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!House Greyjoy

->'''Roose Bolton''': ''"The Greyjoys are treasonous whores."''

->'''Balon Greyjoy''': ''"We are Ironborn. We're not subjects, we're not slaves. We do not plow the field or toil in the mine. We take what is ours."''

The Great House of the Iron Islands, a poor, unforgiving archipelago to the west of the continent of Westeros. Iron Islanders (or Ironborn) invaded and raided periodically the Seven Kingdoms for resources until the Targaryen invasion put an end to it, something that they didn't take well. The Ironborn have contempt for the continental lifestyle and their rule (which they call "southern oppression") and have risen in rebellion several times.


[[folder:In General]]
* AnimalMotifs / EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Their sigil is the Kraken.
* ARealManIsAKiller:
-->'''Theon Greyjoy:''' You're not a man in the Iron Islands 'till you've killed your first enemy!
* BadassBoast: Their motto "We do not sow" -- they are not content to live menial lives as laborers or slaves, they are conquerors and they will take what is theirs with iron and strength.
* BadassLongcoat: The clothing worn by Balon, Yara, and some of their men are heavily reminiscent of this, making them look less like vikings and more like pirates
* BadassCreed: "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."
* ButtMonkey: Everyone hates them, and they're always making incredibly poor decisions that lead to them getting their asses kicked in one way or another. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Even worse when you consider that, when the Targaryens invaded, the Ironborn (though not the Greyjoys; at the time they were ruled by House Hoare and Harren the Black, builder of Harrenhal) ruled the whole Riverlands, and then lost it all, thanks to Aegon's dragons. The Tullys, the current lords of the Riverlands, earned their title for leading the rebellion that helped oust Harren during Aegon's conquest.[[/labelnote]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: They pretty much all hate each other, and if Balon despised Theon before [[spoiler: he was castrated]], as of the Season 3 finale, he wouldn't piss on Theon if his heart were on fire. That said, Balon is fond of Yara, and Yara is surprisingly protective of Theon.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The ironborn in general are this to the Vikings, and Viking domains in the smaller British Isles (Man and the Orkneys) in particular. Their different religion, restive nature and the fact that they and the mainlanders mutually despise each other also likens them to the Irish. The show's costumes and props, however, tend to de-emphasize the more obvious Viking-like aspect they have in the books.
* HornyVikings: Less than in the books, but they still bear more than a passing similarity.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Since Aegon's conquest they've had to eke out a living on the small and inhospitable islands, supplemented by raiding. They are, without doubt, the poorest of the Lords Paramount. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Once, the Ironborn controlled the prosperous and populous Riverlands as well as the Iron Islands (a parallel to Viking Russia), and even had their capital on the mainland, specifically Harrenhal, which was built by Harren the Black, the last Ironborn king of the Riverlands. When the Targaryens invaded the Ironborn kingdom, the Tullys and other Riverlords rose up in support of Aegon the Conqueror, and Harren and his sons burned when Aegon attacked Harrenhal with dragons. After the dust settled, Aegon allowed the Ironborn to elect a lord, and they chose the Greyjoys.[[/labelnote]]
* {{Jerkass}}: All three Greyjoys we've met so far are complete assholes; although to be fair, Yara is [[AntiVillain extremely protective]], in her own way, of Theon, at least as of [[spoiler: the end of season three, where she resolves to rescue him from the Dreadfort, despite Balon's having given up on him]].
* {{Pirate}}: A whole family of them
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Raider Race]]: A deconstruction, they have the prowess, but their uncompromising pride carries a poor strategic thinking, which makes this house the Iron ButtMonkey of Westeros.
-->'''Theon:''' Known for their skills in archery, navigation and lovemaking.\\
'''Maester Luwin:''' And failed rebellions.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Their specialty.
* {{Seven Deadly Sins}}: Envy.

[[folder:King Balon Greyjoy]][[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Balon_Greyjoy_9360.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"No man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown. That is who I am. That is who we have always been."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Patrick Malahide

Lord Balon Greyjoy is lord of the Iron Isles, and the Lord Reaper of Pyke - capital of the Isles. More than a decade ago, Lord Balon raised a rebellion against King Robert and tried to win independence for the Isles. Robert, Eddard and Jon Arryn put an end to it, destroying his army and killing his eldest sons. Ned Stark then took Balon's youngest surviving son Theon as hostage to keep Balon loyal to the Iron Throne. Balon has been itching for revenge and another shot at independence ever since, and the brewing civil war has given him the opportunity.

* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]]:
** To Theon. In "Mhysa" he refuses to save Theon from the Boltons because Theon disobeyed him by attacking Winterfell and because he is "no longer a man."
** It seems that Yara didn't have it much better in the past after all:
-->'''Yara''': We both loved our mother. We both... ''endured'' our father...
* [[ARealManIsAKiller A Real Ironman Is A Killer]]
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: The look on his face when Theon calls him out, throwing back his own declaration that as Greyjoys, "We take what is ours", right back in his face.
--> '''Theon''': You ''gave me away'', if you remember?! The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon! After he ''[[CurbStompBattle crushed]]'' you! Did you "[[IronicEcho take what was yours]]", then?!
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Enough to throw Theon almost to the other side of the room. Somehow...
* {{Badass}}: Well in the past at least, when he rebelled against Robert Baratheon and the Iron Throne, but he really has not shown any badassery in the show.
** BadassLongcoat: It makes him look like a pirate! ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture Which he]] [[DontExplainTheJoke is]]).
** BadassBoast: See the quote above.
* BigBad: Fills this role in one of the second season's storylines.
** NonActionBigBad: Instead he has his children carry out the invasion of the North, while he remains in Pyke.
* BerserkButton: Bringing up how his last rebellion ended seems to be this for him.
* ButtMonkey: A bit more formidable than the usual type. Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon utterly destroyed Balon's rebellion, and nobody seems to have considered the Ironmen to be much more than a nuisance ever since.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single scene in Season 3.
* {{Determinator}}: You can remind him about the massive failure that was his first rebellion, the deaths of the majority of his sons, his humiliation at the hands of Eddard Stark, his multitudes of personal tragedy or how he can never hope to hold any land he may conquer as a result of his rebellion. Balon's gonna do it anyway.
* GeneralFailure: The Ironborn have an ''excellent'' naval force, but little territory and few actual numbers. All he had to do was to side with either Lannisters or Starks and he could have become a '''decisive''' factor for ''any'' side and thus get the riches and lands the Ironborn desperately need. What does he do? Side with nobody and try to conquer land for their tiny faction, despite lacking the infantry to keep any land he gets. ''Words fail to convey the size of this strategic fail.'' By Season 3 he's barely a factor in the War of the Five Kings, and none of the serious armies even mention him. Only Stannis who still considers him a "usurper".
* TheGhost: Like Stannis, he never appears in the first season, and is talked about by other characters. Patrick Malahide portrays him in Season 2.
* IHaveNoSon: He wrote Theon off the family tree when he was taken by the Starks and acts as if it was Theon's fault, [[NeverMyFault rather than his own.]]
** In "Mysha", he disowns Theon again, when it's revealed he's been castrated by Ramsay Snow, thus making him unable to produce any heirs. He's even willing to simply let Theon rot in Ramsay's dungeon for all he cares.
* {{Irony}}: He disdains Theon for being weak and unmanly. Theon, who has been a senior commander in an Army which has regularly defeated regime forces, something he singularly failed to do himself. Moreover Theon fought against and helped capture Jaime, one of the most feared warriors in Westeros, while Balon bent the knee to Robert. His accusations strike the audience as rather hollow. Unfortunately, Theon takes them to heart.
* {{Jerkass}}: He impugns Theon's masculinity close to half a dozen times within the first five minutes, after not having seen him for over a decade. He also shows contempt for the idea of either buying or negotiating for things from people, believing that it is more desirable to murder them and then rob their corpses instead. This man is an [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk asshole]] in Dennis Leary's sense of the word.
** In season 3 it is revealed just how much of a scumbag he truly is when he abandons Theon to a life of unspeakable torture at the hands of Ramsay Snow after receiving Theon's castrated penis in the mail, and repeatedly insults him as an idiot who "isn't a man anymore" despite the fact that Theon sacrificed everything to make him proud and was only captured by Ramsay due to his attempt to bring honour to his family.
* OrcusOnHisThrone[=/=]NonActionBigBad: For all his talk about "I take what is mine", he hasn't actually left Pyke in his campaign to conquer the North. So far only his children have done any actual fighting and conquering.
* PapaWolf: Comprehensively averted. When Ramsay sends [[GroinAttack a part of Theon]] with a letter threatening him to back off else he will send more organs, he pretty much tells Yara that since Theon can't advance the bloodline, he is ''dispensable''. Even Yara pretty much tells him to fuck off.
* PermaStubble [[BeardOfEvil Of Evil]]
* PetTheDog: He does seem to have at least some regard for Yara, if only because she more than makes up for the disappointment that is [[ButtMonkey Theon.]]
* {{Pirate}}: As a proud Ironborn, to the point their family words basically amount to "''We steal your shit!''"
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Raider Race Guy]]: Ironborn traditions and cultural predisposition towards seaborn raiding makes them look like one of these.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He passes up a golden opportunity not only to become a King of the Iron Islands again and gain complete independence for his people, ''and'' to become both fabulously wealthy and feared throughout all of Westeros by joining forces with the North solely for the sake of getting back at the family that was ''part'' of the force that put down his rebellion. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]This was even worse in the books, where Ned literally had nothing to do with the deaths of his sons. One of them died in a collapsing tower and the other in a battle he wasn't even present in.[[/labelnote]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Balon '''detests''' the very idea of buying something with money. To him, the only price worth paying is 'the iron price' - i.e. to take it from someone [[ARealManIsAKiller you have killed yourself]]... Note that the words of House Greyjoy are, "We do not sow"--as in, Why be a farmer when you could be a huge bully instead and steal what other people have built?
* SmallNameBigEgo: Declared himself the King of the Iron Islands shortly after Robert's Rebellion, but had his own dreams of rebellion quickly crushed under the heel of Robert Baratheon. When he does so again in the War of the Five Kings, ''no-one'' sees him a serious threat or even a major player.
* VanityIsFeminine: A darker take on the trope, judging from the way Balon treats Theon and his rather gaudy choice of dress.
* VillainBall: He could ally with the Starks (as Theon advises) ''or'' (possibly) the Lannisters and achieve his objectives of Independence for the Iron Isles - but his insistence on acting independently means his uprising is doomed to failure once the War of Five Kings is resolved. Then again, given his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, few people would be prepared to deal with him anyway.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: He likes to think of his rebellion nine years ago as an attempt to free himself from the southern tyranny. Most non-Ironborn aren't very convinced about this, since the main form of oppression by the "southern tyranny" was to keep his people from indulging in looting and plundering their neighbors.

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

The still-unseen brother of Balon Greyjoy.

* TheGhost: All we know about Euron is that he exists. HBO's supplementary material shows him as Balon's only brother; it's still unclear if the other brothers have been AdaptedOut or not.

[[folder:Prince Theon Greyjoy]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesHouseBolton Retainers and Household.


[[folder:Princess Yara Greyjoy]]
->'''Played By''': Gemma Whelan
[[caption-width-right:350:''"So good to see you, brother. This is a homecoming [[IronicEcho I'll tell my grandchildren about]]."'']]

->''"I'm going to march on the Dreadfort, I'm going to find my little brother, and '''I'm going to bring him home.'''"''

Theon's older sister, trained by her father as his actual heir in his son's absence.

* ActionGirl: She commands her late brother's ship and is about the equivalent to an admiral in the Greyjoy fleet. And she has killed already.
** DarkActionGirl
* AdaptationDyeJob: Black hair and dark eyes in the books, blond hair and blue eyes in the TV series.
* AdaptationNameChange: From Asha to Yara, because the producers thought [[ViewersAreMorons viewers would get her confused with Osha]].
* AdaptationalBadass: Asha is badass in the books, but not to the point that she is in the show. In the books she doesn't have the UndyingLoyalty of the Ironborn, it's made clear that she [[StayInTheKitchen wouldn't inherit the Seastone Chair]] and eventually realizes that the Greyjoy plan to conquer the North was stupid for the same reason that Theon holding Winterfell was. They can't hold it. The Ironborn have a powerful navy, but they lack the numbers and discipline to hold the North or even the coastal castles. In the books she tries to win support at the Kingsmoot by proposing an alliance with the North to preserve their independence and get some mainland out of it (essentially Theon and Robb's original plan).
* AdaptationalHeroism: At the end of Season 3 she finds out that Theon is Ramsay's prisoner, and against her father's wishes decides to take a ship, 50 good men and go rescue him. In the books she did no such thing.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Because Theon in the show is more sympathetic than his book counterpart was at that point, Yara comes across as more of a jerkass, as opposed to Asha, who comes across as a KarmicTrickster in terms of her baiting him. Yara is also presented as (largely) following in the footsteps of her father, compared to Asha, who while likewise Balon's favorite, has more pronounced WhiteSheep tendencies. Although her more jerkass tendencies are heavily implied to be merely an act to force Theon to get his shit together, since she's far more willing to defend Theon to Balon when he's not around, shifting her back into KarmicTrickster territory.
* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: To Theon.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBoast: See the quote at the top of the page.
** BadassLongcoat: In the field. And it ''is'' awesome. Helps with the RuleOfSymbolism that she's wearing one while Theon isn't
* BigSisterInstinct: Believe it or not, she may actually have some of this for Theon. In "Mhysa", she openly defies her father and leads a team of Ironborn warriors to rescue Theon.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Theon really should verify who someone is before his fingers start wandering...
* CallingTheOldManOut: True to sibling fashion, she finally gives this to Balon in ''Mhysa'' after he decides to leave Theon to be tortured to death, ceaselessly degrading and dehumanizing him in the process. The result is awesome.
--> '''Yara:''' He's your '''''son!''''' He's ''my brother!'' He's a ''Greyjoy!''
* DaddysGirl: Is clearly much more favoured than her brother by their father.
** DaddysLittleVillain: Is similarly eager to aid his efforts in attacking the North
** However both are awesomely averted in the finale of Season 3 where Balon's disgustingly cruel dismissal of Theon as [[GroinAttack "not being a man anymore"]] and his desire to leave him to his nightmarish fate at the hands of Ramsay Snow cause her to openly disobey his command and sail off with her own team to save her brother.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare: Levels one bristling with TranquilFury on Balon when the two learn of Theon's capture and torture and Balon refuses to do anything about it.
* DemotedToExtra: In Season 3, only appearing in the finale.
* TheDragon: Is effectively this to her father's BigBad in the second season's Stark[=/=]Greyjoy storyline.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She is disgusted when Theon kills Bran and Rickon (or so she thinks) because it was both morally wrong and [[PragmaticVillainy robbed them of two valuable hostages]].
--> '''Yara:''' The little boy prisoners made you a promise and you got mad when they broke it? Are you the ''dumbest cunt alive?''
* HiddenDepths: She shows genuine concern for Theon after his actions at Winterfell put him in serious danger of being killed unless he were to come back to Pyke with her. She's also, as seen above, outraged at Theon that he would stoop so low as to murder children.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ultimately, when it comes to her brother. While her attitude toward Theon is unforgiving at best, it's all but confirmed just to be an act to get him to get his shit together, as she goes out of her way to try and get him out of harm's way by trying to drag him home with her to the Iron Islands during his occupation of Winterfell. She proves herself once and for all in ''Mhysa'', where she all but tells Balon to fuck himself and goes off on her own to rescue her brother from Ramsay.
* TheLadette
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pretends to be a common woman on the Iron Islands to gauge what sort of threat Theon is to her position. She isn't impressed.
* OneOfTheBoys
* OneSteveLimit: The character is named Asha in the books. The TV series changed it to avoid possible confusions with Osha.
* ParentalFavoritism: Yara has earned her father's favour.
* PirateGirl
* PetTheDog: She shows actual concern for Theon in "The Prince of Winterfell", implying that her bullying attitude to him is in part an act.
* ReplacementGoldfish: With two sons dead and the third one hostage, Balon considers her his heir.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Sets out to do this in the Season 3 finale.
* SiblingRivalry: With Theon, although she doesn't consider him a serious rival.
* SmugSmiler: Because she is a better Ironborn commander than Theon will ever be and she knows it.
* {{Tomboy}}: "You're the one wearing a skirt", [[TheChewToy Theon]], indeed.
* WorthyOpponent: Shows shades of this when calling Theon out on apparently murdering Bran and Rickon, noting that the boys' continued resistance of Theon and his Ironborn was a mark of bravery.

! Greyjoy household and retainers

[[folder:Dagmer "Cleftjaw"]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They're all Iron Islanders. Do they do as they're told or do they do as they like?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ralph Ineson

A veteran ironborn raider assigned as Theon's second at the "Sea Bitch". He acts as a mentor of sorts to Theon reminding him that the Ironborn follow men, not orders, and he must earn their respect if he wants to lead them.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, his nickname "Cleftjaw" is descriptive of his appearance, as he was horribly disfigured after taking an ax to the face, leaving him with lips stretched apart. In the tv series, he has some minor facial scars.
* AdaptationalVillainy: A far cry from an EvilMentor, Dagmer is actually an honorary uncle to Theon and one of the few kind to him in his youth. He remains at Torrhen's Square and returns to the Stony Shore after being driven out by Ser Rodrik. However in the show he's the one with the idea of executing Ser Rodrik and killing two kids to display as Bran and Rickon to Winterfell. You can also add handing Theon over to their enemies and mortally wounding Maester Luwin to that list too.
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: His first scene with Theon.
* AssholeVictim: Flayed by Ramsay Snow.
* BodyguardBetrayal: To Theon.
* CharacterDeath: Ramsay has him and the other Ironborn raiders flayed alive.
* CompositeCharacter: Takes on much of "Reek's" [[spoiler:Actually a disguised Ramsay Snow]] role from the book. Telling Theon to execute Ser Rodrik for spitting at him comes from Aeron Greyjoy telling Theon to kill Benfred Tallhart for the same reason.
* DeathByAdaptation: In "Mhysa" we learn that Ramsay Snow had him and the other Ironborn flayed alive. Dagmer is still alive in the books.
* TheDragon: To Theon.
** DragonInChief: Boy, does he manage Theon like if he was made of plasticine...
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]: Considering he's a bloodthirsty psychopath, the deep scar across his face is most certainly of the evil kind.
* EvilSoundsDeep: His voice is magnificent.
* GutturalGrowler: He has a bit of this too.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Apparently a believer in this kind of secrecy; when Theon attempted to compensate the Farmer whose children were murdered and passed off as the Stark Children, Dagmer gives the bluntest explanation for why this is now impossible:
-->''"He's feedin' the crops; his wife too. You want to keep a man silent, you [[DeadlyEuphemism silence him.]]"''
* KarmicDeath: Turns out Ramsay gave him exactly what he deserved for betraying Theon and killing Maester Luwin.
* TheMentor: He seems to be this for Theon, and also seems to genuinely want him to rise up in the esteem of his men- evidenced by his smile of approval when Theon beats the shit out of Black Lorren.
** EvilMentor: Climaxes in "The Old Gods and the New" when he convinces Theon to murder his former good mentor, Ser Rodrik.
** TreacherousAdvisor: Once it becomes clear that there's no way they can withstand the coming Northern counterattack, he knocks Theon out after his RousingSpeech, takes command of the Ironborn crew and leads home, leaving him for the Northmen.
* NumberTwo: To Theon.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Is quickly established as this, taking on a mentor role to Theon. This is similar, but different than his role in the books, wherein he is an HonoraryUncle who knew Theon since childhood.
* {{Pirate}}: He's an Ironborn; being a pirate is his whole life.
* PsychoticSmirk[=/=]SlasherSmile: Has a grin everytime an Ironborn [[KickTheDog kicks a dog]].
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In "Mhysa" it is revealed that Ramsay had him flayed after he betrayed Theon.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: What he and the rest of the Ironborn do in the season 2 finale.
* TheStarscream: Dagmer serves Theon pretty faithfully...except when things start to go south. He abandons him, taking leadership of the Ironborn.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Theon is certainly responsible for his own acts, but Dagmer is constantly the devil on his shoulder pushing him to go further. It's at Dagmer's insistence that Ser Rodrik is executed.
* WouldHurtAChild: Theon confides in Ramsay that Dagmer was the one who personally killed two Winterfell boys.

[[folder:"Black" Lorren]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I have been reaving and raping since before you left Balon's balls, Captain."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Forbes KB

A veteran ironborn raider assigned to the "Sea Bitch".

* AssholeVictim: Flayed by Ramsay Snow.
* BadassBoast: Delivers one to Theon when they first meet.
--> '''Black Lorren:''' "I have been reaving and raping since before you left Balon's balls, Captain. Don't reckon I've got much use for your ideas on how to do it. Don't reckon I've got much use for a Captain at all."
* BaldOfEvil: He's bald and evil.
* BeardOfEvil: A white one.
* TheBrute: Of the Ironborn that Theon takes to Winterfell.
* DeadpanSnarker: Unlike Dagmer, he did not enjoy Theon's speech.
--> *upon seeing Theon knocked out by Dagmer* I thought he'd never shut up.
* FatBastard: He's a hefty guy who boasts about the rapes he's down.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Theon gives him a long deserved NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in "A Man Without Honor".
* {{Pirate}}: Like the other Ironborn Raiders.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Unsurprising given he's a veteran Ironborn raider.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In "Mhysa" it is revealed that Ramsay flayed him after he betrayed Theon.
* TheStarscream: To Theon, which he makes clear from the outset.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: He plays this off against Theon, while also threatening to kill him and take his ship.