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!
- 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.
- Nicknaming The Enemy: They just refer to The Night's Watch as "The Crows", in a derogatory tone.
- 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: Most 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.
- Anti-Villain: He's taking the Wildlings south to save them from the threat of the White Walkers.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: How the Wildlings chose him as their King.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Boast: See quote.
- Badass Longhair: Which he keeps in a tail.
- Big Bad: To the Night's Watch.
- Brutal Honesty: How he became King-Beyond-the-Wall:
Mance: I told them we were all going to die, if we didn't get south. Because that's the truth.
- The Dreaded: Again, to the Night's Watch.
- Elected Monarch: Chosen by the Wildlings to lead them.
- Cincinnatus: Specifically, to lead them out of the White Walkers' reach.
- Everyone Has Standards: Mance is noticeably shocked when Jon informs him the Night Commander was well aware of Craster giving his sons to the White Walkers. He even accepts this is reason enough for Jon to want to switch sides.
- Face Heel Turn: Went from being one of the best Rangers to leading the Wildling hordes.
- The Ghost: Mentioned all the way back to Season 1, not appearing until 3.
- Going Native: An interesting example where the Native goes Native. According to his actor and the producers, Mance was a Wildling baby that was found and raised by the Night's Watch. However this caused an identity crisis for him over his loyalty to his people the Wildlings or his adopted people the Night's Watch. Eventually, he deserted to join the former.
- King Incognito: The first time he meets Jon Snow.From the books...
- Modest Royalty: The Wildlings don't believe in "blue blood" and have contempt for the protocol used south of the Wall.
- The Nondescript: Compared with Tormund Giantsbane or the Lord of Bones he looks like a regular man.
- The Oath Breaker
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Was considered one of the best Rangers in the Night's Watch.
- Perma Stubble
- We Used To Be Friends: With Qhorin Halfhand.
Mance: He was my brother once. Back when he had a whole hand.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Jeor Mormont this.
Jon: You think any of them got away?
Mance: It's not impossible. You don't go far betting against Mormont.
Played By: Rose Leslie
A Wildling Jon Snow takes captive at The Frostfangs.
"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
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 group of Wildlings Ygritte belongs to, now a high ranking member of Mance Rayder's army. His true name is unknown, he calls himself the Lord of Bones/Lord o'Bones, while the Night's Watch mocks him as Rattleshirt.
"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 a 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.
- Beard of Evil
- Blonde Guys Are Evil
- Butt Monkey: He gets no respect for his suspicion of Jon, despite being completely right.
- Composite Character: With Varamyr Sixskins and Jarl.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Part of the reason he antagonizes Jon is because he has feelings for Ygritte.
- 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 800ft 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.
- Lean and Mean
- Meaningful Name: Possibly, though it's likely just a coincidence. "Orel" is the Bulgarian word for "eagle", which happens to be the animal he chooses to link his mind to.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: One of the terms for skinchanger is 'warg,' or werewolf.
- Properly Paranoid: Concerning Jon's allegiance.
- Prophet Eyes: While warging.
- Spared by Adaptation: In the books, Orell was one of the wildlings in Ygritte's scouting party and was actually killed by Jon.
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.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: To anyone but Jon in the wildling camp.
- Walking Spoiler
"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."
"Any man lays a hand on my wives, he loses the hand".
An unsavory collaborator of the Night's Watch, who gives them sanctuary when they pass through his territory.
- 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.
- 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
- 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."
- Evil Is Petty: Despite giving food and shelter to the 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
- 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.
- 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 anyway.
- 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...
- 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 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
- 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.
One of Craster's daughter-wives
Played By: Stephen Don
A Night's Watch deserter living among the Free Folk and part of Osha's band.
Played By: Barry O'Connor
Another Night's Watch deserter living among the Free Folk and part of Osha's band.
Mountain tribes of the Vale that descend from the First Men and do not accept the rule of House Arryn.
Shagga, Son of Dolf
Played By: Mark Lewis Jones
"When you meet your gods, you tell them that Shagga, Son of Dolf, of the Stone Crows sent you."
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.