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Character profiles compiled by Allison Tate
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

Illustration by Allison Tate / Times-News correspondent

Katniss Everdeen is the fiery, young heroine of the Hunger Games trilogy. Since her father’s death, Katniss has been responsible for providing for her family. She uses her amazing talent with a bow and arrow and her great survival skills to hunt for food in the forests of District 12. Katniss is forced to put these skills to use when she is thrown into the Hunger Games arena.
Peeta Mellark is the good-hearted hero of the trilogy and Katniss’ love interest. He has been raised up in a better lifestyle than Katniss, but not by much. Peeta’s father is a baker in District 12 and Peeta has followed in his father’s footsteps. He isn’t great with weapons, but Peeta’s artistic talent allows him to camouflage himself in the arena.
Gale Hawthorne is Katniss’ best friend who also has strong feelings for her. He also is her hunting partner in District 12. The two have been hunting together for years to get food for their families and the people in the district. Gale is even more rebellious than Katniss when it comes to the rules in Panem. He feels that the government is highly corrupt.
President Snow is the feared leader of Panem. He is the main antagonist of the entire trilogy and is obsessed with destroying any chances of rebellion.
Prim Everdeen is Katniss’ younger sister in the trilogy. Prim is brave and caring for those who are in need in District 12. After Katniss is sent to fight for her life in the Hunger games, Prim is forced to take up Katniss’ responsibilities.
Haymitch Abernathy, who competed in the Hunger Games earlier in his life, is Katniss and Peeta’s trusty adviser in the arena. Haymitch has a little bit of an alcohol addiction and sometimes isn’t very helpful. Nevertheless, he manages to keep Peeta and Katniss alive in the arena.
Effie Trinket is the tribute’s annoyingly optimistic escort. She is responsible for teaching Katniss and Peeta proper etiquette to use in the Capitol. Effie, like all of the other citizens of the Capitol, expresses her crazy personality by wearing even crazier clothes.

Allison Tate is a senior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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