It's just, I know I can be a jerk like him sometimes, and I do not want to be like him. Ever.

–Max expressing her feelings to Lucas, November 4, 1984[3]

Maxine "Max" Mayfield[4] is a major character of Stranger Things. She is portrayed by Sadie Sink.

After her parents' divorce and her mother's remarriage, Max and her family moved from California to Hawkins, Indiana in October 1984. As the new student at Hawkins Middle School, she started forming a friendship with Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Mike Wheeler, and Will Byers. Eventually, Max discovered the paranormal happenings in her new town. Max would go on to help her new friends burn the hub of the underground tunnel system, distracting the Demodogs so Eleven could close the Gate. A month later, Max attended the Snow Ball with her new friends.

In 1985, she and Eleven formed a strong friendship, bonding over their relationship problems. However, Max soon discovered danger from the Upside Down had returned to Hawkins, as the Mind Flayer had possessed her stepbrother, Billy Hargrove. Max helped her friends battle against the Mind Flayer, who was seeking revenge on them for defeating it the previous year. In the battle's conclusion, Billy sacrificed himself to protect Max and her friends. Three months later, Max said goodbye to Eleven and Will as they moved out of Hawkins while Max continued to mourn the loss of her stepbrother.



Max Mayfield was born in California to Susan and Sam Mayfield in 1971. Max was close to her father, sharing an interest in science and horror movies. Her mother, on the other hand, tended to be wary of her daughter’s uncharacteristic hobbies. Some time before 1984, Sam and Susan divorced, with Sam moving from San Diego to Los Angeles. After Susan married Neil Hargrove, he and his son Billy moved in with Max and Susan. Max had a negative relationship with her new stepfather and stepbrother, and she especially resented Billy’s bullying.

In 1984, Max and her family moved from California to Hawkins, Indiana, leaving Max resentful that she had to leave California and her father behind.


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Max at her new school in Hawkins, Indiana.

Max had beat Dustin Henderson's high score on Dig Dug at the Palace Arcade under the name "MADMAX". Later that week, Max was dropped off at Hawkins Middle School by Billy for her first day. Max was introduced to her new class by Mr. Clarke. Dustin, Lucas, Mike, and Will followed and watched Max while she was skateboarding. She noticed and left a note for them that reads "Stop Spying On Me! Creeps!" Later, Dustin and Lucas watch Max arrive at the Palace Arcade, arguing with Billy and giving him the finger when he drives away. When they see her playing Dig Dug, they realize she's "MADMAX."

Lucas and Dustin were both interested in Max and invited her to come trick-or-treating with them without consulting Mike. When she joined them on Halloween, Mike was upset about her presence. The next day at school, Dustin included Max in the group when he showed them a new creature he had found – a pollywog-like creature Dustin had called D'Artagnan. When the boys started to discuss that the creature could be related to the Upside Down, they refused to tell Max about the events of the previous year and asked her to leave the room. D'Artagnan later escaped and Max tried to help them find the creature. She met Mike in the gym, where she confronted him about not being included in the group. Unbeknownst to her, Eleven had been watching them both and used her powers to fling Max from her skateboard out of jealousy.

When Max became tired of being excluded from the Party, Lucas met her at the arcade. He told her everything that had happened the previous year, including the Demogorgon and Eleven. Max did not believe Lucas' story. Later, Lucas arrived at her house, telling her to come with him so he could prove to her his story was true.

Max and Lucas met with Dustin and Steve Harrington at the junkyard where they were hunting for D'Artagnan – who Dustin now believed was an adolescent Demogorgon. However, the group encountered more than one of the creatures and were surrounded by them. When Max saw one of the creatures through the window on the roof, she screamed, causing Steve and Lucas to come to her aid, as she finally realized what Lucas told her was true. Before Steve could fight the adolescent Demogorgon, all of the creatures suddenly retreated.

The four of them regrouped with everyone else and learned about the Mind Flayer that was infecting and controlling Will. While Joyce sought to free Will from the Mind Flayer's influence, and Eleven went to close the Gate at Hawkins lab, the others were left in Steve's care to keep them safe. Mike, Lucas, and Dustin wanted to head into the Upside Down-infected tunnels and start burning them to cause a distraction to help the others. Steve refused to allow it.

Max's stepbrother Billy arrived at the house, looking for Max after she had sneaked out of the house. Angry that his step-sister had been keeping secrets, he attacked Lucas and nearly beat Steve to death. Max, finally standing up for herself, used a spare sedative to subdue her stepbrother, echoing her stepfather's words and ordering Billy to leave her and her friends alone before he blacked out. Taking Billy's car, they took the unconscious Steve and drove out to the tunnels. When Steve woke up, he agreed to join them in the tunnels where they doused the tentacles and tendrils in gasoline and set them alight. By drawing away the Demodogs from the Gate, they bought Eleven more time to seal the rift.

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Max kissing Lucas at the Snow Ball.

On December 15, Max attended the Snow Ball. As her mother helped her with her hair before leaving, Max glared at Billy, reminding him of her warning. At the dance, she and Lucas danced together and shared their first kiss.


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Max in a relationship with Lucas.

On the evening of June 28, 1985, Max, Lucas, and Will were waiting for Mike at the Starcourt Mall. When he finally arrived, the Party headed toward Scoops Ahoy where Steve helped them sneak into the cinema through the back doors to view an early screening of Day of the Dead. During the film, there was a sudden power outage across Hawkins, resulting in the entire mall losing power. The power returned shortly after, allowing the Party to resume watching the film.

The following morning at the Henderson house, Max attended the Party’s welcome home surprise for Dustin, which ended with Lucas being sprayed in the face with Farrah Fawcett Hairspray. While Max assisted Lucas with washing his eyes out, Dustin unveiled Cerebro, a powerful radio he had created at Camp Know Where to contact his girlfriend, Suzie. For the device to work, it had to be located in a place of high elevation. While on their way to a suitable location, Mike and El lied about having to meet a curfew, leaving the rest of the Party to assemble the device. When Dustin’s numerous attempts to contact Suzie were futile, Max concluded that she did not exist and left with Lucas.

While skateboarding outside her house, Max was suddenly approached by El seeking relationship advice. Once El explained what had happened with Mike, Max confirmed that he had lied and advised her to end their relationship should he not provide an explanation.

Max forming a friendship with El.

The pair then went to the Starcourt Mall where they engaged in an extensive shopping spree. On their way out, they were met by Mike, Lucas, and Will. Max watched as El confronted Mike and subsequently broke up with him.

That evening at the cabin, the girls decided to play a spin the bottle esque game on who to spy on with El’s abilities, landing on Billy as their target. When El found Billy, he was sitting on the ground as a person she was unable to perceive screamed desperately for help. Sensing El’s presence, Billy suddenly turned toward her direction and disappeared.

While searching Billy’s bathroom for any evidence of sinister activities, the girls found a bathtub full of melted ice water, a lifeguard fanny pack, and a whistle covered in blood. At the Hawkins Community Pool, they discovered the items belonged to Heather Holloway, who had not come to work that day. After El had located her through the Void, they traveled to the Holloway residence, where they found Billy and Heather having dinner with her parents. Billy explained that Heather had simply felt sick and Heather confirmed she felt better. Confused, Max and El departed from the residence and returned to the Hargrove house. While El was still wary that something was wrong, Max assured her that everything was fine.

The girls awoke the next morning to Mike, Lucas, and Will calling them about a code red situation. In the Wheeler basement, Will proposed that the part of the Mind Flayer that had possessed him the year prior was still in their world and had attached itself to a new host. When El relayed all that she had seen, they began to suspect that the new host may be Billy, though Max was skeptical of the idea. While spying on Billy at the pool, the group came up with a plan to trap him in the sauna to confirm his status as a host.


Max crying and showing concern for Billy.

Once the pool had closed and Billy was alone, the group enacted their plan, luring him into the sauna. While trapped, Billy pleaded with Max, saying he did not want to do the atrocities he had committed but was forced to by "him". When Max inquired about who exactly Billy was referring to, he lunged at her with a shard of glass. Fully under the entity’s control, Billy escaped the sauna and attacked El. After being freed from his grasp, El threw through Billy through the wall, allowing him to escape.

The following day, Max, Lucas, Mike, El, and Will gathered in the Wheeler basement; they discovered that Hopper and Joyce were heading to Illinois through El’s abilities. When Nancy and Jonathan arrived and explained Doris Driscoll had exhibited behavior identical to Will’s when he had been possessed by the Mind Flayer at the same time as Billy’s sauna test, they concluded that Doris had also become "Flayed"-- a host to the Mind Flayer -- and suspected there were potentially several more. This lead to the realization that Heather and her parents had also become hosts.

Returning to the Holloway residence, they found that the inhabitants had consumed several household chemicals. When they investigated further, they surmised that Heather’s parents had been attacked, tied up, and taken to an unknown location where they were flayed. Will then proposed that they use Driscoll to find the source--the location where the flaying was taking place.

At the hospital, Max and the others were forced to stay behind in a waiting room while Nancy and Jonathan had gone to see Doris. They were instead met by Tom Holloway and Bruce Lowe, who brutally attacked them. While they were able to defeat their respective assailants, Tom’s and Bruce’s bodies melted and fused to create a gruesome creature, which was thrown out the window by El. Outside, the group witnessed the creature escape through a grate into the sewers.

Back at the cabin, while El searched for the Flayed in the Void, Max and Mike got into an argument over her wellbeing, resulting in Mike confessing his love for her. Immediately after, El entered the room and announced she had found Billy situated in his room. While everyone agreed it was a trap, El made the decision to return to Billy in the Void and through his memories, discovered Brimborn Steel Works to be the Mind Flayer’s lair. In doing so, however, she allowed the Mind Flayer to learn their location as well.

Seeing that the Spider Monster was headed toward the cabin, the group prepared for battle. In the assault, the Mind Flayer grabbed El by the leg with one of his tentacles. After being freed from the creature’s grasp, El severed the Mind Flayer’s head in half, temporarily incapacitating him and allowing the group to escape.

At Bradley’s Big Buy, Max instructed everyone to get supplies to properly dress El’s wound. When Mike was contacted by Dustin, the group traveled to the mall where they arrived just in time to save the Scoops Troop from Russian soldiers. When El collapsed, it was revealed a piece of the Mind Flayer was still stuck under her skin. Using her powers, El managed to remove the piece. Just then, Hopper arrived along with Joyce and Murray.

Once everyone was briefed on the situation, the group came up with a plan: Hopper, Murray, and Joyce would infiltrate the Russian bunker to shut down the Key and close the Gate with the aid of Dustin and Erica, who would be driven to Cerebro by Steve and Robin. Nancy, Jonathan, and the remaining Party members would seek shelter at Murray’s warehouse in Illinois.

In the Starcourt parking lot, Nancy discovered that the car wouldn’t start due to the car missing its ignition cable. With Billy blockading the mall’s parking lot, the group was forced to retreat back into the mall. While trying to get in touch with the Scoops Troop for emergency transportation, they realized they could use the ignition cable from the car El had thrown before.

Immediately after retrieving the component, the Mind Flayer crashed through the glass roof into the center of the mall. After successfully evading the creature, Max, El, and Mike managed to escape through the back doors located in The Gap, while the remaining group escaped through the front out to the car, distracting the Mind Flayer in the process. When the trio made it to the front, they were intercepted by Billy, making them turn back the way they came and alerting the Mind Flayer to El’s presence. When Billy caught up to them, Max tried to snap Billy out of the entity’s control only for her, as well as El and Mike, to be knocked unconscious.


Max devastated over Billy's death.

When they awoke, Max and Mike made it back inside just in time to witness Billy sacrificing himself to protect El and the Mind Flayer’s ensuing demise. Max tried in vain to get Billy to wake up as he succumbed to his wounds. El comforted Max as she mourned the loss of her stepbrother. In October, Max helped the Byers Family and El who was taken in by the Byers after Hopper's supposed demise pack up their moving van. While helping, Max and Lucas sang Neverending Story to mock Dustin who had managed to confirm his girlfriend's existence during the fight at Starcourt, much to Dustin's annoyance.
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Max continuing to mourn for Billy.

Later, Max along with Lucas, Mike, Dustin, and Nancy said goodbye to El and the Byers family as they left Hawkins. Max went home where she continued to mourn for her stepbrother by sitting in his bedroom.

Personality and traits

Max is a tomboy, having many interests that some wouldn’t consider "conventional" for a girl during the time period. While growing up in California, she displayed no interest in things like press-on nails, perms, nor getting a tan. [5]She greatly enjoys skateboarding and is skilled at arcade games (such as Dig Dug), being proficient enough to achieve the top scores. She also displays a slight interest in horror films, having dressed as Michael Myers for Halloween. Max has some driving experience and was able to drive her brother's car fairly well.

Due to moving to Hawkins and her brother’s abusive treatment towards her, she was initially anti-social and cautious towards other people and frequently proved to be highly acerbic and overall aloof. Her distrustful demeanor made her skeptical, and she often had a hard time believing the strange events that occurred in her new town. Nevertheless, she was willing to lend a helping hand once she accepted the gravity of the situation. While she initially brushed off Lucas and Dustin’s attempts at befriending her, she was shown to be eager to become a member of the Party, continuously enduring their harsh treatment in order to be included. When she was eventually accepted into the Party, she was immensely loyal toward her new friends, self-identifying as a "zoomer" as her role in the group and going so far as standing up to Billy in order to protect them.

A year after moving into Hawkins and having new friends, Max has shown to be more social and less sarcastic. Even after witnessing the Upside Down and its monsters, Max still has some doubts about the supernatural and strange mysteries, but she believes in them; highlighting the fact that Max is slowly understanding and accepting the paranormal events. Max also is shown to give good advice, especially to Eleven whom she strikes a friendship with after the latter starts dealing relationship problems with Mike, as Max had problems with her relationship with Lucas. It was later revealed that although Max despises her stepbrother's abuse and behavior, Max deeply cares about him as she and friends find out that he's possessed by the Mind Flayer, revealing her concern for him. After Billy was killed, Max was left devastated and continued to mourn for him three months later, showing that despite his ill treatment of her, Max did somewhat love Billy.

Skills & Abilities

  • Skateboarding: Max is a very talented skater for she was shown to possess excellent balance and parkour skills great enough to jump across the surface to touch the ground with ease.
  • Lock-Picking: She can undo the workings of a lock no matter how complex the lock may be. She used a paper clip to unlock the door of the AV club and succeed to find Dart escaping.
  • Driving Proficiency: At a young age, Max was able to fairly drive because her biological father had taught her how to drive. Max was able to drive her stepbrother’s car to the entrance of the Mind Flayers external core where she then safely parked the car.
  • Expert Medic: Max had very knowledgeable skills in providing medical care properly to heal and stitch up a patient’s wounds/injuries. She knew to clean Eleven’s bleeding leg with soup and to put pressure on it before using any Antibiotic's and succeed at getting her better.



Susan is Max’s mother. Max seems to have a good relationship with her, though she does appear to harbor slight resentment towards her for wanting to leave her biological father behind in California. On the night of the Snow Ball, Max allowed her mother to help with her hair.

Neil Hargrove is Max’s stepfather. Max’s feelings towards her stepfather are currently unknown, however, she does bear some anger towards him for moving to Hawkins in order to get away from her biological father. Especially Max doesn't like it when when Neil calls her Maxine and Max doesn't even consider Neil her father at all.

Max and Billy are step-siblings, sharing a complicated history and difficult relationship. On the day of their first meeting, Billy gave her the nickname Mad Max in reference to how she would become enraged at Billy.[6] Billy would often treat Max in a controlling, domineering fashion, either bullying her or just ignoring her existence. The reason why she's abused by Billy, unknown to Max, is because he is angry over his mother's departure and is taking it out on Max. After drugging him, she uses Steve's bat with nails to threaten Billy to never bother her or her friends again, which Billy reluctantly agrees out of fear.

A year later, during summer vacation, when Eleven suspects Billy to be involved with the disappearance of Heather Holloway, Max refuses to believe it. When her friends begin to suspect that he's possessed by the Mind Flayer, Max worriedly hopes he isn't, showing her concern for Billy for the first time. When it is confirmed that Billy is possessed, Max is horrified and even more concerned for her stepbrother. When Billy corners her, Mike, and Eleven at Starcourt Mall, Max tries to reason with him, only to be knocked unconscious. Once Max and Mike regain consciousness, Max is horrified when Billy allows the Mind Flayer to kill him; screaming his name in the process. After Mind Flayer's avatar dies, due to the gate being closed, Max rushes to Billy's side. He apologizes to Max for abusing her as she tries to help him. Unfortunately, Billy dies, causing Max to cry and grieve over his death as she's comforted by Eleven. Three months later, Max still mourns for Billy's death as she sits in his bedroom.

Sam Mayfield

Sam Mayfield is Max's father. According to Max, her biological father is still residing in California. Max had a fairly good relationship with her father growing up, even after he had to move to LA when her parents broke up. He was often known to her for his practical and casual approach, allowing her to watch movies that weren't exactly age appropriate and even taking her to watch races at the racetrack, while also teaching her how to drive his Impala. After the divorce, Max remarked that her father got more careless, showing up late to pick her up from the bus station at times and even letting her go home with a few wounds from accidents. Despite this, Max preferred her life with him over staying with her mom, as evidenced when she attempted to escape to LA when she heard that they would be moving back to Hawkins, Indiana.[5] Max remarked that she missed him while speaking to Lucas in “The Spy”.


Nate Walker

Nate Walker was Max's best friend back during her time in California. According to Max, Nate had been her best friend since they were six. The two were field trip buddies, science partners, and they would play street hockey at Max's house.[5]

When Lucas and his friends, along with his entire class, was introduced to Max Mayfield by Mr. Clarke, Lucas and his friends grew curious of her and her name as someone named "MADMAX" had beaten Dustin's high score on Dig Dug at the Palace Arcade. As Lucas and his friends watched her, Max had noticed them and left them a note saying "Stop Spying On Me! Creeps!" Later, Lucas and Dustin find Max being dropped off at the arcade and playing Dig Dug and realize that she is "MADMAX." As a result, Lucas, along with Dustin, becomes infatuated with Max. Lucas and Dustin invite Max to come trick-or-treating with them without consulting Mike, but when it seems like Max doesn't accept their invitation, Lucas looks disappointed. However, when Max appears and joins in on trick-or-treating at Loch Nora, Lucas looked overjoyed. Despite agreeing with his friends to not tell Max about the events and the true circumstances of Will's disappearance in November 1983, Lucas seemed bothered when they not included her as they discussed the possibility of D'Artagnan being related to the Upside Down.

After D'Artagnan escaped and Max confronted Mike about his behavior towards her, Lucas suggested Max help them look for the creature, but she refused as she angrily told him how she was tired of being excluded from the party. Lucas tried to explain they didn't mean it and that there were secrets they couldn't tell her, but Max stormed off to meet her stepbrother.

After secretly getting some advice from his father on how to apologize to a girl, Lucas decided to meet Max at the arcade and tell her all of last year's events, including the Demogorgon and Eleven. However, after Lucas told her, Max did not believe him and even when he stopped her from speaking about it out loud, she still didn't believe him, asking for proof which Lucas sadly says that he can't. Before leaving the arcade with her stepbrother, Max takes Lucas's hand and tells him not to follow as he asks if she does believe him, but she doesn't respond.

Later, Lucas goes to pick up Max at her house to show her that what he told her was real after hearing from Dustin about D'Artagnan being an adolescent Demogorgon. As they waited in the junkyard, Max explained how's she's affected by her parent's divorce, her mother's remarriage, and her stepbrother's abuse as she apologizes to Lucas for her behavior. Lucas cheers her up by saying how he admires her, doesn't compare to Billy, and how he enjoys talking to her, which Max responds she enjoys talking to him as well. After seeing a Demogorgon in the fifth stage of its life cycle up close, Lucas and Max hold hands before letting go and Max apologizes to Lucas for not believing him.

Later, when Billy finds Max at the Byers house, he attacks Lucas as Max watches in horror. As Billy beats up Steve, Max goes up to stand up to her brother as Lucas watches with worry, but he becomes shocked as she threatens and orders him to leave her and her friends alone. As they go to the pumpkin patch to burn the tunnels, Lucas helps Max on how to get there and they aid each other as they, along with their friends, burn the tunnels. A couple of months later, on December 15, Lucas, Max, and their friends attend the Snow Ball. Max asks Lucas to dance with her which he happily accepts. As they dance, Lucas and Max share a kiss and embrace, thus beginning a romantic relationship with him.

Despite this, their relationship has been somewhat rocky, with Lucas claiming they have broken up and gotten back together at least five times by the summer of 1985.

The boys first grew interested in Max when she beat Dustin's score on Dig Dug, and both Dustin and Lucas developed romantic feelings for her the second they saw her. Therefore, Dustin and Lucas were prone to confront to gain Max's affections. At the end, she returns Lucas' feelings, much to Dustin's dismay.

A year later, Dustin gets over Max and gets a girlfriend named Suzie, but he and Max stay friends. When Dustin returns from Camp Know Where, Max welcomes him home and is surprised that Dustin got a girlfriend. But as Dustin fruitlessly tries to get in touch with Suzie, Max starts to doubt her existence and believe Dustin is lying about having a girlfriend. Later, Max comes to Dustin's rescue at Starcourt Mall and seemed to reconcile with him. Three months later, after the fight against the Mind Flayer, Max learned that Dustin's girlfriend actually did exist as Dustin managed to contact to get Planck's Constant. As a result, Max and Lucas would tease Dustin by singing Neverending Story, Dustin and Suzie's special song, much to Dustin's annoyance.

Even with Max's attempts to join the group and befriend Mike, he is very hostile and rude to her, repeatedly calling her annoying or looking irritated when she is present. However, his seeming irrational dislike for her is because he does not want her to take Eleven's place. After Mike finally reunites with Eleven, he eventually gives up his hostility towards Max.

In 1985, Mike and Max are shown to be on friendly terms with each other, as Max was treated like an equal member of the Party by Mike. When Mike's relationship with Eleven became complicated as a result of Jim Hopper's meddling, Max saw through Mike's lies and told Eleven to break up with him if he didn't explain himself. As Max continued to hang out with Eleven, Mike grew irritated and upset as he did not want Eleven to be with Max, believing Max to be influencing Eleven into conspiring against him. Max also blamed Mike for wanting to control Eleven, put a strain on their relationship and became even more strained after Max and Eleven spied on him and Lucas. However, when Mike admits he's worried for Eleven and that he loves her, this causes Mike and Max to reconcile, as they both care for her, as her boyfriend and best friend. Both Mike and Max continued to care for Eleven after she was injured and help each other out during the battle against the Mind Flayer at Starcourt Mall.

Although Max seems to admire Eleven and is willing to become her friend, Eleven is cold towards her and appears to be jealous of her after mistaking her hanging out with Mike as something romantic. However, in 1985, Max and Eleven start to bond over the fact that their boyfriends are constantly lying to them, and the become instant best friends, as they shopped and have fun at the Starcourt Mall, along with Max giving Eleven advice. Max tries to help Eleven make her choices and how to use her powers instead of being told what to do by Mike or Hopper. Max also introduced Eleven to powerful female heroes, such as Wonder Woman, saying that Eleven shouldn't spend too much time with boys. When Eleven suspected something was wrong with Billy after spying on him, Max helped Eleven investigate as she believed what Eleven said about Billy. After discovering that the Mind Flayer returned and Billy was flayed, the two girls worked together, along with their friends to stop the Mind Flayer. After Eleven was injured by the Mind Flayer, Max treated her wound and helped her out. During the battle against the Mind Flayer at Starcourt, Max continued to help Eleven. After the Mind Flayer's proxy was killed, Max, who was saddened by Billy's death, was comforted by Eleven. Three months later, Max said goodbye to Eleven as she and the Byers family moved out of Hawkins.

Max met Will Byers on her first day at Hawkins Middle School. Will did not believe she could be "MADMAX," the video game player who'd beaten Dustin's high score in Dig Dug, as girls don't play video games in his opinion. However, when Lucas and Dustin confirmed their suspicions and Max joined them in trick-or-treating, Will accepted her into the Party just to make Lucas and Dustin happy. When Max learned about the supposed rumors of Will's disappearance, she agreed to not talk about them in Will's presence. However, when Lucas told her about the true circumstances of Will's disappearance, Max did not believe him even when realizing Lucas was serious until she saw an adolescent Demogorgon for the first time. And as Will was possessed by the Mind Flayer, Max did not hesitate in figuring out a way to save him. She even worked with the rest of Will's friends into burning the tunnel system, inadvertently giving enough heat for the Mind Flayer to leave Will's body.

In 1985, Max is shown to still be friends with Will. However, unbeknownst to her, Will is secretly jealous and annoyed that she is spending so much time with Lucas, instead of playing D&D with him. However, when the Mind Flayer returned to Hawkins, Max and Will worked together with their friends in trying to stop it. When Will found out that Max and Eleven spied on Mike and Lucas, Will was not angry with Max. Max and Will continued to work together in battling the Mind Flayer until his avatar was killed. Three months later, Max said goodbye to Will before he and his family left Hawkins.

Family tree

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Susan Hargrove
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Neil Hargrove
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Billy's mother
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Billy Hargrove

Memorable Quotes

  • "That's presumptuous of you."
  • "From now on, you leave me and my friends alone. Understand?"
  • "You act like you want me to be your friend and then you treat me like garbage."
  • "It’s crazy, but I really liked it. I mean, I had a few issues. I just felt it was a little derivative in parts. I just wish it had a little more originality, that’s all."
  • "Totally Tubular."
  • "Well I can be your ZOOMER."
  • "Nobody calls me Maxine. It's Max."
  • "I like talking with you too, stalker."
  • "Ugh, gag me with a spoon."


Season Two appearances
MADMAX Trick or Treat, Freak The Pollywog
Will the Wise Dig Dug The Spy
The Lost Sister* The Mind Flayer The Gate

*Max appears during a flashback in The Lost Sister.

Season Three appearances
Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test
The Flayed E Pluribus Unum The Bite The Battle of Starcourt

Behind the Scenes

The character was first revealed in a casting call obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.[7] Matt Duffer said they did a "wide, wide search for one new kid that we're adding. She's a cool new character," most likely alluding to Max.[8] On October 14, 2016, it was announced that actress Sadie Sink had been cast for the role.[9]


  • Max's skateboard was produced by Madrid Skateboards, the same brand as Marty McFly's skateboard from the 1985 film Back to the Future. Her skateboard's design, called 'Explosion', was a staple of Madrid's skateboard collection throughout the '80s. The company partnered with Netflix to sell replicas of Max's skateboard, as well as skateboards with various other designs inspired by the show.[10]
  • Her alias, MADMAX, is a reference to the Mad Max films.
  • Max is the third main character of Stranger Things to have a book explaining her past; first being Eleven and second being Jim Hopper. Her backstory book is called Stranger Things: Runaway Max.
  • Max wore a Michael Myers mask on Halloween in 1984.
  • In E Pluribus Unum, Sadie Sink's younger sister Jacey portrays a younger Max seen in Billy's past after Eleven gets into his mind.
  • Ironically, she was first introduced to creatures from the Upside Down after meeting D'Artagnan, but when told of the dimension and 1983's events by Lucas, she did not believe him until seeing a nearly grown Demogorgon for the first time.
  • Max has Green Lantern and Wonder Woman comics.
  • Max is the first character in the show to have a stepfamily; a stepfather and stepbrother, and the first character to have a sibling die.
  • In the Hawkins Middle School Yearbook, she was shown to be voted as the "Star Skater". It is stated that her career goal is to be a professional skateboarder. Her favorite subject is Math. Her hobbies are skateboarding and dominating Dig Dug. When she's not studying she's beating all of Dustin's high scores at the arcade. The extracurricular activity she did is the AV Club. She was also one of the staff's of the yearbook.


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  1. Stranger Things: Runaway Max
  2. Stranger Things: Runaway Max
  3. The Spy
  4. Beyond Stranger Things, "Beyond 2", episode 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Stranger Things: Runaway Max
  6. Stranger Things: Runaway Max
  7. "'Stranger Things': Meet the 3 New Characters Joining Season 2" The Hollywood Reporter. September 1, 2016.
  8. "The Duffer Brothers Are Reading Your 'Stranger Things' Reddit Theories" The Hollywood Reporter. October 12, 2016.
  9. "Stranger Things adds new cast members for season 2" Entertainment Weekly. October 14, 2016.
  10. "Instagram post by Madrid Skateboards"
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