Robert Baratheon

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Robert Baratheon
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
Robert Baratheon-Mark Addy.jpg
Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon
First appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
"Winter Is Coming" (2011)
Last appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
"You Win or You Die" (2011)
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Mark Addy
(Game of Thrones)
Aliases The Usurper
Demon of the Trident
The Whoremonger King
Gender Male
Title King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Lord of Storm's End
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands
Family House Baratheon
Spouse(s) Cersei Lannister
Children Joffrey Baratheon (step-son)
Myrcella Baratheon (step-daughter)
Tommen Baratheon (step-son)
Mya Stone (bastard-daughter)
Gendry (bastard-son)
Edric Storm (bastard-son)
Barra (bastard-daughter)
Bella (bastard-daughter)
Other bastards
Relatives Steffon Baratheon (father)
Cassana Estermont (mother)
Stannis Baratheon (brother)
Renly Baratheon (brother)
Kingdom The Stormlands
The Crownlands

Robert Baratheon is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.

Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Robert Baratheon is the eldest son of Steffon Baratheon, from the kingdom of Westeros.[1] After Robert won the rebellion which was named after him, he took the Iron Throne from Aerys II Targaryen, nicknamed "The Mad King", crushing the Targaryen dynasty. Robert fought the war to win back his betrothed, Lyanna Stark, with the aid of her brother, his close friend, Eddard Stark. However, due to Lyanna's death, Robert married Tywin Lannister's daughter Cersei after the war ended to ensure political stability.

Robert is portrayed by Mark Addy in the HBO television adaptation.[2][3][4]

Character description[edit]

Robert is in his mid-thirties when the events of the books begin. He is jovial and fun-loving, fond of battle, women and drink. As a young man Robert was a formidable warrior, noted for his chivalry, sense of honor and immense charisma. He won several loyal Targaryen bannermen to his cause through strength of personality alone. Very tall and incredibly muscular, Robert was considered one of the most attractive men in Westeros, desired by every maiden in the realm, being described in A Game of Thrones as "Muscled like a maiden's fantasy." However, after becoming king, Robert let himself go somewhat, becoming fat, soft and indolent, though still capable of great generosity to his friends. Robert has also become more bitter following Lyanna's death and his unhappy marriage to Cersei, despite their multiple children.


Robert Baratheon is not a point of view character in the novels, so his actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of other people, such as Ned Stark.[5]


A coat of arms showing a black stag on a yellow field.
Coat of arms of House Baratheon

In the books[edit]

Robert Baratheon is King of the Seven Kingdoms at the beginning of A Game of Thrones. He was the ward of Jon Arryn and was raised at the Eyrie alongside Eddard Stark. Fifteen years before the novels, Robert was betrothed to Ned's sister Lyanna, and after Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen disappeared, Robert killed Rhaegar and seized the throne. He then married Cersei Lannister to ensure House Lannister's support for his rule, but remained attached to the memory of Lyanna, which estranged Cersei.

At the beginning of A Game of Thrones Robert, then king, has just come to Winterfell to appoint Eddard Stark the Hand of The King.[6] He was unaware that Cersei's three children were therefore fathered by her brother Jaime. More interested in food, drink, and tourneys than in governance, Robert has squandered the royal treasury, leaving the crown heavily in debt. After he dies in a hunting accident orchestrated by Cersei, the kingdoms plunge into civil war. His death incites the war that encompasses the entirety of the following two books, the War of the Five Kings, in which his two brothers, Lords Renly and Stannis Baratheon, declare themselves the rightful kings. Robb Stark is also declared King in the North and King of the Trident, and Lord Balon Greyjoy declares himself King of the Iron Islands.[7]

In the show[edit]

Robert Baratheon, formerly a fierce warrior, became King of the Seven Kingdoms after leading a rebellion against Aerys II Targaryen. He was betrothed to Ned Stark's sister Lyanna and loved her deeply, and she was kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen.[citation needed] Her father and another brother were killed when they went to King's Landing to reclaim her, which resulted in Robert and Ned Stark's revolt known as Robert's Rebellion, whereupon most of the Targaryens were slaughtered or routed from the Kingdoms. Since Robert's family had closer ties to the former Royal family, this put Robert on the Iron Throne. Now, Robert has grown fat and miserable; he has no more wars to fight, is surrounded by plotters and sycophants, hates and is bored by the constant work needed to manage the Kingdoms properly, and trapped in a political marriage to the scheming Cersei Lannister, whom he has never loved. He is unaware that none of his three children are his, but instead Jaime Lannister's. Under his reign, the realm has been bankrupted, and Robert is deeply in debt to his wife's family. Killed while hunting, he unknowingly leaves no rightful heir behind. His bastards are ordered dead by Joffrey, many of which are killed, and Gendry is subsequently forced to flee the capital.[8]

Family tree of House Baratheon[edit]

TV adaptation[edit]

Robert Baratheon is played by Mark Addy in the television adaption of the series of books.[9]