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26th Jan '18 10:46:07 PM AntonF
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* ApocalypticLog: Both the "Confidential Files" and "Recovered Correspondences" entries in ''The Maze Runner Files'' are formatted like this.

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* ApocalypticLog: Both the "Confidential Files" and "Recovered Correspondences" entries in ''The Maze Runner Files'' are formatted like this. Chancellor Anderson's last letter, written in jumbled letters ([[{{Fingore}} he lost three of his fingers]]) and containing a message to [[spoiler: let the Immunes live free]] is a notable case.



** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler:Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the following book reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit]].

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** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler:Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, Lana all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the following book reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit]].



* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Chancellor Kevin Anderson in ''The Fever Code''. Despite Thomas demonizing all of WICKED executives with the exception of Doctor Paige, Anderson is pragmatic and only wants to search for a cure to the extent that it will be resolved quickly. When he finds out that it will take too long to find a cure before the Flare hits them all, he tries to stop the Test from moving beyond Phase One. Unfortunately, [[ManipulativeBastard Paige]] learns about it and uses an unwitting Thomas to dispose of him, then uses his account to write a letter "designating" her as his successor, as she wants the Test to continue.]]



* ICannotSelfTerminate: While some of the Cranks in earlier stages seem horribly miserable and afraid of their impending FateWorseThanDeath, none of them ever commit suicide, and some are mentioned to have been administered a MercyKill by their loved ones. [[spoiler: In ''[=TheDeathCure=]'', after Newt finds out he has the Flare, the literal first thing he does is write a note to Thomas begging him to kill him; as [[SanitySlippage the disease progresses,]] Newt repeatedly asks Thomas to put him out of his misery. [[TearJerker Thomas eventually complies.]] ]]
* IdiotBall: According to ''[=TheDeathCure=]'', the Coalition government that [[spoiler:released the Flare didn't seem to realize that sometimes viruses ''mutate.'' Weren't these supposed to be the world's top scientists and biologists? Did they just forget that this happens? '''Especially''' considering radiation is a prime source of viral mutation, such as the intense solar radiation that the Earth was being subjected to? What did they think was going to happen?]]

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: While some of the Cranks in earlier stages seem horribly miserable and afraid of their impending FateWorseThanDeath, none of them ever commit suicide, and some are mentioned to have been administered a MercyKill by their loved ones. [[spoiler: In ''[=TheDeathCure=]'', ''The Death Cure'', after Newt finds out he has the Flare, the literal first thing he does is write a note to Thomas begging him to kill him; as [[SanitySlippage the disease progresses,]] Newt repeatedly asks Thomas to put him out of his misery. [[TearJerker Thomas eventually complies.]] ]]
* IdiotBall: According to ''[=TheDeathCure=]'', ''The Death Cure'', the Coalition government that [[spoiler:released the Flare didn't seem to realize that sometimes viruses ''mutate.'' Weren't these supposed to be the world's top scientists and biologists? Did they just forget that this happens? '''Especially''' considering radiation is a prime source of viral mutation, such as the intense solar radiation that the Earth was being subjected to? What did they think was going to happen?]]



** ''The Fever Code'' reveals that Mark has a pretty good understanding with Ava Paige, compared to his lukewarm-to-terrible relationship with pretty much other adults in the WICKED compound. [[spoiler: That is, until he discovers that she is whitewashing herself from her crimes.]]

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** ''The Fever Code'' reveals that Mark Thomas has a pretty good understanding with Ava Paige, compared to his lukewarm-to-terrible relationship with pretty much other adults in the WICKED compound. [[spoiler: That is, until he discovers that she is whitewashing herself from her crimes.]]



* KlingonPromotion: Officially, the Chancellor and all other executives of WICKED can be Purged once they are certain to be infected with the virus. Ava Paige ascended to her position this way, when her predecessor, Kevin Anderson, slowly turned into a Crank and absent mindedly biting three of his fingers. [[spoiler: Something that she is responsible for, as she wanted to get rid of him and continue the tests.]]

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* KlingonPromotion: Officially, the Chancellor and all other executives of WICKED can be Purged once they are certain to be infected with the virus. Ava Paige ascended to her position this way, when her predecessor, Kevin Anderson, slowly turned into a Crank and absent mindedly biting bit three of his fingers. [[spoiler: Something that she is responsible for, as she wanted to get rid of him and continue the tests.]]
26th Jan '18 4:37:03 PM AntonF
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''The Maze Runner'' was written by James Dashner. It's followed by a sequel, ''The Scorch Trials'', involving the aftermath of the first book and the introduction of new friends and enemies. The final book, ''The Death Cure'', was released in October 2011, introducing the context and ramifications of the previous books and concluding the story. A prequel to the trilogy has been released as of August 14, 2012, called ''The Kill Order''. Another prequel, set between ''The Kill Order'' and ''The Maze Runner'' titled ''The Fever Code'', was released on September 27, 2016.

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''The Maze Runner'' was is a novel series written by James Dashner. It's followed by a sequel, ''The Scorch Trials'', involving the aftermath It currently consists of the first book and the introduction of new friends and enemies. The final book, ''The Death Cure'', was released in October 2011, introducing the context and ramifications of the previous five books and concluding the story. A prequel to the trilogy has been released as of August 14, 2012, called ''The Kill Order''. Another prequel, set between ''The Kill Order'' and a supplementary material:
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''The Maze Runner'' titled (October 6, 2009) \\
Tells the Phase One of the Trial. Thomas and his fellow Gladers work to find a way to escape the Maze and learn the truth of whoever is responsible for their predicament.
* ''The Scorch Trials'' (September 18, 2010) \\
Tells the Phase Two of the Trial. The Gladers go through the unforgiving landscape of the Scorch in order to reach the "Safe Haven".
* ''The Death Cure'' (October 11, 2011) \\
Thomas and five of his friends escape from the WICKED compound and as a result must evade relentless capture. They learn of a rebellious organization who has realized the futility of WICKED's experimentation and wants to shut them down for good.
* ''The Kill Order'' (August 14, 2012) \\
Set thirteen years before the events of the first book, it tells the story of Mark, a teenager who survives the radiation event and the initial onslaught of the Flare virus.
* ''The Maze Runner Files'' (January 1, 2013) \\
A companion book that mostly explains what happens behind-the-scenes in WICKED. It is divided into three sections.
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''The Fever Code'', Code'' (September 27, 2016) \\
Chronicles Thomas' life after WICKED took him but before he
was released on September 27, 2016.
sent into the Maze. It is told within the span of about ten years.



* AdultsAreUseless: Well, to their credit, the adults did relieve the effects of the initial Flare radiation, but they were also responsible for [[spoiler: the release of the Flare virus, which affected the world even more than the radiation did.]] And somehow they still believe that with their great minds everything could be returned the way they were. [[spoiler: So they do the experiments, subjecting hundreds of innocent children into horrific and meaningless tests that destroy them psychologically and physically, only to dispose of them if they don't serve right. All the while patronizing them as severe as possible]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It backfires on them]] by the end of the trilogy: [[spoiler: most of the Immunes are children and teenagers because they were born during or after the spread of the virus. Only a handful of adults, like Jorge, get the immunity and are allowed to enter the Safe Haven. Everyone else is condemned to the hellish life of the rest of the Earth.]]



* AlternativeCalendar: The series is set so far in the future that the calendar year has to be reset to one, although the months, days, and 24-hour clock remain intact. The "[[GreatOffscreenWar War of 2020]]" is mentioned, so it can be assumed that the original year count stopped at 2020 at the earliest. The Flare radiation happened in 217, while the release of the Flare virus was in 219. The main trilogy is set in 232.



* AnyoneCanDie: No one is safe in the series, not even the main characters that the readers would expect have PlotArmor to go with. The first book kills off [[spoiler:the TagalongKid and the youngest Glader, Chuck]], and the third book -- ''The Death Cure'' kills off [[spoiler:one of the main sidekicks, Newt, and a LoveInterest, Teresa]]. Then there's the first prequel, ''The Kill Order'', which sees the deaths of [[spoiler:''the entire main cast'' (Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana), with the only surviving major character (Deedee/Teresa) being only introduced ''2/3 way to the novel'']].

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* AnyoneCanDie: No one is safe in the series, not even the main characters that the readers would expect have PlotArmor to go with. The first book kills off [[spoiler:the TagalongKid and the youngest Glader, Chuck]], and the third book -- ''The Death Cure'' kills off [[spoiler:one of the main sidekicks, Newt, and a LoveInterest, Teresa]]. Then there's the first prequel, ''The Kill Order'', which sees the deaths of [[spoiler:''the entire main cast'' (Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana), with the only surviving major character (Deedee/Teresa) being only introduced ''2/3 two thirds of way to the novel'']].novel]].



* ApocalypticLog: Both the "Confidential Files" and "Recovered Correspondences" entries in ''The Maze Runner Files'' are formatted like this.



* BashBrothers:
** Thomas and Minho. As the two really work well with each other during fights.

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* BashBrothers:
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BashBrothers: Thomas and Minho. As the two really work well with each other during fights.



** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler:Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the same book also reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit]].

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** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler:Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the same following book also reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit]].



* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:Itís revealed in ''Death Cure'' that Newt tried to kill himself by jumping off one of the Walls some time before Thomasís arrival. He survived, but broke his leg, hence his permanent limp.]]

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* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:Itís revealed in ''Death ''The Death Cure'' that Newt tried to kill himself by jumping off one of the Walls some time before Thomasís arrival. He survived, but broke his leg, hence his permanent limp.]]



* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:Chancellor Paige]] is this [[spoiler:at the end of ''The Death Cure''. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure She finally sees that WICKED has gone too far]] and implements [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere her plan]] to get the rest of the Immunes away to safety so that the human race can survive, which she begins by rescuing Thomas from an imminent cranioectomy. Notably, Paige herself [[TheGhost never appears in person in the series]]]].

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* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:Chancellor Paige]] is this [[spoiler:at the end of ''The Death Cure''. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure She finally sees that WICKED has gone too far]] and implements [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere her plan]] to get the rest of the Immunes away to safety so that the human race can survive, which she begins by rescuing Thomas from an imminent cranioectomy. Notably, until ''The Fever Code'', Paige herself [[TheGhost never appears in person in the series]]]].



* ChildhoodFriends: [[spoiler:This is what Thomas, Teresa and Aris are revealed to be, having grown up together under WICKED's care]].
* ClosedCircle:
** ''The Maze Runner'' features a place called the Glade. A bunch of teenagers are trapped in it with no memory of their lives before they woke up there. The Doors open at dawn and close at dusk, but only lead to a giant maze with no way out. Better yet, the Maze changes every night while the doors are closed. Oh, and if you're in the Maze at night, giant metal monsters attack you.

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* ChildhoodFriends: [[spoiler:This is what Thomas, Teresa and Aris are revealed to be, having grown up together under WICKED's care]].
care]]. Somewhat retconned in ''The Fever Code'' as [[spoiler: Aris and his fellow Elite Rachel didn't start to get closer with Thomas and Teresa until they were about 14, when Paige called them to coordinate handling the Purge.]]
* ClosedCircle:
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ClosedCircle: ''The Maze Runner'' features a place called the Glade. A bunch of teenagers are trapped in it with no memory of their lives before they woke up there. The Doors open at dawn and close at dusk, but only lead to a giant maze with no way out. Better yet, the Maze changes every night while the doors are closed. Oh, and if you're in the Maze at night, giant metal monsters attack you.



* FallenStatesOfAmerica: The United States collapsed shortly after the radiation hit. Or at least just the government; some cities work independently and provide refuge only if the people can show identification that they are not infected. Denver is mentioned in ''The Death Cure'' to be the largest and possibly one of the last ones. ''The Kill Order'' has Asheville, but by the time Mark and company reach there, it is on the final stages of desertion.



* FunWithAcronyms: WICKED, [[spoiler:'''W'''orld '''I'''n '''C'''atastrophe: '''K'''illzone '''E'''xperiment '''D'''epartment. Where Killzone is a malapropism for the mind-brain construct]].

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* FunWithAcronyms: FunWithAcronyms:
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WICKED, [[spoiler:'''W'''orld '''I'''n '''C'''atastrophe: '''K'''illzone '''E'''xperiment '''D'''epartment. Where Killzone is a malapropism for the mind-brain construct]].construct]].
** FIRE, [[spoiler:'''F'''lare '''I'''nformation '''R'''ecovery '''E'''ndeavor]].



** Chancellor Paige, the head of all the mess that is WICKED. [[spoiler:Eventually, though, the cruelty of that position gets to her and she decides to cut their losses and stop torturing people for a cure that might never come]]. Notable in that she is [[TheGhost never seen]] in the series, barring TheFilmOfTheBook.
** Then there's Katie [=McVoy=], a bit character who is only mentioned in two short letters published in ''The Maze Runner Files'' whose [[SmallRoleBigImpact not-so-small role]] involves [[spoiler:suggesting the method to kill half of the world population using the V C321xb 47 virus AKA the Flare virus, which mutated unpredictably, as in, ''setting off all this mess in the first place'']]. By the events of ''The Maze Runner'', however, [[spoiler:she is already long dead due to catching the virus and committing suicide to prevent it spreading over as her last act of redemption]].

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** Chancellor Paige, the head of all the mess that is WICKED. [[spoiler:Eventually, though, the cruelty of that position gets to her and she decides to cut their losses and stop torturing people for a cure that might never come]]. Notable in that she is [[TheGhost never seen]] in the series, barring TheFilmOfTheBook.\n
** Then there's Katie [=McVoy=], a bit character who is only mentioned in two short letters published in ''The Maze Runner Files'' Kill Order'' whose [[SmallRoleBigImpact not-so-small role]] involves [[spoiler:suggesting the method to kill half of the world population using the V C321xb 47 [=VC321xb47=] virus AKA the Flare virus, which mutated unpredictably, as in, ''setting off all this mess in the first place'']]. By the events of ''The Maze Runner'', however, [[spoiler:she is already long dead due to catching the virus and committing suicide to prevent it spreading over as her last act of redemption]].



* TheHeroDies: ''The Kill Order'' [[spoiler: kills off Mark, the narrator, at the end of Chapter 67]].



* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Minho and Alby. As the latter puts it, "He's [Minho] the only one who can boss me around like that."

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* HeterosexualLifePartners:
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HeterosexualLifePartners: Minho and Alby. As the latter puts it, "He's [Minho] the only one who can boss me around like that."



* HowWeGotHere: ''The Fever Code'' essentially explains what happened in Thomas' life pre-Trials and why he ends up having to enter the Maze. [[spoiler: It even ends with Thomas being drugged and placed into the elevator, ready to be sent into the Glade. For added measure, the author attached the first two chapters of the first novel just to make it clear.]]



* ICannotSelfTerminate: While some of the Cranks in earlier stages seem horribly miserable and afraid of their impending FateWorseThanDeath, none of them ever commit suicide, and some are mentioned to have been administered a MercyKill by their loved ones. [[spoiler: In ''TheDeathCure'', after Newt finds out he has the Flare, the literal first thing he does is write a note to Thomas begging him to kill him; as [[SanitySlippage the disease progresses,]] Newt repeatedly asks Thomas to put him out of his misery. [[TearJerker Thomas eventually complies.]] ]]
* IdiotBall: According to ''Literature/TheDeathCure'', the Coalition government that [[spoiler:released the Flare didn't seem to realize that sometimes viruses ''mutate.'' Weren't these supposed to be the world's top scientists and biologists? Did they just forget that this happens? '''Especially''' considering radiation is a prime source of viral mutation, such as the intense solar radiation that the Earth was being subjected to? What did they think was going to happen?]]

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: While some of the Cranks in earlier stages seem horribly miserable and afraid of their impending FateWorseThanDeath, none of them ever commit suicide, and some are mentioned to have been administered a MercyKill by their loved ones. [[spoiler: In ''TheDeathCure'', ''[=TheDeathCure=]'', after Newt finds out he has the Flare, the literal first thing he does is write a note to Thomas begging him to kill him; as [[SanitySlippage the disease progresses,]] Newt repeatedly asks Thomas to put him out of his misery. [[TearJerker Thomas eventually complies.]] ]]
* IdiotBall: According to ''Literature/TheDeathCure'', ''[=TheDeathCure=]'', the Coalition government that [[spoiler:released the Flare didn't seem to realize that sometimes viruses ''mutate.'' Weren't these supposed to be the world's top scientists and biologists? Did they just forget that this happens? '''Especially''' considering radiation is a prime source of viral mutation, such as the intense solar radiation that the Earth was being subjected to? What did they think was going to happen?]]



** ''The Fever Code'' reveals that Mark has a pretty good understanding with Ava Paige, compared to his lukewarm-to-terrible relationship with pretty much other adults in the WICKED compound. [[spoiler: That is, until he discovers that she is whitewashing herself from her crimes.]]



* KlingonPromotion: Officially, the Chancellor and all other executives of WICKED can be Purged once they are certain to be infected with the virus. Ava Paige ascended to her position this way, when her predecessor, Kevin Anderson, slowly turned into a Crank and absent mindedly biting three of his fingers. [[spoiler: Something that she is responsible for, as she wanted to get rid of him and continue the tests.]]



* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: Every subject of WICKED goes through renaming to remove all of their connections to their previous lives. The names are often taken from famous figures, either scientific or religious, with the idea that the children are hoped to achieve great success.]]
** [[spoiler: Stephen > Thomas]]
** [[spoiler: Deedee > Teresa Agnes]]
** [[spoiler: Toby > Frypan]]
** [[spoiler: Elizabeth > Sonya]]



** Teresa is named after Mother Teresa.

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** Teresa is named after Mother Teresa. Her surname Agnes came from Mother Teresa's real name, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. The fact that she is named after a religious figure, whom the general public is less informed than scientific ones, is lampshaded in ''The Scorch Trials'' when Thomas cannot deduce whom Teresa is named after.
** Aris is named after Aristotle.
** Harriet is named after Harriet Tubman.



* TheSavageSouth:
** The Scorch. It is a wasteland full of crumbling structures and dilapidated environs that sustain nobody, except for the Cranks. It is also implied to be located in Mexico.
** In general, the Flare radiation hit the tropics hard. Most areas there were turned into desert virtually overnight due to the climate changing like crazy.



* SouthOfTheBorder: The Scorch is implied to be located in post-apocalyptic Mexico. The only named native of the region, Jorge, acts as Hispanic as one can be.

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* SouthOfTheBorder: The Scorch is implied to be located in post-apocalyptic Mexico. The only named native of the region, Jorge, acts as Hispanic as one can be.



* SunkenCity: In ''The Kill Order'', Mark often flashes back to living in a skyscraper, because the city was flooded with scorching water after the solar flares melted the ice caps.

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* SunkenCity: New York City has become one post-Flare. In ''The Kill Order'', Mark often flashes back to living in a skyscraper, because the city was flooded with scorching water after the solar flares melted the ice caps.



* TomatoSurprise: ''The Kill Order'' has an epic one: [[spoiler:Deedee, the little 5-year-old girl who's shunned by her villagers for being an Immune? She's ''Teresa''. This is not a secret to everyone in-universe, as Teresa just kind of tells Thomas about her birth name in passing. This does, however, affect something; namely, [[TheEndingChangesEverything the way the readers interpret everything beforehand]]]].

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* TomatoSurprise: ''The Kill Order'' Fever Code'' has an two epic one: ones:
** [[spoiler: Sonya, the co-leader of Group B, is Newt's younger sister.]]
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[[spoiler:Deedee, the little 5-year-old girl who's from ''The Kill Order'' who is shunned by people from her villagers village for being an Immune? She's ''Teresa''. This is not a secret to everyone in-universe, anyone in-universe by this point, as Teresa just kind of tells she already told Thomas about her birth name in passing. This does, however, affect something; namely, [[TheEndingChangesEverything the way the readers interpret everything beforehand]]]].long ago.]]


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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Understandably, most characters have a negative view of the Cranks, but some take it UpToEleven and lump them all together as wild animals, when only those who pass the Gone can be classified as such.
27th Feb '17 7:09:25 AM TheWhistleTropes
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''The Maze Runner'' was written by James Dashner. It's followed by a sequel, ''The Scorch Trials'', involving the aftermath of the first book and the introduction of new friends and enemies. The final book, ''The Death Cure'', was released in October 2011, introducing the context and ramifications of the previous books and concluding the story. A prequel to the trilogy has been released as of August 14, 2012, called ''The Kill Order''. Another prequel, set between ''The Kill Order'' and ''The Maze Runner'' titled ''The Fever Code'', is set to be released on September 27, 2016.

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''The Maze Runner'' was written by James Dashner. It's followed by a sequel, ''The Scorch Trials'', involving the aftermath of the first book and the introduction of new friends and enemies. The final book, ''The Death Cure'', was released in October 2011, introducing the context and ramifications of the previous books and concluding the story. A prequel to the trilogy has been released as of August 14, 2012, called ''The Kill Order''. Another prequel, set between ''The Kill Order'' and ''The Maze Runner'' titled ''The Fever Code'', is set to be was released on September 27, 2016.
30th May '16 4:27:44 PM Anddrix
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* AmnesiacDissonance: Thomas is so afraid of having to deal with this that he constantly refuses even the possibility of having his memories restored. [[spoiler:He gets his way and he never actually learns what kind of person he was]].
10th May '16 6:33:49 PM luord
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* AmnesiacDissonance: Thomas is so afraid of having to deal with this that he constantly refuses even the possibility of having his memories restored. [[spoiler:He gets his way and he never actually learns what kind of person he was]].
14th Apr '16 8:22:07 AM Anddrix
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* LineOfSightName: [[spoiler:Thomas was named that way because a WICKED member who took him from his mother saw a light bulb in his house, and Thomas Edison immediately crossed his mind]].
14th Apr '16 8:10:59 AM Anddrix
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* AdamAndEvePlot: [[spoiler: The ending. Out of the entire human race, only a select few are able to resist the influence of the Flare virus. They are thus humanity's last hope to rebuild the Earth. However, that last few actually number several hundreds, which is far more realistic than the usual application of this trope.]]

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* AdamAndEvePlot: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The ending. Out of the entire human race, only a select few are able to resist the influence of the Flare virus. They are thus humanity's last hope to rebuild the Earth. However, that last few actually number several hundreds, which is far more realistic than the usual application of this trope.]]trope]].



* AnyoneCanDie: No one is safe in the series, not even the main characters that the readers would expect have PlotArmor to go with. The first book kills off [[spoiler: the TagalongKid and the youngest Glader, Chuck]], and the third kills off [[spoiler: one of the main sidekicks, Newt, and a LoveInterest, Teresa.]] Then there's the first prequel, ''The Kill Order'', which sees the deaths of [[spoiler: ''the entire main cast'' (Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana), with the only surviving major character (Deedee/Teresa) being only introduced ''2/3 way to the novel''.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: No one is safe in the series, not even the main characters that the readers would expect have PlotArmor to go with. The first book kills off [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the TagalongKid and the youngest Glader, Chuck]], and the third book -- ''The Death Cure'' kills off [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one of the main sidekicks, Newt, and a LoveInterest, Teresa.]] Teresa]]. Then there's the first prequel, ''The Kill Order'', which sees the deaths of [[spoiler: ''the [[spoiler:''the entire main cast'' (Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana), with the only surviving major character (Deedee/Teresa) being only introduced ''2/3 way to the novel''.]]novel'']].



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:By the end of ''The Death Cure'', many of the characters from the first book are dead (including Chuck, Teresa and Newt), there's no cure for the Flare and the Immunes will inherit the Earth. Thomas, Minho, Brenda, Jorge and the 200 Immunes begin rebuilding civilization in a safe place far from the Scorch]].
** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler: Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the same book also reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: BittersweetEnding:
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[[spoiler:By the end of ''The Death Cure'', many of the characters from the first book are dead (including Chuck, Teresa and Newt), there's no cure for the Flare and the Immunes will inherit the Earth. Thomas, Minho, Brenda, Jorge and the 200 Immunes begin rebuilding civilization in a safe place far from the Scorch]].
** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler: Mark, [[spoiler:Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the same book also reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit.]]bit]].



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Gally turns from being Thomas' adversary into steadfast helper in ''The Death Cure'' after he escapes from WICKED's custody and joins the Right Arm. It seems that this in part fueled by [[TheAtoner his regret for being directed to kill Chuck]].]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Ava Paige, who realizes the errors of her ways and the fact that no cure for the Flare virus will ever be found. She decides to become a BigGood and gets Thomas and the Immunes to head for the paradise she has prepared for them, free from the Flare virus.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Gally ''The Death Cure'':
** [[spoiler:Gally
turns from being Thomas' adversary into steadfast helper in ''The Death Cure'' after he escapes from WICKED's custody and joins the Right Arm. It seems that this in part fueled by [[TheAtoner his regret for being directed to kill Chuck]].]]
Chuck]]]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Ava [[spoiler:Ava Paige, who realizes the errors of her ways and the fact that no cure for the Flare virus will ever be found. She decides to become a BigGood and gets Thomas and the Immunes to head for the paradise she has prepared for them, free from the Flare virus.]]virus]].



* HeroicSacrifice: At least two characters do this to protect [[spoiler: Thomas.]]
** ''The Maze Runner'' has [[spoiler:Chuck TakingTheBullet for Thomas from Gally.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: At least two characters do this to protect [[spoiler: Thomas.]]
[[spoiler:Thomas]].
** ''The Maze Runner'' has [[spoiler:Chuck TakingTheBullet for Thomas from Gally.]]Gally]].



* IntergenerationalFriendship: Jorge gets along well with many people much younger than him in age, including Brenda and Thomas. In the case of Brenda, he might as well be [[ParentalSubstitute a father figure]], as she already lost hers in a horrific manner.

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* IntergenerationalFriendship: IntergenerationalFriendship:
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Jorge gets along well with many people much younger than him in age, including Brenda and Thomas. In the case of Brenda, he might as well be [[ParentalSubstitute a father figure]], as she already lost hers in a horrific manner.



* LineOfSightName: Not quite, but close. [[spoiler: Thomas was named that way because a WICKED member who took him from his mother saw a light bulb in his house, and Thomas Edison immediately crossed his mind.]]
* LoveTriangle: While Thomasís original love interest is Teresa, he ends up growing closer to Brenda in the second book [[spoiler: after being separated from Teresa for an extended period of time, and finding out that she had betrayed him. He eventually ends up with Brenda, partially due to him never forgiving Teresa for what she had done and partially because of the girlís [[DroppedABridgeOnHim sudden death]] at the end of ''Death Cure''.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Thomas' romantic arc with Brenda has this kind of ending. The series is closed with them HoldingHands while WatchingTheSunset in the safe haven, but there's nothing confirming that they're hooking up, although they might. But then, Thomas ''is'' still grieving for the loss of his friends, particularly Teresa.]]

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* LineOfSightName: Not quite, but close. [[spoiler: Thomas [[spoiler:Thomas was named that way because a WICKED member who took him from his mother saw a light bulb in his house, and Thomas Edison immediately crossed his mind.]]
mind]].
* LoveTriangle: While Thomasís original love interest is Teresa, he ends up growing closer to Brenda in the second book [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after being separated from Teresa for an extended period of time, and finding out that she had betrayed him. He eventually ends up with Brenda, partially due to him never forgiving Teresa for what she had done and partially because of the girlís [[DroppedABridgeOnHim sudden death]] at the end of ''Death Cure''.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Thomas' In ''The Death Cure'', [[spoiler:Thomas' romantic arc with Brenda has this kind of ending. The series is closed with them HoldingHands while WatchingTheSunset in the safe haven, but there's nothing confirming that they're hooking up, although they might. But then, Thomas ''is'' still grieving for the loss of his friends, particularly Teresa.]]Teresa]].



* TheMole: At the end of ''The Scorch Trials'', Thomas finds out that [[spoiler: Teresa and Aris has been working for WICKED all along. And Brenda. And Jorge. [[DiabolusExMachina And, uh..., it seems that WICKED can control anyone wherever they like as long as they have the control chips inserted into their brains]]. Naturally, this makes Thomas suffer from a ''very serious'' trust issue for the rest of the series.]]

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* TheMole: At the end of ''The Scorch Trials'', Thomas finds out that [[spoiler: Teresa [[spoiler:Teresa and Aris has been working for WICKED all along. And Brenda. And Jorge. [[DiabolusExMachina And, uh..., it seems that WICKED can control anyone wherever they like as long as they have the control chips inserted into their brains]]. Naturally, this makes Thomas suffer from a ''very serious'' trust issue for the rest of the series.]]series]].



* ThePromisedLand: The "Safe Haven", the main goal of the Gladers in ''The Scorch Trials''. Supposedly, they would receive a cure for the Flare there. [[spoiler: It seems to be a cop-out when all they find at the end is [[ExactWords a flag with "Safe Haven" written on it]], but ''The Death Cure'' reveals that WICKED ''does'' have a safe haven, although it's not a true reward for the Gladers. Chancellor Paige only reveals it when she's really certain that no cure for the Flare virus will ever be found.]]

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* ThePromisedLand: The "Safe Haven", the main goal of the Gladers in ''The Scorch Trials''. Supposedly, they would receive a cure for the Flare there. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It seems to be a cop-out when all they find at the end is [[ExactWords a flag with "Safe Haven" written on it]], but ''The Death Cure'' reveals that WICKED ''does'' have a safe haven, although it's not a true reward for the Gladers. Chancellor Paige only reveals it when she's really certain that no cure for the Flare virus will ever be found.]]found]].



* TomatoSurprise: ''The Kill Order'' has an epic one: [[spoiler: Deedee, the little 5-year-old girl who's shunned by her villagers for being an Immune? She's ''Teresa''. This is not a secret to everyone in-universe, as Teresa just kind of tells Thomas about her birth name in passing. This does, however, affect something; namely, [[TheEndingChangesEverything the way the readers interpret everything beforehand]].]]

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* TomatoSurprise: ''The Kill Order'' has an epic one: [[spoiler: Deedee, [[spoiler:Deedee, the little 5-year-old girl who's shunned by her villagers for being an Immune? She's ''Teresa''. This is not a secret to everyone in-universe, as Teresa just kind of tells Thomas about her birth name in passing. This does, however, affect something; namely, [[TheEndingChangesEverything the way the readers interpret everything beforehand]].]]beforehand]]]].



* WatchingTheSunset: [[spoiler: The main trilogy ends this way, featuring Thomas and Brenda HoldingHands. It signifies that after all the running that Thomas has to endure throughout the series, he can finally sit down and get some rest.]]

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* WatchingTheSunset: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The main trilogy ends this way, featuring Thomas and Brenda HoldingHands. It signifies that after all the running that Thomas has to endure throughout the series, he can finally sit down and get some rest.]]rest]].
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* AdamAndEvePlot: [[spoiler: The ending. Out of the entire human race, only a select few are able to resist the influence of the Flare virus. They are thus humanity's last hope to rebuild the Earth. However, that last few actually number several hundreds, which is far more realistic than the usual application of this trope.]]



* AnyoneCanDie: No one is safe in the series, not even the main characters that the readers would expect have PlotArmor to go with. The first book kills off [[spoiler: the TagalongKid and the youngest Glader, Chuck]], and the third kills off [[spoiler: one of the main sidekicks, Newt, and a LoveInterest, Teresa.]] Then there's the first prequel, ''The Kill Order'', which sees the deaths of [[spoiler: ''the entire main cast'' (Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana), with the only surviving major character (Deedee/Teresa) being only introduced ''2/3 way to the novel''.]]



* BerserkerRage: In "The Scorch Trials", [[spoiler:after getting fried by lightning and kick around by Jorge, Minho snaps and mercilessly beats on him till Thomas gets him to stop]].

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* BerserkerRage: In "The ''The Scorch Trials", Trials'', [[spoiler:after getting fried by lightning and kick around by Jorge, Minho snaps and mercilessly beats on him till Thomas gets him to stop]].



** The prequel ''The Kill Order'' also ends this way. [[spoiler: Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana, all die over the course of the story, but at least they manage to transfer Deedee to the PFC base in Alaska, where she would be safe. However, the same book also reveals that Deedee really is Teresa, whom we all know bite the dust in the long run, downsiding their achievements a bit.]]



* DoomedHometown: ''The Kill Order'' opens with Mark living peacefully in a small Appalachian village with the other survivors of the Flare. No guess that it's going to meet a grisly end, if only so Mark can go outside his comfort zone.



%% * HeelFaceTurn: One of the more extraordinary examples in which [[spoiler: the BigBad becomes the BigGood]]. She was apparently on the fence, though.

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%% * HeelFaceTurn: One of the more extraordinary examples in which [[spoiler: Gally turns from being Thomas' adversary into steadfast helper in ''The Death Cure'' after he escapes from WICKED's custody and joins the BigBad becomes Right Arm. It seems that this in part fueled by [[TheAtoner his regret for being directed to kill Chuck]].]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Ava Paige, who realizes
the BigGood]]. errors of her ways and the fact that no cure for the Flare virus will ever be found. She was apparently on decides to become a BigGood and gets Thomas and the fence, though.Immunes to head for the paradise she has prepared for them, free from the Flare virus.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: In ''The Death Cure'', [[spoiler:Teresa]] dies saving [[spoiler:Thomas from falling debris as they try to escape WICKED for the last time]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: In At least two characters do this to protect [[spoiler: Thomas.]]
** ''The Maze Runner'' has [[spoiler:Chuck TakingTheBullet for Thomas from Gally.]]
**
''The Death Cure'', Cure'' has [[spoiler:Teresa]] dies dying while saving [[spoiler:Thomas from falling debris as they try to escape WICKED for the last time]].


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* IntergenerationalFriendship: Jorge gets along well with many people much younger than him in age, including Brenda and Thomas. In the case of Brenda, he might as well be [[ParentalSubstitute a father figure]], as she already lost hers in a horrific manner.
** In ''The Kill Order'', Mark and Trina with Alec and Lana turn into a makeshift family after the Flare took away their family.


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* LineOfSightName: Not quite, but close. [[spoiler: Thomas was named that way because a WICKED member who took him from his mother saw a light bulb in his house, and Thomas Edison immediately crossed his mind.]]


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* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Thomas' romantic arc with Brenda has this kind of ending. The series is closed with them HoldingHands while WatchingTheSunset in the safe haven, but there's nothing confirming that they're hooking up, although they might. But then, Thomas ''is'' still grieving for the loss of his friends, particularly Teresa.]]


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* TheMole: At the end of ''The Scorch Trials'', Thomas finds out that [[spoiler: Teresa and Aris has been working for WICKED all along. And Brenda. And Jorge. [[DiabolusExMachina And, uh..., it seems that WICKED can control anyone wherever they like as long as they have the control chips inserted into their brains]]. Naturally, this makes Thomas suffer from a ''very serious'' trust issue for the rest of the series.]]


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* ThePromisedLand: The "Safe Haven", the main goal of the Gladers in ''The Scorch Trials''. Supposedly, they would receive a cure for the Flare there. [[spoiler: It seems to be a cop-out when all they find at the end is [[ExactWords a flag with "Safe Haven" written on it]], but ''The Death Cure'' reveals that WICKED ''does'' have a safe haven, although it's not a true reward for the Gladers. Chancellor Paige only reveals it when she's really certain that no cure for the Flare virus will ever be found.]]


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* SouthOfTheBorder: The Scorch is implied to be located in post-apocalyptic Mexico. The only named native of the region, Jorge, acts as Hispanic as one can be.


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* TomatoSurprise: ''The Kill Order'' has an epic one: [[spoiler: Deedee, the little 5-year-old girl who's shunned by her villagers for being an Immune? She's ''Teresa''. This is not a secret to everyone in-universe, as Teresa just kind of tells Thomas about her birth name in passing. This does, however, affect something; namely, [[TheEndingChangesEverything the way the readers interpret everything beforehand]].]]


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* WatchingTheSunset: [[spoiler: The main trilogy ends this way, featuring Thomas and Brenda HoldingHands. It signifies that after all the running that Thomas has to endure throughout the series, he can finally sit down and get some rest.]]
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A film franchise started in 2014, with TheBookOfTheFilm. For more information on the films, click '''[[Film/TheMazeRunnerSeries here]]'''.

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A film franchise started in 2014, with TheBookOfTheFilm.TheFilmOfTheBook. For more information on the films, click '''[[Film/TheMazeRunnerSeries here]]'''.
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!!The Films Provide Examples Of:
* BodyHorror: The effects of the Flare Virus are garish; whatever part of your body got infected first starts to fester and turn black as your respiratory functions start to cease, followed by a degeneration of your mind to a feral zombie-like state. Advanced cases have horribly twisted limbs, skin marred by black tendril-like growths, a twitching and jerky gait likely caused by some form of palsy, and most Cranks have [[EyeScream gouged their eyes out]] to stop the hallucinations they're plagued by.
* BittersweetEnding:
** ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials:'' [[spoiler: Teresa ends up betraying Thomas by calling WCKD to their location]], resulting in [[spoiler: Mary's death, Aris's, Minho's and many Immunes' captures, as well as the breaching of the Red Arm's safe place.]] Luckily, [[spoiler: some of the survivors repel WCKD's forces back, and Thomas begins to formulate a plan to save everyone in WCKD's capture and kill the leader of WCKD, Ava Paige.]]
* DyingAsYourself: In ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'', [[spoiler:Winston]] is bitten by a Crank and infected so they begged their friends to help them so they wouldn't become a Crank. [[spoiler:Newt]] hands them a loaded gun and the rest quietly leave. After the group travels far enough, [[SoundOnlyDeath a gunshot is heard.]]
* FamousLastWords:
** ''The Maze Runner'':
*** "Get them out." [[spoiler:Alby]]
*** "Remember. ''[[ArcWords WCKD is good.]]'' [[spoiler: Ava Paige's double]]
*** "I belong to the Maze. We all do." [[spoiler: Gally, supposedly]]
*** "Thank you. Thank you." [[spoiler:Chuck]]
** ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'':
*** "Thomas... Take care of them..." [[spoiler: Winston]]
*** "At least my conscience is clear." [[spoiler:Mary]]
%% * FilmOfTheBook
* ForeShadowing: In ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'', during the rave party scene, while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, not only does Thomas see [[spoiler: Winston (even though he was already dead earlier)]], he also sees [[spoiler: Newt as a Crank]]. For those who have read ''The Death Cure'', that is '''''clearly not a good sign...'''''
* InNameOnly: ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'' is radically different from ''The Scorch Trials'', with only a few key elements and themes remaining. Wes Ball, the director, likened it to using the same ingredients to make a different recipe.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Thomas and Brenda make out at a post-apocalyptic rave party after they've been imbibed with hallucinogenic drugs.
* SceneryGorn: The vast shots of the empty and crumbling buildings and bridge in ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials''.
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