The only family we are sure of is a sister named Rachael Woodworth (revealed in #72: “An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper”). It was confirmed in The Official Guide that she is in fact the Rachael Woodworth heard in #65: “Bad Company”. His parents are known to have lived in Odyssey at least up until #159: “The Homecoming” from a comment Lucy made in said episode, but besides that, nothing is known about them.
Richard doesn't seem to make friends very well, due to his past and his apparent discomfort with having people near him, but he does have a special relationship with John Whittaker and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz. Richard does reconcile with some enemies he made in Odyssey including Tom Riley in (#333: “The Last Resort”) episode, Connie Kendall in (#159: “The Homecoming”), and Eugene Meltsner in (#159: “The Homecoming”)
Richard has actually revealed very little about himself on the show, though much is implied. He was a manipulating 'teenage thug with a criminal past' with quite an attitude on him when we first met him, but had a strangely present sense of right and wrong — being unwilling to actually harm people. After an early episode, he was sent off to Campbell County Detention Center.
In his return (#156: “Waylaid in the Windy City, Part 2”, #159: “The Homecoming”), he was much changed: more humble, willing to accept responsibility, actually seeking forgiveness from those he hurt, and a burning desire for revenge. These qualities have remained with him throughout his episodes.
Despite his burning desire for revenge, it's hinted that he wouldn't go as far as to actually hurt or kill someone. As shown in #156: “Waylaid in the Windy City, Part 2”, he got revenge on Dr. Regis Blackgaard by making him think that he had a real gun and humiliating him, but it turned out to be a water gun. ("You really think I would waste my life on account of this creep? I didn't even want to risk breaking parole by getting a real gun.") It was also said that Richard was very good looking.
Richard is very good with computer programming as seen in Album 25: Darkness Before Dawn.
He owns an electrical stunner which he acquired on sale at the Electric Palace.
He was in a coma because he fell over a cliff while escaping from Jellyfish.
He enjoys playing pool.
He is very good looking as heard in #77: “The Nemesis, Part 1”
As yet, no official word has been given on the 'Maxwell's Flower Shop' mentioned in #372: “For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll, Part 1”.
In opening Blackgaard's Castle he manipulated Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, and burned down Tom Riley's Barn.
He was originally going to be AREM in the Novacom Saga.
- In #72: “An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper”, Richard was working at the Odyssey Retirement Home as an orderly.
- He worked for Dr. Blackgaard at one point.
- He worked as counselor at the Campbell County Community College where Eugene works.
- In the original script of “Waylaid in the Windy City”, Richard mentions that he worked for a sewer company in Chicago, but the line was cut out later.
|“|| Jellyfish: What’s going on? What’s happenin'?
Richard Maxwell: Don’t you know? It’s a rescue.
Jellyfish: Who is that? Who are you?
Richard Maxwell: Don’t get all bent out of shape. It's just...me.
|“|| Rodney Rathbone: Are you crazy?
Richard Maxwell: Yes! Now get out of here!
|“|| Richard Maxwell: Once again, you've saved my life in more ways than I deserve. Boy that was poetic.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: Well, do I get a kiss good night?
Donna Barclay: Get lost, Richard!
|“|| Richard Maxwell: You saved my life! Why?
John Whittaker: Two reasons. For one, you have a lot of explaining to do.
Richard Maxwell: Yeah? What's the other reason?
John Whittaker: Your life is worth saving.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: Nice kid.
Eugene Meltsner: Yes, she is, and we'd like her to stay that way!
|“|| Richard Maxwell: I'm what you call a renaissance man. I dabble in a lot of things.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: Well, what do you think? Are you going to hire her?
Regis Blackgaard: No. Whittaker's hold on her is too great. However she can still be used for our immediate purposes.
Richard Maxwell: You mean to get Whittaker out of the way for the vote.
Regis Blackgaard: Yes. But it must be done carefully so they don't suspect anything.
|“|| Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: Eugene, do you know him?
Richard Maxwell: Know me? We used to work together, ain't that right, Multsey baby?
Eugene Meltsner: We were briefly employed with the same organization.
|“|| Regis Blackgaard: You silly little coward!
Richard Maxwell: What?
Regis Blackgaard: You dare even think about disobeying my orders! Just remember, my fine young man, that I hold your future. We both know that you're guilty of far worse acts than changing a few grades of a few eggheads at the college! Perhaps you'd like me to pick up the phone and tell the authorities about them?
Richard Maxwell: N-no, please!
Regis Blackgaard: That's better. You're a smart fellow, Richard. I'm going to need people like you when I take over this town.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: <about Regis Blackgaard> That's why I'm here—to stop him.
Tom Riley: Uh-huh. Don't you mean to help him?
Jack Allen: Tom...!
Richard Maxwell: No, sir. I mean stop him! It's the least I can do.
|“|| Jellyfish: Well, well, well, Sleeping Beauty is waking up. How did you like your little shock, huh?
Richard Maxwell: It wasn’t half as bad as waking up and seeing you. Having a good time, Myron?
Jellyfish: Not as good a time as I’m gonna have!
Richard Maxwell: Mind if I give you a piece of advice?
Jellyfish: Why not?
Richard Maxwell: When you're doing something like this...
Richard Maxwell: Make sure you lock the door! [jumps out] See ya!
|“|| Richard Maxwell: Connie, this is my boss.
Connie Kendall: Hello.
Regis Blackgaard: How do you do, Miss Kendall. My name is Blackgaard. Dr. Regis Blackgaard.
|“|| John Whittaker: Those are a lot of maybes.
Richard Maxwell: Six, to be exact.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: ...we worked with the five C's.
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: The five C's? What's that?
Richard Maxwell: Campbell County Community College Computers.
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: Oh, that's clever.
Richard Maxwell: Yeah, and cute too.
|“|| John Whittaker: Now maybe things can get back to normal.
Richard Maxwell: I wouldn't count on it, Mr. Whittaker. I wouldn't count on it.
|“|| Thomas Grayson: I hereby expel you from this institution for your participation in the grade changing scheme.
Richard Maxwell: Oh! I'm crushed! I'm heartbroken!
|“|| Richard Maxwell: I always got blamed for everything bad that happened at Campbell County Detention Center, but the funny thing is, when you left, the bad things stopped.
Jellyfish: Well, uh, it's nice to know you cleaned up your act.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: You should really have one of these on hand for protection. I got mine on sale at the Electric Palace.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: You crack me up!
|“|| Richard Maxwell: I never forget.
|“|| Richard Maxwell: What are you accusing me of?
Bernard Walton: I don't know, what are you guilty of?