|“||"My noodle style is the same as my blading style... Basic, but with a bit of zing."||”|
Max Tate (水原 マックス Mizuhara Max) is one of the deuteragonists from the Original Series, consisting of Beyblade, Beyblade: V-Force and Beyblade: G-Revolution. He is a member of the G-Revolutions and the All Starz. His Bit-Beast and Beyblade is Draciel - one of the 4 Sacred Bit-Beasts. He first appeared in the "Beyblade Fighting Tournament" as just "Max" in August 2000 and much earlier the manga in Volume 1 Chapter 5, released on January 2000.
His blonde hair and blue eyes are based on the common stereotype of westerners as portrayed in Japan. In the Japanese sources, he is often referred to as "the American Max" in reference to his identity as American; despite only being half American because his mother was American and half Japanese because his father is Japanese. He is the only member of the team who is of mixed race.
In 2000, Max has blonde hair, blue eyes, and white skin. He wears orange overalls tied with a black belt. Inside the overalls, he wears a green t-shirt with with white linings on his neck and arms. He wears big green wrist bands from his arms to hands, his white socks that are folded between his ankles and his green and white shoes
In V-Force, his hair becomes dark blonde verging on orange and his eyes become darker blue. He wears a blue t-shirt with yellow stars over the top of the overalls which was changed from orange to grey. Underneath, his shirt is a lighter green. He also wears blue and red shoes with red fingerless gloves. He also wears a blue wristband on his left hand.
In G-Revolution, he received minor changes. His hair becomes light blonde and his eyes are still blue. He wears a green and yellow t-shirt with an orange 'M' on his left chest along with a orange sweater tied around his mid-section, and orange trousers. His red gloves are replaced with dark green semi-fingerless gloves and he also wears green, white and orange shoes. His beyblade container is behind his trousers.
Max is a happy, good-natured kid who always sees the best in everything and everyone. He is like a brother to Tyson and loves to laugh at whatever life throws at him.
Max is mostly known for his perky, upbeat nature and his defensive beyblading skills which have won him many friends throughout the series. He is always seen with a smile on his face and is rarely ever sad. He is a very patient and enthusiastic person. He is also a ladies man as seen by his behavior towards them.
In the original Japanese dub, Max peppers his Japanese speeches with lots of English words (probably to emphasize his American roots). For instance, he will say "so cool" instead of 格好いいね (that's so cool).
The English dub added a few aspects to his character;
- Max is somewhat of a playboy in the series, as stated by Kenny when he calls Hilary cute.
- Also in the dub of Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle, Ms. Kincaid's mother points out that Max dyes his hair to try to impress girls, causing Max to cover his head and sheepishly say, "You... can tell?" This may also explain why Max's hair is a darker blonde in V-Force than it is in Season 1 or G-Revolution.
Tyson and Max get along well, as both boys are the same age.
In the manga Tyson was the first person to be friendly towards him, which is why they got along so well. Max experienced a form of discrimination or mistrust as a new comer to the area mostly due to clearly being a foreigner due to his looks. Few people even realized he was half Japanese with Tyson and Kenny being the first two to learn about it.
In the anime, Max and Tyson's meeting was less subtle, with it only being mentioned there was a new kid in the area. In a scene cut from the English version, Max noted he was missing his mother and Tyson having lost his comforted Max by telling him he leaned on his Beyblading for support instead. The two hit it off as well as the manga and quickly became friends even when Beyblading against each other.
His Japanese father. He owns a hobby shop in Japan. Max lives with him.
His American mother. She is is a Beyblade researcher in America. She is also the coach of the PPB All Starz. Max visits her when he has the chance.
His baby sister, born sometime before Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: Rising. His parents are seen praising Max for being a good elder brother to her.
Max and Kenny seem to get along with each other alongside Tyson when they first met.
Max and Ray seem to get along fairly well, especially in G-Revolution when they seem to share an understanding about wanting to defeat Tyson and share a calm personality. They seem to be the most level headed two of the Bladebreakers.
Max and Kai initially barely interact with each other. In the American Tournament Kai appears to have a bit of a soft spot for him. After the battle on Lake Baikal, Kai reveals that he has a deep respect for and faith in Max's defensive style. In V-Force, Kai inspired Max to give up, even if he lost Draciel to Team Psykick. In G-Revolution, Kai is the first to come to Max's defense when the crowd insults him and his team.
Max is one of two members of the BBA team Kai never took his scarf off to, meaning that he doesn't view Max on par with other members of the team. However, he still enjoys blading against him and gives Max a good battle in G-Revolution.
After the tag-team tournament, Daichi grows attached to Max after seeing that Tyson is getting all the fame from the tournament and lives with Max and his dad.
At first, Emily doesn’t really want anything to do with Max, mainly on account of her “I don’t need others” behavior. This changes after he helps her understand how important teamwork can be (in the charity episode), and she doesn’t seem to really view him in a bad light anymore. She worries about him in the Russian tournament and it seems as if he and Kenny are the two BladeBreakers that she interacts with the best.
When Max first saw Mariam, He lost to her in a bey battle while visiting his mom. He seems to have a soft spot for her.
When Max first met Rick, Rick told him that he is not worthy while coming here to meet him as a favor to his mom, Judy. At the end of the tournament, Rick and Max got along just fine afterward.
Max is a highly skilled beyblader specializing in a defensive style.*Max is the only beyblader who uses a mainly defensive style, he is often ranked in general media as the overall weakest member of the Bladebreaker team as seen in games such as Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 - Fierce Battle! Team Battle!!.
Max strongly believes that the key to beyblading lies in the blader and not the Beyblade. What he lacks in the attack, his Beyblade makes up for in defense. Max displays a strong will in relation to this, and as proven in the past has hidden potential at his best.
Overall he is the weakest member of the team, but is not a weakling and has proven himself capable of surprising his opponents time and time again. He mostly Beyblades because he enjoys it, though it takes it as a serious sport.
In the GBA games, Max can often end up one of the weakest bladers due to his stat growth. He gets huge growth in Defence, resulting in weakness in other areas. As the levels progress and he gets stronger his Defence is pushed to the maximum before most other bladers. This gives him a huge endurance advantage. However, this begins to wane as once at max he cannot raise it any higher and since his other stats are often so weak he quickly wanes as the other Bladers in the games reach their higher levels with more balanced state distribution. Tyson has the opposite problem with his attack. Max's battles in-game are pretty repetitive and he cannot deal much damage back, so it can be frustrating to play as him overall as matches get drawn out for a long time compared to the majority of other bladers. This is why he is considered weaker then Tyson despite both having similar problems and in contrast to Rei who at least can use lots of weak special attacks to deal with the damage. The issue is just to do with the GBA games having balancing issues with defensive types and Max being the most defensive usually of all bladers.
He works in his father's Beyblade shop when he is with him and sells Beyblades. When he is with his mother, he also helps her with her research, though he is not a researcher like her and Emily.
Like his teammates, Max's Bey/Bit-Beast is named after and based on one of the Four Saint Beasts in Chinese mythology; Draciel is modeled after Xuan Wu the Black Tortoise of the North and the Japanese name is "Genbu".
When Draciel was added he carried on the tradition of the name the bit-beast after "dragon" and a military unit, in this case, it is from "Seal", which is a unit in the US navy.
- Draciel G - Gravity Control. Ultra Gravity Control, Tidal Wave
Hard Metal System
- Draciel MS - Aqua Shield
In Episode 3, Max makes his first appearance. He meets Tyson Granger and Kenny, revealing that he is a new kid in town who moved in a few weeks ago. After saving a puppy, Sparky from being trapped in a lake, he brings them to his father's hobby store called BB Shop. He shows that he has a large Beystadium and then battles in it with Tyson. Max uses his Draciel Metal Ball Defenser Blade while Tyson uses his Dragoon S Blade. Max wins the battle and then they meet Mr. Dickenson, who is the chairman of the BBA. He announces the Beyblade Battle Tournament along with Kai Hiwatari's involvement. Later, Max finds Kenny alone at a park and invites him and Tyson to come to BB Shop so they can train for the tournament.
In Episode 4, Max entered in the Beyblade Main Event regional qualifying tournament. Max battled in the B Block and won, becoming eligible to move on in the competition. He later spectated the C Block with Kenny losing to Kai and the D Block with Tyson defeating Carlos.
One sees Max, in the first season, as a blader full of energy. Max moves to Japan with his dad from America and also the first to befriend Tyson and Kenny. He meets them by the river when Tyson attempts to save a drowning dog but fails; thus leading Max to come to the rescue. At first, Kenny is jealous because he showed up out of the blue with great Beyblading skills and was also somewhat jealous of his relationship with Tyson, but this soon passes. Max, along with Tyson and Kenny meet Mr. Dickenson, agree to enter the Japan Qualifying Tournament being hosted by the BBA, and comes in first place in Block B. In the semi-finals, he faces Kai and loses. Even though he lost, he offers Kai his hand in order to congratulate him, but Kai scoffs and walks off; a sign of his disregard for Max's skills at the time. Once Tyson beats both Ray & Kai and becomes the new national champion, Mr. Dickenson forms them into a team, named "Bladebreakers" by Tyson. They then go off to compete in the world championships.
He plays a significant role in the American Tournament in which he desires to compete in order to prove himself to his mom who is on the opposing team. All hope seem's lost for the Bladebreakers at Lake Baikal until Max jumps in and saves the day with his upgraded Beyblade having such high defenses that it could hold off Kai's Black Dranzer for some time. During a battle with the Demolition Boys Max loses Draciel to them, then later Tyson defeats Tala and Draciel is returned back to his Beyblade.
After the end of the Beyblade World Championships, Max moves back to America with his mother Judy to help her with Beyblade's research.
Max is first seen walking in a parking lot listening to music when he is approached by a mysterious cloaked female beyblader (who is later revealed as Mariam) who challenges him to a battle. Max tells her he won't go easy on her just because he's a champion. When it looked like it was time for Max to go on the offensive, the female beyblader charges for Draciel and wins the battle. Stunned by his loss, Max emails Kenny about the incident and learns Tyson, Ray, and Kai have also been targeted by cloaked beybladers. They all lost their matches except Kai, who tied his match with his opponent, Dunga. This and another organization is known as Team Psykick are targeting the Bladebreakers which prompts Mr. Dickenson to have the team reunite.
The Bladebreakers have their falling-outs this season, with Max trying to be somewhat of a voice of reason when others lose their way. He also grows a bond with the Saint Shields member, Mariam. At the end of the world championships, he and Tyson have crowned the winners of the tag team tournament.
He is the first to hear about the new tag-team format of the Beyblade World Championships and alerts the rest of the team to this development. Like Ray and Kai, Max realizes there is a chance he might not be able to compete if he fights with Tyson, so he leaves the Bladebreakers to join the PPB All Starz and gains a new partner, Rick Anderson. Max and his team tie with White Tiger X for fourth place. He seems to be a bit more serious this season than the previous ones.
After the tournament, Daichi Sumeragi takes a liking to Max and sees him as sort of a "person to beat" in order to become world champion, after getting tired of being associated with Tyson. Later, upon hearing the news of Boris buying out the BBA in favor of BEGA, Max reunites with the Bladebreakers (renamed the G Revolutions) to take the organization down once and for all.
|Block B blader||4||Win|
|Team Celebrity (Tag w/ Mario & Emily)||22||Win|
|Cenotaph (Tag w/ Ray Kon & Tyson)||31||Lose|
|Kai Hiwatari (Tag w/ Tyson Granger and Ray Kon)||32||Win|
|Bryan & Spencer||46||Lose|
|Mariam & Joseph (Tag w/ Ray Kon)||13||Lose|
|Robots (Generic Plastic Beys) (Tag with Bladebreakers)||21||Win|
|Ray Kon (practice)||49||No Outcome|
|Ray Kon, Lee & Rick Anderson||19||Lose|
|Ming Ming's Band (with Tyson and Daichi)||32||Win|
|Lee, Michael, Miguel, and Julia (Tag with Tyson, Ray, and Daichi)||41||Lose|
|Tyson Granger (with Daichi)||46||Win|
|Tyson Granger (Tag w/ Ray Kon, Daichi, and Kenny)||49||Lose|
- "We're a team!"
- "With Tyson around, he'll have those chefs working overtime."
- "You two really crack me up!"
- "I hope the hot sauce didn't spoil his blood."
- "You're such a wet blanket. You should loosen up and have some fun. Tyson's got the right idea."
- "I'd rather not."
- "Everyone looks like ants down there."
- "Hey don't forget about me! I want a battle with the world champ too you know."
- "Probably. He's got everything else down there."
- "Oh look, it's all so fake."
- "I can't decide if you're really brave or really dumb."
- "Um.I wonder which room is his?"
- "Chief said if you win, he'll take us out for a round of ice cold gelato!"
- "Take him down Tyson!"
- "This is a big day for us Bladebreakers."
- "Ok, but let me warn you, I won't hold back cause you're new at this!"
- "Hey, not bad, guys. You just don't have the touch."
- "You guys may wanna take some notes."
- "Draciel, he's back!"
- "You...can tell?"
- "QUIT SAYING THAT! I'M NOT PUSHY!"
- "And trust us, we don't need any convincing. Really."
- Like Kenny, Max's voice in the English dub is deeper in G-Revolution due to Gage Knox experiencing puberty.
- Max loses Draciel the most. In Beyblade he lost it against the Demolition Boys and in Beyblade: V-Force he lost Draciel again two times against Jim of the Psykicks and Zeo.
- His height is at 4'6".
- In the final manga chapter, 15 years later, Max is revealed to own a "USA development center".
- Max is the only member of the Bladebreakers who has yet to have a "Black" version of his Beyblade and Bit-beast released. Kai saw his released in season 1 and later released as a Beyblade, Tyson's Black Dragoon was a special release with a dish, Ray's Black Driger later appeared in Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: Rising and released as a Beyblade.
- A female version of him appeared in Beyblade Battle Saint Lolita named "Yuyama Gesoki".
- In the Indonesian dub version of the anime, his name was mistranslated into Mark Mizuhara.
For a full gallery of images of Max, see Max Tate/Gallery.