Characters: Game Of Thrones House Tyrell
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: "What is it? 12,000 infantrymen the Tyrell family has supplied? 1,800 mounted lancers, 2,000 in support? Provisions, so this city might survive the winter? A million bushels of wheat, half a million bushels each of barley, oats, and rye, 20,000 head of cattle, 50,000 sheep. You don't have to lecture me about wartime expenses. I'm quite familiar with them."
The Great House of the Reach, which is the most populous and most fertile of the Seven Kingdoms; not surprisingly, they are the richest family in Westeros after the Lannisters (and are, as of season 4, actually the de-facto richest, though this is not yet public knowledge)
. Its lord holds the title of Warden of the South from their seat at Highgarden. The Reach is also home to: Oldtown, the oldest city in Westeros, home to the Maesters of the Citadel and the Starry Sept which was once the central cathedral of the Faith of the Seven; and the Arbor, an island off the "heel" of the continent, which is ruled by House Redwyne and hosts the best vineyards in the kingdom, as well as a powerful navy with which to fend off the Ironborn.
- Adaptational Heroism: The Tyrells on the series are portrayed in a slightly more positive manner than in the novels. In A Clash of Kings, the family was directly responsible for the food shortage in King's Landing, but on the show, Tyrion squarely puts the blame on Joffrey's inept rule during the War of the Five Kings for the famine. Also see Olenna, Margaery and Loras' entries for specific changes to their characters.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Loras and Margaery from the novels have brown irises, but their TV counterparts are blue-eyed. Moreover, the forest green of the Tyrells' clothing has been replaced with teal on the show. The teal colour gives the characters a softer, gentler look onscreen, emphasizing the "silk" part of the family's Silk Hiding Steel philosophy. Michele Clapton elaborates on this chromatic change in the March 28, 2014 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
"Usually I would use the sigil colours as a base palette," she says (which for a Tyrell would mean gold and green). But Clapton was careful not to give away the family's motives. "To be too overt would have shown their hand."
- The one major exception in the first three seasons is Loras' green-and-gold sparring outfit◊ in "Kissed by Fire." As he is simply practicing his swordplay, there isn't a need for him to disguise the fact that he is a formidable Tyrell warrior.
- This deliberate change by the Tyrells endures until "Oathkeeper," where the torso section of Margaery's dress is laurel green, while the skirt part is dark green (and she covers her shoulders and arms with a black shawl to pay her respects to the deceased Joffrey). Loras is later seen in mourning attire with dark green sleeves (although his tunic is dark grey) in "First of His Name." Mace has a pale green tunic with pale gold sleeves in "The Laws of Gods and Men." Adopting their true colors symbolizes that the informality is gone from the Lannister-Tyrell alliance, and it's no longer necessary for the Tyrells to hide their true power. It's also an indication that the Tyrells will begin aggressively pushing back against the Lannisters, especially since Joffrey is dead, and the Lannisters therefore need the Tyrells' assistance even more.
- Adapted Out: There were three Tyrell sons in the books; Willas and Garlan's roles have been delegated to either Loras or Margaery.
- Ambition Is Evil: Played with back and forth. The Tyrells are very much aiming to increase their power over Westeros, and engage in shady and dubious schemes to get it. But in-universe, the populace adores them because they go out of their way to appear as noble and honorable figures, and the fandom is cheering for them since their main opponents in the game of thrones are the Lannisters.
- Animal Motifs: Averted, in contrast to every other great house except the Martells. The Tyrell sigil is a golden rose.
- Badass Boast: Subverted. While most other noble houses have these as their house motto, the Tyrells have "Growing Strong" as their words, referring to their bountiful lands and large populace. Played straighter when one applies it to their actions over the course of the show, rising to equal the Lannisters as the two most powerful families in Westeros, and with the revelation that the Lannisters are almost bankrupt, they're on their way to surpassing them.
- The Beautiful Elite: Hell, even their servants are pretty.
- Beauty Equals Goodness/Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Tyrells cultivate this image as part of their PR campaign in King's Landing throughout Season 3.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Like the Starks, an aversion. Olenna, Loras and Margaery never express anything but care for each other despite the family's ambition. Olenna and Margaery are also the most accepting characters of Loras' sexuality besides Renly.
- Bread and Circuses: House Tyrell's political philosophy in a nutshell. The Reach, the domain of the Tyrells, is the chief food-providing region of Westeros, and it is also the center of chivalry and romance (the circus, as it were). Margaery wins over the smallfolk of King's Landing by personally meeting war orphans, and as Jaime Lannister attests, the people know fully well that it is she (and not Joffrey) who feeds them. When Tyrion raises doubts about the expenses of the royal wedding during wartime, Olenna points out that people need both food and "distractions," otherwise they will get restless and angry.
- Chivalric Romance: The Tyrells and other houses of the Reach put a lot of effort into making the Reach at least seem like the stereotypical Chivalric Romance setting. Chivalry is very Serious Business in the Reach, and Catelyn even calls its soldiers "the knights of summer." Highgarden is reputed to be one of the most beautiful cities on the continent, providing leisurely entertainment such as a grand Masquerade Ball on the night of the harvest moon and pleasure barges on the river Mander. Loras and Margaery work very hard on their respective Knight in Shining Armor and Princess Classic/The High Queen persona, and they were once in a three-way marriage to Renly Baratheon, who saw himself as The Good King.
- Everyone Has Standards: According to Olenna, the Tyrells and the Reach in general don't see anything wrong with homosexuality, but view Brother-Sister Incest as abominable.
- Reinforced by their collective disgust at Renly being depicted at the Purple Wedding as a "deviant" who rides a girly-looking, curly-haired man — plainly meant to represent Loras — instead of a horse. Not even Margaery, who almost never lets her genteel mask slip, can hide her displeasure.
- At the same event, Loras responds to Jaime's bullying by using his awareness of the Brother-Sister Incest between Cersei and Jaime to hurt the latter's feelings.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of The House Of Tudor — their sigil is an almost exact replication of the Tudor Rose. The Reach as a whole is in many ways an analogue of south east England and France/Aquitaine, to the point of being the birthplace of Westerosi chivalric culture in the books.
- Feuding Families: The Tyrells and the Martells are the two southern-most paramount houses of their respective kingdoms. They have numerous bones of contention between them, such as wardenship of the South.
- Fiction500: They're the second richest family in Westeros, although still poorer than the Lannisters. Or are they?
- Basically, it depends on what you value more; gold or food.
- As of Season 4, the Tyrells are now the de facto wealthiest House, even if they don't know it yet. The Lannister gold mines have run dry, effectively answering the above question: while gold is good, you can only mine a finite amount of it. Food is effectively a renewable wealth resource, and will only fail the Tyrells if winter is particularly bad or their lands are utterly laid waste. And as their words point out: it still grows back.
- Flanderization: Due to being somewhat peripheral in the books, the show's writers constructed a great deal of their collective character whole-cloth. That which isn't invented is usually exaggerated.
- The Women Are Wiser aspects of the family are played up, on account of the two competent Tyrell sons, Willas and Garlan, being adapted out in favor of Loras. In addition, Mace's fecklessness is exaggerated, being a visibly ineffectual Momma's Boy, rather than the blustering Bumbling Dad who is still a powerful force to be reckoned with.
- Their Good Samaritan qualities are played straighter. In the books, they are directly responsible for starving the population of King's Landing, and while Mace, Margaery, and Olenna have moments of being personable, on the whole, they come off as slimier. Their quest to obtain universal popularity also means they abandon anyone who could ever possibly be a liability to them.
- Margaery's sex appeal and cunning are more exaggerated. What made her so dangerous in the books was that she dressed, spoke, and acted like a Princess Classic, not The Vamp. On the show, she almost always dresses in Stripperific outfits and speaks openly about satisfying her ambitions... but this also makes her a bit more sympathetic to modern viewers, who see her as more liberal and open than the stuffy Lannisters et al she has to contend with.
- Flower Motifs: The rose is the family's emblem, but they are strongly associated with flowers in general.
- To the Lannisters. The Tyrells are just as ambitious, wanting to rule Westeros, but they pursue their ambitions in a mostly bloodless manner that even benefits other people (well, usually), in contrast to the Lannisters, who don't care who they have to trample over to get power for their family. The Lannisters are also extremely dysfunctional and hateful towards each other, while the Tyrells are a well-adjusted and close-knit bunch (again, usually).
- Also to House Tully. Like the Riverlands, the Reach is smacked in the middle between countries, and the Tyrells use marriage to create alliances and avoid wars. House Tyrell has never ruled as kings, just like the Tullys. Family, Duty, Honor are the words for House Tully, but they could just as easily fit the Tyrells, who are a loving family, loyally supported House Targaryen in Robert's Rebellion, and they place high value on their name. Both the Tyrells and the Tullys care about the well-being of the smallfolk.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Their questionable loyalty, obvious scheming, and now ruthlessly deadly plans for gaining power are often excused by the fandom, specifically because the targets of their various schemes are all Lannisters.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Mastery of this is why the Tyrells are still around. During Robert's Rebellion, Jon Arryn offered them amnesty in exchange for supplying food to the starved realm and paying a good portion of the war debt.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Seems to be the general ethos of this house — Loras thinks Renly would be a good king because people like him, and in Season 3, Margaery tries to win over the smallfolk of King's Landing with kindness and even tries to sway Joffrey to her thinking, as best she can.
- More Deadly Than The Male/Women Are Wiser: The women in the family get the brains, and they are the ones to watch out for when it comes to politics. Dan Weiss describes the Tyrells in this featurette as: "...basically a secret matriarchy [...] where the men tend to be handsome dopes and the women are really the brains behind the operation." According to this animated history of the Reach, it was Harlan Tyrell's wife who convinced him to surrender to Aegon the Conqueror, which may suggest that the female members have been controlling the family's interests since at least the time of Aegon's Conquest.
- No Pronunciation Guide: The show switches freely between "tih-rell" and "tie-rell," even within a single scene. Generally these variations are due to emphasis; when the emphasis is on the name, it's more likely to be pronounced "tie-rell." When off, it's usually "tih-rell," the more common pronunciation. In the real world, Tyrell is an ancient English surname and according to Debretts (Britain's steward of aristocratic heritage and the arbiter of society etiquette), it is correctly pronounced "Tih-rell." However, this is Westeros, not England, so the TV-verse probably allows for variations.
- Palette Swap: By "Oathkeeper," the Tyrells switch from their more disarming teal-and-gold (colors that, together, aren't very regal or majestic, as intended) to their literal true colors, green and gold, to reflect the fact that the soft sell is no longer required now that the alliance between Tyrell and Lannister has been formalized, and the two houses are essentially equal partners on the Iron Throne.
- Real Men Wear Pink/Symbol Motif Clothing: Whether it's armour, clothing or fashion accessories, the Tyrells deck themselves with floral patterns. The very little badassery of their sigil and motto compared to the other great houses is lampshaded by Lady Olenna.
- Rule of Symbolism:
- More so than any other House, the Tyrells are frequently seen in a lush, garden environment. It's a visual reminder to the audience of the Reach's fertile lands and its culture of romanticism, the family's floral theme, their cautious nature (gardens require careful maintenance), their preoccupation with beauty, and their preference for peace.
- Margaery, Olenna and Loras' mourning attire is dark grey and dark green instead of black (with the exception of Margaery's shawl), which signifies that their "grief" over Joffrey's passing is insincere. Mace doesn't even bother to put on dark clothing.
- Separated-at-Birth Casting:
- Finn Jones and Natalie Dormer could be mistaken for brother and sister◊ in real life, even though they're not related. In the novels, Cersei observes that the Tyrell siblings look more alike than she and her twin Jaime, and this also applies on the show.
- Dormer bears a striking resemblance to a young Diana Rigg, so it's fitting that they play granddaughter and grandmother on the series.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Not very warlike in the Starks or Greyjoys sense of the word, but they're still a very dangerous house. The Tyrell women and Loras (who is an androgynous-looking gay man) play around with people's stereotypes of femininity to appear much weaker than they actually are. And it's worth remembering that Loras is still counted as being one of the most dangerous knights on the continent.
- Social Climber: The Lannisters and especially Cersei regard them as this, with the latter even comparing them to the Reynes of Castamere for trying to rise above second best. From the books...
- In the History and Lore videos, Margaery even admits this as being the real meaning of their house words ("Growing Strong"):
"Other houses take wolves and lions for their sigils, and draw their power from the gold in their mountains or the cold of their winters. But mountains run dry, winter yields to spring, and the rose blooms once more."
- Something about a Rose: Like a rose, the family may look gorgeous and delicate on the surface, but the outward petals conceal very sharp thorns.
- The Starscream: Possibly. Unlike the Starks, the Lannisters and the Arryns, the Tyrells did not rule as kings before Aegon's conquest of Westeros, and they may have manipulated their former overlord into getting himself killed during Aegon's conquest, allowing them to usurp the Reach. From the books... This ambition carries into the present series, where the Tyrells are consistently undermining House Lannister in an attempt to wrestle the Iron Throne away.
- As of Season 4, they have managed to become equal partners with the Lannisters. The Kingdom is deeply in debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos, and the formerly filthy rich Lannisters are increasingly strapped for cash due to an expensive war, needing the Tyrells to foot half the bill for the royal wedding. The Tyrells are vital allies to Tywin as he keeps hold of the very fragile peace in the realm after the main part of the War of the Five Kings is over. Olenna Lampshades the same to Margaery, describing the power shift:
"Our alliance with the Lannisters remains every bit as necessary to them as it is unpleasant for us."
- Tangled Family Tree: With two Tyrells marrying Lannisters Olenna points out how they will become this, with Loras technically becoming his own sister's stepfather-in-law.
- Thicker Than Water: The family always stick together.
Margaery: Luckily for us Tyrells our blood runs quite warm, doesn't it, Loras?
- We Have Reserves: While power is measurable by many standards, no other family can match House Tyrell for sheer numbers. The Reach is the breadbasket of Westeros, so it can sustain a large population of people and animals (like horses). The Tyrells, by themselves, can muster about 15,000 men, cavalry and infantry, meaning that (given feudal economies), they probably hold personal fief (i.e. have no other vassals between them) over at least 100,000 peasants. And then you throw their bannermen into the mix...
Lord Mace Tyrell
"May you and my daughter Margaery drink deep, and live long."
Played By: Roger Ashton-Griffiths
The father of Loras and Margaery, son of Lady Olenna. Lord of Highgarden, Lord Paramount of the Reach and Warden of the South.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Averted. The actor playing Mace is far less aesthetically pleasing than his book counterpart, who is described as being fat, but still good-looking enough that one can easily see that he used to be a Hunk in his youth. When the casting news was announced, some fans had a hard time believing that this unattractive Mace could be the father of the TV versions of Margaery and Loras. HBO's Mace is also balding, while book!Mace has a head full of hair.
- Adaptational Dye Job/Age Lift: In the novels, Mace has the same brown hair of his children, whereas on the show his hair has already gone grey.
- Adapted Out: In Season 3. In the books, he arrives at the capital along with Tywin and remains there, taking Stannis's former place on the small council as Master of Ships. He finally shows up in Season 4.
- Badass Beard/Badass Mustache: Although his accomplishments are apparently lacking, at least according to his mother, Mace's handlebar and goatee are something to behold.
- Butt Monkey: He is reduced to being Tywin's lackey at his first Small Council meeting.
Tywin: Lord Tyrell, be a good man and fetch me a quill and paper.
- Easily Forgiven: He fought for the Targaryens during Robert's Rebellion, and not only dealt Robert Baratheon his only defeat at the Battle of Ashford, but nearly starved Stannis and Renly to death during the siege of Storm's End before the rebels won. Yet on the advice of Jon Arryn, Robert only made him pay reparations in gold and let him remain the Lord of the Reach.
- Fat Idiot/Too Dumb to Live/Upper-Class Twit: According to Lady Olenna. She shuts him up the instant he tries to join in on talking shop with her and Tywin.
- Funny Background Event: After Joffrey gets up from his seat to inspect his new Valyrian sword, Mace raises his eyebrow at Tywin, and his wordless query is, "Are you sure it's wise to give that maniac a deadly weapon?"
- The Ghost: Up until Season 4, where he was finally cast.
- In-Series Nickname: Lady Olenna, his own mother, refers to him as Lord Oaf.
- Man Child: Mace certainly has shades of this, due to being such an easily led Momma's Boy. At the Small Council meeting, he verges on throwing a childish tantrum when Oberyn sarcastically suggests he be made Master of Ships. Mace gets very defensive, acting like a child protesting to his sibling that father gave him that toy to play with, and no, Oberyn can't play with it too, it's his.
- Momma's Boy: Despite being a Lord Paramount, his mother treats him like a child and he goes along with it.
- Not Now, Kiddo: He is on the receiving end of this when Olenna tells him, "Not now, Mace, Lord Tywin and I are speaking."
- Reaction Shot: In "The Lion and the Rose," after Joffrey makes a cruel comment to Sansa about her dead father at the wedding breakfast, Mace lowers his head in sadness; he plainly feels bad for the girl.
- Sarcasm-Blind: When Oberyn muses over whether Tywin will assign him a title, perhaps the "Master of Ships", Mace protests that Tywin gave him that title and he can't have it. Oberyn gets surprised and can't believe Mace took him seriously.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Implied to be one to Robert Baratheon when Joffrey calls Mace "father" in "The Lion and the Rose". Like Robert, Mace is fat, jolly, enjoys hunting, and ill-suited for politics. However Olenna notes that while Robert was a "real warrior", her son is not and she hints that she forced Mace to keep a low profile during Robert's Rebellion by prolonging his Siege on Storm's End, which halted him from giving real aid to the Targaryen war effort.
- Yes-Man: Tyrion views Mace as this in "Breaker of Chains".
Tyrion: He [Mace] will vote exactly as my father tells him to vote.
Lady Olenna Tyrell, née Redwyne
"We mothers do what we can to keep our sons from the grave, but they do seem to yearn for it."
Margaery: Grandmother! What will Sansa think of us?
Olenna: She might think we have some wits about us. One of us, at any rate.
The paternal grandmother of Loras and Margaery and mother of Mace Tyrell, the Lord Paramount of the Reach and Warden of the South.
- Adaptation Expansion: She has a number of scenes in the series that have no direct counterpart in the books.
- Adaptational Heroism: She's much more good-humoured than her book counterpart, who came across at times as crotchety and vindictive. In the novels, she's often snide and derisive towards Sansa, often mocking the girl's perceived lack of intelligence.note On the show, she has more visible sympathy towards Sansa's unfortunate situation and attempts to arrange a marriage to Loras at Varys' behest as they both consider Littlefinger to be too dangerous. In the books, it is heavily implied that Olenna seeks Sansa's claim to Winterfell, although on the series Tywin Lannister regards that as the real motive behind their plot to marry Sansa to the Tyrells.
- Aww, Look! She Really Did Love Her Stupid Dead Husband!: "Breaker of Chains" reveals that despite her complaints about her late husband's stupidity, she was nevertheless somewhat fond of him, as she is visibly upset (her eyes are even a bit wet) while reminiscing about the day he died.
- In "Oathkeeper," Olenna recounts to Margaery that Luthor Tyrell was supposed to marry Olenna's sister while Olenna was intended for a Targaryen. However, Olenna decided she preferred Luthor to the Targaryen and seduced him away from her sister on the eve of their betrothal. While this was likely a political move, it at least shows that Olenna had some regard for her husband, once upon a time.
- Benevolent Boss: In "Two Swords," she motivates her handmaidens by rewarding the one who finds the best necklace for Margaery with the second-best necklace.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Whilst discussing the various family house mottos, she briefly adopts a Northern accent when pointing out how the Stark's "Winter is Coming" sounds inherently more badass than the Tyrells' "Growing Strong."
- Brutal Honesty: Practices this because she can get away with it on account on her age and power — and encourages Sansa to speak her mind about Joffrey.
- The Chessmaster: Most definitely. When Sansa speaks her mind to Margaery and Olenna about Joffrey (the girl tells them that he's "a monster"), the wheels in Olenna's mind begin to turn, figuring out how to keep her granddaughter safe. This, in turn, leads to her poisoning Joffrey, with Tyrion framed for it.
- The Consigliere: To her son Mace, and to her granddaughter Margaery.
- The Conspiracy: Leads one, which includes Petyr Baelish, Ser Dontos Hollard, and (unknowingly) Sansa, and which resulted in Joffrey's death by poisoning and Tyrion and Sansa's framing for the deed.
- Cool Old Lady: To her grandchildren, Margaery and Loras. And to Sansa, and even to some degree to Varys. And of course to the audience. Given her largely egalitarian attitudes towards gender, sexuality and use of political power, she may well be the most socially progressive person on the series besides Renly (with Tyrion Lannister running a somewhat distant third).
- Plus, she killed the most loathesome character on the series just to ensure that her granddaughter would get a happier, safer marriage.
- Deadpan Snarker: Takes this Up to Eleven to memetic levels in-universe.
- Dirty Old Woman: Best exemplified by this conversation with Varys.
Olenna: Are you here to seduce me?
Varys: A little obvious perhaps...
Olenna: Oh no please, seduce away! It's been so long. But I rather think it's all for naught; what happens when the non-existent bumps against the decrepit (Varys looks down at his groin and up again in shock)... a question for the philosophers.
- She also seems rather fond of reminiscing about how she seduced Margaery's grandfather and ended up fucking him so hard that he couldn't walk for a day, before remarking how she was "very, very good" at it. All of which she happily tells her granddaughter.
- Disapproving Look: At the Purple Wedding, she has a very stern one throughout Joffrey's dreadful "tribute" to the War of the Five Kings.
- Distaff Counterpart/Good Counterpart: Charles Dance refers to her as Tywin Lannister's female counterpart.
- First Name Basis: Towards the end of her conversation with Tywin in "The Lion and the Rose," she calls him by his first name without his title, and Tywin doesn't even blink an eye. Who else gets away with that without receiving Tywin's signature Death Glare?
- Foil: As noted above, she is, politically, the diametric opposite of Twyin Lannister, being a powerful progressive force in Westeros as opposed to Twyin's brand of stern patriarchical conservatism. Margaery has blossomed under her grandmother's guidance, whereas Cersei has suffocated under her father's psychological abuse. While Olenna teases her son and grandson, her verbal jabs are nowhere near as cruel as Tywin's horrid treatment of Tyrion. When Olenna arranges a marriage for Loras, she betrothes him to Sansa not only for the girl's claim to Winterfell, but also because she knows that Loras' personality — if not his orientation — is compatible with Sansa's. When Tywin arranges marriages for Tyrion and Cersei, he's only concerned about political gain, and doesn't give a rat's ass about his children's objections or feelings. Whereas Tywin considers homosexuality a mental illness, Olenna believes it's perfectly natural.
- Here's what they share in common: while their offspring technically have a higher rank (Queen Regent Cersei, King Joffrey, Lord Paramount Mace Tyrell), it's Tywin and Olenna who hold all the power in the Lannister-Tyrell alliance. Both were involved in an assassination of a king at a wedding.
- She's also basically what Walder Frey wishes he was. Like Walder she's the head of a Social Climber House, she murders her king at his wedding, she places the reputation of her House above everything else, while making fun of her progeny (though with her it's more light-hearted) and she even has the Dirty senior part down pat. Unlike H Ouse Frey, House Tyrell's reputation is splendid due to awesome PR and Olenna truly is a master political strategist, while Walder is but an opportunistic toad.
- Frame-Up: Her conspiracy with Petyr Baelish leads to Tyrion and Sansa's framing for Joffrey's murder.
- Friendly Enemy: She and Tywin appear to have become this in Season 4 despite his twisting of her arm over the arranged marriage between Loras and Cersei. Olenna tries to cheer up the cranky old man after Joffrey and Margaery's wedding ceremony.
- Genre Savvy: There's no doubt where her grandaughter Margaery got her smarts from. Olenna felt they shouldn't have gotten involved in the war, never mind that Renly had no chance of ever sitting on the Iron Throne. Furthermore, since she has heard quite a few disturbing stories about the boy-king her grandaughter will marry, she seeks out the one person in King's Landing who will tell her the truth about Joffrey, and isn't very surprised by the answer.
- Grande Dame: Though she is not humourless.
- Grandmama Bear: She killed Joffrey because he would have treated Margaery badly.
- To a lesser extent, she was also shielding Loras from future harm, as it was only a matter time before Joffrey would enact a law that would make homosexuality a capital crime. Although this wasn't part of her original plan, the regicide also served as revenge for the grave and public insult the king had done to her grief-stricken grandson at the Purple Wedding. No one dishonours Olenna's family in such an abhorrent manner and gets away with it. From the books...
- Hypocritical Humor: A very dark example at Joffrey's wedding. "What kind of monster would murder a man at his own wedding day?" A fiercely protective grandmother, apparently. Though her motivations to save her grandchildren from a known psychopath are far more sympathetic than Tywin's rationale for the Red Wedding.
- Kick the Dog: Framing Tyrion and Sansa for Joffrey's poisoning. Though, for her part, Sansa doesn't seem too put out about the framing, which Littlefinger reveals to her aboard his ship, since it got her out of King's Landing.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Queen of Thorns."
- I Was Quite a Looker: It's strongly implied that she was very attractive in her youth. Considering that her actress is Diana Rigg (who was a sex symbol in the 1960's), and Olenna is naturally charismatic, it's no surprise at all. This is later confirmed when she recalls seducing her future husband the night before he was supposed to propose to her elder sister.
- Memetic Snarker: Again, in universe: the "Queen of Thorns."
- The Mentor: To her granddaughter Margaery.
- My Beloved Smother: Sees nothing wrong with running her son's life; subverted in that she actually is more competent than him.
- Never Mess with Granny: Throughout Seasons 3 and 4, she proves herself to be a tough and uncompromising old lady... but her most jaw-droppingly awesome moment came in "Oathkeeper" where she reveals she had poisoned Joffrey in order to protect her granddaughter from his sadistic excesses.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Surrounds herself with simpering girls (or "hens" as she calls them) to seem harmless, when she's really a dangerous chessmaster on the level of Tyrion, Tywin, Varys, or Petyr Baelish, a fact which all of them are fully aware of and respect accordingly. Indeed, she and Littlefinger, team up to take out Joffrey with Tyrion taking the blame; not only does nobody suspect them, no one even knows of their secret alliance.
- Odd Friendship: Seems to be developing one with Varys, or at least, he's a Friendly Enemy.
- Subverted; she and Littlefinger were in cahoots all along, and Petyr calls Olenna his "new friend."
- Out-Gambitted: After the plot to marry Loras to Sansa is discovered, she's able to put up some resistance against a new arrangemenent with the Lannisters. Lord Tywin triumphs her with Royal prerogatives, anyway; if she doesn't cave in, Loras will be made a member of the celibate Kingsguard, meaning the Tyrell name will wither and fade, as Joffrey's sons would inherit Highgarden instead.
- Although as of "Oathkeeper," this entire exchange was likely an act. Littlefinger was Olenna's "friend" all along, and he was the one, on Cersei's orders, to spy on the Tyrells, which eventually resulted in Sansa's marriage to Tyrion. Sansa's status as family brought her to the dais for the wedding banquet. It was actually Tywin who was Out-Gambitted. In hindsight, Olenna was obviously laughing at Tywin thinking he had won.
- Pet the Dog:
- She is one of the very few individuals in Westeros who compliments Brienne instead of insulting her when meeting the female warrior for the first time. The only other two characters who have previously done this are Renly and Catelyn.
- She literally does this in "The Lion and the Rose" when she caresses Sansa's face as she offers her condolences for Robb's death. Olenna then tells the girl that she has an open invitation to Highgarden, which makes Sansa smile. The fact that she chooses this precise moment to unload the crystal with poison from Sansa's necklace spoils it somewhat.
- Refuge in Audacity:
- Defends Loras' homosexuality to Tywin, questioning if he himself has never been guilty of the occasional spot of buggery, perhaps with some of his male cousins! She also brings up the issue of Joffrey's true parentage, and instead of a Death Glare that would have been the response for anyone else, she receives from Tywin a hasty bit of Plausible Deniability.
- When Tywin threatens her with naming Loras to the Kingsguard, thus leaving House Tyrell without an heir and Joffrey's potential children with a superior claim to Highgarden via Margaery, Lady Olenna takes Tywin's quill and breaks it.
- A retroactive example is her loudly declaring, "What kind of monster would murder a man at his own wedding day?" in earshot of the Lannisters when referencing the events of the Red Wedding. This happens not long before she poisons Joffrey's wine, causing him to die horribly at his own wedding.
- An even bigger one is her conversation with Cersei at the Sept of Baelor in "And Now His Watch Has Ended":
"We mothers do what we can to keep our sons from the grave, but they do seem to yearn for it."
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: How she got her nickname. She always says exactly what she thinks.
- Sigil Spam: She thinks the golden rose and words of House Tyrell ("Growing Strong") are absolutely stupid and hates the family's penchant for Sigil Spamming the rose everywhere they go.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: She likes to point out how dumb her late husband was.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Lady Olenna's not too shy about expressing how stupid she felt her son (Mace) and grandson (Loras) were when they threw in their lot with Renly. She doesn't speak much better of her late husband either, who it seems died in a rather unceremonious fashion whilst out hawking.
My husband, the late Lord Luthor, managed to ride off a cliff while hawking. They say he was looking at the sky and paying no mind to where his horse was taking him
. Now my son is doing the same, only this time he's riding a lion
instead of a horse.
- Unusual Euphemism: Refers to Loras as a "sword swallower" when Tywin asks about her grandson's proclivities.
- The Woman Behind the Man: She's the true head of House Tyrell. She casually dismisses Mace when she's talking to Tywin.
- Women Are Wiser: Clearly thinks women should be in charge, on account of the majority of men being either incompetent or fools. Given that it's only the women in the Tyrell line who are gifted in the brain department, she might have a point. She also sees directly through Tywin's bold boasts. When he says he's not worried about the Iron Bank, Olenna reminds him that he's not that stupid.
- Worthy Opponent:
- Praises Tywin Lannister on living up to his reputation. Possibly a backhanded compliment as well.
- Subverted when she meets Tyrion to plan the funding of the Royal Wedding. She was expecting more from him in terms of his intelligence and licentiousness. She lampshades the fact that he now behaves like a proper gentleman (which disappoints her) and is an easily bullied accountant, rather than the lustful and clever schemer that he used to be.note
- Would Hurt a Child:
- The revelation that she is essentially Joffrey's murderer shows she is just as ruthless when it comes to sentiment as Tywin, Littlefinger, and others. Of course, Joffrey is an Asshole Victim and she was protecting Margaery from a horrible fate, but she still killed a child who died in his mother's arms.
- There's also the fact that despite Varys warning her that Littlefinger has a dangerous fixation on Sansa, Olenna knowingly conspires with Baelish to use Sansa as a carrier for the poison that eventually kills Joffrey, and seems indifferent to the girl's plight under Littlefinger's thumb, casting doubt about any maternal feelings Olenna had towards her. Of course, she may simply value her granddaughter's life above any collateral damage.
- Xanatos Gambit: Her poisoning of Joffrey is one. As noted by George R.R. Martin in this interview, the manner in which it occurred could have made some believe that he simply choked on food and wine, something which Tywin Lampshades to Oberyn, noting that some argue that it was simply an accident resulting from his own stupidity. However, in case people did conclude that it was poisoning, she had a ready-made Fall Guy in Tyrion, whom Cersei immediately accuses without proof or evidence, and Sansa, who was an Unwitting Pawn that Littlefinger had spirited away to safety, thereby making Tyrion look even more guilty.
- Had people believed that Joffrey choked, Margaery could have married Tommen, anyway. But with Tyrion being accused, the Lannister family are turned against each other, further precipitating their decline, and allowing the Tyrells to gain the upper hand of not only their alliance, but also the Iron Throne, all the while retaining their pristine image while the Lannisters sour theirs.
Queen Margaery Baratheon, née Tyrell
"Save your lies for court; you're going to need a lot of them."
Baelish: "Do you want to be a Queen?"
Margaery: "No. I want to be the Queen."
The eldest child of Mace Tyrell (confirmed by Word of God
in this interview
) and the wife of self-proclaimed King Renly Baratheon. After Renly's death, she was betrothed to and eventually married Joffrey before being widowed a second time just hours after the wedding ceremony by poisoned wine. Now betrothed to Tommen
- 100% Adoration Rating: The smallfolk of King's Landing absolutely adore Margaery... her PR campaign has even made Joffrey popular.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the novels, she and her female cousins shun Sansa once the plot to marry Sansa to one of her brothers falls through, although this is done largely for pragmatic reasons. Her book counterpart may have some genuine sympathy for her plight, but not so much as to risk her political standing, which is very precarious. On the show, she remains friendly with Sansa and even tries to reassure her about marrying Tyrion, a role which belonged to her brother Garlan in the novels.
- Adaptation Expansion/Ascended Extra: She's pretty much a cypher in the books, while the show portrays her as being very politically savvy, and willing to endure a lot to get her family into power. Her role on the series is much larger than in the novels.
- Age Lift: 16 years old in A Storm of Swords (the same age as Robb and Jon, who are in their late teens at this point), while the TV version is in her mid-20s. She is also Mace Tyrell's oldest child instead of his youngest as she was in the novels.
- Alas, Poor Villain: She knows very well that she was marrying a vicious and sadistic young man, and is not particularly sad that he's now gone, but she is nevertheless horrified by the gruesome manner in which Joffrey died.
- Ambiguously Evil: Judging by her dialogue with Renly and Littlefinger, as well as her later willingness to marry Joffrey, her main motivation is ambition: she wants to be Queen. The only reason she doesn't come off as villainous in the show is because the manner she has pursued her goal hasn't hurt anyone yet (maybe) and the targets of her manipulation are much worse people.
- Arranged Marriage: To Renly and later Joffrey. Olenna implies she's going to set her up with Tommen next: "The next one will be even easier."
- Bad Bad Acting: She enthusiastically participates in this in "Valar Morghulis." Her dialogue with Joffrey (which then leads to their betrothal) was obviously rehearsed beforehand, and they enact the scene in the throne room for the benefit of the court.
- The Beard: In Season 2, she is well aware of her role, much to Renly's surprise. She reminds her husband that even if he'd rather sleep with her brother, he still needs to father an heir to strengthen their alliance (and to make her a more convincing beard).
- Bi the Way: Implies in "The Bear and The Maiden Fair" that as well as having had her fair share of men, she enjoys women.
- Blatant Lies: When she tells Joffrey in "Dark Wings, Dark Words," "The subtleties of politics are often lost on me."
- Brainy Brunette: Exactly as it says on the tin.
- Brother-Sister Team: She and Loras form this in their three-way marriage to Renly. Unlike Cersei and Joffrey's barely concealed discord in "Valar Dohaeris," the Tyrell siblings are very much in sync during the dinner conversation.
- Cartwright Curse: In "Breaker of Chains," she believes that she has been cursed by the gods because both of her husbands were murdered shortly after she married them.
- The Chessmaster: Her grandmother is at least training her to be this, and so far she's come across as an excellent player.
- Composite Character:
- In "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," she tells Sansa that Tyrion would be a better husband than she thinks. In the books, her Adapted Out brother Garlan says that.
- She takes over Loras' role from the novels as the Tyrell who initially blames Brienne for Renly's death, but is later convinced by the female warrior that she is innocent of the crime.
- Consummate Liar: Her scene with Joffrey when called to discuss her marriage with Renly. Particularly brilliant in that she uses elements of truth (i.e. Renly didn't sleep with her because he was gay) in order to reinforce her Princess Classic act.
- Contractual Purity: In-universe, as it is expected of any noble woman before her marriage. Renly suspects that she is not as virginal as the "official" version promulgated by House Tyrell says — and he is perfectly okay with that. It's mentioned in the books (as in real life) that noble girls tend to do so much horseback riding that when it comes to virginity, even their husbands have to pretty much take their word for it.
- Cool Big Sis:
- An actual one to her younger brother Loras. She's very proud of his accomplishments as a warrior, enthusiastically cheering for him at the melee, and has a beaming smile when Sansa remarks that Loras is a splendid fighter. She is accepting of her brother's sexuality and was ready to share Renly with him. In this deleted scene from Season 2, we see her comforting a heartbroken Loras after Renly's death. The fact that Loras' body language often mirrors hers during Tyrion's trial indicates that Margaery had confided to her brother about Olenna's involvement in Joffrey's murder. Olenna looks down on her "silly" grandson and keeps him out of the loop, but Margaery clearly trusts Loras with their family's dark secret.
- Plays the part of one to Sansa. Downplayed, as her offer to marry Sansa to Loras is only political power play. Still, Sansa would be better off in Highgarden anyway. Margaery seems to be somewhat genuine in her later interactions with Sansa after the betrothal to Loras is cancelled by the Lannisters to be replaced with one to (an unwilling) Tyrion. Margaery goes out of her way to comfort Sansa and even gives the girl a reassuring smile on her wedding day, even after Cersei had threatened her life and the lives of all the Tyrells earlier that day. Her kindness may have started as political savvy, but they've apparently grown into genuine care and friendship.
- During the repulsive dwarf joust in "The Lion and the Rose," she glances in Sansa's direction to see how the girl is coping shortly before "Joffrey" starts humping the fake direwolf head. Margaery herself is wholly mortified by how the real Joffrey has publicly humiliated her brother, but she still takes a moment to check if Sansa may be crying.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Also see her Stealth Insult entry.
Margaery: You've never married, have you?
Littlefinger: I've been unlucky with my affections, sadly.
Margaery: That is sad, though perhaps it's for the best. The whole notion of marriage seems to confuse you.
- Death Glare: She gives one to Joffrey during the vulgar War of the Five Kings parody because she is infuriated by the depiction of her brother being used as a "horse" by the dwarf actor playing Renly, and by the crude portrayal of "Robb's" death, which she knows deeply hurts Sansa.
- Disapproving Look: It's subtle, but she gives one to Renly after he appoints Brienne to his Kingsguard.
- Expy: Probably unintentional, but still highly coincidental that Natalie Dormer, a woman made famous by playing Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, was cast in the role of a woman who doesn't just want to be a queen, but the queen, and is close to her non-heterosexual brother. Fittingly, the sigil HBO has designed for House Tyrell looks very much like the double rose of a certain English dynasty.
- Finger Muzzle: She does this to Renly; he's quoting philosophy, but she wants him to shut up and focus on consummating their marriage.
- Of all the prominent (remaining) female characters (Brienne, Arya, Sansa, Daenerys, and Cersei) on the show, only Margaery (and her grandmother, actually) has successfully divined and profitably abused the principal weakness of patriarchal societies: they underestimate women. And Margaery is not a person to be underestimated. Brienne, Arya, and Cersei have spent their lives attempting to buck their stereotypes and break out of their "proper" roles, and have little to show for their efforts except misery. Sansa seems to be coming to understand what Margaery knows, but her focus on surviving (rather than thriving), her general low stature, and lack of friends or family all result in her will being routinely and easily subordinated to those of the men around her (and, for that matter, the women, including Margaery and Olenna). And Daenerys, frankly, cheats, because you just don't ignore the person who controls airborne firebreathing monsters. Still, Daenerys is willing to take advantage of Essosi willingness to underestimate her, but does not encourage it in the way Margaery has shown to be so effective, and makes few bones about her intention to literally revolutionize Slaver's Bay.
- Margaery seems to be deliberately constructing herself as a contrast to Cersei, both to the smallfolk (charity as opposed to "Do you think I care what the people think of me?") and to Joffrey (emphasizing her submissiveness and ability to "do what she's told" unlike his mother's willfulness). However, she actually is this on a fundamental level, given that she was encouraged by a matriarch rather than stifled by a patriarch, and accordingly developed into a happy and masterful manipulator rather than a bitter impotent game piece in the game of thrones desperately trying to be a player. Margaery is comfortable with her femininity and doesn't see it as a hindrance in her pursuit of power. Cersei resents her gender because she believes it gives her an extremely unfair disadvantage, and is envious of the power that men wield. Margaery has Joffrey wrapped around her finger, whereas Cersei completely loses control of her son after he becomes king.
- She also serves as one to Sansa. Both girls threw themselves into an arranged marriage with Joffrey. The naive, romantic Sansa thought their relationship would be a storybook love affair, only to discover that Joffrey was a sociopath. The more political Margaery's plan to become the queen is very carefully planned, with her scoping her future husband out (including talking to Sansa about his real personality), acting in a way that she knows will best appeal to him, and carefully manipulating him so she is able to control him instead of him hurting her.
- She is also a foil to Catelyn Stark. Both learned early on that the best way for a woman to acquire true power and agency in Westerosi society is to work within the system, rather than pointlessly resisting. Both embraced the institution of political marriage as means to achieving their goals and to bettering their husbands and children. Both are canny diplomats and negotiators. Both used crises and political circumstance (Ned's death and various kings' need for a wife, respectively) to become the dominant forces in their families (to the point where they greatly overshadow even their fathers' heirs, Edmure and Loras), and to increase the power of their House. Both are deeply committed to their families.
- To Arya Stark. Margaery is what Arya could have been if her mother was more supportive of her, and more involved in her education like Olenna is to her granddaughter. Arya and Margaery had similar childhoods. "My cousin Alanna was the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. When I was 12, I was all elbows and knees and Alanna looked like a goddess sent to torture me. Pig-face, she called me... I think it had something to do with my nose. Whenever she passed me in the halls, she'd oink." Arya, on the other hand, had her sister Sansa, the nickname horse-face, and Sansa's friends neighed to her when she passed near. They're the only noblewomen (besides Brienne) in Westeros to have shown they are willing to protect the rights of smallfolk. Arya has lived among them, Maragery doesn't care if her dress gets dirty from helping orphans. They even have similar personalities, although Margaery is more mature.
- Freudian Trio: She is the Superego in her three-way marriage to Renly (Ego) and Loras (Id).
- Friend to All Children: A part of her PR spin. To her credit, she really is good with kids in a way that any act she has to put on around them would have to come very easily to her.
- Genre Savvy: She oozes this. After her grandmother, Littlefinger, and Tyrion, she's probably the most Genre Savvy character on the show.
- Guile Hero/Manipulative Bitch: Teeters between the two, but definitely plays them in a totally sympathetic, adorable and awesome way during Season 3 by virtue of using her manipulation to better her position at the expense of the two most loathed characters in the show. All the while remaining indomitably smiley, kindhearted, and positively oozing with sugarcoated contempt for Cersei and Joffrey (and without the latter having the faintest clue).
- The High Queen: She projected this image while she was married to Renly. She is also a gracious Queen at her wedding to Joffrey.
- Hotter and Sexier: Margaery on the show is this in comparison to her book counterpart, who is classically beautiful.
- Incompatible Orientation: Utterly averted. Unlike her brother, Margaery seems to love what Renly can do for House Tyrell rather than the man himself and doesn't care at all that he's gay, even offering to bring in Loras to get Renly started when they need to conceive an heir.
- Informed Attractiveness: Several characters have called her beautiful.
- Meaningful Look:
- When Joffrey summons Loras in "Valar Morghulis," the latter quickly glances at Margaery as if to say, "Do I really have to do this?", and his sister's non-verbal reply is "You have to do your duty."
- She shares one with Loras in "Valar Dohaeris" after witnessing Cersei and Joffrey's snarky exchange. The Tyrell siblings, who are Thicker Than Water and work as a Brother-Sister Team, are surprised that mother and son have used veiled insults against each other in front of their future in-laws.
- Modest Royalty: Not her manner of dressing, which is the medieval equivalent of Ms. Fanservice, but when she goes to the orphanage and steps over a puddle of water and "nightsoil," a servant tells her she'll ruin her dress, but she merely answers: "I have others."
- Ms. Fanservice: Lampshaded by Cersei, who knows exactly what she's doing but her son is too dumb/infatuated to listen when she attempts to bring it up.
- Absolute Cleavage: Cersei even references it, saying a fabric sample should be enough material to make her a wedding dress.
- Hot Consort: Renly's. Hell, her actress is the trope page's image, though her incarnation in Season 2 wasn't the same kind of pouty-lipped sexpot she was in The Tudors. But she seems to be playing it much straighter as of Season 3 with Joffrey.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Most of her Season 3 outfits expose her entire back, along with providing Absolute Cleavage.
- Stripperiffic: Her gowns tend to show a lot of skin.
- My Family, Right or Wrong/To Be Lawful or Good: Margaery and Loras' reactions during Tyrion's trial show that they firmly disapprove of how unjustly the accused is being treated, but because Olenna is guilty of regicide, they have to remain silent about his innocence to protect their grandmother's life and their family's reputation.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: She tries to invoke this trope when Joffrey demands to know why she didn't provide an heir to Renly while they were married. It doesn't work because Joffrey considers Renly to be a traitor, and therefore isn't deserving of any respect even after death. Margaery then does her best to answer her betrothed's question without being too brusque about Renly's sexuality.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Despite her otherwise-masterful manipulation of Joffrey, she also seems to be enabling his psychopathy:
- When insinuating to Joffrey that her virtue was unsullied by Renly on account of his homosexuality, she accidentally puts her brother Loras in the firing line, when Joffrey plans to use the confirmation of Renly's "depravity" to enact a law making homosexuality punishable by death. Cue Margaery quickly attempting to arrange a marriage between Loras and Sansa in the following episode.
- Margaery also ingratiates herself to Joffrey by pandering to his psychopathy, wondering aloud about how great it must feel to pull the trigger and "watch something die" on the other side of the crossbow. Joffrey takes it as a suggestion and kills Ros — the first time the utter coward Joffrey hurts someone by his own means instead of ordering someone to do it. The act fills Joffrey with a new level of bravado, causing him to push past boundaries he'd previously never dare go near, such as outright threatening to rape Sansa and challenging Tywin's authority publicly.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Is deliberately invoking this to manipulate Joffrey and appeal to his lust for violence, going full "ooh, do you really think I could kill something, tell me more about the violent deaths of yesteryear" to lead him about by the nethers. She does grow tired of this act, as she admits to Olenna, noting that Joffrey would probably have her wear a necklace of dead sparrow heads.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She is occasionally touchy-feely with other characters, such as Sansa, Brienne and Cersei (although in the case of the latter, her attempt to be friendly with the Queen Regent results in a death threat; however, even Cersei seems to be coming around to Margaery after Joffrey's death).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Actively encourages Joffrey to underestimate her, by acting flighty (see her impulsive stop at the orphanage), girlish and dressing "like a harlot". Cersei tries to point this out to Joffrey, but he refuses to listen. After learning what Joffrey is really like from Sansa, Margaery really lays the meek, submissive act on thick with Joffrey when he interrogates her about Renly. And knowing of his sadistic tendencies, she begins to compliment his weaponry, and even asks him if he'd like to see her kill someone.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: She and Loras engage in this when they dine with Cersei and Joffrey in "Valar Dohaeris".
- Pet the Dog:
- She literally does this when she touches Brienne's arm with both of her hands in "Two Swords" as a way to reassure the lady knight that she no longer believes that Brienne was involved with Renly's death.
- In "The Lion and the Rose," she reaches out and holds Brienne's hand in what is presumably a Westerosi gesture used by women to denote friendship. After Joffrey says to Brienne's face that she was the one who murdered Renly, Margaery comes to Brienne's defense. The new Queen's farewell to Brienne is, "I hope we see more of you," implying that she wishes for the female warrior to see her as a potential ally.
- Photo Op With The Dog: She does this with a group of orphans in "Valar Dohaeris" to win the support of the masses.
- Politically-Active Noblewoman: She takes on a very active role in her family's political machinations, and exerts a much greater influence on the royal court than her inept father.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Margaery is younger than Loras in the books, but it was revealed by Bryan Cogman in this interview that Margaery is Mace Tyrell's eldest child on the show. This change makes sense because Natalie Dormer is six years older than Finn Jones, the actor who plays her character's brother.
- Princess Classic: Definitely not, but plays the role like a master, mostly for Joffrey's benefit (Cersei, however, quickly saw through the act, though her relationship with Joffrey has grown too strained for him to listen to any of her advice).
- Reaction Shot:
- After Joffrey informs her that he plans to put all homosexuals to death, her facial expression betrays her fear for a split second, as she is now worried for the safety of her gay brother.
- She and Loras get several close-ups in "The Laws of Gods and Men" where their body language is a mixture of nervousness, disbelief and guilt over Tyrion being unfairly subjected to a Kangaroo Court. They know that Olenna is the culprit, and thus are well-aware that some of the testimonies are complete fabrications.
- Rule of Symbolism:
- At the dinner table in "Valar Dohaeris," the Tyrell siblings are seated next to each other, while Cersei and Joffrey are positioned at the opposite ends. (To maintain symmetry, Margaery and Loras would normally have been placed across from each other.) Guess which family gets along harmoniously and which one is dysfunctional.
- It gets even better. Margaery and Loras are snarking at Cersei, Cersei and Joffrey snark at each other.
- Her choice of wardrobe tends to be very modern for the setting, and it often displays her cleavage and her back. The only other prominent, non-prostitute female character in Westeros who habitually exposes as much skin is Ellaria Sand, whose dresses are open-chested and are sometimes backless. Dorne and Highgarden are the two most liberal regions on the continent, so the avant-garde/risqué cuts of their outfits signify their respective culture's relatively progressive attitudes.
- Ruling Threesome: King Renly, Queen Margaery and Ser Loras are presented as this in Season 2. Natalie Dormer describes their complicated union as a trinity in this featurette. It's Renly's romantic relationship with Loras which allows for the alliance to be created in the first place, and his marriage to Margaery seals the deal officially. Renly treats both his lover and his wife as his equals (the latter is shown symbolically in the melee scene, where Margaery's seat is of the same size as Renly's). The Tyrell siblings essentially function as a Brother-Sister Team in this three-way marriage; Loras' goal is to help Renly win the Iron Throne, while Margaery's job is to help her husband keep it.
- Saying Too Much: Olenna reprimands her for expressing her irritation over Joffrey's violent nature in "Two Swords", as there may be spies lurking about.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flees the Stormlands with Loras and the rest of the Tyrell armies after Renly dies.
- Settle for Sibling: She seeks to entangle Joffrey's nice younger brother into her charms. Little Tommen is smitten.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Margaery publicly pretends to be romantically involved with Renly to conceal that her interest is purely pragmatic and based on ambition. See Loras' entry for contrast.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Plays at being the Princess Classic like Loras plays at being Knight in Shining Armor, but when's the last time you saw a Disney Princess discuss the political advantages of getting pregnant or her willingness to have her brother act as a fluffer for her gay husband?
- Slut Shaming: Gets slammed with this by a particularly bitter Cersei. Of course, Cersei is the one having affairs with Jaime and Lancel while Margaery hasn't had any sex scenes on the show beside her attempted seduction of Renly, her husband.
- Something about a Rose: Michele Clapton designed Margaery's wedding gown with the character's personality in mind, and there are visible thorns which run along the costume.
"I wanted it to be a sort of traditional dress in a funny way, but then roses can be so pretty, and I didn't want them to be pretty, I wanted them to be slightly dangerous because I think she [Margaery] is."
- Spoiled Sweet: Definitely, as of Season 3. Just witness her scene at the orphanage. Although this may simply be part of her Obfuscating Stupidity act, it's clear that being kind towards the smallfolk and remaining polite in general comes a lot easier to her than her betrothed or his mother Cersei.
- Stealth Insult: She subtly criticizes Cersei's fashion sense in "Valar Dohaeris".
Margaery: Loras, isn't the Queen's gown magnificent? The fabric, the embroidery, the metalwork. I've never seen anything like it!
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the Girly Girl to Brienne's Tomboy.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Either she has inherited her mother's good looks, or the genes skipped a generation, and she takes after her grandmother Olenna not just in terms of intelligence, but in physical beauty as well. (If you look at photos of Diana Rigg when she was younger, Natalie Dormer could pass off as her relative.◊)
- Widow Woman: After Renly's sudden death. And again after Joffrey's.
- Wild Card: She's up to no good, that much is blindingly obvious, but she is on good terms with both Sansa and the King. Since the primary targets of her so far pseudo-innocuous schemes are Joffrey and Cersei, the entire fandom is cheering her on.
- Women Are Wiser: Very calm and down-to-earth as well as discerning.
Ser Loras Tyrell
"It's not a gift; nobody gave it to me. I'm good because I work at it, every day of my life since I could hold a stick."
"I've never fought in a war before, but I'd fight for you."
A highly-skilled knight of great renown who is known as the Knight of Flowers. He is Mace Tyrell's only son and the heir to Highgarden.
- 100% Heroism Rating: He is a very popular knight at tourneys, and the smallfolk always cheer and root for him. Even when he is defeated by Brienne in the melee, the crowd is still on Loras' side because they let out a disappointed "Oh!" when he yields. The onlookers then remain silent, and the sole person who applauds and smiles at Brienne's victory is Renly. note
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Averted. Loras on the show is a Pretty Boy, but the actor playing him is not an Adonis like his book counterpart (although TV!Loras is still viewed this way In-Universe).
- Adaptational Heroism:
- As he is a Composite Character of his mild-mannered brothers, Loras on the series is somewhat calmer and less rash than he is in the books. The TV version doesn't demand to Ned that he be in charge of the group that is tasked to arrest the Mountain, as the young man's pride doesn't appear to be all that wounded after Gregor attempted to kill him. note
- Loras in Season 3 is noticeably kinder towards Sansa than he is in A Storm of Swords. note On the show, Loras is never rude or cold when he's with her, and he has every intention of being a good husband once they are married (at least as much as he can considering his sexual orientation). In certain respects, HBO's Knight of Flowers may be a slightly better choice for a spouse than Tyrion — or at the very least, he's no worse. The young man also recognizes that Sansa has suffered greatly as a prisoner of the Lannisters, and is sympathetic towards her situation when he mentions that King's Landing is a terrible place. In other words, TV!Loras is less self-absorbed with his own misery and is more considerate of Sansa's feelings.
- Adaptation Distillation: Unlike his book counterpart, Loras never believes for a moment that Brienne is responsible for Renly's death. Despite his intense grief and his resentment of losing to her in the melee, he correctly blames Stannis.
- Adaptation Expansion/Ascended Extra: Most of what we see of him in the books is through the eyes of other characters. The series actually shows quite a few scenes that focus on Loras.
- Age Lift: Loras is 16 years old in the first novel, but his TV counterpart is already an adult in Season 1. He looks to be around 20 in "The Wolf and the Lion".
- Arch-Enemy: There's no one in the world that he hates more than Stannis, who ordered the assassination of his lover Renly.
- Arranged Marriage: In Season 3, he was initially betrothed to Sansa, but it's now expected that he'll marry Cersei.
- Arrogant Swordsman Guy: He's a very good swordsman — and knows it. He even laments in "Kissed by Fire" that there are no worthy opponents in King's Landing for him to spar with.
- An Axe to Grind: He wields an axe during his melee with Brienne.
- Badass: He is introduced as a tourney champion, and later becomes a hero of the Battle of Blackwater where he cut down many of Stannis' soldiers.
- Badass Gay/Ser Peacock: He may be a young, Pretty Boy fop, but that doesn't make him any less dangerous. While Loras' orientation gets him showered with pity, scorn and/or disgust, nobody doubts his skills as a fighter, even those who make fun of his homosexuality. To wit, his grandmother, Jamie, Tywin and others have openly expressed amusement, disapproval or abhorrence at his tendencies, yet all have stated that he is a brave and capable warrior, and he is considered by the common man to be in the same league as powerhouses like Gregor Clegane.
- Bad Bad Acting: Very literally in "Valar Morghulis". He only has a small role in the rehearsed scene that was enacted for the benefit of the court, but he can't be bothered do his part properly, as his body language practically oozes with contempt for Joffrey, and Loras even messes up one of his lines because he inadvertently lets out a Freudian Slip regarding his feelings for Renly. After Littlefinger hears the error, he turns his head sharply in Loras' direction and he purses his lips, annoyed that the young knight couldn't get the words right.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished/Hair Flip: A rare example with a male character. When Loras removes his helm in "Blackwater", his curly hair looks perfect despite having fought a battle. There doesn't appear to be a single scratch or bruise on him.
- Beneath the Mask: Most of the time, he's the epitome of chivalry in public, but as of the midway point of Season 2, Loras becomes bitter and depressed after his boyfriend is slain. He must hide his grief from the outside world with fake smiles, as not only was he in love with a man, but Renly is viewed as a traitor by the crown. Having to swear fealty to the despicable and homophobic Joffrey also doesn't help matters, and the added strain causes Loras' figurative mask to crack on a few occasions.
- Berserk Button: Renly is his weak spot.
- Loras was about to go on a suicidal quest to avenge his beloved's murder (although Margaery and Littlefinger were able to dissuade him from immediately pursuing Stannis).
- He is extremely offended by the awful caricature of Renly "riding" a doll that looks like him in "The Lion and the Rose". Although Loras risks upsetting Joffrey by leaving the festivities early, he knows that staying presents a much greater problem, as he would be very tempted to kill his new brother-in-law.
- Best Friends In Law: In addition to being motivated by politics, the arranged marriage between Renly and Margaery is also an excuse for Loras to become closer to his boyfriend, as they are now brother-in-laws. Margaery is even willing to share her husband with Loras if it helps to get her pregnant.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes riding to the rescue of King's Landing with Tywin Lannister — wearing Renly's armour.
- Big Little Brother: Loras is several inches taller than Margaery, and book readers (and probably most viewers) naturally assumed that he is the older sibling. However, Word of God has established that Margaery is the eldest Tyrell child on the show.
- Blatant Lies: When Jaime asks him if he is looking forward to his wedding to Cersei, Loras hesitates for a moment before replying, "Yes, very much."
- Bling of War: His gleaming and ornate armour. It's slightly modified in Season 2 so that it's more practical for an actual battle.
- Bodyguard Crush: While he was part of Renly's Kingsguard. It's an unusual reciprocal version of the trope because it involves two men.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Margaery. See her entry for examples of their teamwork.
- But Not Too Gay: His intimate scenes with Renly are not nearly as sexually explicit as the heterosexual pairings on the show.
- Camp Gay: Borders on this in Seasons 1 and 2, especially when compared to Renly's Straight Gay. "Camped up" in Season 3.
- The Cavalry: He leads the charge in "Blackwater".
- The Champion: He is this to Renly. note
- Clingy Jealous Boy: Has (understandably) not had the best response to Renly making Brienne a member of his Kingsguard. He "punishes" his lover by withholding sex.
- Combat Pragmatist: He rode a mare that was in heat, knowing Ser Gregor would be riding a stallion. Characters grumble over whether it makes him this trope or a dirty cheat.
- Commonality Connection: He begins to form this with Sansa in "The Climb", as they are both extremely depressed after losing a loved one (Renly for Loras and Ned for Sansa), plus they find life in King's Landing intolerable.
- Composite Character:
- His words to Catelyn when she approaches Renly in "What Is Dead May Never Die" were taken from Randyll Tarly in the novels, who so far hasn't appeared yet.
- In the books, it's his older brother Ser Garlan who wears Renly's armour at the Battle of Blackwater. Loras wanted the honour, but he was too short and too slender. This change is a Pragmatic Adaptation on the show because the actors who play Loras and Renly are practically the same size. Loras has also taken Garlan's position as commander of the Tyrells' army.
- In the third season, his family plots to betroth him to Sansa. In the novels, the Tyrells intended her to wed his scholarly and crippled older brother Willas. In "Kissed by Fire", he once again substitutes for Willas when Tywin orders Cersei to marry Loras after the Lannisters discover the Tyrell scheme. Loras also takes Willas' place as the heir to Highgarden.
- He replaces Sansa as the person who spills the beans about the secret engagement to Littlefinger's agent.
- Cool Helmet:
- You can look at detailed images of the Knight of Flowers' helm here.
- Loras wears Renly's antlered helm at the Battle of Blackwater as part of his elaborate disguise.
- The Dandy/Real Men Wear Pink: Shiny armor, immaculately groomed, loves his flowers. The last is justified, since his house's sigil is a rose. Loras wears beautiful clothing in Seasons 3 and 4 that enhances his good looks.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can be quite sassy on occasion. Also see his Stealth Insult entry for more examples.
Loras: Stannis has the personality of a lobster!
- Dead Person Impersonation/El Cid Ploy: In "Blackwater", as a result of wearing Renly's armor in battle. Stannis' men believe it is Renly's ghost.
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 4. He only has a few lines of dialogue in "The Lion and the Rose," and is reduced to a background character in "First of His Name" and "The Laws of Gods and Men."
- Dirt Forcefield: He should be covered in blood, sweat and grime in "Blackwater", yet he's completely clean. Loras' flawless appearance is further highlighted after Tywin arrives to the throne room because the old man's face is coated with blood splatter and dirt.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He accidentally bumps into Jaime while exchanging smouldering looks with Oberyn.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady:
- Jaime describes Loras as a curly-haired little girl in "Dark Wings, Dark Words".
- Joffrey clearly sees the Knight of Flowers in a similar fashion because he arranges a repugnant dwarf play at his wedding where Loras is depicted as a girly-looking, curly-haired man.
- Due to the Dead: He stands vigil over Renly's body, and remains near his beloved even as Tyrell bannermen are panicking to flee the area before Stannis' fleet arrives. It's revealed in a deleted scene that Loras also buried Renly on his own, which is a detail taken from the novels. note
- Eating the Eye Candy:
- His face shows great anticipation and excitement as Renly removes his shirt in "What Is Dead May Never Die".
- At the Purple Wedding, both he and Oberyn silently communicate that they find the other to be very "delectable"; it's very obvious what they'd like to "eat" for dessert later that night...
- The Enemy Of My Enemy/Hazy Feel Turn/Lesser of Two Evils: He initially viewed the Lannisters as his enemy, but he chose to side with them after Stannis murdered Renly. Loras still hates Joffrey passionately, though, as seen by his Suppressed Rage in "Valar Morghulis".
- Erotic Eating: In "The Lion and the Rose", he and Oberyn sensually chew on food to signal their sexual interest towards each other.
- Even the Guys Want Him:
- Two lowborn Lannister soldiers think he's prettier than Queen Cersei — and she's considered to be the most beautiful woman in the Seven Kingdoms.
- The bisexual Oberyn mentally undresses Loras with his eyes at the Purple Wedding.
- Flowers of Romance: Subverted when he gives Sansa a red rose. She believes it's a token of his affection, and fails to notice that Loras is actually googly-eyed over Renly.
- Pompous, overconfident, attractive knight, Lord Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brother of the queen, hiding (barely) a socially unacceptable romantic relationship? Nothing about that sounds familiar. Loras is a Knight In Shining Armour who is widely admired by the smallfolk, while Jaime is a Blood Knight whom everyone (accurately) reviles as an oathbreaker and (inaccurately) a self-serving opportunist. Loras is recognized as one of the saviours of King's Landing after he helped to end Stannis' siege, but Jaime's greatest heroic deed (i.e. saving the city's population from being consumed by the Mad King's wildfire) is known by no one else besides Brienne. As of Season 4, the youthful Loras is a rising star in the world of knights, whereas the middle-aged Jaime is regarded as a has-been now that he has lost his sword hand. Also see Loras' Good Counterpart entry for more comparisons between the two characters.
- He is also a foil to Brienne of Tarth. Both are knights in shining armor who are introduced as winners of a tourney event, earning their victory with the aid of Combat Pragmatism. They are heirs to their respective Houses, but they love Renly so much that they would rather dedicate their whole lives to serving him as a member of his Kingsguard. They are completely devastated after Renly is slain, becoming knights in sour armor, and both swear vengeance against Stannis. Although they end up with different masters, Loras and Brienne remain devoted to Renly in their own way, and have performed at least one act of Undying Loyalty. Loras is a Pretty Boy (or in some characters' opinion, a Dude Looks Like a Lady), which mirrors Brienne being perceived in-universe as a Lady Looks Like a Dude.
- In terms of their differences, however, Loras' fighting skills are respected by virtually everyone, but Brienne's martial prowess remains largely unrecognized even after she beats the Knight of Flowers at King Renly's tourney. Loras becomes a powerless political pawn as of Season 3, while Brienne is essentially a free agent, especially after Catelyn's death. Numerous characters have derided Loras for his homosexuality, but it's usually not expressed in front of his face. Brienne, on the other hand, endures a lot verbal abuse (or worse) for her masculinity. Loras dresses ostentatiously and is perfectly coiffed (it must take some time to style the unruly curls every morning), whereas Brienne's clothing is plain and she keeps her straight hair short and simple.
- Interestingly enough, by the end of Season 4 the only top-level badasses remaining in Westeros with Ned and Robert Baratheon dead, the Clegane brothers out of commission, Jaime crippled, and Ser Barristan banished, are Brienne and Loras.
- To Sansa Stark. Loras (an aspiring Knight In Shining Armour) and Sansa (an aspiring Princess Classic) have learned the hard way that life isn't a fairy tale. Both of them carried romantic ideals, believing that they would live Happily Ever After with their beloved Baratheon ("Prince Charming" Joffrey for Sansa, "The Good King" Renly for Loras). Both have been crushed emotionally when their dreams transformed into nightmares (Joffrey turned out to be a sadistic psychopath and executed Sansa's father, while Renly was murdered not long after Loras pushed him to become king). In Season 3, they are both used as political pawns by Olenna, Tywin and Littlefinger, and they end up being betrothed to someone they don't want to marry. Loras and Sansa are miserable living in King's Landing, but they maintain a Stepford Smiler persona. Both have called Joffrey a monster, and they were among the three people (the other being Tyrion) who were tormented the most by the king in "The Lion and the Rose".
- A major distinction between the two characters is that Loras has the support of his powerful family, which managed to secure a pardon from the crown even though they once supported Renly and rebelled against Joffrey. In contrast, all of the adults in Sansa's House have been butchered by the Lannisters as punishment for their treason, which makes her a lot more vulnerable.
- Loras' suggestion to Renly that he should make a claim to the throne in Season 1 becomes a major plot point in Season 2.
- Loras cuts Renly with a blade in Season 1 and tells him, "It's just blood, [...] sometimes a little spills." Renly dies in Season 2 after he is stabbed through the heart by a magical shadow "sword," his blood oozing out in copious amounts.
- Four-Star Badass: Leads the Tyrell contingent at Blackwater Bay. From the front. Not bad for a young man in his early twenties who has never fought a real battle before.
- Freudian Slip: In "Valar Morghulis", Loras subconsciously let it slip that Renly was far more than a brother-in-law to him when he tells the court, "My sister Margaery, her husband was taken from us before..." He should've said "her husband was taken from her," or simply "her husband was taken" instead.
- Freudian Trio: He is the Id in his three-way marriage to Renly (Ego) and Margaery (Superego).
- Funny Background Event:
- In "Garden of Bones," he laughs merrily after Renly makes his ham joke, but as soon as Catelyn starts talking, Loras becomes annoyed and sighs heavily.
- He appears to be flirting with a young nobleman in "Second Sons" while Cersei recounts the story of the Rains of Castemere.
- In "First of His Name," when we glimpse the throne room from Margaery's perspective, Loras is chatting with Oberyn. note Hmm, did those two men already hook up off-screen, or are at least planning to do so soon?
- Get Out: He says this to Littlefinger in "The Ghost of Harrenhal" because he's angry at the older man for interrupting his mourning.
- Good Counterpart: To Ser Jaime Lannister. Loras has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. He and Margaery are a Brother-Sister Team, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in Brother-Sister Incest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly. Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a confrontation by threatening his life.
- Heartbroken Badass: He becomes this after Renly is slain.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: When they meet Stannis in "Garden of Bones", Loras is the only member of Renly's Kingsguard who doesn't wear a helm.
- Incompatible Orientation: He is somewhat awkward while conversing with Sansa in "The Climb", but he does seem to genuinely want to help her escape King's Landing through their marriage and give her a better life in Highgarden.
- Informed Attractiveness: While definintely one of the best looking men in the cast, the comments on Loras's good looks never stop and go a bit overboard.
- In-Series Nickname: The Knight of (the) Flowers. The extra "the" was used in Season 1, but it has been omitted since Season 2. note
- Instant Seduction: It doesn't take long for him to be seduced by Olyvar. Justified, since the spy is one of Littlefinger's prostitutes, and therefore quite experienced at this, plus Loras hasn't been physically intimate with anyone since Renly's death.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: In terms of this trope's five broad categories, Loras is strongly defined by his Effeminate or Non-Masculine Appearance and Typically Feminine Interests (e.g. his enthusiasm for fashion).
- I Owe You My Life: He says this word-for-word to the Hound after Sandor saves him from the Mountain, and Loras decides to repay the debt by forfeiting the final round of the joust and giving the championship title (plus the substantial award money) to the Hound.
- Jousting Lance: Is an expert at using this weapon. Loras has beaten notable knights such as Jaime Lannister and Gregor Clegane in jousting competitions, and is widely regarded to be the finest jouster in the Seven Kingdoms.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Played with, as he is both willing to use underhanded tactics in a joust with Gregor Clegane, and was secretly urging Renly to overthrow the supposed rightful heir and rule as king. However in both cases the target of these shady moves were thoroughly deserving of such treatment (and in the latter example, he clearly believes Renly would be a far kinder and more noble King and thus better for the kingdom), and he remains one of the show's closest candidates to being this trope as he is chivalrous, noble, a talented fighter, and if his armor were any shinier, he would be a walking mirror. Even Tywin, who knows of Loras' "unnatural behaviour," notes that Loras is a highly-skilled warrior who takes his vows seriously.
- Although he's not romantically interested in Sansa, his adherence to knightly ideals plays a part in wanting to rescue her from the hell she's in, and he willingly enters into an Arranged Marriage with the girl so that he can whisk her away to Highgarden. Say what you will of his grandmother's and sister's ulterior motives, but Loras is more honourable than that. He understands that King's Landing is a terrible place for Sansa, and he sees her as a Damsel in Distress who is held prisoner by the "monster" Joffrey.
- Knight In Sour Armour: He becomes this in Season 2, especially after Renly dies. It's even shown symbolically, as his once spotless suit of armour has become dirty and tarnished.
- Lady Macbeth: Without his lips whispering encouragement in Renly's ear (and doing... other things in other places), Renly probably still would have thought he'd make a good king, but he would never have acted on those thoughts. Possibly a subversion, as other characters have implied Renly's legitimately is the best choice of all the people related to Robert, and only out of the running due to an accident of birth order.
- The Lady's Favour: It initially appears to be a gender inversion of this trope when he gives Sansa a rose before his joust, but it's quickly subverted when it turns out to be an empty gesture. Renly is his true sweetheart, but Loras obviously cannot offer his favour to another man in a homophobic society, so he simply hands the rose to the young lady who happens to be seated the closest to Renly in the stands.
- Lord And Knight: A same-sex variation where he is the skilled, brave warrior who is sworn to protect the handsome and gentle King Renly.
- Love Hurts: Losing the love of his life is already incredibly painful enough as it is, but what makes Loras' suffering even worse is that he cannot openly express his grief as Renly was a man and a traitor to the crown. Joffrey has informed Margaery that he would like to execute all homosexuals, so Loras can't afford to let out any of his true feelings. He is still mourning for Renly in Season 4.
- Lover and Beloved: Before the start of the series, Renly had the role of Lover and Loras was his Beloved. The HBO Viewer's Guide mentions that Loras had served as Renly's squire (which does occur in the novels), and they presumably developed romantic feelings for each other while Loras was still under Renly's care because by the time Season 1 begins, the two men are already in a long-term relationship. Loras had started fantasizing about Renly as his "bride" in "green and gold brocade" (Renly wore a green brocade cloak at the Tourney of the Hand) at a young age. The Squick which is normally associated with this trope is downplayed because Lord Renly is only 4 years older than Loras, note and therefore would've been a brotherly (and not fatherly) figure to his squire. It also helps that Renly is a sweet person, Loras is the emotionally dominant partner, and they are one of the few happy couples on the show.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: His shield saves his life when the Mountain attacks him after their joust.
- Lysistrata Gambit: A rather atypical example involving a same-sex couple. Feeling slighted by Brienne's Rank Up, Loras not only withholds sex from Renly, but he punishes his boyfriend even further by bringing Margaery to Renly's bed, knowing full well that Renly utterly dreads the prospect of having to consummate the marriage.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: He thinks Renly should be king because unlike those who came before him, he would be loved instead of hated or feared.
- Mangst: Experiences a lot of this after Renly is assassinated.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Loras plays the Feminine Boy to Brienne's Masculine Girl.
- Master Swordsman: His sword fighting skills have been praised by various characters.
- Meaningful Look:
- He and Renly share a lingering one at the Tourney of the Hand, and it's our first clue that these two characters are more than friends.
- They exchange another look when Brienne asks to become one of Renly's Kingsguards. As Renly considers her request, Loras' expression basically reads, "Tell her no." Renly decides to disregard this quiet plea, much to Loras' irritation.
- See Margaery's entry for their examples in "Valar Morghulis" and "Valar Dohaeris."
- In "Second Sons," Tyrion raises his glass in pity to him, and his eyes say, "You're next to get married." Loras, who is already quite frustrated from the day's events, sighs and turns his head away.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe. Alongside the Kingslayer, Ser Barristan the Bold, and the Blackfish.
- The Mistress: Despite being there first, Loras is now Renly's with his sister being the official spouse. She's cool with it.
- Moment Killer: In "What Is Dead May Never Die", the foreplay between Loras and Renly is unexpectedly interrupted after Renly starts kissing the bruises on Loras' chest. This reminds Loras of the humiliation he suffered earlier in the day, and it kills the mood.
- Moody Mount: He exploits this trope when he jousts against the Mountain. He knows that his opponent has an ill-tempered stallion, so Loras brings a mare in heat to give himself an advantage.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Although Loras does possess a slender build in the books, Finn Jones' skinny physique and his lack of muscles on the show make it difficult for some viewers to believe that his character is one of the best knights in Westeros.
- My Family, Right or Wrong: If it weren't for his deep-seated desire to exact some form of revenge on Stannis, Loras would never have agreed to side with the Lannisters because he loathes them (Joffrey especially). However, despite his personal feelings, Loras is dutiful to his own family's interests, and he adopts a grin-and-bear-it attitude. Despite trying to plot against Cersei with Renly in Season 1, he attempts to be nice to her in "Second Sons" after they are forcibly engaged (although his effort is quickly shot down by the Queen Regent's rudeness).
- My God, What Have I Done?: This is written all over his face as he sits near Renly's corpse. He feels extremely guilty for convincing his lover to make a bid for the Iron Throne, as this path led to Renly becoming a target for assassination.
- My Sister Is Off Limits: A non-verbal version is featured in "Valar Morghulis". After Loras unhappily offers his sister as a bride to Joffrey, he then stands protectively behind Margaery and stares defiantly in Joffrey's direction. The boy-king is only paying attention to Margaery at this point, so he doesn't get the message, but Loras is warning Joffrey that he had better not harm his sister.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- He persuades Renly to become king, and his beloved is later killed by a monstrous Living Shadow.
- He reveals to Olyvar that he's secretly engaged to Sansa. The information is then passed on to the Littlefinger, who then shares it with the Queen Regent, and the Tyrells' plan is ruined.
- Oh Crap: He has a moment of terror at the Tourney of the Hand when he realizes that Ser Gregor is about to attack him with a sword. Loras doesn't have a weapon at this point, only a shield to protect himself.
- Open Secret/Secret Relationship/Transparent Closet: He and Renly aren't fooling anyone, except Robert (who is so neglectful of his youngest brother that he has no idea that Renly is romantically involved with Loras), Brienne (who is in love with Renly and refuses to believe the "foul rumours"), and Sansa (who is generally clueless).
- Pants Hit Floor: A rare male version of this trope occurs in "The Wolf and the Lion" when Loras removes Renly's pants (and any undergarment the latter may be wearing) in one swift movement and letting them drop to the floor.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat:
- He and Margaery engage in this when they dine with Cersei and Joffrey in "Valar Dohaeris".
- Jaime initiates a verbal confrontation with him in "The Lion and the Rose", and Loras figuratively burns the older knight with only a few sharp words.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Loras is older than Margaery in the books, but it was revealed by Bryan Cogman in this interview that Margaery is Mace Tyrell's eldest child on the show. The switch in birth order was no doubt due to the fact that Finn Jones is six years younger than Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays his character's sister.
- Pretty Boy: George R.R. Martin even described him as "...the teen idol of Westeros" in this HBO featurette. Sansa has a crush on him because of his good looks. In "The Climb", Olenna calls Loras "...the pride of Highgarden, the most desirable bachelor in all of the Seven Kingdoms."
- Queer People Are Funny: Several characters mock Loras' homosexuality and/or his romance with Renly. The show, however, doesn't play him as comedic relief aside from his own snarky lines.
- Reaction Shot:
- After Renly reveals that his brothers consider him to be a spoiled child, Loras' facial expression and his silence strongly indicate that he agrees.
- He lowers his head after Joffrey chuckles at Tyrion for being too short to place a cloak over Sansa's shoulders, unable to hide his exasperation over the boy-king's immaturity.
- He sighs as the septon is speaking during Joffrey and Margaery's wedding ceremony. Loras is understandably upset that his sister is marrying a Psychopathic Man Child, and is probably thinking how this union is so much worse than Margaery's marriage to Renly.
- After Tommen is crowned, Loras is the only one of two guests in the crowd (besides Cersei) who doesn't immediately applaud. He begins clapping after a few seconds to maintain decorum, but he's plainly distracted by his own emotional turmoil. His expression is fairly severe when we get a close-up of the Tyrells, especially in comparison to his smiling sister and his exhilarated father. (Most likely, Loras is still furious over the way Joffrey had sullied his honour and Renly's memory at the wedding banquet. And of course, he is dreading his upcoming wedding to Cersei.)
- See Margaery's entry for their example in "The Laws of Gods and Men."
- Relationship Reveal: The scene where he is shaving Renly's chest.
- Revenge: His reason to team up with the Lannisters after Renly is killed. Loras achieves partial vengeance against Stannis by helping to defeat the latter's forces at the Battle of Blackwater.
- Revenge Before Reason: In "The Ghost of Harrenhal", Loras is ready to storm out of Renly's tent to put a sword through Stannis' righteous face, but Margaery and Littlefinger manage to convince him that it would be hopeless, as he would be killed by Stannis' men long before he ever reached his target.
- Averted with Brienne on the show. note He puts 2-and-2 together and realises that she was such a Renly fangirl that she would have died before she'd ever harm Renly, thus dismissing the common rumor the she killed him out of hand.
Margaery: Brienne of Tarth murdered Renly.
Loras: I don't believe that. You don't believe that. Who would gain the most from our king's death?
- Reverse Arm-Fold: He adopts this pose in Season 3 whenever he wishes to appear relaxed; examples include his greeting of Cersei and Joffrey in "Valar Dohaeris", while he walks away from Sansa in "Dark Wings, Dark Words", and Tyrion and Sansa's wedding ceremony.
- Right Through His Pants: He oddly keep his pants on when he has sex with Olyvar.
- Rule of Sexy:
- There is no valid reason for him to be helmet-less when he is present for Renly's parley with Stannis, other than it was the director's whim to highlight the character's physical beauty.
- For a series which prides itself on its grittiness, it's completely unrealistic for Loras to look like he had just stepped out of a Westerosi hair shampoo commercial at the end of "Blackwater".
- Rule of Symbolism:
- See Margaery's entry for their example in "Valar Dohaeris".
- He is the only Tyrell in the first three seasons who sports green-and-gold attire. In "Kissed by Fire", he is sparring with various Tyrell squires, so being adorned in his house's true colours represents his honesty as a knight (as opposed to being a pawn—albeit one with a deceptive mask—in his family's political machinations) in this scene.
- The pink rose patterns on Loras' sleeves and Oberyn's wrap around belt◊ at the Purple Wedding are identical. Only the fabric's background colour is different, and in Oberyn's case, it's actually green, one of the House Tyrell colours that is missing from Loras' outfit. This subtly hints at the two characters' attraction towards each other and their similarities. (Oberyn serves as a Foil to Loras — see Oberyn's Foil entry for more details.)
- Ruling Threesome: See Margaery's entry for the full details.
- Satellite Character: His characterization tends to change to accommodate the plot.
- Saying Too Much: He is guilty of this when he informs Olyvar of his betrothal to Sansa.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- Flees King's Landing with Renly when it becomes evident that Joffrey will ascend to the throne.
- He also proceeds to do this with Margaery and the Tyrell armies after Renly's sudden death.
- In "The Lion and the Rose", he furiously departs from the party during the part of the dwarf performance that involved "Renly" riding on a caricature of himself while getting anally violated by a fake mace.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: While his facial features and physical build are noticeably more androgynous than Renly's, Loras is a deadly warrior; his lover, on the other hand, has never fought a day in his life.
- Shield Bash: He is the recipient of this when Brienne hits his helm-covered head with her shield during their melee, but he recovers from the blow.
- Shirtless Scene: Has a couple of these with Renly. He also has one with Olyvar in "Kissed by Fire".
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Loras publicly pretends that his family's alliance with Renly is motivated by politics and ambition to conceal the fact that he is actually romantically involved with the aspiring King. See Margaery to contrast.
- Something about a Rose:
- The rose he carries in "The Wolf and the Lion" hints that he is an Agent Peacock — beautiful, but dangerous. Considering that the Mountain had killed an opponent in the previous episode, viewers who haven't read the books might assume that the rather delicate-looking Knight of Flowers is destined to become Gregor's next victim. With a little Combat Pragmatism, however, Loras takes down the fearsome brute on his first jousting attempt.
- Loras has a rose brooch and roses on his sleeves in "The Lion and the Rose", and Jaime makes the mistake of believing that the young fop is harmless when he isn't jousting or wielding a sword. After the Kingslayer figuratively tries to claw at the Knight of Flowers, Loras then shoves a metaphorical thorn into Jaime's paw, and it stings.
- Sore Loser: Although he doesn't do or say anything negative to Brienne after she wins their melee competition, he's shown to be bitter about his defeat when he speaks to Renly in private.
- Spoiled Brat: In "The Wolf and the Lion", Renly views Loras as this.
Renly: And how much did your father pay for that armour of yours?
- The Squire: Although this hasn't been explicitly mentioned on the series yet, the HBO Viewer's Guide does state that Loras had served as Renly's squire, which is faithful to the novels.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: His illicit romance with Renly comes to a tragic end in "The Ghost of Harrenhal".
- Stealth Insult: He has this in common with his sister and grandmother.
- Although he speaks only a few lines in "Valar Dohaeris", Loras (politely) rubs it into Cersei's face that he thinks very poorly of her as Queen due to her neglect/mistreatment of the smallfolk.
Loras: (smiling directly at Cersei) Margaery does a great deal of work with the poor back in Highgarden.
- In "The Lion and the Rose", he proves that he can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords after Jaime threatens him. The older knight is even a little stunned by how easily Loras is able to hurt his feelings with a single, biting line.
Jaime: Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].
- Stepford Smiler: He's a Type A as of Season 3. He puts on a charming smile and a pleasant disposition most of the time, but his mask slips at a very public event in "Second Sons", and his misery betrays itself more subtly in "Valar Dohaeris" (Loras — who is no longer paying attention to the dinner conversation — has a melancholic expression when Joffrey says, "I'm sure she knows what she's doing"). In "The Climb", he sadly tells Sansa, "It's [King's Landing] terrible, isn't it? The most terrible place there is," which clearly indicates that Loras is suffering in silence. His genteel facade crumbles again at yet another wedding feast in "The Lion and the Rose" where Joffrey makes fun of his relationship with Renly in the worst way possible in front of several hundred guests.
- Sword Pointing: In "The Ghost of Harrenhal", he points his sword right in Littlefinger's face and accuses the older man of wanting to sell him and his sister to Stannis as hostages.
- Subordinate Excuse: He is the sole male heir of the second-richest family in Westeros, and presumably he has duties in Highgarden and the Reach, yet in Season 2 he chooses to devote his entire life to protecting Renly. Being the Lord Commander of his brother-in-law's Kingsguard is a very convenient way for Loras to be able to spend a lot of time with his beloved, as his frequent visits can be explained away as being job-related. (It doesn't stop the rumours about them from spreading among Renly's followers, however.)
- Suppressed Rage:
- His body language cannot disguise the utter disgust and frustration that he feels at having to bend the knee to Joffrey in "Valar Morghulis".
- The abrupt and rude manner in which Loras storms away from the wedding feast in "Second Sons" is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of the true depths of his anger over his current situation (i.e. his forced betrothal to Cersei, his inability to mourn for Renly in public, etc.).
- During Joffrey's wedding, the outrageously offensive and straight-up insulting display that Joffrey arranges (which involves a dwarf dressed as Renly riding a thinly-disguised puppet of Loras and subsequently being sodomized by an enemy's mace) forces Loras to storm away before his anger gets the best of him.
- To Be Lawful or Good: See Margaery's entry for their example in "The Laws of Gods and Men."
- Tragic Keepsake: Renly's armour. This heartbreaking deleted scene from Season 2 makes it more obvious. It's the only physical object that Loras has kept as a reminder of his lover after he buries Renly's body.
- Triang Relations: Type 4. Brienne is 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.
- The Twink: He fits the physical description to a tee, but the trope is somewhat subverted with regards to his romance with Renly (who is an "otter" in gay slang) because Loras is the emotionally dominant partner in their relationship despite being a few years younger.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Son: He must have inherited his comely appearance from his mother (or possibly his grandmother, since he does closely resemble his sister), as he looks nothing like his homely father.
- Underestimating Badassery: Unlike most famed fighters who are very macho, Loras puts a lot of care into his androgynous appearance, which results in him being underestimated by his foes. In keeping with his family's Machiavelli Was Wrong policy, he presents himself as an approachable gentleman to the masses (as opposed to The Dreaded like the Clegane brothers), but make no mistake, Loras is one of best swordsmen in the realm, and has proven himself to be an effective battle commander.
- Undying Loyalty: While his family joined the Lannisters out of a desire to gain more political power, Loras himself only wanted to avenge Renly's murder. Commanding a cavalry charge while wearing his deceased lover's armour is quite a Grand Romantic Gesture, as it was Loras' way of honouring the vow he had made to Renly in Season 1.
- White Stallion:
- As befitting a Knight in Shining Armor, he rode a white mare at the Tourney of the Hand.
- In "Blackwater", he charged into battle on Renly's white horse (which was seen in "Garden of Bones") to better enhance the illusion that he is King Renly's ghost.
- You Monster!: He tells Renly in Season 1 that he thinks Joffrey is a monster, and it's one of the main reasons why Loras wants to crown his boyfriend as king.
Lord Luthor Tyrell
Played By: N/A
The late Lord of Highgarden, the father of Mace and the husband of Olenna.
- Henpecked Husband: It's hinted that he was this to Olenna, who is a very domineering figure.
- Posthumous Character: He had already passed away long before the start of the series. Mace was already the Lord of Highgarden during Robert's Rebellion.
- Too Dumb to Live: He rode off a cliff while hawking because he didn't pay attention to his surroundings.
- Upper-Class Twit: Olenna frequently criticizes him for his stupidity long after his death. However, it's clear that she carried some affection for him, as seen when she reminisces to Margaery about how she managed to avoid a betrothal to an undesirable Targaryen by seducing Luthor.
Tyrell bannermen, retainers and household
Lord Randyll Tarly
Played By: N/A
Lord of Horn Hill and one of Mace Tyrell's most powerful bannermen, as well as his foremost commander. Also father to Samwell Tarly.