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House Tully

Catelyn Stark: 'Family, Duty, Honor.' Every Tully child learns our words. But I was a woman before I understood them.

If Westeros isn't careful, pretty soon our people will grow some sense and abandon it for a safer place, like the Dothraki Sea. I joke, of course. The Riverlands are our home and gods help us, we love it. Still as they say "the king eats and the hand takes the shit". The same is true of the Riverlands: the Seven Kingdoms piss and the Riverlands change clothes.
Ser Brynden Tully, History and Lore : The Riverlands.

Great House of the Riverlands, the only constituent part of the Seven Kingdoms that was not a kingdom before Aegon's conquest. Their central, flat location ensures that the Tullys will be drawn into the fight whenever there is a war between the other houses, whether they like it or not.

House Tully's ancestral seat, Riverrun, is built where the Tumblestone meets the Red Fork, one of the three constituents of the Trident. It is naturally protected on two sides by those rivers, and a man-made moat between them can cut it off on the third. It is, for most intents and purposes, unassailable.

     In General 
  • Adapted Out: In Seasons 1 and 2. This is particularly noteworthy because, as mentioned above, the Riverlands are central to the Seven Kingdoms and almost all of the war seen in the first season actually took place there.
  • Animal Motifs: The Tully sigil is the Trout and its members are often compared to fish. Brynden and Edmure even use fish-like scale leather armor.
  • Butt Monkey: Nothing goes well for them during the course of the war. Of all the regions in Westeros, theirs is the one that's hit most hard by the War of the Five Kings, and Edmure's greatest accomplishment ends up hindering his campaign's war efforts. Their marriage alliance with House Frey even ends up killing their king, their queen, and Lady Catelyn.
  • The Lancer: To House Stark in Season 3. Even deciding to break off from the Iron Throne themselves and accept Robb as their king.
  • Guilt By Association / Revenge by Proxy: Invaded by the Lannisters in response to Catelyn arresting Tyrion, despite the fact that Catelyn has not been in the Riverlands for years and her husband, Ned Stark, claimed responsibility for it.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: House Tully has quite a bit of similarities with the Habsburg dynasty, given their penchant for forging alliances and marrying off members of their family to secure even greater power.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after everything that happened to them, their people still love them. When Arya and Sandor meet a farmer in the Riverlands, the farmer offers them a hot meal and a place to sleep purely because Arya passes the Hound off as an ex-Tully soldier.

    Lord Hoster Tully 
Played By: Christopher Newman

Catelyn Stark: Every time he would leave for the capital or fight in a campaign I'd see him off. 'Wait for me, little Cat', he'd say. 'Wait for me and I'll come back to you'.

The late Lord of Riverrun and father of Catelyn, Lysa, and Edmure.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Since he's more or less The Ghost, his coarser edges are Adapted Out. Especially his history with his daughter Lysa Tully. In the books, when Lysa had a child with Petyr Baelish after a One Night Stand of Questionable Consent, he tricked her into drinking a potion that caused an abortion. This is implied to have hurt her fertility and been a cause for Robin Arryn's health problems. At his deathbed, Hoster Tully expresses regret for this and sends several ravens to Lysa to come and see him but she refuses.
    • During the Rebellion, he rode through the villages of loyalist Houses, putting smallfok to the sword and burning as he went. In the show he's a protector of the smallfolk.
  • Big Good: A farmer who Arya and Sandor Clegane meet discusses Hoster Tully's lordship of the Riverlands as a time where the smallfolk felt safe and peaceful. His death and the defeat of the Tullys at the hands of the Freys made everything worse.
  • The Ghost: Referred to several times in Season 1, but never appears, as Riverrun was cut from those episodes.
  • The Patriarch: Of the Tully family.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies off-screen in early Season 3.
  • Stage Mom: According to his second daughter Lysa, Hoster Tully was very concerned over young Catelyn's eating habits and had septas watch over her to make sure she did not grow fat and dilute her marriage possibilities.
  • Viking Funeral: A tradition among the Tullys.

    Lord Edmure Tully 
"Well. I didn't know that."
Played By: Tobias Menzies

Brynden Tully: The gods love to reward a fool.
Catelyn Stark: Uncle!
Brynden Tully: What? He's my nephew. I love him. And he's a damned fool.

Son of Hoster and the new Lord of Riverrun and Lord Paramount of the Riverlands. A competent man in the politics of peacetime, in time of war not so much.

  • Adaptation Distillation: His military blunder is a relatively minor battle with The Mountain. From the Books... 
  • Adaptational Wimp: A minor example, but in the books, the reason he misses his father's funeral pyre is because of grief. In the show, he just misses.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, Edmure has auburn hair like most of his family. On the show, he is dark-haired.
  • Age Lift: Like his sisters. He is clearly not in his twenties in the show.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Is this to Catelyn, to a degree. She loves him, anyways. And compared to Lysa he is really not that bad.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Roslin Frey, as of "The Climb".
  • Break the Haughty: Takes himself just a little too seriously, sometimes (okay, most of the time). Unfortunately for him, the Blackfish is always on hand to tell him to shut his mouth or threaten him with bodily harm (usually both).
  • Butt Monkey: Is the recipient of not one, but TWO "The Reason You Suck" Speeches within his first five minutes of screentime, courtesy of the Blackfish and Robb Stark.
  • Character Exaggeration: His General Failure and Glory Hound tendencies are played up compared to the books, and few of his positive traits are even touched upon. This is at least partially due to being The Ghost in Seasons 1 and 2, while he appeared in the corresponding books.
  • The Chick: To Robb's The Hero and Brynden's The Lancer.
  • The Ditz: Not the brightest guy around. Claiming that "no man can compel another man to marry" in this universe alone makes one wonder if he'd been asleep his whole life.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He gets treated like crap by his family and bannermen, despite being the rightful Lord Paramount of the Riverlands.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While a poor strategist, Edmure proves more talented as a politician — he is correct in saying it would be better if Robb covered up the death of Martyn and Willem Lannister until after the war, as the news would only damage his war effort, and held Lord Karstark hostage against his troops' loyalty. Talisa and Catelyn agree with him.
    • In the novels it's more fully explained that Edmure isn't a complete incompetent, it's just that he's not "a wartime consigliere" (in Godfather terms). In peacetime he'd actually be praised as a great ruler who genuinely cares about his subjects. When the Riverlands are first invaded he lets hundreds of refugees inside Riverrun, even though having extra mouths to feed is a disastrous tactical decision during a siege - he felt honor bound not to abandon those who followed him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Trying to light his father's funeral pyre boat with a burning arrow and failing repeatedly. Edmure tries his best, but he just keeps making mistakes.
    • In the books, Catelyn notes that he is extremely distraught over their father's death, and the Blackfish points out that even Hoster missed once when lighting their father's pyre.
  • General Failure: Impulsively attacked Ser Gregor Clegane's position contrary to orders from Robb Stark, who was maneuvering his armies to encircle the Mountain, losing 208 of his men and allowing Gregor to slip away (though he still soundly defeated Clegane's forces). In return, he got two teenage Lannister hostages... and a mill. In military parlance, this would be a tactical victory but a strategic defeat. He's got a decent eye for individual battles, but he doesn't really grasp the larger picture of the entire campaign, nor his part in it.
  • Glory Hound: He has shades of this, although Robb harshly corrects him.
    Edmure: "There's glory enough to go around!"
  • Guttural Growler: A true bizarre example, as he's not a Badass, but he has a pretty gravelly voice, fitting for a politician.
  • Hot-Blooded: His impatience damages Robb's war effort.
  • Lucky Bastard: Played with: he got handed a stunner of a wife in exchange of the massacre of his family. It's implied that he's still alive From the Books... .
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Edmure beams with joy when he finds out how pretty his wife is!
  • Put on a Bus: Has not been seen since the Red Wedding; he presumably remains a prisoner of the Freys.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Robb's inner council.
  • Spanner in the Works: To the Stark war effort.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is on the wrong end of two biting ones from the Blackfish and Robb Stark over blowing a strategic maneuver to make a dramatic statement in the war against the Lannisters.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He's very excited to learn that his new bride is the most beautiful daughter in Walder Frey's brood.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Walder mentions in "Mhysa" that Edmure is currently their prisoner, but there's been no word on his fate since.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "Mhysa" reveals he spent his wedding night inside the dungeons, not with his bride.
  • You Are in Command Now: The de facto Lord of Riverrun due to his father's sickness, it becomes official when Hoster passes away in early Season 3.

    Ser Brynden Tully, the Blackfish 
"People have been calling me Blackfish for so long, they don't remember my real name."
Played By: Clive Russell

Edmure Tully: The Laws of Gods and Men are very clear, no man can compel another man to marry!
Brynden Tully: The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!

Hoster's younger brother, a knight.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Almost entirely adapted out, compared to his book counterpart, though the fact remains that he curiously never married. One of the "Histories & Lore" animated featurettes he narrates also explains his backstory, that his brother Hoster wanted to put him in an arranged marriage - to the beautiful and wealthy sister of Olenna Redwyne. Ordinarily this would be seen as a great match, but Brynden was insulted about "being told when and whom to marry" (as he puts it), and refused. Even in book fandom there is massive speculation about why he never married, ranging from that he is secretly gay, to that he was actually in love with Minisa Whent but after she married his older brother he refused to ever love again.
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Blackfish" started as an insult because he was seen as the Black Sheep of the Tully family. Rather than being offended, Brynden made the appellation his own and even adopted a black fish as his personal sigil.
  • The Archer: Just part of his all-around badassery.
  • Badass: He's an extremely competent archer, soldier, commander, strategist and knight. It's notable that the very intelligent Roose Bolton seems concerned and unable to enjoy victory knowing that the Blackfish survived the Red Wedding.
  • Badass Beard: He has one.
  • Badass Grandpa: With his older brother Lord Hoster dead, Brynden is oldest living Tully.
  • The Big Guy: Taken over from Rickard Karstark and the Greatjon as Robb's skullcracker-in-chief.
  • Black Sheep: When he was younger. He still carries the stain on his reputation, but he's appropriated it.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Is one of the most badass and hardassed individuals in Westeros, but he's actually a really good guy. And despite his threats, he'd never actually hurt Edmure.
  • Brutal Honesty: To Edmure.
  • Cool Old Guy: To Catelyn, Robb, and even Edmure (who he's only trying to snap out of his pomposity).
  • Cool Uncle: To Catelyn especially.
    Catelyn: I have missed you, uncle.
  • Composite Character: With the Greatjon, who was Put on a Bus, in both temperament and actions.
  • Compressed Adaptation: He appears much earlier in A Song of Ice and Fire and has a lot more plot afterwards. In the books he has been informally exiled from the Riverlands for a time and he accompanied Lysa to the Eyrie when she married Jon Arryn. There, she was named Knight of the Gate, commander of the Bloody Gate. He meets Catelyn there when she is carrying Tyrion to the Eyrie. He resigns and returns to Riverrun upon hearing the news of Hoster's convalescence. On the scrapped plot of the Lannisters' takeover of the Riverlands after the Red Wedding, the Blackfish barracks himself in Riverrun with Queen Jeyne Westerling (the equivalent character of Queen Talisa Stark) and the Freys and Lannisters lay siege to the castle. Jaime Lannister lifts the siege, but the Blackfish escapes. There are hints that he sent an impostor Jeyne to the Lannisters while he took the real deal with him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses in all-black armour and mail, and is a rather grumpy old soul, but he's unmistakably one of the heroes of the Northern rebellion.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As part of his Brutal Honesty, he has some of the best lines especially when putting Edmure in his place.
  • The Dreaded: Due to his Memetic Badass status, Roose Bolton is actually worried that he survived the Red Wedding and escaped.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Lighting Hoster's funeral pyre boat with ease after Edmure fails repeatedly. Brynden has to clean up after his nephew's mistakes.
  • Grumpy Old Man: A mild version. It seems he just has a very low tolerance threshold for incompetence.
  • Guy Liner: Look at those eyelids!
  • Hypocritical Humor: He chides Edmure for calling Robb "nephew" rather than "King" — while himself calling Edmure "nephew" rather than "Lord".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: After Edmure screws up the Viking Funeral, he disdainfully lights the pyre with a flaming arrow on the first try, while the boat was very far away. He also takes a moment to look at the direction of the wind and compensate for it, showing more care and foresight than his nephew. After shooting, he immediately starts walking away without bothering to wait and see if the arrow will hit. He knows it will, because he's just that good.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Blackfish". Promotional material also seems to name him "Blackfish Tully" whenever possible.
    Brynden: He (Hoster) asked me to stop calling myself 'Blackfish.' Said it was an old joke, and it was never funny to begin with. I told him people have been calling me 'Blackfish' for so long, they don't remember my real name.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After Lord Karstark kills the Lannister boys and goads Robb by invoking Ned's name, Brynden smashes him so hard in the face he knocks the man to his knees, spitting blood. Were it almost anyone else, it would be much more difficult to side with someone so viciously beating an unarmed prisoner, but given the circumstances...
  • Knight in Shining Armor: One of the straightest examples in the series, along with Davos Seaworth and Barristan Selmy.
  • The Lancer: To Robb, once he's at Riverrun.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, he's regarded as one of the best fighters of an entire continent, right up there with Barristan Selmy and Jaime Lannister. As explained in the Histories & Lore videos, along with the young Ser Barristan he was one of the heroes of the War of the Ninepenny Kings (the Fifth Blackfyre Rebellion).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As he jokingly says himself.
  • Old Soldier: He's the eldest living Tully.
  • Parental Substitute: He's Catelyn's main source of support after her father dies.
  • Put on a Bus: He is absent from seasons four and five, presumably in hiding after the Red Wedding.
  • Red Baron: Again, Blackfish. Mentioned in-universe.
  • Sole Survivor: The only named character in attendence to not get either killed or captured in the Red Wedding, thanks to a luckily-timed loo break.From the Books... 
  • Unflinching Walk: Shoots a flaming arrow at his brother's funeral barge and walks away before it lands, knowing that it will hit it.
  • Talk to the Fist: Invoked when Edmure complains about being forced into an Arranged Marriage with Walder Frey's daughter.
    Edmure: The Laws of Gods and Men are very clear, no man can compel another man to marry!
    Blackfish: The Laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!
  • Team Dad: To the Starks and Tullys, after the deaths of Ned and Hoster.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No word on his current location or status since the Red Wedding.

    Lady Catelyn Stark, née Tully 
Played By: Michelle Fairley

See House Stark.

    Lady Lysa Arryn, née Tully 
Played By: Kate Dickie

See House Arryn.

    Lady Roslin Tully, née Frey 
"Lord Edmure... I hope I'm not a disappointment to you."
Played By: Alexandra Dowling

A daughter of Walder Frey who wed Edmure Tully. She is 19-years-old.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Edmure Tully, as of "The Climb". The Freys refuse to let him see her before the wedding, and given the family's reputation for unconventional looks, he's a bit worried. Walder Frey hints in not so many words that she is what he had for Robb hidden in the Twins had he been patient. Robb himself jokingly admits that he lost a very delectable opportunity... until Frey made him swallow that joke back.
  • Beautiful All Along: Knowing of the reputation of the Frey girls' appearance, Edmure complains all the way to the Twins. That is, until he saw Roslin.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Robb muses jokingly to Talisa that he completely missed out on Roslin. By the way Walder Frey looked at him, he had intended Roslin to marry Robb.
  • Hello, Nurse!: A gorgeous, gorgeous woman. Edmure done fell off his ass.
  • Honey Trap: Sort of. It is unlikely she was aware of her father's plans. From the books... 
    • She was married to Edmure to make him a hostage; still, Edmure hasn't been seen since the Red Wedding.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes are blue, and Roslin is easily the sweetest, most innocent Frey.
  • Nice Guy: Incredibly sweet, unlike her Jerkass father, brothers, and nephews.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Much to both of their surprise.
  • Token Good Teammate: While the rest of the Freys consist of entitled, deceitful and bitter people, Roslin is shy and kind.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's the daughter of Walder Frey, and the other Freys are nothing to boast about, but when Edmure finally sees her he is immediately struck by her beauty.

Tully Bannermen, Retainers and Household

    Lord Jonos Bracken 
Played By: Gerry O'Brien

Another Riverlord. Jonos Bracken is the Lord of Stone Hedge.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In Season 2. From the books... 
  • Demoted to Extra: You'd be forgiven for having absolutely no idea who he is.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: During Robb's 'King of the North' rally.
  • Reason Before Honor: Sort of. He suggests declaring for Renly Baratheon, the most powerful of the claimants to the Iron Throne at the moment, even though Stannis has a better claim to it.

    Brienne of Tarth 
"All my life men like you've sneered at me, and all my life I've been knocking men like you into the dust."
Played By: Gwendoline Christie

"All I ever wanted was to fight for a lord I believed in. But the good lords are dead and the rest are monsters."

A tall, masculine-looking woman who feels more comfortable wearing a suit of armor than a dress, the only daughter of Lord Selwyn Tarth, known as the Evenstar. Originally introduced as a warrior sworn to King Renly Baratheon, she's sworn herself Catelyn Stark (but not House Stark). Since Catelyn's death, Brienne has made it her mission to fulfill her oath to retrieve Sansa and Arya and take them somewhere safe, probably the Wall.
  • Action Girl: Oh yes. She's introduced kicking the ass of Loras Tyrell, renowned badass. Even Renly applauds her for her skill as a warrior.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, she is considered hideous by everyone who meets her, with an overly broad face, a nose that's been broken several times and so upturned to look somewhat pig-like, an overly wide mouth with crooked teeth, and lips so big they look swollen. In the series, Gwendoline Christie is made up to look more plain, including some minor facial scars, but overall she's not as hideous as her written counterpart. Doubly so for her time at Harrenhal. Out of armour and after a good bath she starts to look a little more like the normal Gwendoline Christie. Even the dress she's forced to wear, which in the books is described as both garish and several sizes too small for her, looks rather decent.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the novels, by the time Brienne arrives at King's Landing with Jaime she's never killed a man. In the series she shows herself to be a far more capable fighter (with a much higher body count) in each season:
    • In Season 2 she effortlessly kills several of Renly's guards while in the middle of sobbing at his murder, and kills a small squad of Stark soldiers in barely a few seconds a few episodes later.
    • In Season 4 she not only defeats Sandor Clegane (whom she never met, let alone fought in the books) in a swordfight with similar ease, she out-wrestles and is able to physically overpower him in an extremely brutal brawl a few seconds later, sending him earless and tumbling down a cliffside. In the Hound's defense, the infection in his neck put him at a bit of a disadvantage.
  • Age Lift: From 18 in the books (when she first appears) to being in her mid-to-late 20s.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Jaime quickly deduces that she had feelings for Renly.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Renly offers her anything she desires as a reward for mopping the floor with Loras; Brienne asks for a position on his Kingsguard. In later episodes, she reveals that she was quite sweet on him.
  • Arch-Enemy: She has said more than once that she wants to kill Stannis for murdering Renly. Stannis, however, isn't even aware of her existence.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Cersei point-blank asks her if she has romantic feelings for Jaime at the Purple Wedding. While she doesn't answer in the affirmative, her sputtering, deer in headlights reaction tells Cersei all she wanted to know.
  • Attempted Rape:
    • By Bolton men in "Walk of Punishment". Since she is no Damsel in Distress, she keeps fighting them off.
    • "Valar Morghulis" implies that many men have tried this before. Tried being the operative word.
  • Badass: Introduced in a duel in which she bests Loras Tyrell, who is widely considered one of the most skilled fighters in the Seven Kingdoms. In the third season, she defeats Jaime, one of the other most-famed swordsmen in Westeros (though he's not in the greatest shape at the time, having been a prisoner for the last year). She also manages to survive for a long time against a bear while armed with a wooden sword. At the end of Season 4 she roundly beats the everloving fuck out of Sandor Clegane, another of the shows' premier badasses, both in a swordfight (which she wins with ease) and then in an extremely vicious brawl (which she also wins, though less easily).
  • Badass in Distress: For most of Season 3 thanks to Locke and Roose Bolton, culminating in the eponymous scene of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" where Locke pits her against a bear.
  • Bears Are Bad News: She had to learn this the hard way in Season 3.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason for her crush on Renly, since he's the only man who has shown her kindness and respect. He himself understands how painful it is to be frequently mocked for not adhering to rigid gender roles (Robert and Stannis have bullied Renly for his lack of combat experience and obvious yet unconcealable sexuality), so his empathy towards Brienne's situation allows him to be accepting of her masculinity.
    "He didn't love me, he didn't want me. He danced with me because he didn't want to see me hurt. He saved me from being a joke."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Jaime.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Jaime Lannister guesses that boys had tried to force themselves onto Brienne when she was young, and suspects that she secretly wanted to find a man who could overpower her. She declines to confirm this, saying only that no one ever could.
  • The Big Guy: Brienne is massively tall and muscular, and her status as Action Girl cannot be denied.
  • Black Knight: Despite not technically being a knight, Brienne is this in both appearance and effect, quite ironically like Sandor Clegane. Jaime has a suit of black armor forged for her in Season 4, and strictly speaking she no longer follows a master, much like the black knights of old Europe.
  • Blatant Lies: When Jaime realizes she had a crush on Renly, she desperately tries to deny it. Jaime doesn't believe her.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Renly (a rare gender inversion of the trope), judging from her reaction to his death. She later rues the fact that she only held him once, as he was dying. Jaime later figures it out.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In contrast to the perfectly coiffed Loras (it must take some time for him to style the unruly curls every morning), Brienne keeps her straight hair short and simple.
  • The Champion: She is this to King Renly and Lady Catelyn.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While Brienne seems to dislike playing dirty, she's not afraid of using her sheer size and strength to her advantage, particularly if she finds herself disarmed, as shown with her duels with Loras and, later, Sandor Clegane, who she is ultimately forced to beat to a pulp with her bare hands after being disarmed.
  • The Comically Serious: As stoic characters on Game of Thrones tend to be.
  • Composite Character: In the novels, it was Loras who slew two of Renly's Kingsguard; this role was transferred to Brienne on the show.
  • Cool Helmet: She wears an antlered helm in "Garden of Bones" when she accompanies Renly to his parley with Stannis.
  • Cool Sword: Jaime presents her with the Valyrian steel sword his father had made for him from half of Ice, which she names Oathkeeper. And unbeknownst to her, it can kill White Walkers.
  • Courtly Love: Gender-flipped with her and Renly. She is a devoted knight who will do anything for her beloved king, and she is resigned to the fact that he will never return her feelings.
  • The Cynic: In the books, she was more naive and relatively innocent; what we've seen of her in the show so far hints at a more jaded, cynical personality. For instance, she's under no illusions about Jaime surviving the night after his escape attempt, when she happens upon three hanged victims of the Stark army she's saddened but by no means surprised, and she manages to spin a fairly convincing cover story for herself and Jaime on the spot when confronted by hostile soldiers.
  • Daddy's Girl: She recalls her father in both 'The Children' and 'The High Sparrow', smiling fondly whenever she mentions him.
  • Death Glare: She gives Jaime a very menacing one in "Dark Wings, Dark Words" when he goes way overboard with the gay jokes about Renly. She also shoots daggers from her eyes when the Kingslayer insults her for being unable to protect her king in "Kissed by Fire."
  • Declaration of Protection: Faithfully serving Renly as a member of his Kingsguard is Brienne's quiet way of expressing her (unrequited) love for him.
  • Defiant to the End: Whether it's being dragged off to be gang-raped or facing off against a bear with only a wooden sword, Brienne will never, ever go down without a fight.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: To Podrick, as she didn't want a Squire, so she often berates him. She does eventually come to respect his loyalty and apologises for being harsh towards him, however.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Went to "save" Arya Stark... who believes her whole family is dead or prisoner of the Lannisters... with a Lannister-customized sword, a Westerlands squire and a non-Northerner accent. What Could Possibly Go Wrong??
    • Decides to fulfill her oath to kill Stannis instead of protecting Sansa. Of course, Stannis dying will keep the Boltons in control of the North meaning Sansa continues to be in danger.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Renly dies in her arms after being stabbed by Melisandre's shadow-son. Brienne later tells Catelyn that this was the only time she was ever able to hold him.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Her father, Lord Selwyn Tarth, was upset at her belligerent attitude to all her potential suitors and eventually shrugged and had Brienne given formal training as a knight, reasoning if she is going to get in fights and beat people up, she might as well do it right.
  • Don't Call Me Sir: Does not like to be called "Lady" Brienne.
  • Epic Flail: She wields a flail during her melee with Loras.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Defeats Loras in their duel using her size and strength, spear-tackling him to the ground.
  • Failure Knight: How she feels about herself after the deaths of Renly Baratheon and later, Catelyn Stark neither of whom she was in a position to protect. Littlefinger even points out her inability to protect either of them in "The House of Black and White."
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Jaime, eventually.
  • Foil:
    • She is this to the Hound. Brienne has a lofty notion of chivalry and honor, aspiring to be respected as a knight, while Sandor does nothing but spit on the notion that knightly honor exists. Both are former Kingsguard members; Brienne is still loyal to Renly even after his death, but the Hound deserts Joffrey during the Battle of Blackwater. Neither character carries the title "Ser," although in Brienne's case, she's not entitled to it because of her gender. Brienne searches for Sansa because she wants uphold her vow to keep the girl safe, whereas Sandor only keeps Arya by his side so that he can sell her to Lysa for money. This becomes very evident during their confrontation and duel at the end of season 4.
    • To Tyrion. Brienne is big, Tyrion is small, and they are both outcasts because of their physiques. They both wear mocking nicknames because of it and both cannot fulfill their respective expected gender roles in society: a dainty lady and a dashing knight. Tyrion has his brains to make up for it, Brienne has her brawn - and their brilliance goes unacknowledged by about anyone. They are both considered somewhat embarrassing offspring by their fathers, but Brienne's was loving or open-minded enough to help her become a competent fighter, while Tywin did nothing to nurture Tyrion's talents. They don't get to interact, but they both fill the role of Jaime's Morality Pet, and Podrick served as a squire to both of them.
  • Friendless Background: She is ostracized by Westerosi society due to her unattractiveness, large size, and her pursuit of a traditionally masculine occupation.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Does this to Jaime in Harrenhal's baths when he mocks her failure to protect Renly. It's very sudden and powerful.
    Jaime: That was unworthy. Forgive me. You protected me better than most.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Like Tyrion, she ends up inverting this after Locke's bear leaves her with a nasty-looking set of massive claw scars on her neck.
  • Groin Attack:
    • She drives her sword through the crotch of a murdering rapist Northerner in "Valar Morghulis".
    • During her brawl with Sandor Clegane she delivers a brutal punch to his balls....which he immediately responds to by delivering an equally brutal kick between her legs.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's the gender-flip version of the heroic male characters that typically fall under this trope.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She becomes this after Renly's assassination.
  • The Hero: She is about as close to this trope as one can get in this Crapsack World.
  • Heroic BSOD: She experiences this when Renly is slain before eyes. Catelyn manages to snap her out of it in time to flee Renly's camp.
  • Honor Before Reason: Displays Undying Loyalty to an extreme. Continues to serve Catelyn Stark even after her death. Becomes a fault of hers as she's so committed to protecting the Stark children, she couldn't simply let Arya be with the Hound. She ends up supposedly killing the Hound and losing track of Arya, meaning Arya's all on her own now.
  • Hypocrite: Kills Stannis, claiming she is doing this in the name of the rightful King Renly. Renly clearly wasn't the rightful King, and while avenging him is one thing, executing someone with a better claim to the throne, who killed Renly because they were committing treason and would have killed him, while saying those words was overboard.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: There was absolutely nothing she could do to defend her beloved king Renly against Melisandre's black magic, but she nevertheless feels horrible that she couldn't save him. She later feels this way about Lady Catelyn, who she similarly couldn't save because she was performing a task given by her and wasn't at the Twins at the time of the Red Wedding.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With Renly.
  • In-Series Nickname: Brienne the Beauty, an Ironic Nickname.
  • Insistent Terminology: She is no "Lady". And you know what, she's also not a knight.
  • Ironic Nickname: Brienne the Beauty. The men consider her to be unattractive. Subverted or zig zagged depending on your point of view as of "Kissed by Fire", when she's revealed to be extremely good looking underneath all that armor, dirt, and sweat.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Locke throws her into the bear pit at Harrenhal with nothing but a wooden sword and that ugly pink dress, and from the look of things she was holding her own rather well against the bear before Jaime showed up, but still in serious danger.
  • Knight Errant: She's heading progressively into Black Knight territory (as in the Real Life masterless, landless black knights) after the deaths of Renly Baratheon and Catelyn Stark.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Along with Barristan Selmy and Loras Tyrell, she comes the closest to being one. She's dedicated, an excellent fighter, unwaveringly loyal, protective of the weak, noble and good-hearted.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: She becomes this after she is unable to save Renly from a monstrous Living Shadow.
  • The Lad-ette: A big part of her character is that she's very much "one of the boys" in the less-than-progressive Westeros. In "The Lion and the Rose", she bows to Joffrey and Margaery instead of performing a curtsy. When Cersei inquires about this odd behavior, Brienne explains that she could never master the curtsy.
  • Lady and Knight:
    • A gender inversion where she is the strong, brave warrior who is sworn to protect the handsome and gentle King Renly.
    • After Renly is assassinated, Brienne then serves the gracious Lady Catelyn (a same-sex variation).
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Jaime (who is both shorter and considered to be way prettier than her) thinks she's far too masculine-looking for a woman.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: A very dark version of this trope is presented when Jaime suggests to Brienne that she think of Renly when her would-be rapists have their way with her. Jaime knows that Brienne will be killed if she resists.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both very big and strong (the actress who plays her is 6'3" in real life) and very fast (after losing her weapon in the melee, she is able to defeat Loras by ducking inside his defenses and tackling him to the ground before he can bring his weapon to bear to defend himself).
  • Love Hurts: Although Renly did not return her feelings, she is still mourning for him in Season 4.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy:
    • She plays the Masculine Girl to Loras' Feminine Boy.
    • She and Renly are specifically the Action Girl and Non-Action Guy pairing. Brienne adores Renly because his sweet and caring nature is so different from the malicious, violent men that she has encountered in her life. Renly is fond of Brienne (to the point where Loras is even a bit jealous of her) because he admires a woman who, despite the numerous obstacles she has faced in her pursuit of a masculine occupation, is able to beat the formidable Knight of Flowers in the melee.
  • Master Swordsman: She's the winner of Renly's tourney, defeating all opponents, including the Knight of Flowers — who's taken on the Mountain and the Kingslayer and won. She quickly takes down the members of Renly's Kingsguard who try to kill her, and even the Kingslayer seems impressed when he first sees her in action. Come Season 3, she easily defeats Jaime. Granted, he was wearing manacles at the time and somewhat out-of-practice, but it's still no mean feat, particularly since near the end of their engagement, she actually looked slightly bored.
  • Meaningful Look: After she is appointed to his Kingsguard, Renly winks at her as he applauds to further communicate his warmth and reassurance that he's on her side, regardless of his followers' unfavourable opinion.
  • My Greatest Failure: She perceives her failure to protect Renly from a magical Humanoid Abomination as this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In her attempt to protect Arya Stark, she ends up (supposedly) killing Sandor Clegane, the only person left that was keeping Arya safe. And to top things off, she loses track of Arya.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon:
    • Brienne is a victim of this; the reason why she's in love with Renly is because he's the only man who recognizes her worth as a human being and a warrior, and does not judge her based on her appearance or gender.
    • Jaime suggests that, given her physicality and her affront to the rigid patriarchal structure of Westeros, more than a few men must have tried to rape her out of spite. Brienne replies, "one or two tried."
  • Not So Stoic: She generally keeps her calm, even when slicing down a gang of murdering rapists. However, when she witnesses Renly's murder or is dragged off to be raped by some Bolton bannermen, she starts to scream.
  • The Oathbreaker: Played With; She swore 2 oaths: to keep Cat's children safe and to kill Stannis. By deciding to abandon her vigil to wait for a signal from Sansa, instead deciding to go after Stannis, she basically broke her first vow.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Further evidencing the darker take on her character in comparison to that in the books, in which she had never killed a man before. She seems to have no issue doing this when a trio of rapist Stark soldiers confront her and Jaime on the way to King's Landing, absolutely wrecking two of them before killing the ringleader by driving her sword through his crotch, making a point of killing him as slowly and painfully as possible.
    Brienne: Two quick deaths. (castration)
  • Pink Means Feminine: The dress Roose Bolton's men find for her to wear whilst at Harrehal is a very loud shade of pink. She looks like she's just waiting for the opportunity to murder whoever put her in it the entire time she's wearing it. in the books... 
  • Revenge: She swears vengeance against Stannis for slaying Renly. She finally takes it in the Season 5 finale.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Very briefly. Her gender isn't clear to viewers until Renly asks her to remove her helmet; when she does it elicits gasps from the crowd.
  • Saying Too Much: In "Two Swords," after she calls Renly "our king" while speaking to Margaery, the Tyrell lady gently, but sternly, reminds Brienne that Joffrey is king now. Brienne would get her head chopped off if Joffrey ever found out that she is still faithful to Renly's memory.
  • Screaming Warrior: Whenever she fights a powerful opponant she tends to let out pretty intimidating roars and shots of anger. Taken Up to Eleven with her fight against Sandor Clegane in which she punctuates beating the shit out of him with a rock by screaming in rage non-stop.
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only other person who knows the truth about why Jaime murdered Aerys Targaryen.
  • Selective Obliviousness: When she is about to kill Stannis, Brienne calls Renly the rightful King, even though he was clearly a usurper.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While the gaudy pink gown doesn't suit her well, she still looks somewhat pretty in it, which is more than we can say for her book counterpart. In the novels, the pink dress makes Brienne seem more unattractive. Suffice it to say the leather tunic and blue riding skirt she wears during her time in King's Landing suit her far better.
  • Shield Bash: She hits Loras' helm-covered head with her shield in the melee, but he recovers from the blow.
  • Shields Are Useless: Her shield isn't of much help in the melee, as Loras causes enough damage to it with his axe that she is forced to discard it during their fight.
  • Subordinate Excuse: She is the sole surviving child of Lord Selwyn Tarth (and therefore his heiress), but she neglects whatever duties she presumably has in her home city in favour of dedicating her whole life to protecting King Renly, whom she has feelings for. What makes Brienne's devotion quite remarkable is that, as a woman, she herself isn't obligated — or even expected — to physically fight for Renly when he summons his Stormlands bannermen (which House Tarth is a part of) to his cause.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • With Catelyn. Lampshaded by Brienne herself when she comments that Cat has courage, "not battlefield courage, perhaps, but a woman's kind of courage..."
    • This trope also applies when she interacts with Margaery.
  • Triang Relations: Type 4. She's in love with Renly, but he and Loras have already been a romantic couple for years, and she doesn't believe in any of the gossip surrounding them. While Renly is aware that Brienne is very loyal to him, it's unclear on the show if he ever suspected that she fancied him.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: She is the epitome of this trope. Only Renly, Catelyn and Olenna are able to look past Brienne's unappealing physique and see her inner beauty.
  • Undying Loyalty: She remains dedicated to King Renly even after he dies. When Jaime insults Renly's homosexuality one too many times, she becomes furious and forcefully grabs Jaime's head, looking like she wants to kill him. Brienne's vow to bring the prisoner to King's Landing alive is the only thing that prevented her from carrying out her wish. She still refers to Renly as her king in "Two Swords." Later, she still insists on bringing Sansa and Arya to safety after Catelyn's death.
  • White Stallion: As befitting a Knight in Shining Armor, Brienne rides a white horse in "Garden of Bones."
  • Will Not Be A Victim: Unlike most women about to be raped by soldiers, she really can fight back.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Not her, but her victories against two of the most formidable fighters in Westeros (Jaime and Sandor) took place when they both were weakened by illness or another similar disadvantage.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She becomes one with Jaime.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Renly Baratheon and Catelyn Stark are dead. Brienne doesn't have much of a home left.