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* WomanInWhite: Naughty Septa she may be, but she still wears the white of one not devoted to the Stranger.


* BlingOfWar: The members of the company, particularly the officers, keep their worldly wealth upon their person: jeweled swords, inlaid armour, heavy torcs, and fine silks. Officers also wear golden arm rings, one for each year of service. By Westerosi standards, this is exceptionally blingy for battle, although useful in ID-ing veterans up close in battle. By Essossi standards, it leans more towards "tastefully restrained and downright practical for all occasions". Which says a lot about Essos.

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* BlingOfWar: The members of the company, particularly the officers, keep their worldly wealth upon their person: jeweled swords, inlaid armour, heavy torcs, and fine silks. Officers also wear golden arm rings, one for each year of service. By Westerosi standards, this is exceptionally blingy for battle, although useful in ID-ing veterans either in combat or afterwards: wearing your potential ransom also speeds things up close in battle. and ensures either a quick death for looting purposes or good treatment as a prisoner. By Essossi standards, it the company aesthetic leans more towards "tastefully restrained and downright practical for all occasions". Which says a an awful lot about Essos.


* BlingOfWar: The members of the company, particularly the officers, keep their worldly wealth upon their person: jeweled swords, inlaid armour, heavy torcs, and fine silks. Officers also wear golden arm rings, one for each year of service.

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* BlingOfWar: The members of the company, particularly the officers, keep their worldly wealth upon their person: jeweled swords, inlaid armour, heavy torcs, and fine silks. Officers also wear golden arm rings, one for each year of service. By Westerosi standards, this is exceptionally blingy for battle, although useful in ID-ing veterans up close in battle. By Essossi standards, it leans more towards "tastefully restrained and downright practical for all occasions". Which says a lot about Essos.


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Though it's compromised of exiles from different wars in Westerosi history, most of the early Golden Company was composed of people that Bloodraven forced to flee. The more effective Bloodraven became in his office, [[CreateYourOwnVillain the more exiled lords and knights joined the ranks of Bittersteel's sellsword company]], earning the Targaryens and Westeros five decades of wars.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Though it's compromised comprised of exiles from different wars in Westerosi history, most of the early Golden Company was composed of people that Bloodraven forced to flee. The more effective Bloodraven became in his office, [[CreateYourOwnVillain the more exiled lords and knights joined the ranks of Bittersteel's sellsword company]], earning the Targaryens and Westeros five decades of wars.






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* DirtyCoward: Griff is astounded that he was elected to be Captain-General of the company, being reluctant to take any risks and engage in battle. However, that may just be his own desire for immediate action overruling Harry's more cautious nature.

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* AuthorityInNameOnly: Once Jon Connington and Aegon arrive and the Golden Company honors their agreement to reclaim the Iron Throne for them, it quickly becomes clear that Harry's role as commander of the Company will be taken by Jon, who is a far more experienced warrior and battle-commander, even if Harry does keep the title.
* DirtyCoward: Griff Jon is astounded that he was elected to be Captain-General of the company, being reluctant to take any risks and engage in battle. battle, an assessment that Aegon agrees with. However, that may just be his both of their own desire for immediate action overruling Harry's more cautious nature.



* {{Hypocrite}}: He derides Prince Doran Martell as a coward scared of his own shadow, causing Jon to think that description fits Harry more than the Prince, who he thinks of as cautious, not cowardly.



* DamnedByFaintPraise: Griff has faint praise for him, and fears that Young Griff will soon have seven such men as his [[spoiler:Kingsguard]], "each more blindingly adequate than the last."

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: Griff has faint praise for him, noting that while a loyal friend and solid enough fighter, he is unworthy of [[spoiler:the White Cloak of a Kingsguard]] and fears that Young Griff will soon have seven such six other men as his [[spoiler:Kingsguard]], "each more blindingly adequate than the last."

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* {{Expy}}: Of Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian. Fittingly, his hated half-brother, Bloodraven, is an Expy of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric]], who was created to be the exact opposite of Conan.
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** Oh, boy! ... To Bloodraven, his polar opposite and arch-enemy. Both the legitimized bastards of a Targaryen King; one from a mother from an Seven-worshipping house and one from a Old Gods-worshipping house (both houses which have been at each other's throats for what could be millennia); one a master warrior while the other a master longbowman, spy, strategist and given to wars of attrition; one loyal to their Targaryen brother king, while the other loyal to the Blackfyre rebel; one preferred by the woman that they both loved while the other one is scorned; one getting increasingly more powerful while the other slowly withers away; [[spoiler:one is still alive while the other has been long deceased]]. In every case, Bittersteel had a disadvantage to Bloodraven.
** You can compare him to Lord Beric, the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Both of them suffered defeats and had to rally TheRemnant of their former supporters to a new cause. Bittersteel created the Golden Company, a mercenary outfit in Essos of the highest calibre founded with the hope of eventually returning to Westeros, claim vengeance and reclaim lost lands. Beric created the Brotherhood, an outlaw organization that actually carries out the King's Justice (bringing war criminals and rapists to justice, providing relief and care to the smallfolk) with all its members forsaking their lands, titles and stations so as to serve as LaResistance in the Riverlands until justice is done.
** To Ser Criston Cole of the Kingsguard. They took part in instigating the two greatest civil wars the Targaryen Kings had to suffer and their lives ended in a rather pathetic manner.
*** During the same period, to Prince Aemond Targaryen, who served as co-Dragon with Ser Criston to Aegon II. Both angry people and lifetime jerks, Aemond differed from Bittersteel in the fact that he did not fight out of pretensions or with a set goal, but rather to wreak havoc; he even sat on the Iron Throne himself but surrendered to Aegon without any qualms.


* ConsummateProfessional: Their professionalism in both (relatively) ethical business practice and organisational structure basically makes them ''the'' consummate professionals of the whole sellsword business model. Successful ones, too: they're not lacking in resources which are constantly funneled into technical upgrades, training, and tweaks, not just overt bling. They are the professional army by which others on two continents (be they standing, conscripted, or mercenary) are measured. And, those others are often found wanting.

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* ConsummateProfessional: Their professionalism in both (relatively) ethical business practice and organisational structure basically makes them ''the'' consummate professionals of the whole sellsword business model. Successful ones, too: they're not lacking in resources which are constantly funneled into technical upgrades, training, training and tweaks, not just overt bling.bling and living expenses. Heck, part of the secret to their success is having more of a handle on logistics than the bulk of other companies do. They are the professional army by which others on two continents (be they standing, conscripted, or mercenary) are measured. And, those others are often found wanting.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: He's not wrong when he counters Connington's [[NeverMyFault insistence that he did all he could to catch Robert]] by pointing out Tywin would have just burned Stony Sept (where Robert had gone to ground after his defeat at Ashford) to the ground to end Robert's Rebellion at a stroke.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Their raison d'etre is to find spanners to aim at any plans they can mess with which belong to any other factions sitting on the Iron Throne. Any dispute that flares up? Wise Small Councils check for their involvement in there, somewhere!
** Funnily enough, Daenerys has been a walking spanner to quite a few of their current plans, without her even knowing they're plotting! Hatching her dragons was just the largest issue she's given them. It's a little harder to sideline ''a fully functioning Dragon Lord'' in the succession, according to likely still existing family rules.


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* BadassArmy: Not only due to their discipline and experience, but because they're a proper "combined arms" company -- with infantry, archers, knights, engineers, and mounted elements all trained to fight as a single unit. This avoids the CripplingOverSpecialization of other [[BadassArmy Badass Armies]] like the Unsullied or a [[ProudWarriorRace Dothraki]] ''[[TheHorde khalasar]]''.

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* BadassArmy: Not only due to their discipline and experience, but because they're a proper "combined arms" company -- with infantry, archers, knights, engineers, and mounted elements all trained to fight as a single unit.unit -- and, have training to work with navy when available (see their various campaigns with pirates/ Ironborn elements). This avoids the CripplingOverSpecialization of other [[BadassArmy Badass Armies]] like the Unsullied or a [[ProudWarriorRace Dothraki]] ''[[TheHorde khalasar]]''.


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, he (a legitimized, exiled Targaryen prince... even without the surname, lest we forget) and Calla Blackfyre (exiled, rebel princess: ditto) were married decades before he died. Were they happy? Any kids? Grandkids? Boys? Dunno: could be important, though... [[spoiler: If anybody in Westeros wants to doubt Aegon's identity and/or legitimacy, the mere ''possibility'' of his coming from Bittersteel's line of maybe-Blackfyres is certainly a specific place they can point to to cast aspersions from, particularly as he's got the Golden Company behind him.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, he (a legitimized, exiled Targaryen prince... prince even without the surname, lest we forget) and Calla Blackfyre (exiled, rebel princess: princess... ditto) were married decades before he died. Were they happy? Any kids? Grandkids? Grandkids? Great-grandkids? Boys? Dunno: could Dunno. Could prove to be somewhat important, though... [[spoiler: If anybody in Westeros wants to doubt Aegon's Aegon "VI"'s identity and/or legitimacy, the mere ''possibility'' of his him coming from Bittersteel's line of maybe-Blackfyres maybe-Blackfyre Dragons is certainly ''certainly'' a very specific place they can point to to cast aspersions from, particularly as he's got he ''does'' have both the Golden Company behind him.him and the classic Targaryen looks a little more incidental inbreeding and/or some Lyseni or Volantine mixing could certainly produce.]]


* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: They tend towards this, and it certainly hasn't hurt their reputation. They're upfront with what they can and can't do, rarely accept contracts that they don't have a shot at completing, will give [[BrutalHonesty painfully honest advice]] about strategy and tactics if they see a screw-up coming, will accept fault (and the fines) if it was truly their mistake, and won't sell their previous employers' secrets out, even. They will stay bought and only turn to ransack former employers if the contract was broken on that end: warnings are given (and, gods help you if you try setting them up to fail just to get out of paying them). They're even open about the one time they'll drop anything: if they can follow a Blackfyre home. [[spoiler: This turns out to be "any vaguely-Targaryen exile who will bring us home", but... still open about it. Not their fault others assumed "no more known Blackfyres" meant "no more discretionary clause".]]

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* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: They tend towards this, and it certainly hasn't hurt their reputation. They're upfront with what they can and can't do, rarely accept contracts that they don't have a shot at completing, will give [[BrutalHonesty painfully honest advice]] about strategy and tactics if they see a screw-up coming, will accept fault (and the fines) if it was truly their mistake, and won't sell their previous employers' secrets out, even. They will stay bought and only turn to ransack former employers if the contract was broken on that end: warnings are given (and, gods help you if you try setting them up to fail just to get out of paying them). They're even open about the one time they'll drop anything: if they can follow a Blackfyre home. [[spoiler: This turns out to be "any vaguely-Targaryen exile "will follow any vaguely-Dragon-shaped-exile-we-can-stomach who will promises to bring us home", but... still open about it. Not their fault others assumed "no more known Blackfyres" meant "no more that the discretionary clause".clause was now simply an historical oddity.]]



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Due to their custom of never ever breaking a contract, the whole world is shocked when they break their contract with Myr and grow wary speculating about the reason.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Due to their custom of never ever breaking a contract, the whole world is shocked when they seemingly break their contract with Myr out of nowhere, and then grow wary speculating about as to the reason.reasons. [[spoiler: They might, technically, not have ''broken'' their contract, either: that is, if Aegon is, indeed, a Blackfyre. Or, if they just ''believe'' that he is one. They do have that well-known exit clause they still put in the agreements they draw up.]]


* HonorBeforeReason: The Golden Company is reputed to have never broken a contract. Their motto is "Our word is good as gold."

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* HonorBeforeReason: The Golden Company is reputed to have never broken a contract. Their motto is "Our word is good as gold."" As such, when word breaks that the Golden Company have broken faith with Volantis, ''everyone'' gets concerned, particularly everyone in Westeros.

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* {{Determinator}}: Half-Targaryen, remember? Came back hitting after every licking, and even had his skull plated and preserved to keep trying to be vindicated via the Golden Company post-mortem. Deconstructed, though: this well-known trait was actively used [[GradualGrinder against him]]. Family fights between stubborn bastards who don't know how to quit = nobody fully gets what they want. And ''everybody'' suffers.


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* MeaningfulName: Bittersteel was a quite... bitter. Also, handy with a sword. And, wound up not getting what he wanted when he used might.

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