A 2013 Continuity Reboot of the Max Steel franchise, to relaunch it to the international market.note While the original franchise still existed as toys and DTV movies, they were exclusive to the Latin American market.Young Max McGrath moves into a new town with his mother. He quickly finds out that his body generates TURBO energy - an extremely potent energy source, which he cannot control... until he meets Steel, an alien entity known as UltraLink, and who needs TURBO Energy to survive. Together, they become the titular Max Steel and face the forces of Miles Dredd, the evil CEO of the Trans Human Industries, who wants to acquire all possible sources of the TURBO energy for himself... by any means necessary.
Almost Kiss: Max and Sydney, despite only having met the other day, had their's interrupted by an "earthquake" in the second episode no less.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The official site for the series describes R.O.C.C, the N-Tek standard issue tank, as having a bullet proof multilayered Kevlar weave armor plating, ballistics grade polycarbonate window glass and... a wicked 7.1 MP3 player.
Badass Army: N-tek proves their badassitude by taking down big threats both with and without Max Steel.
Embarrassing Nickname: Kirby earns the name 'Itchy' when a toxic leak alert causes him to get psychosomatically antsy. It's really because he's about to turn zombie.
Emotional Powers: Played with. Even though his suit is tech, if Max's emotions get stronger, his TURBO energy responds in kind. His rage at discovering Dredd killed his father causes a surge of TURBO energy that completely recharges him from a previously depleted state.
Exact Words: The cursed sword in "Live By The Sword" is stronger than any weapon on Earth... but Steel isn't from Earth.
Five-Episode Pilot: Though its three as is standard for more modern shows, it still fits the formula and can even combine into a mini-movie.
G-Rated Drug: Dredd treats his turbo absorption like this he even described as a rush
Good Colors, Evil Colors: N-Tek and Max Steel's most prominent color scheme is white with green and blue accents respectively. On the contrary, all of THI equipment is black with red accents... even their robotic dogs!
Heroic Build: Exaggerated. In the episode where Steel goes comic book crazy, he upgrades the suit giving him 20 abs.
Impairment Shot: When Max is knocked out, we tend to get the blink-blink eye-shaped shot as he comes back to consciousness.
In Name Only: Most concepts and characters are too different to anything shown in the old show and films, with the possible exception of Forge Ferrus. However, character development has turned some (not all) characters more similar to their old versions.
Institutional Apparel: Toxzon gets incarcerated, and his pipes are filled with an inert goo so he just gets a color change, but Fishy can be seen wearing that little hat that normally goes with the black and white striped variant of this trope.
Locked Out of the Loop: Max's Uncle Forge tries to get Max to keep the whole Steel and TURBO thing under wraps from his mom Molly. Doesn't stickat all. She finds out due to the natural events of episode 2.
Max gets this a lot with the aggravatingly secretive dealings of N-Tek
Longer-Than-Life Sentence: In "Supermania", Toxzon had 297 years 8 months 12 days and 42 minutes left on his sentence, and that's with good behaviour. He quickly escapes though.
Orcus on His Throne: Very much averted with Dredd. As soon as he has the means to fight, he engages the good guys personally. He does it again in "Secret Identity Crisis"; as soon as he's healed from his previous encounter with Max Steel, he gets directly involved.
This makes sense since when you consider his predicament; his need for ample TURBO energy pretty much requires he always remain proactive, and so he does.
Mama Bear: Molly. If you mess with her boy, she will, literally, drop a building on you.
People Puppets: Steel seems to have control over Max's body, as shown when he was doing diagnostics on the suit. Going so far as to make Max smack himself in the face, do ridiculous acrobatics and fling around like a rag doll.
Pent Up Power Peril: Since Max's body generates TURBO energy constantly, Steel has to be around to absorb it. If he doesn't, bad things happen.
Transformation Is a Free Action: Justified with Max Steel as they seem to generate an energy field of some sort to knock back enemies, preventing interruption. Subverted once when Extroyer in his spider form uses his web to snag Steel before he can latch on! Subverted again when Blast made a well-aimed shot at Steel in the middle of the transformation. Turns out that energy field to protect Max Steel during the transformation isn't infallible.
Trojan Prisoner: Wind Elementor attacks the NTEK base, with the sole purpose of getting dragged into the same brig where the other Elementors are.
Unflinching Walk: Ferrus and the N-Tech guys as one of their own grenades go off.
Unplanned Crossdressing: When testing out camouflage mode for the first time, Steel 'accidentally' changes into Molly's business suit. Only lasted a couple of seconds, but dang. Couldn't wait half-way into the second episode.