Katniss is the sixteen-year-old protagonist of The Hunger Games, and the story is told from her perspective. She is fiercely protective of her family and practical, having learned to care for her mom and… (read full character analysis)
Peeta is the male tribute from District 12. He’s quietly loved Katniss for years, and is willing to sacrifice himself for her. He grew up as the baker’s son and is built with broad shoulders… (read full character analysis)
Gale is Katniss’s hunting companion at home. He also lives in the Seam and is responsible for keeping his younger brothers from going hungry. Gale promises to look after Katniss’s family while she’s participating in… (read full character analysis)
Prim is Katniss’s little sister. With blonde hair and blue eyes—rare in their area of District 12—Prim is young, innocent, and not as strong or independent as Katniss. Katniss is fiercely protective of her. Against… (read full character analysis)
Haymitch is the only surviving winner of the Hunger Games from District 12, which makes him the mentor for Peeta and Katniss. He’s constantly drunk, only sobering up after Peeta and Katniss aggressively ask… (read full character analysis)
Cinna is Katniss’s stylist for the games, earning her the nickname “girl on fire” with the costumes he designs. Cinna becomes Katniss’s friend, instructing her to be herself for the interviews. Unlike other residents of… (read full character analysis)
Rue is the twelve-year-old female tribute from District 11. Small, young, and innocent, she reminds Katniss of Prim. She and Katniss become allies before she is killed in the Games. In death, Katniss treats Rue with such respect that District 11 comes to support Katniss.
Thresh is the male tribute from District 12. He shows mercy on Katniss at one point because he appreciates her kindness towards Rue.
Cato is the male tribute from District 2. He is a career tribute, meaning he’s trained for the Games his entire life. Strong and brutal, he’s the last one to survive other than Katniss and Peeta.
Clove is the female tribute from District 2. She is a career tribute, meaning she’s trained for the Games her entire life. She almost kills Katniss before Thresh interferes, killing her and saving Katniss.
Glimmer is the female tribute from District 1. She is very attractive, but dies from tracker jacker stings.
Foxface is the female tribute from District 5. She is extremely sly and manages to survive until almost the very end by stealing food from the other tributes, but ultimately her own smarts trick her into eating poison berries Peeta had gathered without knowing they were dangerous.
Madge is the daughter of the mayor of District 12. She gives Katniss the mockingjay pin.
Caesar is a resident of the Capitol and the showy television host who interviews the contestants.
The president of Panem, who is none too pleased when the Capitol’s control and power is faced down by Katniss and Peeta when they defy the rules of the Hunger Games and threaten to commit suicide rather than fight to the death.
A stylist, who works with Cinna to help create Katniss's style for the Hunger Games.