“Want a sugar cube?”
Finnick Odair is the previous victor of the 65th Annual Hunger Games, which he won at age 14. Finnick is from District 4, the Fishing District, so he is as comfortable in the water as he is on land. From his home he learned the two talents that helped him become Victor of his hunger games, tying nets and wielding a trident. The Trident given to him during the 65th Annual Hunger Games was the most expensive sponsor gift in history.
In Catching Fire, Finnick goes back into the arena with Katniss and Peeta as a tribute in the 75th Hunger Games, otherwise known as the Third Quarter Quell. He first encounters Katniss prior to the Tribute Parade, when he offers her a sugar cube. To Katniss, Finnick is nothing more than egotistical pretty boy who is adored by the Capitol – where many women there have become his lovers. However, Finnick convinces Katniss to give him archery lessons in exchange for trident lessons during tribute training, and the two are forced to bond. During his final interview with Caesar Flickerman, he recites a poem to his one true love, Annie Cresta, making at hundreds of capitol citizens faint because they believe it is about them.
“Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven’t looked pretty?” I say.
“It must be. The sensation’s completely new. How have you managed it all these years?” he asks.
“Just avoid mirrors. You’ll forget about it,” I say.
“Not if I keep looking at you,” he says.”
-Katniss and Finnick
In the arena Katniss still distrusts Finnick, but the two were forced into an alliance that was made beforehand by Haymitch. While still being careful, both her and Peeta are continually surprised by Finnick’s clear determination to keep Peeta alive at any cost.
“Better not give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
-Finnick to Katniss
Personality: First impressions of Finnick may paint him to be shallow and a bit of a player, especially given Katniss’ description of him using a “seductive purr.” But as your read through the trilogy you realize that Finnick is a guy with a huge capacity to love. And like Katniss, he does just about anything he can to protect those he loves, specifically Annie Cresta. The love that drives Finnick is observed by Katniss in Mockingjay, when Finnick’s grief over Annie’s torture mirrors Katniss’ grief over Peeta, and she feels bad for him as he grows more and more unstable. Katniss realizes Finnick’s true nature, and the two of them bond while trying to keep themselves together. After reuniting with Annie, Finnick seems to “radiate life” while displaying a “self-effacing humor and an easy-going nature.”
“Finnick?” I say, “Maybe some pants?”
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown leaving him in just his underwear.
“Why? Do you find this” — he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose — “distracting?“
-Katniss and Finnick
Appearance: Finnick is described as being extremely handsome. Tall, muscular, athletic, with tan skin and bronze hair. That with his “incredible” sea-green eyes makes him very appealing to the citizens of The Capitol. His “natural beauty” is what won him all of his sponsors in his first Hunger Games.