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Played By: Conleth HillA eunuch and a skilled schemer. Originally from the Free City of Lys in Essos, he is unfailingly loyal to the realm as whole, but has little respect for either King Robert or King Joffrey. He's not a Lord, yet everyone calls him one. The Master of Whisperers on the Small Council for four kings, he has to flee to Essos after aiding Tyrion to escape, which results in the murder of Tywin Lannister. He backs a Targaryen restoration and Daenerys as the best option available for Westeros.
"Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling."
Ned Stark: Tell me something, Varys. Who do you truly serve?
Varys: The realm, my lord. Someone must.
- Adaptational Heroism:
- There is no sign of his concern for Sansa in the books. The idea of marrying Sansa to a Tyrell comes from Olenna herself.
- In the books, Varys is enlisted in Tyrion's prison break by Jaime, at knifepoint. In the show Varys still japes he could hardly refuse the Kingslayer, but it's strongly implied that he goes along with it willingly because Varys has developed a personal liking to the man and to Tyrion's competence.
- Affably Evil: Varys is unfailingly polite and calm to everyone (except when he deploys barbed sarcasm). In general this is one of the things that set him apart from Littlefinger: Varys doesn't go out of his way to antagonize and belittle, and merely does needs to be done, while Littlefinger is a lot more petty.
- Ambiguously Evil: He's definitely not an out and out good guy owing to his position and the fact he works for House Lannister and House Baratheon of King's Landing, and he's seen with Illyrio at least once talking about a possible Dothraki invasion. However, he's ultimately seeking to oppose Littlefinger, has obviously got some standards and has multiple Pet the Dog moments.
- Ambiguously Gay: Several characters accuse him of being gay, although Varys eventually admits to being asexual.Oberyn Martell: We have some lovely boys on retainer, but...You did like boys before? [Varys shakes his head] Really? Girls? Hmm. I hope you won't be offended when I say I never would have guessed.Varys: Not at all. But I was never interested in girls, either.Oberyn Martell: What then?Varys: Nothing.Oberyn Martell: Everybody is interested in something.Varys: Not me. When I see what desire does to people, what it's done to this country, I am very glad to have no part in it. Besides, the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things. [an aside but pointed glance at the Iron Throne]
- And I Must Scream: During his castration, he was apparently given a drug to prevent him from moving, but which kept him fully conscious and all of his senses intact during the whole thing, and as a child no less. He eventually gets his revenge by torturing the sorcerer several decades later.
- Anti-Hero: A dark version. Unscrupulous Hero, maybe. While he is a schemer, isn't always trustworthy, and has a positively terrifying sense of vengeance, he does at least seem to be most interested in doing what is good for the realm, at least in the long run.
- Apologetic Attacker: While he pretty much sells out Tyrion at the trial, he makes no secret that he took no enjoyment from doing it.Tyrion: You once said that without me the city would've faced certain defeat; you said, the histories would never mention me but you would not forget. Have you forgotten, Lord Varys?Varys: Sadly my lord, I never forget a thing.
- He later helps Jaime bust Tyrion out of prison. When Varys says he never forgets, he means it.
- Armor-Piercing Question: To Ned in Season One: "What of your daughter's life, Lord Stark? Is that a precious thing to you?"
- Asexuality: Even before he was cut, Varys was never particularly interested in sex. He claims that he's seen how horrible a distraction desire can bring and wants no part of it. Although he was only a young boy when he was cut so it's uncertain if any sexuality would have developed.
- Badass: In a non-action way, yes, but it takes serious balls (so to speak) for Varys to pull off his manipulations the way he does. He traps a sorcerer in a box after stitching up his mouth, and even straight-up disagrees with Joffrey. It may sound like a small thing, but Pycelle would never have the guts, nor Littlefinger the moral standards to do such a thing.
- Badass Boast: See his page quote.
- Bald of Evil: Varys cannot yet be defined as a good guy or a bad guy.
- Benevolent Boss: According to him, his "little birds" are treated very well for their services (certainly better than Littlefinger's prostitutes).
- Beware the Nice Ones: At first glance, he is a benevolent, effeminate suck-up. The reality is quite different.
- Best Served Cold: After being castrated by a sorcerer and thrown out to die, he decided to do absolutely whatever it took to live, and then to gain power. After nursing his grudge for several decades, he finally gets to act on it.
- The Bus Came Back: Took a short but noticeable ride on the bus between the end of Season Two and "Walk of Punishment".
- The Cassandra: A light case of this as pretty much no-one in the series takes his advice and warnings seriously and it has a habit of coming back to bite everyone in the ass
- His warnings and attempts to advise Ned are not heeded until far too late
- His repeated attempts to get Shae out of harms way by either attempting to bribe her or increasingly dire warnings to Tyrion are not heeded until the literal last minute, and ultimately fail.
- His warnings to literally everyone about how dangerous Littlefinger is have been universally ignored despite the entire war of the five kings, the bankruptcy of Westeros, and the death of Joffrey all being Littlefinger's doing.
- Jaime Lannister also noted to Brienne that Varys warned Aerys not to open the doors of King's Landing to Tywin, believing quite rightly that Tywin had scented a Kingmaker Scenario and wanted to finish Aerys and King's Landing for good.
- The Chessmaster: Part of his job considering he has to attempt to outwit other information brokers like Littlefinger. Most importantly though: He and his collaborator Illyrio Mopatis laid the groundwork for Daenerys' rise to power.
- Composite Character: He takes Illyrio's role of welcoming Tyrion to Pentos, though they're still in Illyrio's house. Followed by replacing Griff and his entire team in escorting Tyrion to Meereen.
- Corpsing/Facial Dialogue:
- Struggles or fails to keep his straight face and act several times when Tyrion mocks Joffrey.
- During the Small Council scenes, Varys has a variety of amusing facial expressions as he reacts to what's going on. Especially when Littlefinger starts talking about his plan to wed Lysa Arryn, Varys does this excellent, bitchy "Oh my god" eye roll. Thanks to Conleth Hill's terrific acting, Varys commenting on a scene purely with his facial expressions becomes a Funny Background Event and a Running Gag.
- Crazy-Prepared: Varys just so happens to have a map of every single possible secret route out of the Red Keep, just in case he has to make a hasty escape (or covertly spy on someone). He also keeps a human-sized crate just in case he needs to smuggle someone out or in the city.
- Deadpan Snarker / Disabled Snarker: Eighty percent of his conversations with Littlefinger and Tyrion are snark. Examples are his conversation with Littlefinger in the Season One finale, and this exchange with Tyrion:Tyrion: (after Joffrey has just gone into detail as to what he plans to do to Stannis) Imagine Stannis' terror.Varys: (flatly) I am trying.
Varys: We don't have that many books.
- And when Bronn jokingly suggests throwing books to repel Stannis' siege of the city:
- Determinator: It's portrayed with more subtlety than most examples, but this man went through absolute hell to get to the Small Council. It takes no small degree of determination to go from being an orphan on the streets of Myr to one of the most powerful men in Westeros.
- Dirty Business: One of the traits that set Varys apart in King's Landing is that unlike most of the other schemers (such as Tywin, Cersei and Littlefinger), Varys seems to feel a degree of guilt for all the scheming he has to do. For example, it's plainly visible before and during Tyrion's trial that absolutely hates what is happening, but keeps doing because it's what he has to do.
- Disability Immunity / No Sell: As Ros discovered, it's very hard to seduce someone who has no genitals.
- Does Not Like Magic: And has a pretty solid reason for it, too.
- Eunuchs Are Evil: Invoked by Grand Maester Pycelle. It may or may not be true. Lampshaded by Varys himself when he asks with exasperation at the imprisoned Eddard being leery about the water he offers, "Why is it no one ever trusts the eunuch?" Varys' later behaviour, however, demonstrates that he really isn't completely benevolent, and may have only been as kind to Ned as he was, because it could make him feel better about other things he'd done, and he knew it wouldn't cost him anything.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- The Black Magic practiced by the Lord of Light religion disturbs him, and the thought of a follower of that religion sitting on the Iron Throne terrifies him.
- He's visibly disturbed when Joffrey decides that he will behead Eddard Stark there and then. After all, he did do his best to help Ned when he could.
- His opposition to Littlefinger is due in no small part to his awareness of how Littlefinger will happily watch the realm burn so long as it allows him to advance, and he is visibly disgusted by just how low Baelish will go.
- He is visibly appalled when Joffrey announces that he plans to serve Robb Stark's severed head to Sansa at his wedding feast. — Heck, not just visibly; he outright breaks his normal effete facade and insistently reminds Joffrey that Sansa is now his aunt by marriage. It isn't clear if he's appalled by how hurtful this would be to Sansa herself, or shock that Joffrey's so bat-shit insane that he would do this in front of the entire court and not consider how bizarre this would appear to the lords of the realm (though probably both).
- Foil: To Littlefinger. They're both self-made men who came from very humbly beginnings but ended up as two of the most powerful figures of the Realm, they're both expert manipulators with a Dark and Troubled Past, and they can both be charming when it's required. The key difference is that Varys fights for The Needs of the Many and Order and stability, while Littlefinger strives to create utter chaos in his pursuit of power, and ultimately fights only for himself. There's also the contrast that Littlefinger is a provider of sex, while Varys is an eunuch and an asexual.
- Friendly Rivalry: To Tyrion. Not so much to Littlefinger, probably on account of his more jerkish attitude.
- Friendly Enemy: To Littlefinger. This is deconstructed by the fact that Littlefinger's ambition actually scares Varys, and that their aims are completely different, as one fights for order and the other for chaos. Varys and Littlefinger do enjoy each other, as Varys himself admits, but as the game ramps up and the stakes increase their friendly bickering becomes nothing but a light veneer.
- Groin Attack: As a young boy, he was ritualistically castrated against his will by a sorcerer. The sorcerer then burned his severed genitals on a pyre as a sacrifice.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: While in his own words he isn't even close to a hero, he's one of the least malevolent members of the Small Council, and yet not a soul seems to trust or appreciate his job because of the widespread eunuch prejudice and the fact he's The Spymaster (considered "dishonorable" in the honor-obsessed society of Westeros).
- I Did What I Had to Do: At one point he tells Littlefinger "I did what I did for the good of the Realm", and this phrase incidentally sums up how how he justifies everything he does. His eventual friend Tyrion convincingly invokes this notion verbatim to defend Varys before Daenerys.
- Immigrant Patriotism: The only non-Westerosi born member of the Royal Council (he's from one of the Free Cities), and yet he claims his primary allegiance is to the realm as a whole, as opposed to his own self-enrichment or the further the goals of a particular faction. Whether or not he's telling the truth is hard to determine.
- In-Series Nickname: He's frequently referred to as "The Spider".
- In the Hood: When going incognito, Varys wears a hooded cloak.
- Is That a Threat?: Varys makes coy, veiled threats to Tyrion in their first scene together, but Tyrion angrily cuts the bullshit and bluntly calls him out on it. He then threatens to throw Varys into the sea if he ever threatens him again, which Varys retorts with his page quote shown above.
- Knowledge Broker: Hence his nickname.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He served Aerys as faithfully as he serves Robert, knowing full well that the first was mad and the second was a fool. But...
- Necessarily Evil: How most people see Varys (I.e he's a dishonorable traitor, but his treachery serves a purpose), and even how he views himself from time to time.
- The Needs of the Many: When asked where his allegiances lie, he says he serves the realm, not the ruler. This is his justification for going along with the plan to assassinate Daenerys, for trying to prevent Littlefinger from gaining even more power, and most likely his reason for selling out Tyrion despite obviously having no desire to do so.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe, everyone can't seem to go one sentence without mocking him for being a eunuch.
- Noble Demon: While evidently not 100% good (he himself snarks to Ned that he's no hero) Varys desires peace above all. He also has a distaste for violence and is appalled by the casual evil displayed by the likes of Joffrey and Littlefinger.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Every time Varys does something unapologetically good, it seems to come back to bite him in the ass. His attempts at helping Sansa probably set the wheels in motion for the Tyrell-Littlefinger alliance and his ally Tyrion's downfall and when he helps Tyrion escape King's Landing, this causes Tywin's death, and thus forces him to flee Westeros so he won't be a prime suspect.
- Non-Action Guy: Lampshaded when Ned asks why he did nothing to help, and he says that he can't do much against multiple armed soldiers.
- Nothing Personal: One of Varys' greatest strengths as a schemer, spymaster, politician, and information broker is that he takes absolutely nothing personally.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The assassination attempt on Daenerys that he orchestrated was bungled, and Khal Drogo EXTREMELY pissed off, pushing him to start preparing an invasion of the Seven Kingdoms.
- Fridge Brilliance: "Delay, you say. Move fast, I reply." Varys wants Khal Drogo to invade. Who's to say the bungling wasn't deliberate?
- An even more obvious one is him warning Olenna Tyrell about Littlefinger's ambition and trying to set up a marriage between Sansa and Loras. In retrospect, he just gave Olenna a glowing recommendation of the one man other than them, who was ruthless enough to pull off a regicide and serve as her partner-in-crime. This led to Joffrey's assassination, so not a great loss all in all.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Any time Varys drops his Sissy Villain act and politely mocking tone of voice, you know it's come time to be afraid. The sorcerer is a prime example of what Varys is capable of when he gets serious.
- Order Versus Chaos: Claims to fight for order and mostly acts in the interests of keeping the realm stable, in contrast to Littlefinger who actively causes chaos with intent to climb the social ladder as others fight around him.
- Out of Focus: In season 5, he is largely absent after the first three episodes due to losing track of Tyrion. He catches up with him in the finale, though.
- Playing Both Sides: Varys seems to be playing absolutely everyone in his pursuit to be doing the good of the Realm. Tyrion hangs a Lampshade when he discusses his work with Daenerys suggesting that he had subtly been in charge of the assassination attempts for Robert while also undermining it at the same time.
- Precision F-Strike: Varys very rarely swears, so it's quite jarring when he does, even if he's simply quoting someone else.
- Put on a Bus: Ends Season Two by telling Tyrion he won't be around for a while, and is conspicuously absent from the first two episodes of Season 3.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A poignant, competent advisor and not a particularly wicked schemer by the standards of the Court. His vocal concern for the realm seems genuine enough.
- Red Baron: It isn't made explicitly clear in the show, but Varys' nickname "The Spider" isn't his own idea; the other members of the court gave it to him due to his "web of information." Varys never claims or uses the nickname himself.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After arranging Tyrion's escape to Essos, he gets a listen to the city bells announcing Tywin's death and decides to hop on the boat himself, partly due to the fact that, since he knows the castle better than anyone, he's a prime suspect in Tyrion's escape.
- Self-Made Man: Even more than Littlefinger, who was at least a minor noble. After Varys was castrated and thrown into the slums of the Free Cities, he became a pocket thief and whore. There, he learned to extract secrets from his clients. Gradually expanding his power, he eventually gained enough influence to earn him his seat in the Royal Council.
- Shotacon: Implied by Tyrion and more than a few others because he's an effeminate eunuch, but he's no more interested in sex — with anyone — since his castration than he's ever been, as he tells Oberyn.
- Sissy Villain: As with Eunuchs Are Evil, the half of the trope indicating villainy is in doubt, but the first half is blatant. Really, when everyone already knows you're a eunuch, what the devil's the point of wasting time embarrassing yourself by trying to look butch? Mostly, though, it's an act. When he gets truly angry he drops his usual polite, facetious tone and his voice becomes considerably lower, such as when he threatened Tyrion in Season 2 and Littlefinger in Season 3. An excellent example is how he speaks to Ned when trying to convince him to give a false confession and demands him to serve the realm.
- Sole Survivor/Zen Survivor: As he implies to Tyrion in the quote above.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: His main form of conversation with those he sees as worthy opponents, such as Tyrion and particularly Littlefinger.
- The Spymaster: He claims his "little birds" are everywhere.
- Sympathy for the Hero:
- The Starks are a traitor family and arch-enemies of the defacto rulers of the city, whom he serves. He shows covert sympathy for the Starks a number of times anyway. Book!Varys provides the quote for the trope.
- He's supportive of Tyrion in the aftermath of Blackwater and informs him about the attempt on his life and of his demotion.There are many who know that without you this city faced certain defeat. The king won't give you any honors, the histories won't mention you, but we will not forget.
- Stealth Expert: It has been remarked that Varys has a nearly supernatural ability to sneak in and out of any place both inside and outside of the Red KeepIn the books
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Whatever he does, is for the good of the realm.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Varys goes out of his way to aid Tyrion and is clear he has a personal liking to the man, despite often dressing his help simply as part of his greater love for the Realm. They eventually flee together to Essos, where they share a lot of time laying low. Regardless of the circumstances, they enjoy the competence of the other and will amicably bicker at every chance.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While Varys can and will switch sides if it suits him and is willing to commit some pretty ambiguous acts, in the long run, Varys is doing it all for the sake of the Realm. He might even be one of the most genuinely well-intentioned characters in the show since he takes the little people into consideration.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Gives one to Ned Stark after Robert's death, asking him what on earth possessed him to flat-out confront Cersei after piecing together her secret.
- Finds himself on the receiving end courtesy of Tyrion at the latter's trial (see Apologetic Accuser).
- Wild Card: Averted. Varys has definite goals in mind that he does not sway from, but must play the role to keep his enemies guessing.My role is to be sly, obsequious and without scruples. I'm a good actor, My Lord. As I said, I'm no hero.
Lady Lollys Stokeworth
Played By: Elizabeth CadwalladerA noble lady and second in line for the inheritance of Stokeworth.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: She's much thinner than her book counterpart, although still relatively plain.
- Adapted Out: She wasn't present for the riot in King's Landing, so she doesn't get raped by the mob and fall pregnant with a bastard son.
- Arranged Marriage: The Lannisters keep pimping her to other men for their own schemes. First to Bronn, then to a Ser Willys Bracken.
- Demoted to Extra: In the books she had a regular, though minor, presence from the second book onward. So far she's only had one appearance on the show.
- Dumb Blonde: She's blonde and extremely clueless.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She practically swoons when Jaime kisses her hand.
- Meal Ticket: Being old nobility is the transparent reason why an upstart like Bronn is interested in her.
- Motor Mouth: When discussing wedding plans. She barely even notices Bronn isn't even listening.
- Spare to the Throne: Her older sister is the heir of the family, but Bronn plans to remedy that with a shortcut.
- Woman Child: She has a rather childish way about her, babbling about her mean sister who pulls her hair.
The Brotherhood Without Banners
- "That's what we are: ghosts, waiting for you in the dark. You can't see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear — Lannister, Stark, Baratheon — you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down."—Lord Beric Dondarrion
- Adaptational Villainy: Despite their advertised goal of protecting the smallfolk, they aren't above selling Gendry if it's the will of the Lord of Light.From the books...
- Boisterous Bruiser: An entire group of these.
- Deconstruction: Of Robin Hood's Merry Men. They do protect the poor (at least they try), but they do not steal from the rich to give to them, and they aren't above selling some poor bloke off for money to fund their fight.
- Demoted to Extra: The entire Lady Stoneheart subplot has been cut from the show, and with it the Brotherhood's role in the books beyond Arya's interaction with them. Thus, the Brotherhood has been Adapted Out post-Season 3.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Beric and Thoros.
- La Résistance: They hate the Lannisters.
- Loveable Rogue: Imagine the Merry Men in Westeros.
- The Oathbreaker: As far as Arya is concerned, they are all liars and traitors, because they broke their promises to Gendry.
- Pragmatic Hero: They've got more good-guy indicia than pretty much any other faction (even the Starks, who are ultimately self interested; see Robb's unilateral decision to give Harrenhal to Walder Frey), but they're willing to compromise their principles if it means being able to continue the fight (which, as Thoros repeatedly emphasizes, they need gold to do).
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're competent enough to get by and become a pain in the arse for the Lannisters, but at the end of the day they aren't the decisive force fighting against them, and they lack the funding necessary.
- The Remnant: Of the host of Stark and Baratheon men send by Ned to execute the Mountain back in Season One. They consider themselves bannermen loyal to the late King Robert, despite him being, well, late.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: More substantial than most, but the action has definitely moved away from them.
Lord Beric Dondarrion
Played By: David Michael Scott & Richard Dormer
Dondarrion: You stand accused of murder, but no one here knows the truth of the charge, so it is not for us to judge you. Only the Lord of Light may do that now. I sentence you to trial by combat.
Sandor: So, who will it be? Shall we find out if your fire god really loves you, priest? Or you, archer? What are you worth with a sword in your hand? Or is the little girl the bravest one here?
Dondarrion: Aye. She might be. But it's me you'll fight.Lord of Blackhaven and head of House Dondarrion. Dondarrion is a Stormlord dispatched by Ned Stark to bring the King's Justice to Ser Gregor Clegane for his crimes. After the deaths of Stark and King Robert, Dondarrion formed the Brotherhood Without Banners, dedicated to protecting the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the war.
- Age Lift: In the books, he's supposed to be in his early twenties. Richard Dormer is clearly older. From the books...
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, resurrection doesn't heal his wounds, so he looks quite gaunt, like a scarecrow version of the man he once was.
- Awesome McCoolname: Beric Dondarrion is a pretty cool name.
- Back from the Dead: Five times before he's reintroduced in Season 3, and a sixth onscreen.
- Badass: You gotta be one if you're charged with hunting down a massive Black Knight dubbed "The Mountain That Rides". He's also one of the more elegant fighters on the show, almost dancing as he fights Sandor Clegane. Only Jaime's got him beat, if only because we haven't actually seen Barristan Selmy fight yet. And the look on Sandor's face when Beric tells him he's the one who'll be fighting is telling, even before he pulls the flaming sword.
- Badass Baritone: When played by Richard Dormer.
- Badass Beard: See the picture.
- Badass Boast:Beric: That's what we are: Ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark. You can't see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear — Lannister, Stark, Baratheon — you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down.
- Came Back Wrong: With each resurrection, this happens more so each time.
- Colonel Badass: Starts out as this, when Robert Baratheon is alive.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Has only a brief appearance in the first season, is an important character in Season 3.
- Damaged Soul: Every time he's resurrected he loses some memories of his life. Less so than in the books, where the experience has clearly traumatized him.
- Death Is Cheap: Because Thoros keeps resurrecting him, he puts himself in harm's way even more eagerly.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Ser Beric was always a capable fighter, but there's something special about him that allows Thoros to bring him back six times from death.
- Every Scar Has A Story: Recalls how he got them; one per death and resurrection, at least.
- Eyepatch of Power: Gained during his time on the Bus. He was stabbed through the eye by Lannister soldiers. It was his fifth death.
- Eye Patch After Time Skip: See the spoiler above.
- Flaming Sword: He uses on in duel that is ignited by his own blood.
- Four-Star Badass: Practically a general for the Brotherhood.
- The Hero: Along with Thoros, Dondarrion is literally the few characters in Westeros who's actually altruistic. Subverted when they sell Gendry to Melisandre.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Note the rope marks around his neck. It turns out that the Lannisters actually did hang him, but Thoros brought him back.
- Master Swordsman: Of ability comparable to Sandor Clegane, who only managed to kill him because his sword broke. Before that, though, Dondarrion had a considerable psychological advantage by wielding a flaming sword against a pyrophobic enemy.
- The Nothing After Death: When Melisandre asks him what it was like on "the other side", he says that he only ever sees darkness before he is revived. Though that may be because the Lord of Light isn't done with him.
- The Paladin: See The Hero, above.
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: It's implied whatever force is allowing him to come back to life, is because his task is not finished yet.
- Real Men Love Jesus: He has converted to the religion of the Lord of Light. And while he's not The Fundamentalist, he does consider himself a servant of the god.
- Rebel Leader: After King Robert and Lord Eddard die, the Brotherhood becomes a resistance movement against Lannister encroachment in the Riverlands. In the second season of the show, the first instinct of Lannister officers when the Tickler and Amory Lorch are murdered, is to suspect it to be the work of infiltrators from the Brotherhood.
- We Help the Helpless: "You prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down." Unless the Lord of Light commands the opposite.
Thoros of Myr
Played By: Paul KayeA Red Priest of R'hllor and one of the leaders of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Has a flaming sword, and wears awesome red chain mail.
"I've always been a terrible priest."
- The Alcoholic: What he became after he lost his faith.
- Badass Beard: See the picture.
- Badass Cape: Made out of red chain-mail.
- Badass Preacher: He lost his faith, but regained it eventually.
- Bald of Awesome: Manages to combine this and long hair.
- Blood Magic: Part of the power set of a Red Priest.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Being ludicrously Badass and carousing are among his favorite activities.
- Composite Character: His introduction actually comes from Tom of Sevenstrings. Lampshaded on the show when Hot Pie hears him singing and wonders if he is a minstrel. Tom was really a minstrel; Thoros isn't.
- Crisis of Faith: Terrible thing for him to say but by the time he came to Westeros he didn't believe in the lord. After saying the funeral words, R'hllor returned his friend Beric back to life and Thoros' faith returned with him.
- Cultured Badass: He's fluent in High Valyrian. Of course, as a Red Priest, he'd have to be.
- Deadpan SnarkerAnguy: Half the country's starving but look at [Hot Pie].Thoros: Maybe he's the reason half the country's starving.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Thoros used to get by on his impressive sword skills, and by igniting his sword presumably with wildfire. In the present day he can create fiery swords through Blood Magic and bring people back from the dead.
- Flaming Sword: Jaime and Jory both fondly recall him wielding one at the siege of Pyke. By Season 3, he can create on with Blood Magic. From the Books...
- Going Native: Years spent doing missionary work for R'hillor at Westeros has led him adopting their manners of speech and customs, to the point that he has kind of forsaken the religious fanatacism associated with R'hillor worship.
- Good Counterpart: Of Melisandre. He's a Red Priest just like her, but he's also an extremely kind man who's dedicated his life to protecting the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the high lords, whether they be Stark, Tully, or Lannister.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on his forehead, vaguely in the shape of a flame. It's possible that he carved it himself as a sign of his faith.
- The Heretic: Melisandre clearly seems to think his lack of strict adherence to his vows makes him one. Then again, she would!
- Hidden Depths:
- Behind the joking and drinking, Thoros is a skilled fighter — he was first into the combat at Pyke during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
- In "The Climb", he reveals his backstory. His faith gradually eroded over the years, and eventually stopped believing in gods. When Lord Beric died, he muttered the words of R'hllor just as funeral rites for his fallen friend. When Lord Beric came back, he now believes again.
- The Lancer: To Dondarrion, who's the clearest leader of the Brotherhood, though he and Thoros actually share power pretty equally.
- Master Swordsman: He's a very able swordsman, and has quite the reputation for being a dangerous foe.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe, at least to those that took part in the Siege of Pyke.
- Nice Guy: Pretty rare for a soldier of Westeros, but he still counts, deadpan moments aside. It doesn't stop him from selling Gendry to Mellisandre, but he actually takes longer to convince than the others.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite being from Myr, he doesn't have a noticeable Essosi accent. He may have lost it after all the years he's spent in Westeros.
- One Degree of Separation: Seems to be familiar with just about everyone, so far. He even knew Gendry's old master, Tobho Mott, and recognized the captured Sandor Clegane by sight. He was also present when the bodies of Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaenys were displayed before the Iron Throne. And he even knows Melisandre. From the books...
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He came to Westeros with the impossible task of converting the drunkard, womanizing King Robert. At the time, Thoros himself was (by his own admission) a drunkard, a womanizer, and didn't even believe in the Lord of Light, so it's clear that it was not a reward.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears red mail.
- Remember the New Guy: Retroactively made into this, since his part in the first book was cut out (save for a cryptic reference by Jaime).
Played By: Philip McGinleyAn extremely skilled archer serving with the Brotherhood, and Thoros' second in command.
"Let's see, fat boy. When I'm done talking, this arrow is falling straight on your fat head, so I advice you to move... because I'm done talking."
- The Archer: For the Brotherhood. Sandor even refers to him dismissively as 'archer'.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Anguy is extremely sure of his abilities...but he has good reason to.
- Badass Beard: He has one.
- Badass Boast: His forementioned boast to Hot Pie about his archery skills, which are proven true a second later.
- Deadpan Snarker: He and Thoros have some fun back-and-forth.
- Establishing Character Moment: Turning up with Thoros, obeying him and then giving a Badass Boast about his archery skills before proving that his boast is the truth.
- Friendly Sniper: Arya gets her first archery lessons in a long time from one of the best archers in the Seven Kingdoms
- Guile Hero: See above.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He scares Hot Pie by firing an arrow straight up in the air and claiming that it will land on Hot Pie's head if he doesn't move. After Hot Pie moves away, the audience learns that Anguy was not bluffing.
- The Lancer: To Thoros.
- Not Hyperbole: His Improbable Aiming Skills.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To the Hound.Anguy: You're one ugly fucker, and I'd rather not see you no more.
Played By: Esmé BiancoA popular prostitute at Winterfell, who later heads to King's Landing.
"It's not easy for girls like us to dig our way out."
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: In "The Night Lands", Littlefinger tells her to stop sobbing or bad things will happen.
- Ascended Extra: Hard to believe she started out as just "Redheaded Whore." The producers were so impressed by her performance (specifically how she didn't give any indication that freezing cold bothered her) they kept bringing her back.
- Break the Cutie: In Season Two. First Littlefinger hints that he'll kill her if she can't stop crying over the murder of Mhaegen's baby, and then Joffrey forces her to torture another prostitute. And then Cersei keeps her as a hostage for Tyrion's good behaviour, after having her roughed up a bit.
- Canon Foreigner: Not in the books.
- Chekhov's Gun: That Lannister necklace she's wearing was given to her by Tyrion. This is what leads Cersei to believe that she is the whore that Tyrion has fallen in love with.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Forced to perform it on the prostitute Daisy by Joffrey, under threat that she will get the same if she refuses.
- Composite Character: She seems to be based on a Winterfell girl named Kyra, and also takes the role of Chataya (being a madam) and Alayaya (being mistaken for Tyrion's lover and subsequently arrested) in Season Two.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Strung up to be tortured to death by a sadist.
- Drop Dead Gorgeous: While not being naked, her dress was still rather skimpy and torn in delicate places.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: We see her corpse briefly in a montage. There is no build up to this happening.
- Fan Disservice: Her final scene depicts her hanging half naked from a bed, after being riddled with crossbow bolts by Joffrey.
- Foreshadowing: In Season Two, Littlefinger threatens to sell her to some sadist if she turns out to be a "bad investment".
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Has a minor breakdown after seeing the Goldcloaks murder Mhaegen's baby.
- Hidden Depths: While most characters dismiss her as just a regular prostitute, it's frequently shown that she's actually quite on the ball and highly savvy. Both Littlefinger and Varys have noticed this and have respectively appointed her as their right hand woman by end of the second season. She warns Shae to keep an eye on Sansa, particularly around Littlefinger. In series 3 we learn she can read which as Varys points out is rare for a woman who started off where she did.
- High-Class Call Girl: She aspired to be one when she was in the North, and eventually worked her way up to be one in King's Landing.
- Hope Spot: Things finally seem to be turning up a little for Ros after Littlefinger's horrible treatment of her in Season Two when she becomes Varys's spy. Unfortunately, this hope spot is short lived since Littlefinger sells her off to Joffrey who proceeds to use her as target practice for his new crossbow and kills her.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In "The Night Lands", her sincere crying after the assassination of baby Barra contrasts with the reactions coming from Cersei (it's bad but it had to be done), Tyrion (it's a bad political move), and Littlefinger (it's bad, but crying is bad for business too so shut up).
- Killed Offscreen: In "The Climb", we find out that Littlefinger sold her to Joffrey as target practice for his crossbow.
- Miss Kitty: By the second season, she has become Littlefinger's right hand woman and trains the new prostitutes.
- The Mole: After her miserable experiences with both Joffrey and Littlefinger near the end of the second season, she jumps at the opportunity to become Varys's mole in Littlefinger's camp when he offers it to her.
- Ms. Fanservice: In the first season, at least. Since then, she's kept her (still quite flattering and occasionally Stripperiffic) clothes on.
- Rags to Riches: She's worked her way up from being a prostitute in the north to Littlefingers righthand woman and a prized and respected employee of Varys's as well.
- Servile Snarker: She doesn't hesitate to put Tyrion and Theon in their place.
- Sherlock Scan: Is immediately able to figure out that Shae, posing as Sansa's handmaiden at the time, used to be a whore.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After spending most of the season being traumatized, threatened, abused and held hostage, Ros' situation finally starts looking up in "Valar Morghulis", when Varys offers her a business partnership.
- Trauma Conga Line: Ros has a hard time on King's Landing. Witnessing infanticide, being threatened by Littlefinger to be sold to a deviant, being stuck in a room with Joffrey, and kidnapped by Cersei to keep Tyrion in line. Canon Foreigner or no, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for her. This is all capped off in Season 3's episode "The Climb" when Ros is sold off by Littlefinger to Joffrey who then brutally kills her by using her as target practice.
- Really Gets Around: Well, Cast Bicycle by now. In a way that makes her sort of like Forrest Gump, if Gump slept with a lot of famous people. She has been a lover to Theon and Tyrion, was going to be Jon Snow's "first time," and gets to listen to a very plot-important monologue from Littlefinger while he has her practice with another prostitute. She's also "hired" by Pycelle. Plays neatly into her other role on the show:
- The Watson: She gives several characters someone to explain things to without resorting to As You Know. This method of Info Dump has become so prevalent that reviewers have started describing it as "sexposition", and Ros seems to be its main victim (perpetrator?).
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Littlefinger finds out about her espionage and has her brutally killed.
- You Have Failed Me: When Littlefinger discovers Ros revealed his plans to Varys, he decides to sell her to Joffrey, who as it happens, has got a new crossbow he's been dying to try out.
Played By: Will TudorA male prostitute of Littlefinger's who is eventually placed in charge of the brothel while his boss is away.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: He gives Loras the impression that he enjoys casual sex with men, although the audience later discovers that it's part of his job description. In "Breaker of Chains", it's confirmed that he is more than just "gay for pay" after all.
- Canon Foreigner: He doesn't appear in the books.
- Even the Guys Want Him: The bisexual Oberyn finds him so desirable that he isn't at all deterred when Olyvar informs the prince that he's "wildly expensive."
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Or at least, Loras and Oberyn do.
- Femme Fatale Spy: Despite being a male character, he fits this trope, at least when it comes to Loras. Although given his comment about having shared the beds of many unhappy husbands at court and being an employee of Littlefinger's, he's probably played Honey Trap to others.
- Foil: Much like Shae, he sells out his lover at a trial and gets him imprisoned, as well as driving him into a crazy rage.
- Gender Flip: In "Two Swords", he becomes the "blonde whore" that Oberyn and Ellaria want to fool around with in the novels.
- Honey Trap: His actual job in practice.
- Incompatible Orientation: When Ellaria kisses him on the lips in "Breaker of Chains", he apologizes and says he has no taste for women.
- Instant Seduction: It doesn't take long for him to worm his way into Loras' bed.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: He tells Loras, "I should like to see you spar with a proper partner, ser." They end up "sparring" in Loras' bed shortly afterwards.
- Klingon Promotion: How he got his job as the brothel's acting manager. He assisted Littlefinger in a scheme that among other things blew the cover of his predecessor Ros, who subsequently got punished by death for her espionage. Given how open Littlefinger is about his treatment of "bad investments", Olyvar must have been well aware of these consequences.
- Love Interest Traitor: After being in a relationship since season 3, Olyvar sells Loras out to the High Sparrow to save his own skin.
- Male Frontal Nudity: In "Kissed by Fire" and "Breaker of Chains". Also accompanied by Male Back Nudity.
- Miss Kitty: By the time Season 4 begins, he has taken over Ros' role as Littlefinger's middle manager of the brothel.
- Mr. Fanservice: Let's just say that his Adonis-like physique leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.
- Pretty Boy: Fresh-faced and clean-shaven.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He flees when The Sparrows conduct The Purge against King's Landing's sinners, particularly homosexuals.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Ros. After her death, he takes over the role of the show's main prostitute, provider of Fanservice, and receiver of Sexposition.
- The Squire: He pretends to be one in "Kissed by Fire".
- The Twink: It was unclear in Season 3 what his sexual orientation was, but it's confirmed in "Breaker of Chains" that he's gay.
Played By: Sahara KniteAnother prostitute at Littlefinger's brothel.
- Canon Foreigner: Nobody by her name appears in the books.
- Diamonds in the Buff
- Fanservice Extra: She's played by a real porn star.
- Fauxreigner: She pretends to be foreign to look more exotic.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Ros tells Daisy that Armeca pretends not to speak the Common Tongue so her clients think she's exotic.
- The Quiet One: Though she does have some lines in "Blackwater".
- Scenery Censor: Very rare, but that fruit in her first episode deserves mention.
Played By: Maisie DeeA new prostitute at Littlefinger's brothel.
- Break the Cutie: Joffrey forces Ros to beat her, being the little sadistic prick that he is.
- Canon Foreigner: Not present in the books.
- Country Mouse: The first time we see her, Ros explains to the wide-eyed girl that "this is King's Landing, not Haystack Hall."
- Fan Disservice: Tyrion hires her and Ros as a belated "present" for Joffrey's name day. It... does not go well.
- Fanservice Extra: Like Aremca.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Her session with Pycelle was interrupted by Tyrion, Bronn, and Timett.
- Uncertain Doom: Something horrible happened to her for certain, but she might or might not still be alive.
Played By: Antonia ChristophersA prostitute established in King's Landing and mother of Barra, another of Robert Baratheon's bastards.
- Forced to Watch: In "The North Remembers", as Janos Slynt kills her baby.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Mhaegen is a very sweet girl and a loving mother. She doesn't even want money or anything else from Robert; she just wants him to know that Barra is healthy and happy.
- Mama Bear: She throws herself at the Gold Cloaks who kill Barra, crying and screaming. Unfortunately, this is Game of Thrones and Reality Ensues.
- Single Mom Stripper: Robert fathered a bastard with her and proceeded to forget about her existence.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, she dies trying to defend her baby.
Played By: Josephine GillanA prostitute in the King's Landing brothel owned by Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
Played By: Pixie Le KnotA prostitute in the King's Landing brothel owned by Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
Tyrion Lannister: Kayla is famous here to Volantis... in certain circles. One of four women in the world who can perform a proper Meereenese Knot.
Played By: Joe DempsieAn unacknowledged bastard son of King Robert Baratheon who works as an armourer's apprentice. Befriends Arya when they both have to flee King's Landing in Yoren's group of Night's Watch recruits.
"When I hit that steel it sings. Are you gonna sing when I hit you?"
- Age Lift: Like the other older teenagers, he's 17/18, rather than 14/15 as in the books.
- The Apprentice: To Tobho Mott.
- Badass: Has never learned to fight, but does it, anyways.
- Badass Beard: Grows one in Season 3.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wishes he'd have a family. Then, Melisandre takes him to his closest biological relatives... and bad stuff starts happening.
- The Berserker: After Yoren is killed in "What is Dead May Never Die", he charges at the Lannister soldiers armed only with his smith's hammer.
- The Blacksmith: What he was before leaving King's Landing.
- Big Brother Instinct: From the start he is rather protective of Arya.
- Chekhov's Gun: His helmet.
- The Chosen One: Melisandre's trying to sell this explanation to him for why she abducted him. Then again, she was (ostensibly) instructed by R'hllor to find him and bring him back to Dragonstone.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His hair color is decidedly Baratheon Black. It's what clued Ned in to him being one of Robert's many bastards, and later (collectively with all the other bastards) clued Ned in to Joffrey not being Robert's at all.
- Composite Character: In the show, Melisandre targets him as a potential Human Sacrifice so he's spirited away in order to avoid this. In the books, this happened to his Adapted Out half-brother Edric Storm.
- Drop the Hammer: He uses his blacksmith hammer as a weapon. It must run in the family.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in his talks with Arya, when he starts calling her 'milady'. And later with Davos, when he's imprisoned.Gendry: So how'd you become a lord?Davos Seaworth: Oh, that's a long story.Gendry: Better not, then. I'm a bit busy.
- Et Tu, Brute?: In Season 3, he enthusiatically joins the Brotherhood without Banners, claiming that they'll be the closest thing to a family he'll ever have... only to be sold by them to Melisandre the next episode.
- Fish out of Water: Almost literally when Davos puts him on a boat and he doesn't know which side to sit on to row, because he's never been in one before.
- Foil: To Joffrey, in pretty much everything, including paternity, morality, upbringing, amount of badass, how he treats Stark girls, and even clothing. They're both bastards connected to House Baratheon, but apart from that they're polar opposites.
- Generation Xerox: Tall, strong, and handsome like his father, and his best friend is — just like his father's was — a Stark. Ned even realizes that he's Robert's bastard for certain when he stubbornly insists that his bull helmet's not for sale, even though slighting the Hand of the King could get his tongue ripped out.
- Groin Attack: Melisandre places several leeches on Gendry, including his penis, to draw his powerful blood.
- Heroic Bastard: Though he doesn't know of his royal lineage until Melisandre tells him, he's one of the unambiguously heroic characters.
- Hidden Backup Prince: In a perfect world, he'd be King Gendry I Baratheon right now, but as it stands he's just a royal bastard.
- Honey Trap: Falls for one set by Melisandre.Davos: If you mistrust fancy people so much, why were you in such a hurry to trust her? Gendry: You're me. Never been with a woman. Never talked to a woman, really. And then she comes at you big words, no clothes. Davos: She does know her way around a man's head, I'll give her that.
- Hyper Awareness: First and only recruit of the Night's Watch who realizes that Arya is a girl. Lampshaded by himself. He's also the first one to wake up when the Lannisters come to attack Yoren's party, before Yoren wakes up the rest.
- I Am Who?: Gendry's naturally surprised when Melisandre tells him he's the son of King Robert.
- I Choose to Stay: In the Brotherhood without Banners. It doesn't end well.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Highlighted to an extreme after he's picked up by Melisandre.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last of the Baratheon bastards after Joffrey's purge. And the only Baratheon-blooded person in the world after Stannis's family line is extinguished.
- Like Father, Like Son: Robert Baratheon is mentioned as favouring a warhammer and wearing a horned helmet in combat. Gendry is first introduced wielding a blacksmith's hammer to forge a horned helmet. He later uses the hammer in combat, too. Lampshaded by Melisandre. She says it's In the Blood, along with his strength.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Ned Stark, Jon Arryn and the Lannister government know who he is. He has no idea until Season 3.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-universe, for Arya.
- Nice Guy: Gendry's an unambiguously heroic person.
- Not So Different: A rare positive example, which is even rarer given the series. Ser Davos bonds with him: "Two boys from Flea Bottom in the castle of a king."
- Power Trio: With Arya and Hot Pie, of the Two Guys and a Girl variety. He's The Lancer to Arya's hero.
- Put on a Bus: Is freed by Davos Seaworth in "Mhysa", and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
- Secret Keeper: Aside from Jaqen, he's the only one who knows that Arya is actually Arya Stark.
- Secret Legacy: Had no idea who his father was until Season 3.
- Shirtless Scene: In "The Ghost of Harrenhal". Incidentally, it's also a Forging Scene. And obviously Fanservice of the less prevalent sort.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Tall, Dark and Handsome, like a true Baratheon. Ned Stark immediately realizes upon seeing him for the first time that he is Robert's son. So does Stannis, when they meet in "Second Sons".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Arya out on her usage of Jaqen's three offered assassinations, claiming that she could have picked anyone of importance to the Lannister war effort, like Lord Tywin or King Joffrey.
Played By: Ben HawkeyAn orphan living in King's Landing recruited by Yoren to join the Night's Watch. A former baker's apprentice and later travelling companion of Gendry and Arya Stark.
Anguy: Half the country's starving and look at this one.
Thoros of Myr: Maybe he's the reason half the country's starving.
- Badass Boast: All of them fake.
- Bad Liar: Arya sees through his attempts to lie. He does manage to grow out of this in Season 4, when he glibly dismisses the Starks as all traitors and denies any knowledge of them to Brienne and Podrick until he can be sure he can trust them.
- Boisterous Weakling: He's too confident for his own good at first. He gets better.
- The Bully: Briefly, to Arya. When shit gets real, Hot Pie gradually grows out of his old bullying tendencies and becomes a friend to Arya and Gendry.
- The Bus Came Back: Brienne and Pod happen to stop at the same inn, and upon hearing they're looking for Arya's sister he points them in the right direction. He's also gotten much better at making wolf-shaped bread.
- Butt Monkey: Becomes the butt of the joke many times.
- Bring My Brown Pants: See Staring Down Cthulhu below.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He is way more friendly to Arya and Gendry in the second season. Although some of that is probably fear.
- Dirty Coward/Lovable Coward: Hot Pie talks a big game, but he's quick to yell, "I yieeeeld!!!" at the first sign of danger. Any bravery he exhibits is usually luck.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He goes through a lot, along with Arya and Gendry, but in the end, he's one of the few characters to leave the story in a nonviolent manner, becoming a baker at a quiet, out-of-the-way inn. In Season 4 he's still there, still happy with his job, and still eager to discuss his craft with anyone who will listen. At this point, he is literally the only character in the series who has gained any sort of happy ending.
- Fat Bastard/Big Fun: Starts out the former, becomes the latter.
- Fat Idiot: While he does become a better person with time, he remains a dunce throughout.
- The Funny Guy: Hot Pie gradually becomes this.
- I Choose to Stay: In the inn the Brotherhood takes the trio after capturing them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first glance he's a malicious bully, but a healthy overdose of trauma sets him right and he winds up becoming one of the nicest characters in the series. His bullying was really all bluster, presumably a method of survival in the dog-eat-dog world of Westeros.
- Kids Are Cruel: Originally, he was very nasty. He gets better once he is scared out of his bullying tendencies.
- The Load: Arya is clever and ruthless. Gendry is strong and level-headed. Hot Pie...knows how to bake. In his defense, he is pretty good at it. Also justified because he used to be a baker's poor apprentice. He has no training in combat, so you can't exactly expect him to be able to fight any better beyond throwing stale bread at people.
- Logical Fallacies: This magnificent exchange from "What Is Dead May Never Die".Hot Pie: I've seen lots of battles! I saw... Arya: Liar. Hot Pie: I saw a man killing another at a tavern in Flea's Bottom. Stabbed right in the neck. Lommy: Two men fighting is no battle. Hot Pie: They got armour on. Arya: So? Hot Pie: So if they got armour on, it's a battle. Lommy: No, it isn't. Hot Pie: What does a dyer's apprentice know about battles, anyway? Arya: Gendry's an armourer's apprentice. Hot Pie, tell Gendry what makes a fight into a battle. Hot Pie: It's, uh, when they've got armour on. Gendry: And who told you that? Hot Pie: A knight. Gendry: How'd you know he was a knight? Hot Pie: Wells, cause he's got a-armour on. Gendry: You don't have to be a knight to have armour. Any idiot can buy armour! Hot Pie: How'd you know? Gendry: Because I sold armour!
- Nice Guy: Develops into this at the latter end of Season 3 where his interactions with Arya show he has completely shrugged off his former jerkassery, and in Season 4 he is depicted as a thoroughly good natured and loyal individual.
- Non-Action Guy: Hot Pie is hardly named for his fighting prowess. On the rare occasion he gets close to fighting himself, he gets steamrolled.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We never learn his real name.
- Power Trio: With Arya and Gendry, of the Two Guys and a Girl variety. In contrast to the usual variation, however, Hot Pie is clearly The Chick.
- Put on a Bus: He chooses to stay and work at an inn baking instead of continuing on with Arya, Gendry, and the Brotherhood.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: A nonviolent example.
- Staring Down Cthulhu: One of the prisoners in Harrenhal tells him this is a sure way not to get picked for torture by the Mountain. Hot Pie lives to tell the tale. The other kid doesn't.
- Supreme Chef: Hot Pie's cooking skills are his greatest (or only) talent, and it helps him get the one and only happy ending the series has shown.
- Those Two Guys: With Lommy Greenhands, until Lommy's death-by-Polliver.
- Too Dumb to Live: Averted; he's stupid but he actually manages to survive in spite of himself. Someone tells him that the way to avoid being chosen by the Mountain is to look straight at him; this is a lie with no evidence and clearly not worth the risk to find out, but Hot Pie does it anyway. The Mountain ends up choosing someone else out of pure chance.
- Took a Level in Badass: Staring down the Mountain is an act of incredible badassery, and also probably one of audacious stupidity. It's perhaps played a little straighter when he undergoes not inconsiderable risk to help Brienne and Pod. He faces no immediate danger, but it still took serious guts especially when there was no real benefit to him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Formerly a childhood bully, he gets better after Arya snaps him out of it.
- Undying Loyalty: Eventually he becomes steadfastly loyal to Arya. When he appears in Season 4, he helps Brienne and Podrick despite knowing full-well how dangerous it is to help the Starks in the post-Red Wedding climate, with no hope of reward.
Played By: Emun ElliotA travelling troubadour and singer.
- Asshole Victim: A non-fatal example. Marillion is a smug cockhead, but it is slightly satisfying to see him go through the trauma that comes with sticking close to the main characters.
- Butt Monkey: If it's bad, he's the victim of it.
- Composite Character: Marillion's mutilation at King Joffrey's orders for a song that ridicules King Robert happens to an unidentified troubadour in the books.
- Exact Words: "I'll never sing it again I swear!" No, Marillion, you certainly won't. As a side note, you may want to cancel your future gigs.
- Jerkass: Marillion is a smug wanker much of the time, although he hardly deserves some of the horrible things that happen to him.
- Sadistic Choice: One of his songs earns the wrath of King Joffrey because it ridicules the late King Robert's death, his mother and Joffery himself. Joffrey forces him to choose between losing his tongue or his hands. After Marillion states that every man needs hands, Ser Ilyn Payne cuts out his tongue.
- Tagalong Kid: Tags along with Catelyn Stark to the Eyrie, as part of his Wandering Minstrel job.
- Wandering Minstrel: His main profession is to stick close to whatever drama is going on and write songs about it.
Played By: Eros VlahosAn orphan living in King's Landing recruited by Yoren to join the Night's Watch. A former dyer's apprentice arrested for thieving.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite being nasty and cruel, Arya was appalled at how he died, and avenged his death specifically when she confronted Polliver and killed him in the same way that he killed Lommy, even referring to him as "my friend".
- Blood from the Mouth: A result of being impaled through the neck, no less.
- The Bully: Of the "auxiliary" type. He threatens his victims with Hot Pie's hitting them, not himself.
- Character Death: During the fight between the Lannister men and Yoren, Lommy is injured. As it's clear he can't walk with them, Polliver kills him pretty much for the fun of it.
- Fat and Skinny: He's the skinny to Hot Pie's fat, while they're Those Two Bad Guys.
- I Lied: After seeing that he has an arrow stuck on his leg, a Lannister swordsman named Polliver tells him that he'll carry him. Instead, he sticks Needle, which he had just stolen from Arya, through Lommy's throat.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. He's murdered by Polliver.
- Jerkass: It comes with being The Bully.
- Kids Are Cruel: Threatens Arya with Hot Pie's bullying of them.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the books, Lommy is injured in the first battle but escapes along with Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie. Many chapters later, they are captured and Lommy is killed. The show gets rid of the padding by injuring and killing Lommy right away.
- Street Urchin: Being an orphan, this is what he was before Yoren got him for the Night's Watch.
- Those Two Bad Guys: He was this with Hot Pie, the pair of them bullying other kids for fun and profit until Lommy's death.
Played By: Roy DotriceThe head of the Alchemists' Guild. Also known as Hallyne the Pyromancer.
- Absentminded Professor: He's not always focused.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hallyne is absent-minded, ranting and reclusive...he's also partially responsible for winning the Battle of the Blackwater. And to think he has the power to burn the whole capital city to the ground...
- Casting Gag: Dotrice read most of the aSoIaF audiobooks (and several stories for George R. R. Martin's Dreamsongs audiobook), and reprises the voices he used for this character whilst recording them.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome/Demoted to Extra: Kind of. In the books he's present at the victory ceremony after the Battle of the Blackwater, in which he's awarded a Lordship (though no lands or keeps) for the wildfire trap — which was actually Tyrion's idea.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: During his discussion with Bronn he mentions that during the times of Aerys he wouldn't have been insulted. Of course, since burning things with fire was one of Aerys' favourite past-times, the two probably got on like a house on fire!
- Large Ham: It fits the Mad Scientist portrayal.
- Mad Scientist: During the Battle of Blackwater, he's laughing his arse off.
- Pride: He's extremely proud of his Order and his wildfire, and becomes highly offended when he's given less than his due.
- Pyromaniac: Hallyne is a little too enthusiastic about the properties of wildfire. For good measure, when the wildfire's finally used during the siege at King's Landing, while everyone else is staring at the resulting explosion in horror and amazement (except Joffrey), Hallyne is grinning and giggling to himself.
- Wizard Beard: He grows quite an impressive one.
Played By: Andrew WildeA master armourer and blacksmith living in the city of King's Landing.
- The Ace: A blacksmithing example:Thoros of Myr: That criminal...he charges twice as much as every other armourer in the city!Gendry: That's because he's twice as good.
- The Blacksmith: He's a somewhat well-known and talented blacksmith in King's Landing.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Averted. After Joffrey orders all of Robert's bastards to be killed, he is threatened by the Gold Cloaks with burning his face on the embers if he doesn't reveal Gendry's whereabouts. He does and escapes unharmed.
- The Mentor: To Gendry. He trained the boy in smithing, and considering Gendry's talent, Mott did a damn good job of it.
- Parental Substitute: Again, to Gendry, who's a bastard of Robert with a Missing Mom.
- Shoo the Dog: Implied to have done this to protect Gendry.
Played By: Rhodri HoskingA butcher's son who befriended Arya.
Ned Stark: The butcher's boy...you rode him down?
The Hound: He ran. Not very fast.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: According to Sandor while he's trying to get Arya to mercy kill him.
- Character Death: Mycah is killed by the Hound on Joffrey's orders.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Massively averted. Arya never forgets Mycah, and his unjust death at the hands of the Hound keeps her hatred for Sandor Clegane alive. She brings up Mycah at the Hound's 'trial' in "Kissed By Fire"; and Sandor even brings up Mycah's unjust demise at his hands as a means to taunt and provoke Arya to kill him off, in his wounded state in "The Children".
- Infant Immortality: Averted, sadly for Mycah.
- Only One Name: As is commonplace for most smallfolk.
Played By: Susie KellyThe innkeeper at the Crossroads Inn.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Looks like a normal old lady in the series. In the books, she's described in rather unflattering terms by Catelyn and her teeth are apparently stained red.
- The Bartender: Just a simple innkeeper.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, she's hanged for letting Tyrion be kidnapped after Tywin's forces take the inn as a base of operations; whereas in the TV series the Lannister forces set up a base somewhere in the Riverlands east of the Trident.
Maggy the Frog
Played By: Jodhi MayA woods witch and reputed fortune teller living in a hut in the woods near Lannisport.
Cersei Lannister: They said that you were terrifying with cat's teeth and three eyes. You're not terrifying. You're boring.
Maggy: You don't know what I am.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Maggy the Frog is described in the books as old, squat and warty, with crusty yellow eyes, no teeth, and pale green jowls. Here she's blond, young, and attractive despite her dirty appearance.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She sternly warns Cersei that she might not like what she hears. Cersei being Cersei, she doesn't heed that advice.
- Blood Magic: How she operates.
- Exact Words: Maggy tends to deal in this kind of fortune-telling. She'll tell you the truth, but it not might be the truth as you understand it.
- Hermit Guru: She lives alone in the woods, with her only visitors being those who want to make use of her powers.
- Hot Witch: Due to her Adaptational Attractiveness she's played by a conventionally attractive actress, albeit dirtied up.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She takes slightly sadistic pleasure in telling Cersei her unpleasant future, but she had just threatened to have Maggy's eyes gouged out.
- Race Lift: In the books she's Essosi. The show make her a Westerosi
- Rule of Three: Spill some blood, and you can ask Maggy three questions.