Katniss Everdeen

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Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy written by American author Suzanne Collins.[1] Her name comes from a plant with edible tubers called Sagittaria (katniss), from Sagittarius the Archer, whose name means He that throws arrows in Latin. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptations The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

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Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games character
Katniss Everdeen, as portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
First appearance
Last appearance
Created bySuzanne Collins
Portrayed byJennifer Lawrence
In-universe information
AliasThe Girl on Fire
The Mockingjay
The Victor of the 74th Hunger Games (with Peeta Mellark)
NicknameCatnip (by Gale)
Sweetheart (by Haymitch)
Girl on Fire (by Cinna and Caesar Flickerman)
TitleVictor of the 74th Hunger Games and then escaped the 75th Hunger Games
FamilyMr. Everdeen
(father, deceased, mine explosion)
Mrs. Everdeen
Primrose Everdeen
(sister, deceased, bomb in the Capitol)
SpousePeeta Mellark
ChildrenUnnamed son
Unnamed daughter

Katniss and her family come from District 12, a coal-mining district that is the poorest, least populated, and smallest district in the dystopian fictional autocratic nation of Panem, ruled by the Capitol. In the course of the first book, The Hunger Games, Katniss competes in the Hunger Games after she is allowed to volunteer in place of her little sister, Primrose "Prim" Everdeen. While in the arena, Katniss forms an alliance with Rue, the young female tribute from District 11, as she reminds Katniss of her sister. After Rue is killed by a Career Tribute named Marvel, Katniss sings her a lullaby and covers her body in flowers. Later, District 11 shows solidarity with Katniss over Rue’s death and gifts her bread shaped like a moon and covered in seeds. Katniss then forms an alliance with her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta, and grows close to him. The two eventually make it to the finale of the games, where they become the victors after defying the Capitol's attempt to force one to kill the other.

Throughout the next two novels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Katniss becomes a galvanizing symbol of rebellion against the oppressive Capitol. After said rebellion is victorious, Katniss chooses not to execute President Snow; she instead shoots Alma Coin, the corrupt leader of the thought-destroyed District 13, leaving President Snow’s cause of death ambiguous. She later begins a family with Peeta in the now peaceful Panem. To cope with her trauma, she often plays a game in which she thinks about every kind act she has ever witnessed people do, and reflects that “there are much worse games to play.”