The Capitol Games is a Fan Fiction written by 'Vividly Visceral' of fanfiction.net and is based on the young adult trilogy The Hunger Games.For the Quarter Quell, a shocking twist is added to the Hunger Games: It will be Capitol children who are reaped. For the Districts, it is delicious justice served at last. For twenty-four Capitol children it is a death penalty they never expected to receive after relishing for their whole lives. Now they do something they thought only District children ever did: Fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses.It is notable for both being longer than the actual published books themselves, and for being the only story of its kind (submit-your-own-character) approved by most of the community. The story can be found here.Now with its own Character Page!
A Date with Rosie Palms: Natalia mentions it's taking Jasse forever to use the bathroom. It's suggested that he's taking care of other business.
Adults Are Useless: Even more so than in The Hunger Games. Not only do the parents not try to stop their children being taken away, the kids often had to be the "grown-up", strong ones during their goodbyes.
Chekhov's Skill: Pretty much every useful ability the kids have counts as one. They don't need them to survive in the Capitol, they never expected to be entered into the Hunger Games. They just picked them up for their own enjoyment.
Cheshire Cat Grin: Iilvsea seems to sport one, as commented on by several of the tributes who have met with her.
Children Are Innocent: Both played straight by some of the younger girls, who are too sweet and pure to really do much, and subverted by some of the others. Notably Vince.
Closer to Earth: On average, the female characters are more likely to be the nonviolent, sweet types. Subverted with Natalia, who looks bluntly at the facts and forms a Career group, ignoring the fact that the other girls dislike her for it.
Disproportionate Retribution: A Capitol citizen sneaks into the big pre-Games party. The Gamemakers' response? Reduce her to a bloody, inhuman-looking stain on the floor. And from what it sounded like, do it very slowly.
Don't Go in the Woods: Or, preferably, don't go into the games at all. The woods promise a particularly spectacular variety of horrors, however, considering the author's style.
Doorstopper: If this thing was in print form, picking it up could probably break your arm.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Marshall has a nice long one running down the side of his face. Whether it's a good or an evil scar is undetermined.
Gorn: The author has professed her deep fondness for violence and gore. If it's not fun for the readers, it's fun for her at the very least.
Groin Attack: Monty deals one to Vinel while escaping the cornucopia.
One is also employed against Cotton.
Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Played with. The majority of the males use swords, lances and poles and at least two of the girls (Ari Saint-Claire and Minerva Nanaia) use bows and arrows, but there are several aversions.
Hangover Sensitivity: Ava comments that Holland struggles through his interview because of his hangover.
Has Two Mommies: Assorted ones of the characters have lesbian guardians. It must be a Capitol thing.
Hypocrite: Some of the kids behave this way towards the Quell, but Sapphire takes honorable mention for crying about how unfair the Games she'd supported her whole life were to her mentor who cut off both his legs to feed his allies back during his Hunger Games.
I Know Karate: Most of the tributes have some sort of skill that could potentially help them in the arena.
Jasse actually does know martial arts. Doesn't help him much when he's assaulted by a bear mutt.
Kill the Ones You Love: Allies, romantic interests, etc., all have to die if you want to survive. Even then, your parents and loved ones at home are immediately at risk if you refuse to comply with the Capitol's demands.
Love at First Sight: Subverted. Vinel says he was waiting to just know when he met a girl. He tells Cotton that this was the case when he met her, but others are not shy about informing her he's more fond of his engaged District partner.
Lyrical Dissonance: Natalia singing a song about loyally standing by someone for the purpose of outdoing Ari Saint-Claire. Natalia's not really big on loyalty that interferes with her agenda.
Mad Doctor: Doctor Galen seems to reek of this trope.
Meaningful Name: Word of God states that the twin Gamemakers 'Winn' and 'Remy' are named after the gun companies Winchester and Remington.
Galen is the name of the Mad Doctor character, and also an historical doctor and philosopher.
Ari means Lion. Namer means Leopard. Coincidence?
And Laco is patterned with Zebra stripes. Animal symbolism?
One of the Gamemakers is named 'Pestil'. Seeing as that particular Gamemaker is a withered old man, it's not much of a jump between 'Pestil' and 'Pestilence' - the name of one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Word Of God confirms it. The Horseman of 'Plague'.
Vociferor means 'shout'. Naturally, Varro Vociferor is a loudmouth TV presenter.
Mood Whiplash: The Gamemakers have called Evon up to speak with her about her hands! Yes! They're going to heal her! Now she'll have a chance! Now they- will tell her they will not be fixing her hands because her status as a human being has been revoked. Uh...
Ferroh and Faye-Anna are having a fluffy moment for their budding alliance by Ferroh piggybacking Faye-Anna to the training centre for a bandage. What's that moving pile of flesh on the ground...?
Morality Pet: Faye-Anna to Ferroh. Invoked word-for-word, and quite intentionally.
Liotta/Lily to Vince. Might have been a Morality Chain, if he didn't murder her himself.
Never a Self-Made Woman: Zigzagged. Many of the characters first focus on the fact that Iilvsea's grandfather was Head Gamemaker before her, but she's proven to be a quite monstrous and creative Gamemaker in her own right.
Never Got to Say Goodbye: Britney, who only woke up from her faint after she'd been taken away from her family to die. Zig-Zagged in that she hasn't died yet, but probably will, still without saying goodbye. Played straight, she's dead.
Marshall, whose father forbid the family from seeing him.
Koriana, whose parents just plain old didn't show up.
Diego, whose aunt was killed sometime before/during the reaping.
Koriana as well. Also the only part of her hair that is her natural black. ).
Plucky Girl: Francesca. It's an ice cave! They've gotta check it out!
Purple Eyes: Sapphire and Holland, although it's quite possible they are unnatural in both cases.
Quick Nip: Idola has one before the Quell card is read out.
Rape as Drama: The attempted rape of Ferroh's friend Ashen, in his backstory.
Rapunzel Hair: Liotta's parents make her grow this as part of her angel image.
Galaxy has this as well.
Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: To a much lesser degree than in much fiction. While most dialogue between characters is spotless, the narrators' thoughts often include pauses and stuttering, especially when something surprising has just occurred.
Jasse tries leaving the careers this way. on the way, he gets eaten by a bear.
Shipper on Deck: Laco's stylist isn't insinuating that he and Ari would make a cute couple. Of course she isn't! Don't be ridiculous. But she is awfully pretty, don't you think, dear?
Shock Party: As if being forced to attend a party celebrating a Blood Sport you yourself have been chosen to participate in, Ferroh and Faye-Anna get the added experience of running into three of the Gamemakers standing over the mutilated body of a party crasher.
"Shut Up" Kiss: Vinel pulls this on Cotton. It's also their first kiss.
Signature Style: Vividly Visceral is quite fond of tildes, ellipses, and dashes.