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Shaun Mark "Sean" Bean (born April 17, 1959 in Handsworth, England) is an English actor.

Sean is renowned as a Mr. Fanservice (despite or because of his many roles as villains). According to The Other Wiki, he does not mind being considered 'a bit of rough' by the ladies. Apparently, the ladies are okay with that because he was voted the UK's second sexiest man in 2004.

Sean Bean's Star-Making Role role was the titular field-promoted British officer in Sharpe, and is best known in America for playing Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Alec Trevelyan (006) in GoldenEye and Mitch Henderson in The Martian.

He's renowned as a Chronically Killed Actor. In fact, seeing Sean's name in the credits could almost be considered a spoiler, because it is almost certain that he will be a good guy who turns bad and then dies — or even just a major character who dies period. He even died twice in GoldenEye! This newspaper article lists 23 times he has been killed onscreen (100% spoilers).


Like many other British leading men, he purportedly wanted to become a professional footballer before he went into acting.

His personal reputation for badassery has greatly benefited from reports of a Major Injury Underreaction after an altercation in a pub.

He also did the voiceover for the Train Simulator 2015 trailer, as well as providing the narration in both Kholat and Civilization VI. He was also made into an Elusive Target in HITMAN 2, as was even given the title of The Undying, an MI-5 agent who has a penchant from coming back from the dead. Very meta indeed.

Not to Be Confused with Mr. Bean.




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  • He is the main hero of Sean Bean Saves Westeros, where, after the filming of Game of Thrones's first season, he ends up in the city of White Harbor on the same day Eddard Stark is killed, so Sean ends up taking over Ned's life and the task of saving the Seven Kingdoms from the threat coming from Beyond the Wall.

One does not simply list all tropes associated with Sean Bean:

  • Adam Westing: His role in Hitman 2 as Mark Faba is a parody of his role in the James Bond movies as well as his status as a Chronically Killed Actor, including several Shout Outs. Heck, the character's name itself is a reference to hisExplanation . The character himself has faked his death several times over and earned the epithet of "The Undying" as a result. It takes Agent 47 two attempts to put him down for good.
  • Alliterative Name: Inverted. Sean Bean, although it's pronunced "Shaun Bean".
  • Awesome McCoolname: An interesting case. The reason why he changed his first name to Sean was because he thought it was cooler when he was graduating from drama school. Admittedly he's sort of regretting it now with the sheer number of people misreading his name.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: The Trope Codifier, having died in over two dozen of the films and shows he's appeared in. So much so that part of the promotional campaign for Legends involved him asking fans to not let him die.
    • Warren Ellis: Is it yet an accepted rule that the appearance of Sean Bean in any film/tv trailer constitues a spoiler?
    • Honest Trailers: "Ride along on adventure where any lead character can die. Whether you're Sean Bean, Sean Bean's wife, Sean Bean's best friend, Sean Bean's son, Sean Bean's Daughter-in-Law, Sean Bean's family dogs, or Sean Bean's unborn grandkid. All men must die, who are in any way close to Sean Bean" (In the Honest Trailer for Game of Thrones). "Also, and an adventure where every lead character faces constant mortal danger....but only Sean Bean dies...geesshh haven´t seen that before". (In the Honest Trailer for Lord of the Rings)
    • SF Debris: You may know him from films like The Lord of the Rings, where Uruk-Hai killed him, or GoldenEye, where James Bond killed him, or Silent Hill, where he may or may not have died, and finding out would require me to actually watch Silent Hillnote .
    • CinemaSins: The mere appereance of this actor in a movie makes the narrator say: "Sean Bean isn't dying in this scene". *DING. Pointed out in National Treasure, GoldenEye (when he really dies, the narrator says FINALLY!!!) and almost every movie starring Sean Bean that gets the Cinemasins treatment.
    • Interviewer: How do you feel now that you've joined that exclusive club and killed Sean Bean?
      David Bateson: [laughing] Actually, it isn't that much of an exclusive club. Quite a lot of us out there, who've killed him.
    • According to him, his favorite death is Boromir's.
    • It's gotten to the point where fans criticize films he appears in where his character DOESN'T die. According to them there are three laws of the world: The sun rises in the East, fire is hot, and Sean Bean doesn't live to the end of the movie.
    • The Dorkly article, “These Eight Characters are Definitely Going to Die”, includes him by name.
      How They’re Going to Die: Obviously.
      Why: Because Sean Bean.
    • He plays a Narrator in Civilization VI. The character dies in the opening cinematic. And again in the Rise and Fall expansion announcement trailer. And while it's not a speaking role, again a character with the same design dies in the Gathering Storm expansion announcement trailer.
    • Lampshaded in HITMAN 2, where his character has earned a reputation for faking his own death and is nicknamed "The Undying"
    • However, he's not as keen on this as he once was. It's gotten to the point that he's starting to reject roles where he dies.
  • The Danza: As explained under Adam Westing, his character of the Undying in HITMAN 2 is named after himself, disguised as a clever Bilingual Bonus pun.
  • Manly Gay: Sean Bean's role in British series Accused showed him as an incredibly straight gay man, who escapes on weekends into an alternate persona as a flamboyant, but incredibly unconvincing, woman. The role was positively reviewed as departure for Sean Bean himself given his manly persona.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Most spectacularly in the 1993 film adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, in which he not only doesn't get killed, but ends up with Joely Richardson.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Sean pretty much sticks with his native Oop North. He doesn't have to bother for Game of Thrones. There, it's just perfect. This is not, by the way, to say that he can't do a Northern Irish accent very well.
  • Playing Against Type: Whenever he's not a rough good guy (such as Sharpe or Odysseus) or a straight-up bad guy. One such case was Flightplan (2005), where the producers cast Bean as the plane's captain to misdirect the audience into thinking he is part of some villainous plot.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": You'd be surprised how many people mispronounce his name even in this day and age. The proper reading is how his name was originally given, "Shaun Bean".
  • Stage Names: His birth name is Shaun, but he picked the Irish spelling.
  • Typecasting: Apart from Sharpe, Troy, Flightplan (2005), Jupiter Ascending and The Martian, most of his roles are either villainous/suspicious or someone who dies. Or both.
  • Walking Spoiler: Meta example. Due to his history of being a Chronically Killed Actor, he had recently begun to turn down roles where his character is planned to die down the line, partly due to him wanting to break out of the rut, but also because he finds it to be far too predictable and obvious.

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