Katniss Everdeen — The narrator, main protagonist, and District 12‘s female tribute, a strong-willed teenager trying to survive in the Hunger Games. She lives with her little sister Primrose (nicknamed Prim) and her mother. After her father dies in a mine explosion, she hunts to provide for her family. She promises her sister she will try to win the games, and she is able to keep her promise by later winning the74th Hunger Games alongside Peeta Mellark.
Peeta Mellark — The male tribute for District 12, and the local baker is District 12’s son. He is loyal and brave, and will do whatever it takes for Katniss to survive, because he has been in love with her since they were five years old. Katniss, however, has to act like she’s in love with him in order to get sponsors which keeps both of them alive in the Games. Peeta is described as being medium height, strongly built and has ashy blonde hair.
Cinna — Katniss’ stylist. A sly and witty man, Cinna is clever with his fingers and even smarter in his mind. His incredible designs for Katniss help her gain popularity with the audience. He is the most “normal” person Katniss meets from the Capitol.
Rue — The tribute from District 11. Small and meek. It was not assumed that she would last long in the74th Hunger Games, but her knowledge of trees, plants, climbing and hiding keeps her alive. She can leap from tree to tree almost as if she had wings. She warns Katniss about the tracker jacker hive, and they later become allies. She is murdered by the boy tribute from District 1, Marvel. Rue had dark eyes and dark skin.
Cato — District 2 male tribute and the leader of the Career pack. He trained for the Games his entire life, and was described as a “ruthless killing machine”. He was extremely strong and the tribute most likely to be crowned the victor. Cato killed the District 4 male and the District 6 male, along with many other unnamed tributes. He, Katniss, and Peeta were the last three tributes to face the wolf-muttations who later killed Cato.
Foxface — Foxface was described as having fox-like features, and because of that, Katniss nicknamed her “Foxface”. This red-head from District 5 is hard to catch. Though she doesn’t have brute strength or knowledge of weapons, she could outsmart everyone in the arena. She made it to the final 4, then died by eating nightlock that was left out by Peeta.
Clove — The female tribute from District 2. She was very skilled with throwing knives, as she was the one who killed the District 9 male. She attempted to kill Katniss with one of her knives, but Katniss used her new backpack as a shield, so that the knife hit the backpack instead. Clove was the fifth tribute to die, she went to the feast having Cato guarding her. She was killed during the feast by Thresh after she tried to kill Katniss. She was the only tribute during the 74th Games that got close to killing Katniss, twice.
Thresh — Male tribute from District 11. With the same brown skin and golden brown eyes as Rue, he was extremely resourceful and immensely powerful. His most notable act was that of sparing Katniss’ life due to her alliance with Rue. He died shortly after, killed by Cato.
Glimmer — The female tribute from District 1 who was described as beautiful and tall, with blonde hair and emerald green eyes. She was part of the Career pack and was killed when a hive of angrytracker jackers was dropped on the camp by Katniss. The District 4 female was also killed because of the tracker jackers.
Marvel — The male tribute from District 1, who was a strong and ruthless Career. He killed Rue, the female tribute from District 11, by throwing a spear through her stomach. He was then killed by Katniss, shot in the throat by an arrow and drowned in his own blood. He was Katniss’ first direct kill (but not her very first as she earlier killed Glimmer and a girl from District 4 with tracker jackers).
The District 3 male — The male tribute from District 3. had joined the Career pack and booby-trapped the area right around the Cornucopia with land mines he had dug up and then re-armed. After Katniss set off the mines, Cato killed him by snapping his neck in a fit of rage.
Effie Trinket — The District 12 escort, who is a happy and bubbly person. She drew Primrose’s (Katniss’ sister) name during the reaping causing Katniss to volunteer as tribute. She wears many different colored wigs and helps Katniss and Peeta get sponsors in the Games. She constantly bickers and argues with Haymitch. Very proper, she hates it when people do not have proper etiquette.
Haymitch Abernathy — Haymitch is Katniss’ and Peeta’s mentor. He is drunk at almost any given time, with a glass in one hand and a knife in the other. He drinks to forget the memories of the 50th Hunger Games, which he was crowned victor of. He won during the second Quarter Quell, when double the tributes were required to participate in this deadly game. He promised he would sober up long enough for Katniss and Peeta to play the Games and help them. He sends Katniss gifts throughout the games to help her survive, and sometimes Katniss believes that his gifts always seem to have good timing and there might be some kind of connection between them.
Gale Hawthorne — The best friend of Katniss. She and Gale met when she was only twelve and he was fourteen. Both of their fathers died in the same mining explosion. Gale hunts with Katniss in the forest usually everyday, but in Catching Fire he only hunts with her on Sundays (before the 24-hour electric fence is put up) because he started work in the mines. Gale calls Katniss “Catnip,” a nickname that was created after the pair first met. Katniss barely whispered her name when he asked her what she was called and Gale thought she said Catnip. Even though Katniss told him her real name later, he still calls her that.
Primrose Everdeen — The younger sister and only sibling of Katniss Everdeen. She was originally chosen as the female tribute for the 74th Hunger Games, but Katniss volunteered to take her place. She owns a goat named Lady, and a cat named Buttercup. Unlike her older sister, Prim has a heart full of compassion and she is a talented healer. She was named after the Evening Primrose, as mentioned inMockingjay.
Madge Undersee — She gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin so she could wear it as her district token (although in the movie, Katniss receives the pin from Greasy Sae). She was Katniss’ friend and the mayor’s daughter. In Mockingjay, Madge and her family died from the fire bombing that destroyed District 12.