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     Brutal Males, District 1 - 6 

Alf Meric:

Lude Ermany:

Thew Canda:

  • Accidental Murder: Switz throws him to the wolves, thinking he's dead. He's not.
  • Adorkable: Bespectacled and shy.
  • And Then What?: Realizes he has no idea what to do after scaring Alf with his ghost plan.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Quiet Ones: Quiet, inconspicuous, and will not hesitate to poison your water source. If you're a Career, of course.
  • Brains and Brawn: Brains to Gil's brawn in the 2nd What If.
  • Buttmonkey: He certainly doesn't go through the Games easily.
  • Canada, Eh?: Fulfills many Canadian stereotypes, being polite, unassuming, and overshadowed by America (Alf). Lampshaded when he describes his headache as feeling like he's been hit in the head with a hockey puck.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Pity poor Thew when he's allied with Ciano.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: One could look at his unrepentant killing of Careers in this way.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Subverted. Being eaten alive by wolves can't be the most pleasant way to go ... but it helps that he was unconscious the whole time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Internally.
  • Death Faked for You: A series of extraordinary coincidences leads to almost everyone believing he's been killed. Unfortunately, this doesn't last long.
  • Death by Irony: Killed offhandedly after working to make himself memorable; not to mention that an inconvenient cannon firing led to his death while a convenient cannon firing saved his life earlier.
  • Disney Death: A cannon fires just as Alf knocks him out, tricking the Careers (not to mention the viewers) into believing he's dead.
  • Distressed Dude: Is certainly not an action guy.
  • The Dog Bites Back: How else to describe his hilarious revenge on Alf?
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies very suddenly.
  • Eaten Alive: Mercifully, he's unconscious as the time.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Could be seen as this. He says he hates Careers for the suffering they inflict, but regrets not being able to kill Alf himself, and takes pride in bringing death to someone who 'deserves' it. Though to be fair, that someone was a borderline psychopath.
  • Killed Off for Real: He dies via wolf pack.
  • Knight Templar: Could be seen as a mild version of this with Alternative Character Interpretation.
  • Murder by Mistake: Intended to poison Alf, but ended up taking out Vivi instead.
  • Nice Guy: Even if you subscribe to his Alternative Character Interpretation, he's still a prime example of this at first.
  • Non-Action Guy: His kill certainly has nothing to do with his physique.
  • Not So Different: With a bit of Alternative Character Interpretation, he can be seen as this to Alf. Although Thew despises Alf for his remorseless killing of others, he himself does the same thing to Careers.
  • Only Sane Man: When he interacts with Ciano and Alf, this isn't hard to achieve.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His justification for killing Vivi.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni Blue Oni to both Alf and Ciano.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has this dynamic in his alliance with Gil, as well as when compared/contrasted with Alf. He is the Sensitive Guy.
  • Shrinking Violet: He apparently can't ask a girl out without panicking and running away.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he poisons the Careers' water supply.
  • Villain Corner: Starts edging into it after killing Vivi, not that he realizes it.
  • Weak but Skilled: Physically weak, but cunning enough to take down a Career and good enough at going unnoticed to make it all the way to fifth place.
  • Yank the Dogs Chain: What's that you want, Thew? Recognition? Well, we'll just have to kill you off in the most offhanded and unceremonious way possible, then, won't we?

Japan Hond:

  • Adaptational Villainy: One of the protagonists from Hetalia.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I. Lives for the glory he gets from killing, but isn't an overall cruel person in his day-to-day behavior, and places greater emphasis on honouring his district's name than taking lives.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Chooses to stab both himself and Alf rather than be strangled to death or rescued.
  • Brainy Brunette: Both intelligent and black-haired.
  • The Dragon: To Big Bad Lude in the Brutal Career pack.
  • Evil versus Evil: His fight with Alf, though he is noticeably more sympathetic than his opponent.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Takes his own life to do so.
  • Glass Cannon: Insanely fast and skilled in swordplay, but admits in his intro chapter that his defence capabilities are minimal, as he's not as muscular as the average Career.
  • Glory Seeker: Honour is his number one priority.
  • Go Out With a Smile: He's quite happy when Lude says it's been an honour to fight with him.
  • Honor Before Reason: A defining trait of his. Most notable when Alf has him in a stranglehold and he chooses to kill himself rather than face the shame of being rescued by Lude.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: Doesn't have many facial expressions.
  • Japanese Politeness: In contrast to the rest of the Careers, he rarely has a harsh word for anyone, even "trying not to sound condescending" when dealing with Alf's stupidity. He also "briefly apologizes" for not handing out water earlier in the 4th What If.
  • Killed Off for Real: By his own sword.
  • Master Swordsman: His Weapon of Choice is a katana.
  • Ninja: His stealth and agility are certainly reminiscent of one; not to mention this was his angle at the interviews.
  • Off with His Head!: Specializes in killing this way.
  • Only Sane Man: Along with Lude.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Very caught up in the Career system.
  • The Quiet One: Definitely the least outspoken of the Brutal Careers, though that's not exactly saying much.
  • Taking You with Me: Rather than allow Alf to strangle him to death, he plunges his sword through his own heart – "and the heart behind it."
  • The Stoic: Doesn't do much smiling or yelling.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type I just hinted at between him and Lude.
  • Villainous Valor: Would do anything for the honour of his family.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Decapitates Ukraine, when she's completely unaware and (relatively) defenceless, no less.

Franse Bonnefoy:

Ciano Idalya:

     Brutal Males, District 7 - 12 

Switz Wingly

  • Accidental Murder: throws an unconscious Thew to a pursuing wolf pack, thinking he is dead, in order to buy him and Liet some time.
  • Badass in Distress: when the exhaustion and hunger of sacrificing his meals for Liet begin to take their toll on him.
  • Berserk Button: threatening his sister, leaving his alliance, reappearing after you leave his alliance, looking like you might want to threaten his sister…
  • Big Brother Instinct: towards Liet.
  • Cool Big Bro: towards Liet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: at times, such as after being told he could not volunteer as a male tribute had already been selected:
    "Well, if you’d rather dress me up in drag and pass me off for a female tribute, try that.”
  • Declaration of Protection: towards Liet.
  • Eaten Alive / Cruel and Unusual Death / Savage Wolves: in the second and fourth What Ifs. Unlike Thew in the main storyline, he’s not given the mercy of being unconscious during it.
  • Et Tu, Brute??: acts as if Austria’s flight from the alliance was a great betrayal.
  • Eye Scream: gouges an alligator’s eyes with scissors to make it let go of Liet’s leg.
  • Face Death with Dignity: throughout the entire story, he is calmly accepting of his death so long as it means Liet’s survival.
  • Go Out with a Smile: gives Liet one last smile after Takingthe Bullet for her.
  • The Hero / The Big Guy: in his alliance with Liet and Austria.
  • Heroic Resolve: near the end of the story he is almost too weakened to move, but when Russia is about to kill Liet, he finds the energy to push her out of the way and take the bullet himself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: basically everything he does, including his final fate.
  • Heroic Suicide: was presumably going to do this for Liet should they have become the final two.
  • Hurting Hero: accepts the burdens of injury and starvation to keep his sister alive and puts on a smile so she won't see the toll she's taking on him.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the hands of Russia.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: was entirely willing to kill Austria and Veta just for encountering their alliance, all to protect Liet. Justified, as they’re in a kill-or-be-killed situation and she’s more or less defenceless.
  • Power Trio / Two Guys and a Girl: with Austria and Liet.
  • Sacrificial Lion: One of the last tributes to die.
  • Self-Sacrifice Scheme: plans to kill himself so that Liet can win the Games.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: he Takes the Bullet for Liet near the end of the Games, but this leaves her without a protector against an advancing Russia. Justified in that he probably wasn’t thinking clearly and it’s really all he could do in the moment.
  • Trigger Happy: with his bow and arrows.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: doesn’t think much of being dressed up in high heels and a too-tight suit during the interviews.

Austria Edel:

Russia Bragins:

Gil Prus:

Philan Visce:

Toris Lithu:

  • All Work vs All Play: The All Work to Poal's All Play.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has brown-haired and is said by Poal to be one of the smartest tributes in the field.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: tries (with limited success) to keep Poal out of trouble.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Comes naturally from exasperation with Poal.
  • Distressed Dude: Does more running than fighting.
  • Doomed by Canon: In The Hunger Games, District 12 has only ever had four victors (three in the canon series, one established by Journey's other fics), so it's certain from the start that he's going to die.
  • The Eeyore: has a very pessimistic outlook on life.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Russia.
  • Nice Guy: Doesn't seem to accept killing others as an option, and stays with Poal.
  • Non-Action Guy: See Distressed Dude.
  • Only Sane Man: Especially when contrasted with his hyperactive ally, Poal.
  • The Philosopher: Spends much of his intro chapter debating whether it's better to die in front of the entire nation in the Hunger Games or waste away in the mines with your name lost to history. If Poal is to be believed, he goes into these phases a lot.
  • Properly Paranoid: Unlike Poal, he actually realizes that everything in the Games is out to kill him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni Blue Oni to Poal.
  • Sacrificial Lion: although he's not terribly important, his death has a powerful impact on the plot because it shows that Russia has crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Fits this trope to a T with Poal.
  • Slashed Throat: Dies this way.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't have many emotional highs or lows.


     Brutal Females, District 1 - 6 

Vivi Daley:

  • Action Girl: Comes with Career territory.
  • Ax-Crazy: Takes delight in the bloodshed of the Games, going so far as to shove a sickle into her own throat because she thought her impending death by poison wasn't violent enough.
  • Blood Knight: Is actually rather obsessed with blood in particular.
  • Dark Chick: In the Career alliance.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Type II.
  • Informed Ability: Can slash over into the Know-Nothing Know-It-All territory. Vivi keeps on saying that she's intelligent, but we see no evidence for that. In fact, she essentially commits suicide from her own arrogant unwillingness to trust.
  • Kick the Dog: Torturing Peyton and mutilating her corpse.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Thew's poison.
  • Lack of Empathy: She's unhinged, so of course she doesn't.
  • Meaningful Name: Guess which of our favorite fanfiction writers she's based on? Even better yet, she comes of the Capitol Games fame. Mhm, yes, you got that right; ladies, gentlemen- give it up for miss Vividly Visceral!
  • More Deadly Than the Male: She's certainly more savage and bloodthirsty when it comes to kills. Partially subverted as she herself points out that even though she's well-versed in weapons, she couldn't take on her District partner Alf since he's so well-built.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She views slaughter somewhat romantically.
  • Pummeling the Corpse: Does this to Peyton's corpse.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Alf, describing why he isn't worthy to be a Career.
  • Undignified Death: Getting a death sentence by drinking from a canteen of water that was poisoned by Thew that Alf was freaking out about. Tries to avert this by cutting open her own throat as she thought that it wasn't a gory enough death for her.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She's not weak, per se, but she's just fifteen and is on the smaller side when it comes to the usual Career fare. Her partner Alf is much stronger than her, and she said that her intelligence will help her, so she's really essentially this in the Career pack.
  • Write Who You Know: Anybody know Vividly Visceral? Yeah, that's right. Vivi Daley's based on her. It now makes a whole lot of sense in perspective.

Corianne File:

Maria Carriedo:

Chia Mendel:

Wynd Blune:

Tiee Bongiovi:

     Brutal Females, District 7 - 12 

Liet Wingly:

Veta Ungar:

Ukraine Bragins:

  • Big Sister Instinct: vows that she'll protect Russia, although she's not ultimately successful.
  • The Eeyore: lampshaded in the title of her introductory chapter, Optimism and Pessimism.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: a sweet, innocent character with pale blonde hair.
  • Kill the Cutie: Not too cheerful, but on the cuter side.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Japan.
  • Nice Girl: Doesn't think for a moment about living at the cost of her brother's life.
  • Off with Her Head!: Japan's method of execution.
  • Prone to Tears: She never claims to be tough.
  • Sacrificial Lion: like Toris, while she doesn't last long enough to be as developed as some of the other characters, her death contributes hugely to the plot in that it sends Russia over the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: played almost straight. Japan didn’t intentionally leave her headless body lying around, but in all other aspects it fits perfectly.

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Peyton Unbi:

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Vivi takes care to kill her in the most agonizing way possible, leaving time between the sword blows so that her pain is not dulled.
  • Kill the Cutie: One of the perkier characters to die.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Vivi.
  • Like Brother and Sister: her friendship with Philan is depicted this way in one of Number One Fan of Journey's comedic fanarts, with Peyton stressing that they're not romantically involved.
  • Red Shirt: Since Philan doesn't live, either, her death doesn't amount to much.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Dies too early to be important.
  • True Companions: has an extremely close bond with her district partner/friend Philan, whom she considers to be her 'twin' as they were born on the same day.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies before we get to know her.

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