10 Movie/TV Characters We Want to Compete in ‘The Hunger Games’

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Hunger Games Catching Fire WishlistSure, the premise of The Hunger Games may seem a tad barbaric: pitching randomly selected teens between the ages of 12 and 18 into an arena in a lengthy battle to the death. But as the novel series and first adaptation have shown, the ensuing heart-wrenching drama (and action) are less offensive than one might assume.Daydreaming about which fictional children would stand the best chance in the arena - and which would likely receive their long-awaited comeuppances - may not be considered 'healthy,' per se, but as the second installment in the series Catching Fire arrives, we just can't help ourselves.Whether it's a true test of skill or simply sweet revenge that awaits them, here is our list of 10 Movie & TV Heroes We Want To See Compete in The Hunger Games.

Penelope 'Punky' Brewster

Punky Brewster Hunger GamesAge: 12We know what you're thinking - this is a lamb led to slaughter. But don't let the freckles fool you: Punky Brewster has shown that her will to survive is not to be underestimated. After being abandoned by her father and left in a shopping mall by her mother, Punky didn't crumble; she merely found an apartment of her own.The fact that she never lost her perky attitude proves that to her, survival is second nature. Drop Punky into the hellish oppression of Panem's poorer districts, and we think she could still beat the odds. If she somehow managed to sneak in her dog, Brandon, she could tip the odds in her favor.Odds of Survival: Fair.

Buffy Summers

Buffy Vampire Slayer Hunger GamesAge: 17Panem might have its share of problems, but vampires aren't one of them. So although the combat skills and courage of the titular heroine of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are not in question, this gauntlet isn't one for which she trained.Sure, superhuman strength and intuition would make Buffy a tough girl to beat, but her good heart would do her in. Spectators would enjoy quite a show of martial arts and plucky one-liners, but when push came to stab - and without her closest allies - Buffy would take an honorable death.Odds of Survival: Low.

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker Hunger GamesAge: 16Admittedly, Luke Skywalker has a bit of an advantage over the rest of the Tributes on our list. Although he clearly would not be able to bring his lightsaber into the arena, his telekinetic abilities and danger sense could handle anything the Capitol could throw at him.Even if Skywalker was admitted prior to his Jedi training, his youthful energy and reckless courage would do him well against fellow teens. It's true that Jedi don't take lives in vain, but given Ben Kenobi's clear approval of defensive amputation, we think Luke would do just fine (trust us, we've searched our feelings).Odds of Survival: High.

Wesley Crusher

Wesley Crusher Hunger GamesAge: 16It's hard to accept a future in which the brutal Hunger Games could exist alongside a spacefaring organization as impressive as Starfleet, but if it gets Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wesley Crusher into the fight, we'll be happy to.While Crusher may not have been the most intimidating teen during his early Starfleet career, he has proven to be a consistent lifesaver. It's difficult to say whether his knack for problem solving would come in handy staring down the business end of a trident, but he'd certainly put up a fight.Odds of Survival: Fair.

Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin

Ender Wiggin Hunger GameAge: 12Although the ranks of Dragon Army would not be accessible to the star of Ender's Game once entering the arena, it goes without saying that the lessons he learned during his time at Battle School would come in handy regardless. As a gifted leader and commander, not to mention battle strategist, we'd go so far as to say he might end up a Career Tribute.Even setting aside his most impressive victories, Wiggin has shown that killing isn't exactly a taboo in his mind - especially when it's 'kill or be killed.'Odds of Survival: High.

Dr. Douglas 'Doogie' Howser

Doogie Howser Hunger GamesAge: 14Having graduated from Princeton at age 10, it's possible that rulers of Panem might actually waive the '12 years or older' stipulation for Dr. Doogie Howser. The idea that brains are more important than brawn is one of the central themes of The Hunger Games, and if that's true, then God help whoever enters the arena with this medical prodigy.However, his Hippocratic oath would have an impact on his combat effectiveness. He'd be able to patch up allies and think outside the box, but could he kill? If he ever did, the mental trauma alone would likely remove him from contention.Odds of Survival: Fair.

Lawrence 'Chunk' Cohen

Goonies Chunk Hunger GamesAge: 12On the surface, Lawrence 'Chunk' Cohen has two truly valuable personality traits for Panem's Tributes: he has a habit of lying, and he's first and foremost a social player, thanks mainly to his trademark 'Truffle Shuffle.'However, the beloved cast member of The Goonies is ruled not by his will to survive, or even to kill - but rather his desire to eat. Since hunger is a fairly significant element of the 'Hunger Games,' Chunk would have the odds stacked against him from the start. A competitor would simply need to cook a meal to lure him in, and all the bell-shaking in the world couldn't help him.Odds of Survival: Low.

Hermione Granger (2007)

Hermione Granger Hunger GamesAge: 18She may be the brightest witch of her generation, Hermione Granger has shown a tendency to shy away from violence, believing that intellect can solve problems just as easily. However, since her wand wouldn't go into the arena with her (fairly, anyway), she'd have just her smarts to save her.Working best as one part of a three-person team, Hermione would be vulnerable to say the least. And while we have no doubts she'd do more research and preparation than her fellow Tributes, this is not the kind of darkness she has trained to defeat.Odds of Survival: Low.

Mindy 'Hit-Girl' McCready

Hit Girl Hunger GamesAge: 13This wouldn't even be fair. Trained to be a precision killer from an early age, Mindy McCready made the name 'Hit-Girl' one to be feared before she was even out of middle school. As (arguably) the star of Kick-Ass, Mindy showed that there is no weapon she can't wield with precision - and will do so given the slightest reason.Kick-Ass 2 saw her tackle high school, meaning she is not only experienced in the social systems at play in adolescents, but brimming with anticipation for getting to turn her aggression on some of her peers. Forget volunteering - Hit-Girl would definitely make a career of the Hunger Games.Odds of Survival: High.

Joffrey Baratheon

Joffrey Baratheon Hunger GamesAge: 17No excuses here: we just really want to see Game of Thrones' King Joffrey Baratheon get what's coming to him. Although recent events may have challenged Joffrey's position as the show's most hated character, he's the only one who fits our criteria. And while good with a crossbow, any fan of the show can predict how he would fare.No one knows if in the 75 years of the Hunger Games, all the Tributes have ever joined forces to immediately tear one of their competitors to ribbons. If not, then Joffrey would help write history. We'll let your imagination determine how best to eliminate him.Odds of Survival: Nonexistent.


November Movie Preview - Hunger Games Catching FireWe know that only one on our list could survive the ordeal, but don't ask us to choose which. And even though the prospect of surviving one another's violent tendencies and combat specialties seems harsh, Catching Fire proves that the hardest battles tend to lie outside the arena.Which of our contenders do you think would have the edge? Or do you have another pick that you feel would dispatch our entrants with ease? Make your case in the comments._____The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releases in theaters and IMAX today.Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Hit-Girl definitely.

  2. A character who I think would do very well and would fit the criteria would be Veronica Mars. She’s tough, extremely ingenious and will b violent when forced. She would soooo win!

    • Hey…I mean we could see that in the Veronica Mars movie…

  3. I’d personally put Hannah and River Tam in there too.

    • River and hit girl. now that would be a battle

      • River Tam would be the winner, easy, although I do like Hit Girl as well.

  4. Not sure how well she would have done but it would be nice to throw Mathilda from Leon in there. I always wanted to see a film of her fully grown to see how she would have turned out? something like Nikita or O-Ren Ishii would have been nice. Come to think of it, how old was Gogo? she would give Hit-Girl a run for her money!

    • If Luc Besson has the slightest idea for a follow-up movie, I would be completely behind it.

  5. Awesome list!! Loved the inclusion of that Goonies kid, though you’re cruel to add him!

    • Haha we had to. But I felt bad doing it.

  6. Carl Grimes

  7. Joffrey Baratheon… so thats what President Snow looked like when the games began.

  8. I thought this was gonna be a serious list, only 4 had potential.

  9. Shuya Nanahara, as he survived Battle Royal, the rather more tame Hunger Games would be piece of cake.

    • This all the way.

      It’d be like inviting a military sniper to join a battle against children using water pistols.

  10. Where is Carl Grimes?

    • Chuck,

      The Good Son, what about Home Alone?

  11. I don’t really see how Doogie Howser has a better chance of survival than Hermione or Buffy considering both of them have killed before and Howser… Well… he’s a doctor…

    • We’re judging on his knowledge of physiology – both for lethal means and first aid – to make him valuable to whoever does win.

      • @Andrew

        Well, exactly… You pretty much just summed it up. He’ll be valuable to “whoever does win” which means he won’t win, which means his chance of survival is pretty poor… He might help someone else survive, but unless a repeat of the first Hunger Games happens, he won’t be the one that survives.

  12. Batman

    • Kilmer’s Batman obviously.

      • Logical next step: Dick Grayson! Tim Drake!

  13. Danielson aka Daniel Larusso

  14. What about the psycho kid from Robocop 2 that took over Kaine’s criminal gang and helped sell his narcotics?

    He was the Joffrey of his day.

    • Under moderation, maybe SR’s comments section hates the Robocop 2 kid as much as everyone else did.

  15. John Connor from T2 and Keno from TMNT2

  16. Not sure how old Keno is in that movie so maybe same actor but him in Surf Ninjas.

    • Keno was played by Ernie Reyes Jr and he was to old when he played in both surf ninjas and Ninja Turtles he was 19 in turtles and 21 in surf ninjas

  17. Couldn’t Hermione just use the command/spell to have her wand come to her even if she was separated from it? If she gets her wand Skywalker is probably the only one taking her down.

  18. I’d want to see Oliver Queen from Arrow on the list. I mean, he spent 5 years on a island with numerous enemies and survival skills he learned while on the island with just a bow and arrows. It’d be fun to see him and Katniss to duke it out to see who the better archer is too. Too bad he’s in his 30′s instead of being 12-18.

  19. Hermione should sneak in her wand and she would win lol.

  20. Can’t believe Go-Go from Kill Bill not mentioned.

    • I did, I think Gogo vs Hit-Girl would be amazing Gogo FTW.

  21. how can buffy be only fair chance. she is the SLAYER!! she also has super strength and enhanced healing. i don’t care if she only kills monsters. if her life was threatened she would kill. i like her to win the whole thing.

  22. LOL King Joffrey!

  23. Hit-Girl would do well. But of all the fictional kids I can think of, Damian Wayne (son of Bruce Wayne, most recent Robin) probably has the edge.

  24. I don’t think your giving Hermione enough credit. She’s lived through life & death situations, had to survive in the woods, and can deliver a pretty mean right hook. Don’t forget, they usually leave a cornacopia of weapons (which would most likely include a wand if she chose to go for it) and items in the forest can be used to make quick potions she probably learned from Snape or at least read about. Her real weakness would be, she’s too logical for her own good at times.

    • Not to mention wandless magic

  25. Hit Girl baby! she would win…

  26. I thought one of the themes of the hunger games is anti-violence, and here we are promoting it.

  27. The Gooch from Diff’rent strokes…