The Maze Runner


  • Thomas: The protagonist. Thomas is the last boy, but not the last person to enter the Glade. The only thing remembered when he came into the glade was his name. Chuck described him as about 16 years old, of average height, and brown haired. He was called "Greenie" as he is a new arrival. He becomes a Runner with Minho after being the first person to spend a whole night in the Maze and saves Alby when he was about to die. He has a telepathic connection with Teresa.
  • Teresa: The first girl and last person to enter the Glade. She has a telepathic connection with Thomas. She also calls Thomas "Tom". She is also known to help Thomas out of the maze and fight the grievers in the griever hole. She is thin, has black hair and blue eyes.
  • Alby: The eldest and the leader of the Gladers. "The dark-skinned boy with short cropped hair, his face clean shaven", tries to keep order within the group by having all the boys follow the rules they've set down to survive. He has a very close relationship with Newt, his second-in-command. He was in the group of 30 people who first arrived in the Glade. Alby commits suicide by walking into a group of Grievers, thinking that it was better that he die there than outside the Maze.
  • Newt: A tall, strong, smart boy with medium-length blond hair who speaks with an odd accent. He used to be a Runner, but is no longer able-footed. He is very kind, friendly, and welcoming to Thomas. He is Alby's closest friend and second-in-command and takes over as leader when Alby no longer feels capable.
  • Minho: The Keeper of the Runners is in charge of navigating and mapping out the Maze. As a Runner, he's in very good shape and is described as "an Asian kid with strong, heavily-muscled arms and short black hair." He and Thomas quickly become good friends.
  • Chuck: A young and chubby boy with curly hair who was the newest Glader until Thomas arrived. He immediately becomes friends with Thomas, and acts like a little brother towards him. Chuck was a "slopper". He is around 12 or 13 years old. He is killed by Gally after a knife is thrown at him while he is saving Thomas.
  • Gally: A Glader who lives by the rules Alby put in place. He does not trust Thomas and shows an immense dislike for him. He is also the Keeper of the Builders. He runs away from the Glade in a fit of rage after exclaiming that he thought "Thomas was not to be trusted" in the Gathering. At the end of the book, he kills Chuck by throwing a knife into his chest.
  • Ben: A Runner. After undergoing the Changing and attempting to kill Thomas. Ben is banished to the Maze while still induced with the serum and still psycho, and dies overnight.
  • Ava Paige: The Chancellor of WICKED and the person responsible for sending teenagers into the Maze. She appears in the Epilogue as the writer of a revealing e-mail.
  • Grievers: Mechanical creatures that haunt and kill the Gladers in the maze. In "the Ending" they are let free onto the Glade to kill one person every day.

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