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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]].
13th Apr '16 7:14:41 AM Dimas28
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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.]]
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''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.]]
7th Apr '16 3:13:28 AM Anddrix
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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]]'''.
27th Mar '16 11:48:43 PM The12thDoctor
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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]]
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* 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''.
27th Mar '16 11:43:08 PM The12thDoctor
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A film franchise started in 2014, with TheBookOfTheFilm. For more information on the films, click '''[[Film/TheMazeRunnerFilmSeries here]]'''.
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* AdaptationNameChange: WICKED became WCKD in the films although the pronunciation remained the same.



* PrettyBoy: Newt as portrayed by Thomas Brodie Sangster, with his soft, almost androgynous facial features and blond hair.
27th Mar '16 11:32:16 PM The12thDoctor
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* AdaptationalHeroism: While still antagonistic towards Thomas, Gally is significantly less psychotic than his book counterpart. He brings up logical and reasonable accusations towards Thomas and is much more sympathetic. [[spoiler:Until the whole "let's leave Thomas and Teresa to die in a failing attempt to save ourselves" thing]].



* ChainedToARock: Gally plans to tie Thomas and Teresa to posts in front of the opening to the maze and leave them as an offering for the grievers.
* ADayInTheLimeLight: The DVD comes with a 24 page comic told from Minho's perspective set before Thomas is sent to the maze.



** ''The Maze Runner:'' Thomas's group end up [[spoiler: finally escaping the Maze on a helicopter, with help from unnamed people who ensure their safety, as they get their first look at the outside world.]] The downside, however, is that [[spoiler: Chuck ends up [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying in Thomas's arms]] by Gally]], something which hits Thomas the hardest.



* DespairEventHorizon: At the end of the first film [[spoiler:everyone back in The Glade died with Gally the sole survivor and stung by a Griever, he lost all hope and tries to kill everyone, including himself]].




%% * SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification:
%% ** ''The Maze Runner'': Type 4.
%% ** ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'': Type 2.
26th Mar '16 4:24:33 PM The12thDoctor
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A film franchise started, starring [[Series/TeenWolf Dylan O'Brien]], [[Series/GameOfThrones Thomas]] [[Series/DoctorWho Brodie]]-[[Film/LoveActually Sangster]], [[Series/{{Skins}} Kaya]] [[Film/{{Moon}} Scodelario]], [[Film/SonOfRambow Will]] [[Film/WereTheMillers Poulter]] and Creator/PatriciaClarkson.
* ''[[Film/TheMazeRunner2014 The Maze Runner]]'' (2014)
* ''[[Film/MazeRunnerTheScorchTrials2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials]]'' (2015)
An adaptation of ''The Death Cure'' is currently under production for a February 17th, 2017 release, and for the first time ever, [[SubvertedTrope it is not following the typical young-adult trilogy trend of]] [[DividedForPublication splitting one book into two movies.]] However, production is currently postponed, after Dylan O'Brien was hit by a car and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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A film franchise started, starring [[Series/TeenWolf Dylan O'Brien]], [[Series/GameOfThrones Thomas]] [[Series/DoctorWho Brodie]]-[[Film/LoveActually Sangster]], [[Series/{{Skins}} Kaya]] [[Film/{{Moon}} Scodelario]], [[Film/SonOfRambow Will]] [[Film/WereTheMillers Poulter]] and Creator/PatriciaClarkson.started in 2014, with TheBookOfTheFilm. For more information on the films, click '''[[Film/TheMazeRunnerFilmSeries here]]'''.
* ''[[Film/TheMazeRunner2014 The Maze Runner]]'' (2014)
* ''[[Film/MazeRunnerTheScorchTrials2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials]]'' (2015)
An adaptation of ''The Death Cure'' is currently under production for a February 17th, 2017 release, and for the first time ever, [[SubvertedTrope it is not following the typical young-adult trilogy trend of]] [[DividedForPublication splitting one book into two movies.]] However, production is currently postponed, after Dylan O'Brien was hit by a car and suffered non life-threatening injuries.
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