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The Saddest 'Hunger Games' Deaths

Updated May 19, 2020 28.2k votes 2.9k voters 61.0k views18 items

List RulesVote up the ends that were the most tragic; vote down the people who had it coming.

Hunger Games deaths are part of the deal, especially when the whole premise of the story is fighting to the last man or woman. Some deaths in The Hunger Games series are necessary, but then there are the ones you really feel.

When your characters are facing off with the evil, blood-reeking President Snow or the super-shady Alma Coin, you know that there’s going to be a lot of sacrificial lambs on the way to peace. Some of these ends sting more than they should, but they're all memorable. After you've dried your tears from reading this list, be sure to also check out our list of shows and movies like The Hunger Games.

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    Finnick Odair

    How it happens: Lizard mutts. 

    Book fans have long known that Finnick wouldn’t make it to the end. As he makes his way up a ladder, he’s descended upon by mutts. Katniss’s reaction is our reaction. NOOOOOOOO!

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  • Rue is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest 'Hunger Games' Deaths
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    How it happens: Tribute from District 1 (Marvel) spears her. 

    We all fell in love with sweet Rue from the first time we saw her. Marvel does a totally un-superhero thing and takes out a little girl. Katniss sings to the fading Rue and continues to honor the young girl by starting a revolution.

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  • How it happens: Capitol Peacekeepers do terrible things to him, probably.

    Cinna has been waiting a long time to take down the Capitol and Katniss is his chance. He helps incite the revolution through his designs, and probably knows his ticket is going to get punched after he designs that Mockingjay dress.

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  • How it happens: Sneak attack (and Gale, kind of).

    As Prim rushes in as part of a medical team to help the wounded during the battle at the Capitol, she succumbs to an attack launched by rebels, including Gale. Katniss's heart breaks. 

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