History Characters / GameOfThronesHouseBolton

29th Apr '18 11:44:07 AM ablackraptor
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* TokenEvilTeammate: They were definitely this for the North when they were fighting alongside the Starks. Even before the War of Five Kings they were seen as this to the North, though [[TheHero Ned Stark]] tried to get them to calm down by outlawing flaying. [[CaptainObvious It didn't work]].

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* TokenEvilTeammate: They were definitely this for the North when they were fighting alongside the Starks. Even before the War of Five Kings they were seen as this to the North, though [[TheHero Ned Stark]] tried to get them to calm down by outlawing flaying. [[CaptainObvious It didn't work]]. In many ways, their betrayal was somewhat forshadowed by how, any time the North side were shown engaging in war crimes (particularly rape), if it was confirmed which house they belonged to, it was Bolton.
20th Apr '18 12:29:44 PM TrollBrutal
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* BloodKnight: His reaction when Yara attacks the Dreadfort? To simply declare "this is turning into a lovely evening", and ''charge shirtless at the enemy''. Then subverted when he becomes a coward against Jon Snow. Justified, considering the Ironborn are weak land-fighters and Jon is a OneManArmy.

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* BloodKnight: His reaction when Yara attacks the Dreadfort? To simply declare "this is turning into a lovely evening", and ''charge shirtless at the enemy''. Then subverted when he becomes a coward against Jon Snow. Justified, considering the Ironborn are weak land-fighters and Jon is a OneManArmy.
20th Apr '18 12:19:09 PM 309216364
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* BloodKnight: His reaction when Yara attacks the Dreadfort? To simply declare "this is turning into a lovely evening", and ''charge shirtless at the enemy''. Then subverted when he becomes a coward against Jon Snow.

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* BloodKnight: His reaction when Yara attacks the Dreadfort? To simply declare "this is turning into a lovely evening", and ''charge shirtless shirtless at the enemy''. Then subverted when he becomes a coward against Jon Snow. Justified, considering the Ironborn are weak land-fighters and Jon is a OneManArmy.
15th Mar '18 4:48:12 PM LtFedora
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* BadassLongcoat:Nasty and abusive as the guards of the Dreadfort may be, they do have some rather nice long coats and hoods on them, a very fitting and imposing winter attire.

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* BadassLongcoat:Nasty BadassLongcoat: Nasty and abusive as the guards of the Dreadfort may be, they do have some rather nice long coats and hoods on them, a very fitting and imposing winter attire.
23rd Jan '18 7:53:13 PM karategal
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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The ''Dread''fort is their castle. Season Four's title sequence finally shows the [[http://imgur.com/a/8CzFF Bolton seat]] on its clockwork map: a fairly standard and [[TheNondescript architecturally unimpressive]] stronghold compared to some of the other pieces in Westeros or Essos, but very scary location on the map. The Dreadfort is jarringly [[RealIsBrown gritty brown]] with its flesh-pink paint fading, damaged by scratch marks and stained with [[RustproofBlood dried blood]], enclosed by [[SpikesofVillainy spiked battlements]], sharp triangular merlons, and towers shaped like [[TheButcher meat tenderizers]], and its [[TortureCellar centerpiece]] displays what looks like a tanned piece of flayed skin with the Bolton sigil painted on it, being stretched over a miniature torture rack by the rotating gears of the map.

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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The ''Dread''fort is their castle. Season Four's 4's title sequence finally shows the [[http://imgur.com/a/8CzFF Bolton seat]] on its clockwork map: a fairly standard and [[TheNondescript architecturally unimpressive]] stronghold compared to some of the other pieces in Westeros or Essos, but very scary location on the map. The Dreadfort is jarringly [[RealIsBrown gritty brown]] with its flesh-pink paint fading, damaged by scratch marks and stained with [[RustproofBlood dried blood]], enclosed by [[SpikesofVillainy spiked battlements]], sharp triangular merlons, and towers shaped like [[TheButcher meat tenderizers]], and its [[TortureCellar centerpiece]] displays what looks like a tanned piece of flayed skin with the Bolton sigil painted on it, being stretched over a miniature torture rack by the rotating gears of the map.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: After being a major character since season two, he's murdered by Ramsay with very little fanfare in the second episode of season six.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: After being a major character since season two, Season 2, he's murdered by Ramsay with very little fanfare in the second episode of season six.Season 6.



* AdaptationalBadass: In the television series, he is portrayed as a deadly archer able to kill half a dozen men in seconds and a capable fighter, able to take on some of the best soldiers from the Iron Islands and come out without a scratch. In the books, Ramsay wasn't nearly so competent at fighting because he was never given any training by a master-at-arms and as such, his fighting style is very uncouth, driven more by butchery than skill as pointed out by his father. Also, he's more of a general in the series and listens to his father's military judgment during TheSiege of Winterfell whereas Book!Ramsay's main approach was mainly subterfuge, guile. Justified in-series because Season Five reveals that Roose took Ramsay in as a baby when, in the books, he made himself known to his father in his teens. So Ramsay seems to have far better training in the television series than the complete lack of it that he had in the books.

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* AdaptationalBadass: In the television series, he is portrayed as a deadly archer able to kill half a dozen men in seconds and a capable fighter, able to take on some of the best soldiers from the Iron Islands and come out without a scratch. In the books, Ramsay wasn't nearly so competent at fighting because he was never given any training by a master-at-arms and as such, his fighting style is very uncouth, driven more by butchery than skill as pointed out by his father. Also, he's more of a general in the series and listens to his father's military judgment during TheSiege of Winterfell whereas Book!Ramsay's main approach was mainly subterfuge, guile. Justified in-series because Season Five 5 reveals that Roose took Ramsay in as a baby when, in the books, he made himself known to his father in his teens. So Ramsay seems to have far better training in the television series than the complete lack of it that he had in the books.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Murders several of his own men to gain Theon's trust, then turns on ''him''. He also ''habitually'' breaks promises of safe conduct to enemies who surrender to him -- and instead horrifically tortures them by flaying men alive by the dozen and leaving their mutilated corpses on public display. His father has become increasingly frustrated at him for his sheer lack of future planning. In season six, it reaches its head when he murders his father, his stepmother, and his newborn brother, all to seize power for himself.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Murders several of his own men to gain Theon's trust, then turns on ''him''. He also ''habitually'' breaks promises of safe conduct to enemies who surrender to him -- and instead horrifically tortures them by flaying men alive by the dozen and leaving their mutilated corpses on public display. His father has become increasingly frustrated at him for his sheer lack of future planning. In season six, Season 6, it reaches its head when he murders his father, his stepmother, and his newborn brother, all to seize power for himself.



* InvincibleVillain: Five seasons and nothing but increasingly unlikely victories. This guy may as well be despair in human form--if he doesn't somehow win himself, his psychologically broken or nearly as despicable cronies will make sure things still go his way. The only thing that can be considered a loss for him (outside of succession issues) so far is Theon and Sansa escaping Winterfell in the season five finale, and he obviously wasn't around to intervene there. He can even kill the Warden of the North in his own chamber, in front of his bannerman and a maester, then kill the Warden's wife and newborn son in a public setting without any trouble. His invincibility finally runs out in the penultimate episode of Season 6, where [[DeconstructedTrope he has been unbeatable for so long, he doesn't even acknowledge the possibility of failure until it is far past too late for him.]]

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* InvincibleVillain: Five seasons and nothing but increasingly unlikely victories. This guy may as well be despair in human form--if form -- if he doesn't somehow win himself, his psychologically broken or nearly as despicable cronies will make sure things still go his way. The only thing that can be considered a loss for him (outside of succession issues) so far is Theon and Sansa escaping Winterfell in the season five Season 5 finale, and he obviously wasn't around to intervene there. He can even kill the Warden of the North in his own chamber, in front of his bannerman and a maester, then kill the Warden's wife and newborn son in a public setting without any trouble. His invincibility finally runs out in the penultimate episode of Season 6, where [[DeconstructedTrope he has been unbeatable for so long, he doesn't even acknowledge the possibility of failure until it is far past too late for him.]]



* NumberTwoForBrains: As his more intelligent and self-controlled father's NumberTwo, he makes several stupid decisions due to his sadistic and impulsive nature. He ruins Theon to a point that he can't be used as a bartering piece with the Greyjoys, flays the Ironborn reavers at Moat Cailin rather than honor the conditions of the surrender, flays lords who refuse to pay their taxes, and holds a large feast for himself when Winter is Coming. In general, his sadism and impulsivity prevents him from waiting or devising nonviolent solutions and consequentially, Roose spends Season 4 and 5 having to deal with his bastard/son's messes.

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* NumberTwoForBrains: As his more intelligent and self-controlled father's NumberTwo, he makes several stupid decisions due to his sadistic and impulsive nature. He ruins Theon to a point that he can't be used as a bartering piece with the Greyjoys, flays the Ironborn reavers at Moat Cailin rather than honor the conditions of the surrender, flays lords who refuse to pay their taxes, and holds a large feast for himself when Winter is Coming. In general, his sadism and impulsivity prevents him from waiting or devising nonviolent solutions and consequentially, Roose spends Season Seasons 4 and 5 having to deal with his bastard/son's messes.



** In Season 6, his father coldly points out that "playing his games" with Sansa, i.e. aggressively forcing himself on her constantly, and causing her to run away, may well have cost him the support of the North. Without Sansa, the Boltons have no hold over the Northern lords. In the following episode, Ramsay correctly surmises that Sansa is running away to her brother Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch at Castle Black and suggests they wage war against Castle Black to reclaim his bride. However, Roose believes the Northern lords would rise up against him for murdering the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.

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** In Season 6, his father coldly points out that "playing his games" with Sansa, i.e. aggressively forcing himself on her constantly, and causing her to run away, may well have cost him the support of the North. Without Sansa, the Boltons have no hold over the Northern lords. In the following episode, Ramsay correctly surmises that Sansa is running away to her brother Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch at Castle Black Black, and suggests they wage war against Castle Black to reclaim his bride. However, Roose believes the Northern lords would rise up against him for murdering the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.



* VillainousGlutton: He's in good shape, but he's often seen eating, usually at an inappropriate time or while discussing something horrible he's done in a matter-of-fact way. In Season 5 this is used in a scene that very deftly summarizes him: in the same episode that both Jon Snow and Stannis express their worry about provisions for the long winter ahead (which should finally be coming, in a matter of only weeks)...Ramsay is enjoying a private feast with heaping piles of meat: foodstuffs he should have saved up for the hard times that are coming. Ramsay does whatever he feels like in the moment, without even pausing to think of something as simple as how to sustain his food supply tomorrow.

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* VillainousGlutton: He's in good shape, but he's often seen eating, usually at an inappropriate time or while discussing something horrible he's done in a matter-of-fact way. In Season 5 5, this is used in a scene that very deftly summarizes him: in the same episode that both Jon Snow and Stannis express their worry about provisions for the long winter ahead (which should finally be coming, in a matter of only weeks)...Ramsay is enjoying a private feast with heaping piles of meat: foodstuffs he should have saved up for the hard times that are coming. Ramsay does whatever he feels like in the moment, without even pausing to think of something as simple as how to sustain his food supply tomorrow.



** Ultimately subverted in Season 6 where his only feats are stabbing his unprepared father, having Walda killed and counter-assasinating Osha. By the time of Battle of the Bastards he becomes essentially fat and complacent, no longer feeling the need to fight enemies like he did shirtless against the Ironborn.

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** Ultimately subverted in Season 6 where his only feats are stabbing his unprepared father, having Walda killed killed, and counter-assasinating Osha. By the time of Battle of the Bastards Bastards, he becomes essentially fat and complacent, no longer feeling the need to fight enemies like he did shirtless against the Ironborn.



* BirdsOfAFeather: When Lord Bolton and Locke return to the Dreadfort in the second episode of Season Four, it's immediately clear that Locke and Ramsay are friends, each being a reckless {{sadist}} who delight in random torture, rape, and murder.

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* BirdsOfAFeather: When Lord Bolton and Locke return to the Dreadfort in the second episode of Season Four, 4, it's immediately clear that Locke and Ramsay are friends, each being a reckless {{sadist}} who delight in random torture, rape, and murder.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Unlike Myranda, she was not seen after Season 3. It was finally [[AvertedTrope explained]] in Season Five: [[YouHaveFailedMe She got pregnant, so Ramsay killed her]]. This doubles as a dark CastingGag: Tansy's scene was first written with Violet, but Blacker couldn't reprise the role because she got pregnant [[WrittenInInfirmity in real life]].

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Unlike Myranda, she was not seen after Season 3. It was finally [[AvertedTrope explained]] in Season Five: 5: [[YouHaveFailedMe She got pregnant, so Ramsay killed her]]. This doubles as a dark CastingGag: Tansy's scene was first written with Violet, but Blacker couldn't reprise the role because she got pregnant [[WrittenInInfirmity in real life]].
14th Jan '18 11:31:02 AM TrollBrutal
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* VillainDecay: In Season 4, he is shown to be a BloodKnight MasterSwordsman who is able to defeat the "most vicious killers on the Iron Islands" while shirtless, with contemptuous ease. Come Season 6, he's a DirtyCoward who goes down after a few punches to the face. Then again, it is [[OneManArmy Jon Snow beating him up.]]
14th Jan '18 9:51:58 AM 309216364
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* VillainDecay: In Season 4, he is shown to be a BloodKnight MasterSwordsman who is able to defeat the "most vicious killers on the Iron Islands" while shirtless, with contemptuous ease. Come Season 6, he's a DirtyCoward who goes down after a few punches to the face.

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* VillainDecay: In Season 4, he is shown to be a BloodKnight MasterSwordsman who is able to defeat the "most vicious killers on the Iron Islands" while shirtless, with contemptuous ease. Come Season 6, he's a DirtyCoward who goes down after a few punches to the face. Then again, it is [[OneManArmy Jon Snow beating him up.]]
8th Jan '18 4:08:36 PM bodhirook
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** This trope is so much of a part of his personality it shows up in minor things. When everyone else is worried about winter and having enough food, Ramsay is having a big private feast to himself, made up of animals he should have kept alive for the hard times ahead. Ramsay does what he wants when he wants without thinking of something as simple as how to have enough food for the future.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Ramsay is always his own first priority and he thinks of little beyond satisfying his own sadistic desires, never paying attention to the consequences of Them for House Bolton. Like his other flaws, this comes back to bite him in Season 6 when he murders his father and brother to gain power, damaging House Bolton's hold on the North, and his complete disregard for the lives of his men means that his army is wiped out, letting Jon's forces take back Winterfell and execute Ramsay.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Ramsay is always and forever his own first priority and he thinks of little beyond satisfying his own sadistic desires, never paying attention to the consequences of Them for House Bolton. Bolton, and repeatedly showing that no one else matters to him in the slightest. Like his other flaws, this comes back to bite him in Season 6 when he murders his father and brother to gain power, damaging House Bolton's hold on the North, and his complete disregard for the lives of his men means that his army is wiped out, letting Jon's forces take back Winterfell and execute Ramsay.Ramsay in a truly horrifying manner.



* LackOfEmpathy: As you may have figured out by now, empathy isn't Ramsay's strong suit.



* LaughingMad: When the "Battle of the Bastards" finally comes down to a one-on-one between him and Jon, Jon ends up straddling Ramsay's chest, pummeling him to a bloody pulp with his fists for all the hell Ramsay has done to his family and the devastation Ramsay has wreaked. After the first couple of punches, Ramsay starts laughing deliriously. After a few more punches, he suddenly ''stops'' laughing when it becomes clear that Jon is going to kill him then and there -- but Jon stops when he sees his sister Sansa, who finds Ramsay awake (and smiling the best he can) in the dungeons. Then Sansa feeds Ramsay to Ramsay's own starving dogs.

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* LaughingMad: When the "Battle of the Bastards" finally comes down to a one-on-one between him and Jon, Jon ends up straddling Ramsay's chest, pummeling him to a bloody pulp with his fists for all the hell Ramsay has done to his family and the devastation Ramsay has wreaked. After the first couple of punches, Ramsay starts laughing deliriously. After a few more punches, he suddenly ''stops'' laughing when it becomes clear that Jon is going to kill him then and there -- but Jon stops when he sees his sister Sansa, who finds Ramsay awake (and smiling the best he can) in the dungeons. Then Sansa feeds Ramsay to Ramsay's own starving dogs.dogs and the smile promptly disappears.


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** He also overestimates his cunning and abilities as a ruler and pays dearly for it in Season 6.


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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse!: There's little about his appearance to suggest he's the sadistic monster he is.


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* AssholeVictim: Her death was very much deserved and no one wastes any time pretending to be very sad about it.


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* KarmicDeath: She is killed by Theon whose torture she has participated in. She is also fed to the dogs afterwards just like the girls she and Ramsay used to hunt and he forgets about her quickly afterwards, showing she was never as important to him as she imagined.


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* {{Sadist}}: She's clearly not too far behind Ramsay in this department.
* SmugSnake: She's quite full of herself and tends to imagine she's more important to Ramsay than she is.
* ToThePain: She tells Sansa about some of the horrible tortures she has in mind for her. This is the final straw for Theon who snaps back and tosses her to her death.
7th Jan '18 10:48:17 AM bodhirook
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** He makes it clear he doesn't have a high view of Ramsay and sees him as a vicious fool who causes problems for his rule. His dim view of Ramsay is repeatedly shown to be completely justified.
7th Jan '18 10:45:16 AM bodhirook
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* CardCarryingVillain: Ramsay clearly revels in all the pain and misery he causes and enjoys the reputation he gains from it.


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* SlasherSmile: He has a truly nightmarish one.
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