Brutus is the male tribute from District 2 in the 75th Hunger Games. He is also the victor of an unspecified Hunger Games.

The Definitive Glossary for The Hunger Games

Brutus is one of the few people who volunteered for the Third Quarter Quell. He has a brutish bloodlust and therefore forms an essential member of the Career Pack. He is one of the primary antagonists of Katniss Everdeen and the rebel alliance in the arena.

Brutus Character Profile

  • Name: Brutus 
  • Age: 40s 
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of origin: District 2
  • Physical appearance: Well-built
  • Skills: Spears
  • Strengths: Great physical strength, highly skilled in combat
  • Weaknesses: Unknown
  • Loyalties: Unknown


Brutus has a personality that matches his name. He is brutish with an animal-like strength and taste for killing. His brutality in the arena is what helped him become a Victor in his first games. During the Third Quarter Quell, Katniss notes Brutus’ eagerness to head back into the arena once again.

Brutus as a Victor

From his age, one can conclude that Brutus took part in any of the Hunger Games between the 41st and 53rd editions, except the 45th edition, which was won by Chaff, and the 50th edition, which was won by Haymitch. Hailing from District 2, which is a Career District, Brutus most likely volunteered for his first Games, just as he did for the Third Quarter Quell.

According to Haymitch, Brutus was highly skilled and extraordinarily strong, both of which were factors that were instrumental in securing his victory in the arena. Upon becoming a Victor, Brutus began mentoring other District 2 tribute along with his fellow victor, Lyme; as such, he most likely mentored Enobaria, Cato, and Clove as well.

Brutus in the Third Quarter Quell

Reaping and Training 

In Catching Fire, Brutus volunteers as the male career tribute from District 2 for the Third Quarter Quell, stating that he could not wait to get back into the arena.

During the training sessions at the Capitol, Brutus becomes amicable with Peeta and practices with him and Chaff in the spear-throwing station. After he witnesses District 12 female tribute, Katniss’ skill with a bow and arrow, he extends an invitation to Haymitch to form an alliance with Katniss and Peeta. However, Katniss declines and decides to head into the arena without any allies.


During the pre-Games interview with Caesar Flickerman, Brutus wears a pair of black shorts, black boots, and a silver chest plate. While he does not lament the twist in rules that the Third Quarter Quell brought upon the tributes (as most of the other tributes like Finnick Odair did), he does reluctantly join hands with the other tributes at the end of the interviews.

In the Arena 

Brutus becomes a part of the Career Pack that includes his district partner Enobaria and the tributes from District 1, Cashmere and Gloss. When the initial gong sounds, Brutus jumps off his pedestal and swims to the Cornucopia. He secures a spear for himself, which he later uses on his victims. Brutus dominates the initial Bloodbath, killing off as many tributes as possible with the rest of the Career Pack. 

On the second day of the Games, Brutus and the Career Pack find the Rebel alliance and launch an attack on them. Gloss kills Wiress, while Katniss and Johanna Mason kill Gloss and Cashmere, respectively. Having lost two of their allies, Brutus and Enobaria are forced to retreat and come up with another strategy to take out the Rebel alliance.

In the meantime, Beetee devises a plan to kill the remaining tributes. He decides to create an electric trap that he can use to electrocute the water and, in turn, electrocute all those tributes who are connected to the water.

Johanna and Katniss are given the task of running the spool of wire across the jungle. They are chased by Brutus and Enobaria. Johanna manages to lead Brutus and Enobaria away from Katniss by knocking her out and making it seem like she was dead. While Enobaria stabs Beetee and is chased away by Finnick, Brutus runs into Peeta and Chaff. In the resulting scuffle, Brutus kills Chaff, and Peeta kills Brutus. Brutus places 7th in the games and is the last tribute to ever die in the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen destroys the arena by electrocuting the forcefield, bringing the Hunger Games to an end and beginning the rebellion.


Why did Chaff kiss Katniss?   

Chaff kisses Katniss as a joke. He wishes to mess with Katniss’ image as “pure.” Thus, he does not hesitate to kiss her when Haymitch introduces the two of them. Katniss is taken aback by his kiss and pushes him away. Although Chaff is a part of the rebel network, he is unable to win over Katniss’ trust and is, therefore, not of much use to her in the arena.

Why did Cato hate Katniss so much?

Cato hates Katniss so much because he considers her to be his main opponent in the arena. She is, therefore, the primary obstacle that prevents him from becoming a Victor in the Games. In Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2 (by Lionsgate Entertainment), Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson continue their roles alongside Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer, who play Beetee and Wiress, respectively.

Who did Peeta push into the tar? 

Peeta pushes Mitchell into the tar-like substance in Mockingjay. Mitchell tries to save Katniss from Peeta when Peeta attempts to lay hands on her. As Mitchell is trying to fend Peeta off, Peeta pushes him off, and Mitchell falls into the tar. Mitchell dies as a result, and Peeta is horrified by his actions.

Did Enobaria volunteer for the 75th Hunger Games?

Yes, both Brutus and Enobaria volunteered for the 75th Hunger Games. The other volunteers in the Third Quarter Quell included Peeta Mellark, who volunteered for Haymitch Abernathy, and Mags Flanagan, who took the place of Annie Cresta.

What finally kills Cato?    

Katniss finally kills Cato out of mercy. She takes pity on Cato, who is mercilessly being mauled by the wolf mutts for hours on end. She, therefore, decides to aim an arrow at his throat and put him out of his misery. Cato places 3rd in the Games, leaving Katniss and Peeta the remaining tributes in the arena.

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