Effie worked as an escort for District 12 tributes, particularly to Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games trilogy. Her responsibilities included drawing Hunger Games tributes' names at reapings and subsequently escorting the tributes to the Capitol.
Effie tries to encourage tributes to be happy about their upcoming participation in the Games, though her efforts are mostly in vain. When Katniss volunteered to take her twelve year old sister's place when her name was pulled during the 74th Hunger Games reaping, the audience stayed silent and Effie was left on stage clapping by herself in an effort to lighten the atmosphere. During the events of the Rebellion, Effie was said to be taken by the Capitol, and Katniss later finds out that Effie had joined the rebels' side in the rebellion.
The Hunger GamesEditDuring the reaping, Effie goes on stage in a spring green outfit and begins the ceremony. She starts with the ladies first and draws the name for the female tribute for District 12. Effie reads the slip of paper and surprises the crowd with the name she has drawn: Primrose Everdeen. Effie along with all of District 12 are in shock when Katniss Everdeen goes on stage and volunteers for Prim. She pulls herself back together and tries to make the situation better by asking the crowd to give a round of applause but they are still registering the proceedings and do not agree with the reaping. Unfortunately for Effie, she ends up being the only one clapping. During the reaping, Haymitch comes in drunk and this angers Effie due to his manners and presentation. Effie is disgusted by Haymitch's drunken behaviour. After he face dives on the floor and passes out, Effie's wig is crooked from the hug he gave her before he becomes unconscious. However, she shakes this off, continuing the reaping ceremony by choosing the male tribute who is Peeta Mellark. She then seals the reaping's conclusion by saying "May the odds be ever in your favour" to the selected tributes.
Effie takes the tributes on the train to transport them to the Capitol. She tells them about the before-Games routine on the train and her plans. Effie eats dinner with Katniss and Peeta and is relieved when she saw that Katniss and Peeta had manners unlike the last pair of tributes. To toy with Effie, Katniss begins to eat like an animal by wiping her fingers with the tablecloth, upsetting Effie. Afterwards, Effie sits with Katniss and Peeta and watches the recap of the reapings in the other districts. Katniss and Peeta play and joke about Haymitch during the reaping which annoys Effie and she yells at them saying he is their lifeline; just after this statement Haymitch enters the room and vomits all over the floor. Effie is disgusted and tells them to laugh away about Haymitch and then she runs out of the room due to them and the vomit.Effie eats breakfast with them and retires to her room to make arrangements for their arrival at the Capitol. Effie contributes to the postive preceedings. She is filled with joy and celebrates after their amazing performance in the parade through the Capitol. Effie helps prepare them for the training sessions with Haymitch, hoping they'll achieve high scores in order to attract more sponsors. She is shocked and surprised when Katniss tells them about her seemingly disastrous private session. She can't believe she shot an arrow at the Gamemakers. She attempts to comfort Katniss due to her fear that they'll attack her family. Effie states that it serves them right and that it's not nice to ignore Katniss even if she is from District 12. Effie is overflowing with joy and excitement when Katniss and Peeta both manage a high score from the Gamemakers.
Effie attempts but fails and is annoyed by Katniss when she tries to help her with her interview with Caesar Flickerman. She attempts to teach her how to sit, smile and talk like a lady, but only gets frustrated with this. After the interview and Peeta's astonishing declaration of love, Katniss fights with Peeta, pushing him and causing him to trip into an urn. Effie breaks up the fight and cools her down while Haymitch tells her about the logistics of his and Peeta's plan. The night before the games begin, she wishes them good luck and is heartbroken because she has grown to like them and leaves the room before she could become more upset. She assists Haymitch in lining up sponsors for Katniss and Peeta and helps them throughout the Games.
Effie is happy and relieved when both of them survive-despite the danger-, giving them both big hugs and helping them get ready for their final interview with Caesar. After their respective interviews, she says her final goodbye to them before they head back to District 12.
Effie comes back during Katniss and Peeta's Victory Tour. She tells them they have to start off with District 11. On the way there the train makes an unplanned stop which angers Effie because it changes her schedule. This irritates Katniss, causing her to yell at Effie and tells her that no one cares; this hurts Effie. When Katniss comes back she apologizes to Effie and she graciously accepts. When they arrive to District 11 she is displeased with the way they are being treated. Later, Effie ensures that everything is prepared for the victory speech Katniss and Peeta must give to Rue and Thresh's family. After the elderly man is killed for whisling Rue's hyme, the Peacekeepers take them all and forces them to leave quickly; this annoys Effie due to their lack of manners. After the Victory Tour was complete, she went to the final dinner for Katniss and Peeta in District 12 and was touched when Peeta proposed to Katniss.
Effie leaves to go back to the Capitol and soon comes back to District 12 at Katniss's house for the wedding photo shoot, using her manipulative nature to order the crew about. She watches and makes everything go perfectly like her plan. Effie is unaware of the rebellion, President Snow's threats or of the tension between Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch. When the Third Quarter Quell is revealed and is announced to be reaping the victors, Effie had to pull the names out of the bowl. Effie starts much like the 74th Hunger Games, deciding to reap the female tribute first, and calls Katniss's name since she is the only living female victor of District 12, therefore the only eligible girl. Effie then calls Haymitch's name but soon after Peeta volunteers for Haymitch, in order to protect Katniss. Effie once again escorts Katniss and Peeta to the train that takes them to the Capitol, where she begins planning.
Effie and the others arrive to the Capitol on time, something which pleases her. She is joyful when Cinna makes Katniss and Peeta unforgetable yet again with his choice of costume, causing creat discord and awe to ripple among the other tributes. Effie celebrates just like last year when the parade goes according to plan. She agrees to let Katniss and Peeta go to the training session alone but to satisfy herself she takes them to the elevator and leads them to the door. Effie is even more shocked then last year about their private training sessions with the Gamemakers. She is on the verge of tears when Katniss and Peeta tell her and the others about their show cases to them. After they get their training scores she is giddy because of their score of a twelve until Haymitch explains it is only to present them as obvious targets in the Games. She decides to allow them to spend the entire day to themselves before the next day, which is their interview with Caesar Flickerman. After the interview, Effie is asked to leave them and she was is to say her final goodbyes to them.
After Katniss destroys the arena and escapes with the other rebels, Effie is arrested.
After President Snow is found guilty and is about to be excuted, Effie is released from prison and goes back to Katniss to get her ready for Snow's trial. Katniss notes that Effie has a vacant look in her eyes. Katniss makes a mental note to put her on the list of people to be excused since she doesn't want Effie to be killed by President Coin. Effie gets Katniss dressed in her mockingjay uniform and sets everything up to schedule. Effie watches Katniss about to kill Snow but instead sees her kill Coin. Later after Katniss' trial, Effie goes back home to the Capitol.
In The Hunger Games, Effie Trinket has pink hair, speculated to be a wig, and during the reaping wears a spring-green suit. As she gives speeches, she constantly adjusts her attire.
In Mockingjay, Effie continues to wear her freakish golden wig. It it also mentioned in Mockingjay that she has "a vacant look in her eyes."
Effie is presumably fairly young as she makes multiple refrences to wanting to get promoted to a better district, indicating that she is in the beginning of her career when the books take place.
Effie can be described as oblivious to the sorrows and misfortunes that fall upon District 12. As the quote above states, she is very strict about manners and being "proper", as that is the Capitol's way. This angers Katniss as she can't help but think of the poor people from District 12 where having a meal is a rare occasion, so of course the District 12 tributes are going to stuff themselves. In an act to annoy Effie, Katniss starts to display some rude table manners on purpose and act disgusting. Effie is a classic Capitol resident with impeccable manners, although in Mockingjay it is revealed she rebelled against the Capitol.
Effie is a perfectionist and extremely punctual, complaining about how a five minute train delay would hugely affect her tightly packed schedule. However, she is known for being bright and bubbly at times when she is not being publicly humiliated or in the presence of undesirable manners.
Effie annoyed Katniss greatly due to her manners and appearance. Katniss hated this and often bothered Effie by purposely using poor manners. Effie was upset when Katniss and Peeta joked about Haymitch being drunk during the reaping and making a fool of himself on national television. Effie attempted to teach Katniss manners but she continued to struggle with this as well as personality during her preperation for the interviews with Caesar Flickerman. Effie did her best to help Katniss and Peeta. Effie could not bear to say goodbye to Katniss during the 74th Hunger Games since she did care for her. Effie annoyed her during the Victory Tour by flipping out about the sudden stop during the train ride to District 11, which caused Katniss to lose it and yell at Effie. She later apologized to Effie when she cooled down. Effie asisted Katniss again during the Third Quarter Quell. Effie let her make more choices during the preperation for the Games. Effie was taken away the night before the Third Quarter Quell, which Katniss felt bad about because this could be the last time she saw her and she wasn't able to say goodbye to her in person. However, she told Haymitch to tell her she said goodbye and to make it special since it was Effie. Katniss was surprised when Effie came back to her before Snow's trial and that she was on the rebellion side instead of the Capitol. Katniss made a mental note to give Effie immunity from being killed by Coin, because she liked Effie.
Peeta seemed to get along well with Effie, never giving her much trouble. Peeta did anger her when he and Katniss joked around about Haymitch being drunk during the reaping and making a fool of himself on national television. Effie yells at them telling them he is their only source of real help when it comes to surviving. Peeta is kind to her and always follows her plans. Effie did try to do her best for him and Katniss during the Games. Effie was sad the night before the 74th Hunger Games and couldn't bear say her goodbyes because she truly does love him. When he goes back to the training center he hugs her and they greet each other. Peeta tolerated her nagging during the Victory Tour and was a bit disgusted when Katniss yelled at her. Peeta is a slightly annoyed when Effie nags or goes crazy about her plans. When Effie is taken away by the Capitol, Peeta feels bad because it would be the last time he would see her and he didn't say goodbye. Ultimately, Peeta and Effie do care about each other.
Effie annoys Haymitch greatly with her prim Capitol ways. Since Haymitch isn't familiar to Effie's points of behaviour like manners, dead lines and appearance, he becomes frustrated when she nags him about this. He annoys Effie as well by being at his worst and demonstrating a horrible appearance and manners like when he eats with his hands like an animal.
They first encounter each other when Haymitch shows up drunk and in poor conditions at the reaping for the 74th Hunger Games. He throws up and hugs her which messes up her pink wig. He reappears again when he throws up on the train which only makes Effie more enraged. Haymitch and Effie work together to help Katniss and Peeta and she helps him line up sponsors. Haymitch and Effie are shown to be the same during the Victory Tour as he shows poor manners and Effie annoys him with her nagging about his overal demeanor. The two seem to let Katniss and Peeta make their own decisions during preperations for the Third Quarter Quell. The night before the start of the Quell, the two say their final goodbyes before she is taken away and Haymitch is shown to care for her.
She will be portrayed by Elizabeth Banks in The Hunger Games Film