Ramsay Bolton

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Ramsay Bolton
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"I don't need an army. I need twenty good men."
Gender: Male
Type: Villain Stu, Bastardis torturing sadist
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Iwan Rheon
Status: Alive (Book)

Deceased (TV Show)

Media of origin: Game of Thrones

Ramsay Bolton is a recurring antagonist of the fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire with its tv show adaption, Game of Thrones in seasons 3-6 and A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, and the upcoming The Winds of Winter.

He is introduced as the son of Roose Bolton and the rest of House Bolton.

Why He Is The Bastard

  1. For starters, Ramsay Bolton, who is the member of the House Bolton is a Villain Stu in the worst way possible, having him gain increasingly unlikely victories that rely more on luck than anything else for three seasons despite his stupid evil tendencies that would have gotten anyone else quickly eliminated.
  2. He is often no better in the TV series where in which he is making bad decisions with realistic consequences as a plot armor until season six, violating the series' theme of actions and consequences. This is in contrast with the selfish young king Joffrey Baratheon who couldn't last five minutes without facing the consequences for his wanton sadism.
    • He pointlessly kills several of his own men just to further the illusion he's on Theon's side only to later break the illusion himself. Somehow his men don't turn on him.
    • He tortures and castrates Theon, making him too psychologically broken to serve as a negotiator and useless as a bargaining chip. Despite this, his father still trusts him to make strategically decisions.
    • He fights Yara's men bare chested and doesn't get a scratch.
    • After said battle, he just lets Yara and her men go for no apparent reason and she never tries any other attempt to get Theon back.
    • Instead of avenging Myranda's death, he decides to have his dogs feed her corpse like a toy.
    • Sending "twenty good men" to raid Stannis' camp. Somehow his men are able to win.
    • Killing the Warden of the North in front of his banner men and a master and killing the Warden's wife and newborn son in a public setting with no consequence.
    • He messes about when shooting arrows at Rickon but is somehow able to finish him when he's almost reached Jon. Most characters would have failed to kill Rickon, doing that.
  3. He is poorly developed and does not have much characterization (since he served some purpose to the main narrative of the story along with plenty of appearances and screen-time) beyond being an unlikable villain.
  4. He is feels too similar Roman Emperor, Caligula with the similar cruel behaviors and their way of treating women poorly.
  5. He spends the entirely of season 3 torturing Theon with us not knowing much else about him. In the books, this all happened offscreen and on the show, it doesn't tell us much about him beyond being a sadist. It does not add to any other plots and just slows the season down.
  6. Whatever characterization he has other than "sadistic villain" is thrown out the window when he kills his father, his baby brother and girlfriend.
  7. He is often still alive as of the sample chapter of the upcoming The Winds Of Winter as he is last seen retreating from battle with Jon Snow.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Actor Iwan Rheon does a good job portraying him as the bastard that is to the House Bolton.
  2. He would actually have worked as a villain in a less deconstruction setting.
  3. His father calls him out on his sadism and pointless violence. Smalljon Umber's calling out in season 6 could be taken as a Take That, Scrappy.
  4. His invincibility does eventually run out in the penultimate episode of season 6, getting a taste of his own medicine, as Jon Snow brutally defeats him before Sansa feeds him to his own dogs as revenge for assaulting her.


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