‘Hunger Games': Why Gale Hawthorne Is A Badass

We’ve already detailed why Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are two awesome characters from “The Hunger Games” film, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t explain why Gale Hawthorne is a fitting third member to their group of badassdom.

Though Gale doesn’t compete in the Hunger Games and has a relatively small role compared to Katniss and Peeta in the first film, he does have a much larger, significant part to play in the upcoming movies. Consider this a tease of all the reasons why you should pay attention to Katniss’s best friend from District 12 when “The Hunger Games” hits theaters on Friday.

He isn’t afraid of the Capitol
While most citizens of Panem are terrified of the Capitol and President Snow, Gale is ready to fight back. He regularly flouts the government’s authority by doing things like hunting in a forbidden area with Katniss or suggesting that the two of them run away together. It’s a rule-breaker like Gale who is necessary to bring an authoritarian government down.

He is a survivor
That being said, Gale is also a survivor. Much like Katniss, he is the main bread-winner and provider for his family, and helps ease them through the difficult life they have in District 12. Even after “The Hunger Games” ends, Gale continues to land on his feet as misfortune after misfortune crosses his path.

He protects others over himself
All Gale wants is to keep his family and those close to him safe. By the time he was 18 (the same year “The Hunger Games” takes place), he had put his name into the Reaping 42 times in order to gain extra food for his family and reduce the chance of his three younger siblings being chosen as a District 12 tribute. He also takes care of the Everdeens for Katniss while she fights in the Games, and makes sure they are safe when some major events happen in the future stories.

He isn’t afraid to strike the killing blow
It was Gale who reminded Katniss that killing a human is no different from killing an animal before she entered the Hunger Games, and it is that cutthroat mentality that makes him one of the most dangerous citizens around in Panem. Sure, he doesn’t go around killing anyone in “The Hunger Games,” but a major element of Gale’s personality is that he isn’t afraid to strike if he can sense his victim is weak.

He is ready to take President Snow down
We don’t want to spoil anything for fans who haven’t read “Catching Fire” or “Mockingjay” yet, but let’s just say that Gale wants to see President Snow dead. And he’ll do whatever he can to make that happen. It’s pretty awesome, actually.

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