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"My district's industry is beauty. Men and women are not exempt from this."
Luster Lancaster
  • Always Second Best: Though known for being the luxury district and producing beautiful people and products, District 1 struggles to produce as many Victors as District 2 (particularly after Boudicca takes over the Institute) or garner the respect District 2 does.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Beauty Is Bad: How they're viewed by the other districts, and even many in District 1 come to see District 1 this way.
    "In District 1, they are cruel. They are cruel as only people who have grown up without want are cruel."
  • City of Gold: The wealthiest and most luxurious district.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Luxe sets Nolan straight about life in District 1.
    Luxe: In One, pregnant women hope for birth defects. They whisper in the dark, wishing for their children to be born ugly so that they won’t be taken away. Some of them drink and smoke, hoping that will damage the unborn just enough for it to escape the analysis in eight years. For some it works. For others, it doesn’t. Our women go blind at fifty from a lifetime of setting tiny gems in a dark room. Our men are left to fend for themselves when they lose a finger to the graphite compressors and aren’t fit for work. The rich and well-off live in perpetual terror that a rival will choose to put a hit on one of their children in a fit of revenge or pettiness. And when the Capitol takes our girls and our boys, whether to the Games or to the brothels or the DAEYD, they never, ever, ever come back.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: District 1 Rebel Leaders were betrayed and imprisoned by the invading District 13 forces, but after Katniss assassinates Coin, they are set free.
    • Centuries earlier, the founders of the Great Houses were the leaders of a Rebellion who overthrew the Sea Kings (inbred, Ax-Crazy white supremacists who wanted to go to war with the Capitol). They then collaborated with the Capitol for a while (although it's vague how tyrannical they were towards their own District) before gradually getting worse with the rise of Luster Lancaster's regime.
  • Master Race: District 1 was founded by white supremacists who migrated from the former American South and who engaged in racial extermination in their trek across the American continent and in former San Francisco where they settled. Luster notes in recounting this that this created genetic problems for District 1 until they were conquered by the Capitol and began to mix with those from other districts.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Those long oppressed in District 1 exact their revenge during the Mockingjay Revolution against those who sided with the Capitol, especially those associated with Luster and the DAEYD.
  • San Francisco: District 1 was built on its Urban Ruins.
  • Sex Slave: The fate of many of District 1’s citizens and all of its Victors once Luster takes over the DAEYD and the district.
    Antigone (to Dido): It is unwise to refer to the District 1 tributes as party-favors-in-training. There’s a reason you’re not aware of its full implications, but trust me, they will not take it well[.]
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: After Luster takes control of District 1, the most beautiful citizens are forcibly taken to the DAEYD as teenagers and are forced to train to become tributes or high-priced escorts. Luxe claims that District 1 pregnant mothers wish for birth defects and smoke and drink in order to increase the odds, all so that they can keep and protect their children.

Luxe St. James (2nd Games Victor)

  • Always a Child to Parent: His mother insists that becoming a Victor has not fundamentally changed Luxe, continually telling herself after his Games, “He’s a good boy.”
  • Arc Words: His mother tells him after his Games, “Remember, there are strawberries” as a way of coaxing him to snap out of his funk and come home. He repeats these words to several Victors over the years as a way of telling them there will be life after the Games, and these words are engraved on his tombstone.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Nolan tells Plat that the District 1 Victors don’t know how hard life is in District 9, Luxe cuts him off and says, “Then tell us. You say we don’t know about Nine, Nolan? That’s fair. Then tell us.” Nolan is taken aback but then describes District 9’s terrible conditions. Luxe responds with sympathy but then explains the hardships of District 1.
  • Artist Disillusionment: Throws most of his old sketches into the river when his mother gives him to them to try and break his depression, although later chapters mention that he'd started drawing again.
  • The Atoner: His "secret" is that he sends money to the families of the two tributes he killed from District 7 and 10.
  • Beneath the Mask: Maintains a mask of contentment in old age (one Mags compliments him on) while contributing to La Résistance, and doing what he can for the victims of the Capitol, even after Mags tells him that they can't expect the Capitol fall in their lifetimes.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a Career, which evokes Luxe's only display of anger during his talk with Nolan.
    Luxe: You’re too young to remember, but you should have known that my name came out of a reaping bowl, same as Plat’s, same as yours. Don’t act like either of us chose this life. So don’t you ever call me Career, boy. Do you understand?
  • Blue Blood: Member of the St. James family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Cartwright Curse: His girlfriend was an Innocent Bystander killed in the crossfire of one of the last battles in District 1 during the Rebellion, and he later falls in love with Ruby, one of his first tributes, who doesn't make it back home.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Before his games. His older brother was an officer in District 1's volunteer militia, while Luxe was an idealist busy with romancing a girl his mother doubted he had a real chance at a future with, and working on his art. When he was reaped, no one, not even his family, expected him to actually come home.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His mother tries to convince him of this—that he had to kill in the arena to survive. Luxe refuses to see it that way.
  • La Résistance: Recruited by Mags to join the wider resistance to the Capitol, though he already had a bank account set up to finance several Capitol "malcontents".
  • No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: Zig-zagged in his confrontation with Nolan. Luxe is very sympathetic to hardships Nolan describes about District 9, but he also makes it clear that District 1 has its own struggles (see Crapsaccharine World above), and that he has no patience for Nolan’s hatred of the inner districts or his ignorant assumptions about him or Plat.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Few details are given, but he and Platinum recruited Jade, a desired victor very much in the public eye, into the Rebellion within a year of her victory without Luster or Snow being the wiser.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Consciously distances himself from training potential tributes at the DAEYD, but takes a particular interest in Silk after seeing her excel at combat courses but fail in etiquette and strategy classes.
  • Retired Badass: Though near sixty and retired, Luxe still can intimidate Nolan, a Victor nearly forty years younger, with a harsh word and a glare.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Averted, when he was reaped, his parents (prominent loyalists) tried to get him a reprieve but the Capitol refused, and based on the description we get of his games, didn't do anteing which contributed to his ultimate victory.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Has an affair with Ruby, his mentee during the 5th Games. She is ultimately killed by Platinum, his other mentee that year and the ultimate Victor.
  • Team Dad: To the three victors he mentored: Plat, Gleam, and Silk, although Luster's takeover of the DAEYD strains his relationships with Silk and Gleam when they continue to work at it due to Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Sees himself as a murderer, despite his mother’s protestations.
  • Think of the Children!: Justified, in that Luxe joins La Résistance to protect future children from the Games.
  • Uptown Girl: Gender Flipped, with his mother musing that his first girlfriend wasn't from "a family of good standing."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: with Plat.

Platinum Wesley (5th Games Victor)

  • The Alcoholic: His hatch for dealing with the PTSD around the time of Gleam's victory is alcohol. Unlike Haymitch, Chaff and Matty, he never shows any signs of it, making it unclear if he's a better Functional Addict than they are or if he just gave it up after a decade or so.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Hides his athletic abilities prior to the Games, thus surprising his fellow tributes once the Games begin, including his district partner.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While arguing with Luxe about which one of them played a bigger role in Gleam's victory, he brings up how he got Gleam his knives, causing Gleam to have a Heroic BSoD as this brings up memories of his games and the tributes he had to kill.
  • La Résistance: Recruited by Mags to join, though he was already working with Luxe to finance several Capitol “malcontents”.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grew up in a group Community Home after his parents were killed during the Dark Days rebellion.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Has a momentary Heroic BSoD after his first kill.
  • Those Two Guys: Gradually develops into this with Luxe.
  • Tragic Bromance: His “secret” is that he refuses cancer treatment after Luxe dies, so he can be Together in Death with his Best Friend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His mentor Luxe originally favored his district partner, Ruby, over him. However, after he kills Ruby and wins the Games, he and Luxe form a relationship that Mags describes as "the most passive-aggressive friendship in the history of the nation."

Gleam Cobble (9th Games Victor)

  • Academy of Evil: Establishes the District Academy for Excellence in Youth Development (DAEYD), the first official school to train Career tributes. But it is Luster who makes this academy truly evil.
  • Combat Parkour: His father is a famous acrobat and his mother a knife thrower, and the skills his parents taught him help him win his Games. When Ahenobarbus learns this, he bullies Gleam into having a knife-throwing competition, with an Avox as an unwilling Lovely Assistant.
  • Descent into Addiction: Subverted. The end of his chapter suggests that Gleam will become a morphling addict, but then this never comes up again.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Continues doing what he can at the DAEYD after Luster takes it away from him, even after he's largely become a joke in the eyes of the district, and before that, maintained hope that his family's old circus would be reopened.
  • I Have No Son!: Has a falling out with his parents after his Games for unstated reasons.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Built the DAEYD with good intentions (preparing more ordinary kids for the games and also training them in various non sex-trade related jobs, and a humane program. Then Luster came along and took it over.
  • Obsolete Mentor: Luster supplants him as head of DAEYD, which greatly increases the quality of tribute recruitment and training.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Eats a lot as his "hatch" or coping mechanism immediately following his Games.
  • Properly Paranoid: Started the DAEYD due to correct fears that soon Ahenobarbus would start sending in two trained Tributes a year and ensure that none of theirs would survive. Not only was he correct about Ahenobarbus amping up his training efforts, but Boudicca's takeover a few years later made the District 2 trainees even more organized and formidable.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Or rather Obfuscating Senility. He spends most of his conversation with the detective investigating Crystal's suicide talking about the price of wine and then seems to think that the man is a tribute and goes off on a lecture about how to make a shelter out of a snowbank, but as Inspector Boundaire leaves the room, he detects a twinkle in Gleam's eye.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Killed during the Mockingjay Revolution by District 1 rebels who chain him inside the DAEYD and then burn it down.
  • Shelled-Shocked Victor: His chapter focuses exclusively on the after-party following his Games as he is still largely in shock.

Silk Seville (14th Games Victor)

  • Action Girl: So aggressive during her training that she even injured her fight instructors.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Among the Victors who fight off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center. She picks up a rapier, the same weapon she taught many of her mentees to fight with.
    Silk: I’ve been asleep too long.
  • The Leader: Of her tribute alliance: both District 2 tributes, the District 4 girl, and the District 10 boy. When the alliance collapsed, she let them fight each other and then finished off the weakened survivors.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Her family rebelled against the Capitol during the Dark Days and was largely wiped out afterwards. Silk grew up in a Community Home until she comes to the DAEYD for training.
  • Professional Gambler: Her “secret” is that she became very wealthy betting on those Games when she did not serve as a mentor.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Luxe consciously distances himself from training potential tributes at the DAEYD, but takes a particular interest in Silk after seeing her excel at combat courses but fail in etiquette and strategy classes.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: During Ermine's training, shortly before the 43rd Hunger Games.
    Silk: What is it about social classes that bring out the worst in you, Ms. Butler.
    Ermine: Incompetent teaching methods?
  • Shelled-Shocked Victor: Following her Games, she experiences horrific nightmares and nearly pulls out all her hair out.
  • Tomboy: Initially hates the Etiquette and Social Skills classes she has to take or the nice, "girly" clothes she is told to wear, though by the end of her training she has changed significantly. Decades later, when she’s an instructor, she herself is teaching these classes.
  • Ur-Example: The first Career tribute from District 1, having been trained for years and then volunteering for the Games.

Luster Lancaster (30th Games Victor)

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Follows President Snow’s example by doing this, which saves him from Wonder’s secret attempts to kill him.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A member of the Lancaster family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Biopic: An opera is made about him, titled, Luster the Legend.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Casually mentions that he had sex with Finnick along with various female victors that Capitol prostituted, and is later revealed to have done the same to Gloss.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Takes over as leader of the “New Capitol Forces” after Snow’s death.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Occasionally capable of seeming courteous, caring and almost humble, but only to people outside of District 1 who lack the context to understand what kind of a man he is.
  • Genius Bruiser: Cunning and a skilled warrior.
  • Genre Savvy: Recognizes that having the Capitol openly move against Katniss and Peeta would be pure lunacy and incite a rebellion (he did plan to kill them and Make It Look Like an Accident, but in a way that would reflect any anger on the districts and not the Capitol). Fortunately, President Snow never asked his opinion before doing that anyway.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Pretends to be uncomfortable with swords during his training and purposely scores a 9 in order to seem respectable but non-threatening. This allows him to take his Career allies completely by surprise when their alliance ultimately collapsed.
  • I Own This Town: Following his Games, Luster essentially becomes the dictator of District 1. So much so that Snow has to remind him who the true dictator is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Expresses fury at Ermine after she kills two of his best students and disfigures another, but his face visibly softens for a moment as he realizes that she did it to avenge a murdered friend. And then, he casually refers to the dead girls as property, and lost investments, and threatens to kill Ermine and Esther's families unless Ermine competes in and wins the next Hunger Games.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The only Victor not busy mentoring to be excluded from the gathering where Ahenobarbus reveals the death of President Lucius and convinces the others to back Coriolanus Snow instead of Internal Reformist Julianna Cardew. Given the Lster was already a supporter of Snow, it probably didn't matter much anyway.
  • Mama's Boy: Heavily doted upon by his mother growing up.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Before his Games, District 1 was almost entirely loyalist, and wanted to participate in the games and placate the Capitol. After 45 years of his tyranny, nearly the entire District is ready to take up arms once the rebellion breaks out.
    • Also, his brilliant plan to prostitute out the victors turned even more of them against the Capitol, while giving them access to insane amounts of damaging information they got from their johns and helps bring about the Capitol's downfall.
  • Primal Fear: His “secret” is that he is afraid of the dark and has to sleep with a candle on his nightstand.
  • Proud Beauty: According to his own description, “With my golden hair, deep-blue eyes and perfectly symmetrical features, I was exceptionally beautiful even for a child of 1.”
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Coin’s Kangaroo Court prosecutor announced that Luster had been dumped into a graphite compressor. This is proven false when Luster is revealed as Katniss’s kidnapper.
  • Smug Snake: Very impressed with his own villainy.
    Ermine: You are an evil bastard.
    Luster: You know, Coriolanus Snow told me the exact same thing once. I consider it the highest compliment I've received.
  • The Sociopath: Scorns the idea of needing a therapist after his Games, as he had no problem killing all these people.
    • As of the 65th Hunger Games, Brutus considers Luster the only Victor to have unambiguously enjoyed killing in the arena, as opposed to just faking it for the cameras (although he's also not so sure about Brilliance and Halibut).
  • Superior Successor: Greatly improves the recruitment and training of the DAEYD once he gains ownership over it.
  • Training from Hell: Subverted, his training, while difficult, was far more restrained than anything he subjected the DAEYD students to, aside for a brief period where he had his sisters shout him interview questions and dump buckets of water on him whenever he slipped up.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Revered and greatly respected amongst the Capitol (at least before the war). Utterly averted everywhere else, where his name is practically a curse word, although his own district has to pretend (and some of the more reptilian members of the Great Houses don't have to pretend).
  • Visionary Villain: Takes over the DAEYD and turns it into a true Academy of Evil, forcing people of highest beauty and racial stock to join the DAEYD. Also develops the idea of "Victors' responsibilities," in which Victors became the sexual property of the Capitol.
  • White Shirt of Death: When June Everdeen shoots him, the blood from the wound forms a “red flower blossom over his white suit.”

Wonder Spicer (38th Games Victor)

  • Assassination Attempt: His “secret” is he tries several times to poison Luster, but Luster has Acquired Poison Immunity.
  • Bath Suicide: Slits his wrists and arms open in a bathtub to escape his life of sexual slavery. In retaliation, either Luster or Snow has his entire family killed, except his sister, who Luxe is able to smuggle out of District 1.
  • Born Unlucky: Aside from winning the Games (which turns out to be no prize itself), he just can't catch a break.
  • Break the Cutie: A fairly, nice, in over his head guy who is ground to pieces by Luster, and commits suicide within a decade of his Games.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: To get away from his annoying Career allies during training, Wonder decides to go over to the nutritionist station, where he learns which plants are edible and contain extra supplies of water. This ends up saving his life in the Thirsty Desert-themed arena.
  • Descent into Addiction: Becomes a drug addict due to his partner Scipio being murdered and Luster forcing him to perform “Victor’s duties”.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Or rather, his worries, but he has a lot to drink due to nerves at his victory banquet even before his Descent into Addiction.
  • Guile Hero: Mostly an Informed Attribute, but he apparently tricked his district partner into wandering into a mutt den.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Jade's father sends (with several threats, it's implied) her sister Jasmine to try and seduce Wonder, who is gay (and also has an appointment that gives him an excuse to turn her down).
  • Innocence Lost: He was happy helping out at his parents sweet shop, until he turned 11 and DAEYD recruiters showed up to measure his facial symmetry and give him an intelligence test. They then dragged him off to the Academy for "seven years of hell".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Luxe and Platinum try to make things easier for him and try to convince him that life is worth living (unsuccessfully), with Ermine observing Wonder clinging to Luxe's hand like a child would his father's right before she volunteers.
  • Sex Slave: The first District 1 Victor to have to perform the “Victor’s responsibilities” after Luster takes over the DAEYD.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Is haunted by memories of his games.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The first Victor after Orchus to try this. It ended badly.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Feels miserable and out of place among the Blue Blood's of District 1.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: with Scipio, another graduate of the DAEYD. They try to run away together after Wonder’s victory, but Luster easily catches them, drugs Wonder to make him compliant, and has Scipio dismembered.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Volunteered for the Games due to seeing how Luster was pimping out DAEYD graduates, but due to being the first Victor since Luster, he wasn't aware how that fate also awaited Victors.

Ermine Butler (43rd Games Victor)

  • Ambiguously Gay: Here friendship with Esther has some Les Yay to it.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Girl Posse that harasses Ermine and kills Esther all come from the wealthy families of District 1.
  • Girl Posse: Topaz, Cinnamon, and Saffron sabotage Ermine’s dance routine For the Evulz and kill Esther, because she earns the highest score in the DAEYD.
  • Handicap Match: Challenges the entire Girl Posse during combat training and kills two of them and disfigures the other.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after seeing Esther's hanging body, so much so that she has to be medicated and restrained. Only snaps out of it after she meets Jade, who slaps her and offers to help her get revenge.
    • She also has one during the 45th Games as Chaff is about to kill her tribute, who reminds her of Esther. She breaks down screaming, begging to be told what to do.
  • Hollywood Homely: Ermine is viewed this way in District 1.
    Ermine: I’m only barely attractive enough to make it into the DAEYD. Anywhere else in Panem I suppose I’d be gorgeous but no one blinks twice at a pretty face in 1.
  • Hope Spot: During the 45th Hunger Games she sucsesfully warns her tribute to run away from an approaching fire by sending running shoes as a sponsor gift, only for the girl and her ally to blunder into Chaff's hideout and be killed by him.
  • Human Notepad: Downplayed, but she gets a tattoo on her back "for each person she let die, or helped along the way."
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Ermine doesn’t know her own family, so Luster threatens to kill Esther’s family if Ermine doesn’t volunteer for and win the Hunger Games.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this as she is being dragged away after killing Topaz and Cinnamon.
  • Never Suicide: The Girl Posse makes Esther’s death looks like a suicide, but Jade immediately recognizes it as a fake and knows the posse killed her to take her spot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ermine is headstrong, impatient, disrespectful, and prefers the mace. Esther is calm, courteous, focused, and prefers the sword. And they are the closest of friends.
  • Reign of Terror: Executed by firing squad by the District 13 Kangaroo Court presided over by President Coin.
  • Sweet Tooth: Her “secret” is that she is addicted to caramel-covered chocolate cakes.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Comes from the poor part of District 1 and has to work as a servant for the wealthier tributes to pay for training at the DAEYD.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: After she kills the Girl Posse (and with Esther already dead), there are no viable candidates for female tribute. Luster therefore forces Ermine to take their place, especially in light of her clear willingness and ability to kill multiple people at once.

Brilliance Rosencratz (47th Games Victor)

  • Blue Blood: From one of the Great Houses.
  • Eye Scream: His eyes are ripped out by crow mutts. After the Games, Capitol technology is used to grow him a new pair of eyes from his DNA.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: He and the District 1 female tribute were particulary targeted during their Games as punishment for Wonder’s suicide and Snow’s overall annoyance at Luster’s increasingly haughty ways. Brilliance nevertheless survives and proves to be an attractive, pliant Victor, putting Luster back in favor.
  • Hidden Depths: Sings an impressive opera for the Victors talent show, shows some grief and confusion after Crystal's suicide, and apparently wasn't quite as devoted to Snow as people thought, based on his "secret".
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Unlike the rest of District 1's victors (save the absent Ermine), he never displays any hints of being aware of the upcoming Quell twist while being interviewed by Boundaire, implying that he was either this, or a very good liar.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Despite being terribly brutalized in the Games, Brilliance remains committed to the Capitol until he is executed by the District 13 Kangaroo Court.
    • Though his “secret” is that he once privately said some unflattering things about Snow’s more extreme policies, so there’s that.
  • Odd Friendship: Got among well with Crystal, although he claims that they weren’t that similar of personalities. They watched the games together, she’d bring him lasagna sometimes and he seems defensive at the idea that she had rebel sympathies.
  • Reign of Terror: Killed by firing squad by a District 13 Kangaroo Court, presided over by President Coin. His executioners purposely shoot him in the stomach, so that he painfully bleeds out, as punishment for refusing to confess and show contrition for his crimes.
  • Supporting Protagonist: His Games are referenced in the clandestine conversation between Luxe, Plat, Mags, and Nolan, in which Mags recruits Luxe and Plat to join La Résistance.

Jade Boleyn (49th Games Victor)

  • Archer Archetype: Her archery skills are on par with Katniss (and when Jade is feeling charitable, she may even concede that Katniss might be better).
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Lampshaded at the start of her Show Trial.
    Coin: Jade Boleyn you are hereby accused of the following offenses. Corruption-
    Jade: Conspiracy, assault, murder and high treason. I have a good memory "Madame President" or did I miss something? Public littering perhaps?
    Coin: (angrily): Contempt of court, if you interrupt me again, Boleyn.
  • Backhanded Compliment: States that Katniss is "annoying, but I like her" although given Jade's reluctance to give out praise the "compliment" probably meant more than the "backhanded" part of that.
  • Beneath the Mask: Does a very good job of hiding her hatred of Luster and the Capitol, with Jason Mellark (Blight's life-partner and a distant relative of Peeta) being shocked to find out that she's a rebel, and the Capitol apparently having no clue due to how they never even considered sending her into the Quell instead of Cashmere or Crystal. This comes back to bite her in the butt during Coin's Reign of Terror though, when she ends up on trial and has a hard time convincing the jury that she was a covert Rebel, before Bovina arrives as a Surprise Witness.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't take it well when the prosecutor implies that she was a willing participant in the Victor's sex trade.
  • Blue Blood: A member of the Boleyn family, one of the Great Houses of District 1.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Her blind arrow shot against the District 11 boy through the mist is often ranked one of the top ten Hunger Games moments.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Maybe not by District 1 standards, but "Opulence" isn't exactly a sought after middle-name in the real world.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Or rather, defiant sibling, cowed sibling, with her sister Jasmine, whose only seen in her introductory chapter.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: After she's kept locked up despite her acquittal (just not publicly executed), she and some other prisoners are tricked into trying to escape so Coin can Make It Look Like an Accident, with most of them being killed outright and Jade's final companion being held hostage to get her to surrender as she points an arrow at Coin (who unknownst to her is wearing body armor). To the surprise of both Coin and Jade herself, she does surrender to save his life.
  • Genre Savvy: Shows a fair amount of this, such as not attempting to befriend Song despite liking her, due to how openly defying Luster would get her noticed, and sure enough, she remains above suspicion, while Cashmere, who did go against the others by befriending Song, does fall more out of favor with Luster and get viewed suspiciously.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Ermine starts having another Heroic BSoD when she realizes the Girl Posse killed Esther, Jade slaps her and then offers her help in getting revenge.
  • I Hate Past Me: Downplayed, with Jade mentally calling herself "young, and beautiful and such a fool" as she watches herself race to volunteer for the 49th Hunger Games during a video played at her trial, but overall doesn't display that much guilt or remorse, which goes against her in the courtroom for a while.
  • Klingon Promotion: According to the Kangaroo Court prosecutor, Jade incapacitated her main rival at the DAEYD to become tribute of the 49th Games.
  • La Résistance: According to her testimony, Luxe and Plat recruit her right after the Second Quarter Quell.
  • Living Lie Detector: She can tell when Coin is outright lying during her trial, but is aware it would do her no good to call her out on it.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Arrogant, not that friendly even at rebel meetings, and with a murderous streak, but she does care about most of the other victors and is a dedicated proponent of revolt and reform, telling herself that she'd sworn to never let another person die when they didn't have to again.
  • Minor Kidroduction: Jade first appears at the Victory party her father hosts for Wonder when she is seven years old. When she is rude to Wonder, her father threatens to send her to the DAEYD.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Downplayed, but upon being told that Luster was killed by the District 1 rebels, she expresses silent bitterness that she didn't get to kill him, or at least get to watch and when Luster dos turn out to be alive, she wounds him before he's finished off.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the “Snowmen”.
  • Rules Lawyer: Has Panem's legal code memorized and uses it's provisions to fire her actual lawyer (who wasn't contesting the charges) and to plead not guilty.
  • Serendipitous Survival: While Coin does spare the life of her fellow escapee after the Friend or Idol Decision above, she is seconds away from ordering Jade executed when she's told the Victors she has ready to vote on the Capitol Games are assembled and leaves to address them, and then to oversee Snow's execution (where she is killed) having planned to kill Jade afterwards.
  • Snark Knight: The only Victor whose snark rivals Blight and Johanna.
  • The Sociopath: When her many kills are shown at her trial, including those before her Games, Jade is largely amused by and nostalgic for earlier times.
  • Sole Survivor: The last remaining District 1 Victor by story’s end.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Tutors Gloss and Cashmere in social maneuvering and image, or as she calls it, "How to be a bitch and make them love you for it."
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Her “secret” is that she poured purging elixir on the food and drink at her own Victor’s party, including in the drink of her first patron for “Victor’s duties.”
  • The Un Reveal: We never find out exactly what her motives for joining the rebellion were, although it's implied to have been related to how much she was pimped out and/or the nature of the 2nd Quarter Quell, which she may have mentored for.

Crystal Flute (61st Games Victor)

  • Driven to Suicide: Kills herself after learning from Beetee that she will be reaped for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Klingon Promotion: Her “secret” is that she sabotaged the harness of her nearest rival at the DAEYD during a rock-climbing exercise, who subsequently fell to her death. Crystal was rewarded by having her prestige go up by five ranks.
  • La Résistance: Possibly. It’s always vague and shes never specifically mentioned as a Rebel and hung around some of the strongest loyalists in the victors circle, but she received a message warning that she’d be reaped from Beetee, Her boyfriend apparently was anyway and Brilliance cautiously implies that she’d been invested in the saga of Katniss and Peetas during the 74th Hunger games
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Her boyfriend, a young man from Dustell House, mysteriously dies after rumors that the two may be involved in seditious activity.
  • Posthumous Character: Her chapter is largely about the investigation into her suicide, with her Games being described in Flashback by the investigator, who was both a sponsor and john of hers.
  • Sex Slave: Her chapter puts particular emphasis on her “Victor's duties,” including with President Snow.

Gloss and Cashmere Delacroix (63rd and 64th Games Victors)note 

  • The Ace: Gloss is this throughout his time at the DAEYD and in his Games, where he earns the moniker, “The Golden Hunter.”
  • Badass Boast: Cashmere makes one to Beetee about her extensive intelligence network.
    Cashmere: Give me some credit, Volts. I’m Cashmere Delacroix, I have connections that Mags would drool over and secrets that would make Odair’s hair curl. But in this case you might want to tell Connor Murphy that he shouldn’t take secret calls until he’s sure I've left his apartment after a casual romp.
  • Beneath Notice: The Delacroix family's poverty and Butt-Monkey status caused them to be ignored by the DAEYD for decades (Gloss and Cashmere's great-aunt was briefly a part of it, possibly under Gleam's tenure, but washed out), but they were deemed as too attractive by their parents, who decided that one of them might as well go and try to be a Victor.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Both their corpses appear to be smiling as they are taken out of the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Subverted. Gloss is assigned to be Cashmere’s mentor in her Games, but then he is called away to perform “Victor’s duties,” so Jade mainly mentors Cashmere during her Games.
  • Blood Knight: Gloss cries when his Games end, because he never felt so free as he did in the arena.
  • Brainless Beauty: Cashmere completely subverts this in her Battle of Wits with Beetee, who discovers Cashmere has great Hidden Depths. Moreover, her “secret” is that she has anonymous degrees in microbiology and chemistry from the University of Panem and was working on a degree in ancient history when she was reaped for the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Averted, though they do enjoy trolling people about it.
  • Brother–Sister Team: They are close from birth (being twins) and do everything together: joining the DAEYD, becoming tributes and Victors, drugging and torturing people to satisfy Gloss’s sadism, being reaped for the Third Quarter Quell, and dying together. The only thing they don’t enjoy doing together is performing their Victors’ duties, which Gloss enjoys far more than Cashmere.
  • Cain and Abel: Narrowly averted. Luster almost sent them into the 63rd Games together, interested in the potential for a final sibling showdown, but the Silk convinced him that the twins would refuse to go that far and the benefit of sibling Victors would be stronger.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Blight nicknames them “Sparkle” and “Wool,” which catches on among the tributes and even some in the Capitol. This enrages Spar—uh, Gloss so much so that Blight is his first target in the Cornucopia, but Cecelia stops him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: It's implied that Gloss (who'd earlier mentioned to Enobaria his suspicions that District 4 and some of the lower Districts were plotting something) figured out Cashmere's deal with the Rebels in the last moments of his life and died hating her for it.
  • Evil Laugh: Gloss gives one when the Quarter Quell is announced, because he will finally have the chance to get revenge on Evelyn for Blackmailing him after discovering that he is the Midtown Mincer.
  • Half Identical Twin: Apparently, because when they are children, they pull a Fake Twin Gambit when Cashmere gets her hair cut very short.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: By joining La Résistance, Cashmere agrees to do this during the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Hidden Depths: Beetee is surprised to learn how intelligent and well-read Cashmere is, but is especially surprised by her willingness to sacrifice herself and her brother to help the rebel Victors get Katniss and Peeta out of the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • Hollywood Beauty Standards: The twins are said to be gorgeous even by the standards of District 1, which are already ridiculously high.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The Delacroix family is the poorest of the Great Houses and looked down upon by the others. This changes when the twins win their respective Games.
  • La Résistance: Their older brothers are part of a “discussion circle” with other dissidents in the St. James and Boleyn families. Their father was likely involved as well, resulting in Snow having Enobaria kill him, though it was made to look like robbery gone wrong. This, Gloss’s psychopathic turn, and her disgust at District 1’s sexual enslavement cause Cashmere to join the Rebellion as well.
    Cashmere: My brother is dead, they killed him. My parents when they sent us to that … that place. Luster. The DAEYD. The Gamemakers. Snow. They ruined the only person who ever loved me. They murdered my father. They buy and sell my district. Every year they send another pretty thing like me into the arena, and I have to smile and teach her to poise and laugh and kill even as I pray that the Twos murder her early. They have taken everything, and I will tear them down with my bare, bloody hands if I have to!
  • Last Kiss: Cashmere gives Beetee one at the end of their meeting.
    Beetee: Why did you do that?
    Cashmere: Because I can. And I wanted to give the tabloids one more headline before I go out.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: They try hard to forget an ugly argument they once about Victor "duties," which ended with Cashmere calling her brother a whore and throwing a vase at his head after he said it was no big deal.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gloss goes shirtless during his Games.
  • Mercy Kill: Gloss spears the District 4 female tribute after she is mauled by a pack of hyenas.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Gloss becomes infatuated with the thrill of bloodshed after his Games, so with the help of Cashmere he becomes “the Midtown Mincer.” Cashmere drugs the victims and Gloss tortures them, though the victims never realize who their attackers are.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 1’s male and female tributes in the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cashmere has a "brutal" Heroic BSoD after being told that Crystal killed herself, which ensures that Cashmere will be reaped as the Tribute for the 3rd Quarter Quell instead of her.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Cashmere is the only girl out of four children.
  • Papa Wolf: Downplayed, but their father shows a lot more grief and concern for them than their mother. After Gloss volunteers for the 63rd Games he is described as having an expression of "pride, love and something approaching immeasurable grief." Later, Cashmere tries to avoid visits to her parents after Snow and Luster start pimping her out due to feeling that, while most of the district suspects what goes on with the victors, "if Father saw the physical evidence on his only daughter’s flesh Gloss isn’t sure he’d be able to stop him from killing someone."
  • Parental Favoritism: Their dad cares more about Gloss (especially after his older sons have to join the peacekeepers) and their mother dotes on Cashmere. Due to this, their parents can't decide which one to send to the DAEYD out of the hope that it would make the Academy leave the other alone and out of hope that a Victor's salary could pay off their debts. Not wanting to be separated, the twins Take a Third Option and go out together.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Cashmere tried to drop out of the DAEYD after Gloss's victory, but Luster was hung up on the idea is sibling Victors and wouldn't let her.
  • Reverse Mole: Cashmere wants to be this for Beetee and the others during the 3rd Quarter Quell, and is prepared to do more, but is just tasked with trying to target the non-rebel victors, or make sure that The Pawns Go First so that the key personal for the escape make it to the end.
  • Serial Killer: Subverted, Cashmere always makes sure to stop Gloss before he can finish off his victims, then they dump them outside of a hospital.
  • Sex Slave: Cashmere is one of the most pronounced ones in the story, which leads to a case of The Dog Bites Back.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Or rather so beautiful their parents realized they didn’t have a prayer of keeping both of them out of the DAEYD.
  • That Man Is Dead: Cashmere ultimately feels this way about Gloss, so much so that she asks Beetee to make sure Gloss is killed in the Third Quarter Quell before she is killed, because if they kill her first, “he’ll die with me. He’ll be the monster they made, only the monster. There will be nothing left to love.” Beetee obliges, and Johanna kills Cashmere seconds after Katniss kills Gloss.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Gloss has few qualms about being prostituted (except to Luster himself), reveling in the attention and the free sex. Cashmere averts this hard, coming to view it as a Fate Worse than Death.
  • The Un Reveal: They engineered the explosion of the dam that flooded the 70th Hunger Games Arena and ensured Annie's victory "for a price" but it's never revealed how exactly they did it, or on who's behalf they were acting.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: One of their first scenes in Gloss's chapter has Gloss being grounded for playing with street kids and Cashmere sneaking some food into his room.

Song Nuo (66th Games Victor)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: None of the other District 1 Victors associate with her (with the exception of Cashmere), because she won the race to volunteer without being trained at the DAEYD. She doesn’t even receive a parachute during her Games. Snow, however, recruits her to be his personal Victor mouthpiece independent of Luster.
  • Daddy's Girl: Is close with her father, who recognized the depth of her love for Quintus and tearfully agreed that she could volunteer, although it is implied that she was a bit of a rebellious child before.
    Mr. Nuo: You've disobeyed all your life, so what good would it do?
    Song: Tell me to come back. I'll obey that one, Daddy.
  • Determinator: She and her ally spend three days pursuing Titus up a mountain, through a blizzard, with wounds on their legs. Reality Ensues when they are eventually physically unable to catch Titus, and either the Gamemakers or Mother Nature has to do it for them.
  • Executive Meddling: As per canon, her victory partially came through Titus (who was mentioned in the novels, although Song herself wasn't) being killed by an avalanche that was probably sent by the Gamemakers to prevent a cannibalistic lunatic from ending up as the Victor.
  • Happily Married: to Quintus, a Peacekeeper originally from District 2 who is injured serving in District 10. Though her “secret” is she enjoys “having threeways with her husband and pretty blonde girls from around the district, because while she knew she always had his heart, she wasn’t opposed to letting him indulge his eyes once in a while.”
  • Hope Spot: The mob that lynches her pauses after they've put the noose around her neck, with several members recognizing that she never took part in the DAEYD taking their children and was never one of Luster's lackeys, but others feel that she should die for abetting Snow. As the argument goes back and forth without either side coming ahead, one frustrated rebel just kicks away the crate Song's standing on, breaking her neck.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While also Overshadowed by Controversy (see below) her anonymity also comes from Living Legend's Finnick and Johanna winning in the years before and after her.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: In-universe. Her Games are most remembered for Titus, the District 6 male tribute who became a cannibal.
  • Reign of Terror: Hanged by the District 1 mob that rose up against the Capitol and Luster’s regime. Song does not resist the mob, in hopes that they will overlook her husband Quintus and son Tybalt. Quintus dies anyway, as he refuses to abandon her, but Tybalt survives and becomes an Abandoned War Child.
  • Murder by Suicide: Gives her ally, the District 9 female tribute, the option of committing suicide by jumping from a cliff or being speared. Her ally chooses the former.
    Song: I was ready to kill her but she deserved a good death. One with … dignity.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Because she has Capitolian family ties, she avoids the typical District 1 Victor fate of serving as a Sex Slave.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Tybalt, as an adult archaeologist, finds his parents’ remains. Song is still wearing the silver locket from the Institute that Quintus gave her the day she volunteered. Tybalt quietly takes it while wiping away the sweat in his eyes.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Trained for and volunteered for the games to get her boyfriend medical treatment.
    • Also applies to her grandfather, a Capitol citizen who voluntarily gave up his citizenship to live in the Districts with Song's grandmother after falling in love with her.

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"Do you know why we train tributes, Granyte? For the glory of the nation. For our district's honor. ... Training men and women who are eager to serve the Capitol in any way, even by sacrificing their own lives on the altar of civilization, is part of that. Every Victor we bring home is a part of that triumph."
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  • Blood Knight: District 2 tributes live to fight.
  • Due to the Dead: The Institute cremates the bodies of the District 2 fallen tributes … assuming there is a body to cremate.
  • Family of Choice: How the District 2 Victors see each other, with Boudicca – and Antigone to a lesser extent – as the Team Mom.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: In their best light, this is the mindset of District 2.
  • Red Is Heroic/Red Is Violent: The uniform for Institute trainees is a red tunic. Only citizens of District 2 (and perhaps in the Capitol) see them as heroic, but everyone else sees them as violent.
  • Stepford Smiler: Their victors put on a good show of triumph and honor compared to most of the of the other districts (and it's not entirely a show), but Granyte isn't wrong when he calls them a "poster band for PTSD".
  • Training from Hell: All Institute students seeking to be selected as tribute must withstand the three major trials: the Trial of Strength (in which students are spread out across District 2 and must find their way back to the Institute without help), the Trial of Spirit (in which they are confronted by their most painful memories and nightmares), and the Trial of Blood (in which they must kill someone).

Ahenobarbus Romero (1st Games Victor)

  • Ax-Crazy: Kills fifteen other tributes during his Games, the record for most kills in a single Game. (Brutus would tie this record at the 48th Hunger Games and then would take the record for most Hunger Games kills during the Third Quarter Quell.)
  • Odd Friendship: with Gates. Ahenobarbus considers Gates to be the most brilliant Victor and is greatly offended by the Capitol’s Post Game Retaliation against him. He even sits in the hospital with Gates after he has a stroke and is there when he wakes up.
  • One Hit Poly Kill: Kills Jon and Ryla Undersee by thrusting a spear through both of them at the same time. There is later a fountain built in the Capitol depicting this kill.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: His District partner, Cassia, propositions him the night before they go into the arena. For Cassia, this seems to be a case of Must Not Die a Virgin.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: Starts the first official training for Career tributes, where he mostly recruits homeless ruffians and juvenile delinquents, who he treats brutally. Boudicca later converts this to the Institute—also known as “Murder High”—and establishes much higher standards for entry, training, and being chosen as tribute.
  • Relegated Mentor: Boudicca supplants him as the head of the Institute, but she doesn’t fully marginalize him like she does Tiberius. He recognizes that his methods had not produced any victors besides Tiberius and gracefully accepts Boudicca's takeover.
  • Retired Monster: Comes across as this after the first few decades of the games.
  • Sadist: His "hatch" or coping mechanism is torturing Avoxes.
  • Sadist Teacher: As a mentor, he treats his potential tributes—who are referred to as "Ahenobarbus’s dogs"–cruelly, letting them know that he only cares about winning, not them personally, and that they will be kicked out if they fail to commit and obey 100%. Regardless, with the exception of Tiberius and Boudicca, this doesn’t result in producing any winners.
  • Shellshocked Veteran: Twice over. His arena was a true gore-fest, and its implied that he had a rough time during the war, as he half-seriously mentions that Capitol General Hadrian Fife, who he fought under during the Dark Days, did things that gave him nightmares.
  • Sins of the Father: Subverted in his case, as his father fought for the Capitol during the Dark Days. He is therefore initially surprised and angry when he is reaped. His father then explains to him that most of the other tributes were reaped because their parents were considered disloyal, and Ahenobarbus was there to kill them and become the very first Victor. This completely changes his perspective.
    • Although it's possible this was a Motivational Lie and he's being punished for what his mother did, regardless of his and his father's loyalty or was just a loyalist scion selected through random chance like Luxe apparently was.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: His father killed his mother in front of him, because she sided with the rebels in the Dark Days Rebellion.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His “secret” is that he keeps his mother’s shawl throughout his life, so he could he smell it and try to remember her. When he is found dead of a heart attack, he is clutching it to his chest.
  • Ur-Example: First Victor ever.
  • Villainous BSoD: Has one when facing Jon Undersee, after having killed several tributes, when Jon reminds him of the last words they'd exchanged before Jon revealed his deception, "Death has no meaning, it's how we live that gives meaning to the dead we loved." Given the bloodbath he's already embarked on, and likely think gin about what his dead mother and brother would think of him, Ahenobarbus goes berserk, killing Jon and Ryla, then as he looks down at their bodies with regret, he launches into a Berserker Rage that goes by in a blur, tryin to kill all of the remaining tributes, determined, to "kill them all before he started feeling again."
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of his major motivations for wanting to win his Games—besides his own survival—is to make his father proud.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was friendly with Jon Undersee (who turned out to be a Rebel spy) during the Rebellion and is both angry and shaken when facing him and his sister in the arena.

Tiberius Drake (6th Games Victor)

  • Badass Decay: Viewed this way In-Universe.
    The once handsome, brutal Victor of the Sixth Games was now known for his three chins and permanent sweat marks on his clothes rather than his skill in the arena.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ahenobarbus refuses to treat him with respect, even after he becomes a Victor. But Tiberius really becomes this after Boudicca kicks him out of the Institute.
    Ahenobarbus: You shouldn't antagonize Ty so much, Boudicca. You're going to drive him to an early grave.
    Boudicca: It's one of my only pleasures in life now that my games are done. Indulge me.
    Ahenobarbus: Fair enough.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Claims the scar over his eye was from a barfight, rather than the beatdown Boudicca gave him when he tried to rape her.
  • Evil Redhead: Becomes this after his Games.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Defends his friend Minnie from being raped by Gaius, but later attempts to rape Boudicca. This turn is never explained, but it’s possible that the head trip from becoming a Sadist Teacher like Ahenobarbus and his descent into hedonism following the Games causes him to become more cruel.
  • Fat Bastard: Played with. He grows into the fattest Victor by far and has plenty of Kick the Dog moments, but his worst acts all take place before he lets himself go.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Or rather, the friend nobody respects, as his excesses are held in contempt by many, but he is still considered a part of the unofficial family the District 2 victors form, and sometimes allowed to speak at the Institute, or attend meetings or social gatherings .
  • The Hedonist: Spends all his time and money on Hookers and Blow and gorging himself.
  • Klingon Promotion: Becomes the male tribute after killing his main rival, Gaius.
  • Obsolete Mentor/Reluctant Retiree: Boudicca forces him into retirement as a mentor after she wins her Games.
    Boudicca: Whore and drink and party your life away. It means nothing to me. But unless you want me to serve you your balls in a pie, stay away from my tributes.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: His father was a rebel killed or executed during the Dark Days, so he cannot get a job anywhere due to sin by association. He lives under a bridge until Ahenobarbus takes him in to be trained.
  • Rejected Apology: His “secret” is that he writes love letters to Minnie every year asking for forgiveness about an unspecified offense, but she returns each unopened. Given Tiberius’s history, it is likely attempted rape.
  • Shrine to Self: His lawn is decorated with ostentatious statutes of himself, although it’s unclear if this was always the case or was done as a form of compensation after Boudicca barred him from any position of responsibility.
  • Stuck in the Doorway: During the winter after the 41st Hunger Games, he is unable to attend Ares' Wintermas party, having gotten so fat that he can't fit through his doorway.
  • Undignified Death: Choked to death on a chicken bone.
  • The Unfavorite: Ahenobarbus clearly prefers Gaius to him, but after he kills Gaius during an impromptu fight, he becomes the tribute.

Boudicca (17th Games Victor)

  • 100% Heroism Rating: Is absolutely adored in the Capitol when she won. The feeling becomes mutual.
  • Academy of Evil: Transforms Ahenobarbus’s training center into the Institute, which locals and eventually all Panem call "Murder High." She establishes much higher standards than Ahenobarbus for entry, training, and being chosen as tribute.
  • Action Girl: During her training, she beat up everyone in the school, including Tiberius. She then goes on to have a Flawless Victory in her Games.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: One of Antigone's commandments to Dido (apparently given in retrospect) is not to put laxatives in Tiberius’s tea right before he speaks in front of a class, because no one will find it amusing. A sentence later, Antigone admits that Boudicca found it amusing (although she still punished Dido for it).
  • All for Nothing: Ultimately forced to realize that her loyalty to the Capitol amounted to this, as she blinded herself to their flaws, and could have saved lives by fighting them at the end.
  • Anti-Villain: At worst she is a Well-Intentioned Extremist with a blind My Country, Right or Wrong mindset. But she truly sees the Capitol as the best means of overcoming the evils of the pre-Panem Crapsack World, and she never displays of the corruption of the Capitol or Luster. She also fiercely loves her fellow District 2 Victors. And after her Assassination Attempt against Katniss fails, she accepts her defeat with sorrowful dignity.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Is covered in the blood of her former alliance partners as the hovercraft lifted her out of the arena.
  • Born into Slavery: Either this or Made a Slave (she tells Katniss she doesn’t remember which) sometime before Tiberius buys her at a slave auction.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Capitol finally becomes this to her, but only after the war is over.
  • Dehumanizing Insult/Gendered Insult: Kills the District 1 male tribute for calling her "Ahenobarbus’s bitch."
  • Emotionless Girl: Throughout her years of training, she rarely displays any emotion, except for mild bemusement anytime anyone dares challenge her in combat. On those occasions, she would describe in detail what she would do to them.
  • Famed In-Story: So much so that a musical is made about her, titled, Boudicca the Bold: The Musical! Dido and Virtus re-enact it during their Christmas party.
  • Fiery Redhead: Depending on how you view her, she may also count as an Evil Redhead.
  • Flawless Victory: The Leader of her alliance (which would go on to become the standard Career alliance makeup), which systematically eliminates all the other tributes. She then takes down each one of her allies single-handedly. All in the span of three days.
  • The Gardener: Has an “exquisite garden” outside her home, which she tends to as a hobby.
  • Heel Realization: The futility of her devotion to the Capitol only truly hits her after telling Katniss her life story and mourning the deaths of the her surrogate family, the District 2
    Boudicca: What was it worth? All of it? Was it just a waste? Did they all die for nothing?
  • Ice Queen: Her major persona. Her first major emotional display was after her Games, as she listened to the Panem anthem, saluted the flag, and realized she was finally free from her life of poverty and slavery.
  • It's a Long Story: Tells Katniss this when Katniss asks her about her life story. Katniss responds, “It’ll be a long night,” so Boudicca obliges.
  • Kick the Dog: Viciously tries to drum out compassion from her preferred tributes in order to enhance their potential. When Virtus starts feeding a stray dog she makes him drown its puppies one by one, then slit the dogs throat, cook the dead animals into a stew, and then eat it.
  • Klingon Promotion: Ahenobarbus initially chose another student, Aurora, to be the female tribute for the 17th Games. Aurora then mysteriously died that night, and Boudicca was chosen as female tribute.
  • The Leader:
    • Handpicks those tributes she wants to be in her alliance: Districts 1, 2 and 4. This becomes the standard Career alliance.
    • After founding the Institute, she essentially becomes the leader of District 2.
  • Little "No": Her response when Tiberius tries to advise her on how she should act during her Capitol interviews.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Her Patriotic Fervor often veered into this, to the disdain of the outer district Victors.
    Boudicca: It is not our place to question those whom the Law sets above us. Our duty is to serve, and so we shall endure.
    Jules: Sweetie, they really did a number on you, didn’t they? You’re like a jabberjay, singing everything they tell you.
  • Not So Stoic/Tears of Remorse: Her “secret”.
  • No Sympathy: For the outer districts and what they endure at the hands of her peacekeepers and the Capitol, although she eventually gets better.
  • No True Scotsman: Doesn't consider District Four to be true careers prior to them getting more support and funding after Ceruleas victory and nearly refuses Mags vital aid over this feeling.
  • Only One Name: Only her first name is ever given.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Following her Games, she becomes more devoted to the Capitol than any other Victor, rivaled only by Luster. But while Luster sought power, Boudicca is drive by true devotion.
    Boudicca: I found my honor, my justice, my strength in obedience to the Capitol that saved me and saved the nation.
  • Revenge: Returns to the Pit, the district Slave Market, with Peacekeepers and orders them to kill everyone there except the remaining child slaves, who she frees.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Throws an "ornate jade antiquity" at the wall after Snow calls her to ask about giving away his prized horse, which is really a metaphor to tell her to send Justus into the Games.
  • Team Mom: Of the District 2 Victors, who she considers a Family of Choice (though for Granyte, she’s more of a Cool Big Sis), and more broadly as Headmistress of the Institute.
  • Training from Hell: Puts her potential trbtues through brutal physical and psychological torture to prepare them. Most of it is justified, given the circumstances. Most of it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Zig-zagged. It was her founding of the Institute and the success of its Victors that spurred Luster (frustrated at what he saw as his district being left in the dust) to volunteer for the Games, take over the DAEYD, and develop the idea of Victors duties. Boudicca doesn't seem to care that much though, and while she does dislike Luster, she seems a little pleased at the better fighting skills of District 1's tributes afterwards.
  • Visionary Villain: Returns from the Games after a meeting with President Lucius and immediately ends Ahenobarbus’s school, kicks out all but three students, purges the Pit, and establishes the Institute, in order to train students to love the Capitol and live by a code of honor, strength, and justice.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: A rare example where the disgust comes followed by the approval. When taking Barty into the Institute, Boducica delivers a cold, angry "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his abusive stepfather Phyle. Once she's done, he responds by asking for her autograph.

Granyte Tanner (18th Games Victor)

  • Abandon the Disabled: His family refuses to meet at the train station when he returns from the Games, likely because they don’t want to see him with all his limbs missing.
    • He does have contact with at least some of their children (namely Lyme) in the years afterwards though.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Long after the end of the story, some fans continue guessing whether he was his niece's Unwitting Pawn, or knew Lyme was a Reverse Mole and still helped her out of familial loyalty.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses both legs and left hand in his final battle in the arena.
  • Closer to Earth: In part because he is Inspirationally Disabled, in part because he is the only District 2 Victor to not be a Career (besides Ahenobarbus), Granyte is often the Voice of Reason among the District 2 Victors. He convinces Ares that he is as worthy as any of them of being a Victor, and he convinces Boudicca to give Lyme a chance (though Lyme does turn out to be The Mole).
  • Cool Big Bro: His younger siblings were devastated by his volunteering, and in fact missed saying goodbye to him because the younger ones had run off out of grief and the eldest one had gone after them to gather them up.
  • Double Meaning: When he approaches Ares, who has run off from the Wintermas party that the other Victors throw to console him following his Games, Granyte has this bit of wisdom.
    Granyte: Did you know that when hypothermia sets in, it often feels quite warm? Oh certainly there’s cold initially, brutally so, shivering, shaking. But then the cold sleeps into the bones, the blood, and the victim feels calm, relaxed, ready to just drift off asleep. And no matter how much people try to help him, wake him, get him moving to save his life, he insists that he is fine, that he doesn’t need help, until he falls into a sleep from which we will not wake.
    Ares (snorting): Is that supposed to be some sort of metaphor? Sir?
    Granyte: Only if you prefer to see it that way, Mr. Valerio. Personally, I was making it clear what a complete idiot you are for running into this cold without a coat.
  • Driven to Suicide: Tries to kill himself three separate times but fails, “because Boudicca is too stubborn to let me die and the tie I used to hang myself was of very low quality.”
  • Handicapped Badass: Not normally, but even he is seen armed and ready during the coup that brings Snow to power, as the victors and various other Games personal take refuge in the training center.
  • The Pawns Go First: Forms an alliance with the tributes from Districts 7, 9, and 10 and remains on the sidelines as they battle the traditional Career alliance. When the only survivors besides Granyte are the District 4 tributes and the District 1 male tribute, he is able to defeat the weakened trio but at the cost of his limbs.
  • Loophole Abuse: Because he is an actual volunteer rather than a Career who was pre-selected to be reaped, he is able to become the male tribute instead of Cassius, one of Ahenobarbus’s “dogs” who was reaped.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Doesn’t get to say goodbye to his siblings before leaving for the Games, because Boudicca insists they start preparing immediately. She tells him that if he is truly serious about winning, then he will see them again. He does come back, but by then his family refuses to see him.
  • Only in It for the Money: Volunteers for the Games to earn the winnings necessary to pay off his family’s quarry. His family takes the money but refuses to have anything to do with him, both because he is now a murderer and because of his severe injuries.
  • Reign of Terror: Executed by firing squad by the District 13 Kangaroo Court presided over by President Coin. He is 74 and breathing from an oxygen tank.
  • Self-Harm: His “secret” is that he cuts himself to remind himself he’s still alive, and because Boudicca won’t let him kill himself.
  • Ur-Example: Technically the first volunteer from District 2, as Ahenobarbus had rigged all the previous drawings to make sure his pre-selected students are reaped from the bowl. Granyte is a genuine volunteer rather than a Career.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Speaks the “sacred words” for Bartimaeus when Barty volunteers as tribute.

Honorius Manchetti (22nd Games Victor)

  • 100% Heroism Rating: Volunteers, fights honorably and achieves a Flawless Victory, filling his district with a newfound sense of pride. In the Capitol, they feel "lust and joy and adulation," and in District 1 "jealousy and grudging respect." His Games become mandatory viewing for all cadets each sememster,
    Never had District 2 seen such a celebration since before the Dark Days. The Games had delivered them a butcher, a dog, a sociopath, and a living cadaver, but now they had a hero.
    • Subverted in the outer districts, where Honorius and the District 2 Institute are looked upon with pure hatred.
  • Badass Family/Power Trio: He and his cousins Virtus and Justus were the toughest group in the Community Home, are the only ones Boudicca choose to train from Ahenobarbus’s original recruits, were all chosen to be tributes, and all won their respective Games.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refuse to fight each other during their training, even though they are severely punished for refusing.
  • Condescending Compassion: Feels this towards Evelyn during her Victory tour, because she won by sneaking around and setting traps. While he views this as dishonorable, he doesn't hold it against her because she can't be excepted to know better and therefore thankfully he doesn't say it out loud or show it in his eyes.
  • Cool Old Guy: Retains his formidable combat skills and unyielding nature when he gets older, while also developing into a fatherly figure for the younger Victors and coming to loath the Games and the system that they enable.
  • Defector from Decadence: His “secret” is that he meets with District 2 rebel leaders in Redfern several times over the years, but he does not fully defect until the very end of his life.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: The first among the Victors at the Third Quarter Quell Control Center to pick up a weapon and decide to fight off the coming Peacekeepers. His Rage Breaking Point is when he sees Peeta break Brutus’s neck, which is only possible because the Gamemakers (who ironically were aligned with Plutarch in La Résistance) are using his tracker to disrupt his neurotransmitters.
  • Due to the Dead: Picks up the body of his district partner after their final duel and carries it to the hovercraft in his arms.
  • A Father to His Men: Despite the Inevitable Mutual Betrayal he has this role during the 22nd Hunger Games, stopping for two days to treat a wounded member of the pack before resuming hunting other tributes.
  • Loss of Identity: Under Boudicca's tutelage, to an extent.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Honorius and demonstrates honor in the way he acts in Games. He makes sure each tribute is given a fair fight to defend themselves, personally closing the eyes of each deceased tribute. He also makes sure the Career alliance holds together until all other tributes are dead, and when they do inevitably fight each other, they avoid the Inevitable Mutual Betrayal and fight each other head-on. Honorius personally carries the body of the penultimate tribute, his district partner Claudia, into the hovercraft, so she can be embalmed.
    Boudicca: Honor. That is why we train. It is an honor to represent the district in the Games. It is an honor to serve the Capitol with our very lives. When we train, when we fight, when we kill, even when we bend the knee to those who protect us, honor flows in our very blood.
  • Mercy Kill: Punches out the youngest tributes during his Games, knocking them unconscious before spearing them to reduce the pain and fear they feel.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grows up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruits them for tribute training.
  • Perpetual Storm: His Games include unceasing rain.
  • Perspective Flip: His chapter presents a different, but still quite positive, perspective of Boudicca’s takeover.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Subtle, but still present after the 68th Hunger Games.
    Honorius: The districts are tired. Tired of seeing their children die year after year. So am I, in fact.
    Ares: But the Games are preferable to war, surely?
    Honorius: Are they? These days I'm not so sure.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: As the Games go on and on, it eventually drives him to maintain contact with rebels.
    Honorius: How many more children will we add to this macabre carnival? How many more can the nation hold?
  • The Runaway: Convinces his cousins to run away with him from Ahenobarbus’s training once he realizes they will likely be selected for the Games, and that District 2 tributes rarely ever come back. His perspective changes, though, when Boudicca takes over and instills them with Patriotic Fervor and better training.

Virtus Manchetti (24th Games Victor)

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: His "secret" that he sells his district token in a pawnshop for less than it took to get a drink that night. (But he also could have done this to try and get rid of a reminder of his Games.)
  • After-Action Report: His Games are described in the Victor interview he has with Augustine Pine.
  • Badass Family/Power Trio: He and his cousins Honorius and Justus were the toughest group in the Community Home, were the only ones Boudicca chose to train from Ahenobarbus’s original recruits, were all chosen to be tributes, and all won their respective Games.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refuse to fight each other during their training, even though they will be severely punished for refusing.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Among the Victors who fight off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center. He tells the youngest Victors, Abram and Cotton, to go with Haymitch and get him to safety, while the older Victors stayed behind.
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: His alliance decides to kill him prior to the alliance’s breakup, because none of them believe they will be able to take him individually.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Starts out as a loyal, innocent kid who doesn't quite buy into the Career mindset, turns into a hardened loyalist, killer and rapist and eventually evolves into a remorseful rebel sympathizer.
  • Fake Weakness/Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like a total buffoon from the time he is reaped through the Capitol training and interviews, in order not to come off as the threat he is. His pretense is blown when he is jumped by six outer-district tributes and he easily kills them all single-handedly.
  • Idiot Ball: During the 26th Games, he sends his male mentee an oxygen mask … in the middle of a raging forest fire!
    Spartacus: Oh for Panem’s sake! Well, no one ever said Virtus was brainy.
  • The Lancer: The least Proud Warrior Race Guy of the three cousins (and notably, he has the least value-laden name). He is also more pragmatic than Honorius about Granyte's The Pawns Go First strategy. And he is the only one to act less than honorably during his Games.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Luscious, the female District 1 tribute, forms a romantic relationship with him but joins the other Careers in betraying him early.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Virtus and demonstrates physical and psychological strength by withstanding being thrown over a cliff into violent waves, surviving for three days without food, climbing back up the cliffs, and defeating the other tributes to claim victory.
    Boudicca: Strength. Not just physical strength. Strength of will. Strength of mind. We are the capstone of the nation. It's our blood and sacrifice that holds it together. We must be strong in every way, or the entire structure collapses.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Completely loses his veneer of cool when the Sixatrons burst into the studio during his interview. In a violent rage, Virtus shoots and kills several of them.
    Gone is the cool, collected Victor of a few minutes ago. It's been replaced by something like an animal, a predator raging and thrashing and eager for more …
  • No One Could Survive That!: The Career alliance throws him over the cliff, but he manages to survive for three days without food and climbs up the steep cliffs back to the base of the island.
  • Noodle Incident: The District 2 male tribute for the First Quarter Quell vows to "fuck him over so hard he'll beg for forgiveness before he dies." But it’s never revealed what Virtus does to enrage the tribute so much.
  • Odd Friendship: Sends Cotton, a much younger District 8 Victor and Stealth Expert, caramel chocolates on her birthday.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grows up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruits them for tribute training.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tracks down Luscious and brutally rapes and kills her. For years afterward, he tries to atone by training women how to defend themselves against rapists.
    Granyte (to Ares): Did you know Virtus raped a girl during his Games? She had betrayed him, he was high on bloodlust. He had to kill her, that’s how the Games worked, but he didn’t have to hurt her like that. He considers it his moment of weakness, his greatest sin. It doesn’t matter how much he drinks, how much he cuts his arm open with a razor blade, how many girls from town he teaches to fight and pinch and defend themselves against an assailant, he’ll never rid himself of the shame and guilt of what he did to that girl.

Justus Scavo (27th Games Victor)

  • Alas, Poor Villain: The surviving Victors drink a final toast to him, “to the man he was and could have been.”
  • Badass Family/Power Trio: He and his cousins Virtus and Honorius are the toughest group in the Community Home, are the only ones Boudicca chooses to train from Ahenobarbus's original recruits, are all chosen to be tributes, and all win their respective Games.
  • The Casanova: His “secret” is that he sleeps with older Capitol women in order to break up their marriages.
  • Crippling Castration: Castrates a man he sees raping a woman.
  • Clashing Cousins: Defied. The cousins refuse to fight each other during their training, even though they will be severely punished for refusing.
  • Code of Honor: Truly believes in justice, even when it means disobeying an order from his trainers. This however makes him struggle with the nature of the Hunger Games as he travels to the Capitol. But it's not enough to stop him from becoming a Victor, though.
    Justus: What honor is there in killing a thirteen year old girl? How does it prove my strength to destroy someone so weak? How is slaughtering a child who has never committed a crime in her life any sort of justice?
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Enobaria’s response when she sees that Justus has become Luster’s No. 2 in the New Capitol Forces.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Everyone at the Institute — woman and some men — have an eye for him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: One of the most ruthless killers in the games, which twist his moral code, and one of the few victors to never lose faith in the Capitol and fight back against the new regime. Even Boduicca admits that he went from simply wanting revenge to being seduced by Luster's promises of power.
  • Meaningful Rename: Changes his name to Justus and when killing a tribute he lists a crime that that district committed during the Dark Days Rebellion.
  • The Smart Guy: More perceptive than his cousins while growing up, being the one to correctly figure out Granyte's strategy and questioning the value and fairness of the games. Ironically, this is subverted in the end when he's the only one of the three to remain loyal to the Capitol.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Grows up in the Community Home with his cousins until Tiberius recruits them for tribute training.
  • Supreme Chef: So much so that his recipes were renowned even in the Capitol.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: with Boudicca.
    Boudicca herself was at a loss at how to describe their relationship. It had the structure of mentor and student, the dependency of mother and son, and the intimacy of lovers.
  • Thirsty Desert: The theme of the 27th Games arena.

Antigone Frey (32nd Games Victor)

  • Actually Pretty Funny: One of the few times she shows amusement is when Lyme applies to Boudicca to take the trials and Boudicca mistakes her for a boy.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Says this several times while mentoring Dido during the 39th Games. She also launches a few Precision F Strikes.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: The only part of her Games that are described is the breakdown of the Career alliance. Antigone personally betrays her District partner, Hannibal, before facing and killing the final tribute from District 8.
  • Killed Offscreen: Executed by the Capitol in the post-Quell Victors purge under suspicion of rebel sympathies.
  • Knife Nut: Her “extraordinary gift with knives” enables her to take out Perfection (the District 1 female tribute), Hannibal (her District 2 partner), and Cotter (the District 8 male tribute).
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Her “secret” is that she longs to be a mother but can’t, because she was voluntarily sterilized while training to be a tribute.
  • Second-Person Narration: Narrates Dido’s chapter, in the form of offering a suspiciously specific set of rules to Dido, all of which Dido breaks.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The main focus of her chapter is the Victors meeting following President Lucius’s death. Her Games are playing in background, and there are occasionally breaks in the main storyline to show her perspective.
  • Team Mom: Though Boudicca more fully occupies this role, Antigone’s maternal nature leads the other District 2 Victors call her “Mother Tig,” despite her protestations.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Sums up Antigone’s mindset towards mentoring Dido.

Bartimaeus Pastier (37th Games Victor)

  • Berserk Button: The District 1 female tribute has the upper hand against him, but then she says, "If I were your daddy, I would’ve whipped your hide bloody until you had the decency to call me ‘sir’." Given his abusive stepfather, that was the wrong thing to say.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: The other Careers don’t view Barty as much of a threat (except his district partner), since he is The Voiceless. Their mistake.
  • Blind Seer/Hermit Guru: His “secret” is that after the war he becomes known as “The Confessor,” a mute hermit living in the Nut to whom many brought offerings and confessed their sins.
  • Children Are Innocent: Has a certain innocence to him before going to the Institute. The first time he got hit by Phyle was after watching the Hunger Games and asking "why the mean kids killed the nice, pretty girl on the screen."
  • Elective Mute: Phyle beat him anytime he says anything wrong, so he just stops talking altogether.
  • Gold Digger: His mother, who left her husband (Barty's father) for Phyle due to thinking he was about to strike it rich on mining investments. He didn't.
  • Happily Adopted: Taken in by the family of a girl he saved from a vicious stray dog after running away from home and takes their name as his own. He would have happily stayed there except his biological family demanded him back, causing his surrogate parents to send to the Institute instead .
  • Hungry Jungle: The arena theme of the 37th Games.
  • In Medias Res: His chapter starts with the tributes entering the arena and then flashbacks to his back story of his abusive upbringing and his time in the Institute.
  • Knife Nut: Had amazing precision at throwing knives, and, as the District 1 girl discovered, he could even cause them to curve.
  • Nice Guy: Except in the arena.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Has at least two sisters (it's never mentioned whether their his biological father's daughters, Phyle's children or one of each).
  • The Runaway: After refusing to learn all the names of the deceased District 2 tributes at school, Phyle beat him so severely that he runs away from home. After roaming the streets for two months, he is taken in by a family, but they are legally unable to keep him, so they send him to Murder High.
  • Spiteful Spit: Gives one to Phyle from ten feet away when Phyle comes to see him off after he volunteers as tribute.
  • Wicked Stepfather: Phyle, his mother’s boyfriend.

Dido Castremi (39th Games Victor)

  • Action Girl: Antigone acknowledges that Dido is one of the best cadets at hand-to-hand combat that the Institute ever has had. She is also a gifted wrestler.
  • Badass Boast: Declared to the gamemakers that she’d conquer the world during her training session. Antigone rebukes her for this, saying it set them up to be underwhelmed.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Say what you will about her, she wins the Hunger Games.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Will fight anyone at any time anywhere. And will have a fun time doing it.
  • Caught Monologuing: Exploited in Dido’s case, as her monologuing the other final tribute to monologue as well. Played straight in his case, because Dido uses the distraction to break his neck.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Wore one during her tribute parade.
  • Cheery Pink: The color of her Victor’s mansion.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Turns the training center into her own personal gym, makes fun of many of the trainers and tributes, and during her interview with Caesar, she tells him that she is secretly a duck. It’s a reputation subsequent District 2 tributes try hard to distance themselves from.
    Caesar (about District 2’s next female tribute): It was obvious she didn’t want anyone to mistake her for Dido Castremi. The joyous half-lunatic angle only works for a select few, after all.
  • The Commandments: Her chapter is structured as a series of rules her mentor Antigone describes to her, all of which are suspiciously specific. Dido of course defies them all.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Among the Victors who fight off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center. Her final words are a Call-Back to her Games: “I am secretly a duck.”
  • Fighting in the Playground: Or rather, acting like the training center was her personal playground (despite Antigone’s warnings) and getting into fights over it, such as by deciding to act like she was playing king of the mountain at the climbing station and attacking anyone else who tried to climb it.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Got into trouble for sneaking booze, grass, hookers (it isn’t specified which gender) and a donkey into The Institute and was constantly sneaking into the boys dorms. The money and status of a victor don’t exactly encourage her to stop after the 39th Hunger Games.
  • Hidden Depths: Did spend some time in the library at The Institute, apparently reading history books, as she referred to the Archery instructor as Pocahontas at one point, although no one got the joke.
  • Is That the Best You Can Do?: Says this to the Gamemakers after being abandoned by her alliance, suffering two separate mutt attacks and several other injuries, and being near starvation and hydration.
    Antigone: They always, always, always have more.
  • Laughing Mad: Both during the opening bloodbath of her Games and at the Victor’s Last Stand at the Control Center.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Really Gets Around and has kinky tastes, but gets along better with non-Twos than most others, tries to take a Cool Big Sis role to Ares, is a good mentor for Enobaria and ultimately chooses to fight The Capitol rather than remain loyal to it.
  • Off to Boarding School: Her chronic problem with Sticky Fingers causes her to be sent to the Institute, much to her parents’ relief.
  • The Prankster: Caught sneaking into the boys’ dormitory at various times with rope, snakes, and honey. Also tries to put laxatives in Tiberius’s coffee.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Stripped naked to show off her combat skills during her training session. Antigone admits this may not have been a bad idea but asks if Dido could have at least put her clothes back on before coming back to the apartment.
  • Snowball Fight: Known to throw snowballs at Peacekeepers filled with frozen dog excrement.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her “secret” is she sponsored several District 3 tributes, “just to spice things up once in a while.”
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Brags about her performance during the Trials, which is considered a taboo, and then mocks all the other cadets who were not chosen as tribute for her Games.
  • Vulgar Humor: Shows quite a bit of it. For instance, during training she painted a pension the camouflaged instructors forehead and when he went to wash it off, painted another penis the floor, to the amusement of the District 7 tributes, but no one else.
  • Wild Card: Secretly sponsors District 3 tributes, at least partially just for the heck of it.

Ares Valerio (41st Games Victor)

  • The Baby of the Bunch: The other District 2 Victors treat him this way after he wins his Games – worrying about whether he is sleeping well and throwing a surprise Wintermas party to make him feel welcome.
  • Big Brother Worship: Idolizes his older brother Logan, who went through the Institute and received the highest marks, but for whatever reason wasn’t chosen as tribute his year (the 35th Games, in which Beetee electrocuted all the Careers). Logan is then jealous when Ares is chosen as tribute, and Ares is convinced Logan would have not only survived his Games but would have done so without suffering PTSD.
  • Brutal Honesty: Is honest with Beetee when Beetee asks him if he specifically told his tribute to kill Beetee's promising tribute during the 45th Hunger Games, and Beetee says this is in-character for him.
    • Subverted during Berenice's victory tour, where he knows full well that she won due to Executive Meddling but won't admit this out loud (for both her and himself) when Cecelia confronts them over it, feeling that he's been waiting for a Victor longer than she has, and they deserved that win.
  • Christmas Episode: The District 2 Victors hold a Surprise Party at Ares’s new Victor’s mansion to celebrate Wintermas. (Since religion is illegal, it’s not Christmas, but it includes garland, a large, decorated tree, exchanging presents, and a family dinner.) Boudicca claims it’s a District 2 tradition for the newest Victor to host the Wintermas dinner, but Ares later realizes they started the tradition specifically for him.
  • Condescending Compassion: Pities Emrys a little for his "two disappointing victors", never mind that Emrys actually did get two victors under fairly hard circumstances. That being said, it's unclear if Emrys himself feels this way toward his victors, which might justify it.
  • Creepy Uncle: His “secret” is that, when he learned his wife was sexually abused by her uncle, Ares tried to kill him by burning down his shack. Though he didn’t die, he was injured enough to prevent him from abusing others.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears one after the District 1 female tribute ripped out his left eye during his Games. Granyte gives him a set of glass eyes as a Wintermas present.
  • Family Man: Gets married and has two daughters. Jade later speculates that he makes a False Confession (or, at least, a disingenuous one) to Coin’s Kangaroo Court in order to protect his family from harm.
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: for Berenice's chapter.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Sees himself as unworthy of being a Victor on par with the other District 2 Victors. He also believes his brother, who went through the Institute but was not selected as tribute, would have been a more worthy Victor. Granyte sets him straight on both counts.
    Granyte: You killed people, Ares, but so did we all. … You have guilt, yes. Good. You feel unworthy. Good. You are. You feel like you don’t belong her. Shut the fuck up. Your failings and your guilt and your brokenness are exactly why you’re here[.]
  • Hoist Hero over Head: Does this to the District 7 male tribute, throwing him over some waterfalls to the cheers of the other Careers.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: His relationship with Berenice, his only mentee to ever win.
  • Little "No": Gives one after his first mentee in the 45th Games is betrayed by the District 1 male tribute and killed by Chaff. Ares’s sorrow quickly turns to rage against Luster, but the other District 2 Victors stop him from acting on it.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Forms a relationship with the District 4 female tribute but cut her throat while they were kissing.
  • Really Gets Around: Deconstructed. Sleeps with several women to help soothe the emotional pain from his Games, but he can’t reach orgasm because he feels such guilt about betraying the District 4 girl.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Chooses to put in the red Glass Eye among the set of glass eyes Granyte gifts him.
  • Reign of Terror: Killed by firing squad by President Coin's Kangaroo Court.
  • Shell-Shocked Victor: Has continual flashbacks of the tributes he killed, particularly the District 4 girl, which causes him to have Anorgasmia. He also attacks his nephew when his nephew jumps on his back.

Brutus Barsetti (48th Games Victor)

  • Ascended Fanboy: Was a huge fan of the Games long before he was press-ganged into the Institute, entered the Games, or became a Victor himself.
  • Asperger Syndrome: Diagnosed with it soon after joining the Institute. Rather than being embarrassed, Brutus is proud to know he has a “special brain,” and it helps him in being straightforward with his mentees about their chances in the Games and what they need to do to survive.
  • Badass Teacher: Renowned for being an outstanding teacher and mentor. He even helps Peeta during the training for Third Quarter Quell, which proved ironic as Peeta ultimately kills him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Initially has a reputation at the Institute for being soft, garnering him the Embarrassing Nickname, “Teddy Bear.” But when one cadet cut down his pants in front of Ahenobarbus, Brutus finds him and shatters half his ribs.
    • He also treats all of the other Victors with sincere respect and friendship. "And if the camaraderie and companionship he cultivated made the others underestimate him in the control center, well, he wasn't going to complain about that either."
  • Body-Count Competition: Ties Ahenobarbus’s record for most kills in a single Games, which includes killing the rest of the Career pack and the pairs from 5, 8, 9 and 12. He is greatly disappointed to not have broken the record, but he finally does when he enters the Third Quarter Quell.
  • Commonality Connection: Even before he becomes a victor himself, Beetee is one of his favorite victors, partially because they both have "special brains" and partially Beetee gave him an autograph during his victory tour.
  • Executive Meddling: The Gamemakers working with La Résistance use his tracker to disrupt his neurotransmitters and cause him to become incoherent and insane, allowing Peeta to kill him.
  • Gentle Giant: Zig-zagged. Is among the most brutal cadets and kills more tributes in the Hunger Games than any other Victor. But he also earns the Embarrassing Nickname “Teddy Bear” because his concern for the weak is unshakeable. He is also known to grow orchids and drink jasmine tea.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Cecelia sleeps with him, so she can get pregnant. She has a son Aaron, named after Brutus’s brother, but she doesn’t allow Brutus to see him. Brutus’s “secret” is that he buys Aaron several gifts over the years but never mails them.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Though mainly attracted to women, Brutus for a time had an intense unrequited attraction to Blight.
  • It Gets Easier: The Trial by Blood is an hour-long test in which the Institute trainee must requires kill someone. It takes Brutus fifty-nine minutes and forty-seven seconds, indicating that he either took a long time to work up the nerve to make that kill and/or spent a long time suffering a Heroic BSoD over it before coming out. He asks Virtus if it will always be like that, and Virtus's reply seems to be one he takes to heart.
    Virtus: No. It only gets worse, but not harder. You'll see.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Snow orders Brutus to kill Cecelia during the Third Quarter Quell, because he knows he is the father of her son Aaron.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: The sixth of eleven children, Brutus as a boy just wants to be noticed. He gets his wish.
  • Nothing Personal: His Bond One-Liner to Woof right after stabbing him in the Third Quarter Quell.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 2’s male tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. Lampshaded by the chapter heading: "Thirteen Things about Brutus Barsetti that Katniss Everdeen never bothered to find out."
  • Spiders Are Scary: Has a major fear of spiders, so of course there are Giant Spiders in his arena. He gets caught in a major spider web and is bitten by one of the spiders, but nevertheless he is still able to kill four of them with a knife, and an adrenaline boost keeps him alive long enough for Virtus to send him an anti-venom kit.
  • Teeny Weenie: Half-jokingly implied by Blight, who says Brutus has the manhood of a naked mole rat when Brutus gets drunk, strips down at the Victor talent show, and makes a clumsy pass on Blight.

Lyme Tanner (51st Games Victor)

  • Always Close: Just barely makes it back to the Institute in time to successfully complete the Trial of Strength.
  • Get Out!: Boudicca tells Lyme this (first in a whisper, and then more loudly) after finding out she is from Redfern, known as the one village in District 2 that opposes Capitol rule.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Maxx’s son Mesa tells Lyme not to blame herself for killing Maxx, as it was Maxx’s own plan for Lyme to do this to gain the Institute’s trust.
  • It's Personal: Her “secret” is that she agrees to be The Mole at the Institute, because her best friend volunteered for and died in the 49th Games, and the commentators only remarked that she died too quickly.
  • The Lad-ette: Lyme is so mannish that Boudicca initially mistakes her for a boy. Growing up, she was mocked as a freak and called Bigfoot.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First appears in Mockingjay as the leader of La Résistance in District 2.
  • Out-Gambitted: The District 2 rebels anticipate that the Institute will likely use of their own in Lyme’s Trial of Blood, so when Lyme sees Maxx, they already have a script prepared, which includes Lyme saying she’s Just Following Orders and a Pre-Mortem One-Liner: “The Capitol is my true family.”
  • Parental Neglect: Her father Flint, Granyte’s brother, is more consumed by Hookers and Blow than raising his children, while her mother is never mentioned.
  • Reverse Mole: Sent by District 2’s La Résistance to the Institute in order to be selected as tribute and win the Games, so they can gain greater intel about the other districts and learn if there are other rebel pockets throughout Panem.
  • Training from Hell: Her completion of the Trials is especially difficult, because she never trained at the Institute, and because her Trial of Blood requires her to kill her friend, Maxx. Even though this is All According to Plan, it still devastates Lyme to have to do it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Doesn't appear to be among the survivors at the end but we never here a description of her dying, as per canon.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Boudicca catches her glaring after complimenting her on her victory.

Phoebus (60th Games Victor)

  • Big Brother Instinct: Develops this for Creon during their time at the institute. It started out as just an effort to impress Creons hot cousin but quickly turned into something genuine and powerful.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Blight calls him out for actually being hurt and offended that those in District 7 hated him.
    Blight: I think I hate you most of all. Because you volunteered to kill our kids for whatever reason, and you genuinely expected people to like you for it. You think people should like you no matter what you do. I remember when you came to Seven on the Tour. You looked like you were going to cry, because we hated you so damn much. Connor and I laughed about it later over a pint. We laughed.
  • Faux Affably Evil: How Blight sees him.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Phoebus’s chapter takes place during the 67th Games. His Games are largely portrayed through a nightmare he has about them after Blight calls him out for taking advantage of the District 4 boy’s infatuation with him and then killing him. Phoebus dreams of all the tributes he kills and ends with him waking up screaming.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Gets among okay with Connor and sometimes drinks with him, despite Connor being Blight's best friend and the two mocking Phoebus together.
  • Killed Offscreen: Killed in the Nut when it is destroyed by the rebels.
  • Lack of Empathy: Blight accuses him of having this towards those from the outlier districts.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: To Tourmaline, the District 1 girl, and to the District 4 boy. With the latter, it’s not clear whether Phoebus was aware that the 4 boy was attracted to him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Tries to take the high ground as Blight breaks the unwritten rule about Victors not holding each other’s Games against them. But later, when Johanna kills Creon, Phoebus’s surrogate little brother, in her Games, Blight gives Phoebus a little wink, because District 7’s Wounded Gazelle Gambit tricked the Careers and their mentors. This sends Phoebus into a rage, and Brutus has to hold him down to prevent him from attacking Blight.
    • This leads to a grudge that lasts the rest of their lives, with Phoebus hoping to be reaped for the Quell so he can kill Blight there.
  • Sweet Tooth: Constantly eating or talking about eating ice cream.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Boudicca and the Capitol.
  • Urban Ruins: The arena setting for his Games.

Enobaria Malachite (62nd Games Victor)

  • All the Other Reindeer: Downplayed, as she does have her friends but even some of the other Twos such as Ares consider her an animal and keep their distance.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: After killing Seeder during the Third Quarter Quell, Enobaria's eyes become watery due to the heat when she sees Seeder's picture in the sky.
  • Babies Ever After: Ultimately moves to District 11, where she gets married and has a baby.
  • Bad Dreams: Suffers them every night following the recap of her Games, and was no stranger to them before that either.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Lost her parents at a young age and was captured by Reavers (tribes of savage roomers who never bowed to the Capitol) and saw them viciously kill the only friends she had (one of whom she was forced to Mercy Kill) and spent months as a mistreated slave before escaping ( slaughtering everyone in her path) before she ever stepped foot in the arena.
  • Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Snow, agreeing to be his Assassin to ensure her revenge against the Reaver chiefs, and quickly comes to regret it.
  • Elective Mute: Doesn’t talk for the first two years she is at the Institute.
  • Got Volunteered: Selected as tribute by Boudicca without wanting or asking for the job based on how well she fought against the reavers, although she quickly makes peace with the idea, reasoning that the influence of a victor will help her get revenge.
  • Hero of Another Story: Much of her life story, including her Games, are told in the story, Bonds of Blood.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a crushing Heroic BSoD as she watches the tape of her games during the victory ceremony, and takes in the bloodlust of the Capitol Crowd. It causes her to truly feel the horror of the games and realize how Snow, and the Capitol are even worse than the Reavers she'd sworn revenge against, and that she'd just pledged to serve as their assassin.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Feels very much this way about her post-Rebellion life and acknowledges that she owes it to Katniss during the Rescue Arc.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 2’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. This expands upon her time in Quell and in captivity in the Capitol.
  • Pregnant Badass: During the Rescue Arc.
  • Psycho for Hire: Does assassination missions for Snow’s regime, one of which includes Cashmere and Gloss’s father. Her “secret” is that she leaves tiny picture of a white rose, Snow’s Calling Card, somewhere near or on the body, so their families will know the real reason for their loved one's death. Subverted in the sense that she very quickly comes to regret it and stop, but that isn't an option for her, and continuing to kill people damages her psyche further.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the “Snowmen”.
  • The Un Reveal: What she said during the interviews. She blacked out for it, with no memory of what she said, and her mentors only tell her that she showed the audience who she really was. During the recap of the games, she's too far into her My God, What Have I Done? moment to listen to the words she says, and instead just focuses on watching her eyes, being disturbed by what she sees in them.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: To a painful degree, given the direction her life takes.
  • Wild Child: Though not actually feral, the other Victors constantly refer to her as though she is part animal.

Berenice Equita (68th Games Victor)

Lupus Pagano (72nd Games Victor)

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While he had a bad relationship with his sister and brother growing up, hearing his father talk about wanting to send them into the Third Quarter Quell as a sibling team drives him to his Rage Breaking Point (though only after he returns to his mansion). Canus and Ursa in turn seem upset when he is reaped for the Quell, before Brutus volunteers for him.
  • Heel Realization: Experiences this by the end of his Games when killing his final opponents, the District 1 tributes, and thinking about all the kids he killed and was told by his family, his instructors, and the Capitol that this was a privilege and an honor. It drives him into such an Unstoppable Rage that by the time he's done with those two tribtue they have to scrape what's left of them off the ground. He makes good on this realization, though, by not fighting for the Capitol during the rebellion, which saves his life.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Occasionally with Brutus and Honorious in between his victory and the Quell.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Odysseus, his Best Friend and roommate in District 14 after the war ended.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Though he was close friends with Cato and Clove, he never mentions this to Peeta face or discusses it in front of him.
  • Like a Son to Me: to Brutus.
  • Missing Mom: His mother died soon after giving birth to his sister.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's reaped for the Quell, before Brutus volunteers for him.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Justus shoots him three times during the rescue mission for Katniss, but Justus misses all vital organs.
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the “Snowmen”.
  • Ship Tease: Has some with Ares daughters.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Covered in tattoos and piercings as a way of rebelling against the expectations of being a perfect, loyal Career.
  • Theme Naming: His father names each of his children after a fierce animal, in hopes that they will all become Victors: Lupus (wolf), Canus (dog), and Ursa (bear).
  • Underestimating Badassery: He recognizes Katniss's hardness and survival instinct during her tribute parade but doesn't expect it to be enough for her to win her Games, given her lack of training.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Raised by his father, a former Peacekeeper who trained at the Institute, and his uncles, all of whom are obsessed with turning Lupus and his siblings into Victors. When Lupus returns a Victor, he sees his father and uncles, and much is "communicated between hard pairs of eyes. Respect. Contempt. Fear. Hatred. Brokenness. And envy, most of all."

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

Gates Gramdan (16th Games Victor)

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Held in awe by both the Capitol fans, his fellow victors and the districts (especially his own) after his games. The only exceptions were president Lucius the game makers and unfortunately, they were the ones whose opinions counted.
    • Even before his games, he was ''immensely loved" with his family and most of his classmates crowding into the justice building to say goodbye to him.
  • Awful Wedded Life: His “secret” is he marries a very beautiful woman, who in turn marries him for his money. This quickly devolves into an unhappy marriage, so that when Gates dies, he leaves her nothing in the will.
  • Child Prodigy/Gadgeteer Genius: Used discarded tech from his arena to create Some Kind of Force Field to keep the other tributes at bay and then a Weather Manipulation machine to control weather in his arena.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His father helped build the arenas before login blind, and spent years telling Gates everything he'd need to know about them before he was reaped (due to recognizing the likelihood that he would be, due to taking tesserae for his parents, grandparents, sisters, niece and nephew).
  • Deadly Bath: Has a seizure while taking a bath and drowns.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe. The Gamemakers release an electromagnetic pulse to destroy his force field, so he wouldn’t win by doing nothing. But Gates has other plans …
  • Genius Cripple: Despite his Epilepsy, he is still quite smart.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after the District 7 tributes kill his mentee in the 45th Games. This causes him to have an epilectic seizure and then a full on stroke.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ahenobarbus, who is greatly offended by the Capitol’s Post Game Retaliation against Gates. Ahenobarbus even sits in the hospital with him after he has a stroke and is there when he wakes up.
  • Post Game Retaliation: The Gamemakers and President Lucius himself are very angry about his ingenuity and afraid that it would encourage others to believe they can outwit Capitol plans and technology. His train therefore suffers a terrible "accident" during his Victory tour, and he suffers injuries such that he develops epilepsy. District 3 is also put under quarantine and starved in order to discourage any further dangerous creativity.
  • Weather Manipulation: Creates a weather drone that takes control of the other weather drones in the arena, giving him full control of the arena weather. He uses this to create a heatwave, then a blizzard, then a thunder snowstorm, and finally a hailstorm of burning ice. When it was all over, he is the only tribute left.

Beetee Latier (35th Games Victor)

Wiress Okamoto (53rd Games Victor)

  • Big Brother Instinct: Downplayed, but her brother was the one who figured out what she was trying to build and called Beetee to tell him what tools she'd need.
  • Big Dam Plot: Her strategy involves building a dam that first allows her to flood the Cornucopia and with a tarp go there and steal all the weapons the Careers haven’t taken, including napalm. Wiress then uses the dam as a fort to fend off the attacking Careers. When the District 1 boy throws a grenade at Wiress and the District 2 boy, this destroys the dam, drowning all the remaining tributes except Wiress.
  • Child Prodigy: She fixed a broken TV in her grandfather's shop when she was seven, won the district-wide junior science fair twice by the time she was eleven, and when she was eleven, recognized a design flaw for the safety mechanisms on a new reactor during her class field trip (the first time she met Beetee, was when he sat on the committee investigating the disaster after the plant officials ignored her warning about the flaw).
  • Dangerous 17th Birthday: Wins her Games on her seventeenth birthday.
  • Doting Grandparent: She was close to her grandfather and was with him when he died.
  • Drinking Contest: Her “secret” is she does these with Capitol wine connoiseurs in order to win sponsors. She keeps this a secret to avoid Beetee’s inevitable lecture.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Combined with O.O.C. Is Serious Business, when right before the 62nd Hunger Games, she apparently told a promising tribute that the blood-crazed Capitolites would give him more sponsor gifts and root for him to win more if he managed to torture a career to death (although it's unclear if she realized how far he would take that).
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Response to killing the District 6 boy, who was making a lot of noise as he starved to death.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as District 3’s female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell. By then she has gone much further into Sanity Slippage and is ultimately killed by Gloss.
  • The Rain Man: Demonstrates both autistic tendencies and super-intelligence, both of which help her win her Games.
  • Sanity Slippage: According to Beetee, going back into the games is taking its toll on her, and we get to see that up close in the books.
  • Slashed Throat: Gloss does this to her during the Third Quarter Quell, killing her.

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

Seaward Docker (8th Games Victor)

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

Manannan Ulom (19th Games Victor)

Thisbe Everett (21st Games Victor)

  • The Dog Bites Back: Subverted. The Black Banquet Massacre initially looks like this but it’s implied that she was actually The Scapegoat.
  • Driven to Madness: First by the Gamemakers' terrifying arena, and then by Snow's gaslighting.
  • Garden of Evil: For the first week, her 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.
  • Gaslighting: A young Coriolanus Snow gaslights her into making paranoid rants prior to the Victory Tour banquet, which allows her to become The Scapegoat for the Black Banquet Massacre. Her “secret” is that she dies during the banquet trying to kill Snow.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Allegedly kills most of the 97 victims at the Black Banquet Massacre by poisoning their food and wine.
  • Unperson: Becomes this after the Black Banquet Massacre. She is the only Victor not to have a statue on the Avenue of Victory, which is perpetually "undergoing renovation," and she is never publicly spoken of again. The Victors have to do much searching just to learn anything about her.
  • Victory by Endurance: All the tributes who survive the first week are driven crazy by the arena, and Thisbe just happened to be the last one standing.

Briseis Barrington (33rd Games Victor)

Cerulea Larson (36th Games Victor)

  • Action Girl: Had a trainman score of 9 and survived against trained killers despite not having prepared for the Games herself.
  • Ancient Grome: Her arena is modeled after the ancient city of Rome.
  • Archer Archetype: Averted, she's a bit withdrawn, friendly and nurturing, and tried to keep from killing anyone except the career who were hunting her.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Among the Victors who fight off the Peacekeepers at the Control Center.
  • Due to the Dead: Her “secret” is that every year on Reaping Day she brings fresh flowers to the graves of District 4's dead tributes.
  • Foregone Conclusion: An interesting character whose survival the audience could root for, but who was mentioned as being among the dead victors well before appearing, all the way back in the prologue.
  • Lured into a Trap: The remaining Career pack comes upon her sleeping, but it’s really a duffel bag wrapped in blankets. The District 2 boy is Caught in a Snare she sets up, and she drops a not-so-Inescapable Net on the girls from Districts 1 and 2. She kills the District 2 girl and wounds the boy before the District 1 girl breaks free.
  • Nice Girl: Both before and after her games.
  • Spider-Sense: Gets a "Victor's premonition" even before she enters her Games that she shouldn’t join the Careers alliance. She is immediately proven correct, as the District 2 tributes and the District 1 girl kill the two other Careers once the initial bloodbath is over, and they would've killed her had she stayed.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The main focus of her chapter is Mags's investigation into Wheaton's death. Her Games are shown through occasional glimpses Mags gets as she travels to different locations in the Capitol.
  • Those Two Girls: with Briseis, the other female District 4 Victor from the 30’s.
  • Tomboy: Never trained for the Games, and instead worked on her fathers fishing boat and learned to fish, hunt and use the bow on her own.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in her own chapter, where she is a Non-P.O.V. Protagonist, during Brutus’s chapter (in a cameo where she meets him on her victory tour when he’s a little kid and gives him a kiss on the cheek) and then again for the Control Center Last Stand. Unlike Briseis, she does at least get one line, telling the younger Victors to flee while they stay behind to hold back the Peacekeepers.
    Cerulea: What are you waiting for, GO!

Halibut Shore (54th Games Victor)

  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hates being called Halibut, preferring to be called just “Hal”.
  • Family Extermination: His parents are executed during a districtwide crackdown on malcontents in District 4. His son Merlin is later reaped for and decapitated in the 70th Games .
    • He does have a sister though, and Merlin may not have been his only child.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gunned down with Manannan trying to protect Annie from the Peacekeepers, who take her hostage after Finnick escapes the Third Quarter Quell arena.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His “secret” is that he blames himself for his son Merlin’s death, as he never put much effort into mentoring him, because he didn't want to get his hopes up. He wonders ever since whether Merlin, had he lived long enough, could have outswam Annie when their arena was flooded.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: The only part of his Games that are described is the breakdown of the Career alliance. He personally betrays his closest ally, Copper the District 1 male tribute, and later the District 1 girl and the District 2 boy.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: The Careers in his alliance debate whether he experiences this or he is just a sociopath.
  • Stern Teacher: Known to have a “gruff, no nonsense approach” like his mentor Manannan.
    Hal (to Odysseus): You’re going to die, no point in pretending otherwise. But just in case, let’s go over what you know.
  • Switching P.O.V.: His chapter is shown from the perspective of every other Career tribute in his Games except him.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Poisons Copper’s fish.

Finnick Odair (65th Games Victor)

  • Anything That Moves: His “secret” is that he is pansexual, but once he meets Annie his heart belongs to her alone.
  • Best Served Cold: Planned his revenge against the Capitol for years, remembering names, events, and details. Providing a distraction for District 13's mission to rescue the Quarter Quell Victors gives Finnick the perfect opportunity.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Gives one right before he begins listing the names of Capitolian offenders.
    Finnick smiles his angelic smile. Angelic like the spirit of death that descended into Egypt in the old religious tale to strike down the house of the wicked. And so Finnick smiles and descends.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Hosts a talent show for the Victors dressed up like Caesar Flickerman, and pulling names out of a reaping bowl replica to determine the order the various victors go in. Most of the observers can't decided whether to feel appalled or amused.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gets revenge on all the Capitolians who abused him and so many others for so many years.
  • Famed In-Story: Until Katniss’s Games, Finnick is perhaps the most famous and popular Victor in Panem, and this remains so even after the Mockingjay Revolution, as his exploits as a revolutionary are added to his prior fame as a Victor and Capitol darling.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Occurs in-universe, in which many people overlook Finnick’s (and Annie’s) more ruthless and selfish exploits—like volunteering for the Hunger Games and killing eleven children—and instead emphasize his charm and heroism.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The author’s description of how so many have told different tales of Finnick Odair refers to the many The Hunger Games fans who have written Fan Fics about him.

Annie Cresta (70th Games Victor)

  • Action Mom: Though a new mother (and widely viewed as a Broken Bird), she develops the plan to rescue Katniss.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Becomes The Leader of the Career alliance during her Games by killing more tributes during the bloodbath than any other Career (including more than both District 2 tributes combined).
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Her “secret” is that she prepared for her Games by stalking and killing stray dogs. Dogs thereafter become a Trigger for her.
  • Broken Bird: Perhaps more than any living Victor, Annie is known for having been broken by the Games. But in this story she is portrayed as much more resilient, though still traumatized.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Becomes the Victor after her arena is completely flooded, and the swimming skills that are heavily emphasized in District 4 prove vital.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As the Rescue Arc proves, she retains combat and leadership skills long after being broken by the arena, and the Capitol's torture.
  • Happy Place: Briefly has to whisper “words that make me happy” to prevent herself from having another breakdown.
    Annie: Finnick. Ednick. Seashells. Sunset. Mags. Net. Quilt.
  • O.C. Stand-in: First introduced in Catching Fire as the young woman reaped to be District 4’s female tribute for the Third Quarter Quell until Mags volunteers for her. She is portrayed throughout the series as fragile and crazy, with little character development outside her relationship with Finnick.
  • Rescue Arc: Develops the rescue mission plan to save Katniss from Luster and the “Snowmen”.
  • Victory by Endurance: As per the books.

Odysseus Wheeler (73rd Games Victor)

  • Ascended Extra: His chapter, in which he is the POV character, presents the final battle with the Snowmen and the rescue of Katniss. This despite not having appeared, or even been mentioned, until 3 chapters before that.
  • Desperate Object Catch: Catches the remote from Luster's wounded hand. If the remote had hit the ground, it would have killed Katniss.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Lupus, his Best Friend and roommate in District 14 after the war ended.
  • OC Standin: In The Hunger Games first film, Caesar shows a clip of a Victor killing his final opponent with a brick. Ody kills his final rival with a brick, so this is likely him, which would make sense, as Caesar would likely show the recap of the most recent Games.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Refers to himself as the “perpetually and gratefully overshadowed” Victor, because his Games come right before the 74th Games, which produced the historic outcome of two Victors. Although unlike most examples he actually seems grateful for this, saying, "I never had to be a Victor thanks to her."
  • Rescue Arc: Among the Victors who go on the rescue mission to save Katniss from Luster and the “Snowmen”.
  • Urban Ruins: The setting of his arena, though the former city is not stated.

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