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"I’m a Victor. Killing is all I’ll ever be remembered for. For being a murderer."
Luxe St. James

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     District 1 
"My district's industry is beauty. Men and women are not exempt from this."
Luster Lancaster
  • Always Second Best: Though known for being the luxury district and producing beautiful people and products, District 1 struggles to produce as many Victors as District 2 (particularly after Boudicca takes over the Institute) or garner the respect District 2 does.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Beauty Is Bad: How they're viewed by the other districts, and even many in District 1 come to see District 1 this way.
  • City of Gold: The wealthiest and most luxurious district.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Luxe sets Nolan straight about life in District 1.
    Luxe: In One, pregnant women hope for birth defects. They whisper in the dark, wishing for their children to be born ugly so that they won’t be taken away. Some of them drink and smoke, hoping that will damage the unborn just enough for it to escape the analysis in eight years. For some it works. For others, it doesn’t. Our women go blind at fifty from a lifetime of setting tiny gems in a dark room. Our men are left to fend for themselves when they lose a finger to the graphite compressors and aren’t fit for work. The rich and well-off live in perpetual terror that a rival will choose to put a hit on one of their children in a fit of revenge or pettiness. And when the Capitol takes our girls and our boys, whether to the Games or to the brothels or the DAEYD, they never, ever, ever come back.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: District 1 was founded by white supremacists who migrated from the former American South and who engaged in racial extermination in their trek across the American continent and in former San Francisco where they settled. Luster notes in recounting this that this created genetic problems for District 1 until they were conquered by the Capitol and began to mix with those from other districts.
  • San Francisco: District 1 was built on its Urban Ruins.
  • Sex Slave: The fate of many of District 1’s citizens and all of its Victors once Luster takes over the DAEYD and the district.
    Antigone (to Dido): It is unwise to refer to the District 1 tributes as party-favors-in-training. There’s a reason you’re not aware of its full implications, but trust me, they will not take it well[.]
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: After Luster takes control of District 1, the most beautiful citizens are forcibly taken to the DAEYD as teenagers and are forced to train to become tributes or high-priced escorts. Luxe claims that District 1 pregnant mothers wish for birth defects and smoke and drink in order to increase the odds, all so that they can keep and protect their children.

Luxe St. James (2nd Games Victor)

  • Always a Child to Parent: His mother insists that becoming a Victor has not fundamentally changed Luxe, continually telling herself after his Games, “He’s a good boy.”
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Nolan tells Plats that the District 1 Victors don’t know how hard life is in District 9, Luxe cuts him off and says, “Then tell us. You say we don’t about Nine, Nolan? That’s fair. Then tell us.” Nolan is taken aback but then describes District 9’s terrible conditions. Luxe responds with sympathy but then explains the hardships of District 1.
  • Blue Blood: Member of the St. James family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His mother tries to convince him of this—that he had to kill in the arena to survive. Luxe refuses to see it that way.
  • La Résistance: Recruited by Mags to join the wider resistance to the Capitol, though he already had a bank account set up to finance several Capitol “malcontents”.
  • No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: Played with in his confrontation with Nolan. Luxe is very sympathetic to hardships Nolan describes about District 9, but he also makes it clear that District 1 has its own struggles (see Crapsaccharine World above), and that he has no patience for Nolan’s hatred of the inner districts or his ignorant assumptions about him or Plat.
    Luxe: You’re too young to remember, but you should have known that my name came out of a reaping bowl, same as Plat’s, same as yours. Don’t act like either of us chose this life. So don’t you ever call me Career, boy. Do you understand?
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Luxe consciously distances himself from training potential tributes at the DAEYD, but takes a particular interest in Silk after seeing her excel at combat courses but fail in etiquette and strategy classes.
  • Retired Badass: Though near sixty and retired, Luxe still can intimidate Nolan, a Victor nearly forty years younger, with a harsh word and a glare.
  • Starving Artist: Averted. Luxe is an artist but quite wealthy, both because he comes from an aristocratic family and because he is a Victor.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Luxe has an affair with Ruby, his mentee during the 5th Games. She is ultimately killed by Platinum, his other mentee that year and the ultimate Victor.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Luxe only sees himself as a murderer, despite his mother’s protestations.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mags describes Luxe and Platinum’s relationship as “the most passive-aggressive friendship in the history of the nation.”

Platinum (5th Games Victor)

  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Hid his athletic abilities prior to the Games, thus surprising his fellow tributes once the Games begin, including his district partner.
  • La Résistance: Recruited by Mags to join, though he was already working with Luxe to finance several Capitol “malcontents”.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grew up in a group Community Home after his parents were killed during the Dark Days rebellion.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Has a momentary Heroic BSoD after his first kill.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His mentor Luxe originally favored his district partner, Ruby, over him. However, after he kills Ruby and wins the Games, he and Luxe form a relationship that Mags describes as "the most passive-aggressive friendship in the history of the nation."

Gleam Cobble (9th Games Victor)

Silk Seville (14th Games Victor)

  • Action Girl: Silk was so aggressive during her training that she even injured her fight instructors.
  • The Leader: Of her tribute alliance.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Her family rebelled against the Capitol during the Dark Days and was largely wiped out afterwards. Silk grew up in a Community Home until she came to the DAEYD for training.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Luxe consciously distances himself from training potential tributes at the DAEYD, but takes a particular interest in Silk after seeing her excel at combat courses but fail in etiquette and strategy classes.
  • Shelled-Shocked Victor: Suffered horrific nightmares following her Games.
  • Tomboy: Initially hates the Etiquette and Social Skills classes she has to take or the nice, "girly" clothes she is told to wear, though by the end of her training she has changed significantly. Decades later though, when she’s an instructor, she herself is teaching these classes.
  • Ur-Example: She is the first true Career tribute from District 1, having been trained for years and then volunteering for the Games.

Luster Lancaster (30th Games Victor)

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A member of the Lancaster family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Biopic: An opera is made about him, titled, Luster the Legend.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Pretended to be uncomfortable with swords during his training and purposely scored a 9 in order to seem respectable but non-threatening. This allowed him to take his Career allies completely by surprise when their alliance ultimately collapsed.
  • I Own This Town: Following his Games, Luster essentially becomes the dictator of District 1. So much so that Snow has to remind him who the true dictator is.
  • Mama's Boy: Heavily doted upon by his mother growing up.
  • Proud Beauty: According to his own description, “With my golden hair, deep-blue eyes and perfectly symmetrical features, I was exceptionally beautiful even for a child of 1.”
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Coin’s Kangaroo Court prosecutor announced that Luster had been dumped into a graphite compressor. This is proven false when Luster is revealed as Katniss’s kidnapper.
  • Smug Snake: Very impressed with his own villainy.
    Ermine: You are an evil bastard.
    Luster: You know, Coriolanus Snow told me the exact same thing once. I consider it the highest compliment I've received.
  • The Sociopath: Scorned the idea of needing a therapist after his Games, as he had no problem killing all these people.
  • Superior Successor: Greatly improves the recruitment and training of the DAEYD once he gains ownership over it.
  • Visionary Villain: Developed the idea of "Victors' responsibilities," in which Victors became the sexual property of the Capitol. Also, took over DAEYD and turned it into a true Academy of Evil, forcing people of highest beauty and racial stock to join the DAEYD, where they were trained to become tributes, Capitol escorts, or both.

Wonder Spicer (38th Games Victor)

  • Bath Suicide: Slit his wrists and arms open in a bathtub to escape his life of sexual slavery. In retaliation, either Luster or Snow has his entire family killed, except his sister, who Luxe is able to smuggle out of District 1.
  • Descent into Addiction: Becomes a drug addict due to his partner Scipio being murdered and Luster forcing him to perform “Victor’s duties”.
  • For Want of a Nail: To get away from his annoying Career allies during training, Wonder decides to go over to the nutritionist station, where he learns which plants are edible and contain extra supplies of water. This ends up saving his life in the Thirsty Desert-themed arena.
  • Sex Slave: The first District 1 Victor to have to perform the “Victor’s responsibilities” after Luster takes over the DAEYD.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: with Scipio, another graduate of the DAEYD. They try to run away together after Wonder’s victory, but Luster easily catches them, drugs Wonder to make him compliant, and has Scipio dismembered.

Ermine Butler (43rd Games Victor)

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Girl Posse that harasses Ermine and kills Esther all come from the wealthy families of District 1.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after seeing Esther’s hanging body, so much so that she has to be medicated and restrained. Only snaps out of after she meets Jade, who slaps her and offers to help her in get revenge.
  • Girl Posse: Topaz, Cinnamon, and Saffron sabotage Ermine’s dance routine and kill Esther, because she earns the highest score in the DAEYD.
  • Handicap Match: Challenges the entire Girl Posse during combat training and kills two of them and disfigures the other.
  • Hollywood Homely: Ermine is viewed this way in District 1.
    Ermine: I’m only barely attractive enough to make it into the DAEYD. Anywhere else in Panem I suppose I’d be gorgeous but no one blinks twice at a pretty face in 1.
  • I Have Your Wife: Ermine doesn’t know her own family, so Luster threatens to kill her best friend Esther’s family if she doesn’t volunteer for ''and win' the Hunger Games.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this as she is being dragged away after killing Topaz and Cinnamon.
  • Never Suicide: The Girl Posse makes Esther’s death looks like a suicide, but Jade immediately recognizes it as a fake and knows the posse killed her to take her spot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ermine is headstrong, impatient, disrespectful, and prefers the mace. Esther is calm, courteous, focused, and prefers the sword. And they are the closest of friends.
  • Reign of Terror: Executed by firing squad by the District 13 Kangaroo Court presided over by President Coin.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Comes from the poor part of District 1 and has to work as a servant for the wealthier tributes to pay for training at the DAEYD.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: After she kills the Girl Posse (and with Esther already dead), there are no viable candidates for female candidates for tribute. Luster therefore forces Ermine to take their place, especially in light of her clear willingness and ability to kill multiple people at once.

Brilliance Rosencratz (47th Games Victor)

  • Blue Blood: From one of the Great Houses.
  • Eye Scream: His eyes are ripped out by crow mutts. After the Games, Capitol technology is used to grow him a new pair of eyes from his DNA.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: He and the District 1 female tribute were particulary targeted during their Games as punishment for Wonder’s suicide and Snow’s overall annoyance at Luster’s increasingly haughty ways. Brilliance nevertheless survives and proves to be an attractive, pliant Victor, putting Luster back in favor.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Despite being terribly brutalized in the Games and being turned into a Sex Slave, Brilliance remains committed to the Capitol until he is executed by the District 13 Kangaroo Court.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: His Games are referenced in the clandestine conversation between Luxe, Plat, Mags, and Nolan, in which Mags recruits Luxe and Plat to join La Résistance.
  • Reign of Terror: Killed by firing squad by a District 13 Kangaroo Court, presided over by President Coin.

Jade Boleyn (49th Games Victor)

  • Archer Archetype: Her archery skills are on par with Katniss (and when Jade is feeling charitable, she may even concede that Katniss might be better).
  • Blue Blood: A member of the Boleyn family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The only Victor whose snark rivals Blight and Johanna.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Ermine starts having another Heroic BSoD when she realizes the Girl Posse killed Esther, Jade slaps her and then offers her help in getting revenge.
  • Klingon Promotion: According to the Kangaroo Court prosecutor, Jade incapacitated her main rival at the DAEYD to become tribute of the 49th Games.
  • La Résistance: According to her testimony, Luxe and Plat recruit her right after the Second Quarter Quell.
  • Last of Her Kind: By the end of the story, Jade is last surviving District 1 Victor.
  • Minor Kidroduction: Jade first appears at the Victory party her father hosts for Wonder when she is seven years old. When she is rude to Wonder, her father threatens to send her to the DAEYD.
  • The Sociopath: When her many kills are shown at her trial, including those before her Games, Jade is largely amused by and nostalgic for earlier times.

Crystal Flute (61st Games Victor)

  • Driven to Suicide: Kills herself after learning from Beetee that she will be reaped for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Her boyfriend, a young man from Dustell House, mysteriously dies after rumors that the two may be involved in seditious activity.
  • Posthumous Character: Her chapter is largely about the investigation into her suicide, with her Games being described in Flashback by the investigator, who was both a sponsor and john of hers.
  • Sex Slave: Her chapter puts particular emphasis on her “Victors’ duties,” including with President Snow.

Gloss and Cashmere Delacroix (62nd Games Victor)

  • The Ace: Gloss is this throughout his time at the DAEYD and in his Games, where he earns the moniker, “The Golden Hunter.”
  • Badass Boast: Cashmere makes one to Beetee about her extensive intelligence network.
    Cashmere: Give me some credit, Volts. I’m Cashmere Delacroix, I have connections that Mags would drool over and secrets that would make Odair’s hair curl. But in this case you might want to tell Connor Murphy that he shouldn’t take secret calls until he’s sure I've left his apartment after a casual romp.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Both their corpses appear to be smiling as they are taken out of the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Subverted. Gloss is assigned to be Cashmere’s mentor in her Games, but then he is called away to perform “Victor’s duties,” so Jade mainly mentors Cashmere during her Games.
  • Blood Knight: Gloss cries when his Games end, because he never felt so free as he did in the arena.
  • Brainless Beauty: Cashmere completely subverts this in her Battle of Wits with Beetee, who discovers Cashmere has great Hidden Depths.
  • Brother-Sister Team: They are close from birth (being twins) and do everything together: joining the DAEYD, becoming tributes and Victors, drugging and torturing people to satisfy Gloss’s sadism, being reaped for the Third Quarter Quell, and dying together. The only thing they don’t enjoy doing together is performing their Victors’ duties, which Gloss enjoys far more than Cashmere.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Blight nicknames them “Sparkle” and “Wool,” which catches on among the tributes and even some in the Capitol. This enrages Spar—uh, Gloss so much that Blight is his first target in the Cornucopia, but Cecelia stops him.
  • Evil Laugh: Gloss gives one when the Quarter Quell is announced, because he will finally have the chance to get revenge on Evelyn for Blackmailing him after discovering that he is the Midtown Mincer.
  • Half Identical Twin: Apparently, because when they are children, they pull a Fake Twin Gambit when Cashmere gets her hair cut very short.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: By joining La Résistance, Cashmere agrees to do this during the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Hidden Depths: Beetee is surprised to learn how intelligent and well-read Cashmere is, but is especially surprised by her willingness to sacrifice herself and her brother to help the rebel Victors get Katniss and Peeta out of the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • Hollywood Beauty Standards: The twins are said to be gorgeous even by the standards of District 1, which are already ridiculously high.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The Delacroix family is the poorest of the Great Houses and looked down upon by the others. This changes when they win their respective Games.
  • La Résistance: Their older brothers are part of a “discussion circle” with other dissidents in the St. James and Boleyn families. Their father was likely involved as well, resulting in Snow having Enobaria kill him, though it was made to look like robbery gone wrong. This, Gloss’s psychopathic turn, and her disgust at District 1’s sexual enslavement cause Cashmere to join the Rebellion as well.
    Cashmere: My brother is dead, they killed him. My parents when they sent us to that … that place. Luster. The DAEYD. The Gamemakers. Snow. They ruined the only person who ever loved me. They murdered my father. They buy and sell my district. Every year they send another pretty thing like me into the arena, and I have to smile and teach her to poise and laugh and kill even as I pray that the Twos murder her early. They have taken everything, and I will tear them down with my bare, bloody hands if I have to!
  • Last Kiss: Cashmere gives Beetee one at the end of their meeting.
    Beetee: Why did you do that?
    Cashmere: Because I can. And I wanted to give the tabloids one more headline before I go out.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gloss goes shirtless during his Games.
  • Mercy Kill: Gloss spears the District 4 female tribute after she is mauled by a pack of hyenas.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Gloss becomes infatuated with the thrill of bloodshed after his Games, so with the help of Cashmere he becomes “the Midtown Mincer.” Cashmere drugs the victims and Gloss tortures them, though the victims never realize who their attackers are.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 1’s male and female tributes in the Third Quarter Quell.
  • That Man Is Dead: Cashmere ultimately feels this way about Gloss, so much so that she asks Beetee to make sure Gloss is killed in the Third Quarter Quell before she is killed, because if they kill her first, “he’ll die with me. He’ll be the monster they made, only the monster. There will be nothing left to love.” Beetee obliges, and Johanna kills Cashmere only after Katniss kills Gloss.


     District 2 
"Do you know why we train tributes, Granyte? For the glory of the nation. For our district's honor. ... Training men and women who are eager to serve the Capitol in any way, even by sacrificing their own lives on the altar of civilization, is part of that. Every Victor we bring home is a part of that triumph."
  • Blood Knight: District 2 tributes live to fight.
  • Due to the Dead: The Institute cremates the bodies of the District 2 fallen tributes … assuming there is a body to cremate.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: In their best light, this is the mindset of District 2.
  • Red Is Heroic/Red Is Violent: The uniform for Institute trainees is a red tunic. Only citizens of District 2 (and perhaps in the Capitol) see them as heroic, but everyone sees them as violent.
  • Training from Hell: All Institute students seeking to be selected as tribute must withstand the three major trials: the Trial of Strength (in which students are spread out across District 2 and must find their way back to the Institute), the Trial of Spirit (in which they are confronted by their most painful memories and nightmares), and the Trial of Blood (in which they must kill someone).
Ahenobarbus Romero (1st Games Victor)
  • Ax-Crazy: Killed fifteen other tributes during his Games, the record for most kills in a single Game. (Brutus would tie this record at the 48th Hunger Games and then would take the record for most Hunger Games kills during the Third Quarter Quell.)
  • Odd Friendship: with Gates. Ahenobarbus considered Gates to be the most brilliant Victor and was greatly offended by the Capitol’s Post Game Retaliation against him. He even sat in the hospital with Gates after he had a stroke and was there when he woke up.
  • One Hit Poly Kill: Kills Jon and Ryla Undersee by thrusting a spear through both of them at the same time. There is later a fountain built in the Capitol depicting this kill.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: His District partner, Cassia, propositions him the night before they go into the arena. For Cassia, this seems to be a case of Must Not Die a Virgin.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: Starts the first official training for Career tributes, where he mostly recruits homeless ruffians and juvenile delinquents, who he treats brutally. Boudicca later converts this to the Institute—also known as “Murder High”—and establishes much higher standards for entry, training, and being chosen as tribute.
  • Relegated Mentor: Boudicca supplants him as the head of the Institute, but she doesn’t fully marginalize him like she does Tiberius. He recognizes that his methods had not produced any victors besides Tiberius and gracefully accepts Boudicca's takeover.
  • Sadist: His "hatch" or coping mechanism is torturing Avoxes.
  • Sadist Teacher: As a mentor, he treats his potential tributes—who are referred to as "Ahenobarbus’s dogs"–cruelly, letting them know that he only cares about winning, not them personally, and that they will be kicked out if they fail to commit and obey 100%. Regardless, with the exception of Tiberius, this doesn’t result in producing any winners.
  • Sins of the Father: Subverted in his case, as his father fought for the Capitol during the Dark Days. Ahenobarbus is therefore initially surprised and angry when he is reaped. His father then explains to him that most of the other tributes were reaped because their parents were considered disloyal, and Ahenobarbus was there to kill them and become the very first Victor. This completely changes Ahenobarbus's perspective.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: His father killed his mother in front of him, because she sided with the rebels.
  • Ur-Example: First Victor ever.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of his major motivations for wanting to win his Games—besides his own survival—is to make his father proud.

Tiberius (6th Games Victor)

  • Badass Decay: Viewed this way In-Universe.
    The once handsome, brutal Victor of the Sixth Games was now known for his three chins and permanent sweat marks on his clothes rather than his skill in the arena.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ahenobarbus refuses to treat him with respect, even after he becomes a Victor. But Tiberius really becomes this after Boudicca kicks him out of the Institute.
    Ahenobarbus: You shouldn't antagonize Ty so much, Boudicca. You're going to drive him to an early grave.
    Boudicca: It's one of my only pleasures in life now that my games are done. Indulge me.
    Ahenobarbus: Fair enough.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Claims the scar over his eye was from a barfight, rather than the beatdown Boudicca gave him when he tried to rape her.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Face–Heel Turn: He defended his friend Minnie from being raped by Gaius, but later attempts to rape Boudicca. This turn is never explained, but it’s likely that the head trip of becoming a Sadist Teacher like Ahenobarbus and his descent into hedonism following the Games caused him to become more cruel.
  • The Hedonist: Spends all his time and money on Hookers and Blow and gorging himself.
  • Klingon Promotion: Becomes the male tribute after killing his main rival, Gaius.
  • Obsolete Mentor/Reluctant Retiree: Boudicca forces him into retirement as a mentor after she wins her Games.
    Boudicca: Whore and drink and party your life away. It means nothing to me. But unless you want me to serve you your balls in a pie, stay away from my tributes.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His father was a rebel killed or executed during the Dark Days, and he lived under a bridge until Ahenobarbus took him in to be trained.
  • The Unfavorite: Ahenobarbus clearly prefers Gaius to him, but after he kills Gaius during an impromptu fight, he becomes the tribute.

Boudicca (17th Games Victor)

Granyte Tanner (18th Games Victor)

  • Abandon the Disabled: His family refused to meet at the train station when he returned from the Games, likely because they didn’t want to see him with all his limbs missing.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost both legs and left hand in his final battle in the arena.
  • Closer to Earth: In part because he is Inspirationally Disabled, in part because he is the only District 2 Victor to not be a Career (besides Ahenobarbus), Granyte is often the Voice of Reason among the District 2 Victors. He convinces Ares that he is as worthy as any of them of being a Victor, and he convinces Boudicca to give Lyme a chance (though Lyme does turn out to be The Mole).
  • Driven to Suicide: Tries to kill himself three separate times but fails, “because Boudicca is too stubborn to let me die and the tie I used to hang myself was of very low quality.”
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Abandoned the traditional Career alliance and instead led an alliance of tributes from Districts 7, 9, and 10. He remained on the sidelines as all the other tributes fought it out. At the end of the melee, the only survivors besides Granyte were the District 4 tributes and the male District 1 tribute. Granyte was able to defeat the weakened trio but at the cost of all his limbs.
  • Loophole Abuse: Because Granyte is an actual volunteer rather than a Career who was pre-selected to be reaped, he is able to become the male tribute instead of Cassius, one of Ahenobarbus’s “dogs” who was reaped.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Volunteers for the Games to earn the winnings necessary to pay off his family’s quarry. His family takes the money but refuses to have anything to do with him, both because he is now a murderer and because of his severe injuries.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Doesn’t get to say goodbye to his siblings before leaving for the Games, because Boudicca insists they start preparing immediately. She tells him that if he is truly serious about winning, then he will see them again. He does come back, but by then his family refuses to see him.
  • Reign of Terror: Executed by firing squad by the District 13 Kangaroo Court presided over by President Coin. He was 74 and breathing from an oxygen tank.
  • Ur-Example: Technically the first volunteer from District 2, as Ahenobarbus had rigged all the previous drawings to make sure his pre-selected students are reaped from the bowl. Granyte is a genuine volunteer rather than a Career.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Spoke the “sacred words” for Bartimaeus when he was chosen as tribute.

Honorius Manchetti (22nd Games Victor)

  • 100% Heroism Rating: District 2 was never more proud of a Victor than they were of Honorius for how he volunteered, fought honorably and achieved a Flawless Victory. In the Capitol, they felt "lust and joy and adulation," and even in District 1 "jealousy and grudging respect."
    Never had District 2 seen such a celebration since before the Dark Days. The Games had delivered them a butcher, a dog, a sociopath, and a living cadaver, but now they had a hero.
    • Subverted in the outer districts, where Honorius and the District 2 Institute were looked upon with pure hatred.
  • Badass Family/Power Trio: He and his cousins Virtus and Justus were the toughest group in the Community Home, were the only ones Boudicca chose to train from Ahenobarbus’s original recruits, were all chosen to be tributes, and all won their respective Games.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refused to fight each other during their training, even though they would be severely punished for refusing.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Honorius and demonstrates honor in the way he acts in Games. He makes sure each tribute is given a fair fight to defend themselves, personally closing the eyes of each deceased tribute. He also made sure the Career alliance held together until all other tributes were dead, and when they did inevitably fight each other, they avoided the Inevitable Mutual Betrayal and fought each other head-on. Honorius personally carried the body of the penultimate tribute, his district partner Claudia, into the hovercraft, so she could be embalmed.
    Boudicca: Honor. That is why we train. It is an honor to represent the district in the Games. It is an honor to serve the Capitol with our very lives. When we train, when we fight, when we kill, even when we bend the knee to those who protect us, honor flows in our very blood.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grew up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruited them for tribute training.
  • Perspective Flip: His chapter presents a different, but still quite positive, perspective of Boudicca’s takeover.
  • The Runaway: Honorius convinces his cousins to run away with him from Ahenobarbus’s training once he realizes they will likely be selected for the Games, and that District 2 tributes rarely ever come back. His perspective changes, though, when Boudicca takes over and instills them with Patriotic Fervor and better training.

Virtus Manchetti (24th Games Victor)

  • After-Action Report: Virtus's Games are described in the Victor interview he has with Augustine Pine.
  • Badass Family/Power Trio: He and his cousins Honorius and Justus were the toughest group in the Community Home, were the only ones Boudicca chose to train from Ahenobarbus’s original recruits, were all chosen to be tributes, and all won their respective Games.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refused to fight each other during their training, even though they would be severely punished for refusing.
  • Fake Weakness/Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like a total buffoon from the time he is reaped through the Capitol training and interviews, in order not to come off as the threat he is. His pretense is blown when he is jumped by six outer-district tributes and he easily kills them all single-handedly.
  • Idiot Ball: During the 26th Games, he sends his male mentee an oxygen mask … in the middle of a raging forest fire!
    Spartacus: Oh for Panem’s sake! Well, no one ever said Virtus was brainy.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Virtus’s alliance decides to kill him prior to the alliance’s breakup, because none of them believe they will be able to take him individually.
  • The Lancer: The least Proud Warrior Race Guy of the three cousins (and notably, he has the least value-laden name). He is also more pragmatic than Honorius about Granyte's Let's You and Him Fight strategy. And he is the only one to act less than honorably during his Games.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Luscious, the female District 1 tribute, formed a romantic relationship with Virtus but joined the other Careers in betraying him early.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Virtus and demonstrates physical and psychological strength by withstanding being thrown over a cliff into violent waves, surviving for three days without food, climbing back up the cliffs, and defeating the other tributes to claim victory.
    Boudicca: Strength. Not just physical strength. Strength of will. Strength of mind. We are the capstone of the nation. It's our blood and sacrifice that holds it together. We must be strong in every way, or the entire structure collapses.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Completely loses his veneer of cool when the Sixatrons burst into the studio during his interview. In a violent rage, Virtus shoots and kills several of them.
    Gone is the cool, collected Victor of a few minutes ago. It's been replaced by something like an animal, a predator raging and thrashing and eager for more …
  • No One Could Survive That!: The Career alliance throws him over the cliff, but he manages to survive for three days without food and climbs up the steep cliffs back to the base of the island.
  • Noodle Incident: The District 2 male tribute for the First Quarter Quell vows to "fuck him over so hard he'll beg for forgiveness before he dies." But it’s never revealed what Virtus does to enrage the tribute so much.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grew up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruited them for tribute training.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tracks down Luscious and brutally rapes and kills her. For years afterward, he tries to atone by training women how to defend themselves against rapists.
    Granyte (to Ares): Did you know Virtus raped a girl during his Games? She had betrayed him, he was high on bloodlust. He had to kill her, that’s how the Games worked, but he didn’t have to hurt her like that. He considers it his moment of weakness, his greatest sin. It doesn’t matter how much he drinks, how much he cuts his arm open with a razor blade, how many girls from town he teaches to fight and pinch and defend themselves against an assailant, he’ll never rid himself of the shame and guilt of what he did to that girl.
Justus Scavo (27th Games Victor)
  • Badass Family/Power Trio: He and his cousins Virtus and Honorius were the toughest group in the Community Home, were the only ones Boudicca chose to train from Ahenobarbus's original recruits, were all chosen to be tributes, and all won their respective Games.
  • Crippling Castration: Castrates a man he sees raping a woman.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refused to fight each other during their training, even though they would be severely punished for refusing.
  • Code of Honor: Truly believes in justice, even when it meant disobeying an order from his trainers. This however made him struggle with the nature of the Hunger Games as he traveled to the Capitol. Not enough to stop him from becoming a Victor, though.
    Justus: What honor is there in killing a thirteen year old girl? How does it prove my strength to destroy someone so weak? How is slaughtering a child who has never committed a crime in her life any sort of justice?
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Everyone at the Institute — woman and some men — have an eye for him.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Justus and lists a crime that a district committed while killing each of its tributes.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grew up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruited them for tribute training.
  • Supreme Chef: So much so that his recipes were renowned even in the Capitol.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: with Boudicca.
    Boudicca herself was at a loss at how to describe their relationship. It had the structure of mentor and student, the dependency of mother and son, and the intimacy of lovers.
  • Thirsty Desert: The theme of the 27th Games arena.

Antigone Frey (32nd Games Victor)

  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Says this several times while mentoring Dido during the 39th Games. She also launches a few Precision F Strikes.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: The only part of her Games that are described is the breakdown of the Career alliance. Antigone personally betrays her District partner, Hannibal, before facing and killing the final tribute from District 8.
  • Second-Person Narration: Narrates Dido’s chapter, in the form of offering a suspiciously specific set of rules to Dido, all of which Dido breaks.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The main focus of Antigone’s chapter is the Victors meeting following President Lucius’s death. Her Games are playing in background, and there are occasionally breaks in the main storyline to show her perspective.
  • Team Mom: Though Boudicca more fully occupies this role, Antigone’s maternal nature leads the other District 2 Victors call her “Mother Tig,” despite her protestations.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Sums up Antigone’s mindset towards mentoring Dido.

Bartimaeus (37th Games Victor)

  • Berserk Button: The District 1 female tribute has the upper hand against him, but then she says, "If I were your daddy, I would’ve whipped your hide bloody until you had the decency to call me ‘sir’." Given his abusive stepfather, that was the wrong thing to say.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: The other Careers don’t view Barty as much of a threat (except his district partner), since he is The Voiceless. Their mistake.
  • Elective Mute: Phyle beat him anytime he says anything wrong, so he just stops talking altogether.
  • Evil Stepfather: Phyle, his mother’s boyfriend.
  • Hungry Jungle: The arena theme of the 37th Games.
  • Knife Nut: Had amazing precision at throwing knives, and, as the District 1 girl discovered, he could even cause them to curve.
  • The Runaway: After refusing to learn all the names of the deceased District 2 tributes at school, Phyle beat him so severely that he runs away from home. After roaming the streets for two months, he is taken in by a family, but they are legally unable to keep him, so they send him to Murder High.
  • Spiteful Spit: Gives one to Phyle from ten feet away when Phyle comes to see him off after he volunteers as tribute.

Dido Castremi (39th Games Victor)

  • Action Girl: Antigone acknowledges that Dido is one of the best cadets at hand-to-hand combat that the Institute ever has had. She is also a gifted wrestler.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Say what you will about Dido, she wins the Hunger Games.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Will fight anyone at any time anywhere. And will have a fun time doing it.
  • Caught Monologuing: Exploited in Dido’s case, as this causes the other final tribute to monologue as well. Played straight in his case, because Dido uses the distraction to break his neck.
  • Cheery Pink: The color of her Victor’s mansion.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Turns the training center into her own personal gym, makes fun of many of the trainers and tributes, and during her interview with Caesar, she tells him that she is secretly a duck. It’s a reputation subsequent District 2 tributes try hard to distance themselves from.
    Caesar (about District 2’s next female tribute): It was obvious she didn’t want anyone to mistake her for Dido Castremi. The joyous half-lunatic angle only works for a select few, after all.
  • The Commandments: Her chapter is structured as a series of rules her mentor Antigone describes to her, all of which are suspiciously specific. Dido of course defies them all.
  • Is That the Best You Can Do?: Says this to the Gamemakers after being abandoned by her alliance, suffering two separate mutt attacks and several other injuries, and being near starvation and hydration.
    Antigone: They always, always, always have more.
  • Killed Offscreen: Implied by Enobaria that Dido is killed in the Control Center purge after Katniss destroys the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • Off to Boarding School: Her chronic problem with Sticky Fingers causes her to be sent to the Institute, much to her parents’ relief.
  • The Prankster: Caught sneaking into the boys’ dormitory at various times with rope, snakes, and honey. Also tries to put laxatives in Tiberius’s coffee.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Is Laughing Mad during the opening bloodbath of her Games.
  • Snowball Fight: Known to throw snowballs at Peacekeepers filled with frozen dog excrement.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Brags about her performance during the Trials, which is considered a taboo, and then mocks all the other cadets who were not chosen as tribute for her Games.

Ares Valerio (41st Games Victor)

  • The Baby of the Bunch: The other District 2 Victors treat him this way after he wins his Games – worrying about whether he is sleeping well and throwing a surprise Wintermas party to make him feel welcome.
  • Big Brother Worship: Idolizes his older brother Logan, who went through the Institute and received the highest marks, but for whatever reason wasn’t chosen as tribute his year (the 35th Games, in which Beetee electrocuted all the Careers). Logan is then jealous when Ares is chosen as tribute, and Ares is convinced Logan would have not only survived his Games but would have done so without suffering PTSD.
  • Christmas Episode: The District 2 Victors hold a Surprise Party at Ares’s new Victor’s mansion to celebrate Wintermas. Since religion is illegal, it’s not Christmas, but it includes garland, a large, decorated tree, exchanging presents, and a family dinner. Boudicca claims it’s a District 2 tradition for the newest Victor to host the Wintermas dinner, but Ares later realizes they started the tradition specifically for him.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears one after the District 1 female tribute ripped out his left eye during his Games. Granyte gives him a set of glass eyes as a Wintermas present.
  • Family Man: Apparently becomes one, because Jade speculates that Ares makes a False Confession (or, at least, a disingenuous one) to Coin’s Kangaroo Court in order to protect his family.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Sees himself as unworthy of being a Victor on par with the other District 2 Victors. He also believes his brother, who went through the Institute but was not selected as tribute, would have been a more worthy Victor. Granyte sets him straight on both counts.
    Granyte: You killed people, Ares, but so did we all. … You have guilt, yes. Good. You feel unworthy. Good. You are. You feel like you don’t belong her. Shut the fuck up. Your failings and your guilt and your brokenness are exactly why you’re here[.]
  • Hoist Hero over Head: Does this to the District 7 male tribute, throwing him over some waterfalls to the cheers of the other Careers.
  • Little "No": Gives one after his first mentee in the 45th Games is betrayed by the District 1 male tribute and killed by Chaff. Ares’s sorrow quickly turns to rage against Luster, but the other District 2 Victors stop him from acting on it.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Formed a relationship with the District 4 female tribute but cut her throat while they were kissing.
  • Really Gets Around: Deconstructed. Sleeps with several women to help soothe the emotional pain from his Games, but he can’t reach orgasm because he feels such guilt about betraying the District 4 girl.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Chooses to put in the red Glass Eye among the set of glass eyes Granyte gifts him.
  • Reign of Terror: Killed by firing squad by a District 13 Kangaroo Court, presided over by President Coin.
  • Shell-Shocked Victor: Has continual flashbacks of the tributes he killed, particularly the District 4 girl, which causes him to have Anorgasmia. He also attacks his nephew when he jumps on Ares's back.

Brutus Barsetti (48th Games Victor)

  • Ascended Fanboy: Was a huge fan of the Games long before he was press-ganged into the Institute, entered the Games, or became a Victor himself.
  • Asperger Syndrome: Diagnosed with it soon after joining the Institute. Rather than being embarrassed, Brutus is proud to know he has a “special brain,” and it helps him in being straightforward with his mentees about their chances in the Games and what they need to do to survive.
  • Badass Teacher: Renowned for being an outstanding teacher and mentor. He even helps Peeta during the training for Third Quarter Quell, which proved ironic as Peeta ultimately kills him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Initially has a reputation at the Institute for being soft, garnering him the Embarrassing Nickname, “Teddy Bear.” But when one cadet cut down his pants in front of Ahenobarbus, Brutus finds him and shatters half his ribs.
  • Body-Count Competition: Ties Ahenobarbus’s record for most kills in a single Games, which includes killing the rest of the Career pack and the pairs from 5, 8, 9 and 12. He is greatly disappointed to not have broken the record, but he finally does when he enters the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Gentle Giant: Zig-zagged. Is among the most brutal cadets and kills more tributes in the Hunger Games than any other Victor. But he also earns the Embarrassing Nickname “Teddy Bear” because his concern for the weak is unshakeable. He is also known to grow orchids and drink jasmine tea.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Cecelia sleeps with him, so she can get pregnant. She has a son Aaron, named after Brutus’s brother, but she doesn’t allow Brutus to see him.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Though mainly attracted to women, Brutus for a time had an intense unrequited attraction to Blight.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Snow orders Brutus to kill Cecelia during the Third Quarter Quell, because he knows he is the father of her son Aaron.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: The sixth of eleven children, Brutus as a boy just wants to be noticed. He gets his wish.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 2’s male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. Lampshaded by the chapter heading: "Thirteen Things about Brutus Barsetti that Katniss Everdeen never bothered to find out."
  • Spiders Are Scary: Has a major fear of spiders, so of course there are Giant Spiders in his arena. He gets caught in a major spider web and is bitten by one of the spiders, but nevertheless he is still able to kill four of them with a knife, and an adrenaline boost keeps him alive long enough for Virtus to send him an anti-venom kit.

Lyme Tanner (51st Games Victor)

  • Always Close: Just barely makes it back to the Institute in time to successfully complete the Trial of Strength.
  • Get Out!: Boudicca tells Lyme this (first in a whisper, and then more loudly) after finding out she is from Redfern, known as the one village in District 2 that opposes Capitol rule.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Maxx’s son Mesa tells Lyme not to blame herself for killing Maxx, as it was Maxx’s own plan for Lyme to do this to gain the Institute’s trust.
  • The Lad-ette: Lyme is so mannish that Boudicca initially mistakes her for a boy. Growing up, she was mocked as a freak and called Bigfoot.
  • The Mole: Sent by District 2’s La Résistance to the Institute in order to be selected as tribute and win the Games, so they can gain greater intel about the other districts and learn if there are other rebel pockets throughout Panem.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First appears in Mockingjay as the leader of La Résistance in District 2.
  • Out-Gambitted: The District 2 rebels anticipate that the Institute will likely use of their own in Lyme’s Trial of Blood, so when Lyme sees Maxx, they already have a script prepared, which includes Lyme saying she’s Just Following Orders and a Pre-Mortem One-Liner: “The Capitol is my true family.”
  • Parental Neglect: Her father Flint, Granyte’s brother, is more consumed by Hookers and Blow than raising his children, while her mother is never mentioned.
  • Training from Hell: Her completion of the Trials is especially difficult, because she never trained at the Institute, and because her Trial of Blood requires her to kill her friend, Maxx. Even though this is All According to Plan, it still devastates Lyme to have to do it.

Phoebus (60th Games Victor)

  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Blight calls him out for actually being hurt and offended that those in District 7 hated him.
    Blight: I think I hate you most of all. Because you volunteered to kill our kids for whatever reason, and you genuinely expected people to like you for it. You think people should like you no matter what you do. I remember when you came to Seven on the Tour. You looked like you were going to cry, because we hated you so damn much. Connor and I laughed about it later over a pint. We laughed.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Phoebus’s chapter takes place during the 67th Games. His Games are largely portrayed through a nightmare he has about them after Blight calls him out for taking advantage of the District 4 boy’s infatuation with him and then killing him. Phoebus dreams of all the tributes he kills and ends with him waking up screaming.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: To Tourmaline, the District 1 girl, and to the District 4 boy. With the latter, it’s not clear whether Phoebus was aware that the 4 boy was attracted to him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Tries to take the high ground as Blight breaks the unwritten rule about Victors not holding each other’s Games against them. But later, when Johanna kills Creon, Phoebus’s surrogate little brother, in her Games, Blight gives Phoebus a little wink, because District 7’s Wounded Gazelle Gambit tricked the Careers and their mentors. This sends Phoebus into a rage, and Brutus has to hold him down to prevent him from attacking Blight.
  • Sweet Tooth: Constantly eating or talking about eating ice cream.
  • Urban Ruins: The arena setting for his Games.

Enobaria Malachite (62nd Games Victor)

  • Antagonist in Mourning: After killing Seeder during the Third Quarter Quell, Enobaria's eyes become watery due to the heat when she sees Seeder's picture in the sky.
  • Elective Mute: Doesn’t talk for the first two years she is at the Institute.
  • Hero of Another Story: Much of her life story, including her Games, are told in the story, Bonds of Blood.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 2’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. This expands upon her time in Quell and in captivity by the Capitol.
  • Psycho for Hire: Does assassination missions for Snow’s regime, one of which targets Cashmere and Gloss’s father.

     District 3 
"But when a Victor from District 3 entered the room, the level of respect they received was absolute. The Career Victors would nod their heads and fall silent when one of them spoke. … Because when District 3 won the Hunger Games, they won big."
  • Badass Bookworm: It’s pretty much a prerequisite for any District 3 Victor.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ditto.
  • Worthy Opponent: As the quote above states, District 3 Victors and tributes are viewed with respect and fear by the Careers. But this also means they are often targeted early.
    Beetee (after his promising tribute is killed): Did you tell your boy to target her specifically, Ares?
    Ares: She was clever. Too clever.

Gates Gramdan (16th Games Victor)

  • Child Prodigy/Gadgeteer Genius: Used discarded tech from his arena to create Some Kind of Force Field to keep the other tributes at bay and then a Weather Manipulation machine to control weather in his arena.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe. The Gamemakers released an electromagnetic pulse to destroy his force field, so he wouldn’t win by doing nothing. But Gates had other plans …
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after the District 7 tributes kill his mentee in the 45th Games. This causes him to have an epilectic seizure and then a full on stroke.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ahenobarbus, who was greatly offended by the Capitol’s Post Game Retaliation against Gates. Ahenobarbus even sits in the hospital with him after he has a stroke and is there when he wakes up.
  • Post Game Retaliation: The Gamemakers and President Lucius himself were very angry about Gates’ ingenuity and afraid that it would encourage others to believe they could outwit Capitol plans and technology. Gates’s train therefore suffered a terrible "accident" during his Victory tour, and he suffered injuries such that he developed epilepsy. District 3 was also put under quarantine and starved in order to discourage any further dangerous creativity.
  • Weather Manipulation: Created a weather drone that took control of the other weather drones in the arena, giving him full control of the arena weather. Gates used this to create a heatwave, then a blizzard, then a thunder snowstorm, and finally a hailstorm of burning ice. When it was all over, he was the only tribute left.

Beetee Latier (35th Games Victor)

Wiress Okamoto (53rd Games Victor)

  • Big Dam Plot: Her strategy involved building a dam that first allows her to flood the Cornucopia and with a tarp go there and steal all the weapons the Careers hadn’t taken, including napalm. Wiress then uses the dam as a fort to fend off the attacking Careers. When the District 1 boy throws a grenade at Wiress and the District 2 boy, this destroys the dam, drowning all the remaining tributes except Wiress.
  • Dangerous 17th Birthday: Wins her Games on her seventeenth birthday.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Response to killing the District 6 boy, who was making a lot of noise as he starved to death.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 3’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. By then she has gone much further into Sanity Slippage and is ultimately killed by Gloss.
  • The Rain Man: Demonstrates both autistic tendencies and super-intelligence, both of which help her win her Games.
  • Slashed Throat: Gloss does this to her during the Third Quarter Quell, killing her.

     District 4 
  • City on the Water: Any reference to District 4 will mention that it is predominantly water.

Seaward Docker (8th Games Victor)

Magnificent "Mags" Baxter-Dupont (11th Games Victor)

  • 100% Heroism Rating: Mags is so popular throughout Panem that even the outer district Victors, who hate the Careers, respect her. Ahenobarbus comments that Mags could get anyone in the Capitol to shine her shoes for her if she wanted.
  • Action Girl: The first female tribute to win the Hunger Games.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: When Mags insists on talking with Cecelia while Cecelia recovers from her Games, it looks as though she is going to attack Cecelia for betraying Andromache, Mags’s tribute. However, Mags instead congratulates Cecelia for betraying Andromache first, since the ethic of the Hunger Games is Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: When fleeing from the all-boys alliance, Mags acts as though she is running simply out fear. She was actually leading them into a very well-laid trap.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Her name is Mags, not Magnificent!
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: Her Games are told largely from the perspective of the male tribute from District 9.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: After Mags recruits Cora to get her some top-secret intel, Cora kisses her in order to covertly pass her the information.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: Mags was both stunning and very flirtatious in her youth.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 4's female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. She sacrifices herself make sure Finnick can get Peeta and Katniss out of the Fog of Doom.
  • Rebel Leader: The leader of La Résistance among the Victors.
  • Spider-Sense: Gets a "Victor's Premonition" at the beginning of Cerulea's Games and then a major one as she's sharing the video with "Commander Barrabas."
  • Teacher/Student Romance: with Manannan.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Mags works with "Commander Barrabas" to help solve Wheaton's murder. She uncovers a political/sex scandal that allows Coriolanus Snow, who was Barrabas all along, to move against his political rivals and take sole power.
    Mags: I unleashed a monster on the world. I unleashed him and sold him the district. Oh My God, What Have I Done?
Manannan Ulom (19th Games Victor)

Thisbe Everett (District 4, 21st Games Victor)

  • Driven to Madness: First by the Gamemakers, then by Snow's (likely) gaslighting.
  • Gaslighting: It is heavily implied that a young Coriolanus Snow gaslights Thisbe into making paranoid rants prior to the Victory Tour banquet, in order to make her The Scapegoat for the subsequent massacre.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Allegedly killed most of the 97 victims at the Black Banquet Massacre by poisoning their food and wine.
  • Unperson: Becomes this after the Black Banquet Massacre. She is the only Victor not to have a statue on the Avenue of Victory, which is perpetually "undergoing renovation." The Victors have to do much searching just to learn anything about her.
  • Victory by Endurance: All the tributes were driven crazy by the arena, and Thisbe just happened to be the last one standing.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Snow kills Thisbe at the banquet, which took place right after her Victory Tour. She then becomes an Unperson and is never publicly spoken of again.

Briseis Barrington (33rd Games Victor)

  • Badass Family: Subverted. Her brother Brent and her cousin Codai also volunteered for the Games (30th and 32nd, respectively), but this is because they were pressured by their Abusive Parents. Briseis is the only one to become a Victor.
  • Evil Aunt and Uncle: Raised by her abusive aunt and uncle, who ran a Community Home. After her Games, they move into her Victory Village home with Briseis and take control of her finances. But a few months later, they and two of Briseis’s cousins, who also bullied her as a child, were found dead from a gas leak. Briseis herself was taken into psychiatric care in the Capitol.
  • Ironic Fear: Despite being from District 4, Briseis is afraid of water, because her cousins used to hold her down underwater and pretend to drown her.
  • Post Game Retaliation: Reportedly got into a fight at the Institute in District 2, related to her final battle against her District 2 allies, both of whom she killed single-handedly after they turned on the Career alliance. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop Briseis from allegedly sleeping with the brother of one of those tributes.
  • Tabloid Melodrama: Briseis’s chapter is narrated by a tabloid journalist and is presented in the format of tabloid news.

Cerulea (36th Games Victor)

  • Spider-Sense: Gets a "Victor's premonition" even before she enters her Games that she shouldn’t join the Careers alliance. She immediately proven correct, as the District 2 tributes kill two of the other Careers once the initial bloodbath was over and would've killed her had she stayed.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The main focus of Cerulea's chapter is Mags's investigation into Wheaton's death. Her Games are shown through occasional glimpses Mags gets as she travels to different locations in the Capitol.

Halibut Shore (54th Games Victor)

Finnick Odair (65th Games Victor)

  • Best Served Cold: Planned his revenge for years, remembering names, events, and details. Providing a distraction for the rescue mission gives Finnick the perfect opportunity.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Gives one right before he begins listing the names of Capitolian offenders.
    Finnick smiles his angelic smile. Angelic like the spirit of death that descended into Egypt in the old religious tale to strike down the house of the wicked. And so Finnick smiles and descends.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gets revenge on all the Capitolians who abused him and so many others for so many years.
  • Famed In-Story: Until Katniss’s Games, Finnick is perhaps the most famous and popular Victor in Panem, and this remains so even after the Mockingjay Revolution, as his exploits as a revolutionary are added to his prior fame as a Victor and Capitol darling.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Occurs in-universe, in which many people overlook Finnick’s (and Annie’s) more ruthless and selfish exploits—like volunteering for Hunger Games and killing eleven children—and instead emphasize his charm and heroism.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The author’s description of how so many have told different tales of Finnick Odair refers to the many The Hunger Games fans who have written Fan Fics about him.

     District 5 
Emrys Avery (26th Games Victor)
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Emrys set much of his arena on fire, turning his Hunger Games into this.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: First District 5 Victor, after so many losses, including a near-win in the 23rd Games.
  • Executive Meddling: Capitol meddling saved him from being in the Quarter Quell (since they preferred a rebellious Rabble Rouser entered instead), but his Pyromaniac ways caused the Capitol officials to reconsider and make sure he was reaped for the following Games.
    • Exploited this during his Games by asking the Gamemakers to give him wind to help his fire against the female Careers. Once he proved to be a fighter, the Gamemakers did a lot more to help him win.
  • Fingore: The District 10 female tribute broke the fingers in one of his hands, but it didn’t stop Emrys from killing her.
  • Pyromaniac: What caused him to be elected for the Quarter Quell and reaped for the 26th Games, courtesy of Executive Meddling. Proves to be Chekhov's Skill, as he created fire bombs that set his arena ablaze and gave him a distinctive advantage.
  • Voice of Reason: It is Emrys, a lowly District 5 Victor, who provides the vital support for Ahenobarbus’s plan to tacitly support Snow for President instead of the radical candidate who wants to abolish the Hunger Games.
    Emrys: What will happen if we all throw our support to the one candidate arguing for what the rest consider treason? … We will burn, our families, our districts, all of us. And I’ve seen enough fire to last me a lifetime, thank you.
    Ahenobarbus: You're smarter than you look, kid.
    Emrys: I'm not your kid. My name is Emrys.

Matthias Fletcher (46th Games Victor)

  • Animal Motif: Greatly resembles a rat, both physically and personality-wise. His dying words (about Finnick) were, “You ... rat ....”
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Because of his Victory by Endurance and generally unimpressive nature, he is largely disregarded by both the Victors (except Connor and Brutus) and the general public. He hopes killing Katniss in the Third Quarter Quell will finally gain him respect and recognition, but then Finnick betrays him.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 5’s male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell, though in the books No Name Given. He is only referenced as the tribute Finnick kills at the Cornucopia protecting Katniss. His chapter provides a Perspective Flip, in which Matthias develops a plan to kill Katniss early on, correctly believing Snow would reward him by helping him win the Games. Finnick pretends to go along with this plan, but then, right before Matthias is going to hit Katniss with a mace from behind, Finnick tells her to duck, and Finnick spears him with the trident.
  • Sadist: Tells Connor he enjoys pain, both giving it and getting it. As a child, he would skin rats, flies, and even a dog until he was arrested by a Peacekeeper. During his Games, he skins the wounded District 2 male tribute before killing him.
  • Serendipitous Survival: Kills the District 2 boy (who was caught in a trap laid by the District 7 girl) and the District 3 girl, but otherwise sits out much of his Games. Wins because the final other tribute, the District 2 girl, after killing several other tributes, slips on wet stone while hunting for Matty, falls thirty feet, and breaks her neck.

Circe Montoya (59th Games Victor)

  • Executive Meddling: Romani, who are here called Campers, are specifically targeted for reaping by direct orders from President Snow himself, though for reasons never stated. Both Circe and her district partner Lazarus are Campers.
  • Magical Romani: Becomes known as “The Witch of the Woods” in the Capitol because of the powders she uses to make her camp fire explode and become blue. She uses these to burn the Career pack and kill the District 4 girl.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Circe’s chapter is told from the perspective of Carpathia Flickerman, the Capitol escort for District 5.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 5’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell, though in the books No Name Given.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Squeezes the juice from nightlock berries and paints them on the edible plants throughout the arena forest. This kills several of tributes and causes the Career pack to fight among themselves over the limited food supplies, which results in them taking each other out.

     District 6 
"In District 6 they are afraid. … Because all the banners and garlands and cameras that are crammed into the square can't hide the fact that District 6 looks like the Dark Days never ended."
  • Crapsack World: Even by the standards of Panem, District 6 is terrible.
  • Fan of Underdog: The Sixatrons!
  • Totalitarian Gangsterism: The district is overrun with druglord gang wars. Also the reason why so many in District 6 are addicted to morphling and other narcotics.

Chevy Anderson (28th Games Victor)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: None of the other Victors respect him, because they know the Gamemakers rigged his Games for him to win and because he never had to kill anyone face to face.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: First District 6 Victor, the last district to get a Victor.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Exploited by Gamemakers, who learn from Chevy's interviews that he likes to leap from trains to trains. They then design the arena to include a lot of trains to make sure he wins.
  • Fixing the Game: The Gamemakers, on Snow’s orders, specifically constructed the arena to favor Chevy.
  • Happily Married/Family Man: One of the only Victors to be so (and whose family is not targeted by the Capitol).
  • One of Us: Many in the Capitol are excited to learn Chevy is a fan of the popular movie, Jumper, about jumping trains.
  • Shelled-Shocked Victor: For the rest of his life Chevy has to be sedated every time he takes a train, because whenever he rides one he relives his Games and believes he will die in a train crash unless he jumps off.

Maeve Collins (44th Games Victor)

  • Addled Addict: Since at least she was a child. She may have been born addicted, since her parents were morphling addicts.
  • Choke Holds: Garrots the District 12 male tribute to win her Games.
  • Minor Kidroduction: First appears as the morphling-addicted child of two morphling addicts/dealers who are arrested. Maeve is then sent to the Community Home and is reintroduced years later when she is reaped.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Maeve's story — from her Minor Kidroduction to her death in the Third Quarter Quell — is told from the perspective of Justinian Trinket, a Capitolian and Sixatron who makes a fortune betting on her to win.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 6’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell, though in the books No Name Given, but she does save Peeta’s life from the mutt-baboon, and Peeta consoles her as she dies.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: Played with. Maeve was already unbalanced due to her drug addiction and being in the Hunger Games. But it’s implied that being raping by Justinian further damages her sanity.
  • Stealth Expert: Paints herself in mud and leaves. This protects her from the mutts in her arena and allows her to follow the District 12 male tribute to find the antidote after the Gamemakers poisoned the feast.

Mitt Compton (55th Games Victor)

  • Antarctica: The setting of the 55th Games, which proved to be a terrible choice, as all the tributes were too cold to significantly engage each other.
  • Class Clown: Known to be this at school, and during training he painted mustaches on the dummies.
  • Descent into Addiction: It’s not stated whether Mitt was a morphling addict prior to his Games (though he clearly knows it will make him warmer), but he is definitely one afterwards.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: His Games are shown from the perspective of Illythia Bitter, the new Head Gamemaker.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 6’s male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell, though in the books No Name Given.
  • Serendipitous Survival: Most of the Career pack die while chasing Mitt when the fragile ice gives out under them. Mitt luckily is just beyond the fragile ice when the Careers fall into an abyss. Illythia, in order to claim some game play occurred, attributes their deaths to Mitt’s clever trap, but he really does nothing to win but survive the cold. From there, most of the tributes simply freeze to death, and Mitt simply outlasts them all.


     District 7 
"They fight bravely. Sevens never do anything less."
  • Mighty Lumberjack: The main industry of the district is logging, so many of its Victors are this.
  • Worthy Opponent: Of all the outer districts, Careers seem to respect District 7 tributes the most.

Jules Elmer (7th Games Victor)

  • Cool Old Guy: The oldest living Victor until The Purge of Victors following the Third Quarter Quell and the outbreak of the Mockingjay Rebellion. When the Peacekeepers came to round up the Victors, he killed one with a chair, despite being 84 years old.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In-universe. His slaying of Vesta, the District 2 female tribute, by perfectly throwing an axe at her chest is frequently rated as one of the top ten Hunger Game moments.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Was among the Victors who fought off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center, sacrificing himself to allow other Victors—Haymitch, Connor, Abram, others—time to escape.
    Enobaria: He died well. He died a Victor.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: When watching Jules’s Games, Johanna admits that he was quite good-looking in his youth.
  • Team Dad: To the District 7 Victors, and to many of the other Victors as well. Jules was such a Nice Guy that even Johanna has only nice things to say about him.
    Beetee: I've known him for what seems like my whole life. Always brought me a jar of syrup. A good man. Decent.
    Peeta: Katniss once said that no one decent ever won the Games.
    Johanna: Well she never met Jules, so she can't really talk.

Vera O'Rourke (15th Games Victor)

  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Her chapter is told from the perspective of Marty, a Capitol teenager who ends up sponsoring her.
  • Shelled-Shocked Victor: Vera is crying when the hovercraft lifts her from the arena and later during the Victory banquet when she meets Marty.
  • Stealth Expert: Her dad is a mutt-hunter, and he taught her how to track and hunt using camouflage. She uses these skills to take out several tributes, including the presumed front-runner, Achilles, the male tribute from District 2.
  • Synthetic Plague: Dies in a plague the Capitol let loose in District 7 in order to test a viral weapon they plan to use against District 13.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Jules is about to explain Vera’s game plan to Marty, but Marty’s dad cuts Jules off. Only during the Games does Vera’s Stealth Expert strategy become apparent.

Eamon Sullivan (42nd Games Victor)

  • Call-Forward: During his training time, he pretends to be an Avox and sneaks into the Gamemakers’ box. After trying to fix the Games to make Blight lose, Snow has Eamon turned into a real Avox, and he’s serving the Gamemakers during Blight’s Victory ceremony.
  • Enemy Civil War: The Career alliance of the 42nd Game turns on each other earlier than normal and wipes each other out, opening the door for an outer district tribute to win.
  • Evil Mentor: Cooks up the plan to force Blight to volunteer and then bet on his demise. Given that, he does everything he can to make sure Blight loses, but unfortunately for Eamon, Underdogs Never Lose.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Allies with Maysie, the District 5 tribute, and convinces her to walk across a precarious plank to retrieve a pack of food. Once she gets it, he lets her fall into the furnace below.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The gifts he sends to Blight as a joke – the razor and the white liquor – allow Blight, respectively, to get free after the Careers tie him up and to create a firebomb.
  • Pick a Card: Does card tricks during his interview with Caesar.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Sneaks into the Gamemakers box in the Training Center dressed as an Avox during the time allotted for skills demonstration. He then brags to Spartacus Brandybane about how he did it and suggests the Gamemakers score him an 8, so as to gain him sponsors but not tip off the Careers.
    Eamon: This is the Hunger Games. Risk is the part of the deal. … Big stakes, big moves.
  • The Sociopath: Plays on the trust of Maysie, the District 5 tribute, and sympathies of Rando, the District 10 tribute, and kills them both without any sense of sorrow, remorse, or struggle.

Blight Gavin (52nd Games Victor)

  • Abusive Parents: His father Burgen believes Blight is the result of his wife’s alleged affair with the Head Peacekeeper, so after she leaves, Burgen treats Blight terribly and ultimately forces him to volunteer for the Hunger Games … so that he can gamble on Blight’s death.
  • All Hail the Great God Mickey!: Discovers a Starbucks in the Urban Ruins of Chicago and believes that it is a temple because of the woman on the logo. Blight attributes winning his Games to the goddess Starbucks watching over him.
    Beetee: I never had the heart to tell him that Starbucks was a coffee house nearly eight hundred years ago.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Treated terribly by his family and all their friends, to the point that they cheer when he is forced to volunteer for the Games.
  • Break the Cutie: Wears down Phoebus’s “gee-golly-whiz pretty boy face” until Phoebus reaches the Rage Breaking Point when Blight winks at him after Johanna kills Creon, his surrogate little brother, in the 67th Games.
    Phoebus: What, this some sort of fucking game to you. Trying to make me crack?
    Blight: Oh no, but I admit it’s rather enjoyable to drag the monster out into the sunlight.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His gift at horse-whispering allows his to first tame the horse who is spooked during his parade and then the mutt-stallions released in his arena.
  • Dead Man Writing: Believing he will likely die during the Third Quarter Quell, Blight writes letters to several people beforehand, including Peeta, who is kin to his dead love, Jason.
  • Genocide Backfire: Jason’s death from the Capitol plague causes Blight to join La Résistance.
  • Hero of Another Story: Blight’s chapter recaps what happens in the story, The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf, also written by Oisin55. This is lampshaded with Self-Deprecation.
    Connor: There’s actually a book that was just published about the Fifty-Second Games. I can get you a copy if you want to read more.
    Johanna: Yeah. The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf. Corny, melodramatic, overwrought rubbish if you ask me.
    Connor: And you have three signed copies.
  • Missing Mom: His mother runs off with the district’s Head Peacekeeper, and Blight later finds out that she has become an Avox Sex Slave in President Snow’s harem. Mack reveals that she didn’t voluntarily run away, but rather the Peacekeeper threatened to kill her family if she didn’t leave with him. Blight tries to bring her back to District 7, but she says she has too many responsibilities in the Capitol (likely working with La Résistance) and instead suggests he take back the mayor’s wife, who suffered the same fate as she.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 7’s male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. He is Killed Offscreen, and Katniss even notes that he barely came to training. This is explained here as due to Peeta’s strong resemblance to Jason and Blight wanting to avoid the pain.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Happens to Blight when Connor, having just survived his Games, tells Blight that he loves him.
  • Urban Ruins: His arena was located in the ruins of Chicago.
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: Is an ABAC – Anyone But a Career – meaning he will support any outer district tribute, as long as a Career doesn’t win. This is because the Career pack in his Games viciously tortured his friend and ally Devon, the District 10 male tribute, for seven horrific hours, and would’ve done the same to him if he hadn’t called the mutt-stallions to attack the Careers.
Connor Murphy (56th Games Victor)
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his left arm in the Games.
  • Best Friend: with Blight Gavin after Blight successfully mentors him through the Games.
  • Boulder Bludgeon: Kills the District 4 male tribute by throwing a large rock at his head.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After Blight dies during the Third Quarter Quell, Jules sends him to Samson’s to do this. This also protects Connor when Katniss destroys the arena, and the Peacekeepers come with guns blazing into the Control Center.
  • Mighty Lumberjack: As keeping with his district.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: Has sex with the prettiest girl at the Tavern the night before his final reaping.
  • Sins of the Brother: Initially fears that Blight won’t be a supportive mentor since Connor’s brother Connell was among those who set up Blight to be sent into the 52nd Games. Connell, however, begs Blight's forgiveness, and Blight honors his mentor duties.

Johanna Mason (67th Games Victory)

  • Deadpan Snarker: Up to Eleven.
  • The Nicknamer: Rarely refers to anyone by their actual name, instead calling the surviving Victors: Bread-Boy (Peeta), the Edible Root (Katniss), Dental Hygeine (Enobaria), the Bar on Two Legs (Haymitch), and Volts (Beetee).
  • Shipping: In a relationship with Gale Hawthorne.
  • Trigger: Water reminds her of the torture she suffered during her imprisonment in the Capitol. Peeta needs to console her after watching the Fifth Games, which included a lot of water.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulls this on the Career pack to their shock and the shock of their mentors.

     District 8 
Woof Barton (13th Games Victor)

Cora Shutter (First Quarter Quells Victor)

  • Celebrity Endorsement: Cora becomes an endorser of several products following her victory.
  • Electric Torture: Done to Cora as Snow interrogates her. She refuses to give any information about the leaders or plans of District 8’s rebels, but does give the name of a Capitolian supporter.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Her opal necklace is her signature.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Kisses Mags in order to covertly pass Mags information.
  • Healing Potion: Cora’s stomach wound is largely healed when she attacks Jon Parsons, the District 10 male tribute, suggesting she received one from her sponsors.
  • Heroic Seductress: Enjoys an active sex life (including with Ahenobarbus) and uses her sexual charisma to help Mags out.
    Mags: Listen, Cora, I need a favor, and not one I can repay any time soon.
    Cora: Say the word, Mags. Anything you need.
    Mags: Well, to start, I need you to seduce someone.
    Cora: My dear Mags Baxter-Dupont. I thought you’d never ask.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Expecting that she will be elected as tribute, Cora approaches the toughs at her school to teach her both how to fight and how to withstand a beating.
  • Miss Kitty: Runs “The Red,” a whorehouse where Cecelia works and where Cora collects intelligence from Peacekeeper clients.
  • Mutual Kill: Subverted. Both Cora and her district partner stab each other—she is stabbed in the stomach, he in the groin and then the neck—but only he dies.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Her Games are told from the point of view of Richard McNulty, a District 10 citizen who votes for and then sponsors the male District 10 tribute.
  • One Woman Army: Takes down the entire "Criminal" pack—male tributes from Districts 5, 6, and 8 and the female tribute from District 9—all by herself. The 5 tribute is the only to survive, but with a broken arm.
  • Rebel Leader: The Red is the largest intel gathering institution for the La Résistance in Panem. It’s one of the main reasons the rebellion begins in District 8.
  • Sins of the Father: Cora is elected as tribute, because her father, a tax collector, killed the daughter of a man who couldn’t pay his taxes.

Cecelia Rheys (57th Games Victor)

  • Choke Holds: Garrots Ferrus, the District 2 boy, with her opal necklace.
  • Cursed with Awesome: While working as a prostitute, she develops the ability to disassociate – or “fall into the river” – that develops into a Split Personality that is much more comfortable with killing and helps her endure being a Sex Slave for President Snow.
  • Daddy's Girl: Has a very close relationship with her father, and she is devastated to learn that he dies while she is in the arena.
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: Kills Luckie and the District 6 girl before the Games officially begin.
  • Enemy Mine: Saves Andromache’s life, the District 4 girl, and forms an alliance with her, because she realizes she can’t defeat Ferrus alone.
  • Happily Married: Ultimately marries Bert, who is introduced as a bit of a goofball but proves to be a truly Nice Guy.
  • Hero of Another Story: Cecelia’s chapter focuses on her date with Brutus, which results in her getting pregnant. Her Games are described in full in another Fan Fic story by Oisin55, Fall Into the River.
  • Honey Trap: Seduces Gillard, the District 4 boy, which causes him to lowers his guard and allows her to get the jump on him.
  • Killed Offscreen: The end of Seeder’s chapter shows Victoria confronting Brutus in the Third Quarter Quell, but her actual death is not shown.
  • The Load: Initially protects Lil, the District 12 girl, from Rowenna, the District 7 girl and Cecelia’s main ally, but when Lil can’t stop screaming as the Career pack approaches, Cecelia quickly slits her throat.
  • Mercy Kill: Smothers Loomer, her district partner, with a pillow after a lizard-mutt bites off his hand. Both Cecelia and Cora fear that Loomer is too wounded and simple to make it any further.
  • Murder by Inaction: Rowenna leaves her hanging off a clip and provides a Shout-Out to Batman Begins as she explains her decision to abandon Cecelia.
    Rowenna: I’m sorry, Cecelia. But I want to go home. It’s better this way. I don’t have to kill you. I just don’t have to save you.
  • No-One Could Have Survived That: Gets trapped in a cave by a rock avalanche, and everyone (except Cora) leaves her for dead. No one expected her to survive all those days … or for Loomer to rescue her.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 8’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. Effie expresses great sorrow when Cecelia’s name is called at the reaping, and Cecelia is shown being pulled away from her children.
  • Split Personality: After killing Loomer, Cecelia goes crazy and develops a separate personality – who ultimately names herself “Victoria” – who is much more comfortable doing what needs to be done to win the Hunger Games. Victoria also emerges in order to sleep with Brutus and get herself pregnant.
  • Streetwalker: Works as a prostitute for Cora until she is reaped.
  • Win One for the Gipper: In order to motivate Cecelia, Della lies to her and tells her that her father is dying, but if she wins, she will receive enough money to afford the medicine to save him. Ironically, her Da ends up actually dying anyway, drinking himself to death after Cecelia gets trapped in the cave.

     District 9 
Wheaton Vale (4th Games Victor)
  • The Hedonist: Embraces the pleasures of the Victor lifestyle more than most, to the detriment of his mentees. He's ultimately killed while at a A Party, Also Known as an Orgy.
  • Innocent Bystander: Caught in the crossfire when Peacekeepers, targeting the orgy host for political reasons, come in guns blazing.
  • Loophole Abuse: Volunteered because he hopes to win a pardon for his father. Prior to a district having a Victor, a prisoner found guilty of sedition served as the district mentor. Once the district gets a Victor, the mentor is pardoned. Wheaton's father was the mentor for District 9, so Wheaton hoped to win the Games and get his father pardoned. Capitol officials ultimately defy this trope, by pardoning Mr. Vale for sedition but then executing him for all the other crimes he committed.
  • Ur-Example: First tribute ever to volunteer.

Evelyn Morris (23rd Games Victor)

  • 0% Approval Rating: In District 5, for killing their male tribute Solaris by putting a rattlesnake in his food. From the moment she arrives in District 5, she is slapped, spat upon, and has mud thrown at her. When she goes to bed that night, she checks her bed and finds it filled with garter snakes.
  • After-Action Report: Evelyn's chapter focuses on her Victory Tour, and thus the story of her Games are told in reference to how the tributes in each district died.
  • Blackmail: Does this to Gloss when she discovers he is the Midtown Mincer.
  • Cool Horse: Her first truly pleasurable experience during her Victory Tour is riding a horse in District 10.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 9's female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. No Name Given in the books.
  • Serendipitous Survival: It's noted that "Evelyn isn't the stupid yet blindly lucky girl the cameras made her out to be."
  • Shower of Angst: She goes in the shower to scream after receiving a full day of abuse from District 5.
  • Stealth Expert: Her two major kills were placing a rattlesnake in Solaris's food and laying a lion trap that killed the female District 2 tribute.
  • Thirsty Desert: The theme of the 23rd Games arena.
  • The Unfavorite: Many in District 9 wish Benji, her more handsome and accomplished district partner, had returned from the Games instead of her.

Ben Cooper (29th Games Victor)

  • Anti-Mentor: Disregards the advice of both Wheaton (who tells him he should try to die quickly) and Evelyn (who told him to hide and avoid the Career pack). Instead, he ran straight for the Cornucopia, killed one of the Careers, and was invited to join their alliance.
  • Battle Trophy: Ben kills an entire mutt-wolf pack and skins the pelt from the alpha male. He constantly wears the pelt throughout the Games and as a Victor.
  • Fingore: Alana, the female District 7 tribute, throws at an axe at him and cuts off two of his fingers.
  • Klingon Promotion: Kills the District 1 male tribute and is therefore invited to join the Career alliance.
  • Mercy Kill: Killed the female tributes in his alliance quickly, since they had been nice to him and flirted with him.
  • No True Scotsman: During training, Alana calls him a traitor for trying to join the Career alliance.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Alana: You traitor! Traitor!
    Ben: I think you mean, "Victor."
  • Refuge in Audacity: Yells to the Gamemakers that he’ll wait for Alana at the Cornucopia and that they should lead her to him. Surprisingly, they oblige.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Put Doll’s Eye, tiny white berries that act as a sedative, into the salad they received as a feast, and then killed the entire Career alliance.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Alana pretends to be under attack behind the Cornucopia, and when Ben comes to finish her off, she throws an axe at his head, that he is able to block at the expense of two fingers.

Nolan de Naro (40th Games Victor)

Abram Mills (69th Games Victor)

     District 10 
  • Evil Colonialist: The Settlers. They seem to be racially "white," but it's never said where they originally came from.
  • Noble Savage: The Anasazi, who seem to be a Native American/Latinx blend and are portrayed as being very religious and in a far more positive light than the Settlers.
Bovina Martinez (12th Games Victor)
  • 100% Heroism Rating: Among the Anasazi, Bovina is universally adored and called "Maria," after the ancient mother-goddess, because her Victor winnings for District 10 provided desperately needed food and medicine. Bovina is far less popular among the Settlers (see I Have No Son! below), though they warm up to her somewhat over time.
  • Catharsis Factor: After her mentee in the 45th Games is burned alive by the Career pack, Bovina calmly leaves the Control Center, walks into a park, and “massacres an innocent flowerbed”.
  • Cool Old Lady: Oldest living Victor following the Mockingjay Revolution. At the age of 83, she goes skydiving off the roof of the Remake Center.
  • Due to the Dead: Laid flowers on the grave of Jon Parsons (until the Capitol blew up the gravesite), the male tribute chosen by Anasazi and approved by her to go into the First Quarter Quell.
  • I Have No Son!: Her entire family disowns her after she is reaped, as Settlers believe only disloyal people are reaped.
  • Mighty Whitey: Though of Mixed Ancestry, she was raised as a Settler, but when her family rejects her after the Games, the Anasazi not only embrace her, they practically worship her, because her Victor winnings help feed them and provide them with medicine for the next year.
    Bovina: [E]ven the most secluded Anasazi tribe practically worshipped me as a goddess in human form for sixty years.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her mother is Anasazi, and her father is a Settler.
  • Serendipitous Survival: Because Elena and Roan die long before Katniss destroyed the Third Quarter Quells arena, Bovina is not in the Control Center when the Peacekeepers come and kill all the Victor mentors.
  • Surprise Witness: Makes a surprise appearance at Jade's trial to testify that she was working with La Résistance even before the Mockingjay Rebellion.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: It's heavily implied that she develops a romantic relationship with her mentor, Raoul.

Richard McNulty

  • Drowning My Sorrows: Becomes an alcoholic after Jon Parsons is elected as tribute.
  • Happily Married: Until his Descent into Addiction.
  • Hope Spot: Richard sends a weapon to Jon, and just as he is about to open it Cora jumps from behind him and stabs him to death.
  • It's All My Fault: Richard completely blames himself for Jon’s election and death, but Jon was actually chosen by the Anasazi (and approved by Bovina), because he had no dependents and was relatively strong and healthy, giving him a chance to win.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: His son Brandon is reaped for the 34th Games, and Brandon’s death finally allows Richard to find atonement for Jon’s death and (possibly) get beyond his alcoholism.
  • Sins of the Father: Votes for Jon as tribute, because he hates Jon’s father, Eli. Nonetheless, Richard is shocked and devastated when Jon is actually chosen as tributes.

Elena Perez (34th Games Victor) and Danny Hooley

  • An Axe to Grind: Elena kills the final other tribute, the District 12 boy, by burying a tomahawk in his chest.
  • Category Traitor: Several Settlers beat Danny up when he publicly revealed his love for Elena at her reaping. However, because their love was popular in the Capitol, Peacekeepers put him in protective custody throughout her Games.
  • Descent into Addiction: Elena turns to “cloudpowder” after her children are reaped in the Second Quarter Quell and killed in the arena.
  • Divide and Conquer: Elena and Danny’s love unwittingly subverts this by bringing the Anasazi and the Settlers together, or at least greatly dampening the enmity between them. In retaliation, the Capitol ensures that both their children are reaped for the Second Quarter Quell and die in the arena.
  • Driven to Suicide: Danny kills himself after Elena’s Descent into Addiction and his nephew is reaped.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Elena and Danny fall in love when she nursed him back to health after he fell into a deep ravine.
  • For Want of a Nail: Her Heroic Sacrifice at the Third Quarter Quell Cornucopia, in which she lunged at Gloss but was quickly cut down, allowed Beetee to grab the coil of wire that Katniss would later use to take the arena down.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 10's female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. No Name Given in the books.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: “Danlena.” Created in-universe in the Capitol when Panem learns of the relationship between the Star-Crossed Lovers of District 10.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Ur-example, before Katniss and Peeta. Elena is Anasazi, and Danny is a Settler. The two groups have long been very hostile towards each other, and Elena and Danny initially had to hide their love. However, Elena’s victory—and her refusal to kill her Settler District partner—brought the two sides together, creating much warmer relations in District 10. The Capitol, therefore, decides to enforce this trope by reaping both of Elena and Danny’s children. This leads to Elena’s drug addiction and Danny’s suicide.

Roan Tully (58th Games Victor)

  • 0% Approval Rating: When the surviving tributes go to District 10 to collect information about Roan, not only do the Anasazi hate him because of his flagrant, brutal racism, but even the other Settlers don’t want to talk about him.
  • Cowboy: Comes from the wealthy ranch owners on the eastern plains.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After years of using racial slurs against Bovina (and Elena) and refusing to give her any credit for helping him (albeit very grudgingly) win his Games, Roan cries out for Bovina’s help when he’s cornered in the Third Quarter Quells arena. Bovina, sitting in the Control Center, simply picks up her stuff and walks away.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 10's male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. No Name Given in the books.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Unlike many of the Settlers, Roan’s family never gives up their hatred of the Anasazi. Roan never wastes an occasion to call his fellow Victors Bovina and Elena “Sazi bitch” and “Sazi whore”. As noted, this ends up getting him killed in the Games.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Despite his loyalty to the Capitol, Roan is thrown into the Third Quarter Quell to die.
  • Sadist: His hatch is torturing Anasazi.

     District 11 
“In District 11, they are angry. They are always angry here.”
  • Angry Black Man: District 11 is predominantly African-American, and as the quote above suggests, they are openly hostile to the Capitol and the Hunger Games. For this reason, District 11 tributes tend to avoid any alliances, even with other outer district tributes.
  • Honor Before Reason: Their refusal to ally with others – even each other – is likely why they only produce four Victors, despite their tributes being typically large and strong. Indeed, of their Victors only one–Wren–had an ally, and she was very reluctant to do so.
    • The two tributes for the First Quarter Quell both volunteer, as a way of expressing their defiance to the Capitol’s strategy of sowing dissent by making the districts vote for their tributes. Both tributes are killed immediately.
    • Seeder provides some justification for Abundance’s, her tribute from the 57th Games, refusal to have sponsors. Abundance doesn’t want to be beholden to anyone, and thus vulnerable to their sexual coercion if she does end up winning. Seeder shows approval for this strategy.

Orchus (3rd Games Victor)

Wren Lessia (20th Games Victor)

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Wren was in the midst of being drowned by the District 2 male tribute when the District 1 male tribute stabs him in the neck.
  • Breast Attack: The District 1 male tribute cuts off her right breast.
  • Driven to Suicide: Likely because she learned she would be sent back into the arena at the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Dude, She's a Lesbian: Rem hoped flirting with Wren would cause her to want to ally with him. Though that doesn't exactly work out as planned, she takes pity on him, and they end up forming the strongest alliance in the Games.
  • Due to the Dead: For each of her tributes who dies in the arena, Wren takes a seed, whispers all the encouragements she wishes she could have said to them directly, and buries it in District 11.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Her alliance with Rem, the male tribute from District 7.
  • Mutual Kill: Subverted in her final duel with the District 1 male tribute. Wren is willing to kill him, even though she knows this means he will kill her, but she surprisingly survives his attack. He doesn’t survive hers.
  • Victory by Endurance: After being severely wounded by the District 1 male tribute, Wren lays bleeding for several hours until she hears the cannon for the female District 6 tribute, whose death isn't shown or explained.
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: Wren is willing to accept a Mutual Kill with the District 1 male tribute rather than let a Career win.

Seeder Crue (31st Games Victor)

  • Anti-Mentor: Chaff completely ignores her advice about avoiding the Career pack and instead kills every single one of them.
  • Family Extermination: Both her father and brother are taken away for conscripted labor; her father returns medically lobotomized, and her brother never returns. Later, her husband is killed by Peacekeepers.
  • La Résistance: After her husband is killed, Plutarch Heavensbee gives Seeder a discreet call recruiting her to join. She is among several Victors who sacrifice themselves to ensure Katniss survives and makes it out of the arena.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 11’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. It’s also revealed here that she sent Katniss the bread after Rue’s death, and it was her idea to send the sleep syrup to knock out Peeta.
  • The Stoic: After her father tells her not to cry when he is being taken away forced labor, she never cries again. Even when her brother doesn’t come back and her father returns as an Empty Shell. Even when she is publicly whipped. Even when she is reaped. Even through her Games. Even through the deaths of all but one of her mentees. Even when her husband is killed. Even when Enobaria is about to kill her.
  • Team Mom: Chaff calls her “Mama Seeder”.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Only tribute to win the Hunger Games without killing anyone (since Orchus technically killed the District 4 female tribute).
  • Victory by Endurance/Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: Runs as far away from the Cornucopia as possible and keeps on running, such that no other tribute ever finds her. She survives on rainfall and the one pack of crackers Wren is able to send her. By the time the Games end, Seeder has slipped into a coma but nevertheless outlasts all of the other tributes for a record 44 days.

Chaff Habarti (45th Games Victor)


     District 12 
  • Butt-Monkey: Always used as the go-to example of the most pathetic district and tributes.
    [M]ost of the districts could comfort themselves with the knowledge that it could be worse. They could be district 6. Or 11. Or – heh heh, wink wink – District 12.
Camden Donner (10th Games Victor)

Haymitch Abernathy (Second Quarter Quell Victor)

  • The Dead Have Names: Remembers the names of all the 47 tributes who died in the Second Quarter Quell.
  • Recovered Addict: Played with. He doesn’t seem to have fully maintained the sobriety forced upon him by living in District 13, but he also doesn’t seem to be the fall-down drunk he once was.

Peeta Mellark (74th Games Victor)

  • Trigger: Any type of high stress can trigger Peeta to relapse into the feral state created by the Capitol’s torture.

Katniss Everdeen (74th Games Victor)

  • Demoted to Extra: Besides her own chapter and being a Living MacGuffin, Katniss is barely a presence in this story
  • Living MacGuffin: Boudicca tries to have her killed, Luster kidnaps her, and the living Victors all launch a rescue operation to save her. All because she’s “The Mockingjay.” Even though the Rebellion is over.
  • You Just Told Me: Pulls this on President Paylor:
    Katniss: Civil Forces have a tracker on me somewhere. They couldn’t lose me if they tried.
    Paylor: How did you know?
    Katniss: I didn’t until now.

     The Capitol 
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: According to Luster’s account of District 1’s history, Capitolians were this even before the conquest of the Districts and the founding of Panem.
  • The City Narrows: The Honeypot
  • City Noir: Took on this feel as Mags traveled around the Capitol to find out the truth behind Wheaton’s murder.
  • City of Weirdos: Capitolians are into very exotic looks, much of which they achieve through plastic surgery and more. According to Luster, this even predates their control over the districts.
  • Soiled City on a Hill: How the District 2 Victors — even Boudicca — come to view the Capitol.
  • Suddenly Significant City: Luster gives an account of how the Capitol made its first conquest: District 1.
  • Vice City: Made especially evident by the "Revenge of Finnick Odair".

President Coriolanus Snow

President Lucius

Spartacus Brandybane

Augustine Pine

Caesar Flickerman

  • Beleaguered Assistant: Starts out as this to Augustine Pine. When Pine is killed soon after President Lucius’s death, Ahenobarbus speculates that Caesar finally strangled him to death.
  • Game Show Host: Succeeds Pine as Hunger Games Master of Ceremonies. Caesar takes great pride in how he presents himself and makes sure the promotional part of the Games runs smoothly.
    Caesar Flickerman was the Escort of Escorts, the Man of the Games, the Face of Pageant.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Following the Mockingjay Revolution, Caesar begins working for the new regime in hopes he will be spared from District 13’s Reign of Terror.
  • Klingon Promotion: Possibly. Augustine dies of a drug overdose during post-Lucius Succession Crisis, but Ahenobarbus jokes that Caesar probably finally strangled him to death. Either way, Caesar takes over as Hunger Games Master of Ceremonies.

Justinian Trinket


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