Top 10 Hunger Games Characters

The Top Ten

Finnick Odair

One word: Perfect. No other words are needed. Finnick Odair is a gift and we should all celebrate him every day. I will never forgive Suzanne Collins for his death. His relationship with Annie was one of the few beams of light in Mockingjay. I loved his friendship with Katniss, Peeta, Johanna, and Mags. He deserved to live a long, happy, fictional life. I cry internally every time I think about how he never got to grow old with Annie. He is such a complex, amazing character. Ok, I'm ranting now...

He is the best character in the whole world. I want to name my future cat after him. I like sugar cubes. The world could use more Finnicks. He is literally the best character in the whole thing. Youngest victor is pretty impressive. He could beat Katniss in a one on one. I cried so hard during his sad and long death scene. He sacrificed himself by throwing his trident at the lizard mutt that was about to kill Katniss.

I hated him at first but then I saw how his character grew and that he actually cared about people and that got him to be my favorite The Hunger Games character.

He is by far the best. I love his trident. The world should have more people like him. I want to eat a sugar cube.

Katniss Everdeen Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation franchise.

most complex main character of most book series. Makes Harry Potter look like a dim idiot with no feelings

Katniss is the most developed character in the book how is she not number one.

I think katniss is great in the books. I just think they chose the wrong person to play her.

It used to be Finnick but honestly, I just relate to Katniss more and I believe any reader of the series can connect with Katniss Everdeen.

Haymitch Abernathy

He is an icon. "Stay alive" is my favorite piece of advice. It gets me some strange looks from my friends, but who are they to question the drunken wisdom of Haymitch Abernathy?

He is so funny...and I love him in the first book. HILARIOUS. And it must be dreadful training 2 kids EVERY SINGLE YEAR, just to see them die.

He was super underrated and very intelligent. He won the second quarter quell!

I love Haymitch because he is so relatable! He is funny, rich, and caring, but he has his flaws.

Peeta Mellark

Peeta Mellark will always be my top Hunger Games character, and for many reasons. As some have already accurately pointed out, he is the embodiment of hope in a book that is full of loss, and heartache, and pain. I have seen many people slate his character, calling him weak or always having to be bailed out of situations.

But think deeper. How is he weak?

In the first games despite having all of the odds against him, and even believing himself that he has less chances of winning then most of the other Tributes, he still stayed true to himself - he didn't want the games to change him. The fact he thought as far to know not to let himself to be a piece in the games makes his strength even more significant. Not only this, but through his love for Katniss (which most people undermine and call pathetic) he put her before himself and through being STRONG, protected her in every way he possibly could from the beginning. He made sure to tell Haymitch what she is capable of even ...more

"If your greatest weakness is love then you are the strongest person on the earth". He is kind yet strong, steady yet fierce, composed yet rebellious. He is self-sacrificing, ready to lay down his life for the lives of others, sometimes for the lives of people he barely knows. At the same time, he is self-respecting, he knows his true worth, and his resolve to stay true to himself holds even against unimaginable odds; he fights against his hijacking and returns to his true self, which was deemed to be impossible. Out of all the Hunger Games characters it was always only Peeta who saw things for what they are, since the starting, and who truly fought back in every sense of the term, refusing to be a piece either of the Capitol or of District 13. Snow tried to hijack him and Coin tried to use him to finish Katniss; both the sides wanted to reduce him to a puppet for their wishes, like they had done with everyone else, they wanted to make him theirs, but he never succumbed: he was his ...more

He is the damsel in distress. No offence but he is also useless.

He is cool. He saw Katniss for who she was really and not how she saw herself. Good job on marrying her.


He risked his life to make that dress! He is my absolute favorite!

This dude died to make Katniss sho off her mocking jay dress. You're welcome katnip

he's such an awesome person and I love him! also, does anyone else ship him with Katniss?

Absolutely Best Character, Very deep, independent and not self-absorbed although very individualistic. He managed to become a real person in a sea of people, where every one is trying to be different and special. He managed to avoid shallowness and became a true artist and rebel, could look further than colorful walls of Capitol. All Capitol citizens were very aesthetic, but along with aesthetics, he was very intuitive and emotionally stable, hiding huge amount of emotions. I think he is a true survivor and individualist.

Yes. Cinna was amazing! I hate you Snow. His personality, as you described, is well-balanced and stable. And just, just look at the clothings he designed! Katniss and Peeta were so lucky.


Rue was honestly one of the best characters in the first book. Her death literally hit me harder than Prim's did.

She should be #1. And by far my favorite. I cried so hard when she died!

She is so sweet and important to the story! When she died I cried so much.

She is so sweet and brave. Can not believe it when she dies. Suzanne Collins, WHY?!

Johanna Mason

Johanna Mason is a badass and my role model. She was honest as heck and didn't take BS from anyone. She is such an underrated character.

It is very sad when she said "they can't hurt me. I'm not like the rest of you. There's no one left I love." She is different from Katniss in that way, but she understands what matters and what should come first when making choices. She plays a vital part in the rescue from the arena, and sacrifices herself for the others. She fights through the tortures and stays alive, even though she has no reason to. She eventually became a good friend of Katniss, and I really think that they make awesome friends.

I don't like her as much as everyone else does. Sure, she helped the best characters a lot, but yo.u don't have to like her

She might be rude to a lot of people, but she played a big role in the rebellion

Effie Trinket

She is so uptight and a rebel in her own special way. BEST. ESCORT. EVER.

She is so bubbly! At first I thought she was a villain, but she really does love Katniss! Bless her.

She tries her hardest to help Katniss and Peeta. She is so happy and bubbly when she is in a good mood, and it always makes me smile.

Effie, at her core is a naive but loving and sensitive individual. Her character hits home the emotional impact on the book and gives the best one liners in the movie.

Primrose Everdeen

I love prim! I think she is so sweet and her life is just so TRAGIC. SHE DID NOT DESERVE ANY OF IT.

Why Prim! Why did you have to die?! This whole thing started to keep you alive! Why!?

Prim should be number 1. She started the rebellion, pretty much. Who did Katniss volunteer for? Who convinced her to win? Who did Katniss dedicate winning for? What kept her going? PRIM did. If Prim didn't get reaped... No Mockingjay. No rebellion. And if Prim didn't (SPOILER) die... Katniss probably wouldn't've killed Coin. It was so sad when Prim died. I think she's the most underrated character in The Hunger Games.


We'll never forget you.

May the odds be ever in your favor

*does 4 note whistle and salute*

She is so sweet. Her relationship with Katniss makes me want to get closer with my sister(not that we aren't already close)

Gale Hawthorne

I'm 110% Everlark, but Gale is not a bad character. I really liked his dynamic with Katniss in the first book, when they didn't have any romantic awkwardness between them. He's smart and tough and a great friend.

He was brave, strong and definitely caring but the reason why I stop disliking him is because whenever he needs katniss he used to show her the pain he is in and how much desperate he is. That is the most pathetic part of his character but yet he made the right choice when he volunteers to rescue peeta because deep down he knows that katniss is like her mother without peeta and that night talk with peeta, proves that in the end he was ready to finally let katniss to follow her heart but yet that prims death and all was disturbing and that's make him more hated, which is not all his fault but saying that katniss choose peeta by default because gale wasn't there you should think thrice because in every view katniss was always been in love with peeta from the very first hunger games but yet could not do anything about this because of gale desperation and making her feel guilt, that's why I still hate him

Though he lacks in plot importance, his willingless to fight against the capitol and fight for the ones he loves earn him a spot

Risked his life for Katniss and others countless times, was a loyal friend, and was a FLAWED character (unlike a certain, charming, kind, romantic, strong, artistic, gentle, witty, good looking baker). Yet does not even have his name spelt right.

The Contenders

Foxface Foxface is a fictional character in the Hunger Games franchise. She was portrayed by Jacqueline Emerson.

so smart and an amazing background character who deserved so much more development!

She probably killed her self to sho Peeta the berries were poisonous

She's the best character EVER! Exclamation point! Let's see how do you top smart, sly, elusive, and sneaky. Even the name is thrilling: Foxface. She always hopped around, had a plan, and she trusts Katniss. Her and Katniss sort of made an alliance. Both admired each other and if you watch the movie when they crash into each other Foxface smiled at Katniss and looked to the side like "well, do you wanna be in an alliance? " But they both walked away but neither killed each other and Foxface was cute and had a cool personality that makes you wanna be her for Halloween! Who else practically cried when she died? She was awesome and I wish she got more credit for it.

My favorite character, and I live how she is so smart! She is super underrated and I really hate that.


I love beetee! Why isn't he in top 10?

Super smart and kind. Can't believe he wasn't on the list!

Smartest character and brainiest.

He's the cherry on top of the hunger games

Clove Clove Kentwell is a fictional character in the The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She was portrayed by 19 year old Isabelle Fhurman in the film adaptation.

Clove could've totally killed Katniss and won, but we got thresh to thank.

Even if she tried to kill Katniss, she did what she thought would help her survive.

She was honestly really intelligent and tactical. If Thresh wasn't there to save Katniss's butt in that one scene she might have won.

Clove is strong and small but VICIOUS! Oh my god, I love Glimmer way more than Clove but I can, like TOTALLY see y Clove is way higher up than Glimmer!


Buttercup is number one. Even though he is number fourteen, at least give him second! Buttercup could win the hunger games no doubt about it.

Adorable little cute cat that Katniss hates for some reason

Introducing the winner of every Hunger Games. Buttercup was the only character that both didn't die and didn't almost die. True survivor.

There is no district 12. There is only Buttercup.


He is one of my favorite characters. Here's why:
1) He helped Rue. He felt bad when Rue was in the Hunger Games and wanted to help her because she was so young and small.
2) He killed Clove. I'm sorry, but Clove was a terrible character.
3) He died for Katniss. Right after he killed Clove, Cato was coming and he grabbed Cato's backpack and ran away, so Cato would chase him instead of Katniss. He saved Katniss' life with his own and let Cato kill him. Right after killing Clove, he could've easily killed Katniss. But it turns out that Katniss helped Rue so he made sure that Cato would kill him instead of Katniss. Cato could've easily killed Katniss and the only reason Katniss killed Cato later in the Games was because he was all hurt and weak. At that time he was not and would've killed Katniss, so Thresh got himself killed, so he puts others in front of himself.

Now that, my friends, is a good character.

He was amazing he only saved Katniss because she was Friends with Rue

He was so smart and strong and just a really good guy! He could have so easily killed Katniss but he didn’t he chose to give up his life for her just because she was allies with Rue!

As I said down there, Thresh is the bravest man ever, but I didn't explain why. He risked his life to help Katniss because of how she was in an alliance with a young woman in his district, Rue. Katniss was very thankful and also, the way he killed Clove was very cool, and I admire the fact that he didn't join the evil young men and women who were careers.


So sweet... Her death made me cry. I like to imagine she was a badass when she was younger.

Friends with Finnick. Plus she sacrificed herself for the others.

Mags is amazing! She was so brave when she volunteered for Annie. She knew that she wouldn't make it out alive, and she knew that it meant life or death. So she gladly sacrificed her life for Annie, and that's what I call a good character.

She was so sweet and even though she knew she wouldn’t make it she volunteered for Annie Cresta anyway!

Caesar Flickerman

He was soo hilarious! Every time I read about him I literally did jazz hands!

Awesome and cool, he may be on the capitol but he sure as hell helps the tributes a lot

I don't know why, but I really like him for some reason

Why is he all the way down here?

Madge Undersee

Catching Fire, and Mockingjay would not have been a thing without her! Rues alliance with Katniss would also not have been a thing


Think about it, guys. Who gave Katniss the pin? Madge did. Without Madge, Catching Fire and Mockingjay wouldn't exist, and neither would most of the storyline with Rue.

She was one of Katniss’ only friends. She gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin,( which sparked the rebellion) and made Rue trust Katniss.


Cato was absolutely amazing. Everyone says he was a ruthless, blood-craving beast that had no heart; but they were wrong. He had a heart, it's just that... His district taught him to show no affection; and that's how he was raised. We would be like that too if we were raised like that ALL our life. In the book, he ran to Clove's aid; sat there beside her until she died. It even says that his voice sounded pained and hurt when he heard her calling his name. He was determined, focused, and ready; not what you guys put him as. He should have won, think of it this way: All you life, you've trained for an event that comes once a year, and if you won, you'd get money, popularity, and more. ALL YOUR LIFE. Then, some girl who comes from another district ( never trained ) beats you at something you've worked for everyday since you were a kid. It hurts... I'm not going to lie. He should be first, how did a nameless tribute rank higher than him and Clove?

Cato is one of my favorite characters because I ship him and Clove. I mean sure he looks like a heartless bloodthirsty killer but his district taught him how to control his emotions. If you read the book when clove dies he pleads for her to stay with him. Showing that he has a heart. If you think about it the families and districts of the people killed by Katniss probably thought the same thing about her because she rarely showed her emotions. The only time she did was when Rue died and when she was with Peeta ( which most people thought it was an act).

I hate how they cut the part where he cried for Clove out of the movie. It was one of the only times we saw him show real emotions, and it gave him humanity.

Cato. Yes, he was tough. He was a bad boy, a jerk, just a really bad boy. But he was amazingly well played in the movie. I'm not judging on if he was good or bad, because of course, he had no feelings for others. But his personality was so wonderful. I loved it when Glimmer was sleeping on his chest and he seemed very protective about her, and then the tracker jackers came and he just stood out and not even look back at his suffering 'friend'. Or when he was with Clove. He was just a great character; adding so much more intensity to the film.

But he couldn't help it. He volunteered, because he had confidence in himself that he would win. He was trained his entire life, and he was determined. He was tough, rough, strong and powerful. I loved him that way. I didn't love that he had no feeling to others, but I loved his unique personality, it described him well.

Anyways, Cato's cool.

President Snow

Omg I love him so much! He is so brutal yet smart and cunning. Isn’t every villain?

Who doesn't like psychotic dictators played by Donald Sutherland!?

Hmm, everyone? To each their own I guess...

Very honourable, yet evil!

Most wicked dictator of all time! if he was alive today we all would be doomed!

Annie Cresta

She's incredibly strong, to survive the Games, and even though she was (slightly) insane, she found love, and she raised a child by herself.

A sweet and innocent girl who won the Hunger Games almost by chance... And spent the rest of her life terrorized by it. The fact that Finnick fell in love with her speaks volumes to her true character.

UI only like any because she's Finnick's wife. :P

Might be a little bit crazy, but she’s incredibly strong

President Coin

She was ruthlessly power hungry but much more subtle than Snow, which had the potential to make her twice as deadly. She was exceptionally well-cast; who could suspect a soft-spoken, kind-eyed, and pin-straight grey-haired Julianne Moore? She's incredibly tactful; she uses people against themselves. She's so cold that her coldness passes off as warmth - she can execute great evil and manipulation without remorse while feigning compassion and morality. Her coldness to the core enables her to execute her strategy so inconspicuously. She's practically a sociopath with tremendous intelligence and ambition. Very dangerous combination. Incredibly compelling villain.

I hate her, she used Katniss. Liar. But she is a smart, ruthless, powerful leader, so I respect her.

Your kidding she's the best villain in the series

She and Snow are tied for best Villain of the series they both amazing


Due to her history, the strength she shows in the movies is incredible. How she continues to cope and support the revolution in memory of her love.

She's cool. She should be above Katniss and Peeta.

She is amazing and is badass enough said

She is ticking all the boxes for me


He is a great squadron leader, and plays a too small part. I NEED MORE OF BOGGS!

An amazing man who sacrificed his life for his squad and Katniss' mission... Also made the brave and wonderful move of assigning the Holo to Katniss instead of Jackson. Oh, yes, and let's not forget his sense of humor, especially in the "Do you find this distracting? " scene.

Boggs was so brave and loyal

So sad that he died...


Never heard of this person

Who is that?

Jackson was the “far-sighted’’ person in Boggs’ squad.

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