This week sees the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which of course features one of the most popular archers in movie history – Katniss Everdeen. Since we’ve already spoken about our favourite and least favourite young adult novel adaptations, we’ve decided to take a look at our favourite movie archers!
The character that inspired this list, Katniss is an inspiring figure both inside and outside the world of The Hunger Games. Perhaps not the most action orientated character on this list, Katniss is more about being the leader of a movement than being in intense action sequences.
The opposite to the first entry on this list, Hawkeye has been part of some of the best action scenes in recent movie history. Excellently portrayed by Jeremy Renner, who brings humour and humanity to a role that shouldn’t stand out in the Avengers lineup.
A character so popular he was shoehorned into an adaptation of the Middle Earth book he wasn’t in (and was one of the highlights), Legolas has a lot of great moments. Plus, just look at that hair!
There have been plenty of great portrayals of Robin Hood over the years, but my personal favourite is Cary Elwes from the spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Even though it’s a parody, he has just the right amount charm and humour to make the role his own.
One of the major characters in Game of Thrones, Ygritte might be the only character (spoilers ahead!) on this list to shoot multiple arrows into the love of her life. That pretty much sums up how much of a badass she is.
Super spy and animated version of Henry Cavill, he may not use a bow and arrow, but he certainly is an Archer. He’s one of the funniest and best written characters on TV, and anyway, who says animation is just for kids?
Even though she’s only been in one film, Neytiri is set to return in Avatar 2, 3 and 4. Clearly much more capable than the film’s lead, Jake Sully. She’s also a nine foot blue warrior who rides a dragon so… pretty cool.
Are there any essential movie or TV archers that we missed? Who’s your favourite archer on this list? Share any and all thoughts in the comments.
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