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|“||Once I hoped—I hoped maybe Fang was your first love, and I... I would be your last.||”|
–Dylan, Maximum Ride Forever
Dylan claims to have been raised in a lab in Canada, and to be eight months old. He had been cloned from another Dylan by Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen; the other one had "died in a car crash or something" eight months prior to Dylan's introduction to the Flock.
Dylan seems to, in the preview of the novel, believe this to be a fact. However, after countless failures whilst trying to gain Max's attention, he tries to commit suicide at the end of the book. He survives, though, and is shown with the Flock during the wedding in the epilogue.
He keeps trying to gain Max's favor, and seems to succeed in doing so. He goes through some of his first "real battles," and it comforts Max that he's "becoming like one of [them]." Dylan and Fang are the only ones that hold it together during the rescue operation near the end of the book.
Dylan is told by Dr. Williams that he must kill Fang in order to save Max. The Voice tells him that he must fully win Max's heart, so he goes on a date with her; Max accidentally burns down the treehouse he built for them in the process.
When Fang comes back for Max, Dylan is extremely jealous. Then he sees Fang and Max reconciling and goes downtown and takes his anger out on cars, mailboxes and other things. He comes to a realization that he must kill Fang to win Max's heart. He comes back and helps the Flock from another attack of another swarm of Erasers and kills yet another Ari, but then comes close to killing Fang. Max shields Fang and begs Dylan to spare him; he said he loved Max more than anything…even more than the survival of earth. Dylan then leaves, realizing he will never win Max's heart.
Later, he comes to the survival community, telling people to get to the caves. He survives the apocalypse, and, along with Max, Fang, and Angel, stays aboveground while the other mutants live in the caves.
Maximum Ride ForeverEdit
Dylan disappears during a volcanic eruption, and the Flock believes that he's dead. However, he was actually taken to Himmel by the Remedy, where he was "upgraded" into one of the Horsemen. Going by the name Horseman, he tracked down the Flock to kill them, but actually helped them to fake their deaths.
Towards the end of the novel, Dylan dies of electrocution after sacrificing his life in order to bring Fang out of stasis.
Physical Appearance Edit
Dylan has been described to be extremely good-looking; he's over six feet tall, with dark, honey-colored hair and turquoise eyes the color of the Caribbean. He is bulkier and more muscular than Fang, but this is just because he had regular access to food.
His wings are a warm chocolate brown, darker than Max's or Nudge's. Max compares him to a hawk but also says that his wings are shorter and broader than the Flock's wings, built for power instead of speed.
Like the rest of the Flock, Dylan has wings. He was taught how to fly by Max in a missing chapter, where she supposedly pushes him off the roof, beforehand saying, "Well, first we have to push you off the roof".
Enhanced Sight Edit
Dylan has amazing sight; for example, he can see the International Space Station from Earth, and also hints that he can "see things happening far away, can see people across oceans—maybe even across time". In "Nevermore," Max compares Dylan's sight to the Hubble Space Telescope. He is able to see the meteor approaching Earth shortly before it strikes.
He can also heal small wounds sustained by himself with his saliva.
His singing voice, which has been shown to be able to mesmerize people, has been described to be like honey.
The Voice told Max that Dylan was "designed for her", citing him as being her "perfect other half". In ANGEL, Dylan tells Max that, although he was initially programmed to want to be with her, he has also developed true feelings for her. With Fang away on his own mission, Max slowly begins to slip out of her former relationship and into a strange and different variety of feelings for Dylan.
In Maximum Ride Forever, Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen creates a Max replacement who named herself Margaret A. for Dylan. However, Dylan knows he could never be with her because he loved Max.