The History of Duo Maxwell:
Duo was born into a small family on the L2 colony, a small manufacturing colony
that orbites Earth so as to stay constantly in the shadow on the dark side of the
Moon. Duo hardly knew his parents as they were both killed when revolution broke
out on the colony, leaving Duo orphaned at a very young age. For most of his young
life, Duo was a miscreant and a nuisance, running with a local group of war orphans
who ransacked the town. It wasn't until Duo was 7 years old that he was finally
adopted into a neighborhood church by a priest and nun who lived there, the
Maxwell Colonial Church.
Duo began to settle in at the Maxwell Church and became deeply fond of the nun
who took him in. But his happiness was cut short in late February of the following
year. L2 was invaded once again by rebellious troops. The Maxwell church was
leveled and Duo once again lost the only family he knew. And it was then that he
decided he had had enough.
Taking on the church's name as his code name, Duo Maxwell began to refer to himself
as Shinigami (The God of Death) since death was all he had known in his life. For
the next four years, Duo hopped about from colony to colony, sabotaging the rebellion
armies that were attacking the inhabitant. In his pursuits, he came across a colony
scientist known only as Doctor S who had fashioned a nearly indestructible suit of
Gundanium alloy for use in the Barton Foundations plans to drop a colony on Earth
to destroy it. This was Operation: Meteor, and the mobile suit was Deathscythe.
Duo's hate and resentment for the growing Barton Foundation and the emerging
Special Troops of OZ led Duo to attempt to blow up Deathscythe, then kill Dr S
and himself. But Dr. S wasn't willing to participate in Operation: Meteor and
sabotaged Duo's plans. Instead, he recruited Duo to pilot Deathscythe to earth to
stop Operation: Meteor and the OZ organization.
After much consideration, Duo finally agreed to pilot Deathscythe. In March of
the year AC195, Duo launched himself to Earth in Deathscythe in the disguise of a
And so the events of Gundam W take place.
Personality of Duo Maxwell
To everyone around him, Duo Maxwell is a kind and caring boy, always seen with
his head held high and a goofy smile on his face. He tends to be the comic relief
of Gundam W and the first character to try to put a bright side to a horrible
situation. He loves life and will do anything to protect it, including killing
himself to do it.
But deep down, because of all the anguish he felt as a child, Duo has a
dark and twisted sense of reality. He blows into battle as Shinigami, the God of
Death, and takes no mercy on those who stand in his way. He still values life when
in this frame of mind, but holds no mercy for those who don't share his opinions on
life. He wants his enemies to fear him and what he has become, so his techniques on
the battle ground are honed specifically to instill that fear. Deathscythe will
appear like a grim phantasm in battle when the enemy least expects it, his Gundam
outfitted with a menacing reaping scythe to as to appear to be Death itself. And
through later upgrades and modifications, Duo outfits Deathscythe with demon wings
that are used as defense in battle.
As either part of his personality as the God of Death, or to carry on the memory
of the Maxwell Church, Duo appears to always be in priest habits unless forced to do
otherwise (like wear uniforms at school, track clothes on the basketball
court etc..). A large iron cross hangs from his neck, almost always hidden deep in
his habits. His long hair, which reaches nearly down to his knees, is always tied
back in a single, long braid that is the pilot's trademark.
From an imagerry perspective, Duo represents The Grim Reaper, Shinigami. To all
those whom are fated to meet their doom, he is there to enact his punishment. He
represents the savageness that can be formed from the human consciousness when
faced with the horrors of war.
- Duo's date of birth is derived from the fact that Duo was 15 years old in the
- All of the information contained in The History of Duo Maxwell was taken
from the following sources:
- Episode Zero (The story of the beginnings of Gundam W & Operation:Meteor)
- Endless Waltz (The Gundam W Movie)
- The Gundam W Series
- Information contained in The Personality of Duo Maxwell is taken from the
- The Gundam W Series, including Endless Waltz
- Manga novels, such as the series Manga and Ground Zero (Pre-quel to