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 largest, most populous and most fertile of the Seven Kingdoms; not surprisingly, they are the richest family in Westeros after the Lannisters. 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.
Lord Mace Tyrell
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.
- 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 will finally show up in Season 4.
- Fat Idiot/Too Dumb to Live: According to Lady Olenna.
- 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.
Lady Olenna Tyrell, née Redwyne
"Loras is young and very good at knocking men off horses with a stick. That does not make him wise."
"It was treason. I warned them. Robert has two sons and Renly has an older brother. How could he possibly have any claim to that ugly iron chair? Should have stayed well out of this if you ask me."
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 as opposed to Diana Rigg's delightful "zero fucks given" portrayal her.
- 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: Is being set up as this. When Sansa speaks her mind to Margaery and Olenna about Joffrey (that he's "a monster"), her wheels begin to visibly turn, figuring out how to keep her granddaughter safe.
- The Consigliere: to her son, Mace Tyrell, and to her granddaughter Margaery.
- 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 laregly egalitarian attitudes towards gender, sexuality and use of political power, she may well be the most socially progressive person in the Seven Kingdoms.
- 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.
- Distaff Counterpart/Good Counterpart: Charles Dance refers to her as Tywin Lannister's female counterpart.
- 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.
- 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 the 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 humorless.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Queen of Thorns"
- Memetic Snarker: Again, in universe: the "Queen of Thorns."
- My Beloved Smother: Sees nothing wrong with running her son's life; subverted in that she actually is more competent than him.
- 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, Varys, or Petyr Baelish.
- Odd Friendship: Seems to be developing one with Varys, or at least, he's a Friendly Enemy.
- Out-Gambitted: After the plot to marry Loras away 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 instead.
- 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!
- 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.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Lady Olenna's not too shy about expressing how stupid she felt her son (Mace Tyrell) and grandson (Loras Tyrell) were when they threw in their lot in 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
- 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.
- Worthy Opponent: Praises Tywin Lannister on living up to his reputation. Possibly a backhanded compliment as well.
Lady Margaery Tyrell
"Save your lies for court; you're going to need a lot of them."
: Natalie Dormer
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. Now betrothed to Joffrey after Renly's death.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The smallfolk of King's Landing absolutely adore Margaery... her PR campaign has even made Joffrey popular.
- Actor Allusion:
- 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.
- Also, continuing with the The Tudors theme, the sigil HBO has designed for House Tyrell looks very much like the double rose of a certain English dynasty.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the books, she and her female cousins shun Sansa once the plot to marry Sansa to one of her brothers falls through. Here, 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.
- Age Lift: 16 when first introduced in the books (the same age as Robb and Jon, who are in their late teens at this point), while the TV version is in her 20s. She is also Mace Tyrell's oldest child instead of his youngest as she was in the novels.
- 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 and the targets of her manipulation are much worse people.
- Arranged Marriage: To Renly and later Joffrey.
- 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.
- The Beard: Only married to Renly to secure the armies of the Reach to his banner. Lampshaded by both her and Loras.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 brother Loras. She is accepting of his 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.
- Plays the part of one to Sansa. Somewhat subverted, as her offer to marry Sansa to Loras is only political power play. Still, Sansa would probably be better off in Highgarden anyway. She seems to be somewhat genuine in her later interactions with Sansa after the wedding with 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 her a comforting 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.
- Disapproving Look: It's subtle, but she gives one to Renly after he appoints Brienne to his Kingsguard.
- Foil: 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 projects this image while she was married to King Renly.
- 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.
- Meaningful Look: 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Photo Op With The Dog: She does this with a group of orphans in "Valar Dohaeris" to win the support of the masses.
- 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).
- 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Flees the Stormlands with Loras and the rest of the Tyrell armies after Renly dies.
- 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.
- 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!
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
- Underestimating Badassery: Not quite badassery (at least not yet), but Joffrey seriously underestimates his new bride-to-be in the second episode of Season 3, believing her to be an obedient, submissive little girl. And whatever Margaery turns out to be, she is definitely not that.
- Widow Woman: After Renly's sudden death.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 show counterpart is already an adult in Season 1. He looks to be around 20 in "The Wolf and the Lion."
- 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 Gay/Ser Peacock: 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.
- 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. A popular animated gif on tumblr◊ pokes fun at this improbable moment.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes riding to the rescue of King's Landing with Tywin Lannister—wearing Renly's armour.
- Bling of War: Loras' gleaming and ornate armour. It's slightly modified in Season 2 so that it's more practical for an actual battle.
- Bodyguard Crush: While Loras 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.
- Call Back: When Renly realizes that Loras is jealous of Brienne in Season 2, it mirrors the scene from Season 1 where Loras notices that Renly is jealous of Ned because Robert loves his friend more than his own brother.
- Loras told Renly in Season 1, "I've never fought in a war before, but I'd fight for you." He keeps his promise to his dead lover by wearing Renly's armour during the Battle of Blackwater.
- Sansa has to remind Loras of their first meeting when he gave her a red rose at the Tourney of the Hand. The audience knows that the reason why Loras doesn't remember Sansa is because he was too busy staring at Renly at the time.
- When Loras describes how he dreamed of marrying a bride wearing a "beautiful gown of gold and green brocade", it's reminiscent of the richly decorative cape that Renly wore at the Tourney of the Hand.
- 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: It's on a subconscious level, but he begins to form this with Sansa in "The Climb." See Loras' Spear Counterpart entry for a full explanation.
- 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 was his older brother Ser Garlan who wears Renly's armour when he rides in the Battle of the 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.
- In the third season, his family plots to get him betrothed 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.
- 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.
- Crouching Fop, Hidden Badass: To the point that his lover believes he could train for years and never be half as good as Ser Loras.
- 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 Season 3 that enhances his good looks.
- 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.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: In-Universe. Jaime describes Loras as a curly-haired little girl in "Dark Wings, Dark Words".
- 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. From the books...
- The Enemy Of My Enemy/Hazy Feel Turn: Loras initially viewed the Lannisters as his enemy, but he chose to side with them after Stannis murdered Renly.
- Even the Guys Want Him: In-Universe. 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.
- Foil: Pompous, overconfident, good-looking knight, brother of the queen, hiding (barely) a socially unacceptable romantic relationship? Nothing about that sounds familiar.
- Foreshadowing: 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.
- 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.
- Funny Background Event: In "Garden of Bones," Loras laughs merrily after Renly makes his ham joke, but as soon as Catelyn starts talking, the Knight of Flowers becomes annoyed and sighs heavily.
- Loras appears to be flirting with a young nobleman in "Second Sons" while Cersei recounts the story of the Rains of Castemere.
- Get Out: He says this to Littlefinger in "The Ghost of Harrenhal" because he's angry at the older man for interrupting his mourning.
- Heartbroken Badass: He becomes this after Renly dies.
- 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.
- In-Series Nickname: The Knight of (the) Flowers. The extra "the" was used in Season 1, but it has since been omitted in Seasons 2 and 3. From the books...
- Instant Seduction: It doesn't take long for him to be seduced by Olyvar. Justified, since the spy is presumably one of Littlefinger's prostitutes, and therefore quite experienced at this, plus Loras hasn't been physically intimate with anyone since Renly's death.
- 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: Closest candidate to being one. Chivalrous, noble, skilled warrior, and if his armor were any shinier, he would be a walking mirror. Somewhat subverted in that he wasn't above underhanded tactics to avoid a grim fate at the hands of The Mountain.
- 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'd probably 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 Ladys Favor: It initially appears to be a gender inversion of this trope when Ser Loras gives Sansa a rose before his joust, but it's quickly subverted when it turns out to be an empty gesture. Lord 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.
- 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 Kingsguard. As Renly considers her request, Loras' expression basically reads, "Tell her no." Renly decides to disregard this quiet plea, much to Loras' irritation.
- Another one occurs between him and Margaery when they dine with Cersei and Joffrey in "Valar Dohaeris". The Tyrell siblings' silent communication can be interpreted as, "I can't believe mother and son are unable to pretend that they fully support each other."
- In "Second Sons," Tyrion raises his glass in pity to Loras, 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.
- 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 God, What Have I Done?: This is written all over Loras' 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He persuades Renly to become king, and his beloved is later killed by a monstrous Living Shadow.
- Loras 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).
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: He and Margaery engage in this when they dine with Cersei and Joffrey in "Valar Dohaeris."
- 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. In "The Climb," Olenna calls Loras "...the pride of Highgarden, the most desirable bachelor in all of the Seven Kingdoms." Sansa has a crush on him because of his good looks.
- Queer People Are Funny: Several characters mock Loras' homosexuality and/or his romance with Renly.
- Relationship Reveal: The scene where Loras 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. From the books... 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sore Loser: Although Loras 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.
- Spear Counterpart: He is this to Sansa. Although neither of them are fully aware of the other's suffering in "The Climb", 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).
- 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?
- Star-Crossed Lovers: His illicit romance with Renly comes to a tragic end in "The Ghost of Harrenhal."
- Stealth Insult: 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.
- Stepford Smiler: He's a Type A in 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 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.
- 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: Loras 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.).
- 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.
- 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
- 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, Loras rode a white mare at the Tourney of the Hand.
- In "Blackwater," Loras 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.
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.
- Abusive Parents: Even worse than Tywin Lannister, who at least has never threatened to murder any of his children.
- Four-Star Badass: And how! From the books...
- The Ghost: Is a fairly prominent character in the books, but hasn't yet appeared on the show.