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    President Coriolanus Snow 
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"Fear does not work as long as there is hope."
Portrayed By: Donald Sutherland

"Would you like to be in a real war?"

The ruthless and tyrannical president of Panem.


  • Acquired Poison Immunity: As revealed in Mockingjay Part 1.
  • And Starring: The films credits him, Philip Seymour-Hoffman (Heavensbee) and Stanley Tucci (Flickerman) this way.
  • Ascended Extra: The books are from Katniss' perspective, but here Snow has many more scenes to properly establish him as the Big Bad.
  • Beard of Evil: Unlike the books, here he has a thick white beard.
  • Big Bad: Of the entire series. As the leader of the totalitarian regime responsible for organizing the Hunger Games, he serves as the prime mover behind all the horrific events that transpire within the story.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Has secret cameras everywhere, much to everybody's discomfort.
  • Calling Card: Katniss knows whenever she sees a White Rose, Snow is either nearby or has sent her a message.
  • The Chessmaster: Snow is very adept at manipulation on a grand scale. His capture, brainwashing and arrangement of Peeta cemented this.
  • Cold Ham: When he speaks to Katniss in the third movie, he is much more openly evil, with a continuous Psychotic Smirk that borders on Slasher Smile, and he is clearly letting himself enjoy toying with her. Despite this, though, his voice remains soft, and his courtesy remains constant.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Since he was aware from the beginning that Katniss and Peeta's relationship is a farce, he is clearly surprised, if a bit bemused, when Katniss and Peeta really do fall in love during Catching Fire. Also see Worthy Opponent below.
  • Die Laughing: At his execution, when Katniss shoots Coin instead of him, Snow starts laughing uproariously, even as he chokes on his own blood and Panem citizens rush him.
  • The Dreaded: To all the District's inhabitants in general.....until witnessing Katniss's brazen defiance towards his regime.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a granddaughter who he dotes on.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A right bastard he might be, but when he gives his word, he keeps it. Similarly, while admitting that he'll kill civilians if necessary, Snow doesn't commit what he considers gratuitous atrocities (though his definition of gratuitous varies significantly from his subjects).
  • Evil Is Petty: Why Haymitch is bitter? Snow was the one who had his mother, younger brother and girlfriend killed because he took advantage of the force field when he was fighting for his life to kill another tribute by making her throw the axe at him, dodging it and the force field sent right back to her head declaring him the victor.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even when tied up at the stake awaiting execution and surrounded by a large crowd of people, his regime oppressed with nothing between him and them, Snow retains his composure and doesn't show any fear. Ultimately subverted, see Die Laughing below.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can smile politely and say all the right words but then he will make a remark or threat that reminds you of the pure evil lurking beneath.
  • Grammar Nazi: At one point Coin interrupts one of Snow's speeches by pirating the signal; despite being stunned, Snow still absentmindedly corrects Coin's grammar.
  • I Have Your Wife: One of the major ways he controls people like Katniss or Finnick.
  • Klingon Promotion: Rose to power by killing his rivals and those in higher rank.
  • Large and in Charge: Being played by 6'4" Donald Sutherland will do that to a character.
  • Manipulative Bastard: How he assumed power in the first place, and how he governs by turning the Districts against one another.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the Shakespearian Tragic Hero in the eponymous play. He shares similar traits - he cares little about the ordinary folk and wants to maintain a totalitarian state.
    • His personality is also cold and icy, like snow. His hair is also white, like snow.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His go-to solution to pretty much any problem. He needs a compelling reason not to have someone killed.
  • Necessarily Evil: His conversation with Katniss at the beginning of Catching Fire indicates that he sees himself and the Capitol as this.
  • Out-Gambitted: For all his talk about destroying Katniss's image so the unhappy districts would have nobody to rally behind, Plutarch completely played him for a fool.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Has no problem with killing people, not even children, if it benefits him or the Capitol, but in Mockingjay Part 2 he underlines that he only does it when he finds it absolutely necessary. This leads to Katniss coming to realize that it was Coin, and not Snow that ordered the bombing at the gates.
  • President Evil: He's the current ruler of Panem until the very end of the fourth movie, and he manipulatively (or violently if he deems it necessary) keeps the districts impoverished and/or downtrodden. Then of course there's the Hunger Games.
  • Something About a Rose: The smell of blood is natural, thanks to not taking an antidote quickly enough after poisoning both himself and a rival. The smell of roses covers it up.
  • Straight Edge Evil: He's the only character from the Capitol without any bizarre mannerisms or fashion accessories (until Plutarch in Catching Fire). He's said to be "above that". Justified as it's implied a lot of the fashions are both a status symbol as well as a sign of a hedonistic culture; being at the top of the social pyramid, Snow doesn't need fashion to impress anyone.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Takes this attitude towards Seneca Crane during their scenes in the movie. In general he seems to dislike the hypocrisy of the system he runs, or at least get tired of it, and actually enjoys the company of those, like Plutarch and Katniss, who share his cynicism.
  • Taking You with Me: It's implied that Snow's attempt to convince Katniss that Coin was behind the bombing of the Captiol children and Prim's death was an attempt get Coin killed by a vengeful Katniss; if so, he was successful.
    • It could also have been an attempt to get Katniss killed trying to assassinate Coin. Or, better yet for Snow, get both killed.
  • This Cannot Be!: Has this reaction when Katniss destroys the Arena of the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Villain Has a Point: Except Plutarch, he's probably the only one who recognizes President Coin for what she really is. Of course, being a manipulative, repressive dictator himself, he should know.
  • Villainous Breakdown: See This Cannot Be! above. After that happens and he finds Plutarch gone, he totally shuts down. For once, he has no options on what to do.
  • Villains Never Lie: See I Gave My Word. He actually has lied in the past: just never when he says something with a promise attached to it. When he promises something, he feels bound to it.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In the second film, he's shown enjoying a cup of tea and having breakfast with his granddaughter. Later on they're shown watching the Hunger Games together in his lounge room.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Lack of freedom notwithstanding, he seems quite popular among the Capitol's decadent inhabitants due to the high standard of living they enjoy under his leadership.
  • Worthy Opponent: Donald Sutherland says that this is how he views Katniss after she successfully defies the Capitol in the 74th Hunger Games and sparks a rebellion. Some of his dialogue in the books indicates this sort of attitude as well.
    President Snow: "My dear, I think we can make this so much simpler, if we agree not to lie to each other."
    • He also comes to view President Coin as this after her False Flag Operation that killed a group of Capitol and District 13 children is blamed on him, leading to his downfall. Snow outright said it was a masterstroke and regretted that he didn't see it coming.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He says so himself that he's not above hurting children to get what he wants. And of course, his government does run the games. He would not however, kill children for the hell of it, and mentions this to Katniss when they are discussing the bombing at the gates. This conversation leads to Katniss finding out that Coin, not Snow, ordered the bombing.

    Antonius 
Portrayed By: Robert Knepper

    Egeria 
Portrayed By: Sarita Choudhury

The Capitol's minister of affairs and one of President Snow's Presidential board members.


  • Canon Foreigner: Like Antonius, she doesn't appear in the books.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Plutarch.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's visibly disturbed by Snow's orders to bomb the hospital in District 8.
  • Meaningful Name: Egeria is the name of a water nymph in Roman mythology, specifically, one who imparted king Numa Pompilius about the laws and proper conduct of divine rituals. Due to her, the name came to be associated with the office of female adviser.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No reason is made as to where she goes after President Snow surrenders.

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Gamemakers

    Seneca Crane 
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" Everyone likes an underdog."
Portrayed By: Wes Bentley

The head Gamemaker in The Hunger Games. He was in charge of running the 72nd, 73rd, and 74th Hunger Games and ordering obstacles into the arena.


  • Ascended Extra: In the film. In the book, he's not identified by name, let alone singled out by appearance; he was first mentioned as the Head Gamemaker in the second book well after his death.
  • Damned If You Do Damned If You Dont: He ended up being forced to let both District 12 tributes become Victors because if he didn't, there would be no Victor at all, which would have been a colossal failure on his part. Either way, he was doomed.
  • The Dragon: To President Snow, initially.
  • Driven to Suicide: Or rather forced, when Snow leaves him in a room with poison berries, the implication clear.
  • The Heavy: During the first film, since he's the Head Gamemaker and as such as responsible for pretty much all of the obstacles thrown in the way of the protagonists.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: At the end of the first movie, he is led to a room with a bowl filled with nightlock berries.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not quite as evil as his boss, the tyrannical President Snow. He's not sadistic or excessively cruel, and even gives Katniss a top score after she fires an arrow at him because 'she deserved it' (though the top score does also paint a target on Katniss' back). He's really little more than a callous opportunist looking to advance his career even if it means sending children to their death.
  • Slave to PR: Most of the decisions Seneca makes regarding the Games is a result of him trying to appeal to what the masses would like. Ends up being his Fatal Flaw.
  • Smug Snake: Word of God states he really has no idea what the true purpose of the games are or the ramifications of what occurs in them. He's just in it for the show biz.
  • Weird Beard: He has a very strangely designed beard that became a Memetic Mutation.
  • You Have Failed Me: Snow orders his execution over the 74th Hunger Games debacle.

    Plutarch Heavensbee 
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"If you abandon your moral judgment, it can be fun."

The Head Gamemaker taking the place of Seneca Crane.


  • And Starring: The films credits him, Donald Sutherland (President Snow) and Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman) this way.
  • Anti-Hero: He's more affable than Coin and is certainly a force for good, but he still takes some very shady steps to accomplish his goals. He actually suggests to President Snow that he ramps up random executions and re-institutes whippings, all to create even more animosity against Snow and the Capitol regime. It's for the greater good, but he's still responsible for the deaths of many of the people who he's ostensibly trying to save.
  • The Chessmaster: It's best demonstrated by his line about "moves and countermoves". He's a much more savvy and intelligent Gamemaker than Seneca Crane ever was. Ultimately, it's revealed that he's an even more masterful chessmaster than he initially appeared. Heavensbee manages to play the entire Capitol audience, Katniss, the Victors and notoriously shrewd President Snow himself to save Katniss and start the revolution in earnest. And finally, he also knew of Coin's true colors, and was fully expecting Katniss to kill her, he's openly smirking after her death. Thus with Snow and Coin both out of the way, he's free to move on to advising their successor unopposed. Lampshaded at the end:
    Peeta: And Plutarch in the middle of it all.
    Haymitch: And they say none wins the Games.
  • Demoted to Extra: A slight case in Mockingjay. See Real Life Writes the Plot.
  • The Dragon: To President Snow in a much more direct way than Crane, since Snow has actively enlisted his help to deal with rising unrest. Subverted when he's revealed to be a key figure in the resistance.
  • Foreshadowing: "Same reason as you — I volunteered." From the books... 
    • The bemused looks he gives President Coin in Mockingjay Part 2 hint to the fact that he's on to her schemes and foreshadows his own machinations to have Katniss kill her.
  • The Heavy: In Catching Fire, being the Head Gamemaker for the Quarter Quell. Subverted, as he's a Reverse Mole.
  • Honest Advisor: While former Gamemaker Crane was little more than a stooge with a nifty beard, Heavensbee operates more on Snow's level and tells him the truth, giving him advice about how to deal with the revolution. Snow seems to appreciate his honesty, confidence and cynicism, perhaps seeing something of a kindred spirit in a fellow cold-hearted manipulator. It's subverted, however, when Heavensbee turns out to have been manipulating Snow the entire time.
  • Knight Templar: Despite being on the side of the "good guys", he's ok with sacrificing some lives to achieve the goals of the rebellion.
  • Mole in Charge: As Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus also known as Plutarch, who was an essayist and historian in ancient Rome.
  • Mr. Exposition: Happens a number of times.
  • Necessary Evil: While he's definitely one of the good guys, the nature of what he does means that he has to be this out of necessity.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Due to the sudden death of his actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, in early 2014, a number of his scenes were redistributed to other characters and he has a smaller role in the Mockingjay films than he had in the book. His final scene in the franchise shows him looking on conspicuously silent as Katniss bring Coin and Snow to justice and is accomplished by creating a digital stand-in for Hoffman for the one scene Plutarch absolutely had to be in.
  • Reverse Mole: He's actually a rebel agent and helps orchestrate the escape of Peeta, Finnick, Mags, Johanna, Katniss, Beetee and Wiress. Unfortunately, Wiress and Mags are killed and only Katniss, Beetee and Finnick are saved, with Johanna and Peeta (as well as Enobaria) captured and tortured.

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Hunger Games Preparation Teams

    Effie Trinket 
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"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be EVER in your favor!"
Portrayed By: Elizabeth Banks

The escort of the District 12 tributes, including Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.


  • Adaptational Heroism: While she wasn't exactly a villain in the books, she gets involved with the rebellion and comes to genuinely love both Katniss and Peeta for more than what their status as victors can provide for her.
  • Affably Evil: With 'evil' downplayed. She's very cheerful and friendly, even though, while not evil per se, her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths. She drops the 'evil' part altogether by Mockingjay Part 1.
  • Ascended Extra: She has far more prominence in the films, where she can be considered a main character. This is especially notable in the Mockingjay films; while in the book, she isn't seen until near the end, in the film, she's been defected from the Capitol, and essentially takes the place of Venia, Flavius and Octavia (who were only seen for about 30 seconds in the first film, and were captured by District 13 in the book). This is actually a conscious decision on the part of Suzanne Collins herself, who felt it would be demeaning to the character to shunt her off into obscurity after seeing Elizabeth Bank's knockout performance in the first two films.
  • Bald Woman: It is revealed in Mockingjay that she's been wearing wigs. Given her obsession with her appearance, it's most likely she's bald by choice specifically to allow her to swap between different wigs depending on her outfit at the time.
  • Catchphrase: "Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be EVER in your favor!"
  • Character Development: More emphasized in the films, though it's present in the books too. During the 74th reaping, she's excited and completely oblivious to how terrified and beaten down everyone else is. During the Victory Tour, her pride and adoration for Katniss and Peeta is originally more a reflection of her own pride for finally having not just one, but two Victors to call her own. As the tour continues her genuine concern for each of them starts to show more and more as she gets to see that everyone in Panem is destitute, not just District 12. For the 75th reaping she tries to look appropriately excited, but loses her nerve when forced to read Katniss's name, looking like she just condemned her to die herself. The most she can manage after that is relief that Haymitch's name comes out of the bowl instead of Peeta's - and her face crumples when Peeta promptly volunteers in Haymitch's place. Later on, she's on the verge of tears as she hands out gold accessories to the three of them so they'll all match, insisting, "We are a team!" This shows that she's come to genuinely care for Peeta and Katniss, whereas in the first film, she thought that they were going to die just like all her past tributes. This culminates in her eventually choosing to join the rebellion when Plutarch brings her to District 13 with him and the others, something that does not happen in the books.
  • Defector from Decadence: Effie eventually defects from The Capitol, having grown to love Peeta and Katniss.
  • Fashion Designer: Steps up the plate for Katniss's turn as the Mockingjay in Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 as her fashion co-coordinator following Cinna's death (and her book counterparts being replaced in favor of her). It's also implied she becomes this for President Coin, whose appearance and personality slowly becomes less utilitarian and more image-conscious after Effie is brought into her inner circle.
  • The Fashionista: Has been wearing fancy dresses in all her appearances. When she had to wear jumpsuits after she defected to District 13, she's obviously pissed off.
  • Feigning Intelligence: She's probably dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but she certainly doesn't see it that way.
  • Genki Girl: A grownup version.
  • Hidden Depths: She seems frivolous and apathetic at first, but soon shows that she genuinely cares for Katniss and Peeta.
    • After joining the Rebellion in District 13 she reveals to Katniss she held onto Cinna's design book after he gave it to her and smuggled it out of the Capitol with her to give to Katniss. She also helps Haymitch formulate a better propaganda strategy for Katniss as the Mockingjay after Plutarch's overly scripted one falls flat.
    • At the end of Mockingjay Part 1, while Coin's giving her speech, Effie eyes her with a look that could be considered suspicious, perhaps cottoning on that Coin is not all she seems.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Katniss and Peeta.
  • Large Ham: Like other Capitol residents, she's ridiculously flamboyant in both her style of dress and personality. 'Melodramatic' is the default mode for Effie Trinket.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: While you could make the case for something happening between her and Haymitch in the books, it's buried deep in the sub-subtext. The films make their attraction to each other a lot more obvious - especially the Mockingjay movies, helped out by the fact that Effie has a lot more prominence and an almost totally different role to the book.
  • Relationship Upgrade: The end of Mockingjay: Part 2 hints heavily at one between her and Haymitch, though whether it's already happened or is just very likely to happen soon is left more ambiguous.
  • Schedule Fanatic: A mild example in Catching Fire.
  • Ship Tease: With Haymitch.
    • Shipper on Deck: None of the other characters seem that interested, but at a meta level Elizabeth Banks reportedly more than made up for it with her own enthusiasm for the pairing.
  • Skewed Priorities: In the first movie, she's more upset that Katniss stabbed the table ("That is mahogany!") than that she almost stabbed Haymitch in the hand.
    • Leans on Comically Missing the Point: "Careers train for the games until they're 18, but they don't get dessert! And you do!"
    • It could also be her method of coping (see Stepford Smiler) as she knows that even if one Career will probably win, that leaves three more (five in the books where District Four is counted as Career) who won't be going home, so while her Tributes are almost guaranteed to be going home in a box, so are the majority of the Careers-and at least HER kids get to enjoy some treats before the end.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Though she doesn't die in the final book, she's been held prisoner and (in all likelihood) tortured by the Capitol for so long that Katniss sees her as only a shadow of her former self, unlikely ever to recover and tragically trying to hang on to her old life. In the films, she quickly escapes prison in the Capitol to play an active part in the rebellion, becomes Plutarch's right-hand woman, and has a hinted-at Relationship Upgrade with Haymitch. Overall, things seem better all round for her in the film.
  • Stepford Smiler: Katniss eventually realizes that Effie's shallowness is a defense mechanism which is her way of coping with her role in the Games.
  • Team Mom: Starting in Catching Fire; she's developed a genuine emotional bond with Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch, and is fiercely protective of them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink, or orange, or gold. Justified in that they're wigs.

    Cinna 
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"I'm still betting on you."
Portrayed By: Lenny Kravitz

Katniss Everdeen's stylist during her campaigns through the 74th and 75th Hunger Games.


  • Ambiguously Brown: In the films. His skin tone is never described in the books.
  • Age Lift: Cinna is described in the book as being a young man in his twenties. In the film series, he's played by the nearly-50 Lenny Kravitz. (In fact, Jennifer Lawrence insisted on calling him "Mr. Kravitz," given she worked with his daughter.)
  • Costume Porn: It's his job.
  • Cultured Badass: Instigates a rebellion with the power of fashion.
  • The Fashionista: A non-camp version.
  • Guyliner: Wears gold eyeliner, his one seeming indulgence to the Capitol's over the top hair and makeup trends.
  • Meaningful Name: The original Cinna was a doomed opponent of Sulla the dictator.
    • Also, the word "Cinna" kind of sounds like "cinders."
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest, sweetest people in the Crapsack World that is Panem, so much that Katniss quickly grew to like him.
  • Only Sane Man: Is shown to be the first Capitol person not to indulge in so much decadence.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He is beaten by the Peacekeepers as Katniss is being lifted to the Quarter Quell arena, and later killed during interrogations. Circles back around on itself thanks to Effie who smuggled his design portfolio out of the Capitol, allowing for District 13 to craft the Mockingjay armor for Katniss, who then destroys Snow's government.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: The Mockingjay suit he designs for Katniss. Justified in that Katniss the "Mockingjay" is the symbol of the rebellion, and so needs to look suitably iconic.

    Portia 
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Portrayed By: Latarsha Rose

Peeta's stylist.


  • Ambiguously Brown: In the film, like Cinna.
  • Costume Porn: It's her job.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: See photo.
  • Demoted to Extra: While never that major of a character, in the film she is only seen in the background, with no lines. Plus, she only appears in the first film.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Does not appear in further films after the first. This might turn out good for her if it means that she's spared from the stylist and prep teams' purges of Mockingjay, since the event is also not mentioned in the films.

    Venia, Octavia, & Flavius 
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Portrayed By: Kimiko Gelman (Venia), Nelson Ascencio (Flavius) & Brooke Bundy (Octavia)

Katniss' prep team.


  • Adapted Out: Venia doesn't appear in the film of Catching Fire, and none of the three appear in Mockingjay.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: All three.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the films. They show up, but their names aren't mentioned and they only have a brief appearance. They have a bit more to do in Catching Fire, but still, not to the extent of their involvement in the books.
  • Facial Markings: The gold tattoos above Venia's eyes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Venia strangely doesn't appear in the Catching Fire film.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Venia has aqua hair, Flavius has orange corkscrews in his. While Venia's roots grow out, showing hers is dyed, Flavius's remains mostly unchanged, suggesting his is natural. Octavia wears a curled pink wig in The Hunger Games film, but wears her natural brown hair in Catching Fire.

Other Capitol Residents

    Caesar Flickerman 
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"So Peeta. Tell me. Is there a special girl back home? "
Portrayed By: Stanley Tucci

The host for the Hunger Games. He is famous for turning any conversation around for the positive, and is known to change the color of his lips, hair, and eyelids for each Hunger Games.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the books, Flickerman is portrayed as doing the best he can in a terrible situation, trying to do his job while helping the Tributes. This aspect is mostly seen through Katniss' narration, so he's a little more ambiguous here. However, he does seem to have trouble with both the Quarter Quell and the 'interviews' with Peeta.
  • And Starring: The films credits him, Donald Sutherland (Pres. Snow) and later Phillip Seymour-Hoffman (Heavensbee) this way.
  • Annoying Laugh: Constantly lets out this irritatingly jubilant guffaw.
  • Demoted to Extra: His role grows progressively smaller with each film, reduced to a single scene in Mockingjay, Part 2. Justified as the actual Hunger Games grow less important to the plot and his use as a propaganda tool diminishes as the war drags on.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: His grinning mug appears on in-universe toothpaste ads used to promote the film.
  • Fun Personified: Though by Mockingjay Part 1, he's clearly having a hard time keeping it up, especially in his "interviews" with Peeta. And by Part 2, he drops it altogether, though he clearly looks disgusted by what he has to read.
  • The Host: An amalgam of every obnoxious daytime TV host on earth.
  • Large Ham: The Capitol is full of flamboyant, hammy people and he's their television host.
  • Manipulative Bastard: If he wants something out of his guests' mouths, he knows how to get it.
  • Older Than He Looks: Although 24 years have passed since the Second Quarter Quell, he looks the exact same when he interviews the tributes for the 74th Hunger Games. This is achieved through massive amounts of cosmetic surgery, common among Capitol citizens.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Ultimately subverted; despite constantly grinning, he knows exactly how to play an audience and sometimes that means adopting a solemn frown to keep with the tone. He also gradually has a tougher and tougher time keeping up his sunny disposition, and in Mockingjay Part 2 he doesn't even bother smiling while delivering propaganda anymore, only giving a very obviously forced one just before the end of the broadcast.
  • Propaganda Machine: He's forced into being a more overt one by Mockingjay. And as his "interviews" with Peeta demonstrate, he clearly has trouble keeping his act up. At the end of Part 2, he's forced into becoming the voice of Snow's failing government, for all intents and purposes, and positively bristles with anger through the whole thing.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: He's one of the few characters whose fate is left unresolved in the film. He's last seen on television just prior to the fall of the Capitol and is not seen again after District 13 takes over and President Coin establishes her new regime.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: For the 74th Hunger Games, at least; for the 75th Hunger Games his hair is lavender.

    Lavinia 
Portrayed By: Amber Chaney
An Avox who serves Katniss and Peeta during their stay in the Capitol.

    President Snow's granddaughter 
"Someday, I want to love someone that much."
Portrayed By: Erika Bierman

The granddaughter of President Snow is a young girl about 12 years old who idolizes Katniss, as with her friends, after her victory in the Hunger Games.


  • Ascended Extra: While her role amounts to mere cameos, she actually manages to appear in person in the films, while the books only offhandedly mention her.
  • Children Are Innocent: Despite having a certified President Evil as a grandfather, what is shown about her reveals a nice and proper girl.
  • Harmful to Minors: Almost gets herself nominated for the final Hunger Games. Thankfully, her idol saves her and other potential Capitol children before it starts.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Her Katniss-stylized braids. While she dons it simply to mimic her idol, she doesn't know that idol is challenging the authority of people like her.
  • No Name Given: Her surname might be Snow, but otherwise she's only called "darling" by her grandfather.

Defectors

    Cressida 
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Portrayed By: Natalie Dormer

A resident director from the Capitol who joined the rebellion along with her camera crew, Castor and Pollux, and her assistant Messalla, and headed to District 13 when they fled the Capitol.


  • Action Girl: While her main role in Katniss's team is to film, she's also a good shot who's able to fight on equal footing with experienced people like Gale and Katniss.
  • Defector from Decadence: She defects from the Capitol sometime before the events of Mockingjay.
  • Determinator: Determined to help Katniss accomplish her mission. In fact so commited to that mission she left her undoubtedly luxurious life in the capital behind with her three assistants and with little help joined the ressistance, snuck out of the capital and made their way into district 13 and not only followed Katniss into warzone after warzone, but she picked up arms by her side and when Katniss was doubting herself and her mission, Cressida was the one who talked her into continuing.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She has shades of this, although her main job is to create propaganda.
  • The Load: Averted with a vengeance. You'd think a director with no combat experience that hangs around the team to shoot propaganda would be The Load and get in the way and stuff... yet surprisingly not only did the film crew have fewer casualties than the actual military unit, but Cressida herself packs quite the punch with her rifle. Plus with the movie being set in a future (crapsack but future nonetheless) the camera equipment is not at all invasive or inconvenient so it's never really an issue. This might be justified in her having defected from the Capitol, which would take survival skills at the very least to make it to 13 in one piece.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: A top film director of Panem who's also a brilliant fighter when she needs to be.
  • The Quiet One: Due in part to being used to being behind the camera rather than in front, Cressida's lines are limited, and come with weight on them. She doesn't waste her breath and only speaks for a good reason.
  • The Stoic: Rarely shows any emotion, even when team members start dropping dead like of a plague. Even when running through a booby-trapped room, watching her co-workers and friends get torn asunder by traps, with no guarantee of safety on the other side, if she'd even make it to the other side, she manages to keep it together.
    • She originates from the Capitol yet is unfazed by the circumstances of the poorer districts.
    • Notably the only time she breaks it is when she sees her assistant Messalla die before her eyes. She has a brief Heroic BSoD that causes Katniss to call her attention to keep moving before reverting back and taking lead again.

    Messalla 
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Portrayed By: Evan Ross

Part of a TV crew that filmed propos for the war as part of the Airtime Assault. He was the assistant to the director, Cressida. He was originally from the Capitol but had joined the rebels in the war.


    Castor and Pollux 
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Castor
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Pollux
Portrayed By: Wes Chatham (Castor), Elden Henson (Pollux)

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Castor gets mauled by a lizard mutt.
  • Defector from Decadence: Both defected from the Capitol.
  • Meaningful Name: Castor and Pollux are brothers from Roman and Greek mythology who suffer from a cruel separation because one (Pollux) is immortal, while the other (Castor) is not. By the end of the series, Castor dies, while Pollux lives on.
  • Nice Guy: Pollux is easily one of the nicest characters in the series, and easily befriends Katniss.
  • The Speechless: Pollux can't speak, due to being an Avox.
  • Tongue Trauma: Pollux, being an Avox.

    Tigris 
Portrayed By: Eugenie Bondurant

An old acquaintance of Cressida and ex-tribute stylist who resides in the Capitol.


  • Body Horror: Her face has permanently changed into a feline mask. Even the surgery-addicted Capitol residents are horrified by this.
  • Cat Girl: Surgery has modified her face permanently to resemble a, well, tiger.
  • Defector from Decadence: Chooses to take her anger at the Capitol for abandoning her by providing the Star Squad shelter at her home before they infiltrate the Presidential Palace.
  • Fur Bikini: Doesn't wear them, but she does sell them.
  • Meaningful Name: If her name is indeed her birth name, one must wonder what seer of parents she has for giving her such a prophetic name.
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