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    In General 
Notable tributes that participated in Games before the 74th and (with the exception of Maysilee Donner and Titus) won. Winning Games leads to a life of luxury and stability for themselves and their families, or so the Capitol would have you believe. Victors then act as mentors to the succeeding tributes from their district - it's their job to prepare them for arena and line up sponsors for them.
  • The Alcoholic: Many past victors turn to vice due to having too much time, money, and PTSD on their hands.
  • Bad Dreams
  • Broken Aces: Everyone celebrates their triumph except... most of them.
  • Dwindling Party: Fifty-nine victors are still alive at the beginning of "Catching Fire." By the end of the next book, only seven (Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Johanna, Beetee, Annie, and Enobaria) are left.
  • Gilded Cage: Their five-star housing and life of luxury post-Games is this. The Capitol can still kill their loved ones if they don't behave.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Panem has produced a new teenage victor every single year for the better part of a century. They all share a traumatic experience unique only to them and are apparently required to be in close proximity while mentoring, making this trope inevitable.
  • Mentor Archetype: It's their job to mentor the tributes from their district.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Majority of them consider their victory as such.
  • Retired Badass: Technically all of them until the Quarter Quell comes around.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: To varying degrees. How would you react if you live well, despite knowing you only got that far due to 23 (or in Haymitch's case, 47) other kids dying (some of which you watched die or killed yourself)? For bonus points, There Are No Therapists.
  • Zen Survivors: In a degree.
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    Haymitch Abernathy 
"Remember who the real enemy is."

Katniss and Peeta's mentor, a participant in the 50th Hunger Games (and 2nd Quarter Quell) and the only surviving victor from District 12 (the only other one they've ever had has passed away by the time the story begins). His duty is to give them tips on how to survive the arena, arrange deals with sponsors to get them potentially life-saving items, and other things for which you generally would prefer someone to be sober - which unfortunately is not one of Haymitch's better skills. Also turns out to be a key member of La Résistance.


  • The Alcoholic: Always has a bottle of alcohol around him.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Bickers a lot with Katniss and at one point outright tells her he would have rather focused on saving Peeta in the 74th Games but there are also moments that show that him and Katniss care deeply about each other. It's his embrace she throws herself into after winning the Games and in "Mockingjay" it's his arms she cries in over the torture of Peeta.
  • Birds of a Feather: Has a lot of similarities to Katniss. Perversely this often results in them taking out their own self-hatred on each other.
  • The Chessmaster: In Catching Fire, Haymitch helps orchestrate Katniss's escape from the Quarter Quell.
  • Catchphrase: Sweetheart.
    • "Stay alive."
  • Combat Pragmatist: How he manages to survive the Hunger Games. Unfortunately, President Snow doesn't put up with it.
  • Cutting the Knot: Spent his Game actually looking for the end of the arena, which probably inspired the escape plan in Catching Fire.
  • Cynical Mentor: Due to dealing with the trauma from his own games coupled with years and years of watching his charges die in the arena.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice King: Throughout, but especially in the first book when he realises Katniss or Peeta can win.
  • Determinator: The description of him winning his games involves him outrunning someone trying to kill him while physically holding his stomach to keeps his guts from falling out.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Unable to cope with the emotional fallout of having been a tribute in the Games and subsequently having to lead fresh tributes to the slaughter, he dives into a bottle. While he seems to recover somewhat during the course of series, by the end of Mockingjay he's as much of a hopeless drunk as he ever was.
  • Drunken Master: Although sober when he won his own games through genius and brute strength, he's still extremely intelligent and brilliant, just half-dead from drink.
  • Expansion Pack Past: All we know in the first book is that he's a past victor. Catching Fire reveals that he survived the Quarter Quell, and his whole family and girlfriend were killed as a result.
  • Famed In-Story: Pretty much the only celebrity District 12 has, until the 74th Games.
  • Family of Choice: With Peeta and Katniss.
  • Genius Bruiser: In his games he ultimately won by using a quirk of the arena against his enemies, but until then he got by largely by sheer ass-kicking ability.
  • Good Flaws, Bad Flaws: His alcoholism, which he is able to overcome at several points in the story only to fall back into the bottle later on. Commonly thought to be a plot hole but many alcoholics do in fact go through periods of complete sobriety followed by periods of constant drinking.
  • Guile Hero: How he won his Game — which happened to be the Quarter Quell, where there was double the number of tributes. His tactic was to not only stay away from the majority of the fighting, but to use the properties of the arena itself as a weapon. He imparts the first bit of knowledge to Katniss right before the games begin in earnest (IE: "get the hell away from the cornucopia bloodbath ASAP").
  • Hidden Depths: Katniss initially writes him off as an irritating drunk, but it becomes clear that there's a lot more to him than that.
  • Insufferable Genius: Back in the day. Still definitely has traces of this attitude but most of it has been beaten out of him.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Katniss and Peeta. He likes Peeta best, but he and Katniss are so alike that he has an easier time understanding (and manipulating) her.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Katniss is discomfited when she watches the video of Haymitch's Game and realizes he was actually pretty handsome.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's jaded and bitter, certainly, but that's because of how many times where he's watched Non-Action Guy tributes get blown up. He becomes a lot more helpful when Katniss gets fed up with his bull and proves herself having more than a snowball's chance in hell.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: He was a winning tribute of the Hunger Games as a teen but has since become a depressed alcoholic, but eventually returns to heroism as a leader of the rebellion in the final book.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He's one of the most morally upstanding characters in the setting. It's just by the time we first meet him he is so utterly broken that he just seems to be nothing more than a useless drunkard who couldn't care less about the fate of the kids under his care.
  • Nailed to the Wagon: Courtesy of Peeta in "Catching Fire" and of District Thirteen in "Mockingjay".
  • The Nicknamer: Katniss is "sweetheart" and Peeta is "the boy".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: At first Katniss just assumes (like everyone else in her district) that he is nothing but a useless drunkard with no social skills. Then it's revealed that Haymitch is secretly manipulating the events of the quell to aid the rebel cause and is no where near as stupid or as useless as everyone assumes him to be... while also being a drunkard with no social skills. Although to be fair, both Katniss and Peeta had already begun to realize this. It's the Capitol who (sadly for them) does not.
  • One-Man Army: In his Hunger Games, he was downright scary, able to take on whole squads of armed careers with a knife and win.
  • Parental Favouritism: Surrogate variety, but Katniss is often annoyed by his confessed fondness for Peeta.
  • Parental Substitute: For Katniss, although they both seem loathe to admit it, it is certainly there. Peeta lampshades this by pointing out that how similar the two of them are to each other seems to be the reason they bicker so much.
  • Pet the Dog: However deadly he is in his own Games, he runs to Maysilee and is genuinely devastated by her awful death.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Katniss and Peeta. At first it seems like he merely supports the idea of them pretending to have a romance but by the second book he seems to support the pairing for real.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: He starts off as this but progresses to Cynical Mentor when he discovers that Katniss and Peeta may actually have a fighting chance, and ends up as something of a Team Dad.
  • Smart People Play Chess: In "Catching Fire" he is seen playing chess with Peeta.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Comes with surviving the Games and becoming an alcoholic.
  • Sour Supporter: To both, but especially to Katniss, as they particularly clash. Still, he does everything he can, even before the outbreak of rebellion, to help them.
  • The Stoic: Which he never truly breaks from.
  • Stout Strength
  • Team Dad: And he is a Papa Wolf when you threaten or hurt his two surviving tributes.
  • Trickster Mentor: All over the place.
  • True Companions: With many of the victors but most importantly with Katniss and Peeta.
  • Try Not to Die: His go-to advice.
  • Wake-Up Fighting: Sleeps with a knife in his hands and if you wake him up you'd best take a step back.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Either plays this or the Indy Ploy most days, assuming he's sober.

    Gloss and Cashmere 

The District 1 tributes for the Quarter Quell.


  • Abusive Parents: Cashmere's actor, Stephanie Schlund, states that the siblings' parents were extremely hard on them.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: They won consecutive Hunger Games, being the only known siblings to do so.
  • Brother-Sister Team: They're siblings who won back-to-back Games. In the film, they are shown training together.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Both are described as beautiful.
  • Sex Slave: Mockingjay implies that the stunningly beautiful Cashmere was a victim of this, alongside Finnick.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Katniss didn't spend much time with them, and didn't get to know them well.

    Brutus 

The District 2 male tribute for the Quarter Quell.


  • Bald of Evil: Again, not evil. He just wants to get out alive.
  • Big Bad: Averted. Unlike Cato, Brutus is just another competitor. This is because Katniss has realized that the Careers are pawns in the Capitol's game too, and this time, she has bigger fish to fry.
  • Blood Knight
  • The Brute
  • Expy: He's essentially Cato MKII. In fact, he and Cato's final kills were the men from District 11, both were the next to die and the last in each game, and both were killed by the volunteer from District 12 for that year.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a brute.

    Enobaria 

The District 2 female tribute for the Quarter Quell.


  • Adapted Out: She isn't mentioned in the first Mockingjay film. In the second, she appears only when the surviving victors are reunited.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Blood Knight: In the film, she shows enthusiasm and gusto for returning into the arena. She's just as upset about it as everyone else, though.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The leader of the Careers. And given Katniss destroys the arena just as they're attacking, doesn't offer much of a fight before all focus shifts to the war.
  • Enemy Mine: The Capital let her go after the Quartel Quell. And once they took over District 2, she decided to join the rebellion.
  • Man Bites Man: Her preferred method of combat — killing people with her cosmetically-sharpened teeth.
    • Well that's the threat, anyway. She killed her final opponent during her original games by ripping out their throat with her teeth, and had them sharpened afterwards as a reminder, but she would never have had call to actually do so up until she was suddenly added to the Quell.
  • Scary Black Woman: In the films.
  • Sparing the Aces: Being the only Career Tribute to survive the Quarter Quell, she's let go given those people's fidelity to\admiration by the Capital.

    Lyme 

A former victor from District 2 and commander of the rebellion in District 2.


  • Action Girl: An older version as she is stated to be middle-aged and muscular.
  • Rebel Leader: She's the leader of District 2's rebels and works with District 13 to bring them to the rebellion's side in the war.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never stated how or if she died. It is assumed she died because she was not called when President Coin called for the surviving tributes.
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    Wiress and Beetee 

A pair of former victors from District 3, electronics and explosives. Like Johanna and Finnick, both are part of the alliance of victors whose job it is to make sure Katniss and Peeta survive the Quell.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Wiress. She acts a lot like a person with severe autism, but she might just be deeply traumatized - or just generally odd.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Wiress.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: "Tick tock." The Quarter Quell arena is a clock.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Beetee usually finished Wiress's sentences for her.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Beetee. See The Smart Guy. It can be assumed Wiress is this as well.
  • Handicapped Badass: In the film version, though his injuries from the Quarter Quell have left him in a wheelchair, he's still every bit the engineering genius, now adding Systems Cracker and Weaponsmith to his list of titles.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Wiress was killed in the middle of her singing "Hickory-Dickory Dock. This alerted Katniss and the others that the Careers arrived.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Nuts," Wiress, and "Volts," Beetee, by Johanna.
  • The Load: Beetee spends a lot of time in "Catching Fire" being carried around by Peeta (and occasionally Finnick). Subverted, though, since it's thanks to him that they were able to leave the arena at all.
  • Madness Mantra: Wiress again.
  • Non-Action Guy: Both Beetee and Wiress.
  • Only One Name: Their surnames are never given; the film does give Beetee one: Latier.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • The Smart Guys: Beetee in particular is described as having managed to win his Games by building an electrified trap for his competitors; he also develops new weapons for the rebellion and helps cut into the Capitol's TV broadcasts so the rebels can spread their own propaganda. Wiress is more intuitive and able to notice things others would not much quicker.

    Finnick Odair 
"It takes ten times longer to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."

A devilishly handsome former victor from District 4, the fishing district. Best known for being one of the youngest victors (he was fourteen at the time) and for the string of broken hearts he leaves behind him in the Capitol. Won his Games by earning so many sponsors that he earned himself an ornate trident that he used to single-handedly destroy the rest of the competition. He later allies himself with Katniss and Peeta during the Quarter Quell, and turns out to be a rebel who is surreptitiously using his unique position as a former victor and quell participant to make sure the two of them survive so Katniss can become the figurehead of the second rebellion.


  • Anti-Villain: A "villain in name only" type. He only seems to be potentially villainous to Katniss at first because he's a Career, but he's actually not that bad of a guy.
  • Beta Couple: With Annie.
  • The Casanova: His public persona. He's actually devastatingly loyal to Annie, who loves him back.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being ripped apart by lizard mutations probably wasn't the best way to go.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His Games became one once he got his shiny new trident.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Subverted. Katniss is horrified to learn that Finnick was coerced to service both men and women, starting when he was underage and thus suffered statutory rape. He explains he didn't have a choice because President Snow threatened the girl he realized loved, Annie, unless he went through with the sex services.
  • Ethical Slut/Hooker with a Heart of Gold
  • Even the Guys Want Him: At no point are his lovers (besides Annie, his eventual wife) specified by gender. In her narration, Katniss refers to them as "people of the Capitol." Finnick himself refers to them as "patrons."
  • Famed In-Story: One of the most popular victors.
  • Fun Personified: Implied to be his natural personality, when he's not in the midst of crippling depression or otherwise wearing one of his other masks. He's easygoing, likes to tease and play little jokes on people, but also prone to cracking jokes at his own expense, such as when he says he can't leave Mags because she actually likes him.
  • Gallows Humor: Literally: makes a noose and pretends to hangs himself for Katniss' amusement.
  • Hands-On Approach: How he teaches Katniss how to knot.
  • Hidden Depths: Lampshaded by Katniss in Mockingjay, where she lists off the various facets Finnick has shown her (smarmy heartthrob, enigmatic ally, broken man). She builds him up as a ruthless manslut, making fun of him for being a pretty womanizer and privately wary of the fact that he won his Games by being irresistible to the audience and merciless to his competitors. She respects him more as she gets to know him, seeing his playfulness when he suggests scaring Peeta awake, how he cares for Mags and Annie, and is stunned when he reveals that his 'womanizing' is just the public presentation of the fact that President Snow has been prostituting him to the highest bidder, and if he refuses, someone he loves will be killed.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Makes his first appearance in Catching Fire and is easily one of the most well-known characters from the series.
  • Jail Bait Wait: He was fourteen when he won his games, so his fanbase had a couple of years to wait before going after him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: With Annie.
  • The Lancer: To Katniss in the Quarter Quell.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Johanna; Finnick is one of the only people Johanna trusts.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In-universe example; later deconstructed.
  • Nice Guy: By far one of the least flawed and generally likable people in Panem whom we meet. It may seem odd at first because career tributes are typically portrayed in a more negative light, but Katniss eventually comes to realize that they are just pawns like everyone else in the Capitol's sadistic and varied games of control.
  • Not So Different: He relates to Katniss having to fake a relationship for the cameras as he tells her since all of his lovers are actually "patrons" paying to have sex with him. Then he says he realized it was Not An Act when Peeta's heart stopped and Katniss freaked out, even if Katniss isn't ready to admit that she loves Peeta.
  • Off with His Head!: He is killed by having his head bitten off by giant white lizard mutts in Mockingjay.
  • Pretty Boy
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His weapon of choice.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Essentially Snow's method of making sure Finnick plays along with being sold to Capitol citizens is threatening to kill those he loves if he fails to comply.
  • Self-Deprecating Humor: According to Katniss, this is one of his genuine charm points. He mocks his own reputation as a shallow pretty boy a couple times, such as asking Katniss if she finds him distracting after stripping down to his underwear.
  • Sex Slave: What President Snow turned him into, whoring him out to Capitol citizens. Apparently, this is not uncommon among physically-attractive victors.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Averted. Finnick is one of the only victors we meet who seems to be a relatively well adjusted individual. If you're willing to forget the fact he is a ruthless killer, he's actually not too bad a guy at his core. It's justified in that he is a Career, and therefore was not nearly as unprepared for the horror of his games as other victors from say, the lower districts were. He even seems to handle what happened after his games relatively well.
    • Zig-Zagged. His original Games didn't seem to have an impact on him, but he sinks into a terrible depression after Annie is arrested by the Capitol, has trouble focusing on anything, and has a nervous breakdown over what might be happening to her after watching Katniss do the same. He seems relatively able to hold himself together, but it's a fragile thing and he does it mostly for other people's benefit. With Annie gone in "Mockingjay," he's relatively out of it, up until he realizes that he needs to help Katniss hold herself together.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Zigzagged. On one hand, his beauty helps him to survive his Games, but he's then made a sex slave for the rest of his life.
  • So Happy Together: Gets to marry Annie and then gets to die.
  • Something Only They Would Say: How he convinces Katniss he's on her side in the film - he tells her "Remember who the real enemy is."
  • Spiky Hair: Sports an anime-like hairstyle in Catching Fire. In Mockingjay, it's toned down a bit.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: While Katniss and Peeta are actually an aversion, Finnick and Annie play this straight. They're not allowed to be together because he's far too attractive for Snow to be able to resist turning him into a sex slave and she is too mentally unstable to be considered a suitable partner for him in public. Once they are both in District Thirteen they are able to get married but they only have a short time together before he leaves to fight in the Capitol which leads to his death.
  • Stepford Smiler: He's pretty chipper considering that he's been a child prostitute since he won the games. Katniss realizes how much this has traumatized him when he tells her the truth about his patrons and worries about Annie.
  • Survival Mantra: Non-verbal example: his constant knotting in the third book.
  • Troll: Tries to corrupt Katniss by seductively eating sugar cubes in front of her before the Quarter Quell.
  • Tyke-Bomb: He'd qualify just for being a Career, but while most Careers volunteer at 18, Finnick is specifically singled out for winning his Games at 14. In the books, Katniss says that he's one of the youngest victors ever; in the film, Haymitch says he is the youngest ever, straight-up.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Befitting his status as Mr. Fanservice, he's constantly shirtless before the Quarter Quell.
  • Wartime Wedding: With Annie in Mockingjay. It ends tragically when he leaves shortly after only to die.

    Annie Cresta 
"She crept up on me."
Finnick on Annie

A past tribute from District 4, who won her Games by being able to swim to safety when the arena was flooded. Is in love with Finnick.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her seconds-long cameo in the Catching Fire film (and later confirmed in Mockingjay) shows her with red hair, as opposed to the books' brown.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While she went through a Heroic BSoD during her Games, her symptoms in the books sound an awful lot like schizophrenia.
  • Beta Couple: With Finnick.
  • Break the Cutie: Her experience in the Games wasn't pleasant, to say the least, and left her shell-shocked to the point that she almost completely lost her mind.
  • Damsel in Distress: Annie is captured and held prisoner by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire, but she is rescued in Mockingjay.
  • Famed In-Story: As all victors are.
  • Freak Out!: The loss of her mental stability began when she saw her district partner beheaded right in front of her, and it's only gone downhill from there.
  • Heroic BSoD: Twice: first when she witnesses her district partner being beheaded in her Games, and again when her name is drawn for the Quarter Quell. Luckily for her, Mags volunteers to take her place.
  • I Have Your Wife: Captured by the Capitol to be used as leverage against Finnick. Fortunately, the rebels save her.
  • Meaningful Name: Annie Cresta is from District 4, whose main industry is fishing.
  • Olympic Swimmer: How she won her games, outswimming the other tributes.
  • The Ophelia: She's presented as unstable at the best of times.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Never specified, but twice her hair is mentioned as voluminous and very long.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not necessarily a more extreme example than many other victors, who are just as broken after their games, but simply a more noticeable one. Haymitch lampshades this at one point, commenting that Annie is actually not crazy, it's just that her PTSD manifests itself in a form which makes most people think she is, instead of the typical substance abuse, or reckless, self-destructive, jerkass behavior that comes to define most of the other victors.
  • So Happy Together: She and Finnick.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: In the epilogue, we find out that Annie has given birth to Finnick's son.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: While Katniss and Peeta are actually an aversion, Finnick and Annie play this straight. They're not allowed to be together because he's far too attractive for Snow to be able to resist turning him into a sex slave and she is too mentally unstable to be considered a suitable partner for him in public. Once they are both in District Thirteen they are able to get married but they only have a short time together before he leaves to fight in the Capitol, which leads to his death.
  • Wartime Wedding: With Finnick in Mockingjay.
  • Weak, but Skilled: We never heard of her killing anyone, but she could swim, so she outlasted everyone when the arena flooded.
    • Though it is a safe bet she killed a few tributes before the death of her district partner, given that she was a career tribute.
  • What Does He See in Her?: Out of all the rich and powerful lovers that Finnick's had, "the mad girl he left behind him" is the only one he truly loves.

    Mags 

Finnick's partner in the Quarter Quell and previously his mentor. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.


  • Cool Old Lady: She's 80, probably the oldest living victor.
  • Death Seeker
  • Face Death with Dignity: She simply kisses Finnick good-bye and walks right into the poison fog.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Took Annie's place in the Quarter Quell, knowing that the Games are a death sentence at the best of times. At her age, she doesn't stand a chance. Then she makes one again when she walks into the poison fog, since Katniss is injured and Finnick isn't strong enough to carry her and Peeta.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Finnick, Katniss and Peeta, especially Finnick. Possibly to Annie.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Walks into poison fog so that Finnick can focus on rescuing Peeta instead.
  • The Load: She 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 gives up her own life by walking into a poisonous fog, so that Finnick will turn his efforts to protecting Katniss.
  • The Mentor: She is Finnick's mentor.
  • Morality Pet: She's the first indication that Finnick is a decent guy by the way he cares about her. Despite being a Career, he, like Katniss, values her over the younger, stronger competitors.
  • Neutral Female: Because of her age. Since she was a previous victor, though, we can assume she was an Action Girl in the past.
  • The Unintelligible: In the film. She speaks in the book, but her speech is nearly unintelligible and Katniss speculates that she may have had a stroke at some point.

    District 5 Tributes 

Tributes District 5 who compete in the Quarter Quell. The male is the first person killed in the bloodbath. The female survives, but is killed by the tidal wave the next day.


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    District 6 Morphlings 

A pair of drug addicts who compete in the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep both Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.


  • Big Damn Heroes: The female saves Peeta in the nick of time.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The female tribute sacrifices her life to save Peeta. He feels some guilt over being saved by someone whose name he doesn't even know.
  • Hidden Depths: Haymitch must have known that they would be able to protect Katniss and Peeta, despite how addled they were.
  • Lethal Joke Character: The female.
  • Master of Disguise: The female's talent. She uses it to appear from thin air in order to protect Peeta. Haymitch said this is how both the morphlings won their games.
  • No Name Given: Referred to only as the Male and Female Morphlings.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The female.
  • Weak, but Skilled
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The male is killed in the initial brawl at the Cornucopia.
  • Younger and Hipper: Despite being stated to be among the older tributes in the book, they only look about 20-30 in the movie. Justified as their actors, Justin Hix and Megan Hayes, are around that age.

    Johanna Mason 

A former arena tribute from District 7, the lumber district, who pretended to be weak and useless before ruthlessly cutting her way to victory. It is later revealed that she is part of the alliance of victors whose job is to keep both Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.


  • Action Girl
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Appears more feminine in the film than what she's described in the books.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Can be quite snarky most of the time.
  • Anti-Hero: Her strategy in her own Hunger Games was to make herself appear weak but then be ruthless when committing murders, which is not a scheme one would expect from a heroic character. She also has no qualms in stealing Katniss' painkillers while they share a room in the District 13's hospital, knowing that Katniss won't say anything about it despite her own pain because of what Johanna went through. Johanna is also the only sympathetic character who votes "yes" to a final Hunger Games in order to get back at the Capitol, even mentioning that Snow has a granddaughter.
  • An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice, justified by her coming from the lumber district.
  • Bald Woman: In Mockingjay, likely a Traumatic Haircut in the Capitol's part.
  • The Big Guy: In the Quarter Quell.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her gambit in her original Games, but ultimately she turns out to be a...
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Jena Malone's performance has plenty of this.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In the books, representing her tough and haughty personality. Averted in the film.
  • Broken Bird: But then again, aren't all past victors?
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In the second film, she delivers one on live-television.
    Johanna: The deal was that if I win the Hunger Games, I get to live the rest of my life in peace, but now you want to kill me again. Well, you know what? [beep] THAT! AND [beep] ANYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!
  • Consummate Liar: Besides her strategy in her original Games, let's take a look at her (book) interview before the Quell. She gets up on stage and talks about the love between the victors and the Capitol. If that's not a lie, coming from her...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: How she won her Games. When she actually appears, she drops it.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's taken hostage by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire and held in their captivity throughout a part of Mockingjay.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "At least they'll have a hard time figuring out our plan, since we can't even understand it ourselves."
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When she's introduced, she acts as little more than a jerkass. However, she becomes somewhat nicer later on, as well as more sympathetic, especially when it turns out that she's one of the tributes in on the operation from District 13 to break out Katniss.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's named and mentioned in the first book, where Katniss recounts how she won her Games.
  • Electric Torture: Subjected to this courtesy of the Capitol.
  • Famed In-Story: Like all other victors.
  • Foil: She's Katniss, if Katniss didn't have a younger sister to care for, right down to being the (possibly) only female victor in her district. At one point, Katniss wonders if Johanna's treatment of her is what it's like to have an older sister that hates you.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Being on Katniss's side doesn't stop her from being rude, insulting, and harsh.
  • Hates Baths: Katniss notes in "Mockingjay" that Johanna never seems to shower. Turns out she was tortured by being soaked in water and then given electrical shocks.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Katniss in "Mockingjay".
  • Hidden Depths: Much, much more subtle than with Finnick, due her to comparative lack of attention (and Katniss's initial dislike of her), but lines like "There's no one left that I love" have been fueling fanficcers ever since. She herself sheds a bit of light on this, when Katniss asks her point-blank why Johanna hates her so much, and she points out just how much special privilege Katniss gets for being the face of the rebellion, while Johanna has gone through ordeals just as bad or worse just to make sure Katniss was alive to be that face.
  • Informed Attribute: Her intelligence and coldness was what made her win the games, but we never actually have the chance to see her use her wit (however, we do see her killing skills).

    Blight 
The District 7 male for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the quell.
  • Demoted to Extra: While Blight never really was important to the story, his onscreen appearance in the film is only in the interviews, and later in a passing mention by Johanna.
  • Meaningful Name: Blight is an illness that afflicts trees.
  • Morality Pet: Makes Johanna show an unusual feeling of sadness and empathy.
  • Perma-Stubble: Always seen with his scruffy beard.
  • Red Herring: He is made out to be a major player, but later dies offscreen.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Katniss never really gets to meet him. He is later killed when he ran into the forcefield during the blood rain. Thus, he never had the chance to protect Katniss and Peeta.

    Cecelia and Woof 

The District 8 tributes for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.


  • Adaptational Badass: Woof is described to be senile and fragile in the book. In the film, however, he is a lot more physically fit, justified due to his actor being a stuntman.
  • Babies Ever After: After Cecelia won her games, she had three kids who were seen being torn from her embrace at her reaping.
  • Demoted to Extra: Katniss never talks to them in the training center, nor are they mentioned when Haymitch introduces the tributes to them or the bloodbath, only being seen at the interviews and the tribute parade in the film.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite not being seen much, Haymitch must have known that they could protect Katniss and Peeta throughout the quell.
  • Knife Nut: Cecelia's knack for throwing knives scores her a 9.
  • Nice Girl: Cecelia is described as being kind and motherly, which made Katniss want to be her ally.
  • Red Herring: Played out to be important characters, but they die in the bloodbath.
  • Retired Badass: Both, as they were both victors. Cecelia is among the last to be killed in the bloodbath in the movie, along with the District 9 and 10 females.
  • Take Care of the Kids: Cecelia knew she wouldn't make it out of the Quarter Quell alive.
  • Too Stupid To Live: Woof tries to eat poisonous bugs in the training center. Justified due to him being senile.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Both were killed in the bloodbath.

    District 9 tributes 

Tributes from District 9, who competed in the Quarter Quell.


  • An Axe to Grind: The female preferred axes.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Were dressed as BREAD, of all things, at the chariot rides. Justified as their district is grain. Averted in the film where they wear gold-colored clothing to inspire a grain design.
  • No Name Given
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Marian Green, most of the bloodbath was cut from the film. Which mean most people won't get to see her beating the District 5 female to almost death and fighting most of the Careers and almost killing Brutus.
  • Recurring Extra: The female, along with the District 5 male, are the most seen unnamed tributes.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Both were killed in the initial bloodbath.

    District 10 tributes 

Tributes from District 10 whom participated in the 75th Quarter Quell. The female is one of the last killed in the bloodbath, but the male survived until the next day, where he was mauled by a muttation only referred to as "The Beast."


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The male had to be retrieved in pieces...
  • Fiery Redhead: The female, being the only redhead of all the tributes.
  • Legacy Character: Sorta, the male, like the previous District 10 male, survived the bloodbath, whist his female counterpart didn't.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: They were dressed in a ridiculous looking cow inspired outfit, with flaming belts, at the chariot rides, which unintentionally appeared as if the cows were broiling themselves. Averted in the movie where they're wearing Greek inspired gowns.
  • No Name Given
  • We Hardly Knew Ye
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never shown how the District 10 male died, and his portrait is never shown in the sky in the film. It is assumed he is killed the same way he was in the novel.

    Chaff 

A competitor in the Quarter Quell, and Haymitch's drinking buddy. Part of the alliance to keep both Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.


  • The Alcoholic: Haymitch thinks he drinks a lot.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his hand during his Games, and refused to have it replaced after his victory.
  • Blood Knight: According to Effie, he never could stay out of a fight. The timing of her comment (said during the reaping recaps) heavily implies that he was one of the few Quell tributes who actually volunteered to participate.
  • Dirty Old Man: Drunkenly makes out with Katniss. Haymitch and Peeta think this is hilarious, but Katniss doesn't see the funny side.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He's a friend of Haymitch's. They both turned to drinking after their Games.
  • Handicapped Badass: If you thought that a middle-aged man with only one hand would be taken out early on in the Quell, you thought wrong. He somehow survived right up to the end and was only taken down when Brutus got involved.
  • Only Friend: Haymitch.
  • Red Herring: Haymitch goes out of his way to introduce Chaff to Katniss, suggests him as an ally, and we see him teasing her the same way her eventual allies, Finnick and Johanna, do. Chaff has absolutely no bearing on the plot despite surviving almost to the end of the Games and dies off-screen with no fanfare.
  • Troll: He's in on Finnick and Johanna's pranking Katniss.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

    Seeder 

The District 11 female for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.


  • Cool Old Lady: Katniss guesses that Seeder is roughly 60 years old, which would make her the third oldest named tribute (behind Mags and Woof). However, she is still physically fit and positively portrayed during what little screentime she has.
  • Red Herring: Seeder seems important, as she informs Katniss that Rue's family is safe, and Katniss wants her as an ally. However, she is killed at the Cornucopia after being set up as important.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She is killed in the initial brawl at the Cornucopia.

    Maysilee Donner 

Madge's aunt, and one of Haymitch's district partners during his games note . Also the original owner of the mockingjay pin.


  • Adapted Out: The film series cut out the mockingjay pin's backstory.
  • Always Identical Twins: She and Mrs. Undersee.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Haymitch finds her just as a flock of sharp-beaked birds are finishing up with ripping out her throat.
  • Generation Xerox: She was very close to Katniss's mother, a friendship Katniss and Madge would later replicate.
  • Poisoned Weapons: How she got so far during her games; she fought using poison darts. She was good enough with them to be able to kill a Career.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Apparently looked a lot like Madge, her identical twin's daughter.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She was the original owner of the mockingjay pin, which Madge later gives to Katniss as a tribute token. It later graduates to Icon of Rebellion.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her blowgun and poisoned darts.

    Titus 

A tribute from District 6 who went crazy and ate his fellow tributes before being killed by an avalanche.


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