Characters: Brutal Series Unsurvivable
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Unsurvivable Males, District 1 - 6
- Adaptational Villainy
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He's definitely an antagonist and does the dirty work he needs has to to survive, but volunteered only to shift the responsibility off his younger siblings, hopes to discourage them from dedicating their lives to killing, and spares Riben at one point.
- Buttmonkey: among the careers.
- The Dark Chick / The Smart Guy: in the Unsurvivable career pack.
- The Dog Bites Back: after being pushed around by his allies for too long, he is convinced by Cisca to interfere in the fight between Ivan and Rica and take their place as leader. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't go well.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Amantius kills him abruptly after he is knocked unconscious, and his death has no real effect on the plot apart from being one more tribute dead.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: gets quite annoyed with the other Careers pushing him around. Cisca uses this to her advantage to convince him to gang up on Rica during a fight.
- Father, I Don't Want To Fight: He's not sold on the idea of the Games, and it's hinted he was pressured into training by his family, but volunteers so that none of his siblings will be expected to.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Amantius stabs him in the back as he lies unconscious. Yao himself also interferes in the fight between Rica and Ivan to finish off his former leader.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: his reason for volunteering is to give the family a Victor so that his six younger siblings won’t have pressure on them to do the same.
- Improbable Weapon User: uses a wok he found at the Cornucopia.
- Killed Off for Real
- Ladle of Doom
- Merciful Minion: Knocks out Riben rather than kills him, because the boy reminds him of his younger brother.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: kills Lili and Rica this way with his wok.
- Only Sane Man: in the Unsurvivable career pack, along with Cisca.
- Pet the Dog: his sparing of Riben and the concern he displays for his family members.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: China was a neutral/good character in Horrible and is reimagined as a villain here.
- Verbal Tic: retains China's 'aru' from Axis Powers Hetalia.
- Villainous Friendship: there's a bit of camraderie between him and Cisca, though she’s only using it to her advantage.
- With Friends Like These...: his relationship with his so-called allies.
- Would Hit a Girl: kills Lilli at the bloodbath.
- Big Brother Bully: to Anglynn.
- Body-Count Competition: is obsessed with this, to the point of arguing with Ivan over who will get to kill Nada.
- The Brute
- Deadpan Snarker
- Et Tu, Brute?: stabs Yao in the back as he lies unconscious.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: subverted – he has Anglynn and three unnamed brothers, but they don’t seem to care about each other at all.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: inverted – he uses a sword and most definitely isn’t a hero.
- Jerk Ass: He didn't even care when his own sister was killed!
- Kick the Dog: quite a few possible examples:
- He and Ivan were planning to injure Nada in turn until she finally expired, as a contest to see which of them killed her first. Fortunately, it didn't go as planned.
- His merciless bullying of Anglynn, including punching her simply for offering her opinion.
- stabbing Yao in the back.
- Killed Off for Real
- Lack of Empathy: even towards his own dead sister.
- Minion Shipping: with Cisca, though it's really just a ploy on her part and likely mere lust on his.
- Siblings in Crime: Volunteers alongside his sister, Anglynn.
- Actual Pacifist: Is extremely opposed to killing, due to the fact that his sister died in a previous game. True to his beliefs, he never raises a finger against another tribute in the arena, which has dire consequences for him when he wins without killing.
- Ascended Extra / Early Bird Cameo: He gets a brief mention in China's first POV in Horrible, in which she states he's the only male she's known to never do anything 'manly.'
- Big Sister Worship: He greately admired his big sister, China.
- Bilingual Bonus: His name is "Japan" in Chinese.
- Cynicism Catalyst: the death of his sister.
- Dark Horse Victory: Played for drama. The Capitol is not pleased to have a nonviolent underdog as a Victor, and makes sure Riben does not enjoy the life he saved.
- Despair Event Horizon / Heroic BSOD: Lost all joy in life when his sister was killed.
- Disney Death: Right before the final battle of the Games, he falls through a crack in the ice and appears to be buried by an avalanche. It's revealed in the epilogue that Turk, who seemed to have won the Games, died from his injuries and Riben was saved in time to make him the Victor.
- Distressed Dude: see Actual Pacifist entry above. Ermine often has to defend him and Italo from muttations and other tributes.
- Doomed by Canon: It’s inevitable that he’ll die sometime before the end of the rebellion, seeing as he is (obviously) not among the surviving Victors mentioned in Mockingjay. In fact, it’s hinted that he’s the District 6 male who dies in the Quarter Quell during Catching Fire.
- Fate Worse Than Death: His ultimate fate - the Capitol punishes his defiance by killing off anyone he becomes emotionally attached to, dooming him to live without the most basic of human relationships.
- Hikikomori: He was this for a while after China's death.
- To elaborate: losing his sister depressed him so much that he usually confined himself to his room.
- History Repeats: This trope is written all over him. Not only is he the young Dark Horse Victor brother of a previous dead tribute (just like Shiran), but he also loses his ally to accidental poisoning just like he lost his sister years earlier. The Capitol invokes this when they poison his loved ones as punishment for surviving the Games without a kill.
- Honor Before Reason: Vows not to kill in order to uphold his sister’s memory. This extends to himself refraining from suicide even after he has literally nothing left to live for.
- Ill Boy: was often sick at home, likely due to getting so little exercise and sunlight.
- I Have No Son: Hinted at throughout the Games that his father treats him in this way out of disgust for his depressed and reclusive nature. Confirmed in the epilogue.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: the Capitol executes his parents and anyone else he grows close to because he won the Games without killing anyone.
- Japanese Politeness
- Last Survivor Suicide: Defied in the epilogue. Although he has considered it, he can’t bear to bring more violence upon anyone when his sister detested it so much.
- The Load: Begins to feel that he is this to the alliance, due to having to rely on others since the death of his sister emotionally crippled him.
- Non-Action Guy: both he and Italo serve as the Non-Action Guy to Ermine’s Action Girl.
- Not Afraid to Die: Ever since the death of his sister, he sees no real purpose in living and resigns himself to dying at the bloodbath rather than killing to survive. When he’s buried by an avalanche, he thinks it'll be better this way because he'll get to see his sister again. Unfortunately for him, he survives.
- Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: with Ermine and Italo.
- The Quiet One: Typically avoids company, due to his emotionally fragile nature.
- Sole Survivor
- Trauma Conga Line: Obviously applies to everyone in the series, but it's especially pronounced with him. Let's see, his sister is murdered when he's five years old, he's reaped for the Hunger Games at thirteen, he makes allies but one is killed while the other withers away from poison and a Heroic BSOD, he wins the Games but is punished for not killing anybody by being forced to watch his parents tortured to death while his father screams that he hates him, he finally meets a girl he loves only to have her executed as well, ends up a broken shell of a man, forbidden to form close relationships with anyone and addicted to morphling, and is hinted to die in the Quarter Quell. Ouch.
- Underdogs Never Lose: though how much he actually 'wins' is debatable.
Unsurvivable Males, District 7 - 12
- Annoying Younger Sibling: His little brother, Heracles, seems to be this to him. They squabble even during the post-reaping goodbyes!
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A platonic version; he claims that Egypt is inferior to him due to his lack of fighting prowess, but becomes genuinely depressed after he dies.
- Blood Knight / Boisterous Bruiser: He enjoys fighting just for the sake of fighting, and afterwards lets his defeated opponents into his alliance rather than killing them. Deconstructed when he’s a finalist and realizes it’s really a matter of life and death now.
- Childhood Brain Damage: Romania jokingly suggests this as an explanation for his denseness.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Egypt can’t hold his own against him, leading to Turk claiming him as his ‘property’ rather than his ally.
- His fight against Nada also counts.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He admits tributes he defeats in combat into his alliance, treating them as allies if he was impressed by their efforts and property if he wasn't. By the end of the Games, it's apparent he cares to some extent about both members of his alliance, particularly Romania.
- Dumb Muscle: Impressive in combat, but more than a little dense. Romania lampshades it often.
- Honor Before Reason: Often gives his opponents an advantage if he doesn’t feel the fight is fair, such as letting Romania have the first hit and urging Nada to fight harder.
- Kick the Dog: YMMV, but, while not done out of malice, his branding of Egypt could come off as this.
- Killed Off for Real: Although it seems like he's going to be the Sole Survivor.
- Mutual Kill: He kills Holland, but later dies of the wounds she inflicted on him during their battle.
- Perma Stubble: Considers this his district token, as he doesn't want to risk losing his Nice Hat in the arena.
- Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: With Egypt and Holland.
- Red Herring: Appears to have won the Games, but soon afterwards dies of his wounds, leaving Riben the Victor.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With his brother, Heracles. He and Romania have some shades of this as well, though with less emphasis on the vitriol.
- Would Hit a Girl: But he lets her hit first. Unless she's just killed his ally. Or is his final opponent.
- Accidental Murder: Italo slips Ermine some poison, wanting to see how it will work and either not realizing or not caring that it will kill his friend.
- All Work vs. All Play: The all play to Ermine’s all work.
- Big Eater
- Cheerful Child: Nothing seems to dampen his spirits.
- The Chick / The Lancer: In his alliance with Ermine and Riben.
- Childhood Brain Damage: Word of God hints at this as a reason for his scatterbrained demeanour.
- Determinator: Although it doesn’t come into play during the Games, Ermine hails it as one of his good qualities in backstory, stating he went from house to house looking for a job after being kicked out of the home.
- Distressed Dude: Ermine has her hands full keeping him and Riben from harm.
- Fragile Speedster: Physically very weak, but Ermine doubts that even the Careers could catch up to him when he’s running.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Lets his guard down with Cisca, even though she’s a Career. It helps that she’s untrained and very persuasive, but he still should have known better than to trust a stranger so far in the Games. It costs him his life.
- Killed Mid Word: While calling for Ermine.
- Killed Off for Real
- The Load: He doesn't do much more than eat, sleep, whine and cook in the alliance.
- Lovable Coward
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Ermine.
- Non-Action Guy: He and Riben both serve as the Non-Action Guy to Ermine's Action Girl.
- Odd Friendship: Scatterbrained, fun-loving Italo and intelligent, no-nonsense Ermine.
- Parental Abandonment: Was booted out of his home for unexplored reasons (although Word of God hints at a mental disorder suffered from head injury), and works for Ermine’s family for food and board.
- Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: With Ermine and Riben.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with him and Ermine.
- Slashed Throat: Dies this way.
- Team Chef / Supreme Chef: Apparently he can make something Capitol-worthy in a frozen wasteland with nothing but fox carcasses, fro crying out loud!
- Too Dumb to Live: Where to start? He continues to sneak food no matter how much Ermine punishes him for it, poisons his own ally just to see what it does, chitchats with a Career in the middle of the Games ...
- What Could Have Been: Was originally supposed to be a Manipulative Bastard who used his apparent weakness to lull his allies into a false sense of security.
- Buttmonkey: Pretty much every one of his appearances involves him getting beaten up or pushed around by his allies. He's also humiliated in the tribute parade when his stylists decide to have him go naked.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Egypt can’t hold his own against Turk, leading to the latter claiming him as his ‘property’ rather than his alliance.
- Doomed by Canon: In The Hunger Games, District 12 has only ever had four victors (three in the canon series, one established by Journey's other fics), so it's certain from the start that he's going to die.
- Dropped A Chunk Of Ice On Him
- Kill It with Ice: he's crushed when part of an ice cave falls in on him.
- Killed Off for Real
- The Load: To Turk and Romania.
- Mark of Shame / Slave Brand: Turk carves a ‘T’ into his cheek in the heat of battle to mark him as his ‘property.’
- Naked on Arrival: In his introductory chapter, his stylist makes him go to the chariot parade naked and covered in coal dust.
- Non-Action Guy: Apart from a brief fight with Turk.
- Only Sane Man: Definitely comes off as this when compared with Turk and Romania.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: With Turk and Romania.
- Properly Paranoid: Turk and Romania chide him for setting up traps in their ice caves, insisting that no one's going to find them, but he has a point, as the Gamemakers herd everyone into the caverns for the grand finale.
- The Quiet One / The Stoic: He never actually speaks until halfway through the fic. Romania counts this as a milestone.
- Token Minority: One of the few black characters in the series, along with Philan, Shaye and Cuba.
- WTH, Costuming Department?: So he thinks when his stylist makes him ride naked in the chariot.
Unsurvivable Females, District 1 - 6
- Adaptational Villainy: France isn't bad in Hetalia.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. She obviously has no interest in killing, but there's no other way for her to get home.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Very, VERY averted with her death.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems like a ditzy Ms. Fanservice. It's an act.
- Blondes Are Evil: Like most of the characters, not truly evil, but certainly an antagonist.
- The Chessmaster: Justified; she is the only untrained Career and thus must use wit and manipulation to ensure her survival.
- Cruel and Unusual Death / No Kill Like Overkill: How else can one describe dying from having your scalp nearly sliced open, your hair and nails pulled off, your fingers cut off at the joints, your eyes gouged out, your teeth punched out and your heart stamped through your ribs?
- The Dark Chick: She serves as this in the Unsurvivable career pack.
- Death by Disfigurement: One of the most beautiful tributes, she dies in one of the most disturbing ways.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Ermine tortures and kills her brutally for killing Italo.
- Eye Scream: She has her eyes gouged out by Ermine.
- Fingore: Ermine cuts her fingers off at the joints. ALL the joints.
- Gender Flip: She's Nyotalia France.
- Harmless Villain: She seems like this at first - until it becomes apparent that she's manipulating the entire Career pack into doing what she wants, making her ...
- Killed Off for Real: by Ermine.
- Manipulative Bitch: Uses her good looks, intelligence and seeming harmlessness to twist the other Careers around her finger. She also takes advantage of their various Berserk Buttons to goad them into a confrontation which only she and Amantius survive.
- Minion Shipping: With Amantius, although it's obvious it's only manipulation on her part and lust on his.
- Ms. Fanservice: Despite not particularly wanting to be seen as a sex symbol, she enforced this trope anyway in order to gain sponsorship and seduce the other careers (mostly Amantius) into doing what she wanted.
- Pet the Dog: Her agreement to be Ivan’s friend and her sympathizing with Yao seem like this, but she’s actually trying to get everyone on her good side so she can manipulate them more effectively.
- Rasputinian Death: She went through a scary amount of damage before finally dying.
- Really Gets Around: According to Yao, at least.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: France was neutral/good in Brutal, good in Horrible, and a villain here.
- Action Girl: Of The Archer variety.
- Adaptational Villainy: England is one of the protagonists of Hetalia.
- The Archer: Adopts the Fanon interpretation of England being skilled with bows and arrows.
- Blondes Are Evil: Has blonde hair and is an antagonist.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Frequently converses with her imaginary friends.
- Dying Alone: Even her imaginary friends desert her, (albeit to go get help), when she gets washed into an icy crack.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted – she has Amantius and three unnamed brothers, but they don’t seem to care about each other at all.
- Gender Flip: She's Nyotalia England.
- Imaginary Friend: Has quite a few, including fairies, unicorns, and a 'flying mint bunny.'
- Killed Off for Real: As a result of Holland's actions although Word of God states that Cisca meant to steer her towards the crack she fell into.
- Kill It with Water / Kill It with Ice: When Holland removes the dam of a river, she is washed into a crack in the ice and freezes to death.
- Kill Steal: Averted; while the Careers are chasing Holland, she promises not to take out the fleeing tribute with her arrows.
- Pet the Dog: Her adorable relationship with her imaginary friends.
- Siblings in Crime: Volunteers alongside her brother, Amantius.
- The Smart Guy: In the Career pack.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: England was good in Horrible, neutral in Miserable, and a villain here.
- Annoying Arrows: Subverted; she barely notices when Anglynn shoots her at first, but then collapses and dies from the pain of it.
- Amicable Exes: One of the ex-boyfriends who comes to visit her after the reaping acts quite kindly to her and shows concern over what will happen in the Games.
- Dude Magnet: Apparently has a long string of ex-boyfriends, two of whom come to visit her after the reaping.
- Faux Action Girl: Stated during the reaping that she would “do her share of tail-kicking,” and went into a glorious Pervert Revenge Mode on her ex-boyfriend, but was killed unceremoniously during the bloodbath.
- Killed Off for Real: By Anglynn.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: To the ex-boyfriend who tries to forcibly kiss her after the reaping.
- Token Minority: One of the series' few black characters, along with Philan, Cuba and Egypt.
- Red Shirt / Sacrificial Lamb / We Hardly Knew Ye: is killed off quite early on.
- Death by Irony: Her district token, which is supposed to bring her luck, ends up killing her when she drops it on a landmine.
- Doomed by Canon: Her token is a wooden ball. The book mentions an old tribute who died from dropping her wooden ball. Do the math.
- Foreshadowing: She drops her ball token during her introductory scene, and later does so in the arena, causing the landmines to go off and kill her.
- Killed Off for Real: She drops her token on the landmine before the Games even begin.
- Kill the Cutie: She's definitely a cutie, stated to be the shortest tribute and impressing the audience with her ballet moves. And she definitely dies.
- Red Shirt / Sacrificial Lamb / We Hardly Knew Ye: Is the first tribute in Unsurvivable to die.
- Teens Are Short: Yana states that she's the shortest tribute of the bunch.
- Action Girl: To an extent. She manages to bite her way out of Rica's grip at the bloodbath, holds up well enough against Turk for him to view her as an equal, and battles Holland near the climax of the Games.
- And Then What?: Her response to Turk when he suggests recruiting every other tribute into their alliance. He hadn’t thought of that.
- Characterization Marches On: In her introductory chapter, Romania exhibits some hints of psychosis as she gleefully anticipates the bloody nature of the Games. This never recurs after the bloodbath, with her becoming a quirky but loyal ally to Turk, never fighting with intent to kill until the very end, and even showing reluctance to leave an unconscious Riben behind to die.
- Cute Little Fangs: Her front teeth are unusually sharp.
- Deadpan Snarker: Applies snark to both Turk's eccentricities and Egypt's stoicness.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Or at least admittance into Turk's alliance.
- Designated Girl Fight: Briefly tussles with Rica at the bloodbath, and fights Holland at the end.
- Gender Flip: Fem!Romania.
- Informal Eulogy: Gives a darkly humorous one to Yana. “May we all be reminded of her last volatile dance whenever we see blood on snow.”
- Killed Off for Real: Holland stabs her in the throat.
- Man Bites Man: Bites Rica on the wrist during the bloodbath.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She thinks someone getting blown up is a cool way to go.
- Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: With Turk and Egypt.
- Slashed Throat: Dies this way at Holland's hands.
- The Trickster: She pranks a sleeping Turk on one of the first nights by putting his jacket on backwards and telling him he must have done it in his sleep. He buys it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Minor version; she asks Turk if his branding of Egypt was really necessary.
- Worthy Opponent: Turk considers her this after she held her own in a fight, leading to him welcoming her into his alliance.
Unsurvivable Females, District 7 - 12
- Action Girl: Develops into one as the Games go on and it becomes more and more necessary to fight her opponents.
- Braids of Action: It’s remarked in one of the earlier chapters that she wears her hair in braids, and she’s certainly an Action Girl, especially towards the end of the story.
- Brutal Honesty: She makes it perfectly clear to Nada that, even though they’re allies, they’re not friends and she’ll still kill her if necessary.
- Emotionless Girl / The Stoic: Rarely, if ever, displays strong emotion, even during an emotional farewell with her family.
- Freestate Amsterdam: She represents the Netherlands, and according to backstory, used to buy marijuana off the Black Market.
- Gender Flip: Fem!Holland.
- Killed Off for Real: By Turk.
- Kill It with Water: Removes the fallen tree that’s been blocking the river, sending a flood towards the pursuing careers. This winds up washing Anglynn into a crack and causing her to die of hypothermia.
- Mercy Kill: Offered to do this to Nada, who was terrified of being slowly tortured to death by the Careers. Nada declined.
- Only Sane Woman: Maintains a serious, pragmatic outlook on the Games throughout.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her dynamic with Nada, she being the tomboy.
- Took a Level in Badass: She mostly hides on her own for the first part of the Games … then she unleashes a river against the Careers, killing one of them, defeats a polar bear muttation with Nada's help, and kills most of the Ottoman Alliance in the climax.
- Accidental Murder: Italo slips her some poison, wanting to see how it will work and not realizing that it will kill his friend.
- Action Girl: One of the series' most prominent non-villainous examples.
- All Work vs. All Play: The all work to Italo's all play.
- Ax-Crazy: When attacking Cisca after Italo's death.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Riben notices that, despite her harsh attitude towards him, Ermine genuinely cares about and even admires Italo - at least when he's not listening. This is proven, albeit in a depressing way, by her Heroic BSOD after his death.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt or threaten Italo around her.
- Break the Badass: A long, slow process, beginning with her fear of not being able to protect her allies and culminating in her Despair Event Horizon after Italo’s death.
- Declaration of Protection: Takes her allies' wellbeing very seriously.
- Despair Event Horizon / Heroic BSOD: After Italo dies.
- Dirty Business: She doesn’t want to kill Zavann when she finds him lying unconscious on the ground, but can’t think of any reason the Capitol wouldn’t punish her for sparing him.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Attempts to whip Italo into a competent ally this way.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Preoccupied with the fear that she’ll become a murderer, in spite of – or because of – her devotion to her allies.
- Extreme Melee Revenge / No Kill Like Overkill: There’s a reason why her killing of Cisca is listed under Nightmare Fuel.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: Some of her troubled inner dialogue hints that she’ll see herself as a murderer if Italo or Riben die when she could have protected them.
- Gender Flip: She's Nyotalia Germany.
- Genius Bruiser: A formidable fighter as well as a very strategic, logical thinker.
- Germanic Depressives / Germanic Efficiency: Much like her Hetalia counterpart, she's German, uncompromisingly strict and depressing.
- The Hero / The Big Guy: Serves as this in the alliance with Italo and Ermine.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Italo's Accidental Murder.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Has this dynamic with Italo.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Done subtly. She attempts to push away the remorse she feels after killing Zavann, but is noticeably unsettled. Later, in Italo’s POV, she is seen obsessively sorting out containers – a routine she uses to calm herself down and clear her mind in moments of guilt.
- Subverted with Cisca's death. Ermine seems shocked at the violent extremes to which she went, but still feels Cisca deserved it, and is more concerned with Italo’s death than anything else.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Saving Riben from – and killing – two giant fox mutts.
- Neck Snap: Kills Zavann this way.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To four Careers at once to protect her allies. In a much darker twist, she does the same to Cisca later.
- Not So Stoic: Initially appears completely stern and serious-minded, but as the Games wear on, she begins to display more fear, guilt, and self-doubt, culminating in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and finally a Heroic BSOD.
- Odd Friendship: Scatterbrained, fun-loving Italo and intelligent, no-nonsense Ermine.
- Perfect Poison: averted; it takes her at least a day to die from the poison Italo gave her.
- Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: With Italo and Ermine.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with her and Italo.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Her protectiveness towards her allies intensifies in obsession until she kills Cisca in a manner far more sadistic than was merited.
- Ship Tease: Exactly how she feels about Italo is never stated. She clearly cares deeply for him beneath her harsh exterior, to the point of going into a Heroic BSOD over his death and saying he is all she is fighting for. Riben states that she “loved him,” but doesn’t elaborate.
- Word of God has stated that Ermine “didn’t think about it too much,” but that a romantic interpretation of her feelings is definitely an option.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Treats Italo with uncompromising severity, but shows great affection for him deep down. She’s also quite kind to Riben.
- Super OCD: She organizes supplies to calm herself down in stressful situations. This later comes back in an extremely disturbing way when she kills Cisca, removing her teeth, eyes and fingers in a neat, symmetrical fashion.
- Tough Love: All the time towards Italo. For all the times she criticizes him, it's clearly done to help him survive.
- Villain Corner: Starts to fear she is entering it when she worries she might murder her allies.
- Women Are Wiser: Acts as The Smart Guy in her alliance, compared to the ditzy Italo.
- Apologetic Attacker: To Turk, even when she's fighting for her life.
- Attack Its Weak Point / Chekhov's Gun: While playing with a polar bear cub midway through the Games, she realizes the creatures are particularly sensitive on their snouts above their noses. This comes in handy later when she saves Holland from the cub's vicious Mama Bear.
- Badass Bystander: Interferes in the fight between Holland and the bear muttation just in time to save the girl's life.
- Big Damn Heroes: She jumps in and attacks the polar bear’s Achilles' Heel just when it’s about to kill Holland, giving her time to finish it off.
- Canada, Eh?
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Amantius and Ivan were planning to take turns injuring her until she finally died, so they could know for sure whose kill she was.
- Damsel in Distress: Throughout the Games, apart from the aforementioned Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Fragile Flower: Is close to tears when Holland tells her they're not friends.
- Fragile Speedster: Not the best fighter, but she can outrun a bear and the Careers (though they were distracted by fighting Cuba.)
- Gender Flip: Nyotalia Canada.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is blonde and one of the sweetest tributes in the series.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Not completely horrible, but certainly naďve and overly trusting. When she allies with Holland towards the very end of the Games, she seems to expect their purely-survival-based bond to blossom into a friendship like it did during her last alliance. At one point, she misinterprets Holland’s warning that, if it comes down to it, she will kill her, as a warning that she (Holland) may die of her injuries. (To clarify: Holland says that Nada "should be more worried about the tribute next to her" than the Careers.) She also comes very close to breaking down when Holland more bluntly tells her the truth.
- NaďveEverygirl: See above.
- Non-Human Sidekick: a polar bear cub creatively named 'white bear.' This gets her into quite a bit of trouble when its Mama Bear comes along.
- Killed Off for Real: By Turk.
- Shrinking Violet
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her dynamic with Holland, she being the girly girl.
- Took a Level in Badass: The aforenentioned Big Damn Heroes moment.
- True Companions: Was edging towards with with Cuba.