Ramon is one of Matty's best friends. Though he's kind and caring, Ramon is also boastful and self-important, to the point of making Matty sarcastically wonder whether Ramon's true name might be Boaster or Bragger. Born in Village, Ramon has an outsized fear of Forest, especially after seeing Gatherer entangled. He's unconvinced when Matty points out that because Ramon was born in Village, there's no reason for him to enter Forest at all. Not long before the start of the novel, Ramon's parents traded for a Gaming Machine at Trade Mart. Though the Gaming Machine is fun, Matty only discovers much later that this trade is the reason for the illness that plagues Ramon and his little sister. Ramon develops a cough in the beginning of the novel, tires easily, and by the time Matty is ready to embark on his journey into Forest, both Ramon and his sister have been quarantined by Herbalist. Matty's sacrifice to Forest causes Ramon to begin to get well immediately.