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    The Sunset Company 

Robert Baratheon

Robert the Strong, Robert the Brief, Robert the Bloody

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He is a conqueror who often fights in open battle.
  • The Dreaded: To the Targaryeans and the Slave Cities, and he has both the victories and the aliases to prove it.
  • The Good King: Averted; Westeros doesn't think much of his time as king, calling him Robert the Brief. Played straight with Myr where his popularity is a major reason the young kingdom runs as smoothly as it does.
  • Happily Married: While not without political considerations his marriage to Serina is also one of love and respect.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Liberating a sex slave school prompts one of these as he ends up thinking long and hard on the exploitation of women in sex trades. While he doesn't become a Celibate Hero he seems to limit himself to monogamy, even getting to know his mistress as a person.
    • Gets hit with this again, realizing how delegating off all the parts of rule he didn't like has put Ned under too much pressure and left Robert himself poorly equipped to look after his people's interests when put on the spot.
  • The Lost Lenore: Lyanna of course. But subverted with him coming to terms with his grief through his time in Essos including two other romantic relationships.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • It is revealed he feels himself at least partially responsible for Lyanna's death by not accompanying Ned to search for her after the Sack.
    • He is greatly depressed by his failure at the Peace of Pentos to secure a better treaty for his people. Enough that it prompts him to strive to Take a Level in Badass as a statesman.
  • Red Baron: His deeds and those of his vassals have made him famous across two continents, with many titles and aliases attached to him. The ones used by a person tend to reflect their opinion on Robert and his cause.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Fights for and leads his people in war, and is trying to become more engaged and competent in diplomacy and peacetime ruling.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Had the two gold dragon coins he was mockingly presented with in Pentos strung as a necklace he wears as a reminder of the price of his complacency.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Will never forgive or relent in his quest for revenge on Rhaegar.
  • Took a Level in Badass: An odd noncombat example, as Robert was already described like a One-Man Army. He is trying to gain a better grasp on the nonmartial and charismatic parts of ruling.

Eddard Stark

The Iron Wolf

  • The Dreaded: As the King's Fist he is regarded as a more fanatical and ruthless man than Robert himself.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: His reputation as a consummate liar and bloodthirsty warlord have little basis in reality, but have become a large part of his The Dreaded status.
  • The Exile: Of a voluntary variety. With his immense popularity among the Northmen he has chosen voluntary exile from the North to secure his brother's reign there.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: As the King's Fist, he is much more aggressive in his interactions with foreign nations than the more diplomatic Gerion is as the Hand.
  • Happily Married: To Amarya Farwynd.
  • My Greatest Failure: His actions at Narrow Run and the resulting deaths in his personal retinue send him nearly into Heroic BSoD.
  • Number Two: As the King's Fist, he is Robert's chief enforcer and commander.
  • Red Baron: Earns a title as the Iron Wolf in the Battle of the Hedgerows. The title shows up again and ends up sticking during the war in Essos.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Is trying to do this after losing the two on one duel with Arthur Dayne. Giving his showings against Syrio Forel and Jaime Lannister it seems to be working.

Brynden Tully

The Blackfish

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Is quick to guess, correctly, that Volantis must have sent advisors to Khal Pobo to explain the shift in tactics from the usual Dothraki methods.
  • Boring, but Practical: Takes the lead in training the freedmen who become the Iron Legion, which ends up paying vast dividends for the Sunset Company and later Kingdom of Myr.
  • Cool Old Guy: Old enough to be the father of several of his peers in the Captains, and his achievements before the story already made him a living legend.
  • Famed in Story: Was a living legend before the other men of the Company were old enough to start building a reputation.
  • Four-Star Badass: A famed warrior and in charge of the armies of Myr behind only the Fist and King.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Though he does not know it, the below example of Pet the Dog may have greatly reduced the chances of Petyr becoming the monster of canon.
  • Pet the Dog: After years of impeccable work from Petyr Baelish, Brynden not only acknowledges the man's skills and efforts, but apologizes to him.
  • Only Sane Man: At war he is often the voice of restraint against the more aggressive tendencies of his younger peers and king.
  • Red Baron: Earned his nickname of Blackfish long ago.

Lyn Corbray

  • Benevolent Boss: Even if for pragmatic reasons, he treats his subordinates and subjects with a fair and consistent hand earning their loyalty and respect.
  • Blood Knight: Lyn rates life on the warpath as one of the best ways for a man to live.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his vices, Lyn genuinely and deeply loved his father. Apart from admiration for a role model, and also because his father knew about his homosexual nature and loved him all the same for it. Even going so far as to hook Lyn up with a mentor tourney knight to teach him how to keep himself safe in Westerosi society from discovery.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Revenge on the Targaryens or Holy Freedom concern him less than being able to enrich and empower himself and his allies.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: While he prefers the money made in plunder, he shows no remorse and a good deal of pride in the destruction caused by the Great Raid and other campaigns.
  • Straight Gay: Is a homosexual, but otherwise fits the bill of Westerosi manhood very well. His father even favored him over the older, but presumably straight, son because Lyn was seen as a more fit heir to the proud warrior heritage of the Corbrays.
  • Take Up My Sword: His father leaves Lady Forlorn to him, citing that Lyn is the most worthy of his sons to the warrior legacy the sword symbolizes, rather than his older brother.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He will never forget nor forgive the Great Sept for its role in his beloved father's death. It's implied his founding of a Jonothoran Knightly Order was motivated more as Revenge by Proxy than his admitted degree of admiration for Jonothor.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Despite his lack of altruistic motivations, he is regarded as one of the great heroes of the Abolitionist Alliance. In the district he rules in particular, he is very popular and wields far more power and influence than any other Lord Lieutenant in the Kingdom of Myr.

Jaime Lannister

The Black Lion

  • The Ace: Aims to be the world's greatest swordsman.
  • Beauty = Goodness: While he is as handsome as canon, he is personality wise much closer to the idealistic young man he was rather than the amoral Kingslayer of canon.
  • Blood Knight: He loves the thrill of battle where his skills can not only be tested but put to good use.
  • Defector from Decadence: Has been considering forfeiting his place in Westeros to pursue his knightly exploits in Essos. No one else supports the idea.
  • The Exile: Technically, the years of his service in the Company is his punishment for breaking his oath and killing Aerys.
  • Never Live It Down: Averted. It took awhile but he was able to shake the shane of his eary defeat in the Pentos campaign.
  • Red Baron: Earns the name Black Lion for the black cloak he wears after the Battle of Tara.
  • Sarcasm Mode: This seems to be his preferred method when dealing with enemy commander in parley.

Gerion Lannister

  • Agent Peacock: Downplayed. While he loves the typical Lannister pomp more than Jaime he tones it down, being savvy to the culture of the new kingdom.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: In dealing with foreign nations, his job as Hand is to be the Good Cop to Ned's Bad Cop.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As Hand he is known to be a more calm and reasonable figure to deal with than his superiors.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: In regards to both his bg brother Tywin and his king Robert. He will support them even if they ignore his advice and pursue policies he thinks are in error.

Tygett Lannister

  • Badass in Charge: His martial prowess, along with his family status, make him de facto commamder of the Westermen until his death.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Does not die of a pox in this story.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: His intended role regarding Jaime was to keep him alive and teach by example during the extent of his exile.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Slain at the Battle of Tara as a major loss for the Sunset Company.

Wendel Manderly

  • Badass Bookworm: While mainly shown in his role as Master of Coin, he served with distinction in the early wars.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: The poor man's job as Master of Coin is to find ways to fund the new kingdom and its wars.
  • Rags to Riches: While never poor by any real description, becoming Master of Coin and a major lord in his own right was not something people expected of him.
  • Stout Strength: Is a big man like most of his male kin, and proved his worth on the battlefield before gaining his current post.

Mychel Egen

  • Brutal Honesty: He makes it clear to Septon Jonothor's face what he thinks of him.
  • By-the-Book Cop: As Master of Laws, he will defend and uphold the rights even of people he hates if the law calls for it.
  • Happily Married: At the very least, his wife is quick to come to his defense in her social circle.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: As a result of the above.
  • Our Founder: Founder and leader of the Order of the Knights of the Sunset, an exclusively Baelorite order of knights.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Lyn Corbray.

Victarion Greyjoy

  • Adaptational Heroism: In canon, he was little more than Balon's Dragon and a thug for Euron. ITTL, he is the undisputed leader of the Ironborn in Essos and regarded as one of the heroes of the Kingdom of Myr, and the Abolitionist Alliance as a whole.
  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice.
  • Badass in Charge: As Master of Ships and Lord Lieutenant of Ironhold.
  • Blood Knight: Loves a good fight, be it on land or sea.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: His plan to take the Bleeding Tower works in part because of its Refuge in Audacity. Its success makes it close to Crazy Awesome.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Does not take it well when Balon orders him to abandon all his posts and titles in Myr to serve under his elder brother's government.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • He and his Ironborn are this to the Iron Legion and freedmen of the navy.
    • Applies to a lesser extent to Septon Jonothor, who earns his respect through courage in the face of danger.
  • Hero Killer: To the Dothraki, when he kills Khal Pobo at Novadomo, effectively ending the battle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: According to Rodrik Harlaw, Victarion becoming The Ace to the Ironborn has greatly contributed to Balon's Sanity Slippage.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the Sunset Company, he is the most supportive of the freedmen being used in battle. Not because of them being used as fodder, but because he genuinely respects their desire for both revenge and to earn their freedom through force of arms.
    • He actually lists the camaraderie of the Iron Legion and new Myrish sailors as a reason he will not return to serving Balon.
  • Values Dissonance: In-universe; as a reaver, his idea of right and wrong is even more divergent from the audience than that of the feudal nobles.

Septon Jonothor

  • Badass Preacher: Respects the law enough not to seek fights, but will fight in defense as shown at Narrow Run.
  • Church Militant: Played with. He does not wish to reestablish the old orders, rather he views those fighting for a holy cause such as abolition to fill this role better than formal orders. He extends this view to people who do so even if they are not part of the Faith of the Seven.
  • Dare to Be Badass: His famous speech rallying the freedmen at Myr was in part this.
  • Defector from Decadence: Breaks with the Great Sept and High Septon, being unable to continue to endorse their dogma in good conscience.
  • The Good Shepherd: Truly cares about his parishioners and works toward their well being.
  • The Needs of the Many: In order to not harm his adopted kingdom, he was willing to turn himself in to face trial and likely execution. Robert overrules him on the matter despite Jonothor's warnings.
  • Rousing Speech: His speech rallying the freedmen at the Siege of Myr is one of the factors that turns the tide of the battle.
  • True Companions: King Robert considers him as such. With this being one of the reasons Robert refuses to turn him over to face a trial for heresy, or allow Jonothor to turn himself in for such.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Faces an overwhelming task in actually organizing the various septons and clergy loyal to him, and other religious dissidents into an effective united organization and ideology.

Maester Gordon

  • Benevolent Boss: As founder and first commander of the Pioneers, he treats his men well and is quite reluctant to let them go into battle as fighters.
  • Cool Old Guy: A rowdy attitude was part of why he ended up getting sent to Essos. He was the one to first give the Freedmen a clear role in the army by forming the Pioneers too.
  • Reality Ensues: A middle-aged man unaccustomed to the demanding medieval campaigning life will not be able to keep such a pace for long without his health being impacted.
  • Retired Badass: Of a strictly noncombat variety. Due to his advancing age, he leaves his pivotal role as commander of the Pioneers so someone who will be more able to lead the unit in wars to come. He still remains a part of Robert's court, but in the less demanding role of chronicler.
  • Science Hero: More like engineering one. He provides the engineering expertise during his tenure for everything from siege engines to bridgebuilding.
  • Stout Strength: Is described as roundly built, and it took quite awhile for the workload to catch up to him.

    Kingdom of Myr 


  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He is a Dothraki, a people who are renowned for being a race of cavalrymen, infamous for enslaving their foes, and hold a big supremacist streak. Akhollo is a famed champion of the infantry based Iron Legion, a devout abolitionist, and treats the racially diverse comrades of the faction equally.
  • Colonel Badass: Seems to have obtained an equivalent rank, but still ready and able to fight on the battlefield.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He often represents the more radical abolitionists in Myr, but he is still unwilling to needlessly endanger freedmen for the chance to kill more slavers.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A common field slave who becomes a fearsome and famed soldier of the Abolitionist cause.
  • Not So Above It All: The usually serious man gets on the table and starts singing during Victarion's victory celebration in the Palace of Order.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The very first at the battle of Pentos at that.
  • You No Take Candle: It takes him awhile to get the Common Tongue down.

Petyr Baelish

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Swallowed enough pride to ask Lady Stark for a letter of recommendation for entering Myrish service.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: As a clerk for the Kingdom of Myr he faces an immense workload, whether working under the Lord of the Port or the Master of Arms.
  • Boring, but Practical: His work, and that of his fellow Quillmen, is vital to the kingdom and cause, even if you aren't going to hear any bard singing their praises.
  • Hardwork Hardly Works: Averted. Playing by the rules did not see him rise so quickly in Myr, but it has earned him respect and a chance to jump in the ranks.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes how seriously corruption in the Kingdom's finances is punished.
  • The Resenter: Less than in canon. Brandon living as a cripple he takes as some justice, and instead of festering in hate at his tower here he leaves to start a new career in Myr.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Of a strictly non-blood-related variety, but he really is happy to get an apology and acknowledgement of his skills from Ser Brynden.

Vernan Irons

  • Benevolent Boss: His men-at-arms may crack some jokes at his expense, but overall seem to approve of him as their lord.
  • Cool Old Guy: An older hedge knight who won his seat through valor, is a true companion, and a competent lord.
  • Dead Guy Junior: His daughter is named Brienne as a way to honor Brynnan.
  • Due to the Dead: He brings Brynnan's bones to Firelight Keep for burial.
  • Eye Scream: He loses an eye at the Battle of Novadomo.
  • Happily Married: He and his wife seem to get along well despite the age difference.
  • Last of His Kind: To his surprise, he's the last Dog Brother left standing.
  • Rags to Riches: Went from being an aged hedge knight to a lord with his own keep.
  • Reality Ensues: He is not very attractive from a combination of age, exposure, and several injuries to the face.
  • Those Two Guys: Has shades of this at Robert's wedding in his banter with Ser Brynnan.
  • True Companions: His bond with the other Dog Brothers.

Lanard Blackpool

  • Dramatic Irony: Is the only Dog Brother not to live to see the plan he conceived through to completion.
  • Rags to Riches: Averted, he dies before he can move up the ladder in Myr.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Is killed at the Battle of Narrow Run.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was the one who brought the Dog Brothers together and had the idea for them to travel to Myr.
  • True Companions: The fact his comrades fought to defend his corpse is a sign of this. One of them even named their heir in his honor.

Brynnan the Axe

  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice and namesake.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted, he meets his end from an arrow.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: He named himself Axewell.
  • Family of Choice: With him having no family name prior to becoming lord, it is assumed his brothers-in-arms are this for him.
  • Graceful Loser: Played with. He is not pleased with being unemployed when we first meet him, but admits his replacement was a better warrior.
  • Happily Married: By all appearances he and his wife get along well. And she is quite sad at his death.
  • Rags to Riches: Went from a hedge knight without even a family name, to being a lord, leavng an heir to carry on his name, and earning enough fame and respect for his death to be noted by many greats in the kingdom. Lampshaded by Vernan in an informal eulogy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Irons men-at-arms hold him high esteem as one, believing he would be a better successor to Vernan than a distant relative.
  • True Companions: He named his son after after Lanard and stayed close friends with Vernan as they both climbed the social ladder. Finally he was killed while defending a wounded Vernan.

Joren Potts

  • Benevolent Boss:
    • Takes a moment to check with one of his knights who seems to be suffering from PTSD during the Sack of Tyrosh. And later sends said knight to the rear when he has an excuse that will not shame that knight.
    • He does not take kindly to the implication he would take sexual advantage of his female servants.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Had a fight with his father over the lack of inheritance before storming out and ending up in Myr. Though later, it turns out it was a Batman Gambit by the elder Potts; he had nothing substantial to offer his younger son, so he wanted him to get out sooner than latter and hopefully make his fortune.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite his achievements and otherwise fitting the bill for membership, he has not been offered a place in the Order of the Sunset. Likely due to his My Master, Right or Wrong attitude toward Lord Corbray.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Very much so.
    • His unit earns the name Gallowstree Squadron for their executions of slavers in reprisal for the massacres carried ot against the slaves.
    • Threatens to break the spurs of or even kill one of the knights under his command for trying to kill a slave woman they captured.
  • I Gave My Word: Takes oaths seriously.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Becomes a landed knight for distinguished military service like his father before him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He is a Baelorite, but remains a faithful vassal to Lyn Corbray, the most distinguished Jonothoran lord in the kingdom.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: The atrocities against the smallfolk he witnesses in the Coastal War lead him and several others to swear bloody vengeace on the Tyroshi and Lyseni. To date, he has been able to make good on that oath in regards to Tyrosh.

Brus Buckler

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Despite his later defeats, it should be noted his distinguished service in the early wars is a big part of why he was named a Lord Lieutenant in the first place.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted his name to live on in history and song. His defeats and the destruction of his town, all under his failed leadership, pretty much ensures he will be remembered as a General Failure by the kingdom and wider Alliance.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The kingdom's lack of infrastructure, victory disease, and Khal Pobo's innovations ensure he is blindsided at Piper's Creek. Not to mention the blizzard breaking on him at the worst possible time.
  • Defiant to the End: Even captured and helpless he is passively aggressive to Pobo, refusing to cooperate and promising Robert's wrath will fall on the Dothraki soon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He is mentioned several times in text and appears breifly in a tourney parade before his own arc started.
  • Heroic BSoD: Knowing he will Never Live It Down regarding his defeat at Piper's Creek, and torn down more by accusations of cowardice and treachery, he becomes a depressed Death Seeker that is unable and unwilling to lead the defense of his town.
  • Heroic Lineage: Wanted fame and glory to give his son and descendants this.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: His last words to Pobo promise the Khal's death and defeat at King Robert's hands.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being a capable military man and successful Lord Lieutenant, sharing the stage with living legends means he feels overlooked.


Stannis Baratheon

Stannis the Grim, The Sour Stag

  • Badass in Charge: Not to the same extent as Robert, but at Tyrosh he fights with his men deep into exhaustion without sustaining major wounds.
  • Benevolent Boss: At Tyrosh, he orders his knights to receive water first during a lull.
  • The Good King: He wants to be this, but accepts he will be unpopular in many quarters for daring to make changes in how the kingdom operates.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Jon Arryn got the strong, dedicated, and sane new king he wanted, but Stannis is very much his own man and Jon has far less influence than he had hoped in the new regime.
  • Happily Married: At the very least, he is upset at the possiblity of Cersei dying and treats a gift from her with some respect.
  • The Needs of the Many: While he can sympathize with Septon Jonothor on the Great Sept being corrupt, he feels that it would have been better to have just executed Jonothor to prevent the schism and the potential chaos and bloodshed it will likely bring.
  • Our Founder: He replaces the Kingsguard with the Order of the Storm, with greater numbers in their ranks. He also creates the Order of the Sun to enforce royal rule in Dorne, and the Knights of the Crown to serve as both a standing army for the Crownlands and as marines in the royal fleet.
  • Pet the Dog: With noted effort, he is trying to adopt this in regards to his allies at the advice of Ser Cortnay and others. Notably, he tries some flattery on Lord Selwyn and advises the man to try and find a healthy outlet for Brienne's martial passions instead of suppressing them.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In addition to leading his men in war, like his great-grandfather Aegon V he is seeking to carry out reforms in Westeros.

Jon Arryn

Mace Tyrell

  • Benevolent Boss: He is well known for treating his large staff and retinue generously.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He thinks so anyway, feeling despite his reputation he is far more than the Lord Oaf people speak of him as.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Amiable as he can be, do not threaten his family unless you want to see what a very wealthy and well-connected Papa Wolf can do.
  • Heel–Face Turn: To the former Rebels, at least. He went from fighting for the Targaryeans to serving the Baratheon dynasty in war and peace. To the Exiles, he would have pulled a Face–Heel Turn.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Subverted. He is absolutely disgusted by the Dragon Slaying, but ends up making peace and throwing his support behind the new dynasty, seeing the Dragons as a lost cause. That said, he's determined to limit Tywin's influence on the Iron Throne as much as possible as a response.

Cortnay Pentrose

  • Brutal Honesty: He backs up Euron Greyjoy's decision to retreat at the Battle of Tyrosh, pointing out that the men literally can barely stand, much less fight.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Stannis is able to hold his own alongside his bodyguards.
  • Co-Dragons: To Stannis, alongside Euron. Both are among his loyalist lieutenants, and respectfully lead his main soldiers and navy.
  • Insistent Terminology: His knightly order is called the Royal Order of the Storm, not the Stormguard, and do not let him hear you say otherwise.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Sees himself as a form of this. As one of Stannis' closest confidants, he sees his bodyguard duty as extending to his charge's emotional wellbeing.

Rickon Riverbend

  • Benevolent Boss: Treats his squire with firmness and respect of a teacher to a student rather than just as an employee.
  • The Dragon: To his superior Ser Harold Jordayne, the master of the Order of the Sun.
  • Heroic Bastard: The illegitimate son of a landed knight, who strives to be a true knight in his conduct and be a true vassal to his liege while being a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Averted. He does not accept this justification for abusing rebel prisoners and forbids it.
  • Rags to Riches: Goes from a hedge knight/sworn sword living from job to job, to the second highest-ranking member of a powerful knightly order.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Is a devout member of the Faith of the Seven.

Harry Flash

  • Been There, Shaped History: The Flash Papers feature him as an unwilling an often unintentional player in momentous events.
  • Cowardly Lion: Going by the Flash Papers, Ser Harry would much rather avoid a fight, but he seems quite capable of winning them from both being a Combat Pragmatist and legitimately skilled.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the very same chapter he outlines in an Overly Long Gag his hatred for the Bravos of Braavos, he ends up caught in events that leads to him being made an honorary member of one of their fraternities.
  • Expy: A very clear one for Sir Harry Flashman.
  • Famed in Story: Both as an actual character and as the subject of a series of future books that may or may not provide insight into his life.
  • Unreliable Narrator: It's unclear how much of what is said in the Flash Papers actually reflects the events of the story proper.

Sandor Clegane

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Gregor's death and working under a Benevolent Boss like Ser Rickon has left him more stable and a bit less cynical.
  • Benevolent Boss: While he is cynical about some of Ser Rickon's teachings, especially religion, he takes to heart trying to be a good leader for his fief. Even going so far as to beat up a retainer in the practice yard for harassing a maid.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is willing to give one of Gregor's knights a chance to stay on, but on the condition he carry out a very unpleasant posting assignment for the winter.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He is not pleased at being pursued by young minor noblewomen tryng to win his hand or their mothers trying to set him up. He has basically sworn off tourneys to avoid this.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Attempted this on Oberyn, but was stopped by Ser Rickon.
  • Tempting Fate: Bored with his home life, he was hoping something would happen to break up the monontony.

Tywin Lannister

  • The Dreaded: Like in canon, he is regarded as ruthless and nigh-unstoppable.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Hates the fact that well-laid plans can be thrown into chaos by actions so mad or stupid he never saw them coming.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Wants his twins to be loved and respected, as he knows he will never be now.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While his overthrow of the Dragons was both personal pettiness and ambition for his family, he also makes good points on the many, many failures the dynasty had experienced over its history, and the fact they incited their own downfall with horrible choices.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Tywin admits his reputation is ruined forever by the Sack, but accepts it as the price for setting up his family to gold even greater power long-term.
  • Reality Ensues: Due to their terrible reputation, he and his men can only be employed in limited ways for fear of making a situation worse.
  • Nothingis The Same Anymore: In his case he's mostly pleased with the shifting in the world, seeing it as a chance to bring his house to unprecedented heights.
  • So Proud of You: Has nothing but pride that his granddaughter Joanna was able to get him to play dolls with her, seeing her as a budding manipulator.
  • Villain Respect:
    • Villain may be pushing it, but he remains as Lannister-centric as ever, but seems to genuinely respect Stannis as a king and trusts him to carry out some of his long-term plans.
    • He also admits Tyrion is doing better than he expected as a student of the Faith.

Balon Greyjoy

  • Determinator: Despite all the odds against him, he seems set on fighting to win both independence and the respect he craves.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • Rather hypocritically, he feels this way about his younger brothers' feud with him, even though he started the fight by not respecting them.
    • He also feels insulted by so many Ironborn immigrating to Myr or joining Euron in the Westerosi royal navy.
  • Nostalgia Filter: He is obsessed with restoring the Iron Isles to their former glory and returning the Ironborn to their so-called glory days of plunder and pillage.
  • The Resenter: He hates the fact two of his younger brothers are more famed and respected than him, with many martial achievements to their name.
  • The Unfavorite: His stubborn traditionalism earned the ire of Quellon, his reformer father. It culminated in an argument that saw Balon humiliated by being ordered to mind the fief while Quellon sailed to war with Euron. As Quellon died in that war, the two never reconciled.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Despite being The Unfavorite of his father, Quellon never tried to block his inheriting, and Balon still seeks to destroy everything his father worked to build for the Ironborn.
    • Likewise his grudge with his brothers, as he is still Lord Reaper of Pyke and Lord Paramount of the Iron Isles, making him far richer and more powerful than them.

Euron Greyjoy

  • Adaptational Heroism: Rather than the psychotic reaver of canon, he's one of Stannis' loyalist lieutenants, even before being named Master of Ships.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He and his squadron of Ironborn arrive just in time to save Stannis, Ser Cortnay, and the other survivors of the Fury at the Battle of Tyrosh.
  • Category Traitor: As far as Balon is concerned, voluntarily serving Stannis means that Euron has turned on everything the Ironborn stand for.
  • Co-Dragons: Serves as this for King Stannis along with Ser Cortnay, them being among his loyalist lieutenants and in charge of his main navy and soldiers respectfully.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: While it's suspected to be more a case of political pragmatism than anything else, his close ties to Stannis' court have led to him considering a conversion to the Faith.
  • Un-person: Balon has banned even saying his name in the Iron Isles.

    Slaver Nations 

Daario Naharis

  • The Dragon: Served as this for his hometown of Tyrosh. Now seems to be filling the role for Lys.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After reporting his punishment to his second in command, he wanted to get drunk on brandy.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A depressed version after the Tyroshi government fires him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Shows concern for his brothers in arms including the company's reputation beyond his own personal interests.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Shows shades of this with Tyrosh by making Robert pay a higher price for his victory. And with Lys he shows restraint in his military actions and foresight by using martial law to push much needed reforms.
  • Villainous Valor: Returns to the fray at Tara despite being terrified at this new massive form of warfare.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Predicts the inevitable fall of Tyrosh after leaving their service.

The Archon

Tyroshi Councilors

  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The Varoros family opt to both die in battle and burn it all down rather than face death at the hands of the Alliance.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Stallar sends as much of his family away as he can to save them from the coming downfall. And Lady Varoros goes mad after her husband's death and kills two of her relatives before her firebomb is set off, presumably to spare them death by burning.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Andros Stallar seeks to do this, but as he dies offscreen we are not sure he did it.
  • Only Sane Man: Andros Stallar seems to be the only sympathetic figure in the Council, realizing Tyrosh needs to adapt to a chamging world.
  • Off with His Head!: Andros Stallar's head is reported to have ended up on a Legion pike during the battle.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Their response to Daario containing the Myrish advance, limiting their losses, is to fire him as commander and exile him from Tyrosh. Even stripping him of his previous status as head of the Second Sons.

Garello Maegyr

  • Affably Evil: While he will ruthlessly carry out his orders, he tends to be polite with his allies and even subordinates. If his letter to the Qohori Commander is any indication, he extends this to enemies as well.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He does not enjoy ordering the Tigercloaks to their needless deaths. But he regards it as his duty to carry out the orders of the Triarchs.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Averted. His status as a high ranking member of the Old Blood may have been a major part of getting his post as a commander of the Grand Army, but he is well educated in warfare and shows competence in carrying out his duties.

    The Dothraki 

Khal Zirqo

  • Badass Boast: As a Khal, he constantly trash talks when meeting with leaders of the countries he wants to extort money from.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Even after the Braavosi Viceroy throws him a huge party and delivers a fortune in tribute, Zirqo still raids Pentoshi villages in the countryside. Why? Because the Braavosi refused to give him slaves, even explaining their gods forbid the practice. Zirqo justifiies his raiding as avenging this "insult".
  • Red Baron: Is known as Zirqo the Treacherous for his oathbreaking in Pentos.
  • Undignified Death: He is one-shotted by Ned at the parley with a bow to the neck, dying of his wound without even being able to draw a weapon.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His actions set in motion the Dothraki involvement in the Generation of Blood.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • He utterly refuses to see the Kingdom of Myr's forces as any more of a threat than the slave and sellsword armies the Free Cities have fielded against his people in the past.
    • His trash talking gets him killed when bragging about his oathbreaking and slaving pushes Ned's Berserk Button.

Khal Pobo

  • 100% Adoration Rating: By the time he dies, his followers have become fanatically loyal to him for the victories he won against their hated foe.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: He is one-shotted by Victarion, who didn't even know who he was at the time. All after his unprecedented two victories against Myr.
  • Avenging the Villain: His goal is to avenge Zirqo's death, and to a lesser degree the deaths of other Dothraki at Narrow Run.
  • Benevolent Boss: Fits the Dothraki definition at least, even forfeiting part of his share of the plunder.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He looks down on Ser Arthur for offering to pay him to carry out a personal blood-feud on Arthur's behalf.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is far more respectful of the Volantene engineers in his army than his peers. He listens to their advice and shows sincere appreciation for their contributions. And if they disagree with him too strongly or refuse to obey his orders, he has no problem executing them for the disrespect.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from being just the senior surviving Ko to the late Khal Zirqo to leader of an alliance of Khals and dealt two major defeats to the Kingdom.
  • Jumped at the Call: Eagerly embraced the holy war his shaman called for.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: The Battle of Novadomo ends abruptly with his death triggering a mass retreat by his forces.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike many Dothraki shown, he is able and willing to try new tactics if it will serve achieving his goals.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His grudge against the Kingdom of Myr and to Ned personally is based around his obsessive desire to avenge Zirqo and the Khalassar based on them violating the traditions of war at Narrow Run and winning regardless.
  • Villain Respect: He sees young Viserys as holding promise as a leader in the future.


Adaran Phasoss

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: As a bravo, he certainly seemed to be this.
  • Break the Haughty: Is subjected to a tremendous one after he illegally puts a Whale bravo in a coma. Not just for his own pending punishment for his crime, but because he has placed his family, his sister in particular, in an extremely vulnerable position.
  • Fearless Fool: Prior to Character Development.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of a calm but scathing one from his father when being informed of the conditions of his exile.
  • War Is Hell: During the Siege of Tyrosh in particular he is exposed to the mentally and physically exhausting brutality of war.

Serina Phasoss

  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Her coronation as Robert's Queen is a centerpiece of the spectacle of a royal wedding.
  • Culture Shock: While educated in preparation, she is still surprised by how martial the Myrish Court is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her preferred tactic for dealing with her brother before he mellowed out.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Of a sort; she seems more entranced by Robert's eyes than anything else on meeting him.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible one to Adaran's foolishness. Though with his character development it's less pronounced.
  • Happily Married: While there is of course a political element, she genuinely likes Robert and fell for him in their brief courtship.
  • Oh, Crap!: A subdued version, but she knows she will never hear the end of it on how she married Robert after chastising her friends for fantasizing about courting the heroes of the Sunset Company.
  • The Good Queen: Wants to serve her homeland and adopted country both well.
  • Women Are Wiser: Than her hotheaded brother at least. Though it seems she takes after her father.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: In a melancholy moment, she notes becoming Queen of a foreign land means even if she ever returns to Braavos it will be as a foreign stateswoman, not as anything resembling her former station and social circle.

    Targaryen Exiles 

Donys Rahtheon

  • Co-Dragons: He takes on a nonmartial version of this for Viserys, while Ser Arthur handles martial matters.
  • Happily Married: Widowed in his case. Apparently he loved his late wife enough that he never remarried to try for the son he was unable to have with her.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Ser Arthur in particular and to the faction in general. In addition to providing most of the Offscreen Villain Darkmatter, he is also their spymaster.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: He invested himself heavily in Rhaegar Targaryean effectively making them co-rulers of Myr, with the hope of Rhaegar retaking the Iron Throne with his daughter Praela as queen.
  • Know Whento Fold Em: Is the first ally of the Targaryens in Myr to realize the city cannot be held and they need to plan their escape.
  • Rags to Riches: Of a formerly Impoverished Patrician variety. He inherited a merchant house that had fallen far from its glory days, and restored it to prominence through hard work and cleverness.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His daughter Praela betraying him and abandoning her daughter, Visenya, have lead to him adopting an I Have No Son! mentality towards his only child.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His pact with Rhaegar triggers the Slave Wars.

Ser Arthur Dayne

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: After Rhaegar's death, he becomes the leader of the exiles by virtue of being the most skilled and famed warrior among them.
  • Broken Pedestal: His reputation in Westeros is not what it once was.
  • Determinator: His list of defeats and the growing power of his foes have not even come close making him want to give up on the Targaryean cause.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is not patient with his skills and deeds as a swordsman being called into question.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To the young Viserys.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Played with. He has not really displayed many objections to the Targaryeans actions.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: No Tower of Joy battle, and he has survived in Essos to the current point of the story.
  • Villainous Valor: Say what you will about the man's morality, he does not shy from danger.

Marq Grafton

  • Asshole Victim: After his three betrayals and the many murders of allies to carry them out, few are broken up about him being sentenced effectively to a lifetime managing Ghaston Grey.
  • Call-Back: His fate is referenced by the Upper Mander conspiracy members as an example of Stannis' mistreatment of the nobility.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays first the Arryns, later the Targs, and finally Praela. For Gyles Rambton, it seems to have been literal.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He feels his house has been singled out for exploitation by the Arryns due to their mercantile leanings, despite being an ancient house, and a vital earner for the Vale.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: His luck runs out when he tries to bribe his way into Stannis' fold.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: How he justifies rebelling against the Arryns.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Appreciates Praela's beauty without being distracted by it.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Stannis takes a dim view his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and not only refuses to restore his familial holdings but effectively exiles him to Ghaston Grey after stripping him of his fleet.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Deserts the Targaryean cause after both Rhaegar's final child proves to be a girl and Volantis makes it clear the will not aid the Exiles.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Stannis lets him keep the dragon egg he pocketed for himself.
  • Villainous BSoD: After Stannis hands down his sentence, Marq's outrage gives way to this with his men having to drag him out on his feet.

Viserys Targaryen

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the Targaryean king after Rhaegar's death despite still being a young child.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Unlike canon, where he was abandoned at a young age to fend for himself and his sister and being mocked as a Beggar King, here he has two famed knights and a magister as caretakers; and an actual army of followers. As a result he is both more sane, learned, and has better manners instilled in him.
  • Avenging the Villain: Unsurprisingly, he wants to avenge the deaths of his brother and father despite their actions.
  • Declaration of Protection: In addition to wanting strength to avenge his family, he is determined to protect his niece Visenya from their many enemies.
  • Last of His Kind: The only Targaryen man still alive at this point in the story.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Shows consideration for a Rhoynar fortune teller.
  • Raised by Dudes: There doesn't seem to any real maternal influence in his life.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: While restricted by his age and relative lack of skills as such, he tries to be as engaged as he can in leading his followers and show the dignified image they expect.

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