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Eddard Stark: "It's done, Your Grace. The Targaryens are gone."
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 lead 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.
Queen / Khaleesi Daenerys I Targaryen
"I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the Dragon."
"I am Daenerys Stormborn and I will take what is mine with fire and blood."
The last female Targaryen. Her abusive brother, Viserys, has her married off to Khal Drogo of the Dothraki in the hope that he can use his huge army of savage horselords to take back his father's crown.
- Abusive Brother: A life being raised by Viserys in place of dead parents would be enough to break most people.
- 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 1 Blu-ray that establishes 17 years has passed since her father was overthrown, at which point her mother was still pregnant with her.
- 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.
- Arranged Marriage: To Khal Drogo, to secure an army for her brother.
- 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 things get worse.
- 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.
I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen of the blood of Old Valyria. Valyrian is my mother tongue.
- Badass Damsel: In Season 1.
- Badass Khaleesi: After assuming leadership of the Khalasar.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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 advisors. Her badassery rises multiple levels when she awesomely masterminds and leads the Sacking of Astapor.
- Underestimating Badassery: Whether due to her own guile or their foolishness, people who underestimate her and sleight 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.
- Bare Your Midriff: While in Dothraki garb.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: She does not like slavery at all.
- Sexual assault and violence against children aren't among her favorite things, either. This makes sense, considering she's personally experienced all of these.
- 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 burns him to death during her sacking of Astapor.
- As of the sacking of Astapor, Dany has killed more named characters than any two other people on the show.
- Bigger Bad: Is seen this way by much of Westeros, including Robert, 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.
- 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.
- Braids of Action: She gradually adopts this hairstyle while living among the Dothraki as she becomes stronger and more authoritative throughout season 1.
- Breakout Character
- Break the Haughty: After the Spice King's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Catchphrase: "Dracarys" becomes her Pre Asskicking One Liner.
- The Chains of Commanding: Starts to feel them in Season 2.
- Character Development:
- On the course of four episodes she goes from being terrified and submissive to threatening her abusive brother that she'll have his hands cut off if he dares to bully her again.
- In "Second Sons", a nice Call Back to her first 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
- 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.
- Cool Pet: Right now she has three dragons.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 says - even 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.
- 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.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: At the start of season 2 Dany is the leader of only a few dozen ex-slaves, most of which are women, old men and children. By halfway through season 3 she has an army and dragons old enough to kill and feared by the cities of Essos.
- Genre Savvy: See Take a Third Option, below.
- Going Native
- 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".
- 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.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Drogo.
- Impoverished Patrician
- The Kid with the Remote Control: Daenerys herself is harmless, but she has three dragons who follow her every command. As of season 3, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 3, 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.
- 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-centred streak about her - which seems to be a common flaw amongst her family.
- Ms. Fanservice: She had her moments.
- My Parents Are Dead
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 villainhood 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.
- 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 2 (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
- 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!
- 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.
- Slave Liberation: During the Sacking of Astapor, on a truly massive scale. And again not much later with the Sacking of Yunkai.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Oh, does she ever have this problem. And she will continue to have it up until such time as she gains a potent army or her dragons become useful. The Spice King of Qarth may be a condescending Smug Snake, but his observation that she doesn't yet have anything to recommend her as a likely conqueror of Westeros is difficult to argue with. She takes his words to heart and is definitely improving.
- Now, though, her name's gotten a lot bigger in the Slaver's Bay, so now her ego (still pretty large) actually suits her.
- 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 had she simply owned them.
- True Blue Femininity
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: A single nickname is not enough to describe her magnificence:
Missandei: Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.
- 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 and forcing another to surrender.
Prince Viserys III Targaryen
"You don't want to wake the Dragon, do you?"
"You dare? You give commands to me? To me? You do not command the dragon. I'm lord of the Seven Kingdoms. I don't take orders from savages or their sluts. Do you hear me?"
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.
Played By: N/A
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."
"Burn them all. Burn them in their homes. Burn them in their beds."
The infamous "Mad King". Daenerys and Viserys' father. He was killed by Jaime Lannister, a member of his Kingsguard, when Robert rebelled, seventeen years before the start of the story. The murder of Aerys is the reason why Jaime is known as the Kingslayer
- Affably Evil: Pycelle describes him as something of a charmer. From the books...
- 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.
- Kill It with Fire: His last words were "Burn them all." Also, that's how he killed Ned's father.
- 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 three hundred years of Brother-Sister Incest.
- Hearing Voices: Renly says that he used to burn women and children because the voices in his head told him to.
- Madness Mantra: "Burn them all."
- Memetic Monster: 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.
- 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.
- 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. From the books...
- 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. He was the product of incest himself, which probably didn't make him any saner.
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen
The Last Dragon
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.
King Aegon I Targaryen
: "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 KingdomsFrom the books...
, 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. The original Lord of Dragonstone, currently King Stannis' seat.
- 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 succesful 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 vanquised foes into the Iron Throne, but less than 200. This kind of mystique helps to seam the realm together.From the books...
Maester Aemon Targaryen
Ser Jorah Mormont
"There's a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand."
"There are times when, I look at you, and I still can't believe you're real."
An exiled knight from the Seven Kingdoms, who pledged his sword to Viserys and now travels with Khal Drogo's khalasar
. He becomes something of a Mentor
to Daenerys, and by the third episode has largely transferred his allegiance to her. Known among the Dothraki as "Jorah the Andal."
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Described as dark-haired and balding in the books, but played by blond Iain Glen.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Ser Jorah Mormont is explicitly described in the book as "not a handsome man." Iain Glen, on the other hand, is quite appealing.
- Badass: His duel with Qotho, Drogo's bloodrider, has him overcome his opponent's superior speed by trapping his sword in his breastplate with one hand and cutting his throat with his free hand.
- Becoming the Mask: Originally traveling with Daenerys and Viseyrs as an informant of Varys seeking to earn a pardon from Robert Baratheon. Gradually, he falls in love with Dany, defending her life on several occasions, and becoming a key ally in her plan to retake the Seven Kingdoms, even after he has secured his pardon.
- Bodyguard Crush: He develops one for Daenerys.
- Viserys calls him out on it in "A Golden Crown."
Viserys: You stand there all nobility and honor. You don't think I see you looking at my little sister, hm? Don't think I don't know what you want.
Jorah: Don't ask me to stand aside as you climb on that pyre. I won't watch you burn!
Daenerys: Is that what you fear? [kisses him on the cheek]
- Further referenced in "The Ghost of Harrenhal." Daxos says it outright to Dany that Jorah is in love with her, and Jorah himself all but admits it outright when they speak together later.
- Boring but Practical: His fighting method, the typical armored hack-and-slash method of Westerosi knights, is this in comparison to some of the more elegant fighting styles encountered in Essos. It shows in his fight with Qotho, and is best seen when Jorah, Grey Worm, and Daario fight of Yunkish guards in "The Rains of Castamere." Daario and Grey Worm are far more graceful in their movements, but Jorah is just as effective.
- Combat Pragmatist:
- Has no qualms about fighting an unarmored foe with his armor on, and in fact makes that a principle piece of his strategy to win the fight.
- In season 3, he begins counseling Daenerys to take a more pragmatic approach to her campaign to retake Westeros, without concern for the morality of her actions, in opposition to the more idealistic advice given by Barristan Selmy.
- Culture Clash: While the Dothraki call him "the Andal," the Mormonts are actually blood of the First Men. The Andals are the Saxon invaders to the original Briton occupants of Westeros. From the books...
- Disproportionate Retribution: His exile for the crimes he committed, in his mind at least.
- The Dragon/The Lancer: To Daenerys.
- Dramatic Irony:
- Revealed in "The Wolf and the Lion" to be spying on Daenerys on behalf of Varys.
- In "You Win or You Die," he protects Daenerys from an assassination that he was the indirect cause of.
- Everyone Can See It: In-universe, everyone and their mums seems to be aware that he's got a crush on Daenerys.
- The Exile
- Felony Misdemeanor: One could seriously make this argument. Considering that other nobles in Westeros routinely partake in murder and torture, getting sentenced to death for selling a couple of poachers into slavery seems downright tame in comparison! From the books...
- Friendly Rivalry/Friendly Enemy: With Barristan Selmy. They both have much in common and are quite similar in terms of character, but each has his issues with the other. And while always friendly or at least polite with one another, they're both quite frank in expressing their reservations about the other.
- Genre Savvy: Gets into a debate with Rakharo over the merits of armor. Jorah argues that armor will make an arakh useless, while Rakharo believes speed trumps protection. Jorah is right, as Qotho fatally discovers
- I Choose to Stay: He chooses to remain by Daenerys' side even after being pardoned and allowed to return by King Robert.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Not nearly as straight an example as Barristan Selmy, but he's definitely got his moments.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Was the second into the breach at the Siege of Pyke, behind Thoros with his flaming sword. He was knighted by the King himself for his bravery.
- The Mole: Originally, to Varys. He later becomes the mask and serves Daenerys loyally.
- Mr. Exposition: As a seasoned advisor and mentor, one of his roles consists in providing information to Daenerys, who is a newcomer. The producers even refer to him as "Jorah the Explorer".
- Perma Stubble
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: After Barristan Selmy joins Daenerys, Jorah becomes the Red to his Blue. Which is somewhat ironic, considering that Jorah is The Spock/superego and Barristan is The McCoy/ego, meaning that the roles should be reversed.
- The Spock: His pragmatism makes him this to Barristan's McCoy and Dany's Kirk
- Undying Loyalty: To Daenerys.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He sold some poachers into slavery and fled rather than facing Ned Stark over it. Subverted, as informing on Daenerys has earned him a royal pardon. Which he's ignored so far to continue serving Daenerys.
- You Shall Not Pass: Downplayed twice, first against Viserys when he tries to steal the dragon eggs and later against a battle-hardend Dothraki fighter. Fittingly, his family motto is "Here We Stand."
Ser Barristan Selmy
Played By: Ian McElhinney
"I am a knight. I shall die a knight! Even now, I could cut through the five of you like carving a cake!"
"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.
"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 two. 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
"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.
- 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.
"It is a house of ghosts, Khaleesi. It is known."
Played By: Steven Cole
Another of Daenerys' three bloodriders.
"My father taught me how to fight. He taught me that speed defeats size."
"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, since 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.
- 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.
Played By: N/A
The third of Daenerys' bloodriders.
Played By: Robert "Bebe" Boroje
Played By: Sarita Piotrowski
The third of Daenerys' handmaidens.
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.
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.
- 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...
- 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 is the name this one had on the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free."
Played By: Jacob Anderson
The officer the Unsullied have chosen to lead them.
The Second Sons
"We had...philosophical differences."
: Ed Skrein (Season 3), Michiel Huisman (Season 4-)
"I am Daario Naharis. I always have a choice."
A member of the Second Sons who defects to Daenerys' side.
Left to right: Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion
Three dragons, perhaps the only ones currently alive, hatched by Daenerys.
- All There In The Books. Their names: Drogon (black and red), Rhaegal (green) and Viserion (bronze).
- Badass Adorable: They've always been pretty damned cute, and now, as of the Season 2 finale, they are undeniably Badass.
- Breath Weapon: Fiery breath.
- Cool Pet
- Dead Guy Junior
- Demoted to Extra: Viserion and Rhaegal when compared with Drogon... leads to:
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Drogon loves his Mommy. Getting between him and Daenarys, or threatening her, is not a good idea.
- 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
- 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 the two) 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 three, Drogon is closer to the size of a medium-to-large dog.
- 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.
The largest of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late husband Khal Drogo.
One of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late brother Viserys.
One of Daenerys' dragons, named after her late brother Rhaegar.