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Aw, come on! He's a bad horse!
―Eugene to Rapunzel

Maximus is a supporting character in Disney's 2010 animated film, Tangled.

Background

Maximus is a palace horse originally owned by the now-former captain of the Corona guard. Though viewed as a mode of transportation and pet to some, Maximus is actually far more fierce and efficient than the former captain himself. Proving to pose much more of a threat to Flynn Rider during his days as a thief, it is extremely likely that Maximus would've captured Rider without fail, had Rapunzel not intervened.

Personality

Despite serving second to the guard force's human captain, Maximus is extremely determined and devoted to his work. Like his original superior, Maximus took his position seriously, and showed no sympathy for those who broke the law. Oddly enough, he was by far the most efficient member of Corona's guards, and posed much more of a threat to criminals than any of his human accomplices. When separated from his team in their pursuit for Flynn, Maximus took matters into his own hands by tracking down the wanted thief, himself—nearly apprehending him on several occasions.

Because of his respect for the law, Maximus was mostly at odds with Flynn throughout the original movie. He apparently viewed Rider as irredeemably on account of his crimes, and would stop at nothing until the latter was behind bars. Despite the intense rivalry, this manner of thinking was not devoid of change; Maximus has a soft heart underneath his tough exterior. According to his interaction with Rapunzel, Maximus feels unappreciated, which explains why he is somewhat quick to soften his attitude towards those who show him compassion. Furthermore, he was willing to reform his views and relationship with Flynn upon witnessing Rider change his ways for the sake of his love for Rapunzel.

Aside from Rapunzel, apples seem to be one of the few things that can suppress Maximus' tepee; this is directly referred to during the epilogue, where the guards (now under Maximus' commands) used apples to remain on their captain's good side.

Physical appearance

Maximus is a large white horse with a blond mane and tail, and brown eyes. He wears a distinct saddle with the sun symbol of the kingdom. At the start of his appearances, Maximus' mane was tied up in braids; after falling down a cliff during a scuffle with Rider, the braids were loosened, giving Maximus a wilder look.

Appearances

Tangled

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Maximus in Tangled.

As horse to the Captain of the Guards, Maximus has made it his own personal mission to capture the wanted criminal, Flynn Ryder. He is Flynn's adversary from the very beginning and will stop at nothing to catch the slippery thief. Max can run, leap, and chase Flynn to places where every other guard (and horse) refuse to go. Maximus is introduced in pursuit of Flynn, with the rest of the royal guards, after Flynn stole the tiara of the Lost Princess. Whilst the other guards and horses were unable to keep up, Flynn and Maximus went toe-to-toe as satchel holding the crown made its way over a cliff, with Maximus and Flynn accodentally following in suit. Flynn manages to ditch to shake Maximus by hiding in Rapunzel's Tower, but Maximus remains on Flynn's trail, his hatred for him growing and burning by the minute, and eventually runs into Mother Gothel (which inadvertently causes her to panic and run back to the tower, fearing that the royals have found Rapunzel).

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Maximus and Flynn begrudgingly making a truce.

Maximus reunites with the royal guards in the Snuggly Duckling, a pub home to dozens of fun-loving thugs that manage to help Flynn and Rapunzel escape the guards via secret tunnel. Maximus is able to sniff out the tunnels whereabout and finds the lever that reveals it, thus putting the formerly lost guards back on track. After tracking Flynn to a dam, theif manages to defeat each guard with ease, leaving Maximus to sword battle him. Maximus has Flynn cornered until the latter is rescued by Rapunzel. The persistent horse continues to chase after the two, but accidentally causes the dam to burst, enabling Flynn to escape with Rapunzel whilst Maximus and the guards are seemingly killed by the rushing water. The next morning, however, it is revealed that Maximus survived, and separated from the guards once more. He manages to track down Flynn again, and attempts to drag him back to the palace, but Rapunzel is able to befriend Maximus by being kind to him, and convinces him to call a truce with Flynn for the day for the sake of her birthday dream to see the floating lanterns the kingdom release into the sky every year on her birthday (as she needs Flynn to guide her to the palace and back to her tower safely). Maximus reluctantly agrees (but not before "punching" Flynn in the stomach with his hoof), and the group heads to the kingdom for the lantern festival.

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Maximus as the new captain of the guards.

As the festival day continues, Maximus notices Flynn's emerging feelings for Rapunzel, and loosens up a bit while watching Flynn and Rapunzel dance and spend quality time together, eventually coming to have a liking for the thief, seeing how kind he could actually be. During the latern ceremony, Maximus remains on the dock eating apples whilst Rapunzel and Flynn go out into the sea to have a good view of the lanterns in the air. Afterwards, Maximus witnesses Flynn being arrested and crying out Rapunzel's name. Maximus gathers that Rapunzel is in trouble, and knows that Flynn is probably the only one who can save her. The horse heads to the Snuggly Duckling and recruits the Ruffians to help spring Flynn from jail. Maximus then carries Flynn to Rapunzel's tower for her rescue. After Flynn returns Rapunzel to the King and Queen, Maximus becomes head of the Royal Guard, and replaced their swords with frying pans. Under his leadership, "crime in the kingdom disappeared almost overnight... as did most of the apples."

Flynn's Tangled Tales

In the animated shorts, taking place before the events of the film, Maximus is revealed to have known Flynn prior to the events of the crown heist. He appears in the short "Crashimus Maximus" where Flynn manages to escape the Captain of the Guards, only to be pursued throughout the kingdom of Corona's village by Maximus. Even so, after nearly capturing the thief, Maximus meets a humiliating defeat, allowing Rider to escape.

Tangled Ever After

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Maximus with Pascal in Tangled Ever After.

Maximus and Pascal are responsible for the loss of Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding rings when one of Pascal's stray petals falls into Maximus' nose. Maximus sneezes and the rings roll away. After having a vision of everyone in attendance becoming upset at the loss of the rings and of an explosion destroying the kingdom, the pair then endeavor on a comedic journey to retrieve them. In between, Maximus accidentally got snagged on ladies' clothing and a mistaken for a female by a brown male horse, which Maximus promptly shoved off. He came close to retrieving one of the rings from underneath a flower cart, only to be catapulted into the air by a cupid ice statue and landing in the wedding carriage, losing his grip on the ring. Using the carriage to propel himself, Maximus managed to catch the ring, only to be hit multiple times in the face by a line of frying pans, which were mistaken by the wedding servants as a gong ringing, prompting them to release doves and lanterns.

In the end, after finally obtaining the elusive rings, Maximus and Pascal return to the wedding right on time, but the adventure has left them looking incredibly mangy, as they are covered in tar. Continuing on with the wedding, Rapunzel and Eugene can't help but notice the duo's grotesque appearance. After all seems well, an exhausted Maximus rests, but accidentally bumps a cart carrying a wedding cake out of the door, just as Eugene offers the cake to the attendees, causing the animal pair to react in horror.

Tangled: Before Ever After

Maximus is set to appear in the animated TV series, where he will accompany Rapunzel on her adventures exploring the outside world.[1]

Cameos

In Wreck-It Ralph, he appears when Ralph and his bad-guy buddies enter Game Central Station after their Bad-Anon meeting.

In Big Hero 6, a portrait of Maximus can be seen near the grand staircase of Fred's mansion.

An emoticon version of Maximus appeared in the Tangled entry of the As Told by Emoji short series.

Video games

Tangled

Maximus is featured in the game, more or less reliving his role in the film as the diligent steed on the hunt for Flynn. He is featured in a few of the game's levels being rode on by Rapunzel, as well.

Disney INFINITY

Maximus appears as a non-playable character in the game, being featured as a mode of transportation alongside other horse characters, as well as vehicles.

Disney Parks

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Maximus, as seen in Mickey's Storybook Express at Shanghai Disneyland.

So far in the Disney theme parks, Maximus has only appeared in the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, walking Rapunzel in the parade with Flynn by his side. He has made no live appearances since, but has his likeness commonly featured in several entities, most notably in parades.

Disneyland Resort

Maximus is theatrically represented as a puppet in the live Tangled play at Disneyland's Fantasy Faire theater.

Walt Disney World Resort

Maximus was said to be Rapunzel and Flynn's transportation to Magic Kingdom from Epcot during their interactions. He can be discussed with by Flynn during meet and greets too.

Maximus has his own spell card known as "Maximus' Horseshoes" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. His likeness is also featured in the Tangled-themed pavilion in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

Maximus also appears on the Tangled theme float in the Magic Kingdom's Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Maximus (as a stylized carousel horse figurine) appears in the princess/fairy-themed unit of Tokyo Disneyland's Happiness is Here, being ridden by Rapunzel.

Shanghai Disneyland

An animatronic of Maximus appears on the Tangled-themed float in Mickey’s Storybook Express parade. He also represents the horse of the Chinese Zodiac in Garden of the Twelve Friends.

Disney Cruise Line

Aboard the Disney Magic, Maximus is prominently featured as a puppet during Tangled: The Musical.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • During the prologue, a white horse plush resembling Maximus can be seen on the infant Rapunzel's mobile.
  • It is unknown what Maximus' breed is. Yet, judging by his size and appearance, as well as the fact Tangled takes place in Germany, it possible Maximus is a Hanoverian (a German Warmblood).

References


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Media

Films: Tangled | Tangled Ever After
Television: A Poem Is... | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First | Tangled: Before Ever After
Video games: Tangled (video game) | Disney INFINITY series | Kingdom Hearts III | Disney Crossy Road | Disney Enchanted Tales
Books: Tangled: The Essential Guide | The Art of Tangled | Little Golden Book | Sticker Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Rapunzel: A Day to Remember
Music: Soundtrack

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Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasy Festival | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | Tangled: The Musical | The Golden Mickeys | World of Color: Winter Dreams
Restaurants: Tangled Tree Tavern
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Festival of Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights

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Original: Rapunzel | Flynn Rider | Mother Gothel | Pascal | Maximus | The Stabbington Brothers | Hook Hand | Big Nose | Vladimir | Shorty | Ulf | Attila | Pub Thugs | Captain of the Guards | Queen Arianna and King Frederic | Four Sisters | Castle Guards
TV series: Cassandra

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Rapunzel's Tower | The Snuggly Duckling | Corona | Corona Castle

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When Will My Life Begin | Mother Knows Best | When Will My Life Begin (Reprise) | I've Got a Dream | Mother Knows Best (Reprise) | I See the Light | Healing Incantation | Something That I Want

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Rapunzel's Frying Pan | Magical Golden Flower | Rapunzel's Magic Hair | Rapunzel's Crown | Lanterns

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