Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire Court Of Daenerys I
aka: A Song Of Ice And Fire Daenerys Targaryen And Her Court
This is a listing of members of Daenerys Targaryen's Court that appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Visit here for the main character index.
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Queen Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name; r. 298
Dany, Stormborn, The Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, The Breaker of Chains, The Dragon Queen, The Silver Queen, Silver Lady, Dragonmother, Mhysa, Aegon The Conqueror with Teats
- "I want to make my kingdom beautiful, to fill it with fat men and pretty maids and laughing children. I want my people to smile when they see me ride by, the way Viserys said they smiled for my father."
- The Ace: She's a fluent or semi-fluent polyglot and a very quick study of things political, martial and magical (although not without some mishaps). Sees for herself she needs more than the theory when it comes to ruling, and takes steps to try her hand at the practical as a practice run. It... throws up a few weaknesses she needs to work on. Points for noticing, though.
- A Child Shall Lead Them
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her relationships with Drogo and Daario definitely fit this trope. Barristan laments that while Dany is clever and wise beyond her years, she still has a young woman's taste in men. He notes that if Quentyn Martell had been Archibald Yronwood or Gerris Drinkwater instead of shy, timid, Quentyn, than Daenerys might have been more willing to spurn Hizdahr.
- Anti-Heroine: She started the series as a Classical Anti-Heroine but slowly worked her way down to being a Pragmatic Anti-Heroine.
- Arc Number / Rule of Three
- Arranged Marriage: to Khal Drogo. It works out.
- Again in A Dance With Dragons, to Hizdhar zo Loraq as part of her plan to bring stability to Meereen. It didn't work out so well
- Because Destiny Says So: Daenerys is believed to be the prophesied Prince Who Was Promised.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Is gentle and kind-hearted (some might argue too kind-hearted for a ruler) but you do not want to arouse her anger.
- Bi the Way: Dany sleeps with her handmaidens, though there's a degree of Situational Sexuality involved.
- Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: At the end of her final chapter in ADWD, and the final one before the epilogue. Dany, lost on the Dothraki Sea, calls out for Drogon, and he comes. She rides him, and he attacks a herd of horses and riders. The riders flee but Drogon kills a horse and settles down to eat it (desperately hungry, Dany shares his kill). Then Khal Jhaqo and fifty of his outriders appear out of the grass. End chapter.
- Blue Blood
- Broken Pedestal: When Barristan Selmy tells her of her father's madness.
- Catch Phrase: She has three:
- When playing innocent or being mocking:
Dany: I am the blood of the dragon.
- When asserting her rights:
Dany: If I look back I am lost.
- When worrying about the decisions she has made:
- Chekhov's Gift: In the Targaryen tradition, either Viserys or Willem Darry made sure that Daenerys learned how to speak Valyrian. This comes as a plot point when she confronts Krasnyz Mo Nakloz's trash-talking to her face.
- The Chessmaster: She tries, bless her heart.
- Child by Rape: Very likely, given the nature of her parent's relationship as Jaime Lannister remembers it. This is, assuming that she is indeed King Aerys's daughter, as there is also a possibility that she is Rhaeghar's; if that were the case, it also counts as "rape"
- The Chosen One: See above.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: To the frustration of her advisors, many of the locals, Dany cannot be persuaded to leave Essos to its own problems and move on to her goals in Westeros. Lampshaded by Tyrion, who's never even met her but correctly assesses her actions in Slaver's Bay as being that of a rescuer who simply will not let others suffer while she selfishly gathers power.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: As dark as a sun-tanned Dothrak.
- Dead Gal Junior: She is the second Daenerys Targaryen. The first one was Aegon V's younger sister, married to the Martells a century before to finally broker peace between Dorne and the Targaryens. This comes into collation when Quentyn Martell tries to rationalize that he can be a dragonrider, given that he is descended from the first Daenerys; this doesn't go well for him.
- Much like her ancestor Rhaenyra I, who was nicknamed "Maegor's Teats", Daenerys is likewise, disparagingly nicknamed "Aegon The Conqueror with Teats".
- Death by Irony: Invoked by her on the Great Masters of Meereen, who left 163 slave children nailed to posts by the road, each with an arm pointing towards the city. When she takes control of the city, she nails 163 of the Great Masters to posts in the central square, with their arms pointed at one another. It turns out that doing this and then leaving the rest of their families in positions of power and wealth was a really bad idea.
- Deuteragonist: In a series of novels with more than a thousand named characters and more than thirty POV characters, Daenerys, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister are the closest thing to main protagonists available in the books.
- The Drag-Along: Her Khalassar. She pulls them across the Red Waste and later, she is about the first Khal (or Khaleesi for that matter) to put her Khalassar on a boat in the sea; they're queasy, they're scared to death, but she's proud of them nevertheless for taking the ordeal with some dignity and thus demonstrating their commitment and loyalty to her.
- Dragon Rider: she's been looking forward to it ever since she had dragons. Finally happens in the fifth book.
- Egg McGuffin: The dragon eggs she receives from Illyrio are more than just a wedding gift.
- Fatal Flaw: This become much more obvious once she stays at Meereen to learn how to rule. She's very idealistic and feels a personal debt to all the people she rules, thinking of them as "her children". In any other series this would make her a great ruler, but in the Crapsack World of Westeros and Essos it makes her awfully unpragmatic and easy to manipulate. According to her prophetic dream at the end of ADWD, she is told that her experiment at Mereen is definitely not what she's supposed to be doing.
- Fish out of Water: At first she's very unfamiliar with the cultures of Essos, beginning with the Dothraki. She learns quickly however.
- Foil: Like Robert Baratheon, she is great at leading people, galvanizing them to fight for her and acquiring power, but an awful ruler.
- A Dance with Dragons sets Jon Snow as one for her. Both are experimenting The Chains of Commanding and start to the queeny/kingly mask and never do the quite right thing. They also are heavily implied by Epileptic Trees to be related and most of all the major candidates for the role of The Chosen One. Much like Jon, there are many doubts regarding her own past as Viserys told it to her.
- Her journey also reflects that of Sansa and Arya Stark, as they each start off as fairly naive young girls with rosy/idealistic views on life and each quickly learn of the hard truths their environments have to offer, forcing them to survive the dangerous world they live in with whatever means at their disposal. The difference is Daenerys grew up impoverished and is just now gaining power, while Sansa and Arya grew up peacefully as nobles but have now fallen on extremely hard times. They are also all, technically, Badass Princesses.
- She also has a great deal in common with her great-grandfather King Aegon V, or "Egg" who likewise tried to be an Internal Reformist but faced opposition from the nobility and was eventually made to compromise on his reforms. Like Egg, Dany realizes that trying to be a good person and being a good ruler are two different things. Also where Egg wanted to bring back the dragons to force people to change, Dany has brought back her dragons but is afraid of the power they possess and the innocent lives they will take if she were to unleash it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She starts the series as a scared and meek little girl whose only role is to serve as a pawn in other people's schemes. Then she gets a much-needed confidence boost, and three dragons. Things sort of snowball from there.
- Going Native: Quickly adapts to Dothraki culture unlike her brother.
- Guile Hero: Is rapidly becoming one, though not without growing pains.
- Hello, Nurse!: Several men have offered to marry her, and not just for her dragons.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to the many tales told about her, and then by the envoy of the Wise Masters to Volantis. She's believed to be as crazy as her father, to have made Drogo kill Viserys, to have killed Drogo himself to take his khalasar. She's also believed to feed her Dragons on the flesh of newborn babies, to impales anyone who defies her on spikes to die, takes a different lover every night - and geld them is they don't please her - and to bathe in blood of maidens to retain her youth.
- However this reputation is only that of the slaver and merchant class. The slaves across Essos are rooting for her and fully waiting for her to come and liberate them.
- The High Queen: She's trying to be this. As of recent events, it's clear that she must claw her way up to this status.
- How Do I Shot Web?: How do I teach my dragons not to eat children?
- Also, how do I be a queen? She knows how to lead her khalasar, but she specifically decides to stay in Meereen at the end of A Storm of Swords in order to learn how to rule. Turns out it's damn hard, especially when most of the populace hates you, and numerous people are plotting your overthrow. Then again that's what happens when you're conquering city-states that were once part of an empire that was destroyed by the Valyrian Freehold, which the Targaryens were a part of.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's described as small even for her age (14), whereas her husband Khal Drogo is a giant of a man.
- Hypocrite: She condemns Robert as The Usurper for taking the Iron Throne by force, conveniently forgetting that Aegon the Conqueror made the Iron Throne via force and her claim is no less rooted in violence than Joffery's.
- She also has no problem with overthrowing long-established dynasties left and right while gaining power in Essos, largely because she doesn't agree with the intolerable way they run things... Basically what Robert's Rebellion did to her family, which is unforgivable and totally different to her. It's implied that even she's beginning to realize this.
- When Brown Ben Plumm and the Second Sons swap sides and begin working against Dany, the general reaction is of outrage and contempt. Neither Dany nor her advisors seem to recall that was exactly how they gained their service to begin with.
- I Have Many Names: Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, The Last Targaryen, Mother, the Queen Across the Water, and her titles are: Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Shackles/Chains.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: "I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo's riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros."
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She just wants to go back to that house with the red door and the lemon tree outside... According to her prophetic dream at the end of ADWD, she's doing the exact opposite of that end.
- I Knew There Was Something About You: Inverted. She had no suspicion at all that Jorah Mormont was spying on her, but in hindsight she knew it to be true. What's even worse is that he pretty much showed her how little "oaths" meant to him from the beginning when he badmouthed and eventually turned cloak against Viserys after swearing his sword to him.
- Ideal Hero
- Important Haircut: Not necessarily cut but her hair has now twice burned off. The first time symbolizing that she Took a Level in Badass, the second as a sign of Break the Haughty.
- Impoverished Patrician: She and Viserys.
- In the Blood: Daenerys has the Targaryen greatness in full measure, though it takes a bit of adversity to bring it out. "I am the blood of the dragon" indeed.
- She's also proved that she's got the Royalty Superpower in buckets more than even some of the early Targaryens probably did. "Mother of Dragons".
- Kill It with Fire: "Dracarys."
- Also Mirri Maz Duur barbeque.
- Lady of War: Not initially, but she grows into one.
- Last Of Her Kind: She and Viserys were believed to be the last surviving members of House Targaryen. (Keep reading to find out if it was true.)
- Living Legend: The Mother of Dragons, the Conqueror of Slaver's Bay and the Breaker of Chains is already one by the time she rules over Meereen, with her legend spreading across Essos all the way to Volantis and beyond, and several people coveting her favour, love or dragons. Tyrion is rather impressed at narrating her reputation:"She has crossed the grasslands and the red waste, survived assassins and conspiracies and fell sorceries, grieved for a brother and a husband a son, trod the cities of the slavers to dust beneath her dainty sandaled feet."
- Lonely at the Top: Dany becomes more paranoid, afraid that she will be betrayed by someone she is close to.
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It's not entirely clear whether or not Daenerys is King Aerys' daughter. Since Viserys lied about a bunch of stuff regarding her past, there is also the possibility that she is Rhaegar's kid as well.
- Lust Object: Jorah Mormont, Illyrio Mopatis, Viserys Targaryen, Mero the Titan's Bastard and Daario Naharis are specifically mentioned as lusting after Daenerys. Daario appears to have gone over to her side mostly out of a desire to bed her. Euron and Victarion Greyjoy are also after her, even when they haven laid eyes on her. Hizdhar mostly married her as a political move and to make money off the fighting pits.
- The Madness Place: Some of the greatest leaps of brilliance and insight (be they magical, mundane or just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others) she makes are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and the accompanying dream-logic: the thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not — particularly in the short-term. (Longer-term... there can be a few issues.) She often displays states close to tracing, lucid dreaming or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras and sayings, as well, to spur herself along.
- Malicious Slander: She's the subject of this outside of Meereen.
- The Man Behind The Queen: Due to Viserys' influence, Daenerys is still unwittingly doing his bidding and fulfilling his wishes even when he has been dead for some time and is still trying to operate based on the opposite of what he would or wouldn't do.
- The Woman Behind the Queen in the case of Quaithe. Daenerys heeds to her counsel even in her dreams with no reason to trust her whatsoever. It's unclear when Quaithe began messing with Dany's head or whether she's the one actually doing it. As of ADWD she straightforward tells Dany that she's got to stop doing Viserys' bidding and get on with her destiny.
- Mama Bear: She put up with Viserys' crap for pretty much all of her life, until he threatened to cut her unborn child from her womb. And when Drogo was preparing to kill Viserys, she let him see her standing there and watching, so he would know that even if she could have prevented his death, she was choosing not to. Then, the woman who caused her to lose her husband and unborn child ended up burned alive for her trouble. She is also very protective of her dragons, which are (to anyone's knowledge) the only three living ones in the world.
- Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Viserys never quite forgives Dany for their mother Rhaella dying giving birth to her.
- The McCoy: When she sees someone in pain, she feels compelled to alleviate it, with little regard for practicality or long-term ramifications. Barristan tries to play the role of The Spock to balance her out, but he's too fettered by his oaths of obedience and his distaste for politics. Luckily, Tyrion, who cares about the greater good but is also calculating and pragmatic, seems poised to join them.
- Mercy Kill: She does this to Drogo when it becomes apparent he can't be healed.
- Messianic Archetype: For the liberated slaves of Slaver's Bay and the still enslaved of Volantis and other Free Cities and especially the Red Priests Moqorro and Benerro, Daenerys is their savior, Azor Ahai and Maester Aemon believes, courtesy of an error in translation that Daenerys is "The Prince Who Was Promised". She is at the least one of many contenders.
- Mighty Whitey / White Man's Burden: Played with her slight savior complex. Her intentions are definitely good and it's not like the conditions in the slaver cities were squeaky-clean, but she doesn't know the best way to go around handling them, which earns her more than a few enemies. The locals also don't want her there, except she can't leave Essos alone and move on to Westeros because of these tropes.
- She also never quite gets the grasp on Ghiscari culture and cant stop from being either disgusted or appalled by it, which only alienates her more from the people she's trying to rule.
- Moral Myopia: An understandable case, but she never really considers the possibility of her relatives having made grievous errors. She tries to shift the blame for the whole "Lyanna" fiasco to Elia being a bad wife instead of Rhaegar being in the wrong, and condemns everyone who took part in Robert's Rebellion, ignoring the very good reasons some of them had for fighting the Mad King. The one time Ser Barristan starts to bring up some of Aerys' flaws she tells him to wait until she's in a better mood.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Mirri Maz Dur complicates her pregnancy with Blood Magic and leads her to birth a horrific reptilian baby that may have damaged her womb and rendered her incapable of bearing children forever. Maybe.
- Mystical White Hair: Like her entire family. Still, nothing says mystical like being able to hatch dragons!
- Not Quite the Right Thing: She makes many of these types of decisions.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Word of God is that people should be allowed to interpret names however they want. Having said that, here is an interview with GRRM calling her "den-air-iss tar-gair-ee-yen". (Curiously, the one time we hear her nickname, it's pronounced "Danny".) Drogo, when learning the Common Tongue of Westeros, calls her "Dan Ares".
- Out of the Inferno: When Dany "gives birth" to her dragons on the funeral pyre, in the end of A Game of Thrones.
- Parental Substitute: Dany's father died before she was born, so his faithful retainer Ser Willem Darry took on this role for her, and she now seems to regard Ser Barristan the same way. Dany describes Jorah Mormont as the kind and protective big brother she never had in Viserys. Unfortunately for Jorah, not in the usual Targaryen way.
- Viserys basically raised her from then and most of the stuff she knows about herself and she feels entitled to is due to his influence. Up until his "coronation", Daenerys wanted him to be OK as much as their familial bond would warrant; he was not very receptive to this, as it turned out that he was neither loving nor entirely truthful to her.
- Passed-Over Inheritance: She came behind Viserys in the Royal succession; if she were Rhaegar's child (as it is within the realm of possibility), she would have been ahead of Viserys.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: She's fond of this approach, as the slavemasters of Astapor and Meereen learn.
- Pride: As Tyrion points out, it's all she's got to hold on to.
- Princess Classic: Subverted almost point-for-point; the sole exception is her unusual beauty.
- The Prophecy: More like prophecies. She is surrounded by destinies and pulled in multiple directions at the same time. Regardless of whether or not she is The Chosen One, she still put herself in a position to be one of the most important people ever in Planetos... and she's young, inexperienced, powerful and armed to the teeth. Small wonder everyone wants her to do their bidding.
- Turns out, Daenerys has been pussyfooting the whole time by trying to play "nice"; it's implied at the end of ADWD that she might try the violent way just because she disliked the so-called "peace" she tried on Meereen.
- Purple Eyes: An indicator of Valyrian ancestry in the Song of Ice and Fire universe.
- Put on a Bus: She's one of the characters who disappears during A Feast For Crows.
- Happens again after she flies off on Drogon after he attacks Daznak's Pit, but she gets one final chapter before the epilogue.
- Rightful Queen Returns: Working on it. It's played with, though, as even if the Targaryens believe their rule will unite the people and bring peace to Westeros, there's really no correlation between bloodline and capability to rule. note
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Invoked. She doesn't do much fighting herself, though she is trying to be a better ruler.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: By the end of ADWD, when she's having her (runny, dehydrated) hallucinations, it's implied that Dany might give in to the violent Targaryen legacy that she'd been trying to suppress in Meereen; it's known that Dany was extremely dissatisfied with the "peace" she tried in Meereen, where she had to concede so much, realizing that she could have enforced anything by using her dragons.
- Selective Obliviousness: A minor case, but still somewhat confusing. Dany makes much and more of the Usurper, Robert Baratheon, and his dogs, cold Eddard Stark and the golden Lannister father and son. Not once does she ever seem aware of the existence of Jon Arryn, Lord of the Vale, Robert's Hand as king, and the very man who refused to turn Robert and Ned over to King Aerys, and just as important in the war that deposed the Targaryens.
- Then again, this might be the picture Viserys drew for her regarding the rebellion. It's not exactly clear how well informed was Viserys regarding the whole war, considering he was just a runt throughout the duration. Also, Willem Darry, as a Targaryen loyalist, might have found wise not to be very detailed regarding the whole affair (in a sycophantic sort of way, that is).
- Side Quest: Invoked. Apart from her main goal to retake the Seven kingdoms and her governmental experiment nightmare at Meereen, for some reason a bunch of people are in the interest of taking her to Asshai. This has been repeated a number of times and it's never been clear what she might find there or what they want with her.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A beautiful, demure 15-year-old girl, who has so far sacked three cities and is bent on reclaiming the Iron Throne.
- Spanner in the Works:
- To the long-term plans of Illyrio Mopatis and Varys, masterminds for a Targaryen restoration. Illyrio stated that when he brokered the marriage between Daenerys and Khal Drogo, he did not expect her to survive, much less hatch three dragon eggs for the first time in more than a hundred years, later she conquers Slaver's Bay rather than return to Pentos by boat, upsetting the plans of the Golden Company who expected her and her dragons to submit to their long-term plans of restoring Aegon VI on the Iron Throne, with Tristan Rivers expecting her to be a "pliable child".
- Also Doran Martell, who sent his son Quentyn Martell to bring Daenerys and her dragons home, offering support, army and a marital alliance. Daenerys is regretful of the poor timing, at the time she is engaged in a diplomatic marital alliance to Hizdahr so as to protect and preserve Meereen's peace.
- Survival Mantra: "If I look back I am lost." Used at two points in the story, when she starts to feel hopelessness creep up on her: after learning that her son was a stillborn monster and Drogo is a Soulless Shell in A Game Of Thrones, and when she's lost on the Dothraki Sea in A Dance With Dragons.
- Take a Third Option: A specialty of hers, best demonstrated by how she dealt with the Astapori slavers.
- Tell Me About My Father: When she asks if the rumors about her father being batshit insane are true, she changes her mind upon seeing the uneasy reaction to her question and decides that she doesn't want to hear of it at that time.
- Took a Level in Badass: She's taken several of these as well over the course of her adventures.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: In addition to the titles above, there is also "Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of Great Grass Sea"
- Villain Protagonist: At first, when her plan for retaking Westeros involved unleashing a barbarian horde that would rape and enslave its way across the continent.
- Vorpal Pillow: How she puts Drogo out of his misery.
- Was It All a Lie?: There is a great possibility that Viserys lied to her regarding her origins. According to her prophetic dream in ADWD, she might have been doing the wrong thing entirely so far. Considering that there is certainly someone messing with her head, the whole thing is tremendously ambiguous.
- White Stallion: Receives a silver mare as a wedding gift from Drogo.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She grows into this. Exemplified by her attraction to Daario Naharis; she's keenly aware of the girl's wants versus the queen's needs.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She's barely a tween when the series starts, having been on the run since she was born, she's barely a pretty curiosity for the Essos high-honchos and she's being sold to a tribe of barbarians; some time later she brought a whole continent to its knees by abolishing slavery. By the end of ADWD, she might have given up on "peace" entirely.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: The final chapter of A Dance with Dragons is a long internal vision quest where Daenerys imagines several people she knew in her life urging her to a realization:"You are the blood of the dragon ... Dragons plant no trees. Remember that. Remember who you are, what you were made to be. Remember your words...Fire and Blood."
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: According to several of her followers and the rumors traveling about her from Essos to Westeros; remarkable, considering she isn't past her teens.
- See the The Dothraki character page.
RhaegoDaenerys's unborn son with Drogo.
- Barbarian Hero: Or would have been had he lived.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Dany has a vision of what he would've looked like. He was described as copper-skinned like Drogo and white-haired like Dany.
- Dead Guy Junior: The "Rhae" prefix, while common in Targaryens, specifically comes from his uncle Rhaegar.
- The Chosen One: Supposedly, he would have grown up to be the Stallion That Mounts The World. Prophecies in this series being what they are, however, we don't know for sure.
- Large and In Charge: He was described as tall in Danny's vision at the house of the Undying.
Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
- "...and for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons."
- All Animals Are Dogs: Averted. 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.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: After Quentyn releases the dragons into Meereen, Viserion makes his lair in the Pyramid of Uhlez while Rhaegal does the same with the Pyramid of Yherizan. Some of the former inhabitants take exception to this and try to take them back. Not-a-spoiler: nope.
- Animalistic Abomination: They need fire and Blood Magic (or some other form of sacrifice) to hatch from eggs which can still be viable after looking fossilized for hundreds of years. They are described as "fire made flesh", and, given their rather magical incubation and hatching methods, this could be rather more than just hyperbole. They are strongly linked to Valyrian genealogies for some reason and can form strong bonds with preferred individuals from them. And, they think, learn and puzzle-solve rather less like lizards and more like social apes: heaven help the poor idiot who underestimates their intelligence or ferocity.
- Bratty Half-Pint: At the moment, they're the draconic version of this. Although they're no longer tiny, they're also far from as large as they'll likely get. Or, you know, they're just being rather literal examples of Teens Are Monsters. It's a bit hard to say which. What is easy to say is... they're acting up. Big time.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after Drogo, Rhaegar and Viserys respectively.
- The Dreaded: Drogon becomes this for the people of Meereen and the surrounding regions.
- Glory Days: Daenerys' dragons are not completely bound to her; ever since the Dance Of Dragons and the death of the last dragon during Aegon III's reignnote , the methods for binding dragons are effectively lost in time, or are simply unavailable to Daenerys at the moment. At that past time, even the knowledge to bind them was just a given or was done by trial-and-error, since various Dragonseeds (base-born Targaryen bastards) were able to ride dragons after dozens of other candidates were either barbecued or eaten by the beasts. So far, other than Daenerys herself, only Quentyn Martell has tried to get near the beasts and that got him charred to death.
- Here There Were Dragons/The Dragons Come Back: They are the first dragons born in over a century. As a result, magic is coming back into the world.
- Kill It with Fire: Their go-to solution to annoying, meaty problems. Or "lunch". Whichever.
- Knight, Knave and Squire: Funnily enough, these three have a bit of this going on. Drogon is the up-for-a-fight Knight who seems to meet most challenges head-on (unless actually hunting — prey is food, not a fun fight). Rhaegal is the sneak-attack Knave who hasn't met a challenge without trying to hamstring it as a first-choice: except for the too-strong Drogon. And, Viserion, as the somewhat bullied Squire, really does need to put some work in deciding which to be, when.
- Licked by the Dog: One of the few people they display affection for is Brown Ben Plumm.
- Living Weapon and Attack Animal: The whole problem with Daenerys' dragons is the fact that she cannot control them even when she was able to ride one. Historically, the Targaryen dragons were bound to their riders from birth or by trial-and-error; as it's documented, dragons have very little qualms about even attacking each other (like when Aemond Targaryen rode Vaghar to kill Lucerys Velaryon and Arrax) and their level of control is a subject of speculation especially considering Dany's dragons and what they will or will not do. As such, there seems to be a degree of taming regarding the dragonrider, but a dragon is not a pet.
- A Lizard Named Liz: Drogon the dragon; worth noting though that he was named for Daenerys's husband Drogo.
- Meaningful Name: Drogon is the biggest and strongest, a very assertive leader, quick to action and has arguably the closest bond with Dany, as befits who it was named after. Rhaegal is lithe, usually vocal (you need to be careful when it goes quiet, though) and a cunning strategist who is more deadly than you'd expect. And, looks very like the epitome of a classic Medieval dragon to match the classic knight who is its namesake, too. And, Viserion... well... is useful if you want a distraction: not the brightest of the bunch and with no outstanding qualities beyond being gold-speckled, let's put it that way. Remind you of anybody?
- Mighty Roar: Rhaegal in particular is said to have a roar that would send lions running.
- Mundane Utility: Their fearsome Breath Weapon is initially used to barbecue their lunch. There's a saying in-universe that only men and dragons prefer cooked meat.
- My Blood Runs Hot: Drogon demonstrates this well-known trait of dragons when he does get injured: the blood he bleeds smokes and his wounds start heating any metal left in them to a rosy glow before dropping out, getting shaken out or otherwise getting removed. All dragons seem to have internal thermostats set to "melt copper".
- Our Dragons Are Different: They need to eat seared or cooked food and won't accept outright raw. They can survive on human breast milk upon hatching (although, those teeth probably mean there's a very limited shelf-life on that). They only have four limbs including the wings. And, they actually like the people they form emotional bonds with as something closer to family rather than snacks... but, you'd never call them "pets", as they're more independent than even cats, for all they can be trained to, probably, a much greater degree than people usually realise. Nettles showed that when she snagged her Sheepstealer using positive reinforcement, patience and common sense, as it's not clear if she even had Targaryen blood to win that one over with. It's just a pity Daenerys hasn't had any decent grounding in developmental psychology, thanks to her screwed-up childhood.
- Predators Are Mean: Invoked in-universe, once the dragons begin to steal sheep and... other things.
- Roar Before Beating: Subverted, as they take after Real Life animals and not fictional ones who've overdosed on courtly songs. All three certainly can make a lot of noise when calling challenges and showing defiance when rough-housing or staking claims to territory, especially Rhaegal and Drogon. But, when they actually mean business and/or work out that there are stakes involved in an upcoming fight (Viserion is not particularly good at this bit), they go quiet. Nothing Is Scarier... *surprise flame attack, probably from above*. Ser Barristen is one of the few people who has actually noticed this and realises what it means.
- Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Initially. They've started to grow quite beyond this, however.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Rhaegal's deadly speciality is popping up from (or down from or from behind) unlikely places even after having grown to a size you'd think impossible to hide. Isn't that right, Quentyn?
- Stronger with Age: The older they get, the bigger they get, and as long as they are not caged up, they don't stop growing. Well, according to what is known of old knowledge.
- Even that is questionable. In A Dance with Dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion continue to grow despite being chained. Maybe the type, timing and degree of restraint is important and we've just not seen the correct combination.
- Trigger Phrase: When they hear the word 'Dracarys', it's feeding time.
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction: When they're a bit bigger, they will be this. Not that they're all that bad at being very destructive right now. The whole city of Meereen would probably back that statement up.
- We Named the Monkey Jack: Dany names her three 'children' after her dead husband Drogo and her dead brothers Rhaegar and Viserys.
Ser Jorah Mormont
Ser Jorah Mormont
- "In the world as I have seen it, no man grows rich by kindness."
- Analogy Backfire: When Tyrion is caught by Jorah, he promises to drown him in gold if he lets him loose. Jorah is not impressed.Jorah: I saw a man drowned in gold once. It was not a pretty sight.
- Animal Motif: Mormont, just like the rest of his family, is constantly associated with the bear.
- Bald of Awesome: See Badass.
- Badass: He won his knighthood by being the second man through the breach at Pyke during Greyjoy's Rebellion (Thoros of Myr was the first). His fight with Qotho also showcases his badassery.
- Berserk Button: After Khal Drogo's death, Qotho attempts to kill Daenerys. Jorah, who up to this point has never so much as drawn his sword (on screen), goads the much younger man into a fight to protect her.Jorah: Horselord! Try me!
- Bodyguard Crush: With Daenerys. Doesn't end well.
- Call It Karma: In the past, he sold poachers into slavery when short on funds. In A Dance With Dragons, Jorah is Made a Slave.
- Carpet of Virility: Adding to his bear-like appearance.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Jorah gets jealous of any man who offers Daenerys help and constantly advises her to push them away in the hopes that she'll become dependent on him alone instead. Daenerys catches on and eventually calls him on this when she's had enough.
- Deadpan Snarker: Actually supplies the current page quote for the trope in the Literature section.
- Enemy Mine: With Tyrion, who he initially takes prisoner and intends to give to Daenerys to gain back her favor, fully expecting she'll execute him. After the two of them are taken as slaves, and especially after they both escape and join the Second Sons, they seem to have accepted each other as partners in the mutual enterprise of escaping a very bad situation.
- The Exile: After selling poachers into slavery, he fled Westeros and goes into self-imposed exile rather than be executed by Eddard Stark. Getting a pardon to go home is the reason he originally acted as The Mole against Dany before becoming genuinely loyal. Unfortunately when she discovers this, she exiles him from her kingdom.
- Failure Knight: He fell for a noblewoman, Lynesse Hightower, who took him for everything he had. Soon he begins to fall for Daenerys though it's still up in the air whether his devotion to Dany is because she simply resembles Lynesse or is genuinely everything he thought Lynesse to be.
- Fatal Flaw: He dislikes bowing and scraping to people, whether they are queens, merchants, or slavers. This is both a virtue and a flaw: Westeros is the kind of place where this attitude can be deadly.Tyrion: (narrating) Fool. It's not your silver she wants, it's respect.
- He doesn't just want to serve Daenerys; he wants to be her equal.
- Genius Bruiser: A capable and intelligent knight. Unfortunately, see Love Makes You Dumb...
- Gold Digger: Lynesse Hightower, Jorah's second wife, who dumped him for a Lyseni merchant prince after the money ran out.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jorah and Daenerys.
- I Choose to Stay: Whilst he initially hoped to earn a pardon by spying on Daenerys, he eventually became genuinely loyal to her.
- I Dub Thee Ser Knight: Earned his knighthood at the Siege of Pyke.
- I Warned You: His modus operandi regarding his counsel to Daenerys.
- It comes to bite him in the ass when Daenerys finds out that he had been spying on her. He had shown her from the beginning what his "loyalty" was worth when he badmouthed and later betrayed Viserys.
- The Lady's Favor: Jorah Mormont wore the favour of Lynesse Hightower and won a tourney, defeating all opponents and even gaining her hand in marriage.
- The Lancer: To Daenerys until his exile in A Storm of Swords.
- Love at First Sight: Deconstructed with glory-drunk Jorah and Gold Digger Lynesse Hightower, from a wealthy family in the Reach. Unused to the comparatively hard life on Bear Island, she quickly grew miserable. In order to support the lavish lifestyle Lynesse was used to, Jorah drove himself into debt and eventually entered the slave trade.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Generally a knowledgeable, reasonable, and insightful person, it all goes out the window in his desperation to make Lynesse (later, Daenerys) love him.
- Made a Slave: In A Dance With Dragons.
- Meal Ticket: To his second wife, Lynesse Hightower.
- Mr. Exposition: He seems to know a lot about every strange culture Daenerys encounters, and takes the time to educate her (and the reader). In-universe this isn't unreasonable, as he left the Seven Kingdoms years prior and has lived all over the place as a sell-sword.
- The Mole: He was actually spying on Daenerys in the hopes of earning a royal pardon. He later develops genuine loyalty to her, but that does not count for much when she eventually learns the truth.
- Never My Fault: A problem with him. He's at heart a decent man led astray by poor decisions in love and life but his inability to acknowledge these errors or see it as such prevents him from learning from them. It ultimately leads to Daenerys exiling him. After she finds out that both he and Ser Barristan had deceived her, she offers them both a chance to explain their actions. Ser Barristan admits his wrongdoing and begs her pardon, while Ser Jorah defends his actions. The former is pardoned; the latter is exiled.
- One-Hit Wonder: An in-universe jousting example. His incredible victory at Lannisport was his only tournament win. When he tried to replicate that success, he never could and simply became more destitute.
- The One That Got Away: Lynesse Hightower for Jorah.
- The Power of Love: Normally, he's a competent but unexceptional warrior. Driven by love, he was able to win the Tourney at Lannisport and with it the hand of Lynesse Hightower.
- Private Military Contractors: He becomes a sellsword after losing his small fortune and his second wife.
- Reality Ensues: A brave knight wins the heart of a fair maiden with his valiance on the tourney field. This romance lasts until they arrive home and she sees just how poor and isolated his home is.
- Replacement Goldfish: Fandom is divided on whether he is thinking of Daenerys as a replacement for Lynesse, or whether all along he wanted a woman like Daenerys and mistook Lynesse as his ideal woman. Definitely done with a beautiful silver-haired whore, whom Jorah has sex with after being banished by Dany and falling into despair.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He believes Eddard Stark wants him dead because he's a cold executioner desiring to behead anyone who breaks the law, caring little for why they did it. In reality Ned takes no pleasure in that duty, even taking time to hear their last words, but still very much wants to see Jorah dead. It seems engaging in slavery really struck a nerve with the Lord of Winterfell, making Jorah one of the few people Ned Stark would gladly execute.Eddard Stark: "So the slaver has become a spy. I would rather he become a corpse."
- Slave Brand: Tyrion notes Jorah got one - a demon marking him as an unruly slave - on his right cheek in A Dance With Dragons after he is first enslaved. He notes it makes his face frightening.
- Title Drop: "It is no matter to [the people] if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."
- Undying Loyalty: To Daenerys even after she's exiled him, his goal is to find a way to get back into her good graces.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He is a fugitive from justice after fleeing a beheading. He joins the Targaryens in the hope of earning a pardon.
Ser Barristan Selmy*
Ser Barristan Selmy
Barristan the Bold, Arstan Whitebeard, Ser Grandfather, Barristan the Old
- "I am a knight... I shall die a knight."
- The Ace: Ser Barristan is such a pillar of chivalry and knighthood that Tywin Lannister noted that "he lent honor to anyone he served" and notes that dismissing him from service was an especially stupid decision from Cersei and Joffrey. He's an incredible bodyguard, master of several weapons, a Stealth Expert, a Frontline General who is extremely competent, and as Dany finds out an excellent advisor.
- All Love Is Unrequited: For Dornish noblewoman Ashara Dayne. Because Barristan was quite a few years older than she and had taken an oath of celibacy, he never confessed his feelings.
- Badass Grandpa: So badass, he makes other, much younger, knights and guards visibly wilt when he reaches for his sword... only to drop it on the ground. That this is out of sheer relief he wasn't going to slaughter them is painfully obvious. See also One-Man Army below. It is worth noting that Jaime considers him to be somebody he'd not happily choose to tangle with, even considering their differences... both philosophical and age-related. He'd quite happily enjoy trying to beat sense into Jaime's head by contrast, however... if he thought for a minute it'd stick.
- Celibate Hero: Despite temptation to do otherwise, he has taken this part of the Oath as seriously as any other. Part of what makes him a straight-up Knight in Shining Armor.
- Cool Old Guy: How old? He was knighted by Egg when Egg was king, and named to the Kingsguard by Egg's younger son Jaehaerys.
- Defector from Decadence: Played with. Fought for Mad Aerys during the war, but was pardoned by Robert.
- Played more straight after he's dismissed from the Kingsguard and declares he is going to seek the true ruler of Westeros. All of the claimants to the Throne hope that he means them, but instead he goes to find Daenerys, whom none of them are even factoring into the situation.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. One moment that stands out is during his duel with Khrazz, whose curved arakh is unable to penetrate Selmy's plate armor:Khrazz: Only cowards dress in iron.
Ser Barristan: This coward is about to kill you, ser.Khrazz: In the pit that would have taken your arm off, old man.
Ser Barristan: We are not in the pit.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Robert Baratheon spared him despite remaining loyal to the Mad King.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Ashara Dayne.
- Expy: To William Marshal, considered "the greatest Knight who ever lived". Winner of 500 tourneys, including one where he unseated Richard the Lionheart himself, a long-lived Badass who later discovers that he has to play a political role as regent and finds out that he's not all that bad, also considered an embodiment of Honor Before Reason by the French AND the English, and ensured that the Crown kept faith with the Magna Carta passed by the Barons.
- Failure Knight: Joffrey fired him for failing to protect King Robert. Barristan sees himself as this not because he outlived four kings but because he saved Mad Aerys and inadvertantly caused Robert's Rebellion. For once, he wants to defend a ruler worth serving.
- Foil: He and Jaime Lannister are both considered the finest knights alive. They also both start questioning their past decisions.
- His chapters in A Dance with Dragons echo those of Eddard Stark's, showing how a similar honor-bound character ultimately plays the game of thrones, siding with a morally dubious schemer like Shavepate and initiate a palace coup that Ned Stark balked at.
- Barristan, Maester Aemon and Archmaester Marwyn "The Mage" are in the interest of providing their services to Daenerys in grooming her to be a just ruler; Barristan is doing it for the sake of serving a worthy ruler, Aemon is going mostly to advice and to be with his last living relative but he dies in the way and Marwyn is replacing Aemon and seems to be on the interest of returning magic to the realms of men.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: After throwing his sword at Joffrey's feet, he refuses to touch a sword (using a quarterstaff instead) until Daenerys hands him one so he can swear allegiance to her.
- Hidden Depths: For most of the series, he is portrayed as brave, wise and coolheaded. Until his POV chapters in ADWD, no one knew that he is privately doubting his abilities due to his old age and that he is plagued with regret over his past failures, which he remembers much more clearly than the rest of the world.
- Honor Before Reason: He is a knight of the Kingsguard. In his mind, his vow to the King took precedence over everything else, to the point that he carries a major grudge against Jaime for murdering Aerys, even though they both witnessed Aerys' depravities firsthand; they had sworn to protect him and therefore Jaime betrayed his oath. Later he does, however, subvert this when the fate of Meereen rests in his hands. He's served three kings and one queen and, in doing so, has seen the tragedies that clinging to one's honor creates, so he takes a more pragmatic route. That said, he tells his recruits that honor is pretty much what defines a knight:Ser Barristan: Without honor, a knight is no more than a common killer. It is better to die with honor than to live without it.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: At the beginning of the series, he has seen three kings come and go, and this weighs on his mind.
- It's hinted, but not yet confirmed by the books, that Barristan blames himself for the death of Ashara Dayne by indirection as well. Time will tell if he was right.
- In-Series Nickname: Barristan the Bold, and more mocking ones like Ser Grandfather and Barristan the Old.
- Irony: Openly criticized Jaime Lannister for killing King Aerys, it is later revealed, that as of late, he has been pondering if maybe Jaime was right all along. The irony is not lost on him either.
- He also admitted that had he been present when the bodies of Princess Elia and her children were presented to Robert, he would've killed the King had he smiled.
- It's All My Fault: Downplayed, but he notes in his narration that had he defeated Rhaegar in the tourney at Harrenhal (stopping him from crowning Lyanna Queen of Love and Beauty), the whole Rebellion might have been avoided.
- Kingmaker Scenario: He'd rather thoroughly defy this trope in true Kingsguard fashion: or, at least, not touch it with a barge pole. Unfortunately, the fact that every faction with an ounce of sense tries to keep tabs on where he'll wind up after being expelled from Court confirms that he always had power in tipping the scales by sheer authenticity alone — in other people's eyes, at least. He even (very grudgingly) comes to terms with it, in a way, in Meereen. Oh, to be a fly on the wall should he and Jaime meet up, again.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Played straight, a rarity in this series.
- Failure Knight: What he fears he might actually be. It's probably how he's always kept his shininess nicely buffed, as it feels ingrained to his character. It's making a lot of his present moves be a bit more proactive than he's been in the past (even though gaining the name "the Bold" tells you he's never been a slouch — whatever he thinks).
- The Lancer: To Daenerys after Ser Jorah is exiled.
- Living Legend: His role in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, the Defiance of Duskendale, and several other major events has made Barristan one of the most famous men alive in Westeros, and he is beloved by many of the smallfolk (and even other nobles).
- The Magnificent: Got his nickname when he entered a tourney as a mystery knight at age 10. He failed miserably, but Prince Duncan was impressed with his spirit nonetheless: "A boy... a bold boy."
- Master Swordsman: Even though he's over 60. Word of God has it that in his prime Selmy could have fought even Arthur Dayne, widely considered as the greatest swordsman ever, to a standstill if Dayne had used a regular sword instead of his Thunderbolt Iron sword Dawn.
- Mister Exposition: About Targaryen history. This is what attracts Daenerys to him in the first place; not that he's been able to tell her much, since they are a bit preoccupied by being in the eve of a war in Meereen.
- My Greatest Failure: Aside from surviving three kings he swore to protect, he actually starts to doubt whether he did the right thing by saving Aerys when he was a prisoner in Duskendale, ponders whether Jaime was right in killing Aerys, but most importantly, he regrets losing to Rhaegar in the Tourney of Harrenhall, which kick-started the events that led to Robert's Rebellion.
- Other than the already mentioned, Barristan is very remorseful of not courting the beautiful Ashara Dayne, arguably the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen and the only person he would've even considered forsaking his vows for. He specifically regrets not winning the tournament so he could have crowned her his Queen of Love and Beauty, as she began courting "Stark" (this being either Ned or Brandon) and apparently killed herself when she was scorned.
- My Greatest Second Chance: Daenerys is his final throw of the dice: his regrets at not being able to keep the Targaryens in power combine with a wish to renew the Kingsguard (not to mention King's Landing) to what it should be after the depreciation it's gone through under both Aerys' and the Baratheon-Lannister leadership. After all, that's partly what training up a new set of knights to serve under a new Queen is for him.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: His mentality in serving Aerys and then Robert. He's always held Jaime in very low regard for his killing of Aerys and breaking of his oath. However, he eventually begins to wonder if Jaime did the right thing all along.
- Dany, too, to the point where he refuses to contradict her in conversation unless ordered. The only time he's done it without being asked is when Dany started disparaging Ned Stark, and even then, he did it gently.
- No Respect Guy: Even people who like him (i.e. Dany and Renly) tend to think of or refer to him in gentle mockery as an old man, and his enemies do likewise. This tends to lead to the latter Underestimating Badassery and Bullying a Dragon.
- Old Master: In ADWD, he has found some promising students.
- Older Sidekick: He's one to Strong Belwas while under the guise of Arstan Whitebeard.
- One-Man Army: In ADWD he details his escape from King's Landing, summed up by but not limited to this little gem:Ser Barristan: The commander of the City Watch confronted me, emboldened by my empty scabbard, but he had only three men with him and I still had my knife.
- The One That Got Away: Ashara Dayne was this to him.
- Please Spare Him, My Liege!: He pleaded to Aerys to spare the life of the young Dontos Hollard.
- Reluctant Retiree: Cersei and the small council attempt to make him retire him after Robert's death, promote Jaime to Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and have Sandor Clegane fill the empty spot on the roster. They offer him land, gold, a keep and servants as a reward for years of service. Ser Barristan is beyond insulted.Ser Barristan: A hall to die in, and servants to bury me. I thank you, my lords... but I spit on your pity.
- Simple Staff: Proves to be pretty deadly with a quarterstaff too, as the Titan's Bastard discovers.
- Stealth-Based Mission: One of his claims to fame is ending the Defiance of Duskendale by sneaking into town, freeing King Aerys from imprisonment, and getting out again.
- Token Good Teammate: To the present Kingsguard in A Game of Thrones.Varys: Ser Boros and Ser Meryn are the Queen's creatures for certain and I have my doubts about the rest. Only Ser Barristan is made of the true steel, but he's old.
- You Remind Me of X: Barristan sees aspects of a younger Ashara Dayne in Daenerys, presumably regarding her as the daughter they never had.
Ser Barristan's squires
In GeneralFollowing Daenerys capture of Meereen, Ser Barristan begins to train a score of former slaves as knights to enter her service.
- Honor Before Reason: Ser Barristan tries to drill this into their minds, but they don't quite understand the concept of choosing a honorable death over surviving dishonorably.
- The Squire: All of them serve as this to Ser Barristan, and he notes that several of them will likely never become knights but make adequate squires.
Ser Tumco LhoA former slave from the Basilisk Isles. Lho is among the best of the squires whom Ser Barristan begins to train after
- The Ace: Of all his trainees, Ser Barristan considers Lho the one with the most natural talent, comparing him to Master Swordsman Jaime Lannister.
- An Axe to Grind: He was already an expert with the axe before beginning training under Barristan.
- Knighting: Barristan knights him near the end of A Dance With Dragons.
- Token Minority: He is a Basilisk Islander, of which there are very few in Slavers' Bay.
The LashA former Ghiscari slave training under Ser Barristan.
- In-Series Nickname: He is known as "The Lash" due to his skill with his whip.
- Prongs of Poseidon: He uses a trident in combat in combination with a whip. First he brings his opponent down by wrapping his whip around their legs, then moves in with his trident to disarm and kill them.
- Whip It Good: He has great skill with a whip, and even manages to impress Ser Barristan with his skill at bringing down armored opponents despite his disdain for non-knightly weapons.
Ser Red Lamb
The Red LambA warrior from Lhazar.
- Knighting: He is knighted by Ser Barristan near the end of A Dance With Dragons.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: His actual name is unknown and he just goes by The Red Lamb.
- Meaningful Name: He is known as The Red Lamb due to his who aversion of the Actual Pacifist stereotype of the Lhazareen.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Before going into battle against the Yunkai forces besieging Meereen, The Red Lamb goes on a little tirade.The Red Lamb: Should I die, I will go before the Great Shepherd of Lhazar, break his crook across my knee, and say to him, 'Why did you make your people lambs, when the world is full of wolves?' Then I will spit into his eye.
Irri, Jhiqui, and DoreahDany's handmaidens. Irri and Jhiqui are Dothraki, but Doreah is a former Lysene bedslave.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: What they teach Dany. Doreah taught her the art of love (Beauty), Jhiqui taught her to speak Dothraki (Brains) and Irri taught her to ride (Brawn).
- Catch Phrase: "It is known."
- Character Death: Doreah dies in the Red Waste due to a combination of exhaustion and illness.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Doreah has beautiful honey-blond hair and is a sweet and kind handmaiden to Daenerys. She, of course, ends up among the first casualties of Daenerys' khalasar.
- Made a Slave: Both Irri and Jhiqui were members of a khalasar defeated by Khal Drogo's in battle and were subsequently enslaved, eventually being given to Daenerys as handmaidens.
- Put on a Bus: Irri and Jhiqui depart Meereen with most of Daenerys' khalasar in A Dance With Dragons in order to search for Daenerys after she disappears on Drogan.
- Retargeted Lust: After being aroused by Daario, Danys takes her pleasure with Irri instead.
- Sex Slave: Doreah was trained as a sex slave in the pleasure houses of Lys before being bought by Magister Illyrio and given to Dany as a handmaiden.
- Situational Sexuality: Danys sleeps with Doreah in order to learn the arts of pleasure, then Irri when she starts feeling the need for a man but can't trust the men she's with. Both handmaidens sleep with her out of duty rather than attraction.
- Those Two Girls: After Doreah's death in book two.
- Token Minority: Doreah is the only non-Dothraki Essos native in the khalasar.
- Undying Loyalty: To Daenerys, supporting her even when she goes against Dothraki culture.
- "As you say, I do, blood of my blood."
- Badass: He is the best warrior in Daenerys' khalasar and proves it by defeating the older and more experienced bloodrider Haggo with the aid of Jhogo.
- Badass Mustache: He has a long drooping mustache.
- Colonel Badass: As the leader of Daenerys' Drothraki warriors, Rakharo often has command of scouting missions for her army.
- Cool Arakh: He uses a giant curved arakh which was gifted to him by Daenerys when he became her bloodrider.
- Eating Contest: Participates in one with Quaro while in Vaes Dothrak.
- Fantastic Racism: He shows a particular dislike for the Asshai'i, and expresses contempt for Quaithe's mysterious suggestions to Daenerys.Rakharo: Khaleesi, better a man should swallow scorpions than trust in the spawn of shadows, who dare not show their faces beneath the sun. It is known.
- He's All Grown Up: Daenerys notes that Rakharo has grown significantly taller and more muscular over the series, and both Irri and Jhiqui become very attracted to him and argue over which one of them he would prefer.
- Praetorian Guard: He was originally assigned by Khal Drogo to guard Daenerys as part of her khas. He continued to serve in this role to her as a bloodrider, altering guard duty with her knights Jorah and Barristan.
- Took a Level in Badass: While always competent, by A Dance With Dragons Rakharo has become a accomplished military commander who drives the slavers of Meereen from the city's hinterlands. He adds four new bells to his hair to signify those victories.
- Undying Loyalty: Although often worried by some of the decisions Daenerys makes, particularly when they go against Dothraki customs, he will always follow her commands without deviation.
Ko JhogoAnother bloodrider of Daenerys who is very skilled with a whip.
- Badass in Distress: He is given to the Yunkish as a hostage as part of the peace between Daenerys and Yunkai.
- Colonel Badass: They serve as commanders in Daenerys army, often leading scouting missions.
- Demoted to Extra: He started as the most prominent of Daenerys bloodriders, but his role decreases quite a bit to the point where Rakharo eventually gets more development and role in the plot than Jhogo does.
- Establishing Character Moment: He is introduced by stopping Viserys from hitting Daenerys by wrapping his whip around his throat and yanking him to the ground before asking permission to kill him, demonstrating his skill with a whip and utter loyalty to Daenerys.
- Everyone Has Standards: While all the Dothraki fear maegi and hate Blood Magic, Jhogo is the only one of Daenerys' khas who openly pleads with her not to allow Mirri Maz Duur to try to save Khal Drogo from death using her spells.
- Hidden Depths: While staying in Qarth, Jhogo is extremely fascinated and impressed by a firemage despite the Dothraki's usual contempt of magic or tricks. He also easily spots how most of the natives of Qarth don't watch the show, with the crowd instead being mostly foreigners who are easy prey for the numerous cutpurses stealing their money pouches while they are distracted by the firemage.
- Praetorian Guard: He was originally assigned by Khal Drogo to guard Daenerys as part of her khas. He continued to serve in this role to her as a bloodrider, altering guard duty with her knights Jorah and Barristan.
- Undying Loyalty: He and his fellow bloodriders will do anything for Daenerys, even when they are confused by her orders or it contradicts Drothraki culture.
- Whip It Good: He wields a silver-handled whip, which was given to him by Daenerys when he became her bloodrider.
- "We are blood of your blood, sworn to live and die as you do."
- Archer Archetype: He is an expert shot with a bow, and wields a dragonbone bow given to him by Daenerys when he became her bloodrider.
- Colonel Badass: As one of Daenerys kos, he commands a portion of her army in battle.
- Demoted to Extra: Hit the worst by this out of all the bloodriders, since he never got much focus to begin with.
- Fantastic Racism: He echoes Rakharo's distrust and contempt for the Asshai'i.
- Praetorian Guard: He was originally assigned by Khal Drogo to guard Daenerys as part of her khas. He continued to serve in this role to her as a bloodrider, altering guard duty with her knights Jorah and Barristan.
- Undying Loyalty: He and his fellow bloodriders will do anything for Daenerys, even when they are confused by her orders or it contradicts Drothraki culture.
RommoAn old jaqqa rhan (which translates as "Mercy Men" - they behead the dead and dying after every battle).
Grey WormAn Unsullied warrior elected by his comrades to lead them after being freed by Daenerys.
- Appropriated Appellation: Grey Worm chooses to keep his demeaning slave name, believing it to be lucky as he had it when he was freed.Grey Worm: It is a lucky name. The name this one was born to was accursed. That was the name he had when he was taken for a slave. But Grey Worm is the name this one drew the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He is the best commander and warrior among the Unsullied, which led to his election.
- The Captain: Chosen by the Unsullied officers as their commander.
- Made a Slave: Nothing is known of the circumstances, but he was taken and made a slave at a young age.
- Pride: Despite the circumstances in which he acquired his skills, Grey Worm is pretty proud of his martial skills and the skill of his fellow Unsullied.
- The Stoic: Like most Unsullied, he barely shows any emotion.
- Third-Person Person: Like many slaves, he often refers to himself as "this one", and when speaking to Daenerys he often calls himself "your Grey Worm".
- Undying Loyalty: To Dany, and he even refuses commands from Hizdahr zo Loraq despite him being married to Dany. He does listen to Ser Barristan, and aids him in overthrowing Hizdahr after Daenerys disappears on Drogan and they come to suspect Hizdahr may be the leader of the Sons of the Harpy.
HeroOne of the Unsullied purchased by and sworn to Daenerys.
- "Wherever the Mother of Dragons goes, the Mother's Men will go as well."
Stalwart ShieldOne of the Unsullied purchased by and sworn to Daenerys.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name
- Alliterative Name
- Character Death: He is the first victim of the Sons of the Harpy.
- Cuddle Bug: He would often visit a brothel in Meereen and pay women to lie with him and hold him. Being a eunuch, he was incapable of going any further.
- Defiant to the End: Believed because he was found with an empty scabbard.
- Dies Wide Open
- Due to the Dead: The Stalwart Shields, a company of freedmen, is named after him.
- Glasgow Grin
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
Other followers and commanders
- "Find liver and onions, Whitebeard. Not for now, for after. Killing makes Strong Belwas hungry."
- Acrofatic: His size does not inhibit his fighting in any way, bordering on Lightning Bruiser capabilities.
- Badass: Belwas is undefeated from his days of pit-fighting and proves to be a very dangerous warrior in single combat.
- Bald of Awesome
- Big Eater: Duh.
- Blood Knight: Lives for fighting and eating, in that order.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Doesn't bother with a thing like modesty. When the time comes to show off his fighting prowess, however, boy does he deliver.
- The Big Guy
- Covered with Scars/Macho Masochism: Strong Belwas allows every opponent he's faced to cut him once. As a result his body, particularly his torso, is covered in pale scars. He informs Dany each mark is a life he's taken and if she were to count them all it would tell her how many people he's ever killed.Strong Belwas: I let each man cut me once, before I kill him. Count the cuts and you will know how many Strong Belwas has slain.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His over-the-top speaking manner and odd appearance (while he is covered with scars, he's also incredibly fat and wears an absurdly tiny leather breastplate that doesn't even reach his nipples) lead Daenerys to believe he's a buffoon, but his fight with Oznak zo Pahl proves that while he may seem goofy, he is a pit fighter and he's very good at what he does.
- Excrement Statement: Doubling as one of the most spectacular aversions to Nobody Poops ever committed to paper; after beheading Oznak zo Pahl, The Champion of Meereen, in single combat, Belwas turns his back to the man's allies, drops his pants and takes a big steaming shit right there, then wipes his ass on his opponent's cloak.
- The Food Poisoning Incident: Inadvertantly saves Dany by eating an entire bowl of locusts that had been poisoned. Despite consuming a huge amount of poison, he somehow survived.
- Formerly Fat: After a nasty encounter with some poisoned locusts in A Dance With Dragons, Barristan Selmy is rather surprised to find Belwas alive and well, although he has lost almost ludicrious amounts of weight and is now covered in saggy skin.
- Gladiator Games: Part of his backstory. He considers himself to be the greatest pit fighter Meereen has ever seen.
- Kevlard: Invoked. He deliberately allows each of his opponents to give him one slash across the belly before killing them.
- Large Ham: A pit fighter is an entertainer as well as a fighter, good entertainers need to be able to work a crowd, and when the back seats in huge amphitheaters need to make out what you're doing, subtle acting is right out... it makes sense.Strong Belwas: Strong Belwas is hungry! Strong Belwas will eat now!
- The Load: Considered this by Daenerys for a time, although largely because any need for him simply hadn't arisen yet. She chose him to fight the champion of Meereen simply because he was the most expendable of her allies. Once he easily defeats him and later accidentally saves her from being poisoned he proves to avert the trope very hard indeed.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Averted as Dany remembers what happened to Drogo so she sent Belwas to a healer after his duel.
- Stout Strength: Very fat, but very strong.
- Third-Person Person: Speaks almost solely like this.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Liver and onions.
- Weapon of Choice: An arakh and a small buckler that he holds in his hand rather than strapping to his arm.
- Child Prodigy: Has a remarkable gift to easily learn new languages and proves very smart, perceptive, and cunning in several other areas as well.
- Completely Unnecessary Translator: Translated for Kraznys mo Nakloz when he was negotiating with Daenarys, but neither she nor Kraznys knew Dany spoke Valyrian. She also doesn't have to use her translation skills much after joining Dany.
- Cunning Linguist: Says she has the gift of easily learning languages. At the age of ten, she's been shown to speak the Common Tongue, High Valyrian, and bastard Valyrian, as well as a bit of Ghiscari.
- Hidden Depths: She has Dangerously Genre Savvy Manipulative Bastard qualities Ser Barristan likens to Littlefinger and Varys. Notably, she comes up with a plan to cause division among the forces besieging Meereen by having Ser Barristan offer their weight in gold for the three hostages the Yunkai have. The Yunkai have no need of that money, but their sellswords will want the deal and grow angry when it is refused.
- Made a Slave: She was kidnapped alongsider her brothers and sold into slavery in Astapor.
- Omniglot: Justified, due to her being very gifted and learning multiple languages as a child.
- Only One Name
- Outnumbered Sibling: Formerly: she had three Unsullied brothers, but one was killed during training and another was murdered by the Sons of the Harpy while on patrol.
- Tag Along Kid: Justified because she has nowhere to go and would rather risk death with Daenerys.
- The Smart Gal: To Daenerys' The Hero.
- Third-Person Person: Similar to all slaves, Missandei refers to herself as "this one" before Dany tells her not to.
- Verbal Tic: Referring to herself as "this one" instead of "Me" or "I".
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Strong-willed and intelligent past her ten/eleven years, as Dany and Barristan note.Ser Barristan's thoughts: Eleven years of age, yet Missandei is as clever as half the men at this table and wiser than all of them.
- "I count no day as lived unless I have loved a woman, slain a foeman, and eaten a fine meal."
- Agent Peacock: Dyes his hair and nails blue and dresses in garb of yellow and gold, and acts even more flamboyant than its typical for a Tyroshi.
- Badass: He took over the Stormcrows by killing his two fellow commanders, both dangerous warriors in their own right. When Meereen is besieged, Daario leads most of the sorties against the enemy and kills many of them while losing only a few of his forces.
- Badass in Distress: After he is given to the forces of Yunkai along with several other hostages during peace talks. He is still their captive when hostilities break out again.
- Bling of War: Not counting all of his Tyroshi finery, his weapons are a Dothraki arakh and a Myrish stiletto with naked women made in gold as the hilts of each.
- Blood Knight: The only thing he likes more than sex and gold is killing.
- The Casanova:Daenerys: You boasted that you'd had a hundred women.Daario: A hundred? I lied, sweet queen. It was a thousand. But never once a dragon.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The way he betrays and murders his mercenary partners and casually presents their heads to Daenerys, one might think it isn't the first time he's done this. Then there's his suggestion to Dany to let him kill the Wise Masters during her wedding to Hizdahr. There are many fans who speculate that he will betray her in the future, if he hasn't at some point already.
- Foil: To Shae. They are both the lovers of two of the most influencing people in the books (Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen), both against their lovers' better judgement. Both Tyrion and Daenerys admit that they are better off without them, but still keep them close out of lust.
- Also to Bronn, in that they are both the extremely snarky and extremely dangerous sellsword lieutenants to powerful, polarizing figures that they each grow very close to in different ways. However, Bronn is more pragmatic and business savvy, whereas Daario is considerably more devil-may-care and unpredictable. And where Bronn is rather thuggish looking with a plain, utilitarian style, Daario always looks exotic and colorful to a ridiculously self-indulgent extant.
- He is also a foil to Jamie Lannister. They are both Blood Knights for their Queens and are in grossly inappropriate relationship with them, as far as making them forsake their Queenly duties. These relationships are nevertheless opposite to each other; Daenerys realizes that Daario means nothing but trouble, while Jamie thinks the same of Cersei; Daenerys staunchly holds on to Daario in spite of her better judgement while Jamie abandons Cersei to her fate.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He has shades of this in the eyes of Jorah and Ser Barristan. But of course, Daenerys wants him close to her.
- Gold Tooth: Has one.
- The Hedonist: Summed up in his quote above.
- Klingon Promotion: He killed his two partners, Sallor the Bald and Prendahl na Ghezen, and usurped their positions as leader of their mercenary group, getting the rest of the Stormcrows to follow him.
- Loveable Rogue
- Pride: And vanity.
- Private Military Contractors
- Professional Killer: His greatest asset.
- Sacred Hospitality: Similar to the Red Wedding, he offers to Daenerys to have the Yunkish Wise Masters slain during her wedding to Hizdahr, an act she outright rejects.
- Second Love: Daenerys'. Well, perhaps "Second Lust" would be more accurate, given that both of them seem to be in it mostly for the sex.
- Sociopathic Hero: While aligned with Daenerys.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Admiral GroleoA captain who commanded the ships sent by Illyrio Mopatis to bring Daenerys back to Pentos. He instead enters her service and joins her campaign in the Slaver's Bay.
- Decapitation Presentation: His head is presented to the Meereen court by Bloodbeard after he is executed.
- Distressed Dude: He is one of several hostages given over to the Yunkai'i besieging Meereen as part of a truce.
- Nice Guy: He is a good and honorable man who simply wants to help Daenerys in her goals.
- Off with His Head!: Gets executed by the Yunkai forces holding him hostage after Yurkhaz zo Yunzak is accidently killed in Meereen.
- Undying Loyalty: Deanerys won his friendship and loyalty very quickly after meeting him, to the point where he willingly sacrifices ships so she could build siege equipment.
Symon StripebackA former slave in Astapor. Chosen as commander of the Free Brothers, a company of freedmen loyal to Daenerys.
Mollono Yos Dob
Mollono Yos DobA freedman that is named commander of the Stalwart Shields, a company of freedmen loyal to Daenerys. He later succumbs to the Pale Mare.