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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.
- 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 bastard 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."
: 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.
- Came Back Wrong: With each resurrection, this happens more so each time.
- Death Is Cheap: Because Thoros keeps resurrecting him. But it has led to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Has only a brief appearance in the first season, is an important character in season 3.
- 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.
- Flaming Sword: Ignited by his own blood.
- 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 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 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 From 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 Other Darrin: Played by an unidentified extra in "Baelor".
The (new) High Septon
Played By: Paul Bentley
The new head of the Faith of the Seven.
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 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 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.
- Fan Disservice: Her final scene depicts her hanging half naked from a bed, after being riddled with crossbow bolts by Joffrey.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 three'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?).
- 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.
- Instant Seduction: It doesn't take long for him to worm his way into Loras' bed.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Olyvar 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." Followed immediately 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
- The Squire: He pretends to be one in "Kissed by Fire."
- The Twink: He may be considered one. Although it's uncertain what his true sexual orientation is, he does sleep with a lot of men.
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.
- Cast the Expert: Also played by a real porn star.
- 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.
Lord Petyr Baelish a.k.a "Littlefinger"
The sole member of House Baelish, one of the lowest noble houses. After serving as Master of Coin on King Robert's and King Joffrey's Small Councils, he's appointed Lord of Harrenhal. Littlefinger presents an affable mask to his fellows and betters, but he is unashamedly one of the most ambitious and talented schemers in King's Landing, with an information network to rival that of Varys. He is one of the few characters within the series to gain in stature and power over time, rather than lose it.
- Adaptational Villainy: To the point that George Martin considers him the character most altered, noting that book Littlefinger is much more friendly and better at keeping his true motives ambiguous than TV!Littlefinger!
- Ambition Is Evil: He was born without wealth, influence or a great title. By Season 3, he's got all of those, and gained them by being a scheming backstabber.
Varys: A man with great ambition and no morals. I wouldn't bet against you.
- Authority in Name Only/Rank Up: Varys mocks him because despite being named Lord of Harrenhal, he's ruling no land as long as the Northern army occupies the Riverlands. Varys' pun aside, the designation elevates Baelish' rank and position to the extent that he can marry Lysa Arryn and gain control of the Vale by marriage, becoming a de facto High Lord.
- Bad Boss: Occasionally shows his true colors to his sex workers.
- Badass Bookworm: Like Tyrion and Varys, he's dangerous because of his knowledge instead of his fighting prowess. His power as Master of Coin lies in his logbooks. Though Tyrion on examining the logbooks notes that Petyr's claim to being a financial wizard is slightly hollow since he's been borrowing debts from the Iron Bank of Braavos, a dangerous source of income if the Crown is not able to pay debts.
- Beard of Evil: His little goatee thing. It leads Bronn to derisively nickname him "Twatbeard".
- Beneath the Mask: Littlefinger is a sociopath, who only rarely lets slip just how ambitious he is, and how little he cares for others. Allowing Ros to be brutally killed by Joffrey is a stark example of just how bad he really is.
- Bullying a Dragon: In "The North Remembers," Littlefinger learns how much power he really has after he alludes smugly to and attempts to lord over the queen with the ‘rumor’ of Twincest going around about her and her brother. Cersei then showcases her own when, seemingly on a whim, she tells her guards to cut his throat before rescinding the order just before they follow through.
- Captain Obvious/Mr. Exposition: When someone mentions seeing a knight decapitate a horse, he tells Ned, "That sounds like someone we know... the Mountain!" While he is being deliberately condescending and provocative at the time, did he really think anyone could forget that?
- The Chessmaster: Unfortunately for Ned Stark, he's very skilled at navigating and manipulating the politics surrounding the Iron Throne to his own ends.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: With other characters, you should keep an eye on them if you decide to trust him/her. With Baelish, it's not a matter of if he'll betray you, but when and to whom, because he will sell out anyone, anytime, to anyone, to further his aspirations of power.
- Comforting the Widow: Attempts this on Catelyn, even bringing Ned's bones to her as an offering. She goes for her knife and tells him to get the hell out.
- Contemplative Councilor: He's fascinated by the Iron Throne and is shown a number of times from behind, standing still and looking at it before being engaged in conversation.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Medieval version. His idea of raising money for King Robert's tourneys and the Kingdom is borrowing money and sinking the Royal Treasury deeply into debt, as noted by Tyrion Lannister. It's bad enough that he borrows from the Lannisters, giving them disproportionate influence on the throne(as noted by Ned in alarm) but he's also borrowing from the dangerous Iron Bank of Braavos, which makes Tyrion worried that if and when they default, the Bank will support their enemies. When he quits as Master of Coin, the Crown is so deeply in debt that it cannot afford to pay for the King's wedding on its own, requiring the Tyrells to foot half the bill.
- He also makes it clear to his prostitutes, especially Ros, that he regards them as "investments" and regards any human feelings, like trauma from seeing a baby killed in front of you, as bad for business.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Sometimes, dishonest people who admit that they're dishonest can seem the most trustworthy. Littlefinger knows this.
- This is the reason why Varys labels him as one of the most dangerous people in the kingdom.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often leads to him and Varys having verbal sparring matches.
- Deadly Euphemism: "She was a ba-ad investment".
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Varys comments of him "He would see this kingdom burn if he could be king of the ashes."
- Devil in Plain Sight: Is very obviously up-to-no-good, and is quite honest about this. People rely on him anyway.
- George Martin noted that this was a major change in adaptation since the book Littlefinger was better at keeping himself in check and more likable.
- Dissonant Serenity: During Ned's execution, everyone else seems genuinely surprised and shocked by Joffrey's decision and try to coerce him out of it. Littlefinger doesn't move an inch, just standing there wearing that same damn smile as always! Possibly because he realized that it might benefit him, as seen in the next season where he attempts Comforting the Widow on Catelyn.
- Possibly a call-back to his book-counterpart, whose doesn't have the widest range of facial expressions beyond smiling.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lord Renly Baratheon. Renly wants to help Ned survive the imminent power struggle that will break out after Robert dies, whereas Baelish is quick to betray Lord Stark once he no longer finds the latter to be useful in his schemes.
- Evil Genius: Has a knack for financial management and an obscure talent finding money for the crown. From the books... In Season 3, Tyrion who is appointed Master of Coin after Littlefinger notes that his "secret" is borrowing money from the Iron Bank of Braavos, indebting the kingdom to a dangerous source.
- Littlefinger is incredibly sophisticated about politics and how it actually works, shrewdly judging strengths and weaknesses, flaws and fatal errors in the History and Lore Extra videos, where you almost forget that he's the worst schemer in Westeros.
- Faux Affably Evil: His politeness becomes gradually less genuine as the series goes on. See also Adaptational Villainy.
- Freudian Excuse: He claims that when he tried to win Catelyn's hand honorably against her original betrothed Brandon Stark, not only did he lose badly but Catelyn asked him to be spared because "He's only a boy." He realized then that the only way to win in life was to simply not do things honorably, to not play it their way. Though because of his sociopathy, it's obvious he might be embellishing a tad.
- Friendly Enemy: Varys loathes him, but they call each other friend with a veiled, sardonic emphasis and frequently trade barbs in a polite and subtle manner.
Varys: I rather enjoy him, but he would see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes.
- This is reinforced in their commentary on Robert's Rebellion in the Season 3 DVD where they politely trade barbs on their observations of history and how vaunting Varys' role was in the event.
- Hyper Awareness: Watch him avoiding a Right Behind Me situation in "Fire and Blood", and that's just one of the times he shows it.
- In-Series Nickname: "Littlefinger", and he resents it as unbecoming. Bronn suggests "Lord Twatbeard" would be more appropriate.
- Jerkass: Not great at hiding it, either. Varys even calls Baelish out for not being able to insult him in a polite, subtle manner.
- Knowledge Broker: Seems to know everything about everyone, and in "The Wolf and the Lion" he proves his information gathering to be almost equal to that of Varys.
- Lack of Empathy: For everyone except Catelyn and her daughters.
- A Lady on Each Arm: Has greeted both Catelyn and Ned seated on a couch with two prostitutes he employs on either side of him.
- Let no Crisis Go to Waste: Littlefinger's life philosophy. Take a drink every time he uses a crisis to acquire more power, do get an ambulance as alcohol-poisoning will set in soon.
- Manipulative Bastard: Just ask Eddard Stark.
- Non-Action Guy: A classic courtier at best and more often a downplayed Non-Action Big Bad.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Only towards Sansa, but he seems incapable of interacting with her without getting really close to her or touching her somehow.
- Not So Badass Longcoat: While Baelish may enjoy wearing longcoats of varying finery and style, he is nothing close to being called "badass" in that sense.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Barely any characters in the series see him as a threat at all, let alone a serious one. Every time, he proves them wrong, with extreme prejudice.
- Order Versus Chaos: Firmly on the side of Chaos, compared to Varys' Order. He even encourages disorder, viewing chaos not as a hopeless pit, but as a ladder to allow ambitious people like him to seize opportunities and rise beyond their meager stations.
- Pet the Dog: The first episode of Season 3 confirms that he did recognize Arya when she was playing the part of Tywin's cupbearer in Season 2. Not only did he not tell any of the Lannisters (despite the fact that delivering Arya to them could be worth a lot), he informs Sansa that Arya is alive just because the news will make Sansa happy. Of course, he may just have been doing this because he sees some eventual gain in it.
- Although he is subtly threatening Ros when he tells her that a sad whore is bad for business, he at least gives her the rest of of the day off to compose herself. (Again, for practical reasons rather than altruism.)
- Put on a Bus: He takes a boat to the Eyrie at the end of "The Climb," and doesn't appear for the rest of the third season and parts of the fourth.
- Realpolitik: The History and Lore videos on The Vale and Robert's Rebellion has him embody this perspective, mocking sentiment and mythical explanations as rationalizations for defeat. He also criticizes the notion that it was Robert's Targaryen blood that validated his claim to the throne.
"A pretty dress for an ugly truth. It was war and Robert could swing the hammer harder than his opponent."
- The Resenter: Being a petty noble without lineage or combat skill, he has great resentment and ill-intent toward those who possess both of these.
- Rule of Symbolism/The Main Characters Do Everything: He may be a behind-the scenes schemer, but he personally holds a knife to Ned's throat to underscore his backstabbing.
- Secret Keeper: In Season 2, he recognizes Arya Stark as Tywin Lannister's cupbearer but tells no one about this, mentioning it to Sansa in one of his few Pet the Dog moments.
- Self-Deprecation: At least he's honest about how dishonest he is. Ned Stark should have listened.
Littlefinger: I did warn you not to trust me.
- Self-Made Man: Varys notes it arguably makes him even more dangerous, as it means his ambition is less restrained than most people.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: One of the tricks he uses to get Ned Stark on his side, as a dishonest person can make people think they're trustworthy but admitting they aren't.
- Shame If Something Happened: After finding Ros crying over Mhaegen's murdered baby he tells her she reminds him of girl he purchased from a Lyseni pleasure house, very expensive and beautiful but she was constantly sad. Since she was a bad investment he sold her to a Lord who wanted to transform her and who derived pleasure from stuff most men would consider unthinkable. In "The Climb" he follows through on the threat by delivering her to Joffrey.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: It's becoming a pattern for Littlefinger to have his attempts to win someone over, threaten them and/or gloat be quite rudely interrupted. Ned, Cersei and Catelyn have all separately pulled this on him, and all three have gone for his throat or threatened to do so, and Ned even chokeslams him into a wall.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Ros at least seems to think he's this in regards to Catelyn, since when asked about who or what he's into she responds that despite running a whorehouse he's never seemed particularly interested in the other women there. Varys taunts him with this after he announces plans to marry Lysa Arryn, referring to her as having always been his "second choice" after Catelyn. Eventually, the interest is seemingly transferred to Sansa.
- Skunk Stripe: White hair on the sides of his head.
- Sleazy Politician: He openly advertises that he's a weasel.
- Slimeball: Overtly-sycophantic when he needs to be, but also sneaky, manipulative, creepy and occasionally hammy.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Renly. Since neither man possesses any talent for fighting, this is the only form of combat that they excel at.
- Social Climber: To the point of forming an entire philosophy revolving around it. Along with Bronn, a character who has consistently gone from strength to strength. At the start he was "Master of Coin" and a petty Lord, by Season 3, he's Lord Paramount of the Trident and Harrenhal, and is given leave by the Crown to marry Lysa Arryn, the widow of an entire region, which by marriage would make him one of the High Lords of Westeros. And there's no indication that he plans to stop there.
- The Sociopath: According to Varys.Littlefinger proves him right by delivering Ros to be used by Joffrey for target practice.
- Sssssnake Talk: More subtle than most examples, but yes.
- Straw Nihilist: He believes that life is essentially chaotic and there is nothing but 'the climb'.
- Travelling at the Speed of Plot: In season 2 he travels from King's Landing to Storm's End (in the Stormlands), then from there to Harrenhal (in the Riverlands), and then from there to Highgarden (in the Reach), and then finally back to King's Landing. Thanks to the exact length of time season 2 takes place over being unclear, many fans joke he has a jetpack.
- Treacherous Advisor: Betrays Ned. And if you think he did it out of loyalty to the Lannisters, think again.
- The Unfettered: Although he verges on outright sociopathy like his book counterpart.
Varys: He would see this kingdom burn if he could be king of the ashes.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Catelyn.
- Unusual Euphemism: Averted. Despite the sexual connotations of his nickname, its origins are completely mundane (at least, according to him): he was a small kid, and he came from a place in the Vale called 'The Fingers;' thus, "Littlefinger."
- Villainous Crush: On Catelyn, obviously. It's been stated by the actor and implied in the show that he has this for Sansa as well, whom he says reminds him of Catelyn.
- War for Fun and Profit: He repeatedly talks of chaos and crisis creating opportunities. In the History and Lore videos, he talks about how the Targaryen conquest by unifying the Seven Kingdoms "made it boring" and he regards peacetime rule as a "lie".
- Wife Husbandry: His creeping on Sansa seems like the beginning of this.
- Wild Card: His only true loyalty is to himself. Despite being tasked by Cersei with locating Arya Stark, and succeeding by pure coincidence, he keeps it to himself, though he later helps her complicitly when it comes to an affair he has a hand in.
"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 anyway.
- 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: With Edric Storm, a book-only character, who is another of Robert's bastards.
- 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'.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"There will be pain."
Jaime Lannister: "You are no maester. Where is your chain?"
Qyburn: "The Citadel stripped me of it. They found some of my... experiments... too bold."
An ex-Maester who had been captive in Harrenhal.
- Adaptational Heroism: A minor case as of the third season. While he engaged in the same sick experiements as his book counterpart, Qyburn in the show appears to have a genuine interest in healing people, and justifies his experiments through a Totalitarian Utilitarian mindset. In contrast, the book Qyburn is more clearly motivated by For Science! and For the Evulz. Also, because the sadistic mercenary band The Brave Companions were Adapted Out, the show Qyburn seemingly lacks his book counterpart's involvement with such a group.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a pretty awful person (based on his backstory), Qyburn has a pleasant demeanour. Even Cersei admits to being 'fond' of him.
- Analogy Backfire: Qyburn argues to Jaime that his vivisection of paupers was justified by the fact that it helped him save many more lives. He then asks Jaime how many men he's killed (hundreds, probably), and then asks how many he's saved:
Jaime: 500,000. (Qyburn looks at him, disbelieving). The population of King's Landing.
- Cool Old Guy: Mad Doctoring notwithstanding.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Talisa: You are lucky to be alive.
Qyburn: (looks around, sees the hall filled with corpses) "Lucky"?
- Disposable Vagrant: He used more than a few to further his 'investigations'.
- For Science!: A relatively moderate example, really. Most of his experiments fit the bill (they were performed both to gain an understanding of disease and the human body, both the foundation of modern medicine), but they've also allowed him to amass an incredible knowledge of actual medicine that actually heals, and uses it to great effect.
- Mad Doctor: He was stripped of his Maester's chain for performing gruesome and fatal experiments on the living.
- Mad Scientist: ...which he did in the name of his idea of advancing medical knowledge. The disturbing part of it all is, he's such a ridiculously competent doctor that one can't help but think it paid off.
- The Medic: Despite being more than a little nuts, he's also an extremely competent doctor. From the Books...
- Mysterious Past: How did he end up in Harrenhal?
- Nightmare Fetishist: The way his eyes light up when cutting into Jaime's infected stump is more than a little terrifying.
- Pet the Dog: Assisting the one-handed Jaime with his saddle.
- Red Right Hand: He has a disturbing neck scar from the Slashed Throat the Mountain gave him.
- Retired Monster: Not by choice, however. He performed horrific experiments on others and was stripped of his Maester's chain and rank for it. He's employed again by the Lannisters in season 4.
- Slashed Throat: Robb finds him in Harrenhal, having survived one courtesy of The Mountain.
- Softspoken Sadist: His voice is disconcertingly even and mellow, even as he goes about horrible-looking procedures.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Harrenhal captives massacre.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to help humanity and save people's lives, but to do this he experimented on many innocents.
"What is the world coming to when smugglers must vouch for the honor of kings?"
"Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs."
A powerful Lysene pirate and mercenary. Also old friend of Davos.
- Affably Evil: If you assume that piracy and evil always go together.
- Appeal To Vanity: The way Davos convinces him to support Stannis.
Davos: You're not a young man, Salladhor. An' correct me if I'm wrong, most pirates don't grow old.
Salladhor: Only the clever ones.
Davos: You want ta spend your last few years on the sea stealing from Pentoshi cheese mongers and Meereenese silk merchants, then go. They're out there, waitin' for you. That's easy. What I'm offerin' you is hard. Come with me an' plunder the greatest city in Westeros. You'll be the richest man in Lys, an' the most famous. They'll be singin' songs about you as long as men have voices ta sing.
Salladhor: Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs.
Davos: It is.
- Awesome McCoolname: Aknowledged; "Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs."
- Badass Beard: He has one.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns briefly in the Season 3 premier, when he rescues Davos and returns him to Dragonstone.
- Black Best Friend: To Davos.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He reappears in the Season 3 premiere to rescue Davos and bring him back to Stannis.
- Dawson Casting: Inverted. Salladhor is supposed to be about the same age as Davos (maybe a little older), but Lucian Msamati is about 15 years younger than Liam Cunningham.
- Demoted to Extra: In season 3.
- Ethical Slut: He Really Gets Around, but is very insistent about how much he enjoys women and doesn't hold well with the idea of rape.
- Foil: To Matthos Seaworth.
- Hollywood Atheist: Type VII - he rubs his atheism on deeply religious Matthos for the lulz.
Salladhor: I've been all over the world, my boy, and everywhere I go, people tell me about the "true gods." They all think they found the right one. The one true god is what's between a woman's legs. Better yet, a Queen's legs.
- Insistent Terminology: He's not going to rape Cersei, he's going to fuck her. He wants her to consent to sleeping with him first.
Salladhor: One thing: I want the Queen.
Davos: The Queen?
Salladhor: Cersei. I want her. I'll sail with your fleet, all 30 of my ships, and if we don't drown at the bottom of Blackwater Bay, I will fuck this blond Queen and I will fuck her well.
Matthos: This war isn't about you. We're not attacking King's Landing so that you can rape the Queen!
Salladhor: I'm not going to rape her, I'm going to fuck her.
Matthos: As if she would just let you?
Salladhor: You don't know how persuasive I am. I never tried to fuck you.
- Mr. Exposition: Explains Stannis' post-Blackwater situation to the recently rescued Davos in the Season 3 premier.
- Noble Demon: He may be a greedy pirate, but he values loyalty and has a strong code of ethics.
- Noodle Incident:
Davos: You know me. You drank wine with me at my wedding.
Salladhor: And you drank with me at four of my weddings, but I don't go asking for any favors!
- Odd Friendship: Is an old and close friend of Davos Seaworth's, from his smuggling days, despite the two being virtual polar opposites in terms of character.
Salladhor: You believe your king can win?
Davos: He is the one true king.
Salladhor: You Westerosi are funny people. Man chops off your fingers and you fall in love with him. (Davos laughs) I'll sail with you, Davos Seaworth. You're the most honest smuggler I ever met. Make me rich.
Davos: Get me ta the gates o' King's Landin', an' I will.
- Pet the Dog: To Davos:
Salladhor: I am so sorry, my friend. I too have lost a son. There is nothing worse in this world. But, Davos, you were a good father.
Davos: If I were a good father, he'd still be here.
- Pirate: Well, obviously. He says he's a pirate often enough and commands a pirate fleet.
- Pride: "You think I'm insulted? I am a pirate. I'm an excellent pirate." Davos does a good job of stroking Salladhor's pride (and greed) a moment later, in order to convince him to support Stannis bid for the throne.
- Race Lift: While never described in detail in the books, Salladhor Saan is Lyseni and Lyseni are described as fair-skinned, blond and blue-eyed. He still hails from Lys in the show, but is probably not a local given that other Lyseni characters like Doreah and what we see of Saan's own crew are white. Much like TV! Xaro Xhoan Daxos, he's probably an immigrant from the Summer Islands (who are canonically black)
- Really Gets Around/Serial Spouse: We hear about four marriages, and those are only the ones whose weddings Davos was able to attend!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He abandons Stannis after the Battle of Blackwater Bay. He gave Stannis 30 ships in return for gold from plundering King's Landing and Stannis hasn't kept his end of the deal.
- Token Minority: Of Stannis' fleet.
- Where Da White Women At?: He demands Cersei as prize for helping attack King's Landing - not to rape her, he says, but to seduce her; specifically citing her blondeness.
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.
- Boisterous Weakling: He's too confident for his own good at first. He gets better.
- The Bully: Briefly, to Arya.
- 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: "I yieeeeld!!!"
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Those Two Guys: With Lommy Greenhands.
- 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.
"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.
- 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: spoiler: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 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.
- 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.
"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: 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 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.
Played By: Susie Kelly
The innkeeper at the Crossroads Inn.
- 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 series the Lannister forces set up a base somewhere in the Riverlands east of the Trident.