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!House Greyjoy
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-->''"We do not sow."''

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

-->'''Stannis Baratheon:''' ''As sailors and warriors, the ironborn are unparalleled. But they are not soldiers. They have no discipline, no strategy, no unity. In a battle, each man fights only for his own glory.''


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

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[[folder:In General]]
* AnimalMotifs[=/=]EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Their sigil is the Kraken. The Greyjoys think its intimidating and even Olenna thinks it's an impressive sigil. Ramsay Snow however, notes that it's a bit less impressive than they would wish to believe.
--> '''Ramsay Snow:''' Kraken. Mmm. ''Strong'' -- as long as they're in the sea. When you take them out of the water... No bones. They collapse under their proud weight and slump into a heap of ''nothing''. You'd think they'd know that. Unfortunately, ''they're not very bright''.
* BadassBoast: Their motto "We do not sow" -- they are not content to live menial lives as laborers or slaves, they are conquerors and they will take what is theirs with iron and strength.
* BadassLongcoat: The clothing worn by Balon, Yara, and some of their men are heavily reminiscent of this, making them look less like Vikings and more like pirates.
* BadassCreed: "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."
* ButtMonkey: Everyone hates them, and they're always making incredibly poor decisions that lead to them getting their asses kicked in one way or another. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Even worse when you consider that, when the Targaryens invaded, the ironborn (though not the Greyjoys; at the time they were ruled by House Hoare and Harren the Black, builder of Harrenhal) ruled the whole Riverlands, and then lost it all, thanks to Aegon's dragons. The Tullys, the current lords of the Riverlands, earned their title for leading the rebellion that helped oust Harren during Aegon's conquest.[[/labelnote]]
* ChronicBackStabbingDisorder: In-universe they have this reputation due to attempts to rebel whenever they think the have the slightest chance of winning (and even when they really don't).
* DemotedToExtra: A significant portion of their subplots and screen-time were removed from the first four seasons. Namely, Aeron and Victarion Greyjoy are entirely absent. [[spoiler:The casting for season six makes it clear that Euron at least is going to show up.]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: They pretty much all hate each other, and if Balon despised Theon before he was castrated, as of the Season 3 finale, he wouldn't piss on Theon if his heart were on fire. That said, Balon is fond of Yara, and Yara is surprisingly protective of Theon.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Since Aegon's conquest they've had to eke out a living on the small and inhospitable islands, supplemented by raiding. They are, without doubt, the poorest of the Lords Paramount. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Once, the Ironborn controlled the prosperous and populous Riverlands as well as the Iron Islands (a parallel to Viking Russia), and even had their capital on the mainland, specifically Harrenhal, which was built by Harren the Black, the last Ironborn king of the Riverlands. When the Targaryens invaded the Ironborn kingdom, the Tullys and other Riverlords rose up in support of Aegon the Conqueror, and Harren and his sons burned when Aegon attacked Harrenhal with dragons. After the dust settled, Aegon allowed the Ironborn to elect a lord, and they chose the Greyjoys.[[/labelnote]]
* InformedAbility: The Greyjoys and the Iron Islanders are supposed to be feared badass vikings who once humiliated Tywin Lannister by torching his fleet at Lannisport. But aside from isolated stealth raids and easy targets against small garrisons, we hardly see any display of their vaunted ferocity and battle prowess. Even Yara Greyjoy despite her skill in battle, and despite having conscripted the "best killers" in the Iron Islands to aid her quest to rescue Theon, is outfought by a grinning shirtless maniac and is promptly chased away by said maniac's pack of hounds. Weirdly, Theon is the only Greyjoy who has shown decent skill in battle (in particular being an expert archer and one of Robb's best soldiers) and yet he is the hated ButtMonkey of the Iron Islands and the North.
* {{Jerkass}}: All three Greyjoys we've met so far were introduced as complete assholes; although to be fair, Yara is [[AntiVillain extremely protective]], in her own way, of Theon, at least as of the end of Season 3, where she resolves to rescue him from the Dreadfort, despite Balon's having given up on him, and by that time Theon had all remaining jerkassery beaten, flayed, and ripped out of him.
* {{Pirate}}: A whole family of them
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: A deconstruction, they have the prowess, but their uncompromising pride carries a poor strategic thinking, which makes this house the Iron ButtMonkey of Westeros. Stannis Baratheon notes in the History and Lore videos that even the Greyjoys naval superiority is let down by their lack of discipline which allowed him to destroy their proud Iron Fleet at Fair Isle during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
-->'''Theon:''' Known for their skills in archery, navigation and lovemaking.\\
'''Maester Luwin:''' And failed rebellions.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Their specialty.
* {{Seven Deadly Sins}}: Envy.
* ShoutOut: With their banner being a squid, their populace degenerate and violent, and their religion's motto being "What is dead may never die," the Greyjoys invoke many of the tertiary elements of the CthulhuMythos.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Greyjoys capture of important Northern areas, especially Moat Cailin and Winterfell completely sabotaged Robb's Northern campaign, trapping him in the South with his army, preventing him from returning to retake his lands.
* StupidEvil: They tend to attack whenever they think they can gain anything from it, even if they can't actually hold onto it because they aren't very effective on land against trained soldiers. If you have other enemies to deal with this can actually makes them dangerous to be around because though they may be doomed to fail and are too short sighted to be initially reasoned with they could still end up taking you down with them in the process.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen
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[[folder:King Balon Greyjoy]][[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Balon_Greyjoy_9360.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"No man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown. That is who I am. That is who we have always been."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/PatrickMalahide

-->''"The ironborn will reave and pillage as it was in the old days all along the northern coast. We'll spread out dominion across the green lands securing the Neck and everything above. Every stronghold will fall to us one by one."''

Lord Balon Greyjoy is Lord of the Iron Isles, and the Lord Reaper of Pyke -- capital of the Isles. More than a decade ago, Lord Balon claimed the title of Iron King and rose in rebellion against King Robert. Robert, Eddard and Jon Arryn put an end to it, destroying his army and killing his eldest sons. Ned Stark then took Balon's youngest surviving son Theon as hostage to keep Balon loyal to the Iron Throne. Balon has been itching for revenge and another shot at independence ever since, and the great houses' distraction with the War of the Five Kings has given him the opportunity to crown himself Iron King once again. Instead of attacking the traditional Ironborn enemies (Tullys[=/=]Mallisters, Lannisters, and Tyrells), Balon unleashed his forces on the North, which was largely undefended due to Robb's campaign in the south.
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* AbusiveParents:
** To Theon. In ''Mhysa'', he refuses to save Theon from the Boltons because Theon disobeyed him by attacking Winterfell and because he is "no longer a man."
** It seems that Yara didn't have it much better in the past after all:
-->'''Yara''': We both loved our mother. We both... ''endured'' our father...
* ARealManIsAKiller: Balon believes this pretty strongly.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: The look on his face when Theon calls him out, throwing back his own declaration that as Greyjoys, "We take what is ours", right back in his face.
--> '''Theon''': You ''gave me away'', if you remember?! The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon! After he ''[[CurbStompBattle crushed]]'' you! Did you "[[IronicEcho take what was yours]]", then?!
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Enough to throw Theon almost to the other side of the room. Somehow...
* {{Badass}}: Well in the past at least, when he rebelled against Robert Baratheon and the Iron Throne, but he really has not shown any badassery in the show.
* BadassLongcoat: It makes him look like a pirate! ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture Which he]] [[DontExplainTheJoke is]]).
* BadassBoast: See the quote above.
* BigBadWannabe: Balon is one of the Five Kings contending for the Iron Throne, but none of his fellow potential kings give him the same consideration as they do each other. They have good reason to consider him an irritation as opposed to a WorthyOpponent:
** His warriors might be vicious, but they're raiders as opposed to conquerors and regularly insubordinate with little sense of loyalty.
** The Iron Islands are largely isolated and Balon himself lurks alone in his keep taking no advice from anyone. The biggest threat the Greyjoys ever pose was the taking of Winterfell, which was entirely due to Theon and Dagmer going rogue as opposed to any direction from Balon. Even though he hasn't been incapacitated, nobody beyond the Boltons (who see the Greyjoys as a nuisance at best) consider him a danger, and why would they? He's an isolated old man who occasionally throws out his tentacles only to get them repeatedly lopped off.
* BerserkButton: Bringing up how his last rebellion ended seems to be this for him.
* ButtMonkey: A bit more formidable than the usual type. Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon utterly destroyed Balon's rebellion, and nobody seems to have considered the Ironmen to be much more than a nuisance ever since.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single scene in Season 3, and hasn't appeared since.
* {{Determinator}}: You can remind him about the massive failure that was his first rebellion, the deaths of the majority of his sons, his humiliation at the hands of Eddard Stark, his multitudes of personal tragedy or how he can never hope to hold any land he may conquer as a result of his rebellion. Balon's gonna do it anyway.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: His main flaw as a ruler. In the first Greyjoy Rebellion, he had assumed (not without cause) that Robert's rule over the Iron Throne was still not widely accepted and hoped to capitalize on the instability and secede from the seven kingdoms. However his refusal to court allies and build alliances meant that the Greyjoys could never find support from the mainland and furthermore by attacking the Riverlands and burning Lord Tywin's ships at Lannisport, he [[GenghisGambit made himself]] a threat to all of Westeros which allowed Robert to strengthen his regime by invading the Iron Islands.
* GeneralFailure: The Ironborn have an ''excellent'' naval force, but little territory and few actual numbers. All he had to do was to side with either Lannisters or Starks and he could have become a '''decisive''' factor for ''any'' side and thus get the riches and lands the Ironborn desperately need. What does he do? Side with nobody and try to conquer land for their tiny faction, despite lacking the infantry to keep any land he gets. ''Words fail to convey the size of this strategic fail.'' By Season 3, he's barely a factor in the War of the Five Kings, and none of the serious armies even mention him. Only Stannis still considers him a "usurper," and even his disdain is mostly ''pro forma'', as he dedicates exactly no effort to defeating him.
* TheGhost: Like Stannis, he never appears in the first season, and is talked about by other characters. Patrick Malahide portrays him in Season 2.
* HonorBeforeReason: Of a sort. Balon is so dedicated to his vision of [[ARealManIsAKiller the Iron Price]] that he spurns Robb Stark's alliance, Theon's allegiance, and trade in general, despite those things potentially granting him his old lands and full title, an heir, and the ability for his kingdom to prosper, respectively. Even Stannis Baratheon is more pragmatic.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Balon is quick to point out the flaws of others and is especially critical of Theon for not paying the 'iron price' and being raised by the Starks...when Balon himself is the man who gave Theon away after being utterly destroyed when he got too big for his watery boots. He also resents his losses and shames before Westeros, when by all rights his own belief in the Iron Price means everything was taken from him fairly and through no one's fault but his own for not being stronger.
* IgnoredEpiphany: After Theon [[CallingTheOldManOut pointed out that everything and everyone Balon resents is Balon's own fault,]] Balon hesitates, clearly shaken by Theon's comments. He then roundly rejects them.
* IHaveNoSon: He wrote Theon off the family tree when he was taken by the Starks and acts as if it was Theon's fault, [[NeverMyFault rather than his own.]] In "Mysha", he disowns Theon again, when it's revealed he's been castrated by Ramsay Snow, thus making him unable to produce any heirs. He's even willing to simply let Theon rot in Ramsay's dungeon for all he cares.
* {{Irony}}: He disdains Theon for being weak and unmanly. Theon, who has been a senior commander in an Army which has regularly defeated regime forces, something he singularly failed to do himself. Moreover, Theon fought against and helped capture Jaime, one of the most feared warriors in Westeros, while Balon bent the knee to Robert. His accusations strike the audience as rather hollow. Unfortunately, Theon takes them to heart.
* {{Jerkass}}: He impugns Theon's masculinity close to half a dozen times within the first five minutes, after not having seen him for over a decade. He also shows contempt for the idea of either buying or negotiating for things from people, believing that it is more desirable to murder them and then rob their corpses instead. This man is an [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk asshole]] in Dennis Leary's sense of the word. In Season 3, it is revealed just how much of a scumbag he truly is when he abandons Theon to a life of unspeakable torture at the hands of Ramsay Snow after receiving Theon's castrated penis in the mail, and repeatedly insults him as an idiot who "isn't a man anymore" despite the fact that Theon sacrificed everything to make him proud and was only captured by Ramsay due to his attempt to bring honour to his family.
* MoralMyopia: He rebelled against Robert Baratheon because of his 'oppressive' rule. Which, in Balon's case, meant denying his 'right' to RapePillageAndBurn the mainland with impunity. His declaration of independence and his attack on the Starks during the War of the Five Kings is rooted in the same vicious idiocy, and equally doomed to miserable failure.
* NeverMyFault: Balon seems to avoid mentioning the fact that he began a rebellion against Robert, was utterly defeated (resulting in the deaths of his sons), bent the knee and sold his only living heir as a hostage.
* OrcusOnHisThrone[=/=]NonActionBigBad: For all his talk about "I take what is mine", he hasn't actually left Pyke in his campaign to conquer the North. So far only his children have done any actual fighting and conquering.
* PapaWolf: Comprehensively averted. When Ramsay sends [[GroinAttack a part of Theon]] with a letter threatening him to back off else he will send more organs, he pretty much tells Yara that since Theon can't advance the bloodline, he is ''dispensable''. Even Yara pretty much tells him to fuck off.
* PerilousOldFool: His forces are far too inadequate to take on ''any'' of the various armies he's choosing to stand against, but he insists on striking it out by himself because he's too proud, selfish and stubborn to even consider allying with anyone else.
* PermaStubble [[BeardOfEvil Of Evil]]: He's a hypocritical, self-serving jerk with selective memory who's in need of a shave.
* PetTheDog: He does seem to have at least some regard for Yara, if only because she more than makes up for the disappointment that is [[ButtMonkey Theon.]]
* {{Pirate}}: As a proud Ironborn, to the point their family words basically amount to "''We steal your shit and rape anyone we don't murder!''"
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Ironborn traditions and cultural predisposition towards naval raiding makes them look like one of these.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He passes up a golden opportunity not only to become a King of the Iron Islands again and gain complete independence for his people, ''and'' to become both fabulously wealthy and feared throughout all of Westeros by joining forces with the North solely for the sake of getting back at the family that was ''part'' of the force that put down his rebellion. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]This was even worse in the books, where Ned literally had nothing to do with the deaths of his sons. One of them died in a collapsing tower and the other in a battle he wasn't even present in.[[/labelnote]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Balon '''detests''' the very idea of buying something with money. To him, the only price worth paying is 'the iron price' -- i.e. to take it from someone [[ARealManIsAKiller you have killed yourself]]... Note that the words of House Greyjoy are, "We do not sow"--as in, Why be a farmer when you could be a huge bully instead and steal what other people have built?
* SmallNameBigEgo: Declared himself the King of the Iron Islands shortly after Robert's Rebellion, but had his own dreams of rebellion quickly crushed under the heel of Robert Baratheon.
* StupidEvil: Evident from his very first appearance. Balon always does the stupidest, most evil thing he can think of. He could have joined the Starks (as Theon advises) ''or'' (probably, since they were still nominally loyal to the Iron Throne before attacking the North) the Lannisters and achieve his objectives of independence for the Iron Isles -- but his insistence on acting independently means his uprising is doomed to failure once the War of Five Kings is resolved. Then again, given his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, few people would be prepared to deal with him anyway.
* VanityIsFeminine: A darker take on the trope, judging from the way Balon treats Theon and his rather gaudy choice of dress, which is nevertheless positively ''understated'' compared to some of the styles we see in King's Landing.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: He likes to think of his rebellion nine years ago as an attempt to free himself from the southern tyranny. Most non-Ironborn aren't very convinced about this, since the main form of oppression by the "southern tyranny" was to keep his people from indulging in looting and plundering their neighbors.
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[[folder:Euron Greyjoy]]
->'''Played By:''' N/A

The still-unseen brother of Balon Greyjoy.

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* TheGhost: All we know about Euron is that he exists. HBO's supplementary material shows him as Balon's only brother; it's still unclear if the other brothers have been AdaptedOut or not.
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[[folder:Prince Theon Greyjoy / Reek]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"You know what it's like to be told how lucky you are to be someone's prisoner? To be told how much YOU owe THEM?"'']][[labelnote:Click to see Reek]][[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/reek_1255.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[BrainwashedAndCrazy I know who I am! I'm Reek! Reek! Loyal Reek! Good Reek! I've always been Reek!]]"'']][[/labelnote]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/AlfieAllen

-->''"I'm a Greyjoy. I can't fight for Robb and my father both."''

Ned Stark's hostage and ward. Theon was technically a Stark hostage to [[IHaveYourWife guarantee his father Balon's good behavior]]. Due to his friendship with Robb Stark, his position in the Stark household became significantly more voluntary after Ned Stark's death. Theon betrayed the Starks, however, after Robb sent him to obtain Greyjoy support for the Starks in the War of the Five Kings, when Theon learned that his father intended to attack the North. Theon reluctantly sided with his father and joined the Greyjoy campaign, during which he managed to seize Winterfell with a handful of men. His seizure eventually failed when the Boltons (led by Ramsay Snow) besieged and retook Winterfell (allegedly on behalf of the Starks, though Ramsay actually sacked and burned Winterfell, which they blamed on Theon and the Ironborn), in the course of which Theon was captured. He has two older brothers ("Maron" and "Rodrik" in the books), both slain, and an older sister, Yara. [[labelnote:From the books...]]"Asha" in the books, but changed due to the OneSteveLimit and the presence of the similarly-named Osha on the Starks' side; this was perhaps inevitable after Theon lampshaded it in a later book.[[/labelnote]]

Since his capture, he has been extensively tortured by Ramsay Snow into adopting a second personality called Reek, serving as TheIgor to Ramsay. Theon-Reek tells Ramsay and Roose that the two Stark Princes are NotQuiteDead, casting a SpannerInTheWorks of their plans to usurp the North. Nonetheless, Ramsay keeps him as his personal pet and slave, appearing for all the world like ''one'' physical person is in fact ''two'' characters. [[spoiler:Eventually Theon returns when he and Sansa escape]].

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: When he seizes Winterfell, ''none'' of the Northerners are favourably inclined toward him. His subsequent actions pretty much results in every single Northerner wanting to kill him.
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: After having broken him completely, Ramsay finally brutally beats him into accepting "Reek" as his new name.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Averted with Theon. In the books he's noted many times to be [[HotGuysAreBastards a tall, dark and handsome]] [[TheBeautifulElite guy]]. In the show he's more of a [[CasanovaWannabe ratty guy who pays for sex]].
** Book!Theon had fingers and toes removed, his hair had turned white and since Ramsay tortured him by keeping him in a cell covered in feces, he was constantly filthy as opposed to the more grubby servant garb he wears. He is unrecognizable from the earlier Theon Greyjoy to such an extent that when Asha/Yara sees him she doesn't recognize him at all whereas in Season Four, she easily recognizes Theon at once.
* AdaptationExpansion: His captivity and torture are only given mention after the fact in the books.
* AdaptationalHeroism: While his overall actions aren't that much different between book and tv series, Theon's arrogance and cruelty are toned down in the show, and where as in the books there's a mutual dislike between him and the Starks (save Robb) in the show he's like family.
* AdaptationalVillainy: When Sansa begs his help in escaping, he betrays her confidence to Ramsay, resulting in Sansa's serving woman ally being flayed to death. Book!Theon never sold out Jeyne Poole in anything like that manner.
* AdaptationalWimp: Book!Theon actually is [[TallDarkAndHandsome attractive]], [[BatmanGambit occasionally clever]], a [[{{Badass}} good fighter]] and [[TheCasanova a ladies man]]. Show!Theon... [[ButtMonkey not so much]].
* AgonyOfTheFeet: He has a very severe and noticeable limp, no doubt a permanent reminder of having a drill very slowly cranked through his left foot, [[{{Understatement}} and, of course, the castration]].
* AlasPoorVillain: Abusive of Jon Snow, a lech, an oathbreaker, and a murderer of children, but damn if Ramsay Snow's torture doesn't make you pity Theon.
* AllForNothing: Theon finally snaps back when [[spoiler:he realizes that all his finking and kowtowing to Ramsay as Reek is meaningless because Ramsay will kill Sansa after he gets a ChildByRape from her, and in the process, Ramsay and Myranda will torture her the way he was tortured. Before he believed that keeping Ramsay happy will make things from getting worse, realizing that this isn't true helps him break out of his Reek persona for the first time]].
* AndZoidberg: Bran prays for the safety of his brothers and friends "and Theon too, I suppose."
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Yara.
* ArchEnemy: As far as he's concerned, that ''fucking hornblower''. That "fucking hornblower" turns out to be Ramsay Snow, who proves himself to be so very, '''very''' much nastier an archenemy than just an irritating musician.
* TheArcher: Makes a point of saying that the Greyjoys are famed for their archery. His skills with bow and arrow are excellent and he puts them to good use saving Bran from the Wildlings and later killing the Ravens at the Twins to ensure that Tywin Lannister would not get any news until a treaty was formed.
** Really, it's suffice to say that his skill as an archer is the [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass one thing]] that Theon ''doesn't'' screw up! Tragically, given how Ramsay Snow's been treating his fingers, Theon might not even have ''that'' anymore.
* TheAtoner: Sincerely regrets betraying the Starks, and officially starts to try and make amends for what he did [[spoiler:by saving Sansa's life and helping her escape from the Boltons.]]
* AttemptedRape: Saved by [[BadBoss Ramsay Snow,]] of all people. [[spoiler:Later becomes victim of MindRape and castration]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: While it may have no particular meaning in-universe, the creators would have known that Theon is Greek for ''{{God}}''. And Greyjoy is at least a bit foreboding, even without the history attached to it. (Whether or not he's as awesome as his name is another matter...) [[labelnote:From the books...]] There was, curiously enough, an ancient King of the North named Theon Stark, known as "the Hungry Wolf" due to his warlike reputation. That Theon carries a historic Stark name might actually play further into his issues with his adoptive family.[[/labelnote]]
* BeardOfSorrow: Justified, given that his captors haven't allowed him to shave.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: To the point that he denies his very name and identity to his own sister. Mostly as a result of his conditioning from Ramsay's TrickedIntoEscaping gambit. [[spoiler:It turns out that he remembers perfectly well who he is but it takes Sansa and his own guilt for him to reclaim himself]].
* ButtMonkey: He's a broken, pathetic man tortured into complacency and not even referred to as a man anymore, just a 'creature'.
* BadBoss: His employees are not any better.
* BeardOfSorrow: In Season 3. Justified, given that his captors haven't allowed him to shave.
* BelligerentSexualTension: It's suggested that his feelings for Ros go a little beyond wanting her for her body. Nothing ever comes of this, though, considering Ros is skewered with crossbow bolts and Theon...well, Theon's fate makes Ros look lucky.
* BigBadWannabe: Theon's manages to easily take over Winterfell but that's because every abled body man is out fighting with Robb Stark. It quickly becomes apparent that he's in over his head.
* BloodKnight: Always smirking when there is the prospect of violence going on.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Sold to the enemy by his fellow Ironborn right after exhorting them to die fighting alongside him.
* BrainBleach: After realizing that the woman he was groping and tried to seduce was actually his ''sister''.
* BreakTheHaughty: His adult life, basically. In Season 3, however, it gets so very much worse though, with pretty much everything he holds dear being (literally in some horrible, horrible cases) ripped away from him.
** His skill with the bow is almost certainly taken away from him along with many of his fingers.
** His sexual prowess is taken away in probably the most horrifying possible way when Ramsay Snow castrates him.
** His status as a Lord and his place in the Greyjoy family is taken away in two tragic ways, with him being tortured to accept "Reek" as his new name by Ramsay after Ramsay decided Theon was "too noble" a name for someone like him, and his own father utterly disowning him due to him "not being a man anymore" and abandoning him to his fate.
* ButtMonkey: Distrusted and treated like dirt by pretty much everyone except Robb.
** This becomes even more pronounced in Season 2, where not only do his own people treat him with contempt, but he manages to make a fool of himself even after taking Winterfell. Remaining a ButtMonkey while you're the leader of a conquering army is quite an achievement.
** Nearly all of his scenes in Season 3 are him being tortured. By Season 4, he's utterly broken.
* CallingTheOldManOut: In "What is Dead May Never Die", after putting up with the constant abuse from his father, for the ''horrific'' "crime" of being the price Balon had to pay for losing his sorry little war a decade prior, he snaps with the quote below. He gets a smack across the face for his trouble. Sadly, he still decides to forsake the Starks and join the Greyjoy cause at the end of the episode. That said, it did seem to break through Balon's skull for a short time. That or it just made him think back to the deaths of his other two sons.
-->'''Theon''': You act as if I ''volunteered'' to go! You ''gave me away'', if you remember?! The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon! After he ''[[CurbStompBattle crushed]]'' you! Did you "[[IronicEcho take what was yours]]", then?!
** It was possibly both, that Theon's words made Balon think about his dead sons, and for like a few seconds he understood the truth: that it was ultimately his own foolish pride and ambition that got his sons killed, not Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. He lashed out at Theon rather than face the unpalatable truth.
* CharacterTics: As a result of his indoctrination, Reek has great difficulty making eye contact; also, perhaps as a physical side-effect of all the torture, he's also prone to twitching during times of stress.
* ChildOfTwoWorlds: A {{Deconstruction}}, he's too Northern for the Iron Islands and too Ironborn for the North. His failure to resolve that identity crisis leads to tragedy for him and everyone else. He eventually becomes Reek, a mindless puppet broken of will, neither Ironborn or Northern. [[spoiler: He finally snaps out at the end of Season 5]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: After being sold out by the Ironborn, he's revealed in Season 3 to be a prisoner being subjected to it by his captors. Despite asking him questions, they don't actually seem to be interested in his answers.
** FlayingAlive: A given since he was a prisoner of the Boltons
** GroinAttack: Ramsay castrates him with a knife.
** TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: After having broken him completely, Ramsay finally brutally beats him into accepting "Reek" as his new name.
* ConflictingLoyalty: His biological family versus the one that raised him. He ultimately chooses his biological family, neatly summed up by his entry and image quotes, above.
* CoveredWithScars: Though Reek's face has been left mostly unmarked, during the bath scene it's revealed that the rest of his body is covered with dozens of painful-looking scars.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In spite of all his other failings, Theon is an amazing archer and helped Robb win several of his initial battles. Everything went downhill for him after his FaceHeelTurn, and thanks to Ramsay Snow, he hasn't even got the archery anymore.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: He's introduced in Season 3 as bound to an X-shaped cross and being subjected to torture. He spends a lot of time this way.
* DespairEventHorizon: He's already past this during his torture by Ramsay and the news that Robb Stark is dead and Ramsay's own father murdered him probably killed any bits of hope he had left. He later dives even further when he meets [[spoiler:Sansa and admits his guilt into betraying the Starks and outright admits he deserves to be tortured for killing children]].
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: He kills Myranda when she brags about how Sansa will be tortured and raped while Ramsay waits for some heirs before a final death. He then grabs Sansa and jumps from Winterfell's walls with her, stealing Ramsay's prize.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** He expects a grand welcome during his homecoming. He doesn't get it.
** He also expects the people of Winterfell to at least show him a ''little'' respect, considering he invaded it with armed soldiers and occupied it. ''Noooooooope.'' Everyone from crippled children to helpless old men gives him lip and snark.
* EunuchsAreEvil: Averted. He only gets castrated once he becomes more sympathetic and has given up his evil acts.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Before his FaceHeelTurn, he appears disgusted that Jaime Lannister acts polite after having put several bannermen to the sword, suggesting they do the same.
** He's genuinely disgusted when he finds out that the woman he's been hitting on is his sister. Incest seems to be one of the few things he won't do.
* EvilFormerFriend: To the Starks in general and Robb in particular.
* {{Expy}}: For his reputation as a killer of the two youngest Stark Princes, Theon takes on the role of [[UsefulNotes/RichardIII Richard III]] in the mystery of the Princes in the Tower. As a result of that action, he becomes "Reek", a tortured bent man who walks with a pronounced limp, much like the hunchback of infamy.
* FaceDeathWithDignity[=/=]DefiantToTheEnd: He attempts to do this, planning to charge into battle against the Northern forces that have come for him and kill as many men as he can before he dies. Instead, his own men knock him out and sell him to the enemy.
** His final desperate to cling to his name -- and more than his name, his identity as a Greyjoy, a descendant of kings and warriors -- in the face of Ramsay's increasingly brutal beatings has shades of this.
* FaceHeelTurn: Began the series as Robb's best friend, and then betrayed him when he was sent to the Iron Islands to treat with his father.
* FailedASpotCheck: He probably should have spent more time listening to Maester Luwin about the other Houses and their respective sigils, since despite being flayed on an X-shaped Cross, he ''still'' doesn't figure out who's responsible for torturing him.
* {{Fingore}}: During his first torture session, a thin blade is slowly forced under one of his fingernails. When Ramsay replaces the torturer and carries on the sessions by himself, his first "game" ends with Theon's pinky finger getting flayed; an experience so painful that Theon is left begging for Ramsay to amputate it altogether. Later, Theon is seen wearing a bandage over much of his right hand, implying that Ramsay has been doing the same for his other fingers.
* FlayingAlive: Ramsay skinned parts of him, particularly his hands.
* {{Foil}}: To Jon Snow. Both are raised under the House of Stark and desperately want to ''be'' Starks despite being a bastard and war prisoner respective. Both suffer from WellDoneSonGuy. Both are DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife. The difference is Jon maintains his honor while Theon betrays his adopted family for his blood father who doesn't even like him.
* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler:Ramsay forced him to watch as he rapes Sansa on their wedding night.]]
* GloryHound: He's desperate to make a name for himself somehow.
* GoingNative: A lot of his problems come from the fact that his mindset is far more Northern than Ironborn, but he refuses to admit it. This proves to be his undoing; he's willing to die rather than be "the Greyjoy who ran", not realizing that his Ironborn fighters think defiant last stands when running away with the loot is an option are just stupid.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Maester Luwin and Dagmer are essentially this for him after he captures Winterfell. Dagmer usually wins out, which only serves to accelerate Theon's downfall.
* GreenEyedMonster: Appears to be quite jealous of Tyrion and the Lannisters due to their wealth and power.
** Later, of Yara's favorite status with their father.
* GroinAttack: Ramsay castrates him with a gelding knife.
* HeManWomanHater: Slips into this after being forced to fight with [[DaddysLittleVillain Yara]] for his position as heir to Balon.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Robb. Seems to hold him in regard out of any other Stark and he is usually the first to stand by any of Robb's decisions.
--> '''Theon:''' Am I your brother? Now and always?
--> '''Robb:''' Now and always.
** Subverted by his betrayal in Season 2. Now Robb [[IllKillYou wants to kill him]].
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Late season 2, Luwin attempts to reason with a desperate Theon that he is in over his head. Theon himself [[HeelRealisation admits as much]] but then states that he's in too deep. He can't return home because he'd be returning a failure. He's too scared to join the Night Watch and face Jon Snow after everything he's done.
* HeelRealisation: In Series 3, long after his antics have caused every member of his adopted family to despise him. In Season 5, [[spoiler:he outright tells Sansa he deserves being tortured into Reek for killing those miller's boys and betraying Robb]].
* HesBack: [[spoiler: In the season 5 finale Theon begins to break free from his Reek persona, killing Myranda and saving Sansa while the Greyjoy theme plays.]]
* IHaveYourWife: Theon was raised by Ned Stark as insurance for Balon Greyjoy's good behavior.
* IAmXSonOfY: Theon throws his dad's name around quite a few times to boast about his status. Most people [[AppealToObscurity have no idea who he's talking about]].
* ICannotSelfTerminate: He begs Ramsay to kill him in 'Mhysa.' Ramsay doesn't oblige, partly because his father still needs Theon as a bargaining chip, but mostly because he's having too much fun in making Theon's life a living hell.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Starts out as this in Season 2. He acts out on his anger at his father for sending him off, and his disdain for the Starks for running his chance at becoming a ruler when he was made to be a squire for them, by forcibly taking control of their castle. Becomes a ButtMonkey quickly after his takeover, as Bran (a crippled eleven year old boy) flat-out tells him that he rejects his bid for power and acts bored when he makes his demands, gets told off by the people and servants in Winterfell, and even spit on by one of them. Theon quickly becomes a VillainProtagonist after the last incident, brutally hacking the head off the person who spit on him and killing two children then burning their bodies just to make Winterfell believe the Stark children were dead. Theon's received a horrific dose of LaserGuidedKarma by Ramsay Snow later and even [[spoiler:Sansa realizes he's far too pathetic and miserable to truly hate]].
* IgnoredEpiphany: Theon acknowledges the truth of Maester Luwin telling him that he's not the evil man he's been acting as, and can make amends for his treachery by joining the Night's Watch. However, Theon feels that [[IHaveComeTooFar he has already gone too far]].
** Earlier, Tyrion calls Theon out on how he's joined House Stark in all but name. He quickly moves on, but had he listened, he'd have either put more thought into his visit with his father or rejected the Greyjoys outright. Instead, he just assumed everything would be fine, to the detriment of all.
* TheIgor: To Ramsay, complete with slow gait and low-bent head. Going with the Ramsay = {{Dracula}} parallelism, Reek is also TheRenfield, or a brutal {{deconstruction}} of this trope.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Theon's arrogance has a whole lot to do with the fact that he grew up as a Stark ward/glorified Stark prisoner and was constantly reminded of how he should feel grateful to his adoptive family/captors.
* InsistentTerminology: Insists on being referred to as "Lord Greyjoy" on account of his heritage. When he takes Winterfell, he takes the title 'Prince of Winterfell,' and insists that people refer to him as "Prince Theon."
** This, like so many, many other examples of his faults is used to horrifying effect by Ramsay Snow whom after torturing and mutilating him to near insanity, playing sick mind games to break him down to a sobbing wreck whenever he sees him and personally castrating him, decides that "Theon" is too much a "lord's name" for him -- there was even a King in the North called Theon Stark -- as he is nothing but "stinking meat" now and thus his name should reflect that.
* ItIsDehumanizing: After Ramsay demonstrates just how harmless Theon is now, Locke refers to him as "your pet rat", and Roose Bolton calls him "your creature".
* ItsAllAboutMe: He doesn't take much consideration for anything but his own immediate gratification and how other people view him. Even as Reek, he's mainly concerned about preventing Ramsay from torturing him more than usual and [[spoiler:knowingly finks Sansa's rescue plans and gets her friend killed, even saying that he's doing this to stop Ramsay from hurting her. Sansa however gives him TheReasonYouSuckSpeechInstead which starts his HeelRealization. The first outright selfless action he's ever done, either as Theon or Reek, is when he kills Myranda and stops her from torturing Sansa and chooses to escape with her over the walls of the castle]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Theon is not pleasant, even before his FaceHeelTurn.
* KickTheDog: He has behaved abusively toward Ros and Osha and other characters don't seem to trust or like him. In Season 2, his capture of Winterfell and subsequent actions are basically one long exercise in this trope. Notably his killing of Ser Rodrik.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: A literal example when he beats and then kicks Lorren for letting Bran and Rickon escape and then imply it was Theon's fault because he took Osha into his bed.
** Initially subjected to this himself when held captive and tortured by the Boltons. However, Ramsay's torture of him is so over-the-top and cruel that eventually it actually makes the viewer start to sympathize with Theon again.
* TheLancer: To Robb's TheHero in Season 1.
* LoserSonOfLoserDad: He's seen this way in-universe. The Greyjoys have become the punchline to a joke in Westeros after Balon's failed rebellion.
--> '''Jaime''': I saw the youngest Greyjoy boy at Winterfell. It was like seeing a shark on a mountaintop.
--> '''Jory''': Theon. He's a good lad.
--> '''Jaime''': I doubt it.
* LossOfIdentity: His time under Ramsay where he's forced to take on the Reek personality and name nearly does this to him. He completely follows Ramsay's slightest whim and command, ratting out anyone who tries to appeal or meet him, and even Ramsay is convinced that Reek is entirely his. [[spoiler:Turns out he's not. Theon still remembers and feels guilty about killing those miller's boys and betraying Robb and finally rescues Sansa and kills Myranda when the latter points out that Sansa will meet the same FateWorseThanDeath as him since Ramsay will keep her alive only till he can get a few ChildByRape from her]].
* MaleFrontalNudity: In "The Wolf and the Lion".
* MeaningfulRename: Ramsay renames him "Reek" in "Mhysa". Because [[JerkAss Ramsay]] thinks he stinks.
* MadnessMantra: When it appears his mission to trick the Ironborn is failing, Reek begins to mutter to himself quietly "Reek, Reek, it rhymes with weak".
* MeaningfulRename: Ramsay renames him "Reek" in "Mhysa", mostly because he stinks.
* MisplacedAccent: Despite being from the Iron Islands, Theon sounds ''[[OopNorth Northern]]'', [[FridgeBrilliance likely]] due to [[GoingNative his time]] with the Stark family.
** It's particularly noticable in Season 2 where the Ironborn characters sound vastly different than Theon does.
** Yara also pronounces his name as "Tee-on", not "They-on". This implies that even ''he'' has forgotten how to say his own name.
** Hilariously, when one looks at the background, one finds that the name Theon is in fact a given name in the North. With one of the Kings of Winter (Theon Stark the Hungry Wolf, mentioned in chapter 69 and 66 of [=GoT=] and ACCK respectively), so it may not be forgetting as much as it is he just doesn't care which he says it. This is fitting, considering the Ironborn and the Northmen have the same basic cultural origin, with both being the last descendants of the First Men.
* MoralEventHorizon: The taking of Winterfell and execution of Ser Rodrik are treated this way in-universe.
** The execution of the two orphans to pass them as Bran and Rickon also counts in and out of the series, with Theon himself remaining stricken with guilt and regret over these murders in Season 3. [[spoiler:In Season 5, he admits that being tortured into Reek is punishment for those crimes]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: It's subtle, but when Theon kills Ser Rodrik, he's shown standing and staring in the rain, and you can ''see'' this etched on his face. Later, when he hoists the corpses of two children he claims were Bran and Rickon, he immediately looks down in regret and guilt.
** In Season 3, Theon begins to voice his regrets over betraying the Starks after he realizes Balon Greyjoy will never truly love him as a son like Ned Stark did. Important to note is that all of these revelations come while he is free from captivity and under the impression that he is about to be reunited with his sister.
-->'''Theon:''' My real father lost his head at King's Landing.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: Unleashes a surprising one on Lorren.
* TheOathbreaker: He broke his oath to fight by Robb's side until his dying day.
* ParentalSubstitute: Ned Stark for him. He finally realizes and admits it in Season 3, long after his actions have caused most of his adopted family to despise him and want him dead.
* PetTheDog:
** Despite his faults, he seems to be a loyal friend to Robb and one of his most ready supporters, until he [[BaitTheDog betrays him]].
** He still makes the effort to gently persuade Bran to hand over the castle, and promises to treat the people as well as their previous lord did, in clear attempt to justify his own actions. He doesn't take it well when they don't show him an inkling of respect in spite of this.
*** When Ser Rodrik gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, Theon's more forgiving than many other villains in the series; his first response is to basically tell Ser Rodrik that he should be quiet, or else. That's when Ser Rodrik spits in his face with everybody watching. Theon's response to ''that'' is to order Ser Rodrik imprisoned, but before he finishes the sentence he is interrupted by Dagmer, who tells him that if Theon does anything less than execute Ser Rodrik after an insult like that, nobody will respect him. The whole reason Theon took Winterfell in the first place was because he wanted his men to start respecting him, so this finally convinces him to do it. Even so, he still has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction as described above, and if Dagmer hadn't poked that particular sore spot then Ser Rodrik would have been spared.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: He's trying his damnedest to be this.
--> ''You're not a man in the Iron Islands 'till you've killed your first enemy!''
** Theon assumes that his men, being proud Ironborn warriors, would willingly brave certain death to go out in a blaze of brutal glory. ''Noooooooooope.''
* ReallyGetsAround: Mostly with women he pays or complete idiots who are easily taken advantage of. He also fancies himself a ladykiller and TheCasanova, but his onscreen relationship pursuits have so far consisted of: visiting Ros (a prostitute), attempting to force himself on Osha (who just tells him off before they're interrupted and later seduces him in a BatmanGambit HoneyTrap way), seducing the captain's teenage daughter on a ship, and (unknowingly) groping his sister.
** This reputation came back to haunt him in the worst possible way [[spoiler: when Ramsay Snow heard of it and was thus inspired to violently castrate Theon in order to utterly break him.]]
* TheResenter: On so many levels. More or less justified, too.
* RousingSpeech: A pretty nice one in "Valar Morghulis". Shame he gets knocked out right after by Dagmer.
-->'''Dagmer''': It was a good speech, didn't want to interrupt.
* SanitySlippage: His mental health has clearly deteriorated during Season 2. Not surprising, given his father's treatment, his less-than-stellar attempts at earning his men's respect, the Northerners' hatred when he takes Winterfell ''and'' losing Bran and Rickon. Another major reason for this, is that his behavior at Winterfell was really inconsistent with his personality, as his hesitation and ambivalence demonstrates. Theon might have been a contemptible, womanizing ButtMonkey who could never get any respect, but that was mostly due to insecurity. He wasn't genuinely evil.
** His torture at the hands of Ramsay Snow has seen him turn into a wreck of a person, completely consumed by fear of Ramsay. [[spoiler:He finally gets over that fear by helping Sansa escape]].
* SiblingRivalry: With Yara, for the respect of his father.
** Also with Jon Snow. Both are effectively adoptive sons of House Stark, but Theon considers himself the better for not being a bastard.
* SlaveToPR: Increasingly becomes this over the course of Season 2. Yara eventually calls him out on it.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Thinks he's pretty damn awesome in battle and lovemaking among other things, but no one else is buying it. This is perhaps best demonstrated when he can't even take off Ser Rodrik's head until after several strokes, and in the end is simply hacking away and actually has to kick the head off in the end. When Ned did the same thing in the first episode he actually used a proper heavy sword (so heavy, in fact, that Ned hardly swung it, just let it fall), demonstrating that Theon literally doesn't have the right tools for the job and is too arrogant to ask for them.
* SpannerInTheWorks: He somehow manages to be this for three different factions:
** To Robb Stark. His father had wanted to take over Moat Cailin, Deepwood Moote and villages on the coast, believing that Winterfell could wait a year or two. Theon however took the seat of the Starks by subterfuge, an action which dealt a critical blow to Robb's campaign and cost him the loyalty of the Boltons.
** Likewise to Balon and Yara Greyjoy, his breakdown under torture ended up making him a Bolton puppet which made her effort to rescue her brother a doomed effort that cost the lives of several good Ironborn fighters. Later, he becomes a go-between that negotiates the surrender of Moat Cailin, starting the beginning of the end of the Ironborn campaign in the north.
** To the Boltons, the fact that he did not kill Bran and Rickon Stark but two farmer's children instead, means that the Princes could turn up later under the guidance of some other Northern Lord or the other and upset their hegemony in its nascent stage. Later [[spoiler:Ramsay's insistent on keeping Theon as Reek leads to Sansa deprogramming him to the extent that he snaps and kills Myranda and escapes with her when Ramsay fights Stannis]].
* StockholmSyndrome: Towards Ramsay. The torture at his hands has worked [[spoiler:that he abandons and refuses to recognize his sister, willingly rats out Sansa's plans to him and generally does what he says. Ultimately averted when he snaps out and escapes with Sansa out of Winterfell]].
* StupidEvil: Displays poor leadership and favours unnecesary violence. He's shortsighted and doesn't seem to grasp the concept of PragmaticVillainy , being more interested in seeming tough. Luwin is unable to convince him that Ser Rodrick is more valuable alive than dead, and Theon repeats this mistake again with the Stark boys, as Yara points out.
* ThatManIsDead: He insists he has always been "Reek", making it clear that any trace of the man he once was is gone.
--> '''Reek''': ''"Theon Greyjoy tried to escape. The master knew. He knows everything. He hunted him and caught him and strapped him to a cross and cut away piece after piece until there was no Theon left."''
** [[spoiler: The season 5 finale resurrects Theon again.]]
* ThickerThanWater: The reason of his FaceHeelTurn.
* ThousandYardStare: His default expression nowadays. Comprehensibly if you're forced to spend your days alongside and at the mercy of Ramsay Bolton, your face eventually gets permanently stuck in an empty, horrified look.
* TragicVillain: Despite his rather unpleasant personality, he becomes one of these due to the degree to which his jerkassery and later villainy is fueled by never being accepted by anyone, as well as his upbringing. His nightmarish fate in Season 3 makes this all the more pronounced.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Ramsay for most of Season 4 and 5, [[spoiler:averted finally when he kills Myranda and runs away with Sansa]].
* TheUnfavorite: His father clearly does not think of him highly, instead preferring Yara.
* VillainProtagonist: Becomes one in Season 2.
* WellDoneSonGuy: A big part of his personality and issues stem from this. It isn't until "The Ghost of Harrenhal" that he realizes just how little respect people really have for him due to this, as the Ironmen don't respect those who just blindly do as they're told. When he disregards Balon's orders to raid small fishing villages and chooses to hit a larger, harder target with more plunder, the men begin to respect him more. And then his sister shows up and continues to berate him (though, in that case, it's a little justified, since it's about killing fake Bran and Rickon). In Season 3, he finally admits that his true father was Ned.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: He was treated with familiarity by the Starks and was a close friend of Robb's.
* WouldHurtAChild: The two orphan boys he had murdered and burned to take the place of Bran and Rickon. Theon doesn't quite have it in him to do it himself, however, letting Dagmer do so. However he fully accepts responsibility and later admits [[spoiler:to Sansa that he ''deserves'' being tortured by Ramsay for what he had done]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Theon's lifelong problem since he was taken hostage by the Starks after his father's first rebellion. He's never truly home at Winterfell and he becomes a StrangerInAStrangeLand in both the Iron Islands (as the returning Prodigal Son) and in Winterfell (as the traitorous former ward). [[spoiler:In Season 5, he decisively breaks from Ramsay by killing Myranda, knowing there's no way he can ever return to him now, and so he and Sansa run for it]].
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[[folder:Princess Yara Greyjoy]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"So good to see you, brother. This is a homecoming [[IronicEcho I'll tell my grandchildren about]]."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/GemmaWhelan

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

Theon's older sister, trained by her father as his actual heir in his son's absence.
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* ActionGirl: She commands her late brother's ship and is about the equivalent to an admiral in the Greyjoy fleet. And she has killed already.
** DarkActionGirl: Yara is this by default, considering she's an Ironborn.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Black hair and dark eyes in the books, mid-brown hair and blue eyes in the TV series.
* AdaptationNameChange: From Asha to Yara, because the producers thought [[ViewersAreMorons viewers would get her confused with Osha]].
* AdaptationalBadass: Asha is badass in the books, but not to the point that she is in the show. In the books, she doesn't have the UndyingLoyalty of the Ironborn and it's made clear that she [[StayInTheKitchen wouldn't inherit the Seastone Chair]].
* AdaptationalHeroism: At the end of Season 3, she finds out that Theon is Ramsay's prisoner, and against her father's wishes decides to take a ship, 50 good men, and go rescue him. In the books, she does no such thing.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Because Theon in the show is more sympathetic than his book counterpart was at that point, Yara comes across as more of a jerkass, as opposed to Asha, who comes across as a KarmicTrickster in terms of her baiting him. Yara is also presented as (largely) following in the footsteps of her father, compared to Asha, who while likewise Balon's favorite, has more pronounced WhiteSheep tendencies. Although her more jerkass tendencies are heavily implied to be merely an act to force Theon to get his shit together, since she's far more willing to defend Theon to Balon when he's not around, shifting her back into KarmicTrickster territory.
* AloofBigBrother: To Theon.
* {{An Axe to Grind}}/{{Dual Wielding}}: As displayed in "The Laws of Gods and Men", Yara's weapons of choice are a pair of tomahawks, utilized both for melee and for throwing.
* {{Badass}}: Despite being a woman living in a deeply sexist society, Yara has managed to earn the respect and loyalty of a crew of rape-happy pirate savages. That takes serious badassery.
* BadassBoast: See the quote at the top of the page.
* BadassLongcoat: In the field. And it ''is'' awesome. Helps with the RuleOfSymbolism that she's wearing one while Theon isn't.
* BigSisterBully: Yara's introduction displayed that she gets kicks out of humiliating Theon. Ultimately however...
* BigSisterInstinct: Believe it or not, she may actually have some of this for Theon. In "Mhysa", she openly defies her father and leads a team of Ironborn warriors to rescue Theon.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Theon really should verify who someone is before his fingers start wandering...
* CallingTheOldManOut: True to sibling fashion, she finally gives this to Balon in "Mhysa" after he decides to leave Theon to be tortured to death, ceaselessly degrading and dehumanizing him in the process. The result is awesome.
--> '''Yara:''' He's your '''''son!''''' He's ''my brother!'' He's a ''Greyjoy!''
* DaddysGirl[=/=]DaddysLittleVillain: Is clearly much more favoured than her brother by their father and is similarly eager to aid his efforts in attacking the North. However, both are awesomely averted in the finale of Season 3 where Balon's disgustingly cruel dismissal of Theon as [[GroinAttack "not being a man anymore"]] and his desire to leave him to his nightmarish fate at the hands of Ramsay Snow cause her to openly disobey his command and sail off with her own team to save her brother.
* DeadpanSnarker: Her sarcasm is so dry you can practically hear it snap. Theon's often her target.
-->'''Yara''': ''[to Theon]'' You're a great warrior. I saw the bodies above your gates. Which one gave you the tougher fight, the cripple or the six year old?
* DeathGlare: Levels one bristling with TranquilFury on Balon when the two learn of Theon's capture and torture and Balon refuses to do anything about it.
* DemotedToExtra: In Season 3, only appearing in the finale.
* TheDragon: Is effectively this to her father's BigBad in the second season's Stark[=/=]Greyjoy storyline.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She is disgusted when Theon kills Bran and Rickon (or so she thinks) because it was both morally wrong and [[PragmaticVillainy robbed them of two valuable hostages]].
--> '''Yara:''' The little boy prisoners made you a promise and you got mad when they broke it? Are you the ''[[WhatAnIdiot dumbest cunt alive?]]''
* HiddenDepths: She shows genuine concern for Theon after his actions at Winterfell put him in serious danger of being killed unless he were to come back to Pyke with her. She's also, as seen above, outraged at Theon that he would stoop so low as to murder children.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ultimately, when it comes to her brother. While her attitude toward Theon is unforgiving at best, it's all but confirmed just to be an act to get him to get his shit together, as she goes out of her way to try and get him out of harm's way by trying to drag him home with her to the Iron Islands during his occupation of Winterfell. She proves herself once and for all in "Mhysa", where she all but tells Balon to fuck himself and goes off on her own to rescue her brother from Ramsay.
* TheLadette: Yara dresses as the other Ironborn do and is just as hard a drinker and tough a fighter as any of them.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pretends to be a common woman on the Iron Islands to gauge what sort of threat Theon is to her position. She isn't impressed.
* OneOfTheBoys: The other Ironborn consider her to be this, much preferring her companionship to Theon's.
* OneSteveLimit: The character is named Asha in the books. The TV series changed it to avoid possible confusions with Osha.
* ParentalFavoritism: Yara has earned her father's favor. She's the only person he seems to show any affection for.
* PirateGirl: It comes with being an Ironborn.
* PetTheDog: She shows actual concern for Theon in "The Prince of Winterfell", implying that her bullying attitude to him is in part an act.
* ReplacementGoldfish: With two sons dead and the third one hostage, Balon considers her his heir.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: She sets out to find Theon and kill his captors, but it's quickly subverted. When she finds him, Theon is brainwashed to the point that he doesn't even want to be rescued, and Ramsay shows up and butchers most of her men before forcing her to flee.
* RousingSpeech: As fantastic a speech Theon gave in "Valar Morghulis", Yara [[RuleOfSymbolism delivers one about ten times more moving and passionate]] in "The Laws of Gods and Men".
-->"They ''skinned'' our countrymen, and they ''mutilated'' my brother. Your prince! ''Your prince!'' ''Everything'' they've done to him, they've also done to you! As long as they can hurt our prince with impunity, ''the word "Ironborn" means '''NOTHING!'''''"
* SiblingRivalry: With Theon, although she doesn't consider him a serious rival.
* SmugSmiler: Yara smiles widely whenever Theon fucks up, which is often.
* {{Tomboy}}: "You're the one wearing a skirt", [[TheChewToy Theon]], indeed.
* WorthyOpponent: Shows shades of this when calling Theon out on apparently murdering Bran and Rickon, noting that the boys' continued resistance of Theon and his Ironborn was a mark of bravery.
** Ramsay also considers her as one during their encounter at the Dreadfort.
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! Greyjoy household and retainers

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

A veteran Ironborn raider assigned as Theon's second at the ''Sea Bitch''. He acts as a mentor of sorts to Theon reminding him that the Ironborn follow men, not orders, and he must earn their respect if he wants to lead them.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, his nickname "Cleftjaw" is descriptive of his appearance, as he was horribly disfigured after taking an ax to the face, leaving him with lips stretched apart. In the TV series, he has some minor facial scars.
* AdaptationalVillainy: A far cry from an EvilMentor, Dagmer is actually an honorary uncle to Theon and one of the few kind to him in his youth. He remains at Torrhen's Square and returns to the Stony Shore after being driven out by Ser Rodrik. However in the show he's the one with the idea of executing Ser Rodrik and killing two kids to display as Bran and Rickon to Winterfell. You can also add handing Theon over to their enemies and mortally wounding Maester Luwin to that list, too.
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: His first scene with Theon.
* AssholeVictim: Flayed by Ramsay Snow.
* BodyguardBetrayal: To Theon.
* CharacterDeath: Ramsay has him and the other Ironborn raiders flayed alive.
* CompositeCharacter: Takes on much of "Reek's" -- actually a disguised Ramsay Snow -- role from the book. Telling Theon to execute Ser Rodrik for spitting at him comes from Aeron Greyjoy telling Theon to kill Benfred Tallhart for the same reason.
* DeathByAdaptation: In "Mhysa", we learn that Ramsay Snow had him and the other Ironborn flayed alive. Dagmer is still alive in the books.
* DragonInChief: He's Theon's main henchman for the siege of Winterfell, but he's pretty much in charge without it being blatant. He manages Theon like he was made of plasticine. There are times when Dagmer straight-up tells Theon what to do, and Theon does it.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Dagmer goes missing for an entire season until it's off-handedly mentioned that Ramsay flayed the Ironborn at Winterfell alive. He isn't even mentioned by name and we don't see his actual death, despite being a driving force in Theon's storyline.
* GoodScarsEvilScars : Considering he's a bloodthirsty psychopath, the deep scar across his face is most certainly of the evil kind.
* EvilMentor: He initially acts as a mentor for Theon, seeming to genuinely want him to rise up in the esteem of his men -- evidenced by his smile of approval when Theon beats the shit out of Black Lorren. Climaxes in "The Old Gods and the New" when he convinces Theon to murder his former good mentor, Ser Rodrik.
* EvilSoundsDeep: His voice is magnificent.
* GutturalGrowler: He has a bit of this, too.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Apparently, a believer in this kind of secrecy; when Theon attempted to compensate the farmer whose children were murdered and passed off as the Stark children, Dagmer gives the bluntest explanation for why this is now impossible:
-->''"He's feedin' the crows; his wife too. You want to keep a man silent, you [[DeadlyEuphemism silence him.]]"''
* KarmicDeath: Turns out Ramsay gave him exactly what he deserved for betraying Theon and killing Maester Luwin.
* NumberTwo: To Theon.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Is quickly established as this, taking on a mentor role to Theon. This is similar, but different than his role in the books, wherein he is an HonoraryUncle who knew Theon since childhood.
* {{Pirate}}: He's an Ironborn; being a pirate is his whole life.
* PsychoticSmirk[=/=]SlasherSmile: Has a grin everytime an Ironborn [[KickTheDog kicks a dog]].
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In "Mhysa", it is revealed that Ramsay had him flayed after he betrayed Theon.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: What he and the rest of the Ironborn do in the Season 2 finale.
* TheStarscream: Dagmer serves Theon pretty faithfully...except when things start to go south. He abandons him, taking leadership of the Ironborn.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Theon is certainly responsible for his own acts, but Dagmer is constantly the devil on his shoulder pushing him to go further. It's at Dagmer's insistence that Ser Rodrik is executed.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Once it becomes clear that there's no way they can withstand the coming Northern counterattack, he knocks Theon out after his RousingSpeech, takes command of the Ironborn crew and leads home, leaving him for the Northmen.
* WouldHurtAChild: Theon confides in Ramsay that Dagmer was the one who personally killed two Winterfell boys.
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[[folder:"Black" Lorren]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I've been reaving and raping since before you left Balon's balls, Captain."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Forbes KB

A veteran Ironborn raider assigned to the ''Sea Bitch''.
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* AssholeVictim: He is flayed by Ramsay Snow.
* BadassBoast: Delivers one to Theon when they first meet.
--> '''Black Lorren:''' "I've been reaving and raping since before you left Balon's balls, Captain. Don't reckon I've got much use for your ideas on how to do it. Don't reckon I've got much use for a Captain at all."
* BaldOfEvil: He's bald and evil.
* BeardOfEvil: A white one.
* TheBrute: Of the Ironborn that Theon takes to Winterfell.
* DeadpanSnarker: Unlike Dagmer, he did not enjoy Theon's speech.
--> *Upon seeing Theon knocked out by Dagmer* I thought he'd never shut up.
* FatBastard: He's a hefty guy who boasts about the rapes he's committed.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Theon gives him a long deserved NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in "A Man Without Honor".
* {{Pirate}}: Like the other Ironborn Raiders.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Unsurprising, given that he's a veteran Ironborn raider.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In "Mhysa", it is revealed that Ramsay flayed him after he betrayed Theon.
* TheStarscream: To Theon, which he makes clear from the outset.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: He plays this off against Theon, while also threatening to kill him and take his ship.
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[[folder:Ralf Kenning]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"The Ironborn will not surrender. You go tell your master that, Theon Greyjoy, or whoever the fuck you are!"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Grahame Fox

A veteran Ironborn captain commanding the dying garrison at Moat Cailin.
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* AdaptationalBadass: When Reek gets to him in the books, he's so sick with fever that he's bedridden and utterly delirious and has to be mercy-killed before even getting a single line. Here he's in full possession of his faculties and continues to defy the Boltons to the bitter end.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Without even realizing it. Questioning "Theon's" manhood causes Reek to mentally collapse.
* BloodFromTheMouth: He is wasting away from disease, likely malaria or dysentery from the humid swamps around Moat Cailin. Many of his men and horses have already died from sickness when we meet them.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Is quickly rewarded with an axe to the head when he refuses the Bolton terms of surrender from Reek.
* CharacterDeath: One of his soldiers, Adrack Humble, puts an axe in his head after Kenning refuses to surrender.
* ColonelBadass: Despite barely being able to stand from disease and even while vomiting blood, he easily sees through Ramsay's ruse and tells Reek to get lost with his offer of safe passage.
* CompositeCharacter: Takes on the role of Dagon Codd from the books. Kenning in the books is too sick to treat with Reek, who [[MercyKill kills him as an act of mercy]]. Dagon Codd meanwhile refuses to surrender, but is killed by Adrack Humble for it.
* {{Foil}}: To the original Theon Greyjoy, actually. Faced with similar circumstances, they acted in pretty much the same way (deciding to die in battle rather than surrender, despite usual Ironborn tactics), only then to suffer virtually the same fate at the hands of their own men. Kenning's decision, however, was possibly was based upon his own knowledge of House Bolton's horrifying reputation, whereas Theon's came from a true feeling of HonorBeforeReason, which he picked up from his childhood among the Starks.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Moat Cailin is falling, but he decides to go out like a warrior.
* GeneralFailure: Fell to the same HonorBeforeReason fallacy that gripped Theon at Winterfell, forgetting that the Ironborn ''always'' run when the enemy is superior (being raiders). And, on top of that, he seems to ignore the fact that probably only a dozen of his men can actually fight, the rest are dying from disease and fatigue. At this point, the Ironborn fighting morale is not just critically low, but laughably non-existent. Naturally, one of his own men kills him (though even if he hadn't, Ramsay would've tortured him to death). On the other hand, while in a terrible condition, Moat Cailin is virtually impregnable to ground attacks, as evidenced by the swamps filled with corpses outside the walls. Despite having a small and disease-stricken garrison, the Ironborn at least had a better chance to live if they waited for relief instead of putting themselves at Ramsay's mercy.
* HonorBeforeReason: Has it worse even than Theon at Winterfell, who at least had almost all of his men in fighting condition. Kenning suicidally (in more ways than one) decides to reject the Boltons' offer. The alternate interpretation, of course, is that Kenning knew what the Boltons would do if they surrendered, and decided that dying with an axe in the skull is better than being flayed alive. Of course, it turns out that Kenning was right all along.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Kenning is constantly coughing up blood and it's clear he isn't long for this world.
* InTheBack: Of the head, with an axe, by his own men.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: As an Ironborn, it's to be expected.
* SpitefulSpit: He spits a gout of bloody malaria-infected blood into Reek's face and tells him to get lost, rather than surrendering.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Gets killed by his own men who are desperate enough to believe in a safe way out.
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[[folder:Adrack Humble]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"If we yield we live? Is that what is says on this paper here?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Jody Halse

One of the Ironborn soldiers at Moat Cailin.
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* AnAxeToGrind: How he kills Kenning.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Is the bodyguard who betrays his commander.
* CharacterDeath: Ramsay has him and the other Ironborn troops flayed alive.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Instead of dying in a hopeless battle, him and the others surrender, and get "rewarded" by being flayed alive. And what a cruel death it is--we're treated to an image of Adrack with his eyes gouged out and his skin peeled away, exposing the ribcage and even the internal organs.
* TheMutiny: Is the instigator of a momentary one against his {{Determinator}} Ironborn commander.
* NeverLearnedToRead: He assumes that the paper Reek holds will allow them to surrender peacefully, and leave unharmed. [[HopeSpot Whilst he's technically right about that being what it says,]] [[TooDumbToLive he should have known]] [[ILied that Ramsay had no intention of honoring what was promised on that paper anyway.]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: After killing his commander in hopes of being allowed to go home, Humble is instead brutally skinned alive by Ramsay.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: With him and the rest of the Ironborn garrison at Moat Cailin gradually wasting away from swamp disease and fatigue, far from home and without supplies or allies close by; his commander Ralf Kenning's refusal to surrender is what causes him to snap and betray him, just so Adrack hopes that they can all yield and then hopefully get safe passage out of the North.
* TheStarscream: To Kenning, although it's out of sheer desperation as opposed to ambition.
* TooDumbToLive: He kills Kenning and surrenders the castle, since he's so desperate to leave...but he can't even read the letter promising safe passage, and doesn't have the slightest clue about Ramsay's reputation, unlike Kenning, who probably knew what was coming.
* UnfriendlyFire: Kills his own commander with an axe to the back of the head.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He dies the same episode that he first appears in.
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