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This page is for the book series character. For the 2019 TV series character, see Max Evans (2019). For the 1999 TV series character, see Max Evans (1999).

Max Evans is a main character in the Roswell High book series. He is a senior in high school,[1] and he's kept his origins as an alien a closely-guarded secret until he uses his powers to save Liz Ortecho's life.

Appearance

Max has blond hair and blue eyes. He's tall and buff, and Maria once describes him as looking like a viking.[2][3][4]

Max's aura color is emerald green.

Character

Max, Isabel, Michael, and Nikolas were in pods when their alien ship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. A survivor of the crash moved their pods to safety in a cave. The four children remained in stasis for about forty years. Max and his twin sister Isabel emerged from their shared pod at the apparent age of seven. Nikolas and Michael had already separately awoken and wandered off alone. Max and Isabel wandered from their cave and were found by Mr. and Mrs. Evans, who adopted them.

Max developed a crush on his classmate Liz Ortecho, who's been his lab partner since sophomore year. When Liz is shot, Max heals her, exposing his secret that he's an alien to both Liz and Maria DeLuca.

Max is quiet and "kind of a loner."[5][6][7] He is protective of his friends, such as saving Liz's life despite the immense personal risk to himself, and attacking Kyle Valenti when he insults Liz.[8]

Max takes a leadership position in the group to get everyone to work together. When tensions escalate and Maria and Alex Manes risk exposing the secret to Sheriff Valenti, Max gets everyone to hold hands and uses his powers to form a connection, allowing for understanding and trust between them all. This forms a friendship between them and it gets everyone to work together. However, when Isabel starts seeing Nikolas who is reckless with his powers and cruel to their human friend, Max oversteps when he orders Isabel to stop seeing Nikolas, which backfires with Isabel pushing away.

Powers

Being an alien, Max potentially has use of all the various powers that aliens possess.

Healing: Max is notably skilled at healing, such as healing Liz from a fatal gunshot wound.

Mental connection: Max is able to form connections with others, and notably does this to form a group connection with Liz, Maria, Michael, Isabel, and Alex.

Appearance manipulation: Max is able to manipulate his appearance. He naturally does this as a child to blend in with humans, but he later learns to control it and can change his appearance at will.

Sense power use: Max can sense when another alien uses their powers.

Appearances

Books 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Roswell High

Adaptations

For the 1999 Roswell television series, Max Evans is portrayed by Jason Behr. Instead of being blond with blue eyes, the character has brown hair and brown eyes.

For the 2019 Roswell, New Mexico television series, Max Evans is portrayed by Nathan Dean Parsons. Instead of being blond with blue eyes, the character has brown hair and brown eyes. Max and the other main characters are all aged up ten years, although they still went to high school together, and Max has become a deputy sheriff by the start of the series.

References

  1. Book 1, The Outsider, chapter 3: “I don’t know what you want me to say,” she said, not meeting Max’s eyes. “Should I start with the fact that the UFO crash supposedly happened more than fifty years ago — and you’re only a senior in high school? So your parents have been dead longer than you’ve been alive?”
  2. The Outsider, chapter 1: "Max Evans, tall and blond, with killer baby blues, and Michael Guerin, dark and intense, ambled over to the corner booth in the back."
  3. The Outsider, chapter 1: "If there were a beefcake calendar of Ulysses F. Olsen High hotties, Max would be in it. Tall, blond, buff, with those blue, blue eyes..."
  4. The Outsider, chapter 15: “Max and Liz look amazing together,” Maria said. “He has that whole blond-Viking thing going, and she has that dark, dark hair and eyes.”
  5. The Outsider, "He was quiet. And kind of a loner."
  6. The Outsider, chapter 15, Max says: "Because I’ve always been the quiet guy."
  7. The Outsider, chapter 15, Liz says to Max: "They think you’re quiet."
  8. The Outsider, chapter 13: "Max leaped to his feet and hunched himself at Kyle in one fluid motion. Kyle fell to the ground with a satisfying thud. Max straddled him and slammed his fist into Kyle’s nose. He heard it crack and felt warm blood spurt across his fingers. “Max, no!” Liz screamed. But he wasn’t stopping now. Kyle was going to pay for every word he’d said to Liz."
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