Victors are tributes who have won previous Hunger Games. Because of this, they receive income from the Capitol for life, are given a special status in their districts and are allowed to live in the wealthiest part of their district called the Victors' Village with their families. Despite the privileges they enjoy, their involvement in the Hunger Games lasts for a lifetime, and they are placed under strict surveillance to ensure that they do not encourage rebellion or dissent against the Capitol. Their primary duty as victors is that they must act as mentors to subsequent tributes from their district in future Hunger Games. They are responsible for courting sponsors, controlling the flow of gifts sent to their tributes in the arena, and have a say in the tactics that the tribute uses before and during the Games. Highly attractive and desirable victors are almost always prostituted by President Snow to citizens of the Capitol, as was the case with Finnick Odair, Cashmere, and presumably several others. Victors are also usually forced to take on special personalities; such as Finnick's flirtatiousness, or Katniss and Peeta's inseparable love. Victors ultimately represent a ray of hope, as they have established themselves as special individuals who have survived the Hunger Games, one of the Capitol's main tools of oppression and tyranny.
Many victors turn to alcohol or drugs after they have won their Games as a means of coping. Some examples can be seen with Haymitch Abernathy or Chaff and their heavy drinking, and the pair from District 6 with their addiction to morphling. These addictions stem from the traumatic experiences and memories of the Games, the demands that the Capitol continues to impose on them, the death penalty on them or their families, and, for those who become mentors, having to train new tributes every year which more likely will end up dying in their Games. Most, if not all, of the victors suffer from some form of PTSD as a result of their experiences in the Games, such as the mental instability experienced by Annie Cresta and the recurring nightmares that both Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark endure following their Games.
After their victories, victors must find a talent or a hobby to take up, for example, Katniss Everdeen's talent was fashion designing, although her stylist, Cinna, secretly made things himself and passed them off as her work.
While victors, regardless of their age when they initially were reaped for the respective Hunger Games, are exempt from further participation until they are no longer of reaping age, this changed for the the 75th Hunger Games, which was also the Third Quarter Quell. Its special rule stipulated that as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the tributes would be selected from the existing pool of victors. Thus the remaining victors of each district were once again forced to partake in the reaping and participate in the Hunger Games.
The Victory Tour
The Victory Tour, first implemented in the 11th Hunger Games, occurs six months after the victor's Hunger Games, and is held to keep the memory of the year's Games fresh in everyone's mind. They start in the highest numbered district and count down, skipping the victor's district and saving it for last. In each district, the victor gives a speech commemorating said district's fallen tributes, followed by a dinner with the district's leaders. Prior to returning to their resident district, the victor returns to the Capitol for an interview following up on their life after the Games, with the night concluding with a lavish party at the president's mansion. The Victory Tour concludes with the Capitol throwing a huge feast for the victor's district where all the residents attend.
- Main article: Mentors
While a victor is not obligated to work as part of their district's industry following their victory, one of the primary duties as a victor is to serve as a mentor each year for their district's latest slate of tributes for the Hunger Games. In this role, theoretically the mentor is to provide tactical advice on how to survive the Games, assess their pre-existing skills and talents and how best to display them during training and their interview, and serve as a lifeline for their tributes once the Games have started by attracting sponsors and providing sponsor gifts such as food, medicine, supplies, and weapons. This last duty is one of the most crucial to their mentorship duties, as their relative success (or failure) at attracting sponsors is dependent on the impression their tributes make during training and interviews and their performance in the Games themselves, which can have an enormous impact on whether their tribute dies or survives long enough to be crowned victor themselves.
There have been 75 victors throughout the history of the Hunger Games. Just before the 3rd Quarter Quell, 59 victors were still alive. By the end of the Second Rebellion, only seven victors are known to still be alive. They are Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Johanna Mason, Beetee Latier, Haymitch Abernathy, Annie Cresta, and Enobaria. 16 died of natural causes, 18 died in the 75th Hunger Games, and the other 34 possibly died during the Victors' Purge and the rebellion.
|Lucy Gray Baird||12||Presumably
|10th||16 (BSS)||Hid for the duration of the games before poisoning the remainder of her tributes.|
|Mags Flanagan||4||Deceased||11th||80's||Mags could make fishhooks out of anything, and could make baskets so tight, water coudn’t get through. She also lived off nuts.|
|Woof||8||Deceased||Unknown||70's||Fans presume Woof hid for the entire time during his Games.|
|Seeder||11||Deceased||Unknown||60's||Fans presume she survived by being able to go without food the longest.|
|District 9 female||9||Deceased||Unknown||Assumed early 50's||Her weapon of choice was a pitchfork, as such it’s presumed she won that way.|
|Porter Millicent Tripp||5||Deceased||38th||52-55||She received a spinal injury during the final battle.|
|Beetee Latier||3||Alive||Unknown||50's||He won using electric traps to electrocute six tributes (possibly the entire career pack) at once.|
|District 9 male||9||Deceased||Unknown||Assumed late 40's||He was noted for using a katana and battling hand to hand combat with Finnick.|
|Chaff||11||Deceased||45th||45-48||Fans presume he won with a brutal manner.|
|Brutus||2||Deceased||Unknown||Late 40's||Career tribute.|
|District 5 male||5||Deceased||Unknown||Late 40's[Citation needed]||Fans presume he won with a brutal manner.|
|Wiress||3||Deceased||Unknown||40's||Unknown. Fans speculate she possibly used electricity or observations.|
|Haymitch Abernathy||12||Alive||50th||40 HG/CF
|Skilled with a knife, used a force field to kill an opponent with their axe in the showdown, and through an alliance with Maysilee Donner.|
|Blight||7||Deceased||Unknown||Assumed mid 30's||Fans presume he used an axe because he was from the lumber district.|
|District 5 female||5||Deceased||Unknown||Assumed mid 30's||Fans presume she was very skilled with a knife and hid during her games.|
|District 10 female||10||Deceased||Unknown||Assumed early 30's||Fans presume she was skilled with weapons (axe and tomahawk) and medicinal herbs.|
|Female morphling||6||Deceased||Unknown||30’s [Citation needed]||Camouflage|
|Male morphling||6||Deceased||Unknown||30’s [Citation needed]||Camouflage|
|Cecelia||8||Deceased||Unknown||30's||Fans presume she won using her intelligence and her skill with a sword.|
|Enobaria||2||Alive||62nd||28-31||Career Tribute. Used brutality, hand-to-hand combat, and her teeth to rip another tribute's throat out.|
|Gloss||1||Deceased||63rd||27-30||Career tribute. Skilled with throwing knives.|
|Cashmere||1||Deceased||64th||26-29||Career tribute. Skilled with throwing knives.|
|Finnick Odair||4||Deceased||65th||24||Career tribute. Received a lot of sponsors and was given the gift of a trident in the arena. Used nets to catch other tributes and finish them off later with his trident.|
|Augustus Braun||1||Deceased||67th||23-26||Career tribute.|
|District 10 male||10||Deceased||Unknown||Assumed mid 20's||Fans presume he was a skilled fighter with a sword.|
|Annie Cresta||4||Alive||70th||23||Career tribute. She was the best swimmer during a flood in the arena.|
|Johanna Mason||7||Alive||71st||21||Acted weak to divert attention. When a handful of tributes were left, she revealed herself as a savage killer.|
|District 2 male||2||Deceased||73rd||18-19||Killed the last tribute with a brick.|
|Katniss Everdeen||12||Alive||74th||16 HG/CF
|Archery skills. Used a suicide threat to force the Gamemakers to let her and Peeta both win.|
|Peeta Mellark||12||Alive||74th||16 HG/CF
|Camouflage skills and strength. Joined the Careers. Used a suicide threat to force the Gamemakers to let him and Katniss both win.|
Additionally, four victors, two female and two male, were featured in the propaganda video shown at the 74th District 12 reaping in the movie. In order of appearance, they were shown with a sword, a shield, a harpoon, and no weapon. 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.
- In The Hunger Games trilogy, only 27 victors were initially revealed, with 3 more (Porter Millicent Tripp, Augustus Braun and Lucy Gray Baird) being revealed after the completion of the trilogy, meaning that there are still 45 unknown victors.
- District 1 is the only known district to have tributes win two consecutive years.
- In behind the scenes footage of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, under 'Friends or Foe,' , the reaping scene of District 4 shows four male victors including Finnick and two female victors (not including Annie), showing that District 4 had four male victors and potentially three female victors alive by the 75th Hunger Games.
- In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire behind the scenes photos of the District 6 Reaping, it can be seen that there were 4 District 6 victors alive at the time of the 75th Hunger Games. Two of the victors were the morphlings, but the two other victors were uncredited.
- Katniss mentioned that victors who had children were suspiciously reaped more to participate in the Hunger Games.
- Mags was the first victor to embark on a victory tour, for the 11th Hunger Games.
- The youngest known victor is Finnick Odair, winning his Games at just 14 years old.