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*[[Gendry]] - a teenaged blacksmith's apprentice in King's Landing. Mother was a tavern wench.
*[[Gendry]] - a teenaged blacksmith's apprentice in King's Landing. Mother was a tavern wench.
*[[Barra]] - an infant daughter in King's Landing. Killed in Joffrey's purge. Mother was a prostitute.
*[[Barra]] - an infant daughter in King's Landing. Killed in Joffrey's purge. Mother was a prostitute.
*Several other bastard children killed in Joffrey's purge, including a second baby, two brothers and one child.
*Several other bastard children killed in Joffrey's purge, including a second baby, two brothers and one child
==In the books==
==In the books==

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"I want you to run my kingdom while I eat, drink and whore myself into an early grave."
Robert Baratheon to Eddard Stark[src]

Robert Baratheon is a major character in the first season. He is played by starring cast member Mark Addy and debuts in the series premiere.

Robert Baratheon is the King of Westeros. He took the throne by conquest in a war known as Robert's Rebellion. Robert was a great warrior in his youth. He killed Rhaegar Targaryen, who was a great warrior in his own right, at the Battle of the Trident. After the war, Robert married Cersei Lannister to cement an alliance with House Lannister to hold the kingdoms together, but he does not love her. She claims to have born him three children but they were all fathered by her twin brother, Jaime Lannister. Robert is more concerned with drinking, hunting and whoring than with the minutiae of ruling. He prefers to leave running the kingdom to his small council. He is a childhood friend of Eddard Stark and considers him his true brother. He names Ned Hand of the King when the previous Hand dies in mysterious circumstances. Eddard launches an investigation and discovers that his predecessor was scrutinising the parentage of Cersei's children. Fearful of exposure Cersei has Robert's squire give him too much wine while hunting. He is wounded by a boar. Eddard cannot bring himself to tell Robert the truth about his children as he succumbs to his injuries. Robert names Eddard protector of the realm just before his death. Cersei ignores the proclamation, has Eddard arrested and seizes the throne for her son, Joffrey. The dispute leads to the War of the Five Kings.



Robert is the first son of Steffon Baratheon. He has two younger brothers, Stannis and Renly. Steffon was the head of House Baratheon and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands. The Stormlands are one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms and House Baratheon is one of the Great Houses of the realm. His parents died in his youth and he inherited the lordship. He was fostered with Jon Arryn, the head of House Arryn, another Great House. Eddard Stark, the second son of House Stark, was also fostered with Jon Arryn and Robert and Eddard became as close as brothers.[1]

Robert served King Aerys II Targaryen (known as the Mad King) as the Lord Paramount of the Stormlands. Robert was betrothed to Lyanna Stark, Eddard's sister. Lyanna was kidnapped by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.[2][3] The mad king had Eddard's father and brother killed for protesting against the kidnapping.[4] This sparked a massive uprising against the Mad King led by Robert, Eddard and Jon Arryn.[5] Lyanna and Aerys died during the civil war that followed.[6][7] Robert claimed the Iron Throne because he started the
Robert Cersei wedding

Robert marries Cersei Lannister

war and killed Prince Rhaegar personally.[8] Robert also had the best claim to the throne as a result of being related to the Targaryens of old through his mother's side.[9] The other leaders of the rebels both refused the throne. Robert was devastated by Lyanna's death but married Cersei of House Lannister in thanks for her father joining his cause late in the conflict and delivering the capital of King's Landing to him.[10] He named Jon Arryn as his Hand while Eddard took his father's role as Warden of the North.[11]

Stannis fought for Robert through the war. Stannis and Robert never loved one another.[12][13] Despite Stannis' service during the war Robert made Renly the Lord of Storm's End following his victory. Renly was only a child during the civil war, so he did not fight.[14] Stannis was made Lord of Dragonstone and served on his Robert's small council as Master of Ships. Renly later joined the small council as Master of Laws.[15][16]

Robert has been the King on the Iron Throne and the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros since the end of the civil war. He is more concerned with drinking, whoring and hunting than with the minutiae of ruling his kingdom.[17][18] He revels in the glory days of the rebellion.[19] He leaves the running of the kingdom largely his small council, led by Jon Arryn.[20][21] He apparently has three children with Cersei: Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen.[22] Unbeknownst to Robert all three were actually fathered by Cersei's twin brother Jaime Lannister.[23] Robert has also fathered several illegitimate bastards. He has an unacknowledged bastard son named Gendry fathered on a tavern wench.[24] He has an unacknowledged bastard daughter named Barra fathered on the prostitute Mhaegen.[25] He has at least four other unacknowledged bastards fathered with various women in the city of King's Landing alone.[26]

Jon Arryn began to investigate the lineage of Cersei's children, comparing their appearance to Robert's bastard offspring. He died under mysterious circumstances shortly after beginning his investigation. Robert has decided to ride north to Eddard's keep Winterfell to name him as Jon Arryn's replacement.[27]

Season 1

The royal party arrives in Winterfell and Lord Eddard presents his household to King Robert. After initial greetings, Robert demands to see the crypts and pay his respects, stoking Queen Cersei's impatience. In the crypts Robert offers prayers to a statue of Lyanna Stark. He tells Eddard that in his dreams he kills Rhaegar Targaryen every night anew, but Eddard replies that House Targaryen is destroyed. "Not all of them," Robert counters. Robert formally offers Eddard the role of Hand of the King, telling him that he needs someone to run the kingdom and revealing that he is fearful of betrayal from within his court. Eddard asks for time to think about it. Robert agrees but offers a sweetener: the hand of his son Joffrey in marriage to Eddard's daughter Sansa. A great feast is held in honor of the king's visit to Winterfell. The next morning Eddard and Robert go hunting and Eddard accepts Robert's offer.[28]

The parties depart Winterfell. Days later, on the Kingsroad south to the capital, Robert calls a halt to discuss some newly-arrived dire news with Eddard. Robert's spies have learned of Daenerys Targaryen's marriage to Khal Drogo whose khalasar is reported to number over one hundred thousand people. Eddard points out that the Dothraki cannot cross the Narrow Sea, as they have no ships, but Robert is concerned that the Seven Kingdoms will soon face another war.[29]

On the Kingsroad, the royal party reaches the Crossroads Inn, a noted waystop on the way south to the capital. Joffrey is injured by Nymeria, a direwolf belonging to Eddard's younger daughter Arya during the halt. Arya is brought before Robert and truthfully blames Joffrey for instigating the incident but Joffrey's falsified version of events is supported by Sansa. Robert is furious that a minor fracas has become a major incident with his wife and his new Hand accusing one another's children. He decides to let Ned discipline Arya whilst he will do the same to Joffrey, but to appease his Queen he agrees that a direwolf must be executed. When Nymeria cannot be found, Robert commands that Sansa's wolf Lady must be killed instead.[30]

On his return to King's Landing Robert orders a tournament to celebrate Eddard's appointment. He avoids the small council meetings where discussion of the kingdom's mounting debts and the difficulty of paying for the tournament are raised. Robert swaps old war stories with Ser Barristan Selmy, a distinguished and famous knight and Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and Jaime Lannister, whilst also humiliating his 'useless' squire, Lancel Lannister.[31] Robert enjoys the attentions of at least four women in his chambers. Jaime Lannister, left guarding his room outside, is infuriated by the insult done to his sister by this, and vents about it to Jory Cassel.[32]

Robert learns that Daenerys is pregnant and orders that she and her brother Viserys Targaryen be assassinated. Eddard disagrees with the decision, and resigns as Hand, enraging Robert. Later, Cersei asks Robert if it was wise to lose Eddard in this way and they discuss their marriage. Robert tells her he could never love her due to his feelings for Lyanna. Robert's brother Renly reports that Robert is planning a big hunt and has asked Renly to accompany him, a prospect Renly dreads.[33]

Robert's hunting party

King Robert Baratheon, Renly, the King's squire Lancel Lannister, and Ser Barristan Selmy at the hunt.

Robert reinstates Eddard as Hand before going on his hunt in the Kingswood, taking Selmy, Lancel and Renly with him. Renly becomes annoyed with Robert glorifying the 'good old days' and leaves the hunt to return to the castle.[34] Robert is badly wounded whilst trying to kill a boar. He is taken back to the capital and names Eddard as Lord Protector of the Realm. Eddard has learned that Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen are not Robert's children, but are instead the product of incest between Cersei and her twin brother Jaime, but is unable to tell the dying Robert this. After Robert's death, Cersei destroys the proclamation of Eddard as Protector of the Realm and has Eddard arrested. Renly also flees the city, after telling Eddard that he would make a better king than his and Robert's other brother (and the rightful heir), Stannis.[35] Robert's death sparks the War of the Five Kings with both of his brothers, Joffrey and the Starks competing for the Iron Throne.[36]


Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

Image gallery

Family tree

Steffon Baratheon
Cassana Baratheon
née Estermont
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Various women
Robert tree

Robert Baratheon

Cersei tree
Cersei Lannister Lannister shield icon
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Jaime Lannister Lannister shield icon
S5 Stannis Tree

Stannis Baratheon

Selyse Baratheon tree
Selyse Baratheon
née Florent Florent shield icon
Loras Tree
Loras Tyrell Tyrell shield icon
Renly Tree

Renly Baratheon Renly shield icon

Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell Tyrell shield icon
Gendry tree
Unknown tree
other bastards
Barra tree


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Unnamed son House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Shield-Icon
Died in infancy
Joffrey tree

Joffrey Baratheon KL Baratheon shield icon

Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell Tyrell shield icon
Mycella Season 5 family tree pic

Myrcella Baratheon KL Baratheon shield icon

Trystane Martell family tree
Trystane Martell Martell shield icon
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon KL Baratheon shield icon
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell Tyrell shield icon
Tommard tree
Three stillborn sons Stannis shield icon
Shireen castportal
Shireen Baratheon Stannis icon


Robert Baratheon is rumored to have fathered over a dozen bastard children over the years. Those who have been introduced in the TV series so far include:

  • Gendry - a teenaged blacksmith's apprentice in King's Landing. Mother was a tavern wench.
  • Barra - an infant daughter in King's Landing. Killed in Joffrey's purge. Mother was a prostitute.
  • Several other bastard children killed in Joffrey's purge, including a second baby, two brothers and one child
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In the books

In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, 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. 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 somewhat unhappy marriage to Cersei, despite their multiple children.

See also


v  d  e
Lord: King Tommen I Heir:
House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield
Seat: Red Keep, King's Landing Lands: The Crownlands
Title(s): King of the Andals and the First Men · Lord of the Seven Kingdoms · Protector of the Realm
Current members:Queen Mother Cersei Lannister · Queen Margaery Tyrell
Deceased members:King Robert I · King Joffrey I · Princess Myrcella Baratheon
Household:Lord Mace Tyrell · Grand Maester Pycelle · Ser Jaime Lannister · Ser Gregor Clegane · Ser Preston Greenfield · Ser Arys Oakheart · Ser Boros Blount · Ser Balon Swann · Ser Osmund Kettleblack · Ser Ilyn Payne · Lord Gyles Rosby · Ser Aron Santagar · Qyburn · Septa Eglantine
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Lord: None Heir: None
Seat: Storm's End Lands: The Stormlands
Title(s): Lords Paramount of the Stormlands · Lord of Storm's End
Ancestors:Durran Godsgrief · Argilac the Arrogant · Orys Baratheon · Argalia Baratheon · Monica Baratheon · Mychal Baratheon · Axel Baratheon · Lyonel Baratheon
Deceased members:Renly I · Robert I · Steffon Baratheon · Cassana Baratheon · King Stannis I

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