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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Characters

Meet the Cast


Katniss Everdeen

Ladies and gentleman, a brief statement of the facts: Katniss Everdeen is a teenage girl who lives in District 12, an impoverished coal-mining region in the country of Panem. She's a volunteer trib...

Peeta Mellark

When Peeta Mellark is selected as the tribute for District 12, all we really know about him is that he's a baker's son, a little bit emotional (3.47) – and that Katniss really wishes he hadn't be...

Gale Hawthorne

Gale is Katniss's hunting partner and closest friend from District 12. As Katniss tells us, he's "good-looking, he's strong enough to handle the work in the mines, and he can hunt" (1.34). The two...

Primrose "Prim" Everdeen

Prim is Katniss's twelve-year-old sister, of whom she is fiercely protective. As Katniss says, "I protect Prim in every way I can, but I'm powerless against the reaping" (1.63). This turns out to b...

Katniss's Mother and Father

Katniss's Mom is a skilled healer, though she suffered from severe depression after Katniss's father died. For this, Katniss greatly resents her. Katniss's mother is not the survivor that her daugh...

Haymitch Abernathy

Haymitch is a former District 12 tribute and winner of the Hunger Games who is now a middle-aged drunk. His job is to come out of his alcoholic stupor long enough to coach Katniss and Peeta to vict...

Cinna

Cinna is Katniss's fabulous – and often brilliant – stylist during the Hunger Games. (Think of Carson from Queer Eye.) He's a new talent, and though he could have chosen another district, he we...

Effie Trinket

Effie Trinket is the pink-haired prim and proper escort for the District 12 tributes. She's a Hunger Games administrator, and her character represents the wealth and power of the government. She's...

Rue

Rue is the tiny, twelve-year-old tribute from District 11, the agricultural district. She can fly from tree to tree and is a wonder with mockingjay bird calls. Despite her size, she scores a surpri...

Cato

Cato, from District 2, is the strongest and most threatening male tribute in the Hunger Games. He is Katniss's main competition. Cato is a Career Tribute from one of the wealthiest districts in Pan...

Foxface

Foxface is the female tribute from District 5, and she's sly, clever, and smart as a whip. She survives by stealing food and supplies from the other tributes, rather than facing them head on. Foxfa...

Thresh

Thresh is the big, silent guy from District 11 – Rue's district. He spares Katniss's life at the Cornucopia in return for her defense of Rue. He is eventually killed by Cato.
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