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"Brutus, a volunteer from District 2, who must be at least forty and apparently can't wait to get back in the arena. "
Katniss Everdeen watching Brutus' reaping[src]

Brutus was the male Career tribute from District 2 for the 75th Hunger Games[1], and the victor of an unknown past Games.

Biography

Being in his 40s,[1] he likely won anywhere between the 41st and 53rd edition of the Games, barring the 45th and 50th, which were won by Chaff[3] and Haymitch Abernathy[4] respectively. Brutus won his Games fairly close to when his fellow District 2 tribute, Lyme, won hers. Both Lyme and Brutus became mentors for later tributes and probably other District 2 victors, including Enobaria.

Being a Career tribute, Brutus was named seemingly perfectly as it mirrors his brutality, animal-like nature, and strength, which very likely played a role in his victory. He was supposedly very skilled, as Haymitch was surprised that even he wanted to team up with Katniss after seeing her skills with a bow[2].

75th Hunger Games

Brutus and Enobaria are reaped for the 75th Hunger Games.

When the time came for the third Quarter Quell, the victors were the chosen tributes once again to show that even they did not have power over the Capitol. Brutus happily volunteered to partake in the 75th Hunger Games, saying that he couldn't wait to get back into the arena.[1]

Training

Brutus throwing spears in the Training Center.

During training, Brutus and Peeta got on each other's good side. Along with Chaff, they practiced at the spear-throwing station. When Brutus saw Katniss' skill with a bow and arrow along with her combined strength and tactical knowledge, Brutus expressed interest in an alliance with the two to Haymitch.[2] Katniss turned down his offer, and she and Peeta told Haymitch that they should go into the arena without any allies. Brutus received a fairly high score at the end of the training.[5]

During the interviews with each of the tributes, Brutus did not try to express any anger or feelings of betrayal, but he did reluctantly join hands with the other victors as a chain symbolizing their strength. He wore a silver chest plate, a black pair of shorts, and black boots.[6][7]

During the Games

Brutus gives chase to Katniss.

At the Cornucopia, his pedestal was between the District 5 male and Katniss. When the gong sounded, he jumped to his spoke and swam to the Cornucopia. Inside the arena, Brutus, Enobaria, Cashmere and Gloss approached the Cornucopia, where he showed a unique way of dodging Katniss' arrows with his belt. However, he, along with the other Careers, were driven off by Katniss and Finnick, who got there before the Careers. While Katniss and Finnick left with Mags and Peeta, Brutus and the other Careers stayed and helped massacre the competition.[8] In the film, he killed the District 9 female.[9] He was able to secure a spear during the bloodbath, which he likely used to kill his victims.

Together, Brutus, Enobaria, Cashmere and Gloss followed the rebel alliance's tributes in the arena (those left being Wiress, Beetee, Mags, Finnick, the female morphling, Johanna, Blight, Chaff, Katniss, and Peeta). Over time, the alliance began to shrink with the deaths of Mags[10], the female morphling[11], and Blight, and the remaining members (minus Chaff who was off on his own) traveled back to the Cornucopia to retrieve any weapons they needed that had been left behind. In the film, he was nearly killed by Finnick, but saved after Enobaria threw a knife at Finnick's arm.[7] Gloss killed Wiress and he and Cashmere died shortly after, forcing Brutus and Enobaria to retreat from the Cornucopia.[12]

Back in the jungle, the alliance soon learned that, with the deaths of the District 10 male and the District 5 female, the Games were now down to them, Chaff, Enobaria, and Brutus. Beetee set up a plan to electrocute the water and cut off Brutus and Enobaria's resources.[13] He sent Katniss and Johanna to run the line across the jungle, pursued by Brutus and Enobaria.

Brutus and Enobaria track Katniss and Johanna.

Johanna stopped and cut out Katniss' tracking device to make it appear like she was dead, then led Brutus and Enobaria away from her. In the chaos that followed, Enobaria stabbed Beetee again but didn't manage to kill him before Finnick chased her away.[14] Brutus ran into Peeta, who had recently met up with Chaff. In the battle that followed, Chaff was killed by Brutus. In a fit of rage, Peeta killed Brutus seconds later.[15]

Brutus placed 7th and was the last tribute to die. Shortly after his death, Katniss destroyed the arena and ended the Games, leaving six surviving tributes[14].

Victims

As a victor and Career tribute from District 2, he presumably managed to kill many tributes in his original Hunger Games. In the 75th Hunger Games, he killed the District 9 female in the bloodbath.[9] Toward the end of the Games, he killed Chaff, which led to his death[15].

Trivia

Brutus's ID

  • Brutus was also the last tribute to die in all the Hunger Games, and therefore the last District 2 tribute to die.
  • Brutus and Enobaria most likely mentored Clove and Cato, which could explain their similar qualities.
    • In the book, Katniss talks about the District 2 tributes, saying "Cato. Clove. Brutus. Enobaria. I've seen their eagerness. I've seen their bloodlust, too"[16].
  • In the 74th and 75th Hunger Games, both District 2 males (Cato and Brutus) were the last to die, and their last kills were the District 11 males.
  • Both male volunteers from District 2 in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games were killed by volunteers from District 12. Cato was killed by Katniss[17], and Brutus was killed by Peeta[15].
  • The book states that Brutus killed Chaff and caused Peeta to go on a rampage killing Brutus[15]. In the film, it is shown that Chaff was killed, but Brutus' fate is ambiguous. However, in the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Brutus is not present at the meeting of the surviving victors, indicating he died prior to that point.
  • Brutus' name is another reference to Ancient Rome as several Romans in history went by this name, most famously Julius Caesar's assassin, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, who often went by the name Brutus alone.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Catching Fire, Chapter 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Catching Fire, Chapter 16
  3. Catching Fire, Chapter 15
  4. Catching Fire, Chapter 12
  5. Catching Fire, Chapter 17
  6. Catching Fire, Chapter 18
  7. 7.0 7.1 Catching Fire
  8. Catching Fire, Chapter 19
  9. 9.0 9.1 Marian Green on Twitter
  10. Catching Fire, Chapter 21
  11. Catching Fire, Chapter 22
  12. Catching Fire, Chapter 23
  13. Catching Fire, Chapter 25
  14. 14.0 14.1 Catching Fire, Chapter 26
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Mockingjay, Chapter 2
  16. Mockingjay, Chapter 6
  17. The Hunger Games, Chapter 25
The Hunger Games trilogy
Novels The Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjayThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Main Characters Katniss EverdeenPeeta MellarkGale HawthorneHaymitch AbernathyEffie Trinket
Supporting Characters Primrose EverdeenPresident SnowCinnaMrs. EverdeenMr. EverdeenPresident CoinClaudius TemplesmithCaesar FlickermanMadge UnderseePaylorPlutarch HeavensbeeSeneca Crane
Tributes MarvelGlimmerCatoCloveFoxfaceThreshRueMaysilee DonnerTitus
Past Victors Augustus BraunAnnie CrestaBeetee LatierBlightBrutusCashmereCeceliaChaffEnobariaFinnick OdairGlossJohanna MasonLymeMags FlanaganMorphlingsPorter Millicent TrippSeederWiressWoof
Groups RebellionGamemakersPrep teamTributesVictors
Locations PanemThe CapitolDistrict 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13
Behind the Scenes Suzanne CollinsGary RossFrancis Lawrence
Films The Hunger Games (film)Catching Fire (film)Mockingjay - Part 1Mockingjay - Part 2
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