Top 10 Saddest Deaths in The Hunger Games

The Top Ten
1 Finnick

Finnick was an important character with an unnecessary death. Once he allies with Katniss you not only see his lovably cocky personality but also his care for Mags, it really humanizes him and you know you want him to come out alive. You learn about his past and he was really so resilient through it all. It was in the beginning of Mockingjay, though, when you see what the loss of Annie did to him that he became my favorite character. Seeing them reunited was one of the highlights of the entire series, and you have hope that he will get his happy ending after all. He cuts his honeymoon short in order to fight for the rebellion, saving everyone, especially Katniss, several times as they make their way to the Capitol. We see him supporting Peeta while even other likeable characters like Gale argue for Peeta's demise. It all culminates in the sewers when Katniss is defending Peeta and Finnick, Katniss. The next thing you know, Katniss is detonating the Holo to put him out of his misery. ...more

I can't get over Finnick's death.. Seriously! Every time something sad happens, I'm automatically thinking about him! Oh, why did Collins have to kill him off? Of all the characters in the series? He was my favorite. When he died, I did not wanted to complete read the book, and when the Mockingjay part 2 movie came out I had tears in my eyes from the start of because I knew he would die. Finnick was so perfect in his own way. He was so special for me. I've always loved him from the sugar cube scene to now! And forever. So kind, caring, funny, intelligent, strong, brave.. He was killed by lizard mutts and the Holo. Nobody cared about his death in the movie or book (only poor Annie with their unborn child! ) and he was never mentioned anymore after that. He died right after his wedding! I loved Hunger Games so much because of him. (Still my favorite series! ) And I am still so depressed about his death, even I know he just is a character in a series, but for me it feels like missing a ...more

I personally think this was sadder than Rue, because, hear me out, we had hope of him surviving. Rue was in the Hunger Games, and we knew she was going to die. When we first meet Finnick, heading into another fight to the death, I didn't have much hope for him either. But then, he survived. I then allowed myself to get attached, thinking his character would survive, and I think lots of people had hope he would survive. But, no. He died saving Katniss and the others. Again, from the beginning we knew Rue would die, but Finnick was just so unexpected...

It has been so long since I read the books that I barely remember certain details but I remember this death and how upset I was. I had to put the book down for a few days to get over it. And then going to see the movie, the only thing I thought about was Finnick dying. As it got closer, I got more and more anxious because I knew it was coming. Definitely teared up when it happened. He was such a dynamic character, it was hard not to relate to him in some way.

2 Rue

Her death was a heart-breaker! She was shy but bubbly, sweet but mature and possessed such extraordinary skills. She sacrificed her own life, how cruel the Capitol was to allow such a young and innocent girl to participate in these cruel and Malicious events. Her death reflects everyone who sacrifices their life and die innocent in the hands of the cruel and the Malice. #rue4ever

Her death brought tears to my eyes when I first read the book, to now where I have read the book and watched the movie multiple times. She was so young and innocent. She didn't deserve her death.

Personally, It surprised me how the author managed to make Rue's death so sad. It really proves how horrible the capital is, and she makes a character that is so sweet and awesome, but that we all know isn't going to live. Still, Rue's death hit harder for me than Prim's even if we knew Prim for all three books and Rue for a few chapters of the first one.

So sad, all my friends and I cried while watching this, it was heartbreaking to see such a young girl pointlessly killed in those silly games. It was so touching to see Katniss laying the flowers around her and to see her District showing Katniss that same kindness and respect. Snow should die because of all his evil plans.

3 Prim

Prim's death was #1 for me because it was so quick. You didn't even know Prim died when it happened, because Katniss was trying not to be engulfed by fire. You find out in the next chapter, and your just like what the hell. But, her death made me want to cry because it was so tragic the way that she died. I'm not saying that Rue's wasn't tragic, but I think Prim's was sadder.

I also really bad for Katniss after that happened. I mean, she went through the 74th and the 75th Hunger Games, and fought in the rebellion. Why did the author have to do that to her? Katniss describes how she feels nothing for a year, and that just makes me feel so despondent. Believe me, Rue's death was sad, but Prim's was sadder because Katniss was depressed for a year.

Prim dying was sad, but this was the worst written part in the series in my opinion. Rue's death was packed full of emotion with Katniss making her a grave. Rue is sweet, don't get me wrong, but she is a twelve-year-old Katniss knew for a couple weeks. Now Prim is Katniss's sister that she's known all of Prim's life. Rue did save Katniss, but Prim's goat provided the family with a lot of extra money, milk, and cheese. Still, while Rue got an entire ceremony, Prim got "I watched my sister become a human torch." or something with the same words in different places or such. Katniss was trying to survive, but that was true in the Hunger Games as well, and she could have mourned more for Prim later. Prim's death evoked no emotion from me until Buttercup found Katniss at the end of the book, at which point I cried and cried. This was such a weak point in one of the best books in the world.

The difference between Prim's death and Rue's is that Rue was going to die no matter what. She was a tiny, twelve year old girl in the Hunger Games against mutts, much stronger tributes, and the Gamemakers constantly out to get her.

But Prim? Katniss volunteered just to keep her safe. Everything she did was in hopes of keeping sweet, tiny Prim safe from harm. That's exactly why Coin killed her- to devastate Katniss to the point where she'd be totally on her side. Prim didn't have to die. She was supposed to be safe back in 13. And it's not so much her death itself that's so heartbreaking- it's Katniss's reaction.

Katniss risked her life to take her place in the Hunger Games, tried to stay together and satisfy Snow's demands to keep her safe, and jumped right over the electric fence so that she and her mother would not be taken in for questioning. And to reward all those sacrifices, Prim just had to die because of Coin's desire to remain the leader of Panem.
It also wasn't fair for Prim either. She died trying to help the wounded Capitol children. The Capitol children, for goodness! She didn't owe them anything, but she helped out of compassion. And as a result she gets killed by the rebel bombers. I really hate Coin for this, sometimes I think she's worse than Snow.
But Collins should really have developed this part better... after Rue died she had a song sung for her and her body lain with flowers. Prim couldn't have exactly the same treatment, I know, but there could at least have been more elaboration to the effect of her death.

4 Cinna

Cinna's death was the worst because in a odd way, he had actually started the rebellion. If he had not made those amazing costumes for Katniss and Peeta in the books/movies (by the way, the books will always be better) then Peeta would not have said he had a crush on Katniss in the interview, two tributes would not be allowed to win, Katniss either would or wouldn't live (she would), and therefor a revolution would not be born. So you can see that, after many steps, Cinna really is the creator of the rebellion and died working for the project he started, which shows he was fully dedicated and that his death was the saddest.

In the movie, this shocked me so much and it was so emotional especially for Katniss, having to enter the games in such an unstable condition after witnessing this cruel and inhuman murder of her best friend and the one who stuck by her and supported her all the way, right till the end.

I cried. Cinna knew about the rebellion for a long time and died knowing Katniss would succeed. He believed in her and was her friend when she had no friends in the first book when she got to the capital. Cinna didn't deserve to die. "I'm still betting on you."

This was probably one of the saddest ones because this is the first death where it is, someone Katniss knows very personally where as with Rue she knew her for a few days. Rue's was still very sad though!

5 Mag

Mags sacrificed herself first by volunteering for Annie (if Annie went into the Games, she could have been killed), then she was so friendly and kind towards Katniss. And in the Games, she walked straight into the poisonous fog to save Peeta and do a part in saving Panem from the Capitol's horrible rule. It broke Finnick's heart to see her do that.

Mags was just a sweet old lady. She knew only one person would walk out of the arena alive, she volunteered for Annie because of her mental state and the fact that most likely Finnick would be the male tribute. Annie and Finnick were in love and she didn't want that to end. then she walked into poisonous gas so Finnick could carry Peeta instead...

Mags death was just so emotional for me even though we had just met her. She was so kind and cute that when she died I couldn't stop crying. First she volunteered for Annie to save her even though she was sure she won't make it. Then her sacrificing herself for Peeta... That was just so emotional.

Of all the deaths before, I cried the hardest at this one. The fact that she does it to save Peeta, Katniss and Finnick makes it even sadder.

6 Boggs

Loyal to the end

7 Cato

Brutal bloody Cato… he trained his whole life for the games for a shot of glory and fame. He seems to have anger issues but who could blame him for killing the boy from district 3? His death was BRUTAL. First of all he was still grieving for the death of his partner Clove, who then became a mutt that slowly kills him. After the initial pain of an arrow through the hand, he falls to the ground where the wolf like mutts swarm him. This goes on for HOURS while Katniss and Peeta just sit on the cornucopia and complain about the cold while a boy gets nailed to death below them. Katniss even says before finally mercy killing him that he was now just a hunk of meat. He has to have had the most painful death in all of the games. Even while Finnick was also mailed to death he was only forced to endure a couple seconds Instead of hours. In the end Clove and Cato deserved to win, but both suffered one of the worst deaths…

Cato's death was the saddest, for me at least, and I think he should be higher on the list. I actually think that Cato's death was sadder than Rue's, and that's not just because he was my favourite character. Rue's death was sad, yes, but at least she died in the arms of someone who cared about her. Cato didn't get that; he just had hours of agony wishing it to be over, because there was nothing and no one left for him but death. I cry at Cato's death every time I read or watch it, because nobody deserves to die like that; and when you think about it, with Cato's final speech in the film, he was just a boy, forced to be killer. For me, a perfect version of the Hunger Games would have involved Cato and Clove winning as a team, but even if they did both have to die, at least Clove (like Rue) died with someone begging her to stay. I think that the last thing Cato should have seen or heard is the face or voice of someone who can't bear the thought of his death, rather than a tool ...more

1) I mean yeah, he tried to kill Peeta. But if you had an ally in the Hunger Games and they betrayed you, you would want to kill them that badly. (Sorry Peeta, but it's true) Also, if you want to survive the hunger games, you can't just be peaceful, meaning that you would have to kill someone if you want to win. (Unless you hope that everyone's going to die because of nature) And I'm pretty sure that nobody wants to die.
2) Imagine getting shot in the hand falling off the cornucopia, and getting chewed to a bloody pulp. He also had on armor, meaning that he had a slower death. And becoming a human chew toy must really hurt. Also, one of those mutts turning him into a human chew toy was Clove, who he sat beside, begging her to to stay with him as she died.
3) I would vote for Rue or Prim, but their deaths were quick and Rue had Katniss singing to her and stuff. Cato had a slow and painful death that would have lasted longer if Katniss didn't shoot him.

So maybe he was a bit crazy, with his reaction to the supplies being blown up. And yeah, he did try to kill Peeta and Katniss and actually succeeded in killing Thresh, the boy from 3, etc. But nobody deserves to be turned into a human chew toy. Even Katniss agrees: pg 339, "The next hours are the worst in my life, which if you think about it, is saying something... The real nightmare is listening to Cato, moaning, begging, and finally just whimpering as the mutts work away at him. After a very short time, I don't care who he is or what he's done, all I want is for his suffering to end." AND pg 341: "And I think the word he's trying to say is 'please. ' Pity, not vengeance, sends my arrow flying into his skull."

What made it even more agonizing was the fact that he had on that body armor. More armor=slower death

8 Thresh

I don't hate thresh for killing clove. Even though she was one of my favourites. He did what he had to do. Brutal or not. He spared Katness in kindness and some may say he started the rebellion. I read it somewhere and it makes sense that he, Rue and d11 started the rebellion. They light the spark and Katness ignited the flame. Threshs death I can imaFionna was brutal because of cato. But don't hate cato because of it. Didn't thresh kill Clove out of revenge for rue. Cato killed thresh for revenge for Clove.

Even though we don't get to see his death. It was brutal. It was cato. But most importantly it was probably really sad.

So loyal and dedicated to Rue. Without him Katniss would be dead. It is not fair he had to die and Katniss lived. He probably would have actually won but Katniss and Peeta had to because that is just how it is!

Katniss would be dead without him. It didn't even show his death in the book or movie and it was still sad. Don't you remember when Katniss said "If me and Peeta don't win, I want Thresh to."

I absolutely hate thrush. He is awful just a big stupid black boy trying to win. He cracked cloves skull! What a cruel awful and mean thing to do. I hate him and I hope he died cruelly

9 Clove

She trained her whole life for the games just to die. Sure she was sadistic and slightly sociopathic but she's still human. I would bet if Katniss wasn't the protagonist she or Cato would have won. Her death was one of the saddest after all she has one of the slowest and painful deaths. Imagine having a part of your skull bashed in with a ROCK and having your life drain out for MINUTES. In the end she was a terrified piece of the games with her last words screaming for her ally, who found her and begged for her to stay with him.

Guys.. I know these characters deaths were sad and all, but Clove deserves to win. I would vote for Cato too, but Cloves was way more emotional to me. Clove had trained all her life for the games, and when she finally volunteered she had one of her best friends by her side. I read into things like this. I know Cato and Clove were friends before the games. It's a fact. Clove always stayed by Catos side, and Cato volunteered to keep Clove safe. In the movie, they made it look like he liked Glimmer. This is NOT the Real thing guys. He loves Clove. He used Glimmer as a toy to get spencers because she was the "prettiest tribute" compared to the others. She had no skill, no talent, she only joined because she was full of herself. She didn't love Cato. She wanted him in dirty ways. Cato didn't love her, he used her. When she was attacked by the Tracker Jackers, he didn't go back for her, book and movie. He never brought her up again. The way clove calmed him down after the explosion, they ...more

Clove was awesome. Clove and cato were my favourite characters. Her death was really sad because cato couldn't get there in time. I think she should of been able to kill thresh in the books because she wasent being held against the cornucopia. She should of been able to throw a knife at him. As much as I love bother clove and cato I don't think they should of one because I wouldn't change anything about the books. But it would of been cool to have cato and clove vs Katness and Peeta as the final battle

This was definitely the most emotional. Thresh killed her out of revenge for something she didn't do. Then when Cato was kneeling beside her begging her to stay. That was only Katnisses point of view. I wonder what happened after Katniss left and we couldn't hear anything.

10 Wiress

She was incredibly smart. Wiress was overpowered by Cashmere and Gloss, and then...gone! Dead! Poof out of existence. I knew that there was no way both Katniss and Peet's would get out, so they needed to be rescued. They brought Johanna, Finnick, Beetee, and our favorites from district 12, but no Wiress. Still bitter about that.

She found out the trick to the clock. And her death was so sudden...every time I think of her, my mind goes "and the mouse ran up the clock..." Her dying words...

She was singing and then Gloss came up and slit her throat!

I loved her! She didn't deserve to die! She is so smart!

The Contenders
11 Glimmer

I don't think glimmer was bad. I like her. Just not in the movie when she's put with cato. It's just not right and it wouldn't work. Her death is sad because she had no one similar to cato and marvels deaths.but also unlike clove and rues who at leaSt had someone. My opinion on glimmer and the rest of the careers is good. I liked then all. Of course they killed but that's what they were made to do. They had stories that we don't know about. And most likely glimmer and marvel knew each other and possibly trained together like Cato and Clove. Her death was painfull and slow. She was alone. It was one of the sadder and more brutal deaths

Who cares about carer training glimmer is the forgotten death and it was not quick at all. Maybe she killed 2 tributes and critically injured another she was not as bad as Katniss suggested. She died with no one to hold her hand and no one to sing her to sleep. She then has her corpse shattered by Katniss. She may have been my second favourite but she and the district 4 male where sad deaths R.I.P.

Glimmer's death was so painfully brutal. Imagine being swarmed by tracker jackers? Also, no one had any grief upon her death, not even her own allies, the careers. She screamed and cried for help, and no one cared to even try to help her and she died a slow, excruciating death.

I hated that Glimmer had No person to hold on to when she died. She at least deserved a quick death but they gave her a slow and painful one. She was and is my favorite tribute even over Katniss because of the way she died and the fact that she tried so hard to win Catos affection but ended up alone dying.

12 Foxface

She is so great. She may not be alive but she is my favourite. She didn't kill anyone in the entire game. Her death is so sad but really intresting. She ate some posinus berries but at the training scene she had a very good idea which berries were harmful and which ones were okay. Was it suicide? It seems quite likely it was seen as she was so smart but why she had made it so far and was in the top 5. In my opinion she could have beaten Katniss, Peeta, Cato and Thresh using her smart wits and intellegence. She was the one of the only people who didn't kill anyone. I think that she is one of the most intresting and amazing characters in the whole film. But I think she deserved better and more screentime. She was barely ever seen and no-one really knew her. I think if it came down to it and it was her and Katniss left in the arena I think Foxface could edge her out with her intellegence. This charecter will always be a bit of a mystery.

This one has continued to hit me a harder than the other ones. It was suicide, from what I understand, and like everyone is pointing out, she could have won. But.. maybe she knew that she had a chance. The tributes never really 'win' anyway, right? They just survive. She was smart, she probably knew that. I just can't help but feel like she knew she could have survived but she didn't want to.

She was one of my fave characters. I was soo sad when she died! I am going to say it was suicide so that I can call her smart. Smart and sly people are the best! But I knew she couldn't live thanks to Katniss being the main character! I would think she could have one if Katniss wasn't the main character.

Foxface's death kinda confused me. She was super smart and stuff. But then why'd she steal the berries, not even knowing what kind they where? If she was so clever and all she should have known better. Maybe because she was so desperate. I feel bad, even though she never said anything.

13 Female Morphling

I cried when I read this in the novel like her dying action is to sacrifice for peeta. They were friends and also the male morphling. She drew a flower on peeta's face.

Was her name Morphling, or did they just call her that because she took Morphling?

She gave up her life for Peeta...

So sad. The flower

14 Castor

It was so out of the blue...I mean, yes they were being chased by mutts, but I didn't think they would kill him. Although I was SIGHTLY, relived when I found out it was him...for a few minutes I thought it was his brother, who I had really bonded with. Now, before you get onto me, I have read the books. I know this doesn't apply with the books, since you know its Castor who dies, but I had watched the movie first, so it took me a bit longer to realize it was him

He's not the saddest death. I get that. But it was just so touching how he helped his brother out when they had to go underground, and how Pollux cried quietly after his death. Castor's death needs to be on here, and it's sad that some of these "little guys" are so underrated.

It's only sad because we all love Pollux and he was devastated by Castor's death. I was more focused on all the other people like freaking Finnick who died there

I was probably the saddest moment for me when his brother started crying

15 Marvel

I don't hate marvel for killing rue. It's the games and everyone wants to go home in the film he's aiming for Katness who ducks and it hits rue instead. In the books he Spears her when she's trapped in a net. Both ways I don't hate him for. He wanted to go home and I doubt he wanted to kill a girl so young. He died alone and most people overlook his death because it's at the same time as rue.

Tragically glanced over. This and Cato made the book for me. Screw katniss and PETA.

Wait,marvel killed rue? isn't hunger games NOT superhero film. if it is why did marvel STUDIOS killed rue? just joking. I think why marvel studios killed rue. she's the reason why their films have been unpopular.

16 Madge Undersee

The girl with the strawberries, one of the victims of the bombing on district 12, didn't deserve her death.

I always try to pick a minor character for my favorite character, since-SPOILERS FOR OTHER MAJOR BOOK SERIES AHEAD- all the bigger characters die- Fred Weasly, Lupin, Finnic, Prim... although, minor characters as favorites don't work out that well, either...for Harry Potter it was Collin Creevy, which didn't work out well...for Twilight it was Bree Tanner, which was also a fail, and then for Hunger Games, it was Madge. I always had like her personality...

We never really hear of Madge's death.

She was Katniss's only friend in District 12 besides her sister and Gale

17 District 11 Whistling Guy

He was just paying his respects...and, he was the start of the uprising, minus for Katniss's acts. The uprising grew and grew after his death.

President Snow: Don't start a rebellion Katniss
Katniss next day: I feel bad Rue died (exact opposite of what to say)
Man: whistles Rues song
Snow: How to stop a rebellion? Kill all rebels!
Kills man sooo helps stop rebellion (Actually make district eleven angrier)
Snow: That was so right!

He didn't have a name, but I still found it an extremely sad death, he didn't do anything wrong.

The most important character of the series. Started the rebellion, didn't deserve to die!

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19 Cashmere

This death, along with her brother's, is really just Glossed over (see what I did there?). Think about it. She saw her brother go in to the 63rd hunger games, knowing there was a good chance he would die. Think of how sad she would have been and how relieved she would have been when he won. Then she went in the next year, knowing she herself might die. She wins. But now she has to mentor kids who are headed for the slaughter for 10 years, including Marvel and Glimmer. Then she has to go back in, WITH her brother, knowing one of them will definitely die. And she sees her brother die, suddenly and before she can do anything about, she has an axe in her chest. Then Finnick, Katniss etc, leave the island and she isn't mentioned again for the rest of the series. Add in the fact that she probably was friends with her killer (Johanna) or at least knew her, and this character has a really sad death.

This death is sad because she had her brother with her in the quarter queel and they probely have been thru a lot together and to see your brither die right in front of you that is really sad. Cashmere was killed by a axe after she saw her brother die and she was running at kattness to try and kill her. I just think that it has to horrible to see your brother die like that after all you have been thru together

20 Districts 8 Female (74th Hunger Games)

Guys, seriously.
Think about if YOU were her. A little girl all alone and scared in a forest and she makes a fire. Suddenly 5 large guys come towards her with a sword and she begs for mercy but they stab her. And she spends her last hours agonizingly stabbed.

I would like to use her mouth as my personal toilet and use her face to wipe my butt.
Then I will eat her arms slowly as she feels her arms being slowly digested and turned to crap. Then I will sit on her face and slowly poop on her face as she screams in horror.

She deserves to be crapped on.
I wanna tie her to a pole do a large fart on her take a crap in her and rub my butt on her face. Then I will sit on her face naked and fart again and take a large crap slowly and roast her alive but not make her die. Instead I will feed her whole to mutts and she will get crapped out alive and the mutt will poop on her burying her in a pile of poo and let her die of the smell suffocating her.

She died on day 1 by lighting a fire and getting killed. Not the smartest move. Probably got nothing from the cornucopia. I relate to her on a spiritual level.

21 Snow

Snow was an idiot. He deserved it. Haven't you guys forgotten the amount of innocent children he watched fight to the death, and all he thought was: "This ought to keep the districts from rebelling."

He needed to die!

He was the worst character but again I liked him for some reason. Alma Coin deserved it.

President Snow's death is less than upsetting and he definitely deserved to die

22 Noah

We don't know him well but I feel sad for his death. District 3 is like the best District and he was a brilliant tribute. I wish that he had made it farther into the games, maybe he would win.

I wrote a fan fiction where he survives and wins the Games. Wish it could be true in real life! District 3 is awesome!

Cato had a temper tantrum and killed him. Why do you let someone with anger issues into the hunger games? Why?

He is the District 3 male. His name isn't Noah. He didn't have a name.

23 District 4 Female (74th Hunger Games)

This was my friends fave character! Even though she has never seen or read the hunger games my friend loves her! I showed her a pic of the tributes as she goes off about her death stare! She wrote three stories about her. One where she kills interviewer 1
2 where she gets killed by Katniss at interviewers 1 funeral and 3 her back story. My friend hates Katniss for killing her in such a gruesome way.

I mean, we don't know how she really was died, MAN do I wish there was a scene on her death! The book says she died cause of tracker jackers but in the movie she wasn't even in the career pack! But, I think she survived the first day, saw her in the movie running from Cornicopia unharmed, also had Injured MY favorite character! That's ok cause d.3 female faked death after that...just read my comment on her. -Thoress (this section was also by me, Thoress,)

24 District 4 Male (74th Hunger Games)

His death was so sad. He was so cute, I wish he could have lasted longer. I loved his curly hair and his face. But stupid Cato had to kill him. I hate Cato and his friends. This has nothing to do with the district 4 boy but I love Katniss and Peeta. They are so cute together, I love them there my favorite characters.

This dude with awesome hair was so young. He should have hid until he heard the canons. Lots of screen time before the games. In the games, 15 seconds. If I was district 4, I would have volunteered for him. This should be in the top 10. District 4 female didn't care. SO SAD!

He was just as old as Rue and didn't even kill anyone in the book or film he also could have told Cato rue stole his knife as he knew she had. He was either killed by suffocation or blood loss. Knock Cato off 2

The district 4 male was not described as having curly hair. All we know about him is that he died day 1. HE WAS WEAK!

25 Chaff

He was good friends with Haymitch and was good for a laugh. Him refusing to get a prosthetic hand shows he was modest and he was really nice to everybody.

Chaff was a sad death because he is one of haymithes friends and it must be hard for chaff to go in the hunger games against peopel that he knows that can kill him.

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