List of The Hunger Games characters

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The following is a list of characters in The Hunger Games trilogy, a series of young adult science fiction novels by Suzanne Collins that were later adapted into a series of four feature films.

Main characters[edit]

  • Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is the protagonist and narrator of the series. She is 16 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 side braid), olive skin, and grey eyes, all characteristics of "The Seam" part of District 12.[1] Katniss likes the color green, because of her familiarity with forests, and sings so beautifully it makes the mockingjays, a species of birds capable of mimicking songs, fall silent, an ability she inherited from her father. Katniss lives with her mother and younger sister, Primrose (nicknamed "Prim"), after the death of her father, who was killed in a mining accident and left her mother deeply depressed, forcing Katniss to become the breadwinner of the family. When Prim is reaped at the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place. The series then chronicles her efforts to survive the game, using such skills as hunting with bow and arrow, and how her skills significantly impact her and everyone around her. Eventually, her choice at the end of the game to spare both District 12 tributes, as co-winners, change Panem forever, because the districts see her as the symbol of rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol and its leader, President Snow.
  • Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is the male tribute from District 12 in both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. He is 16 years old with fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes, characteristics of the town section of District 12, which is wealthier than Katniss' district, Seam. Peeta is a baker's son with two brothers, a quiet father, and a mother who openly stated her belief and pride that Katniss could win the 74th Hunger Games. While Katniss likes green, Peeta likes the color of sunset orange. Peeta is charismatic, which helps him and Katniss tremendously during the games to entice sponsors to support them. Peeta has been in love with Katniss ever since he first saw her during elementary school and declares his love for her during the Pre-Games Interview, though Katniss at first thinks it is a ploy to charm sponsors. Unlike Katniss, who possesses considerable survival skills, Peeta's only abilities are interpersonal skills, hefting heavy objects, and painting; he honed the latter two by helping his parents in the bakery.
  • Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) is an 18-year-old boy who lives in District 12. He is Katniss' best friend and her hunting partner. They first met while Katniss was attempting to hunt to feed her family following their fathers' deaths. Gale, described by Katniss as muscular and very handsome, catches the attention of girls in District 12. Both Gale and Katniss bear the typical looks of those from the Seam: dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes. Like Katniss, Gale lives with his mother, Hazelle, and three younger siblings after his father's death in the same mining accident that took the life of Katniss' father. Though Hazelle is still working to support her children (in contrast to Mrs. Everdeen), Gale is the main breadwinner of the family.
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 afterward, 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, is 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). Towards the end of the book, his relationship with Katniss deteriorates because he feels responsible for the death of Prim, Katniss' 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 won the 50th Hunger Games (the Second Quarter Quell) 24 years prior to the first book.[2] He seems to come from The Seam, like Katniss and Gale, as he is described with similar physical characteristics: dark hair and olive skin. When he was 15, Haymitch was reaped for the Second Quarter Quell, wherein four tributes from each district were forced into the arena. He became an ally to a girl named Maysilee Donner, the original owner of Katniss' 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) 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's having used 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. As the only surviving victor from District 12 (one of only two in the history of the Games), Haymitch has been forced to mentor all of its tributes, which consumed him with guilt by being obligated to participate in the Games that he hated. He dealt with these feelings with alcohol and by openly flouting the dignity of the games. He treats Peeta and Katniss with contempt, and initially 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 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. During the voting to decide whether or not the final Hunger Games will use the Capitol children, Haymitch votes yes, understanding Katniss' decision to make President Coin think she is on her side. 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 resumes 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 is unclear if this is because of their particular charms, or because of their fame and success, which reflect well upon her. She has no 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 various "special" occasions, 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 "a certain determination I admire". Effie's 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' 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.

In the films, Effie's role in the third film, the first adaptation of Mockingjay, are expanded as, rather than getting captured, she defects for the Rebellion and effectively replaces the role of Katniss' prep team, who does not appear beyond the second film.

  • Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) is Katniss and Peeta's stylist, responsible for her public appearance. After designing the spectacular outfits for the opening ceremony, which include costumes ignitable 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 outfits as a vehicle to express potentially dangerous ideas".[3] He and Katniss establish an easy, comfortable relationship, and he demonstrates a genuine concern for her well-being.
In Catching Fire, Cinna dresses Katniss for her television interview in her wedding dress, as insisted by President Snow, but alters it so that when Katniss raises her arms and twirls, 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.[4] He initially appears in The Hunger Games giving the official welcome at the opening of the Games, but he does not speak to Katniss face-to-face until Catching Fire, when he pays her a visit at home and tells her 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.[5] 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.[6]
In Mockingjay, it is revealed that the smell of blood is due to oral 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 it could not cure his 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 shoots 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 President Coin's assassination.
  • Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), an ingénue character, nicknamed "Prim", is Katniss' 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 kind, gentle, 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 Prim's personality, as the girl has become more solemn and mature. Katniss states in the books that Prim is "the only person I'm certain I love".
At the Reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, Effie Trinket pulls Prim's name to be the female tribute for District 12. Katniss volunteers to take her place in the Games. Before Katniss leaves for the Capitol, Prim makes her promise to try hard to win the Games. This promise guides many of Katniss' actions in the game, and Katniss' sacrifice for Prim makes her a popular symbol in the Capitol, as people love the story, prompting Johanna 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, both because he is a victorious Career tribute and a sex symbol, known 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 4, who was also a victor of the Games. In Mockingjay, Finnick enters a deep depression, a result of Annie's 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 Finnick's reputation for having 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 by poisoning his opponents. Finnick is reunited with Annie (when District 13 retrieves her, Johanna, and Peeta from the Capitol), and marry. 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 mutations during the attempt to infiltrate the Capitol. Some months after his death, Annie has their son.
  • Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) is the female tribute from District 7. 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 to be a vicious killer. Haymitch implies that she may have been prostituted by President Snow, as Finnick was, but it is also implied that she refused to be prostituted, causing the Capitol to kill her family and friends. She later states "there is no one left I love".
Sarcastic and rebellious, Johanna's first meeting with Katniss involves her stripping naked out of her tree costume in order to make Katniss uncomfortable. 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' 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 Game using the Capitol's children: she votes yes.


  • Marvel (Jack Quaid) is the District 1 male in the 74th Hunger Games. Marvel was a career tribute and very skilled at throwing spears. 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 other 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 eight tributes, but was then killed by Katniss, in self-defense, after he had speared Rue. He finished 8th overall.
  • Glimmer (Leven Rambin) is the District 1 female tribute in the 74th Hunger Games. Glimmer is one of career tributes. She chose bow and arrows as her weapons during the bloodbath and died from the attack of tracker jackers. After her death, Katniss managed to steal her bow and arrows. Glimmer finished 12th overall.
  • Cato (Alexander Ludwig) is the District 2 male in the 74th Hunger Games. Cato was the leader of the Career pack. He was tall, good looking, and the second largest/physically strongest tribute, being slightly smaller than Thresh, the District 11 male tribute. He was skilled with many weapons and proved this by scoring a 10 in his individual training, earning him many sponsors in the process. 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 six, 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 have left Katniss as sole victor, as she would have then killed Cato. However, Cato was shot in the hand, pushed off of the Cornucopia by Peeta, and attacked by a pack of wolf mutts. He then begged Katniss to mercy-kill him, so she shot him in the head (in the heart in the film) 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 and an expert with throwing knives. 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, who blocked it with 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 and 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 the physically strongest tribute, which lent him an advantage in the Games. He scored a 10 in his individual training, which proved he was 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 six. 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' life as she was Rue's ally. His death in the book is very different from that of the film. In the book, he is presumably killed by Cato, finishing fifth overall; however, in the film he is the first victim of the Mutts, finishing fourth 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, at 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, trapped there by the career tributes. She pointed out a tracker jacker nest to Katniss, who cut the branch, causing it to fall on the careers. This resulted in the deaths of Glimmer and the female tribute from District 4. Katniss then collapsed, after being stung by some of the tracker jackers, and slept for a few days. Rue tended to her jacker bites during this time. Upon awakening, Katniss and Rue became allies and made plans to destroy the careers' supplies. Katniss destroyed the supply mountain the next day, but Rue found herself trapped in a net set up by the careers. Katniss came to her rescue, only Marvel speared Rue in the abdomen. Katniss killed Marvel in retaliation. Rue then told Katniss that she had to win and asked her to sing for her as she died. Rue finished seventh overall.
  • Gloss (Alan Ritchson) is the District 1 male in the 75th Hunger Games and the brother of Cashmere. He was a career tribute specializing in the use of daggers and the Victor of the 63rd Hunger Games. In the film, he is shown to be very handsome, muscular, and the tallest tribute. He was shot with an arrow in the right temple (in the chest in the film) by Katniss. He finished 11th overall.
  • Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund) is the District 1 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She was a Career tribute specializing in the use of knives and the Victor of the 64th Hunger Games. In the film, she is shown to be very beautiful and close to her brother Gloss. She had an axe thrown into her chest by Johanna Mason. She finished 10th overall. In Mockingjay, Finnick implies that she was prostituted by the Capitol, just as he had been.
  • Brutus (Bruno Gunn) is the District 2 male in the 75th Hunger Games. He was a Career tribute and the Victor of the 46th Hunger Games. In the film, he is shown to be bald, extremely muscular and very skilled with spears. He was the last tribute to die in the Third Quarter Quell as well as the entire history of the Hunger Games, being killed by Peeta after Brutus killed Chaff. He finished 7th overall. In the films, the fates of Brutus and his fellow tribute, Enobaria, are left open in the second and third films since they go unmentioned, but are clarified in the final film when Enobaria shows up as the only Career Victor left during the final Hunger Games voting, confirming Brutus' demise.
  • Enobaria (Meta Golding) is the District 2 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She was a Career tribute specializing in the use of swords and the Victor of the 61st Hunger Games. During her games, she bit another tribute's throat to secure her victory. To remind people of her savage victory, she had her teeth filed into fangs and inlaid with gold. She became extremely popular to the people of the Capitol because of this. Enobaria was the only non-alliance tribute who survived the Third Quarter Quell, being taken hostage by the Capitol alongside Peeta and Johanna. District 13 rescued her alongside the other captive tributes, though Katniss thought that Enobaria was probably not tortured, since she came from District 2. In the voting to decide the final Hunger Games with the Capitol children, Enobaria voted yes, stating "let them [the Capitol] taste their own medicine". In the final two film adaptations, Enobaria is not mentioned to be captured by the Capitol or shown rescued alongside the other tributes, but later turns up anyway in the voting to decide the final Hunger Games as well as during the execution of President Snow.
  • Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) is the District 3 male in the 75th Hunger Games. He was skilled in electronics and won his game by electrocuting groups of tributes at once. Beetee also contributed much to the technology of the Capitol. He joined the alliance to protect Katnis, setting up a plan to electrocute the Careers, and survived the game by being brought up by the rebels to District 13. Beetee joined the technology division, working on the military equipment and designing a bomb that later turned out to be used by President Coin to bomb the Capitol children and medics, killing Prim.
  • Wiress (Amanda Plummer) is the District 3 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She had a habit of not finishing her sentence, forcing Beetee to finish it on her behalf. She was quite tech-savvy and was the only one who realized that the Arena of the Third Quarter Quell was designed and functioned like a clock. After Blight's death, Wiress became mentally unstable. When the Careers caught up with the alliance, Gloss slit her throat. She finished 12th overall.
  • Mags (Lynn Cohen) is the District 4 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She was the oldest tribute, being about 80 years old, and won one of the earliest games. As a result, Mags was frail and spoke fragmented words that Katniss did not understand, which was probably caused by an illness. She knew that in no way she could survive the game due to her age and volunteered as tribute only to spare Annie Cresta, the girlfriend of Finnick Odair. Mags was skilled in weaving and could make a fishing hook "out of anything." During the game, Mags decided to sacrifice herself to a poisonous fog so she would not burden Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick. She finished 15th overall.
  • Female Morphling (Megan Hayes) is the District 6 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She sacrificed herself by jumping in front of a monkey mutt before it has the chance to kill Peeta, who comforted her by telling her stories about colors and letting her paint a flower in his face with her blood. She finished 14th overall.
  • Blight (Bobby Jordan) is the District 7 male in the 75th Hunger Games. He protested his inclusion by not joining the Training Period. He formed an alliance with his fellow tribute, Johanna, and Beetee and Wiress, but ran into a force field during a blood rain, which stopped his heart. Johanna stated that "he's not much, but he was from home".
  • Woof (John Casino) is the District 8 male in the 75th Hunger Games. He was the second oldest tribute, being about 70 years old. He was forgetful, eating insects even after being told about their poison. He was killed in the bloodbath.
  • Cecelia (Elena Sanchez) is the District 8 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She had three children who begged her not to enter the Hunger Games as seen in the footage of the Reaping. Katniss decided her as one of her allies in the Arena, but she was killed in the bloodbath.
  • Chaff (E. Roger Mitchell) is the District 11 male in the 75th Hunger Games. He was the Victor of the 45th Hunger Games. He refused a prosthetic arm after losing it during his first game. Chaff was best friends with Haymitch and they frequently drank together. He kissed Katniss during their first meeting without any reservation to tease her. He was killed by Brutus in the final day of the game, finishing 8th overall.
  • Seeder (Maria Howell) is the District 11 female in the 75th Hunger Games. She had dark hair and olive skin, which made her look like a person from The Seam if not for her golden eyes. She embraced Katniss after the Chariot rides, assuring Katniss that the families of Rue and Thresh were safe after the commotion in District 11. Katniss decided her as one of her allies in the Arena, but she was killed in the bloodbath.

Minor characters/Other Tributes[edit]

  • Mrs. Everdeen (Paula Malcomson) is Katniss's mother. She has fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes, all characteristics of the town residents of District 12. 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 death 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 does not pick up on it until much later. In Mockingjay he has become a "rebel filmmaker"[7] 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.
  • 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,[8] 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 10 and Posy is 5. 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 did not 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). In the films, Buttercup originally has black and white fur in the first film (contrary to his name), but is retroactively changed to better fit the books' description in later films.
  • Mrs. 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 does not seem to work. She 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. Darius does not appear in the film series.
  • 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. Katniss' prep team only appear in the first two films (except for Venia who only appears in the first), their roles in the final two films being taken up by Effie.
  • Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) is the Master of ceremonies and commentator of the Hunger Games along with Claudius Templesmith. He has served as the master of ceremonies since the 50th Hunger Games, but his unchanged appearance leads Katniss to speculate that he had received extensive surgeries to retain his youth. 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.
  • 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. In the films, Lavinia is not identified and neither is her backstory explored.
  • 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. Alongside the other stylists and prep teams for other tributes (except for Katniss' prep team), Portia is publicly executed by the Capitol after the Third Quarter Quell due to their alleged collaboration with the tributes that facilitate their escape from the Arena.
  • Atala (Karan Kendrick) is the training Center coach before the Games.
  • President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) is the leader of District 13. She is described as having gray hair that falls to an unbroken sheet to her shoulders and gray eyes that looks like "all the color was sucked away" and "slush that you wish would melt away". She has a special dislike of Katniss and mentions that Katniss is more useful to her dead than alive. It is also revealed that she wanted Peeta rescued from the Third Quarter Quell, not Katniss. During the assault on Capitol, Coin deliberately places Peeta in Katniss' squad to endanger Katniss' life. After taking over the Capitol, she becomes the "interim" president of Panem and proposes for a final Hunger Games with the Capitol children as tributes. 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 propos for District 13 and later accompanies Katniss and her squad during their assault on Capitol. She becomes upset by the deaths of two of her crew members, Castor and Messalla, but survives the war and begins filming the war destruction in Panem alongside Pollux.
  • 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 a metal dart, shot out of an incorrectly labelled pod, hits 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. In the films, their deaths are modified; the two die together after Leeg 1 chooses to stay with Leeg 2, who is injured in a landmine trap, as the building they are in are destroyed by the Peacekeepers.
  • 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 mutations 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. Dr. Aurelius does not appear in the film series.
  • 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 alive, Finnick 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 Snow's 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.


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