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Queen Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name; r. 298

Dany, Stormborn, The Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, The Breaker of Chains, The Dragon Queen, The Queen Across the Water, The Silver Queen, Silver Lady, Dragonmother, Mhysa, Aegon The Conqueror with Teats
"I want to make my kingdom beautiful, to fill it with fat men and pretty maids and laughing children. I want my people to smile when they see me ride by, the way Viserys said they smiled for my father."

The last scion of House Targaryen, who was born-in-exile after Ser Jaime killed her father and Robert Baratheon took the Iron Throne. Impoverished and hiding in the Free Cities in the East, she is initially an abused little girl living under the whims of her bullying older brother Viserys. While initially meek and frail, Dany grows stronger in every book and her destiny is far, far beyond what she ever imagined.

For Daenerys, daughter of King Aegon IV, see here.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Well, a rather sheltered young teen who was never expected, or educated appropriately, to do much leading until she, well, started conquering cities. She's not as bad at it as many would fear (a Joffrey-level disaster she certainly isn't), but she definitely has room to grow better at ruling.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her relationships with Drogo and Daario definitely fit this trope. Barristan laments that while Dany is clever and wise beyond her years, she still has a young woman's taste in men. He notes that if Quentyn Martell had been Archibald Yronwood or Gerris Drinkwater instead of shy, timid Quentyn, then Daenerys might have been more willing to spurn Hizdahr.
  • Anti-Hero: She started the series as a Classical Anti-Heroine but slowly worked her way down to being a Pragmatic Anti-Heroine.
  • Appeal to Force: One of her themes is that this is the nature of Targaryens (and Valyrian dragonlords in general) and yet she's opposed to doing it, wanting to do things through kindness, honor and justice instead. At the end of ADWD, she just may be ready to quit screwing around.
  • Arc Number: "The dragon has three heads."
  • Arranged Marriage: To Khal Drogo. It works out.
    • Again in A Dance With Dragons, to Hizdahr zo Loraq as part of her plan to bring stability to Meereen. It didn't work out so well.
  • Badass Boast:
    "Khaleesi," the handmaid Irri explained, as if to a child, "Jhaqo is a khal now, with twenty thousand riders at his back."
    She lifted her head. "And I am Daenerys Stormborn, Daenerys of House Targaryen, of the blood of Aegon the Conqueror and Maegor the Cruel and Old Valyria before them. I am the dragon's daughter, and I swear to you, these men will die screaming..."
  • Bald of Awesome: Upon walking out of Drogo's funeral pyre, she's lost all her hair, but gained three dragons and a new resolve to claim what is hers.
  • Battle Trophy: After she kills the Undying, she adopts the Dothraki custom of adding a new bell to her braid after every victory. Currently she wears four, for the defeat of the Undying and her conquests of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Daenerys is believed to be the prophesied Prince Who Was Promised.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is gentle and kind-hearted (some might even argue that she's rather too kind-hearted for a ruler), but you do not want to rouse her anger. Her dragons are always hungry...
  • Big Brother Worship: Daenerys shows shades of this towards Rhaegar, the older brother she's never met, but when you have been left with Viserys as your only surviving brotherly figure, it's all too easy to worship the dead one who therefore can't hurt you. It helps that she heard him described as a gallant, accomplished, handsome man who would have been an excellent king. Despite this, she also has to learn that even Rhaegar was fallible.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: At the end of her final chapter in ADWD, and the final one before the epilogue. Dany, lost on the Dothraki Sea, calls out for Drogon, and he comes. She rides him, and he attacks a herd of horses and riders. The riders flee but Drogon kills a horse and settles down to eat it (desperately hungry, Dany shares his kill). Then Khal Jhaqo and fifty of his outriders appear out of the grass. End chapter.
  • Blue Blood: As a Targaryen princess, this is a given. Played with, however: her background is way more impoverished and unstable than that of the average Targaryen, however much she was deliberate sheltered from much of the stress of it.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Barristan Selmy tells her of her father's madness. Sure, she doesn't want to take the full extent of her father's follies in, but she does stop both denying his madness and excusing him as being merely greatly misunderstood from that point onwards.
  • Catchphrase: She has three:
    • When playing innocent or being mocking:
    • When asserting her rights:
    Dany: I am the blood of the dragon.
    • When worrying about the decisions she has made:
  • Chekhov's Gift: In the Targaryen tradition, either Viserys or Willem Darry made sure that Daenerys learned how to speak Valyrian. This comes as a plot point when she confronts Kraznys mo Nakloz's trash-talking to her face.
  • Child by Rape: Very likely, given the nature of her parent's relationship as Jaime Lannister remembers it as being. It is quite possible that she was conceived after Aerys had Qarlton Chelsted burned alive.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Daenerys was born in Westeros, but has spent most of her life, and was predominantly raised, in various Essosi locations. From a relatively sheltered upbringing most lately in the Free Cities, she was sent to Drogo's Dothraki khalasar to serve as his bride and quickly immersed herself in their ways; to the point that she began identifying at least partly as Dothraki herself. From there she made her way to Slaver's Bay, where she's learning what it means to be a ruler over there and in her own right as a Valyrian Dragon Lord descendant. Daenerys is a child of many worlds, who nonetheless doesn't quite fit neatly into any one of them.
  • The Chosen One: Discussed. Benerro of Volantis proclaims that Daenerys Targaryen is Azor Ahai returned, as does eventually Maester Aemon before dying. She's certainly the one with the highest chances, as she fits most of the prophecy, but may very well turn out to be someone else.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: To the frustration of her advisors and many of the locals, Dany cannot be persuaded to leave Essos to its own problems and move on to her goals in Westeros. Lampshaded by Tyrion, who's never even met her, but correctly assesses her actions in Slaver's Bay as being that of a rescuer who simply will not let others suffer while she selfishly gathers power.
  • Cool Crown: While staying in Qarth, among the many gifts presented to her is a three-headed dragon crown from the Tourmaline Brotherhood, with golden coils, silver wings, and jade, ivory, and onyx heads. She sells the other gifts to amass the gold to buy an army, but keeps the crown as befits a queen.
    Daenerys: Viserys sold my mother's crown, and men called him a beggar. I shall keep this one, so men will call me a queen.
  • Cool Horse: At her wedding to Khal Drogo, she receives from him a beautiful grey filly with a silver mane, matching the color of her hair. It is a custom among the Dothraki that a khaleesi must ride a mount worthy of her place by the side of her khal.
  • Cult of Personality: A major one starts shaping around her by the time of Book 5. She's anointed a messianic figure by at least two religions (the Dothraki religion and R'hllorism), she's called "Mhysa" by the slaves of Meereen, and she's an Icon of Rebellion to all slaves of Essos who pray for her arrival, even those such as the Widow of the Waterfront who are too cynical. As Queen of Meereen, Dany cultivates a mask of cold aloofness balanced with benevolence to her subjects. Ser Barristan, despite being a Westerosi Knight in exile, is able to rule as Hand, solely by his connections to Dany alone.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: As dark as a sun-tanned Dothraki. White Targaryen hair.
  • Death by Irony: Invoked by her on the Great Masters of Meereen, who left 163 slave children nailed to posts by the road, each with an arm pointing towards the city. When she takes control of the city, she nails 163 of the Great Masters to posts in the central square, with their arms pointed at one another. It turns out that doing this and then leaving the rest of their families in positions of power and wealth was a really bad idea.
  • Deuteragonist:In the five published novels with more than a thousand named characters and more than thirty POV characters, Jon, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark are the closest thing to main protagonists in the books, having the most POV of any other characters (47 for Tyrion, 41 for Jon, 33 for Arya, 31 for Daenerys). Daenerys is without question The Protagonist of the entire Essos Story Arc.
  • Distaff Counterpart: As a young woman with three dragons who goes from being an exiled aristocrat to a conquering liberator, Daenerys invites comparisons to her distant ancestor Aegon the Conqueror. It still remains to be seen just how far, or in what direction, those parallels will end up going.
  • The Drag-Along: Her Khalasar. She pulls them across the Red Waste and, later, she is likely the first Khal (or Khaleesi for that matter) to put her Khalassar on a boat in the sea; they're queasy, they're scared to death, but she's proud of them nevertheless for taking the ordeal with some dignity and thus demonstrating their commitment and loyalty to her.
  • Dragon Rider: She's been desperately looking forward to it ever since she hatched the dragons. Finally happens in the fifth book.
  • Egg McGuffin: The dragon eggs she receives from Illyrio are more than just a wedding gift.
  • Fatal Flaw: This becomes much more obvious once she stays at Meereen to learn how to rule. She's very idealistic and feels a personal debt to all the people she rules, thinking of them as "her children". In any other series this would make her a great ruler, but in the Crapsack World of Westeros and Essos, it makes her awfully un-pragmatic and easy to manipulate. According to her prophetic dream at the end of ADWD, she is told that her experiment at Meereen is definitely not what she's supposed to be doing.
  • Fish out of Water: At first she's very unfamiliar with the cultures of Essos, beginning with the Dothraki. She learns quickly, however.
  • Foil:
    • A Dance with Dragons sets up Jon Snow and Daenerys to foil each other. Both are very young leaders suffering from The Chains of Commanding who resort to starting to wear an authoritative mask; both have members of House Mormont (a father and son, no less) that play an important role in their respective character arcs; both are driven by compassion and do their best to do what’s right but also end up experiencing difficulties in their quests to do so. Additionally, they fulfill the title of "A Song of Ice and Fire" with Daenerys being the first Dragon Rider after centuries and is of Targaryen blood (fire), while Jon fights in the far north a Zombie Apocalypse of frozen beings and also has Stark blood (ice). They also are heavily implied by Epileptic Trees to be related and most of all the major candidates for the role of The Chosen One.
    • Like Robert Baratheon, she is great at leading people, galvanizing them to fight for her and acquiring power. While Robert is an awful ruler who is disinterested in ruling, Dany is constantly faced with sadistic choices in ruling Meereen where it's unclear which is the lesser of two evils, but she is always trying to do her best and always invested in the city and her people.
    • Stannis Baratheon. They are both determined, intelligent underdogs who seek to rule the Seven Kingdoms, frequently citing their right to the throne and seeing anyone who challenges it as an enemy to be destroyed. Both strongly believe in justice despite their flaws. They each become more powerful after their brothers are killed at the hands of their lovers. Each use magic and fire as a means of execution. Daenerys plans on taking the Iron Throne while stuck in bright, hot Slaver's Bay; Stannis plans on taking it while stuck in the dark, frozen North. And both are believed to be Azor Ahai. As for their differences: Daenerys is extraordinarily beautiful, while Stannis is rather unattractive; Dany is charming and kind, Stannis awkward and bitter; Dany is incompetent and dependent entirely on magic WMDs and her enemy's literally handing her the keys to victory to survive, while Stannis is a highly capable strategist; Dany is a Non-Action Guy while Stannis is a mighty war leader; and Dany wins support easily, as opposed to the unpopular Stannis.
    • Her journey also reflects that of Sansa and Arya Stark, as they each start off as fairly naive young girls with rosy/idealistic views on life and all quickly learn of the hard truths their environments have to offer, forcing them to survive the dangerous world they live in with whatever means at their disposal. The difference is Daenerys grew up impoverished and is just now gaining power, while Sansa and Arya grew up peacefully as nobles but have now fallen on extremely hard times. They are also all combat-capable royalty.
    • She also has a great deal in common with her great-grandfather King Aegon V, or "Egg" who likewise tried to be an Internal Reformist but faced opposition from the nobility and was eventually made to compromise on his reforms. Like Egg, Dany realizes that trying to be a good person and being a good ruler are two different things. Also where Egg wanted to bring back the dragons to force people to change, Dany has brought back her dragons but is afraid of the power they possess and the innocent lives they will take if she were to unleash it.
  • Foreign Ruling Class: She conquers Slaver's Bay in Essos in order to eradicate slavery there and decides to rule as queen to ensure the slave masters don't reclaim power and to keep the peace until the new order stabilises itself. Although she is welcomed with open arms by the freed slaves and a few other citizens, others chafe at being ruled by a foreigner, especially one who generally holds many aspects of their Ghiscari culture (such as slavery and the fighting pits) in contempt. Daenerys struggles to keep both factions happy and ward off attacks by an insurgent group known as the Sons of the Harpy, while not compromising too much on her own values.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She starts the series as a scared and meek little girl whose only role is to serve as a pawn in other people's schemes. Then she gets a much-needed confidence boost, and three dragons. Things sort of snowball from there.
  • General Failure: Somewhat justified as she never had a martial education, but she often has to be talked out of dumb ideas.
    • In book three, she plans to send her "cavalry" at the Yunkai's "center". That is, she expects her 20 horsemen to break through 4,000 (albeit really crappy) spearmen. Her subordinates quietly ignore this part of the plan.
    • During the siege of Meereen, she insists that she personally lead her soldiers in armor as a morale-booster, only for everyone on her council to talk her out of it due to the very high likelihood that she'd die and leave her army leaderless.
    • She takes Yunkai by lying about her intentions and attacking during a truce. Good for the moment, but much like the Freys, it means her word is considered dirt by just about everybody from then on, which is one of the reasons the slaver coalition gains such quick support. In ADWD, she's shocked- shocked! - that no one believes her promises anymore.
    • She left no garrisons in Astapor or Yunkai, nor did she raze them thoroughly after causing just enough destruction to piss them off severely (but not totally neutralize them), meaning they perpetually constituted threats to her strategic rear. This comes back to bite her hard in ADWD.
    • Her policies seem tailor-made to help the Sons of the Harpy insurgency, from her arbitrary enforcement of justice to blindly feeding information to blatant moles like the Green Grace. By the end of ADWD, they have effectively couped her, and without Drogon's timely arrival, she'd probably be dead.
    • She marches her entire horde to the front of Meereen with no way to feed them, leading to a famine in her ranks and many deaths. It's only by the incompetence of the defendersnote  that she's bailed out of the situation... briefly. The famine (and a plague) still happens, just later in her rule.
  • Going Native: Quickly adapts to Dothraki culture unlike her brother.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: It's only when Dany teaches Drogo to have sex with her as an equal does she get pregnant.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Before she's first presented to Khal Drogo, Illyrio's servants dress her in a gown of deep plum silk to match her violet eyes.
  • Guile Hero: Is rapidly becoming one, though not without growing pains. Not to mention that many people in both Slaver's Bay and the Free Cities would stridently object to this apparent agent of world-upending chaos (their perspective) being called a hero. There's also a chance she'll turn out to be a deconstruction; her record of winning through trickery has caused a growing list of people to distrust and resent her, and many of the clever shortcuts that allowed her to become Queen of Meereen so quickly end up having unintended consequences once she actually has to stop and try to consolidate her gains.
  • Has a Type: Buff, dangerous bad boys. Energetic in bed a must.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Several men have offered to marry her, and not just for her dragons.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to the many tales told about her, and then by the envoy of the Wise Masters to Volantis. She's believed to be as crazy as her father, to have made Drogo kill Viserys, to have killed Drogo herself to take his khalasar. She's also believed to feed her dragons on the flesh of newborn babies, to impale anyone who defies her on spikes to die, take a different lover every night — and geld them if they don't please her — and to bathe in blood of maidens to retain her youth.
    • However, this reputation is only that of the slaver and merchant class. The slaves across Essos are rooting for her and fully waiting for her to come and liberate them.
  • The High Queen: She's trying to be this. As of recent events, it's clear that she must claw her way up to this status.
    • God Save Us from the Queen!: What quite a few people see her as. It's pretty hard to be The High Queen when your subjects hate your guts, bloody flux rampages through your cities and even your own dragons do not always take you seriously.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: How do I teach my dragons not to eat children?
    • Also... how do I be a queen? She knows how to lead her khalasar, but she specifically decides to stay in Meereen at the end of A Storm of Swords in order to learn how to rule. Turns out it's damn hard, especially when most of the populace hates you, and numerous people are plotting your overthrow. Then again that's what happens when you're conquering city-states that were once part of an empire that was destroyed by the Valyrian Freehold, which the Targaryens were a part of.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's described as small even for her age (14), whereas her husband Khal Drogo is a giant of a man.
  • Hypocrite: She condemns Robert as The Usurper for taking the Iron Throne by force, conveniently forgetting that Aegon the Conqueror made the Iron Throne via force and her claim is no less rooted in violence than Joffery's.
    • She also has no problem with overthrowing long-established dynasties left and right while gaining power in Essos, largely because she doesn't agree with the intolerable way they run things... Basically what Robert's Rebellion did to her family, which is unforgivable and totally different to her. It's implied that even she's beginning to realize this.
    • When Brown Ben Plumm and the Second Sons swap sides and begin working against Dany, the general reaction is of outrage and contempt. Neither Dany nor her advisors seem to recall that was exactly how they gained their service to begin with.
  • Identical Grandson: She is said to resemble her distant ancestor Queen Naerys Targaryen, though Daenerys is taller.
  • I Have Many Names: Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, The Last Targaryen, Mother, the Queen Across the Water, and her titles are: Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Shackles/Chains.
    • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: "I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo's riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros."
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She just wants to go back to that house with the red door and the lemon tree outside... According to her prophetic dream at the end of ADWD, she's doing the exact opposite of that end.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Inverted. She had no suspicion at all that Jorah Mormont was spying on her, but in hindsight she knew it to be true. What's even worse is that he pretty much showed her how little "oaths" meant to him from the beginning when he badmouthed and eventually turned cloak against Viserys after swearing his sword to him.
  • Ideal Hero: Deconstructed. Daenerys has a tendency of taking people's attitudes at face value and she is too quick and easy to both trust the people that support her and hate people that incur in injustice towards others; this is exacerbated by her lack of pragmatism and second thoughts when dealing with injustice, seeing everyone and every situation as black or white. She is stubborn to a fault and she dislikes to concede even when the situation warrants it. According to her hallucination on ADWD, she has been fighting against having her way by using her dragons; by doing so, she is going against her own nature as a Targaryen and a Valyrian.
  • Important Haircut: Not necessarily cut but her hair has now twice burned off. The first time symbolizing that she Took a Level in Badass, the second as a sign of Break the Haughty.
  • Impoverished Patrician: At the end of Robert's Rebellion, young Viserys and baby Daenerys, the last scions of the once mighty House Targaryen, escaped Westeros and spent their childhood hiding from Robert's hired knives in the Free Cities, forced to beg for food and shelter from wealthy patrons in order to survive.
  • Improbable Age: She's conquered multiple cities, hatched the first dragons in over a hundred years, gotten married twice, freed thousands of slaves. And she's barely 15.
  • It Runs in the Family:
    • Daenerys has the Targaryen (slightly cuckoolander, outside-the-boxes) greatness in full measure, though it takes a bit of adversity to bring it out. "I am the blood of the dragon" indeed.
    • She's also proved that she's got the Royalty Superpower in buckets more than even some of the early Targaryens probably did, she's not the "Mother of Dragons" for nothing.
    • Taking back the Iron Throne is Viserys' dream, not hers — yet, she's been gearing herself to do exactly that during the entire series (if in roundabout ways). She just wants something like the warmth she once felt living in the House With The Red Door (wherever that actually was). The Seven Kingdoms is very unlikely to contain much security or warmth for her should she take it by force, yet it's his inherited idea of going home (the Red Keep very much was his childhood home) using Targaryen-style blood and fire she's always acted on either wittingly or unwittingly, and not her own wish to find peaceful security and a tight-knit circle of friends. She finally begins to realise this — a bit late.
  • Kill It with Fire: "Dracarys."
    • Also Mirri Maz Duur barbeque.
  • Lady of War: Not initially, but she grows into one.
  • Last of His Kind: She and Viserys were believed to be the last surviving members of House Targaryen. (Keep reading to find out if it was true.)
  • Living Legend: The Mother of Dragons, the Conqueror of Slaver's Bay and the Breaker of Chains is already one by the time she rules over Meereen, with her legend spreading across Essos all the way to Volantis and beyond, and several people coveting her favour, love, or dragons. Tyrion is rather impressed at narrating her reputation:
    "She has crossed the grasslands and the red waste, survived assassins and conspiracies and fell sorceries, grieved for a brother and a husband, a son, trod the cities of the slavers to dust beneath her dainty sandaled feet."
  • Lonely at the Top: Dany becomes more paranoid, afraid that she will be betrayed by someone she is close to.
  • Lost My Appetite: Dany has a tendency to lose her appetite when dealing with stressful or upsetting situations, such as Viserys shouting insults at her for "commanding" him to join her for supper, or having to exile her beloved advisor Jorah for treason after finding out that he was informing on her to King Robert, or the night before her wedding to Hizdahr zo Loraq, which she does not want but knows it is necessary to secure peace in Meereen.
  • Lust Object: Jorah Mormont, Illyrio Mopatis, Viserys Targaryen, Mero the Titan's Bastard, and Daario Naharis are specifically mentioned as lusting after Daenerys. Daario appears to have gone over to her side mostly out of a desire to bed her. Euron and Victarion Greyjoy are also after her, even when they haven't laid eyes on her. Hizdhar mostly married her as a political move and to make money off the fighting pits.
  • The Madness Place: Some of the greatest leaps of brilliance and insight (be they magical, mundane or just too out there to be forecast and prevented by others) she makes are preceded by a rather weird reliance on visions and the accompanying dream-logic: the thing is, she makes it work for her more often than not — particularly in the short-term. (Longer-term... there can be a few issues.) She often displays states close to trancing, lucid dreaming or what looks an awful lot like natural self-hypnosis using mantras and sayings, as well, to spur herself along.
  • Malicious Slander: She's the subject of this outside of Meereen mostly because slaveowners dislike her
    Qavo: If even half the stories coming back from Slaver's Bay are true, this child is a monster. They say that she is blood-thirsty, that those who speak against her are impaled on spikes to die lingering deaths. They say she is a sorceress who feeds her dragons on the flesh of newborn babes, an oathbreaker who mocks the gods, breaks truces, threatens envoys, and turns on those who have served her loyally. They say her lust cannot be sated, that she mates with men, women, eunuchs, even dogs and children, and woe betide the lover who fails to satisfy her. She gives her body to men to take their souls in thrall.
  • Mama Bear: She put up with Viserys' crap for pretty much all of her life, until he threatened to cut her unborn child from her womb. And when Drogo was preparing to kill Viserys, she let him see her standing there and watching, so he would know that even if she could have prevented his death, she was choosing not to. Then, the woman who caused her to lose her husband and unborn child ended up burned alive for her trouble. She is also very protective of her dragons, which are (to anyone's knowledge) the only three living ones in the world.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Viserys never quite forgives Dany for their mother Rhaella dying giving birth to her.
  • The McCoy: When she sees someone in pain, she feels compelled to alleviate it, with little regard for practicality or long-term ramifications. Barristan tries to play the role of The Spock to balance her out, but he's too fettered by his oaths of obedience and his distaste for politics. Luckily, Tyrion, who cares about the greater good but is also calculating and pragmatic, seems poised to join them.
  • Mercy Kill: She does this to Drogo when it becomes apparent he can't be healed.
  • Messianic Archetype: For the liberated slaves of Slaver's Bay and the still enslaved of Volantis and other Free Cities and especially the Red Priests Moqorro and Benerro, Daenerys is their savior, Azor Ahai and Maester Aemon believes, courtesy of an error in translation that Daenerys is "The Prince Who Was Promised". She is at the least one of many contenders.
  • Mighty Whitey: Played with her slight savior complex. Her intentions are definitely good and the conditions in the slaver cities were horrific, but she doesn't know the best way to go around handling them, which earns her more than a few enemies. The local rulers obviously don't want her there, while the slaves she frees are still lacking political and military experience and so need her for protecting their newly won freedom. This forces her to stay in Slaver's Bay to see if she can resolve this peace, at the end of Book 5, she realizes that she's not one of these people and that trying to fit in was wrong, and that her way is "Fire and Blood".
    • She also never quite gets the grasp on Ghiscari elite culture and cant stop from being either disgusted or appalled by it, which only alienates her more from the rulers she's trying to conciliate. More broadly, Daenerys essentially wants to know if she can resolve things peaceably or if it's even a good thing to do so, since she's not able to find the magic third option while she rules over Meereen, and it's mostly a mix of daily compromises and broken promises.
  • Moral Myopia: An understandable case, but she never really considers the possibility of her relatives having made grievous errors. She tries to shift the blame for the whole "Lyanna" fiasco to Elia being a bad wife instead of Rhaegar being in the wrong, and condemns everyone who took part in Robert's Rebellion, ignoring the very good reasons some of them had for fighting the Mad King. The one time Ser Barristan starts to bring up some of Aerys' flaws she tells him to wait until she's in a better mood.
  • Mysterious Past: There are several discrepancies regarding the memories of her childhood, especially regarding the "house with the red door with a lemon tree outside her window" which is supposedly in Braavos; the problem is, lemon trees shouldn't grow in Braavos, as it's too cold, too foggy, too urbanized and placed too far north for even a normal tree to take root. According to Word of God, this might be pertinent. Possible places where the house might have been located include Dorne, Oldtown, the Stepstones or the southernmost Free Cities.
    • There is also the Metaphorically True option regarding Braavosi lemons: much like the Venetian Republic, various factions within Braavos have de facto (if not de jure) control over strategic ports and land holdings far beyond the city state's own islands. Although not technically in Braavos itself, or even part of an empire controlled by it as other states would understand that term, Daenerys could have lived in a Braavosi-held/ influenced enclave under the aegis of one (or various) Braavosi faction(s)... while also not being anywhere near Braavos and its likely changeable climate. Which would leave a lot of questions hanging around. A kid would not understand the whole picture. Particularly if never told.
    • Braavos is about as close to Westeros as it's possible to get in Essos. How (or even if) the screwed-up Westetosi seasons affect it aren't exactly clear, but the bulk of Daenerys' childhood took place in and around mid-Westerosi summer — and it was a particularly long one. If Braavos also gets affected by the long cycles, well... lemons could conceivably happen in expensive, carefully sheltered gardens of rulers and high lords. Particularly in long summers with presumably lighter mists and sunnier days. The Braavos we meet much of is really feeling its quite likely typical autumn fogs and chilly rains — see also the Riverlands.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Mirri Maz Dur complicates her pregnancy with Blood Magic and leads her to birth a horrific reptilian baby that may have damaged her womb and rendered her incapable of bearing children forever. Maybe.
  • Mystical White Hair: Like her entire family. Still, nothing says mystical like being able to hatch dragons!
  • Named After Somebody Famous: She is the second Daenerys Targaryen. The first one was Daeron II's younger sister and rumored Star-Crossed Lovers with Daemon Blackfyre, married to the Martells a century before to finally broker peace between Dorne and the Targaryens. This comes into collation when Quentyn Martell tries to rationalize that he can be a dragonrider, given that he is descended from the first Daenerys; this doesn't go well for him.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Is on a mission to liberate every slave in Slaver's Bay and views all her followers as her children.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: She makes many of these types of decisions.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Even though it's an extremely important liaison to build in order to begin her invasion of Westeros, Dany rejects Quentyn Martell's betrothed due to two things: first, she's already engaged to Hizdahr; second, Quentyn is not a particularly handsome guy.
    • Dany knows that staying with Daario is about the most detrimental thing she's engaging into because he brings out the worse in her and to give in to bloodlust... but he's handsome and good in bed.
    • She admits to herself that she misses Jorah very much and she thinks of him in times of need.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Daenerys is in many senses a Distaff Counterpart to Alexander the Great. A Young Conqueror who collects multiple titles from different regions (Khaleesi, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals) much like the Macedonian (Basileus, Hegemon, Pharaoh, Shahanshah) and her main approach to conquest and governance is by assimilating into different groups of people, being patronized and praised by multiple religions (the Dothraki animism, the Red Temple) similar to Alexander (who was praised by priests of both Zeus and Ammon) and being driven by a strong sense of destiny and an interest in building a multicultural empire that brings together peoples from different parts of the world (Westerosi, Dothraki, Lhazareen, Naathi), she also straddles the line between visionary and warlord and is divided between wanting to rule and wanting to conquer.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Word of God is that people should be allowed to interpret names however they want. Having said that, here is an interview with GRRM calling her "den-air-iss tar-gair-ee-yen". (Curiously, the one time we hear her nickname, it's pronounced "Danny".) Drogo, when learning the Common Tongue of Westeros, calls her "Dan Ares".
  • Out of the Inferno: When Dany "gives birth" to her dragons on the funeral pyre, in the end of A Game of Thrones.
  • Parental Substitute: Dany's father died before she was born, so his faithful retainer Ser Willem Darry took on this role for her, and she now seems to regard Ser Barristan the same way. Dany describes Jorah Mormont as the kind and protective big brother she never had in Viserys. Unfortunately for Jorah, not in the usual Targaryen way.
    • Viserys basically raised her from then and most of the stuff she knows about herself and she feels entitled to is due to his influence. Up until his "coronation", Daenerys wanted him to be OK as much as their familial bond would warrant; he was not very receptive to this, as it turned out that he was neither loving nor entirely truthful to her.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: She's fond of this approach, as the slavemasters of Astapor and Meereen learn to their surprise.
  • Pragmatic Hero: She's pragmatic enough to try not being like her brother (the main reason she decides to park herself in Meereen to learn how to rule with hands-on practice is because she realises neither of them actually had a clue how to), but she starts from a position of sheltered idealism and black-and-white judgement calls that combine to hobble her attempts to adapt. As a result, she's a willing learner who makes many horrible mistakes that, although she makes a point of learning from, are next-to-impossible to fix. So, she can be seen as either a villain, a hero, clever or dumb.
  • Pride: As Tyrion points out, it's all she's got to hold on to.
  • Princess Classic: Subverted almost point-for-point; the sole exception is her unusual beauty.
  • Princess in Rags: The first time we really meet her is during a makeover to try ditching the trope.
  • Properly Paranoid: She constantly worries about who around her is going to backstab her from out of nowhere and takes some steps to cover a few important bases... while worrying they're not the right ones. Considering she suffers a major betrayal at least once per book (usually more than that), she's really not wrong to angst a bit. And, Quaithe's prophecy on top of her own dreams and visions don't exactly help matters, being as vague as they are.
  • The Prophecy: More like prophecies. She is surrounded by destinies and pulled in multiple directions at the same time. Regardless of whether or not she is The Chosen One, she still put herself in a position to be one of the most important people ever in Planetos... and she's young, inexperienced, powerful and armed to the teeth. Small wonder everyone wants her to do their bidding.
    • Turns out, Daenerys has been pussyfooting the whole time by trying to play "nice"; it's implied at the end of ADWD that she might try the violent way just because she disliked the so-called "peace" she tried In Meereen.
  • Purple Eyes: An indicator of Valyrian ancestry in the Song of Ice and Fire universe.
  • Put on a Bus: She's one of the characters who disappears during A Feast For Crows.
    • Happens again after she flies off on Drogon after he attacks Daznak's Pit, but she gets one final chapter before the epilogue.
  • Rightful Queen Returns: Working on it. It's played with, though, as even if the Targaryens believe their rule will unite the people and bring peace to Westeros, there's really no correlation between bloodline and capability to rule. note 
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Invoked. She doesn't do much fighting herself, though she is trying to be a better ruler.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: By the end of ADWD, when she's having her (runny, dehydrated) hallucinations, it's implied that Dany might give in to the violent Targaryen legacy that she'd been trying to suppress in Meereen; it's known that Dany was extremely dissatisfied with the "peace" she tried in Meereen, where she had to concede so much, realizing that she could have enforced anything by using her dragons.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A minor case, but still somewhat confusing. Dany makes much and more of the Usurper, Robert Baratheon, and his dogs, cold Eddard Stark and the golden Lannister father and son. Not once does she ever seem aware of the existence of Jon Arryn, Lord of the Vale, Robert's Hand as king, and the very man who refused to turn Robert and Ned over to King Aerys, and just as important in the war that deposed the Targaryens.
    • Then again, this might be the picture Viserys drew for her regarding the rebellion. It's not exactly clear how well informed Viserys actually was regarding the whole war (a young boy mostly used to being confined to a single tower isn't likely one trained to be an intel-gathering machine). Also, Willem Darry, as a Targaryen loyalist, might have found it wise not to be very detailed regarding the whole affair (in a sycophantic sort of way, that is).
  • Self-Serving Memory: Daenerys's heart aches because of the loss of Drogo, of course because he was her husband and she loved him, but forgets that Drogo supported slavery, raided unprotected settlements, allowed his men to rape and kill prisoners at their leisure, encouraged unprovoked violence between subordinates, and believed in ruling through martial force. Pretty much every ideal Daenerys believed in is contradicted by Drogo and she would never have been able rule any kingdom if he had lived and continued to keep her under his thumb.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: During her time with the Dothraki, Daenerys sheds any nudity taboo she might have had, and readily has sex with Khal Drogo in front of his whole khalasar more than once.
  • Side Quest: Invoked. Apart from her main goal to retake the Seven Kingdoms and her governmental experiment nightmare at Meereen, for some reason a bunch of people are in the interest of taking her to Asshai. This has been repeated a number of times and it's never been clear what she might find there or what they want with her.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A beautiful, demure 15-year-old girl, who has so far sacked three cities and is bent on reclaiming the Iron Throne.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • To the long-term plans of Illyrio Mopatis and Varys, masterminds for a Targaryen restoration. Illyrio stated that when he brokered the marriage between Daenerys and Khal Drogo, he did not expect her to survive, much less hatch three dragon eggs for the first time in more than a hundred years, later she conquers Slaver's Bay rather than return to Pentos by boat, upsetting the plans of the Golden Company who expected her and her dragons to submit to their long-term plans of restoring Aegon VI on the Iron Throne, with Tristan Rivers expecting her to be a "pliable child".
    • Also Doran Martell, who sent his son Quentyn Martell to bring Daenerys and her dragons home, offering support, army and a marital alliance. Daenerys is regretful of the poor timing, at the time she is engaged in a diplomatic marital alliance to Hizdahr so as to protect and preserve Meereen's peace.
  • Survival Mantra: "If I look back I am lost." Used at two points in the story, when she starts to feel hopelessness creep up on her: after learning that her son was a stillborn monster and Drogo is a Soulless Shell in A Game Of Thrones, and when she's lost on the Dothraki Sea in A Dance With Dragons.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • A specialty of hers, best demonstrated by how she dealt with the Astapori slavers.
    • She has three options at the end of ADWD: die of cholera and/or via Dothraki; return to the so-called "peace" she left in Meereen; or, finally say fuck it and blaze everything on her path using Drogon. By her inner monologue, she seems to have taken the third option.
  • Tell Me About My Father: When she outright asks if the rumors about her father being batshit insane are true or otherwise touches on the topic, she quickly changes her mind upon seeing the (repeated) uneasy reaction(s) to her questions and decides that she doesn't want to hear of it at each particular instance. As a result, she does now know, but she still really doesn't understand how bad Aerys got in any detail or what the knock-on effects actually were.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She's taken several of these as well over the course of her adventures.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: In addition to the titles above, there is also "Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of Great Grass Sea".
  • Underestimating Badassery: Most of Westeros's ruling powers refuse to acknowledge her as a credible threat, dismissing the stories about her as nothing but rumor. Even when her growing power and influence becomes undeniable, they still consider her as a secondary issue to be dealt with at a later date. And while it is prudent for them to worry about their more immediate problems than one half the world away, no one has even bothered to at least come up with a plan in case she does arrive to take the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Villain Protagonist: At first, when her plan for retaking Westeros involved unleashing a barbarian horde that would rape and enslave its way across the continent.
  • Vorpal Pillow: How she puts Drogo out of his misery.
  • Walking Spoiler: While her status as "the Queen of Dragons" is very much common knowledge nowadays, and it's very difficult to talk about her character without mentioning it, the hatching of the dragons is a major plot twist for A Game of Thrones up until the last page of the book.
  • White Stallion: Receives a beautiful silver filly as a wedding gift from Drogo.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She grows into this. Exemplified by her attraction to Daario Naharis; she's keenly aware of the girl's wants versus the queen's needs.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She's barely a tween when the series starts, having been on the run since she was born, she's barely a pretty curiosity for the Essos high-honchos and she's being sold to a tribe of barbarians; some time later she brought a whole continent to its knees by abolishing slavery. By the end of ADWD, she might have given up on "peace" entirely.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: The final chapter of A Dance with Dragons is a long internal vision quest where Daenerys imagines several people she knew in her life urging her to a realization:
    "You are the blood of the dragon... Dragons plant no trees. Remember that. Remember who you are, what you were made to be. Remember your words... Fire and Blood."
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: According to several of her followers and the rumors traveling about her from Essos to Westeros; remarkable, considering she isn't past her teens.
    Victarion Greyjoy: The fairest woman in the world if my brother could be believed. Her hair is silver-gold, her eyes are amethysts.
    • Which makes her a good candidate for the younger, more beautiful queen prophesized to overthrow Cersei, whose own beauty has thus far been considered unparalleled by many.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: One of the principles which Daenerys holds herself to. When she orders her Unsullied to sack Astapor, she specifically commands them to slay every man wearing a tokar or holding a whip, but to harm no child. She's horrified when one of her dragons kills and eats a little girl. Later in Meereen, she refuses to have her child hostages executed, even to stop the Sons of the Harpy.
    Daenerys's thoughts: What good is peace if it must be purchased with the blood of little children?

    Khal Drogo 



"You are the dragon... the true dragon. I know it. I know it."

Daenerys's unborn son with Drogo.

  • Barbarian Hero: Or would have been had he lived.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Dany has a vision of what he would've looked like. He was described as copper-skinned like Drogo and white-haired like Dany.
  • Dead Guy Junior: The "Rhae" prefix, while common in Targaryens, specifically comes from his uncle Rhaegar.
  • Large and in Charge: He was described as tall in Dany's vision at the House of the Undying.
  • The Chosen One: Supposedly, he would have grown up to be the Stallion That Mounts The World. Prophecies in this series being what they are, however, we don't know for sure.

    The Dragons 

Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion

Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, Daenerys's three dragons, hatched at the end of A Game of Thrones and growing up over the course of the series.

Daenerys' Knights

    Ser Jorah Mormont 

Ser Jorah Mormont; formerly Lord

Jorah the Andal
"In the world as I have seen it, no man grows rich by kindness."

Ser Jorah Mormont is an exiled knight who was once the head of House Mormont and Lord of Bear Island. He fled Westeros to escape execution for trading in slaves, and entered the service of the last Targaryens. He becomes one of the most trusted companions of Daenerys Targaryen. Generally a reasonable and decent man driven to doing foolish things by love.

For the rest of House Mormont see here

  • Accentuate the Negative: Daenerys eventually notices that Jorah tends to find faults in everyone they meet; when she finally puts him on the spot, he fails to deliver due to this aspect of him, even when he's supposed to be asking for forgiveness.
  • Analogy Backfire: When Tyrion is caught by Jorah, he promises to drown him in gold if he lets him loose. Jorah is not impressed, having seen how Viserys died.
    Jorah: I saw a man drowned in gold once. It was not a pretty sight.
  • Animal Motif: Mormont, just like the rest of his family, is constantly associated with the bear.
  • Bald of Awesome: He won his knighthood by being the second man through the breach at Pyke during Greyjoy's Rebellion (Thoros of Myr was the first). His fight with Qotho also showcases his badassery.
  • Berserk Button: After Khal Drogo's death, Qotho attempts to kill Daenerys. Jorah, who up to this point has never so much as drawn his sword (on screen), goads the much younger man into a fight to protect her.
    Jorah: Horselord! Try me!
    • During A Dance with Dragons, he shows that he has very little patience for Tyrion's sarcastic japes. When the dwarf suggests that he perform with Penny in their mock jousting show, Jorah punches him so hard he loses a tooth.
  • Black Sheep: Aside from his current reputation, Jorah is a New Gods worshipper from a family that worships the Old and he fights for the daughter of the king his ex liege lord overthrew.
  • Bodyguard Crush: With Daenerys. Doesn't end well.
  • Call It Karma: In the past, he sold poachers into slavery when short on funds. In A Dance With Dragons, Jorah is Made a Slave.
  • Carpet of Virility: Adding to his bear-like appearance.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Shown both in his fighting style and in his cynical commentary on Rhaegar Tagaryen: "Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died."
  • Courtly Love: Deconstructed; his obsession with Lynesse destroyed his life, and so far his obsession with Daenerys has failed to make him a better person.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Jorah gets jealous of any man who offers Daenerys help and constantly advises her to push them away in the hopes that she'll become dependent on him alone instead. Daenerys catches on and eventually calls him on this when she's had enough.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Actually supplies the current page quote for the trope in the Literature section.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Finding out that Daenerys, the love of his life, is now married to Hizdahr zo Loraq.
    All the fight went out of him when he heard that his queen had wed, Tyrion realized. One whispered word had done what fists and whips and clubs could not; it had broken him. I should have let the crone have him. He’s going to be as useful as nipples on a breastplate.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jorah isn't ignorant or thick, but he has a notable problem when it comes to projecting likely outcomes when his personal situation is involved. A new, high status wife after a whirlwind courtship? Um... dude, maybe ask yourself why a stunningly gorgeous Hightower could be so into you in the first place, just a bit? Getting a pardon to go back home by becoming an assassin/spy? Um... this won't make his family or neighbours forget him being a slaver, debtor, runaway, assassin, spy, or usurper (his aunt and cousins might have a few objections to him coming back as Lord Mormont by pushing them aside from their work of years, a thing he just seems to expect to happen for him — heck, they might not even welcome him back as a simple man-at-arms because of his being a magnet for trouble: he's never once seemed to have asked for their input in his "get back home" plans). Um... Dragging Tyrion back to Daenerys won't ever undo his betrayal of her, let alone convince anybody he isn't a Wild Card. Etc, etc.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Having been given an opportunity to prove himself worthy of being in Daenerys' circle, Jorah pridefully invokes Dany's need of him as his point in favor instead of taking the humble route and apologizing as she was expecting of him. Fed up with his lack of humility, Daenerys chooses to exile him for good.
  • Enemy Mine: With Tyrion, who he initially takes prisoner and intends to give to Daenerys to gain back her favor, fully expecting she'll execute him. After the two of them are taken as slaves, and especially after they both escape and join the Second Sons, they seem to have accepted each other as partners in the mutual enterprise of escaping a very bad situation.
  • The Exile: After selling poachers into slavery, he fled Westeros and goes into self-imposed exile rather than be executed by Eddard Stark. Getting a pardon to go home is the reason he originally acted as The Mole against Dany before becoming genuinely loyal. Unfortunately when she discovers this, she exiles him from her kingdom.
  • Failure Knight: He fell for a noblewoman, Lynesse Hightower, who took him for everything he had. Soon he begins to fall for Daenerys though it's still up in the air whether his devotion to Dany is because she simply resembles Lynesse or is genuinely everything he thought Lynesse to be.
  • Fatal Flaw: He dislikes bowing and scraping to people, whether they are queens, merchants, or slavers. This is both a virtue and a flaw: Westeros is the kind of place where this attitude can be deadly.
    Tyrion: (narrating) Fool. It's not your silver she wants, it's respect.
    • He doesn't just want to serve Daenerys; he wants to be her equal.
  • Genius Bruiser: A capable and intelligent knight. Unfortunately, see Love Makes You Dumb...
  • Gold Digger: Brought low by Lynesse. Unless you look at it the other way — he married a Hightower. Where's the money in this relationship, again? Sure, he never seems to have approached her family to bail them out, but....
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jorah and Daenerys.
  • I Choose to Stay: Whilst he initially hoped to earn a pardon by spying on Daenerys, he eventually became genuinely loyal to her.
  • I Dub Thee Sir Knight: Earned his knighthood at the Siege of Pyke.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Put himself in this position by trying to cater to Lynesse Hightower's expensive tastes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Despite being a Northman, thus a descendant of the First Men, he's called "Jorah the Andal" by the Dothraki because he hails from Rhaesh Andahli (Land of the Andals), which is the Dothraki name for Westeros.
  • I Warned You: His modus operandi regarding his counsel to Daenerys.
    • It comes to bite him in the ass when Daenerys finds out that he had been spying on her. He had shown her from the beginning what his "loyalty" was worth when he badmouthed and later betrayed Viserys.
  • The Lady's Favor: Jorah Mormont wore the favour of Lynesse Hightower and won a tourney, defeating all opponents and even gaining her hand in marriage.
  • The Lancer: To Daenerys until his exile in A Storm of Swords.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Though no one on either side has ever referenced it, his second wife Lynesse Hightower was a younger sister of Lady Alerie Hightower, mother of Margaery & Loras Tyrell, making him their uncle by marriage.
  • Love at First Sight: Deconstructed with glory-drunk Jorah and Gold Digger Lynesse Hightower, from a wealthy family in the Reach. Unused to the comparatively hard life on Bear Island, she quickly grew miserable. In order to support the lavish lifestyle Lynesse was used to, Jorah drove himself into debt and eventually entered the slave trade.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Generally a knowledgeable, reasonable, and insightful person, it all goes out the window in his desperation to make Lynesse (later, Daenerys) love him.
  • Made a Slave: In A Dance With Dragons.
  • Meal Ticket: To his second wife, Lynesse Hightower.
  • Mr. Exposition: He seems to know a lot about every strange culture Daenerys encounters, and takes the time to educate her (and the reader). In-universe this isn't unreasonable, as he left the Seven Kingdoms years prior and has lived all over the place as a sell-sword.
  • The Mole: He was actually spying on Daenerys in the hopes of earning a royal pardon. He later develops genuine loyalty to her, but that does not count for much when she eventually learns the truth. Had he come clean at the start, he might have stood Selmy's kind of chance.
  • Never My Fault: Deconstruction as this is a problem with him. He's at heart a decent enough man led badly astray by poor decisions in love and life. But, his inability to acknowledge these errors (or even see them as such) prevents him from learning from them.
    • Jorah sold people to slavers because he went into debt failing to appease a gold-digging wife he was head over heels over. Then flees justice for this actual, 100%-is-frowned-upon crime. He laments that Eddard Stark wouldn't care about the mitigating circumstances about why he did it, but fails to realize said reasons for engaging in slavery would never wash with someone like Ned, or most of Westeros. Also, slavery, the North and an ex-Ironborn territory with an instinctive gut reaction to the whole idea of saltwives and thralls...? Seriously bad PR combo, be they poachers or not. There are indications he never even saw it as that big a deal. Both at the time and later.
      • Jorah is an unrepentant slaver. Note that the incident on the Bear Island is far from his only involvement with slavery. He also provided expert advice to Khal Drogo as to where his Lazareen child captives would fetch the highest price as sex slaves. Then later, again he is the one to advise Dany to go and buy the Unsullied, slave warriors created through a process that's stuff for nightmares. Note that unlike Dany (who was horrified by these incidents even though she realized that it was all so she could win back the Iron Throne), he never ever displays even the slightest bit of emotions about these things. Jorah might have standards, but aversion to slavery is not one of them.
      • One of the points lending credence to this is the fact that Jorah's family do admit that yes, Lynesse did make everything worse; however, the consensus among them is that everything that happened to Jorah was his own damned fault in the end.
    • It ultimately leads to Daenerys exiling him. After she finds out that both he and Ser Barristan had deceived her, she offers them both a chance to explain their actions. Ser Barristan admits his wrongdoing and begs her forgiveness, while Ser Jorah defends his actions. The former is pardoned and the latter is exiled.
  • Omniglot: He can speak both the Common Tongue and Dothraki, thanks to living among the horselords for a while.
  • One-Hit Wonder: An in-universe jousting example. His incredible victory at Lannisport was his only tournament win. When he tried to replicate that success, he never could and simply became more destitute.
  • The Power of Love: Normally, he's a competent but unexceptional warrior. Driven by love, he was able to win the Tourney at Lannisport and with it the hand of Lynesse Hightower.
  • Private Military Contractors: He becomes a sellsword after losing his small fortune and his second wife.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A brave knight wins the heart of a fair maiden with his valiance on the tourney field. This romance lasts until they arrive home and she sees just how poor and isolated his home is.
    • It's implied that he didn't see anything wrong with selling people to slavery until he was turned into a slave himself; as Tyrion argues, this made him considerably more worthy of sympathy.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Fandom is divided on whether he is thinking of Daenerys as a replacement for Lynesse, or whether all along he wanted a woman like Daenerys and mistook Lynesse as his ideal woman. Definitely done with a beautiful silver-haired whore, whom Jorah has sex with after being banished by Dany and falling into despair.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He believes Eddard Stark wants him dead because he's a cold executioner desiring to behead anyone who breaks the law, caring little for why they did it. In reality Ned takes no pleasure in that duty, even taking time to hear their last words, but still very much wants to see Jorah dead. It seems engaging in slavery really struck a nerve with the Lord of Winterfell, making Jorah one of the few people Ned Stark would gladly execute.
    Eddard Stark: So the slaver has become a spy. I would rather he become a corpse.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Jorah has nothing but contempt for Eddard Stark and the feeling was mutual.
  • Slave Brand: Tyrion notes Jorah got one - a demon marking him as an unruly slave - on his right cheek in A Dance With Dragons after he is first enslaved. He notes it makes his face frightening.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: It's never been revealed what Mormont expected to do once he was pardoned and returned to Westeros, whether he thinks he'll be received in Bear Island with open arms or be reinstated in full entitlement and position to his former dominion. His adventures at Essos with Daenerys indicate that these expectations are increasingly more remote as time goes by, as the Baratheon King that gave two craps about the Targaryens is already dead (among other issues).
    • There's also the fact that Ned Stark was still Lord Paramount of the North when Jorah was pardoned. Had the knight chose to return to Westeros, he would have still had to contend with Stark, who wanted him dead.
  • Title Drop: "It is no matter to [the people] if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: Jorah prevented Daenerys from being poisoned by Varys' assassin not to further any agenda or endear himself to her, but rather because he sincerely didn't want her to die. The fact that he neglects to discuss both this and his informant role with Daenerys comes back to bite him in the ass later, as she exiles him as soon as she finds him out based on Barristan Selmy's accusation; also, because of his unwillingness to admit that he did wrong by her.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Daenerys. Even after she's exiled him, his goal is to find a way to get back into her good graces.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He is a fugitive from justice after fleeing a beheading. He joins the Targaryens in the hope of earning a pardon.

    Ser Barristan Selmy* 

Ser Barristan Selmy, Hand of the Queen

Barristan the Bold, Arstan Whitebeard, Ser Grandfather, Barristan the Old
"I am a knight... I shall die a knight."

Known as "The Bold" after sneaking into a tournament and winning a joust against the Prince of Dragonflies whilst all of ten years old, Barristan Selmy is one of the most renowned knights in the Seven Kingdoms. At the start of the series, he is the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard before being unceremoniously retired by King Joffrey. Ser Barristan traveled to the Free Cities and, after a prolonged charade as "Whitebeard", is now in the service of Daenerys Targaryen as her Hand of the Queen.

For the main Kingsguard entry, see here.

  • The Ace: Ser Barristan is such a pillar of chivalry and knighthood that Tywin Lannister noted that "he lent honor to anyone he served" and notes that dismissing him from service was an especially stupid decision from Cersei and Joffrey. He's an incredible bodyguard, master of several weapons, a Stealth Expert, a Frontline General who is extremely competent, and as Dany finds out an excellent advisor.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: He mentions that he would have pursued Ashara Dayne if she hadn't fallen for "Stark"; this "Stark" could have been either Eddard or Brandon, but given that he has spoken of Eddard always respectfully to the point of even contradicting Daenerys when she was dismissing him as "the usurper's dog", most likely it was Brandon.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Dornish noblewoman Ashara Dayne. Because Barristan was quite a few years older than she and had taken an oath of celibacy, he never confessed his feelings.
  • Armour Is Useless: Averted in his duel with Khrazz where his armour keeps him alive and lets him weather the younger, stronger man's attacks.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: The Winds of Winter has Barristan saying he "fouled his breeches" in his first battle as part of a Rousing Speech before facing down an enemy army.
  • Celibate Hero: Despite temptation to do otherwise, he has taken this part of the Oath as seriously as any other. Part of what makes him a straight-up Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Cool Old Guy: Barristan is around 60 years old. He's also one of the series' most capable warriors.
  • Culture Clash: Ser Barristan is one of Dany's better advisors with a moral and ethical compass that practically comes with a detailed instruction manual; if anybody bothers to ask him about it, that is. The problem? His is a very classic and old school Seven Kingdoms' set of morals and ethics — which got him ousted from his role in the currently highly corrupt and extremely toxic government of King's Landing in the first place. Yet, Slaver's Bay... isn't even in the Lannister's Seven Kingdoms, and definitely doesn't follow the rules he knows best (either the classical, the "modern" or even some of the Free Cities' rules he's familiar with). He may well be making costly mistakes without even realising how badly he's treading on toes.
  • Defector from Decadence: After he's dismissed from the Kingsguard and declares he is going to seek the true ruler of Westeros. All of the claimants to the Throne hope that he means them, but instead he goes to find Daenerys, whom none of them are even factoring into the situation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. One moment that stands out is during his duel with Khrazz, whose curved arakh is unable to penetrate Selmy's plate armor:

    Khrazz: Only cowards dress in iron.
    Ser Barristan: This coward is about to kill you, ser.

    Khrazz: In the pit that would have taken your arm off, old man.
    Ser Barristan: We are not in the pit.
  • The Dreaded: He's known to be so badass, he makes much younger knights and guards visibly wilt when he reaches for his sword. Those he fights and who didn't wilt, quickly learn why they should have. See also One-Man Army below. It is worth noting that Jaime considers him to be somebody he'd not happily choose to tangle with, even considering their differences, both philosophical and age-related. He'd quite happily enjoy trying to beat sense into Jaime's head by contrast, however... if he thought for a minute it'd stick.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Robert Baratheon spared him despite remaining loyal to the Mad King.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Ashara Dayne.
  • Due to the Dead: Barristan relates that after Eddard Stark's execution, the first thing he did was enter the Sept of Baelor to pray for Ned's soul. He also continues to remember and defend Eddard as an honourable man, even from Daenerys. There's also his standing vigil for the late Ser Hugh of the Vale.
  • Failure Knight: Joffrey fired him for failing to protect King Robert. Barristan sees himself as this not because he outlived four kings but because he saved Mad Aerys and inadvertantly caused Robert's Rebellion. For once, he wants to defend a ruler worth serving.
  • Foil: He and Jaime Lannister are both considered the finest knights alive. They also both start questioning their past decisions.
    • His chapters in A Dance with Dragons echo those of Eddard Stark's, showing how a similar honor-bound character ultimately plays the game of thrones, siding with a morally dubious schemer like Shavepate and initiate a palace coup that Ned Stark balked at.
    • Barristan, Maester Aemon and Archmaester Marwyn "The Mage" are in the interest of providing their services to Daenerys in grooming her to be a just ruler; Barristan is doing it for the sake of serving a worthy ruler, Aemon is going mostly to advise and to be with his last living relative but he dies in the way and Marwyn is replacing Aemon and seems to be doing it in the interest of returning magic to the realms of men.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: After throwing his sword at Joffrey's feet, he refuses to touch a sword (using a quarterstaff instead) until Daenerys hands him one so he can swear allegiance to her.
  • Hidden Depths: For most of the series, he is portrayed as brave, wise and coolheaded. Until his POV chapters in ADWD, no one knew that he was privately doubting his abilities due to his old age and that he is plagued with regret over his past failures, which he remembers much more clearly than the rest of the world.
  • Honor Before Reason: He is a knight of the Kingsguard. In his mind, his vow to the King took precedence over everything else, to the point that he carries a major grudge against Jaime for murdering Aerys, even though they both witnessed Aerys' depravities firsthand; they had sworn to protect him and therefore Jaime betrayed his oath. Later he does, however, subvert this when the fate of Meereen rests in his hands. He's served three kings and one queen and, in doing so, has seen the tragedies that clinging to one's honor creates, so he takes a more pragmatic route. That said, he tells his recruits that honor is pretty much what defines a knight:
    Ser Barristan: Without honor, a knight is no more than a common killer. It is better to die with honor than to live without it.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: At the beginning of the series, he has seen three kings come and go, and this weighs on his mind.
    • It's hinted, but not yet confirmed by the books, that Barristan blames himself for the death of Ashara Dayne by indirection as well. Time will tell if he was right.
  • In-Series Nickname: Barristan the Bold, and more mocking ones like Ser Grandfather and Barristan the Old.
  • Irony: Openly criticized Jaime Lannister for killing King Aerys; it is later revealed that, as of late, he has been pondering if maybe Jaime was right all along. The irony is not lost on him either.
    • He also admitted that had he been present when the bodies of Princess Elia and her children were presented to Robert, he would've killed Robert for smiling.
  • It's All My Fault: Downplayed, but he notes in his narration that had he defeated Rhaegar in the tourney at Harrenhal (stopping him from crowning Lyanna Queen of Love and Beauty), the whole Rebellion might have been avoided.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: He'd rather thoroughly defy this trope in true Kingsguard fashion: or, at least, not touch it with a barge pole. Unfortunately, the fact that every faction with an ounce of sense tries to keep tabs on where he'll wind up after being expelled from Court confirms that he always had power in tipping the scales by sheer authenticity alone — in other people's eyes, at least. He even (very grudgingly) comes to terms with it, in a way, in Meereen. Oh, to be a fly on the wall should he and Jaime meet up, again.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Played straight, a rarity in this series.
    • Failure Knight: What he fears he might actually be. It's probably how he's always kept his shininess nicely buffed, as it feels ingrained to his character. It's making a lot of his present moves be a bit more proactive than he's been in the past (even though gaining the name "the Bold" tells you he's never been a slouch — whatever he thinks).
  • The Lancer: To Daenerys after Ser Jorah is exiled.
  • Living Legend: His role in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, the Defiance of Duskendale, and several other major events has made Barristan one of the most famous men alive in Westeros, and he is beloved by many of the smallfolk (and even other nobles).
  • The Magnificent: Got his nickname when he entered a tourney as a mystery knight at age 10. He failed miserably, but Prince Duncan was impressed with his spirit nonetheless: "A boy... a bold boy."
  • Master Swordsman: Even though he's over 60. Word of God has it that in his prime Selmy could have fought even Arthur Dayne, widely considered as the greatest swordsman ever, to a standstill if Dayne had used a regular sword instead of his Thunderbolt Iron sword Dawn.
  • Mister Exposition: About Targaryen history. This is what attracts Daenerys to him in the first place; not that he's been able to tell her much, since they are a bit preoccupied by being in the eve of a war in Meereen.
  • My Greatest Failure: Aside from surviving three kings he swore to protect, he actually starts to doubt whether he did the right thing by saving Aerys when he was a prisoner in Duskendale, ponders whether Jaime was right in killing Aerys, but most importantly, he regrets losing to Rhaegar in the Tourney of Harrenhall, which kick-started the events that led to Robert's Rebellion.
    • Other than the already mentioned, Barristan is very remorseful of not courting the beautiful Ashara Dayne, arguably the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen and the only person he would've even considered forsaking his vows for. He specifically regrets not winning the tournament so he could have crowned her his Queen of Love and Beauty, as she began courting "Stark" (this being either Ned or Brandon) and apparently killed herself when she was scorned.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Daenerys is his final throw of the dice: his regrets at not being able to keep the Targaryens in power combine with a wish to renew the Kingsguard (not to mention King's Landing) to what it should be after the depreciation it's gone through under both Aerys' and the Baratheon-Lannister leadership. After all, that's partly what training up a new set of knights to serve under a new Queen is for him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: His mentality in serving Aerys and then Robert. He's always held Jaime in very low regard for his killing of Aerys and breaking of his oath. However, he eventually begins to wonder if Jaime did the right thing all along.
    • Dany, too, to the point where he refuses to contradict her in conversation unless ordered. The only time he's done it without being asked is when Dany started disparaging Ned Stark, and even then, he did it gently.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Ser Barristan is one for William Marshal, considered "the greatest Knight who ever lived". Winner of 500 tourneys, including one where he unseated Richard the Lionheart himself, a long-lived Badass who later discovers that he has to play a political role as regent and finds out that he's not all that bad, also considered an embodiment of Honor Before Reason by the French AND the English, and ensured that the Crown kept faith with the Magna Carta passed by the Barons.
  • No Respect Guy: Even people who like him (i.e. Dany and Renly) tend to think of or refer to him in gentle mockery as an old man, and his enemies do likewise, calling him Barristan the Old and Ser Grandfather. This tends to lead to the latter Underestimating Badassery and Bullying a Dragon.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: Given his age, he's this in most of his battles, physical and political. His duel with Khrazz, who is forty years younger than him, is a notable example.
  • Older Sidekick: He's one to Strong Belwas while under the guise of Arstan Whitebeard.
  • Old Master: In ADWD, he has found some promising students who he is training as squires.
  • Omniglot: Besides the Common Tongue, he can speak Valyrian (though not as much as Dany) and Ghiscari.
  • One-Man Army: In ADWD he details his escape from King's Landing, summed up by but not limited to this little gem:
    Ser Barristan: The commander of the City Watch confronted me, emboldened by my empty scabbard, but he had only three men with him and I still had my knife.
  • The One That Got Away: Ashara Dayne was this to him.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: He pleaded with Aerys to spare the life of the young Dontos Hollard.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Downplayed. Barristan has never been an especially devout follower of the Faith of the Seven, but while living in Meereen, he keeps a small wooden carving of the Warrior in his room because it makes him feel more at home in an unfamiliar, dangerous city.
  • Reluctant Retiree: Cersei and the small council attempt to make him retire him after Robert's death, promote Jaime to Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and have Sandor Clegane fill the empty spot on the roster. They offer him land, gold, a keep and servants as a reward for years of service. Ser Barristan is beyond insulted.
    Ser Barristan: A hall to die in, and servants to bury me. I thank you, my lords... but I spit on your pity.
  • Simple Staff: Proves to be pretty deadly with a quarterstaff, as the Titan's Bastard discovers.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: One of his claims to fame is ending the Defiance of Duskendale by sneaking into town, freeing King Aerys from imprisonment, and getting out again.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a fine one to the rest of the Kingsguard, the Royal Court and King Joffrey after his dismissal in "A Game of Thrones"
    Barristan: Have no fear, sers, your king is safe... no thanks to you. Even now, I could cut through the five of you as easy as a dagger cuts cheese. If you would serve under the Kingslayer, not a one of you is fit to wear the white. Here, boy. [throws his sword at Joffrey's feet] Melt it down and add it to the others, if you like. It will do you more good than the swords in the hands of these five. Perhaps Lord Stannis will chance to sit on it when he takes your throne.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the present Kingsguard in A Game of Thrones.
    Varys: Ser Boros and Ser Meryn are the Queen's creatures for certain and I have grave doubts about the rest. Only Ser Barristan is made of the true steel, and Selmy is old.
  • Worthy Opponent: To King Robert, who spared his life after the battle of the Trident and even promoted him to Lord Commander over Jaime Lannister.
  • You Remind Me of X: Barristan sees aspects of a younger Ashara Dayne in Daenerys, presumably regarding her as the daughter they never had.

    Ser Barristan's squires 

In General

Following Daenerys' capture of Meereen, Ser Barristan begins to train a score of former slaves as knights to enter her service.

  • Honor Before Reason: Ser Barristan tries to drill this into their minds, but they don't quite understand the concept of choosing a honorable death over surviving dishonorably.
  • The Squire: All of them serve as this to Ser Barristan, and he notes that several of them will likely never become knights but make adequate squires.

Ser Tumco Lho

A former slave from the Basilisk Isles. Lho is among the best of the squires whom Ser Barristan begins to train after

  • The Ace: Of all his trainees, Ser Barristan considers Lho the one with the most natural talent, comparing him to Master Swordsman Jaime Lannister.
  • An Axe to Grind: He was already an expert with the axe before beginning training under Barristan.
  • Knighting: Barristan knights him near the end of A Dance With Dragons.
  • Token Minority: He is a Basilisk Islander, of which there are very few in Slavers' Bay.


The Lash

A former Ghiscari slave training under Ser Barristan.

  • In-Series Nickname: He is known as "The Lash" due to his skill with his whip.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: He uses a trident in combat in combination with a whip. First he brings his opponent down by wrapping his whip around their legs, then moves in with his trident to disarm and kill them.
  • Whip It Good: He has great skill with a whip, and even manages to impress Ser Barristan with his skill at bringing down armored opponents despite his disdain for non-knightly weapons.

Ser Red Lamb

The Red Lamb

A warrior from Lhazar.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was formerly a slave. It seems to have affected him more than his two brothers-in-arms, because he's pissed at the Great Shepherd, his people's god, for making his people weak and unable to defend themselves against merciless killers like the Dothraki.
  • Knighting: He is knighted by Ser Barristan near the end of A Dance With Dragons.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: His actual name is unknown and he just goes by The Red Lamb.
  • Meaningful Name: He is known as The Red Lamb due to his who aversion of the Actual Pacifist stereotype of the Lhazareen.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Before going into battle against the Yunkai forces besieging Meereen, The Red Lamb goes on a little tirade.
    The Red Lamb: Should I die, I will go before the Great Shepherd of Lhazar, break his crook across my knee, and say to him, 'Why did you make your people lambs, when the world is full of wolves?' Then I will spit into his eye.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Barristan considers him to be all ferocity and no technique, but thinks he will improve with more training.

Daenerys's khalasar

    Daenerys's handmaidens 

Irri, Jhiqui, and Doreah

Dany's handmaidens. Irri and Jhiqui are Dothraki, but Doreah is a former Lysene bedslave.

  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: What they teach Dany. Doreah taught her the art of love (Beauty), Jhiqui taught her to speak Dothraki (Brains), and Irri taught her to ride (Brawn).
  • Catchphrase: "It is known" for Irri and Jhiqui, whenever they impart some Dothraki common knowledge.
  • Character Death: Doreah dies in the Red Waste due to a combination of exhaustion and illness.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Doreah has beautiful honey-blond hair and is a sweet and kind handmaiden to Daenerys. She, of course, ends up among the first casualties of Daenerys' khalasar.
  • Love Triangle: In A Dance With Dragons, Irri and Jhiqui are bickering over which of them Rakharo thinks is more beautiful.
  • Made a Slave: Both Irri and Jhiqui were members of a khalasar defeated by Khal Drogo's in battle and were subsequently enslaved, eventually being given to Daenerys as handmaidens.
  • Put on a Bus: Irri and Jhiqui depart Meereen with most of Daenerys' khalasar in A Dance With Dragons in order to search for Daenerys after she disappears on Drogon.
  • Retargeted Lust: After being aroused by Daario, Dany takes her pleasure with Irri instead.
  • Sex Slave: Doreah was trained as a sex slave in the pleasure houses of Lys before being bought by Magister Illyrio and given to Dany as a handmaiden.
  • Situational Sexuality: Dany sleeps with Doreah in order to learn the arts of pleasure, then Irri when she starts feeling the need for a man but can't trust the men she's with. Both handmaidens sleep with her out of duty rather than attraction.
  • Those Two Girls: After Doreah's death in Book 2.
  • Token Minority: Doreah is the only non-Dothraki Essos native in the khalasar.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Daenerys, supporting her even when she goes against Dothraki culture.

    Ko Rakharo 

Ko Rakharo
"As you say, I do, blood of my blood."

The eldest and strongest of Daenerys' bloodriders. He leads Daenerys khalasar into battle as one of her three kos.

  • Badass Mustache: He has a long drooping mustache.
  • The Big Guy: He is the best warrior in Daenerys' khalasar and proves it by defeating the older and more experienced bloodrider Haggo with the aid of Jhogo.
  • Colonel Badass: As the leader of Daenerys' Dothraki warriors, Rakharo often has command of scouting missions for her army.
  • Cool Sword: He uses a giant curved arakh which was gifted to him by Daenerys when he became her bloodrider.
  • Eating Contest: Participates in one with Quaro while in Vaes Dothrak.
  • Fantastic Racism: He shows a particular dislike for the Asshai'i, and expresses contempt for Quaithe's mysterious suggestions to Daenerys.
    Rakharo: Khaleesi, better a man should swallow scorpions than trust in the spawn of shadows, who dare not show their faces beneath the sun. It is known.
  • He's All Grown Up: Daenerys notes that Rakharo has grown significantly taller and more muscular over the series, and both Irri and Jhiqui become very attracted to him and argue over which one of them he would prefer.
  • Praetorian Guard: He was originally assigned by Khal Drogo to guard Daenerys as part of her khas. He continued to serve in this role to her as a bloodrider, altering guard duty with her knights Jorah and Barristan.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While always competent, by A Dance With Dragons Rakharo has become a accomplished military commander who drives the slavers of Meereen from the city's hinterlands. He adds four new bells to his hair to signify those victories.
  • Undying Loyalty: Although often worried by some of the decisions Daenerys makes, particularly when they go against Dothraki customs, he will always follow her commands without deviation.

    Ko Jhogo 

Ko Jhogo

Another bloodrider of Daenerys who is very skilled with a whip.

  • Badass in Distress: He is given to the Yunkish as a hostage as part of the peace between Daenerys and Yunkai.
  • Colonel Badass: They serve as commanders in Daenerys army, often leading scouting missions.
  • Demoted to Extra: He started as the most prominent of Daenerys bloodriders, but his role decreases quite a bit to the point where Rakharo eventually gets more development and role in the plot than Jhogo does.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He is introduced by stopping Viserys from hitting Daenerys by wrapping his whip around his throat and yanking him to the ground before asking permission to kill him, demonstrating his skill with a whip and utter loyalty to Daenerys.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While all the Dothraki fear maegi and hate Blood Magic, Jhogo is the only one of Daenerys' khas who openly pleads with her not to allow Mirri Maz Duur to try to save Khal Drogo from death using her spells.
  • Hidden Depths: While staying in Qarth, Jhogo is extremely fascinated and impressed by a firemage despite the Dothraki's usual contempt of magic or tricks. He also easily spots how most of the natives of Qarth don't watch the show, with the crowd instead being mostly foreigners who are easy prey for the numerous cutpurses stealing their money pouches while they are distracted by the firemage.
  • Praetorian Guard: He was originally assigned by Khal Drogo to guard Daenerys as part of her khas. He continued to serve in this role to her as a bloodrider, altering guard duty with her knights Jorah and Barristan.
  • Undying Loyalty: He and his fellow bloodriders will do anything for Daenerys, even when they are confused by her orders or it contradicts Drothraki culture.
  • Whip It Good: He wields a silver-handled whip, which was given to him by Daenerys when he became her bloodrider.
  • Young Gun: He's only sixteen when he's assigned to guard Daenerys, but it's clear he's growing into a formidable warrior.

    Ko Aggo 

Ko Aggo

"We are blood of your blood, sworn to live and die as you do."

The third of Daenerys' bloodriders, Aggo is a skilled bowman.

  • Archer Archetype: He is an expert shot with a bow, and wields a dragonbone bow given to him by Daenerys when he became her bloodrider.
  • Colonel Badass: As one of Daenerys kos, he commands a portion of her army in battle.
  • Demoted to Extra: Hit the worst by this out of all the bloodriders, since he never got much focus to begin with.
  • Fantastic Racism: He echoes Rakharo's distrust and contempt for the Asshai'i.
  • Praetorian Guard: He was originally assigned by Khal Drogo to guard Daenerys as part of her khas. He continued to serve in this role to her as a bloodrider, altering guard duty with her knights Jorah and Barristan.
  • Undying Loyalty: He and his fellow bloodriders will do anything for Daenerys, even when they are confused by her orders or it contradicts Drothraki culture.



An old jaqqa rhan (which translates as "Mercy Men" - they behead the dead and dying after every battle).

The Unsullied

    Grey Worm 

Grey Worm

An Unsullied warrior elected by his comrades to lead them after being freed by Daenerys.

  • Appropriated Appellation: Grey Worm chooses to keep his demeaning slave name, believing it to be lucky as he had it when he was freed.
    Grey Worm: It is a lucky name. The name this one was born to was accursed. That was the name he had when he was taken for a slave. But Grey Worm is the name this one drew the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He is the best commander and warrior among the Unsullied, which led to his election.
  • The Captain: Chosen by the Unsullied officers as their commander.
  • Made a Slave: Nothing is known of the circumstances, but he was taken and made a slave at a young age.
  • Pride: Despite the circumstances in which he acquired his skills, Grey Worm is pretty proud of his martial skills and the skill of his fellow Unsullied.
  • The Stoic: Like most Unsullied, he barely shows any emotion.
  • Third-Person Person: Like many slaves, he often refers to himself as "this one", and when speaking to Daenerys he often calls himself "your Grey Worm".
  • Undying Loyalty: To Dany, and he even refuses commands from Hizdahr zo Loraq despite him being married to Dany. He does listen to Ser Barristan, and aids him in overthrowing Hizdahr after Daenerys disappears on Drogon and they come to suspect Hizdahr may be the leader of the Sons of the Harpy.



One of the Unsullied purchased by and sworn to Daenerys.

  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Which he chose for himself, since the Unsullied were given the chance to rename themselves after being bought and freed by Daenerys.
  • Badass in Distress: One of the hostages demanded by the Yunkai'i.
  • Number Two: To Grey Worm.



"Wherever the Mother of Dragons goes, the Mother's Men will go as well."

One of the Unsullied that chose to take back his birth name. Chosen as commander of the Mother's Men, a company of freedmen loyal to Daenerys. He's one of Missandei's brothers.



Another of the Unsullied that chose to take back his birth name. He's one of Missandei's brothers.

    Stalwart Shield 

Stalwart Shield

One of the Unsullied purchased by and sworn to Daenerys.

Other followers and commanders

    Strong Belwas 

Strong Belwas

"Find liver and onions, Whitebeard. Not for now, for after. Killing makes Strong Belwas hungry."

Originally a pit fighter in the slave pits of Meereen, Strong Belwas is a warrior sent by Illyrio Mopatis to serve and protect Daenerys in her trials. Belwas is undefeated from his days of pit-fighting and proves to be a very dangerous warrior in single combat.

  • Acrofatic: His size does not inhibit his fighting in any way, bordering on Lightning Bruiser capabilities.
  • Bald of Awesome: Being a eunuch stunted his hair growth, but certainly did not stunt his badassery.
  • Big Eater: Duh. No heaped plate of liver-and-onions is safe.
  • Blood Knight: Lives for fighting and eating, in that order.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He's definitely a force to be reckoned with, but the old guy with a staff he travels with? Turns out that's Ser Barristan, possibly the greatest swordsman in Westeros.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Doesn't bother with a thing like modesty. When the time comes to show off his fighting prowess, however, boy does he deliver.
  • The Big Guy: In every conceivable way, too.
  • Covered with Scars: Strong Belwas allows every opponent he's faced to cut him once. As a result his body, particularly his torso, is covered in pale scars. He informs Dany that each mark is a life he's taken and if she were to count them all it would tell her how many people he's ever killed.
    Strong Belwas: I let each man cut me once, before I kill him. Count the cuts and you will know how many Strong Belwas has slain.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His over-the-top speaking manner and odd appearance (while he is covered with scars, he's also incredibly fat and wears an absurdly tiny leather breastplate that doesn't even reach his nipples) lead Daenerys to believe he's a buffoon, but his fight with Oznak zo Pahl proves that, while he may seem goofy, he is a surviving, veteran pit fighter, thus he's very good at what he does.
  • Excrement Statement: Doubling as one of the most spectacular aversions to Nobody Poops ever committed to paper; after beheading Oznak zo Pahl, The Champion of Meereen, in single combat, Belwas turns his back to the man's allies, drops his pants and takes a big steaming shit right there, then wipes his ass on his opponent's cloak.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: Inadvertantly saves Dany by eating an entire bowl of locusts that had been poisoned. Despite consuming a huge amount of poison, he somehow survived.
  • Formerly Fat: After a nasty encounter with some poisoned locusts in A Dance With Dragons, Barristan Selmy is rather surprised to find Belwas alive and well, although he has lost almost ludicrious amounts of weight and is now covered in saggy skin.
  • Gladiator Games: Part of his backstory. He considers himself to be the greatest pit fighter Meereen has ever seen.
  • Handicapped Badass: No pillar. No stones. No fear.
  • Kevlard: Invoked. He deliberately allows each of his opponents to give him one slash across the belly before killing them. It also saves his life when eating poisoned locusts: whoever was behind that needed either a stronger poison or a better-calculated dosage to do him in.
  • Large Ham: A pit fighter is an entertainer as well as a fighter, and good entertainers need to be able to work a crowd; furthermore, when the back seats in huge amphitheaters need to make out what you're doing, a subtle, nuanced performance is right out as an option... It makes sense that he can pretty much chew the whole stadium up, forget just the ring.
    Strong Belwas: Strong Belwas is hungry! Strong Belwas will eat now!
  • The Load: Considered this by Daenerys for a time, although largely because any need for him simply hadn't arisen yet. She chose him to fight the champion of Meereen simply because he was the most expendable of her allies. Once he easily defeats him and later accidentally saves her from being poisoned he proves to avert the trope very hard indeed.
  • Meaningful Name: "Strong" may be a big generic as far as descriptors go, but he totally lives up to it.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted as Dany remembers what happened to Drogo so she sent Belwas to a healer after his duel.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: He loves heaping plates of liver and onions.
  • Stout Strength: Very fat, but very strong.
  • Third-Person Person: Speaks almost solely like this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Liver and onions.
  • Weapon of Choice: An arakh and a small buckler that he holds in his hand rather than strapping to his arm.



A Naathi scribe and Dany's translator with whom she shares an intimate friendship. She and her brothers were taken from their home on the island of Naath by slavers and sold to Astapor, where she became a translator until freed by Daenerys.

  • Alliterative Family: With her brothers Marselen and Mossador.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She is the youngest of Daenerys' servants.
  • Child Prodigy: Has a remarkable gift to easily learn new languages and proves very smart, perceptive, and cunning in several other areas as well.
  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: Translated for Kraznys mo Nakloz when he was negotiating with Daenarys, but neither she nor Kraznys knew Dany spoke Valyrian. She also doesn't have to use her translation skills much after joining Dany.
  • Cunning Linguist: Says she has the gift of easily learning languages. At the age of ten, she's been shown to speak the Common Tongue, High Valyrian, and bastard Valyrian, as well as a bit of Ghiscari.
  • Hidden Depths: She has Manipulative Bastard qualities Ser Barristan likens to Littlefinger and Varys. Notably, she comes up with a plan to cause division among the forces besieging Meereen by having Ser Barristan offer their weight in gold for the three hostages the Yunkai have. The Yunkai have no need of that money, but their sellswords will want the deal and grow angry when it is refused.
  • Made a Slave: She was kidnapped alongsider her brothers and sold into slavery in Astapor.
  • Omniglot: Justified, due to her being very gifted and learning multiple languages as a child.
  • Only One Name: Missandei is her only known name.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Formerly; she had three Unsullied brothers, but one was killed during training and another was murdered by the Sons of the Harpy while on patrol.
  • Tag Along Kid: Justified because she has nowhere to go and would rather risk death with Daenerys.
  • The Smart Gal: To Daenerys' The Hero.
  • Third-Person Person: Similar to all slaves, Missandei refers to herself as "this one" before Dany tells her not to.
  • Verbal Tic: Referring to herself as "this one" instead of "me" or "I".
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Strong-willed and intelligent past her ten/eleven years, as Dany and Barristan note.
    Ser Barristan's thoughts: Eleven years of age, yet Missandei is as clever as half the men at this table and wiser than all of them.

    Daario Naharis 

Daario Naharis

"I count no day as lived unless I have loved a woman, slain a foeman, and eaten a fine meal."

A Tyroshi sellsword in command of the Stormcrows who pledges himself and his mercenaries to Dany out of love.

  • Agent Peacock: Dyes his hair and nails blue and dresses in garb of yellow and gold, and acts even more flamboyant than it's typical for a Tyroshi.
  • Anti-Advice: The type of advice he gives Dany has overtones of this and he's not a fan of sugarcoating anything. Regardless of whether it's ruthless and bloodthirsty advice, he always gives the advice that is most practical and advantageous at the moment he gives it; of course, he bypasses the involved morals completely. It's just that easy to get what you want if you kill the people that oppose you.
  • Badass in Distress: After he is given to the forces of Yunkai along with several other hostages during peace talks. He is still their captive when hostilities break out again.
  • Bling of War: Not counting all of his Tyroshi finery, his weapons are a Dothraki arakh and a Myrish stiletto with naked women made in gold as the hilts of each.
  • Blood Knight: The only thing he likes more than sex and gold is killing.
  • The Casanova:
    Daenerys: You boasted that you'd had a hundred women.
    Daario: A hundred? I lied, sweet queen. It was a thousand. But never once a dragon.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The way he betrays and murders his mercenary partners and casually presents their heads to Daenerys, one might think it isn't the first time he's done this. Then there's his suggestion to Dany to let him kill the Wise Masters during her wedding to Hizdahr. There are many fans who speculate that he will betray her in the future, if he hasn't at some point already.
  • Foil: To Shae. They are both the lovers of two of the most influencing people in the books (Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen), both against their lovers' better judgement. Both Tyrion and Daenerys admit that they are better off without them, but still keep them close out of lust.
    • Also to Bronn, in that they are both the extremely snarky and extremely dangerous sellsword lieutenants to powerful, polarizing figures that they each grow very close to in different ways. However, Bronn is more pragmatic and business savvy, whereas Daario is considerably more devil-may-care and unpredictable. And where Bronn is rather thuggish looking with a plain, utilitarian style, Daario always looks exotic and colorful to a ridiculously self-indulgent extant.
    • He is also a foil to Jaime Lannister. They are both Blood Knights for their Queens and are in grossly inappropriate relationship with them, as far as making them forsake their Queenly duties. These relationships are nevertheless opposite to each other; Daenerys realizes that Daario means nothing but trouble, while Jaime thinks the same of Cersei; Daenerys staunchly holds on to Daario in spite of her better judgement while Jaime abandons Cersei to her fate.
    • He is a foil to the Rogue Prince Daemon Targaryen. They are the bad influence on their queen that wants them to be more war-like. They are also very prone to be at the butt end of he-says-she-says situations, they are not particularly respected by their peers and are definitely not afraid of getting their hands dirty. They are also spectacular warriors who brim in charisma.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He has shades of this in the eyes of Jorah and Ser Barristan, and other members of the court make little secret of their distaste for him. But of course, Daenerys wants him close to her.
  • Going Commando: He never bothers with smallclothes, because he's always in the mood for sex.
  • Gold Tooth: Has one.
  • The Hedonist: Summed up in his quote above.
  • Hidden Depths: Daenerys realizes that she loves Daario because he would sit at her side even in her hour of need and at her most abject, much unlike a superficial, sycophantic and judging husband like Hizdahr.
  • Hot Consort: What he seems to aspire to be, as far as his relationship with Daenerys goes. He suggests more than once that she take him as her husband instead of Hizdahr zo Loraq, claiming that as queen she can marry whomever she pleases. Dany is smart enough to realize the political ramifications of being a queen and marrying a lowly sellsword.
  • Klingon Promotion: He killed his two partners, Sallor the Bald and Prendahl na Ghezen, and usurped their positions as leader of their mercenary group, getting the rest of the Stormcrows to follow him.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's a roguish Casanova.
  • Love Epiphany: Dany realizes she loves Daario because he wants to be with her regardless of what she is and the power she brandishes. Where Hizdahr would sneer at her for being muddled from head to toe, Daario would just laugh with her and brush it off.


Admiral Groleo

A captain who commanded the ships sent by Illyrio Mopatis to bring Daenerys back to Pentos. He instead enters her service and joins her campaign in the Slaver's Bay.

  • Decapitation Presentation: His head is presented to the Meereen court by Bloodbeard after he is executed.
  • Distressed Dude: He is one of several hostages given over to the Yunkai'i besieging Meereen as part of a truce.
  • Nice Guy: He is a good and honorable man who simply wants to help Daenerys in her goals.
  • Off with His Head!: Gets executed by the Yunkai forces holding him hostage after Yurkhaz zo Yunzak is accidently killed in Meereen.
  • Undying Loyalty: Daenerys won his friendship and loyalty very quickly after meeting him, to the point where he willingly sacrifices ships so she could build siege equipment.

    Symon Stripeback 

Symon Stripeback

A former slave in Astapor. Chosen as commander of the Free Brothers, a company of freedmen loyal to Daenerys.

    Mollono Yos Dob 

Mollono Yos Dob

A freedman that is named commander of the Stalwart Shields, a company of freedmen loyal to Daenerys. He later succumbs to the Pale Mare.

    Tal Toraq 

Tal Toraq

A freedman from the Summer Isles that joins the Stalwart Shields, a company of freedmen loyal to Daenerys. He becomes their commander after Mollono Yos Dob succumbs to the Pale Mare.

Alternative Title(s): A Song Of Ice And Fire Daenerys Targaryen And Her Court


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