Beginners are a character classes in MapleStory. All new players start the game as Beginners on Maple Island. At a certain level, Beginners may make the first job advancement and become either a Warriors, Magician, Bowman, or Thief.
Though Beginners are not considered one of the "main" character classes, some people choose to remain as a Beginner past the first, second, or even third job advancements. They do this for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it is a challenge to take a Beginner that far.
Permanent beginners, also known as perma-beginners, are Beginners that do not make any job advancement.