Dad Max Goes Shoe Shopping For His Weird Son

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Title: Dad Max Goes Shoe Shopping For His Weird Son
Creator: Ayala Atreides
Date(s): June 13, 2015
Medium: online
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
External Links: Dad Max
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Dad Max Goes Shoe Shopping For His Weird Son is a short piece of meta written by Ayala Atreides soon after the release of 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road. An early example of the Dad Max character trope, she explains how fatherly Max's gesture to Nux is.

I have a lot of thoughts about the Great Shoe Shuffle that happens in Fury Road. OK, first Slit pulls Max’s boot off by accident, so after the crash in the sandstorm, Max takes one of Nux’s shoes because he kinda figured Nux was kinda dead and didn’t need shoes anymore. And then later, in the swamp, Max goes off to kill the Bullet Farmer and comes back... with a boot for Nux.

But like, have you considered what that means?? Nux has been on their side for all of like ten minutes, as far as Max knows. But when he was raiding ammo and a steering wheel from the dead Bullet Farmer’s car, he would’ve had to actually pause and have the following thought process:

1) That is the same War Boy I took a boot from

2) I guess he’s on our side now

3) He is still possibly bootless

4) Since he is friend now I should give him a boot to replace the one I took

Max actually took a moment to consider Nux’s shoeless foot while he was killing the Bullet Farmer and raiding ammo from the enemies he had just blown up. DAD MAX, EVERYONE.