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Thirst for blood is a difficult urge to satisfy. So, I offer an alternative plan. A majority of four may approve it, no one may abstain.
The proposal is this: In lieu of these barbaric executions, we hold a symbolic Hunger Games.
~ Coin's proposal that exposes her villainous nature.
I told you we should have rescued the boy first.
~ President Alma Coin on Peeta.

President Alma Coin is the main antagonist of Mockingjay and both of its 2014 and 2015 film adaptations, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2.

She is the President of District 13 and the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. It turns out that she is a corrupt and ruthless who is in some ways worse than the people she fights, including President Coriolanus Snow.

She was portrayed by Julianne Moore, who also portrayed Mother Malkin in The Seventh SonMargaret White in the 2013 remake of Carrie, and Poppy Adams in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Biography

Welcome to the new Panem. Today, on the avenue of the tributes, all of Panem, a free Panem, will watch more than a mere spectacle. We are gathered to witness an historic moment of justice. Today, the greatest friend to revolution, will fire the shot to end all wars. May her arrow signify the end of tyranny and the beginning of a new era. Mockingjay, may your aim be as true as your heart is pure.
~ Coin's hypocritical speech during Snow's execution - her last words.
During the 75th Hunger Games, President Coin starts the second rebellion against the Capitol to take control over Panem. As she needs Katniss Everdeen for her unique position as a symbol of rebellion to the districts, she rescues her, Finnick Odair and Beetee from the arena and hide them in District 13. This caused the Capitol to bomb District 12, Katniss's home, but Coin showed little emotion to this.

However, Coin soon discovers it is hard to cooperate with Katniss, who dislikes her for her selfishness and ruthlessness. Coin often regrets openly she couldn't have saved the more charismatic Peeta from the arena instead of Katniss.

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Coin meets Katniss for the first time.

Before the attack on the Capitol, Coin realizes Katniss could menace her position of President, as people still love Katniss more than her. To destroy her rival's psyche completely, she decides to murder someone Katniss really loves. In the Capitol, Coin uses a Capitol hovercraft to launch bombs (placed in supply packages) on some children. When they blow up, Rebel medics, alongside with Katniss' sister Prim, run there to help injured kids. However, once they reach them, the other bombs blow up, killing all the children and medics, including Prim. After that, the Capitol gives up to the rebels.

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Coin hijacking a broadcast by President Snow.

Katniss, who saw her sister die, is now heavily dazed. Meanwhile, Coin becomes the new President of Panem and decides to organize the last Hunger Games in which children of the Capitol would fight to death. Horrified, Katniss plots to foil her plan and Snow, who is being sentenced to death for his crime, tells her that the bombs that killed her sister was sent by Coin and not him. She initially disbelieves him but after remembering the promise that they made to not lie to each other, Katniss realizes Coin's true goal: she planned the rebellion in the districts by having them fight it out, leaving District 13 untouched; once the districts were hers, the Capitol could easily be nabbed for her to control, making her and Snow the two sides of the same coin. To avenge her sister's death, Katniss assassinates Coin after her speech during Snow's execution by shooting her in the heart with an arrow. Snow then insanely laughs at this (a sign of tuberculosis) as a massive mob of shocked and enraged citizens surge towards him and trample him, and he is killed either by tuberculosis or the stampede made by the angry mob.

Personality

I want you to know something. We had eight extra minutes of civilian evacuation because of Peeta's warning. I won't forget that.
~ Coin, before she goes mad with power.
Alma Coin is a born pragmatist and an egotistical leader. She is rather cold and emotionless, perhaps due to the loss of her family, but does appear to have a relatively kind side in the movies. It is unknown just how much she cares for Katniss, but she still goes out of her way to console her when she's sad about Peeta's predicament. However, Coin is shown to be quite frustrated whenever people don't listen to her, as she doesn't like what she cannot control. She takes this to an extreme when she decides Katniss is more useful to her when she was dead. Thus, while capable of kindness, Coin likely only shows compassion when it suits her goals.
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Coin comforting Katniss in the District 13 canteen.

While Coin superficially seems to be a "better" leader than Snow, she still turns out to be a complete sociopath who is only less vile in comparison. She is very relaxed by nature, and never once loses her temper with anyone even when they question her. Coin is callous and analytically ruthless to a fault: she does not emotionally react to loss or defeat, and has absolutely no complaints about sending people to their deaths, or worse. Coin also possesses a logical, calculating and subtle intellect, and is a virtually flawless strategist when it comes to propaganda, warfare, politics and democracy. Her confidence, magnetic vocabulary and apparent empathy make her a brilliant public speaker and a master manipulator - her methods are far more subtle than that of President Snow. Furthermore, because of her more laid-back apporch, this makes her less implusive despite her callous nature eventually resulting in her defeat.

As she gets closer to overthrowing Snow, the power gets to her head, and she becomes much more cold-blooded and less passionate about freeing Panem. Coin becomes extremely arrogant and overconfident to an extreme, conceitedly believing that things will go perfectly according to her preconceptions and predictions. In the end, she goes as far as to bomb children and hold a new Hunger Games just to secure her victory. It is still possible that she genuinely wants to make Panem a better place, but her methods become inhumane.

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Coin feels threatened by Katniss' rebellious nature.

In the end, her own delusional idea of Panem is her undoing, since she ignorantly trusts that Katniss is okay with her being the new president of Panem. When Coin holds her final triumphant speech, there's no more sentiment left in her voice - only blind pride. She goes from being a visionary official to becoming a corrupt ruler with the same intentions as President Snow - genocide, power and absolute control, only far more unquestioning and a lot depraving. That said, she isn't completely evil because it's possible that she still had good intentions.

Killed Victims

  • Primrose Everdeen (caused) 
  • President Coriolanus Snow (caused) 
  • Countless unnamed Capitol citizens (caused or directly killed)

Quotes

I have taken the burden and the honor of declaring myself as interim president of Panem.
~ Coin announcing herself as new President
She can't handle it. The Games destroyed her.
~ Coin discussing Katniss
Miss Everdeen. This revolution is about everyone. It's about all of us. And we need a voice.
~ Coin saying that she is trying to help Katniss and Panem.
It's the worst torture in the world. Waiting, when you know there's nothing you can do.
~ Coin seemingly sympathizing with Katniss
Whatever strength, courage... madness keeps us going, we find it, in times like these. You have it, soldier. It's what kept you alive all this time. And it won't fail you now.
~ Coin giving Katniss an inspirational speech.

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Trivia

  • While the Mockingjay book portrayed Coin as a relatively sinister character right off the bat, the two part film adaptation has Julianne Moore adding a more sympathetic side to her. Moore says she wanted to show how Coin went from having good ambitions to becoming corrupted by power.
    • Another change made to Coin in the movies is that her eyes are now gold instead of gray, perhaps to help conceal her darker side.
    • All in all, in the film trilogy, Coin was shown to be more of a charismatic villain in comparison to the books.
  • Even though Coin is the main antagonist in Mockingjay, her personality remains ambiguous. It's unknown just how many of her actions were planned, but since she ends up killing countless children of the Capitol, it's safe to assume that she's always had malevolent ambitions.
  • Interestingly, the word "Alma" means "Apple" in Hungarian. Taking into account the legend of William Tell, who had to shoot an arrow at an apple over his son's head to save him, this is actually ironic, as Coin was ultimately killed by being shot with an arrow by Katniss to protect the innocent Capitol children.

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President Coriolanus SnowSeneca Crane† • The CapitolPeacekeepersCareer Tributes (Cato† • Clove† • Marvel† • Glimmer† • Gloss† • Cashmere† • Brutus† • Enobaria†) • Muttations

The Hunger Games

Career Tributes (Cato† • Clove† • Marvel† • Glimmer†) • Muttations† • President Coriolanus SnowSeneca Crane† • The CapitolPeacekeepersGamemakers

Catching Fire

President Coriolanus SnowThe CapitolCareer Tributes (Gloss† • Cashmere† • Brutus† • Enobaria†) • Peacekeepers (Commander Romulus Thread) • Gamemakers† • Muttations

Mockingjay

President Coriolanus Snow† • The Capitol† • Peacekeepers† • Muttations† • President Alma Coin

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