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A twelve-year-old from District 11 and one of the younger arena contestants, who develops a sisterly relationship with Katniss. Her special skills include tree-climbing, extensive knowledge of edible wildlife, and outstanding accuracy with a slingshot.

  • Ambiguously Brown: In the book, she's described as "dark-skinned", but her ethnicity isn't elaborated on. Averted in the film, where she's black.
  • Animal Motifs: Described as having bright, dark eyes and satiny brown skin and standing tilted up on her toes with her arms slightly extended to her sides, as if ready to take wing at the slightest sound. It's impossible not to think of a bird. Her swift and almost invisible movements through the treetops added to the bird-like description. Rue's pre-games interview costume is described as a sheer dress with shimmering gossamer wings. Of course, she can also communicate to the birds through song.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's the eldest of six children and fiercely protective of her siblings. She usually gives her food rations to them, and forages in the fields to provide more food for them even though the peacekeepers are far less lenient than in District 12.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She's the one who directs Katniss towards the tracker-jacker hive that gets dropped onto the Careers.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and Thresh wore chocolate brown jackets.
  • Flower in Her Hair: After her death, Katniss places a wreath of flowers on her head.
  • Fragile Speedster: Very fast, very agile, but lacks physical strength and endurance.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Katniss sings to her as she dies, and she smiles at Katniss.
  • Kid Hero
  • Kill the Cutie: She doesn't survive her Hunger Games...
  • Last Request: She asks Katniss to sing for her. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Meaningful Name: "Rue" means "regret." Katniss deeply regrets that she couldn't save her.
  • The Medic: At the very least, she knows which leaf can cure a tracker-jacker sting.
  • Morality Pet: Seems to have been this for Thresh, who is only seen as the one with the silent, deadly power until he kills Clove in a fit of rage for mocking her death, and lets Katniss go for making a burial for Rue.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Replacement Goldfish: To Katniss, who can't help but see her little sister Prim in Rue. When Rue is dying, Katniss actually refers to her as Prim in her thoughts, before correcting herself.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She's the first of Katniss' major allies who dies in the trilogy.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Especially played up in the film where the entire fight with Marvel is silent: Katniss takes him down, and then turns around and notices that Rue has been impaled by a spear.
  • Weapon of Choice: Shown to be pretty handy with a slingshot during the training sessions.

"Just this time, Twelve. For Rue."

A tall, powerfully-built young man from District 11. Survives on his own in the fields of tall grass on the opposite side of the arena from Katniss. Asked to join the Career pack, but he refuses the offer.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Like Rue, he's just described as "dark-skinned" in the book. In the film, he's black.
  • Berserk Button: Clove found out the hard way that talking smack about Rue when Thresh is within earshot is not a good idea.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Rue.
  • The Big Guy: He is tall, large and strong.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, he and Rue wore chocolate brown jackets.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He completely pulverizes Clove until she dies, though to be fair he did catch her by surprise.
  • Debt Detester: He spares Katniss because he feels that he owes her something for the way she treated Rue. Katniss understands that it's because he doesn't want to have a debt towards her.
  • The Dreaded: Even the Career pack (five strong with Peeta accompanying them) didn't dare venture into the field of long grass where Thresh had made his home. Together with Cato he was almost unquestionably the most physically dangerous Tribute in the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Eaten Alive: In the film, he's mauled to death off-screen by the mutts. In the book, he was already dead before the mutts showed up with Cato being heavily implied as his killer.
  • Genius Bruiser: Thresh spends majority of the Game camped out in a wheat field that not even the Careers want to risk trespassing. Katniss and Peeta notes that not only did it given Thresh the advantage of being the most nourished competitor, but because of all the potential hazards in the field, it would make going after him risky.
  • Hulk Speak: Mild example, suiting for a guy of few words like him. "You better run now, Fire Girl."
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He seemed to have taken in Rue, the girl from his district, as a sister because when she died, he was infuriated by her death. During the feast, Thresh overheard Clove gloating about Rue's death to Katniss. Thresh grabbed Clove off Katniss, strangled her while holding her one foot off the ground, and furiously yelled at her before killing her in retribution.
  • Not So Stoic: In the movie, he is seen suppressing a laugh at Rue stealing Cato's knife. Clove also discovered that, when he's angry, he becomes an unstoppable killing machine.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Until Rue dies, then he finally goes on the offensive.
  • Pet the Dog: Spares Katniss in return for her making a burial for Rue earlier on. He does warn that it's a one-time offer.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much. Except when he's angry, as Clove fatally discovered.
  • Sanity Slippage: Clearly losing it when killing Clove.
  • Scary Black Man: In his interview, he was seen as the one with silent, deadly power. He mostly keeps to himself and it's shown in the arena that he will shout when something matters to him and he will kill.
  • Wild Card: Neither on Katniss' nor the Carrier's side during the Games. Even though he ends up helping Katniss once, by killing Clove and sparing her in return for her making a burial for Rue earlier.
  • The Worf Effect: He's established as one of the strongest of the tributes, yet he is killed offscreen by Cato towards the end.
  • Would Hit a Girl: His only known kill is Clove.

Katniss: "I'm always dreading the others, but maybe Foxface is the real opponent here."

A tribute from District 5. Extremely resourceful and survives in the Games by stealing from the other Tributes.

  • Action Survivor: Managed to make it to the Top 4 in the books and the Top 5 in the movie mostly by evading others and stealing their supplies.
  • Animal Motifs: Foxes, of course, because of her fox-like appearance, which includes red hair and her foxy cunning.
  • Anti-Villain: The only thing bad about her is that she's Katniss' opponent (though even then Katniss doesn't bear any hatred toward her), and she doesn't do anything bad in the book or the film.
  • Badass Pacifist: She didn't win, but considering she never fought or killed anyone directly, it's amazing she survived as long as she did.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and her district partner wore plum red jackets.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Foxface's strategy in the game is to steal portions of her competitors supplies in-order to wait out and out-survive everyone. This comes back to bite her when Peeta accidentally picks poisonous berries.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Katniss nicknamed her "Foxface" because of her fox-like appearance. She is described by Katniss as sly and elusive. Foxface demonstrated her cleverness by figuring out the path into the Careers' supply pyramid and reached the bulk of supplies, takes an unnoticeable amount of food, and then runs back to the safety of the woods.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Her strategy works excellently until Peeta steals poisoned berries, which she takes and eats.
  • Hold the Line: Her strategy is to hide from the other tributes, steal their food to survive and wait for them to all kill each other.
  • In-Series Nickname: Katniss, not knowing her real name, referred to her as "Foxface" in her head.
  • Knife Nut: Never shown, but Katniss is sure that Foxface would knife her if she approached her directly.
  • No Name Given/Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name isn't known, so she's just called "Foxface".
  • Not So Different: In the film, she briefly bumps into Katniss whilst running from the Cornucopia bloodbath, and the look of terror she wears is a reflection of Katniss's own fear.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Only scores a 5 in her evaluation. Based on her caginess in the interview, Katniss realizes that Foxface did this on purpose so the other tributes would underestimate and ignore her.
  • Spanner in the Works: Two times. The first time, she unknowingly helps Katniss to understand the nature of the trap protecting the Carrier's food supplies. The second time, her actions at the Cornucopia during the Feast distract Katniss and make her lose a few precious seconds, that later put her at a disadvantage against Clove.
  • Too Clever by Half: Had a resourceful and cunning brain, but no skills for foraging or hunting. She assumed that Peeta knew what berries were poisonous — but Katniss was the great survivalist. Unless, of course, you think she planned her death...
  • The Trickster: Katniss even wonders if she's the real threat due to this.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Not strong physically, but smart and good at sneaking around and hiding herself.
  • Wild Card: Neither on Katniss' nor the Careers’ side during the Games.
  • Worthy Opponent: In the book, Katniss is constantly shown to respect Foxface and admire her tactics, often wishing she'd thought of them herself.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Her mutt-version is noted to have amber eyes.

"I'm comin' for you!"

A brutish "Career" tribute from District 2 and one of the deadliest opponents in the arena.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Katniss in the first book, or at least both he and Katniss seems to consider him as such. Deconstructed towards the end.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Katniss puts him out of his misery instead of letting him die a slow and painful death from the mutts. In the sequels, she realises he was just as much a pawn of the Capitol as everyone else.
  • Arc Villain: He's the most prominent threat during the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Ax-Crazy: Shown numerous times, such as when he breaks the boy from District 3's neck in retribution for the food blowing up.
  • Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting and killing for the sake of it.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, he and Clove wore Rust Red colored jackets.
  • Crippling Over Specialization: Katniss notes that while Careers are bred and trained for the actual combat, their Fatal Flaw is actually surviving without their supplies. Cato completely loses it after Katniss destroys his supplies.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being slowly eaten alive by the Mutts. Thankfully, Katniss helps him out of it.
  • Eaten Alive: Happens to him because of the twenty-some Mutts that gnaw at his flesh.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's audibly distraught when Thresh kills Clove, begging her to stay with him as she dies from her crushed skull. While any actual feelings he had for her are unknown, at that time they could have won together, benefiting from the same rule amendment the Gamemakers had created to encourage Katniss and Peeta together.
  • Famous Last Words: "Please..."
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's got a short fuse, and Heaven help whoever is in his way when it goes off.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: He and the other Careers spend their entire lives training for the Games, only to be beaten by a relative novice from an outlying district.
  • The Heavy: In the first book. Since Big Bad President Snow and the game masters are far outside Katniss' capability to confront, he is the one who serves as the most prominent physical threat to her.
  • Human Shield: He ends up using Peeta as a human shield in case Katniss tries to kill him with the bow. Unlike most examples of the Human Shield trope, where it's done to discourage someone from killing them, the way he is talking to her when doing so implies that he wants her to kill him, or at least doesn't care whether she kills him or not at this point.
  • Mercy Kill: Courtesy of Katniss.
  • Neck Snap: Does this to the District 3 boy after Katniss destroys the supplies.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the novel. When it's down to the final five, the narration follows Katniss and Peeta, but we hear the cannon signaling the death of Thresh. Assuming that they fought since last time Katniss saw them two days ago then, Cato killing such a powerful opponent definitely counts as this.
  • Pet the Dog: He seemed genuinely saddened by Clove's death, begging for her to stay with him as he watched her die.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Like the other "Career" tributes, he comes across this way to some extent due to his District's practice of training kids for the Games.
  • Tyke Bomb: Raised from childhood to fight and to kill.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Completely loses it near the end, savagely attacking Katniss and Peeta like a wild animal.
  • Weapon of Choice: A short sword, sharp enough to cut Peeta's leg down to the bone.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Never actually does so, but he's perfectly willing to hunt down and kill Katniss himself.
  • You Have Failed Me: He breaks the District 3 boy's neck after the boy's trap failed to kill Katniss, instead destroying their supplies.

"Where's lover boy? Oh, I see. You're gonna help him, right? Well, that's sweet."

Cato's fellow tribute from District 2, who relishes killing her competitors with an array of knives she keeps in her jacket.

  • Ax-Crazy: The filmmakers decided to play this up, showing her as unhinged and slightly psychotic, in part to counter how much smaller Fuhrman was to the other characters.
  • Blood Knight: She loves her throwing knives.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, she and Cato wore Rust Red colored jackets.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Brutally slain by Thresh after she boasts about killing Rue when he smashes her head with a rock.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of the strongest fighters of the Career pack.
  • The Dragon: Cato's Number Two.
  • Evil Gloating: She can't resist rubbing her victory in Katniss' face and mocking her after pinning her down on the ground.
    • Bond Villain Stupidity: Even though Katniss can't fight back, she forgets that there are other Tributes around who can take advantage of her moment of distraction. Like Thresh.
    • Tempting Fate: Bragging about how your team killed the little girl while her Scary Black Man of a partner is nearby isn't the brightest of things to do.
  • Karmic Death: She really shouldn't have bragged about Rue's death in the presence of Thresh, and receives one of the most violent deaths in the movie, when he repeatedly smashes her into the outer-hull of the cornucopia.
  • Knife Nut: She's very good at handling knives, and is an excellent shot when it comes to throwing them. In the film, she's even shown to even sleep whilst gripping a knife handle.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: Like the other "Career" tributes, she comes across this way to some extent due to her District's practice of training kids for the Games.
  • Smug Snake: Too sadistic and arrogant for her own good. While she is a more than dangerous fighter, her Evil Gloating proves to be her undoing.
  • Tyke Bomb: As seems to be the norm in "Career Districts".
  • Too Dumb to Live: Seriously bragging about Rue's death when Thresh is in earshot.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She can more than handle herself in a fight, even against the more powerfully-built tributes like Katniss, but after the enormous Thresh gets his hands on her, she realizes she stands no chance and immediately goes from smug and sadistic to completely terrified and screaming her lungs out for Cato to help her... until she dies.
  • Weapon of Choice: Several throwing knives.

"As I try to avoid looking at his family, I learn that his name was Marvel. How did I never know that? I suppose that before the Games I didn't pay attention and afterwards I didn't want to know."
-Katniss on Marvel

The male tribute from District 1.

  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, he and Glimmer wore avocado green jackets.
  • Dumb Muscle: Katniss describes him as such.
  • Karmic Death: He really should not have killed Rue in front of Katniss.
  • Lean and Mean: The tallest of the Careers, at 6'3.
  • Meaningful Name: A "marvel" is something extraordinary or amazing. Indeed, he's from the top Career District and the Gamemakers gave him a score of 9.
  • No Name Given: Subverted. We never find out his name in The Hunger Games, but in Catching Fire, it's revealed. The film sees it mentioned by Caesar when he's called up to be interview, but the non-initiated might just miss out on hearing it.

"Are you sure we shouldn't just kill him now?"

The female tribute from District 1.

  • Death by Disfigurement: Literally and figuratively.
  • Death by Irony: Her hook in the Games is that she's very beautiful. She dies by being horrifically stung to death and mutilated by genetically-engineered wasps.
  • Due to the Dead: Averted. Katniss, while suffering from the hallucinations brought on by the tracker-jacker stings, has no problem with prying a bow and quiver of arrows from her corpse. Given that Glimmer and Katniss were enemies, this is justified.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Cinna's throwaway comment that Glimmer had a poisoned ring taken from her before the Games demonstrates that Glimmer is not likeable and not to be sympathised with.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes:
    Katniss's narration: The girl from District 1, looking provocative in a see-through gold gown, steps up the center of the stage to join Caesar for her interview. You can tell her mentor didn't have any trouble coming up with an angle for her. With that flowing blonde hair, emerald green eyes, her body tall and lush... she's sexy all the way.
  • Faux Action Girl: She's one of the Careers, who are said to have been intensely trained their whole lives for the Games beforehand and are usually the winners if nothing in the arena takes out all their food supplies at once first. However, she doesn't display any notable skills, is noted by Katniss to be an incompetent shot with a bow, and gets brutally killed by tracker-jackers early on in the Games before she can actually do anything.
    • Averted at least a bit on the film, though, as she can be seen brutally attacking and killing at least a couple of Tributes.
  • Femme Fatale: Allegedly, although she doesn't get around to killing as many people. This is clearly her hook though.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In-universe, this is her entire gimmick for getting sponsors.
  • Ninja Looting: That bow was meant for Katniss, but it doesn't stop Glimmer from claiming it when she gets there first.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Her district token is a ring that reveals a poisoned spike when the gemstone is twisted. She doesn't get to use it in the Hunger Games, though, because it gets confiscated.
  • Tyke Bomb
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She's a Career, so she should be very brutal and strong as the rest of them but she has no idea how to use a bow and it gets her killed when Katniss drops the tracker-jackers on her.

    District 3 Tributes 

The unnamed tributes of District 3 during the 74th Hunger Games.

The girl died in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The boy survives the first day and joins with the "Career" tributes, acting as a supply guard and setting up booby traps around the area. When Katniss blows all of it up, Cato kills him in a fit of rage.

    District 4 Tributes 

The unnamed "Career" tributes of District 4 during the 74th Hunger Games.

The boy died in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The girl survives the first day and joins the "Career" pack but is killed shortly after when Katniss drops the tracker jacker nest on the group.

    District 5 Male 

The unnamed male tribute of District 5 during the 74th Hunger Games. (His partner Foxface has her own section above).

He is killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia.

    District 6 Tributes  

The unnamed tributes of District 6 during the 74th Hunger Games.

They are both killed in the bloodbath at the cornucopia.


    District 7 Tributes  

The unnamed tributes of District 7 during the 74th Hunger Games.

They are both killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia.

  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the 74th Hunger Games, they wore russet brown jackets.
  • No Name Given
  • Recurring Extra: The female appears the most of all the unnamed tributes.
  • Tyke Bomb: The female, standing at 4'11 and having rather high odds of winning, at 7-1. She was also one of the more capable tributes in defending herself, attacking and almost killing Glimmer in the bloodbath. And later being referenced as one of the mutts with "dirty blond hair" and "the ability to fight" and survived the attack.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

    District 8 Tributes  

The unnamed tributes of District 8 during the 74th Hunger Games.

The boy died in the initial bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The girl survives the first day, but due to a lack of supplies, she foolishly starts a fire that allows the "Career" pack to find and attack her. She is mortally wounded, but does not die quickly, so Peeta returns and Mercy Kills her, Katniss is close by and hears everything.

    District 9 Tributes 

The unnamed tributes of District 9 during the 74th Hunger Games.

They are both killed in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The boy is the first tribute killed in the 74th Hunger Games in the novel, stabbed by Clove while he was fighting with Katniss over a backpack.

    District 10 Tributes 

The unnamed tributes of District 10 during the 74th Hunger Games.

The girl died in the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. The boy escaped with supplies into the forest, but is killed offscreen later.

They are played by Dakota Hood & Jeremy Marinas, respectively.


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