Kingdom Hearts III
Maximus has been hunting Flynn Rider for some time before the arrival of the Heartless. When Flynn is rescued from the Heartless by Sora, Donald and Goofy, he briefly mentions to himself that with Maximus already chasing him, he doesn't need the Heartless after him, but brushes it off when Donald questions him. Maximus eventually locates Flynn and prepares to arrest him, but is charmed by Rapunzel to help her fulfill her dream of seeing the lanterns that appear on her birthday. Maximus accompanies Sora and company to the Kingdom of Corona, and helps Flynn realize his feelings for Rapunzel by pushing him into a dancing crowd.
After Rapunzel is kidnapped by Mother Gothel, Flynn rides Maximus to her tower. Finding Sora knocked unconscious by Marluxia, Flynn has Maximus lick Sora awake before taking Sora, Donald, and Goofy to the tower. Maximus accompanies Flynn and Rapunzel following her rescue and Flynn's resurrection as Flynn reveals his real name as Eugene Fitzherbert. When Eugene denies any romantic feelings for her, Sora playfully orders Maximus to get Eugene, much to Eugene's discomfort.
Maximus is a white horse with a platinum-blond mane and tail, brown eyes, and a grey muzzle. He is equipped with a brown saddle that has yellow, black, and red patterns, as well as a brown satchel. On his chest is the emblem of Corona with his name embossed on it.
Maximus is determined and serious, focused only on tracking down Flynn Rider to arrest him. Underneath this exterior, however, is a small degree of kindness. After encountering Rapunzel, Maximus becomes more compassionate, helping Flynn save her from Mother Gothel. He is also aware of Flynn's feelings for Rapunzel, pushing him into a crowd so that Flynn could dance with her.
Despite being a horse, Maximus sometimes displays dog-like mannerisms, such as wagging his tail when happy and sitting on his haunches.
Maximus first appeared in the 2010 Disney animated film Tangled. In the film, he is the horse of the Captain of the Guard with a personal vendetta against Flynn Rider. He spends part of the film pursuing Flynn to bring him to justice, but is charmed by Rapunzel to help her fulfill her dream of seeing the lanterns that appear on her birthday.
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