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     Sultan Süleyman Khan 

Sultan Süleyman Khan
(Played by Halit Ergenç)
(Voiced by René Sagastume and Andrés Skoknic [Latin American Spanish dub])
Sultan Süleyman is the 10th sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Badass Beard: His beard grows with age, as does his badassery.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Even after being demoted in favor of Hürrem, Mahidevran was respectful to Suleyman. However, that stops when he kills Mustafa.
    • For most of the series, Gülfem was loyal to Suleyman. However, Bayezid's death was the last straw for her, and she goes to the point of attempting to kill him, only to be killed in the process.
    • Citizens in general stop respecting him at the later episodes of the series.
  • Deus Exit Machina: When he departs, things become tough for Hürrem.
  • Good Parents: At least before the Princeling Rivalry began, Süleyman was a nurturing father who sought to educate his children well.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With İbrahim. He calls him his brother.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Since everyone else is Turkish, Hürrem's red hair is a sign that she's European—exotic, and thereby sexy.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: The only person who's above all the endless intrigues and backstabbing, and who's unambiguously honest, is probably Süleyman himself.
  • King Incognito: When leaving the palace, he dresses in a brown cape to pass as another citizen.
  • The Magnificent: Süleyman the Magnificent, in Turkish Muhteşem Süleyman, which is where the show's name comes from.
  • Offing the Offspring: He murders Sehzade Mustafa by having him strangled.
  • One True Love: The woman he loves the most is Hürrem, even when he has had romances with other women.
  • Outliving One's Offspring:
    • He lost Mehmet first, when he was in a war in Austria.
    • After he has Mustafa killed, his son Cihangir dies of despair.
    • As per the fratricide act, Bayezid is killed by his brother Selim.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He did have brothers, but all them died in his childhood. Therefore, he only has female siblings.
  • Parental Favoritism: His first two children by Hurrem, Mehmet and Mirimah, are his favourites. Mirimah specially, as she is his weakness and his only daughter.
  • The Paranoiac: Sultan sees others' mistakes as (often) almost unforgivable treason. For example, when Nasuh hides some facts about Sultan's sons since he didn't think they were of great importance (but could have angered Sultan anyway), Sultan sends him off of the palace, even though he was one of his most trusted servants he ever had. Another example can be his reaction to a fabricated letter that was to 'confirm' Mustafa's vile intents. Sultan always feared Mustafa would overthrow him (for no good reason) and instead of at least having a talk with Mustafa, he decides to have him strangled. And of course let's not forget about Ibrahim—Sultan thought he tried to usurp power due to his pride, so, despite Ibrahim being his best friend he orders to have him strangled. It turned out later, however, that all his fears and suspicions were him being paranoid—Sultan got Ibrahim's diary which read that Ibrahim admired Sultan and it was strongly implied he would never act against Sultan
  • Parental Marriage Veto:
    • He has vetoed most romances of his son Mustafa, or at least has shown disapproval.
    • After learning of the relationship of Bayezid with Huricihan, he is even angrier at him.
  • Shipping Torpedo: He is unhappy when he learns Malkocoglu is having an affair with Silvia, the niece of the ambassator of Venice.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: He tended to smile more and be more cheerful with his family in the earlier seasons. However, the enmity of Hürrem and Suleyman's family makes him less and less hopeful.

     Hürrem Sultan 

Aleksandra aka Roxelana aka Hürrem Sultan
(Played by Meryem Uzerli & Vahide Perçin)
(Voiced by: Noelia Socolovsky [Latin American Spanish dub])
Süleyman's second wife and favorite, Aleksandra aka Roxelana aka Hürrem is a Crimean girl who comes to the harem a slave, kidnapped in a raid that killed her family. In the harem, she rises to great heights after she catches his attention, and more so after she has a son.
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: In her hometown she was engaged to Leo, but after being made a slave and sent to Suleyman Sultan's harem, she quickly falls in love with him. When Leo tries to reconnect with her, her love for Suleyman is far bigger and even if she wanted, she cannot resume her relationship with him.
  • The Alibi: Her short size and her red hair prove her innocence in Ayse Hatun's murder case. An eyewitness reveals that she saw that the murderer (Sadika) was brunette.
  • All for Nothing: Her attempts to protect her sons were rendered null, since most of them end up dying anyway.
  • Animal Motifs: Her enemies tend to liken her to a snake, since she is using manipulation and deceit to achieve what she wants.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Inverted; she is sad about Mustafa's death after he is executed and remembers that he was a good man trapped in an unsolvable conflict with her due to Ottoman laws.
  • Anti-Hero: While she never becomes outright evil, she's not above killing or framing her political opponents. However, she sometimes shows some remorse later.
  • Character Development: At the beginning of the show she's quite naive, bratty and very impulsive. In later seasons she grows more ladylike, but also more ruthless, calculating and wiser in political game.
  • Converting for Love: She converts to Islam after Sümbül Ağa tells her Süleyman will never marry a Christian.
  • Dead Man Writing: After dying, she leaves a letter to Bayezid and Selim, in which she asks them to fight back-to-back and united. Too bad Selim has another intentions.
  • Easily Forgiven: Süleyman himself is quite aware that he lets her get away with things that would get any other person executed, simply because he loves her that much. It also helps that she never once used her position to directly harm or overthrow him even when she could.
  • The Exile: She was sent to the Edirne palace twice and to Kuhtaya once as a punishment.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Her first time. She claims to be pregnant to prevent being sent away and married off. An Accidental Truth—she actually was pregnant with her firstborn, Mehmet, at the time, though she didn't know yet.
  • Fake Shemp: During the plot of her kidnapping, the scene revealing that she was alive did not show her face, just showing a woman with a red hair lying on the floor, with the kidnapper bringing food for her used as a confirmation on her being alive. After Bali Bey rescues her and sends her to the palace, her face is barely seen. This was done due to Meryem Uzerli's departure.
  • Fiery Redhead: She first appears as a captive on a slave ship, and even there she is unbroken and defiant.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a peasant in her hometown, but after being captured by the Tatars and receiving multiple mistreatments from Ibrahim and most Sultanas, she has become a manipulative woman who does not hold back when attacking her enemies.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Since she was trapped in a cruel environment, she decides to become more unscrupulous to protect herself.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: She ends copying the worst from Mahidevran and Ibrahim. Made specially clear when she attacks Gülnihal and even puts a corrosive substance in her fur.
  • Hypocrite: While she might be rightfully angry that Mahidevran assassinated her son Mehmet, she has no right to condemn Mahidevran's murder of someone of royal blood when Hürrem herself already attempted to assassinate Sehzade Mustafa twice and is already plotting to murder him.
  • Ironic Name: "Hürrem" is an odd name for an unhappy woman who has suffered a lot for the mistreatment she had in the palace.
  • Kick the Dog: After learning that Gülnihal was the concubine selected by Suleyman, she does not only conform with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, but pours a corrosive substance over the fur.
  • Lady in Red: Hürrem wears more red than any other character.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Soon after she finally manages to gets Mustafa executed, her youngest son Cihangir dies of grief after his brother's death.
  • Leitmotif: The lullaby "Luli" and some variants of her tone are often played with scenes important for Hürrem, as it connects her to her upbringing.
  • Mama Bear: Hurrem isn't exactly morally upstanding, but she adores her children and goes ballistic if anyone threatens them. Her chief goal is to make one of her sons the next sultan- because, according to Ottoman law, if it's their half-brother Mustafa who ascends the throne, he's got the right to strangle all his brothers to avoid civil war in future. (Though with the show's portrayal of Mustafa, it's quite clear he wouldn't do that. His mother, Mahidevran, on the other hand...)
  • Manipulative Bastard: She relies on manipulating people around her to survive.
  • Meaningful Rename: Named Aleksandra at birth, Süleyman gives her the name Hürrem when she becomes a favorite. It means "joy"—that she's his joy.
  • Meet Cute: Completely planned on her part, playing the Adorkable card in order to catch the Sultan's eye.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: After Sadika murders Ayse Hatun for knowing her real intentions, Hürrem is treated as the killer until her innocence was proven. Hürrem was not willing to kill at the moment.
  • Morality Pet: After Sümbül Aga agrees to serve her, he becomes loyal and caring to her. He remains brash and cruel when he wants to be, but genuinely grows to love Hürrem as a friend.
  • Mother Makes You King: After bearing children to Süleyman, one of her motivations is getting one of her sons to become the next Sultan. Should Mustafa arrive to the throne, he can murder them as he sees fit; he does not have such intentions, but Mahidevran or other of Hürrem's enemies could get a way to fulfill the fratricide law.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • When Gülnihal decides to accompany her to Edirne, she expresses her remorse about putting the corrosive substance on her fur, especially taking into account that she remained loyal to her after that.
    • She apologizes to Sümbül for neglecting him despite his own sad backstory and his loyalty to her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She wants Bayezid to become the next Sultan, but to protect him, she subtly pushes Suleyman to choose Selim as the next governor of Manisa so Mustafa's supporters become less focused on Bayezid. However, she does not disclose this to Bayezid. Due to the wrath he has accumulated, his relationship with his father and especially with Selim gets increasingly worse. When Hürrem finally tells him why she pushed Selim to Manisa, the damage was already done.
  • Not Me This Time: Mihrimah thinks Hürrem was behind Taslicali's forced break up with her, but she is not. Mahidevran is.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She lost Mehmet when she was kidnapped and Cihangir when she had Mustafa killed.
  • Parental Marriage Veto:
    • She is unhappy about Mihrimah's romance with Taslicali.
    • Hürrem is disapproving of Bayezid's relationship with Huricihan, since it is illegal due to them being cousins and it could bar his son from being the next Sultan.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: When meeting her enemies, she tends to enter in a dialogue full of false politeness and threats.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Hatice is in shock, she tells her to fight for her love for Ibrahim and her unborn child.
    • She apologizes to Sümbül for neglecting him and decides to manumit him.
    • After having banished Sümbül for revealing her illness to Sultan Suleyman, when they meet again Hürrem retracts the "horrible things" she told him.
  • Put on a Bus: On the later parts of Season 3, Hatice has her kidnapped and she does not appear onscreen outside of a scene that avoids showing her face but confirms that she is alive, and her return. This was done as a way to find a replacement for Meryem Uzerli.
  • Rags to Royalty: Cinderella style, played darker than usual. To become a Sultana, she had to deal with the multiple attacks done by Ibrahim and the Sultanas, which made her stronger but has caused her a terrible emotional pain and lessening morals.
  • Redhead In Green: Her most recurring outfit is green.
  • Sensual Slavs: She begins her "career" in harem with seducing sultan. She's Ukrainian.
  • Slave Liberation: Suleyman liberates her.
  • Social Climber: She is fighting to achieve political status, to be in a more equitable place from her enemies and to seek to secure the throne to her children.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • After Ibrahim Pasha has Leo murdered, she calls him a murderer and promises that the blood that he has spilled will drown him.
    • After returning from her kidnapping and learning Mahidevran assassinated her son Mehmet, she hates her even more.
  • Tragic Dream: She wants her children to fight united when one of them becomes the Sultan, but the Ottoman system does not allow it.
  • Undying Loyalty: While Hürrem has used Suleyman in her plans, she remained a loyal spouse to Suleyman and never plots to overthrow him. Suleyman tells Fatma Sultan that while Hürrem is no saint, she has had absolute loyalty to him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was much nicer in her hometown.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: After Sümbül tells Suleyman about her illness, she banishes him from the palace and says ugly things to him. After meeting again in the palace, she apologizes and retracts everything she said to him.
  • Yandere: Mahidevran and Hürrem are both, almost equally, yanderes over Süleyman. Justified because their children's fates are on the line, but there's still a lot of petty jealousy involved too.

    Valide Sultan 

Valide Sultan
(Played by Nebahat Çehre)
(Voiced by: Luciana Falcón [Latin American Spanish dub])
Also of Crimean origin, the Valide Sultan is Süleyman's mother and by Ottoman tradition, effectively his queen. While Hürrem and Mahidevran are queens of a sort as well, they have very little power. The Valide Sultan completely rules the harem, and even wields some power outside it.

  • Alpha Bitch: Very rich, very proud, and no one should disobey her.
  • And I Must Scream: At her final moments, she becomes unable to speak.
  • Broken Pedestal: Hürrem tells her that she used to admire her for her beauty and her strenght, but she alienated her with her hostility.
  • Death by Despair: After realizing Ibrahim cheated on his wife with Nigar and attacking Nigar angrily, she enters in a catatonic condition and eventually dies.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Her title is Valide Sultan, which in Turkish means "Queen Mother". She is almost always called by her title, though sometimes shortened to just Valide. In case you're wondering, her real name is Ayşe Hafsa.
  • His Name Is...: When she wants to tell Suleyman about Ibrahim and Nigar's affair, she becomes catatonic out of the despair of the fallout.
  • My Beloved Smother: Completely allowed, and even expected under this system, though Suleyman and Hatice still get angry and tell her off for it sometimes.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When she discovers that Ibrahim cheated on Hatice with Nigar, she attacks Nigar with no mercy. She is so angry that enters into a catatonic state.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: In a flashback, Sultan Selim I contemplates her beautiful eyes.

    Mahidevran Sultan 

Mahidevran Sultan
(Played by Nur Fettahoğlu)
(Voiced by: Angélica Vargas [Latin American Spanish dub])
Süleyman's first wife and the mother of his eldest son, Mahidevran falls from favor after Süleyman becomes sultan and Hürrem arrives. Her abuse of Hürrem brings his wrath, and significantly hurries this process.

  • Arch-Enemy: She is one of Hürrem's worst enemies, since her love with Suleyman caused her demotion and she worsened it all with her attempts to attack or murder her. There is also the fact that the Ottoman Empire has a rule that forces, not just allows, the reigning Sultan to murder his brothers. This makes them even more antagonistic, since Hürrem seeks to kill or eliminate Mustafa to protect her children from either him or his supporters.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Mahidevran was Süleyman's wife, but after he falls in love with Hürrem she becomes relegated. Mahidevran's attempts to attack Hürrem end up estranging even more her relationship with Süleyman.
  • Driven by Envy: Mahidevran is very unhappy about being demoted. She goes as far as to try to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • She might be a Yandere, but she is uncomfortable with Hatice's obsession with Ibrahim after his death. She is also uncomfortable with Hatice hiring a witch to curse Hürrem, her antagonism to the latter notwithstanding.
    • She is disgusted that Hürrem forced Mihrimah to marry Rüstem Pasha.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After losing favor with Suleyman, she attempts to attack Hürrem. Her attacks, however, have been the most ineffectual to defeat Hürrem and instead have made Hürrem more powerful and Suleyman less interested on her. She is obviously saddened by this outcome.
  • It's All About Me:
    • When appointed as director of the Harem, Mahidevran is very willing to waste budget of the campaigns to decorate her rooms.
    • When Hatice is distraught about Ibrahim's execution, she is willing to make her more hostile to Hürrem and put her on plots to attack her, even if their plots just make her even more powerful and that would make Hatice more sorrowful.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hurting Hürrem brought her to her downfall and culminated in the loss of the person he loved the most.
  • Mama Bear: She is protective of her son Mustafa. Her enmity with Hürrem is not only because of her demotion, but also because her son's life is at stake due to the same fratricide act that Hürrem is attempting to protect her children from. Hürrem did attempt to have him assassinated twice.
  • Never My Fault: She fails to acknowledge her own guilt on the crisis, since she made Hürrem become more aggressive with her attempts against her. In the grand finale, Mihrimah is so disgusted with her failure to admit her guilt and her self-righteousness that she tells her to Get Out!.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Mahidevran's various attempts to destroy Hürrem lead to Süleyman being angry with Mahidevran for hurting Hürrem, and caring for poor Hürrem even more because she was hurt.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: She tends to be disapproving of Mustafa's romances, especially those with legal ramifications.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Due to possible conflicts of interest and the ban on romancing princesses, she discourages Taslicali from romancing Mihrimah, and finally vetoes it by an ultimatum.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: She smiled more often in Season 1, but as her relationship with Suleyman decays and she gets more and more disgraced, she becomes more unhappy.
  • Yandere: Mahidevran and Hürrem are both, almost equally, yanderes over Süleyman. Justified because their children's fates are on the line, but there's still a lot of petty jealousy involved too.

    Hatice Sultan 

Hatice Sultan
(Played by Selma Ergeç)
(Voiced by: Agostina Longo and Mariana de Iraola [Latin American Spanish dub])
The Valide Sultan's daughter and Süleyman's sister—the only one of his sisters who lives in Constantinople. Once widowed, she later marries İbrahim.

  • Bungled Suicide: Out of despair and a broken heart, she tries to commit suicide in the first season. It doesn't work, and because she's a Muslim and Islam condemns suicide, Hatice doesn't try again for a while.
  • Excessive Mourning: After Ibrahim Pasha's death, she becomes madly obsessed with him.
  • Grew a Spine: Initially very meek, the first noticeable change occurs when and after she snaps at Hürrem and Mahidevran about halfway through the first season. Once she gets married and moves out of the harem, becoming the mistress of her own house and getting out from under her mother's thumb, the process keeps going.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Her plot to put a curse on Hürrem backfired on her. She gets beaten by an angry Hürrem, almost dies, and fails to persuade Suleyman that Hürrem beat her.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: In the time that Hürrem has two healthy babies, maternal Hatice who so wants a baby, has a miscarriage. Hürrem seems almost sheepish to bring her baby around Hatice—embarrassed by her unfair fertility.
  • Misplaced Retribution: After discovering Ibrahim's infidelity, she starts to attack Hürrem and blaming her for ruining her relationship with Ibrahim, when it was Ibrahim who ruined it.
  • My Beloved Smother: After a miscarriage, she's understandably overprotective of her firstborn, Mehmet. She's right to be…
  • Odd Friendship: In the first season, she gets along with Hürrem despite the latter's more rebellious and daring attitude back then. Too bad this friendship does not last due to the enmity Hürrem has with Hatice's love.
  • The Ophelia: Her beauty and grace hides a mad personality that only gets worse after being cheated on by Ibrahim and after he got executed. Even her estranged sister Sah becomes fearful that she could commit suicide.
  • Princess Classic: Hatice begins as something like this. She was married and widowed once before, and more mature for it, but still more or less a pure, feminine, beautiful, and kind princess. However, she does become more vicious.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Since Suleyman stripped her of Ibrahim, Hatice intends to kill Hürrem to make him feel the same pain. She later kidnaps her to get revenge that Ibrahim has a nameless tomb.
  • Staircase Tumble: During the Janissaries riots, Hatice falls down the stairs, causing the miscarriage of her first baby.
  • Stealing from the Till: She deliberately hides money confiscated from Ibrahim Pasha after his execution. Rustem discovers that there is money missing by asking the secretary and is tasked to investigate it before resuming his job as Bey of Beys.
  • Time-Delayed Death: When Suleyman finds her in the balcony, she seems fine, but strange breaths and an empty container show that she drunk a lethal poison.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Hürrem exposes Ibrahim's adultery, Hatice becomes more vicious. She is not above exposing an innocent maid to be killed by Hürrem, or embezzling Ibrahim Pasha's confiscated money.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Like Beyhan before her, she considers that Suleyman's execution of Ibrahim is an unforgivable act. However, she takes it far worse than Beyhan did.
  • Vengeful Widow: After Ibrahim's execution, she becomes even more hostile against Hürrem.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Early, she got along with Hürrem and for most of Season 2 was the only sultana to treat her with basic decency. At one point, Hürrem even gave her strength to trust that Ibrahim would return despite Ibrahim being her enemy. While she started to grow sick of her, she still was civil to her. However, she became openly hostile to Hürrem after the latter exposes Ibrahim's affair with Nigar, to the point both try to kill each other.
  • "You Used to Be Better" Speech: Before dying, she tells Suleyman that he used to be a compassionate king before falling in love with Hürrem and that he is becoming as bad as his father.

    Selim I 

  • Badass Mustache: Flashbacks and visions showcase his enormous mustache, which gives him a rough appearance.
  • The Caligula: Most references to him are negative. When he is brought up, it usually is to accuse Suleyman of becoming as brutal as him.
  • Offing the Offspring: He attempted to murder Suleyman by giving him a poisoned coat.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies before the series begins, and his death is what makes Suleyman the Sultan.

The Princes

All the children experience Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome.

    Şehzade Mustafa 

Şehzade Mustafa
(Played by Yusuf Berkan Demirbağ, Tunç Oral, & Mehmet Günsür)
(Voiced by: Andrea Higa (child), Pablo Gandolfo (older) [Latin American Spanish dub])
Mahidevran and Süleyman's only son; the first of the royal princes.

  • Cartwright Curse: When he becomes an adult, he enters in a series of romances that for one reason or another don't stick or end badly for his lover.
  • Chick Magnet: Once he becomes an adult, the Harem girls fantasize about him.
  • Dead Man Writing: He writes a letter to his father Suleyman. That letter is read after his death.
  • Hypocrite: He frowns on Bayezid's romance with Huricihan due to being against the rules, but his own marriage to Mihrunissa is illegal as well. He later calls them to Amasya to let them meet.
  • Military Maverick: Deconstructed. He is not above taking decisions without consulting Suleyman and his decisions tend to be great, but these decisions create a breach between Suleyman and him due to the latter's paranoia.
  • Morality Pet: Mahidevran is hardly a saint, but genuinely cares for her son Mustafa.
  • Princeling Rivalry: With Mehmet. They start arguing about it when they're about 10 and 5.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He overlooks consulting Suleyman first before taking decisions.
  • Shipping Torpedo: He discourages Bayezid from continuing his romance with Huricihan.
  • The Wise Prince: He is doing efforts to be a genuinely good ruler. At Season 4 Hürrem admits that she would want him to be her son and doesn't actually want to fight him, but they cannot be friends.

    Şehzade Mehmet 

Şehzade Mehmet
(Played by Efe Bartu Yavuz, Arda Aranat, & Gürbey İleri)
(Voiced by: Alejandro Graue [Latin American Spanish dub])
Hürrem and Süleyman's firstborn; the second of the royal princes.

  • Babies Make Everything Better: His existence solves a lot of problems for his mother, even in utero. Initially a Fake Pregnancy, Hürrem actually was pregnant and just didn't know it yet. Little fetus Mehmet meant that Hürrem didn't get killed for lying about that, didn't get married off, and became Süleyman's wife.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Not even Mihrimah or his concubine could foresee his death, while Suleyman was at a war and Hürrem was yet to be rescued.
  • Parental Favoritism: Süleyman imagines Mehmed as his successor because of the dream he had the night the boy was born. Later when Mehmed is dead, he builds a throne on his tomb. Mehmet is also likely Hürrem's favourite son as her first-born and thus the one to make her sultana. She does everything she can to give him the throne and only after his death she starts thinking of Bayezid as a future sultan.
  • Princeling Rivalry: With Mustafa. They start arguing about it when they're about 10 and 5. They remain civil unlike Bayezid and Selim, though.
  • Spanner in the Works: As a baby, his risk of drowning sabotaged Saidka's plan of assassinating Suleyman. Mahidevran being forced to save him since Mustafa saw him fall to a pool creates a scandal in the palace and Sadika had to interrupt her plan.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: By Mahidevran's request, Ilyas murders Mehmet. Ilyas' latest plan is to get him infected by syphilis through a wound. Hürrem does not take it well, especially since he was killed when she was still kidnapped.

    Mihrimah Sultan 

Mihrimah Sultan
(Played by Ayda Acar, Melis Mutluç, & Pelin Karahan)
(Voiced by: Natalia Pupato [Latin American Spanish dub])
Hürrem and Süleyman's second child, and only daughter.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She is attracted to Bali Bey, but he can't help but see her as a little girl and is too loyal to the Empire to involve in this romance.
  • Arranged Marriage: Hürrem pushes her to marry Rüstem Pasha in order to secure him a higher position and let him protect her children. It is no secret for anyone that she does not love him, since she marries with tears in her eyes.
  • Anti-Hero: She is not evil, just as morally gray as her mother.
  • Brainy Brunette: While her hair is darker than Hürrem's, she is every bit as cunning and manipulative as her.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Being Süleyman's only daughter she has shades of this, but grows out of it later.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Bayezid whom she supports in his quest to the throne. Also to Cihangir.
  • Daddy's Girl: Süleyman himself states there are only two persons he can't refuse: Hürrem and Mihrimah
  • Lamarck Was Right: She is the most cunning and pragmatic out of the Royal Children, an inherited trait from Hurrem.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Lampshaded by Şah Sultan in season 3 final: "You're not behaving like Hürrem, you are Hürrem." Also, Süleyman says he loves her that much, because she's so much like her mother.
  • Love Hurts: She could never be with a man she loved. Taslicali? Their relationship creates a conflict of interests. Malkocoglu? He doesn't want to be with her for one reason or another, and both got married with different people. Pedro? Mihrimah is already married to Rüstem.
  • May–December Romance: Her husband is around 20 years older than her.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: She is involved in a speech with Esmehan that greatly resembles her mother's subtle animosity with her enemies.
  • Precocious Crush: On Balı Bey. She tries to act on it when Taslicali breaks up with her.
  • The Promise: Hürrem promised her she would be able to Marry for Love. This promise is not fulfilled.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: She has 5 brothers.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: When Mihrimah is born, Hürrem is horrified that her daughter is a daughter, ruining Hürrem's Badass Boast that she would only have sons. (Ironically, the historical Mihrimah would be an extremely powerful figure in the Sultanate of Women) Mihrimah herself does not blame Hürrem for that feelings.

    Şehzade Selim 

Şehzade Selim.
(Played by Yiğit Üst & Engin Öztürk)
(Voiced by: Patricio Lago [Latin American Spanish dub])
Hürrem and Süleyman's third child and second son; the third of the royal princes.

  • The Alcoholic: He develops an addiction to alcohol.
  • Black Sheep: The alcoholic, as mentioned above, the one most prone to intrigues, as mentioned below, and the least talented of princes. None of his siblings seems particularly fond of him and his own mother sends him to Manisa so that their enemies attack rather Selim than Bayezid whom she descibes as her hope.
  • Broken Pedestal: Suleyman was supportive of him, and is disgusted when he realizes that the rumors on Selim
  • Dead Guy Junior: Süleyman named his son after his father, Sultan Selim Khan—the boy's grandfather.
  • Evil Redhead: He's the only one of Hürrem's children to inherit her red hair in his beard and also the one of the princes most prone to intrigues and backstabbing.
  • Hookers and Blow: He is an alcoholic, and he has too much sex, using both as an attempt to run away from his suffering.
  • Lean and Mean: He is leaner than his siblings, and he is the most immoral of them.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He selflessly saved Cecilia (later Nurbanu) from her suicide by bandaging her wounds.
    • When a man badmouthing him is killed by his guards when the battle becomes more heated, he gives the widow support and a property as a compensation. When Sultan Suleyman reopens the case of that man, he does not withdraw his support, which leaves it clear that his intent was not to bribe her.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Suleyman's anger towards Selim is mitigated when he realizes that the support to the widow of the man that badmouthed Selim was higher than the required and that the support was kept even when the lawsuit was reopen.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Growing with so much distrust on him makes him become as evil as the people comment about him.
  • Villain Has a Point: When Mihrimah called him out for his attitude, he rightfully mentions that she was complicit in a conspiracy to frame Mustafa.

    Şehzade Bayezid 

Şehzade Bayezid
(Played by Özgür Ege Nalcı, Erhan Can Kartal, & Aras Bulut İynemli)
(Voiced by: Santiago Florecín [Latin American Spanish dub])
Hürrem and Süleyman's fourth child and third son; the fourth of the royal princes.

  • Big Brother Worship: He thinks very highly of his brother Mustafa.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Süleyman named his son after his grandfather, Sultan Bayezid—the boy's great-grandfather.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He becomes jealous of Selim when the latter become the governor of Manisa. Their already bad relationship gets worse.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is so easy to make angry, which may be his Fatal Flaw. As a child, his mother had to constantly punish him by depriving him of training.
  • Kissing Cousins: He enters in a romance with Huricihan. Hürrem and especially Suleyman do not take this well.
  • Parental Favoritism: Hürrem becomes more interested that he becomes the next Sultan, since he is fitter for the throne.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By sneaking in a war, he exposed Hürrem to be picketed by her enemies and made innocent parties be executed.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When discovering about Selim's attempts to steal gold from Kutahya, Bayezid states that calling him a brother would be an insult to Mustafa or Cihangir.
  • Workout Fanservice: After being banned from seeing Huricihan, he does sparring shirtless, although that scene is more focused in his anger than in his physique.

    Şehzade Cihangir 

Şehzade Cihangir
(Played by Aybars Kartal Özson & Tolga Sarıtaş)
Hürrem and Süleyman's fifth child and fourth son; the fifth of the royal princes.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he realized that Rüstem Pasha had plotted to damage Suleyman and Mustafa's relationship, he becomes more rebellious and openly threatens Rüstem.
  • Big Brother Worship: He adores Mustafa, and thinks he should be the next Sultan. Hürrem is not happy about this due to the possibility that Mustafa, Mahidevran or Mustafa's supporters kill him and his other brothers.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He ultimately prefers not to testify about the poisoned jacket, since it makes him decide between his brother and his sister Mihrimah.
  • Death by Despair: He does not take Mustafa's death well at all, and enters in a deep pain.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: The most bookish of princes, and one of the nicest.
  • Genius Cripple: He has a deformed back, and he is very smart and bookish. Sehzade Mehmet is unable to win him in a tabletop game.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He does not bother pursuing Huricihan, since she loves another person.
  • Ill Boy: He was born with a problem in the back. He is anesthetized with opium.
  • Morality Pet: He is a humanizing character for Sehzade Bayezid, Mihrimah Sultan, and Hürrem Sultan.
  • Sibling Triangle: He is in love with Huricihan, but his brother Bayezid is too.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He is the nicest prince and one of the few unambiguously good characters of all the series, and he dies out of grief when his older brother Mustafa is executed.

Extended Family

    Beyhan Sultan 

Beyhan Sultan

(Played by Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk)
One of the Valide's other daughters, who lives in a province on the Danube.

  • Big Brother Instinct: She is very protective and caring towars Hatice.
  • Black Sheep: Beyhan declares I Have No Brother and estranges herself from her family after her brother—with the help of their mother—has her husband executed.
  • The Bus Came Back: After her self-imposed exile, she returns briefly to mourn Valide Sultan's death and to visit Hatice some time later.
  • Morality Pet: Her sisters are not saints, but generally treat her with respect.
  • Nephewism: She is taking care of her sister Hatice's children after Hatice committed suicide.
  • The Lost Lenore: She was more faithful to her husband Ferhat than to her biological family. When Suleyman has him executed, she disowns her biological family and exiles herself.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Her and her husband Ferhat Pasha.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Decides to stop acknowledging Suleyman as her brother after Ferhat's execution. Time later, she concedes that Ferhat's execution was rightful, but states that Suleyman should have given him a more lenient punishment, like jail or exile.
  • White Sheep: Out of all her generation, she is the most moral of the Sultanas, since she does not involve in all the treacherous plots.
  • Widow Woman: Following Ferhat's execution, she has remained a widow.

    Şah Sultan 

Şah Sultan

(Played by Deniz Çakır)
One of the Selim's other daughters
  • Arranged Marriage: With Lutfi Pasha whom she clearly detests.
  • Brainy Brunette: The smartest of sultan's sisters. So much that she is more perceptive than Mahidevran or Hatice and knows that their plans against Hürrem are so hasty that have but empowered her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is not as friendly as she wants to appear, since she uses her apparent kindness to manipulate people and hide her true intentions.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She is horrified when her husband Lufti burnt the vagina of a prostitute just to make a point.
  • False Friend: She feigns to be fond of Hürrem to gain her trust. After watching her discussing with Ibrahim, she starts to doubt if she would turn against her of if she is really on her side. However, Hürrem plays along until Sah reveals her real intention.
  • Hypocrite: She asks Ayas Pasha to serve loyally to the Empire and scolds him for being associated to Hürrem, but it is clear she wants him to do the same for him.
  • Locked Away in a Monastery: She gives all her belongings to Hürrem's charity complex and goes to a dervish community to avoid being blackmailed by an angry Mihrimah.
  • Long Bus Trip: Mihrimah blackmails her with exposing her spying on her and her complicity on kidnapping Hürrem, so she will not return to the series.
  • Not Me This Time: Due to being one of her opponents, and one of her toughest at that, Hürrem thinks Sah was behind Nigar's kidnapping of Mihrimah's daughter. Sah only wanted her to kill Rüstem.
  • Related in the Adaptation: The real Şah Sultan was Hafsa's stepdaughter. Here, Sah is Hafsa's daughter.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She never appeared in the two earlier seasons, but all the main characters know her.
  • Sibling Triangle: It is revealed that Sah was attracted to Ibrahim and she distanced from Hatice after she got to marry him.
  • Thicker Than Water: She and Hatice don't get along well, but when Hatice goes missing, Şah is clearly petrified. She has sought to protect her from her pain and has been vigilant to protect her from suicide attempts.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In her first trick against Hürrem, she never intended to start estranging Suleyman and Mustafa, but as Hürrem said, doubts will start to set them apart.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Traumatic as the attacks by Mahidevran or Ibrahim were, they still ended up empowering Hürrem due to their recklessness. On the other hand, Şah Sultan does think things through and is more creative when conspiring against Hürrem.

    Fatma Sultan 

Fatma Sultan

(Played by Meltem Cumbul)
One of the Valide's other daughters.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She is playful and smiling, but she is as manipulative as her sister Sah.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her rebellious spirit is first shown when she grabs an apple from a vendor, and after paying them for her and her companions, she tells them that this liberty must be exploited before arriving to the palace.
  • Rebellious Princess: She doesn't really like following strict rules of Ottoman Dynasty.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The people at the Topkapi palace knows her despite not appearing at all before.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: [[spoiler:To outsmart Hürrem and to prevent him from refealing her adultery, she gives her husband an overdose of sweets to kill him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Her divorce was because she cheated on her husband.

    Esmehan Sultan 

Esmehan Sultan

Sah and Lufti's daughter.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems a completely friendly girl when she appears, but then she starts mocking Mihrimah for her unrequited crush on Malkocoglu.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She steals the letter from Malkocoglu to Mihrimah declining her advances to make the harem girls mock her, when Mihrimah exploits that the letter has no named recipient by making them think that the letter was for Esmehan.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She was hateful while bringing Bali Bey's reluctance to marry Mihrimah, but she is completely right about that.
  • Kick the Dog: For no good reason, she teases Mihrimah by mocking her crush on Bali Bey.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Sehzade Mehmet is utterly brotherly, although given that her kindness is a facade, it is not known if her platonic love to him is real.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: She hides under a friendly, caring facade, just like her mother.
  • Locked Away in a Monastery: She is going to join her mother in the dervish community.
  • Morality Pet: One of the few characters Sah Sultan is unambiguously nice to.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Like her mother, she is known by Hürrem and her children despite never appearing onscreen nor being mentioned in the two earlier seasons.
  • Smug Snake: She acts arrogant to Mihrimah for being rejected by Malkocoglu and for thinking of her as a cause of Suleyman's veto of Esmehan's engagement to him. Esmehan's pride makes her oblivious that Mihrimah is as cunning as Hürrem and her plan to mock her backfires on her.


  • Morality Pet: Both of his parents loved her and Osman despite their decaying morals.
  • She Is All Grown Up: When she returns alongside Fatma Sultan, her beauty is constantly praised.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks similar to her mother Hatice. Her bent eyebrows come from her father Ibrahim.

    Ayse Sultan 

    Cecilia Baffo/Nurbanu Sultan 

  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When trying to bribe Sümbül into allowing her in Selim's harem, she denies to be bribing him, but there is no true distinction when she says that she will give him the special offer if he sends her with Selim.
  • Bungled Suicide: Out of despair, she attempted to cut her wrist to bleed to death. However, she was discovered early enough that Sehzade Selim could save her and she could receive medical intervention.
  • Heroic Bastard: She was the illegitimate daughter of Baffo.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Her stepmother in Venice is implied to be one, since her stepmother wanted to marry her off.
  • You Remind Me of X: Hürrem tells Cecilia that she reminds her of a person she knew time ago. Hürrem is referring to herself.


  • Action Girl: She can use a knife to try to defend herself or to intimidate someone. When sparring with Sehzade Mustafa, she keeps a good fight.
  • Military Brat: She grew up with Barbaros.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Barbaros' daughter suddenly appears in the plot despite not being mentioned beforehand, and Sehzade Mustafa knew her time ago.

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