Our hero, aged sixteen from District 12, the poorest of the twelve (remaining) districts. After losing her father when she was only eleven, she managed to bring her family back from the brink of starvation almost single-handedly by hunting in the woods outside her district. When her little sister Prim's name is drawn in the reaping to join the Hunger Games, Katniss steps up to take her place, unwittingly setting off a chain of events that will soon engulf all of Panem.She's portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film.
Action Girl/Badass: Expected, as a participant in and winner of the Hunger Games. Like all the tributes, she received four days of training on top of being an excellent hunter after learning to provide for her family.
All Women Love Shoes: Averted. For all the detail in which she describes her various dresses, outfits, and hair styles, her shoes usually only get a cursory mention, if that. Well, except for her favorite hunting boots.
Archer Archetype: She relies on her bow to hunt, survive, and lead. Katniss has strong and independent survivalist instincts due to her difficult past and is good at thinking outside the box. She is not socially adept and has a hard time making friends due to the emotional strain on her life which has made her hard and cold. She is usually very logical.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: As much as she bickers with Haymitch and as angry as she is with him in Mockingjay they still have moments that show how much they've grown to care about one another. For example it's his arms she cries in over Peeta's torture.
Babies Ever After: With Peeta. This was initially planned as part of continuing their ruse for the sake of the Capitol. When they do have children, it's because they want to.
Or, from another perspective, "now that things are better, we can celebrate with babies". Katniss had sworn never to have children because she could never see them grow up in the crapsack world. Her choosing to have children means that she believes that things are better now.
Bad Liar: According to Peeta. "Never gamble at cards. You'll lose your last coin." Subverted later on, when she gradually becomes more effective at fooling people — starting with Peeta himself in the form of their initial romance.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: After the games she finds that her hearing in her left ear is restored. Her skin's perfection, smooth and glowing with no burns, scars or anything. Peeta on the other hand has his lower leg replaced with a metal and plastic device.
Subverted in Mockingjay.
Big Eater: Katniss appreciates good food due to living on such simple fare at home. She deliberately gorges herself before the second Hunger Game to get some energy reserves.
She cares about her sister so much that not only did she volunteer to take her sister's place in the games, but she submitted her name into the reaping multiple times to get her family more food so her sister wouldn't have to submit her own name.
While she was in the games Katniss thought how her sister has multiple people who will make sure she's taken care of but Rue has no one to take care of her. Rue and Katniss teamed up and blew up the other's supplies. Katniss tried to save Rue but she was too late. She killed the guy who killed Rue, sang to her as she died, and buried her in flowers.
Birds of a Feather: Her and Gale, both rebellious against the Capitol's regime but still working on providing for their families. Through illegal hunting, of course.
Braids of Action: She wears these a lot, and isn't seen with her hair down during the Games. It's a simple and practical hairstyle for living in a forest.
Break the Cutie: Pretty much the gist of the trilogy. Watch as a young girl is given Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and watch as she's forced to keep on chugging as other characters decide that she's too important to whatever is going on to be allowed to recover from her shell shock, exacerbating it at every given opportunity.
She starts out as one due to her father's death and having to be her family's main source of financial support but after the Games it turns Up to Eleven.
Taken to a rather literal extent several times throughout the series, especially in Mockingjay, which even includes a sequence in which Katniss hallucinates herself as a bird whose feathers and wings are burned off.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In the first book, Katniss is blown back by the explosion she sets off destroying the Careers' supplies and is rendered completely deaf in her left ear. Unable to escape, she only survives by hiding right under their noses. However, it's completely outdone in the Quarter Quell, when Katniss nearly kills herself breaking the force field over the arena.
Can't Hold His Liquor: She gets dizzy from just half a glass of wine in the first book, and a few gulps of white liquor in the second. Justified as these were her first times having alcohol.
Celibate Heroine: Seeing the horror of the Hunger Games is enough to make her call off marriage and children, because they would just end up in the reaping and possibly as tributes. And this was before she ever participated herself. Later averted, but it still takes 15 years, the Hunger Games being abolished and a lot of love from Peeta to change her mind.
Despair Event Horizon: Toes the line in Catching Fire when she realizes Haymitch only kept his promise to Peeta. Pushed over the edge after District Twelve is nuked. She gets a bit better over the course of Mockingjay, but gets hit hard again after Prim's death.
Food Porn: Katniss's narration includes full descriptions of everything she eats, since she's such a Big Eater and has spent so long without good food.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Katniss was just another player, facing a one in twenty-four chance of staying alive longer than everyone else, but by the end of the series, she is the face of the revolution, playing a role in the deaths of two corrupt Presidents of Panem.
Katniss' father fell in love with a merchant girl, Katniss herself fell in love with a merchant boy.
Not just that, this trope is doubled! Peeta meets Katniss when they are both children, after Peeta's father points her out to Peeta. Turns out, Peeta's dad wanted to marry Katniss' mother but she ended up falling in love with a miner. Peeta promptly falls in love with Katniss.
She's also inherited her father's hair, skin, and eye colors, as well as his love for hunting and being out in the woods.
Happily Married: Oddly, in spite of everything she and Peeta go through, with both having gone through massive amounts of dysfunction junction, being saddled with tons psychological trauma from going through the games twice, losing almost everyone they are close to, participating in and being the figureheads of a revolution that nearly destroys what little remains of human civilization, and, in Peeta's case, cold blooded torture and mind rape, she and Peeta still seem to end up this way. In fact, it's heavily implied that the only reason either of them is still functional is because of the other. The same goes for Haymitch, in a non romantic way.
Heroic BSOD: A minor one towards the end of Catching Fire that starts to resolve during Mockingjay, only to implode and go supernova with Prim's death.
Horrible Judge of Character: One of her biggest flaws. Quite simply, she has a nasty habit of always assuming the worst of everyone she meets when these people ironically often end up saving her life and or genuinely caring about her. Her trust issues mostly stem from her childhood trauma of never having anyone to be there for her and in turn having to be there for her younger sister.
A second one in Mockingjay, with Plutarch getting her off the hook for killing President Coin.
It Gets Easier: Trope personified, as she goes from being concerned about killing for the first time, to Mockingjay in which she kills unarmed people in cold blood while plotting the assassination of Snow; most disturbingly, it gets to the point where she murders an unarmed woman and proceeds to forget about it until she is finally reminded by a TV image of the dead woman; and even then, she brushes it off.
Jabba Table Manners: She deliberately starts eating with her fingers and wiping them on the tablecloth after Effie makes an insensitive comment about the previous tributes' table manners.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She admits herself that she's not very friendly. There are quite a few times throughout the series where she has angry/rude outbursts. But they are often caused by the various stressful situations she's thrown into and the Crapsack World she lives in. Regardless, she still has a kind heart and would sacrifice anything in order to protect the people that she loves.
Punny Name: An archer named after a plant also known as arrowhead.
Rebellious Rebel: She doesn't exactly agree with Coin on a few matters, to the point where she ends up killing Coin at the end of Mockingjay. When asked to become a mascot for the rebels, she only accepts after setting some terms to keep Peeta safe. Her inability to follow orders is a major underpinning of the third novel.
Red Baron: Starting in the first book, it's "Girl on Fire" because of her entrance in the Tribute parade. Afterward it becomes "Mockingjay".
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A different interpretation of the word "connections" in this case, but the reason she hasn't been tossed in a cell for illegally hunting the District 12 wildlife isn't because of any particular skill at evading the Peacemakers. It's because the Peacemakers are also her customers.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Already is one after the events of the first book. Then, she goes through even worse things.
Tragic Keepsake: Keeps the pearl Peeta gave her and spends a lot of time holding it in her hand in Mockingjay. She even kisses it at one point, pretending she's kissing Peeta.
True Companions: With Peeta and Haymitch. She even refers to Haymitch as part of her family in "Catching Fire".
Unrequited Love Switcheroo: By the time she realizes she's in love with Peeta he's been brainwashed into thinking she's a mutt out to kill him. So he tries to strangle her. Ouch. This leaves her... rather bitter, to say the least.
Unwitting Pawn: Present, lampshaded, and part of the symbolism. A mockingjay is a powerful symbol to the rebels, but it's also a bird that can't sing its own songs, relying on what others sing to it.
What the Hell, Hero?: Imposes this on herself a few times, most notably in Mockingjay when, after killing the unarmed woman, Katniss notes how she's graduated to killing unarmed civilians, and also notes in passing that she's become so accustomed to killing that she forgot all about taking the woman's life.
And literally applied when she is caught up in the explosion that kills Prim.
You Got Spunk: When volunteering for her sister at the reaping, Haymitch announces drunkenly that he likes how she's got lots of spunk.
"I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don't own me. If I'm gonna die, I wanna still be me. Does it make any sense?"
Drawn to go along to the arena with Katniss, Peeta is the baker's son and thus a member of the merchant class in District 12. He also happens to be completely head-over-heels for Katniss, which, it would seem, is his bad luck.He's portrayed by Josh Hutcherson in the film.
Abusive Parents: His mother beats him and outright tells him she believes that Katniss will win the Hunger Games. At one point Katniss refers to her as a witch.
"Catching Fire" at one point implies that his mother might have whipped him.
The Charmer/Consummate Liar: His strongest quality is his ability to win over the audience, and even his fellow tributes, with his magnetic personality and lies.
Courtly Love: His affections for Katniss has strong aspects of this. He's deeply in love with her, has no real hope that she'll return his feelings (he thinks she's in love with Gale) yet is still willing to both kill and die for her. He plays the role of lover in public but is remarkably chaste with her in private. Even when she lets him into her bed and sleeps in his arms he never tries to so much as kiss her.
Demoted to Extra: In Mockingjay. He doesn't really see much action until near the third act.
Deuteragonist: Of the first two books. Gale takes over in book 3.
Disney Death: Has one of these on the first day of the Quarter Quell.
Distressed Dude: Is taken hostage by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire and throughout a part of Mockingjay.
The Dulcinea Effect: He may have known Katniss since the age of five but he only actually interacted with her once before being reaped with her and never speaks to her until they've become tributes. All the same he's so determined to die for her survival's sake that Haymitch notes it's not even worth trying to save Peeta in the arena.
Dying as Yourself: Kind of. It's what Peeta wanted. If he was going to die in the arena, he didn't want the Games to change who he was, like they often did with other tributes.
In "Mockingjay" he asks the Star Squad to kill him while he's in-between hijack attacks.
Fake Memories: After being hijacked at the hands of Snow's goons most of his memories pertaining to Katniss and the events of the previous two books have been altered. Gradually he begins to be able to tell fake memories apart from real ones but the effects are implied to last to some degree for the rest of his life.
Happily Married: Oddly, in spite of everything he and Katniss with both having gone through massive amounts of dysfunction junction, being saddled with tons psychological trauma from going through the games twice, losing almost everyone they are close to, participating in and being the figureheads of a revolution that nearly destroys what little remains of human civilization, and, in Peeta's case, cold blooded torture and mind rape, Katniss and he still seem to end up this way. In fact, it heavily implied that the only reason either of them is still functional is because of the other. The same goes for Haymitch, in a non romantic way.
In Touch with His Feminine Side: Paints pretty pictures, decorates cakes, bakes flower-shaped cookies, prefers diplomacy to violence, wears his heart on his sleeve...
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His plan in Catching Fire is to get Katniss through the Quarter Quells at the expense of his own life, so she can be with her family and even marry Gale.
Love at First Sight/Love at First Note: Peeta first took note of Katniss when they were five, when his father pointed her out. Peeta's father originally wanted to marry Katniss's mother, but she fell in love with a miner, because when he sang, even the birds would listen. On the first day of school, the teacher asked if anyone knew a folk song, and Katniss's hand shot right up. When she sang, even the birds stopped to listen — and at that moment, Peeta was a goner. He's been in love with Katniss ever since.
Martial Pacifist: A pacifist at heart who doesn't want to see more bloodshed, yet he can be deadly when he feels the need to be.
Meaningful Name: Two-fold. Peeta sounds like it's an evolved version of Peter, who was Christ's rock. It also sounds like pita bread. Peeta is Katniss' rock and, well, he bakes.
Beware the Nice Ones: Although it gets brushed under the rug, he still kills a defenseless girl in the 74th games (granted, death at his hands would've been preferable to that of the Careers). It's also implied he's willing to kill almost anyone to try and keep Katniss alive. And this is without going into his Brainwashed and Crazy period in Mockingjay.
Non-Action Guy: Played with. He's said to excel at hand-to-hand combat in the training prior to the Games and, in the Games themselves, participated in several fights. However, his physical feats are mostly off-screen and the rest of the time, he's more of a talker and less of a fighter.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Peeta did stay to fight it out at the Cornucopia on the first day of the Hunger Games and apparently did some serious fighting- enough to get some bad cuts and a limp. Whatever he did, the Careers did decide to team up with him after seeing him in action and even Cato compliments his skill with a knife.
He also kills Brutus off screen.
Punny Name: Peeta the baker. Fandom loves to speculate on what his brothers' names are...
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Katniss begins to see potential loves interests in two guys, Peeta, the baker's son who decorates the cakes and Gale, her hunting partner. Gale is angry with the Capitol for making them participate in the games while Peeta is reflective on how he can maintain his identity in the games despite the Capitol using them.
Sixth Ranger Traitor: He temporarily sided with the Careers in the first Games. He later teamed up with Katniss and stayed with her for the rest of the Games.
Best seen in the film in his brief fight with Cato. Whenever Peeta could manage to get his hands on Cato (a large, well built guy), he'd be throwing him around. However, Cato easily gets him in a lock once he fights back.
Uptown Boy: A member of the merchant class who's in love with a girl from the Seam. Once they're both victors they're on equal social standing, though.
You Are Worth Hell: Willingly goes back into the arena to try and protect Katniss in "Catching Fire" even though he still suffers from PTSD and terrible nightmares after surviving the previous one.
Other District 12 Residents
"Just try to win, maybe you can!"
Katniss' family: her mother, (formerly) her father, and her 12-year-old sister Primrose, aka Prim. As a girl, her mother was a member of the merchant class but fell in love with and married a poor coal miner anyway. Katniss' father was killed in a mine explosion and her mother disappeared under the veil of crippling depression for years, but she's okay now.Paula Malcolmson and Willow Shields portray Mrs. Everdeen and Prim, respectively, in the film.
Broken Bird: Mrs. Everdeen never gets over her husband's death, and after she finally gets over her Heroic BSOD, her youngest daughter dies and her oldest daughter moves back home, leaving her all alone.
Generation Xerox: Katniss looks like Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities and talent for singing and, like him, will marry someone from the town. Prim looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also, Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Prim, being a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes who loves all living creatures and a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. When Katniss leaves her family she doesn't bother suggesting that Prim learn to hunt because her attempts were disastrous, since the woods terrified Prim and whenever Katniss shot something it would make Prim teary and she'd talk about how they might be able to heal it.
Happily Married: Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen, apparently, before Mr. Everdeen's death.
Heroic BSOD: Mrs. Everdeen had one after Mr. Everdeen died that was so bad it left her unable to take care of Katniss and Prim.
" They just want a good show, that's all they want."
Katniss' childhood friend, who became the primary breadwinner for his family after his father died in the same accident that killed Katniss' father. She sees him as a big brother/role model due to his proficiency with snares and his loyalty to his family, although there could be something more.Liam Hemsworth portrays him in the film.
Anti-Hero: Cynical and hot-tempered, with a burning hatred of the Capitol.
Ascended Extra: He doesn't see much action until Mockingjay with smaller roles in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
Advertised Extra: In the movie. Liam Hemsworth was featured in many publicity materials despite being a tertiary character.
Badass: The first time he gets in an actual fight he shoots down two bombers with explosive arrows.
Birds of a Feather: Him and Katniss. Both lost their fathers in a mine explosion and became the breadwinners of their respective families. According to Katniss, they're also very alike personality-wise. They even look extremely similar. In the end, this is part of the reason she chooses Peeta over him.
It's All My Fault: He helped create the bombs that killed Prim, which leads him and Katniss to feel guilty about it. This is likely the biggest cause of the shattering of he and Katniss' already fractured relationship as neither feels they could face each other with what happen to Prim
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Katniss begins to see potential love interests in two guys, Peeta, the baker's son who decorates the cakes and Gale, her hunting partner. Gale is angry with the Capitol for making them participate in the games while Peeta is reflective on how he can maintain his identity in the games despite the Capitol using them.
Tall, Dark and Handsome: Gale shares Katniss' dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes and is said to be over six feet tall by Katniss. Muscular and good-looking, girls flock to him - Katniss herself says that Gale would have no trouble finding a wife because he's handsome and strong.
If I could hit a button and kill every living soul working for the Capitol, I would do it. Without hesitation.
The mayor's daughter and Katniss's schoolmate, Madge gives the Mockingjay pin to Katniss. She is later revealed to be the niece of one of Katniss's mother's best friends and Haymitch's District partner Maysilee, who was killed in the second Quarter Quell.She was not in the movie, her role being taken up by Greasy Sae.
Demoted to Extra: Not that he has major role in the second book, but the second film reduces his appearance to a single scene.
Dirty Cop: He turns a blind eye to the activities in the Hob (Distric 12's black market) because its his source of booze and and Gale's and Katniss' poaching because they are his source for wild turkey.
Dirty Old Man: Cray takes advantage of poor, starving young women of District 12 to get them to sleep with him. Katniss says that if she didn't know how to hunt, she'd have been forced to go to Cray.
A twelve-year-old from District 11 and one of the younger arena contestants, who develops a sisterly relationship with Katniss. Her special skills include tree-climbing, extensive knowledge of edible wildlife, and outstanding accuracy with a slingshot.Amandla Stenberg plays her in the film.
Ambiguously Brown: In the book, she's described as "dark-skinned", but her ethnicity isn't elaborated on. Averted in the film, where she's black.
Animal Motifs: Described as having bright, dark eyes and satiny brown skin and standing tilted up on her toes with her arms slightly extended to her sides, as if ready to take wing at the slightest sound. It's impossible not to think of a bird. Her swift and almost invisible movements through the treetops added to the bird-like description. Rue's pre-games interview costume is described as a sheer dress with shimmering gossamer wings. Of course, she can also communicate to the birds through song.
Big Sister Instinct: She's the eldest of six children and fiercely protective of her siblings. She usually gives her food rations to them, and forages in the fields to provide more food for them even though the peacekeepers are far less lenient than in District 12.
Black Girl Dies First: She's far from the first Tribute to die (in fact, her death marks the point where 3/4 of the Tributes have been eliminated), but she's the first true ally of Katniss's to die in the series.
Combat Pragmatist: She's the one who directs Katniss towards the tracker-jacker hive that gets dropped onto the Careers.
The Medic: At the very least, she knows which leaf can cure a tracker-jacker sting.
Morality Pet: Seems to have been this for Thresh, who is only seen as the one with the silent, deadly power until he kills Clove in a fit of rage for mocking her death, and lets Katniss go for making a burial for Rue.
Token Black: District 11 has some parallels to the American slave-run plantations.
Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Especially played up in the film where the entire fight with Marvel is silent: Katniss takes him down, and then turns around and notices that Rue has been impaled by a spear.
Weapon of Choice: Shown to be pretty handy with a slingshot during the training sessions.
"Just this time, Twelve. For Rue."
A tall, powerfully-built young man from District 11. Survives on his own in the fields of tall grass on the opposite side of the arena from Katniss. Asked to join the Career pack, but he refuses the offer.Dayo Okeniyi plays him in the film.
Ambiguously Brown: Like Rue, he's just described as "dark-skinned" in the book. In the film, he's black.
Eaten Alive: In the film, he's mauled to death off-screen by the mutts. In the book, he was already dead before the mutts showed up with Cato being heavily implied as his killer.
Hulkspeak: Mild example, suiting for a guy of few words like him. "You better run now, Fire Girl."
Knight Templar Big Brother: He seemed to have taken in Rue, the girl from his district, as a sister because when she died, he was infuriated by her death. During the feast, Thresh overheard Clove gloating about Rue's death to Katniss. Thresh grabbed Clove off Katniss, strangled her while holding her one foot off the ground, and furiously yelled at her before killing her in retribution.
Not So Stoic: In the movie, he is seen suppressing a laugh at Rue stealing Cato's knife.
Scary Black Man: In his interview, he was seen as the one with silent, deadly power. He mostly keeps to himself and it's shown in the arena that he will shout when something matters to him and he will kill.
Token Black: District 11 has some parallels to the American slave-run plantations.
A tribute from District 5. Extremely resourceful and survives in the Games by stealing from the other Tributes.She's portrayed by Jacqueline "Jackie" Emerson in the film.
Animal Motifs: Foxes, of course, because of her fox-like appearance, which includes red hair and her foxy cunning.
Anti-Villain: The only thing bad about her is that she's Katniss' opponent (though even then Katniss doesn't bear any hatred toward her), and she doesn't do anything bad in the book or the film.
Cunning Like a Fox: Katniss nicknamed her "Foxface" because of her fox-like appearance. She is described by Katniss as sly and elusive. Foxface demonstrated her cleverness by figuring out the path into the Careers' supply pyramid and reached the bulk of supplies, takes an unnoticeable amount of food, and then runs back to the safety of the woods.
Non-Action Girl: She just couldn't hope to win in a fight against some of the other tributes, which may have been one of her biggest weaknesses.
Not So Different: In the film, she briefly bumps into Katniss whilst running from the Cornucopia bloodbath, and the look of terror she wears is a reflection of Katniss's own fear.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Only scores a 5 in her evaluation. Based on her caginess in the interview, Katniss realizes that Foxface did this on purpose so the other tributes would underestimate and ignore her.
One of Us: Her actress Jackie Emerson is apparently a huge fan of the series.
A brutish "Career" tribute from District 2 and one of the deadliest opponents in the arena.Alexander Ludwig portrays him in the film.
Arch-Enemy: To Katniss in the first book, or at least both he and Katniss seems to consider him as such. Deconstructed towards the end.
Alas, Poor Villain: Katniss puts him out of his misery instead of letting him die a slow and painful death from the mutts. In the sequels, she realises he was just as much a pawn of the Capitol as everyone else. In the film, Cato realises this himself before he dies.
Eaten Alive: Happens to him because of the twenty-some Mutts that gnaw at his flesh.
Hair-Trigger Temper: He's got a short fuse, and Heaven help whoever is in his way when it goes off.
Hard Work Hardly Works: He and the other Careers spend their entire lives training for the Games, only to be beaten by a relative novice from an outlying district.
Heel Realization: In the film, Cato realizes before his death that he spent his entire life being bred to be a pawn in the Capitol's scheme and whether he lives or dies, he was just a part of the show.
Human Shield/Taking You with Me: He ends up using Peeta as a human shield in case Katniss tries to kill him with the bow. Unlike most examples of the Human Shield trope, where it's done to discourage someone from killing them, the way he is talking to her when doing so implies that he wants her to kill him, or at least doesn't care whether she kills him or not at this point.
Neck Snap: Does this to the District 3 boy after Katniss destroys the supplies.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Probably (in the novel). When it's down to the final four, the narration follows Katniss and Peeta, but we hear the cannon signaling the death of Thresh. Assuming that he didn't off himself or die of natural causes, Cato killing such a powerful opponent definitely counts as this.
Pet the Dog: After Clove died, he took a moment to grieve for her. In the film, he was also willing to sleep curled up with Glimmer.
Proud Warrior Race Guy: Like the other "Career" tributes, he comes across this way to some extent due to his District's practice of training kids for the Games.
Ship Tease: With Glimmer in the film, where there's a shot of him and Glimmer curled up together while asleep. And to some extent, with Clove as well, since he seems to be genuinely anguished at her death.
Tyke Bomb: Raised from childhood to fight and to kill.
Tempting Fate: Bragging about how your team killed the little girl while her Scary Black Man of a partner is nearby isn't the brightest of things to do..
Karmic Death: She really shouldn't have bragged about Rue's death in the presence of Thresh, and receives one of the most violent deaths in movie, when he repeatedly smashes her into the outer-hull of the cornucopia..
Knife Nut: She's very good at handling knives, and is an excellent shot when it comes to throwing them. In the film, she's even shown to even sleep whilst gripping a knife handle.
Tyke Bomb: As seems to be the norm in "Career Districts".
Villainous Breakdown: She can more than handle herself in a fight, even against the more powerfully-built tributes like Katniss, but after the enormous Thresh gets his hands on her, she realizes she stands no chance and immediately goes from smug and sadistic to completely terrified and screaming her lungs out.....until she dies.
The male tribute from District 1.Portrayed by Jack Quaid in the film.
No Name Given: Subverted. We never find out his name in The Hunger Games, but in Catching Fire, it's revealed. The film sees it mentioned by Caesar when he's called up to be interview, but the non-initiated might just miss out on hearing it.
Due to the Dead: Averted. Katniss, while suffering from the hallucinations brought on by the tracker-jacker stings, has no problem with prying a bow and quiver of arrows from her corpse. Given that Glimmer and Katniss were enemies, this is justified.
Katniss's narration: The girl from District 1, looking provocative in a see-through gold gown, steps up the center of the stage to join Caesar for her interview. You can tell her mentor didn't have any trouble coming up with an angle for her. With that flowing blonde hair, emerald green eyes, her body tall and lush... she's sexy all the way.
Faux Dark Action Girl: She's one of the Careers, who are said to have been intensely trained their whole lives for the Games beforehand and are usually the winners if nothing in the arena takes out all their food supplies at once first. However, she doesn't display any notable skills, is noted by Katniss to be an incompetent shot with a bow, and gets brutally killed by tracker-jackers early on in the Games before she can actually do anything.
Averted at least a bit on the film, though, as she can be seen brutally attacking and killing at least a couple of Tributes.
Ms. Fanservice: In-universe, this is her entire gimmick for getting sponsors.
Ninja Looting: That bow was meant for Katniss, but it doesn't stop Glimmer from claiming it when she gets there first.
Pink Means Feminine: In the film. As the girliest of the named female Tributes, it's fitting that her movie interview dress is this shade.
She's Got Legs: With its artificially high waist and short, fluffy skirt, her interview dress in the film seems calculated to make her legs look as long as possible. It works.
The unnamed tributes of District 3 during the 74th Hunger Games.The girl died in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The boy survives the first day and joins with the "Career" tributes, acting as a supply guard and setting up booby traps around the area. When Katniss blows all of it up, Cato kills him in a fit of rage.They are played by Kalia Prescott & Ian Nelson respectively.
Evil Genius: He's not actually evil, but the boy is still recruited by the Careers to set a deathtrap with his Gadgeteer Genius skills, providing a major obstacle for Katniss to overcome.
Gadgeteer Genius: The boy managed to re-arm the mines around the starting area to be used as booby traps.
The unnamed "Career" tributes of District 4 during the 74th Hunger Games. The boy died in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The girl survives the first day and joins the "Career" pack but is killed shortly after when Katniss drops the tracker jacker nest on the group.They are played by Tara Macken & Ethan Jamieson respectively.
The unnamed tributes of District 8 during the 74th Hunger Games. The boy died in the initial bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The girl survives the first day, but due to a lack of supplies, she foolishly starts a fire that allows the "Career" pack to find and attack her. She is mortally wounded, but does not die quickly, so Peeta returns and Mercy Kills her, Katniss is close by and hears everything.They are played by: Mackenzie Lintz and Samuel Tan respectively.
The unnamed tributes of District 9 during the 74th Hunger Games. They are both killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The boy is the first tribute killed in the 74th Hunger Games in the novel, stabbed by Clove while he was fighting with Katniss over a backpack.They are played by Annie Thurman & Imanol Yepez-Frias respectively.
The unnamed tributes of District 10 during the 74th Hunger Games.The girl died in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The boy escaped with supplies into the forest, but is killed offscreen later.They are played by Dakota Hood & Jeremy Marinas, respectively.
Notable tributes that participated in Games before the 74th and (with the exception of Maysilee Donner) won. Winning Games leads to a life of luxury and stability for themselves and their families, or so the Capitol would have you believe. Victors then act as mentors to the succeeding tributes from their district - it's their job to prepare them for arena and line up sponsors for them.
The Alcoholic: Many past victors turn to vice due to having too much time, money, and PTSD on their hands.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: To varying degrees. How would you react if you live well, despite knowing you only got that far due to 23 (or in Haymitch's case, 47) other kids dying (some of which you watched die or killed yourself)? For bonus points, There Are No Therapists.
"This is the time to show them everything, make sure they remember you."
Katniss and Peeta's mentor, a participant in the 50th Hunger Games (and 2nd Quarter Quell) and the only surviving victor from District 12 (the other one is dead). His duty is to give them tips on how to survive the arena, arrange deals with sponsors to get them potentially life-saving items, and other things for which you generally would prefer someone to be sober - which unfortunately is not one of Haymitch's better skills. Also turns out to be a key member of La Résistance.Woody Harrelson plays him in the film.
Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books he's described as dark haired (the "Seam look"), but in the movie he's very blond.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Bickers a lot with Katniss and at one point outright tells her he would have rather focused on saving Peeta in the 74th Games but there are also moments that show that him and Katniss care deeply about each other. It's his embrace she throws herself into after winning the Games and in "Mockingjay" it's his arms she cries in over the torture of Peeta.
Badass: In his Hunger Games, he was downright scary, able to take on whole squads of armed careers with a knife and win.
Birds of a Feather: Has a lot of similarities to Katniss. Perversely this often results in them taking out their own self-hatred on each other.
The Chessmaster: In Catching Fire, Haymitch helps orchestrate Katniss's escape from the Quarter Quell.
Determinator: The description of him winning his games involves him outrunning someone trying to kill him while physically holding his stomach to keeps his guts from falling out.
Drowning My Sorrows: Unable to cope with the emotional fallout of having been a tribute in the Games and subsequently having to lead fresh tributes to the slaughter, he dives into a bottle. While he seems to recover somewhat during the course of series, by the end of Mockingjay he's as much of a hopeless drunk as he ever was.
Genius Bruiser: In his games he ultimately won by using a quirk of the arena against his enemies, but until then he got by largely by sheer ass-kicking ability.
Guile Hero: How he won his Game — which happened to be the Quarter Quell, where there was double the number of tributes. His tactic was to not only stay away from the majority of the fighting, but to use the properties of the arena itself as a weapon.
I Was Quite a Looker: Katniss is discomfited when she watches the video of Haymitch's Game and realizes he was actually pretty handsome.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's jaded and bitter, certainly, but that's because of how many times where he's watched Non-Action Guy tributes get blown up. He becomes a lot more helpful when Katniss gets fed up with his bull and proves herself having more than a snowball's chance in hell.
Knight in Sour Armor: He's one of the most morally upstanding characters in the setting. It's just by the time we first meet him he is so utterly broken that he just seems to be nothing more than a useless drunkard who couldn't care less about the fate of the kids under his care.
Obfuscating Stupidity: At first Katniss just assumes (like everyone else in her district) that he is nothing but a useless drunkard with no social skills. Then it's revealed that Haymitch is secretly manipulating the events of the quell to aid the rebel cause and is no where near as stupid or as useless as everyone assumes him to be... while also being a drunkard with no social skills. Although to be fair, both Katniss and Peeta had already begun to realize this. It's the Capitol who (sadly for them) does not.
Parental Substitute: For Katniss, although they both seem loathe to admit it, it is certainly there. Peeta lampshades this by pointing out that how similar the two of them are to each other seems to be the reason they bicker so much.
Shipper on Deck: For Katniss and Peeta. At first it seems like he merely supports the idea of them pretending to have a romance but by the second book he seems to support the pairing for real.
Start X to Stop X: Has a brief moment of this when he hypocritically votes to have one last hunger games with the Capitol's children out of pure spite, when him and the others had just fought an entire revolution to put the games to an end and despite all the emotional trauma from his games pretty much having ruined his entire life. Though Johanna,Katniss, and Enobaria seem to concur with him. It is Peeta,Annie,Beetee, and (posthumously) Finnick who do not.
"It takes ten times longer to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."
A devilishly handsome former victor from District 4, the fishing district. Best known for being one of the youngest victors (he was fourteen at the time) and for the string of broken hearts he leaves behind him in the Capitol. Won his Games by earning so many sponsors that he earned himself an ornate trident that he used to single-handedly destroy the rest of the competition. He later allies himself with Katniss and Peeta during the Quarter Quell, and turns out to be a rebel who is surreptitiously using his unique position as a former victor and quell participant to make sure the two of them survive so Katniss can become the the figurehead of the second rebellion.Played by Sam Claflin.
Hidden Depths: Katniss builds him up as a ruthless manslut, making fun of him for being a pretty womanizer and privately wary of the fact that he won his Games by being irresistible to the audience and merciless to his competitors. She respects him more as she gets to know him, seeing how he cares for Mags and Annie, and is further stunned when he reveals that his 'womanizing' is just the public presentation of the fact that President Snow has been prostituting him to the highest bidder, and if he refuses, someone he loves will be killed. Katniss deeply regrets every negative thought she'd had about him prior.
Jail Bait Wait: He was fourteen when he won his games, so his fanbase had a couple of years to wait before going after him.
Morality Pet: First clue that he's a decent guy? His care for his district partner, Mags. Despite being a Career, he, like Katniss, values the eighty-year-old lady over the younger, stronger competitors.
Nice Guy: By far one of the least flawed and generally likable people in Panem whom we meet. It may seem odd at first because career tributes are typically portrayed in a more negative light, but Katniss eventually comes to realize that they are just pawns like everyone else in the Capitol's sadistic and varied games of control.
Off with His Head!: He is killed by having his head bitten off by giant white lizard mutts in Mockingjay.
Sex Slave: What President Snow turned him into due to his attractive appearance. Finnick was forced to play ball when Snow threatened to murder his loved ones if he did not. Apparently, this in not all too uncommon among victors who are considered physically attractive.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Averted. Finnick is one of the only victors we meet who seems to be a relatively well adjusted individual. If you're willing to forget the fact he is a ruthless killer, he's actually not too bad a guy at his core. It's justified in that he is a career, and therefore was not nearly as unprepared for the horror of his games as other victors from say, the lower districts were. He even seems to handle what happened after his games relatively well.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Justified, as it turns out. Apparently being an extremely attractive victor has a bigger downside than you'd think.
Star-Crossed Lovers: While Katniss and Peeta are actually an aversion, Finnick and Annie play this straight. They're not allowed to be together because he's far too attractive for Snow to be able to resist turning him into a sex slave and she is too mentally unstable to be considered a suitable partner for him in public. Once they are both in District Thirteen they are able to get married but they only have a short time together before he leaves to fight in the Capitol which leads to his death.
Survival Mantra: Non-verbal example: his constant knotting in the third book.
Troll: Tries to corrupt Katniss by seductively eating sugar cubes in front of her before the Quarter Quell.
"I don't care if you're knocked up, I'll rip your throat out."
A former arena tribute from District 7, the lumber district, who pretended to be weak and useless before ruthlessly cutting her way to victory. It is later revealed that she is part of the alliance of victors whose job is to keep both Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.Played by Jena Malone.
Foil: She's Katniss, if Katniss didn't have a younger sister to care for, right down to being the only female victor in her district. At one point, Katniss wonders if Johanna's treatment of her is what it's like to have an older sister that hates you.
Good Is Not Nice: Being on Katniss's side doesn't stop her from being rude, insulting, and harsh.
Hates Baths: Katniss notes in "Mockingjay" that Johanna never seems to shower. Turns out she was tortured by being soaked in water and then given electrical shocks.
Like Brother and Sister: With Finnick, to the point that Katniss initially thinks that Finnick is the only reason Johanna agrees to an alliance.
Naked on Arrival: Not exactly, but the first thing she does on-page is complain about her costume and strip down to her slippers. And then get in an elevator with Katniss and Peeta, chatting casually the whole way up.
A pair of former victors from District 3, electronics and explosives. Like Johanna and Finnick, both are part of the alliance of victors whose job it is to make sure Katniss and Peeta survive the Quell.Played by Amanda Plummer (Wiress) and Jeffrey Wright (Beetee).
Ambiguous Disorder: Wiress. She acts a lot like a person with severe autism, but she might just be deeply traumatized - or just generally odd.
The Load: Beetee spends a lot of time in "Catching Fire" being carried around by Peeta (and occasionally Finnick). Subverted, though, since it's thanks to him that they were able to leave the arena at all.
Only One Name: Their surnames are never given; the film does give Beetee one: Latier.
The Smart Guys: Beetee in particular is described as having managed to win his Games by building an electrified trap for his competitors; he also develops new weapons for the rebellion and helps cut into the Capitol's TV broadcasts so the rebels can spread their own propaganda.
"She crept up on me."
— Finnick on Annie
A past tribute from District 4, who won her Games by being able to swim to safety when the arena was flooded. Is in love with Finnick.Played by Stef Dawson.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Her seconds-long cameo in the Catching Fire film shows her with red hair, as opposed to the books' brown.
The Ophelia: She's presented as unstable at the best of times.
Rapunzel Hair: Never specified, but twice her hair is mentioned as voluminous and very long.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not necessarily a more extreme example than many other victors, who are just as broken after their games, but simply a more noticeable one. Haymitch lampshades this at one point, commenting that Annie is actually not crazy, it's just that her PTSD manifests itself in a form which makes most people think she is, instead of the typical substance abuse, or reckless, self-destructive, jerkass behavior that comes to define most of the other victors.
Star-Crossed Lovers: While Katniss and Peeta are actually an aversion, Finnick and Annie play this straight. They're not allowed to be together because he's far too attractive for Snow to be able to resist turning him into a sex slave and she is too mentally unstable to be considered a suitable partner for him in public. Once they are both in District Thirteen they are able to get married but they only have a short time together before he leaves to fight in the Capitol, which leads to his death.
Heroic Sacrifice: Took Annie's place in the Quarter Quell, knowing that the Games are a death sentence at the best of times. At her age, she doesn't stand a chance. Then she makes one again when she walks into the poison fog, since Katniss is injured and Finnick isn't strong enough to carry her and Peeta.
Red Herring: Haymitch goes out of his way to introduce Chaff to Katniss, suggests him as an ally, and we see him teasing her the same way her eventual allies, Finnick and Johanna, do. Chaff has absolutely no bearing on the plot despite surviving almost to the end of the Games and dies off-screen with no fanfare.
Troll: He's in on Finnick and Johanna's pranking Katniss.
The District 1 tributes for the Quarter Quell.Played by Alan Richton (Gloss) and Stephanie Leigh Schund (Cashmere) in the film.
Brother-Sister Team: They're siblings who won back-to-back games. In the film, they are shown training together.
Sex Slave: Mockingjay implies that the stunningly beautiful Cashmere was a victim of this, alongside Finnick.
Madge's aunt, and one of Haymitch's district partners during his games note Since it was a Quarter Quell, the Capitol's gimmick that year was to reap twice as many tributes . Also the original owner of the mockingjay pin.
Adapted Out: The film series cut out the mockingjay pin's backstory.
Even The Capitol Has Standards: Apparently, there is a way for...at least, female tributes to be exempt from combat to the death Teenage pregnancy. Peeta knew this and makes up the story that Katniss is pregnant in hopes of sparing her life.
Averted pretty effectively in the Books, where they are much more humanized. Several of the Peacekeepers in District 12 are given deeper characterization and the precise nature of their relationship with the population is explored in the first and second book. Mockingjay goes further and explains where they are actually recruited from.
Silk Hiding Steel: Their bizarre, effete and decadent lifestyle is backed up by overwhelming military force, an absolute disregard for human rights and futuristic weaponry.
This Loser Is You: On a societal level. Many aspects of the Capitol are satire or social commentary on the contemporary United States.
World of Ham: Aside from Snow and Cinna, everyone dresses and/or acts flamboyant. This may be partly justified as most of the Capitol residents encountered in the book series are directly associated with either the fashion world or the super elite. Those who are not directly associated with show business (e.g. Snow, both Game Makers, the Peacekeepers) tend to be less flamboyant though most have at least one odd fashion or behavioral quirk (Snow's roses and possibly surgically altered lips, Seneca's beard, Cinna's eyeliner).
The escort of the District 12 tributes. Though she hates being stuck with the lamest district, Effie still tackles her job (you know, bringing kids to die for the entertainment of the masses) with enthusiasm and gusto, hoping for a promotion to somewhere better.Played by Elizabeth Banks in the film.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her ditziness she is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs.
Character Development: More emphasized in the films, though it's present in the books too. During the 74th reaping, she's excited and completely oblivious to how terrified and beaten down everyone else is. For the 75th reaping she tries to look appropriately excited, but the most she can manage is relief that Haymitch's name comes out of the bowl instead of Peeta's - and her face crumples when Peeta promptly volunteers in Haymitch's place. Later on, she's on the verge of tears as she hands out gold accessories to the three of them so they'll all match, insisting, "We are a team!"
Katniss' soft-spoken personal stylist for the Games who quickly becomes one of her closest friends in the Capitol. He has a flair for the dramatic which is in part what leads to his downfall.Portrayed by Lenny Kravitz in the film.
Age Lift/Dawson Casting: Cinna is described in the book as being a young man in his twenties. In the film series, he's played by the nearly-50 Lenny Kravitz. (In fact, Jennifer Lawrence insisted on calling him "Mr. Kravitz," given she worked with his daughter).
Big Bad: Of the series as a whole. As the undisputed leader of the totalitarian regime responsible for organizing the Hunger Games , he serves as the prime mover behind all the horrific events that transpire within the story.
Faux Affably Evil: He can smile politely and say all the right words but then he will make a remark or threat that reminds you of the pure evil lurking beneath.
Human Shield: He held Capitol children in fenced outside his mansion in order to keep people from attacking him. It didn't work out the way he wanted.
I Gave My Word: Unlike Alma Coin, if Snow promises to do something, he keeps his word. This is one of the few redeemable traits of his character. Katniss rewards him by killing Coin instead of him, though he dies from other injuries shortly thereafter.
I Have Your Wife: One of the ways he tries to control Finnick and Katniss in the third book (though it's actually "I have your girlfriend/presumed husband).
Large And In Charge: In the film. Being played by 6"4" Donald Sutherland will do that to a character.
Necessarily Evil: His conversation with Katniss at the beginning of Catching Fire indicates that he sees himself and the Capitol as this.
Not Me This Time/Frame Up: He was in fact innocent of the bombing of the Capitol children and then the District 13 medics, even when it seemed as though he did it because the hovercrafts with the bombs (which were really from District 13, as the Capitol had lost all of theirs during the destruction of the Nut) were emblazoned with the Capitol seal.
Out-Gambitted: For all his talk about destroying Katniss's image so the unhappy districts would have nobody to rally behind, Plutarch completely played him for a fool.
Pragmatic Villainy: When he tells Katniss that he didn't bomb Prim and the Capitol children, he says that he would be willing to do so and it isn't a matter of moral squeamishness on his part. He just doesn't subscribe to committing atrocities For the Evulz.
Straight Edge Evil: In the movies he's the only character from the Capitol without any bizarre mannerisms or fashion accessories (until Plutarch in Catching Fire). He's said to be "above that."
Surrounded by Idiots: Takes this attitude towards Seneca Crane during their scenes in the movie. In general he seems to dislike the hypocrisy of the system he runs, or at least get tired of it, and actually enjoys the company of those, like Plutarch and Katniss, who share his cynicism.
This Cannot Be!: Has this reaction when Katniss destroys the Arena of the Third Quarter Quell.
Villainous BSOD: See This Cannot Be! above. After that happens and he finds Plutarch gone, he totally shuts down. For once, he has no options on what to do.
Villains Never Lie: See I Gave My Word. He actually has lied in the past: just never when he says something with a promise attached to it. When he promises something, he feels bound to it.
Worthy Opponent: Donald Sutherland says that this is how he views Katniss after she successfully defies the Capitol in the 74th Hunger Games and sparks a rebellion. Some of his dialogue in the books indicates this sort of attitude as well.
President Snow: "My dear, I think we can make this so much simpler, if we agree not to lie to each other."
Would Hurt a Child: He says so himself that he's not above hurting children to get what he wants.
Venia, Octavia, and Flavius
Katniss' prep team from the Capitol. Their job is to pretty her up for public appearances.
Hidden Depths: All three of them are very enthusiastic to learn how Mrs. Everdeen styles Katniss' hair— they pay strict attention to her and seem to respect her ability. Flavius and Octavia are very fond of Katniss and can't hide their emotions when Katniss is being sent to the 75th Hunger Games. Venia is, too, but as Cinna absolutely forbade them from crying, once Flavius and Octavia are sent away to keep from upsetting Katniss, Venia powers on through to finish her work alone, then tells Katniss that it was a privilege to make her look her best.
Wide Eyed Idealists: Even though they're overprivileged and shallow Capitol residents, Katniss still finds them sympathetic because of their innocent outlook.
The Head Gamemaker of the 74th Hunger Games. He orchestrates everything that happens in the arena except for the actions of the tributes themselves (and even sometimes, he controls that). He ends up executed because of his allowing for two winners instead of one as planned.Portrayed by Wes Bentley in the film.
Ascended Extra: In the film. In the book, he's not identified by name, let alone singled out by appearance; he was first mentioned as the Head Gamemaker in the second book well after his death.
Damned If You Do Damned If You Dont: He ended up being forced to let both District 12 tributes become Victors because if he didn't, there would be no Victor at all, which would have been a colossal failure on his part. This decision leads to his execution between the first and second books and his implied forced suicide at the end of the movie.
Punch Clock Villain: He's not quite as evil as the tyrannical President Snow as evidenced when he gives Katniss the top score of 11/12 because: "Well, she deserved it". In stark contrast to his highly sinister appearance, he is little more than a shallow, ruthless opportunist who views the Hunger Games merely as a tool for advancing his career.
Slave to PR: Most of the decisions Seneca makes regarding the Games is a result of him trying to appeal to what the masses would like. Ends up being his Fatal Flaw.
Smug Snake: Word Of God states he really has no idea what the true purpose of the games are or the ramifications of what occurs in them. He's just in it for the show biz.
The Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games. He has a fascination with clocks, which becomes a key point in his design of the arena for the Quarter Quell. He's later revealed to be an important member of La Résistance.Portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film.
Ascended Extra: He remains nameless in The Hunger Games as the Gamemaker who knocks over the punch bowl when Katniss shoots an arrow through an apple in a roasted pig's mouth. In Catching Fire he's promoted to Head Gamemaker, and at the end is revealed to be a Reverse Mole and working for the rebels. His role is greatly expanded in Mockingjay.
The Dragon: In the film version of Catching Fire especially, as he advises Snow frequently and Snow clearly trusts him greatly and wrongly.
Foreshadowing: His watch has a Mockingjay on it. He's later revealed to be working for the rebels who have adopted the Mockingjay as their symbol.
The Heavy: In the second film, being the Head Gamemaker for the Quarter Quell. Subverted, as he's a Reverse Mole.
Meaningful Name: Named after Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus also known as Plutarch, who was an essayist and historian in ancient Rome. This is fitting since Heavensbee is the source of many comments about the old world such as the plans for the new government being a republic. Heavensbee points out that this has worked in the past. Heavensbee also makes several references to ancient Rome, such as when he throws out the phrase "panem et circenses" meaning bread and circuses, when describing the Capitol. It was used in ancient Rome in pretty much the same way, as Heavensbee points out.
Reverse Mole: He's been working for the rebels and helps orchestrate the escape of Peeta, Finnick, Johanna, Katniss, Beetee and Wiress. Unfortunately, Wiress is killed and only Katniss, Beetee and Finnick are saved.
"So Peeta. Tell me. Is there a special girl back home? "
Host of The Hunger Games, famous for dyeing his hair a new color for each iteration. His main concern is keeping the televised interviews light and upbeat. His co-host and announcer is Claudius Templesmith.Portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the film.
Annoying Laugh: Constantly lets out this irritatingly jubilant guffaw in the films.
Evil Laugh: The man doesn't seem to have a truly evil bone in his body, but the laugh Stanley Tucci gives him in Catching Fire sounds like a standard "mwahahaha" kind.
Necessarily Evil: Caesar's aggressively feel-good interview style puts emphasis on the strengths of his guests, ultimately bringing out the best in the tributes. Also, Katniss notes her belief that Caesar stays positive so that the tributes don't flub the interview and lose sponsors.
Older Than He Looks: Although 24 years have passed since the Second Quarter Quell, he looks the exact same when he interviews the tributes for the 74th Hunger Games. This is achieved through massive amounts of cosmetic surgery, common among Capitol citizens.
Shoot the Hostage: She orders a bombing attack on children being used as human shields by President Snow - and makes it appear that the attack was initiated by Snow, in order to destroy any remaining public support for Snow's regime.