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In the movie "Mad Max", there was a large farmhand character. In the "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" movie, Max fights a masked giant in the dome. I have always imagined it was the same character (big farmboy) from "Mad Max" that had managed to survive the apocolypse by way of his brawn (as "Blaster"). When Max unmasks him, Blaster smiles a "No hard feelings" smile at Max. Is Blaster in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" supposed to be the same character as the farmhand in "Mad Max"?

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Here is a link referencing this question, but not exactly answering it: madmaxmovies.com/flubs/othertrivia.html The farmboy actor was Max Fairchild, and was also featured in The Road Warrior. –  Major Stackings Feb 9 '12 at 21:53
Also posted on Movies & TV –  Gilles Feb 20 '12 at 21:41

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Having grown up with the Mad Max series, I firmly believe that "Blaster" was indeed the simpleton that lived with "Aunt May" on the farm in the first movie.

That is why Max spared his life when the helmet came off. He realized who it was.

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I haven't seen Thunderdome for ages, but my recollection is that the giant is a congenital idiot, and the smile is just an idiot grin. I don't think any special significance was meant by it.

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There seem to be a few repeated characters in the Mad Max movies Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome only (I don't know of any characters other than Max continue on from the first movie). The pilot played by Bruce Spense is the most notable. Blaster could possibly be the giant that the Biker Gang uses in Road Warrior. They are not played by the same actor though and there seems to be no continuation planned between the two. Blaster and the Biker Gang giant who is listed as Humungus in the script are very similar. I always believed that the injury Humungus received caused the brain damage that led to him becoming Blaster, but there seems to be no documented connection.

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The Road Warrior was the second "Mad Max" movie, not the original (which was simply called Mad Max). Although I don't recall the large childlike character the OP mentions from Mad Max, so I couldn't say for certain you've got the wrong movie. –  Beofett Jan 24 '12 at 19:02
The large childlike character from the 1st Mad Max movie lived with the older couple that befriended Maxs family near the end of the film. Indeed, the guy in the third movie was called Blaster. I'm pretty sure Humungus died in Mad Max 2. –  Major Stackings Jan 24 '12 at 20:10
I don't believe there are any characters from Mad Max that are continued into the other movies. I'll edit and clarify that there are three movies. Also I don't believe they show Humungus as dead. I think he's just left for dead. –  Kevin Howell Jan 24 '12 at 20:32
Humungus was not shown explicitly as dying but he had such a massive car accident whilst in a very exposed vehicle that it would not be credible if he did not. It would also break the slightly deeper meaning because as good and evil fight over the future (Wez and Max tugging the feral kid back and forth), good wins and evil destroys itself (Humungus kills Wez(?) and himself in the crash). –  Stefan Jul 4 '12 at 12:39

I have seen all three movies and I firmly believe that not only is Blaster ("Thunderdome") the large farmhand character from the first movie, but Humongous could possibly be Fifi, from "Mad Max." Why not? After Mad Max ended, we didn't see the other characters again (except for Max).

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