RIP, Our Favorite Secondary Characters in Literature

Rue from The Hunger Games

“Slowly, one stem at a time, I decorate her body in the flowers. Covering the ugly wound. Wreathing her face. Weaving her hair with bright colors.”

Katniss Everdeen says goodbye to her teammate and friend, Rue, during the Hunger Games, but remembers her fleetness and compassion throughout the trilogy, even as she devises ways to storm the Capitol and kill President Snow. Rue might have been small, young, and seemingly frail, but her competitors underestimated her ability to survive for so long.