Maximus Octavius "Max" Thunderman is the male protagonist of the 2013 Nickelodeon TV series The Thundermans.
Despite growing up in a family of superheroes, Max wanted to become a supervillain because he felt overshadowed by Phoebe and wanted to be the best at what he does. His family believed that Max was just going through a phase and wasn't truly evil. Eventually, Max had to make a tough choice between being a hero and a villain. He chose to become a superhero and is currently training being a superhero. He also gets along better with Phoebe, and even saved her from Dark Mayhem's control.
He was portrayed by Jack Griffo.
Max is the oldest son of Hank and Barb Thunderman, born 20 seconds after his twin sister, Phoebe. He is the elder brother of Billy, Nora and Chloe Thunderman. Max was born back in Metroburg before his parents moved to Hiddenville to help the kids leave a normal life.
He lives in Max's Lair as his bedroom together with a former super-villain, Dr. Colosso, who helps coach him to embrace the dark side.
In Phoebe vs. Max, Max revealed to Phoebe that he wants to become a supervillain because he wants to be the best and he doesn't want to be the second to Phoebe who is already so good at what she does. In the same episode, it was revealed that Max's role model is Dark Mayhem, who later plays a big role in shaping Max's life.
Max brought together his friends in Pheebs Will Rock You to start a boy band, the Max's Band. The band has performed a couple gigs and has been moderately successful. He spends most of his time with the band when he's not with Phoebe or planning something evil.
In Cape Fear, Max jumped to the top of the list to get the last superhero cape of the year from the Hero League after taking the blame for Phoebe sneaking out and saving the world. Unfortunately, he blew his chance when Phoebe and Dr. Colosso convinced him that he's turning good.
In A Hero Is Born, Max took Dr. Colosso to receive his Villain of the Decade award at the Villain League headquarters but Colosso turned against him and had him captured by King Crab. Phoebe came in to save him.
Max started taking his dark side more seriously in Phoebe vs. Max: The Sequel when Dark Mayhem called him and asked him to start committing crimes and keep a chronicle. Mayhem has been reviewing the chronicle periodically to see Max's evil progress.
In Exit Stage Theft, Max realized that he needed to take his game seriously in order to impress Dark Mayhem with the evil chronicle review. With advice from the ever-reliable Dr. Colosso, he ditched his band and joined a bunch of bad girls. He helped the girls steal his band's equipment but later realized that his friends cared about him. He tried to defend them but the girls beat him up until Phoebe came to save him.
During the next chronicle review in Floral Support, Max's chronicle was confiscated by Principal Bradford. Max joined Allison's Green Teenz to help get back the chronicle. However, when he realized that Phoebe was hurt because of it, he walked out on Dark Mayhem during a video chat. Dark Mayhem got mad at him but was impressed that Max had the courage to walk out on him. So, Max continued working on his evil chronicle.
In Date Expectations, Phoebe tricked Max to go on a date with Allison. At the end, he admitted that he loved Allison. He invited her to family game night in He Got Game Night after which they officially became a couple. In Original Prankster, Allison confronted Max about his pranking habits but Max didn't realize it was that bad until he caused his friend, Wolfgang to be almost expelled and deported.
In Back To School, Max was forced by the Hero League to go back to fifth grade at Secret Academy of Superpower Studies to take the super-power assessment test after he revealed that he hacked the school network to get Phoebe to skip school. He passed the power-assessment test.
In Thundermans: Secret Revealed, Max was finally offered the chance to become the supervillain he always wanted to be and join the Villain League when Dark Mayhem asked him to take away ThunderGirl's superpowers with a power-sapping orb. He was excited about the offer but reluctant to take his sister's powers. However, when Phoebe accidentally took away his powers with the orb and got him punished, Max felt compelled to get revenge. He took back his powers and that of his parents' powers as well as Nora's, Billy's, and Chloe's powers so that they won't try to stop him from taking Phoebe down. Max also declared himself a villain when Hank threatened disownment. Max confronted Phoebe and the siblings fought, with their peers discovering their secret. However, an emotional speech from Phoebe opened his eyes and made him realize that he already had it all - his friends, Allison and his family. So, Max made a courageous decision and stood up against Dark Mayhem. He restored his family's powers and helped them defeat Dark Mayhem and his minions.
After that, the Hero League awarded him with the superhero cape, making him officially a superhero.
In Thundermans: Banished!, Max continued to prove that he is determined to be a superhero - despite being tempted by Dr. Colosso to turn back to evil. When he realized that he needs superhero training to be as good as Phoebe, he was ready to let Phoebe start training him but Phoebe let him down after she was selected for a chance to join the Legendary Z-Force superhero team. After the Thundermans were banished, Max convinced Phoebe to come back to Hiddenville and save the city from Candi Falconman, despite risking everything. After the Thunder Twins defeated Candi, Max was selected to join his sister as a team for the Z-Force spot.
Since turning good, Max has pledged not to let the Thundermans or the Hero League down. He has been working with his twin sister Phoebe to train for Z-Force. During the Z-Force training, Max has been struggling to keep up with Phoebe and prove that he is truly turned good.
In Smells Like Team Spirit, Max had a hard time working with Phoebe's tight schedule and controlling nature. He used the Z-Force equipment money to get a tree house (tree-fort) for him and Phoebe without consulting Phoebe, which escalated the rift between the twins. He eventually learned to work with Phoebe when they saved one another from the falling tree house.
Attempting to measure up to Phoebe proved to be difficult for Max when they were submitting special skills for the team in Max to the Future. Max wanted to prove that he was something to offer too and therefore developed a CrimeCaster gadget which would use crime stats to predict future crimes. At first, Phoebe mocked the gadget and Max didn't have a faith in it either but it turned out that it actually worked. So, the team added Max's "gadgets" as one of their special skills.
Z-Force training has been taking a lot of Max's time and getting in the way of Max's friends. Dr. Colosso has been feeling left out ever since Max turned good and has been trying to compel him to return to the dark side or at least spend time with him. In Parks & T-Rex, Colosso even faked being sick to trick Max into spending time with him. Furthermore, Max had to ditch Max's Band in Ditch Perfect so that he can concentrate on Z-Force training. Luckily, Oyster and Gideon were planning on taking a break too.
One of Max's biggest challenge as a superhero has been to convince Phoebe and everyone else that he is really good. In Date of Emergency, Max's girlfriend, Allison was concerned that Max wasn't really good because he still enjoyed pranking people. In Orange is the New Max, when the Hero League invited Max to give a "scared-straight" talk to villain kids at the Metroburg Junior Jail, Dr. Colosso convinced Phoebe that the kids will remind Max how good it is to be evil. Phoebe followed Max to keep an eye on him which only led to disaster. Max was disappointed that Phoebe didn't trust that he gave up evil for good. He helped turn good two of three villain kids by showing them that being a superhero can be fun too.
Max (and Phoebe)'s most important Z-Force interview was almost jeopardized when Phoebe got injured in May Z-Force Be With You. He and Phoebe had to train Cherry to pretend to be Phoebe to help them pass the interview. While Cherry helped him pass the actual interview, Max struggled to save the day without Phoebe and her powers. He admitted that he needed Phoebe.
Max is now in the final Z-Force recruitment stage along with Phoebe. In Come What Mayhem, one of Max's old pranks almost jeopardizes their dreams of joining the Z-Force. Back when Max was evil, he had set a stink bomb prank to go off during the 75th Annual Supe Awards. If the Hero League or Z-Force found out about this, they would be automatically disqualified from Z-Force. So, Max and Phoebe must find a way to disable the stink bomb which requires an electro-plasma blast to destroy the Thundertanium casing. Phoebe is mad that she has to clean another one of Max's messes. Max admits that Phoebe had been cleaning up his evil messes but now he is a superhero and should be able to save his own butt. Max develops a gadget that extracts electro-plasma energy from lemons to create a concentrated blast. But Phoebe still doesn't have confidence in Max's gadgets. So, she takes in Dark Mayhem's powers from the power-sapping orb. Max is disappointed that Phoebe went ahead and used Dark Mayhem's powers despite the warning that they could turn her evil. Phoebe saves the day but Max's gadget would have worked as well. Both Max and Phoebe manage to remain in the Z-Force but it's too late because Dark Mayhem's powers have turned Phoebe evil.
In Thunder in Paradise, Max is furious at Phoebe, refusing to even talk to her at times. Phoebe, under the influence of Mayhem's powers, pours maple syrup on Max's shirt and hair. When the family goes to Hawaii, Phoebe instantly starts being very mean and rude, which makes Max suspicious. When she pushes Billy into shark-infested waters and ditches Max, he immediately confronts her about this. Phoebe gets really mad, and her eyes glow red. It is then that Max realizes that Phoebe never returned Dark Mayhem's powers. Phoebe then goes to the volcano lair. Once Max gets Hank, Barb, Billy, and Nora to help him, they all face Phoebe. Phoebe shows no signs of wanting to become good again, and the rest of his family is ready to give up on her. However, Max still pushes them to make her good again. With the help of Barb and Nora, Max successfully removes Mayhem's powers from Phoebe. Max would then lower Phoebe into the volcano, where she would freeze the lava and stop it from erupting. Phoebe admits that she needed Max's help, and the two hug it out.
When people think of nice and helpful, they don't first think of Pheobe's brother Max. His dream is to follow out a true life of evil, but, has shown to have his nice ways. He also owns a evil lair where he does all of his evil things. He has many gadgets like the Max 3000 (a computer created by Max) and an evil pet called Dr Colosso. He is the founder of Max's Band.
When it comes to taking shortcuts, is your guy. He's mischievous to no end, and has big plans on attending Villain U when he's older. He has the same superpowers as his twin sister Phoebe, but he uses his for whipping up gadgets and potions in his evil lair instead. He is highly intelligent, as wells being very manipulative able to get others to do whatever he wants with ease, he is highly cunning and normally manages to stay one step ahead of others and very brilliant. However he is also somewhat arrogant.
Max is also somewhat lazy, although incredibly brilliant and a genius in his own right, he does not normally apply himself or focus on his school subjects, preferring instead to work in his lair on his inventions, formulate schemes or pranks. However he doesn't take kindly to people implying or stating he couldn't handle said subjects and will often go out of his way to prove them wrong.
He reveals the reason he wants to be a supervillain, it stems from the fact he doesn't want to be second best as a hero to his sister. Despite Max's assertion of being a villain, underneath it all it seems he is really a good person at heart, as he does come through for others when they need him and will do the right thing when it really matters.
He was a contestant on Beach Blanket Bean-Go show in “Spongebob’s Big Birthday Blowout".
- Max was originally named "Jack" but the name was changed after Jack Griffo got the role.
- Max has a pet named Dr. Colosso. He was a supervillian who was transformed into a talking bunny by Hank Thunderman.
- He plans on attending Villain U when he's older.
- He has an evil lair.
- Max has 2 Dark Mayhem posters that, like Uncle Sam, point at viewers but the poster on the right of Dr. Colosso's cage says "I WANT YOU!"
- He likes to play pranks on Phoebe.
- In his old school his school photos where formal and he had to wear his supervillain outfit.
- He was evil because he thinks Phoebe will be the best superhero and he wants to be the best so he tried to be the best at being evil. However, this was taken too far in Thundermans: Secret Revealed.
- He has a lot of phones.
- His lair has a nightlight.
- He imitates Phoebe a lot.
- He had a crush on Tara Campbell.
- He owns several Doomsday devices.
- Max is allergic to cats. (Ditch Day)
- He is Phoebe's twin.
- He couldn't ride a bike, but he taught himself (Crime After Crime).
- He is twenty seconds younger than Phoebe (Thundersense).
- He has a teddy bear named Grizzly Gus for when he is scared of getting shots (Paging Dr. Thundermans).
- He beheaded Phoebe's dolls when they were five.
- He doesn't know how to floss.
- When Veronica sabotaged Phoebe in choir, he wanted a rhino to attack Veronica.
- He wanted to throw an anvil on Evan in Pretty Little Choirs.
- He violated the "Bunnies Before Honeys" code that Colosso made.
- He used his powers in Pretty Little Choirs when Veronica and her friends tried to spit spitballs at Phoebe while no one was looking.
- He's the only one in the family that knows where Nora keeps her bow collection
- He had a jetpack in the Thunderman's original home, Metroburg.
- In Paging Dr. Thunderman, when Max looks at a needle, he faints.
- In Thundersense, it is revealed that Max is 20 seconds younger than Phoebe, which means that Max got his Thundersense after Phoebe did and pretended that he didn't have his Thundersense yet in order to get pity gifts from[Barb until she gets Max a 2,000 Tyrebyte supercomputer with satellite connectivity.
- It's possible he went to European jail one time.
- He can play the guitar (Pheebs Will Rock You).
- He is an excellent dancer (Going Wonkers).
- Despite having incredible intelligence, he gets poor grades at school because of his behavior and lack of interest.
- He is a very skilled hand-to-hand fighter Haunted Thundermans.
- His middle name, Octavius was revealed in Winter Thunderland.
- He is in relationship with Allison.
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