7 Most Powerful Male Characters In Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones simply abbreviated as GOT is currently the most viewed movie series in the world. To some people game of thrones is the movie of the century while others see it as an all-time Hollywood blockbuster movie. Nevertheless, the non-GOT fans, view the movie as an overhyped ranging madness.

Irrespective of what both lovers and non-lovers of GOT see the movie as, the movie can be described as a masterpiece. This is due to it’s the huge attraction of viewers over the years. If you are a lover of Game of Thrones you should be familiar with the expression “winter is here”, this is commonly uttered by all the characters of GOT. Whenever this statement is made, it reminds them of their common enemy the “White Walkers”. You will agree with me that despite their differences and interest on the iron throne, there is usually a synergy amongst them when this statement is made.

In the light of winter, Rosbena brings you a list of the 7 most powerful male characters in the movie Game Of Thrones. Powerful in this context does not really refer to those with physical combat prowess but to those whose wit has a strong influence in the rulership of the kingdoms and power in the king’s small council. Likewise, power in this context refers to those with special abilities and charisma in the movie.

Read on to see if you agree on our list of most powerful male characters in Game Of Thrones or not.

A Brief Synopsis Of Game Of Thrones

Going on to talk about the powerful male characters who kept fans and movie lovers clinging to the movie without enlightening non-fans about the movie will not be worthwhile. Hence, this synopsis on what Game Of Thrones is all about and why you should love the movie becomes imperative.

Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones centers on the supremacy tussle of the following great houses: Targaryen of king’s landing, Stark of Winterfell, Lannister of Casterly Rock, Aryn of the Eyrie, Tully of Riverrun, Greyjoy of Pyke (the ion borns), Baratheon of Storm End and the Tyrell of Highgarden. These houses are all unified Westeros ruled by King Robert of the House Baratheon. The throne was formally occupied by Aerys popularly called the mad king of the house Targaryen. He is the father of Deanery’s the dragon queen. The mad king was assassinated by Robert with the help of Ned Stark his old friend.

Upon the death of the former hand to king Robert whose name is John Arryn of the vail; Robert then traveled to Winterfell with his family which include his evil wife Cersei Lannister, his two sons Joffrey and Tommen as well as Tyrion the imp and Ser Jaime who are brothers to Cersei all from the house Lannister of Casterly Rock.

The king requested Ned Sterk to be his hand in King’s Landing but he rejected his offer.  After convictions from the king, Ned Sterk went with him and assumed the post as his hand in the capital. He left with his two daughters Sansa and Arya.  After his departure, a letter was sent to Catelyn by her sister the queen of the Vail stating clearly those responsible for the death of her husband Jon Arryn the former hand of the king. The letter stated that the Lannister are those responsible for the death of Arryn.

This news made her flee to King’s Landing to warn her husband while leaving Bran behind after he was pushed by Ser Jaime from a tower window which made him unconscious and unable to walk for life.

At “King’s Landing”, King Robert went on a boar hunt and sustained a fatal injury which led to his death. Before his death, he wrote a letter with his seal stating that Ned should rule as the king until his heir Joffrey comes of age to rule. Cersei (king Roberts wife) hearing this conspired with her twin brother Ser Jaime who she has been having an affair with making him ( ser Jaime) the biological father of the queen’s children. Hence, Ned was accused of treason and eventually beheaded which actually caused a rebellion in Kings Landing.

While all this transpired, Jon Snow the bastard son of Ned traveled to join the army of the Night Watch. An army swore to protect the whole kingdoms.

Hearing this, the first son of Ned (Rob) took over as the king in the North and took up his army to avenge the death of his father, however, Rob met his Waterlow as he, his mother and his pregnant wife were assassinated by Walder Frey at the notorious Red wedding.

On the one hand, Jon Snow rose up like a Phoenix and become the lord commander in the night watch. On the other hand, Daenerys Targaryen was given out in marriage to the barbarian warlord Khal Drogo. Eventually, Khal Drogo died and Daenerys stepped into Khal’s funeral burnfire with her three dragon eggs given to her as a parting gift. Upon her coming out, the eggs hatched and her dragons screamed, hence, Deanerys the mother of dragons. While she nurses the ambition of taking over the Iron throne and gathering her armies, Stannis Baratheon is as well planning to take over from the Naive Joffrey of the House Lannister, which people think is of the house Baratheon.

Bran the child of Ned became the three-eyed Raven who latter has the ability to see the past, present, and future. He saw a vision that Jon Snow is not a bastard, but the child of prince Rhaegan Targaryen the son of the mad king who eloped with Lyanna Sterk to the tower of Joy where Snow was delivered. Snow’s identity is unknown to everyone unless Bran who later informed Samuel Tarly.

The tussle on who to sit on the Iron Throne by the aforementioned houses continued. However, the house of Targaryen encourages avuncularism (a marital relationship between people of the same blood). In season 7 of the movie, the dragon queen has fallen in love with Jon Snow making him bend the knee to her. With Daenerys’s dragon fire and the unsullied army by her side, she stands the best chance of sitting on the Iron Throne. However, the current synergy between her and Snow kept die-hard fans to anticipate who will sit on the Iron throne – Daenerys or Jon snow?. Also, what Deanery’s relationship with Snow would be.

Everyone is watching out for season 8 to see who sits on the throne. Haven gotten what the movie is about, these seven male characters play key roles in the movie. See the reason why and how they did it if you agree to this or otherwise.

7 Most Powerful Male Characters In Game Of Thrones

1. Brandon Stark

Brandon Stark
Brandon Stark

“BRAN” portrayed by Isaac Hempstead Wright is one of the most powerful male characters in GOT. Bran of the house Stark of Winterfell is the second son of Ned and Catelyn Stark. He is the only surviving son of Ned Stark making him the true heir to the throne as the king in the north. Bran is not interested in the general governance of Winterfell, he is contented with his current statue as the Three-eyed Raven. He had a dire wolf called Winter. He was named after his dead uncle Brandon. He is currently a cripple, a disabled state inflicted on him by Ser Jaime Lannister during their visit to Winterfell, he inadvertently came across Ser Jaime and his twin sister Cersei Lannister having sexual intercourse in a tower at Winterfell; eventually, Ser Jaime pushed him down from the tower window saying: “the things i do for love”. Bran been a kind-hearted man forgave Ser Jaime for this ruthless act of his, saying ” if he had not pushed him from the tower window he will still be Brandon Stark and that he is grateful of who he is currently”; Ser Jaime then asked him why didn’t he tell anyone who is responsible, Bran said if he had said it he wouldn’t be alive to help them fight the Dead.

Bran is not a fighter like his elder brother Rob Stark and his bastard brother Jon Snow but he is gifted with the ability to see the present past and the future. Hence, this ability made him the three-eyed Raven a statue conferred on him by the previous three-eyed raven upon his death.

Proofs to justify our claim about Bran being a powerful character are as follow: if not for Bran, Westeros would not have been aware of the advent of the white walkers on their continent and also that the night king has resurrected Daenerys’s dragon. More so, that the night king is after him thereby giving them a solution to use him as a bait to capture the night king. Secondly, if not for Bran’s ability, Jon Snow would have not been aware of his origin, hence,  providing him with the valuable information that he is the heir to the Iron Throne Lastly, if not for Bran Little finger Baelish would have succeeded in causing enmity with the living Starks.

These reasons and among others have proven that the character of Bran in the movie is invaluable making him the first in our list.

2. Jon Snow

Jon Snow
Jon Snow

Jon Snow portrayed by Kit Harington is another powerful male character in GOT. Some fans are of the opinion that the storyline of the movie centers on Jon snow. Certainly, Jon Snow is like a hub in which the storyline revolves. At the beginning of the movie, everyone believes Jon Snow is the bastard son of Ned Stark but as the story unfolds via Bran’s vision it became obvious that Jon snow is the son of price Rhaegan Targaryen and Lyana Stark the sister to ned Stark. He has a dire wolf called ghost a name given to it due to its quiet and albinistic nature. Jon Snow joined the army of the night watch after the departure of his uncle which was formally seen as his father. There he rose to be the lord commander of the night watch a position which caused his death.

Jon Snow’s sense of compassion and justice brings him into conflict with his harsh surroundings. A case in point is when he allowed a young boy whose parents were killed by the wildlings to serve under him in the night watch. Upon his assassination, this young boy was convinced by his hatters to put a knife through his heart. Another instance is when he allowed the wildling through the wall to seek refuge after the nightwalkers have dispossessed them of their home. This compassionate act is considered an abomination by other members of the night watch; hence, the conflict between him and some of his fellow night watch armies.

Jon Snow violated several norms including allowing the wildlings through the wall. He violated all these so that they could be unity in the diversity between the clans and great houses so as to be able to defeat their common enemies (The Night Walkers). He believes the war is not between great houses but with the army of the death. In season 5 episode 8, he said: “The long night is coming, and the dead come with it. No clan can stop them, the free folk can’t stop them, the Nights Watch can’t stop them and all the southern kings can’t stop them. Only together, all of us, and even then it might not be enough but at least we’ll give a fight“. Snow is seen as a bridge-builder who brings to the consciousness of the people their common enemy the (Night Walkers), even in their diversity he preaches unity. If they are able to defeat the army of the dead thanks to Jon Snow.

Snow is the most skillful, astute and clever fighter of the night watch, this prowess earned him several supports and like by his fellow brothers including Samuel Tarly. He is against maltreatment, mischievousness and other illicit behaviors.

The following are facts that show he is one of the most powerful male characters in the series: he is a skilled fighter, the storyline revolves around him, he has a super ability which is unknown to him. Since he is a Tagaryen, he has the ability to enter into a fire without being hurt. Also, he is a born leader. Jon Snow’s role in the series is very quintessential and immeasurable.

3. Tyrion Lannister 

Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion Lannister

The role of Tyrion Lannister was portrayed by Peter Dinklage. Tyrion is one of the powerful male characters in Game Of Throne series. You may be wondering why? he is not a fighter, yes he is not but he is a very powerful character. He is nicknamed the “imp or half-man”.

Tyrion is the younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. He is a dwarf which made people understand him. His mother died during his birth for which his father Tywin and his sister Cersei blamed him. Despite this acrimony, his brother Ser Jaime loved him so much. He has always had the dream of dying in his own bed at the age of 80 with a belly full of wine and a girl’s mouth around his cock. Though physically, he is not powerful but has a cunning mind and often uses these as an advantage. His cleverness and artful nature can be attributed to the many books he reads. No wonder he told Snow that: ” A mind needs books like the sword needs a whetstone”

Aside from the fact that Tyrion is from a renowned home ‘the Lannisters’, he has served under various kings and queen. On one hand, he served as the hand of the king to Joffrey Baratheon. A title which he was dispossessed of by his father upon his arrival with his army to rescue them from the defeat of Stannis Baratheon. He later became the master of coins under Joffrey’s reign. On the other hand, he became the hand of Daenerys after he flew from kings landing.

He is currently Daenerys special adviser. The imp advises her on how she could reclaim the throne. Tyrion devised a mean by which Cersei and Daenerys could meet so that they could fight alongside to defeat the army of the dead.  Via his wit and cleverness, he has been able to exonerate himself at different occasions. His character in the movie is liking to a problem solver, a thinker, an orator, and a philosopher. To this end, the imp has had serious influence in the general governance of Westeros; hence we present to you the imp of the house Lannister as the third most powerful male character in Game of Thrones.

4. Lord Petyr Baelish

Lord Petyr Baelish
Lord Petyr Baelish

“LITTLE FINGER” Lord Baelish portrayed by Aidan Gillen is the most mischievous and devious male character in the series. His ambition of sitting on the Iron Throne is unending throughout his cast in the series. He was the master of coin in King Robert Baratheon’s  Small Council. He grew up with Catelyn Tully and fought Ned’s brother Brandon for her hand. He is a master manipulator who has the secrets of kings and the general governance in all the seven (7) kingdoms in his fingertips, thanks to his spies across these kingdoms.

He succeeded in turning houses against each other, family members against each other, and siblings against each other. The reason for all of these is to materialize his ambition to sit on the iron throne. When we try to unravel the hidden meaning behind the title of the movie Game of Thrones then it becomes imperative to mention Petyr Baelish as the master gamer in the movie. To mention a few among his mischievous acts are: firstly, while Petyr at first is assumed to be an ally of Ned, he secretly resent him for marrying Catelyn and so he betrayed him when he tried to arrest Cersei and Joffrey. Secondly, he sold Sansa Sterk to Ramsay Bolton. As if this was not enough, after Ramsay was defeated by Jon Snow with the help of the Wildling, he went to Winterfell to cause enmity between the living Starks but thanks to Bran who via his vision saw Baelish evil plans.

He also joined hands with lady Olenna Tyrell of the high garden to poison Joffrey Baratheon. Little finger also persuaded Lysa to poison Jon Arryn’s wine with tears of lays, suggesting to her that this would remove the obstacle to their marriage. These among others are some of Bealish’s evil deeds in Westeros. His quest on sitting on the Iron Throne could be buttressed by his following famous quotes in the movie: ” It does not matter what we want, once we get it, then we want something else”. ” I’d risk everything to get what I want”.

5. Lord Varys

Lord Varys
Lord Varys

CONLETH HILL portrayed the role of Lord Varys in the series. Lord Varys is sometimes called the spider because his spins have web everywhere. He is the master of whisper, a position he has been holding in the king’s small council since the reign of the Mad King until after the reign of Joffrey Baratheon. The spider was forced to flee from kings landing with Tyrion after killing his father Tywin Lannister. Varys calls his worldwide spy network his “little bird”. He said: my birds are everywhere, even in the North, they whisper to me the strangest stories”.

He is a eunuch and his character in the series has shown to us that despite one’s social background one can still climb to the highest social ladder in the community if one works hard. He said: ” any fool with a bit of luck can find himself born into power. But earning it for yourself, that takes work. He was destitute but however, he fought his way through to the king’s small council since the reign of the mad king as a nugget provider.

He currently serves Daenerys as her master of whisper. Information is power and Lord Varys has served kings and queen as a nugget provider throughout the series hence, Lord Varys the fifth most powerful male character in Game of Thrones.

6. Ser Jaime Lannister

Ser Jaime Lannister
Ser Jaime Lannister

Popularly called the Kingslayer, Ser Jamie Lannister is the first son of Tywin Lannister the richest man in Westeros and twin brother to Cersei. Ser Jammie’s role was portrayed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Unlike his father Tywin and his sister Cersei, Jaime is fond of his younger brother Tyrion Lannister. Ser Jaime is one of the most powerful male characters in the series. He was knighted at the age of 16. Jaime consented to join the king’s guard so that he could be in King’s Landing with his incestuous sister Cersei.

Jaime is a skilled swordsman and has superb martial skills; in the light of this, he often says: “­there are no men like me. Only me”. Despite being sworn by the holiest oath in Westeros to protect the king as a member of the king’s guard, Jaime used his sworn sword to slay Aerys at the front of the throne he swore to protect during the coup that put Robert Baratheon on the Iron Throne. This actually earns him the nickname ” the Kingslayer.

Whenever people call or blame him of slaying the king he often says: ” you all despise me, Kingslayer, oathbreaker. A man without honor. You’ v heard of the wildfire”. He confided on Lady Brienne of Tarth that the mad king ordered him to kill his own father Tywin Lannister and to burn the entire city and its inhabitants with wildfire. Unwilling to let that happen, Jaime killed the Mad King. Lady Brienne then asked him why did he not tell the people about it; he said – because Ned Stark arrived at the scene and did not allow him to explain.

It is important to note that what he did, he did for humanity. If not for his refusal to do just as instructed of him by Aerys the whole inhabitants of Kings Landing would have been wiped out. Though Jaime is a good man his major weakness is his twin sister. Right from childhood he and his sister Cersei have been engaging in sexual intercourse. Hence, Ser Jaime is the biological father of Cersei’s children viz: Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen who all died as a fulfillment of the prophecy by a which to Cersei that all her children will die.

Facts to prove he is one of the most powerful characters in the series are: Aside from the fact that his a skilled fighter, Ser Jaime has served under kings as the head of guards which automatically qualifies him to be a member of the small council. Hence, major strategies of war are handled by him. Also, he has won several wars. These among other reason makes Ser Jaime our sixth most powerful character in GOT.

7. Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarly
Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarly portrayed by actor John Bradley is the first son of Randyll Tarly of the house Tarly. His father disowned him because of his cowardice hence, he was sent to join the army of the Night Watch. Sam became Jon’s best friend, Jon seeing his weakness, conspires with the others to go easy on him.

Although Sam is underemphasized by many GOT fans yet he is the most intelligent and insightful character in the series. Sam was the first to kill a white walker, the first to discover that dragon glass kills white walkers and the location where this could be mined in large quantities. He was the first to perform the riskiest surgery on Ser Jorah Mormont. First to carry out such a successful operation in the citadel. Why did u carry out the operation? He replied: “I read it in a book”.  In fact, Sam is a problem solver. Everyone needs a Sam.

After a painstaking scrutiny of the male characters in GOT, the above male characters made it to Natirovibe’s List of 7 most powerful male characters in Game of Thrones. Who on the above list do you think is not powerful that was included? Which male character do you think is powerful that was not on our above list? Let us know in the comment section.


Content Writer: Maryann Onosode

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