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The Brotherhood Without Banners
Lord Beric Dondarrion: "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."
The Brotherhood Without Banners is an outlaw group formed by Lord Beric Dondarrion from the remnants of his host, sent by Ned Stark to execute Ser Gregor Clegane. Now, they protect the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the high lords, whether Stark, Tully, or Lannister, but especially from the Lannister's scorched earth tactics. As a consequence, the Brotherhood are considered brigands.
- 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.
- 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 1. 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
"Fighting in a war makes you a soldier."
Click to see Beric as played by David Michael Scott.
: 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 R'hllor: 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: From the books...
- 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
"There's no story so good a drink won't make it better."
: Paul Kaye
Sandor: "Thoros. The fuck you doing here?"
Thoros: "Drinking and talking too much."
A 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.
"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."
: Philip McGinley
Sandor: Is being born Clegane a crime?!
Anguy: Murder is a crime!
An extremely skilled archer serving with the Brotherhood, and Thoros' second in command.
The Faith of the Seven
The dominant religion of the Seven Kingdoms, save for the North and the Iron Islands, where the Old Gods and the Drowned God are respectively dominant. It worships a single god with seven faces or aspects: the Father, the Mother, the Warrior, the Maiden, the Smith, the Crone, and the Stranger. Since the concept of a single god with seven faces is complicated, the God of Seven is usually referred to in plural as "the new gods" or "the Seven".
The High Septon (I)
Played By: David Verrey
The head of the Faith of the Seven. Until the Riots of King's Landing.
- Crystal Dragon Pope: Head of the Faith of the Seven.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Torn to pieces by starving King's Landing smallfolk during the Riot of King's Landing. One even holds up his arm in triumph.
- Demoted to Extra: His lines prior to Ned's execution are given to Pycelle.
- Eat the Rich: Being torn to pieces by an angry and hungry mob of the poor evokes the trope for sure.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep According to the Books...
- Fat Bastard: How the people of King's Landing view him, given his size and the fact that they're starving half to death.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Seen for all of three or so minutes and sacrificed to show how crazy the mob is.
The (new) High Septon
Played By: Paul Bentley
The new head of the Faith of the Seven.
A rising religious head in the Faith of the Seven, set to make a splash in Season Five.
Theon Greyjoy: "If you like redheads, ask for Ros."
A popular prostitute at Winterfell, who later heads to King's Landing.
- 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 2. 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 2.
- 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 Her: 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 2, 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 2 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).
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Joffrey's arrows.
- Killed Off Screen: 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.
- Village Bicycle: 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 Tudor
A 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Male Frontal Nudity: In "Kissed by Fire" and "Breaker of Chains". Also accompanied by Male Back Nudity.
- Mata Hari: 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.
- Mister 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.
- 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 Knite
Another prostitute at Littlefinger's brothel.
Played By: Maisie Dee
A 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 Christophers
A prostitute established in King's Landing and mother of Barra, another of Robert Baratheon's bastards.
Ser Jorah Mormont
"There's a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand."
"There are times when, I look at you, and I still can't believe you're real."
Once just another exiled knight from the Seven Kingdoms, he now serves as Daenerys' chief general and Lord Commander of her Queensguard. Initially, he pledged his sword to Viserys, and a had a prior association with Khal Drogo, and accompanied both until their deaths. He becomes something of a Mentor
to Daenerys, and by the third episode has largely transferred his allegiance to her. Known among the Dothraki as "Jorah the Andal." Daenerys eventually learns that Ser Jorah once spied for King Robert, after Ser Barristan receives a copy of the pardon Ser Jorah was given after informing Varys that Daenerys was pregnant, and banishes him.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Described as dark-haired and balding in the books, but played by blond Iain Glen.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Ser Jorah Mormont is explicitly described in the book as "not a handsome man." Iain Glen, on the other hand, is quite appealing.
- Adaptational Heroism: While he remains a pragmatic realist, he's a higher tier of man than his book counterpart, with his physical lust for Daenarys downplayed to focus on his romantic love for her. At one point, he even gives a Forceful Kiss to Dany and asks her to run away with him, only for her to tell him no. When Daenarys banishes him from her court because she found out he was originally spying on her for Robert, he tries to reason with her but she refuses to listen; in the books she's willing to forgive him if he apologizes and he refuses because he doesn't believe he did anything wrong and refuses to take responsibility for his actions.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Daario Naharis and Grey Worm. He even performs a Combination Attack with Dario on the final enemy.
- Badass: His duel with Qotho, Drogo's bloodrider, has him overcome his opponent's superior speed by trapping his sword in his breastplate with one hand and cutting his throat with his free hand.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Beard
- Becoming the Mask: Originally traveling with Daenerys and Viseyrs as an informant of Varys seeking to earn a pardon from Robert Baratheon. Gradually, he falls in love with Dany, defending her life on several occasions, and becoming a key ally in her plan to retake the Seven Kingdoms, even after he has secured his pardon.
- Bodyguard Crush: He develops one for Daenerys.
- Viserys calls him out on it in "A Golden Crown".
Viserys: You stand there all nobility and honor. You don't think I see you looking at my little sister, hm? Don't think I don't know what you want.
Jorah: Don't ask me to stand aside as you climb on that pyre. I won't watch you burn!
Daenerys: Is that what you fear? [kisses him on the cheek]
- Further referenced in "The Ghost of Harrenhal". Daxos says it outright to Dany that Jorah is in love with her, and Jorah himself all but admits it outright when they speak together later.
- Boring, but Practical: His fighting method, the typical armored hack-and-slash method of Westerosi knights, is this in comparison to some of the more elegant fighting styles encountered in Essos. It shows in his fight with Qotho, and is best seen when Jorah, Grey Worm, and Daario fight of Yunkish guards in "The Rains of Castamere". Daario and Grey Worm are far more graceful in their movements, but Jorah is just as effective.
- Combat Pragmatist:
- Has no qualms about fighting an unarmored foe with his armor on, and in fact makes that a principle piece of his strategy to win the fight.
- In Season 3, he begins counseling Daenerys to take a more pragmatic approach to her campaign to retake Westeros, without concern for the morality of her actions, in opposition to the more idealistic advice given by Barristan Selmy.
- Culture Clash: While the Dothraki call him "the Andal," the Mormonts are actually blood of the First Men. The Andals are the Saxon invaders to the original Briton occupants of Westeros. From the books...
- Disproportionate Retribution: His exile for the crimes he committed, in his mind at least. Though Daenerys herself is appalled with this.
- The Dragon/The Lancer: To Daenerys.
- Dramatic Irony:
- Revealed in "The Wolf and the Lion" to be spying on Daenerys on behalf of Varys.
- In "You Win or You Die", he protects Daenerys from an assassination that he was the indirect cause of.
- Everyone Can See It: In-universe, everyone and their mums seems to be aware that he's got a crush on Daenerys.
- The Exile: From Westeros, due to the crime of selling slaves. Later, he is formally banished from Meereen and Daenerys' side, when she discovers from Barristan how he was spying on behalf of Varys whilst in her service.
- Felony Misdemeanor: One could seriously make this argument. Considering that other nobles in Westeros routinely partake in murder and torture, getting sentenced to death for selling a couple of poachers into slavery seems downright tame in comparison! From the books... . Of course poachers are still people and Jorah's reasons for selling them, getting money to lavish his Gold Digger Trophy Wife's lifestyle is fairly petty and the situation is likely compounded by the fact that he blames Ned Stark for chasing him out rather than take responsibility for his actions.
- Four-Star Badass: To Daenerys as her commander-in-chief.
- Friendly Rivalry/Friendly Enemy: With Barristan Selmy. They both have much in common and are quite similar in terms of character, but each has his issues with the other. And while always friendly or at least polite with one another, they're both quite frank in expressing their reservations about the other.
- Genre Savvy: Gets into a debate with Rakharo over the merits of armor. Jorah argues that armor will make an arakh useless, while Rakharo believes speed trumps protection. Jorah is right, as Qotho fatally discovers.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's not fond of anyone who poses a threat to his close relationship with Daenerys. Daario Naharis in particular.
- I Choose to Stay: He chooses to remain by Daenerys' side even after being pardoned and allowed to return by King Robert.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Not nearly as straight an example as Barristan Selmy (indeed, his armor's a rather dull, functional grey, reflecting his pragmatism), but he's definitely got his moments. Also Reconstructed in his case, as he began the series as a rather self-centered manipulator (selling out the Targaryens, to whom he had sworn an oath, to Varys and King Robert in exchange for a pardon). But when he finds someone truly worthy of his loyalty, and whom he also loves (Daenerys) he drops it immediately, Becoming the Mask and a rock-hard Targaryen loyalist, not to mention upright, kind, and honest, while still being acceptably pragmatic and ruthless towards the Targaryens' enemies.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Was the second into the breach at the Siege of Pyke, behind Thoros with his flaming sword. He was knighted by the King himself for his bravery. Averted as a councilor to Daenerys, where he tends to council restraint, instilling her patience and doing things the right way, even if it is harder or longer.
- The Mole: Originally, to Varys. He later becomes the mask and serves Daenerys loyally.
- Mr. Exposition: As a seasoned advisor and mentor, one of his roles consists in providing information to Daenerys, who is a newcomer. The producers even refer to him as "Jorah the Explorer".
- Number Two: Daenerys considers Jorah this and relies on her advice and opinion more than that of Ser Barristan(who she only recently met) and Missandei. She consults him in private after dismissing her council about her misgivings for riding to Westeros and listens to him when he counsels mercy.
- Perma Stubble
- Private Military Contractors: After being exiled from Westeros as a fugitive, Jorah became a sellsword and served with the legendary Golden Company for a while, before meeting Daenerys.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: After Barristan Selmy joins Daenerys, Jorah becomes the Red to his Blue. Which is odd, since being The Spock and The McCoy respectively, the roles should be reversed.
- Redemption Quest: To some extent, his loyalty and commitment to Daenerys is driven by his need to atone for souring his honor in Westeros and initially spying on Daenerys.
"Better men than me have learned that what a man sells for gold, he can never buy back. He must earn it, by fire and blood."
- The Spock: His pragmatism makes him this to Barristan's McCoy and Dany's Kirk.
- Undying Loyalty: To Daenerys.
- What You Are in the Dark: He had a perfect opportunity to return to his home in Westeros as a reward for his services for spying on Dany, but he immediately rescued her life from a half-assed assassination attempt and has chosen to continue serving Daenerys as they trudge along Essos' harsh, treacherous and uncomfortable landscapes
- You Can't Go Home Again: He sold some poachers into slavery and fled rather than facing Ned Stark over it. Subverted, as informing on Daenerys has earned him a royal pardon. Which he's ignored so far to continue serving Daenerys.
- You Shall Not Pass: Downplayed twice, first against Viserys when he tries to steal the dragon eggs and later against a battle-hardend Dothraki fighter. Fittingly, his family motto is "Here We Stand."
Lord Petyr Baelish a.k.a. "Littlefinger"
"When I hit that steel it sings. Are you gonna sing when I hit you?"
Played By: Joe Dempsie
An 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.
- 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. (...Or, at least, the last known one; at least two others have been Adapted Out by this time, and there's no reason they can't pop back in later.)
- 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 Boat: 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: 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.
"Help was not promised, lovely girl. Only death."
"You stole three deaths from the Red God. We have to give them back. Speak three names, and the man will do the rest."
A Faceless Man
posing as a criminal from the Free City of Lorath detained in King's Landing and carried in a cage to the Wall.
Anguy: "Half the country's starving and look at this one."
Thoros of Myr: "Maybe he's the reason half the country's starving."
An 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.
- Badass Boast: All of them fake.
- Bad Liar: Arya sees through his attempts to lie.
- Seems to have grown beyond this in Season 4 where 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.
- 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: 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.
- Kids Are Cruel: 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".
Lommy: Two men fighting is no battle.
Hot Pie: They got armour on.
Lommy: No, it isn't.
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?
Gendry: How'd you know he was a knight?
Gendry: You don't have to be a knight to have armour. Any idiot can buy armour!
Hot Pie: How'd you know?
- 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: Doesn't do much fighting.
- 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: Chooses to stay and work at an inn baking instead of continuing on with Arya, Gendry, and the Brotherhood.
- 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.
- 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: Basically his 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Formerly a childhood bully, he gets better after Arya snaps him out of it.
- Undying Loyalty: Shows shades of this in his appearance in Season 4 where he knows fully well how dangerous it is to help out the Starks given current events but is willing to send Brienne and Podrick in Arya's direction once he is sure they will help her.
"Maybe he is a little squire..."
Played By: Eros Vlahos
An 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 Bully: Despite being cruel and unkind, 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.
- 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 Guys: With Hot Pie, until his death.
"The lion ripped his balls off and / the boar did all the rest."
Played By: Emun Elliot
A 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: Singing a song that ridicules the Royal Family to Joffrey was not a wise decision at all.
- Wandering Minstrel: His main profession is to stick close to whatever drama is going on and write songs about it.
"After the dragons died, wildfire was the key to the Targaryen power."
The 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 Alchemist: 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.
"Show the Hand the helmet you made, lad."
Played By: Andrew Wilde
A master armourer and blacksmith living in the city of King's Landing.
Ned Stark: The butcher's boy...you rode him down?
A butcher's son who befriended Arya.
- 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 Kelly
The 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.