I appreciate a variety of different characters, and, typically, my favorite characters in books, movies, and TV shows are the standout ensemble members who are oftentimes underrated or underappreciated. After catching The Hunger Games on Freeform last week, I decided to make a brief list appreciating my favorite underrated characters. Since nearly a year has passed since the release of Mockingjay – Part Two, I felt it was about time for another Hunger Games appreciation post.
Disclaimer: This list includes characters from the books and the movies (because the producers decided those needed to be different?!).
It literally boggles my mind that they did not include Madge in the movies. The mayor’s daughter was Katniss’ only friend aside from Gale, and is the whole reason the Mockingjay symbol even came about. Remember that one time she gave her the Mockingjay pin? Yeah, me too!
For some reason, every time I see The Hunger Games is on TV, I turn it on within five minutes of Rue’s death. Her death is brutal and hits me hard, even though I know it’s coming every time. I know that most people like Rue – if you say you don’t, you’re lying – but I don’t think she is appreciated enough as a worthy contender in the 74th Hunger Games. Or for inspiring Katniss to go forward and win. That little peanut made it pretty far!
While I admit Johanna Mason is both irritating and terrifying, she was a serious ally during the Quarter Quell. If not for Finnick’s, Beetee’s, and her teamwork, they wouldn’t have made it out (somewhat) alive. Also, props to Jena Malone for bringing her to life so perfectly.
Can we just have a moment of silence for Cinna and the rest of Katniss and Peeta’s prep teams? The book details each member and we learn their personalities, but in the movies we really only become familiar with Cinna. Cinna risked his life time and again to help the rebellion and to help Katniss, and we can’t help but love him.
Boggs is such a selfless man, and never gets the credit he deserves. He puts it all on the line for Katniss and the rebellion. Not only did he save Katniss’ life more than once, but he also whipped Katniss and (against his better judgment) Peeta into shape to be able to fight for the cause. Even in his final moments, he knows the rebellion relies on the Mockingjay, and hands his holo over to Katniss rather than his second in command. Rest in peace, Boggs.
So that’s a very, very short list of characters I feel could use some more love. Did I miss any of your favorites? If so, leave a comment below!
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