.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His wife and daughter were killed by Ronan.
- Didn't Think This Through: Admittedly, he was drunk at the time, but did Drax really think that he could take down Ronan and his entire army by himself?
- Ditzy Genius: Thanks to being a Comically Serious Cloudcuckoolander, Drax comes off as this despite his extensive vocabulary.
- Dance of Romance: Inverted. It was the fact that his wife never danced (and that they were the only two not dancing at the festival they met in) that made him fall in love with his deceased wife.
- The Dreaded: The other prisoners of the Kyln are scared witless by Drax.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two rather large daggers.
- Eat the Dog: Drax has eaten a raccoon before (or at least an animal that looked like one) and based on how much he enjoyed it, he probably wouldn't mind doing it again with Rocket. Drax chooses to mention this midway though Rocket's Wire Dilemma with the prison computer.Drax: I recognize this creature! We would roast them over a flame pit as children. Their flesh was quite delicious!
Rocket: NOT HELPING!
- Enmity with an Object:
- In his continuing attempts to understand "metaphor" in Vol. 2, Drax at one point screams "DIE, SPACESHIP!" ("Screw you, spaceship!" in the first trailer) while the Milano is being pursued by the Sovereign, despite the spaceship itself being an inanimate object that can in no way hear him.
- Continues in Infinity War. When the Guardians fight Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man on Titan, Drax ends up fighting the Cloak of Levitation, even screaming "DIE, BLANKET OF DEATH!" at one point. Although unlike the spaceship example above, the Cloak of Levitation is alive.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish in his Like Brother and Sister friendship with the Responsible Gamora.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: A rare protagonist example, but Drax admits to Rocket that his thoughtless actions on Knowhere in which he sends Ronan to the planet, getting the Infinity Stone and getting everyone else killed and hurt along the process, was just to cover the loss of his family to the hands of Ronan. However, Rocket calls him out on the fact that his endangerment of everyone else's lives was still pretty inexcusable of itself, especially since everyone has had deceased family members at certain points in their lives.Rocket: Everybody's got dead people! It's no excuse to get everybody else dead along the way!
- Gentle Giant: He might want to seek revenge for his wife and daughter but to his teammates and everyone, he's kind and literally gentle even though he can unintentionally be rude to them. Exemplified through two instances in Vol. 2, where he tells Mantis that being ugly doesn't mean you are horrible and that anyone will love you for who you are, and as he tenderly holds a tired Baby Groot.
- Good Parents:
- Drax loved and continues to love his deceased wife and daughter. So much that when Mantis uses her Empathy Touch on him when he's thinking of his family, she immediately starts crying. His paternal love is so strong it makes Mantis realize that Ego has none.
- Interestingly, Drax appears to be the only Guardian with zero hangups regarding his own father. Every winter solstice, Mr. Destroyer would regale the tale of his and Mrs. Destroyer's "conception" of their son, which Drax found beautiful.
- Has a Type: Drax is a Chubby Chaser. He also likes very stoic women, if his description of what initially attracted him to his wife is any indication.
- Heartbroken Badass: He lost his wife and daughter to Ronan years ago and now he wants the guy's head on a spike.
- Hidden Depths: Especially in Vol 2., it's hinted that beneath all that muscle and comical stupidity, Drax is fully capable of being not only kind, but wise, almost poetic.Mantis: (sadly) I am hideous?
- Hidden in Plain Sight: He's mastered the art of standing so still and making so little noise that he's practically invisible to others. Of course, when he tries demonstrating this to Star-Lord and Gamora, it doesn't work since they're already looking at him.
- The Hyena: He becomes this in Vol. 2, laughing hysterically at almost anything that is even mildly amusing.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: When Nebula calls Gamora weak, stupid, and traitorous, Drax shoots her with a bazooka, claiming no one talks to his friends that way...even though just seconds ago, he referred to Gamora as a "green whore."
- Hypocritical Humor: When he thinks Mantis is coming onto him in Vol. 2 she's actually trying to warn him about Ego, he describes in extreme detail how utterly repulsive he finds her appearance and how physically ill the mere thought of them mating makes him. When she finally cuts him off by telling him she doesn't find him attractive either, he looks offended and complains that there's no need to get personal.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Drax attempts to explain to Peter why Gamora doesn't want to date him because there are "those who dance. And those who do not." He unfortunately means this entirely literally, as Peter dances, and Gamora does not.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting his big-and-scary appearance◊.
- Informed Flaw: Despite Rocket describing his species as "completely literal", after a bit of Character Development he starts trying to do things like dimiss Ronan's Sakaaran soldiers as "paper people" and calling Ronan a "puppet" by the end of the film.
- Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't realize that he's insulting his friends when telling them that they are his friends such as Groot the "dumb tree" and Gamora the "green whore".
- Knife Nut: He even takes a knife from another prisoner on the Kyln after deciding that he likes it. In Endgame, his first major act in the final battle is to comically hop onto Cull Obsidian's back and stab repeatedly into his shoulders.
- Large Ham: Occasionally, but especially when he's drunk, angry, or faced with Ronan.Drax: RONAN THE ACCUSER! You killed my wife! You killed my daughter!
- Leeroy Jenkins: There's a reason why everyone thinks he's a maniac; drunk-dialing your arch-enemy with your location is stupid. Ditto jumping into a monster's mouth to try killing it from the inside.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's big, fast and strong. Doesn't help him against Ronan.
- Literal-Minded: According to Rocket, his entire species wears the hat of having no understanding of metaphor or simile. Drax tries to grow out of this after becoming friends with the other Guardians, using phrases like "I think of Sakaarans as paper people", "Finger on the throat means death", and "Ronan was only a puppet". Not that his attempts always work out.Drax: DIE, SPACESHIP!
- Love at First Sight: With his late wife. He saw her not dancing at a festival where everyone else was dancing and was smitten.
- Made of Iron:
- He took an blast of engine exhaust to the chest without injury, and managed to survive being rammed with the Milano (Rocket was trying to hit Ronan, who was choke-throttling Drax at the time), although the latter left him unconscious for a brief time, and he was clearly sore and limping afterwards.
- In the sequel he is dangled out the back of the Milano on a cable during a crash landing through a forest, smashing into trees. He seems to have enjoyed the ride once we see him on the ground.
- Briefly Played for Laughs in Infinity War, when hes got Iron Mans cannon to his face. Iron Man threatens to open fire on Drax point-blank if Quill shoots Spider-Man, and Drax is unfazed and insists Quill attack, as he claims he can take it. Both Mantis and Strange immediately call him on it, though. Later during the battle on Titan, he takes quite a bit of repeated punishment from Thanos and its only a direct blast from the Power Stone that takes him out of the fight.
- Metaphorgotten: He begins attempting to engage in metaphorical language in the back half of the first film and Vol. 2, but unfortunately doesn't quite have a grasp of it yet.Drax: Finger on the throat means death. (crushes a man's skull)... METAPHOR.
- Moment Killer: He has a talent for this. Mantis declaring that Peter loves Gamora in Vol. 2 could have been a touching moment had Drax not suddenly roared with laughter and even invited Mantis to read his feelings so she could laugh alongside him. Then in Infinity War we pull away from a passionate kiss between Peter and Gamora...to discover Drax awkwardly standing nearby eating what looks like alien potato sticks.
- My God, What Have I Done?: To his credit, he quickly realizes his contacting Ronan on Knowhere is a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!, and is filled with remorse over it.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Being called "Drax the Destroyer" discourages people from screwing with him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- He alerts Ronan that the Orb is on Knowhere just so that he can have a shot at killing him. To say that this ends badly is a massive understatement. In his defense, he was quite drunk at the time.
- Subverted in Infinity War when he nearly ruins the Guardians' plan to sneak into Thanos on Knowhere, letting his hatred of him for his wife and daughter's deaths get into him. The subversion comes when Mantis is able to knock him out before he can charge and it's revealed that Thanos already knew they were there all along.
- No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet.
- Noodle Incident: We never find out exactly why Drax was incarcerated on the Kyln. Knowing him, it was likely to have been quite violent.
- No Social Skills: Some trappings of this due to his race's Literal-Minded tendencies, which often make him seem exceedingly tactless.
- Not So Stoic: He has a few moments of dropping his stoicism to point and laugh at Peter in Vol. 2, including a moment where Mantis and Drax start pointing and laughing at Peter after she mentions that she can sense Peter's romantic feelings for Gamora, to Gamora's bemusement. Played for Drama in Infinity War, when despite his Boisterous Bruiser nature, he very much takes the threat of Thanos seriously. Hes nearly in anguished tears when he curses Thanos as a monster, and later, when hes being disintegrated, he can only briefly question Quill in complete and utter fear as he dies.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He wears a shirt to Tony Stark's funeral out of respect for the man who gave his life to finally defeat Thanos and avenge his long-dead family (and helped engineer his own revival).
- Only in It for the Money: Inverted — he's only with the Guardians (initially) as a means to get revenge on Ronan. When Peter offers him a share of the money they plan to get from selling the artifact, he's actually offended, and goes out of his way to say that he doesn't care for it.
- Outliving One's Offspring: He has a dead daughter. She, along with his dead wife, is the reason why Drax is out for Ronan's blood.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: Inverted. He comes from a culture that finds parents telling their children about their conception to be a wonderful bonding experience. He finds Peter's disgust towards this to be bewildering.Drax: It was beautiful. You Earthers have hangups!
- Platonic Life-Partners: Develops this relationship with Mantis in Vol. 2. He makes it quite clear that, physically, he thinks she's hideous-looking to the point that imagining the two of them mating is enough to make him retch. However, he still values her as a friend and despite both of them being socially awkward, they get along pretty well.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gets a rather... odd one as he kills Korath.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Occasionally. He often laughs mirthfully when he gets into fights, like a kid in a candy store.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Anytime he's either fighting or there's a lot of violence going on around him. What sets Drax's apart, however, is how he laughs. Instead of sounding like how most would while reveling in bloodshed, his laugh sounds more like he heard a really funny joke, or he was in an amusement park ride.
- Red Baron: "The Destroyer". He certainly lives up to his name.
- Revenge: His primary motivation throughout the first film. This is what initially pits him against the team, as Gamora being a former assassin to Ronan is good enough reason to him to kill her, even as she insists that she hates Ronan as much as he does.
- Revenge Before Reason: Initially, Drax is willing to do a number of rather stupid things to face Ronan in combat. However, rather than learning that Vengeance Feels Empty, Drax instead decides that unreasonable revenge is stupid, and it works rather well for him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His wishes to gain vengeance for the death of his family. However it gets Deconstructed over the course of the first film by showing how someone who obsesses with vengeance can not only cause problems, but also make no friends at all. Eventually, Drax realizes this and starts to question his actions. Though after Ronan's death, he still declares that he can't rest until he kills Thanos, the true mastermind of the events that caused his family's deaths.
- Sad Clown: In Vol. 2, though Drax is more overtly happy and fun-loving, it's made clear during the scene when he reminisces about his dead family with Mantis that he's still deeply traumatized by their loss.
- Screaming Warrior: Drax roars and laughs his way through combat.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Drax has quite the vocabulary. "Thesaurus" isn't part of it; he's offended when Peter calls him one.
- Shipping Torpedo: He thinks that Peter and Gamora are not good for each others and tells Peter to stop being interrested in her because "She isn't a dancer" like Peter is. He also torpedoes the idea of himself with Mantis — the very idea of them having sex makes him retch.
- Stepford Smiler: Although he's the comic relief, Drax is still deeply haunted by the death of his whole family. When Mantis touches him as he reminisces about his family, she immediately weeps. It may be that Drax simply lacks the ability to cry, but he is actually very sad under his jovial demeanour.
- The Stoic: Drax is pretty out there for this trope, but he's usually very serious. Unless violence ensues or Ronan (and ultimately Thanos) is involved.
- Storyboard Body: According to a Deleted Scene, the elaborate tattooing and scarification that covers at least half of Drax's body tells his life story.
- Super Strength: He's able to match Groot, and even go a round with Thanos. He also ripped out Korath's cybernetic implant with his bare hands.
- There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Those who dance and those who don't dance, literally, according to him.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In Vol. 2, Drax is much more lively, laughing a lot, pulling practical jokes, and revelling in action even more than he already did. Seeing as how he's already helped kill Ronan, the man who actually slew his family, he has technically avenged them directly already, which would explain why he's more carefree — Thanos is still his ultimate goal, but Thanos is a bonus and he's already completed his primary quest.
- Unknown Rival: Considers Ronan as his Arch-Enemy. Ronan has no time for him, beats Drax half to death without breaking a sweat, and takes quite a while to remember exactly why Drax hates him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
Drax: You, Quill, are my friend.
- He doesn't really understand the Vitriolic part and blithely muses that the Guardians are now his friends even as he continues to bluntly insult them. He follows up the below by blowing Nebula away when she starts insulting Gamora.
Drax: This dumb tree, he is my friend. [Groot grunts] And this green whore, she too—
Gamora: Oh, you must stop!
- Continues in Vol. 2, telling Peter that he and Gamora are just too different, and that Peter needs to find a woman who is like him—pathetic. Later, while he freely admits that he finds Mantis physically repulsive, he does form a good friendship with her. Again, he isn't being mean, he's just incredibly blunt.
- Walking Shirtless Scene:
- Much like in the comic, Drax is never once seen wearing a shirt. He's even seen during the group's Lock-and-Load Montage outright throwing his team jacket away, choosing to wear only the pants. James Gunn reportedly wrote that Drax never wears a top because he has sensitive nipples... and that became the excuse for why he hates to wear the jetpacks in Vol. 2. In a Brick Joke, when he's forced to use a jetpack, he screams in pain from it chafing his nipples as it launches him skywards.
- In contrast, in Endgame, Drax pays so much respect to Tony Stark at his funeral that he is seen wearing a shirt there.
- Wasn't That Fun?:
- After he, Peter, and Gamora make a fiery crash of an entrance onto the Dark Aster, he treats the whole thing like he's on a roller-coaster ride.
- In Vol. 2, he has a similar response to being dangled out of the back of a space ship while it goes through re-entry, and being crashed violently through several trees.
- When He Smiles: He's usually pretty stoic, but when something really makes him happy or laugh his whole face lights up like a Christmas tree. This is much more prevalent in Vol. 2.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The murder of Drax's family drives him to hunt Ronan and destroy anything that gets in his way. After being defeated and nearly killed by Ronan, Drax even admits that his rage only exists to cover the pain of his loss.
- The Worf Effect: After Drax has been established as a huge badass, Ronan throws him around like a ragdoll.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's ready to take out Gamora had Peter not intervened, and later blew Nebula away with a bazooka.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He is commonly seen fighting like a wrestler when he uses hand-to-hand combat, particularly during the prison break. Being played by a real life wrestler probably has something to do with it.
- You Can See Me?: In Avengers: Infinity War, he is convinced that he learned the art of being invisible. A shame the fellow Guardians don't share his conviction.
- You Killed My Father: His motivation for wanting revenge against Ronan, who killed his wife and daughter.
- Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Probably as a byproduct of their Brutal Honesty and inability to understand metaphors, his culture doesn't seem to have sexual taboos. When he tells Peter how he met his wife it swiftly goes into Too Much Information territory, and his father told him how he was conceived every winter solstice, which Drax remembers fondly and thinks Peter is prudish for being squicked by it.