Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is the protagonist of the series. She is sixteen years old at the beginning of the first book, and is portrayed as quiet, independent and fierce. She has long dark hair (which she wears in a single braid down her back), olive skin, and grey eyes. She lives with her mother and Primrose, her younger sister, in District 12, a coal-mining district and one of the poorer districts of Panem. Food is scarce in District 12 and Katniss hunts illegally to feed her family and to supplement their meager income. Her father was killed in a mining explosion when she was younger, and her mother fell into a deep depression. Throughout her life, she became hunting partners and best friends with Gale Hawthorne, who is also from her District and whose father was killed in the same mining accident as Katniss's.
At the reaping for the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss' sister Prim's name is pulled by District 12 chaperone, Effie Trinket, but Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place. During the presentation of the tributes, her designer, Cinna, includes live flames in her costume, giving her the nickname "[the] Girl on Fire". During the pre-Game interviews, Peeta, Katniss' fellow tribute from District 12, expresses his love for her on live television. Katniss assumes it is a ploy to gain attention from wealthy sponsors. Later, she begins to believe that his love is real, though she is uncertain of her own feelings. During the Games, Katniss forms a genuine friendship with Rue (District 11 tribute), a 13-year old girl who reminds Katniss of her sister. After the two form an alliance and a plan to destroy their enemies supplies, things go awry and Rue is killed with a spear by Marvel from District 1, whom Katniss promptly shoots with her signature bow and arrow. Halfway through the Games, a new rule is instituted allowing both tributes from a district to become victors. Katniss and Peeta work together, eventually killing the last tribute, Cato (District 2). However, instead of being announced victors, the rule is revoked and only one winner is to be allowed. Katniss decides that they should eat poisonous nightlock berries, killing themselves and leaving the Games with no winner. As a result, Seneca Crane hastily ends the Games, and declares both Katniss and Peeta as winners. This is seen by the Capitol's people as an act of undying love, but is seen by Capitol officials and rebels in many districts as an act of defiance. The act makes Katniss a symbol of rebellion for the Districts against the Capitol. Upon returning to District 12, Katniss becomes aware of her indifference of feelings towards Peeta.
Months later, Panem's leader, President Snow, visits Katniss in her home before the annual victory tour. It is revealed that her and Peeta's actions that helped them win the previous games was seen as an act of rebellion and caused a few uprisings in some of the districts. In order to calm the situation, Snow suggests Katniss convince the country of her and Peeta's love. By the end of the victory tour, with the country still seemingly unconvinced, Snow announces the 75th Hunger Games (the country's third Quarter Quell) in which all tributes are to be selected from the existing pool of victors. Being the only living female victor from District 12, Katniss is again reaped to compete in the games, alongside Peeta, who volunteers after their previous mentor, Haymitch Abernathy's name is called. During these games, Katniss and Peeta ally themselves with Beetee and Wiress (District 3), Finnick Odair and Mags (District 4), and Johanna Mason (District 7). Mags and Wiress are killed, however the remaining allies make it to the final 7, along with Brutus and Enobaria (District 2). After a plan suggested by Beetee to electrocute the remaining two tributes goes awry, Katniss blows up the arena by shooting a flaw in the force field with an arrow trailing an electrical wire. Katniss, Finnick, and Beetee are rescued from the arena by the rebels and taken to District 13, though the remaining alliance members Peeta and Johanna are taken by the Capitol.
Upon regaining the majority of her mental and physical stability, the rebels approach Katniss about becoming the "Mockingjay" of the revolution. She eventually agrees and assists by filming short promos that are aired throughout the districts. After going through training, she is sent on a mission to the Capitol to carry out President Snow's assassination, alongside Gale and Finnick Odair. Peeta, who was successfully rescued from the Capitol, joins them. The Capitol injected Peeta with tracker jacker venom, causing him to forget a lot, including his feelings towards Katniss. When they first reunite in District 13, he tries to kill her. He is sent to join the mission to the Capitol, however, after weeks of counseling and attempts to set him straight again. The majority of the rebels in Katniss' crew is killed along the way to President Snow's mansion. A bomb goes off, killing her sister, who was in the Capitol to nurse the wounded rebels back to health. Katniss is left burned from the bombing near the President's mansion, right before the end of the war. She is rescued and nursed back to her own health, while informed that the rebels won the war and have President Snow's execution set, to be carried out by Katniss herself. After speaking with President Snow, she realizes that it was President Alma Coin of District 13 (who has also become the new president of Panem since Snow's capture), who ordered the bombing that killed Prim. At the execution, instead of shooting her arrow at President Snow, she kills Coin to avenge Prim's death and prevent someone as brutal as Coin from taking Snow's place. After being excused for Coin's murder, as she was still seen as mentally unstable, Katniss is sent back to District 12. She contemplates suicide until Peeta comes back from Dr. Aurelius's. Despite his flashbacks from his torture and her nightmares, they grow back together. In the epilogue, set fifteen years after the end of the story, it is implied that she has married Peeta, and they have two children, one girl and one boy.
Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is the male tribute from District 12, in both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. He is a baker's son. He is quite charismatic, which helps him during the Games. He states in an interview after the Reaping that he has been in love with Katniss since the first day he saw her. His relationship with Katniss grows throughout the story.
During The Hunger Games, Peeta is certain that Katniss will win because of her experience in hunting. Peeta defends Katniss, and even declares his love for her on public television. Though Peeta is sincere, Katniss does not truly return Peeta's affections; she initially believes he is simply trying to curry favor with the public and with the sponsors. At the end of the Games, they are the last two tributes remaining. The revision to the rules, which allowed two tributes to become victors if they originated from the same district, was revoked in an attempt for a more dramatic, and therefore audience-pleasing, ending. But rather than fight to the death, Peeta and Katniss threaten suicide with nightlock berries, forcing the Gamemakers to declare both of them victors. After the Games, it was revealed that Peeta had contracted blood poisoning from a wound he sustained in the Arena. Though Katniss had saved him in the Arena, he underwent surgery following the Games. The damage resulted in the loss of his left leg, forcing Peeta to use a prosthetic leg. Peeta is nicknamed "Lover Boy" by the Careers because of his love for Katniss.
Catching Fire opens with Peeta being "icy" and "unreachable", believing that the affection Katniss showed during the previous year's Games was a ploy. When President Snow announces the Third Quarter Quell, Peeta makes a deal with Haymitch to keep Katniss alive and safe – he volunteered himself, in Haymitch's place, in order to protect Katniss. He lies to the Capitol in an effort to try to save Katniss from returning to the Games by saying that they are married and that she is pregnant. During the Third Quarter Quell, Peeta and Katniss are part of the group that destroys the Arena. While rebels from District 13 rescue Katniss, Peeta is captured by Capitol forces.
In Mockingjay, he is tortured physically and mentally in an attempt to reveal information regarding Katniss and her whereabouts. Although he and others are eventually rescued, the Capitol tampered with his memories by using tracker jacker venom – a process called "hijacking" – which leaves him frightened and unstable. Believing that Katniss is a muttation, and remembering only a twisted version of their experiences in the Games, Peeta attempts to kill Katniss, but fails. With help from District 13 doctors, Prim, and other friends, he slowly begins to regain parts of his real memories, although the process is overwhelming and tedious for him. President Coin sends him on the final mission into the Capitol with the squad of soldiers that includes Katniss, Gale, and Finnick, where he struggles with his memories and mental trauma. It is believed President Coin's intent was for Peeta to become insane and kill Katniss, turning her into a martyr. However, Peeta manages to prevent this from happening, even insisting that he be handcuffed constantly in case he loses control and hurts someone. Realizing the danger in which he puts the group and the difficulty he causes them, he asks to be killed when it seems that he will lose control and try to kill Katniss. Katniss fiercely refuses and kisses him, which seems to make him stable. Peeta later votes not to have another Hunger Games (featuring children of the Capitol as tributes) to avenge the children that participated in previous years. When the war ends, Peeta survives and eventually returns to District 12 with Katniss. Later he and Katniss marry, and have two children – a girl and a boy – who are able to live in a world without the Hunger Games.
Peeta is 16 years old in The Hunger Games and 17 years old in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. He has a talent for art (he tells Katniss he was responsible for decorating the cakes at his family's bakery) and reveals that his favorite color is orange. When he is recovering his memory after he was "hijacked," Katniss reminds him that he likes the soft kind of orange like the sunset, not the bright kind.
Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) is an 18-year-old boy who lives in District 12. He is Katniss's best friend and her hunting partner. They meet while Katniss is attempting to hunt to feed her family following their fathers' deaths. Gale is described by Katniss as muscular and very handsome, and catches the attention of girls in District 12. Both Gale and Katniss bear the typical resemblance of those from the Seam; dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes. He has three younger siblings and is skilled with snares and hunting with bow and arrow.
In the second book, Catching Fire, Katniss returns to District 12, but their relationship cannot continue as it was, since Katniss and Peeta must play the part of lovers due to threats from the Capitol. Gale confesses his love for Katniss after she asks him to run away with her. Soon after, he is brutally whipped in public for hunting on Capitol land. He and Katniss prepare to fight as it becomes clear that a rebellion is about to begin. However, Katniss, along with Peeta, are selected for the Third Quarter Quell and must leave District 12 to return to the Games. Once again, Gale is forced to say goodbye to Katniss as she prepares for a fight to the death.
In Mockingjay, Gale fights in the rebellion in an epic war. District 12 is destroyed, and Gale leads approximately 10% of the population to safety. The survivors are forced to move to what is left of District 13. Once the people of District 13 are aware of Gale's heroism, they reward him with a higher ranking and a communicuff (which is later taken from him as punishment for helping Katniss in the war). Toward the end of the book, his relationship with Katniss deteriorates because he feels responsible for the death of Prim, Katniss's sister (caused by a bomb he had constructed). He mentions that he would always remind Katniss of Prim's death, which Katniss silently agrees with. Afterwards, Gale decides to remain in District 2.
Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) is a "paunchy, middle-aged man" who was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games (the Second Quarter Quell), which occurred 24 years prior to the first book. When he was 15, Haymitch was reaped for the Second Quarter Quell, where four tributes from each district were forced into the arena. He became an ally to a girl named Maysilee Donner, who was the original owner of Katniss's symbolic mockingjay pin, but was later forced to watch her die. During the Games, he discovered a wall of shrubbery at the edge of the Arena that concealed a force field, which ricocheted anything thrown in its direction. During the final moments of the Games, Haymitch (severely wounded himself) positioned himself by the edge, knowing that when his opponent flung her weapon at him, he could duck and the force field would hurl it back at her. His plan was successful, leaving Haymitch the victor. Within two weeks of his victory, Haymitch's mother, younger brother, and girlfriend were killed by President Snow as punishment for Haymitch using the force field to his advantage. Haymitch became an example of what happens to those who defy the Capitol.
After his victory, he became an alcoholic and has spent almost all of the next 24 years intoxicated. Being the only surviving victor from District 12 (one of only two in the history of the Games), Haymitch was forced to mentor all of its tributes, which consumed him with guilt by being forced to participate in the Games that he hated. He dealt with these feelings with alcohol and openly flouting the dignity of the games. He treats Peeta and Katniss with contempt and is sarcastic, expending no effort to help them. However, when Katniss confronts him, he is stirred from his stupor and emerges as the pair's greatest advocate, impressed by her determination and Peeta's patience. Haymitch shows himself to be highly canny as he guides his protégés in a cleverly designed, highly unorthodox strategy aimed at ensuring the survival of both tributes.
In the book Catching Fire, the liquor supply in District 12 runs out. As a result, Haymitch suffers from alcohol withdrawal. It is left to Katniss and Peeta to coax him back to health (and get him more liquor). After this incident, Katniss begins to develop a true affection and respect for him. When Katniss discovers that Haymitch and his allies from District 13 and the Capitol failed to save Peeta from the arena as they did for her, she claws him in the face. In Mockingjay, Haymitch is forced to go through detox in District 13, as they do not permit the consumption of alcohol. After this, he continues to serve as a mentor to Katniss and Peeta; however, he never truly repairs his relationship with either of them, and goes back to his drinking after the war ends. Haymitch and Katniss, despite nearly always working towards the same goals, are usually hostile towards one another, because they have similarly prickly personalities; also, Katniss and Peeta both resent Haymitch for keeping information from both of them, sometimes at the request of the other.
Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) is a Capitol-born chaperone who was assigned to oversee District 12's tributes in the Hunger Games, specifically Katniss and Peeta in the 74th and 75th Games. She must carry out such tasks as drawing the tributes' names at the reaping and escorting them to the Capitol. At first, she detests her association with District 12 and hopes to be promoted to a better, richer district after she pays her dues for a few years. Later, Effie becomes attached to her District 12 charges, though it's unclear if this is because of their particular charms, or because of their fame and success, which reflect well upon her. She does not have any moral qualms about the Hunger Games or the Capitol and appears totally oblivious to the misfortunes of District 12. She does not appear to be very intelligent, and gets basic facts wrong, such as confusing how diamonds and pearls are made. Effie always seems to wear wigs of different colors for different "special" occasions. She is very strict about manners and is always punctual. Katniss notes in the first book that 'although she can be tiresome, Effie has a very keen instinct about certain things' and that 'she has a certain determination I admire'. Her catchphrase in the first book is 'Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!' In Mockingjay, it is said that she was imprisoned after Katniss's escape, but, unlike many others Katniss knew in the Capitol, she is not executed. She meets up again with Katniss before Snow's execution and Katniss notes that she has a "vacant look" in her eyes.
Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) is Katniss's stylist, responsible for her public appearance. After designing the spectacular outfits of the opening ceremony, which include igniting Katniss and Peeta's costumes with synthetic fire, he nicknames Katniss "the Girl On Fire." Cinna is in his first year as a stylist for the Games, and specifically requested to be assigned to District 12. His amazing designs immediately win over the audience in favor of the District 12 tributes. Despite (or perhaps because of) his professional interest in image, Cinna proves to be better than most at seeing through the superficial spectacle of the Games to their barbaric core, "using [her] outfits as a vehicle to express potentially dangerous ideas." He and Katniss establish an easy, comfortable relationship and he demonstrates a genuine concern for her well-being. In Catching Fire, Cinna dresses her for her interview in her wedding dress, as insisted by President Snow, but alters it so that when Katniss raises her arms and twirls at her interview, the white dress burns away to be replaced with a black dress of feathers that resembles a mockingjay, which has become the symbol of the resistance in Panem. Because of this, Cinna is savagely beaten in front of Katniss, right before she enters the arena for the Quarter Quell, which unnerves her greatly. It is suggested that he might have been tortured to death after the arena explodes. Cinna is very different from the other inhabitants of the Capitol; he does not use surgery to alter his features, wears simple black clothes, and leaves his hair its natural dark brown color, close cropped. His only concession to the Capitol's fashion style is a small amount of gold eyeliner that brings out the gold flecks in his eyes.
President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) is the primary antagonist of the series, the autocratic ruler of the Capitol and all of Panem. Though seemingly laid-back, his demeanor hides a sadistic and psychopathic mind. He initially appears in The Hunger Games at the opening of the Games giving the official welcome, but he does not speak to Katniss face-to-face until Catching Fire, when he pays her a visit at home and tells her that he is angry that both she and Peeta were allowed to survive the Hunger Games, as their act of defiance (preferring joint suicide to the prospect of one killing the other) has ignited rebellion in several of the Districts. She is too prominent to kill, but he threatens her family and Gale unless she proves to the Districts that her act of saving Peeta was merely that of a love-crazed teenager and was not related to any desire to defy the Capitol. Later, Snow indicates to her that she failed in this, meaning that some or all of his threats will come true. President Snow is described as having very puffy lips, which are most likely the result of an appearance-altering operation that is very popular in the Capitol. Katniss describes him as exuding a smell of blood and roses. In Mockingjay, it is revealed that the smell of blood is due to mouth sores he got from one of the poisons that he used to kill people in his megalomaniacal efforts to control Panem. He drank the poison in order to allay suspicions, then took the antidote, but they could not cure him of the sores. He also smells strongly of genetically enhanced roses, as he always wears a white rose in his lapel to cover the scent of blood. The strong smell invariably makes Katniss gag. He is said to have prostituted winning tributes, like Finnick Odair, forcing them to have sex with wealthy Capitol citizens, under threat of killing their loved ones if they refused. Snow claims he only kills for a purpose, and he promises Katniss he will always tell her the truth. Whether these assertions are true or not is left up to interpretation by Katniss. He dies at the end of Mockingjay, after Katniss shot President Coin instead of him, though the rebels are unable to determine whether it was by choking to death on his own blood from his untreated mouth sores or because he was trampled by the mob in the panic following the assassination of President Coin.
Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), an ingénue character, nicknamed "Prim", is Katniss's younger sister. She was 12 years old in The Hunger Games and presumably 13 years old in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Like her mother, she has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Prim is thoughtful and sweet. She is a skilled healer, having been taught by her mother. In Mockingjay, Prim is singled out by District 13 to be trained as a doctor. During Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Katniss sees a change in her personality, as she has become more solemn and mature. Katniss stated in the books that Prim is "the only person I'm certain I love."
At the Reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, Prim's name is pulled by Effie Trinket to be the female tribute for District 12. Katniss volunteers to take her place in the Games. As she leaves for the Capitol, Prim makes Katniss promise to try hard to win the Games. This promise guides many of Katniss's actions in the game, while Katniss's sacrifice for Prim making her a popular symbol in the Capitol as people love the story, prompting some to note that the Capitol will never threaten Prim to get to Katniss because of the potential outcry.
In Mockingjay, Prim is sent by President Alma Coin into the rebellion battle against the Capitol to serve as a casualty nurse. During this battle, Prim is killed in a bombing, causing Katniss to fall into a deep depression. President Snow later reveals to Katniss that the bombing was planned by the rebels to galvanize public opinion against the Capitol to make people think that the Capitol caused the accident, and then had timed a second explosion to detonate when the medical corps arrived to assist survivors. Katniss had been told by Gale that this was a strategy being contemplated by the rebels. Knowledge of this information leads Katniss to execute President Coin, instead of President Snow.
Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) is the male tribute from District 4 who was reaped into the Third Quarter Quell. He is 24 years old and described as being very handsome, muscular, athletic and tall with tan skin, bronze hair, and stunning sea-green eyes. He is very popular among the people of the Capitol, and is known as a Sex Symbol for having many female lovers in the Capitol, none of whom he stays with for long. At age 14, he won the 65th Hunger Games by using a trident and a net against other tributes (a skill unique to District 4's trade of fishing). Katniss remarks that the trident given to him by a sponsor may have been the most expensive gift ever seen in the Games. During the Quarter Quell, Katniss is hesitant to make Finnick her ally, because she does not trust him—to her, he appears to be shallow, arrogant, and superficial. However, Finnick soon proves to be trustworthy by saving Peeta by using CPR to resuscitate him (which Katniss notes as, "one of the things I will never stop owing him for"), and using his skills to provide shelter. When jabberjays that make sounds of the screams of loved ones being tortured appear in the Quell, the one made to target Finnick uses the voice of Annie Cresta, his "poor, mad" lover in District Four, who was also a victor of the Games. In Mockingjay, Finnick enters a deep depression, a result of Annie being held prisoner by the Capitol. He assists with the rebellion by appearing in rebel propaganda. He later reveals that victors of the Games are often prostituted to wealthy citizens of the Capitol by President Snow, which resulted in his reputation of many lovers. He also reveals all of the political secrets he learned from clients, including the fact that President Snow only became the leader of Panem through poisoning his opponents. He is reunited with Annie (when District 13 retrieves her, Johanna, and Peeta from the Capitol), and they get married. Finnick is a member of the "Star Squad" that goes to fight in the Capitol during the final stages of the rebellion. He is decapitated by lizard muttations during the attempt to infiltrate the Capitol. Some months after his death, Annie has their son. Finnick is characterized as being personable, very good-looking, and down-to earth, with a quirky sense of humor. After an initial period of distrust, he and Katniss become good friends.
Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) is the female tribute from District 7. Sarcastic and rebellious, Johanna's first meeting with Katniss involves her stripping naked out of her tree costume in order to make Katniss uncomfortable. She reveals that she has no friends or family in District 7 during the 75th Hunger Games, stating "there is no one left I love." She won her original Hunger Games by pretending she was a weakling and a coward, so no one regarded her as a threat, but when only a few tributes remained, she revealed herself as a vicious killer. Johanna teams up with Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick in the Quarter Quell, bringing Beetee and Wiress with her. Johanna takes part in the committee to keep Katniss and Peeta alive, and helps by protecting Katniss throughout the Games. Near the end of Catching Fire she removes the tracker in Katniss's arm by cutting it out with a knife. Johanna is captured by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire. In the third book, she is rescued along with Peeta and Annie and brought to District 13, where she fights with rebel forces and improves her friendship with Katniss. She is to fight in the Capitol with Katniss (although not as a sharpshooter—being from an area where lumber is the main export, her main weapon is the axe) but during training in District 13 she panics when the training arena is deliberately flooded as she has developed a fear of water as a result of her Capitol torture: being soaked in water and given electric shocks. Because she and Katniss refuse to be held in the District 13 hospital to treat their supposed mental illnesses, they convince the officials of District 13 to let them room together. Johanna is part of the committee that votes whether or not to hold one last Hunger Games using the Capitol's children: she votes yes. Also, Haymitch implies that she may also have been prostituted by President Snow, like Finnick. But it is also implied that she refused to be prostituted, causing the Capitol to kill her family and friends.
Marvel (Jack Quaid) is the District 1 male in the 74th Hunger Games. Marvel was a member of the career pack. He scored a 9 in his individual training. Marvel played a strong part in the initial bloodbath, killing off many tributes. He then took part in the hunt for Katniss during the games, along with the career tributes and Peeta. When the careers were attacked by the tracker jacker nest, he survived as the sole District 1 tribute. Marvel survived through to the final 8 tributes, but was then killed by Katniss, in defense after he had speared Rue. He finished 8th overall.
Glimmer (Leven Rambin) is the District 1 female in the 74th Hunger Games. Glimmer was a member of the career pack. Like the other career tributes, she played a strong part in the initial bloodbath, killing off many tributes. She then took part in the hunt for Katniss during the games, along with the career tributes and Peeta. On Day 2, the career tributes found the District 8 female, and Glimmer was given a sword by Cato to kill her. Glimmer then hunted down Katniss with the other career tributes, and cornered her up a tree with no escape. With help from Rue, Katniss was able to cut down a tracker jacker nest, which woke all the tracker jackers and the career tributes. Glimmer failed to escape the attack of the tracker jackers and was stung to death. She finished 11th overall (12th in the book).
Cato (Alexander Ludwig) is the District 2 male in the 74th Hunger Games. Cato was a member of the career pack. He scored a 10 in his individual training, proving to be one of the most powerful tributes. Cato played a strong part in the initial bloodbath, killing off many tributes. He then took part in the hunt for Katniss during the games, along with the career tributes and Peeta. Out of the four career tributes, Cato was the most eager to kill Katniss. He managed to escape the attack of the tracker jackers, caused by Katniss while they were sleeping. When Katniss destroyed the career tributes mountain of supplies, Cato, in a fit of rage, snapped the neck of the District 3 male. Cato made it through to the final 6, and was absent from the feast, as Clove had gone to the cornucopia herself and fought with Katniss. Cato next appeared at the cornucopia as he, Katniss and Peeta were being attacked by the Mutts to end the games. Cato fought brutally with both the District 12 tributes, and almost beat them when he grabbed Peeta by the neck threatening to kill him, which would leave Katniss as sole victor as she would kill Cato in defense, but he was shot in the hand, pushed off of the Cornucopia by Peeta and attacked by a pack of wolf mutts. He then begged to be killed by Katniss out of mercy, and she shot him in the head to end his torture. He was the final tribute to be killed in the 74th Hunger Games, finishing 3rd overall.
Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman) is the District 2 female in the 74th Hunger Games. Clove was a member of the career pack. She scored a 10 in her individual training, very common of a career tribute. In the initial bloodbath, she was the first tribute who came close to killing Katniss. She killed the District 9 male, who was about to kill Katniss, and then threw a knife at Katniss, which landed in her backpack. She then chased Katniss away into the forest. Clove took part in the hunt for Katniss during the games, along with the career tributes and Peeta. Once they found Katniss, they chased her up a tree and trapped her by sleeping on the ground beneath her. She then survived the attack of the tracker jackers, caused by Katniss. She and the careers were then weakened even more by Katniss when she destroyed their supplies. Clove and Katniss then came into contact at the feast, where Clove attacked her with a knife, pinned her down and taunted her about the death of Rue. She was then attacked by Thresh, who had witnessed the whole fight. Her death is slightly different between the book and the film. In the book she has her head smashed with a rock by Thresh, cracking her skull, but in the film she is violently slammed against the cornucopia. She finished 6th overall.
Foxface (Jacqueline Emerson) is the District 5 female in the 74th Hunger Games. During training, she spent most of her time working on the plants section, which proved her to be the smartest of all the tributes. She scored a 5 during her individual training. She survived the initial bloodbath, but ran into Katniss while trying to escape. The two spared each other's lives in fear and ran in opposite directions. She was next seen by Katniss, as she stole food from the career tributes mountain of supplies. She then took part in the feast, in which she remained hidden in the cornucopia, escaping with her district bag. She made it through to final 5 tributes, but her death came when she was poisoned by eating nightlock (poisonous berries). She finished 5th overall (4th in the book).
Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) is the District 11 male in the 74th Hunger Games. He was one of the oldest and strongest tributes, which came as an advantage to him in the games. He scored a 9 in his individual training, which proved him to be as strong as the career tributes. He survived the initial bloodbath, and even killed one of the tributes himself. During the games, he stayed hidden away from all the other tributes which helped him survive through to the final 6. When the feast was announced, he made his way to the cornucopia and witnessed Clove attack Katniss. He then brutally killed Clove upon hearing her say that she killed Rue, his female counterpart. He spared Katniss's life as she was Rue's ally. His death in the book is very different to that of the film. He is presumably killed by Cato, finishing 5th overall (book), whereas in the film he is the first victim of the Mutts, finishing 4th overall.
Rue (Amandla Stenberg) is the District 11 female in the 74th Hunger Games. She was the youngest of all the tributes in the games, being just 12 years old. She scored a 7 in her individual training. She survived the initial bloodbath, unusual for such a young tribute. She spent the first few days climbing through the trees and hiding. On Day 5, she found Katniss up a tree, who was trapped by the career tributes. She pointed out a tracker jacker nest to Katniss and told her to cut it down to attack to the careers. This resulted in the death of Glimmer. Katniss then collapsed after being stung by some of the tracker jackers, and was asleep for a few days. Rue took care of her body wounds during this time. Upon awakening, Katniss and Rue became allies and made plans to destroy the careers supplies. Katniss destroyed the mountain the next day, but Rue found herself trapped in a net set up by the careers. Katniss came to her rescue, only for Marvel to spear Rue in the abdomen. Katniss killed Marvel in defense of Rue. Rue then told Katniss that she has to win and asked her to sing for her as she died. She finished 7th overall.
Gloss (Alan Ritchson) is the District 1 male in the 75th Hunger Games. He was shot with an arrow in the right temple (in the chest in the film) by Katniss.
Mrs. Everdeen (Paula Malcomson) is Katniss's mother. She was raised in town as the daughter of an apothecary, and consequently had a fairly comfortable life. During the 50th Hunger Games (2nd Quarter Quell) reaping, she and Madge's mother were clinging on Maysilee Donner, Madge's aunt and Ms. Everdeen's friend, who was reaped and killed at the time. She gave it all up to marry Katniss's father and move to the Seam, where she lived in poverty. She falls into a deep depression when her husband dies in a mining accident. She does not talk for quite a while, causing Katniss to step up and be Prim's caretaker. She eventually recovers enough to set up an apothecary in District 12, but it is not until after her first Hunger Games that Katniss finally forgives her mother for not offering any support to her and Prim during her depression. In Mockingjay she is seen working in the hospital in District 13, and following Prim's death at the end of the book, she does not return to District 12 with Katniss. Instead, she stays in District 4, working in a hospital and coping with her grief. She and Katniss maintain contact through telephone calls.
Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the new Head Gamemaker following the execution of Seneca Crane. He is later shown to be the leader of the rebellion movement in the Districts, and is the mastermind behind the plan to break the tributes out of the arena in Catching Fire. He tries to give Katniss hints about the nature of the Arena for the Quarter Quell, but Katniss doesn't pick up on it until much later. In Mockingjay he has become a "rebel filmmaker" and helps create propaganda featuring Katniss as the Mockingjay for Panem. He is elected Secretary of Communications after the war ends.
Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) is the Head Gamemaker during the 74th Hunger Games. He is executed because he lets both Katniss and Peeta live. The book gives no details; in the movie however, Crane is escorted by Peacekeepers and locked in an opulent room containing only an elegant bowl of fresh Nightlock berries for him to consume. In the second book, Katniss effectively both impresses and shocks the Gamemakers by using the paint from Peeta's effigy of Rue, a practice dummy strung from the rafters of the gymnasium with a hangman's noose, and the name "Seneca Crane" as a warning and epitaph. This earns her a ranking of 12, designed to force other competitors to target her.
Madge Undersee is the mayor's daughter and Katniss's friend. She and Katniss were always thrown together at school, both being solitary in nature. Madge is the one who gives Katniss her mockingjay pin, which becomes a symbol of rebellion. Katniss later learns that the pin had belonged to Madge's aunt, Maysilee Donner, a Tribute in the 50th Hunger Games and twin to Madge's mother, who became allies with Haymitch for some time. Katniss and Madge spend more time together during the months after the Games. Katniss is at Madge's house when she first hears of the uprisings in District 8 on the mayor's television in his room. She and her family perish in the District 12 bombings. Madge is not included in the film adaptations.
Mr. Everdeen (Philip Troy Linger) was Katniss's father, before his death in the mines of District 12 when Katniss was 11 and Prim was 7. Memories of him run through Katniss's mind throughout the series, with Katniss mentioning such features of him as his singing voice, his handsomeness, and the things he taught her. Peeta's father says that although he was in love with Katniss's mother, she chose to marry Katniss's father because of his lovely singing voice. Katniss recalls that when he sang, "all the birds stopped to listen". (Which is one of the memories that Peeta responds successfully to.) She misses him terribly, and the pain of losing him almost destroyed Mrs. Everdeen. He is depicted through flashbacks in the films.
Delly Cartwright is a girl from District 12 whom Katniss describes as being "the friendliest person on the planet." She is Peeta's friend. She is one of the refugees in District 13, after escaping the District 12 fire bombing with her younger brother. Her parents, who hid in the shoe shop during the bombing, were not so lucky as Katniss describes. She is first mentioned in "The Hunger Games", when Peeta, trying to explain Katniss's reaction in recognizing an Avox as someone she met on a hunting trip, fibs that the Avox is a "dead ringer for Delly". In Mockingjay, after Peeta is rescued from the Capitol, Delly is used as a psychological "balm" to stir his childhood memories and help begin his recovery from the mind-control tortures the Capitol inflicted upon him. In the same book, it was revealed that Delly and Peeta used to do chalk drawings on paving stones and Peeta's father used to let them make dough people.
Greasy Sae (Sandra Ellis Lafferty) is an old woman who sells bowls of soup from a large kettle at The Hob in District 12. Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne trade with her often, and make a conscious effort to keep on good terms with her as she could be counted on to buy wild dog, which most of their other customers decline. Greasy Sae started a collection to sponsor Peeta and Katniss during the 74th Hunger Games, with some people chipping in. She also has a granddaughter described as "not quite right" who is generally treated as sort of a pet by people in the Hob, who give her scraps of food from their stands. At the end of the book, Greasy Sae is one of the few hundred people to return to District 12 following the war. When Katniss returns to District 12 after the war, Greasy Sae comes over in the morning and evening to cook and do light housekeeping. It is unclear whether she is doing this out of friendship or if she has been paid. Greasy Sae is not directly mentioned in the Hunger Games movie, but a character who is presumably her is seen dealing with Katniss. She gives the mockingjay pin to Katniss in the movie, although in the book, it was given to her by Madge.
Hazelle Hawthorne is Gale's mother. A very self-reliant woman, after her husband is killed in the same mining accident that killed Katniss's father, she takes up work doing people's laundry. After Gale is caught poaching and is publicly whipped, people stop using her services for fear of being punished for associating with her. She gets a new job cleaning Haymitch's house sometime after that.
Rory, Vick, and Posy Hawthorne are Gale's younger siblings. The book states that Rory is 12, Vick is ten and Posy is five. Posy was born just after the mining accident in which Gale's father died. After Thread's lockdown, Posy got sick and Rory got tesserae in exchange for his name to be entered more times in the reaping.
Mr. Mellark is Peeta's father. Kind and soft spoken, resembling Peeta, he does not appear except when he trades with Katniss and Gale and when he visits Katniss before the 74th Hunger Games to give her cookies. It is later revealed that he grew up with Katniss's mother, Mrs. Everdeen, and even loved her. In Mockingjay, it is revealed that he used to let Peeta and Delly Cartwright make dough girls and boys. He and his wife die in the bombings of District 12.
Mrs. Mellark (Raiko Bowman) is Peeta's mother. Very stern and strict, she only appears in the series once, when she beats Peeta. Peeta mentions that he likes his father more than his mother once. Katniss calls her a "witch" on several occasions, and hints that Mr. Mellark only married her because he could not have the woman that became Mrs. Everdeen. Mrs. Mellark dies in the bombings of District 12.
Cray (Wilbur Fitzgerald) is the Head Peacekeeper of District 12. As Head Peacekeeper of District 12, Cray does not enforce many of the laws of the Capitol. He is often found in the Hob, the black market of District 12, where he buys illegal alcohol and game from Gale and Katniss. Although lenient with the law, he is also known to abuse his position by luring starving young women into his bed in exchange for a small amount of money. Katniss claims that if she had not learned to hunt, she would have been one of those women.
Maysilee Donner is Madge's aunt, and was reaped along with Haymitch and two others for the 50th Hunger Games, and temporarily became his ally. She was friends with Katniss's mother. After breaking the alliance with Haymitch, she is killed by a large number of bright, "candy-pink birds," who use their razor sharp beaks to fatally wound her in the neck. Haymitch stays with her until she dies, as Katniss stayed with Rue until she died. The mockingjay pin Madge gave Katniss belonged to her.
Romulus Thread (Patrick St. Esprit) is Cray's replacement as Head Peacekeeper of District 12. His only appearance is in the second book Catching Fire at Gale Hawthorne's whipping for poaching off the Capitol's land. He makes major changes to District 12 by adding new gallows, stocks, and a whipping post. He also has the Hob (District 12's black market) burned down.
Mayor Undersee is the father to Madge Undersee as well as the mayor of District 12. He enjoys the strawberries that Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne pick illegally from the woods. He was present at the reaping in "The Hunger Games". He is also mentioned as throwing a Harvest Festival party in District 12 in Catching Fire. He dies in the bombing of District 12.
Goat Man is an old man who raises goats as a living. In The Hunger Games, Katniss recalls him as the man who sells Katniss and Gale a goat. Later the goat is given to Primrose and named Lady. His fate is unknown, although he is said to have died during the initial bombing of District 12.
Rooba is the District 12 meat butcher. She helps Katniss by refusing the Goat Man's offer thus letting Katniss have the goat for a lower price. She is also known to buy meat (such as squirrels and deer) from Katniss and Gale. She dies in bombing of District 12.
Lady is a nanny goat owned by Prim, who usually milks it before going to school every day. Lady was not brought to District 13 (and neither was Buttercup) during the evacuation. It is unknown, but likely, if Lady was killed during the bombings, but Katniss didn't see her anywhere when she visited District 12.
Buttercup is Prim's cat. Though Katniss describes him as "the world's ugliest cat", Prim disregards this and takes good care of him. He is Prim's companion, and is loyal only to her. Although he did not escape with Prim and Mrs. Everdeen, Katniss found him when she revisited District 12 and brought him back. He is said to dislike District 13, due to its underground location and lack of fresh air. After Prim's death and the end of the war, he makes his way back to District 12 on foot, and is found again by Katniss. The two mourn over Prim's death in Mockingjay, and end up comforting each other (it is hinted they are starting to come to love each other).
Ms. Undersee is Mayor Undersee's wife, Madge's mother, and sister of Maysilee Donner. She is only mentioned to have been in a very deep depression, partially brought on by her sister's death. She is described as to stay in bed all day, shutting away reality. She takes pills to calm her pain, which doesn't seem to work. Perishes along with her daughter, husband, and two other people.
Darius is a friendly Peacekeeper who was turned into an Avox because he interfered with Gale's public whipping. He is Katniss's Avox servant for the Quarter Quell, along with Lavinia. Because of this, he was arrested with Lavinia, questioned about Katniss, tortured and eventually killed. Peeta mentioned in Mockingjay that while Lavinia died relatively quickly (if accidentally), it took days to finish Darius off. As Avoxes cannot speak, it can be assumed that the only purpose of questioning them was to torture Peeta by making him listen.
Octavia, Venia, and Flavius (Brooke Bundy, Kimiko Gelman, and Nelson Ascencio respectively) are Katniss's prep team. They are residents of the Capitol and sport the usual radically altered appearances of Capitol residents, including orange corkscrew hair and purple lipstick (Flavius); pea-green skin (Octavia); and aqua-colored hair and a face etched with gold tattoos (Venia). At first it appears that they are very dull-witted and care only about their appearance. They prove themselves less shallow when they begin to cry while preparing Katniss for the Quarter Quell, from which they do not expect her to return. Katniss gleans valuable information from them by listening to them gossip about shortages of supplies, giving Katniss clues about which districts have rebelled. In Mockingjay, they are kidnapped and taken to District 13 to help with Katniss's styling, and they very quickly run afoul of District 13's draconian rules and end up cruelly punished for stealing bread. Katniss orders them set free and healed. Venia is said to have always been the strongest: for example, in Catching Fire, Venia is the only one to contain her emotions while working on Katniss's appearance, while Octavia and Flavius both needed to leave the room to control their emotions.
Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) is the Master of ceremonies and commentator of the Hunger Games along with Claudius Templesmith. He also interviews each tribute on live television the night before the Games begin, and is known to have an innate ability to relax a tribute's fears so as to have a casual discussion with him or her. He is also known for wearing a different color of hair and suit for each Hunger Games, including a frightening blood-red color of hair used in the 73rd Hunger Games. In the movies, he is also known for flashing a huge smile. It has been suggested that he has been the Master of ceremonies since the early days of the Hunger Games.
Tigris (Eugenie Bondurant) is a former Hunger Games stylist who currently works in a small shop specializing in fur-trimmed underwear in the Capitol. Her face has been altered into a "semi-feline mask" from many surgical operations. It is implied these alterations, too strange for even people in The Capitol, caused her to be shunned and banned as a stylist for the Games; this resulted in Tigris becoming embittered towards The Capitol. She aids Katniss's squad on their final mission by hiding them in her shop and disguising them. When Katniss offers Tigris food, she says "I eat next to nothing, and then, only raw meat." After that, Katniss says that Tigris is too into her character.
Claudius Templesmith (Toby Jones) is an announcer and commentator of the Hunger Games with Caesar Flickerman.
Lavinia (Amber Chaney) is an Avox (a servant whose tongue has been cut out as punishment for treason). She has red hair, pale skin, and striking features. Because of her inability to speak, Katniss initially does not know her name or anything about her. Katniss recognizes her from when she and Gale witnessed the girl's capture and the death of her friend, and Katniss later speculates that she is a runaway from the Capitol. In Mockingjay, Katniss learns that her name was Lavinia and that it was planned that she be tortured to death to traumatize Peeta. She was killed along with Darius. Katniss learns from Peeta that her torturers used too much electricity during the process and her heart stopped, accidentally granting her a quick and less painful death.
Portia (Latarsha Rose) is Peeta's stylist in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. She is only mentioned a few times in the series. She praises Katniss on a job well done in the first book when Katniss receives an 11 in training. Portia was publicly executed by the Capitol.
Atala (Karan Kendrick) is the training Center coach before the Games.
President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) is the leader of District 13. After taking over the Capitol, she temporarily becomes president of Panem. She has a special disliking of Katniss and mentions that Katniss is more useful to her dead than alive. It was revealed that she wanted Peeta rescued from the third Quarter Quell, not Katniss. She is publicly killed by Katniss at President Snow's execution after Katniss concludes that it was Coin who was responsible for the bombing that proved fatal to Primrose and many Capitol children.
Boggs (Mahershala Ali) was first introduced as President Coin's right-hand man. At first, Katniss writes him off as someone she will dislike due to his close association with Coin. However, he is shown to be honest, witty, and friendly, and Katniss learns to trust him. He serves as Katniss's bodyguard for part of Mockingjay, and is assigned to Squad 451 along with Katniss, Gale, and Finnick. He accidentally steps on a land mine on a Capitol street that the Holo did not detect. When his legs are blown off, the squad drags him into an apartment, where he gives Katniss his Holo and tells her to complete her "mission," to not trust "them" (who this is referring to is unclear), and to kill Peeta. He dies soon after.
Cressida (Natalie Dormer) is the resident director from the Capitol, she and her camera crew join the rebellion, moving to District 13 after fleeing the Capitol. Cressida is described as "a woman with a shaved head tattooed with green vines". She films the rebels' propos, following the training and the final mission of Katniss and her troop. After they're attacked, she leads the remaining members of the Star Squad to safety in Tigris's shop.
Messalla (Evan Ross) is Cressida's assistant from the Capitol. He moved to District 13 after fleeing the Capitol. He assists in filming propos for the rebels in Districts 8 and 13. He joins the Star Squad in the rebellion, on their final mission in the Capitol. When the troop find their way into the underground of the Capitol, they are soon found by lizard muttations. Whilst fleeing from the lizards, Messalla is killed by a pod that emits a shaft of impenetrable light, melting his skin off.
Leeg 1 and Leeg 2 (sisters) (Misty Ormiston and Kim Ormiston respectively) are sisters who were born in District 13, and placed in the sharpshooting Star Squad to assist Katniss in her final mission. They are said to look almost completely alike. Since everyone is addressed as "Soldier", they are distinguished by 1 and 2. Four days after arriving in the Capitol, Leeg 2 is the first to be killed in the Star Squad. She dies after poisonous darts that shoot out of an incorrectly labelled pod, shoot her in the temple. Leeg 1 continues through to the underground of the Capitol, until she is killed when Katniss discovers that Leeg 1 and Jackson chose to stay at a pod called the Meat Grinder, to hold back the lizard muttations.
Mitchell, Jackson, and Homes (Joe Chrest, Michelle Forbes and Omid Abtahi respectively) are part of Katniss's sharpshooting team, the Star Squad, they are all killed in the war. Mitchell is kicked into a net of barbed wire by a raging Peeta, and subsequently killed by a black tar-like substance. Jackson, second in command after Boggs in the Star Squad, stays behind to hold back the muttations, along with Leeg 1, presumably resulting in their deaths. Homes is presumed to be decapitated by the lizard muttations along with Finnick and Castor.
Castor and Pollux (brothers) (Wes Chatham and Elden Henson respectively) are Cressida's camera crew from the Capitol. They often wear "insect shells", that is, a wearable carapace holding the camera and equipment. Pollux is a former Avox, having escaped from servitude in the Capitol, and Castor interprets for him. As photojournalists, they are courageous and have an incredible sense for "capturing the right moment" on film. After Katniss sings "The Hanging Tree," Pollux comes to truly accept and admire her. Castor is killed by the lizard muttations with Finnick and Homes. Their names derive from the twins of Greek mythology. In the myth, as in Mockingjay, Castor was killed, while Pollux lived on, alone.
Dr. Aurelius is a doctor from District 13. He took care of Katniss during her time in District 13 and headed the study on Peeta's hijacking. He is also Katniss's doctor/therapist after Prim's death (however, he generally sleeps during their sessions unless she feels like talking, which suits them both). He serves as a witness in Katniss's defense during her trial for the killing of Coin, stating she is mentally unstable.
Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson) competed in and won the 70th Hunger Games, representing District 4. She has sea green eyes and dark hair. She became mentally unstable after seeing the male tribute from her district decapitated. When an earthquake broke a dam, the arena was flooded. She won because, being from the fishing district, she was the best swimmer. Annie seems never to have fully recovered. She is chosen at the reaping for the Quarter Quell, but Mags volunteers to take her place, really trying to spare her. Her scream is used by the jabberjays (birds that are able to mimic whatever they hear) in the Quarter Quell to torment Finnick, who loves her. In Mockingjay, she and Finnick Odair marry, and she later gives birth to their son after his death. Annie votes against another Hunger Games for Capitol children, noting that, if Finnick were alive, he would do the same.
Commander Paylor (Patina Miller) first appears in Mockingjay. Paylor is described a having dark brown eyes that are puffy with fatigue and smells of metal and sweat. Paylor is a leader of the rebel troops in District 8. Katniss meets her while in District 8 to film a propo. Later in Mockingjay, while wandering around President's Snow now rebel-inhabited mansion, Paylor allows Katniss to see President Snow, who is now imprisoned and awaiting execution. Two days after Katniss kills Coin, Paylor becomes President of Panem. It is implied that living conditions in all the districts improved considerably under her presidency.
Bonnie and Twill meet Katniss in the woods during Catching Fire. Both are from District 8 and are rebels. Twill proves this by holding out a cracker with the image of a mockingjay; it is the first time Katniss sees that the mockingjay has become a symbol of rebellion. Bonnie and Twill are on their way to District 13 and they are the first to tell Katniss that District 13 may exist. Katniss also begins to ponder the reality of District 13, when she realizes that they show the same footage of the burned-down justice building again and again, each time implying it is current footage. However, in Mockingjay, it is mentioned that the pair never made it to 13, and they are presumed dead. Bonnie and Twill are not featured in the films.
Commander Lyme (Gwendoline Christie) is a victor from District 2 who won over a generation ago according to Katniss. She is tall and muscular and leads the rebels in their fight in District 2 to capture "the Nut" which is a mountain that contains the missiles for the Capitol. It can be assumed that she dies in combat because at the end of the trilogy when Coin gathers the remaining victors only 7 are left: Peeta, Annie, Katniss, Beetee, Enobaria, Haymitch, and Johanna. Nothing is directly said that happens to Lyme but it is clear she dies at some point.