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This article is about the early character. For his successor, see Eli Vance.

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Eli Maxwell
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Unknown, wears glasses

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The Resistance

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"First storm I saw, I made the mistake of stoppin' to study it. That's... how I lost my leg."
― Eli Maxwell[src]

Eli Maxwell[2] (also known as The Junkman) is a character cut from Half-Life 2 who was merged with Captain Vance to form Eli Vance.[1]


Originally, the character that ultimately became Eli Vance was not intended to be a relative of Alyx Vance. He would appear as an old bespectacled man with a white beard, a beanie, an apron, and a walking stick due to his missing leg, and was named "Maxwell". "Vance" was the name of the captain, Alyx's original father.

He was to use a scrapyard and a cave as his lab, rather than a real building like Black Mesa East.[1][3] A prototype map of this original lab, last edited in August 2001, can be found in the WC map pack under the name proto_eliden003 ("Eli's Den"). It does not contain any hint of a lab, but rather some sort of garage with a damaged school bus and several damaged cars, mirroring Mossman's sentence about the facility being more suited to mechanics than research scientists.[2][3]

He would work in that lab on the physics manipulator with his robot Dog and show Gordon a slideshow of what happened between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, mentioning the Air Exchange, among others.[1] In sound files located in the Half-Life 2 leak files (in the folder /sound/temp/Eli/), he also warns Gordon about Particle Storms because he lost his leg to one,[2] whereas the final version of Eli lost his leg to a Bullsquid.[1]


Apart from his last name, physical appearance, and relation to Alyx, Maxwell's role is mostly identical to the final Eli Vance.

In Half-Life: Alyx, the younger form of Eli Vance seen in the game wears a black beanie similar in style to the one shown in concept art worn by Eli Maxwell.


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