Every Part Of Dany's Very Long Title, Explained

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Do you remember when Daenerys Targaryen met Jon Snow? Missandei announced her Queen with a paragraph-long title that laid out almost every single one of her proper titles. Jon Snow was definitely impressed, even if he couldn't compete with Dany's prestige.
Those titles all mean something. They're titles that Daenyers has earned, through conquering, unleashing dragon fire, freeing slaves, and generally being a ruthless commander of multiple armies. Dany has not shied away from using fire and blood when she needs to — she values loyalty, the law, and shows no mercy, even when it would benefit her to do so.
Dany's worst impulses are luckily tempered by an entourage that she trusts. It was Tyrion Lannister's suggestion that she attempt to negotiate a truce with Cersei Lannister until the zombie army is dealt with. A deal that, we know, is likely to end catastrophically for whoever is sitting on the Iron Throne, thanks to Cersei's treachery.
Here, we take a look at the titles that make Dany who she is. She has some nicknames, like "Dragon Queen," but these titles are formal. And they aren't just words, they form the basis on her identity and clearly lay out her biggest and grandest accomplishments. The one title, "rightful her to the Iron Throne," is the only one that she claims, though her birthright and history gives her an excellent claim.
Daenerys believes in herself. She is her own boss, her own best counsel, and her own faith. With her titles, she can be best summed up with this quote from that fateful meeting with Jon Snow: "I spent my life in foreign lands. So many men have tried to kill me, I don't remember all their names. I have been sold like a broodmare. I've been chained and betrayed, raped and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods, not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn't seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn't crossed the sea, any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will."
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Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, first of her name...

Dany was born at Dragonstone, just after her mother Rhaella was sent there to avoid the Sack of King's Landing. During her delivery, a storm raged outside that sunk many of the Targaryen ships in their fleet. "Stormborn" is something of a middle name.
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Rightful heir to the Iron Throne...

First, we need to note that Dany is a claimant to the Iron Throne. She (and all of Westeros, save for Bran and Samwell Tarly) believes that she is the last surviving Targaryen. This would make her the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, but it depends on a certain point of view — namely, hers. The Targaryen family was deposed from the Throne during Robert's Rebellion, and House Baratheon took over as rulers. Dany's claim to the Throne would undo the results of the Rebellion.

The Targaryens lost the Iron Throne in a fair war. Even though she calls herself the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, that history cannot be ignored.
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Queen of the Andals...

The Andals are an ethnic group that invaded Westeros from Essos. They came to the continent six thousand years prior to the events of Game of Thrones. Today, most inhabitants to Westeros are descended from the Andals, and their customs form the basis of Westerosi culture today. Knighthood, chivalry, the Faith of Seven, and the Common Tongue are all Andalian in history, though they've become heavily associated with Westeros today.

Andals are described as having fair skin and light hair.
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the Rhoynar...

The Rhoynar hasn't been discussed much in the television show, but in the book series, the Rhoynar is mentioned as included in royal titles.

The Rhoynar were a small civilization that fled Essos when the Valryian Empire attempted to wipe them out. They settled on the shores of Dorne in Westeros. Today, the Dornishmen are a mix of Andal and Rhoynar blood, which gives them their distinct accent, olive skin, and black hair.
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and the First Men...

The First Men are named so because they are the first major settlers of Westeros. They colonized the continent after wiping out the Children of the Forest. When the Andals came to Westeros, they could not defeat the First Men entirely, and pushed them into the North.

Today, the inhabitants of the North come from the First Men with some Andal genes. The First Men are noted for having light skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. The appearance of the Stark family is a perfect example of First Men lineage.
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Protector the Seven Kingdoms...

As Protector of the Realm, Dany's responsibilities include governing and commanding militaries. Think of this as the United States' equivalent of President and commander-in-chief.

Aegon Targaryen, known as Aegon the Conquror, united all the disparate kingdoms of Westeros into one fealty. Today, The Seven Kingdoms are:

The Crownlands, whose seat is Kings Landing, with the Iron Throne currently occupied by the Lannister dynasty under Queen Cersei Lannister. Daenerys Targaryen is a claimant to the Throne.

The Vale, a mountainous region, who seat is the Eyrie, and was held by the Arryns.

Dorne, a coastal, warm area, who seat is Sunspear and was held by house Martell.

The Stormlands, a craggy coastal area with little farmland, whose seat is Storm's End. It was held by House Baratheon.

The North, which includes the Wall, and whose seat is Winterfell. The North is thankfully still held by House Stark.

The Riverlands, whose seat is Riverrun, which was held by the Tullys.

The Reach, a fertile plains area, whose seat was Highgarden of House Tyrell.

The westerlands, whose seat is Casterly Rock and held by the Lannisters.

The Iron Islands, a archipelago of rocky islands, still held by House Greyjoy, having picked Euron Greyjoy to be their ruler during the Kingsmoot. Their seat is Pyke.
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Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea...

The death of her husband Khal drogo didn't absolve Dany of her title. She still commanded a small khalasar of Dothraki, but it was only when she set aflame the temple of Dosh Khaleen with the remaining Dothraki warlords inside (and emerged from the flames again) that the entire Dothraki horde knelt for her. Her unborn son Rhaego was prophesied to be the Stallion Who Mounts the World: the Dothraki conqueror that would unite all the Dothraki clans under one khalasar. Turns out Dany herself was the Stallion, and she now commands a cavalry an estimated 50,000 strong.
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The Unburnt...

She created a funeral fire for her dead husband, Khal Drogo, and to burn the witch Mirri Maz Duur, the maegi that killed him and her unborn son. Dany walked into flames of the pyre and emerged completely unscathed. Her followers were so awestruck by this magic act that they bestowed this title on her.

In the books, her hair is burned off when she walked into Khal Drogo's funeral pyre. George R.R. Martin has also said that Dany-is-fireproof was only meant to happen that one time. The HBO show has taken liberty and made Daenerys completely fireproof against all flames, such as when she lit the temple of the dosh khaleen on fire.
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The Breaker of Chains...

Daenyers hates slavery. This title was given to her when she freed the Unsullied from bondage and commanded her new army to free the remaining slaves in Yunkai and Astapor. By the time she marched into Meereen, the slavers in power cowered to her armies, though they later began a guerilla war as the Sons of the Harpy. After Dany conquered the slave cities, Slaver's Bay was then afterwards called Dragon's Bay.

The freed slaves affectionately refer to her as mhysa, or "mother".
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The Mother of Dragons...

Daenerys made dragons come back to life. It's as simple as that, yet her dragons are extremely consequential and invaluable to her power.

Dany also believes that she cannot bear children, and that the dragons are the only children she'll ever have. We're wondering if that one smoosh with Jon Snow will prove her wrong.
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Lady of Dragonstone.

Dany now lives at Dragonstone, the ancestral home of the Targaryen family. Lady (or Lord) is the title conferred to the person who makes the executive decision for the House and any regions under the feudal control.

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