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    Max Mayhem
    "Time to evil! (evil laughter)"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Funny villain in training
    Age: 16 (Total Drama: Pahkitew Island)
    4 (Total DramaRama; alternate universe)
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Bruce Dow (TDPI)
    Tristan Mammitzsch (TDR)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Total Drama


    Maximillian "Max" Mayhem was a contestant on Total Drama: Pahkitew Island as a member of the Pimâpotew Kinosewak. In "This Is the Pits!", he was switched to the Wâneyihtam Maskwak. He returns as an alternate universe child in the Total DramaRama episodes "Dissing Cousins", the credits of "Cartoon Realism" and "Snack to the Future" as the cousin of Owen.

    Personality

    Total Drama Pahkitew Island

    Max is obsessed with being the most diabolical mind that Total Drama has ever seen. He is constantly boasting about being the personification of the word "evil", claiming that there should be a new word for how evil he is, though he is unable to think of one. Despite his claims, he is actually a very incompetent, pathetic excuse for a villain, and usually causes more trouble for himself then he does for others. Although he has the ability to construct various technological devices, he cannot successfully pull off any of his schemes without Scarlett’s assistance. His knowledge outside of his inventions is not much better, though. He speaks to inanimate objects or animals numerous times, genuinely expecting a response. He is bent on world domination, so much so that using Total Drama as a step towards it was his whole purpose of auditioning. Max himself has admitted that he is quite antisocial, which is why he devotes so much time to being evil. Meeting other people and getting out of his laboratory-like bedroom was another goal of joining. Despite his desire to be a villain, Max sometimes behaved well as mentioned in his audition tape. As seen in "Three Zones and a Baby", he also seems to have a soft spot for children.

    Total DramaRama

    While Max retains his older self's ambition of being a supervillain, he's actually more successful in this continuity. A master manipulator and overall rude person, a contrast to his older self's poor social skills and actually having a soft side underneath, this Max finds pleasure in harming others. He is even capable of manipulating others to partake in life-risking tasks. Needless to say, this version of Max is a much more competent villain than his older counterpart, having both the skills and intelligence to do so.

    Why He's Evil (in a Good Way)

    1. He's one of the Pahkitew Island contestants that were actually likable.
    2. He's a boy that wants to be evil, which is funny since he's the least bad out of all the antagonists in this season.
    3. He has some funny moments, like how his evil laughter failed a few times before he finally got it right, and how he pushes the buttons of the control room keypad and shocks himself until he short circuits it and unlocks the door.
    4. He is shown to have a soft side though, like the fact that he never tries to hurt anyone, has good manners and a soft spot for children, which is shown when taking care of his team’s baby.
    5. He also tends to take advise from Scarlett to have some evil moments, even if he claims they were his ideas, which helps his team out at times.
    6. While all of his respective teams’ members maybe annoyed by him sometimes, he has proven himself to be a good teammate at times.
    7. He's one of the good members of his team:
      • In "So, Uh This Is My Team?", he helped his team build their shelter during the challenge.
      • In "I Love You, Grease Pig!", he got through the greasy part of the challenge with his team’s pig, while using the evil helmet Scarlett finished to have the pig throw grease at the other team to slow them down.
      • In "Twinning Isn't Everything", he took Scarlett’s suggestion and used a dart blower to blow darts and pop the other team’s balloons during the doom balloon challenge, which he did to Sky's balloons.
      • In "A Blast from the Past", during the challenge, he took Scarlett’s suggestion and wrapped the wire around his dueling stick, held it by the rubber padding, and Scarlett got him an electric eel to make his dueling stick an electrified one, which he used to shock Ella, then he safely made it to the end, getting his team a dueling stick.
      • In "Three Zones and a Baby", he kept the team’s baby safe, and even comforted it, and managed to win in the end with his team.
    8. He was one of the likable players to make it to the merge and stay a good character (unlike Dave and Sky who both got flanderized).
    9. He still stayed pretty strong after the merge:
      • In "Hurl and Go Seek", he was the one to uncover the island’s control panel in the tree, and when he threw up on it, it broke it and caused the island to malfunction.
      • In "Scarlett Fever", he and Scarlett found the control room first. When Scarlett turned on him and the others, he teamed up with the others to take her down.
    10. He returns as an alternate universe child in Total DramaRama, as the cousin of Owen, where he's shown to be more evil successfully, but also respect Owen’s wishes to stop trying to hurt his friends after Owen saves him in "Dissing Cousins". Then, in the credits of "Cartoon Realism", he does a funny parody of Frankenstein, and his creation is a pizza pie, cooked via a laboratory table and lightning, which he dines on afterwards. Finally, in "Snack to the Future", he sends Owen a time machine as Owen requested, and he did try to warn Owen about the consequences of time travel, only for Owen to hear the doorbell and leave him hanging on the phone.
    11. His designs as a teenager and as a cute kid are both passable.
    12. Both Bruce Dow and Tristan Mammitzsch did great jobs voicing his teenager self and child self respectively.
    13. "Time to evil!"

    Bad Qualities

    1. Depending on your view, Max could be considered unlikable because he can be annoying with his try to be evil traits, and can cause trouble for others, and for his alternate universe child self, he would have ended the lives of other kids had Owen not stepped in to save them, but at least in both shows he's not as bad as some of the truly unlikable characters.
    2. He got unfairly eliminated in "Scarlett Fever" just for boasting about evil, which Chris had enough of, despite Max not doing anything wrong himself.
    3. While his design is passable, it's also kind of ugly.

    Trivia

    • Max is one of several contestants to have theme music dedicated to them, the others being Alejandro, Brick, Crimson, Duncan, Dwayne, Ennui, Izzy, Jacques, Jay, Josee, Justin, Lindsay, Mickey, most of Mike's personalities, Owen, Rock, Spud, and Sugar.
      • In his case, suspenseful hostile music that was first heard in his audition tape. It plays whenever he is plotting or gloats about being "evil".
    • Max is one of only twelve people to switch teams, the others being Izzy, Katie, Sierra, Brick, Jo, Scott, Duncan, Courtney, Cameron, Sky, and Dakota.
    • Max is one of fourteen contestants to never be voted out normally, with the others being Amy, Anne Maria, Cameron, DJ, Ella, Jasmine, Mike, Scarlett, Shawn, Sierra, Sky, Sugar, and Zoey.
    • Max is one of the characters who serve as a "pain magnet" of a particular season, who is injured excessively as part of a running gag. He shares this role with Dave in Total Drama: Pahkitew Island.
      • The other characters to do so are Owen in Total Drama Island, Harold in Total Drama Action, Tyler in Total Drama World Tour, Brick in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, Scott in Total Drama All-Stars, Jacques in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, Cody in Total DramaRama, Chase in Total Drama Island (2023), and Damien in Total Drama Island (2024).
    • Rodney and Max are the only male contestants of the third generation to not wear sneakers.
    • Max is one of the ten characters to have dyed hair. The others being Blaineley, Bowie, Duncan, Gwen, Lindsay, Tammy, Scary Girl, Sierra, and Zoey.
      • He is also one of the three characters to have purple hair. The others being Scary Girl and Sierra.
    • Max is the shortest contestant of the third generation and possibly the shortest contestant overall.
    • He shares the same name as Owen’s uncle.
    • He is one of the contestants who knows how to play an instrument, in this case, the French horn mentioned in his audition tape.
    • Max is confirmed to be Terry McGurrin's favorite character.
    • As revealed in the Cake Entertainment's brochure, Max is short of Maximillian.
    • Max shares similarities with Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers series.
      • Max's outfit appears to be based off the one worn by Dr. Evil and by extension Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the James Bond series, who Dr. Evil is inspired by.
      • His characterization as an incompetent villain who requires a "sidekick" to do all his evil deeds for him, is similar to the relationship between Dr. Evil and Number 2 in the Austin Powers movies.
      • Max has also been seen chewing his finger, a trait Dr. Evil is known for.
    • Max seems to draw inspiration from Bling Bling Boy from Johnny Test; they are similar both in appearance and that they are incompetent villains.
    • His character design and personality are similar to that of Franny K. Stein, the main character of a children's book series written by Jim Benton. The character Franny is described as being a mad scientist, but her character is not necessarily evil, just an outcast. Max may be a gender-bent exaggeration of this character.

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