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Bravos are a type of young swordsmen commonly found in the Free Cities who wish to prove their martial skills. They are often go about in pairs.[1][2][3]

They practice and style of swordfighting known as water dance.[4]



Bravos dress in colorful finery and some put scented oil in their hair.[1] The Kindly Man describes bravos to Arya as swaggering and puffed up with pride.[2]


They use slender swords that are edged and balanced for the thrust. The bravos fight from a sideways stance with weapon extended.

It is said amongst the Braavosi that the night belongs to bravos and courtesans. When night falls, good citizens of Braavos retreat indoors, closing shutters and barring doors.[5] Bravos swagger through Braavos in their parti-colored finery, looking to pick fights and prove their skills.[5]

Most will fight with little cause or no cause. Anyone carrying a sword after dark in Braavos can be challenged to a duel. Simply placing a finger on the hilt of your sword while facing a bravo is akin to challenging them.[5] Bravos never bother anyone without a sword.[5] They are known to duel by the Moon Pool at night. Dying bravos often find their way to the House of Black and White to hasten their ends.[1]

According to Cat, if bravos ask the question "Who is the most beautiful woman in the world?" the answer is the Nightingale, else the bravos will mount a challenge.

Known Bravos

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl (Arya I).
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 64, The Ugly Little Girl (Arya II).
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, Braavos.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell.
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