“They can’t hurt me. I’m not like the rest of you. There’s no one left I love.” – Johanna to Katniss
Johanna Mason is a previous victor from District 7, the Lumber District, who won her Hunger Games a “few years” prior to the 74th Hunger Games. In her interview and The Games themselves, Johanna pretended to be a terrified weakling so that the other tributes wouldn’t find her a threat. However, towards the end of The Games she unleashed her power, wielding axes with a “wicked ability to murder,” winning the title of Victor.
In Catching Fire, Johanna goes back into the arena with Katniss and Peeta as a tribute in the 75th Hunger Games, otherwise known as the Third Quarter Quell. The first time she meets the both of them, she strips down naked out of her tree costume from the Tribute Parade. Johanna is blunt and lacks any compassion towards anyone, especially Katniss. She does surprise Katniss however, by saving Beetee and Wiress in The Games so they could all form an alliance, and by reassuring her that the Gamemakers didn’t kill Prim. Only to call her “brainless” afterwords, a name she calls Katniss quite a bit. But she reassured her all the same.
“If they really killed her like this, they’d probably have an uprising on their hands! Don’t want that, do they?” She throws back her head and shouts, “Whole country in rebellion? Wouldn’t want anything like that!” – Johanna
Personality: Johanna is incredibly perceptive, sarcastic and brash. She speaks her mind, regardless of the consequences, or who she hurts. While Johanna has a very hard exterior, she definitely understands the greater good of the districts and would lay down her life for freedom. Before we meet her in ‘Catching Fire‘, it is inferred that Johanna was not always so cold. Before her first Hunger Games, Finnick alludes to her having people she loved in her life, whom Snow killed when she wouldn’t prostitute herself. The terror that The Capitol put her through definitely changed Johanna, as it did everyone. She is misunderstood because of her cold demeanor, but underneath she is still a good person, she just has very high walls keeping anyone from coming in to see that.
“Jealousy is certainly involved. I also think you’re a little hard to swallow. With your tacky romantic drama and your defender-of-the-helpless act. Only it isn’t an act, which makes you more unbearable. Please feel free to take this personally.” – Johanna to Katniss
Appearance: Judging from the tentative date of her first games, Johanna should be no older than 23-years-old. Johanna is described as an attractive young woman, having wide-set brown eyes and short brown spiky hair. In ‘Mockingjay‘, she returns from the Capitol with a shaved head after being tortured by them but eventually grows pieces of her hair back.
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