The Hunger Games Glossary

Explore the terms inside Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, with detailed explanations of each.

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  • ArenaThe arena is the treacherous site of the Hunger Games. Transforming into a new landscape every year, the arena poses new and dangerous challenges to the tributes of the Hunger Games.
  • AvoxAn Avox is a person who has been punished by the government of Panem for rebellion, treachery, or desertion.
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  • BloodbathThe bloodbath is a gory event that takes place at the beginning of every Hunger Games. Most often, a large number of tributes are killed in pursuit of weapons and supplies during the bloodbath.
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  • Caesar FlickermanCaesar Flickerman is the host of the Hunger Games interviews and the Capitol TV presenter.
  • Career TributesCareer Tributes, known simply as "the Careers" are tributes who train throughout their lives to participate in the Hunger Games.
  • CornucopiaThe Cornucopia in 'The Hunger Games' is a giant horn filled with all kinds of food in the center of the arena for the tributes to fight over.
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  • District 12District 12 is the smallest and the poorest district among the 13 districts of the nation of Panem.
  • District 13District 13 is one of the districts of the nation of Panem. It acted as an independent nation for 75 years before the Second Rebellion.
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  • EscortAn escort is a citizen of the Capitol appointed to take care of the tributes' schedules during the Hunger Games.
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  • FoxfaceFoxface is the District 5 female tribute in the 74th Hunger Games. Nicknamed "Foxface" by Katniss, she was extremely clever and placed fourth in the Games.
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  • GlimmerGlimmer is the District 1 female tribute during the 74th Hunger Games. She is tall, blonde, and beautiful and is a part of the Career Pack.
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  • JabberjayJabberjays are genetically engineered birds that were created by the Capitol to spy on the rebels during the First Rebellion.
  • Johanna MasonJohanna Mason from District 7 is the Victor of the 71st Hunger Games and the female tribute in the Third Quarter Quell (the 75th Hunger Games).
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  • Katniss EverdeenKatniss Everdeen is the protagonist of the Hunger Games trilogy authored by Suzanne Collins. Fierce and independent, she is the heroine that emerges victorious against all odds in the 74th Hunger Games and sparks the fire of rebellion amongst the districts.
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  • MentorMentors are previous victors that are mandated to train new tributes in the Hunger Games. The role of a mentor is highly significant and can often contribute to the tribute's survival in the Hunger Games.
  • MockingjayMockingjays are fictional birds found in the Hunger Games franchise. They are the offspring of jabberjays and mockingbirds.
  • MuggleMuggles are non-magic people who form the majority of the population in the world. Unlike wizards and witches in the Harry Potter Universe, Muggles have no magical abilities.
  • MuttationsMuttations are genetically modified animals created for various purposes by the Capitol.
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  • Nightlock BerriesNightlock Berries are a type of berries found in Panem that look edible but are highly poisonous when consumed.
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  • PanemPanem is the sovereign and totalitarian nation in the Hunger Games universe. It is the home of the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen.
  • PeacekeepersPeacekeepers are the military force that is tasked with the duties of law enforcement in the nation of Panem.
  • Peeta MellarkPeeta Mellark is the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games trilogy and Katniss' fellow tribute from District 12 in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games.
  • Phyllida SporePhyllida Spore was a famous Herbologist who lived in the Fifteenth Century and is credited with her famous treatise 'One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi' which is used as a textbook of Herbology at Hogwarts.
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  • SponsorThe Hunger Games consist of sponsors, i.e., citizens and people of the districts who donate gifts to the tributes in the arena.
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  • CapitolThe Capitol of Panem in the Hunger Games is a technologically advanced, utopian city where the nation's most wealthy and powerful citizens live.
  • DistrictsThe Hunger Games series was set in the fictional world of Panem, a nation compromised of 13 districts.
  • ReapingThe reaping is a form of lottery that occurs every year before the Hunger Games. While the reaping appears to be mere entertainment, it is a very vicious and brutal event that brings worry and fear to all of the 12 Districts of Panem.
  • Tracker JackerTracker jackers are genetically modified vespids that hunt down and attack anything that disturbs their nests.
  • TributesTributes are those children who participate in the Hunger Games. Almost always, 24 tributes in total participate in a battle royale to the death.
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  • VictorsThe winners of the Hunger Games are referred to as victors. Not only are victors welcomed with fame and celebration by their respective districts each year, but they are also provided with enough wealth by the Capitol to lead comfortable lives for the rest of their lifetimes.
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