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House Targaryen

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

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

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


    In General 
  • Adapted Out: Partly because of the Age Lift and narrative convenience, King Jaeherys II is not the father of Aerys II; rather it is King Aegon V, the star of Tales of Dunk and Egg, who is the father of the Mad King and so grandfather to Daenerys, rather than her great-grandfather.
    • From supplementary materials for the series specifically, Prince Duncan "The Small" Targaryen is the only one of Aegon V's children from the books who is confirmed to exist within this continuity - the books have him, Jaeherys, an unnamed 3rd son, and Rhaelle (who married the Lord of Storm's End, giving birth to Lord Steffon Baratheon and being grandmother to Robert/Stannis/Renly). Aegon does have at least 3 children confirmed in this continuity however, even though the added-on Aerys and Rhaella would be rather young compared to Duncan.
  • Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: In regards to the above Adapted Out trope, Rhaelle's potential removal is the most troublesome - her being Robert's grandmother means that when the Targaryens were overthrown and exiled, his family line had the strongest bloodline claim to the throne due to direct descent from Aegon V; the second-strongest claim is by House Martell, since the daughter of Aegon IV (and sister of Daeron II "The Good"), Daenerys, married ruling Prince Maron Martell (thus being ancestor to current ruling Prince Doran Martell) and is confirmed to exist within the show's continuity by the same materials. Although Robert's claim to the throne came by force (despite his claims that it's from Orys Baratheon, rumored to be Aegon the Conquerer's half-brother), this would still give House Martell of the show the potential to contest House Baratheon's claim to the Iron Throne by claiming a more direct line of descent.
    • On the other hand, given the political climate of Westeros in the past 20 odd years, it could be argued that: a) the Martells simply don't care about having the stronger claim (despite enmity with House Lannister and through them, their nominal allies House Baratheon, or are otherwise biding their time to strike; b) Orys' blood gives a stronger claim than Princess Daenerys's because he was a man; or c) Robert's grandmother still exists but may just not have been mentioned in supplementary materials yet.
      • Option C might have more weight than expected, given what the above materials give us about the timeline - Robert's year of birth is given as 252 AL (11 years before the books), while Aerys would be around 234 (see his section below), and his parents are still Steffon and Cassana like in the books. Considering that men and women seem more likely to marry at greater ages than in the books (from what is given in-series), this means that Lord Steffon's mother might indeed have been a Targaryen in this continuity (and that Robert, with his hatred of the family, refuses to acknowledge/remember it) - in the books, King Aegon had 2 sisters of unspecified fates, so it's possible that one of them has become a Composite Character with the book's Rhaelle and is Robert's grandmother in the TV-series continuity.
  • Animal Motifs: The Dragon. Unlike the other Westerosi houses, this is seems to be partially literal: Daenerys was immune to the flames of Drogo's pyre due to Mirri's spell, which she interpreted as true Targaryens being fireproof. (Hint: All the past Targaryens were cremated...)
  • Brother-Sister Incest: To keep the bloodlines pure, despite diminishing returns.
    • However, Aerys and Rhaella was the first time it had been done in eighty years and the first in over a century that it actually produced children. Even before that, it was by no means a given; Aenys I married a Velaryon, Maegor I many women but the closest relative was his niece (And none of them had any children anyway), Viserys I a Hightower and an Arryn in succession, Rhaenyra I her cousin once removed (Paternal grandfather's brother's daughter's son) then her paternal uncle, Aegon III his cousin followed by a Velaryon, Daeron I never married, Viserys II didn't have a sister (Well technically he did, but she was stillborn), Maekar I's wife is unknown but it is specifically stated that his only sister was married to his brother Aerys, Aegon V had sisters but as he married for love it is unlikely in the extreme that it was to them, and Jaehaerys II's only sister married Lord Baratheon. That means that the only monarchs to marry their sisters were Aegon I (Dany's Greatx10 Grandfather), Jaehaerys I (Her Great X 8 Grandfather), Aegon II (No direct relation as all of their children died), Baelor I (Unconsummated, and therefore no direct relation), Aerys I (Also unconsummated, and therefore no direction relation), and Aerys II (Her father). That said, many splinter branches of the family did marry their siblings-but these are the only monarchs to do so and two of them had their branches die out.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Littlefinger, beholden to Realpolitik as he is, regards this as the real cause for the Targaryens eventual downfall. Their power was based almost entirely upon their dragons and when the dragons died out, with a few exceptions, several successive kings wasted time, energy and lives trying to reclaim their lost advantage, with the resulting failure driving many of them mad. It was only a matter of time, before the other vassals would rise up in rebellion.
  • Dragon Rider: The Targaryen armies were unstoppable during Aegon the Conqueror's invasion because their dragons could attack from the air, and their fire breath had the power to reduce entire cities or castles to ashes. They inherited this from the former Valyrian Freehold where their family originated from.
  • The Exile: Twice! Once from Valyria (they were the original lords of Dragonstone, Stannis' seat), and then again from Westeros.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To the Norman invaders of England and the House of Normandyand The House of Plantagenet. Them being of Valyrian (i.e. "Roman") descent and having access to wildfire, an analogue of Greek Fire, makes them also a bit Byzantine. Their preference for dynastic incest to maintain the purity of their bloodline, and their rulership of a land to which they have little ethnic relation and speak a different language, draws from Ptolemaic Egypt.
  • Freudian Trio: Jorah's the Superego, Barristan Selmy the Ego, and Daenerys the Id (which doesn't match up with their being The Spock, The McCoy, and The Kirk, respectively, but Daenerys has a huge Honor Before Reason thing going on with slavery).
  • Impoverished Patrician: After Robert's Rebellion.
  • Last of Her Kind: Daenerys believes she'll never have children.
    • Not to mention that the only other Targaryen known to be alive is the 100 year old Maester Aemon, who is sworn to celibacy and not holding titles twice over and whom she probably assumed died decades ago, if Viserys ever got around to telling her about him at all. Well, that and her second cousin Stannis, second cousin once removed Shireen, Robert's surviving 13 bastards, third cousins of various degrees of removal descended from her great-great uncle Aerion Brightflame, fifth cousins of various degrees of removal descended from her great-great-great-great half-uncle Daemon Blackfyre.
  • Might Makes Right: Became Kings of Westeros by bare conquest alone, without even a pretense of a claim (which was probably inevitable, considering that Westeros was divided between seven kingdoms upon Aegon's landing).
    Jorah Mormont: Forgive me, Khaleesi, but your ancestor Aegon the Conqueror didn't seize six of the kingdoms because they were his right. He had no right to them. He seized them because he could.
  • Nice Guy: Most of the (living) characters on this page are pretty damned decent and friendly people, which should indicate the kind of leader Daenerys is. Even Daenerys, who's more than occasionally brutal, has this for her default setting. And even Daario Naharis has mellowed out a lot, since being recast.
    • Averted with Daenerys' ancestors, who tended to be very nice or very cruel (King Aerys II), even Prince Rhaegar has an ambiguous reputation to say the least.
  • Pride: They've got it even worse than the Lannisters, who at least have the money and holdings to back it up.
  • The Remnant: Daenerys is the last Targaryen. House Targaryen themselves are The Remnant of the Valyrian dragonlords.
  • Rightful Queen Returns: Working on it.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Because of the incest thing, some Targaryens are born mad or gradually become mad as they grow up.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The three heads symbolize Aegon the Conqueror and his sister-wives.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath.

    Princess / Queen Daenerys I Targaryen 
"They can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one."
Played By: Emilia Clarke

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

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

    Prince Viserys III Targaryen 
"You don't want to wake the Dragon, do you?"
Played By: Harry Lloyd

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

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

The last male heir of the Targaryen line, and self-proclaimed rightful King of Westeros. Viserys is obsessed with claiming his birthright at any cost, including marrying his own sister off in exchange for an army.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Not that he didn't earn his demise, but it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him as he pleads pathetically for his life.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Viserys stumbles drunkenly into a Dothraki party to insult and threaten them all. Stupid as he may have been, it seems from his drunken behaviour that even Viserys needed some liquid courage to blunder forward.
  • Bait the Dog: His more humane side is briefly seen during a love scene with Doreah, in which he talks nostalgically about the life he felt was taken away from him. However, Doreah inadvertantly says the wrong thing and Viserys proceeds to overreact, flip out and revert back to his usual cruel temperment.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The unrelenting self-proclaimed rightful King gets easily trumped by the first powerful foe he antagonizes.
  • Big Brother Bully: Viserys has spent his entire life browbeating his sister through emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
  • Blatant Lies: In the DVD extras, he tells one after another in defense of House Targaryen. Of course, he may actually believe his lies.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Bright blonde/white hair is a mark of a Targaryen...as is madness and cruelty. He fits all of these.
  • Break the Haughty: His time among the Dothraki is not fun for him. Subverted in that it does little to break his haughtiness.
  • Brother-Sister Incest:
    • One-sided and very creepy. His very first scene involves forcing his sister to undress and commenting on her figure while pawing at her boobs. Cersei later mentions that the Targaryens wed brother-to-sister for three hundred years.
    • In interviews, the actor who portrays him describes Daenerys as his "sister, wife, and daughter" all in one, often mentions that his character feels as though he "owns" Daenerys due to the fact that he would have married her if he still had the throne, and is even somewhat jealous of having to give her up to another man.
  • Bullying a Dragon: If your sister — who is effectively the Barbarian Tribe's queen — is the only person who can ensure you will be tolerated, assaulting her is definitely a pretty dumb thing to do. The irony is that when he turns red, he describes it as "waking the dragon."
    • Viserys tries this with Drogo himself by threatening Dany's life right in-front of the horse-lord...a horse-lord nearly a half foot taller, more heavily built, and vastly more skilled at fighting than the amateur Viserys. Even without his bloodriders, it's hard to imagine that Drogo wouldn't have been capable of easily snapping his brother-in-law in half like a twig.
  • Character Death: After Viserys goes too far, Khal Drogo fulfils his promise of a golden crown by melting some gold trinkets in a pot, and pouring it over his head.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Pot of molten gold poured over his head. "A crown for a king" indeed.
  • Death by Irony: Should have been more specific when he demanded a golden crown.
  • Entitled Bastard: Viserys seems surprised to discover Dany is unwilling to save him after he threatens her life and the life of her unborn child.
  • The Exile: He fled Westeros as a very young child.
  • Freudian Excuse: Both due to what happened to his family and the pressure on his shoulders to avenge them. He hints at the reasons behind his behavior in a conversation with Jorah Mormont, expressing the overwhelming pressure of being the "last hope of a dynasty" and his obsession to restore it, as well as bitterness over Dothraki reverence of his sister, not a piece of which he's ever gotten himself.
  • Green-Eyed Monster/The Resenter: Is quite jealous of his sister when he realizes that the entire Dothraki tribe loves and respects her.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Formerly a member of the Royal Family.
  • In-Series Nickname: Viserys likes to style himself as the rightful King of Westeros, along with its other titles, but most people simply refer to him as the Beggar King. During his time with the Dothraki, he is also known as the Sorefoot King and Cart King.
  • Insistent Terminology: Referring to Robert Baratheon as "The Usurper", and calling himself a "King".
  • It's All About Me: He's never shares credit that it was his sister and Magister Illyrio that got him the Dothraki alliance, insisting it was his idea. Also he claims that the Dothraki are his people and army to command when they aren't and are actually Daenerys'.
    • In the DVD extras, he narrates the history sections, giving the perspective of House Targaryen. While recounting the Sack of King's Landing, he mentions that he was spirited out of the city before it fell as, with his brother Rhaegar's death, he was now heir to the throne. Technically, he was second in line behind his nephew, Aegon. In fact, as his sister-in-law was a Dornish princess, he may well have been third in line behind his niece and nephew.(Dornish law puts women in the line of succession; while Dornish law doesn't officially apply to the royal line, had the Targaryens won, Dorne would have had a significantly stronger army than the Targaryens, having not taken part in the war.)
  • Jerkass: Viserys is self-absorbed, disrespectful to just about everyone, thoughtlessly cruel, abusive to his own family members and he's generally unpleasant.
  • Kick the Dog: Pretty much every scene with Daenerys involves him abusing her physically and/or emotionally.
    • Kick the Morality Pet: As mentioned above in Bullying a Dragon, the only reason the Dothraki tolerate him is because he is their Queen's older brother. Any mercy he had from Daenerys or the Dothraki evaporated the second he threatened Daenerys' unborn child.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Despite his pretenses of restoring the family name and dreams of being a conquering hero, he's thoroughly incompetent about politics and incapable of commanding an army, as noted by both Jorah and Daenerys.
    "My brother didn't know anything about dragons. *beat* He didn't know anything about anything."
  • My Parents Are Dead: His father was killed by Ser Jaime Lannister. His mother died not long after she fled with him.
  • No Respect Guy: Despite being the brains of his and Dany's attempt to reclaim the Iron Throne during his time on the show, almost all of the attention, both positive and negative, was directed toward his sister. All of the Dothraki were in love with her, and King Robert primarily focused on her when dreading their return (not that Viserys actually knew this; to him Robert was his Arch-Nemesis, but Robert was more concerned with Dany having children, making this a case of Unknown Rival). Since Viserys was doing all of this so he could be on the throne and not Dany, it perhaps explains why he went off the rails so much more toward the end of his life.
  • Promotion to Parent: Has been taking care of Daenerys for her almost her entire life since their exile. He wasn't doing a very good job.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Viserys is not quite sane. He's prone to tantrums when his sense of childish entitlement is infringed even slightly.
  • Revenge: One of his driving motivations is to punish those who stole the Iron Throne.
  • Rose Tinted Narrative: One can blame his youth and the circumstances of the death of his father and exile, but even then he's thoroughly deluded about what kind of person his father was. He also believes that the Usurpers are unpopular and hated and people are secretly dreaming of a Targaryen restoration.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: As far as he cares, he carries the blood of "the dragon". Nobody else, besides Dany to begin with, gives a hoot.
  • Smug Snake: He's far too arrogant for his own good, acting like he's a King before he even has an army...or anything, for that matter.
  • Stupid Evil: Provoking his superiors is not a wise idea.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Maybe he shouldn't have spent most of his time in the company of the Dothraki wigging out at them every few minutes, openly insulting their traditions and threatening his sister, who happens to be carrying the unborn son of their king. His visible intoxication during his final scene doesn't improve his chances of living.
  • The Unfettered: He will do anything to retake the Iron Throne. Or rather, he'd let his sister do anything.
    Viserys: I would let his whole tribe fuck you. All 40,000 men and their horses too if that's what it took!
  • Unknown Rival: To Robert Baratheon. When Robert hears that Daenerys is pregnant, he goes berserk and calls for her assassination, but when giving the order he throws out "and that fool Viserys", almost as an afterthought. Viserys however saw Robert ("the Usurper") as his Arch-Nemesis.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Never the most stable of individuals to begin with, but becomes increasingly unhinged as he loses control over Daenerys and realizes his powerlessness in the new 'alliance' with Khal Drogo. This finally culminates in his drunkenly storming into a feast and threatening Drogo's wife and unborn child in front of him and his entire Khalasar. He ends his life whimpering and begging before the molten gold does its work.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's a reminder that the Targaryens were pretty bad people for the most part, at least towards the end.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Seems to be under the impression that he's the divinely appointed hero in a epic tale that will end with him retaking the Iron Throne for the Targaryen Dynasty. Suffice to say, it seems obvious to everyone else that he's not.

    Rhaego 
Whosa liddle Stallion who'll Mount the World? Is it you? Is it you?

Played By: Wren Ros Elliot-Sloan

The son of Daenerys and Khal Drogo, who according to prophecy will unite all Dothraki khalassars under his command.
  • Dark Messiah: He's prophecised to be "The Stallion Who Mounts the World" (in which 'Mounts' doesn't mean 'Ride' but 'Fuck') the khal of khals who will lead the Dothraki to dominion over all the lands of the world.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Obviously named after the late Prince Rhaegar, with the termination changed to reflect Dothraki naming customs.
  • Draconic Humanoid: His unseen stilborn body has dragon features like scales and tiny wings according to Mirri Maz Duur, a combination of her blood magic and the Targaryen blood of the dragon. Deconstructed, as rather than becoming some superstrong dragon-human hybrid it just means he didn't survive in this impaired state.
  • Fetus Terrible: To Mirri Maz Duur he's one.
  • Magical Abortion: Due to Mirri Maz Duur's Blood Magic, Rhaego is the sacrifice for Drogo's cure. He's born terribly deformed and already dead.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: As stated above, the Dothraki title for him would effectively be "The Stallion Who Fucks the World". Had he been born, things would probably not have been good for the Westerosi.

    King Aerys II Targaryen 
"Burn them all."
Played By: N/A

"What a king he was! Here's to Aerys Targaryen, the Second of His Name, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm...and the Sword I shoved in his back!"
Ser Jaime Lannister

The last reigning Targaryen King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Aerys II was deposed by a successful rebellion led by Robert Baratheon, Jon Arryn and Ned Stark after he had summarily executed Rickard and Brandon Stark. He was renowned for his cruelty and numerous atrocities and reviled as "The Mad King" even two decades after his ignominious death. Before the Sack of King's Landing, he had sent his pregnant wife (who would give birth to his daughter Daenerys) to Dragonstone along with his son and heir, Viserys. He was killed by Jaime Lannister, a member of his Kingsguard, an action for which Jaime is known as the Kingslayer.
  • Affably Evil: Pycelle describes him as something of a charmer. From the books... 
  • Age Lift: Being Aegon V's son (rather than grandson, from the books), this is inevitable. More specifically, Aerys close in age to Tywin Lannister, who in the books was born in the year 242 AL, and in the series was born around 234 AL (from comments given in Season 4, set during 301 AL, which stated he is 67). Aerys by contrast was born in 242-243 in the books and died in 283 at around the age of 39-40; if he and Tywin are similarly aged in GOT, then he would have been born around 234-235 AL and died in 281, making him 45-47 when he died.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: His homicidal mania is ended when he is backstabbed by Jaime Lannister, a member of his Kingsguard.
  • The Caligula: Was known as "The Mad King" and apparently had a penchant for killing people in nasty ways.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While Aerys was an evil bastard to everyone, he was a Doting Parent to Viserys, and sent him and his mother, whom Aerys abused, off to Dragonstone after Rhaegar died to keep him safe. Seeing how Aerys planned on burning the entire city of King's Landing, it's a huge Pet the Dog moment for him, since he kept Rhaegar's wife and children to force the Martell Family to help, which led to their deaths by Gregor Clegane's hands.
  • Hearing Voices: Renly says that he used to burn women and children because the voices in his head told him to.
  • In-Series Nickname: Known by many as "The Mad King", and with good reason. From the books... 
  • In the Blood/Royally Screwed Up: His insanity was passed on to Viserys, and he himself probably inherited it from over three hundred years of Brother-Sister Incest.
  • Kill It with Fire: His last words were "Burn them all." Also, that's how he killed Ned's father. His obsession with wildfire and burning things also derived from the Targaryen fixation on lost dragons. Since he did not have dragons, he decided the next best thing was burning people so he could pretend to be one.
  • Madness Mantra: "Burn them all."
  • Memetic Psychopath: Aerys' madness was so horrifying that it reached very horrifying memetic levels in-universe. He's now the go-to comparison for when you really want to offend someone, or want to make a really dramatic point. This is shown a few throughout the show — Firstly, when Ned Stark says that Robert's and his council will be little better than the Mad King should they kill Daenerys and her unborn child. The second time is when Cersei is on the brink of an emotional breakdown, recognising that her incestuous affair with Jaime has created another Aerys.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He arranged to burn the Westerosi capital Kings Landing, a city of some 500,000 people, to the ground purely to spite Robert for winning the civil war. He wanted all of his subjects to burn to death along with him, and no king before or after Aerys ever aspired to such a sheer level of destruction.
  • One-Winged Angel: According to Jaime, his lunacy got to the point that during his downfall he believed he would turn into a dragon if he were burned alive with his subjects. Jaime, normally skeptical, slit his throat just to make sure it didn't happen.
  • Posthumous Character: Jaime killed him at the end of Robert's Rebellion.
  • Pyro Maniac: See Kill It with Fire.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's implied his raving madness increased with time, and Pycelle describes the young Aerys thusly: From the books... 
    Pycelle: Aerys Targaryen. Of all the thousand thousand maladies the gods visit on us, madness is the worst. He was a good man, such a charmer.
  • Taking You with Me: He intended for his pyromancers to burn all of King's Landing to the ground and kill everyone in it to spite Robert.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He completely lost it when his defeat was imminent.
  • Villainous Incest: Rhaegar, Daenerys, and Viserys are the products of his marriage to his sister.
  • You Killed My Father: He killed Ned's father, and had his elder brother Brandon Driven to Suicide. This action, along with Rhaegar's abduction of Lyanna, incited the Rebellion that led to his downfall and the exile of the Targaryens.

    Prince Rhaegar Targaryen 
The Last Dragon
Played By: N/A

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

Daenerys and Viserys' elder brother. His abduction of Lyanna Stark was the spark that ignited Robert's Rebellion. Killed in battle by Robert Baratheon roughly seventeen years prior to the start of the series.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-universe and out of it. Daenerys and Barristan regard Rhaegar positively while Robert views him as evil. From the books... 
  • Arch-Enemy: Robert Baratheon viewed him as this.
  • Big Brother Worship: Both Viserys and Daenerys revere his memory. Daenerys names her son and one of her dragons after him and seeks to live by his memory when Jorah and Barristan regard him as The Ace.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Robert Baratheon's ascension ensures that Rhaegar is remembered as a vile rapist and the Mad King's son. Ser Barristan Selmy who admired Robert Baratheon however regards Rhaegar as the finest man he ever knew and obviously Viserys and Daenerys think highly of him too.
  • I Have Your Betrothed: His kidnapping of Robert Baratheon's betrothed Lyanna Stark (probably in combination with his father's penchant for burning his vassals) is what started Robert's Rebellion.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Whether he abducted and raped Lyanna or they eloped, either way his actions ultimately led to the end of the Targaryen dynasty. His defeat at the Trident drove Tywin to sack King's Landing which led to the deaths of his children and the rape and murder of his wife.
  • Posthumous Character: He died near the end of Robert's Rebellion.
  • Pretty Boy: Despite Oberyn's anger at Rhaegar's abandonment of Elia, he acknowledges that Rhaegar was beautiful.
  • Warrior Prince: He is implied as this by Jorah Mormont, who refers to him as "the real Dragon" of the Targaryen family at the time of the Rebellion. Robert turned out to be a far better one when they met, though.
  • The Wise Prince: According to Ser Barristan, who considers Rhaegar, the finest man he ever knew.
    When your brother Rhaegar led his men at the battle of the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him. Because they loved him. I fought beside the last dragon that day, my grace.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Oberyn Martell is highly critical of Rhaegar for running off with Lyanna Stark, humiliating his sister (and Rhaegar's wife) Elia, and then starting a war which ultimately led to the deaths of his children and the brutal rape and murder of his wife.

    King Aegon I Targaryen, the Conqueror 
Played By: N/A

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

The conqueror and unifier of six of the Seven Kingdoms (Dorne forced him out), along with his two sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. Founder of the Targaryen Dynasty, of the capital King's Landing and maker of the Iron Throne. Wed to his elder and younger sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys, respectively. The original Lord of Dragonstone, currently King Stannis' seat.
  • The Ace: To all the Targaryens and to Westeros in general.
  • Beast of Battle: He introduced the concept of using dragons as weapons of war to Westeros.
  • Brother-Sister-Sister Team / Rule of Three: Each with a dragon mount.
  • Dragon Rider: His personal dragon was Balerion "the Black Dread", the biggest dragon ever known. He forged the Iron Throne by melting down the swords of Aegon's enemies, and is one of the dragons that turned Harrenhal into the blasted ruin it is now. From the books... 
  • Famed in Story: Remembered in a positive light as founder of the realm by many, his conquest ended the independence of the Seven Kingdoms and while many of the previous kings were downgraded to Lords Paramount, others were elevated. From the books... 
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Unifier of the realm, founder of King's Landing and maker of the Iron Throne. Aegon's Landing established a Year Zero in the current Westerosi calendar.
  • Hollywood History / Historical Badass Upgrade: In-universe, he is remembered as the founder of the realm, while his sisters' part in the conquest tends to be sidelined.
  • The Magnificent: Known as "Aegon the Conqueror" for subjugating six of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros into one realm, making him the single-most successful named conqueror in the history of the series. From the books... 
  • Outside-Context Villain: To the seven divided kingdoms he invaded, though not to Houses Tyrell and Tully, whom he elevated to their current ranks.
  • Posthumous Character: Not surprising, since he lived 300 years before the start of the story.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Aegon didn't melt the thousand swords of his vanquished foes into the Iron Throne, but less than 200. This kind of mystique helps to seam the realm together.From the books... 

     Queen Visenya Targaryen 
Played By: N/A

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

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

     Queen Rhaenys Targaryen 
Played By: N/A

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

The younger of Aegon's sister wives, and one of the original Targaryen dragon riders.
  • Action Girl: Less so than Visenya, but definitely still an example.
  • Badass: Not physically, it seems, but she still rode a dragon, which makes you a Badass no matter what.
  • Dragon Rider: Alongside her siblings.
  • Girl Next Door: Compared to her sister, which is part of why Aegon preferred Rhaenys.
  • Posthumous Character: Along with all her siblings.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Much girlier than her sister. Though she rode a dragon and fought in Aegon's wars, she fit the image of a "proper" queen much better than her sister, which is probably why she's better known.

    Maester Aemon Targaryen 
Played by: Peter Vaughan

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

See Night's Watch.

Queensguard and Household

    Ser Jorah Mormont 

    Ser Barristan Selmy 
"Sometimes it is better to answer injustice with mercy."
Played By: Ian McElhinney

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

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

    Missandei 
"There are no masters in the grave, Your Grace."

Formerly a slave owned by Kraznys who he used as a translator, now with Daenerys as of Walk of Punishment. Dany technically freed her after asking for and accepting her as a gift from Kraznys, but Missandei continues to serve her as a scribe, linguist and handmaiden.
  • Age Lift: In the books, Missandei is around ten-years-old. Nathalie Emmanuel is in her early twenties.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl
  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: All that Tactful Translation turns out to be unnecessary after all. It does however likely save Missandei's life since it shows Daenerys that the girl has brains and cunning.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Hardly bats an eye at Kraznys cutting off the nipple of an Unsullied in order to make a point.
  • Cunning Linguist: Speaks fluent Common Tongue as well as High Valyrian and Dothraki. In "Second Sons", it is revealed she speaks 19 languages.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After becoming Daenerys' handmaiden.
  • Go-Go Enslavement/Ms. Fanservice: Not as obvious, but her slave outfit does show off her legs and cleavage. Given her job, it would make sense that she would be dressed as sexy as possible to cause Distracted by the Sexy in Kraznys' clients. Once she joins Daenerys this changes.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: Seems to be a much more competent negotiator than her master, though she occasionally has trouble translating around her master's crudities.
  • Slave Collar: Part of her outfit, which she loses when she is given to Daenerys.
  • Stripperific: Another thing that's changed since joining Daenerys; she now dresses much more modestly.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the late Irri.note 
  • Tactful Translation: Missandei supplies these for her master, Kraznys, in his dealings with Dany, wherein she translates around his constant crude insults of Dany.
  • Third-Person Person: Like all slaves, she refers to herself as "This one," at least until Daenerys frees her, and she rediscovers her first-person pronouns.
  • True Blue Femininity/Woman in White: She picked it up from Daenerys. Indeed, in "The First of His Name", Missandei and Daenerys wear the exact same gowns, in blue and white, respectively.

The Unsullied

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

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

    In General 
  • Badass Army: Their intense training and fierce devotion to their master makes them one of the qualitatively strongest armies in the world. From the books... 
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Sack of Astapor is hands down one of the most one sided battles in the entire series.
  • Faceless Mooks: Unlike their book counterparts, the faces of TV Unsullied are covered by a mask that leaves only their eyes exposed.
  • Feel No Pain: Kraznys demonstrates by casually cutting off one Unsullied's nipple.
  • Not Afraid to Die
  • Slave Mooks
  • The Spartan Way: The Unsullied are trained in this manner, but the methods used are even worse than anything in real-life Sparta. Before becoming full-fledged Unsullied, each recruit must go to the slave market and murder a slave child in front of its mother, and then pay a silver coin... to the owner. From the books... 
  • Super Soldier: Basically. Fearless, perfectly disciplined in martial arts and immune to pain.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Training from Hell
  • Weapon of Choice: All of them carry spears and shields.
  • Undying Loyalty: To whoever owns them. They are now completely loyal to Daenerys, though she no longer owns them as she has declared them to be free, but the vast majority of them still follow her.

    Grey Worm 
"Grey Worm is the name this one had on the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free."
Played By: Jacob Anderson

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

The officer the Unsullied have chosen to lead them.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books he's described as stocky and square; Jacob Anderson is neither of these.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Oathkeeper" is this for him, where he gets as much screentime as Tyrion Lannister, and reveals himself to be a Guile Hero of the highest caliber. Indeed, it's he, not Daenerys, who's the true victor over Meereen.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Poor eunuch Grey Worm seems to have a mild crush on Missandei, which doesn't appear to be returned (or acknowledged), though she's sweet to him (just as she is to everyone).
  • Ambiguously Brown: It turns out Grey Worm's from the Summer Isles, though he's substantially lighter than the only other character we've met from the Summer Isles: Xaro Xhoan Daxos.From the books... 
  • Appropriated Appelation: His name was given to him by his masters as an insult. He chooses to keep his name even after Dany allows him to pick a new one. In his mind, Grey Worm is a sacred name since it belongs to a man who has been freed from slavery.From the books... 
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Grey Worm was chosen by the Unsullied to lead them, and the Unsullied are notorious badasses.
  • Badass: Being Unsullied means you're a badass by default, but he's the leader of the Unsullied. Authority Equals Asskicking indeed.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormont.
  • Blade on a Stick: And he kicks serious ass with it.
  • Colonel Badass: Chosen by the Unsullied officers as their commander.
  • Dance Battler: Grey Worm is muscled but not big, so he fights in a very light and graceful way...when not using a Shield Bash, that is.
  • Eloquent In My Native Tongue: His subtitled dialogue shows a much better vocabulary than when he uses the Common Tongue of Westeros, as he has only recently begun to learn the latter from Missandei.
  • Guile Hero: Incites the slave revolt that topples Meereen from within.
  • Nice Guy: A literal lifetime of slavery, senseless brutality, and combat training hasn't stopped him from being cuddly.
  • Not so Above It All: Even the stoic and no-nonsense Grey Worm can't help but be roped into silly little contests with Daario. On a more poignant level, despite being a eunuch he is implied in "Two Swords" to have a crush on Missandei, which Daario good-naturedly taunts him over.
  • Rousing Speech: The normally taciturn and quiet Grey Worm gives a short, simple but powerful speech to a group of slaves debating whether or not to turn on their masters.
    Grey Worm: This one is called Grey Worm. I was taken as a baby by the Masters of Astapor, raised and trained as Unsullied. Now I fight for Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains....There are three slaves in this city for every Master. No one can give you your freedom, brothers. If you want it, you must take it.
  • Shield Bash: One of his fighting techniques.
  • The Stoic: It comes with being an Unsullied, trained from birth to feel no fear and remain utterly disciplined at all times.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Dany.
  • You No Take Candle: Missandei is teaching him the Common Tongue, though he has a ways to go.

The Second Sons

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

    In General 

    Daario Naharis 
"I am Daario Naharis. I always have a choice."
Click to see Daario as played by Ed Skrein. 
Played By: Ed Skrein (Season 3), Michiel Huisman (Season 4-)

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

Once a lieutenant in the Second Sons mercenary company, Daario Naharis killed his captains when he refused to assassinate Daenerys. He then took command of the Second Sons, and defected to Daenerys. Now he serves as a commander in Daenerys' army and as an unofficial member of her Queensguard.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness/Pragmatic Adaptation: Instead of the dyed blue hair and golden tooth, TV!Daario has more conventional good looks.
  • Agent Peacock: In Season 3.From the books... 
  • All Men Are Perverts: He makes no secret of his lust to Daenerys when they meet. And he kills his two fellow leaders and pledges his entire army to Daenerys because he wants her for himself.
  • Anything That Moves: Implied, as long as the thing in question wants it.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The only way you rise to the top of the Second Sons.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Jorah Mormont and Grey Worm. It is awesome.
  • Badass: Most definitely.
  • Badass Boast: He gets asked if he wants to use a horse against Meereen's champion. He asks why on earth he would want or need one, and proves he can back his boast up.
  • Blood Knight: He believes that the gods gave two sources of pleasure to man: fucking a woman who wants to fuck him and killing a man who wants to kill him.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: His moral compass points in one direction: what he wants to do. And nothing and nobody will make him do something he doesn't want to do. What he wants, however, is vastly different from what men like Gregor Clegane and Joffrey want, and that means that he often comes off more casually chivalrous than monstrous.
  • The Casanova: Obviously.
  • Cat Smile: The shape of his lips turns a garden-variety smug smile into this.
  • The Champion: During the Siege of Meereen
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He won't pay for sex or rape women, because he prefers making women want to fuck him instead.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ed Skrein's version was more than a little unhinged, complete with a truly bizarre but non-evil worldview. Michiel Huisman's portrayal is much more grounded, though still not completely rational (i.e. his ridiculous-but-sweet little contest for Daenerys' favor with Grey Worm).
  • Colonel Badass/Commanding Coolness: To both the Second Sons and Daenerys' army in general since his Klingon Promotion.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His solution to a champion on horseback charging at him? Throw his knife at the horse's head, killing it instantly and then killing the champion.
  • Composite Character: He takes the Adapted Out Strong Belwas' role of fighting Meereen's champion Oznak zo Pahl.
  • Cool Sword: The hilts of his arakh and dagger are shaped like naked women.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: At the end of "Breaker of Chains", he disposes of Meereen's champion quickly and with little effort.
  • Ethical Slut: He's got more principles (that he actually sticks to) than most characters on the show, and is definitely a slut.
  • The Hedonist: He loves sex and fighting.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Formerly a mercenary and member of the Second Sons, he kills Mero and Prendahl and joins Dany.
  • Hidden Depths: When delivering Daenerys the heads of her enemies and other shows of valor fail to impress his Queen, Daario decides to take her more seriously, making a surprisingly astute statesman for a wandering merc. He counsels Dany to adapt to the customs and society of the slaves she is freeing if she hopes to effectively lead them. By using the metaphor of three different flowering plants, he not only successfully continues his long game courtship but also imparts genuinely useful advice to Dany considering the social issues she will likely face in Season 4.
  • Hired Guns: As a mercenary captain, along with the Second Sons as a whole, though it's implied he serves Daenerys for free (presumably he still pays his men, or else they wouldn't stick around).
  • Honor Before Reason: An odd example. He did not approve of Mero and Prendahl's plan to kill Daenerys, mainly on account of her beauty, and when they tried to kill him for refusing to carry out the assassination, he killed them. Still, Daario doesn't have what you'd typically call a sense of honor, it's more that he really doesn't like being told to do things he doesn't want to do.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In "Breaker of Chains", he throws a knife at a charging horse and hits it in the eye from about twenty feet, killing it instantly and tossing the rider into decapitation range.
  • Klingon Promotion: By killing Mero and Prendahl, he takes over the Second Sons.
  • Kick the Dog: Despite his charm, wit, and seeming heroism, he has no problem in delivering some truly nasty taunts towards Grey Worm for being a eunuch (and thus unable to act on his crush on Missandei).
  • Lightning Bruiser: In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, he kills both Mero and Prendahl, captains of one of the more dangerous and organized mercenary bands in Essos, even though they draw first. In "The Rains of Castamere" he seems to kill more Yunkish soldiers than Grey Worm and Jorah combined! And then, in "Breaker of Chains", he becomes Daenerys' champion against Meereen's champion (allegedly on the ground that, of all the volunteers, he's the most expendable, but it's clearly part of his and Daenerys' extended Ship Tease). The Meereenese champion is mounted, and charges him with lance. Daario responds by throwing his knife into the horse's head, killing it instantly. Then he kills the dismounted rider with one stroke.
  • Love at First Sight: Currently played with.
  • Loveable Rogue: A mercenary with wit, charm and a very Badass demeanour.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: The reason he remains this way is because he's not a rapist and has some values.
  • More Expendable Than You: He's sent to fight Meereen's champion despite being the fourth to volunteer, after Dany declared Grey Worm, Barristan Selmy, and Jorah Mormont too important to risk.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: He simply steps out of range of Meereen's archers.
  • The Pornomancer: Implied. Proven absolutely when he becomes the first man to share Dany's bed after her departed husband.
  • Pretty Boy: Only when played by Ed Skrein. Michael Huisman is a bit rougher around the edges and manly.
  • Put on a Bus: Dany sends him to recapture Yunkai, in a bit of Real Life Writes the Plot thanks to Huisman's role on Orphan Black.
  • Rape Is A Special Kind Of Pathetic: Daario has a hard time respecting people who rape or pay for sex; he thinks that sex is only meaningful and/or enjoyable when both parties want it, which might explain why it was so easy for him to kill Mero and Prendahl, neither of whom have any such compunctions.
  • Retool: Due to The Other Darrin; Whereas Ed Skrein portrayed Daario as a swaggering and entertainingly bonkers Agent Peacock meant to invoke All Girls Want Bad Boys from Daenerys, Huisman's performance is much more subdued and relaxed, giving Daario a Warrior Poet/Ronin vibe.
  • Self-Made Man: For a literal Son of a Whore, he's risen high, and he knows it. He also believes he'll return to nothing, and seems pretty okay with it.
  • Ship Tease: Since the end of Season 3 with Daenerys.
  • Smug Smiler: Manages to be a Cat Smile due to the shape of his lips. This is gone now that Michael Huisman plays him.
  • Son of a Whore: In "Breaker of Chains", he admits this about himself without shame.
  • The Starscream: To Mero and Prendahl. Though, as he points out, it's not betrayal if they tried to kill you first.
  • Warrior Poet: Some of the things he says give off this vibe, such as "I fight for beauty." and "The gods gave men two gifts to entertain ourselves before we die. The thrill of fucking a woman who wants to be fucked, and the thrill of killing a man who wants to kill you." Michael Huisman's performance gives off this vibe more than the swaggering bad boy interpretation of Ed Skrein.
  • Wild Card: Exemplified in this conversation:
    Daenerys: You're a strange man.
    Daario: I'm the simplest man you'll ever meet. I only do what I want to do.

Daenerys' Khalasar

    Irri 
"She is not a princess! She is a khaleesi!"
Played By: Amrita Acharia

One of Daenerys' handmaidens. She is given to her to teach Daenerys the Dothraki tongue.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rakharo. Turns into Love Hurts when he is killed in Season 2.
  • Composite Character: In the books, she is one half of a Those Two Gals combo with fellow handmaiden Jhiqui; on the show, Jhiqui seems largely an extra, while Irri has gained a lot more personality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In her interactions with Rakharo.
  • Death by Adaptation
  • Fish out of Water: At least in Qarth.
  • Heroic BSOD: When Rakharo's horse returns, with his head stuffed inside a bag. She breaks down because, since his body hasn't been burned, he won't be able to cross over to the 'Night Lands', the afterlife in Dothraki belief.
  • Hyper Awareness: Realizes Daenerys is pregnant before she is showing.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Doreah says that Daenerys will look like a Princess in the dress that Xaro Xhoan Daxos has given her, Irri corrects her. Daenerys is a Khaleesi (Queen), not a Princess.
  • Ironic Echo: In the deleted scene where she's murdered, Doreah taunts her with her own catchphrase as she crushes her windpipe, after casually commenting on the strange dichotomy of pain and pleasure that people experience whilst being strangled. "It is known!"
  • Promoted to Love Interest: After some heavy flirtation in the first season, Irri and Rakharo are confirmed to be lovers in Season 2. Not that we saw any interaction with them anymore. In the books, both Irri and Jhiqui are both attracted to Rakharo, but nothing else happens.
  • My Khaleesi Right Or Wrong: Like Rakharo, she seems often less than thrilled with Daenerys' decisions, but still remains faithfully at her side.
  • Servile Snarker
  • Stuffed into the Fridge

    Doreah 
"I always wanted to see a dragon. There is nothing in the world I wish more."
Played By: Roxanne McKee

Another of Daenerys' handmaidens, a former Sex Slave from Lys that teaches her the ways of love.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Described as blonde and blue-eyed in the books.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the books, she's loyal to Dany to the extent where Dany stops her Khalasar in the Red Wastes so she can die in peace. In the series, she willingly betrays Dany to Xaro and, in a deleted scene, even murders Irri.
    • In her commentary on the Season 2 finale, Emilia Clarke states that there was another deleted scene where she explained her reasons for betraying Dany, clearly speaking directly to the people who were upset about this change, which appears to happen for little motivation in the final product. Unfortunately, she doesn't go into detail on what those reasons were.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Bi the Way
  • Composite Character: In a way, with Shae from the books. While the Shae from the series is the book character in name only, Doreah plays the character's book role of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing playing the part of a Hooker with a Heart of Gold, who eventually betrays a POV character when a better opportunity comes along. She's also Killed Off for Real because of this betrayal.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Pays dearly for it.
  • Happiness in Slavery
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Ultimately subverted.
  • Karmic Death: Betrayed her people for Xaro. She's locked into a room with him for both of them to slowly starve to death.
  • Made a Slave: Sold to a brothel at age nine.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Her final fate.
  • Sex Slave
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Subverted. In the books, she dies in the Red Waste, which doesn't happen to her in the show. However, Season 2 ends with her trapped in Xaro's vault with no prospect of escape.

    Kovarro 
"It is a house of ghosts, Khaleesi. It is known."
Played By: Steven Cole

Another of Daenerys' three bloodriders. He guides the khalasar to Qarth, and later accompanies Dany and Jorah to the House of the Undying.
  • Badass: It comes with being a Dothraki.
  • Badass Beard
  • Canon Foreigner/Expy: In place of Jhogo.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kovarro has almost completely disappeared despite being one of Dany's closest protectors.
  • Composite Character: Might be a combination of the Jhogo and Rakharo traits that were not used in Rakharo.
  • Demoted to Extra: To the point he hasn't been seen in Season 3 or 4.
  • Famed in Story: Invoked. He returns to Daenerys' khalasar saying that Qarth is ready to welcome "the Mother of Dragons," the first time that the title had been used in the show. When they get to the gates, the Thirteen show the greatest interest in Daenerys because of her dragons, not because of her bloodline. Kovarro is, in effect, a very skilled PR agent.
  • Fish out of Water: In Qarth, much like the other Dothraki.
  • Praetorian Guard: As bloodrider.
  • Remember the New Guy
  • Sticky Fingers: Even after Daenerys commands him not to steal anything from their host, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, he takes a golden wine chalice, dumps the wine and takes the chalice.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Rakharo. Kovarro only really steps up after Rakharo's death.

    Rakharo 
"My father taught me how to fight. He taught me that speed defeats size."
Played By: Elyes Gabel

"I will not fail you, blood of my blood."

A member of Dany's personal guard (kas).
  • Armor Is Useless: He believes a Dothraki would defeat an armored knight in a duel because of speed and freedom of movement. Ser Jorah's duel with Qotho convinces him otherwise.
  • Composite Character: He seems to be two of Dany's Dothraki bodyguards (Jhogo, the whip, and Rakharo, the arek) combined into one man. The character was originally going to be called Jhogo, but executives thought it sounded too similar to Drogo and changed it to Rakharo to avoid confusion.
  • Death by Adaptation: Possibly forced by the actor, as he was scheduled to play a role in the film version of ''World War Z'.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Barely avoided in "The Night Lands" — he is decapitated, but his head is left covered by those who find it.
  • My Khaleesi Right Or Wrong: Is visibly hesitant about the decisions Dany makes, especially when she goes against Dothraki culture, but remains loyal nonetheless.
  • Praetorian Guard: As bloodrider.
  • Properly Paranoid: Of the blood magic that was used on Khal Drago.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge
  • Tempting Fate: Before he leaves looking for cities beyond the Red Waste.
  • Whip It Good: In addition to the arakh, he's also good with a whip.

    Aggo 
Played By: N/A

The third of Daenerys' bloodriders.

    Malakho 
Played By: Robert "Bebe" Boroje

    Jhiqui 
Played By: Sarita Piotrowski

The third of Daenerys' handmaidens.

The Dragons

    The Dragons 
Left to right: Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion

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

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

Tropes:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Averted. See Ser Jorah's quote above. They generally obey Daenerys and are less threatening to those she's close to, but they are very fierce and aren't truly under her control.
  • All There In The Books: Their names: Drogon (black and red), Rhaegal (green) and Viserion (bronze).
  • Badass Adorable: Cute when little, and graduating to Badass by the end of Season 2. Less adorable now that they're big and becoming unruly.
    • Much less so now that Drogon has killed a 3-year old girl.
  • Breath Weapon: Fiery breath.
  • Cool Pet: To Dany, although even she is struggling to control them now.
  • Dead Guy Junior: All of them are named after people that Dany loved and knew.
  • Mama Bear: While Daenerys is this for them, they also invert it. They will snap at anyone who so much as insults their "mother".
  • The Magic Comes Back: As Pyat Pree puts it, there's a correlation. The moment the dragons were born, his magic was born again.
  • Non Human Sidekicks: To Daenerys.
  • Not So Extinct: Played with. Initially, they were extinct; then, they were revived by Blood Magic.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They don't have six limbs, only four (wings and hind legs), they don't talk, and they only eat cooked meat.
  • Parrot Pet Position: In Season 2, though they've grown substantially between seasons (though its has been only some weeks between Season 2 and 3) and now they are too big to do that.
  • Pet Monstrosity: To some. Daenerys and her khalasar seem to love them, though.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: At first. As of Season 3, Drogon is closer to the size of a medium-to-large dog. By Season 4, he's big enough that it seems possible he could be ridden.
  • Theme Naming: Each of the dragons are named after a deceased relative of Daenarys — Drogon is her dead husband Drogo; Rhaegal is her brother, "The Last Dragon" Rhaegar; and Viserion is her other brother Viserys.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Sort of. The fact that Daenerys named one of her dragons after Viserys shows that, despite his cruelty, she still loved him (even after he threatened her unborn son), and probably even sympathized with him.

    Drogon 

The largest of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late husband Khal Drogo.

    Viserion 
One of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late brother Viserys.

    Rhaegal 
One of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late brother Rhaegar.

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