Father Maxi is a Roman Catholic priest who serves as the mouthpiece for South Park's Christian community. He is voiced by Matt Stone and runs the South Park Church. He first appears in the Season One episode, "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo".
Father Maxi's unwavering belief that everyone is going to Hell goes so far as that he bluntly claims that Timmy Burch would go to Hell since Timmy cannot confess his sins, as he cannot speak anything fluently.
However, at times Father Maxi can come off as less of a fundamentalist, as in "Red Hot Catholic Love" in which he grows concerned by the massive amounts of sexual abuse cases regarding priests and children and is horrified to discover that sex with children is apparently part of Vatican Law. When he discovers this, he makes several attempts to change the "Holy Doctrine" so that sex with children is wrong and suggests that priests be allowed to have sex with women.
His desire to change Vatican Law and be allowed to sleep with women may have something to do with the fact that he has apparently had sex with several women in South Park, including Liane Cartman.
There are also times where he seems to know very little about religion; once, when seeing Jesus Christ, he exclaimed "Hey, it's that guy from the public access show!" However, considering that Jesus actually hosts a cable access show in South Park, this is most likely done for irony purposes.
He has his first major role in this episode. He expresses his beliefs on whether or not the handicapped will go to Hell to the boys. They later see him having sex with a woman in the church confessional, which gives Cartman the idea to lead his own Christian community.
Father Maxi claims he will be able to convert Big Gay Al to in being straight but it is revealed he made a similar claim about a man called "Peterson" who Father Maxi himself ended up having sex with.
Despite his character flaws, it was Father Maxi who, in the episode "Red Hot Catholic Love", unearthed the massive corruption behind the many church-related sexual assaults. He also forced the Catholic Church to stop letting priests molest young boys. Apparently, this plan almost succeeds.
Serves a semi-major role as an affiliate of Randy Marsh, along with Skeeter, Stephen Stotch, and others, during his rebellion against the economy as an illusion to the mythologies of Moses, and Jesus Christ. Ironically, he wasn't on the side of Christ.
Father Maxi temporarily closes the church and becomes friends with Butters after the churchgoers heckle him with pedophilia jokes. After Butters takes Maxi to Clyde's birthday party and the children refuse to accept Maxi's presence, Maxi cuts ties with Butters, explaining he feels guilt for knowing the Catholic Church were doing terrible things to boys and doing nothing about it. However, when the Catholic Cleanup Crew kidnaps Butters, Stan, and Clyde, Maxi goes to save them. The crew offers to transfer him, but Maxi runs them over with a "Kumboni" as he realizes his purpose is defending the boys. He then returns to the church and preaches about penance despite the continuing pedophilia jokes.
Priest Maxi can sometimes be seen wearing black pants, black shoes, and a black shirt with a white roman collar. Other times he wears a black cassock and a purple stole, traditionally worn in the Catholic church during Lent and Advent. He has brown and gray hair with a hairstyle and a double chin, he also has a wart on his forehead and his eyes are slightly spread apart, and he is seen wearing black glasses. Father Maxi's appearance was lightly redone in the episode "A Boy And A Priest".
In the future timeline set in South Park: Post Covid, he wears a red and black cardinal robe.
His personality seems somewhat flexible based on the needs of the show; often he is a narrow-minded and intolerant man who is convinced most people are going to be damned to Hell, often for trivial offenses. For example, in "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" he states constantly through his sermons that Hell awaits everyone in the town who does not go to church and confess their sins.
Father Maxi is rude and disrespectful towards the beliefs of others, such as he when he tricks Kyle, who is Jewish, into helping Stan and Cartman, into doing the Stations of the Cross. Also in "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?", he informs Kyle that because of his beliefs, he and his family will go to Hell without question.
However, he still attempts to be a good priest and leader of the community. In "Red Hot Catholic Love", it's revealed that he's the only priest not engaging in pedophilia. As a result, he points out that they are to spread the word of God, not harm the innocent. He even goes to Vatican City to stop this and nearly brings down the church as a result.
Though as a Roman Catholic priest Maxi is supposed to be celibate, he does not seem to regularly practice this. Like most of the adults in South Park, he has had sex with Liane Cartman at some point in his life, as mentioned in "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut". In "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?", he was caught having sex with a woman named Mrs. Donovan, however, it is unlikely that she is Betsy Donovan, as her appearance was significantly different.
In "Cripple Fight" he admitted to having once been homosexual but claims to be reformed; however he apparently once had a sexual relationship with a man with Peterson who he was supposed to be trying to reform of homosexuality. In "Red Hot Catholic Love" he pushes for a reformation of the celibacy rules as a way to stop priest pedophilia. He befriends Butters in "A Boy And A Priest" as Butters comforts him after he is the butt of pedophilia jokes; during this episode, he decides to fight even harder to protect the children from the church's habits of molestation.
Much like Principal Victoria, his inverted name is a reference to singer Maxi Priest. In "Cripple Fight", it is revealed that he used to be gay. Like many men in South Park, he is a great fan of the Denver Broncos, going as far as including a Broncos chant in his sermons. In "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" it is shown or at least implied that he has had sex with Liane Cartman. Despite being minister for many of Kenny McCormick's funerals he didn't minister for the funeral for Kenny's semi-permanent death. Instead, Mr. Garrison was the minister (and was even wearing a priest collar). In addition, he is not the priest for his death in "Sexual Healing". Father Maxi's devoutness to religion has ranged greatly over the course of the series - in "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" and "Cripple Fight" he is shown to sin, but in episodes such as "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" and "Red Hot Catholic Love", he is shown being extremely devout. The top is his hair is darker in color than the sides, suggesting that he wears a toupée.
- "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" - Bothered by the fact that Jesus is removed from the school and requests Santa Claus and Frosty to be removed.
- "Damien" - Bets on the match between Satan and Jesus, voting that Satan will win.
- "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" - Shown or at least implied that he has had a sexual relationship with Liane Cartman.
- "Ike's Wee Wee" - Minister at Ike's "funeral".
- "Conjoined Fetus Lady" - Seen cheering for Nurse Gollum.
- "Cow Days"
- "Spontaneous Combustion" - Minister at Kenny's funeral.
- "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" - Protests against Halloween for being wicked.
- "Chinpokomon" - Seen with the group of adults trying to talk to Mayor McDaniels.
- "The Red Badge of Gayness" - Portrays a Confederate soldier in the Civil War reenactment.
- "Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus" - Seen in a crowd outside of Jesus Christ's house.
- "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" - He expresses his beliefs on whether or not the mentally challenged people go to Hell. He is later seen having sex with a woman.
- "Probably" - He and the other adults try to get children to go back to school.
- "Cripple Fight" - States that he used to be homosexual, but claims to be reformed.
- "Red Hot Catholic Love" - Unearths the massive corruption behind sexual assaults in churches. He goes to Vatican City to stop priest pedophilia and almost bring the church down as a result.
- "I'm a Little Bit Country" - Seen among the audience singing the reprise of "Bleeding Heart Rock Protest Song vs. Pro War Country Song".
- "Grey Dawn" - Gives a funeral for nine people.
- "The Passion of the Jew" - Kyle comes to him for advice.
- "Marjorine" - Minister at Butters' "funeral".
- "Follow That Egg!" - Minister at both Big Gay Al and Mr. Slave's wedding.
- "The Return of Chef"
- "Cartman Sucks"
- "The Ring" - Minister for Kenny's funeral.
- "Eat, Pray, Queef" - Seen at the United States Capitol, and later among the male singers performing "Queef Free".
- "Pinewood Derby"
- "200" - Seen at the town's meeting.
- "It's a Jersey Thing" - Seen in the Park County Community Center's assembly in the end.
- "The F Word"
- "Sexual Healing"
- "Reverse Cowgirl" - Minister for Betsy Donovan's funeral.
- "The City Part of Town"
- "You're Not Yelping" (cameo)
- "Naughty Ninjas"- Seen in the protest against the police.
- "PC Principal Final Justice"- Seen at the gun show, and in the crowd of people in front of the Whole Foods Market.
- "Not Funny" - Seen delivering a sermon about the impending doom everyone faces when TrollTrace.com goes online.
- "A Boy And A Priest" - Becomes depressed after constant Catholic priest jokes, until he makes friends with Butters.
- "Bike Parade" - Seen smoking and watching the bike parade.
- "Season Finale" - Minister for Jason White's funeral.
- "South ParQ Vaccination Special" - Minister for Margaret Nelson's funeral.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (cameo)
- South Park: Post Covid - Appears in the Shady Acres retirement home.