This is a list of characters in the Hunger Games trilogy, a series of young adult science fiction novels by Suzanne Collins.
Katniss Everdeen is the 16-year-old protagonist. Katniss is normally quiet in school. She lives with her mother, her younger sister Primrose, Primrose's cat Buttercup (which Katniss despises), and Primrose's goat Lady in the poorest district of Panem, District 12, which is in charge of mining coal for the Capitol. Her looks are typical for someone from the Seam (the slums of District 12): long black hair, which she wears in a braid; olive skin; and gray eyes. Five years before Katniss became a tribute in The Hunger Games, her father was killed in a mining explosion, and her mother fell into a depression. She does not start trusting her mother again till Catching Fire. In order to provide for her family, Katniss began to hunt in the woods, just as her father had taught her. In the process, she becomes hunting partners and friends with Gale Hawthorne.
When it comes time to draw the tributes for the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss' sister Prim's name is drawn, but Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place. When she is introduced to the Capitol along with the other tributes, her dress is "set on fire" by her stylist Cinna. This gives her the nickname "The Girl On Fire", (later referred to in the Capitol media as "The Girl Who Was On Fire") which is used recurrently during the trilogy. During the Games, Peeta expresses his love for her on live television, which Katniss assumes is a ploy to gain attention from rich sponsors. Later, as they grow closer to each other, it appears that his love is genuine, though she is confused about her own feelings. Halfway through the Games, a new rule is instituted so that both tributes from a District can become winners, causing Peeta and Katniss to work together. However, when only Peeta and Katniss are left, the rule is reversed, in an attempt to force one of them to kill the other, which will ensure a more dramatic ending. At that time, Katniss decides that both of them should eat poisonous berries called nightlock, killing themselves, and ensuring the Hunger Games have no winner, seen by the audience as an act of undying love. As a result, Seneca Crane hastily ends the Games, and both Katniss and Peeta are declared winners, which humiliates the Capitol. This choice makes Katniss a symbol of rebellion for all of the Districts.
Collins has said that Katniss "is a futuristic Theseus." When Katniss, now 17, returns to District 12, she is given a lovely house at the Victors Village and lives there with her mother and Prim, but continues to visit her family's old home, or as Katniss describes it, "a run-down shack."
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