A fool or jester is a comic entertainer of nobles and their guests at court.
Jesters use storytelling, japes, juggling, music, acrobatics, and other skills to entertain their audiences. Fools often wear brightly colored motley and fanciful head-wear. Slave jesters in Volantis have their faces tattooed in motley.
The Fool's Gate is one of the gates of Maidenpool, a town connected with the legendary Florian the Fool. A fool is depicted in the arms of House Falwell. The iron figurehead of Joso's Prank is a laughing jester's face.
Mushroom was a fool who served Rhaenyra during the Dance of the Dragons. Because he was considered a lackwit by many, nobles often spoke freely around him. The Testimony of Mushroom details his recollections of the court.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Brienne of Tarth searches for Dontos and Sansa, since the two disappeared from King's Landing after Joffrey's death; Brienne does not know that Dontos was killed in Blackwater Bay. A pious dwarf tells her of a motley fool he had seen at Maidenpool, and Dick Crabb escorts her to Crackclaw Point in search of this fool. When they arrive at the Whispers, Brienne learns she has been tracking the murderous Shagwell, one of the Brave Companions.
A Dance with Dragons
Fools at the end of the third century
- Renly Baratheon's fool.
- Benjicot, the fool and jester at the Gates of the Moon.
- A plump fool and a dwarf at Bitterbridge, possibly in service to Lord Lorent Caswell or Renly.
- Butterbumps, the fool and jester of House Tyrell.
- Aegon Frey, known as Jinglebell, the son of Ser Stevron Frey. A lackwit fool at the Twins.
- Ser Dontos Hollard, a drunken knight made fool.
- Wyman Manderly's fool.
- Moon Boy, the royal fool of the court at King's Landing.
- Patchface, a lackwit fool and former slave from Volantis, now serving at Dragonstone.
- Paxter Redwyne's fool.
- Shagwell, a psychotic jester and member of the Brave Companions.
- Florian the Fool, a legendary great fool and knight.
- A dwarf jester serving House Fowler of Skyreach.
- The Goodwife, the first fool at the Red Keep.
- Rodrik Greyjoy, a salt son of Lord Dalton Greyjoy, later fool at Casterly Rock.
- Lord Monkeyface, Queen Visenya Targaryen's fool.
- Lord Toad, a hunchbacked fool at Casterly Rock during the time of Lord Gerold Lannister.
- Theomore Manderly's fool.
- Mushroom, a dwarf fool at the courts of Viserys I, Rhaenyra, Aegon II, and Aegon III Targaryen.
- Gawen Swann's fool.
- Tom Turnip, a fool during the late reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
Fools are meant to be laughed at, where is the harm in that?
Only I could lighten Her Grace's heart. In this dark hour, I became the queen's counselor, setting aside my fool's sceptre and pointed hat to lend her all my wisdom and compassion. Unbeknownst to all, it was the jester who ruled them now, an invisible king in motley.
We have found the most splendid fool. Only a boy, yet nimble as a monkey and witty as a dozen courtiers. He juggles and riddles and does magic, and he can sing prettily in four tongues. We have bought his freedom and hope to bring him home with us. Robert will be delighted with him, and perhaps in time he will even teach Stannis how to laugh.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 18, Sansa II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
- The Winds of Winter, Alayne I
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- Fire & Blood, Three Heads had the Dragon - Governance under Aegon I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister under the Dragons.
- Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- The Hedge Knight.