Mole Miner Max is the fourth boss in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. As his name states, he is a notable Mole Miner and presumably is the leader of his species. He and his army of mole miners are the bosses of the Cave world. When first encountered, Mole Miner Max's minions are seen loading the minecarts up with bananas from Donkey Kong's hoard. Max himself is seen doing nothing except sleeping at the head of the Mole Train. However, Banjo Tiki hypnotizes Max, forcing him to start up the train and drive off with Donkey Kong's banana hoard.
Max is about three times larger than his minions. Like the other moles, Max wears a hardhat with a headlamp on it. However, unlike them, he wears an orange and yellow miner's vest. Max also has one, big tooth hanging out of his mouth and freckles on both cheeks. His concept artwork depicts him with red eyes and black pupils, unlike his minions, who appear to not have any eyes (or if they do, they are covered up by their helmets). He is about the same in color as other mole miners, though his fur is slightly darker.