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The Runner is the main protagonist of the Run trilogy, appearing in all three games. In Run 3, her goal is to thoroughly explore the tunnels, marking each one on her map. She is unlocked upon starting any of the three games for the first time and is recommended for beginners.

Gameplay

Run

The Runner is the default character. She is somewhat maneuverable and has a decent jump. She has 7 bonus costumes: the Student, the Lizard, the Gentleman, the Angel, the Caveman, the Zombie, and the Skater. None of these, excluding the Skater, have any special abilities and are only cosmetic.

Run 2

The Runner has good for the cost of speed and jump distance. As said in the description: "Easier to control, can't jump as far." She plays almost exactly the same as in Run.

Run 3

As per tradition for the series, she retains her basic controls from the previous two games, albeit slightly improved for faster turns. Her only weakness are long distance gaps or anything to potentially slow her down, as it will take a while to build up her top speed.

She can beat almost any level when used correctly.

Appearance

The Runner is the simplest character in the game. She has one green eye with a darker green pupil. She doesn't wear any notable accessories like hats and other cosmetics.

The Jack-O-Lantern has a carved pumpkin around her body.

The Skier has red skis and a pair of silver ski sticks. Her hat is red with a white bobble on top. Her antennae don't appear.

Personality

The Runner is very kind to the others and has great leadership skills. She is open-minded and can work together with others such as the Skater and Student to explore. She loves to map out and explore new places and wants to see everything the world has to offer when she can. The Runner doesn't like it when other people doodle on her map, but doesn't want to offend them by erasing their doodles.

She may seem indifferent to other people's lives, but gives examples of relevant life problems and solutions. She apparently appreciates clever pranks. As revealed in "Fame", she's known as the Cartographer on the Planet and is quite famous. She isn't all about the attention however, and prefers peace and quiet. She still feels like she has not accomplished much in life, and that people take her too seriously. She is also quick to monologue, especially about map making. During Bridge Building, it is revealed that she will help with science, but often doesn't fixate on it, and also will push herself to finish tasks, gathering plenty of boxes within the same amount of time it takes for the Angel to gather everyone who is going home. She is also quite the problem solver, noting to fill in gaps in areas that are hard coming backwards.

She is apparently quite an important figure on the Planet, overlooking construction of various cities, likely setting aside land for them

Relationships

Skater

The Runner often humours the Skater, accepting his apologies, and exploring with him. She's quick to explain things the Skater doesn't understand, teaching him about fame, and identifying the Wormhole for him. They are close enough to be willing to go together all alone into the H-Tunnel, splitting from the Student.

Gentleman

The Runner doesn't often interact with the Gentleman, often finding his antics strange. She is willing to let him rename the D-Tunnel, however, she does not like the name, deciding to never let the Gentleman name another Tunnel. She respects him enough to let him keep the name though.

Child

The Runner is very kind to the Child, kind to the point where the Child doesn't even trust his father about his opinions of her. The Runner acts as a teacher to the Child, teaching him how to properly use a map, and lets him rename the F-Tunnel to the River

Duplicator

The Runner is very tolerable of the Duplicator's suspicion, and is quick to ignore his ramblings, or correct and reassure him about his worries, telling him that the Planet will come back, and that she is not doing the same thing in Insanity.

Pastafarian

The Runner is tolerable of the Pastafarian's beliefs, as she is with the Duplicator. She suspects that she is pranking her with her persistence with the teapot. She finds it futile to argue with her, and instead humors her beliefs.

Student

The Runner is quick to help the Student with her experiments, and also looks to the Student to solve problems. While the Student desires to solve the ringed boxes, the Runner only cares to use them as a bridge at first. According to player, if anyone helped the Student build her device, it was the Runner. She is also willing to listen to the Student's massive rants and lectures.

Angel

The Runner and Angel have had a bit of a rivalry together. The Angel wants to lead the others home and be a hero, while the Runner wants to keep exploring the tunnels. The Runner also refused to give her map to the Angel and follow him. Most of all, she dislikes the fact that the Angel has a big ego. The Runner is willing to work with the Angel, but only if she can keep working with the others. The Runner is quick to tease the Angel about his instant flirting with the Runner, but she still admits to herself that the Angel has accomplished more with his life than she has. Regardless, the Runner wonders if she is a bad person when she hopes the Angel will fail at finding the Planet.

Others

The Runner has a close relationship with her family. She feels guilty for letting her brother, the Sailor, sail into a thunderstorm. She is quick to look to help from the Chemist, her other brother, but wishes he didn't worry about her so much, like her dad. The Sailor however says her father does worry about her, but is able to hide it well. She often hangs out with the Sailor. She made an elaborate satellite system to let her family know she is safe in the Tunnels.

Costumes

The Runner has two unlockable costumes; a winter costume and a Halloween costume.

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The Skier

"She found a box full of ski gear and grabbed the items that fit. Hopefully the original owner won't mind." -In game description (old)

"Listen, ANYONE would have trouble staying in control on frictionless skis." -In game description (new)

The Runner's winter costume is unlocked by beating the Winter Games. Alternatively, it can be bought in the shop for 500 power cells. When the winter costume is equipped, the Runner wears a red bobble hat with a white pompom, red skis, and holds silver ski poles. She is officially known as the Skier when wearing her winter costume. When this costume is equipped, the Skier will keep accelerating as long she is on the ground. Her top speed is equal to the Skater's.

Like the Runner, her true weakness is anything that can slow her down. Without any acceleration, she won't be able to make any long jumps.

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The Jack-O-Lantern

"Well, I guess that's one idea for a costume. Isn't it heavy, though?" -In game description

The Runner's Halloween costume is unlocked by beating the Low-Power Tunnel. Alternatively, it can be bought in the shop for 750 power cells. When the Halloween costume is equipped, the Runner wears a large carved pumpkin that covers most of her body. She is officially known as the Jack-O-Lantern when wearing her Halloween costume. She will jump very high when she has the Halloween costume. However, the jump height is still slightly lower than the Lizard's. Though, this is already more than enough for most situations. Like the Lizard you'll need to beware of smaller tunnels, as jumping too high can send you out the tunnel. Her strafing is her biggest weakness wearing this.

Statistics

Ability rating
Speed
 
3/5
Jump length
 
4/5
Jump height
 
3.5/5
Maneuverability
 
4/5
Special ability
 
0/5
General
 
4/5

Ability rating
Speed
 
4/5
Jump length
 
4/5
Jump height
 
2.5/5
Maneuverability
 
3/5
Special ability
 
0/5
General
 
3.5/5

Ability rating
Speed
 
2.5/5
Jump length
 
4.5/5
Jump height
 
4.3/5
Maneuverability
 
3.5/5
Special ability
 
2/5
General
 
3.5/5

Explanation

The Runner is a very simple character that is easy to use. She accelerates faster on the ground, meaning staying on the ground is generally recommended for speed. Her jumping abilities are extremely helpful. Her strafing is great as well, making travelling the tunnels a breeze.

Overall, the Runner is a very easy character to use, and is helpful in almost all situations.

The Skier on the other hand, is focused much more on speed. Similarly to the Runner, she speeds up on the ground, however, she can reach speeds as high as the Skater! The rest of her stats are the same, except for the fact she maneuvers better on ice. She is the one of the best characters for Infinite Mode, due to her extreme ease of speeding up and slowing down.

The Jack-O-Lantern, is slow and jumps high; basically a modified Lizard. This costume is extremely useful as it combines the high jumping of the Lizard, and the accessibility of the Runner. It is also useful in levels such as I-5.

Achievements

Here is a list of all achievements in Run 3 for the Runner.


Coming Full Circle - As the Runner, travel all the way around Level 35.

Dodge the Squares - As the Runner, complete Level 4 without jumping or dislodging tiles.

Frictionless - As the Skier, reach the conveyors in Level N-7. Make sure to keep your skis fully inside the tunnel.

A Glimpse of New Places - Locate the Wormhole

Cutscenes

The Runner appears in 17 of the 65 cutscenes (65 is the total number of cutscenes if including all of the hidden and optional ones). Here is a full list of her appearances throughout the story, in chronological order.

Infinite Mode Trivia

  • Who needs flashy special abilities when you have precision and agility?
  • The Runner’s philosophy: you can’t plan for everything. Instead, plan for the fact that you can’t plan for everything.
  • Both the Runner and the Angel have leadership skills, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the Angel.
  • True to her name, the Runner performs best on the ground, where she can move and change directions faster.
  • As the oldest one here, the Runner naturally has the best strength and agility.
  • The Runner may not like people doodling on her map, but she doesn't want to offend them by erasing their work.
  • Her map only stores 1GB, but the Runner has never even come close to running out. She doesn't see what the fuss is over 8GB paper.
  • Quickly release the jump button for a low jump. The sooner you land, the more time you have to prepare the next jump!
  • The Runner supervised the construction of the City, and several smaller cities.

Other Trivia

  • She is the only character to appear in all Run games if you don't count bonus costumes.
  • Her original character description was "She may not have flashy abilities, but she's good at what she does".
  • When the Runner first met the Angel, she introduced herself as "the Runner, also known as the Cartographer. Apparently she is comfortable revealing her identity in small groups such as the Tunnel group.
  • On the Angel's list for going home, she is referred to as the "The Annoyance", and later, "The Know-it-All".
  • The Runner has a field of satellite disc hidden somewhere, which she used to contact home and let her family know she is well, as revealed in a stream on March 3rd 2020.
  • She has two brothers, one being the Sailor, and the other being the Chemist. Her father is close to her, and apparently she has no mother, but the Sage doesn't count. For more on these characters, visit Minor Characters.

Gallery

 

The Runner shares some sprites with the Student, and some sprites that are for specifically the Student appear in the Runner's sheet.

The sprite next to her current selected one is similar to her old one, but is unused. Her sitting is also unused.


Run 1
RunnerStudentCavemanLizardGentlemanZombieAngelSkater
Run 2
RunnerSkater
Run 3
Runner (SkierJack-O-Lantern) • Skater (Ice Skater) • LizardChild (Ghost) • BunnyGentlemanDuplicatorPastafarian (Pirate) • StudentAngel
Rejected
ClimberNinja
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