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Mad Max

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This article is about the real-life film series. For the film that exists within the Simpsons universe, see Mad Max.

Mad Max is an Australian dystopian-action film series consisting of Mad Max released in 1979, Mad Max 2 in 1981, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015. The series' titular character was played by Mel Gibson in the first three films and Tom Hardy in Fury Road.

The series centers on Max Rockatansky, police officer living in a dystopian Australia, who after killing a biker gang in revenge for murdering his family, helps what remains of civilization.

The Mad Max series has been referenced multiple times in The Simpsons.

References to Mad Max in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Bart vs Australia Mad Max.png 6 119 "Bart vs. Australia" When the Simpson family are being chased by a mob, Wez from Mad Max 2 can be seen in the crowd.
Beyond Blunderdome Road Warrior.png 11 227 "Beyond Blunderdome" The episode's title is a pun on Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Mel Gibson, who portrayed the series' protagonist Max Rockatansky, has a prominent role in the episode.

Mel and the Simpson family steal the Road Warrior car from the Hollywood Auto Museum. Mel shoves a dummy of Max out of the way as he takes the wheel of the car.

13 272 "Homer the Moe" One of the Chinese military officials refers to himself as "The Great Humongous", a possible reference to The Humungus from Mad Max 2.
21 445 "Treehouse of Horror XX" In the closing credits Matt Warburton is nicknamed "Matt Max Beyond Warburdome" .
22 471 "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?" Moe states that Detroit are living in Mad Max times.
Airplane Pilot Holidays of Future Passed.png 23 495 "Holidays of Future Passed" The rough-looking people seen flying and servicing the airplanes are a nod to the Mad Max franchise.
500 "At Long Last Leave" The babies shouting "Two babies enter, one baby leaves" is a reference to the quote "Two men enter, one man leaves" from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
24 517 "Homer Goes to Prep School" Bart mentions how water and gas function as money in apocalyptic movies, referencing Mad Max 2.
Treehouse of Horror XXIV Mad Max.png 25 532 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" Bobby Mackston is credited as Bobby "Mad Max" Ton.
26 572 "Let's Go Fly a Coot" Homer lists a number of dystopian movies. Among them is Mad Max: Fury Road.
Treehouse of Horror XXVII Mad Max.png 28 600 "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" In the "Dry Hard" segment, a number of characters drive towards a reservoir in a manner reminiscent of Mad Max: Fury Road. Otto's appearance is based on Immortan Joe and Groundskeeper Willie is based on Doof Warrior.
30 649 "'Tis the 30th Season" The Sprawl-Mart employee says "Welcome to Thunderdome", referencing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
The Clown Stays in the Picture Mad Max.png 653 "The Clown Stays in the Picture" The film crew driving across the desert to save Homer is a reference to Mad Max: Fury Road.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Crazy Max's Used Automobiles.png Jimbo Jones #1 Escape from New Springfield Crazy Max's Used Automobiles, along with the store's mascot, are references to the series protagonist, "Mad" Max Rockatansky.
Left Behind Mad Max.png The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #21 The Left Behinders! When Flanders successfully removes the invading apes and monsters in Springfield, Bart compares him to Mad Max.


Picture Book Reference
CBGGQ-Mad Max.png Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture In Comic Book Guy's list of favorite quotes, the line "Bust a deal, face the wheel" from Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is included.

Video games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
Virtual Bart Mad Max.png Virtual Bart In the "Doomsday Bart" segment, an explosion at the Nuclear Power Plant turns Springfield into a dystopian wasteland. Bart dresses up in the same way as Max and goes against Jimbo and Kearney on a motorcycle.

Common cast and crew[edit]


Picture Name Role in Mad Max Role on The Simpsons
Mel Gibson.jpg Mel Gibson Portrayed Max Rockatansky in the first three films. Voiced himself in "Beyond Blunderdome".

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