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"Before Katniss and Peeta, seventy-three children won the Hunger Games. Some were brutal. Some were clever. Some were lucky. A few were almost decent. These are their stories. This is the Victors Project."
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The Victors Project by Oisin55 is a Hunger Games Fan Fic that tells the story of how each Victor won their Hunger Games (except for those Games described in the actual Hunger Games series). It also chronicles the rise of President Coriolanus Snow. These stories are interspersed with descriptions of current-day Panem, two years after the events of Mockingjay, recovering from Civil War and governed by President Paylor. It also includes an assassination plot against Katniss Everdeen. Much of current-day Panem is told through the perspective of Johanna Mason.

The Victors Project can be found here and includes three additional one-shots/follow-ups:

  • Quell, about the tributes of the First Quarter Quell;
  • Secrets, detailing a Dark Secret of each Victor; and
  • Arrow, an ongoing, companion story showing the "Mockingjay Rebellion" in each District.
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The Victors Project also exists in the same universe as Oisin55's Victor Trilogy about Blight, Cecelia, and Enobaria. Those stories, respectively, are:

Tropes for all these stories are included here as well.

See the Characters Page for tropes that apply solely to each Victor.

The Victors Project includes the following tropes:

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  • 0% Approval Rating:
    • Luster. Lancaster. After he won his Games he wrested control of the DAEYD away from Gleam and turned District 1 into his personal dictatorship. Not only did he forcibly take the best-looking children away to be trained as future tributes and high-priced escorts, it was him that suggested to Snow the idea of making Victors prostitutes for the Capitol in the first place. Ultimately, he was so hated that he turned the previously loyalist District 1 into another hotbed of rebel activity, because they were that desperate to get rid of him.
    • Roan Tully. He's descended from the ranchers of District 10, the closest the district has to aristocracy, and is a cruel and violent racist even by normal Settler standards. The Anasazi outright use his name as a curse word, while even other Settlers refuse to talk about him.
    • The First Quarter Quell requires the districts to vote on their own tributes, so nearly all the tributes for the Quell fall into this category. This trope especially applies to the District 6 and 8 boys, who are respectively a drug kingpin and a serial rapist. People cheered as they walked up on the stage. Exceptions include those who volunteered from Districts 1, 2, and 11 (though in 2 and 11, they still volunteered for kids who were voted in), and those who were somewhat random, like Jon Parsons from District 10 and the girl from District 5.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Gleam starts taking morphling at the end of his chapter as a form of Drowning My Sorrows, to the horror and outrage of Luxe and Platinum, but appears completely sober in his subsequent appearances.
    • At the end of Brilliance's chapter, Mags asks if he'd make a good rebel and is told that despite all he's endured, Luster's hands, he's a true believer who simply asks for more whenever Luster feeds him his poison, to which Mags replies that they'll "work on an antidote." Two chapters later Brilliance is mentioned as having been executed by President Coin for remaining loyal to the Capitol and District 1 to the very last, and no mention is made of Mags having tried to recruit him.
  • Academy of Evil: The Career schools — the District Academy for Excellence in Youth Development (DAEYD) in District 1 (especially after Luster takes over) and the Institute (known throughout Panem as "Murder High") in District 2 — teach children how to successfully kill other children. Students are actually rewarded for bullying, maiming, and even murdering each other, all in order to instill a Virtue Is Weakness mentality. And in District 1, many children are forced to join the DAEYD.
    • Downplayed by The DAEYD under Luster's predecessor Gleam, and District 4's training camp, which are still training children to kill, but come across as fairly humane towards the students and don't turn as many of their students into Ax-Crazy Sociopaths.
  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Invoked in District 7 for the First Quarter Quell, where they vote in a girl for being an atheist and destroying their wooden idol.
  • Adult Fear: All over the place, between the Games, Snow's targeting the families of victors, poor living conditions and more. When the Mockingjay Rebellion starts, District 5's adults try to stay neutral only to see their youth wage war on the capitol.
    They flatly forbid their children from participating, lock them indoors, follow them to school, do whatever is in their power to keep their families alive. None of it works.
  • After-Action Report: Many of the chapters take place after the designated victor's Games and describe through exposition or flashback what happened during their particular Games.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: The District 5 boy during the 62nd Hunger Games uses the airvents of the Hell Hotel arena to drop into the feast. During a return to that same arena, Justus uses this to ambush members of the rescue team.
  • Alternative Calendar: Post-Mockingjay Revolution Panem begins its calendar when Katniss and Peeta put the nightlock berries in their mouths. All subsequent dates are P.B. (Post Baccis- After the Berries).
    • Prior to this, the Capitol seems to have set their calendars by the end of the Dark Days Rebellion and the start of the Hunger Games.
  • Always Someone Better: One of Antigone's pieces of advice to Dido. It's the only one that is not in some way sarcastic or exasperated.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: A comment in Arrow about District 6 gangs abducting Chevy's nephews in order to give them legitimacy of controlling "Victor's blood" would doesn't explore whether this is strictly nephews or (given the ages of said nephews) any possible great-nephews as well.
  • Anachronic Order: The story jumps back and forth between current-day and the particular Hunger Games being researched. Yet, it can also jump to time periods in between. For instance, Jade's chapter takes place during District 13 purge trials, which occur between the fall of the Capitol and President's Coin's assassination.
  • Anti-Villain: Both Ahenobarbus and Boudicca can be seen as this. They run Career schools and fully support the Hunger Games. But they come to care about their fellow Victors, even those not from their Districts.
    • Although in Boudicca's case it takes a long time before that care shows itself.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil:
    • Most of the Great Houses of District 1, especially Luster and any member of Dustell House (except for Crystal's boyfriend), given their tendency for casual murders as a way of life and support for the Capitol and its industries. Other Great Houses — such as St. James, Boleyn, and Delacroix — are involved in La Résistance but still seem to participate in Great House feuding.
    • The ranchers of District 10, described as cut-rate versions of the Great Houses, are the most bigoted people in the district and count Roan Tully, arguably the most despised of the outlier Victors, among their number.
    • Almost any Capitolian mentioned as being wealthy and influential (especially ones whose families have been that way) is bad news. Exceptions include Plutarch, Adonis Silvertree, Allana Corwesh, Sabinus Snick, and Larissa Ferrar of the Rebellion and to lesser extents Urgulana (one of Cora's regular sponsors) and Mags's contacts Dionysus and Platius (who feature prominently in Cerulea's chapter).
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After listing a series of infractions Institute cadets should not commit, Antigone ends with "attempting to flavor the food in any way."
  • Assassination Attempt: One is made against Katniss, which Johanna foils by killing the would-be assassin with Mannanan's old Victor spear.
  • Assumed Win: A chilling version during the reaping for the First Quarter Quell, in which the boy from District 6 (a Self-Made Orphan who is one of the districts youngest and biggest drug lords) walks towards the stage before they call his name, having known that they'd vote for him. This is a rare case, which the person assuming the win does in fact win.
  • Author Catchphrase:
    • Characters commonly pinch the bridge of their nose to show they are irritated or frustrated.
    • A Slashed Throat is commonly referred to as a "red smile."
  • Avengers, Assemble!: The surviving Victors, along with squads from Districts 2 and 13, all meet up at Annie's house to plan Katniss's rescue.
  • Badass Crew:
    • Lupus and his circle of Career trainee friends (Cato, Clove, Samaire and wrestler Ben).
    • The Nightfoxes, a group of District 5 rebels led by Foxface's brother, who cripple Panem's energy sources by blowing up or hacking into power plants.
    • Nolan's Five-Man Band (Nolan himself, a Stealth Expert, an archer, a career defector and a tough guy from 12).
    • Nearly all of the surviving victors allied together for the Rescue Arc along with relatives of several victors, Gale and plenty of soldiers who served in the Rebellion.
    • Enobaria and her fellow Career trainees: Declan, Pat and Maura.
    • Haymitch, Cotton and Abram when they fight Peacekeepers together through the streets.
    • Honorius, Virtus, Silk, Dido, Cerulea, Briseis and Jules when they gather together to Hold the Line against the Peacekeepers.
    • Arguably Genner, Naomi and Kent from The Bonds of Blood. None of them are that physically tough but the former two are fairly defiant towards the careers, Naomi is hinted to be an explosives expert (although she doesn't live long enough to show it) and Genner is a Stealth Expert who does a good job evading the careers through a combination of Air-Vent Passageway and covering his upper body in oil to slip away when anyone tries to grab him.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: Romulus Thread arrives in District 5 to break the resistance and orders the long-serving District peacekeepers to execute 1/10th of the district's children as punishment for their actions. The Peacekeepers do the "ready, aim, fire" countdown, then to a man they turn and open fire on Thread and his elite troops.
  • Battle of Wits: Cashmere challenges Beetee to a Drinking Game called "I Know," in which each person must take a drink of scotch if they rightly reveal a secret about the other. During the game it's revealed that Beetee is asexual, that he was the one who sent the note to Crystal warning her that she would be reaped for the Third Quarter Quell, that Enobaria killed Cashmere's father, and that Cashmere knows about the plot to rescue Katniss and Peeta from the Third Quarter Quell arena. Beetee is greatly impressed by Cashmere's Hidden Depths.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: During the Revenge of Finnick Odair, his descriptions of a Capitolian dog breeder's "unique breeding techniques" cause her home to be the first of many that is burned down that night when it's attacked by a mob of animal-lovers.
  • Blackmail: Evelyn does this Gloss when she discovers he is the Midtown Mincer. Cashmere retaliates by culling together a list of 50 people Evelyn loves and threatening to have them killed unless she backs off.
  • Brick Joke: Silk, while still a trainee, says to Gleam that etiquette classes are a waste of time, since "I'm not going to be thrown into the arena in an evening gown anyway." Nearly fifty years later, this is exactly what happens to the female tributes of the 62nd Games.
  • Call-Back:
    • On their way to rescue Katniss, Enobaria says, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Seventy-Seventh Annual Hunger Games," a reference to when Finnick refers to the rebel assault on the Capitol in Mockingjay as the Seventy-Sixth Annual Hunger Games.note  Annie responds, "And may the odds be ever in our favor."
    • Right before entering the Third Quarter Quell, Blight writes a letter to his nieces and nephews telling them to look after his horses. Later, his nephew uses these horses to defeat the final set of Peacekeepers fighting in District 7.
  • Call-Forward:
    • In Catching Fire Katniss remarked that Johanna had probably been throwing axes since she could toddle. In The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf a two-year old Johanna is indeed toddling around and trying to practice axe-throwing.
    • Caesar declares during Blight's Victory interview about Blight's love affair with Jason, "Surely, if there is ever a greater romance in the Games, it will shake the foundations of Panem!"
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Katniss does this to Haymitch when he attacks Boudicca.
    Haymitch: She trained kids to die! To kill! She lied to them! She lied and sent them to die.
    Katniss: Like you did. ... You trained us to fight. You trained us to die. You lied to us, moved us like pieces in your Games. Don't look at me like that, Haymitch. I have forgiven you. But you have to face what you did.
  • Cataclysm Backstory: Panem rose from a cataclysmic environment disaster and manmade viral pandemic. It is alternatively called "The Hundred Years Darkness" in the Capitol, "The Catastrophe" in the outer districts, and "The Genesis" in District 1.
  • Catch Your Death Of Cold: The 55th Games are set in Antarctica, so this is the fate of most of the tributes there.
  • The Cavalry: In the District 7 chapter of Arrow this is done literally when a wave of Rebel reinforcements arrive on horseback, looking very much like Blight, Jason and seven decades of dead tributes to scare the peacekeepers.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Brandon McNulty is first referenced in the First Quarter Quell chapter, in which his father Richard is the First-Person Peripheral Narrator. It's mentioned at the end of the chapter that Brandon is reaped in the 34th Games, and he ends up being Elena Perez's district "partner". The Gamemakers arrange it such that the two end up fighting, and Elena is able to break his arm and knees but chooses not to kill him. He dies two days later when the Gamemakers sink the ships where he was convalescing.
    • Jade Boleyn first appears as a seven year old accompanying her family to a victory tour banquet, although she did cameo in her victor capacity during the earlier fanfiction stories The Lumberjack and the Tree Elf and Fall into the River.
    • The three cousins seem to just be minor background characters in the last act of Boudicca's chapter.
    • Vesta and Marble, two of Tiberius's fellow trainees, are later chosen as tributes in future games, where they are killed by Jules and Gleam respectively.
  • Child Soldier: The Capitol's high losses in the rebellion force them to recruit – or more likely, forcefully draft – teenagers to be Peacekeepers.
  • 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.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Victors, starting with Emrys, all let out a series of profanities as they see the Polluted Wasteland theme of the 45th Games. Nolan has another string when the Career pack get a hold of his mentee.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: The Careers often become this, because it appeals to the Capitol crowds and helps their chances of getting more sponsors.
    • The District 4 male tribute in the 45th Games takes Up to Eleven. After slowly torturing the District 9 male tribute the death, he goes to masturbate. Unfortunately for him, Chaff takes the opportunity to choke him to death.
    • Another extreme example is during the 52nd Games, when the Career pack tortures Devon Hooley, the District 10 male tribute (and Elena's nephew) for 7 hours before finally killing him.
  • Continuity Nod: During the countdown for the Third Quarter Quell, Cashmere tells Cecelia (though it's Victoria who's currently in control) to keep her shoes on. Victoria admits that she's flattered that Cashmere remembers her signature move from her original Games, in which she throws her shoes at her adjacent tributes' landmines in order to set them off before those Games even started.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: Jade is highly skeptical that Katniss would ever turn against Coin. She is soon proven wrong.
    Shilling: What are the chances she takes out that bitch instead of [Snow]?
    Jade: Katniss Everdeen, doing something her puppet masters haven't approved of? I think you give her too much credit. ...If Katniss Everdeen has an original thought for once, I'll take back everything I've ever said about her after three martinis. But look at her. Her wings are clipped. She's as much a corpse as we are. No, Shilling, I don't think we can be expecting any more miracles from Katniss Everdeen.
    <<Katniss shoots her arrow at Coin instead of Snow>>
    Jade: Well, I have a new best friend.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Lupus wins his Games (the one with only maces as a weapon) going against the two tributes form District 1, who have difficultly even lifting their maces properly. It's implied that they literally have to scrape what's left of those two from the ground.
    • Arrow has District 3's revolt go this way. They've been Crazy-Prepared since the Games began, digging hidden tunnels, copying various kinds of weapons used by both the victors and the Gamemakers during the Games. Once the rebellion starts, first they go underground, and then they start using those weapons, one at a time. The peacekeepers are apparently wiped out to a man.
    During the Dark Days, District 3 lost half their citizens. During the Mockingjay Rebellion, they are the only District to win without firing a single shot, or losing a single life.''
  • Date Rape: At least one of the people Finnick was sold to drugged him first, and he describes someone else who he saw drug and rape girls twice at parties.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Each chapter focuses on a particular Victor.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Cecelia names her son by Brutus after Brutus's brother, Aaron, who died in the quarry a week before Brutus's Games.
  • Deadline News: The parents of the District 4 girl who died during the 74th Hunger Games kick off the revolt in District 4 by drawing knives and cutting down several members of the Capitol camera crew (along with the mayor, his wife, and the Capitol liaison), in order to strike fear in the hearts of the Capitol viewers.
  • Death as Comedy: During the 53rd Games, the District 4 boy holds a grenade too long and it explodes in his hand, killing him. This is replayed for laughs in the Capitol, and "doing a Four" becomes an Unusual Euphemism for finishing too soon.
  • Death by Adaptation: Romulus Thread, who led the crackdown in District 12 in Catching Fire, is killed in the District 5 uprising.
  • Death Seeker:
    • Dattery Nakamura, District 3 tribute for the Second Quarter Quell, lost his whole family to various industrial accidents and a previous Games. He is therefore "secretly pleased to be reaped because he felt his family would be disappointed if he just committed suicide."
    • Many District 1 tributes considered death the Lesser of Two Evils rather than becoming a Victor and carrying out its official duties:
      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.
  • Deliberate Under-Performance: Dazzle Brooks attempts this for District 1's reaping for the Second Quarter Quell. She hopes to come in second in the foot race to the reaping ball, so she can avoid being the volunteer while still saving face. However, in the heat of the moment she forgets that she needs to come in third and not second to avoid actually volunteering for that particular Games. She ultimately dies during the Cornucopia bloodbath.
  • Demoted to Extra: Katniss and especially Gale.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Gleam and Silk continue training District 1 tributes even after Luster usurps them and turns the DAEYD into an Academy of Evil, in order to help the tributes survive the Games, and to find a way to distract themselves from how miserable their lives as Victors seem to be. Silk at least ultimately chooses to die helping the rebel Victors escape.
  • Dirty Cop: The Peacekeepers throughout all Panem, with either the encouragement or at least permission of the Capitol.
    • Nolan describes in great detail the many crimes committed by the peacekeepers in District 9, including raping every bride on her wedding night and looting all of the best crops for themselves.
    • Several District 7 peacekeepers are bribed into kidnapping Blight's love interest and sending him into the arena (although the viewers are later told it's just a hologram) to throw Blight off his game.
    • In District 10, they turn a blind eye to various hate crimes committed by the Settlers.
    • The District 5 second in command, who later defects to the rebels along with a large number or his men, lets Matty get away with skinning a dog alive with a night in jail so he could sell the meat to the local butcher.
    • In District 1, the peacekeepers arrested and executed an innocent man as The Scapegoat for the murder or Cashmere's father, a crime which was in fact committed by Enobaria at Snow's behest, which is implied to be an Open Secret in the district.
      • Similarly, peacekeepers in the capitol are indicated to have covered up such crimes on behalf of Snow for decades.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gordy Brockleton (one of the District 6 tributes for the Second Quarter Quell ) has three different kids from three different girls and doesn't even know any of their names. He considers his reaping to be a form of Laser-Guided Karma for his lack of a role in their lives.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Boudicca kills a prostitute who was in bed with Tiberius, because she woke up while Boudicca was preparing to threaten him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A new platoon of Peacekeepers, led by Thread, comes to District 5 and decides to put down the rebellion there by rounding up all the district children and executing every tenth child. The local Peacekeepers attack the new Peacekeepers rather than follow the order.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: The Gamemakers send a tornado through the arena of the 67th Games, killing the District 5 boy, injuring the Careers, and destroying their supplies.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Seeder's husband is killed by Peacekeepers while walking home, though they claim he broke curfew and was resisting arrest. This greatly resembles the problem of police shootings of unarmed African-Americans, particularly since most of the people from District 11 are black.
    • In-universe. Beetee and Cashmere's competing analyses of why The Roman Empire fell also reveal their perspectives on what will cause the Capitol to fall. Beetee, being from an outer district, argues Rome's collapse was due to over-extension and a failure to take into account the strength of the barbarian tribes. Cashmere, being from an inner district, acknowledges Beetee's points but argues that Rome fell because of internal rot. Cashmere's argument foreshadows "The Revenge of Finnick Odair," which reveals all the hidden vices of Capitol society and causes support for Snow's regime within the Capitol to collapse.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Bovina refuses to provide Roan with any aid during the Third Quarter Quell as revenge for the racist, ungrateful way he always treated her and for the atrocities he committed against Anasazi throughout his life.
  • Doomed Hometown: Lyme's home village Redfern (a hotbed of rebel sentiment) was massacred immediately after the Rebellion started, although a fair portion of the residents survived.
  • Driven to Madness: All the tributes of the 21st Games, due to the arena going from a Garden of Eden to a Garden of Evil.
  • Driven to Suicide: Several of the Victors kill themselves for various reasons across the years. Also quite a few people whose dirty laundry Finnick Odair airs.
    Sabinus Smithywick can hear the laughter of his neighbors from his condo. He walks out onto the balcony and takes a twelve story swan dive.... No dramatic leaps for Potoma, the pills in her cabinet swallowed hastily through tears are enough... Finnick's stories continue, the incest and the fetishes and the affairs. The hilarity and shock in the Capitol spikes, as do the suicides, murders and domestic violence.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The 44th Games begin with the total collapsing of the Cornucopia and the surrounding areas, immediately killing of 12 tributes, including the entire Career pack.
  • Drunk Driver: District 3 sends one who killed a woman and managed to cover it up into the First Quarter Quell, although she claims to have only had a little to drink and that no one could have seen the woman crossing the street in time.
  • Due to the Dead:
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The first seven Hunger Games were held in a small arena with a live audience of Capitol citizens. There was no Cornucopia, and instead all the weapons were spread out across the arena. The series charts the development of the Games as sponsors, mutts, the Opening Ceremonies, and larger arenas (as a result of rebels bombing the original arena) are all introduced.
    • Many of the earliest chapters rely on the framing device of the surviving Victors collecting information about them, but this fades greatly after the first twenty chapters and only picks up again for Blight's chapter.
  • Egregious: Finnick 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?
  • Enemy Civil War: Many of the outlier tributes win because the Career pack turns on each other.
  • Enemy Mine: Happens from time to time in the Games, such as when Cecelia and Andromache (the girl from 4) team up against the One-Man Army who answers to the title D2M.
  • Entitled to Have You: Tanni Romero, one of Cecelia's johns from when she was a Streetwalker and later one of her sponsors during the 57th Hunger Games, has this badly. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A common theme.
    • Luster and Roan, among the most morally reprehensible Victors, still have large families (albeit with equally toxic morals) who care for their survival.
    • Tiberius still cares for his friend and short-lived love interest Minnie long after she's turned her back on him for good.
    • Justus cared deeply for his cousins and fellow District 2 victors, despite shooting Lupus at point-blank range.
    • Head Gamemaker Spartacus Brandybane had a daughter he indulged.
    • Justinian Trinket is a closet pedophile, but cares for his wife and children, parents, siblings and niece Effie.
    • Eamon's homophobia stems from his father leaving his devastated mother for another man.
    • DAEYD Alpha Bitch Topaz had a boyfriend who was devastated after Ermine killed her.
    • Blight's sadistic Big Brother Bully Abel (who later goes on to be a torturer for the peacekeepers) had a momentary flash of emotion after learning their mother didn't run out on them but was taken by force.
    • President Lucius was happily married with sons and grandsons.
    • Capitol Policeman Ptolemy Boundaire, a Dirty Cop and occasional participant in the Victor sex trade, is a Cool Uncle to his brothers family.
    • Enobaria's ruthless District partner during the 62nd Hunger Games had feelings for the District 6 boy they took into their alliance.
    • Gloss Delacroix cares deeply for his sister long after becoming a poster child for Murder Makes You Crazy.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: The Victors enjoy hooking up with each other. Along with several Teacher Student Romances (see below), other hook-ups include Ahenobarbus and Cora, Cashmere and Connor, (possibly Crystal and Connor), and Cecelia and Brutus, which results in a One-Night-Stand Pregnancy.
    Hal: And that's why you never sleep with a fellow Victor. What one knows, everyone knows.
  • Exact Words: The epilogue of The Lumberjack and the Tree Elf goes back to Johanna's comment from Catching Fire about Blight: "He wasn't much, but he was from home" and reveals that this didn't mean home in the broader sense (District 7) but home as in she literally lived in his house with Blight and his life partner for eight and a half years, with Blight using this to protect her due to a promise he'd exerted from Snow long ago to leave anyone living under Blight's roof alone.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • In-Universe. Beyond the active meddling of the Gamemakers, the Capitol also occasionally arranges for certain children to be reaped. There are "soft fixes," in which the pre-selected tribute is allowed as much a chance to win as anyone else, and "hard fixes," in which the pre-selected tribute is marked for an early death.
    • This went Up to Eleven for the 28th Games, when Snow ordered the Gamemakers to appease the Sixatrons by rigging the Games such that the District 6 tribute-in this case, Chevy Anderson-will be likely to win.
    Snow: I'm not suggesting you rig the games to make it a sure thing. Just...give one of them a chance. A clear chance. A clear advantage.
    • Another example is the 44th Games, where Snow ordered Brandybane to send a message to the Career Districts, who he felt were acting too entitled lately and taking their privileges for granted. Brandybane carried this out by creating a massive sinkhole at the very start of the Games, swallowing up the Cornucopia, all its supplies, and the entire Career pack that year, plus six other tributes. This guaranteed an outlier Victor (who ultimately turned out to be, ironically, the District 6 female tribute Maeve Collins) while also reminding the Career districts that even they were still subject to Snow's whims.
    • Interestingly, two "soft fixes" who win, Emrys (sent into the games for burning down his own school) and Circe (sent for unknown reasons that involved reminding the Campers of District 5 they were vulnerable, are both from District 5.
      • Even more interestingly, Emrys was nearly sent into the 1st Quarter Quell, but the Capitol rigged the voting to send in a teenaged rebel agitator who had made himself unpopular enough for that to seem plausible instead. Then, when Emrys burned down his school a year later, an annoyed Capitol decided that his district had the right idea that he needed either a wake up call or an early death, and rigged the next reaping to send him in.
    • Roan Tully suffers from both ends of this: President Snow wants to rig the Games to let Roan win after realizing he's willing to kill Katniss but Plutarch sabotages the Games to ensure Roan goes through (well-deserved) hell in order to keep this from happening.
  • Eye Scream/Fingore: Donovan Haye, a District 9 rebel, loses an eye and two fingers in the Battle of the Golden Field.

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  • Face Death with Dignity: Accepting their fate, some tributes use their interview with Caesar to do a final performance.
    • During the tribute interviews of the 40th Games, the District 6 girl, recognizing she would likely die the next day (which she did), "asked if she could recite a poem she wrote. It was about the smell of her mother's bread cutting through the stench of the petrol refineries, and it was deeply moving."
    • Aeria Whitaker, one of District 5's female tributes for the Second Quarter Quell, flawlessly performs the dance solo she would have given at her school's summer recital.
  • Family Extermination: Many of the Victors' family members are either reaped (Camden, Elena, Cecelia, Halibut) or outright killed (Haymitch, Seeder, Mags, Nolan, Johanna, even Woof's dog).
  • First Contact: The Capitol's first encounter with District 1 appears this way to those from District 1, since the Capitolians came in flying ships and had "skin of black and brown and gold and blue and scarlet, with hair of every hue and jeweled tattoos." When the District 1 citizens respond violently, the Capitolians return in a more Alien Invasion style, with a full army.
  • Five-Man Band : During the 40th Games, tributes from the outer districts formed their own counter-alliance, which Caesar describes as "half-savage and perpetually on the brink of starvation ... stealing food from weaker tributes and staying one step ahead of the Careers."
  • "Five Things" Fic: Several chapters of the canonical Victors are structured this way, including:
  • Flashback to Catchphrase: The Hunger Games motto "May the odds be in your favor" starts the year Camden is reaped, with Capitolians saying the odds are never in his family's favor, since so many of them have been reaped for the Games.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Ben comments to himself that Wheaton's affairs with ministers' wives will get him killed one day. While not exactly accurate, Wheaton is killed while in the crossfire at a Capitol orgy.
    • During her recruitment of Luxe and Plat into La Résistance, Mags mentions that they have plans in the works for creating a cell in District 2. These plans are revealed when Lyme is revealed to be a mole sent for the specific purpose of becoming a Victor.
    • Beetee's chapter has a scene where he dreams of Cashmere lecturing him about preconceptions. While that scene was apparently just a dream (as Cashmere never recites that dialogue during their actual conversation in her chapter) it does tease her loyalties to the viewer, as well as the Colliding Criminal Conspiracies of Boudicca and Luster, both of whom plotting against Katniss at the same time.
    Cashmere: "Have I surprised you, Beetee? There's no law that only one person in this city can be plotting at one time, you know... You make judgments based on the evidence provided. You're very difficult to outsmart, but very easy to deceive. So I know, and you know that I know. Now what are we going to do about it?"
  • Foregone Conclusion: Often due to the chapter titles being the names of the victor who wins that year but sometimes other tributes receive a lot of focus. Most notably Wiress's chapter begins with Nolan talking about how sure he is that one of his tributes will make it back this year.
    • There are also many victors whose deaths are mentioned before they first appear, or at least well before we find out how they died, such as Dido, Crystal, and Mitt.
  • Funny Background Event: During the Victors Talent Show, as Cecelia has a tense confrontation with the Victor who beat her promising tribute due to Executive Meddling, Beetee is assembling some kind of mechanical device which turns out to be a water balloon launcher he blasts Gloss and Cashmere with.
  • Garden of Evil: For the first week, the 21st Games arena is a Garden of Eden, but then on the seventh day:
    The sun is blotted out, and the arena is plunged into a cold darkness. The pools and waterfalls run black and foul. The trees draw together, their grasping branches stripped of leaves. The animals turn into vicious carnivores. The castle looms over the now haunted forest that rings with the screams of fifteen tortured tributes.
  • Generation Xerox: Blane Gavin strongly resembles his uncle, Blight, and Mitch Murphy has the same lumberjack build of Jason Mellark, and the two fall in love just as Blight and Jason did.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Mags recruits Cora to get her some top-secret intel. Once she has retrieved it, Cora kisses Mags in order to covertly pass Mags the information.
  • Girl Posse:
    • Esther clashes with a particularly sociopathic one at the DAEYD.
    • The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf' features a non-bullying version in the 57th Games when Blight's district partner Charlie teams up with two other outlier girls, Bobbi and Qin Li, dubbed "the three princesses" by the Careers and none of whom are particularly skilled combatants (except against a few mutts). They mostly avoided playing the Games until, with the final 8 approaching, Bobbi tried to poison Charlie and Qin Li only for Charlie to secretly give Bobbi her portion of the dinner due to thinking that she wasn't taking enough for herself. Qin Li then assumed that Charlie deliberately poisoned Bobbi, forcing Charlie to kill her in self-defense and undergo an extreme Break the Cutie/ Murder Makes You Crazy meltdown.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Cecelia uses both Tanni and Brutus to get pregnant in order to make the Capitol see her as a mother and reduce the number of people who want to buy a night with her.
  • Going Native:
    • Two dozen District 4 peacekeepers side with the Rebellion, stepping aside for them to take the armory, led by the deputy head, whose noted as this specifically.
      He'd done his job efficiently, the Capitol had no complaints about his work, but a person can't live in a place for thirty years without assimilating to some degree.
    • District 5 Peacekeepers and their deputy commander, Runcus Thimble, who provides information on Matthias Fletcher to the Victors Project.
  • A Good Way to Die: The District 11 tributes for the First Quarter Quell both volunteer, because they decide that they would rather die by sticking it the Capitol than live a longer miserable life and die eventually anyway.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In-universe. The Gamemakers for the 66th are unable to retrieve the body of Burnish, the District 1 boy, so they cannot stop Titus from eating him. All they can do is broadcast other parts of the Games.
  • Guilt by Association: The District 7 boy for the first Quarter Quell was a member of a rowdy local gang, and it's noted, "He's not the worst of them, not by far, but he's the only one still of reaping age, barely".
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: At the start of the 53rd Games, the District 2 boy almost completely cut the District 7 boy in half with one swipe.
  • Has Two Mommies: It's noted that the District 4 girl Katniss killed was raised by two fathers, who were invited to watch the Quell on a stage for reaction shots, only to kill the mayor, his wife, and several Capitolians on live television as soon as Katniss shot the forcefield.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: "District 3 has reproduced every single pod they manufactured for the Capitol's defense and installed it piece by piece, pod by pod, throughout the district," allowing District 3 to defeat Capitol forces without losing a single citizen.
  • Homage: Word of God says Ermine's chapter featuring the Girl Posse was an homage to Mean Girls.
  • Homophobic Hate Crime: Both the District 9 male tribute for the First Quarter Quell and Blight (though illegally in that case) are selected as tribute because they're gay.
  • Hunger Games Hooligans:
  • Hypocrite:
    • President Snow (as in the guy who started turning victors into Sex Slave's along with Luster and keeps a harem of women forcibly taken from the district himself) considers himself a happily married man and calls Ermine a trollop at one point while expressing his frustration with District 1 and their recent victors.
    • Roan Tully is utterly dismissive and mocking any time Bovina is mentioned, except when his survival depends on her in the arena.
    • Boudicca speaks derisively of the outer districts, describing them as savage and saying that District 2 has to fighting gain victors to keep from falling that low while ignoring that it's because of the capitol that she supports that they've sunk too such depths in the first place and choosing to overlook how District 2 (with its slave markets) was even worse before she used her status as a victor to change that, something she is indirectly denying the other districts with her career program.
    • Brutus speaking poorly of the few victors who actually enjoy killing rings a bit hollow considering that he specifically killed as many tributes as possible to try and set the kill record.
    • In Arrow, after Lyme kills a peacekeeper borrowing a page from Enobaria's book one of his friends calls her a sick animal. This coming from a guy who was drinking and laughing about killing unarmed women and kids less than a minute earlier.
    • Blight's brother Abel made his life a waking nightmare for over a decade for supposedly being a peacekeepers illegitimate child, only to end up joining the peacekeepers (where he becomes a hated and feared figure) himself due to his gambling debts and/or to avoid facing his brother as a victor.
  • Idiot Ball: Dazzle Brooks (D1- Second Quarter Quell) makes sure to come in second during the race to the stage, forgetting that the Quell includes two pairs of tributes.
  • Illegal Religion: All religion is banned except for worship of the state. Boudicca's prayer over their Wintermas dinner is a thanksgiving to the Capitol and President Snow, and all colloquial references to God are instead replaced with "Snow," including in cursing.
    Beetee: Of all the Snow-damned, idiotic, foolish stunts ...
    • Some if the district 10 Anisazi and the family of Enobaria's friend Maura have traditional religious beliefs but are more secretive about them.
    • The district 7 lumberjacks often practice pagan tree worship (their female tribute for the first quarter quell was a girl who burned their shrine because that sect of worship gave a husband the right to mistreat his wife) and after his Urban Ruins games Blight starts praying to Starbucks after encountering a statute of her, unaware that it was for a coffee chain and not a religious temple (something Beetee admits he never had the heart to tell Blight).
    • District 4 is shown to have beliefs that involve Viking Funeral's to release the souls of the dead, which the Capitol prohibited them from doing with their slain tributes.
  • Incoming Ham: Both Madame Lucia (stylist of Blight, Enobaria, Jade, Brutus, Cora, Silk Nolan and several others) and Hector (stylist of Cecilia and Circe), although Hector's is also a Jerkass Establishing Character Moment.
    Madame Lucia: Madame Lucia has come to prepare her tribute! Madame Lucia sincerely hopes that her prep team has done an adequate job, although judging by what they're wearing themselves, she finds that to be dreadfully unlikely.
    Hector: So this is my canvas. Could have been worse, could have been better. How an artiste is meant to suffer!
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: The structure of the Hunger Games is such that allies will inevitably have to betray each other. This leads some alliances to purposely break up early in order to not have to directly kill each other. This leads other alliances, particularly the Career packs, to betray each other even before all the other tributes have been killed.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Applies to the Hunger Games overall, but it is especially noteworthy when the battle is between two reaped (that is, non-Career) tributes who clearly don't want to have to fight each other. Lampshaded by Elena and Bear MacFarlane (the District 12 boy), in their Final Battle.
    Bear: My name is Bear MacFarlane. I don't want to kill you, but I do want to get home, so I'm sorry.
    Elena: My name is Elena Perez. I'm in love with a man I should have killed. A man I was taught to hate. I'm going to kill you, so that the man I love doesn't have to watch me die. I'm sorry you have to die, but I'm not sorry for fighting.
  • It Has Been an Honor: District 4 tributes sometimes say goodbye to a particularly close ally (generally another Four) with the phrase "Safe voyage."
  • Jack the Ripoff: Gloss's chapter establishes that he kidnaps, drugs and tortures someone every year (with Cashmere helping him plan the abduction and making sure he never actually kills anyone) to sate his bloodlust, having been dubbed the Midtown Mincer. Finnick's chapter establishes that a woman committing an Inheritance Murder blamed it on the Midown Mincer to avoid punishment.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Priam's, the District 2 boy and penultimate tribute of the 54th Games, final thought is, "As a last insult, they play the trumpets before I'm even dead."
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In the 62nd Games, the female tributes are all forced to wear ballgowns and high heels, and the male tributes white tuxedos. The former makes for a White Shirt of Death, while the latter takes High Heel Hurt Up to Eleven. It's no surprise then (at least to the women) that of the nine tributes killed at the Cornucopia, seven are female.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Occurs when tributes develop genuine feelings for each other and sometimes invoked by the Gamemakers or Snow to make the Games more interesting (or to make a point).
    • The Gamemakers ensure that Seaward and Waverly, District 4 partners and siblings-in-law, are the last remaining tributes in the 8th Games so they have to fight to death. Seaward prevails.
    • Snow orders Brutus to kill Cecelia during the Third Quarter Quell, knowing he is the father of her son Aaron.
    • Luster considers exploiting this by sending Gloss and Cashmere into the same Games, believing Snow and the Capitol would love it. Silk and the other DAEYD trainers are able to convince him that the Delacroix twins would refuse to go through with it, and sibling Victors would be even better.
    • The Gamemakers of course tried this with Katniss and Peeta but were Out-Gambitted.
  • Klingon Promotion: Many of the Career Victors — Tiberius, Boudicca, Ermine, Jade, Crystal — got selected by killing or incapacitating the prior favorite to be chosen as that year's tribute.
    • And of course Capitol politics at its finest is this.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Ahenobarbus demands that Gleam perform one after he saw Gleam's impressive knife-throwing skills during his Games. Gleam reluctantly complies and successfully avoids hitting the Avox forced to be a Lovely Assistant. Ahenobarbus then tells Gleam that mercy is for the weak and throws a knife directly at the Avox. Thankfully, Orchus catches the knife in midair before it hits the Avox.
  • Knockout Gas: Katniss's kidnappers use this against Katniss and Johanna.
  • Last Stand: The remaining Victor mentors of the Third Quarter Quell fight off the Peacekeepers who attack the Control Center, so that Haymitch, Abram, and Cotton can escape and help start the Mockingjay Revolution. All the oldest Victors present stay behind to fight – Jules (84), Silk (77), Honorius (69), Virtus (67), Briseis (60), Cerulea (56), and Dido (54).
    Honorius: Can you win? Can you win, Haymitch?
    Haymitch: I said yes. Chaff said no. I usually came out on top, when we bet serious.
    Honorius: That's enough for me.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Madame Nigella, the owner of Samson's. By the time of the Mockingjay Rebellion, Samson's is run by the fourth Madame Nigella.
    • Starting with Granyte's reaping, the Capitol escort for District 2 always goes by the name Pan and dresses like a hair silver goat, with cloves and horns. According to Granyte, when the Pan character first premieres, "the look of Ahenobarbus's face is priceless."
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: As Boudicca is agonizing over whether to choose Justus as tribute for the 27th Games, Snow calls her and tells her he is agonizing over whether to give his most prized horse to President Lucius's grandson and asks her what he should do. Boudicca gets the message, tells Snow to do his duty, and then selects Justus as tribute.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • It is an unspoken agreement among Victors that they do not bring up with each other or hold against each other what they did during their Games. This rule is occasionally broken though by the ABAC's –- "Anyone But a Career" — outlier district Victors who view the Careers as trained murderers and Capitol lapdogs.
    • The Antarctica arena from the 55th Games was immediately closed down and never opened to the public, having been considered the worst Hunger Games ever.
  • Life Saving Misfortune: It's hard to imagine a teenage girl suffering a fever severe enough to put you into a life-threatening coma as having a positive side, at least until that fever/coma causes her to be the first ever tribute reaped for the Hunger Games to be excused from participating. Of course, it's never revealed whether or not she survived that fever as her final fate is unrevealed.
  • Local Hangout: Samson's becomes the bar of choice and Den of Iniquity for the Victors, run by a woman who always goes by the name, Madame Nigella.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Romantic relationships that develop during the Games inevitably lead to this. And they always seem to involve the District 2 male tribute .
    • Virtus is betrayed by his entire alliance, but the betrayal from Luscious, the female District 1 tribute, stung him the most, because they had developed a close, romantic relationship. The other tributes throw Virtus over a cliff into the raging seas, but he survives and gets his revenge by brutally raping Luscious and then killing her.
    • Ares kills the District 4 female tribute while they are kissing her.
    • Priam, the District 2 boy from the 54th Games, drowns Lianne, the District 4 female tribute with whom he had developed a romantic relationship. In this case, at least, there were only three tributes left.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Ben Cooper's "secret" is that he suspects his mentee and fellow Victor Abram Mills might be his biological son from a one night stand he had with Abram's mother Caramel. It's actually why he came out of retirement to mentor Abram in the first place. Whether it's true or not, Abram certainly took after Ben in the end when he rallied District 9 during the revolution and led them against the Capitol forces, ultimately dying after taking down a literal mountain of peacekeepers with him.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: The District 11's tributes for the First Quarter Quell both separately decide to volunteer as tributes, as a "F*ck You" towards the Capitol and because they have little else to live for.
    District 11 Female: She volunteers because no one in Eleven is guaranteed a long life, but she can give herself a meaningful death. She has nothing else left.
    District 11 Male: He almost falters when they call the boy up. It's the son of his own overseer. The scars on his back, the ones he received at nine and the ones he earned last week and all the ones in between twitch. The call goes up for volunteers. He almost doesn't do it. He fills with pleasure at the sight of the little boy who so closely resembles his father shivering on the stage. But that's what they want, isn't it? And if there's one thing he'll never do, it's give the damned Capitol what they want.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain:
    • District 2: Ahenobarbus —> Tiberius —> Boudicca —> Granyte/Honorius/Virtus/Justus/Antigone
      • Granyte —> Bartimaeus/Lyme
      • Honorius —> Ares —> Berenice
      • Virtus —> Brutus —> Ferrus/Phoebus/Lupus
      • Antigone —> Dido —> Enobaria —> Clove
    • District 4: Mags —> Manannan/Briseis/Cerulea/Liannenote /Andromache/Finnick
      • Manannan —> Thisbe/Halibut/Annie
      • Halibut —> Odysseus
    • District 7: Jules —> Vera/Blightnote 
      • Blight —> Connor/Johanna
    • District 11: Wren —> Seeder —> Chaff/Abundance/Rue
  • Meaningful Background Event: Several Games (particularly those of canon Victors) play in the background of a given chapter, so that other plots can be advanced:
    • Antigone during the Victors meeting following President's death.
    • Cerulea as Mags travels around the Capitol investigating Wheaton's death.
    • Finnick in Cecelia's chapter during her date with Brutus.
    • Johanna in Phoebus's chapter during his confrontation with Blight.
    • Annie is mentioned very briefly in Gloss's chapter as the mentors watch the 70th Games.
  • Mood Dissonance: A description of touring the 33rd Games arena describes in one sentence the beautiful scenery and fun, luxurious activities there and in the next sentence describes how the tributes were brutally killed in these exact spots.
  • Mood Whiplash: In Fall Into The River, many of the Victors are clutching their sides with laughter as everyone in the viewing center realizes that the developmentally challenged Loomer Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality and has been reenacting a level of a video game that he and Woof played on the train ride to the Capitol. Their laughter turns to gaping awe as Loomer pushes away the boulder that has trapped Cecelia in a cave for 48 hours.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • Several victors, most notably Chaff, Halibut and Emrys, get some focus picking off the Career tributes (or the other Career tributes in Halibut's case) in ruthlessly effective fashions, with this being told from the POV of the mentors in Chaff's chapter, and the POV of the victims in Hal's.
    • Enobaria cutting through the Reaver village after escaping captivity at the beginning of The Bonds of Blood.
    • Arrow has some of this in the District rebellions. The Peacekeepers in Districts 1, 3, 6 and possibly 7 are wiped out, in some cases while screaming or begging.
      • The ones in 1 are lynched after being subjected to various Cool and Unusual Punishment's or (literally) torn apart.
      • The ones in 3 fall victim to an entire District full of Death Trap's copied from everything that was built for the defense of the capitol or the games themselves.
  • Moral Myopia: A partial example. Finnick's chapter notes that, during the Rebellion, the Capitol undergoes hardships it's never had to deal with before (rationing, random searches and arrests, curfews etc.) and the reaction of many (although not all) of the people amounts to this.
    The more aware of the Capitol citizens muse that this must be what life has been like in the districts for seven odd decades. The rest simply cannot comprehend that these horrible things are happening to them.
  • Morality Pet: There are several examples throughout the series, but a notable literal one is described when all of the 2nd Quarter Quell tributes are being described and we get this gem.
    Athena Costa had no affection for anyone or anything except for the sparrows that ate the seeds she left every morning on her windowsill at the Institute.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: One of the corrupt Capitol citizens exposed during the revenge of Finnick Odair is Marcus Aerius, Vice-President of the bank of Pompey, and a backer of a drug cartel. Finnick says that he's put out hits on two hundred people in the last twenty years and then starts reciting names. A few paragraphs later it's mentioned that the Bank of Pompey is under siege by a vengeful crowd... and losing.
  • Multiple Narrative Modes: Different chapters are told from different types of perspectives: third person narrator, the Victor her/himself, outside viewers, other Tributes, etc.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: True to an extent for all the Victors, but some are especially affected by having to kill in the Games:
    • Virtus kills several Sixatrons who burst into the Hunger Games TV studio during his Victor interview
    • Cecelia develops a Split Personality after killing her district partner, Loomer. This new personality, "Victoria," is much more comfortable killing other tributes and performing "Victors' duties."
    • Gloss becomes infatuated with the thrill of bloodshed after his Games, so with Cashmere's help he becomes the "Midtown Mincer." Cashmere drugs the victim, and Gloss tortures them, though the victims never realize who their attacker is.
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  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • All the Third Quarter Quell tributes who were not named, including Circe and Matthias (from District 5), Maeve and Mitt (District 6), Evelyn and Nolan (District 9), and Elena and Roan (District 10).
    • The District 8 girl from the 74th Games is named here Triss.
    • The leader of District 5 rebellion, Miles Donovan, is Foxface's brother, revealing at least her last name.
  • Naming Ceremony: Honorius, Virtus, and Justus all change their names to represent one of the values Boudicca said represented their duty to the Capitol. Later that evening the cousins make a Blood Oath and changed their names to represent the value Boudicca individually assigned to them.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Luster tells of how the members of District 1 descended from white supremacists, and he adopts similar practices of racial superiority and selection as the Nazis.
  • 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.
  • Newhart Phonecall: Cardella Rheys is able to hack into Paylor's network and finds a televideo conversation between Paylor and Luster, but only Luster's side is heard. Regardless, they are able to learn that Luster kidnapped Katniss, the list of his demands, and a sense of how Paylor responded.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Roan's Anasazi district partner shows him where a hidden spring is, and he returns the favor by brutally killing her. It being the Hunger Games, the betrayal is to be expected but the brutality is unnecessary.
  • Noir Episode: Cerulea's and Crystal's chapters have this motif:
    • Cerulea's chapter focuses on Mags's search for Wheaton's killer, which ultimately leads her to help Snow in his rise to power, plays out like this. In searching for Wheaton's killer, Mags travels to a seedy nightclub, where she meets a mysterious Peacekeeper who has critical information but needs her help. He offers her unlimited sponsorship for her tribute in exchange for help, but also threatens her with losing all funding for training tributes if she refuses. In helping him, she uncovers a major political plot/sex scandal. Unbeknownst to her, the mysterious Peacekeeper is actually Snow, who uses the information she gives him to move against his political enemies and consolidate power. When Mags learns the truth, she literally says, "My God, What Have I Done?!"
    • Crystal's chapter is from the perspective of Inspector Ptolemy Boundaire, who investigates her death and depicts her life through flashback. The investigation includes interaction with seedy people and ends with the mystery left unsolved.
  • Nothing Personal: A common sentiment of victors. It's especially common in careers, who often wear a downright barbaric mask for the cameras. Considering how they've been known to spend hours dismembering likable outlier tributes for the sake of entertainment, it's somewhat understandable that for some people, it comes across as very personal indeed.
  • O.C. Stand-in: All of the unnamed and under-developed tributes of the Third Quarter Quell get much greater Character Development.
  • Odd Friendship: Ahenobarbus and Gates. Ahenobarbus considered Gates to be the most brilliant Victor and was greatly offended by the Capitol's Post-Game Retaliation against him. He even sat in the hospital with Gates after he had a stroke and was there when he woke up.
  • Off the Wagon: The mother of Jenna Dunne (D6- Second Quarter Quell) stayed clean for sixteen years until her daughter was reaped.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The mentoring Victors of the 45th Games let out a Cluster F Bombs when they see the Polluted Wasteland arena.
    • When Mags reveals to Luxe and Plat that she knows about their secret dissident fund, both of their faces go white.
  • Old Windbag: These turn out to be the most reliable resources when seeking information on the most obscure Victors, like Orchus, Thisbe, and Matthias.
  • Only the Knowledgable May Pass: The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf has this, as Mack and Jason (Blight's future life partner) arrive for a rebel meeting (Jason's first) at the home of Mayor Lourdes and his family.
    Carla Lourdes: The days are dark.
    Mack: I brought a lantern.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Both Ahenobarbus and Boudicca act of out of character at the start the Victors' meeting held during the 32nd Games, demonstrating to the other Victors how serious this meeting is. Ahenobarbus, known for never drinking, drinks two glasses a wine, and Boudicca, known for her devotion to the Games, says that it is more important to be at the meeting. Ahenobarbus then reveals the President Lucius is dead.
  • Opposites Attract: Heavily implied between Beetee and Cashmere based on their one meeting, with Beetee telling Enobaria that he didn't know her well, then sadly adding "Not well enough."
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Tiberius, Silk, Boudicca, Enobaria, and the three cousins — Honorius, Virtus, Justus — are all orphans who train to become Careers as their only means of escaping poverty.
  • The Pawns Go First: A rare example of a hero doing this: When Cashmere agrees to play the part of the villain in the rebels' plot to break Katniss and Peeta out of the arena, she tells Beetee he needs to designate several Victors for Heroic Sacrifices. Beetee reluctantly designates those who are either weak and aren't critical to breaking out Katniss and Peeta out. This ultimately includes all the rebel Victor-tributes – including Wiress – except Finnick, Johanna, Seeder (though Enobaria ends up killing her anyway), and Beetee himself.
  • Perspective Flip:
    • Honorius's chapter describes how honorably the Careers treated the other tributes, in giving them the chance to defend themselves and giving them a quick death if they fought. In Evelyn's chapter, her visit to District 8 provides their perspective, in which the Careers "gave [the male 8 tribute] a mocking chance to fight before butchering him like a pig." Bartimaeus's chapter also includes him watching these Games as a child and asking "why the mean kids killed the nice pretty girl on screen."
    • Finnick's chapter provides an expanded version of his revelation of the Capitol's sins and shows it from the perspective of the Capitolians themselves.
    • Near the end of The Bonds of Blood the duel between Enobaria and Finnick, right before Katniss destroys the Quarter Quell arena, is shown from Enobaria's perspective, and it's revealed that Finnick had been whispering for her to help them, and Enobaria had some understanding of what was going on, and wanted to help on some level.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Boudicca "invites" Phyle, Barty's Wicked Stepfather, "to visit the Institute if he ever found the nerve to fight someone older than a little boy." Phyle responds by asking for her autograph.
  • Police Are Useless: Paylor's government proves unable to to find Katniss when she's kidnapped, so the Victors take it upon themselves.
  • Porn Stash: "Tenebrus 'Terry' De Luca [D2- Second Quarter Quell] bequeathed his entire porn collection to the thirteen year-olds at the institute. It was considered a sacred treasure by all subsequent classes."
  • Production Throwback: The First Quarter Quell reverts the original-style arena of being held in a contained arena within the Capitol with audience spectators.
  • The Promised Land:
    • After the End of the United States, a group of white supremacists traveled from the former American Southeast (what is now District 11) across the continent to the former San Francisco, which is now "a cluster of low lying islands and sunken splendor against the setting sun," and create what becomes District 1.
    • The Campers of District 5 have stories about an ancient American City with enough infrastructure left for them to eke out a living in.
  • Public Secret Message: During Evelyn's Victory tour in District 11, Wren gives her a seemingly innocuous nighttime tour of the district. In fact, Wren is letting Evelyn know many of the details of the district that the Capitol would not want shared across districts.
  • Racist Grandpa: In Roan's chapter, it's noted that in the decades after Elena's games, as the Anasazi and he settlers grew closer "More and more children were born with no memory of the hatred between their peoples other than the occasional ramblings of their elder relatives".
  • Rape Discretion Shot: Both in general and in-story. Virtus's rape of Luscious during his Games is not broadcast on Panem TV, and all this shown is a scratched-up Virtus tossing Luscious's body into the sea. All that is described in the chapter is Luscious "begging him to stop" and "being defeated in every way a woman can be defeated."
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:
    • Virtus tracks down Luscious, the female District 1 tribute with whom he forms a relationship but who later joins in betraying him, and brutally rapes and kills her. Despite the nature of the Hunger Games, this is treated as especially heinous.
    • Blight asks Cecelia to kill Luckie in the 57th Games, even though Luckie's the tribute from Blight's district. Blight hates him, because he raped a young girl and threw a knife at another girl who tried to stop him, future tribute Johanna Mason.
    • It was Luster's idea to have Snow sell Victors as Sex Slaves, and he proudly reflects on having raped several of them (ones from his district, Finnick and Cecelia) himself.
    • District 8 certainly thought so when they were voting on the tributes for the first Quarter Quell. The eighteen year old serial rapist that they picked was so bad he went after his own district partner in the arena. Unfortunately for him, that partner was Cora.
    • One of the District 7 female tributes from the Second Quarter Quell purposely runs headlong into the Cornucopia bloodbath when she learns from Vera about "Victor's duties."
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • After Katniss complains that she doesn't understand Peeta's mood swings, Johanna gives her one of these, telling her that she views her relationship with Peeta as all about herself and that Peeta is also recovering from the trauma of the Games, the war, and his torture.
    • Blight gives one to Phoebus about why he hates Careers.
      Blight: You all make me sick, Brutus with his 'competitive spirit', Boudicca with her insufferable faux-patriotism, and Enobaria is barely more than an animal, but 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.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: Ahenobarbus initially recruited homeless ruffians and juvenile delinquents and trained them to be tributes. They were often referred to as "Ahenobarbus's dogs," because they were good at killing but less so at strategy. This changed when Boudicca replaces Ahenobarbus as the lead District 2 mentor.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • Arguably several victors who'd been brutal victors or Capitol loyalists for a long time, such as Silk and Virtus.
    • Large numbers of Peacekeepers in Districts 4 and 5 defect to the rebels but both groups are explicitly noted as having few survivors. The people of District 5 in particular watch how "the Peacekeepers who beat them and starved them for years now defend them with their lives."
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: In Mockingjay, Coin says there are only seven remaining Victors: Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Johanna, Annie, Beetee, and Enobaria. The opening chapter reveals that many other Victors survived as well. Coin was either unaware of this or hoping to quietly purge them without drawing attention.
    • In Arrow several District 7 rebel leaders resurface after having been believed killed by a biological weapon Snow tested in 7 at the end of The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf, having apparently faked their deaths and fled to District 13.
  • Rescue Arc: Katniss is kidnapped, and the surviving Victors join together to rescue her.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized:
  • Road Trip Episode: Evelyn's chapter focuses on her Victory tour, in which she visits every district. This provides a snapshot of each district.
  • Savage Wolves: The Gamemakers send a mutt-wolf pack against Ben, but he kills them all and turns the alpha male's skin into a pelt.
  • The Scapegoat: A sadly unintentional example was when District 5's female tribute for the First Quarter Quell was voted in because of a fatal industrial accident she caused while working double shifts to help keep her family clothed. Her supervisor admitted he was at fault for failing to instruct her on how to use the equipment properly, but it happened just a week after the Quell announcement, so plenty of people were familiar with her name and role in the accident but not that she'd been cleared of wrongdoing.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: When Citrine, the District 1 girl of the 62nd Games, takes an hour to kill the District 10 girl, all that is portrayed is Enobaria and Rob (the District 6 boy) listening to the screams, and then Citrine walking out covered in blood.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Multiple Victors attempt this.
    • Fed up with the general Crapsack World and possibly his own inability to make a difference, Orchus simply packs up his things and flees outside the District to live in the wilderness, with it being years before anyone even realizes he left due to his being seen as a joke not worth paying attention to.
    • Wonder Spicer and his boyfriend Scipio try to flee District 1 to keep Wonder from being sold as a Sex Slave in the weeks after his victory. They get caught long before reaching the boundary fence and the results aren't pretty.
    • After being Trapped by Gambling Debts after an attempt to rig the Hunger Games horribly backfired (due to Blight, the tribute he'd been setting up to die early on winning), Eamon tries to go into hiding within the Capitol rather than face the consequences. When the peacekeepers find him, he's made an Avox as punishment.
  • Serendipitous Survival/Victory by Endurance: Several Victors win because the Career pack turns on each other, through Executive Meddling, or just by being in the right place at the right time.
  • Series Continuity Error: There are a few occasions where it is stated in-story that something originated or was exclusive to a particular character, but then it comes up again in regards to another character, or that there's a contraction in backstory and such:
    • Seaward (8th Games) is said to be the first Victor to kill his district partner, but Platinum (6th Games) kills his district partner Ruby.
    • The motto, "May the odds be ever in your favor," is said to begin with Camden in the lead up to the 10th Games, but it is included in the letter to Wheaton after he won the 4th Games.
    • Beetee is said to be the only tribute to kill the entire Career pack, but so did Ben and Chaff.
    • In Finnick's chapter, the opening lines of his denouncement of Justinian as a pedophile are different than they were in Justinian's chapter when that scene was shown from his point of view.
    • TVP has Brutus and Enobaria both cornering Seeder before Cecelia fights Brutus but Arrow has Brutus and Cecelia already fighting when Enobaria corners Seeder, with Cecelia just shouting something to try and distract her.
    • The District 2 chapter of Arrow has Lyme and Abram talking about making it to District 5 (which their dialogue implies is in a state of Rebellion) and connecting with Emrys there when it briefly looks as if the rebellion in two was stopped in it's tracks. The District 5 chapter of the same story says that the District rebellion was a slow, awkward process and that Emrys never made it back to 5, but rather spent the whole rebellion hiding in Capitol safe houses.
    • In "The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf" Plautia says that her uncle is a past victor who won the 24th Hunger Games. The victor of the 24th Hunger Games was Virtus. Virtus was an orphan with no known siblings, just two cousins, and if either of them had been Plautia's father it would have made more sense for her to emphasize that relationship over her one with Virtus.
  • Sex Slave: Many of the chapters describe how the Victors – especially from District 1 – are forced to serve as this for the Capitol.
  • Shipping: Johanna and Gale are sleeping together.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Luxe and Platinum are shocked to learn that Mags knows about their secret account funding Capitol members of La Résistance. Mags, referring to Beetee, responds, "Oh, let's just say I know little boy who can practically walk through firewalls." This is a shout-out to a line Professor X says about Kitty Pryde in X2: X-Men United.
    • District 4's last victor is named Odysseus, who was also the name of a District 4 victor briefly featured in the We Must Be Killers story The End is the Beginning is the End: The Quarter Quell which Oisin55's profile page lists as one of his favorite stories. note 
    • The Reavers (ambitious, Chaotic Evil marauders eking outside the districts and posing a threat to everyone in their path) probably get their name from Firefly, Game of Thrones or both.
    • District one being ruled over by golden haired "Great Houses" after once having had kings before a greater power subjected them is probably a Game of Thrones reference. Notably, Arrow mentions the rebellion in the district exploded in "blood and fire" an inversion of the House Targaryen motto Fire and Blood.
    • Mannan Ulmo gets a name from The Lord of the Rings, which is revealed to been true In-Universe as well in Secrets.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Coin announces that all the "heroic Victors" would be entombed in the Capitol with full honors. It's not said whether this still happens after Katniss assassinates her, but it seems likely. Finnick receives a golden Memorial Statue at the spot where he was killed.
  • Sibling Triangle: One of the socialites Finnick Odair exposes during his airing of secrets only married his wife because he's having an affair with her married sister and wanted a pretext to spend more time with her.
  • Sins of the Father: Many of the initial tributes were the children of rebels who fought against the Capitol during the Dark Days or were considered disloyal for being neutral. The Undersee family, two of whom fought in the initial Games, were especially targeted.
    • Blight Gavin Got Volunteered for the 52nd Hunger Games partially because of his districts homophobia but mainly because they wrongly. believed him too be the bastard son of a peacekeeper.
    • District 12's first victor, Camden Donner, also came from a prominent Rebel family that had a disproportionate number of its members reaped over the years.
    • As the 57th Hunger Games go on, the District 8 resistance worries that Cecelia. was reaped due to the leader of the district rebellion being her stepmother, who disagrees, feeling that it's probably a coincidence due to the fact that the Gamemakers would never have let Cecelia make it that far if they'd reaped her to punish the family, and that if the Capitol had really identified her they would have spent the next few years letting her lead them to other rebels before reaping her biological daughter as soon as she reached reaping age.
    • During the 1st Quarter Quell. Cora was the daughter of a Capitol-loving Tax collector who killed a girl. The boy from District 3 was the younger brother of a drug dealer who was just above reaping age. The boy reaped in District 11 was the son of an abusive work crew overseer who liked whipping his charges, with the actual tribute that year (a boy who'd been planing to volunteer as a Take That! to the Quell) almost changing his mind due to having been in that work crew, and still having scars from when that boy's father whipped him, but deciding that "that's what they want, isn't it? And if there's one thing he'll never do, its give the damned Capitol what they want." Nellie Mills, the girl from 10, was voted in by the Anasazi dominated population because her racist father liked to hunt them like animals, while the peacekeepers turned a blind eye. This was subverted with Jon Parsons, her District partner, as one of the few settlers to vote for him did it because he had to vote for someone and Jon's father had cost him a promotion at work (he never expected Jon to be picked and had a My God, What Have I Done? moment afterwards) but the actual reason Jon went in was because the Anasazi wanted to send in a settler instead of one of their own as payback, and since they couldn't find any boy of reaping age they had a grudge against, they picked someone who might win and had no dependents.
  • Slashed Throat: A favorite killing method for many of the tributes, which the author often calls "a red smile."
  • Slasher Movie: Chaff's chapter comes off as this. Super Strong, Nigh-Invulnerable killer slowly stalks through the shadows and kills off each person individually while an audience watches on the edge of their seat. Except in this case, the slasher is the hero.
  • Spider-Sense: "Victor's Premonition," which outer district Victors tend to have. It helps explain how they were able to survive and win their Games without much official training.
  • Stealing from the Till: The second former john who Finnick names during his airing of secrets paid for a night with Finnick by embezzling 100,000 sesterces from his employers. Once Finnick exposes his theft, the peacekeepers come to arrest him and he chooses Suicide by Cop.
  • Stealing the Credit: District 8 tribute Jane Lawson adjusts her own interview dress (which was fitted for a taller tribute by the novice stylist) for the Second Quarter Quell, something her stylist doesn't mention after being voted "Best Newcomer" to the stylist pool by a tabloid magazine.
  • Strip Poker: Jade and the imprisoned District 1 rebels play a game to pass the time between Kangaroo Courts.
  • Succession Crisis: President Lucius's death creates one, during which Lucius's family is wiped out, and there is a major purge of top officials. Eventually, Coriolanus Snow comes out on top.
  • Symbolism: Strawberries are eaten or offered to make someone feel better after experiencing the stress and trauma of the Games. This is made most clear in Luxe's Arc Words, which he gets from his mother: "There will always be strawberries."
  • Taking You with Me: In The Lumberjack and the Tree-Elf Charlie drags Rowani, the District 4 boy off the ferry wheel with her to their deaths.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: The Career pack in the 36th Games kills Lyon (the District 4 boy) and the District 1 boy right after the Cornucopia bloodbath, because both received scores of 11.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Several of the Victors had sexual relationships with their tributes: Luxe and Ruby, Mags and Manannan, Raoul and Bovina, Boudicca and Justus.
  • Tempting Fate: In Fall Into the River Ferrus from District 2 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 game makers 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.
  • To Absent Friends: The surviving Victors meet at the Lodge following Katniss's rescue and "drink to all our lost friends".
  • Tomato Surprise:
    • Crystal and Wren's suicides and the District 1 Victors' responses to Crystal's suicide all come off as very strange until it's revealed at the end that this is right before the announcement of the Third Quarter Quell. When reading it again, there are subtle clues like Luster noting that it was an "unusual" year, Jade laughing about being thrown back in the arena, and Brilliance mentioning "the engagement."
    • Phoebus's chapter focuses on the hostility between he and Blight, while the ongoing Games play in the background. Only at the end is it clear that these are Johanna's Games, and Blight is intentionally distracting the District 2 mentors from paying attention to her.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup/Gambit Pile Up: Played for Drama in Arrow. The opening paragraphs reveal the very meticulous plans for a relatively restrained coup by the District 1 rebels, but as soon as Katniss shoots the force field, multiple factions seize the opportunity, resulting in a chaotic free-for-all, which ultimately gives Luster the opportunity to fake his death and escape.
    "There is not just one Rebellion in District 1. There are a dozen. Rebellions of the workers and goldsmiths, the spicers and tanners, the Great Houses who lost as much as anyone during the era of the Games. They have no plans or leaders, just one goal. Blood."
    • District 6 has it even worse, due to having a much smaller rebellion and the countless other factions being gangs who simply want power or to hijack the only means of escaping the district, and their bloody actions causing the citizens to rise up against both them and the peacekeepers with even less organization than 1 had.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tutti Marble, who went from being "the bubbling, oblivious escort" of District 7 for twenty years to one of the district's fiercest warriors during the Rebellion.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: The boy from District 7 is voted into the First Quarter Quell, because he's part of bad gang of kids. He's not the worst of the group, but he's the only one of reaping age.
  • Travelogue Show: In-universe. Evelyn's chapter describes her Victory tour and provides the first overview of each district.
  • Tricked Into Escaping: Played with. Plutarch sends his aide, Benedictus, to help the District 1 rebel leaders break out of Coin's prison. However, Benedictus betrays them to Coin. It's not clear if Coin then means to apply this trope, but a shoot-out occurs between the District 1 rebels and District 13 soldiers, in which all the rebel leaders except Jade and Shilling are killed.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: The Speaker, a Reaver driven out of the Capitol and the Districts who tortures Enobaria and kills her friends (motivating her to volunteer for the 62nd Hunger Games in exchange for the opportunity to face him again) turns out to be Tanni Romero, seeking revenge for the punishment he got for knocking up Cecelia.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm:
    • Luster taking over District 1 and the DAEYD Academy turns out to be a really bad thing for the District.
    • Played with in District 2. Boudicca's takeover is brutal, but she develops a more rigorous but benevolent training program than Ahenobarbus 's and cleans out the corruption and slave trade in District 2. Still, her creation of Panem's first true Academy of Evil has terrible effects for the other districts.
    • Subverted with President Snow, for though he is an awful tyrant, his predecessors (especially President Lucius) weren't any better.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Largely subverted, as the Career districts have the most Victors (forty between them all), but during the 50's, a string of outlier tributes win, starting with the Second Quarter Quell: Haymitch, Blight, Wiress, Mitt, Connor, Cecelia, and Circe. This string is only broken by Lyme (who though from District 2 is more like an outlier) and Halibut.
  • Undignified Death: A few, most notably Careers who die by accident without a showdown near the end of their Games (like the District 1 boy from Berenice's Games and the District 2 girl from Matthias's Games). The real standout is the District 4 boy from Wiress's Games, who pulls the pin from a grenade to ward of a pack of mutts, but he hesitates too long before throwing one, looking back and forth at the muttations, and the grenades blow up in his hand. This inspires an Unusual Euphemism in the Capitol for Premature Ejaculation: "Doing a four".
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • Frequently. District 5 in particular has three driving ones which are never answered. What made Snow mad enough at the campers to rig Circe's reaping? Did the Campers make it to their promised land after they fled into the wastelands? Did the District 5 peacekeepers defect spontaneously as a result of being ordered to execute so many children, or had they been in previous negotiations with the rebels? The last of those is even commented on as being the subject of much In-Universe speculation.
    • In-universe. Finnick, after listing so many of the Capitol's dark secrets, when he gets to the Midtown Mincers simply says, "No idea." It's not clear whether he truly does not know or is protecting Cashmere as gratitude for her being The Mole.
    • Beetee and Cashmere do this to each other during their Battle of Wits, not telling the other where they got their inside information. While this mostly makes sense in context since they want to keep their secrets, Cashmere at one point asks Beetee why he tipped off Crystal to being reaped for the Quell if didn't expect her to commit suicide, since otherwise this was giving an advantage to a likely foe. Beetee doesn't give an answer, but it is a good question.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Jules is about to explain Vera's game plan to Marty, but Marty's dad cuts Jules off. Only during the Games does Vera's Stealth Expert strategy become apparent.
  • Urban Ruins: Several of the arenas are built in the ancient ruins of American cities.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Chapter 42 is devoted is to the District 2 Victors celebrating Wintermas together. Whether they count as villains may vary.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Luxe and Platinum form a relationship that Mags describes as "the most passive-aggressive friendship in the history of the nation."
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Fairly common, all the way back to the first victor, Ahenobarbus, but a particularly pronounced example is 2nd Quarter Quell tribute Ulyssess Blackwater, who "volunteered so that his parents would finally notice him."
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: Many of the outlier district Victors are ABAC's – Anyone But a Career – meaning they will support any outer district tribute as long as a Career doesn't win. Wren first uses the exact words when she chooses an expected Mutual Kill with the District 1 male tribute rather than possibly let him win.
    District 1 boy: There's still one left. The girl from Six. Remember? The one who vomited all over Pine's shoes during the interviews? If you kill me, she wins. Six. You're going to hand it to her?
    Wren: Anyone but a Career.
  • Wham Line:
    • Ahenobarbus telling the Victors, "President Lucius is dead."
    • Cashmere reveals to Beetee that she knows they are planning to break Katniss and Peeta out of the Third Quarter Quell arena.
      Beetee (inner monologue): The sky falls. The roof collapses. The sun goes out.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Of all victors documented in this story, Eamon's fate after the war is the only one never specified. Whether he died with the avoxes to the lizard mutts or died earlier is similarly never specified. It's even possible that Eamon survives the war but is still shunned afterward due to what he did to Blight or didn't care enough about his fellow victors enough to join them for the Rescue Arc.
  • White Shirt of Death:
    • The earliest tributes are dressed in white tunics, which Ahenobarbus assumes was "meant to make the bloodstains show."
    • The Victors executed in Coin's Reign of Terror are dressed in white. Jade wonders if this is meant as a Call-Back to the original Games, but then decides that no one in District 13 has enough sense of irony to do that purposely.
  • Win Your Freedom: The original mentors were former rebels who received their freedom once their mentees won a Hunger Games and replaced them as mentors. Wheaton became the first Volunteer in order to win his father's freedom. Wheaton won, and his father was pardoned but then immediately executed for other crimes.
    • Played straighter with the other mentors we see , such as Bovina's mentor Raoul (who is hinted to remain a closet rebel after his release), Orchus's unseen mentor and Matti Clude (formerly the Camp Cook for District 12's Rebel barracks) who are released afterwards.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: Orchus, Seeder, and Mitt all win without engaging any of the other tributes. Orchus absently swats the District 4 female tribute, causing her to fall into a trap and die, which allows him to win, but this is completely unintended.
  • Woman Scorned: The girl District 9 voted into the first Quarter Quell made a False Rape Accusation against a boy who wouldn't go to a dance with her and watched him get whipped with a smile on her face.
  • You Are Not Alone: Done twice with Lyme and the other Redfern rebels. They get her made a victor specifically to look for other District rebels, and are clearly happy when she reports having made contact with Seeder and Beetee. Later, when Redfern's populace are killed or scattered early in the war, they are stunned to find out that they weren't the only rebels in the district after all, and that lots of other eastern villages have risen up against the capitol and made a strong vanguard.
  • You Just Told Me: Katniss pulls this on President Paylor:
    Katniss: Civil Forces have a tracker on me somewhere. They couldn't lose me if they tried.
    Paylor: How did you know?
    Katniss: I didn't until now.
  • Young and in Charge: The rebel leaders in District 5 (Miles Donovan) and District 9 (Abrams- 24 years old).
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Naturally, the Capitol and their allies view the District freedom fighters as this.
    • Shortly before the Eighth Hunger Games, the arena is blown up by the Rebellion and nine people killed. This feels like a brave attempt to try and stop the Games and remind the Capitol their not invincible for the Districts, while the Capitol derides it as an act of terrorism which must be overcome.
    • Some rebel factions (such as elements of the District 1 freedom fighters) are pretty wild and excessively violent even as they are winning their freedom.
    • District 5 rebel leader Miles Donovan is viewed as a terrorist after the fact by "pompous articles and interviews" from the Capitol for his cyber attacks cutting out the power to hospitals, and causing traffic collisions by hacking traffic lights (although the narrative seems to give Donovan credit for doing something at a time most of the District was trying to Opt Out of things).
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