The Maxim Tomato (マキシムトマト, Maxim Tomato), sometimes known as a Tomato, is a healing item (a red tomato with a black "M" in the center) first introduced in the Kirby series, which reduces the damage percentage of the player who picks it up. It is often misnamed "Maximum Tomato" or "Tomato".
Maxim Tomatoes made their first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. They completely restore Kirby's health. Maxim Tomatoes have appeared in numerous Kirby games since, and usually function identically to their first appearance. In the Super Smash Bros. games, Maxim Tomatoes only restore fifty percent of a player's health rather than fully restoring it. The design of the Maxim Tomato has also been retained from Kirby's Dream Land. The Maxim Tomato is a small red tomato, with a noticeable black and white M on the front.
In Super Smash Bros., the Maxim Tomato restores 100% from a character's damage percentage. In SSB, any damage the character takes is ignored while healing.
Beginning in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Maxim Tomato heals 50% from a character's damage percentage, with Heart Containers taking the previous function of healing 100% damage. Also beginning in Melee, damage taken while healing will be subtracted from the amount healed by the tomato. For example, if an attack does 10% damage, the tomato will "absorb" it into its 50% recovery, and the user only recovers 40% damage.
Maxim Tomatoes cure 50 percentage points of your accumulated damage. Once you eat one, after a brief moment, your damage meter slowly drains the appropriate amount, regardless of whether or not you pick up another item right afterwards. In the Kirby series, these juicy, health-restoring items were a favorite of the pink hero.
Maxim Tomatoes return in Brawl, functioning identically to Melee.
A juicy tomato that heals 50 percentage points of the damage you've accumulated. When one of these appears in combat, rest assured there will be a race to see who can reach it first. It's a race of desperation between players who want to heal their damage and those who want to stop them from doing so. In the Kirby series, Maxim Tomatoes healed all damage.
Maxim Tomatoes reappear in SSB4; their function remains unchanged from the previous two installments.
Maxim Tomatoes appear once again in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and they retain the same behaviour as the previous three installments.