The Unassuming Butt-kicker:
Tribute #6. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings
Eowyn is twenty-four when we meet her in The Two Towers, but she describes growing up as a “shield-maiden” of Rohan, so I’m imagining that her teenage self would have been battle ready. We met her as a seemingly quiet and reserved, but she clearly had a lion’s heart underneath it all. Hungry for a chance to prove her bravery, Eowyn rode into battle and represented her people with fierce military pride. She defeated what no man could kill, during her first battle. If she had been called as Tribute during her teenage years, she likely could have performed just as well in the Games. Give the young lady a sword and she’ll be fearless in her attack. Airdrop a horse in the area and forget it…Katniss may have just met her match.
The Stealth Factor:
Tribute #7. Aladdin
Life on the streets taught this guy a thing or two about laying low and keeping out of trouble. His motto: “gotta eat to live, gotta steal to live, otherwise we’d get along,” tells you everything you need to know. He’s got no illusions about what he needs to do to look out for himself; he’s sneaky; and he’s accustomed to scavenging. I imagine him blowing off most of the competition, befriending a monkey in the arena, and holing up in a quiet spot until most of the tributes pick each other off. Then he’ll try to defeat Katniss with his underdog ingenuity….unless he tries to pull a Peeta and whisk her away to a “whole new world.”
Tribute #8. A. C. Slater from Saved by the Bell
Although Zack Morris could probably use his manipulative skills to figure something out, he does have the magical ability to stop time, so he’s out. We are left with A.C. Slater of Bayside High, and the man poses a threat. Serious muscles, serious charm. If Cordelia was looking for her Peeta, she’d find him here; Flickerman would love to interview the two of them together. As the man who almost won the heart of Kelly Kapowski from Zack Morris, he’s proven that he can fight all kinds of battles, and if you’ve ever seen him flex what he’s got, you know that he could crush his opponents.
Tribute #9. Veronica Mars
If there is a way to outsmart the Games, you can bet that Veronica Mars would be well on her way to cracking the code as soon as she set out for the Capitol. She may not have a favorite weapon or warrior strength, but she is an expert in getting herself out of sticky situations. Katniss would have to watch out that Veronica didn’t figure out a way to put an end to the Games early. In fact, with Veronica’s clever detective mind and Katniss’s fearlessness they’d make a bang-up team. Hmmm…anyone up for a Hunger Games crime drama spinoff?
Everything but the Kitchen Sink:
Tribute #10. Robin from Batman
No Hunger Games Tribute list would be complete without The Boy Wonder. He is the complete package: super sleuth, mean-lean-fighting-machine, tech/weapons pro, and stealthy buttkicking ankle-biter (well most iterations of the Boy Wonder fit that mold). Which makes sense, since he learned everything he knows from Batman. He’s also got some killer acrobatic moves up his sleeve. Katniss would have to be on her A-game to defeat Robin. Her only saving grace might be that pesky moral code Batman drilled into his ward. With all that hero training under his utility belt, its hard to see Robin ever attacking anyone who isn’t a bonafide villain. Put him in an arena with Joker, Scarecrow, and Bane and he might do some serious damage, but with just Katniss and couple of kids, he might be in such moral consternation that Katniss could sink an arrow into him before he pulled himself out of his ethical quagmire.
Who do you think would be a worthy nonmagical adversary for Katniss to square off against in an All-Star Fictional Character Hunger Games List?