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1[[quoteright:259:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MockingJay_5707.jpg]]²[[caption-width-right:259:[-[[RuleOfSymbolism It's just a bird]], [[BlatantLies nothing more]].-] ]]²²->''"[[ArcWords Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!]]"''²-->-- Multiple characters in the series, including '''[[PresidentEvil President Snow]]''', '''Effie Trinket''', and even '''Gale''' and '''Katniss'''²²''The Hunger Games'', by Creator/SuzanneCollins, is a tetralogy ([[TrilogyCreep formerly a trilogy]]) of young adult novels that take place AfterTheEnd in [[MeaningfulName Panem]], a nation in what used to be North America that is divided into numbered districts and a large capital city ([[{{Pun}} the Capitol]]). In the first book, heroine Katniss Everdeen [[HeroicSacrifice takes her sister Primrose's place]] when Prim is chosen to be a contestant ("[[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom Tribute]]") in the Hunger Games: an annual televised DeadlyGame wherein 24 teenage contestants are [[ClosedCircle locked in an arena]] to fight to the death until only one remains. Her struggle for survival ends up igniting a firestorm that quickly goes beyond her control, until she finds herself embroiled in an all-out war that almost makes the arena look like Disneyland.²²The four books are:²* ''The Hunger Games'' (2008)²* ''Catching Fire'' (2009)²* ''Mockingjay'' (2010)²* ''The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'' (2020)²²A feature film adaptation was released in March 2012, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, and Donald Sutherland as [[PresidentEvil President Snow]]. The film has its own page [[Film/TheHungerGames here.]] A film adaptation of ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire Catching Fire]]'' was released in 2013, with a two-part adaptation of ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjay Mockingjay]]'' released in 2014 and 2015.²²Now with a [[Characters/TheHungerGamesLiterature Character Sheet]]! And a Taiwanese game show named after it.²²----²'''Note:''' The title event of this book series is a fight to the death. As such, DeathTropes and death-related spoilers are plentiful. Proceed with caution.²²!!Provides examples of:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:A-E]]²* ThirteenIsUnlucky: District 13 is the odd district out, [[spoiler:especially after it got firebombed into oblivion by the Capitol.]]²* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: The very definition of the trope.²* AccidentalMurder: Peeta does this twice: in ''Games'' he accidentally kills [[spoiler:Foxface with poison. Then in ''Mockingjay'' he accidentally launches a member of the rebel squad into a trap that kills him. Unless you are of the opinion that maybe [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Foxface knew exactly what she was eating.]]]]²* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler:Snow, as part of his gambit when he made his rise to power.]] Subverted in that no antidotes are perfect, and he has long-term damage from the myriad poisons he's handled and ingested.²* ActionGirl: Katniss and most of the other female contestants.²* ActuallyPrettyFunny²** In ''The Hunger Games'': Effie after Katniss described the Gamemakers' reaction to her firing at the apple in their roast pig's mouth. While everyone else (Katniss, Haymitch, Peeta, Cinna, and Portia) is laughing outright, Effie is suppressing a smile. After that she agrees that the Gamemakers did deserve that. ²* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: In-universe example. The longer the Games run, the more expensive it is for sponsors to send support to remaining Tributes.²* AdultFear: The point of the Games was for the Capitol to show it has so much control over its citizens, they can kill the children publicly and there is nothing the Districts can do about it. This has caused Katniss to swear off the idea of getting married and having kids because she knows they'd have to face the Reaping. [[spoiler:She changes her mind, however. ''Fifteen years'' after the rebellion that brought an end to the Hunger Games.]]²* AerithAndBob: On one hand, you've got normal names like Annie and Johanna, but then on the other you've got more unusual names like Katniss, Peeta, Twill, Plutarch, and Beetee.²* AffectionateNickname: ²** Gale calls Katniss "Catnip", though this is really due to her being so shy when they first met that she mumbled her name and he misheard her.²** Occasionally used is 'little duck' from Katniss to Prim, due to the latter's habit of having her shirt tails untucked.²* AfterActionHealingDrama: When Katniss finds Peeta in the arena, he has been slashed badly by Cato, and she has to treat him. And get medicine.²* AfterTheEnd: Some combination of wars and natural disasters destroyed the entire population of the world except for Panem (North America). There are implications that Panem represents the entire human species. District 12, the smallest District (possibly excluding 13), has a population of between 8,000 and 10,000. It also explains why, for all his machinations, Snow doesn't want to risk nuclear war.²* AirstripOne: The Districts are numbered, and segregated by industry.²* AlasPoorVillain: Not even an AxCrazy {{Jerkass}} like Cato deserves to be [[spoiler:EatenAlive by Mutts for over ''twenty hours'']].[[note]]Some sort of body armor that Cato most likely got from the feast earlier kept him from being instantly killed.[[/note]]²** The way [[spoiler:Glimmer]] bites it is pretty nasty, especially her cries for help.²* TheAlcoholic: Former District 12 victor Haymitch Abernathy. In fact, it seems that a lot of Games champions end up with some kind of drug or alcohol addiction, due to a combination of too much money and time on their hands, having no real way to cope with the horrors they faced in the arena, and having to mentor new tributes year after year who seldom if ever come back alive.²** ''Catching Fire'' introduces Chaff, a District 11 victor, who even ''Haymitch'' thinks drinks too much.²* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Katniss could qualify. She is aloof and dark-haired, and admired by many, whether it be her "fans" from the Capitol or some of her fellow soldiers and tributes in the Hunger Games. Then again, she's not really aloof, just traumatized, jaded, and mistrusting after living in District 12, losing both caretakers at once (for a time), becoming the sole provider for an already-starving family, and then volunteering to save her 12 year old sister from being murdered in cold blood in front of a cheering crowd of onlookers.²* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The people in the Capitol have some strange fashion ideas, among them body dyes. At least one person mentioned has dyed her whole body pea green.²* AmbiguouslyBrown: Collins has stated that we're so far in the future that racial mixing has blurred any categories that might exist today. She refuses to elaborate on what modern races the characters would be categorized as. Katniss herself has olive skin and straight black hair, in contrast to her blonde-haired and blue-eyed mother and sister. Rue and Thresh have "dark skin."²* AndManGrewProud: Zig-zagged. Technology in the Capitol, AfterTheEnd, far exceeds what we're capable of now, but the lower Districts are like third world countries. Some Capitolites are well-educated enough to know about the history of the world BeforeTheDarkTimes, but Katniss only has a very vague idea of the Dark Days and the world before Panem.²* AnimalMotifs: Metaphorically, Snow as a snake. Visually, Katniss as a mockingjay. Tigris as a cat-person as both.²* AnnoyingArrows: This happens unless Katniss hits a vital area.²* TheAnticipator: Katniss is a sucker for falling for Anticipator characters. She is caught off guard no less than three times by characters waiting to talk to her. The usual Anticipators typically have power.²** In ''Catching Fire,'' Katniss finds that [[spoiler:President Snow]] is [[TrespassingToTalk waiting for her at her own house to confront her.]] [[spoiler:He]] sits in a chair and doesn't even address her immediately and continues reading a book to show Katniss who's the boss. ²** Later on, the trope gets played with. When Katniss enters her home, she is shocked to find that Peacekeepers are in her living room waiting for her. She has to feign normalcy after [[spoiler: taking a nasty fall and injuring her hindquarters.]] Accordingly, the Peacekeepers are surprised to see her, as they [[spoiler:set a trap up for her and expected her not to come home. So ''they'' were actually surprised by her survival and return.]] ²** Katniss is surprised by President Snow in ''Mockingjay'' when she is walking around [[spoiler:in his garden after District 13 has attacked the Capitol. He is shackled in his garden by orders from President Coin, but he was obscured from view by some flowers]]. He speaks up and she is startled by his voice. ²* AnyoneCanDie: ''The Hunger Games'' is actually an interesting example. Many of the characters are ''guaranteed'' to die, due to the format of the Games; however, as with most other works, main characters are very rarely if ever killed (depending on who you'd be willing to count as a main character), and only in major events. Katniss, as the first person narrator, inevitably survives the entire series. Everyone else, however, is fair game, [[spoiler:especially in ''Mockingjay'', where the country goes into a full-scale rebellion with heavy losses on both sides. And that does mean ''everyone''.]]²* ApocalypseHow: At least continental, probably global. In the first book, Katniss describes a massive natural disaster: "the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land." Wars erupted as factions tried to claim the limited remaining resources, and this appears to have led to the collapse of the North American nations that we currently know. Some time after that, about 75 years before the present, a massive rebellion resulted in further destruction; District 13 was seen as a particular threat since they controlled the nuclear power and potentially weapons, so the Capitol bombed them into oblivion.²* ArcNumber: Twelve. 12 districts, 12 pairs of tributes (who become eligible at age 12), training scores of up to 12, 12 arrows in the quiver in the arena, 12 houses in the Victor's Village, 24 [[spoiler:wedding]] dresses designed for [[spoiler:Katniss]], then voted down to 6, lightning strikes at midnight and noon in a certain section of the [[spoiler:Quarter Quell arena]], which later becomes important to the plot, and a 12 x 12 apartment in [[spoiler:District 13]]. Also, in the first book, both Prim and Rue are 12 years old, and Rue was one of 6 siblings. ²* ArcWords: "And may the odds be ever in your favor."²** "Stay alive."²** Catching Fire has "Remember who the real enemy is." and "Tick tock goes the clock."²** In the last book "Real or not real?"²* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Peeta is outfitted with an artificial leg after the first Hunger Games. Katniss, having had her eardrum repaired after it was ruptured in the first Games, feigns being able to hear forcefields in ''Catching Fire'' during the second games.]]²* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: In ''Mockingjay'', Katniss stuffs Buttercup into a bag and carries him over her shoulder, even elbowing him to get him to be quiet. She also bounces him against the floor. In the book, this only causes yowling, but in real life this probably would've caused him a great deal of injury. She also picks Buttercup up by the scruff of his neck without supporting his rump. He's a grown tom cat. Any pet owner will tell you that is a humongous no-no. And after Buttercup is forced into a bag, he allows Prim to tie a ribbon around his neck and hold him in her arms. After being bagged? Both of these actions would probably cause a cat a great deal of distress (possibly causing the animal to retaliate in violence) in real life.²* ArtisticLicenseBiology: ²** In ''Mockingjay'', Katniss sees Peeta planting evening primrose and the only part she registers at first is rose. Fortunately the thorny roses Snow leaves and primrose are not even mildly similar to look at, so she realizes her mistake pretty quickly. Mistaking one for the other would be more or less impossible.²** In ''Catching Fire'', Peeta walks into an electrified force-field which stops his heart. CPR makes him all better. In reality, CPR keeps blood circulating around the body, keeping the oxygen in the blood moving to the brain and hopefully preventing brain damage. It cannot restart the heart. ²* ArtisticLicensePharmacology: [[spoiler:Snow used assassination by poison]] to rise to power. Apparently the Capitol can neither perform autopsies nor test surfaces for presence of toxins.[[note]]Can't … or [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch won't?]][[/note]] In ''Mockingjay'', Katniss describes morphling as making her feel numb and empty. For opiate addicts (who've begun to grow 'immune' to the effects) this may be the case, but morphine makes non-addicts feel relaxed, warm and happy, even through emotional depression.²* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Beetee's electric trap in ''Catching Fire'' would not be capable of killing all the sea life and the Careers on the beach like he claims. (It's why lightning doesn't kill all the fish in lakes.) However, none of the other Tributes knew enough about electricity to realize this, and anyway, [[spoiler:it wasn't meant to actually work; it was a distraction for his real plan.]]²** Actually, it might have worked anyway. If the tributes were [[spoiler:wet enough from the 10 o'clock wave]], the external resistance of the Careers would be zero. If we then approximate the length of the wire from the map that Scholastic Books published and assume that the [[spoiler:lightning hitting the tree that Beetee was planning on using is normal lightning]], and assuming that the wire is at least AWG 40 (.003 inches in diameter), that wire would be pulling about 150 amps through it -- more than enough to kill everything touching it. The reason lightning doesn't kill fish in lakes is because the water conducts the charge along the top of the water, something which Beetee considers when telling [[spoiler:Johanna and Katniss to bury the wire in the lake and not just put it on top of the lake -- then the current would travel horizontally through the water, not horizontally on top of it.]]²** Planes are supposedly not be able to fly very high because of some sort of vague, inadequately explained "destruction of atmosphere." This is either implying that there are issues of human ability to survive in aircrafts because of low pressure, or that destruction of atmosphere causes the atmosphere to lessen in physical size rather than density. With regard to the first, planes already fly in much lower pressures than what humans can survive on their own (think cabin pressurization and those emergency oxygen masks)—the height of planes' flight ability in-universe is given at 100 yards and accounting for current ability to fly in low pressure, if planes are limited to 100 yards, sea level would not be within comfortable, easy to survive human pressure. This would make the tall buildings in the Capitol extraordinarily implausible (unless all of these buildings are pressurized, which is in and of itself implausible). With regard to the latter, destruction of atmosphere would cause atmosphere to expand to fill the same space, not a lessening of physical size in the atmosphere surrounding the earth. In other words, "destruction of atmosphere" is not a reason that high-flying planes would not exist.²*** The book stated a loss of both atmosphere and high-flying planes, but did not establish a correlation between both losses; high-flying planes could simply be a relic of the past. Furthermore, we fly high now ''because'' we have atmosphere, even though there's low pressure and oxygen there. A reduction in atmosphere would directly impact the altitude in which wings could generate ''lift''. The hovercraft of the trilogy are never explained in detail, but one would imagine from their brief descriptions that they do not fly very high.²* AsianAndNerdy: Everyone from District 3 (which produces electronics). "Nuts" Wiress and "Volts" Beetee, the two engineers in ''Catching Fire'', "are small in stature with ashen skin and black hair." The explosives expert in ''The Hunger Games'' is described by Katniss as "scrawny, ashen-skinned" and by Rue as "not very big." The narrator of the Scholastic audio books puts on a distinct stereotypical Asian accent that is especially noticeable in ''Catching Fire''.²** This has been averted by the film casting for ''Catching Fire'': the Caucasian Amanda Plummer has been cast as Wiress, and African-American actor Jeffrey Wright has been cast as Beetee.²* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: No one sheds a single tear for President Coin, except maybe TearsOfJoy.]]²* AxCrazy: Some of the Careers. Clove would've given Katniss a GlasgowSmile if Thresh hadn't stepped in. And Cato explodes so violently when Katniss takes out his supplies that he snaps a nearby boy's neck. Enobaria ripped someone else's throat out in her Games. ''With her teeth.'' Titus tried to eat the hearts of the contestants he killed.²* AnAxeToGrind: Johanna Mason in the Quarter Quell; after all, she's from the lumber district.²* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta]] have two kids at the time of the epilogue, twenty-some years after the end of the war.²* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: This trope is deliberately invoked [[spoiler:by Peeta who claims Katniss is pregnant after the two are forced back into the arena for the Quarter Quell.]] Apparently not even the bloodthirsty denizens of the Capitol seem to want to watch a pregnant girl be killed. Subverted in the epilogue as while [[spoiler:Peeta and Katniss do have two children, and this is a sign of hope, the world is still far from a good place, and Peeta and Katniss both retain enduring psychological issues as a result of the events of the books. This is less 'babies make everything better' and more the fact that the world is finally 'better' enough to have a baby in the first place.]]²** [[spoiler:At the end of Mockingjay, Annie seems to be less out of it, even after the death of Finnick, when she gives birth to their child.]]²* BackForTheFinale: In a morbid example, the Muttations sent to attack the last of the tributes in the final battle of the Games are made to resemble the tributes who had already fallen.²* BackToBackBadasses: times 3 in a triangle, actually: Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick fighting off the monkey mutts in the Quarter Quell, each wielding their signature weapon - bow and arrows, knife, trident.²* BadDreams: Katniss and the rest of the victors seem plagued by them, although Katniss has long had recurring nightmares about her father's death.²* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: This occurs with regard to [[spoiler: Rue.]] As Katniss would be rather unsympathetic if she was forced to kill [[spoiler: a terrified 12 year old who saved her life, looked up to her, and reminded her of her little sister]], one of the fellow competitors does it for her.²** Indeed, [[spoiler:in the entire trilogy, she never has to do such "dirty work" against any sympathetic character, which is why her murder of the unarmed Capitol woman in the third book is so shocking.]]²* BandOfBrothers: The victors in ''Catching Fire''.²* BathOfPoverty At the Capitol, there is a panel with more than a hundred options in the shower in comparison to what Katniss is used to: a bucket of water warmed up on the stove. ²* BeachKiss: Katniss and [[spoiler:Peeta]] share one in ''Catching Fire''. Actually, they're at it for quite a while.²* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played straight at the end of the first book, when Katniss undergoes a beautification procedure that removes all of her scars after she emerges victorious. Averted in subsequent books, as she has a nasty scar on her arm at the end of the second book, and by the end of the third [[spoiler: much of her body is covered by burn scars and skin grafts]]. Even after this, however, her face suffers no lasting damage.²* [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Because You Were Nice To My Friend]]: Thresh, who is also from District 11, spares Katniss on one occasion because she helped Rue and gave her as much dignity as she could in her death.²* BecomingTheMask: ²** Katniss pretends to be [[spoiler:in love with Peeta just to keep them both alive in the arena.]] At the end of the first book, she has begun to question herself whether this [[spoiler:fake romance has become real affection.]] By the middle of the second book, [[spoiler:she is totally prepared to die so he can continue living.]] ²** At the beginning of ''Mockingjay,'' she lets herself get staged as the archetypal revolutionary hero that [[District 13]] wants her to be. About half way in the book, [[spoiler: witnessing the heroic sacrifices of ordinary people in a hospital and being asked to fight with them convince her to become the Mockingjay hero for real.]]²* BeeAfraid: Tracker Jacker wasps. Giant stinging bastards with paralytic and hallucinogenic venom that makes you see things Creator/CliveBarker couldn't think up after a bad acid trip.²* BeeBeeGun: Katniss uses a hive of lethal, genetically-altered wasps to kill some of her opponents as well as unintentionally injure herself.²* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Johanna wants to see Capitol children get slaughtered in Hunger Games, and more specifically, President Snow's 12 year old granddaughter. Peeta in a twisted way, as it's not the torture per se that makes him evil, but the way that his pain and fear were redirected towards Katniss via memory manipulation.]]²* BelligerentSexualTension: Even when Katniss tries to act nice, she can't help but bicker with Peeta. Also has this with Gale.²* BettyAndVeronica: Peeta is the Betty and Gale (despite being Katniss' best friend from early childhood) is the Veronica to Katniss' Archie: Peeta is nice and fairly sweet, while Gale has a revolutionary mindset and a ruthless streak.²* BigBad: [[PresidentEvil President Coriolanus Snow]] for the entire series, [[spoiler: until Alma Coin seizes control from him near the end of ''Mockingjay''.]]²* BigBrotherInstinct: Katniss to Prim and most other children that remind her of Prim. Also Rue to her siblings, and Thresh to Rue. See the character page for how.²* BigBrotherIsWatching: Cameras are waiting to catch every minute of Katniss and Peeta's lives once they become contestants in the Games. Life in the districts is also very closely monitored, leaving people afraid to say anything that might come off as negative about the Capitol. President Snow even [[spoiler:knows Gale and Katniss kissed in the woods outside District 12]].²** Likewise in [[spoiler:District 13]] in ''Mockingjay''. Your daily schedule is programmed into your ''arm'' and the government determines everything from your work shift to EXACTLY how much you eat every day.²* BigDamnHeroes: In the first book [[spoiler:Thresh saves Katniss from being killed by Clove, on behalf of her relationship with Rue.]] In the second book, [[spoiler:Plutarch and Haymitch evacuate Katniss from the arena before the Capitol gets it's hands on her.]]²* TheBigDamnKiss: One per book. In-universe, the Katniss/Peeta shippers in the Capitol (and for that matter the rest of Panem) get such a moment when Katniss and Peeta are hiding in the cave.²** For the readers there is one in the second book, when [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta passionately make out on the beach]].²** The third book has a variation in the later half when [[spoiler:Katniss manages to avert one of Peeta's attacks by kissing him hard]].²* BilingualBonus: 'Panem', the name of the country this story is set in, means 'bread' in Latin. This revealed to be a reference to [[BreadAndCircuses "panem et circenses"]] -- when a government appeases people with food and spectacle to maintain power, which is exactly what the Capitol does. The mute servants in the Capitol are called the Avox, which means 'without voice' in Greek and Latin.[[note]]The ''a-'' is Greek; the ''vox'' is Latin.[[/note]] 'Katniss' is the name of a family of plants, also known as 'Sagittaria' -- Latin for 'archer'.²* BirdsOfAFeather: Katniss and Gale, though ultimately inverted when [[spoiler:Katniss decides that she needs Peeta to balance her own rather ruthless and cynical tendancies out.]]²* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The freedom at the end of the third book is paid for in a lot of blood, and the characters are burdened with deep emotional scars. However, Panem is rebuilding and there's some BabiesEverAfter for the two lead characters.]] ²* BlackAndGrayMorality: ²** The crew that works The Hunger Games. They obviously live in the Capitol and prepare the candidates to be offered as tribute, and Effie even seems to love the Games, but the genuine horror that most of them feel for Katniss and Peeta's suffering makes things a little grayer. One could even argue that by styling, mentoring, and presenting them, the teams are doing all they can from the Capitol to ensure their survival, since good PR helps a lot.²** This gets especially obvious in ''Mockingjay'', since [[spoiler:the Capitol commits all sorts of war crimes, and some of the rebels are willing to stoop to their level (either for the greater good of defeating the Capitol and/or for revenge). The final straw that convinces Katniss that the Capitol and District 13 are NotSoDifferent is when she witnesses what is probably a FalseFlagOperation targeting children and medics (including her little sister) using a bombing tactic that Gale had thought up, followed closely by District 13's President offering a vote to have their ''own'' Hunger Games. To make it even grayer, Katniss herself votes yes on the Capitol Hunger Games, and President Snow tells Katniss that while he's not above killing children, he would ''never'' have pulled the stunt that had just killed Prim, and they both know he's not lying.]]²* BlackMarketProduce: Katniss makes her living poaching game and selling it on the black market. In addition, most food that isn't made from grain rations is expensive and rather rare in the Districts. The decadent Capitol, on the other hand, has tons of food of all kinds.²* BloodFromTheMouth: Subverted by President Snow, since it's neither overt nor a sign of his impending death. [[spoiler:Played straight later.]] The first tribute Katniss sees die suddenly sprays blood onto her face while fighting with her over supplies, due to a sudden and terminal case of throwing-knife-in-back. Katniss herself narrowly avoids succumbing to the malady a few seconds later.²* BloodierAndGorier: ''Mockingjay'' is probably the bloodiest of all the books (though none of them are gory per se), but this applies much more clearly in-universe to the Quarter Quells, which are all extremely violent and in-universe intentionally made ''even more'' brutal than the "normal" Games.²* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Given that the Cornucopia turns into a bloodbath each year, when it was surrounded by water in ''Catching Fire'' this trope was inevitable.²* BloodKnight: "Careers" are kids who train all their young lives to win glory in the Games, volunteering for them if they're not selected by lottery. ²* BloodSplatteredInnocents: About thirty seconds into the 74th Games, the boy from District 9 coughs blood into Katniss' face after getting knifed by Clove.²* BondVillainStupidity: ²** In the 74th Hunger Games, the Careers have Katniss trapped up a tree at one point and do nothing to take advantage of her unfavorable position other than sleeping under the tree. [[spoiler:Obviously, this gives Katniss enough time to figure out an escape plan.]] ²** Later, when Clove manages to pin down Katniss, Clove [[EvilGloating mocks]] and tortures Katniss instead of killing her. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well for Clove.]]²* BookEnds: Buttercup [[spoiler: is hated by Katniss in the begin and adopted as protective pet and mutual reminder of Prim in the end.]] A nightmare [[spoiler: wakes Prim in the beginning, and Katniss' child in the end]]. Singing to the frightened child: [[spoiler: Prim in the beginning and Katniss' child in the end]].²* BoomerangComeback: This is how [[spoiler:Haymitch]] won his game. [[spoiler:He made it to the edge of the arena, where he discovered there was a force field that reflected back everything that was thrown at it. The other remaining competitor caught up with him, threw an axe, Haymitch ducked, the axe bounced back, and killed the thrower.]]²* BoulderBludgeon: ²** Thresh, after believing that Clove had killed his young district partner Rue, had gotten so enraged that he killed her by smashing her head with a large rock.²** The unnamed victor of the 73rd Hunger Games, whose arena was the ruins of an abandoned city, had killed the runner-up by beating him with a brick.²* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Peeta is subjected to mental conditioning that causes the mere mention of Katniss to send him into an UnstoppableRage. He gets better. Mostly.]]²* BreadAndCircuses: ''Panem et Circenses''. DiscussedTrope in ''Mockingjay.''²* BreakfastClub: ²** People who have won the Games tend to become close friends and stick together, because only other tributes can understand what they have gone through. ²** In ''Mockingjay'' there's a vote between the Tributes about whether or not to send [[spoiler:high-ranking Capitol officials' children into a last Hunger Game]]; Katniss and Haymitch vote to do it. It seems almost certain that Katniss votes that way only in order to [[spoiler:fool Coin into thinking she's on her side]], and the fact that Haymitch understood that and voted with her makes Katniss realizes how much they really understand each other.²* BreakTheCutie: To a certain extent, any character deemed cute goes through this treatment in the series. Rue is the first, as she gets shoved into the Hunger Games at 12, and is heartbreakingly resigned to the fact that she can't win. Peeta's TraumaCongaLine is significantly longer than that of most of the other characters, though for the most part he takes it all in stride. In addition, [[spoiler:Katniss']] own mental breakdown, and the reasons it comes about, is elaborated on repeatedly throughout the third book, until eventually you have to wonder when the tale of [[spoiler:a recent victor of a brutal tournament acting as the heroic symbol of a rebellion]] ends and [[spoiler:the clinical psychological study on how to utterly break a seventeen-year-old girl's mind]] begins. ²** The same could be said to varying extents for [[spoiler:Johanna, Finnick, and Annie.]]²** Averted, however, in the case of Prim who, despite the horrors she experiences, seems to adjust pretty well. [[spoiler:Not that it does her much good at the end.]]²* BriefAccentImitation: Gale at the beginning of the first novel, inciting one of about five times where Katniss actually ''laughs''.²* BrokenAesop: Has its own [[BrokenAesop/TheHungerGames page]].²* BrokenBird: ²** Before the storyline of the books, Katniss' father died, which caused her mother to cross the despair event horizon, entering a catatonic state where she could not care for her family anymore. This in turn drove Katniss over the despair event horizon as she nearly starved to death and had lost both parents as nurturing, reliable and relatable people and was suddenly tasked with keeping herself, her mother, and her little sister alive in a world where she's unable to even get a job. She's never able to fully trust her mother again, and watching her family starve because of her inability to bring in money and food has left her extremely closed off to others, protective of the people in her care, and utterly robbed of a childhood.²** [[spoiler: Johanna's and Haymitch's families were murdered. Peeta and Johanna got tortured. Annie had to listen to the screams of Peeta and Johanna and got mentally unstable from it.]]²* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Subverted and gender flipped, with Katniss as the brooding one and Peeta as the gentle one.²* TheBrute: Cato in the first book, and the aptly named Brutus in the second. Also implied to have been the case with the never-seen Titus. ²* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: Subverted. [[spoiler:Peeta and Katniss, although not in love with each other,]] plan one to appease President Snow.²* ButtMonkey: [[spoiler:Poor Boggs. His life is a string of tribulations, from Katniss puking all over him to Gale breaking his nose to getting his legs blown off and dying horribly. The only time he makes a stand is when he gets angry at Coin for sending Peeta into his squad.]]²* ByronicHero: Nearly every hero falls under this category, really. The book series goes to great lengths to show how most of the characters are flawed and troubled.²* CallARabbitASmeerp: The addictive painkiller in use around Panem is called "morphling" (morphine) and the people addicted to it are called "morphlings."²* CallBack: Finnick offers Katniss a sugar cube [[spoiler:again in ''Mockingjay'', to add to her coffee]].²** Katniss notices Prim's untucked shirt just after her name is called at the Reaping, [[spoiler:and again in ''Mockingjay'' just before her death]].²* CaptainObvious: In ''Catching Fire'', Peeta [[spoiler:runs head-first into an invisible force field that stops his heart. CPR revives him, and the first thing he tells Katniss is, "Careful, there's a force field up ahead."]] He probably had even his enemies laughing with that one.²* CatFight: Averted. A fight involving two females is not automatically a sexy catfight, which The Hunger Games proves especially intensely. ²* CatsAreMean: Buttercup is to everyone who isn't Prim. [[spoiler:Until Katniss and he finally bond after Prim's death.]]²* CentralTheme: Oddly enough, marketing and the power of symbols. Emphasized by the real-world marketing of the novel, preferring the love story to the social commentary in almost an exact mirror of the Capitol marketing the Games.²* TheChainsOfCommanding: [[spoiler:Katniss gets a bad case of this when she's placed in command of what's left of Squad 451. Cue numerous ItsAllMyFault moments.]]²* ChekhovsBoomerang: The nightlock berries that Peeta accidentally kills Foxface with come up again after [[spoiler: it's announced that the new rule that there can be two winners of the Hunger Games if they are in the same district has been revoked, Katniss and Peeta use them to threaten to kill themselves and ensure there is no winner. They come up again in ''Mockingjay'' where the rebels inspired by these events create a suicide pill they name Nightlock (whether it's made from Nightlock berries is unknown) also saying Nightlock [[RuleOfThree 3 times]] will turn the Holo into a bomb.]]²** Wiress and Beetee are known to be capable of making bombs, which helps out everyone in ''Catching Fire'' multiple times when they're able to manipulate the forcefield. Then, Beetee uses his skills in ''Mockingjay'' to kill many civilians.²* ChekhovsClassroom: Peeta explains to Katniss how each district has a distinctive recipe for bread, which later allows her to recognize that the gift she receives after memorializing Rue must have come from Rue's own people. [[ChekhovsBoomerang It comes back in]] ''Catching Fire''. See below. ²* ChekhovsGun: In ''Catching Fire'', Finnick is mentioned multiple times to count the bread they receive as gifts rather obsessively. It turns out that [[spoiler: he was in on District 13's plan to break the tributes out, and bread was a signal. The district the bread came from indicated the day they'd be rescued, the number of rolls the hour. Bonus points for calling back to earlier in the book, where Katniss notes that real rebels don't put secret messages on something durable, but on something like a cracker, so that the evidence can be eaten.]]²** Also in ''Catching Fire'', Katniss notes that, underneath the stench of roses, she can smell blood on [[spoiler:President Snow]]'s breath. It's then revealed in ''Mockingjay'' that [[spoiler:the blood smell is a result of the damage caused by the numerous poisons he's ingested over several years in his bid for power; the roses are a deliberate effort to mask the scent]].²* ChekhovsGunman:²** Delly Cartwright is mentioned in ''The Hunger Games'' but doesn't appear until Mockingjay.²** Johanna Mason is mentioned in the first book as well.²** That random Gamemaker who tripped into the punch bowl, Plutarch Heavensbee, turns out to be pretty important [[spoiler: as a leader of the Rebellion]].²* ChekhovsHobby: Frosting cakes turns out to come in really handy.²* ChildlessDystopia: [[spoiler:District 13]] has very few children, because of a SterilityPlague – likely due to radiation, as they're the nuclear power district – some time back that rendered many unable to conceive. This is why they welcome refugees with open arms, as they want to increase their population's genetic diversity.²* TheChessmaster: President Snow [[spoiler:, President Coin and, better than both of them, Plutarch Heavensbee]].²* ChildrenForcedToKill: A person's name begins going in the jar for the Games at ''12''.²* ChildSoldiers: In [[spoiler:District 13]], those over fourteen are granted entry-level ranks in the military and are respectfully addressed as "soldier".²* ClimacticBattleResurrection: Subverted in that defeated characters don't come back to help fight the Big Bad, [[spoiler: they come back in another more sinister form to rip the remaining tributes limb from limb]].²* ClosedCircle: Every game arena is tightly sealed off from the outside world. Tributes can receive supplies that float out of the sky on parachutes, but otherwise they're on their own.²* CloseKnitCommunity: District 12²* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: The whole point of life in the Districts, and the Games. Katniss takes a lot of horror in stride in the first book, but over the rest of the trilogy it finally becomes too much for her to deal with.²* ConsummateLiar: [[spoiler:Haymitch only once, Coin, Plutarch and Peeta.]] The latter uses this ability as a [[GuileHero guile hero]].²* ContrivedCoincidence: ²** In the first book, Katniss finally collapses from dehydration mere feet away from water. ²** If Katniss ever thinks that she doesn't want to kill a person during the games, [[spoiler: she won't have to. Either someone/thing else kills them (Peeta, Rue, Wiress, Thresh, Mags) or they survive (Peeta, Finnick, Beetee)]].²** Family members of past tributes are disproportionately likely to be selected as tributes themselves. This is an in-universe example, as Katniss figures the drawings must be rigged that way to create [[RuleOfDrama extra drama]]. ²** Also in-universe, the 3rd Quarter Quell twist. It's never confirmed, but it's pretty obvious Snow did it on purpose to try and ''quell'' the uprisings and kill Katniss.²*** Just the fact that the Quarter Quell happened to be the year after Katniss accidentally started the uprisings.²** Earlier [[AvertedTrope averted]] by Snow in-universe: He tells her that he won't just kill her and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident make it look like an accident]] because no one would believe that.²* ConvenientMiscarriage: Invoked: [[spoiler:A fake miscarriage for Katniss and Peeta's fake baby]].²* CostumePorn: Each tribute gets a personal stylist. Looking flashy outside of the arena serves a practical purpose, though: tributes who catch the audience's eye are more likely to receive sponsors who can help them survive the arena. Mentioned to have sometimes in the past been ''literal'' costume porn; the Capitol is not afraid to incorporate nudity or partial nudity as part of a child's costume for the cameras.²* CoveredInMud: Peeta uses a large amount of mud with plants on top to disguise himself as part of a riverbank when he is too injured to move. This probably helps his infection along.²* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: In ''Catching Fire'' [[spoiler: Finnick]] performs CPR on [[spoiler: Peeta]] (whose heart has stopped) for several minutes before he coughs and sputters to life. After being thrown backward by a ''force field''.²* CrapsaccharineWorld: The arena of the second Quarter Quell (Haymitch's) is this. At first glance it's the "most breathtaking place imaginable." There's blue skies, puffy white clouds, songbirds flying by, [[CoolClearWater crystalline streams]], luscious fruit, gorgeous flowers, butterflies, etc. Then everyone realizes [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything]] is [[DeathWorld deadly poisonous]]. And the various small animals [[KillerRabbit will swarm and try to kill you]].²* CrapsackWorld: Panem is North America AfterTheEnd: a totalitarian nation composed of 12 [[spoiler: actually 13]] districts. Most of the districts are horrible places to live. The people are poor, starving, and oppressed while those in the Capitol live outrageously decadent lives. And that's even without mentioning the eponymous DeadlyGame.²** Then of course every year each district is forced to send two teens between 12 and 18 to fight until one survives as a constant reminder to the people how much power the government possesses over them. Oh yeah, everyone is also forced to watch the children brutally murder each other.²** Even if you do happen to win the Hunger Games, you have some of the most bleakest futures ahead of you: PTSD, madness, horrific nightmares, [[spoiler: being prostituted out to the elite by the government, getting chosen ''a second time'']], or becoming dependent on drugs/alcohol to numb out the pain and memories [[spoiler: especially when the Capitol kills everyone you love for making them look silly]].²*** Don't forget being forced to mentor the Tributes from your District. In Haymitch's case, that meant watching 46 children die in the Games.²** [[spoiler: Even the rebellion is awful: food is rationed to the extent that stealing bread can result in torture and President Coin is just President Snow's other side to the same authoritarian coin.]]²* CripplingOverSpecialization: Katniss notes that while Careers are bred and trained for the actual combat, which is why they have a disproportionate number of victories. Their FatalFlaw is they are completely incapable of surviving without supplies, almost always losing when the supplies at Cornucopia are destroyed. [[spoiler: Naturally, Katniss decides to use this fact to her advantage and does the same.]]²* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Haymitch Abernathy seems like a useless drunk, but he did actually win a Hunger Game after all. In ''Catching Fire,'' we learn that Haymitch survived [[spoiler: the second Quarter Quell]] using extreme cunning. [[spoiler: We also learn that he's a member of the underground resistance.]] Johanna Mason famously exploited this trope to win the games, appearing to be helpless when she is actually a ruthless killer.²* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Glimmer gets stung by a swarm of poisonous wasps which leave her a disfigured corpse. Cato gets mauled by wolf mutts. A morphling gets bitten by monkey mutts. One of squad 451 gets cut by barb wire. And several other of that squad get decapitated by lizard mutts.]]²* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The Capitol is described as being full of colored glass, and the people are obsessed with fashion. Technology also seems to have advanced to the point that it can be completely hidden from view. Although no one wears a toga, Capitol residents almost all have Roman names, establishing them as a decadent and technologically advanced society. ²* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Wiress knows what she's talking about. The trick is ''figuring out'' just what that is.²* CuttingTheKnot: [[spoiler: How do you survive the Hunger Games? Win the Game … or escape the arena, as happens in ''Catching Fire'' (and might have been Haymitch's intent in the Second Quarter Quell).]]²* CynicismCatalyst: Katniss' father dies five years before the first book, forcing her to toughen up and learn to hunt to support herself and her family. Later, [[spoiler: Rue dies in the games]], awakening her killer instinct. [[spoiler: Then in ''Mockingjay'', Primrose dies, driving Katniss towards deep depression and increasingly close to insanity.]] ²* DarkActionGirl: Any female Career tribute by definition, but Clove fits the trope to a T. Annie is the exception, because her arena got flooded and she won by virtue of being the only one not to drown. [[BreakTheCutie She didn't handle it well.]]²* DarkerAndEdgier: The whole series is pretty dark to begin with, but the series finale, ''Mockingjay'', is much [[BlackAndGrayMorality more hopeless]] than even the first two.²* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Applied InUniverse as part of the backstory -- one of the Games was set in such a supremely-tortuous scenario that the fact all of the Tributes were going to die was very visibly on the wall and nobody cared to watch it as a result (and sure enough, they ''did'' all die). The Capitol decided to work a little harder in making the Games entertaining and (barring everybody trying to kill each other... and Snow trying to stomp on Katniss' increasing rebellion...) ''survivable'' after that.²* DeadlyForceField: In "Catching Fire", the arena is surrounded by a barely-visible force-field that electrocutes tributes on contact. Peeta was almost killed walking into one and Blight, the male from District 7, died running straight into it.²* DeadlyGame: Well... yeah.²* DeadpanSnarker: Haymitch and Johanna.²* DeathCourse: The Games, especially when the Tributes settle down into a comfortable recovery period / stalemate. [[spoiler:The Capitol defenses use much of the same design aesthetic. The Capitol placed a series of deactivated "pods" throughout the city, each containing a different hazard so that potential enemies would not be able to predict a safe route.]]²* DeathWorld: It's sometimes amazing to see what the Capitol creates for the sake of killing teenagers. [[spoiler: Or invaders in the local defense's case]].²* DebateAndSwitch: In the first book, Katniss’ major moral dilemma is whether she can kill equally innocent children in order to survive and come home to Prim and Gale. Yet, she never has to face this dilemma. She [[spoiler: only ever kills Careers, who are treated as AcceptableTargets]], and even then none of these kills are calculated or cold-blooded. [[spoiler: Katniss drops the tracker-jackers on the Careers, because they are hunting her, which ends up killing Glimmer. She shoots Marvel, but as a quick reflex after Marvel kills Rue, and later kills Cato as a MercyKill.]] Katniss worries about having to kill Rue, [[spoiler: but then Marvel kills Rue,]] Foxface, [[spoiler: but then Foxface [[AccidentalMurder mistakenly eats the nightlock berries]]]], and Thresh after he saves Katniss’ life [[spoiler: but then Cato kills Thresh]]. The end finally subverts this when the Gamemakers renege on their offer to let two members from the same district live, and Katniss must either kill Peeta or be killed. But then Katniss [[TakeAThirdOption Takes A Third Option]] by [[spoiler: suggesting they both eat nightlock berries together]]. This is then [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]], because [[spoiler: the Gamemakers blink and let both Katniss and Peeta live]], meaning Katniss never has to address the dilemma of killing an innocent to save her own life.²* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Plutarch Heavensbee, his assistant, and some of the other people in District 13]] have fled the Capitol. This was also the goal of Lavinia, the redheaded Avox, and the boy she was with when Katniss first saw her, but they didn't make it.²* {{Deprogram}}ming: Has to be done to [[spoiler: Peeta]] in book 3.²* DespairEventHorizon: Katniss passes over it in a matter of paragraphs [[spoiler: at the end of ''Catching Fire''.]] And the rest of the series from there consists of [[FromBadToWorse it getting worse]].²* {{Determinator}}: Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Gale, Finnick, Johanna... any main or secondary character that makes it to the third book. But especially Katniss, who slowly [[spoiler:starts to fall apart by Mockingjay, under the weight of guilt over all the people who died for her, and even after suffering physical, mental and emotional damage, just keeps going and going ''and going''... And then there's Peeta, who essentially fought his way through Hijacking so he could warn Katniss and the rebels about an attack.]]²* DeusAngstMachina: Invoked purposefully in ''Mockingjay'' as part of the big theme. [[spoiler: Loads of characters die, including Prim]]; Peeta, [[spoiler: under the influence of Tracker Jacker venom]], tries to [[spoiler: strangle Katniss]]; President Coin [[spoiler: decides that Katniss has outlived her usefulness]] … to name just a few. Needless to say, Katniss understandably develops a very, very negative view on humanity and human nature.²* DeusExMachina: Invoked purposefully. If a tribute appeals enough to the cameras, they gain "sponsors", who can send them in supplies from a parachute. Katniss and Peeta utilize this by [[spoiler: faking a romance for the cameras. The Capitol loves something to gossip and swoon over]], so the two of them become celebrities as much as tributes. Also, Katniss could easily kill Cato with her bow, but he's [[spoiler: wearing a sort of skintight body armor from a sponsor, so she can't]]. But the Capitol likes to put on a good show, and so the Gamemakers let loose a pack of genetically engineered wolves as a sort of "grand finale", and Katniss and Peeta manage to manipulate them to all but kill Cato. The wolves kill him slowly, because, again, the Capitol loves a good show. And in a previous Games, a 14-year old Finnick Odair didn't even do ''anything'' and yet was showered with sponsors, all because he was so ridiculously physically attractive. Finally they sent him a GameBreaker weapon -- a trident, one of the most expensive gifts a sponsor ever gave -- and since he had grown up using tridents and harpoons to fish, he offed the rest of the competitors with ease.²* DiceRollDeath: Foxface dies not at the hand of another Tribute (at least not intentionally), but because she just happened to eat poisonous berries. ²* [[DieForOurShip Die For My Ship]]: ''In-universe'', President Snow tells Katniss he will have Gale killed if he gets the impression he's in the way of Katniss' romance with Peeta.²* DieLaughing: [[spoiler:President Snow]] at the very end of the rebellion in ''Mockingjay''[[spoiler: when Katniss kills Coin instead of him]].²* DisappearedDad: ²** Katniss and Prim's father died in the mines a few years before the book begins. Gale's father also died in the same accident. It's concealed in somewhat of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but Haymitch's father might have been this as well. Haymitch has told Katniss that [[spoiler: President Snow had his mother, baby brother, and girlfriend killed as punishment for making the Capitol look bad in the arena]], but a father is never mentioned.²** Also happens with [[spoiler:Peeta's]] father at the end of ''Catching Fire'', along with the rest of the family.²* DisproportionateRetribution: Par for the course in Panem: after all, it's a society that decided to punish a single rebellion by obliterating districts and ordering its citizens to give up their children to a ruthless bloodsport every year in perpetuity.²** Katniss and Gale practically live off hunting in the Meadow, an area that is entirely abandoned by mankind and fenced off. Yet this action is considered poaching, even though the land belongs to no-one. Luckily District 12's Peacekeepers do not enforce this law, [[spoiler: at least at first]] because it carries awful penalties.²** Victors in the Hunger Games are forced to do exactly what Snow wants with the threat of having their families slaughtered. Case in point: [[spoiler:Snow had Haymitch's mother, brother, and girlfriend killed just because he didn't like the [[CombatPragmatist clever trick]] he used to win the games.]]²* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:The epilogue of ''Mockingjay'' is set more than 20 years after the end of the revolution.]]²* DistantSequel: ''The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'' will be set 64 years before the events of the series. Presumably, the 10th Hunger Games will be shown.²* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: It's ''always'' supposed to remind you of something: this is an {{enforced trope}} in Suzanne Collins' books:²** In District 11, the dark-skinned population is forced to farm and are treated with particular brutality. This sounds a lot like slavery in the [[DeepSouth American South]]. ²** Panem and [[spoiler:District 13]] are nuclear powers locked in a stalemate. Panem is decadent, wealthy, and corrupt. Its citizens enjoy outrageous luxury while they exploit the surrounding communities to feed their enormous appetites. [[spoiler:District 13]], on the other hand, is a dull and drab place, ruled by an at least equally totalitarian regime that regiments every aspect of its citizens' lives. That's how the US and the USSR portrayed each other during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.²** [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution 13 districts]] oppressed by a rich central government with no say on their treatment, finally having undergoing {{the dog bites back}}.²** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor Brutal force is used on rural districts (*cough* Districts 9, 10 and 11 *cough*) to give all their products to their totalitarian central government, ironically leaving agricultural areas with starvation]].²** [[WarIsHell In any war or violent revolution]], [[LeaveNoSurvivors war]] [[ShootTheMedicFirst crimes]], {{cruel and unusual death}}, {{cold blooded torture}} {{false flag operation}}s, {{les collaborateurs}}, {{chronic backstabbing disorder}} and {{you have outlived your usefulness}} can all get [[FridgeHorror scarily commonplace]], regardless of [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified what the rebels say]]. Afterwards, people justify it by saying "[[TruthInTelevision these things happen in war]]".²** [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI After a brutal war that left millions dead]], the defeated people are [[WhosLaughingNow humiliated and in many ways, enslaved]] by the victors [[TheDogBitesBack until the defeated people snap]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge seek revenge]] against [[ItsPersonal those who defeated them]], led by a [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler charismatic warmonger]].²** The world's rich people are [[FirstWorldProblems too distracted by showbiz, fashion and gaming]] [[SkewedPriorities to care about real tragedies]], such as war, totalitarianism and poverty in the world they live in, and the fact that they live in a {{police state}} ([[TruthInTelevision as demonstrated by various authoritarian nations worldwide]] whose people [[BreadAndCircuses remain content due to their nation's wealth]]). This is an intentional {{take that}} on [[ThisLoserIsYou the reader]] and the world's [[TurnOfTheMillennium political]] [[TheNewTens climate]].²** [[ArabOilSheikh A rich, non-democratic state maintains its wealth through the exploitation of second-class citizens and non-citizens, while maintaining political stability by buying the continued loyalty of first-class citizens because they are pampered by the totalitarian government and provided with wealth to keep them satisfied]]. [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment No specific examples here please]].²** TheEmperor and his {{deadly decadent court}} [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire feels the need to distract his people from their oppression/poverty/lack of democracy by running a show where contestants fight to the death]].²** [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra A nation uses its own military to keep its own people seperated from one another and from rising up against the government]].²** One that is all too commonly {{truth in television}}. The [[PresidentEvil previous dictator]] and [[PoliceState state apparatus]] is [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified defeated and dismantled by rebels]]. [[MeetTheNewBoss Cue a rebel leader]] proclaiming themselves "[[PresidentForLife interim president indefinitely]]", engaging in {{the purge}}, [[DisproportionateRetribution going way too far]] with their RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and [[FullCircleRevolution starting a new but equally oppressive state]].²* DoggedNiceGuy: Peeta.²* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The government of Panem controls all television broadcasts and requires by law for citizens to watch certain broadcasts, such as those of the Hunger Games. When [[LaResistance the rebellion]] gains traction, they hijack the government's messages against them to broadcast "propos" of Katniss.²* DontCreateAMartyr: The reason why President Snow does not just kill Katniss.²* DoomedHometown: [[spoiler: District 12 is firebombed to the ground at the end of ''Catching Fire''.]]²* DoubleMeaning: "Quarter Quell" -- To quell means to bring something to peace or subservience, which is the explicit purpose of the Games. However, an older definition of the word is simply "slaughter."²* DrivenToSuicide: Averted, but not for want of ''attempting''. [[spoiler: Katniss understandably attempts various suicidal things after the end of the war in the final book. None are successful naturally, although the fact she narrates the books isn't in itself a giveaway since the books are in present, rather than past tense]].²* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: President Snow either died from choking on blood or being trampled to death. Neither one is a very glamorous way to go out.]]²** [[spoiler:Thresh is randomly killed off-page after finally getting some characterization.]]²** [[spoiler:Foxface, who was clever enough to survive almost to the end of the games without harming a single person, is killed by stealing berries from Peeta that he hadn't realized were poisonous.]]²** [[spoiler:Finnick, after being such a major character, is essentially killed offscreen.]]²* DrowningMySorrows: Haymitch becomes a drunk due to the horrors he has witnessed. Katniss actually drinks with him on one occasion, though since she's only ever had a few glasses of wine before and Haymitch prefers white liquor, she quickly gets sauced after just a couple of shots. The hangover is enough to convince her not to do it again.²* DrunkenMaster: Haymitch is a hopeless alcoholic, but his knowledge of people and tactics is astounding.²* DueToTheDead: Katniss sings to [[spoiler:Rue]] and cradles her as she dies, covers her body with flowers, and then sings a funeral lament. Especially poignant because she's not just paying her dues, she's acknowledging the humanity rather than disposability of [[spoiler:a 12 year old sentenced to certain death just out of spite, and had Katniss not done this, her family never would have recovered the body or ever had the chance to give their dead child any dignity. As it stands, they still don't, but they – and the rest of District 11 – at least got to be sure that ''someone'' cared for and comforted their daughter as she died, and that she wasn't alone when she did.]] ²%%* DyingAlone²* DwindlingParty:²** Every alliance in an edition of the Hunger Games.²** And in ''Mockingjay'': [[spoiler: Star Squad 451 with the cameracrew when they enter the Capitol. From the original 14 members (Peeta as a replacement for Leeg 2), only Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Cressida and Pollux survive.]]²* DyingAsYourself: Before going into the arena in the first book, Peeta mentions that his goal isn't to survive, but to retain his humanity. Katniss doesn't understand him for a bit, but after seeing some of the more heinous things close-up, she begins to feel the same way.²* DysfunctionJunction: Go figure.²* {{Dystopia}}: ²** Panem's 12 districts are not great places to live. ²** ''The'' Dystopia, in a more meta sense. The Hunger Games kicked off a much larger trend of YA Dystopian novels, borrowing from it in various ways. After this point, nearly all Dystopian novels include forced segregation based on industry or personality (see the factions of ''Divergent'', the circles in ''The Jewel'', and the castes of ''The Selection'', to the extent that ''The Selection'' is in a dystopian world), and many of them circle around a teenaged girl leading a rebellion. Far fewer of them seem to address philosophy, with more of them analyzing the life of how one or two people survive, see the injustice around them, and decide to act.²* EarlyBirdCameo: Johanna Mason gets a brief mention in the first book, then appears in the flesh ([[NakedOnArrival um]]), a book later. Delly Cartwright is mentioned in the first part of the first book in passing, but doesn't appear until the middle of the third.²* EarnYourHappyEnding: More like Earn Your Bittersweet Ending. [[spoiler:The uprising destroyed entire Districts and killed countless people, while Katniss lost many friends, Prim, and temporarily her sanity. But Panem turns out to be better under a new president, the Hunger Games is abolished, the Tributes are honored, and everyone is recovering. Katniss and Peeta have two children and live together for over 20 years.]]²* EatTheDog: ''"No one in the Seam would turn up their nose at a good leg of wild dog."''²* ElaborateUndergroundBase: [[spoiler:District 13]], to the point of being an UndergroundCity.²** Also technically the Nut in District 2, which is built into a hollowed-out mountain.²* EmbarrassingFirstName: While the people themselves don't seem to mind, Katniss notes that a lot of District 1's denizens ''should'' be embarrassed by their names, the likes of which include Glimmer, Marvel, Cashmere, and Gloss.²** Doubles as HypocriticalHumor, given District 12 has some bizarre name, such as [[PunnyName Peeta]] the baker. Pita bread? Then there's the likes of Beetee and Wiress in District 3. Plus a tribute named Woof in ''Catching Fire''.²* EnemyMine: ''Temporary'' alliances are all part of the Hunger Games. In ''Catching Fire'', the doomed tributes hold hands in a show of solidarity against the Capitol.²* EnforcedMethodActing: Often used in-universe with Katniss. She's never warned about Peeta's interview strategy so that her reaction will be more genuine, and has to be dropped into the warzone to film her candid reactions for propaganda, since she can't act at all.²* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first two things we learn about Katniss are that she loves her sister and that she has no problem [[ShootTheDog drowning kittens]].²** Finnick: Once he actually gets inside the arena, he ''does'' land the first kill of the Games, and rather nonchalantly at that: he just tells Katniss to duck and impales a guy. However, he spends most of his time carrying an elderly woman around on his back instead of killing people. His previous scenes, where he all-but tries to seduce Katniss, cross this with HiddenDepths. ²** Gale: Telling Katniss that killing people in the Games can't be much different than hunting animals for food. ²** Haymitch: Appears to be just a drunken, washed-up has-been on Reaping Day, but after Katniss volunteers, he starts openly denouncing the Capitol for its cowardice and barbarism.²--> ''"I like her. Lots of... spunk! More than you! MORE THAN YOU!!"''²* EvenEvilHasStandards: As cruel and barbaric as the Hunger Games are, apparently even the Capitol draws the line at cannibalism, as proven when they brought a swift end to a District 6 tribute who [[ImAHumanitarian started eating the corpses of his fellow Tributes as he tried to avoid starving to death.]]²* EverybodysDeadDave: The WhamLine at the end of ''Catching Fire'' is that [[spoiler:District 12 is bombed to oblivion. Gale survives and assures Katniss that her mother and sister are safe, but the others' fates are up in the air until ''Mockingjay'', where we learn that 90% of the population perished, including the entire Undersee and Mellark families (excluding Peeta, who is in the Capitol).]]²* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Between Katniss and Peeta. Also between her and Gale. At least, [[spoiler:everyone can see that he has feelings for her. She never develops romantic feelings for him in return]]. In fact, [[ObliviousToLove she's the last one to figure it out]].²* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Inverted. A group of deadly monkey muttations show up in the arena in ''Catching Fire.''²* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The Arena for the second Quarter Quell, where everything from the water to the wildlife to ''the scent of the flowers'' was overtly lethal. The only things even safe to eat or drink were the rainwater and whatever was supplied at the Cornucopia.²* EvilEmpire: Quite literally and specifically. The Capitol (metropole/heartland) manipulates the Districts (periphery/provinces) to the benefit of the Capitol and the detriment of the Districts. Now consider the other things they engage in.²* EvilGloating: When Clove catches [[spoiler:Katniss]], she decides to give her something to think about. Followed – as usual – by a ThwartedCoupDeGrace.²* EvilPlan: President Snow is concerned with the status quo. Among other things this means: only one victor, keep Districts divided, putting down riots and rebellions, etc. ²* EvilSmellsBad: President Snow smells of blood and cloying roses. It seems symbolic at first, but a reason for it is given in ''Mockingjay'': [[spoiler:Snow killed many rivals with poison. He uses the roses to cover up the smell of poison, and his bloody breath is from the mouth sores left by poisoned drinks he shared with his victims after taking less-than-perfect antidotes.]] He also uses the smell of roses to intimidate his enemies, especially Katniss. The lizard mutts in ''Mockingjay'' were specifically given this trait to screw with her head. It's very effective.²* ExcessiveMourning: ²** Katniss' mother, for what is implied to be several years, after her father's death. By the time the series starts, she has moved on, but Katniss never forgives her the whole time she essentially abandoned her and Prim. ²** Katniss herself suffers this [[spoiler:after Prim's death. She undergoes a deep depression and never really moves on from it. Peeta has to persuade her for 15 years before she agrees to have their children.]] Meanwhile, her mother [[spoiler:feels that it's too painful to even return to District 12, so she decides to move to District 4.]]²* EyeScream: When Katniss is hunting squirrels and rabbits, she always nails her target in the eye. Ouch. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in this case, despite the gruesomeness of it: Traders in the Seam consider this good hunting practice. Animals with weapon marks in their hides aren't worth as much, and puncturing the bowels can contaminate precious meat.²** Discussed in another instance where [[spoiler: the repeated references to this suggested a possible Chekov's Gun scenario where Katniss might shoot a human in the eye during the game. This doesn't appear to actually happen -- except possibly with Cato. Katniss describes shooting him in the skull, but given the likelihood of an arrow deflecting off bone, the most surefire way for Katniss to nail him in the skull is … you guessed it. In ''Catching Fire'', she mentions the possibility of shooting someone in the eye.]]²** In the second book, [[spoiler: during Haymitch's games, it is mentioned that the last remaining tribute besides him has a gaping hole where one of her eyes used to be.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:F-M]]²* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Katniss thinks Johanna]] has done this when she "attacks" her. She assumes [[spoiler:Finnick]] must be in on it too. [[spoiler: Turns out they're both helping to rescue her for District 13.]]²* FakePregnancy: A variant in which it's the ''guy'' who lies: when forced back into the Arena, Peeta decides to play up his and Katniss's StarcrossedLovers shtick by announcing that she's pregnant, in order to increase sympathy from the Capitol residents. ²* FallenStatesOfAmerica: The Nations of North America and possibly the rest of the world have been gone for at least 175 years. The United States and its Republic are even noted. ²* FalseFlagOperation: Toward the end of ''Mockingjay''.²* FamedInStory: Happens to Katniss and Peeta, same as with all victors.²* FamilyExtermination: President Snow threatens Katniss Everdeen of murdering lots of her relatives if she doesn't really sell her pretended couple with Peta Mellark.²* FamilyEyeResemblance: Prim has her mother's eyes, Katniss has her father's. The children of [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta]] also apply to this trope.²* FamilyOfChoice: Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch for each other (the films also include [[spoiler:Effie]] to a degree). Katniss still has her mother and sister [[spoiler:until the third book where her sister dies and her mother moves away]] and Peeta's family is still around [[spoiler:until the end of book two]] but all of Haymitch's loved ones were killed by the Capitol after the second Quarter Quell. The three of them become very close and at one point in the second book Katniss flat-out calls Haymitch a family member. For Haymitch, Katniss and Peeta seem to be the children he never had. By the end of the series [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta are married with two small children and Haymitch presumably fills the role of grandfather, since both Katniss' and Peeta's fathers are dead]].²* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: ²** The books are ripe with this. Not surprising considering how many children have died in Panem for entertainment over the past 75 years. How about being caught in a net and speared by a trident courtesy of a ''fourteen year-old''? Or having an axe essentially boomeranged into your head? Or having a nest of vicious, highly venomous genetically engineered wasps dropped on you while you were sleeping? This happening with the whole world watching you doesn't make it better.²** The pods in ''Mockingjay'' crank this trope up to eleven. One of them is called "The Meat Grinder," which should tell you enough.²** President Snow tries to inflict one of these on Katniss. By [[spoiler:brainwashing the boy who loves her, and she's fallen love with in return, into wanting to kill her because he fears ''she'' will kill ''him''. Imagine finally being reunited with someone you love and thinking your reunion is going to be super happy only to find that person's hands around your throat trying to strangle you.]]²* FantasticDrug: "Morphling," an addictive drug that is obviously a reference to morphine, and likely some sort of hybrid, given [[MixAndMatchCritters the setting]].²* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Panem is a futuristic, sci-fi version of Rome. The country's name is an adoption of Rome's "Bread and Circuses" motto. The Capitol is an incredibly authoritarian superpower that brutally reigns over conquered territories to feed the decadent desires of its own citizens. The gladiatorial parallels with the Hunger Games are obvious, of course. Parties at the Capitol feature guests who induce vomiting so that they can consume more food, which is popularly thought to have been common at Roman banquets. The Capitol residents almost all have Roman first names. As a bit of extra GeniusBonus, the lottery slips that entitle the residents of the districts to free food (at the cost of increasing their chances of being reaped) are called ''Tesserae''. In Ancient Rome, the Tesserae Frumentariae are tokens handed out to citizens of Rome which can be exchanged for free grain. In the districts, bread and circuses [[DealWithTheDevil come in a single package]].²* FeedTheMole: During the first revolt of the districts, once the rebels realized the jabberjays were being used as espionage tools, they started feeding them lies to deceive the Capitol.²* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Capitol requires the districts to treat the games as a festival. The place where the tributes obtain their weapons -- and that is usually the site of the last, most vicious fights -- is shaped like a ''cornucopia''.²* FieldPromotion: [[spoiler:Boggs does this to Katniss before expiring from his wounds.]]²* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Peeta]] during a fair bit of ''Mockingjay''.²* FilkSong: Even if one ignores the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCmoAuZgsnE many]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ve-WpgIknc versions]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2obqRINOAg&feature=related of]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSLONTtQqFU&feature=related Rue's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPR-Vf93q0A Lullaby]], there are a considerable number of these floating around including:²** Rachel Macwhirter's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnswUH9Oav8 Mockingjay]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYeWOQfQCQ8 Iron Children]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fqSZDKU-J4 Too Clever By Half (The Ballad Of Foxface)]].²** Alex Carpenter's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRA7_MnRKmk In The Hunger Games]].²** Kristina Horner and Luke Conard's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MC2iiRp0I8&feature=related Real Or Not Real]].²** On top of those, an entire unofficial soundtrack exists [[https://www.youtube.com/user/unofficialscore here]].²** Arshad's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRSvoKoU3kk Girl on Fire]]" could count as well. He wrote the song after reading the book and being inspired by the character Peeta. He submitted it as a potential track for the movie soundtrack, but it wasn't selected.²* FinalBattle: The Battle for the Capitol.²* FireForgedFriends: Katniss and [[spoiler:Johanna]].²* [[FirstGirlWins First Boy Wins]]: Subverted. [[spoiler: Peeta is the first boy chronologically speaking, which should cast him as Unlucky Childhood Admirer, but he is introduced within the story after Gale.]]²* FirstKiss: Katniss has hers with Peeta. She notes that it probably should be a significant moment, but since it's a stunt she pulls on live television to try and save both their lives, all she feels is that his lips are very warm, because he has a fever.²* FirstPersonSnarker: Katniss.²* FlamesOfLove: District 12 has a wedding tradition where the newly-weds build a fire and toast bread together. Peeta admits that the tradition is old-fashioned, but nobody feels married until after the toasting.²* FlashbackNightmare: Used on a few occasions, and Katniss makes reference to having them many times before the beginning of ''Games'' about her father's death.²* FlawExploitation: Katniss exploits the Capitol's [[spoiler: need for a victor to get herself and Peeta both out of the Games]].²* FloralThemeNaming: Several characters are named after flowers, plants, or agriculture, with Katniss and Primrose the most central ones (Katniss is a partially-edible water plant, primroses are pretty flowers). In addition, there is Gale ''Hawthorne'', Rue, and Thresh.²* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: The second one, with Peeta and Katniss, respectively. ²* FlowerMotifs: ²** Peeta is, to Katniss, strongly associated with dandelions. ²** President Snow reeks of roses. ²* FloweryInsults: Zig-zagged by Peeta [[spoiler: when he paints the picture of dead Rue covered in flowers for his private session but he never says a word to the Gamemakers]].²* FogOfDoom: A nasty example is encountered by [[spoiler: Katniss and her alliance in the Quarter Quell]]. It's poisonous to the touch, burning skin and clothes and causing seizures and temporary paralysis.²* FoodPorn: Early on, Katniss describes everything she eats in detail, which makes sense considering she spent a good portion of her life on the edge of starving to death, to the point that she'd boil a mint leaf in water just to stop feeling so hungry.²* ForcedToWatch: The Hunger Games are a nation-wide version of this for the districts. Each one is made to watch, on television, as two of their adolescent citizens engage in a weeks-long fight to the death with 22 other kids until only one is left alive. Katniss sums up the Capitol's message herself:²-->"Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do."²** Also [[spoiler:Peeta]] in the third book. He is forced to watch [[spoiler:Darius and Lavinia]] being tortured to death.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the first book, Katniss mentions she first met the avox in the train while in the forest with Gale. [[spoiler:She ponders where the Avox could have been headed since there’s nothing beyond the forest of District 12…]]²** District Twelve's [[spoiler: wedding ritual]]. ²** "The Head Peacekeeper loved wild turkey." ²** Rue first comes to Katniss and Peeta's attention in training when they're practicing ''throwing spears''.²** The scene in ''Mockingjay'' where Gale and Beetee show Katniss their compassion-based bombing tactic.²** The first time Gale appears he's carrying a loaf of bread speared on an arrow, foreshadowing [[spoiler:who Katniss will end up with]].²** During the Quarter Quell Katniss has a dream that foreshadows [[spoiler:the epilogue]].²* FragileSpeedster: Rue, who can move through the treetops like Spider-Man, but is far too small and physically weak to face anyone in a one-on-one fight.²* FreudianSlip: After Rue is [[spoiler:fatally injured by the District 1 Career]], in a panic, Katniss refers to her as 'Prim' in her narration, though it's not really a secret that Rue has been a surrogate Prim in Katniss' eyes before that. And reversed in a later book Katniss sees Prim after [[spoiler:Rue's death]] and calls Prim 'Rue' in the narration.²* FridgeHorror:²** [[InUniverse As Katniss]] sings a song by her father called "The Hanging Tree", she realizes, many years after first hearing it, that the point-of-view character is the guy who was hanged there. [[invoked]]²** The realization dawns on Katniss that if her father had not taught her to hunt before he died, she could have found herself at the door of the lecherous local Peacekeeper, trading favors to feed her family, as she had seen many other teenage girls do in their desperation. This also puts his seemingly harmless flirtations toward her into a different, uglier context.²* FriendToAllLivingThings: Prim seems to befriend any animal she meets, and can't bear to go hunting with Katniss.²* GallowsHumor: Katniss and some of the other Hunger Game tributes/victors learn to have a very droll outlook on their CrapsackWorld. Finnick takes it somewhat literally in ''Catching Fire'' by tying a noose and pretending to hang himself as a joke.²* GenderFlip: Katniss is the ActionGirl and is proficient at hunting with a bow and arrow. Peeta bakes and paints, and is more emotional of the two. They're an inversion of ManlyMenCanHunt and FeminineWomenCanCook, respectively.²* GenerationXerox: Katniss looks like Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities, singing voice and, like him, [[spoiler: 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 Peeta's father had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen when they were younger.²* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: More literally than usual. Genetically engineered beasties are the Capitol's favored weapon of war, or at least are coequal with troops and air power. Proper nukes are still around, though.²* GenghisGambit: In order to rally the people in the Capitol on her side and end things early, [[spoiler: Coin blows up a bunch of children Snow gathered as human shields and makes it look like Snow is responsible. It works]].²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Just one fight left. Environment is herding the survivors towards the lake for a final brawl. [[spoiler: SUDDENLY WOLVES!]] Justified, since the gamemakers can do ''whatever'' they want in the arena (including manipulate animals) and so anything that happens is likely a choice they made to spice things up and make it more dramatic.²* GildedCage: ²** The Tributes' training area. Luxurious quarters, beautiful clothes, five star cuisine and of course, a top-notch training facility to prepare you for your fight to the death. Simply divine.²** It's implied that the 'five-star' housing of the victors is also like this. Once they've won the game, they're celebrities around Panem and are live in a posh (by their standards) home in a special section of town. However, the Capitol keeps a close eye on them, and they're expected to serve as a mentor to future Tributes. ²** The wealthier districts have better living conditions but more brutal and fanatical Peacekeepers. On the other hand, District 12 is one of the poorest districts, but the authorities are far more willing to turn a blind eye to things like poaching and black market trading, or at least until they get replaced by new troops during ''Catching Fire.''²** We come to see as the series progresses that The Capitol is not the {{Utopia}} Katniss thought it was. [[spoiler: Seneca Crane]] was executed for simply [[YouHaveFailedMe failing at his job]]. In ''Catching Fire'', Effie's frightened comment – "That sort of thinking...it's forbidden, Peeta. Absolutely." – implies a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''-esque society where their lives are physically comfortable, but people live in fear because thought, word, and deed are policed by the State, and free-thinkers are punished in terrible ways.²* GladiatorRevolt: The series, especially the third book, could be seen as a post-apocalyptic version of this, with [[spoiler: Katniss and other Hunger Games winners becoming major figures in the rebellion.]]²* GoodIsNotDumb: Peeta is kind and patient and totally kills people in the arena, including going back to finish off a wounded opponent while he was in the Career pack. Besides being three steps ahead when it comes to manipulating the on-camera narrative. ²* GoodScarsEvilScars: {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Mockingjay'', when [[spoiler: Katniss]] has her uglier scars surgically cleaned up, but is left with some more attractive scars, because she's got to have ''some'' scars to show how bravely she's been fighting for the cameras. Averted in the end, however, when [[spoiler: she gets only basic skin grafts and there's no attempt to blend them because Coin has no more need of her]].²* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: [[spoiler:District 13 is just as full of assholes as the Capitol.]] The conflict really boils down to some truly horrible people who happen to be in power and all the innocents who get caught in-between. CrapsackWorld indeed.²* {{Gorn}}: How the Capitol citizens view The Hunger Games. In-universe only, hopefully.²* GottaKillThemAll: Throughout ''The Hunger Games'', Katniss quite literally counts the number of remaining contestants on her fingers and toes, and in both the first and second books rationalizes that if no one else kills them, she will have to. [[spoiler:Although she only personally kills two or three in the end.]]²* TheGovernment²* GRatedSex: At the end of ''Mockingjay'', there's a passage about [[spoiler: Katniss and Peeta kissing and how it makes her feel]], then there's an ambiguous phrasing about "after" that could mean after the kissing or after sex.²** Several times in ''Catching Fire'', Katniss refers to sleeping with Peeta, but the context makes clear that this is meant to be taken literally, not sexually – as she simply wants to share a bed with someone for comfort. Peeta, surprisingly for a presumably normally hormonal male teenager, seems to be perfectly fine with this arrangement, likely due to the fact that he's just as traumatized as she is and needs someone who understands. ²* GrayEyes: Apparently fairly common in the Seam, including Katniss, Gale, and Haymitch.²* GreatOffscreenWar: One or two of them – the civilizational collapse that led to the founding of Panem (we're never sure just what it was or if a war was involved), and the more-recent uprising (~75 years before the books take place) when the Districts rose up against the Capitol and lost. Most of the fighting in the revolution is also off-screen, up until Katniss gets directly involved in District 2. Even then, the majority of the rebellion is off-screen, with the individual Districts' revolts (sans Two and Eight) and even [[spoiler: the final capture of Snow]] being done away from Katniss and therefore the reader. It helps to emphasize the fact that Katniss is only a tool in the war, not a soldier and certainly not a major player.²* GreenEyedMonster: Gale tries damned hard not to like Peeta. And also briefly takes a dislike to Finnick when he thinks he has designs on Katniss too.²* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: ²** In the first book: Clove uses [[KnifeNut throwing knives]], Glimmer and Katniss use a bow, and Rue uses a [[BratsWithSlingshots slingshot]], while Cato uses a [[CoolSword sword]], Marvel uses a [[BladeOnAStick spear]], Thresh uses [[GoodOldFisticuffs brute force]], and Peeta uses a [[KnifeNut combat knife]] and is noted to be strong enough that he ''could'' just use brute force as well. ²** Averted with Johanna, who uses an axe, and District 13, where soldiers of all genders rely on guns.²* HandsOnApproach: Finnick uses this to show Katniss how to tie a difficult knot.²* HannibalLecture: Katniss' last conversation with President Snow. [[spoiler: She decides VillainHasAPoint]].²* HappilyMarried: Mr and Mrs. Everdeen. When he died, she was so grief-stricken that she couldn't look after their children for a long time. Also, Finnick and Annie.[[spoiler: Katniss and Peeta, eventually]]²* HarmfulToMinors: Only minors are selected for the standard Hunger Games. [[spoiler:The 75th Hunger Game changes the rules.]]²* HateSink: Katniss and Peeta can't exactly attack the directors of the Games, the Capitol doesn't send ''its'' children to die in the Games, and most of the other Tributes are from Districts as oppressed as 12. However, "Career Tributes" from Districts 1, 2 and 4 are frequently ''volunteers'', {{Child Soldier}}s have who trained to kill other children since they were able to ''walk''. In addition to their loathsome mindset and superior skills, they always team up to eliminate the weaker Tributes, then gleefully kill each other once everyone else is dead. ²* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Effie.]]²* HerHeartWillGoOn: Peeta tries to invoke this in a MoreHeroThanThou dispute. Katniss' internal monologue reveals she'll have none of it.²* HeroicBSOD: Katniss has several: a minor one in ''Games'' [[spoiler: after Rue's death, followed by a very brief one when she realizes she's killed for the first time (made more obvious in the film)]]; another at the end of ''Catching Fire'', and two major ones in ''Mockingjay'', one each after she [[spoiler: sees Prim die and then kills President Coin]].²* HeroicSacrifice: Katniss takes Prim's place in the Reaping during ''Games''; ²** Peeta planned on protecting Katniss until the end of the ''Games'' and then allowing her to kill him so she could win²** [[spoiler: Mags]] does it twice in ''Catching Fire'', ²** Every third character tries or succeeds in doing it in ''Mockingjay''.²* HeroSecretService:²** The rebel-aligned tributes work to [[spoiler: break Katniss out of the arena in the Quarter Quell, keeping it a secret from everyone, even Katniss.]]²** Most of Mockingjay has Katniss surrounded by a cadre of soldiers while she fans the flames of the rebellion.²* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Gale, especially after [[spoiler: setting off what is essentially a giant mine explosion in District 2 to win a battle.]]²* HiddenDepths: All the sympathetic characters reveal themselves to be more than they at first appeared.²* HighSchoolSweethearts: They're not actually in school when they get together but age-wise the trope fits for [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta]].²* HoldingHands: Most notably during the interviews for the Quarter Quell.²* HollywoodGenetics: Katniss has the same typical Seam traits as her father - dark hair, grey eyes, olive skin. Her sister Prim, however, managed to inherit their mother's merchant look with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. One might wonder how that was possible when it's strongly implied that townfolks and people in the Seam haven't interbred for generations. It's possible that their father carried those genes too but it's highly improbable.²** This has even spawned a fan-theory that Prim is Katniss' half-sister and that she might even be half-sister to blonde, blue-eyed Peeta (whose father had a romance with Katniss' mother when they were young).²* HollywoodHealing: Due to the advanced medicine available in the Capitol, and the need to keep the tributes looking nice, most injuries sustained by the characters are healed completely. Aversions include Chaff's hand and Peeta's leg, though he gets a prosthetic leg that is rarely referred to again. In the end, [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta are both covered in skin grafts and burns that the District 13 doctors gave only basic treatment for]].²* HollywoodPsych:²** Though Haymitch is an alcoholic, in the first book he very conveniently decides to stay sober only when he needs to be on the condition that Peeta and Katniss not interfere with his drinking when he feels like it. Real alcoholism isn't quite that convenient. Bit better in later books when we see him at least having difficulty sobering up.²*** Many real-life alcoholics do go through periods of sobriety in-between benders so Haymitch's sobriety in itself is not such a stretch. The fact that it happens from one day to the next, on the other hand...²** ''Catching Fire'' describes Annie as hysterical when she's reaped for the 75th games, without going into any sort of detail. This is enough to have Katniss think she's completely insane, though Katniss has never really understood overly emotional people. Later in ''Mockingjay'', we meet Annie and Katniss seems to think she's just a little quirky, though she occasionally covers her ears with her hands for no apparent reason. In real life, a person covering their ears that way would imply that they are hearing things that aren't there. Being that this isn't a one off (she does it "occasionally") it's a pretty big alarm bell for a psychotic disorder not otherwise specified. So apparently Katniss was right the first time, though at the point in ''Mockingjay'' when Katniss actually meets Annie, she herself has become even more psychologically damaged, either allowing her to relate better to Annie's "quirks", or deciding that she has no right to judge. This change in opinion also happens after her friendship with Finnick develops, whereas before she'd never met him. Her defense of and possible friendship towards Annie might be a result of that, seeing her more the way Finnick sees her rather than how the majority might.²** Hijacking. [[spoiler: The way Tracker Jacker venom works in the first book is somewhat questionable]], but in ''Mockingjay'' it really doesn't make sense as a conditioning tool. For one, the brain really doesn't work that way. Conditioning is an unconscious mechanism that can't be manipulated into a deliberate response the way the book describes. This is why the CIA stopped trying to do this in the first place. For another, the part of the brain that controls fear is so separate from your memory that it's unlikely that a drug designed to affect the fear part of your brain would have any affect on memory whatsoever.²* HollywoodTactics: All over the place, but frequently justified in-universe because the reader only gets to see things the main characters are involved in, and they are being used by the people in charge to make propaganda, not as real soldiers.²** When the rebels attack the Capitol, direct siege would have included trying to seize or disable the Capitol's nuclear missiles, or else bombarding the Capitol into submission. The narrator mentions that they can't do aerial bombing because of anti-air defenses — but maybe the rebels could have first attacked the anti-air emplacements, and then bombed the Capitol flat. Or they could have just declared victory and negotiated the Capitol's surrender. All of these options would probably have been easier than block-by-block urban warfare through a maze of booby traps.²*** Justified and explained: The Capitol did not use nuclear weapons against district 13. Katniss says reason was because the Capitol wanted to conquer the underground city and its huge stockpile of weapons, not destroy it. Also district 13 wanted to conquer the Capitol city and acquire their vast resources especially food medicine etc, not destroy it. Katniss says the rebels tried an aerial attack on the Capitol outskirts, but got shot down by surface-to-air missiles. Additionally, Plutarch calculated that the remaining total number of people was so low that killing the Capitols' people would endanger the human race.²** The Rebels also appear to have a dearth of anything besides personal defense weapons -- pistols, assault rifles and the like. And during the same attack, Katniss takes point immediately after being [[FieldPromotion promoted]] to leader of her squad. In real life, a squad leader never takes point, since the point man is the one most likely to die in an ambush, and the squad leader is someone you don't want to lose. This is partially justified, since she's supposed to be on a secret mission, and she realizes it would look suspicious if she doesn't know where to go. ²** Neither the Capitol forces nor the rebels seem to have anything such as grenades, flamethrowers, mounted machine guns, etc. No one has armored ground vehicles, and while Katniss' combat bow is supposedly accurate to 100 yards, even if the Capitol was using 20th-century-equivalent assault rifles, they're accurate to about 300 yards, or ''three times the distance'' of Katniss' bow. Not to mention that they shoot on a much flatter trajectory, don't need to be reloaded after every shot … ''and'' can penetrate body armor. ²*** In district 8 and 2 the rebels use machine guns against their opponents. In 8 they use them against bombers, in 2 against the Peacekeepers in front of the "Nut".²*** It's even worse than that. The current standard issue weapon of the US Army and Marine Corps, the M-16, is accurate out to 550 meters. Sniper weapons are accurate past a kilometer with a scope.²** And in ''Mockingjay'', Finnick takes a trident to war. A trident that he can ''throw''. Tridents are weapons made for spearing and catching things; they are not ideal for killing in a quick-fire situation (though it is certainly possible to kill with one) because things killed with tridents are meant primarily to stick on the prongs. In old warfare, tridents were generally used for disarming (their length and shape allowed them to accurately knock swords out of combatants' hands without having to get too close), but not as a primary weapon except in gladiatorial combat. As for throwing, tridents simply aren't balanced for that at all. Even if a throwing trident were possible, it's extraordinarily unlikely that it would ever be useful in a war fought mainly with guns. ²*** Weakly, weakly justified in that Finnick, like Katniss, was in the Star Squad and was not intended to be fighting on the front lines. As someone who is famous for fighting with a trident, they probably just wanted him to have it to be recognizable, the same way Katniss didn't have to get a military haircut and brought her bow. The only time we ever hear of him using it after that point is when he's fighting in close combat against mutant lizards. Otherwise, he's implied to use his gun. What's more likely is that Katniss and Finnick are trained and experienced with their bow and trident, and a gun at whatever distance is useless if you are unable to properly aim it and hold it steady as you fire. If Katniss and Finnick can make a 100 yard shot with an arrow/trident but not with a rifle, it makes more sense for them to have weapons that they are familiar with and understand, given the lack of time and resources to train them with much else.²** Not to mention there is some very odd squad formation. For some reason, the army of District 13 puts two sisters in the same squad, two brothers in the support unit, and Boggs, Coin's second in command, is frequently put on the front line.²*** It was not a combat squad, but a propaganda unit making staged videos. Katniss was once confused who gives the orders, the military man Boggs or the video director Cressida. Cressida did call the shots. In-universe Boggs could have asked Coin to lead the squad since he was trusted by Katniss (and he wanted to protect Katniss because he knew Coin was dangerous to her).²** Apparently in Panem, the best formation for bombers to fly in is a VERY close V, low enough and at a speed slow enough that an ARROW can hit them. Even discounting their vulnerability to enemy fire, that is inside the frag zone of every single piece of ordnance currently in use in the world at this time. Unless they were dropping bombs essentially as explosive as grenades, that simply defies logic. With GPS or laser guided bombs, planes today can drop ordnance in excess of 20000 feet and still hit the target. Even World War II era bombers dropped their bombs from an average of 10000-20000 feet.²*** Flying high is not possible in Panem because of some unspecified change to the atmosphere during the previous war. All parties use slow flying hovercrafts.²* HotWings: Several of the outfits Cinna designs for Katniss. President Snow is not amused.²* HufflepuffHouse: Most of the Districts of Panem are pretty extraneous and we learn little about them.²** The district that stands out the most for standing out the least would have to be District 9. (No, not that Film/{{District 9}}) Both its tributes die in the initial bloodbath at each Hunger Games, it has zero named characters, and the only character who does anything of even minor significance is the boy who fights Katniss for the backpack in the 74th games and gets killed by Clove in the process. All we hear about the district itself is that they grow grain -- nothing about its sympathies or role in uprisings against the Capitol.²* HumanResources: Near the end of the first book, Katniss realizes that Muttations, the genetically engineered monsters that attack the surviving tributes, were somehow created from the dead tributes. In the book, the Muttations have the same hair color and eyes as the tributes they were created from. In the movie, the correspondence is much subtler. They all look like brown dog-wolves, but their CGI facial expressions are based on the actors who played the tributes.²** Although she later reflects that the Muttations probably didn't actually contain any parts of the dead tributes - they were just made to look like them for the additional psychological terror.²* HumanSacrifice: Tributes are sacrificed by the Capitol to remember the betrayal of District 13.²* HumansAreBastards: At the end of ''Mockingjay'', Katniss hits this trope ''hard.''²* HumanShield: [[spoiler: Snow surrounding himself with children. Coin doesn't give a damn and actually bombs them and blames Snow so even the Capitol turns against him]].²* HungryJungle: a staple for the arenas at the Hunger Games.²* {{Hypocrite}}: Various characters have their moments, but a few from Katniss stand out. One being that she judges Madge for having an expensive pin that could feed starving families, yet isn't bothered when she herself is later clad in incredibly expensive outfits, though this one could be because Madge could easily sell hers while Katniss can't do anything but sit there and take it. There's also her judgement of fellow tributes because of their killing, when she doesn't make any attempt to restrain her own killing – on a few occasions, she even mentions how her fingers are itching for her knife/arrows just because Johanna snapped at her. She also complains a great deal about the wasting of food, when she, in fact, does it herself (when she threw out the gift of cookies from Peeta's father, for example).²* IconOfRebellion: The mockingjay pin, and later Katniss herself in her guise as The Mockingjay.²* IdiotBall: Katniss and Peeta toss this back and forth in the first book: [[spoiler: Katniss for not picking up on Peeta's crush, and Peeta for assuming her reciprocation was real.]] Katniss seems to be very bad at reading people, [[spoiler: and Peeta announced his crush on national television. Even if this led to improved sponsor chances, the other contestants would undoubtedly pick up on this and use it to their advantage.]] Cinna, Haymitch and Effie all tell Katniss that her high score after firing an arrow at the Gamemasters is a good thing, no one seems to notice the big ol' bullseye on her back that this stunt grants her. And at times Katniss seems to be clutching this ball rather firmly for someone who's quite familiar with nature. The fact that she isn't the least bit peturbed by the monkeys' initial behavior is silly. Even if she wasn't familiar with monkeys, she knows how animals behave, and she knows that the gamemakers stick 'mutts' into the games. Not hard to work out there's something sinister about them. In ''Catching Fire'', when Plutarch goes out of his way to show her his fancy pocket watch, and makes some rather pointed statements regarding it and time in general. It doesn't occur to her until much later that he was trying to drop her a hint about something. And it apparently never occurs to her that [[spoiler: the Mockingjay hologram inside the watch is an indication that he's a member of LaResistance]].²* IGaveMyWord: Subverted. Haymitch promises Katniss that he'll keep Peeta alive and also tells Peeta that he'll keep Katniss alive.²** Not really, because Haymitch instructed those tributes that were in on the rebellion to protect Peeta at all costs. Accordingly, Finnick brought Peeta back from the dead with CPR and a morphling sacrificed her life to prevent Peeta from getting killed by a monkey mutt. Haymitch could not rescue Peeta with the hovercraft because they barely escaped incoming Capitol hovercraft after they had scooped up Katniss, Beetee and Finnick. Haymitch did not know where Peeta was and had no time to search for him.²* ImAHumanitarian: A District 6 tribute from a past Games named Titus went insane and ate the bodies of the tributes he killed.²* ImperiledInPregnancy: Katniss isn't ''actually'' pregnant in ''Catching Fire'', but Peeta manages to enrage the capitol citizens by claiming that she was right before the 75th Games started, trying to invoke this trope.²* ImportantHaircut: Or rather, [[InvertedTrope important lack of haircut]]. In ''Mockingjay'', all the rebel soldiers have their hair cut short, except for Katniss because she needs to stay recognizable. And Katniss having her body hair waxed throughout the series. District 12 has no fashion to speak of, and the citizens have a lot more important things to concern themselves with, so Katniss -- and by implication, the other women of 12 -- don't shave their body hair(legs, underarms) and think nothing of it. Her stylists stripping her bare is just another example of the Capitol changing who she is — to the point where by ''Catching Fire'', she considers her unshaven legs a sign of her freedom, and is more than a bit sore to lose them.²* ImprobableAimingSkills: Katniss is repeatedly shown hitting small game directly in the eye, seemingly with ease. The fact that her arrows have large enough arrowheads to take down humans and deer and therefore have tips bigger than the eyes of some of the small game she's shooting is never accounted for. Then again, if an arrow goes directly through one side of the skull of a small animal, you can pretty much assume it was the eye.²** Somewhat JustifiedTrope – anyone who does archery knows with a heavy draw weight, you can kill a person or a deer with a target arrow (i.e. one without a broadhead.) Sharp hunting broadheads are used for bowhunting to do maximum stopping damage quickly, while a wound from a small arrowhead would take a long time to bleed out unless it passed through something very vital (lungs, heart.) Likely Katniss's smaller arrowheads are a tradeoff for being able to take the widest range of game possible with as little damage to the valuable meat and hide as is feasible.²* IncendiaryExponent: Two of Katniss, The Girl On Fire's first [[CostumePorn ceremonial outfits]] in the Capitol fit this theme, though only one of them actually uses fire.²* INeedAFreakingDrink: Haymitch, all of the time; Katniss upon finding out [[spoiler: she'll be going back into the Hunger Games]] for the Quarter Quell.²* InformedAbility: Peeta is mentioned as being good with a knife and Katniss makes a point of giving him one during the Quarter Quell, yet he's more proficient at being TheLoad.²* InelegantBlubbering: During Katniss' breakdown after the announcement of the Quarter Quell, most notably. Even more so when she meets Buttercup [[spoiler: in district 12 which makes Katniss realize Prim's death.]]²* InevitableMutualBetrayal: Every alliance in the hunger games, except Katniss and Peeta. Team ups make both tributes more likely to survive, but in the end one of them must kill the other if they are the last.²* InnocentCohabitation: Peeta sleeps in Katniss' bed through most of the victory tour but they never so much as kiss while under the sheets. When they arrive in the Capitol for the Quarter Quell they also room together, Katniss even refusing to let him return to his actual room to shower because she worries he won't be allowed to come back to her. In the end [[spoiler:Peeta appears to move in with Katniss shortly after returning to Twelve, sleeping beside her to help comfort her when she has a nightmare. This time around though it eventually leads to sex, marriage and babies.]]²* InsanityDefense: Used to get [[spoiler:Katniss off for assassinating President Coin]]. ²* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: Katniss]] tries to kill herself at the end of ''Mockingjay'', but [[spoiler: Peeta]] stops her.²* IronicName: The Quarter Quell's name is this, as the quell means "to subdue something", which in the case of the 3rd Quarter Quell, means "subdue this rebellion that's going on right under our noses". [[spoiler:The quell ends in LaResistance gaining ''more'' firepower and their main target a reason to gun for the President's head.]]²* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Katniss literally ''volunteers'' to be thrown into the life-or-death fight to the finish battle that is the Hunger Games. The twist is that she did so to keep her little sister out of the ring. [[spoiler: Comes full circle when the events that her participation in the Games set in motion eventually lead to her sister's death.]]²* ItGetsEasier: Referenced several times in the first book, with Katniss several times rationalizing that killing people isn't much different than killing animals, to the point where [[spoiler: before she actually does so for real]] she begins actively planning how to kill other tributes and, by the third book [[spoiler: she's capable of not only planning Snow's death, but cold-bloodedly and without hesitation cuts down an unarmed Capitol citizen whose only apparent crime was opening her door at the wrong time]]. Peeta's reluctance to change who he is because of the games is interpreted by Katniss as being a fear of this, too.²** Also potentially referenced in the first book by Katniss recalling a tribute that actually had to be put down by the gamemasters because he became psychotic during the games.²* ItHasBeenAnHonor: One of Katniss' prep team.²* ItMeantSomethingToMe: [[spoiler: Peeta to Katniss]] at the end of the first book.²* ItsAllAboutMe: For whom is the Quarter Quell a real ordeal?²* ItsPersonal: Between Katniss and Snow and [[spoiler:between Katniss and Coin]].²* ItWasAGift: Katniss' Mockingjay pin.²* IUhYouToo: Averted in ''Catching Fire'' when Gale tells Katniss that he loves her. Katniss, who is still confused about her feelings for Peeta, does the [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Han Solo]] thing and tells him "I know." Also averted in [[RealLife real life]] by the characters actors:²-->'''Jennifer Lawrence:''' "Liam is clearly in love with me."²-->'''Liam Hemsworth:''' "Very much so, we already know that."²---> [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJls7tq8UUQ&t=2m55s Interview with Mockingjay part 2 actors]]²* IWasQuiteALooker: When watching the video of his Game, Katniss is surprised at how handsome Haymitch used to be. And while her mother is implied to still be quite attractive, Katniss is also surprised by how beautiful she was as a teenager.²** Also implied a bit when [[spoiler: Katniss' prep team sees her for the first time after her burn injury.]]²* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: [[spoiler: Mags]].²* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Snow's favorite tactic. The entire premise of the Games itself was a way to punish the rebels by making their children kill each other, and to remind them that the Capitol can and will do things like this if they rebel again. Snow directly threatens Gale and indirectly threatens the rest of Katniss' loved ones if she doesn't convince all of Panem (including Snow himself) that she's madly in love with Peeta. And Snow also uses the threat against loved ones to [[spoiler:force Victors into [[SexSlave prostitution]]]].²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Several characters fall under this. Katniss can be rather rude/harsh sometimes. Still, her angry outbursts are usually well-justified, given the CrapsackWorld she lives in. But even if she might be mean sometimes, she still has a nice heart and tries very hard to protect the people that she loves. Haymitch is a rude drunk, but comes to authentically care about [[VitriolicBestBuds Katniss and Peeta]]. Gale can be rather harsh at times, but he has a soft spot for Katniss and her family. He even gets along with Peeta a couple times. Effie seems a shallow Capitol citizen, but she's more of a StepfordSmiler that really seems to care about Katniss and Peeta as well. ²* JustFriends: [[spoiler: Katniss and Gale.]]²* JustifiedCriminal: Katniss, Gale, and the few others who illegally hunt since it's one of their few methods of survival.²* KarmicDeath: Marvel got an arrow in his neck from Katniss [[spoiler: as revenge for killing Rue.]]²* KidHeroAllGrownUp: All of the former tributes qualify, but Haymitch in particular.²* KilledOffForReal: Due to the very nature of its premise this happens to a ''lot'' of characters in the series. After all, 24 tributes enter the arena and only one can come out alive. Not that characters who aren't tributes are safe. Outside-the-arena deaths include [[spoiler:Cinna, Primrose and Peeta's entire family.]]²* KillEmAll: The Games are to end with one person left standing. [[spoiler: Both the 74th and 75th end a little differently.]]²* KillTheCutie: the series ''loves'' this. [[spoiler: Cuties killed include Rue, Cinna and eventually Prim.]]²* KissOfLife: When Finnick revives Peeta in ''Catching Fire'', Katniss describes it initially as "kissing" since she's rarely seen CPR performed.²* KnifeNut: Clove.²* LapPillow: Reversed between Katniss and Peeta, and once each between Katniss/Finnick and Katniss/Gale.²* LastKiss: A couple of times between Katniss and Peeta, [[spoiler: never for real.]]²* LastRequest: [[spoiler: The dying Rue]] asks Katniss to sing for her. Despite not singing for years, Katniss comes through.²* LateArrivalSpoiler: Exaggerated for ''Mockingjay'', whose back/dust-jacket synopsis will immediately clue you in on the fact that [[spoiler: District 13 actually still exists]].²* LeaveHimToMe: Katniss insists on being the one to kill [[spoiler: Snow]]. She ultimately decides to off [[spoiler:Coin]] instead.²* {{Leitmotif}}: Rue's four note song.²* LewdLustChasteSex: In ''Catching Fire'' Katniss has a long make-out session [[spoiler:with Peeta]], described in great detail. When the two of them eventually have sex it's described with such little detail that it can be argued they didn't even have sex at all ([[spoiler:and in the movie it turned into hand holding and cuddling]]).²* LighterAndSofter: The arena for the 50th Hunger Games (the Second Quarter Quell): The Cornucipia sitting in the midst of a sweet-smelling green meadow, and the sky was azure blue, with fluffy, billowing white clouds. There was a snowy mountain and a forest, squirrels and butterflies and flowers and pinky birds. And even food growing. However, it was actually a DeathWorld: carnivorous squirrels, butterflies with stings, killer birds, poisonous flowers, the mountain was a volcano.²* TheLightfooted: Rue is described as a bird on her toes about to take flight. She's also lightweight and able to quickly jump and climb around through the treetops.²-->''[Rue] stands 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.''²* TheLoad: ²** Peeta ends up becoming this after his leg gets injured. He's helpless, meaning Katniss has to risk her life twice as often to get food and supplies. Even after he heals enough to move around, he's a liability when Katniss fights and even when she ''hunts''-- he walks so clumsily that he scares off any prey within earshot.²*** Slightly downplayed because Katniss actively seeks him out knowing he is badly injured, and her caring for him [[spoiler: pretending to be in love with him]] help make them very popular with the sponsors.²*** He gets an undeserved bad rep for being this in ''Catching Fire'' as well. He displays these traits the first day of [[spoiler:the Quarter Quell - at the Cornucopia (because he can't swim) and when they're fleeing from the poisonous gas (because he's weak after getting severely electrocuted mere hours before).]] However the rest of the time he's either [[spoiler:fighting monkey mutts with Katniss and Finnick, carrying Beetee around the arena, creating a map of the clock, doing all he can to ensure that Katniss survives at the cost of his own life, killing Brutus who is one of their toughest competitors, or generally contributing as much as anyone else in the party.]] He was also the one who made sure himself, Katniss and Haymitch were prepared for [[spoiler:the Quell by forcing the other two to train with him, both physically and survival skills-wise, and meticulously studying their competition to find out what the other victors' strength and weaknesses were.]]²** On the other hand, Mags 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 [[spoiler:gives up her own life by walking into a poisonous fog, so that Finnick will turn his efforts to protecting Katniss]].²* LockDown: During the bombing of [[spoiler: District 13]] in ''Mockingjay''.²* LosingTheTeamSpirit: [[spoiler: Katniss]] at the end of the second book. And [[spoiler: she completely loses it]] in the third one as well.²* LotteryOfDoom: The reaping, which selects tributes for the Hunger Games. The only exception is during the 25th Hunger Games (the first Quarter Quell), where tributes are selected ''by voting''.²** In ''Catching Fire'' it takes on a ridiculous tone as [[spoiler: the contestants are already known in many cases, i.e. Katniss as she's the only female former victor from District 12]].²* LoveAtFirstSight / LoveAtFirstNote: If we take Peeta's word for it, that is.²* LoveHurts: Often literally.²* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler: Katniss tries to convince the citizens of Panem she was so crazy with love for Peeta that she can't be held responsible for her actions. To say nothing of Peeta's actions to begin with.]]²* LoveTriangle: Unsurprisingly resolved at the end of ''Mockingjay''.²* TheLudovicoTechnique: Hijacking is a form of this. It involves simultaneous exposure to delirium-inducing venom and specific stimuli. In the victim's delirious mind, the stimuli come to be associated with pain and fear and from the results we see in [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]], if the stimuli are related to a certain person then hijacking can produce a homicidal hatred of that person in the victim.²* MadnessMantra: Wiress repeatedly says, "Tick, tock" during the Quarter Quell. No one initially understands what she's referring to.²* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: President Snow uses the threat of killing the victors' families and loved ones like this to keep them in line and to make them do as he says. This is what happened to [[spoiler: Haymitch's]] family and girlfriend after his Games, and it's implied to have happened to everyone [[spoiler: Johanna]] loved. But even Snow admits that if he did this to Katniss herself because of her "stunt with the berries", no one would buy it.²* ManiacMonkeys: One of the many delights of the 3rd Quarter Quell.²* ManOnFire / WreathedInFlames: Katniss gets lit on fire five times: thrice in the name of fashion and twice in combat situations. There is a reason they call her ''The Girl Who Was On Fire''. Peeta also gets singed [[spoiler: at the very end, when he was presumably following Katniss.]]²* MarriageOfConvenience: Katniss and Peeta are sold as a couple in order to gain popularity so that one of them can survive the games. When they both survive, they're expected to marry - they get engaged for this reason but by the time they do marry it's of their own choosing.²-->'''Katniss:''' Not like this. He wanted it to be real.²* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are often called "The Star Crossed Lovers from District 12" because of their romance while in the Hunger Games, where only one can survive. Katniss is a determined fighter and an excellent archer. Her strategy is to put on a brave face so as to not appear weak. Peeta is more expressive of his emotions as seen in his tear stained face, artistic talent, and public confession of love for Katniss. ²* MeaningfulName: All over the place.²** "Katniss" is a real plant. Its common name? "Arrowhead". And its scientific name is ''Sagittaria,'' which is a transparent reference to [[WesternZodiac the Zodiac sign Sagittarius,]] a fire sign whose symbol is an archer. ²** "Peeta" the baker sounds like "pita," a type of bread. His last name, Mellark, is a Greek word meaning "cake," which Peeta is adept at frosting. ²** Effie "Trinket" seems to be trivial and shallow (but Effie is short for Euphemia - well-spoken- belying her skill as a speaker). ²** Cinna was the name of various Roman figures relevant to his character, namely [[spoiler: a doomed opponent of Sulla the dictator, one of Julius Caesar's assassins, a poet mistaken for the same and beaten to death by an angry mob, and a conspirator against Augustus Caesar.]]²** One of the meanings of "Rue" is "regret." [[spoiler:Her death haunts Katniss, who failed to protect her]] and those in power probably rue the day she was chosen for the arena.²** Avox means, in an awkward and incorrect mixture of Greek and Latin, 'without a voice.' ²** "Coriolanus," as in "Coriolanus Snow" refers to a hated Roman who betrayed both sides and died loathed and friendless. ²** Tigris had plastic surgery to look like a human-tiger hybrid. Katniss wonders which came first, the name or the look. ²** Pollux and Castor, the twin cameramen from ''Mockingjay'' are named for the Gemini of Roman mythology. Like the myth, Castor dies and Pollux is allowed to live -- only with some horrible mutilation. ²** Titus and Lavinia are names from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''. Like their counterparts in the Shakespeare play, Titus was known for cannibalism, and Lavinia had her tongue cut out. Peeta's comments about 'fingers and toes' are unfortunate implications, given what other things happened to Lavinia in the play. ²** Panem is a reference to the Latin phrase "panem et circenses", meaning "bread and circuses", or idiomatically, sustenance and entertainment -- the two things you need to give a population to keep them happy.²** District 1, luxury goods, gives us Marvel, Glimmer, Gloss, and Cashmere.²** District 3, electronics, has Wiress. And Beetee, which sounds like TV, CD, PC, etc. (Or BD, as in blu-ray disc). For British readers, it invokes BT -- British Telecom.²** District 4, fishing, ''Fin''nick Odair and Annie ''Crest''a.²** Meaningful nickname in this case, but while the District 6 former victors are nicknamed "Morphlings" due to their addiction to morphling drugs, they were also skilled at camouflaging themselves with paint.²** District 7, lumber, gives us the optimistically-named Blight.²** District 8, textiles, has Twill and Woof (another word for "weft").²** District 11, agriculture, has Rue, Thresh, Chaff, and Seeder. Chaff is a double example. Not only does it mean "the husks of grains and grasses that are separated during threshing," but it also means, "worthless matter." Chaff never becomes important to the plot. Seeder is obvious.²** District 12, coal mining, has Peeta (Peter, meaning "stone") and of course Katniss' nickname; "The Girl Who Was On Fire."²** The Capitol uses Roman names, in reference to their technological superiority as well as their decadent culture. ²** District 2 is noted for having the closest relationship to the Capitol, and their male tributes also have Roman names: Cato and Brutus. [[spoiler: This makes sense considering that District 2 provides most of the Peacekeepers. Had the tributes not gone to the Hunger Games, they would likely have become Peacekeepers and served under and alongside Capitol citizens]]²** In Katniss' case it's a nickname, but the drama largely boils down to "The Girl On '''Fire'''" against President '''Snow'''.²** A more subtle one: Snow presides over the games themselves. As we all know, SnowMeansDeath. ²* TheMedic: Mrs. Everdeen and Prim.²* MercyKill:²** After Katniss puts [[spoiler: Cato]] out of his misery at the end of the 74th Hunger Games. In ''Catching Fire,'' Katniss considers doing this for [[spoiler:Peeta and possibly Beetee as well]]. [[spoiler:Gale and Katniss]] have an understanding in ''Mockingjay'' that they would kill each other before letting the other get captured, to avoid torture. [[spoiler:Both fail to do it in the end.]]²** Peeta kills out of mercy the girl the career pack tormented in the first arena.²* MetaphoricalMarriage: Peeta describes to the citizens of the Capitol how he and Katniss have already tied the knot, opting for a simple home ceremony of 'toasting'. During the toasting, the couple make their first fire together and share a toast over it as they don't want to wait for the big Capitol wedding. He openly states it wasn't an official ceremony as there was no paperwork, but Katniss notes the ceremony's symbolic value, as "no one really feels married in District 12 until after the toasting". [[spoiler: Peeta's lying though, because they never had any ceremony.]]²* MindControlEyes: [[spoiler: Peeta]]²* MixAndMatchCritters: As a consequence of evolution, and the Capitol's experiments on animals, many of the plants and animals in Panem are hybrids. These include grooslings (goose and grouse), mockingjays (mockingbirds and the jabberjays, themselves muttations), nightlock (nightshade and hemlock), and possibly morphling.²* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler: Plutarch Heavensbee]] is the Head Gamemaker for the 75th Hunger Games.[[spoiler: And a key member of LaResistance.]]²* MonumentOfHumiliationAndDefeat: The Hunger Games themselves. 74 years after the complete obliteration of a District that tried to play LaResistance to the Panem government, once a year, 23 kids are horrifically slaughtered in an InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath to show everybody who's the boss. The one kid that survives is turned into a celebrity: obviously turning him into a living example of this.²* MoralityPet: Katniss has Prim and Rue, and Gale has his own younger siblings.²* MoreHeroThanThou: In ''Catching Fire'', [[spoiler: Katniss and Peeta]] are each determined the other will be the survivor.²* TheMourningAfter: Katniss' mother went into a near-catatonic depression after the death of Katniss' father, leaving Katniss to support the family. Even when the mother becomes functional again, she never really gets over his death. In ''Mockingjay'' Katniss goes into this after [[spoiler:Prim's death]]²* MrFanservice: Gale maintains a surprising harem in the fandom for someone who was a tertiary character for the first book. Also, Finnick, both in-universe, and out.²* MushroomSamba: A (mostly) [[NightmareFuel extremely unfunny]] version thanks to Tracker Jacker venom.²* MyOwnPrivateIDo: In ''Catching Fire'', [[spoiler: Peeta claims he and Katniss did this, so that he can then claim Katniss is pregnant to garner extra sympathy]].²* MysteryMeat: Greasy Sae's stew.²--> "Once it's in the soup, I call it beef."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:N-Z]]²* NakedFirstImpression: Cinna met Katniss in this state due to her choosing not to put on her robe.²** Johanna's first ''two'' appearances are naked. Partly because Jo ''knows'' it makes the virginal Katniss uncomfortable.²* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: People from the Capitol are often named after Ancient Roman historical figures: Cinna, Caesar (Flickerman), Seneca (Crane), Coriolanus (Snow), Claudius (Templesmith), etc.²* NecessarilyEvil: The war-ending plot, seen from two different perspectives. [[spoiler: At first, it seems like the Capitol views the deaths of children by their own weaponry as a necessary evil to lure in and kill rebel medics with a second attack, but it turns out that the deaths of the rebel medics were the necessary evil for 13 to frame Snow for the attack with the enemy's equipment and ruin all faith in the Capitol.]]²* NeckSnap: Cato to [[spoiler:the boy from District 3]].²* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Despite her skills and high score before the games, Katniss doesn't have a personality that will stand out to sponsors. Peeta does however, and Haymitch resolves the situation by marketing her as the object of his affections. [[spoiler: This is what saves them both in the games.]]²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Katniss' main goal through the second book is to find a way to trick Snow into believing she's in love with Peeta. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she does convince him (and everyone else), and therefore manages to give him the leverage to break her during ''Mockingjay''.]] And you can say that the entire series is this, as [[spoiler:Prim dies anyway, which was what the instigation of the plot of the first book was trying to prevent.]]²* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: President Snow and the Gamemakers.²* NightmareSequence: Katniss' dreams are usually a horrifying mishmash of bad memories and fear-gripped imagination, like everyone getting their tongues cut out or all her loved ones screaming in agony.²* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Peeta Mellark as the noble male, Gale Hawthorne as the roguish male. Peeta is gentle, kind, chivalrous, has a way with words and advocates diplomacy over violence (even, at times, during the actual Hunger Games). Gale is hot blooded and passionate, believes that the ends justify the means, is eager to go out and fight and became his family's main provider at age thirteen when he began poaching (eventually together with Katniss).²* NobodyPoops: Bears may shit in the woods but Tributes, apparently, do not. It wouldn't be so noticeable, except that Collins takes pains to make everything about the Hunger Games and the horrors of the arena seem dirty and uncomfortable and horrible, so in the first book at least it's a glaring omission. They do, however, urinate.²** Except for when they maybe don't. Peeta spends several days incapacitated in the cave, unable to leave, so one wonders how he takes care of that business. Or when he was hidden by the riverbank. Same goes for Katniss during the days she spent sleeping off the tracker jacker venom. Both their outfits must have been in need of some serious washing...²* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Given the nature of the beast, it's an inevitability. Even outside the arena, [[spoiler: Cinna receives a nasty one as Katniss watches helplessly, never to see him again.]]²* NonActionBigBad: President Snow.²* NoNameGiven: Katniss never learns the names of most of the tributes. She doesn't find out until well after the games are over that the boy from District 1 was named Marvel, even though [[spoiler:she was the one who killed him]].²** This also - quite noticeably - applies to Katniss' parents, and to Peeta's entire family. Not to mention [[spoiler:Peeta's and Katniss' children]], who go unnamed as well. Reportedly Suzanne Collins has stated that their names are [[spoiler:Willow and Rye]]. The latter is also the name most fans like to call the younger of Peeta's two brothers by, though supposedly [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta did not name their son for his dead uncle,]] thereby jossing that particular theory. Although this has not been 100 % confirmed, so as of yet there are no definitive names for any Mellarks other than Peeta himself, nor for Katniss' parents.²* NoPeriodsPeriod: A possible in-universe explanation is that Katniss spends most of the trilogy either barely eating enough to survive or just past the edge of good nutrition; this could easily cause her cycling to be irregular, especially with the stress of the Games and providing for her family. A possible real-world explanation is that Collins (or her publisher) didn't want to deal with MoralGuardians howling over references to a teenage girl having her period in a Young Adult book, and simply chose to ignore it. ²** Another entirely likely explanation could be that the Capitol may inject or otherwise provide the girls with hormones to keep them from menstruating during the games, in the same way that they kept the boys from growing any facial hair.²* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Slowly occurs over the course of the second book, finally setting in for good at the very last line. Taken Up to Eleven in the third book when Katniss' last routine from home, hunting with Gale, [[spoiler: stops when their relationship deteriorates and they go their separate ways.]]²** As a companion to ItGetsEasier, Katniss makes reference several times to how her life has changed since she became a killer and a symbol.²* NotInThisForYourRevolution: It takes Katniss a long time to decide to actively help the revolutionaries instead of just looking out for her own survival.²* NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:When confronted with the deaths of the children who made up his 'human shield', Snow reveals that he had absolutely nothing to do with it, and it was President Coin who did the deed. Likewise, Gale denies knowing if the plan was formed from one of his ideas, but by this point Katniss has lost what little ability she had left to take people at their word.]]²* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Presidents Coin and Snow. Both are manipulative assholes who jealously guard their power, and neither can stomach any showing of open dissent.]]²** Haymitch and Katniss: Two abrasive survivalists who withdraw into themselves to cope with the harshness of their lives. Part of the reason they never really get along is that they're too alike. Haymitch is Katniss thirty years later, after mentoring sixty-odd children to their deaths.²* NotSoStoic: At the climax of the first book, [[spoiler:Claudius, the ''announcer''. Booming, "Stop! Stop!" directly to the Tributes was not supposed to be in his vocabulary.]]²* NuclearOption: Discussed. [[spoiler:Both District 13 and the Capitol have nukes trained on each other, but mutually assured destruction of all humanity keeps them both at bay, especially since the human race is now so small that wiping out the Capitol would endanger it and most members of District 13 are sterile.]]²* ObfuscatingStupidity: Katniss remarks this was Johanna Mason's strategy in her Games: everyone thought she was a sniveling, useless weakling and overlooked her… until she turned out to be a ruthless killer who ended up the victor. And Haymitch counts – not only is he quite the strategist in the first Games, but he turns out to be a [[spoiler:major figure in the underground resistance by the end of ''Catching Fire''.]] Not bad for someone most people just think of as the town drunk.²* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Capitol air force blowing up the hospital in Eight. It turns into a strategic blunder, however, since [[spoiler: not only does the Capitol lose several precious bombers in the process, but the attack is televised and subsequently milked for all its worth, PR-wise, by District 13 media.]]²** Then used plenty on the rebel side in the FinalBattle for the capitol. Starting when Katniss kills a random civilian woman who stumbles on her squad as they infiltrate the Capitol-held territory. Then TurnedUpToEleven in the final sequence with the rebels (including Gale and Katniss) firing indiscriminately into crowds of civilians, Gale murdering a wounded peacekeeper to take his rifle and finally [[spoiler: District 13 aircraft firebombing a courtyard packed with children, using bombs that detonate a second time to eliminate the relief personnel.]]²* OfficialCouple: Katniss and Peeta (at least, as advertised by the Capitol), and Finnick and Annie. In ''Mockingjay'', [[spoiler: the former couple end up together for real]].²* OfficialKiss: The kiss in [[spoiler:the cave]] in the first book might be considered this, as it is the first time Katniss feels real desire and the first sign that she could genuinely fall in love with the boy in question. However the clearer example is in ''Catching Fire'', specifically Katniss' long make-out session with [[spoiler:Peeta on the Quarter Quell beach]]. It goes on for a long time, they're both half naked and she experiences sexual desire for seemingly the first time. It's basically the point where the love triangle dies.²* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: ²** The implied epic two-day battle between [[CoolVersusAwesome Cato and Thresh.]] [[BattleInTheRain In the rain]].²** Peeta killing [[spoiler: Brutus]] in the Quarter Quell could count. Not bad for the guy who's usually seen as TheLoad.²* OneProductPlanet: The districts function as this for the Capitol, each focusing on a specific industry.²** District 1: luxury goods.²** District 2: masonry, weapons.²** District 3: electronics.²** District 4: fishing.²** District 5: electricity.²** District 6: transportation.²** District 7: lumber.²** District 8: textiles.²** District 9: grain.²** District 10: livestock.²** District 11: agriculture.²** District 12: coal mining.²** District 13: graphite, nuclear energy.²* TheOphelia: ²** [[spoiler:Katniss]] near the end of the third book, after [[spoiler:killing Coin]]. ²** Annie is also presented as unstable at the best of times. She even has the Shakespearean character's water motif: District 4 specializes in fishing and she survived her Hunger Games because she could swim the longest after the Gamemakers flooded the arena.²* OppositesAttract: [[spoiler: Katniss and Peeta]], at least by the end of ''Mockingjay''.²* OrnamentalWeapon: Subverted with Katniss' bow. After all, just because it's pretty doesn't mean it can't be deadly.²* OrphanageOfFear: It isn't actually seen, but the District 12 community home is said to be like this. ²* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The bloodthirsty, upright-walking muttations bought out at the end of the first book are a hybridization of wolves and [[spoiler: the Hunger Games tributes who have already died]].²** [[spoiler:Subverted. Later on in the third book, they decide the mutts were pure MindRape, and not really made from dead tributes]].²* OutrunTheFireball: One of the Gamemakers' traps.²* TheOutsideWorld: The series has its fair share of Outside Worlds since Panem is made up of districts. ²** Katniss ventures out into one part of TheOutsideWorld to do some illegal hunting as District 12 is fenced off. However, the true Outside is far beyond any distance she's traveled. Once, [[spoiler: while she and Gale were hunting, they witnessed a red-head and a boy running away, but both were taken by the Capitol before they escaped the district 12 area.]] ²** In ''Catching Fire'', Katniss finally gets to really see the other districts on her tour. They are increasingly more privileged the lower the number gets. ²** In ''Mockingjay'' Katniss learns that there's even ''more'' to the world than she knew before: [[spoiler:there is a District 13! She actually gets to go there for the first time, but finds that it is another UndergroundCity.]] ²* ParentalAbandonment:²** Katniss' father died a few years ago and her mother was sent into catatonia for quite some time, forcing her to become the family's breadwinner.²** [[spoiler:Peeta]] suffers this at the end of ''Catching Fire'', after [[spoiler:his parents and brothers are killed during the District 12 bombings]]. ²* PayEvilUntoEvil: Discussed all the way through Mockingjay, and reaches its culmination when [[spoiler: President Coin suggests either executing all Capitol citizens or force their children into Hunger Games]].²* PeopleOfHairColor: Most people in District 12 look like Katniss and Gale, black hair, olive skin, and gray eyes. Mrs. Everdeen is from the merchant class so she has blonde hair and blue eyes. Her daughter, Prim, takes after her. Peeta, the baker's son, and Madge, the mayor's daughter, also have blonde hair.²* PerfectPoison: Nightlock berries. Most of the plants in the Second Quarter Quell.²* {{Phobia}}: [[spoiler:Johanna]] develops a fear of water after being tortured with drowning / electrocution, to the point that she rarely showers and hesitates to even walk outside when it's raining.²* PlanetOfHats: Each of the districts has a different primary industry, which serves as its theme. This is an InvokedTrope in the Hunger Games, since the tributes are each trope are traditionally dressed in ways that reference their theme.²* PleaseDontLeaveMe: "Stay with me." "Always." Physically in ''Catching Fire'', mentally in ''Mockingjay'', along with "Don't let him take you from me."²* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Katniss is flustered by people's nudity on several occasions. Johanna knows this and strips off in an elevator whilst chatting with Katniss and Peeta, and again during training, even oiling her body for a wrestling lesson. Peeta finds it amusing. Katniss … not so much.²-->'''Finnick:''' "[[LampshadeHanging Why? Do you find this … distracting?]]"²* PlotArmor: In the film, anyone that gets more than a few seconds of screentime is guaranteed to have some, only for other characters to then penetrate it and kill them, usually rather sadistically. [[spoiler: Only Katniss and Peeta's hold up long enough.]]²* PoliceState: Panem is one. [[spoiler:District 13]] is less cruel but even more restrictive. Justified in their case, as everyone ''has'' to do exactly what they're told for the relatively small population to keep [[spoiler: District 13]] going.²* {{Portmanteau}}: Several. "Muttation" is a generic in-universe term for a genetically engineered creature, probably derived from "mutt" and "mutation". Lots of things count, like those wolves at the end of the first book, or Jabberjays and Tracker Jackers. Many more exotic variants are introduced in the third book [[spoiler: when they're storming the Capitol]]. For some reason, Peeta and Katniss also take to using the term "mutt" to refer to [[spoiler: the mentally damaged Peeta after his brainwashing, and the physically damaged Katniss after her burning]]. Poisonous berries called "nightlock" (nightshade, hemlock). ''Mockingjay'' features political ads called "Propo", as in "propaganda spots", and a "Communicuff", which is exactly what it sounds like.²** "Mockingjay", for that matter. Just like real life examples, this one shows a combination of two different species -- mockingjays are the offspring of mockingbirds and muttations called jabberjays.²* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The grisly games are viewed by the Capitol as bringing the country together and helping everyone come together (and acknowledge who's in charge).²* ThePowerOfLove: Haymitch tells Katniss to use this as her reason for why she tried to TakeAThirdOption [[spoiler:by taking the berries with Peeta in order to have them both die and have no winner at all.]] The audiences seem to lap it up when both of them then say they couldn't bear the thought of living without the other.²* PragmaticVillainy: The gamemakers frown on certain behaviors in The Games, but moreso because it will draw a poor reaction from the audience rather than out of moral disdain. They will not tolerate cannibalism, nor will they allow a psychopath to become a victor (unless they can be charming about it, as the Career Tributes tend to be somewhat … AxCrazy). The Capitol citizens will gleefully watch children fight to the death, but send a young woman who's pregnant into the arena and they'll call it barbaric. And in the third book, [[spoiler:Snow never exercises his Nuclear Option, which would damn humanity to extinction, even when he realizes that he's doomed. He states that he would never kill someone if it gave him no advantage.]]²** They also forbid tributes to use firearms, because they're seen as an unfair advantage. Guns are never even mentioned until the third book.²** It starts to dip into PyrrhicVillainy in the third book. Snow states that the Capitol needs the Districts to survive, and [[spoiler: with the people of the Capitol losing faith in their government, the brutal mistreatment of the Capitol's cultural figureheads and multiple districts in open revolt or burned to the ground]] it becomes clear that even if the Capitol wins it's going to have a rough time. This is even pointed out in the motto of the rebels.²--> "If we burn, you burn with us!"²* PresentTenseNarrative²* PresidentEvil: President Snow, especially as time goes on. [[spoiler:President Coin of District 13? ''Even worse.'']]²* PrimalFear: Suzanne Collins seems to be a fan of these … both ''The Hunger Games'' and ''The Underland Chronicles'' are full of people dying in horrible ways thanks to fire, drowning, bugs (sometimes GIANT bugs) and/or savage animals.²* PromotionToParent: The death of [[DisappearedDad Katniss' father]] and her mother's subsequent depression make her the breadwinner of the family. Gale is also the primary provider for his family; his mother helps as best she can, but she's only able to bring in a pittance doing laundry.²* ProngsOfPoseidon: Since he's from the fishing district, Finnick is dangerously adept with a trident.²* PropagandaHero: Katniss' formidable fighting skill is entirely overshadowed by the sympathy she draws from the populace. Both sides try to exaggerate and embellish her reputation--inventing star-crossed romances and so forth--and both meet with mixed results due to her bitter, taciturn, rebellious, survivalist-but-self-sacrificing nature...[[{{Deconstruction}} which is why the people truly love her]].²* PropagandaPiece: InUniverse. The "Propos" made by the rebels are basically these, used to turn the people against the Capitol.²* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Pretty thoroughly. With regard to clothing, it starts with Katniss looking down at the shallow, appearance-centered Panemites but then squealing in delight when Cinna makes her look pretty, and continues from there. Earlier she complains in her inner monologue that Madge's pin could feed a starving family for months, but later when she's given a dress covered in jewels, she makes no similar protest, the narrative instead expressing her awe at how amazing she looks in it. Early in ''Catching Fire'', Katniss complains about the Capitol needlessly wasting food. She seems to have forgotten the scene in the previous book where she throws out the cookies Peeta's father gave her. Later in ''Catching Fire'', Katniss is upset that nothing is different in the arena, saying that she'd hoped the tributes would show restraint. This completely ignores the fact that ''Katniss'' was the first tribute in the 75th games to try and attack anyone (Finnick). [[spoiler: District 8]] is so lacking in medical personnel and supplies, people are left with unchanged bandages and untreated infections; their hospital is a morgue. Peeta alone, on the other hand, gets a whole team of doctors because he's Katniss' love interest. This is never brought up as morally questionable.²* ProtectedByAChild: Near the end of ''Mockingjay'', [[spoiler: this is supposedly what Snow does to protect himself, though it ends up being a ruse of Coin's]].²* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Tributes from Districts 1 and 2 tend to come off this way due to those Districts' practice of training children specifically in order to volunteer for the Hunger Games. As a result, these "Career" Tributes are also far more likely to win than Tributes from other Districts, although Haymitch describes their arrogance as a flaw that can lead to their defeat.²* PublicExecution: Happens to several characters, most notably [[spoiler:President Snow... or rather, President Coin]]. The Hunger Games themselves can also be seen as a variant of this.²* PyrrhicVictory: The ending of ''Mockingjay''. [[spoiler: The rebels are victorious and The Capitol has been overthrown, but with the loss of 90% of District 12, a lot of soldiers, and President Coin. Oh, and the symbol of the revolution snapped and killed its leader.]]²** Most likely the case for every victor, especially non-Careers. Congratulations, you just won the Hunger Games! You're rich and will never go to a reaping again (*cough*). Oh, and 23 other kids are dead, some of which you probably watched die and/or killed yourself. Have fun being even more on the Capitol's radar and dealing with the PTSD with no treatment or therapy. Katniss says it best during the finale of her [[spoiler: first]] Games:²--> "Hurray for us," I get out, but there's no joy of victory in my voice.²* RainOfBlood: ''Literally.''²* RealityEnsues: What ''Mockingjay'' runs on. Katniss' improvised plan to go behind enemy lines to assassinate President Snow [[spoiler: fails spectacularly and destroys her entire squad]]. And there were some fans who found [[spoiler: Finnick's death]] to be unnecessary and lacking in heroism. But that makes sense in a war.²* RealityShow: The eponymous games, used as a terror tactic against the Districts but spun as a form of entertainment for the Capitol.²* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Peeta and especially Katniss.²* RecycledInSpace: Panem is, for all intents and purposes, a futuristic version of the Roman Empire.²* RedHerring: Chaff and Seeder initially seem like they'll be important characters: they're from the same district as Rue and Thresh, Katniss' ally and rescuer from her Games, first of all. Seeder deliberately seeks out Katniss to thank her for her treatment of them, while Chaff is repeatedly mentioned to be good friends with Haymitch. At different points, Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch all consider or advocate joining up with them, but instead, they're both killed in the Quarter Quell [[spoiler:despite being at least somewhat aware of the rebels' plan]] and Katniss and Peeta end up allying with other tributes. ²* RegionalSpeciality: Each district's bread is very distinct. Peeta is a second-generation professional baker and he expounds on the regional breads in sufficient detail that fans have [[{{Defictionalization}} been able to make them]].²* ReplacementGoldfish: Katniss [[spoiler: forms an alliance with Rue, stays with her while she dies, and vows to win for her]], because Rue reminds her of her own little sister Prim back home.²* LaResistance: [[spoiler: Revealed at the end of the second book.]]²* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The third book is FULL of this.²* RoguishPoacher: Katniss and Gale poach for food in the woods outside the District limits early in the first book.²* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: In the end, it was Gale.]]²* RousingSpeech: In ''Catching Fire'' Katniss makes a beautiful speech in District 11, about her ally Rue. Then in ''Mockingjay'', she has a couple; Her "If we burn, you burn with us" speech implied to be received well, but when she tries to give one in the middle of a firefight in District 2, [[spoiler: she gets shot.]]²* RubberBandAI: Frequently used by the gamemakers if the show isn't entertaining enough. Their methods range from setting off natural disasters to changing the weather or environment to force tributes together to releasing mutts and animals to hunt the tributes. Katniss is savvy enough to plan her strategies with this in mind.²* RuleOfDrama: Ties with RuleOfEmpathy, below. The Capitol loves best those victors who put on a great show and will give them a sort of celebrity status. Such is the case for Enobaria, who, after winning by ripping out her opponent's throat with her teeth, got her dentures specially sharpened and became very popular with the Capitol.²* RuleOfEmpathy: Tributes must be able to invoke sympathy from the Capitol and District audiences. Sympathy will equal sponsors and money for necessities in the arena, and could therefore make the difference in the Games. Peeta, it turns out, is a natural at invoking the RuleOfEmpathy at the drop of a hat. Katniss is not, so Peeta and Haymitch keep her in the dark to evoke more genuine reactions.²* RuleOfSymbolism: Katniss, once she decides to rebel, invokes this trope, turning her every action into a symbol meant to add fuel to the rebellion.²* RuleOfThree: Suzanne Collins loves her powers of three. There are three books. Each book is divided into three parts. Each part contains nine (3x3) chapters. ²* SacrificialLion: It's debatable whether [[spoiler: Rue in book 1]] was this or SacrificialLamb. [[spoiler: Prim and Finnick]] in the third book.²** [[spoiler: Cinna. Given that we don't see him again after his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown halfway through book 2, it's safe to assume he was killed off page.]]²* SatelliteLoveInterest: The fandom seems to be split on who this applies to. [[TakeAThirdOption Of course, there are also those who think this applies to both characters.]] ²** Gale is either truly the other half of the OfficialCouple, or he's a RomanticFalseLead. ²** Peeta is either a cunning yet rather hopeless romantic, or a total idiot.²* SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld: Initially [[spoiler:Katniss]] though it seems that [[spoiler:Coin thinks they should have saved Peeta instead]]. Eventually the trope begins to apply to [[spoiler:Peeta]] by proxy as people begin to realize that [[spoiler:as long as Peeta is Snow's prisoner Katniss will be too worried about him to be of any use]].²* SayMyName: Especially Katniss' incident in the tree during the first games.²* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler: Peeta ends up with an artificial leg after the first Hunger Game. Katniss retains several physical scars. They both also sustain some pretty hefty emotional scars. Even after 20 years, they still have nightmares.]]²* ScaryBlackMan: Thresh.²* SchizoTech: Justified in that the Capitol deliberately suppresses technology in the Districts, especially weapons tech.²* [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem Screw The Rules We Make Them]]: ²** The Gamemakers repeatedly change rules to get the outcome they want. Every 25 years, a special edition of the Hunger Games is held, with different rules from the usual Games, supposedly laid out well in advance. However, when the rules of the 75th Games just so happen to target certain people seen as undesirable by the current administration, it raises the suspicion that the Quarter Quells aren't planned out as far in advance as the Capitol would have the citizens believe.²** In an example of this trope being beneficial to the heroes, Katniss is able to hunt outside the gates of District 12 at the beginning of the first book, in spite of a clear law against it, because her kills are so prized that even the Peacekeepers in charge of enforcing the laws need the meat that she sells. ²* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Katniss begins to see potential loves interests in two guys, Peeta, the baker's son who decorates the cakes and Gale, her hunting partner. Gale is angry with the Capitol for making them participate in the games while Peeta is reflective on how he can maintain his identity in the games despite the Capitol using them. ²* SexSlave: In Book 3. According to Finnick, [[spoiler:this happens to a lot of victors, himself included.]]²* ShaggyDogStory: The story begins in the first book with Katniss sacrificing herself to save Prim's life. [[spoiler: Prim dies at the end of ''Mockingjay'']].²* ShellShockedVeteran: All of the Victors have some form of poorly represented PTSD. Katniss, having been put through two sets of Games, [[spoiler: as well as threats from the government and being manipulated by her own allies]], has among the worst. Annie became a wreck [[spoiler: after seeing her ally being decapitated]].²* ShipperOnDeck: Several characters do this towards Peeta and Katniss, like President Snow as mentioned above, though for some of the other reasons, it's to help make sure that Katniss and Peeta stay on top and ensure a good chance of survival in the Games, since people enjoy good drama.²* ShipSinking: In ''Mockingjay'', Katniss and Gale's relationship is increasingly strained, especially after [[spoiler: the battle in District 2]]. They might have been able to work past that, but it's when they realize that [[spoiler: Gale made the bombs that killed Prim, either unknowingly or purposefully (not to mention injuring Peeta and Katniss) that puts the final nail in the coffin of their relationship. Possibly for both of them, since Gale didn't seem too upset about losing her. It's not even known if the two remain in touch after the events of the books]].²* ShipTease: The main LoveTriangle aside, Haymitch speaks for many readers when Madge runs through a snowstorm to bring Gale medicine.²-->'''Katniss:''' We used to sell her strawberries.²-->'''Haymitch:''' [[SarcasmMode She must have quite a taste for them.]]²* ShootingLessonsFromYourParents: Katniss and Gale both learned their archery and survival skills thanks to their fathers having taken them hunting when they were children, allowing Katniss to have an edge in the games that District 12 tributes rarely have.²* ShootTheHostage: [[spoiler: President Coin 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. Sadly, especially for Katniss, Prim is among these.]]²* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Katniss' mission to assassinate President Snow in ''Mockingjay''. Her squad follows her out of a sincere belief that she can actually do it, even though they know she's acting without orders, but all she ends up achieving is getting most of them (including Finnick) killed and managing to reach Snow's mansion in time to [[TearJerker witness Prim's horrible death]].]]²** [[spoiler:Prim's death nearly makes ''the entire series'' this, since everything started with Katniss volunteering for the Hunger Games to protect Prim.]]²* ShortLivedLeadership: Though already president of District 13, Coin was in command of the rebellion and intended to take over Snow's position as President of Panem once the rebellion was over. For a brief time, she'd gotten her wish. [[spoiler:Then, during Snow's execution, Katniss decided to assassinate Coin instead, realizing that she was just as dangerous as Snow.]]²* ShoutOut: WordOfGod has stated that Katniss' family name is a reference to the Thomas Hardy character [[Literature/FarFromTheMaddingCrowd Bathsheba Everdene]]. And Katniss (the "Girl on Fire") is in Squad Four Five One, a reference to Ray Bradbury's ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'', which is another dystopian novel with a fire motif.²* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Katniss remembers a boy [[EvenEvilHasStandards who was]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident eliminated]] from one edition of the games for cannibalism. His name? [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Titus]]. There are some other minor characters with names from Shakespeare – Cressida comes to mind, for one, and Lavinia, who has no tongue.²* ShowDontTell: ''Mockingjay'' has two egregious examples. One is when the book outright tells the reader the meaning of "The Hanging Tree" and the another is when Katniss explains how the game "Crazy Cat" applies to her situation with Peeta and President Snow.²* ShutUpKiss: Katniss does this to Peeta in the cave when he attempts to give her an IfIDoNotReturn speech. He shuts up.²** She did it to him again on the beach in ''Catching Fire'' when he's trying to tell her why she should live instead of him. That one shuts them ''both'' up for a while.²* SiblingYinYang: Katniss and Prim²* SignificantBirthDate: Katniss is born on May 8, the date Germany surrendered and World War II ended.²* SimulatedUrbanCombatArea²* SingleTargetSexuality: Peeta towards Katniss. He fell in love with her when he was 5 and never fell out of love. [[spoiler:Except of course for the brief time while he was hijacked, and even then it seems that a part of him still loved her.]]²** Katniss herself appears to be [[spoiler:Peeta-sexual, showing no sexual interest in any other man during the course of the novels (including Gale, whom she finds attractive but not arousing) and begins a lifelong relationship with Peeta around the age of eighteen]].²* SkyFace: A killed tribute is "honored" by having their face projected against the sky. Given the setting, this is likely deliberately invoking the trope.²* SlaveToPR: A dominating theme. A likable persona for a tribute wins sponsors: for example, Finnick. It culminates in ''Mockingjay'' when [[spoiler: the rebels ''bomb a town square full of children'', in a Capitol hovercraft, solely to convince everyone in the nation that the Capitol is evil]]. P.R. is possibly ''the'' most powerful weapon in ''The Hunger Games.''²* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The cynicism side. Far, far, ''far'' on the cynicism side, but the last book does express some optimism that the human race can "evolve" to become better and that a brighter future will arise.²* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Capitol and the districts.²* SlowClap: Not exactly an applause, but the whole community of District 12 uses a cultural gesture to show their support of Katniss when she takes her sister's place. District 11 tries this as well [[spoiler:and pays the price.]]²* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Haymitch and Peeta, two of the most cunning characters in the series, [[http://everlarkedalways.tumblr.com/post/138791630934/salanderjade-ive-decided-that-this-is-one-of-my enjoy playing chess together]]. At one point they are doing so at Katniss' house - when she's not even at home.²* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Avoided. They exist, they're just the worse alternative.²* SoHappyTogether: [[spoiler:Finnick and Annie]] in "''Mockingjay.''"²** Peeta deliberately invokes this in his pre-Quell interview.²* SoleSurvivor: ²** [[spoiler:Only 10% of District 12's population survived the Capitol's bombings at the end of ''Catching Fire''. The Everdeen and Hawthorne families, plus Delly Cartwright, made it, but the Undersee and Mellark (except for Peeta) families did not.]]²** [[spoiler:There are very few Victors at the end of the series. When Coin calls a Victors' conference at the end of ''Mockingjay'', which pointedly includes everyone surviving, only seven turn up, out of the fifty nine alive before the Third Quarter Quell. Eighteen were killed during the Quell, two (Finnick and Lyme) were killed during the Second Rebellion, and the remaining unaccounted for were killed during the so-called "Victors' Purge" that the Capitol ordered after the Quell was sabotaged.]]²* SomeKindOfForceField: Prominent in ''Catching Fire,'' causing death or serious injury multiple times.²* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Annie gives birth to a son several months after Finnick is killed.]]²* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Clove talks about [[spoiler: Rue]], while holding down Katniss near the Cornucopia. Of course, karma sweeps in to save the day, via [[spoiler: Thresh]].²* TheSpeechless: Avoxes, traitors who've had their tongues mutilated as punishment.²* SpiritualSuccessor: The books have been compared to an Americanized take on ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', to the point where a bit of a FandomRivalry has developed between the two.²* SpoiledSweet: Katniss' prep team, who are simply too naive to be genuinely mean. And though you can't be one hundred percent sure of his financial situation, probably Cinna, who treats Katniss with respect and the games with disgust despite being from the Capitol. And Madge, who is the Mayor's daughter, very kind and is one of Katniss' few friends.²* SpotTheThread: The official, "live-action" shots of District 13 [[spoiler: are revealed to be Stock Footage by a mockingjay which flies past the screen at the exact same spot despite claims that it is filmed repeatedly every year]].²* StarCrossedLovers: Peeta and Katniss pretend to be this to garner sympathy. [[spoiler:Subverted in that they eventually do become real lovers, but manage to get through everything alive.]]²** The real star-crossed lovers of the series turns out to be [[spoiler:Finnick and Annie. With him being the Capitol's Golden Boy and she being very unstable mentally there was no way they could get to officially be together, until the rebellion. Snow obviously knows about their love affair since he has Annie captured to get back at Finnick for being part of LaResistance. In the third book they are reunited and get married but only have a brief time together before Finnick dies.]]²* StealthPun: Finnick offers Katniss sugar when he flirts with her. "Give me some sugar" is slang for "Let's kiss etc."²** When Katniss requests to kill Snow, [[spoiler: the president of District 13]] offers to flip her for the privilege. The president's last name? Coin.²* StrangeSalute: When Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place, the entire crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hands to their lips, and then holds it out to her. Katniss explains that it's an old District 12 gesture that means thanks, admiration, and goodbye to someone you love. [[spoiler:It becomes a little more meaningful later on.]]²* StunnedSilence: The first response to Katniss' exchange.²* StupidEvil: It's never adequately explained why the Capitol decided that forcing two kids from every district to kill each other every year in highly-elaborate battlefields was a better means of preventing rebellion than, say, creating a decent welfare state that would keep the masses complacent and dependent upon the government. The welfare system would probably have been cheaper.²* StylisticSuck: Whether or not the books' prose style actually sucks is up for debate, but either way, it was purposeful; the excessive usage of fragments and the occasional lack of description is supposed to emulate the narrating voice of a barely educated teenage girl.²* SugaryMalice: Effie Trinket's character in the first novel. She'd undergone some CharacterDevelopment by the second one.²* SuperDoc: Outside the poorer districts, medicine is far in advance of our own time.²* SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom: The role of the Peacekeepers isn't as sweet as it sounds. (Bit like in RealLife, then?) Everything surrounding the Games is treated as fun and entertaining; being a "tribute" is an honor.²* SuperPersistentPredator: The tracker jacker wasps do not give up an attack once pissed off. Running away doesn't help. The only thing that saves Katniss is that they're so drugged from the smoke they don't realize ''she'' dropped their nest.²** In ''Mockingjay'' there were the lizard-mutts, which were engineered to hunt and kill Katniss specifically, but will viciously munch on anything or any''one'' in their way.²* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Caesar Flickerman asks Katniss exactly when she first [[spoiler: fell for Peeta]], she's evasive at first (since at this point [[spoiler: she hasn't actually fallen for him yet]]) and then immediately goes along with his first guess.²* SurvivalMantra: Although nonverbal, Finnick's compulsive knotting in ''Mockingjay''. Katniss starts to share Finnick's knotting habit for a bit in the third book, but has one of her own:²--> Start simple- start with what you know is true. My name is Katniss Everdeen. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. Peeta... Peeta was left behind.²* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: The climax of ''Games''. And ''Catching Fire''. And ''Mockingjay''.]]²** In the first film/book more specifically, Katniss and Peeta are the two sole surviving tributes. The game master earlier said that two people could win as a team if they were both from the same district to make things a little more interesting. However, he changes his mind at that point, and tells them that one would have to die. Peeta offers himself as a sacrifice, claiming Katniss had more reason to go home alive. However, Katniss refuses to play into their hand, [[spoiler:and brings up the poisonous berries he had accidentally gathered earlier. Katniss knows that PR is king in the Capitol, and having no victor would look bad for the Hunger Games, so she figures if they both threaten to eat the nightlock berries the Gamemaster will change his mind. She ends up being right, although her defiance sets in motion the events of the second two books.]]²** Snow believes Crane should’ve done this in response to Katniss’ Third Option [[spoiler: of double suicide]]. Rather than letting both die or both win, Snow would’ve [[MurderIsTheBestSolution simply killed Katniss]]. It’s revealed in ''Catching Fire'' that Crane [[YouHaveFailedMe pays the ultimate price]] for his lack of imagination.²** In the second book, [[spoiler: the Quarter Quell involves bringing back victors from previous Hunger Games to compete in a sort of "all-stars" version of the Games. Naturally, Katniss assumes that means that the victors - some of whom are friends, even close - will either have to turn on each other or die. Instead, a group of tributes - who are also underground rebels - end up shattering the forcefield around the arena and getting saved by District 13's forces.]]²* TakeMeInstead: In the first book, Katniss volunteers to take Prim's place as tribute for District 12.²* TakeThat: In universe, the mockingjay becomes an increasingly unsubtle one of these towards the Capitol.²* TakingTheBullet: During the Quarter Quell, [[spoiler: one of the morphlings is killed by an attack from a vicious monkey that was meant for Peeta]].²* TakingYouWithMe: Book 1: [[spoiler: Cato threatens to take Peeta with him into the jaws of the Muttations if Katniss shoots him with her arrows.]]²* TalkingThroughTechnique: Katniss and Haymitch are alike enough that Katniss is able to figure out the hidden message in each of the gifts sent to her by sponsors, not only by looking at what was sent to her, but in some cases ''when'' she received it.²* TallDarkAndHandsome: Gale. ²* ATasteOfTheLash: [[spoiler:Gale is a victim of it]] in ''Catching Fire''.²* TearsOfRemorse: After Katniss' meeting with the Gamemakers.²* TeenageWasteland: Subverted. [[ActorAllusion The kids are all right]], adult authority in the form of [[TheEmpire The Capitol]] is ''forcing'' them to kill or be killed.²* TemptingFate: In the first book, Katniss reassures her sister Prim after a nightmare that her name won't be drawn for the Hunger Games...seconds later, that's exactly what happens. And Katniss realizes that if you're referred to as "the girl who was on fire" enough times, eventually you do get actually lit on fire.²* ThemeNaming: ²** The Capitol and District 2 use Greek and Roman names to highlight their decadent nature and fondness for gladitorial combat -- Seneca, Coriolanus, Cato, Effie (for Euphemia), Brutus, Cressida, Messala, Castor and Pollux. and so on. The nation itself is called Panem, the Latin word for bread. ²** The districts often use names referencing their primary industry. For example:²*** District One names evoke luxury -- Gloss, Glimmer, Cashmere. ²*** District Four past tributes ''Fin''nick Odair and Annie ''Crest''a have names alluding to water, corresponding to their district's industry being fishing.²*** District Eleven's Rue and Thresh (agriculture).²* ThereAreNoCoincidences: That the Third Quarter Quell happens to reap victors, one of whom openly defied the Capitol a year prior and is slowly becoming a symbol of the revolution. Despite the Capitol's insistence that the Quarter Quells' twists have a long history, literally nobody buys it.²* ThereAreNoTherapists: The districts don't largely seem to have therapists, leaving the traumatized victors to relive their nightmares yearly as they're forced to participate in the games (though it's implied that Katniss' mother was able to somehow gain access to one in order to get hold of drugs to treat her depression). {{Exploited|Trope}} by the Capitol to make them broken beyond repair and thus unable to fight back. Subverted in [[spoiler:District 13]]: all refugees are given psychological help and local specialists do everything they can to get [[spoiler:Peeta]] back to his old self after a MindRape. Before [[spoiler:the final attack on the Capitol]], soldiers are checked for possible psychological problems. ([[spoiler:Johanna]] gets sent to a mental facility). Katniss also goes through therapy after [[spoiler:her sister’s death]].²* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: Played straight [[spoiler: for seventy-three years. Zig-zagged in the first book.]]²* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Here, there and everywhere given the nature of the Games.²* TiredOfRunning: Katniss: "Life in District 12 isn't really so different from life in the arena. At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it."²* TitleDrop: The first and third books are literally dropped. The best example would be book three, with the end of chapter two, making up the direction for the rest of the book: "I'm going to be the Mockingjay."²** There's a belated, sort-of one in ''Mockingjay'' when Katniss proclaims that "fire is catching". ''Catching Fire'' was the ''previous'' book.²* ToAbsentFriends: [[spoiler:The book that Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch create at the end of ''Mockingjay''.]] Also the "We Remember" propo series.²* TooDumbToLive: None of the Gamemakers ever bothered to install any defensive shields between them and the tributes in the Training Center where they hold private sessions to observe and score each tribute's best skill. This results in Katniss firing an arrow at them, which luckily wasn't meant to hit any of them.²* TokyoRose: Under torture by the Capitol, [[spoiler:Peeta]] is forced to make propos urging the rebels--but mainly Katniss--to lay down arms and surrender.²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Katniss and Prim, Katniss and Madge²* TooCleverByHalf: Foxface. [[spoiler:Up until the point where she fails to distinguish poisonous berries from normal ones. Granted, she was starving by then, but still … That is, unless, she ''intended'' to kill herself …]]²* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Prim, Rue, and Finnick.]]²* TooHappyToLive: [[spoiler: Finnick and Annie]] in ''Mockingjay''. As soon as [[spoiler: they got married]], you knew at least one of them was doomed.²* TrackingChip: All the tributes going into the Games are implanted with a tracker so that the Capitol knows where they are in the arena at all times.²* TragicKeepsake: The Mockingjay pin that Madge gives Katniss in the first book used to belong to Maysilee Donner, Madge's aunt and a tribute in the 50th Hunger Games. It later becomes [[spoiler:Madge's own memento when she and her entire family perish during the District 12 bombings at the end of ''Catching Fire'']].²* TraumaCongaLine: By the end, try to count more surviving characters that haven't suffered one. You won't run out of fingers. This is especially endemic amongst the victors of the games, as the Capitol torments them to keep them from using their elevated status to foment rebellion. In fact, for Katniss, this series is one entire TraumaCongaLine.²* TrickArrow: Both the flaming and exploding kinds.²* TrilogyCreep: While she assisted crafting the cinematic adaptations, Suzanne Collins appeared to be done with the series after releasing ''Mockingjay''. In 2019, however, she revealed that a new entry to the series, ''The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'' is in the works, although it is a prequel. ²* {{Troperiffic}}: Invoked in the games, where the tributes try to appeal to the Capitol and potential sponsors by playing according to recognizable and interesting archetypes.²* TrumanShowPlot: The nature of the Games.²* TryNotToDie: Everyone's last words to Katniss and Peeta. "Stay alive."²* {{Tyrannicide}}:²** Katniss kills [[spoiler:President Coin after realising she and Snow were NotSoDifferent]].²** [[spoiler:Snow is later lynched by the mob]].²* UndergroundCity: [[spoiler: District 13 isn't as destroyed as one might think.]]²* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Gale loses to Peeta.]]²* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: [[spoiler:By the time Katniss has realized she's in love with Peeta he's been brainwashed into thinking she's a mutt trying to kill him.]]²* UnspecifiedApocalypse: The event that caused the fall of pre-Panem civilization is never stated. It is mentioned though, that rising oceans consumed vast areas of land. Drought, storms and fires destroyed the remaining agricultural land and people waged war over the dwindling resources. Panem rose from the ashes of that war. Some time later, the districts rebelled but lost against the Capitol. During that rebellion, humankind was on the verge of extinction. One consequence is that [[ArtisticLicensePhysics planes have to fly low to the ground, since the upper atmosphere is apparently non-existent]], another that several types of technology got lost, like satellites etc.²* UnwittingPawn: Katniss feels this way, since she's constantly out of the loop.²* UrbanWarfare: The [[spoiler:final attack on the Capitol]] in ''Mockingjay''.²* TheUriahGambit: Katniss being sent [[spoiler: back into the arena in ''Catching Fire'' qualifies, since she believes it was rigged by President Snow. Supposedly the rules for the third Quarter Quell specify choosing Tributes from each District's pool of victors and Katniss is the ''only'' female victor, it's impossible that he ''didn't'' manipulate it. And later attempted by President Coin in ''Mockingjay'' when she sends Peeta to Katniss' team in the Capitol, with a gun, while he's still BrainwashedAndCrazy and Katniss is his BerserkButton. It fails]].²* UselessBystanderParent: Mr. Mellark, who never seems to have intervened when his wife physically and verbally abused their sons.²* UselessSpleen: In ''Mockingjay'', [[spoiler: Katniss gets shot. Not surprisingly it happens to be her spleen that is destroyed. Good thing she doesn't need it.]]²* VillainBall: The Capitol seems to hold this on occasion, especially in ''Catching Fire''. There is a lot of VillainBall discussion relating to the Games themselves, available on the discussion page.²* VillainousRescue: When Clove is on top of a nearly helpless Katniss, she decides to taunt the latter a bit, saying how they enjoyed [[spoiler:killing Rue. Thresh then shows up out of nowhere, and kills Clove after hearing her confession. He then walks away, saying he was doing this favor just once for Rue, who was the female participant from his district, and one of the few friends Katniss made.]]²* VillainOverForDinner: At the beginning of ''Catching Fire'', the president drops by for a terrifying "chat" [[spoiler: with Katniss, during which he threatens to kill her whole family if she doesn't conduct herself properly on the Victory Tour. (Katniss' mother isn't present for this part of the conversation, but she does drop in to serve them tea. Katniss then has to conceal the conversation from her mother, telling her the president was just wishing her luck.)]]²* VillainsNeverLie: President Snow agrees to never lie to Katniss, [[spoiler: and as far as the reader is aware he keeps to that.]]²* VillainWithGoodPublicity: President Snow, at least with the citizens of the Capitol. [[spoiler: That goes away by Book 3.]]²** [[spoiler: Coin is presented as the rebel leader fighting for justice. But the truth about her is much harsher than that.]]²* VoiceOfTheResistance: Katniss and her fellow Victors, throughout book 3.²* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: There's a joke that ''Catching Fire'' and ''Mockingjay'' are written almost entirely in sentence fragments. Of course, this is a poorly-educated, emotionally jaded teenage girl narrating …²* WarIsHell: Absolutely nothing [[WarIsGlorious glorious]] about it. One of the main themes of ''Mockingjay''.²* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler: Finnick and Annie.]]²* WasItAllALie: Peeta's ongoing question to Katniss from the end of the first book all the way to the "Real or not real?" question at the end of the last. [[spoiler: It ''was'' a lie, but is now real]].²* WatchingTheSunset: In ''Catching Fire'', Peeta wakes Katniss up from dozing off to see the sunset from the roof of the Training Center the day before their pre-Quarter Quell interviews. (Sunset orange is also Peeta's favorite color.)²* WaterWakeup: In ''Catching Fire'', Katniss splashes Haymitch with water to wake him up in time to get ready for the victory tour when she is unable to wake him up any other way.²* WealthyEverAfter: Win the Hunger Games, get upgraded to a nice house in the Victor's Village and more money than you can ever spend in the districts. Whether or not the victors who survive the revolution get to keep the money is not mentioned but they do get to keep their houses.²* WeaponsKitchenSink: Inevitable, given the fact that the Capitol just spreads them around in the Arena and hopes for a sloppy death scenario to increase the "entertainment" value. There's a [[CrossesTheLineTwice blackly-comic]] aside in Book 1 where Katniss mentions how one year the only weapons provided were horribly awkward maces.²* WeatherControlMachine: The gamemamers can control the environment inside the arena, from weather to whether it's night or day.²* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: The ruling class of Panem relies on keeping the vast majority of its population as essentially slave labor despite possessing technology on a level which makes localized weather control possible.²* WhamLine:²** [[spoiler:"It's Primrose Everdeen."]]²** "the male and female tributes will be reaped from [[spoiler: their existing pool of victors."]]²** [[spoiler:"Katniss, there is no District 12."]]²** "President Snow used to...[[spoiler: sell me...my body, that is."]]²** [[spoiler:"My lips are just forming his name when his fingers lock around my throat."]]²** [[spoiler: "And then the second round of parachutes goes off."]]²** As a rule, chapters tend to end with lines that are wham on at least a small degree.²** In-universe, Peeta is the acknowledged master of the WhamLine, particularly when onstage with Caesar Flickerman. In the first book he sets up the StarCrossedLovers thing, and in the second he manages an even bigger one: [[spoiler:He claims he and Katniss are having a baby. Double so since just before, he claims they're already married, making sure the reader is blindsided by the baby thing.]]²* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Katniss asks this question regarding the entire population of the Capitol.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The trilogy leaves quite a few questions unanswered:²** We never learn ''why'' Cinna requested District 12 (as he says he did in book 1) and we never find out if Portia did the same. We also have no clue why Cinna doesn't have a Capitol accent or the Capitol sense of style, despite that not making much sense if he's a fashion designer who's lived in the Capitol for his entire life. ²*** Cinna mentioned he thought that the coal miner outfits were weak, tired, and unflattering. It's possible he just wanted to do a better job.²** In ''Catching Fire'', Johanna says [[spoiler:everyone she loves is dead.]] It feels like it's going to be important for her CharacterDevelopment, but.... Elaboration? Explanation? Don't count on it. There's a popular guess in fanon, though: most likely Johanna's [[spoiler:family was murdered by the Capitol, likely for refusing to be used by the Capitol after she won like Finnick was.]] Based on her personality and what Finnick says about his family being threatened, this seems the logical explanation. ²** In ''Mockingjay'', Katniss gets a bow with "special properties." She never once mentions them again, uses them, or even explains what those properties are, besides the fact that it can vibrate to say hello. This could be the reason it's able to shoot down planes, though. ²** What happened to Old Cray? He somehow disappeared when [[spoiler:Thread took over.]] It's not pointed out what exactly happened to him. ²** Why were Lavinia and her companion fleeing the Capitol to District 12? It's likely they may have been [[spoiler:trying to get to District 13]] for some reason, but how did a couple of Capitol kids come to be running away when most adults never develop the courage, or even the inclination in most cases? ²** Bonnie and Twill were also [[spoiler:trying to get to District 13]] in ''Catching Fire'', and wound up being fairly close to where Lavinia was when she was captured. The last Katniss sees of them, they're successfully hiding out and planning their next move, but when Katniss and co. [[spoiler:reach District 13 in the final book]], Bonnie and Twill are nowhere to be seen. Katniss briefly {{Hand Wave}}s their absence, commenting that it must be incredibly rare for those who flee to actually [[spoiler:reach District 13]]... then they're never mentioned again.²** Commander Lyme is introduced in ''Mockingjay'' as a former victor and leader of the rebels in District 2. She's built up as if she's going to be important somehow, but when the surviving victors have their meeting towards the end of the book, she's nowhere in sight and is never mentioned (though the reader must assume she's been killed at some point in the interim, as it is stressed that ''all'' surviving victors are present).²* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Subverted. Katniss sees Peeta as TheHeart and thinks his power to love is much better than her ability to kill things. (During the games, it IS useful to gain sponsors.)²* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: [[RaceAgainstTheClock Given the nature of the arena used by the Quarter Quell.]]²* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The Districts have a few geographical clues but otherwise the readers don't really learn where they are. [[http://aimmyarrowshigh.livejournal.com/32461.html That didn't stop people from trying to map it, though.]] One of the only things agreed on is that District 12 is meant to be Appalachia, most likely the coal-mining regions of Virginia and West Virginia.²* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Tough-as-nails [[spoiler:Johanna Mason]] is undone by water... because when [[spoiler:she]] was a prisoner of the Capitol, they soaked [[spoiler:her]] and then electrocuted [[spoiler:her]] as part of [[spoiler:her]] torture.²* WickedWasps: The tracker jackers have been twisted by Capitol biotech beyond any level of aggression that real wasps would display; they act less like territorial animals and more like insanely aggressive living weapons. They can track targets for at least a mile, their stings instantly create agonizing plum-sized lumps, and the hallucinations caused by their venom can drive a person insane. They were created to be an equivalent to land mines to be spread around rebel territories, and have been kept around by the Capitol as a symbol of their power over their subjects.²* WillNotBeAVictim: Invoked and then exploited. It's how [[spoiler:Johanna]] won the Hunger Games.²* WillTheyOrWontThey: Left ambiguous throughout the series if Katniss will end up with anyone at all. For one thing, she doesn't want to fall in love, get married and have children that might end up in the Hunger Games, so she resists her budding feelings for [[spoiler:Peeta. Gale professing his romantic feelings confuses her and a minor triangle plays out for a few chapters of the second book, then ultimately she chooses to be with Peeta but doesn't start a family with him until fifteen years after the end of the war]]. The movies play it up like a big triangle by adding scenes that allude to [[spoiler:Katniss having feelings for Gale]] and remove the majority of the scenes that [[spoiler:shows she's falling for Peeta]], presumably to cash in on the shipper war hype of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' but it's mostly lead to a negative response and was toned down for the third film.²* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: All the characters who participated in the Hunger Games, especially the Careers, had little choice but to participate in what amounts to mass slaughter. Even Cato and Clove, the most ruthless characters in the first book, were to some degree pitiable, especially the former in the film.²* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Cato taking out Thresh]] in Book 1.²* WouldHitAGirl: There are just as many girls as boys in each Hunger Game, ensuring a lot of this. [[spoiler:Marvel kills Rue, and Thresh kills Clove.]]²* WouldHurtAChild: Everyone in the Hunger Games is between the ages of 12-18.²* WreathedInFlames: Part of Katniss' symbology (along with being a mockingjay).²* WritersCannotDoMath: In ''Catching Fire'', Katniss describes the Cornucopia as being 40 yards away from the launch platform, which is located in a circular lagoon. There are twelve spokes of land separating the 24 tributes, and Katniss is equidistant from the land strip and the adjacent tribute platform. If you do all the calculations, it turns out that Katniss is about seven yards from the nearest land strip. Katniss has to swim this distance, and describes it as "a longer distance than [she's] used to swimming" back in the lake outside District 12.²* YouBastard: Look at the Capitol and then look at you. The book is even stylistically written in a fashion that gets the reader compelled by the violence and the romance but with undertones that this sort of enjoyment is wrong. In fact, anyone who still loves the series for all the shallow reasons is [[ThisLoserIsYou flipped off]] in ''Mockingjay'', when [[spoiler: all their favorite characters die off and their badass heroine becomes a PTSD-stricken shell]].²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The people living in the Capitol dye their hair some pretty wild colors.²* YouHaveFailedMe: Snow [[spoiler:has Crane killed after Crane declares both Katniss and Peeta winner of the 74th Hunger Games. Otherwise they both would have committed suicide, and there would be no winner, likely angering many people in the process, especially in the districts, which President Snow warned him about earlier. Snow thought a better solution would've been to [[MurderIsTheBestSolution simply kill Katniss]]]].²* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Leads to [[spoiler: Cato [[NeckSnap snapping the neck]] of District 3's]] boy in the first book. [[spoiler: President Coin attempts this with Katniss towards the end of ''Mockingjay''.]]²* YouKilledMyFather: Katniss understands that if the conditions were not so bad in the coal mines due to the decadent lifestyle in the Capitol and the corrupt government, her father would not have died in the mine accident. And in ''Mockingjay'', [[spoiler: President Coin has Prim killed.]]²* YourFavorite: Katniss at one point receives food including the stew she stated in an interview was her favorite thing about the Capitol. In ''Mockingjay'', Peeta finds a can of the same stew and presents it to Katniss when the team scavenges a meal.²[[/folder]]²----²-->''It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.''\²''But there are much worse games to play.''²----

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