And when he meets up with Granny Smith, who tries to ship him with Applejack, he facepalms three times in a row without saying a word.
The custom thumbnails for the various episodes feature Max reacting to a character from the episode. We see him listening intently to Sweetie Belle, giving a "what the hell" expression at Rarity, facepalming at Rainbow Dash, getting freaked out by the nameless Slasher Smile shadow pony, shrugging at Twilight, and cracking his knuckles in preparation for dealing with Trixie.
While playing Power-Up Panels, Max steals Schuyler's turn (you can steal turns in Power-Up Panels by ground-pounding someone if it's their turn). Schuyler apparently didn't know you could steal turns, as he ends up very confused (and then does it to Max).
After Max went and got a bunch of Star Coins offscreen, he and Schuyler start another recording session...and Max has not only ended up gathering loads of lives, but he also used up pretty much all of their power-ups.
Schuyler then sarcastically blames their lack of power-ups on Game Gnomes.
He has started doing little information bits on Pokémon that can be obtained in the game when they appear; he does this for Teddiursa, but his voice is much more monotone and somewhat irritated due to him being sick and having had several failed recordings of the information bit. He lampshades this at the end, telling the viewers not to say he sounds like an "emotionless robot" because he knows he does.
Max gives Kapp'n a pirate-ish voice, then gets so used to it that he occasionally slips back into its Verbal Tics afterwards.
The reveal that, not counting Max himself, there are only three townsfolk in Gradder (Max's town). This is supposed to happen, but Max doesn't know this, and so his reaction is hilarious.
Hearth's Warming Minecraft
In Hearth's Warming Minecraft, the intro alone is hilarious; Zero is in awe, thinking he's in Equestria...then Peter shows up. Zero isn't happy. He then says that at least Max isn't there. Max walks up instantly. Then, last but not least, Fury arrives, saying he flew in on a cloud. Said cloud instantly crashes and explodes behind the guys.
Peter gets Max a giant wool penis, followed by killing him by dumping lava on him. Max invokes Laser-Guided Karma by temporarily kicking Peter from the server directly after.
Fury gets Zero two gifts. The first is a song about Zero being the Only Sane Man. The second is a musket, but since he doesn't understand how alchemy bags work, he tosses Zero an alchemy bag containing the musket...only for Zero to open it and find nothing (alchemy bags only work playerside, like Ender Chests). It takes a minute to sort this out, and when Zero finally gets his musket, he immediately trains it on Max while Peter does the same with his crossbow.
Max gets Fury a golden sword of justice. What's particularly funny about this gift is not the exchange, but the creation; Max takes a gold block from Peter, gets a stick, crafts the sword, and is done in under five minutes. Everyone else has to spend time running around and gathering stuff while Max just sits back and waits.
Zero gets Peter a nuke...but he doesn't give it to Peter. Instead, he gives Peter a remote that detonates the nuke. Cue a "TACTICAL NUKE INCOMING!" sound effect as everyone backs away from the large wool box containing the nuke. And then the guys plant a Christmas / Hearth's Warming tree in the crater.
"All I want for Christmas is two ruby slabs~"
While decorating his room, Max encounters a Creeper. Cue the Cluster "AAAH" Bomb.
Max: Uh...I've never seen that Everfree Forest creature before! (...) A Creeper came by when I was taking out the wall and blew me up...
Fury: You said you've never seen it, but you know it's name.
Max: I've seen it in books. Books, totally.
Then he doesn't have enough dirt to fill in the ground where the Creeper blew up, so he uses pink wool.
Max and Zero finish up a mining trip. Zero leaves the cave, while Max gets distracted by more stuff...and gets killed by a Creeper when he has important stuff, such as diamonds. His Big "NO!" is amazing.
And then when he returns to his death point later, he finds his stuff gone, either having despawned or fallen into lava.
While inputting his name, Max doesn't realize that the game doesn't let him use capslock for capital letters and forces him to use the shift key, which confuses him.
This also leads to the heavy implication that Max never uses his shift key; he just uses capslock for even making single letters be capitalized.
Further on in the character creation, Max struggles with trying to set his character's hair colour, making it look extremely blue at one point when he was trying to make it brown. And then while looking through facial hair, he comes across the funniest Badass Mustache ever, and Schuyler urges him to keep it.
Schuyler explains the stats system to Max...and when he gets to Perception, he literally only defines it as "Useless" and moves on.
This bit near the end of the first part:
James (Player Character's Dad): Come here. I want to show you something.
Schuyler: Is it the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. book? Cause I've already read it. I'm an expert, I've memorized the whole thing. (Beat)Strength...perce-Peanuts...? (Max starts laughing)Endurance...Crushing my enemies...Intelligence...Assholery...and Lucid dreaming. That's what it is, right?
Under Schuyler's instruction, Max continues beating up Wally Mack even after the fight with the Tunnel Snakes is over. He ends up knocking out Wally right inside the classroom, and nervously backs away when an NPC starts to approach him. Then, the NPC gets stuck on a wall and walks back.
During the battle beforehand, Max accidentally started attacking Amata.
After taking the G.O.A.T. exam, Max (well, his character) is told that he will become the new Vault chaplain. "God help us all" indeed.
The end of episode 2, slightly paraphrased:
Max: See you next time, when we either escape or die!
And he has a second team named Bangarang and the worms are named "My", "Name", "Is", and "Skrillex".
Max completely forgets the controls in his first match. This leads to him doing absolutely nothing on his first turn and completely wasting an air strike a few turns later because he doesn't know how to change the angle it comes in at.
Max: Celestia shove the sun up my ass and call my butt a candle, what do I do?!
Eventually, Max gets so annoyed at his failures that he slams his head into his keyboard.
"LESS ONE COOKIE!"
In the second match, Max loses Apple Bloom and Scootaloo very early on. Sweetie Belle manages to kill two worms (in one turn, no less) before dying. That leaves only Babs Seed, who is in the corner of the screen, basically underground, with a piece of scenery blocking them off from the other worms. Max decides to use strategy, which means stalling while the other two players kill each others' worms, slowly blowtorching his way up to take the victory.
The various Epic Fails between Max and Courier Dan (mostly Max).
Including Max shooting a rocket that just barely passes over the head of one of Dan's worms.
The end of the second match between Max and Dan. They each have one worm left, and it's Max's turn. It seems like Max is easily going to win. Then he picks up and uses "Armageddon", not knowing what it does and accidentally killing not only Dan's worm but his own, forcing a draw.
Dan wants to test a theory that if you use the lightning strike on a dead worm's grave, it revives them. He tests this on Trixie after she dies right at the start of the game and successfully revives her. This is followed by Max deciding to get rid of Trixie right away by using his own lightning strike on her...only toheal her.
Left 4 Dead 2
We don't even get a full second in past the intro:
Alec: (in a weird voice) WE'RE GONNA DIE!
Schuyler: My god, I didn't think it'd take that quick, but apparently he's turned into an old man who lives up in the mountains. His anti-zombie measures is like Home Alone, Caveman Edition.
Max asks if, realistically, a zombie apocalypse would actually have buildings on fire, citing that zombies likely wouldn't light things on fire. They jump down his throat about the possibility of accidental fires.
Schuyler: (through laughter) Max is so angry, I love it! You're learning! Go, kill the zombies with your rage alone! SCREAM AT THEM UNTIL THEIR HEADS EXPLODE! NOW YOU KNOW HOW I DO IT, CAUSE I HAVE TO DEAL WITH YOU.
The ending of the finale of Dark Carnival: the helicopter arrives along with another Tank, and everyone makes a run for the helicopter. Everyone reaches it except Max, despite him having been one of if not THE closest to the copter as it arrived, because he was being swarmed by zombies and unable to move. The Tank targets the other three guys and incapacitates Zero, who is on the helicopter, before throwing a rock at Max to incapacitate him as well. Schuyler and Alec end up escaping safely, while the credits list Zero as having died, even though he was on the copter and alive, albeit knocked down.
And in the commentary over the credits:
Max: (sees that he has three deaths while Schuyler has four) Hey, guess who didn't have the most deaths this time?
The "Common Infected Killed" stats give us a hilarious and awesome result: Schuyler killed 737, while Zero got one more with 738.
Zero: I KILLED THE MOST! I KILLED THE MOST BY ONE! Take that Schuyler, take that!
Schuyler: You are a dead man.
In Swamp Fever, at the very beginning, Max starts thinking too much about the tagline shown on the loading screen poster: "The Only Cure Is Dying". He asks if this is supposed to be taken in the sense that dying is the only cure, or that the cure itself is actually dying. After everyone calls him out on thinking too much about it, we get this:
Alec: Just go into what the main thing is: Kill zombies, run away.
Alec: Easy as that.
Schuyler: Implying I ever need to run away. I'm too good for you fuckers.
Zero: Okay, now we see Schuyler gets surrounded by Hunters and Tanks and Chargers and he dies.
In Max's first attempt at the game, due to not knowing how to rotate the hand (or rather, not knowing that you can at all), he ends up failing at picking up most of his tools and knocks just about all of them off the table. It takes several minutes just to finally get his patient to start losing blood.
And then his astounded reaction when he accidentally discovers how to rotate his hand...mere seconds before the patient dies.
He goes to pick up a metal board on the table, curious as to whether it's part of the table or an actual thing. He ends up getting the board stuck in the patient's ribcage and decides he is now a cyborg.
"Sir, you're not going to have any of your ribs or your lungs after this...probably won't last longer than, like, a few...like, minutes, maybe." (Beat) "But you will have a new heart, and that is all that matters!"
Realizing his patient is (once again) about to die, he gives up and just throws his saw into the patient's body. "There's your new heart. I quit."
After destroying the patient's ribcage during one of his attempts, Max quips...
Less than thirty seconds into his final attempt...
Max: Let's think this through rationally, folks... (tries to pick up the hammer, but ends up accidentally flinging it offscreen as soon as he picks it up)...I lost the hammer.
"Okay, get this lung outta he- ...okay, I grabbed a rib instead. Okay, I got the- ...I...the lung is the rib now...they are one...they are Legion."
When attempting to pick up the saw at one point, he ends up shoving it off the table and instead gets his arm stuck in a clipboard. No, not on a clipboard; inside the clipboard. His hand sticks right through it. And then he gets it off by violently shaking his arm around, yelling "Get it off!" like it's a bug or something.
In his final playthrough, he successfully performs the heart transplant...but due to ignoring or losing most of his tools, he completed the transplant by (properly) using only one item aside from the new heart: broken glass. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
And when putting the new heart into place, he fails at carefully placing it in the right position, so he just bats it with his hand a couple of times. It works.
His disbelief at the success and his victory cry also count. "I CAN BE AN SURGEON!"
The second playing of the game, where Peter plays and Max watches, opens up with this:
Peter: (talking to Max, who is off camera) You set up a lot more stuff than I do, like...absurdly. Um...for me to record, I just boot up Bandicam, turn on Audacity, and I go. Meanwhile, you got your mic, and...your facecam...
Max: (walking into view) Yeah, well that's because I am a professional let's player and recorder and...all that other stuff...
Anytime someone Drives Like Crazy. Max is usually the worst offender, but Sam and Swift get their moments.
At one point, Swift drives off, and Max starts running after him, yelling for him to come back. Swift refuses at first, but then decides to...and promptly drives backwards at top speed back to Max, slamming into him. This is made even funnier due to the fact that Max doesn't notice Swift until the last second and he actually screams in surprise.
Later, Max challenges Swift to a fight. As soon as the fight begins, Swift instantly kills Max using Mordecai's special, which involves sending Bloodwing to attack. Everyone cracks up at the idea that Brick was defeated by having a bird thrown at him.
They later have a rematch with "no birds", and Max wins with the use of rapidfire rockets.
Max has developed a tendency to open a menu whenever someone tries to initiate travel, just for the hell of it. note For those not familiar with the mechanics of the game, if a player opens a menu, it cancels any travel initiations.
The Drawing Board
The first episode has Max and Chaz building a giant TNT out of wool...with over twenty thousand blocks of real TNT inside it.
The ensuing explosion when they inevitably set it all off ends up not only crashing the server, but resetting to before they set it off!
Max is making a stone tower up to start the base of the TNT. After he starts the base, he goes to take down the tower...and his two wolves teleport onto the top. Cue a quick freakout, then him having to carefully lower them block by block to the ground.
While playing "Would You Rather?", Max's first two options he gives Chaz are apparently so disturbing he bleeps them out in editing.
Chaz makes a remark that Max doesn't like, so he turns Chaz's creative mode off and punches him off the side, causing him to fall to his death.
The second episode, Pixel Peter, has Max and Chaz attempting to build pixel art of Peter. They fail at making it accurate, so they turn it into a rather hilarious caricature instead.
And then they burn it, which Max reveals was his plan all along.
Peter left a comment on the second episode actually expressing approval of "Pixel Peter".
The fourth episode is, rather than an actual building project, a video of Max and Chaz building a long rail to get the "On A Rail" achievement...but Chaz doesn't know Max is recording.
In episode 5, Max and Chaz are building when Peter suddenly comes on the server and distracts them, temporarily derailing what they were doing.
Also, near the end of the episode, Max proclaims that the game is complete, actually referring to it as the Knife Game. Peter, who evidently hates the Knife Game (or at least the song about it), threatens to blow the game up.
Episode 6: Peter's Present. Max and Chaz decide to give Peter a birthday gift of letting him burn away Pixel Peter.
In episode 7, Max brings Peter in instead of Chaz to build a giant automatic potion brewery. It requires loads of redstone circuitry, and so Max often expresses confusion and awe at what Peter's doing.
When building roads in New Letropolis, Chaz remarks how the emerald symbol on the front of Zero's house (which is actuallyJapanese for "Zero") looks like the face of an old man. Max is confused at first, looks...and then cracks up as he starts seeing it as that as well, and says he'll never be able to un-see it.
Earlier in the episode, when Chaz comes across the Snowdrop shrine, he asks what it is. There's a static cut, and when we get back to the video, Max is flying back to New Letropolis and the chat shows that he just kicked Chaz from the game.
Episode 10: Froot Loops. At the very beginning, in reference to the meme "help i accidentally build a shelf", Max interrupts the usual video intro to call Chaz over to help...because he accidentally built a bookshelf.
Super Vexation Saga
Super Vexation Saga resumes with Super Mario Bros. 2, which opens with this:
The intro, as of Super Mario Bros. 3, is a Doctor Who intro parody using a Wii Remote as the TARDIS. Enough said.
Everything involving the bed in Super Mario Bros. 3, in particular Peter constantly falling behind it.
Also in Super Mario Bros. 3, Max and Peter declare that, no matter what video game you're playing, there's a way to teabag or masturbate in it. Max says that's even possible in Tetris, and Peter asks how, clearly disbelieving. Max suggests stacking the Tetris blocks up to resemble a dick with a hand on it.
In Adventures in Ponyville, he named his pony Five Alive. And made her his official female ponysona.
He also shows off how, in Rainbow Dash's minigame, Twilight grants you wings so you can fly around and destroy clouds...even if you're already a pegasus, leading to redundant wings.
"You and your...friend who you apparently have..."
In his Challenge Foolishly Accepted of Poker Night at the Inventory, when Strong Bad wins one game and begins his animation of shovelling chips into his pile, Max skips the animation. The shovel stays floating in the air above the table. Max is understandably confused by this.
Everything in the "What the Hell?" Moments videos.
Special mention goes to Minecraft #2, where Max and two other people fight the Enderdragon...then return to the surface world and find a giant swarm of Enderdragons for no reason.
The blooper reel of him jumping off said porch multiple times also deserves mention. On two occasions, he tries to jump, but fails and doesn't even get over the fence. And according to Word Of God, he hit his crotch on the fence one of those times.
The comments section has been renamed to "Communication Attempts", and the watchers section to "Security Personnel".
The event listed in the addendum has a doctor kicking a dog in front of Max because he was annoyed from dealing with SCP-056. Anyone familiar with the SCP Foundation knows who SCP-056 is and why the doc's annoyance is probably justified.
"Note:Alright, no more carrying around SCP-504 and talking with SCP-7580 just to watch him get pelted. It was funny the first few times, but now it’s gotten old and it’s really annoying to keep having to bandage him up. - Dr. Blast" note SCP-504 is the collective title for various tomatoes that, essentially, automatically fly at someone if they make a bad joke.
Addendum 7580-3, which gives us an apparent Berserk Button of Max's: lawnmowers.
Everything in the termination attempts, really. From obliviously disarming a personnel with a firearm, to being unaffected by SCP-053 note who causes anyone nearby her to try to kill her within ten minutes but being said to be "a bit awkward in its conversation", just about every entry in the termination attempts has a funny moment.
Pretty much the entire Whose Line is it Anypony panel at BronyCon 2013, which Max was a part of, counts as this. Highlights that involve Max include his bit as the Hollywood Director; leaving after the first set of games only to run and stumble back onstage when he realizes he wasn't supposed to leave; and declaring at the very end that the entire panel was just an elaborate plan to StreetPass with the audience.