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"The price of celebrity."
Beetee Latier[src]

The Victors Purge was a mass arrest, interrogation and execution of previous Hunger Games victors. The massacre was orchestrated by Panem's government and enforced by Peacekeepers.

The beginning of the purge is speculated in the book and made factual in the film adaption of The Hunger Games Catching Fire with the 3rd Quarter Quell special rule change where tributes would be reaped from the district's remaining living victors; therefore eliminating 23 victors immediately. In the film, President Snow demanded that Katniss Everdeen and her entire 'species' needed to be eradicated and in the deleted scenes Plutarch is shown replacing the Founding Father's original written hard copy with his amended special rule change.

The victors purge was continued after the 75th Hunger Games came to an unexpected end with the destruction of the arena and during the second rebellion. After the war, only seven victors remained: Enobaria, Beetee, Annie Cresta, Johanna Mason, Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

Through Katniss' description of the reaping for the 3rd Quarter Quell in Catching Fire, it is known there had been a historical total of 75 victors including her and Peeta, and at the time of the 3rd Quarter Quell, fifty-nine were still alive. With seven known victors alive after the war, five of which competed in The 75th Hunger Games, it is known nineteen died in those games (19+5=24). That means it is assumed thirty-three were murdered by the Capital, or killed in combat during the 2nd rebellion and resulted in the purge of fifty-two total victors (19 games+33 rebellion=52 victors) (52 purged+7 living=59 total).

Victims

75th Hunger Games

Second Rebellion

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