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The Flock is the group of avian-human hybrids that are the main characters in the Maximum Ride series. The Flock consists of Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, The Gasman (Gazzy), and Angel, and they are also joined by Total, the flying, talking dog. Eventually Dylan is added to their ranks.
Maximum Ride "Max"Edit
- Main article: Maximum "Max" Ride
Max is the titular character and narrator of the series. She has wings like a bald eagle, except they are 13 feet wide. She is 14 and turns 15 in FANG. She is the half-sister of Ella Martinez and Ari Batchelder and is the daughter of Jeb Batchelder and Dr. Valencia Martinez. She has brown eyes and her hair is described as sun-streaked blond or brown. She falls in love with Fang.
- Main article: Fang (character)
Fang was also 14 years old (15 in FANG, ANGEL, and Nevermore), and is Max's second-in-command, as well as the person she trusts most after herself. Fang is additionally Max's best friend and soulmate.
- Main article: Iggy
Iggy was 14 years old (15 in FANG) and blind, due to an experiment on him by the whitecoats (failed experiment to enhance his night vision). His real name is James Griffiths, and he is the only one besides Max to meet his biological mother and father. He is the best friend of Gazzy, and is like his brother. In Final Warning, the flock discovers that he can see the color white, and later they discover that he can feel color planes.
- Main article: Nudge
Nudge was 11 years old (12 in FANG) and LOVES to talk. She wanted to find her family and be a normal kid more than any of the other flock members. An attempt was made to find her family, but Erasers found them and tried to kill them before they could. She mentions wanting to cut off her wings as an attempt to be normal, but she never does. Her real name is Monique, as revealed in The Angel Experiment.
The Gasman "Gazzy"Edit
- Main article: The Gasman (Gazzy)
The Gasman, also called Gazzy or Gaz, was 8 years old (9 in FANG) and Angel's biological brother. He has blond hair and blue eyes, like his sister. He loves explosives and has a knack for trouble like the rest of the flock. He is also like Iggy‘s little brother and his best friend.
- Main article: Angel (character)
Angel was 6 years old (7 in MAX) and Gazzy's biological sister. She can read minds and send thoughts, breathe underwater, talk to fish, change appearance, and see the future. Later in the series, she becomes more power-hungry.
- Main article: Total
Total was a talking dog who eventually developed wings. Angel rescued him from the Institute for Higher Living in The Angel Experiment. He married Akila (an Alaskan Malamute) in FANG. He is described as a black, Scottie-like dog with small black wings.
- Main article: Dylan
Dylan was a member of the Flock from FANG to Maximum Ride Forever. He had obvious and strong feelings for Max, which caused him to war with Fang. He was designed to be Max's "perfect other half" (of course, destiny is funny that way). He has Caribbean-blue eyes and chocolate-colored wings. He was cloned from a human who had died in a car crash, then given wings. He can see incredibly far, even into space.
- Main article: Ari Batchelder
Ari was Max's seven-year-old half-brother, who was turned into an Eraser by the School. He was killed by Max in The Angel Experiment, but was brought back to life. He joined Max's mini-flock in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, though it was only temporary, as he died at the end of the novel. Clones of Ari appeared once more in Nevermore.
Membership Changes and Other Flocks EditThe flock split or gained new members multiple times throughout the series.
In Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, the flock split into two smaller "mini-flocks" due to Max inviting Ari to join them and Fang not wanting to be in the same flock as him. One mini-flock was headed by Max, and its members were Total, Angel, Nudge, and Ari. The other mini-flock was headed by Fang and was composed of Iggy and Gazzy.
In FANG, Max and Fang were temporarily kicked out of the Flock, primarily by Angel, because they were too focused on their relationship with each other. At the same time, Dylan joined the Flock.
In The Angel Experiment, the Flock rescued a similar group of mutants from The Institute for Higher Living, and another winged bird-kid girl led them away on their own. This "second flock" is not mentioned in any of the books after this.