Clove is the secondary antagonist of The Hunger Games. She was the female tribute from District 2 in the 74th Hunger Games. She was also a ruthless, sadistic, and highly-skilled Career tribute who received a training score of 10. She was incredibly skilled with knives and could throw them with extreme accuracy.
74th Hunger Games
Clove was the female representative from District 2 in the 74th Hunger Games, and an expert at knife throwing. Although she was smaller than most of the other tributes, she was highly feared because of her knife-throwing techniques, an area she was dominant in, and was known to rarely miss a target. She pursued the Games with a sadistic personality, never upset at the prospect of another death on her hands. Clove, along with her district partner, Cato, were suited up in gold Roman themed armor for the parade.
The Career pack stuck together during the training sessions and Clove was usually one of the first to flaunt her skills, along with her fellow Careers, Cato, Marvel, and Glimmer. During her private session with the Gamemakers, Clove most likely showed them her knife-throwing skills, and received a score of 10. At this point, Clove and her fellow Careers develop a particular hatred for Katniss, who outscored them with an 11. This hatred evolves into attempts at vengeance later throughout the Games, with varying success.
For the interviews, Clove wore an orange dress and was described to be sweet, but arrogant and sarcastic.
Clove earned the first kill in the Games during the bloodbath, when she threw a knife at the boy from 9 and struck him in the back. Next, she targeted Katniss's head, but was thwarted when Katniss shielded herself with her backpack. After Katniss fled into the woods, Clove returned to the massacre at the Cornucopia. In the film, she rammed the girl from 7 to the ground. Although the Careers usually team up, at the beginning of the 74th Hunger Games, they were also joined by Peeta Mellark, the male tribute from District 12, as well as the District 3 male later in the Games. He helped them reactivate the mines which guarded the tall pyramid containing the careers supplies.
The night of the bloodbath, the careers ventured out to hunt for tributes and came across the female from District 8. It is implied that they killed her, however her cannon does not sound, so Peeta left the group to finish her off. In his absence, Clove and the other Careers made the decision to keep Peeta alive in the hopes that he would eventually lead them to Katniss.When the Careers found Katniss, they chased her, and she climbed up a tree to safety. The Careers tried, but were unable to climb the tree due to the branches breaking under their weight, and instead set up camp below. That night, Rue appeared in the tree below Katniss by way of climbing through the trees. Rue motioned to Katniss about the tracker jacker nest above her, after which Katniss gets the idea to drop the nest on the Careers. She sawed through the branch holding the nest while the anthem plays, to make sure the tracker jackers wouldn't notice a disturbance and come after her, and the Careers wouldn't hear. The nest dropped down from the tree and Clove, along with the others, was stung multiple times. In the movie, Clove was first to flee the Career's campsite, making her one of the fastest Careers. Glimmer, the female tribute from District 1, received enough stings from the tracker jackers that she died, along with the girl from District 4 in the book. Katniss then jumped down from the tree after all the other tributes had ran away and took Glimmer's bow and arrows.
Katniss and Rue formed an alliance and planned to destroy the supplies that the Careers had back at the Cornucopia. Rue had to light fires to make the Careers leave the Cornucopia and when the Careers saw the smoke, Clove, Cato, Marvel, and the male from District 3 started hunting down Rue while Katniss successfully destroyed all of the remaining Careers' supplies, after which Cato snapped the District 3 male's neck out of anger, because he did his job with placing the explosives too well. Clove and Marvel calmed Cato down long enough to explain to him that the tribute that destroyed their supplies must have died, so they waited for nightfall. Only then did they realize that the "bomber" was still alive, so Clove, Marvel and Cato went hunting for Katniss.
The FeastThe feast was Clove's biggest scene. Clove and Cato formed a plan, which involved Clove going in for their District 2 backpack with Cato covering her by scouting the area for hiding tributes. When Katniss came to get the medicine for Peeta, Clove threw a knife at Katniss, which slices her above the eye, and tackles her to the ground, pinning her down. Katniss gave an attempt to bite her hand, but she held Katniss' head down by her hair. Clove asked her what was in her bag and expressed her hate towards Katniss.
She taunted Katniss about Rue's death, and said she was going to give Katniss a slow, painful death -- "I promised Cato if he let me have you, I'd give the audience a good show."
She reached into her jacket to select a knife to cut up Katniss' face, after much debate she decided to start with her lips as she would no longer need them to kiss "Lover Boy." Katniss spat blood into Clove's face, making her flush with rage.
In the book, Thresh hears Clove mention Rue's death and quickly yanks her off of Katniss, and holds her a foot above the ground. Thresh accuses her of killing Rue, which Clove truthfully denies. When Clove sees Thresh holding a large rock, she screams for Cato. Thresh smashes the rock into her temple, cracking and denting her skull. Cato runs to her, because he heard her calling, but Clove later dies from her injury.
In the film, Thresh hears Clove mention Rue's death and quickly grabs her, pinning her against the Cornucopia. Thresh accuses her of killing Rue, which Clove truthfully denies. Clove screams for Cato. However, this causes Thresh to believe that Clove did kill Rue. Thresh violently slams her head-first against the Cornucopia. The second and final time, he slams Clove into the Cornucopia, and cracks her skull. She drops to the ground with her eyes wide open and her mouth slightly open. Her fingers can be seen slightly closing after she collapses. Clove soon dies from her injury.
During the 74th Hunger Games, Clove killed the male tribute from District 9, while he was grappling over an orange backpack with Katniss during the bloodbath. She targeted Katniss next, aiming a knife at her head, but Katniss blocked it with her pack and escaped. Later, she kills a lizard for target practice in the film.
In the 74th Hunger Games, Clove was the only Career tribute who came close to killing Katniss twice — at the Bloodbath and at the Feast, and certainly seemed to have a deep hatred for her, perhaps because Katniss received a higher score than her.
In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta went to District 2 on their victory tour where they see Clove's grieving family, and tried to avoid eye contact. Katniss stated that the appearance in District 2 was awful, and that both the tributes Cato and Clove could have made it home if it hadn't been for her and Peeta.
Clove appeared in one of Katniss' nightmares before the 75th Hunger Games. She stabbed Katniss in the cheek and then turned into a mutt and began to lick Katniss' wound, causing Katniss great pain. Clove reminded her that she can't run away from her fears and the Hunger Games themselves, thereafter turning into a mutt and chasing Katniss.
In the Games, Clove, being a Career Tribute, had medicine, food, water, weapons and other supplies from the Cornucopia. The supplies were destroyed from the mines set by the District 3 male. When Katniss blew up the supplies, she was left with her knives and whatever she had left in her pack. In the movie, after killing all the vulnerable tributes in the Bloodbath, they claimed all the supplies, and Clove retrieved a small array of knives on a black vest, which she wore until she died. She also had a large pocket full of big knives that held to her belt. The smallest knife pointing to her neck was the one she pulled out to try and kill Katniss while retrieving her pack at the Feast.
In the book it is described that Clove had a large selection of knives that were attached to the inside of her jacket which is also portrayed in the film. The weapons gave Clove a big advantage because of her skill with knives as shown in both the training center and during the Games; she could both throw them accurately and use them in close combat, as shown when she forced Katniss into submission in front of the Cornucopia.
She, along with the other Careers, had her choice of weapons to use-until Katniss blew them up.
In the book, during the feast, Cato showed that he was not completely ruthless, and that he did in fact care somewhat about Clove. While Cato was running towards Clove after Thresh had dented her skull, Katniss stated that as Cato called Clove's name, his voice sounded very pained, and despite its futility, he begged Clove to stay with him as she died. He later avenged Clove's death by presumably killing Thresh. It is hinted that he and Clove might have known each other before the games (since they're from the same district) and had a good relationship (unknown if it was romantic or friendly or he treats her as a sister). However, in the film, Cato instead seemed interested in Glimmer, and Clove and Cato seemed to have no relationship between each other, as he was not shown coming for Clove's aid in the feast when she screamed his name twice. However, this might have been because Katniss left shortly after Clove's death. It is possible that Clove and Cato were in fact in love but wanted to conceal it to appear stronger. This could've been due to their mentors persuading them to hide their love. Also, when Glimmer slept on Cato's arm, his position suggested that he was unaware of her doing this and he looked to be shaking his arm away from her when they were awoken by tracker-jackers. He maybe even thought it was Clove on his arm, as he was trying to keep her safe and get her out first when the tracker jackers came.
Clove envied Katniss' high training score (an 11) and hated her more than the other tributes did. In fact, Clove somehow managed to almost kill Katniss twice, while the other tributes, including the other Careers, couldn't at all. In the feast, Clove seemed very joyful when she was about to torture Katniss to death, maybe as it would show she was superior.
Clove was strong, sadistic, arrogant, violent, dangerous, and powerful. Clove was also slightly unhinged, which made her a feared opponent. She had a strong hatred for Katniss due to her score of 11 from the Gamemakers. When she captured Katniss at the Feast, she joyfully said she was going to make her death a slow and painful one. Clove was also intelligent, supporting Marvel in his idea to keep Peeta alive to get to Katniss, and was smart enough to go to the lake to heal her tracker jacker wounds, and was also instinctive enough to go back to the Cornucopia instead of chasing Katniss. She was raised with the Career mindset.
Clove, like most Careers, was strong, healthy, brawny and fit. She weighed about 150-200 pounds in the book, because she is described as being 50-100 pounds heavier than 100-pound Katniss (in the movie, she is 100 pounds). She has dark hair, usually in a ponytail or braid, (while her mutt had dark fur) dark eyes, and some freckles. Clove was described as being 5'4", making her slightly smaller than the other Careers.
- Clove's name means to cleave, which means to split with a sharp instrument (which makes sense since Clove is very skilled with knives), as seen the night before Glimmer's death when she throws three knives at a lizard.
- In the film it is shown that she weighs 100 pounds.
- Clove was the youngest and smallest of the careers, but might have been feared more than Glimmer or Marvel because of her deadly knife throwing skills, and her slight mental problems.
- It is stated that they made Clove extremely skilled and a little mentally off in the film, due to the fact that Fuhrman was smaller than the other actors who played the Career Tributes. Also, the Career Tributes were supposed to be bigger than most of the other tributes to make them more feared, but by making Clove an expert with knives and a little mentally unstable, she was able to be just as intimidating.
- In the film, Clove gets a training score of 10, only one point less than Katniss'. Her district partner, Cato also manages to get a training score of 10 during his private session.
- In the film, her betting odds of winning were 5-1, the same as Marvel, the District 7 boy and the District 8 girl. This means the district 8 girl and Clove had the highest betting odds for a female, and second highest of the Careers. Clove came 2nd with the highest betting odds in the careers. She was beaten by Cato, despite this she was the highest female Career both times.
- According to Linda Flowers, the film's hair stylist, Clove's arena hairstyle was inspired by the "bad girls" in Japanese action movies, who had high ponytails with knives in them. To make it look more original, they made it like little balls coming down her head.
- She is the only tribute to survive one of Katniss' arrows, in the book. In the movie, Clove is the only one to escape two of Katniss arrows.
- She is the only career to survive an encounter with Katniss twice. First the tracker jackers, and then two of Katniss' arrows at the Feast, unlike her fellow tribute, Cato. Cato only survived the tracker jacker and the second time Katniss tried killing him, he died, so did Marvel. Glimmer was the only one, and the District 4 female, to die after Katniss' first attempt at killing them.
- Clove's dialogue was changed in the film, shortening her speech. Also the beginning of this scene changes, as Katniss does not wrestle with Clove in the books, instead she is cut by one of Clove's knives.
- In the book, right before Thresh grabs her, Katniss spits in her face, but in the film, she just says, "And now, we're going to kill you..." and raises her knife, then Thresh grabs and kills her.
- Like Marvel, Clove is killed by the same person in the movie as in the book, but in a different way. In the book, Clove's skull was dented by Thresh's rock. But, in the movie, her skull was split by being slammed head-first into the Cornucopia.
- Clove was the only member of the original Career Pack to not be killed by Katniss, instead she was killed by Thresh.
- Peeta Mellark paints a picture of Clove arranging her knives in her jacket after the Games during the Victory Tour along the way to District 11.