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Maximillian "Maxie" Zeus was a former shipping CEO turned supervillain.


Maximilian Zeus was the CEO of Maximilian Shipping Company in Gotham City. When his business started to struggle, he used his company to smuggle for the Mafia. As a result of the stresses, he suffered a mental breakdown, becoming detached from reality. He had always admired Greece and its history, even traveling there with his assistant/girlfriend Clio. After his mental breakdown, he presented himself as the supreme Greek God Zeus, dressing in a period costume and carrying a metal thunderbolt that could emit an electrical charge. His penthouse, which occupied the entire top floor of his office building, was decorated in the Greek style and stretched above Gotham as his Mount Olympus.

Dubbing himself Zeus, he planned to steal the federal government's Electrical Discharge Cannon, attempting to claim Gotham as his private domain. Zeus was so deluded that not even his girlfriend Clio could completely convince him to stop.

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After stealing the cannon, Zeus first met Batman, who he referred as Hades. Batman later infiltrated Zeus' complex and eventually tried to overload the cannon with Zeus' thunderbolt rod. Zeus leapt after it and electrocuted himself unconscious. He was later sent to Arkham Asylum, where he saw the place was the real Mount Olympus, associating the inmates with Ancient Gods. He then proclaimed that he was home at last.


  • Maxie Zeus is one of the older villians from the early Batman comics.
  • His demeanor and attitude may have been inspired by King Tut, a villian from the 1966 Batman TV series. Like Maxie Zeus, King Tut saw Gotham as his rightful territory, and was not acting out of a clear mind, and as such Batman and Robin rarely held King Tut responsible for his misdeeds. However, two main differences were that King Tut was a professor of ancient history, in particular Egyptology, and as such was an admirer of Egyptian culture. King Tut was in actuality William McElroy, whose insanity began when an antiwar rally turned violent and he was hit on the head with a thrown brick, spurring the insane personality of "King Tut". Suffering another blow to the head would restore his law-abiding mind as William McElroy.


Batman: The Animated Series


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