Steel is a primary character in the Max Steel franchise. First appearing in the 2013 reboot series, Steel was the vehicle for adding the more alien element into the storyline. Also known as N'Baro Atksteel X377, Steel is a mechanical alien being known as an UltraLink, whose sole purpose is to absorb and expand for the glory of Makino. Steel encountered Jim McGrath during an invasion, and was convinced to rebel against his evil alien overlord. Travelling to Earth, Steel eventually became a part of Max McGrath's life, which would lead to an incredible bond and friendship.