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Characters: The Hunger Games Literature
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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.
- Act Of True Love: Volunteers to be in the Games to save her baby sister in the first book, setting the plot into motion. In the second book she too makes a pact with Haymitch to save Peeta at the cost of her own life. In the third book she kisses Peeta when he's at the beginning of a hijack-attack, knowing that if it doesn't work he will do his best to kill her. It works, and it's implied that her beginning to show her love for him is a huge part of what makes him recover from the hijacking.
- 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. And also an example of the good 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.
- Arc Symbol: Fire is strongly associated with her throughout the story. Of course, fire usually represents revolutions, even in real life, so it fits.
- 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.
- Death Seeker: When she loses Peeta's love in "Mockingjay" she makes it her goal to find and kill president Snow and then die herself. Towards the end of the book she tries to commit suicide by nightlock pill, only to be stopped by Peeta. Then she tries to starve herself to death while in confinement but that doesn't work either. She does get better, but it takes some time and for Peeta to return to Twelve for her to want to live again.
- 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.
- 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.
- Free-Range Children: Walks around alone in the district at age eleven in all kinds of weather, trying to sell her sister's baby clothes to be able to buy food and rummaging through garbage bins to find something to eat. First heads out into the woods alone at age twelve. Being in the woods is not only dangerous but illegal, but her mother is too broken from the loss of her husband to care or possibly even notice.
- 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, eye color and singing ability, 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.
- Imperiled in Pregnancy: All of Panem believes this to be the case during the Quell, courtesy of Peeta.
- 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.
- Love Is a Weakness: Believes this because of the way her mother completely broke down when she became a widow.
- 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
- Perpetual Frowner: Peeta likes watching her sleep because she doesn't scowl when she's sleeping.
- Plucky Girl
- Pregnant Badass: In Catching Fire... or so Peeta would have you believe.
- Promotion to Parent
- Pull the I.V.: Does this so often it could almost be a drinking game.
- 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".
- Retired Badass: Withdraws to District 12 after the war and wants nothing but peace and normalcy.
- 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.
"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
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.
- 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.
- Floral Theme Naming: Primorose is a kind of flower, while her sister's name comes from an aquatic plant.
- 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.
- Like her father, Prim dies horribly in an explosion.
- 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.
- Kill the Cutie: She is killed in the third book.
- 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.
- Team Pet: Buttercup, especially during 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.
- 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.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mrs. Everdeen is described with blonde hair and blue eyes, the typical merchant look. Katniss is always amazed when her mother brought a wounded or sick patient: "she morphs from someone who calls her daughter to kill a spider to a woman immune to fear", Katniss says.
- Happily Married: Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen, apparently, before Mr. Everdeen's death.
- Heroic BSOD: Mrs. Everdeen had one after Mr. Everdeen died that was so bad it left her unable to take care of Katniss and Prim.
- I Was Quite a Looker: In Catching Fire, Katniss said that she was told her mother used to be quite beautiful before her husband's death.
- The Medic: Mrs. Everdeen runs District 12's apothecary. She ends up teaching Prim.
- Open Heart Dentistry: Mrs. Everdeen is described as an apothecary yet seems to treat any number of medical emergencies. Justified in that District 12 doesn't seem to have much by way of doctors (at least not if you live in the Seam) so they'd have nowhere else to go.
- 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.
" 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.
- 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.
- Free-Range Children: Begins to go out to the woods (which is strictly forbidden) at the age of fourteen and spends a lot of time hunting out there. Despite the fact that it's dangerous his mother is never shown to object.
- Graceful Loser: Eventually becomes this, as evident when Katniss overhears him talking to Peeta during the night in Tigris' basement.
- Gray Eyes: He and Katniss are supposed to look so alike they could pass for siblings.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Fits the bill from time to time, occasionally focusing more on his attraction to Katniss and his jealousy than on more pressing matters such as the war.
- Hunk: To contrast Peeta's "boy next door" looks.
- 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
- The Lancer: Becomes Katiniss' most trusted ally in Mockingjay. He's even given the Code Name Mockingjay-1.
- Leave No Survivors: When besieging the Nut, Gale suggests causing an avalanche to destroy the fort, a plan ended up killing thousands. He wanted to bomb the entrance to ensure nobody could escape from the Nut, but the others would not agree to this part of the plan. See "Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide"" below.
- 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.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The roguish male to Peeta's noble male. Gale is hot blooded and passionate, believes that the ends justify the means, eager to go out and fight, and became his family's main provider at age thirteen when he began poaching.
- The Not-Love Interest: Katniss' handsome best friend and hunting partner, who makes the Capitol nervous that people will see him as a rival to Peeta. He turns out to have romantic feelings for Katniss but they are never requited. Word of God has revealed that he was initially Katniss' cousin but the publisher insisted on a love triangle so he was changed to Katniss' best friend who has feelings for her.
- 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.
- Why Can't I Hate You?: Despite Peeta being a rival for Katniss (and in Catching Fire her fiancé) he admits to Katniss that Peeta is so nice it's difficult to dislike him.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": During the assault on a Peacekeeper mountain fortress in District 2, Gale comes up with the idea of causing a landslide to trap them inside; he even wanted to bomb the railway leading out of it to ensure there are no survivors (they decide to leave the railway open). When told that there were District 2 civilians inside, he said that he felt they deserved to die as well. The rebels go through with the plan, and hundreds (if not thousands) die as a result of Gale's actions.
A vendor at The Hob, District 12's black market. She usually sells and buys food from Katniss. She and her granddaughter survive the bombings of District 12 and live in District 13 with the other survivors.
- Big Damn Heroes: A minor one; Gale mentions to Katniss that it was Greasy Sae who started a collection to help sponsor Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games.
- Demoted to Extra: In the films, Greasy Sae doesn't have as much of a role. However, she gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin, instead of Madge.
- Cool Old Lady: Katniss likes her enough, and she seems pretty alright, despite her odd choices in cooking ingredients.
The mayor's daughter and Katniss's schoolmate, Madge gives the Mockingjay pin to Katniss. She is later revealed to be the niece of one of Katniss's mother's best friends and Haymitch's District partner Maysilee, who was killed in the second Quarter Quell.
- Adapted Out: She's cut out entirely from the film adaptation.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up in the middle of a snowstorm to bring medicine for Gale after he was nearly flogged to death... and disappears just as quickly.
- Bus Crash: After not being seen for the better part of two books, Madge is killed in the District 12 bombing.
- Elegant Classical Musician: A lovely girl who plays the piano.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Young, sweet and feminine.
- Lonely Rich Kid
- Lonely Together: With Katniss. The two of them would always sit alone together during lunch at school.
- Nice Girl
- Only Friend: For Katniss, along with Gale.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink hair ribbon with her white dress to the reaping of the 74th Hunger Games.
- Sacrificial Lion: She and her family are the only nominal District 12 residents killed in the bombing. Especially painful for Katniss, as Madge was her only other friend besides Gale.
- Ship Tease: After she shows up with morphling for Gale, Haymitch teases Katniss that Madge and Gale might be involved. Nothing comes out of it.
- Spoiled Sweet: The Mayor's daughter is a surprisingly nice kid.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Prim are the girly girls to Katniss's tomboy. To drive this home, at one point Katniss teaches her how to shoot and Madge teaches Katniss how to play the piano.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberries.
Head Peacekeeper at District 12.Replaced by Romulus Thread in the second book)
- 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.
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".
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.
- 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.
"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.
- 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.
A tribute from District 5. Extremely resourceful and survives in the Games by stealing from the other Tributes.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Neck Snap: Does this to the District 3 boy after Katniss destroys the supplies.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the novel. When it's down to the final five, the narration follows Katniss and Peeta, but we hear the cannon signaling the death of Thresh. Assuming that they fought since last time Katniss saw them two days ago then, Cato killing such a powerful opponent definitely counts as this.
- Pet the Dog: He seemed genuinely saddened by Clove's death, begging for her to stay with him as he watched her die.
- 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.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised from childhood to fight and to kill.
- 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.
"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.
- 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 smashes her head with a rock.
- 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 for Cato to help her... until she dies.
"As I try to avoid looking at his family, I learn that his name was Marvel. How did I never know that? I suppose that before the Games I didn't pay attention and afterwards I didn't want to know."
-Katniss on Marvel
The male tribute from District 1.
"Are you sure we shouldn't just kill him now?"
The female tribute from District 1.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Seems to have a little thing for Cato in the film.
- 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
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and Marvel wore avocado green jackets.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dies from trackerjacker stings after Katniss cuts down the nest.
- Dark Chick
- Death by Disfigurement: Literally and figuratively.
- 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.
- Faux Dark Action Girl: She's one of the Careers, who are said to have been intensely trained their whole lives for the Games beforehand and are usually the winners if nothing in the arena takes out all their food supplies at once first. However, she doesn't display any notable skills, is noted by Katniss to be an incompetent shot with a bow, and gets brutally killed by tracker-jackers early on in the Games before she can actually do anything.
- Averted at least a bit on the film, though, as she can be seen brutally attacking and killing at least a couple of Tributes.
- Femme Fatale
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, they wore russet brown jackets.
- No Name Given
- Recurring Extra: The female appears the most of all the unnamed tributes.
- Tyke Bomb: The female, standing at 4'11 and having rather high odds of winning, at 7-1. She was also one of the more capable tributes in defending herself, attacking and almost killing Glimmer in the bloodbath. And later being referenced as one of the mutts with "dirty blond hair" and "the ability to fight" and survived the attack.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
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.
They are played by Dakota Hood & Jeremy Marinas, respectively.
Notable tributes that participated in Games before the 74th and (with the exception of Maysilee Donner and Titus) won. Winning Games leads to a life of luxury and stability for themselves and their families, or so the Capitol would have you believe. Victors then act as mentors to the succeeding tributes from their district - it's their job to prepare them for arena and line up sponsors for them.
- The Alcoholic: Many past victors turn to vice due to having too much time, money, and PTSD on their hands.
- 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.
"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
- 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.
- 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. He imparts the first bit of knowledge to Katniss right before the games begin in earnest (IE: "get the hell away from the cornucopia bloodbath ASAP").
- Hidden Depths
- Honorary Grandfather: To Katniss' and Peeta's children, according to fanon.
- 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.
- Kid Hero All Grown Up: He was a winning tribute of the Hunger Games as a teen but has since become a depressed alcoholic, but eventually returns to heroism as a leader of the rebellion in the final book.
- 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.
- 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.
The District 2 male tribute for the Quarter Quell.
The District 2 female tribute for the Quarter Quell.
A former victor from District 2 and commander of the rebellion in District 2.
- Action Girl: An older version as she is stated to be middle-aged and muscular.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Handicapped Badass: In the film version, though his injuries from the Quarter Quell have left him in a wheelchair, he's still every bit the engineering genius, now adding Systems Cracker and Weaponsmith to his list of titles.
- 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.
"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.
- 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/Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- 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.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Makes his first appearance in Catching Fire and is easily one of the most well-known characters from the series.
- 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."
- Spiky Hair: Sports an anime-like hairstyle in Catching Fire. In Mockingjay, it's toned down a bit.
- 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.
"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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her seconds-long cameo in the Catching Fire film (and later confirmed in Mockingjay) 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.
Finnick's partner in the Quarter Quell and previously his mentor. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Younger and Hipper: 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.
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
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Appears more feminine in the film than what she's described in the books.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Can be quite snarky most of the time.
- An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice, justified by her coming from the lumber district.
- Bald Woman: In Mockingjay, likely a Traumatic Haircut in the Capitol's part.
- 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.
- Boyish Short Hair: In the books, representing her tough and haughty personality. Averted in the film.
- Broken Bird: But then again, aren't all past victors?
- Cluster F-Bomb: In the second film, she delivers one on live-television.
Johanna: The deal was that if I win the Hunger Games, I get to live the rest of my life in peace, but now you want to kill me again. Well, you know what? [beep] THAT! AND [beep] ANYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!
- Consummate Liar: Besides her strategy in her original Games, let's take a look at her (book) interview before the Quell. She gets up on stage and talks about the love between the victors and the Capitol. If that's not a lie, coming from her...
- 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: "At least they'll have a hard time figuring out our plan, since we can't even understand it ourselves."
- Defrosting Ice Queen: When she's introduced, she acts as little more than a jerkass. However, she becomes somewhat nicer later on, as well as more sympathetic, especially when it turns out that she's one of the tributes in on the operation from District 13 to break out Katniss.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's named and mentioned in the first book, where Katniss recounts how she won her Games.
- Electric Torture: Subjected to this courtesy of the Capitol.
- Famed in Story: Like all other victors.
- Foil: She's Katniss, if Katniss didn't have a younger sister to care for, right down to being the (possibly) only female victor in her district. At one point, Katniss wonders if Johanna's treatment of her is what it's like to have an older sister that hates you.
- Good Is Not Nice: Being on Katniss's side doesn't stop her from being rude, insulting, and harsh.
- Hates Baths: Katniss notes in "Mockingjay" that Johanna never seems to shower. Turns out she was tortured by being soaked in water and then given electrical shocks.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Katniss in "Mockingjay".
- Hidden Depths: Much, much more subtle than with Finnick, due her to comparative lack of attention (and Katniss's initial dislike of her), but lines like "There's no one left that I love" have been fueling fanficcers ever since. She herself sheds a bit of light on this, when Katniss asks her point-blank why Johanna hates her so much, and she points out just how much special privilege Katniss gets for being the face of the rebellion, while Johanna has gone through ordeals just as bad or worse just to make sure Katniss was alive to be that face.
- Informed Attribute: Her intelligence and coldness was what made her win the games, but we never actually have the chance to see her use her wit (however, we do see her killing skills).
- Jerkass Façade
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Lady Swears a Lot: She dropped the (censored) Cluster F-Bomb on live TV.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Finnick, to the point that Katniss initially thinks that Finnick is the only reason Johanna agrees to an alliance.
- Naked on Arrival: Not exactly, but the first thing she does on-page is complain about her costume and strip down to her slippers. And then get in an elevator with Katniss and Peeta, chatting casually the whole way up.
- 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.
- Plot-Powered Stamina: Goes nearly two whole days without sleep at the start of the Quarter Quell.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Usually combined with Naked People Are Funny, playing on the awkwardness or absurdity of the situation.
- Skunk Stripe
- Traumatic Haircut: The implied reason why she's bald in Mockingjay.
- Troll: Her constant stripping off is an attempt at making Katniss feel uncomfortable.
- Two First Names
- 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.
- Will Not Be A Victim
The District 7 male for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
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.
- 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
The District 11 female for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.
- Cool Old Lady: Is said to be older than most of the tributes, like Mags and Woof.
- 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.
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.
A tribute from District 6 who went crazy and ate his fellow tributes before being killed by an avalanche.
As a whole:
- Deadly Decadent Court: If the story of Snow's ascension to power is anything to go buy.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Panem citizens may not be evil as much as they are ignorant, but they freak out when its (falsely) revealed that Katniss is pregnant and a tribute of the slaughtering Quarter Quell.
- 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).
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.
- Affably Evil: She's very cheerful and friendly, even though her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths.
- Bald Woman: It is revealed in Mockingjay that she's been wearing wigs.
- 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!" This shows that she's come to genuinely care for Peeta and Katniss, whereas in the first film, she thought that they were going to die just like all her past tributes.
- Composite Character: The film versions of Mockingjay combines her with Fulvia.
- 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...
- 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.
- The Fashionista: Has been wearing fancy dresses in all her appearances. When she had to wear jumpsuits after she defected to District 13, she's obviously pissed off.
- 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.
- 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.
- At the end of Mockingjay Part 1, while Coin's giving her speech, Effie eyes her with a look that could be considered suspicious, perhaps cottoning on that Coin is not all she seems.
- 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.
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
Peeta's rather level-headed stylist. Is later executed on live television by President Snow to scar Peeta.
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.
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.
- 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. Averted in Mockingjay, in which they appear to have been Adapted Out.
- 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.
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.
- Body Horror: In the process to become an Avox, she had to get her tongue cut out.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Was electrocuted with extremely high and painful voltages.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He remains nameless in The Hunger Games as the seemingly random Gamemaker who knocks over the punch bowl when Katniss shoots an arrow through an apple in a roasted pig's mouth. In Catching Fire he's promoted to Head Gamemaker, and at the end is revealed to be a Reverse Mole and working for the rebels. His role is greatly expanded in Mockingjay.
- The Chessmaster: In the films, best summed up in his line about "moves and countermoves". A deleted scene shows him rigging the 75th Hunger Games/3rd Quarter Quell, ostensibly to fulfill Snow's desire to have Victors kill each other and defeat the nascent rebellion by shattering bonds between Victors in particular and districts in general. The result is the opposite, as most of the Victors join the alliance set up by Haymitch to protect and rescue Katniss and Peeta and take the fight to the "real enemy".
- 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 actually a rebel agent and helps orchestrate the escape of Peeta, Finnick, Johanna, Katniss, Beetee and Wiress. Unfortunately, Wiress is killed and only Katniss, Beetee and Finnick are saved.
- Smart People Know Latin: Explains the phrase "panem et circences" to Katniss.
"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.
- Annoying Laugh: Constantly lets out this irritatingly jubilant guffaw in the films.
- Evil Laugh: The man doesn't seem to have a truly evil bone in his body, but the laugh Stanley Tucci gives him in Catching Fire sounds like a standard "mwahahaha" kind.
- Anti-Villain: Caesar's aggressively feel-good interview style puts emphasis on the strengths of his guests, ultimately bringing out the best in the tributes. Also, Katniss notes her belief that Caesar stays positive so that the tributes don't flub the interview and lose sponsors. In a way, Caesar does his best so every Tribute actually stands a chance of winning.
- Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: His grinning mug appears on in-universe toothpaste ads used to promote the film.
- Fun Personified: Though by Mockingjay Part 1, he's clearly having a hard time keeping it up, especially in his "interviews" with Peeta.
- 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
- Smarmy Host: The epitome of this trope.
- 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.
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.
A director from the Capitol assigned to document Katniss once the rebellion begins
Cressida's assistant. He is described as a young man with multiple piercings.
Castor and Pollux
Cressida's cameramen who are both brothers. Pollux is also an Avox.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
A rebel and Plutarch Heavensbee's right hand woman.
President Alma Coin
The president of District 13
- 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. Plus Alma means "soul" in Spanish- further showing that her soul has two sides.
- 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.
BoggsCoin'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.
- 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.