Wiress is extremely clever and very intuitive. She is close friends with her fellow tribute from District 3, Beetee Latier. Wiress helps Katniss figure out that the arena in the Third Quarter Quell is shaped like a clock, thereby helping her and her allies navigate the arena.
Wiress Character Profile
- Name: Wiress
- Age: 40s (75th Hunger Games)
- Gender: Female
- Place of origin: District 3
- Physical appearance: Ashen-skinned with black hair.
- Skills: Intellectual genius, inventive
- Strengths: Strategic thinking, clever tactics, highly intuitive
- Weaknesses: Mentally unstable
- Loyalties: Rebel
Physical Description and Personality: Who Is Wiress?
Characteristic of the district people, Wiress and Beetee both have ashen skin and black hair. She is one of the cleverest tributes during the time of Third Quarter Quell. Her brilliant tactics and ingenuity help her win an unspecified Hunger Games before she is picked to participate in the Third Quarter Quell. However, as a result of her experiences in the Games, Wiress turns mentally unstable and she is unable to communicate with people as before.
Despite Wiress’ mental state, her intelligence appears unaffected. However, she is unable to frame full sentences and trails off in the middle of a conversation. Beetee, her fellow tribute from District 3, seems to understand her thoughts even if she is unable to articulate herself, completing Wiress’ sentences for her. Wiress is also highly intuitive and can sense things before they happen.
Wiress was the female tribute in an unspecified Hunger Games. Considering that she is in her 40s when she is reaped into the 75th Hunger Games, she was most likely in any of the Games between the 41st and 53rd editions of the Games. Beetee Latier is in his 50s during the Third Quarter Quell, which means that he was most likely Wiress’ mentor during her first games.
Coming from District 3, whose residents specialize in technology, Wiress plausibly won the Games by creating some sort of technical trap for the tributes. Upon becoming a Victor, Wiress worked as a mentor until she was reaped into the Third Quarter Quell along with Beetee.
Wiress in The Quarter Quell: Tick Tock
During the chariot rides, Beetee and Wiress are dressed in clothes that are studded with electrical lights to represent the main industry of District 3, which is dominated by the electrical profession. In the training room, the pair meet Katniss at the fire-making station, where Wiress points out the chink in the otherwise invisible force field around the Plutarch Heavensbee and the other Gamemakers. Katniss is highly impressed by this, and realizing their worth, she wishes to form an alliance with Wiress and Beetee.
In the arena, Wiress and Beetee escape the initial Cornucopia Bloodbath without any wounds and team up with Johanna Mason and Blight. Wiress is quick to figure out that the arena is built like a clock, with comprehension dawning on her within the first night of the Games. However, Johanna dismisses her thoughts as the ramblings of a crazy woman and even gives her the nickname “Nuts.”
Blight is killed shortly after, and Wiress and the others escape to the beach with the help of Johanna Mason after getting caught in a blood-rain torrent. Here, they team up with Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Finnick Odair. Wiress continues to mutter two words over and over again: Tick tock. After washing off the blood from Wiress’ body, Katniss finally understands what Wiress means by “tick-tock” (that the arena is designed like a clock, with a fresh new disaster in each clock section – such as the blood rain torrent and the deadly monkeys) and communicates her discovery to the others, providing Wiress relief.
While formulating a plan to take out the rest of the tributes, Wiress is tasked with cleaning a large spool of wire that Beetee would use to create an electrical trap. Wiress sings the children’s song ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ while doing so. However, she soon stops singing. Katniss is the first to notice the silence and looks around to see Gloss slitting Wiress’ throat. Enraged, Katniss shoots an arrow at Gloss’, killing him. She says goodbye to Wiress, who placed 12th out of the 24 tributes.
Are Wiress and Beetee a couple?
No, Wiress and Beetee are not a couple. The two of them are shown to be close friends during the 75th Hunger Games, and they work well together. Beetee understands Wiress better than most other people and even completes her sentences. In the actual Games, Wiress’ allies understand the design of the area to be inspired by a clock, with the disasters repeating each time the bell tolls. This caused fans to refer to Wiress as the ‘Tick Tock Lady’.
Who kills Wiress?
Wiress is killed by Gloss, the male tribute from District 1 in Catching Fire and the victor of a previous Hunger Games. When Katniss and her allies are planning strategies by the beach to overcome the disasters posed by the arena’s design), Wiress suddenly stops singing the children’s song she had been singing. Katniss turns around to see Gloss slitting Wiress’ throat.
How did Wiress and Beetee win the Hunger Games?
Both Wiress and her district partner, Beetee, are highly intelligent. Wiress won an unspecified Hunger Games by using her wits to always remain one step ahead of the game and most likely using a technical trap to take the other tributes out. Beetee (the victor of an unknown Hunger Games) did the same and killed off the last standing six tributes by fashioning an electric trap for them from the supplies at the Cornucopia.
Why would Johanna get Wiress and Beetee for Katniss?
Katniss wanted to start an alliance with Wiress and her loyal companion Beetee (both from the technology district) during the second set of Games that she was a part of. Johanna knows this, which is why she brings the duo to Katniss in the arena, in order to win her trust by supplementing Katniss’ alliance.
Which Hunger Games did Wiress win?
The novels do not specify which Hunger Games Wiress won. However, it has been speculated, based on her age, that she won anything between the 41st and 53rd Hunger Games, overcoming devastating obstacles.
Why was the Hunger Games banned?
The Hunger Games was banned after the Second Rebellion as it was considered extremely barbaric by the rebels. President Coin wished to hold one last Hunger Games with the Capitol children. However, Katniss puts an end to this idea by killing Coin.