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Michael Max (マイケル・マックス Maikeru Makkusu) is a video game character from the Fatal Fury fighting game series. His appearance resembles real-life boxer Mike Tyson. He is still remembered by fans even though he doesn't appear in later games. He is also the friend and student of Axel Hawk.


Michael is a former heavy weight boxer champion. He was unbeatable for the title and was predicted to keep it for many years to come. However, Michael also participated in street fighting and nearly killed a man in one of his matches. Once the sports world caught word of it, he was revoked of his title and kicked out of the boxing circuit. He participates in the King of Fighters tournament for the thrill and to reclaim his lost glory before the world. Sadly, Michael was beaten in the course of the tournament by either Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard or Joe Higashi.

After the events in Fatal Fury, he is helping retrain Axel Hawk. This is evident in Axel's ending in Fatal Fury Special -where Michael is timing Axel's jogging- and later confirmed in the Garou Densetsu: SNK Fan Collection disc bundled with Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Minds.


Michael Max's personality is very obscure. Even more than Hwa Jai's. He seems to think high of himself, but he's not a bad person. He also seems to be a devout Catholic, as he makes the Sign of the Cross every time he wins a fight (or rather, a round).


  • Hurricane Attack: He can create a mini hurricane that moves forward with an uppercut, which he calls the Tornado Upper. Axel Hawk uses a similar move, and as the two have trained together it's likely the moves are related.


  • Survival: He has a lot of experience on how to survive in the slums of Southtown.

Fighting Style

Michael uses traditional Boxing moves.


  • Umi ga Shitteiru (The Sea Knows) - Fatal Fury

Game Appearances

Cameo Appearances

Anime Appearances

See also



Fatal Fury: King of Fighters

Fatal Fury characters
Fatal Fury - King of Fighters Logo Sprite.gif Terry BogardAndy BogardJoe HigashiRichard MeyerMichael MaxDuck KingTung Fu RueHwa JaiRaidenBilly KaneGeese Howard
Fatal Fury 2 Logo Sprite.gif Kim KaphwanMai ShiranuiCheng SinzanJubei YamadaBig BearAxel HawkLaurence BloodWolfgang Krauser
Fatal Fury Special Logo Sprite.gif Ryo Sakazaki
Fatal Fury 3 - Road to the Final Victory Logo Sprite.gif Blue MaryBob WilsonFranco BashHon-FuSokaku MochizukiRyuji YamazakiJin ChonreiJin Chonshu
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special Logo Sprite.gif Nightmare GeeseShadow AndyEX Blue MaryEX Billy KaneEX Tung Fu RueIori Yagami
Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special Dominated Mind White
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers Logo Sprite.gif Rick StrowdLi XiangfeiAlfred
Fatal Fury - First Contact.gif Lao
Fatal Fury - Wild Ambition Logo.png Touji SakataTsugumi SendoMr. Karate II
Garou - Mark of the Wolves Logo Sprite.gif Rock HowardB. JenetKim Dong HwanKim Jae HoonHotaru FutabaGatoTizoc (The Griffon)Marco RodriguesHokutomaruKevin RianFreemanGrantKain R. Heinlein