The Tickler, by TheMico
|Died||In 300 AC, the inn at the crossroads|
|Played by||Anthony Morris|
|TV series||Season 2|
The Tickler is a man-at-arms and torturer in service to Ser Gregor Clegane. One of the Mountain's men, his given name is unknown. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Anthony Morris.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of the Tickler
A Clash of Kings
The Tickler is one of the Mountain's men, the group that captures Arya Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie near the Gods Eye in the riverlands. On the way to Harrenhal, the Tickler tortures smallfolk on the orders of Ser Gregor Clegane, trying to gain information on the whereabouts of Lord Beric Dondarrion and any food and valuables they might know the locations of. The Tickler is sometimes aided by other men-at-arms, such as Chiswyck. For this, Arya adds their names to her list.
The Mountain takes Rafford, Chiswyck, and the Tickler on a foraging mission from Harrenhal. The Tickler eventually departs Harrenhal alongside Lord Tywin Lannister as part of Gregor's vanguard. Tywin's host is repelled at the Red Fork in the Battle of the Fords.
A Storm of Swords
Arya informs Harwin and the brotherhood without banners of the Tickler's atrocities. The Tickler continues to be included in Arya's list, though as time goes on she struggles to remember his face as well as the other marked members of Gregor's men-at-arms. His face in particular proves elusive, due to his ordinary looks.
After Gregor's capture of Harrenhal from Vargo Hoat, the Tickler and Polliver take a pimply squire to the inn at the crossroads so the youth can lose his virginity to one of the whores there. They encounter Arya and Gregor's brother, Sandor Clegane, who alleges that the men-at-arms plan to torture the innkeeper to find his gold. When a fight ensues, the Tickler and Polliver begin to overwhelm Sandor. Arya stabs the unarmored Tickler in the back, and when he falls to the ground she stabs him repeatedly while screaming the questions he had asked smallfolk while interrogating them. Arya and Sandor claim a few pennies from the Tickler's purse.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Quotes by the Tickler
Was there gold hidden in the village? Silver, gems? Was there more food? Where was Lord Beric Dondarrion? Which of the village folk had aided him? When he rode off, where did he go? How many men were with them? How many knights, how many bowmen, how many men-at-arms? How were they armed? How many were horsed? How many were wounded? What other enemy had they seen? How many? When? What banners did they fly? Where did they go? Was there gold hidden in the village? Silver, gems? Where was Lord Beric Dondarrion? How many men were with him?—the Tickler to his victims
Quotes about the Tickler
Tickler makes them howl so hard they piss themselves.
The Tickler was almost too scary to hate. At times she could almost forget he was still with them; when he was not asking questions, he was just another soldier, quieter than most, with a face like a thousand other men.—thoughts of Arya Stark
He always asked the same questions, but he changed the tickling every day.
Is there gold hidden in the village? Is there silver? Gems? Is there food? Where is Lord Beric? Where did he go? How many men were with him? How many knights? How many bowmen? How many, how many, how many, how many, how many, how many? Is there gold in the village?—Arya Stark to the Tickler as she stabs him
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 26, Arya VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 64, The Ugly Little Girl.