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:''"King Max" redirects here. For the version of this character after the Super Genesis Wave, see [[Nigel Acorn]]. For the character in the [[Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] television series, see [[King (SatAM)]].''
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{{Character
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|title = Maximillian Acorn
|title = Maximillian "Max" Acorn
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|image = Maximillian Acorn Pre-SGW.jpg
|image = [[File:KingAcorn.jpg|250px]]
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|caption = Maximillian Acorn, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 241|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #241]].
|caption = Maximillian Acorn is the king of Mobius
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|first = [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 17|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #17]]
|first = [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 65|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #65]]
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|media = [[Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' (TV series)]]
|media = [[Sonic the Hedgehog (comic series)]]
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|age = 58
|voiceactor = Tim Curry
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|family =
|japanactor = Kōhei Miyauchi<br/>Takeshi Aono
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*[[Frederick Acorn]] {{C|father}}
|nickname = The King
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*[[Alicia Acorn]] {{C|wife}}
|species = Squirrel/Chipmunk
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*[[Elias Acorn]] {{C|son}}
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*[[Sally Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Sally Acorn]] {{C|daughter}}
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*[[Megan Acorn]] {{C|daughter-in-law}}
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*[[Alexis Acorn]] {{C|step-granddaughter}}
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|nickname =
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*King Maximillian the Cursed
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*Max
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*The King
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*King Acorn
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|species = [[Mobian]]/Squirrel-chipmunk
 
|gender = Male
 
|gender = Male
|skin color = Dark Brown
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|hair color = Grey/white {{C|formerly auburn}}
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|skin color = Dark Brown, tan
 
|eye color = Blue
 
|eye color = Blue
|height = 4 ft 1in
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|attire =
|weight = 85 lb
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*King's uniform
|age = 59
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*[[Crown of Acorns]] {{C|formerly}}
|family = [[Frederick Acorn]] (father)<br>
 
[[Alicia Acorn]] (wife)<br>
 
[[Elias Acorn]] (son)<br>
 
[[Sally Acorn]] (daughter)<br>
 
[[Megan Acorn]] (daughter-in-law)<br>
 
[[Alexis Acorn]] (granddaughter)<br>
 
[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie character)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] (possible future son-in-law)
 
[[Shadow the Hedgehog (Archie)|Shadow the Hedgehog]] (possible future son-in-law, Alternate timeline)
 
 
|alignment = Good
 
|alignment = Good
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|affiliation =
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*[[Kingdom of Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Kingdom of Acorn]]/[[Republic of Acorn]]
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**[[House of Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|House of Acorn]]
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*[[Ixis Naugus]] {{C|former host}}
 
|likes =
 
|likes =
 
|dislikes =
 
|dislikes =
|skills = Leadership skills<br>
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|skills =
Skilled swordsman
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*Leadership skills
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*Skilled swordsman
 
}}
 
}}
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'''Maximillian Acorn''' is a character that appears in the ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic series)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic series and its spin-offs published by [[Archie Comics]]. He is a [[mobian]] squirrel-chipmunk and the former ruler of the [[Kingdom of Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Kingdom of Acorn]]. Crowned King of Mobius during the Golden Age, taking over his aging sire King [[Frederick Acorn]]. Max also took [[Alicia Acorn]] as his wife, fathering two children; [[Elias Acorn]] and [[Sally Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Sally Acorn]]. Max led his people in the [[Great War]], and during so was duped by Overlander defector [[Doctor Ivo Robotnik (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Julian Kintobor]] into making him [[Warlord]] of his combined military might, and as such, upon the war's end, was betrayed by Julian, who christened himself "Dr. Ivo Robotnik", and banished to the [[Special Zone (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Zone of Silence]].
   
'''Maximillian Acorn''' (or just '''the King''', as he was referred to in the [[Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)|Saturday morning cartoon]] (in which he was voiced by [[Tim Curry]]) is the father of [[Sally Acorn]]. He is an anthropomorphic, humanoid squirrel, and his current age appears to be somewhere between the mid 50s and early 60s. He appears to be more of a squirrel than Sally, as he has a longer, more bushy tail. He is also discreetly taller than her. The Acorn Family Ring is the only known belonging of the king (presumably given to all members of the royal family). He knows the location of all the [[Freedom Fighters]] and knows secrets about the planet that others haven't heard of, such as the [[Deep Power Stones]].
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After many years in the Zone, where he was forced to become subservient to the wizard [[Ixis Naugus]] in order to survive, the [[Knothole Freedom Fighters]], led by Sally, finally found and freed Max, who resumed command of the Kingdom of Acorn shortly afterwards. The strain of all these conflicts, battles with Robotnik and [[Doctor Eggman (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Eggman]], and three attempts on his life, have all taken their toll on Max, eventually to the point he prematurely aged, and was left in no condition to lead, leading to Elias taking his place. While his condition seems to continue to degrade, Max remains a vital member of the [[House of Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|House of Acorn]]. The tragedies that befell the kingdom during his reign earned him the sad moniker '''King Maximillian the Cursed'''.<ref name="CSE">''[[Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia]]'', "Acorn Lineage"</ref>
   
==SatAM==
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==Appearance==
[[File:SatAM BTTP KingAcorn.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The King from SatAM]]
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Maximilian Acorn is a brown anthropomorphic squirrel with blue eyes and cheek tuffs. He shares general coloration with the rest of his family; as such, the two tones of brown used for his fur have varied wildly throughout his depictions, sometimes resulting in the light brown sections appearing peach or even yellowish. He typically wears a blue uniform with gold epaulets, boots and a red cape. While his hair, mustache and bushy eyebrows were originally auburn, age and stress have resulted in them becoming gray/white. At various points he has been wheelchair-bound, initially due to severe injury resulting in the temporary loss of use of his legs, and later due to poor health.
Maximillian Acorn was the ruler of [[Mobotropolis]] in the sovereign [[Kingdom of Acorn]], until the evil genius [[Robotnik Prime|Dr. Robotnik]] took over and banished King Acorn to the barren interdimensional realm known as [[The Void]]. Sonic and Sally later used the [[Time Stones]] to travel back in time, meeting him and warning him of the threat, but they were unable to save him from this imprisonment, for it was the very same day that the coup took place. Worse yet, the King was not alone; the Void was also the prison of Robotnik's mentor [[Ixis Naugus|Naugus]], a dark wizard of great power.
 
   
Sonic and his allies managed to enter the Void years later, finding the King alive and well. However, he only escaped the Void for a brief time with them before his body began to crystallize as a result of years of exposure to the Void's strange environment. As a result, he was forced to return there, much to the dismay of the Freedom Fighters and Sally in particular. However, they did benefit from the brief meeting: not only did they rescue the King's fellow prisoner [[Ari]], but they also received a list of all their ally groups.
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In initial appearances he was often depicted much taller than the general cast, though this was later rectified; early inconsistent depictions lead some fans to believe he was a fox rather than a squirrel. Often his tail and even hair were forgotten.
   
Had the series not been canceled, Maximillian Acorn would have escaped the Void along with Naugus, and been used by the wizard as bait to lure the Freedom Fighters into a trap.
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Under the influence of the zone in which he was trapped, the King donned dark armor and a helmet adorned with long horns; at this time he carried a lance. Later on, his body began to gradually crystallize, somewhat resembling an organic, multifaceted [[Chaos Emerald (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Chaos Emerald]], though this was eventually reversed. While he initially wore a simple circlet crown, he eventually recovered the more ornate red and gold Crown of Acorns. The details of his clothing have varied between appearances and artists, but they usually retain the key elements; blue long-sleeve uniform, gold epaulets and red (or blue) cape. Variables include the additions of medals, belts, pants, and white trim on the cape; instead of the sword, he sometimes carried scepters or staffs. While ill or under medical care, he was sometimes depicted in a simple white shirt. He at one point again donned armor, this time silver, and with it carried a large shield and the Sword of Acorns. After stepping down as active ruler, he no longer wore a crown.
   
Maximillian Acorn's personal timeline in the series is distinctly skewed. Shown to have been imprisoned in the Void on the same day as Robotnik took over Mobotropolis, he is later shown to somehow possess a list of all known Freedom Fighter groups - how could he have such a list when the Freedom Fighters did not ''exist'' when he was banished? Additionally, the first episode of the series indicates that he was until recently held in [[Ironlock Prison]], from which he transmitted sensitive documents to his daughter - an event that is totally incompatible with what would later be revealed as his fate.
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==History==
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===Early life===
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[[File:Nate_Morgan_young_king_max.png|thumb|left|150px|Maximillian as a young boy being bounced on the knee of Nate Morgan, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 65|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #65]].]]
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Maximillian was just a young boy when his father [[Frederick Acorn]] granted the wizard Ixis Naugus the title of Royal Wizard.<ref name="StH66s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 66|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #66]], "And then There Was One"</ref> Some time after this, the [[Overlander]] scientist [[Nate Morgan]] was taken in by his father and provided major scientific knowledge which brought the [[Kingdom of Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Kingdom of Acorn]] out of the pre-industrial age. Because of his contributions to the kingdom, Nate Morgan was very close with the royal family and acted somewhat like an uncle for young Maximillian.<ref name="StH65">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 65|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #65]], "The Fellowship of the Rings"</ref>
   
==Archie==
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At the age of ten, Frederick revealed the mysterious [[Source of All]] to Max, and soon he bonded with the Source as per royal tradition. The [[Crown of Acorns|Crown]] and [[Sword of Acorns]] were forged from the remaining Source of All that did not merge with him.<ref name="StH58s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 58|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #58]], "The Living Crown"</ref> Because of their bonding with the Source of All, the Acorns were granted guidance from the Source. The Source guided Max's father Frederick to select the young [[Alicia Acorn|Alicia]] to act as his future wife. At age eleven, Max and Alicia were betrothed, and upon their eighteen commemoration, the two formally married.<ref name="StH60s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 60|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #60]], "The Ultimatum"</ref> As his father aged and Max became old enough, he assumed the mantle as king, with Nate Morgan present at the ceremony.<ref name="StH65"/>
===Past===
 
The series echoed SatAM in the fact that both King Acorn and Ixis Naugus were banished, but to the Zone of Silence rather than the Void. While in the Zone, King Acorn was forced to pledge loyalty to Ixis Naugus to survive. Over time, he lost his memory, not recognizing Sonic or Sally when they came to the Zone. He came to command an army of goblin-like creatures, clad in a barbaric suit of brownish-purple armor and claiming the Zone as his domain with an iron fist.
 
   
===Present===
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During his early years as a king, Max found himself as odds with what to do during the allegations by Ixis Naugus and [[Warlord]] [[Kodos Lion]] regarding Nate Morgan. Unable to see Nate perform treason and feeling sympathy for him because Nate had been there during his upbringing, Maximillian was deeply troubled when Kodos and Naugus accused Nate of providing their location to a group of Overlander scouts. To spare Max of the trouble, Nate imposed self-exile and left the kingdom, much to Max's dismay.<ref name="StH65"/>
Later, the [[Freedom Fighters]] managed to free King Acorn from the Zone and brought him back to the safety of [[Knothole Village]]. Unfortunately, the King's body soon began to crystallize, apparently due to prolonged exposure to the Zone's harsh, alien environment (similar to the situation that occurred during SatAM). It was then discovered that the [[Sword of Acorns]], when brought together with the [[Crown of Acorns]] and the King himself, possessed powerful healing properties and was able to restore King Acorn to his former self. It later became known that the wizard Ixis Naugus had been responsible for the King's condition, forcing Sonic to confront him and his minions-[[Warlord Kodos]], [[Uma Arachnis]], and [[Feist]]-in Max's dreams.
 
   
At one point, King Max was secretly replaced by one of Robotnik's [[Auto-Automatons]], robots that are virtually indistinguishable from the living beings they're designed to imitate. While impersonating the King, the robot unilaterally sentences Sonic to life in prison in the Devil's Gulag prison when Sonic is mistakenly charged with the murder of Princess Sally. He also later brings Robotnik himself to Knothole, where Robotnik reveals that the King was a fake.
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===The Great War years===
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During the Great War, the Overlander's superior technology allowed them to push back the [[Royal Army]] at almost every turn. As the city began being bombarded by mortars, Max had his wife and infant son [[Elias Acorn|Elias]] sent away to a safe haven on [[Angel Island (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Angel Island]]. However, their craft was intercepted by Overlander ships, and everyone on board the craft was presumed to have been killed.><ref name="StH64s2"/> Unbeknownst to Max, the [[Brotherhood of Guardians]] had arrived on the crash scene first and lied to the Overlanders about there being survivors, taking in the wounded Queen Alicia and Elias.<ref name="KtE21">[[Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 21|''Knuckles the Echidna'' #21]], "The Forbidden Zone Part Three of Three: The Many Facets of the Truth"</ref>
   
Following Robotnik's defeat, it came to light that King Max had been hiding the existence of other members of his family from Sally. These relatives were his wife [[Alicia Acorn|Alicia]] and his son [[Elias Acorn|Elias]]. Shortly before Robotnik's takeover, the two of them had been sent into hiding, only to disappear and crash land on [[Angel Island]]. Found by the [[Brotherhood of Guardians]], the young prince and comatose queen were cared for until they were eventually returned to Knothole. Alicia awoke shortly after this, but Max found himself paralyzed from the waist down. This necessitated his use of a wheelchair to get around. For unexplained reasons, he recovered from this condition during Sonic's [[Xorda]] induced, year-long exile in space.
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Not long after this, the Hedgehog brothers [[Jules Hedgehog|Jules]] and [[Sir Charles Hedgehog|Sir Charles]] brought before Max the wounded Overlander [[Doctor Ivo Robotnik (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Julian Kintobor]], whom they had found being chased in the [[Badlands]] by other Overlander troops. Feeling guilty over what had happened with Nate Morgan, Max easily accepted Julian into the Kingdom, hoping to not make the same mistake twice of chasing away an Overlander seeking refuge in the kingdom.<ref name="StH74s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 74|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #74]], "Tales of the Great War Part III: Enter... Robotnik"</ref>
   
Max led the Kingdom of Knothole in the first years of its ever raging quest to defeat the [[Eggman Empire]]. He was not well liked among the Freedom Fighters at first because of his arrogant decisions, which included disbanding them in favor of his own [[King Acorn's Secret Service|Secret Service]] (though he later had the Freedom Fighters reinstated), trying to force Sally into an arranged marriage with [[Antoine D'Coolette]], and denying Sally her birthright, title and duties if she refused. This is later revealed to be the result of his mind being half-crystallized, a side effect of time spent in the Zone of Silence.
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[[File:Char.jpg|thumb|200px|King Max battles with Overlord Charlemagne, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 78|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #78]].]]
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After Kodos mysteriously "disappeared" (Julian was actually responsible, having sent him to the Zone of Silence), King Max along with everyone else believed Julian's story that Kodos had tampered with leftover weapons from Ixis Naugus which resulted in his death. With Julian's knowledge of Overlander tactics, King Max appointed him as the new [[Warlord]]. Eventually, with Julian's new battle tactics and development of new weaponry, the Kingdom of Acorn finally won the Great War and brought peace to their lands. King Max himself struck the final blow, defeating the Overlord [[Charlemagne]] in a duel and then sparing his life.<ref name="StH74s2"/><ref name="StH78s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 78|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #78]], "Tales of the Great War Part 6: What Really Happened"</ref>
   
King Max was poisoned by [[Patch]], the Anti-Mobius version of Antoine, whom he was impersonating at the time due to an exchange brought about by [[Scourge the Hedgehog]]. The king slipped into a coma, forcing Prince Elias to take the throne to keep Patch from becoming King. Some time afterward, Max was revived by a device powered by a [[Chaos Emerald]], though apparently confined to a wheelchair once more. He was among those captured during the destruction of Knothole and was beamed to the [[Egg Grape Chamber]], only to be saved by the efforts of Sonic, [[Knuckles the Echidna (Archie character)|Knuckles the Echidna]], [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Archie)|Tails]], [[Amy Rose]], and [[NICOLE]], who saved the prisoners by having NICOLE transport them to the city of New Mobotropolis. When his old general [[Amadeus Prower]] rebelled against the monarchy, Max was outraged, denying Amadeus' criticism of the House of Acorn and extolling royal line despite the merits of Amadeus' accusations. Moreover, he used the opportunity-and Amadeus' short imprisonment-to try and plant mistrust of Sonic in Elias' mind. Influenced by his father, Elias ended up facing Amadeus in a duel, which was luckily brought to a halt by Sally, who settled the differences of the two and worked with them to create a new form of government. The new system of a ruling council in which the king served as a presiding councilor with six elected peers was received warmly by everyone-except for Max, of course, who became moody and refused to acknowledge his son after the news became public.
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===Julian's betrayal===
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With the defeat of the Overlanders and the end of the war, Max intended to disassemble the War Ministry and appoint Julian to the position of [[Minister of Science]], vacated some time previously by [[Sir Charles Hedgehog]]. However, Julian had no intention of continuing to serve Max, and tricked Max into disassembling the Kingdom's military, allowing Julian's [[SWATbot (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|SWATbots]] to easily overwhelm the citizens of the kingdom. Renaming himself [[Doctor Ivo Robotnik (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Doctor Ivo Robotnik]], the former Warlord claimed Mobotropolis for his own as [[Robotropolis (Archie)|Robotropolis]], and banished Max to the [[Special Zone (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Zone of Silence]].<ref name="SSS9s3">[[Archie Sonic Super Special Issue 9|''Sonic Super Special'' #9]], "Eve of Destruction"</ref><ref name="StH43">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 43|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #43]], "The Dream Zone"</ref>
   
===Possible Future===
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[[File:Zone of Silence view.png|left|thumb|200px|Maximillian succumbs to the Zone, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 53|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #53]].]]
King Acorn also appeared in a future storyline where Sonic and Sally are married as King and Queen, and where he is a grandfather. This version of the future is where [[NICOLE]] originated. He does not appear in the ''[[Mobius: 25 Years Later]]'' future, possibly having died at some point between the present and the possible future.
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While in the Zone, King Acorn found himself unable to think clearly due to the zone's properties. He was then forced to pledge loyalty to [[Ixis Naugus]], the creator of the zone, to survive.<ref name="StH53">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 53|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #53]], "Sounds of Silence"</ref> Over the next ten years, he lost his memory, not recognizing Sonic or Sally when they came to the Zone. He also came to command an army of [[Minion (Archie)|goblin-like creatures]], clad in a barbaric suit of brownish-purple armor and claiming the Zone as his domain to rule over with an iron fist. However, Robotnik's tampering with the Zone resulted in its losing stability, threatening to collapse and thus kill Max, forcing Sally, Sonic, and [[Geoffrey St. John]] to enter the Zone and rescue him.<ref name="StH36">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 36|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #36]], "Heart of Darkness"</ref><ref name="StH41">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 41|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #41]], "...And One Shall Save Him!"</ref>
   
==Alternate Selves==
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===The Return of the king===
Like many characters in the Archie Comics, King Acorn has varied alter egos in other dimensions. One version of him, [[Anti-Maximillian Acorn]], also known as '''The Evil King''', exists (but is never seen) on Anti-Mobius. This King Max was a complete despot, who was dethroned and cast into the [[The Void|Zone of Silence]] by his daughter [[Anti-Sally Acorn|Anti-Sally]] and her boyfriend [[Scourge the Hedgehog|Evil Sonic]]. Together they formed the [[Anti-Freedom Fighters]] and terrorized Anti-Mobius. Evil Sonic later mutated into a green hedgehog and reveals his real name as [[Scourge the Hedgehog]] and graduated to being a top-tier ''Sonic'' villain.
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The Freedom Fighters managed to free King Acorn from the Zone and brought him back to [[Knothole Village (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Knothole VIllage]].<ref name="StH41"/> Unfortunately, the King's body began to crystallize due to exposure to the Zone's harsh environment. Initially there were hopes of healing him using a [[Chaos Emerald (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Chaos Emerald]], but these proved fruitless. It was discovered afterwards that the [[Sword of Acorns]], when brought together with the [[Crown of Acorns]] and the King himself, possessed powerful healing properties and was able to restore King Acorn to his former self.<ref name="StH42">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 42|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #42]], "In Every Kingdom There Must Exist A Little Chaos!"</ref> It later became known that the wizard Ixis Naugus had been responsible for the King's condition, forcing Sonic to confront him and his minions-Warlord Kodos, [[Uma Arachnis]], and Feist-in Max's dreams forcing them all out.<ref name="StH53"/>
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At one point, King Max was secretly replaced by one of Robotnik's [[Auto-Automaton]]s, whom the Freedom Fighters mistook for a fully healed king following their battle with [[Mammoth Mogul]] over the Sword of Acorns.<ref name="SSS1">[[Archie Sonic Super Special Issue 1|''Sonic Super Special'' #1]], "Battle Royal"</ref><ref name="StH48"/> While impersonating the King, the robot sentenced Sonic to life in the Devil's Gulag prison when Sonic was mistakenly charged with the murder of Princess Sally.<ref name="StH47">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 47|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #47]], "Taking the Fall!"</ref> He also later brought Robotnik himself to Knothole, where Robotnik revealed that the King was a fake.<ref name="StH48">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 48|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #48]], "Sonic the Fugitive"</ref><ref name="StH49">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 49|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #49]], "Escape from the Floating Island"</ref> The real king was revealed to have been in the care of [[Dr. Quack]], who helped Robotnik in order to protect his captured family.<ref name="StH50">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 50|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #50]], "The Big Goodbye"</ref>
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Following Robotnik Prime's defeat, it came to light that King Max had promised Ixis Naugus the kingdom in exchange for helping him survive in the Zone of Silence, which the wizard came to collect upon his escape from that same Zone. Fortunately, the Freedom Fighters and Max recognized that honoring such a foolish bargain would be catastrophic, and drove Naugus off.<ref name="StH53"/> The King soon turned paranoid, fearing rebellion by the [[Robians]] and ordering that they be disassembled before being convinced of the error of such a course.<ref name="StH55s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 55|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #55]], "Rise of the Robians!"</ref> Matters came to a head when a group of Freedom Fighter illusions inflamed Max's anger, allowing Ixis Naugus to gain control of his mind. Eager to assert control, Naugus soon had the city of Mobotropolis embroiled in civil war, and only when the real Freedom Fighters returned after defeating [[Master Mogul]] was Max freed of Naugus's influence by a Sword of Acorns wielding Sonic. Reclaiming his Sword, Max was able to summon the Crown from the [[Hall of Limbo]], which had been inside his mind the whole time, and was thus restored to normal.<ref name="SSS4">[[Archie Sonic Super Special Issue 4|''Sonic Super Special'' #4]], "The Return of the King"</ref>
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===The royal family and Dr. Eggman===
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With his return to normality, Max soon began exercising more and more authority. Set firmly in the traditions of the [[House of Acorn (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|House of Acorn]], he revealed the origins of the Royal Artifacts to Sally as well as the [[Source of All]]. With utter disregard for Sally's own desires, he tried to convince her to abandon her romance with Sonic because he was a commoner, marry [[Antoine D'Coolette (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Antoine D'Coolette]] because of his family's high standing, and merge with the Source-in other words, cease to live her own life. Sally refused, leaving the matter unresolved between herself and Max.<ref name="StH58s2"/><ref name="StH60s2"/><ref name="StH59">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 59|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #59]], "The People's Princess"</ref> The king had also been hiding the existence of his wife Alicia and his son Elias from Sally, hoping to spare her the pain of her lost family. Found by the [[Brotherhood of Guardians]], the young prince and comatose queen were cared for on [[Angel Island (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Angel Island]], their continued existence unknown to Max or the Kingdom. Determined to discover the truth, Max authorized Geoffrey St. John to create a new [[Secret Service]], its first mission to uncover the fate of the royal pair and recover them if possible.<ref name="StH64s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 64|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #64]], "On the Majesty's Secret Service Part 4: The Mission"</ref><ref name="StH61s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 61|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #61]], "On HIs Majestry's Secret Service"</ref><ref name="StH62s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 62|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #62]], "On the Majesty's Secret Service Part 2"</ref> The group proved successful with the aid of [[Knuckles the Echidna (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Knuckles the Echidna]], bringing the queen and prince back to Mobotropolis.<ref name="KtE21"/><ref name="KtE19">[[Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 19|''Knuckles the Echidna'' #19]], "The Forbidden Zone Part One of Three: Whatever happened to Queen Alicia?"</ref><ref name="KtE20">[[Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 20|''Knuckles the Echidna'' #20]], "The Forbidden Zone Part Two of Three: Once upon a Time in Mobotropolis"</ref> At the same time, Sonic and [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Miles "Tails" Prower]] returned from their pursuit and defeat of Ixis Naugus with a surprise for Max: his old honorary uncle, Nate Morgan. Max soon declared that Elias, rather than Sally, would succeed him to the throne, before devoting his attention to his wife.<ref name="StH68">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 68|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #68]], "Surprise"</ref><ref name="StH69">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 69|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #69]], "A Day in the Life"</ref> He also disbanded the [[Knothole Freedom Fighters]] in favor of the Secret Service.<ref name="StH70">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 70|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #70]], "Saving Nate Morgan"</ref>
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[[File:King_Max.png|thumb|left|150px|King Max addressing the citizens of Knothole, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 76|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #76]].]]
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Peace was fleeting for King Max and his subjects, as a new threat emerged in the form of an alternate version of Dr. Robotnik known as [[Doctor Eggman (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Dr. Eggman]]. Initially, the villain attacked from the shadows using [[Robo-Robotnik's satellites|satellites]] he had placed in orbit, even hijacking the new Kingdom of Acorn television network during one of Max's own speeches to play a history of Robotnik's life, which of course emphasized Max's faults and those of other members of the kingdom.<ref name="StH68"/><ref name="StH70"/><ref name="StH62">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 62|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #62]], "Icon"</ref><ref name="StH64">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 64|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #64]], "In Search of..."</ref><ref name="StH67">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 67|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #67]], "Tomb Raider"</ref><ref name="StH71">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 71|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #71]], "Retro Activity"</ref><ref name="StH72">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 72|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #72]], "I, Robotnik!"</ref><ref name="StH73">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 73|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #73]], "The Truth is Out There"</ref> When the Robians disappeared from Knothole, King Acorn prevented the Freedom Fighters from investigating the satellites.<ref name="StH74">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 74|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #74]], "Don't Call it a Comeback!"</ref> Eggman soon made his presence known, employing a legion of [[Shadowbot]]s to attack Mobotropolis. Max sought to offer himself up in exchange for the safety of his people, but Eggman denied his request. The defeated king was forced to flee to Knothole with the rest of his subjects, opening the [[Second Robotnik War]]. Fortunately, the Freedom Fighters-despite Max's objections-were able to thwart Eggman's plans to invade the newly declared [[Kingdom of Knothole]] by uploading a virus into his computer, erasing the data containing the location of Knothole.<ref name="StH75">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 75|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #75]], "I Am the Eggman!"</ref><ref name="StH76">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 76|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #76]], "Business as Usual"</ref> This led Max to reform the group and also to make Sonic one of the [[Knights of Acorn]].<ref name="StH77">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 77|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #77]], "Rebel Without a Pause"</ref><ref name="StH78">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 78|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #78]], "Changes"</ref>
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[[File:Army.png|thumb|200px|right|Maximillian preparing to lead the Royal Army to attack Robotropolis, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 88|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #88]].]]
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After the Freedom Fighters' return from a crucial mission in [[Station Square (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Station Square]], they joined the King and his army in rescuing Elias who had recently found a solution to Alicia's illness, which involved surgery. The rescue was a success and Alicia finally woke from her coma sometime after.<ref name="StH88">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 88|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #88]], "Family Matters"</ref><ref name="StH89">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 89|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #89]], "Thicker Than Water"</ref> Unfortunately, the mission resulted in Max's paralysis at the hands of a Shadowbot, confining him to a wheelchair for considerable period afterwards. Max gave the role of acting ruler to Elias, who in turn had his decisions made by Secret Service member Geoffrey. One of those orders involved Sonic being stripped of his knighthood and confined in Knothole after stealing and losing the Sword of Acorns.<ref name="StH90">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 90|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #90]], "Sword of Omens"</ref><ref name="StH93">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 93|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #93]], "Crime 'n Punishment"</ref> Sonic would defy Elias' wishes on a number of occasions in order to get it back, but the King lifted the hedgehog's confinement after Sonic thwarted an attempt by [[Heavy (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Heavy]] and [[Bomb (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Bomb]], robot Secret Service agents reprogrammed by Eggman, to assassinate Max and his family. He soon took charge once more when Elias, blaming himself for failing to run the kingdom properly during Max's incapacitation, ran away from Knothole.<ref name="StH97">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 97|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #97]], "My Secret Identity"</ref><ref name="StH100">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 100|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #100]], "Reunion"</ref><ref name="StH102">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 102|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #102]], "Family Dysfunction"</ref> Prior to that incident, [[Chaos Knuckles]]' attempts to alter history caught Max up in an alternate reality where [[Robotnik's Coup d'état]] had been thwarted, Alicia and Elias had been brought home by Knuckles, and Max had arranged for Sally to marry the young [[Guardian (title) (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Guardian]]. Luckily, reality was restored to normal as Chaos Knuckles' efforts failed to produce the desired result.<ref name="StH101">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 101|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #101]], "Altered States"</ref>
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Max would soon send Sally on a mission to Station Square as an ambassador,<ref name="StH106">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 106|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #106]], "Crouching Hedgehog, Hidden Dragon"</ref> after which he granted asylum to [[Hope Kintobor]], an Overlander girl who wished to join the Freedom Fighters.<ref name="StH108s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 108|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #108]], "A Girl Named Hope!"</ref> In the midst of that, he received a most surprising and unwelcome guest in Knothole: the original Dr. Robotnik, who had been brought back accidentally by Eggman, who conspired with him to get rid of the Freedom Fighters.<ref name="StH108">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 108|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #108]], "Robotnik x2=Trouble!"</ref> Following Robotnik's final demise, King Acorn authorized Geoffrey and [[Hershey Cat]] to find his missing son, which they managed with help from Sonic and Sally.<ref name="StH118s2">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 118|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #118]], "Heart to Heart"</ref><ref name="StH121">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 121|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #121]], "The Prince & The Revolution"</ref> Max would then interrogate a member of [[Nack the Weasel (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Nack the Weasel]]'s gang after they kidnapped Sally.<ref name="StH122">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 122|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #122]], "Heart Held Hostage"</ref><ref name="StH123">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 123|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #123]], "Heart Held Hostage Part Two"</ref> In a surprising show of acceptance, he approved of Sally's engagement to Sonic, but was soon faced with the threat of the volatile aliens known as the [[Xorda]].<ref name="StH124">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 124|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #124]], "Sonic Adventure 2.5: Alpha"</ref> Unable to participate in battle himself, he negotiated with Eggman and succeeded in getting him to surrender control of half his empire in exchange for an alliance with the Kingdom of Knothole. Max's success was bittersweet, as Sonic seemingly perished in the final battle against the Xorda.<ref name="StH125">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 125|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #125]], "Sonic Adventure 2.5: Omega"</ref>
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Following Sonic's sacrifice, Max somehow regained the use of his legs. He soon found himself faced with the difficulties of waging a war against Eggman, who had broken his promise. Complicating the matter was the presence of the [[Chaotix (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Chaotix]] in Knothole, coupled with their desire to invade and liberate a conquered [[Angel Island (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Angel island]], which Max forbade.<ref name="StH130">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 130|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #130]], "Home Part 1 of 4: The Blue Blur Returns!"</ref> Determined to protect his people, Max even commissioned the construction of the [[Metal Sonic Troopers]], robots based on Sonic himself.<ref name="StH158">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 158|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #158]], "System Configuration"</ref>
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Approximately a year after the Xorda were defeated, Max had dispatched Geoffrey and Hershey to spy on Dr. Eggman. They were captured and about to be put to death after being married when Sonic, who had in fact survived the battle with the Xorda and been transported into deep space, returned and saved them. He soon arrived in Knothole and delivered to Max the information Geoffrey and Hershey had gathered: Eggman had assembled a stockpile of nuclear weapons.<ref name="StH130"/> Max soon had the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix dispatched to [[Old Megaopolis]] and [[Fort Acorn]], and [[Operation: Triple Threat]] was thwarted.<ref name="StH131">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 131|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #131]], "Home Part 2 of 4: The Gathering"</ref><ref name="StH132">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 132|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #132]], "Home Part 3 of 4: A.D.A.M. & Evil"</ref><ref name="StH133">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 133|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #133]], "Home Part 4: Finale"</ref> Afterwards, Max and his wife left for a tour of the Kingdom's territory, leaving Sally in charge-unwittingly setting the stage for Sonic and Sally's breakup.<ref name="StH134">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 134|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #134]], "Home: Epilogue Say You Will"</ref>
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===Passing on the leadership===
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While away on his world tour via the [[Acorn One]], King Max was slowly poisoned by [[Patch]], the [[Moebius|Anti-Mobius]] version of Antoine, whom he was impersonating at the time due to an exchange by [[Scourge the Hedgehog|Evil Sonic]]. The king slipped into a coma, forcing Prince Elias to take the throne to keep Patch from becoming King.<ref name="StH155">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 155|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #155]], "Line of Succession Part One"</ref><ref name="StH156">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 156|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #156]], "Line of Succession Part 2"</ref> Some time afterwards, Max was revived by a device powered by a Chaos Emerald, though confined to a wheelchair once more.<ref name="StH170">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 170|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #170]], "Coming and Goings"</ref><ref name="StH174">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 174|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #174]], "Union"</ref> He was among those captured during the [[destruction of Knothole]] and was beamed to the [[Egg Grape Chamber]], only to be saved by the efforts of Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, [[Amy Rose (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Amy Rose]], and [[Nicole (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Nicole]], who saved the prisoners by having NICOLE transport them to the city of [[New Mobotropolis]].<ref name="StH175">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 175|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #175]], "Eggman Empire"</ref><ref name="StH176">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 176|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #176]], "Cracking the Empire"</ref><ref name="StH177">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 177|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #177]], "Home, New Home"</ref>
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When his old general Amadeus Prower rebelled against the monarchy, Max was outraged, denying Amadeus's criticism of the House of Acorn despite the merits of Amadeus's accusations. Moreover, he used the opportunity - and Amadeus's short imprisonment - to try and, clearly failed, to plant mistrust of Sonic in Elias's mind.<ref name="StH178">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 178|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #178]], "House of Cards Part 1 of 2"</ref> Influenced by his father, Elias ended up facing Amadeus in a duel, which was luckily brought to a halt by Sally, who settled the differences of the two and worked with them to create a new form of government. The new system of a ruling council in which the king served as a presiding councilor with six elected peers was received warmly by everyone, except for Max, who refused to acknowledge his son after the news became public.<ref name="StH179">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 179|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #179]], "House of Cards Part Two: Royal Flush"</ref> Some time later, Max and his wife appeared at a concert for the [[Forget Me Knots]] celebrating Eggman's defeat, though the event was interrupted by the arrival of [[Monkey Khan]].<ref name="StH201">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 201|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #201]], "Change In Management"</ref>
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===The Acorns' second downfall===
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[[File:Cry_for_alicia.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Years of physical and mental strain continue to take their toll on Max, from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 220|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #220]].]]
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Max seemed to grow increasingly distant and reclusive over time, causing concern from his wife. It would soon become clear that despite the time passed, he was unwilling to accept the new republic. Eventually, he decided he wished to speak with Geoffrey St. John and tasked the commander with finding a way to return the monarchy to "proper authority." Geoffrey convinced the former king he had a plan that would enable him to do so, and so Max granted him permission to act as he saw fit.<ref name="StH218">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 218|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #218]], "Thicker Than Water Part Two"</ref><ref name="StH219">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 219|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #219]], "In Service to the King Part One"</ref> When his son asked Doctor Quack if Max is plotting to take back the throne, the doctor dismissed the allegations, saying that Max's current condition has prevented him from being a significant threat to anyone, and his "good days" were becoming even more infrequent with time.<ref name="StH220">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 220|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #220]], "In Service to the King Part Two"</ref>
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Unfortunately, Max had made yet another grave mistake in judgement in trusting St. John. It turned out that Geoffrey, since his childhood, had secretly been affiliated to the Order of Ixis's remnants as an apprentice wizard. His master was none other than Ixis Naugus, whom St. John had recently decided to return to glory. With his sanity restored and Geoffrey by his side, Naugus arrived in New Mobotropolis a few days later with the intent of finally claiming the crown for himself. Aside from recently growing public fear of Nicole (after she was possessed during the [[Iron Dominion]]'s invasion of the region), Naugus also based his claim on his past interactions with Max, despite Elias's arguments. The Freedom Fighters, meanwhile, attempted to help stop Naugus, but an [[Operation: Clean Sweep|assault]] by Eggman changed all that.<ref name="StH220"/><ref name="StH223">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 223|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #223]], "Chaos and the Crown Part One: The Right to Rule"</ref><ref name="StH224">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 224|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #224]], "Chaos and the Crown Part Two: Total Authority"</ref><ref name="StH225">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 225|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #225]], "One Step Forward..."</ref>
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The chain of events that followed had disastrous consequences for all participants; Julian's recently-launched [[Death Egg Mark 2]] was severely damaged and forced to retreat, but in the process, he had gained a new servant when Sally allowed herself to be roboticized in order to prevent the mad doctor from destroying the world - the first of multiple crushing losses the Freedom Fighters would suffer over the next few days.<ref name="StH230">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 230|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #230]], "...Two Steps Back"</ref> Worse still, without Sally's leadership and diplomacy skills, Elias was effectively dethroned and Naugus was crowned king - a change instantly accepted by the common people. As Sonic & co. continued to try and stop the wizard, Elias went home to tell his parents the bad news.<ref name="StH232">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 232|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #232]], "Dark Tidings"</ref>
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Max, of course, was as deeply shocked by the recent events as almost everyone else. Shortly thereafter, Elias decided he and his family were no longer safe in the city and tried to convince his parents to come with him, but Max, could not go due to his condition, and his wife did not want to leave him. His options running out, Elias went to see Harvey Who, whom Max had told him was always there to "watch his back". Harvey, though, had come to consider Max crazy for not originally following his advice, and consequently refused Elias aid at first. However, the old owl changed his mind upon seeing that the boy was a better ruler than his father.<ref name="StH233s">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 233|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #233]], "From the Shadows"</ref> The next day, Max was present to watch his son's departure from New Mobotropolis.<ref name="StH234">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 234|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #234]], "Unthinkable"</ref> Before long, though, Elias would secretly return as part a team of [[Secret Freedom Fighters|covert new Freedom Fighters]] formed by Harvey to take the kingdom back from Naugus.<ref name="StH240">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 240|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #240]], "Heroes Part Two: For the People"</ref> Max was later shown asleep in bed, with his worried wife at his side and his son watching from the shadows.<ref name="SU44">[[Archie Sonic Universe Issue 44|''Sonic Universe'' #44]], "Unsung Heroes Part Four: Fight the Power!"</ref>
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[[File:Naugus_visits_Max_and_Alicia.jpg|thumb|200px|Naugus visits Max and Alicia., from [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 241|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #241]].]]
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Indeed, Max's health was apparently degrading with each passing day. Meanwhile, Naugus was also suffering from health issues and searched for a vessel to inhabit as he tried to find a way to recover. His first choice was Max. He offered to "heal" his old ally, effectively reversing his increasing physical and mental frailty, whilst privately planning to take possession of Max again. By this point, Max had gotten to the point where even basic speech had become difficult for him. Despite this, he declined Naugus's offer. Naugus tried to reason with Max, but Alicia, having heard enough, sent the wizard away. Weakly, Max thanked his wife, and she embraced him in turn.<ref name="StH241">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 241|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #241]], "Unraveling"</ref> Along with the rest of Mobius, Max was later caught up in the effects of the second [[Genesis Wave (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Genesis Wave]].<ref name="StH247">[[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 247|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #247]], "At All Costs Part One: Fate Interrupted"</ref>
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:''Note: From this point, Maximillian's history continues from [[Nigel Acorn#The Shattered World Crisis|his new life in the altered timeline]].''
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==Personality==
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Max's personality is hard to peg down, particularly because of his link to the Source of All and trauma from his stay in the Zone of Silence. There are two constants to Max's personality: his deep love for his kingdom and his intense love for his family. Early on, he was a wise and just ruler, as well as a devoted husband and father. He is, however, tradition bound to a fault, which had put him in conflict with his children on numerous occasions, the most prevalent examples being his attempts to arrange marriage between Sally and Antoine, and his fury over Elias' reforming of the government into a republic. He would often put the personal considerations of his family second to what he perceived as necessary duty.
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He is also prone to prejudice - in particular against Robians - which Ixis Naugus was able to capitalize on. However, he is normally wise enough to act in spite of his prejudices rather than because of them. Perhaps his most notable trait is his bad judge of character, having failed to recognize the true colors of Naugus, Kodos, and the original Robotnik until it was too late and ignoring all of Harvey Who's warnings about them.
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The numerous and intense traumas endured over the course of his life, as well as recent breaks from tradition, seem to have had a heavy impact on Max's mental faculties. Since Elias reformed the government, Max has become increasingly reclusive, harsh and irritable; he's also on occasion seemed slightly forgetful or confused, for example not recognizing Sonic. These traumas could easily contribute to his near bipolar personality.
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===Sonic the Hedgehog===
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Max's attitude with regards to [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Pre-Super Genesis Wave)|Sonic]] vary widely depending on the situation. He showed an almost immediate dislike for Sonic upon his recovery, despite the fact that Sonic saved his mind twice before. This was likely a combination of Sonic's lack of obedience and Sally's interest in him. However, Max changed his tune dramatically after Eggman's arrival, after Sonic was instrumental in preventing the destruction of Knothole. He regarded Sonic as the hero he is for some time thereafter. After Sonic's return from space, King Max gave his wholehearted blessing to Sally's union with Sonic, though after their breakup, he reverted back to his dislike.
   
 
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*King Acorn makes a cameo in the first episode of ''[[Sonic Underground]]''. A Statue of him is shown in the middle of the city. It is unknown if he was actually the father of [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Underground)|Sonic]] and [[Manic the Hedgehog|his]] [[Sonia the Hedgehog|siblings]] and Queen Aleena's husband.
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*Max also appeared in a [[Mobius (future version)|future]] in which Sonic and Sally are married as King and Queen and he is a grandfather. This version of the future is where Nicole originated. He does not appear in the [[Light Mobius]] future, possibly having died at some point between the present and the possible future. In the altered timeline, however, a statue of him is in the throne room of [[Castle Mobius]], probably in honor of his memory.
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*In the [[Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)|animated series]], King Acorn (known only as the [[King (SatAM)|king]]) had brown eyebrows and a mustache, and when he was crystallizing, the crystal was not green, nor did it cover his body as extensively.
   
 
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Maximillian Acorn is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a mobian squirrel-chipmunk and the former ruler of the Kingdom of Acorn. Crowned King of Mobius during the Golden Age, taking over his aging sire King Frederick Acorn. Max also took Alicia Acorn as his wife, fathering two children; Elias Acorn and Sally Acorn. Max led his people in the Great War, and during so was duped by Overlander defector Julian Kintobor into making him Warlord of his combined military might, and as such, upon the war's end, was betrayed by Julian, who christened himself "Dr. Ivo Robotnik", and banished to the Zone of Silence.

After many years in the Zone, where he was forced to become subservient to the wizard Ixis Naugus in order to survive, the Knothole Freedom Fighters, led by Sally, finally found and freed Max, who resumed command of the Kingdom of Acorn shortly afterwards. The strain of all these conflicts, battles with Robotnik and Eggman, and three attempts on his life, have all taken their toll on Max, eventually to the point he prematurely aged, and was left in no condition to lead, leading to Elias taking his place. While his condition seems to continue to degrade, Max remains a vital member of the House of Acorn. The tragedies that befell the kingdom during his reign earned him the sad moniker King Maximillian the Cursed.[1]

AppearanceEdit

Maximilian Acorn is a brown anthropomorphic squirrel with blue eyes and cheek tuffs. He shares general coloration with the rest of his family; as such, the two tones of brown used for his fur have varied wildly throughout his depictions, sometimes resulting in the light brown sections appearing peach or even yellowish. He typically wears a blue uniform with gold epaulets, boots and a red cape. While his hair, mustache and bushy eyebrows were originally auburn, age and stress have resulted in them becoming gray/white. At various points he has been wheelchair-bound, initially due to severe injury resulting in the temporary loss of use of his legs, and later due to poor health.

In initial appearances he was often depicted much taller than the general cast, though this was later rectified; early inconsistent depictions lead some fans to believe he was a fox rather than a squirrel. Often his tail and even hair were forgotten.

Under the influence of the zone in which he was trapped, the King donned dark armor and a helmet adorned with long horns; at this time he carried a lance. Later on, his body began to gradually crystallize, somewhat resembling an organic, multifaceted Chaos Emerald, though this was eventually reversed. While he initially wore a simple circlet crown, he eventually recovered the more ornate red and gold Crown of Acorns. The details of his clothing have varied between appearances and artists, but they usually retain the key elements; blue long-sleeve uniform, gold epaulets and red (or blue) cape. Variables include the additions of medals, belts, pants, and white trim on the cape; instead of the sword, he sometimes carried scepters or staffs. While ill or under medical care, he was sometimes depicted in a simple white shirt. He at one point again donned armor, this time silver, and with it carried a large shield and the Sword of Acorns. After stepping down as active ruler, he no longer wore a crown.

HistoryEdit

Early lifeEdit

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Maximillian as a young boy being bounced on the knee of Nate Morgan, from Sonic the Hedgehog #65.

Maximillian was just a young boy when his father Frederick Acorn granted the wizard Ixis Naugus the title of Royal Wizard.[2] Some time after this, the Overlander scientist Nate Morgan was taken in by his father and provided major scientific knowledge which brought the Kingdom of Acorn out of the pre-industrial age. Because of his contributions to the kingdom, Nate Morgan was very close with the royal family and acted somewhat like an uncle for young Maximillian.[3]

At the age of ten, Frederick revealed the mysterious Source of All to Max, and soon he bonded with the Source as per royal tradition. The Crown and Sword of Acorns were forged from the remaining Source of All that did not merge with him.[4] Because of their bonding with the Source of All, the Acorns were granted guidance from the Source. The Source guided Max's father Frederick to select the young Alicia to act as his future wife. At age eleven, Max and Alicia were betrothed, and upon their eighteen commemoration, the two formally married.[5] As his father aged and Max became old enough, he assumed the mantle as king, with Nate Morgan present at the ceremony.[3]

During his early years as a king, Max found himself as odds with what to do during the allegations by Ixis Naugus and Warlord Kodos Lion regarding Nate Morgan. Unable to see Nate perform treason and feeling sympathy for him because Nate had been there during his upbringing, Maximillian was deeply troubled when Kodos and Naugus accused Nate of providing their location to a group of Overlander scouts. To spare Max of the trouble, Nate imposed self-exile and left the kingdom, much to Max's dismay.[3]

The Great War yearsEdit

During the Great War, the Overlander's superior technology allowed them to push back the Royal Army at almost every turn. As the city began being bombarded by mortars, Max had his wife and infant son Elias sent away to a safe haven on Angel Island. However, their craft was intercepted by Overlander ships, and everyone on board the craft was presumed to have been killed.>[6] Unbeknownst to Max, the Brotherhood of Guardians had arrived on the crash scene first and lied to the Overlanders about there being survivors, taking in the wounded Queen Alicia and Elias.[7]

Not long after this, the Hedgehog brothers Jules and Sir Charles brought before Max the wounded Overlander Julian Kintobor, whom they had found being chased in the Badlands by other Overlander troops. Feeling guilty over what had happened with Nate Morgan, Max easily accepted Julian into the Kingdom, hoping to not make the same mistake twice of chasing away an Overlander seeking refuge in the kingdom.[8]

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King Max battles with Overlord Charlemagne, from Sonic the Hedgehog #78.

After Kodos mysteriously "disappeared" (Julian was actually responsible, having sent him to the Zone of Silence), King Max along with everyone else believed Julian's story that Kodos had tampered with leftover weapons from Ixis Naugus which resulted in his death. With Julian's knowledge of Overlander tactics, King Max appointed him as the new Warlord. Eventually, with Julian's new battle tactics and development of new weaponry, the Kingdom of Acorn finally won the Great War and brought peace to their lands. King Max himself struck the final blow, defeating the Overlord Charlemagne in a duel and then sparing his life.[8][9]

Julian's betrayalEdit

With the defeat of the Overlanders and the end of the war, Max intended to disassemble the War Ministry and appoint Julian to the position of Minister of Science, vacated some time previously by Sir Charles Hedgehog. However, Julian had no intention of continuing to serve Max, and tricked Max into disassembling the Kingdom's military, allowing Julian's SWATbots to easily overwhelm the citizens of the kingdom. Renaming himself Doctor Ivo Robotnik, the former Warlord claimed Mobotropolis for his own as Robotropolis, and banished Max to the Zone of Silence.[10][11]

Zone of Silence view

Maximillian succumbs to the Zone, from Sonic the Hedgehog #53.

While in the Zone, King Acorn found himself unable to think clearly due to the zone's properties. He was then forced to pledge loyalty to Ixis Naugus, the creator of the zone, to survive.[12] Over the next ten years, he lost his memory, not recognizing Sonic or Sally when they came to the Zone. He also came to command an army of goblin-like creatures, clad in a barbaric suit of brownish-purple armor and claiming the Zone as his domain to rule over with an iron fist. However, Robotnik's tampering with the Zone resulted in its losing stability, threatening to collapse and thus kill Max, forcing Sally, Sonic, and Geoffrey St. John to enter the Zone and rescue him.[13][14]

The Return of the kingEdit

The Freedom Fighters managed to free King Acorn from the Zone and brought him back to Knothole VIllage.[14] Unfortunately, the King's body began to crystallize due to exposure to the Zone's harsh environment. Initially there were hopes of healing him using a Chaos Emerald, but these proved fruitless. It was discovered afterwards that the Sword of Acorns, when brought together with the Crown of Acorns and the King himself, possessed powerful healing properties and was able to restore King Acorn to his former self.[15] It later became known that the wizard Ixis Naugus had been responsible for the King's condition, forcing Sonic to confront him and his minions-Warlord Kodos, Uma Arachnis, and Feist-in Max's dreams forcing them all out.[12]

At one point, King Max was secretly replaced by one of Robotnik's Auto-Automatons, whom the Freedom Fighters mistook for a fully healed king following their battle with Mammoth Mogul over the Sword of Acorns.[16][17] While impersonating the King, the robot sentenced Sonic to life in the Devil's Gulag prison when Sonic was mistakenly charged with the murder of Princess Sally.[18] He also later brought Robotnik himself to Knothole, where Robotnik revealed that the King was a fake.[17][19] The real king was revealed to have been in the care of Dr. Quack, who helped Robotnik in order to protect his captured family.[20]

Following Robotnik Prime's defeat, it came to light that King Max had promised Ixis Naugus the kingdom in exchange for helping him survive in the Zone of Silence, which the wizard came to collect upon his escape from that same Zone. Fortunately, the Freedom Fighters and Max recognized that honoring such a foolish bargain would be catastrophic, and drove Naugus off.[12] The King soon turned paranoid, fearing rebellion by the Robians and ordering that they be disassembled before being convinced of the error of such a course.[21] Matters came to a head when a group of Freedom Fighter illusions inflamed Max's anger, allowing Ixis Naugus to gain control of his mind. Eager to assert control, Naugus soon had the city of Mobotropolis embroiled in civil war, and only when the real Freedom Fighters returned after defeating Master Mogul was Max freed of Naugus's influence by a Sword of Acorns wielding Sonic. Reclaiming his Sword, Max was able to summon the Crown from the Hall of Limbo, which had been inside his mind the whole time, and was thus restored to normal.[22]

The royal family and Dr. EggmanEdit

With his return to normality, Max soon began exercising more and more authority. Set firmly in the traditions of the House of Acorn, he revealed the origins of the Royal Artifacts to Sally as well as the Source of All. With utter disregard for Sally's own desires, he tried to convince her to abandon her romance with Sonic because he was a commoner, marry Antoine D'Coolette because of his family's high standing, and merge with the Source-in other words, cease to live her own life. Sally refused, leaving the matter unresolved between herself and Max.[4][5][23] The king had also been hiding the existence of his wife Alicia and his son Elias from Sally, hoping to spare her the pain of her lost family. Found by the Brotherhood of Guardians, the young prince and comatose queen were cared for on Angel Island, their continued existence unknown to Max or the Kingdom. Determined to discover the truth, Max authorized Geoffrey St. John to create a new Secret Service, its first mission to uncover the fate of the royal pair and recover them if possible.[6][24][25] The group proved successful with the aid of Knuckles the Echidna, bringing the queen and prince back to Mobotropolis.[7][26][27] At the same time, Sonic and Miles "Tails" Prower returned from their pursuit and defeat of Ixis Naugus with a surprise for Max: his old honorary uncle, Nate Morgan. Max soon declared that Elias, rather than Sally, would succeed him to the throne, before devoting his attention to his wife.[28][29] He also disbanded the Knothole Freedom Fighters in favor of the Secret Service.[30]

King Max

King Max addressing the citizens of Knothole, from Sonic the Hedgehog #76.

Peace was fleeting for King Max and his subjects, as a new threat emerged in the form of an alternate version of Dr. Robotnik known as Dr. Eggman. Initially, the villain attacked from the shadows using satellites he had placed in orbit, even hijacking the new Kingdom of Acorn television network during one of Max's own speeches to play a history of Robotnik's life, which of course emphasized Max's faults and those of other members of the kingdom.[28][30][31][32][33][34][35][36] When the Robians disappeared from Knothole, King Acorn prevented the Freedom Fighters from investigating the satellites.[37] Eggman soon made his presence known, employing a legion of Shadowbots to attack Mobotropolis. Max sought to offer himself up in exchange for the safety of his people, but Eggman denied his request. The defeated king was forced to flee to Knothole with the rest of his subjects, opening the Second Robotnik War. Fortunately, the Freedom Fighters-despite Max's objections-were able to thwart Eggman's plans to invade the newly declared Kingdom of Knothole by uploading a virus into his computer, erasing the data containing the location of Knothole.[38][39] This led Max to reform the group and also to make Sonic one of the Knights of Acorn.[40][41]

Army

Maximillian preparing to lead the Royal Army to attack Robotropolis, from Sonic the Hedgehog #88.

After the Freedom Fighters' return from a crucial mission in Station Square, they joined the King and his army in rescuing Elias who had recently found a solution to Alicia's illness, which involved surgery. The rescue was a success and Alicia finally woke from her coma sometime after.[42][43] Unfortunately, the mission resulted in Max's paralysis at the hands of a Shadowbot, confining him to a wheelchair for considerable period afterwards. Max gave the role of acting ruler to Elias, who in turn had his decisions made by Secret Service member Geoffrey. One of those orders involved Sonic being stripped of his knighthood and confined in Knothole after stealing and losing the Sword of Acorns.[44][45] Sonic would defy Elias' wishes on a number of occasions in order to get it back, but the King lifted the hedgehog's confinement after Sonic thwarted an attempt by Heavy and Bomb, robot Secret Service agents reprogrammed by Eggman, to assassinate Max and his family. He soon took charge once more when Elias, blaming himself for failing to run the kingdom properly during Max's incapacitation, ran away from Knothole.[46][47][48] Prior to that incident, Chaos Knuckles' attempts to alter history caught Max up in an alternate reality where Robotnik's Coup d'état had been thwarted, Alicia and Elias had been brought home by Knuckles, and Max had arranged for Sally to marry the young Guardian. Luckily, reality was restored to normal as Chaos Knuckles' efforts failed to produce the desired result.[49]

Max would soon send Sally on a mission to Station Square as an ambassador,[50] after which he granted asylum to Hope Kintobor, an Overlander girl who wished to join the Freedom Fighters.[51] In the midst of that, he received a most surprising and unwelcome guest in Knothole: the original Dr. Robotnik, who had been brought back accidentally by Eggman, who conspired with him to get rid of the Freedom Fighters.[52] Following Robotnik's final demise, King Acorn authorized Geoffrey and Hershey Cat to find his missing son, which they managed with help from Sonic and Sally.[53][54] Max would then interrogate a member of Nack the Weasel's gang after they kidnapped Sally.[55][56] In a surprising show of acceptance, he approved of Sally's engagement to Sonic, but was soon faced with the threat of the volatile aliens known as the Xorda.[57] Unable to participate in battle himself, he negotiated with Eggman and succeeded in getting him to surrender control of half his empire in exchange for an alliance with the Kingdom of Knothole. Max's success was bittersweet, as Sonic seemingly perished in the final battle against the Xorda.[58]

Sonic's absence and returnEdit

Following Sonic's sacrifice, Max somehow regained the use of his legs. He soon found himself faced with the difficulties of waging a war against Eggman, who had broken his promise. Complicating the matter was the presence of the Chaotix in Knothole, coupled with their desire to invade and liberate a conquered Angel island, which Max forbade.[59] Determined to protect his people, Max even commissioned the construction of the Metal Sonic Troopers, robots based on Sonic himself.[60]

Approximately a year after the Xorda were defeated, Max had dispatched Geoffrey and Hershey to spy on Dr. Eggman. They were captured and about to be put to death after being married when Sonic, who had in fact survived the battle with the Xorda and been transported into deep space, returned and saved them. He soon arrived in Knothole and delivered to Max the information Geoffrey and Hershey had gathered: Eggman had assembled a stockpile of nuclear weapons.[59] Max soon had the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix dispatched to Old Megaopolis and Fort Acorn, and Operation: Triple Threat was thwarted.[61][62][63] Afterwards, Max and his wife left for a tour of the Kingdom's territory, leaving Sally in charge-unwittingly setting the stage for Sonic and Sally's breakup.[64]

Passing on the leadershipEdit

While away on his world tour via the Acorn One, King Max was slowly poisoned by Patch, the Anti-Mobius version of Antoine, whom he was impersonating at the time due to an exchange by Evil Sonic. The king slipped into a coma, forcing Prince Elias to take the throne to keep Patch from becoming King.[65][66] Some time afterwards, Max was revived by a device powered by a Chaos Emerald, though confined to a wheelchair once more.[67][68] He was among those captured during the destruction of Knothole and was beamed to the Egg Grape Chamber, only to be saved by the efforts of Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy Rose, and Nicole, who saved the prisoners by having NICOLE transport them to the city of New Mobotropolis.[69][70][71]

When his old general Amadeus Prower rebelled against the monarchy, Max was outraged, denying Amadeus's criticism of the House of Acorn despite the merits of Amadeus's accusations. Moreover, he used the opportunity - and Amadeus's short imprisonment - to try and, clearly failed, to plant mistrust of Sonic in Elias's mind.[72] Influenced by his father, Elias ended up facing Amadeus in a duel, which was luckily brought to a halt by Sally, who settled the differences of the two and worked with them to create a new form of government. The new system of a ruling council in which the king served as a presiding councilor with six elected peers was received warmly by everyone, except for Max, who refused to acknowledge his son after the news became public.[73] Some time later, Max and his wife appeared at a concert for the Forget Me Knots celebrating Eggman's defeat, though the event was interrupted by the arrival of Monkey Khan.[74]

The Acorns' second downfallEdit

Cry for alicia

Years of physical and mental strain continue to take their toll on Max, from Sonic the Hedgehog #220.

Max seemed to grow increasingly distant and reclusive over time, causing concern from his wife. It would soon become clear that despite the time passed, he was unwilling to accept the new republic. Eventually, he decided he wished to speak with Geoffrey St. John and tasked the commander with finding a way to return the monarchy to "proper authority." Geoffrey convinced the former king he had a plan that would enable him to do so, and so Max granted him permission to act as he saw fit.[75][76] When his son asked Doctor Quack if Max is plotting to take back the throne, the doctor dismissed the allegations, saying that Max's current condition has prevented him from being a significant threat to anyone, and his "good days" were becoming even more infrequent with time.[77]

Unfortunately, Max had made yet another grave mistake in judgement in trusting St. John. It turned out that Geoffrey, since his childhood, had secretly been affiliated to the Order of Ixis's remnants as an apprentice wizard. His master was none other than Ixis Naugus, whom St. John had recently decided to return to glory. With his sanity restored and Geoffrey by his side, Naugus arrived in New Mobotropolis a few days later with the intent of finally claiming the crown for himself. Aside from recently growing public fear of Nicole (after she was possessed during the Iron Dominion's invasion of the region), Naugus also based his claim on his past interactions with Max, despite Elias's arguments. The Freedom Fighters, meanwhile, attempted to help stop Naugus, but an assault by Eggman changed all that.[77][78][79][80]

The chain of events that followed had disastrous consequences for all participants; Julian's recently-launched Death Egg Mark 2 was severely damaged and forced to retreat, but in the process, he had gained a new servant when Sally allowed herself to be roboticized in order to prevent the mad doctor from destroying the world - the first of multiple crushing losses the Freedom Fighters would suffer over the next few days.[81] Worse still, without Sally's leadership and diplomacy skills, Elias was effectively dethroned and Naugus was crowned king - a change instantly accepted by the common people. As Sonic & co. continued to try and stop the wizard, Elias went home to tell his parents the bad news.[82]

Max, of course, was as deeply shocked by the recent events as almost everyone else. Shortly thereafter, Elias decided he and his family were no longer safe in the city and tried to convince his parents to come with him, but Max, could not go due to his condition, and his wife did not want to leave him. His options running out, Elias went to see Harvey Who, whom Max had told him was always there to "watch his back". Harvey, though, had come to consider Max crazy for not originally following his advice, and consequently refused Elias aid at first. However, the old owl changed his mind upon seeing that the boy was a better ruler than his father.[83] The next day, Max was present to watch his son's departure from New Mobotropolis.[84] Before long, though, Elias would secretly return as part a team of covert new Freedom Fighters formed by Harvey to take the kingdom back from Naugus.[85] Max was later shown asleep in bed, with his worried wife at his side and his son watching from the shadows.[86]

Naugus visits Max and Alicia

Naugus visits Max and Alicia., from Sonic the Hedgehog #241.

Indeed, Max's health was apparently degrading with each passing day. Meanwhile, Naugus was also suffering from health issues and searched for a vessel to inhabit as he tried to find a way to recover. His first choice was Max. He offered to "heal" his old ally, effectively reversing his increasing physical and mental frailty, whilst privately planning to take possession of Max again. By this point, Max had gotten to the point where even basic speech had become difficult for him. Despite this, he declined Naugus's offer. Naugus tried to reason with Max, but Alicia, having heard enough, sent the wizard away. Weakly, Max thanked his wife, and she embraced him in turn.[87] Along with the rest of Mobius, Max was later caught up in the effects of the second Genesis Wave.[88]

Note: From this point, Maximillian's history continues from his new life in the altered timeline.

PersonalityEdit

Max's personality is hard to peg down, particularly because of his link to the Source of All and trauma from his stay in the Zone of Silence. There are two constants to Max's personality: his deep love for his kingdom and his intense love for his family. Early on, he was a wise and just ruler, as well as a devoted husband and father. He is, however, tradition bound to a fault, which had put him in conflict with his children on numerous occasions, the most prevalent examples being his attempts to arrange marriage between Sally and Antoine, and his fury over Elias' reforming of the government into a republic. He would often put the personal considerations of his family second to what he perceived as necessary duty.

He is also prone to prejudice - in particular against Robians - which Ixis Naugus was able to capitalize on. However, he is normally wise enough to act in spite of his prejudices rather than because of them. Perhaps his most notable trait is his bad judge of character, having failed to recognize the true colors of Naugus, Kodos, and the original Robotnik until it was too late and ignoring all of Harvey Who's warnings about them.

The numerous and intense traumas endured over the course of his life, as well as recent breaks from tradition, seem to have had a heavy impact on Max's mental faculties. Since Elias reformed the government, Max has become increasingly reclusive, harsh and irritable; he's also on occasion seemed slightly forgetful or confused, for example not recognizing Sonic. These traumas could easily contribute to his near bipolar personality.

RelationshipsEdit

Sonic the HedgehogEdit

Max's attitude with regards to Sonic vary widely depending on the situation. He showed an almost immediate dislike for Sonic upon his recovery, despite the fact that Sonic saved his mind twice before. This was likely a combination of Sonic's lack of obedience and Sally's interest in him. However, Max changed his tune dramatically after Eggman's arrival, after Sonic was instrumental in preventing the destruction of Knothole. He regarded Sonic as the hero he is for some time thereafter. After Sonic's return from space, King Max gave his wholehearted blessing to Sally's union with Sonic, though after their breakup, he reverted back to his dislike.

TriviaEdit

  • Max also appeared in a future in which Sonic and Sally are married as King and Queen and he is a grandfather. This version of the future is where Nicole originated. He does not appear in the Light Mobius future, possibly having died at some point between the present and the possible future. In the altered timeline, however, a statue of him is in the throne room of Castle Mobius, probably in honor of his memory.
  • In the animated series, King Acorn (known only as the king) had brown eyebrows and a mustache, and when he was crystallizing, the crystal was not green, nor did it cover his body as extensively.

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