Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire Other Westerosi
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The Gold Cloaks
The City Watch of King's Landing
The Gold CloaksA standing military force of tasked with the defense of the City of King's Landing, the enforcement of laws and the security of the city. Unlike household guards, the members of the City Watch are hired and may belong to any level of society. They seemingly fall under the authority of the Master of Laws. At the start of the series the City Watch is headed by Janos Slynt.
- Bling of War: The golden cloaks that give them their nickname were introduced by Prince Daemon Targaryen when he headed the organization.
- Dirty Cop: Since they are a hired force instead of taking vows, most of them are loyal to whoever pays their salaries.
- In-Series Nickname: Goldcloaks, due to their golden-dyed cloaks.
Humfrey WatersA bastard of the Crownlands and captain of the Dragon Gate.
Allar DeemA member of the City Watch loyal to Janos Slynt.
- Blind Obedience: Slynt mentions he carries orders without question.
- The Brute
- The Dreaded: The people of King's Landing fear him.
- The Ghost: Only mentioned.
- Psycho for Hire
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Tyrion has him sent to the Wall along with the five others candidates put forth by Slynt to replace him. Tyrion also implies that he should be thrown overboard during the voyage north.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's the one that kills baby Barra, a bastard of King Robert.
- See the The Night's Watch character page.
Ser Jacelyn Bywater
Ser Addam Marbrand
Ser Osfryd Kettleblack
The Alchemists' Guild
The Alchemists' GuildAn ancient order of learned men boasting arcane knowledge, including transmute metals. Today they are mostly devoted to the production of a rare substance commonly known as "wildfire", the novels equivalent to Greek Fire. They have mostly been supplanted by the Order of Maesters.
- Ancient Tradition
- Impartial Purpose-Driven Faction
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Their so-called "abilities". The production of wildfire, however, is somewhat magical. Above the cells were acolytes prepare wildfire are rooms filled with sand, which they boast have been laid with "spells" so the quenching sand falls to smother the flames (and the careless acolyte) should any fire appear.
- Non-Indicative Name: They are uninvolved with the stereotypical alchemical pursuits of creating gold from base metals and/or searching for the elixir of life. Notably, one character calling himself The Alchemist does speak of the former, but he's a Faceless Man and not an actual member of the Guild.
- The Order
- Order Reborn: During the days of the Mad King they became prominent once again, due to Aerys' obsession with fire.
- The Remnant: In recent centuries they were supplanted by the Maesters. They enjoyed a brief resurgence during the reign of Mad King Aerys, a noted Pyromaniac, but afterward they have fallen low once again
- Secret Art: The production of wildfire is their closest guarded secret.
- Secret Weapon: During Robert's Rebellion they produced vast amounts of wildfire for the Mad King and hid it in secret caches throughout King's Landing in order to destroy the city should the rebels win the war. Jaime killed the Mad King and his pyromancers before the wildfire caches could be ignited.
Wisdom/Lord RossartThe Grand Master of the Alchemist's Guild during the latter years of the Mad King's reign and a member of his court. The Mad King even made him a member of the Small Council and later the Hand of the King.
- Court Mage: to the Mad King
- The Dragon: After burning Qarlton Chelsted alive for refusing to go along with the Wildfire Plot, Rossart was made Hand of the King by the Mad King.
- Kill It with Fire: He burned Rickard Karstark in his armor.
- Torture Technician
- Only One Name: Due to being lowborn
- Posthumous Character: He was killed by Jaime Lannister along with the Mad King to prevent the destruction of King's Landing.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Mad King.
Wisdoms Garigus & Belis
Wisdoms Garigus & BelisWisdoms of the Alchemist's Guild under the reign of the Mad King.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Garigus wept for mercy when Jaime found him.
- Buy Them Off: Belis tried to bribe Jaime with gold in exchange for his life.
- Court Mage: To the Mad King.
- Torture Technician
- Only One Name
- Posthumous Character: They were killed by Jaime Lannister days after killing Aerys and Rossart to make sure they didn't carry out Aerys' orders of destroying the city and its inhabitants with wildfire.
- Those Two Bad Guys
- Undying Loyalty: To the Mad King.
- "The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They gave us voices, so we might worship them with song. They gave us hands, so we might build them temples. And they gave us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way."
- 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.
AlayayaChataya'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.
Symon Silver Tongue
- "I shall sing the night of King Joffrey’s wedding. Should it happen that I am called to court, why, I will want to offer the king my very best compositions, songs I have sung a thousand times that are certain to please. If I should find myself singing in some dreary winesink, though... well, that would be an apt occasion to try my new song. For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm."
- Ambition Is Evil: Symon initially benefits from his friendship with Shae, becoming part of the Stokeworth household, but then he overreaches and tries to blackmail Tyrion with a song about his affair with Shae to get into the singers contest of Joffrey's wedding. Tyrion decides its enough and has Bronn ill him to protect Shae from Cersei and Tywin.
- Smug Snake: He thinks to high on his own ability to play the game. It ends up getting him killed.
- Human Resources: His body ends up in a pot shop that accepts all kinds of meat.
- Meaningful Name: Inverted Trope. Though a creative singer, his "silver tongue" - a common nickname for clever speakers and orators - is not as silver as to get Tyrion to trust him and ends up getting killed for his "For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm" song.
- Too Dumb to Live: As Tyrion puts it, a smarter man should've at least pretended not to recognize Tyrion on their first meeting.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks being an Opportunistic Bastard will pay off. But he's going up against Tyrion.
- "My work is costly, and I make no apologies for that, my lord. You will not find craftsmanship equal to mine anywhere in the Seven Kingdoms, I promise you."
- The Ace: He is acknowledged as the best smith in King's Landing.
- Badass Boast: Makes several about his skill as a smith. Given his reputation and the skill of smiths from Qohor, he is likely not exaggerating.
Tobho (to Eddard Stark): I could fashion a direwolf helm so real that children will run from you in the street.
- The Blacksmith: The best one in King's Landing, and maybe all of Westeros. His store on the Street of Steel is larger than any other smithy as well.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Gendry came into his apprenticeship via an unknown benefactor who paid for the craft. Though otherwise unremarkable, Mott noted Gendry for his strength and craftsmanship. He later saved Gendry's life from the Lannisters and the Gold Cloaks after the last two Hands of the King die after inquiring about the boy; it is not known who warned him and when was he warned.note Unbeknownst, Gendry surmised that he probably grew tired of him when he surrendered him to the Night's Watch. Considering that Gendry is a very talented blacksmith in the works, it must have been costly for Mott.
- 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.
- "I truly didn't kick no one to death, Arry. I just sold my Mommy's pies."
- "If they come back, I say we yield."
The Antler Men
The Antler MenA group of rich traders and merchants loyal to House Baratheon plotting against King Joffrey and to support Stannis.
- Animal Motifs: Stags. When captured, antlers are nailed to their heads.
- Abnormal Ammo: During the Battle of the Blackwater, they are flung from the great trebuchets called the Three Whores.
- The Conspiracy: They had armed several hundred men and planned to seize the Old Gate when Stannis brought his siege and open the gate for him.
- Failure Is the Only Option: They stood no chance against Varys and his little birds.
- Meaningful Name: Demonstrating their loyalty to House Baratheon. Becomes an in-universe Harsher in Hindsight, when antlers are nailed to their heads.
- Undying Loyalty: To House Baratheon.
Citizens - Historical
The ShepherdA one-handed unknown man who preached during the Dance of the Dragons that dragons were demons who would bring doom to King's Landing and rallied the common folk of King's Landing into storming the Dragonpit. He survived the Storming of the Dragonpit and his mob ruled King's Landing during the "Moon of the Three Kings", until Borros Baratheon seized the city.
- Only Known By His Nickname: His true name is lost to history.
- Knight Templar
- The Man Behind the Man: He seemed to be a religious agitator employed by the Faith of the Seven; this is suggested by one of the dragon-slayers' behavior while striking the dragon, which he did seven times while reciting each of the Seven's names.
- One Thing Led to Another: A non-sexual example. The people he roused against Rhaenyra Targaryen were just common folk armed with whatever they had in their hands at the time; the men that stormed the Dragonpit knew how to kill dragons (aim to the eyes), wore armor and were surprisingly well armed.
- Shrouded in Myth: His origins are completely unknown, with some speculating he was a poor beggar, and others suggesting he was a member of the Poor Fellows.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is unknown, but he may have died in the Storming of the Dragonpit.
Hobb the Hewer
Hobb the HewerA woodsman and part of the mob that stormed the Dragonpit. He slew Shrykos.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon
- The Dragonslayer: He slew Shrykos.
- Historical Hero Upgrade/Historical Villain Downgrade: Depending on your POV. Some tales claim he also slew Syrax, which historians hold as highly unlikely.
- Knight Templar: Like the Shepherd, he was religiously motivated, as he rained axe blows to Shrykos's head, he yelled out the names of each of the Seven. He killed Shrykos with the seventh blow - the Stranger's.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is unknown, but it is likely he died.
The Burning Knight
The Burning KnightAn unidentified man that took part in the Storming of the Dragonpit. He slew Morghul.
- Blade on a Stick: His weapon
- The Dragonslayer: He slew Morghul.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: His true name is unknown. It is most likely he wasn't even a real knight. He was named so because he was encased in heavy armor.
- Man on Fire: Due to rushing headlong into Morghul's flames. His armor melted and the fire devoured him. Thus his nickname.
- Taking You with Me: He died killing Morghul with a spear.
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."
- 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.
- Consummate Professional: He'll do anything within his capabilities as long as the price is enough to offset the difficulty and/or social stigma.
- 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 finishes off the poor idiot as he's pinned beneath the dead horse.
- 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.
- 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 for underappreciating him (heck: this lone reason would not be something Tyrion would actually complain about, either — and, Bronn would damn well know it) 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 while his ex-boss was out for the count.
- 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.
- Wild Card: Bronn has many of the features of one. And, when he's on your side, the chances of your success do, in fact, go up simply because he's a damn fine sellsword. But, that's the rub: no pay, no way, good day.
- 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."
- 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 PennilessA hedge knight who travels with Ser Creighton Longbough. His coat-of-arms is a gold and ermine gyronny pattern.
Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen
Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen
The Mad Mouse
- "Your common mouse will run from blood and battle. The mad mouse seeks them out."
- 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.
Hedge Knights and Sellswords - Historical
Ser Perkin the Flea
Ser Perkin the FleaA hedge knight living in King's Landing during the Dance of the Dragons. During the riots against Rhaenyra's rule, he crowned his squire Trystane Truefyre. He occupied the Red Keep after Rhaenyra fled King's Landing. He was later arrested when Aegon II returned to the capital.
- Knighting: He would knight anyone who swore their service to Trystane.
- The Man Behind the Man: After installing Trystane, he began to issue edicts on his behalf.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After Lord Cregan Stark arrested the conspirators in the murder of Aegon II, many of the accused chose to take the black and join the Night's Watch, led by Ser Perkin.
Ser Trystane Truefyre
Ser Trystane TruefyreThe squire of Ser Perkin the Flea, he was briefly installed as king in the Red Keep in chaos following Rhaenyra fleeing King's Landing. Ser Perkin claimed Trystane was the natural son of King Viserys I.
- Alliterative Name
- Character Death: He was put to death by Aegon II when he retook King's Landing.
- Knighting: Before being put to death, he had one request: to be knighted. Aegon II granted this request before having Trystane executed.
- My Nayme Is
- Puppet King: To Ser Perkin
- The Squire: To Ser Perkin the Flea.
The Clans of the Mountains of the Moon
The Clans of the Mountains of the MoonSavage clans who live in the Mountains of the Moon in the Vale, they hate the Arryns and rob any passing travelers. The clans include the Black Ears, Stone Crows, Burned Men, Milk Snakes, Moon Brothers, Painted Dogs, Sons of the Mist, and the Stone Crows. They are descended from those of the original First Men inhabitants of the Vale who fled into the mountains rather than assimilate themselves with the invading Andals.
- Self-Mutilation Equals Authority: The Burned Men perform self-mutilation as a rite of passage to demonstrate their bravery. Cutting off one's nipple or finger is pretty typical. Timett took it Up to Eleven by gouging out his own eye with a hot knife, which was so impressive that he was immediately promoted to warleader.
- Ax-Crazy: The rest of Westeros see mountain clans as this, the mountain clans see the Burned Men as this, and even the Burned Men are a little wary around Timett.
- Badass: All of the mountain clans are fierce fighters, and make travel into and out of the Vale a risky proposition for small groups or those with no weapons.
- Battle Trophy: The Black Ears tribe cuts off the ears of their captured enemies but leaves them alive to prove they do not fear retaliation.
- The Brute: Several clans fulfill this role for Tyrion, and they are widely hated by the people of King's Landing. Shagga is the most obvious example.
- Character Death: Ulf son of Umar and Conn son of Corratt are both slain at the Battle of the Green Fork.
- I Am X, Son of Y: How they introduce themselves. Tyrion catches on and introduces himself as "Tyrion, son of Tywin".
- Not So Different: Tywin points out to his son that there's little difference between the Mountain Clans and the Psycho for Hire thugs he uses to Rape, Pillage, and Burn villages in the Riverlands. Later we hear of the Stone Crows massacring villages in the Vale and carrying off their women.
- The Remnant: They are descendants of the First Men that refused to bow to the Andals. This is supported in the fact that they also practice bride stealing like the Free Folk.
- Unkempt Beauty: Conn, son of Corratt is described as "handsome if he bathed".
Shagga, son of Dolf
A clan chief of the Stone Crows, Shagga becomes one of Tyrion's closest allies.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries three axes as his weapons, normally wielding two at once with the third as a backup.
- Annoying Arrows: He is hit by several arrows during the Battle of the Green Fork, but does not notice them in his grief for Conn. Most of them just got stuck in his armor, but a few did pierce his flesh, but he is fine when he removes them after the battle ends.
- Badass Beard
- Berserker Tears: When his friend Conn is killed.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He never stops boasting.
- Catch Phrase: "I'll chop off your manhood and feed it to the goats" is Shagga's favorite threats; it is sometimes used by Tyrion to great effect. It turns out that Shagga refers to a man's beard as his "manhood".
- Dual Wielding
- Third-Person Person: He often speaks in this manner.
Timett, son of Timett
A Red Hand of the Burned Men, one of the most feared mountain clans.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He is described as a gaunt youth, and is not yet twenty years old when he first appears. He leads the Burned Men because he is the most Badass one there. When a Burned Man comes of age, he must burn a body part - usually a finger, toe or other expendable body part. Timett chose to put out his own eye, doing so with a red hot knife. The Burned Men were so impressed they promoted him to "Red Hand" (a war leader) on the spot.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Dual Wielding
- Eye Scream: He burned out his own eye just to prove how Badass he is.
- In-Series Nickname: Timett One-Eye.
- Macho Masochism
- Put on a Bus: He and his men go back to the Vale after the Battle of the Blackwater, after being denied reentrance to King's Landing following Tyrion's injury.
Chella, daughter of Cheyk
A clan chief of the Black Ears. The only one of Tirion's wildling lieutenants to return to him after the Battle of the Blackwater, but was driven off.
- Action Girl/Dark Action Girl/Action Mom: She has forty-eight ears on the necklace around her neck. According to her, her sons have also taken many.
- The Dark Chick: In Tyrion's group of allies.
- Put on a Bus: Returns to the Vale after the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her necklace of ears.
- The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female leader of the Mountain Clans who is part of Tyrion's army.
DragonseedOn the islands of Dragonstone and Driftmark, 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.
- "Why be a lord when you can be a king?"
- 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. He was also violent and abusive.
- 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 Daeron 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 Bad 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
Ulf the White, Ulf the SotA man-at-arms on Dragonstone during the time of the Dance of the Dragons.
- The Alcoholic
- Ambition Is Evil: He was offered the position of Lord of Bitterbridge, but he refused to accept any castle worth less than Highgarden.
- Character Death: He died from poisoned wine.
- Dragon Rider: He rode Silverwing, who once belonged to Queen Alysanne.
- Fatal Flaw: His vices, specifically his drinking.
- The Hedonist: He had the thing for wine and whores.
- Heroic Bastard/Bastard Bastard: At first it could be argued either way, but after betraying Queen Rhaenyra, he's definitely the latter. He went as far a feeding those who displeased him to Silverwing.
- In-Series Nickname: Ulf the White, Ulf the Sot, or one of The Betrayers.
- Knighting: He was knighted by Queen Rhaenyra herself for his role in the Battle of the Gullet.
- Never Learned to Read
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: He spent the Second Battle of Tumbleton asleep in a tavern.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Hugh Hammer
- Turncoat: He initially fought for the blacks, but turned to the greens when he and Hugh Hammer started the First Battle of Tumbleton. Together, he and Hugh Hammer are known as The Betrayers.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He was known for his white hair, hence his nickname, and his vices.
Addam of Hull
- See the House Velaryon page
Alyn of Hull
- See the House Velaryon page
NettyA 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. It's not known whether Nettles was a Dragonseed proper, but evidence points out that she wasn't.
- Action Girl: Rode her dragon in the Battle of the Gullet.
- Ambiguously Brown: She was dark-skinned, brown-eyed, and black-haired, and though she lived on Dragonstone, her origins are otherwise unknown.
- The Black Sheep: She was grouped with the Dragonseeds, even when it has never been determined whether she was related to either Velaryons or Targaryens; considering the way she lured her dragon mount, it's not likely that she was.
- Did They or Didn't They?: The chronicles make no mention of how Daemon and Nettles spent their last night together, although the general assumption is that they were lovers.
- Dragon Rider: Of Sheepstealer.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was born a simple peasant girl. Taming a dragon expanded her career opportunities quite drastically.
- Guile Heroine: She tames a feral, adult dragon! Everyone else who tried that did it by marching into the dragon's lair and trying to force it to obey them. (Spoiler alert: they died horribly.) But Nettles is too smart for that — she gets a butchered sheep and takes it to the dragon, every day, until it recognizes her and trusts her. That's it. Simple logic elevates this bastard peasant girl to a Dragon Rider and major player in the war.
- Heroic Bastard: One of the "dragonseeds" who accepted the challenge of taming a dragon, though it's not known if she does actually have Targaryen blood in her.
- In-Series Nickname: "Netty"; an affectionate nickname given to her by Daemon.
- Intergenerational Friendship/May-December Romance: Daemon is in his forties, Nettles is sixteen. Although it's commonly believed they were lovers, the nature of their relationship was rather ambiguous. The In-Universe author of The World of Ice & Fire does seem to subscribe to the theory, but that's just his opinion.
- The Lad-ette: She was described as "skinny, foul-mouthed, filthy and fearless". Still, she's not described as ugly.
- Morality Pet: Prince Daemon is the one who sent assassins to kill Queen Helaena's son before her eyes, an act that drove her insane, but he refuses to allow Nettles to be executed.
- Put On A Dragon: Prince Daemon helps Nettles saddle Sheepstealer, then the girl and her dragon fly away and are never seen again.
- Shrouded in Myth: Given that they Never Found the Body of Prince Daemon, the singers claim he found Nettles again and the two of them lived out their days together.
- A cryptic reference in The World of Ice and Fire suggests she may have hid in the Mountains of the Moon, where the native clan called the Burned Men were formed around worship of a mysterious fire witch and her dragon living in a cave.
- Uptown Girl: Inverted. A skinny, dirty, foul-mouthed commoner, Nettles is accused of taking Prince Daemon Targaryen as a bedmate, for which she's condemned to death by Queen Rhaenyra after all the bastards serving under her come under suspicion.
- Wrongfully Accused: Suspected of treason after two of the other dragonseeds turn their cloaks, and condemned to death. Averted thanks to the decency of the Lord of Maidenpool and his maester, who tipped Prince Daemon off about the queen's order rather than violate Sacred Hospitality by murdering a guest/child under their roof.
SmallfolkThe commonfolk of Westeros, often referred to as smallfolk by the lords and ladies of the noble houses. They are sworn to serve the lord who controls the land on which they live and have fewer rights and privileges than knights and nobles. When wars are waged in the Seven Kingdoms, it is the smallfolk who suffer the most.
The young, beautiful wife of a blacksmith from Fairmarket, Megette caught the eye of Aegon the Unworthy when his horse threw a shoe and he had to get it a new one. He brought Megette back to King's Landing and was "wed" to her in secret by a mummer playing as septon. The relationship ended when his father Prince Viserys sent Megette back to her husband, who beat her to death within a year.
- Buxom Is Better: She's describes as having a large chest.
- Domestic Abuse: Her husband beat her to death after getting her back.
- Interclass Romance: Aegon was a prince, and she was a common woman.
- Odd Name Out: She named her daughters Alysanne, Lily, Willow, and Rosey. Only Alysanne isn't a nature-themed name.
- Rags to Riches/Riches to Rags: She lived the high life as a prince's mistress and even had her own house in King's Landing. But a few years later Viserys II took that all away and sent her back to where she came from.
- Taking the Veil: Viserys sent Meg's four daughters to serve the Faith as septas.
- Your Cheating Heart: She was Aegon the Unworthy's second mistress, despite already being married.
- 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.
Outlaws and Rebels - Historical
The Kingswood Brotherhood
Simon Toyne, The Smiling Knight, Wenda the White Fawn, Oswyn Longneck the Thrice-Hanged, Big Belly Ben, Fletcher Dick, Ulmer of the KingswoodAn outlaw band that existed prior to the start of the series, they were hunted down and largely killed by Aerys' kingsguard, including a young Jaime Lannister.
- Blood Knight: "The Smiling Knight" was an Ax-Crazy Master Swordsman and a Blood Knight who was obsessed with the thought of crossing swords with the luminaries of the Kingsguard. Jaime, who once crossed swords with him laments that he has become the Smiling Knight as opposed to his goal of being like Ser Arthur Dayne (the Knight in Shining Armor who slew the Smiling Knight).
- Foil: Jaime compares them to the later Brotherhood Without Banners, superficially being two Robin Hood-inspired outlaw bands. The interesting twist is that the Kingswood Brotherhood having purely venal intentions, tended to deal out minor punishments, as attested to by the experience of Merrett Frey who was a captive of both groups he was branded on the buttocks by the Kingswood Brotherhood and lynched by the Brotherhood Without Banners. The Brotherhood, being that they were originally officers of the court carrying out a royal command, are much more focused dispensing justice with extreme prejudice at those they deem to be war criminals and corrupt lords.
- Heel-Face Turn: Ulmer, the only member currently confirmed to be alive took a "Get out of Jail Free" Card and joined the Night's Watch to escape execution. He turns out to be a quite effective and loyal Brother.
- Just Like Robin Hood: They initially won support and shelter from peasants by spreading their wealth around but rather than fighting against the Sheriff of Nottingham, it was Ser Arthur Dayne who dealt with them. Ser Arthur was such a Knight in Shining Armor that he won the hearts and minds from the smallfolk, successfully appealed toa pre-insanity Aerys to improve conditions for the small-folk, and the Kingswood Brotherhood lost support completely. This is something which separates them from the Brotherhood who really are La Résistance fighting against the corrupt Freys and Lannisters, under whom even the reformed Ser Jaime is tarnished with Guilt By Association.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Oswyn Longneck, the Thrice-Hanged.
- Master Swordsman: The Smiling Knight.
- Noble Fugitive: Simon Toyne, who became the leader of the Kingswood Brotherhood after becoming the last living member of his house following a few too many disagreements with the Targaryens.
- Predecessor Villain
- Slasher Smile: It's generally assumed that "The Smiling Knight" sported one of these.
- The Smurfette Principle: Wenda the White Fawn was the only female member.
Harren the Red
Harren the RedClaiming to be the grandson of Harren the Black, Harren the Red troubled the reign of King Aenys I when he and his men entered Harrenhal and killed Lord Gargon Qoherys. His band was later put down by Hand of the King Lord Alyn Stokeworth.
- Authority in Name Only: He claimed the titles Lord of Harrenhal and King of the Rivers, but he was little more than a common bandit.
- Badass: He managed to cause significant trouble for Aenys, killing the entire garrison of Harrenhal and raiding throughout the Riverlands and Crownlands. Harren even managed to kill Lord Alyn Stokeworth, but was killed in turn by Lord Alyn's squire.
- Bastard Bastard/Heroic Bastard: Depending on your point of view, of course.
- Outlaw: Never truly started a rebellion against the Iron Throne, as most of his attacks were simple bandit raids.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Yeah, a guy called "Red" wouldn't be invoking blood at all, right?
- Rebel Leader: From a certain point of view, yes (i.e. those who were sick of Gargon Qoherys many, many perceived faults). From another, "invading tyrant" may have been closer (those who weren't).
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Implied. Gargon Qoherys' 0% Approval Rating clearly led some to support the bandit Harren, despite his claims of being of the "Black Line"
The Vulture Kings
The Vulture King is the name taken by a series of outlaws who rose against the Iron Throne.
The First Vulture KingA Dornishman, the first Vulture King raised an army of thirty thousand commoners in revolt against King Aenys I. He was hunted down and killed by Lord Orys Baratheon and the Marcher Lords in a campaign known as the Vulture Hunt.
- Badass: He won many victories early in his revolt, making it seem as if the Targaryen dynasty was threatened under only its second monarch.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: At its peak, his army had thirty-thousand men. He then made the mistake of splitting it up, knowing that he lacked the supplies to keep such a large army running and hoping that each group would be able to find supplies and keep the battle going. Instead, each group was taken out individually and the Vulture King was hunted down and killed.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His true name is unknown.
- Rebel Leader: Unlike Harren the Red, the Vulture King did try to start a revolution against the Targaryens.
The Second Vulture KingThe second Vulture King rose against Daeron the Good. House Dondarrion and House Caron joined forces and defeated the him. When they burned him out of the Red Mountains, they had some eight hundred knights and nearly four thousand foot.
- Rebel Leader: Like his predecessor, the Vulture King led a rebellion against the Iron Throne.
The Rat, The Hawk and The Pig
A trio of outlaws during Aegon V's reign.