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! House Targaryen

->'''Eddard Stark:''' ''"It's done, Your Grace. The Targaryens are gone."''
->'''Robert Baratheon:''' ''"...[[TheRemnant Not all of them]]."''

->'''Cersei Lannister:''' ''"[[RoyallyScrewedUp Half the Targaryens went mad.]] What was the saying? 'When a Targaryen is born, the Gods flip a coin."''

A noble house from the eastern continent (Essos) that invaded Westeros and unified the Seven Kingdoms under a single monarchy using dragons, some 300 years before the start of the show. They were in turn overthrown by a rebellion led by House Baratheon 17 years prior to the start of the show, and their few surviving members marched into exile and are still waiting for an opportunity to strike back.


[[folder:In General]]
* AdaptedOut: Partly because of the AgeLift and narrative convenience, King Jaeherys II is not the father of Aerys II; rather it is King Aegon V, the star of ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', who is the father of the Mad King and so grandfather to Daenerys, rather than her great-grandfather.
** From [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials for the series specifically]], Prince Duncan "The Small" Targaryen is the only one of Aegon V's children from the books who is confirmed to exist within this continuity - the books have him, Jaeherys, Daeron, Shaela, and Rhaelle (who married the Lord of Storm's End, giving birth to Lord Steffon Baratheon and being grandmother to Robert/Stannis/Renly). Aegon does have at least 3 children confirmed in this continuity however, even though the added-on Aerys and Rhaella would be rather young compared to Duncan.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In regards to the above AdaptedOut trope, Rhaelle's potential removal is the most troublesome - her being Robert's grandmother means that when the Targaryens were overthrown and exiled, his family line had the strongest bloodline claim to the throne due to direct descent from Aegon V; the second-strongest claim is by House Martell, since the daughter of Aegon IV (and sister of Daeron II "The Good"), Daenerys, married ruling Prince Maron Martell (thus being ancestor to current ruling Prince Doran Martell) and is confirmed to exist within the show's continuity by the same materials. Although Robert's claim to the throne came by force (despite his claims that it's from Orys Baratheon, rumored to be Aegon the Conquerer's half-brother), this would still give House Martell of the show the potential to contest House Baratheon's claim to the Iron Throne by claiming a more direct line of descent.
** On the other hand, given the political climate of Westeros in the past 20 odd years, it could be argued that: a) the Martells simply don't care about having the stronger claim (despite enmity with House Lannister and through them, their nominal allies House Baratheon, or are otherwise biding their time to strike; b) Orys' blood gives a stronger claim than Princess Daenerys's because [[HeirClubForMen he was a man]]; or c) Robert's grandmother still exists but may just not have been mentioned in supplementary materials yet.
*** Option C might have more weight than expected, given what the above materials give us about the timeline - Robert's year of birth is given as 252 AL (11 years before the books), while Aerys would be around 234 (see his section below), and his parents are still Steffon and Cassana like in the books. Considering that men and women seem more likely to marry at greater ages than in the books (from what is given in-series), this means that Lord Steffon's mother might indeed have been a Targaryen in this continuity (and that Robert, with his hatred of the family, ''refuses'' to acknowledge/remember it) - in the books, King Aegon had 2 sisters of unspecified fates, so it's possible that one of them has become a CompositeCharacter with the book's Rhaelle and is Robert's grandmother in the TV-series continuity.
* AnimalMotifs: The Dragon. Unlike the other Westerosi houses, this is seems to be partially literal: Daenerys was immune to the flames of Drogo's pyre due to Mirri's spell, which she interpreted as true Targaryens being fireproof. (Hint: All the past Targaryens were [[OhCrap cremated...]])
* BrotherSisterIncest: To keep the bloodlines pure, despite diminishing returns.
** However, Aerys and Rhaella was the first time it had been done in more than a century. Even before that, it was by no means a given; Aenys I married a Velaryon, Maegor I many women but the closest relative was his niece (And none of them had any children anyway), Viserys I an Arryn and a Hightower in succession, Rhaenyra I her cousin once removed (Paternal grandfather's brother's daughter's son) then her paternal uncle, Aegon III his cousin followed by a Velaryon, Viserys II a Lyseni from Essos, Maekar I a Dayne, and Aegon V a Blackwood. Aerys II's father Jaehaerys II did marry his sister, but he has been adapted out of the TV series. That means that the only monarchs to marry their sisters were Aegon I (Dany's Greatx10 Grandfather), Jaehaerys I (Her GreatX8 Grandfather), Aegon II (No direct relation as all of their children died but technically her Greatx6 Uncle), Baelor I (Unconsummated, and therefore no direct relation, but her cousin five times removed), and Aerys II (Her father). That said, many splinter branches of the family did marry their siblings-but these are the only monarchs to do so and two of them had their branches die out.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Taken as a group across three centuries. It is said that madness and genius are two sides of the same coin, or only a difference of degree. In-universe, a common saying became that every time a Targaryen was born, the gods would flip a coin to see if they'd be insane. Half of them were crazy, the other half were brilliant statesmen, conquerors, and builders of empire. They were all kind of quirky, though (routinely practicing incestuous marriages to "keep the bloodline pure", apart from probably ''causing'' half of them to be born with mental defects, was also consided an abomination to ''every'' major religion in Westeros). Even in the current generation, Aerys II was infamously "the Mad King" and his younger son Viserys wasn't far behind (and at the least, delusionally arrogant); yet on the other hand, Aerys II's elder son Rhaegar was considered one of the most skilled knights of his generation, while Aerys's uncle Maester Aemon and his daughter Daenerys are born leaders. A Targaryen might either be a great monster or a great hero, but they're never boring.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Littlefinger, beholden to {{Realpolitik}} as he is, regards this as the real cause for the Targaryens eventual downfall. Their power was based almost entirely upon their dragons and when the dragons died out, with a few exceptions, several successive kings wasted time, energy and lives trying to reclaim their lost advantage, with the resulting failure driving many of them mad. It was only a matter of time, before the other vassals would rise up in rebellion - though Varys's counterpoint is that "a matter of time" turned out to be over a century, with long periods of stable Targaryen rule even without dragons. Still, dragons helped a lot.
* DragonRider: The Targaryen armies were unstoppable during Aegon the Conqueror's invasion because their dragons could attack from the air, and their fire breath had the power to reduce entire cities or castles to ashes. They inherited this from the former Valyrian Freehold where their family originated from.
* TheExile: Twice! Once from Valyria (they were the original lords of Dragonstone, Stannis' seat), and then again from Westeros.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: To the Norman invaders of England and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Normandy House of Normandy]]and TheHouseOfPlantagenet. Them being of Valyrian (i.e. "Roman") descent and having access to wildfire, an analogue of Greek Fire, makes them also a bit Byzantine. Their preference for dynastic incest to maintain the purity of their bloodline, and their rulership of a land to which they have little ethnic relation and speak a different language, draws from Ptolemaic Egypt.
* FreudianTrio: Jorah's the Superego, Barristan Selmy the Ego, and Daenerys the Id (which doesn't match up with their being TheSpock, TheMcCoy, and TheKirk, respectively, but Daenerys has a huge HonorBeforeReason thing going on with slavery).
* ImpoverishedPatrician: After Robert's Rebellion.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: Daenerys believes she'll never have children.
** Not to mention that the only other Targaryen known to be alive is the 100 year old Maester Aemon, who is sworn to celibacy and not holding titles twice over and whom she probably assumed died decades ago, if Viserys ever got around to telling her about him at all. Well, that and her second cousin Stannis, second cousin once removed Shireen, Robert's surviving 13 bastards, third cousins of various degrees of removal descended from her great-great uncle Aerion Brightflame, and fifth cousins of various degrees of removal descended from her great-great-great-great half-uncle Daemon Blackfyre.
* MightMakesRight: Became Kings of Westeros by bare conquest alone, without even a pretense of a claim (which was probably inevitable, considering that Westeros was divided between seven kingdoms upon Aegon's landing).
-->'''Jorah Mormont''': Forgive me, Khaleesi, but your ancestor Aegon the Conqueror didn't seize six of the kingdoms because they were his right. He had no right to them. He seized them because he could.
* NiceGuy: Most of the (living) characters on this page are pretty damned decent and friendly people, which should indicate the kind of leader Daenerys is. Even Daenerys, who's more than occasionally brutal, has this for her default setting. And even Daario Naharis has mellowed out a lot, since being recast.
** Averted with Daenerys' ancestors, who tended to be very nice or very cruel (King Aerys II), even Prince Rhaegar has an ambiguous reputation to say the least.
* {{Pride}}: They've got it even worse than the Lannisters, who at least have the money and holdings to back it up.
* TheRemnant: Daenerys is the last Targaryen. House Targaryen themselves are TheRemnant of the Valyrian dragonlords.
* [[RightfulKingReturns Rightful Queen Returns]]: Working on it.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Because of the incest thing, some Targaryens are born mad or gradually become mad as they grow up.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The three heads symbolize Aegon the Conqueror and his sister-wives.
* {{Seven Deadly Sins}}: Wrath.
* ThemeNaming: Targaryens are typically identified by their penchant for incorporating "ae" in almost all of their names -- for example; ''Aerys'', ''Aemon'', ''Daenerys'', ''Rhaella'' and a double usage example with ''Jaehaerys''.

[[folder:Princess / Queen Daenerys I Targaryen]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They can ''live'' in my ''new world'', or they can ''die'' in their ''old one''."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/EmiliaClarke

-> ''"Anha vosoon avvos. Anha qoy zhavvorsi."''
-> ''{"I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the Dragon."}''

Daenerys Stormborn is the last known scion of House Targaryen still alive, and therefore the rightful Ruling Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms and Protectrix of the Realm. At the beginning of the series, she was subject to the sordid whims and vile manipulations of her abusive elder brother, Viserys. Through her arranged marriage to Khal Drogo, she discovers her own power, influence and self-worth along with the realization that she is far better qualified to reclaim her father's throne than her deranged sibling. Using blood magic, she hatches three dragons for the first time in hundreds of years and is suspected to perhaps even be Azor Ahai, the Princess who was Promised. She has gone from pawn to player, traveled the breadth of Essos, gathered an army and conquered three cities, building a reputation that has even reached her father's enemies across the sea in Westeros. Her campaign, initially driven by the need to acquire forces to invade and seize the Iron Throne, has taken an altruistic crusade to end slavery and improve the lives of the oppressed in the Gulf of Grief.
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Brother]]: A life being raised by Viserys in place of dead parents would be enough to break most people.
* AdaptationalBadass: Unlike the novels, Dany shows consistent ''immunity'' to all things incendiary and even heat in general. (She's not sun-burnt in the Red Waste despite having ivory skin.) Also, thanks to her being four years older in the show, it is ''she'' and not her advisers who come up with the battle plans in Season Three and Four, plus her army does not seem to be on the verge of starving when they reach Meereen; showing her talent for logistics and conquering. [[CharacterDevelopment Now, ruling on the other hand...]]
* AgeLift: Inevitable, as Daenerys is only 13 years old at the start of the book. She is 17 on the show, as one History of Westeros features on the Season One Blu-ray that establishes 17 years has passed since her father was overthrown, at which point her mother was still pregnant with her.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In her eyes, usurpers are occupying the throne of her father and her brothers, Rhaegar and Viserys. She is right though still oblivious about the kind of man her father really was. She later pulls this on Meereen, taking the Great Pyramid as her Keep and throne room and draping her family's flag across the Harpy at its peak.
* AntiHero: Seems to be about a [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic Anti-Hero]] at this point. As a whole, she has good, just morals, but she has a record of treating those who make an enemy of her with total brutality...which, of course, is made much more justified in the fact that all her enemies thus far have been [[KickTheSonOfABitch colossal assholes]]. Dany is a dragon by name, and by nature.
** After her incredibly brutal treatment of the Masters of Meereen, she verges on NominalHero (for that episode at least), despite the overall KickTheSonOfABitch atmosphere and the fact that she freed hundreds of thousands of slaves.
* ArrangedMarriage: To Khal Drogo, to secure an army for her brother.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: One at the ends of both Season One and Three. Significant in that Dany secures enough loyalty with the Dothraki that most of her Khas stayed with her along with the majority of the Lzahareen she'd rescued. They prostrate themselves in near-mythical reverence after the last Targaryen not only survives the blazing pyre in an all-night incubation period, completely unscathed, but also by birthing freakin' dragons. The second comes outside Yunkai, where legions of freed slaves exult Daenerys as a nearly god-like figure reminiscent of the Holy Mother and affectionately dub her 'Mhysa' on top of being their liberator.
* {{Badass}}: Undoubtedly. What else would you call a young woman who not only survived her brother's constant emotional and often physical abuse, nomadic runaway lifestyle and the queue of assassins eager to collect the price Robert placed on her head. To then dare to love and adopt and make the best of her arranged marriage into a completely alien culture. Thrash her bully of a brother with a gift she'd made for him. Eat an entire stallion's raw heart while nearly at term. Stand up to AxCrazy Bloodriders, hardly balk at horrors that would crush most other women. [[OutOfTheInferno Walk into her husband's funeral pyre.]] Bring magic back into the world, raise the first dragons born in centuries. Take the harshest crash course in ruling known, execute a covetous sorcerer, a traitorous friend and a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bastard]]. Balance justice and mercy, honor and pragmatism. ''[[CurbStomp Defeat three slaver cities]]'' without losing a man of her new army that she acquired through [[GuileHero deception and cunning]]; all the while preparing for a mysterious but yet to be revealed destiny...
* BadassBoast: She makes a few of these, but has an unfortunate tendency to make them when she is in absolutely no position to carry them out, so they often end up being disregarded or thrown in her face. Gradually, [[TookALevelInBadass her bite levels up to her bark]].
** 'Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things'
--> '''Dany:''' The next time - you raise a hand to me. Will be the last time you ''have hands''!
** 'Garden of Bones'
--> '''The Mother of Dragons:''' Turn us away... And we will burn you first.
** 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair'
--> '''Breaker of Chains:''' What happens to those that don't bend...?
** 'The Laws of Gods and Men'
--> '''The Silver Queen:''' My treatment of the Masters was no crime. You'd be ''wise'' to remember that.
* [[BadassPrincess Badass]] [[InsistentTerminology Khaleesi]]: After assuming leadership of the Khalasar.
* BareYourMidriff: While in Dothraki garb, as well as the [[http://larb.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/got1-e1400607957431.png dress she wears]] in "Mockingbird".
* BatmanGambit: The Sack of Astapor, because she knew that Drogon would never allow himself to be given away, while Kraznys mo Nakloz, being a slave master his whole life, thought anything could be bought or sold.
** Manages to incite the majority of the Meereenese population, the slave classes, to rise from within and open the city gates to her army.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's one of the kinder people on the show, displaying particular compassion for the weak and helpless. Once you've crossed her though, there is no coming back. And you should probably get ready to die in some horrific fashion.
** After Mirri Maz Duur successfully manages to kill her husband and son, Daenerys has her tied to Khal Drogo's funeral pyre. Mirri Maz Duur claims that she won't scream for Daenerys. She is wrong. Daenerys has taken Mirri's earlier statement that [[BloodMagic "only death can pay for life"]] to heart, and is using Mirri's death in combination with the fire to hatch her dragon eggs.
** After Pyat Pree tries to imprison her along with her dragons in the House of the Undying, she has them ''burn him alive'', then proceeds to seal Xaro and Doreah in the empty treasure vault of Qarth for betraying her.
** Kraznys mo Nakloz repeatedly insults her and is an amoral slaver. So she has him immolated on the spot during the battle of Astapor.
** As of the sacking of Astapor, Dany has killed more named characters than any ''two'' other people on the show.
** Rewards the the same number of Good Masters in Meereen with the same agonizingly slow death that they gave one hundred and sixty three slave children. By nailing them to posts to die of dehydration and exposure. Yikes.
* BiggerBad: Is seen this way by much of Westeros, including Robert and, of all people, [[DumbassHasAPoint Joffrey]], being exiled to Essos but preparing to return and claim the throne. She isn't a major concern to them anymore due to the civil war and her lack of power at the start of the series, but is steadily becoming a more dangerous threat.
** In Season Two, while preparing the Siege of King's Landing, Varys tells a skeptical Tyrion about the fact that she has dragons and how the present Civil War in Westeros is small potatoes compared to what will happen when she gets here. In Season 4, Tywin Lannister is willing to engage in an alliance with the Martells against the Targaryens and improvises a gambit to halt Daenerys' tracks in Meereen: [[spoiler:reveal Jorah's former service as a spy on Varys' payroll]].
* BigOlEyebrows
* BiTheWay: How she learns "the womanly arts of love."
* BilingualBackfire: Kraznys mo Nakloz finds out the hard way that Daenerys could speak Valyrian all along.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: She starts to slip into it during her conquest of Meereen, dealing out horrible punishments to the ruling class with no thought to how much or little the individuals involved were actually responsible for. Jorah is eventually able to talk her down, reminding her that he used to be a slaver himself.
** More subtly, there is her mounting paranoia that has come in as a result of being betrayed and used all her life by Viserys, Illyrio Mopatis, Miri Maaz Duur, the Qartheen and later [[spoiler:the fact that Jorah was initially a spy]] which has hardened her stance. She still persists in thinking of Robert Baratheon as TheUsurper and remains in the dark about the kind of person her father truly was, believing that the people who deposed him were evil and without cause.
* BraidsOfAction: She gradually adopts this hairstyle while living among the Dothraki as she becomes stronger and more authoritative throughout Season One.
* BreakTheHaughty: After the Spice King's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in Season Two.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Dracarys" - the Valyrian word for [[KillItWithFire dragonfire]] - becomes her PreAsskickingOneLiner.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Starts to feel them in Season Two.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Over the course of the first four episodes, she goes from being [[ShrinkingViolet terrified]] and submissive child bride; to a more comfortable and confident young woman.
** In "Second Sons", a nice [[CallBack call back]] to her first ever scene (Daenerys naked in a bath, but now assertive in the face of a likely assassin and with an imposing attitude, instead of resigned to being ordered around) underscores how in three seasons a scared young girl becomes a credible, mighty Queen.
** Invites tonnes, considering the changes she's undergone during her travels.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Not only is taking Yunkai tactically difficult and completely unnecessary, its Masters actually offer Daenerys gold and ships to go Westeros in return for leaving them be. She refuses them simply because they run a slave city and she plans on freeing those slaves. On the other hand, freeing the slaves gives her the loyalty of her subjects (which is more than can be said of any of the other Westerosi leaders -- except perhaps for the Greyjoys -- after the Red Wedding), gives her some pretty good PR, and a source of ready volunteers, so perhaps it balances out.
** Has the perfect chance to sack King's Landing with her forces after the death of Joffrey and the running down of the War of the Five Kings; all sides except for hers are exhausted and vulnerable. But Dany won't abandon her new subjects in the East until slavery is abolished. And there ''are'' pragmatist concerns from Jorah that the Kingdoms are now so divided thanks to the civil conflict that a victory at the capital would be ultimately meaningless.
* CleavageWindow: While in Mereenese garb.
* CoolPet: Right now, she has three dragons.
* DeadpanSnarker: A rarity for her, but delicious every time they're delivered none the less.
** Season One
--> '''Daenerys:''' Is 'no', the only word that you know?
** Season Two
--> '''Daenerys:''' Well that was a romantic proposal.
** Season Three
--> '''Daenerys:''' I'm only a young girl, new to the ways of war but perhaps an ''experienced commander'' such as yourself can explain to me how you propose to defeat us.
** Season Four
--> '''Daenerys:''' ... The last man holding his sword can find a new Queen to fight for.
* {{Determinator}}: As an interesting side effect of her SmallNameBigEgo. She ''will'' claim that Iron Throne, lack of husband, army, or even food and shelter be damned.
* DeterminedWidow: Drogo's death galvanizes her into action, first by hatching the eggs, and culminating (for now) in the conquest of Slaver's Bay.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Due to being on different continent than the rest of the characters, her story is decidedly separate from the main narrative.
* DissonantSerenity: Complete with a CreepyMonotone, and, if you're ''really'' unlucky, a [[TranquilFury polite half-smile]].
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Her Dothraki still needs a little work. "There are many dirts across the sea, like the dirt where I was born." As of Season 2, however, she's as fluent in Dothraki as she in the common tongue (which is spoken both in Westeros, the Free Cities, and Qarth).
** Likewise, in Astapor, it looks like she'll have to learn Valyrian if she doesn't want to be constantly insulted by assholes like [[Characters/GameOfThronesEssos Kraznys mo Nakloz]]. Subverted however, as she purposefully waits until the control of the Unsullied has been given to her, before revealing that Valyrian is her ''mother tongue'', ordering the Unsullied to ransack the city and finally, paying Kraznys back [[PayEvilUntoEvil for his rudeness]] by having Drogon [[KickTheSonOfABitch burn him alive]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Sometimes shows shades of this, [[FridgeBrilliance which makes sense]], given that she spent most of her life with [[{{Jerkass}} Viserys]] in constant fear of '[[UnstoppableRage waking the dragon]]', making it an impressive indicator of her psychological fortitude that she ''isn't'' a [[FragileFlower perpetually flinching]] ExtremeDoormat.
* EvilCounterpart: Very subtle, but she has one in Joffrey. Aside from having their own reasons for being claimants to the throne, both are from [[TheBeautifulElite houses hailed for their good looks]], are [[BrotherSisterIncest products of inbreeding]], and have very visible [[BloodKnight blood lust]].
* TheExile
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}}. While Daenerys is nowhere near as arrogant and horrible as her brother and is, in fact, a sweet and genuinely kindhearted young woman, she is also ''very'' prone to going off on one about [[ItsAllAboutMe what she wants and why she should have it and why everyone should do what she says]] -- [[NotHelpingYourCase even when taking this course of action would make getting it less likely]]. This is especially apparent in Season Two, where she threatens to burn down Qarth (a task for which her Dragons are way too young yet to actually do) if she isn't allowed inside, and rages against the Spice King when he refuses to give her ships to return to Westeros.
* FetusTerrible: Played with. Dany and Drogo's child is prophesied to become 'The Stallion Who Mounts the World.' After Dany resorts to blood magic to save her dying husband, ''something'' happens in her womb, and the child is stillborn with reptilian features and wings.
* FightingForAHomeland: Since her birth during a storm on Dragonstone island (hence her name Stormborn), Dany has never really known a real home, the only time she finds a community to fit in is with the Dothraki who are nomadic by nature and choice. She has never visited Westeros and aside from a vision in the House of the Undying has never seen the Iron Throne her father sat on.
* {{Foil}}: Has one in Joffrey. See EvilCounterpart above. Despite their similarities, the differences are astonishing. Joff and Dany were both raised in neglect, albeit one in near poverty and the other in the lap of luxury. While one devolved into sadism, the other recognises the value of treating fellow beings as you would wish to be treated and does not hold the family name and legacy as the be-all and end-all of a claimant's 'right' to rule. It has to be earned through hardships and out of the two; only Daenerys has experienced her fair share of those. This makes her pride more relatable as well. It is one of the only shield's of dignity she has in the entirety of a wide, dangerous world pitted against her.
** To Sansa. Both were victims of abuse, although Sansa was only abused by Joffrey for a two year time period while Daenerys endured abuse from her brother for most of her life. Daenerys started out as very shy and meek, but due to having a much harder life definitely less naive than Sansa. However, Daenerys was able to make the best of her bad situation and turn things to her advantage, eventually working her way up to raising a powerful army and conquering several cities, while Sansa remained helpless throughout her plight. Daenerys' success can largely be attributed to being toughened up from the hardships she's faced since birth, whereas Sansa led a privileged and sheltered life and was completely unprepared to cope with her life taking a turn for the worse.
** She has also become one to the very Usurper she despises: Robert Baratheon, a conqueror who struggled with ruling. Daenerys shows visible unhappiness with her position as a ruler of Meereen, clearly realizing that conquering Slaver's Bay was way better than peace-time and post-war reconstruction. Unlike Robert, however, she shows far greater commitment to ruling over her kingdom and is trying to learn from her mistakes. As opposed to letting someone else rule for her entirely.
** She's also one to Eddard Stark in how they are both too noble and idealistic for their own good. They have both met tragic results out of the nice deeds they have committed and are naiive about how treacherous the world can truly be. Unlike Eddard, however, she is more willing to learn from her mistakes and is not afraid to be harsh when it comes down to it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Fire cannot kill a dragon. In her first scene, she walks straight into a bath that her maid tells her is too hot without flinching. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Dany isn't immune to fire, confirmed by GRRM (the dragon hatch scene was a one time thing, and even then her hair burns off). Although she does show some resistance towards heat and flame in general.[[/labelnote]]
* ForeignFanservice: Doreah suggests her exotic appeal is why Drogo chose Daenerys as his wife.
* FriendToAllChildren: Considering that her own child died in stillbirth, she feels this greatly. [[spoiler:Her horror at Drogon's actions at the end of Season 4, burning a goat-herder's daughter is even more acute as a result]].
* FromNobodyToNightmare: At the start of Season Two, Dany is the leader of only a few dozen ex-slaves, most of which are women, old men, and children. By halfway through Season Three, she has an army, dragons old enough to kill, and is feared by the cities of Essos.
* GenreSavvy: See TakeAThirdOption, below.
* GoingNative: With the Dothraki, up until the point they start indulging in RapePillageAndBurn; she is far less willing to assimilate into Qarth and Slaver's Bay, however.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Barristan and Jorah seem to be this to her: The former advises her to take more morally upright courses of action, while the latter advises to be more pragmatic.
* GuileHero: Has finally graduated to this as of "And Now His Watch Is Ended".
* HeroicBSOD: Has a minor, but critical, one after taking Meereen, when she's informed that the slavers have retaken Yunkai and Astapor has been taken by someone even worse than the Masters. It's implied that, if her successes in Slaver's Bay hadn't evaporated, she might have sailed straight for King's Landing right then. Instead, she decides to stay in Meereen and learn how to be a Queen.
-->'''Daenerys''': How can I rule ''seven Kingdoms'', if I can't control Slaver's Bay? Why should anyone - ''trust'' me? Why should anyone ''follow'' me?
* TheHighQueen: What she aspires to, and what Jorah believes she could be.
* HonorBeforeReason: There's no strategic advantage to be gained from attacking Yunkai. Yunkai is well-defended, and has given Dany gold and ships, which she needs, in exchange for just going her way and leaving in peace. But Yunkai has slaves, and Dany just has to liberate them.
** Crosses to RevengeBeforeReason when she crucifies the slavers in Meereen. While it was well deserved justice, there was no indication of a trial and at least one of them actually spoke out against crucifying the slave children.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Drogo.
* ImpoverishedPatrician
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: Daenerys herself is pretty much harmless, but she has three dragons who follow her every command. As of Season Three, we can add eight thousand [[UndyingLoyalty undyingly loyal]] elite foot soldiers to that list.
* KillItWithFire: Her solution to pretty much every problem, though averted with her even-more-brutal execution of Doreah and Daxos. And now that her dragons are large enough to fight, she can do this whenever she wants.
* TheKirk: [[TheSpock Jorah]] and [[TheMcCoy Barristan]] are often bickering, so she must strike a happy medium.
* LargeHam: Considering her numerous [[RousingSpeech speeches]] and [[MamaBear shouting for her]] [[MemeticMutation dragons...]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Resorts to forbidden blood magic to save Drogo's life in "Baelor". Subverted in "Blood and Fire" -- everyone thinks she's [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]] by walking onto Drogo's funeral pyre, but in reality she's hatching her dragons.
* MagicalAbortion
* MagneticHero: The few people she's come across that haven't ended up dead for crossing her so far have joined her, either out of personal debt or being enchanted by her beauty. She is highly beautiful, charismatic and intelligent.
* TheMagnificent: Also known as Daenerys Stormborn, which is [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard just one of the many names and titles she acquires over the series]].
* MamaBear: Do. Not. Touch. Her. Dragons. If not you'll be reminded that her father was Aerys Targaryen. She even tells Jorah that they're the only children she will ever have. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Dany hasn't had her period since she miscarried Rhaego, and doesn't believe she'll ever be able to have children again.[[/labelnote]]
* MaritalRapeLicense: Drogo takes her against her will on their wedding night despite her protests and then continues to take her without her consent and in spite of obvious discomfort. This is a stark contrast to the book. However, it's a somewhat complex situation. Drogo isn't forceful or violent -- he seems to think that Daenerys' tears are due to shyness rather than fear, and the language barrier means she can't correct him. Also, sex in his culture seems to be pretty rough anyway, so he very well might not realize how things seem from her perspective.
** A possible darker explanation is that Drogo is used to raping women; hence his assumption that "no" in her language is a term of endearment.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: One of the many reasons Viserys came to both hate and love his little sister in the same breath. Never having a mother of her own is quite critical to Dany's burgeoning maternal feelings to her own adopted 'children', both the draconian kind and the followers who worship her.
* MercyKill: Has to euthanize her own husband, after Mirri's deliberately botched blood magic ritual leaves Drogo in a vegetative state.
* MessianicArchetype:
** Definitely invokes this. The Dothraki think she will give birth to the Stallion that Mounts the World and this seems to connect to a prophecy that she herself believes which marks her as the Dragon of the Targaryens which seems to be confirmed when she successfully hatches three dragons. It's not clear yet if the prophesies surrounding her involve the good kind of messiah or the [[DarkMessiah bad one]].
** Jorah Mormont seems to think this. Out of everyone who's vying for the Iron Throne, Daenerys is the only claimant with "a good heart" and the inner-strength that would cause her to be loved by her subjects and feared by her enemies. On the other hand, [[BodyguardCrush he's probably a little biased.]]
** Taken even further in Series Three, where she's responsible for freeing the Army of the Unsullied from slavery, as well as [[SlaveLiberation liberating the slaves]] of Astapor and Yunkai. In all instances, the former slaves pledge their UndyingLoyalty to her and come to revere her as their saviour.
* MightyWhitey: Upon deciding to free any slaves she comes across. There is even an in-universe component to this: as someone of Valyrian descent, at one time her ancestors held all of the cities of the empire of Old Ghis in their sway.
** She faces consequences regarding this once she takes over Slaver's Bay, she's regarded by some as a liberator and others as a foreign occupier.
* MoralDissonance [=/=] WrongGenreSavvy: She has shades of this. Like her brother, she seems to be under the impression that she has the moral high ground among all the Iron Throne's claimants simply because she's a Targaryen -- completely overlooking (until Jorah corrects her) the fact that her ancestors took the Seven Kingdoms not because they had any right to them but because they ''could''. And because they had dragons. Even after, she still has a bit of a self-centered streak about her -- which seems to be a common flaw amongst her family.
* MsFanservice: She certainly has her moments and appears in several nude scenes. And while her traveling wear is quite functional, her formal wear (seen when she meets with the master from Yunkai) is almost as revealing as Margaery's typical outfits.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In "The Laws of Gods and Men", after being confronted by the devastated son of one of the Meereenese nobles whose crucifixions she ordered, whose tirade against Daenerys verges on a BreakingSpeech for her. Afterwards, for all of Dany's slave-freeing, vigilante Queen bravado, she looks and sounds utterly disgusted with herself.
-->'''Hizdahr zo Loraq''': My father, one of Meereen's most respected and beloved citizens, oversaw the restoration and maintenance of its greatest landmarks. This pyramid included.
-->'''Daenerys''': For that, he has my gratitude. [[TemptingFate I should be honored to meet him]].
-->'''Loraq''': You have, your Grace. You [[OhCrap crucified]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck him]]. [[WhatTheHellHero I pray you'll never live to see a member of your family treated so cruelly]].
-->'''Daenerys''': [[PayEvilUntoEvil Your father]] crucified ''innocent children''.
-->'''Loraq''': [[ALighterShadeOfGrey My father spoke out]] ''[[TokenGoodTeammate against]]'' [[OnlySaneMan crucifying those children]]. He decried it as a criminal act, but was overruled. [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Is it justice to answer one crime with another]]?
** She feels a million times worse when a goat-herder cries as he presents her with the charred skeleton of his daughter who was burnt alive by Drogon.
* MyParentsAreDead: Father assassinated, mother died giving birth to her, her brother killed in battle, and her niece and nephew murdered.
* NervesOfSteel: Has definitely developed these. Since first arriving in Astapor she's been insulted, intimidated and threatened in various unpleasant ways by several powerful people. None of them managed to so much as affect her expression, much less her resolve.
* NiceGirl: While still brutal at times, Dany is one of the nicer characters in the series, treating her people almost like family.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Despite liberating the slaves in Astapor and Yunkai, those two cities end up back in the hands of despots as soon as she moves along. In Meereen, her negligent care of her dragons has caused collateral damage. Furthermore, her BlackAndWhiteMorality approach to punishing the Masters has resulted in the deaths of some of the more sympathetic political figures as well.
** [[spoiler: Leaving her dragons unattended leads to the death of a 3-year old girl.]]
* NobleFugitive
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Stops the Dothraki from taking prisoners as spoils of war. This leads to Drogo being mortally injured in a challenge. One of the women -- victimized but also spared -- seizes the chance to take revenge on Drogo and on Dany's unborn son with him.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Dany frees a great deal of younger oppressed slaves and incorporates them into her followers. The willing ones seem to make a cult of personality out of her. The only problem being that other classes of bondsmen have taken the opportunity to either become cruel dictators themselves or otherwise allowed their former masters to enslave them again without any complaint! Since they know of little else. Meaning her crusade to end slavery has actually ''worsened'' the situation, despite being a morally good course of action.
* [[NonActionGuy Non Action Woman]]: Daenerys is far from helpless but she's still a petite woman with no ability for weapons.
* NoSell: Completely immune to harm from fire or heat.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Her villain-hood being mostly restricted to retribution notwithstanding, after Mirri Maz Duur manages to destroy everything she has built up in less than a week, she proves [[KillItWithFire that she is her father's daughter]]. With the exception of Varys and Joffrey, the leaders of Westeros regard her and her dragons [[BigBadWannabe an unimportant curiosity]] from the far side of the world, as they have [[DramaticIrony wrong or outdated intelligence]] of her build-up. However, this attitude is seemingly changing as Tywin Lannister has apparently started to take notice, mentioning in a cautionary tone the danger both Daenerys and her dragons could pose to the Iron Throne in future.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She pretends to not understand the Valyrian dialect Kraznys mo Nakloz is speaking, only to reveal right before she fries him that she understood him all along.
* ObliviousToLove: Takes until mid-Series Two (and [[EveryoneCanSeeIt half-a-dozen people]] pointing it out first), to realise that, yes, Jorah Mormont ''is'' in love with her. [[labelnote:From the books...]]She figures it out herself early in ''Literature/AClashOfKings''.[[/labelnote]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil[=/=]KickTheSonOfABitch: A firm believer in this:
** Exemplified by the Sack of Astapor.
** In "Oathkeeper", she crucifies 163 Meereenese slave owners in retaliation for the 163 children they crucified.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Though her marriage to Drogo does not start off this way, they grow to be very happy together and are expecting their first child before happy times go [[FromBadToWorse down the drain.]]
* PowerOfTrust: Despite claiming to despise her reliance on this. Dany doesn't have much choice but to believe in the loyalty she inspires and capitalize on it in her quest. But a betrayal for blood by Mirri Maz Dur and a betrayal for gold by both Doreah and Xaro have left their marks...
* RealityEnsues: Season 4 is all about Dany realizing that killing slave masters is not enough to fix Slaver's Bay.
* RedBaron: While she has acquired or taken upon several titles, "Mother of Dragons" is becoming her most famous moniker.
* [[SelfMadeMan Self-Made Woman]]: Hoo boy, is she ever. From abused child to independent woman; from glorified sex slave to fully-realized Khaleesi; from penniless widow to commander of eight thousand elite soldiers and liberator of over two hundred thousand slaves -- [[BadassBoast she is Daenerys Stormborn and she takes what is hers with fire and blood.]]
** And as she herself lampshades, she did the last two things in only a ''[[FromNobodyToNightmare fortnight!]]''
* SexIsGood: Daenerys has utilized her sexuality to not only claim her first position of authority alongside her husband, but also to mature from a callow girl into a fierce woman. After Drogo dies, she becomes fully divorced from sexual acts until over halfway through Season Four. When she shares a night of passion with Daario Naharis. Immediately after, her administration becomes pro-actively rejuvenated. With her sending her lover away from her on a mission of battle and diplomacy, instead of keeping him close. She also follows Jorah's advice for the first time since Season One and reinforces both men's loyalty while fulfilling her own agenda of attempting to subjugate Slaver's Bay as a fair ruler.
* ShipTease: Since the end of Season Three with Daario Naharis.
* ShoulderSizedDragon: One problem of this trope is averted in that she wears an armoured spaulder on her shoulder.
* SiblingYinYang: A disproportionate sense of entitlement is pretty much the ''only'' trait she shares with her brother.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: See [[TakeAThirdOption take a third option]] below.
* TheStoic: For the most part, Dany tries to be as cool as ice when under duress. Though in Season Two her band is at so much risk of both death and deception that she is reduced to [[NotHelpingYourCase aggressive]] [[AintTooProudToBeg pleading]]. Now the Queen of Meereen, Dany must emulate this more than ever before her subjects.
* SlaveLiberation: During the Sacking of Astapor, on a truly massive scale. And again not much later with the Sacking of Yunkai and Meereen.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Has this problem in Qarth during Season Two. After her name gets a lot bigger in Slaver's Bay, her ego fittingly becomes proportionate to her power.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Some of her more intricately woven garments represent the scaled hides of her family's sigil, such as her Dothraki riding top and aquamarine wrap dress.
* TakeAThirdOption: Jorah says that Dany needs the Unsullied, not just because they're incredibly {{Badass}} but because they don't rape or sack. Barristan disapproves of using slave soldiers, believing that a leader's subjects and soldiers should follow her not because they must but because they choose to. Both agree that Dany should not trade one of her dragons for the slave army. Her solution? Take command of the Unsullied. Kill the slave masters, one of them by fire from the very dragon she just sold him. And free the Unsullied, making them triply [[UndyingLoyalty undyingly loyal]] to her than they would have been had she simply owned them.
* TookALevelInBadass: Too many times to count in-season. Time only empowers a dragon and her [[BullyingADragon antagonists begin to learn it the hard way]]. She gradually gets free of her brother's dominance and outgrows her more prudent advisers. Her badassery rises multiple levels when she awesomely masterminds and leads the Sacking of Astapor and the Conquest of Meereen.
* TragicKeepsake: Her mother, Queen Rhaella's, silver ring.
* TrueBlueFemininity[=/=]WomanInWhite: Despite her house colors being black and red, she always wears either blue or white outfits, even if her behavior doesn't always conform to what those tropes symbolize.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of her Name, Queen of the Andals, the First Men and the Rhoynar. Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Defender of the Faith, Princess of Dragonstone (If only because she doesn't have an heir), Queen of Meereen, Liberator of Astapor and Yunkai, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Called Stormborn, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains and the Mother of Dragons.
-->'''Missandei:''' Noble lord you stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen. Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Whether due to her own guile or their foolishness, people who underestimate her and slight her or try to manipulate her end up dead, often in gruesome fashion. By the time she gets to Yunkai her reputation has begun to preceed her and they offer her ships and gold if she leaves them in peace, though by the time her meeting with Razdal ends it turns out they haven't learned ''enough''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: She's fundamentally heroic and genuinely wants to abolish slavery, but as she continues her quest she's also starting to become more and more ruthless in her methods.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Seems to think of her house as the rightful monarch that was usurped by a traitor. Believes herself to be the heroine who must reclaim her rightful throne and return to the people who want their lord back. In reality, her house was infamous for being insane (which she doesn't seem to be aware of). Her father was the worst of them all, which she never witnessed herself since he died when she was still in the womb. She also severely overestimates how many people actually want her back. It doesn't help that she's been told several times of how people are supposedly praying for her family's return.
** Also, as Jorah pointed out, her family had less entitlement to the throne as she claimed. The Targaryens themselves established their monarchy by seizing power. Robert simply did the same himself.
* YoungConqueror: Is bent on becoming one. She struggles at first, since she has no transportation, only a handful of followers and three helpless, infant dragons. After gaining the Unsullied she becomes a genuine threat, outright sacking one slaver city, forcing another to surrender and causing the largest in the region to yield to her.
** A DeconstructedTrope, as she has left two cities in worse conditions than they were before she got there. Her refusal to listen to her advisers has also resulted in problems arising in Meereen. However, unlike most examples, Daenerys is willing to learn from her mistakes and take responsibility for her actions.

[[folder:Prince Viserys III Targaryen]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You don't want to wake the Dragon, do you?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Harry Lloyd

-> ''"You ''dare''? You give commands to me? To ''me''?! You do ''not'' command the dragon. ''I'' am Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. I don't take orders from savages or their sluts. Do you hear me?!"''

->'''Daenerys:''' ''"He was no Dragon. Fire cannot kill - a Dragon."''

The last male heir of the Targaryen line, and self-proclaimed rightful King of Westeros. Viserys is obsessed with claiming his birthright at any cost, including marrying his own sister off in exchange for an army.
* AlasPoorVillain: Not that he didn't earn his demise, but it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him as he pleads pathetically for his life.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Viserys stumbles drunkenly into a Dothraki party to insult and threaten them all. Stupid as he may have been, it seems from his drunken behaviour that even Viserys needed some liquid courage to blunder forward.
* BaitTheDog: His more humane side is briefly seen during a love scene with Doreah, in which he talks nostalgically about the life he felt was taken away from him. However, Doreah inadvertantly says the wrong thing and Viserys proceeds to overreact, flip out and revert back to his usual cruel temperment.
* BigBadWannabe: The unrelenting self-proclaimed rightful King gets easily trumped by the first powerful foe he antagonizes.
* BigBrotherBully: Viserys has spent his entire life browbeating his sister through emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
* BlatantLies: In the DVD extras, he tells one after another in defense of House Targaryen. Of course, he may actually believe his lies.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Bright blonde/white hair is a mark of a Targaryen...as is madness and cruelty. He fits all of these.
* BreakTheHaughty: His time among the Dothraki is ''not'' fun for him. Subverted in that it does little to break his haughtiness.
* BrotherSisterIncest:
** One-sided and very creepy. His very first scene involves forcing his sister to undress and commenting on her figure while pawing at her boobs. Cersei later mentions that the Targaryens wed brother-to-sister for three hundred years.
** In interviews, the actor who portrays him describes Daenerys as his "sister, wife, and daughter" all in one, often mentions that his character feels as though he "owns" Daenerys due to the fact that he ''would have'' married her if he still had the throne, and is even somewhat jealous of having to give her up to another man.
* BullyingADragon: If your sister -- who is effectively the BarbarianTribe's queen -- is the only person who can ensure you will be tolerated, assaulting her is definitely a pretty dumb thing to do. The irony is that when he {{turns red}}, he describes it as "waking the dragon."
** Viserys tries this with Drogo himself by threatening Dany's life right in-front of the horse-lord...a horse-lord nearly a half foot taller, more heavily built, and vastly more skilled at fighting than the amateur Viserys. Even without his bloodriders, it's hard to imagine that Drogo wouldn't have been capable of easily snapping his brother-in-law in half like a twig.
* CharacterDeath: After Viserys goes too far, Khal Drogo fulfils his promise of a golden crown by melting some gold trinkets in a pot, and pouring it over his head.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Pot of molten gold poured over his head. "A crown for a king" indeed.
* DeathByIrony: Should have been more specific when he demanded a golden crown.
* EntitledBastard: Viserys seems surprised to discover Dany is unwilling to save him after he threatens her life and the life of her unborn child.
* TheExile: He fled Westeros as a very young child.
* FreudianExcuse: Both due to what happened to his family and the pressure on his shoulders to avenge them. He hints at the reasons behind his behavior in a conversation with Jorah Mormont, expressing the overwhelming pressure of being the "[[LastOfHisKind last hope of a dynasty]]" and his obsession to restore it, as well as bitterness over Dothraki reverence of his sister, ''[[DudeWheresMyRespect not a piece]]'' of which he's ever gotten himself.
** A lot of his behavior is an obvious case of InTheBlood... ''One'' of Aerys' kids had to have inherited his crazy gene, after all. [[BrotherSisterIncest Blame the inbreeding]].
* GreenEyedMonster[=/=]TheResenter: Is quite jealous of his sister when he realizes that the entire Dothraki tribe loves and respects her.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Formerly a member of the Royal Family.
* InSeriesNickname: Viserys likes to style himself as the rightful King of Westeros, along with its other titles, but most people simply refer to him as the Beggar King. During his time with the Dothraki, he is also known as the Sorefoot King and Cart King.
* InsistentTerminology: Referring to Robert Baratheon as "The Usurper", and calling himself a "King".
* ItsAllAboutMe: He's never shares credit that it was his sister and Magister Illyrio that got him the Dothraki alliance, insisting it was his idea. Also he claims that the Dothraki are his people and army to command when they aren't and are actually Daenerys'.
** In the DVD extras, he narrates the history sections, giving the perspective of House Targaryen. While recounting the Sack of King's Landing, he mentions that he was spirited out of the city before it fell as, with his brother Rhaegar's death, he was now heir to the throne. Technically, he was second in line behind his nephew, Aegon. In fact, as his sister-in-law was a Dornish princess, he may well have been third in line behind his niece and nephew.(Dornish law puts women in the line of succession; while Dornish law doesn't officially apply to the royal line, had the Targaryens won, [[MightMakesRight Dorne would have had a significantly stronger army than the Targaryens, having not taken part in the war.]])
* {{Jerkass}}: Viserys is self-absorbed, disrespectful to just about everyone, thoughtlessly cruel, abusive to his own family members and he's generally unpleasant.
* KickTheDog: Pretty much every scene with Daenerys involves him abusing her physically and/or emotionally.
** KickTheMoralityPet: As mentioned above in BullyingADragon, the only reason the Dothraki tolerate him is because he is their Queen's older brother. Any mercy he had from Daenerys or the Dothraki evaporated the second he threatened Daenerys' unborn child.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Despite his pretenses of restoring the family name and dreams of being a conquering hero, he's thoroughly incompetent about politics and incapable of commanding an army, as noted by both Jorah and Daenerys.
--> "My brother didn't know anything about dragons. *{{beat}}* He didn't know anything about anything."
* MyParentsAreDead: His father was killed by Ser Jaime Lannister. His mother died not long after she fled with him.
* NoRespectGuy: Despite being the brains of his and Dany's attempt to reclaim the Iron Throne during his time on the show, almost all of the attention, both positive and negative, was directed toward his sister. All of the Dothraki were in love with her, and King Robert primarily focused on her when dreading their return (not that Viserys actually knew this; to him Robert was his ArchNemesis, but Robert was more concerned with Dany having children, making this a case of UnknownRival). Since Viserys was doing all of this so ''he'' could be on the throne and not Dany, it perhaps explains why he went off the rails so much more toward the end of his life.
* PromotionToParent: Has been taking care of Daenerys for her almost her entire life since their exile. He wasn't doing a very good job.
* PsychopathicManchild: Viserys is not quite sane. He's prone to tantrums when his sense of childish entitlement is infringed even slightly.
* {{Revenge}}: One of his driving motivations is to punish those who stole the Iron Throne.
* RoseTintedNarrative: One can blame his youth and the circumstances of the death of his father and exile, but even then he's thoroughly deluded about what kind of person his father was. He also believes that the Usurpers are unpopular and hated and people are secretly dreaming of a Targaryen restoration.
* SmallNameBigEgo: As far as he cares, he carries the blood of "the dragon". Nobody else, besides Dany to begin with, gives a hoot.
* SmugSnake: He's far too arrogant for his own good, acting like he's a King before he even has an army...or anything, for that matter.
* StupidEvil: Provoking his superiors is not a wise idea.
* TooDumbToLive: Maybe he shouldn't have spent most of his time in the company of the Dothraki wigging out at them every few minutes, openly insulting their traditions and threatening his sister, who happens to be carrying the unborn son of their king. His visible [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy intoxication]] during his final scene doesn't improve his chances of living.
* TheUnfettered: He will do ''anything'' to retake the Iron Throne. Or rather, he'd let his ''sister'' do anything.
--> '''Viserys''': I would let his whole tribe fuck you. All 40,000 men and their horses too if that's what it took!
* UnknownRival: To Robert Baratheon. When Robert hears that Daenerys is pregnant, he goes berserk and calls for her assassination, but when giving the order he throws out "and that fool Viserys", almost as an afterthought. Viserys however saw Robert ("the Usurper") as his ArchNemesis.
* VillainousBreakdown: Never the most stable of individuals to begin with, but becomes increasingly unhinged as he loses control over Daenerys and realizes his powerlessness in the new 'alliance' with Khal Drogo. This finally culminates in his drunkenly storming into a feast and ''threatening Drogo's wife and unborn child in front of him and his entire Khalasar''. He ends his life whimpering and begging before the molten gold does its work.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: He's a reminder that the Targaryens were pretty bad people for the most part, at least towards the end.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Seems to be under the impression that he's the divinely appointed hero in a epic tale that will end with him [[RightfulKingReturns retaking the Iron Throne]] for the Targaryen Dynasty. Suffice to say, it seems obvious to everyone else that he's ''not''.

[[caption-width-right:350: Whosa liddle Stallion who'll Mount the World? Is it ''you''? Is it ''you''?]]

->'''Played By:''' Wren Ros Elliot-Sloan

The son of Daenerys and Khal Drogo, who according to prophecy will unite all Dothraki ''khalassars'' under his command.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Daenerys sees a vision of the man he would have been. He closely resembles Drogo, except with the Targaryen silver-blonde hair and purple eyes.
* DarkMessiah: He's prophecised to be ''"The Stallion Who Mounts the World"'' (in which '[[UnusualEuphemism Mounts]]' doesn't mean 'Ride' but 'Fuck') the ''khal of khals'' who will lead the Dothraki to dominion over all the lands of the world.
* DeadGuyJunior: Obviously named after the late Prince Rhaegar, with the termination changed to reflect Dothraki naming customs.
* DraconicHumanoid: His unseen stilborn body has dragon features like scales and tiny wings according to Mirri Maz Duur, a combination of her blood magic and the Targaryen blood of the dragon. Deconstructed, as rather than becoming some superstrong dragon-human hybrid it just means he didn't survive in this impaired state.
* FetusTerrible: To Mirri Maz Duur he's one.
* MagicalAbortion: Due to Mirri Maz Duur's BloodMagic, Rhaego is the sacrifice for Drogo's cure. He's born terribly deformed and already dead.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: As stated above, the Dothraki title for him would effectively be "The Stallion Who ''Fucks'' the World". Had he been born, things would probably ''not'' have been good for the Westerosi.

[[folder:King Aerys II Targaryen]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Burn them all."'']]
->'''Played By''': N/A

->''"He said the same thing he'd been saying for hours: 'burn them all'..."''
-->-- '''Ser Jaime Lannister'''

The last reigning Targaryen King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Aerys II was deposed by a successful rebellion led by Robert Baratheon, Jon Arryn and Ned Stark after he had summarily executed Rickard and Brandon Stark. He was renowned for his cruelty and numerous atrocities and reviled as "The Mad King" even two decades after his ignominious death. Before the Sack of King's Landing, he had sent his pregnant wife (who would give birth to his daughter Daenerys) to Dragonstone along with his son and heir, Viserys. He was killed by Jaime Lannister, a member of his Kingsguard, an action for which Jaime is known as the [[TheOathbreaker Kingslayer]].
* AgeLift: Being Aegon V's son (rather than grandson, from the books), this is inevitable. More specifically, Aerys close in age to Tywin Lannister, who in the books was born in the year 242 AL, and in the series was born around 234 AL (from comments given in Season 4, set during 301 AL, which stated he is 67). Aerys by contrast was born in 242-243 in the books and died in 283 at around the age of 39-40; if he and Tywin are similarly aged in GOT, then he would have been born around 234-235 AL and died in 281, making him 45-47 when he died.
* AxCrazy
* BodyguardBetrayal: His [[OmnicidalManiac homicidal mania]] is ended when he is [[InTheBack backstabbed]] by Jaime Lannister, a member of his Kingsguard.
* TheCaligula: Was known as "The Mad King" and apparently had a penchant for killing people in nasty ways.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: While Aerys was an evil bastard to everyone, he was a DotingParent to Viserys, and sent him and his mother, whom Aerys abused, off to Dragonstone after Rhaegar died to keep him safe. [[spoiler: Seeing how Aerys planned on burning the entire city of King's Landing, it's a huge PetTheDog moment for him, since he kept Rhaegar's wife and children to force the Martell Family to help, which led to their deaths by Gregor Clegane's hands.]]
* HearingVoices: Renly says that he used to burn women and children because the voices in his head told him to.
* InSeriesNickname: Known by many as "The Mad King", and with good reason. [[labelnote:From the books...]]He was also known as "King Scab" because he constantly cut himself with the blades of the Iron Throne.[[/labelnote]]
* InTheBlood[=/=]RoyallyScrewedUp: His insanity was passed on to Viserys, and he himself probably inherited it from over three hundred years of BrotherSisterIncest.
* KillItWithFire: His last words were "Burn them all." Also, that's how he killed Ned's father. His obsession with wildfire and burning things also derived from the Targaryen fixation on lost dragons. Since he did not have dragons, he decided the next best thing was burning people so he could pretend to be one.
* MadnessMantra: ''"Burn them all."''
* MemeticPsychopath: Aerys' madness was so horrifying that it reached very horrifying memetic levels in-universe. He's now the go-to comparison for when you ''really'' want to offend someone, or want to make a ''really'' dramatic point. This is shown a few throughout the show -- Firstly, when Ned Stark says that Robert's and his council will be little better than the Mad King should they kill Daenerys and her unborn child. The second time is when Cersei is on the brink of an emotional breakdown, recognising that her incestuous affair with Jaime has created another Aerys.
* OmnicidalManiac: He arranged to burn the Westerosi capital Kings Landing, a city of some 500,000 people, to the ground purely to spite Robert for winning the civil war. He wanted all of his subjects to burn to death along with him, and no king before or after Aerys ever aspired to such a sheer level of destruction.
* OneWingedAngel: According to Jaime, his lunacy got to the point that during his downfall he believed he would turn into a dragon if he were burned alive with his subjects. Jaime, normally skeptical, slit his throat [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure just to make sure]] it didn't happen.
* PosthumousCharacter: Jaime killed him at the end of Robert's Rebellion.
* PyroManiac: See KillItWithFire.
* SanitySlippage: It's implied his raving madness increased with time, and [[UnreliableNarrator Pycelle]] describes the young Aerys thusly: [[labelnote:From the books...]] When Aerys was first crowned, he was pretty normal. He had a bit of a temper when roused to anger, but nothing that wasn't forgiven after he calmed down. It was only as time went on that his insanity got progressively worse. Even in the TV series, Pycelle describes how horrifying it was to see his friend gradually melt away before his eyes over the years, until there was nothing left of the man he knew. He was kept in check by his advisors for most of his reign but eventually grew paranoid and jealous of Lord Tywin (who, by all accounts, was a tremendously successful Hand of the King), in part due to Aerys's love for Tywin's cousin and wife, Joanna. The king went downhill after he was imprisoned by the rebellious lord of Duskendale for months.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Pycelle''': Aerys Targaryen. Of all the thousand thousand maladies the gods visit on us, madness is the worst. He was a good man, such a charmer.

* AffablyEvil: Pycelle describes him as something of a charmer. [[labelnote:From the books...]][[/labelnote]]

* TakingYouWithMe: He intended for his pyromancers to burn all of King's Landing to the ground and kill everyone in it to spite Robert.
* VillainousBreakdown: He completely lost it when his defeat was imminent.
* VillainousIncest: Rhaegar, Daenerys, and Viserys are the products of his marriage to his sister.
* YouKilledMyFather: He killed Ned's father, and had his elder brother Brandon DrivenToSuicide. This action, along with Rhaegar's abduction of Lyanna, incited the Rebellion that led to his downfall and the exile of the Targaryens.

[[folder:Prince Rhaegar Targaryen]]
[[caption-width-right:279:''The Last Dragon'']]
->'''Played By''': N/A

->'''Barristan''': ''"When your brother Rhaegar led his army at the Battle of the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him. Not because they'd been bought at a slaver's auction. I fought beside the last dragon on that day, Your Grace. I bled beside him."''
->'''Jorah''': ''"Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, and Rhaegar died."''
->'''Daenerys''': ''"Did you know him well, Ser Barristan?"''
->'''Barristan''': ''"I did, Your Grace. The finest man I ever met."''

Daenerys and Viserys' elder brother. His abduction of Lyanna Stark was the spark that ignited Robert's Rebellion. Killed in battle by Robert Baratheon roughly seventeen years prior to the start of the series.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe and out of it. Daenerys and Barristan regard Rhaegar positively while Robert views him as evil. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Various people from all different factions speak very highly of Rhaegar and, even though it was his sister who died, Ned never gives any sign of bearing Rhaegar a grudge, just as he doesn't appear to bear a grudge against Aerys who brutally murdered his father and brother. In fact, Robert and Bran (who learned this as part of his lessons from Maester Luwin) are the only ones who explicitly state that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped Lyanna. Daenerys also describes her brother as carrying Lyanna off at sword point, which she thinks of as romantic.[[/labelnote]]
* ArchEnemy: Robert Baratheon viewed him as this.
* BigBrotherWorship: Both Viserys and Daenerys revere his memory. Daenerys names her son and one of her dragons after him and seeks to live by his memory when Jorah and Barristan regard him as TheAce.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Robert Baratheon's ascension ensures that Rhaegar is remembered as a vile rapist and the Mad King's son. Ser Barristan Selmy who admired Robert Baratheon however regards Rhaegar as the finest man he ever knew and obviously Viserys and Daenerys think highly of him too.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Betrothed]]: His kidnapping of Robert Baratheon's betrothed Lyanna Stark (probably in combination with his father's penchant for burning his vassals) is what started Robert's Rebellion.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Whether he abducted and raped Lyanna or they eloped, either way his actions ultimately led to the end of the Targaryen dynasty. His defeat at the Trident drove Tywin to sack King's Landing which led to the deaths of his children and the rape and murder of his wife.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died near the end of Robert's Rebellion.
* PrettyBoy: Despite Oberyn's anger at Rhaegar's abandonment of Elia, he acknowledges that Rhaegar was beautiful.
* WarriorPrince: He is implied as this by Jorah Mormont, who refers to him as "the real Dragon" of the Targaryen family at the time of the Rebellion. Robert turned out to be a far better one when they met, though.
* TheWisePrince: According to Ser Barristan, who considers Rhaegar, [[TheParagon the finest man he ever knew]].
-->''When your brother Rhaegar led his men at the battle of the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him. Because they loved him. I fought beside the last dragon that day, my grace.''
* YourCheatingHeart: Oberyn Martell is highly critical of Rhaegar for running off with Lyanna Stark, humiliating his sister (and Rhaegar's wife) Elia, and then starting a war which ultimately led to the deaths of his children and the brutal rape and murder of his wife.

[[folder:King Aegon V Targaryen]]
->'''Played By:''' N/A

-> ''"My father was Maekar, the First of his Name. My brother Aegon reigned after him, when I had refused the throne, and he was followed by his son Aerys, whom they called the Mad King."''
-->-- '''Maester Aemon'''

Maester Aemon's younger brother, who ended up being crowned king after their father Maekar died. While he is the Mad King's grandfather in the books, the TV series condensed this to make him the Mad King's father. Aegon V's nickname was "Egg", and he is one of the two titular heroes in the ''Tales of Dunk and Egg'' prequels (which HBO is in discussions to adapt as a prequel series after the main TV series finishes).

* AdaptedOut: Partly because of the AgeLift and narrative convenience, King Jaeherys II is not the father of Aerys II; rather it is King Aegon V, the star of ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', who is the father of the Mad King and so grandfather to Daenerys, rather than her great-grandfather.
* TheGoodKing: Cersei remarks to Margaery Tyrell upon Tommen's coronation in Season 4's "First of His Name" that a good king hasn't really sat on the Iron Throne in about fifty years. Joffrey was king for about three years, and Robert for about 17 (in the TV timeline). The Mad King ruled for over 20 years. She doesn't mention Aegon V by name, but she was apparently referring to him (Aegon V ruled for over 25 years, so there's no way she's talking about his father Maekar).
* HeroOfAnotherStory: If the negotiations succeed for HBO to make a prequel TV series adapting the ''Tales of Dunk and Egg''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Histories and Lore: Dragons", Maester Pycelle states that in his final years he became obsessed with dragons and burnt himself and several others in an attempt to hatch dragons at Summerhall. Bear in mind this is [[UnreliableNarrator Maester Pycelle]] we are talking about, but the Summerhall disaster is mentioned numerous times in the Lore.[[labelnote:From the books...]] He wasn't "obsessed" with dragons the way that his crazy older brother Aerion Brightflame was. Rather, from all the time he spent wandering Westeros with Ser Duncan, he became a populist reformer after he was crowned, raising taxes on the rich lords to ease the suffering of the peasants. This made him a lot of political enemies and the great lords of the realm started to oppose him at every turn. As the years went on and such frustrations mounted, he became honestly convinced that having a couple of dragons like Aegon the First did was the key to keeping all of the great lords in line and pushing through his reforms. He had nothing but good intentions, but they ended up killing him, his best friend, and his eldest son in the fire.[[/labelnote]]
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Egg was not the eldest son and was not expected to become king. Maester Aemon was not the eldest son either. But the heir to the throne died, and Aemon refused the throne due to his vows as a maester (and not wanting to fight his own brother) and left to join the Night's Watch to remove himself from court. Thus the crown passed to Aegon V.[[/folder]]

[[folder:King Aegon I Targaryen, the Conqueror]]
->'''Played By''': N/A

->'''Jorah Mormont''': ''"Forgive me, Khaleesi, but your ancestor Aegon the Conqueror didn't seize six of the kingdoms because they were his right. He had no right to them. [[MightMakesRight He seized them because he could]]."''

The conqueror and unifier of six of the Seven Kingdoms (Dorne forced him out), along with his two sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. Founder of the Targaryen Dynasty, of the capital King's Landing and maker of the Iron Throne. Wed to his elder and younger sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys, respectively. The original Lord of Dragonstone, currently King Stannis's seat.
* TheAce: To all the Targaryens and to Westeros in general.
* BeastOfBattle: He introduced the concept of using dragons as weapons of war to Westeros.
* [[BrotherSisterTeam Brother-Sister-Sister Team]] / RuleOfThree: Each with a dragon mount.
* DragonRider: His personal dragon was Balerion "the Black Dread", the biggest dragon ever known. He forged the Iron Throne by melting down the swords of Aegon's enemies, and is one of the dragons that turned Harrenhal into the blasted ruin it is now. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Balerion's wingspan is said to have been so wide that entire towns fell under his shadow when he passed over. Together with the other two Targaryen war dragons, he burnt 4000 men alive with Aegon atop him in the battle during the War of Conquest that became known as the "Field of Fire".[[/labelnote]]
* FamedInStory: Remembered in a positive light as [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the realm]] by many, his conquest ended the independence of the Seven Kingdoms and while many of the previous kings were downgraded to Lords Paramount, others were elevated. [[labelnote:From the books...]]The first Baratheon was a general in Aegon's army and possibly his half-brother. Dorne resisted the Targaryen conquest with guerrilla warfare and only joined the realm peacefully two centuries later with its autonomy mostly intact (hence why the nobles of House Martell, Dorne's paramount house, are princes and princesses). The Lannisters surrendered after being defeated, the Tyrells were raised to lordship over the lands of the extinguished House Gardener, the Tullys were raised to lordship over the Riverlands after the fall of House Hoare and its patriarch, King Harren (as in the guy who built Harrenhal), while the Starks and Arryns surrendered peacefully with favorable terms. The greatest losers still standing after the war were the Ironborn, TheRemnant of Harren's shattered kingdom from which the Greyjoys emerged.[[/labelnote]]
* FounderOfTheKingdom: Unifier of the realm, founder of King's Landing and maker of the Iron Throne. Aegon's Landing established a YearZero in the current Westerosi calendar.
* HollywoodHistory / HistoricalBadassUpgrade: In-universe, he is remembered as the founder of the realm, while his sisters' part in the conquest tends to be sidelined.
* TheMagnificent: Known as "Aegon the Conqueror" for subjugating six of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros into one realm, making him the single-most successful named conqueror in the history of the series. [[labelnote:From the books...]]He's also known as "Aegon the Dragon".[[/labelnote]]
* OutsideContextVillain: To the seven divided kingdoms he invaded, though not to Houses Tyrell and Tully, whom he elevated to their current ranks.
* PosthumousCharacter: Not surprising, since he lived 300 years before the start of the story.
* ShroudedInMyth: Aegon didn't melt the thousand swords of his vanquished foes into the Iron Throne, but less than 200. This kind of mystique helps to seam the realm together.[[labelnote:From the books...]]George R.R. Martin's original vision of the Iron Throne is ''much'' larger and more monstrous-looking than the show version, with the "thousand swords" statement apparently being meant literally.[[/labelnote]]

[[folder: Queen Visenya Targaryen]]
->'''Played By''': N/A

->'''Arya Stark''': ''"Visenya Targaryen was a great warrior. She had a Valyrian steel sword she called Dark Sister."''

Aegon I's elder sister, and one of his sister-wives. She wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister, and rode the Dragon Vhagar into battle alongside her brother and younger sister, Rhaenys.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Dark Sister was this even more than most Valyrian steel weapons, since it was designed ''for'' Visenya, and was therefore skinnier and more flexible than the typical broad or longsword, and thus had to rely on sharpness for cutting power more than raw force. It was not, however, a rapier like Arya's Needle.
* ActionGirl: Riding dragons into battle and subduing whole kingdoms certainly qualifies her.
* {{Badass}}: Was renowned as a great warrior in her day, though the histories have sidelined her and her sister in favor of their brother, Aegon. Arya, however, made a point to learn all she could about Visenya, and points this out to Lord Tywin at Harrenhal.
* CoolSword: Again, Dark Sister.[[labelnote:From the books...]] Her brother Aegon, had the even cooler sword Blackfyre, Traditionally wielded by heirs and rulers of the Iron Throne.[[/labelnote]]
* DragonRider: Visenya rode Vhagar, the smallest of the original three Targaryen dragons. But, according to a history Davos reads, Vhagar was still large enough to swallow a horse whole.
* FemmeFatale: Described as such in the books.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Her sword, Dark Sister, is probably actually more famous than she is, due to the marginalization of her martial attributes in the histories.
* HeroWorshipper: She is the idol of every highborn girl feeling oppressed by the institution of arranged marriage, certainly including Arya and probably including Cersei and Brienne of Tarth.
-->'''Lord Tywin''': She's a heroine of yours, I take it? Aren't most girls more interested in the pretty maidens from the songs? Jonquil with the flowers in her hair?
-->'''Arya''': Most girls are idiots.
-->'''Tywin''': Ha! You remind me of my daughter.
* PosthumousCharacter: Long dead by the time the show takes place.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With her sister, Rhaenys. Visenya was far more martial than her gentle sister, and preferred her sword and mail to Aegon's bed, and so Rhaenys become the mother of the Targaryen lineage. Only one Targaryen king descended from Visenya, the third, Maegor the Cruel, who built the Red Keep and died without issue.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Preferred plate and mail to gowns.

[[folder: Queen Rhaenys Targaryen]]
->'''Played By''': N/A

->'''Arya Stark''': ''"It wasn't just Aegon riding his dragon. It was Rhaenys and Visenya, too."''
->'''Lord Tywin''': ''"Correct. A student of history, are you?"''
->'''Arya''': ''"Rhaenys rode Meraxes. Visenya rode Vhagar."''

The younger of Aegon's sister wives, and one of the original Targaryen [[DragonRider dragon riders]].
* ActionGirl: Less so than Visenya, but definitely still an example.
* {{Badass}}: Not physically, it seems, but she still rode a dragon, which makes you a {{Badass}} no matter what.
* DragonRider: Alongside her siblings.
* GirlNextDoor: Compared to her sister, which is part of why Aegon preferred Rhaenys.
* PosthumousCharacter: Along with all her siblings.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Much girlier than her sister. Though she rode a dragon and fought in Aegon's wars, she fit the image of a "proper" queen much better than her sister, which is probably why she's better known.

[[folder:Maester Aemon Targaryen]]
->'''Played by:''' Peter Vaughan

The son of King Maekar, First of His Name, Aemon Targaryen stepped aside so that his brother Aegon V, "The Unlikely", could inherit the throne. Aegon V is the father of the Mad King Aerys, which makes Aemon Daenerys Targaryen's great-uncle and after the death of Viserys, her only surviving blood relation. After completing his studies as a Maester, he took the black and became a sworn brother of the Night's Watch, secure from the backstabbing politics of King's Landing that he loathed all his life.

See [[Characters/GameOfThronesNightsWatch Night's Watch]].

! Queensguard and Household

[[folder:Ser Jorah Mormont]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesIndependentCharacters Others


[[folder:Ser Barristan Selmy]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Sometimes it is better to answer injustice with mercy."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian [=McElhinney=]

->''"I burned away my years fighting for terrible kings. A man of honor keeps his vows, even if he's serving a drunk or a lunatic. Just once in my life before it's over, I want to know what it's like to serve with pride, to fight for someone I believe in."''

Also known as "Ser Barristan the Bold". Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under both Aerys II and Robert, he is dismissed by Joffrey upon inheriting the throne; Selmy departs then to serve "the rightful king,' or Queen, as it turned out. Now serves as Daenerys' bodyguard and the second member of her Queensguard.
* TheAtoner: He considers himself as having failed the Targaryens, and swears himself to Daenerys' Queensguard to remedy that.
* {{Badass}}: Regarded by both viewers and characters as the most Badass person in the series. [[WorldOfBadass And that's saying something.]]
* BadassBaritone: Due to Ian [=McElhinney=]'s deep, slightly scratchy voice.
* BadassBeard: In Season 3.
* BadassBoast:
** To his fellow younger ''Kingsguard'' brothers while missing part of his armor: "Even now I could carve through the five of you like carving a cake".
** "Your Grace, I have won more single combats than any man alive". [[LivingLegend He's probably right]].
* BadassGrandpa: Roughly 60-years-old, gray-haired, and has served three separate kings, but he is still considered a complete badass and is treated with reverence by anyone with sense. When he is forcibly retired he pointedly mentions that he could cut his way through the other five Kingsguard members present if he wanted to, "like carving a cake."
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BigDamnHeroes: In the Season 3 premiere, he shows up just in time to save Daenerys from an assassin.
* CompositeCharacter: It's really subtle, but some of his attributes, namely the admiration Ned and Jaime have for him, seems to be taken from Jaime's mentor in the books, MemeticBadass Ser Arthur Dayne, the "Sword of the Morning". Jaime squiring for Ser Barristan comes from him squiring to Lord Sumner Crakehall.
* CoolOldGuy: Honorable, pleasant, and just a generally decent person in a ''very'' screwed up world.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Though he was also one after taking Robert's pardon after the Rebellion.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: At the end of Season 1 where he figuratively spits Joffrey and Cersei in the face when they try to retire him.
* DueToTheDead: When Ser Hugh gets killed, Barristan stands vigil for him a whole night, establishing early on that he is not like the average scumbag who serves in the Kingsguard.
* FriendlyRivalry[=/=]FriendlyEnemy: With Jorah Mormont.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Renly gives his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Robert during their hunting trip, Ser Barristan's reaction shows that he ''completely'' agrees with the younger brother. He gets even more awkward moments in ''The Laws of Gods and Men'' when Hizdahr zo Loraq calls out Daenerys' hasty actions in crucifying the slavers, which Barristan explicitly counselled against. Barristan' body language essentially says, "I hate to say I told you so".
* HesBack: In the final scene of the Season 3 premiere, he appears as a mysterious cloaked figure who appears to be preparing to kill Daenerys, which becomes a {{Stab The Scorpion}} when he instead saves her from the real assassin, and reveals his identity.
* HonorBeforeReason: Why he rejects Cersei's retirement offer; as a member of the Kingsguard, he's sworn for life. The Small Council realizes that this was a major mistake; with Tywin calling Cersei on her stupidity in firing a man like that, freeing him up to choose the side of Daenerys Targaryen.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Robert Baratheon Die]]: He takes his failure to protect the drunken Robert from the boar pretty hard, despite Robert ordering him to stand aside and Ned telling him it wasn't his fault.
* InformedAttribute: For all the talk about how he was and still is one of the greatest fighters in the world, the closest we've come to actually seeing him fight is his {{Stab The Scorpion}} introduction to Daenerys.
* InTheHood: In the Season 3 premiere, where he shows up to save Daenerys from an assassin. Doubles as a medieval ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
* KickedUpstairs: His dismissal is presented in this light by the new regime; a comfortable, well-earned retirement. Ser Barristan doesn't buy it.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Quite possibly the straightest example in the series. This becomes especially clear after he joins Daenerys, and his advising her to morally correct choices contrasts with Jorah's more coldly pragmatic suggestions.
* LivingLegend: The most respected swordsman of Westeros, treated with equal devotion by fearsome comrades-in-arms and former adversaries. Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, Jorah Mormont and even Tywin Lannister speak of him with respect.
* MasterSwordsman: Ned mentions being glad they never met in combat, as the widow's life wouldn't suit Catelyn.
* TheMcCoy: Due a heavy emphasis on honor and bravery, he becomes this to Jorah's [[TheSpock Spock]] and Dany's [[TheKirk Kirk]].
* MemeticBadass: In-universe. Watch the Kingsguard ''freak out'' when he draws his sword in anger. ''After'' he had loosened his armor and removed his helmet. Made even more apparent by the fact that Jaime, a MemeticBadass in his own right, looks at the guy as some sort of ideal.
--> '''Jaime:''' He was a painter. A painter who only used red.
* [[MyMasterRightOrWrong My King Right Or Wrong]]: As Kingsguard, he is sworn to serve the ruling king. In effect, this meant he once served the Targayens, and following their defeat, accepted a pardon from Robert Baratheon and served him loyally. Despite his misgivings about Joffrey he would have served him loyally had he not been dismissed. Later, he tells Jorah that being freed of his vows by Cersei and Joffrey actually made him want him to serve someone truly deserving.
** Also the reason why he did nothing to aid Rickard and Brandon Stark when they were cruelly and unjustly executed by the Mad King, even though he considered it a horrific crime. Ned Stark, being honor-bound himself understands this and doesn't hold it against Barristan at all.
* OldMaster
* OldSoldier: He's one of the oldest active soldiers, as he's a veteran of ''three'' previous wars.
* PraetorianGuard: Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, before he is coerced into "retiring."
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the books, his identity is hidden for a while after joining Daenerys, since she's never met him before and he uses the alias Arstan Whitebeard. In the show, people who hadn't read the books would still recognize the actor, or have forgotten the character entirely so that a later reveal would have no impact, so he reveals his true identity right away.
* PutOnABus: In Season 2. He's dismissed by Joffrey for the thinnest of reasons.
** TheBusCameBack: In Season 3.
* RedOniBlueOni: Becomes the Blue to Jorah's Red after joining Daenerys.
* RetiredBadass: After being removed from the Kingsguard by Joffrey to elevate Jaime and make room for the Hound. Until Season 3, that is.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Cersei tries to have him retire to a nice seaside castle. He tells her where she can shove it before storming out. And ''no-one'' tries to stop him either, they're clearly too afraid to try.
* SixthRanger: To Daenerys' team, and a supremely awesome one at that.
* TheSmartGuy: Of all Daenerys' loyalists, Ser Barristan has by far the closest ties to Westeros, making him extremely valuable for more than just his proficiency with violence.
* [[StabTheScorpion Stab The Manticore:]] His first appearance in Season 3.
* WorthyOpponent: When he served the Mad King, Ned Stark apparently considered him this, holding him no ill will now they are on the same side and openly confessing he is glad they never met in combat, as he didn't feel that "a widow's life would suit [Catelyn]." Ser Barristan reciprocates the feeling, telling him that he's too modest and that he thinks that he's also a great warrior. He also says that he's seen Ned cut down 'a dozen great knights', probably at the Trident.

[[caption-width-right:350:''"There are no masters in the grave, Your Grace."'']]
->'''Played By''': NathalieEmmanuel

Formerly a slave owned by Kraznys who he used as a translator, now with Daenerys as of ''Walk of Punishment''. Dany technically freed her after asking for and accepting her as a gift from Kraznys, but Missandei continues to serve her as a scribe, linguist and handmaiden.
* AgeLift: In the books, Missandei is around ten-years-old. Nathalie Emmanuel is in her early twenties.
* BeautifulSlaveGirl
* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: All that TactfulTranslation turns out to be unnecessary after all. It does however likely save Missandei's life since it shows Daenerys that the girl has brains and cunning.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Hardly bats an eye at Kraznys cutting off the nipple of an Unsullied in order to make a point.
* CunningLinguist: Speaks fluent CommonTongue as well as High Valyrian and Dothraki. In "Second Sons", it is revealed she speaks 19 languages.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After becoming Daenerys' handmaiden.
* GoGoEnslavement[=/=]MsFanservice: Not as obvious, but her slave outfit does show off her legs and cleavage. Given her job, it would make sense that she would be dressed as sexy as possible to cause DistractedByTheSexy in Kraznys' clients. Once she joins Daenerys this changes.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Seems to be a much more competent negotiator than her master, though she occasionally has trouble translating around her master's crudities.
* SlaveCollar: Part of her outfit, which she loses when she is given to Daenerys.
* {{Stripperific}}: Another thing that's changed since joining Daenerys; she now dresses much more modestly.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To the late Irri.[[note]]In the books, Irri is still alive, but Missandei continues to act as an adviser as well as a handmaiden.[[/note]]
* TactfulTranslation: Missandei supplies these for her master, Kraznys, in his dealings with Dany, wherein she translates around his constant crude insults of Dany.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Like all slaves, she refers to herself as "This one," at least until Daenerys frees her, and she rediscovers her first-person pronouns.
* TrueBlueFemininity[=/=]WomanInWhite: She picked it up from Daenerys. Indeed, in "The First of His Name", Missandei and Daenerys wear the exact same gowns, in blue and white, respectively.

! The Unsullied

->'''Missandei''': ''"They begin their training at five. Every day they drill from dawn to dusk until they have mastered the shortsword, the shield, and the three spears. Only one boy in four survives this rigorous training. Their discipline and loyalty are absolute. They fear nothing."''

Slave warrior-eunuchs trained from childhood in the city-state of Astapor.

[[folder:In General]]
* BadassArmy: Their intense training and fierce devotion to their master makes them one of the qualitatively strongest armies in the world. According to a History and Lore segment, the Free City of Qohor once bought an army of three thousand Unsullied to protect the city from a horde of ''fifty thousand'' Dothraki lead by one Khal Temmo. Only six hundred Unsullied were left alive after the battle, but Khal Temmo, all his sons and his bloodriders were dead, and the remaining Dothraki all cut their braids and retreated in shame.
* CurbStompBattle:[[spoiler: The Sack of Astapor is hands down one of the most one-sided battles in the entire series.]]
* FacelessMooks: Unlike their book counterparts, the faces of TV Unsullied are covered by a mask that leaves only their eyes exposed.
* FeelNoPain: Kraznys demonstrates by casually cutting off one Unsullied's nipple.
* NotAfraidToDie
* SlaveMooks
* TheSpartanWay: The Unsullied are trained in this manner, but the methods used are [[UpToEleven even]] [[TrainingFromHell worse]] than anything in real-life Sparta. Before becoming full-fledged Unsullied, each recruit must go to the slave market and murder a slave child in front of its mother, and then pay a silver coin... to the mother's owner. [[labelnote:From the books...]]The Good Masters also give each of the would-be Unsullied a puppy to take care of after they are castrated at the age of five. At the age of six, the would-be Unsullied must strangle their puppy to demonstrate their willingness to follow orders. Any trainee unable to do so is put to death. More of them fail that test than the later baby test.[[/labelnote]]
* SuperSoldier: Basically. Fearless, perfectly disciplined in martial arts and immune to pain.
* ThirdPersonPerson
* TrainingFromHell
* WeaponOfChoice: All of them carry spears and shields.
* UndyingLoyalty: To whoever owns them. They are now completely loyal to Daenerys, though she no longer ''owns'' them as she has declared them to be free, but the vast majority of them still follow her.

[[folder:Grey Worm]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Grey Worm is the name this one had on the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Jacob Anderson

->''"I promise you, a single day of freedom is worth more than a lifetime in chains."''

The officer the Unsullied have chosen to lead them.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books he's described as stocky and square; Jacob Anderson is neither of these.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Poor eunuch Grey Worm seems to have a mild crush on Missandei, which doesn't appear to be returned (or acknowledged), though she's sweet to him ([[NiceGuy just as she is to everyone]]).
* AmbiguouslyBrown: It turns out Grey Worm's from the Summer Isles, though he's substantially lighter than the only other character we've met from the Summer Isles: Xaro Xhoan Daxos.[[labelnote:From the books...]]His ancestry has yet to be revealed in the books; Martin has stated that he has no plans as of yet to go further into Grey Worm's race or personal history, but he might do so if the notion strikes him.[[/labelnote]]
* AppropriatedAppelation: His name was given to him by his masters as an insult. He chooses to keep his name even after Dany allows him to pick a new one. In his mind, Grey Worm is a sacred name since it belongs to a man who has been freed from slavery.[[labelnote:From the books...]]The Unsullied were given a new name each day, all insulting and vermin-themed, to reinforce the idea that they are not individuals. Grey Worm just happened to be the name was given when the army was sold to Dany.[[/labelnote]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Grey Worm was chosen by the Unsullied to lead them, and the Unsullied are notorious badasses.
* {{Badass}}: Being Unsullied means you're a badass by default, but he's the leader of the Unsullied. AuthorityEqualsAsskicking indeed.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormont.
* BladeOnAStick: And he kicks serious ass with it.
* ColonelBadass: Chosen by the Unsullied officers as their commander.
* DanceBattler: Grey Worm is muscled but not big, so he fights in a very light and graceful way...when not using a ShieldBash, that is.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Oathkeeper" is this for him, where he gets as much screentime as Tyrion Lannister, and reveals himself to be a GuileHero of the highest caliber. Indeed, it's he, not Daenerys, who's the true victor over Meereen.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: His subtitled dialogue shows a much better vocabulary than when he uses the Common Tongue of Westeros, as he has only recently begun to learn the latter from Missandei.
* GuileHero: Incites the slave revolt that topples Meereen from within.
* NiceGuy: A literal lifetime of slavery, senseless brutality, and combat training hasn't stopped him from being cuddly.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Even the stoic and no-nonsense Grey Worm can't help but be roped into silly little contests with Daario. On a more poignant level, despite being a eunuch he is implied in "Two Swords" to have a crush on Missandei, which Daario [[PokeThePoodle good-naturedly taunts him over.]]
* RousingSpeech: The normally taciturn and quiet Grey Worm gives a short, simple but powerful speech to a group of slaves debating whether or not to turn on their masters.
-->'''Grey Worm''': This one is called Grey Worm. I was taken as a baby by the Masters of Astapor, raised and trained as Unsullied. Now I fight for Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains....There are three slaves in this city for every Master. No one can give you your freedom, brothers. If you want it, you must take it.
* ShieldBash: One of his fighting techniques.
* TheStoic: It comes with being an Unsullied, trained from birth to feel no fear and remain utterly disciplined at all times.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Dany.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Missandei is teaching him the Common Tongue, though he has a ways to go.

! The Second Sons

A sellsword company formerly under contract to Yunkai. They have since changed their allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen. Under the leadership of Daario Naharis, their current commander, they form a vital part of her campaign in Slaver's Bay. They currently serve as the City Watch to Meereen.

[[folder:In General]]
* CompositeCharacter: With the Stormcrows.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: They're mercenaries who normally fight for gold.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors

[[folder:Daario Naharis]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I am Daario Naharis. I always have a choice."'']]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[labelnote:Click to see Daario as played by Ed Skrein.]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/naharis_daario_skrein_6815.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
->'''Played By:''' Ed Skrein (Season 3), Michiel Huisman (Season 4-)

->''"I was the last to join your army. I'm not your general or a member of your Queensguard or the commander of your Unsullied. My mother was a whore. I come from nothing. And before long, I will return to nothing. Let me kill this man for you."''

Once a lieutenant in the Second Sons mercenary company, Daario Naharis killed his captains when he refused to assassinate Daenerys. He then took command of the Second Sons, and defected to Daenerys. Now he serves as a commander in Daenerys' army and as an unofficial member of her Queensguard.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness[=/=]PragmaticAdaptation: Instead of the dyed blue hair and golden tooth, TV!Daario has more conventional good looks.
* AgentPeacock: In Season 3.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the show, Daario's garb and appearance is toned down from in the novels, where he favors fancy clothes with lace and dyes his beard a bright blue.[[/labelnote]]
* AllMenArePerverts: He makes no secret of his lust to Daenerys when they meet. And he kills his two fellow leaders and pledges his entire army to Daenerys because he wants her for himself.
* AnythingThatMoves: Implied, as long as the thing in question wants it.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The only way you rise to the top of the Second Sons.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Jorah Mormont and Grey Worm. It is '''''awesome'''''.
* {{Badass}}: Most definitely.
* BadassBoast: He gets asked if he wants to use a horse against Meereen's champion. He asks why on earth he would want or need one, and proves he can back his boast up.
* BloodKnight: He believes that the gods gave two sources of pleasure to man: fucking a woman who wants to fuck him and killing a man who wants to kill him.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: His moral compass points in one direction: what he wants to do. And nothing and nobody will make him do something he doesn't want to do. What he wants, however, is vastly different from what men like Gregor Clegane and Joffrey want, and that means that he often comes off more casually [[ChivalrousPervert chivalrous]] than monstrous.
* TheCasanova: Obviously.
* CatSmile: The shape of his lips turns a garden-variety [[SmugSmiler smug smile]] into this.
* TheChampion: During the Siege of Meereen
* ChivalrousPervert: He won't pay for sex or rape women, because he prefers making women want to fuck ''him'' instead.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ed Skrein's version was more than a little unhinged, complete with a truly bizarre but non-evil worldview. Michiel Huisman's portrayal is much more grounded, though still not completely rational (i.e. his [[ShipTease ridiculous-but-sweet little contest for Daenerys' favor]] with Grey Worm).
* ColonelBadass[=/=]CommandingCoolness: To both the Second Sons and Daenerys' army in general since his KlingonPromotion.
* CombatPragmatist: His solution to a champion on horseback charging at him? Throw his knife at the horse's head, killing it instantly and then killing the champion.
* CompositeCharacter: He takes the AdaptedOut Strong Belwas' role of fighting Meereen's champion Oznak zo Pahl.
* CoolSword: The hilts of his arakh and dagger are shaped like naked women.
* CurbStompBattle: At the end of "Breaker of Chains", he disposes of Meereen's champion quickly and with little effort.
* EthicalSlut: He's got more principles (that he actually sticks to) than most characters on the show, and is definitely a slut.
* TheHedonist: He loves sex and fighting.
* HeelFaceTurn: Formerly a mercenary and member of the Second Sons, he kills Mero and Prendahl and joins Dany.
* HiddenDepths: When delivering Daenerys the heads of her enemies and other shows of valor fail to impress his Queen, Daario decides to take her more seriously, making a surprisingly astute statesman for a wandering merc. He counsels Dany to adapt to the customs and society of the slaves she is freeing if she hopes to effectively lead them. By using the metaphor of three different flowering plants, he not only successfully continues his long game courtship but also imparts genuinely useful advice to Dany considering the social issues she will likely face in Season 4.
* HiredGuns: As a mercenary captain, along with the Second Sons as a whole, though it's implied he serves Daenerys for free (presumably he still pays his men, or else they wouldn't stick around).
* HonorBeforeReason: An odd example. He did not approve of Mero and Prendahl's plan to kill Daenerys, mainly on account of her beauty, and when they tried to kill him for refusing to carry out the assassination, he killed them. Still, Daario doesn't have what you'd typically call a sense of honor, it's more that he really doesn't like being told to do things he doesn't want to do.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In "Breaker of Chains", he throws a knife at a charging horse and hits it in the ''eye'' from about twenty feet, killing it instantly and tossing the rider into decapitation range.
* KlingonPromotion: By killing Mero and Prendahl, he takes over the Second Sons.
* KickTheDog: Despite his charm, wit, and seeming heroism, he has no problem in delivering some truly nasty taunts towards Grey Worm for being a eunuch (and thus unable to act on his crush on Missandei).
* LightningBruiser: In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, he kills both Mero and Prendahl, captains of one of the more dangerous and organized mercenary bands in Essos, even though they draw first. In "The Rains of Castamere" he seems to kill more Yunkish soldiers than Grey Worm and Jorah combined! And then, in "Breaker of Chains", he becomes Daenerys' champion against Meereen's champion (allegedly on the ground that, of all the volunteers, he's the most expendable, but it's clearly part of his and Daenerys' extended ShipTease). The Meereenese champion is mounted, and charges him with lance. Daario responds by throwing his knife into the horse's head, killing it instantly. Then he kills the dismounted rider with one stroke.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Currently played with.
* LoveableRogue: A mercenary with wit, charm and a very {{Badass}} demeanour.
* LoveableSexManiac: The reason he remains this way is because he's not a rapist and has some values.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: He's sent to fight Meereen's champion despite being the ''fourth'' to volunteer, after Dany declared Grey Worm, Barristan Selmy, and Jorah Mormont too important to risk.
* NonchalantDodge: He simply steps out of range of Meereen's archers.
* ThePornomancer: Implied. Proven absolutely when he becomes the first man to share Dany's bed after her departed husband.
* PrettyBoy: Only when played by Ed Skrein. Michael Huisman is a bit rougher around the edges and manly.
* PutOnABus: Dany sends him to recapture Yunkai, in a bit of RealLifeWritesThePlot thanks to Huisman's role on ''OrphanBlack''.
* [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Rape Is A Special Kind Of Pathetic]]: Daario has a hard time respecting people who rape or pay for sex; he thinks that sex is only meaningful and[=/=]or enjoyable when both parties want it, which might explain why it was so easy for him to kill Mero and Prendahl, neither of whom have any such compunctions.
* {{Retool}}: Due to TheOtherDarrin; Whereas Ed Skrein portrayed Daario as a swaggering and [[CloudCuckooLander entertainingly bonkers]] AgentPeacock meant to invoke AllGirlsWantBadBoys from Daenerys, Huisman's performance is much more subdued and relaxed, giving Daario a WarriorPoet[=/=]{{Ronin}} vibe.
* SelfMadeMan: For a literal SonOfAWhore, he's risen high, and he knows it. He also believes he'll return to nothing, and seems pretty okay with it.
* ShipTease: Since the end of Season 3 with Daenerys.
* SmugSmiler: Manages to be a CatSmile due to the shape of his lips. This is gone now that Michael Huisman plays him.
* SonOfAWhore: In "Breaker of Chains", he admits this about himself without shame.
* TheStarscream: To Mero and Prendahl. Though, as he points out, it's not betrayal if they tried to kill you ''first''.
* WarriorPoet: Some of the things he says give off this vibe, such as "I fight for beauty." and "The gods gave men two gifts to entertain ourselves before we die. The thrill of fucking a woman who wants to be fucked, and the thrill of killing a man who wants to kill you." Michael Huisman's performance gives off this vibe more than the swaggering bad boy interpretation of Ed Skrein.
* WildCard: Exemplified in this conversation:
-->'''Daenerys''': You're a strange man.
-->'''Daario''': I'm the simplest man you'll ever meet. I only do what I want to do.

! Daenerys' Khalasar
[[caption-width-right:350:''"She is not a princess! She is a khaleesi!"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Amrita Acharia

One of Daenerys' handmaidens. She is given to her to teach Daenerys the Dothraki tongue.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Rakharo. Turns into LoveHurts when he is killed in Season 2.
* CompositeCharacter: In the books, she is one half of a [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two]] [[DistaffCounterpart Gals]] combo with fellow handmaiden Jhiqui; on the show, Jhiqui seems largely an extra, while Irri has gained a lot more personality.
* DeadpanSnarker: In her interactions with Rakharo.
* DeathByAdaptation
* FishOutOfWater: At least in Qarth.
* HeroicBSOD: When Rakharo's horse returns, with his head stuffed inside a bag. She breaks down because, since his body hasn't been burned, he won't be able to cross over to the 'Night Lands', the afterlife in Dothraki belief.
* HyperAwareness: Realizes Daenerys is pregnant before she is showing.
* InsistentTerminology: When Doreah says that Daenerys will look like a Princess in the dress that Xaro Xhoan Daxos has given her, Irri corrects her. Daenerys is a ''Khaleesi'' (Queen), not a Princess.
* IronicEcho: In the deleted scene where she's murdered, Doreah taunts her with her own catchphrase as she crushes her windpipe, after casually commenting on the strange dichotomy of pain and pleasure that people experience whilst being strangled. "It is known!"
* PromotedToLoveInterest: After some heavy flirtation in the first season, Irri and Rakharo are confirmed to be lovers in Season 2. Not that we saw any interaction with them anymore. In the books, both Irri and Jhiqui are both attracted to Rakharo, but nothing else happens.
* [[MyMasterRightOrWrong My Khaleesi Right Or Wrong]]: Like Rakharo, she seems often less than thrilled with Daenerys' decisions, but still remains faithfully at her side.
* ServileSnarker
* StuffedIntoTheFridge

[[caption-width-right:350:''"I always wanted to see a dragon. There is nothing in the world I wish more."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Roxanne [=McKee=]

Another of Daenerys' handmaidens, a former SexSlave from Lys that teaches her the ways of love.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Described as blonde and blue-eyed in the books.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the books, she's loyal to Dany to the extent where Dany stops her Khalasar in the Red Wastes so she can die in peace. In the series, she willingly betrays Dany to Xaro and, in a deleted scene, even murders Irri.
** In her commentary on the Season 2 finale, Emilia Clarke states that there was another deleted scene where she explained her reasons for betraying Dany, clearly speaking directly to the people who were upset about this change, which appears to happen for little motivation in the final product. Unfortunately, she doesn't go into detail on what those reasons were.
* BareYourMidriff
* BiTheWay
* CompositeCharacter: In a way, with Shae from the books. While the Shae from the series is the book character in name only, Doreah plays the character's book role of a BitchInSheepsClothing playing the part of a HookerWithAHeartOfGold, who eventually betrays a POV character when a better opportunity comes along. She's also KilledOffForReal because of this betrayal.
* FaceHeelTurn: Pays dearly for it.
* HappinessInSlavery
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Ultimately subverted.
* KarmicDeath: Betrayed her people for Xaro. She's locked into a room with him for both of them to slowly starve to death.
* MadeASlave: Sold to a brothel at age ''nine''.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: Her final fate.
* SexSlave
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Subverted. In the books, she dies in the Red Waste, which doesn't happen to her in the show. However, Season 2 ends with her trapped in Xaro's vault with no prospect of escape.

[[caption-width-right:350:''"It is a house of ghosts, Khaleesi. It is known."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Steven Cole

Another of Daenerys' three bloodriders. He guides the ''khalasar'' to Qarth, and later accompanies Dany and Jorah to the House of the Undying.
* {{Badass}}: It comes with being a Dothraki.
* BadassBeard
* CanonForeigner[=/=]{{Expy}}: In place of Jhogo.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Kovarro has almost completely disappeared despite being one of Dany's closest protectors.
* CompositeCharacter: Might be a combination of the Jhogo and Rakharo traits that were not used in Rakharo.
* DemotedToExtra: To the point he hasn't been seen in Season 3 or 4.
* FamedInStory: [[InvokedTrope Invoked.]] He returns to Daenerys' ''khalasar'' saying that Qarth is ready to welcome "the Mother of Dragons," the first time that the title had been used in the show. When they get to the gates, the Thirteen show the greatest interest in Daenerys because of her dragons, not because of her bloodline. Kovarro is, in effect, a very skilled PR agent.
* FishOutOfWater: In Qarth, much like the other Dothraki.
* PraetorianGuard: As bloodrider.
* RememberTheNewGuy
* StickyFingers: Even after Daenerys commands him not to steal anything from their host, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, he takes a golden wine chalice, dumps the wine and takes the chalice.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Rakharo. Kovarro only really steps up after Rakharo's death.

[[caption-width-right:350:''"My father taught me how to fight. He taught me that speed defeats size."'']]
->'''Played By''': Elyes Gabel

->''"I will not fail you, blood of my blood."''

A member of Dany's personal guard (''kas'').
* ArmorIsUseless: He believes a Dothraki would defeat an armored knight in a duel because of speed and freedom of movement. Ser Jorah's duel with Qotho convinces him otherwise.
* CompositeCharacter: He seems to be two of Dany's Dothraki bodyguards (Jhogo, the whip, and Rakharo, the arek) combined into one man. The character was originally going to be called Jhogo, but [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] thought it sounded too similar to Drogo and changed it to Rakharo to avoid confusion.
* DeathByAdaptation: Possibly [[RealLifeWritesThePlot forced by the actor]], as he was scheduled to play a role in the film version of ''WorldWarZ'.
* DecapitationPresentation: Barely avoided in "The Night Lands" -- he is decapitated, but his head is left covered by those who find it.
* [[MyMasterRightOrWrong My Khaleesi Right Or Wrong]]: Is visibly hesitant about the decisions Dany makes, especially when she goes against Dothraki culture, but remains loyal nonetheless.
* PraetorianGuard: As bloodrider.
* ProperlyParanoid: Of the blood magic that was used on Khal Drago.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge
* TemptingFate: Before he leaves looking for cities beyond the Red Waste.
* WhipItGood: In addition to the arakh, he's also good with a whip.

->'''Played By''': N/A

The third of Daenerys' bloodriders.
* DemotedToExtra: Dropped from Season 1, appears in one single scene in Season 2.
* PraetorianGuard
* [[PutOnABus Put On A Horse]]
* RememberTheNewGuy

->'''Played By:''' Robert "Bebe" Boroje
* BeardOfBarbarism
* CanonForeigner[=/=]{{Expy}}: His name is never mentioned in the books. He may be an expy of Rommo, an aged Dothraki warrior of Dany's khalasar.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In Season 3, seemingly.
* [[OldSoldier Old Warrior]]
* TheQuietOne

->'''Played By:''' Sarita Piotrowski

The third of Daenerys' handmaidens.
* AdaptedOut[=/=]ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Completely disappears after her single scene.
* CatchPhrase: "It is known."
* DemotedToExtra: She only appeared one episode in a single scene.

! The Dragons

[[folder:The Dragons]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion]]

->'''Jorah Mormont:''' ''"Dragons, Khaleesi. They will never be tamed, not even by their mother."''

Three dragons, perhaps the only ones currently alive, hatched by Daenerys. See each of their specific entries for the particular dragons, and the below for the whole bunch.


* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Averted. See Ser Jorah's quote above. They generally obey Daenerys and are less threatening to those she's close to, but they are very fierce and aren't truly under her control.
* [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Books]]: Their names: Drogon (black and red), Rhaegal (green) and Viserion (bronze).
* BadassAdorable: Cute when little, and graduating to {{Badass}} by the end of Season 2. Less adorable now that they're big and becoming unruly.
** [[spoiler:Much less so now that Drogon has killed a 3-year old girl.]]
* BreathWeapon: Fiery breath.
* CoolPet: To Dany, although even she is struggling to control them now.
* DeadGuyJunior: All of them are named after people that Dany loved and knew.
* MamaBear: While Daenerys is this for them, they also invert it. They will snap at anyone who so much as insults their "mother".
* TheMagicComesBack: As Pyat Pree puts it, there's a correlation. The moment the dragons were born, his magic was born again.
* {{Non Human Sidekick}}s: To Daenerys.
* NotSoExtinct: Played with. Initially, they were extinct; then, they were revived by BloodMagic.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They don't have six limbs, only four (wings and hind legs), they don't talk, and they only eat cooked meat.
* ParrotPetPosition: In Season 2, though they've grown substantially between seasons (though its has been only some weeks between Season 2 and 3) and now they are too big to do that.
* PetMonstrosity: To some. Daenerys and her khalasar seem to love them, though.
* ShoulderSizedDragon: At first. As of Season 3, Drogon is closer to the size of a medium-to-large dog. By Season 4, he's big enough that it seems possible he could be [[DragonRider ridden]].
* ThemeNaming: Each of the dragons are named after a deceased relative of Daenarys -- Drogon is her dead husband Drogo; Rhaegal is her brother, "The Last Dragon" Rhaegar; and Viserion is her other brother Viserys.
* TragicKeepsake: Sort of. The fact that Daenerys named one of her dragons after Viserys shows that, despite his cruelty, she still loved him (even after he threatened her unborn son), and probably even sympathized with him.


The largest of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late husband Khal Drogo.
* DarkIsEvil: He's the dragon with a [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver black and red]] skin, and is also the most aggressive of the three.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Drogon '''loves''' his Mommy. Getting between him and Daenarys, or threatening her, is ''not'' a good idea.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Kills a 3-year old girl. This is what ultimately leads Dany to lock up her own dragons.]]

One of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late brother Viserys.
* DemotedToExtra: Viserion and Rhaegal when compared with Drogon... leads to ThoseTwoGuys.
* LightIsGood: Is the dragon with a [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine white and gold]] skin. Is the dragon most tolerant to people aside from Daenerys.
* RedeemingReplacement: Played with. He's the most tolerant of people of the dragons, but his namesake... [[BlondeGuysAreEvil wasn't]].

One of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late brother Rhaegar.
* DemotedToExtra: Viserion and Rhaegal when compared with Drogon... leads to ThoseTwoGuys.