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Characters: The Hunger Games

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Katniss Everdeen

"If we burn, you burn with us!"

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.
  • Action Girlfriend: Is this to Peeta's Non-Action Guy in the second book.
  • 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.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is very composed and distant. Lampshaded in the second film.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like Gale, described as "olive-skinned" with black hair. In the movie, played by the white (and brown haired in the first movie while black haired in the second) Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Angst Coma
  • Animal Motifs: From Catching Fire onwards, she's strongly identified with mockingjays. She received a pin of one early in The Hunger Games and it became her symbol.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: In "Mockingjay" she'll frequently hide away in closets or storage rooms and end up falling asleep.
  • Anti Heroine: The pragmatic kind.
  • 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.
  • Arrows on Fire
  • 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.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Sort of — it's less "babies make everything better" and more "babies make life somewhat more bearable".
    • 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.
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • 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.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • 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.
  • Broken Bird:
    • 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.
  • The Chosen One: Treated this way by the rebellion.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and Peeta wore coal black jackets.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Increasingly becomes this as the novels progress, though moreso during the games.
  • The Comically Serious
  • 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Prim and Rue.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: In the second film, as she is hoisted from the burning wreckage of the Arena by a resistance hovercraft.
  • The Cynic: In contrast to Peeta's idealism, Katniss's utter lack of faith in people at the series' start is particularly grim.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments. Especially when bantering with Finnick.
    Finnick: You can swim, too. Where did you learn that in District Twelve?
    Katniss: We have a big bathtub.
  • Debt Detester
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards Prim, which sets the plot in motion.
    • Towards Peeta in the second book.
  • 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.
  • Determinator
  • Did They or Didn't They?: In "Mockingjay" she and Peeta have a sex scene that's so discreet it left many wondering if they had sex at all.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father died in a mining accident.
  • Emotionless Girl: In the second and third books, thanks to her trauma from the first.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Mockingjay bow.
  • Famed in Story: Becomes one of the biggest celebrities in Panem.
  • Family of Choice: In the end her family consists of Peeta and Haymitch, not her parents or her sister.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Johanna Mason in Mockingjay.
  • First Boy Wins: She met Peeta first, he declared his feelings for her first and she never did develop romantic feelings for Gale.
  • Flirting Under Fire: Builds her romance with Peeta during the Hunger Games.
  • 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.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • 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.
  • Glass Cannon
  • Go Karting with Bowser: Regularly sells her rabbits and squirrels to the Peacekeepers at the Hob.
  • Gray Eyes: Type 2 (characterizing her as cold and strong-willed).
  • Grow Old with Me: Given how long her life-expectancy was when she volunteered to take Prim's place in the first book the epilogue can be seen as this.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: Is the bitter, cynical, stoic brunette to Peeta, Madge, and Prim's kinder, more approachable, sweeter blonde.
  • Hairy Girl: Katniss is mentioned as having hairy legs, though it's brought up more for the sake of a Painful Body Waxing scene.
  • Hallucinations: In her first Games, courtesy of tracker jacker venom.
  • 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.
  • The Hunter: After President Snow in Mockingjay.
  • Icon of Rebellion: The mockingjay pin, and eventually Katniss herself.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The other tributes saw her as being this in the second Games. Cue Finnick, Johanna, and Chaff trolling her and trying to 'corrupt' her.
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Once she finds out she'll be headed for another Hunger Games in the Quarter Quell
  • Insecure Love Interest: Believes that she doesn't deserve the love of someone like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Haymitch, Mags and Effie.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Courtesy of Peeta.
    • 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.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses:
    • Most people who grow up in the Seam wear them.
    • Most victors, too.
  • 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.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • 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.
  • Mama Bear: Towards Prim and Rue.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: It's implied that President Snow expects her to bear Peeta's children as a means of being able to control her.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: To both Peeta and Gale. Peeta eventually calls her on it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Katniss is a real plant. Its common name is "Arrowhead" (and its scientific name is Sagittaria, which means 'archer' in Latin).
  • More Hero Than Thou
  • No Social Skills: Something that Haymitch frequently mocks Katniss over is her lack of people skills.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Spends most of the third book being in talks to get in line with the revolution.
  • Oblivious to Love: Cannot see that Gale and Peeta clearly love her until they outright state it to her. Even for Peeta, it took some time for her to realize after he blatantly says it.
  • The Ophelia: After killing Coin in Mockingjay
  • Pregnant Badass: In Catching Fire... or so Peeta would have you believe.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Promotion to Parent
  • 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".
  • Roguish Poacher: Illegal hunting to feed starving family and stick it to The Man? Check.
  • Save The Mockingjay, Save The World: Especially apparent in "Catching Fire".
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Name serves as one to Bathsheba Everdene from Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: This becomes the reason why she ultimately chooses Peeta over Gale.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: The role Katniss plays for the cameras. Of course, her true self is nothing like that.
  • So Happy Together: She and Peeta play up this trope before the Quarter Quell.
  • The Stoic
  • Straight Man
  • Stylish Protection Gear: Her Mockingjay suit - designed by a professional stylist, no less.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: "Sugar" to Prim and Gale, "ice" to pretty much everyone else, including her mother. But she warms up to her and a few more people over the course of the trilogy.
  • Super Couple: With Peeta, including in-universe.
  • Survival Mantra: In the beginning of Mockingjay.
  • Survivor Guilt
  • Sympathy for the Devil: When she ultimately kills Cato in the 74th Games, it's not out of anger towards him or a desire to win, but as an act of compassion and pity for his condition.
  • There's No Place Like Home: In the first book. Inverted in the second. Mad crushingly depressing in the third.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Lamb stew with dried plums. Also Peeta's cheese buns.
  • 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.
  • Useless Spleen: Loses hers in the third book.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Has no qualms whatsoever killing anyone she perceives to be a threat to Peeta in Catching Fire.
  • Weapon of Choice: What else but a bow?
  • 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.
  • Wreathed in Flames:
    • Her entire public image is built around fire imagery after her debut at the 74th Games. It backfires on her repeatedly.
    • 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 Are Worth Hell: Regarding Prim and later Peeta.
  • You Got Spunk: When volunteering for her sister at the reaping, Haymitch announces drunkenly that he likes how she's got lots of spunk.

Peeta Mellark

"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.
  • Action Survivor
  • 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.
  • Artificial Limbs: A prosthetic left leg which he learns to walk on within days after amputation and seems to be able to run on with no trouble within a few months.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he's been hijacked in Mockingjay.
  • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Gale's Veronica for Katniss.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Mockingjay, he gets hijacked while being held hostage by the Capitol.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Catch Phrase: Real or not real?
  • 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.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, he and Katniss wore coal black jackets.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker/Non-Action Snarker
  • Death of Personality: In "Mockingjay". Johanna refers to him post-hijacking as "the evil version of" himself.
  • Declaration of Protection: To Katniss. Well, until the Capitol brainwashes him, that is.
  • 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.
  • Disabled Love Interest
  • 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 Defector: When he allies with the careers.
  • 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.
  • Flirting Under Fire: Builds a romance with Katniss during the Hunger Games.
  • Fighting from the Inside: After being hijacked by the Capitol, his real self struggles to show through.
    "How do you think this will end? What will be left? No one is safe. Not in the Capitol. Not in the districts. And you... In Thirteen... Dead by morning!"
  • Generation Xerox: The story goes that Peeta's father once fell in Love at First Sight with Katniss' mother, and later pointed Katniss out to Peeta.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Peeta is kind, patient, and three steps ahead when it comes to manipulating the on-camera narrative.
  • Guile Hero: He may be a load physically, but he's saved Katniss a lot of problems by being a big fat liar.
    • As such, he transforms into quite the Magnificent Bastard when he is brainwashed in Mockingjay.
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses his left leg in the first book yet remains rather badass.
  • 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.
  • The Heart
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Practically a basic character trait of his.
  • Heroic Willpower: He is the only known case of a person recovering from hijacking and he does it almost entirely on his own, through sheer force of will.
  • High School Sweethearts: They don't attend school after the 74th Games, but he and Katniss are 16/17 when they begin their relationship and they go on to love each other for the rest of their lives.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Subverted for a point, but ultimately played straight.
  • Insane Equals Violent: When he's hijacked.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Haymitch.
  • 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...
  • It Meant Something to Me: The made up romance he and Katniss portrayed in the first Hunger Games was very real to him, and it leaves the first novel with a Downer Ending for him.
  • 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.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Katniss.
  • 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 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.
  • Love Martyr
  • 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.
  • Mind Rape
  • Mind-Control Eyes
  • Morality Chain: Played up subtlety in Catching Fire. By the end of Mockingjay, Katniss explicitly states this is why she ultimately chooses Peeta over Gale.
  • More Hero Than Thou
  • 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 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.
  • 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...
  • Real Men Bake Flower Shaped Cookies
  • 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-Deprecating Humor: Peeta is said to have this.
  • 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.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He's seen playing chess with Haymitch in Catching Fire.
  • The Sneaky Guy
  • So Happy Together: Plays this trope up for all it's worth before the Quarter Quell.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Didn't lose his leg in the films.
  • Stealth Pun: A guy named Peeta who works at a bakery. Pita bread
  • The Stoic: Has shades of this.
  • The Strategist
  • Super Couple: With Katniss, including in-universe.
  • Survival Mantra: Not real, not real, not real, not real...
  • Through Her Stomach: Katniss really likes cheese buns.
  • Tokyo Rose: Pressed into this role by the Capitol after being captured.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He takes a keen professional interest in bread.
  • True Companions: With Haymitch and Katniss. The third book implies something similar between him, Johanna and Annie but in a quite twisted way.
  • Wham Line: Delivering these is pretty much his specialty.
  • What Kind Of Lame Power Is Cake Decorating Anyway
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: At first. His idealism gradually erodes as the series goes on.
  • Woobie: He is abused as a child, he almost dies in the 74th games (and still loses a leg), then he is captured by the Capitol after the 75 games. While here he is tortured and hijacked brutally.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Peeta is the closest character in the series to having Charles Atlas Super Power (due to having grown up lugging massive sacks of flour), but lacks the Killer Instinct to effectively use it.
    • 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.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted. Despite all that happens, she manages to remain relatively optimistic and kind. Later turns into Kill the Cutie.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Prim is burned alive by a detonating bomb.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Not that Katniss wasn't already on her way there, but Prim's death breaks her.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Animals love her. The family cat, Buttercup, only responds positively to her. She has a pet goat as well.
  • 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.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Prim is practically like a shining light in the Crapsack World she lives in. Unfortunately, this doesn't prevent her from being killed.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: While Prim is Wise Beyond Her Years, her softness, kindness, and sweetness qualify her for this trope.
    • Averted in the film- the actress has hazel eyes.
  • In-Series Nickname/Only Known by Their Nickname: Prim's full name is Primrose, but everyone calls her Prim.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Prim; she simply adores her cat Buttercup, who is utterly nasty to everyone except her, but then, she's the only one who seems to treat him with kindness.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Gale.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Prim starts out as being this for Katniss. Eventually Peeta takes over the role instead.
  • The Medic: Grows into one.
    Katniss: ...What's funny was, Prim, who's scared of her own shadow, stayed and helped [with the man's burnt leg]. My mother says healers are born, not made.
  • Morality Pet: Prim, for Katniss and Buttercup; she is one of few people they show any kindness to.
  • Nice Girl
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In the first book. She isn't present for most of the plot, but it's because of her that Katniss ends up in the Games in the first place.
    • And by extension, Katniss's role in those Games were what ended up sparking the rebellion.
  • Tender Tears
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: At first. She loses the wide-eyed part, but keeps the idealism.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: In Mockingjay.

Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen

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.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Katniss views her dead father more highly than she does her loving but not-quite-there mother.
  • Disappeared Dad: Mr. Everdeen passed away five years before the story starts.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Living things just seem to like Katniss's mother, although moreso before Mr. Everdeen was killed and she fell into a Heroic BSOD.
  • 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.
  • The One That Got Away: For Peeta's father.
  • Parental Abandonment: Though eventually Mom got better. Though Katniss would likely have preferred her to still be around when she enters her "exile" at the end of Mockingjay.
  • Posthumous Character: Mr. Everdeen.
  • 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.

Gale Hawthorne

" 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.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Olive-skinned and black-haired.
  • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Peeta's Betty for Katniss.
  • 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.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Explicitly defied by the Capitol highers-up, who think that Gale's Tall, Dark and Handsome childhood friend character could damage viewers' opinions of Katniss and Peeta's onscreen romance.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Deuteragonist: Of Mockingjay.
  • Die for Our Ship: In-universe. President Snow threatens to have him killed if Katniss shows romantic interest in him over Peeta.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad died in the same explosion that killed Katniss's.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: At the end of Catching Fire.
    Gale (to Katniss): There is no District Twelve.
  • Entitled to Have You: Occasionally behaves this way about Katniss.
  • Gray Eyes: He and Katniss are supposed to look so alike they could pass for siblings.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • 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
  • Kick the Morality Pet
  • Like Brother and Sister: Surrogate big brother to Prim. Katniss thinks of him this way in the first book as well.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Just like in the days of old, Gale provides for his family by hunting.
  • Meaningful Name: He has a stormy personality.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He maintains quite a healthy amount of fangirls for someone who was a tertiary character in the first book.
  • Promotion to Parent: After his father died, Gale took it upon himself to care for his many younger siblings.
  • Rebellious Spirit
  • Roguish Poacher
  • Romantic False Lead
  • Romantic Runner-Up: In the end, Katniss picks Peeta over him.
  • 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.
  • The Strategist
  • 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.
  • A Taste of the Lash: After he's caught hunting in Catching Fire.
    • Changed in the film to interfering when a Peacekeeper is beating an old woman.
  • The Unfettered: Sort of leaning into this territory in Mockingjay.
    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.

Greasy Sae

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.

Madge Undersee

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.

Cray

Head Peacekeeper at District 12.Replaced by Romulus Thread in the second book)

Played by Wilbur Fitzgerald in the second film.

  • The Alcoholic: Buys the same white liquor as Haymitch.
  • 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.
  • Mook Lieutenant
  • 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.

Delly Carwright

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.

     Tributes of the 74th Hunger Games 

Rue

"So is it all true? Y'know, you and him?"

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.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and Thresh wore chocolate brown jackets.
  • Decoy Deuteragonist: Offed before the 74th Hunger Games end.
  • Flower in Her Hair: After her death, Katniss places a wreath of flowers on her head.
  • Fragile Speedster
  • Go Out with a Smile: Katniss sings to her as she dies, and she smiles at Katniss.
  • Kid Hero
  • Kill the Cutie
  • Last Request: She asks Katniss to sing for her. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • 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.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Replacement Goldfish: To Katniss, who can't help but see her little sister Prim in Rue. When Rue is dying, Katniss actually refers to her as Prim in her thoughts, before correcting herself.
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • 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.

Thresh

"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.
  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: Clove found out the hard way that talking smack about Rue when Thresh is within earshot is not a good idea.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Rue.
  • The Big Guy: He is tall, large and strong.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, he and Rue wore chocolate brown jackets.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He completely pulverizes Clove until she dies.
  • Debt Detester
  • 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.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Until Rue dies, then he finally goes on the offensive.
  • Pet the Dog: Spares Katniss in return for her making a burial for Rue earlier on. He does warn that it's a one-time offer.
  • The Quiet One
  • Sanity Slippage: Clearly losing it when killing Clove.
  • 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.
  • Wild Card
  • Would Hit a Girl: His only known kill is Clove.

Foxface

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.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and her district partner wore plum red jackets.
  • 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.
  • Hold the Line: Her strategy.
  • In-Series Nickname: Katniss, not knowing her real name, referred to her as "Foxface" in her head.
  • No Name Given/Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name isn't known, so she's just called "Foxface".
  • 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...
  • Trickster
  • Weak, but Skilled
  • Wild Card
  • Worthy Opponent: In the book, Katniss is constantly shown to respect Foxface and admire her tactics, often wishing she'd thought of them herself.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Her mutt-version is noted to have amber eyes.

Cato

"I'm comin' for you!"

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.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting and killing for the sake of it.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, he and Clove wore Rust Red colored jackets.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Thankfully, Katniss helps him out of it.
  • [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.
  • Mercy Kill: Courtesy of Katniss.
  • Motive Rant: In the film. See Heel Realization.
  • 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Comes across as this in the film, thanks to his Motive Rant.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Never actually does so, but he's perfectly willing to hunt down and kill Katniss himself.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Completely loses it near the end, savagely attacking Katniss and Peeta like a wild animal.
  • You Have Failed Me: He breaks the District 3 boy's neck after the boy's trap failed to kill Katniss, instead destroying their supplies.

Clove

"Where's lover boy? Oh, I see. You're gonna help him, right? Well, that's sweet."

Cato's fellow tribute from District 2, who relishes killing her competitors with an array of knives she keeps in her jacket.

In the film, she's portrayed by Isabelle Fuhrman.

  • Actor Allusion: Isabelle Fuhram plays a Knife Nut.
  • Age Lift: The scoreboard in the film states she is 15, despite the book heavily implying she is 18. This was likely done as her actress was only 14 at the time of filming.
  • Ax-Crazy: The filmmakers decided to play this up, showing her as unhinged and slightly psychotic, in part to counter how much smaller Fuhrman was to the other characters.
  • Blood Knight
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and Cato wore Rust Red colored jackets.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Brutally slain by Thresh after she boasts about killing Rue when he slams her repeatedly into the Cornucopia.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: To Cato.
  • Evil Gloating
  • 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.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: Like the other "Career" tributes, she comes across this way to some extent due to her District's practice of training kids for the Games.
  • 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.

Marvel

"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.

Glimmer

"Are you sure we shouldn't just kill him now?"

The female tribute from District 1.

Portrayed by Leven Rambin in the film.

District 3 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.

District 4 Tributes

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.

District 5 Male

The unnamed male tribute of District 5 during the 74th Hunger Games. (His partner Foxface has her own section above).

He is killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia.

He is played by Chris Mark.

District 6 Tributes

The unnamed tributes of District 6 during the 74th Hunger Games.

They are both killed in the bloodbath at the cornucopia.

They are played by Kara Petersen and Ashton Moio respectively.

District 7 Tributes

The unnamed tributes of District 7 during the 74th Hunger Games.

They are both killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia.

They are played by Leigha Hancock & Sam Ly respectively.

District 8 Tributes

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.

District 9 Tributes

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.

District 10 Tributes

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.

     Past Tributes 

In General

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.
  • Bad Dreams
  • Badass: You'd have to be to win a Game.
  • 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: They've known each other for many years.
  • Mentor Archetype: It's their job to mentor the tributes from their district.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Majority of them consider their victory as such.
  • 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.
  • Zen Survivors: In a degree.

Haymitch Abernathy

"Remember who the real enemy is."

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.
  • The Alcoholic
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase: Sweetheart.
    • "Stay alive."
  • Combat Pragmatist: How he manages to survive the Hunger Games. Unfortunately, President Snow doesn't put up with it.
  • Cutting the Knot: Spent his Game actually looking for the end of the arena, which probably inspired the escape plan in Catching Fire.
  • Cynical Mentor: Due to dealing with the trauma from his own games coupled with years and years of watching his charges die in the arena.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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.
  • Drunken Master
  • Famed in Story: Pretty much the only celebrity District 12 has, until the 74th Games.
  • Family of Choice: With Peeta and Katniss.
  • 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.
  • Good Flaws, Bad Flaws: His alcoholism, which he is able to overcome at several points in the story only to fall back into the bottle later on. Commonly thought to be a plot hole but many alcoholics do in fact go through periods of complete sobriety followed by periods of constant drinking.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths
  • 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".
  • The Nicknamer: Katniss is "sweetheart" and Peeta is "the boy".
  • 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.
  • The Obi-Wan: Non-lethal example.
  • 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.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: He starts off as this but progresses to Cynical Mentor when he discovers that Katniss and Peeta may actually have a fighting chance, and ends up as something of a Team Dad.
  • Smart People Play Chess: In "Catching Fire" he is seen playing chess with Peeta.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside
  • The Stoic
  • Stout Strength
  • Team Dad: And he is a Papa Wolf when you threaten or hurt his two surviving tributes.
  • Trickster Mentor
  • True Companions: With many of the victors but most importantly with Katniss and Peeta.
  • Try Not to Die: His go-to advice.
  • Wake Up Fighting: Sleeps with a knife in his hands and if you wake him up you'd best take a step back.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Either plays this or the Indy Ploy most days, assuming he's sober.

Gloss and Cashmere

The District 1 tributes for the Quarter Quell.

Played by Alan Richton (Gloss) and Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere) in the film.

  • Abusive Parents / Meddling Parents: Cashmere's actor, Stephanie Schlund, states that the siblings parents were extremely hard on them.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: They won consecutive Hunger Games, being the only known siblings to do so.
  • Blondes are Evil: Not evil, per say, they just want to live.
  • Brother-Sister Team: They're siblings who won back-to-back Games. In the film, they are shown training together.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Both are described as beautiful.
  • Sex Slave: Mockingjay implies that the stunningly beautiful Cashmere was a victim of this, alongside Finnick.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Katniss didn't spend much time with them, and didn't get to know them well.

Brutus

The District 2 male tribute for the Quarter Quell.

Played by Bruno Gunn in the film.

Enobaria

The District 2 female tribute for the Quarter Quell.

Played by Meta Golding.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Blood Knight: In the film, she shows enthusiasm and gusto for returning into the arena. She's just as upset about it as everyone else, though.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Man Bites Man: Her preferred method of combat — killing people with her cosmetically-sharpened teeth.
  • Scary Black Woman In the films.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Sorta. While never really on the good guys' team, she and Annie are the only Career victors still breathing at the story's end.

Lyme

A former victor from District 2 and commander of the rebellion in District 2.

Played by Lily Rabe in Mockingjay Part 1 and Gwendoline Christie in the Mockingjay Part 2.

  • Action Girl: An older version as she is stated to be middle-aged and muscular.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Is stated to have an unforgettable face, but her beauty is never commented on in the books.
  • 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.
  • Black and Nerdy: Beetee in the film adaptations.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Wiress.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: "Tick tock." The Quarter Quell arena is a clock.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Beetee usually finished Wiress's sentences for her.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Beetee. See The Smart Guy. It can be assumed Wiress is this as well.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Wiress was killed in the middle of her singing "Hickory-Dickory Dock. This alerted Katniss and the others that the Careers arrived.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Nuts," Wiress, and "Volts," Beetee, by Johanna.
  • 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.
  • Madness Mantra: Wiress again.
  • Non-Action Guy: Both Beetee and Wiress.
  • Only One Name: Their surnames are never given; the film does give Beetee one: Latier.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 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.

Finnick Odair

"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.
  • Beta Couple: With Annie.
  • The Casanova: His public persona. He's devastatingly loyal to Annie, though, who loves him back.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being ripped apart by lizard muttations probably wasn't the best way to go.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His Games became one once he got his shiny new trident.
  • 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."
  • Famed in Story: One of the most popular victors.
  • Gallows Humor: Literally: makes a noose and pretends to hangs himself for Katniss' amusement.
  • Hands-On Approach: How he teaches Katniss how to knot.
  • 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.
  • Hunk
  • 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.
  • Ladykiller in Love: With Annie.
  • The Lancer: To Katniss in the Quarter Quell.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Johanna; Finnick is one of the only people Johanna trusts.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In-universe example; later deconstructed.
  • 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.
  • Pretty Boy
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His weapon of choice.
  • 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.
  • So Happy Together: Gets to marry Annie and then gets to die.
  • Something Only They Would Say: How he convinces Katniss he's on her side in the film - he tells her "Remember who the real enemy is."
  • 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.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Befitting his status as Mr. Fanservice, he's constantly shirtless before the Quarter Quell.
  • Wartime Wedding: With Annie in Mockingjay. It ends tragically when he leaves shortly after only to die.

Annie Cresta

"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 in the films.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her seconds-long cameo in the Catching Fire film shows her with red hair, as opposed to the books' brown.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While she went through a Heroic BSOD during her Games, her symptoms in the books sound an awful lot like schizophrenia.
  • Beta Couple: With Finnick.
  • Break the Cutie: Her experience in the Games wasn't pleasant, to say the least, and left her shell-shocked to the point that she almost completely lost her mind.
  • Damsel in Distress: Annie is captured and held prisoner by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire, but she is rescued in Mockingjay.
  • Famed in Story: As all victors are.
  • 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.
  • Olympic Swimmer: How she won her games, outswimming the other tributes.
  • 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.
  • So Happy Together: She and Finnick.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: In the epilogue, we find out that Annie has given birth to Finnick's son.
  • 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.
  • Wartime Wedding: With Finnick in Mockingjay.
  • Weak, but Skilled: We never heard of her killing anyone, but she could swim, so she outlasted everyone when the arena flooded.
    • Though it is a safe bet she killed a few tributes before the death of her district partner, given that she was a career tribute.
  • What Does He See In Her: Out of all the rich and powerful lovers that Finnick's had, "the mad girl he left behind him" is the only one he truly loves.

Mags

Finnick's partner in the Quarter Quell and previously his mentor. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.

Played by Lynn Cohen.

  • Cool Old Lady: She's 80, probably the oldest living victor.
  • Death Seeker
  • Face Death with Dignity: She simply kisses Finnick good-bye and walks right into the poison fog.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Finnick, Katniss and Peeta, especially Finnick. Possibly to Annie.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Walks into poison fog so that Finnick can focus on rescuing Peeta instead.
  • 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 Obi-Wan: She is Finnick's mentor.
  • Retired Badass
  • 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.

District 6 Morphlings

A pair of drug addicts who compete in the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep both Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.

Played by Justin Hix (the male) and Megan Hayes (the female).

  • Age Lift: Despite being stated to be among the older tributes in the book, they only look about 20-30 in the movie. Justified as their actors, Justin Hix and Megan Hayes, are around that age.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The female saves Peeta in the nick of time.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The female tribute sacrifices her life to save Peeta. He feels some guilt over being saved by someone whose name he doesn't even know.
  • Hidden Depths: Haymitch must have known that they would be able to protect Katniss and Peeta, despite how addled they were.
  • Lethal Joke Character: The female.
  • Master of Disguise: The female's talent. She uses it to appear from thin air in order to protect Peeta. Haymitch said this is how both the morphlings won their games.
  • No Name Given: Referred to only as the Male and Female Morphlings.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The female.
  • Weak, but Skilled
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The male is killed in the initial brawl at the Cornucopia.

Johanna Mason

"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.

Blight

The District 7 male for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.

Played by Bobby Jordan.

  • Demoted to Extra: While Blight never really was important to the story, his onscreen appearance in the film is only in the interviews, and later in a passing mention by Johanna.
  • Meaningful Name / Punny Name: Blight is an illness that afflicts trees.
  • Morality Pet: Makes Johanna show an unusual feeling of sadness and empathy.
  • Perma Stubble: Always seen with his scruffy beard.
  • 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.
  • Take Care of the Kids: Cecelia knew she wouldn't make it out of the Quarter Quell alive.
  • Too Stupid To Live: Woof tries to eat poisonous bugs in the training center. Justified due to him being senile.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Both were killed in the bloodbath.

District 9 tributes

Tributes from District 9, who competed in the Quarter Quell.

Played by Marian Green and Daniel Bernhardt.

  • An Axe to Grind: The female preferred axes.
  • 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.
  • No Name Given
  • 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.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Both were killed in the initial bloodbath.

District 10 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.

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The male had to be retrieved in pieces...
  • 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.
  • No Name Given
  • We Hardly Knew Ye
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never shown how the District 10 male died, and his portrait is never shown in the sky in the film. It is assumed he is killed the same way he was in the novel.

Chaff

A competitor in the Quarter Quell, and Haymitch's drinking buddy. Part of the alliance to keep both Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.

Played by E. Roger Mitchell.

  • The Alcoholic: Haymitch thinks he drinks a lot.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his hand during his Games, and refused to have it replaced after his victory.
  • Dirty Old Man: Drunkenly makes out with Katniss. Haymitch and Peeta think this is hilarious, but Katniss doesn't see the funny side.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He's a friend of Haymitch's. They both turned to drinking after their Games.
  • Handicapped Badass
  • Only Friend: Haymitch.
  • 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.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

Seeder

The District 11 female for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.

Played by Maria Howell.

  • Cool Old Lady: Is said to be older than most of the tributes, like Mags and Woof.
  • Demoted to Extra: Is only in one scene in the film, and she doesn't inform Katniss about Rue's family.
  • Red Herring: Seeder seems important, as she informs Katniss that Rue's family is safe, and Katniss wants her as an ally. However, she is killed at the Cornucopia after being set up as important.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She is killed in the initial brawl at the Cornucopia.

Maysilee Donner

Madge's aunt, and one of Haymitch's district partners during his games note . Also the original owner of the mockingjay pin.

  • Adapted Out: The film series cut out the mockingjay pin's backstory.
  • Always Identical Twins: She and Mrs. Undersee.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Haymitch finds her just as a flock of sharp-beaked birds are finishing up with ripping out her throat.
  • Generation Xerox: She was very close to Katniss's mother, a friendship Katniss and Madge would later replicate.
  • Poisoned Weapons: How she got so far during her games; she fought using poison darts. She was good enough with them to be able to kill a Career.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Apparently looked a lot like Madge, her identical twin's daughter.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She was the original owner of the mockingjay pin, which Madge later gives to Katniss as a tribute token. It later graduates to Icon of Rebellion.

Titus

A tribute from District 6 who went crazy and ate his fellow tributes before being killed by an avalanche.

     The Capitol 

As a whole:

  • Deadly Decadent Court: If the story of Snow's ascension to power is anything to go buy.
  • Faceless Mooks: The Peacekeepers.
    • 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).

Effie Trinket

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.
  • Anti-Villain
  • 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!"
  • Costume Porn
  • Defector from Decadence: Effie eventually defects from The Capitol, having grown to love Peeta and Katniss.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Mockingjay. She isn't seen till much later. Appears to not be the case in the movies however...[1]
  • Empty Eyes: Katniss notes how Effie has a "vacant look" in her eyes in Mockingjay due to the torture she suffered while being held prisoner by the Capitol.
  • Feigning Intelligence: She's probably dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but she certainly doesn't see it that way.
    "Everyone has their reservations, naturally. You being from the coal district. But I said, and this was very clever of me, I said, 'Well, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls!'"
    • Gets a callback in Catching Fire by an amused Peeta when he actually finds a pearl.
    • At one point, Effie claims to be something of an expert in architecture. Portia only acknowledges this because the silence was getting too long.
  • Genki Girl: A grownup version.
  • Hidden Depths: She seems like a frivolous, apathetic bitch at first, but soon shows that she genuinely cares for Katniss and Peeta.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Katniss and Peeta.
  • Large Ham
  • Schedule Fanatic: A mild example in Catching Fire.
  • Skewed Priorities: In the first movie, she's more upset that Katniss stabbed the table ("That is mahogany!") than that she almost stabbed Haymitch in the hand.
  • Stepford Smiler: Katniss eventually realizes that Effie's shallowness is a defense mechanism which is her way of coping with her role in the Games.
  • Team Mom: To an extent. Seems more obvious in the movies.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink, or orange, or gold. Justified in that they're wigs.

Cinna

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.

  • Ambiguously Brown: In the films. His skin tone is never described in the books.
  • 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).
  • Costume Porn: It's his job.
  • Cultured Badass: Instigates a rebellion with the power of fashion.
  • The Fashionista: A non-camp version.
  • Green Eyes: In the novel, at least.
  • Guyliner: Wears gold eyeliner.
  • Meaningful Name: The original Cinna was a doomed opponent of Sulla the dictator.
    • Also, the word "Cinna" kind of sounds like "cinders."
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest, sweetest people in the Crapsack World that is Panem, so much that Katniss quickly grew to like him.
  • Only Sane Man: Katniss at least considers him to one when she arrive to the Capitol.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He is beaten by the Peacekeepers as Katniss is being lifted to the Quarter Quell arena, and later killed during interrogations.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: The Mockingjay suit he designs for Katniss. Justified in that Katniss the "Mockingjay" is the symbol of the rebellion, and so needs to look suitably iconic.

Portia

Peeta's rather level-headed stylist. Is later executed on live television by President Snow to scar Peeta.

Portrayed by Latarsha Rose in the first film.

President Coriolanus Snow

" Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous...[A] spark is fine, as long as it's contained.....So contain it."

The president of Panem. He has puffy lips and smells of blood and roses. He's not very fond of Katniss.

Donald Sutherland portrays him in the films.

  • Acquired Poison Immunity
  • 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 Stucci (Flickerman) this way.
  • Animal Motifs: He's been described as "snake-eyed."
  • Ascended Extra: In the film, although as he's the Big Bad (and with all the scenes beyond Katniss' perspective), this makes a lot of sense.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad: Of the series. As the 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.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Has secret cameras everywhere, much to everybody's discomfort.
  • The Chessmaster
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the film version of Catching Fire, Snow eats breakfast with his granddaughter.
    • Of course given his later actions, you have to wonder if he'd be willing to sacrifice her if it meant saving his position.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A right bastard he might be, but when he gives his word, he keeps it. This clued in Katniss that he was telling the truth about Coin being responsible for Prim's death.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Evil vs. Evil: In general District 13 and the rebels seem like the grey to the capitol's black (or A Lighter Shade of Grey). But Alma Coin personally is at least as evil as Snow.
  • Fan Nickname: President Santa Claus, or Evil Santa.
  • 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).
  • Klingon Promotion: Rose to power by killing his rivals and those in higher rank.
  • Large and in Charge: In the film. Being played by 6"4" Donald Sutherland will do that to a character.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very much so.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the Shakespearian Tragic Hero in the eponymous play. He shares similar traits - he cares little about the ordinary folk and wants to maintain a totalitarian state.
    • His personality is also cold and icy, like snow. His hair is also white, like snow.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His go-to solution to pretty much any problem. He needs a compelling reason not to have someone killed.
  • 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.
  • President Evil
  • Something about a Rose: The smell of blood is natural, thanks to not taking an antidote quickly enough after poisoning both himself and a rival. The smell of roses covers it up.
  • Snow Means Death
  • 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 Breakdown: 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.
  • 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).

  • Adapted Out: Venia doesn't appear in Catching Fire
  • 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.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Octavia's skin is dyed light green. Averted in the movie, where her skin is normal.
  • Break the Cutie: In Mockingjay.
  • Chatty Hairdressers: Their chatter actually hinted Katniss on potential uprisings in Districts 3, 4 and 8.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: All three.
  • Defector from Decadence: They are captured and brought to District 13 and tortured, but their sheer love for Katniss makes them defect against the Capitol, instead of running back and informing them.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the film. They show up, but their names aren't mentioned and they only have a brief appearance. They have a bit more to do in Catching Fire.
  • Determinator: Venia powers on alone to fix Katniss once Flavius and Octavia are sent away to prevent from upsetting Katniss.
  • Facial Markings: The gold tattoos above Venia's eyes.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Venia strangely doesn't appear in the Catching Fire film.
  • 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.

Lavinia

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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Was electrocuted to death with extremely high and painful voltages.
  • Demoted to Extra: In both films. In the first film, she shows up in a single scene in the background. Happens again in Catching Fire, where she is wearing a face mask and white clothing behind Peeta.
  • Made a Slave: Avoxes are the slaves of Panem.
  • 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.

Seneca Crane

"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.
  • Beard of Evil
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: To President Snow in the first film.
  • The Heavy: Of the first film.
  • 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.
  • You Have Failed Me: Snow orders his execution over the 74th Hunger Games debacle.

Plutarch Heavensbee

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 films.

  • And Starring: The films credits him, Donald Sutherland (President Snow) and Stanley Stucci (Caesar Flickerman) this way.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted.
  • 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 up the them of 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.
  • Mole in Charge: As Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Exposition: Happens a number of times.
  • 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.

Caesar Flickerman

"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 loose sponsors. In a way, Caesar does his best so every Tribute actually stands a chance of winning.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: His grinning mug appears on in-universe toothpaste ads used to promote the film.
  • Fun Personified
  • The Host: An amalgam of every obnoxious daytime TV host on earth.
  • Large Ham
  • Manipulative Bastard: If he wants something out of his guests' mouths, he knows how to get it.
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: For the 74th Hunger Games, at least; for the 75th Hunger Games his hair is lavender.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after the Capitol falls to the rebellion is left unmentioned.

Romulus Thread

Cray's replacement as Head Peacekeeper. He may hail from District 2, as Roman names are common both at the Capitol and District 2 and most Peacekeepers hail from the latter as well.
Portrayed by Patrick St. Espirit in the second film.

Cressida

A director from the Capitol assigned to document Katniss once the rebellion begins.
Played by Natalie Dormer in the film series.

  • Bald Women: Complete with green vines. In the film only part of her head is shaved
  • Defector from Decadence: She defects from the Capitol sometime before the events of Mockingjay.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Has shades of this, although her main job is to create propaganda.
  • Older and Wiser: And she uses this knowledge to try and help Katniss any way she can.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her original camera crew, only her and Pollux survive.

Messalla

Cressida's assistant. He is described as a young man with multiple piercings.
Played by Evan Ross in the films.

Castor and Pollux

Cressida's cameramen who are both brothers. Pollux is also an Avox.
Played by Wes Chatham (Castor) and Elden Henson (Pollux) in the films.

  • Defector from Decadence: They both defect from the Capitol along with Cressida.
  • Made a Slave: Pollux worked in the Capitol's underground sewer system during his time as an Avox.
  • Meaningful Name: Castor and Pollux are in Roman and Greek mythology. Similar to their tale, Castor dies in Mockingjay while Pollux survives.
  • The Voiceless: Pollux, due to being an Avox.

Tigris

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.
  • Meaningful Name: Tigris is Latin for Tiger.

Fulvia Cardew

A rebel and Plutarch Heavensbee's right hand woman.

It is unknown whether she'll be in the film or not.

     Spoiler Characters 

District 13

President Alma Coin

The president of District 13.

Slated to be portrayed by Julianne Moore in the Mockingjay films.

  • Big Bad Ensemble: With President Snow.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Distaff Counterpart: To President Snow.
  • Gray Eyes: The second type - she's stern, strong-willed, and willing to hurt people to get what she wants.
  • Genghis Gambit: In order to rally the people in the Capitol on her side and end things early, Coin blows up a bunch of children and makes it look like Snow is responsible. It works, initially.
  • Iron Lady
  • La Résistance
  • Lady of War
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Meaningful Name: She and Snow are two sides of the same coin.
  • Not So Different: Katniss ultimately decides she's every bit as bad as Snow.
  • Punny Name: President Coin. Think about it.
  • President Evil
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake: Again similar to Snow.
  • The Uriah Gambit: Tries this. It fails.
  • 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.

Boggs

Coin's right-hand man and leader of Squad 451.
Played by Mahershala Ali in the films.

Leeg 1 and 2

A pair of twin sisters living in District 13 and are members of the rebels and Squad 451.

Played by Misty (Leeg 1) and Kim (Leeg 2) Ormiston.

  • Always Identical Twins: The group calls them Leeg 1 and 2 because of it. However, Katniss notes that Leeg 1 has "weird yellow flecks in her eyes," making it easier for her to distinguis the two.
  • Break the Cutie: Leeg 2's death broke Leeg 1.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Leeg 2 was the first member of Squad 541 to die due to a poison dart activating accidently, killing her. Leeg 1 died along with Lieutenant Jackson from the Meat Grinder pod.

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