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    Primrose "Prim" Everdeen 
"Just try to win, maybe you can!"

Katniss' beloved younger sister, a kind, lovely All-Loving Hero. When her name is drawn against all odds at the Reaping, Katniss volunteers to take her place in the arena.


  • All-Loving Hero: Prim seems incapable of bearing any ill will towards anything.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted. Despite all that happens, she manages to remain relatively optimistic and kind. Later turns into Kill the Cutie.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Prim is burned alive by a detonating bomb.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Not that Katniss wasn't already on her way there, but Prim's death breaks her.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Primrose is a kind of flower, while her sister's name comes from an aquatic plant.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Animals love her. The family cat, Buttercup, only responds positively to her. She has a pet goat named Lady as well.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Katniss looks like Mr. Everdeen, has inherited his hunting abilities and talent for singing and, like him, will marry someone from the town. Prim looks like Mrs. Everdeen and has inherited her passion for healing. Also, Mrs. Everdeen was close friends with Katniss' friend, Madge's mother, as a teenager and the father of Katniss' love interest Peeta had a crush on Mrs. Everdeen.
    • Like her father, Prim dies horribly in an explosion.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Prim is a compassionate young blonde girl with blue eyes who loves all living creatures and becomes a good healer at an early age, often helping her mother with patients. When Katniss leaves her family she doesn't bother suggesting that Prim learn to hunt because her attempts were disastrous, since the woods terrified Prim and whenever Katniss shot something it would make Prim teary and she'd talk about how they might be able to heal it.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Prim managed to inherit her mother's blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin despite her father having dark hair, grey eyes and olive skin. It's strongly implied that merchants and Seam people haven't interbred for generations which makes it rather miraculous that Prim inherited her mother's looks (although it's not impossible).
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Prim is practically like a shining light in the Crapsack World she lives in. Unfortunately, this doesn't prevent her from being killed.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: While Prim is Wise Beyond Her Years, her softness, kindness, and sweetness qualify her for this trope. Averted in the film - the actress has hazel eyes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Prim's full name is Primrose, but everyone calls her Prim.
  • Kill the Cutie: She is killed in the third book, and is a driving reason for Katniss's renewed pessimism and apathy.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Prim; she simply adores her cat Buttercup, who is utterly nasty to everyone except her, but then, she's the only one who seems to treat him with kindness.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Gale, who takes pains to protect her when Katniss can't. Until the end of Mockingjay, where he implies he may have helped cause her death.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Prim starts out as being this for Katniss. Eventually Peeta takes over the role instead.
  • The Medic: She grows into one like her mother.
    Katniss: ...What's funny was, Prim, who's scared of her own shadow, stayed and helped [with the man's burnt leg]. My mother says healers are born, not made.
  • Morality Pet: Prim, for Katniss and Buttercup; she is one of few people they show any kindness to.
  • Nice Girl: Her defining qualities are her kindness and being well-loved.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The "blue" (kind, gentle, sweet, naive) to Katniss' red (brutal, cold, guarded, aggressive).
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In the first book. She isn't present for most of the plot, but it's because of her that Katniss ends up in the Games in the first place.
    • And by extension, Katniss's role in those Games were what ended up sparking the rebellion.
  • Team Pet: Buttercup, especially during the rebellion.
  • Tender Tears
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Of course the all-loving adorable little sister wouldn't make it to the end of the story...
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: Prim's shirt is always untucked. Katniss describes this as resembling a ducktail. She uses this fact to express how innocent and unready for combat Prim would be if thrust into the Arena.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: At first. She loses the wide-eyed part, but keeps the idealism.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: In Mockingjay, she becomes a hardier medic and encourages Katniss at dire moments.
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    Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen 

Katniss's parents. As a girl, her mother was a member of the merchant class but fell in love with and married a poor coal miner anyway. Katniss' father was killed in a mine explosion and her mother disappeared under the veil of crippling depression for years, but she's okay now.


  • Broken Bird: Mrs. Everdeen never gets over her husband's death, and after she finally gets over her Heroic BSoD, her youngest daughter dies and her oldest daughter moves back home, leaving her all alone.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Katniss views her dead father more highly than she does her loving but not-quite-there mother.
  • Disappeared Dad: Mr. Everdeen passed away five years before the story starts.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Living things just seem to like Katniss's mother, although moreso before Mr. Everdeen was killed and she fell into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mrs. Everdeen is described with blonde hair and blue eyes, the typical merchant look. Katniss is always amazed when her mother brought a wounded or sick patient: "she morphs from someone who calls her daughter to kill a spider to a woman immune to fear", Katniss says.
  • Happily Married: Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen, apparently, before Mr. Everdeen's death.
  • Heroic BSoD: After her husband's death, Mrs. Everdeen fell into a severe depression that left her unable to take care of herself or her daughters, leaving an eleven-year-old Katniss to look after the family.
  • Hero of Another Story: Mrs. Everdeen is a (relatively) upper class woman who falls in love with an impoverished miner, seemed to have a Love Triangle with Peeta's father, and was best friends with Maysilee Donner, who died in Haymitch's games.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In Catching Fire, Katniss said that she was told her mother used to be quite beautiful before her husband's death.
  • The Lost Lenore: Mr Everdeen, for both Katniss and his wife.
  • The Medic: Mrs. Everdeen runs District 12's apothecary. She ends up teaching Prim.
  • No Name Given: We never find out their first names.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Mrs. Everdeen is described as an apothecary yet seems to treat any number of medical emergencies. Justified in that District 12 doesn't seem to have much by way of doctors (at least not if you live in the Seam) so they'd have nowhere else to go.
  • The One That Got Away: Mrs. Everdeen and Peeta's father used to be fond of each other.
  • Parental Neglect: Katniss felt left alone to provide when her father died because her mother no longer functioned and was unable to care for them. She improved, but Katniss is still forever wary of her ability to protect her and Prim.
  • Posthumous Character: Mr. Everdeen is not alive for the series, but is mentioned often.
  • Roguish Poacher: Katniss's father taught her everything she knows about hunting and survival.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Mrs. Everdeen is said to look like Prim, with blue eyes and pale blonde hair, while Katniss has her father's grey eyes and black hair.
  • Unnamed Parent: We never find out Mr. and Mrs. Everdeen's first names.
  • Uptown Girl: Mrs. Everdeen was born into the merchant class but married a coal miner.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Katniss recalls how her father never laid a finger on her, in contrast with Peeta's mother.

    Gale Hawthorne 
"They just want a good show, that's all they want."

Katniss' childhood friend, who became the primary breadwinner for his family after his father died in the same accident that killed Katniss' father. She sees him as a big brother/role model due to his proficiency with snares and his loyalty to his family, although there could be something more.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Olive-skinned and black-haired.
  • Anti-Hero: Cynical and hot-tempered, with a burning hatred of the Capitol.
  • Ascended Extra: He doesn't see much action until Mockingjay with smaller roles in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
  • Advertised Extra: In the movie. Liam Hemsworth was featured in many publicity materials despite being a tertiary character.
  • Aggressive Categorism: Gale has something of a prejudice streak against those in District 12 who he considers part of "privileged class" like Madge and Peeta. This further fuels his hostility to the fact that Katniss is attracted to Peeta.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Peeta's Betty for Katniss. Unusual considering he is the childhood friend.
  • Birds of a Feather: Him and Katniss. Both lost their fathers in a mine explosion and became the breadwinners of their respective families. According to Katniss, they're also very alike personality-wise. They even look extremely similar. In the end, this is part of the reason she chooses Peeta over him.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Explicitly defied by the Capitol highers-up, who think that Gale's Tall, Dark, and Handsome childhood friend character could damage viewers' opinions of Katniss and Peeta's onscreen romance.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Deuteragonist: Of Mockingjay.
  • Die for Our Ship: In-universe. President Snow threatens to have him killed if Katniss shows romantic interest in him over Peeta.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad died in the same explosion that killed Katniss's.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: He delivers news of District 12 at the end of Catching Fire.
    Gale (to Katniss): There is no District Twelve.
  • Entitled to Have You: Occasionally behaves this way about Katniss.
  • Free-Range Children: Begins to go out to the woods (which is strictly forbidden) at the age of fourteen and spends a lot of time hunting out there. Despite the fact that it's dangerous his mother is never shown to object.
  • The Gentleman or the Scoundrel: The love triangle evolves into this as the series progresses, with Gale being the scoundrel revolutionist who desires to entagle Katniss in that world.
  • Graceful Loser: Eventually becomes this, as evident when Katniss overhears him talking to Peeta during the night in Tigris' basement.
  • Gray Eyes: He and Katniss are supposed to look so alike they could pass for siblings.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Fits the bill from time to time, occasionally focusing more on his attraction to Katniss and his jealousy than on more pressing matters such as the war.
  • Hypocrite: Wants revenge more than anything on the Capitol after it carpet-bombed District 12, screaming at how he was forced to watch the District 12 children burn to death. However, he sees nothing wrong in killing Capitol children out of revenge, as he considers them just as guilty as every other Capitol citizen for the atrocities committed against the districts.
  • Hunk: To contrast Peeta's "boy next door" looks.
  • It's All My Fault: He helped create the bombs that killed Prim, which leads him and Katniss to feel guilty about it. This is likely the biggest cause of the shattering of he and Katniss' already fractured relationship as neither feels they could face each other with what happen to Prim.
  • Kick the Morality Pet
  • The Lancer: Becomes Katiniss' most trusted ally in Mockingjay. He's even given the Code Name Mockingjay-1.
  • Leave No Survivors: When besieging the Nut, Gale suggests causing an avalanche to destroy the fort, a plan ended up killing thousands. He wanted to bomb the entrance to ensure nobody could escape from the Nut, but the others would not agree to this part of the plan. See "Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide"" below.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Surrogate big brother to Prim. Katniss thinks of him this way in the first book as well.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Just like in the days of old, Gale provides for his family by hunting.
  • Meaningful Name: He has a stormy personality.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He maintains quite a healthy amount of fangirls for someone who was a tertiary character in the first book.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The roguish male to Peeta's noble male. Gale is hot blooded and passionate, believes that the ends justify the means, eager to go out and fight, and became his family's main provider at age thirteen when he began poaching.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Katniss' handsome best friend and hunting partner, who makes the Capitol nervous that people will see him as a rival to Peeta. He turns out to have romantic feelings for Katniss but they are never requited. Word of God has revealed that he was initially Katniss' cousin but the publisher insisted on a love triangle so he was changed to Katniss' best friend who has feelings for her.
  • Promotion to Parent: After his father died, Gale took it upon himself to care for his many younger siblings.
  • Rebellious Spirit
  • Roguish Poacher
  • Romantic False Lead: While Katniss certainly loved him for a while, she could never quite conjure up romantic love.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: In the end, Katniss picks Peeta over him.
  • Satellite Love Interest: The film adaptation effectively treats Gale this way. The book was a little more even-handed, but many fans suspect Executive Meddling after the success of Twilight being the reason that a secondary-at-best plot in the book turns into a full-fledged love triangle from the first minutes of the movie.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Katniss begins to see potential love interests in two guys, Peeta, the baker's son who decorates the cakes and Gale, her hunting partner. Gale is angry with the Capitol for making them participate in the games while Peeta is reflective on how he can maintain his identity in the games despite the Capitol using them.
  • The Strategist
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Gale shares Katniss' dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes and is said to be over six feet tall by Katniss. Muscular and good-looking, girls flock to him - Katniss herself says that Gale would have no trouble finding a wife because he's handsome and strong.
  • A Taste of the Lash: After he's caught hunting in Catching Fire.
    • Changed in the film to interfering when a Peacekeeper is beating an old woman.
  • Too Much Alike: One of the reasons why Katniss ends up falling in love with Peeta over Gale.
  • The Unfettered: Sort of leaning into this territory in Mockingjay.
    If I could hit a button and kill every living soul working for the Capitol, I would do it. Without hesitation.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Although he doesn't seem too perturbed by it.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Appears to be the case for one chapter of Catching Fire, however it is far more likely to be Katniss' fear of losing him in general after he was flogged rather than any genuine romantic interest. She may appear to have chosen him in that chapter, but when she leaves his side to go to bed her first thought is that she wishes Peeta would come to bed with her...
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Despite Peeta being a rival for Katniss (and in Catching Fire her fiancé) he admits to Katniss that Peeta is so nice it's difficult to dislike him.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": During the assault on a Peacekeeper mountain fortress in District 2, Gale comes up with the idea of causing a landslide to trap them inside; he even wanted to bomb the railway leading out of it to ensure there are no survivors (they decide to leave the railway open). When told that there were District 2 civilians inside, he said that he felt they deserved to die as well. The rebels go through with the plan, and hundreds (if not thousands) die as a result of Gale's actions.

    Greasy Sae 

A vendor at The Hob, District 12's black market. She usually sells and buys food from Katniss. She and her granddaughter survive the bombings of District 12 and live in District 13 with the other survivors.


  • Big Damn Heroes: A minor one; Gale mentions to Katniss that it was Greasy Sae who started a collection to help sponsor Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the films, Greasy Sae doesn't have as much of a role. However, she gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin, instead of Madge.
  • Cool Old Lady: Katniss likes her enough, and she seems pretty alright, despite her odd choices in cooking ingredients.

    Greasy Sae's granddaughter 

A young girl from District 12.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Her condition is never defined. She's described as "not quite right" and "living in her own world".
  • No Name Given: Her name is not mentioned.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her family, together with her grandmother.
  • Unknown Character: She has parents and at least one sibling or cousin, but they're never seen.

    Madge Undersee 

The mayor's daughter and Katniss's schoolmate, Madge gives the Mockingjay pin to Katniss. She is later revealed to be the niece of one of Katniss's mother's best friends and Haymitch's District partner Maysilee, who was killed in the second Quarter Quell.


  • Adaptation Distillation: No Madge = no Maysilee's niece = no meaningful Back Story for the source of the heroine's In-Series Nickname.
  • Adapted Out: She's cut out entirely from the film adaptation.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up in the middle of a snowstorm to bring medicine for Gale after he was nearly flogged to death... and disappears just as quickly.
  • Bus Crash: After not being seen for the better part of two books, Madge is killed in the District 12 bombing.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: A lovely girl who plays the piano.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Young, sweet and feminine.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Being the mayor's daughter, she leads a much more privileged life than a lot of the other District 12 residents and has never had to worry about her survival in the same way that they do. Some of the comments she makes to Gale prior to the reaping make him angry, but Katniss sticks up for her, knowing that the blame lies with the Capitol and not with Madge or her family.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Katniss. It's downplayed in the first book, but in Catching Fire she and Katniss start spending more time together after Katniss returns from the Capitol.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Being financially well off in the poor and starving District 12 isolates her from most of her classmates.
  • Lonely Together: With Katniss. The two of them would always sit alone together during lunch at school.
  • Nice Girl: The Spoiled Sweet daughter of the mayor.
  • Only Friend: For Katniss, along with Gale.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink hair ribbon with her white dress to the reaping of the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She and her family are the only nominal District 12 residents killed in the bombing. Especially painful for Katniss, as Madge was her only other friend besides Gale.
  • Ship Tease: After she shows up with morphling for Gale, Haymitch teases Katniss that Madge and Gale might be involved. Nothing comes out of it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Mockingjay pin that she gives to Katniss ends up becoming a symbol of the revolution.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Prim are the girly girls to Katniss's tomboy. To drive this home, at one point Katniss teaches her how to shoot and Madge teaches Katniss how to play the piano.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberries.
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    Cray 

Head Peacekeeper at District 12. Replaced by Romulus Thread in the second book.


  • The Alcoholic: Buys the same white liquor as Haymitch.
  • Demoted to Extra: Not that he has a major role in the second book, but the second film reduces his appearance to a single scene.
  • Dirty Cop: He turns a blind eye to the activities in the Hob (District 12's black market) because it's his source of booze, as well as Gale's and Katniss' poaching because they are his source for wild turkey.
  • Dirty Old Man: Cray takes advantage of poor, starving young women of District 12 to get them to sleep with him. Katniss says that if she didn't know how to hunt, she'd have been forced to go to Cray.
  • Mook Lieutenant
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Katniss notes that, despite his preying on young women, Cray is nothing compared to Romulus Thread.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He always buys wild turkey from Katniss.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Cray' whereabouts are unknown after Romulus arrives to 12. The film shows him being arrested and implies he's a victim of Forced Disappearance.

    Darius 
A friendly Peacekeeper in District 12. He gets made into an Avox for trying to protect Gale from Thread.

    Delly Cartwright 
Peeta's childhood friend and one of few of the merchant class who survives the bombing of District 12. Like Peeta she is genuinely nice and sweet and she plays an important role in his recovery from the hijacking.

She is mentioned in passing in the first book but doesn't actually appear until "Mockingjay".


  • Big Fun: Comparatively. Katniss says that Delly wasn't really fat, but she had a few pounds to spare (in contrast to the majority of District 12). Fittingly, shes friendly, cheerful, and a total Nice Girl.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Peeta are of the Like Brother and Sister variety.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: When she shouts angrily, it sounds like someone stabbing a mouse with a fork.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Peeta mentions her in the first book but she doesn't appear until "Mockingjay".
  • Friend to All Living Things: Appears to like everything and everyone.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Peeta when they were children. They have shades of this in the present as well, to the point that Delly is one of the few people who can calm him down after his brainwashing by the Capitol.
  • Nice Girl: Katniss says of her, "She may also be the friendliest person on the planet — she smiles constantly at everybody in school, even me."
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died in the District 12 bombing.
  • The Pollyanna: Always remains optimistic and upbeat despite the bad things that happen to her.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Peeta and Katniss. Hard.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Compared to the Seam kids she's lived a comfortable life, and she's one of the sweetest characters in the book.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The books never clarify what happens to her.

    Peeta's Family 

Peeta's mother, father, and two older brothers, who work as bakers. They are part of of District 12's merchant class.


  • Abusive Parents: When Peeta was 11, his mother hit him in the face and called him a "stupid creature" for accidentally burning two loaves of bread. Catching Fire implies that she also whipped him on occasion.
  • Adult Fear: Their youngest son is taken away to participate and almost certainly die in the Hunger Games.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Mr. Mellark wanted to marry Katniss' mother, but she fell in love with Mr. Everdeen instead.
  • Henpecked Husband: At the Hob, Gale and Katniss always wait to trade with Mr. Mellark when his wife isn't around, because he's much nicer then.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mr. Mellark takes a liking to Prim, probably because of her resemblance to her mother. When she sells her goat cheeses at the Hob, she always saves two for him and he gives her plenty of bread in return.
  • Kill ’Em All: They all die in the bombing of District 12.
  • No Name Given: Their real names are never stated.
  • Nice Guy: Like his son, Mr. Mellark is a kind person, much kinder than his wife.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Peeta's father gives Katniss a packet of cookies before she leaves for the Hunger Games.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Peeta's father always buys Katniss' squirrels at the Hob. He comments on how the arrows always pierce the eye, never the body.
  • Unnamed Parent: Peeta's parents are just called "Mr. and Mrs. Mellark".
  • Useless Bystander Parent: Peeta's father allowed his wife to be both physically and verbally abusive towards Peeta, and presumably towards his two elder sons as well.

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