Microbe (comics)

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Microbe (center) from New Warriors vol. 3 #1.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Warriors vol 3 #1 (August, 2005)
Created by Skottie Young
Zeb Wells
In-story information
Alter ego Zachary Smith Jr.
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations New Warriors
Abilities Nosokinesis (Germ/Virus/Bacteria Manipulation)
Sick Sense (Perception of the presence of germs/bacteria/microbes)

Microbe (Zachary Smith Jr.) is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He debuted in New Warriors Vol. 3 #1. He is a mutant with the ability to communicate with germs and other microscopic organisms. He was a member of the New Warriors.

Fictional character biography[edit]


Smith has a rather tragic past. His biological father, a prominent medical researcher, thought he had discovered a way to cure previously incurable diseases. Instead, it turned out that Microbe had unknowingly used his mutant power and "talked" the diseases into acting out the results his father wanted.[1] Disgraced, his father disowned Microbe, leaving the teen heartbroken and alone. Out of compassion, Night Thrasher adopted him and began training him to be a superhero, making him a member of the New Warriors.[volume & issue needed]

Civil War[edit]

While tracking some escaped supervillains with the New Warriors, Microbe, alongside his foster father Night Thrasher, is killed in Stamford, Connecticut as part of the New Warriors reality show.[2] This event sparks the need for the Superhuman Registration Act and the ensuing Civil War,[volume & issue needed] as well as making the surviving and former New Warriors members the most hated people in the US.[volume & issue needed]

In other media[edit]

Matthew Moy will portray Microbe in the live-action New Warriors TV series on Freeform.[3][4]