Cupbearer is a position in a noble's household. A cupbearer acts as a personal servant, assisting a lord or a lady.
Cupbearers may be both either lowborn or highborn, male or female. It is not unusual for noble boys during their time as squires to serve as cupbearers; even noble girls can get this position as part of their education.
- Lancel Lannister, as squire, served as a cupbearer for King Robert Baratheon until the latter's death.
- Princess Arya Stark serves as a cupbearer for Lord Tywin Lannister during her imprisonment in Harrenhal. Her true identity was not known to Lord Tywin.
- Podrick Payne engaged in the tasks of a cupbearer during his time as squire of Tyrion Lannister.
- Tyrion Lannister is briefly forced by his nephew King Joffrey Baratheon to be his cupbearer at his wedding reception after he cleverly outwitted the king in front of the massive audience gathered there by making a subtle reference to his cowardice during the Battle of the Blackwater.
In the books
While Daenerys Targaryen rules Meereen, she has every noble family of Meereen who is of dubious loyalty send her a child as a hostage. These children are made her cupbearers. They serve in the queen's chambers in the Great Pyramid, performing such duties as serving wine and food, setting the table, bringing her clothing, and standing guard at her door.
Daenerys hopes having noble children as hostages will halt the killings, but it does not. Skahaz mo Kandaq advises her to kill one for every death done by the Sons of the Harpy, pointing out "What good are hostages if you will not take their heads?", but she refuses to kill innocent children. Naturally, Daenerys's enemies see that as a sign of weakness, and that encourages them to continue with the killings.
Following Daenerys's departure from Meereen and Hizdahr's arrest, Skahaz urges Ser Barristan Selmy to kill one of the cupbearers in case the Yunkai'i kill any of the three hostages that they still hold (Daario, Jhogo and Hero). However, Ser Barristan refuses to allow any harm to come to the children, recalling the fate of Rhaegar's children.
The names of Daenerys's cupbearers are:
- Azzak, a boy from the House of Ghazeen
- Bhakaz, a boy from the House of Loraq
- Grazhar, a boy from the House of Galare
- Jezhene, a girl
- Kezmya, a girl from the House of Pahl
- Mezzara, a girl from the House of Merreq
- Miklaz, a boy
- Qezza, a girl from the House of Galare