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President Corionalus Snow

Full Name
Coriolanus Snow
President Snow
The Hunger Games
President of Panem
Powers / Skills
Highly cunning and manipulative ,very high intelligence
Operating the Hunger Games, killing anyone who stands in his way
Keeping Panem under his control, to end the legacy of the Mockingjay (Katniss Everdeen)
Type of Villain
Dictator, Mass Murderer, Complete Monster

War, terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed, that each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up in tribute, one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future.
~ President Snow's opening monologue in the Hunger Games film.

President Coriolanus Snow is the main antagonist in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy. He is the President of Panem (North America after the apocalypse).       


President Snow

Donald Sutherland as President Snow

President Snow is responsible for taking care of the country and working on the Hunger Games (a competition on which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the 12 districts must have a fight to the death) year after year. He is not afraid to hurt or kill people if he feels that they will be a threat or a sign of rebellion. In Catching Fire (book two) he threatens to kill Katniss', Peeta's and Gale's family if she didn't convince all of Panem that what she did in the games (threaten that she and Peeta would commit suicide if the Capitol didn't make them both winners) was just her madly in love and not a sign of rebellion.


The President is a small, thin man, with paper-white hair and thick lips that seem pulled across his face. Katniss once states that his lips smelled of blood and roses and his eyes are that of a snake's. His lips are thought to be changed, to make them more appealing. Overall, his appearance is quite snake-like. His trademark sign is a single white rose, which he always wears, and what Katniss finds in her house in the beginning of the 3rd book.


Snow lives in a huge mansion in the City Circle of the Capitol.


A cruel, hard man, Snow is firm and strict, and not afraid to torture or kill people who displease him. He wants no one to stand in his way of ruling. He is also cunning as evidenced by his manipulation of Katniss during Catching Fire. In Mockingjay, he even admits that he is not above killing children to Katniss. Despite all this, he does say that he is not wasteful. He'll only kill people for specific reasons, although these reasons are not necessarily just.


After the overthrow of the Capitol, Snow is tried, convicted and sentenced to death. As the Mockingjay, Katniss is given the opportunity to execute Snow. However, she assassinates President Alma Coin instead. In the chaos that follows, Katniss witnesses Snow laughing and coughing up blood as a crush of people surround them. When everything calms down, Snow is found dead, either from choking on his own blood or being crushed by the crowd. No one cared which way he dies, it didn't matter as long as he is dead. His death is very anticlimactic in the way that he laughs at the sheer irony of the situation.

Full Name Coriolanus Snow
Allies the Peacekeepers, the Muttations
Enemies Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Finnick, Johanna, Haymitch, Enobaria, Alma Coin , other Rebels, the 12 districts
Powers No special power, breath smelled like a mix of roses and blood which makes Katniss feel sick, extremly cunning.
Death Either choked or crushed to death; exact details are uncertain.
Occupation President of Panem for 25 years
Goal Keeping Panem under his control, to end the legacy of the Mockingjay (Katniss Everdeen)
Caused the Deaths of... Finnick Odair - Lizard Mutts he sent killed him

Darius - Cut to pieces

Lavinia - Electrocuted to death

Castor - Lizard Mutts

Homes - Lizard Mutts

Madge Undersee - Died during the bombing of District 12

Madge's family - Died during bombing

Jackson - Lizard Mutts

Leeg 1 - Lizard Mutts

Peeta's family - Died during bombing

Prim Everdeen - Died at the Climax Bombing

Seneca Crane - Murdered (In the book)/Suicide (Movie, Unspecific)

Many Panem residents of history, especially in the poor districts. As well as all the people that died in The Hunger Games (event).

Known Family It is said he has a granddaughter
Age Unknown (probably around 60)

Film Adaptations

In the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, President Snow is portrayed by veteran actor Donald Sutherland (who also voiced President Stone and Sergeant Major Peasy) and serves as the main antagonist of the film as a whole. Unlike in the novel, he appears more often and is given added scenes, but still keeps to the character's role and personality. He is not quite as cruel in the film as is he in the book, as he is shown to care for his granddaughter.

He gives a speech on why they have the Hunger Games. But he first appears fully on a panel to greet the tributes when they arrive in the Capitol, and while the rest smile and are amazed at Katniss and Peeta's flaming entrance, Snow remains silent and uncaring. Most of his other scenes are with the Head Gamemaker, Seneca Crane. Each of them are to discuss Katniss's involvment and keeping Panem in line. One of the more well known is when President Snow reveals the true reason of why the Games are held. Hope, which he describes as the only thing stronger then fear. That the Games show the country who dominates them and contains the hope that could lead to the end of his and the Capital's reign.

Though he admits that he favors Seneca, he doesn't delay to intimidate him and eventfully when Seneca allows Katniss and Peeta to live, Snow has him excuted by forcing him into a room and making him eat the Nightlock berries, the same berries Katniss and Peeta were going to use to kill themselves.

He is last seen crowning Katniss and Peeta, complimenting Katniss's mockingjay pin, before watching Katniss and Peeta return to District 12 and contemplating on how to kill them.

In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, again portrayed by Sutherland, he is also the main antagonist of the film. He is first shown in the Victor Village talking to and threatening Katniss Everdeen by saying he will kill everyone she loved if she doesn't convince him that her love for Peeta was real during their Victory Tour. He is seen next in the balcony of his mansion complimenting on the victory that Peeta and Katniss achieved during the 74th Hunger Games. Afterwards, he is shown talking to new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee on how Katniss was to die. Heavensbee suggested that she was to die in the right way now that she was one of the Capitol (unknown to Snow, the Rebellion). His next scene is where he introduces the 75th Quarter Quell and announces that the tributes are to be the winners of past games including Katniss. Throughout the second half of the film, he along with Heavensbee is shown observing the games in his office and sees that Katniss poses a threat to the Capitol.  

Sutherland returns for both parts of the film adaptation of The Hunger Games Mockingjay as President Snow. He serves as the secondary main antagonist of Mockingjay. He was thought to be the main antagonist of Mockingjay, but this was a misinformation campaign to hide the true main villain.

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