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Tigris Character Analysis

A resident of the Capitol who is sympathetic to the rebel cause, Tigris used to be a designer for the Hunger Games. However, she was banned from the profession because she received too many surgeries—now, her face looks like a tiger’s. Tigris helps Katniss and the other rebels by giving them food and shelter, telling them where President Coriolanus Snow lives, and supplying them with warm clothing.

Tigris Quotes in Mockingjay

The Mockingjay quotes below are all either spoken by Tigris or refer to Tigris . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scholastic Press edition of Mockingjay published in 2014.
Chapter 23 Quotes

Everything about the situation screams trap. I have a moment of panic and find myself turning to Tigris, searching those tawny eyes. Why is she doing this? She's no Cinna, someone willing to sacrifice herself for others. This woman was the embodiment of Capitol shallowness. She was one of the stars of the Hunger Games until...until she wasn't. So is that it, then? Bitterness? Hatred? Revenge? Actually, I'm comforted by the idea. A need for revenge can burn long and hot. Especially if every glance in a mirror reinforces it.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Cinna , Tigris
Page Number: 320
Explanation and Analysis:

Once they arrive in the Capitol, the team of rebel warriors (including both Peeta and Katniss) are protected by a woman named Tigris, who despises the government of Panem for ostracizing her for her elaborate plastic surgeries. Although elaborate plastic surgeries are popular in the Capitol, Tigris has "gone too far" in altering her own appearance: she's "more Catholic than the Pope"—more superficial than the Capitol.

In an unusual sense, Tigris and Katniss are kindred spirits. Tigris has been a Capitol insider, yet she secretly despises the Capitol for its cruelty and hypocrisy. By the same token, Katniss has been a Capitol star ever since she won the Hunger Games: she's met many government leaders, and been to several government cocktail parties and banquets. And yet, of course, Katniss still hates the Capitol for forcing her to fight to save her own life—she feels a constant need for revenge against Snow and his colleagues. Katniss immediately sympathizes with Tigris, and is comforted to know that Tigris has a motive to not betray the rebels: Katniss recognizes hatred when she sees it.

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Tigris Character Timeline in Mockingjay

The timeline below shows where the character Tigris appears in Mockingjay. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 23
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
...died has been overturned. Cressida takes the group to a store owned by her friend Tigris. Tigris, like many residents of the Capitol, has paid for elaborate surgeries to make her... (full context)
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
Tigris helps the group take care of Gale’s neck injury. As Peeta and Katniss care for... (full context)
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
Katniss spends the night at Tigris’s home, trying and failing to fall asleep. Racked with guilt, she tells her team that... (full context)
Chapter 24
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
...who have come to the Capitol in search of food and shelter. As she stares, Tigris volunteers to scope out the area around President Snow’s mansion. She leaves the shop for... (full context)
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
The next day, Tigris equips Katniss and the rest of the mission with elaborate clothes that conceal their weapons—bows... (full context)