President Coriolanus Snow
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President Coriolanus Snow

Donald Sutherland

AGE

80s

POSITION

President of Panem

STORY STATUS

Killed at the end of the Mockingjay revolution by a crowd of citizens at what was meant to be his formal execution

APPEARS IN

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

HOPE. IT IS THE ONLY THING STRONGER THAN FEAR. A LITTLE HOPE IS EFFECTIVE. A LOT OF HOPE IS DANGEROUS.

President Coriolanus Snow looking at a rose

For over two generations, Coriolanus Snow has been the supreme leader of Panem. Although he has long used fear as a tool for control, it is the fear of losing control that drives his every action and ultimately leads to his downfall. A master of propaganda, President Snow projects a fatherly image as he oversees the annual Hunger Games, using words like “courage and sacrifice” to obscure the truth. Snow’s misplaced confidence in Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane during the 74th Games allows Katniss’ actions in the arena to light the fire that eventually burns down his rule. In the Third Quarter Quell, Plutarch Heavensbee’s stratagems obscure the fact that the war to end Snow’s reign is already underway.
President Coriolanus Snow attacked by an angry mob

Even as he recognizes a worthy opponent in Katniss, he never doubts his power. Whether jailed in his rose garden or restrained for his execution, Snow never questions the justness of his actions. Spared from Katniss’ arrow but overtaken by a violent mob, Coriolanus Snow dies believing he was right all along: without him, disorder reigns.