- Katniss Everdeen: the protagonist of the series, Katniss competes in the Hunger Games in each of the first two novels and constantly battles between her feelings for both Peeta and Gale. She becomes the face of the districts’ rebellion after she unknowingly defies the Capitol in the Hunger Games.
- Peeta Mellark: the male tribute from District 12, who has secretly been in love with Katniss since they were children. His love for her is evident throughout the series. In Mockingjay, he is “hijacked”, causing him to hate Katniss, but he recovers.
- Haymitch Abernathy: Katniss and Peeta’s drunken friend and mentor for the Games. He won the 50th Hunger Games and was the only living victor from District 12 before Katniss and Peeta won the 74th Hunger Games.
- Primrose Everdeen: Primrose Everdeen, often called just “Prim,” is Katniss’s 12 year old sister (in Mockingjay, she is 13) who was chosen by lottery to be in the Hunger Games. Katniss volunteers to take her place. Prim is a sweet little child whom everyone loves, and she regularly helps their mother heal the sick.
- Gale Hawthorne: Katniss’ best friend and fellow hunter. Gale is fiercely devoted to Katniss, and their relationship borders on romantic throughout the series. He is two years older than her, and lost his father in the same mine explosion that killed Katniss’ father.
-President Snow: the main antagonist of the series, President Snow is the head of the Capitol and all of Panem. Provoked by the survival of two tributes in a single Hunger Games, Snow demands of Peeta and Katniss to prove the reason behind it all was just they were madly in love.
- Cinna: Katniss’ stylist in both of her Hunger Games, who urges her on to become the symbol of the rebellion and designs her dresses that she wears before entering the games (and also an armor she will wear in the war) that urged the citizens of Panem to join the rebellion from the way the dresses persuaded them to think about how wrong the Games were, and also that they could overthrow the Capitol. He was beaten to death for his rebellious acts.