11 Times The Hunger Games’ Rue Broke Our Hearts

When people think of relationships in the Hunger Games movies, two faces tend to come to mind: Gale and Peeta. (Mostly Peeta, duh.)

But there’s one character whose relationship with Katniss, though she only appeared in one movie, has changed our heroine for good: Rue.

The littlest tribute befriended Katniss and became an ally in the first Hunger Games, then, even after her death, lived on through the story. As any fan knows, the body count is by no means low in the Hunger Games franchise, but the loss of Rue may have hit us hardest.

Here are 11 sniffle-inducing Rue moments, in case you’re due for a good cry.

When she first made herself known in the training centre


…with her wicked good climbing and hiding skills. She could have been a champion


When Rue and Katniss formed their alliance


They protected each other


And they even got to have some lighthearted moments in the arena


Remember this moment of total grief?


And this one, too?


That time when Katniss covered Rue with flowers


This silent moment of solidarity


When Peeta offered up this artistic tribute. Gone but never forgotten


And then a year later, when Katniss shared her grief with Rue’s District