There’s a wide range of characters in Parks and Recreation and everyone has something different to offer. The employees of the rec department are like a family, but it doesn’t mean that they always get along. Once in a while, the claws come out, and their dark side is put on display.
Not everyone enjoys working in an office every day, and a few of them would rather be enjoying the great outdoors than doing paperwork for the government. But only some have the skills to survive in the wilderness, and when it comes to fighting for their lives, many of the characters wouldn’t make it out of the Cornucopia alive.
10 Garry Gergich
Garry, who his co-workers refer to as “Jerry,” wouldn’t last ten seconds after the start of the games. His co-workers spend their days making fun of him for being incapable, but truth be told, there’s a lot of things he’s actually good out. Unfortunately, athleticism is not one of those things.
He’s uncoordinated and the only skill that could possibly help him is his artistic abilities like Peeta. After Jerry got badly injured, he told everyone at the department he was mugged, when he really injured himself trying to retrieve his fallen burrito. Jerry would fall off the plate and get blown up before the countdown even finished.
9 Tom Haverford
Like Jerry, Tom would be one of the first deaths in The Hunger Games. He’s all about glitter and glam, and he’d rather die than be forced to survive in the wilderness with only the clothes on his back.
When Tom went camping with the rest of the parks department, he brought an inflatable tent equipped with all the things he felt were necessary. One of those things happened to be an ice cream machine. Tom needs his comforts, and he doesn’t have any way to defend himself against his enemies.
8 Andy Dwyer
Andy’s biggest problem is he lacks common sense. He would have no idea how The Hunger Games worked, and he’d go around asking the other tributes for a helping hand. Andy would probably eat some poison berries if he wasn’t killed by someone first.
Andy spent time as a security guard and always wanted to become a police officer, but his skills weren’t quite where they needed to be. He might not be one of the very first tributes to go, but he wouldn’t last long either.
7 Ben Wyatt
Ben’s tied with Leslie as the smartest character in the series, and intelligence is a must-have in the arena. But Ben is also awkward and clumsy making it difficult to imagine him moving with finesse in the arena.
It doesn’t take a lot to make Ben jump, and he’s been caught off guard by something as simple as a T-shirt cannon. But when Ben really believes in something, he’ll grow a backbone, and he even punched a Pawnee citizen for cursing out Leslie.
6 Donna Meagle
Donna can be viscous when the situation calls for it. She’s all about honesty, even if the truth hurts. She wouldn’t accept death as an option in the arena and would do her best to make it out of the games without breaking a nail.
The way a person presents themselves can hold power, and it would be the most powerful weapon Donna has at her disposal. She might not love being forced to live off of the land, but Donna will do whatever it takes to survive.
5 April Ludgate
At first glance, April is a top candidate to win The Hunger Games. But there are a lot of other things that need to be taken into consideration besides how bloodthirsty she can be. April loves gross things so a dead body wouldn’t creep her out, however, she’s a huge animal rights activist.
She wouldn’t have a problem killing another human to survive, but interestingly enough, she’d probably draw the line at killing an animal for food. April’s also extremely lazy, and she wouldn’t prepare for the games and would wing it at the last minute.
4 Ann Perkins
Ann’s medical expertise alone puts her near the top of the list. Plenty of tributes die from their surroundings, and Ann would know how to survive and what to avoid.
If she sustained any injuries throughout her time in The Hunger Games, she’d be able to patch herself up and stay alive long enough to outlast the other victors. Despite being displayed as soft and delicate, Ann proved during self-defense training that she can hold her own just fine in a fight.
3 Chris Traeger
Chris is in the best physical shape and condition out of all the parks department employees. He runs every day, eats a little too healthy, and makes sure to take special care of his heart. But the moment Chris would start to suffer from a lack of nutrition, he would go straight into panic mode.
Chris has always been a character that struggles emotionally, and he uses exercise as a way to cope with his negative feelings. His physical state might give him an edge, but his mental state could get in the way of his winning.
2 Leslie Knope
Leslie Knope can do anything she puts her mind to, even if it’s winning The Hunger Games. Knowing Leslie, she might try to overthrow the Capitol, but there’s no doubt she has what it takes to make it out of the arena alive. Leslie would study all the past games and make a binder full of information to prepare herself.
She’d consider every possible thing that could go wrong and make sure she had a solution planned out ahead of time. Leslie was also the leader of the Pawnee Goddesses, and she knows how to handle herself in the wilderness.
1 Ron Swanson
If there’s one thing that all Parks and Recreation fans can agree on, it’s that Ron would undoubtfully be the winner of any type of survival game. Not only would Ron be prepared, but he would enjoy the opportunity to run wild.
It’s likely that Ron would volunteer for The Hunger Games to show off his skills, and he’d gain quite a following from the people in the Capitol. No one knows why, but every person who meets Ron seems to fall in love with him at first sight.
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