Every Character Katniss Personally Kills (& Why)


Katniss Everdeen racked up quite the kill list during her journey featured in The Hunger Games film series, and here’s a breakdown of her victims.

Katniss Everdeen racked up quite the kill list during her journey featured in The Hunger Games film series. Based on the book trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the YA tale was adapted into four movie installments, starring Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. When Katniss was 16-years-old, she was forced to partake in a competition that consisted of 24 young district citizens fighting to the death for the Capitol’s amusement. In a short span, Katniss was thrust into two Hunger Games and a full-blown rebellion.

Before serving as a tribute in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss was a survivalist from District 12. As an avid hunter, Katniss would often travel out of the boundaries with her best friend, Gale Hawthorne, to acquire food for her family. As the primary caregiver for her mother and sister, Katniss put a lot of pressure on herself to keep them alive. It was proven very early that Katniss would do whatever it took to keep herself and her loved ones out of harm’s way. If someone she cared for was injured or killed, she had no qualms when it came to retaliating with deadly force.

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During her journey through two Hunger Games and a war ravishing the nation of Panem, Katniss experienced a ton of trauma. Although she was capable of killing, the act of taking people’s lives took a great toll on Katniss. She found support in others who encountered similar situations, primarily Peeta Mellark, her eventual husband. That said, here’s everyone Katniss killed in the franchise and why.


The Hunger Games

Glimmer was a Career Tribute from District 1 that competed with Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games. By traveling the arena with the “Career pack,” the 17-year-old had a good chance at survival. The group preyed on the weaker tributes before encountering Katniss, chasing her up a tree. Despite her advanced training, Glimmer wasn’t skilled with her bow and arrows. The tributes then camped out below the tree to wait for Katniss to come down. Instead, Katniss cut down a branch housing a tracker jacker nest. The deadly Mutts attacked the group, including Glimmer. Due to her multitude of stings, Glimmer encountered a slow death. After killing the dangerous opponent, Katniss took her bow to use as her signature weapon. In the books, the tracker jackers also killed the female tribute from District 4.


The Hunger Games

Glimmer’s District 1 partner, Marvel, also fell victim to Katniss in the arena. The fellow Career tribute was highly skilled with a spear, which he used to kill during the Cornucopia bloodbath. As a member of the “Career pack,” Marvel was present when Katniss unleashed a hive of tracker jackers on her enemies. Following the event, Katniss allied with Rue. The pair orchestrated a plan to destroy the supplies of the pack, which was successful. Sadly, Marvel tracked down Rue by trapping her in a net. When Katniss tried to cut her down, Marvel threw his spear, killing Rue in the process. Katniss instantly avenged her friend’s death by shooting Marvel in the chest with an arrow.


Cato was arguably the most dangerous competitor in the 74th Hunger Games. Not only was he a Career Tribute from District 2, but he was also absolutely ruthless. As one other strongest opponents, Cato quickly emerged as Katniss’ biggest adversary. He seemed to be one of the only tributes not to underestimate the female from District 12. After the tracker jacker incident, Cato sent Marvel to target Rue. The District 2 male then became the last one standing aside from Katniss and Peeta. The District 12 pair eventually took refuge atop the Cornucopia when they fled from wolf-like Mutts. It was there that they encountered Cato, who held Peeta in a headlock, threatening to pull the other tribute to his death if Katniss shot an arrow. Despite his intent, Katniss managed to shoot Cato in the hand, allowing Peeta to throw the tribute to the Mutts below. Out of mercy, Katniss put another arrow in Cato’s head so he would have a quick death.

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Catching Fire

After killing three tributes in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss only took the life of one fellow competitor in the Third Quarter Quell featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Her first and only victim in the 75th Hunger Games was Gloss, the previous victor from District 1. The Career Tribute was specifically skilled in throwing knives. During the bloodbath surrounding the Cornucopia, Katniss hit Gloss with an arrow in his calf. He survived and killed Katniss’ ally, Wiress, by slitting her throat while she was on the beach. Katniss witnessed the event and quickly shot him in the chest with an arrow. He died almost instantly, and his sister, Cashmere, was the next victim in the Games.

Capitol Bombers

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In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Katniss’ portrayal as the “Mockingjay” was used as the focus of various forms of propaganda shown in Panem. Her first propaganda footage was filmed when she and her team visited a hospital in District 8. When President Snow saw the footage, he ordered an airstrike on the specific district. The ambush specifically targeted the hospital, killing every citizen inside. Katniss and Gale fought back, successfully shooting down bombers inside two Capitol hovercrafts that carried out the attacks. The event was also filmed, which featured Katniss proclaiming, “If we burn, you burn with us.” The message lit another fire in the Second Rebellion, causing other districts to revolt.


During the Battle of the Capitol, Katniss and the “Star Squad” led an assault on President’s Snow forces. The Capitol’s defenses were primarily made up of Peacekeepers. As the rebel squad pushed on, Katniss killed some of the Peacekeepers as the fighting raged on. Some of the Capitol civilians fell victim for being stuck in the middle of the conflict. In some instances, Capitol citizens joined in on the battle. At one point, Katniss had no choice but to shoot a Capitol woman with an arrow during the assault.

Alma Coin

Alma Coin In The Hunger Games Franchise

Following the rebels’ win in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Alma Coin took over as the president. She made sure to keep Snow alive so that Katniss could personally execute him. Before that could happen, he told her that the bombing that killed innocent civilians, including her sister Prim, was ordered by Coin. To make matters worse, Coin planned to have one final Hunger Games event with Capitol children. Instead of killing Snow at the public execution, Katniss shot an arrow at President Coin, assassinating the new leader so Panem wouldn’t fall into the control of another sadistic leader. The murder of Coin was followed by Snow’s demise at the hands of the public, serving as the final major death in The Hunger Games film series.

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