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Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire Independent Characters

This is a listing of characters that appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire that are not affiliated with an organization or major House. Visit here for the main character index.

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Hedge Knights and Sellswords

     Ser Bronn of the Blackwater 

Ser Bronn of the Blackwater

"I sell my sword, I don't give it away. I'm not your bloody brother."

A skilled mercenary and canny opportunist who first entered the series as a thug hired by Catelyn Stark to arrest Tyrion and take him to his execution. Bronn soon swaps loyalties and becomes Tyrion's paid enforcer and assassin for the first three books of the series; once his star rises even higher, he leaves Tyrion behind. Five books in (out of seven), Bronn is thus far the only character other than Littlefinger to end each book in a better position than he started.
  • Ascended Extra: Comes out of the woodwork during the first book.
  • Affably Amoral: He may be on the clock, but that's no reason to be unreasonable or abrasive unless he's being paid to be exactly that. Decent work ethic, sense of humor and social skills, that man.
  • Bad Ass: His sword is not just decoration and his armor is utilitarian rather than flashy for a reason.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Invoked and rather well subverted. Bronn will happily crack jokes, make observations, drink with and get into the head of the boss and his co-workers, at the very least. However, there's always a wall beyond which he just won't go, and that's made plain. It's just that we have yet to see anything much of what's on the other side, as we've only ever seen his work face, even when he seems to be boozing it up. Lollys might be a hint to something else. Or not.
  • Black Eyes of Amorality: Bronn's eyes are jet black, and he's one of the most ruthlessly amoral characters around, a fact that the series constantly calls attention to.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Bronn fights completely without chivalry, often gaining the advantage on knights who expect him to fight in the style of jousts and melees. Oh, and he will use anything as weapons. Including the armor and horse you brought with you.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Tyrion comes across him watching some knights practicing their swordwork, so he can pick out flaws in case he ever has to fight them in future.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can give as good as he gets... from Tyrion or anybody else. Now, that says something.
  • The Dragon: To Tyrion.
  • Foil: Compare and contrast with Shae. Where she pretended to something that wasn't there in a bid to emotionally manipulate and deceive to get her ends, he was always upfront about what he was after and why. Which got more admiration from Tyrion, eh?
  • Hidden Depths: Bronn takes this trope and plays hard with it. He's not simply the low-born, hired thug in serviceable armor he looks like at first blush, being very Street Smart, Genre Savvy about what kind of world he's in and capable of Cutting the Knot to solve problems to the point where holding the Smart Ball doesn't look out of place when he gets it, as, for all he's no bookworm, he's not thick. Yet, he is also exactly the kind of man he tells you he is.
  • Hired Swords: And, makes no bones about it. Ever.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: This is practically his second mantra — after all, a sellsword who doesn't live up to his word doesn't generally live for very long. Expect it to come with flavors of Brutal Honesty and a complimentary side of sardonic wit.
  • Hyper Awareness: He goes out of his way to cultivate this by drinking in details about other people he might end up fighting against ahead of time. Even when thrown into a surprise fight, he very quickly adapts his tactics to account for the environment the fight occurs in and what his opponent is bringing to bear. He's also quite the dab hand at picking up on the general atmosphere and politics around him, so even a "surprise" fight is unlikely to be a total surprise for him.
  • Ironic Echo: In A Clash Of Kings, Tyrion, having been asked to attend dinner with Lady Tanda who hopes to wed her daughter Lollys to the dwarf, sardonically asks Bronn to attend in his stead and wed Lollys himself. Guess what happens in the next book.
  • It's All About Me: So subverted, you can hear it squeak. Yes, he prioritizes himself, his position and his job above other considerations. This doesn't mean he forgets that others are part of the equation (after all, to get ahead, you need to keep an eye on your boss and potential future employment options, as well as keeping tabs on the competition). He also seems to be under no grand delusions as to his relative position in Westerosi society, even while he busily sets about climbing the ladder and proving himself to have worth beyond his original label.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When he first meets Tyrion and enters his service, he tells him up front that he's only in it for the money and that he's not his friend. Since Tyrion comes from a filthy rich family and is willing to meet any price Bronn may be offered, their relationship gets along swimmingly until Tyrion's trial by combat for King Joffrey's assassination. Tyrion turns to his trusty right hand man, the man he elevated from a lowly sellsword, surely grateful for all Tyrion has done for him, and asks him to represent him in battle against Ser Gregor. Bronn, flush with a knighthood thanks to Lord Tywin and a noble title thanks to Cersei's bumbling maneuvering, turns him down, subverting The Power of Friendship by doing exactly what he said he'd do when he and Tyrion first met: Serve him until he got a better offer. Tyrion, despite being in a very dire situation, doesn't hold it against Bronn at all.
    Tyrion: Sorry for what? That Bronn's an insolent, black-hearted rogue? I knew he was an insolent, black-hearted rogue. That was one of the things I liked about him.
  • Knighting: He is knighted after the Battle of the Blackwater for his command and defense of the winch tower that pulled the chain across the bay, cutting off the escape of King Stannis Baratheon's fleet. He takes the name Ser Bronn of the Blackwater, and his sigil is a fiery green chain on a field of smokey grey.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Implied to have sabotaged Lady Tanda's stirrup; she broke her hip on falling off her horse, and later died of 'natural causes', allowing Bronn to become Lord Protector of Stokeworth. Cersei encourages another member of the family to make Bronn die of a Hunting Accident — he decides to joust Bronn instead, thinking a sellsword won't be experienced with the lance. Bronn sends his lance into the knight's horse and stabs him when he falls onto the ground.
  • Meal Ticket: Tyrion was very much this for him (particularly as working for him got Bronn away from a life on the road and paid a regular income afterwards), alongside anything else he got out of the relationship. He also marries arguably the worst marriage prospect in King's Landing just for her title and lands as soon as his fighting skills get him enough recognition and clout to do so. Strangely for poor Lollys, this could be one the better things to happen to her, as he has a vested interest in keeping her and her son healthy for the foreseeable future. Her other relatives, however, not-so-much.
  • Meaningful Name: He was Tyrion's "brawn" but is smarter than people think.
  • Mysterious Past: The only thing known about his past is that he killed for the first time before being twelve.
  • Nothing Personal: He might fight and kill you, or turn around and leave you, but... this trope is in full effect. He's just doing his job or living up to his word. Even when it might be a little personal on the other person's end, he only really directly reacts to others trying to kill him, nothing more. This includes pre-emptively cutting them off at the pass (it doesn't take a genius to work out how Lolly's extended family would most likely react to his marrying her). If you start it, you'd better be prepared for how it'll finish, that's all.
  • Only in It for the Money: May as well be his personal motto, as he trots the sentiment out enough times.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Bronn intends to rise in the world anyway he can, and attaches himself to anybody who can do that for him. Starting out as a simple sellsword, he first latches onto Catelyn Stark's revenue transporting Tyrion Lannister to the Vale, for the possibility of a reward. He then proceeds to quickly switch sides from Catelyn to Tyrion, championing him in a Trial by Combat, thus becoming the right-hand man of one of the richest and most powerful men in the Seven Kingdoms. He stays on for a while, accumulating riches, titles and a knighthood, before eventually refusing Tyrion's request to champion him again in the trial over Joffrey's murder because Cersei Lannister offered him a marriage into a powerful noble house with no risk to himself. Seizing any opportunity that came his way, Bronn went from an ordinary mercenary all the way to the Lord Protector of House Stokeworth.
  • Pet the Dog: Towards Lollys Stokeworth. There's partially the stuff he has to gain, but he has genuinely kind moments towards her. He's also protective of her son.
    • There's also the fact that he names his son Tyrion (possibly a sign of respect for his former boss), despite the huge political ramifications that would come from it.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Pretty much completely amoral but with money being his only concern he's still much better than the psychopaths employed by some characters.
    • Heck, he's not picky: he'll play Punch Clock Hero if that's what the boss wants. It's basically what he did at Blackwater. Either way: as long as he gets paid.
  • Private Military Contractors: Is one. Of the Consummate Professional kind.
  • Professional Killer: And a very good one.
  • Refuge in Audacity: At a time when it would be political suicide to do so, the newly ennobled Bronn names his son Tyrion. And gets away with it.
    • Whether you read this as acknowledging where he got his major leg-up from, a sign that he really did like Tyrion despite business being business, or just him trolling Cersei is very much up for debate.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mostly abandons Tyrion after the Battle of the Blackwater, due to gaining a knighthood, a keep and a noble wife.
    • He does give Tyrion a chance to make good on his offer to double the price of anyone trying to buy Bronn out from under him. Unfortunately, Tyrion doesn't have two wives or two castles handy at the time.
  • Self-Made Man: And, awesomely so. See Refuge in Audacity and Meal Ticket.
  • The Sociopath: For all his affable banter and ability to get on with most people you drop him near, Bronn is very likely one of these. He's found a way to make it pay, though, and fully explains the code he has. But, it's hard to argue that he feels much beyond "getting on" with others, even if he can obviously see their viewpoint and where the lines are — and, even seems to have a somewhat soft spot for those unjustifiably disadvantaged by others (won't stop him prioritizing his position, though). His code involves doing the job (whatever it might entail, including killing people he knows from previous jobs) and getting paid and/or advancing without getting killed while maintaining a good enough reputation to get hired again elsewhere: everything else is peripheral, however enjoyable it might be at the time. If you can't meet his price and/or a better one comes along, well... that's goodbye. Nothing Personal. Number One is always first and foremost.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tyrion, somewhat disgusted after learning a member of the goldcloaks killed one of Robert's infant bastards, asks Bronn if he would kill a baby without question. Bronn firmly replies that he would not; he'd make sure to negotiate a good price for it first.

     Ser Creighton Longbough 

Ser Creighton Longbough

"I have the honour to be Ser Creighton, of whom the singers sing … you will have heard of my deeds on the Blackwater, mayhaps."

A hedge knight who travels with Ser Illifer the Penniless. He encounters Brienne of Tarth during her search for Sansa Stark. His coat of arms is a green field with a brown chief.
  • Knight Errant: It's not much of a pension plan, but it's the result of years being in the game and the vagaries of life.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He is quite happy to tell you about how he slew Ser Herbert Bolling and fought valiantly against the "Knight of the Red Chicken" at the Battle of the Blackwater, but never provides actual proof of his deeds.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his boasting, he is a rather pleasant individual.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played for Laughs.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ser Illifer. They're of an age and know each other well. It shows.

     Ser Illifer the Penniless 

Ser Illifer the Penniless

A hedge knight who travels with Ser Creighton Longbough. His coat-of-arms is a gold and ermine gyronny pattern.
  • Knight Errant: His name says it all as to his reasons.
  • Old Soldier: He is around 60 years old.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ser Creighton. And, their dynamic suggests they've been this way for a while.

     Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen 

Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen

"Your common mouse will run from blood and battle. The mad mouse seeks them out."

A hedge knight who fought for Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater but was captured. He ruined himself financially to buy his freedom, and is seeking to restore his fortune by finding Sansa Stark and bringing her back to King's Landing. His coat of arms is a large white mouse with red eyes on a bendy brown and blue pattern.
  • Arrogant Sword Fighting Guy: Brienne of Tarth notes that he has "the sort of easy arrogance that comes with skill at arms".
  • Bounty Hunter: Straightforward case.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Reappears at the end of A Feast For Crows in Littlefinger's employ, briefly meeting Sansa herself. Time will tell if he's cottoned on to who she is.
  • Hired Swords: For Littlefinger, along with Ser Byron "the Beautiful" and Ser Morgarth "the Merry".
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Mad Mouse".
  • Jerkass: He could use a few lessons in charm school, yes.
  • Sherlock Scan: Immediately sees through Brienne's admittedly flimsy cover story and knows exactly who she is and what she's doing.

Prostitutes

     Shae 

Shae

"My mother called me Shae. Men call me...often."

A beautiful prostitute that Bronn finds for Tyrion before the Battle of the Green Fork. He ends up taking her to King's Landing despite the express command of his father; unfortunately this means Tyrion has to conceal her existence from his enemies.
  • Abusive Parents: Was molested by her own father.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Shae enjoys calling Tyrion her "Giant of Lannister". She later humiliates Tyrion at his trial by claiming he insisted on being called by this name. The next time she calls Tyrion this, he strangles her to death.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Tyrion to Cersei to Tywin.
  • Camp Follower: How Tyrion originally meets her; she's a prostitute with the Lannister army in the Riverlands.
  • Character Death: Tyrion strangles Shae after finding her in his father's bed.
  • Girl Next Door: Isn't one in her mannerisms, but Tyrion finds it appealing that she looks like one.
  • It's Personal: When Bronn sells out to Cersei for a kick up the social ladder, Tyrion accepts it with cynical resignation. When Shae gives testimony at his trial, Tyrion is driven to fury.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She has no real reason to be loyal to Tyrion. While lying at the trial was a dick move he had at that point taken back most of her payment and appeared doomed regardless, requiring her to seek a new sponsor. And when the Queen Regent tells you to do something, it's usually a smart thing to do it.
  • Lady Macbeth: Can't understand why Tyrion doesn't just kill the sister he hates. This is ironic given the script Cersei gives her for Tyrion's trial, in which he's plotting to kill all his relatives and make himself King.
  • Rape as Backstory: Molested by her father.
  • Second Love: Shae is Tyrion's Replacement Goldfish for Tysha, or what he believes anyway, it turns out that he was wrong about Tysha and that she was not a prostitute while Shae definitely is.
  • Secret Relationship: Tywin forbids that Tyrion take Shae to court, when Tyrion has to serve as Hand of the King. Tyrion takes her anyway.
  • Scullery Maid: Is not impressed when Tyrion suggests this as her cover, as she'd run away to become a whore to avoid it.
  • Spanner in the Works: Things might have turned out better if Tyrion had just obeyed his father this once...
  • Surprise Witness: The final witness at Tyrion's trial, she claims that Sansa and Tyrion conspired to kill Joffrey and seize power after killing the rest of Cersei's children too.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: At Tyrion's trial she pretends he had her fiancé killed then took her as a Sex Slave in order to gain the court's sympathy.

     Chataya 

Chataya

A woman from the Summer Islands who owns one of the more popular whorehouses in King's Landing.
  • Only One Name
  • Miss Kitty: Although, she'd argue not in the way most expect the trope. People in the Seven Kingdoms might consider her lifelong profession a soiled one, yet she sees it as exactly that: a calling to a profession. She is of the Summer Islands, and they have a completely different take on sexual matters. Doesn't stop everybody else seeing her as this trope, though. Still a looker. And, a remarkably good business woman under difficult conditions.

     Alayaya 

Alayaya

Chataya's daughter and one of the most popular prostitutes at her whorehouse.
  • Distressed Damsel: Cersei imprisons her, believing that she is Tyrion's pet whore. She hopes doing so will help bend Tyrion to her will, but it only infuriates him, both for the attempt to manipulate him and the fact that his actions put Alayaya in danger, since she had been helping him to meet his actual mistress in secret. She is eventually freed, but Tywin has her whipped before being let go, permanently scarring her back.
  • Foreign Fan Service: In-universe.
  • High-Class Call Girl: Very classy in many senses of the word, very professional even under extreme duress... and very, very expensive. Naturally, she is this.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She quite happily assists Tyrion in meeting with Shae by pretending to be his favorite prostitute that he visits frequently, but he is really using a secret tunnel in her room to reach Shae's manse.
  • Never Learned to Read: A fact she is trying to correct, using the time she is supposedly spending with Tyrion learning how to read.
  • Only One Name
  • Platonic Prostitution: Her arrangement with Tyrion.

Smallfolk

     Tobho Mott 

Tobho Mott

A master armorer in King's Landing from Qohor. He is the master of Gendry and is able to forge weapons of Valyrian steel.
  • The Ace: He is acknowledged as the best smith in King's Landing.
  • The Blacksmith
  • The Mentor: To Gendry.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows Gendry is one of King Robert's bastards, and does his best to protect him and hide his identity.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: One of the few master blacksmiths in the world who can craft Valyrian steel weapons. Tywin Lannister has him repurpose "Ice", the Stark family greatsword into two Lannister longswords - Widow's Wail and Oathkeeper.

     Hot Pie 

Hot Pie

"I truly didn't kick no one to death, Arry. I just sold my Mommy's pies."

Hot Pie is an orphan baker's boy of King's Landing, collected by Yoren and bound for the Wall with Arya Stark. He is described as plump with straw-colored hair.

     Lommy 

Lommy Greenhands

"If they come back, I say we yield."

Lommy Greenhands was a tanner's apprentice turned thief recruited for the Night’s Watch in King’s Landing.

     Pia 

Pia

"Pia was often seeing things in the buttery. Usually they were men."
—Arya's narration

Pia was a servant at Harrenhal before joining Jaime Lannister's party in A Feast For Crows.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: A tragic example. Pia has had a crush on Jaime Lannister since girlhood when she saw him knighted at Harrenhal, and even used this to cope with being raped. He lets her down gently, and feels terrible about it.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Gregor Clegane punched her in the face, breaking her nose and half her teeth.
  • Break the Cutie: She was abused and raped by the soldiers in Tywin's army while he occupied Harrenhal. Later, Roose Bolton puts her in the dungeons for any man to use.
  • Character Tics: Covering her mouth with her hand when she speaks, to hide her ruined teeth.
  • The Chick: Of Jaime's group.
  • The Ditz: Sweet, but not very bright.
  • Ethical Slut: What she apparently used to be until Crapsack World reality kicked in. Still has some shades of this, giving the squire who has a crush on her the time of the day.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: She admits that when the soldiers were raping her, she would try to pretend they were Jaime Lannister.
  • Morality Pet: One of the people taken under Jaime's wings since he's started improving his morals, and definitely the one who owes him the most.
  • Nice Girl
  • Really Gets Around: Sometimes consensually, sometimes not.
  • Slut Shaming: Bonifer Hasty more or less kicks her out of Harrenhal because he thinks she'll corrupt his men. Averted with Jaime, who not only is kind to her, but also tells Peck to treat her the way he would treat his wife.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Inverted. Everyone is surprised that she didn't get pregnant considering she "spread her legs for half of [Tywin's] army". Jaime concludes that she must be barren and encourages Peck to get together with her, since he's unlikely to sire a bastard on her.

     Tysha 

Tysha

"I love you, Tyrion. I love your lips. I love your voice, and the words you say to me, and how you treat me gentle..."

A crofter's daughter in the Westerlands, Tysha became the first wife of Tyrion Lannister. Their marriage lasted for a fortnight and was genuinely happy until Tywin Lannister found out forcing him to annul it with extreme prejudice. Her memory haunts Tyrion years and years later.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Frame-Up: Jaime Lannister is ordered by Tywin to tell Tyrion that Tysha was a prostitute that he had set up as Tyrion's first time, only to annul the marriage and order her gang rape and have Tyrion to participate in it. The revelation of the truth makes Tyrion furious, needless to say.
  • The Ghost: She isn't seen on screen and as per Tywin, is implied to still be alive somewhere.
  • Happily Married: For a fortnight, Tyrion and Tysha were genuinely happy living in a cottage. Even when Tyrion believed that she was a whore this was the happiest he had ever been, the revelation that she was not a prostitute, made them even more bitter.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Leitmotif: The song she sang for Tyrion
    "I loved a maid as far as summer/with sunlight in her hair".
  • The Lost Lenore: For Tyrion, especially after learning that she truly loved him.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: In a roundabout way, but Tywin fearing that a relationship between his son and Tysha would sully the Lannister name forces Jaime to lie about her and discrediting her to Tyrion. Years later, when Tyrion, accused of regicide is freed by Jaime, the latter tells him the truth driving Tyrion to fury. He then confronts Tywin and upon hearing him confirm the truth, he murders him, the Hand of the King, plunging Westeros into instability after a terrible war, all for an innocent girl whose treatment few in the seven kingdoms would bat an eye against.
  • Malicious Slander: In Tywin's eyes the only reason any girl would want to marry Tyrion was for his gold so to him all common born girls are whores, but he went the extra distance and had Jaime give a False Confession to slander Tysha before his son's eyes.
  • Nice Girl
  • Rape as Backstory: One of the most cruel examples. Upon learning that his son, a Lannister, a scion of the richest family in Westeros, married a crofter's daughter, Tywin had his household guard gang-rape her and then forced Tyrion to rape her as well.
  • Rescue Romance: Though technically it was Jaime who saved her.
  • Unkempt Beauty
  • Walking the Earth: Tywin cruelly taunts Tyrion about this, noting that she's gone "Wherever whores go" and that Tyrion will likely never find her. Tyrion kills his father for this.

Dragonseed

On the island of Dragonstone, the Targaryens and Valeryons practice the right of first night, resulting in bastard children with the potential to be dragon riders. Such children are revered on the island, and they played a huge role in the Dance of the Dragons.

     Hugh Hammer 

Hugh Hammer

A blacksmith's bastard on Dragonstone during the time of the Dance of the Dragons.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His downfall began when he crowned himself king.
  • The Big Guy/The Brute: Hugh was tall and huge, with hands strong enough to twist steel bars.
  • Blood Knight: He wasn't a really a knight, but he loved battle.
  • Character Death: Hugh was betrayed and slain by Ser Jon Roxton during the Second Battle of Tumbleton, when Hugh crowned himself king and tried to kill Prince Daemon Targaryen.
  • Dragon Rider: He rode Vermithor, who once belong to King Jaehaerys I.
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Heroic Bastard/Bastard Bastard: At first it could be argued either way, but after betraying Queen Rhaenyra, he's definitely the latter.
  • In-Series Nickname: Hard Hugh. He's also one of The Betrayers.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ulf the White.
  • Turncoat: He initially fought for the blacks, but turned to the greens when he and Ulf the White started the First Battle of Tumbleton. Together, he and Ulf the White are known as The Betrayers.

     Ser Ulf the White 

Ser Ulf the White

A man-at-arms on Dragonstone during the time of the Dance of the Dragons.

     Addam Velaryon 
See the House Velaryon page

     Nettles 

Nettles aka "Netty"

A common girl who accepts the call for dragonriders during the Civil War between King Aegon II and Queen Rhaenyra. She's able to tame a feral dragon nicknamed Sheepstealer, rides it against an invading Tyroshi fleet, and later teams up with Prince Daemon in his search for Prince Aemond Targaryen and his dragon Vhagar.


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