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Do you think you have what it takes to volunteer as a tribute at your district’s reaping?

Many of us watched Katniss Everdeen fight for her life in the original “Hunger Games” film (or read about it in Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel). The teenage protagonist sparked rebellion within her dystopian society and became a symbol of hope for all of Panem’s citizens. Imagine yourself in her place: fighting not only for your own life but also for the people you love. If you’ve ever wondered what your odds of surviving one of the Games might be, we’ve got you covered.

Certain types of characters fared better than others because of natural (or training) advantages. Keep in mind, physical capability doesn’t always dominate mental trickery. Before you get too worried about seeing your name in the reaping ball, continue reading see what we uncovered about the odds of surviving “The Hunger Games.”

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Tragic Traits

It was a close call, but after examining 57 deaths across the film franchise, women had a slight advantage at surviving over men. We lost several powerful female characters over the course of the series (remember Rue?), but men who died in various stages of the Games pushed their odds over the edge.

Not that race or ethnicity matters when your name comes out of the reaping ball, but more than three-quarters of the characters who died over the course of the Games were Caucasian. There were some we were bound to miss, like Prim, and others we were glad to bid farewell. So long, President Snow!

When it came to age, “The Hunger Games” did not discriminate (characters need only be 12 years old to have their name placed in the reaping ball). More than 1 in 10 characters who lost their lives over the course of the Games were only 14 years old, while most (over 15%) were in their 20s. Katniss was just 16 years old the first time she volunteered as tribute.

When It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From

District Deaths

The movies make it abundantly clear: being from a more privileged district has its perks. Districts 1 and 2 have what Haymitch describes in the first film as “careers” – tributes who train their whole lives and, after that, compete for the supposed privilege to volunteer. We discovered extra training didn’t save these careers from death, however. Unprepared tributes from other districts were just as likely (or even more so) to die over the course of the Games and subsequent rebellions across Panem.

District 13 – which is the basis of the final book and final two films in the series – had the highest body count of them all. With seven total deaths (including that of the district leader, the duplicitous President Coin), District 13 was followed by the Capitol itself for the highest death toll. With the death of Games creator Seneca Crane in the very first film, we knew no one would be safe.

District 12 – the impoverished mining sector of Panem that Peeta and Katniss helped put on the map – had the lowest number of deaths over the course of the films, with just one. Primrose Everdeen, Katniss’ younger sister and the person she volunteered in place of, ultimately died in the final film.

When the Cannons Go Off

The Odds Were Never In Your Favor

Despite “The Hunger Games” ending in a violent rebellion, you may have higher odds fighting in the war against the Capitol than in the actual Games themselves.

“The Hunger Games” began with a bang, acquiring the highest death toll in all four films. Over the course of the first Games and during the initial political uprisings, 23 characters died for nearly a 40% mortality rate. This forced Katniss and Peeta to compete again. The sequel, “Catching Fire,” had just one fewer cannonball of doom with 22 total deaths.

Cut that number nearly in half, as the mortality rate in “Mockingjay – Part 2” dropped to just above 20% with 12 deaths. All considering, your odds of getting through “Mockingjay – Part 1” would have been the best overall, with a mortality rate of less than 2% and only one noted death.

Play to Your Strengths

When push comes to shove, you probably won’t volunteer for the Hunger Games by choice, and you wouldn’t hope for your name to be drawn from the reaping ball, either. While you might do slightly better as a woman versus a man, the reality is – no one is safe from the Hunger Games.


We examined 57 deaths in “The Hunger Games” film franchise. Some character deaths happened as a part of the plot of the movie and were not a part of the Hunger Games. Those deaths were included in our calculations.

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