Glossary

For the Hunger Games Series

Arena

The vast outdoor space where the Hunger Games takes place each year, it can hold any environment from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. The Gamemakers wire the arena with various booby traps, dangerous creatures, and other hazards. Its location is kept secret until the Games begin. Then, after the Games are complete, the arena becomes a tourist attraction for wealthy Capitol citizens.

Atala

The head of the Hunger Games training center, she oversees the tributes’ preparations.

Avox

A person who, as punishment for a crime or treason against the Capitol, has had their tongue cut, rendering them speechless. They work as servants in the Capitol.

Buttercup

Prim’s pet cat.

Caesar Flickerman

The Capitol television host who conducts the interview portion of the Games.

Capitol

The main city and seat of power in the country of Panem. The Capitol rules over the twelve districts, led by President Snow. It was built in what was once the Rockies.

Career

Career Tributes, or Careers, are teens from the wealthier districts who have trained their whole lives for the Hunger Games. Traditionally they hail from Districts 1, 2, and 4, where entering the Games is considered a great honor. It is common for a Career to volunteer as tribute if not chosen in a reaping.

Cornucopia

The site of the opening battle in every Hunger Games. A “horn of plenty,” it’s always stocked with supplies key to survival, such as food, water, weapons, medicines, garments, and fire starters. When food is scarce, or there is not enough action in the Games to keep the viewing audience in the Capitol engaged, the Gamemakers will invite players to a “banquet” at the Cornucopia as an inducement to gather and fight.

Cato

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 2: Masonry
Gender: Male
Weapon: Sword, Machete

Cinna

The Capitol stylist for the District 12 tributes.

Claudius Templesmith

The announcer of the Hunger Games.

Clove

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 2: Masonry
Gender: Female
Weapon: Throwing Knives

Dark Days

The long-ago uprising of the districts against the Capitol, during which District 13 was obliterated. The rebellion was resolved by the Treaty of Treason to guarantee peace between the Capitol and the districts, with the Hunger Games as a punishment and reminder to the districts that the Dark Days must never be repeated.

Districts

There are twelve districts that make up Panem. They are ruled by the Capitol and President Snow. Each district has a specific industry they specialize in to provide goods and services to the Capitol and keep Panem running smoothly.

Effie Trinket

The Capitol escort for District 12.

Escorts

Capitol citizens assigned to escort the tributes of each district to the Capitol for the Hunger Games. Effie Trinket is the escort for District 12.

Flavius

A member of Katniss’s prep team.

Foxface

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 5: Power
Gender: Female
Weapon: Stealth

Gale Hawthorne

Katniss’s best friend from District 12 and hunting partner.

Gamemakers

The Capitol citizens who design the Hunger Games arena and all of the challenges within it. They have complete control over the Games. The Gamemakers also assign scores to the tributes after observing them during training. Seneca Crane is the Head Gamemaker of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games.

Glimmer

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 1: Luxury
Gender: Female

Haymitch Abernathy

A mentor. The only living victor of District 12; winner of the Fiftieth Hunger Games—a Quarter Quell—at age sixteen.

Hob, The

The black market of District 12 where goods are sold and traded illegally.

Hunger Games

As a yearly reminder to the twelve districts that the Dark Days must never be repeated, the Treaty of Treason created the Hunger Games. As punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide as tribute one girl and one boy, ages twelve to eighteen, to participate in a fight to the death. The twenty-four tributes are imprisoned in an arena and over a period of several weeks must compete in a televised competition that is a source of great entertainment for the Capitol citizens. The last tribute standing is meant to serve as a reminder of the Capitol’s generosity, and receives a life of luxury back home.

Interviews

These are the televised interviews with each tribute before the start of the Hunger Games, hosted by Caesar Flickerman. It is vital to be appealing to the crowd during the interviews to gain favor and attract sponsors. The victor is also interviewed at the end of the Games.

Jabberjay

A Capitol-bred animal muttation that has the ability to memorize and repeat whole human conversations. They were homing birds, exclusively male, that were released into regions where the Capitol’s enemies were hiding and would then return to the Capitol to record their findings. After the rebels realized how the jabberjays were being used, they used the birds to feed the Capitol misleading information; as a result the birds were discontinued as weapons and released into the wild. They mated with the female mockingbirds to create mockingjays.

Katniss Everdeen

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 12: Mining
Gender: Female
Weapon: Bow and Arrow

Lady

Prim’s pet goat, a rarity in the Seam and beneficial to the family because it produces cheese for the family to sell and trade at the Hob.

Marvel

Mentors are selected from the pool of living Hunger Games victors to help prepare their districts’ tributes for the Hunger Games. They advise and help train the tributes, line up sponsors, and dictate the presentation of any gifts in the arena. Haymitch Abernathy is the only living victor of District 12 and serves as mentor to Katniss and Peeta.

Mentor

Mentors are selected from the pool of living Hunger Games victors to help prepare their districts’ tributes for the Hunger Games. They advise and help train the tributes, line up sponsors, and dictate the presentation of any gifts in the arena. Haymitch Abernathy is the only living victor of District 12 and serves as mentor to Katniss and Peeta.

Mockingjay

The species created by the mating of male jabberjays and female mockingbirds that can replicate both bird whistles and human melodies. Katniss wears a mockingjay pin as her token during the Hunger Games.

Mr. Everdeen

Katniss’s father who died in a mining accident. He taught her how to sing, hunt, and make weapons.

Mrs. Everdeen

Katniss’s mother, widower, and local healer of the Seam.

Mutt or Muttation

Genetically altered animals developed by the Capitol to use as weapons.

Nightlock Berry

Deathly poisonous wild berries that kill almost instantly if ingested.

Octavia

A member of Katniss’s prep team.

Panem

The country ruled by the Capitol, comprised of twelve outlying districts.

Peacekeeper

Capitol officials tasked with keeping order in the twelve districts.

Peeta Mellark

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 12: Mining
Gender: Male
Weapon: Spear, Camouflage, Strength

Prep Team

Comprised of a head stylist and a few assistants, the prep team is tasked with beautifying each tribute to Capitol standards. They work in the Remake Center. Cinna is the head stylist of Katniss’s prep team, accompanied by Venia, Flavius, and Octavia.

President Coriolanus Snow

The longtime totalitarian leader of Panem.

Primrose Everdeen

Katniss’s younger sister whom Katniss saves from entering the Hunger Games when her name is drawn at the 74th reaping.

Reaping

The reaping is the method of choosing the tributes from each of the twelve districts to participate in the Hunger Games. The names of every male and female ages twelve to eighteen are put into the reaping bowls. How many times a child’s name is entered into the reaping bowl is determined by age and number of tesserae.

Rue

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 11: Agriculture
Gender: Female
Weapon: Slingshot

Seam, The

The extremely impoverished area of District 12, the coal-mining district. The Seam is home to many coal miners and their families, including the Everdeens.

Seneca Crane

The Head Gamemaker of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games.

Sponsor

Rich Capitol citizens who support tributes financially or by giving them gifts in the arena, motivated because they are betting on a certain tribute or want the bragging rights of having picked a winner.

Tessera

Children in each of the twelve districts can opt to add their names to the reaping pool multiple times in exchange for tesserae. Each tessera is worth a year’s supply of grain and oil for one person. Many poor families sign up for tesserae to avoid starvation.

Thresh

A Tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
District 11: Agriculture
Gender: Male
Weapon: Rock

Token

Hunger Games tributes are allowed to bring one memento from their district into the arena. Katniss wears a mockingjay pin, given to her by her friend Madge.

Tracker Jacker

A Capitol-bred animal muttation, these killer wasps were spawned in a lab and strategically placed, like land mines, around the districts during the war. Larger than regular wasps, they have a distinctive solid gold body and a powerful sting that causes swelling on contact. The venom from the stings causes powerful hallucinations, and multiple stings can be fatal. Tracker jackers will hunt down anyone who disturbs their nest.

Tribute

The boy or girl provided by each of the twelve districts to participate in the Hunger Games. The twenty-four tributes are imprisoned in an arena and over a period of several weeks must fight to the death in a televised competition that is a source of great entertainment for the Capitol citizens. The last tribute standing wins, and receives a life of luxury back home.

Venia

A member of Katniss’s prep team.

Victor's Village

When the Hunger Games began, the Capitol built a dozen fine houses in each district, reserved for each district’s victors.