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- The Alcoholic: Many past victors turn to vice due to having too much time, money, and PTSD on their hands.
- Broken Aces: Everyone celebrates their triumph except... most of them.
- The Chew Toy: All of them in-universe. Although part of the allure of winning is, allegedly, that all of them get to live left alone, none of them are. If this isn't being sexually abused at the Capitol and by sponsors like Finnick, it's getting your whole family killed for something you did in the Games like Haymitch, or whatever happened to Johanna that meant there was no-one left she loved.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Most Victors attempt to do this through one means or another in order to cope with the guilt and PTSD that often comes with winning the Games.
- 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.
- Hero of Another Story: We don't learn much about any of their games, but we do know that most of them survived some extremely tough and brutal times, even through heroism or villainy (see below). Haymitch is a notable example.
- 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, due to all the people they outlive, or even personally kill, as well as the pressure the Capitol puts on them.
- Retired Badass: Technically all of them (especially the careers who trained for it), due to walking out of an arena requiring survival skills, then sitting back for years 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.
- Villain of Another Story: More or less invoked over Enobarbia and Brutus specifically, but also the case for most of the Career survivors. They're terrifyingly brutal people, but Katniss is not very concerned with them as she has bigger fish to fry.
The District 1 tributes for the Quarter Quell.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: They won consecutive Hunger Games, being the only known siblings to do so.
- BrotherSister Team: They're siblings who won back-to-back Games.
- Females Are More Innocent: Unlike her brother Cashmere isn't confirmed as killing anyone during the Quell (although she might have off screen).
- 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.
The District 1 tributes of the 10th Hunger Games. They are mentored by Livia Cardew and Palmyra Monty, respectively.
- Desecrating the Dead: For trying to escape the stadium, both have their bodies dragged by horses during the opening of the Games.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They take advantage of the sabotage to try and run for their lives.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Before the Games even start, both are shot dead when they attempt to flee the arena during the rebel bombing.
The District 2 male tribute for the Quarter Quell.
- 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: Katniss describes him as seeming eager to get back into the Games.
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.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a very tough Career fighter shoe spends a lot of her appearance hunting Katniss and her alliance.
- 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: She killed a tribute during her original games by ripping out their throat with her teeth, and had them sharpened afterwards as a reminder.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She's evil in the Quarter Quell only and that is because she is on the opposite side of Katniss. Outside the Games, she acts basically like a random person to Katniss.
- Scary Teeth: although she never actually gets to use them, she keeps her teeth sharpened.
- Sole Survivor: The only Career tribute of the Second Quarter Quell to survive to the end.
- 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 Capitol.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: States this word-for-word when she explains the reason why she votes yes for the Revenge Hunger Games.
- Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed. She is the only Career among the surviving Victors, making her allegiance ambiguous. However, Katniss still demands her to be saved and later on she exhibits a vindictive attitude against the Capitol by voting yes for the Revenge Hunger Games, which puts her nominally on the rebels' side.
A former victor from District 2 and commander of the rebellion in District 2.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She comes across as not waning to waste lives and being interested in listening to Gale and Katniss.
- 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.
The District 2 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Sejanus Plinth, who also happens to be his former classmate from school.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After the Capitol captures him, they put him on display during the opening of the Games, still alive but battered and bloodied and an easy prey for other tributes to kill.
- Great Escape: When the stadium is bombed, Marcus flees and tries to escape the Capitol through the underground. However, sometime before the Games start, he is captured and then put on display in the stadium.
- Hunk: The biggest and most physically imposing tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, he can toss two boys with one hand. Coriolanus briefly considers swapping him for Lucy Gray, before he realizes that winning with Marcus as his tribute is too easy.
- Slashed Throat: Lamina kills him by slashing his throat three times.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Marcus' role in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is rather minor, as he is killed before the Games properly begin. However, his predicament is what motivates Sejanus to openly rebel against the Capitol, a big plot point of the rest of the book.
- We Used to Be Friends: Or rather, classmates. Before Sejanus moved to the Capitol, he and Marcus attended the same school. Sejanus still keeps a class photo featuring him and Marcus.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks: He and Sejanus. They were both raised in the same District 2 neighborhood and even attended the same school. However, Sejanus' family rose up the ranks and moved to the Capitol, freeing him from having to participate in the Hunger Games. Marcus, on the other hand, did not. He is still bitter about this and refuses to talk to Sejanus during their mentorship.
The District 2 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. She is mentored by Florus Friend.
- Desecrating the Dead: Like the District 1 tributes, for trying to escape the stadium, she has her body dragged by horses during the opening of the Games.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Alongside Marcus and the District 1 tributes, she attempts the jailbreak from the stadium during the bombing and nearly manages to escape. However, she mistimes her jump and dies in her fall.
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 has difficulty communicating, often sprouting what comes across as gibberish without the proper context or being easily distracted.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Wiress keeps saying "Tick tock" for no apparent reason. She's trying to hint that the Quarter Quell arena is a clock.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Beetee usually finishes Wiress's sentences for her.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Beetee used technology to win his Games and electrocute his enemies. It can be assumed Wiress is this as well.
- 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), and Wiress is not much use due to her babbling. Subverted, though, since it's thanks to him that they were able to leave the arena at all.
- Only One Name: Their surnames are never given.
- The Ophelia: Wiress spends most of her time in the arena wandering around, mumbling and singing. What she's singing, however, more or less solves the Quarter Quell problems.
- 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.
The District 3 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Io Jasper.
- Devoured by the Horde: Is killed alongside Coral by the snake trap.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He came from District 3, so is presumably adept at technology. He claims to be able to set fires with his glasses and is seen planning on creating something with Teslee using a battery. Unlike Teslee, however, he is killed before he is able to properly show his skills.
- Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: During the tribute interview, he claims to be able to start fires using his glasses.
- Those Two Guys: He works with his fellow tribute from District 3, Teslee, so they always appear together, at least until Circ is killed by the snake trap.
The District 3 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. She is mentored by Urban Canville.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She is able to reverse engineer the drones used to deliver the sponsor's gifts, inciting them to attack Mizzen and causing him to fall to his death.
- Hope Spot: She kills Mizzen through a clever trick...seconds before Treech falls from the sky and strikes her head with an axe, instantly killing her.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Not with Circ, but with Urban, who she refuses to tell about herself, seeming to resent his mentorship.
- Those Two Guys: She works with her fellow tribute from District 3, Circ, so they always appear together, at least until Circ is killed by the snake trap.
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 two receive a decent amount of romantic presence.
- The Casanova: His public persona is going from woman to woman. 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.
- 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.
- 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 in gender-neutral terms 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" facade only really applies in Catching Fire. Katniss doesn't trust him a bit and constantly anticipates his betrayal, as he is pretty snarky. She later finds out he has more than several good reasons to have a hard shell, and his heart of gold fully emerges.
- The Lancer: To Katniss in the Quarter Quell, being a co-leader of her Alliance.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Johanna; Finnick is one of the only people Johanna trusts.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-universe example; later deconstructed due to [[So Beautiful, It's a Curse what the Capitol did as a result.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She appears briefly in 'Catching Fire' before becoming an important supporting character in Mockingjay.
- Famed in Story: As a Victor, most of the country has seen her on tv.
- 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.
- Insane Equals Violent: Subverted. Though she is strange and can often be difficult to understand, Annie - in contrast to most other Victors - is a sweet girl and doesn't seem to pose a threat to anyone's wellbeing.
- 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.
- 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.
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: She doesn't care about living or dying, but she knows that she won't live past the second Games, she just does it to save Annie. And she then commits suicide by the fog to save Finnick.
- Face Death with Dignity: She simply kisses Finnick good-bye and walks right into the poison fog.
- 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, all of whom respect her or talk to her with strong familiarity. 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.
- Parental Substitute: To Finnick. She is repeatedly described as being the only thing he has to family, and Finnick says she more or less raised him.
- Retired Badass: A young victor of an early Games who has now had a stroke.
- The Unintelligible: Her speech is nearly unintelligible and Katniss speculates that she may have had a stroke at some point.
- Coup de Grâce: He slits the throat of the injured Tanner.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite being handicapped by Lamina, he still manages to outlast four tributes, finishing fifth.
- Hunk: Described as sturdy and powerful for a thirteen-year-old.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: He is killed when he falls from a height and breaks his neck.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Wields a trident as his weapon.
- Devoured by the Horde: She meets her end when snake muttations grab her feet and bite her to death.
- In the Back: Kills Tanner by stabbing him with her trident from behind while he is doing a victory slap with Mizzen.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Like Mizzen, her weapon of choice is a trident.
- Screaming Warrior: She briefly does this after Lamina injures Mizzen, driving her to physically attack her.
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.
- The Alcoholic: The male, like Haymitch and Chaff, was an alcoholic.
- Death Wail: The female screamed rather loud when the tidal wave hit.
- Knife Nut: The female, with throwing knives.
- No Name Given: They're only referred to as "the man from District 5" and "the woman from District 5," never by names.
- Recurring Extra: The male, along with the District 9 female, are the most seen unnamed tributes.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: The camera is a too far away in the training center to show the male vomiting.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Neither gets a name or much characterization.
The District 5 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Dennis Fling.
The District 5 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. She is mentored by Iphigenia Moss.
- Slashed Throat: Coral kills her by slashing her throat with her trident.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In-universe. Her name in Snow's mentorship list is listed as "Sol", but Iphigenia claims that her name is "Sal".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Both in-universe and out-universe. She is such a forgettable tribute even her mentor doesn't know her name for sure.
A tribute from District 6 who went crazy and ate his fellow tributes before being killed by an avalanche.
- Adapted Out: Was not mentioned in The Hunger Games film.
- Ax-Crazy: Went insane during his games.
- I'm a Humanitarian: During his Games, he went insane and started eating the bodies of the tributes that he killed.
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.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Played with. It seems both of them are completely out of their minds on drugs all the time, but not enough to stop them theyjoining the Games to save Katniss and Peeta, best shown when the woman saves Peeta at the cost of her own life.
- 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 seems like just an Addled Addict who does art at inopportune times, then she saves Peeta's life.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Nickname in this case, but while the name stems from their addiction to morphling drugs, they were also skilled at camouflaging themselves with paint.
- No Name Given: Referred to only as the Male and Female Morphlings.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The male is killed in the initial brawl at the Cornucopia.
The District 6 tributes of the 10th Hunger Games. They are mentored by twins Apollo and Diana Ring, respectively.
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: She's an athletic axe-wielder capable of killing a Career in close combat.
- 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 is an axe, justified by her coming from the lumber district.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her gambit in her original Games she acted meek and non-threatening until the axe came out.
- Boyish Short Hair: Representing her tough and haughty personality.
- Consummate Liar: Besides her strategy in her original Games, in which she pretended to be meek and timid when she was actually was great at killing other tributes, let's take a look at her 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, one of the angriest, most anti-Snow of the victors (which is saying something)...
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: How she won her Games, by deliberately seeming cowardly and unskilled. 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!: Though she's quick to anger as a general rule, it appears as though unwanted affection or pity gets on her nerves the most. Overlaps with Berserk Button.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Does this by means of morphling in the third book, shamelessly stealing her supply from Katniss as she knows the girl feels indebted to Johanna for essentially saving her life.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's named and mentioned in the first book, where Katniss recounts how she won her Games.
- Electric Torture: The Capitol tortured her by shocking her.
- Famed in Story: As a Victor, most of the country has seen her on tv.
- Foil: She's Katniss, if Katniss didn't have a younger sister to care for, right down to being the only living 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.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A very young victor whose whole tactic was to seem as weak and helpless as possible, turned into a sour, aggressive slightly older woman, but we find out that Johanna is actually mostly pragmatic.
- Knight in Sour Armor: She's part of the alliance to save Katniss and Peeta, but she seems to dislike Katniss for a lot of genuine reasons - such at Katniss's special treatment - and so she'll bitch about it a lot.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Finnick, to the point that Katniss initially thinks that Finnick is the only reason Johanna agrees to an alliance.
- Naked on Arrival: Not exactly, but the first thing she does on-page is complain about her costume and strip down to her slippers. And then get in an elevator with Katniss and Peeta, chatting casually the whole way up.
- Not Worth Killing: Her strategy in the Games was to make herself look like such a pathetic, whimpering fool that nobody saw her as a threat. Then, when it was down to only a handful of tributes left, it turned out she could kill viciously...
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Again, how she won her Games. She appeared so weak and harmless that everyone pretty much left her alone. Then she started kicking ass.
- Plot-Powered Stamina: Goes nearly two whole days without sleep at the start of the Quarter Quell.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Usually combined with Naked People Are Funny, playing on the awkwardness or absurdity of the situation.
- Traumatic Haircut: The implied reason why she's bald in Mockingjay, as it certainly wouldn't have been her own choice to shave.
- Troll: Her constant stripping off is an attempt at making Katniss feel uncomfortable.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In Mockingjay, after going through torture at the hands of the Capitol by being soaked and then shocked, she has a fear of water.
- Would Hurt a Child: Not directly, but at the end of the rebellion, she agrees with the idea of holding a last Hunger Games with the children of Capitol politicians as tributes, including Snow's granddaughter.
- 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: He's from the forestry district, and "Blight" is an illness that afflicts trees.
- Morality Pet: Makes Johanna show an unusual feeling of sadness and empathy.
- 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.
The District 7 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Vipsania Sickle.
- An Axe to Grind: Like Johanna Mason, a future District 7 tribute, his weapon of choice is an axe.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Right after conducting a surprise attack on a tribute, he is killed by a sneak attack from another tribute, when Lucy Gray discreetly inserts a snake to bite him.
- In the Back: He kills Teslee by doing a surprise attack, striking her head with an axe from behind.
- Lightning Bruiser: One of the better tributes physically, he is fast and strong. Throughout the Games, Snow notes that Treech tends to move on camera to quickly pick gifts before leaving. His memorable kill is catching Teslee off-guard before striking her from above with an axe. Ultimately, he finishes third, dying right before Reaper.
- Mighty Lumberjack: He's a very good fighter from the lumber District.
The District 7 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. She is mentored by Pliny Harrington.
- An Axe to Grind: Like Treech, she wields an axe as her weapon.
- History Repeats: She gets cornered by a pack of tributes, just like Katniss does in her Games. Unlike her, however, Lamina does not survive the encounter, being speared by Coral.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets skewered by Coral using her trident.
- Mighty Lumberjack: A skilled axe-wielder.
- Knee-capping: During her last stand, she is able to wound Mizzen's knee using an axe.
- Last Stand: Coral, Mizzen, and Tanner corner her in the stadium and ultimately kill her. Nevertheless, she puts up a good fight, managing to wound Mizzen's knee.
- Mercy Kill: Presumably does this to Marcus, as without her intervention he would've died a slow death in the sun, being humiliated as the Games go on without him.
The District 8 tributes for the Quarter Quell. Part of the alliance to keep Katniss and Peeta alive during the Quell.
- 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.
- Retired Badass: Both, as they were both victors.
- 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.
The District 8 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Juno Phipps.
- Combat Pragmatist: He claims that he knows five different ways to kill someone with a sewing needle.
- Knife Nut: He carries a knife while attacking Coriolanus and Sejanus.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is tiny, but still able to spar with Coriolanus and Sejanus at the same time.
- Start of Darkness: Bobbin is Coriolanus' first kill. Even when he tries to justify his murder as self-defense, his death obviously impacts his mental state, as he becomes more ruthless after that.
The District 8 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. She is mentored by Hilarius Heavensbee.
- Anti-Climax: In-universe. She is absent for most of the Games, making her mentor unable to deliver her gifts. When finally she emerges after several days, she is delirious, having been poisoned by Lucy Gray's rat poison, and promptly dies.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Even though she finishes eighth in the Games, she doesn't appear in the cameras until she is in her death throes.
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.
- No Name Given
- 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.
The District 9 tributes of the 10th Hunger Games. They are mentored by Gaius Breen and Androcles Anderson, respectively.
- * Cruel and Unusual Death: Sheaf survived the original bombing but the Capitol only let a veterinarian treat her, refusing her access to a real doctor and she eventually died of her wounds.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Sheaf danced for food in the monkey cage.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The bad luck of District 9 having zero important characters continues as Panlo and Sheaf both die because of the stadium bombing that happens before their Games start.
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.
- No Name Given: Neither is named.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: None of them receive any mention besides their deaths and their parade costumes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never shown how the District 10 male died.
The District 10 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Domitia Whimsiwick.
- Blood Knight: Somewhat. Since he came from the livestock district, he chats happily about the workings of a slaughterhouse during the interviews that Lucky Flickerman has to cut him off. This still earns him high ratings among sponsors.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets impaled by Coral, then finished off by Mizzen.
- Odd Friendship: His mentor is a dairy heiress. They seem to have some rapport during the interviews ands comments that she liked him somewhat after his death.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He teams up with Coral and Mizzen expecting them to increase his chance of winning. He never thinks for a moment that, since they came from the same district, they might plan to kill him.
The District 10 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. She is mentored by Arachne Crane.
- Berserk Button: Being treated like an animal. Arachne plays with her by baiting her with food, causing Brandy to snap and slit her throat.
- Desecrating the Dead: For killing a Capitol citizen in public, her dead body is paraded and humiliated during Arachne's funeral.
- The Dog Bites Back: After Arachne treats her like an animal too many times, Brandy slits her throat. Though she is immediately gunned down after this, making it a Pyrrhic Victory.
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: Drinks to cope with his trauma as a survivor of the Games and as mentor to years of tributes killed in them.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost his hand during his Games, and refused to have it replaced after his victory.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Though he talks too loud and makes too many bad jokes for Katniss's tastes, Chaff seems to be a pretty jovial guy. And 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.
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, as well as quickly going to assure Katniss Thresh and Rue's families are safe.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She is killed in the initial brawl at the Cornucopia.
The District 11 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Clemensia Dovecote.
- The Grim Reaper: Befitting his name, he picks up bodies of dead tributes and respectfully arranges them inside the stadium, wrapping them with Capitol flags.
- History Repeats: He shares elements with Thresh, a future male tribute from his district. Like Thresh, he is isolated during the Games, as no one dares to approach him because of his reputation. He is also close with the female tribute from his district, as he carries a dying Dill into the stadium so she can die while watching the sun, calming her as she dies.
- Martial Pacifist: Throughout his Games, he never actually attacks anyone. Despite this, he lasts the second longest, dying only because he drinks a water puddle that has been poisoned by Lucy Gray.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A person named Reaper is not someone you want to mess with.
- Scary Black Man: Described as dark-skinned, like the rest of District 11 citizens. Aside from Lucy Gray, he is the most mysterious and undoubtedly the most feared tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, having killed a Peacekeeper back home and not afraid to physically intimidate Snow, a mentor, when he wanders into the tributes' truck. During the Games, nobody dares to approach him, even though he never kills anyone. He ends up being the last tribute to die.
- Blood from the Mouth: Accompanies her constant coughing.
- Ill Girl: She is sick with tuberculosis even before the Games start. It only gets worse after that, since the tributes are mistreated in the Capitol (the concept of Gilded Cage hasn't yet been applied in her time) and she succumbs to her illness a day after the Games begin.
- Incurable Cough of Death: She constantly coughs during the pre-Games stage. It's only when she is dying that someone recognizes she has tuberculosis. Justified in-universe, as even in the Capitol at the time, tuberculosis is barely treatable, let alone in the Districts.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: One of the earliest tributes to die.
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.
- Aw, 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.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Though Catching Fire shows that he's damn smart when it comes down to it, he doesn't put any effort into helping his Tributes at all. That being said, it's heavily implied that he considers winning the Games a Fate Worse than Death, making it possible that he is deliberately (or subconsciously) preventing kids becoming Victors as a result.
- The Chessmaster: In Catching Fire, Haymitch helps orchestrate Katniss's escape from the Quarter Quell.
- Catch Phrase: Sweetheart.
- "Stay alive."
- Combat Pragmatist: How he manages to survive the Hunger Games: By using the forcefield to deflect his last opponents weapon after the difficulties of fighting her became clear. Unfortunately, President Snow doesn't put up with it and killed his family.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Haymitch Abernathy seems like a useless drunk, but he did actually win a Hunger Game after all. In Catching Fire, we learn that Haymitch survived his Hunger Games using extreme cunning. We also learn that he's a member of the underground resistance.
- Cutting the Knot: Spent his Game actually looking for the end of the arena, which probably inspired the escape plan in Catching Fire. Instead of playing the game the Capitol demands, he helps mastermind the plan to have the tributes break out of the arena.
- Determinator: The description of him winning his games involves him outrunning someone trying to kill him while physically holding his stomach to keep 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.
- Famed in Story: Pretty much the only celebrity District 12 has, until the 74th Games.
- 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: Played with. His alcoholism, which he is able to overcome at several points in the story only to fall back into the bottle later on, is initially played as an unsympathetic flaw that angers Katniss because she considers it to be one of the reasons that District 12 tributes - whom the often-drunk Haymatich is supposed to mentor - die so often. As the series progresses, she learns more about the severe trauma he's undergone and starts to sympathize more with his attempts to cope, especially as she temporarily tries the same method.
- 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. When asked how felt about being thrown into a Hunger Games where the would have "one hundred percent more competitors than usual, meaning the odds for the average tribute were twice as bad as they already were in a normal year" (47-1 compared to the average of "only" 23-1, not to mention that the odds for a child from his district were usually even *worse*), he says "They'll still be one hundred percent as stupid as usual, so I figure my odds will be roughly the same." He backs up the claim when he wins by making use of the arena's force field, which none of the other tributes had even noticed.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Katniss and Peeta. He likes Peeta best (at least, that's what he tells Katniss), 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". In Catching Fire, Peeta pours all of the alcholic Haymitch's liquor down the drain and bribes the local bootlegger from selling him more. In District Thirteen, alcoholic beverages are illegal, and Haymitch reacts to being completely cut off so badly that he's kept secluded while he recovers.
- 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", which firmly establishes him as The Smart Guy who won his games with cleverness, he is seen playing chess with Peeta.
- Spear Counterpart: Humorously, despite his and Katniss's arguments, it seems that a large part of their clashing is because of how similar they are - both are haughty, jaded, snarky action survivors.
- True Companions: With many of the victors but most importantly with Katniss and Peeta.
- Try Not to Die: His go-to advice.
- Undiscriminating Addict: Haymitch was once so desperate for a drink, he went to the Hob and purchased rubbing alcohol to drink. Katniss and Peeta panicked and went to stop him, realizing that drinking pure alcohol would blind him.
- Wake Up Fighting: Sleeps with a knife in his hands and if you wake him up you'd best take a step back.
Madge's aunt and one of the four District 12 tributes of the 50th Hunger Games, the Second Quarter Quell. 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.
- Posthumous Character: We only know her from recollections as well as the recording of the 50th Hunger Games.
- 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. It helps her make it to the final eight.
The female District 12 tribute of the 10th Hunger Games as well as its eventual victor (making her the only District 12 victor until Haymitch Abernathy). A strange girl who gains the attention of her Capitol mentor, future Panem president Coriolanus Snow.
- Ambiguous Situation: Just what happens to her at the end of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? Does she return to District 12 and adopt a new persona after she's sure Snow has left the woods? Does she succeed in escaping Panem? Or does she die when Snow shoots her? Like the character from the poem she was named for, her fate is unclear.
- Animal Motifs: Songbirds and snakes. She has an affinity for both, and they usually return it. She often uses bird metaphors while speaking, is referred to as a "songbird" throughout the book due to her singing, is part of a group called "the Covey," and her last name is "Baird" - at one point she even refers to herself as being "of the Covey Bairds." At the Reaping, she uses a snake that she calls "a particular friend" of hers to get revenge on Mayfair for trying to kill her, manages to befriend the snake mutts in the arena (with help from Coriolanus) and uses one to kill Treach, and according to Maude Ivory, can always tell where snakes will be.
- Beautiful Singing Voice: She is the singer of a band of traveling musical troupe, so this is to be expected. She uses her singing to help win her sponsors.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Falls for Coriolanus Snow because he did his best to care for her and guide both before and during the Games (not knowing it was mostly for his own gain).
- Deuteragonist: She is the second most important character in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, after Coriolanus Snow.
- Establishing Character Moment: We first see her at the Reaping, where she slides a snake down Mayfair Lipp's dress while wearing an eye-catching rainbow dress and sings a song afterwards about how you can't keep her down.
- Flowers In Her Hair: Wears her hair in an updo woven with wildflowers at the Reaping.
- Friend to All Children: Is notably good with kids. The Capitol children she interacts with adore her.
- Foil: To Katniss, her successor. Both are dark-haired, 16-year-old tributes of District 12. However while Katniss was born district, Lucy Gray is "Covey", a group travelling performers who happened to come by District 12 but were forced to live there. Both have a Beautiful Singing Voice, but while Katniss hates singing and only does it for special circumstances, Lucy Gray is a professional singer and frequently performs on stage. While Katniss is strong and can use a bow since she was a child, Lucy Gray is only equipped with her wits and the help of Coriolanus Snow. And while both confront President Snow directly, Katniss is his Arch-Enemy, while Lucy Gray is his former lover.
- Girly Girl: Likes dramatic makeup, pretty dresses, and weaves wildflowers in her hair.
- Good Bad Girl: Downplayed. Is sensual and flirtatious, although she uses her charms to entertain, rather than seduce. She's also one of the more good-hearted characters in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, despite not being "made of sugar" Incorruptible Pure Pureness. She'll kill in self-defense and will play a humiliating prank on someone who tried to murder her, but she'll do anything for her family and is able to empathize with Mayfair even after the latter arranged for her to be sent into the Hunger Games.
- History Repeats: Her conduct during her Hunger Games is similar to that of Katniss and Peeta, future tributes from her district. They both end up singing for the audience, become close with their mentors, calm down a fellow tribute as they lay dying, and poison another tribute (though Peeta does this unwittingly). The only difference is that she wins her Games alone, while Katniss and Peeta do it together.
- Iconic Outfit: He ruffled rainbow dress is her most remembered outfit, in part because she wears it so often and it receives more description than her other outfits. It also functions as this in-universe. She wears it to comfort herself on Reaping Day because it belonged to her mother, and its colorfullness stands out on such a somber occasion where most people are dressed for the serious event that Reaping is. It gets her so much attention that one in-universe fans dresses their dog in similar rainbow ruffles to show support.
- I Don't Want to Die: She eventually admits that she is scared of dying in the Hunger Games after she becomes close with Snow. This motivates him to start helping her win the Games for real.
- Meaningful Name: Lucy Gray is the title of a poem by William Wordsworth. In the poem, the titular Lucy Gray disappears during a snowstorm, though her body was never found. Like her namesake, Lucy Gray eventually disappears after Snow tries to kill her, although it's not explicitly stated whether she dies, decides to retreat to the wilderness, or changes her identity to escape her pursuers.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Mayor Lipp suspects Lucy Gray of murdering his daughter, Mayfair. The actual murderer was Coriolanus Snow.
- Mysterious Waif: Her past and overall life is an enigma. She herself states that, as a Covey, she didn't actually come from District 12 and only got stranded there because of Capitol policies. Her parents are both dead, she shares her name with a very old poem in which her namesake died a mysterious death, and finally, she disappears from the faces of the earth without any explanation at the end of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
- Never Found the Body: After she finds out Snow's betrayal of Sejanus, she disappears without leaving a trace on the world. Nobody knows what happens to her. Snow, on his part, does not care.
- Proud Beauty: Is a pretty girl who likes to take care of her appearance.
- Rainbow Motif: One of the most memorable pieces of imagery in The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakesis her attending the Reaping in her rainbow dress. She wears the same dress during her time at Capitol Zoo, at her Interview, and in the Arena.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Turns up at the Reaping in a frilly rainbow dress with Flowers In Her Hair ... and then proceeds to stuff a snake down Mayfair Lipp's dress. Repeats this at the Arena; she hides the snakes she uses to kill other tributes in the ruffles of her dress.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Develops feelings for Snow because he worked hard to care for her and protect her. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a terrible person.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Coriolanus. Their social status gap is just too wide. And then he ends up trying to kill her.
- Theme Naming: All Covey have a system on how to name their children. Their first name is a reference to a ballad, while their second name is a color. Lucy Gray is special in that regard, as both her names refer to the poem "Lucy Gray", though she herself says that the "Gray" part also refers to the gray sky of a snowy day.
The male District 12 tribute of the 10th Hunger Games. He is mentored by Lysistrata Vickers.
- Heroic Bystander: During the arena bombing, he saves Lysistrata's life.
- Hunk: Described as strong-looking and bigger than average, because of his work in the District 12 mines. Coriolanus notes that he is a fine specimen compared to previous tributes from District 12.
- Undignified Death: He contracts rabies from the raccoons who inhabit the monkey cage he was thrown in before the Games starts. In his death throes, he runs around in a confused state as he tries to reach Lucy Gray, who understandably stays away from him, and is started by water bottles delivered by sponsors (his mentor sent them to prevent him from harming Lucy Gray). He becomes a source of entertainment among the Capitolians as he dies slowly and painfully from the disease, though Lucy Gray at least has the decency to calm him as he dies.