Katniss Peeta Gale

Katniss Peeta Gale

If you’re new to The Hunger Games movie and your favorite Tribute (the nickname for Hunger Games fans) keeps mentioning strange names, this is a quick guide to the main protagonist characters in The Hunger Games movie.

Katniss Everdeen- she’s the heroine of The Hunger Games and is the main character in The Hunger Games movie. Katniss is a scrawny teenager that lives in District 12, the poorest district of Panem (The Hunger Games universe).  As a Tribute for District 12, Katniss’ preferred weapon is the bow and arrow. She’s had a lot of practice with a bow and arrow because while living in District 12, Katniss’ archery skills are what help her feed the family.  She is also the narrator of the Hunger Games series. She is played by Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class).

Here’s Jennifer Lawrence discussing playing Katniss in The Hunger Games:

Peeta Mellark- Peeta serves as the main male character in The Hunger Games.  He also lives in District 12. He’s been friends with Katniss since they were five and he’s had a crush on her since then. She just doesn’t know the full extent of his crush until he confesses his love during an interview before the Games take place.  He has an alliance with Katniss throughout The Hunger Games and is a knife expert.  He is played by Josh Hutcherson (Bridge to Terabithia, Zathura).

Gale Hawthorne- Gale is Katniss’ best friend. He’s a little older than her, and they hunt together in District 12. He’s good with traps, bombs and bows as well.  Gale helps support his family and Katniss’ family while she’s away in The Hunger Games.  He is played by Liam Hemsworth (Knowing, Neighbours).

Here’s an interview of Josh and Liam:

Effie Trinkett- Effie Trinkett is the escort for District 12. Effie’s character is responsible for drawing the Tribute names and preparing them for all of the Hunger Games’ media related business such as how to conduct an interview, how to stand, etc. The better she prepares the Tributes, the better opportunity to find sponsors for the games. She’s a fairly colorful character that changes wigs and makeup frequently.  Effie is played by Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs, 30 Rock).


Cinna- Cinna is Katniss’ stylist from head to toe.  He is considered the most “normal” person from The Capitol according to Katniss. Although he doesn’t dress flashy, his designs are well respected in The Capitol. Cinna also offers a lot of personal advice and motivation to Katniss. Cinna is played by Lenny Kravitz (Precious).

Haymitch Abernathy- Haymitch is a previous Hunger Games winner.  He came from District 12 and has a mentor character in The Hunger Games.  Haymitch often appears drunk because he has a pretty horrific past associated with The Hunger Games.  Despite his alcoholism, Haymitch dispenses sage advice and strategically sends gifts from the sponsors during the games. Haymitch is played by Woody Harrelson (Cheers, Zombieland.)

Here’s an interview of the “adults”: Kravitz,Banks and Harrelson: