Funny / Maximum Ride

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  • Anytime Angel reads someone's mind, and then proceeds to spout off their embarrassing thoughts.
  • Anytime Gazzy lets off one of his notorious farts. Especially Max's reactions to said notorious farts.
  • Nudge's endless motormouth.
  • The three oldest flock members.
  • Anything Total says or does.
  • Max's occasional use of Buffy Speak, as if to remind us that she is in fact a teenager. Or her more unique minced oaths, such as "Holy mud" or "You are in deep sneakers."
  • When any of the flock (more often than not Max or Fang) tries to drive.
    Max: Even Fang had winced at that last gear-grinding.

    The Angel Experiment 

  • Max, upon seeing Ella being harassed by gang members:
    Don't even get me started on the whole Y chromosome thing. I live with three guys, remember? They're three of the good ones, and they're still obnoxious as all get out.
  • Ari getting sprayed with green paint by Nudge. Even better when, next time he appears, it still hasn't come off.
  • Max's reaction to her first bite of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. And her fetish-y drive to look for another cookie that's anywhere near as delicious.
  • The fast-food restaurant in the desert.
    Clerk: Feeding a crowd?
    Fang: Yes ma'am.
    Max: (thinking) Yeah, him and all his split personalities.
    Max: They looked like starving orphan children. Hey! They were starving orphan children.
  • The entire scene at the Garden Tavern. Full. Freaking. Stop.
  • "I shot him the bird. Get it? I shot him the - Never mind."
  • This little argument when the flock is getting made over:
    Gazzy: I still wish you'd let me get "Bite Me" shaved into the back of my head.
    Max: No.
    Gazzy: Iggy got his ear pierced.
    Max: Nein.
    Gazzy: (imitating the stylist) But everyone does it!
    Max: O-nay.
  • The schizo hacker fleeing Max and company in fright (the second time).
    Fang: I can't take you anywhere.
    Max: (narrating) I so wish he weren't all banged up - so I could whack him.
  • Angel getting to keep Total, and Fang's reasoning to Max:
  • Iggy's introduction in the manga.
    Iggy: (bumps into something off-screen) OW! (coming into view) Who moved the coffee table?
    Max: (sheepish) Sorry, Iggy. The hallway just looked so empty.
    Iggy: (flopping onto a couch) Well, warn me next time. Remember, I'm blind.
    Max: (thinking) Then please act like you are.

    School's Out - Forever 
  • The flock's encounter with the FBI at the hospital.
  • Max forgetting that Fang is going by the fake name of Nick.
    Iggy: So, Fnick, can I change the channel? There's a game on.
    Fang: Make yourself at home, Figgy.
  • The reactions to Gazzy's suggestion that the girls take the extra bed.
    Max: Excuse me, sexist piglet?
    Nudge: Yeah. Like, I'm too much of a cream puff to sleep on the floor?
  • Total can talk!
    Total: Yeah. So? It's not like I lied about it. Between you and me, I'm still trying to get used to the whole flying-kid thing.
  • Total getting coffee served in his doggie dish.
  • The angry, Large Ham known as Headmaster Pruitt.
    • And Gazzy's imitation of Pruitt on the way home from school.
  • "If you're ever feeling a lack of middle-aged white men, just pop into the Capitol."
  • Sam's description of "hell dinner" to Max.
    Mom will try to keep Aunt Phyllis away from the liquor, but it won't work.
  • Disney World.
  • The patchwork Toyota Echo.
  • Clone!Max's first encounter with the flock. She's very shocked that Original!Max doesn't do the cooking.
    • Even funnier is that this is how the flock realized she was a fake.
    Max: Did you know that wasn't me, the other Max?
    Fang: Yeah.
    Max: When?
    Fang: Right away.
    Max: How? We look identical. She even had identical scars and scratches. She was wearing my clothes. How could you tell us apart?
    Fang: She offered to cook breakfast.

    Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports 

    The Final Warning 




  • Max: My obituary would read "killed by love." If I'd died, that is, and if I'd had such a smarmy obit. Which, please, spare me, I beg you.
  • Yet another instance of Dylan provoking a total Squee! bomb by making a public appearance with the rest of the flock.
  • Fang's Gang. Especially the interactions between Ratchet and the girls. Especially-especially Ratchet and Kate.
    • When Fang's Gang has a Cheese Whiz fight. "the gang burst through the door, howling and armed with… Cheez Whiz."


  • Max yelling at Dylan to get ready for school...only to point out Max is still in her pajamas.
  • It speaks volumes that, less than twenty pages into the final book, this is the last truly funny moment in the entire series. Goes to show how dark and dangerous the apocalypse truly is.


  • The series gets occasional references in other James Patterson YA works. Especially Witch and Wizard, where a fleeting joke about kids with wings is made in the first book.
    • The second book, The Gift, includes a Max Ride reference in the list of banned books, one of which is called "Ultimate Armstrong" and is said to have the same plot. Especially funny if you remember how Max claimed in Book 1 to have chosen her last name from the astronaut Sally Ride.
    • Is it coincidence that W&W's Sasha is pretty much an Expy of Fang? I don't think so.