The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

Minho Character Analysis

The Keeper of the Runners, Minho is in charge of leading the other Runners through the Maze. Confrontational and somewhat impulsive, Minho leads by intuition rather than thought-out planning, which sometimes gets him into trouble. Minho, however, is always willing to own up to a mistake he’s made, which makes him a trustworthy and loyal friend to Thomas.

Minho Quotes in The Maze Runner

The The Maze Runner quotes below are all either spoken by Minho or refer to Minho. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Delacorte Press edition of The Maze Runner published in 2009.
Chapter 17 Quotes

“You don’t understand, shuck-face! You don’t know anything, and you’re just making it worse by trying to have hope! We’re dead, you hear me? Dead!”

Related Characters: Minho (speaker), Thomas
Related Symbols: The Maze
Page Number: 117
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Chapter 30 Quotes

Newt’s head appeared at the little glassless window, looking through the bars, a smirk on his face. “Nice reward for breakin’ the rules. You saved some lives, Tommy, but ya still need to learn—”

“Yeah, I know. Order.”

Related Characters: Thomas (speaker), Newt (speaker), Alby, Minho
Page Number: 191
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Chapter 55 Quotes

Minho continued. “Alby didn’t wanna go back to his old life. He freaking sacrificed himself for us—and they aren’t attacking, so maybe it worked. We’d be heartless if we wasted it.”

Related Characters: Minho (speaker), Thomas, Alby, Newt
Page Number: 334
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Minho Character Timeline in The Maze Runner

The timeline below shows where the character Minho appears in The Maze Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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...conscious but extremely exhausted and barely able to speak. Alby says the Runner’s name is Minho. Minho asks Alby for some water and Alby goes off to get him some. (full context)
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Thomas asks Minho if he found anything out in the Maze. Minho says that although that’s normally the... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Alby seems surprised to learn that Minho had found a dead Griever in the Maze. They agree to haul the Griever back... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...he’ll be spending the day working with the farmers. As he gets up, Thomas notices Minho picking up Ben’s collar by the East Door. Newt says that every time they banish... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...stuff” in her unconscious state. Newt listens but says that what’s concerning him more is Minho and Alby’s whereabouts: they went into the Maze to investigate the Griever and should have... (full context)
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By dinner time, all the Runners have retuned except Alby and Minho. Afraid that they’re dead, the Gladers eat dinner solemnly. As they eat, Newt runs frantically... (full context)
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As the Door begins to close, Thomas sees Minho inside the Maze with Alby, stung by a Griever, being helped along. Thomas calls for... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...everything is dark and Thomas feels terrified, but he manages to find his way to Minho and Alby. Minho tells Thomas that he was stupid, not brave, to enter the Maze... (full context)
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Thomas suggests they climb the vines in order to protect themselves from the Grievers, but Minho responds by saying that they’ve tried that in the past and it didn’t work. Minho... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Thomas feels angry at Minho for running away at the first sign of trouble. Although Minho said they already tried... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...they collide, Thomas dives sideways and gets past the creature. As he continues to run, Minho grabs him from around a corner and tells him that Thomas’s sideways dive gave him... (full context)
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Thomas follows Minho to the Cliff, where the Maze appears to end abruptly. The path looks over a... (full context)
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...Griever, but the last one is able to stop just before falling of the edge. Minho and Thomas give each other a knowing look and they charge at the Griever together,... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Unable to cope with almost dying, Thomas sits beside Minho and cries for half an hour. When he calms down, Thomas tells Minho they have... (full context)
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On their way to Alby, Minho says the Serum is short for the Grief Serum. He says that the Creators send... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...the rules by going into the Maze or honor him for saving the lives of Minho and Alby. (full context)
Chapter 24
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...one of the keepers is Gally, who he knows is going to vote against him. Minho is also there as Keeper of the Runners. There is one chair empty for the... (full context)
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...could ever be brave enough to go into the Maze and smart enough to save Minho and Alby, two of the most accomplished Gladers. Gally says Thomas only saved the two... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The Keepers argue loudly about Minho’s suggestion until Newt calms everyone and asks Minho to better explain his proposal. Minho says... (full context)
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Minho continues, saying that inside the Maze, he got scared and ran off but Thomas stayed... (full context)
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Embarrassed by Minho’s insults, Gally threatens to break Minho’s neck. Minho pushes Gally to the ground and says... (full context)
Chapter 26
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After Gally leaves, Thomas feels fear that Gally wants him dead. Minho says they should throw Gally in the Slammer, the Glade’s jail, for threatening Thomas. To... (full context)
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...Keepers vote and Newt’s proposal passes. Chuck runs into the hall after everyone’s left except Minho and Thomas. Chuck tells Thomas that Alby is asking for him. (full context)
Chapter 31
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...boy named Frypan, had prepared especially for him in gratitude for saving the lives of Minho and Alby. Minho joins Thomas as he eats and tells him what he should expect... (full context)
Chapter 32
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The next morning, Minho wakes Thomas before dawn and shows him inside a locked room in the Homestead where... (full context)
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Minho shows Thomas a secret trapdoor in the room which leads to another room where they... (full context)
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In the Map Room, Minho draws Thomas a map of the Maze. First he draws a large square that fills... (full context)
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Minho explains that they have eight Runners, one for each Section. Although they have never found... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Thomas follows Minho through the Maze, keeping up but slowly getting more and more tired as he runs.... (full context)
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...blade and asks what they’re for and why they have the word WICKED on them. Minho says the Gladers have always assumed that the beetle blades spy for the Creators but... (full context)
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...talk, Thomas notices a glimmer of silver against a wall. Thomas goes to investigate and Minho shrugs, already seeming to know what he’ll find. When Thomas approaches the walls and pushes... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Minho appears and tells Thomas to get ready for the run. Thomas ask why there still... (full context)
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Minho and Thomas run into the Maze and, in Section Eight, they come across a Griever.... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Minho tells Thomas that Grievers must be leaving the Maze by jumping through some sort portal... (full context)
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After drawing the map, Minho and Thomas run into Newt and Alby outside the Map Room. Newt informs them that... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Inside the Homestead, Minho, Newt, Alby, and Thomas discuss what they need to do to defend themselves and escape... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Thomas runs to the Door that Minho went through but Newt calls out to him before he goes inside. As Newt tells... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...what he can salvage. When he arrives, he finds a group of boys huddling around Minho who is cradling an injured Alby. Minho says that whoever set fire to the maps... (full context)
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...control over triggering the end. Desperate and in need of whatever help they can get, Minho and Newt agree to let her out. Once she’s out, Thomas says that she remembers... (full context)
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Minho glances knowingly at Newt. Minho tells them that before the fire, they moved the maps... (full context)
Chapter 42
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When Newt and Minho come back with the materials, Thomas orders everyone to trace the last ten days of... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Thomas, Newt, Minho, and Teresa trace more days and stack them together in the way Thomas showed them.... (full context)
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Minho tells Thomas to follow him through the Maze like the last time. Before they enter... (full context)
Chapter 44
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As Thomas and Minho run through the Maze, they notice the walls hadn’t changed at all the previous night.... (full context)
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After Thomas and Minho run through the entire Section, they explore the Maze more closely, feeling the walls and... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...and Newt says that the Grievers took a boy named Adam who Thomas never met. Minho is discouraged and runs off to the Homestead. Thomas initiates a conversation with Teresa and... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Newt tells the group that the Creators are their enemy, not Thomas and Teresa. Minho agrees and encourages Thomas to tell the Keepers his plan for escape. Thomas says that... (full context)
Chapter 51
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Minho tells the group that he’d rather fight and take his chances with the Creators than... (full context)
Chapter 55
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...corner that leads onto the passageway to the Cliff, they hear the sound of Grievers. Minho tells everyone to stop running and scouts ahead, when he comes back he says there... (full context)
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...to save him, Thomas tells him there is nothing he can do for Alby now. Minho says that Alby didn’t want to go back to the real world so he sacrificed... (full context)
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Realizing that Minho is right, Newt tells the Gladers that their main priority is to protect Thomas and... (full context)
Chapter 56
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Minho leads the charge into the Grievers near the Hole and then more Keepers followed by... (full context)
Chapter 58
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...skin and turn off their lights. Thomas and Teresa cheer Chuck for finding the button. Minho then jumps into the Hole, followed by Newt, and some of the other Keepers and... (full context)
Chapter 59
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The Gladers stare silently at the Creators until Minho threatens to break their faces. There’s a loud rumbling sound and a man and a... (full context)
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...the man to take off his hood. It’s Gally with tears streaming down his face. Minho angrily demands an explanation for what is going on and she says that she expects... (full context)
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...at Gally and beats him to the sound of Gally’s crunching bones until Newt and Minho pull him off. Thomas goes back to Chuck’s lifeless body and weeps long and loud... (full context)
Chapter 62
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In the sleeping quarters, Thomas rests on the bottom bed of a bunk bed. Minho is on the top bed and Newt has the bed next to theirs. Minho asks... (full context)