Maxwell is the main character/protagonist in Scribblenauts, Super Scribblenauts, Scribblenauts Remix, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Scribblenauts Unmasked. He is a boy that has small black eyes and will always have a smile on his face (even if he were to die (except Scribblenauts Unmasked)). His job is to find Starites and Starite Shards anywhere he can search, often to save someone or something.
Maxwell wears a Rooster Helmet, headphones, a blue hoodie with a star on it (believed to be a starite), white gloves, green shorts, blue shoes, and red socks. He has small square eyes (Scribblenauts and Super Scribblenauts - only)(possibly due to technical limitations)/small round eyes (concept art, Scribblenauts Remix and Scribblenauts Unlimited) and a smile. He shares a star necklace and a Rooster Helmet with the Scribblenaut, this may be coincidence or Maxwell may have worn them so that he looked more like a Scribblenaut (Although most of his family seem to have their own variation of the Rooster Hat.)
Maxwell was born into a family of 44, with 41 brothers, one sister, and their parents. Being the son of Edgar and Julie, each of the 42 siblings were given magical gifts from their parent's previous travels. Maxwell's was a magical notebook, and Lily's was a globe that brought her anywhere in the world (The other gifts are unknown). When Lily was cursed to slowly turn to stone because Maxwell tricked a beggar to eat a rotten apple made by the magic notebook, Maxwell needed to collect Starites by making people happy by helping them out with their problems. After removing the curse, he went on to continue finding Starites, either by helping people or searching places where they may already be. Though he is meant to be helping, he's not afraid to defeat a few people and make his own worlds, whether they be paradises or nightmares.
In all 4 (5 if you count remix) Scribblenauts games, Maxwell is on a quest to collect starites. Every game has a different motivation.
The motivations in the original scribblenauts are unclear. There are tons of possibilities to why Maxwell is collecting starites, but there is no "correct" answer.
Super Scribblenauts (Remix)
Like the original, Maxwell's motivations are unclear. However, it is a bit easier to figure out what is happening. In the game, he is seen looking at various constellations. The game could be Maxwell's imagination, or it could be him actually exploring the stars. Despite the possibilities, it is still not 100% known what the actual story is.
Unlike the two original games, Unlimited has a set story. It tells the tale of an explorer couple who has a family of 43 kids, and spoils them with gifts. Maxwell received his trademark notepad, while his sister Lily received a magic globe that allowed the two to travel anywhere with the blink of an eye. Naturally as a child who has had everything handed to him, Maxwell is a bit of a snob at first. He tricks an old man into eating a rotten apple, which sets him off. In his fit of rage, he curses Lily to slowly turn to stone. Lily and Maxwell's brother Edwin knew about starites, and said they are made by the joy of others, and can be used to break Lily's curse. Maxwell then sets off, collecting starites to save Lily. *Spoilers* In the end, it turns out this was just a prank by Maxwell and Lily's father, and there was no curse or old man. The curse was fake, and the old man was really there dad in disguise. There father just wanted them to smarten up, and be introduced into the fun of being kind to others.
*To be added*
The Maxwell object is one of the two objects that cannot be created with the notebook (the other one being the Create-A-Tron); typing 'maxwell' will instead create his clone. Maxwell can only be found in two of special Time Machine levels, one being the first level of Scribblenauts, and the other having an unknown origin and representation/meaning. Maxwell can be moved into the playground by using a potion with the Portable adjective given to it. When dragged and dropped from a high height, a Maxwell will make the same noise as dropping a rock from a high height.
Maxwell can be cloned like all other objects, but will not show any information when selected with the magnifying glass. This making it extremely difficult to add behavior adjectives to Maxwell. When multiple Maxwells are present, they will act much similar to an animal rather than a human. A Maxwell will become aggressive when another Maxwell is picked up or attacked by any other object. A Maxwell will attack by running into their opponent, but will still use weapons when they are available or given to them.
The Maxwell object is also included in Unlimited, when you use a teleporter or a cloning machine. You can also spawn it by using The $ Method and @ Method. The Maxwell that was spawned using the teleporter can also be modified with adjectives and the powerful object editor. You can use the object editor to change the name, so he will be easier to spawn.
Objects that make references to Maxwell are:
- Neon sign
- This Game
- Fifth Cell Team Photo
- Clone (A.K.A. Maxwell/Dopleganger)
- TV, when turned on
- Movie Theater
- Shadow (Light)
- Ski Mask
- Maxwell has a predecessor or original image, Scribblenaut, which is available in-game and is also an avatar.
- It is possible to have two Maxwells on a Super Scribblenauts playground (However one you cannot control). Use the Time machine's secret level that looks like the first level of the original Scribblenauts, shrink the Maxwell there (Using a shrink ray), pick up the past Maxwell and then warp back. If you revert him back to his normal size then you now have two Maxwells! You can also use ridable and wearable potions. Other ways are to make your own with the object editor, or use a teleporter.
- He is the only person in the game that does not have a voice of typical humanoids.
- His eyes maybe the largest eyes of any humanoid (if not counting Clone) and the only one having square eyes in-game.
- In Scribblenauts Unlimited any brother that you spawn will follow you.
- There is a Team Fortress 2 hat based on Maxwell's Rooster Hat.
- If you look into the What's New section for the iOS version 4.6 of Scribblenauts Remix, you will notice "Maxwell hates bugs almost as much as raisins in his stuffing, so he squashed a few... bugs, not raisins.". This might be implying that Maxwell hates raisins as well as bugs, even though creating both and even holding them doesn't cause Maxwell to react. It is possibly a pun for the upcoming Thanksgiving day(thus the update) which is to be held 20 days after the update.