Characters: Game Of Thrones Wildlings
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Wildlings a.k.a. The Free Folk
Jon Snow: "I know your people are brave, no one denies that. Six times in the last thousand years, a King-beyond-the-Wall has attacked the kingdoms. Six times they failed. You don't have the discipline. You don't have the training. Your army is no army. You don't know how to fight together."
Hunter-gatherer tribes that live beyond The Wall. They often raid the North for resources and are bitter enemies of the Night's Watch.
- Arch-Enemy: The Night's Watch and the Wildlings have been locking horns for generations.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Barbarian Tribe: Or tribes, actually.
- Born Unlucky: Their chronic misfortunes originate from their ancestors living in the wrong side of the Wall when it was constructed eight thousand years ago.
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Everybody hates the Cave People.
- Did Not Think This Through: As Jon lampshades, despite being a Badass Army united under Mance Rayder, it's clear that the individual Wildlings are only out for themselves and lack any form of organisation or discipline to be truly effective as a fighting force. More to the point, even the children in the North grow up hearing the names, dates and locations of previous failed Wildling invasions, while Ygritte doesn't appear to be aware of any of them!. Some Wildings display signs of being more bloodthirsty than pragmatic.
- Elective Monarchy
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: In principle of the Picts and other ancient Caledonian peoples. However, The Wall is so far north that they actually come more as a cross between Sami, Inuit, and the Paleolithic tribes of Ice Age Europe. They have Scandinavian names though.
- Five-Bad Band: Of the major characters serving under Mance:
- Gender Is No Object: Wildling men and women alike take part in raiding parties.
- Godzilla Threshold: The return of the White Walkers and an expected very long Winter fast approaching, convinces the various Wildling factions to band together under Mance Rayder and flee South as an unified force.
- Grim Up North
- The Horde/Always Chaotic Evil: Considered such by the people of the Seven Kingdoms.
- Leeroy Jenkins: As Jon points out, their tendency to charge in without thinking is why they've never managed to successfully invade the North.
- Nicknaming the Enemy: They refer to The Night's Watch as "Crows" and southerners in general as "Kneelers".
- Not So Different: Like many Northeners, they are descendants of the First Men and share (or used to) some traits with the inhabitants of that septentrional and stark side of the world.
- Only One Name: Wildlings don't have surnames, though some have adopted sobriquets that serve as one.
- Pride: They see themselves as "free" and have contempt for the customs south of The Wall.
- Proud Warrior Race: Not terribly disciplined, though, which is why their invasions have all failed (along with the giant wall of ice).
- We Are Struggling Together: Used to be the case before Mance Rayder unified all the tribes.
Mance Rayder: Do you know what it takes to unite ninety clans, half of whom want to massacre the other half for one insult or another? They speak seven different languages in my army. The Thenns hate the Hornfoots, the Hornfoots hate the Ice-river clans, everyone hates the Cave people. So, you know how I got moon-worshipers and cannibals and giants to march together in the same army?
Jon Snow: No.
Mance Rayder: I told them we were all going to die if we don't get south. Because that's the truth.
- Wild Hair
Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall
"I'm going to light the biggest fire the North has ever seen!"
"Stand up, boy. We don't kneel for anyone beyond the Wall."
A former Night's Watchman that deserted and went to live among the Wildlings. He is rumored to have unified them in a single army and adopted the title "King Beyond the Wall" for himself.
"If we die we'll die, but first we'll live."
A Wildling Jon Snow takes captive at The Frostfangs.
- Action Girl
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While not unattractive, Book!Ygritte is described as having crooked teeth and a pug nose.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. She rejects Orell for Jon (implied not to be the first time she's done so).
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Jon angrily declares that he and his family are of the same blood as the Wildlings and have as much claim to the North as they do, she responds with a simple "Then why are you fightin' us?" Jon is quite surprised by this.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She starts to be attracted to Jon because he spares her life.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Jon.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Loves to mock Jon by repeating his sentences in a guttural tone modeled after Snow's one.
- Brutal Honesty: When the Halfhand asks her what the Wildlings would do if they captured him, Ygritte informs him he could count himself very fortunate if his death was quick.
- Catch Phrase: "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Becomes a Subverted Catch Phrase when Jon shows her how to do it down south.
- Country Mouse: Having never seen a windmill before, she is completely amazed by it and assumes it is a castle. Jon corrects her that castles are about three times as large.
- Culture Clash: With Jon. Despite the two of them having basically the same cultural origin as descendants of the First Men. She regularly mocks -or punctures through- southern customs and conventions.
- The Dark Chick
- Dating Catwoman: Jon
- Deadpan Snarker
Ygritte: "How old are you, boy?"
Jon: "I'm a man. Of the Night's Watch."
Ygritte: "You're a boy who's never been with a girl before?"
- Face Death with Dignity: When she believes Jon is about to execute her, she asks only that he does it clean and burns her body afterwards.
- Fiery Redhead
- Heroes Want Redheads
- The Immodest Orgasm: Amusingly, whilst in the middle of an Ironic Echo of her catchphrase;
Ygritte: You know nothing, Jon Sno-Ooh-Oohh!
- The Lad-ette: Most of the time she comes off manlier than Jon.
- Love Interest: Jon's.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Unlike the men she fought beside, she was spared purely because Jon Snow couldn't bring himself to kill a woman - despite her trying to kill him.
- Proud Warrior Race Gal: She thinks of herself and the Wildlings as a proud race of free badasses.
- Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: "Did you pull a knife on me during the night?"
- Secret Keeper: She knows that Jon joined the Wildlings to spy on them for the Watch.
- The Tease
- Woman Scorned: She almost kills Jon after he betrays her.
"Plenty of little men have tried to put their swords in my heart, and there are plenty of little skeletons buried in the woods."
Played By: Kristofer Hivju
Another war-leader of the Free Folk and Mance Rayder's second in command
"People work together when it suits 'em. They're loyal when it suits 'em. Love each other when it suits 'em. And they kill each other when it suits 'em."
Played By: Mackenzie Crook
A Wildling skinchanger (a person who can enter the minds of animals) in service to Mance Rayder.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Declares his feelings for Ygritte, who rejects him.
- Animal Eye Spy: He uses his eagle for this purpose, making him Mance's most valuable scout.
- Ascended Extra: Getting any screentime at all is a larger role than what he has in the books, where he's already dead before Jon infiltrates the wildlings. However we later learn Jon killed his human body whilst he was mentally inside his eagle, he remained within the eagle and very angry at Jon—a fate that ultimately happens at the third season's end.
- Beard of Evil
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: "Orel" means "Eagle" in several Slavic languages. As of "The Rains of Castamere" he is now permanently stuck inside his eagle partner, thanks to Jon.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil
- Body Surf: He wargs into his eagle at the last second after Jon stabs him.
- Brutal Honesty: He has no illusions that humanity is any different from the animals whose minds he inhabits. "People work together when it suits 'em. They're loyal when it suits 'em. Love each other when it suits 'em. And they kill each other when it suits 'em."
- Butt Monkey: He gets no respect for his nagging suspicion of Jon, despite being completely right the whole time.
- The Cassandra: About Jon's allegiance. Lampshaded by Jon himself.
- Composite Character: With the character Varamyr Sixskins from the book.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Part of the reason he antagonizes Jon is because he has feelings for Ygritte.
- Defiant to the End: After Jon fatally stabs him, his consciousness jumps into his eagle. He then attacks Jon and claws at his face.
- Dirty Coward: When Ygritte and Jon are dangling below them from the rope tying all the Wildlings, he chooses to cut them loose so they fall to their death and he survives. Luckily, Jon managed to save himself and Ygritte.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Considering they were halfway up a dangerous 700ft climb, had a large chunk of Wall come away from them moments before and wipe out several other groups, coupled with Jon and Ygritte swinging precariously and threatening to pull them all down? You can't really fault him for deciding the most pragmatic thing to do was to cut them loose.
- When Jon later confronts him over it Orell points out that Ygritte seems completely fine with it, since she'd have done the same, so this would be more a case of I Did What I Had to Do than genuine cowardice.
- Emergency Transformation: Body Surfs into his eagle companion seconds before his death to try and kill Jon Snow.
- Hidden Depths: Orell's interest in Ygritte is almost a redeeming feature: when he admits his attraction to her, he's surprisingly eloquent in his depth of feeling. Then he spoils the moment by lapsing into Crazy Jealous Guy.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Savvily invokes it with Jon to test his allegiance. Ultimately, Jon doesn't kill the horse breeder.
- Lean and Mean
- Our Werewolves Are Different: One of the terms for skinchanger is "warg", or werewolf.
- Properly Paranoid: Concerning Jon's allegiance. Jon even points this out right before he kills him.
- Prophet Eyes: While possessing the mind of his bird.
- Spared By Adaptation: In the books, Orell was one of the wildlings in Ygritte's scouting party and was actually killed by Jon. He dies in a similar manner to his book counterpart in The Rains of Castamere.
- Taking You with Me: In The Rains of Castamere, Orell wargs into an eagle after Jon mortally wounds him. He comes close to clawing Jon's eyes out.
The Lord of Bones a.k.a. Rattleshirt
"He runs, I'll chop his balls off."
: Edward Dogliani
"I already have a crow. Gut him!"
The leader of the Wildling tribe Ygritte belongs to. His true name is unknown; he calls himself the Lord o' Bones, while the Night's Watch mocks him as Rattleshirt.
Played By: Ian Whyte
An unidentified giant in Mance Rayder's camp.
- Acting for Two: Yet another character played by recurrent stuntman Ian Whyte, who played White Walkers in the first two seasons and the Mountain in Season 2.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Sort of. In the books, the giants are hairy ape-like creatures similar to Bigfoot, with few tools and no need to dress. In the show they look like 4-meter tall humans with rough facial features and wear clothes similar to those worn by the wildlings.
- Giant Mook: Presumably serves the Wilding's war effort in this capacity.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: To anyone but Jon in the wildling camp.
- Walking Spoiler
Played By: Yuri Kolokolnikov
Magnar of the Thenns, one of the strongest and mysterious tribes sworn to Mance.
"Piss on Mance Rayder! And Piss on the North! We're going as far south as south goes!"
Played By: Stephen Don
A Night's Watch deserter living among the Free Folk and part of Osha's band.
"Cut his little cock off and stuff it in his mouth."
Played By: Barry O'Connor
Another Night's Watch deserter living among the Free Folk and part of Osha's band.
"I am a godly man!"
"I've got no fear of what's out there. When the white cold comes, your swords and cloaks and pretty fires won't help you. Only ones left will be those alright with the gods, the real gods."
A member of the Free Folk and an unsavory ally of the Night's Watch. Craster is a wildling who lives north of the Wall. He lives in a fortified homestead, rather grandly called Craster's Keep, along with his daughters and wives. When his daughters get old enough he marries them, and then incestuously fathers new children with them. At the time of the War of the Five Kings, he has nineteen wives.
- Abusive Parent/Domestic Abuser: His daughters are his wives; he's not a very good father or husband.
- Ascended Extra: His one scene from A Clash of Kings is developed into an larger storyline in season 2.
- Asshole Victim: Karl provokes him into a fight so he can kill Craster and steal the food. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
- Badass Grandpa: In Season 2 Mormont says Jon's not fit to accompany Qhorin's scouts by pointing out that he got disarmed and beaten bloody by "an old man". In-universe Memetic Badass Qhorin Halfhand immediately calls Craster "a tough old goat", suggesting that there's no shame in being beaten by him.
- Bald of Evil: More prominent in Season 3.
- Bastard Bastard: He's actually the bastard son of a a Night's Watch member and a wildling woman.
- Beard of Evil: In season 3.
- Berserk Button: Being reminded of his bastardy and threatens to cut off the hand of anyone who does so much as look at his daughter-wives.
- Blood from the Mouth
- Badass Boast: "Let them come. My roots, they're sunk deep."
- Deadpan Snarker: He enjoys shooting jibes at the Night's Watch.
- Evil Is Petty: Despite being neutral and giving food and shelter to the Night's Watch, he gives them as little as possible, and insists on receiving gratitude.
- Evil Old Folks
- Felony Misdemeanor: Threatens to cut off the hand of anyone who looks at his daughter-wives.
- Fingerless Gloves: A staple of his clothing.
- Human Sacrifice/Deal With the White Walkers: He gives his male children to the White Walkers in exchange for them leaving him alone.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Through the lower jaw, winds up choking in his own blood
- Insistent Terminology: Everyone south of the Wall is a 'southerner' to him, period.
- Jerkass: His incestuous abusive marriages aside, Craster is a sadistic, cruel, bullying psychopath without a single redeeming quality hidden in his tempermental, vile personality.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he gives the Night's Watch as little food as possible and wants them gone ASAP, the fact is that he does have a large family to feed, and winter is coming, so while he may be reprehensible in many, many other ways, his extremely grudging and minimalist hospitality is actually pretty reasonable. Sam tries to point this out when Rast is sowing discontent among the Watch, but is cowed into silence when Rast aggressively asks if he's siding with Craster over his brothers.
- Killed Off for Real
- Last of His Kind: Sort of - he is the only wildling man to be seen for miles around. Everyone but he and his daughter-wives has vanished. Lets just say there is a pretty good reason for it.
- Marry Them All
- Offing the Offspring: The male ones, by sacrificing them to the White Walkers.
- Open Secret: Mormont and probably Benjen already know that Craster kills his sons but he is too valuable to get rid of as an ally. The "giving them to the White Walkers" part might be still a secret, though.
- Parental Incest: Marries his daughters, and then their daughters, and...
- Sacred Hospitality: Played with. His giving grudging shelter to the Night's Watch might be just so that they'll tolerate his presence and lifestyle, but his repeated and angry insistence that "I am a godly man" when called out suggests that there might be some sort of code of honour attached to it. When his Berserk Button gets pressed he attacks his guests, but they were deliberately provoking him, making it unclear who violated Sacred Hospitality first.
- Token Evil Teammate: He makes himself valuable to the Night's Watch so they'll leave him alone, but is so despicable that none of them are very happy about it.
- Too Dumb to Live: It's not a good idea to take people under your roof, insult them, give them as little food as possible and threaten to kill them for a joke, especially when some of them might not have the same morals and honor their leader has, or weren't beaten into submission like his daughter-wives. There's also the fact that Craster pulled a hatchet at Karl, while being SURROUNDED by Crows. Sacred Hospitality includes the host as much as the guest, and he attacked first.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Daughter-Wives
- Would Hit a Girl: He threatens his daughter-wives with this often. Considering the type of person he is, this comes as no surprise.
- Would Hurt a Child
- Wife Husbandry
"You...you shouldn't touch me."
Sam:Iím not giving it away. Iím giving it to you. Keep it safe for me, Ďtil I come back.
Craster's daughter, granddaughter, and youngest wife.
- Adult Fear: Having a child taken away from you by an abusive caretaker because it's a boy, or eventually seeing it grow up to endure the same abuse.
- Broken Bird: Averted, Sam mentions that despite all the crap she's been through, her spirit is not broken.
- Probably because she hasn't known anything but life with Craster. She had nothing better to compare it with.
- Love Interest: Sam Tarly's.
- Never Learned to Read: Gilly is illiterate, like almost all wildlings. She's amazed that Sam can actually understand "marks on a piece of paper", and thinks he's some sort of wizard.
- Only One Name: She's actually surprised to learn people have last names South of the Wall.
- Stepford Smiler
- Parental Incest: Her father Craster has been raping his daughter-wives for several generations now—not only is Gilly his daughter, but her mother (and probably her grandmother) was as well.
- The Pollyanna: As Sam points out: she's still got hope life will get better.
- Protectorate: Sam quickly becomes her champion.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
Played By: Deirdre Monaghan
Mountain tribes of the Vale that descend from the First Men and do not accept the rule of House Arryn.
Shagga, Son of Dolf
"When you meet your gods, you tell them that Shagga, Son of Dolf, of the Stone Crows sent you."
Played By: Mark Lewis Jones
Chieftain of the Stone Crows and ally to Tyrion.
Timett, Son of Timett
Played By: Tobias Winter
Red Hand of the Burned Men and ally to Tyrion.
Chella, Daughter of Cheyk
Played By: N/A
Chieftain of the Black Ears and ally to Tyrion.