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This seems to define Game Of Thrones, as the list of people fitting this trope could go on forever. For the sake of brevity, only the coolest will be listed here. Caveat lector, here there be major spoilers.


  • Royals Who Actually Do Something and Prince Charming Rhaegar Targaryen, the complete antithesis to Aerys II, killed many years before the plot starts. Subverted: As of season 7, Rhaeger comes across as a selfish moron, who abandoned his wife and children and cast his country into civil war because he had the hots for Lyanna Stark
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  • Syrio Forel, Arya's eccentric yet brilliant sword instructor who trains her in the ways of a warrior and dies (probably) fighting off fully armed and armored goldcloaks with a wooden sword to help Arya escape.
  • Ned Stark, a man known for his integrity, honor, and bravery, whose death triggers an all-out civil war.
  • Khal Drogo, who planned to conquer Westeros for Danaerys and could actually pull it off.
  • Rodrik Cassel, an aging warrior and loyal retainer of House Stark. Executed by Theon Greyjoy in an incredibly painful way, when Theon's lack of talent with a sword results in him botching Rodrik's attempted beheading.
  • Yoren, the badass Night's Watch recruiter who saved Arya from becoming a prisoner of the Lannisters and having to watch her father's execution, killed in a fight with half a dozen goldcloaks at the same time.
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  • Robb Stark, the King in the North who was undefeated in every battle he ever fought, but lost the war.
  • Oberyn Martell, a charming, highly educated man and a deadly warrior, nicknamed the Red Viper for his habit of using poisoned weapons. Killed off less than a season after his introduction. Many fans didn't want to get attached to him because they feared this trope.
  • Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall. A man whose sheer charisma and strength of ideals brought together ninety clans of wildlings for a massive assault on the Wall. One of the few monarchs in the series who truly understands that a king must serve his people and not the other way around. Wins the respect of not just his supporters, but his enemies as well. Killed off in the first episode of Season Five. Especially as he's still alive in the books and is playing a major part in the Northern storyline.
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  • Ser Barristan Selmy. The ultimate Memetic Badass and Living Legend of Westeros. It took over four full seasons for us to be able to see him in action and although he does indeed prove how much of a badass he is, Reality Ensues and he gets overwhelmed fighting too many enemies.
  • Karsi, the no-nonsense Action Mom and Only Sane Man among the wildlings at Hardhome. Ends up being a Sacrificial Lamb, as We Hardly Knew Ye.
  • Maester Aemon Targaryen. The kindest, oldest man in Westeros, an irreplaceable ally to Jon Snow, Sam Tarly, and the Night's Watch, and of all the people on this list, he's the only one to have a relatively gentle death - peacefully dying of old age in his bed while dreaming of his brother.
  • Shireen Baratheon, the kind, innocent, intelligent, Wide-Eyed Idealist princess, who bonds with fan-favorite Davos Seaworth and teaches him how to read, brings out some warmth and goodness in her father Stannis and refuses to accept the cruelty of Melisandre's religious fanaticism. She is so precious and good that you just know there's no way they'd let her survive the series. Which they don't, having her die one of the most horrific deaths ever seen on the show.
  • Stannis Baratheon. By all evidence, he might have made a suitably effective ruler had anyone given him the chance and he wasn't forced down a path of self-destruction, costing him everything in the pursuit of his right to be king. He also proved each time he's been in combat that, if nothing else, he is a true badass. He is so cool that many fans condemn the showrunners for robbing them of the greater, fully-realized character of the books.
  • Doran Martell is a Reasonable Authority Figure who refused to get entangled with the war and one of the few likable characters in the widely despised Dorne arc. Killed off unceremoniously by his brother’s lover and his nieces because of his apathy on his siblings’ death.
  • Osha, a wilding woman who became loyal to the Starks and did everything she could to keep Bran and Rickon safe. Then, Ramsey Bolton stabbed her in the throat.
  • Blackfish of House Tully, a cuttingly sarcastic, clever, and noble man, last and oldest survivor of House Tully and a hell of a warrior to boot. Killed Offscreen by Frey soldiers when he refuses to abandon Riverrun to the Lannisters, despite knowing that doing so will result in his death.
  • The Three-Eyed Raven. A wise and compassionate Greenseer and mentor for Bran Stark, played by the legendary Max von Sydow. Personally killed by the Night's King, along with all the Children of the Forest, when the White Walkers invade his cave.
  • Hodor. He’s a big simpleton with a learning disability but he cares about Bran and can pack a mean punch. Then, he held the door against the wights so Meera could escape while dragging Bran.
  • Lady Crane. A kind and friendly commoner whose portrayal of Cersei in "The Bloody Hand" helps bring Arya some degree of catharsis regarding the destruction of her family, and when she helps nurse an injured Arya back to health, the Waif kills her.
  • Wun Wun. A big honking giant and veritable One-Man Army firmly on the side of the heroes who also brought an element of Cool vs. Awesome to the mix in his debut episode where he killed multiple wights like they were nothing. Countless arrow wounds in the Battle of the Bastards ensured his Death By A Thousand Cuts, but not before he smashed the gates of Winterfell and ensured the Boltons' final defeat.
  • Margaery Tyrell. An incredibly savvy and charismatic player who knew how to use her looks and intelligence to progress incredibly high into power. She's ultimately done in by Cersei Lannister's vicious machinations, dying when the Wildfire laid under the Sept blows up and obliterates her. Even then, Margaery was savvy enough to understand that something like this might have happened, and could have avoided her fate if the High Sparrow hadn't stopped her and Loras from exiting the area before the explosion.
  • Olenna Tyrell. A wise woman who gives no shit to anyone and would do anything to protect her family even if it means poisoning everybody's favorite punching bag, Joffrey. In the end, she faces her death by accepting the poison from Jaime and telling him to tell Cersei that she is the one who killed Joffrey, robbing Cersei the satisfaction of revenge.
  • Thoros of Myr. Wise, kind, holy man, co-leader of the Brotherhood without Banners, and a powerful wizard who wields a Flaming Sword. After many long years of defending the smallfolk of Westeros from the abuses of the Seven Kingdoms, he dies of wounds sustained in a fight with wights, thus becoming the only casualty of Jon Snow's Wight-Hunt beyond the Wall.
  • Benjen Stark. Eddard Stark's last surviving brother, Benjen vanishes early on in the show only to return as a magic half-undead who cuts down White Walkers by the dozens with a burning flail. Dies in the same episode as Thoros when rescuing his nephew Jon from a horde of wights, staying behind and standing alone against the horde.

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