|“||It's not easy to be proud of something that makes me so different.||”|
—Maxwell McGrath, in Makino Strikes Part One
Kid (by Forge Ferrus)
Young Mr. McGrath (by Mortum)
|Occupation|| Team Turbo leader and N-Tek agent|
|Age|| 16 (Season 1 and 2 and Trilogy of Movies)|
18 (ongoing movies)
|Interests||Mastering his power, becoming a leader. Skateboarding, sky diving, base-jumping – no sport is too extreme for Max!|
|Weapons||Turbofied with advanced alien tech|
|Family|| Molly McGrath (mother)|
Jim McGrath (father)
Commander Forge Ferrus
Furbo and his clones
|Enemies|| Miles Dread|
Vin & Dwayne
Blast, Chomp & Prism
|First Appearance||Come Together Part One|
|Last Appearance||Max Steel: Turbo Warriors|
|Voiced By||Andrew Francis|
Maxwell McGrath, or simply Max or Maxwell, is one of the main protagonists of Max Steel (Series) alongside with Steel. He is a Tachyon-Human hybrid and so has the ability of generating T.U.R.B.O. Energy, which Steel uses to power himself and activate Max Steel's powers. During the events of Team Turbo, Max becomes the leader of a team of superheroes known as Team Turbo, formed by C.Y.T.R.O., La Fiera, Tempestra, Steel and himself. Max is the son of Ja'em Mk'rah, who is secretly an alien from Planet Tachyon, and Molly McGrath. Maxwell McGrath is voiced by Andrew Francis and debuted in Come Together Part One.
Early LifeMax was born months before Jim McGrath's suppose death. Shortly before the Turbo Star test, Jim visited Max, Molly and Steel, who was being used as a pacifier by his son. Jim kissed Max's forehead and later went to a chamber to test the Turbo Star.
According to Molly McGrath, Max had a normal childhood like other children, although he presented traces of Tachyon people, which made Molly very proud. It is implied to during most of Max's life he constantly moved to another cities with his mother due to unknown reasons, as he stated on the first episode of the series.
As a sixteen years old teenager, Max moves to Copper Canyon alongside with his mother, Molly. There, at the first day of school, he meets Kirby Kowalski, Sydney Gardner, whom he instantly gets a crush upon stumbling on her and Butch, the bully of the school. Later on, he appears tormenting Kirby, but Max stops him, which makes him very angry. Alongside with his sidekicks, Dean and Jake, Butch chase Max on the streets of Copper Canyon and in the process Max presents traces of T.U.R.B.O. Energy. He eventually ends up on an abandoned building. There, Butch tries to beat Max, but he wakes up and scares him and his sidekicks upon seeing him glowing blue. After they escaped, Max ultimately overloads with T.U.R.B.O. Energy, causing a massive explosion that almost killed him.
He is taken to N-Tek, where Max gets to know more about the secret agency that keeps the world safe, the real occupation of his uncle, Forge Ferrus and few details of Max's past, despite he didn't mentioned Steel nor other detailed information about his past. Max is taken to the Turbo Chamber to absorb his energy, but he generates too much energy at the point of making the chamber be unable to absorb it. While Max was almost blowing up the place, Steel was suddenly activated. He proposes to Max to ultralink with him, so he would be able to control his energy and escape from N-Tek. After Max agrees to do so, they create the Max Steel persona and in the process Steel takes over the control of Max's body to escape from N-Tek, as he thought Max was a prisoner.
After escaping from the facility, Max started to complain about his suit. Meanwhile, Steel makes few diagnostics of Max and later both start to discuss after he says he was Steel's puppet. Eventually, Max and Steel's actions draw Fire Elementor's attention. The duo is forced to fight against the villain and in the process they unlock Turbo Strength Mode, but Elementor was just a way too powerful for them. The villain eventually launches Max and Steel far away, but the duo is saved by Forge.
Forge stays surprised that Steel was still alive and tells Max that he is not allowed to say his mother that he was ultralinked with Steel, otherwise she would be very angry.
Max later goes to home and acts strangely towards his mother in an attempt of trying to his his SteelSuit. Max later goes to sleep and in the next day he seems to be disappointed, as he thought it was only a bad dream. Later on, Steel reveals that he had spent his whole night scanning his clothes and generates Turbo Camouflage Mode, creaáted especially to hide Max's secret identity from his friends and foes.
Max goes to school and gives back Sydney's phone to her, which they accidentally switche when they stumbled upon each other. Max later on goes to N-Tek's base to train his abilities. He fights against few robots that Berto had created and in the process he unlocks Turbo Flight Mode, which Max used to defeat them with ease. After the training, Sydney calls Max to a date. They meet up on a cafeteria, where Forge and Molly already were without Max knowing. While Sydney and Max were chatting, Steel starts giving him random advices. Max gets annoyed and goes to the bathroom, where he unlinks from the Ultralink and goes back to Sydney.
Unexpectedly, Earth Elementor and Fire Elementor suddenly appear and start to cause havoc. Max calls a taxi for Sydney and later realizes that Forge and Molly were there. The group gets on Forge's car and decides to deal with the villains. In the process, Molly realizes that Max is generating T.U.R.B.O. Energy just like his father and stays very surprised. Meanwhile, Steel realises that Max was fighting against the Elementors and decide to go after him. Eventually, they link once again and easily overpower them, though that Max is later on defeated and is taken to THI's building. There, Max meets Miles Dread, who absorbs Max's energy in order to make himself stronger.
While N-Tek is struggling to find a way to rescue Max, Dread tells the story of how he betrayed his "best friend" for unlimited power. Upon hearing the name of his father, Max gets angry and generate large quantities of T.U.R.B.O. Enerrgy, which Dread happily absorbs. Afterwards, Steel suddenly appears and tries to save Max. The duo eventually almost manage to escape from the THI building, but seconds before, Dread grabs Max's leg and later unlink Steel from him, thus deactivating Turbo Flight Mode and allowing Max to fall from the top of THI's tower. Later on, Molly and Ferrus found Max and he states that Dread is still alive and was the man behind the accident on N-Tek.
In an attempt of saving Steel, Max and other N-Tek agents goes to THI's tower to stop Dread's evil master plan. In the way, Max deals with an army of Dread Naughts and eventually finds Jason Naught, whom is easily defeated due to Max's Turbo touch problem. While Dread was getting stronger, Max tries to get Steel back, but he draws Dread's attention, who almost defeats Max with his new mode. Max eventually manages to stop Dread's evil plan and free Steel.
Eventually, the duo is thrown from the top of the THI tower and realize that Dread was a way too strong. Max then finds a solution to stop the villain: overloading him and make him explode, even though that this could cause his death as well. Max activates his Turbo Flight Mode and starts to generate large quantities of his energy. At first Dread didn't realized that they were planning to overload him, but once he did, he desperately tried to escape. Eventually, Max and Steel managed to defeat the villain and the rest of his body is left on the vacuum of space.
Max returns, but exhausted. Some reporters come to talk with him and they ask his name. Max replies by saying his nickname and Steel also says his name, thus the reporter thinks that their name were "Max Steel".
Max later on goes to the THI building alongside with his friends Kirby and Sydney to take a tour with Molly. While Max was walking on the halls of THI, Steel was tormenting him by saying to unlink, which Max later does after separating from his friends. At the same time, THI's chemical alarm breach rang and Molly tried to escape from the tower alongside with Max and his friends, but the doors suddenly locked and a gas was released on the entire room, which transformed the persons into toxic zombies. Max, Molly, Kirby and Sydney managed to knock down few zombies and Max suggests to Molly that Steel could open the exit door or even himself could destroy the doors to escape.
After Kirby was infected, Max, Molly and Sydney used him as a bait to trick the other zombies. Eventually, Sydney and Molly are transformed into zombies and Max is forced to run away and find Steel to ultralink. After doing so, the duo are surrounded by zombies and they are forced to use the Turbo Pulse to blast them away. They later on goes to the laboratory of Dr. Tytus Octavius Xander, who was the person behind the zombie outbreak.
After finding Xander, Max demands the antidote to cure the zombies. Xander ignores and throws few bombs on Max. Eventually, Fishy, Xander's plastic goldfish, which he believes to be a real living animal, is thrown in toxic waste and he desperately tries to help him, but he instead suffers a mutation and becomes a monster. After Tytus disappeared, Max was trying to find the antidote, until Tytus comes back. Max fights against him and also nickname him as "Toxzon". Eventually, the duo managed to defeat the villain and found out the antidote was inside of Fishy. Max then manages to cure everyone on the building and later on leaves the tower alongside with his friends.
When a duo of thieves were stealing a bank, Max and Steel stopped them and were photographed by many people. Upon seeing this, Forge gets very angry, despite Max states that he sees no problem in that and he only was trying to help and also the was using a mask. Forge replies that there were people that would be wondering Max Steel's real identity and even would find the people that the real Max care about. The discussion is interupted when Kat says that Copper Canyon High School was on fire.
Max goes to the school with a Hopper. After arriving, Forge makes it clear that Max shouldn't use the Max Steel persona by any means. Max eventually rescues Sydney and Butch, but he is forced ro run away before Sydney wakes up and other people arrive. Because of that, many people believed that Butch was the hero, including Jason, who thought he was Max Steel.
On school, Max sees Butch and Sydney lunching together and feels jealous. He later on sits with them and asks what she was doing, despite Butch interupted him and sarcastically asked him if he wanted an autograph. While Max was paying attention fo Sydney, Steel saw a bomb under the table, which later releases a knock down gas. Max does not pass out and links Steel. Suddenly lots of Dread Naughts appeared and tried to capture Butch since Jason thought that he was Max Steel, but Max managed to destroy each of them before everyone woke up.
Afterwards, Max was going to a trip alongside with other students and warns Butch to get out of the bus, considering that the villains were after him, but the bully ignored him after he saw Sydney, saying that he was in danger by stealing Max's "girlfriend". On the road, Max believes that everything is normal, until the bridge is destroyed by Dread, who later on gets on the bus to find Butch. After doing so, he tries to absorb T.U.R.B.O. Energy, but he doesn't manages to and upon mentioning Max Steel, Butch cowardly points to Max. After teasing Max by mentioning that Molly and Jim's names and N-Tek's existence, Dread throws Max from the bus and he falls in the canyons. He activates Turbo Flight Mode and goes face-to-face against Dread and tries to overload him once again, despite he fails due to the villain's upgraded armor, now capable of storing limitless amounts of energy, thus making him stronger with every attack involving Max's energy.
Eventually, Steel suggested Max to use a new strategy: to stay away from Dread, so he couldn't power-up. Max executes the plan and attacks Dread with giant rocks, even though that the villain managed to throw back few rocks with his energy. Max eventually manages to make Dread weaker. The villain tries to launch the bus in the canyons, but Kirby decides to drive the bus and knocks down Dread. The villain states that he knew who Max Steel was, but Berto's newest invention, the Holo Bot, appeared as Max with his civilian clothes. Dread gets confused and escapes with Jason.
Berto reveals his newest invention: C.Y.T.R.O., an advanced robot with heavy weaponry. Max and Steel were the first to see him. Max, however, wasn't surprised at all, despite he got after seeing some of the robot's moves. He then states that he would have a second sidekick, the first being Steel, which makes him angry. Thanks to that, they start discussing Max Steel's name and eventually C.Y.T.R.O. is destroyed, making Berto angry. Later on, Max tries to apologize with him, but he only makes things worse. Later on, the scientist manages to make a new improved C.Y.T.R.O., which Max sarcastically says sorry for what he had done with his prodecessors.
Suddenly, when C.Y.T.R.O. started to attack N-Tek, Max tries to stop him with his Turbo touch problem, which would easily blow up the robot in pieces, but thanks to the updates that Berto had made, he was completely invulnerable to Max's energy. Later on, Max once again tries to stop the robot, but this time with his Turbo Strength Mode, but C.Y.T.R.O. ultimately ends up escaping from N-Tek's base with a dangerous toxic bomb named Tox-Bomb.
Max is presented to the Turbo Cycle, which he used to follow C.Y.T.R.O. alongside with Berto to Toxzon's hideout. There, Max and Steel fight off Toxzon and C.Y.T.R.O., who later once again under Berto's control. Toxzon releases his Goopanoids, which give him the upper hand. However, Max later on is introduced to the Turbo Blaster, which he uses to defeat the monsters and later on Toxzon and his Tox-Bomb.
Max and his Team Turbo invade an abandoned warehouse while searching for villains. Upon seeing that nobody was there, Max sees few energy squares emerging from the ground and he assumes that it was a trap. As these squares got closer and closer, Max activates his Turbo Strength Mode and tries to stop them alongside with his team, but the trap deactivate their Turbo Modes and make they faint.
Max, who was tied, wakes up in a mysterious white room alongside with his uncounscious friends, few Nexus Agents managing computers and Terrorax. Upon seeing the villain, Max asks who he was, but he doesn't say his name and reveals that he knows about Max's secret identiy and Steel's real name. Terrorax then unlink Steel from Max's chest and starts to torture him with lasers until he generates a small portion of T.U.R.B.O. Energy, which is transferred to a cube. While Max screams in pain, Terrorax declares that the hero is not useful anymore and commands his allies to electrocute Max's team and torture him even more. Upon seeing his friends hurt, Max gets extremely angry to the point of making him generate a new kind of T.U.R.B.O. Energy. Max then releases a large wave of his energy that makes the electronic devices explode and ultimately blows up the room. Max's body is left in Copper Canyon's canyons, where he left to perish.
Eventually, Max wakes up thanks to a calf. Upon seeing the animal, he gets scared and falls from the border of the canyon. He punches the rocks and in the process discovers the first traces of his green T.U.R.B.O. Energy. Afterwards Steel contacts him and aks to rescue him. After doing so, the Ultralink tries to link with him, but he fails and they are forced to go on feet to a T.U.R.B.O. Energy laboratory located on Copper Canyon. There, he meets Rayne, C.Y.T.R.O. and Alex and they eventually find the laboratory.
Max starts to train his brand new green T.U.R.B.O. Energy, which at first was hard due to the fact that he wasn't used to not use Turbo Modes in battles. Eventually though, Max masters his new powers. He later on talks with Steel for more information about his new green energy. Steel gives a explanation of why he started to generate that variation (thanks to Terrorax, who made Max generate so much energy to the point he unlocked a new version) and reveals that he can't link with him anymore. At first, Max gets shocked, but he says that no matter how things change, there will be always Max and Steel. He agrees and said they couldn't change their name after all the merchandise and advertisement. Their conversation is interupted when Alex and Rayne comes to the room and confirms that Rayne had found who supposedly set the trap on the abandoned warehouse.
It turns out that it was Dr. Prometheus Halifax, the owner of the Halifax Industries. Max decides to go the building, but first Steel introduces the group to the Steel-Tek, a new technology created by him that would adapt with Max's new green energy. Max also seemed to love the Cyclo-Spin Bike, which he used to go to the building. There, the team was split: Max and Alex would check the building while Rayne and C.Y.T.R.O. would go to the top of it to find collect information.
There, Max finds armed soldiers and the duo activates stealth mode. They are unnoticed by the guards and reach the elevator, where they temporarily get stuck. Eventually, they reach a room where Prometheus was waiting for them. Upon he saw Max, he says that they already knew that he was there thanks to his extensive research involving T.U.R.B.O. Energy emissions. Max says that he did knew his voice, but not him. The villain equips himself with a technologic armor and puts on his demon mask, thus revealing to be the mysterious man who took away Max's blue energy. Upon seeing this, Max gets shocked. Terrorax proceeds to inject on himself Terror Energy, which he claims to be superior and more glourious than Max's energy could ever be. He transforms into a monster and the duo is forced to fight.
As Max Steel
- Featured Article: Max Steel
When Steel ultralink with Max, they merge into only one superhero known as Max Steel. Together, they have the Turbo Modes, each containing different capacities as well unique abilities, an incredible and large arsenal of weapons, and also N-Tek's help.
Max, since he is half Tachyon, has the ability of producing T.U.R.B.O. Energy. In his human form, he is very strong and agile for an average individual. With Steel's help, he can ultralink with him, generating one hero known as Max Steel, able to turn into different types of Turbo Modes.
- Superhuman Strength: Due to the fact that Max is half Takonian, he is stronger than an average individual.
- Superhuman Speed: Max is naturally faster than an average human.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Max could easily dodge Mortum's attacks on Team Turbo Fusion Tek at blur speeds.
- T.U.R.B.O Energy Generation: Max is capable of generating endless amounts of T.U.R.B.O. Energy, which make him stronger and faster than average individuals. Max manifests this in many forms, such as launching T.U.R.B.O. Energy through his fists, leaking it through his eyes, getting angry and others. The energy is both beneficial and harmful, considering that Max can partially use it to activate his Turbo Modes and get superhuman conditions, but if he is linked with Steel, he could overload and ultimately explode, thus causing his death. During the events of Turbo Charged, Max learns how to control a new green T.U.R.B.O. Energy, which is stronger than its predecessor.
- Leadership Skills: During the events of Team Turbo, Max started to develop his leadership skills.
- Swordsmanship: Max has ability with swords. In Team Turbo Fusion Tek, this becomes more evident when he was fighting against Mortum, wherein he easily and quickly wielded his daggers.
- Driving Skills:
- Turbo Touch Problem: If Max touches an electronic device, the object can explode or get damaged.
- T.U.R.B.O. Energy Overload: If Max is separated from Steel, he could overload and ultimately die. Steel also needs Max's energy to survive, and if he stays eight hours without his energy he will eventually shut off permanently.
- Max also constantly needs to be linked with Steel for precaution, so the villains (especially the Ultralinks and Dread) wouldn't track Max's T.U.R.B.O. Energy.
Max is a tall, skinny teenager with an athletic body type. He has brown chestnut hair and blue eyes. When is not saving the world, Max uses normal clothes, consisting in a blue jacket with the symbol of Steel on its chest, a white watch, black jeans and white shoes. In the halfway of the second season, Max's jacket turned to grey.
After the time skip, Max gets a larger build and he gets more akin to his classic counterpart. Max's facial structure also gets larger and he has short chestnut hair (In Turbo-Charged, however, his facial structure and hair style slightly changed, the last being more similar to when he was 16 years old). His day-by-day clothes consists in a white t-shirt with the Steel symbol on his chest (but slightly modified), black pants and black shoes.
- This section is under construction. Help Max Steel Reboot Wiki by expanding it.
Max is a charismatic, friendly, animated, heroic and energetic boy. He had a strong desire to know more about his past, just like Steel.
As Max Steel, he is described as a "intelligent superhero with a wicked sense of humor" by the official YouTube channel. He constantly tries to give good example to other people, for instance, stopping at red lights even when Max is late for school. Max is very loyal to his friends and family at the point of risking his own life to save them, like when Max gave the last piece of the Turbo Star to Dread (who also says that Max's weak spot is his loyalty) to save Forge.
After he discovers the truth about his past, Max feels a little depressed and angry, mainly towards his mother. He even thought he didn't knew how to talk with his friends anymore. However, Max eventually accepts his alien heritage and proudly states that he was the son of Ja'em Mk'rah. Due to his double life as a superhero and a normal teenager, Max keeps in mind that he sometimes have a strange behavior towards his friends, especially to Sydney Gardner, which he keeps asking to himself is he already knew that he was lying to her.
Additionally, Max enjoys practicing extreme sports (which makes him more akin to his classic counterpart), like skateboarding and sky-diving.
Friends and Allies
Initially, Max was very reluctant in being linked with Steel, saying that he was "married with a toaster" and had a annoying voice on his head (which in fact, Steel sometimes started to suggest things to Max at incovenient moments). Max constantly argued with Steel saying that he was just a sidekick, which was mainly seen in C.Y.T.R.O Attacks!. Eventually though, Max and Steel surpassed their differences, and became good friends throughout the series, since they depended on each other to survive. When Steel was captured by the villains, Max risked his life many times to save him. In Extroyer Unleashed, Max opens up with Steel by saying that he had a lot of questions about his past and also would also try to help him by any means possible.
It is later revelaed in Dredd Ascendant that Max used Steel as a pacifier, even though that he hated it. He later said Steel's name and Jim presumed he liked him.
Since the day that Max stumbled upon Sydney, he got a instant crush on her.
Max and Alex are both rivals on soccer. While the Daedelus Platform was falling down, they saved the life of each other. Initially, Max didn't trusted on Alex because he barely knew him and couldn't give him weapons or armors. Eventually, he decided to activate the Connect-Tek and the armors were created as well the Team Turbo. Max later confesses that he liked to help Alex's help and revealed his secret identity to him, which he made a joke saying that if he was ugly like Max, he would use a helmet too.
Before the events of Team Turbo, Max already knew about Rayne and probably were good friends. Shortly after she attacked Max with C.Y.T.R.O., she hugged Max and said that she was hoping that he would help her.
Terrorax is one of Max's most powerful arch-enemies. Since he was the cause of Steel being permanently unlinked from Max and used Max's energy for evil purposes, he has a deep hatred for him and he was bent on taking him down by any means. During their first interaction, Max made a joke about Prometheus' mask by asking if he used that accessory to go to the comic conventions.
- "Let's Go Turbo!" - Come Together Part One
- "Oops! Guess I don't know my own turbo strength." - Secret Identity Crisis
- "I get what you are saying now. Someone came looking for Max Steel, only found my best friends. I guess being a real hero means staying out of the red line sometimes, huh?" - Secret Identity Crisis
- In some episodes, when Max is not using his mask, some of The Elementors (like Earth and Fire) see his real face, although that they don't know his secret identity.
- It was revealed in The Legend of Ja'em Mk'rah that Max is a Tachyon-Human Hybrid, which explains why he generates T.U.R.B.O. Energy, as well that Jim McGrath is an alien.
- Max has a crush on Sydney Gardner.
- In Makino Strikes: Part One, Max felt very depressed and upset that he is a Tachyon-Human Hybrid, even calling himself as a "alien freakshow", and that his mother never told him in the first place, which he stated that he could accept his half alien if he knew from the start. Molly also stated that she never told him because she wasn't sure if Max was ready for the truth.
- In Full Metal Racket, Max wore a suit with blue spikes during the concert with his band, which is coincidentally very similar to Turbo Spike Mode, a Turbo Mode that Max unlocked episodes later.
- When he was a baby, he used Steel as a pacifier.
- Max's friends constantly question about his actions, like for example when he uses weird excuses on why he is leaving, how he talks to himself and having a lot absences since he arrived on Copper Canyon High School. In Max Steel: The Dawn of Morphos, Sydney created a theory that in fact, Maxwell McGrath could be Max Steel using as evidences his strange actions and phrases, even though that Molly McGrath denied everything.
- Few characters in the show that Max is Max Steel, most of them being N-Tek Agents: Steel, Forge Ferrus, Berto, Jefferson Smith, Kat Ryan, Sydney Gardner, Molly McGrath, Jim McGrath, Ven-Ghan, Alejandro Villar, Rayne Martinez, C.Y.T.R.O., Commander Parker and other N-Tek agents.
- Max's action figures weren't tall as other characters on the toy line, having 28cm instead of 30. In 2016, Max's action figures returned to his previous size, 30cm, since he got older.
- As seen in Max Steel: Team Turbo, Max learned how to read Planet Tachyon's language.
- According to reel clip, Max's teenager face took a while to be created and molded, and the final result made the modelers very happy and proud of their work.
Characters introduced on Season 2 appears in green.