This is a listing of members of House Tyrell who appear in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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House Tyrell of Highgarden
- "Growing Strong"—Tyrell House Words
The Lords Paramount of the Reach and Wardens of the South from their flowery seat at Highgarden. Originally, the Tyrells were stewards to the reigning Gardener Kings, but after Aegon I Targaryen wiped out the last of the Gardeners, the Tyrells yielded the castle up to him. The Conqueror rewarded them by naming the Tyrells overlords of the Reach, even though there were likely Houses with better lines of descent. The current Tyrells are a rich and powerful house, but their patriarch Mace Tyrell is a fat oaf. Though they started out the series by allying with Renly, they eventually went over to House Lannister. They are extremely popular with the smallfolk of King's Landing. Their sigil is a golden rose on a green field.
Before the fall of the Gardeners, the Tyrells were a knightly house who became stewards of the Kings of the Reach. There were counted occasions where the Tyrells momentarily ruled the Reach as regents in place of the Gardeners in absence, being the only noble house from the Reach ever to do so. It is not stated whether the Tyrells had a keep or had claims to lands before Aegon the Conqueror. The Tyrells claim descent from Garth the Gardener through the female line, having married to an Andal Tyrell knight in service to the Gardeners. Being so, and along with House Arryn, they are the lordly house who most represent the traditions of the Andals.
The Tyrells are, as of 299 AC, part of the Royal Family via the marriage of Margaery Tyrell with the claimant King Renly I of the House Baratheon of Storm's End, and as of 300 AC with the Kings Joffrey I and later Tommen I of the House Baratheon of Kings Landing.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The Tyrells got away with putting the Baratheons under siege twice with no retribution whatsoever. Even when Stannis takes a great chunk of their bannermen, they still have complete and undisputed control of the Reach other than some dissident houses who aren't even opposing them in battle (like the Florents).
- They have this reputation among many of the smallfolk as well. It is noted that the crowds in King's Landing are cheering for the Tyrell's, not the hated Lannisters.
- Arch-Enemy: The modern Tyrells primarily oppose Stannis Baratheon. Stannis has not forgiven Mace Tyrell's lounging and feasting while his siege of Storm's End left Stannis, his family and his men to starve for over a year. He's also married into a house that used to be House Tyrell's rival in The Reach. While the Tyrells sought to influence both Robert and Renly, they never even tried Stannis. After aligning with the Lannisters following Renly's demise and helping to spectacularly defeat Stannis at The Battle of Blackwater, it is highly unlikely that he will ever forget about that. There's also the fact that the Tyrells now need Stannis dead since they have attached themselves to the false Baratheons on the Iron Throne; Stannis denying their legitimacy hurts House Tyrell's legitimacy.
- The Tyrells are so distracted by Stannis and other opposing threats that they nearly lose sight of the true enemy that is their own ally: Cersei Lannister. Cersei even uses this against them, having Mace leave the capital to lay siege to Storm's End yet again, and sending Loras on a disastrous mission to take Stannis's seat of Dragonstone.
- The traditional rivals of the Tyrells on the Reach are the Florents. Because of the Tyrells' exponential rise in power since the Conquest the conflict between the houses has been mostly one-sided, as the Tyrells don't quite care about the Florents that much. On the War of the Five Kings, the Florents and the Tyrells become part of two royal families (the Houses Baratheon of Dragonstone and King's Landing), but the Florents are still considerably less powerful than the Tyrells.
- Badass Family: Most of them: Loras and Garlan are two of the deadliest knights in the kingdom. Olenna is one too for a certain value, being one of the most skilled plotters in the kingdom, and Margaery seems to have picked up some of her grandmother's skills.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Mainly, a notable (and rare for the series) inversion. They are certainly big. They have interconnections with a lot of other power-players (including antagonistic ones) by blood and marriage ties — and, some of those, they're ready to turn on, if pushed. However, the internal relationships within their own House are not screwed-up in the least (in fact, a few have trouble picturing just how screwed-up other Families can get). Oh, certain individuals will happily and casually insult family members until the cows come home; though, it's done kind of warmly — and minor bickering can occur. But, just look like you're a potential and real danger to their family as a whole, and you're going to wind up very dead. Most will move as a coordinated block to end you and protect their own.
- The Clan: Now has a branch at Brightwater headed by Garlan Tyrell.
- Color-Coded Characters: Their members tend to be beautiful and have brown hair and brown or gold eyes.
- Color Motif: Green and Gold represent their wealth and endurance.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat/Sleazy Politician: It's a little hard to choose which they fit better as. Both? Either way, they're far more subtle about it than Houses such as Lannister or Frey. But, these roses are not afraid of needing to use fertilizer to get ahead in the Game. Or using PR to hide and/or soften the impact of the evidence of what they do.
- Dragon Ascendant: Aiming to control the Throne as part of a long-term goal? Check.
- Famous Ancestor: Ser Osmund Tyrell, High Steward of the aged King Garth X Gardener, and the one who crowned Mern VI Gardener to end the civil war at the Reach.
- Ser Robert Tyrell, Osmund's son and successor. Married the youngest daughter of Mern VI Gardener, tying them through the female line.
- Lord Theo Tyrell, Harlen Tyrell's son, who spent most of his rule dealing with the other noble houses that disputed their claim to Highgarden.
- Lord Bertrand Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden during the early reign of Jaehaerys I. He was considered for the position of Hand of the King but ultimately rejected since his incompetence and numerous bastards were well known.
- his son and successor Lord Martyn Tyrell, who became Master of Coin after the death of Rego Draz, but it was well known that his wife Florence Fossoway was the one behind his policies.
- Lord Matthos Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden during the Great Council of 101 AC.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Tyrells are the Southern French of Westeros in their customs of chivalry and their flower motifs, headbutting with their annoying saucy neighbors (Dorne; Spain), a huge mountain range (The Vale; The Alps), the Western pompous twits (England; The Lannisters of the Westerlands),
- Feuding Families/Sitcom Archnemesis: Notoriously do not get along well with members of House Martell, an enmity dating back centuries due to plenty of wars between the Reach and Dorne, to the point that Tyrion gets a headache trying to sort their visiting members out. Willas Tyrell and Oberyn Martell are a notable exception.
- The most obvious one would be House Florent. They are the royal in-laws to two of the kings of the War of the Five Kings. They are both from the Reach, boast descent from Garth Greenhand and are disputing domain over the region for most of the contemporary era. Whereas the Tyrells are physically attractive and pleasant, the Florents are ugly with a sense of entitlement and no social skills; the Tyrells left the Reach to sunny King's Landing while the Florents left the Reach to the snowy North.
- To House Frey. Where the Freys have tried their social climbing the direct and dirty way when not marrying into every power in sight, the Tyrells have gone about it rather differently (if, also including marriage). Both have large families (granted, the Tyrells don't outnumber the Freys: but, they're still not a tiny family), both have Thicker Than Water tendencies. But, only one is succeeding at this whole PR thing and has plans in place for when various linchpins may no longer be in the world.
- To House Stark. They seem to have a flexible code of honor and a love of family that's seeing them stick together and manage to stay together while forging ahead in the Decadent Court atmosphere. "Strong" is in their motto. "Stark" also means strong. The Starks remain strong through endurance and will power, the Tyrells through clever alliances. Both are loved by their smallfolk but while the former is honorable to a fault, the latter is have no true loyalties but to themselves. Both have ancestors who surrendered without a fight to Aegon the Conqueror.
- To House Tully. They have the focus on family, they worked to achieve more political power (like joining Aegon I to depose the Harren or Hoster's arranged marriages to House Stark and Arryn) and neither house ever held a kingship.
- To House Lannister. Both are ancient and powerful houses that have been working to exert their influence over the Iron Throne to their own benefit, but whereas the Lannisters are essentially a Big, Screwed-Up Family who cooperate through Teeth-Clenched Teamwork at best, the Tyrells work together out of genuine love and affection for one another, treating one another as actual family rather than rivals for power.
- The Tyrell brothers, Willas, Garlan, and Loras, are practically mirror versions of the Baratheon brothers, Robert, Stannis, and Renly.
- Flower Motifs: Their sigil is a golden rose, representing their own endurance. And like a rose, they may seem delicate and soft, but still have their thorns.
- History Repeats: Just like Harlen Tyrell surrendered the Reach to Aegon The Conqueror by bending the knee, Mace Tyrell surrendered and bent the knee to Robert Baratheon when the fighting was all but lost. In both occasions, it gave them huge advantage leaps forward, consolidating their power. Dudes are very good at surrendering.
- An ambitious house from the Reach who married their gorgeous daughter to the King and the patriarch is the second most powerful man on the country? Hello again, Hightowers! Other than that, the Tyrells don't seem to be failing in the War of Five Kings where the Hightowers did during the Dance of the Dragons, which is the fact that they have never overplayed their hand (except with Renly, and they corrected that remarkably fast).
- Karma Houdini:
- During Robert Rebellion, they fought for House Targaryen and they put Storm's End under siege for almost a year, nearly starving Robert's brothers and the rest of the castle's inhabitants to death. They eventually surrendered and bent the knee to Robert, but only after war was decisively won in favor of the Rebellion. Despite all this, Robert chose to unconditionally pardon House Tyrell, one of many grievances Stannis had against his brother.
- They sided with Renly during the War of the Five Kings and blocked off the supply routes to King's Landing, causing a famine in the city. After Renly died, they sided with House Lannister and helped end Stannis's assault on the capitol. For this, Mace was added to the Small Council as Master of Ships, Loras is added to the Kingsguard, and Margaery was betrothed to Joffrey. Additionally, the inhabitants of King's Landing are so happy that the Tyrells opened the roads and began freely distributing food to them they completely forgot that they caused the famine in the first place.
- Long Dead Badass: Lord Mace's cousins.
- Ser Victor Tyrell. Slain by the Smiling Knight of the Kingswood Brotherhood.
- Ser Quentin Tyrell. Slain at the Battle of Ashford.
- Minor Major Character: Despite their power and influence on the plot, they are all secondary characters in the books.
- Nouveau Riche: The Tyrells were traditional castellans of the Gardeners. However, they were the only house of the Reach that did not oppose Aegon the Conqueror, so they were rewarded accordingly by being made Lords Paramount of the Reach.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Cersei sees them as this. And even the much more reasonable Kevan begins to share her viewpoint, after spending some quality time with Mace.
- Opportunistic Bastards: This is the main reason they face opposition in the Reach. Up until the Conquest, the Tyrells were nowhere close to being Lords of the Reach, as many other houses had better claims than they did. They didn't even have a keep or a land to call theirs. They were just fortunate of being in the right place at the right time to surrender Highgarden to Aegon the Conqueror. Also, when Ned Stark lifted the Siege of Storm's End, the Tyrells surrendered once again and received little to no retribution for their actions.
- Pairing the Spares: Luthor Tyrell and Olenna Redwyne married because the Targaryens they were engaged to broke off the engagements.
- Realpolitik: Oh, boy, but do they use every trick in the book as pragmatically and hard-nosed as possible? They also haven't neglected the roles good PR and soft power can play in advancing your influence without adding people to the "who wants to kill us" list. For all they are actually playing the game as ruthlessly as others, often enough. Loved, somewhat feared, but mainly respected; and, certainly not hated: that's the route they're aiming for as a group.
- The Rival: After joining their strength with the crown, they become this to House Lannister.
- In the past, the Florents have rivaled House Tyrell, a rivalry which arguably persists to this day. They also don't seem to get along with the Martells of Dorne.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: The family is quick to hightail it out of the Stormlands after Renly's death, realizing they'd be sitting ducks to his enemies.
- The Smart Guy: Relative to the Reach. Hightower is the richest, Redwyne has all the ships, Tarly is the Reach's military powerhouse, Florent has more historical prestige, but nobody's as strong at political maneuvering and raw cunning as House Tyrell. The only reason House Tyrell is in power is because they were smart enough to give up the capital of the Reach to Aegon, after Highgarden's owner just died.
- Compared to the other Great Houses of Westeros, the Tyrells have contrasting good relationships with their vassal houses (save from some exceptions) and take actual interest on their domain; for instance, the City Watch of Oldtown belongs to them. Should they have problems, the Tyrells still have a foot firm in Highgarden should there be need to regroup.
- Social Climber: Historically. Some of their current actions reflect this too, despite already being the second wealthiest Great House.
- The Starscream: House Florent is this to them after siding with Stannis; in a way the Tyrells were this to the original Kings of the Reach, House Gardener - they were quick to seize all of House Gardener's holdings once the house had been extinguished.
- Team Switzerland: Historically, House Tyrell took no part in the Dance of the Dragons, because their lord at the time was only a baby.
- Theme Naming: Two constants of the family is having names with the letter "L" (specially Luthors and Leos), or beggining with "Gar-". The latter of the two stemming from House Gardener having the same custom.
- Thicker Than Water: The Tyrells stick together and unlike most other major houses, they aren't a Big, Screwed-Up Family.
- Too Dumb to Live: The late Lord Luthor Tyrell, Lady Olenna's husband, who rode his horse off a cliff while hawking. He had been looking up and not paying attention to where his horse was going. After meeting Lady Olenna, Tyrion muses that maybe he did it on purpose.
The Current Generation
Lord Mace Tyrell, Defender of the Marches, High Marshal of the Reach, Warden of the South, Hand of the King
The Fat Flower, Lord Oaf, Lord Puff Fish
The patriarch of the Tyrell family and current Lord of Highgarden, Mace is a Fat Idiot who lacks political savviness and has a reputation for being somewhat of an easily-manipulated buffoon. He does, however, have high political aspirations for his family and tries to work to better their position. He is married to Alerie Hightower.
- Dragon Ascendant: With Kevan Lannister, the Lord Regent, dead, he's now the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms
- Fat Idiot: Plump Mace isn't known for making the brightest moves. Most of his achievements are the work of his mother or his bannermen.
- Formerly Fit: Was once handsome and muscular.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Loras, Garlan and Margaery inherited their trademark good looks from him, though he has gained weight as he has grown older.
- I Have Many Names: Lord of Highgarden, Warden of the South, High Marshal of the Reach, Defender of the Marches.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He fancies himself a skilled general and cunning politician. All of his military victories were won by Randyll Tarly and it quickly becomes clear that Olenna is the true political brain of the family. If anything, the decisions he actually is making (trying to pimp Margaery to Robert, Renly, Joffrey, and now Tommen in an effort to get a grandson on the throne) are moving his family closer to ruin and forcing his mother and bannermen to attempt to salvage the situation.
- Miles Gloriosus: He likes to take credit for military victories he had nothing to do with, most of which were won by his bannerman Lord Randyll Tarly. Mace's own mother notes that he is an incompetent fighter.
- Never My Fault: Mace blames Oberyn for Willas' crippling when it was an accident on Oberyn's part and Mace had pressured his son into participating in a competition he was too young and inexperienced to be involved in (as well as ignoring the fact that Oberyn sent his own maester to treat Willas afterwards, who only just managed to keep Willas from losing his leg). While Oberyn is the one who believes this, and he's not exactly unbiased, he has it straight from Willas himself that Willas does not hold the incident against him.
- Number Two: Becomes Hand of the King to King Tommen after Kevan Lannister is made Regent by Pycelle and Harys Swyft.
- Outnumbered Sibling: Both of his siblings were girls.
- Papa Wolf: For all his faults as a military commander or politician he does clearly love his children and will do anything to defend them from others. He hates Oberyn Martell for crippling his son Willas (even though Willas is pen pals with Oberyn), and he wants the falsely accused Tyrion dead because Mace believes his daughter could have been collateral damage in Joffrey's assassination. In A Dance with Dragons, after learning about Margaery's imprisonment, he lifts the siege of Storm's End and brings his and Lord Tarly's armies to King's Landing, successfully intimidating the High Septon into allowing Margaery to go free until her trial. Cersei's plans hinged on him not doing this.
- Puppet King: Subverted. It appears that Olenna's pulling the strings with the family's political doings, but while Mace appears bumbling, Olenna specifically states that he rarely does what she says he should.
- Spanner in the Works: To Cersei, who really wanted him not to lift the siege on Storm's End in an effort to free Margaery.
- Social Climber: There's his desire to become Hand of the King after Tywin dies and to see Margaery as Queen no matter how many kings he has to arrange for her to marry.
- Stage Mom: He pushed Willas into entering a tourney he wasn't ready for. Between this, the Red Viper and sheer fate, Willas became crippled. Despite this, Willas is reportedly not bitter, and has become pen pals with Oberyn. Mace, on the other hand, pins all the blame on Oberyn and despises him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Littlefinger, who easily manipulated both him and his mother to ensure Joffrey's death.
Lady Alerie Tyrell (nee Hightower)
Wife of Mace and mother of his four children. She is the third child of Lord Leyton Hightower.
For the House Hightower entry, see here.
- Nice Girl: At least enough that she tries to soften the impact of Lady Olenna's Brutal Honesty.
- Proper Lady: In her little screen time, she comes across as a dignified middle aged woman with a classy air, in contrast to her bumbling husband and sharp tongued mother-in-law.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves King's Landing in A Feast For Crows after Tommen and Margaery's wedding.
- Satellite Character: Thus far she hasn't done much besides being Mace's wife and the mother of the current Tyrell generation.
- "Willas has a bad leg but a good heart."—Margaery Tyrell
The unmarried heir to Highgarden and Mace Tyrell's oldest son, currently tending to it while the Tyrells are in King's Landing. Willas once rode against Oberyn Martell in a tourney; the incident left him crippled after his foot caught on the stirrup and pulled his horse on top of him. Nevertheless, Willas isn't bitter, becoming pen pals with Oberyn as well as devoting his time to scholarly activities; he has garnered a reputation as being an excellent animal breeder as well as an intelligent man.
- Arranged Marriage: The Tyrells are aware that Sansa is currently Robb's heir, and thus try to marry her to him. The Lannisters find out and quickly put a stop to that plan by marrying her to Tyrion.
- Bookworm: Willas is known for being intellectual and scholarly.
- Brainy Brunette: By reputation. Margaery asserts him to be intelligent, bookish, and scholarly. He's also a more capable lord than his father. To drive the point home, his grandmother has a high opinion of him.
- Career-Ending Injury: His crushed leg, not that he seems to care much by all reports.
- Easily Forgiven: Unlike the rest of his family, who think Oberyn Martell intentionally crippled him, Willas holds no grudge against Oberyn, recognising that what happened was simply an unfortunate accident.
- Foil: To Robert Baratheon. Willas is the eldest and brightest of three sons in one of the great houses, just like Robert. Both men also had an interest in hunting with hawks in their youth. However, Willas is not as famous as his younger brothers, as opposed to the shadow Robert casts over Stannis and Renly. Robert is a legendary Warrior Prince and Blood Knight, while Willas is handicapped, scholarly, and disinterested in combat. Willas is considered a greater lord than his own father, the current Lord Tyrell, whereas Robert, despite his battle prowess, proves to be a completely ineffective ruler.
- Genius Cripple: His crushed leg doesn't stop Willas from being the finest hound, hawk and horse breeder in the Seven Kingdoms, as well as a studious man.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Has a reputation as a very kind and scholarly lord.
- The Ghost: Hasn't yet appeared in the series, but is often referred to by other characters.
- Nice Guy: By reputation.
- Odd Friendship: Apparently with Oberyn Martell, despite the enmity between their houses. According to Oberyn, they bonded over their shared interest in breeding horses.
- Worthy Opponent: Though Oberyn is clearly a better fighter and jouster, he and Willas are likely men of equal intelligence and culture.
- See the The Kingsguard page.
Queen Margaery Baratheon (nè Tyrell)
The Little Queen, The Little Rose, Maid Margaery
- "Margaery was different, though. Sweet and gentle, yet there was a little of her grandmother in her, too."— Sansa Stark
Mace Tyrell's youngest child and only daughter, Margaery is introduced as being married to Renly Baratheon to cement their families' alliance. She comes to King's Landing in the third book. Margaery is beautiful, charming, and would admittedly make a very good queen - something she and her family is very aware of.
For the House Baratheon of King's Landing, see here.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The smallfolk of King's Landing absolutely love her, in no small part thanks to the Tyrell food donations being given in her name before her arrival. The people ignore, or choose to ignore, that the Tyrells were the cause of the famine in King's Landing to begin with.
- Arranged Marriage: To Renly, then to Joffrey, then to Tommen.
- The Beard: Margaery is perceived by characters, fandom and Weiss & Benioff, as being this to Renly. There was also an element of Arranged Marriage to it, since their wedding was a political one meant to hold their two houses together. (The real question is whether they ever consummated; however, Renly claims in ACOK that he will sire a child with Margaery "within the year".)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Or at the very least she cultivates a nicer mask for the public that hides her more calculating nature. For example. after all her friendly talk of wanting to be like sisters to Sansa she and her cousins drop Sansa like a hot potato and avoid Sansa after Sansa's arrangement to marry Willas falls through, despite Sansa desperately needing support at her wedding to Tyrion. She also drops the nice act to tell Cersei off. Awesomely so.
- Brainy Brunette: She is considered to be very intelligent.
- Cartwright Curse: Margaery's two first husbands are DEEEEEAAAAAD!
- Cool Big Sis: Margaery acts like this to Tommen after their marriage. Sansa also saw her as this, but Margaery and her cousins are quick to ditch her after the betrothal to Willas falls through.
- Deadpan Snarker: Margaery slips in the occasional cheery snark, such as when she catches out Cersei almost revealing Jaime to be Tommen's true father.
- Hidden Depths: Margaery acts like an innocent princess, but it's shown several times that she's inherited at least some of her grandmother's cunning. They jointly investigate into Joffrey's true nature, and she easily sees through Cersei's attempts to have her condemned to death. She also seems aware of Joffrey and Tommen's true parentage.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. While she seems naive, she actually saw right through Cersei's "supportive mother-in-law" act.
- Hot Consort: She is this to Renly, as his queen. Upon his death, she's this to Joffrey, then to Tommen.
- The Jailbait Wait: To Tommen, as this would cement her queenship.
- Maiden Mother And Crone: Forms a triad with the other Baratheon wives. She is the Maiden, Cersei is the Mother, and Selyse is the Crone.
- Manipulative Bitch/Bastard Understudy/Guile Hero: Depending on which side you're on, she can be any (or more than one) of these at any given time. She's very attuned to the ways of people and can handle her own in political situations, even without Olenna's guidance. During her engagement to Joffrey, for example, she was able to improve the crown's reputation through some mad PR skills.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: Margaery claims that she's a virgin despite having been married thrice and widowed twice. It really doesn't go well for her. There's a good chance she's telling the truth too, considering her first husband preferred his brother-in-law, her second was unable to consummate being killed at your own wedding will do that to ya, and her third is a little boy. Her maidenhead is ruptured, but everyone except the idiot who orders her examination is well aware that this is probably the result of her horse-riding.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife; Margaery's incarceration on false or trumped up charges of adultery is much the same as how many historians now believe Anne's downfall went.
- Incidentally, in the adaptation of both stories, Margaery in Game of Thrones and Anne Boleyn in The Tudors are both played by the same actress. Ironically, Natalie Dormer has said in interviews that she took the part on the reassurance she wouldn't just be playing Anne Boleyn again, which may explain some of the show's changes to her character arc.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Margaery often plays dumb or naive in her dealings with others.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Kind of, to Tommen, with whom she gets along with famously; although it's worth noting that he sees her more as a Cool Big Sis than as a Love Interest.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Right now Margaery is getting by through silk alone, but her interactions with Cersei prove she's got more steel than the latter thought.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Although Mace was quite the looker in his younger years.
- Unknown Rival: Cersei is very threatened by Margaery, while Margaery seems oblivious to how much worry she's causing her, and genuinely seems to want to get along with her. Margaery is almost certainly just acting, however, since she is shrewd enough to see straight through Cersei's attempt to get her damned without an acceptable champion for a trial by combat, and, while scared, doesn't seem all that surprised that Cersei is trying to get her killed.
- What's Up, King Dude?: After marrying Tommen and becoming queen, she puts her PR skills to good use traveling through the streets of King's Landing and befriending various smallfolk, visiting seamstresses' shops, fish markets, goldsmiths, beggars, bakers, and tradesmen. She gains a 100% Adoration Rating very quickly.
- Widowed at the Wedding: Her and Joffrey's wedding.
- Widow Woman: Twice.
Lord Garlan Tyrell
The Gallant, Lord of Brightwater Keep
- "A valiant deed unsung is no less valiant."
Second son of Mace Tyrell and Alerie Hightower, Garlan is a better swordsman than his younger brother Loras but lacks Loras' desire to be famous, instead preferring settling down happily with his wife Leonette Fossoway. Following the Battle of the Blackwater, where Garlan plays a key role, he is given Brightwater Keep, the ancestral castle of House Florent (who have been attainted), the Tyrell's chief rivals, along with its lands and titles, making Garlan a powerful lord. His personal coat-of-arms is two golden roses on green, to represent his status as a second son.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Averted. He's more skilled of a swordsman (but less skilled of a jouster) than Loras but not even close to Loras' level of arrogance.
- Authority in Name Only: Despite being Lord of Brightwater, it's still in the hands of the Florents and he has to take it by force.
- Colonel Badass: He leads the vanguard against Stannis at the battle of Blackwater.
- El Cid Ploy: In the Battle on the Blackwater, the "ghost of Renly" is actually Garlan Tyrell wearing his king's armour to inspire the allied troops and confuse the enemy.
- Foil: To Stannis Baratheon. They are each the middle child between two respected brothers, renowned warriors and leaders, and tend to recognize the good in those in their society who others would look down on or disregard without hesitation. A big difference is that Garlan didn't succumb to Middle Child Syndrome like Stannis. While Stannis might have been enraged if a "ghost" got credit for something he did, Garlan doesn't seem to mind. Garlan is also charming, polite and kind to just about everyone he meets, whereas Stannis is stoic, resentful, and grim with literally everyone around him. Stannis's marriage is notoriously unhappy on both sides, while Garlan and his wife Leonette seem to get on pretty well together in public. And like Stannis in his youth, Garlan is sent on behalf of his (now royal) family to contend with one of Balon Greyjoy's fearsome younger brothers.
- Formerly Fat: Used to be chubby when he was younger; Willas coined the nickname "Garlan the Gallant" for him before anyone could call him things like "Garlan the Gross" for it.
- Gut Feeling: Of the good judge of character type. He is one of the few characters in the series who sees past Tyrion's dwarfism and injuries and acknowledges the good he has done for the realm.Garlan: He is a bigger man than he seems, I think.
- Happily Married: Garlan and Lady Leonette, at least by appearances.
- Knight in Shining Armor: A straighter example than Loras. Case in point: he's on the very short list of people who have ever been voluntarily kind to Tyrion Lannister. He and his wife are also the only Tyrells to be nice to Sansa after the rest of his family starts to avoid her due to her being forced into marriage.
- Master Swordsman: Sansa watches him practice against three opponents at once during training and easily best them all, and he is quite renowned for his skills. Loras, looking on at the same time, vouchsafes Garlan's skills, declaring him the better sword between the two of them.
- Nice Guy: Garlan praises Tyrion for singlehandedly keeping King's Landing afloat, and even rebukes Joffrey for publicly humiliating him. He also reassures Sansa during her forced marriage to Tyrion that her husband is a better man than his relatives, and could be good for her.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves King's Landing with his wife in A Feast For Crows to claim Brightwater Keep after Margaery and Tommen's wedding. Later he's said to be traveling the Reach to gather forces to push out the Ironborn.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his little brother Loras. While they're both incredibly skilled warriors, Garlan prefers a fairly quiet profile and is polite and kind to everyone. Loras on the other hand is obsessed with fame, completely full of himself, and looks down on everyone else.
Lady Leonette Tyrell (nee Fossoway)
Wife of Lord Garlan. The specific branch of Fossoways she is from is unknown.
- Happily Married: She and Garlan are easily the most easy-going and openly loving couple in the series.
- Nice Girl: She is the only member of Margaery's routine who shows sympathy for Sansa after she was forced to marry Tyrion, having her husband pass along her worry for her since she can't openly approach her. Leonette even jokes around with Tyrion at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding.
- Proper Lady: She is charming, witty, plays the high harp (which she teaches to Sansa), and basically sets the model for what a proper lady in this series is supposed to be.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves King's Landing with Garlan in A Feast For Crows.
Lord Luthor Tyrell
The late Lord of Highgarden and father of Mace, Janna, and Mina. He was brother to Maester Gormon, Garth and Moryn.
- Bumbling Dad: He was so dumb he rode off of a cliff.
- Happily Married: Olenna remembers him fondly after all this time as a good man and loving husband, even if she thought he was an idiot. Tyrion however jokingly speculates that Luthor may have committed suicide to escape his caustic wife.
- Posthumous Character: He is dead by the time the story begins.
- Sex God: Olenna can fault him for many things, but there's one thing she freely admits she really misses him for... TMI, Olenna.
- Too Dumb to Live: He rode off a cliff to his death while hawking. He had been looking up and was not paying attention to where his horse was going.
Lady Olenna Tyrell (nee Redwyne)
The Queen of Thorns
- "All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than the ones with crowns."
Mother to Mace Tyrell and his sisters, Janna, married to Jon Fossoway, and Mina, married to her cousin Paxter Redwyne, daughter of Runceford Redwyne, and grandmother to Willas, Garlan, Loras, and Margaery, Olenna is a cunning old woman who has her son's political aspirations and the brains to act on them.
- Apron Matron: An aristocratic take on the trope. She's certainly concerned about the welfare of her children and grandchildren, but she definitely doesn't believe in coddling them.
- Brutal Honesty: She pulls no punches during conversations.
- The Chessmaster: She is about as manipulative as Varys or Littlefinger. Although, presumably, her influence doesn't stretch as far as theirs does, both geographically and main-plotwise, thanks to most of her network and contacts being concentrated in the Reach. The main difference is that almost no one at court is even close to aware of what she actually is.
- Deadpan Snarker: She gets away with her constant jibes at powerful people partly because she's the grandmother of the Queen and partly because of her age. No wonder she's known as "The Queen of Thorns".
- Kick the Dog: She gets to do a pretty big one to Sansa. She murdered Joffrey and framed her and Tyrion for it. She knows Sansa is a scared and innocent girl that doesn't deserve the horrible death she would have suffered if executed, but put the blame on her anyway. On the other hand, the Stark party is already defeated at the point and cannot avenge her, and said horrible treatment is a very good excuse for murder.
- The Man Behind the Man: Although Mace directs general policy, his mother has a huge hand in ensuring it doesn't explode on the whole family, as well as working towards anything positive that might come from his ideas. It's outright stated by Littlefinger that she perpetrated the assassination of King Joffrey and framed Tyrion and Sansa for the magnicide — sure, he orchestrated a lot, but she got down to hammering the brass tacks of the plan herself. However... keeping the Littlefinger factor in mind is advisable.
- More Deadly Than the Male: She is the true political and strategic power in her family.
- Or at least tries to be. She notes that Mace rarely does what she says, and he was the one to push the Tyrells into King's Landing.
- Miniature Senior Citizen: She is a tiny old woman with a very big mouth and a tongue as sharp as Valyrian steel.
- Mister Big: A Miniature Senior Citizen with two Giant Mook bodyguards who's the hidden brains behind some quite serious crimes.
- My Beloved Smother: Olenna sees nothing wrong with running her son's life when the opportunity to comes along. Averted in that she is actually more competent than he is, and often has to oversee damage control.Olenna: All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Olenna is likely derived from Oleander, a plant that can inflict a laundry list of horrible effects on most animals simply from just touching it.
- Never Mess with Granny: Olenna is not called "Queen of Thorns" for no reason. Joffrey learnt that messily.
- Not So Above It All: Even while her reputation among fans is as menacing as Tywin Lannister's is in many ways, she argues that her son Mace just doesn't listen to her more often than not, and that she therefore has trouble controlling his glory-seeking tendencies; as such, Lady Olenna does more damage control concerning Mace than she actually does controlling him completely... Just like with Tywin and his kids, then.
- Not So Different: Olenna is pretty much a gender swapped Tywin Lannister. She's an excellent Chessmaster and every bit as ruthless as Tywin. The difference is that Tywin didn't care if people knew he was behind things, and Olenna's cultivated the facade of being just a rude old woman to hide her own manipulations.
- In addition, both regard family as of paramount importance, but Tywin values his family mainly as an extension of his own reputation and thereby alienates his children with his unrealistic expectations; meanwhile, Olenna regards most of her brood as chronic screw-ups, yet genuinely loves them, protects them and gives them space to screw-up in, anyway. As a result, the Tyrells stick together much better than the Lannisters do.
- Even further, despite her savvy, her family doesn't seem to rigidly adhere to her as the Lannisters do to Tywin. Olenna specifically states that Mace doesn't obey her, and she also isn't seen strong-arming any of her grandkids into doing things they are highly and sincerely uncomfortable with doing.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She's weaponised this. Dismiss her as an annoyingly blunt biddy who's beyond her use-by date at your peril.
- Old Master: Not of your standard martial arts, though. But, she's got the equivalent of black belts in all the covert political aspects of the Game. And, also happens to have her own dojo: Margaery and her companions are Olenna's current crop of pupils.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves King's Landing and returns to Highgarden in A Feast For Crows after Margaery and Tommen's wedding.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Olenna says what she wants, when she wants to.
- Self-Serving Memory: In her talk with Sansa she claims that when she was young there was an arranged marriage between her and Prince Daeron, but she "soon put an end to that". According to Maester Yandel's history Prince Daeron was the one who repudiated the marriage... because he was gay and in love with Ser Jeremy Norridge. Small wonder she'd rather claim she was the one who ended it.
- The Woman Behind the Man: For her son, holding the true political power in House Tyrell.
- Unwitting Pawn: Like her son, she was manipulated by Littlefinger to ensure Joffrey's death by poisoning — however, we only have Littlefinger's word for this. How much was fully "pawn" or "unwitting" or even actual on her part is debatable. But, he certainly doctored parts of her information about Joffrey and, just so happened to be able to supply a route to a mutually beneficial solution were she to go there. However, he most certainly wouldn't need to force her hand behind her back to pull something like this off. Nor would he have to point the need out to do it.
- Women Are Wiser: Definitely holds this opinion. Just look at her quote about men up above to see what she thinks of lords like her son. (Although she seems to approve of her grandson Willas more than she does most men.)
The Lord Seneschal of Highgarden and second brother to the late Luthor Tyrell and uncle of Mace. He has two bastard sons: Garse and Garrett Flowers.
- Gasshole: He is well known for being rather flatulent.
- The Ghost: He has yet to appear in the series.
- In-Universe Nickname: He is known as "Garth the Gross" due to his frequent farting.
- Running Gag: Mace wanting to name him Master of Coin. Tywin had accepted before his death, but Cersei named Gyles Rosby the second she finds out. Later, Mace wants to replace Harys Swyft with Garth, but Kevan prevents it from happening.
Ser Moryn Tyrell
The youngest brother of the late Lord Luthor and uncle of Lord Mace. Also, the father of Leo "the Lazy", a Novice at the Citadel.
- The Captain: Commander of the City Watch of Oldtown, which his son Leo uses to his advantage to bully other students at the Citadel, knowing that they cannot retaliate without fearing Ser Moryn's wrath.
- Dead Guy Junior: His eldest son is named Luthor Tyrell, seemingly in honor of Moryn's late brother.
- The Ghost: He has yet to appear in the series.
Margaery's cousins who accompany her to King's Landing. Alla is the daughter of Ser Leo Tyrell, himself son of Mace Tyrell's distant cousin, Ser Victor Tyrell, and Alys Beesbury.
- Children Are Innocent: Alla is the youngest of Margaery's companions and the sweetest among them. Even Cersei recognizes this, which is why she does not frame her for sex crimes, instead casting her as an innocent forced to watch by her cousins as they had sex and that she tried to stop them.
- Frame-Up: Elinor and Megga are framed by Cersei for fornication with multiple partners outside of marriage, as well as helping cover up Margaery's supposed adultery. This leads to their arrest by the Faith of the Seven. However, Cersei recognizes Alla's innocence and casts her as someone forced to watch her cousins.
- Girl Posse: They tend to follow Margaery around and copy her stances on things.
- Lady-in-Waiting: They act as this to Margaery.
- Satellite Character: For Margaery, and Sansa to a certain extent in A Storm of Swords.
- True Companions: The three of them are very close with each other and to Margaery.
Elinor is the daughter of Theodore Tyrell, himself son of Ser Luthor Tyrell, the son of Moryn, by Elyn Norridge, and Lia Serry and cousin to the main line of the House. She has a brother, also named Luthor.
Megga is the third child and only daughter of Ser Olymer Tyrell, son of Mace's distant cousin, Ser Quentin, and Lysa Meadows and cousin to the main line of the House.
- Big Fun: She is described as being "fat and loud" by Sansa.
- The Tease: She likes to flirt and has a new suitor every fortnight, according to Lady Taena. However, she is actually attracted to Ser Mark Mullendore, and is even trying to find him a new monkey to replace the one he lost at the Battle of the Blackwater.
- See the Order of the Maesters page.
Arryk and Erryk
Left and Right
Twin guardsmen to Olenna Tyrell.
- Badass Mustache: They have thick red mustaches.
- Giant Mook: They are seven feet tall.
- In-Series Nickname: Olenna calls them "Left" and "Right" because she can't tell them apart.
- Named After Somebody Famous: They are clearly named after Arryk and Erryk Cargyll, members of the Kingsguard during the Dance of the Dragons who ended up on opposite sides of the war and ended up killing each other.
- Only One Name: Because they are lowborn.
- Sibling Team: Twin warriors who guard Lady Olenna together.
The fool and jester of House Tyrell. He's part of the Tyrell entourage at the Red Keep.
The Blue Bard
A young and handsome singer attached to the Tyrells. Dressing all in blue, he dyes his curly, shoulder-length hair blue in the Tyroshi fashion
- 2 + Torture = 5: Qyburn tortures him into accusing himself and a number of nobles as Queen Margaery's lovers. He further tortures him to refine the false confession
- Break the Cutie: Under Qyburn, who submits him to Cold-Blooded Torture. The Faith of the Seven also torture him to confirm if his accusations are true.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He dresses all in blue and dies his hair the same color in the Tyroshi fashion.
- Driven to Madness: According to Kevan, torture under Qyburn and further torture by the Faith of the Seven has driven him mad.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Of Mark Smeaton, a musician accused of sleeping with Anne Boleyn. Like Wat, he was tortured into revealing his "crime" as well as other men who supposedly slept with Anne.
- Eye Scream: Courtesy of Qyburn.
- Wandering Minstrel: He was one prior to leaving the reach for King's Landing in search for patronage, then attaching himself to the Tyrell household.
Ser Alester Tyrell
An Andal knight and the founder of House Tyrell, who served under King Gwayne V Gardener
- Knight Errant: Before he joined the service of Gwayne V. He then became a grounded knight and a sworn shield to the king.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: His surviving son Gareth was never sworn a knight, being a bookworm. From this son, the Tyrells became the stewards of Highgarden.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His eldest son died in a tourney, leaving his nerdy younger son as his heir.
- Our Founder: While certainly not the most famous, all of House Tyrell ultimately descends from him.
Lord Harlen Tyrell, the Warden of the South
Steward of Highgarden to King Mern IX Gardener. After Mern was killed in the Field of Fire, Harlen quickly yielded Highgarden to Aegon the Conqueror and was made Lord of Highgarden and Warden of the South.
- Dragon Ascendant: After Mern's death and Harlen's surrender, Aegon elevates him to his former liege's place (though as a vassal lord rather than as a king, since there could be only one king in Westeros after Aegon's Conquest).
- Famous Ancestor: To House Tyrell.
- Last of His Kind: He was the last of the Tyrell Stewards of Highgarden.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He was dubious of Aegon the Conqueror's plan to conquer Dorne but answered the call anyway and marched with him on the First Dornish War.
- Never Found the Body: Harlen vanished in the Dornish desert along with his army.
- Number Two: To King Mern.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the time of the main series.
- The Quisling: King Mern trusted him to hold Highgarden against the Targaryen forces. He surrendered without a fight instead, though Mern was too busy being dead to care at that point.
Lord Lyonel Tyrell
The Lord of Highgarden during the Dance of the Dragons and the Conquest of Dorne.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He was an infant during the Dance of the Dragons, thus his mother ruled the Reach through him as Regent.
- Co-Dragons: To Daeron I, the Young Dragon, alongside Alyn Velaryon. While Alyn commanded the royal fleet, Lord Lyonel commanded the army that attacked Dorne through the Prince's Pass.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: While staying at Sandstone, seat of House Qorgyle, he occupied the lord's chambers, as was his custom. When he pulled on the sash of his bed to summon a wench, the canopy opened and a hundred red scorpions fell on him.
- Kick the Dog: As a show of power, he occupied the lord's chambers of the castle he stayed at while touring Dorne chasing rebels and keeping knees bent. It sets up his death.
- Mouth of Sauron: He was made Governor of Dorne by Daeron I.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death triggers Dorne's reconquest.
Lord Leo Tyrell
Leo Tyrell, known as Leo Longthorn, was Lord of Highgarden and head of House Tyrell during the reign of Daeron II Targaryen.
- Famous Ancestor: So famous that many of his descendants keep naming their children after him.
- In-Series Nickname: Longthorn, probably because of his skill with the lance.
- Long Dead Badass: Nearly a hundred years later he is still regarded as one of the finest knights ever produced by House Tyrell.
- Old Soldier: While already greying during the Tourney at Ashford, he was still considered an incredibly good knight, defeating Damon Lannister, Pearse Caron and Robyn Rhysling.