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Max is somewhat of a know-it-all, relying mostly on book smarts than actual experience. He seems to have come under {{an|Brock}}'s tutelage for real-world knowledge. A running gag in the series is that Max is often excited or happy to experience firsthand an attack or Ability that a Pokémon is well known for, such as {{p|Sharpedo}}'s {{a|Rough Skin}}, or {{an|Jigglypuff}}'s {{m|Sing}}. Max also took {{an|Misty}}'s bit for yanking Brock by the ear whenever Brock sees a pretty woman. Max also frequently shows tension between him and his older sister May, such as telling embarrassing stories about her to others or arguing with her about the way she does certain things. For example, in the movie ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]'', May asked Jirachi to "get rid of the problem," and Jirachi, supposedly reading Max's thoughts, {{m|teleport}}ed her to the top of the candy mountain upside down.
Max is uniquefirst of the main characters in that he actually knew of Ash before he met up with him, before [[Serena]]. Max watched the [[Silver Conference]] live and then continually watched the videos he made of it. When he stopped to find out who was making noise in the Gym, he was surprised to see one of the competitors standing in the Gym. However, the two did not get off to a good start as Max continued to put Ash down, assuming that he could have defeated {{jo|Harrison}}. After seeing Ash battle Norman, however, Max became impressed with Ash and soon decided to travel with him and May. Max's admiration of Ash has been seen on numerous occasions, and is second only to the respect he holds for Norman; however some speculate that after Ash won the Balance Badge, Max's respect and admiration for Ash has grown to a level where he admires him more than his own father.
The question of Max's starter Pokémon was raised a number of times while he was traveling in Hoenn. Between the Hoenn starters, it appears that he would have chosen {{p|Treecko}} as that is what he told May she should have chosen. However, in ''[[AG034|Having a Wailord of a Time]]'' he speculated that he could receive anything. Not knowing who it will be lead to some of the conflict and resolution with his [[doppelgänger]] in ''[[AG049|Maxxed Out!]]''. At the end of that episode, he stated that {{OBP|Max|AG049}} is lucky as he already knows who the Pokémon he will start his {{pkmn|training}} with will be. Max finally did meet his future partner in ''[[AG109|Do I Hear a Ralts?]]'' when he befriended a weakened {{p|Ralts}}. Wanting to show his responsibility, he took care of it and brought it to a [[Pokémon Center]] with a little help from {{AP|Snorunt}}. When the two parted ways at the end of the episode, they promised to meet up again when Max was eligible to be a Trainer.