A Career Tribute, more commonly known as a Career, is a tribute who trains throughout their lives to compete in the Hunger Games and then volunteers to participate. The Careers attend a special combat academy until they are 12-18 for the Games, then they volunteer. Typically, most Careers come from the wealthier districts, 1, 2 and 4, where being a tribute is seen as a great honor. The Careers in the 74th Hunger Games were led by Cato. In the 75th Hunger Games, there was no known leader of the Career alliance.
Career Tributes are always the strongest, agile, flexible players in the Hunger Games, having been prepared and trained since they were born. Even though training tributes before the Games begin is technically illegal, the career districts generally get away with this because of their wealth and closer ties to the Capitol. The willingness and in some cases even enjoyment to kill their opponents before the Games even start, cultivated from years of preparation and the support of their families and fellow district citizens, gives Careers a tremendous mental and physical advantage over the other tributes.
These tributes volunteer to participate in the Games, causing much more commotion during the reaping than necessary. In the other districts and especially in the poorer ones such as District 11 and 12, becoming a volunteer tribute is viewed as sheer suicide. But in Career districts, volunteering is very common. Everyone wants to win the Games, even if it means volunteering. In wealthy districts, victors are regarded as heroes and amass great fame after winning the Games. In the movie, the Careers are very "chatty." Glimmer and Cato run around mocking tributes they are going to kill or have killed. This is in contrast to the novels, where the Career Tributes are generally more stealthy and menacing.
Prior to the start of each Hunger Games, Careers generally begin to form an alliance among themselves, which will cooperate when the Games get underway to secure weapons and supplies and take out common opponents. This gives the Careers an enormous edge during the bloodbath as they already have a strategy in place to carry out and do not need to worry about being killed by each other. However, once most of the other tributes are out of the way, they usually begin to turn on each other. It is the District 2 tributes who most often lead these alliances, as their district raises them in a more militaristic mind-set than 1 or 4; District 4 does not join the main alliance as often as 1 or 2, as shown in the 75th Hunger Games when the District 4 tributes made their own alliance with District 12.
In the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss killed almost all of the Career Tributes; she killed both District 1 Tributes and was partly responsible for the death of both of the District 2 Tributes, such as Glimmer and the District 4 female (although not in the film) when Katniss dropped the nest of Tracker Jackers on the Career alliance, and Marvel, who was shot in the neck (heart in the movie) by her arrow. Cato was technically killed by Katniss with an arrow to the head to put him out of his misery when being mauled by wolf-like muttations, (although Peeta was equally responsible, since he shoved Cato off the Cornucopia to the mutts) and Clove was killed by Thresh when she was about to kill Katniss. Thresh did so to avenge Rue's death. In the Cornucopia bloodbath, the District 4 male (not a Career in the movie nor book) was unusually killed in the bloodbath. It is unknown how they were killed, although Careers dying in the bloodbath is not typical.
Despite their edge in preparation for the Games, Careers have some severe disadvantages. Being well fed their entire lives, they are not as used to going hungry as tributes who have spent their lives in poverty and are very reliant on securing the supplies from the Cornucopia. Another disadvantage to them from being well fed their entire lives is their presumed heavy weight, making it difficult to climb trees or chase a particularly light and speedy person. They usually are very arrogant and tend to underestimate their opponents, therefore they may not think before acting. Though Careers are very effective in combat confrontations, their basic survival skills are generally quite poor; thus, if they do not remove their most dangerous opponents in the initial bloodbath (when their advantage is usually strongest) they gradually lose the initiative unless they can keep control of the Cornucopia supplies.
Careers often attempt to recruit normal tributes who have potential or superior traits to their own to join them, such Katniss, Peeta, and Thresh.
District 1, District 2, and District 4 tend to be the Career districts, although other tributes are allowed to join if they show exceptional skill. These districts are richer and have more supplies than other districts, giving a huge advantage to their tributes and allowing them to prepare and train. Katniss once pointed out a common weakness of the Careers: the Careers couldn't handle lack of food. Another weakness, which sometimes leads to their downfall, is their arrogance which is explained by Haymitch in the film.
These districts normally have an elaborate way of choosing volunteers, as they have no lack of them.
74th Hunger Games Career PackEdit
In the 74th Hunger Games, the Career Pack consisted of seven members: the female tribute from District 4, the boy from District 3, Cato, Clove, Marvel, Glimmer, and Peeta. All four from Districts 1 and 2 were specially trained for a specific weapon and were able to retrieve it at the Cornucopia: Cato with a short broadsword, Marvel with javelins (throwing spears), Glimmer with a bow and arrows (though Katniss stated that she was actually a poor shot) and Clove with a wide variety of knives. The group teamed up with Peeta to find Katniss, though several members were contemplating on whether or not they should kill Peeta early before going after Katniss. The pack didn't fare too well, however, as the boy from District 4 died in the bloodbath on the first day; but is probably that he wasn't a Career, because he was very small. Not long after,Glimmer and the District 4 girl were killed by tracker jacker stings, the result of a tracker jacker nest dropped on them by Katniss. As Katniss went to retrieve Glimmer's bow, Cato saw Peeta aid Katniss in her escape. This led Cato to severely wound Peeta's leg and abandon him, lowering the pack's number to four. The group later included the boy from District 3 because he could reactivate the land mines after digging them up and retrieving them from around round metal plates that brought the tributes into the arena. The Career tributes used these mines as a defense against the other opposing tributes, by positioning them around their stocks of food, weapons, and equipment that they were able to amass from the Cornucopia bloodbath. Ready to detonate if anyone were to non-chalantly approach and steal their supplies. For this reason, the Careers exhibited confidence at leaving their supply stocks at the open, with only one of them standing out as guard. The Careers presumably familiarized themselves as to where the mines were hid, so as to not put themselves at risk when they need to retrieved something from cache pyramid. Unfortunately, Foxface was able to read and even replicate their pattern of navigating across the mines, allowing her to safely approach the supplies and take small amounts of food. The land mines were placed in such a way that they can destroy the supply stocks entirely if several of them were to explode. As indeed what happened when Katniss used her bow to cause several apples to fall from a burlap sack, levelling the pyramid.
When Katniss blew up the Careers supplies, Cato killed the boy from District 3 out of anger. Shortly after, Marvel speared Rue, and Katniss killed him in vengeance by shooting an arrow into his neck. At the feast, Thresh bashed Clove's head with a rock (hits her head on the wall of the Cornucopia in the movie). Cato was the last Career left, left in a flurry of bloodlust. He made it to the final three until Katniss kills him out of mercy while he is being torn apart by muttations.
75th Hunger Games Career PackEditIn the 75th Hunger Games, or the third Quarter Quell, the Career Pack originated with Enobaria & Brutus from District 2, and Gloss & Cashmere from District 1. There were no careers from District 4 (which is usually a part of the career pack), as Finnick and Mags teamed up with Katniss and Peeta. Once Cashmere and Gloss were killed by Katniss and Johanna, Brutus and Enobaria hid until the end. Then, Peeta killed Brutus after watching him kill Chaff, and Enobaria was taken by the Capitol.
- Peeta In the 74th Hunger Games he joined careers to protect his alliance with Katniss, then turned on them.
- Cato Leader of the 74th Hunger Games Career Pack killed by Katniss using her final arrow out of mercy.
- Clove Killed by Thresh with a rock smashed over her head at the Feast in the 74th Hunger Games. (In the movie he bashed her head against the Cornucopia.)
- Marvel Killed by Katniss with an arrow after he threw a spear into Rue, who died several minutes later in the 74th Hunger Games.
- Glimmer Killed by Tracker Jackers, thrown by Katniss in the 74th Hunger Games.
- Cashmere Victor; killed by Johanna who threw an axe in her chest after her brother, Gloss, killed Wiress in the 75th Hunger Games.
- Gloss Victor; killed by Katniss by an arrow in the temple after he slit Wiress' throat in the 75th Hunger Games(chest in the movie).
- Brutus Victor; killed by Peeta after Brutus killed Chaff in the 75th Hunger Games.
- Enobaria Victor; captured by the Capitol after the 75th Hunger Games, still alive after the rebellion
- District 3 male (74th HG) Killed by Cato by him snapping his neck. He was not from the Career District but he earned his place in the Career Pack by reactivating the mines around the Cornucopia.
- District 4 female (74th HG) Killed by tracker jackers, thrown by Katniss in the 74th Hunger Games. In the film, she wasn't a part of the Careers and was killed by Cato in the bloodbath.
- District 1 female (50th HG) Killed by her own axe when Haymitch ducked and the axe rebounded off the forcefield and buried itself in her head.
- Finnick Odair Victor; friend of Katniss and Peeta but killed by lizard mutts in the Battle of the Capitol in Mockingjay.
- Annie Cresta Victor; captured by the Capitol to hurt Finnick, alive in all books.
- Mags Victor; died in the 75th Hunger Games when she sacrificed herself by walking into poisonous fog.
- District 4 male Killed in the initial bloodbath; in the film he wasn't a part of the Careers and was killed by Cato, but was probably that also in the book he wasn't a career, because he was very small.
- Lyme Victor; killed in battle after Katniss was shot during the rebellion.