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  • Academy of Evil: The Academy in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, where Panem's elite are groomed to serve the Capitol and press the Districts (although the place isn't as hard on the students as most examples).
  • Deadly Decadent Court: There's the general hedonism show throughout the novels.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Capitol citizens may not be evil as much as they are ignorant, but they freak out when it's (falsely) revealed that Katniss is pregnant and a tribute of the slaughtering Quarter Quell, despite having previously accepting the already-pretty-evil Quell, which forced a bunch of trauma victims to relive their trauma by throwing them into an arena where they would be forced into fighting each other to the death and had been fine with doing the same to children.
    • Capitol citizens also frown upon cannibalism, even in the games where they force children into a fight to the death.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Tigris's body modifications to make her look like a tiger are considered too extreme even by Capitol standards, and she is fired from her job as a tribute stylist and shunned as a result.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Their bizarre, effete and decadent lifestyle is backed up by overwhelming military force, an absolute disregard for human rights and futuristic weaponry.
  • This Loser Is You: On a societal level. Many aspects of the Capitol are satire or social commentary on the contemporary United States.
  • World of Ham: Aside from Snow and Cinna, everyone dresses and/or acts flamboyant. This may be partly justified as most of the Capitol residents encountered in the book series are directly associated with either the fashion world or the super elite. Those who are not directly associated with show business (e.g. Snow and the Peacekeepers) tend to be less flamboyant though most have at least one odd fashion or behavioral quirk (Snow's roses and possibly surgically altered lips, Cinna's eyeliner).

Hunger Games Preparation Teams

    Effie Trinket 

The escort of the District 12 tributes. Though she hates being stuck with the lamest district, Effie still tackles her job (you know, bringing kids to die for the entertainment of the masses) with enthusiasm and gusto, hoping for a promotion to somewhere better.

  • Affably Evil: She's very cheerful and friendly, even though her job is, you know, to choose kids to send to their deaths.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her ditziness she is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be EVER in your favor!"
    • "It's going to be a big, big, big day!"
  • Demoted to Extra: She only makes one brief appearance in Mockingjay after playing a recurring role in the first two books.
  • Determinator: She takes her job very seriously, at one point promising to force Haymitch to do his job negotiating with the sponsors at gunpoint if necessary. Even Katniss acknowledges this.
    Although lacking in many departments, Effie Trinket has a certain determination I have to admire.
  • Empty Eyes: Katniss notes how Effie has a "vacant look" in her eyes in Mockingjay due to the torture she suffered while being held prisoner by the Capitol.
  • The Fashionista: Has been wearing fancy dresses in all her appearances. When she had to wear jumpsuits after she defected to District 13, she's obviously pissed off.
  • Feigning Intelligence: She's probably dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but she certainly doesn't see it that way.
    "Everyone has their reservations, naturally. You being from the coal district. But I said, and this was very clever of me, I said, 'Well, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls!'"
  • Hidden Depths: She seems like a frivolous, apathetic bitch at first, but soon shows that she genuinely cares for Katniss and Peeta.
  • Stepford Smiler: Katniss eventually realizes that Effie's shallowness is a defense mechanism which is her way of coping with her role in the Games.


Katniss' soft-spoken personal stylist for the Games who quickly becomes one of her closest friends in the Capitol. He has a flair for the dramatic which is in part what leads to his downfall.

  • Guyliner: In contrast to the other Capitol stylists, who style themselves with plastic surgery and ridiculous amounts of makeup, his only accessory seems to be his gold eyeliner. Katniss notices that it brings out the flecks of gold in his green eyes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With him being the most talked about stylist after designing District 12's fiery uniforms, he knows what he would happen to him when he makes Katniss' Quarter Quell interview dress turn into a gown resembling a mockingjay (a rebellion symbol) for all of Panem to see. He pays the ultimate price for it, though not before already designing a combat Mockingjay suit for Katniss and the rebels to use once he was gone.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The original Cinna was a doomed opponent of Sulla the dictator. Likewise, Cinna opposes Snow's dictatorship and is killed for it.
    • Also, "Cinna" sounds similar to the word "cinders", complementing Katniss' fire theme.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest, sweetest people in the Crapsack World that is Panem, so much that Katniss quickly grows to like him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He is beaten by the Peacekeepers as Katniss is being lifted to the Quarter Quell arena, and later killed during interrogations.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: The Mockingjay suit he designs for Katniss. Justified in that Katniss the "Mockingjay" is the symbol of the rebellion, and so needs to look suitably iconic.


Peeta's rather level-headed stylist. Is later executed on live television by President Snow to scar Peeta.

  • Bus Crash: Disappears midway through Catching Fire and is later mentioned in Mockingjay to have been killed.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is much more level-headed than other Capitol residents.

    Venia, Octavia, and Flavius 

Katniss' prep team from the Capitol. Their job is to pretty her up for public appearances. After the 75th Quarter Quell, they are the last surviving prep team, as all others were murdered by the Capitol.

  • Ascended Extra: With each book, they become more and more prominent, before eventually being the last surviving prep team after the Quarter Quell. In the Catching Fire film, Octavia and Flavius get much more screen time than in The Hunger Games film. Averted in Mockingjay, in which they appear to have been Adapted Out.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Octavia's skin is dyed light green.
  • Break the Cutie: In Mockingjay, they're held prisoner and tortured for months.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite their various eccentricities, they're extremely competent stylists. After all, it wasn't just Cinna who made Katniss shine like a star in the chariot rides and interviews.
  • Chatty Hairdressers: Their chatter actually hinted Katniss on potential uprisings in Districts 3, 4 and 8.
  • Defector from Decadence: They are captured and brought to District 13 and tortured, but their sheer love for Katniss makes them defect against the Capitol, instead of running back and informing them.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the film. They show up, but their names aren't mentioned and they only have a brief appearance. They have a bit more to do in Catching Fire.
  • Determinator: Venia powers on alone to fix Katniss once Flavius and Octavia are sent away to prevent from upsetting Katniss.
  • Facial Markings: The gold tattoos above Venia's eyes.
  • Fat and Skinny: Venia is described as tall, thin and angular, while Octavia is plump and curvy.
  • Hidden Depths: All three of them are very enthusiastic to learn how Mrs. Everdeen styles Katniss' hair— they pay strict attention to her and seem to respect her ability. Flavius and Octavia are very fond of Katniss and can't hide their emotions when Katniss is being sent to the 75th Hunger Games. Venia is, too, but as Cinna absolutely forbade them from crying, once Flavius and Octavia are sent away to keep from upsetting Katniss, Venia powers on through to finish her work alone, then tells Katniss that it was a privilege to make her look her best.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Having lived their entire lives in the wealthy Capitol, they don't understand how torturous the Hunger Games really are for the tributes, or how hard life is for people in the districts. During a party in Catching Fire, they introduce Katniss to the Capitol custom of eating yourself sick and drinking emetic liquid to throw up so you can eat more, which horrifies her since she grew up in a District so poor that people regularly starved to death in the streets.
  • Last of Their Kind: They are the only remaining prep team to survive the Second Rebellion.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Octavia made a big mistake getting everyone to wear feathered costumes at her birthday party.
  • Quirky Curls: Flavius's hair is styled in bright orange corkscrew locks, one of the many strange fashion trends that exist in the Capitol.
  • Sleepy Head: According to Katniss, they never get up before noon unless it's a national emergency.
  • Spoiled Sweet: They've grown up living luxurious lives in the Capitol, but aside from some Innocently Insensitive comments, they're genuinely kind and good-hearted.
    Katniss' narration: [They are] so readily respectful and nice to my mother that I feel bad about how I go around feeling so superior to them. Who knows who I would be or what I would talk about if I'd been raised in the Capitol? Maybe my biggest regret would be having feathered costumes at my birthday party, too.
  • Wide Eyed Idealists: Even though they're overprivileged and shallow Capitol residents, Katniss still finds them sympathetic because of their innocent outlook.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Venia has aqua hair, Flavius has orange corkscrews in his.


    President Coriolanus Snow 

The president of Panem. He has puffy lips and smells of blood and roses. He's not very fond of Katniss.

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Subverted, as the poisons he took needed antidotes and still cause him bleeding gums.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: President Snow is a cruel leader who breaks and disposes of his enemies while keeping Panem under an iron rule, but Katniss realizes that President Coin leading the rebellion is worse because she's wasteful and seeking to create a near-identical regime. Snow, for all his evils, disdains killings that don't accomplish anything, and Katniss decides to assassinate Coin instead of Snow. Additionally, he's nowhere near as bad as his Evil Mentor, Volumnia Gaul.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Coryo" by people close to him.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His descent into villainy was largely fuelled by his desire to get a good job and improve his family's circumstances, while refusing to settle for anything less.
  • Animal Motifs: He's been described as "snake-eyed."
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Aristocratic? Check. Evil? Double check.
  • Ascended Extra: In the films, although as he's the Big Bad (and with all the scenes beyond Katniss' perspective), this makes a lot of sense. The prequel would put him into a more major role as the protagonist.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Invoked. It's implied in the epilogue of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes that he went on to marry Livia Cardew. Not because they love each other, but because he swore to marry someone he hates, after coming to believe that the genuine love Lucy Gray gave him was poisonous.
  • Beauty to Beast: His attractiveness is occasionally commented on in the prequel and a lot of his classmates crushed on him. By the time of The Hunger Games, however, his appearance has become "snakelike" and he has sores around his mouth.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's very polite and affable, especially in the prequel. But underneath, he's ruthless.
  • Big Bad: Of the series. As the leader of the totalitarian regime responsible for organizing the Hunger Games, he serves as the prime mover behind all the horrific events that transpire within the story.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With President Alma Coin in Mockingjay. Both are equally ruthless, yet opposing figures who cause Katniss and the rest of the country a lot of grief for their own selfishness.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Is not the nicest person at the start of the prequel, but he at least has some morals and is pretty harmless. Then Volumnia Gaul convinces him humanity is evil, setting him on the path to becoming the cruel tyrant we see in The Hunger Games.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Has secret cameras everywhere, much to everybody's discomfort.
  • Bigot with a Crush: Considers people from the districts to be inferior, but still has feelings for Lucy Gray, who lives in District 12. He attempts to rationalize it by insisting that she is "not really district."
  • Bishōnen: Is called a "pretty boy" In-Universe in the prequel. The narration talks about his "blond curls" a lot.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's courteous to most people he meets, including unpopular people, and as a result, everyone in the prequel except for Casca Highbottom thinks he's a decent person. (And Highbottom mostly dislikes him because of a falling-out with his father years ago, rather than any indication of fault actually given by Coriolanus.) In reality, he's an entitled, selfish, Manipulative Bastard. Also comes over to the main trilogy where people see him as a courteous statesman rather than a power mad control freak who thinks that Murder Is the Best Solution.
  • Blue Blood: Comes from an old, influential family (although their glory had faded by the time Coriolanus was in his teens).
  • Career Versus Man: A rare male example. He has to choose between his military career or running away with his girlfriend to the wilderness.
  • Close to Home: Implied to be the reason he was so vindictive toward the victors from District 12 - they remind him of District 12’s only other victor, Lucy Gray Baird, who he personally mentored and led to victory (in one instance through outright cheating). It’s also possible that Snow sees Katniss, in particular, as not only a dangerous icon of rebellion, but also the embodiment of a life that Snow willingly threw away, as she is implied to be Lucy Gray’s granddaughter.
  • Chick Magnet: A lot of girls in his school crushed on him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes goes into detail about the hardships he faced during his childhood. Both of his parents died when he was little, his family's money was lost due to most of it being invested in District 13, he often went hungry, had to wear tattered clothing, and he and his cousin had to take care of his senile grandmother even though they were only teens themselves.
  • The Dreaded: To all the District's inhabitants in general.....until witnessing Katniss's brazen defiance towards his regime.
  • Entitled to Have You: Views Lucy Gray as his property.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Lost his mother at a young age, and misses her terribly, keeping her rose scented powder as a reminder of her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes reveals that Snow loves his family and has a rose as his symbol to honor his grandmother. He also loved Lucy Gray, until she realized he betrayed Sejanus.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A right bastard he might be, but when he gives his word, he keeps it. This clued in Katniss that he was telling the truth about Coin being responsible for Prim's death. He is also disgusted by cannibalism.
  • Evil Old Folks: He is in his 80s by the time of the main trilogy, and is an extremely oppressive dictator who tortures and kills countless people to maintain his power.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Snow was handsome as an 18 year old, but he loses his beauty after he goes down the path of evil. This is assumably partially because of poisoning himself in order to avoid suspicion for poisoning his opponents, which leaves him with bleeding gums and sores around his mouth. Although it's never explained exactly how his eyes went from being described as simply "pale blue" in the prequel, to "snakelike" in the main trilogy.
  • Evil Virtues: Honesty when it comes to making promises. Snow is many things, but a promise-breaker isn't one of them. This is one of the reasons Katniss concludes he's telling the truth when he said it was Coin who ordered the bombing of the Capitol children and Prim rather than him, since they both promised they wouldn't lie to each other.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In general District 13 and the rebels seem like the grey to the capitol's black (or A Lighter Shade of Grey) but Alma Coin personally is at least as evil as Snow.
  • False Friend: Poor Sejanus. He thought he had finally found a friend in Coriolanus after years of being alienated due to his background, but Coriolanus never genuinely liked him, and was in fact jealous and resentful of him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can smile politely and say all the right words but then he will make a remark or threat that reminds you of the pure evil lurking beneath. Even before Jumping Off the Slippery Slope he's a manipulative, controlling backstabber.
  • Foil: To Sejanus Plinth in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. They are both teenage Hunger Games Mentors from influential families who study at the prestigious Academy. But whereas Sejanus is Nouveau Riche (and incredibly wealthy at that), originally from the Districts, sympathetic to the rebels, and is sensitive and sweet, Snow is Capitol-born, comes from an Old Money family who lost their fortune and are struggling to make ends meet, is pro-Capitol, and is cold-blooded and calculating.
  • Flower Motifs: Is associated with roses.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Snow starts off as the son of a Capitol family which had fallen into poverty but eventually becomes the dictator of an entire oppressive regime and the mastermind of the events of the entire trilogy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is rather jealous of Billy Taupe, Lucy Gray's ex-boyfriend. He feels jealous whenever Lucy Gray so much as sings a song about Billy Taupe, even if it's an insulting song. He's also jealous of Sejanus Plinth, because Sejanus has the privileges that Snow thinks should belong to him.
  • Height Angst: Has an instance of this in the prequel, regretting that malnutrition has prevented him from growing taller.
  • Human Shield: He held Capitol children in fences outside his mansion in order to keep people from attacking him. It didn't work out the way he wanted.
  • I Gave My Word: Snow takes his promise to Lucy Gray to help her win the Games seriously and does everything he can to make sure she does, including slipping her poison and risking Dr. Gaul's wrath by tampering with the snake mutts sent into the Games arena.
  • I Have Your Wife: One of the ways he tries to control Finnick and Katniss in the third book is by keeping their romantic partners hostage.
  • I Owe You My Life: Is very grateful to Lucy Gray after she saves him from burning to death during the tour of the Arena.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: The prequel emphasizes his "pale blue eyes." They match his icy personality.
  • Impoverished Patrician: His family is Old Money but lost their fortune during the Dark Days. During the prequel they live in the penthouse of one of the most luxurious buildings in the richest part of the country, but it's been heavily damaged as a result of wartime bombings and they can't afford the taxes looming over it. They continue taking pride in the name of the formerly-wealthy family and Coriolanus is terrified of having to move somewhere else, which he considers an unbearable shame.
  • It's All About Me: In the prequel, all that really matters to him is getting the wealth and status he thinks is owed to him on account of being a Snow.
  • Kick the Dog: During Catching Fire, he starts to crack down on District 12 after an uprising in District 8. The Hob is burned down, the mines are shut for two weeks and cause the people to starve, several desperate children who sign up for tesserae don't receive the grain and oil they were promised, the miners' wages are cut, public whippings are increased, and the promised food on Parcel Day arrives rotten and spoiled.
  • Klingon Promotion: Rose to power by killing his rivals and those in higher rank.
  • Love Is a Weakness: By the end of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, as a result of Lucy Gray leaving him, he begins to believe that love leaves him vulnerable, and vows to marry someone he hates when he grows older.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the Shakespearian Tragic Hero in the eponymous play. He shares similar traits - he cares little about the ordinary folk and wants to maintain a totalitarian state.
    • His personality is also cold and icy, like snow. His hair is also white, like snow.
  • Morality Pet: Tigris and Sejanus - Snow genuinely loves his cousin and gives her his unconditional trust, and while he considers Sejanus his rival, Snow is still fairly respectful to him and comes to be fond of him eventually. Snow's decision to rat out Sejanus for conspiring with the rebels is the point he truly begins upon the path to becoming the villain he is in the main series.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Zigzagged. As Snow tells Katniss, he won't kill people without a reason. But from Snow's perspective, it seems to be very easy to find a reason that he should have those who defy or vex him killed.
  • Narcissist: Shows a lot of narcissistic traits even in the prequel, such as believing himself to be superior to everyone else, backstabbing others to get to the top, fussing over his appearance, viewing others as objects and having an inflated sense of self-importance.
  • Necessarily Evil: His conversation with Katniss at the beginning of Catching Fire indicates that he sees himself and the Capitol as this. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes reveals that he genuinely believes this, though it required some manipulation by Volumnia Gaul for the idea to sink in.
  • Never My Fault: In The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, he makes excuses for all his terrible actions, trying to justify them to himself.
  • The Nicknamer: Not to the same extent as Smiley, his colleague from when he was a Peacekeeper, but he does nickname a couple of people in the prequel. He nicknames Dean Highbottom 'Dean High-as-a-Kite Bottom' (a reference to Highbottom's drug addiction), and he sometimes refers to Lysistrata Vickers as 'Lyssie'.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Doesn't take it well when Lucy Gray leaves him. He tries to kill her.
  • Not Me This Time: He was in fact innocent of the bombing of the Capitol children and then the District 13 medics, even when it seemed as though he did it because the hovercrafts with the bombs (which were really from District 13, as the Capitol had lost all of theirs during the destruction of the Nut) were emblazoned with the Capitol seal.
  • Not So Stoic: Although generally cold and collected, he loses his temper when he realizes Lucy Gray has figured out he was responsible for Sejanus' death and shoots at her.
  • Obviously Evil: He is described as having a snake-like physical appearance.
  • Opposites Attract: Snow is aristocratic, straight-laced, believes that humanity is inherently evil, desires a powerful, bureaucratic job in the Capitol, supports the oppressive regime of Panem, and values orderliness above all else. Lucy comes from a family of nomadic musicians, is creative and artistic, believes people are born good but are driven to cruel acts by their unfortunate circumstances, and wants to escape Panem to seek freedom.
  • Out-Gambitted: For all his talk about destroying Katniss's image so the unhappy districts would have nobody to rally behind, Plutarch completely played him for a fool.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When he tells Katniss that he didn't bomb Prim and the Capitol children, he says that he would be willing to do so and it isn't a matter of moral squeamishness on his part. He just doesn't subscribe to committing atrocities For the Evulz. For similar reasons he also decides against pulling off a Taking You with Me with District 13 and by extension the rest of humanity using his nukes after it becomes clear he's been completely beaten, stating that doing so would be pointless.
  • President Evil: Snow is the President of Panem, and an utter monster who commits several atrocities to maintain his power.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Downplayed. Coriolanus starts off the prequel selfish and haughty to begin with, but still above murder and the kinds of horrible crimes he commits in the original trilogy. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes covers his descent into the kind of villainy that defines him as President Snow.
  • Rags to Riches: Went from a teen who strugged to pay his tuition, was often hungry, and was in danger of losing his home, to the President of Panem.
  • Red Right Hand: The sores in his mouth and the accompanying smell of blood, which he gained as a result of a Self-Poisoning Gambit during his rise to power.
  • The Rival: Considers Sejanus his rival, although Sejanus is unaware of this and thinks they're best friends.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Was never in love with anyone before Lucy Gray, and never loved anyone after her.
  • Smug Snake: Considers himself better than most people due to being from the Snow family and later achieving the presidency, often ignoring more talented people around him or driving them closer to the Rebellion.
  • Social Climber: And how. All of his actions in the prequel are influenced by his desire to secure a position of affluence.
  • The Sociopath: Is controlling, manipulative, extremely entitled, and a toxic friend/boyfriend who turns into a President Evil.
  • Something About a Rose: The smell of blood is natural, thanks to not taking an antidote quickly enough after poisoning both himself and a rival. The smell of roses covers it up. This affinity towards roses stems from Snow's childhood where his grandmother would grow them and Snow himself views the scent of roses as calming since it reminds him off his deceased mother who died in childhood and memories of her.
  • Straight Edge Evil: He's one of the few characters from the Capitol without any bizarre mannerisms or fashion accessories.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks very much like his father, Crassus Snow.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Is generally a cold person, but is very affectionate towards Tigris, Grandma'am, and eventually, Lucy Gray.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps his mother's compact close to him and smells the rose scented powder to calm himself. She died in childbirth and the smell of roses from it reminds him off happy memories of being with her in childhood.
  • Tyrannicide: Ends lynched by a mob.
  • Unequal Pairing: He's always in a position of power over his lover, Lucy Gray Baird. At first he's her mentor in the Games, and later on he becomes a Peacekeeper in the District she lives in.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Coriolanus is the uptight to Lucy Gray's wild.
  • Uptown Girl: Gender Inverted example during his relationship with Lucy Gray Baird. He, an aristocratic boy from the Capitol, dated Lucy Gray, a girl from District 12. Billy Taupe refers to him as Lucy's "fancy man from the Capitol."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Amazingly, when he’s shown during his younger years in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, while he’s still rather selfish, he’s not the totally irredeemable scumbag we see in the rest of the series - he clearly loves his cousin and grows to love Lucy Gray. Then he catches the attention of Volumnia Gaul, and it all goes down hill.
  • Villainous Crush: His love for Lucy Gray Baird is toxic and control-based.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Lack of freedom notwithstanding, he seems quite popular among the Capitol's decadent inhabitants due to the high standard of living they enjoy under his leadership. Though it's also revealed in the third book that he also likes to take out anyone he considers an opponent, especially those who hold a high influence.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes reveals that the reason why he is so oppressive is that he genuinely does not want civilization to collapse. The reason he continues the Games is that he feels that the oppression is needed to avoid the districts rising up again as they negatively affected the Capital during his youth.
  • What Could Have Been: If his relationship with Lucy Gray had worked out and they went ahead with their plan to elope to the North together, Panem would have been a very different place.
  • Worthy Opponent: Donald Sutherland says that this is how he views Katniss after she successfully defies the Capitol in the 74th Hunger Games and sparks a rebellion. Some of his dialogue in the books indicates this sort of attitude as well.
    President Snow: "I think we'll make this whole situation a lot simpler by agreeing not to lie to each other."
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and commits multiple atrocities as President.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tries to kill Katniss. He also tries to kill his ex-girlfriend in the prequel.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He says so himself that he's not above hurting children to get what he wants. His government runs the Hunger Games, after all.

    President Ravinstill 

The President of Panem in the years before and after the Dark Days.

  • Corrupt Politician: For funding the reconstruction of Panem, the president allowed the Plinths to move to the Capitol. It's mentioned that the Plinths can get away with basically everything, since they have money.
  • Evil Old Folks: His great-nephew Felix is about to graduate high school, and he's still running Panem as an oppressive dictatorship that forces children into fights to the death.
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name is never revealed.
  • Predecessor Villain: The Dark Days started and ended under his rule. After the war, he continues to wear a military uniform in public, to show that he has been ruling Panem since before there was ever a war.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While Dr. Gaul was the catalyst for the start of the Hunger Games, the president was likely the one who approved it, since he had the final say in state matters.



    Seneca Crane 

The Head Gamemaker of the 74th Hunger Games. He orchestrates everything that happens in the arena except for the actions of the tributes themselves (and even sometimes, he controls that). He ends up executed because of his allowing for two winners instead of one as planned.

  • Punch-Clock Villain: Deconstructed. His job is about as evil as it gets, forcing children to murder each other in a game show. He has no personal animosity against them, though, and eventually he decides to spare one more child than he had been ordered to. His boss executes him in response.
  • Smug Snake: Word of God states he really has no idea what the true purpose of the games are or the ramifications of what occurs in them. He's just in it for the show biz.
  • You Have Failed Me: Snow orders his execution over the 74th Hunger Games debacle.

    Plutarch Heavensbee 

The Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games. He has a fascination with clocks, which becomes a key point in his design of the arena for the Quarter Quell. He's later revealed to be an important member of La Résistance.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: He remains nameless in The Hunger Games as the seemingly random Gamemaker who knocks over the punch bowl when Katniss shoots an arrow through an apple in a roasted pig's mouth. In Catching Fire he's promoted to Head Gamemaker, and at the end is revealed to be a mole and working for the rebels. His role is greatly expanded in Mockingjay.
  • Foreshadowing: His watch has a Mockingjay on it. He's later revealed to be working for the rebels who have adopted the Mockingjay as their symbol.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Being from the Capitol as well as a Head Gamemaker, one can't really expect anything else from him. In Mockinjay, he makes several remarks that are clearly intended to be seen as uplifting or comforting, while Katniss notes in narration that they’re anything but.
  • Knight Templar: Despite being on the side of the "good guys", he's ok with sacrificing some lives to achieve the goals of the rebellion.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus also known as Plutarch, who was an essayist and historian in ancient Rome. This is fitting since Heavensbee is the source of many comments about the old world such as the plans for the new government being a republic. Heavensbee points out that this has worked in the past. Heavensbee also makes several references to ancient Rome, such as when he throws out the phrase "panem et circenses" meaning bread and circuses, when describing the Capitol. It was used in ancient Rome in pretty much the same way, as Heavensbee points out.
  • The Mole: He's actually a rebel agent and helps orchestrate the escape of Peeta, Finnick, Johanna, Katniss, Beetee and Wiress. Unfortunately, Wiress is killed and only Katniss, Beetee and Finnick are saved.
  • Smart People Know Latin: Explains the phrase "panem et circences" to Katniss.

    Volumnia Gaul 

The Head Gamemaker of the 10th Hunger Games who oversees the Capitol's experimental weapons division, including the infamous muttations.

  • Disproportionate Retribution: Gaul has Clemensia injected with snake venom for lying to her about working on an assignment that both she and Snow were supposed to do.
  • Eviller Than Thou: However terrible a person Coriolanus is, Snow never even comes close to just how sociopathic, vindictive, petty, insane and misanthropic Gaul was. Case in point, she arranges for Clemensia to be poisoned due to the girl lying to her over an assignment Clemensia was supposed to work on with Snow. Snow himself indulges in Disproportionate Retribution, but never for something so banal as lying on a homework assignment.
  • Evil Old Folks: Gaul is described as elderly, and she is a vile woman who performs experiments on innocent people and was responsible for the Hunger Games becoming a part of Panem.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Volumnia is this for the entire series, and in multiple ways!
    • Even though Casca Highbottom was the one who wrote it and Crassus Snow suggested it, it was Gaul who proposed to actually implement the Hunger Games as a way to punish the Districts to the extent that their ability to rise again will be severely diminished. As a result, she's responsible for the deaths of at least 23 children every year up until the 74th Hunger Games, even though by that time, she's long dead.
    • She is also the one who grooms Snow into the ruthless president he is today, by engaging him in mind games to harden him up and make him believe that only the Capitol is able to provide control over the Districts.
  • Karma Houdini: By the end of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, she gets everything she wants, including an understudy to succeed her reign of terror. Since there's no mention of her in the main series, it can be assumed that she died in peace. On the other hand, Finnick in Mockingjay reveals that Snow killed allies as well as enemies, so there's a strong possibility that Snow killed her and took her resources once he graduated and had learned everything he could from her.
  • Mad Scientist: To say that she's a mad scientist is putting it mildly. Even the future President Snow is disturbed by her muttations and callous treatment of her subjects, including actively harming a teenage girl's life simply because she lied to her.
  • Meaningful Name: Volumnia is the name of the domineering mother of Caius Martius Coriolanus, the protagonist of the Shakespearean tragedy from whom President Snow got his name. Gaul was the nation that would become France, and was an enemy of Rome's characterized as barbarians who needed to be civilized. Dr. Gaul is a cruel, ruthless person in power in the Roman-styled Capitol who believes all people are barbarians and need to be tamed with measures like the Hunger Games.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: She is firmly of the opinion that all humans are inherently evil and in fact uses this to justify the Capitol's totalitarian rule over Panem, because of course those savage animals of the Districts couldn't possibly dream of placing themselves to order.
  • Secret Test of Character: She sends Snow to take part in Peacekeeping duties in District 12 to make him be able to see the chaotic world, realize that the Capitol's domination over the Districts is right, and, by sneaking and reporting on Sejanus' treachery, prove that he is loyal to the Capitol.
  • The Sociopath: She shows no remorse for the various atrocities she commits.

Capitol Academy

    Casca Highbottom 

The dean of the Capitol Academy in the early years of the Hunger Games who presides over its first mentorship program. He is historically significant as the man who drafted the plan to pit District children against each other in a game of death as punishment for their rebellion during the Dark Days, a spectacle that later came to be called the Hunger Games.

  • Drowning My Sorrows: After his plans for the Hunger Games were carried out without his consent, Highbottom became addicted to Morphling and is always seen intoxicated as a result.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Coriolanus' nickname for Highbottom is "High-as-a-Kite Bottom".
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He felt personally betrayed when his erstwhile best friend, Crassus Snow, stole his plans for the Hunger Games and then presented it to Dr. Gaul without his consent.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Highbottom never intended for the Hunger Games to be carried out. No matter how much he hates the Districts, even he puts a line on pitting their children into gladiator games.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Highbottom was horrified when his draft plan of the Hunger Games was stolen and subsequently proposed by Crassus Snow, as he considers it inhumane. However, he was too late to stop the plan from being carried out.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He has a personal vendetta against Crassus since their falling out. Since Crassus died during the first rebellion, however, he resorted to making the life of his son, Coriolanus, a living hell as a result.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: At the end of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Coriolanus poisons Highbottom to eliminate a potential opponent of his rise to power.

    Sejanus Plinth 

A student of the Capitol Academy who is the son of an influential Capitol family and Coriolanus Snow's best friend. His family originally came from District 2.

  • All the Other Reindeer: Even though he spends most of his life in the Capitol, in Sejanus' mind, home is District 2. The fact that he is bullied precisely because he came from the Districts doesn't help.
  • Death by Newbery Medal: Sejanus is Coriolanus' first real friend, and Coriolanus' betrayal of him, which leads to his death, serves as his definite Start of Darkness.
  • Defector from Decadence: Sejanus always has a rebellious mind and loudly voices his opinion against the Capitol's mistreatment of the Districts. It all culminates with him joining the District 12 rebels' plot to escape Panem and head north, which eventually costs him his life.
  • Due to the Dead: He goes to cover up Marcus's corpse while the Games are still going on.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Tragically averted. Even though he is largely silent, Coriolanus notes that Sejanus is mortified at the prospect of being executed. And when the execution is carried out, he screams for his mother to help him.
  • Friendless Background: The only friend he ever had was Coriolanus Snow. Who betrayed him.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is impulsive and prone to having pro-District outbursts in class.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Played seriously. His last words, which the mockingjays pick up and which visibly haunt Coriolanus, are "Ma! Ma! Ma!".
  • La Résistance: Is sympathetic to the rebels and ends up betraying the Capitol in order to aid them.
  • Momma's Boy: He is closer to his Ma than his father, since she shares his longing for District 2.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sejanus" was the name of a powerful friend and confidant of the Roman emperor Tiberius. This story's Sejanus is powerful and influential due to his family's wealth and is a confidant of future president Coriolanus Snow. Like the historical Sejanus, he is also suddenly executed on accusations of treason.
  • Nice Guy: He's a kind, caring, young man who has compassion for the people in the Districts.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni (impulsive, passionate, outspoken) to Coriolanus Snow's blue oni (reserved, composed, less emotional).
  • The Rival: Coriolanus Snow considers him this. Not that Sejanus is aware of it.
  • Nouveau Riche: His family were wealthy residents of District 2 who were allowed to move into the Captiol after the Rebellion was crushed. They're still viewed with disdain from Capitol natives.
  • Treachery Cover Up: Since his family is still influential, the Capitol opts not to reveal the fact that Sejanus is working with the rebels. Even after he is publicly executed, he is merely reported to have died in his Peacekeeping duties and his parents decide to adopt Coriolanus in good faith, believing that he is upholding Sejanus' legacy, when in truth he betrayed him.
  • With Friends Like These...: Having Coriolanus Snow as a best friend does not work out well for Sejanus.

    Livia Cardew 

The mentor of the District 1 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Facet.

  • Awful Wedded Life: Invoked. In the epilogue, Coriolanus thinks of planning to marry her. Not because they warmed up to each other, but because he still genuinely hates her, coming to believe that the genuine love Lucy Gray gave him was poisonous.
  • Big "YES!": She gives a very unsportsmanlike one after being assigned a promising tribute.
  • The Bully: According to the narration, she and Coriolanus never got along, she seems to be quite the Jerkass even towards other people.
  • Dirty Coward: When Arachne dies, she immediately runs to the exit, saving her own butt instead of doing anything to help.
  • Humiliation Conga: Downplayed but her tribute is killed before the Games even begin and she repeatedly fails in her efforts to still get to do something for the games.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She once called Snow self-centered for not figuring out the meaning of a poem but is pretty selfish herself.

    Arachne Crane 

The mentor of the District 10 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Brandy.

  • Due to the Dead: Snow describes her as dressing up in black and apparently being genuinely respectful at the funeral of his mother.
  • The Gadfly: She always knows how to rile people up and she loves doing so. This ends up costing her her life when she pushes the buttons of her tribute too much.
  • Hidden Depths: She enjoys balancing spoons on her nose, which Snow considers to be her only real talent or quirk.
  • Jerkass: Outside of them having a familiar relationship, Coriolanus can't tell anything nice about her.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Snow notes that they never liked each other but they were always constant presences in each others life. It's implied that he liked her unseen brother better than her, given the mention that he cheered at said brothers graduation the previous year.
  • No Indoor Voice: Snow describes her as loud.
  • Unperson: Gaul works hard to erase the records and knowledge of her fate to keep the Districts from being emboldened at the thought of killing Capitolites.

    Clemensia Dovecote 
The mentor of the District 11 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Reaper Ash. She is the daughter of the energies secretary.
  • Body Horror: After she is bitten by the snake muttation, her skin turns scaly, the white of her eyes change into the color of egg yolk, her body twitches horribly, and her tongue juts out. She eventually heals from this, though.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While not to the extent of Sejanus, Clemensia disapproves of the Hunger Games, considering it cruel and sadistic.
  • Hate Plague: The snake venom not only affects her physically, but mentally as well. She becomes much more quick to anger and deliberately stalls the delivery of the gifts to Reaper until the very end, deciding that he does not match her standards.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Non-lethal example. Everyone except Coriolanus, Dr. Gaul, and the doctors think that Clemensia just has a bad flu. The truth is that she is infected by a powerful snake venom which requires days to heal.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "mild, merciful." She is usually one of the nicest students in the Academy and forgives Coriolanus after a falling out
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the few mentors who actively questions the Games, viewing them as amoral.
  • Trauma Button: Snakes become this after she is bitten by the muttation. The moment she sees the snake trap being released, she lets out a blood-curdling scream and is only calmed by Coriolanus giving her a Cooldown Hug.

    Pliny Harrington 
The mentor of the District 7 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Lamina.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Even the narration simply calls him "Pup".
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Pretty much everyone can't stand him because he's so unsportmanlike.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: He keeps droning on how clever Lamina is and how she will win the games. While having that much trust in your candidate is normally a good thing, it's misplaced in a battle for life and death.

    Vipsania Sickle 
The mentor of the District 7 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Treech. She is niece of Agrippina Sickle, the gymnasium professor of Capitol Academy.
  • Competition Freak: Coriolanus says that she shares her aunt's love of competition and suspects that she is trying to sabotage his chance of winning when she offers to lend Lucy Gray her guitar. Downplayed during the Games themselves where she's noted as wanting to win (and is described as having gritted teeth when she leaves) but she isn't particularly intense or hostile compared to others like Urban, Livia and Pliny.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She's the only mentor who thinks to bring sleeping bag to the viewing center their operating out of.
  • Hidden Depths: Snow describes her as not seeming like a very musical person but she claims that she used to have a guitar when the war was going on and offers to give it to Lucy Gray if she can find it. Of course, Snow thinks she's lying and is plotting to sabotage him, but he's established to be a paranoid character prone to wrongly suspecting people of ill intentions, and his theory is never confirmed.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: Implied. She makes a comment about not having much money to spend on sponsor gifts and her aunt works at the academy when most of the other mentioned relative of the student mentors are government ministers or tycoons.

    Apollo and Diana Ring 
The collective mentors of District 6 in the 10th Hunger Games. They are fraternal twins and always appear together.
  • Affectionate Nickname: They are generally called "Pollo" and "Didi" respectively.
  • The Dividual: Rarely seen apart and never given individual character moments.
  • The Pollyanna: They're known for being bright and cheerful.
  • Theme Naming: They are named for the Roman gods Apollo and Diana, who were also fraternal twins.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Both are described as very nice individuals, who are tragically killed in the rebel bombing in the arena.

    Urban Canville 
The mentor of the District 3 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Teslee.
  • Good with Numbers: Coriolanus mentions that he consistently scores perfect in calculus tests.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is always ill-tempered.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: At least from the Capitol's point of view, Urban isn't wrong to suggest that the host of the Games should be more focused and professional than Lucky Flickerman (who he is clearly frustrated by).
  • Sore Loser: His parting words to Lepidus are very unsportsmanlike. Then again, he's just humiliated since Teslee was killed seconds after she killed Mizzen, which he had been smug at.

    Festus Creed 
The mentor of the District 4 female tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Coral.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While generally nice, he has some Kick the Dog moments: attending dog fights, and suggesting that anyone not watching the Games should be executed when Gaul requests ideas to encourage viewership.
  • Gentle Giant: Described as taller and larger than the other students, but he's quite nice, if a bit grumpy, even sharing food with the other mentors. He's one of the few people that Coriolanus considers a friend.
  • Ship Tease: Corionalus notes that Festus is "developing a crush" on Persephone Price, and they are almost exclusively seen together afterwards.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's upset at Clemensia when she withholds food from Reaper.

    Persephone Price 
The mentor of the District 4 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Mizzen. She is the daughter of Nero Price, who works in the railroad industry.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Well, she did not know, but during the Dark Days, her father had once brought home meat cut from a human leg, which he proceeded to serve to his family.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of death. Persephone Price is an (unwitting) cannibal, having been served a dead body once.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The image of Nero Price cutting a meat from a human and bringing it home was burned to Coriolanus' mind forever. As a result, he always sees his daughter, Persephone, as a cannibal, and the thought of getting close to her repulses him.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Shortly after the death of Arachne she and Snow walk to school together and she eventually is noted as crying.

    Lysistrata Vickers 
The mentor of the District 12 male tribute of the 10th Hunger Games, Jessup Diggs.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Coriolanus briefly calls her "Lyssie".
  • Beneath Notice: Snow describes her and her family as trying to keep a low profile despite their job as presidential physicians.
  • Enemy Mine: Since both are mentoring District 12 tributes, she briefly teams up with Coriolanus to look out for their tributes together.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Like Sejanus and Clemensia before her, she realizes how cruel the Hunger Games are.
  • I Owe You My Life: Much like Coriolanus and Lucy Gray, Lysistrata was saved in the rebel bombing by Jessup. Thus she promises to keep him safe as much as she can.

    Iphigenia Moss 

The Mentor of the female District 5 tribute, Sol. Her father oversees the Agriculture Department of Panem.

  • Apathetic Student: She takes little interest in mentoring and openly admits that she can't remember Sol's name after the girl's death.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek Mythology, King Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to please the gods. In TBOSAS, it's hinted that Iphigenia Moss' father has done something unforgiveable to her, causing her to starve herself in order to get revenge on him.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: She's a noticeably thin person who tends to give her lunches away to other students. Rumor has it that she deliberately starves herself as a form of rebellion against her father for unspecified reasons.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her apathy, she does send a lot of food to her dying tribute in an effort to keep her alive longer.

    Androcles Anderson 

The Mentor of the District 9 female tribute, Sheaf. He wants to become a reporter for Capitol News, like his mother.

    Gaius Breen 

Mentor of the Female District 9 tribute.

  • Class Clown: He's described as always joking, such as asking how many Rebels it takes to tie a shoe.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He loses his legs in the arena bombing and lingers for a while before dying.

    Hilarius Heavensbee 
The glum mentor of Wovey from District 8 and a presumed ancestor of Plutarch Heavensbee.
  • Alliterative Name: Hilarius Heavensbee.
  • Blue Blood: He comes from an established family, with a wing named after them in the Academy.
  • The Eeyore: Hilarius is often depressed an un-optimistic and feels oppressed.
  • It's All About Me: He's mostly concerned about his tribute based on how the girl reflects on him.
  • Rise of Zitboy: The picture of him displayed for the Games shows a face of acne.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's concerned about his parents disapproving if his tribute does poorly.

    Io Jasper 
The mentor of District 3 male Tribute Circ.

    Felix Ravinstill 
The grand-nephew of the President and the mentor of Dill, the District 11 girl.
  • Cynical Mentor: He tribute is pretty sickly and he has little interest or optimism towards her chances, commenting that he's surprised she's still alive as the Games actually begin. About the best thing that can be said for his mentorship is that he makes an effort to build Dill up in the interviews when some of the mentors didn't even show up for them.
  • Graceful Loser: He isn't upset when Dill loses, likely due to having been pessimistic about her chances.

    Domita Whimiswick 
The mentor for the Distirct 10 boy Tanner during the 10th Hunger Games, and a dairy heiress. She earns her tribute some sponsorship by encouraging him to talk about slaughtering cows in the interview.
  • Genki Girl: The narrative describes her as friendly, bubbly and sensitive.
  • Graceful Loser: Zigzagged. She's polite and calm when leaving after Tanner is killed and tells a reporter she was happy to be participate, but shoots a pointed comment at the mentors of Tanner's killer, and describes his death as disillusioning about being able to trust people, hinting at some hidden anger and/or sadness.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Downplayed, but she seems to actually know some things about the running of her families business, unlike some of her classmates.
  • Odd Friendship: She does seem to get along with her tribute, calling him a good-natured person after his death.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: In a somewhat negative way, believing that there is a purpose behind the Games and the sacrifice they entail, and feeling proud to be part of it.

Other Capitol Residents

Katniss' Avox (essentially a slave) during the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. Katniss had met her previously, where she was running away from the Capitol with another boy. While the boy was killed, she was turned into an Avox. Katniss expects resentment from her, but she instead proves to be kind. After the 75th Hunger Games, she and fellow Avox Darius were taken hostage by the Capitol, and tortured and killed in front of Peeta.
  • Body Horror: In the process to become an Avox, she had to get her tongue cut out.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Was electrocuted with extremely high and painful voltages.
  • Made a Slave: Avoxes are the slaves of Panem.
  • Meaningful Name: Named for the titular character's daughter in Titus Andronicus, who was raped and subsequently had her tongue and hands cut off to prevent her from revealing the identity of her attackers.
  • No Name Given: In The Hunger Games and Catching Fire she is simply known as the Avox girl. In Mockingjay, Peeta says her name was Lavinia.
  • The Speechless: Getting your tongue cut out does that... However, before she was taken by the Capitol, she screamed the boy's name that she was with.

    Caesar Flickerman 
"So Peeta. Tell me. Is there a special girl back home? "

Host of The Hunger Games, famous for dyeing his hair a new color for each iteration. His main concern is keeping the televised interviews light and upbeat. His co-host and announcer is Claudius Templesmith.

  • Anti-Villain: Caesar is the host of a show that kills 23 teenagers each year, but his aggressively feel-good interview style puts emphasis on the strengths of his guests, ultimately bringing out the best in the tributes in front of potential sponsors. Also, Katniss notes her belief that Caesar stays positive so that the tributes don't flub the interview and lose sponsors. In a way, Caesar does his best so every Tribute actually stands a chance of winning.
  • The Host: An amalgam of every obnoxious daytime TV host on earth.
  • Large Ham: Very theatrical when he speaks.
  • Manipulative Bastard: If he wants something out of his guests' mouths, he knows how to get it.
  • Older Than He Looks: Although 24 years have passed since the Second Quarter Quell, he looks the exact same when he interviews the tributes for the 74th Hunger Games. This is achieved through massive amounts of cosmetic surgery, common among Capitol citizens.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Always smiling.
  • Token Good Teammate: Possibly, after the 74th games. Katniss is horrible with interviews, but Caesar does his level best to prompt responses out of her to satisfy the Capitol by selling the love angle to keep her safe.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: For the 74th Hunger Games, at least; he dyes his hair a different colour for every Games.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after the Capitol falls to the rebellion is left unmentioned.

    Claudius Templesmith 

Co-host and announcer of the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. He is given the job to herald the start and end of the Hunger Games, as well as to announce rule changes or events for the tributes to follow.

  • Catchphrase: "And may the odds be ever in your favor".
  • Just Following Orders: His job is only to announce rule changes and events, which are dictated by the Gamemakers, Seneca Crane and Plutarch Heavensbee.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has a memorable one at the climax of The Hunger Games, when Katniss and Peeta choose to commit suicide together by eating the nightlock.
    Claudius: "Stop! Stop! Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victors of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark! I give you the tributes of District Twelve!"

    Tigris Snow 

Coriolanus Snow's older cousin who lived with him and their grandmother after the first rebellion claimed the lives of their parents. She is a retired Hunger Games stylist who now spends the rest of her days in a dilapidated fur underwear shop deep within the Capitol and sides with the rebellion. She has altered herself to look like a tiger.

  • Animal Motifs: Her entire face is shaped like a tiger's face, and even acts like one as well, which Katniss concludes was too weird even by Capitol standards. She invokes it further by eating only raw meat and speaking with a vocal affectation that sounds like a cat's purr.
  • Big Brother Instinct: She is very doting towards Coriolanus and always gives advice when he is lost. In turn, Tigris is one of the few people Coriolanus can trust unconditionally.
  • Facial Markings: She has black and gold tiger stripes tattooed onto her face.
  • Fashion Designer: She works as an assistant for a Capitol fashion designer, though Coriolanus complains that she is treated more like a slave. She later goes on to become a stylist.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: It's implied that, when things were particularly rough, Tigris had to sell her body to make ends meet. Snow was too young to understand what happened, so he only learns about this fact years later.
  • Meaningful Name: Tigris is Latin for Tiger.
  • Prefers Raw Meat: It goes along with her tiger-like characteristics.
  • Promoted to Parent: She essentially becomes the Snow family's breadwinner after their fall from grace during the Dark Days.
  • Parental Substitute: She basically raises her younger cousin Coriolanus after his parents pass away. She's the breadwinner, makes the family's meals, makes sure he's clothed, and provides him emotional support and guidance.

The patriotic, slightly senile, grandmother of Coriolanus Snow and Tigris.

  • Fantastic Racism: She makes no secret of the fact she views people from the Districts as inferior.
  • No Name Given: We never find out her real name.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Tigris and Coriolanus call her "the Grandma'am" and we never find out her real name.
  • Racist Grandma: Sort of. While Panem is a post-racial dystopia, the Grandma'am sees District people as barbaric and inferior to Capitol culture.
  • Riches to Rags: Comes from the Old Money Snow family, who lost their money during the Dark Days.
  • Something About a Rose: Grows roses on the roof of the Snow's penthouse apartment.

    Crassus Snow 

The father of Coriolanus Snow. He was killed by a rebel sniper during the Dark Days.

  • Blue Blood: The patriarch of the aristocratic Snow family.
  • Disappeared Dad: Died when Snow was a child.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: While he doesn't appear in any of the books, and we only know of him from Snow and Casca Highbottom talking about him in the prequel, his actions had a big influence on the series. He was the one who presented Casca Highbottom's draft of the Hunger Games to Volumnia Gaul, who thought they were a good idea and put them into action (despite Highbottom not wanting his idea to become a reality), so the Hunger Games are partially his fault.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Casca Highbottom notes that Coriolanus Snow greatly resembles his father, Crassus.

    Mrs Snow 
The deceaded mother of Coriolanus Snow.

    Strabo Plinth 
A very wealthy man who made his money in the munitions industry. Originally from District 2, he managed to buy his family a place in the Capitol with his incredible wealth. He is the father of Sejanus Plinth.
  • Nouveau Riche: He's originally from District 2, but made a fortune in munitions during the war and managed to buy his family a place in the Capitol.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His only known child is executed.
  • The Quisling: He's a district resident who sold out to the Capitol for citizenship.

    Ma Plinth 
The mother of Sejanus Plinth. Like her son, she misses her home of District 2.
  • Nice Person: Probably one of the clearest cases in the series. She loves her son dearly and is willing to cook for Coriolanus, despite not knowing the latter all too well.
  • Supreme Chef: Coriolanus Snow calls her "something of an artist in the kitchen". She's particularly good at baking.

    Lucretius "Lucky" Flickerman 
The Capitol TV weatherman around the events of the 10th Hunger Games. He is assigned to interview tributes before the Games, in a show called The Hunger Games: A Night of Interviews, as well as to provide commentary during the Games itself.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: While commenting on the Games, Lucky sometimes brings a pet parrot and tries to teach it to say words, all the while ignoring everything that's happening around him, including the Games that he is supposed to comment.
  • The Host: The very first host of the Hunger Games, in fact.
  • Large Ham: He is overly excited about everything.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Coriolanus notes that Lucky is way too clownish and inappropriate to serve as commentator for the gladiatorial Hunger Games.
  • Weather Report: His permanent job is this. Whenever the Hunger Games runs slow, he will return back to providing weather forecast.

    Pluribus Bell 
A neighbour of Coriolanus Snow in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes who sells goods on the black market. He's one of the few people that the young Snow doesn't feel he has to keep up appearances around.
  • Ambiguously Gay: His old partner, who had a masculine name, is briefly mentioned as the love of his life.


A relatively friendly Peacekeeper in District 12 introduced in Catching Fire. He's on good terms with Katniss but gets promptly punished by the Capitol for trying to protect Gale from being flogged by Romulus.
  • Body Horror: Gets made into an Avox by the Capitol.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Darius gets knocked out when trying to protect Gale from being beaten by Romulus. he's later made into an Avox as punishment for showing sympathy to the people of District 12.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Despite being a Peacekeeper for the Capitol, he's actually on friendly terms with Katniss.

    Romulus Thread 

Cray's replacement as Head Peacekeeper. He may hail from District 2, as Roman names are common both at the Capitol and District 2 and most Peacekeepers hail from the latter as well.

  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown if he was present during the bombardment of District 12, and if he was if he survived it.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Hits Katniss across the face with his whip when she tries to intervene during his whipping of Gale.



A director from the Capitol assigned to document Katniss once the rebellion begins.

  • Meaningful Name: Named after the female lead of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, who's also a defector.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her original camera crew, only her and Pollux survive.


Cressida's assistant. He is described as a young man with multiple piercings.

    Castor and Pollux 

Cressida's cameramen who are both brothers. Pollux is also an Avox.

  • Defector from Decadence: They both defect from the Capitol along with Cressida.
  • Made a Slave: Pollux worked in the Capitol's underground sewer system during his time as an Avox.
  • Meaningful Name: Castor and Pollux are in Roman and Greek mythology. Similar to their tale, Castor dies in ''Mockingjay'" while Pollux survives.
  • The Speechless: Pollux cannot speak due to having his tongue cut out.

    Fulvia Cardew 

A rebel and Plutarch Heavensbee's right hand woman.

  • Facial Markings: She has tattoos of silver flowers on her cheeks.
  • Implied Love Interest: Katniss makes no comment beyond reporting it, but in one scene Fulvia massages Plutarch's shoulders, which implies they might be closer than their working relationship would suggest.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She shows signs of being sheltered in her talks with the District people she works with.
  • Number Two: Plutarch's right hand woman.
  • White Sheep: The prequel novel implies that she's a relative of President Snow given his Maybe Ever After moment with another member of the Cardew Family.


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