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Magister Maxwell "Max" Tennyson or Grandpa Max as his grandchildren call him, is the paternal grandfather of Ben and Gwen. He is a fairly overweight man in his late 50's, with a keen sense for adventure and a strange taste in food. Max ends up taking the kids on a summer vacations' road trip across the United States. Max travels in a motor home nicknamed the Rust Bucket, which he has modified with advanced technology.

Max was a semi-retired legendary Magister rank Plumber and is the mentor of Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and the Plumbers' Helpers. Max is widely considered the greatest Plumber in the Milky Way.[1] As of Omniverse, Max quit retirement and joined the Plumbers again, and is currently Magister of Earth.

Appearance

In the original series, Max wears a white shirt, covered by a red button up Hawaiian shirt with a floral design. He has grey hair and blue pants, as well as black shoes.

After being turned into a ten year old in Don't Drink the Water, Max can be seen wearing Ben's regular clothes, a black-striped, white shirt with short sleeves, military green cargo pants and black and white sneakers with black stripes. His hair is also similar to a crew cut, and rather than fat, Max looks skinny and athletic.

As Ultra Grandpa in Perfect Day, he has a stereotypical superhero costume. He wears frameless blue goggles, a cyan shirt and white pants. He also dons a white cape like Ultra Ben.

In Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, Max's appearance did not change except for his blue pants being changed to brown, he has more wrinkles, a slightly darker shirt, and whiter hair.

In Alien Swarm, Max wears a blue Hawaiian shirt instead of a red one.

In Omniverse, Max's appearance has not changed that much except for his brown pants, which are now white. He has whiter hair, more wrinkles, and his eyes have been changed to little black dashes. His white shirt that he wore under his red button up shirt has changed to black. Also, his shoes are now grey at the top and black at the bottom.

History

Background and Ben 10

Alien Force

Ultimate Alien

Omniverse

Powers and Abilities

Although Max doesn't have any super powers, he is very skilled in combat and can take on anyone who does have them as he is quite athletic for someone of his age. As a retired Plumber, he has access to a variety of various Plumber tools and weaponry, which he uses skillfully. Aside from that, his experience from his Plumber days made him knowledgeable on various species of aliens. He is also able to strategize well and is skilled in inventing new machines. He is telepathically connected to his lover, Verdona.[2]

Before joining the Plumbers, Max was a United States Air Force pilot, with dreams of joining NASA and going to the moon. He was an expert at flying an F-104 Starfighter and was able to shoot down an alien spacecraft.[2]

Appearances

Ben 10

Ben 10 Shorts

Ben 10: Alien Force

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

Specials

Ben 10: Omniverse

Comics

Cartoon Network Action Packs

  • Ole!
  • Fast Lane
  • Snow Blind
  • Fear Itself
  • A Villain a Day
  • Techno Zombies
  • Barbershop Blues
  • Blast from the Past
  • Nemesis
  • The Height of Heat
  • Space Camp and Beyond
  • Alien Data Files: Wildmutt
  • Greasy Lightning
  • Alien Data Files: Heatblast
  • Alien Data Files: Four Arms
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Monkey Business
  • Alien Data Files: XLR8
  • Eggs with Legs
  • Intergalactic Spazz Club
  • Aqua Nut
  • Sonic Boom
  • Pleasant Dreams
  • Alien Data Files: Upgrade
  • Captured!
  • The Once and Future Ben
  • Special Defects
  • Alien Data Files: Diamondhead
  • Mountains of Trouble
  • Alien Data Files: Ripjaws
  • Dora Flora
  • Alien Data Files: Stinkfly
  • Old Friends
  • Powerless

Chapter Books

  • Triple Threat
  • Galaxy Wars

Video Games

Ben 10: Protector of Earth

Keys of Plumbers Base

Max helps Ben in his travel around the country. He was captured by Kevin 11 and had to be rescued by Ben. He accesses to Plumber base in Mt. Rushmore and later defeats Zs'Skayr with a sun gun.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

Max helps Ben and his gang to destroy the Null Void power source. He joins the gang after the level Mor' Otesi. He appears in holograms on Plumber Badges, in the beginning and ending of each level. He battles the Null Void monsters on Earth.

Ben 10: Omniverse

Max is a non-playable character. He gets captured by Dr. Animo and gets rescued by 11 year old Ben and Rook.

Love Interests

Verdona

Xylene

During Xylene's early years, she met Max Tennyson, who at the time was a Plumber. She wanted Max to go to Ringa Morr with her, but Max declined it

Trivia

  • Max was supposed to get the Omnitrix, but when Ben found it, his DNA was close enough to Max's that it attached itself to his wrist instead.[1][3]
  • Max in Omniverse is a reference to the DC comic book character Shazam.[4][5]
  • Max was a Magister for at least 5 years.
  • In the beta version of the original series, Max originally wasn't a Plumber, he was just an average inventor.
  • In Dimension 23, Max died before the Omnitrix reached Earth, leaving Ben 23 with no mentor or moral support until Azmuth 23 took up that position.
  • Max's cooking is a running gag throughout the franchise as most humans, (especially Ben, Gwen, and Kevin) find the cuisine to be disgusting, while aliens, (Rook, Xylene, and others) can't get enough of it. 
  • Characters wearing shirts identical to Max's appear throughout the series as a running gag.
  • Max loses his arm in the Limax War, which happens in the future.[4][6]
  • Verdona stated that Max was similar to Kevin when he was Kevin's age; an example being in Moonstruck with young Max saying "Hey! Watch the paint job!" and "My ride!", both of which have been said by Kevin.
Max Tennyson in Robot Chicken

Max in Robot Chicken

  • Max Tennyson made an appearance in the fifth episode of the sixth season of Robot Chicken, "Hurtled from a Helicopter into a Speeding Train".

References

See also

Characters
Tennyson Family Ben TennysonGwen TennysonMax TennysonCarl TennysonSandra TennysonFrank TennysonNatalie TennysonKenneth TennysonGordon TennysonBetty Jean TennysonJoel TennysonCamille Mann-TennysonVera TennysonManny TennysonClyde FifeBen's DogBig Chill's OffspringVerdona
Levin Family Kevin LevinMrs. LevinDevin LevinZedHarvey Hackett
Rook Family Rook BlonkoRook DaRook BrallaRook SharRook ShimRook ShiRook Ben
Plumbers Magister PatellidayMagister ArnuxMagister PykeMagister HulkaMagister Coronach
HobbleMolly GuntherBranniganZorian
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Magister LabridMagister Prior GilhilVictor ValidusPierce Wheels
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Galvan AzmuthBlukicDribaLuhleyUjinTeacherFergiChadzmuthY-itDuffyZennithRetaliatorSoldiersMajor
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