Prior to being taken by WICKED, Ben lived in Denver with his parents, safe from the catastrophic conditions that plagued the world outside. One day, he was about to board the train that would take him to his school, but was stopped by a man that had come out of an airborne cop machine, surprising Ben long enough for the train to leave without him. The man tells Ben to come with him, adding that he has Ben's parents' permission and that the conditions of the city would not protect him from the outside world. Ben and the man leave in the hovering cop car, the man planning to see Ben's parents first.
The Fever Code, a disheartened Ben meets Thomas at WICKED's complex, where he explains his background to the boy, and how he was taken despite his parents being immune to the Flare. At some point after, Ben is sent into the Glade, his memories having been wiped.
The Maze Runner, as he was going through the Changing, when Thomas walked in on it. During the Changing, Ben regained memories of Thomas and, according to Ben, it was enough to make him want Thomas dead. After recovering from the Changing, Ben goes insane and attempts to murder Thomas after he wandered off into the Deadheads. Despite Ben repeatedly stating that Thomas is evil, Alby tells him to stand down, but Ben disobeys, and makes one more attempt to murder Thomas, this time with a knife. Alby prevents the murder by shooting him with a bow. The arrow lands in his cheek, and Thomas assumes that the boy was dead. This is later proved to be false, as Chuck later tells Thomas that the arrow missed Ben's brain, and he has been healed by the Med-jacks. Ben begs for mercy and blames it on the Changing, which apparently was still controlling him. He was most likely killed anyway, as shortly afterwards, Ben is banished to the Maze, with the use of a metal pole with a rope that was tied around his neck collar, where the Grievers most likely killed him, though it is never mentioned what happened to him.
In the Maze Runner film, Ben is first seen when he and Minho run out of the Maze. He runs into Thomas and Chuck and he asks Chuck how it feels to be promoted. Chuck tells him that it feels great to be promoted. The next day, when Thomas goes into the forest to get fertilizer, he runs into Ben. Ben attacks Thomas in the forest, but Thomas hits Ben in the head with a skull and flees. Ben is eventually able to catch up to Thomas, but the Gladers come over to help pry Ben off Thomas. Instead of Alby shooting Ben in the cheek with an arrow, it is Newt hitting him in the head with a shovel. Once Ben was hit off of Thomas by Newt, Alby tells the Gladers to lift up his shirt. Ben tries to tell them that he is fine and everything is okay, but they lift up his shirt anyway and discover that he is stung by a Griever. Ben, similarly to the book, was banished soon after. The last we see of him is him standing behind the doors of the Maze as they slowly close. The next day, Minho and Alby go to look for his remains, but Alby ends up getting stung by a Griever. The day after, Thomas and Minho find the remains of Ben's clothing near the Blades, confirming that he had been killed by Grievers.
Physical Appearance and Personality
In The Fever Code, Ben is described as being a touch taller than Thomas, having blond hair and wide eyes. During the Changing, Ben is very pale, and has rope-like veins coming out of his skin. As a result of the Changing, he is also shown to be much more violent and less sane, as seen during his attempt to kill Thomas.
- "Hey, Chuck. New Greenie, huh? How does it feel to be promoted?" The Maze Runner (film)