68 Facts About Daenerys Targaryen


Daenerys Targaryen is one of the series' most popular characters, and The New York Times cites her as one of the author's finest creations.

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Daenerys Targaryen subsequently appeared in A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords.

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Daenerys Targaryen remains dependent on her abusive older brother, Viserys, and is forced to marry Dothraki horselord Khal Drogo in exchange for an army for Viserys, who wishes to return to Westeros and recapture the Iron Throne.

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Daenerys Targaryen adapts to life with the Dothraki, and her character emerges as strong, confident and courageous.

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Daenerys Targaryen becomes the heir of the Targaryen dynasty after her brother's murder and plans to reclaim the Iron Throne herself, seeing it as her birthright.

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Daenerys Targaryen acquires an army of former slave soldiers with which she conquers the cities of Yunkai, Astapor and Meereen, determined to end slavery and injustice.

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Daenerys Targaryen establishes herself as a powerful and relentless ruler.

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Daenerys Targaryen has earned many other nominations and accolades for her portrayal.

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Daenerys Targaryen serves as the third-person point-of-view character of 31 chapters of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Dance with Dragons.

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Thirteen years before the series' events, after her father and eldest brother Rhaegar were killed during Robert's rebellion, Daenerys Targaryen was born during a great storm, earning her the nickname "Stormborn".

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Darry died when Daenerys Targaryen was five years old, and she and Viserys spent the following years wandering the Free Cities.

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Daenerys Targaryen is most often described as uncommonly beautiful, with long, pale silver-gold hair and purple eyes.

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Daenerys Targaryen is slender and pale, although taller than some of her female ancestors.

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Tales of Daenerys Targaryen's beauty are numerous, and throughout the novels she encounters countless suitors who seek her hand in marriage, sometimes to gain control of her three dragons.

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Daenerys Targaryen is fluent in the Common Tongue of Westeros, Dothraki, High Valyrian and bastard Valyrian, which she speaks with a Tyroshi accent.

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Daenerys Targaryen grew up in constant fear of being discovered and killed by agents of the Usurper King, Robert Baratheon.

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However, over the course of the narrative, Daenerys Targaryen finds her inner strength and courage and emerges as a natural leader adored by her people.

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Daenerys Targaryen is often described as honorable and compassionate, if somewhat naive, although she can be harsh and vengeful against those who seek to harm her or her followers.

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Daenerys Targaryen comes to love him and takes to Dothraki customs, finding strength for the first time, and she stands up to Viserys's attempts to bully her into coercing Drogo.

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Daenerys Targaryen accepts an invitation from a group of warlocks to discover her future.

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Daenerys Targaryen is saved by Arstan Whitebeard, who has been sent by Illyrio Morpatis, along with the eunuch ex-gladiator called Strong Belwas and three ships to take Daenerys back to Pentos.

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Daenerys Targaryen negotiates with Kraznys mo Nakloz, promising a dragon in payment, but she betrays the Good Masters and commands the Unsullied to kill the slavers.

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Unwilling to abandon the slaves she freed, Daenerys Targaryen decides to remain in Meereen as she fears they will return to bondage.

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When Drogon kills a child, Daenerys Targaryen feels compelled to chain her dragons Rhaegal and Viserion, but Drogon escapes.

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Daenerys Targaryen's advisers suggest she marry Hizdahr zo Loraq to bring peace, and she agrees, although she takes Daario as a lover.

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Daenerys Targaryen is later found by Khal Jhaqo, formerly a captain of her Khalasar who betrayed her late husband.

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Clarke said the role of Daenerys Targaryen was "not your typical bonnet duty that you have to go through as a young British actress".

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Daenerys Targaryen is introduced as the exiled princess of the Targaryen dynasty.

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For most of her life, Daenerys Targaryen has been under the care of Viserys, whom she fears, as he abuses her whenever she displeases him.

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Daenerys Targaryen is afraid of her new husband initially, but after learning the Dothraki language, she begins to bond with Drogo and genuinely falls in love with him.

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Daenerys Targaryen learns the ways of the Dothraki, strengthening her relationship with her nomadic tribe.

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Daenerys Targaryen becomes pregnant by Drogo with her son, who is prophesied by the Dothraki to be the "Stallion Who Mounts the World".

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Daenerys Targaryen declares he was no dragon because fire cannot kill a dragon.

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Daenerys Targaryen desperately seeks the help of healer Mirri Maz Duur to save his life using blood magic.

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Mirri deceives Daenerys Targaryen by using her unborn son's life as a sacrifice to heal Drogo but leaves him in a permanent catatonic state, forcing Daenerys Targaryen to end her husband's life.

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Daenerys Targaryen lays the three dragon eggs on Drogo's body and steps into the fire herself.

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At daybreak, after the fire has died out, Daenerys Targaryen emerges with three baby dragons whom she names Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion.

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Daenerys Targaryen meets with the Thirteen again to ask for their help in retrieving her dragons.

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Daenerys Targaryen confronts Xaro, who had conspired with Pree and Daenerys Targaryen's servant Doreah to seize control of Qarth.

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Daenerys Targaryen has Xaro and Doreah sealed in Xaro's vault and has her remaining loyalists raid his manse, using the funds they seize to buy a ship.

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Daenerys Targaryen negotiates with Astapori slaver Kraznys mo Nakloz to purchase an army of Unsullied, elite eunuch soldiers, in exchange for Drogon, and obtains the services of Kraznys's translator Missandei.

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Daenerys Targaryen is received by Yunkai's freed slaves, who hail her as their "mhysa".

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Daenerys Targaryen decides to execute 163 Meereenese masters as "justice" for 163 slave children crucified on the road to Meereen.

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Daenerys Targaryen learns that her council in Astapor has been overthrown and that Yunkai has returned to slavery.

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Daenerys Targaryen is later horrified to discover that Drogon has killed a farmer's child.

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Daenerys Targaryen accepts Tyrion onto her council but exiles Jorah again.

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Daenerys Targaryen is taken to Khal Moro, the leader of the Dothraki horde.

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Once there, Daenerys Targaryen is told the khals will judge her for defying tradition and going out into the world following Drogo's death.

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Daenerys Targaryen deploys her three dragons, burning most of the slaver fleet and seizing the ships that survive.

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Daenerys Targaryen sends the Unsullied to take Casterly Rock and sends Yara Greyjoy's ship fleet from Dorne to blockade King's Landing.

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Daenerys Targaryen begs Jon not to reveal his true parentage, but Jon says he must tell his sisters, who he swears to secrecy as he has renounced his claim for Daenerys's.

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Daenerys Targaryen learns Varys is trying to seat Jon on the Iron Throne and executes him for his treason.

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Daenerys Targaryen becomes resigned to relying on fear to assert herself.

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Tyrion defies Daenerys Targaryen by freeing his brother, who is then captured on his way back to Cersei.

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Daenerys Targaryen destroys the city's defenses and the city surrenders, but she burns King's Landing, killing countless civilians.

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Daenerys Targaryen is one of the most popular characters of the book series, together with Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow.

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Daenerys Targaryen's face was used on political protest signs, and many fans named their daughters after her.

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Commentators and academics say that Daenerys Targaryen's rule is similar to fascism in Europe throughout the early 20th century.

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Andrew Lotz, a professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, said that Daenerys Targaryen should seize power as described in Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince.

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Alex Abad-Santos of Vox said that "the implication that Daenerys Targaryen is going mad is the greatest fraud Game of Thrones has ever perpetrated" and is "essentially a bait-and-switch" because, for seven seasons, the audience has seen Daenerys as a good and moral person determined to abolish slavery and create a just society.

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Daenerys Targaryen said that "yes, Daenerys has used fire and her dragons to enact vengeance and punishment before, but up until season 7, everyone she burned was either evil or an enemy".

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Daenerys Targaryen said that, "Daenerys has long been capable of great compassion — and great violence" and that "the great power her dragons give her" enables the latter.

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Daenerys Targaryen agreed with the complaints that the twist was poorly executed.

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James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly pointed to signs that Daenerys Targaryen was always destined to be a villain, such as her vision in the House of the Undying where she walked through the snow-covered Red Keep falling into the throne room.

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Daenerys Targaryen said that although the series had perhaps been "a bit tricky in playing her murderous moments as heroic", the show tested Daenerys's character, "and in doing so, the thing that [the show] is actually pushing is a debate about Dany's morality, bringing that question into the foreground of the show after letting it sit quietly in the background for so long".

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Daenerys Targaryen earned a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special in 2012.

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Daenerys Targaryen was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the role in 2013 and 2016.

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In IGN Top 100 Game of Thrones Characters list, Terri Schwartz stated that Daenerys Targaryen "is one of the most monumental characters on Game of Thrones".

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