Mighty Max
Opening sequence screenshot
Science fiction
Developed byMark Zaslove
Rob Hudnut
Voices ofRob Paulsen
Tony Jay
Richard Moll
Tim Curry
Frank Welker
Kath Soucie
Tress MacNeille
Corey Burton
Theme music composerJohn D'Andrea & Cory Lerios
Country of originFrance
United Kingdom
United States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40
Executive producersPhil Roman
Rob Hudnut
ProducerGary Hartle
Running time21 minutes
Production companiesBluebird Toys
Canal+ D.A.
Film Roman
Original release
NetworkSyndication (Amazin' Adventures)
ReleaseSeptember 1, 1993 (1993-09-01) –
December 2, 1994 (1994-12-02)

Mighty Max is an American animated action/horror television series created by Mark Zaslove and Rob Hudnut based on the British Mighty Max toys, an outgrowth of the Polly Pocket line created by Bluebird Toys in 1992.[1] The series originally aired in syndication as part of a children’s block titled Amazin' Adventures, premiering on September 1, 1993 and ending on December 2, 1994 with a total of 40 episodes over the course of 2 seasons.[2]


The series follows Max, an adventurous teenage boy who receives in the mail a small statue of a fowl, inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs whereof the translation states: "You have been chosen to be the cap-bearer. Go to the mini-mart and wait for a sign, Mighty Max". Shocked by the message, Max drops the statue, shattering it and revealing a red baseball cap emblazoned with a yellow "M", which he dons. The cap is capable of projecting wormhole-like "portals" through which Max can teleport across space and time.

Upon arriving at the mini-mart, Max is chased by a lava-monster sent by antagonist 'Skullmaster'. As Max flees, the cap teleports them to the Mongolian desert, where he befriends Virgil, a nearly omniscient Lemurian whose appearance is that of an anthropomorphic "fowl" (a running gag in the series is that Max refers to Virgil as a "chicken" to which the Lemurian replies "Fowl, actually"), who explains that Max's reception of the cap was prophesied c. 3000 B.C. Thereafter Max, Virgil, and Norman, his Viking bodyguard, travel together around the world, defending Earth against the minions of Skullmaster, who is responsible for the downfall of the Lemurians. Norman is supposedly immortal and identified as or with Sir Lancelot, Thor, Samson, and Hercules. Most plot-driving episodes involve Skullmaster or one of his monstrous followers, but in many episodes, Max is required to stop an independent villain. While all episodes involve travel across Earth, one involves time travel, and the portal can even extend into the astral plane (as seen in the episode "Souls of Talon").

While generally lighthearted and comical, the show's violence and descriptions of violent acts were considered excessive by some viewers. Many episodes began with a depiction of the story's principal monster killing a victim, whereas the series finale featured Max, Norman, and Virgil pitted against Skullmaster and their previously defeated foes. Both Norman and Virgil are killed, leaving Max to defeat Skullmaster. Unable to do so, Max uses the cap in order to time travel to the events of the first episode, creating a time paradox. At first, he experiences déjà vu, but after he reads Virgil's modified letter, he recalls everything, and decides to use the knowledge he gained from the initial timeline to set it right in order to defeat Skullmaster once and for all.





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SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 1, 1993 (1993-09-01)December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)
227September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22)December 2, 1994 (1994-12-02)

Season 1 (1993)

No. in
TitleWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air date
11"A Bellwether in One's Cap"Rob Hudnut (story)
Mark Zaslove (story/teleplay)
Jeff Snow, Gary Graham and Steve LyonsSeptember 1, 1993 (1993-09-01)

Max receives a package in the mail containing a small statue inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs that read: "You have been chosen to be the cap-bearer. Go to the mini-mart and wait for a sign, Mighty Max". Shocked by the message, Max drops the statue, shattering it and revealing a red baseball cap emblazoned with a yellow 'M'.

Upon arriving at the minimart, Max is chased by a lava-monster sent by Skullmaster. As Max flees, the cap activates a vortex which transports him instantly from his current location to the Mongolian desert. Max is met by Virgil and Norman where he learns that his destiny had been foretold in a prophecy, circa 3,000 BC.

Based on: Mighty Max Trapped in Skull Mountain
22"The Brain Suckers Cometh!"Mark Zaslove (story)
Steve Sustarsic and Robin Quinn (teleplay)
Gray GrahamSeptember 8, 1993 (1993-09-08)

Max's afternoon plans are interrupted when Virgil explains that he must again save the world. This time he is whisked away to protect the Earth from an invasion of brain-devouring aliens. Neither Max nor Virgil's skills include complex computer codes. A very reluctant Max must turn to the school's most annoying computer nerd, Ernie, in order to break the alien codes and save the planet.

Based on: Mighty Max Terminates Wolfship 7
33"Snakes & Laddies"Mark Zaslove and Cindy Beagle (story)
Jeremy Cushner (teleplay)
Gray Graham and Jeff SnowSeptember 15, 1993 (1993-09-15)

Max's attempts to attract the attention of Jiffie, a girl in his class, are interrupted by a short stint in Egypt with Bea. There Max finds and snatches an amulet, presenting it to Jiffie and winning her affection. The amulet however belongs to a cult of snake-creatures and they arrive to reclaim it. They then kidnap Jiffie, planning to sacrifice the new bearer of the amulet so that their leader can continue his immortal existence. Max and Bea must then rescue the clueless Jiffie while avoiding the clutches of the snake cult. Note: Despite being mentioned in the episode, this is the only episode that Virgil and Norman did not appear.

Based on: Mighty Max Conquers the Temple of Venom
44"Day of the Cyclops"Mark Zaslove and Randy Rogel (story)
Elizabeth Stonecipher (teleplay)
Doug Murphy, Jeff Snow and Steve LyonsSeptember 22, 1993 (1993-09-22)

Max and his mom travel to Turkey, where they are met by Virgil and Norman. Max's mom does not seem very surprised to see a walking, talking bird creature but refuses to believe that her son is some sort of super hero (she recognizes Virgil by name, so it is conceivable that Max has introduced his new friends to his mother between episodes and she has had some time to adjust). Max and Norman are arrested when Max is accused of stealing his cap from a vendor's stand. The seller has them both thrown into the local prison at gunpoint at which Max finally convinces Norman to stop beating up the police. Meanwhile Virgil and Max's mom must work together to recover the cap after the vendor sold it. In the prison, Max and Norman are accosted by a large hulking creature named Torlak who apparently wants to feed them to a cyclops living in the caverns beneath the prison. As usual, adventures ensue and the day is saved.

Based on: Mighty Max Outwits Cyclops
55"Let Sleeping Dragons Lie!"Mark Zaslove (story)
Ken Pontac and David Bleiman (story/teleplay)
Dan Fausett and Yi-Chih ChenOctober 6, 1993 (1993-10-06)

Posing as the god Loki, Skullmaster convinces a Nordic sorcerer called Ravendark to awaken sleeping the Doom Dragon from its enchanted sleep. Virgil Max and company do battle with the Dragon, during which Norman reveals that he was recognized as Thor in ancient times.

Based on: Mighty Max Slays the Doom Dragon
66"Rumble in the Jungle"Jack Zurla
Mark Zaslove
Dan Fausett and Yi-Chih ChenOctober 13, 1993 (1993-10-13)

While on an expedition in the Congo, Max's mom uncovers and is captured by a lost civilization of talking gorillas who enslave human beings.

Based on: Mighty Max Saves the Kingdom of Gargantua
77"The Mother of All Adventures"Mark Zaslove and Mike Fry (story)
Steve Sustarsic and Robin Quinn (teleplay)
Steve Lyons, Don Manuel and Gary HartleOctober 20, 1993 (1993-10-20)

Max's mom brings a figurine back from Haiti that turns out to be filled with zombie parasites.

Based on: Mighty Max Neutralises Zomboid
88"Norman's Conquest"Mark Zaslove and Libby Hinson (story)
Steve Sustarsic (teleplay)
Gary Graham and Brian ChinOctober 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)

Norman struggles with his fear of facing Spike, an old adversary of his family who murdered his father. Spike vowed ten thousand years ago to finish off Norman as well, and he intends to keep that promise.

Guest starring Brad Garrett as the voice of Spike.

Based on: Mighty Max Hammers Spike
99"Less Than 20,000 Squid Heads Under the Sea"Mark Zaslove (story)
Jeremy Cushner (story/teleplay)
Gary Graham and Michael SwaniganNovember 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)

Max, Virgil, Norman, and a rich Texan travel underwater in a submarine to battle a giant octopus that is responsible for capturing and destroying ships. While underwater, the group encounters a squid civilisation.

Based on: Mighty Max Caught by the Jaws of Doom
1010"Bring Me the Head of Mighty Max"Mark Zaslove (story)
Rob Hudnut (story/teleplay)
Steve Lyons, Michael Swanigan and Michael BennettNovember 10, 1993 (1993-11-10)
Skullmaster uses the crystal of souls to awaken the former inhabitants of an ancient city to retrieve the cosmic cap from Max along with his head. When the zombies arrive Norman and Max decide to stand their ground, but Virgil urges that fighting is pointless and dangerous because the zombies are soulless and cannot be killed. His warnings are ignored, so Virgil escapes with the cap intending to destroy it to save both Max and Norman. Max and Norman remember that the cap is indestructible, but Virgil is willing to go so far as sacrificing himself for his friends.
1111"Werewolves of Dunneglen"Mark Zaslove and John Cawley (story)
Jeremy Cushner and Elizabeth Stonecipher (teleplay)
tbaNovember 17, 1993 (1993-11-17)

Max, Virgil, and Norman travel to Scotland where there are reported sightings of werewolves. While there, Norman and Virgil are imprisoned as suspects and Max meets a man named Cameron who turns out to be a werewolf. Max and Cameron investigate and learn that a scientist named Professor MacDougal is stealing the blood of natural werewolves in an effort to turn herself into an even more powerful werewolf and steal their immortality in the process. Max and Cameron defeat MacDougal with the help of the other werewolves and Cameron takes his pack into the forest to live in peace.

Based on: Mighty Max Hounds Werewolf
1212"Out in the Cold"Mark Zaslove (story)
Steve Sustarsic (story/teleplay)
Robin Quinn (teleplay)
Victor Del Chele, Jeff Snow and Gary HartleDecember 1, 1993 (1993-12-01)

Space aliens take over a science station in the Arctic and assume the identities of its researchers. The aliens can only survive in freezing cold temperatures and plan to make the earth their new home by altering the entire planet's climate by creating a new ice age. It is up to Max, Norman, and Virgil to stop them, but matters are complicated when they learn that the aliens can disguise themselves as ordinary humans.

Based on: Mighty Max Liquidates the Ice Alien
1313"The Maxnificent Seven"Mark Zaslove (story)
Ken Pontac (story/teleplay)
Yi-Chih Chen and Gary GrahamDecember 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)
Max has been having nightmares about Skullmaster's zombie legions tracking him down, so Virgil suggests that they gather a band of heroes and enter Skull Mountain to destroy the Crystal of Souls. Max then travels to the four corners of the Earth gathering heroes (Hanuman, the monkey King, Beowulf, who slew the monstrous Grendel with his bare hands, Jonayaiyin, a Native American shaman, and Modjadji, an African warrior queen). This "maxnificent seven" enters Skull Mountain and battles an army of Skullmaster's monsters. From each of the heroes Max learns a lesson in bravery, then enters Skullmaster's inner sanctum alone and finds the courage to destroy the crystal. The heroes make a last stand to enable Max, Norman and Virgil to escape. At the very end, Max is shown placing flowers near a cross with mementos from each hero on it, as a memorial.

Season 2 (1994)

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
141"Pandora's Box, part 1"Rob Hudnut (story)
Doug Booth (teleplay)
September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22)

With Skullmaster's Crystal of Souls broken, the former ruler of the Earth's core Lava Lord is released from his prison. He plans to retake his kingdom from Skullmaster with a giant robot called Magus. Meanwhile, Max is getting tired of never being able to have fun because of his duties as the Mighty One. Virgil agrees that he can give up saving the world if he goes on one last quest to strike at Skullmaster while he is weakened. Once in the underworld, Virgil is captured by Skullmaster's minions. Because of a prophecy that they are destined to die together, he attempts to forge an alliance with the fowl.

Based on: Mighty Max Blasts Magus
152"Pandora's Box, part 2"Rob Hudnut (story)
Doug Booth (teleplay)
September 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)
Lava Lord meets Skullmaster's forces with Magus, but thanks to Virgil's tactical advice Lava Lord is knocked out of his robot, which allows Max and Norman to hijack it. They head to Skull Mountain to get to the bottom of Virgil's betrayal. Although suspicious of Virgil at first, Max realizes that his partnership with Skullmaster was a complex ploy to let Max get his hands on Magus. However, Skullmaster uses Virgil as a shield, and Max refuses to kill Skullmaster at the cost of Virgil's life. Instead, he allows Skullmaster and Warmonger to escape to the Earth's surface with them.
163"Blood of the Dragon"Richard MuellerSeptember 26, 1994 (1994-09-26)

After being released from his inner earth prison, Skullmaster travels to an island where he preys on and deceives some of the native inhabitants into drinking dragon's blood. This transforms them into reptilian creatures that become mindless slaves obedient to his commands. Max, Virgil, and Norman head to the island to stop him and encounter a young native who is stuck in mid transformation because he did not fully drink the dragon's blood. Together they attempt to rescue the rest of the natives who have not drank the blood of the dragon.

Based on: Mighty Max Storms Dragon Island
174"The Missing Linked"Elliot FeldmanSeptember 27, 1994 (1994-09-27)

The citizens of the town of Schlepak are disappearing. Max, Virgil, and Norman investigate when a young girl informs them that a monstrous creature has captured her brother. They discover that a mad scientist who, having been ignored by the townspeople for his entire life, has created a slime creature called Corpus which devour metal and human beings. After Norman is consumed, Max and Virgil set out to defeat the scientist and rescue the townspeople. As a running joke through the episode, the name of the scientist is never revealed. Every time he attempts to disclose it, something interrupts him.

'Based on: Mighty Max Survives Corpus
185"Year of the Rat"Christy Marx and Katherine LawrenceSeptember 28, 1994 (1994-09-28)

The ancient Emperor of Rats, Lao Chu, has been freed from his spiritual prison, possessing the body of Ki Wan, the historian who freed him. Max must now find a way to stop the evil creature's plan of a rat-dominated world. The complex puzzles of Lao Chu's temple may present a challenge to even the mathematically precise Virgil.

Based on: Mighty Max Traps Rattus
196"The Cyberskull Virus"Gordon Bressack (story)
Ted Pedersen and Francis Moss (teleplay)
September 29, 1994 (1994-09-29)

Max plays a videogame called "Dementoids", and is called to investigate a sighting of a giant digital monster like one from the game. They find that a villain called Cyberskull is responsible, and he has created a virus that can turn the real world into a digital horror zone. Max pits his skill at the "Dementoids" game to use against Cyberskull, and ultimately manages to destroy the virus, returning the world to normal and trapping the Cyberskull in cyberspace.

Based on: Mighty Max Bytes CyberSkull
207"Zygote's Rhythm"Craig Miller
Gordon Bressack
September 30, 1994 (1994-09-30)

Max and his iguana Thor join Virgil and Norman to investigate an island full of "dinosaurs". Instead they find that an evil scientist on the island, Dr. Zygote, has invented a way to "de-evolve" modern animals. After Zygote turns Thor into an enormous prehistoric lizard, Max confronts the twisted genius and turns his own evolution ray on him. Set to evolve instead of de-evolve, the ray turns Zygote into a hideous floating creature with an enormous brain. Out of control, the scientist crashes through his observation dome and dives into the sea below. A satisfied Max then uses the ray to revert the animals back to normal, including his beloved Thor.

Based on: Mighty Max Blows Up Mutasaurus
218"Along Came Arachnoid"Bruce & Reed ShellyOctober 3, 1994 (1994-10-03)

Norman must face one of his few fears - spiders - when Max and company find themselves confronting a mutated scientist obsessed with spiders. Determined to stop Max and crew, the scientist (calling himself "Doctor Arachnoid") releases a two-story tall spider on them. Max figures that the only way he can make Norman face the spider is to place himself in the creature's path, forcing the Guardian to defend him.

Based on: Mighty Max Trapped by Arachnoid
229"The Axeman Cometh"Gordon Bressack (story)
Richard Mueller (story/teleplay)
October 4, 1994 (1994-10-04)

As Canadian lumberjacks cut down a redwood in the forest, they unwittingly free Lokjar, the ancient demon of violence. Lokjar cuts a bloody path of destruction to find his magic axe and key to his indestructible face mask that binds his terrible powers. Mighty Max and friends races to find the items first but Norman who faced the immortal demon in the past is determined to destroy him instead. Max must talk some sense to Norman before Lokjar is freed from his bonds.

Based on: Mighty Max Tangles With Lockjaw
2310"Beetlemania"Gordon Bressack (story)
Jules Dennis (teleplay)
October 5, 1994 (1994-10-05)

Max, Bea, Virgil and Norman discover that what appears to be an invasion of beetles, accompanied by a giant beetlelike monster, are actually space aliens.

Based on: Mighty Max Zaps Beetlebrow
2411"Souls of Talon"Gordon Bressack (story)
Elizabeth Stonecipher (story/teleplay)
October 6, 1994 (1994-10-06)

Talon, a sentient skull carried about by an enormous bird, attempts to escape the astral plane but the guardian of the only portal out refuses to admit anyone but the cap-bearer. Talon's bird claws at the gate, causing natural disasters in the real world. When Max and the others investigate Max disregards warnings from Virgil not to enter a portal to the astral plane and finds himself pursued by Talon. Talon steals his cap, allowing him to escape and begin stealing souls from Manhattan, but Max manages to return by convincing the gatekeeper that even without the cap, he is still the cap-bearer. Talon seems unstoppable, but while on the astral plane Max found the disc that is the source of Talon's immortality, and traps him on the astral plane again by tossing the disc through the portal.

Based on: Mighty Max Crushes Talon
2512"Tar Wars"Gordon Bressack (story)
Steve Sustarsic and Robin Quinn (teleplay)
October 7, 1994 (1994-10-07)

Max and his mom visit the La Brea Tar Pits where they encounter a caveman named Gor and a sabertooth tiger who are destined to fight for eternity.

Guest starring Ron Perlman as the voice of Gor.

Based on: Mighty Max Grapples with Hellcat
2613"Clown Without Pity"Mark ZasloveNovember 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)

Max, Norman and Virgil find themselves in a circus inhabited by a clown, Freako. They learn that Freako, who was born with a permanent clown's face, is now out for revenge by capturing kids and turning them into sideshow-like mutants.

Based on: Mighty Max Out-Freaks Freako
2714"Max vs. Max"Gordon Bressack (story)
Doug Booth (story/teleplay)
November 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)
Another boy by the name of Maximillion is discovered by Virgil as a potential chosen one. With the prophecy being unclear as to which one is the true cap bearer, the two compete in a competition of heroic deeds in order to prove their value. Meanwhile Skullmaster works on infiltrating an ancient city in order to get a hold of the Lemurian Arcana, the most powerful book of spells in the world. Maximillion is revealed to be a spy of Skullmaster designed to get a hold of the cosmic cap in order to activate the portal into the city. Virgil eventually reveals that he moved the book 5,000 years ago at the time of Skullmaster's imprisonment, and is coerced into revealing its location in exchanges for Max's life. Skullmaster, now with the book, leaves through a portal provided by Maximillion. Before Maximillion can go through, he is tackled by Max who manages to steal away the necklace that was controlling him. With Virgil now furious at Max for allowing Skullmaster to have everything he needs to conquer the world, Max reveals that he ripped out several pages from the Arcana while Skullmaster had a hold of him. Skullmaster is furious that his victory is only bitter sweet as he only has half of the book and no cosmic cap in his possession.
2815"Cyberskull II: The Next Level"Gordon Bressack (story)
Ted Pedersen and Francis Moss (teleplay)
November 16, 1994 (1994-11-16)
Cyberskull is back and this time, he seeks to create a physical body for himself.
2916"Fuath and Beggora"Charles HowellNovember 17, 1994 (1994-11-17)

Mighty Max is summoned to Ireland to stop an evil beyond imagination from being unleashed. Max, Norman, Virgil meet a young villager named Katlin and discover that Katlin's father leads a secret sect of Druids who plan to awaken Fuath, a clockwork stone giant to conquer the world as revenge for humanity rejecting their dominion. When Fuath proves to be uncontrollable and goes on an rampage, Max must uncover the secret of what powers Fuath and put a stop to it once and for all.

Based on: Mighty Max Shatters Gargoyle
3017"Dawn of the Conqueror"Gordon Bressack (story)
Mark Seidenberg (teleplay)
November 18, 1994 (1994-11-18)

Norman must do battle with "The Conqueror" from dawn till dusk in order to extend his life for another 10,000 years. In preparation for the lethal contest, Norman bids Max and Virgil farewell as he feels he must do this task alone. Max determines not to let Norman take on this fight alone, and must retrace his steps from memory through various portals in order to reunite with his companions in Greece.

Based on: Mighty Max Defeats the Conqueror
3118"Scorpio Rising"Gordon Bressack (story)
Richard Mueller (teleplay)
November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)

Strange radiation readings in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada bring Max and company to the area. In caverns nearby, they find a crazed nuclear scientist who plans to use giant mutated scorpions and his own natural immunity to radiation as a means to take revenge on those who caused his condition. He believes that the world itself needs to be cleansed by "pure, beautiful" radiation.

Based on: Mighty Max Stings Scorpio
3219"Zygote Music"Gordon Bressack (story)
Bruce & Reed Shelly (teleplay)
November 22, 1994 (1994-11-22)

Dr. Zygote returns in his evolved form, but over the past time since their last encounter, has learned to use many of his psychic powers. In his continuing quest for evolution, he abducts a young boy who has the ability of telekinesis, and attempts to use his genetic material to further advance his own evolutionary state. The abduction of the young boy alerts Virgil and Norman who then meet up with Max in order to track down the missing boy.

Based on: Dr. Zygote (Shrunken Head)
3320"Good Golly Ms. Kali"Katherine Lawrence
Christy Marx
November 23, 1994 (1994-11-23)

A man revives the serpent demon Naja, who begins gathering the pieces of an idol of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction, to revive her as well. Max and the gang try to stop him, along the way picking up pieces of an idol of the god Shiva. Naja manages to summon and enslave Kali, but Max is able to assume Shiva's powers and release Kali, who kills Naja before returning with Shiva's spirit to their home.

Based on: Mighty Max Strikes Fang
3421"Around the World in Eighty Arms"Mark ZasloveNovember 24, 1994 (1994-11-24)

Max finds himself working with Jules Verne after the legendary author and scientist's multi-tentacled submarine - the Nautilus - is stolen by a band of pirates led by none other than Nemo himself. Verne, having slept in a cryogenic chamber for years, found himself facing the grandson of the pirate captain made infamous in his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The younger Nemo claimed the Nautilus as his family's own, and planned to use it to dominate the shipping lanes and recapture the former glory of his family's name.

Based on: Mighty Max Sinks Nautilus
3522"Fly by Night"Gordon Bressack (story)
Jules Dennis (teleplay)
November 25, 1994 (1994-11-25)

Max, Norman, and Virgil head to London to investigate a sudden string of attacks where victims are being drained of blood. Virgil insists that a vampire is on the prowl and that the only way to stop it is the use of traditional folklore and tools to slay it. When they encounter Countess Moska, a vampire that displays fly-like qualities unheard of the bloodsuckers of legend, Max must discover a new way to stop Moska's reign of terror before she unleashes a new generation of vampires.

Guest starring JoBeth Williams as the voice of Countess Moska.

Based on: Mighty Max Squishes Fly
3623"The Mommy's Hand"Gordon Bressack
Charles Howell
November 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)

Max's mom again finds herself in danger when a ring placed on her hand compels her to go to Egypt. Following out of concern, Max and company find that the ring belongs to Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess who has been living among humans for a few thousand years. Now a little unhinged, she is attempting to awaken her husband Osiris hoping that he will destroy the human race for its many faults and injustices. However, Osiris spares humanity after learning Max is the "Chosen One" and departs along with his wife.

Guest starring Kate Mulgrew as the voice of Isis.

Based on: Mighty Max Grips the Hand
3724"I, Warmonger"Gordon Bressack (story)
Doug Booth (teleplay)
November 29, 1994 (1994-11-29)

Skullmaster and Warmonger travel to "Zero Island" off the western coast of Africa in order to offset the balance of nature by disturbing the ancient titan Hydra, a monster with two heads, one representing light and the other dark, who keeps in balance the good and evil power of nature. Skullmaster, using some of the magic of the Lemurian Arcana, causes the balance in Hydra to tip in favor of darkness. Warmonger however takes this chance to betray Skullmaster by keeping the page of control from the book for himself, and orders Hydra to destroy Skullmaster. Max, Virgil, and Norman show up in time to realize what is happening, and attempt to protect Skullmaster out of fear that it will disrupt the prophecy since Max is destined to defeat Skullmaster. They fail to protect Skullmaster who is seemingly killed, and Max is forced to use the most powerful page that they had obtained from the Arcana in order to put the light energy of Hydra back in balance. The island sinks as a result and Warmonger escapes, only to find out that Skullmaster had arranged all this to force Max to use his page of the Arcana, the one thing he feared most. Skullmaster promises that Warmonger will be rewarded for his loyalty later on.

Based on: Mighty Max Head to Head With Hydra
3825"Sirius Trouble"Gordon Bressack (story)
Mark Seidenberg (teleplay)
November 30, 1994 (1994-11-30)

Aliens from a planet orbiting Sirius come to Earth, and while trying to stop them Max unwittingly starts a heated argument between Norman and Virgil that keeps them from working together through the entire episode. Max finally gets them to settle the dispute and work together. Aboard the aliens' ship, Max finds out that they have been stealing toxic waste, a source of fuel for them, and happily let the aliens go on their way with it.

Based on: Mighty Max Takes On Terror Talons
3926"Armageddon Closer"Rob Hudnut (story)
Gordon Bressack (story/teleplay)
December 1, 1994 (1994-12-01)
Max's birthday falls on the winter solstice, the day that is filled with the most darkness. Skullmaster, having now reforged his crystal of souls and filled it with the souls of the citizens of Dragon Island, now puts in to play his final plan for victory he has been working towards ever since his escape from Skull Mountain. Virgil and Norman show up at Max's birthday party to show him the prophecy in their home in the Himalayas Mountains. There they reveal to him that the Prophecy is a set of murals that have been predicting the future based on current events, and it now shows that Skullmaster is ready to begin his conquest of the world. Skullmaster and Warmonger launch a surprise attack on the three in their home leaving them with no choice but to run. As they are running, Virgil informs Max that they must evade Skullmaster until after the Winter Solstice or else Skullmaster will win. As they flee from portal to portal, they encounter previously defeated monsters they had encountered through the series (like the Cyclop and Cyberskull), now revived by and under Skullmaster's control. Eventually they encounter the giant mutated spider they had previously fought and Norman had a fear against as this time Norman realizes that his destiny is about to conclude.
4027"Armageddon Outta Here"Rob Hudnut (story)
Gordon Bressack (story/teleplay)
December 2, 1994 (1994-12-02)
In order to buy Max and Virgil time to escape, Norman engages the mutated spider in battle realizing that the time of his destiny has come. Max resists leaving Norman to die, but Virgil forces him to flee explaining to him that this moment was foretold on by the prophecy; the mural in their home. After fleeing, Max is furious that Virgil let Norman die upon which Virgil explains that each person's end is foretold and that Virgil's end will be at Stonehenge, a place Max must avoid until after the solstice. Skullmaster and Warmonger show up again, and in order to save Max, Virgil sends him to the Astral Plane, the one place Skullmaster cannot follow. Skullmaster abducts Virgil and takes him to Stonehenge while relaying a message to Max through Talon (the monster in the Astral Plane) that if he fails to show up, he will kill Virgil. Max, desperate for help, heads to Skull Mountain to recruit Lava Lord's help in getting revenge on Skullmaster. Lava Lord takes his new and improved Magus to Stonehenge with Max. Skullmaster summons Fuath to battle with Lava Lord while Max attempts to save Virgil. Eventually Skullmaster overcomes Lava Lord with the power of the crystal of souls, and then demands that Max hand over the cosmic cap in exchange for Virgil's life. Despite Virgil's protest, Max agrees upon which Skullmaster kills Virgil and orders Warmonger to restrain Max while he explains what is about to happen. Skullmaster, now with the Cosmic Cap (which changes into a cosmic crown) and Crystal of Souls, stands in the center of Stonehenge, where he absorbs the powers of time itself on the sunset of the winter solstice and is able to rewrite the past, present, and future. Max, while Warmonger has been killed by Skullmaster, grabs a hold of the staff with the crystal of souls, and using his connection with the cap, is able to partially absorb the energy as well and uses it to reverse time back to when he first got the cap. Now back at the beginning, he realizes that he is reliving the past and decides that this time around he is going to ensure he fulfills his destiny.

Home release

Select episodes of the show were released on VHS in NTSC and PAL formats.[citation needed]


In all episodes, a short ending scene preludes the credits, wherein Max is shown at his desk in his room, where he discusses with the audience some aspect of the episode in an educational way (similar to other children's cartoon series, including The Magic School Bus), usually the location where the events took place, the type of monster that was fought, etc. Occasionally, Max is shown in another setting such as a library or museum, or is simply heard recorded on an answering machine (such as "Armageddon Outta Here", the series finale), but these sequences were not broadcast on some channels, such as the British terrestrial airings on BBC1 (though included on the Nickelodeon airings). Generally, the educational messages at the end of each episode were of scientific, historical, or cultural significance (for example, the mythology of another culture; new astronomical theories of the time; the biology of a giant squid; or the fact that Native Americans were first believed to be Indians by European explorers).

In addition to the epilogue, facts are unobtrusively given in show, often by Virgil's comment.


Main article: Mighty Max (toyline)

The merchandising was far more popular than the show itself. Mighty Max toys were sold as play-sets of varying sizes with very small (usually non-articulated[5]) figurines inside. Each play-set contained a Mighty Max figure as well as one or more villains and sometimes Virgil, Norman, or both. There were a small series of larger, more expensive play-sets with various mechanical and electronic features such as opening jaws (on an island play-set shaped as a dragon's head) and lights. Almost all episodes of the TV series were based at least loosely on one of the Mighty Max play-sets.

In 1994, due to the popularity of the play-sets at the time, the McDonald's Happy Meal offered a toy play-set featuring Mighty Max.[6]

In 1994, a video game, The Adventures of Mighty Max, was released for the SNES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive[7] (which were packaged with a VHS copy of Day of the Cyclops and Let Sleeping Dragons Lie, respectively). A handheld game was also released by Tiger Electronics and Systema.[6]

The show generated other merchandise such as a comic book (10 issues), a sticker album, at least one puzzle, and board games.[6] In some countries, replicas of Max's cap were sold,[6] although not all are officially licensed merchandise.


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 393. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 545–546. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Wilson, Jacob. "Max & Crew". The Mighty Max Portal. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Wilson, Jacob. "Enemies". The Mighty Max Portal. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  5. ^ Himber, Guy. "Figure Sets". Spectrum Planet. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d Wilson, Jacob. "Collectibles". The Mighty Max Portal. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  7. ^ "The Adventures of Mighty Max". MobyGames. Retrieved 8 November 2011.