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The Usurper is a derogatory name given to King Robert I Baratheon by those who believe that the rightful rulers of the Seven Kingdoms are House Targaryen. After Robert's Rebellion, also called the War of the Usurper, Robert succeeded the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, whose surviving family live in exile.[1]

Aerys's surviving children, Viserys and Daenerys, also refers to the men who played a key role in putting Robert on the Iron Throne as the "Usurper's dogs".[1]


Throughout history, people have rebelled against the regime in place and been denounced as usurpers, such as:

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen, the daughter of the late Aerys II Targaryen, often thinks of the Usurper, Robert I Baratheon, and how he betrayed House Targaryen.[1] Her brother Viserys believes there are houses still loyal to the Targaryens who will rise up against the Usurper when he and Dany cross the narrow sea.[1]

Robert admits to his friend, Lord Eddard Stark, that he is wary of Daenerys marrying Khal Drogo and Viserys allying with a Dothraki khalasar, since some in the Seven Kingdoms still call him Usurper.[9]

A Clash of Kings

In Qarth, Quhuru Mo informs Daenerys that Robert died after hunting in the kingswood, and she is happy to learn that the Lannisters are fighting the Starks.[10] Dany desires to use Robert's skull as a drinking vessel.[11]

During the War of the Five Kings, Melisandre considers rivals of Stannis Baratheon to be usurpers.[12] Stannis calls his younger brother, Renly, a usurper at the siege of Storm's End,[13] and Melisandre assassinates Renly.[14]

A Storm of Swords

Following Melisandre's instructions, Stannis tosses leeches, which have fed on the blood of Robert's bastard Edric Storm, into a fire, an attempt to kill the usurpers Joffrey Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy, and Robb Stark.[15]

Daenerys has a dream of the Trident, in which she burns the ice-armored host of the Usurper with dragonfire.[16] She is wary of Ser Barristan Selmy, since he served Robert after the War of the Usurper.[17]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys refers to Joffrey as the Young Usurper,[18] and Davos Seaworth tells the Merman's Court that Tommen Baratheon is a usurper of Stannis.[19]

Selyse Florent considers Mance Rayder to have been a usurper of Gerrick Kingsblood, a descendant of Raymun Redbeard, although Gerrick actually descends from Raymun's brother.[20]


Her brother Rhaegar battling the Usurper in the bloody waters of the Trident and dying for the woman he loved. The sack of King’s Landing by the ones Viserys called the Usurper's dogs, the lords Lannister and Stark.[1]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

Illyrio: In holdfasts all across the realm, men lift secret toasts to your health while women sew dragon banners and hide them against the day of your return from across the water. Or so my agents tell me.
Viserys: I shall kill the Usurper myself, as he killed my brother Rhaegar. And Lannister too, the Kingslayer, for what he did to my father.[1]

Eddard: I looked for you on the Trident.

Gerold: We were not there.

Oswell: Woe to the Usurper if we had been.[21]

The Starks seek to steal half my kingdom, even as the Lannisters have stolen my throne and my own sweet brother the swords and service and strongholds that are mine by rights. They are all usurpers, and they are all my enemies.[12]

Dany had never looked upon the Usurper's face, yet seldom a day had passed when she had not thought of him. His great shadow had lain across her since the hour of her birth, when she came forth amidst blood and storm into a world where she no longer had a place. And now this ebony stranger had lifted that shadow.[10]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

Stannis: Robert was my elder brother. You are the younger.

Renly: Younger, bolder, and far more comely ...
Stannis: ... and a thief and a usurper besides.

Renly: The Targaryens called Robert usurper. He seemed to be able to bear the shame. So shall I.[13]

Half the lords in the realm could not tell taxation from tyranny, and would bolt to the nearest usurper in a heartbeat if it would save them a clipped copper.[22]

—thoughts of Kevan Lannister