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18th May '15 6:39:21 AM JulianLapostat
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! The Free Cities

--> ''Frankly, the nine of them are [[NotSoDifferent more alike]] than they care to admit. They [[PrivateMilitaryContractors hire the same soldiers]] to fight [[WarForFunAndProfit the same wars for the same rulers -- the Rich]], be they called magisters or archons or what have you!''
-->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''' ''History and Lore: The Free Cities''

Volantis, Pentos, Braavos, Norvos, Qohor, Myr, Lys, Tyrosh and Lorath are nine merchant city-states located on the western part of the continent of Essos. Originally, these cities were colonies, offshoots and outposts of the Valyrian Freehold but after the Doom of Valyria consumed the famous capital, these cities became the only remains of a great civilization. Valyria has since become a disease and smoky ruin, uninhabitable and abandoned but the other cities continue to thrive. Since the Doom, the Free Cities have involved themselves in numerous petty wars against each other seeking to install a new hegemony to replace the Freehold.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The Valyrian and Rhoynish cultures are made into a single place in the show. The Stone Men colony is located on the Rhoyne River while Valyria is still a burnt out husk of a ruin in the Smoking Sea that cannot be sailed into.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Of Medieval and Renaissance Italy (the extinct Valyrian Freehold is itself a Roman Republic analogue). Braavos is also modelled on the Dutch Golden Age.
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Played With. Most of the Free Cities are just as class-driven as Westeros and unlike Westeros (and of course Braavos) it practises slavery. Braavos which is an abolitionist city is however a proud MerchantCity run by the Iron Bank, an NGOSuperpower MegaCorp that bullies states via expensive loans and its other famous export is a band of super-assassins that operates like a MysteryCult.
* [[MerchantCity Merchant Cities]]: To the point that some of these cities are only known for a special article or product. Myr is famous for its lenses, Tyrosh is renowned for its coloured dyes, Qohor for its blacksmiths who can reforge Valyrian steel, though some craftsmen in Volantis also seem to have this skill. Two of them were invited by Lord Tywin Lannister to re-purpose the Stark family's greatsword into two Lannister longswords.
* {{Mordor}}: We finally see Valyria in Season Five and its on the whole vastly more walkable than the Valyria in the books, but its still a burnt, out ruined world, permanently gray and converted into a leper colony that is scary enough that it scares away pirates.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Like the Italian city-states it derives from, the Freehold lack the numbers to a field a regular, disciplined, standing army leading many of them to depend on mercenary companies and sell-swords to fight their wars.
* [[PuppetKing Puppet Prince]]: The Prince of Pentos rules InNameOnly, it is the Magisters who hold all the power though they use the Prince as TheScapegoat and sacrifice him if a crop fails or a war is lost.
* SlaveLiberation: Daenerys' actions in Meereen has badly affected the slave trade. Slaves in Volantis brand her a saviour and long for her arrival to liberate them.
* TheRemnant: Of the Valyrian Freehold, except for Braavos, which was not a colony but a city founded by runaway slaves.
* ViceCity: Lys.

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[[folder:Magister Illyrio Mopatis]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"What good is war now? We are not ready."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RogerAllam

A wealthy magister of the free city of Pentos. Illiyrio was the host of the Targaryens after their escape from Westeros. He arranged Daenerys' marriage to Khal Drogo. He conspires with Lord Varys for the returning of the Targaryens to the Iron Throne.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's morbidly obese and has yellow, crooked teeth.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, he has yellow hair.
* AdaptedOut: His mansion reappears and his name is mentioned as well in Season 5, but his role is taken by Varys.
* AdiposeRex: He's overweight and unlike his pal Varys, Illyrio tends to mastermind from the comfort of his home save for the occasional meeting.
* AmbiguouslyEvil [[EvilOldFolks Old Folks]]: His motivations, purposes and goals are unclear for the moment but there's an unmistakable sinister undercurrent to him.
* BeardOfEvil: He has a pretty thick beard, although he's AmbiguouslyEvil.
* TheChessmaster: Illyrio rather expertly and easily pushed a few key players into place; Viserys, Dany, Drogo and Jorah were all his pieces. Dany to solidify an alliance, Viserys to give the go-ahead, Drogo to provide the army, and Jorah to keep Varys informed.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's one of the masterminds behind the Dothraki invasion and re-emergence of the Targaryens.
* MrExposition: With regards to the Dothraki, whose culture he explains to Viserys. This role is later taken up by Jorah Mormont.
* VillainousFriendship: He seems to have a genuine friendship with his partner in chessmastering, Varys.
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[[folder:Red Priestess]]
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/RilaFukushima

A slave of apparently eastern origin. According to the Volantene tattoo on her face, she was trained as a prostitute. It seems that she was eventually bought by the Red Temple in Volantis and was trained as a Red Priest.
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* GenderFlip: She's been changed from male in the books to female here.
* HeldGaze: She singles out Tyrion for a long creepy stare-off.
* MeaningfulLook: She exchanges a rather intense eye-lock with Tyrion.
* SexyPriest: Tyrion certainly appreciates her beauty.
-->'''Tyrion Lannister:''' The only red priest we had in King's Landing was Thoros of Myr. This one's much better looking.
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[[folder:Clea]]
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->'''Played By:''' Gwyneth Keyworth

A Volantene prostitute and a slave.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She seems a little bitter that visitors prefer the Daenerys-lookalike prostitute ahead of her.
* DeadpanSnarker: In her brief appearance.
-->'''Tyrion Lannister:''' You've got no drink.
-->'''Clea:''' You've got no money.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Although she's a tad blunt, she certainly isn't a bad sort as evidenced by how she's charmed by Tyrion.
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!! The Valyrian Freehold[=/=]Old Valyria

--> ''At its height, the Valyrian Freehold ruled over half the known world. Not bad for former shepherds.''
-->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''', ''History and Lore: The Free Cities''

The former seat of the Dragon Lords of Valyria, ancestral home to House Targaryen, and former capital of the Valyrian Empire, widely considered the greatest civilization to have ever existed. Several centuries before the start of the series Old Valyria was set upon by some [[ApocalypseHow natural/cosmic event]] that destroyed the entire landmass to the point where it was physically broken into several islands surrounded by a smoking ocean. This event is referred to as the Doom of Valyria, and the islands are now only inhabited by victims of advanced Greyscale disease, known as the Stone Men.
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[[folder:Stone Men]]

Victims of advanced Greyscale infection, these semi-humans are shipped off to Old Valyria to prevent their disease from reaching pandemic levels in Westeros and elsewhere.
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* BaldOfEvil: All of the ones seen so far are distinctly lacking in any sort of hair, be it head hair, facial hair, or eyebrows. Having a serious skin condition like Greyscale would probably block off one's follicles, making this a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] case.
* BodyHorror: As the name of the disease would imply, their bodies are covered head to toe in grey, scale like growths that make them appear to be made of stone.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: After rescuing Tyrion from drowning, Jorah reveals to the camera that he was infected with Greyscale by the Stone Men. Since Shireen was only able to survive thanks to a cadre of maesters and doctors, it's likely that his case will prove fatal.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: They exhibit several zombie like traits, namely sub-human intellect, feral reactions to the uninfected, and the ability to transfer their condition through physical contact, but they are never referred to as such because they [[TechnicallyLivingZombie aren't dead or reanimated]] and because of the time period the setting is in.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: While they react to the uninfected like a standard zombie would, they are simply victims of an advanced Greyscale infection that has addled their minds and marred their skin.
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[[folder: The Dragon Lords of Valyria]]

The former inhabitants of The Valyrian Freehold and ruling class of the Valyrian Empire, the Dragon Lords of Valyria came from a [[HumbleBeginnings tribe of shepherds]], until they happened upon the dragons that shared their continent. Over time they figured out how to tame and control the dragons as well as forge the legendary Valyrian Steel, and with this they spread across their continent and conquered it wholly from the backs of their dragons, and later moved on to Westeros and Essos. They created wonders of architecture and their civilization was considered the pinnacle of all civilizations at that time. Unfortunately, it was not to last, and their great empire was laid to waist to by the Doom of Valyria and now their once proud homeland lies in ruin and they are all but forgotten.
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* AncientGrome: While they lean farther towards the Roman side of this trope, they do blend Greco-Roman symbolism and culture together.
* {{Beastmaster}}: They were an entire ''civilization'' of these, given how no one before or since them has figured out how to control the dragons the way that they did. It doesn't help that, until recently, all of the dragons had gone extinct.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Given how they are compared to the Roman Empire, it is fitting that they were presented this way.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Given their origins as shepherds, the rest of the inhabitants of their continent pre-Doom probably saw them as this before either bending the knee to them or being [[KillItWithFire immolated by dragonfire.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Given how no one managed to figure out how to tame dragons aside from them and the fact that the exact method they used to tame and train them is unknown, there may have been a bit of magic involved in it given that dragons are explicitly described as magical creatures along the lines of the White Walkers.
* MysteriousWaif: They were often described as being tall, thin (excepting their warriors), and pale and possessed platinum blonde hair and historically violet eyes. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in that this wasn't due to any innate magic but through weird genetics, and their habit of inbreeding to preserve these features lead to the rather infamous problems with insanity that House Targeryen dealt with, including Aerys II Targaryen (aka the Mad King) and Viserys Targaryen.
* PosthumousCharacter: Their entire empire and nearly every Valyrian was wiped out in the Doom, leaving House Targaryen as the last of the blood of Old Valyria as they are often called.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Having the power of dragons and Valyrian steel backing you up will probably result in you becoming one of these, as Westeros found out when Aegon the Conqueror came over and had his way with the place.
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!! Braavos
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[[caption-width-right:314: The Titan and City of Braavos]]

-> ''"Braavos is the strangest, a city erected not by the Freehold, but against it. A labyrinth of illusion and deceit to hide the refugees from Valyria's slave-lords. After the Doom, the city emerged from the shadows to become one of the greatest banking centers in the world."''
->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''', ''History and Lore, "The Free Cities"''.

Braavos is the richest of the Free Cities, located North of Essos across the Narrow Sea from the Vale of Arryn. Syrio Forel and Jaqen H'ghar hail from this city and as of Season 5, Arya Stark of Winterfell, exiled from Westeros, has become a resident of the city. Its feared Iron Bank has also made its presence felt in Westerosi politics. It is a CityOfCanals that is guarded by a massive statute, the Titan of Braavos.

[[folder:The Iron Bank of Braavos]]
! The Iron Bank of Braavos

-> ''Across the Narrow Sea, your books are filled with words like "Usurper", "Madman" and "Blood-right". Here our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell. More plain. Less open for interpretation.''
-->--'''Tycho Nestoris'''

-> ''We all live in its shadow, and almost none of us know it. You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself, you pay it back.''
-->--'''Tywin Lannister'''

The Iron Bank is an almost-incalculably wealthy banking organization based in the Free City of Braavos. It is perhaps the single largest economic force in the known world. As a result of the War of the Five Kings and mysterious transactions by former Master of Coin, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (and, more generally, the post-Targaryen Kings of Westeros), the Iron Throne is tens of millions in debt to the Bank.
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* AdaptationalBadass: The Iron Bank of Braavos make their presence felt in Book 4 and Book 5 and have a similar reputation and sense of mystery. But while they are regarded as a dangerous force, the kind of hushed tones and faux-religious awe that Tywin regards them in considerably raises their profile[[labelnote:From the Books...]]Tywin never dealt with the Iron Bank during the events of the books, that fell to his daughter Cersei and brother Kevan, although in ''Literature/AWorldOfIceAndFire'' it's recorded that he actually took unto himself some of the Iron Throne's debt to the Iron Bank by repaying the latter with gold from Casterly Rock[[/labelnote]].
* ArtifactTitle / MeaningfulName: The Iron Bank was formed when Braavos was still a "''secret city''" of slaves fleeing their Valyrian masters. The original bank comprised of an abandoned iron mine that was used to store gold from which it derived its title of "''Iron Bank''". Since the bank became a major financial institution, the original mine has become one of its reserve deposits and a historical site in Braavos.
* TheDreaded: The Lannisters of all people are rather afraid of the Iron Bank... well, except for Cersei, who keeps slighting them. For that matter, Lady Olena Tyrell isn't all that joyful at the thought of them, either. And, although Davos sees them as a solution, he's run into trouble enough with them before to know how serious they are. Basically, if you can rub two brain cells and some common sense together, you ''fear'' what they can do.
* {{Expy}}: Of Florence's Medici Bank, which funded both sides of the War of the Roses, though Braavos itself evokes Venice more than any other city.
* ImpartialPurposeDrivenFaction: The Iron Bank doesn't care ''who'' sits on the Iron Throne - or any throne. Their only concern is who owes them[[note]]or rather, who currently occupies the office/throne that owes them[[/note]], how much and if they can pay them back or not.
--> '''Cersei''': There must be someone at the Iron Bank you can speak to. Come to some arrangement.
--> '''Tywin''': The Iron Bank is the Iron Bank. There is no someone.
--> '''Cersei''': Someone does work there. It is comprised of people.
--> '''Tywin''': And a temple is comprised of stones. One stone crumbles and another takes its place and the temple holds its form for a thousand years or more. And that's what the Iron Bank is, a temple. We all live in its shadow and almost none of us know it.
* LoanShark: The Iron Bank is essentially a loan shark that owns several ''states'', including the one it is nominally loyal to. You really don't want a kneecapping from them, as they are totally without sentiment and no one's beyond their reach, not even Tywin Lannister (a man who, it should be emphasized, has an entire ''continent'' in his grip):
-->'''Lord Tywin''': You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself, you pay it back.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Are willing to lend out money to anyone as long as they are sure that their client is likely to repay the debt owed... but if said client defaults, they'll turn to [[EvilDebtCollector anyone else who will get their money back]].
* MegaCorp / NGOSuperpower: To the point where they're large enough to threaten the whole of Westeros, and especially the Lannisters. Indeed, they essentially own Braavos. Davos tells Shireen about a run-in he had with the First Sword to the Sealord of Braavos, but doesn't mention the Sealord at all. Rather, Davos emphasizes that he worked for the Iron Bank, despite being the Sealord's chief bodyguard and one of his most important subordinates.
* PlayingBothSides: The Iron Bank is fully willing to back enemy factions to a ruling party if the latter defaults, as noted by Tyrion to Bronn. Indeed, [[spoiler:Ser Davos manages to successfully convince the Iron Bank that Stannis is far more likely to pay them than the Lannisters are, since Tywin is old and has no heir that they can rely on, while Stannis has a reputation for integrity and battle prowess despite having the weaker strategic position]].
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[[folder:Tycho Nestoris]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"''Across the Narrow Sea your books are filled with words like 'usurper' and 'madman' and 'blood right'. Here our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell. Less... open to interpretation''."]]
->'''Played by:''' Creator/MarkGatiss

-->'''Nestoris:''' And you feel your blood gives you a claim on ''our'' gold?
-->'''Stannis:''' More than any man living.

A representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, with whom Stannis negotiates for a loan to fund his efforts against his enemies.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Lacks his book counterpart's more distinctive features, such as a multi-tiered NiceHat and a waist-length skinny beard, and instead is played as more conventionally attractive by the quite handsome Mark Gatiss.
* AdaptationalBadass: He seemed to possess a lot more authority than in the book. In the book, he had to seek out Stannis and show him every respect when they were making a deal. Here, he threw StealthInsult in Stannis's face without fear because he knew very well how much higher his bargaining position was compared to Stannis', though it also helped that the deal-making was moved in the show to an Iron Bank meeting hall.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Just listen to it roll off the tongue.
* BadassBeard: Despite being a fairly mild-mannered banker, considering the power he wields as an executive at the Iron Bank, he definitely qualifies as a {{Badass}}, and he sports a impressively large red beard.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: He speaks softly, but you'd better believe he carries a big stick.
* CultureClash: Tycho has barely disguised contempt for Westeros' obsession for titles and bloodlines and regards their wars as fairly petty. He also resents addressing Davos as "''Ser''" despite being a former smuggler who once tried to rob their bank:
-->'''Nestoris''': I am not a lord, "Ser" Davos Seaworth. You would not be either, here. In Braavos, thieves are not rewarded with titles.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gets in some digs at Stannis' expense.
* InsistentTerminology: Refers to Stannis as Lord Stannis, despite Davos' protestations of Stannis being the King of Westeros. Tycho, to his credit, refuses to be called "''Lord''" himself. He's a merchant banker that's part of a rising middle-class in a City State, thank you very much.
* HatesSmallTalk: Nestoris wastes no time in getting down to business and matters of real importance. Stannis Baratheon is much the same, and unsurprisingly Davos manages to [[CommonalityConnection win him over]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: Nestoris has perfectly astute reasons for being skeptical of Stannis' claim and capacity to repay a loan: In banking terms Stannis has serious liabilities of lacking the men and supplies to continue a war, while the Lannisters have both.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Played with. He's fairly clerical in temperament and tends to look down on Westerosi's feudal leaders as serious liabilities but he's also logical and honest about the Bank's legitimate reasons for not wanting to engage any further than they have to with Westerosi's SuccessionCrisis, namely about whether the person on the throne is legitimate or not.
* NoSell: He isn't impressed by Stannis' claims to the Iron Throne, at least not on the basis of birthright. He only cares about his ability and skill to win a war and reliability to repay a large debt[[note]]both the existing Iron Throne debt and whatever debts Stannis would rack up in taking the throne[[/note]]. To him, Stannis is just another supplicant coming for a loan, and one seemingly less reliable than King Tommen Baratheon and his wealthy Hand, Tywin Lannister.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite riding a hard bargain and having contempt for the former smuggler Davos, when Davos presents a solid argument in favor of Stannis, Tycho and his fellow bankers come around and offer him a loan.
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[[folder:Syrio Forel]]
Syrio Forel was the former First Sword of Braavos to the Sealord. After completing his service, he arrived at King's Landing in Westeros where former Hand of the King Ned Stark invited him to train his daughter Arya in the Braavosi fencing technique.

See [[Characters/GameOfThronesHouseStark House Stark Household and Retainers]] for more details.
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[[folder:The Faceless Men]]
!! The Faceless Men
An ancient order of Assassins located in a tiny Island in the city of Braavos. They are the most feared Assassins in the world
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* {{Expy}}: To UsefulNotes/TheHashshashin
* HumanResources: [[spoiler: The bodies that Arya has been preparing in her time there are revealed to be the source of all the different faces that the Faceless Men can take on. They are housed in a massive underground warehouse of sorts, with the faces being embedded into grooves on large stone pillars.]]
* MurderInc: They are a band of Assassins.
* MysteryCult: Their initiations and ways of functioning are highly secret. Arya gets the Iron Coin from Jaqen and she arrives in Braavos solely on the basis of that, and even after arriving, Jaqen H'ghar doesn't explain what or how she should proceed.
* NoNameGiven: Every faceless man is "no one", they use aliases in the field and take on other faces when they need to but their real name is long gone.
* TheSocialExpert: One aspect of becoming "no one" is to effortlessly slip into any role, be anyone and say anything convincingly.
--> '''Arya Stark''': I'm not playing this stupid game anymore.
--> '''Jaqen H'ghar''': We never stop playing.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Their hat and secrets. Of course in order to change a face, [[spoiler:they have to collect faces from the dead. They have a nice underground room where all faces are stored]].
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[[folder:"Jaqen H'ghar"]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Help was not promised, lovely girl. Only death."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Tom Wlaschiha, Patrick [=O'Kane=] & Cedric Henderson

-->''"You stole three deaths from the Red God. We have to give them back. Speak three names, and the man will do the rest."''

One of the feared Faceless Men who are headquartered in Braavos, Jaqen H'ghar ended up imprisoned in the Red Keep. He was being transported to the Wall to serve in the Night's Watch when the convoy was attacked, after which he was released. During his travels, he made the acquaintance of fellow fugitive Arya Stark.
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* AffablyEvil: He's rather friendly and personable in his interactions with Arya even when he's seemingly just a prisoner of Yoren's, even apologizing for Rorge's cravenness and threats[[note]]"''A man does not choose his companions; a man must ask forgiveness''"[[/note]] and grinning as Arya pokes at Rorge, but he's potentially one of the most dangerous characters in the series. His entire relationship with Arya sums this up: he pays her back for saving three lives including his own by killing any three people she names.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Jaqen H'ghar'' isn't a name you'll forget in a hurry.
* {{Badass}}: When you can kill every guard at the Harrenhal gates without being heard or seen, then prop the bodies up like they're still on duty, you ''definitely'' qualify.
* CompositeCharacter: ''Maybe''; in the books, Arya's instructor from the Faceless Men is known only as the Kindly Man, and is popularly believed to be Jaqen. In the show the man who greets Arya explicitly takes Jaqen's face, but given the Faceless Men can take on many faces including faces others use, it may just be a different Faceless Man using Jaqen's face. [[labelnote:From the books]]Likewise, the Faceless Man who was Jaqen is heavily hinted to be a figure called The Alchemist who is on another mission in Westeros when Arya arrives at Braavos[[/labelnote]]
* CrazyPrepared: Carries wolfsbane-poisoned darts on hand ''just in case'' he needs to kill someone immediately without time to prepare as he would prefer... which he also managed to hide from Yoren, Rorge, and Biter.
* DashingHispanic: He has shades of this.
* TheDreaded: A gang of Braavosi street thugs head for the hills at the sight of him, though it's not indicated if they recognized his then-current face or his robes.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: When Arya meets him the second time after her capture he's wearing the armor of a Lannister soldier, which leads her to accuse him of having joined them. He doesn't deny her accusation, but by the time of her "''third name''"[[note]]of those that Jaqen will kill on her behalf to repay the Red God[[/note]] he claims that "''A man has patrol duty''."
* DrillSergeantNasty: His teaching methods include waking up his students in the middle of the night and give them a caning if they perform poorly.
* INeverToldYouMyName: He refers to Arya as "''Arya Stark''" as he departs, though it's subtle since she doesn't mention that she never told him.
** Although she did tell him before that Tywin was going to attack her brother, so it's not hard to figure out how he knew.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: the Braavosi coin that he gives to Arya before they part ways.
-->'''Jaqen:''' If the day comes when you must find me again, just give that coin to any man from Braavos and say these words to him: [[ArcWords "Valar Morghulis"]].[[note]]The last scene of Season 4 has Arya, upon finding out that a ship captain is sailing to Braavos, do as Jaqen as instructed and the captain immediately answers her with a cabin.[[/note]]
** Even before she makes use of it according to Jaqen's instruction, she used it as the distraction with which to make her first kill[[note]]the Frey soldier who claimed to have sewn Grey Wind's head onto Robb Stark's decapitated body[[/note]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: He has a special, eerie tune that plays whenever he comes on screen.
* LoopholeAbuse: Jaqen claims that he only offered three deaths, no more and no less, and that helping Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie escape Harrenhal would need more than one[[note]]Arya spent two of the promised three already[[/note]], so the third kill that Arya names is Jaqen himself. He is both understandably perturbed and at the same time seemingly impressed at her audacity.
* {{Mentor}}: Offers to take Arya to Braavos and teach her his trade, but Arya declines because she has to find her family. She finally decides to take him up on it after [[LeftForDead leaving the Hound for dead]], having nowhere else to turn.
* MorphicResonance: His voice.
* MulticoloredHair: White and Red. [[labelnote:From the books...]]The right half of his hair is red and the left half is white. When the TV crew tested this appearance they didn't like the results and changed it instead to different locks of white and red hair all mixed together.[[/labelnote]]
* MysteriousBacker: Jaqen's offer to kill three people for Arya is ultimately what helps her escape from Harrenhal. Whether he does it out of simple [[IOweYouMyLife gratitude]], or because he has ulterior motives, remains unclear...
* NoNameGiven: In ''The House of Black and White'', he admits that even "''Jaqen H'ghar''" is a pseudonym.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In every "''repayment of the debt to the Red God''", only the outcome or the final stage at most is shown. Special mention for when he not only killed every Lannister guard at the Harrenhal gates but then propped the corpses up to make it look like they're still alive, all unseen.
* ProfessionalKiller: With a particular preference for carefully-planned and timed kills that either look like accidents or like they're not dead.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: If he's been hired to kill you, you're almost certainly going to die.
* SecretKeeper: He [[HyperAwareness knew all along]] that [[SweetPollyOliver Arya]] was a girl, but "''it is not for a man to spoil them''".
* SternTeacher: Not shy of caning Arya for lying to him about the test, though he is fair to her when he sees some improvement. He tells her that if she isn't ready to become "no one", she can at least be "some one."
* SuperStrength: Appears to have some degree of this, as one of his more common methods is to [[NeckSnap twist necks]] and one case impaled a guard onto a stone wall with a sword.
* ThatManIsDead: During his final meeting with Arya in Season 2, Jaqen deflects the request that he stay with a remark of "''Jaqen is dead''." For good measure, he alters his face almost immediately afterwards.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jaqen rarely says the word "''I''", usually referring to himself as "''a man''" while in conversation. Taken even a step further when he even uses third person for whomever he's speaking to, e.g. addressing Arya as "''a girl''" rather than "''you''."[[labelnote:From the Books...]]The now-extinct Cult of Boash used this style of indefinite pronouns of address due to their belief in self-abnegation, but the aristocracy of Lorath repurposed it to indicate upper-class dialect and manners, although it wouldn't necessarily go against Jaqen's cover as a man of Lorath to use that style himself.[[/labelnote]] He's inconsistent with it in his first Harrenhal conversation with Arya, but then after some time of sticking to that he subverts it ''VERY'' briefly in a moment of OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
--> '''Jaqen:''' ''[subtly panicking]'' Unname me.
* ThreeWishes[=/=]BalancingDeathsBooks: In a way; Arya having denied the Red God by saving the lives of Jaqen, Rorge, and Biter, Jaqen offers that for repayment she need only "''speak three names, and a man will do the rest''."
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Season 5, if he is in fact the same guy who rescued Arya in Harrenhal, he's far less of the dashing cool assassin, slipping firmly in the role of a stern mentor, being much more cold and less mischievous.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting: One of his abilities.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Apparently, the Free City of Lorath lies [[FantasyCounterpartCulture in Germany]]. Lampshaded in "''Blackwater''", wherein Cersei pegs Shae (played by a German actress) as Lorathi based upon her accent.
* WouldHitAGirl: Pun intended. He doesn't refrain from the good old cane.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:"The Waif"]]
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->'''Played By:''' Faye Marsay

An acolyte of the Faceless Men serving in the House of Black and White in Braavos.
----
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: She isn't quite the horrible bitch she is here in the books.
* AlphaBitch: The Game of Thrones equivalent of an irritable girl looking down on a newcomer.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: She's a better apprentice than Arya from what we see.
* TheBully: Toward Arya.
* ConsummateLiar: She tells Arya a long complicated backstory in such a way that Arya is convinced (even smiling at what sees as a similar background), until she asks:
--> '''The Waif''': [[{{Troll}} Was that true or was it a lie?]]
--> '''Arya Star''': [[FlatWhat What?]]
--> '''The Waif''': [[DidYouActuallyBelieve Did you believe every word I said?]]
* CurbStompBattle: She wipes the floor with Arya.
* HandicappedBadass: She is blind, but that doesn't stop her from beating up Arya with her cane.
* NoNameGiven: She's just 'The Waif'.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ternesio Terys]]
->'''Played By:''' Gary Oliver

The captain of the Titan's Daughter, a trading galleon from Braavos.
----
* TheEveryman: Terys isn't doing anything grand or important aside from giving Arya a lift. He's just a trader.
* TheGoodCaptain: He's the captain of the Titan's Daughter, and a nice guy to boot.
* OhCrap: When Arya shows him the coin given to her by Jaqen, his face has this expression and he immediately agrees to give her safe passage.
[[/folder]]

! Slaver's Bay

--> ''Nobody remembers if the waters around Ghis had names before the Empire, but ever since they have been known only as Slaver's Bay and the Gulf of Grief. Of Ghis, however, nothing remains but ruins where end all great civilisations.''
-->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''', ''History and Lore: Old Ghis and Slaver's Bay''.

A great bay in south-eastern Essos, littered with cities where slave trading and training is the main business. The main three cities of the eastern Slaver's Bay: Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen, still cling to the culture of their Ghiscari ancestors who were conquered by the Valyrians

[[folder:In General]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Ghiscari characters (particularly [[BlueBlood nobles]]) are frequently described as having their hair dyed and sculpted into various shapes which would look ridiculous on screen. The show omits this along with all the various large and small plot points which result.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: After taking over Meereen, Daenerys announces her victory by draping a Targaryen Flag over the Harpy at the Great Pyramid of Meereen. She subsequently uses the Pyramid as her Keep and holds court in its chambers.
* AnimalMotifs: The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpy]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Of the Barbary Pirates. The Unsullied's TrainingFromHell and equipment is based on Ancient Sparta (if blown UpToEleven) and them being enslaved foreigners turned brainwashed, highly disciplined eunuch soldiers is based on Mamluks and Janissaries. Finally, the stepped pyramids are taken from the Ancient Mesopotamia.
** The Ghiscari Empire's rivalry with the Valyrian Freehold -- and its subsequent destruction -- mirrors the Punic Wars between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian Empire.
** The notion of independent city-states sharing a similar cultural identity is a reminder of the Greek city-states.
* GladiatorGames: Meereen's fighting pits were famous for pitting fighters against each other. Daario Naharis came from the fighting pits and Oberyn during his tour of Essos also fought there apparently. Most of the pit fighters were slaves but Dany reopens the pits for freedmen much to the amusement and skepticism of some Essosi slavers.
* MythicalMotifs: The old Ghiscari Empire had the harpy as the symbol of their civilization. The slaver cities kept the harpy statues as their symbols.
* PatrioticFervor: Even worse than Qarth's.
* ProudMerchantRace: They consider themselves to be naturally above other peoples due to their great wealth and cultural posturing.
* SlaveMooks: The Unsullied. See the Targaryen sheet for more tropes.
* StarfishLanguage: Each city in Slaver's Bay speaks a dialect of Valyrian. Like the Dothraki language, these dialects were created for the show by David J. Peterson taking as base the few words that appear in the books.
* TheRemnant: The cities of Slaver's Bay are whats left of the old Ghiscari Empire.
** The Sons of the Harpy are remnants of the pre-Daenerys era.
* TrainingFromHell: Every slave gets this.
[[/folder]]

!! Meereen

Meereen is the largest of the three cities that give Slaver's Bay its name. It is renowned for retaining much of the ancient Ghiscari architecture and culture and has a skyline dominated by large pyramids.

[[folder:Hizdahr zo Loraq]]
->'''Played By:''' Joel Fry

A Meereenese nobleman who represents the interests of city's citizens in Queen Daenerys's court.

* AdaptationalHeroism: Hizdahr in the books is a SleazyPolitician who tries to use Daenerys's occupation of Meereen to his own benefit. The show's version of Hizdahr genuinely wants to help rebuilt peace and protect the rights of his fellow Meereenese.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the show Hizhahr has less political power; though he tries to negotiate with Daenerys, he's very much at her mercy.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler: Falls victim to this in season 5. In order to better control the city, Daenerys betroths herself to while he's on his knees hoping she won't feed him to her dragons. Poor guy looks terrified at the prospect of being her husband]].
* DueToTheDead: His father was one of the Masters that Daenerys had crucified. He begs for permission to take his father's body down and give it proper funeral rites.
* TokenGoodTeammate: He claims that he and his father were this to the Masters of Meereen, insisting that his father shouldn't have been executed along with men whose actions he disagreed with.
* YouAreInCommandNow: He becomes the new head of House Loraq after his father's death. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, that makes him suspicious to Daenerys, who believes one of the noble houses might support the Sons of the Harpy.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Oznak zo Pahl]]
->'''Played By:''' Daniel Naprous

A Meereenese nobleman sent by the Great Masters to challenge Daenerys.

* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: His name is stated in the books but [[NoNameGiven not mentioned]] onscreen or in HBO material.
* TheChampion: To the Great Masters.
* CurbStompBattle: He charges at Daario, Daario just slaughters his horse and cleaves Oznak up before the guy can even get back on his feet.
* ExcrementStatement: Part of his mockery of Daenerys is to piss in her direction.
* {{Jerkass}}: The first thing he does is to throw insults at Daenerys and the Unsullied.
* OffWithHisHead: Daario beheads him with his arakh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fennesz]]
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->'''Played By:''' Trevor Allan Davies

A slave in the service of Master Mighdal, one of the Great Masters of Meereen, and charged with educating the children of the household. In his own opinion, he was well treated by his master and loved by the children he taught.
----
* HappinessInSlavery: A nuanced version. He doesn't particularly like slavery and he would have joined with the young generation of newly freed, but he's so old and worn that he does not know any other form of life, and can't handle the change in circumstances in his last years. He was once a teacher, loved and respected by his master's children, but that now he is a homeless old man, he is constantly abused by younger people.
* {{Omniglot}}: He speaks several languages, including the common tongue and Valyrian.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Sons of the Harpy]]

!!The Sons of the Harpy
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Conquerors always meet with resistance."'']]

A shadowy organization that conducts hit-and-run assassinations on former slaves after Daenerys' conquest of Meereen.
----
* AdaptationalBadass: They are a far bigger threat on the show then they were in the books. The books Harpy were a more modest NebulousEvilOrganization that carried out sneak attacks on defenseless freed people while avoiding direct battle against the Unsullied. [[spoiler:Here they are a lot more active and even capable of attacking the likes of Ser Barristan]].
* CombatPragmatist: They prefer to surround their opponents in very tight quarters and overwhelm them with large numbers. Justified, since they are fighting the [[BadassArmy Unsullied]].
* {{Expy}}: An organization that carries sneak attacks and back alley killings on former slaves and move around wearing scary masks [[BelievingTheirOwnLies while claiming to be]] LaResistance, they are the fantasy KuKluxKlan.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler:A prostitute serves as TheMole for them posing as a HoneyTrap]].
* HeroKiller: They manage to [[spoiler:kill Ser Barristan albeit not without heavy, heavy losses]].
* HoneyTrap: One of their methods.
* LaResistance: They see themselves as this.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: They wear scary, golden masks and they are really malevolent men.
* SlashedThroat: Their modus operandi. [[spoiler:White Rat found out very early]].
* ZergRush: Their main tactic is to ambush in large numbers.
[[/folder]]

!!Astapor

[[folder:Kraznys mo Nakloz]]
!Kraznys mo Nakloz
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Tell the Westerosi whore she has until tomorrow."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Dan Hildebrand

A "[[UnusualEuphemism Good Master]]" of the city of Astapor, one of the three cities of Slaver's Bay. He's a slaver that trains and sells "Unsullied", fanatically loyal eunuch slave soldiers praised for their lack of humanity.
----
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he is described as [[FatBastard extremely fat]] ([[FanDisservice with epic man-boobs]]) and has a large red and black beard. In the TV series he's a thin bald man with a normal-looking mustache and goatee.
* AmbitionIsEvil: His desire to own a dragon blinds him to the clear problems that come with it.
* AristocratsAreEvil: He's one of the "Good Masters", the rulers of Astapor.
* BadBoss: Horribly mistreats The Unsullied he owns.
* BaldOfEvil: He's very bald.
* BeardOfEvil: A van dyke beard.
* BrutalHonesty: He uses his language as a shield to insult Jorah and Daenerys, but makes no attempt to hide the brutal conditions in which the Unsullied are raised and trained.
* '''{{Jerkass}}''': He keeps insulting Daenerys (referring to her as a "stupid bitch" and an "ignorant Westerosi whore") and Ser Jorah ("Tell the old man he smells of piss"). Note that [[DirtyCoward he believes that neither of them understand him because he's speaking Valyrian]].
* CatchPhrase: "Tell the Westerosi whore/bitch that..."
* DeathByMaterialism: Too blinded by the prospect of owning a dragon to see the several holes in his plan.
* KickTheDog: He pointlessly cuts of an Unsullied soldier's nipple despite Daenerys' objections, just to prove that the Unsullied are unfeeling meat-robots and completely obedient to their master.
* ManOnFire: He is incinerated by Drogon's dragon breath.
* OhCrap: When he sees that Dany speaks Valyrian, then even more once Dany orders the Unsullied to attack.
* PatrioticFervor: He seems to despise Westeros. Maybe with good reason, given that he is a slaver and slavery is illegal and considered taboo there.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Besides being a slave-trader, he's also a misogynist and xenophobe. He constantly insults Daenerys, both for her gender and for being a "Westerner".
* SmugSnake: Kraznys certainly considers himself the smartest person in the room, confidently strutting about with all the charm of a used car salesman. In reality, he's no salesman: Missandei is the one who really sells the Unsullied, since Kraznys simply gives vague instructions amid disgusting insults in his own language. Which Dany understands perfectly well. And, relatedly, he might just qualify as the ''dumbest'' person in the room; see "TooDumbToLive", below.
* StrawMisogynist: He constantly calls Daenerys a whore and treats Missandei like something he found growing in his shower.
* TooDumbToLive: Where the hell do we even start? Selling the woman who's told you she's intent on conquest, and is also disgusted by slavery, a huge army of unquestioningly obedient elite soldiers who are already armed and inside your city's walls? Thinking a ''dragon'' is something that can be traded like a horse and immediately tamed like one? ''Assuming the '''Valyrian-descended''' noblewoman doesn't speak Valyrian, and constantly insulting her in that language?'' It almost gets to the point that you wonder how he came to his position if he's ''that'' thick.
* VillainousBreakdown: Loses it when Dany orders the Unsullied to kill the masters and free the slaves, screaming "Kill her!" over and over again before Dany has Drogon put him out of everyone's misery.
[[/folder]]

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%% Missandei, the Unsullied, and Grey Worm have been moved to House Targaryen. Add any applicable future tropes there.
%%

[[folder:Greizhen mo Ullhor]]

!Greizhen mo Ullhor
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"If'' [the Unsullied] ''fail in battle, they will shame Astapor."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Clifford Barry

Another "[[UnusualEuphemism Good Master]]" of Astapor.
----
* AdaptationNameChange: In the books, one of the Good Masters that confers with Daenerys is Grazdan mo Ullhor, however Grazdan is pretty much the Ghiscari equivalent of "John" and it is likely the name was changed to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid future confusions]].
* AristocratsAreEvil: Much like the other Good Masters, who are all rich slavers.
* EvilOldFolks: He's rather older than Kraznys.
* KarmicDeath: Killed by the Unsullied.
* PatrioticFervor: Hesitant to sell half-trained Unsullied because if they fail in battle they may shame Astapor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cleon]]
!Cleon

A "butcher", either literal or figurative, who sets himself up as King of Astapor following Daenerys' liberation of the city.
----
* FromNobodyToNightmare: From a lowly butcher to the King of Astapor - assuming Ser Mormont didn't mean "butcher" [[AxCrazy in the other way]].
* TheGhost: Hasn't appeared onscreen yet - which leads to a little confusion as to whether or not Ser Mormont was being literal or slightly more "figurative" when describing him as a "butcher".
* RagsToRiches: Used to be a butcher... in one way or another.
* TheUsurper: Overthrew the council Daenerys set up to rule Astapor, and installed himself as King.
[[/folder]]

!!Yunkai

[[folder:Razdal mo Eraz]]
!Razdal mo Eraz
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eraz_razdal_mo_6171.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Our Empire was old before dragons stirred in Old Valyria. Many an army has broken against our walls."'']]
->'''Played By:''' George Georgiou

One of the Wise Masters of Yunkai.
----
* AdaptationNameChange: In the books, his name is Grazdan mo Eraz.
* AristocratsAreEvil: He's part of a culture that thrives on cruel slave labor, although it's unclear how 'evil' he is. It could be argued that he's merely protecting his home and doing his job, but you don't get to be a 'Wise Master' by being the nicest guy in the room.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Razdal''': Our Empire was old before dragons stirred in Old Valyria. Many an army has broken against our walls.
-->'''Razdal''': If blood is your desire, blood shall flow.
* BullyingADragon: Literally, when he tries to threaten Daenerys while her dragons and guards are present. He is naturally put in his place.
* GuyLiner: Like many of the aristocratic Essos types.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He meets with Daenerys hoping to settle things peacefully, offering gold and enough ships to get her army to Westeros if she agrees not to attack Yunkai. He doesn't become hostile until Daenerys makes her intentions clear.
* MouthOfSauron: To the Wise Masters of Yunkai.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney[=/=]ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Tries to bribe Daenerys with larges amounts of gold and ships to leave Yunkai alone. When that doesn't work, he warns that he has very powerful friends.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mero, the Titan's Bastard]]
!Mero, the Titan's Bastard
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Take your clothes off and come sit on Mero's lap... and I may give you my Second Sons."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Mark Killeen

-->'''Mero:''' The Second Sons have faced worse odds and won.
-->'''Jorah Mormont:''' The Second Sons have faced worse odds and '''run'''.

A mercenary captain in charge of the Second Sons when it was under contract to Yunkai.
----
* AssholeVictim: Mero is betrayed and murdered by his comrade, but no one's going to mourn a psychotic self-promoting wanker like him.
* CompositeCharacter: With Sallor the Bald. He's killed by Daario alongside Prendahl na Ghezn.
* DeathByAdaptation: Type 2. In the books he survives further into the storyline.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]: A nasty one below his right eye.
* IcyBlueEyes: He has them.
* InUniverseNickname: "The Titan's Bastard", in reference to the Titan of Braavos, a huge statue similar to the Colossus of Rhodes.
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh, where to begin? With a big smug grin, he insults Daenerys to her face, harasses Missandei, demands sexual favors for his Second Sons and threatens to rape/gang-rape them both. This happens in a single scene.
* LecherousLicking: To Daenerys. He lustily licks the air as if going down on her.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: He sounds Estuary/SE London for some reason, even though he's supposed to be a Braavosi like [[BadassSpaniard Syrio Forel]].
* OffWithHisHead: Daario kills him and presents his head to Daenerys as a sign of loyalty.
* PermaStubble [[BeardOfEvil Of Evil]]: Mero has the usual unshaven rogue look, although he's less a rogue and more an opportunistic psychopath.
* PervertedSniffing: When Missandei approaches to pour him wine, he quickly puts his nose close to her crotch.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Acts derisively towards Daenerys because she's a beautiful woman.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies off-screen in his first appearance. We don't even get to see him fight Daario.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Prendhal na Ghezn]]
!Prendhal na Ghezn
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Our contract is our bond."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ramon Tikaram

-->''"That dragon bitch, talks too much."''

Another captain in charge of the Second Sons, during its contract to Yunkai.
----
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Because the modern Ghiscari are a mongrel race.
* NumberTwo: To Mero.
* OffWithHisHead: Daario kills him and presents his head to Daenerys as a sign of loyalty.
* PerpetualFrowner: As opposed to the constantly smirking Mero and Daario, Prendhal seems irritated about everything in general.
* TheQuietOne: He doesn't speak much during the meeting with Daenerys, although this is later subverted when he's shown to have more input between the three of the Second Sons leaders.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies off-screen in his first appearance. We don't even get to see him fight Daario.
[[/folder]]

%%
%% Daario Naharis has been moved to House Targaryen. Add any applicable future tropes there.
%%

! The Dothraki Sea and the Red Waste

!! Horselords
-->'''Daenerys Targaryen:''' My brother used to say the only thing the Dothraki knew how to do was steal things better men had built.
-->'''Jorah Mormont:''' It's not the only thing. They are quite good at ''killing'' the better men.

Tribal horse nomads inhabiting the great steppe of central Essos, the "Dothraki Sea". They plunder settled peoples for resources (although some times the mere threat of force will suffice and they will be paid to leave) and follow people for their physical strength only, not bloodline. One Dothraki horde or Khalassar is lead by a Khal, and his wife is known as Khaleesi.

[[folder:In General]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Dothraki characters are played by actors of all kinds of ethnicities.
* AntiMagicalFaction: All the Dothraki have a deep hate of "Maegi" (witches). Subverted later when they bow to Daenerys after she performs a miraculous act: the witches that they ''do'' hate might be just poisoners.
* ArmorIsUseless: They think so. Jorah proves them wrong in his duel with Qotho.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Dothraki follow only the strongest among them.
%%* BarbarianTribe
%%* BeardOfBarbarism
* BraidsOfBarbarism: A Dothraki only cuts off his hair when he is defeated in combat, as a sign of shame. Undefeated warriors keep their long hair in braids.
* BornInTheSaddle: When a Khal can't ride, he is no longer Khal.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: The Dothraki have no ships and mistrust the sea, which they call "poison water". When Daenerys gets her small khalassar in a ship for the first time ever [[VomitIndiscretionShot they don't take it well.]]
* DemotedToExtra: The Dothraki feature less in Dany's storyline in Season 2. By Season 3, they are just part of the background.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Of the nomadic steppe peoples of Eurasia like Huns, Mongols, Turks, etc, with some elements of Native American thrown in for flavor. The show tones down the more overt Mongolian depiction of the books, however, which might come as too stereotypical and offensive on screen.
* GlobalIgnorance: They don't believe in the existence of lands beyond the poison water.
* HolyCity: Vaes Dothrak is the ''only'' city of the Dothraki. They are forbidden to spill blood there.
* TheHorde[=/=]HordesFromTheEast
* HorseArcher: The Dothraki learn to use bows from horseback at 4.
* LanguageEqualsThought: There are over 10 words for "horse" in Dothraki and none for "thank you".
* MemeticBadass: Dothraki Bloodriders are considered this by most Essosi. Jorah bragging about his defeat of Qotho gets him enough street cred to qualify for the reopened fighting pits.
* ModestRoyalty: The Dothraki as a whole don't have a great deal of attraction to luxury and shiny objects. Drogo for instance has trouble understanding the importance and value of the Iron Throne regarding it as a mere chair and for him the horse saddle is the only throne he needs. Indeed, the Dothraki had absolutely zero interest in invading Westeros until [[spoiler:King Robert Baratheon and his assassin tried to kill Daenerys, pissing them off]].
* NoWomansLand: Dany's khalassar is an attempt to change this.
%%* ProudWarriorRace
* RaceLift: From East Asian in the book to AmbiguouslyBrown in the show.
* RapePillageAndBurn: What their culture can be summed in.
* StarfishLanguage: The Dothraki language, created for the show by David J. Peterson using the few words included by Martin in the books as a base.
* TribalFacePaint: Blue (Woad), like the one used by the Celts in real life.
* ZergRush: They draw their strengh from numbers and mobility have no use for fortifications or complex battle tactics.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Khal Drogo]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HiddenDepths Maybe I told the Great Stallion to go fuck himself and came back here to wait for you.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Jason Momoa

-->''"I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before!"''

The "Khal" or leader of a nomadic Dothraki tribe or "khalasar" and a renowned warrior. He contracts to marry Daenerys in exchange for a promise to win Viserys the crown of Westeros.
----
* AndIMustScream: Ends up with Locked-In Syndrome thanks to an intentionally botched healing ritual.
* AntiVillain: Type I. As long as you don't piss him off or question his rule, he's a ReasonableAuthorityFigure...in charge of a tribe that practices, among other things, rape and slavery, and he considers this perfectly acceptable.
* AnyoneCanDie: Built-up as an upcoming BigBad, from a Westerosi perspective. Dies without even touching the Narrow Sea.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: There's a reason he's the leader of his khalasar, as demonstrated in "The Pointy End".
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: Drogo was quite content to rule The Dothraki despite his wife and Viserys wanting to use them to take back Westeros. When Dany and their unborn child are threatened by a failed assassination attempt...that's when he decides he's going to invade Westeros
* {{Badass}}: In "The Pointy End", Mago challenges his authority, and Drogo fights him one-on-one without a weapon, dodging every one of Mago's strikes before slicing his throat with his own sword. WordOfGod is that Jason Momoa asked a scene like this be included, as in the books Drogo is never seen fighting and his battle prowess was an InformedAbility.
** BadassBeard: A pointy one.
** BadassBaritone: He has a very deep voice.
* BadassBoast: Khal Drogo is the master of these; first, his declaration of his intent to invade Westeros and later the dressing-down he gives a tribesman who challenges his authority.
-->''"I will not have your body burned. I will not give you that honor. The beetles will feed on your eyes. The worms will crawl through your lungs. The rain will fall on your rotting skin until nothing is left of you but bones."''

-->''"And to my son, the stallion who will mount the world, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the iron chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before! I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses! I will rape their women, take their children as slaves and bring their broken gods back to Vaes Dothrak! This, I vow, I, Drogo, son of Bharbo. I swear before the Mother of Mountains as the stars look down in witness! As the stars look down in witness!"''
* [[BraidsOfBarbarism Braids]] ([[BeardOfBarbarism And Beard]]) [[BraidsOfBarbarism Of Barbarism]]: The mentioned custom of the Dothraki only cutting their braid off when they're defeated? Drogo has ''never'' been defeated, and his hair reaches to his thighs for it.
* ChewingTheScenery: Normally a rather taciturn fellow, but when he makes a speech, then by the Mother of Mountains, a SPEECH will be made. The sprays of saliva and wild flexing gesticulations are just icing on the cake.
* DeathIsDramatic: The attempts to save him escalate, then he passes away, gets burned with his killer and has dragons reviving from his funeral pyre.
* DefrostingIceKing: He starts off as brutish and {{stoic}}, but overtime his heart is softened by Daenerys.
* TheDragon: How Viserys sees him. Drogo, on the other hand, ignores Viserys entirely whenever possible and has little interest in his agenda.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Speaks only enough Westerosi to, say, diss Viserys, but he is an intelligent and charismatic war leader, and yes, extremely well-spoken in Dothraki.
* EmptyShell: After the ritual performed by Mirri Maz Duur to save his life.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Of the "AntiHero across the eye" variety. Though, it has to be noted that the scars are real. Actor Jason Momoa got them after being attacked with a broken bottle in a bar.
* GuyLiner: He has copious amounts.
* HiddenDepths: He's a barbarian murderer-rapist, but he's capable of love and mercy, can be reasoned with, and is open to constructive criticism (from his wife, at least).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Daenerys.
* IAmXSonOfY: "I, Drogo, son of Bharbo..."
* LightningBruiser: Is revealed to be one during his fight in "The Pointy End", when his speed and agility allow him to spend most of it weaponless and unarmored, dodging any and all blows that come his way.
* LoopholeAbuse: He can't shed blood in Vaes Dothrak, so he killed Viserys in a brutal but bloodless way.
* TheLostLenore: A rare male example. Daenerys still loves and misses him deeply, as shown when she encounters a vision of him in the House of the Undying.
* MercyKill: Tearfully followed through by Daenerys after he's reduced to a catatonic state.
* NobleDemon: While the Dothraki he leads use RapePillageAndBurn as their standard lifestyle and he embraces it, he genuinely falls in love with Dany, and is capable of mercy and kindness at times.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: A possibility, and one that is acknowledged in the commentary to "A Golden Crown", is that Drogo is perfectly capable of speaking the common tongue but hides it. He knows enough to understand Viserys in "A Golden Crown" and taunt him in the same language, and his repeated use of "No" to Daenerys on their wedding night mostly fits as responses to what she's asking him ("No, I do know other words than "no," but no, I don't actually speak the language.). It's likely that Daenerys taught him some common as she learned Dothraki, but how much if she did, and if he knew any beforehand, is not clear.
* PapaWolf: Threatening his unborn child is a really, ''really'' bad idea.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: He and Daenerys eventually end up happy together, once they've managed to defeat the language barrier.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Comes with being Dothraki.
* RapunzelHair: {{Justified|Trope}}. Dothraki only cut their braids when they are defeated, and Drogo has never been defeated.
* RatedMForManly: As expected from a khal of the Dothraki.
* RealityEnsues: An ultimate badass doesn't get away with OnlyAFleshWound from an otherwise one-sided fight. An infection and less than stellar field medicine may kill you, even without one of your victims compounding the matter.
* RealMenWearPink: Or in this case lots of [[GuyLiner eye makeup]]. Also, as Jason Momoa put it on the comentary:
-->"The one with the largest braid is the biggest pimp. So... mine's the largest!"
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Drogo showed little interest in conquering Westeros until an assassin is sent to kill Dany. He subsequently decides he's going to fuck Westeros '''UP''' in revenge.
* TheStoic: He rarely shows much in the way of emotion, favouring instead a cold stare.
** NotSoStoic: After Dany is nearly assassinated, he drops his stoicism and goes full LargeHam.
* ThisMeansWar: Up until "You Win or You Die", the politics and power struggles surrounding the Iron Throne of Westeros don't mean much to Drogo. Then, [[ItsPersonal things get personal]].
* TranquilFury:
** In contrast to Viserys' frothing rage, he is perfectly calm and composed when he kills Viserys for threatening Dany's life.
** Again in "The Pointy End", when he remains calm as Mago attacks him with a sword, and he makes a point on killing him with nothing but his bare hands, all while telling Mago what he is going to do with his corpse.
** Not so much in "You Win or You Die", where an enraged Drogo delivers a speech seemingly seconds away from frothing at the mouth.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Every single scene. Drogo has no use for shirts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Qotho]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"This must not be."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Dar Salim

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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%%* BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil
* BloodBrothers: With Drogo.
* CassandraTruth[=/=]OnlySaneMan: Well, he was right about not trusting the witch after all.
* CultureClash: With Daenerys over what to do with Mirri Maz Duur.
* CompositeCharacter: Gets some lines of both Haggo and Cohollo, both of whom do appear but suffer from a severe case of DemotedToExtra to the point they are not even identified and their fates are not even brought up.
* TheDragon: To Drogo.
* DuelToTheDeath: Gets into an impromptu one with Jorah Mormont when he threatens to stop the potentially life-saving but forbidden ritual that Dany has ordered for Drogo. He loses.
* {{Jerkass}}: To Dany.
** JerkassHasAPoint: He ends up being completely right though about distrusting the witch.
* ProperlyParanoid: Of Mirri Maz Duur.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cohollo]]
->'''Played By:''' N/A

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's squat and bald, with a crooked nose and a mouth full of broken teeth. The extra portraying him is neither squat nor bald.
* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: His name and fate.
%%* BadassBeard
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After Drogo falls from his horse.
%%* DemotedToExtra
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Haggo]]
->'''Played By:''' N/A

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: His name and fate.
%%* BadassBeard
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After Drogo falls from his horse.
%%* DemotedToExtra
* TheQuietOne: While Cohollo has a single line, Haggo becomes this because his lines are given to Qotho.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mago]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"A khal who takes orders from a foreign whore is no khal."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ivailo Dimitrov

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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* {{Badass}}: It's hard to deny, due to the length of his braid and him having the sheer balls to challenge Khal Drogo.
* BraidsOfBarbarism: Sports a rather long one.
* CharacterDeath: Mago challenges Khal Drogo for leadership, which does not go Mago's way.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Drogo slits his throat and pulls his tongue out from the wound itself. Also, after Drogo kills him, he doesn't cut off Mago's braid, further insulting him.
* DeathByAdaptation: He survived the first book, and will reappear in the sixth. Here, he's killed by Khal Drogo.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]: He sports a badass scar above his left eyebrow.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: To the point where he takes not being allowed to rape as a grievous insult and proof that his Khal doesn't deserve to lead.
* SpitefulSpit: After Drogo orders him not to rape the Lhazareen women.
* TheStarscream: Because Drogo accepts the will of a ''foreign whore'', which results in DuelToTheDeath.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Khal Jhaqo]]

A former ''ko'' in Drogo's khalasar. Named himself Khal and took off with part of Drogo's khalasar after Drogo was incapacitated.
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%%* DragonAscendant
%%* TheGhost
[[/folder]]

!! Lhazar

Lhazar is a peaceful, semi-nomadic nation of shepherds that live between the Dothraki Sea and the Red Waste. They are often a raid target of the Dothraki.

!! General Tropes
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Lzahareen are monotheistic and worship "the Great Shepherd" in the sky.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: To shepherd peoples of the ancient Middle East.
* RaceLift: Like the Dothraki, the book describes them as East Asian.

[[folder:Mirri Maz Duur]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Why don't you take a look at [[EmptyShell your Khal]]? Then you will see exactly what life is worth, when all the rest is gone."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Mia Soteriou

A healer and wise woman of the Lhazareen, taken as a slave by Drogo's khalasar. Daenerys takes her under her protection.
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Invites ''tons'' of it, both in-universe and out. For a start, Drogo's catatonia and Rhaego's death may have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, and she has a point when she chews Daenerys out. Most of the fandom seem torn between seeing her as GoodIsNotNice or as GoodPowersBadPeople.
* AntiVillain: Genuinely believes that killing Rhaego and rendering Drogo helpless is for the greater good, and may be right.
* BloodMagic: Employs this to save Drogo's life, at Daenerys' request.
* BreakingSpeech: May be a WhatTheHellHero, depending on your outlook, but either way it's a doozy.
-->'''Mirri Maz Duur:''' Saved me? Three of those riders had already raped me before you saved me, girl. I saw my god's house burned. There, where I had healed men and women beyond counting! In the streets I saw piles of heads. The head of the baker, who made my bread. The head of a young boy, that I had cured of fever just three moons past. So tell me again exactly what it was that you saved.
-->'''Daenerys:''' Your life.
-->'''Mirri Maz Duur:''' Why don't you take a look at your Khal? Then you will see exactly what life is worth, when all the rest is gone.
* CoolOldLady: Whether she falls into this or EvilOldFolks depends on your viewpoint.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Vows to not scream when Dany orders her thrown onto Drogo's funeral pyre. She fails to keep this promise.
* EvilAllAlong: PlayedWith. She Hates the Dothraki, and had a hand in the catatonia of Khal Drogo and the death of Daenerys' unborn son. Of course, this is a group that just wiped out her community to enslave them.
* [[KillItWithFire Kill Her With Fire]]: her punishment for the death of Rhaego and saving Drogo's life but leaving him brain dead.
** [[BurnTheWitch Burn The ''Maegi'']]: Though it's less because she's a witch and more because she betrayed Dany.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Invoked.
* RapeAndRevenge: Raped four times and her town is razed. Her response is to bring Dany's khalasar down and scatter its remains.
* ScrewDestiny: She wants to avert the prophecy of The Stallion Who Mounts The World, aka Daenerys' unborn son Rhaego, having seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a Dothraki horselord who isn't prophesied to be the worst ever. She succeeds by [[MagicalAbortion murdering Rhaego in Daenerys' womb.]]
* UnwantedRescue: A variant; Dany saved her, but Mirri Maz Duur has good reason to wish her (and her son) harm all the same.
* [[WickedWitch Wicked ''Maegi'']]: Inverted; she features some of the physical traits, but she's a healer, and did a great deal of good in her hometown but she's still [[DesignatedVillain an enemy of the protagonist]].
[[/folder]]

!!Qarth

Possibly the richest and most populous city in the world, dubbed "the Greatest City that Ever Was or Will Be" by its inhabitants. Qarth is strategically placed in a narrow strait between continents, south of the Red Waste, and is dominated by a council of merchants.[[labelnote:From the Books...]]The city-state is nominally ruled by an oligarchy called the Pureborn, with several rival merchant guilds exerting political and economic influence, but this was simplified for the adaptation.[[/labelnote]]

[[folder:In General]]
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: According to Xaro Xhoan Daxos in "Histories & Lore: Qarth" feature, the Thirteen can be this to merchants who are not Pureborn or the Warlocks' representative: a merchant only remains in the Thirteen if he can keep the other twelve too afraid to deny him (re: kill him).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Part Ancient Carthage[[note]]Called '''Qart H'''adasht in its native language[[/note]], part Medieval Constantinople. The show's depiction uses motifs from Ancient Babylon, Persia and India.
* MerchantCity
* PatrioticFervor: The Qartheen look down on all foreigners and close their doors to let anyone they don't like die in the Red Waste, the grounds around the city is called the Garden of Bones where the unfortunates likely die.
* TheProudElite: The Qartheen consider themselves the pinnacle of civilization
* ProudMerchantRace: Their society is built on their skill as businessmen and traders.
* {{Qurac}}: The "rich, but arrogant and morally decadent Orient" version.
* RaceLift: In the books the Qartheen are all of pale complexion. TV!Qartheen are played not only by actors of different ethnicities.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Xaro Xhoan Daxos]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[MockMillionaire A man is what others say he is and no more.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Nonso Anozie

-->''"Do you think the path from poverty to wealth is always pure and honorable? I have done many things, Khaleesi, that a righteous man would condemn. And here I am. With no regrets."''

A merchant prince of Qarth and member of "The Thirteen", the ruling oligarchy of the city. Originally a native of the Summer Islands that "hit the docks as cargo", he is now reputed to be the richest man in the city.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: [[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books he's a skinny bald pale guy with jewels encrusting his huge beaky nose. Sort of like a far less muscular version of Xerxes in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.[[/labelnote]]
* AdaptationalBadass: From the effimenate AmbiguouslyGay merchant to a sword wielding Summer Islander. His first instinct when surrounded by Dany's Khalasar (while naked and in bed) is to growl and reach for his sword.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While in the books he's hardly a ''nice'' guy and Dany is constantly suspicious of him, here he's far more proactive and ambitious.
* AffablyEvil: Polite to Dany even as he murders members of her khalasar and his own guards and kidnaps her dragons.
* AdaptationalSexuality: While in the books Xaro remains AmbiguouslyGay -- being served by pretty boys in silk -- and not paying any attention to Daenerys in typical Qartheen garb (which leaves one breast exposed), TV Xaros is clearly heterosexual and later takes Doreah as his mistress.
* AgentScully: So Pyat Pree just performed bilocation in your home and surrounded by a bunch of people. Sure it's a parlor trick. Subverted: Pree and Xaro are actually in cahoots and the doubting of Pree's skills/animosity was mutual ObfuscatingStupidity. Xaro later makes use of Pree's duplication ability in order to kill the other members of the Thirteen.
* AlliterativeName: '''X'''aro '''X'''hoan, but averted with Daxos. Still, that's a lot of Xs.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Not necessarily ''evil'', per se, but it certainly forces one to do things that "a righteous man would condemn," as Xaro tries to elucidate to Dany.
* ArrangedMarriage: Offers it to Daenerys.
* BadBoss: Has some his Civic Guard bodyguards killed in his plot to steal Daenerys' dragons
* BloodOath: Cuts his hand and shows the blood as part of his oath to stand for Daenerys and her people.
* CharacterDeath: Dany has him and Doreah locked in his vault, from which there is no escape. By now, he's certainly suffocated or starved to death.
* DeathByAdaptation: Unless he somehow manages to escape from his impenetrable vault before he starves or runs out of air. WordOfGod states he's dead.
* FalseFlagOperation: He stages the robbery of the dragons at his manse, which includes [[BadBoss killing several of his bodyguards]].
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Played with. He is legitimately grateful to the leaders of Qarth for letting him enter the city as a boy, but since he thinks Qarth should open its doors to the world, he has the other members of the Thirteen (minus Pree) killed.
* KlingonPromotion: Murdering the rest of the Qartheen leadership to install himself as King. It only lasts for a fortnight however.
* KarmicDeath: Dany seals him and Doreah inside his impenetrable vault.
* MerchantPrince: He's richest man in Essos (or so he likes others to think) and member of "The Thirteen," the ruling council of the city.
* MockMillionaire: He's not nearly as wealthy as he appears. His impenetrable vault is actually empty. That being said, he has a lot of golden statues and valuables inside his mansion -- it seems as if Xaro spent all his actual money on ''appearing'' rich. In the Histories & Lore featurette, Xaro explains that the Thirteen do this is to make the Qartheen proud of the city, and to make the other twelve doubt to remove a member of the council. Dany loots his house and uses the money to buy a ship, which she uses to get to Astapor, the setting for her storyline of Season 3.
* NonActionGuy[=/=]NonActionBigBad: For all his Othello-like look and sword-wielding he never gets his hands dirty.
* NotSoDifferent: Xaro decides to stand for Daenerys because they are both foreigners. Or so it seems.
* RaceLift: In the books, he's just like the rest of the Qartheen, that is pale-skinned (the Dothraki call the Qartheen "Milk Men"). In the series, Xaro handwaves his being the only member of the Thirteen who is not white by explaining that he is originally from the Summer Isles. [[labelnote:From the books...]]An archipelago mentioned in the books as being to the south of Westeros and inhabited by African-looking people.[[/labelnote]]
* RagsToRiches: His parents never owned a single pair of shoes. Xaro himself arrived at Qarth with nothing. Now he's the richest man in the richest city in Essos... but only as far as appearances go.
* RagsToRoyalty: Accomplishing this is his reason for wanting to marry Dany. In "A Man Without Honor", he has Pyat Pree assassinate the other eleven members of the Thirteen, allowing him to become the King of Qarth.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives one to the Council of Thirteen before he kills them, but it falls rather flat considering that he's motivated solely by selfish ambition.
-->''" You would keep your gates and your minds closed to everything outside your walls, but Qarth cannot remain the greatest city that ever was if it refuses to change. I will open Qarth to the world as I have forced it to open itself to me."''
* TheResenter: With regards to the Thirteen, particularly the Pureborn.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: Not quite the middle of nowhere, but Dany does lock him in a sealed room with no possible method of escape.
* SelfMadeMan: The image he likes to project.
* TheStarscream: He has Pyat Pree murder all the rest of the Thirteen to crown himself the King of Qarth.
* TokenMinority: And it actually becomes something of a plot point.
* TreacherousAdvisor: He helps Pyat Pree capture Dany's dragons in return for his help assassinating the other eleven members of the Thirteen so he can become King.
* VisionaryVillain: He seems to want to open Qarth to the world instead of keeping it secluded.
* XanatosGambit: By making an alliance with Pyat Pree and proposing marriage to Daenerys, he will accomplish his RagsToRoyalty {{plan}} either way; either Dany refuses to marry him, so he betrays her and Pree makes him king of Qarth in exchange for her dragons, or she accepts, in which case he would presumably screw over Pree and get her dragons for himself. Unfortunately, his plans [[SpannerInTheWorks failed to account for one important thing:]] ''The dragons''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pyat Pree]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"The Mother of Dragons will be with her babies. She will give them her love and they will thrive by her side. [[FalseReassurance Forever]]."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Hanmore

-->''"When your dragons were born our magic was born again."''

A Qartheen warlock loyal to the "Undying Ones" and a member of The Thirteen.
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* AdaptationalBadass: His MesACrowd ability doesn't show up in the books.
* AffablyEvil: Courteous, amiable, and surprisingly eager to take Dany's side in an argument...albeit for extremely dark and clandestine purposes.
* AlliterativeName: '''P'''yat '''P'''ree.
* BaldOfEvil: Looks like a carbon copy of Nosferatu, all he lacks is the posture.
* BullyingADragon: Turns out that telling Dany he plans to keep her imprisoned there forever while his vulnerable original form is standing right in front of her fire-breathing dragons is a bad idea.
* CompositeCharacter: Taking the place of his own masters, the Undying Ones.
* DeathByAdaptation: Takes the place of the Undying Ones.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: To Xaro Xhoan Daxos. Xaro being the wealthiest man in Qarth is a lie, but Pyat's magic is very real and with it he is very dangerous, ultimately posing more of a threat than the "King of Qarth". And his agenda, of course, is to imprison Dany in the House of the Undying, so that Dany and her dragons will sustain his magic forever.
* EvilSorcerer: A warlock, but the principle's the same.
* IcyBlueEyes: His cold blue eyes are part of what makes him ObviouslyEvil.
* GuyLiner: Pyat appears to be wearing purple lipstick and eyeshadow, although Xaro claims that this is due to the massive amounts of "Shade Of The Evening" that warlocks drink.
* JustOneLittleMistake: If only Pyat had summoned magic *muzzles* rather than chains...
* KarmicDeath: He wanted the power of Dany's dragons ... he got it.
* KillItWithFire: Burned to death with dragonfire at Daenerys' command.
* LeanAndMean: He's the thinnest of the Thirteen, who are all well-fed merchants.
* LooksLikeOrlock: He might not suck blood but damn if he doesn't look the part.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Xaro Xhoan Daxos dismisses his so-called powers as parlor tricks. It's actually ObfuscatingStupidity on his behalf as Xaro and Pree are in cahoots.
* MesACrowd: He can create copies of himself. Initially, the copies don't seem to be able to do that much apart from stand around and talk, but it later turns out that they are able to kill on command. When "killed" they collapse into nothingness, leaving behind clean clothes.
* NoOntologicalInertia: After Dany's dragons burn him to a crisp, his copies disappear entirely.
* ObviouslyEvil: Despite how polite he is, Pree is creepy from the start. He's unnaturally thin, demonstrates his magic in a creepy way, never seems to blink and has odd-coloured lips.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The "Warlocks of Qarth" apparently consist entirely of a single guy: Pyat Pree. Averted in Season 3 when another Warlock appears.
* UncertainDoom: His MesACrowd ability means that the watcher can't be 100% sure that he is dead everytime he is "killed" on screen because it can be just a duplicate. In "Valar Dohaeris", an assassin sent either by Pyat Pree or an unknown warlock in league with him attempts to kill Daenerys in the docks of Astapor, so even if Pree is really dead his legacy is very much alive.
* TheUnsmile: And a creepy, creepy, creepy one at that.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Spice King]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"My name is quite long and quite impossible for foreigners to pronounce. I am simply a trader of spices."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Nicholas Blane

-->''"Unlike you I do not have exalted ancestors. I make my living by trade and I judge every trade on its merits."''

Another member of the Thirteen. Second richest man in Qarth after Xaro Xhoan Daxos and owner of its biggest merchant fleet.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Spice King is very polite and ''very'' condescending.
* BrutalHonesty: He nicely deconstructs Daenerys' self image; pointing out that she ''hasn't'' got an army, she ''hasn't'' got any allies in Westeros, despite what her [[YesMan advisors]] have been telling her... and she ''hasn't'' got his ships either.
* CanonForeigner: There's no Spice King in the books, just the Ancient Guild of Spicers, a trade guild rival to the Thirteen, who are also a trade group and not the rulers of Qarth. However, his appearance and tone are quite similar to the way [[AdaptationalBadass Xaro Xoan Daxos]] is described in the book, including the mention of a difficult to pronounce name, to the point that some readers may have assumed he was Xaro when he first appeared.
* CompositeCharacter: Of several of the Pureborn (the ruling elite of Qarth) and the book version of Xaro.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's quite witty and even self-deprecating at times.
-->'''Daenerys''': I am not your little princess. I am Daenerys Stormborn of the blood of old Valyria and [[CatchPhrase I will take what is mine]]. [[BadassBoast With fire and blood, I will take it.]]
-->'''The Spice King''': Yes, My Lady, but not with my ships.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: To quote the man himself, "I am merely a trader of spices."
* FatBastard: He's extremely overweight and very smug.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Spice King might be polite and flattering to guests, but the affability is largely superficial and readily vanishes when displeased.
* InsistentTerminology: Referring to Qarth as the greatest city that ever was or will be. Likewise, calling himself a [[JustTheFirstCitizen trader of spices]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: His reluctance to fund Daenerys' campaign is entirely justified; the crown was never hers, but her father's, she has no known allies in Westeros, no army, and no resources other than "three dragons the size of cats." From his own point of view, giving Daenerys ships to go to Westeros is simply a bad investment.
* LoopholeAbuse: When the Thirteen begin to turn her away, Daenerys indignantly points out that they promised to receive her and her people. The Spice King deftly counters this, saying they have indeed ''[[DoubleMeaning received]]'' (met with) her.
* MerchantPrince: It's right there in his name.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: His 'villainy' consists exclusively of knocking Daenerys off her high horse, which ''really'' needed doing.
* OverlyLongName[=/=]TheUnpronounceable: Apparently his true name is impossible for foreigners to pronounce.
* PolitenessJudo: He regularly engages in it with Xaro. Not so much with Dany, who's far too blunt.
* ProudMerchantRaceGuy: The Spice King is extremely proud of the power he wields, despite having no 'exalted ancestors'.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives a highly accurate and incisive one to Daenerys.
-->'''Spice King:''' You came to take my ships. So let me explain my position, little princess. Unlike you, I do not have exalted ancestors. I make my living by trade. And I judge every trade on its merits. You ask for ships. You say I shall be repaid triple. I do not doubt your honesty or your intentions. But before you repay your debts, you must seize the Seven Kingdoms. Do you have an army?
-->'''Dany:''' Not yet.
-->'''Spice King:''' You do ''not'' have an army. Do you have powerful allies in Westeros?
-->'''Dany:''' There are many there that support my claim.
-->'''Spice King:''' When were you there last?
-->'''Dany:''' I left when I was a baby.
-->'''Spice King:''' So, in truth, you have no allies.
-->'''Dany:''' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies The people will rise to fight for their rightful Queen when I return.]]
-->'''Spice King:''' Ah. Forgive me, little princess, but I cannot make an investment based on wishes and dreams.
* SelfDeprecation: As part of his PolitenessJudo.
-->'''Spice King:''' Xaro Xhoan Daxos, she is far too lovely for a glorified dockworker like yourself.
-->'''Xaro:''' Very true, and yet they say that your grandfather, who sold pepper off the back of a wagon, married a lady far lovelier and higher born than himself.
-->'''Spice King:''' Every lady ''alive'' was lovelier and higher born than my grandfather.
* SissyVillain: His somewhat preening nature meant many viewers mistook him for the show's version of Xaro Xhoan Daxos at first, who was heavily implied to be gay in the books.
* SlashedThroat: Pyat Pree opens his throat at the behest of Xaro Xhoan Daxos, along with the rest of the Thirteen.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Quaithe]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I am no one."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Laura Pradelska

A shadowbinder from Asshai, like Melisandre, now residing in Qarth.
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* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: Her name is not said on screen.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: She gives one to Jorah when she asks him if he'll betray Daenerys again the second time they meet.
* CoolMask: She wears a mask that is partly metal and fabric, covering her entire face save for her eyes.
* HyperAwareness: Due to her prophetic and magical abilities, she's very in-tune with the world around her. She realizes that Jorah is behind her before turning to see him.
* TheFaceless: Due to her mask.
* MysteriousWoman: She herself claims to be 'no one'.
* TheOmniscient: Quaithe has prophetic abilities and knows the identity of Jorah without asking him.
[[/folder]]
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to:

! The Free Cities

--> ''Frankly, the nine of them are [[NotSoDifferent more alike]] than they care to admit. They [[PrivateMilitaryContractors hire the same soldiers]] to fight [[WarForFunAndProfit the same wars for the same rulers -- the Rich]], be they called magisters or archons or what have you!''
-->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''' ''History and Lore: The Free Cities''

Volantis, Pentos, Braavos, Norvos, Qohor, Myr, Lys, Tyrosh and Lorath are nine merchant city-states located on the western part of the continent of Essos. Originally, these cities were colonies, offshoots and outposts of the Valyrian Freehold but after the Doom of Valyria consumed the famous capital, these cities became the only remains of a great civilization. Valyria has since become a disease and smoky ruin, uninhabitable and abandoned but the other cities continue to thrive. Since the Doom, the Free Cities have involved themselves in numerous petty wars against each other seeking to install a new hegemony to replace the Freehold.

[[folder:General Tropes]]

* AdaptationDistillation: The Valyrian and Rhoynish cultures are made into a single place in the show. The Stone Men colony is located on the Rhoyne River while Valyria is still a burnt out husk of a ruin in the Smoking Sea that cannot be sailed into.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Of Medieval and Renaissance Italy (the extinct Valyrian Freehold is itself a Roman Republic analogue). Braavos is also modelled on the Dutch Golden Age.
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Played With. Most of the Free Cities are just as class-driven as Westeros and unlike Westeros (and of course Braavos) it practises slavery. Braavos which is an abolitionist city is however a proud MerchantCity run by the Iron Bank, an NGOSuperpower MegaCorp that bullies states via expensive loans and its other famous export is a band of super-assassins that operates like a MysteryCult.
* [[MerchantCity Merchant Cities]]: To the point that some of these cities are only known for a special article or product. Myr is famous for its lenses, Tyrosh is renowned for its coloured dyes, Qohor for its blacksmiths who can reforge Valyrian steel, though some craftsmen in Volantis also seem to have this skill. Two of them were invited by Lord Tywin Lannister to re-purpose the Stark family's greatsword into two Lannister longswords.
* {{Mordor}}: We finally see Valyria in Season Five and its on the whole vastly more walkable than the Valyria in the books, but its still a burnt, out ruined world, permanently gray and converted into a leper colony that is scary enough that it scares away pirates.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Like the Italian city-states it derives from, the Freehold lack the numbers to a field a regular, disciplined, standing army leading many of them to depend on mercenary companies and sell-swords to fight their wars.
* [[PuppetKing Puppet Prince]]: The Prince of Pentos rules InNameOnly, it is the Magisters who hold all the power though they use the Prince as TheScapegoat and sacrifice him if a crop fails or a war is lost.
* SlaveLiberation: Daenerys' actions in Meereen has badly affected the slave trade. Slaves in Volantis brand her a saviour and long for her arrival to liberate them.
* TheRemnant: Of the Valyrian Freehold, except for Braavos, which was not a colony but a city founded by runaway slaves.
* ViceCity: Lys.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Magister Illyrio Mopatis]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"What good is war now? We are not ready."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RogerAllam

A wealthy magister of the free city of Pentos. Illiyrio was the host of the Targaryens after their escape from Westeros. He arranged Daenerys' marriage to Khal Drogo. He conspires with Lord Varys for the returning of the Targaryens to the Iron Throne.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's morbidly obese and has yellow, crooked teeth.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, he has yellow hair.
* AdaptedOut: His mansion reappears and his name is mentioned as well in Season 5, but his role is taken by Varys.
* AdiposeRex: He's overweight and unlike his pal Varys, Illyrio tends to mastermind from the comfort of his home save for the occasional meeting.
* AmbiguouslyEvil [[EvilOldFolks Old Folks]]: His motivations, purposes and goals are unclear for the moment but there's an unmistakable sinister undercurrent to him.
* BeardOfEvil: He has a pretty thick beard, although he's AmbiguouslyEvil.
* TheChessmaster: Illyrio rather expertly and easily pushed a few key players into place; Viserys, Dany, Drogo and Jorah were all his pieces. Dany to solidify an alliance, Viserys to give the go-ahead, Drogo to provide the army, and Jorah to keep Varys informed.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's one of the masterminds behind the Dothraki invasion and re-emergence of the Targaryens.
* MrExposition: With regards to the Dothraki, whose culture he explains to Viserys. This role is later taken up by Jorah Mormont.
* VillainousFriendship: He seems to have a genuine friendship with his partner in chessmastering, Varys.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Red Priestess]]
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/RilaFukushima

A slave of apparently eastern origin. According to the Volantene tattoo on her face, she was trained as a prostitute. It seems that she was eventually bought by the Red Temple in Volantis and was trained as a Red Priest.
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* GenderFlip: She's been changed from male in the books to female here.
* HeldGaze: She singles out Tyrion for a long creepy stare-off.
* MeaningfulLook: She exchanges a rather intense eye-lock with Tyrion.
* SexyPriest: Tyrion certainly appreciates her beauty.
-->'''Tyrion Lannister:''' The only red priest we had in King's Landing was Thoros of Myr. This one's much better looking.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Clea]]
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->'''Played By:''' Gwyneth Keyworth

A Volantene prostitute and a slave.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She seems a little bitter that visitors prefer the Daenerys-lookalike prostitute ahead of her.
* DeadpanSnarker: In her brief appearance.
-->'''Tyrion Lannister:''' You've got no drink.
-->'''Clea:''' You've got no money.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Although she's a tad blunt, she certainly isn't a bad sort as evidenced by how she's charmed by Tyrion.
[[/folder]]

!! The Valyrian Freehold[=/=]Old Valyria

--> ''At its height, the Valyrian Freehold ruled over half the known world. Not bad for former shepherds.''
-->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''', ''History and Lore: The Free Cities''

The former seat of the Dragon Lords of Valyria, ancestral home to House Targaryen, and former capital of the Valyrian Empire, widely considered the greatest civilization to have ever existed. Several centuries before the start of the series Old Valyria was set upon by some [[ApocalypseHow natural/cosmic event]] that destroyed the entire landmass to the point where it was physically broken into several islands surrounded by a smoking ocean. This event is referred to as the Doom of Valyria, and the islands are now only inhabited by victims of advanced Greyscale disease, known as the Stone Men.
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[[folder:Stone Men]]

Victims of advanced Greyscale infection, these semi-humans are shipped off to Old Valyria to prevent their disease from reaching pandemic levels in Westeros and elsewhere.
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* BaldOfEvil: All of the ones seen so far are distinctly lacking in any sort of hair, be it head hair, facial hair, or eyebrows. Having a serious skin condition like Greyscale would probably block off one's follicles, making this a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] case.
* BodyHorror: As the name of the disease would imply, their bodies are covered head to toe in grey, scale like growths that make them appear to be made of stone.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: After rescuing Tyrion from drowning, Jorah reveals to the camera that he was infected with Greyscale by the Stone Men. Since Shireen was only able to survive thanks to a cadre of maesters and doctors, it's likely that his case will prove fatal.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: They exhibit several zombie like traits, namely sub-human intellect, feral reactions to the uninfected, and the ability to transfer their condition through physical contact, but they are never referred to as such because they [[TechnicallyLivingZombie aren't dead or reanimated]] and because of the time period the setting is in.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: While they react to the uninfected like a standard zombie would, they are simply victims of an advanced Greyscale infection that has addled their minds and marred their skin.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Dragon Lords of Valyria]]

The former inhabitants of The Valyrian Freehold and ruling class of the Valyrian Empire, the Dragon Lords of Valyria came from a [[HumbleBeginnings tribe of shepherds]], until they happened upon the dragons that shared their continent. Over time they figured out how to tame and control the dragons as well as forge the legendary Valyrian Steel, and with this they spread across their continent and conquered it wholly from the backs of their dragons, and later moved on to Westeros and Essos. They created wonders of architecture and their civilization was considered the pinnacle of all civilizations at that time. Unfortunately, it was not to last, and their great empire was laid to waist to by the Doom of Valyria and now their once proud homeland lies in ruin and they are all but forgotten.
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* AncientGrome: While they lean farther towards the Roman side of this trope, they do blend Greco-Roman symbolism and culture together.
* {{Beastmaster}}: They were an entire ''civilization'' of these, given how no one before or since them has figured out how to control the dragons the way that they did. It doesn't help that, until recently, all of the dragons had gone extinct.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Given how they are compared to the Roman Empire, it is fitting that they were presented this way.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Given their origins as shepherds, the rest of the inhabitants of their continent pre-Doom probably saw them as this before either bending the knee to them or being [[KillItWithFire immolated by dragonfire.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Given how no one managed to figure out how to tame dragons aside from them and the fact that the exact method they used to tame and train them is unknown, there may have been a bit of magic involved in it given that dragons are explicitly described as magical creatures along the lines of the White Walkers.
* MysteriousWaif: They were often described as being tall, thin (excepting their warriors), and pale and possessed platinum blonde hair and historically violet eyes. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in that this wasn't due to any innate magic but through weird genetics, and their habit of inbreeding to preserve these features lead to the rather infamous problems with insanity that House Targeryen dealt with, including Aerys II Targaryen (aka the Mad King) and Viserys Targaryen.
* PosthumousCharacter: Their entire empire and nearly every Valyrian was wiped out in the Doom, leaving House Targaryen as the last of the blood of Old Valyria as they are often called.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Having the power of dragons and Valyrian steel backing you up will probably result in you becoming one of these, as Westeros found out when Aegon the Conqueror came over and had his way with the place.
[[/folder]]

!! Braavos
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[[caption-width-right:314: The Titan and City of Braavos]]

-> ''"Braavos is the strangest, a city erected not by the Freehold, but against it. A labyrinth of illusion and deceit to hide the refugees from Valyria's slave-lords. After the Doom, the city emerged from the shadows to become one of the greatest banking centers in the world."''
->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''', ''History and Lore, "The Free Cities"''.

Braavos is the richest of the Free Cities, located North of Essos across the Narrow Sea from the Vale of Arryn. Syrio Forel and Jaqen H'ghar hail from this city and as of Season 5, Arya Stark of Winterfell, exiled from Westeros, has become a resident of the city. Its feared Iron Bank has also made its presence felt in Westerosi politics. It is a CityOfCanals that is guarded by a massive statute, the Titan of Braavos.

[[folder:The Iron Bank of Braavos]]
! The Iron Bank of Braavos

-> ''Across the Narrow Sea, your books are filled with words like "Usurper", "Madman" and "Blood-right". Here our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell. More plain. Less open for interpretation.''
-->--'''Tycho Nestoris'''

-> ''We all live in its shadow, and almost none of us know it. You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself, you pay it back.''
-->--'''Tywin Lannister'''

The Iron Bank is an almost-incalculably wealthy banking organization based in the Free City of Braavos. It is perhaps the single largest economic force in the known world. As a result of the War of the Five Kings and mysterious transactions by former Master of Coin, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (and, more generally, the post-Targaryen Kings of Westeros), the Iron Throne is tens of millions in debt to the Bank.
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* AdaptationalBadass: The Iron Bank of Braavos make their presence felt in Book 4 and Book 5 and have a similar reputation and sense of mystery. But while they are regarded as a dangerous force, the kind of hushed tones and faux-religious awe that Tywin regards them in considerably raises their profile[[labelnote:From the Books...]]Tywin never dealt with the Iron Bank during the events of the books, that fell to his daughter Cersei and brother Kevan, although in ''Literature/AWorldOfIceAndFire'' it's recorded that he actually took unto himself some of the Iron Throne's debt to the Iron Bank by repaying the latter with gold from Casterly Rock[[/labelnote]].
* ArtifactTitle / MeaningfulName: The Iron Bank was formed when Braavos was still a "''secret city''" of slaves fleeing their Valyrian masters. The original bank comprised of an abandoned iron mine that was used to store gold from which it derived its title of "''Iron Bank''". Since the bank became a major financial institution, the original mine has become one of its reserve deposits and a historical site in Braavos.
* TheDreaded: The Lannisters of all people are rather afraid of the Iron Bank... well, except for Cersei, who keeps slighting them. For that matter, Lady Olena Tyrell isn't all that joyful at the thought of them, either. And, although Davos sees them as a solution, he's run into trouble enough with them before to know how serious they are. Basically, if you can rub two brain cells and some common sense together, you ''fear'' what they can do.
* {{Expy}}: Of Florence's Medici Bank, which funded both sides of the War of the Roses, though Braavos itself evokes Venice more than any other city.
* ImpartialPurposeDrivenFaction: The Iron Bank doesn't care ''who'' sits on the Iron Throne - or any throne. Their only concern is who owes them[[note]]or rather, who currently occupies the office/throne that owes them[[/note]], how much and if they can pay them back or not.
--> '''Cersei''': There must be someone at the Iron Bank you can speak to. Come to some arrangement.
--> '''Tywin''': The Iron Bank is the Iron Bank. There is no someone.
--> '''Cersei''': Someone does work there. It is comprised of people.
--> '''Tywin''': And a temple is comprised of stones. One stone crumbles and another takes its place and the temple holds its form for a thousand years or more. And that's what the Iron Bank is, a temple. We all live in its shadow and almost none of us know it.
* LoanShark: The Iron Bank is essentially a loan shark that owns several ''states'', including the one it is nominally loyal to. You really don't want a kneecapping from them, as they are totally without sentiment and no one's beyond their reach, not even Tywin Lannister (a man who, it should be emphasized, has an entire ''continent'' in his grip):
-->'''Lord Tywin''': You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself, you pay it back.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Are willing to lend out money to anyone as long as they are sure that their client is likely to repay the debt owed... but if said client defaults, they'll turn to [[EvilDebtCollector anyone else who will get their money back]].
* MegaCorp / NGOSuperpower: To the point where they're large enough to threaten the whole of Westeros, and especially the Lannisters. Indeed, they essentially own Braavos. Davos tells Shireen about a run-in he had with the First Sword to the Sealord of Braavos, but doesn't mention the Sealord at all. Rather, Davos emphasizes that he worked for the Iron Bank, despite being the Sealord's chief bodyguard and one of his most important subordinates.
* PlayingBothSides: The Iron Bank is fully willing to back enemy factions to a ruling party if the latter defaults, as noted by Tyrion to Bronn. Indeed, [[spoiler:Ser Davos manages to successfully convince the Iron Bank that Stannis is far more likely to pay them than the Lannisters are, since Tywin is old and has no heir that they can rely on, while Stannis has a reputation for integrity and battle prowess despite having the weaker strategic position]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tycho Nestoris]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"''Across the Narrow Sea your books are filled with words like 'usurper' and 'madman' and 'blood right'. Here our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell. Less... open to interpretation''."]]
->'''Played by:''' Creator/MarkGatiss

-->'''Nestoris:''' And you feel your blood gives you a claim on ''our'' gold?
-->'''Stannis:''' More than any man living.

A representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, with whom Stannis negotiates for a loan to fund his efforts against his enemies.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Lacks his book counterpart's more distinctive features, such as a multi-tiered NiceHat and a waist-length skinny beard, and instead is played as more conventionally attractive by the quite handsome Mark Gatiss.
* AdaptationalBadass: He seemed to possess a lot more authority than in the book. In the book, he had to seek out Stannis and show him every respect when they were making a deal. Here, he threw StealthInsult in Stannis's face without fear because he knew very well how much higher his bargaining position was compared to Stannis', though it also helped that the deal-making was moved in the show to an Iron Bank meeting hall.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Just listen to it roll off the tongue.
* BadassBeard: Despite being a fairly mild-mannered banker, considering the power he wields as an executive at the Iron Bank, he definitely qualifies as a {{Badass}}, and he sports a impressively large red beard.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: He speaks softly, but you'd better believe he carries a big stick.
* CultureClash: Tycho has barely disguised contempt for Westeros' obsession for titles and bloodlines and regards their wars as fairly petty. He also resents addressing Davos as "''Ser''" despite being a former smuggler who once tried to rob their bank:
-->'''Nestoris''': I am not a lord, "Ser" Davos Seaworth. You would not be either, here. In Braavos, thieves are not rewarded with titles.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gets in some digs at Stannis' expense.
* InsistentTerminology: Refers to Stannis as Lord Stannis, despite Davos' protestations of Stannis being the King of Westeros. Tycho, to his credit, refuses to be called "''Lord''" himself. He's a merchant banker that's part of a rising middle-class in a City State, thank you very much.
* HatesSmallTalk: Nestoris wastes no time in getting down to business and matters of real importance. Stannis Baratheon is much the same, and unsurprisingly Davos manages to [[CommonalityConnection win him over]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: Nestoris has perfectly astute reasons for being skeptical of Stannis' claim and capacity to repay a loan: In banking terms Stannis has serious liabilities of lacking the men and supplies to continue a war, while the Lannisters have both.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Played with. He's fairly clerical in temperament and tends to look down on Westerosi's feudal leaders as serious liabilities but he's also logical and honest about the Bank's legitimate reasons for not wanting to engage any further than they have to with Westerosi's SuccessionCrisis, namely about whether the person on the throne is legitimate or not.
* NoSell: He isn't impressed by Stannis' claims to the Iron Throne, at least not on the basis of birthright. He only cares about his ability and skill to win a war and reliability to repay a large debt[[note]]both the existing Iron Throne debt and whatever debts Stannis would rack up in taking the throne[[/note]]. To him, Stannis is just another supplicant coming for a loan, and one seemingly less reliable than King Tommen Baratheon and his wealthy Hand, Tywin Lannister.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite riding a hard bargain and having contempt for the former smuggler Davos, when Davos presents a solid argument in favor of Stannis, Tycho and his fellow bankers come around and offer him a loan.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Syrio Forel]]
Syrio Forel was the former First Sword of Braavos to the Sealord. After completing his service, he arrived at King's Landing in Westeros where former Hand of the King Ned Stark invited him to train his daughter Arya in the Braavosi fencing technique.

See [[Characters/GameOfThronesHouseStark House Stark Household and Retainers]] for more details.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Faceless Men]]
!! The Faceless Men
An ancient order of Assassins located in a tiny Island in the city of Braavos. They are the most feared Assassins in the world
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* {{Expy}}: To UsefulNotes/TheHashshashin
* HumanResources: [[spoiler: The bodies that Arya has been preparing in her time there are revealed to be the source of all the different faces that the Faceless Men can take on. They are housed in a massive underground warehouse of sorts, with the faces being embedded into grooves on large stone pillars.]]
* MurderInc: They are a band of Assassins.
* MysteryCult: Their initiations and ways of functioning are highly secret. Arya gets the Iron Coin from Jaqen and she arrives in Braavos solely on the basis of that, and even after arriving, Jaqen H'ghar doesn't explain what or how she should proceed.
* NoNameGiven: Every faceless man is "no one", they use aliases in the field and take on other faces when they need to but their real name is long gone.
* TheSocialExpert: One aspect of becoming "no one" is to effortlessly slip into any role, be anyone and say anything convincingly.
--> '''Arya Stark''': I'm not playing this stupid game anymore.
--> '''Jaqen H'ghar''': We never stop playing.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Their hat and secrets. Of course in order to change a face, [[spoiler:they have to collect faces from the dead. They have a nice underground room where all faces are stored]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:"Jaqen H'ghar"]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Help was not promised, lovely girl. Only death."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Tom Wlaschiha, Patrick [=O'Kane=] & Cedric Henderson

-->''"You stole three deaths from the Red God. We have to give them back. Speak three names, and the man will do the rest."''

One of the feared Faceless Men who are headquartered in Braavos, Jaqen H'ghar ended up imprisoned in the Red Keep. He was being transported to the Wall to serve in the Night's Watch when the convoy was attacked, after which he was released. During his travels, he made the acquaintance of fellow fugitive Arya Stark.
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* AffablyEvil: He's rather friendly and personable in his interactions with Arya even when he's seemingly just a prisoner of Yoren's, even apologizing for Rorge's cravenness and threats[[note]]"''A man does not choose his companions; a man must ask forgiveness''"[[/note]] and grinning as Arya pokes at Rorge, but he's potentially one of the most dangerous characters in the series. His entire relationship with Arya sums this up: he pays her back for saving three lives including his own by killing any three people she names.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Jaqen H'ghar'' isn't a name you'll forget in a hurry.
* {{Badass}}: When you can kill every guard at the Harrenhal gates without being heard or seen, then prop the bodies up like they're still on duty, you ''definitely'' qualify.
* CompositeCharacter: ''Maybe''; in the books, Arya's instructor from the Faceless Men is known only as the Kindly Man, and is popularly believed to be Jaqen. In the show the man who greets Arya explicitly takes Jaqen's face, but given the Faceless Men can take on many faces including faces others use, it may just be a different Faceless Man using Jaqen's face. [[labelnote:From the books]]Likewise, the Faceless Man who was Jaqen is heavily hinted to be a figure called The Alchemist who is on another mission in Westeros when Arya arrives at Braavos[[/labelnote]]
* CrazyPrepared: Carries wolfsbane-poisoned darts on hand ''just in case'' he needs to kill someone immediately without time to prepare as he would prefer... which he also managed to hide from Yoren, Rorge, and Biter.
* DashingHispanic: He has shades of this.
* TheDreaded: A gang of Braavosi street thugs head for the hills at the sight of him, though it's not indicated if they recognized his then-current face or his robes.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: When Arya meets him the second time after her capture he's wearing the armor of a Lannister soldier, which leads her to accuse him of having joined them. He doesn't deny her accusation, but by the time of her "''third name''"[[note]]of those that Jaqen will kill on her behalf to repay the Red God[[/note]] he claims that "''A man has patrol duty''."
* DrillSergeantNasty: His teaching methods include waking up his students in the middle of the night and give them a caning if they perform poorly.
* INeverToldYouMyName: He refers to Arya as "''Arya Stark''" as he departs, though it's subtle since she doesn't mention that she never told him.
** Although she did tell him before that Tywin was going to attack her brother, so it's not hard to figure out how he knew.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: the Braavosi coin that he gives to Arya before they part ways.
-->'''Jaqen:''' If the day comes when you must find me again, just give that coin to any man from Braavos and say these words to him: [[ArcWords "Valar Morghulis"]].[[note]]The last scene of Season 4 has Arya, upon finding out that a ship captain is sailing to Braavos, do as Jaqen as instructed and the captain immediately answers her with a cabin.[[/note]]
** Even before she makes use of it according to Jaqen's instruction, she used it as the distraction with which to make her first kill[[note]]the Frey soldier who claimed to have sewn Grey Wind's head onto Robb Stark's decapitated body[[/note]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: He has a special, eerie tune that plays whenever he comes on screen.
* LoopholeAbuse: Jaqen claims that he only offered three deaths, no more and no less, and that helping Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie escape Harrenhal would need more than one[[note]]Arya spent two of the promised three already[[/note]], so the third kill that Arya names is Jaqen himself. He is both understandably perturbed and at the same time seemingly impressed at her audacity.
* {{Mentor}}: Offers to take Arya to Braavos and teach her his trade, but Arya declines because she has to find her family. She finally decides to take him up on it after [[LeftForDead leaving the Hound for dead]], having nowhere else to turn.
* MorphicResonance: His voice.
* MulticoloredHair: White and Red. [[labelnote:From the books...]]The right half of his hair is red and the left half is white. When the TV crew tested this appearance they didn't like the results and changed it instead to different locks of white and red hair all mixed together.[[/labelnote]]
* MysteriousBacker: Jaqen's offer to kill three people for Arya is ultimately what helps her escape from Harrenhal. Whether he does it out of simple [[IOweYouMyLife gratitude]], or because he has ulterior motives, remains unclear...
* NoNameGiven: In ''The House of Black and White'', he admits that even "''Jaqen H'ghar''" is a pseudonym.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In every "''repayment of the debt to the Red God''", only the outcome or the final stage at most is shown. Special mention for when he not only killed every Lannister guard at the Harrenhal gates but then propped the corpses up to make it look like they're still alive, all unseen.
* ProfessionalKiller: With a particular preference for carefully-planned and timed kills that either look like accidents or like they're not dead.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: If he's been hired to kill you, you're almost certainly going to die.
* SecretKeeper: He [[HyperAwareness knew all along]] that [[SweetPollyOliver Arya]] was a girl, but "''it is not for a man to spoil them''".
* SternTeacher: Not shy of caning Arya for lying to him about the test, though he is fair to her when he sees some improvement. He tells her that if she isn't ready to become "no one", she can at least be "some one."
* SuperStrength: Appears to have some degree of this, as one of his more common methods is to [[NeckSnap twist necks]] and one case impaled a guard onto a stone wall with a sword.
* ThatManIsDead: During his final meeting with Arya in Season 2, Jaqen deflects the request that he stay with a remark of "''Jaqen is dead''." For good measure, he alters his face almost immediately afterwards.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jaqen rarely says the word "''I''", usually referring to himself as "''a man''" while in conversation. Taken even a step further when he even uses third person for whomever he's speaking to, e.g. addressing Arya as "''a girl''" rather than "''you''."[[labelnote:From the Books...]]The now-extinct Cult of Boash used this style of indefinite pronouns of address due to their belief in self-abnegation, but the aristocracy of Lorath repurposed it to indicate upper-class dialect and manners, although it wouldn't necessarily go against Jaqen's cover as a man of Lorath to use that style himself.[[/labelnote]] He's inconsistent with it in his first Harrenhal conversation with Arya, but then after some time of sticking to that he subverts it ''VERY'' briefly in a moment of OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
--> '''Jaqen:''' ''[subtly panicking]'' Unname me.
* ThreeWishes[=/=]BalancingDeathsBooks: In a way; Arya having denied the Red God by saving the lives of Jaqen, Rorge, and Biter, Jaqen offers that for repayment she need only "''speak three names, and a man will do the rest''."
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Season 5, if he is in fact the same guy who rescued Arya in Harrenhal, he's far less of the dashing cool assassin, slipping firmly in the role of a stern mentor, being much more cold and less mischievous.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting: One of his abilities.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Apparently, the Free City of Lorath lies [[FantasyCounterpartCulture in Germany]]. Lampshaded in "''Blackwater''", wherein Cersei pegs Shae (played by a German actress) as Lorathi based upon her accent.
* WouldHitAGirl: Pun intended. He doesn't refrain from the good old cane.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:"The Waif"]]
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->'''Played By:''' Faye Marsay

An acolyte of the Faceless Men serving in the House of Black and White in Braavos.
----
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: She isn't quite the horrible bitch she is here in the books.
* AlphaBitch: The Game of Thrones equivalent of an irritable girl looking down on a newcomer.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: She's a better apprentice than Arya from what we see.
* TheBully: Toward Arya.
* ConsummateLiar: She tells Arya a long complicated backstory in such a way that Arya is convinced (even smiling at what sees as a similar background), until she asks:
--> '''The Waif''': [[{{Troll}} Was that true or was it a lie?]]
--> '''Arya Star''': [[FlatWhat What?]]
--> '''The Waif''': [[DidYouActuallyBelieve Did you believe every word I said?]]
* CurbStompBattle: She wipes the floor with Arya.
* HandicappedBadass: She is blind, but that doesn't stop her from beating up Arya with her cane.
* NoNameGiven: She's just 'The Waif'.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ternesio Terys]]
->'''Played By:''' Gary Oliver

The captain of the Titan's Daughter, a trading galleon from Braavos.
----
* TheEveryman: Terys isn't doing anything grand or important aside from giving Arya a lift. He's just a trader.
* TheGoodCaptain: He's the captain of the Titan's Daughter, and a nice guy to boot.
* OhCrap: When Arya shows him the coin given to her by Jaqen, his face has this expression and he immediately agrees to give her safe passage.
[[/folder]]

! Slaver's Bay

--> ''Nobody remembers if the waters around Ghis had names before the Empire, but ever since they have been known only as Slaver's Bay and the Gulf of Grief. Of Ghis, however, nothing remains but ruins where end all great civilisations.''
-->-- '''Ser Jorah Mormont''', ''History and Lore: Old Ghis and Slaver's Bay''.

A great bay in south-eastern Essos, littered with cities where slave trading and training is the main business. The main three cities of the eastern Slaver's Bay: Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen, still cling to the culture of their Ghiscari ancestors who were conquered by the Valyrians

[[folder:In General]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Ghiscari characters (particularly [[BlueBlood nobles]]) are frequently described as having their hair dyed and sculpted into various shapes which would look ridiculous on screen. The show omits this along with all the various large and small plot points which result.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: After taking over Meereen, Daenerys announces her victory by draping a Targaryen Flag over the Harpy at the Great Pyramid of Meereen. She subsequently uses the Pyramid as her Keep and holds court in its chambers.
* AnimalMotifs: The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpy]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Of the Barbary Pirates. The Unsullied's TrainingFromHell and equipment is based on Ancient Sparta (if blown UpToEleven) and them being enslaved foreigners turned brainwashed, highly disciplined eunuch soldiers is based on Mamluks and Janissaries. Finally, the stepped pyramids are taken from the Ancient Mesopotamia.
** The Ghiscari Empire's rivalry with the Valyrian Freehold -- and its subsequent destruction -- mirrors the Punic Wars between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian Empire.
** The notion of independent city-states sharing a similar cultural identity is a reminder of the Greek city-states.
* GladiatorGames: Meereen's fighting pits were famous for pitting fighters against each other. Daario Naharis came from the fighting pits and Oberyn during his tour of Essos also fought there apparently. Most of the pit fighters were slaves but Dany reopens the pits for freedmen much to the amusement and skepticism of some Essosi slavers.
* MythicalMotifs: The old Ghiscari Empire had the harpy as the symbol of their civilization. The slaver cities kept the harpy statues as their symbols.
* PatrioticFervor: Even worse than Qarth's.
* ProudMerchantRace: They consider themselves to be naturally above other peoples due to their great wealth and cultural posturing.
* SlaveMooks: The Unsullied. See the Targaryen sheet for more tropes.
* StarfishLanguage: Each city in Slaver's Bay speaks a dialect of Valyrian. Like the Dothraki language, these dialects were created for the show by David J. Peterson taking as base the few words that appear in the books.
* TheRemnant: The cities of Slaver's Bay are whats left of the old Ghiscari Empire.
** The Sons of the Harpy are remnants of the pre-Daenerys era.
* TrainingFromHell: Every slave gets this.
[[/folder]]

!! Meereen

Meereen is the largest of the three cities that give Slaver's Bay its name. It is renowned for retaining much of the ancient Ghiscari architecture and culture and has a skyline dominated by large pyramids.

[[folder:Hizdahr zo Loraq]]
->'''Played By:''' Joel Fry

A Meereenese nobleman who represents the interests of city's citizens in Queen Daenerys's court.

* AdaptationalHeroism: Hizdahr in the books is a SleazyPolitician who tries to use Daenerys's occupation of Meereen to his own benefit. The show's version of Hizdahr genuinely wants to help rebuilt peace and protect the rights of his fellow Meereenese.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the show Hizhahr has less political power; though he tries to negotiate with Daenerys, he's very much at her mercy.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler: Falls victim to this in season 5. In order to better control the city, Daenerys betroths herself to while he's on his knees hoping she won't feed him to her dragons. Poor guy looks terrified at the prospect of being her husband]].
* DueToTheDead: His father was one of the Masters that Daenerys had crucified. He begs for permission to take his father's body down and give it proper funeral rites.
* TokenGoodTeammate: He claims that he and his father were this to the Masters of Meereen, insisting that his father shouldn't have been executed along with men whose actions he disagreed with.
* YouAreInCommandNow: He becomes the new head of House Loraq after his father's death. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, that makes him suspicious to Daenerys, who believes one of the noble houses might support the Sons of the Harpy.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Oznak zo Pahl]]
->'''Played By:''' Daniel Naprous

A Meereenese nobleman sent by the Great Masters to challenge Daenerys.

* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: His name is stated in the books but [[NoNameGiven not mentioned]] onscreen or in HBO material.
* TheChampion: To the Great Masters.
* CurbStompBattle: He charges at Daario, Daario just slaughters his horse and cleaves Oznak up before the guy can even get back on his feet.
* ExcrementStatement: Part of his mockery of Daenerys is to piss in her direction.
* {{Jerkass}}: The first thing he does is to throw insults at Daenerys and the Unsullied.
* OffWithHisHead: Daario beheads him with his arakh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fennesz]]
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->'''Played By:''' Trevor Allan Davies

A slave in the service of Master Mighdal, one of the Great Masters of Meereen, and charged with educating the children of the household. In his own opinion, he was well treated by his master and loved by the children he taught.
----
* HappinessInSlavery: A nuanced version. He doesn't particularly like slavery and he would have joined with the young generation of newly freed, but he's so old and worn that he does not know any other form of life, and can't handle the change in circumstances in his last years. He was once a teacher, loved and respected by his master's children, but that now he is a homeless old man, he is constantly abused by younger people.
* {{Omniglot}}: He speaks several languages, including the common tongue and Valyrian.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Sons of the Harpy]]

!!The Sons of the Harpy
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Conquerors always meet with resistance."'']]

A shadowy organization that conducts hit-and-run assassinations on former slaves after Daenerys' conquest of Meereen.
----
* AdaptationalBadass: They are a far bigger threat on the show then they were in the books. The books Harpy were a more modest NebulousEvilOrganization that carried out sneak attacks on defenseless freed people while avoiding direct battle against the Unsullied. [[spoiler:Here they are a lot more active and even capable of attacking the likes of Ser Barristan]].
* CombatPragmatist: They prefer to surround their opponents in very tight quarters and overwhelm them with large numbers. Justified, since they are fighting the [[BadassArmy Unsullied]].
* {{Expy}}: An organization that carries sneak attacks and back alley killings on former slaves and move around wearing scary masks [[BelievingTheirOwnLies while claiming to be]] LaResistance, they are the fantasy KuKluxKlan.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler:A prostitute serves as TheMole for them posing as a HoneyTrap]].
* HeroKiller: They manage to [[spoiler:kill Ser Barristan albeit not without heavy, heavy losses]].
* HoneyTrap: One of their methods.
* LaResistance: They see themselves as this.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: They wear scary, golden masks and they are really malevolent men.
* SlashedThroat: Their modus operandi. [[spoiler:White Rat found out very early]].
* ZergRush: Their main tactic is to ambush in large numbers.
[[/folder]]

!!Astapor

[[folder:Kraznys mo Nakloz]]
!Kraznys mo Nakloz
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Tell the Westerosi whore she has until tomorrow."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Dan Hildebrand

A "[[UnusualEuphemism Good Master]]" of the city of Astapor, one of the three cities of Slaver's Bay. He's a slaver that trains and sells "Unsullied", fanatically loyal eunuch slave soldiers praised for their lack of humanity.
----
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he is described as [[FatBastard extremely fat]] ([[FanDisservice with epic man-boobs]]) and has a large red and black beard. In the TV series he's a thin bald man with a normal-looking mustache and goatee.
* AmbitionIsEvil: His desire to own a dragon blinds him to the clear problems that come with it.
* AristocratsAreEvil: He's one of the "Good Masters", the rulers of Astapor.
* BadBoss: Horribly mistreats The Unsullied he owns.
* BaldOfEvil: He's very bald.
* BeardOfEvil: A van dyke beard.
* BrutalHonesty: He uses his language as a shield to insult Jorah and Daenerys, but makes no attempt to hide the brutal conditions in which the Unsullied are raised and trained.
* '''{{Jerkass}}''': He keeps insulting Daenerys (referring to her as a "stupid bitch" and an "ignorant Westerosi whore") and Ser Jorah ("Tell the old man he smells of piss"). Note that [[DirtyCoward he believes that neither of them understand him because he's speaking Valyrian]].
* CatchPhrase: "Tell the Westerosi whore/bitch that..."
* DeathByMaterialism: Too blinded by the prospect of owning a dragon to see the several holes in his plan.
* KickTheDog: He pointlessly cuts of an Unsullied soldier's nipple despite Daenerys' objections, just to prove that the Unsullied are unfeeling meat-robots and completely obedient to their master.
* ManOnFire: He is incinerated by Drogon's dragon breath.
* OhCrap: When he sees that Dany speaks Valyrian, then even more once Dany orders the Unsullied to attack.
* PatrioticFervor: He seems to despise Westeros. Maybe with good reason, given that he is a slaver and slavery is illegal and considered taboo there.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Besides being a slave-trader, he's also a misogynist and xenophobe. He constantly insults Daenerys, both for her gender and for being a "Westerner".
* SmugSnake: Kraznys certainly considers himself the smartest person in the room, confidently strutting about with all the charm of a used car salesman. In reality, he's no salesman: Missandei is the one who really sells the Unsullied, since Kraznys simply gives vague instructions amid disgusting insults in his own language. Which Dany understands perfectly well. And, relatedly, he might just qualify as the ''dumbest'' person in the room; see "TooDumbToLive", below.
* StrawMisogynist: He constantly calls Daenerys a whore and treats Missandei like something he found growing in his shower.
* TooDumbToLive: Where the hell do we even start? Selling the woman who's told you she's intent on conquest, and is also disgusted by slavery, a huge army of unquestioningly obedient elite soldiers who are already armed and inside your city's walls? Thinking a ''dragon'' is something that can be traded like a horse and immediately tamed like one? ''Assuming the '''Valyrian-descended''' noblewoman doesn't speak Valyrian, and constantly insulting her in that language?'' It almost gets to the point that you wonder how he came to his position if he's ''that'' thick.
* VillainousBreakdown: Loses it when Dany orders the Unsullied to kill the masters and free the slaves, screaming "Kill her!" over and over again before Dany has Drogon put him out of everyone's misery.
[[/folder]]

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%% Missandei, the Unsullied, and Grey Worm have been moved to House Targaryen. Add any applicable future tropes there.
%%

[[folder:Greizhen mo Ullhor]]

!Greizhen mo Ullhor
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"If'' [the Unsullied] ''fail in battle, they will shame Astapor."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Clifford Barry

Another "[[UnusualEuphemism Good Master]]" of Astapor.
----
* AdaptationNameChange: In the books, one of the Good Masters that confers with Daenerys is Grazdan mo Ullhor, however Grazdan is pretty much the Ghiscari equivalent of "John" and it is likely the name was changed to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid future confusions]].
* AristocratsAreEvil: Much like the other Good Masters, who are all rich slavers.
* EvilOldFolks: He's rather older than Kraznys.
* KarmicDeath: Killed by the Unsullied.
* PatrioticFervor: Hesitant to sell half-trained Unsullied because if they fail in battle they may shame Astapor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cleon]]
!Cleon

A "butcher", either literal or figurative, who sets himself up as King of Astapor following Daenerys' liberation of the city.
----
* FromNobodyToNightmare: From a lowly butcher to the King of Astapor - assuming Ser Mormont didn't mean "butcher" [[AxCrazy in the other way]].
* TheGhost: Hasn't appeared onscreen yet - which leads to a little confusion as to whether or not Ser Mormont was being literal or slightly more "figurative" when describing him as a "butcher".
* RagsToRiches: Used to be a butcher... in one way or another.
* TheUsurper: Overthrew the council Daenerys set up to rule Astapor, and installed himself as King.
[[/folder]]

!!Yunkai

[[folder:Razdal mo Eraz]]
!Razdal mo Eraz
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eraz_razdal_mo_6171.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Our Empire was old before dragons stirred in Old Valyria. Many an army has broken against our walls."'']]
->'''Played By:''' George Georgiou

One of the Wise Masters of Yunkai.
----
* AdaptationNameChange: In the books, his name is Grazdan mo Eraz.
* AristocratsAreEvil: He's part of a culture that thrives on cruel slave labor, although it's unclear how 'evil' he is. It could be argued that he's merely protecting his home and doing his job, but you don't get to be a 'Wise Master' by being the nicest guy in the room.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Razdal''': Our Empire was old before dragons stirred in Old Valyria. Many an army has broken against our walls.
-->'''Razdal''': If blood is your desire, blood shall flow.
* BullyingADragon: Literally, when he tries to threaten Daenerys while her dragons and guards are present. He is naturally put in his place.
* GuyLiner: Like many of the aristocratic Essos types.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He meets with Daenerys hoping to settle things peacefully, offering gold and enough ships to get her army to Westeros if she agrees not to attack Yunkai. He doesn't become hostile until Daenerys makes her intentions clear.
* MouthOfSauron: To the Wise Masters of Yunkai.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney[=/=]ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Tries to bribe Daenerys with larges amounts of gold and ships to leave Yunkai alone. When that doesn't work, he warns that he has very powerful friends.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mero, the Titan's Bastard]]
!Mero, the Titan's Bastard
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/015a3e9aab789d1d53b9a5754271e2c3.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Take your clothes off and come sit on Mero's lap... and I may give you my Second Sons."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Mark Killeen

-->'''Mero:''' The Second Sons have faced worse odds and won.
-->'''Jorah Mormont:''' The Second Sons have faced worse odds and '''run'''.

A mercenary captain in charge of the Second Sons when it was under contract to Yunkai.
----
* AssholeVictim: Mero is betrayed and murdered by his comrade, but no one's going to mourn a psychotic self-promoting wanker like him.
* CompositeCharacter: With Sallor the Bald. He's killed by Daario alongside Prendahl na Ghezn.
* DeathByAdaptation: Type 2. In the books he survives further into the storyline.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]: A nasty one below his right eye.
* IcyBlueEyes: He has them.
* InUniverseNickname: "The Titan's Bastard", in reference to the Titan of Braavos, a huge statue similar to the Colossus of Rhodes.
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh, where to begin? With a big smug grin, he insults Daenerys to her face, harasses Missandei, demands sexual favors for his Second Sons and threatens to rape/gang-rape them both. This happens in a single scene.
* LecherousLicking: To Daenerys. He lustily licks the air as if going down on her.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: He sounds Estuary/SE London for some reason, even though he's supposed to be a Braavosi like [[BadassSpaniard Syrio Forel]].
* OffWithHisHead: Daario kills him and presents his head to Daenerys as a sign of loyalty.
* PermaStubble [[BeardOfEvil Of Evil]]: Mero has the usual unshaven rogue look, although he's less a rogue and more an opportunistic psychopath.
* PervertedSniffing: When Missandei approaches to pour him wine, he quickly puts his nose close to her crotch.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Acts derisively towards Daenerys because she's a beautiful woman.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies off-screen in his first appearance. We don't even get to see him fight Daario.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Prendhal na Ghezn]]
!Prendhal na Ghezn
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Our contract is our bond."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ramon Tikaram

-->''"That dragon bitch, talks too much."''

Another captain in charge of the Second Sons, during its contract to Yunkai.
----
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Because the modern Ghiscari are a mongrel race.
* NumberTwo: To Mero.
* OffWithHisHead: Daario kills him and presents his head to Daenerys as a sign of loyalty.
* PerpetualFrowner: As opposed to the constantly smirking Mero and Daario, Prendhal seems irritated about everything in general.
* TheQuietOne: He doesn't speak much during the meeting with Daenerys, although this is later subverted when he's shown to have more input between the three of the Second Sons leaders.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies off-screen in his first appearance. We don't even get to see him fight Daario.
[[/folder]]

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%% Daario Naharis has been moved to House Targaryen. Add any applicable future tropes there.
%%

! The Dothraki Sea and the Red Waste

!! Horselords
-->'''Daenerys Targaryen:''' My brother used to say the only thing the Dothraki knew how to do was steal things better men had built.
-->'''Jorah Mormont:''' It's not the only thing. They are quite good at ''killing'' the better men.

Tribal horse nomads inhabiting the great steppe of central Essos, the "Dothraki Sea". They plunder settled peoples for resources (although some times the mere threat of force will suffice and they will be paid to leave) and follow people for their physical strength only, not bloodline. One Dothraki horde or Khalassar is lead by a Khal, and his wife is known as Khaleesi.

[[folder:In General]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Dothraki characters are played by actors of all kinds of ethnicities.
* AntiMagicalFaction: All the Dothraki have a deep hate of "Maegi" (witches). Subverted later when they bow to Daenerys after she performs a miraculous act: the witches that they ''do'' hate might be just poisoners.
* ArmorIsUseless: They think so. Jorah proves them wrong in his duel with Qotho.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Dothraki follow only the strongest among them.
%%* BarbarianTribe
%%* BeardOfBarbarism
* BraidsOfBarbarism: A Dothraki only cuts off his hair when he is defeated in combat, as a sign of shame. Undefeated warriors keep their long hair in braids.
* BornInTheSaddle: When a Khal can't ride, he is no longer Khal.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: The Dothraki have no ships and mistrust the sea, which they call "poison water". When Daenerys gets her small khalassar in a ship for the first time ever [[VomitIndiscretionShot they don't take it well.]]
* DemotedToExtra: The Dothraki feature less in Dany's storyline in Season 2. By Season 3, they are just part of the background.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Of the nomadic steppe peoples of Eurasia like Huns, Mongols, Turks, etc, with some elements of Native American thrown in for flavor. The show tones down the more overt Mongolian depiction of the books, however, which might come as too stereotypical and offensive on screen.
* GlobalIgnorance: They don't believe in the existence of lands beyond the poison water.
* HolyCity: Vaes Dothrak is the ''only'' city of the Dothraki. They are forbidden to spill blood there.
* TheHorde[=/=]HordesFromTheEast
* HorseArcher: The Dothraki learn to use bows from horseback at 4.
* LanguageEqualsThought: There are over 10 words for "horse" in Dothraki and none for "thank you".
* MemeticBadass: Dothraki Bloodriders are considered this by most Essosi. Jorah bragging about his defeat of Qotho gets him enough street cred to qualify for the reopened fighting pits.
* ModestRoyalty: The Dothraki as a whole don't have a great deal of attraction to luxury and shiny objects. Drogo for instance has trouble understanding the importance and value of the Iron Throne regarding it as a mere chair and for him the horse saddle is the only throne he needs. Indeed, the Dothraki had absolutely zero interest in invading Westeros until [[spoiler:King Robert Baratheon and his assassin tried to kill Daenerys, pissing them off]].
* NoWomansLand: Dany's khalassar is an attempt to change this.
%%* ProudWarriorRace
* RaceLift: From East Asian in the book to AmbiguouslyBrown in the show.
* RapePillageAndBurn: What their culture can be summed in.
* StarfishLanguage: The Dothraki language, created for the show by David J. Peterson using the few words included by Martin in the books as a base.
* TribalFacePaint: Blue (Woad), like the one used by the Celts in real life.
* ZergRush: They draw their strengh from numbers and mobility have no use for fortifications or complex battle tactics.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Khal Drogo]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HiddenDepths Maybe I told the Great Stallion to go fuck himself and came back here to wait for you.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Jason Momoa

-->''"I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before!"''

The "Khal" or leader of a nomadic Dothraki tribe or "khalasar" and a renowned warrior. He contracts to marry Daenerys in exchange for a promise to win Viserys the crown of Westeros.
----
* AndIMustScream: Ends up with Locked-In Syndrome thanks to an intentionally botched healing ritual.
* AntiVillain: Type I. As long as you don't piss him off or question his rule, he's a ReasonableAuthorityFigure...in charge of a tribe that practices, among other things, rape and slavery, and he considers this perfectly acceptable.
* AnyoneCanDie: Built-up as an upcoming BigBad, from a Westerosi perspective. Dies without even touching the Narrow Sea.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: There's a reason he's the leader of his khalasar, as demonstrated in "The Pointy End".
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: Drogo was quite content to rule The Dothraki despite his wife and Viserys wanting to use them to take back Westeros. When Dany and their unborn child are threatened by a failed assassination attempt...that's when he decides he's going to invade Westeros
* {{Badass}}: In "The Pointy End", Mago challenges his authority, and Drogo fights him one-on-one without a weapon, dodging every one of Mago's strikes before slicing his throat with his own sword. WordOfGod is that Jason Momoa asked a scene like this be included, as in the books Drogo is never seen fighting and his battle prowess was an InformedAbility.
** BadassBeard: A pointy one.
** BadassBaritone: He has a very deep voice.
* BadassBoast: Khal Drogo is the master of these; first, his declaration of his intent to invade Westeros and later the dressing-down he gives a tribesman who challenges his authority.
-->''"I will not have your body burned. I will not give you that honor. The beetles will feed on your eyes. The worms will crawl through your lungs. The rain will fall on your rotting skin until nothing is left of you but bones."''

-->''"And to my son, the stallion who will mount the world, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the iron chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before! I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses! I will rape their women, take their children as slaves and bring their broken gods back to Vaes Dothrak! This, I vow, I, Drogo, son of Bharbo. I swear before the Mother of Mountains as the stars look down in witness! As the stars look down in witness!"''
* [[BraidsOfBarbarism Braids]] ([[BeardOfBarbarism And Beard]]) [[BraidsOfBarbarism Of Barbarism]]: The mentioned custom of the Dothraki only cutting their braid off when they're defeated? Drogo has ''never'' been defeated, and his hair reaches to his thighs for it.
* ChewingTheScenery: Normally a rather taciturn fellow, but when he makes a speech, then by the Mother of Mountains, a SPEECH will be made. The sprays of saliva and wild flexing gesticulations are just icing on the cake.
* DeathIsDramatic: The attempts to save him escalate, then he passes away, gets burned with his killer and has dragons reviving from his funeral pyre.
* DefrostingIceKing: He starts off as brutish and {{stoic}}, but overtime his heart is softened by Daenerys.
* TheDragon: How Viserys sees him. Drogo, on the other hand, ignores Viserys entirely whenever possible and has little interest in his agenda.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Speaks only enough Westerosi to, say, diss Viserys, but he is an intelligent and charismatic war leader, and yes, extremely well-spoken in Dothraki.
* EmptyShell: After the ritual performed by Mirri Maz Duur to save his life.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Of the "AntiHero across the eye" variety. Though, it has to be noted that the scars are real. Actor Jason Momoa got them after being attacked with a broken bottle in a bar.
* GuyLiner: He has copious amounts.
* HiddenDepths: He's a barbarian murderer-rapist, but he's capable of love and mercy, can be reasoned with, and is open to constructive criticism (from his wife, at least).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Daenerys.
* IAmXSonOfY: "I, Drogo, son of Bharbo..."
* LightningBruiser: Is revealed to be one during his fight in "The Pointy End", when his speed and agility allow him to spend most of it weaponless and unarmored, dodging any and all blows that come his way.
* LoopholeAbuse: He can't shed blood in Vaes Dothrak, so he killed Viserys in a brutal but bloodless way.
* TheLostLenore: A rare male example. Daenerys still loves and misses him deeply, as shown when she encounters a vision of him in the House of the Undying.
* MercyKill: Tearfully followed through by Daenerys after he's reduced to a catatonic state.
* NobleDemon: While the Dothraki he leads use RapePillageAndBurn as their standard lifestyle and he embraces it, he genuinely falls in love with Dany, and is capable of mercy and kindness at times.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: A possibility, and one that is acknowledged in the commentary to "A Golden Crown", is that Drogo is perfectly capable of speaking the common tongue but hides it. He knows enough to understand Viserys in "A Golden Crown" and taunt him in the same language, and his repeated use of "No" to Daenerys on their wedding night mostly fits as responses to what she's asking him ("No, I do know other words than "no," but no, I don't actually speak the language.). It's likely that Daenerys taught him some common as she learned Dothraki, but how much if she did, and if he knew any beforehand, is not clear.
* PapaWolf: Threatening his unborn child is a really, ''really'' bad idea.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: He and Daenerys eventually end up happy together, once they've managed to defeat the language barrier.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Comes with being Dothraki.
* RapunzelHair: {{Justified|Trope}}. Dothraki only cut their braids when they are defeated, and Drogo has never been defeated.
* RatedMForManly: As expected from a khal of the Dothraki.
* RealityEnsues: An ultimate badass doesn't get away with OnlyAFleshWound from an otherwise one-sided fight. An infection and less than stellar field medicine may kill you, even without one of your victims compounding the matter.
* RealMenWearPink: Or in this case lots of [[GuyLiner eye makeup]]. Also, as Jason Momoa put it on the comentary:
-->"The one with the largest braid is the biggest pimp. So... mine's the largest!"
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Drogo showed little interest in conquering Westeros until an assassin is sent to kill Dany. He subsequently decides he's going to fuck Westeros '''UP''' in revenge.
* TheStoic: He rarely shows much in the way of emotion, favouring instead a cold stare.
** NotSoStoic: After Dany is nearly assassinated, he drops his stoicism and goes full LargeHam.
* ThisMeansWar: Up until "You Win or You Die", the politics and power struggles surrounding the Iron Throne of Westeros don't mean much to Drogo. Then, [[ItsPersonal things get personal]].
* TranquilFury:
** In contrast to Viserys' frothing rage, he is perfectly calm and composed when he kills Viserys for threatening Dany's life.
** Again in "The Pointy End", when he remains calm as Mago attacks him with a sword, and he makes a point on killing him with nothing but his bare hands, all while telling Mago what he is going to do with his corpse.
** Not so much in "You Win or You Die", where an enraged Drogo delivers a speech seemingly seconds away from frothing at the mouth.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Every single scene. Drogo has no use for shirts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Qotho]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"This must not be."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Dar Salim

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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%%* BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil
* BloodBrothers: With Drogo.
* CassandraTruth[=/=]OnlySaneMan: Well, he was right about not trusting the witch after all.
* CultureClash: With Daenerys over what to do with Mirri Maz Duur.
* CompositeCharacter: Gets some lines of both Haggo and Cohollo, both of whom do appear but suffer from a severe case of DemotedToExtra to the point they are not even identified and their fates are not even brought up.
* TheDragon: To Drogo.
* DuelToTheDeath: Gets into an impromptu one with Jorah Mormont when he threatens to stop the potentially life-saving but forbidden ritual that Dany has ordered for Drogo. He loses.
* {{Jerkass}}: To Dany.
** JerkassHasAPoint: He ends up being completely right though about distrusting the witch.
* ProperlyParanoid: Of Mirri Maz Duur.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cohollo]]
->'''Played By:''' N/A

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's squat and bald, with a crooked nose and a mouth full of broken teeth. The extra portraying him is neither squat nor bald.
* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: His name and fate.
%%* BadassBeard
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After Drogo falls from his horse.
%%* DemotedToExtra
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Haggo]]
->'''Played By:''' N/A

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: His name and fate.
%%* BadassBeard
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After Drogo falls from his horse.
%%* DemotedToExtra
* TheQuietOne: While Cohollo has a single line, Haggo becomes this because his lines are given to Qotho.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mago]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"A khal who takes orders from a foreign whore is no khal."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ivailo Dimitrov

One of Khal Drogo's bloodriders.
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* {{Badass}}: It's hard to deny, due to the length of his braid and him having the sheer balls to challenge Khal Drogo.
* BraidsOfBarbarism: Sports a rather long one.
* CharacterDeath: Mago challenges Khal Drogo for leadership, which does not go Mago's way.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Drogo slits his throat and pulls his tongue out from the wound itself. Also, after Drogo kills him, he doesn't cut off Mago's braid, further insulting him.
* DeathByAdaptation: He survived the first book, and will reappear in the sixth. Here, he's killed by Khal Drogo.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]: He sports a badass scar above his left eyebrow.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: To the point where he takes not being allowed to rape as a grievous insult and proof that his Khal doesn't deserve to lead.
* SpitefulSpit: After Drogo orders him not to rape the Lhazareen women.
* TheStarscream: Because Drogo accepts the will of a ''foreign whore'', which results in DuelToTheDeath.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Khal Jhaqo]]

A former ''ko'' in Drogo's khalasar. Named himself Khal and took off with part of Drogo's khalasar after Drogo was incapacitated.
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%%* DragonAscendant
%%* TheGhost
[[/folder]]

!! Lhazar

Lhazar is a peaceful, semi-nomadic nation of shepherds that live between the Dothraki Sea and the Red Waste. They are often a raid target of the Dothraki.

!! General Tropes
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Lzahareen are monotheistic and worship "the Great Shepherd" in the sky.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: To shepherd peoples of the ancient Middle East.
* RaceLift: Like the Dothraki, the book describes them as East Asian.

[[folder:Mirri Maz Duur]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Why don't you take a look at [[EmptyShell your Khal]]? Then you will see exactly what life is worth, when all the rest is gone."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Mia Soteriou

A healer and wise woman of the Lhazareen, taken as a slave by Drogo's khalasar. Daenerys takes her under her protection.
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Invites ''tons'' of it, both in-universe and out. For a start, Drogo's catatonia and Rhaego's death may have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, and she has a point when she chews Daenerys out. Most of the fandom seem torn between seeing her as GoodIsNotNice or as GoodPowersBadPeople.
* AntiVillain: Genuinely believes that killing Rhaego and rendering Drogo helpless is for the greater good, and may be right.
* BloodMagic: Employs this to save Drogo's life, at Daenerys' request.
* BreakingSpeech: May be a WhatTheHellHero, depending on your outlook, but either way it's a doozy.
-->'''Mirri Maz Duur:''' Saved me? Three of those riders had already raped me before you saved me, girl. I saw my god's house burned. There, where I had healed men and women beyond counting! In the streets I saw piles of heads. The head of the baker, who made my bread. The head of a young boy, that I had cured of fever just three moons past. So tell me again exactly what it was that you saved.
-->'''Daenerys:''' Your life.
-->'''Mirri Maz Duur:''' Why don't you take a look at your Khal? Then you will see exactly what life is worth, when all the rest is gone.
* CoolOldLady: Whether she falls into this or EvilOldFolks depends on your viewpoint.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Vows to not scream when Dany orders her thrown onto Drogo's funeral pyre. She fails to keep this promise.
* EvilAllAlong: PlayedWith. She Hates the Dothraki, and had a hand in the catatonia of Khal Drogo and the death of Daenerys' unborn son. Of course, this is a group that just wiped out her community to enslave them.
* [[KillItWithFire Kill Her With Fire]]: her punishment for the death of Rhaego and saving Drogo's life but leaving him brain dead.
** [[BurnTheWitch Burn The ''Maegi'']]: Though it's less because she's a witch and more because she betrayed Dany.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Invoked.
* RapeAndRevenge: Raped four times and her town is razed. Her response is to bring Dany's khalasar down and scatter its remains.
* ScrewDestiny: She wants to avert the prophecy of The Stallion Who Mounts The World, aka Daenerys' unborn son Rhaego, having seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a Dothraki horselord who isn't prophesied to be the worst ever. She succeeds by [[MagicalAbortion murdering Rhaego in Daenerys' womb.]]
* UnwantedRescue: A variant; Dany saved her, but Mirri Maz Duur has good reason to wish her (and her son) harm all the same.
* [[WickedWitch Wicked ''Maegi'']]: Inverted; she features some of the physical traits, but she's a healer, and did a great deal of good in her hometown but she's still [[DesignatedVillain an enemy of the protagonist]].
[[/folder]]

!!Qarth

Possibly the richest and most populous city in the world, dubbed "the Greatest City that Ever Was or Will Be" by its inhabitants. Qarth is strategically placed in a narrow strait between continents, south of the Red Waste, and is dominated by a council of merchants.[[labelnote:From the Books...]]The city-state is nominally ruled by an oligarchy called the Pureborn, with several rival merchant guilds exerting political and economic influence, but this was simplified for the adaptation.[[/labelnote]]

[[folder:In General]]
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: According to Xaro Xhoan Daxos in "Histories & Lore: Qarth" feature, the Thirteen can be this to merchants who are not Pureborn or the Warlocks' representative: a merchant only remains in the Thirteen if he can keep the other twelve too afraid to deny him (re: kill him).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Part Ancient Carthage[[note]]Called '''Qart H'''adasht in its native language[[/note]], part Medieval Constantinople. The show's depiction uses motifs from Ancient Babylon, Persia and India.
* MerchantCity
* PatrioticFervor: The Qartheen look down on all foreigners and close their doors to let anyone they don't like die in the Red Waste, the grounds around the city is called the Garden of Bones where the unfortunates likely die.
* TheProudElite: The Qartheen consider themselves the pinnacle of civilization
* ProudMerchantRace: Their society is built on their skill as businessmen and traders.
* {{Qurac}}: The "rich, but arrogant and morally decadent Orient" version.
* RaceLift: In the books the Qartheen are all of pale complexion. TV!Qartheen are played not only by actors of different ethnicities.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Xaro Xhoan Daxos]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[MockMillionaire A man is what others say he is and no more.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Nonso Anozie

-->''"Do you think the path from poverty to wealth is always pure and honorable? I have done many things, Khaleesi, that a righteous man would condemn. And here I am. With no regrets."''

A merchant prince of Qarth and member of "The Thirteen", the ruling oligarchy of the city. Originally a native of the Summer Islands that "hit the docks as cargo", he is now reputed to be the richest man in the city.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: [[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books he's a skinny bald pale guy with jewels encrusting his huge beaky nose. Sort of like a far less muscular version of Xerxes in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.[[/labelnote]]
* AdaptationalBadass: From the effimenate AmbiguouslyGay merchant to a sword wielding Summer Islander. His first instinct when surrounded by Dany's Khalasar (while naked and in bed) is to growl and reach for his sword.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While in the books he's hardly a ''nice'' guy and Dany is constantly suspicious of him, here he's far more proactive and ambitious.
* AffablyEvil: Polite to Dany even as he murders members of her khalasar and his own guards and kidnaps her dragons.
* AdaptationalSexuality: While in the books Xaro remains AmbiguouslyGay -- being served by pretty boys in silk -- and not paying any attention to Daenerys in typical Qartheen garb (which leaves one breast exposed), TV Xaros is clearly heterosexual and later takes Doreah as his mistress.
* AgentScully: So Pyat Pree just performed bilocation in your home and surrounded by a bunch of people. Sure it's a parlor trick. Subverted: Pree and Xaro are actually in cahoots and the doubting of Pree's skills/animosity was mutual ObfuscatingStupidity. Xaro later makes use of Pree's duplication ability in order to kill the other members of the Thirteen.
* AlliterativeName: '''X'''aro '''X'''hoan, but averted with Daxos. Still, that's a lot of Xs.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Not necessarily ''evil'', per se, but it certainly forces one to do things that "a righteous man would condemn," as Xaro tries to elucidate to Dany.
* ArrangedMarriage: Offers it to Daenerys.
* BadBoss: Has some his Civic Guard bodyguards killed in his plot to steal Daenerys' dragons
* BloodOath: Cuts his hand and shows the blood as part of his oath to stand for Daenerys and her people.
* CharacterDeath: Dany has him and Doreah locked in his vault, from which there is no escape. By now, he's certainly suffocated or starved to death.
* DeathByAdaptation: Unless he somehow manages to escape from his impenetrable vault before he starves or runs out of air. WordOfGod states he's dead.
* FalseFlagOperation: He stages the robbery of the dragons at his manse, which includes [[BadBoss killing several of his bodyguards]].
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Played with. He is legitimately grateful to the leaders of Qarth for letting him enter the city as a boy, but since he thinks Qarth should open its doors to the world, he has the other members of the Thirteen (minus Pree) killed.
* KlingonPromotion: Murdering the rest of the Qartheen leadership to install himself as King. It only lasts for a fortnight however.
* KarmicDeath: Dany seals him and Doreah inside his impenetrable vault.
* MerchantPrince: He's richest man in Essos (or so he likes others to think) and member of "The Thirteen," the ruling council of the city.
* MockMillionaire: He's not nearly as wealthy as he appears. His impenetrable vault is actually empty. That being said, he has a lot of golden statues and valuables inside his mansion -- it seems as if Xaro spent all his actual money on ''appearing'' rich. In the Histories & Lore featurette, Xaro explains that the Thirteen do this is to make the Qartheen proud of the city, and to make the other twelve doubt to remove a member of the council. Dany loots his house and uses the money to buy a ship, which she uses to get to Astapor, the setting for her storyline of Season 3.
* NonActionGuy[=/=]NonActionBigBad: For all his Othello-like look and sword-wielding he never gets his hands dirty.
* NotSoDifferent: Xaro decides to stand for Daenerys because they are both foreigners. Or so it seems.
* RaceLift: In the books, he's just like the rest of the Qartheen, that is pale-skinned (the Dothraki call the Qartheen "Milk Men"). In the series, Xaro handwaves his being the only member of the Thirteen who is not white by explaining that he is originally from the Summer Isles. [[labelnote:From the books...]]An archipelago mentioned in the books as being to the south of Westeros and inhabited by African-looking people.[[/labelnote]]
* RagsToRiches: His parents never owned a single pair of shoes. Xaro himself arrived at Qarth with nothing. Now he's the richest man in the richest city in Essos... but only as far as appearances go.
* RagsToRoyalty: Accomplishing this is his reason for wanting to marry Dany. In "A Man Without Honor", he has Pyat Pree assassinate the other eleven members of the Thirteen, allowing him to become the King of Qarth.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives one to the Council of Thirteen before he kills them, but it falls rather flat considering that he's motivated solely by selfish ambition.
-->''" You would keep your gates and your minds closed to everything outside your walls, but Qarth cannot remain the greatest city that ever was if it refuses to change. I will open Qarth to the world as I have forced it to open itself to me."''
* TheResenter: With regards to the Thirteen, particularly the Pureborn.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: Not quite the middle of nowhere, but Dany does lock him in a sealed room with no possible method of escape.
* SelfMadeMan: The image he likes to project.
* TheStarscream: He has Pyat Pree murder all the rest of the Thirteen to crown himself the King of Qarth.
* TokenMinority: And it actually becomes something of a plot point.
* TreacherousAdvisor: He helps Pyat Pree capture Dany's dragons in return for his help assassinating the other eleven members of the Thirteen so he can become King.
* VisionaryVillain: He seems to want to open Qarth to the world instead of keeping it secluded.
* XanatosGambit: By making an alliance with Pyat Pree and proposing marriage to Daenerys, he will accomplish his RagsToRoyalty {{plan}} either way; either Dany refuses to marry him, so he betrays her and Pree makes him king of Qarth in exchange for her dragons, or she accepts, in which case he would presumably screw over Pree and get her dragons for himself. Unfortunately, his plans [[SpannerInTheWorks failed to account for one important thing:]] ''The dragons''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pyat Pree]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"The Mother of Dragons will be with her babies. She will give them her love and they will thrive by her side. [[FalseReassurance Forever]]."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Hanmore

-->''"When your dragons were born our magic was born again."''

A Qartheen warlock loyal to the "Undying Ones" and a member of The Thirteen.
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* AdaptationalBadass: His MesACrowd ability doesn't show up in the books.
* AffablyEvil: Courteous, amiable, and surprisingly eager to take Dany's side in an argument...albeit for extremely dark and clandestine purposes.
* AlliterativeName: '''P'''yat '''P'''ree.
* BaldOfEvil: Looks like a carbon copy of Nosferatu, all he lacks is the posture.
* BullyingADragon: Turns out that telling Dany he plans to keep her imprisoned there forever while his vulnerable original form is standing right in front of her fire-breathing dragons is a bad idea.
* CompositeCharacter: Taking the place of his own masters, the Undying Ones.
* DeathByAdaptation: Takes the place of the Undying Ones.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: To Xaro Xhoan Daxos. Xaro being the wealthiest man in Qarth is a lie, but Pyat's magic is very real and with it he is very dangerous, ultimately posing more of a threat than the "King of Qarth". And his agenda, of course, is to imprison Dany in the House of the Undying, so that Dany and her dragons will sustain his magic forever.
* EvilSorcerer: A warlock, but the principle's the same.
* IcyBlueEyes: His cold blue eyes are part of what makes him ObviouslyEvil.
* GuyLiner: Pyat appears to be wearing purple lipstick and eyeshadow, although Xaro claims that this is due to the massive amounts of "Shade Of The Evening" that warlocks drink.
* JustOneLittleMistake: If only Pyat had summoned magic *muzzles* rather than chains...
* KarmicDeath: He wanted the power of Dany's dragons ... he got it.
* KillItWithFire: Burned to death with dragonfire at Daenerys' command.
* LeanAndMean: He's the thinnest of the Thirteen, who are all well-fed merchants.
* LooksLikeOrlock: He might not suck blood but damn if he doesn't look the part.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Xaro Xhoan Daxos dismisses his so-called powers as parlor tricks. It's actually ObfuscatingStupidity on his behalf as Xaro and Pree are in cahoots.
* MesACrowd: He can create copies of himself. Initially, the copies don't seem to be able to do that much apart from stand around and talk, but it later turns out that they are able to kill on command. When "killed" they collapse into nothingness, leaving behind clean clothes.
* NoOntologicalInertia: After Dany's dragons burn him to a crisp, his copies disappear entirely.
* ObviouslyEvil: Despite how polite he is, Pree is creepy from the start. He's unnaturally thin, demonstrates his magic in a creepy way, never seems to blink and has odd-coloured lips.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The "Warlocks of Qarth" apparently consist entirely of a single guy: Pyat Pree. Averted in Season 3 when another Warlock appears.
* UncertainDoom: His MesACrowd ability means that the watcher can't be 100% sure that he is dead everytime he is "killed" on screen because it can be just a duplicate. In "Valar Dohaeris", an assassin sent either by Pyat Pree or an unknown warlock in league with him attempts to kill Daenerys in the docks of Astapor, so even if Pree is really dead his legacy is very much alive.
* TheUnsmile: And a creepy, creepy, creepy one at that.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Spice King]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"My name is quite long and quite impossible for foreigners to pronounce. I am simply a trader of spices."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Nicholas Blane

-->''"Unlike you I do not have exalted ancestors. I make my living by trade and I judge every trade on its merits."''

Another member of the Thirteen. Second richest man in Qarth after Xaro Xhoan Daxos and owner of its biggest merchant fleet.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Spice King is very polite and ''very'' condescending.
* BrutalHonesty: He nicely deconstructs Daenerys' self image; pointing out that she ''hasn't'' got an army, she ''hasn't'' got any allies in Westeros, despite what her [[YesMan advisors]] have been telling her... and she ''hasn't'' got his ships either.
* CanonForeigner: There's no Spice King in the books, just the Ancient Guild of Spicers, a trade guild rival to the Thirteen, who are also a trade group and not the rulers of Qarth. However, his appearance and tone are quite similar to the way [[AdaptationalBadass Xaro Xoan Daxos]] is described in the book, including the mention of a difficult to pronounce name, to the point that some readers may have assumed he was Xaro when he first appeared.
* CompositeCharacter: Of several of the Pureborn (the ruling elite of Qarth) and the book version of Xaro.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's quite witty and even self-deprecating at times.
-->'''Daenerys''': I am not your little princess. I am Daenerys Stormborn of the blood of old Valyria and [[CatchPhrase I will take what is mine]]. [[BadassBoast With fire and blood, I will take it.]]
-->'''The Spice King''': Yes, My Lady, but not with my ships.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: To quote the man himself, "I am merely a trader of spices."
* FatBastard: He's extremely overweight and very smug.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Spice King might be polite and flattering to guests, but the affability is largely superficial and readily vanishes when displeased.
* InsistentTerminology: Referring to Qarth as the greatest city that ever was or will be. Likewise, calling himself a [[JustTheFirstCitizen trader of spices]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: His reluctance to fund Daenerys' campaign is entirely justified; the crown was never hers, but her father's, she has no known allies in Westeros, no army, and no resources other than "three dragons the size of cats." From his own point of view, giving Daenerys ships to go to Westeros is simply a bad investment.
* LoopholeAbuse: When the Thirteen begin to turn her away, Daenerys indignantly points out that they promised to receive her and her people. The Spice King deftly counters this, saying they have indeed ''[[DoubleMeaning received]]'' (met with) her.
* MerchantPrince: It's right there in his name.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: His 'villainy' consists exclusively of knocking Daenerys off her high horse, which ''really'' needed doing.
* OverlyLongName[=/=]TheUnpronounceable: Apparently his true name is impossible for foreigners to pronounce.
* PolitenessJudo: He regularly engages in it with Xaro. Not so much with Dany, who's far too blunt.
* ProudMerchantRaceGuy: The Spice King is extremely proud of the power he wields, despite having no 'exalted ancestors'.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives a highly accurate and incisive one to Daenerys.
-->'''Spice King:''' You came to take my ships. So let me explain my position, little princess. Unlike you, I do not have exalted ancestors. I make my living by trade. And I judge every trade on its merits. You ask for ships. You say I shall be repaid triple. I do not doubt your honesty or your intentions. But before you repay your debts, you must seize the Seven Kingdoms. Do you have an army?
-->'''Dany:''' Not yet.
-->'''Spice King:''' You do ''not'' have an army. Do you have powerful allies in Westeros?
-->'''Dany:''' There are many there that support my claim.
-->'''Spice King:''' When were you there last?
-->'''Dany:''' I left when I was a baby.
-->'''Spice King:''' So, in truth, you have no allies.
-->'''Dany:''' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies The people will rise to fight for their rightful Queen when I return.]]
-->'''Spice King:''' Ah. Forgive me, little princess, but I cannot make an investment based on wishes and dreams.
* SelfDeprecation: As part of his PolitenessJudo.
-->'''Spice King:''' Xaro Xhoan Daxos, she is far too lovely for a glorified dockworker like yourself.
-->'''Xaro:''' Very true, and yet they say that your grandfather, who sold pepper off the back of a wagon, married a lady far lovelier and higher born than himself.
-->'''Spice King:''' Every lady ''alive'' was lovelier and higher born than my grandfather.
* SissyVillain: His somewhat preening nature meant many viewers mistook him for the show's version of Xaro Xhoan Daxos at first, who was heavily implied to be gay in the books.
* SlashedThroat: Pyat Pree opens his throat at the behest of Xaro Xhoan Daxos, along with the rest of the Thirteen.
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I am no one."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Laura Pradelska

A shadowbinder from Asshai, like Melisandre, now residing in Qarth.
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* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: Her name is not said on screen.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: She gives one to Jorah when she asks him if he'll betray Daenerys again the second time they meet.
* CoolMask: She wears a mask that is partly metal and fabric, covering her entire face save for her eyes.
* HyperAwareness: Due to her prophetic and magical abilities, she's very in-tune with the world around her. She realizes that Jorah is behind her before turning to see him.
* TheFaceless: Due to her mask.
* MysteriousWoman: She herself claims to be 'no one'.
* TheOmniscient: Quaithe has prophetic abilities and knows the identity of Jorah without asking him.
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* DrillSergeantNasty: His teaching methods include waking up his students in the middle of the night and give them a caning if they perform poorly.


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* WouldHitAGirl: Pun intended. He doesn't refrain from the good old cane.
18th May '15 2:36:30 AM JulianLapostat
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* GladiatorGames: Meereen's fighting pits were famous for pitting fighters against each other. Daario Naharis came from the fighting pits and Oberyn during his tour of Essos also fought there apparently. Most of the pit fighters were slaves but Dany reopens the pits for freedmen much to the amusement and skepticism of some Essosi slavers.


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* MemeticBadass: Dothraki Bloodriders are considered this by most Essosi. Jorah bragging about his defeat of Qotho gets him enough street cred to qualify for the reopened fighting pits.
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--> '''The Waif''': [[{{Trol}} Was that true or was it a lie?]]

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--> '''The Waif''': [[{{Trol}} [[{{Troll}} Was that true or was it a lie?]]
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--> '''Arya Stark''': I'm sick of playing your stupid game.

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--> '''Arya Stark''': I'm sick of not playing your this stupid game.game anymore.



* TookALevelInJerkass: If he is in fact the same guy who rescued Arya in Harrenhal, he's far less of the dashing cool assassin, slipping firmly in the role of a stern mentor.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: If In Season 5, if he is in fact the same guy who rescued Arya in Harrenhal, he's far less of the dashing cool assassin, slipping firmly in the role of a stern mentor.mentor, being much more cold and less mischievous.



* ConsummateLiar: She tells Arya a long complicated backstory in such a way that Arya is convinced (even smiling at what sees as a similar background), until she smirks and asks:
--> '''The Waif''': [[DidYouActuallyBelieve Was that true?]]

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* ConsummateLiar: She tells Arya a long complicated backstory in such a way that Arya is convinced (even smiling at what sees as a similar background), until she smirks and asks:
--> '''The Waif''': [[{{Trol}} Was that true or was it a lie?]]
--> '''Arya Star''': [[FlatWhat What?]]
--> '''The Waif''':
[[DidYouActuallyBelieve Was that true?]]Did you believe every word I said?]]
* CurbStompBattle: She wipes the floor with Arya.



* CurbStompBattle: She wipes the floor with Arya.
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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Their hat and secrets.

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* TheSocialExpert: One aspect of becoming "no one" is to effortlessly slip into any role, be anyone and say anything convincingly.
--> '''Arya Stark''': I'm sick of playing your stupid game.
--> '''Jaqen H'ghar''': We never stop playing.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Their hat and secrets. Of course in order to change a face, [[spoiler:they have to collect faces from the dead. They have a nice underground room where all faces are stored]].


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* SternTeacher: Not shy of caning Arya for lying to him about the test, though he is fair to her when he sees some improvement. He tells her that if she isn't ready to become "no one", she can at least be "some one."


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* TookALevelInJerkass: If he is in fact the same guy who rescued Arya in Harrenhal, he's far less of the dashing cool assassin, slipping firmly in the role of a stern mentor.


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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: She's a better apprentice than Arya from what we see.


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* ConsummateLiar: She tells Arya a long complicated backstory in such a way that Arya is convinced (even smiling at what sees as a similar background), until she smirks and asks:
--> '''The Waif''': [[DidYouActuallyBelieve Was that true?]]
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* HumanResources: [[spoiler: The bodies that Arya has been preparing in her time there are revealed to be the source of all the different faces that the Faceless Men can take on. They are housed in a massive underground warehouse of sorts, with the faces being embedded into grooves on large stone pillars.]]
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* AdaptationalBadass: The Iron Bank of Braavos make their presence felt in Book 4 and Book 5 and have a similar reputation and sense of mystery. But while they are regarded as a dangerous force, the kind of hushed tones and faux-religious awe that Tywin regards them in, considerably raises their profile[[labelnote: From the Books]]Tywin never dealt with the Iron Bank, that fell to his daughter Cersei and brother Kevan[[/labelnote]].
* ArtifactTitle / MeaningfulName: The Iron Bank was formed when Braavos was still a "secret city" of slaves fleeing their Valyrian masters. The original bank comprised of an abandoned iron mine that was used to store gold from which it derived its title of "Iron Bank". Since the bank became a major financial institution, the original mine has become one of its reserve deposits and a historical site in Braavos.
* TheDreaded: The Lannisters, of all people, are rather afraid of the Iron Bank. Well, except for Cersei: she keeps slighting them.
** Lady Olena Tyrell isn't all that joyful at the thought of them, either. And, although Davos sees them as a solution, he's run into trouble enough with them before to know how serious they are. Basically, if you can rub two brain cells and some common sense together, you ''fear'' what they can do.

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* AdaptationalBadass: The Iron Bank of Braavos make their presence felt in Book 4 and Book 5 and have a similar reputation and sense of mystery. But while they are regarded as a dangerous force, the kind of hushed tones and faux-religious awe that Tywin regards them in, in considerably raises their profile[[labelnote: From profile[[labelnote:From the Books]]Tywin Books...]]Tywin never dealt with the Iron Bank, Bank during the events of the books, that fell to his daughter Cersei and brother Kevan[[/labelnote]].
Kevan, although in ''Literature/AWorldOfIceAndFire'' it's recorded that he actually took unto himself some of the Iron Throne's debt to the Iron Bank by repaying the latter with gold from Casterly Rock[[/labelnote]].
* ArtifactTitle / MeaningfulName: The Iron Bank was formed when Braavos was still a "secret city" "''secret city''" of slaves fleeing their Valyrian masters. The original bank comprised of an abandoned iron mine that was used to store gold from which it derived its title of "Iron Bank". "''Iron Bank''". Since the bank became a major financial institution, the original mine has become one of its reserve deposits and a historical site in Braavos.
Braavos.
* TheDreaded: The Lannisters, Lannisters of all people, people are rather afraid of the Iron Bank. Well, Bank... well, except for Cersei: she Cersei, who keeps slighting them.
**
them. For that matter, Lady Olena Tyrell isn't all that joyful at the thought of them, either. And, although Davos sees them as a solution, he's run into trouble enough with them before to know how serious they are. Basically, if you can rub two brain cells and some common sense together, you ''fear'' what they can do.



* ImpartialPurposeDrivenFaction: The Iron Bank doesn't care ''who'' sits on the Iron Throne - or any throne. Their only concern is who owes them, how much and if they can pay them back or not.

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* ImpartialPurposeDrivenFaction: The Iron Bank doesn't care ''who'' sits on the Iron Throne - or any throne. Their only concern is who owes them, them[[note]]or rather, who currently occupies the office/throne that owes them[[/note]], how much and if they can pay them back or not.



* LoanShark: The Iron Bank is essentially a loan shark that owns several ''states'', including the one it is nominally loyal to. You really don't want a kneecapping from them, as they are totally without sentiment and no one's beyond their reach, not even Tywin Lannister (a man who, it should be emphasized, has an entire continent in his grip):
-->'''Lord Tywin''': You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself. You pay it back.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Are willing to lend out money to anyone as long as they are sure that their client is likely to repay the debt owed.

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* LoanShark: The Iron Bank is essentially a loan shark that owns several ''states'', including the one it is nominally loyal to. You really don't want a kneecapping from them, as they are totally without sentiment and no one's beyond their reach, not even Tywin Lannister (a man who, it should be emphasized, has an entire continent ''continent'' in his grip):
-->'''Lord Tywin''': You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself. You yourself, you pay it back.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Are willing to lend out money to anyone as long as they are sure that their client is likely to repay the debt owed. owed... but if said client defaults, they'll turn to [[EvilDebtCollector anyone else who will get their money back]].



[[caption-width-right:350:''"Across the Narrow Sea your books are filled with words like 'usurper' and 'madman' and 'blood right'. Here our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Across [[caption-width-right:350:"''Across the Narrow Sea your books are filled with words like 'usurper' and 'madman' and 'blood right'. Here our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell."'']] Less... open to interpretation''."]]



* AdaptationalBadass: He seemed to possess a lot more authority than in the book. In the book, he had to seek out Stannis and show him every respect when they were making deal. Here, he threw StealthInsult in Stannis's face without fear because he knew very well how much higher his bargaining position was compared to Stannis's.

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* AdaptationalBadass: He seemed to possess a lot more authority than in the book. In the book, he had to seek out Stannis and show him every respect when they were making a deal. Here, he threw StealthInsult in Stannis's face without fear because he knew very well how much higher his bargaining position was compared to Stannis's. Stannis', though it also helped that the deal-making was moved in the show to an Iron Bank meeting hall.



* CultureClash: Tycho has barely disguised contempt for Westeros' obsession for titles and bloodlines and regards their wars as fairly petty. He also resents addressing Davos as "Ser" despite being a former smuggler who once tried to rob their bank.

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* CultureClash: Tycho has barely disguised contempt for Westeros' obsession for titles and bloodlines and regards their wars as fairly petty. He also resents addressing Davos as "Ser" "''Ser''" despite being a former smuggler who once tried to rob their bank.bank:



* InsistentTerminology: Refers to Stannis as Lord Stannis, despite Davos' protestations of Stannis being the King of Westeros. Tycho, to his credit, refuses to be called "Lord" himself. He's a merchant banker that's part of a rising middle-class in a City State, thank you very much.

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* InsistentTerminology: Refers to Stannis as Lord Stannis, despite Davos' protestations of Stannis being the King of Westeros. Tycho, to his credit, refuses to be called "Lord" "''Lord''" himself. He's a merchant banker that's part of a rising middle-class in a City State, thank you very much.



* JerkassHasAPoint: Nestoris has perfectly astute reasons for being skeptical of Stannis' claim and capacity to repay the loan. In banking terms, he has serious liabilities of lacking the men and supplies to continue a war, while the Lannisters have both.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Nestoris has perfectly astute reasons for being skeptical of Stannis' claim and capacity to repay the loan. a loan: In banking terms, he terms Stannis has serious liabilities of lacking the men and supplies to continue a war, while the Lannisters have both. both.



* NoSell: He isn't impressed by Stannis's claims to the Iron Throne, at least not on the basis of birthright. He only cares about his ability and skill to win a war and reliability to repay a large debt. To him, Stannis is just another supplicant coming for a loan, and one less reliable than King Tommen Baratheon and his wealthy Hand, Tywin Lannister.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite riding a hard bargain and having contempt for Davos as a former smuggler, when he presents a solid argument in favor of Stannis, Tycho and his fellow bankers come around and offer him a loan.

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* NoSell: He isn't impressed by Stannis's Stannis' claims to the Iron Throne, at least not on the basis of birthright. He only cares about his ability and skill to win a war and reliability to repay a large debt. debt[[note]]both the existing Iron Throne debt and whatever debts Stannis would rack up in taking the throne[[/note]]. To him, Stannis is just another supplicant coming for a loan, and one seemingly less reliable than King Tommen Baratheon and his wealthy Hand, Tywin Lannister.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite riding a hard bargain and having contempt for Davos as a the former smuggler, smuggler Davos, when he Davos presents a solid argument in favor of Stannis, Tycho and his fellow bankers come around and offer him a loan.
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