Top 10 Hunger Games Characters


The Top Ten

1 Finnick Odair

Arguably the best character in the book.

He was sweet, kind, caring, shallow, broken, and I loved him until the end. He had been through so much and has his mind, body and spirit broken a thousand times, and after all that was murdered in the quickest, most brutal way possible, alone. He deserved so much better, and may have been an annoying jerk at first but watching him open up and change was what made him special. I remember reading the passage where he died on the train on my way to Germany, I was looking forward to seeing him live his life with Annie, their son, his friends, and thought that after so many tears he could finally find peace, and then his was murdered, just like that. I cried when Rue died, when Cinna died, when Prim died, but when Finnick died I just felt empty, inside. He was the most painful, bittersweet and memorable character, but he slipped away into darkness.

I read the books months ago and am still sobbing over him. He was the best character and didn't deserve to die. IT SHOULD'VE BEEN GALE! I am even playing sad violin music and crying over him just because he is my favorite fictional character of all time. HE DESERVED A HAPPY ENDING!

Yes. I agree. He is the best character ever, I sobbed and sobbed when he died. /Katniss is a jerk for leaving him to die. Hate you Katniss. Forever finnick.

2 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.

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. - MaxAurelius

She is awesome

She is cold and distant at first, but the Hunger Games broke her. Her character also, as Katniss knows that killing innocent teenagers is just plain cruel. Peeta makes her happier than anyone else could ever try. She also is upset of when she couldn't save the wounded in Mockingjay. That defines the part of her that knows the Capitol is cruel.

Katniss is someone I relate most to. She has been responsible and mature, and she had to go through so many hardships, that even though she was a soft-hearted person, she seemed extremely distant and cold. But boy, was she brave! - Nakul123

3 Haymitch Abernathy

He helped Katniss and Peeta through so many difficult situations

The person who experienced the most, the real teacher or kitness and peeta. The one who suffers the most but came through. The deepest character

The best by far

He was so funny, and the most real I think he should get #1

4 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 kind

Peeta is my all time favorite character. He will always be my top favorite character.

5 Rue

I love rue

No wait, 4 Is thresh - CloudyDaze

Why did she need to die I don't know why you did that it hurt... tell me WHY DID SHE DIE*sobs* - inkyfether

She is so sweet in the story and really shows trust and I feel so bad that a little girl like her should be thrown into the Hunger Games. I imagine Rue to be beautiful and sad in real life, and I admire her because she loves music and nature, which shows beauty. I HATE THE GUY WHO KILED HER

But...that was the hunger games. You have to do whatever you can to survive. I agree that Rue shouldn't have been killed, but you can't be that mad at Marvel for killing Rue, just like you can't be mad at Katniss for killing Marvel. Think about it. If you where in Marvel's shoes (or whatever) wouldn't you do the same thing? She was trapped in a net, and an easy shot and you obviously wanted to win. I'm sure he felt bad when he killed her. - Pebblepaw

6 Cinna

He is awesome. Why did he die?

Cinna was the best character ever. He was sweet, nice, wise, selfless, and the only person that understood katniss when she first came to the capital. He risked his life for Katniss. I so wish he didn't die!

Ok Cinna is the best. Nothing but the best. He is smart, caring, kind, selfless, wonderful, brave, amazing, and so so much more. I have a Cinna shrine in my room I kid you not. When he died, I sobbed, then I Proceed to cry for 30 minutes, and after that I when in my room and threw stuff. Don't judge me but it's safe to say that I'm a Cinna super fan. Recap- CINNA IS THE BEST! He dose NOT disserve death!

Cinna is the best. he risked his life for the rebellion and he literally thought of everything in his cloth! Even pockets where you can commit suicide! He is also just a major cornerstone in Katniss's life. Helping her get through everything. WHY WOULD YOU MAKE HIM DIE :(

7 Johanna Mason

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

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.

She's the kind of character that makes you wish she was the central protagonist of the story. She's chararismatic, she has an interesting development, and she's a badass. She and Haymitch are my definitive favourites.

To me she is the embodiment of determination running into what once hurt her so bad to help others

8 Effie Trinket

Why does everybody hate her? At least she tried.

Oh good Arceus... Why is she on the list...
Don't judge me for hating her but...
Besides... Any of y'all that have watched the films, y'all don't know much better the books are! Same goes with Maze Runner! The books will always be better! - X_the_Unown

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.

Effie is a character that I personally didn't like when I first read the series, but as you watch the movies and read the books, you find out that she does care about Katniss and her team. She has a loving personality behind that 'scary white grin'.

9 Primrose Everdeen

Caused the problem entire story to happen

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 made the rebelling happing

Her death was the saddest. I mean, there were those things falling from the sky that turned out to be bombs, she was helping injured kids, and right before Katniss can get to her she gets blown up again and dies. I hate President Snow. Thank god he died.

Actually it was President Coin that killed Prim and the Capitol children. Sure, Snow is just as awful as Coin, but he wasn't the one responsible for Prim's death. - punyraisin

10 Gale Hawthorne

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

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

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.

I stand by Gale and still ship him so hard with Katniss. You can see their natural chemistry, they need each other. I actually hate how Katniss ends up falling for Peeta, it’s so fake and commercialized.

The Contenders

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

LOVE her - pjo

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.

She is the smartest of the smart, who cares if she did get any killed. AND SHE DID NOT DIE! Instead she out the berries in her mouth but did not eat them because we know that she has berry identification skills, and she tricked the capital to make them think she was dead when she was alive this whole time, living in the capital

Foxface is my favourite character In the hunger games too. I really thought she had a very high chance of winning. Lots of people admire katniss and peseta for not wanting to kill anyone but foxface actually hasn't killed ANYONE yet she still was one of the people who survived the longest. Most people only think about katniss and peeta being like that. She was also clever enough to avoid that trap with the explosion. Just because she's dead doesn't mean she can't be the best character. If katniss did accept the alliance with her, I'm sure they would be the strongest alliance ever!

12 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.

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!

Simply the best character in any of the books. Undercooked and one of the more intriguing ones. Always wanted to know more about her. Shame she had to die, and we never got any more backstory on her and Cato specifically

13 Beetee

Why isn’t he in the top ten

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.

14 Buttercup

He made Prim so happy

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 was the only one who didn't die or nearly die and yet he still gets the depression of prim's death. He also appeared on the first page of the hunger games trilogy. Best character.

15 Thresh

He saved Katniss just because she tried to save Rue. So nice

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.

Yes. Underneath that fearsome, beast exterior, he is a real sweet guy. Allowing Katniss to live made him a rebel too. What is he doing down here?

1 rue
2 cinna
3 thresh
4 mags
5 boggs - CloudyDaze

16 Mags

She isn't my favourite. But she definitely is in my top 5 favourites in the Hunger Games. She is such a brave character. I mean from volunteering for Annie Cresta to sacrificing for Peeta by going into the poisonous fog. I obviously don't get why FoxFace is higher up. I mean FoxFace never really talked and was just trying to stay alive. Gale? Um, how exactly did he make it into the Top 10? Some few people (like meh), actually wonders what Gale have done and is actually a jerk. So - RainbowCat

My favourite by far, she’s selfless

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.

Even though she is 80 or something, Mags is still cool. She volunteers for Annie, and gives up her life to save Katniss and Peeta. Wonderful. - Pebblepaw

17 Caesar Flickerman

He is the best ever

Why is he all the way down here? - HoneyBadgers

Stanley tucci, with blue hair

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

18 Cato

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).

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 hot and strong and awesome and DISTRICT 2! haha that y I'm voting 4 him! GLATO forever

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.

19 Madge Undersee

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

Explain to me RIGHT NOW why the District 9 Male, why wasn't important to the story in any way, is above Madge? Without Madge, Katniss wouldn't have anyone to sit with at lunch, Gale probably would've died, Rue wouldn't have trusted Katniss, and 90% of the story wouldn't happen. Explain this RIGHT NOW.

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.

Madge was a kind friend to Katniss. She brought some medicine for Gale in a snowstorm. She sat with Katniss at lunch. And most of all, she gave the Mockingjay pin!

20 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. - Swiftdawn

Your kidding she's the best villain in the series

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

21 President Snow

Um, how the hell did he get to the Top 26 in Best Characters... He is evil bruh - RainbowCat

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

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

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

Very honourable, yet evil!

22 Annie Cresta

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

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. - carolynsnow

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

23 Cressida

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


24 Boggs


So sad that he died... - CloudyDaze

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. - carolynsnow

He was a brave warrior. R.I.P Boggs. Sacrificed himself and trusted katniss and let her do her personal mission.

25 Jackson

Never heard of this person - Pebblepaw

Who is that?

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

26 Katniss's Mom

What did she do?

*Mrs. Everdeen

27 Wiress

She saved Finnick,Beetee, Katniss,Peeta,and Johanna in Catching Fire

Wiress! How the hell are you this low? Anyway, you were a big berserk, which I loved. Not to mention extremely smart (she was the first to realize the arena was a clock! ) and pretty kind, it seems. She's one of my favorite characters in the trilogy. 'enough said. - SapphireMoon44

I love wiress she's amazing and if it wasn't for her I'm not sure if katniss and co would have survived, if it wasn't for her they wouldn't know about the arena being a clock no it would have been a whole lot harder for them

Crafty, smart, and a watcher. If you know what I mean. - keycha1n

28 Commander Paylor
29 Greasy Sae

I just like her

U can just tast her slimmy soup

I'm glad she was rescued in catching fire

30 District 5 Male (74th)

This guy got choked had his head bashed against a crate several times and nearly stabbed and then I forget how he died

This dude needs a name he deserves respect!

He was made to die why is he on here?

wait what

31 Martin

Y'all Martin is that one child in 11 who stole the glasses to see in the dark and got killed for it. He was mentioned in the books by rue.

Don't you mean Marvel? He was like Cato, he was trained most of his life, and he was taught to be ruthless. You can't really blame him for killing Rue, he caught her and was trying to win just like everyone else. He was very underrated. He should've had a more major role in the movie, and I like him just as much as Rue. Plus he was hot.

Who the hell is Martin?

Do you mean marvel because he wasn't anything special, but I really like how he was portrayed in the movie.

32 Messalla

He's only in the movie to die near the end.

33 District 9 Male (74th)

I will call him harvy

34 Marvel


Even though he killed Rue, I really like him. I've started to think of him as more than just a heartless career and just another tribute.

What!? I loved him!

He is asoume

35 Pollux

Happy he lived

Pollux is cool. I'm happy he survived Mockingjay.

How is he not on here yet? He was amazing.

Very sweet and likable character. Happy he survived, hopefully to inspire other former avoxes and promote a better Panem with Cressida.

36 District 3 Male (74th)

He reactivated the mines for the careers. That's awesome - CloudyDaze

We didn't know him but it's sad how he was killed by his allies

His name was Noah

His name is Noah - Untildawn8

37 Whistling Man In District 11

I supported that I even whistled along with the book when he did (made up my own for rue) - CloudyDaze

(Whistle Rue’s melody)

I cried when this happened...

He is invincible when he got shot there was no blood he is so powerful he could kill all the tributes and all the capitol just by whistling

38 Cashmere

She is beautiful and insightful

She was amazing. I loved her sibling relationship with Gloss.

She my favorite career. Why did Enobaria live but beautiful Cashmere had to die?

39 Enobaria

Underrated to be honest.

ALSO people are everyhweer like "who tf is jackson" she was the leader of katniss' squad

Enobaria survived and is still alive. There has to be a reason for that right?

She is the best tribute in my opinion

She is awesome vote her up

40 District 3 Female (74th)

I voted for her because she went through a lot during the bloodbath. She isn't in the movie much but during the bloodbath you see her multiple times, mostly during her death :(

How do people know her name is amber and how do we know she survived like th actors can't make there heart stop so they had her move as little as she could - TotalEscapeTheIsland

Her name is Amber! - Untildawn8

Yea, at least she tried... and was pretty

41 District 9 Female (74th)

Prettier than glimmer to be honest - CloudyDaze

I call her Annie cause everyone in movies with orange hair like Annie and the other Annie and who could forget annie

She was pretty but of course, Marvel had to kill her along with the girl from 7 (also pretty) and Rue. DAMN I HATE HIM

She's the prettiest!

42 District 6 Female (74th)

Look, everything every one is saying is wrong, we have NO idea what her name is. And you can say that her name is Tamora but news flash wiki is just a blog because anyone can put anything there. GO FOX FACE

I will call her kiva

Her name is Emerald

Her name is tamora - TotalEscapeTheIsland

43 Titus

Titus is insane and unstopable! He's personally my favorite.

Absolutely he almost ate a persons heart... in my opinion that's beast

He is an awesome cannibal.

He's a cannibal. m'Kay bai

44 Claudius Templesmith
45 Gloss

He is cool. He and Cashmere are amazing.

46 Chaff

He is hilarious

I loved chaff, deserved more respect.


47 District 4 Male (74th)

Survived really long in the bloodbath - CloudyDaze

Dear Suzanne Collins,
Katniss wants to believe she's more than a pawn in the Games. And with the rebellion, that happens. But what about all of the other tributes in the 74th games you were too lazy to give names to? You could have named them. Like the comment below said, they only exist to lose to Katniss. I write Hunger Games stories usually centered around one character, but I bother to give the other tributes names. Stories, personalities, identities. They were just pawns, I suppose, in your writing.

My favorite character - TheInsomniac

He's okay, but I agree with the person that said Suzanne Collins should've named all the tributes. Like why would Katniss kill someone (district 4 female) without even knowing her name?

48 Castor

He's amazing

49 Brutus

Just read his hunger games wiki article

50 District 8 Male (74th)

The dude was the first to die HE HAD A HURT LEG and just trying to survive is brutally murdered by marvel.

I would call him Flax

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