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"I'm a Victor. Killing people 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

    Districtwide Tropes 
  • Academy of Evil: Gleam establishes the District Academy for Excellence in Youth Development (DAEYD), the first official school to train Career tributes. But it is Luster who makes this academy truly evil by forcing District 1 children to join the DAEYD if they pass certain beauty and intelligence requirements, and then turning them either into Sex Slaves, sociopathic killers, or both. The trainers also encourage Klingon Promotions as long as you don't get caught.
  • 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: Frequently described as the nation's most beautiful people and the wealthiest among the districts.
  • Beauty Is Bad: How they're viewed by the other districts, and even many in District 1 come to see District 1 this way.
    "In District 1, they are cruel. They are cruel as only people who have grown up without want are cruel."
  • The Big Race: The district's method of naming tributes to represent them in the Hunger Games. The top five DAEYD students from each gender with the most prestige (points) are selected to take part in a race to the reaping stage. The first person (or first two people during the 50th Hunger Games) of each gender to touch the reaping bowl is named their district's tribute for the Hunger Games.
  • Blue Blood: The Great Houses, which are the closest example to this in the Districts outside of the Capitol.
  • 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.
  • Defector from Decadence: St. James House and later Boleyn House go from being very loyal to the Capitol during the Dark Days Rebellion to, under Luxe and Jade's leadership, becoming the major organizers of the District 1 rebels by the time of the Mockingjay Rebellion.
  • Designer Babies: Prior to the Dark Days Rebellion, the Capitol gave District 1 the genetic technology to design their babies at conception. This is why so many from District 1 have gold and silver hair "with eyes of blue and green and purple". After the rebellion, the Capitol took away this technology but the genetic effects remain.
  • Driven to Suicide/Suicide by Cop: Many District 1 tributes allow themselves to die or get killed in the arena without it looking like suicide, so they don't have to face a life of sexual slavery and their families won't face repercussions.
    Three generations of their girls and boys finding ways to commit suicide while maintaining deniability on live television, so they didn't have to face after.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A majority of District 1 has blond hair, to the point that in Ermine's combat training class at the DAEYD, the narration notes that the class consists of "[f]our-hundred golden-haired boys and girls", and Woof bet with Cora on whether the District 1 tributes of the 57th Games would be two blonds. Luster himself states that it is extremely rare to find a District 1 citizen with "dark features". It's noted in the text that this is likely a result of Designer Babies combined with the District's pre-existing beauty standards at the time.
    • In spite of Luster's quotation, there are a few known exceptions to the "District 1 = blond" rule/stereotype—Zinfandel, the male tribute for the 57th Games and Song Nuo (and presumably her pateral family) and her son Tybalt.
  • Fight Unscene: Of the thirteen District 1 Victors, the only three whose chapters show a significant part of their Games are Platinum, Gloss, and Song. Silk, Luster, and Jade's Games are discussed but not given major focus, while the Games of the remaining seven Victors—Luxe, Gleam, Wonder, Ermine, Brilliance, Crystal, and Cashmere—are only briefly touched upon.
  • Full-Circle Revolution:
    • Positive example: District 1 Rebel Leaders are betrayed and imprisoned by the invading District 13 forces, but after Katniss assassinates Coin, they are set free.
    • Centuries earlier, the founders of the Great Houses were the leaders of a Rebellion who overthrew the Sea Kings (inbred white supremacists who wanted to go to war with the technologically superior Capitol). They then collaborated with the Capitol (although it's vague how tyrannical they were towards their own district) before gradually getting worse with the rise of Luster Lancaster's regime.
  • Gambit Pileup: There ultimately turn out to be about a dozen factions with rebellious inclinations or goals in the district, only one of which is in contact with the nation-wide rebellion and has a specific, long-term plan about how to conduct a revolt, while the others just want blood. This causes a lot of chaos and unnecessary death once the revolts start.
  • Master Race: 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.
  • The Quisling: The Great Houses originally come from the lower classes who sided with the Capitolians against the inbred Sea Kings, who attacked the Capitolian envoys when they made First Contact. When the Capitol returns with military force, the lower classes revolt, overthrow the Sea Kings, and submit to the Capitol in exchange for their technological innovations.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Those long oppressed in District 1 exact their revenge during the Mockingjay Revolution against those who sided with the Capitol, especially those associated with Luster and the DAEYD.
    They have no plans or leaders, just one goal. Blood. They march through the streets, smashing windows, burning shops, dragging collaborators into the streets with their families and shooting them as they beg for their lives. … The negligible Peacekeeper force in One is torn apart, literally. White-clad arms and feet and heads lie on the cobbled streets for days.
  • Rock Theme Naming: Many District 1 citizens are named after jewels and (semi-)precious stones, with known examples including Opal, Gemma (Luxe's late ex-girlfriend), Ruby (5th Games), Diamond, Jet (43rd Games), Topaz, Jade (49th Games, Victor), Turq (50th Games), Alabaster (52nd Games), Copper (54th Games), Tourmaline (60th Games), Crystal (61st Games, Victor), Citrine (62nd Games), and Sapphire (67th Games).
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Great Houses train for the Games along with everyone else (sometimes willingly, sometimes not), and those from the Great Houses disaffected with Luster similarly plot against Luster and the Capitol and join those who lynch and pillage during the rebellion.
  • 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. Everything about District 1 centers around this from there on afterwards.
    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.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Some District 1 citizens have purple eyes courtesy of genetic modification in either themselves or as of the Hunger Games-era generations, their ancestors.
  • Wealth's in a Name: Nearly everyone in District 1 has a wealth-based name.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Some District 1 children have had unusual hair colours from birth, e.g. silver, because the Capitol gave them medical technology to design their babies' appearances at conception when they joined Panem, and though the technology was eventually taken away after the First Rebellion, the genetic alterations did not disappear.

    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."
  • Arc Words: His mother tells him after his Games, "Remember, there are strawberries" as a way of coaxing him to snap out of his funk and come home. He repeats these words to several Victors over the years as a way of telling them there will be life after the Games, and these words are engraved on his tombstone.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Nolan tells Plat 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 know 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.
  • Artist Disillusionment: In-Universe. Throws most of his old sketches into the river when his mother gives him to them to try and break his depression, but he eventually starts drawing again, as this become his "hatch."
  • Beneath the Mask: Maintains a mask of contentment in old age (one Mags compliments him on) while contributing to La Résistance and doing what he can for the victims of the Capitol, even after Mags tells him that they can't expect the Capitol fall in their lifetimes.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a Career, which evokes Luxe's only display of anger during his talk with Nolan.
    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?
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: All his mother watches of his Games is the end when the trumpet plays, and she sees "a boy, standing on a rock, his hands and face and chest covered in blood, a gore-splattered rock in his hand."
  • Blue Blood: Member of the St. James family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Sixteen when he enters his Games.
  • Cartwright Curse: His girlfriend was an Innocent Bystander killed in the crossfire of one of the last battles in District 1 during the Rebellion. He later falls for Ruby, one of his first tributes, who doesn't make it back home.
  • Fight Unscene: His chapter takes place after his Games, and because he is ashamed of his actions, he says little about it.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: His older brother was an officer in District 1's volunteer militia, while Luxe was an artist busy with romancing a girl from the Wrong Side of the Tracks. When he is reaped, no one, not even his family, expects him to come back.
  • For Want of a Nail: His name isn't even supposed to be in the reaping bowl, making his selection as tribute that much more unlikely.
  • Friend to All Living Things: While discussing plans for La Résistance with Mags in the Silvertrees' gardens, several butterflies come to rest on him. Plat has to try hard to stop from laughing.
  • 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.
  • Kill Tally: Two tributes—the District 10 girl and District 7 boy.
  • 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."
    • Sometime after the Second Quarter Quell, he and Platinum recruit Jade, which helps bring over much if not all of Boleyn House, without Luster or Snow being the wiser.
  • Must Make Amends: His "secret" is that he sends money to the families of the two tributes he killed from Districts 7 and 10.
  • No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: Zig-zagged 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Seaward describes him this way, noting that he is the only Victor of the "Old Boy's Club" whose "hatch" is not some type of bad habit. Instead, he just shuts himself up and paints.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: 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 over sixty and retired, Luxe still can intimidate Nolan, a Victor nearly forty years his junior, with a harsh word and a glare.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Defied. When he was reaped, his parents (prominent loyalists) try to get him a reprieve, but the Capitol refuses.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: 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.
  • Team Dad: To the three Victors he mentored — Plat, Gleam and Silk — and Wonder and Jade after they become Victors. Luster's takeover of the DAEYD, however, strains his relationships with Silk and Gleam when they continue to work there due to Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Sees himself as a murderer, despite his mother's protestations.
  • Think of the Children!: Joins La Résistance to protect future children from the Games.
  • Uptown Guy: His mother muses that his first girlfriend wasn't from "a family of good standing".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Plat.

    Platinum Wesley (5th Games Victor) 
  • The Alcoholic: His hatch for dealing with the PTSD around the time of Gleam's victory is alcohol. Unlike Haymitch, Chaff, and Matty, he never shows any signs of it, making it unclear if he's a better Functional Addict than they are or if he just gave it up after a decade or so.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed/Obfuscating Stupidity: Hides his athletic abilities prior to the Games and portrays himself as a "complete idiot", thus surprising his fellow tributes once the Games begin, including his district partner.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While arguing with Luxe about which one of them played a bigger role in Gleam's victory, he brings up how he got Gleam his knives, causing Gleam to have a Heroic BSoD as this brings up memories of his Games and the tributes he had to kill.
  • Kill Tally: Four tributes—the District 4 boy, District 7 girl, District 1 girl (Ruby), and District 3 boy.
  • 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 in a rebel terrorist attack during the Dark Days rebellion.
  • The Snark Knight: Whether silent or speaking, his only mode is Sarcasm Mode.
    Mags: Wonder is dead, isn't he?
    Plat: Well, unless he figured out a way to live without four liters of blood he let leak out his wrists, I suspect he is.
    Nolan: No respect for even your own dead?
    Plat: After a few decades in One, you don't have much respect for anything. Except for our dearly beloved Capitol, of course.
    • It's finally subverted when Mags begins to convince him that there is a real chance to overthrow the Capitol.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Has a momentary Heroic BSoD after his first kill.
  • Those Two Guys: Gradually develops into this with Luxe.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Has one with a boy and girl at Gleam's Victory party at Samson's.
  • Tragic Bromance: His "secret" is that he refuses cancer treatment after Luxe dies, so he can be Together in Death with his Best Friend.
  • The Unfavorite: Sees himself as this compared to Ruby, his district partner.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His mentor Luxe originally favored Ruby over him, but 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) 
  • Combat Parkour: His father is a famous acrobat and his mother a knife thrower, and the skills his parents taught him help him win his Games. When Ahenobarbus learns this, he bullies Gleam into having a knife-throwing competition, with an Avox as an unwilling Lovely Assistant.
  • Descent into Addiction: Subverted. The end of his chapter suggests that Gleam will become a morphling addict, but then this never comes up again.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Continues doing what he can at the DAEYD after Luster takes it away from him, even after he's largely become a joke in the eyes of the district.
    • His "secret" is that he maintained hope that his family's old circus would be reopened.
  • I Have No Son!: Has a falling out with his parents after his Games for unstated reasons.
  • Kill Tally: Only one tribute is mentioned—the District 2 boy (Marble). Ahenobarbus does say Gleam spends much of his Games "up in the trees, swinging from branches, doing flips, avoiding everyone else", so it's possible Marble is his only kill, as it's the final one of the 9th Games.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Built the DAEYD with good intentions, hoping to prepare more ordinary kids for the Games and training them in various non sex-trade related jobs. Then Luster came along and took it over.
  • Obfuscating Senility: Spends most of his conversation with Inspector Boundaire, the detective investigating Crystal's suicide, talking about the price of wine and then seems to think that the man is a tribute and goes off on a lecture about how to make a shelter out of a snowbank. However, as Inspector Boundaire leaves Gleam's house, he notes Gleam's eyes are "hard and quick," leading the detective to wonder if he's being played.
  • Obsolete Mentor: Luster supplants him as head of DAEYD, which greatly increases the quality of tribute recruitment and training, but also turns the school into a full-blown Academy of Evil.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Eats a lot as his "hatch" or coping mechanism immediately following his Games.
  • Properly Paranoid: Starts the DAEYD out of fears that soon Ahenobarbus would start sending in two trained tributes a year and ensure that none from District 1 would survive. Not only is he correct about Ahenobarbus amping up his training efforts, but Boudicca's takeover a few years later made the District 2 tributes even more organized and formidable.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Killed during the Mockingjay Revolution by District 1 rebels, who find him hiding under a desk inside the DAEYD, chain him to a pillar, and then burn the Academy of Evil down.
  • Shelled-Shocked Victor: His chapter focuses exclusively on the after-party following his Victory tour, and he is still largely in shock.

    Silk Seville (14th Games Victor) 

    Luster Lancaster (30th Games Victor) 
  • 0% Approval Rating: He is by far and away the most loathed Victor in the country, surpassing even Roan Tully. Even the Victors of his own district, many of which he mentored, despise him. Between hijacking the DAEYD and using it to train the District's children into being tributes for the Games and Sex Slaves for the Capitol (and the two are not mutually exclusive), forcing said children into joining the DAEYD against their wishes, and starting the Victor prostitution ring (and partaking in the ring by sleeping with Finnick, Gloss and several female Victors against their will), there is no end to Luster's crimes. He singlehandedly made District 1 another hotbed for rebellion simply because the citizens wanted him gone that badly.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Follows President Snow's example by doing this, which saves him from Wonder's secret attempts to kill him.
  • 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.
  • Body Double: Wisely employs one, who ends us getting thrown into a graphite compressor by the District 1 rebels.
  • Category Traitor: Pays for the company of both Cecelia and Finnick, despite the understood rule that Victors don't do that to each other.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Casually mentions that he had sex with Finnick along with various female Victors that the Capitol prostituted, and is later revealed to have done the same to Gloss.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Takes over as leader of the "New Capitol Forces" after Coriolanus Snow's death.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Occasionally capable of seeming courteous, caring and almost humble, but only to people outside of District 1 who lack the context to understand what kind of a man he is.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: His extreme arrogance is his defining trait, but he also kills both District 2 tributes single-handedly, so he can at least back up his arrogance.
  • Genius Bruiser: Cunning and a skilled warrior.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Pretends to be uncomfortable with swords during his training and purposely scores a 9 in order to seem respectable but non-threatening. This allows him to take his Career allies completely by surprise when their alliance ultimately collapses.
  • I Own This Town: Following his Games, Luster essentially becomes the dictator of District 1. So much so that Snow has to occasionally remind him who the true dictator is.
    Luster: It was the perfect system. And I, the last Sea King, ruled it all from the Victor's Village. Everyone, from Gloss and Cashmere and Jade down to the lowest wretch in the lower city, is a piece in this perfect, beautiful machine.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: His chapter has him describe his eyes to be deep blue, but in a video of him featured in the rescue mission for Katniss, his eyes are deep green.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Expresses fury at Ermine after she kills two of his best students and disfigures another, but his face visibly softens for a moment as he realizes that she did it to avenge a murdered friend. And then, he casually refers to the dead girls as lost investments, and threatens to kill Ermine and Esther's families unless Ermine competes in and wins the next Hunger Games.
  • Kill Tally: Three tributes at least—the District 1 girl, the District 2 boy, and the District 2 girl once the Career pack turns on each other. Prior to this, he kills an unspecified number of tributes.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Excluded from the gathering where Ahenobarbus reveals the death of President Lucius and convinces the others to back Coriolanus Snow instead of Internal Reformist Julianna Cardew. Given that Luster was already a supporter of Snow, it probably doesn't matter much anyway.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Recognizes that having the Capitol openly move against Katniss and Peeta would incite a rebellion, so he instead plans to have them killed this way. Fortunately for the rebels, President Snow never asks Luster's opinion before rigging the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Mama's Boy: Heavily doted upon by his mother growing up.
  • Motive Decay: Luster begins training for the Games to bring glory and status to his family and district (according to his own journal, anyway). However, from the moment he becomes a victor, his family is never mentioned again and he delights in oppressing the district as an absolute dictator and Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Before his Games, District 1 was almost entirely loyalist, and wanted to participate in the Games and placate the Capitol. After 45 years of his tyranny, nearly the entire District is ready to take up arms once the rebellion breaks out.
    • Also, his brilliant plan to prostitute out the Victors turned even more of them against the Capitol, while giving them access to insane amounts of damaging information they got from their johns, which helps bring about the Capitol's downfall.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: The one son among six daughters.
  • Primal Fear: His "secret" is that he is afraid of the dark and has to sleep with a candle on his nightstand.
  • 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."
  • Red Baron: Is infamously known as "the Victor" among DAEYD cadets.
  • 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: Scorns the idea of needing a therapist after his Games, as he had no problem killing all these people.
    • As of the 65th Hunger Games, Brutus considers Luster the only Victor to have unambiguously enjoyed killing in the arena, as opposed to just faking it for the cameras (although he's also not so sure about Brilliance and Halibut).
  • Superior Successor: Greatly improves the recruitment and training of the DAEYD once he gains ownership over it.
  • Training from Hell: Averted. His training, while difficult, is far more restrained than anything he subjects the DAEYD students to, aside for a brief period where he had his sisters shout him interview questions and dump buckets of water on him whenever he slipped up.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Greatly respected in the Capitol (at least before the war). Utterly averted everywhere else, where his name is practically a curse word, although his own district has to pretend (and some of the more reptilian members of the Great Houses don't have to pretend).
  • Visionary Villain: Takes over the DAEYD and turns it into a true Academy of Evil, forcing people of highest beauty and racial stock to join the DAEYD. Also develops the idea of "Victors' duties", in which Victors became the sexual property of the Capitol.
  • White Shirt of Death: When June Everdeen shoots him, the blood from the wound forms a "red flower blossom over his white suit".

    Wonder Spicer (38th Games Victor) 
  • Assassination Attempt: His "secret" is he tries several times to poison Luster, but Luster has Acquired Poison Immunity.
  • Bath Suicide: Slits 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.
  • Born Unlucky: Aside from winning the Games (which turns out to be no prize itself), he just can't catch a break.
  • Break the Cutie: A seemingly nice guy who is ground to pieces by Luster and commits suicide within a decade of winning his Games.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: 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.
  • Descent into Addiction: Becomes a drug addict due to his partner Scipio being murdered and Luster forcing him to perform Victor's duties.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Has a lot to drink at his Victory banquet due to nerves. This serves as a Start of Darkness for his Descent into Addiction.
  • Guile Hero: Mostly an Informed Attribute, but he apparently tricks his district partner into wandering into a mutt den.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Jade's father sends her sister Jasmine to try and seduce Wonder, who is gay (and also has an appointment that gives him an excuse to turn her down).
  • Innocence Lost: He was happy helping out at his parents' sweet shop, until he turned 11 and DAEYD recruiters showed up to measure his facial symmetry and give him an intelligence test. They then dragged him off to the Academy for "seven years of hell".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Luxe and Platinum try to make things easier for him and convince him that life is worth living (unsuccessfully), with Ermine observing Wonder clinging to Luxe's hand like a child when she volunteers.
  • Kill Tally: The only one mentioned is the District 5 boy. He also tricks his district partner, Aura, into going into a mutt den.
  • Sex Slave: The first District 1 Victor to have to perform the "Victor's responsibilities" after Luster takes over the DAEYD.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The first Victor after Orchus to try this. It ends badly.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Feels miserable and out of place among the Blue Bloods of District 1.
  • 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) 
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her friendship with Esther can be interpreted to have homoerotic undertones. One line describes her as mostly watching Esther while Esther was watching some boys exercise, and at the end of her chapter, she seemingly addresses Esther as "my love" in her thoughts.
  • Big "NO!": Gives several when she sees Esther hanged.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Her Weapon of Choice.
    The mace is my favorite. It feels right in my hands, heavy and beautiful, far from the delicate fragility expected from District 1. It suits me.
  • Evil Virtues: Luster compliments her for being clever and demonstrating initiative, skill, and patience in executing her revenge against the Girl Posse.
  • Fight Unscene: Her chapter takes place before her Games, and her Games are only referred to in passing in the next chapter about Maeve.
  • Handicap Match: Challenges the entire Girl Posse during combat training and kills two of them and disfigures the other.
  • 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 it after she meets Jade, who slaps her and offers to help her get revenge.
    • She also has one during the 45th Games as Chaff is about to kill her tribute, who reminds her of Esther. She breaks down screaming, begging to be told what to do.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Her surname is Butler, and she works in a servant role at the DAEYD.
  • Hollywood Homely: In-Universe, 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: Spirited and headstrong, to the point that she struggles in 'social graces' at the DAEYD.
  • Hope Spot: During the 45th Hunger Games, she successfully warns her tribute to run away from an approaching fire by sending running shoes as a sponsor gift, only for the girl and her ally to blunder into Chaff's hideout and be killed by him.
  • Human Notepad: Gets a tattoo on her back "for each person she let die, or helped along the way."
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Ermine doesn't know her own family, so Luster threatens to kill Esther's family if Ermine doesn't volunteer for and win the Hunger Games.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this as she is being dragged away after killing Topaz and Cinnamon and is still laughing even when she sits down with Luster.
  • Kill Tally: Her Games aren't shown, and the only kill we learn about is the District 1 boy (Jet). He was Topaz's boyfriend and cradles Topaz as she's dying. Ermine kills him at the bloodbath, knowing that an alliance with him is out of the question.
  • Plot Allergy: Topaz throws peppercorn at her right before her big dance number, which will determine her job placement. The peppercorn causes her face to burn and swell up, and she goes into a major sneezing fit, completely ruining her routine.
  • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kills the Girl Posse for killing Esther.
  • Sweet Tooth: Her "secret" is that she is addicted to caramel-covered chocolate cakes.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The abrasive, fiery tomboy to Esther's delicate Girly Girl who excels in 'social graces'.
  • 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 her 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 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) 

    Jade Boleyn (49th Games Victor) 
  • Alliterative Family: Her older sister's name is Jasmine, and in a slightly more downplayed example, her father's name is Gemini.
  • 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).
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Lampshaded at the start of her Kangaroo Court.
    Coin: Jade Boleyn you are hereby accused of the following offenses. Corruption-
    Jade: Conspiracy, assault, murder and high treason. I have a good memory "Madame President" or did I miss something? Public littering perhaps?
    Coin: Contempt of court, if you interrupt me again, Boleyn.
  • Backhanded Compliment: States that Katniss is "annoying, but I like her" although given Jade's reluctance to give out praise the "compliment" probably meant more than the "backhanded" part of that.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't take it well when the prosecutor implies that she was a willing participant in the Victor's sex trade.
  • Best Friend: With Brutus. Several chapters show the two of joking together, mentoring together, and consoling each other. She is also the only non-District 2 Victor shown calling him "Teddy Bear", his Embarrassing Nickname.
  • Blue Blood: A member of the Boleyn family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Brainless Beauty: Subverted. Jade leaves Coin stunned when she demonstrates her intricate knowledge of judicial law.
    Jade: What's the matter? Pretty little Careers girls aren't supposed to know judicial law?
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In-Universe. Her blind arrow shot against the District 11 boy through the mist is often ranked one of the top ten Hunger Games moments.
  • The Cynic: Unlike many of the other District 1 rebels, she is unsurprised by Coin's betrayal and didn't expect to survive the rebellion at all.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: From her father's perspective. She is defiant, leading her to be sent to the DAEYD, as opposed to her cowed older sister Jasmine, who complies with her father's orders to try and seduce Wonder.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: To both Coin's and her own surprise, she surrenders rather than risking her friend Shilling being killed.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Her father yells at her in her full name, "Jade Opulence Boleyn!" when she tells Wonder that she wished his district partner, Aura, had won the 38th Games.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Seductress: Cora describes her as the best of the Victor rebels at seducing secrets out of Capitolians, although that was before Finnick.
  • I Hate Past Me: Defied. The District 13 prosecutor lists the sociopathic exploits of young Jade Boleyn, hoping that she will be ashamed, but instead she is largely amused and impressed by her younger self. She does, though, mentally call herself "young, and beautiful and such a fool" as she watches herself race to volunteer for the 49th Hunger Games.
  • Kill Tally: Eight tributes—two unnamed tributes at the bloodbath, the District 11 boy, District 4 boy, and District 2 girl (Flavia). It's likely the three other unnamed kills are the other members of the Career pack.
  • 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.
  • Laughing Mad: Gives this response when Inspector Boundaire comes to her house. It makes more sense after learning that this is right before the Third Quarter Quell announcement, and many of the Victors know what it will be.
  • Little "No"/Big "NO!": Gives one and then the other when she discovers that Luster is still alive and is Katniss's kidnapper.
  • Living Lie Detector: She can tell when Coin is outright lying during her trial, but is aware it would do her no good to call her out on it.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Arrogant, not that friendly even at rebel meetings, and with a murderous streak, but she does care about most of the other Victors and is a dedicated proponent of revolt and reform, telling herself that she'd sworn to never again let another person die when they didn't have to.
  • 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 Mole: She is so renowned as District 1's star Victor that Jason Mellark is shocked to find out that she's a rebel, and she is never even considered as a tribute for the Quell instead of Cashmere or Crystal.note  This comes back to bite her in the butt, though, during Coin's Reign of Terror, when she ends up on trial and has a hard time convincing the jury that she was a covert rebel, until Bovina arrives as a Surprise Witness.
  • Neck Snap: Kills the District 2 girl by snapping her neck with her bow.
  • Off to Boarding School: Sent to the DAEYD after daring a girl from Dustell House to do a difficult horse jump, which failed and left the girl paralyzed. Her grudge against Dustell House is why she helps Ermine get revenge against the Girl Posse led by Topaz Dustell.
  • Ominous Fog: Her arena is covered in a mist that makes it hard for the tributes to see each other except when close up. Though see Jade's in-universe Crowning Moment of Awesome above.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Upon being told that Luster was killed by the District 1 rebels, she expresses silent bitterness that she didn't get to kill him, or at least get to watch. When Luster does turn out to be alive, she wounds him before he's finished off.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the "Snowmen".
  • Rules Lawyer: Has Panem's legal code memorized and uses its provisions to fire her designated lawyer (who wasn't contesting the charges) and plead not guilty.
  • Serendipitous Survival: Coin is seconds away from ordering Jade executed when she's called away to a meeting with the known surviving Victors (to make her proposal of a final Hunger Games of Capitolians). She leaves to address them and then to oversee Snow's execution, but she is instead killed by Katniss. Jade and the other prisoners are released soon afterwards.
  • The Snark Knight: The only Victor whose snark rivals Blight and Johanna.
  • The Sociopath: Shows no remorse when the District 13 prosecutor brings up several terrible actions from her past:
    • Tricks a young Dustell girl into doing a horse trick too hard for her, causing her to become paralyzed from the waist down.
    • Helps Ermine kill the Girl Posse.
    • Somehow incapacitates her main rival to become the District 1 tribute for the 49th Games.
    • That being said, she does feel stabs of grief about learning she is the last surviving District 1 Victor and that Finnick was killed. She also abandons an attempt to kill Coin in order to save the life of a friend.
  • Sole Survivor: Downplayed. She's the last remaining District 1 Victor by story's end.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Tutors Gloss and Cashmere in social maneuvering and image, or as she calls it, "How to be a bitch and make them love you for it".
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Her "secret" is that she poured purging elixir on the food and drink at her own Victor's party, including in the drink of her first patron for "Victor's duties".

    Crystal Flute (61st Games Victor) 
  • Death by Irony: Slices her wrists very similarly to the way she filleted the District 5 girl. She may have even used the same knife.
    Inspector Boundaire: Symbolic or just what she had closest?
  • Driven to Suicide: Kills herself after learning from Beetee that she will be reaped for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Hungry Jungle: According to Enobaria, Crystal's arena took place in "a stinking jungle swarming with bloodsucking insects and poisonous reptiles".
  • Kill Tally: At least four tributes — three unnamed tributes at the bloodbath and the District 5 girl. She may have also killed more tributes after the career pack dissolves, as implied in Bonds of Blood where Enobaria describes Crystal to be covered in the blood of her former allies at the end of her Hunger Games.
  • Klingon Promotion: Her "secret" is that she sabotaged the harness of her nearest rival at the DAEYD during a rock-climbing exercise, who subsequently fell to her death. Crystal was rewarded by having her prestige go up by five ranks.
  • La Résistance: Possibly. Her boyfriend apparently was anyway, and Brilliance cautiously implies that she'd been invested in the saga of Katniss and Peetas during the 74th Hunger Games. However, Crystal was closest with the strongest loyalists in the Victors circle, especially Brilliance. But she also received a message from Beetee warning that she'd be reaped, but this may have been a courtesy he extended to all the Victors.
  • 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.
  • Mayincatec: The motif of her arena. She fillets the District 5 girl on an altar at the top of a stone pyramid.
  • Posthumous Character: Her chapter is largely about the investigation into her suicide, with her Games being described in Flashback by Investigator Boundaire, who was both a sponsor and john of hers.
  • Punny Name: Lampshaded by Boundaire, who notes he was drinking from a crystal flute when he first meets her at her Victory party.
  • Sex Slave: Her chapter puts particular emphasis on her Victor's duties, including with President Snow.
  • Working-Class Hero: Crystal came from "relatively low birth" (as Luster describes her posthumously) in which she rose Up Through the Ranks at the DAEYD to become one of the five female tribute candidatesnote , and eventually both the District One female tribute and Victor of the 61st Games.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Comes from the lower classes of District 1 and has a relationship with a young man from Dustell House.

    Gloss and Cashmere Delacroix (63rd and 64th Games Victors) 
  • The Ace: Gloss is this throughout his time at the DAEYD and in his Games, where he earns the moniker, "The Golden Hunter".
  • Africa: Gloss's arena is a recreation of the Serengeti plains with similar wildlife. Gloss takes on the motif of a Great White Hunter.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Gloss is constantly picked on as a child for being from the poorest Great House. It's not said if Cashmere is treated as harshly, but given District 1's culture it's likely.
  • Appalachia: The arena setting for Cashmere's Games.
  • 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.
  • Beneath Notice: The Delacroix family's poverty and Butt-Monkey status caused them to be ignored by the DAEYD for decades (Gloss and Cashmere's great-aunt was briefly a part of it, possibly under Gleam's tenure, but washed out), but they were deemed as too attractive by their parents, who decided that one of them might as well go and try to be a Victor.
  • Beneath the Mask: When Cashmere cries to Beetee, "My brother is dead!", Beetee notes to himself that "something falls away and I know I'm seeing the real Cashmere."
  • 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. Moreover, her "secret" is that she has anonymous degrees in microbiology and chemistry from the University of Panem and was working on a degree in ancient history when she was reaped for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Averted, though they do enjoy trolling people about it.
  • 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.
  • Cain and Abel: Narrowly averted. Luster almost sends them into the 63rd Games together, interested in the potential for a final sibling showdown, but Silk and the other trainers convince him that the twins would refuse to go that far, and that the benefit of sibling Victors would be stronger. Ultimately, Luster does get his wish when they are both reaped for the Third Quarter Quell, but the twins die before there could be such a showdown.
  • 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 so that Blight is his first target in the Cornucopia, but Cecelia stops him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: It's implied that Gloss (who'd earlier mentioned to Enobaria his suspicions that District 4 and some of the lower Districts were plotting something) figures out Cashmere's deal with the Rebels in the last moments of his life and dies hating her for it.
  • 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Both their corpses appear to be smiling as they are taken out of the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • 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.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Cashmere tells Beetee that she has tried this with Gloss, but by the time of the Third Quarter Quell she has resigned herself to Gloss having become the Tragic Monster created by the DAEYD and the Games.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The Delacroix family is the poorest of the Great Houses and looked down upon by the others. This changes when the twins win their respective Games.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Gloss can tell the Career alliance plans to turn on him early, so he ditches them early. Seeing his district partner in the sky on Day 3 confirms his intuition.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Cashmere gives Cecelia a little salute from her pedestal right before the Quell starts, in recognition of the comfort they provided each other over the years of Victor's duties.
  • Kill Tally:
    • Gloss:
      • For his original Games, only two tributes are specified—the District 5 boy and District 4 girl—but it's said he participates in the bloodbath and hunts others throughout his Games.
      • For the Quell, he kills at least two—Elena and Wiress. He likely also kills Evelyn.
    • Cashmere: Her Games are mentioned during Gloss's chapter, in which it's said she and the District 1 boy together kill two tributes—the District 10 pair. Beetee also references that she knifed her allies in the back, but he doesn't specify which or how many.
  • 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. Cashmere gives a Motive Rant to Beetee, explaining that this, Gloss's psychopathic turn, and her disgust at District 1's sexual enslavement have caused to want to help the Victor rebels in the arena.
    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.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: They try hard to forget an ugly argument they once had about Victor duties, which ended with Cashmere calling her brother a whore and throwing a vase at his head after he said it was no big deal.
  • Mercy Kill: Gloss spears the District 4 girl after she is mauled by a pack of hyenas.
  • The Mole: Cashmere wants to be this for Beetee and the others during the Third Quarter Quell, so Beetee asks her to target the non-rebel Victors or make sure that The Pawns Go First, so that those critical for the escape make it to the end.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gloss goes shirtless during his Games.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cashmere has a Heroic BSoD after being told that Crystal killed herself, which ensures that Cashmere will be reaped for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Cashmere is the only girl out of four children.
  • Papa Wolf: Downplayed, but their father shows a lot more grief and concern for them than their mother. After Gloss volunteers for the 63rd Games, he is described as having an expression of "pride, love and something approaching immeasurable grief." Later, Cashmere tries to avoid visits to her parents after Snow and Luster start pimping her out due to feeling that, while most of the district suspects what goes on with the Victors, "if Father saw the physical evidence on his only daughter's flesh Gloss isn't sure he'd be able to stop him from killing someone."
  • Parental Favoritism: Their dad cares more about Gloss (especially after his older sons have to join the peacekeepers) and their mother dotes on Cashmere. Due to this, their parents can't decide which one to send to the DAEYD, out of the hope that it would make the Academy leave the other alone and that a Victor's salary could pay off their debts. Not wanting to be separated, the twins Take a Third Option and go out together.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: Gloss kills a leopard in his arena and wears its pelt throughout his Games.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Cashmere tries to drop out of the DAEYD after Gloss's victory, but Luster is hung up on the idea of sibling Victors and won't let her.
  • Romance on the Set: In-Universe. Cashmere has sex with the District 2 boy during her Games as a likely setup for a Honey Trap.
  • Serial Killer: Downplayed. Gloss serially tortures random people after Cashmere selects and drugs them, but Cashmere always makes sure to stop Gloss before he can finish them off. They then dump the victims outside of a hospital.
  • Sex Slave: Cashmere is one of the most pronounced ones in the story, which leads to a case of The Dog Bites Back.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Or rather so beautiful their parents realized they didn't have a prayer of keeping both of them out of the DAEYD.
  • 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 seconds after Katniss kills Gloss.
  • This Cannot Be!: Cashmere reacts this way when she learns of Crystal's suicide, continually screaming, "It's not fair!" It makes more sense after learning that this is right before the Third Quarter Quell announcement, which many of the Victors already know about. Cashmere now knows she will be reaped for the Quell.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Gloss has few qualms about being prostituted (except to Luster himself), reveling in the attention and the free sex. Cashmere averts this hard, coming to view it as a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: One of their first scenes in Gloss's chapter has Gloss being grounded for playing with street kids and Cashmere sneaking some food into his room.

    Song Nuo (66th Games Victor) 
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Despite being as competent as her Career peers, Song is excluded from the Career pack, her "mentor" Ermine refuses to help her, and the other District One Victors (save for Cashmere) distance themselves from her. Justified because she won her district's reaping footrace without DAEYD ties, which irritates Luster since she's uncontrollable to him.
  • Daddy's Girl: Though apparently a rather rebellious child, she is close with her father, who recognizes the depth of her love for Quintus and tearfully agrees that she could volunteer.
    Mr. Nuo: You've disobeyed me all your life, so what good would it do?
    Song: Tell me to come back. I'll obey that one, Daddy.
  • Determinator: She and her ally spend three days pursuing Titus up a mountain, through a blizzard, with wounds on their legs, but they are unable to catch him. The Gamemakers have to create an avalanche to do it for them.
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe. As per canon, her victory partially came through Titus (who was mentioned in the novels, although Song herself wasn't) being killed by an avalanche that was probably sent by the Gamemakers to prevent a cannibalistic lunatic from ending up as the Victor.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Song's grandparents were from two different districts (the Capitol and District 3), fall in love, and her grandfather gives up his life as a Capitolian to live with his wife in District 1. Song falls in love with Quintus, a Peacekeeper from District 2, and risks giving up her life (literally) to get the money for his back surgery.
    • Song's mother trained to become a tribute at the DAEYD but failed to win the foot race for the 45th Games. Song independently trains to become a tribute and wins the foot race for the 66th Games.
  • Happily Married: To Quintus, a Peacekeeper originally from District 2 who was injured serving in District 10. She is the only known District 1 Victor to get married and have children.
    • Though her "secret" is she enjoys "having threeways with her husband and pretty blonde girls from around the district, because while she knew she always had his heart, she wasn't opposed to letting him indulge his eyes once in a while."
  • Hope Spot: The mob that lynches her pauses after they've put the noose around her neck, with several members recognizing that she was never part of the DAEYD or one of Luster's lackeys. But others feel that she should die for abetting Snow. As the argument goes back and forth without either side coming ahead, one frustrated rebel just kicks away the crate Song's standing on, breaking her neck.
  • Kill Tally: Two tributes—the District 10 boy and District 10 girl. She also forces her ally, the District 9 girl, to either jump to a painless death or be speared. She jumps.
  • Loophole Abuse: Song exploits the rule that the first person (of each gender) to touch the reaping bowl is named tribute, as it doesn't seem to mention DAEYD affiliation. The escort rationalizes her actions as "rules being rules" before introducing her to the crowd.
  • Murder by Suicide: Gives her ally, the District 9 girl, the option of committing suicide by jumping from a cliff or being speared. Her ally chooses the former.
    Song: I was ready to kill her but she deserved a good death. One with … dignity.
  • Only in It for the Money: Volunteers for the Games to make enough money to pay for the expensive surgery necessary to fix Quintus's back.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While also Overshadowed by Controversy in-universe (see below) her anonymity also comes from Living Legends Finnick and Johanna winning in the years before and after her.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: In-universe. Her Games are most remembered for Titus, the District 6 boy who became a cannibal.
  • Percussive Prevention: When the rebels break into her house, she immediately knocks Quintus out with the butt of her knife, so he will not risk his life trying to protect her.
  • The Quisling: Song becomes a spokesperson for President Snow in return for voiding Quintus' peacekeeper contract.
  • Reign of Terror: Hanged by the District 1 mob that rose up against the Capitol and Luster's regime. Song does not resist the mob, in hopes that they will overlook her husband Quintus and son Tybalt. Quintus dies anyway, as he refuses to abandon her, but Tybalt survives and becomes an Abandoned War Child.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Because she has Capitolian family ties, she avoids the typical District 1 Victor fate of serving as a Sex Slave.
  • Together in Death: Tybalt, as an adult archaeologist, finds his parents' remains, with his father's arms wrapped around his mother.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Tybalt is able to identify his parents' remains, because Song is still wearing the silver locket from the Institute that Quintus gave her the day she volunteered. Tybalt quietly pockets it while wiping away the sweat in his eyes.
  • What Measure is a Non-Capitolian?: Snow orders journalists to stop interviewing her Capitol relatives, "lest Capitol citizens begin to comprehend that all tributes are real people with actual families."
  • You Are Worth Hell:
    • Trained for and volunteered for the Games to get her boyfriend medical treatment.
    • Also applies to her grandfather, a Capitol citizen who voluntarily gave up his citizenship to live in the Districts with Song's grandmother after falling in love with her.

    Other Notable Tributes 

Ruby (5th Games)

Luscious (24th Games)

Gossamer and District One boy (25th Games)

  • All Elections Are Serious Business: Gossamer campaigns to be selected for the First Quarter Quell.
  • Doomed by Canon: Those who read Fall Into the River before Cora's chapter was released will know that they're doomed from the start.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Why Gossamer wants to be voted into the Hunger Games. She is told by family that she's special, yet the DAEYD said otherwise when cutting her three months prior.
  • Killed Offscreen: The boy's death isn't mentioned in Cora's chapter, while Gossamer is said to have been killed with an axe to her skull.
  • No Name Given: The duo's names weren't given in both Cora's chapter nor Quell. Subverted during Haymitch's chapter where it's revealed that the unnamed girl's first name is also Gossamer, as her niece (a tribute) was named after her.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Cora mentions in Fall Into the River that she tried to seduce the District 1 boy, but he didn't fall for it because "he didn't swing [her] way".

45th Games tributes

  • Facepalm of Doom: Chaff kills the boy by crushing his skull with his one remaining hand.
  • Kill Tally: The boy has one—the District 10 girl.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Despite hooking up with the District 2 boy, the girl forms a secret alliance with the District 4 girl. But she never has to betray him, as they get separated and she is killed soon after.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Luster notes that the boy is "possessed of a certain patriotism that's honestly more suitable to a District 2 brute".
  • Realpolitik: The boy betrays the District 2 boy and forms a brief alliance with Chaff, because the Two boy is the strongest remaining tribute and neither of the other two can defeat him alone.
  • This Cannot Be!: The boy's reaction when he discovers that Chaff is still immensely strong despite only having one hand.
    District 1 boy: But ... but ... you have only one bloody hand!
    Chaff: One is all I need.

Gossamer Munroe, Dazzle Brooks, Miracle Vermeer, and Turq St. James (50th Games)

Alabaster and Link (52nd Games)

  • Doomed by Canon: As it's already known that Blight won, it's not if they'll die, but when and how.
  • It's All About Me: Link's Interview angle, at least, was acting extremely cocky and self-absorbed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In-universe, this is Alabaster's entire gimmick for getting sponsors, acting "sultry and lush".

Copper and Rarity (54th Games)

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Rarity and Odessa, the District 2 girl, begin to form this after they hear two cannons go off in preparation for the Inevitable Mutual Betrayal. But Priam, the District 2 boy, convinces them it's not time yet.
  • Fan Disservice: The remaining Careers in the 54th Games, including both Copper and Rarity, strip down to their underwear, but by this point they are so covered in bruises, wounds, and scratches that they don't expect to get any gifts for doing it.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Halibut kills Copper once the last outlier tribute is dead, also by Hal's hands.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Rarity leaves the remaining Career pack to look for crabapples. She is soon after killed by Halibut.
  • My Girl Back Home: Copper has one named Chrysalis. He imagines her comforting him as he's dying.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Halibut kills Copper by poisoning the fish he serves him.
  • Tempting Fate: Lianne, the District 4 girl, warns Rarity that splitting from the group will make her vulnerable to an attack from Halibut. Rarity responds, "I think I can handle a jumped up fishmonger." Turns out she can't.
  • Wham Line: Halibut to Copper: "I killed you ten minutes ago as I fed you."

Mink and Zinfandel (57th Games)

  • Affectionate Nickname: Zinfandel is also known as "Zin".
  • Faking the Dead: Unintentionally. Zinfandel managed to survive Cecelia's rockslide trap that buried his cousin Mink. However, a junior Gamemaker set off his cannon prematurely, causing the other Careers to believe him to be dead until he returned, prompting a No One Could Survive That! reaction.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Mink and Zinfandel are cousins and fellow Career tributes.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Mink and Zin volunteer for the Hunger Games and are willing to kill helpless children (and each other, despite their blood relation) to bring status and glory to their Nouveau Riche family. How much of it was their idea and how much was forced on them is unclear. According to Cora, neither of them actually make a kill before Mink dies and Zin is badly injured and left with no real chance of victory.
  • Kill Tally: Zinfandel got 1 possible kill—the District 10 girl (Jonni).
  • Off with His Head!: During the fallout the Career pack, Pomponia uses Zinfandel as a Human Shield, causing Ferrus to take his head off.
  • Pretty in Mink: Mink wears the fur of her namesake animal in the Tribute Parade and her Interview.

Mercury Dustell and Citrine (62nd Games)

  • Blue Blood: Downplayed. Mercury from Dustell House, one of the 40 Great Houses in District One. However, Citrine mentions that he's from a lower branch.
  • Killed Offscreen: Mercury's death isn't described in the fic, but it's implied that the District Ten male killed him.
  • Mutual Kill: After Enobaria dodges his attack during the final battle, Orion slices Citrine from collarbone to hip, while her glaive spears his abdomen.
  • Only One Name: Citrine's last name isn't mentioned in the fic.
  • Worthy Opponent: Enobaria describes Mercury to be one after seeing his face on the screen, due to not acting nor playing mind games on his allies.

    DAEYD Cadets 

Esther Quinn

Ermine's best friend, and a would-be tribute for the 43rd Hunger Games had she not been killed by an envious Girl Posse.
  • The Ace: Had the third-highest prestige (points) ranking of the DAEYD, so much that she would have made the run to volunteer for the Hunger Games had she not died.
  • Best Friend: To Ermine, as the two arrived at the DAEYD on the same day at age 8.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her death led to the chain of events that caused Ermine to volunteer for the Hunger Games.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A polite girl with the golden locks that characterize most of District 1.
  • Hanging Around: How the Girl Posse kills her.
  • Never Suicide: The DAEYD Girl Posse makes Esther's death look 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.
  • She's Got Legs: Esther's dress for the Showing had deep slits on either side that show off her "sculpted legs".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The delicate Girly Girl who excels in 'social graces' to Ermine's more fiery tomboy.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Is from the lower city and described to be from the poorest class in District 1, so much that they were "not even worth enough to give their children proper district names".

Topaz Dustell, Saffron, and Cinnamon

Three of the six members of the Girl Posse at the DAEYD, and the main antagonists of Ermine's chapter.note 

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 our eventual triumph."

    Districtwide Tropes 
  • Academy of Evil: Ahenobarbus first establishes a training center for future tributes composed of homeless teenagers he finds on the streets or in a Community Home. After Boudicca wins her Games, she destroys the old facilty and transforms the training center into the Peace and Training Institute, commonly just called "the Institute" but soon referred to by locals and eventually all Panem as "Murder High."
  • Badass Family: The three cousins Honorius, 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.
  • Blood Knight: District 2 tributes live to fight.
  • Broken Ace: Their Victors put on a good show of triumph and honor compared to most of the of the other districts (and it's not entirely a show), but Granyte isn't wrong when he calls them a "poster band for PTSD".
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Deconstructed. Though the District 2 Victors are trained especially for this, they are still traumatized by the violence they see and do.
  • The Dead Have Names: The names of deceased tributes from District 2 who went into the Hunger Games were "memorialized on the brass wall behind a dais in the Great Hall" of the Institute, in memory of their "sacrifice" for "a peaceful Panem".
  • Due to the Dead: The Institute cremates the bodies of the District 2 fallen tributes (assuming there is a body to cremate) and places their name on a plaque that hangs in the Institute.
  • Family of Choice: How the District 2 Victors see each other, with Boudicca—and Antigone to a lesser extent—as the Team Mom.
  • New Era Speech: Boudicca's purge of the Pit effectively serves as one for District 2, but the only speech that is described is the one she gives to Honorius, Virtus, and Justus.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: In their best light, this is the mindset of District 2. Evelyn notes the respectful way she is treated here during her Victory tour, in comparison to the haughty and cruel way she is treated in District 1.
  • 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 else sees them as violent.
    • Both of their leaders, Ahenobarbus and Boudicca, are also redheads.
  • 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 without help), 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).
  • Undying Loyalty: With the exception of some outlying villages such as Redfern, District 2 is the only district to remain loyal to the Capitol during both rebellions. The Institute's legacy does much to ensure District 2's loyalty through the Mockingjay Rebellion, as it prevented normal children from being reaped and allowed everyone in the district to take out as much tesserae as they want, limiting the amount of poverty in it. And since Boudicca wasn't a tyrannical dictator like Luster who forced unwilling children to join her training camp, that made District 2 even more amenable to her and the Capitol.

    Ahenobarbus Romero (1st Games Victor) 
  • Berserker Rage: Triggered after killing Jon and Ryla Undersee.
    The world went red. The arena turned into a fog of blood and pain. Ahenobarbus roared and tore through the arena like a storm off the sea in District 4. Anything that moved he cut down, anything that fled he pursued until he was bathing in a river of blood and gore. He wasn't sure who he was killing anymore, if it was tributes or children or rebels or Peacekeepers or the President or his parents or Jon Undersee. All that mattered was that he killed. All that mattered was that he killed them all before he started feeling again.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Eighteen when he enters the Games.
  • Evil Redhead: His red beard becomes his signature.
  • Get It Over With: Wins his Games in thirty-eight minutes.
  • Kill Tally: Fifteen tributes (the most in a single Game)—the District 6 boy, District 1 girl, three female tributes, District 12 boy (Jon Undersee), District 5 girl (Ryla Undersee), seven more tributes, and District 8 boy.
  • Machete Mayhem: His Weapon of Choice in the Games.
  • May–December Romance: His relationship with Cora, who is at least 24 years younger than he is.
  • Odd Friendship: With Gates. Ahenobarbus considers Gates to be the most brilliant Victor and is greatly offended by the Capitol's Post-Game Retaliation against him. He even sits in the hospital with Gates after he has a stroke and is there when he wakes up.
  • One Hit Poly Kill: Kills Jon and Ryla Undersee by thrusting a spear through both of them at the same time. Ahenobarbus has a painting of this kill in his Victor's mansion, and there is later a fountain built in the Capitol depicting it.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: His District partner, Cassia, propositions him the night before they go into the arena.
  • 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.
  • Retired Monster: Ahenobarbus starts out as an Ax-Crazy tribute and Sadist Teacher who relishes in brutality, but after he becomes a Relegated Mentor, he becomes mellow and compassionate toward his peers, casual in his retirement, but not really remorseful about all of the people he killed, the lives he ruined, or his role in allowing President Evil Snow to take over the country.
  • 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 and Boudicca, this doesn't result in producing any winners.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Twice over. His arena was a true gore-fest, and it's implied that he had a rough time during the war, as he half-seriously mentions that Capitol General Hadrian Fife, who he fought under during the Dark Days, did things that gave him nightmares.
  • Sins of the Father: Subverted in his case, as his father fought for the Capitol during the Dark Days. He 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 his perspective.
    • Although it's possible this was a Motivational Lie and Ahenobarbus is being punished for what his mother did, regardless of his and his father's loyalty.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: His father killed his mother in front of him, because she sided with the rebels in the Dark Days Rebellion.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His "secret" is that he keeps his mother's shawl throughout his life, so he could he smell it and try to remember her. When he is found dead of a heart attack, he is clutching it to his chest.
  • 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.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was friendly with Jon Undersee (who turned out to be a Rebel spy) during the Rebellion and is both angry and shaken when facing him and his sister in the arena.

    Tiberius Drake (6th Games Victor) 

    Boudicca (17th Games Victor) 
  • 100% Heroism Rating: Is absolutely adored in the Capitol when she won. The feeling becomes mutual.
  • Action Girl: During her training, she beat up everyone in the school, including Tiberius. She then goes on to have a Flawless Victory in her Games.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: One of Antigone's commandments to Dido (apparently given in retrospect) is not to put laxatives in Tiberius's tea right before he speaks in front of a class, because no one will find it amusing. A sentence later, Antigone admits that Boudicca found it amusing (although she still punished Dido for it).
  • All for Nothing: Ultimately forced to realize that her loyalty to the Capitol amounted to this, as she blinded herself to its flaws and could have saved lives by fighting them at the end.
  • Anti-Villain: She is a Well-Intentioned Extremist with a blind My Country, Right or Wrong mindset. But she truly sees the Capitol as the best means of overcoming the evils of the pre-Panem Crapsack World, and she never displays of the corruption of the Capitol or Luster. She also fiercely loves her fellow District 2 Victors. And after her Assassination Attempt against Katniss fails, she accepts her defeat with sorrowful dignity.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Is covered in the blood of her former alliance partners as the hovercraft lifted her out of the arena.
  • Born into Slavery: Either this or Made a Slave (she tells Katniss she doesn't remember which) sometime before Tiberius buys her at a slave auction.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Capitol finally becomes this to her, but only after the war is over.
  • Caring Gardener: Has an "exquisite garden" outside her home, which she tends to as a hobby.
  • Dehumanizing Insult/Gendered Insult: Kills the District 1 male tribute for calling her "Ahenobarbus's bitch".
  • Emotionless Girl: Throughout her years of training, she rarely displays any emotion, except for mild bemusement anytime anyone dares challenge her in combat. On those occasions, she would describe in detail what she would do to them.
  • Famed in Story: So much so that a musical is made about her, titled, Boudicca the Bold: The Musical! Dido and Virtus re-enact it during their Wintermas party.
  • Fiery Redhead: Depending on how you view her, she may also count as an Evil Redhead.
  • Flawless Victory: The Leader of her alliance (which would go on to become the standard Career alliance makeup), which systematically eliminates all the other tributes. She then takes down each one of her allies single-handedly. All in the span of three days.
  • Heel Realization: The futility of her devotion to the Capitol only truly hits her after telling Katniss her life story and mourning the deaths of the her surrogate family, the District 2 Victors.
  • Ice Queen: Her major persona. Her first major emotional display was after her Games, as she listened to the Panem anthem, saluted the flag, and realized she was finally free from her life of poverty and slavery. This begins her Patriotic Fervor.
  • It's a Long Story: Tells Katniss this when Katniss asks her about her life story. Katniss responds, "It'll be a long night", so Boudicca obliges.
  • Kick the Dog: Viciously tries to drum out compassion from her preferred tributes in order to enhance their potential. When Virtus starts feeding a stray dog, she makes him drown its puppies one by one, then slit the mother's throat, cook the dead animals into a stew, and then eat it.
  • Kill Tally: Six tributes—the District 6 boy (Chevy), District 1 boy, District 1 girl, District 2 boy (Linus), District 4 boy, and District 4 girl. She also leads the Career alliance, which kills thirteen tributes at the opening bloodbath and both District 7 tributes the next day. There are only two deaths she is not connected to.
  • Klingon Promotion: Implied. Ahenobarbus initially chose another student, Aurora, to be the female tribute for the 17th Games. Aurora then mysteriously died that night, and Boudicca was chosen as female tribute.
  • The Leader:
    • Handpicks those tributes she wants to be in her alliance: Districts 1, 2 and 4. This becomes the standard Career alliance.
    • After founding the Institute, she essentially becomes the leader of District 2.
  • Little "No": Her response when Tiberius tries to advise her on how she should act during her Capitol interviews.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Her Patriotic Fervor often veered into this, to the disdain of the outer district Victors.
    Boudicca: It is not our place to question those whom the Law sets above us. Our duty is to serve, and so we shall endure.
    Jules: Sweetie, they really did a number on you, didn't they? You're like a jabberjay, singing everything they tell you.
  • Namesake Gag: After learning someone from District 2 named their son after her, she personally went down to the medcenter and destroyed the birth certificate herself.
  • Neck Snap: Kills the District 4 girl this way.
  • No Sympathy: For the outer districts and what they endure at the hands of her Peacekeepers and the Capitol, although she eventually gets better.
  • Not So Stoic/Tears of Remorse: Her "secret" is that she is capable of crying, even if rarely seen.
  • Only One Name: Only her first name is ever given.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Following her Games, she becomes more devoted to the Capitol than any other Victor, rivaled only by Luster. But while Luster mainly seeks power, Boudicca is driven by true devotion.
    Boudicca: I found my honor, my justice, my strength in obedience to the Capitol that saved me and saved the nation.
  • Revenge: Returns to the Pit, the district Slave Market, with Peacekeepers and orders them to kill everyone there except the remaining child slaves, who she frees.
  • The Sleepless: Noted as hardly sleeping during her Games, which makes it impossible for her alliance to betray her.
  • Superior Successor: Establishes much higher standards than Ahenobarbus for entry, training, and selection as tribute, which sets District 2 on the path to being the most dominant district in the Hunger Games.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Throws an "ornate jade antiquity" at the wall after Snow calls her to ask about giving away his prized horse, which is really a metaphor to tell her to send Justus into the Games.
  • Team Mom: Of the District 2 Victors, who she considers a Family of Choice (though for Granyte, she's more of a Cool Big Sis), and more broadly as Headmistress of the Institute.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Zig-zagged. It was her founding of the Institute and the success of its Victors that spurred Luster (frustrated at what he saw as his district being left in the dust) to volunteer for the Games, take over the DAEYD, and develop the idea of Victors duties. Boudicca doesn't seem to care that much though, and while she does dislike Luster, she seems a little pleased at the better fighting skills of District 1's tributes afterwards.
  • Visionary Villain: Returns from the Games after a meeting with President Lucius and immediately ends Ahenobarbus's school, kicks out all but three students, purges the Pit, and establishes the Institute, in order to train students to love the Capitol and live by a code of honor, strength, and justice.

    Granyte Tanner (18th Games Victor) 
  • Abandon the Disabled: His family refuses to meet him at the train station when he returns from the Games, because they don't want to see him with all his limbs missing. But he does have contact with at least some of their children (namely Lyme) in the years afterwards.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It is unclear whether he knows Lyme is The Mole but still helps her out of familial loyalty, or if he is his niece's Unwitting Pawn.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses both legs and left hand in his final battle in the arena.
  • Big "WHY?!": His father's first words to him after he volunteers as tribute. He answers that it's for the money to pay off their quarry. His father then responds with a Big "NO!"
  • Children Forced to Kill: Seventeen when he volunteers his Games.
  • 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 alone agrees to mentor Barty, 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).
  • Cool Big Bro: His younger siblings were devastated by his volunteering, and in fact missed saying goodbye to him because the younger ones had run off out of grief and the eldest one had gone after them to gather them up.
  • Double Meaning: When he approaches Ares, who has run off from the Wintermas party that the other Victors throw to console him following his Games, Granyte has this bit of wisdom.
    Granyte: Did you know that when hypothermia sets in, it often feels quite warm? Oh certainly there's cold initially, brutally so, shivering, shaking. But then the cold sleeps into the bones, the blood, and the victim feels calm, relaxed, ready to just drift off asleep. And no matter how much people try to help him, wake him, get him moving to save his life, he insists that he is fine, that he doesn't need help, until he falls into a sleep from which we will not wake.
    Ares: (snorting) Is that supposed to be some sort of metaphor? Sir?
    Granyte: Only if you prefer to see it that way, Mr. Valerio. Personally, I was making it clear what a complete idiot you are for running into this cold without a coat.
  • 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".
  • Handicapped Badass: Not normally, but even he is seen armed and ready during the coup that brings Snow to power, as the Victors and various other Games personal take refuge in the training center.
  • Kill Tally: At least three tributes, though the Final Battle is not clearly described, so it's not exactly clear which tributes Granyte killed. He likely killed some combination of the District 1 boy, District 4 boy, District 7 girl, and District 7 boy.
  • Loophole Abuse: Because he 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.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The second of seven siblings, the size of which only contributes to his family's financial woes.
  • 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.
  • Only in It for the Money: 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.
  • The Pawns Go First: Forms an alliance with the tributes from Districts 7, 9, and 10 and remains on the sidelines as they battle the traditional Career alliance. When the only survivors besides Granyte are the District 7 tributes and the District 1 boy (and possibly the District 4 boy), he is able to defeat the weakened trio but at the cost of his limbs.
  • Reign of Terror: Executed by firing squad by the District 13 Kangaroo Court presided over by President Coin. He is 74 and breathing from an oxygen tank.
  • Self-Harm: His "secret" is that he cuts himself to remind himself he's still alive, and because Boudicca won't let him kill himself.
  • 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: Saves Bartimaeus from bullies when Barty first comes to the Institute and speaks the "sacred words" for him when he was chosen as tribute.

    Honorius Manchetti (22nd Games Victor) 
  • Children Forced to Kill: Seventeen when he volunteers his Games.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refuse to fight each other during their training, even though they are severely punished for refusing.
  • Condescending Compassion: Feels this towards Evelyn during her Victory tour, because she won by sneaking around and setting traps. While he views this as dishonorable, he doesn't hold it against her because she can't be expected to "know better".
  • Cool Old Guy: Retains his formidable combat skills and unyielding nature when he gets older, while also developing into a fatherly figure for the younger Victors and coming to loath the Games and the system that they enable.
  • Defector from Decadence: His "secret" is that he meets with District 2 rebel leaders in Redfern several times over the years, but he does not fully defect until the very end of his life.
    Honorius: The districts are tired. Tired of seeing their children die year after year. So am I, in fact.
    Ares: But the Games are preferable to war, surely?
    Honorius: Are they? These days I'm not so sure.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: The first among the Victors at the Third Quarter Quell Control Center to pick up a weapon and decide to fight off the coming Peacekeepers.
  • Due to the Dead: Closes the eyes of each tribute the Career pack kills and personally carries the body of the penultimate tribute, his district partner Claudia, to the embalmers on the departing hovercraft.
  • A Father to His Men: Despite the Inevitable Mutual Betrayal, he has this role during the 22nd Hunger Games, stopping for two days to treat a wounded member of the pack before resuming hunting other tributes.
  • Heel Realization: As the Games go on and on, it eventually drives him to maintain contact with rebels.
    Honorius: How many more children will we add to this macabre carnival? How many more can the nation hold?
  • A Hero to His Hometown: Volunteers, fights honorably, and achieves a Flawless Victory, filling his district with a newfound sense of pride. His Games become mandatory viewing for all cadets each sememster. In the Capitol, they feel "lust and joy and adulation", and in District 1 "jealousy and grudging respect." But in the outer districts, Honorius and the District 2 Institute are looked upon with pure hatred.
    "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. A true hero, a young man bright and tall and handsome ... Banners flew, fists were raised, voices cheered themselves hoarse, and Honorius Manchetti led a parade back to the Institute with an honor guard of a hundred red tunics around him to receive medals and plaques and adoration. ... And in the ten districts scattered across the continent, men and women and children watched a young man, whole and healthy and triumphant, a man who had trained to kill their children and raised his fist in victory. And they watched fifty thousand people cheer on the murdered of their boys and girls. And they were still and stony, their eyes dry and their jaws set."
  • Kill Tally: Four tributes—the three youngest tributes (though their districts are unnamed) and the District 2 girl (Claudia). The chapter's description also suggests that the Career pack killed all the other tributes, and he likely killed other Careers in their final fight.
  • Loss of Identity: Under Boudicca's tutelage, to an extent.
  • 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 makes sure the Career alliance holds together until all other tributes are dead, and when they do inevitably fight each other, they avoid the Inevitable Mutual Betrayal and fight each other head-on. Honorius personally carries the body of the penultimate tribute, his district partner Claudia, into the hovercraft, so she can 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.
  • Mercy Kill: Punches out the youngest tributes during his Games, knocking them unconscious before spearing them to reduce the pain and fear they feel.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grows up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruits them for tribute training.
  • Perpetual Storm: His Games include unceasing rain.
  • Perspective Flip: His chapter presents a different, but still quite positive, perspective of Boudicca's takeover.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When he watches Peeta break Brutus's neck, due to the Gamemakers (who ironically were aligned with Plutarch in La Résistance) using Brutus's tracker to disrupt his neurotransmitters, Honorius takes a chair and smashes his control desk.
  • The Runaway: 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) 

    Justus Scavo (27th Games Victor) 
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The surviving Victors drink a final toast to him, "to the man he was and could have been".
  • The Casanova: His "secret" is that he sleeps with older Capitol women in order to break up their marriages.
  • Chick Magnet: At the Institute, he is eyed by about half of the female attendees.
  • Crippling Castration: Castrates a man he sees raping a woman.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refuse to fight each other during their training, even though they will be severely punished for refusing.
  • Code of Honor: Truly believes in justice, even when it means disobeying an order from his trainers. This however makes him struggle with the nature of the Hunger Games as he travels to the Capitol. But it's 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?
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Enobaria's response when she sees that Justus has become Luster's No. 2 in the New Capitol Forces.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Everyone at the Institute — woman and some men — have an eye for him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: From the perspective of the other Victors. Though the Games twists his moral code, his faith in the Capitol can be seen as My Country, Right or Wrong. But after he fights back against the new regime, even Boudicca admits that he went from simply wanting revenge to being seduced by Luster's promises of power.
  • Get It Over With: As Odysseus stands over him with his trident, Justus simply tells him, "Just do it." Ody then stabs him through the throat.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Justus and when killing a tribute he lists a crime that that district committed during the Dark Days Rebellion.
  • Murder by Inaction: Breaks both of Venus's knees and then leaves her for dead. She dies two days later.
  • The Smart Guy: More perceptive than his cousins while growing up, being the one to correctly figure out Granyte's strategy and questioning the value and fairness of the Games. Ironically, this is subverted in the end when he's the only one of the three to remain loyal to the Capitol.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grows up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruits them for tribute training.
  • Supreme Chef: So much so that his recipes were renowned even in the Capitol.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Is described to be tall, having hair and eyes that "looked like they had come from a mine in District 12", and is oogled by half the women and some of the men at the Institute.
  • 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) 
  • Appeal to Worse Problems: As part of telling Dido about the rules/regulations she broke before her Hunger Games, Antigone uses this argument (although with District Twelve children) while explaining how she broke the "stealing is strictly prohibited" rule. Justified because District Two's living standards are significantly better than the other eleven districts.
    Antigone: (to Dido) If you see a hot spiced bun and think it's not fair that you have to have tesserae rations again while the stupid foreman's daughter is buying two, you should learn to keep your kleptomaniac tendencies in check and be grateful for what you do have. There are children in 12 who won't survive long enough to take tesserae, so stop making that face.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Dido, at least until Dido wins her Games.
  • Corpsing: Cannot keep a straight face when Lyme applies to take the Trials and rebuts every objection Boudicca makes. This ends when Lyme reveals she's from Redfern.
  • 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.
  • Kill Tally: Four tributes — the District 11 boy (Eddie Baxter), District 1 girl (Perfection), District 2 boy (Hannibal), and District 8 boy (Cotter). Her chapter does not include the Career pack's hunt, so she likely has more unshown kills.
  • Killed Offscreen: Executed by the Capitol in the post-Quell Victors purge under suspicion of rebel sympathies.
  • Knife Nut: Her "extraordinary gift with knives" enables her to take out Perfection, Hannibal, and Cotter.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Her "secret" is that she longs to be a mother but can't, because she was voluntarily sterilized while training to be a tribute.
  • 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.
  • Snow Means Death: The Final Battle of her Games takes place on a snowy tundra. It's possible the whole arena is like that but it's not said.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The main focus of her 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 Pastier (37th Games Victor) 
  • Abusive Parents: Suffered terrible beatings from his Wicked Stepfather, Phyle, while his mother does nothing to protect him.
  • 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.
  • Blind Seer/Hermit Guru: His "secret" is that after the war he becomes known as "The Confessor", a mute hermit living in the Nut to whom many brought offerings and confessed their sins.
  • Challenging the Bully: He is "source of endless pranks and goads" until he develops into a Knife Nut, and then the "taunts dried up quickly after the first few liters of blood spilled".
  • Children Are Innocent: Has a certain innocence to him before going to the Institute. The first time he got hit by Phyle was after watching the Hunger Games and asking "why the mean kids killed the nice, pretty girl on the screen".
  • Elective Mute: Phyle beat him anytime he says anything wrong, so he just stops talking altogether.
  • Gold Digger: His mother, who left her husband (Barty's father) for Phyle due to thinking he was about to strike it rich on mining investments. He didn't.
  • Happily Adopted: After running away from home, he is taken in by the family of a girl he saved from a vicious stray dog and later takes their name as his own. He would have happily stayed with them except his biological family demanded him back, causing his surrogate parents to send to the Institute instead .
  • Hungry Jungle: The arena theme of the 37th Games.
  • In Medias Res: His chapter starts with the tributes entering the arena and then flashbacks to his back story of his abusive upbringing and his time in the Institute.
  • Irony: Phyle beat him so many times for not respecting the Hunger Games, and then he goes on to win the 37th Games.
  • Kill Tally: Three tributes—the District 11 boy, District 5 girl, and District 1 girl.
  • Knife Nut: Had amazing precision at throwing knives, and, as the District 1 girl discovered, he could even cause them to curve.
  • Nice Guy: Except in the arena.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Has at least two sisters (it's never mentioned whether their his biological father's daughters, Phyle's children or one of each).
  • 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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Uses stray cats for target practice. (And she's a Career, so she's not exactly a great person.)
  • Badass Boast: Declared to the Gamemakers that she'd conquer the world during her training session. Antigone rebukes her for this, saying it set them up to be underwhelmed.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Say what you will about her, 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 her monologuing causes the other final tribute to monologue as well. Played straight in his case, because Dido uses the distraction to break his neck.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Wore one during her tribute parade.
  • 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 female tribute for the 40th Games) 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.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Among the Victors who fight off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center. Her final words are a Call-Back to her Games: "I am secretly a duck."
  • Fighting in the Playground: Or rather, acting like the training center was her personal playground (despite Antigone's warnings) and getting into fights over it, such as playing king of the mountain at the climbing station and attacking anyone else who tried to climb it.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Got into trouble for sneaking booze, grass, hookers (it isn't specified which gender) and a donkey into the Institute and was constantly sneaking into the boys' dorms. The money and status of a Victor don't exactly encourage her to stop after the 39th Hunger Games.
  • Hidden Depths: Spent some time at the Institute library, apparently reading history books, as she refers to the archery instructor as Pocahontas, but no one else gets the joke.
  • 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.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: As a pre-adolescent, Dido is constantly stealing food and medicine from well off people. Sometimes it's for herself, other times it's for girls she sits with at school who don't have anything for lunch or her elderly babysitter (who has pneumonia). This is slightly deconstructed, as Antigone claims that it wouldn't have been very difficult for Dido's friends to take out tesserae rations and her babysitter to ask for financial assistance to buy medicine.
  • Kill Tally: Her only specified kill is against the District 1 boy, but she definitely killed other tributes as well as part of the Career pack.
  • Laughing Mad: Both during the opening bloodbath of her Games and at the Victor's Last Stand at the Control Center.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Really Gets Around and has kinky tastes, but gets along better with non-Twos than most others, tries to take a Cool Big Sis role to Ares, is a good mentor for Enobaria, and ultimately chooses to fight the Capitol rather than remain loyal to it.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Antigone warns her against changing her name to something pretentious, "like a long-dead but much admired ancient queen, for example".
  • Neck Snap: How she kills the District 1 boy.
  • 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.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Stripped naked to show off her combat skills during her training session. Antigone admits this may not have been a bad idea but asks if Dido could have at least put her clothes back on before coming back to the apartment.
  • Snowball Fight: Known to throw snowballs at Peacekeepers filled with frozen dog excrement.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her "secret" is she sponsored several District 3 tributes, "just to spice things up once in a while."
  • 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.
  • Vulgar Humor: Shows quite a bit of it. For instance, during training she paints a penis on the camouflage instructor's forehead and when he went to wash it off, paints another penis on the floor to the amusement of the District 7 tributes but no one else.
  • Wild Card: Secretly sponsors District 3 tributes, at least partially just for the heck of it.

    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.
  • Broken Ace: Viewed as "the perfect tribute" as he enters his Games, being seen as strong, handsome, and charming. Yet he personally is deeply haunted by the deaths of his fellow tributes and feels inferior to his older brother and fellow District 2 Victors.
  • Brutal Honesty: Is honest with Beetee when Beetee asks him if he specifically told his tribute to kill Beetee's promising tribute during the 45th Hunger Games, and Beetee says this is in-character for him.
    • Subverted during Berenice's victory tour, where he knows full well that she won due to in-universe Executive Meddling but won't admit this out loud (for both her and himself) when Cecelia confronts them over it, feeling that he's been waiting for a Victor longer than she has, and they deserved that win.
  • 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.
  • Condescending Compassion: Pities Emrys a little for his "two disappointing Victors", never mind that Emrys actually did get two Victors under fairly hard circumstances.
  • Creepy Uncle: His "secret" is that, when he learned his wife was sexually abused by her uncle, Ares tried to kill him by burning down his shack. Though he didn't die, he was injured enough to prevent him from abusing others.
  • Death Glare: Gives Luster one after Luster’s tribute betrays his in the 45th Games.
  • Dies Wide Open: Jade notes that his eyes are wide as the District 13 guards drag his corpse away.
  • 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: The only District 2 Victor who is said to have gotten married and had children (prior to the Mockingjay Rebellion). Jade later speculates that he makes a False Confession (or, at least, a disingenuous one) to Coin's Kangaroo Court in order to protect his family from harm.
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: for Berenice's chapter.
  • 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.
  • Kill Tally: Five tributes identified—the District 4 girl, District 7 boy and likely the District 1 girl (who cut his eye out), District 1 boy, and District 2 girl, the latter two being mentioned among the tributes who haunted him.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: His relationship with Berenice, his only mentee to ever win.
  • 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: Forms 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 President Coin's Kangaroo Court.
  • 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 niece when she jumps on his 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" rather than being the Dumb Muscle most people assume he is, 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.
    • He also treats all of the other Victors with sincere respect and friendship. "And if the camaraderie and companionship he cultivated made the others underestimate him in the Control Center, well, he wasn't going to complain about that either."
  • 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.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Among the most brutal cadets and kills more tributes in the Hunger Games than any other Victor, but he 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.
  • Commonality Connection: Even before he becomes a Victor himself, Beetee is one of his favorite Victors, partially because they both have "special brains" and partially Beetee gave him an autograph during his victory tour.
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe. The Gamemakers working with La Résistance use his tracker to disrupt his neurotransmitters and cause him to become incoherent and insane, allowing Peeta to kill him.
  • A Father to His Men: To all his tributes and most especially his two Victors, Phoebus and Lupus.
  • 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. Brutus's "secret" is that he buys Aaron several gifts over the years but never mails them.
  • I Gave My Word: He promised Lupus he would never have to go back into the arena and made good on that promise by volunteering for him during the reaping for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Though mainly attracted to women, Brutus for a time had an intense unrequited attraction to Blight.
  • It Gets Easier: The Trial by Blood is an hour-long test in which the Institute trainee must kill someone. It takes Brutus fifty-nine minutes and forty-seven seconds to leave the room, indicating that he either took a long time to work up the nerve to make that kill or spent a long time suffering a Heroic BSoD afterward. He asks Virtus if it will always be like that, and Virtus's reply seems to be one he takes to heart.
    Virtus: No. It only gets worse, but not harder. You'll see.
  • 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.
  • Kill Tally:
    • During his original Games, 15 tributes (see Body-Count Competition)—both tributes from Districts 1, 5, 8, 9, and 12, the District 10 girl, the District 2 girl, and three other unnamed tributes.
    • From the Quell, three tributes—Woof, Cecelia, and Chaff.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: The sixth of eleven children, Brutus as a boy just wants to be noticed. He gets his wish.
  • Nice Guy: Shows genuine concern for the weak and treats all the other Victors with respect. Even staunch ABACs like Blight find it hard to dislike him.
  • Nothing Personal: His Bond One-Liner to Woof right after stabbing him in the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He deliberately used his reputation to hide the fact that he was volunteering to save Lupus, figuring that he would be the only District 2 Victor that could get away with it. It's implied that Snow wasn't fooled, however, and ordered him to kill Cecelia during the Games to punish both him and her.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 2's male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. This is lampshaded by the chapter heading: "Thirteen Things about Brutus Barsetti that Katniss Everdeen never bothered to find out".
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Phoebus notes that Brutus says "fuck" a lot, notably when he is pulled from the arena and during the 67th Games.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Has a major fear of spiders, so of course there are Giant Spiders in his arena (though the Gamemakers send them to prevent the other Careers from killing him). 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.
  • Swamps Are Evil: His arena.
  • Teeny Weenie: Half-jokingly implied by Blight, who says Brutus has the manhood of a naked mole rat when Brutus gets drunk, strips down at the Victor talent show, and makes a clumsy pass at Blight.

    Lyme Tanner (51st Games Victor) 
  • Always Close: Just barely makes it back to the Institute in time to successfully complete the Trial of Strength.
  • Fight Unscene: Her Games are completely skipped over, and her victory is declared to be "a shocking upset". Given that she is meant to be the The Mole for District 2, the rebel Victors may have helped ensure her victory.
  • 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.
  • It's Personal: Her "secret" is that she agrees to be The Mole at the Institute, because her best friend volunteered for and died in the 49th Games, and the commentators only remarked that they died too quickly. Given the rebel sentiment in her home village, it is unrevealed whether or not this friend was someone she'd known before her father moved to Redfern, or a Redfern child forcibly indoctrinated into the Institute due to athletic prowess (like Brutus was) and brainwashed into becoming a loyalist.
  • Kill Tally: Three tributes—the District 1 boy, District 1 girl and District 4 boy.
  • 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.
  • Promotion to Parent: Arrow mentions that her father OD'd when she was thirteen, leaving her with his debts and her brothers to raise, although the original story has Granyte speaking of her dad in the present tense while Lyme is asking to take the Trials.
  • The Scream: Gives one when she returns to Redfern and finds all the people hanged.
  • Shoot Your Mate: 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.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Doesn't appear to be among the survivors at the end but we never here a description of her dying, as per canon.
  • You Are in Command Now: Becomes leader of the District 2 rebellion, because all the Redfern rebel leadership is wiped out immediately after Katniss shoots her arrow. As a Victor, she is the most famous person among the District 2 rebels.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Boudicca catches her glaring after complimenting her on her victory.

    Phoebus (60th Games Victor) 
  • Big Brother Instinct: Develops this for Creon during their time at the Institute. It started out as just an effort to impress Creon's hot cousin but quickly turned into something genuine and powerful.
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: How Blight sees him.
  • 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.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Gets along okay with Connor and sometimes drinks with him, despite Connor being Blight's best friend and the two mocking Phoebus together.
  • It's Personal: Feels this way towards Blight, to the point that they never speak to each other again after the 67th Games. Phoebus is even disappointed that he is not reaped for the Third Quarter Quell, since he would finally have the chance to kill Blight.
  • Kill Tally: Four tributes at least—the District 11 girl, District 6 boy, District 1 girl (Tourmaline), District 4 boy. He likely killed others while hunting with the Career pack, and based on details given in Song's chapter, he likely killed the District 4 girl and District 1 boy as well.
  • Killed Offscreen: Killed in the Nut when it is destroyed by the rebels.
  • Lack of Empathy: Blight accuses him of having this towards those from the outlier districts.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Brings a girl back to his room, but he can't perform because Blight got in his head.
  • 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.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Makes one to Blight, based on their similar working-class backgrounds, that both their arenas were in Urban Ruins, and of course they're both Victors. Blight is not impressed.
  • Only One Name: Besides Boudicca (who was previously a slave), he's the only Victor whose last name is never given whenever he is mentioned.
  • 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.
    Blight: So Phoebus does have a temper under that gee-golly-whiz pretty boy face. Interesting.
    Phoebus: What, this is 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.
  • Sweet Tooth: Constantly eating or talking about eating ice cream.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Boudicca and the Capitol.
  • Urban Ruins: The arena setting for his Games, according to Enobaria, is "a scorching city where the only water was sewage and acid rains".

    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.
  • Arc Words: "Kill them all, Baria." These are Pat's Last Words to her, and she takes them to heart.
  • Babies Ever After: Ultimately moves to District 11, where she marries Matthos and gets pregnant.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Covered in blood several times: after ripping out Codey's threat, when she leaves the arena, and after ripping out the Speaker's throat. In commemoration, her Victory gown is a "white silk dress artistically splattered with red dye".
  • Call-Forward: While imprisoned in the Capitol, she flashes back to when she first wrestles Maura as young cadets, and Maura bites her in the shoulder after she pinned Maura. The trainer chastises Maura and asks what the rule about biting is. Maura responds, "Biting … is a last resort … only." And when the trainer asks why this is the case, Declan responds, "If your teeth get caught in the flesh, you risk having them pulled out entirely."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: So many things even before entering the Games:
    • Loses her parents at a young age due to a landslide.
    • Captured by Reavers, nomadic tribes of who remained outside the Capitol's control.
    • Witnesses the Reavers kill all her friends and has to kill Declan in order to save Pat, who ends up dying anyway.
    • Spends months as a mistreated slave before escaping (and slaughtering everyone in her path).
  • Deadly Dodging: Tells Orion and Citrine that she tortured Rob to death, which causes Orion to recklessly charge her. She then moves out of the way, and the two end up stabbing each other.
  • Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Snow, agreeing to be his assassin to ensure her revenge against the Reaver chiefs. She quickly comes to regret it.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Becomes best friends with Maura after the two have a wrestling match and then get into a fight afterwards. Maura later makes a peace offering of stolen cookies, and Enobaria finally opens up and tells her her name.
  • Elective Mute: Doesn't talk for the first two years she is at the Institute after her family is killed in a landslide.
  • Electric Torture: Codey, the District 3 boy, does this to her and Rob, the District 6 boy.
  • Fair-Play Villain: When the Career pack has an unarmed Hera cornered at the Cornucopia, Enobaria stops them from killing her, allows Hera to arm herself, and the fights her one-on-one.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Implied to have become this with Annie and Johanna after suffering torture together under Snow. Downplayed in that didn't stop Johanna from accusing her to be part of the plot to kill Katniss, though apparently they patched up their relationship enough that Enobaria felt comfortable attending Johanna's funeral.
  • The Friend No One Likes: Besides the other District 2 Victors, she isn't looked upon nicely by her fellow Victors such as Beetee and Cashmere. Even following the Mockingjay Rebellion, the other Victors making the Victors Project don't seem to like her as much.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: After finding Cayne, the District 11 boy, the next lines of the story describe her walking back to the Career pack two hours later covered in blood, wearing a Slasher Smile, and carrying Cayne's birthday cake.
  • Got Volunteered: Selected as tribute by Boudicca without wanting or asking for the job based on how well she fought against the Reavers, although she quickly makes peace with the idea, reasoning that the influence of a Victor will help her get revenge.
  • Hell Hotel: Her arena plays with this, as the hotel itself is very nice, and the Gamemakers are very strict about keeping it intact and pristine. But it's still an arena for the Hunger Games.
  • Hero of Another Story: Much of her life story, including her Games, are told in the story, The Bonds of Blood.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Implied. She tortures Cayne for two hours, so she can receive a silver parachute. After the Gory Discretion Shot, she is next seen wearing new leather boots.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In the process of hanging herself when she's rescued by the Avoxes from District 11, who are tipped off by Plutarch about the coming rescue team from District 13.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: All the female tributes in her Games are all forced to wear ballgowns and high heels. She gets rid of her shoes as soon as the Games begin, and takes off the dress after the bloodbath. The Gamemakers send her another dress right before the final feast.
  • Kill Tally:
    • For her original Games, seven tributes—the District 5 girl (Rachel), District 7 boy (Kormac), District 4 girl (Hera), District 11 boy (Cayne), District 3 boy (Codey), District 10 boy (Holsteen), and District 2 boy (Orion).
    • For the Quell, one tribute—Seeder.
  • Last Kiss: Gives one to Rob as she delivers her Mercy Kill.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this for a long time after killing the Speaker until finally Boudicca raps her in a quilt, gives her tea, and comforts her. It then turns into Cry Laughing.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a crushing Heel Realization as she watches the tape of her games during the victory ceremony, and takes in the bloodlust of the Capitol Crowd. It causes her to truly feel the horror of the Games and to realize how Snow and the Capitol are even worse than the Reavers.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Feels very much this way about her post-Rebellion life and acknowledges that she owes it to Katniss during the Rescue Arc.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: After Ahenobarbus, the first Victor of her District. It's been noted that she isn't the only person in the Institute to have this name.
  • 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 in the Capitol.
  • Pet the Dog:
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To Orion before finishing him off: "Wherever you end up, I hope it's not boring." This is a Call-Back to him telling her that he signed up to become a tribute because he found his life boring, so he would prefer either the life of a Victor or death in the arena. Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • Pregnant Badass: During the Rescue Arc.
  • Psycho for Hire: Does assassination missions for Snow's regime, one of which includes Cashmere and Gloss's father. Her "secret" is that she leaves tiny picture of a white rose, Snow's Calling Card, somewhere near or on the body, so their families will know the real reason for their loved one's death.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the "Snowmen".
  • The Un-Reveal: What she said during the interviews. She blacked out for it, with no memory of what she said, and her mentors only tell her that she showed the audience who she really was. During the recap of the Games, she's too far into her My God, What Have I Done? moment to listen to the words she says, and instead just focuses on watching her eyes, being disturbed by what she sees in them.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: To a painful degree, given the direction her life takes.
  • Wild Child: Though not actually feral, the other Victors constantly refer to her as though she is part animal.
  • Woman Bites Man: Per canon, she kills Codey by biting him on the neck and ripping his throat out with her teeth. She does the same to the Speaker when she finally finds and kills him.

    Berenice "Niki" Equita (68th Games Victor) 
  • Gossipy Hens: While thinking about her life the village in Arrow, Lyme recalls Niki gossiping with her and Enobaria.
  • Glory Seeker: Her "secret" is that she is ashamed of her victory through Serendipitous Survival, and therefore she starts fights with bigger men to prove she is a true Victor.
  • Hidden Depths: A talented guitarist and pens a song about how she sees Ares as a Parental Substitute but is ready to stand on her own.
  • Kill Tally: Eight tributes, though none are named. She stabs three male tributes at the bloodbath.
  • Killed Offscreen: Killed in the Nut when it is destroyed by the rebels.
  • Knife Nut: Her skill with knives was like "an art form", and even after her Games she feels uncomfortable not carrying them around and stashing them in secret places around her house.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Her chapter is from Ares's perspective, her mentor and surrogate father.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Ares describes her arena as a "toxic wasteland".
  • Serendipitous Survival: Killed eight tributes herself, including three at the bloodbath. But once it was down to the final 3, Lorelei, the District 8 girl, was consumed by a chasm as punishment for a rebellious relative, and then the District 1 boy was eaten by carnivorous fish, allowing Berenice to win.

    Lupus Pagano (72nd Games Victor) 
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While he had a bad relationship with his sister and brother growing up, hearing his father talk about wanting to send them into the Third Quarter Quell as a sibling team drives him to his Rage Breaking Point (though only after he returns to his mansion). Canus and Ursa in turn seem upset when he is reaped for the Quell, before Brutus volunteers for him.
  • Heel Realization: Experiences this by the end of his Games when killing his final opponents, the District 1 tributes, and thinking about all the kids he killed and was told by his family, his instructors, and the Capitol that this was a privilege and an honor. It drives him into such an Unstoppable Rage that by the time he's done with those two tributes they have to scrape what's left of them off the ground. He makes good on this realization, though, by not fighting for the Capitol during the rebellion, which saves his life.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Occasionally with Brutus and Honorious in between his victory and the Quell.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Odysseus, his Best Friend and roommate in District 14 after the war ended.
  • Kill Tally: Eleven tributes—the District 12 boy (Mick Cahill), three other tributes during the bloodbath, District 5 girl, District 4 boy, District 1 boy, District 1 girl, and three other tributes.
  • Like a Son to Me: To Brutus.
  • Missing Mom: His mother died soon after giving birth to his sister.
  • Neck Snap: How he kills the District 5 girl.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's reaped for the Quell, before Brutus volunteers for him.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Justus shoots him three times in the chest during the rescue mission for Katniss, but Justus misses all vital organs.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the "Snowmen".
  • Tantrum Throwing: Taken Up to Eleven. Smashes his entire living room and dining room set in a post-Games fit of rage. Once he stops, Brutus comes to comfort him, resulting in a Cry Laughing.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Covered in tattoos and piercings as a way of rebelling against the expectations of being a perfect, loyal Career.
  • Theme Naming: His father names each of his children after a fierce animal, in hopes that they will all become Victors: Lupus (wolf), Canus (dog), and Ursa (bear).
  • Underestimating Badassery: He recognizes Katniss's hardness and survival instinct during her tribute parade but doesn't expect it to be enough for her to win her Games, given her lack of training.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Raised by his father, a former Peacekeeper who trained at the Institute, and his uncles, all of whom are obsessed with turning Lupus and his siblings into Victors. When Lupus returns a Victor, he sees his father and uncles, and much is "communicated between hard pairs of eyes. Respect. Contempt. Fear. Hatred. Brokenness. And envy, most of all."
  • You Killed My Father: Averted. Though Brutus was a surrogate father to him and Cato and Clove were very close friends of his, he never holds this against Peeta nor discusses it in front of him, nor does this stop him from joining the rescue mission for Katniss.

    Ahenobarbus's Dogs 
"For all the boasting of the Victors, all the blustering about how the training made District 2 superior, the tributes never came back. Ever."
Honorius's narration
District 2 tributes trained by Ahenobarbus until Boudicca replaced him, kicked most of his recruits out, and founded the Institute.
  • Assumed Win: They are consistently considered the heavy favorites to win, but they very rarely do.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: They tend to either be homeless, from the Community Home, or criminals on the run.
  • The Spartan Way: The proto-Institute set up by Ahenobarbus trained up-and-coming tributes in this way. Deconstructed by the fact that only one Victor for the District was produced as a result of the brutal and abusive/neglectful training, which caused Boudicca, the second Victor to be trained as such, to reform the training process into the Institute. Though the Institute's training is harsh in its own right, it is much more standardized and successful in producing Victors.
    The gymnasium in Ahenobarbus's cellar was long gone. Instead he had bought a disused warehouse and converted it into a poor man's version of the Training Center at the Capitol, complete with training dummies, barracks, and fighting rings. Twenty or so kids would be living there at any one time. When one dropped out, there was always another to take his place. It was, by all accounts, a grim place. The trainees got food, but they were encouraged to steal it from each other. Brawls broke out on a regular basis. The trainees got hurt — badly hurt — and fought through it. No one in the arena is going to nurse your boo-boos for you. You keep fighting, or you leave.

Vesta (7th Games)

  • Achilles' Heel: Struggles most with using an ax, as revealed in Tiberius' chapter, and it's an ax from Jules that ultimately kills her. This is lampshaded by Ahenobarbus.
    Ahenobarbus: An ax. Of all things, it would be an ax.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Vesta is first mentioned in Tiberius' chapter as one of "Ahenobarbus' Dogs", then makes a return the following chapter as the female tribute for District 2 during the 7th Games, where she is ultimately killed by Jules.
  • Designated Villain: In-universe. Because she has the Final Battle with Jules in the 7th Games, the recap video of those Games focuses on her a foil for Jules.
  • Final Battle: She is the final tribute Jules kills to become Victor.
  • Kill Tally: Two recorded kills (though it's stated her alliance kills most of the tributes in her Games)—the District 9 boy and District 4 boy.
  • Predatory Prostitute: Ahenobarbus recruits her after she is kicked out of her brothel for killing a client.

Marble (9th Games)

  • Always Someone Better: The best Knife Nut among Ahenobarbus's dogs (and in the district, according to Tiberius), but he "didn't event stand a chance" when going up against Gleam, who learned his skills from his mother's Knife-Throwing Act.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Marble is first mentioned in Tiberius' chapter as one of "Ahenobarbus' Dogs", then makes a return in Gleam's chapter as he is mentioned to become the male tribute for District 2 in the 9th Hunger Games, where he is ultimately killed by Gleam.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is described to be a "slum rat with a nasty temper".
  • Knife Nut: He is noted to have "a natural talent for knife fighting", including with throwing knives.

Marcellus (11th Games)

Achilles and Patronia (15th Games)

  • Back Stab: How Vera kills Patronia.
  • Dark Horse Sibling: Ahenobarbus believes Achilles has a much better chance of winning over Patronia, but Patronia makes it all the way to the end before being killed by Vera.
  • Final Battle: Patronia is the final tribute Vera kills to become Victor.
  • Hunk: Achilles is described to be very muscular, or as Marty Spickle puts it, "jacked" and "totally out of this world ripped and bulging", earning him several sponsors.
  • Kill Tally: Achilles kills two unnamed tributes at the beginning of his Games, though one of them is implied to be Ryla Donner from District 12, based in the little information given about her in Camden's chapter.
  • The Leader: Achilles seems to be this, because after he is killed the Career alliance turns on each other.
  • Slashed Throat: Vera stealthily slits Achilles's throat, killing him.

Linus (17th Games)

  • Last of His Kind: The last tribute trained by Ahenobarbus to die in the arena.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only named when Ahenobarbus chooses him as the male tribute for the 17th Games, and then is next referenced as one of the four dead allies Boudicca kills before becoming a Victor.


  • Attempted Rape: Attempts to rape Minnie but Tiberius stops him.
  • Murderers Are Rapists: His background as a rapist is one of the things that makes him suitable as a potential Hunger Games tribute. He later tries to rape Minnie before Tiberius stops him.
  • Neck Snap: Tiberius breaks his neck, killing him.
  • Teacher's Pet: Ahenobarbus's clear favorite among the original five "dogs".
  • Teeth Flying: Loses a tooth in his fight with Tiberius.


    Other Notable Tributes 

Cassia (1st Games)

25th Games Tributes

  • Doomed by Canon: If you've read Fall Into The River before Cora's chapter was published, you'll know that those two tributes are doomed from the start.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: How the girl sees herself if she doesn't make it out alive. The tribute she's volunteering for is a malnorished and sickly girl whose parents are both alcoholics.
  • Noodle Incident: The incident isn't disclosed, but the boy does have something against Virtus.

Venus Archulla (27th Games)

  • Beauty Is Bad: Downplayed. She was described to have "all the beauty of her namesake" and was described to have had "her eyes brimming with pride" in response to being chosen as tribute for the 27th Games, but the latter of which isn't necessarily a condemning factor in itself.
  • Knee-capping: Justus kicks her knees in during their Final Battle and leaves her to die.

45th Games tributes

Titania Briss, Athena Costa, Menelaus Quartz, and Tenebreus "Terry" De Luca (50th Games)

  • The Giant: Menelaus stands at 6 feet and 9 inches, making him the largest Hunger Games tribute overall.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tenebreus is known as "Terry".
  • Morality Pet: Athena isn't mentioned to have any affections for anyone, but she does care about the sparrows near her windowstill at the Institute.
  • Not Enough to Bury: Menelaus was vaporized by the volcano, leaving nothing behind for the tribute vaults.
  • Porn Stash: It's mentioned that Terry bequeathed his entire porn collection to the thirteen year-old Institute cadets, and that it was valued by all future classes.
  • Total Party Kill: None of them survive the Games.
  • Whip It Good: Titania is mentioned to be the best bullwhip fighter that District Two has seen.

Plautia (52nd Games)

A tribute of the 52nd Games and the niece of a past Victor. She was killed by Link, the Distrct 1 boy, for her unwillingness to participate in torturing two tributes from outlying districts.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Plautia took the Trials for the 51st Hunger Games but was unknowingly tracked by Lyme for three days in the Trial of Strength before she found out. It is presumed that the same Plautia retook the Trials the year after that and became the District 2 female tribute for the 52nd Games.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her angle at her Interview.
  • Famous Uncle: Possibly. Plautia mentions that her uncle was a Victor of a previous Games. However, the Victor she says she's related to turns out to be Virtus, who is one of three cousins, all of them Victors of past Games. This may be a case of Series Continuity Error.
  • Kill Tally: At least two tributes—the District 10 girl (Clare) and District 11 girl (Robin). It is unknown whether she killed the boys from 11 and 9 (Sower and Monaghan, respectively), who attempted to raid the Careers' supplies during the Games.
  • Mercy Kill: She stops her fellow Careers from torturing Clare, the District 10 girl, to death by knifing Clare in the back before the other Careers could start. Unfortunately, the second time she tries this, Link kills her and leads the remaining Careers in a 7-hour-long torture session with Clare's district partner.
  • Slashed Throat: How she dies.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's the only member of her Career pack that isn't a sadistic killer — she disapproves of her fellow Careers being willing to torture outlying tributes in their Games, instead preferring to kill them quickly and efficiently. This ultimately ends up being turned against her when Link kills her for trying to stand up for Devon and Blight after they were captured.
  • Worthy Opponent: Blight notes that he wouldn't mind if Plautia won, due to her being the Token Good Teammate of the Careers.

Odessa and Priam (54th Games)

Pomponia and Ferrus (57th Games)

  • Blood Knight: During Pomponia's Interview, she "play[ed] her role as the ruthless District 2 killer", which seems to be a common angle that District 2 tributes tend to go for.
  • Due to the Dead: After killing Pomponia, Ferrus closes his district partner's eyes and "kneels on the plateau, his eyes closed in silent prayer".
  • Kill Tally:
    • Pomponia has 3 kills—the tributes of District 5 (Electra and Soren), and the girl from District 3 (Satellia).
    • Ferrus has 5 kills—the boy and then girl from District 9 (Wheaton and Sesamy), the District 1 boy (Zinfandel), the District 2 girl (Pomponia), and the District 11 girl (Abundance).
  • Knife Nut: Subverted in Pomponia's case. Although District 2 girls are traditionally trained in knives and especially throwing knives, Pomponia's preferred weapon was a sword.
  • Mask of Sanity: Ferrus, with his stoic and quiet appearance as his mask.
  • The Quiet One: How Ferrus acts during his Interview.
  • Slashed Throat: How Ferrus kills Pomponia during the falling out of the Career pack.
  • The Stoic: According to Andromache, Ferrus is "insane" in a way that isn't characteristic of District 2, in that he is controlled and cold and acting like the Games were "all a relatively interesting school trip", and that he was unpredictable and difficult to read.
  • Tempting Fate: Near the end of the Games, Ferrus has Cecelia and Andromache at his mercy and goes into some ill-advised Evil Gloating, which costs him what would have been a certain victory.
    Ferrus: This is almost too easy. I expected the finale to be more... climatic.
    Cecelia: You've got your wish, Ferrus. You brought it on your own head.
    Ferrus: (uneasily) What are you talking about, Eight?
    (Cecelia points past him, where it's shown that the Gamemakers are about to release scores of mutts into the arena to attack the last three tributes.)
    Cecelia: You forgot the first rule of the Hunger Games, Ferrus. Never, ever tempt the Gamemakers. I'd run if I were you.

Orion Baker (62nd Games)

  • Blinded by Rage: He attacks Enobaria after she lies to him about torturing Rob to death.
  • Mutual Kill: After Enobaria dodges his attack during the final battle, Orion slices Citrine from collarbone to hip, while her glaive spears his abdomen.

Creon (67th Games)

Cato and Clove (74th Games)

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Cato is described to be this, word-for-word.
  • Childhood Friends: To some degree, as both were part of Lupus' "close team of comrades" at the Institute.
  • Doomed by Canon: Quite literally in both cases.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Cato is said to be twice as large as Lupus but only has half of his self-control. This lines up with his canonical short fuse.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Clove is established to be a menace and a "wild thing" who reportedly "gained a reputation for skewering feet of nine-year-olds who annoyed her" around the time of Berenice's Games.
  • Knife Nut: As per canon for Clove. Berenice's chapter implies that she was inspired to become one due to her influence.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: According to Berenice's chapter, Clove hails from the Community Home, which implies that she's a victim of Parental Abandonment in some shape or form.
  • The Quiet One: Lupus' narration describes Clove to be "[d]ark, quiet, vicious [and] little", and that she was the favourite member of his "close team of comrades".

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."
    Districtwide Tropes 
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Though known for their technological genius, Evelyn’s trip there also shows them being very forgetful. Evelyn's escort remarks that they sometimes forget the names of their own tributes. However, based on the prowess they show during the Mockingjay Rebellion, they are likely Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Their scientists and thinkers have spent decades learning what they can from the Games in order to prepare for a second rebellion.
    One of the worst decisions the Capitol ever made was to broadcast the Games in District 3. The scientists watched Beetee lay his traps, and Wiress build her dam. They analyzed Emrys and his fireball launchers even as the boy from 5 burned the arena down around his ears. They studied Cotton and Cora and Cecelia. They debated over the tactics of Eamon and Nolan and Enobaria. They sat in attentive silence as Circe painted fruits with poison and Johanna wept and sobbed and whimpered.
  • Badass Bookworm/Gadgeteer Genius: It's pretty much a prerequisite for any District 3 Victor.
  • Crazy-Prepared: They've been digging tunnels, making weapons, and preparing for the inevitable second rebellion almost since the first one ended, with a lot of leadership from Gates and Beetee.
  • Crushing the Populace: In what Jon Undersee refers to as "the Rape of Three", the Capitol brutally crushed the Dark Days Rebellion in District 3, because the district is most vital to the Capitol's survival and prosperity. The Capitol adopted a combination of Salt the Earth tactics, mass reprisal executions, and crowds of them being used as Unwitting Test Subject's for the Capitol's bioweapons. District 3 lost half its population and had still not returned its pre-Dark Days numbers by the time of the Third Quarter Quell. This is a large motivating factor behind their strategy during the Mockingjay Rebellion of using overwhelming force to win quickly and brutally without taking casualties themselves.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When the Mockingjay Rebellion starts, the District retreats into underground bunkers, then unleashes their Death Traps and experiments. The district Peacekeeping force is wiped out within days without killing a single citizen of District 3.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Gates's epic and unconventional victory, the government responds this way to both Gates and District 3.
    The tributes from District 3 did not survive the first day for seven years after Gates won. They wouldn't be allowed such easy access to technology for decades after. The district was put under quarantine and locked down until the starving, beaten, broken people were thoroughly reminded of the strong arm of their benevolent Capitol.
  • Eldritch Abomination: When the Peackeepers comes to Wiress's mansion, "what comes out of Wiress's house is too horrible to name, but it's blind and black and hair and very, very hungry".
  • Playing Possum: This is District 3's strategy from the end of the Darks Days Rebellion until the night Katniss destroys the Quell arena. Even that night, District 3 citizens act as though they're still compliant and complacent, but then Peacekeepers start disappearing. By the next morning, ten percent of all District 3 Peacekeepers have disappeared.
  • 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.

    Gates Gramdan (16th Games Victor) 

    Beetee Latier (35th Games Victor) 
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Immediately downs an entire pitcher of water after the Anasazi serve him grilled rattlesnake with fire sauce.
  • Catapult Nightmare: After having a nightmare about his Games, Beetee does this and then vomits.
  • Caught in a Snare: Kills the entire Career alliance by catching them in a copper Inescapable Net that is attached to a battery and then electrifying it.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Is this to Mags among rebel Victors for much of the story, being responsible for strategy as well as inventions. This is best emphasized in Cashmere's chapter as he discusses how they need to have "villains" among the other tributes to distract attention and has to address the issue of which rebels the conspiracy to escape the arena could afford to lose.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Fourteen when he enters his Games.note 
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: One of only three known Victors (along with Chaff and Ben) to personally kill all six Careers and the only one to do it in one fell swoop.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: As portrayed in the original series. He provides all the anti-bugging and sound-muting technology that allows La Résistance to organize over the years. He also provides Hollywood Hacking as needed.
    Mags: Oh, let's just say I know a little boy who can practically walk through firewalls.
  • Honorary Uncle: Has a close relationship with Cecelia's daughter, who also has Hollywood Hacking skills.
  • Kill Tally: Six tributes—the District 1 boy, District 1 girl, District 2 boy (Janus), District 2 girl, District 4 boy, and District 4 girl.
  • La Résistance: Serves as The Smart Guy to Mags's Rebel Leader for the rebel Victors. Cashmere reveals that Beetee also helps fugitives get out of Districts 9 and 11 and gives them new identities in District 3.
  • One Hit Poly Kill: Kills all the Careers with one trap.
  • The Pawns Go First: Tells Cashmere which tributes to target during the Third Quarter Quell based on their unimportance in getting Katniss and Peeta out of the arena. This includes Wiress, who is already showing Sanity Slippage.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the "Snowmen".
  • Sociopathic Hero: His "secret" is that he believes himself to be this, because he feels no guilt for the six tributes he kills. But given his nightmares about their deaths and Cashmere's, this seems unlikely. This may confirm his deeper secret—he may just be evil.
  • Sole Survivor: The last remaining District 3 Victor by story's end.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pretends to cry and be scared in order to draw the Career pack to his hidden Inescapable Net.

    Wiress Okamoto (53rd Games Victor) 
  • Big Brother Instinct: Downplayed, but her brother was the one who figured out what she was trying to build and called Beetee to tell him what tools she'd need.
  • Big Dam Plot: Her strategy involves building a dam that first allows her to flood the Cornucopia and with a tarp go there and steal all the weapons the Careers haven'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.
  • Child Prodigy: Fixed a broken TV in her grandfather's shop when she was seven, won the district-wide junior science fair twice by the time she was eleven, and when she was eleven, recognized a design flaw for the safety mechanisms on a new reactor during her class field trip (the first time she met Beetee, was when he sat on the committee investigating the disaster after the plant officials ignored her warning about the flaw).
  • Children Forced to Kill: Sixteen when she enters her Games.note 
  • Dangerous 17th Birthday: Wins her Games on her seventeenth birthday.
  • Doting Grandparent: Close to her grandfather and with him when he died.
  • Drinking Contest: Her "secret" is she does these with Capitol wine connoisseurs in order to win sponsors. She keeps this a secret to avoid Beetee's inevitable lecture.
  • Good Is Not Soft:
    • Combined with OOC Is Serious Business, when right before the 62nd Hunger Games, she apparently told a promising tribute that the blood-crazed Capitolitians would support him and give him more sponsor gifts if he managed to torture a Career to death (although it's unclear if she realized how far he would take that).
    • When District 3 unleashes their various hidden weapons against the peacekeepers, an Eldritch Abomination comes out of her house (though it's not said whether she was the one to create it).
  • Hollywood Autism: Has shades of this.
  • 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.
  • Kill Tally: Six tributes—the District 6 boy, District 1 girl, District 1 boy, District 2 girl, District 4 girl, and District 2 boy.
  • 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.
  • Present Absence: As Beetee works in his lab trying to figure out the identity of Katniss's failed assassin, he continually imagines Wiress's presence.
  • Sanity Slippage: According to Beetee, going back into the Games is taking its toll on her, and we get to see that up close in the books.
  • Siege Engines: Builds a trebuchet, which she uses to toss jars of napalm.
  • Slashed Throat: Gloss does this to her during the Third Quarter Quell, killing her.

    Other Notable Tributes 

25th Games Tributes

  • Doomed by Canon: If you've read Fall Into The River before Cora's chapter was published, you'll know that those two tributes are doomed from the start.
  • Drunk Driver: The girl is voted into the Quell because she went on a drunken joyride that kills a pedestrian.
  • Never My Fault: The girl justifies her killing an old woman while driving drunk by claiming no one could have seen the woman crossing the street in time.
  • Sins of the Father: The boy is voted into the Quell because his older brother is a drug dealer who's outside of reaping age.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: In-Universe with the boy. He's killed 36 seconds into the Quell by the District Eight boy.

45th Games tributes

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The boy begs the District 7 tributes for his life, but they still kill him.
  • Shoplift and Die: The boy is caught by the Seven tributes when he tries to raid their food supply. This costs him his life.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Ares identifies the girl as a threat during the training time and instructs his mentee to target her early.
    Beetee: Did you tell your boy to target her specifically, Ares?
    Ares: She was clever. Too clever.
  • Too Fast to Stop: Subverted. The girl is almost out of the Cornucopia when the District 2 boy throws a rusty piece of machinery at her and knocks her flat. Before she can fully recover, he breaks her neck.

Pixelle Lee, Sue Jones, Garrett Healy, and Dattery Nakamura (50th Games)

Kira and Chip (52nd Games)

Codey (62nd Games)

  • Doomed by Canon: Anyone who read the Hunger Games knows that Enobaria is the Victor, making it when/how Codey dies.
  • O.C. Stand-in: In Catching Fire, Katniss mentions that Enobaria is known for ripping another tribute's throat out during the Games. Codey is that tribute.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Codey tries to look like a sniveling outlier boy during training so the Careers wouldn't see him as a threat. Justified because the Careers tend to target the Threes for being too clever, as seen in during the 45th Hunger Games.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Codey's strategy during the Hunger Games. He follows the Career pack's movements without being caught, setting traps in places that he know he will be. He also knows about the drawn-out kills by both Enobaria and Citrine, along with the prizes they receive from the sponsors.
  • Trap Master: Codey's strategy in the arena up until his death. When he captures Enobaria, he reveals that he's the one behind the the fireworks and the chemical trap encountered by the Careers.
  • You Have No Chance to Survive: Codey gives one to Enobaria when he's about to finish her and Rob off in his cocoon trap.

Sonara (62nd Hunger Games)

  • Informed Ability: Sonara claims to be a good climber and knife fighter, but she doesn't last long enough to prove it.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a tough climber, but she also enjoys trashy romance novels.

District 4

"How the Capitol loved the slender, blonde fisher children, as they swam and bled and fought through the arena. How they loved to touch them, feel them, break them."

    Districtwide Tropes 
  • Child Soldiers: District 4's rebellion is primarily fought by clan children who trained just in case they were reaped or volunteer to replace the sick or disabled. Now the Rebellion becomes their Games.
  • City on the Water: Any reference to District 4 will mention that it is predominantly water.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Being from the fishing district, District 4 tributes are handy with spears and tridents, so they kill many of their victims this way.
  • Noodle Incident: Lianne, Halibut's district partner, makes reference to Halibut's family being killed as retribution for some type of unrest that happens there after the Second Quarter Quell, but gives little other information about exactly what happened.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Career districts. District 4 tributes tend to be more humane than their District 1 and District 2 counterparts, and their Victors tend to be more well-liked by the outlier Victors, even by ABACs. This may have to do with how Mags, the top District 4 Victor and mentor, is a secret rebel.
  • Viking Funeral: District 4's Arrow chapter describes this for the many District 4 citizens who died in the rebellion. Those specifically named include:
  • Was It Really Worth It?: During the 36th Games (which Cerulea wins), Mags makes a deal with President Snow to fund and support District 4's training of Careers in exchange for investigating Wheaton's murder. Not only does Mags regret this deal once she understands its full implications, but District 4 immediately after goes on its longest stretch without a Victor—18 years until Halibut wins in the 54th Games.

    Seaward Docker (8th Games Victor) 

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

    Manannan Ulmo (19th Games Victor) 
  • Badass Bookworm: His "secret" is that he has a hidden collection of over five hundred banned books.
  • Captain's Log: Keeps a meticulous diary, which provides most of the information the Victors learn about Thisbe's mental state prior to the Black Banquet Massacre.
  • The Dead Have Names: Keeps a plaque in his study that includes the names of all the tributes he trained who died in the Games.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but after Roan's victory, his mentor Bovina (aware of what a problem he's going to be) asks Manannan if he has any advice after dealing with the unstable Halibut for the past few years. Manannan responds, "Invest in locks."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gunned down with Halibut trying to protect Annie from the Peacekeepers, but taking two Peacekeepers down with him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Wins his Games by stabbing the male tribute from District 1 in the heart.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Known for being very tough on his students, but those he trained appreciated all he taught them. He also shows the most concern for Thisbe following her Games and sacrifices himself to protect Annie.
  • Kill Tally: Three confirmed tributes—the District 9 boy, District 2 boy, and District 1 boy. There are possibly more since he was The Leader of the Career pack.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The 19th Games arena is a version of this.
  • Shrine to Self: Has a large statue of himself outside his Victor's mansion commemorating his victory, and inside his study is a "massive moving mural" depicting his Games and several more pictures of himself throughout his life.
    Johanna: So he was a typical Career then. He sounds like an arrogant ass if you ask me.
    Annie: I didn't ask you. But I suppose you're right, in a way.
  • Stern Teacher: His reputation as a mentor.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: With Mags.
  • Trophy Room: His "study" is full of pictures and holograms of himself during his Games and afterwards.

    Thisbe Everett (21st Games Victor) 
  • Children Forced to Kill: Sixteen when she enters her Games.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Subverted. The Black Banquet Massacre initially looks like this but it's implied that she was actually The Scapegoat, and that she dies during the banquet trying to kill Snow.
  • Driven to Madness: First by the Gamemakers' terrifying arena, and then by Snow's gaslighting.
  • Gaslighting: A young Coriolanus Snow gaslights her into making paranoid rants prior to the Victory Tour banquet, which allows her to become The Scapegoat for the Black Banquet Massacre.
  • The Scapegoat: Likely set up by Snow to take the fall for the 97 victims at the Black Banquet Massacre who were poisoned.
  • 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". She is not even present among Mannanan's pictures of the Victors he mentored.note  The Victors have to do much searching just to learn anything about her.
    If Orchus is the Victor no one can remember, Thisbe is the one they all try to forget.
  • Victory by Endurance: All the tributes who survive the first week are driven crazy by the arena, and Thisbe just happened to be the last one standing.

    Briseis Barrington (33rd Games Victor) 

    Cerulea Larson (36th Games Victor) 
  • Action Girl: Had a training score of 9 and survived against trained killers despite not having prepared for the Games herself.
  • Action Mom: Remains a fierce combatant and loyal Rebel in middle age, and is mentioned as having a daughter who dates Tiberias Lockwood, the Deputy Head Peacekeeper.
  • Ancient Grome: Her arena is modeled after the ancient city of Rome.
  • Archer Archetype: Subverted. She's a bit withdrawn, friendly and nurturing, and tries to keep from killing anyone except the Careers who hunt her.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Seventeen when she enters her Games.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Among the Victors who fight off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center, and hers are the final words given of the soon-to-be-killed Victors.
    Cerulea: What are you waiting for, GO!
  • Due to the Dead: Her "secret" is that every year on Reaping Day, she brings fresh flowers to the graves of District 4's dead tributes.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Mentioned as being among the dead Victors well before appearing, all the way back in the prologue.
  • Kill Tally: Two tributes. The girl from District 2 and an unnamed tribute (likely either the District 1 girl or District 2 boy). She is specifically relieved at how low this is.
    Cerulea: Only two. I think I can handle only two.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: During the Lured into a Trap incident mentioned below, as soon as one of the Careers breaks out of her traps, she promptly abandons her supplies and gets out of there rather than face them a trained killer in an even fight.
  • Lured into a Trap: The remaining Career pack comes upon her sleeping, but it's really a duffel bag wrapped in blankets. The District 2 boy is Caught in a Snare she sets up, and she drops a not-so-Inescapable Net on the girls from Districts 1 and 2. She kills the District 2 girl and wounds the boy before the District 1 girl breaks free.
  • Nice Girl: Both before and after her Games.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Her hands are trembling as she's prepped after her Games, and she later suffers terrible nightmares immediately following her Games, so much so that her whole body shakes.
  • Spider-Sense: Gets a "Victor's premonition" even before she enters her Games that she shouldn't join the Careers alliance. She is immediately proven correct, as the District 2 tributes and the District 1 girl kill the two other Careers once the initial bloodbath is over, and they would've killed her had she stayed.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The main focus of her 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.
  • Those Two Girls: With Briseis, so much so that they were holding hands when they were killed together and during their Viking Funeral.
  • Tomboy: Never trained for the Games, and instead worked on her father's fishing boat and learned to fish, hunt and use the bow on her own.

    Halibut Shore (54th Games Victor) 

    Finnick Odair (65th Games Victor) 
  • Anything That Moves: His "secret" is that he is pansexual, but once he meets Annie his heart belongs to her alone.
  • Best Served Cold: Planned his revenge against the Capitol for years, remembering names, events, and details. Providing a distraction for District 13's mission to rescue the Quarter Quell Victors gives Finnick the perfect opportunity to expose everything he knows on a live broadcast, inciting a massive riot in the city.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Capitol became this to him once he becomes its most popular Sex Slave.
    He turned sixteen during the Victory Tour for the Sixty-Sixth Games. President Snow made him the premier party favor at the Capitol Banquet and Finnick learned that there is no such thing as the Panem Dream, not for pretty boys who win the Hunger Games.
  • 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.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Fourteen when he enters his first Games.note 
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In-Universe. Hosts a talent show for the Victors dressed up like Caesar Flickerman, and pulling names out of a reaping bowl replica to determine the order the various Victors go in. Most of the observers can't decided whether to feel appalled or amused.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: It was on his sixteenth birthday that begins his "Victor's duties".
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gets revenge on all the Capitolians who abused him and so many others for so many years by exposing many of their Dark Secrets.
  • Egregious: Sends an invitation to all the Victors to attend a "Victors' Talent Show", and the invitation refers to him as the Egregious Finnick Odair.
    Ares: Victors' Talent Show? Are you serious? And does he even know what "egregious" means?
  • 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 his (and Annie's) more ruthless and selfish exploits—like volunteering for the Hunger Games and killing eleven children—and instead emphasize his charm and heroism.
    Lovers and heroes aren't supposed to murder other children. It doesn't fit the narrative.
  • Kill Tally:
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The author's description of how so many have told different tales of Finnick Odair refers to the many Hunger Games fans who have written written fan fics about him.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Annie, after his death.
  • Meaningful Background Event: His Games are described in the background of Brutus and Cecelia's date.
  • Memorial Statue: District 13 commissions one of Finnick, a "thirty-foot-high colossus all paneled in gold and platinum and standing over the site of his death on the streets of the Capitol".
  • The Mole: Agrees to work with Matthias and Roan to kill Katniss in order to hopefully end the Third Quarter Quell early. He instead spears Matthias right before Matty attacks Katniss and almost kills Roan as well.
  • Rags to Riches: Is explicitly described to be this in his chapter.
  • Worthy Opponent: Even as many Capitolians are shocked by Finnick's revelations, they are also impressed with his sharp memory for details. President Snow even gives him a Slow Clap in his mansion.

    Annie Cresta (70th Games Victor) 

    Odysseus Wheeler (73rd Games Victor) 
  • Desperate Object Catch: Catches the remote that controls the sensory deprivation chamber containing Katniss from Luster's wounded hand. If the remote had hit the ground, it would have killed Katniss due to the chamber slowing her heartbeat to a full stop.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Lupus, his Best Friend and roommate in District 14 after the war ended.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: He is pivotal in the final battle with the Snowmen and the rescue of Katniss. This despite not having appeared, or even been mentioned, until three chapters before that.
  • O.C. Stand-in: In The Hunger Games first film, Caesar shows a clip of a Victor killing his final opponent with a brick. Ody kills his final rival with a brick, so this is likely him, which would make sense, as Caesar would likely show the recap of the most recent Games.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Refers to himself as the "perpetually and gratefully overshadowed" Victor, because his Games come right before the 74th Games, which produced the historic outcome of two Victors. Although unlike most examples he actually seems grateful for this, saying, "I never had to be a Victor thanks to her."
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the "Snowmen".
  • Urban Ruins: The setting of his arena, though the former city is not stated.

    Other Notable Tributes 

Waverly Mertz (8th Games)

  • Action Girl: She makes it to the final two in her Games alongside her would-be brother-in-law.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Forms a tight alliance with Seaward, her fiancé's brother, and the two outlast all the other tributes.
  • Kill Tally: Three tributes—the boys from Districts 9, 7, and 2.

25th Games Tributes

  • Doomed by Canon: If you've read Fall Into The River before Cora's chapter was published, you'll know that those two tributes are doomed from the start.
  • Killed Offscreen: Their deaths aren't mentioned in Quell nor Cora's chapter.
  • Nothing Personal: What was said to the girl about why she was voted into the Hunger Games. She stole a boat part from someone who couldn't afford its replacement, causing him to miss their quota and lose his boat.
  • Uptown Girl: Implied with the boy. He impregnates a more upper-class girl and it was why he was voted into the Hunger Games.

45th Games tributes

Coralle O'Keefe, Demeter Niles, Brock Burns, and Ulysses Blackwater (50th Games)

  • Cartwright Curse: The only people Brock cares about—his boyfriend and younger cousin—both volunteer for the Hunger Games (49th and 51st, respectively) and, like Brock himself, are killed by the eventual Victor.
  • Combat Parkour: Implied with Demeter during her training demonstration. She gets an eleven as her training score from demonstrating hand-to-hand combat skills and "a titillating display of nude gymnastics".
  • For Want of a Nail: Had she not gotten reaped, Coralle was on track to become a successful chef in the Capitol.
  • Killed Offscreen: Coralle, Demeter, and Ulysses's deaths aren't mentioned in the fic. Averted with Brock, where it's implied that he was one of the three Careers who Haymitch encounters and fights against.
  • Supreme Chef: Coralle is known for her shrimp gumbo among Capitolians. At the time she was reaped, a Capitolian chef was petitioning the government to let her work in his newest restaurant.
  • Total Party Kill: All four tributes obviously die in the arena.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ulysses only volunteered so his parents will notice him.

Tara and Romani (52nd Games)

  • Taking You with Me: Romani is on the receiving end of this courtesy of Charlie from District 7, after pushing her off the Ferris Wheel.

Lianne (54th Games girl)

  • Peaceful in Death: Lianne is at least relieved to die of drowning, since her greatest fear is to die of thirst.
  • Yoko Oh No: Priam breaks his Final 2 deal with his district partner, Odessa, after falling for Lianne. Though it doesn't stop Priam from later killing Lianne as well.

Andromache and Gillard (57th Games)

  • Blade on a Stick: Cecelia observes at the reaping recap that Andromache prefers spears as a weapon, and Gillard uses them as weapons too.
  • Cool Boat: Andromache planned to buy a sailboat with her Victor's Salary if she won, among other things.
  • Enemy Mine: Andromache teams up with Cecelia against the District 2 boy, Ferrus.
  • Hold the Line: When the Career Alliance breaks, Gillard stays behind to fight Ferrus so Andromache can run away. Surprisingly, both Gillard and Ferrus survive the fight.
  • Honor Before Reason: As with many District 4 tributes before her, Andromache chose to forego Mags' advice to "do whatever it takes", including "District honor" to return from the arena alive... and presumably like many of those District 4 tributes before her, it proved to be Andromache's doom.
  • Hunk: Gillard was described to have a well-defined chest and broad shoulders. As a result, he has plenty of fans in the Capitol who very much appreciate it whenever he takes his shirt off.
  • Kill Tally: Gillard has one confirmed kill—the boy from District 6 (Track).
  • Off with Her Head!: Cecelia kills Andromache during their ceasefire in this way, winning her the Games.

Hera and Tiller (62nd Games)

Merlin Shore (70th Games)