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Max the Monkey is an anthropomorphic monkey and one of the band members in Sonic the Hedgehog Band, along with Sonic the Hedgehog, Mach the Rabbit, Sharps the Parakeet and Vector the Crocodile. Max was originally going to appear as part of the original idea for the Sound Test before being scrapped from the final release of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991).


During the early development of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), Max was originally meant to be the band's bass player. In several sketches featured in SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Collected Works art book, Max was also meant to appear in more than the original Sound Test, which included the early SEGA screen and the original ending where he would celebrate the victory with Sonic, the other band members and the Animals.[1] Like the other band members, he was dropped from the final release of the game due to time constraints.[2]

In other media

Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic

Max made a brief appearance before the release of the game in Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Volume 1, a manga published in Japan.

Archie Comics


Max in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Max appears as the bass guitarist for Mina Mongoose's band, the Forget Me Knots, along with Mach (the drummer) and Sharps (the guitarist), and has since been a recurring member of her band.




  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 1′s Original Intro & Ending Revealed!. The Sonic Stadium (5 November 2014). Retrieved on 1 May 2015.
  2. Heidi Kemps (30 September 2005). Sega's Yuji Naka Talks!. GameSpy. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.

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