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"In the arena, you only get one wish. And it's very costly."
"It costs your life."
"Oh, no. It costs a lot more than your life. To murder innocent people? It costs everything you are.
Peeta Mellark and Caesar Flickerman on the Hunger Games[src]

The Hunger Games were a morbid and brutal competition which took place annually in the country of Panem, founded by Casca Highbottom and Crassus Snow as a school project. Every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 were selected from each of the twelve districts as tributes, who would train for a week and then were sent into an outdoor arena to fight to the death. The event was nationally televised as mandatory viewing for all citizens. The last living tribute is declared the victor and is showered in gifts and lives the rest of their lives in luxury in Victor's Village. The winning district also receives parcels of food from the Capitol for a year. Seventy-five years before the 74th Hunger Games, the thirteen districts of Panem revolted against the Capitol. Together, they stood strong, but when District 13 was supposedly obliterated by the Capitol, resistance became impossible, as District 13 was the driving force behind the rebellion. The remaining districts submitted to the Capitol and lost their hope for change.

Every year since the rebellion, the Capitol forced 24 children into the arena and used hidden cameras to televise the events in order to both entertain the Capitol citizens and remind the twelve districts how they are completely at the Capitol's mercy. Only one tribute can win the games, with the exception of the 74th Hunger Games, where Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark of District 12 both won because of their joint attempted suicide.

Owing to its rebellious nature, the dual victory of Everdeen and Mellark in the 74th Games sparked widespread unrest, particularly the outlying districts of Panem such as District 8 and District 11. The unrest grew into uprisings in various districts, which cumulated, after several months, into a full-scale rebellion. The 75th Hunger Games (Third Quarter Quell) was the final Hunger Games held in Panem, and the sole Hunger Games to end without a winner. Instead, the arena was destroyed by Katniss Everdeen, and following this, a few of the remaining tributes were rescued by District 13, thus beginning the Second Rebellion.

After the invasion of the Capitol and the overthrow of Coriolanus Snow's regime, the interim government discussed a potential 76th Hunger Games (using Capitol children) which was narrowly approved by the remaining Hunger Games victors. However, the 76th Hunger Games were never held, due to the deaths of both interim President Alma Coin and deposed President Snow. Following an emergency presidential election, the Hunger Games were abolished permanently, with the destruction of arenas and their replacement by memorials taking place.


The Hunger Games were the creation of Casca Highbottom, but also indirectly by Crassus Snow and Dr. Volumnia Gaul. During Highbottom and Snow's final days at the University, she served as a professor there and assigned her class a final project: to create a punishment for one's enemies so extreme that they would never be allowed forget how they had wronged them.

Being best friends, Highbottom and Snow paired together for the project. Highbottom, having a mind for puzzles, began brainstorming the Hunger Games, something which Snow assured him was just a private joke between the two of them. Highbottom, however, was drunk and Snow continued to ply him with alcohol, playing on his vanity as he fleshed out the project. Snow then turned the project in to Dr. Gaul while Highbottom was sleeping off the alcohol, leaving Highbottom to awake horrified at what had happened and meaning to rip it to shreds. Gaul held on to the project and then, following the end of the war, pulled out the proposal and introduced Highbottom as the architect of the Games. Highbottom thought it would die out quickly, being so ghastly, but Dr. Gaul took it and ran.

Originally, the Hunger Games were primitive, and quite flawed. The tributes arrived to the Capitol in cattle cars, unlike in later installments where tributes were pampered. Upon arrival to the Capitol, tributes were held in old stables, until the 10th Games where they were kept in the Capitol Zoo. Here, they were underfed and often mistreated by Peacekeepers. In the 10th Hunger Games, this led to several tributes dying before the Games had begun. The first ten installments of the Games were held in the Capitol Arena, an old stadium converted to a fighting arena. Basic weapons were provided, however, food and other supplies were not. Tributes were left in the arena to kill one another, until a lone Victor remained. However, unlike later Games, the winners of the first ten games were not showered in riches and given a home in the Victors' Village. They were simply returned to their home District and back to the life they formerly lived.


Main article: The Reaping

Effie Trinket, the District 12 escort, drawing a name from the Reaping Ball.

Every year, each district holds a reaping ceremony "Lottery". Two large glass balls contain slips of paper with the names of each child through the ages of 12-18. However, they can choose to add their name more times in exchange for tesserae, which is a small ration of oil and grain. Each tessera has enough oil and grain to supply one family member with food for one year and entries are cumulative from year to year. The exception to this rule was the 25th Hunger Games, the FirstQuarter Quell, in which each District was forced to elect the male and female tributes that they would send to the Capitol.

The district's representative/escort (e.g. Effie Trinket for District 12) picks a name out of the balls, one of which is for girls and one for boys. The tributes whose names are chosen are then entered into the Hunger Games, unless someone is willing to volunteer - a normally quite rare phenomenon unless it is in one of the "Career Districts" (1, 2, and 4 in the novel, 1 and 2 in the film), in which children have been training their whole lives at a special school to enter the Games. The one exception to the traditional one boy, one girl per district, total of twenty four reaped tributes rule was the 50th Hunger Games, the Second Quarter Quell. In these games each District were required to double the amount of tributes and reap two girls and two boys for a total of 48 tributes to compete.

Victors from previous Hunger Games are no longer eligible to be reaped or volunteer for subsequent games, even if they are still age eligible. The exception being the 75th Hunger Games, the Third Quarter Quell, in which the reaping of potential tributes was restricted to each district's pool of existing victors.


Main article: Mentors

Each living victor from each district is given the task of mentoring the next tributes for the Games. If there is only one living victor, he/she will be the mentor for both tributes (e.g. Haymitch Abernathy mentors both Katniss and Peeta for the 74th and 75th Hunger Games). Any living victor, mentor or not, is required to visit the Capitol to watch the Games, visit the residents, and make Capitol TV cameos, but the mentors come alongside their respective District tributes and to watch the Games live. Mentors are very important as they give advice to their tributes, assist in the forming of alliances, politic for their tributes, secure sponsors, and control the sending of any gifts into the arena. A good clear minded mentor is imperative to the success of their tributes with very few exceptions.


Main article: Token

Each tribute is allowed one token from their district, to represent and remind them of home, however, they must not be able to be used as weapons. They are very carefully examined and checked for any hidden advantages. In the 74th Hunger Games, Glimmer, the female tribute from District 1, had her token, a ring, confiscated because it carried a hidden poisoned spike. Katniss' token was a golden pin given to her by Madge Undersee in the book and by her sister Primrose (Katniss actually bought the pin in the Seam from Greasy Sae and gave to Prim for good luck originally before the 74th Games reaping) in the movie, showing a Mockingjay in both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. In the Launch Room, prior to the 74th Games, Cinna states that it could hardly get past the review board, and that it was almost confiscated because some people believed that it could be used as a weapon. It is mentioned that several years prior to the 74th Hunger Games, one girl's token was a small wooden ball which she dropped while on her starting plate, activating the mine underneath her feet killing her before the Games officially started. Katniss states that "they literally had to scrape bits of her off the ground." Rue's token was a necklace made out of grass with a star or flower (Katniss was unsure) shaped charm on it. Finnick Odair's token for the 75th Hunger Games was a golden band from Haymitch, to signal Katniss to trust him in the arena. Peeta's token for the 75th Games was a golden trifold necklace with pictures of Prim, Katniss' mother, and Gale.


Main article: Sponsors

A sponsor gift.

As tributes battle in the arena, quite often they can become helpless (ex. Peeta Mellark with blood poisoning, Katniss' leg burn, etc.). This is simply because of the Cornucopia bloodbath, since the tributes are fighting over the items they need to win the Hunger Games. Many of the tributes are left with limited or no items they wanted from the Cornucopia. Wealthy viewers or groups of people can pool their funds and send items into the arena should a tribute need something, such as food, shelter, weapons, or medicine. In the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss received burn medicine and food - most notably a loaf of bread from District 11 that she assumes was intended for Rue before her death. Katniss is extremely touched by this unheard of gesture as never before has a tribute received a gift from another district. Most items are very limited and small but during the 65th Hunger Games, Finnick Odair received what as recalled to Katniss one of the most expensive sponsorship gifts she had ever seen, a trident.

Cornucopia bloodbath

Main article: Cornucopia bloodbath

The bloodbath is what starts the excitement in the Games. On average, roughly half of the tributes die at the initial battle that takes place at the Cornucopia, near the starting point of the games. Spilling from the Cornucopia and strewn on the ground among the tributes are various items including weapons, food, water, and other supplies. Some tributes venture into the opening scramble for these valuable items, while others use it as part of their strategy for slaughter. Usually, the Career tributes are the ones who get most of these supplies.


Main article: Feasts

The Cornucopia feast, with the four District packs in front.

If the Gamemakers feel that there has not been enough bloodshed recently, they will invite all of the tributes to the Cornucopia for a feast. Normally this feast features something desirable to the tributes, like food, armor, medicine, etc., though Katniss states in the cave that sometimes there is only a loaf of stale bread to fight over, so they will be more likely to go. Some still choose not to because these feasts usually result in a bloodbath. Attendance is not mandatory, though the Gamemakers may try to tempt the tributes with something vital to their survival.

Quarter Quell

Main article: Quarter Quell

Every twenty-five years, the president of Panem selects a card from a box made during the original establishment of the Hunger Games that makes a change in the rules of the reapings. For the first Quarter Quell, or the 25th Hunger Games, each district had to choose the children who went into the arena. For the second Quarter Quell, or the 50th Hunger Games, twice as many tributes had to be reaped to go into the arena (It can be assumed that four children were reaped from each district that year; Two boys and two girls). That was the year Haymitch Abernathy won. For the third Quarter Quell, or the 75th Hunger Games, the tributes were reaped from the pool of existing victors. Katniss Everdeen was despaired when she heard this because her status as the only living female victor from District 12 assured her return to the arena.

List of Hunger Games

1st Hunger Games

The 1st Hunger Games was held shortly after the destruction of District 13, when the First Rebellion was put down by the Capitol, signaling the start of the Dark Days. The first twenty-four tributes were reaped from the surviving twelve districts. The victor of the 1st Hunger Games is unknown.

10th Hunger Games

Main article: 10th Hunger Games

The 10th Hunger Games was the first Hunger Games to introduce mentors for the tributes, recruiting twenty-four of the Capitol Academy's best and brightest seniors. Additionally, this Hunger Games was the first to introduce a sponsorship program, where mentors could provide food and water to tributes who had received bets from viewers. Many tributes and their mentors were killed before the games officially began, following an explosion in the Capitol and prior to the bombing, a tribute was executed after killing their mentor, while several other tributes were executed after trying to escape following the bombing, a further tribute died trying to escape and one tribute died of ilness before the Games began. The chain of embarassments continued as the winner received illegal help from their mentor. Head Gamemaker Volumnia Gaul deleted all but the master copy of the recordings due to the games making the Capitol look weak. Future Panem President Coriolanus Snow served as the mentor for the victor, Lucy Gray Baird of District 12.

Known Tributes

11th Hunger Games

Main article: 11th Hunger Games

The 11th Hunger Games was won by Mags of District 4. It is said that Mags had the ability to construct baskets so tightly woven that even water couldn't seep through. This, along with her ability to make a fishhook out of seemingly nothing, most likely contributed to her victory. After the failure of the 10th Games, many innovations were brought into place in the 11th Games, mostly at the behest of Coriolanus Snow, including the Victors' Village. Dr Gaul continued to serve as Head Gamemaker, implementing her protegé Snow's suggestions. This is likely the point where the games exploded into popularity and propaganda success as opposed to the low attendance and lack of interest shown to the first 10 Games.

Known Tributes

  • Mags - District 4 (Victor)

25th Hunger Games (First Quarter Quell)

Main article: 25th Hunger Games

The 25th Hunger Games was the first Quarter Quell in the history of the Games, and each district had to elect its own tributes as per the Quarter Quell rules written for the 25th Games. The victor of these Games wasn't alive when the third Quarter Quell started, though Mags and Woof were both older than the said victor.

38th Hunger Games

The 38th Hunger Games included Porter Millicent Tripp of District 5 who won the Games despite sustaining a broken neck in the final showdown of the Games. This is the earliest possible and most likely the specific games where Caesar Flickerman became the main commentator and interviewer, as according to Katniss Everdeen he has been doing the interviews for "over 35 years" by the 74th Hunger Games.

Known Tributes

45th Hunger Games

Main article: 45th Hunger Games

The 45th Hunger Games included Chaff of District 11. It ended with Chaff being victorious, though losing his left arm from the elbow and below in the process. He refused to get a prosthetic replacement from the Capitol.

Known Tributes

  • Chaff - District 11- (Victor)

50th Hunger Games (Second Quarter Quell)

Main article: 50th Hunger Games

The 50th Hunger Games included Maysilee Donner and Haymitch Abernathy of District 12. Being a Quarter Quell, a special amended rule was enforced. Each district would be required to reap two eligible girls and two eligible boys as tribute into the Games. This was to be a reminder that, allegedly, for every one Capitol death, the Districts lost two during the first rebellion. Maysilee and Haymitch made an alliance to help each other survive. This lasted until five tributes were remaining. Shortly after parting ways, Maysilee was killed by candy pink bird muttations with spear-like bills, placing her fifth and leaving four tributes left. Then a tribute was eaten by carnivorous squirrel mutts, the next was killed in combat by the District 1 girl tribute. This left Haymitch and the District 1 girl for the finale. Haymitch, though badly injured and literally holding his innards inside his stomach, managed victory by using the arena's forcefield to deflect a thrown axe from the Career girl which rebounded killing her, leaving Haymitch as the Victor. The Capitol leaders and Gamemakers thought Haymitch made them look foolish with this stunt and deprived their audience a proper finale, and promptly had his family and his girlfriend killed as a result.

Known Tributes

62nd Hunger Games

Main article: 62nd Hunger Games

Enobaria of District 2 won the 62nd Hunger Games, killing one of her former allies from the Career Pack by ripping open their throat with her teeth. This later became what Enobaria was best known for. She was encouraged to surgically alter her teeth, so they now end in points and are coated in gold, making them a flashy and deadly weapon.

Known Tributes

63rd Hunger Games

Main article: 63rd Hunger Games

Gloss of District 1 was the victor of the 63rd Hunger Games. Being from a Career District, it can be assumed that Gloss was in an alliance with the other Career tributes.

Known Tributes

  • Gloss - District 1 (Victor)

64th Hunger Games

Main article: 64th Hunger Games

Gloss and Cashmere were the victors of the 63rd and 64th Hunger Games, respectively.

Cashmere of District 1 was the victor of the 64th Hunger Games. It can be assumed that Cashmere was in a Career Alliance. Her brother, Gloss, won the previous Games.

Known Tributes

65th Hunger Games

Main article: 65th Hunger Games

Finnick Odair won the 65th Hunger Games due to his proficiency with weapons, being from District 4 and therefore a Career Tribute, as well as his good looks that helped him acquire sponsors. He received a trident from sponsors, which Katniss believes is one of the most expensive gifts ever given during the Games. Being from the fishing district, he was skilled with the weapon and used handwoven nets to capture tributes and then stab them with his trident.

Known Tributes

67th Hunger Games

Main article: 67th Hunger Games

The 67th Hunger Games were won by Augustus Braun of District 1, who was known as the "Cavalier Career", and hailed as "Panem's Favorite Son." Augustus was highly popular after his victory and during his Victory Tour was paraded around as a symbol of reconciliation with the Districts.

Known Tributes

69th Hunger Games

It is mentioned in The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide and by Atala that this year's arena was a burning desert. The victor of these Games is unknown. Also, Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition from "a few years ago" in which the victor only received a 3 as his training score. Considering that "few" typically means "three to five," Katniss was referring to the victor of the 69th Hunger Games as the two subsequent victors, Annie Cresta and Johanna Mason, are female.

70th Hunger Games

Main article: 70th Hunger Games

Annie Cresta of District 4 won the 70th Hunger Games. It is assumed she followed the typical Career Alliance strategy, but when her fellow District 4 tribute was decapitated, it left her traumatized and hid for the remainder of the game. She won only because a dam broke in the arena and flooded it; Annie was the best swimmer (being from District 4) and outlasted all the remaining tributes.

Known Tributes

71st Hunger Games

Main article: 71st Hunger Games

Johanna Mason of District 7 won the 71st Hunger Games. Johanna won her games by pretending to be weak and fragile, but in reality, Johanna was a cold-hearted killer, and easily won her Games as the other tributes didn't see her as a threat, allowing her to wait until other serious threats had been dealt with and then mounting her own attack on the weakened survivors.

Known Tributes

72nd Hunger Games

The 72nd Hunger Games were won by a tribute from District 2.

This was Seneca Crane's first year as Head Gamemaker.

73rd Hunger Games

Katniss watching The 73rd Hunger Games finale

Main article: 73rd Hunger Games

The 73rd Hunger Games.

The victor of the 73rd Hunger Games.

Effie mentioned that both the male and female tributes from District 12 ate like savages and had no sense of etiquette or manners. This angered Katniss, as both were from the Seam and therefore they had never had a decent meal in their lives. Katniss mentions that Caesar's hair and make-up color was crimson and appeared to be bleeding.

In the film, Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith watch a rerun of these Games. The 73rd Hunger Games seemed to be set in a ruined city; Caesar comments that the arena was one of his "favorites." These Games were won by the District 2 male, who, in the film Katniss watched at the reaping, is seen killing another tribute by bludgeoning the remaining tribute with a brick.

Considering the tributes' outfits this year consisted of an armored undershirt, this probably meant conventional weapons were not offered in these games since everyone had body protection.

This was Seneca Crane's second year as Head Gamemaker.

Known Tributes

74th Hunger Games

Main article: 74th Hunger Games
For the book in which this Hunger Games takes place in, see The Hunger Games.

Katniss and Peeta were both the victors, the first and only time this happened. This was Seneca Crane's third and last year as Head Gamemaker. For allowing both Katniss and Peeta to win after the threat of a double suicide and thus making the Capitol look weak, Crane was marked for death by President Snow, and was either allowed to commit suicide or hanged.

Known Tributes

75th Hunger Games (Third Quarter Quell)

Main article: 75th Hunger Games

The 75th Hunger Games arena.

For the 75th Hunger Games, the tributes were reaped out of their district's pool of victors as it was the Third Quarter Quell. This was Plutarch Heavensbee's first and only year as Head Gamemaker. This is the only edition to not have a Victor due to the destruction of the Arena. This was the final Games in Panem due to the outbreak of the Second Rebellion during the games. Also, there are six tributes who survived after the destruction of the arena.

Known Tributes

Unknown Hunger Games

  • Unknown Hunger Games - Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition from when she was younger where tributes had to bludgeon each other with spiked maces as they were the only available weapons.
  • Unknown Hunger Games - Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition from when she was younger where the tributes were tossed into a landscape filled with sand, boulders and scruffy bushes. Many of the tributes were either bitten by poisonous snakes, or went insane from thirst.
  • Unknown Hunger Games - Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition where the arena was a woodless landscape. It was freezing cold and most of the tributes died from hypothermia because they had no wood to make torches, fires, or anything to keep them warm. These Games were considered unsatisfying in the eye of the Capitol for all the bloodless deaths and lack of action, therefore, tributes usually had means to make a fire in following Games.
  • Unknown Hunger Games - Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition from when she was younger where a pack of hideous reptiles destroyed the Career tributes' food supply. She also mentioned another year (possibly the 70th Hunger Games) where the food supply was washed away in a flood caused by the Gamemakers.
  • Unknown Hunger Games - Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition from when she was younger where a female tribute dropped her token, a small wooden ball, on the ground before the gong sounded, and she was blown apart by explosives and had to be collected in parts.
  • Unknown Hunger Games - Katniss mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered an edition from "a few years ago" in which the District 6 male, a boy named Titus, went insane and began to eat the tributes that he killed. Eventually, Titus was taken out by an avalanche that was speculated to have been designed by the Gamemakers. Considering that "few" typically means "three to five," Katniss was referring to either the 70th Hunger Games or the 71st Hunger Games since the 69th Hunger Games took place in a burning desert.


  • Throughout the history of the Hunger Games, there have been a total of 1,824 tributes that have participated in the seventy-five Hunger Games ever held (24 tributes x 75 years + 24 extra in the Second Quarter Quell). However, there were only 1,800 unique tributes due to nature of the Third Quarter Quell, whose rule specified tributes be reaped from the existing pool of victors, leaving the total number of persons to have participated in the game at 1800, balancing out the double numbers at the 50th Games and the repeat tributes at the 75h Games. On the eve of the 75th Hunger Games, there were 59 living victors out of the 75 in total that won. By the end of the Second Rebellion (in Mockingjay), of the 1,800 unique tributes reaped for the Hunger Games, 1,793 were deceased (99.61% of all tributes). 1,725 died in the Hunger Games they participated in, while 68 more tributes, all victors, died before the 75th Hunger Games (16) due to various causes including natural death, during the 75th Hunger Games (18) as participants who failed to survive until the Arena was destroyed, or during the Victors' Purge that occurred during the Second Rebellion or in battle during the Second Rebellion (34). Thus, only 7 remaining victors (0.39% of all tributes): Beetee Latier, Haymitch Abernathy, Enobaria, Annie Cresta, Johanna Mason, Katniss Everdeen, and Peeta Mellark, were left alive that can be said to have witnessed, participated, and survived the Hunger Games.
  • There were two other "Hunger Games" that technically never occurred, but were seen as hypothetical. The first refers to the Battle of the Capitol, in which the defensive system of the Capitol city streets consisted of pods that unleashed death traps when activated. When looking at the schematics of the Capitol, it looked eerily similar to the set-up at the Cornucopia before the combat started at a regular Hunger Games. Plutarch Heavensbee, Katniss, and possibly even other former tributes took note of this, and Katniss and Finnick even recited the infamous line, "let the 76th Annual Hunger Games begin". The second was proposed prior to Snow's execution, during a meeting with the seven surviving victors and President Alma Coin to vote on whether or not to hold one final Hunger Games, this time with Capitol children. Peeta, Annie, and Beetee voted against it while Johanna, Enobaria, Katniss, and Haymitch voted for it - though Katniss and Haymitch voted yes so President Coin would believe she had Katniss on her side. While approved of, this Hunger Games was never held and ultimately cancelled following Coin's assassination by Katniss and Snow's subsequent lynching and death. This proposed Hunger Games, had it been held, would have been the actual 76th Hunger Games and from an inside perspective, the 77th Hunger Games. As it is, only 75 official Hunger Games took place, the de facto 76th being a nickname for the final battle of the Second Rebellion, while the hypothetical 77th would have been the de jure 76th had it not been tabled and cancelled.
  • In the book, Katniss said that after the Hunger Games were abolished, memorials were set up.
  • It has also been said that after a Hunger Games had ended, the associated arena became a tourist attraction where people could vacation and re-watch the Games, tour the catacombs, visit the places deaths took place and do re-enactments of the most bloody scenes.
  • In Mockingjay, when Katniss asks what day, she learns it's a week until "September. That means Snow has had Peeta in his clutches for five, maybe six weeks." Due to this, it can be concluded that, since Peeta was captured at the end of the 75th Hunger Games, that the Games start in middle to late July.
  • Katniss mentions in The Hunger Games that the Games start at 10 o'clock.
  • It is very likely that The Hunger Games is loosely based on the Roman Colosseum. This would fit in with the typically Greco-Roman styled names of Capitol citizens, leaders and officials, such as Coriolanus, Plutarch, Portia, Cinna, Flavius and many more.
  • The youth of the participants and brutality of the Hunger Games resulted in many of the victors suffering from PTSD and subsequent substance abuse to cope: Annie Cresta, the Morphlings, Chaff, and Haymitch are one of the most notable examples. Annie suffers from severe PTSD that manifests as mental issues, the Morphlings have become deeply addicted to morphling, while Chaff and Haymitch both have descended into severe alcoholism, all of which a direct or indirect result of the aftermath of their respective Hunger Games. Even those that didn't descend into abuse were severely traumatized by their experience, as shown by Katniss and Peeta, both of whom suffer terrible nightmares from their ordeals in the 74th Hunger Games, a trait likely shared by many, if not all of the other victors.