Top 10 Saddest Deaths In The Hunger Games

The Top Ten


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.

I think it speaks for itself that runs death was sad. It was depressing and it really hits you in the feels. I like rue. And the movie and her actress makes the sence so much more emotional. When I first read the book and her death. I thought it couldn't get worse. The movie did her death justice.

I do realize how important it was to the series. But, it was still the saddest death to me, because Rue is my favorite character.

This was so sad! She had so much potential and deserved so much more! I don’t think this was the saddest death of the series. (I love Finnick more than Annie does) But I had to vote for her.


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...

Finnick just shouldn't have died. I mean, he had a whole life ahead of him with Annie and their son. I still try to convince myself that he somehow survived and is happily living with Annie in District 4.

He was so nice and funny. He helped Katniss and really understood what she was going through. He was also my favorite character. He did not deserve to die and I will never forgive Suzanne Collins for killing him off.

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


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.

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.

So don't be mad but I choose Cato, Rue and everyone else who died in the hunger games more than her
Think about it she did nothing in the series but get her name drawn she is only a poor brat (I still haven't read Mockingjay) Listen up Rue died as a piece in the capitol's games, was 12, and she was in The Hunger Games (and her family wasn't with her) Prim died as a love girl that in a mine explosion was accidentally purposely killed, she was 13, and the last thing she saw was her sister. Cato died as a piece in the capitol's games and was in pain and suffering for hours. So I just don't like Prim and it wasn't sad okay I heard from the wiki in a explosion but she at least died quick on like some people (cough cough Cato) so anyone else agree?


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.

I wish Cinna didn't die it should've been Peeta. After all, Peeta did betray Katniss in "Hunger Games" and teamed up with the careers.

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.

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!


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.


Cato I really liked. He may have killed people but he was born for the games. In the books we see he's not completely emotionless when he runs to Clove and begs her to stay. I loved that part and wished it was in the movie. What I loved about the movie that the book didn't have was his end speech. It gave him some more character development. I don't like how it was instead of the feast sence but I think it would of been amazing if we had both in the books or in the movie.

No matter how many people he had killed, he was just a kid in the games himself. He was just trying to survive and get home. Cato and Clove's deaths were the most emotional for me because when Clove died you could see that Cato really did love her when he was kneeling beside her and begging her to stay. They helped each other and never left each other. They trusted each other and Cato was panicking when he heard Clove calling and when he saw her lying in the ground he was terrified because he couldn't bear it and when she died he went and avenged her by killing Thresh. I hope he did it brutally. But even killing Thresh wouldn't bring back Clove so he completely lost the will to live and when the mutts were eating him he was thankful that he'd be able to see Clove again. But when he saw what the Capitol had done to Clove he was really mad but he just couldn't carry on with life without Clove so while he died he was just looking into the eyes of Clove's mutt. It's sick and cruel that ...more

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

No one deserved to die like that, not even Cato. To me, his death was sadder than Rue's because Rue had love, peace and comfort when she died. Cato was torn apart slowly, knowing fully well he had done the wrong things, chosen the wrong things, and that he was used as a tool for the Capitol's entertainment. To top it, he said "please" way more than once in the book. He died slowly, and alone. That makes it the saddest death in the whole trilogy for me.
(PS: I dare you to listen to the ending of the "Muttations" score from the OST and say you don't feel even a little bit sorry for him.)

I think he deserves to die unlike rue he killed most of the players even though you say that cato sacrificed himself what if he was healed he would try to kill peeta and katniss


Because he tried to help Katniss and his last words were, "you have command"

He was awesome, rip Boggs

Loyal to the end


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


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

She is my favorite character, and she could have easily killed thresh. If Katniss was not the main character, Clove would have killed Katniss and Thresh.

Clove was the saddest by far, so desperately trying to live, screaming for her loved won to save her, but when he got there it was to late. They loved each other.

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


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

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.

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.

The Contenders


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 pretty awesome and did you see how sad betee was! It must have been a real shock for him and her RIP

One of the smartest characters and the first to realize the clock, her death was tramatizing.

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


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.

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.

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.

She was hungry, plain and simple. She didn't know how to hunt like Katniss did, so she had been stealing little bits of food from the Cornucopia or other tributes. She didn't have time to question the berries Katniss and Peeta were planning to eat themselves; she just took them and ran. Unfortunately, that didn't work out too well. Hopefully this helps your confusion.

Fox face was one of the most snekest tributes in the hunger games and to see her die like that is sad. She Knew that those were poisnese beirries and she said I know those are poisness but there are stronger people out there and she wanted to die a painless death instead of sitting there and suffering. I think it is also sad because she commited sucide. She also wanted to win because she was wanting to return back to her sister and she commitied sucide

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?

This was one of the saddest deaths it should have been in the top ten

She gave up her life for Peeta...


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.

He didn't try to kill rue he tried to kill katniss but she moved out of the way and rue was right behind her

Shot in the heart sad. NOT that's what you get for killing Rue


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.

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

Castor's death was so sad! Poor Pollux must have been devastated

Madge Undersee

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...

Wait she DIED? When! Gotta see this! Even though she was sweet and all, she WAS snows daughter (I think) -thoress

Madge died during the bombing of district twelve

We never really hear of Madge's death.

Leeg 1
District 11 Whistling Guy

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 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.

It was so depressing I cried when the peacekeepers shot him in the head. LIKE what

Spark of the revolution. Brave soul


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

She got a axe to the chest after watching her BROTHER and fellow tribute get murdered I mean REALLY

She died with her brother dead moments before and it's no wonder she wanted to kill Katniss plus she had to earlier watch glimmer and marvel die


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

How can nobody mention the great president of panem, god rest his soul, down with the revolution!

Panem today, panem tomorrow, panem forever.

Districts 8 (74th Hunger Games) Female

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.

This was sad because the girl had no survival skills because her mentor did not teach her any and she was just trying to warm up and then the carrers come and they slash her while she is scremang "please don't kill me please" and they don't not at the moment but they leave her to suffer and then after a few hours of letting her suffer they tell Petta to go and kill her. Who does that

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.

District 4 Female (74th H. G)

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,)

This is sad because she was with the carrers as kattness was cutting the tracker jackets down and the girl was also killed by these tracker jackets and she was also screming for help but the other people just ran away and did not help them


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.

I love him. Why did he die! Well I guess he is a commonly looked over character but he is still awesome! Also,. I didn't see him in the bloodbath? :3


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.

He and Haymitch were drinking buddies. I’m depressed

he was a great fighter

District 4 (74th Hunger Games) Male

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 boy from district 4 death is sad because he was trying to hid and then he comes out to earily and all you see is cato stab him with his sword. This biy was just trying to get away and then he got stabbed.

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