Pliny Harrington was a male resident of the Capitol and a student of the Academy. He was one of 24 top-performing seniors at the Academy selected to be a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games. He was assigned the female tribute from District 7, Lamina.
His father was a naval commander who watched the waters off District 4. Though his nickname "Pup" was given to distinguish him from his father, his father had nevertheless given him a crew cut and shined shoes to try to mold him in his own image. Even so, Pup was a natural slob who would do things like picking a piece of ham out of his braces and flicking it to the floor.
He did not think much of his tribute, and was unable to get anything out of her during an interview session, revealing that she cried for fifteen minutes straight and that he didn't think that District 7 had prepared her for a hangnail, let alone the Games. Despite this, he and his tribute became crowd favorites during the Games.