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 films.
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.
Always Save The Boy With The Bread: Continuously prioritizes Peeta's survival over what's best for her own survival, the rebellion and her squad. Even after he's been hijacked into hating her and she believes she can never be with him.
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: This was initially planned as part of continuing her and Peeta's 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.
Possibly Subverted in Mockingjay, as her mental condition is such that she might just be seeing things through the lens of PTSD.
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.
Commitment Issues: The reason why she keeps Peeta at arm's length is that she is determined to never fall in love, get married and have children. The reason is implied to be a combination of not wanting to be a parent on Reaping Day and not wanting to end up like her mother, who broke down completely when her husband died.
In "Catching Fire" it's Katniss who suggests that she and Peeta get married but it's not because of romantic desire but rather a desperate attempt at keeping Snow happy. Peeta agrees, but not very happily.
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 of 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.
Heartbroken Badass: In "Mockingjay" after Peeta has been hijacked into hating her. She takes the loss of his love so hard that she almost begins to hate him for not loving her anymore. Still stays very badass though.
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.
Heroic Neutral: She really isn't interested in becoming a symbol or sparking a revolution. She just wants to keep her family safe and keep her head down.
Heroic Sacrifice: What volunteering for her sister was intended to be, as she knew her chances of getting out of the Games alive were extremely slim. She does make it out, though.
High School Sweethearts: They don't actually attend high school but she and Peeta begin their romance at age sixteen. It lasts for the rest of their lives.
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.
Like Brother and Sister: Believes this to be her relationship with Gale in the first book. Turns out it's not quite so simple. However it remains an unrequited love from Gale's side.
Love Hurts: One of the two main reasons why she's so reluctant to admit to herself that she's falling in love. She ends up being proven right, too. The loss of Peeta's love in the third book hurts her very deeply.
Make-Out Kids: She and Peeta play this trope up for all it's worth during the Victory Tour.
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.
Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Her goal in "Catching Fire" is to save Peeta at the cost of her own life and she's well aware that by martyring herself she might be of better use to the rebellion than if she lives.
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 Are the New Trend: In the second film, she meets a girl on the Victory Tour who tells her that she wants to volunteer as tribute like her. Snow's grandddaughter also wears her hair in a braid like Katniss, even saying that all the other girls at her school are doing it.
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 films.
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.
Accidental Murder: Twice. Picks the nightlock berries that kill Foxface in the first book. In the third he fights off a member of the star squad, sending him flying into a pod that kills him.
Adaptational Badass: He sees a lot more action in the films than in the books; being able to hold his own against Cato on top of the Cornucopia in the first, and overpowering and drowning another tribute in the second.
On the other hand, the movies fail to show him fighting at the Cornucopia, fighting Cato after the tracker jacker attack and killing Brutus.
Amnesiac Lover: In Mockingjay. He's not completely amnesiac, but he does forget that he loves Katniss.
An Arm and a Leg: Averted. It doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest that his left leg was amputated.
The Baker's Children Have No Bread: Katniss assumes that since Peeta grew up a merchant kid he doesn't know starvation like she does. She is surprised to find out that he rarely had enough to eat either and that the only bread they got to have was the stale, tasteless bread they could no longer sell.
Berserk Button: Just don't mention Katniss to him in the third book. And especially don't leave her in the same room with him.
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.
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 held prisoner 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.
Famed in Story: Becomes a huge celebrity after the 74th Games. According to Johanna in the second movie, "the whole world" wants to sleep with him (though she could be saying it just to annoy Katniss... and it works like a charm).
Family of Choice: Never seems particularly close with his biological family but forms a very close bond with Katniss and Haymitch.
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.
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.
I Will Only Slow You Down: On a few occasions in the first and third book. It's implied that his crush on Katniss developed into full-blown infatuation when she refused to leave him during the 74th Games even though he was close to dying from sepsis and fully aware that he was The Load to her at that point.
The Load: He ends up becoming this after his leg gets injured. He's pretty much helpless, meaning Katniss has to risk her life twice as often to get food and supplies. Even after he heals enough to move around, he's a liability when Katniss fights and even when she hunts—he walks so clumsily that he scares off any prey within earshot.
He gets an undeserved bad rep for being this in Catching Fire as well. He displays these traits the first day of the Quarter Quell - at the Cornucopia (because he can't swim - and even then, he drowns another tribute in self-defence) and when they're fleeing from the poisonous gas (because he's weak after getting severely electrocuted mere hours before). However the rest of the time he's either fighting monkey mutts with Katniss and Finnick, carrying Beetee around the arena, creating a map of the clock, doing all he can to ensure that Katniss survives at the cost of his own life, killing Brutus who is one of their toughest competitors, or generally contributing as much as anyone else in the party. He was also the one who made sure himself, Katniss and Haymitch were prepared for the Quell by forcing the other two to train with him, both physically and survival skills-wise, and meticulously studying their competition to find out what the other victors' strength and weaknesses were.
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.
Make-Out Kids: He and Katniss play this trope up as much as they can during the Victory Tour.
Mandatory Fatherhood: It's heavily implied that President Snow expects him to father children by Katniss as means of controlling them both and keeping them in line. He's no more happy about becoming the parent of a future tribute than Katniss is. Once the war is over and the Games have been abolished he changes his mind about having children. In fact, the reason why Katniss changed her mind about children was because Peeta wanted them so badly.
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.
Nice Guy: His kindness and compassion for others is his defining trait.
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 in the opening bloodbath at the Cornucopia in the 74th 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.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In the movie, being played by the relatively short Josh Hutcherson. In the books he's taller than Katniss.
Punny Name: Peeta the baker. Fandom loves to speculate on what his brothers' names are...
Save This Person, Save the World: President Coin feels it's more important to save Peeta than Katniss in the Quell. In the third book she arranges for Peeta's rescue from the Capitol because Katniss cannot perform as the Mockingjay with Peeta in harm's way, making this trope apply by extension.
Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Has no intention whatsoever of trying to win either one of the two Hunger Games he participates in, and every move of his is designed to help save Katniss instead.
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
Primrose "Prim" Everdeen
"Just try to win, maybe you can!"
Katniss' beloved younger sister, a kind, lovely All-Loving Hero. When her name is drawn against all odds at the Reaping, Katniss volunteers to take her place in the arena.Willow Shields portrays Prim in the film series.
All-Loving Hero: Prim seems incapable of bearing any ill will towards anything.
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 is a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes who loves all living creatures and becomes 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.
Katniss's parents. 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.Mrs. Everdeen is played by Paula Malcolmson in the films while her husband is played by Phillip Troy Linger.
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.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mrs. Everdeen is described with blonde hair and blue eyes, the typical merchant look. Katniss is always amazed when her mother brought a wounded or sick patient: "she morphs from someone who calls her daughter to kill a spider to a woman immune to fear", Katniss says.
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.
I Was Quite a Looker: In Catching Fire, Katniss said that she was told her mother used to be quite beautiful before her husband's death.
The Medic: Mrs. Everdeen runs District 12's apothecary. She ends up teaching Prim.
Open Heart Dentistry: Mrs. Everdeen is described as an apothecary yet seems to treat any number of medical emergencies. Justified in that District 12 doesn't seem to have much by way of doctors (at least not if you live in the Seam) so they'd have nowhere else to go.
Roguish Poacher: Katniss's father taught her everything she knows about hunting and survival.
Unnamed Parent: We never find out Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen's first names.
Uptown Girl: Mrs. Everdeen was born into the merchant class but married a coal miner.
" 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 films.
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
Leave No Survivors: When besieging the Nut, Gale suggests causing an avalanche to destroy the fort, a plan ended up killing thousands. He wanted to bomb the entrance to ensure nobody could escape from the Nut, but the others would not agree to this part of the plan. See "Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide"" below.
Satellite Love Interest: The film adaptation effectively treats Gale this way. The book was a little more even-handed, but many fans suspect Executive Meddling after the success of Twilight being the reason that a secondary-at-best plot in the book turns into a full-fledged love triangle from the first minutes of the movie.
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.
Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": During the assault on a Peacekeeper mountain fortress in District 2, Gale comes up with the idea of causing a landslide to trap them inside; he even wanted to bomb the railway leading out of it to ensure there are no survivors (they decide to leave the railway open). When told that there were District 2 civilians inside, he said that he felt they deserved to die as well. The rebels go through with the plan, and hundreds (if not thousands) die as a result of Gale's actions.
A vendor at The Hob, District 12's black market. She usually sells and buys food from Katniss. She and her granddaughter survive the bombings of District 12 and live in District 13 with the other survivors.Played by Sandra Ellis Lafferty in the films.
Big Damn Heroes: A minor one; Gale mentions to Katniss that it was Greasy Sae who started a collection to help sponsor Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games.
Demoted to Extra: In the films, Greasy Sae doesn't have as much of a role. However, she gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin, instead of Madge.
Cool Old Lady: Katniss likes her enough, and she seems pretty alright, despite her odd choices in cooking ingredients.
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.
Lesser of Two Evils: Katniss notes that, despite his preying on young women, Cray is nothing compared to Romulus Thread.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Cray' whereabouts are unknown after Romulus arrives to 12. The film shows him being arrested and implies he's a victim of Forced Disappearance.
Peeta's childhood friend and one of few of the merchant class who survives the bombing of District 12. Like Peeta she is genuinely nice and sweet and she plays an important role in his recovery from the hijacking.She is mentioned in passing in the first book but doesn't actually appear until "Mockingjay". It is unknown as of yet whether she'll be in the movies.
Big Fun: Comparatively. Katniss says that Delly wasn't really fat, but she had a few pounds to spare (in contrast to the majority of District 12). Fittingly, shes friendly, cheerful, and a total Nice Girl.
Like Brother and Sister: With Peeta when they were children. They have shades of this in the present as well, to the point that Delly is one of the few people who can calm him down after his brainwashing by the Capitol.
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.
Meaningful Name: "Rue" means "regret." Katniss deeply regrets that she couldn't save her.
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.
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.
Too Clever by Half: Had a resourceful and cunning brain, but no skills for foraging or hunting. She assumed that Peeta knew what berries were poisonous — but Katniss was the great survivalist. Unless, of course, you think she planned her death...
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 the 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.
"As I try to avoid looking at his family, I learn that his name was Marvel. How did I never know that? I suppose that before the Games I didn't pay attention and afterwards I didn't want to know."
-Katniss on Marvel
The male tribute from District 1.Portrayed by Jack Quaid in the film.
Meaningful Name: A "marvel" is something extraordinary or amazing. Indeed, he's from the top Career District and the Gamemakers gave him a score of 9.
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.
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.
Butt Monkey: The female, in the eyes of the Careers, as they laugh at her in a deleted scene. They even get her district partner to laugh at her as well!
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.
Tyke Bomb: The female, standing at 4'11 and having rather high odds of winning, at 7-1. She was also one of the more capable tributes in defending herself, attacking and almost killing Glimmer in the bloodbath. And later being referenced as one of the mutts with "dirty blond hair" and "the ability to fight" and survived the attack.
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 and Titus) 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.
Broken Aces: Everyone celebrates their triumph except... most of them.
Dwindling Party: Fifty-nine victors are still alive at the beginning of "Catching Fire." By the end of the next book, only seven (Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Johanna, Beetee, Annie, and Enobaria) are left.
Gilded Cage: Their five-star housing and life of luxury post-Games is this. The Capitol can still kill their loved ones if they don't behave.
Retired Badass: Technically all of them until the Quarter Quell comes around.
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.
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 films.
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.
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. He imparts the first bit of knowledge to Katniss right before the games begin in earnest (IE: "get the hell away from the cornucopia bloodbath ASAP").
Insufferable Genius: Back in the day. Still definitely has traces of this attitude but most of it has been beaten out of him.
Intergenerational Friendship: With Katniss and Peeta. He likes Peeta best, but he and Katniss are so alike that he has an easier time understanding (and manipulating) her.
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.
Nailed To The Wagon: Courtesy of Peeta in "Catching Fire" and of District Thirteen in "Mockingjay".
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.
What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never stated how or if she died. It is assumed she died because she was not called when President Coin called for the surviving tributes.
Wiress and Beetee
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.
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. Wiress is more intuitive and able to notice things others would not much quicker.
"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 in the films.
Anime Hair: His hair is almost always spiky in the film.
Anti-Villain: A "villain in name only" type. He only seems to be potentially villainous to Katniss at first because he's a Career, but he's actually not that bad of a guy.
Badass: He's shown to be more than competent with his trident, and can take on opponents as easily as he can gather seafood with it.
Ethical Slut: Although the "slut" part isn't of his own volition.
Even the Guys Want Him: At no point are his lovers (besides Annie, his eventual wife) specified by gender. In her narration, Katniss refers to them as "people of the Capitol." Finnick himself refers to them as "patrons."
Hidden Depths: Lampshaded by Katniss in Mockingjay, where she lists off the various facets Finnick has shown her (smarmy heartthrob, enigmatic ally, broken man). She 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 his playfulness when he suggests scaring Peeta awake, 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.
Fun Personified: Implied to be his natural personality, when he's not in the midst of crippling depression or otherwise wearing one of his other masks. He's easygoing, likes to tease and play little jokes on people, but also prone to cracking jokes at his own expense, such as when he says he can't leave Mags because she actually likes him.
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.
Scarpia Ultimatum: Essentially Snow's method of making sure Finnick plays along with being sold to Capitol citizens is by threatening to kill those he loves if he fails to comply.
Self-Deprecating Humor: According to Katniss, this is one of his genuine charm points. He mocks his own reputation as a shallow pretty boy a couple times, such as asking Katniss if she finds him distracting after stripping down to his underwear.
[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.
Zig-Zagged. His original Games didn't seem to have an impact on him, but he sinks into a terrible depression after Annie is arrested by the Capitol, has trouble focusing on anything, and has a nervous breakdown over what might be happening to her after watching Katniss do the same. He seems relatively able to hold himself together, but it's a fragile thing and he does it mostly for other people's benefit. With Annie gone in "Mockingjay," he's relatively out of it, up until he realizes that he needs to help Katniss hold herself together.
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.
Tykebomb: He'd qualify just for being a Career, but while most Careers volunteer at 18, Finnick is specifically singled out for winning his Games at 14. In the books, Katniss says that he's one of the youngest victors ever; in the film, Haymitch says he is the youngest ever, straight-up.
Freak Out: The loss of her mental stability began when she saw her district partner beheaded right in front of her, and it's only gone downhill from there.
Green Eyes: They're described as sea-green, like Finnick's.
Heroic BSOD: Twice: first when she witnesses her district partner being beheaded in her Games, and again when her name is drawn for the Quarter Quell. Luckily for her, Mags volunteers to take her place.
I Have Your Girlfriend: Captured by the Capitol to be used as leverage against Finnick. Fortunately, the rebels save her.
Meaningful Name: Annie Cresta is from District 4, whose main industry is fishing.
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.
The Load: She is literally The Load in Catching Fire, as she is an elderly stroke victim whom Finnick carries around in the arena. She was his mentor, and volunteered as tribute to save his love, Annie. She eventually gives up her own life by walking into a poisonous fog, so that Finnick will turn his efforts to protecting Katniss.
Morality Pet: She's the first indication that Finnick is a decent guy by the way he cares about her. Despite being a Career, he, like Katniss, values her over the younger, stronger competitors.
Neutral Female: Because of her age. Since she was a previous victor, though, we can assume she was an Action Girl in the past.
The Voiceless: In the film. She speaks in the book, but her speech is nearly unintelligible and Katniss speculates that she may have had a stroke at some point.
District 5 Tributes
Tributes District 5 who compete in the Quarter Quell. The male is the first person killed in the bloodbath. The female survives, but is killed by the tidal wave the next day.Played by Ivette Li-Sanchez and James Logan.
The Alcoholic: The male, like Haymitch and Chaff, was an alcoholic.
Death Wail: The female screamed rather loud when the tidal wave hit.
Legacy Character: Sorta, the female, like Foxface, survived the bloodbath, whist her male counterpart didn't.
"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 in the films.
Cluster F-Bomb: In the second film, she delivers one on live-television.
Johanna: The deal was that if I win the Hunger Games, I get to live the rest of my life in peace, but now you want to kill me again. Well, you know what? [beep] THAT! AND [beep] ANYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!
Consummate Liar: Besides her strategy in her original Games, let's take a look at her (book) interview before the Quell. She gets up on stage and talks about the love between the victors and the Capitol. If that's not a lie, coming from her...
Damsel in Distress: She's taken hostage by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire and held in their captivity throughout a part of Mockingjay.
Deadpan Snarker: "At least they'll have a hard time figuring out our plan, since we can't even understand it ourselves."
Defrosting Ice Queen: When she's introduced, she acts as little more than a jerkass. However, she becomes somewhat nicer later on, as well as more sympathetic, especially when it turns out that she's one of the tributes in on the operation from District 13 to break out Katniss.
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.
Hidden Depths: Much, much more subtle than with Finnick, due her to comparative lack of attention (and Katniss's initial dislike of her), but lines like "There's no one left that I love" have been fueling fanficcers ever since. She herself sheds a bit of light on this, when Katniss asks her point-blank why Johanna hates her so much, and she points out just how much special privilege Katniss gets for being the face of the rebellion, while Johanna has gone through ordeals just as bad or worse just to make sure Katniss was alive to be that face.
Informed Attribute: Her intelligence and coldness was what made her win the games, but we never actually have the chance to see her use her wit (however, we do see her killing skills).
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.
Red Herring: He is made out to be a major player, but later dies offscreen.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Katniss never really gets to meet him. He is later killed when he ran into the forcefield during the blood rain. Thus, he never had the chance to protect Katniss and Peeta.
Cecelia and Woof
The District 8 tributes for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.Played by Elena Sanchez (Cecelia) and John Casino (Woof).
Adaptational Badass: Woof is described to be senile and fragile in the book. In the film, however, he is a lot more physically fit, justified due to his actor being a stuntman.
Babies Ever After: After Cecelia won her games, she had three kids who were seen being torn from her embrace at her reaping.
Demoted to Extra: Katniss never talks to them in the training center, nor are they mentioned when Haymitch introduces the tributes to them or the bloodbath, only being seen at the interviews and the tribute parade in the film.
Hidden Depths: Despite not being seen much, Haymitch must have known that they could protect Katniss and Peeta throughout the quell.
Knife Nut: Cecelia's knack for throwing knives scores her a 9.
Nice Girl: Cecelia is described as being kind and motherly, which made Katniss want to be her ally.
Red Herring: Played out to be important characters, but they die in the bloodbath.
Retired Badass: Both, as they were both victors. Cecelia is among the last to be killed in the bloodbath in the movie, along with the District 9 and 10 females.
Badass: The female fought and survived against several other tributes, including Careers, before being the final tribute killed in the bloodbath. In addition, she almost killed Brutus, the biggest, strongest tribute in the Games.
Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Were dressed as BREAD, of all things, at the chariot rides. Justified as their district is grain. Averted in the film where they were gold-colored clothing to inspire a grain design.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Marian Green, most of the bloodbath was cut from the film. Which mean most people won't get to see her beating the District 5 female to almost death and fighting most of the Careers and almost killing Brutus.
Recurring Extra: The female, along with the District 5 male, are the most seen unnamed tributes.
Tributes from District 10 whom participated in the 75th Quarter Quell. The female is one of the last killed in the bloodbath, but the male survived until the next day, where he was mauled by a muttation only refereed to as "The Beast."Played by Jackson Spidell and Tiffany Waxler.
Fiery Redhead: The female, being the only redhead of all the tributes.
Legacy Character: Sorta, the male, like the previous District 10 male, survived the bloodbath, whist his female counterpart didn't.
Impossibly Tacky Clothes: They were dressed in a ridiculous looking cow inspired outfit, with flaming belts, at the chariot rides, which unintentionally appeared as if the cows were broiling themselves. Averted in the movie where they're wearing Greek inspired gowns.
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.
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.
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 films.
Affably Evil: She's very cheerful and friendly, even though her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her ditziness she is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs.
Catch Phrase: "Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be EVER in your favor!"
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 films.
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.)
A Lighter Shade of Black: While both Coin and Snow are power-hungry villains, what makes Snow a slightly better person than Coin is that if he makes a threat or promises to do something, he keeps his word on it. Coin, on the other hand, is willing to manipulate others and lie to order gain power. This led Katniss to realize that is was Coin, rather than snow who was responsible for the bombing of the Capitol's children and the death of her sister, Prim.
And Starring: The films credits him, Philip Seymour-Hoffman (Heavensbee) and Stanley Tucci (Flickerman) this way.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: At first. He knows that Katniss and Peeta's relationship is a ruse but lets it continue to avoid rebellion, and doesn't kill Katniss because after winning the Hunger Games that would create a martyr. Also see Something about a Rose.
The Dreaded: To all the District's inhabitants in general.....until witnessing Katniss's brazen defiance towards his regime.
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).
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.
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.
Villains Out Shopping: In the second film, he's shown enjoying a cup of tea and having breakfast with his granddaughter.
Villain with Good Publicity: Lack of freedom notwithstanding, he seems quite popular among the Capitol's decadent inhabitants due to the high standard of living they enjoy under his leadership.
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. After the 75th Quarter Quell, they are the last surviving prep team, as all others were murdered by the Capitol.Played by Kimiko Gelman (Venia), Nelson Ascencio (Flavius) and Brooke Bundy (Octavia).
Ascended Extra: With each book, they become more and more prominent, before eventually being the last surviving prep team after the Quarter Quell. In the Catching Fire film, Octavia and Flavius get much more screen time than in The Hunger Games film.
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.
Last Of Their Kind: They are the only remaining prep team to survive the Second Rebellion.
Wide Eyed Idealists: Even though they're overprivileged and shallow Capitol residents, Katniss still finds them sympathetic because of their innocent outlook.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Venia has aqua hair, Flavius has orange corkscrews in his. While Venia's roots grow out, showing hers is dyed, Flavius's remains mostly unchanged, suggesting his is natural. Octavia wears a curled pink wig in The Hunger Games film, but wears her natural brown hair in Catching Fire.
Katniss' Avox (essentially a slave) during the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. Katniss had met her previously, where she was running away from the Capitol with another boy. While the boy was killed, she was turned into an Avox. After the 75th Hunger Games, she and fellow Avox Darius were taken hostage by the Capitol, and tortured and killed in front of Peeta.Played by Amber Chaney.
Body Horror: In the process to become an Avox, she had to get her tongue cut out.
No Name Given: In The Hunger Games and Catching Fire she is simply know as the Avox girl. In Mockingjay, Peeta says her name was Lavinia.
The Voiceless: Getting your tongue cut out does that... However, before she was taken by the Capitol, she screamed the the boy's name that she was with.
"Everyone likes an underdog!"
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 first 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 his boss, 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 opportunist who views the Hunger Games primarily 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.
The Character Died with Him: Averted. Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in early February 2014, seven days away from completing filming on Mockingjay - Part 2 and he had already completed almost all of his scenes for Part 1. Early reports after his passing stated that the production crew planned to use CGI for the rest of his scenes, but a recent interview with director Francis Lawrence reveals that they plan to use only existing footage of Hoffman for scenes in which Plutarch appears in the background and to rewrite the rest of his dialogue scenes that he had yet to film so that his lines will be spoken by other characters.
Chekhov's Gunman: He remains nameless in The Hunger Games as the seemingly random 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 Chessmaster: In the films, best summed up in his line about "moves and countermoves". A deleted scene shows him rigging the 75th Hunger Games/3rd Quarter Quell, ostensibly to fulfill Snow's desire to have Victors kill each other and defeat the nascent rebellion by shattering bonds between Victors in particular and districts in general. The result is the opposite, as most of the Victors join the alliance set up by Haymitch to protect and rescue Katniss and Peeta and take the fight to the "real enemy".
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 Catching Fire, being the Head Gamemaker for the Quarter Quell. Subverted, as he's a Reverse Mole.
Knight Templar: Despite being on the side of the "good guys", he's ok with sacrificing some lives to achieve the goals of the rebellion.
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 actually a rebel agent 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 films.
And Starring: The films credits him, Donald Sutherland (Pres. Stone) and later Phillip Seymour-Hoffman (Heavansbee) this way.
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.
Anti-Villain: 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. In a way, Caesar does his best so every Tribute actually stands a chance of winning.
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.
A former Hunger Games stylist who now spends the rest of her days in a dilapidated fur underwear shop deep within the Capitol. She has altered herself to look like a tiger.Played by Eugenie Bondurant in the Mockingjay films.
Animal Motifs: Her entire face is shaped like a tiger's face, and even acts like one as well, which Katniss concludes is too weird even by Capitol standards.
Facial Markings: She has black and gold tiger stripes tattooed onto her face.
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.
Walking Spoiler:Discussing her in any way requires giving away that District 13 is still around and going.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims to be one, and goes to very extreme measures, like having children killed, so that she can overthrow the Capitol.
Would Hurt a Child: Doesn't do it directly herself, but she has Capitol children blown up to make it look like Snow was behind their deaths.
It's also implied that she sent Prim to the front lines of the rebel medics, who were allowed past the barricade to treat the injured children and were subsequently blown up as well, just so she could have Katniss's support.