Characters / Max Steel


Max Steel

  • Genre Savvy
  • Implacable Man: Max himself is far more durable than normal humans, especially prevalent when he goes up against small-time thugs instead of his usual rogues gallery.
  • In a Single Bound
  • Mana: Max's nanoprobes run on Transphasic energy; it seems capable of powering mechanical devices without actually following a constructed electric circuit, but burns up quickly.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life
  • The Symbiote: Mutualism; once the nanoprobes enter Josh's system, his body adapts to their presence and they become a biomodification. The fact that Josh's body doesn't remember how to work without them, coupled with how quickly they consume their energy source, is often a plot point. Taken further in season 3 where the primary power source is lost and it's implied that Josh will eventually die with only the smaller backup source trying to fill in for it.

Roberto "Berto" Martinez



John Dread

  • Big Bad
  • Disney Death: At the end of season 1.
  • Evil Brit: Dread's accent is subtle and hard to place, but it seems vaguely British.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Played straight with Dread's burned face.
  • Sinister Shades
  • Villain Ball: Dread misses more than one chance to kill Max because he wants him alive to study his biomodifications, and Max, every single time, escapes and ruins his plans.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A minor one in his last appearance, where he expresses shock at Max coming back from the most impossible situation he'd ever been in. It's not very spectacular, but it's a major display compared to Dread's usual calm, professional demeanor.


  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Chewing the Scenery: Psycho will be cool, collected and creepily calm one minute, and be the largest ham ever the next.
  • Cyborg
  • Disney Death: Psycho goes through a lot of these, to the point where both he and Max lampshade it. Taken to its absurd extreme when Psycho is thrown into space with no means of stopping his inertia or changing direction, to say nothing of re-entering the atmosphere without burning up and landing without going splat, but comes back a few episodes later.
  • The Dragon: To Dread at first. He begins acting on his own during the last season.
  • Genre Savvy: He ventured into this sometimes, though never quite enough to save him.
  • In a Single Bound
  • Obviously Evil
  • Only in It for the Money: Surprisingly. Once his old employers get taken apart, his plans more-or-less boil down to "Do something evil to make a quick buck."
  • Post Mortem Comeback: All those Psycho Robots he left scattered around the world, specially those with a doomsday device in the "Countdown" movie.
  • Psycho for Hire: Hee.
  • Thanatos Gambit: When he was finally Killed Off for Real, he left some Psycho Androids to guard a doomsday device as a final vengeance.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He is less than thrilled when he hatches a plot in season 3 that has nothing to do with N-Tek or Max like all of John Dread's schemes, but it turns out Max is there anyway by sheer coincidence.

Bio-Constrictor (Dr. David Klimo)



Extroyer (Troy Winter)

Toxzon (Tytus Octavius Xander)

Makino (Mike Nickelson)