- "Applaud now sonny boy! But try clapping when you don't have any hands."
- —Max in response to Timon's apathy
Uncle Max has scruffy gray fur on his head and fur that has presumably dulled tan from old age. He has dark circles around his eyes and darker grey stripes on his body.
- "Are you nuts?!?"
- —Max to [[[Ma]]'s suggestion they go save [Timon]]
Max is flinchy, irritable, easy to disappoint, a stickler for the rules, and very pessimistic about life in general. He is especially against the concept of being eaten.
- Max: "She's right! We're food for other animals! Feared by no one and eaten by all!"
Timon: "But when they die, they become the grass and we eat the grass...right?"
Uncle Max is the uncle of Timon, and it is assumed that he is either the brother of Timon's Father or Ma. He lives in a colony of meerkats, far from the Pride Lands. In the film, Ma asks him where Timon is until the tunnel is collapsed by Timon's "handy work". Because Ma wants Timon to fit in with the meerkat colony, she requests of Uncle Max to assign Timon to lead the sentry duty. At first, he is very reluctant, but he ends up mentoring him. When Timon is caught off-guard singing "That's All I Need" while on sentry duty, he was nearly eaten by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed who infiltrated the colony, but he recovers.
[[File:Peaceful Uncle Max.png|thumb|left|Uncle Max living peacefully in the Oasis
Later on in the film, Rafiki tells Ma that Timon is "looking beyond what he sees" and he follows Ma as they go look for Timon. Near the climax, he is reunited with his nephew Timon and meets Pumbaa. Timon and Pumbaa make a plan with him and Ma to build a trap to keep the hyenas away from Simba. Along with Ma, he builds a tunnel while Timon and Pumbaa stall the hyenas. The tunnel he builds with Ma initially fails leading to Timon to finish the tunnel which leads to the downfall of Scar and the hyenas. When Timon finishes the tunnel, he hugs Timon so hard that he feels nearly choked. Finally, he is present with Timon, Pumbaa, and Ma as they see Simba take back his throne. Finally, he is seen demonstrating a pose in a session of tai-chi with other meerkats in the oasis, and when Pumbaa states he wants to watch the movie again, Max comments he has brought extra butter to go with his grubs.
- Originally, there was going be a meerkat in Max's place: Timon's father, but the character was deleted.
- It is unclear whether Uncle Max is Ma's brother or not, but since Timon's father was deleted, he, therefore, does not exist in the official film universe. It is much more likely that he is related to Ma.
- Max is Timon's uncle, but refers to his nephew as "sonny boy" during the film.
- There is another Disney character, Goofy's son, named Max, and another, Maximus, from Disney's Tangled.
- Max could be short for, Maximilien, Maximiliano, Maxwell, Maximus, Maxim, Maximo, Maxfield, Maximino, Maximilian, Maxey, Maxie, or Maxa, all of which mean "the greatest" like Max.
- Max has an uncanny resemblance to Iron Joe, and even gets a part of his tail fur bitten off early in the movie.
- Despite being Timon's uncle, he never calls Ma sister, so he may actually be of no relation to her.
- Ma also refers to Max as "Uncle," so Max could be Ma's uncle and Timon's great-uncle.