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    Thomas 
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"Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I gotta find out for sure."
Portrayed by: Dylan O'Brien
Voiced by: Alan Bravo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese dub)
"You're already scared. All right? I'm scared. But I'd rather risk my life out there than spending the rest of it in here. We don't belong here. This place isn't our home. We were put here. We were trapped here. At least out there, we have a choice. We can make it out of here. I know that. "

A young man who wakes in an elevator that brings him to "The Glade". In his quest to find a way out of the maze he is enclosed in, he finds that he may have a connection to this place.


  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: While his friends assure him otherwise, he doesn't think so due to having worked with WICKED before the Swipe.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: He is so afraid of having to deal with this that he constantly refuses even the possibility of having his memories restored. He gets his way and he never actually learns what kind of person he was.
  • The Atoner: Though his memories have been erased, he feels an immense amount of guilt for having previously worked with WICKED.
  • Badass in Distress: When he and Brenda are captured by Cranks in the Scorch.
  • Bash Brothers: With Minho. As the two really work well with each other during fights.
    • To a lesser extent, Thomas and Newt as well.
  • Childhood Friends: This is what he, Teresa and Aris are revealed to be, having grown up together under WICKED's care.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Likes to engage in this from time to time. If only to keep himself sane from all of the craziness going around his life.
  • Genius Bruiser: He was a child prodigy leading WICKED after the Purge of the first batch of Creators, as well as extraordinarily fit and a decent fighter, as proven throughout the series.
  • Guilt Complex: His greatest flaw. Everything that happens to his friends, even when he couldn't do anything about it, is his fault as far as he's concerned.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After what Teresa did to him in The Scorch. Even more so after she, along with so many others, dies.
  • Heroic Resolve: When freaked out and frantic, Thomas tends to will himself to overpower enemies or break out of holds.
  • I Am Who?: He and Teresa actually helped design the Maze that they're trapped in.
  • The Immune: In The Death Cure, he turns out to be immune to the Flare. In fact, being this is why he was picked by WICKED in the first place, because they wanted to research his brain to find a cure.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Slowly grows into this over the course of the series, most notably in "The Death Cure". With all of the crap that's happened to him and his friends, it's perfectly understandable why he becomes this. Over the course of said book, he struggles to find hope in his situation amidst the despair around him.
  • The Leader: Never actively pursues this role but gradually grows into this over the course of the series.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: He received his name because a WICKED member who took him from his mother saw a light bulb in his house, and Thomas Edison immediately crossed his mind.
  • Named After Someone Famous: After Thomas Edison. It’s not his real names, but a name that was planted in his memory.
  • Psychic Link: He and Teresa can communicate with each other in their heads, even when Teresa is in a coma or unconscious. It's revealed in The Death Cure that this is the effect of technology implanted within their heads that can also be hacked into, cut off, or removed entirely.
  • Spanner in the Works: Does everything in his power to undermine and oppose WICKED, even when he has the short hand.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This could almost be the subtitle for each of the books.
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    Newt 
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"We're all bloody inspired."
Voiced by: Arturo Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish dub), Daiki Yamashita (Japanese dub)
"But we started this together, we may as well end it together too."

Second in command of the Glade and one of Thomas' best friends.


  • Ambiguously Gay: There's quite a bit of Ho Yay between Newt and Thomas, as he sometimes shows jealously towards Teresa and Brenda, and doesn't seem nearly as interested in Teresa as the other Gladers. Fans almost always ship him with either Thomas, Minho, or Alby.
  • Bungled Suicide: It’s revealed in The Death Cure that he tried to kill himself by jumping off one of the Walls some time before Thomas’s arrival. He survived, but broke his leg, hence his permanent limp.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: As revealed in The Fever Code prologue, he had nice parents ready to give their lives for their child.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has some good ones too.
  • Death Seeker: After contracting the Flare he wishes for Thomas to kill him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Two significant ones. First, when he tried to commit suicide when he first entered the Glade. Second when he finds out he has contracted the Flare and isn't immune. Unlike the first time, he doesn't recover.
  • Fountain of Memes: Of all the characters in Maze Runner, he's probably spawned the most iconic quotes, i.e "Great, we're all bloody inspired" and pretty much every line from his death scene. Then there's the Mama Newt meme, which features TMR scenes with captions about Newt acting like an overprotective mother.
  • The Heart: While not all about the hugs and kisses, it's clear that he's the glue that keeps the Gladers together in the worst of times. Lampshaded in "The Scorch Trials", when his tattoo designation is "The Glue".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blond hair, and he's loyal, selfless, and for the most part, a good-natured guy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's this with Thomas, and to lesser extent, Minho. He and Alby also have shades of this until the latter dies.
  • The Lancer: His this to Thomas alongside Minho, being his best friend.
  • The McCoy: Tends to be the most rational of the group while also letting a good amount of emotion affect his judgement.
  • Mercy Kill: He wants Thomas to do this to him after contracting the Flare, eventually he does get his wish.
  • Named After Someone Famous: After Sir Isaac Newton. It’s not his real name, but a name that was planted in his memory.
  • Number Two: In the Glade, he answered only to the leader, Alby. He was generally the second-in-command within the main group of characters too.
  • Pretty Boy: As portrayed in the films by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, with his soft, almost androgynous facial features and blond hair.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Within the Glade he's the most level-headed of all the guys. He recognizes the rules Thomas breaks and punishes him, but doesn't go overboard as he realizes Thomas is useful.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Dies in the Death Cure, mercy-killed by Thomas when suffering from the Flare.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hates every minute of being in the Maze, but tries to keep moral up as best he can.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He's about twice as popular as Thomas, and pretty much any other character for that matter.
  • Stock British Phrases: Likes to use the word "bloody" a whole lot.
  • Stoic Woobie: And how. He's overwhelmed with guilt and depression from his friends who died in the Glade. When he tries to take his own life, it doesn't work. He buries all of his pain and any regard for his own well-being deep inside for the sake of his fellow Gladers. And when he's told he has The Flare, he tries to keep a cool head about it, even though he's terrified. Poor guy.

    Minho 
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"Be careful, don't die."
Portrayed by: Ki Hong Lee
Voiced by: Luis Leonardo Suárez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Go Inoue (Japanese dub)
"All those kids that we left behind back there. I don't want to end up like that."

Keeper of the Runners of the Glade and Thomas' right hand man.


  • Bash Brothers:
    • With Thomas. As the two really work well with each other during fights.
    • To a lesser extent, Thomas and Newt as well.
  • The Big Guy: The one of the most eager to fight and definitely really good at it.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Necessary for running the Maze, and as the Keeper, he'd have to be the best.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The DVD for the movie comes with a 24 page comic told from Minho's perspective set before Thomas is sent to the maze.
  • Deadpan Snarker: You could count the time he doesn't snark on one hand.
  • Determinator: Save for his first night in the Maze, Minho is dedicated to seeing that he and his friends find a happy ending.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one during his first night in the Maze. He does snap out of it though.
  • The Immune: In The Death Cure, he turns out to be immune to the Flare. In fact, being this is why he was picked by WICKED in the first place, because they wanted to research his brain to find a cure.
  • The Lancer: He's Thomas' best friend who he trusts and respects.
  • The Leader: Sort of pushed into leading the Gladers by Thomas (and WICKED) in "The Scorch Trials". For all it's worth, he wasn't doing particularly bad job at it, he just isn't really suited for it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very strong, agile, and speedy. A necessity when running through the maze.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Likes to throw around all of the made up slang from the Glade at every opportunity.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With just about everyone, but Thomas in particular.

    Teresa Agnes 
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"What if we were sent here for a reason?"
Portrayed by: Kaya Scodelario
Voiced by: Carla Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish dub), Mamiko Noto (Japanese dub)
"There are millions of people suffering out there. Millions of stories, just like mine. We can't turn our backs on them. I won't."

The first ever girl to appear in The Glade and carries a dark message for the group. Though first coming into the story in an unconscious state, she grows to be one of the most crucial characters in the story, if only for her connection to Thomas.


  • Apocalypse Maiden: Her coming to the Glade signals the oncoming threat to the rest of the boys.
  • Childhood Friends: This is what she, Thomas, and Aris are revealed to be, having grown up together under WICKED's care.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Acts this way when Brenda is around Thomas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can snark even in the darkest of times.
  • Double Standard: In-Universe. Her manner makes it obvious that she considers herself smarter than most of the men around her, by default. Although in her case, that's very much in-character.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She's abruptly killed saving Thomas from falling rubble at the end of The Death Cure and is mentioned very little afterwards due to it coming at the end of the book.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted and later played straight, she tries to sacrifice herself to save the immunes from a griever but Thomas saves her. Later she pushes Thomas out of the way of some rubble and is crushed instead.
  • I Am Who?: She and Thomas actually helped design the Maze that they're trapped in.
  • The Immune: In The Death Cure, she turns out to be immune to the Flare. In fact, being this is why she was picked by WICKED in the first place, because they wanted to research her brain to find a cure.
  • The Leader: Of the group of girls in the Scorch.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Considering the revelation in The Fever Code that she kept her memories the whole time, she definitely falls into this in the main trilogy.
  • Named After Someone Famous: After Mother Teresa. It’s not her real name, but a name that was planted in her memory.
  • Nerves of Steel: Even with danger ready to leap out at any corner, she can sleep like a baby.
  • Psychic Link: She and Thomas and can communicate with each other in their heads, even when Teresa is in a coma or unconscious. It's revealed in The Death Cure that this is the effect of technology implanted within their heads that can also be hacked into, cut off, or removed entirely.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: How Thomas describes her in the book.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Invokes this on Thomas multiple times.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the group last but proves to be very helpful.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: In "The Scorch Trials", she teams up with a group of girls and kidnap Thomas. She then proceeds to beat, berate, and emotionally torment him maliciously. Subverted in that she was forced to do this by WICKED, but it hits Thomas too hard to ever truly forgive her. As of the Fever Code it's double subverted as she had kept her memories fhe whole time. In The Scorch Trials movie it's played straight when she revealed the location of Thomas's group to WICKED willingly.

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Other Gladers

    Alby 
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"Welcome to the Glade."
Portrayed by: Aml Ameen
Voiced by: Carlo Vázquez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Kenichiro Matsuda (Japanese dub)
Appearances: The Maze Runner

"Every month, the Box sends up a new arrival. But someone had to be first, right? Someone had to have spent a whole month in the Glade, alone. That was Alby. I mean, it can't have been easy. But when those other boys started coming up, one after the other, he saw the truth. And he learned that the most important thing is that we all have each other. Because we're all in this together."
Newt

Leader of the Glade and one of, if not the, first people to come to the Glade and thus had to establish order.


  • Big Brother Mentor: To the other Gladers, more so in the movie.
  • The Chains of Commanding: He's the lead authority of The Glade, for all the good and bad that entails. Probably the worst moment he had to go through is having to banish Ben, who has become a danger to the group after getting stung by a Griever. You can read/see that he takes no pleasure in his actions.
  • Famous Last Words: In the movie; "Get them out."
  • Good Is Not Nice: In the book, he's pretty rough with just about everyone save for Newt and Minho.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to buy the group enough time to get out of the Maze.
  • The Leader: Of The Glade. Without him there would be no order and chaos would rule.
  • The Load: When stung in the Maze, first Minho and then Thomas had to lug him around.
  • Named After Someone Famous: After Albert Einstein. It’s not his real name, but a name that was planted in his memory.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: In the novels he was said to be one of the first Gladers to arrive, but the film outright says he was the first one. This means that he, with no memory other than his name, was dropped in a field with supplies to last for a month on his own, with no knowledge of what is in the maze or the fact it's even a maze in the first place.

    Gally 
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"The rules are the only thing that have ever held us together. Why now are we questioning that?"
Portrayed by: Will Poulter
Voiced by: Alejandro Orozco (Latin-American Spanish dub), Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese dub)
"For three years, we have coexisted with these things. And now, you've killed one of them. Who knows what that could mean for us."

Keeper of the Builders, as well as one of the senior members of the Glade, Gally is in direct opposition to Thomas.


  • Adaptational Heroism: While still antagonistic towards Thomas, the movie's Gally is significantly less psychotic than his book counterpart. He brings up logical and reasonable accusations towards Thomas and is much more sympathetic. Until the whole "let's leave Thomas and Teresa to die in a failing attempt to save ourselves" thing.
  • Ax-Crazy: One wonders how he survived in The Glade being quite so fight-happy and disruptive he is. He's ready to try and kill Thomas over just some jumbled memories.
  • Back for the Finale: Reappears in The Death Cure, the final book of the trilogy, as part of the Right Arm..
  • Big Bad: Gally more or less serves as the main antagonist in the first book, where WICKED is monitoring things off-screen for the majority of the book. It's more explicit in the movie.
  • The Bully: Acts as one to Thomas and pretty much everyone in the end.
  • Dirty Coward: Would rather stay in The Glade forever then face whatever is in the Maze and beyond. He later gets over it.
  • Hypocrite: Minho points out that much of what he accuses Thomas of he was guilty of himself at one point.
  • Madness Mantra: "I belong to the Maze."
  • Named After Someone Famous: After Galileo Galilei. It’s not his real name, but a name that was planted in his memory.
  • Number Two: Seems to be this to Vince in the Right Arm.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When Thomas and the others reunite with him he acts much nicer than his previous appearance.

    Chuck 
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"You're already doing better than I did. I clunked my pants three times before they got me out of the Pit."
Portrayed by: Blake Cooper
Voiced by: Iván Bastidas (Latin-American Spanish dub), Ayumu Murase (Japanese dub)
Appearances: The Maze Runner

"All I know is I don't want to be here. I want to go back to my family. Whatever's there, whatever I was taken from. I wanna remember."

Thomas's first friend within The Glade and the former newbie till Thomas showed up.


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Other Characters

    Brenda 
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"Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope has killed more of my friends than the Flare and Scorch combined."
Portrayed by: Rosa Salazar
Voiced by: Valentina Souza (Latin-American Spanish dub), Megumi Han (Japanese dub)

A young teen girl who meets up with the Gladers in The Scorch. She proves to be very useful in helping them navigate their way in exchange for the cure to The Flare.


  • Bad Ass In Distress: Together with Thomas, she's held up by the Cranks.
  • Broken Bird: Parents dead, living in a city filled with degenerating cannibals, and has a disease that will turn herself into one. The possibility of a cure from the Gladers is what gets her going.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a slightly morbid sense of humor in The Scorch.
  • Idiot Ball: Grabs it firmly when she falls on a thin, fracturing glass pane above a Bottomless Pit in The Scorch Trials and, instead of distributing her weight evenly by staying put, stands up in the center of the large pane, which of course accelerates its disintegration exponentially.
  • Mr. Exposition: Fills in Thomas greatly about the outside world.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She just can't keep her hands off Thomas from the moment they meet, and claims that this kind of behavior is normal where she comes from when he calls her out on it.
  • Number Two: In Jorge's gang.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Thomas, whom she genuinely wants to see happy. Also to Chancellor Paige, whose wishes she's following all throughout the book.

    Aris Jones 
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"Can you hear me?"
Portrayed by: Jacob Lofland
Voiced by: Bruno Coronel (Latin-American Spanish dub), Yuto Uemura (Japanese dub)

Another teenage boy that meets up with the Gladers at the start of "The Scorch Trials". He claims to be from another WICKED test group and can communicate with Thomas inside his mind.


  • Childhood Friends: This is what he, Thomas and Teresa are revealed to be, having grown up together under WICKED's care.
  • Psychic Link: He and a girl called Rachel could communicate with each other in their heads, and could do the same with Thomas, which makes the latter feel uncomfortable. It's revealed in The Death Cure that this is the effect of technology implanted within their heads that can also be hacked into, cut off, or removed entirely.
  • Sixth Ranger: He is placed with the Gladers in "The Scorch Trials" when Teresa is separated from the main group.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: With Teresa he tortures Thomas and seems like he's going to kill him. Somewhat subverted as they were forced to do that by WICKED.

    Jorge Gallaparga 
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"You ever get the feeling the whole world is against you?"
Portrayed by: Giancarlo Esposito
Voiced by: Carlos Segundo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Kenyuu Horiuchi (Japanese dub)
"Three questions. Where did you come from? Where are you going? How can I profit?"

The leader of a band of cranks within The Scorch. He joins up with the Gladers in search of a cure.


  • Ace Pilot: Surprisingly enough.
  • Age Lift: Appears to be in his fifties rather than twenties or thirties in the book.
  • Characterization Marches On: In The Scorch Trials, he was introduced as a brute willing to commit murder for minor insults, savagely beating one of the protagonists over a slight. In The Death Cure, this turns out to almost totally be an act and he's later a generally inoffensive pilot and a sort of doting uncle to Brenda.
  • Consummate Liar: He's an excellent liar, Lampshaded by Brenda.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Peppers his speech with Spanish phrases. Justified as its reasoned The Scorch is in lower Mexico or Central America.
  • The Smart Guy: Serves this role in Thomas' group in The Death Cure, being older and more experienced than the others and having the ability to get the group in and out of Denver using fake identities.

WICKED

     In general 
The World In Catastrophe Kill-zone Experiment Department, they are the main antagonists of the series. Seeking to find a way to cure The Flare, a disease devastating humanity, they are willing to cross any line in the name of a higher cause.

     Janson 

Portrayed by Aidan Gillen


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Assistant Director Janson in the books is nicknamed the "Rat Man" because of his ugly rat-like appearance. In the films, he's played by Silver Fox Aidan Gillen.
  • Ascended Extra: Assistant Director Janson a.k.a. "The Rat Man" only appeared in one chapter near the start of The Scorch Trials and didn't appear again until the next book — The Death Cure, where he became the Big Bad. But in the film adaptation — Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials he’s promoted to main antagonist status and spends most of the film pursuing the protagonists.
  • Big Bad: Assistant Director Janson, better known as "the Rat-Man", is the primary antagonist of the series.
  • The Determinator: Janson will stop at nothing to find the cure.
  • In-Series Nickname: All the Gladers call Janson "Rat-Man" because of his rat-like facial features.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Janson becomes more and more desperate to find the cure at the end of The Death Cure even as the building is collapsing around him, justified as he's infected with the Flare.

     Ava Page 

Portrayed by Patricia Clarkson


  • 0% Approval Rating: WICKED posters bearing her face are all over Denver, but it's rare to see one that hasn't been vandalized with devil horns or something similar.
  • Big Good: In the final half of The Death Cure, where she decides to preserve humanity instead of saving it, since what WICKED was doing was just resulting in tortured and killed children.
  • The Ghost: She's never seen or interacts with anyone, only having her memoirs at the end of each book. This is averted in the movie.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She's the head of all the mess that is WICKED. 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.

Alternative Title(s): The Maze Runner Series, The Maze Runner 2014, Maze Runner The Scorch Trials, Maze Runner The Death Cure

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