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Survival is a Fan Fiction for The Hunger Games written by author Amata le Fay. It is of the Sumbit-Your-Own-Tribute variety, chronicling the 191st Hunger Games.

At the beginning of the story, Gamemaker Amata le Fay is preparing for just another normal Games when she is approached by the president of Panem, who has rigged the Reapings in order to flush out rebels. She gives Amata the names of six tributes that must be killed (painfully) by the end of the Games. The story follows the 24 tributes as they navigate the arena and try to escape their doomed fates.

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The story can be found here.


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  • Absent-Minded Professor: Thalia has shades of this, despite not being an actual professor.
  • Abusive Parents: Riley's.
  • Action Girl: The female Careers, and Bri.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Chapter 49, "Requiem," is pretty much devoted to this. Lampshaded by Chantelle.
  • Action Survivor: All the normal tributes out there who, well, survive.
  • Aerith and Bob: It's natural in the Hunger Games universe.
  • Alliterative Name: Thalia Trinket, Veras Valdez, Riley Rynne, and Kirby Knightly.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: The second rebellion failed and the Hunger Games live on. The Capitol's savior Commander Gale Hawthorne was involved.
  • An Axe to Grind: Marius and Yon.
  • Anchored Ship: Thalia/Link. Type 3.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mint is a blight on Emerald's existence. Averted with Mouse, whom Parker loves dearly.
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  • Anti-Hero: Inevitable given the circumstances.
  • Arc Words: The lyrics to "Being Alive."
  • Author Avatar: Amata the Gamemaker.
  • Ax-Crazy: Luka, Eadem, and Yon.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Parker believes it is her mission to protect Mary.
  • Big Sister Worship: Mouse to Parker.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Jace, Bri, and Caprice's alliance.
  • Blood Knight: The Careers all count, but Luka pretty much takes the cake.
  • Brainy Brunette: Thalia.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Mary, Riley, and poor, poor Parker.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Thalia, though she gets a little more grounded once she's in the arena.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Noaa's "poem" and district token holds a great deal of significance to the avoxes, and now Teagan recognizes it as a song her parents (who got taken away, presumably by the Capitol) used to sing to her and a rebel code...
    • Also how mentor Ivan Chekhov won his Games—everyone else forgot/ignored the cannon in the Cornucopia.
  • Children Forced to Kill: in the Games, although the Careers don't need as much forcing as others.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Alluded to for several tributes.
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  • Deadly Doctor: mentor Kaety won her Games by being this.
  • Deadly Game: The Hunger Games.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everybody has their moments, but particularly Luka and Jace.
  • Death Seeker: Eventually, Kirby.
  • Disability Immunity: Averted. Link (prosthetic leg) and Anderson (blind) are most definitely not spared from the horrors of the Games.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Parker notes that Yon has these at his reaping. Granted, they're pretty dull eyes no matter what mood he's in.
  • Dull Surprise: Yon doesn't show much emotion in anything.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Chantelle betrays Anderson in his sleep on night one of the Games.
  • Five-Man Band: Tropes depend on how you view the Careers:
  • Gallows Humor: Che uses it a lot. According to his friends, it's not that funny.
  • Genius Cripple: Link.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Noaa's generally a nice guy, until he gets angry.
  • Heroic BSoD: Parker after Mary's death.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Taken to a new extreme with Eadem's mother. Averted by Eadem himself, who does not, under any circumstances, wish to be a normal kid, as a result of his mother's condition.
  • I'll Kill You: Luka's main threat when convincing Ivan to let him volunteer.
  • The Ingenue: Emily.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Apparently why Link is trained in them.
  • Kick the Dog: Luka and Emerald get several; the tortures and killings of Mary and Riley come to mind.
  • Knife Nut: Luka and Emerald.
  • La Résistance: President Shadow and Gamemaker Amata want to destroy this during the Games.
  • Literal-Minded: Yon, at times.
  • Lottery of Doom: the reapings.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Chantelle and Anderson, whose families were caught up in the riots. Well, they haven't technically died yet...
    • Anderson has...
  • The Pollyanna: Subverted. Parker starts out as this but quickly becomes disillusioned.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Luka likes these. To Mary: "Take your time, sweetheart. You've got the rest of your life."
  • President Evil: President Aether Shadow.
  • Overly Long Name: Fawn Serenity Emerald Honeycomb. Naturally, she shortens it.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The bloodbath tributes.
  • Savage Wolves: Several of them stalk the lone tributes.
  • Shout-Out: A lot. Some are courtesy of the tributes' creators; some are just due to the author's love of Stephen Sondheim.
  • Stepford Snarker: Jace, as both Noaa and she herself point out.
  • Survival Mantra: Anderson has his recitation of the colors. Riley has "confident, confident, confident." Neither of them work for very long.
  • Switching P.O.V.: As with most SYOT stories.
  • The Sociopath: Luka, described by his creator and his reaping chapter title as a "heroic sociopath" (former trope name of Sociopathic Hero), but the "heroic" part of it is all but nonexistent.
  • The Stoic/The Spock: Veras Valdez, who has decided that he will deliberately cut off his emotions and make all decisions through logic and rationalization.
    • Caprice Alexander also tries to suppress her emotions most of the time, with minimal success.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Amata and President Shadow are doing this to the "special tributes" in order to get to the rebels.
  • Tempting Fate: Several of the non-volunteers, but especially Emily.
    "I'm not going into the Games. Not this year, not any year. I know of at least twenty girls dying to take that place, and it's a pretty large district, besides."
    • Also, Sheldon Bates is taking things a little too far for comfort at the beginning of Parker's chapter:
    "So, you see, Parker, it's even more statistically unlikely that you will get picked this year than the other years, given our escort's tendency to mix it up and then pick from the top. You have three slips—no tesserae—which, combined, take up approximately-"
  • Tranquil Fury: Link, after Thalia is killed.
  • Verbal Tic: Amata awkwardly pauses at random moments in her sentences, represented by dashes.
  • Wham Chapter: 48, "Tooth and Claw." The Capitol is interrogating Teagan's parents, they sneak in a gun, and the vice president gets assassinated.
  • World of No Grandparents: Averted with Chantelle and her family.
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