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But I want my body back, and I will destroy that evil Richtofen for taking Daddy away!
~ Samantha in "Moon", having switched bodies with Richtofen.
My name is Samantha. I'm going to tell you how all of this really began.
~ Samantha Maxis

Samantha Maxis is a major character in the Call of Duty zombie series, appearing as an secondary antagonist turned protagonist in the Aether storyline, and a major character in the Dark Aether storyline. Samantha also became a playable operative in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone multiplayer as part of her operative bundle.

She is the daughter of Dr. Ludvig Maxis, who's last wish was to kill Group 935 and Dr. Richtofen for his treachery, causing Samantha to take control of the zombies to try to kill the Ultimus crew. Samantha would try to kill Richtofen and the Ultimus crew, but would often fail as they would travel to different locations. After switching bodies with Richtofen, she was freed when her father's plan came into fruition, and convinced the Primis crew to free her from Agartha.

Though she became an antagonist in the map "Classified" for Black Ops 4, she became a protagonist to help the Primis and Ultimus crew stop Dr. Monty. After stopping Dr. Monty, Samantha and Eddie traveled to a new universe where they could live normal lives. She returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, where she tries to stop the Dark Aether from seeping into a new universe, and Omega Group from harnessing its power.

She is voiced by Julie Nathanson in all of her appearance, and by Grace Kaufman in the Black Ops II zombie map, Origins.

Biography

Early Life

Samantha Maxis was born on November 5, 1934 to Dr. Ludvig Maxis and an unnamed woman, who died during child birth, and later became the stepdaughter to Sophia. She was neglected by her father due to his research, and was experimented on by his fellow colleague, Dr. Edward Ricthofen.

When Richtofen trapped her in the teleporter alongside her dog Fluffy, Samantha was taken to Griffin Station, and accidently came into contact with the M.P.D. Samantha took control of the M.P.D. and started leading the zombies, but Groph and Schuster took her to Dr. Maxis to get her out. Dr. Maxis then killed himself and told Samantha to kill all of Group 935 and Dr. Richtofen, which sent her over the edge.

Aether Storyline

World at War

In Call of Duty: World at War, Samantha acts as the "demonic announcer", controlling the zombies in an attempt to kill Richtofen and his test subjects, Tank Dempsey, Takeo Masaki, and Nikolai Belenski.

Black Ops

Samantha continues to attack Ultimus Crew in Call of Duty: Black Ops, but Richtofen created a plan to take over the M.P.D., and succeeded on the Moon. Richtofen and Samantha traded bodies, and she and the test subjects activate Maxis's backup plan and destroy the Earth. As a result, Richtofen is left trapped in Samantha's body and is able to control the zombies on the Moon and on the Earth.

Black Ops II

Samantha is mentioned by Richtofen in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as he often speaks to Samuel Stuhlinger and has the zombies attack him and his allies. Samantha is left in Richtofen's body after the events on the Moon, but is freed when her father's plan come in his favor on the map "Buried". Samantha's soul was taken to Agartha with Maxis, where she sees the dark Aether's affect on him, and she decides to contact an alternate version of her father in Dimension 63 to free her. When a zombie outbreak begins at the excavation site in France, Samantha manages to convince Primis Dempsey, Masaki, Belenski, and Richtofen to free her.

Black Ops III

In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Samantha's soul traveled with Maxis to The House to live in a perfect universe, alongside the child versions of Dempsey, Richtofen, Masaki and Belenski. Samantha stays there with the Ultimus crew's child versions, and personally befriended Eddie.

Black Ops 4

Samantha returns as a major character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, having returned to her vengeful ways when her father is killed by Dr. Monty to prevent the cycle of the universe from being broken again. She appears as the "demonic announcer" in the map "Classified", but returns as a protagonist to help Primis and Ultimis stop Dr. Monty. When the Victis crew gathered the Agarthan device for Primis Nikolai, Samantha by as she saw the rest of Primis and Ultimis die from the poisoned alcohol they had just consumed. Primis Nikolai then tasked Samantha to kill him so the cycle could end, and Samantha and Eddie were able to walk out of the Dark Aether into a new universe.

Dark Aether Storyline

Samantha returns in the 2020 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, having appeared to have grown up in the new universe that was free of Element 115. She became a member of the West German BND, and also knew CIA agent Grigori Weaver, who is tasked with stopping zombies that are attacking. Samantha appears to go rogue to stop the zombies and the Dark Aether from corrupting the new universe, and gives Weaver a tape of the zombies attacking a facility in Poland. she now works on trying to stop Omega Group from harnessing power from the Dark Aether, and becomes an ally of Requiem in their mission to stop the destruction of the new universe.

Background

Upon entering the new universe, Samantha lost all of previous memories and grew up in an orphanage in West Germany before becoming a student at Heidelberg University. She graduated from the university with a bachelor in mathematics and a minor in linguistics in 1973, and was recruited into the Federal Intelligence Service (also known as the BND) in 1974. Serving the agency, Samantha was present during the Islamic Revolution in Iran where she met Grigori Weaver, who rescued her when she was left behind after the Shah was overthrown.

Samantha and Weaver developed a strong friendship, and at one point attempted to save a boy but failed in the process. Around the early 1980s, Samantha was warned by her BND colleague Dieter about the agency obtaining defectors, and received information about Endstation from her KGB contact Tatyana. She would received a VHS tape that showed the outbreak at Endstation, and decided to inform Weaver about the situation.

Black Ops Cold War

Informing Weaver of the tape at a phonebooth, Samantha informed him about the zombie outbreaks that were occurring, and also told him Omega Group was behind it. When Weaver offered her safety, Samantha refused, arguing that she should remain on the field before hanging up. Thanks to her assistance, Weaver was able to put together a team called Requiem to close the rift that was opened at the Endstation facility. Believing that the Federal Intelligence Service was compromised by Omega, Samantha went rogue and met with her contact Sergei Ravenov, who was a member of Omega Group, and believed she could turn him. Sergei had decided to stop Omega, and became one of her allies in trying to stop Omega and further outbreaks.

Traveling to outpost 25 in Vietnam, Samantha received information from Sergei on Omega's intentions: to harness the power of the Dark Aether to win the Cold War against America. During her infiltration of the outpost, Samantha was captured by Omega Group, and was interrogated by one their scientists, Dr. William Peck. When she refused to divulge information and resisted torture, Dr. Peck threw her into the Dark Aether. Maxis survived the new environment, and was rescued from the aether by Requiem, who was assigned to rescue her and close the rift there. Afterward, Samantha was put into quarantine by Requiem HQ, where she was questioned by Mackenzie Carver, Elizabeth Grey, and Oskar Strauss about her experience in the Dark Aether. Despite being stuck in quarantine, Samantha was given a communication line, and spoke with the Requiem strike team during their operations in the Ural Mountains.

Quotes

Pop goes the zombie.
~ Samantha on "Moon", when getting a explosive kill.
I can't do that, Weaver. The Omega Group have plans for the outbreak zones. I have to stay in the field.
~ Samantha to Weaver in the intro cinematic of "Die Maschine".
I'm ready to come in, Weaver. We have a lot to talk about.
~ Sam in the outro cutscene of "Firebase Z".

Gallery

Black Ops 2

Black Ops 3

Black Ops 4

Cold War

Trivia

  • Her blood type is AB-.
  • She is similar to Alma Wade from the FEAR franchise.

See Also

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