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Max (マックス, Makkusu), also known by his hero alias Lightning Max (イナズマックス, Inazu Makkusu), is the A-Class Rank 19 professional hero of the Hero Association.


Lightning Max is a young man with blonde hair that is slicked back and tapered to a point. He has a prominent widows peak, relatively thick eyebrows, dark lines around his eyes, and a lightning symbol on his left cheek. He wears a tight fitting outfit that consists of a tank top, shorts, long socks and sleeves that go from mid-bicep to mid-forearm. His hero outfit is black with yellow lining, and lightning symbols emblazoned on all the pieces of his outfit.

As a martial artist, he wears karate gi, while retaining most of his hero outfit parts.


Max is shown to think ahead and spy on his target to know how to defeat them but it is shown that he has some doubt in his abilities. After his defeat at the hands of the Deep Sea King he attempts to make himself stronger.

When returning to fight against Gouketsu, Max reveals a more selfless side as he tries to buy time for Suiryu to escape, despite knowing that he and Sneck may only delay Gouketsu for a second.


Introduction SagaEdit

Saitama Introduction ArcEdit

Lightning Max arrives at A-City with Smile Man to fight Vaccine Man, but is defeated.[2] [3]

Hero Association SagaEdit

Rumored Monster ArcEdit


Lightning Max investigating the scene

Lightning Max and many other heroes decided to head to Z-City to investigate the rumored monster of the city after it defeated Golden Ball and Spring Mustache, but he came to the scene after it was already beaten by Saitama.[4]

Sea Monster ArcEdit


Lightning Max punched by the Deep Sea King

Lightning Max is seen observing Stinger's defeat at the hands of the Deep Sea King through a telescope and decides to go and fight the monster himself until reinforcements arrive. But before he can even act, the Deep Sea King appears behind him in an instant smiling menacingly. This startled Lightning Max and he quickly attacks the monster with his Lightning Kick, but it has no effect on him and the Deep Sea King casually remarks that it hurt a little. Lightning Max realizing he can't win tries to think of a way to escape, but before he can move he's punched with full force by the Deep Sea King, who sends him flying into the building across from them.[5]


Lightning Max hospitalized with Stinger

The building begins crumbling down and Lightning Max tries to escape, but is confronted once again by Sea King. In a desperate effort, Max unleashes his Flying Reverse Roundhouse Kick, but once again it has no effect on Sea King and he knocks out Lightning Max with a punch and sends him flying once again into the streets below where the building threatens to crush him. Luckily he is caught by the S-Class hero Puri-Puri Prisoner before the crumbling building crushed him.[6] He was later hospitalized alongside Stinger. While reading the newspaper, about the incident and the hero who took their credit, Puri-Puri Prisoner appears, much to their horror, and is about to give them both his special medicine, but Lightning Max and Stinger ran away with fear.[7] Sometime after the event, he received a promotion to rank 19.[1]

Alien Conquerors ArcEdit

Lightning Max appears at Hero Association Headquarters in A-City to help out with the Rescuing operation with Stinger and Mumen Rider.[8]

Human Monster SagaEdit

Monster Raid ArcEdit

Max wins

Lightning Max victorious against Lin Lin

Max is participating in the Super Fight Tournament in C-City at the C-City Super Stadium. This is the first time Max has participated in the tournament.[9] His first opponent was Lin Lin, and he won the battle without (according to the audience) much difficulty, but it was a tough fight according to himself.[10]

Lightning Max was later pitted against Suiryu and tries picturing Suiryu as the Deep Sea King, so that he can overcome his real goal. Lightning Max tells Suiryu that Suiryu's strength is minuscule compared to the monsters. When the match begins, Lightning Max charges at Suiryu.[11]

Lightning Max shows off his new move, but gets easily outmaneuvered by Suiryu. Suiryu proceeds to kick Max to the edge of the ring, knocking him out.[12]

Super Fight ArcEdit

He and Sneck attempt to fight Gouketsu, but are defeated.

However, he and Sneck manage to recover and don their hero suits, returning to the fight in time to save an injured Suiryu. The two heroes both state that they are much more powerful with their uniforms than they were against Suiryu, and together, the three struck together and defeated The Three Crows, each with a single attack.

Both he and Sneck refuse to run from Gouketsu in order to buy some time for Suiryu escape. However both heroes are defeated during Suiryu's attempt to jump out of the stadium.

The following section contains Webcomic spoilers. You have been warned, manga-only readers.

Physic Sisters ArcEdit

He is one of the heroes examining the prison after Saitama's and Tatsumaki's battle.

Abilities and PowersEdit

As an A-Class hero, Lightning Max is a skilled and powerful fighter. He is also a fairly capable martial artist. He has a strong analytical ability and usually tries to not overestimate his abilities.[1] He is no match for Dragon level threats like Vaccine Man and Gouketsu.

Physical AbilitiesEdit

Enhanced Endurance: Lightning Max was able to continue fighting the Sea King, even after getting punched by the monster and sent flying into a building. Max also survived a kick from the transformed Gouketsu, a Dragon-level Mysterious Being, that sent him flying out of the Super Fight stadium along with Sneck and recovered in time to save Suiryu from The Three Crows.

Enhanced Strength: Being an A-Class hero, Max possesses a great deal of physical prowess, and was able to defeat one of the Three Crows, who individually were tiger-level threats, in a single kick which caused its body to explode on impact.

Enhanced Speed: As an A-Class hero, Lightning Max has impressive speed, which is further augmented by his lightning shoes.

Fighting StyleEdit

Martial Artist: Being revealed to be a martial artist, Lightning Max has been shown to be a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. Max's martial skills were strong enough that he's able to compete in and advance through the Super Fight tournament though was no match for Suiryu.

Flying Reverse Round-House Lightning Kick

Flying Reverse Round-House Lightning Kick

  • Hyper Karate (ハイパー空手, Haipā Karate): Lightning Max's preferred method of fighting. This fighting style seems to revolve around karate kicks centered at different directions and intervals. He uses multiple inbuilt mechanisms in his shoes that act to amplify the power of his kicks and create electrical discharges while acting as a hero.[1]
    • Lightning Kick (稲妻蹴り, Inazuma Geri): Lightning Max jumps up and throws a super fast kick that causes a small explosion utilizing gunpowder stored in his shoe.[13]
    • Flying Reverse Round-House Lightning Kick (稲妻飛び後ろ回し蹴り, Inazuma Tobi Ushiro Mawashigeri): Lightning Max clicks his heel down which causes the toe of his shoe to open, revealing small boosters that fire. This causes him to spin and his kick to become even faster. The kick is exceptionally fast and causes a large explosion.
    • Giant Wheel Double Heel Drop (大車輪両かかと落とし, Daisharin Ryō Kakato Otoshi): Lightning Max does a flip in the air and swings with both of his feet towards a target. He used this attack to kill one of the Three Crows.[14]


Lightning Shoes (稲妻シューズ, Inazuma Shūzu):[15] Lightning Max wears a pair of special shoes with gunpowder stored inside them. The shoes also have multiple inbuilt mechanisms such as boosters inside them. The detonation switch is in the heel and an iron plate is built into the sole. These shoes have been his favorites since before joining the Hero Association.[1]

Telescope: Lightning Max carries a telescope with him to observe events from afar.

Hero RatingEdit

Lightning Max's rating determined by the Hero Association[1]:

Ability Type Stamina Intelligence Justice Endurance Power Popularity Effectiveness Fighting Ability Total

Major Battles Edit

Participants Chapter(s) Episode(s) Result
Lightning Max and Smile Man vs. Vaccine Man (Off screen) None 1 Loss
Lightning Max vs. Deep Sea King 24 8 Loss
Lightning Max vs. Lin Lin (Off screen) 60, 61 17 Win
Lightning Max vs. Suiryu 62 18 Loss
Lightning Max and Sneck vs. Gouketsu 72 20 Loss
Lightning Max, Sneck and Suiryu vs. The Three Crows 73 20 Win
Lightining Max and Sneck vs. Gouketsu: Round Two

(Off screen)

73 20 Loss


  • In the anime he and Smile Man are the first heroes of the Hero Association to appear.
  • The origin of his hero name comes from his lightning kicks and his real name.[1]
  • According to the databook:
    • What he likes are sports, electric baths, and fitted clothes.[1]
    • What he dislikes are having his name mistaken as "Inazuma Max".[1]
    • His hobbies are participating in track and field events, visiting shoe stores, and basketball.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 One-Punch Man Encyclopedia; One-Punch Man: Hero Perfection, page 32
  2. One-Punch Man Anime; Episode 1
  3. One-Punch Man Omake; Witness
  4. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 20, page 35
  5. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 24, page 4-10
  6. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 24, page 11-19
  7. One-Punch Man Anime; Episode 9
  8. One-Punch Man Anime; Episode 11
  9. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 60, page 2
  10. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 61, page 11
  11. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 62, page 5-10
  12. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 62, page 11-16
  13. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 24, page 7
  14. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 73, page 33-34
  15. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 73, page 31


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