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"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.
- 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.
- Ambiguously Brown: Like Gale, described as "olive-skinned" with black hair.
- 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.
- Anti Heroine: Type III.
- 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: With Peeta. This was initially planned as part of continuing their ruse for the sake of the Capitol. When they do have children, it's because they want to.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: Increasingly becomes this as the novels progress, though moreso during the games.
- The Comically Serious
- Cool Big Sis: To Prim.
- 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:
- Prim's death.
- She dances on it for quite a while before this, most memorably at the end of Catching Fire where Haymitch only keeps his promise to Peeta.
- She pretty much crossed it after they nuked her home town and after that just keeps barely recovering only to be pitched back over it again, and again, and again. She's the female American Shinji Ikari!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 psychological trauma from going through the games twice, losing almost everyone they are close to, participating in and being the figureheads of a revolution that nearly destroys what little remains of human civilization, and, in Peeta's case, cold blooded torture and mind rape, she and Peeta still seem to end up this way. In fact, it's heavily implied that the only reason either of them is still functional is because of the other. The same goes for Haymitch, in a non romantic way.
- Heroic BSOD: A minor one towards the end of Catching Fire that starts to resolve during Mockingjay, only to implode and go supernova with Prim's death.
- Heroic Neutral
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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? "Arrowhead."
- Its scientific name is Sagittaria, which is a reference to the Western Zodiac sign Sagittarius, a fire sign whose symbol is an archer.
- More Hero Than Thou
- 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.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy
- Pregnant Badass: In Catching Fire... or so Peeta would have you believe.
- 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.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A different interpretation of the word "connections" in this case, but the reason she hasn't been tossed in a cell for illegally hunting the District 12 wildlife isn't because of any particular skill at evading the Peacemakers. It's because the Peacemakers are also her customers.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Already is one after the events of the first book. Then, she goes through even worse things.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Got Spunk: When volunteering for her sister at the reaping, Haymitch announces drunkenly that he likes how she's got lots of spunk.
"I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don't own me. If I'm gonna die, I wanna still be me. Does it make any sense?"
Drawn to go along to the arena with Katniss, Peeta is the baker's son and thus a member of the merchant class in District 12. He also happens to be completely head-over-heels for Katniss
, which, it would seem, is his bad luck.
Other District 12 Residents
"Just try to win, maybe you can!"
Katniss' family: her mother, (formerly) her father, and her 12-year-old sister Primrose, aka Prim. As a girl, her mother was a member of the merchant class but fell in love with and married a poor coal miner anyway. Katniss' father was killed in a mine explosion and her mother disappeared under the veil of crippling depression for years, but she's okay now.
- All-Loving Hero: Prim.
- Break the Cutie: Averted with Prim. Despite all that happens, she manages to remain relatively optimistic and kind.
- 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.
- 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.
- Disappeared Dad: Mr. Everdeen passed away five years before the story starts.
- Friend to All Living Things: Prim and Mr. Everdeen, though the former especially so.
- Generation Xerox: Katniss looks like Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities and talent for singing and, like him, will marry someone from the town. Prim looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also, Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Prim, being a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes who loves all living creatures and a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. When Katniss leaves her family she doesn't bother suggesting that Prim learn to hunt because her attempts were disastrous, since the woods terrified Prim and whenever Katniss shot something it would make Prim teary and she'd talk about how they might be able to heal it.
- Happily Married: Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen, apparently, before Mr. Everdeen's death.
- Heroic BSOD: Mrs. Everdeen had one after Mr. Everdeen died that was so bad it left her unable to take care of Katniss and Prim.
- 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: Prim.
- In-Series Nickname: Prim's full name is Primrose, but everyone calls her 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
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Prim; she simply adores her cat Buttercup, who is utterly nasty to everyone except her.
- The Medic: Mrs. Everdeen and Prim.
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.
- Nice Girl: Prim, again.
- 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.
- Sacrificial Lion: Prim.
- Tender Tears: Prim.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Prim.
- 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.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Prim, at first. She loses the wide-eyed part, but keeps the idealism.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Prim in Mockingjay.
" 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.
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.
Tributes of the 74th Hunger Games
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.
- Decoy Deuteragonist
- 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.
- Kill the Cutie
- Last Request: She asks Katniss to sing for her. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
- Meaningful Name
- 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.
"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.
- Ambiguously Brown: Like Rue, he's just described as "dark-skinned" in the book. In the film, he's black.
- 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.
- 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.
A tribute from District 5. Extremely resourceful and survives in the Games by stealing from the other Tributes.
She's portrayed by Jacqueline "Jackie" Emerson in the film.
- Animal Motifs: Foxes, of course, because of her fox-like appearance, which includes red hair and her foxy cunning.
- Anti-Villain: The only thing bad about her is that she's Katniss' opponent (though even then Katniss doesn't bear any hatred toward her), and she doesn't do anything bad in the book or the film.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Katniss nicknamed her "Foxface" because of her fox-like appearance. She is described by Katniss as sly and elusive. Foxface demonstrated her cleverness by figuring out the path into the Careers' supply pyramid and reached the bulk of supplies, takes an unnoticeable amount of food, and then runs back to the safety of the woods.
- 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.
- Too Clever by Half: Unless her death was intentional on her part.
- 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.
"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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting and killing for the sake of it.
- Cruel and Unusual Death
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely loses it near the end, savagely attacking Katniss and Peeta like a wild animal.
- 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.
- 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.
"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.
- Blood Knight
- 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 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.
The male tribute from District 1.
Portrayed by Jack Quaid in the film.
"Are you sure we shouldn't just kill him now?"
The female tribute from District 1.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted dreadfully when she's stung to death by tracker-jackers. After being attacked by swarms of them, she's not a pretty sight.
- Blondes are Evil
- Braids of Action
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dies from trackerjacker stings after Katniss cuts down the nest.
- Dark Chick
- Due to the Dead: Averted. Katniss, while suffering from the hallucinations brought on by the tracker-jacker stings, has no problem with prying a bow and quiver of arrows from her corpse. Given that Glimmer and Katniss were enemies, this is justified.
- Everyone Loves Blondes:
Katniss's narration: The girl from District 1, looking provocative in a see-through gold gown, steps up the center of the stage to join Caesar for her interview. You can tell her mentor didn't have any trouble coming up with an angle for her. With that flowing blonde hair, emerald green eyes, her body tall and lush... she's sexy all the way.
- Femme Fatale
- Faux Dark Action Girl: She's one of the Careers, who are said to have been intensely trained their whole lives for the Games beforehand and are usually the winners if nothing in the arena takes out all their food supplies at once first. However, she doesn't display any notable skills, is noted by Katniss to be an incompetent shot with a bow, and gets brutally killed by tracker-jackers early on in the Games before she can actually do anything.
- Ms. Fanservice: In-universe, this is her entire gimmick for getting sponsors.
- Ninja Looting: That bow was meant for Katniss, but it doesn't stop Glimmer from claiming it when she gets there first.
- Pink Means Feminine: In the film. As the girliest of the named female Tributes, it's fitting that her movie interview dress is this shade.
- She's Got Legs: With its artificially high waist and short, fluffy skirt, her interview dress in the film seems calculated to make her legs look as long as possible. It works.
- Tyke Bomb
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
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.
- Demoted to Extra: District 4 isn't even mentioned as a Career district in the film, and the girl is simply killed in the Cornucopia instead of joining the Career "pack".
- No Name Given
- Tyke Bomb: Raised from childhood to fight and to kill (in the novel, at least.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
District 5 Tribute
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.
District 6 Tributes
The unnamed tributes of District 6 during the 74th Hunger Games. They are both killed in the bloodbath at the cornucopia.
District 7 Tributes
The unnamed tributes of District 7 during the 74th Hunger Games. They are both killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia.
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.
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.
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.
"Embrace the probability of your imminent death, and know in your heart that there's nothing I can do to save you."
Katniss and Peeta's mentor, a participant in the 50th Hunger Games (and 2nd Quarter Quell) and the only surviving victor from District 12 (the other one is dead).His duty is to give them tips on how to survive the arena, arrange deals with sponsors to get them potentially life-saving items, and other things for which you generally would prefer someone to be sober - which unfortunately is not one of Haymitch's better skills. Also turns out to be a key member of La Résistance
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: In Catching Fire, Haymitch helps orchestrate Katniss's escape from the Quarter Quell.
- Catch Phrase: Sweetheart.
- 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.
- 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: And how!
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Katniss and Peeta. He prefers Peeta over Katniss but he understands Katniss better.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Start X to Stop X: Has a brief moment of this when he hypocritically votes to have one last hunger games with the Capitol's children out of pure spite, when him and the others had just fought an entire revolution to put the games to an end and despite all the emotional trauma from his games pretty much having ruined his entire life. Though Johanna, Katniss, and Enobaria seem to concur with him. It is Peeta, Annie, Beetee, and (posthumously) Finnick who do not.
- 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.
"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.
- Beta Couple: With Annie.
- The Casanova
- 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.
- Even the Guys Want Him: It's implied that his lovers include both men and women.
- Gallows Humor: Literally: makes a noose and pretends to hangs himself for Katniss' amusment.
- Hands-On Approach: How he teaches Katniss how to knot.
- Hidden Depths: Katniss builds him up as a ruthless manslut, making fun of him for being a pretty womanizer and privately wary of the fact that he won his Games by being irresistible to the audience and merciless to his competitors. She respects him more as she gets to know him, seeing how he cares for Mags and Annie, and is further stunned when he reveals that his 'womanizing' is just the public presentation of the fact that President Snow has been prostituting him to the highest bidder, and if he refuses, someone he loves will be killed. Katniss deeply regrets every negative thought she'd had about him prior.
- Jail Bait Wait: He was fourteen when he won his games, so his fanbase had a couple of years to wait before going after him.
- Ladykiller in Love
- The Lancer: To Katniss in the Quarter Quell.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-universe example; later deconstructed.
- Morality Pet: First clue that he's a decent guy? His care for his district partner, Mags. Despite being a Career, he, like Katniss, values the eighty-year-old lady over the younger, stronger competitors.
- Nice Guy: By far one of the least flawed and generally likable people in Panem whom we meet. It may seem odd at first because career tributes are typically portrayed in a more negative light, but Katniss eventually comes to realize that they are just pawns like everyone else in the Capitol's sadistic and varied games of control.
- Off with His Head!: He is killed by having his head bitten off by giant white lizard mutts in Mockingjay.
- Pretty Boy
- Prongs of Poseidon
- 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 your willing to forget the fact he is a ruthless killer, he's actually not too bad a guy at his core. It's justified in that he is a career, and therefore was not nearly as unprepared for the horror of his games as other victors from say, the lower districts were. He even seems to handle what happened after his games relatively well.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Justified, as it turns out. Apparently being an extremely attractive victor has a bigger downside than you'd think.
- So Happy Together: Gets to marry Annie and then gets to die.
- 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.
- Wartime Wedding: With Annie in Mockingjay. It ends tragically when he leaves shortly after only to die.
"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.
- Action Girl
- An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice.
- The Big Guy: In the Quarter Quell.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her gambit in her original Games, but ultimately she turns out to be a...
- Boisterous Bruiser: Jena Malone's performance has plenty of this.
- Broken Bird: But then again, aren't all past victors?
- Consummate Liar: And wouldn't ya know.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: How she won her Games. When she actually appears, she drops it.
- Damsel in Distress: She's taken hostage by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire and held in their captivity throughout a part of Mockingjay.
- Deadpan Snarker: "I don't care if you're knocked up. I'll rip your throat out."
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's vaguely mentioned in the first book.
- Hates Baths: Katniss notes in "Mockingjay" that Johanna never seems to shower. Turns out she was tortured by being soaked in water and then given electrical shocks.
- Jerkass Façade
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Naked on Arrival: Not exactly, but the first thing she does on-page is complain about her costume and strip down to her slippers. And then get in an elevator with Katniss and Peeta, chatting casually the whole way up.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Again, how she won her Games. She appeared so weak and harmless that everyone pretty much left her alone. Then she started kicking ass.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Usually combined with Naked People Are Funny, playing on the awkwardness or absurdity of the situation.
- Why Did It Have To Be Water: In Mockingjay, after going through torture at the hands of the Capitol by being soaked and then shocked, she has a fear of water.
- Troll: Her constant stripping off is an attempt at making Katniss feel uncomfortable.
- Will Not Be A Victim
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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Wiress.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: "Tick tock." The Quarter Quell arena is a clock.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Beetee. See The Smart Guy.
- The Load: Beetee spends a lot of time in "Catching Fire" being carried around by Peeta (and occasionally Finnick).
- Madness Mantra: Wiress again.
- Non-Action Guy: Both Beetee and Wiress.
- The Smart Guys: Beetee in particular is described as having managed to win his Games by building an electrified trap for his competitors; he also develops new weapons for the rebellion and helps cut into the Capitol's TV broadcasts so the rebels can spread their own propaganda.
"She crept up on me."
— Finnick on Annie
A past tribute from District 4, who won her Games by being able to swim to safety when the arena was flooded. Is in love with Finnick.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While she went through Heroic BSOD during her Games, her symptoms in the books sound an awful lot like schizophrenia.
- Beta Couple: With Finnick.
- Break the Cutie
- Green Eyes: They're described as sea-green, like Finnick's.
- Heroic BSOD: She doesn't take it well when her name is drawn for the Quarter Quell. Luckily for her, Mags volunteers to take her place.
- Meaningful Name: Annie Cresta is from District 4, whose main industry is fishing.
- Olympic Swimmer: How she won her games.
- The Ophelia: She's presented as unstable at the best of times.
- Rapunzel Hair: Never specified, but twice her hair is mentioned as voluminous and very long.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not necessarily a more extreme example than many other victors, who are just as broken after their games, but simply a more noticeable one. Haymitch lampshades this at one point, commenting that Annie is actually not crazy, it's just that her PTSD manifests itself in a form which makes most people think she is, instead of the typical substance abuse, or reckless, self-destructive, jerkass behavior that comes to define most of the other victors.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: While Katniss and Peeta are actually an aversion, Finnick and Annie play this straight. They're not allowed to be together because he's far too attractive for Snow to be able to resist turning him into a sex slave and she is too mentally unstable to be considered a suitable partner for him in public. Once they are both in District Thirteen they are able to get married but they only have a short time together before he leaves to fight in the Capitol, which leads to his death.
- Someone to Remember Him By: In the epilogue, we find out that Annie has given birth to Finnick's son.
- 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.
- 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.
Finnick's partner in the Quarter Quell and previously his mentor.
- Badass Grandma
- Cool Old Lady: She's 80.
- Death Seeker
- Heroic Sacrifice: Took Annie's place in the Quarter Quell, knowing that the Games are a death sentence at the best of times. At her age, she doesn't stand a chance. Then she makes one again when she walks into the poison fog, since Katniss is injured and Finnick isn't strong enough to carry her and Peeta.
- The Load: Katniss and Finnick don't care, though. What she loses in physical strength, she makes up for in strength of character.
- Non-Action Girl
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.
- 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.
- Only Friend: Haymitch.
- Troll: He's in on Finnick and Johanna's pranking Katniss.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
The District 2 tribute for the Quarter Quell.
The District 2 female tribute for the Quarter Quell.
Played by Meta Golding.
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.
Madge's aunt, and one of Haymitch's district partners during his games note
. Also the original owner of the mockingjay pin.
- Always Identical Twins: She and Mrs. Undersee.
- 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.
The Capitol and Other Associated People
As a whole:
- Even The Capitol Has Standards: Apparently, there is a way for… at least, female tributes to be exempt from combat to the death Teenage pregnancy. Peeta knew this and makes up the story that Katniss is pregnant in hopes of sparing her life.
- World of Ham: Aside from Snow, everyone dresses and/or acts flamboyant.
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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her ditziness she is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs.
- Character Development: In the films at least. Many viewers have been comparing her rather vapid enthusiasm at the first reaping with her clear reluctance and dismay at the Quarter Quell reaping in the Catching Fire trailer.
- Demoted to Extra: In Mockingjay. She isn't seen till much later.
- Feigning Intelligence: She's probably dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but she certainly doesn't see it that way.
- Gets a callback in Catching Fire by an amused Peeta when he actually finds a pearl.
- Genki Girl: A grownup version.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Aside the color change for the first part and some annoyed parts for the latter, she is definitely someone who cares for the Tributes.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes
- Pet the Dog: She seems like a frivolous, apathetic bitch at first, but soon shows Hidden Depths and that she genuinely cares for Katniss and Peeta.
- Schedule Fanatic: A mild example in Catching Fire.
- Skewed Priorities: In the 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 movie.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink, or orange, or gold. Justified in that they're wigs.
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
President Coriolanus Snow
"[Hope] is the only thing stronger than fear. [...] A spark [of it] 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.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: When compared to Alma Coin.
- 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.
- Big Bad
- Big Brother Is Watching
- The Chessmaster
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the film version of Catching Fire, Snow eats breakfast with his granddaughter.
- 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
- 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).
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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.
- Non-Action Big Bad
- 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.
- 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
- This Cannot Be!: Has this reaction when Katniss destroys the Arena of the Third Quarter Quell.
- Villains Never Lie: See I Gave My Word.
- 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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Octavia's skin is dyed light green.
- Break the Cutie: In Mockingjay.
- Chatty Hairdressers
- Cloudcuckoolander: All three.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wide Eyed Idealists
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Venia has aqua hair, Flavius has orange.
The president of District 13
- The Chessmaster
- Gray Eyes
- 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
- Manipulative Bitch
- Punny Name: President Coin. Think about it.
- 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.
- 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: She has 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.
"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.
- 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 Heavy: Of the first film.
- Punch Clock Villain: He's not really that evil, just doing his job - he even gave Katniss the top score of 11/12 because: "Well, she deserved it".
- 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.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Being in charge of the games makes him the bad guy by default.
- Though seeing as he shows visible sadistic delight at doing things like driving Katniss to the Careers by igniting a forest fire, he isn't that innocent.
- You Have Failed Me: Snow orders his execution over the 74th Hunger Games debacle.
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.
- Ascended Extra: He remains nameless in The Hunger Games as the Gamemaker who knocks over the punch bowl when Katniss shoots an arrow through an apple in a roasted pig's mouth. In Catching Fire he's promoted to Head Gamemaker, and at the end is revealed to be a Reverse Mole and working for the rebels. His role is greatly expanded in Mockingjay
- 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.
- 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.
"Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire!"
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.
- Fun Personified
- The Host
- 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
A director from the Capitol assigned to document Katniss once the rebellion begins